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Stories from Friday, October 10, 2003

New rules for septic systems get crowd at hearing (10/10/03)
Sharon Burton won't open the windows of her rural Cape Girardeau County home to the cool, fall breezes because she can't stand the stench from her neighbor's faulty septic system that has polluted her yard with sewage. "It's raw," she told the county commission at a public hearing in Jackson on Thursday. Burton was voicing support for a proposed county law that would give the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center more control in regulating septic systems...
SEMO parking garage comes in pieces (10/10/03)
It's a riddle with a concrete answer: How can Southeast Missouri State University's first parking garage be going up this week without an ounce of concrete being poured at the construction site? It's called precast construction, which means the $3.2 million project is being erected piece by prefabricated piece, like a jigsaw puzzle -- except those working on it already know exactly where the next piece belongs...
Jackson's road of opportunities (10/10/03)
Some time in the year 2006, Jackson will have a brand-new front door. The East Main Street interchange at Interstate 55 will be the new entrance in town. And while the main purpose of the interchange is to improve traffic in this rapidly growing city, it is only the skeleton of what many hope will be the town's new commercial branch...
Cape Schnucks workers help out in St. Louis strike (10/10/03)
About 25 employees from the Schnucks store in Cape Girardeau -- including its well-known manager Dennis Marchi -- are working indefinitely at Schnucks stores in St. Louis to help the company cope with the first major grocery store strike to ever hit the city...
Teacher charged after marijuana is found in car (10/10/03)
More than 15 pounds of marijuana were found inside a New Madrid substitute teacher's car early Thursday morning when he was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, patrol officials said. Marks J. Higgerson, 27, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He remains in the Cape Girardeau County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail...
School break-ins blamed on curiosity (10/10/03)
In its nearly 90-year history, the Louis J. Schultz building has seen better appreciated days. Since the Cape Girardeau School District closed the school more than 16 months ago, it's been vandalized, burgled, and ditched by a developer who pledged $2 million for it...
Allenville fall festival to include food, music (10/10/03)
The Allenville Fall Festival will begin at noon on Saturday, offering kettle-cooked chili and soup, music and activities. Lawn mower races with classes for modified, stock, open and senior begin at 1 p.m., and the Halloween contest begins at 5 p.m. For picnic information, call (573) 794-8479 or (573) 794-2778. For racing information call (573) 794-2368...
Auction proceeds going to Shepherd's Cove (10/10/03)
There will be an auction behind Bud Shell's Auto World in Cape Girardeau at 9 a.m. Saturday with the proceeds going to benefit Shepherd's Cove Children's Home. Shepherd's Cove Children's Home is a state licensed foster home that sits next door to Abundant Life Church near Gordonville, Mo. It operates from donations and support from the church. For more information, call 334-8380 or 243-7827...
World briefs 10/10/03 (10/10/03)
Afghanistan militias sign truce after fighting MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- After fighting that killed dozens of people, rival warlords in northern Afghanistan said Thursday that they had reached a truce and would begin withdrawing tanks and other weapons within 48 hours...
Alma Schrader readies for visit from astronaut (10/10/03)
Students and teachers at Alma Schrader Elementary are preparing for a visit from astronaut and Jackson native Linda Godwin. Godwin, who made her fourth trip into space in 2002, will speak during a schoolwide assembly at 9 a.m. on Oct. 20. Last year, Alma Schrader fourth-graders participated in a contest through the local NASA outreach...
Schwarzenegger secure with Cape man on duty (10/10/03)
In the movies, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger needs no protection. But Cape Girardeau residents following the California gubernatorial recall campaign on the nightly news may have noticed a familiar face watching the Terminator's back. Tom Taylor of Cape Girardeau served on Schwarzenegger's security detail during the actor-turned-Republican politician's successful effort to replace unpopular Democratic Gov. Gray Davis...
Teamsters union votes to end garbage strike (10/10/03)
CHICAGO -- Members of the Teamsters union, following the recommendation of union negotiators, voted overwhelmingly Thursday to end a nine-day strike that caused tons of garbage to pile up in the Chicago area. Chicago Area Refuse Haulers Association said its trucks rolled roughly two hours after the evening ratification, and haulers were working through the night clearing festering piles of trash...
Nixon files lawsuits under new anti-spam legislation (10/10/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed two lawsuits Thursday claiming violations of Missouri's new law aimed at curbing unsolicited commercial e-mail, the first such suits since the law became effective Aug. 28. The suits filed in St. Louis Circuit Court seek injunctions to prevent both defendants from further violations, as well as civil penalties of up to $5,000 for each violation...
K.C. man sentenced for shooting at police (10/10/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting at police officers in April 2002 during a narcotics bust. Prosecutors said Derrick A. Hopkins, 24, shot at members of the Kansas City Police Department's tactical response team on April 3, 2002, after an undercover officer bought crack cocaine from the man...
Schools need to spend more to adequately fund education (10/10/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Schools in Missouri need hundreds of millions dollars more to meet state and federal achievement guidelines, according to a report released Thursday. The report, prepared by an education consultant, found schools would have needed to spend an additional $913 million in the 2001-02 academic year to adequately fund education...
School break-ins blamed on curiosity (10/10/03)
State refinances bonds to save on interest JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri government is expected to save about $11.5 million in interest payments over the next two years by refinancing some $150 million in outstanding bonds. The projected savings include $2.1 million during the current fiscal year and up to $9.4 million during the fiscal year that starts July 1, said Mark S. Kaiser of the state Office of Administration. Savings in subsequent years are expected to be significantly less...
Burglary suspect killed by police (10/10/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police shot and killed an 18-year-old burglary suspect after a manhunt led them from Strafford to an apartment complex in Springfield. Michael Meadows of Strafford was killed Wednesday evening after he allegedly pointed a weapon at a Springfield police officer, said officer Matt Brown, spokesman for Springfield Police Department...
Holden wants to make it a felony to carry weapons onto schools (10/10/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden called on the legislature Thursday to pass a law making it a felony to carry a concealed weapon onto school property. The legislature voted Sept. 11 to override Holden's veto of a bill allowing concealed weapons, and the new law will likely take effect Saturday. A St. Louis judge hearing a challenge to the law hopes to decide Friday on a request to put the law on hold...
Judge hopes to issue a decision today in concealed weapons case (10/10/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis judge hoped to decide today whether to issue a temporary restraining order delaying Missouri's new concealed weapons law from taking effect until the state's Supreme Court can determine if the measure is constitutional. St. ...
House committee OKs $87 billion for efforts in Iraq (10/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- A House committee handed a victory to President Bush on Thursday by approving nearly $87 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan and fending off lawmakers who wanted Iraq to eventually repay some of the aid. The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee approved the legislation by 47-14, paving the way to likely approval by the full House next Wednesday or Thursday. All 14 "no" votes were from Democrats, but 15 Democratic members voted for the measure...
People talk 10/10/03 (10/10/03)
AOL gets busy in Boise to make amends BOISE, Idaho -- "You've got an apology." Not to mention concert tickets. Internet provider America Online has apologized to state and local officials for a newspaper ad that suggested Idaho's capital city wasn't a fit place to launch a new product...
Transit workers sue over 9-11 (10/10/03)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Six PATH workers who claim that their trains were not diverted from the World Trade Center station quickly enough on Sept. 11, 2001, have sued the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "All these people have suffered emotional, post-traumatic stress and tremendous guilt, as some of the disembarked passengers perished," their lawyer, Samuel J. Rosenthal, said Thursday...
Conservatives rebuke Episcopal Church on gay issue (10/10/03)
DALLAS -- With a schism in the Episcopal Church looking ever more likely, angry conservatives formally denounced the denomination's growing acceptance of gay relationships Thursday and pleaded with Anglican bishops worldwide to help them reorganize the American church...
Schwarzenegger names team for transition in California (10/10/03)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced key members of his transition team Thursday, saying the first thing they would do is conduct an audit to find out just how serious the state's deficit is. He also called on Gov. Gray Davis not to make any more appointments or sign legislation in the waning days of his administration, although Schwarzenegger acknowledged it is Davis' right to do so...
New $20 bills with touch of peach color introduced (10/10/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The new $20 bill introduced Thursday gives Old Hickory a touch of color. Politicians, government officials and school children gathered at the Hermitage -- President Andrew Jackson's plantation southeast of downtown Nashville -- for one of about 30 ceremonies nationwide to introduce the new color of money to the public...
91-year-old admits to bank robbery (10/10/03)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- A 91-year-old man who walks with a cane and is hard of hearing pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing nearly $2,000 from a bank, his third such robbery in less than five years. Leaning on his cane and wearing a headset to listen to the judge, J.L. Hunter "Red" Rountree initially responded "not guilty" when asked for his plea...
Gun industry nears national exemption on liability suits (10/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- After years fending off lawsuits, gun manufacturers appear close to getting Congress to exempt them from suits blaming them for gun crimes and seeking millions of dollars in damages. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has 44 Republican co-sponsors for his bill to immunize gun manufacturers and distributors from lawsuits arising out of the use of guns in crimes...
New Napster wakes up (10/10/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Nearly a year after the Napster brand was rescued from the ashes of the ruined file-swapping service, a revamped online music store bearing the familiar name debuted Thursday in limited release. A test version of Napster 2.0 launched with more than a half-million songs from all the major music labels and with individual song and album downloads as well as a subscription service...
Garbage collectors end strike in Chicago (10/10/03)
CHICAGO -- Union garbage collectors voted overwhelmingly Thursday to end a nine-day strike that left stinking piles of trash around the Chicago area. Members of the Teamsters union, following the recommendation of their negotiators, voted 1,540 to 373 to accept a pact giving workers a 28 percent raise in wages and benefits over five years...
Bush presses on progress made in Iraq (10/10/03)
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- President Bush sought to counter rising criticism about Iraq by touting what he sees as postwar progress, but a fresh burst of violence there Thursday did not help his public-relations offensive. Bush has complained in recent days that good news out of Iraq has not been getting through the "filter" of the news media. So in a speech to reservists and members of the National Guard in New Hampshire Thursday, he was ready to offer success stories...
Suicide car bombing at Baghdad police station kills eight (10/10/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide car bomber crashed a white Oldsmobile into a police station in Iraq's largest Shiite Muslim enclave Thursday, killing himself, nine others and wounding as many as 45. Earlier, gunmen -- one dressed as a Shiite cleric -- shot and killed a Spanish military attache...
U.S. Army arrests resistance leader believed responsible for bo (10/10/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- U.S. troops on Thursday arrested an Iraqi resistance leader believed to be responsible for scores of deadly attacks against American forces around Saddam Hussein's hometown, officials said. The 720th Military Police Battalion, in a series of overnight and midday raids of small farming hamlets along the Tigris River, also uncovered a factory where deadly roadside bombs were being built...
Many wonder if pope or Havel will win Nobel Peace Prize (10/10/03)
OSLO, Norway -- Pope John Paul II, who lobbied vigorously against the Iraq war, and former Czech President Vaclav Havel, who has long promoted human rights worldwide, topped the list of likely winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in the hours before Friday's announcement...
Koizumi orders lower house dissolved in call for general electi (10/10/03)
TOKYO -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi ordered the lower house of Japan's Parliament dissolved today, paving the way for national elections that he's counting on to strengthen his party. The dissolution places the 480 seats of the powerful lower house up for grabs. Koizumi is expected to set Nov. 9 as the date for the balloting...
Breast cancer study halted to announce positive results (10/10/03)
TORONTO -- Researchers were so encouraged by early results from a study on preventing breast cancer recurrence that they halted their work so more women can benefit from the findings. The study, published online Thursday by the New England Journal of Medicine, showed breast cancer patients who follow up five years of tamoxifen treatment with letrozole, an estrogen suppressor, cut the risk of recurrence by nearly half...
Yemen arrests suspected al-Qaida members (10/10/03)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Yemeni agents arrested five suspected members of an al-Qaida cell and uncovered evidence they were planning attacks against Western targets, a security official said Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said six other suspected members of the cell are still at large, and at least one is thought to be hiding in neighboring Saudi Arabia...
Suicide car bombing at Baghdad police station kills eight (10/10/03)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The preliminary U.S. congressional approval of sanctions against Syria sparked fierce condemnation from Damascus Thursday, with one Syrian official calling it a "biased and illogical act" that would damage U.S.-Syria relations and dim chances for peace in the Middle East...
Israeli forces enter Palestinian refugee camp (10/10/03)
RAFAH, Gaza Strip -- A large Israeli armed force rolled into the Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza-Egypt border early Friday on a mission to destroy tunnels used for smuggling arms, witnesses and military sources said. Witnesses said a large number of tanks and other armored vehicles entered Rafah from two directions. They were joined by special forces, including engineering units with dogs trained to uncover tunnels...
Jackson's offense silences Central in win (10/10/03)
Central has had its share of struggles in the first half at home this season. The Tigers trailed North County by three. They led Dexter by only a touchdown. But after strong second-half performances secured victories in its last two home games, Central couldn't overcome a 14-0 halftime deficit Thursday night at Houck Stadium and lost 27-14 to Jackson...
Three visitors to test Central's perfect mark (10/10/03)
Central's boys soccer team is off to one of its fastest starts in school history. The Tigers (14-0) will put their perfect record to the test this weekend when they play a three-game, two-day series against Columbia Hickman, Springfield Glendale and Springfield Kickapoo...
Upcoming high school football games (10/10/03)
Park Hills Central (3-2) at Scott City (2-3) Last week: Scott City 55, Chaffee 14; Park Hills Central 7, Orchard Farm 0 Last year: Park Hills Central 48, Scott City 14 Notes: The Rams' offense has been impressive over the last six quarters by posting more than 600 yards, but the Rams will have to prove they can play four quarters against a legitimate opponent. ...
Advance, Bell City reach title match (10/10/03)
Top-seeded Advance and third-seeded Bell City will meet Saturday for the championship of the Stoddard County Activities Association volleyball tournament. In Thursday's semifinals, host Advance rolled past fifth-seeded Bloomfield 25-10, 25-14 and Bell City surprised second-seeded Dexter 25-17, 25-12...
Otahkian soccer gets look at OVC's new teams (10/10/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team will get its first look at the Ohio Valley Conference's two new squads this weekend. And coach Heather Nelson believes the Otahkians will have to be on top of their game to continue their long OVC regular-season winning streak...
Loss takes luster off Tigers-'Huskers battle (10/10/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In August, Nebraska and Missouri both could have envisioned being 5-0 headed into their Big 12 showdown. At least one team held up its end of the bargain. The 10th-ranked Huskers (5-0, 1-0) bring a perfect record into Saturday night's game. Missouri (4-1, 1-0) is still smarting from a fourth-quarter collapse at Kansas two weeks ago, it's last game, spoiling the aura of an unbeaten matchup that had assured a sellout...
MacInnis has big goal in possible last hurrah (10/10/03)
ST. LOUIS -- If this is the last roundup, Al MacInnis wants to go out in style. The Blues' new captain is entering the final year of a three-year contract, he's 40, and the NHL is braced for labor difficulty after this season. So it's been assumed that this would be a natural finish line...
Safety ruled out of Monday night's game (10/10/03)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It'll definitely be another week before Jason Sehorn makes his debut with the St. Louis Rams. The free safety was ruled out by coach Mike Martz on Thursday due to soreness in the left foot he broke in late July. Martz is hopeful Sehorn, who has missed 10 weeks, can play next week...
Marlins put 'fans' back in the seats (10/10/03)
By Steven Wine ~ The Associated Press MIAMI -- Call them fickle. Call them discerning. Either way, Florida Marlins fans are back on the bandwagon -- through this weekend, at least. In recent years the Marlins have played in front of more empty seats than perhaps any team in sports. But they expect sellout crowds of 65,000 for each of their three home games against the Chicago Cubs in the NL championship series, which is tied 1-all...
Please, put a cork in it (10/10/03)
MIAMI -- It doesn't matter who the player is or how dazzling his stats are, some blunders are just too big to forget. Think Jose Canseco will ever hear the end of that ball bouncing off his head and over the fence? Or Bill Buckner. It's almost 20 years later, and he's still razzed about that grounder going through his legs...
Prosecution gives woman's account, evidence to judge (10/10/03)
EAGLE, Colo. -- The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape told police a flirtatious encounter quickly turned ugly when he grabbed her by the neck, bent her over a chair and attacked her, repeatedly asking, "You're not going to tell anybody about this, right?"...
Jaguars' punter has ax-cident in locker room (10/10/03)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Chris Hanson swung and missed. No, not at a ball he was trying to kick, but at the wood he was trying to chop. The Jaguars punter needed surgery to close up a gash on his right, non-kicking, leg Thursday after he miscalibrated while using an ax to hack at the massive tree stump that coach Jack Del Rio placed in the locker room a few weeks ago...
Yankees climb into a series tie with Red Sox (10/10/03)
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte and Nick Johnson showed the Boston Red Sox the grit that makes the New York Yankees so tough in October. Pettitte fought off early struggles to hold down Boston's bashing batters, and the slumping Johnson hit a go-ahead, two-run homer that powered New York to a 6-2 victory Thursday night and tied the AL championship series...
Fall turkey season can be dangerous but rewarding (10/10/03)
Thanksgiving is still more than six weeks away, but it soon will be time for hunters to try and supply the main course for the dinner. Missouri's fall firearms turkey season opens Monday and continues through Sunday, Oct. 26. Fall turkey hunting is not quite as popular as the spring season in Missouri. This is most evident when you compare harvest figures...
State again testing deer for wasting disease (10/10/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Conservation Department is asking deer hunters in 30 counties to take part in the second year of testing for chronic wasting disease. Like last year, the department is trying to gather samples from 200 deer in each of the counties. Participation in the program by hunters is voluntary...
Coaches strike back with suit against troublesome parent (10/10/03)
Out-of-control parents in the stands at high school games have become a cliche. Finally, one of them has become a defendant. A girls basketball coach in western Virginia and two of his assistants each have filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $1.35 million in damages from a parent they claim staged a "vendetta" against them...
Sideline chatter 10/10/03 (10/10/03)
Customer service takes a hit Erik Morales had to take care of a little pre-fight business before he took care of Guty Espadas in a super-featherweight fight on Saturday's pay-per-view card in Los Angeles. Two days before the fight, Morales got a call from his wife in Tijuana, asking him to re-establish their satellite-TV service so she could watch the fight. So he dutifully phoned the satellite company...
Strategic planning (10/10/03)
Fun fact -- October is Strategic Planning Month. How often do we fly without a flight plan? As fourth quarter is upon us, we should be thinking about setting some time aside for some planning for the next year. In just one day, of uninterrupted time, we can utilize the following steps for strategic planning:...
Are your assets really diversified? (10/10/03)
You've heard the old investment adage, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It's good advice. A diversified portfolio should be at the core of any well-planned investment strategy. While a worthy goal at any age, it's especially desirable as your net worth grows over the years...
Try Puerto Vallarta for a quick weekend get-a-way (10/10/03)
This was not my first visit to the land where the setting sun is bigger and more fiery than any place else in the world, and it spreads like orange mercury over Banderas Bay before disappearing behind the horizon. But this visit was more enjoyable than many in the past. For one thing, it was just me and my better half, which in today's hectic world of kids, sports, work, church and the ever-dreaded housework, was a nice escape to say the least...
Course notes on paying for college (10/10/03)
Concerned about the cost of a college education? Chances are you have plenty of company, considering that the average cost of a four-year tuition (including room and board) is now estimated at $108,000 for private colleges and $42,000 for state schools. And if current projections are correct, those figures will jump to $260,000 and $100,000 respectively by the time an infant born in 2002 is ready to enroll...
Vacation was great, but so is home (10/10/03)
The next time you see me sitting in a restaurant at an airport terminal eating a big bowl of chili before boarding a transatlantic flight, just bonk me in the head with a two-by-four and put me out of misery. I wish I had told you to do that before my wife and I left on our recent vacation. I think the first part of our travels would have been much more pleasant...
Fantastic features in Accord (10/10/03)
srobertson Honda could be on its way to creating the perfect car with the new Accord model. "Daddy, how much longer until we're there?" I'll bet I've heard that question a thousand times on long trips, and I've often wished there were some way the kids could just ask the family car that question, instead of bothering me every 10 minutes...
Artifacts 10/10/03 (10/10/03)
Octoberfest at Black Forest this weekend The 13th annual Octoberfest will be presented Saturday and Sunday at Black Forest Village. Octoberfest will offer traditional working crafts, fine arts, kettle popped corn and barbecue sandwiches, apple cider and bluegrass music by the Coyote Creek Band...
At the theaters 10/10/03 (10/10/03)
'Cold Creek Manor' Starring Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Juliette Lewis, Stephen Dorff, Christopher Plummer, Dana Eskelson, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Wilson. A couple and their kids move to a house in the country, but their idyllic family life is threatened when a man reveals that there's more to the house than meets the eye -- it seems that the original owners were brutally murdered...
Something about bridges (10/10/03)
When Jane Hinton's sons were old enough to leave home, she began searching out bridges. Bridges enthrall her. Talking about bridges excites her. When she travels, Hinton convinces security people on bridges to let her climb on top of them and underneath them, spending hours seeing what she can see through her cameras...
Everybody's a critic - 'School of Rock' (10/10/03)
Three and a half stars (out of four) First of all, in spite of the PG-13 rating and the television previews (which I don't think represent it very well), this is one of the best family movies in years. Maybe the best since "Shrek." It is also gratifying to adults because the script doesn't condescend to children and because it really loves its subject matter, which is rock music...
New on CD (10/10/03)
'Glamoured' Cassandra Wilson prefers not to sing standards, but rather to set her own standards that easily cross musical borders. She shuns the jazz singer's traditional accompaniment of piano and horns, choosing to complement her deep, husky voice with a soundscape dominated by guitars and percussion...
NYPD stiffs Springsteen (10/10/03)
NEW YORK -- Is Bruce Springsteen making the NYPD blue? The New Jersey rocker closed out his recent world tour with three shows at Shea Stadium, where he reportedly aggravated city police by performing "American Skin (41 Shots)" -- a song inspired by the 1999 shooting of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo by four officers...
Country heroes hitch up to younger stars (10/10/03)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The last time Willie Nelson had a No. 1 hit was back in 1989, when George Bush was president. Fourteen years later, there's another Bush in the White House, and Nelson is back on top of the charts -- this time with "Beer for my Horses," a No. 1 duet with Toby Keith...
Keene - Review charitable giving in light of new tax act (10/10/03)
Taxpayers who donate to their favorite charities -- particularly more affluent donors -- should review their charitable giving plans in light of the new tax act. While the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act does not directly alter any charitable planning laws, the reduction of ordinary income tax rates and capital gains and dividend tax rates will have an impact on how you design a charitable giving program...
Scott County tax liens (10/10/03)
Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 545-3551...
Bankruptcies for October 2003 (10/10/03)
BANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies filed through Oct. 10 for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscott, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Stoddard County tax liens (10/10/03)
Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 568-3444...
Recognition (10/10/03)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI The Cape Girardeau Area Medical Society Alliance officers for 2003-2004 have been announced. They are: Suzanne Bias, treasurer; Cathy Clippard, secretary; Linda Wiggans, president-elect; and Kelly Morton, president. The alliance is a public health advocacy network made up of physician's spouses. The group focuses on projects that promote the good health of our community...
Microsoft tweaks Explorer to address ruling (10/10/03)
CNET News.com Microsoft is moving ahead with what it calls "modest changes" to Windows and Internet Explorer as a result of the patent suit brought against it by Eolas Technologies. On Oct. 7, the company released the changes to the Windows operating system and the IE browser. It also launched a Web site offering advice to Web developers who use the browser to design their own sites and applications, and who work with tools from companies including Apple Computer, Macromedia and RealNetworks...
Letter - Missouri Chamber responds to Holden's attack (10/10/03)
To the editor: The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the University of Missouri joined forces recently to host the Missouri Job Summit, an attempt to bring together employers and policymakers to find solutions to Missouri's staggering job loss. ...
Guest editorial - Cooperation gave Noranda a fighting chance (10/10/03)
By Peter Kinder President pro-tem of the Missouri Senate A key success of the legislative session we concluded in May was passage of a bill that allowed the Noranda Aluminum plant to keep its doors open as the Bootheel's largest employer. Noranda employs more than 1,100 of our people in our state's poorest region, mostly in high-paying union jobs where they are represented by the United Steelworkers of America...
TV series filmed at Marble Hill-area campground (10/10/03)
Cooking camp attendees from many states By Jim Obert Business Today Whippoorwill Lake, off Highway 51 in Bollinger County between Marble Hill and Zalma, is a 135-acre, family-oriented campground that offers cabins, RV sites with electrical hook-ups, walking and horse-riding trails, a well-stocked 14-acre lake with sand beach, a stage for musical events, hot showers and more...
Cape auto parts seller lauded for work history (10/10/03)
Business Today For the first time, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce awarded its Commitment to Excellence Award to a wholesale distributor -- Auto Tire and Parts. The award was presented at the Industry Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 1 at the Show Me Center...
Business briefs (10/10/03)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CAPE GIRARDEAU SmartStyle Family Hair Salon has opened inside Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau. Kitchen Gizmos & Gadgets has opened at 210 Independence. The owner is Rich Bering. SD Internet Management has opened at 1707 Mount Auburn. The owners are Luke Sample and Brandon Drury...
Airport project gets additional funding (10/10/03)
Business Today KENNETT -- The start of construction of the airport improvement and expansion project may soon get under way. Johnny Dalton, chairman of the Kennett Memorial Airport Board, said the city has been authorized by the Missouri Department of Transportation to award the project to Chester Bross Construction Co. of Hannibal, Mo...
VNA adds medical equipment service (10/10/03)
Business Today The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Southeast Missouri has opened two new medical equipment stores in Southeast Missouri and plans to open two more in the next few months. The new stores are in Kennett at 1112 S. Bypass and in Dexter at 1626 Business Highway 60. ...
People in the news (10/10/03)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Ellen Mell and Dan Zembsch have joined the sales and marketing staff at Copi-Rite in Cape Girardeau. Richard Phillips of Cape Girardeau has been promoted to district manager for Modern Woodmen of America. Robin Naeger has joined Century 21 Brown & Associates in Perryville as a broker/associate...
MoDOT proposes change in ownership of highways (10/10/03)
Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- Turning over responsibility for 25 percent of the state highway system to local governments could prove a tough sell for the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT is pursuing the possibility of transferring ownership of 8,050 miles of state highways to cities and counties. But department officials acknowledge that local leaders will have to be convinced the idea is beneficial to all parties in order for the plan to go anywhere...
Letter - Missouri badly in need of tort reform (10/10/03)
To the editor: Tort reform in Missouri has been delayed again with the veto of Senate Bill 280. Missouri continues to fall behind economically as other states move forward with plans to improve the business environments. Unless and until we address the issue of tort reform, Missouri will continue to struggle with job creation, health care costs and tax revenue collections...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (10/10/03)
Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 243-8123...
Show-Me Rental is three businesses in one (10/10/03)
By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - When Bob and Marlene Bell and Tom and Debbie Dirnberger purchased Show-Me Rental earlier this year, they knew they were stepping into a long-time thriving business. What they didn't know was how quickly it would grow...
New tech firm opens in downtown Cape (10/10/03)
A new computer and networking firm , I.T. WerX, has opened in the H&H building in downtown Cape Girardeau. Locally owned and operated, I.T. WerX, provides computer and networking services to residential and business customers. Computer services currently offered by the company include computer repairs with on-site service available, upgrades, computer repair services, sales of complete computer systems and consultations on new technologies...
Former Union Planters Bank building sold in Cape (10/10/03)
New bank to open on Broadway downtown Business Today One of Cape Girardeau's most recognized downtown banking landmarks, located at 325 Broadway, has been sold by Union Planters Bank to Merriwether Investments, a Cape Girardeau real estate investment corporation owned by Jon and Jerrianne Wyman. Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., represented Union Planters Bank in the sale...
CPU adds insurance products option (10/10/03)
CPU Professional Payroll Service in Cape Girardeau recently formed an alliance with Colonial Supplemental Insurance Co. This alliance allows CPU to offer its payroll service clients supplemental insurance products to enhance their employee benefit programs...
Convenience store approved for new bridge area (10/10/03)
Business Today The Cape Girardeau City Council voted 6-1 Oct. 6 to approve plans by Clila LP to build a Bi-State Southern convenience store and gas station on the southeast corner of the intersection near the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. In approving the project, the council agreed to issue a special use permit and rezone property from residential to commercial...
Studies - University boosts regional economy (10/10/03)
Southeast Missouri State University boosts the regional economy with student expenditures of $51.2 million annually, and a total university impact of $125.6 million, according to two related studies recently completed by Southeast students and professors in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business...
Casino Aztar gross revenue dipped last year (10/10/03)
By Marc Powers Special to Business Today JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The gross earnings of Casino Aztar in Caruthersville during the last fiscal year slipped 6 percent from the previous year, according to the Missouri Gaming Commission's latest annual report on the industry...
Column - How to recognize the right salesperson (10/10/03)
By John R. Graham What does it take to be the type of salesperson who produces positive results year after year? Just ask any sales manager or salesperson this question. Each one will have a ready answer. Not surprisingly, it usually mirrors the way they think of themselves...
Venture capital showing signs of rebound (10/10/03)
Except for an unprecedented peak in investments in 2000, venture capital investing has been on a rocky road since the turn of the 21st century. With the bursting of the "tech bubble" in 2000 and the national recession, venture capital investing has been on the decline from quarter to quarter for the past two years. This downward trend finally came to an end in the second quarter of 2003...
Magnolia Davis (10/10/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Magnolia Davis, 90, of Sikeston died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born Sept. 4, 1913, in Oxford, Miss., the daughter of John W. and Rosie Lee Webb Simmons. She first married Percy Jenkins. He preceded her in death. She then married Melvin Davis Sr. He also preceded her in death...
Minnie Bush (10/10/03)
Minnie O. Bush, 93, of Jackson died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 12, 1910, at Kurreville, Mo., daughter of Louis and Wilhelmine Haupt Schmidt. She and Charley Bush were married March 20, 1954. He died Jan. 1, 1961...
Ervin Arnzen Sr. (10/10/03)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Ervin Joseph Arnzen Sr., 77, of Leopold died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 19, 1926, at Laflin, Mo., son of August William and Anna Maria Magdelena Scharenborg Arnzen. He and Dorothy Louise Holzum were married March 31, 1951, at St. John Catholic Church...
Robert Boner Jr. (10/10/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Robert Lee Boner Jr., 52, of Advance died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in Margate, Fla. He was born April 9, 1951, in Belleville, Ill., son of Robert Lee and Joan Maxine Boner Sr. Boner was a 1970 graduate of Advance High School. He was an inspector with TVA Nuclear Power Co. in Homestead, Fla...
Clyde Sims Sr. (10/10/03)
Clyde Sims Sr., 61, of Anna died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, in Wildwood, Fla. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Marblin Bird (10/10/03)
Marblin Ulas Bird, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Tiptonville, Tenn., son of Everett O. and Ella M. Johns Bird. He and Marie Criddle were married in 1971. Bird worked at Southeast Missouri Hospital 10 years. He worked 25 years at Cape Girardeau Public Works Department, retiring in 2001...
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