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Stories from Sunday, December 28, 2003

Working overtime (12/28/03)
and Heidi Hall ~ Southeast Missourian Businesses and public safety departments are left patching holes and filling gaps for perhaps up to 18 months while National Guard units such as the 1140th Engineer Battalion take valuable employees with them when they are deployed in a week...
1140th graphic (12/28/03)
A SOLDIER'S EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION A Soldier's employment status is protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994. The act provides the following protection:...
World briefs 15A (12/28/03)
Head of nuclear watchdog agency arrives in Libya TRIPOLI, Libya -- The director of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency and a team of experts arrived in Libya on Saturday to follow up on Moammar Gadhafi's promise to dispose of his weapons of mass destruction. ...
County's speed limits get a test in court case (12/28/03)
A driver accused of speeding on a Cape Girardeau County road is challenging the 30-year-old ordinance that set speed limits on county roads. On Monday, Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp will hear the case filed against Ricky A. Ross of Cape Girardeau. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper ticketed Ross June 23 for driving his 2001 Jeep 19 mph over the posted 35 mph limit on County Road 205...
Having a ball off the tournament court (12/28/03)
Despite bright blue skies and bright sunshine outdoors, the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center was a choice spot Saturday to spend the holidays, watch some basketball and socialize. Brandon Bueter, 18, of Leopold sat in the stands with three young women to his left. Having played a 9 a.m. game against Meadow Heights, his agenda included staying until 9 Saturday night. This is his fifth year attending the tournament...
Columbia finds fresh use for old PCs (12/28/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Year in and year out, the city government buys dozens of new computers and auctions off old ones for modest sums. Now, the city's purchasing director has found a better use for the outdated machines: Clean out any sensitive data, install new programs and donate the computers to needy families...
Humane Society rescue makes room (12/28/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Like figurines from a Christmas Nativity scene, the farm animals at the Longmeadow rescue ranch linger motionless round their mangers, reposing after breakfast. Among them are horses, a piglet that greets guests with peekaboo girlishness and a cow that was once the down payment for a car...
Father finds his son in Arizona after a lifetime spent apart (12/28/03)
LEADWOOD, Mo. -- The father kept the photos of his son tucked in a drawer, fading reminders of the smiling baby he last held in his arms nearly 60 years ago. Bill Iahn had few memories of his only child besides the pictures: one showed him as a young soldier with a dimple-chinned baby in a high chair, another was a portrait of his son on a rocking horse with the inscription, "To My Daddy, Dec. 25, 1945."...
St. Louis officers settle claims of harassment by priest (12/28/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Two St. Louis police officers have settled lawsuits claiming they were sexually harassed by a Catholic priest who was serving on the Police Board, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Details of the settlements were confidential, the newspaper reported Saturday...
Judge denies claim seeking to prevent Ste. Gen cement plant (12/28/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Land Reclamation Commission did not violate the state's open meeting laws when it issued a permit allowing Holcim Inc. to mine limestone at a Ste. Genevieve County quarry as part of its plans to build the nation's largest cement plant, a judge has ruled...
Illinois tosses out 80,000 tests used for academic standards (12/28/03)
CHICAGO -- Some Illinois schools met federal math and reading standards this year because more than 80,000 tests used to measure the schools were tossed out by state education officials, according to a published report. Discarded test scores helped 23 schools avoid failing in reading and 22 schools avoid failing in math, the Chicago Tribune reported in its editions today...
Explosives used to help search for snowboarders (12/28/03)
PROVO, Utah -- Rescue dogs joined emergency teams Saturday in the search for three snowboarders feared dead in an avalanche in the backcountry of northern Utah. A helicopter crew dropped explosives in Provo Canyon in the morning to break up potential snow slides so search teams could safely get into the area. Rescue dogs were brought in to try to pick up the scent of the missing men...
Mudslide searchers still hope to locate survivors (12/28/03)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Search and rescue teams Saturday found the bodies of two more people caught by a mudslide that smothered a mountain church camp in a canyon burned bare by fall wildfires in the San Bernardino Mountains. Seven bodies have been recovered, and seven people remain missing, from a Christmas Day mudslide that ran through St. Sophia Camp. Another mudslide Thursday killed two people at another campground about five miles away...
Poll- Public support for Medicare bill wavers (12/28/03)
WASHINGTON -- The American public initially supports Medicare legislation providing help with prescription drugs, but that support fades when presented with criticism of the bill signed into law this year, a poll released Saturday suggests. Asked whether they support "a Medicare bill which among other things provides prescription drug coverage and allows private companies to provide some services," almost two-thirds, 63 percent, said yes, according to the poll by the National Annenberg Election Survey. ...
Experts provide advice on beef cuts to buyers (12/28/03)
With the nation experiencing its first case of mad cow disease, the grocery store's meat aisle has become a place where consumers worry about more than the prices. Several food safety experts offer this advice to consumers worried about contracting the human form of the disease: Don't eat cow brains. And if you are especially concerned, avoid ground beef if you don't know what part of the cow it came from...
Plea bargain offered in murder case against Florida boy (12/28/03)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida boy whose murder conviction and life sentence in the slaying of a 6-year-old playmate were thrown out this month could be freed from prison almost immediately under a new plea bargain offered by prosecutors. The deal is identical to one Lionel Tate and his mother rejected in 2001, before he went to trial, prosecutors said Friday...
Dropping the ball (12/28/03)
NEW YORK -- Only one man holds the key to this room deep under Times Square, where the only sounds are a hissing pipe and a rumbling subway overhead. Behind the blue padlocked door are the pieces of the New Year's ball that will mark midnight as it slides 77 feet down a pole atop One Times Square...
Both D.C. sniper defendants convicted; who pulled the trigger (12/28/03)
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Both snipers have been convicted, but the verdicts have left a nagging question: Which of them pulled the trigger in the shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three others in and around the nation's capital in October 2002?...
Sick cow traced to Canada may save U.S. beef trade (12/28/03)
WASHINGTON -- Investigators tentatively traced the first U.S. cow with mad cow disease to Canada, which could help determine the scope of the outbreak and might even limit the economic damage to the American beef industry. Dr. Ron DeHaven, the Agriculture Department's chief veterinarian, said on Saturday that Canadian officials provided records indicating the sick Holstein was in a herd of 74 cattle shipped from Alberta, Canada, into this country in August 2001 at Eastport, Idaho...
Authorities recall cow parts used in nonfood products (12/28/03)
Cow parts -- including hooves, bones, fat and innards -- are used in everything from hand cream and antifreeze to poultry feed and gardening soils. In the next tangled phase of the mad cow investigation, federal inspectors are concentrating on byproducts from the tainted Holstein, which might have gone to a half-dozen distributors in the Northwest, said Dalton Hobbs, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Agriculture...
Government takes back WTC grants (12/28/03)
NEW YORK -- A government program designed to aid lower Manhattan businesses after the attack on the World Trade Center took back $1.2 million in grants it had given to 66 businesses after realizing they were overpaid. The World Trade Center Business Recovery Grant Program mistakenly doled out too much money to the businesses, said the Empire State Development Corporation, which administers the program...
Mao Zedong's great-grandson born on former leader's birthday (12/28/03)
BEIJING -- Nearly three decades after his death, Mao Zedong has a new title: Great-grandfather. Mao's first great-grandson was born this week on the 110th anniversary of Mao's birth, a newspaper reported Saturday. The son of Mao Xinyu was born Friday at a Beijing hospital, the Beijing Times said. It said the family hadn't chosen a name yet...
Horn of dilemmas (12/28/03)
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti -- Three high-definition television screens, a bank of green military radios and detailed maps line the walls. Laptop computers cover three rows of tables. And military officers like Lt. Cdr. Victor Cooper keep 24-hour vigil, tracking terrorists from afar...
Traumatized young people in Aceh province recount horrors of wa (12/28/03)
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Accused of being a spy for Acehnese rebels, 16-year-old Milo Andrian allegedly suffered beatings for days at the hands of Indonesian security officers. Now he sits motionless in a mental hospital staring vacantly. He no longer recognizes his mother...
Rebels assault bases in coordinated attack (12/28/03)
KARBALA, Iraq -- In the biggest rebel attack since Saddam Hussein's capture, suicide bombers and assailants with mortars and grenade launchers blasted coalition military bases and the governor's office in this southern city Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding at least 172...
Milosevic poised to win parliamentary seat in absentia in Serb (12/28/03)
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- It looks like another rough day for Serbian politics today -- four indicted war criminals are running for parliament. The elections could result in seats for at least two of them, Slobodan Milosevic and a former associate. They won't be taking those seats, since both are in jail in The Hague, awaiting trial. But their election will deal a prestige blow to U.S. and European hopes of fostering a pro-Western democratic leadership...
Chinese officials announce first suspected case of SARS (12/28/03)
BEIJING -- China on Saturday announced its first suspected SARS case since July, saying the patient was hospitalized in the southern province where the virus is believed to have originated. The man, a 32-year-old television station employee, checked into a hospital in Guangdong on Dec. 20 with a headache and fever, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said the man was transferred Wednesday to a quarantine ward and declared a suspected case of severe acute respiratory syndrome on Friday...
Villagers wait to return home after deadly leak plugged (12/28/03)
DUNHAO, China -- Sitting in their temporary shelter in a government office, Xiong Qimei hugged her two sons and waited anxiously Saturday for word that they could return to their village after crews sealed a gas well in China's southwest that spewed toxic fumes and killed at least 198 people...
Scientists cling to hope that mother ship will make contact wit (12/28/03)
LONDON -- Europe's first Mars probe remained silent for a third day, but scientists clung to the hope Saturday that the Beagle 2 spacecraft had landed safely on the Red Planet and would respond to a call from its mother ship in about a week. "We haven't yet played all our cards," said David Southwood, the European Space Agency's director of science. "The baby, we believe, is down on the surface and the mother is very anxious to get in touch."...
20,000 dead as Iran adds to quake toll (12/28/03)
BAM, Iran -- Relatives and rescuers used everything from bare hands to bulldozers Saturday to retrieve victims of a powerful earthquake that crumbled vast swaths of this city of mud-brick buildings into powder and frost-chilled rubble, killing thousands of people...
U.S. forces drawn into deadly gunbattle (12/28/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Suspected al-Qaida fighters ambushed Afghan security forces near the Pakistani border Saturday, and U.S. forces were drawn into the deadly gunbattle that ensued, a local commander said. A senior Afghan intelligence official and six attackers were killed at the scene in eastern Khost province, said Khial Baz, a military commander in Khost...
Charleston disposes of Notre Dame 70-41 (12/28/03)
Notre Dame held top-seed Charleston to 15 points in the first and third quarters combined on Saturday at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. Unfortunately for the No. 8 Bulldogs, in the second and fourth quarters Charleston scored 55 points en route to a 70-41 quarterfinal win. The Blue Jays will play Jackson at 6 p.m. Monday in the semifinals...
Scott City finds range, advances past Hornets (12/28/03)
Scott City had one 3-pointer in the first half and trailed Advance by four points on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. The Rams' frustrations ended in the second half as their long-distance call was finally answered...
Tigers pull away in second half, defeat Braves (12/28/03)
Seventh-seeded Scott County Central gave No. 2 Cape Girardeau Central a scare for three quarters Saturday night, but the Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Braves 84-69 in the quarterfinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament...
Jackson overcomes giant game by Bell City's Johnson (12/28/03)
Dominitrix Johnson put on a second straight show-stopping performance in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. But Jackson overcame Bell City's brilliant senior guard to come away with a 79-63 quarterfinal victory at the Show Me Center Saturday night...
Delta bounces back with consolation win (12/28/03)
Led by senior forward Zack Kelley's 26 points, the ninth-seeded Delta Bobcats rolled past No. 16 Chaffee 71-20 in the consolation bracket of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Saturday at the Show Me Center. The Bobcats (4-4) outscored the Red Devils 17-3 in the first quarter and never looked back. Their lead jumped to 39-8 at halftime...
Mizzou's struggles continue at Memphis (12/28/03)
The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis senior point guard Antonio Burks is starting to adapt to his role as team leader. Burks contributed leadership, spirit and 17 points Saturday as Memphis beat No. 11 Missouri 61-59, the Tigers' third loss in four games...
Holt finds his brother, Lions in way of record (12/28/03)
DETROIT -- Torry Holt will be met by a familiar face when he runs deep patterns through the middle of the field. His brother's. The St. Louis star will play against his younger sibling, Terrence, for the first time -- other than backyard games -- when St. Louis plays Detroit today...
Best and worst (12/28/03)
By Dave Goldberg ~ The Associated Press The accolades have gone out to Peyton Manning; Steve McNair; Jamal, Ray and Marvin Lewis; Bill Parcells; Bill Belichick; and 86 guys who made the Pro Bowl, some deserving, some not...
A fitting tribute for a father (12/28/03)
It's a relief when anything good can come from so much physical and emotional pain. In the specific case of Brett Favre it was downright uplifting, to see a man so honor his father, who at one point had also been his coach, by not just playing 24 hours after his death, but by playing his best, by playing so magically he elevated his teammates and brought an opponent to its knees...
Racers set torrid pace as OVC play approaches (12/28/03)
Murray State was picked third in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason men's basketball poll, based on voting by the league's coaches and sports information directors. But if ballots were collected now, the perennial OVC powerhouse Racers -- who slumped to a fourth-place tie last year -- would no doubt be the heavy favorite...
Letter to editor 12/28/03 (12/28/03)
To the editor: "I don't have to worry about the universities requirements; all I have to do is meet the NCAA requirements and sports will take me all the way through college." I overheard the star athlete of the graduating class make that boast to his band buddies. ...
New year. New you? (12/28/03)
Remember last year when you said you'd lose the 30 pounds you've gained since college and how you'd keep better organized so you could always find your car keys and remember where you put your mail? You tried -- for a few weeks -- and failed. But New Year's Day 2004 is just around the corner. It's time to make those resolutions, but this time could be different...
Boston's First Night is nation's largest, oldest (12/28/03)
BOSTON -- You won't find the best New Year's party in Boston in a trendy bar or swank hotel. You'll find it everywhere around you, in the "First Night" arts festival that draws a million visitors each year to the city's streets, churches and public buildings...
Country style with city convenience (12/28/03)
A lot of people love the privacy of a country home, but never make the move to the country because they prefer city conveniences. The home at 2808 Oakshire Drive in Tanglewood Estates brings you the best of both worlds. While the home itself is a traditional two-story Southern Colonial style house with vinyl siding and charming red shutters, it is in a wooded setting. ...
2003 was a year of defining moments in TV and movies (12/28/03)
Believe it or not, Arnold Schwarzenegger actually got elected California governor by promising to "Terminate" this-or-that, gossip wags fused Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez into one person and "The Matrix" sequels became too geeky for the geeks. Here's one take on Hollywood's dubious moments of 2003:...
James Caan tries series television in NBC's new show 'Las Vegas (12/28/03)
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- James Caan is not good at sitting still. The star of the NBC series "Las Vegas" is talking, gesturing and fidgeting in a makeup chair while his face and hair are smoothed and a fake tattoo transfer wiped off his forearm. He's also flirting with female cast members, conferring with a stuntman and worrying about when he'll find time to play host to friend Alec Baldwin, who has a guest appearance in this episode...
Lucille Thompson (12/28/03)
Lucille Hipps Thompson, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Cairo, Ill., the daughter of James A. and Jeanette Barton Hipps. She married Benjamin Cleo Hipps on March 30, 1940, in Jackson. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1963...
Harriett Merrill (12/28/03)
Harriett Ann Merrill, 55, a resident of Heartland Care and Rehab Center, Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 3, 1948, in Advance, Mo., daughter of the late Delmar S. and Inah Lou Jordan Merrill Fugier...
Floyd Ford (12/28/03)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Floyd Ford, 92, of Tamms died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Busby Cemetery in Goreville, Ill...
Robert Camp Sr. (12/28/03)
Robert Lee Camp, Sr., 75, of Scott City died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born July 4, 1928, in Green County, Ark., son of Andrew Louis and Sue Lawrence Camp. He and Geneva I. Breedlove were married Oct. 1, 1949. Camp was a clerk for Cotton Belt Railroad. He was a member of Illmo Baptist Church in Scott City; the Masonic Lodge in Paragould, Mo.; and the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, Southeast Missouri...
Claude Haubold (12/28/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Claude C. Haubold, 76, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Marston, Mo., son of Edward E. and Sinda B. Till Haubold. He and Barbara Walker Briggs were married June 11, 1977...
Mac Smith (12/28/03)
Melvin Mac Smith, 77, of Scott City died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Life Care Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1926, in Burlington, Iowa, son of James Charles and Dora Darlene Dixon Smith. He and Geneva Owens were married. She preceded him in death. He and Joan Wilfawn were married; she preceded him in death...
Mamie Chapman (12/28/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mamie K. Chapman, 91, of Anna died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born Aug. 21, 1912, in Poseyville, Ind., daughter of Sylvester and Stella May Grigsby Evans. She and Lowell Chapman were married Oct. 8, 1934. He died June 9, 1957...
Richard Knaebel (12/28/03)
Richard Wendell Knaebel of West Palm Beach, Fla., went to entertain the angels Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003. He was born Dec. 22, 1954, in Hollywood, Fla., and raised in Jefferson City, Mo. For most of his professional life, he worked as a health-care accountant. He was a former controller of Jupiter Medical Center, and until recently disabled, was assistant controller of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. He earned both a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA...
Ella Simmers (12/28/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ella Grace Simmers, 95, of Advance died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 12, 1908, in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., daughter of Bill and Nora Kinder Limbaugh. She and Vernie Simmers were married July 7, 1928, at Greenbrier, Mo. He died March 23, 1969...
Lungwitz-Ledure (12/28/03)
Amy Beth Lungwitz and Jason Andrew Ledure were married Sept. 27, 2003, at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Mo. The Rev. Paul Winningham performed the ceremony. Organist was Judy Sharp, and soloist was April Hemmann. The bride is the daughter of Eugene and Jane Lungwitz of Oak Ridge. The groom is the son of David and Sharon Ledure of Jackson...
Meyer-Boctor (12/28/03)
Jean Marie Meyer and Kareem Talaat Fuad Boctor were married May 24, 2003, at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. J. Friedel performed the ceremony. Pianist was Cheryl Oberhaus, flutist was Thuy Ha, and vocalist was Melissa Bauer. The bride is the daughter of Thomas M. and Mary E. Meyer of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Talaat and Aida Boctor of St. Louis...
Smith-Gerlach (12/28/03)
Manetta Sue "Susie" Smith and Terry Lee Gerlach Jr. exchanged vows Oct. 4, 2003, at Cape County Park South. Fred Poston performed the ceremony. Music was by Christy Schenimann of Broseley, Mo. The bride is the daughter of James and Wilma Smith of Gibbs, Mo. The groom is the son of Bob and Karen Keller of Cape Girardeau and Terry Lee Gerlach of Egypt Mills...
Ledbetter-Aufdenberg (12/28/03)
Donna Ledbetter and Don Aufdenberg were married Oct. 18, 2003, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit. The Rev. Mark Boettcher performed the ceremony. Organist was Wanda Aufdenberg of Jackson, and soloist was Michelle Spooler of Jackson. The bride is the daughter of Donald and Dena Ledbetter of Ullin, Ill. The groom is the son of Albert and Jackie Aufdenberg of Jackson...
Lacey-Breuer (12/28/03)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Michelle Ann Lacey and Robert L. Breuer V were married Nov. 15, 2003, at Tower Rock Winery. Paul Short performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Shari and Stuart Curet of Naples, Fla. The groom is the son of Robert and Cheryl L. Breuer IV of Altenburg...
Moran-Gurnow (12/28/03)
Heather Katharine Moran and Michael E. Gurnow were married April 12, 2003, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. Organist was Hope Essner and soloist was Renee Reinagel, both of Kelso. The bride is the daughter of David and Catherine Moran of Kelso. The groom is the son of Michael and Delia Gurnow of New Madrid, Mo...
Kelley-Harris (12/28/03)
Kendra Laura Kelley and Lannie S. Harris exchanged vows May 31, 2003. Judge Kenneth Shrum performed the ceremony. Music was by Trio Girardeaux. The bride is the daughter of Jayne and Loyd Ervin and Curtis "Skip" Kelley Jr., all of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Stella Harris Baxter of Marble Hill, Mo., and the late Claude Statler...
Lowell-Murray (12/28/03)
Vanessa Lowell and Stan Murray were married Aug. 2, 2003, at Whitewater Presbyterian Church in Sedgewickville, Mo. The Rev. Donald Blaylock performed the ceremony. Music was by Mary Blaylock of Perryville, Mo. The bride is the daughter of Ruth Ladd of Chaffee, Mo., and the late Elvin Ladd. The groom is the son of Elliott Murray of Sedgewickville, and the late Mabel Murray...
Moore-Bohannon (12/28/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau was the setting Sept. 27, 2003, for the wedding of Erin Moore and Benjamin Bohannon. The Rev. Ron Watts performed the ceremony. Pianist was Lisa Toll, cousin of the bride. Gary and Ruth Moore of Jefferson City, Mo., are parents of the bride. The groom is the son of Gary and Susie Bohannon of Benton...
Ulrich-Eaves (12/28/03)
Melinda Rae Ulrich and Warren Marshall Eaves were married Dec. 1 at Common Pleas Court House in Cape Girardeau. Judge Peter Statler performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Phil Ulrich of Cape Girardeau, and the late Linda Ulrich. The groom is the son of Paul and Pattie Consolo of Sahuarita, Ariz...
Carlton-Brown (12/28/03)
Michelle Ann Carlton and Gary Lee Brown were married Sept. 20, 2003, at Fruitland Community Church. Mike Parry performed the ceremony. Pianist was Sandy Boston of Thebes, Ill. Roger and Debbie Carlton of Jackson are parents of the bride. The groom is the son of Jeff and Karen Roth and Scott and Melanie Brown, all of Jackson...
Bloom-Rubel (12/28/03)
Michael and Marcia Bloom of Belton, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Louise Bloom, to Rory Jason Rubel. He is the son of Joyce Rubel of Scott City. Bloom is a 1998 graduate of Belton High School. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2003...
Moore- Preusser (12/28/03)
Nollie and Rhonda Moore of Pocahontas announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah LouAnne Moore, to Matthew Anthony Preusser. He is the son of Anthony and Iris Preusser of Friedheim. Moore is a graduate of Jackson High School. She is employed in the radiology department at St. Francis Medical Center...
Welker- Boese (12/28/03)
PATTON, Mo. -- Rod and Patty Welker of Patton announce the engagement of their daughter, La Costa Ranae Welker, to Danny Lee Boese. He is the son of Mary Boese and Chris Boese of Chaffee, Mo. Welker received an associate of science degree in office systems technology from Mineral Area College at Park Hills, Mo...
Burnett- Ressel (12/28/03)
Kelly Renee Burnett and Jason Bradley Ressel announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Larry W. and Paula Glueck of Chaffee, Mo. Ressel is the son of Bradley and Sandy Ressel of Scott City. Burnett is a 1997 graduate of Chaffee High School. She is majoring in secondary education at Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed at Do It Best Corp...
Vrbosky-Holmes (12/28/03)
Paul and Beth Vrbosky of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Jill Vrbosky of Cape Girardeau, to David Eugene Holmes Jr. He is the son of David and Kim Holmes of Rolla, Mo. Vrbosky is a 2000 graduate of Jackson High School. She expects to receive a bachelor of music degree from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2004. She is employed at Grace Cafe in Cape Girardeau...
Brooks-Hall (12/28/03)
John and Gwen Brooks of Warner Robins, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandy Leigh Brooks, to Christopher Jordan Hall. He is the son of Barry Hall and Bonny Kalb. Brooks is a 1999 graduate of Northside High School. She received a bachelor's degree in communication from Valdosta State University...
Cape police 12/28 (12/28/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Mark Bradley Rosenthal, 20, of 513 Second St., Cape Girardeau, was arrested Friday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear in court on a seat belt violation...
Cape fire 12/28 (12/28/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: At 5:10 p.m., an alarm sounding at 3120 Independence St. At 10:51 p.m., an emergency medical service at Independence and Sprigg streets. At 11:02 p.m., an alarm sounding at 3265 William St...
Three injured in two accidents (12/28/03)
A Jackson man and his passenger were seriously injured and a Marble Hill, Mo., woman sustained moderate injuries in separate accidents late Friday and early Saturday. Keith Smith, 40, of Jackson was taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the vehicle he was driving ran off County Road 533 and struck a tree Friday night in Cape Girardeau County. His passenger, Shelly Smith, 33, of Cape Girardeau was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. The two Smiths are not related...
Out of the past 12/28/03 (12/28/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 28, 1993 A gasoline tanker truck loaded with 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned yesterday on Cape Girardeau County Route C, about one mile south of New Wells. A St. Louis truck driver was injured yesterday in a chemical spill at BioKyowa plant along Nash Road; he was treated and released from the hospital after he inhaled fumes from a hydrochloric acid spill...
Menopause therapy needs careful consideration (12/28/03)
By Jenny Schlick Some women are eager to reach menopause -- the change of life -- so their monthly terrorist is finally defeated, while other women are dreading the symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Studies show that when the time comes in a woman's life -- commonly between the ages of 40 and 55 -- many remain confused on symptoms and treatments...
State estimates (12/28/03)
Estimating state revenue for a fiscal year that doesn't start for six months is risky business, but a good-faith effort needs to be made in order to prepare a workable budget starting in January when the Missouri Legislature convenes. Back when a Republican occupied the governor's office and Democrats were solidly in control of the House and Senate, a system for establishing a starting point was created: a consensus estimate of revenue...
At year end, Bush policy triumphant (12/28/03)
I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid. -- Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadafi to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Has any American president had a better three weeks or so than President Bush has in the run-up to Christmas this year? ...
Charlie Hutson's name associated with his city (12/28/03)
To the editor: Charlie Hutson was my friend and classmate in those heady days after World War II. In those indomitable days it seemed death would never come. Years later whenever I returned to Cape Girardeau Charlie's name would always come up. It was as if his name was always associated with the city...
Diamond Club member still likes to shoot goals (12/28/03)
To the editor: I had two preferred seats at the dedication of the new bridge. I am also a member of the Diamond Club. I walked across the other bridge when it was dedicated in 1928. I was 6 years old. After six-bypass heart surgery, I am doing real good...
Christmas is time to renew faith in moral law (12/28/03)
To the editor: Christians have allowed Satan to come to power in a Christian-founded America. He has even infiltrated Christian churches, with many denominations claiming biblical moral law the standard for 2,000 years -- to be wrong and even immoral...
A year later, father thankful after fire tragedy (12/28/03)
To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who came to the aid of my family at our time of need. Three days after Christmas last year, my family suffered a tragedy. At 1:30 a.m. our house caught fire and engulfed everything in a matter of minutes. Our home, memories and every personal belonging were gone...
Speak Out 12/28/03 (12/28/03)
We are all sinners I HAVE a comment about the Christian-homosexual marriage-human rights debate. We all know that the Bible says many things. The part about homosexual behavior being an abomination to God always comes up. I believe it. And Christ said, "He who is without sin, cast the first stone." This I also believe. I can't endorse homosexual behavior, but I must love homosexual sinners equally with all sinners. And we are all sinners...
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