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Stories from Thursday, February 19, 2004

Immaculate Conception school fund raiser better than expected (02/19/04)
The fund-raising gala hosted by Immaculate Conception parish raised twice as much as organizers had expected. Organizers had hoped to net $25,000 for the parish, which intends to use the money to offset costs of new construction. In all, the event raised $60,000...
MoDOT complains city's trees block billboards (02/19/04)
MINER, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Transportation officials don't want to hack the city of Miner's trees, but unless an agreement is worked out with billboard advertisers, they will have to issue a permit to allow it. MoDOT officials explained during the regular Miner Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday that state statutes mandate advertising companies may trim back vegetation within 450 feet of a billboard's face to provide a clear view of their sign. ...
Region briefs 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Jackson woman receives sentence for forgery A Jackson woman will serve 120 days behind bars for making credit card purchases in the name of a dead woman, said Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. Christina Randol-Harris, 37, was originally charged Oct. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
9 a.m. today Routine Business Erroneous assessments. Check received from Emergency Management Agency on claim for October, November, December 2003. Letter from City of Jackson regarding remodel job at 215 N. High. Statement of monthly collections for January 2004...
Community digest 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
St. Vincent de Paul opens for kindergarten enrollees A kindergarten registration and information meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at St. Vincent de Paul School Gym, 1919 Ritter Dr., Cape Girardeau. To enroll in kindergarten children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1. For more information call 334-9594...
Whitewater man found guilty in ammunition case (02/19/04)
A jury found Ronald G. Brown, 48, of Whitewater guilty Wednesday in federal court of unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon. He appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey. The jury took only 20 minutes of deliberation before finding Brown guilty...
Community Q&A 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Name: Christy Rains Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Husband, Kevin; dog, Clyde and baby boy due in April. Job: March of Dimes division director. What do you like most about the area? The "at home" atmosphere. Cape Girardeau is just the right size with friendly faces everywhere you turn...
Kennett looks to regulate adult entertainment (02/19/04)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A public hearing on the proposed regulation of adult entertainment in Kennett was held before a packed house at the city council meeting Tuesday evening. The meeting was in response to public outcry over Vikings USA, a "strip club" in operation in Kennett. ...
Barbecue contest added to Charleston festival (02/19/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Barbecue cooks and critics alike will have their work cut out for them at this year's Dogwood-Azalea Festival: April 17 will feature Charleston's first sanctioned barbecue contest. The "Pigs in the Garden BBQ Contest" is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, the largest international organization of barbecue enthusiasts, organizers say. ...
Soldier returns home for birthday, birth of first son (02/19/04)
A member of the National Guard's 1140th Engineering Battalion was granted 48 hours family emergency leave Wednesday to return home to Cape Girardeau, where he welcomed a new son born at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The baby's arrival coincided with the soldier's birthday...
Student leadership training takes place behind ER doors (02/19/04)
The high-pitched screams made it difficult for 16-year-old Amber Karnes to concentrate on what the emergency room nurse was saying. The anguished cries of "Help me! Please help me!" from down the hall went on for several minutes as Karnes learned how the various machines and switches in St. Francis Medical Center's trauma room are used to save people's lives...
Jackson electric poles too tall, say residents (02/19/04)
Several Jackson landowners and residents along East Main Street are upset about the city's decision to run huge, 65- and 70-foot steel electric poles and lines through their residential neighborhoods. City officials say the project is necessary to meet the demands of a growing population and that the costs were too high to bury the lines underground...
Potential hazards lead OSHA to cite Illinois company (02/19/04)
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has cited Lasley Construction Inc. for alleged willful and serious safety violations at the St. Francis Medical Center worksite in Cape Girardeau. Some $111,000 in penalties have been proposed...
Jay Purcell planning bid for county commission (02/19/04)
Cape Girardeau city councilman Jay Purcell announced Wednesday that he will run for the Cape Girardeau County Commission. He is seeking the second district commissioner seat currently held by Joe Gambill. Gambill said Wednesday he has not decided whether to run again...
Club news 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Cape County AARP No. 41 The Cape Girardeau County AARP No. 41 met Feb. 2 at Grace United Methodist Church. President Laverne Mothdurft gave a resume of the board meeting, which was held on Jan. 26. Paul Nenninger, a Secret Service agent for 26 years and now retired, presented the program, "Guarding the President." He gave a short history of the Secret Service...
Family vanishes in South, has ties to Cape (02/19/04)
Missouri relatives of a Mississippi family who disappeared over the weekend are praying for their safe return. The Hargon family -- Michael, 27, Rebecca, 29, and their 4-year-old son, Patrick Hargon -- have been missing from their rural Yazoo County house since Saturday...
A bone to pick for Missouri (02/19/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In recent years, Missouri lawmakers have established an official state grass, grape and horse. On Wednesday, they took the first step toward designating an official state dinosaur. When 7-year-old Keir McIntosh of Jefferson City learned legislation had been filed to make the hadrosaur the official state dinosaur of Missouri, his first question was: Which one?...
Murder rate in St. Louis lowest since 1962 level (02/19/04)
ST. LOUIS -- In a city that averaged 145 killings a year over the past decade, police chief Joe Mokwa scribbled "99" on a scrap of paper and gave it to the head of the homicide unit, Harry Hegger. As Mokwa recalls it, Hegger gulped. Neither man really believed keeping slayings in 2003 below 100 was possible...
Bluff man may face death penalty (02/19/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man if he's convicted of raping and murdering a woman found in an abandoned railroad tunnel last summer. Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour filed the papers in court Tuesday against Brian Hemphill, 20, of Poplar Bluff...
Nation briefs 1/19/03 (02/19/04)
Latest Ohio shooting determined to be hoaxCOLUMBUS, Ohio -- Authorities said a man made up a story that his minivan was struck by a bullet Wednesday in an area where 24 highway shootings are under investigation. The man admitted to authorities he shot his own van and told investigators the gunfire occurred while he was driving, the task force investigating the shootings said in a release. ...
Elderly drivers more likely to die in crashes (02/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- Drivers over 65 are more likely to get into crashes because of declining perception and motor skills, but the biggest risk is to themselves, not others on the highway, says a study based on nearly 4 million traffic accidents. The study, released Wednesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, also found that drivers 65 or older are nearly twice as likely to die in a crash as drivers between 55 and 64. Drivers over 85 were nearly four times as likely to die...
Edwards focuses on Kerry, who is fixed on Bush (02/19/04)
Their rivalry engaged, Democratic presidential contenders John Kerry and John Edwards laid plans on Wednesday for their 10-state showdown March 2. The challenger plans to persist in his criticism of Kerry's free-trade policies, targeting Ohio, New York and Georgia with television ads...
Latest Ohio shooting said to be hoax (02/19/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Authorities said a man made up a story that his minivan was struck by a bullet Wednesday in an area where 24 highway shootings are under investigation. The man admitted to authorities he shot his own van and told investigators the gunfire occurred while he was driving, the task force investigating the shootings said in a release. ...
Dean ends presidential campaign (02/19/04)
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Howard Dean, bowing to the political realities of a 17-contest losing streak, ended his Democratic presidential campaign Wednesday but promised to keep his "campaign for change" alive while supporting his party's eventual nominee...
In defense of ziti, spaghetti and the Italian way (02/19/04)
ROME -- At a recent point in dining history, pasta perception spun around like spaghetti on a fork. Suddenly, noodles transformed from the diner's saucy delight to carb villains bound for the hips, buttocks and belly. America's battle against pudginess -- inspired of late by the low-carb ethics of the Atkins, Zone and South Beach diets -- has trashed pasta. But defenders of macaroni and its floppy kin rebelled in Rome this week at a conference promoted as "Pasta Fights Back."...
Voter registration planned in Afghanistan for May (02/19/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The top U.N. official in Afghanistan announced a new plan Wednesday to register voters for June presidential elections, a new effort to counter delays that jeopardize the voting timetable. Jean Arnault, the newly appointed U.N. ...
Bloody uprising threatens Haiti's second-largest city (02/19/04)
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti -- Frightened police barricaded themselves inside their station Wednesday and said they could not repel a threatened rebel attack on Haiti's second-largest city, the last major government bastion in the north. Officers in other towns deserted their posts with no guerrillas in sight...
Suicide attacks in Iraq kill 10, wound more than 100 (02/19/04)
HILLAH, Iraq -- Suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Polish-run base Wednesday, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding more than 100 people, more than half of them coalition soldiers. The United States arrested seven guerrillas believed linked to al-Qaida in an early morning raid to the north...
Chemical blast aboard train kills hundreds in Iran (02/19/04)
NEYSHABUR, Iran -- Runaway train cars carrying a lethal mix of fuel and chemicals derailed, caught fire and then exploded hours later Wednesday in northeast Iran, killing more than 200 people, injuring at least 400 and leaving dozens trapped beneath crumbled mud homes...
Russian failures spark talk of new weapons (02/19/04)
MOSCOW -- After two failed missile launches during highly publicized military maneuvers, President Vladimir Putin announced plans Wednesday to deploy a new generation of strategic weapons and said Moscow may build new missile defenses. Some analysts said the new weapons may be warheads that zigzag on their way to a target, an idea that dates to the Soviet era. Putin did not say exactly what they were...
Jackson seven eyes top-10 state showing (02/19/04)
Over the last three years, the championship teams in Class 3 have averaged about seven wrestlers in medal-round matches. While it may be asking for a bit much to expect all seven of Jackson's state-qualifying wrestlers to advance to the final day, the Indians' playoff-experienced wrestlers could make a strong run at their second state title...
MVC teams won't meet in finale (02/19/04)
Saxony Lutheran will not play its final regular-season boys basketball game on Feb. 26, forgoing a trip to Meadow Heights. Officials at both schools confirmed the decision on Wednesday. The two schools met Feb. 7 in Oak Ridge in the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament final, which Saxony won 71-64...
ND pulls away from Perryville (02/19/04)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team pulled away from a halftime tie to defeat host Perryville 61-53 Wednesday night. Sierra Ellis led the Bulldogs (17-8) with 16 points. Sommer McCauley had 13 and Amber Karnes 10. The Pirates (17-6) received a game-high 24 points from April Lorenz. Krista Miesner added 11.Notre Dame 61, Perryville 53...
Seniors set for final homestand (02/19/04)
Damarcus Hence has been up and down during his five years at Southeast Missouri State University. Brandon Griffin has been mostly up during his two years at Southeast, although he is currently down with an ankle injury. Hence and Griffin, the only Southeast seniors, will have their final two home games this week, beginning tonight when the Indians (10-13, 3-9 Ohio Valley Conference) face Eastern Kentucky (11-12, 6-6) in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center...
Southeast honors 144 student-athletes (02/19/04)
A record 144 individuals were honored Wednesday during Southeast Missouri State University's annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon at the University Center. Those recognized have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. That total of 144, which represents 52 percent of the athletes at Southeast, surpasses the previous high of 136 in 2002. Also recognized were 20 members of Southeast's spirit groups (cheerleaders and Sundancers) and 12 student athletic trainers...
Central grad was first African-American student-athlete at SE (02/19/04)
Curtis Williams doesn't look at himself as any kind of a ground-breaker, and at times he even feels a bit uncomfortable about any attention he might receive. But make no mistake about it -- Southeast Missouri State University's first black student-athlete is more than proud to hold that distinction...
Much on the line for Otahks, EKU (02/19/04)
Ever since Southeast Missouri State University began Ohio Valley Conference play by losing four of its first seven games, each contest has been crucial for the Otahkians. But today's 5 p.m. tipoff against Eastern Kentucky at the Show Me Center holds a bit more importance. The squads are part of a three-way tie for third place and battling for a home game in the first round of the conference tournament. The top four finishers earn that reward...
Logan slowed by surgery, but still exercising in high gear (02/19/04)
Bill Logan is done competing with everyone but himself. For 42 years he has been in the biking business, and he will continue that streak -- just not on a competitive level. Logan, a 61-year-old Perry County resident, recently underwent surgery and is finding that there is more to life than racing bikes...
Missouri wins, honors Norm Stewart (02/19/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Arthur Johnson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals to lead Missouri to an 82-70 victory over Iowa State Wednesday night, as the Tigers continued their second-half surge. Jimmy McKinney had 21 points and Rickey Paulding 19 for Missouri (12-10, 6-5 Big 12), which has won three in a row for the first time since opening the season with victories over Oakland, Coppin State and Indiana...
Correction 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team returned 50 of its 332 RBI from last season. An incorrect figure on last season's total RBI appeared in Wednesday's edition of the Southeast Missourian. The Southeast Missourian regret the error...
Menopause - getting it out in the open (02/19/04)
One of the most striking things about menopause for many women is that it is something that their mothers never talked about. Once referred to euphemistically as the "change of life, we now saw it like it is: menopause. "My mother still claims she hasn't gone through it yet," reports Deborah, 50. "Mom didn't prepare me for menopause but then again she didn't prepare me for sex either. Must be a generational thing."...
Building a better gym (02/19/04)
ATLANTA -- The days of long waits for sweaty machines are losing their appeal faster than a New Year's resolution. Is it any wonder more people are opting to work out at home? Many are buying their own exercise equipment, driven partly by affordable prices and the notion -- sometimes unrealistic -- that the sight of a new cross-trainer will get them moving...
Health calendar 2/19 (02/19/04)
Today Diabetes Support Group from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in conference room A at St. Francis Education Center. For information, call 331-5107. Preparation for Childbirth Class 3 meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Healing Arts Center conference room...
Surprised again by beauty (02/19/04)
Feb. 19, 2004 Dear Julie, DC and the dogs awoke me just after daybreak Saturday, just as she warned they would. She still wouldn't tell me why. "It's a surprise," she said. What surprise goes well with dawn on a frosty Saturday morning? Nothing good came to mind, especially not then at dawn...
Stewart attorney tries to head off fraud charge (02/19/04)
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's attorney showed jurors a slew of two-year-old news reports Wednesday that speculated she sold ImClone Systems stock on insider information and even was romantically linked to its now-jailed CEO. The defense introduced the material to show that Stewart was simply trying to discredit inaccurate reports, and making smart business decisions, in the summer of 2002 when she issued statements saying her ImClone sale was proper...
Business briefs 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Residential construction activity slows in January WASHINGTON --The number of housing projects builders broke ground on in January declined by the largest amount in nearly a year as bad winter weather played havoc with construction activity. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the number of residential buildings under way dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.90 million units, representing a sharp 7.9 percent drop from December's stellar pace of 2.07 million units...
New toys made to interact with TV (02/19/04)
NEW YORK -- The latest generation of high-tech toys has arrived. A miniature Batmobile uses Video Encoded Invisible Light, or VEIL, technology to rev its engine in sync with an animated version on TV, while a plush cat can sing along with a DVD or video...
Clifton Poole (02/19/04)
Clifton C. Poole, 84, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1919, at La Forge, Mo., son of William C. and Josephine Gardner Poole. He and Leola Evans were married Oct. 7, 1939, at Charleston, Mo...
Wayne Sandlin (02/19/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Wayne Hubert Sandlin, 39, of Anna died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, in an automobile accident in Bollinger County, Mo. He was born April 19, 1964, in Chicago, son of Robert and Donna McGuire Sandlin. Survivors include two daughters, Misty and Brandy Sandlin of Murphysboro, Ill.; two sons, Robert Craft of Anna, Wayne Sandlin of Elkville, Ill.; five brothers, Lee Shriver of Atlanta, Ga., Danny Shriver of Decatur, Ill., David Shriver of Anna, Bobby Sandlin of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Larry Sandlin of Dongola, Ill.. ...
Steve Wille (02/19/04)
Steve Wille, 40, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at his home. He was born April 24, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, son of Clement "Clem" and Verla Sides Wille. He and Kris Mangels were married May 16, 1987. Steve was a 1981 graduate of Jackson High School. He had worked at the former Lenco Co., Procter & Gamble, and most recently at ATP Radio Shack in Jackson. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson...
Roy Ragains (02/19/04)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Roy William Ragains, 86, of Morley died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 21, 1917, at Morley, son of Ulysses Grant and Lula May Griggs Ragains. He and Reda Evans were married April 22, 1944, in Blytheville, Ark...
Bill Holifield (02/19/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Washington Eli "Bill" Holifield, 83, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 15, 1920, at Cardwell, Mo., son of George Washington and Dorthula Ellar Melton Holifield. Holifield retired as a milk truck driver with Perryville Cheese Plant, and had owned and operated Bill's Lawn Mower Repair Shop. He was a former deputy with Iron County Sheriff's Department, and was a volunteer fireman...
Raymond Collins (02/19/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Raymond James Collins, 73, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, at Schlatitz, Mo., son of James Henderson and Hollie Roberts Collins. He and Sylvia Long were married Oct. 14, 1950, in Piggott, Ark...
Births 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Williams Son to Jim L. and Julie D. Williams of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus, 5:19 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004. Name, Pierce Braedon. Weight, 7 pounds 13 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Williams is the former Julie Pierce, daughter of Bonnie Pierce of Cape Girardeau, and the late Wesley Pierce. Williams is the son of Marita Benzen of Russellville, Ark., and Brent Cain of Cabool, Mo. He is an occupational therapist at Three Rivers Healthcare North and South Campuses...
Cape fire report 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 5:29 p.m., motor vehicle accident at Bloomfield and Sheridan. At 7:17 p.m., medical assist at 40 S. Sprigg. At 7:32 p.m., citizen assist at 511 Good Hope. At 10:41 p.m., medical assist at 6 Village Drive...
Cape police report 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Wenell H. Tagett, 40, of 604 Jefferson, No. 4, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while revoked. Rosie L. Jackson, 25, of 1118 Linden, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear...
Out of the past 2/19/04 (02/19/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 19, 1994 Six more men with ties to Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity have been arrested on misdemeanor hazing charge stemming from beating of five pledges; authorities say more arrests may be made; in all, 13 men have been arrested since Wednesday in investigation prompted by death of 25-year-old Southeast Missouri State University student Michael Davis...
Correction 2/19 (02/19/04)
In a story for the Feb. 12 edition, the name of Rhon Abraham was misspelled. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Hands off my spam (02/19/04)
By Ann E. Huggett In a new attempt to wrest control of the Internet from the United States, the European Union is trying to regulate America's spam. In a February meeting in Brussels sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, EU regulators called for greater control over U.S. advertisements sent via e-mail...
Why the trade deficit is important (02/19/04)
By Eli Fishman The Commerce Department reported that the U.S. trade deficit reached $489 billion in 2003. The amount represents an increase of 17.1 percent over the 2002 figure. The largest portion of the deficit was with China at $124 billion. The next largest U.S. trade gap was with Japan at $66 billion. Third was Canada with a $54.4 billion trade gap, followed by a deficit with Mexico at $40.6 billion...
Community assets (02/19/04)
For the first time in its 16-year history, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce selected a woman to receive the Rush H. Limbaugh Award. Judy Wilferth was honored for her successful business career and community involvement. Wilferth and her husband, Rock Wilferth, own Crossroads Shopping Center. ...
Most people know the difference (02/19/04)
To the editor: The letter from Michael Devaney ("Names create identity confusion") was one of the funniest I have read recently. Rather than have Southeast Missouri State University or Southwest Missouri State University change names, it probably would be less expensive for Missouri taxpayers to pay for remedial reading or geography courses for those in academia who cannot distinguish between the two universities...
Best slogan - Dream City on the River (02/19/04)
To the editor: The "Dream City on the River" annual report for Old Town Cape in the Southeast Missourian was most impressive, particularly the front-page article by Dr. Steven J. Hoffman, president of Old Town Cape. Keep in mind that Cape Girardeau's Convention and Visitors Bureau spent upwards of $40,000 to have an out-of-town consultant come up with a laughable catchphrase for the city which, unfortunately, read: "Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales." When the city claims it needs a new fire engine and higher taxes, it instead chose to spend money on this kind of idiotic slogan straight from the hired consultant's trash can. ...
Speak Out 02/19/04 (02/19/04)
Proud of heroes THE PERSON who warned us kids to watch out for the draft must not realize that most of us would be proud to serve under the U.S. flag. I sent in my Selective Service card the day I turned 18. Those like my father, grandfather and uncles who have served under the flag are heroes, no matter what war they were in and where they served...
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