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The United Way at 50 - Timeline (03/25/04)
June 22, 1954 -- Four committees, representing Chamber of Commerce, Retail Merchants Association, Jaycees, and Council of Women's Clubs, authorized a survey of major health, welfare and character-building agencies serving Cape Girardeau. The survey studied the purposes, activities, and funds required by 11 organizations in the city. Following a poll of Cape Girardeau residents, it was decided to conduct a United Fund Campaign here...
Area Wide United Way to celebrate 50 years (03/25/04)
The Area Wide United Way will kick off their 50th anniversary celebration at their annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. A special announcement regarding the organization will be made at the event. Key leaders in the organization will be recognized and the fourth annual Spirit of Giving awards will be presented...
Trooper decline limits service around region (03/25/04)
Low pay and slow advancement has created staffing problems for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Statewide the patrol has only 946 troopers on the payroll as of Jan. 15; it is authorized to have 1,012 and this year's budget provides for 987. This lack of troopers has forced patrol offices across the state to use high-ranking officers for patrol duty, and the lack of funding has curtailed such special programs as criminal interdiction...
50 years of giving it away (03/25/04)
In the spring of 1993, the Area Wide United Way was evicted from its office in the Boatmen's Bank facility at 100 Broadway in Cape Girardeau to make room for additional storage. It was the fund-raising organization's fourth location in the building in seven years, its 30th location citywide in 38 years of existence...
Conceal-carry permit process starts in area counties (03/25/04)
The sheriff's departments in Bollinger and Perry counties have joined Cape Girardeau County in processing applications for permits to carry a concealed weapon. Scott County plans to start in April. Bollinger County began issuing permits Tuesday, chief deputy Shawn Davis said. The sheriff's department in Marble Hill, Mo., processed 10 applications the first day and a couple on Wednesday...
Chaffee teacher quick to praise 94-year-old RSVP volunteer (03/25/04)
If a proper role model is sought for April as National Volunteer Month, Eloise Moore would be a good candidate. The 94-year-old enjoys spending time at Chaffee Elementary School as a volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the work she has performed without pay since 1973...
Music Clubs Junior Festival contest winners named (03/25/04)
Almost 500 students from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Dexter, Scott City and Bloomfield participated in the 10th annual National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival last month at Southeast Missouri State University. Categories included voice, piano, woodwinds and strings. Judges rated performances between one and five, one meaning "needs improvement" and five meaning "superior."...
Scott County studies bids to fix jail problems (03/25/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County Commissioners will consider options and wait for a written recommendation before officially awarding the bid to address sewage problems at the new county jail. Bids on the project were opened Tuesday during the regular county commission meeting. ...
Butler Co. to take gun carry permits April 1 (03/25/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Butler County residents can apply for concealed-carry permits beginning April 1 at the Sheriff's Department. The Butler County Commission passed a resolution this morning allowing the sheriff to take applications and issue permits that allow the holders to carry a concealed firearm. "The majority of people in Butler County voted for concealed-carry, and we feel we need to allow them to apply for the permits," said Presiding Commissioner Joe Humphrey...
Budget, fire sales tax top agenda for Cape city council (03/25/04)
Budget issues and the fire sales tax campaign will be on the agenda for discussion when the Cape Girardeau City Council holds its annual retreat Friday. The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude shortly before 4 p.m. at the Osage Community Centre...
Jackson fire department buys new equipment (03/25/04)
The Jackson Fire Department recently purchased equipment that would help a firefighter who was trapped in a burning building. At each fire, there is a group of trained stand-by firefighters whose sole purpose is to answer a call for help from another firefighter. ...
Club news 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
Xi Nu Phi The Xi Nu Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met March 16 at the home of Linda Biri. It was announced that the Founder's Day Banquet will be held April 27 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Also, the date for the chapter to attend the Nashville Flea Market has been changed to May 22...
State's political parties raised $37 million in 2002 election (03/25/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri political parties raised $37 million in the 2002 election cycle, fifth in the nation, according to a report released Thursday by a Washington watchdog group. The Center for Public Integrity compiled data nationwide on fund raising and spending by state political parties, analyzing campaign finance reports filed with state and federal agencies for 2001 and 2002...
Government warns paintball gun users while it investigates (03/25/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government issued sharp warnings on Wednesday to paintball gun users, announcing new safety measures while investigations continue into two deaths caused by canisters flying off the guns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said both deaths occurred after brass valves unscrewed from the pressurized carbon dioxide canisters on the guns, which turned the canisters into projectiles...
Durable-goods orders, new-home sales see rebound in February (03/25/04)
WASHINGTON -- Factories saw demand for big-ticket goods rebound in February, good news for the country's economic health and for manufacturers who have struggled to get their piece of the business recovery. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that orders for "durable" goods -- costly manufactured products that are expected to last at least three years -- rose by 2.5 percent last month. ...
Highest-ever gas prices won't affect oil-reserve (03/25/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration voiced concern Wednesday about gasoline prices reaching an all-time high, but ruled out tapping into the government's oil reserves to temporarily ease the problem. "We need to make sure we have the resources in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to act in the event of an emergency, which would be a severe disruption of energy supplies," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan...
Scientists find gene mutation separating man from apelike being (03/25/04)
Touching off a scientific furor, researchers say they may have discovered the mutation that caused the earliest humans to branch off from their apelike ancestors -- a gene that led to smaller, weaker jaws and, ultimately, bigger brains. Smaller jaws would have fundamentally changed the structure of the skull, they contend, by eliminating thick muscles that worked like bungee cords to anchor a huge jaw to the crown of the head. ...
Nation briefs 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
Aircraft, dogs used in search for Ozark fugitives ALREAD, Ark. -- Police focused on a relatively small area of heavily wooded mountains Wednesday in their search for two suspects in the shooting of a state trooper who also were wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a couple who lived nearby. ...
Rip currents blamed in four deaths (03/25/04)
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Treacherous rip currents along the Florida coast in the past week have killed at least four beachgoers, led to dozens of rescues and forced lifeguards to issue an unpopular warning in the middle of spring break: Stay out of the water...
High court considers rights of father in pledge lawsuit (03/25/04)
On the same day the Supreme Court wrangled over whether a California father had the right to challenge the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance on behalf of his daughter, some residents in Southeast Missouri stood behind the phrase that was inserted into the pledge in 1954...
Adviser - Bush soft on terror prior to 9-11 (03/25/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush White House scaled back the struggle against al-Qaida after taking office in 2001 and spurned suggestions that it retaliate for the bombing of a U.S. warship because "it happened on the Clinton administration's watch," a former top terrorism adviser testified Wednesday...
Microsoft Corp. fined by EU, ordered to make changes (03/25/04)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union slapped Microsoft Corp. with a $613 million fine Wednesday for abusively wielding its Windows software monopoly and ordered sanctions that go well beyond the U.S. antitrust settlement -- setting up what could be another lengthy court battle...
Nations losing mental capacity due to nutrient shortage (03/25/04)
UNITED NATIONS -- The brainpower of entire nations has diminished because of a shortage of the right vitamins, and slipping nutrients into people's food seems to be the only solution, a new U.N. survey says. To fight the problem, the United Nations is prescribing a whole pantry of artificially fortified foods: soy sauce laced with zinc, "super salt" spiked with iron, cooking oil fortified with vitamin A...
World briefs 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
U.S. embassies close after 'specific threat' DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The U.S. Embassy in the Emirates closed Wednesday after a "specific threat" against it. Anti-American protests and fears of a terror attack prompted tighter security at other potential U.S. ...
Bell City's Johnson makes commitment to Three Rivers (03/25/04)
Dominitrix Johnson is coming to Three Rivers. Those words are music to the ears of the Raiders coaching staff, which had made Johnson their No. 1 recruit this offseason. Bell City boys basketball coach David Heeb confirmed Wednesday morning that Johnson, a 6-foot, 180-pound left-handed point guard, has given a verbal commitment to play for the Raiders next season. Johnson made the announcement to a crowd of fans and students Sunday night at Bell City High School, as the Cubs...
Jackson posts first victory (03/25/04)
The Jackson baseball team had 14 hits in a 12-2 win over Ste. Genevieve on Wednesday. Brandon Gendron had three hits and Tyler Beussink posted the win for Jackson.JACKSON 12, STE. GENEVIEVE 2 Jackson 261 13 -- 12 14 0 Ste. Genevieve 200 00 -- 2 2 0 WP -- Tyler Beussink, 1-0. ...
Central's McDonald surprised by honor (03/25/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Megan McDonald got a surprise Tuesday night at the 44th annual Poplar Bluff Letter Club basketball banquet. There to pick up her first-team all-conference award, the Central senior was also named the Bob Gray Award winner as the conference's most outstanding player...
Soccer teams kick into high gear with weekend tourney (03/25/04)
Local girls soccer teams will kick their seasons into high gear this weekend with the Noon Optimist Spring Classic on Friday and Saturday at Notre Dame Regional High School. Notre Dame, Central, Jackson, Perryville and St. Vincent will be in the tournament. Rounding out the eight-team field are Farmington, Poplar Bluff and Marion (Ill.). Jackson will be the only local squad opening its season at the tournament...
Central opens with win (03/25/04)
Central's pitchers handcuffed Chaffee's hitters, and the Tigers took advantage of a pair of Chaffee errors to win their season opener 8-0 Wednesday at Chaffee. Chaffee (0-2) had only one runner reach third base against a trio of Tigers pitchers. Jake Welch, Jason Umfleet and Mark Dunaway combined for the four-hit shutout. Welch picked up the win. In four innings, Welch allowed three hits, four walks and struck out five...
Mistakes doomed Southeast's bid to knock off Missouri (03/25/04)
The school-record crowd of more than 3,000 fans who filled Capaha Park Wednesday night got their money's worth -- not that they had to spend a dime. About the only thing missing for the pro-Southeast Missouri State University baseball crowd was a victory by the home team...
A new twist on an old gym class classic (03/25/04)
This may be the hottest thing to hit tennis courts since Anna Kournikova. That's pretty hot. On March 9, 2002, 21-year-old Jackson native Josh Tomlin and a few friends sat down to play a dodgeball video game. It didn't take long before they decided to separate the virtual from reality. Tomlin and his college friends took a trip to Wal-Mart, bought a dodgeball and headed to Jackson City Park's upper tennis courts...
Central Tiger Dancers win Class 4 kick competition (03/25/04)
The Central High School Tiger Dancers can kick up their heels about a recent state performance. The dance team came from home the Class 4 state meet with top honors for a second straight year. On Feb. 28 in Kansas City, the Tiger Dancers placed first in the kick category at the state dance team championship. They also placed second in the dance category, which the team won last year...
St. Joseph's will answer its critics on the court (03/25/04)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- St. Joseph's University is finished trying to impress its critics. The Hawks think they've done enough -- a 29-1 record, a top seed in the NCAA tournament and two decisive wins on their way to the round of 16. So don't expect them to put any extra emphasis on the fact that vocal critic, and Wake Forest graduate, Billy Packer will be broadcasting their game against the Demon Deacons...
Vitamins can be too much of a good thing (03/25/04)
Recently, an old friend from Mizzou was visiting me and noticed the bottles of vitamin pills strewn around my bathroom. You're just a supplement whore, he admonished, as only an old college friend could get away with. But I have to admit: Promiscuous, as charged...
Creative ways of passing drug tests are being foiled (03/25/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- Put 30 drug testing workers in a room together for a few hours and it isn't long before they start trading strange -- and somewhat indelicate -- tales of urine collection. Stories of specimens doctored to the most vivid hues of blue, green and purple, and others spiked with bleach or diluted with chewing tobacco. ...
Health calendar 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
Today Newborn massage class for parents at 10 a.m. in Generations Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information, call 651-5825. Preparation for childbirth class 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Healing Arts Center Conference Room. For information, phone 331-5107...
Plans are made for changing (03/25/04)
March 25, 2004 Dear Pat, In the nine years DC and I have lived in our house, we have never taken a shower. Neither of the bathrooms has a shower, so we have had to develop a new appreciation for the slow pleasures of bathing in the absence of the quick and cheap thrills of showering. We miss showers...
New 'Alamo' set not built to last (03/25/04)
SAN ANTONIO -- Producers of the latest film on the battle of the Alamo say they want to preserve the elaborate set constructed in the Hill Country near Austin, but it wasn't built to last. Some say the set constructed for the film -- which will have its worldwide debut Saturday in San Antonio -- is more historically accurate, depicting colonial Mexican and Spanish architecture...
Top 10 concert tours (03/25/04)
The ranking of artists is done by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses.The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers...
Reba knows 'Reba' (03/25/04)
LOS ANGELES -- "Reba Hart is a lot like Reba McEntire," says the country music star about the sitcom character she plays on the WB's "Reba." "We're very fiery. We are both very loyal to our family. And we are very protective mothers," McEntire explains. "And we get ourselves in jams every once in a while by things we say or do."...
Wallace Baudendistel (03/25/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wallace "Wally" Baudendistel, 89, of Perryville died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1914, at Silver Lake, Mo., son of Lawrence and Anna Deitsch Baudendistel. He and Verna A. Richardet were married Sept. 21, 1940, at Perryville...
Susan Hinkebein (03/25/04)
Susan Hinkebein, 47, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cape Girardeau...
Vera Pugh (03/25/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Vera Pugh, 71, of Cairo died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born Oct. 18, 1932, at East Prairie, Mo., daughter of J.B. and Nancy Neal Lanier. She married Elbert Pugh, who preceded her in death...
Esther Jackson (03/25/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Esther Lou Jackson, 82, of Charleston died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Charleston Manor Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Milburn, Ky., daughter of Zola and Mae Dunning Jackson. Survivors include two sisters, Dessie Witzman of Olmsted, Ill., Ressie Faris of Forsyth, Mo.; and a half brother, Albert Jackson of Bardwell, Ky...
James Scruggs (03/25/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- James A. "Jim" Scruggs, 91, of Charleston died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Pulaski County, Ill., son of Arthur Benjamin and Effie M. Smith Scruggs. Scruggs had worked at Wetterau Foods in Scott City, and was owner of Jimmie's IGA in Mound City, Ill., 35 years, retiring in 1981...
Jacob Estes (03/25/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jacob E. Estes, 53, of Sikeston died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at his home. He was born June 15, 1950, in Mississippi County, Mo., son of Lyman Aaron and Delphia Raines Estes. He and Sharon Diane House were married June 4, 1981. She died Nov. 23, 1994...
Mary Waddington (03/25/04)
Mary Edith Waddington, 96, formerly of Scott City, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 3, 1907, in Marion, Ill., daughter of Martin and Ivy Jenkins Dunaway. She first married Carl King in 1930, who died May 18, 1935. She and Kenneth Woodrow Waddington were married Sept. 1, 1947. He died Feb. 4, 1986...
Peter Seabaugh (03/25/04)
Peter William Seabaugh, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born April 25, 1945, in Newport, Ark., son of Paul W. and Llola Smith Seabaugh. He and Shirley Ann Heuring were married Jan. 11, 1969, in Cape Girardeau. She died May 31, 1991...
Ileen Wingerter (03/25/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ileen M. Wingerter, 83, of Perryville died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at her home. She was born April 18, 1920, at McBride, Mo., daughter of Francis C. and Mary E. Yeager Hoffman. She married August "Gus" Wingerter on July 31, 1937, at Jackson. He died on August 22, 2003...
Catherine Kerby (03/25/04)
Graveside service for Catherine Kerby, formerly of Scott City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lightner Memorial Cemetery in Scott City. The Rev. Terry Eades will officiate. Kerby, 91, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at the home of a daughter in Lawrenceville, Ga...
Theresa Berger (03/25/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Theresa M. Berger, 75, of Perryville died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 13, 1929, in St. Louis. Berger had been a cook at a nursing facility. Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Fritz of Spokane, Wash., Theresa Evans of Perryville; two sons, Joseph and Robert Berger of Perryville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren...
Jeannie Davis (03/25/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Jeannie Katherine Davis, 46, of Convoy, Ohio, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the home of her parents in Oran. She was born April 7, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of General Leon and Shirley Ann Wagoner Mason. She and David Allen Davis were married Nov. 9, 1974...
Steven Holmes (03/25/04)
Steven Eiler Holmes, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Oct. 18, 1952, in Red Oak, Iowa, son of Ted R. and Carol Jean Eiler Holmes. Holmes was a graduate of Central High School. Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Mike Austin of Cape Girardeau, and a nephew, Bryan Austin of Cape Girardeau...
Births 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
Bahr Daughter to David W. and Chantel M. Bahr Jr. of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 6:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2004. Name, Allison Marie. Weight, 9 pounds 4 ounces. Mrs. Bahr is the former Chantel Lawrence, daughter of Roger and Judi Lawrence of Perryville, Mo. Bahr is the son of David and Charlotte Bahr Sr. of Ste. Genevieve...
Cape police report 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Brian Standridge, 22, 103 Terrace, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Clayton T. Reese, 21, 1710 N. Sprigg, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of DWI/headlights required...
Cairo building destroyed by early-morning blaze (03/25/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Firefighters in Cairo spent 11 hours battling a fire that destroyed the Rex Package Liquor Store at 2030 Sycamore. Fire Capt. Kent Webster said fire broke out near some apartments on the second floor of the building owned by Percy Jones of Unity, Ill., who also owned the business. ...
Cape fire report 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Monday: At 4:28 p.m., alarm sounding at 325 N. Sprigg. At 6:25 p.m., emergency medical service at 1080 Linden. At 8:54 p.m., emergency medical service at 1957 Perryville. At 10:58 p.m., emergency medical service at 321 Dearmont Circle...
Out of the past 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
10 years ago: March 25, 1994 Cape Girardeau Florsheim plant is expected to add some new workers following announcement that West Plains, Mo., Florsheim plant will close; 100 new workers will be added at Cape Girardeau and Kirksville, Mo., facilities...
Correction 3/25/04 (03/25/04)
In Tuesday's Southeast Missourian, a story about controlled burning should have identified AmeriCorps members as being from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps in Denver. Incorrect information was provided by a source.
A cure for Medicaid (03/25/04)
By Jason G. Crowell The Problem Our state is adding 140 recipients to Medicaid rolls every day. Nearly one in five Missourians are on Medicaid. That is almost 1 million people, which is more than the number of kids in our public schools...
Saving Cottonwood (03/25/04)
It took considerable effort to keep the Cottonwood Children's Residential Treatment Center in Cape Girardeau open, but Gov. Bob Holden and the area's state legislators have reached an agreement on funding for the center. Staff members at the center and parents of residents were elated at the news, which came last week. Many of the parents had lobbied hard in the past six weeks to keep the center operating, citing its need for their families and its relevance for the community...
Taylor's advice meant success (03/25/04)
To the editor: I have known Herb Taylor for many years, and his passing on Saturday past has caused me to stop and reflect on the influence he's had on my life and no doubt the lives of many like me who worked with Herb at KRCU. Herb always encouraged me to try. Not excel. Not conquer. Not compete. But always try. And so it was that through trying I competed, excelled and conquered...
War questions for Rep. Emerson (03/25/04)
To the editor: In February 2003 prior to the war, an analysis of the likely consequences of an invasion and occupation of Iraq was sent to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. This seven-page document advising opposition to the invasion was signed by some 60 8th District constituents. Many more would have signed, but the writers felt compelled to get the document to their representative quickly...
MCD has done an excellent job (03/25/04)
To the editor: Thank you for the heads up on the attempt to ruin the Missouri Conservation Department ("The conservation tax" editorial Tuesday). I am sure John Q. Public will need to be reminded many times that the MCD gets revenue from no other taxes. ...
Speak Out 03/25/04 (03/25/04)
High praise for Cape I HAVE been from city to city, and I wanted to point out that Cape Girardeau is growing and is such a beautiful town. Spanish message NOW SPAIN has a Socialist leader who orchestrated a violent, tragic appeasement that he exploited by playing on the people's distaste for war in Iraq. He has declared Spain's troops will be removed from Iraq. The world can now see the means Socialists will use to force their objective. Let this be a lesson. Fight to save your country...
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