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Stories from Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Cape council bumps up golf, park fees (04/06/04)
It's going to cost a bit more to die or play golf in the city limits of Cape Girardeau. Monday night, the city council approved 5 percent across-the-board fee increases for all park and recreation services. Councilman Jay Purcell voted against the increase, which passed on a 6-1 vote...
Bad Drivers Anonymous (04/06/04)
By Elysia Rouggly Ah, sweet sixteen. This age is a high point for every teenager because turning 16 means one thing: driver's license. I've been 16 for four months now and have only a permit, long expired. People have asked why I don't have my license yet, but I simply say that I'm too lazy. ...
Education by design (04/06/04)
The Associated Press MIAMI - At a small public high school near downtown Miami, students balance algebra and literature with hemlines and A-frames, allowing future fashion designers and architects to start focusing on prospective careers while still in their teens...
Freedom ... kind of (04/06/04)
I turned sixteen on Jan. 13th. As is tradition with newly turned 16-year-olds, I went to take my driving test. I wasn't even nervous about the test; in fact I was thoroughly excited. My mom, on the other hand, was terrified. She kept telling me not to be nervous and that if I should fail, I had all of my life to take the test again ... ...
Making connections through the Internet (04/06/04)
I love the Internet. Technology and I sometimes don't get along, but the Internet, in my opinion, is one of the absolute best inventions ever. The best thing about the Internet is that it connects you to people. In one night, I can talk to my father who lives in Jackson, my best friend who lives across town and my cousin who lives in New York. I love that. Then of course, I spend about an hour on something called the VATER board...
Learning briefs 4/6 (04/06/04)
Meadow Heights student council honored The Missouri Association of Student Councils recently awarded the student council at Meadow Heights High School with the gold honor council award. The honor is based on applications and recognizes councils with comprehensive programs that promote student activities and leadership...
Polen named executive VP at US Bank (04/06/04)
Cord Polen has joined U.S. Bank as executive vice president and chief lending officer. He will lead the development of the commercial lending group promoting growth and economic support in Jackson and Cape Girardeau, where he will be based.
Smart ways to lose weight (04/06/04)
Too many times I've heard the phrase "I need to go on a diet," or "I think I'll loose 10 pounds this week." These ridiculous remarks wouldn't irritate me so badly if it weren't for the fact that the person making them wasn't pulling her hand out of a Cheetos bag and munching down...
Police, neighbors say bar owner not to blame for assault (04/06/04)
In the wake of a Sunday-morning fight outside the Phat Cat bar that resulted in a crowd being dispersed by pepper spray and the assault of a police officer, a spokesman said the Cape Girardeau Police Department is not worried about how the venue is being run. Neither are the nightclub's Broadway neighbors...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Action items Authorized the mayor to sign a depository agreement with First Midwest Bank. Accepted the dedication of drainage, stormwater detention, sewer and utility easement deeds from the Gerald L. Englehart and Lois G. Englehart Revocable Trust, the Kenneth J. Englehart Revocable Trust and the Helen B. Englehart Revocable Trust...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Consent ordinances (Second and third readings)n Approved an ordinance authorizing the acquisition of property for the improvement of Minnesota Avenue between Bloomfield Road and Brink Street. Approved an ordinance approving and adopting 5-percent fee increases for the Parks and Recreation Department Services...
Bootheel man pleads guilty to robbing bank twice (04/06/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to robbing a Gray Summit bank twice in November 2003. Donald Ray Evans, 46, of the 900 block of Eve Street, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of robbery of a federally insured institution before U.S. ...
Oak Ridge UPS worker honored for 20 years (04/06/04)
Leslie Vance, business manager for UPS, was recently honored for completing 20 years of service with that company. Vance works out of the UPS facility in Jefferson City. She resides in Oak RIdge.
Voters in Jackson to decide city races (04/06/04)
The 2,000 registered voters of Ward 4 in Jackson will have the opportunity to choose their city alderman today. Incumbent Joe Bob Baker is running against Jim Litzelfelner for the post, the only race on the city ballot. David Reiminger is running unopposed for the other spot in Ward 2...
Extra dirt means extra cost to city (04/06/04)
Tim Goodman cleared up the dirt issue Monday night as four of the seven property owners along the proposed East Main Street extension project attended a meeting geared at creating dialogue between the city and the land owners. Goodman, representing Warren Place L.L.C. ...
Father-son team close deal to buy Century 21 offices (04/06/04)
For the past few years, Ken Inman has harbored hopes of owning a Century 21 Realty office in Cape Girardeau. So when the opportunity to buy two offices came up in the same week, he couldn't pass it up. On Friday Inman and his son, Keith, finalized their purchase of Century 21 Key Realty. That came just three days after the Inmans closed the deal to buy Century 21 Ashland Realty...
Scott City's fire department seeks grant money (04/06/04)
The Scott City Fire Department has applied for a $62,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, fire chief Jay Cassout announced at Monday's Scott City Council meeting. This will be the third year that the fire department has applied for this federal grant, which has been given out to fire departments nationwide since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001...
SBDC to hold counseling for small businesses (04/06/04)
The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will be conducting counseling sessions for area small businesses in Cape Girardeau, Perryville, Mo., and Sikeston, Mo., in April. Counselor Gil Degenhardt will be available for free one-hour sessions by appointment at:...
A strong foundation (04/06/04)
On the other side of the fence, they've seen drug deals, hookers and street fights. They've watched some of the houses that make up their south-side neighborhood deteriorate behind chipping paint, ignored lawns and boarded-up windows. But inside the 6-foot tall, black wrought-iron fence that encircles Fort Hope Apartments in Cape Girardeau is a starkly different world -- one that residents describe as peaceful, well-maintained and largely crime-free despite what takes place in abundance just beyond the complex's borders.. ...
Illinois portion of Trail of Tears re-emerges (04/06/04)
DIXON SPRINGS, Ill. -- The Illinois portion of the Cherokee Indians' Trail of Tears is re-emerging as researchers and enthusiasts work to document the path used by thousands of Indians forced to relocate in the late 1830s. While the Trail of Tears is celebrated in other states, only now is there an organized effort in Illinois to look for the trail, which followed old military roads to the west. ...
Budget totaling $18.49 billion clears House committee (04/06/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House Budget Committee on Monday endorsed an $18.49 billion state spending plan that would boost total appropriations by 3.7 percent from what lawmakers originally approved for the current fiscal year. Despite boosting appropriations by $662.6 million for the fiscal year starting July 1, the Republican-led committee's proposal is $329.3 million -- nearly 1.8 percent -- short of what Democratic Gov. Bob Holden recommended in January...
World-record blood donor has given 301 donations (04/06/04)
ST. LOUIS -- At a time when blood donations are down, the American Red Cross is especially pleased with a St. Louis man. Maurice Wood, 77, holds a pair of records in the Guinness Book of World Records for giving blood. He's been donating for 54 years, longer than anyone in the world, and has made 301 donations. So far, Wood has given 37 1/2 gallons of blood, one pint at a time...
Milwaukee school voucher program rocked by scandal (04/06/04)
MILWAUKEE -- One school that received millions of dollars through the nation's oldest and largest voucher program was founded by a convicted rapist. Another school reportedly entertained kids with Monopoly while cashing $330,000 in tuition checks for hundreds of no-show students...
Nation briefs 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Texas, New Mexico hit hard by heavy rain In New Mexico, water released from an overloaded dam added to floodwaters in the Carlsbad area Monday, as the swelling Pecos River flooded underpasses and forced school closures. South Texas was on watch for possible flooding from the slow-moving storm system that dumped up to Monday before. The National Weather Service had flood warnings in effect into Tuesday in a triangle roughly formed by San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Laredo...
Cell phones disrupt some police, fire radios (04/06/04)
WASHINGTON -- The proliferation of cell phones is having potentially dangerous consequences for firefighters and police officers, who in some places can't use their radios to call for help because of interference from cell signals. The Boston suburb of Cambridge, Mass., is one of those areas. ...
Kennedy says Iraq is 'Bush's Vietnam' (04/06/04)
WASHINGTON -- Iraq has become "George Bush's Vietnam," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Monday, calling the president deceitful and for the first time comparing him to former President Nixon, who resigned in disgrace. Saying that truth has become the biggest casualty of the Bush administration, Kennedy said Bush misled the public about the war, the economy, health care and education, eroding the nation's reputation at home and abroad...
World briefs 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Powell urges Haitians not to reward criminals PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday was urging Haiti's leaders to make sure government posts are not given to leaders of the February insurrection who are criminals or human rights violators. ...
U.S. announces arrest warrant against cleric (04/06/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. administrators in Iraq declared a radical Shiite cleric an "outlaw" Monday and announced a warrant for his arrest, heightening a confrontation after battles between his supporters and coalition troops killed at least 52 Iraqis and nine coalition troops, including eight Americans...
Jackson girls blank Notre Dame 1-0 (04/06/04)
Jackson's girls soccer team avenged a shootout loss to Notre Dame earlier this season by pulling off a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs on Monday night at Jackson. Molly Hartmann scored on a turnaround shot with about five minutes left in regulation. Jackson improved to 5-3-1, while Notre Dame took its first loss and fell to 6-1-1...
Cape club looks to increase numbers (04/06/04)
The Cape Girardeau Country Club on March 22 kicked off a nine-week membership drive. It may be the last time the club launches such a concerted campaign. Around the time the effort ends, Cape Country Club may have hired its first club manager. That position will be charged with member recruitment and member services on a year-round basis, said Gerald Jones, president of the club's board of governors...
Daly brings his daily problems to the Masters (04/06/04)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A cola in his hand and a cigarette never too far from his lips, John Daly never looked more at ease as he stepped out of the Augusta National clubhouse Monday, far removed from a world of trouble. "I'm just so happy to be here," Daly said quietly. "To me, this is like heaven."...
Hoopla ends with Cards loss (04/06/04)
ST. LOUIS -- For most teams, a winning record after the season opener is no big deal. The Milwaukee Brewers are different. Their 8-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, with President Bush watching from a box above home plate, is the first time the downtrodden franchise has been above .500 in two years. The Brewers haven't finished with a winning record since 1992...
MLB will not retest samples (04/06/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball will not retest the approximately 500 samples remaining from last year's drug tests for the steroid THG, a baseball official said Monday. Results of the drug tests on Barry Bonds and several other players are being sought by federal prosecutors probing a San Francisco-area nutritional supplements lab. It is not clear if the samples for Bonds and those other players are among the ones that still exist...
Huskies defeat Georgia Tech 82-73 (04/06/04)
SAN ANTONIO -- The Connecticut Huskies really do have it all: the All-America center, the flashy guards, the coach who gets everything right, and now a national title won with ease. Led by 24 points from Emeka Okafor and 21 from Ben Gordon, the Huskies outclassed Georgia Tech 82-73 on Monday night to win the championship many predicted they'd get from the very start of the season...
Sports briefs 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Baseball Cleveland Indians left fielder Matt Lawton reported the theft of $117,000 in jewelry and other items from his downtown hotel room over the weekend, when the Indians were in town for exhibition games against the Phillies. Lawton called police Sunday morning after returning from a trip to Atlantic City, N.J., to report the theft of jewelry and other personal items from his room at the Ritz-Carlton...
Cape woman is queen of Easter bunnies (04/06/04)
The following column first ran last April. Maxine Boren is the queen of Easter bunnies. They're everywhere in her front yard, most of them of the plastic, air-filled variety. She has large ones and small ones. Her bunnies come in a variety of colors that complement the bright hues of the fake flowers that adorn her Easter yard. She grows real flowers too, but only after Easter and the bright bunnies have been deflated and stored away for another year...
FX docudrama makes strong case for death row redemption (04/06/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Can a man escape the villainy of his past through his good works? This is the driving theme behind "Redemption: The Stan 'Tookie' Williams Story," about the South Los Angeles street gangster and death row inmate whose anti-gang books for children have earned him three Nobel Prize nominations...
New Alamo movie inspires CD extolling defenders (04/06/04)
SAN ANTONIO -- When he heard there was a new movie being made about the Battle of the Alamo, Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson figured there would surely be a CD featuring music from the film. Then "The Alamo" co-star Billy Bob Thornton told him that there wasn't any such album in the works...
Maxine Girtman (04/06/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Maxine E. Girtman, 88, of Anna died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Jonesboro Healthcare Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born March 31, 1916, in Wetaug, Ill., daughter of J.E. and Maude Sitter Culp. She and William Cletus Girtman were married Oct. 7, 1933, in Marion, Ill. He died Jan. 11, 1992...
James Hadley (04/06/04)
James Hadley, 65, of Jackson died Monday, April 5, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 12,1938, at Morley, Mo., son of Martin and Ruby Keller Hadley. He and Carol Headricks were married April 22, 1985, in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Hadley had worked for Cauble and Field and was a deckhand with Mid-South Barge Lines. He was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church...
Thomas Moore (04/06/04)
Thomas Irl Moore, 83, of Ballwin, Mo., died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at the home of his son in Kansas City, Kan. He was born Aug. 9, 1920, at Kennett, Mo., son of Buster H. and Pearl Ivy Merideth Moore. He and Ruby Kiehne were married July 28, 1946, in Sikeston, Mo...
David L. Sneed (04/06/04)
David L. Sneed, 54, of Jackson died Monday, April 5, 2004, at his home. He was born March 6, 1950, in Jackson, son of Clyde and Avis Crain Sneed. He and Carol Whitledge were married May 30, 1969. Sneed was co-owner and operator of D&D Automotive in Jackson and worked at Auto Tire & Parts 10 years. He then worked for Jackson Auto Parts before retiring. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and Excelsior Lodge 441 AF&AM...
Molly Tranum (04/06/04)
Molly Elizabeth Tranum, 19, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 21, 1985, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of David J. Donley and Linda Charlene Lix. Molly was a 2003 graduate of Okeechobee High School in Okeechobee, Fla., where she was a member of National Honor Society, president of Little Big Lake Bank, and president of Walk for Life in Okeechobee...
Leonard Beckett (04/06/04)
Leonard Leroy Beckett, 74, of Scott City died Monday, April 5, 2004, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Births 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Fleming Daughter to Kimberly L. Fleming of Morehouse, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:39 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2004. Name, Lily A. Weight, 4 pounds 11 ounces. First child. Ms. Fleming is the daughter of Teresa Fleming of Morehouse and Walter Ellington of Sikeston, Mo...
Public safety report 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
The following items were released by the Department of Public Safety. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts A wall clock was reported stolen Monday at Towers Cafeteria. Video tape movies were reported stolen Monday at H Dorm.
Cape fire report 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 4:14 p.m., an emergency medical service at 609 Jefferson. At 7:39 p.m., an emergency medical service at 240 O'Connell. At 10:46 p.m., an emergency medical service at 28 N. Fountain...
Cape police report 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Troy L. Jones Jr., 27, 838 S. Ellis, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Kevin R. Schraenkler, 41, Moheaken Lane in Fruitland, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
10 years ago: April 6, 1994 With two sitting councilmen contending for office of Cape Girardeau mayor, experience won out yesterday as two-term Councilman Al Spradling III defeated Melvin Gateley. Two Cape Girardeau dentists were elected to seats on Cape Girardeau Board of Education Tuesday; incumbent Patrick Ruopp was re-elected to fifth term, and Robert G. Fox was elected to his first term...
Drug imports, Medicaid changes, 9-11 testimony (04/06/04)
Health care: Jo Ann Emerson might have moved a mountain in her bargaining on prescription-drug imports from Canada and Europe. She was a leader of a bipartisan group in D.C. fighting for the issue. The following is an excerpt from a private newsletter which addresses the issue:...
More rides (04/06/04)
For years, the need for public transportation in the Cape Girardeau area has been identified as a major need. Many older residents either don't have their own transportation to get to the grocery store or doctor's appointments or are no longer able to drive themselves. Many working residents who don't own vehicles find it difficult to get and keep jobs without reliable transportation...
Chief's comments were premature (04/06/04)
To the editor: In response to the article "St. Louis officers may have violated policies in shooting": What kind of police chief would comment to the paper that his officers probably violated department policy? Even if they did violate policy, the chief should not comment on it until the investigation is complete...
Keep religion out of the classroom (04/06/04)
To the editor: In response to a Speak Out comment, here is Valid Theories Part II: The teacher was right in telling the boy that evolution was only a theory but still a possibility. The teacher was wrong, however, in telling the boy that Christians were wrong. The Christian views on this matter have not been proven one way or the other and, therefore, should not have been dismissed. After all, the teacher did say that evolution had not been proven fact either...
Speak Out 4/6/04 (04/06/04)
Maker of trees WHEN I drive around Cape Girardeau and see all the beautiful white trees in bloom, I think of a poem I learned in high school many years ago. "Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make tree." Thank you, God. Expensive concert...
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