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MS society names corporate achievers (05/10/04)
The Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored its Southeast Missouri "Class of 2004" corporate achievers during an awards reception at 1st Community Bank recently. Sixteen honorees composed of local business leaders collectively raised $14,000 to help end the devastating effects of MS. Ten individuals who were honored each raised a minimum of $1,000 each for MS research and programs in the area...
Operation Troop Support raising money for families (05/10/04)
Operation Troop Support held their first board meeting recently. Nonprofit status has been received from the state; federal status is pending. Debbie Hodge was elected secretary; T.J. Jackson and Jason Blanchard were elected event coordinators. Created to serve as advocates for U.S. ...
Jackson boy wins second for dental essay (05/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Josh Sellers of Jackson won second place in the Missouri Dental Association's Children's Dental Health Month Essay contest. Sellers, a student at Immaculate Conception School, received a $50 gift certificate to Wal-Mart and a $50 savings bond, donated by Central Bank of Jefferson City...
Community briefs 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
Pennies From Heaven auction benefits hospital Southeast Missouri Hospital Foundation will host its annual "Pennies From Heaven" benefit auction at 5 p.m. Friday at the A.C. Brase Arena Building. Silent auctions will begin at 5:30 p.m. The oral auction, conducted by the Chug Crites Auction Service, begins at 7:30 p.m. ...
Military digest 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
Reunions planned for signal battalion The 97th Signal Battalion Association will hold annual reunions in 2004 and 2005. Michael Taptick, association secretary, announced the next reunion is to be held today through Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. The 2005 reunion is scheduled for April or May of that year. ...
Historic buildings seen as treasure in Cape Giraradeau (05/10/04)
A tour of Cape Girardeau reveals pieces of history from more than half a century ago. National Historic Preservation Week begins today and evidence of the importance of this emphasis can be seen year round in "Cape's Original Treasures." Historically or architecturally significant properties that have been maintained or restored and are at least 50 years old receive the designation from the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Committee...
Community Q&A 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
Name: Melinda Winchester Lives in: Jackson Family: Husband, Cary Winchester; three sons, Jerrick, 15, Tyler, 11, Colten, 3. Job: Small business owner of ServiceMaster Commercial Solutions in Jackson; mom and historic preservation student at Southeast Missouri State...
Charleston man shot outside of Scott County nightclub (05/10/04)
One man died from a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday morning in Scott County, and a suspect has been charged in the homicide. Jemorrio A. Betts, 20, of Charleston, Mo., died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston after receiving a gunshot wound in his right side. An autopsy is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Mineral Area Medical Center in Farmington, Mo...
Accidents claim one life, injure four on Sunday (05/10/04)
One man is dead and four injured in four separate vehicle accidents on Sunday. Travis Clements, 24, of Perryville, Mo., died after his southbound vehicle ran off Route 51 north of Perry County Road 604 and struck a tree. Miller Family Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (05/10/04)
7:30 p.m. today Public hearings To consider a special-use permit for a community unit plan in a C-2 (general commercial) district at lot No. 1 of Green Meadows 10th Subdivision, as submitted by Appleton Valley Farm, Inc. To consider a special-use permit for an attached sign which exceeds the building roof height at 1335 Old Cape Road, Suite F...
Families find variety of ways to celebrate Mother's Day (05/10/04)
Families at different points in their lives celebrated Mother's Day in Cape Girardeau in ways that made mothers feel special, from simple gifts at a picnic to continuing family traditions. Kay Kesterson, 49, of Cape Girardeau visited her mother's grave at the Cape County Memorial Park. Her husband, Paul, 51, and granddaughter, Dakota Kesterson, 9, went with her. Her mother, Mildred Sander, died in September 1999...
Military spouses question, then embrace support group (05/10/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- While members of Company B of the National Guard's 1140th Engineer Battalion are serving in Iraq, their spouses are actively involved in what they call the "sanity division" -- the family support group. The state mandates that every company have a family support group, a concept that some spouses at first questioned, later embraced. ...
Area schools use penny drive to help buy supplies (05/10/04)
Local students are learning about giving back to the community one penny at a time through an on-going fundraiser to help low-income children. This month, five area elementary schools are participating in a penny drive to raise funds for East Missouri Action Agency's annual back-to-school fair, which provides school supplies and services to low-income families...
Scott City would use grants to upgrade, add needed equipment (05/10/04)
Scott City will be getting a recycling vehicle thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the city may be the recipient of some other upgrades if two State Emergency Management Agency grant applications are approved. This year's grant request for a recycling vehicle, sent out in March, was Scott City's third attempt...
Bridge over the Diversion Channel nears completion (05/10/04)
Scott City residents, and everyone who travels Interstate 55 south of Cape Girardeau on a consistent basis, have been negotiating the narrow lanes, the concrete median barriers and the orange barrels for more than two years. The project has dragged on like a hot summer day and some have wondered why they haven't seen bigger crews working on this Diversion Channel bridge project that bottlenecks traffic every day...
Community cuisine 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
Fish and chicken supper on menu in Bell City A fish and chicken supper will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Bell City Community Building, Highway N, Bell City, Mo. The full menu includes dessert and beverage. The event is sponsored by the Bell City Community Betterment Association...
St. Louis Zoo president envisions championing wildlife (05/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Zoo's president arrived here two years ago with big ideas and relatively little zoo experience. But employees are enthusiastic about Jeffrey Bonner's new programs, unveiled last week, to expand the zoo's conservation efforts...
Americans not giving up on carbs despite Atkins diet (05/10/04)
CHICAGO -- The public's fascination with low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet has yet to remove the luster from pies, potatoes and other high-carb foods. Some makers of these products watched with interest, but not deep concern, as new low-carb foods -- special breads, salad dressings, cereals and candies -- grabbed a lot of attention at the Food Marketing Institute's recent trade show...
Congress to see abuse photos (05/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Bracing for what the defense secretary has described as "sadistic" pictures, Congress will see the unreleased photos showing Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. soldiers, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday...
Corporate tax bill blossoms with special interest breaks (05/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- It started as an effort to eliminate a $5 billion tax break for exporters that irked the European Union. Since then, a tax bill has blossomed into a $170 billion cornucopia of special breaks for the cruise ship industry, former Oldsmobile dealers, NASCAR and makers of bows and arrows...
Rumsfeld's tenure is marked by highs and lows (05/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- It is clearly the low point of Donald H. Rumsfeld's more than three years at the Pentagon: He was rebuked by President Bush, called to testify by angry Republicans and pushed to resign by some Democrats. But the brash defense secretary with the famous finger-pointing glare has had his share of highs and lows -- from tension with Congress before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to widespread adulation during the successful Afghan and Iraqi military campaigns...
Guidelines absent for interrogators in Iraq (05/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military units holding and interrogating prisoners in Iraq did not get a specific list of techniques permitted during questioning and were expected to follow long-standing limitations in the Geneva Conventions, a senior Pentagon official said Sunday...
Military medics, doctors turn to telemedicine to aid troops (05/10/04)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The use of telemedicine, in which doctors practice from afar using everything from telephone consultations to remote-controlled surgical tools, is rapidly expanding as the military upgrades medical care. "We see it as a force multiplier -- that's the buzzword," said Army Col. Ron Poropatich, a critical-care doctor who is also the telemedicine consultant for the U.S. Army Surgeon General...
'Donnie Brasco' sequel playing in courtroom (05/10/04)
NEW YORK -- A sequel to the mob movie classic "Donnie Brasco" is about to unreel, with Johnny Depp and Al Pacino nowhere in sight. The star of this real-life production, reputed Bonanno family head Joe Massino, steps uncomfortably into the spotlight in a courtroom this month on racketeering charges...
Comic, actor Alan King dead at 76 (05/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Alan King, whose tirades against everyday suburban life grew into a long comedy career in nightclubs and television that he later expanded to Broadway and character roles in movies, died Sunday at the age of 76. King, who also was host of the New York Friars Club's celebrity roasts, which had recently returned as a staple on television's Comedy Central, died at a Manhattan hospital, said a son, Robert King. He died of lung cancer, his assistant Miriam Rothstein said...
Skepticism gave way to respect for Kerry as prosecutor (05/10/04)
BOSTON -- When the Middlesex County district attorney promoted John Kerry to be his top assistant just months after he had earned a law degree, veteran prosecutors grumbled. Some thought he was little more than a smooth, politically connected opportunist looking for higher office...
Afghan warlords stall on disarming while jockeying for power (05/10/04)
CHARBOLAK, Afghanistan -- Hunkered down behind walls topped with razor wire built by the U.S. military, Afghan army Capt. Abdul Jabar boasts his less than 200 lightly armed soldiers could easily take on the warlords who hold sway across northern Afghanistan...
Army sets first trial for abuse of Iraqis (05/10/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Stung by a worldwide outcry, the U.S. military Sunday announced the first court-martial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse allegations, ordering a reservist to face a public trial in Baghdad on May 19. Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits of Hyndman, Pa., a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, will face a military court less than a month after photos of prisoners being abused and humiliated were first broadcast April 28...
Explosion in Chechnya kills Kremlin-backed president (05/10/04)
GROZNY, Russia -- A bomb ripped through a stadium in the Chechen capital during a Victory Day ceremony on Sunday, killing provincial President Akhmad Kadyrov, the Kremlin's point man for efforts to control separatist violence in the war-wracked region...
World briefs 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
U.S. detains 35 Taliban suspects in Afghanistan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. forces swept through an insurgency-hit province in southeastern Afghanistan, detaining 35 Taliban suspects, a senior Afghan official said Sunday. Hundreds of American soldiers began combing three districts of Zabul province, about 240 miles southeast of the capital, Kabul, on Friday, Gov. ...
No Bronze Stars for 800th MP brigade (05/10/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The prisoner abuse scandal has so tarnished the Army's 800th Military Police Brigade that soldiers slated to receive an Army Bronze Star medal have been dropped from the list, the brigade's commander, Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, said Sunday...
Developments in Iraq on Sunday 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
U.S. forces stepped up pressure on Shiite gunmen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, pushing into the holy city of Kufa with tanks and assaulting militia positions in the narrow streets of a Shiite enclave in Baghdad. At least 34 Iraqis were killed...
Tiger netters prepare for districts (05/10/04)
Central High School will play host to the Class 2 District 1 tennis tournament on Tuesday with matches being played at Central and the Southeast Missouri State University tennis courts. The top two teams from each district advance to the sectional round, while the top two doubles and singles players advance to the state tournament. Matches begin at 9 a.m...
Weekend sweep nets Hogan his 300th win (05/10/04)
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University got two home runs each from Eric Hoffman and Brent Lawson as the Indians completed a three-game Ohio Valley Conference sweep of Morehead State with a 17-10 victory on Sunday. The Indians finished with five home runs on their way to handing coach Mark Hogan his 300th victory at Southeast. Hogan, in his 10th year at Southeast, has compiled a 300-228-1 record...
Otahks end regular season with 3-2 loss to Samford (05/10/04)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Samford University completed a three-game weekend sweep of Southeast Missouri State University's softball team with a 3-2 victory on Sunday. The loss concluded the regular season for Southeast (15-34 overall, 10-14 OVC), which will open OVC tournament play on Thursday...
Pak's win will put her in LPGA Hall of Fame (05/10/04)
Se Ri Pak won for her father on Father's Day five years ago. Now she's won for her mother on Mother's Day. And she played it perfectly, staying mostly off the radar for three rounds and then shooting a 6-under-par 65 Sunday to surge to victory in the Michelob Ultra Open and earn a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame...
Sindelar ends his 14-year drought with Wachovia title (05/10/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joey Sindelar had a hunch someone would come out of the pack to win the Wachovia Championship on Sunday. He just didn't think it would be him. Sindelar was 14 years and 370 tournaments removed from his last PGA Tour victory. He had spent the last five years struggling to keep his card. Worse yet, he was three shots behind with three holes to play at Quail Hollow...
Cards salvage Expos finale (05/10/04)
MONTREAL -- Tony La Russa chose the right guys to keep in the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup while giving some of his regulars a day off. Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds homered, and Chris Carpenter pitched eight impressive innings in the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Sunday...
Blunder on the bases was not surprising (05/10/04)
It wasn't a shock to me when I heard the initial announcement of baseball's "Spider-Man 2" plan for the base paths. In fact, my first reaction was, "That's a good idea. Why didn't I think of that?" I have tremendous respect for the game of baseball, and I always will because, after all, it's our national pastime. But I also understand that this is a different world and a different market from 10 to 20 years ago...
Area sports digest 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
Welker gets hole in one at Kimbeland C.C. Kevin Welker carded his first career hole in one on Saturday at Kimbeland Country Club. Welker used a 7-iron to ace No. 12, a par 3 playing 150 yards. Scott Hume witnessed the shot. Eftink is medalist at Cape Country Club...
Sports briefs 5/10/04 (05/10/04)
Miscellaneous The International Cricket Council said Sunday it plans to expand the game to 100 countries by the end of 2005 in an attempt to globalize the sport. Currently, only 10 nations play at test level. The ICC currently has enrolled 89 countries -- 10 full members, 27 associate members and 52 affiliate members. ...
New senior center hits snag (05/10/04)
The proposed new senior center in Jackson is not moving as fast as some would like, but building committee chairman Lester Maevers said that it will get done. Maevers said the rub came when the committee received an initial round of bids on the project that were higher than originally expected. The goal now is work the plans down to get the price tag back to the $600,000 mark...
Undercover agent offers his insights on mob in book (05/10/04)
NEW YORK -- After his six-year stint as an FBI undercover inside the Bonanno crime family, agent Joe Pistone -- you know him better as "Donnie Brasco" -- had enough stories to fill a best-selling book. One problem: A single book couldn't hold all his tales...
NBC leaving little to chance in switch from Brokaw to Williams (05/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Every week or so, a handful of NBC News executives meet to plot the schedule of a man who usually isn't in the room. They're planning for an epochal event in the world of television news, when Brian Williams takes over for Tom Brokaw on Dec. 2 as the anchor of NBC's "Nightly News."...
People on the move 05/10/04 (05/10/04)
Coldwell Hamilton agents honored for 2003 salesAgents with Coldwell Banker Hamilton Realty were recently honored for their sales in 2003. Sandy Helwege earned top honors for 2003 sales, exceeding $5 million. David Kieffer sold over $3 million, and Harriet Drusch and Sharon Gill both sold over $2 million each. ...
Walgreen Co. bets future on boomers (05/10/04)
CHICAGO -- Ice cream, fast food, optical centers, a travel agency -- there was a time Walgreen Co. had so many businesses that prescription drugs seemed almost an afterthought. Today, it's all about prescriptions as the drugstore chain expands at a breakneck pace to busy street corners across America. The only other business on its agenda appears to be construction of its own stores...
CDs, DVDs not immortal after all (05/10/04)
Dan Koster was unpacking some of his more than 2,000 CDs after a move when he noticed something strange. Some of the discs, which he always took good care of, wouldn't play properly. Koster, a Web and graphic designer for Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., took one that was skipping pretty badly and held it up to the light...
Southeast's polytechnic institute has a lot to offer (05/10/04)
Southeast Missouri State University professor Greg Boyd believes he is sitting on one of the biggest business secrets in Cape Girardeau. Actually, he's sitting in it. Boyd's office is on the top floor of the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, which is about $10 million worth of building and equipment primarily used by the university's department of industrial and engineering technology. ...
Business memo 05/10/04 (05/10/04)
Nextel to hold seminar at University CenterNextel Communications and Diamond Wireless will be hosting a free informational seminar titled "Nextel is here! How to integrate the Nextel Solutions into your organization." The seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at University Center Program Lounge on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. For more information, call Shannon or Ronn at 335-2020...
Allene Thiele (05/10/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Allene M. Thiele, 92, of Sedgewickville died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson. She was born May 3, 1912, at Oak Ridge, daughter of John J. and Mary Mabrey Turner. She and Hubert Thiele were married June 23, 1932. He died Jan. 17, 1988...
Margaret White (05/10/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Margaret K. White, 85, of Mounds died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 16, 1918, at Capa, Ill., daughter of Joseph and Martha Atnip Bailey. She and Elmer White were married; he died in 1990...
Phyllis Ferguson (05/10/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Phyllis Ferguson, 71, of Anna died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park...
Marty Bohnert (05/10/04)
Marty Joe Bohnert, 39, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 19, 1964, at Cape Girardeau, son of Rudolph G. and Hattie Grass Bohnert. Bohnert was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. He had attended the St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson and Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge...
Cape police report 05/10/04 (05/10/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Matthew Henry Jones, 23, of 225 S. Lorimier, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended...
Cape fire report 05/10/04 (05/10/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 4:10 p.m., an emergency medical service at 812 Alta Vista. At 6:16 p.m, fire at 534 S. Sprigg. At 7: 42 p.m., a wire down at 1222 S. Pacific. At 9:24 p.m., an illegal burn at the 300 block of Sheridan...
Mild winter saves city money (05/10/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?"Q: Did Cape Girardeau save any money on snow removal due to the mild winter? A: Tim Gramling, city public works director, says there is no typical year for snow-removal costs. ...
Sharon's plan (05/10/04)
The (London) Daily Telegraph The vagaries of democratic politics in Israel have once again left its friends in frustrated suspense. Ariel Sharon had correctly concluded that the Palestinians would not be a valid partner for peace while Yasser Arafat remained in overall control, and that in the chaotic absence of such an interlocutor it was prudent to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and erect a defensive barrier along the West Bank. .....
Singing about Cape (05/10/04)
A folk song about the Mississippi River that was chosen to help promote Cape Girardeau's Fourth of July celebrations could become the city's new theme song. And residents are invited to join in the refrain at a recording today. But you need to make an appointment to do so...
Insurers get pass on malpractice (05/10/04)
To the editor: Shame on you for taking such a simplistic view of the issue of medical malpractice premiums. Your throwaway line that the market will take care of any overcharges is naive at best. However, it is consistent with a view that we can just let business take care of it and we will be fine. Right -- like we were with Enron, Adelphia and others...
Bike riders pick dangerous route (05/10/04)
To the editor: Do all the people who ride bicycles on Route D have a clue how hard or how dangerous it is for a car to get around them or even slow down when they top a hill and they are in the middle of the road? Oh, let me guess. They pay taxes too, right? Well, they sure won't have to worry about that anymore if one of the dump trucks pops over that hill. ...
Speak Out 05/09/04 (05/10/04)
Special DARE program I ATTENDED the DARE graduation at Central Middle School. What a pleasure it was. I want to thank my son's teacher for calling me and letting me know about his winning the essay contest and being able to read his essay at the graduation. I would like to thank my employer for letting me attend. It was a very nice program, and I'm really glad I was able to attend...
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