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Holiday offers time for croquet as well as serious moments (06/01/04)
Late Memorial Day morning, 72-year-old Leonard Pfeiffer lowered his red Toro push mower out of his pickup truck at Jackson City Park. At the Eggers family reunions, Pfeiffer is known most for two things: the ability to make people laugh and his unrivaled skill and savvy around croquet wickets...
Remembering the fallen (06/01/04)
The two comrades walk down the center aisle together, finding chairs in the front row next to each other. To their right, column after column of gravestones form Jackson City Cemetery. To their left, an American flag flutters at half-staff. Surrounding them are veterans who served the United States as far back as World War II...
Grandson of area WWII casualty produces show on war (06/01/04)
Pocahontas resident Marjorie Swan was only 21 years old when her first husband, Denver Loberg of Sedgewickville, died in World War II, leaving her a widow with two children. Sixty years later, one of her grandsons, David Druckenmiller, is remembering men like his grandfather with a documentary he co-produced and co-directed that will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday on PBS...
SEMO starts work on new greenhouse (06/01/04)
Wesley Mueller walked across a muddy patch of ground Friday that will soon be home to a new 11,000-square-foot greenhouse at Southeast Missouri State University with enough room to advance the growing field of biotechnology research. Mueller ignored the mud, envisioning the benefits of an expanded horticulture program that will be possible with a glass greenhouse that will be twice the size of the existing facility and also have an 1,800-square-foot work building -- or "head house," as it's called in the greenhouse business -- a 20-space parking lot and an entrance road.. ...
Storms cause power outages in Cape Girardeau, Scott City (06/01/04)
Severe storms Sunday night produced funnel clouds, unleashed torrential downpours and caused several power outages. Jean Mason, Ameren UE's Southeast Missouri manager, said the storms knocked out power to 6,000 customers in Cape Girardeau and 4,000 in Scott City...
Accident on I-55 overturns vehicle (06/01/04)
A Memphis, Tenn., man was taken to St. Francis Medical Center Monday following an automobile accident on Interstate 55. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occured at the 104-mile marker when Frankie Johnson, 43, drove his 1988 Volvo off the left side of the roadway and onto the median. The vehicle overturned...
Learning briefs 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
Moore gets music, Bright Flight scholarshps Justin Moore of Cape Girardeau has received a music scholarship from Southeast Missouri State University and a Bright Flight scholarship. Moore is a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. He is the son of Joey and Wanda Moore of Cape Girardeau, and plans to major in music education and vocal performance at Southeast...
KC honors soldier killed in Iraq war (06/01/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Under clear skies and a cool breeze, the Memorial Day celebrations in Kansas City opened with a parade of personnel from each military branch set to the patriotic melodies of the city's American Legion band. The event's main honoree was Cindy Butler, whose son, U.S. Army Sgt. Jake Butler, was the first Fort Riley, Kan., soldier killed in Iraq last April...
Stoddard County worker accused of embezzling (06/01/04)
Associated Press BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A worker for Stoddard County's collector has been accused of embezzling nearly $50,000 in taxpayer money and making personal use of it. Natalie Metcalf, 34, of Bloomfield, was charged last week with three felony stealing counts. After her arraignment, she was ordered to appear July 1 for a preliminary hearing...
Timing of gay marriage vote goes before Supreme Court (06/01/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's top elected officials are accusing each other of flouting the law as they ask the state Supreme Court to decide the timing of an election for a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. The state's highest court is to hear arguments today on whether the gay marriage vote should occur in August, as ordered by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden, or whether it must wait until as late as November, as Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt prefers...
Eighth-grader's name is a mouthful (06/01/04)
The (Tinley Park) Daily Southtown TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- When your first name is as pedestrian as Paul, you tend to compensate for it on the back end. But Maripadavuputhenpurayil? That's how an affable Tinley Park eighth-grader spells his last name. All 23 letters...
Conceal-carry permits mirror vote in 1999 (06/01/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- This isn't the way most people figured it would occur. But finally, it appears, the will of the people is being carried out when it comes to concealed guns. The reality that has surfaced following a confusing Missouri Supreme Court ruling is that residents in most rural areas now can get concealed gun permits, and residents in Missouri's biggest urban areas cannot...
Deadly flooding continues after weekend of tornadoes in Midwest (06/01/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A line of thunderstorms swept across Tennessee, ripping apart homes, destroying a campground and causing widespread flooding. A 7-year-old girl was killed early Monday when winds caused the collapse of a wall at her grandparents' home...
Transportation Security Administration may be rapidly shrinking (06/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- The anti-terrorism agency that Congress rushed into existence just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to protect America's planes, trains and trucks is shrinking, and could all but fade away. The Transportation Security Administration, which hired some 65,000 employees and has spent more than $10 billion over 3 1/2 years, has been beset by complaints about its performance, leaving it vulnerable to congressional Republicans who want to reduce the size of government...
Nation pays special tribute to veterans on Memorial Day (06/01/04)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- President Bush declared Monday that "America is safer" because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in somber but historically asymmetrical Memorial Day tributes. "Through our history, America has gone to war reluctantly," said Bush, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. ...
Nation briefs 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
Senate progress continues for lawsuit legislation WASHINGTON -- After trying to curb class-action suits for years, Republicans finally have enough support to ram legislation through the Senate to limit what they call an overabundance of frivolous cases against American businesses. ...
Universities trim costs by pooling buying power (06/01/04)
Thirty-five miles and several degrees of prestige separate Yale University and St. Joseph College, a small, Roman Catholic, predominantly women's school in Hartford, Conn. But they share at least one thing: thirst. Both campuses consume spring water by the truckload, and when Yale scored a good deal on a delivery contract, St. Joseph piggybacked on to it...
Faint portraits of the poor only reminders of Haitian village (06/01/04)
MAPOU, Haiti -- Dominos was the pastime of choice on lazy afternoons in this farm center, with players sitting in the shade and villagers gathering at the market to grumble over a glass of rum about stunted crops or cheating wives. Now, the market is under 20 feet of water and voices that once rang out have been silenced. Some of their corpses float nearby -- a week after deadly floods cascaded down from Haiti's denuded mountains...
Iraqis accuse U.S. officials of meddling (06/01/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi Governing Council members accused American officials Monday of pressuring them to accept Washington's choice for Iraq's new president, prompting a delay in the announcement of a new government to take power from the U.S.-led coalition June 30...
World briefs 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
Washington, Seoul plan talks on troop reduction SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States and South Korea will start talks next week on slashing the number of U.S. troops based on the divided Korean Peninsula, the Cold War's last flash point, a government official said Monday. ...
Bomb rips through Karachi mosque (06/01/04)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- A bomb ripped through a Shiite Muslim mosque in Karachi during evening prayers Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding 35 others, hospital officials said. A top Pakistani official said the blast could be revenge for the assassination of a senior Sunni cleric...
Fans give big welcome to latest Potter film at British premiere (06/01/04)
LONDON -- The screams of young fans greeted stars from the latest Harry Potter film at the British premiere of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" over the weekend. Author J.K. Rowling also appeared before the hundreds of excited fans outside a Leicester Square cinema for the screening of the third film about the boy wizard...
Car bomb rocks Baghdad (06/01/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A car bomb exploded Monday near coalition headquarters, killing four people and wounding 25 in violence that U.S. authorities believe was aimed at blocking the coming transfer of power. Four American soldiers were reported killed in other attacks...
Saudi authorities hunt for militants after weekend rampage (06/01/04)
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi authorities hunted Monday for three suspected al-Qaida militants who used hostages as human shields to escape after a weekend assault on a residential complex that killed 22 people, mostly foreign oil industry workers. The attackers fled Khobar to nearby Dammam, where they abandoned their truck for a car commandeered at gunpoint from an unidentified driver and drove off with police in pursuit, a police official said Monday...
Central title gets better with years (06/01/04)
Stories tend to grow as time passes and memories fade. But there is no embellishment needed when the talking about the 1954 Cape Central Tigers. The Tigers finished as conference co-champions in football, won a state title in basketball and then added a second state title with a 16-0 baseball season...
MU's Broshuis selected to all-Big 12 baseball team (06/01/04)
Missouri junior pitcher Garrett Broshuis was selected Monday to the all-Big 12 baseball team, voted on by the conference's coaches. Broshuis, a graduate of Advance High School, is 10-0 on the year, becoming the first MU pitcher to record 10 wins since Tom Heckman did it in 1981...
Cape Jr. Legion falls in final (06/01/04)
The Cape Girardeau Junior League baseball team fell 14-3 to Brentwood in the Jackson Junior Legion tournament championship on Monday. The game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Jacob Wengert and Brad LaBruyere had two hits apiece for Cape (3-1)...
Cape encounters 11-7 loss in season opener (06/01/04)
Michael Minner's debut as the head coach of Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team did not result in a victory. But Minner, a Central High School product who was an assistant coach with the squad last summer, still expects big things despite Monday's 11-7 loss to Festus at Capaha Field...
Cards' winning road act keeps on Rolen (06/01/04)
PITTSBURGH -- Scott Rolen is proud of his numbers. Rolen hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and increased his major league-leading RBIs total to 53, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 Monday. "If you're into stats, runs scored and RBI are the most relevant stats, I think," Rolen said...
American driver Rice takes flag at Indy 500 (06/01/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Raise the Stars & Stripes. Sing the "The Star-Spangled Banner." There's an American champion at the Indianapolis 500. Unlikely victor Buddy Rice, at Indy for only the second time, raced to the win Sunday in a race shortened 50 miles by rain...
Johnson wins Coca-Cola 600 (06/01/04)
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson took off at the start and hardly slowed down. Less than halfway through the race, only 13 other drivers were left on the lead lap. It was a dominating performance, one of the best ever, and left everyone else racing for second in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600...
Lakers leave one question - Will they repeat? (06/01/04)
I didn't watch game No. 6 of the Western Conference Finals last night. I didn't have to. I don't even know who won, but I already know who's going to the NBA Finals. The Lakers are going to the Finals and they're going to crush anyone who dares to challenge them from the East, thus solidifying this era of the Lakers' franchise as a dynasty...
Sports briefs 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
Baseball Mark Prior will make his first start with the Chicago Cubs on Friday after spending the first two months of the season on the disabled list. Prior, who's been sidelined with an inflamed right Achilles' tendon and sore right elbow, was impressive in his third rehab start Sunday when he allowed three hits and two runs while striking out 10 in 5 1-3 innings for Triple-A Iowa...
Nothing like disaster to make you feel better (06/01/04)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to college, along comes the news that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" isn't just a campy TV show. It turns out it's also food for thought. A conference in Nashville last weekend drew students of the show from as far away as Singapore. College courses are devoted to the show, which was canceled last year. There's even an online journal of Buffy studies...
Eggimann Feed and Seed to be razed (06/01/04)
As the frame of the new federal courthouse slowly rises at the corner of Independence and Frederick Streets in Cape Girardeau, a half-century-old building across the street will be biting the dust. Owner Vince Kelley has announced that Eggimann Feed and Seed at 514 Independence will be demolished before the end of July...
New York author E.L. Doctorow tries stories from rural America (06/01/04)
NEW YORK -- On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he's willing to tell...
Energizer using rocker to market batteries for hearing aids (06/01/04)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Battery-maker Energizer Holdings Inc. is appealing to baby boomers' rock 'n' roll roots to sell them something they probably hadn't considered in the '60s. Hearing aids are not only necessary, eventually. They're cool, too...
Steel prices hammer local industries (06/01/04)
In December 2003, AFCO Steel out of Little Rock, Ark., was awarded the bid to supply about 3,000 tons of steel for the construction of the new federal courthouse building on Independence Street in Cape Girardeau. The contract was signed, and the budget locked in at the current rate of cost for steel...
Layers of digital protection (06/01/04)
To access her bank account online, Marie Jubran opens a Web browser and types in her Swedish national ID number along with a four-digit pass code. For additional security, she then pulls out a card that has 50 scratch-off codes. Jubran uses the codes, one by one, each time she logs on or performs a transaction. Her bank, Nordea PLC, automatically sends a new card when she's about to run out...
People on the move 06/01/04 (06/01/04)
Three attend school audit conferenceCheryl Morris, Michael Radake and Debra Johns recently attended the 20th annual School Audit Conference in Columbia, Mo. Morris and Radake are both certified public accountants with Schott & Van de Ven in Cape Girardeau. Johns is a staff accountant at the same firm....
Billy Ferrier (06/01/04)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Billy Plambeck Ferrier, 32, of Tamms died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Milton King (06/01/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Milton King, 50, of Thebes died Monday, May 31, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Marion Cook (06/01/04)
Marion "Red" Cook, 64, of Whitewater passed away Sunday, May 30, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 23, 1939, in Crump, son of Andrew B. and Lillian L. Gartung Cook. On Jan. 1, 1964, he married Barbara Ann Wilson. She survives. Other loving survivors include one son, Steven Andrew Cook and wife Shannon of San Diego; one daughter, Debbie Lynne Wills and husband Danny of Cape Girardeau; one sister, Erna McLemore and husband Don of Jackson; and two granddaughters, Shelby and Sidney Harris of Cape Girardeau.. ...
Kezia Nelson (06/01/04)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Kezia Nelson, 38, of Villa Ridge died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at her home. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at National Cemetery in Mound City, Ill...
Arnold Pulliam (06/01/04)
Arnold Wilson Pulliam, 91, of Jackson died Sunday, May 30, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Benny Wilson (06/01/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Benny L. Wilson, 94, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Cairo, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Parkside Meadows Nursing Home in St. Charles. He was born Oct. 21, 1909, in DuQuoin, Ill., son of Benjamin and Effie Bowlen Wilson. He married Helen Lefever and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cairo...
Arnold Guzman (06/01/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Arnold Guzman, 68, of Oran died Sunday, May 30, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1935, in San Antonio, son of Cercencio Guzman and Ysidra Garcia Guzman. He and Emma Sauceda were married July 27, 1956. She died Dec. 17, 2003. He was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran and St. Joseph Sodality. He was a retired farmer...
Louis Meyer (06/01/04)
Louis J. Meyer, 73, of Millersville passed away Sunday, May 30, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Campbell, Mo., son of Louis F. and Joyce E. Overall Meyer, who both preceded him in death. Meyer graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in education. On Sept. 11, 1952, he enlisted in the Air Force Cadet Program at Lackland Air Base...
Cape fire report 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Saturday: At 12:18 a.m., emergency medical service at 1107 Good Hope. At 6:47 a.m., emergency medical service at 1716 Big Bend. Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 4:38 a.m., emergency medical service at Mason and North Main...
Cape police report 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items have been released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs A subject was taken into custody Sunday in the 400 block of South Kingshighway pending the filing of charges for driving while intoxicated and failure to drive in a single lane...
Out of the past 6/1/04 (06/01/04)
10 years ago: June 1, 1994 EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- Final section of relocated Route 3 between Thebes and Twente Crossing Road will be opened to traffic in early August, says Illinois Department of Transportation. Notre Dame High School board met Tuesday to draw up proposal for high school construction plan, either expansion or new facility...
Iraqi transfer (06/01/04)
The Times (London) Grand promises are not in order, even though there is still room for grander vision in the long term. Iraqis know that June 30 cannot bring a wholesale transfer of sovereignty, but they need to feel that the date will mark a material shift towards a national government...
Vote yes for sales tax (06/01/04)
Cape Girardeau has so many outstanding attributes right now: the new bridge, a federal courthouse under construction, both hospitals building significant additions, a vibrant university, strong retail base, thriving factories, a new water plant, good schools with first-rate facilities, wonderful neighborhoods, growing churches, well-maintained streets -- the list goes on and on...
Important for voters to go to polls (06/01/04)
To the editor: If you're a registered voter in Cape Girardeau, you will be asked to vote on a very important tax issue on June 8. This tax proposal will only require a simple majority to pass. City tax issues should be of great concern to all of us who reside in Cape Girardeau. ...
For awhile, our world was aloft (06/01/04)
To the editor: Life would be less expensive had I chosen a local bride, but I have never regretted the cosmopolitan complications that followed my marriage. My wife and I returned from New Mexico, where we had visited Earl from Pennsylvania, Jean and Hugo from British Columbia, Eleanor and Don from Kansas, and another Don who lives in Albuquerque, which I could not spell until he moved there. ...
Speak Out A 06/01/04 (06/01/04)
Private advertising THERE ARE many billboards promoting Cape Girardeau businesses between Cape and St. Louis. They advertise private businesses that are doing the billboard promotion. What's wrong with that? Redneck generalizations BEING CONSERVATIVE doesn't make you a backward redneck. ...
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