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SEMO sophomore in Iraq still taking classes (06/08/04)
Going to class and having enough money to buy pizza are the worries of a typical college student. Neil Guinn, a student at Southeast Missouri State University, is more worried about keeping U.S. Army helicopters working in Iraq. Army Spc. Guinn is not a typical college student...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (06/08/04)
Appearance Marsha Haskell, regional director of external affairs for SBC, made a presentation. Public hearings Held a public hearing regarding the request of Candi Siebert-Winkler for a special-use permit to operate a photography and graphic design company at 2573 Lisa Drive in an R-2, single-family residential district...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 6/8/04 (06/08/04)
Changed a meeting date from June 21 to June 28. Changed a meeting date from July 5 to July 6. Approved an increase of $5,600 to Horner & Shifrin Inc., relative to providing additional inspection services for the East Main Street sewer project. Approved an increase of $5,600 to Horner & Shifrin Inc., regarding to providing additional inspection services for the Goose Creek sewer project...
Jackson School Board agenda 6/8/04 (06/08/04)
7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda: FFA student recognition Technology program evaluation Reports
Cape City Council approves plan for luxury townhouses (06/08/04)
Sixteen luxury townhouses will be built on vacant ground in downtown Cape Girardeau. The city council Monday night unanimously approved the Spanish Court project after developers reached an agreement with neighboring property owners. Councilman Jay Purcell ab-stained because he said he had previously conducted business with one of the developers, John Wyman, on an unrelated property matter and didn't want there to be any perception of a conflict of interest...
Community fireworks displays scheduled (06/08/04)
Communities as well as individuals are celebrating America's birthday with fireworks and other ways of having fun. While Scott City has its fireworks display on Father's Day weekend to celebrate Summerfest, Jackson and Cape Girardeau will have July 4 fireworks and other organized activities...
Area cities to put new fireworks rules to test (06/08/04)
Shooting off fireworks is as American as the Fourth of July. Patriotic Southeast Missourians will be able to enjoy their traditional fireworks this year with a few changes in regulations. In Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City, the length of time consumers can buy fireworks has been shortened by one week, and some types of fireworks no longer will be allowed...
Homemade road sign catches eye of county (06/08/04)
EPIP ECAEP. David Hitt, Cape Girardeau County's emergency operations coordinator, showed the county commissioners a photo of a county road sign that was erected and spelled backward. In a rear-view mirror, it would read PEACE PIPE, but this homemade road sign near Egypt Mills in the county caught the attention of the 911 department...
Jackson senior housing development dealt setback (06/08/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen rejected a plan at its regular meeting Monday night that would have allowed five duplexes and two triplexes for senior adults in Jackson. The board rejected developer John Lichtenegger's request for a special-use permit that would have allowed more than one residential building on one lot and allowed some of the buildings to have unusually small rear setbacks...
River walk to be dedicated today (06/08/04)
Cape Girardeau's new Mississippi River river walk will be opened today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The $711,505 project was completed in two stages, extending south 923 feet from Themis Street floodgate and north about 750 feet from the Broadway floodgate along the shore overlooking the Mississippi River, city officials said...
Cape's fire sales tax decided today (06/08/04)
Cape Girardeau city voters will use paper ballots and optical scan vote counting machines to decide the fate of a proposed quarter-cent fire sales tax today. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters will mark in the oval beside the word "yes" or the oval beside the word "no." Voters then will slide their ballots into a slot in a rectangular, computerized device that will record the votes and drop the ballots into a large, plastic ballot box on which the device sits...
Summer camps keep children's minds learning (06/08/04)
Three area youth organizations are focused on overcoming students' summer learning slump through day camp programs with a variety of educational and social activities. The Salvation Army, Cape Area Family Resource Center and the Boys & Girls Club are collaborating for the first time this year on their summer offerings to provide a greater opportunity to students involved in their respective programs...
State GOP - Governors shouldn't cut school funding (06/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although the Missouri Republican Party's platform calls for making approved state spending for public schools immune from midyear cuts by the governor, the party doesn't intend to pursue a constitutional change to strip future governors of the authority to do so...
Seismic shift (06/08/04)
Although the Marquette Hotel is now a historic landmark, when built in the late 1920s it was years ahead of other buildings in terms of seismic design. While many buildings were still being supported by wood and unreinforced masonry, the internal columns of the Marquette were made of steel-reinforced concrete that could bear more of the load should the New Madrid Fault shake the bedrock as it did the previous century...
Heads of the class - 2004 valedictorians and salutatorians (06/08/04)
Compiled by Donna Farley * Southeast Missourian They ranked at the top of their classes, juggled clubs and volunteer organizations, and received thousands of dollars in scholarships. And it wasn't easy. For their hard work, the Southeast Missourian honors the area's valedictorians and salutatorians...
Learning briefs 6/8 (06/08/04)
Local students win awards for writing Several local students were recently recognized as winners in the Southeast Missouri Writing Achievement Awards at Southeast Missouri State University, including:Cape Girardeau Claire Bira, Notre Dame Regional High School, honorable mention in grades 7-9, fiction...
Cape fire tax getting favorable voter response (06/08/04)
In casual conversations at polling places today, it appeared that the city's quarter-cent fire sales tax had the backing of Cape Girardeau voters. For more on this story, check the Southeast Missourian's Web site later this evening.
Rolling on the River Campus (06/08/04)
The River Campus remains a quiet place today. There's little to announce the impending construction except for a construction trailer parked in one corner of the property. But by August that could change as the first real construction gets underway to transform the vacant, former Catholic seminary into a new visual and performing arts school for Southeast Missouri State University at a cost that is expected to be over $36 million...
State offices to close for Reagan remembrance (06/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Most Missouri state offices will close Friday and most employees will have the day off for a national day of mourning for former President Reagan. Federal offices and major financial markets will also be closed Friday to honor the late president. Reagan, 93, died Saturday of pneumonia after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease...
May revenue down; collections still up for year (06/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Net state revenue was up 3.2 percent through the first 11 months of Missouri's fiscal year, putting the state budget on track to meet expectations, the state budget director said Monday. For May alone, net general revenue fell 14.1 percent compared with May 2003, according to the Department of Revenue. But budget director Linda Luebbering said the dip was due to the state paying more tax refunds this May, whereas many tax refunds weren't completed until June in 2003...
State 'hiring freeze' officially ends (06/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In the latest sign that Missouri's budget troubles are thawing, Gov. Bob Holden has lifted an 11-month employee "hiring freeze" that had forced state agencies to justify empty positions as critical in order to fill them. Officials at several state agencies said Monday that they already were beginning the process of hiring more employees, although it could take several weeks before new workers are on the job...
Drug is major improvement for treating brain cancer (06/08/04)
NEW ORLEANS -- Early low-dose chemotherapy appears to substantially improve short-term survival in patients with the most aggressive and common form of brain cancer, offering the first significant advance against the disease in decades. Whether the treatment can help cure brain cancer remains to be seen, but the approach at least seems to slow the often rapid progression of the disease for some...
Boomers pushing sales of comfortable recumbent bikes (06/08/04)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The first time Rob Gentry saw a friend riding an odd-looking contraption known as a recumbent bike, he laughed. But not for long. "After I got done making fun of it," Gentry said, "I found I really liked it." It wasn't just the comfortable ride Gentry liked, but also the panoramic view and the bike's speed. ...
Bush seeks support for promoting Arab democracy (06/08/04)
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The Bush administration, expecting a quick and favorable vote on a U.N. resolution on Iraq, turned Monday toward winning support at a summit of world leaders for a broader effort to promote democracy in the Middle East at large. President Bush is hoping his greater Middle East initiative will be a key accomplishment at this year's Group of Eight summit, which brings together leaders of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Russia...
Nation/world digest 06/08/04 (06/08/04)
Court rules on looted art and Mexican trucks WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Americans can sue foreign governments over looted art, stolen property and war crimes dating to the 1930s, a victory for an elderly California woman trying to get back $150 million worth of paintings stolen by the Nazis more than 65 years ago. ...
Public gets chance to pay respects to Reagan (06/08/04)
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Nancy Reagan touched her cheek to the flag-covered casket, then made way for Americans by the thousands to pay respects Monday to Ronald Reagan before a cross-country journey to a state funeral in Washington. A steady, near-silent stream of people -- some saluting, some praying -- circled through the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the body of the nation's 40th president will lie in repose through today before traveling to Washington. ...
New guidelines urge better eye screening for preschoolers (06/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- Few preschoolers have their eyesight thoroughly checked, although up to 20 percent have some eye problem that, if uncorrected, could delay learning or even cause permanent vision loss. New guidelines are urging pediatricians and health workers to better screen children under 5 for lazy eye and other disorders -- even as a major study of preschoolers' vision shows many of those screening tests are far from perfect...
Kazakhstan, home of biggest space launch site, has plans (06/08/04)
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- The Russians who run this Soviet-built cosmodrome, which launched the first man into space, once ridiculed the local Kazakhs as not fit to join in their ascents to the heavens. The Kazakhs are no longer the brunt of ethnic jokes. A booming economy has filled their wallets with oil dollars, and this Central Asian nation is hoping to realize its own space dreams...
Al-Qaida warns of attacks on Western airlines (06/08/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- An Internet statement signed by an al-Qaida cell in Saudi Arabia warned Monday that the terror network will target Western airlines, military bases and residential compounds and told Muslims to stay away from Westerners. The warning of attacks in "the near future" appeared on a Web site known for posting messages from militants, including the video in which a terror group with al-Qaida links executed Nicholas Berg, an American kidnapped in Iraq...
U.S. to pull out third of troops from S. Korea by end of 2005 (06/08/04)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States wants to withdraw a third of its 37,000 troops from South Korea by the end of next year, U.S. and South Korean officials said Monday as the two countries discussed plans for repositioning soldiers along the Cold War's last frontier...
Nine Iraqi militias to dissolve (06/08/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's new prime minister announced an agreement Monday by nine political parties to dissolve their militias, integrating some of the 100,000 fighters into the army and police and pensioning off the rest to firm up government control ahead of the transfer of sovereignty...
Dodgers choose DeWitt in first round (06/08/04)
Blake DeWitt didn't have to wait long to hear his name called in the Major League Baseball 2004 First-Year Player Draft. With the 28th pick in the first round the Los Angeles Dodgers selected DeWitt, the Sikeston High School All-American who helped lead the Bulldogs to three final fours in his four years...
Jackson baseball players receive all-SEMO first-team honors (06/08/04)
Jackson led area schools with four members on the first-team all-SEMO conference baseball list. Jason Meystedt, Tyler Beussink, Tyler Profilet and Derrick Biri all made the first team from Jackson. Lee Essner, Blake Urhahn and Matt Wulfers made the squad from Notre Dame...
Sails set for Texas (06/08/04)
When Heather Jenkins began her Central High School track and field career, she never envisioned competing on the collegiate level. But Jenkins hasn't just become a college athlete, she's turned into one of the nation's premier discus throwers. The Southeast Missouri State University junior will make her second appearance at the NCAA national meet when the Division I championships begin Wednesday in Austin, Texas...
Giants select MU pitcher Broshuis (06/08/04)
Advance High School graduate Garrett Broshuis was hopeful of being selected early as the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft began on Monday. But Broshuis didn't want to get his hopes up too high in case that didn't happen. "A few teams had told me I'd go between the fifth and eighth rounds, but with the draft you never know," Broshuis said. "I didn't want to count on it."...
Jackson Legion rallies from 9-0 deficit to defeat Farmington (06/08/04)
Jackson's American Legion team's fast start this season looked like it had hit a bump in the road at home Monday night against the Farmington Patriots. The Patriots hit everything in sight through four innings, building a 9-0 lead. Jackson did not pack it in though, scoring six runs in the fifth, four in the eighth and another run in the bottom of the ninth to pull off a 11-10 comeback win. Jackson improved to 6-1 with the win...
Lightning capture Cup with 2-1 win in Game 7 (06/08/04)
TAMPA, Fla. -- No, Canada. The Stanley Cup not only isn't headed north, the Tampa Bay Lightning are taking it south. Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice, including the critical first goal just as he did in the conference finals, and the resilient Lightning held off the Calgary Flames 2-1 in Game 7 Monday night to win their first Stanley Cup...
Cards use back-to-back HRs to nip Cubs (06/08/04)
CHICAGO -- With Scott Rolen's bat and Jim Edmonds' arm, the St. Louis Cardinals didn't need Albert Pujols. Rolen made up for the ailing Pujols' absence with a three-run homer, Edmonds threw out what would have been the tying run and the Cardinals held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Monday night for their 10th victory in 12 games...
Padres grab home talent with top pick (06/08/04)
NEW YORK -- The San Diego Padres' decision to make hometown high school shortstop Matt Bush the No. 1 pick in Monday's draft came down to overall talent -- and more importantly, money. Leading up to the draft, the Padres said they narrowed their choices to three college players, including Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew and Long Beach State right-hander Jered Weaver...
Cards use top pick on college pitcher (06/08/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Just like Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, Chris Lambert is a right-hander who hails from New Hampshire, ultimately chose baseball over hockey and was taken in the first round of the draft. Unlike Carpenter, who leads the Cardinals' rotation with a 6-1 record and 3.44 ERA, Lambert still has to make a name for himself...
Sports briefs 6/8/04 (06/08/04)
Baseball Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will test his ailing right Achilles' tendon today before the team decides if he can make his 2004 debut against the San Diego Padres. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said Monday that he was not ready to activate the All-Star shortstop from the disabled list. ...
When the AARP comes knocking (06/08/04)
I knew it was only a matter of time until they found me. It happened last week. Six months after turning 50, AARP found me. The letter arrived in my mailbox, complete with an already filled out AARP membership card and a greeting welcoming me into the nation's army of senior citizens...
For Simon & Garfunkel, this could be the last time (06/08/04)
NEW YORK -- Fans couldn't help but be curious last fall when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel strode onstage to open their reunion concerts with the song "Old Friends." Old friends, yes. But still friends? The boyhood chums have been famously estranged through the years, the classic example of a duo that made sweet music onstage and hit sour notes when the lights went down...
Naomi Grace (06/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Naomi Ruth Grace, 48, of Sikeston died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 24, 1955, at Matthews, Mo., daughter of Gladstone and Alice Young Bohannon. She married Tommy Earl Grace. Grace was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...
Minnie Gadberry (06/08/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Minnie Alice Gadberry, 85, of Oran died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 8, 1919, in Lamar, Ark., daughter of James and Harriet Hull Terry. She and William David Gadberry were married April 5, 1941. He died April 14, 1972...
Curtis McIntire (06/08/04)
Curtis E. McIntire, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Doris Clayton (06/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Doris E. Clayton, 65, of Sikeston died Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Dec. 27, 1938, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of John P. and Pearlie Young Allen. She and James Clayton were married April 21, 1961...
Effie Foster (06/08/04)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Effie Foster, 97, of Olive Branch died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch...
Area residents injured in separate accidents (06/08/04)
Three Bollinger County residents and a man from Cape Girardeau were injured in two separate accidents Sunday in Bollinger County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Doloras Link, 65, of Patton, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet southbound on Highway 51 four miles north of Marble Hill, when she lost control on a wet curve. ...
Cape fire report 6/8/04 (06/08/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 7:41 p.m., an alarm sounding at 3049 William St. At 10:28 p.m., an alarm sounding at 208 Linda. At 10:21 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1614 Boutin Drive. At 11:34 p.m., a river rescue in the 500 block of Aquamsi...
Cape/Jackson police reports 6/8/04 (06/08/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Catherine L. Hecht, 41, Box 653, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing by deceit/forgery. James E. Proby, 38, Blaze Drive, No. 6, New Madrid, Mo., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing...
Out of the past 6/8/04 (06/08/04)
10 years ago: June 8, 1994 Cape Girardeau Board of Education member Bob Fox is unhappy with decision allowing seniors who haven't completed requirements to participate in Central High School's graduation ceremony Friday; superintendent Neyland Clark last Friday decided seniors within one unit of graduation could participate...
Ronald Reagan (06/08/04)
It should be no surprise that Ronald Reagan is regarded as one of the best presidents of the 20th century, but to millions of Americans the Reagan presidency was something of an unexpected turn for the best. It's the kind of surprise that leaves you filled with pride, patriotism and a sense of strength -- all of which are essential for a prosperous nation...
Environment sets liberal viewpoint (06/08/04)
To the editor: I would like to comment on Robert Polack Jr.'s claim that liberal bias in the media is a myth. I suppose it's not surprising that a liberal living and working in a liberal environment might not recognize bias in the mainstream media. ...
Speak Out 06/08/04 (06/08/04)
Taking a stand I APPLAUD the effort of Faye Beal to stand up to these degenerates who circle our streets, wreak havoc and devalue property. It's ridiculous that these people can run down a community and destroy the quality of life for those individuals who decide to work for what they have. If we had more people like Beal, the world and our community would be a better place...
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