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Stories from Thursday, July 1, 2004

Perryville woman wins $50,000 (07/01/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- It's a classic case of beginner's luck. Kathy Johnson, 45, a 911 dispatcher from Perryville, was visiting her brother in Portageville when they stopped in 4 Way Quick Shop. Her brother, who buys Show Me 5 Paydown tickets every day, suggested that Johnson buy one too...
High-tech job creation, training gain attention (07/01/04)
The future of area business development is to create more high-tech jobs and local training opportunities for the jobs, said many members of state and federal government and the business community Wednesday during an economic roundtable at the Show Me Center...
Teen in custody following fatal stabbing at Tamms (07/01/04)
TAMMS, Ill. -- A 40-year-old Alexander County, Illinois, man was killed Tuesday night and a 16-year-old male juvenile is being held in connection with his death. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Department, around 9:27 p.m. Tuesday deputies and the Illinois State Police were called to a domestic disturbance on Tatum Road near Tamms. ...
Work site mistake temporarily cuts communications (07/01/04)
Oops. Construction workers at Independence and Sprigg streets, inadvertently sliced through a cable that left the Cape Girardeau Police Department and a few administrative offices in city hall without telephone service for an hour and a half Wednesday...
Ceramo's founder Kasten remembered as life-shaper (07/01/04)
Vernon Kasten Sr. found a way to make red-clay pottery back in 1950. But before and after that time, he found a way to build relationships and a reputation as one of Jackson's most respected people. Kasten, 81, died Tuesday, leaving a void in the local Rotary Club, his church choir and at Ceramo, the plant he established in 1950 and employs 100 people now...
Military digest 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
Jonesboro, Ill., native completes Marine basics Marine Corps Pvt. Richard Laster, son of Debra K. and Richard O. Laster of Jonesboro, Ill., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. ...
Humane Society says fireworks no fun for pets (07/01/04)
Firecrackers and sparklers may make the Fourth of July fun for children, but they're agony for pets. The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri cautions pet owners to keep their animals safe and well away from fireworks. "A startled dog or cat may hide or try to escape the noise by digging under, chewing through or climbing over fences," said Samantha Leavitt of the Humane Society in St. Louis...
Community briefs 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
Crisis center receives support from community For the ninth year, the Perry County Saddle Club rode in honor of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Comprised of men, women and child riders, the recent event raised $200 to support the work of The Regional Family Crisis Center. ...
Former students reunite with junior high teacher (07/01/04)
Former seventh- and eighth-grade students of Pat Howell Uptain held a reunion dinner for their Hooey Elementary School teacher at a Cape Girardeau restaurant recently. The former students had attended the school located west of Morley and south of Oran during the 1940s...
Show Me Center mortgage burning celebrated (07/01/04)
Officials from the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University celebrated a debt-free partnership Wednesday, using a university robot to burn the mortgage paper for the Show Me Center. The mortgage burning marked the retirement of $5 million in bonds approved by Cape Girardeau city voters in April 1983 to help fund construction of the Show Me Center...
Regents - Go, Redhawks (07/01/04)
The seven-member board of regents unanimously adopted Redhawks as the new nickname for Southeast Missouri State University sports teams on Wednesday, but school officials said it would be spring 2005 before any new mascot and logo could be created and put into use...
Lawmakers announce $1.7 million in grants for university (07/01/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will receive $1.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education with $1.5 million going toward equipment for the River Campus and $248,525 to the university's nursing program. Both grants are for the period from June 1, 2004, to May 30, 2007...
Candidate Blunt touts education plan in Cape stop (07/01/04)
No more withholding of appropriated education funds and no more using schools as political pawns: That's the promise gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt gave to local educators and politicians Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. Blunt, a Republican, announced his education plan, dubbed "New Ideas for Excellent Schools," during a news conference at Alma Schrader Elementary School...
Regents cut tuition for 2005 spring semester (07/01/04)
The board of regents on Wednesday cut tuition by $2 a credit hour for the spring 2005 semester at Southeast Missouri State University after lifting a financial emergency declared by the board two years ago. The regents in February voted to increase tuition for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, but promised to reduce the tuition if the university received increased state funding after having suffered through state budget cuts over the last couple of years...
Commission isn't ready to choose new St. Louis area casino (07/01/04)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Gaming Commission will not consider a new casino for the St. Louis area at its meeting on July 8, citing a need for more study, the commission's chairman said Thursday. "Due to the volume and complexity of the information prepared by the staff, I believe the commission will benefit from additional time to study the material," chairman Floyd Bartch said. "This is an important decision. I know I need more time and I suspect the other commissioners do as well."...
St. Louis gears up for summer of riverfront celebrations (07/01/04)
Associated Press WriterST. LOUIS (AP) -- What, another party? Hundreds of thousands of people are expected at Fair St. Louis, the city's three-day Fourth of July festival starting Friday on the banks of the Mississippi River under the Gateway Arch...
Holden signs unemployment bill (07/01/04)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Unemployment benefits for people who lose their jobs will increase by 28 percent and businesses will pay more into the state unemployment fund under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob Holden...
Columbia policeman charged in slaying of college student (07/01/04)
Associated Press WriterCOLUMBIA, MO. (AP) -- A former Columbia police officer was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the slaying of a University of Missouri-Columbia student with whom he acknowledged a homosexual relationship. Steve A. Rios, 27, was also charged with armed criminal action in the June 5 slaying of Jesse James Valencia, 23...
Search continues for man swept away by Meramec River (07/01/04)
FENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Rescue crews resumed a search Thursday for a 19-year-old man swept away while wading across the Meramec River at a park near St. Louis. The name of the man was not released. He and four friends were trying to cross the river just after sunset Wednesday at Castlewood State Park near Fenton in south St. Louis County. The water was apparently deeper than the three men and one woman expected...
Missouri to increase newborn screening for diseases (07/01/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Eight-year-old Alexis Knapton, who suffered from a rare disease that prevented her body from properly converting fat to energy, died before her parents knew what was killing her. Since Alexis' death last year, her mother, Kelly Peters of Weston, has been pushing health officials to increase the number of diseases for which newborns are screened...
Farmer joined by retired Gen. Clark at rally (07/01/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Democratic Senate candidate Nancy Farmer said Wednesday that nothing demonstrates the need for political change in Washington more than the war in Iraq. Farmer had retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark at her side as she spoke to about 350 people at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. Clark, a former Democratic presidential hopeful, also appeared with Farmer during a campaign stop Wednesday in St. Louis. He called her stand on Iraq "straight, clear and courageous."...
Nearly 60 dogs rescued from home (07/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Fifty-seven dogs were rescued Wednesday from a home in the Ozarks and taken to the Humane Society of Missouri's headquarters in St. Louis, Humane Society officials said. The dogs were taken from a home near Ozark, Mo., in Christian County, thin and suffering from poor nutrition, Humane Society spokeswoman Kris Brill said. ...
Body found in search for missing man in Meramec River (07/01/04)
FENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Rescue workers have found a body believed to be that of the 19-year-old man swept away while wading across the Meramec River at a park near St. Louis. Police have not released the name of the missing man. He and four friends were trying to cross the river just after sunset Wednesday at Castlewood State Park near Fenton in south St. Louis County. The water was apparently deeper than the three men and one woman expected...
Nation/world briefs 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
Fire in Arizona threatens mountain town, homes PAYSON, Ariz. -- Fire crews burned trees and brush around this mountain town of 14,000 on Wednesday to keep a spreading wildfire from coming any closer. Seventeen buildings, including homes, barns and sheds, were considered threatened by the fire, which remained five miles away, said a fire crew member. The fire has burned roughly 32,000 acres and was considered only 3 percent contained...
AARP - Drug price jump in early 2004 offsets Medicare discount (07/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- Drug makers raised prescription prices by nearly triple the rate of inflation in the first three months of this year -- just before Medicare began its pharmacy discount card program -- negating much of the savings the government promised to seniors, according to an AARP survey released Wednesday...
Interest rate increase first in four years (07/01/04)
Federal Reserve officials Wednesday raised a key short-term interest rate for the first time in four years and signaled that they will keep moving it up in coming months as aggressively as necessary to keep inflation under control. Fed policymakers concluded a two-day meeting by lifting their target for the Federal funds rate to 1.25 percent from 1 percent, where it had been for the last year...
Israel's high court orders barrier changes (07/01/04)
BIDOU, West Bank -- Israel's Supreme Court sided with the Palestinians in a precedent-setting decision Wednesday, ordering the government to reroute part of its West Bank separation barrier near Jerusalem because it causes too much suffering. The ruling -- the first major legal decision on the barrier -- cracked a cornerstone of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to disengage from the Palestinians by 2005...
Powell visits victims of Sudan crisis (07/01/04)
AL-FASHER, Sudan -- Clambering onto donated sacks of grain, Sudanese refugees strained Wednesday for a look at Secretary of State Colin Powell, who came to tour camps and press the government to end ethnic violence and a humanitarian crisis he has called "catastrophic."...
Saddam, 11 others transferred to Iraqis (07/01/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein, looking thinner after nearly seven months as a U.S. captive, was transferred to Iraqi custody Wednesday, reducing him to a criminal defendant in the land he once ruled and launching the painful process of holding him and his henchmen accountable for their brutal regime...
Soaring into a new era (07/01/04)
One Southeast Missouri State University coach who is part Native American and another who has been affected in at least a small way by the school's Indian and Otahkian nicknames gave a thumbs up after hearing that those monikers would be retired. Southeast's board of regents on Wednesday unanimously adopted the nickname of Redhawks for all Southeast sports teams, although university officials said it would be spring 2005 before any new mascot and logo could be put into use...
Capahas fall to Waterloo, Ill. (07/01/04)
WATERLOO, Ill. -- The Waterloo (Ill.) Buds used a big seventh inning to rally past the visiting Plaza Tire Capahas 6-4 Wednesday night. Plaza Tire (14-4) led 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning as pitcher Josh Joiner had a two-hitter going...
Cape works overtime to beat Sikeston (07/01/04)
A little small ball, a key call and some clutch hitting helped Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion team rally for a 6-5 10-inning victory against District 14 foe Sikeston on Wednesday night at Capaha Field. With two outs and Kendal Deason on third base in the bottom of the ninth, Sikeston turned to Ben Pyles to retire Cape No. 3 hitter Patrick Slattery. Before Pyles even threw his first pitch to Slattery, the home plate umpire called Pyles for a balk to tie the game...
Shooting at another Triple Crown (07/01/04)
Last month Smarty Jones' failed bid to win the Triple Crown proved how difficult a task that can be. And then there's Rodney Huffman, who has shown the ability to win a triple crown over and over again. Huffman, a 42-year-old Benton, Mo., resident, already has won the International Bowhunting Organization Triple Crown three times, and on July 10th he'll more than likely do it again...
Pirates finish sweep of Cards (07/01/04)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates wish they had played this well against the St. Louis Cardinals back when they were close enough to see the division leaders in the standings. Bobby Hill drove in the winning run with a two-out, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates over St. Louis 6-5 Wednesday, completing their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals at home in nearly 15 years...
Roddick reaches semifinals (07/01/04)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick was flat on his stomach at the baseline, not a particularly good place to be during a tiebreaker point at Wimbledon. Down but not out, Roddick popped up, managing to reach the ball just in time to slice a forehand. It wasn't pretty, but it kept the rally going, and his opponent helped by flubbing a backhand into the net...
Woods tries to find his game at Western (07/01/04)
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods faced some familiar questions Wednesday about his game. He heard the same questions when he arrived at last year's Western Open -- then went out and promptly shattered a bunch of records on his way to a wire-to-wire win...
Auto racing champ Unser calls it quits (07/01/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Al Unser Jr. woke up to a harsh reality this week. His passion for racing was gone. In a news conference Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Unser announced his retirement because he was no longer having fun on the track, stepping away from a successful career on his own terms...
Area sports calendar 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
BasketballYouth tournament: Heartland Pride Sports and the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation are hosting the inaugural Mid America Youth Basketball Tournament July 30 to Aug. 1. The event is for boys and girls in grades 4-12. Entry deadline July 9. For info: 335-4269 or heartlandpridesports.org...
The many symptoms of eccentricity (07/01/04)
Eccentrics live longer. That's a comforting thought, at least to those of us who seem to be heading in that direction. But is it true? I couldn't find much research to prove this but I did come across a study done by neuropsychologist David Weeks and Jamie James, published in their book, "Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness. ...
Health calendar 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
Today Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at the Cape Senior Center, sponsored by the Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information, call 651-5825. Preparation for childbirth class 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Healing Arts Center conference room. For information 231-2229...
More women choosing C-sections over natural birth (07/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- Doctors reassured Randi Rosenberg there was no reason to fear natural childbirth -- she was in fine shape. But she so wanted to skip labor with her first baby that she switched doctors to get an elective Caesarean section. It's still very rare -- and intensely controversial -- but more expectant mothers seem to be choosing C-sections even when there's no clear medical need...
Senior brothers tackle fitness, fun through Shape Up Cape (07/01/04)
Age wasn't a consideration when Rupert Meyer and Thomas L. Meyer decided to join the Shape Up Cape program. Rupert, who is 75, and his brother, Thomas, who is 85, joined because they want to stay in shape. Shape Up Cape is an exercise program run by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce that encourages businesses and organizations to form teams and earn points based on the amount and type of exercise they complete...
The booming business (07/01/04)
July 1, 2004 Dear Pat, This is a good time of year for low-flying aircraft to avoid the Castor River watershed. DC has laid in her fireworks supply. DC usually goes for the buy-one-get-one-free bundles that make you think you're getting lots of explosions. This year she couldn't wait for the fireworks stands to open in Cape Girardeau. She drove down the interstate to Boomland, where fireworks is a 365-day-a-year business that's open until midnight before the Fourth of July. ...
Clay Aiken ready to light fuse on tour (07/01/04)
LOS ANGELES -- For Clay Aiken, performing at what he considers the nation's pre-eminent July Fourth bash, PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington, could have been moving enough. But this particular holiday carries deeper significance. His stepfather, Ray Parker, a veteran, died two years ago on July 4. His younger brother, 18-year-old Brett, just enlisted in the Marines...
Business briefs 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
Court approves Microsoft antitrust settlement WASHINGTON -- A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday approved the landmark antitrust settlement Microsoft Corp. negotiated with the Justice Department, setting aside objections by Massachusetts that its sanctions were inadequate against the world's largest software company. In a significant victory for Microsoft and the Justice Department, the appeals court ruled that the settlement was, in fact, in the public's interest...
Universally recognized UPC barcode still a hit 30 years later (07/01/04)
It was met with more criticism than even Michael Moore could have mustered. Union representatives said it would steal American jobs. Conspiracy theorists believed it was intrusively "Big Brother." Some Christians thought it hid the number 666, representing the Antichrist. Television talk-show host Phil Donohue claimed it was a corporate plot against consumers...
Rev. Carl Craft (07/01/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Rev. Carl C. Craft, 78, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. He was born Jan. 30, 1926, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Walter Claude and Thelma Froso Smith Craft. He had married Mary Oleta Pulliam, Miram Retherford and Geneva K. Gunter, and all preceded him in death...
Ersie Knapp (07/01/04)
Ersie Knapp, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia Schmittzehe (07/01/04)
Cynthia Schmittzehe, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Life Care Center. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Price (07/01/04)
Richard Sterling Price, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at the home of a daughter in Jackson. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Genevieve Robert (07/01/04)
Genevieve (Ginny) Robert, 86, of Benton, Mo., died Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at the Fountainbleu Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Tony Scheeter (07/01/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Tony J. Scheeter, 60, of Oran died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 24, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond John and Martha Clara Glueck Scheeter. He and Becki Dalton were married June 25, 1994...
Barbara Caraway (07/01/04)
Barbara J. Caraway, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Clubb, Mo. She was born June 7, 1943, in Spartanburg, S.C., daughter of Curtis Robert Odell and Geneva Smith Poole. Survivors include two daughters, Hazel Willis and Glennis Hames of Pacolet, S.C.; four sons, Allen Caraway, James and Sammy Poole, and Larry Brown, all of South Carolina; three sisters, Janis Guyton, Janie Ivy and Eva Poole, all of South Carolina; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild...
Ernest Mayberry (07/01/04)
Ernest Mayberry, 80, of Jackson died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 29, 1923, at Essex, Mo., son of Jessie and Mimi Tramel Mayberry. He and Helen Bowers were married Jan. 27, 1941, in St. Charles, Mo. Mayberry worked in construction many years...
Carolyn Johnson (07/01/04)
Carolyn Sue Johnson, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 10, 1958, at Kennett, Mo., daughter of James C. and Carrie B. Ricketts Smith. Johnson moved to Cape Girardeau in 1992 from Mounds, Ill. Survivors include two daughters, Christina Flannigan of Mounds, Carol Ann Cagle of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Linda Fritz of Paducah, Ky., Carol Keck of Elwood, Ill.; and three grandchildren...
Michael Nix (07/01/04)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Michael E. Nix, 39, of Tamms died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, on arrival at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 3, 1964, in Cairo, Ill., son of Thomas and Janet Everett Nix. He and Carolyn Pearman were married Dec. 12, 1986...
Vernon Kasten (07/01/04)
Vernon L. Kasten, 81, a life-long resident of Jackson, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born May 26, 1923, in Jackson, son of Louis William Benjamin and Francis Mary Philpott Kasten. He and Stacia Elizabeth Lawrence were married April 13, 1957...
Cape fire report 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 4:25 p.m., an alarm at 234 Hillview St. At 9:41 p.m., an alarm at 134 Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: At 1:08 a.m., an emergency medical service at 110 S. Linden St...
Out of the past 7/1/04 (07/01/04)
10 years ago: July 1, 1994 Cape Girardeau and Jackson cable television customers will pay a little less for most services as result of government regulations designed to put brakes on cable charges; rate changes take effect July 14; monthly rate for basic service will decrease from $10.23 to $9.17...
Correction 07/01/04 (07/01/04)
In Tuesday's edition, Tiffany Cummins should have been listed in Scott City High School's B honor roll. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Marquette open again (07/01/04)
The Marquette Hotel has new tenants. The 10 employees of the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services who moved into the renovated building last week were the first tenants the building has had in more than 20 years. Today, more than 100 workers from six Missouri state government agencies in Cape Girardeau and Sikeston begin working in new offices inside the Marquette. ...
Judge looks after interests of abused (07/01/04)
To the editor: As a former Cape Girardeau CASA volunteer, I have to comment on the recent controversy surrounding Judge Peter Statler. In my experience, he always strived to put the best interests of abused and neglected children first and foremost in his courtroom. ...
Movie explains protesters' motives (07/01/04)
To the editor: Readers of the Southeast Missourian are probably aware that many Americans have long opposed the war in Iraq. At the corner of Broadway and West End Boulevard each Thursday evening, local residents can be seen protesting this war. Many folks may have wondered to themselves: "But why do they protest?"...
Speak Out 07/01/04 (07/01/04)
Thanks for the help I WISH to send a bit of thanks to the young couple and to the two policemen who assisted me when my car quit on Independence Street. They helped calm me down and also had the tow truck come and take away my car. I don't know their names, but I do want to thank them for helping an old lady...
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