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Police tracking check forger (07/15/04)
Cape Girardeau police say they have identified a suspect who they believe forged at least 16 checks, most of them at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St. Other checks, all believed to have been drawn on the same account using stolen checks, were passed at J.C. Penney, 200 West Park Mall; D-Mart, 3415 William St.; Schnucks, 19 S. Kingshighway; Hastings Books, Music and Video, 2136 William St.; and Food Giant, 1120 N. Kingshighway...
Four injured in three separate accidents (07/15/04)
Four local people were injured in three different accidents Tuesday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. At 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, a 1993 Mack dump truck driven by Thomas McFerron, 54, of Cape Girardeau overturned as McFerron attempted to turn from Route OO onto Route F. McFerron was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries...
Health care group offers quality check online (07/15/04)
WASHINGTON -- A group that sets standards for health organizations is making it easier for people to compare the quality and safety of care at more than 16,000 hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other U.S. medical facilities. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations says its online service, Quality Check, includes information about how such groups perform in four important areas -- heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and pregnancy. ...
Military digest 7/15/04 (07/15/04)
Lucas Choate receives commission in Air Force Lucas Choate, a 1999 graduate of Kelly High School was commissioned as second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force recently by Capt. Chris Johnson at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is assigned to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., as a logistical readiness officer. ...
Jackson woman turns hobby into good cause (07/15/04)
Elda Ellis of Jackson took her lifelong love for knitting and turned it into a tool to clothe poor children around the world. "I've knitted all my life. Started when I was a little girl. My mom made sweaters for the servicemen in World War I and she started me on squares," said Ellis, 92...
Community briefs 7/15/04 (07/15/04)
Genealogy society donates to Cape library The Cape Girardeau County Genealogy Society has donated "American State Papers and Grassroots of America" to the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The nine-volume set pertains to land claims and claims against the government. ...
Rising milk costs reflected in Jackson new school lunch prices (07/15/04)
Milk: It does a budget bad. The rising cost of cafeterias' liquid staple has forced the Jackson School District to up the amount it charges students for lunch. Jackson officials delayed the bidding process of next year's milk supply for the district's 10 schools, hoping the price would eventually go down...
Going abroad at home (07/15/04)
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell hates to fly - and it shows. Powell is on track to become the least traveled secretary of state in more than three decades, since Henry Kissinger embodied the concept of the globe-trotting foreign policy guru, according to records maintained by the State Department's historian. Powell's three immediate predecessors, the records show, traveled an average of more than 45 percent more than he has...
Cooking display adds flair to Arena Park market (07/15/04)
The farmers' market at Arena Park was full of curious onlookers Wednesday as chef DeWayne Schaaf began to receive bright red tomatoes, stalks of basil, a whole chicken and even some dried wild flowers from vendors. "I'll try to get a little bit from everyone," Schaaf promised, "Just so we can get a taste of what all the market offers."...
Sikeston native may become a member of national arts council (07/15/04)
Terry Teachout has an extremely impressive resume. He is the drama critic for "The Wall Street Journal," a book reviewer for the National Review, a New York Times contributor, arts columnist for the Sunday edition of the Washington Post and the author of several books, just to name some of his jobs. Now Teachout may be able to add member of the National Council on the Arts to that extensive list...
P&Z board questioning design of traffic circle (07/15/04)
The proposed street design for the extension of Fountain Street north of Morgan Oak Street worries some members of Cape Girardeau's planning and zoning commission. Several commissioners said a proposed roundabout at Fountain and Good Hope streets is too small to handle the traffic. Commissioners, meeting at city hall Wednesday night, also voiced concern about whether paving stones would stand up to the traffic as well as concrete...
Scott City murder results in 25-year sentence (07/15/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Two years ago, Marilyn Schildt of Scott City stood at the casket of her brother, John Mayabb, and vowed to him that she would see to it that the stepson who murdered him would pay for his death. Wednesday, two years to the day that John Mayabb was buried, his stepson, Christopher Jones, 20, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder...
Summer camp - Children learn safety, stay fit (07/15/04)
Hoping to beat the midsummer blues, 10-year-old Jacob Buell of Jackson enlisted in Basic Training Camp, enduring several drills, parachute training and obstacle courses. Oh, and a water-balloon fight. Basic Training Camp, sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Hospital's Main Street Family Fitness Center in Jackson, is a two-day military, police and firefighter theme event that incorporates several drills and fun activities in order to keep the "recruits" active and fit...
Patrol targeting dangerous drivers (07/15/04)
Troop E of the Missouri State Highway Patrol recently concluded two roadway safety projects targeting big-rig truck drivers and drunken drivers. According to information from Sgt. Larry Plunkett, a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program project in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties netted 132 arrests and 291 warnings. ...
The sundowners (07/15/04)
Cliff West and Mildred Fox have been coming to the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau individually for decades. But in 1990, both West and Fox lost their spouses. Already acquainted by their fondness for the timeless waterway, they started toting their lawn chairs to Riverside Park together. There the widow and widower sit, visit and try to fill the void left by those lost...
Union - Missouri teachers' pay lower than other states (07/15/04)
The average salary of Missouri teachers ranks 43rd in the country, below all of Missouri's neighbors except Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to a survey by a teachers union. In 2003, Missouri's teacher salaries ranked 35th, nine points higher than the current ranking...
New casino revenue would go to schools to be named later (07/15/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If a casino is ever built in the Ozarks at Rockaway Beach, the state's share of the tax revenue from it would be earmarked for improving salaries of "high quality teachers employed in priority schools" and capital improvements at those same schools...
Weather, energy costs blamed for drop in June retail sales (07/15/04)
WASHINGTON -- Lethargic shoppers depressed sales at America's retailers in June by the largest percentage in 16 months. Looking ahead, though, buyers are expected to show more energy. The 1.1 percent decline in sales, reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department, followed a shopping splurge in May when merchants' sales rose 1.4 percent, better than previously estimated...
Lawmakers work out defense bill (07/15/04)
WASHINGTON -- House-Senate bargainers agreed Wednesday on a $417 billion defense bill that includes $25 billion for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and funds to help battle Western wildfires. The compromise measure, which is mostly for 2005, also has money for war refugees in Sudan and American diplomats in Baghdad and Kabul. ...
Congress approves financing for biological weapons vaccines (07/15/04)
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers who experienced the dangers of anthrax firsthand sent President Bush legislation Wednesday to give private companies $5.6 billion in incentives to develop antidotes to biological and chemical weapons. "This is the largest first-responder program ever enacted in American history," Homeland Security Committee chairman Christopher Cox, R-Calif., said before the House voted 414-2 to pass the Project Bioshield Act...
Senate stops marriage amendment (07/15/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate scuttled a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman on Wednesday, handing a defeat to President Bush yet assuring the issue renewed prominence in the fall campaign for the White House and control of Congress...
Student gets last word in vulgarities suit (07/15/04)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah agreed Wednesday to let students opt out of activities that conflict with their religious beliefs, settling a lawsuit brought by a Mormon drama student who refused to recite lines that contained the f-word and took the Lord's name in vain...
Lessons in rock 'n' roll climbing (07/15/04)
ATLANTA -- A small hand appeared at the door, followed by a small boy, his black T-shirt falling almost to his knees. He looked around at the other children, and asked, in the bell-clear voice that precedes puberty: "Is this the punk class?" It was...
Mexico's attorney general goes high-tech for security (07/15/04)
MEXICO CITY -- Security has reached the subcutaneous level for Mexico's attorney general and at least 160 people in his office -- they have been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters. It's a pioneering application of a technology that is widely used in animals but not in humans...
Subway chain enlists familiar figure to fight childhood obesity (07/15/04)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Subway Restaurant chain has enlisted Jared, its weight-loss spokesman, for a new ad campaign that targets childhood obesity. Jared Fogle, who first appeared in Subway ads in 1999 touting his success shedding 245 pounds eating only all-vegetable and turkey Subway sandwiches, kicked off the chain's Fresh Step campaign in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday...
Man sets girlfriend, children on fire in car (07/15/04)
SEATTLE -- A man doused his girlfriend and three small children with gasoline inside a car and set them on fire early Wednesday as he drove, authorities said. All five died after the car crashed in flames. Residents reported hearing the crash and seeing two adults engulfed in flames, stumbling across a road near Bonney Lake, a small town east of Tacoma. Firefighters found the bodies of a 6-month-old boy, 1 1/2-year-old boy and 2 1/2-year-old girl in the back of the burned car...
Report - States' reliance on offshore labor is widespread (07/15/04)
NEW YORK -- Until the practice began stirring controversy, 42 of 50 U.S. states used overseas call centers to answer questions from food stamp recipients, according to a report by a union affiliate opposed to offshoring. But it remains difficult to quantify states' broader reliance on overseas outsourcing, largely because governments are, themselves, uncertain where contractors do business, concludes the report, released Wednesday...
Judge hears arguments in libel case against Michael Moore (07/15/04)
DETROIT -- An attorney for Michael Moore asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a libel lawsuit against the documentary filmmaker filed by the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. James Nichols claims Moore tricked him into appearing in "Bowling for Columbine," the Oscar-winning 2002 documentary that studied guns and violence in American culture. Nichols also contends Moore libeled him in the film by linking him to the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people...
Severe weather damage continues (07/15/04)
CAMPBELLTOWN, Pa. -- A storm packing high winds ripped through south-central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, damaging at least 50 homes in a housing development and injuring 24 people, including one critically, authorities said. Thirteen-year-old Christy Hetrick was at home when the storm hit. She said she heard "kind of like a screeching noise" and looked outside to see many trees knocked over. She said the storm lasted about an hour...
Drug firm workers acquitted in trial on kickbacks (07/15/04)
BOSTON -- Eight current and former pharmaceutical company employees were acquitted Wednesday of charges they offered kickbacks to doctors in the form of consulting fees, dinners, golf trips and other gifts to get them to prescribe certain drugs. The case against employees at TAP Pharmaceutical Products, the maker of the heavily marketed heartburn drug Prevacid, had been closely watched by the drug industry and the medical profession, which have been criticized in recent years for giving and receiving freebies. ...
NATO troops were duped into helping U.S. vigilantes (07/15/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Three American vigilantes tricked NATO peacekeepers into helping with illegal raids, the security force said Wednesday, getting them to send explosives experts and bomb-sniffing dogs to check buildings in Kabul where they had detained suspects...
Blair cleared of misleading public on U.S.-led Iraq war (07/15/04)
The Associated Press LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair escaped harsh criticism in an official inquiry into prewar intelligence on Iraq, which faulted him Wednesday for informal decision-making and pushing available intelligence to the limit, but found no deliberate distortions...
Suicide bombing, assassination serve as signal from insurgents (07/15/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb Wednesday outside the fortified enclave housing the headquarters of Iraq's interim government, killing at least 10 people, and gunmen in northern Iraq assassinated a provincial governor. The bombing -- which also wounded 40 people -- was the worst attack in the capital since the United States transferred power to the Iraqis on June 28. ...
Kenya declares emergency over food shortage (07/15/04)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- President Mwai Kibaki declared Kenya's food shortage a national disaster on Wednesday, saying some 3.3 million Kenyans need emergency food assistance because of a widespread drought. Kibaki said more than 60 percent of Kenya's crops will fail this year...
Monsoon rains kill more than 300 people in South Asia (07/15/04)
The Associated Press NEW DELHI -- Landslides in mountainous Nepal killed 11 people, and eight were reported dead when their boat capsized in India, bringing the death toll across South Asia from monsoon flooding to more than 300. Torrential rains that began in mid-June have caused landslides, building collapses, drownings, electrocution and waterborne diseases across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal...
Israeli plan for Arafat's death says no burial in Jerusalem (07/15/04)
JERUSALEM -- Israel is worried about chaos that might follow the death of Yasser Arafat and will do everything possible to prevent the Palestinian leader from being buried in Jerusalem, according to a contingency plan obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press...
Alleged Army deserter may not be seized immediately (07/15/04)
The Associated Press TOKYO -- The United States is "sympathetic" to accused Army deserter Charles Jenkins' health problems and may not immediately take him into custody if he comes to Japan for medical treatment, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said Thursday...
Cape clicks on all cylinders (07/15/04)
The Cape Girardeau American Legion baseball team played a complete game Wednesday to continue its late-season surge. Cape Ford & Sons played solid defense, had a strong pitching performance from Lee Essner and pounded out 18 hits to defeat Metropolis, Ill., 14-0 in seven innings at Capaha Field...
Special Olympics tourney set for Saturday (07/15/04)
The seventh annual Special Olympics District Softball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday at the Shawnee Park Sports Complex in Cape Girardeau. The event is presented by the Southeast Area Special Olympics, the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department and KZIM 960...
Plaza Tire pitchers strike out 17 in win (07/15/04)
Pitchers Matt Stroup, Jon Nourie and Josh Parham combined for 17 strikeouts to lead the Plaza Tire Capahas to a 7-2 victory against Williamson County, Ill., on Wednesday night in Illinois. Stroup, the starter and winning pitcher, whiffed seven hitters over five innings while allowing just one hit -- a solo home run in the fifth inning...
Living life on the run (07/15/04)
A couple years ago, at the Toybox One-Mile Run on Broadway, Bryan Kelpe finished the race in an uncharacteristically slow 7 minutes, 20 seconds. Also uncharacteristic was his style of running: backward. Kelpe took a bet from one of his friends and finished "near the top" of the pack in the race, something to which the 26-year-old is accustomed by now...
Lakers deal O'Neal to Heat (07/15/04)
MIAMI -- The telephone connection was lousy, with static drowning out Shaquille O'Neal's voice. Still, the message came through clearly enough: He expects to win with the Miami Heat. The Heat and Lakers finalized one of the most landscape-altering trades in NBA history Wednesday, O'Neal going to Miami in exchange for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick...
Armstrong gains ground on some rivals (07/15/04)
SAINT-FLOUR, France -- Seven seconds. That may not seem like much, but in the Tour de France, the advantage Lance Armstrong gained over two rivals Wednesday could be an important step in the Texan's bid for a record sixth straight crown. At a minimum, Armstrong struck a psychological blow by showing his 32-year-old legs still have enough zip after the longest stage to outshine Tyler Hamilton and Roberto Heras -- former teammates raring to dethrone him...
Astros make a change (07/15/04)
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros made it clear they're making one final push for the postseason, firing manager Jimy Williams Wednesday and bringing in Phil Garner. A season that began with World Series aspirations for the Astros has been slipping away, so general manager Gerry Hunsicker wanted an immediate and "dramatic" change...
Ditka decides not to run for Senate (07/15/04)
CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said Wednesday he would not run for the U.S. Senate, leaving Illinois Republicans still without a replacement candidate less than four months before the election. Ditka, who first told Illinois Republican Party leaders of his decision, made his announcement outside his Chicago restaurant...
Et tu, Kobe? Bryant ponders offers (07/15/04)
Never again will Shaquille O'Neal wear gold and purple. And if that wasn't stunning enough, consider the idea of Kobe Bryant clad in red. "We have no idea whether Kobe will come back," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged Wednesday. "We're hopeful that he'll re-sign, but we don't even know that."...
Player sing happy tune for Troon (07/15/04)
The Associated Press TROON, Scotland -- From the time Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and the rest of golf's top players set foot on Royal Troon, they have lavished this piece of linksland with praise. The greens are among the purest on the British Open rotation. The rough is thick, but not deep enough to lose a caddie...
Area sports calendar 7/15/04 (07/15/04)
Baseball Coach pitch tournament: A tournament for baseball teams with 8-year-old players is scheduled for July 23-25 in Cape Girardeau. Coaches will pitch in the tournament. Registration deadline is July 18. Info: Robin McKinley, 332-8927. ...
Sweating it out in sweltering heat (07/15/04)
As you strive to ensure that you get enough exercise, don't forget to add water. A study presented to the American College of Sports Medicine shows that many children in summer sports camps are dehydrated, despite the availability of water and sports drinks and encouragement to drink them...
Health calendar 7/15/04 (07/15/04)
Today Safe Sitter Basic meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the St. Francis Conference Center of St. Francis Medical Center located next to the cafeteria dining room. This program is designed for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Cost of course is $30 with a sack lunch provided. To register, call 331-5107...
Stop snoring and save the marriage (07/15/04)
Anyone who has weathered the inevitable storms of the long-term "marriage bed" will be able to get this question right: What is the number one source of conflict that takes place in that arena? Snoring. That's my experience anyway, with counseling couples who have been together long enough to move beyond sex, money and "empty nest" as primary issues...
Greetings from Big Swamp (07/15/04)
July 15, 2004 Dear Julie, These are steam-heated days when people here in Southeast Missouri remember where we came from -- the swamp. Sweat drips from pores we didn't know about. Our lives have become so air-conditioned, sweat is a shock. But we are swamp creatures. ...
Off! the Wall 8-Ball (07/15/04)
1. Are people that are allergic to nuts allergic to coconuts too? Answer: Signs point to yes. 2. Is Jerry Garcia grateful to be dead? Answer: It is certain. 3. If you don't pay your exorcist, do you get repossessed? Answer: Outlook good! 4. Can you cry under water?...
The Secret Scene (07/15/04)
by Leroy Grey When you meet me, don't ask me what my favorite movie is. It's a loaded, potentially infinite question. People who like movies have a favorite movie. People who love movies treat movies the way other people treat the buffet counter...
Local music schedule (07/15/04)
by Bryan Parker LIGHTEN UP! Fun! Webster's dictionary defines it as something that provides mirth or amusement; enjoyment; playfulness; as a joke, not seriously. Put to practical use, fun can be defined in different ways by different people. In my family, fun is experienced in a variety of ways. ...
Amish Culture Tour (07/15/04)
Arcola, Tuscola, Illinois July 23, 24, 25, 2004 Total Pkg: $295 per person, Dbl occupancy Includes: 2 nights lodging, baggage handling, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Pick Up: Sam's @ Marion * Walmart @ Anna * Trees n' Trends @ Cape * And the following:...
St. Louis Entertainment Schedule (07/15/04)
July 14 - C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - Broadway St. Oyster Bar July 14 - Common Rotation - Mississippi Nights July 14 - Corn Mo - Mississippi Nights July 14 - They Might Be Giants - Mississippi Nights July 14 - Cougars - Rocket Bar July 14 - David Lindley - The Pageant...
Kill Your T.V. (07/15/04)
by Jason Parker Former music video vixen and American's Funniest People co-host Tawny Kitaen made me snort coke............a cola out of my nose the other day when she quipped on a VH1 special about 80's heavy metal, that the reason KISS band members specifically Gene Simmons had to wear makeup was because of what they looked like underneath it. ...
Screen Time (07/15/04)
by Leroy Grey Curse this stilted publishing schedule! How was I supposed to know that FARENHEIT 9/11 would play in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, of all places? And what's the point of writing about SPIDERMAN 2 if everybody's already seen it and called it the best movie of the year? Meanwhile, I have to resign myself with writing about movies you haven't seen yet, such as:...
The Zone Insider (07/15/04)
by Leroy Grey So I got some attitude from a Maggot (that's a term of endearment for a Slipknot fan) because I don't feel like going to Ozzfest this year. Yeah, I know it's their show for the year, and Priest, Slayer, and a bunch of others'll be there, but I personally got a problem with shows that cost more than amusement parks to attend. ...
Star-Spangled Girl at Port Cape (07/15/04)
by Bryan Parker Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their apartment as a publishing office for a protest magazine. Enter Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and all-American girl who moves into the apartment next door. Add in love, rejection, strange telephone calls from bill collectors, a back-rent collecting landlady, as well as politics, and you get The Star-Spangled Girl, a funny Neil Simon comedy performed with great skill by the River City Players, July 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at Port Cape Girardeau in downtown Cape.. ...
A 'Fore Gone Conclusion (07/15/04)
by Jim Obert Whether you're a golf fanatic or a keen beginner, golf driving ranges are great places to practice, take lessons, try out new clubs and generally have fun. Arena Golf in Cape Girardeau has covered and open driving tees, an exciting 18-hole miniature (putt-putt) golf course, a full-service pro shop where you can buy name-brand clubs or have clubs custom-made, a club repair service and a golf professional who teaches a variety of classes to golfers of all ages...
Fox joining the crowded race to become reality TV headquarters (07/15/04)
NEW YORK -- Fox is planning to start the Fox Reality Channel early next year, perhaps moving to the front of the suddenly crowded sweepstakes of networks looking to capitalize on the format. The new network will air a mix of original series and reruns of series like "Joe Millionaire" and "Temptation Island."...
Bush-bashing going to reference section (07/15/04)
NEW YORK -- If you've never dropped the word "dubyavirus" into casual conversation, urged that an official be "ashcrofted" or commented upon "The Cheney Effect," then you haven't seen the future, at least the future according to McSweeney's...
Lambert's Cafe -- Moving on up, but close to original site (07/15/04)
New building 50 percent larger By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON -- The sign is moved to the new Lambert's location at 2305 E. Malone Ave. It is almost as close to its old location as you could toss a roll. However, the new Lambert's Cafe, which opened July 1, is bigger and better than before, agree owners and employees...
big river (07/15/04)
Big River Telephone deploys spam firewall Business Today Big River Telephone, a Cape Girardeau-based telephone company serving Eastern Missouri, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, has completed implementation of a spam firewall system. Results of this installation have resulted in a dramatic reduction in junk email to its customer base, according to company officials...
July Tech Tip (07/15/04)
What your employees are doing with your Internet connection. Companies are being required to provide their employees with high-speed Internet access to perform job duties given the ever increasing use of computers in today's business world. Many companies provide this access without giving thought to what they, the business owners, consider appropriate use of this bandwidth. To prevent legal problems, as well as security issues, careful thought must be given to this matter...
Stanley - Allocation averaging spells investment success (07/15/04)
With all due apologies to Noah Webster, recent financial market developments have shown that you can't spell investment without "R-I-S-K." But experience suggests that simply by concentrating on two A's -- Allocation and Averaging -- personal investors can help to manage their investment risk. Time has shown that asset allocation and dollar cost averaging can be integral elements in a long-term investment strategy...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (07/15/04)
Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of June are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information contact the recorder's office at 243-8123...
NORDYNE plant to add 400 jobs (07/15/04)
Average pay $10 per hour Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- NORDYNE Inc. will expand its operation in Poplar Bluff Industrial Park by adding 400 jobs to the plant's employment rolls. NORDYNE is an O'Fallon, Mo.-based manufacturer of residential heating and cooling products...
Bankruptcies (07/15/04)
Bankruptcies filed through July 10 for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscott, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Plaza Galleria up for sale in Cape (07/15/04)
Business Today A for sale sign has been placed at one of Cape Girardeau's most familiar landmarks -- The Plaza Galleria -- according to commercial broker Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place Ltd., who has been assigned to find a new owner. Located at 2001 Independence in the Town Plaza area, the 56,450-square-foot building was originally built in the 1970s as a Kroger Super Center, one of the first of its kind in the Midwest...
MoDOT plans to ease traffic congestion (07/15/04)
William Street near I-55 in Cape to be improved Business Today The Missouri Department of Transportation expects to spend more than $1 million improving William Street between Siemers Drive and Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau, an area of the city home to hundreds of medical offices, retail stores, restaurants and hotels...
VNA announces scholarship winners (07/15/04)
$12,500 awarded to area scholars Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Missouri has announced the five recipients of this year's health-related scholarships. Three scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors from the 16 counties served by the VNA, and two of the scholarships are awarded to VNA employees or family members of employees...
The marketing budget - "We need marketing but it costs so much" (07/15/04)
By John R. Graham "We would like to talk with you about our marketing," said the prospective client. "Even though we want to grow, we have a limited budget. If that's a problem, we'll understand." The irony is that every marketing budget is limited, whether it's a start up company or General Motors. No company is free from fiscal restraints...
Kempf - How to be 'virtually' there in travel (07/15/04)
I laid back watching the comforting ocean waves crash against the white powdery sand of my personal paradise. As the foam twirled and skipped along the shoreline, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing I had found my own private corner of the world. Spinning around allowed my eyes to enjoy a 360-degree view of the crystal blue pool behind me. As the water cascaded down the Mayan-style river outside of my personal casita, I knew I had found the perfect home away from home...
Show Me Center mortgage burning celebrated (07/15/04)
Business Today Officials from the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University celebrated a debt-free partnership July 1, 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...
People news (07/15/04)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Michelle Terrell is the new chief operations officer for Semo Health Network in New Madrid. Terry William is the new manager at Expert Tire in Poplar Bluff. Lori Smith has been hired as human resources manager at Dana Corp.'s Torque and Traction Manufacturing facility in Cape Girardeau...
Recognitions (07/15/04)
Southeast Missouri SEMO Box Co. of Cape Girardeau has received registration from the International Organization for Standardization. The registration helps both product- and service-oriented organizations achieve standards of quality that are recognized worldwide through a set of comprehensive requirements. The company makes corrugated boxes for a variety of companies in automotive, food, electronics and related industries...
Cape's new stores (07/15/04)
Kohl's, Sears planning new Cape stores Business Today Two national retailers plan to build stores in west Cape Girardeau. Kohl's Department Stores and Sears, Roebuck and Co. have agreed to build facilities on opposite sides of Siemers Drive. Both retailers' plans include a financing package that will use city and county sales-tax revenue to fund needed infrastructure. ...
Jackson chamber gives business awards (07/15/04)
Business Today JACKSON -- At its annual installation banquet June 21, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce gave Maevers Management and Nordenia USA plaques in recognition of their service to the community. Maevers Management was named Business of the Year. Owned by Lester, Jim and Tim Maevers, the management company has initiated a number of projects that have revitalized Jackson's business scene...
Business briefs (07/15/04)
CAPE GIRARDEAU Dittronics, which sells two-way radios and video surveillance equipment, has opened at 1735 N. Kingshighway. The owners are Richard and Greg Dittlinger. Euro Decor, which sells porcelain figurines, china, tea sets and themed figures, has opened in the Famous Barr Court at Westfield Shoppingtown. The owner is Nataliya Agashchuk...
Editorial - The Anti-Growth Ticket (07/15/04)
By Larry Kudlow National Review Online economics editor CEO of Kudlow & Co. NEW YORK -- John Kerry's choice of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as his running mate sets in motion a classic economic-populist, class-warfare, trade-protectionism assault on the free-market principles that have made the American economy the most prosperous of any industrialized nation over the past 25 years...
Mueller - Effective delegation (07/15/04)
Often the best time management tool besides being physically organized is being adept at delegating. There are many other reasons to delegate. When mastered as a business skill, delegation can reduce stress. Clearing our desks and our calendars is best accomplished through delegation. When we have a lesser load, we can focus on what is truly important and what gets the desired results for our position...
Keene - 6 ways to avoid financial potholes (07/15/04)
If you've got your personal finances under control and in great shape, read no further. If you're confident and happy with the state of your finances, don't waste your time here. On the other hand, if you'd like to improve your financial situation, avoid some of the more common money management mistakes, and achieve your financial dreams, take a few moments to consider the following tips for skirting the financial potholes of life...
New Jackson bowling alley goes for younger crowd (07/15/04)
By Bob Miller Special to Business Today Suddenly, there's a lot more fun to have in Jackson. The Main Street Lanes opened to the public on July 2. Main Street Lanes is the second bowling alley in Jackson, but this one is geared toward a younger crowd. It comes with an arcade and, in about a week, a sports bar...
Wilson leads Missouri Bankers Association (07/15/04)
Business Today SIKESTON - Troy L. Wilson, president and CEO of Montgomery Bank in Sikeston, was congratulated by former First Lady Barbara Bush as he was elected chairman of the Missouri Bankers Association. Bush was the keynote speaker at the association's 114th annual convention June 3 at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson...
Variety is the key to mall's success (07/15/04)
Business Today Pictured from left are Jennifer Grissom, Nancy Bird, who has an antique shop in the Mall; and Keith Grissom. EAST PRAIRIE -- Walking through the aisles at the Olde Town Traders Mall, you never know just what you might find. Around one corner are fragile pieces of china and Depression glass while the next room might be filled with antiques, LP records and toys. Another room offers a selection of guns and knives for today's hunters...
Rubbermaid laying off 99 employees (07/15/04)
Layoffs will be permanent Business Today JACKSON -- The Rubbermaid plant here will lay off 99 of its 665 employees starting in mid-July. Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Area Industrial Recruitment Association, said the plant will lay off the first half of the employees by July 23 and the remainder will be notified by the end of August. The layoffs will affect production, warehouse and distribution staff, and a few at the administrative level, Robinson said...
Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board created (07/15/04)
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bob Holden signed into law late June a bill that establishes the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board. This board will work with agencies and small businesses on issues concerning the impact of agency rules and regulation on small businesses...
Chateau Girardeau notes 25th anniversary (07/15/04)
Chateau Girardeau on July 2 started a six-month celebration of its 25th anniversary. The festivities began with a tribute to Leta Bahn, who was the first president of the corporation, and who lead the facility through its inception, pre-construction, marketing, construction and finally the grand opening on July 2, 1979...
Spartech Corp. expands in Cape (07/15/04)
Business Today Spartech Corp. has expanded in Cape Girardeau with the addition of 14,000 square feet of warehouse space at its sheet division operation at 2500 Spartech Drive. Tom Kelsey, commercial broker who handled the transaction, said the warehouse building at 229 Rear Broadview is adjacent to the Spartech factory complex. ...
Opinion - Homebuyers have several opportunities (07/15/04)
By Kelvin Simmons director Department of Economic Development JEFFERSON CITY -- The housing industry has been credited in recent months with keeping the U.S. economy vibrant. The lower interest rates available in the past 18 months have allowed many to finally reach the dream of owning their own home. Rising interest rates may have many people thinking the opportunity is no longer available, but this is not true and the time is still right for perspective buyers to realize their dreams...
Federal-Mogul to add 30-50 jobs at Malden plant (07/15/04)
Salaries from $13 to $14 per hour Business Today MALDEN -- Federal-Mogul Corp. announced June 29 it was adding up to 50 jobs to its Malden facility. It currently employs 300 workers. "You're witnessing a real success story," said plant manager Dave Whaley. "Two years ago, the company was considering shutting the plant because of competitive pressures and a real need for improvement in our manufacturing cost base."...
Ruby Mumbauer (07/15/04)
Ruby Rayburn Mumbauer, 90, of Surprise, Ariz., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, July 12, 2004. She was born Jan. 15, 1914, in Amarillo, Texas, daughter of Harry and Myrtle Wells. She first married Lloyd Rayburn, who died June 19, 1986. She and John M. Mumbauer were married in May 1998, and he died Jan. 4, 2001...
William Neal (07/15/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- William G. Neal, 77, of Charleston died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born March 23, 1927, at Clarkton, Mo., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Guy Neal. He and Bonnie Buttry were married Nov. 9, 2002...
Paula Hosler (07/15/04)
Paula Diana Hosler, 56, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at her home, surrounded by her family. Paula was born March 10, 1948, in St. Louis, daughter of Albert Senciper and Beryl Stout. She and Mark Hosler were married July 5, 1969. They were married 20 years and had two children. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family...
Janet Golden (07/15/04)
Janet L. Foister Golden, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Rosco and Golden Moore Foister. Golden had managed Wonder Bread and Hostess Bakery in San Jose, Calif., and Oroweat Bakery in Sunnyville, Calif. She was a member of Word of Faith Fellowship in Cape Girardeau and Teamsters Local in California...
Leslie Lindy (07/15/04)
Leslie L. Lindy, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born May 29, 1926, at Hayti, Mo., son of Charles Jacob and Ruby Mizzell Lindy. He and Wanda Barnes were married June 30, 1947, in West Frankfort, Ill...
Calvin Britt (07/15/04)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Calvin Berl Britt, 78, of East Prairie died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Aug. 19, 1925, near East Prairie, son of Calvin B. and May Moore Britt. He and Juanita Faye Ivie were married Dec. 20, 1947. She died Nov. 1, 2003...
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