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Jackson School Board agenda 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda: Approval of milk bids Contract with Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center for adult literacy courses Approval of bus routes Consider resolution calling an election for the issuance of general obligation bonds...
Learning brief 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Notre Dame grad named to Lawrence dean's list Brad Bohannon of Scott City was named to the 2003-2004 dean's list at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Bohannon is the son of Jeffrey and Gale Bohannon of Scott City. He is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School...
Homeschooling goes mainstream (08/10/04)
WASHINGTON Almost 1.1 million students were homeschooled last year, their numbers pushed higher by parents frustrated over school conditions and wanting to include morality and religion with the English and math. The estimated figure of students taught at home has grown 29 percent since 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Education Department...
Lend a hand and help yourself, too (08/10/04)
This summer, teenagers were busier than ever doing a variety of projects, jobs and volunteer work. Volunteering is important to teenagers, whether it's volunteering time at hospitals, nursing homes or senior citizen centers. So why volunteer? These days, teens work on their resumes earlier than ever. ...
A dusty land splashed with color (08/10/04)
Editor's note: Justin Cox of Scott City is spending six months in Chile teaching English. He's writing stories about his experiences and impressions. By Justin Cox Antofagasta, Chile, does not fit the conventional stereotypes of Latin American cities for a number of reasons. ...
Man gets 7 years for Taste killing (08/10/04)
A suspect accused of killing a man New Year's Day at a Cape Girardeau after-hours club accepted a negotiated guilty plea Monday and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Samuel Milton Houston, 21, of Thebes, Ill., was scheduled to be tried for second-degree murder Aug. ...
Sewer work to close section of Cape Rock Drive (08/10/04)
A section of Cape Rock Drive will be closed to through traffic today and Wednesday to make room for sewer improvements, Cape Girardeau city officials said Monday. Through traffic will be detoured over Ridgeway and Brookwood drives, said Tom Wiesner, project manager for the city's engineering department...
Cape Girardeau School Board agenda 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
CAPE GIRARDEAU SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA Special session with Cape Girardeau City Council 6 p.m. today at Osage Community Centre On the agenda: Residential development TIF III Future expansion of city limits Enterprise zones...
VIC, United Way seek volunteers for Days of Caring (08/10/04)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri will again team with the Volunteer Intergenerational Center to show local employers and employees that donating time is as important as donating money. The 2004 Days of Caring encourages the businesses of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City to promote volunteerism among their employees by assisting community organizations with volunteer projects. ...
Jackson, county end bickering (08/10/04)
Jackson Mayor Paul Sander read the paper and decided he'd had enough of the bickering. Sander had left for vacation the day after meeting with Jackson public works director Rodney Bollinger and county building and grounds superintendent Don McQuay, thinking the issue of the outdoor restroom at Klaus County Park had been resolved...
Schools across nation raising price of meals (08/10/04)
Back-to-school checklists will have children scrambling for a new item this year -- more lunch money. Feeling the pressure of rising food, labor and transportation costs, schools nationwide are raising the price of breakfast and lunch, in some cases for the first time in more than a decade and by as much as $1...
Moving history (08/10/04)
Monday morning in the Old Illmo part of Scott City, people stood outside their homes watching a 20-by-30-foot former one-room schoolhouse turn the corner of Third and Hickory streets. "This is the most excitement Scott City has had in a long time," one person remarked...
Two children found dead along riverbank (08/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Emergency responders found two toddlers dead, submerged in mud along a Mississippi riverbank Monday afternoon, next to their 25-year-old father's parked car. The father was described by St. Louis police chief Joe Mokwa as "incoherent" and was hospitalized for psychiatric observation...
Some military voters had trouble getting ballots (08/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri soldiers stationed in Iraq were unable to vote in last week's elections because of trouble getting absentee ballots. As a result, Secretary of State Matt Blunt's office said Monday that it is exploring whether overseas soldiers could e-mail their ballots for the Nov. 2 general election. Blunt is awaiting a determination from the Department of Defense, spokesman Spence Jackson said...
Ill. National Guard units leave for Iraq deployment role (08/10/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Yellow ribbons lined the main streets of Cairo Monday as members of an Illinois National Guard unit left to join others in East St. Louis and Rock Falls before deploying for Iraq. About 70 members of the 1344th Transportation Company based in East St. Louis and Cairo were driving to Rock Falls on Monday, where they were to join the 1644th Transportation Company before heading to an Army mobilization center at Fort McCoy, Wis...
State's revenue stagnant to start fiscal year, says director (08/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State revenue for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, was basically stagnant, but the state's budget director said Monday that's no cause for concern. Net general revenue for July was $418.8 million, up just 0.2 percent from July 2003. Overall revenue collections, before paying out refunds, were down 0.2 percent...
Good weather leaves many crops in good shape (08/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Mild weather and plenty of rain in much of the state meant a good spell for crops last week, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday. The agency said an average of 4.9 days were suitable for fieldwork, ranging from less than four days in the central, north-central and northeast districts to more than six days in the northwest, southwest and south-central sections. ...
Elderly man's body found near Lake of the Ozarks (08/10/04)
LAURIE, Mo. -- The body of an 89-year-old man was recovered from the Lake of the Ozarks early Monday, the Missouri State Water Patrol said. Adolph Kunz of Laurie was last seen Friday, but a friend who went to check on him at his lake home found Kunz floating in about 3 feet of water. The patrol said the body was found 5 feet from the shore, and the apparent cause of death was drowning...
Adult pacemakers used to buy time for tiny hearts (08/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Four-month-old Damaris Ochoa was near death, born with an enlarged heart that was quickly giving out. Obtaining a transplant in time was a long shot. Then Dr. Edward Rhee attached a souped-up adult pacemaker to her tiny heart, and six months later Damaris is thriving...
Rural schoolhouse designed to be in tune with nature (08/10/04)
ROCA, Neb. -- Work is underway to build Nebraska's first wind- and solar-powered school. About two dozen school staff, parents, friends and other volunteers insulated the walls of the school in rural Lancaster County using 800 bales of straw. By harnessing nature to produce energy for the school and using natural materials in its construction, the organizers of the Prairie Hill Learning Center hope to teach their students how to live in harmony with the environment around them...
Nation digest 08/10/04 (08/10/04)
Husband of missing jogger charged with murder SALT LAKE CITY -- A first-degree murder charge was filed Monday against Mark Hacking, who allegedly confessed to relatives that he shot his wife in the head and threw her body in a trash bin. Lori Hacking's body has not been found, despite numerous searches of a local landfill. ...
New York plays down helicopter terror threat (08/10/04)
NEW YORK -- The FBI warns police that al-Qaida could use helicopters as flying bombs. The warnings make headlines. Local officials tell New Yorkers the warnings are old and nothing to panic about. Just another day of terror reports that have left many in the city confused and others blase...
Bond - Voting system 'certainly adequate' (08/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri doesn't need early voting, GOP Sen. Kit Bond said Monday, criticizing a lawsuit filed by St. Louis leaders and Democratic lawmakers. "I know there's been some talk about it; I don't think it's a good idea," Bond said. Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, urged Bond to support early voting after reading that Bond had trouble voting in last week's primary election...
Fed expected to inch rates higher today (08/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates a quarter-point today, but with job creation at a near standstill many economists believe the Fed will then put its credit-tightening campaign on hold until after the November elections...
Lawyers group condemns handling of detainees (08/10/04)
ATLANTA -- The nation's largest lawyers group condemned the government's handling of foreign detainees Monday over the objections of members who called it a cheap shot at the White House. The American Bar Association criticized what it called "a widespread pattern of abusive detention methods." Those abuses, it said, "feed terrorism by painting the United States as an arrogant nation above the law."...
World briefs 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Explosions in Turkey hit two hotels, gas plant ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Explosions rocked two small tourist hotels and a gas plant in Istanbul early Tuesday in apparent terrorist attacks, killing at least one person and injuring seven others, police said. ...
Nichols gets 161 life sentences in '95 Oklahoma City bombing (08/10/04)
McALESTER, Okla. -- Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, addressing a court for the first time, proclaimed his faith in God and asked victims of the blast for forgiveness Monday as a judge sentenced him to 161 consecutive life sentences...
Reporter held in contempt for refusing to testify in CIA probe (08/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge held a reporter for Time magazine in contempt of court Monday for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of the identity of a covert CIA officer. In an order issued July 20 but not made public until Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan ruled that Time's Matthew Cooper and "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert were required to testify "regarding alleged conversations they had with a specified executive branch official."...
U.S. commander in Afghanistan pledges to use more restraint (08/10/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan promised President Hamid Karzai to tone down aggressive tactics in sweeps for Taliban-led insurgents and to ensure U.S. troops are more sensitive to Afghans' conservative ways, the military said Monday...
Radical cleric vows to continue fighting (08/10/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- Militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Shiite militia has been battling U.S. forces across Iraq, warned Monday that he would fight "until the last drop of my blood has been spilled," in his first appearance since the violence began...
Russia again freezes assets of oil giant (08/10/04)
MOSCOW -- The embattled oil company Yukos suffered a double blow Monday when authorities again froze assets of its key production unit and a court rejected its appeal against the seizure of another subsidiary's assets. The moves were the latest in a series of back-and-forth decisions that have sent the stock price of Russia's largest oil producer on a rollercoaster ride and rattled world markets fearing a break in supplies...
Prepping for college (08/10/04)
Scott City track standout Loren Groves is ready to put her storied high school career behind her and start a new chapter in her track and field career. Groves, a 15-time all-state performer with two state discus titles and a state record, will soon be in Manhattan, Kan., preparing for her first classes at Kansas State and adapting to life as a collegiate athlete...
Martz gives injury update on Rams (08/10/04)
MACOMB, Ill. -- The Rams prepared Monday for their first exhibition game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears at the Edward Jones Dome. Rams coach Mike Martz provided an update on injured players, and how they're doing before the preseason begins...
St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty has knack for magical moves (08/10/04)
By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Almost every year at about this time, the St. Louis Cardinals get a talent infusion. Trade deadline time, and even a little after, is when general manager Walt Jocketty is at his best. Adding Larry Walker on Friday without impacting the 40-man roster, and without greatly impacting the budget, was the latest masterstroke from the front office...
Rockies cherish reminders of Walker (08/10/04)
DENVER -- Larry Walker took his left-handed swing and rocket arm to the St. Louis Cardinals, but his Colorado Rockies jersey and a few old bats remain in his locker in the Coors Field clubhouse. Some Rockies veterans asked the clubhouse managers to leave the locker as a kind of memorial to the longtime Colorado star after he was traded to St. Louis on Friday...
A Greek tragedy gets worse as man jumps off balcony (08/10/04)
The boyfriend of a critically injured Olympic athlete threw himself off the same third-story balcony. By Niko Price ~ The Associated Press NEA IONIA, Greece -- As relatives tell it, it was the stuff of Greek tragedy: A love-struck young man threw himself off his balcony Monday, two days after a quarrel prompted his girlfriend -- a member of Greece's Olympic judo team -- to jump from the same spot...
Redskins open exhibition season with 20-17 win (08/10/04)
The Associated Press CANTON, Ohio -- Joe Gibbs came back for this? While his Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos 20-17 on a last-second 39-yard field goal by Ola Kimrin on Monday night in the Hall of Fame game, the Hall of Fame coach saw enough mistakes to fill an entire preseason. And then some...
Troubled waters - For Miami Dolphins, not much has gone right (08/10/04)
By Mark Long ~ The Associated Press DAVIE, Fla. -- Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain figures things have to turn around for the Miami Dolphins. They certainly can't get much worse. After a bizarre offseason that included the brief return of Dan Marino and the introduction of two new offensive coordinators, star running back Ricky Williams shocked the franchise by retiring just before training camp...
Sports briefs 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Baseball Phillies slugger Pat Burrell will have season-ending wrist surgery Friday, another blow to Philadelphia's playoff hopes. Burrell, who injured his left wrist in batting practice last Tuesday, was hitting .263 with 18 homers and 68 RBIs. He'll be replaced in left field by a combination of Doug Glanville, Jason Michaels and rookie Lou Collier...
Area sports digest 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Matthew, Pettit and Curtis win Bent Creek scramble The team of Walter Matthew, Jack Pettit and Chris Curtis won the 13th annual Three-Man Scramble at Bent Creek Golf Course. The threesome finished with a two-day total of 126, winning a scorecard playoff with the team of Tray Dooley, Mike Newman and Nolan Newman...
Daughters find fashion in tennis shoes (08/10/04)
Whatever happened to those white tennis shoes? These days, simple white shoe is hard to find. My daughters recently bought new tennis shoes. But neither Becca nor Bailey bought basic white. Their shoes are colorful items. Bailey's new favorite tennis shoes are black and red with fold-down sides. Becca's footwear is light blue, accented in green...
Last days of Johnny Cash subject of new book (08/10/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sick and consumed by grief after his wife's death, Johnny Cash struggled to record his last songs and spoke regularly with the Rev. Billy Graham for comfort, according to a new family authorized biography. "He would look at me, a couple of times with tears in his eyes, and he would say, 'I can hardly wait to see heaven, to see the Lord and to see our family,"' Cash's sister Joanne Yates tells author Steve Turner in his book, "The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend," set for release Sept. ...
Beauty to beast 'King Kong', actress Fay Wray, dies at 96 (08/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Fay Wray, who won everlasting fame as the damsel held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic "King Kong," has died, a close friend said Monday. She was 96. Wray died Sunday at her Manhattan apartment, said Rick McKay, a friend and director of the last film she appeared in. There was no official cause of death...
Margaret Whiteside (08/10/04)
VIENNA, Ill. -- Margaret L. Whiteside, 82, of Vienna died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna, La. She was born March 16, 1922, at Wolf Lake, Ill., daughter of Lester Samuel and Ruth Victoria Boyce Hess. She and Derrel W. Whiteside were married March 26, 1948, in Dongola, Ill...
Robert Tooman (08/10/04)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Robert Lee Tooman, 70, of Glenallen died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Elder Care of Marble Hill, Mo. He was born Jan. 15, 1934, in Fairview, Okla., son of Charlie Clifton and Beatrice James Tooman. Tooman worked in the timber industry...
Landon Grissom (08/10/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Landon Eric Grissom, 42, of Chaffee died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1961, at Chaffee, son of Robert and Mable DeHart Bentley. He was later adopted by Charles Grissom. Grissom was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church and Chaffee VFW Post 3127...
Ruth Brown (08/10/04)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Ruth Lee Brown, 84, of Murphysboro died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at her home. She was born July 10, 1920, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Harry L. and Cornelia Balden Brown. Formerly of Union County, Brown worked at Wal-Mart in Murphysboro more than 18 years. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church and Senior Citizens in Murphysboro...
Joanne Thompson (08/10/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Joanne Thompson, 76, of Dixon died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon. She was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Thebes, Ill., daughter of Charles and Mary Bagley Goforth. She and Thomas R. Thompson were married Sept. 30, 1944, in Morganfield, Ky. He died Oct. 17, 1995...
Mary Lane (08/10/04)
Mary Evelyn Lane, 95, formerly of Jackson, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 1, 1909, in Medora, Ill., daughter of Ora and Alice Lovell Carmean. She and Paul D. Sivia were married in 1942, He died March 18, 1974. She and Carl J. Lane were married Sept. 25, 1978. He died April 18, 1979...
Dr. Harry Bauer (08/10/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Dr. Harry Christian Bauer, 84, of Harlan, Ky., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in a Harlan hospital. He was born July 15, 1920, at Mounds, son of Harry C. and Dolly Jenkins Bauer Sr. He married Dr. Camilla Bauer, who died in 1988. Bauer retired as chief of pathology at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. He also practiced in Carrolltown, Pa., and Wheeling, W.Va...
Iris Simpson (08/10/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Iris K. "Kathy" Simpson, 69, of Anna died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at the home of a son, Jim Mount. She was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Mound City, Ill., daughter of William and Mildred Utley Merideth. Simpson was employed in food service at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Anna...
Benjamin Poff (08/10/04)
Benjamin E. Poff, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. He was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Ohio. Poff was an automobile mechanic. He served in the U.S. Navy. There are no survivors. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. today at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield. The Rev. Cy Smith will officiate...
Medford Upchurch (08/10/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Medford Robert Upchurch, 83, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. He was born Nov. 7, 1920, at Scopus, Mo., son of Ralph Edgar and Rada Ellen Thomason Upchurch. He and Betty Loraine Cook were married Dec. 29, 1946, at Gravel Hill...
Births 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Eftink Son to April Michelle Eftink and Preston Scott Walter of Oran, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004. Name, Bret Thomas. Weight, 6 pounds 10 1/2 ounces. Ms. Eftink is the daughter of Pam Eftink and Rick Eftink of Oran. Walter is the son of Sandy Walter and Scott Walter of Oran...
Cape fire report 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following item on Sunday: At 9:04 p.m., suspicious odor at 508 Came Meadows Drive. Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 4:09 a.m., an emergency medical service at Interstate 55 and S. Kingshighway...
Cape police report 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Lance P. Buckingham, 29, 205 Linden St., Scott City, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene and resisting arrest by fleeing...
Out of the past 8/10/04 (08/10/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 10, 1994 Finding motel room in Cape Girardeau could be difficult this weekend; all 800 motel rooms in city could be filled because of Black Family Reunion and state baseball tournament in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston Bootheel Rodeo and Jour de Fete celebration in Ste. Genevieve...
A time for truce (08/10/04)
Asahi Shimbun of Tokyo Rarely in recent history has there been such anxiety before an Olympics. Stories about preparation setbacks and the fear of terror have made headlines around the world. Hostilities continue in Iraq and other parts of the world. ...
Arkansasization of America (08/10/04)
By Eli Fishman Originally part of the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, Arkansas became the 25th state in the Union in 1836. Arkansas was a slave state and fought with the Confederacy in the Civil War. Agricultural employment in the United States is between 1 percent and 2 percent. Arkansas agricultural employment is closer to 6 percent. The leading crop in Arkansas is rice. About one-third of all rice produced in the United States comes from Arkansas...
The Cape Girardeau race (08/10/04)
Two names familiar to readers of the Southeast Missourian will be getting considerable exposure across Missouri in the weeks leading up to the November general election, thanks to a statewide race in which both primary-election winners are from Cape Girardeau...
Jesus' followers reflect teaching (08/10/04)
To the editor: Howard Dean wrote, "While it is true that the Bible (largely the Old Testament) condemns homosexuality in a few places, it equally condemns eating shellfish. Jesus never mentions homosexuality." Everything Jesus taught was not written, but those he taught did comment on homosexuality. You cannot pick and choose what part of the Bible you want to believe. You either believe all of it, or not at all...
Support efforts to revitalize Illmo (08/10/04)
To the editor: I have read with great interest the articles written about Paul Schock and his Community Arts Center. I've known Paul for over a year. During this time I have seen him devote many hours to revive Illmo. Paul knows as much history about Illmo and Scott City as any lifelong resident...
Speak Out 08/10/04 (08/10/04)
Thanks for cutting weeds THIS IS just to thank whoever is responsible for mowing the weeds along Route W from Lynwood Hills down to Kenneth Street. They did a good job, and now it's a lot safer. We really do appreciate it out here. Thank you very much...
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