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Cape schools set goals for 2004-2005 academic year (08/25/04)
Cape Girardeau schools' announced goals are specific for each building. Most want to increase state standardized test scores. Some plan to increase communication with parents in measurable ways. Others aim to cut down on student referrals for bad behavior...
Scott County lays out water district plan (08/25/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- About 50 Scott County residents came to the courthouse Tuesday to learn what has to happen for the county to build a $19 million countywide water system. The Scott County Commission and engineer John Chittenden of Waters Engineering Inc. ...
Natural development (08/25/04)
When conservation supervisor A.J. Hendershott walks among the unfinished concrete walls of a nature center in a Cape Girardeau park, his eyes see nothing more than a skeleton of a building. Drywall needs to be plastered and sanded; electrical wires dangle from holes in the wall; glass windows wait to be inserted; exhibits need to be built before the Missouri Department of Conservation's newest jewel is presented several months from now...
State accredits Oak Ridge center (08/25/04)
Oak Ridge School District's early childhood center recently earned state accreditation. To become accredited, the center had to meet standards in areas such as interactions with children, physical environment, curriculum, family connections, administration and health/safety...
SEMO's enrollment on first day up slightly (08/25/04)
Crowded parking lots and a growing enrollment greeted students on the first day of classes Monday at Southeast Missouri State University. One lot was so full that some students parked their cars in the mud. First-day enrollment was up 1.2 percent over last year with 8,854 graduate and undergraduate students signed up for classes. If last year is any indication, that number could climb by some 800 students by the Sept. 17 enrollment deadline...
Region digest 08/25/04 (08/25/04)
Man faces up to 10 years on ammunition charge Shamir Houston, 22, of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to a felony count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Houston, who was involved with his brother, Samuel, in the January shooting at the Taste after-hours club that left one man dead, now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. ...
Police arrest two for car break-ins (08/25/04)
Cape Girardeau police arrested two 17-year-old suspects just a few blocks from where they were reportedly seen stealing from vehicles. Patrolman Jason Selzer said Tuesday that officers got a call Monday evening from a witness claiming to see two suspects going through cars in a parking lot near some apartments in the 2800 block of Themis Street. The witness gave police a description of the suspects and the car they were in...
Cape schools' fund-raising profits cut down by costs (08/25/04)
Cape Girardeau parents and others sunk more than $280,000 into cookie dough, candles and other fund-raiser products last year, though the district's eight schools only kept a portion of that money. The amount of money raised at each school in the 2003-2004 school year varied from $11,650 at Jefferson Elementary to $113,573 at Central High School, though school officials say those figures don't necessarily represent pure profits. ...
Club news 8/25/04 (08/25/04)
New Salem UMW Ten members of New Salem United Methodist Women of Daisy met in the home of Colleen Lukefahr on Aug. 11. Dorothy Hahs voiced the opening prayer. Eight sick calls and shut-in visits were made during the month. Final plans were made for the Vigertone meeting that the UMW will be preparing the meal for in the fellowship hall on Oct. 5...
Missouri Rep. Annie Reihart dies (08/25/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rep. Annie Reinhart has died after a battle with cancer, state House officials said Wednesday. Reinhart, a Republican from Liberty, had been undergoing treatment for more than a year. She died late Tuesday. She was 61. Reinhart was first elected to the House in 1996 and was completing her final term as a state representative for a district that covered part of Clay County. She also served as the House majority caucus secretary...
Casino Aztar tax case goes to Supreme Court (08/25/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- So far in her long-running property tax dispute with Casino Aztar, Pemiscot County Assessor Donna Snider has rolled snake eyes. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday provided Snider with one more opportunity to beat the house and recoup for local governments the $2.5 million in back taxes she says the casino owes...
Missouri meth lab seizures continue at steady pace (08/25/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is apparently maintaining its dubious distinction as a hotbed for methamphetamine makers. Through the first half of 2004, state law officers had seized 1,460 meth labs, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday. That's slightly behind last year's midway mark of 1,655 meth lab seizures but still roughly on pace to meet or exceed the 2003 total of 2,860, the patrol said...
Thousands of fingerprints unprocessed in Kansas City (08/25/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police are facing a backlog of more than 6,200 sets of unprocessed fingerprints, mostly from suspects in property thefts. Law enforcement officials admit a key element of crime-fighting is hindered by the growing number of prints not yet examined, leaving some property crime cases in limbo for years...
Missouri military voters can e-mail ballots in November (08/25/04)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some members of the military from Missouri can cast their ballots by e-mail in November, the secretary of state's office said Wednesday. Secretary of State Matt Blunt said those in the military serving in certain combat areas overseas can complete their ballots, then scan and e-mail them to the Department of Defense. The department will then forward the ballots to the appropriate local election officials...
McCaskill - Charter schools need better oversight (08/25/04)
Associated Press WriterST. LOUIS (AP) -- Half of Missouri's charter schools fail to meet teacher certification requirements, according to findings released Wednesday by state Auditor Claire McCaskill. The audit also found that the state needs to better identify who's in charge when it comes to financial accountability and the submission of annual reports...
Stolen two-headed snake returns home to museum (08/25/04)
ST. LOUIS -- There's a definite down side to swiping a two-headed albino rat snake: There's no good way to disguise the stolen goods. St. Louis police returned a rare reptile to its museum home Monday, the same day it went missing, after a tipster called in a sighting...
Panel - Defense brass failed to supervise (08/25/04)
WASHINGTON -- The blame for abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison lies mainly with the American soldiers who ran the notorious jail, but senior commanders and top-level Pentagon officials including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld can be faulted for failed leadership and oversight, an independent commission said Tuesday...
A growing number of states are offering single-sex schools (08/25/04)
For an increasing number of public schools, the formula for a better education requires a little arithmetic: divide the girls from the boys. That's just fine with Kristielle Pedraza, a 13-year-old attending the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, Dallas' first all-girls public school and one of a growing number of such schools nationally...
Home sales decline in July (08/25/04)
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes declined in July but still posted their third-best sales pace on record -- a sign that the housing market, while slowing a bit, remains in good shape. The National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that sales of existing homes fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.72 million units, representing a 2.9 percent decrease from June's record-high pace of 6.92 million units...
With too few faculty, nursing schools turning away students (08/25/04)
From staff and wire reports At nursing schools from New Jersey to California, a surge of applicants who could ease the nation's worsening shortage of nurses are being turned away because many schools can't find adequate clinical sites, teaching facilities or qualified professors...
Claire McCaskill outlines plan on education funding (08/25/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that school administrative spending and jobs must be cut to provide adequate money for classrooms. McCaskill said she drew on her experience as state auditor to come up with an education plan she detailed during the opening day of classes at Penn Valley Community College...
Bin Laden driver charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes (08/25/04)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Osama bin Laden's chauffeur was formally charged Tuesday at the first U.S. military tribunal to convene since World War II, and the defendant's attorney quickly challenged the panel over its impartiality and questioned the proceeding's fairness...
Jet crashes, another lost over Russia (08/25/04)
MOSCOW -- A Russian airliner crashed and a second disappeared from radar moments later Tuesday night, leading President Vladimir V. Putin to order an investigation into possible terrorism. The two planes, which left from Moscow's Domodedovo airport 40 minutes apart, carried about 90 people, authorities said. There was no word on survivors, Russian news agencies reported...
Najaf's residents feel trapped between U.S., Iraqi insurgents (08/25/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- For nearly three weeks, Amer al-Jamali hasn't been able to go to work. He cannot visit his father, find medication for his diabetic children or even sleep on his roof to escape the city's suffocating heat made worse by power outages...
Banner season shows youthful Tigers the way (08/25/04)
Central returns just two starters from a team that blazed a trail deep into the Class 3 playoffs. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Central's boys soccer team faces a tall order this season. The Tigers experienced their most successful season in the program's history last year. Not only did the Tigers finish with an undefeated regular season at 22-0, Central picked up its first state playoff victory and ultimately finished fourth in Class 3...
Hungarian discus champ stripped of gold medal (08/25/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- The Hungarian gold medalist in the men's discus was stripped of his title Tuesday for failing to provide a drug test sample in an apparent attempt to beat the screening system. Robert Fazekas, who won the discus on Monday night with an Olympic record throw of 232 feet, 8 inches, was disqualified from the competition and expelled from the games by the International Olympic Committee executive board...
Brazil eliminates U.S. spikers (08/25/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- Erika Coimbra scored 20 points to lead unbeaten Brazil to a five-set quarterfinal victory over the United States on Tuesday, eliminating the Americans. Brazil won 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 15-6. The Americans overcame erratic serving and several unforced errors to rally from two sets down and send it to a fifth set. The drama quickly disappeared when the Brazilians took an 8-2 lead, though, and the gold medal hopes of the U.S. team vanished a few minutes later...
Hamm heads home with his gold (08/25/04)
By Nancy Armour ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- Paul Hamm is heading home, and he's taking his gold medal with him, thank you. The South Koreans are still looking for someone to give them a duplicate medal to make up for the scoring error that cost their gymnast in the men's all-around. Not to be outdone, the Russians are complaining to anybody who will listen, and some who won't...
Final hurdle to gold (08/25/04)
By Andrea Adelson ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- United States runner Joanna Hayes screamed as she crossed the finish line of the 100-meter hurdles in Olympic-record time. About 90 meters behind her, world champion Perdita Felicien lay flat on the ground, crying in disbelief...
Redbirds fall short against Reds 4-3 (08/25/04)
Tavarez capped a bad day by surrendering the game-winning hit in the 10th inning.By Terry Kinney The Associated Press CINCINNATI -- After allowing the winning run to score, Julian Tavarez had more on his mind than just his looming suspension...
Rams recruit patches for holes in O-line (08/25/04)
St. Louis has lured two players out of retirement in effort to fill gaping holes. By Jim Salter ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said Tuesday he still doesn't know when -- or if -- offensive tackle Orlando Pace will end his holdout...
Tavarez suspended for 10 days (08/25/04)
CINCINNATI -- St. Louis reliever Julian Tavarez was suspended for 10 days Tuesday for applying a foreign substance to balls while pitching last week. Tavarez appealed the penalty, which was set to start Tuesday night for the Cardinals-Cincinnati game. No action will be taken until a hearing is held...
Sports briefs 8/25/04 (08/25/04)
Baseball Magglio Ordonez will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams confirmed Tuesday. Ordonez has been sidelined since July 22 with a bone marrow condition, and the White Sox had been saying they did not expect him back this year...
Area sports digest 8/25/04 (08/25/04)
Southeast women's basketball signs three more Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball team has rounded out its recruiting class with three late signees, meaning the Otahkians will have 10 newcomers along with five returning players for the 2004-2005 season...
Farmers markets allow local growers, customers to connect (08/25/04)
It might seem like summer is fading fast, but area farmers markets remain in full swing as long as the gardens continue to grow. Shoppers crowd the makeshift stands at farmers markets looking for the ripest tomatoes, zucchini and beans at the best bargain. Whether you're searching for produce or fresh-baked breads, you're likely to find it at an outdoor market in the area...
Cookbooks add flair to old favorites (08/25/04)
The Associated Press Several recent cookbooks are devoted to the kind of popular food that's often passed over in the food literature because it's usually thought of as complete in itself, taken for granted or not needing a recipe. In the following books, fans of such commonplace items focus on them with creative dedication...
Cooking Greek can bring stunning flavors to the table (08/25/04)
CONCORD, N.H. -- For late-summer dinner parties I usually lean Italian. But recently I experimented with Italy's culinary cousin -- Greece. What a success. I was truly astounded by how easily stunning flavors could be had, and for even less work than my usual low-key Italian efforts...
Hitting the older demographic (08/25/04)
They say getting older isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. True enough. But that doesn't mean there won't be grounding moments in your life when you step back and realize how far away from that super cool 18-25 demographic you are. When you use terms like "super cool," for instance...
Reader recipes for sweet treats (08/25/04)
I remember very well the first day of kindergarten for both of our children. Sending them off to a new school full of new children to get acquainted with seemed so exciting but a little scary, too. Now, we are doing that all over again as our 10-year-old goes off to Central Middle School...
Deja view - Fall TV lineup is last year all over again (08/25/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Broadcast networks are in big trouble this season if federal regulators add being derivative to the list of TV trespasses. Networks are copying their own series, sometimes with a third or fourth edition ("CSI," "Law & Order") or putting on shows that have the whiff of copycat about them ("The Contender" vs. "The Next Great Champ")...
Mason Sachse (08/25/04)
Mason Albert Sachse, 87, of Chesterfield, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at his home. He was born March 15, 1917, at Old Appleton, Mo., son of Julius and Olga Woeltje Sachse. He and Jean Alice Knox were married March 15, 1940, at Potosi, Mo. She died Dec. 9, 1990...
Mary Stinnett (08/25/04)
Mary C. Stinnett, 78, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in a car accident on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County. She was born June 17, 1926, in Christian County, Ky., daughter of Edgar M. and Tillie B. Wiggins Back. She and Frank J. Stinnett Jr. were married May 25, 1942, in St. Louis. He died Dec. 27, 1995...
Ernest Poole (08/25/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Ernest R. Poole, 73, of Benton died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Tamms, Ill., son of Elmer and Esther McCoy Poole. He and Veda Mouser were married July 10, 1993. Poole was a cab driver 24 years in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Smith Avenue Church of God in Sikeston, Mo...
Eugene Hahs (08/25/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Eugene "Jinks" Hahs, 83, of Sedgewickville died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Sedgewickville, son of Ora and Minnie Statler Hahs. He and Ruby Barks were married July 20, 1941, at Sedgewickville. She died Dec. 14, 1988...
Barbara Lawrence (08/25/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Barbara K. Lawrence, 95, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Aug. 27, 1908, in Perry County, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Lappe Berkbigler. She and Robert M. Lawrence were married April 29, 1929, at Brewer, Mo. He died March 6, 1999...
Births 8/25/04 (08/25/04)
Lawrence Son to Daniel Mercellus Lawrence and Candace Michelle Rivers of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2004. Name, Marcellus Mekhi. Weight, 3 pounds 1 ounce. Ms. Rivers is the daughter of Mickey Arnold and Jerelene Arnold of Poplar Bluff. She is a cashier at Taco Bell. Lawrence is the son of Louise Lawrence of Sikeston, Mo. He is a machine operator at Nordyne...
Cape fire report 08/25/04 (08/25/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 4:13 p.m., a vehicle accident at Broadway and Sprigg Street. At 7:43 p.m. a vehicle accident on South Sprigg Street. At 9:41 p.m., an emergency medical service at 161 West Drive...
Cape police report 08/25/04 (08/25/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Dale Lee Koehler, 35, 392 Estate Drive, Apt. 113, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Raymond E. Revelle, 36, 200 Rue Dauphine, Apt. 9, Bonne Terre, Mo., was arrested on a warrant for theft in connection with a theft at J.C. Penney, 200 West Park Mall...
Out of the past 8/25/04 (08/25/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 25, 1994 Cape Girardeau's two hospitals are divided over merits of merging; Southeast Missouri Hospital officials favors such a move, while those of Saint Francis Medical Center oppose it. Earl T. Shinhoster, newly appointed interim executive director of NAACP, is scheduled to speak at St. James AME Church tomorrow...
Correction 8/25/04 (08/25/04)
A news brief in Tuesday's edition should have reported that an implosion of a section of the old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau is set for 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
MAP scores (08/25/04)
Missouri schools still have some major gaps to overcome in academic achievement, according to the latest student scores on the Missouri Assessment Program tests. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released basic MAP test data last week that showed a five-year trend of little improvement statewide...
Tell GOP about stem-cell research (08/25/04)
To the editor: John Kerry has called for tax-funded embryonic stem-cell research, saying President Bush's position against taxpayer funding is a triumph of "ideology over science." Kerry claimed some of the most pioneering cures and treatments are at our fingertips but blocked by the president's ban, even though some scientists have said that embryonic stem-cell research isn't the panacea for cures that Kerry claims. ...
Christians can send a message (08/25/04)
To the editor: Morals have steadily declined since prayer was taken out of our public schools in the 1960s. This November we have a chance to reverse this trend. Make the Lord's agenda the primary reason why you vote for a candidate. The Lord would never vote for a candidate who supports abortion. ...
Speak Out 08/25/04 (08/25/04)
TO ALL of these people complaining about all of the drugs and alcohol in Scott City: Drugs and alcohol are everywhere. Come to New Hamburg, Oran, Chaffee, Delta, Jackson, Cape Girardeau. They are everywhere. Showers at the fair IN RESPONSE to the comment concerning shower facilities at Arena Park: You are welcome to address the entire fair board with your plans for a more modern shower facility. ...
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