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One dead, two injured in one-vehicle crash (09/24/04)
One man was killed and a man and woman were injured Wednesday on Highway 25 six miles north of Delta, Mo. All three were in a northbound 1998 Mercury Mountaineer. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, around 1 p.m., Gary Henderickson, 50, of St. ...
Blast takes out partially collapsed bridge span (09/24/04)
A demolition contractor blasted apart a partially collapsed small span of Cape Girardeau's old Mississippi River bridge Thursday morning. The explosions dropped the wrecked steel structure into the water on the Illinois side and destroyed part of a concrete pier...
Car dealers have a sales showdown (09/24/04)
The fair may have left town, but visitors to Cape Girardeau that pass the Osage Center wouldn't know it. Motorists passing by those grounds yesterday, today and Saturday will see the spectacle of almost 1,000 shiny new cars parked around the center. They'll also see a flock of salespeople working to sell as many of those cars as possible in the Cape Girardeau New Car Dealers Showdown...
United Way takes campaign to the airwaves (09/24/04)
Radio listeners will be hearing something other than the regular programming on the airwaves of local radio stations Real Rock 99.3 FM, KISS 93.9 FM, K103 FM and KZIM AM 960 on Oct. 1 when the United Way of Southeast Missouri holds its first radiothon...
Wind-swept poodle gets a new home (09/24/04)
Hurricane Ivan may have been an ill wind that blew destruction to the Gulf Coast and other places -- but Ivan also blew an 8-year-old miniature poodle to a new home in Cape Girardeau. Earlier this week the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri gave temporary shelter to Boomer, a little black poodle whose former owners came here to escape Ivan, but could not take their pet back home because of the destruction left in Ivan's wake...
Candidate search to cost Cape schools thousands (09/24/04)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will spend between $12,000 and $15,000 searching for a new superintendent in the next three months. Board members say the expense is necessary. The board approved a contract with the Missouri School Boards Association this week for a comprehensive superintendent search that includes a needs assessment of the district, recruitment of candidates and evaluations of candidates...
Jackson youth remembered as winner in life and death (09/24/04)
A basketball jersey bearing No. 31 hung from a brass rack in the sanctuary of Cape Bible Chapel. Jason Schafer wore that jersey as a member of the Jackson High School varsity basketball team, but his number is now retired. Schafer died Sunday night in a car accident...
Conference bound - Soccer, volleyball teams open OVC play (09/24/04)
After seeing her team perform well during what she considered to be seven tough non-league games, Southeast Missouri State University women's soccer coach Heather Nelson believes the Otahkians are ready to begin Ohio Valley Conference play. "I think so," Nelson said. "I'm very excited about our start. I think we did better than I expected."...
Constructing the future of Cape's downtown (09/24/04)
Over the 65-year history of Zickfield Jewelers in downtown Cape Girardeau, neighboring merchants have come and gone, and the business climate has improved and waned and cycled anew many times. But owner Kent Zickfield has never seen anything like this...
Former Cape Girardeau County sheriff died at 72 (09/24/04)
A former Cape Girardeau County Sheriff and Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper has died. Dwight Thomas, 72, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Sikeston, Mo. Thomas was elected sheriff in 1984 and resigned 14 months later following a grand jury investigation into a traffic accident involving Capt. Terri Curtis, one of his chief deputies. Curtis also resigned...
Blaze shuts down Rubbermaid plant (09/24/04)
A fire at Jackson's Rubbermaid plant around noon Thursday caused the factory to shut down temporarily while firefighters extinguished a blaze that was confined to a piece of painting equipment. Jackson fire Capt. Jason Mouser said a sprinkler system extinguished 90 percent of the fire before the fire department arrived...
Two seriously injured in car wreck (09/24/04)
A two-car accident in Perry County at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday sent both drivers to hospitals with serious injuries. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Travis Burris, 25, of Cape Girardeau was eastbound on Route T in Perry County in a 1991 Dodge Ram Charger that went partially off the road. The vehicle overcorrected, veered out of control and drove into the path of a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Richard Woolard, 51, of Perryville, Mo...
Otahks try to shake past with new faces (09/24/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's new-look women's tennis team begins a brief fall schedule today with a rejuvenated outlook that second-year coach Jay Pacelli hopes will pay off in the form of a strong spring season. The Otahkians have ranked among the Ohio Valley Conference's worst squads for much of the past decade -- they have not had a winning overall record since 1997 -- but Pacelli is hopeful of a turnaround...
Audit - Tracking state buying tough (09/24/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Office of Administration should establish a system to track which purchases are made from out-of-state companies, a state audit released Thursday says. The audit estimates 14 percent of state government's $2.4 billion in purchases went to out-of-state companies in the 2003 fiscal year...
State briefs 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
Missourians' participation in HMOs falling JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missourians' enrollment in employer-sponsored HMOs dropped more than 20 percent last year, continuing a five-year downward trend, according to a report released Thursday by the state Insurance Department. At the same time, however, the percentage of Missourians who lacked insurance fell slightly. Eleven percent of Missourians were uninsured in 2003, compared to 15.6 percent nationally, and 11.6 percent in Missouri during 2002...
U.S. death toll rises as more roadside bombs find their mark (09/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- For U.S. troops in Iraq, homemade bombs are the main killers, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the Pentagon has spent trying to curb the weapons made from simple, easy-to-obtain materials. As September shapes up as one of the deadliest months in Iraq for U.S. troops, the Pentagon estimates it is finding 40 percent of roadside bombs before they explode. But military officials say the problem persists even with teams of technical experts working to defeat the threat...
More billionaires than ever in Forbes 400 (09/24/04)
NEW YORK -- The nation's billionaire's club may not be quite as exclusive as it once was. There are now 313 billionaires in the country, the largest number ever and a huge jump over last year's 262 members, according to Forbes magazine, which Thursday released its annual ranking of the 400 richest Americans...
CBO - Bush budget, other costs raise deficit by $1.3 trillion (09/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Responding to an election-season request by Democrats, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday that some of President Bush's budget policies plus other costs would add $1.3 trillion to federal deficits over the next decade...
U.S., Iraqi leaders say progress made in advance of elections (09/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Denying he has painted too rosy a picture of Iraq, President Bush said Thursday he would consider sending more troops if asked, but Iraq's interim leader firmly said they weren't needed. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested parts of Iraq might have to be excluded from elections in January...
Fla. high court strikes down 'Terri's Law' (09/24/04)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Dealing a defeat to Gov. Jeb Bush, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law rushed through the legislature last fall to keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube. The seven-member court unanimously said Bush and lawmakers improperly tried to pull an end run around the court system in the case of Terri Schiavo, who has been at the center of a long and bitter right-to-die dispute. ...
Tax cuts for middle class OK'd by Congress as election nears (09/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Congress on Thursday approved a $145.9 billion package of tax relief to extend three popular middle-class tax cuts, giving President Bush his fourth major tax victory since taking office. The Senate approved the measure 92-3 Thursday night less than an hour after it cleared the House by a similarly lopsided 339-65...
Palestinian gunmen sneak into Gaza base, kill three soldiers (09/24/04)
The Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian gunmen made their way into a heavily fortified Israeli army post in the Gaza Strip under cover of morning fog Thursday and started shooting, killing three Israeli soldiers in a 45-minute firefight...
Study is first to demonstrate cancer-sniffing ability of dogs (09/24/04)
LONDON -- It has long been suspected that man's best friend has a special ability to sense when something is wrong with us. Now the first experiment to verify that scientifically has demonstrated that dogs are able to smell cancer. Experts say it's unlikely that pooches will become practical partners in cancer detection any time soon, but the results of the study, outlined this week in the British Medical Journal, are promising...
Haiti descends into chaos (09/24/04)
GONAIVES, Haiti -- Hungry, thirsty and increasingly desperate residents attacked each other in a panic to get scarce food and water Thursday as workers struggled to bury hundreds of corpses six days after the city was struck by Tropical Storm Jeanne...
Jackson uses proven formula for quick 3-0 start (09/24/04)
The Indians look for their fourth victory tonight against Sikeston. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Jackson and Sikeston have played a pair of close football games the past two seasons, with each team winning a game by seven points or less...
Runners will get big test at Hancock meet (09/24/04)
About 1,900 runners and 80 schools will participate in Saturday's Hancock Invitational cross country meet at Jefferson Barracks Park. Last year's top two in the girls large-school division finished one-two at the state meet. Cross country programs wanting to see where they stand as compared to the top programs in the state look to Hancock as a gauge...
High school football - Week No. 4 (09/24/04)
Scott City (3-0) at Brentwood (1-2), 7 p.m. Last week: Scott City 17, East Prairie 0; Westminster 30, Brentwood 18 Last year's game: did not meet Notes: The Rams will have to deal with a powerful offense on the road at Brentwood. Brentwood has three rushers with more than 100 yards, led by Hardy Ricks' 460. ...
Oak Ridge upends Scott City (09/24/04)
Oak Ridge's volleyball team edged visiting Scott City 21-25, 27-25, 26-24 in a tight match Thursday. Oak Ridge's Erin Hahs, with five kills and three blocks, and Kelsey Shaper, with six kills and two aces, were the difference. On defense, Leah Myers and Jessica Seyer led Oak Ridge with five digs each...
Singh grabs early lead at 84 Lumber Classic (09/24/04)
Vijay Singh shot an 8-under 64 Thursday and held a three-shot lead in the first round of the 84 Lumber Classic. If Singh wins the $4.2 million tournament in Farmington, Pa., he can surpass Tiger Woods' season money record of $9.1 million in 2000. With seven tournament victories, Singh is closing in on Woods' best season of nine wins...
Hamilton will keep gold medal (09/24/04)
GENEVA -- Tyler Hamilton will keep his Olympic cycling gold medal because a backup drug test was inconclusive, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday. Hamilton tested positive for signs of blood doping in the initial sample Aug. 19 after his time-trial victory in Athens. But analysis of the backup sample failed to confirm the original finding because of "lack of enough intact red blood cells," the IOC said in a statement from its Lausanne headquarters...
Cards reach milestone for first time since 1985 (09/24/04)
MILWAUKEE -- Watching the St. Louis Cardinals get their 100th win filled Tony La Russa with pride. "A 100th win is a magic number," the Cardinals manager said after Thursday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee. "It has significant meaning for a team. It's a mark of excellence. You have to be really good to get that number. Ninety-nine was a great number. One hundred has a different feel."...
Stopping the run tops Rams' lengthy 'to-do' list (09/24/04)
ST. LOUIS -- After futilely chasing Michael Vick last week, the St. Louis Rams are anxious to tighten up their defense against the run. They figure to improve this week against the Saints, considering Deuce McAllister is sidelined with a high right ankle sprain. His replacements are unsung Aaron Stecker, who has a more straight-ahead style, and often-injured Ki-Jana Carter...
Ichiro on pace to break 84-year-old hit record (09/24/04)
The Mariners outfielder is just 10 hits shy of George Sisler's record of 257. By Beth Harris ~ The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A few years ago, Ichiro Suzuki spent three days on his own wandering around the Hall of Fame, hoping to learn about the history of baseball in America...
Workshop will teach landowners about turkey-friendly woodlands (09/24/04)
Special to the Southeast Missourian Woodlands and savanna are rare Ozark habitats that land managers and landowners are just beginning to understand. But it's no secret wild turkeys and woodlands go together. Although these natural communities differ somewhat, from a turkey's point of view, one of their most important functions may be to provide critical habitat for hens to raise their broods in. ...
Sports briefs 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
Baseball n Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Shawn Green will sit out Saturday afternoon's game against the San Francisco Giants in observance of Yom Kippur. The first baseman-outfielder said he will play tonight when the Dodgers and Giants, battling for the NL West lead, play the opener of a three-game series in San Francisco...
Testing - Can you hear me now? (09/24/04)
An elderly friend occasionally gives me this advice when we compare notes on our latest aches and pains: "Don't get old if you can help it." I use the word "elderly" advisedly. In some quarters I'm sure I am lumped into that category. Take, for example, that I am the oldest person in the Southeast Missourian's news department. ...
GTO has earth-pounding performance (09/24/04)
In 1964 we were reeling from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the intensifying Cold War. Films like "Fail-Safe" heated up our fears of nuclear war, and Dr. Strangelove had us watching from the cockpit of a B-52 as we launched a pre-emptive strike against the Soviet Union. ...
Conserving gas during a crisis (09/24/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: Living in Colorado, I wonder about being stuck in the snow in a blizzard. Let's say I have a full tank of gas and keep the tailpipe clear. Is it better to start the car every few minutes to run the heater before the car cools again, or to get as cold as I can stand before starting it again? Wouldn't the time it takes to warm the engine waste more gas than starting it every few minutes? Please let me know, just in case...
Artifacts 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
Steve Ewing performs in Cape Girardeau Steve Ewing, former lead singer of the St. Louis-based band The Urge, performs tonight at Breakaways, 15 N. Main St., with opening local act The Tone Def All-Stars. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m...
Coming to theaters 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
'First Daughter' Starring Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Amerie Rogers, Margaret Colin and Lela Rochon Fuque. Samantha Mackenzi, the 18-year-old daughter of the president of the United States, wants to have a normal college life. When she falls in love with James, her dorm's resident adviser, everything seems great, until she realizes that he's an undercover Secret Service agent. ...
New book chronicles southern rock (09/24/04)
ATLANTA -- For many, Southern rock conjures up images of beer drinkin', hell raisin' and flapping Confederate flags. In a new book, a former Rolling Stone editor and MTV executive casts the music of such groups as The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd differently -- as an art form born out of the civil rights era that defied stereotypes and gave voice to a generation of young, white Southerners uneasy with the region's backward image and racist icons...
Louis Houck's railroad track trick (09/24/04)
[ Browse photos of all the completed floodwall murals ] The latest panel completed on the Mississippi River Tales mural represents the introduction of the railroad to Cape Girardeau. On the right side of the panel is the large figure of the man responsible for bringing the railroad to Cape Girardeau, Louis Houck. In addition to being a railroad builder, Houck was a lawyer, historian and author...
Everybody's a critic - 'Wimbledon' (09/24/04)
Four stars (out of four) Sappy romantics, keep your eyes out for this one. Single people, I would not advise you to see this movie, as it caused me to feel lonelier than ever. "Wimbledon" is a classic tale of lust turned to love, in the fairy-tale setting of a tennis tournament. The beautiful heroine steals the heart of the older hero with a batting of the eyes and a lusty shower scene...
Downtown music in full bloom (09/24/04)
Downtown Cape Girardeau will be awash in the sounds of live music this weekend as the City of Roses Music Festival returns this year with three outdoor stages and 62 local and regional musical acts. In addition to the additional stages and the musical line-up, this year's festival also differs from previous years in that there is no admission fee and required wristband, although a donation is requested at each of the festival's entry points. ...
Wilmer Leimer (09/24/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wilmer H. Leimer, 84, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born June 26, 1920, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Theodore H. and Louise B. Pfeiffer Leimer. He and Lorene L. Bock were married June 8, 1957...
Grace Warren-Arnn (09/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Grace Warren-Arnn, 85, of Sikeston died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Miner Nursing Center in Miner, Mo. She was born Feb. 8, 1919, in Choctaw County, Miss., daughter of Felix and Maude L. Ellis Cochran. Warren-Arnn was a former head designer at Bali Co. in New York City. She had lived in Sikeston since 1989...
Pauline Blaney (09/24/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Pauline Blaney, 85, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at her home. Friends may call at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill., from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home...
Johnilee Cowell (09/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Johnilee Cowell, 89, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at Miner Nursing Center in Miner, Mo. She was born May 18, 1915, in LaMar, Ark., daughter of John and Cordia Blackburn Chronister. She married Lewis Cowell, who died June 13, 1963...
Charles Curtner (09/24/04)
Charles R. Curtner, 83, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., and Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Sikeston, son of Clarence and Edith Shafer Curtner. He and Reva Noyes were married July 25, 1940, in Charleston, Mo...
Ray Morris (09/24/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ray Morris, 79, of Anna died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Iowa, son of Auther Ray and Margaret V. Morris. Morris was a former painter. Survivors include friends at City Care Center...
Pansy Ayers (09/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Pansy Ayers, 85, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 13, 1918, at Matthews, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Eva Denning Uthoff. She and Royce Ayers were married Jan. 10, 1938. The Ayers formerly owned and operated Midwest L.P. Gas Co. in Morehouse, Mo. She was a member of Murray Lane Baptist Church...
Ed Ring (09/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Edgar R. "Ed" Ring, 82, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Sikeston, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson. He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Franklin, Ark., son of Earl Melvin and Nora Anderson Ring. He and Eloise Gilliland were married Feb. 14, 1942, in Charleston, Mo...
John Campbell (09/24/04)
John Marvin Campbell, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Sept. 26, 1910, in Jackson, son of John F. and Minnie W. Meyer Campbell. He and Elizabeth Friedrich were married Nov. 25, 1937. She died Feb. 17, 1967. He later married Mary Garner Richards Oct. 6, 1973...
Elda Isaac (09/24/04)
Elda N. Isaac, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 10, 1909, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Fred W. and Anna Brandes Schrader. She and Walter L. "Pop" Isaac were married March 17, 1929. He preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1982...
Loeta Helderman (09/24/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Loeta B. Helderman, 87, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Nov. 6, 1916, at Crump, Mo., daughter of Birt and Ethel McCoullough Brown. She and Woodrow A. Helderman were married Dec. 31, 1934, in Jackson. He died Jan. 21, 2001...
Cape fire report 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 5:31 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Fountain Street. At 9:28 p.m., an emergency medical service at Bertling and Sprigg streets. Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday:...
Cape police report 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Clarkson McBride Bates, 20, 1000 Towers Circle, 1212 West Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, violating a stop sign and unlawful use of a license...
Out of the past 9/24/04 (09/24/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 24, 1994 In light of recent Kenny G concert cancellation and sluggish ticket sales for Pointer Sisters' concert, Show Me Center has cut ticket prices to $10.50 for Pointer Sisters' Oct. 4 show. Recommendations to establish ethics commission and to allow people to vote on new fees and taxes will be presented Monday at city council meeting; Cape Girardeau Charter Review Commission, appointed by council, will recommend establishing seven-member ethics commission; it would review official conduct of mayor, council members, city manager, chief purchasing officer, city judge and members of city boards.. ...
Correcting mistakes (09/24/04)
In the wake of Dan Rather's apology for relying on fake documents in a report on CBS's "60 Minutes II," there are lessons that should be taken to heart. One of those lessons is for the news media. News gatherers for newspapers, TV and radio stations, magazines and the Internet face the task every day of sorting through information that is found to be reliable and information that is too questionable to be passed on to readers and viewers...
Harrison leaves historical legacy (09/24/04)
To the editor: B.W. Harrison was certainly a great friend to Cape Girardeau. I became acquainted with him when I wrote the nomination of Old Hanover Lutheran Church to the National Register of Historic Places. He was so knowledgeable in history and architecture. His expertise and willingness to act as a consultant made my research easier. Old Hanover was placed on the register in October 1987, just in time for its 100th anniversary observance...
Week marks residential-care rights (09/24/04)
To the editor: Oct. 3-9 is National Long-term Care Residents' Rights Week, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care resident have made to better our community. This year's theme, Spotlight on Quality: Focus on Residents' Rights, emphasizes the fundamental rights of all long-term care residents to be treated with dignity and respect and to have a say in decisions affecting their care. ...
Cobb school story was well-deserved (09/24/04)
To the editor: Thank you for the beautiful article on the John S. Cobb School reunion. It is well-deserved. I believe it would be nice to interview graduates and schoolmates from Cobb. Thanks to those who put the reunion together and to you for covering it...
Letter expressed same feelings (09/24/04)
To the editor: In response to "War deaths belie pro-life position": Thank you, Nathan Botsch. You expressed the same feelings I have. I appreciate your putting them into words and sharing them with others. TERRI FOLSOM, Columbia, Mo.
Speak Out 09/24/04 (09/24/04)
Adventurous cooking TRY COOKING as a pastime instead of television. Cooking is fascinating. Sure it takes time to master the art of cooking, but you have your whole life to progress. Get adventurous. Be a gourmet or connoisseur or just relish fine peasant dishes. Gastronomy is a delight for all if they admit to it. The way to man's heart is through his stomach. The way to woman's heart is to let her eat what she wants and continually adore her full figure...
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