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Rep. Rod Jetton faces challenge in re-election bid (09/30/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If things go right for state Rep. Rod Jetton, in January he will become the first speaker of the House of Representatives from Southeast Missouri in 70 years. But two things must happen on Nov. 2 for that to occur: Republicans must retain control of the chamber and Jetton must win re-election to his legislative seat...
Author of children's books coaches students on writing (09/30/04)
It's been nearly two decades since Gordon Korman first entered a Cape Girardeau school and spoke about his writing career. The city was the first in the United States the 40-year-old author visited on his initial book tour in 1985. Korman returned to Cape Girardeau this week to share with local students everything from his dislike of "dead dog" stories to the B-plus he received in a seventh-grade English class for the first book he ever published...
Counseling center pays tribute to founders (09/30/04)
Two Perryville, Mo., women who were teachers and counselors at the high school there 30 years ago, saw a need and worked to fill it. Jeannette Boehme, a counselor and language arts teacher, and Evelyn Hinni, who was head of the English department at Perryville High School, saw children who needed mental health services, dysfunctional families -- and a need for treatment for these people...
Old Town Cape narrows leadership choices to three (09/30/04)
There are a lot of new developments in Old Town Cape. A week after the downtown improvement organization unveiled its plans to merge with the Downtown Merchants Association, Old Town Cape has announced that its search for a new executive director is one big step closer to completion. ...
Crew needs an extra blast to demolish bridge's steel (09/30/04)
It took two blasts to dismantle the remaining steel wreckage of Cape Girardeau's old Mississippi River bridge Wednesday. The initial blast cut through beams and dropped much of the last remaining but partially collapsed span into the water. But a small section of the bridge remained intact, resting against a concrete pier after the blast...
Local briefs 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Woman gets prison term for 2003 bank robbery Southeast Missourian An Obion, Tenn., woman was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for robbing the First National Bank of Miner, Mo., last November. Phyllis Ann Hester, 48, will serve 46 months on one felony count of bank robbery. ...
Cleaning up after suicide (09/30/04)
Suicide is a painful event for the surviving family members and friends of the victim. It can also be messy. It used to be that families of a suicide victim -- or someone whose natural death was undiscovered for some time, or the victim of a fatal accident or violent crime -- were left with not only the pain of their loss but the burden of cleaning up the mess. ...
Community Q&A 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
n Name: Pam Jenkins Lives in: Jackson Family: I have a husband and two children. Job: Director of programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates What do you like most about the area? That it is rural. Favorite food: Italian. Favorite TV show: Cardinal games...
Community cuisine 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Bald Knob Cross of Peace plans weekend dinners A chicken and dumplings dinner will be held at the Bald Knob Cross of Peace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fish, chicken on menu at Bell City benefit meal A fish and chicken supper including dessert and beverage will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Bell City Community Building located on Route N. Meal is sponsored by the Bell City Community Betterment Organization...
Community briefs 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Mobile adoption set for Saturday at pet store The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri will be conducting a mobile adoption from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Petco. Show Me Day events planned for this weekend All prospective students and their parents are invited to "Show Me Day" on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center...
Red Cross selling magnets to link soldiers, families (09/30/04)
The American Red Cross provides a link for soldiers and their families when they are separated during an illness, a birth or a death. Now the Southeast Missouri Chapter of that organization is asking the community to help make those links by donating money to the cause...
Local volunteers helping hurricane victims in Florida (09/30/04)
Local volunteers are headed to help in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane season. Majs. Michael Thomas and Elmer Trapp of the Salvation Army's Cape Girardeau branch left Sept. 21 to assist with pastoral care and disaster relief efforts in Atmore, Ala., and Ardmore, Okla., and are currently serving in a canteen in Orlando, Fla., helping victims through the after effects of Hurricane Jeanne...
Prospect of U.S. fall offensive in Iraq hinges on elections (09/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. military offensive planned in key Iraqi cities this fall could still be delayed or avoided altogether. One key factor in deciding whether to press ahead is if Baghdad and Washington settle for partial, rather than full, Iraqi participation in elections in January...
Congress delays action on touchy political issues (09/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- Congress' Republican leaders are postponing politically thorny votes on overtime, imported prescription drugs and other issues until after the November elections. GOP leaders say they are not motivated by a desire to sidestep difficult showdowns on disputes, some of which have pitted Republicans against each other or drawn veto threats from President Bush. ...
Economy stronger in second quarter (09/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a faster pace this spring than previously thought, but was at its weakest showing in more than a year, providing ammunition to both candidates in the final weeks of the presidential race. The 3.3 percent annual growth rate of gross domestic product in the April-June period was stronger than the 2.8 percent pace estimated last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. GDP is the country's total output of goods and services...
Hurricanes slow Fla. campaign, but Iraq, economy still on minds (09/30/04)
STUART, Fla. -- The four hurricanes that pounded Florida this season froze the state's presidential campaign in place, with President Bush fighting to keep Florida in his column amid voter concerns about Iraq and the local economy. Now, there's a big new issue: hurricane recovery. As the Republican incumbent and Democratic Sen. John Kerry kick off the presidential debate season in Miami today, many Floridians are still distracted...
Hurricanes raise prices for goods nationwide (09/30/04)
While Florida's economy will get the biggest jolt from the improbable string of hurricanes this year, consumers around the country may notice the effects in coming weeks and months when they buy a gallon of gas, a carton of orange juice or a bag of peanuts...
Nation briefs 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Feds fault electricity industry's reliability WASHINGTON -- A year after the nation's worst blackout, federal regulators issued a scathing review Wednesday of the electricity industry's voluntary efforts to make their power grids more reliable. Industry audits play down shortcomings of the grid, rely on ambiguous standards that often are ignored and reflect "vast differences between the best and the worst" performers, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...
Docs worry as drug-resistant staph infects more healthy people (09/30/04)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Flesh-eating bacteria cases, fatal pneumonia and life-threatening heart infections suddenly are popping up around the country, striking healthy people and stunning their doctors. The cause? Staph, a bacteria better known for causing skin boils easily treated with standard antibiotic pills...
House votes to end handgun ban in District of Columbia (09/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to end a 28-year ban on handgun ownership in the nation's capital, brushing aside pleas from city officials concerned about a surge in violence and more heavily armed criminals. "The District of Columbia handgun ban has failed. It has failed miserably," said Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., sponsor of the bill that passed 250-171...
Private rocket plane goes rolling into space (09/30/04)
MOJAVE, Calif. -- Ignoring a warning to abort the flight, a test pilot took a stubby-looking rocket plane on a corkscrewing, white-knuckle ride past the edge of the atmosphere Wednesday, completing the first stage of a quest to win a $10 million prize...
Cell phones with cameras banned in Saudi Arabia (09/30/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority has issued an edict barring the use of cell phones with built-in cameras, blaming them for "spreading obscenity" -- a final resort after a ban on their sale and import to the kingdom failed to dent their popularity...
Death toll from tropical storm rises in Japan (09/30/04)
TOKYO -- The death toll from a tropical storm in Japan rose to 12 today, after searchers found several more victims including a 68-year-old man whose home was demolished in a mudslide. Tropical Storm Meari has plowed through a wide swath of Japan since Sunday, causing floods, triggering deadly landslides and forcing about 10,000 people to flee their homes for shelters. Seventeen people were missing and at least 70 others had been injured...
Judge sentences USS Cole defendants (09/30/04)
SAN'A, Yemen -- A Saudi suspected of being an associate of Osama bin Laden and a Yemeni militant were sentenced to death by firing squad Wednesday for the bombing of the USS Cole four years ago, the first convictions in the al-Qaida terror attack that killed 17 American sailors...
British hostage makes plea for help in second video (09/30/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A weeping British hostage was shown pleading for help between the bars of a makeshift cage in a video that surfaced Wednesday, a sobering reminder of the grim reality for at least 18 foreign captives still held by Iraqi militants. There is wide speculation that ransoms were paid for the freedom of a dozen hostages, including two Italian aid workers...
Tigers return to underdog role vs. SLUH (09/30/04)
Central's football team tasted the thrill of victory for the first time this season in a one-point win over Normandy on Saturday, but with only four days of practice the Tigers will face a tall task tonight at Houck Stadium against a SLUH team ranked No. 6 in the Post Dispatch's top 10 poll...
Jackson tops Central 6-4 in 9 innings (09/30/04)
It took Jackson nine innings to knock off Central 6-4 on the road as the Indians won their third game in as many days. Hannah Fowler picked up her sixth win on the mound for Jackson (10-14), lasting all nine innings and walking none. Callie Hoffman took the loss for the Tigers (4-18)...
Chaffee offense begins to stir (09/30/04)
The Chaffee football team still hasn't cracked the win column in the 2004 season, but the Red Devils have at least crossed the goal line a few times in recent weeks. After being shut out by Grandview and Corning, Ark., the first two weeks of the season, Chaffee fell 37-7 to Crystal City and 39-14 to Portageville the last two Friday nights...
Poor start overshadows Bulger's strong play (09/30/04)
St. Louis' young quarterback was nearly the hero on Sunday. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- On most Sundays, Marc Bulger's mad dash to the end zone might have been viewed as perhaps a defining moment in the career of a young quarterback. His 19-yard scramble up the middle on third down split the Saints' defense with 24 seconds to go for the apparent game-winning play...
Expos to move to Washington (09/30/04)
WASHINGTON-- It was more pep rally than news conference, with the mayor and city officials wearing red Washington Senators caps, the ones with the curly "W" on the front. "After 30 years of waiting and waiting and waiting," said Mayor Anthony Williams, adding dramatic pauses for emphasis, "and lots of hard work and more than a few prayers, there will be baseball in Washington in 2005!"...
Sizzling Astros sweep Redbirds (09/30/04)
Houston passes Chicago in wild-card race with a 6-4 victory over St. Louis. By Joel Anderson ~ The Associated Press HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros pushed closer to a playoff berth, winning their club-record 15th straight home game by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Wednesday night behind Jeff Kent and Jeff Bagwell...
Area sports calendar 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Basketball Optimist basketball: The Jackson Optimist boys basketball program will begin its 55th year. Registration is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Main Street Fitness in Jackson. Program open to boys in grades 3 to 7. Forms also available to mail by Oct. 18 at the Chamber of Commerce, city and regional libraries and SEMO Specialties and Sports. Info: Ken Schaper, 204-7029, or Mike Cracraft, 243-8810...
Area sports digest 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
TWO REFERENCES TO SCOREBOARD PAGE! Olympic medalist to appear in Cape Chris Thompson, who won a bronze medal in the 1,500 freestyle at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, will conduct a swimming clinic 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Central Municipal Pool. The clinic will be hosted by the Gator Swim Team and coach Steve Franklin. The cost is $20...
Sports briefs 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Baseball Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, a day after a bottle-throwing tantrum during a win over Colorado. Los Angeles leads the NL West by three games over San Francisco with five games left. A contrite Bradley said he will seek help to deal with his anger and wouldn't appeal the suspension...
Requiring a drug studies registry (09/30/04)
WASHINGTON Scientists are conducting thousands of medical experiments that can offer tantalizing hope to the ill, but tracking them down and getting enrolled can be incredibly difficult. It might get easier, thanks to a growing push by doctors and lawmakers to force drug companies to list on a national registry every study they conduct...
Health calendar 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Today Grief support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in Conference Room A at Saint Francis Medical Center. For information, call Denise Essner at 651-4617. Preparation for childbirth class 3 meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Healing Arts Center conference room. Call (877) 231-2229...
How to find that happy gut feeling (09/30/04)
As you get older, have you noticed how things don't go down as easily as they used to? Does it seem you can't stomach as much? I'm not talking about the current political situation, by the way. Nor the younger generation's penchant for tongue piercing...
Hounded by rivals at home (09/30/04)
Sept. 30, 2004 Dear Patty. Most men get jealous of other men. I'm jealous of our dogs. The three of them have me outnumbered and outmaneuvered. It's not because they sit around all day moving from one pillow to another like sultans, occasional stopping off for a lap at the water bowl. Actually, they have a pleading look when I leave the house for work. They'd like to go. If they only knew what work is...
Sizzling suburbia - 'Desperate Housewives' a unique find (09/30/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Welcome to Wisteria Lane, Mr. Cherry's neighborhood. Here, in seemingly placid suburbia, homemakers tend their husbands, children and flower beds -- while barely suppressing fear and frustration that threaten to blow the place sky high...
Thelma Minton (09/30/04)
Thelma Inez Minton, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born July 9, 1913, in Shawnee, Okla., daughter of Harry and Edna Wiseman Lindsey. She and Leroy Minton were married Aug. 31, 1944. He died May 8, 1976...
Mary Carner (09/30/04)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Mary Frances Carner, 78, of Olive Branch died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Red Bud Nursing Home in Red Bud, Ill. She was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Lloyd and Retta King Clutts. She and Cecil Carner were married March 31, 1978. He died April 21, 1992...
Katheryn Rowell (09/30/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Katheryn Rowell, 92, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born April 3, 1912, in Mississippi, daughter of Fred Patrick and Lura Hubbard Rowell. Rowell was a teacher at Morehouse Elementary School in Morehouse, Mo., and then in the St. Louis School District before retiring...
Amos Robinson (09/30/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Amos Quinton Robinson, 85, of Oran died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Sept. 4, 1919, in Gastonia, N.C., son of Kelly Robinson. He and Wilma Fulton were married March 12, 1946, in Oran. Robinson was a former accountant with Northrop Corp. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Third Baptist Church in St. Louis...
Nell Underwood (09/30/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Nell Watkins Underwood, 76, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 20, 1928, in Calloway County, Ky., daughter of James Perry and Effie Ellen Peebles Morton. She and John Watkins were married Sept. 2, 1944. He died May 2, 1964. She later married Loyd D. Underwood June 29, 1974. He died May 21, 1999...
Jesse Brewer (09/30/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jesse S. Brewer, 94, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, in Perry County Nursing Home. He was born July 30, 1910, in Perry County, Mo., son of Lawrence and Roseann Reed Brewer. He and Iceal E. Mowry were married July 4, 1932. She died June 19, 2002...
Vera Yarbro (09/30/04)
Vera Lois Yarbro, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born March 31, 1914, in Miston, Tenn., daughter of Jim and Melissa Whitt May. She and Louis C. Yarbro were married Dec. 18, 1921, in Barbwire, Tenn. He died Oct. 16, 1963...
Jennings Haynes (09/30/04)
Jennings Bryan Haynes, 104, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Life Care Center. He was born Oct. 3, 1899, in New Madrid County, Mo., son of Charles and Louisa Keene Haynes. He and Lillie Moss were married Feb. 16, 1931, in New Madrid. She preceded him in death...
Bertha Mayberry (09/30/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Bertha Mayberry, 104, of rural Jonesboro died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born Nov. 13, 1899, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Albert and Adeline Bess Hinkle. She and William Mayberry were married April 7, 1918, in Union County, Ill. He preceded her in death Sept. 11, 1982...
Nona Rister (09/30/04)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- Nona Marie Rister, 60, of Marquand died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 24, 1943, in Santa Ana, Calif., daughter of Jack D. and Maxine Bacus Brookman. She married the Rev. M. Fred Rister Aug. 6, 1966, in Anaheim, Calif...
Lee Davis (09/30/04)
Lee Maxie Davis, 76, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at his home. He was born May 17, 1928, in Edina, Mo., son of Maxie and Mary Sens Davis. He married Jean Lindsey July 9, 1951, in Lawton, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean conflict...
Cape police report 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Rosemary Inserra, 48, 40 Eastwood, McClure, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Kelly Lee Barnes, 22, 529 S. Middle St., was arrested on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape fire report 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 9:22 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South West End Boulevard. At 11:15 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Dorothy Street. Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday...
Out of the past 9/30/04 (09/30/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 30, 1994 Nearly two dozen doctors made Cape Girardeau home this year thanks to aggressive recruitment campaign, but waiting rooms are far from empty; recruiting efforts are barely keeping pace with demand. 25 years ago: Sept. 30, 1979...
Downtown cooperation (09/30/04)
The announcement last week that Old Town Cape and the Downtown Merchants Association have decided to join forces is a welcome one. Old Town Cape is a redevelopment organization that, in addition to sponsoring and promoting downtown events, provides businesses and individuals with information about tax credits and has presented workshops on building codes and rehabbing old buildings. ...
Pursue the war with agressiveness (09/30/04)
To the editor: The person in Chaffee who says you can't win the war on terrorism with kindness is correct. Over 3,000 Americans died on 9-11. That is more than the number of causalities at Pearl Harbor. We can do no less than pursue this war with the same vigor and aggressiveness as we did after Pearl Harbor. ...
Yard signs give voice to victims (09/30/04)
To the editor: I have a yellow Vote Pro-Life sign in my yard. The signs in and of themselves have no party symbols or design that would indicate support for any particular party or candidate. Even the colors are not those typically used in American politics...
Speak Out 09/30/04 (09/30/04)
Ripples at intersection I WOULD like to say thank you to the city for fixing the Kingshighway and Lexington Avenue intersection. However, there is a problem. Has anyone else notice the ripples in the road going west on Lexington? Whoever put down the asphalt didn't do it correctly. They should have used concrete like the rest of the intersection...
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