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Stories from Thursday, November 18, 2004

Firefighters search river for body near bridge (11/18/04)
Firefighters searched the Mississippi River Wednesday afternoon after a Cape Girardeau man said he witnessed another man step off the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Ken Van Winkle told police that he saw a man standing on the ledge of the bridge. When he approached the man to try to stop him from jumping, Van Winkle said the man jumped...
Repair crews work to restore phone service (11/18/04)
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, a phone line was accidentally cut due to the construction at Southeast Missouri Hospital on Broadway. The severed line disrupted phone service intermittently throughout southern and western Cape Girardeau. Big River Telephone Company marketing coordinator Meredith White reported that both Big River and SBC customers were without phone service. ...
Central thespians 'Remember Mama' (11/18/04)
Central High School continues to show what a talented and dedicated group of students it has with the school's latest theatrical production, "I Remember Mama," directed by Cynthia Bradshaw. Since its premiere in the 1940s, the play, loosely based on Kathryn Forbes' book "Mama's Bank Account," has also been turned into a movie and television show...
High energy, sexy jazz please in Southeast dance concert (11/18/04)
With high-energy performances, strong choreography, great music and imaginative costumes, the department of theater and dance at Southeast Missouri State University has a winning fall dance concert. The show starts with "Against the Music," a performance by the Southeast Sundancers that is sure to get the crowd energized...
Jackson police seek witness to robbery attempt (11/18/04)
Jackson police want to contact the driver of a white pickup truck seen in the parking lot Tuesday night around the time of an attempted robbery at the Save-A-Lot, 1905 E. Jackson Blvd. Capt. Robert Bonney said the driver of the pickup is not a suspect in the holdup, but a possible witness. The truck was behind the vehicle the masked robber was in as he was leaving...
Fruitland fire district to make most of grant money (11/18/04)
The Fruitland Fire Protection District recently was awarded a grant of $57,224 from the Assistance to Firefighters grant program administered by the Department of Homeland Security. The fire department, which covers 110 square miles northeast of Jackson, will use the money to buy four new self-contained breathing apparatus...
Fruitland trailer fire under investigation (11/18/04)
The state fire marshal's office and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department are investigating a trailer fire on U.S. 61 that caught fire near Fruitland. Capt. Andy Renner of the Fruitland Fire Protection District said the fire is of suspicious origin...
Southeast unveils logo for Redhawks (11/18/04)
Southeast Missouri State University officially has a Redhawks logo now, one that is slightly modified from the design the board of regents approved less than three weeks ago. "The right wing of the bird is less vertical. The tail is quite a bit narrower. The right hip of the hawk was redesigned. We added some color accents to the left wing," athletics director Don Kaverman said Wednesday...
Winans gets rehab assist from track coach Haines (11/18/04)
Southeast Missouri State University senior guard Derek Winans hopes to be in great shape when he eventually returns to the court -- thanks in large part to a workout program designed by Southeast track coach Joey Haines. Winans, Southeast's leading scorer each of the past three years, still has not practiced because of a stress fracture in his leg, and he is assured of missing at least the first few games of the season. ...
Cross, Whitehead earn OVC academic honor (11/18/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's Jen Cross and Brian Whitehead are among the six Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners for 2004-05, the league announced Wednesday. The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women (juniors or seniors) for their accomplishments in both academics and athletics, and because of their leadership qualities...
Community cuisine 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Westminster dinner aiding youth mission trip Westminster Presbyterian Church will be sponsoring a youth mission trip fund raiser at noon Sunday. Menu includes roast turkey soup, cranberry fluff, homemade bread, pumpkin or pecan pie, and tea or coffee. Baked items will also be available for sale. Reservations can be made by calling 334-4344 or tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to send the youth group to a mission work camp next summer...
Community briefs 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Soccer group sponsors Friday dance for teens Classic United Soccer will sponsor a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Jaycee Hall, across from Pioneer Orchard. Youths in grades six through eight are welcome. There is a charge for admission and refreshments are available for an additional charge. Dance is chaperoned by parents of Classic United Soccer players...
Proclamations 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Homeless Awareness Week recognized in Cape A proclamation for homeless awareness week has been declared for the week of Nov. 15 to 21, signed by Jay B. Knudtson, mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau. Truman Smith honored by Cape Girardeau mayor A proclamation for outstanding community service was signed Monday by Jay B. Knudtson, mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, to honor and recognize Truman Smith for his dedication to the community...
Eagle Scout project pays tribute to local veterans (11/18/04)
Jordan Weiss, an Eagle Scout with the VFW chartered Troop 5, completed his Eagle Scout project just in time for Veterans Day. A Scott City High School freshman, Weiss and his mother, Missy Buckner, arrived at Cape County Park North at 6:30 a.m. to help place the flags in front of the park's new entrance, also known as "Old Glory Lane." Boy Scouts and VFW members helped plant the flags in preparation of their debut...
Bringing attention to Cape's invisible population (11/18/04)
Junked-out cars, cardboard boxes, a highway overpass. Anything can pass for a house if you're desperate enough. Ask Mike and Virginia, who declined to give their last names. They're some of the lucky ones, they'll tell you: They have their own van to live in...
Travis Dambach goes from Jackson to Jayhawks (11/18/04)
Two years of little playing time left Travis Dambach plenty of time to work on improvement and plenty of time to learn the history of the Border Showdown. That improvement has turned the Jackson native into the starting right tackle for Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12 Conference) when it visits Missouri (4-5, 3-4) on Saturday...
TSO rocks a revved-up Christmas show (11/18/04)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought Christmas to Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, or at least the Christmas spirit, with its two-hour show of spectacular light displays, emotion-filled music and inspirational message. It was a strange but effective mixture of holiday sentiment and rock spectacle that seemed to be a hit with the more than 4,300 audience members...
Historic 'mouse house' laboratory coming down (11/18/04)
The old brick house at Themis and Frederick streets, like other 1890-vintage houses, has its place in local history. It was a learning lab for killing rodents. Cape-Kil Pest Control Co. owns the house, said Cape-Kil owner Lizbe Knote. The house is too dilapidated to repair, she said, so she is taking it down to make better use for the property...
Repealing union deal a priority for Blunt (11/18/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- One of Matt Blunt's first official acts following his inauguration as governor will be to undo current Gov. Bob Holden's controversial executive order granting collective bargaining power to most state employees. "He intends to repeal that executive order on his first day in office," said Spence Jackson, Blunt's spokesman...
Deer struck by Illinois motorist lands in his car (11/18/04)
PALMYRA, Ill. -- A deer smashes into a car and thrashes its way into the front seat where it fires up both the radio and wipers. It may sound like a tall tale some guy cooked up to explain to his wife the smashed up car parked out front, but it is also absolutely true...
Ultrasound helps break up blood clots (11/18/04)
BOSTON -- The same type of sound waves that pulsate from sonar fish-finders and ultrasound fetal monitors can dramatically boost the power of anti-clotting medicine and help it dissolve brain blockages in stroke patients, a study suggests. This technique may one day offer a safe accessory for helping up to 100,000 U.S. patients a year, or 15 percent of the nation's stroke victims, doctors said...
Fatal crashes caused by animals at all-time high (11/18/04)
WASHINGTON -- Cars and motorcycles crash into deer more than 4,000 times a day, and it's taking an increasingly deadly toll -- on people. Last year a record 210 motorists were killed in collisions with animals, mostly deer. That was 40 more than the previous year and more than twice the number in 1993, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...
Nation briefs 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Votes still being recounted for Washington governor OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The closest governor's race in Washington history was forced into a recount Wednesday as counties finished tallying the ballots and found only a few dozen votes separating the two candidates out of 2.8 million cast. ...
Sears merges with Kmart (11/18/04)
From staff and wire reports Kmart is acquiring Sears, one of the most venerable names in U.S. retailing, in a surprise $11 billion deal that will create the nation's third-largest retailer. The company being created by the combination announced Wednesday would be known as Sears Holdings Corp., but it was clearly orchestrated by Kmart chairman and Sears shareholder Edward Lampert, who will lead a new board that will be dominated by Kmart directors. ...
Wave of violence rolls across Sunni heartland (11/18/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide car bomber blasted an American convoy north of Baghdad and U.S. troops battled insurgents west of the capital Wednesday as a wave of violence across Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland killed at least 27 people. American forces pursued their search-and-destroy mission against the remaining holdouts in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah, and to the north, American forces pressed an offensive to reclaim part of the city of Mosul from militants...
World briefs 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Pearl abduction suspect killed in Pakistan KARACHI, Pakistan -- An Islamic militant wanted in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl was killed Wednesday in a shootout with Pakistan police who were trying to arrest him, officials said. Authorities also announced the arrest of a suspect in the deadly bombing near the U.S. Consulate in Karachi two years ago...
Putin - Russia is developing nuclear missiles (11/18/04)
MOSCOW -- Russia is developing a new nuclear missile system unlike any weapon held by other countries, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, a move that could serve as a signal to the United States as Washington pushes forward with a missile defense system...
Contending drivers have one thing on their minds - winning (11/18/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Forget the math or the infinite number of potential scenarios to determine who will win NASCAR's Nextel Cup title. There should be only one strategy for the five drivers still eligible to win the title Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway: win the race and don't worry about what the other competitors are doing...
Martz - No interest in Dolphins' job vacancy (11/18/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Scratch Mike Martz's name off the list of potential replacements for Dave Wannstadt in Miami. The St. Louis Rams coach on Wednesday said there was no truth to a Miami Herald story that said he would be interested in the Dolphins' head coaching job if he was let go by the Rams. Despite an up-and-down season, St. Louis is 5-4 and tied for first in the NFC West...
Missouri looks for way to end four-game losing streak (11/18/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- One miserable month has all but wiped Missouri off the list of programs on the rise. A four-game losing streak, accompanied by remarks by the star running back and the father of the star quarterback questioning the play-calling, re-introduced cracks in the foundation. Coach Gary Pinkel's mid-major background, his perceived stubbornness and his apparent decision to transform Brad Smith into a dropback passer -- all of it has come into question...
Martz keeps practices physical (11/18/04)
ST. LOUIS -- It worked for the St. Louis Rams last week, so Wednesday was another good day for full-contact scrimmaging. The Rams responded to coach Mike Martz's decision to get physical last week with a 23-12 victory Sunday over Seattle in a battle for first place in the NFC West, but no one's satisfied. So twice a week for the rest of the season, counting game day, there'll be some heavy hitting...
Area sports calendar 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Baseball Pitching lessons: Former Southeast Missouri State University baseball All-American and current professional pitcher Todd Pennington is conducting pitching lessons for all ages. Pennington is with the Cleveland Indians organization. Info: (618) 203-8093...
Health calendar 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Today Newborn massage seminar from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The course is for parents and caregivers. For information, or to register, call 651-5825. Blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University. Donors should be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds...
Is living longer better? (11/18/04)
The Internet is crowded with promises of a longer life. This elixir, that pill, even a "secret" that can be had with a click of the mouse ... and all for a price. Most of us can see through these grandiose claims. But we are still tantalized by the more scientifically-based news that is coming at us every day. The prediction is that the number of people who will live to see 100 in their rear-view mirror will increase from 70,000 today to as many as 4 million in the next 50 years...
Treat yourself to health - Tips for surviving holiday meals (11/18/04)
THE INVITATIONS FOR HOLIDAY GATHERINGS ARE COMING IN THE MAIL. GROCERY AISLES ARE FILLED WITH BAKING INGREDIENTS FOR HOLIDAY TREATS, AND BAKERIES ARE TAKING ORDERS FOR SPECIALTY COOKIES AND CAKES. N BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY TEMPTATIONS DURING THE HOLIDAYS, IT'S HARD TO WATCH THE WAISTLINE AND EAT HEALTHY, BUT IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE, AREA HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY...
Music from other side of happiness (11/18/04)
Nov. 18, 2004 Dear David, Whenever it feels like I'm floating around in my head and living too little by the instincts that serve animals so unerringly, trouble comes. The days are not long enough, the nights infinite. Music annoys or is too good, a bower of sound inviting you to lose yourself inside...
'Web'-footed fun - Kermit and friends return with Internet site (11/18/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The frog is back. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and pals are starring in their own Web site -- the first in a series of new creative efforts launched by the Walt Disney Co. since buying the Muppets in April. "Today is the first day of the Muppets being back," said Chris Curtin, general manager and vice president of Muppet Holding Co., the group formed by Disney to manage the characters...
Wanda Hartline (11/18/04)
Wanda Lucille Hartline, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patrick McCoy (11/18/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Patrick A. McCoy, 65, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Jonesboro Healthcare Center. He was born Jan. 27, 1939, at Caruthersville, Mo., son of Curtis Raymond and Olva Lena Johnson McCoy. He and Eleanor E. Wood were married Oct. 31, 1968. She died July 22, 1994...
Alvin Jansen (11/18/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Alvin Bernard Jansen, 64, of Marietta, Ga., died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at a veterans home in Georgia. He was born March 5, 1940, at Leopold, Mo., son of Lewis and Gertrude Vandeven Jansen. He and Theresa Blankenship were married April 7, 1973...
Paul Johnson (11/18/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Paul Eugene Johnson, 80, of Murphysboro, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Rehab and Care Center in Murphysboro. He was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Jonesboro, son of John Newton and Carrie Menees Johnson. He and Ann Claxton were married in 1952 in Jonesboro...
Betty Wiggins (11/18/04)
Betty Lou Wiggins, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center, following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 28, 1954, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Pluitt and Willie Mae Wiggins. Wiggins was a graduate of Sikeston High School. She was a member and choir director of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Sikeston...
Vivian Blythe (11/18/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Vivian Blythe, 67, of Vergennes, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill. She is formerly of Jonesboro. Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Saunders (11/18/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Robert Saunders, 93, of Anna, formerly of Mattoon, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Anna. Arrangements are pending with the Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
Orval Pecord (11/18/04)
MILLER CITY, Ill. -- Orval Eugene "Gene" Pecord, 81, of Miller City died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Day Star Care Center in Cairo, Ill. He was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Miller City, son of Milton and Mary Lena Hornberger Pecord. He and Beverly "Bunny" Becker were married July 6, 1943...
Sylvia Wise (11/18/04)
Sylvia O. Wise, 90, formerly of Millersville, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at Manor Care Nursing Center in Palm Harbor, Fla., where she had been a resident the past four years. She was born Sept. 11, 1914, at Wappapello, Mo., youngest daughter of eight children to William Allison and Mary Lou Vicy Ball Estes. She and Joe D. Wise were married Aug. 25, 1929. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 1986. She and Louis "Buck" Petitt were married April 9, 1989. He preceded her in death April 26, 1992...
Births 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Ramos Son to Raymond Dale Ramos and Amy Renee Hall of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:52 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004. Name, Raymond Dale. Jr. Weight, 8 pounds 4 ounces. Third child, first son. Ms. Hall is the former Amy Hodge, daughter of Terry and Elaine Cobb of Cape Girardeau. Ramos is the son of Shirley Ramos of Cape Girardeau...
Cape police report 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Patrick Louis Smith, 40, 111 N. Clark St., Apt. 7, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving under revocation and failure to stop for a stop sign...
Cape fire report 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 4:06 p.m., vehicle accident at Independence and Sprigg streets. At 4:32 p.m., extrication in Fruitland. At 6:13 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Themis Street...
Out of the past 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
25 years ago: Nov. 18, 1979 A twofold celebration is observed at Hanover Lutheran Church: The congregation celebrates the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the church sanctuary as well as the observance of its annual fall mission festiva. Guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Herman Scherer, former president of the Missouri District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod...
Teaching ethics (11/18/04)
A new study of nearly 25,000 American high school students found that nearly two-thirds admitted cheating on exams and more than one-fourth said they stole from a store in the past year. Yet 92 percent of the students surveyed said they were satisfied with their own ethics...
Stiffer penalties for animal abusers (11/18/04)
To the editor: In Wisconsin, Gary Klink tied his dog, Buster, to his truck and dragged the dog until he was bleeding and vomiting. In Missouri, Michael Welch beat his dog, Dusty, to death, stopping midway to take a beer break. For this, Welch was made to perform community service and get counseling. When he finishes his probation, the no-pets order he received will be lifted...
Coerced treatment can backfire (11/18/04)
To the editor: The 32nd Judicial Circuit's drug court is definitely a step in the right direction, but an arrest should not be a necessary prerequisite for drug treatment. Would alcoholics seek help for their illness if doing so were tantamount to confessing to criminal activity? Likewise, would putting every incorrigible alcoholic behind bars and saddling them with criminal records prove cost-effective?...
Thanks to all involved in dedication (11/18/04)
To the editor: The Wilson family would like to express its gratitude and thanks to all who attended the dedication of the Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility in Cape Girardeau. We would like to thank Tony Carroll, who initiated the petition, and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who successfully lobbied Congress in renaming the U.S. Postal Service facility...
All of Scripture condemns sins (11/18/04)
To the editor: The writer of the letter "Die is cast -- for a while" made a critical remark: "The pietists and the Pharisees won. Lord, we thank thee that we are not as the other men are, abortionists, homosexuals, liberals or even as this tax collector."...
Speak Out A 11/18/04 (11/18/04)
Wonderful tribute THE CENTRAL High School and Central Junior High School orchestra directed by Steve Schaffner did a wonderful job in the Veterans Day program at CHS. So did the Tiger Dancers and the chamber choir. Also outstanding were the fiddle group with vocalist Sarah Goeke and the violin solo by Mel Gilhaus. The principal, Dr. Mike Cowan, said this was the students of Central High School at their best. The program was followed by a lovely reception in the library...
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