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Stories from Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Commission seeks details before approving lump-sum budgeting (12/28/04)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission is prepared to hand over a substantial amount of budget control to two departments, but the commission wants more precise figures before it transfers the power. Four days before the county has to have a budget in place, the commission met at its regular meeting Monday to discuss the budget at a required public hearing...
Man's 'mistake' results in prison sentence (12/28/04)
Anthony Fisher, 35, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for assaulting a police officer and six months in the Cape Girardeau County jail for resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. A jury found Fisher guilty of those crimes Dec. 17 in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court, Division I. Judge John Heisserer could have imposed a maximum sentence of seven years for the assault charge, a year for resisting arrest and 30 days for the paraphernalia possession...
Mounds city treasurer suspected in shooting (12/28/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Nancy Beagle, the city treasurer of Mounds, was arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of shooting her husband, Glenn Beagle. According to a spokesman for Grayson Gile, Pulaski County state's attorney, Nancy Beagle has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. ...
Jackson woman sentenced for role in attempted murder (12/28/04)
A defendant described as helpful by her attorney was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for helping the wrong person. Juanita L. Holderbaugh, 29, of Jackson was sentenced for the attempted murder of Billie Davis of Jackson. Holderbaugh pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to attempted murder, admitting that she and Davis' daughter, Tara McClanahan, allegedly set fire to the bed Davis was sleeping in and to a curtain, leaving her to die in the fire...
Learning briefs 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
ADD CALLIE'S INFO BOX ** Notre Dame grad admitted to two honor societies mug Danny Robert, a junior electrical engineering major at the University of Missouri-Rolla, was recently inducted into two honor societies. Robert was selected for the Order of the Omega and Eta Kappa Nu. He is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School and is the son of Richard and Linda Robert...
Suspect in rape pleads guilty to lesser charge (12/28/04)
A 32-year-old carnival worker charged in September with the statutory rape of a 15-year-old Cape Girardeau girl pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday, two weeks before his scheduled jury trial. Judge John Heisserer of Cape Girardeau Circuit Court Division I ordered a pre-sentencing investigation for Terry Dwayne Wake. ...
The rising death toll (12/28/04)
More than 22,000 people were reported dead across 10 countries in southern Asia and Africa after massive tsunami waves smashed coastlines Sunday morning in the aftermath of the largest earthquake in 40 years. The death toll so far: * Somalia: Hundreds killed...
The full French experience (12/28/04)
Going abroad has been full of so many challenges. Things happen to you that force you to grow and change, develop and mature. I remember thinking, rather naively, that going to France would consist mainly of tasting the "exotic": viewing castles, chewing mouthwatering pastries, and hearing the romantic French language. ...
Chile wrap-up (12/28/04)
~ Special to Southeast Missourian Much can be said for staying put, not straying far from home. There is comfort and security in familiarity and routine, and many of life's pleasures can only be realized with stability. The danger, of course, is the possibility of taking those very same pleasures for granted. Our world view can narrow to encompass only the most readily apparent problems and dissatisfactions. Appreciation for what we have can diminish...
In last place, comes fitness! (12/28/04)
"I'm going to work out right after math class," I tell myself consistently throughout the week. Math class comes and goes, and I take a nap. Perhaps that's why I've gained ten pounds this semester. Well, that and the fact I eat every time I see or smell food ... or think about it ... or when I'm bored and it gives me something to do. And the sad part is, I make fun of those runners you see going up and down Broadway...
Scott City projects designed with the future in mind (12/28/04)
In 2004, Scott City concentrated on enhancing both its infrastructure and its cultural climate. One of the year's biggest projects was the installation of a new water treatment plant that replaced the antiquated system of wells the city formerly used to deliver water to its residents. Construction started four years after the $2.2 million bond issue to finance the plant was passed. The money wasn't enough to complete the job so the city had to borrow more through a 20-year lend-lease loan...
South Dakota man will run schools in Cape (12/28/04)
After four months of searching, the Cape Girardeau School Board has chosen Dr. David Scala as the district's new superintendent. Scala currently serves as assistant superintendent in the Sioux Falls, S.D., school district. He will officially take over in Cape Girardeau on July 1...
Variety of entertainment offered for weekend revelers (12/28/04)
Fresh on the heels of one holiday, another one begins. But instead of staying home and opening gifts with the family, the next holiday -- New Year's Eve -- will find many people going out to revel and ring in the new year with both friends and strangers...
Huge relief effort begins in Asian disaster (12/28/04)
A Red Cross spokeswoman said money is the best donation because clothing and food are too costly to ship. By Scott Moyers ~ The Southeast Missourian Americans wanting to help the mind-numbing number of Asians whose lives were shattered by Sunday's massive earthquake and subsequent tsunamis may only have one question...
Lackluster free-throw shooting is not helping slow start (12/28/04)
Southeast Missouri State University has suffered five of its six losses by a total of 22 points -- and the team certainly hasn't helped itself from the free-throw line in several of those close games. For the first time since Garner took over the program eight years ago, Southeast is struggling from the line and is not even close to the 70-percent mark that is generally considered as the acceptable standard for college basketball...
Man released from Illinois faces charges in Missouri (12/28/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A killer whose life was spared last year when Illinois' governor emptied out death row could again face a death sentence -- this time in Missouri -- if convicted of murdering his boss in St. Louis. Thomas Umphrey, 43, was sentenced to death in 2000 for kidnapping and killing a woman in Illinois. In January 2003, outgoing Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of the state's 167 death row inmates to life in prison because of grave doubts about Illinois' criminal justice system...
Mice study may offer insight into depression (12/28/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Mice whose brains lack a specific protein react differently to stress than other mice, possibly offering a clue into the source of human depression, researchers at Washington University said in a study released Monday. The St. Louis researchers, using genetically engineered mice, found they developed an imbalance in a hormone involved in stress response. ...
Alleged confession could shape case in slaying (12/28/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery face an immediate hurdle that could challenge the defense throughout her case: Her alleged confession to killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from the victim's womb. Montgomery is due in federal court today, her first appearance before a judge in Missouri. ...
Mississippi becomes Exhibit A for both sides in abortion debate (12/28/04)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Outside are protesters, praying or proffering pamphlets with grisly photos. Inside, young women sit quietly in a room furnished with a TV set and a gumball machine, waiting for their appointments at Mississippi's only abortion clinic...
Conn. governor has mastectomy (12/28/04)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. M. Jodi Rell underwent breast-cancer surgery Monday after doctors discovered the disease in its early stages, the governor's office said. Rell, 58, was expected to be hospitalized for about three days at Danbury Hospital, officials said...
Storm drops more than foot of snow along eastern U.S. (12/28/04)
BOSTON -- A storm spread sleet, freezing rain and more than a foot of snow along the Eastern Seaboard, knocking out power Monday to thousands in New England, stranding hundreds of motorists along icy highways in the Carolinas and causing airport delays...
Proof of diet plans' effectiveness slim (12/28/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- A review of 10 of the nation's most popular weight-loss programs found there was not enough evidence to support the claims many of them make about helping people shed pounds and keep them off. Of the programs that researchers examined, only Weight Watchers had strong documentation that it worked -- with one study showing that participants lost around 5 percent (about 10 pounds) of their initial weight in six months and kept off about half of it two years later...
Children help soldiers with phone cards (12/28/04)
BOSTON -- For all the billions of dollars being spent on the war in Iraq, 14-year-old Brittany Bergquist is surprised that the U.S. military doesn't do what she and her little brother are doing: helping soldiers phone home free. "I'm kind of happy that they didn't supply them," she said, "because we've always wanted to do something for the soldiers."...
Amendment to ban gay marriage unlikely to come soon (12/28/04)
WASHINGTON -- Opponents of gay marriage concede victory will not be swift in their attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution, even after prevailing in all 11 states where the issue was on the ballot last month. While the Nov. 2 election also increased the ranks of amendment supporters in both houses of Congress, the gains were relatively small...
NASA hopes deliberate collision will provide data on comets (12/28/04)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The big, grown-up boys on the NASA team can hardly wait. Next Fourth of July, they get to bust up a comet, Hollywood-style. "Blow things up? I'm there. Yeah, I don't have any issue with that," says Richard Grammier, manager of the project for Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (And, oh yeah, he used to work with explosives in the military.)...
Intelligence agencies cope with shortage of analysts (12/28/04)
Shrader ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Counterterrorism agencies are shopping for talent at job fairs, dangling generous scholarships and luring staff from each other in a race to overcome a shortage of analysts that may only get worse in the new intelligence overhaul...
Forced-out CEO of mortgage giant to get $114,000 a month (12/28/04)
WASHINGTON -- Franklin Raines, who was forced out as Fannie Mae's chief executive after five years, is slated to receive a monthly pension of more than $114,000 for life, according to documents the mortgage lending giant filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission...
Uzbeks vote for new parliament; opposition barred from election (12/28/04)
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Uzbeks voted in a parliamentary election Sunday in which opposition groups were barred from running, sparking criticism from Europe's top election watchdog and a fierce defense from the country's authoritarian president, who insisted Uzbekistan has no "real" opposition...
Ukraine-Election-Summary 15A (12/28/04)
NOW THAT THE ELECTION IS OVER THE WINNER'S PLANS Reformer Viktor Yushchenko hopes to move quickly to bolster ties with the West while trying to ease tensions with Russia. THE STUMBLING BLOCK OPPONENT AND APPARENT LOSER VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH REFUSES TO CONCEDE DEFEAT, THREATENING TO CHALLENGE OUTCOME IN THE COURTS...
Asian death toll over 22,000 (12/28/04)
GALLE, Sri Lanka -- Bodies washed up on tropical beaches and piled up in hospitals Monday, raising fears of disease across a 10-nation arc of destruction left by a monster earthquake and walls of water that killed more than 22,000 people. Thousands were missing and millions homeless...
Gas explosion destroys 5-story building in eastern France (12/28/04)
MULHOUSE, France -- A gas explosion tore through a five-story apartment building in eastern France, killing 17 people and injuring 15, authorities said Monday. Rescue workers, who initially found two bodies in the wreckage of Sunday afternoon's blast, discovered 15 more bodies early Monday...
Yushchenko faces major obstacles as Ukraine's president (12/28/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Reformer Viktor Yushchenko, whose victory in Ukraine's presidential election was all but assured Monday despite his opponent's threat to appeal the outcome, is expected to move quickly to bolster ties with the West while trying to ease tensions with Russia...
Governments seek their vacationing citizens in Asia (12/28/04)
PHI PHI ISLAND, Thailand -- For thousands of young travelers from Sydney to Stockholm, this was the perfect tropical island, a palm-swaying dreamscape rising gently out of an emerald sea. But tourists on Phi Phi had their paradise turned upside down on Sunday, when tidal waves triggered by a mammoth Indonesian earthquake rained down...
A generation of young Asians is lost in an epic disaster (12/28/04)
CUDDALORE, India -- The buzz of grim conversation in the darkened morgue was broken by a man's shriek as the small body was lowered on a bed. "My son, my king!" wailed Venkatesh, hugging the limp, shrouded bundle. Thousands of miles away in Indonesia, farmer Yusya Yusman aimlessly searched the beaches for his two children lost in Sunday's tsunami. "My life is over," he said emotionlessly...
Car bomb kills 15 in attempt on politician (12/28/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide car bomber killed 15 people Monday in trying to assassinate the head of Iraq's strongest Shiite party before parliamentary elections next month, while the biggest Sunni Muslim political group dealt a blow to ballot plans by withdrawing from the campaign because of the lack of security...
Sharon to seek early Cabinet approval of Gaza pullout plan (12/28/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he will seek final Cabinet approval for a Gaza withdrawal in February, four months earlier than planned, and he threatened harsh retaliation if Palestinian militants try to disrupt the pullback. The warning came as Israel released 159 prisoners in a gesture to Egypt and the new Palestinian leadership...
Orphans are becoming Ethiopia's No. 1 export (12/28/04)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Four-month-old Thomas Bekele lies in a crib in the Kidane Meheret Children's Home awaiting an HIV test, the result of which will determine his chances of being adopted and growing up in a Western country. His mother died a month ago of tuberculosis, a telltale sign of HIV. He is one of 150 children at the home, most of whom lost their parents to AIDS...
Bin Laden endorses al-Zarqawi as deputy (12/28/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- In an audiotape broadcast Monday by Al-Jazeera satellite television, a man purported to be Osama bin Laden endorsed Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi as his deputy in Iraq and called for a boycott of next month's elections there. The new tape, together with one that appeared online earlier this month, continues a new political slant adopted by the al-Qaida leader, whose past proclamations have been more a call to arms than a promotion of a cause. ...
Kelly uses 24-0 run on Panthers (12/28/04)
For one half Monday night, No. 10 Meadow Heights looked like it might have been able to pull off the first upset of the opening round against No. 7 Kelly at the 60th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. A 24-0 run by Kelly to start the third quickly put that notion to rest, expanding a 45-40 halftime lead into a 69-40 lead with 1:30 left in the quarter. The Hawks made it 7-for-7 for the higher seeds with an 88-53 win...
Defending state champ Bell City wins in a rout (12/28/04)
Playing four games in four days is a good way to test a team's meddle. For the Bell City Cubs, the defending Class 1 state champions, the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament should give the team a good idea where it stands as it goes into the second month of the season...
Advance avoids upset loss to Delta (12/28/04)
In by far the closest game among the first seven contests on the opening day of the 60th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, Advance needed a rally to knock off Delta. The Hornets, seeded sixth in the 16-team event, trailed by a point at halftime but used a big third quarter to take control. Advance then held on for a 69-64 win over the 11th-seeded Bobcats at the Show Me Center...
Sports figures experience deadly tidal waves at Asian vacation (12/28/04)
Skiing great Ingemar Stenmark was sunbathing on a beach in Thailand when he saw an immense wave roaring to shore. He began running for his life. "The water from the first wave disappeared, but then it came back with terrifying speed," Stenmark told Swedish media...
AP selects Armstrong for third straight year (12/28/04)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Even by his lofty standards, Lance Armstrong's return to the mountaintop in 2004 was pretty special. The question now facing Armstrong and his legion of fans is whether he'll return to challenge the Pyrenees and the French Alps again in 2005...
Fresno State outlasts Virginia in overtime (12/28/04)
Paul Pinegar threw for five touchdown passes, including the game-winning 25-yarder to Stephen Spach in overtime, as Fresno State beat No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in the MPC Computers Bowl on Monday in Boise, Idaho. "Winning feels great, especially against a Virginia team that has a great defense," Pinegar said...
White's autopsy notes respiratory disease (12/28/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NFL great Reggie White may have died because of a respiratory disease combined with other health problems, a preliminary autopsy report said Monday. White most likely had a condition that affected the amount of air his lungs could hold, resulting in "fatal cardiac arrhythmia," said Dr. Mike Sullivan, the medical examiner for Mecklenburg County and a forensic pathologist...
Rams keep playoff hopes alive with 20-7 win over Eagles (12/28/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The Rams desperately needed a win and played like it. The Eagles desperately wanted to stay healthy and played like it. Rookie Steven Jackson's best NFL performance carried St. Louis to a 20-7 victory over Philadelphia that kept the Rams in the NFC playoff race. Jackson rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown, but he also limped off midway through the fourth quarter with a bruised right knee...
Yankees, Red Sox, Angels receive luxury tax bills (12/28/04)
NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox got an extra bill after winning the World Series. Boston and Anaheim must pay baseball's luxury tax along with the New York Yankees, according to final figures compiled by the commissioner's office. The Yankees are required to pay $25,026,352, according to a Dec. 21 memorandum that was sent to all major league teams. Boston owes $3,155,234 for exceeding the payroll threshold of $120.5 million and Anaheim got a bill for $927,059...
Sports briefs 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
Baseball * Baseball brought Felipe and Moises Alou together more than a decade ago in Montreal, and now father and son are reunited again. The San Francisco Giants finalized a two-year contract with former Chicago Cub Moises Alou on Monday, meaning he'll again play for his father, manager Felipe Alou...
Patricia Arquette plays real-life psychic in new series (12/28/04)
LOS ANGELES -- In 1987's "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," Patricia Arquette played someone with psychic powers. Now, she'll do it on a weekly basis. In "Medium," which premieres at 9 p.m. on Monday on NBC, Ar-quette plays Allison Dubois, a real-life Arizona housewife who says she can communicate with dead people...
Study - Religion gets slammed on TV (12/28/04)
NEW YORK -- Television entertainment programs mention God more often than they did in the mid-1990s but tend to depict organized religion negatively, a recent study said. The Parents Television Council watched every hour of prime-time on the broadcast networks during the 2003-2004 season and logged 2,344 treatments of religion. They judged 22 percent of the mentions positive, 24 percent negative and the rest neutral...
Lucille Singleton (12/28/04)
Lucille E. Singleton, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at her home. She was born April 16, 1923, in Bristol, Tenn., daughter of Sercie Estel and Naomi Eral Sparkman Smith. She and James T. Singleton were married in 1963. He died June 8, 1993...
Robert Eldridge (12/28/04)
Robert L. "Bob" Eldridge, 72, of Prattville, Ala., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004. He was born Jan. 5, 1932, at Millersville, son of William and Blanche Eldridge. Eldridge served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a military policeman. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University, master's degree in education at the University of Missouri, and did post graduate work at the University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky, Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.. ...
Alener Stovall (12/28/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Alener Stovall, 88, of Charleston died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born April 16, 1916, in Marianna, Ark., daughter of Allen and Maggie Unfrey Williams. Stovall was a member of Holy Trinity Church of Deliverance and its Mother Board...
Zoe Jones (12/28/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Zoe G. Jones, 99, of Havana, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at Mason District Hospital in Havana. She was born Oct. 15, 1905, in Jonesboro, daughter of James and Martha Vick Dillow. Jones was a patient technician at Western State Hospital in Fort Steilacoom, Wash., retiring in 1968. She formerly attended Mill Creek Baptist Church...
Dorothy Uthoff (12/28/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Dorothy Uthoff, 81, of Charleston died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home. She was born March 21, 1923, in Texas Bend, daughter of William Raymond and Margaret Renaud Telker. She and Verlin Bryant "Tuck" Uthoff were married April 27, 1944, in Charleston...
Betty Romack (12/28/04)
Betty June Romack, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Lewisville, Ind., daughter of Mark and Hannah Murphy Wheeler. She and Maynard O. Romack were married May 4, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo. Survivors include her husband; a son, Larry Romack of Cape Girardeau; three daughters, Shirley Baylor, Deanna Keller and Peggy Bradley of Jackson; a brother, Elmer Wheeler of Flint, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren...
Bailey Jones (12/28/04)
Bailey B. Jones died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 21, 2004, at the hospital, daughter of Laura A. Hodge and Doug N. Jones. Survivors include her parents of Jackson; paternal grandfather, Timothy Jones of Sedgewickville, Mo.; paternal grandmother, Gail Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Judy and Robbie Roberts of Gordonville; maternal great-grandmothers, Irene Hodge and Carolyn Myer of Jackson; maternal great-grandfather and great-stepgrandmother, Milford and Judi Fluegge of Millersville; and maternal great-stepgrandparents, Martin and Inez Roberts of Jackson.. ...
Reatha Carter (12/28/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Reatha D. Carter, 77, of Cairo died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo.
Floella Nations (12/28/04)
Floella Nations, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 22, 1911, at East Prairie, Mo., daughter of Tom and Addie Mae Terry Wimp. She and Robert Lee Nations were married Aug. 20, 1937, in Osceola, Ark. He died April 24, 1981...
Larry Hardin (12/28/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Larry F. "Bo" Hardin, 64, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. He was born March 7, 1940, in Alto Pass, Ill., son of Merle F. and Verna G. Hagler Hardin. Hardin was employed 22 years with Federal Bureau of Prisons in Marion, Ill., retiring as supervisory correctional officer March 30,1990...
Doris Stueve (12/28/04)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Doris L. Stueve, 77, of Uniontown died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. She was born July 3, 1927, in Perry County, daughter of Ben and Hulda E. Frede Hemmann. She and Reinhold O. Stueve were married Aug. 6, 1950. He died Oct. 7, 1992...
Jeremy Beaman (12/28/04)
Jeremy Jacob Beaman, 20, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, in an automobile accident in Nampa, Idaho. He was born Dec. 2, 1984, at Kino Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., son of John Andrew and Deborah Ann Beaman. Survivors include his parents; a sister, Rebecca Beaman; two brothers, Christopher and Drew Beaman, all of Cape Girardeau; grandmothers, Rebecca Beaman and Elsie Pauley; and a grandfather, Theodore Pauley...
Bonnie Owens (12/28/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Bonnie Raylene Owens, 47, of Charleston died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home. She was born April 30, 1957, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Dallas and Betty Loflin Owens. Owens lived in Mounds, Ill., most of her life. She was employed with Missouri Department of Transportation...
Births 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
Jones; Smith; Henderson; Dumey; Walker; Perr; Robinson
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Marianne Porter, 43, 315 Good Hope St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park...
Cape fire report 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Monday: * At 1:08 am., fire alarm at 211 St. Francis Drive. * At 1:36 a.m., citizen assist at 40 S. Sprigg St. * At 12:31 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of South Sprigg Street...
Out of the past 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 28, 1979 Reasonably good weather has permitted workers to proceed with construction of the new Cape Girardeau fire headquarters at Independence and Sprigg streets; bricklayers are busy at the site, taking advantage of warmer than average weather...
Skidmore's fate (12/28/04)
Skidmore, Mo., a tiny hamlet in Northwest Missouri, has once again become the focus of worldwide attention. For the residents of the town, which would much prefer to be known for its annual pumpkin festival, the tragedies that have brought the town so much attention have also left deep personal scars...
Cape has great city services (12/28/04)
To the editor: While thousands of travelers were stranded in hundreds of cars throughout the Midwest in the freezing blizzard of 2004, my trash was picked up on North Sunset Boulevard in Cape Girardeau Thursday morning. If you hear complaints about Cape Girardeau government services, tell them to take a hike. Cape Girardeau is the best operated city in mid-America...
Thanks for supporting troops (12/28/04)
To the editor: Merry Christmas and happy new year to all my friends and family in and around Cape Girardeau. It is Christmas Day here in Afghanistan, and the soldiers are doing well. Aside from being so far away this Christmas from our families and friends, we are witnessing a gift of our own here...
Law agencies help Special Olympics (12/28/04)
To the editor: The purpose of this letter is to recognize the outstanding efforts of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Scott County Sheriff's Department and Mineral Area College Department of Public Safety. Your readers may not be aware of the impact law enforcement makes on the Special Olympics. Hundreds of agencies work year around to help raise the necessary funds to provide sports training and competition programs for 13,960 children and adults with mental disabilities in Missouri...
Small farms are endangered (12/28/04)
To the editor: I agree 100 percent with the statement by our former U.S. representative, Bill Burlison, regarding the farm situation. Some of our newly elected officials from Missouri don't know the difference between a soybean and a jelly bean. Our small farmers are endangered...
Speak Out 12/28/04 (12/28/04)
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