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Stories from Friday, January 14, 2005

Seven council seats on ballot in Scott City (01/14/05)
The races for the Scott City Council have drawn a large field of candidates, nine in four wards. But most are incumbents who are unchallenged. Normally, only four seats on the council -- one from each of the four wards -- would be up for election. However, with resignations of three council members in the past two years, seven of the council's eight seats are up for election this April...
Farmers prepare for threat of soybean rust in local crops (01/14/05)
Soy biodiesel, insect and weed management, and new production systems were all topics at the Missouri Soybean Association meeting Thursday in Jackson, but that wasn't why most soybean farmers showed up. They came to hear about soybean rust. "It's why I missed my dentist appointment," said David Lange, who farms 600 acres of soybeans near Randles, Mo. "That's why a lot of us are here. It could be a big problem."...
The weight gains women want (01/14/05)
Fitness instructors and personal trainers know that women and weights mix like oil and water. But some new choreographed weightlifting classes at HealthPoint Plaza Fitness Center and Fitness Plus are changing that. The classes are full of women -- and some men -- who want to sculpt and shape their bodies for the new year...
Cape pursues changes for Water Street (01/14/05)
Cape Girardeau's downtown would have two one-way, southbound streets within a block of each other in street improvement plans expected to come before the city council next month. Downtown merchants favor switching to one-way traffic on Water Street but can't agree on whether to return Main Street to two-way traffic. ...
Community musical celebration fit for King's birthday (01/14/05)
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented his vision of a world where all children could co-exist in peace. Thursday night at the Osage Community Centre, his dream was honored as children of different races from Cape Girardeau came together to deliver musical tributes in a communitywide celebration of King's birthday, which is Jan. 15...
Region briefs 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
Injured Dexter soldier wants to stay in Army DEXTER, Mo. -- After 15 surgeries on his left leg, Army Spc. Derek Abelson hopes to soon be back on duty with the Army. Deployed to Iraq in June, the Dexter native was injured by an explosive and returned stateside in October. ...
Business Leads for January 2005 (01/14/05)
Bankruptcies, business licenses, tax liens for January 2005...
People in the news (01/14/05)
The Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors recently named Larry Cunningham as its Realtor of the Year...
Business news (01/14/05)
White Castle has confirmed that it will be bringing its signature mini-burgers -- known as Slyders or belly bombers -- to Cape Girardeau early this year...
State briefs 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
Sex offender convicted in escape from Farmington; Bid for casino at Laclede's Landing gets go-ahead ; Skidmore murder suspect to be arraigned Jan. 20
Returning winter sun may lighten dreary moods (01/14/05)
Last Sunday's sunshine was the first significant amount the region has seen since Jan. 1. So far, 2005 has been a year of gray skies filled with clouds and raindrops. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Presley, only 9 percent of the total possible amount of sun has peeked through so far this month...
Rubbermaid plant to layoff workers (01/14/05)
Anticipating the layoff between 60 and 65 employees at Rubbermaid in Jackson, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has activated its Rapid Response Team to meet with employees. The company's work force is being reduced due to a slowdown in production requirements and company reorganization...
Road killer (01/14/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Southeast Missouri State's players were not feeling so heartbroken, they might have appreciated the kind of classic game they had just participated in. But that was hard to grasp following Thursday night's unbelievable 105-101 double-overtime Ohio Valley Conference loss at Tennessee State...
Volunteer program takes mystery out of Medicare (01/14/05)
Southeast Missouri Hospital volunteers for the past couple of months have provided health insurance counseling to Medicare recipients as part of a statewide program. But a hospital official said many people aren't aware of the service. "We want to get the word out," said LaDonna Wills, nurse manager in the Cape Girardeau hospital's Generations Family Resource Center...
Southeast women overtake TSU 67-59 (01/14/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State women apparently had good reason to be wary of a vastly improved Tennessee State team. The upstart Tigers put up a battle Thursday night, but visiting Southeast was able to squeeze out a 67-59 Ohio Valley Conference victory...
Blunt proposes reform for labor panel (01/14/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday appointed a Southeast Missouri native chairman of the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and called for legislation to stem abuse of the panel's lucrative pension system. Blunt's choice as commission leader is Bill Ringer, a Kansas City lawyer who grew up and began his legal career in Dexter, Mo. ...
Saving seeds can lead to fines, jail for some farmers (01/14/05)
Monsanto Co.'s "seed police" snared soy farmer Homan McFarling in 1999, and the company is demanding he pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged technology piracy. McFarling's sin? He saved seed from one harvest and replanted it the following season, a revered and ancient agricultural practice...
Evolution stickers ordered removed from textbooks (01/14/05)
ATLANTA -- A federal judge on Thursday ordered the immediate removal of stickers placed in high school biology textbooks that call evolution "a theory, not a fact," saying they were an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The disclaimers were put in the books by school officials in suburban Cobb County in 2002...
December retail sales up to stay in step with trend (01/14/05)
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales -- helped by sizzling activity in auto showrooms -- jumped by 1.2 percent in December, providing a solid finish to a year in which sales climbed at the fastest pace since 1999. The December increase in retail sales pushed total spending for the month to a seasonally adjusted $349.4 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday...
Defense in Iraqi abuse case rests (01/14/05)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- The defense for Spc. Charles Graner Jr. rested its case Thursday without the accused ringleader of abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison taking the stand. The jury of four Army officers and six senior enlisted men was expected to begin deliberating after closing arguments today. ...
Heavy snow, rain make small dent in drought (01/14/05)
RENO, Nev. -- For farmers and ranchers caught in the grip of the long and ruinous drought across the West, the heavy snow falling in the Sierra Nevada and other parts of the region is nothing short of white gold. "The roads are a little icy, so you have to drive a little slower, but being farmers, we welcome all this moisture," Sue Frey of Fallon said from her family's third-generation Rambling River Ranch in Nevada...
Second swearing-in for Bush a costly affair (01/14/05)
WASHINGTON -- It will take President Bush less than a minute to take the oath of office next Thursday, but before the inaugural events are over some $40 million may be spent on parades, parties and pyrotechnics. And that doesn't include the costs of the most intense security operation in inaugural history...
Macy's OKs racial profiling settlement (01/14/05)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Macy's has agreed to a settlement in a case in which black and Hispanic customers alleged the company targeted minorities in trying to catch suspected shoplifters, the retail chain confirmed Thursday. The company agreed to make sure its security officers adhere to store policy and do not engage in racial profiling. A settlement with state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is expected to be signed today, said Macy's spokeswoman Carol Sanger...
Indonesia faces new health risk- malaria (01/14/05)
and Jim Gomez ~ The Associated Press BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Health officials plan to go door to door and tent to tent with mosquito-killing spray guns beginning today to head off a looming threat that one expert says could kill 100,000 more people around the tsunami disaster zone: malaria...
Insurgents kidnap Turkish businessman, gun down six (01/14/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Ten assailants sprayed gunfire at a minibus picking up a Turkish businessman from a Baghdad hotel Thursday, killing six Iraqis and kidnapping the Turk, who reportedly ran a construction company working with Americans. The gunmen swarmed the bus as it pulled up to the Bakhan Hotel at dawn to pick up the man, identified by police as Abdulkadir Tanrikulu. ...
Venezuela, Colombia in diplomatic row (01/14/05)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Colombia after accusing the neighboring country Thursday of sending police to capture a Colombian rebel on Venezuelan soil and bribing local authorities to help. Venezuelan Interior Minister Jesse Chacon said the latest findings on the Dec. 13 capture of rebel Rodrigo Granda in Caracas show a clear "violation of sovereignty."...
Militant attack on Gaza crossing kills at least five (01/14/05)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian militants set off a large truck bomb as gunmen stormed an Israeli base at a vital Gaza crossing Thursday, killing five Israelis and wounding five others in an attack that defied peace efforts by new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas...
Jackson girls rout Central (01/14/05)
Bobbie Jones scored 15 points and Kylie Werner added 11 to lead once-beaten Jackson in a 63-23 victory Thursday night against winless Central. Jackson (13-1) poured in seven 3-pointers and limited visiting Central to no more than 10 points in any period and six in the entire second half...
Bravettes, Rams reach Scott-Mississippi final (01/14/05)
Scott County Central and Delta's girls basketball teams will likely meet four times this season. With a 43-40 win by the Bravettes (10-2) on Thursday in the semifinals of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at Delta, the teams are all squared at one game apiece...
Cardinal Caravan promises a dose of optimism (01/14/05)
The annual visit will take place Sunday at the Osage Community Centre. Those who attended last year's Cardinal Caravan at Cape Girardeau's Osage Community Centre were treated to an optimistic outlook from veteran pitchers Steve Kline and Woody Williams. Their perspective turned out to be accurate, as the Cardinals won 105 games and claimed the National League pennant...
Fleet (01/14/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Depth at wide receiver is bringing the Rams closer to their glory days on offense. The Atlanta Falcons' secondary will have more than the 1-2 punch of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce to contend with on Saturday night. Kevin Curtis is coming off his first career 100-yard game and Shaun McDonald also has been a threat, giving Marc Bulger four speedy targets...
MLB adopts random testing for steroids, harsher penalties (01/14/05)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With some of its biggest stars under suspicion and lawmakers demanding action, Major League Baseball adopted a tougher steroid-testing program that will suspend first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly test players year-round...
Wie struggles in quest to make Sony Open cut (01/14/05)
HONOLULU -- After scrambling to salvage a 5-over 75, Michelle Wie plopped down in a chair and playfully stuck out her bottom lip as if she had just been scolded. The 15-year-old quickly found one positive note from a tough time Thursday in the Sony Open...
Sports briefs 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
Baseball...
Artifacts 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
The Poor People of Paris at Carbondale Jan. 28; Southeast Honors Wind Ensemble cancels concert; Debbie Reynolds appears Thursday in Paducah; Monster trucks invade Show Me Center; A musical salute to King at Westfield Monday; Quilt workshop for children offered Jan. 22; Cape library will show free movie Tuesday; Widner Big Band visits Poplar Bluff Feb. 11
New novel by former British spy chief looks at war on terror (01/14/05)
LONDON -- Stella Rimington, who directed Britain's MI5 spy agency during a high point of IRA terrorism in the 1990s, has never liked the way that James Bond movies portray secret agents. "It's funny and it's amusing, and everybody enjoys the films, but it's got no connection with the real world of intelligence," she says...
The Cantrells return to the house (01/14/05)
This weekend, one of the hottest acts in town won't be playing a bar or even an arena. Instead, they'll be performing in the living room of Larry and Jean Underberg, who hold such concerts at least once a month at their residence at 1122 Patricia St. in Cape Girardeau...
Georgia Yarbery (01/14/05)
Georgia L. Yarbery, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of John and Helen Cook Yarbery. Yarbery retired as a cook at Saint Francis. Formerly of Charleston, Mo., she was a member of Holy Trinity Church of Deliverance and its Mothers Board...
James Nordin (01/14/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James E. Nordin, 81, of Chaffee died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Ivo Halter (01/14/05)
Ivo W. Halter, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Monticello House in Jackson. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Cox (01/14/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Margaret Nell Cox, 51, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at the Cancer Research Center in Zion, Ill. She was born May 15, 1953, in Sikeston, daughter of Johnny and Shirley Baker Whitaker. She and James Lee Cox were married Feb. 23, 1989...
Juanita Evans (01/14/05)
Juanita A. Evans, 77, of Lecanto, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Claude and Laura McLain Farrow. Evans was a self-employed record collector. She moved to Florida 25 years ago from Cape Girardeau...
Melissa French (01/14/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Melissa Jeanie French, 72, of Perryville died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1932, at Crosstown, Mo., daughter of Bennett and Minnie Mae Mantz Cashion. She first married Palmer Vinson Oct. 6, 1951. He died Dec. 3, 1971. She and Kenneth French were married July 3, 1982...
Russell Polen (01/14/05)
Russell H. Polen, 91, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at the home of a son. He was born May 27, 1913, at Fisk, Mo., son of Oscar W. and Ethel Lou Appel Polen. He and Esther Long were married Oct. 6, 1934, at Essex, Mo. Polen sold seed corn many years for Funk Seed Co. in Farmington, Ill. In 1944 he moved to Millersville and farmed. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Millersville...
Patricia Fritsche (01/14/05)
Patricia L. "Pat" Fritsche, 55, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at her home. She was born April 15, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ellis and Olga Lohmann Kuntze. Pat was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, and a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Mo., and Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Mo. She worked many years at Frontier Kitchen in Fruitland, retiring in May 2004 due to health complications...
Births 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
Schwepker; Kaufman; Elsperman; Johnson; Owens...
Police reports 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Jerod Deta Wickware, 26, 2209 Melrose Ave., was arrested on an Alexander County, Ill., warrant for driving under suspension...
Out of the past 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
25 years ago: Jan. 14, 1980 The Cape Girardeau County Court has applied for a $250,000 grant from the Missouri Council on Criminal Justice to add 12 cells to the new county jail; the application is being made on the grounds that an expanded jail could serve as a regional jail facility...
Watching the water (01/14/05)
Watching river crests along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers usually gets our attention during the spring, when heavy rains are expected and, sometimes, produce more runoff than the rivers can hold. But area residents have begun to wonder about seeing the sun again. Except for brief periods of sunlight, clouds have been hanging over Southeast Missouri for days and days...
Evolution is true science fiction (01/14/05)
To the editor: Genesis tells us that everything was created by God. Nothing evolved. Every creature was given the ability to reproduce after its own kind, as stated 10 times in Genesis 1. Dogs do not produce cats. Neither do cats and dogs have a common ancestry. ...
Education is best abortion prevention (01/14/05)
To the editor: I am writing in response to the recent story regarding abortion clinics, or the lack there of, in Mississippi. The caption above a picture of a man sporting a Santa suit and spreading Christmas cheer in the form of anti-choice propaganda outside the state's lone abortion clinic spoke of a glimpse into the future in which abortion is not outlawed but instead rendered impotent by systematically removing the opportunity for women to obtain one...
Be less selfish when disaster hits (01/14/05)
To the editor: I cannot believe how selfish the person was who said to quit sending money to the tsunami victims and to take care of us first. How would you feel if you were hit by a tsunami -- everything gone, loved ones dead -- only to find that no one would help because they have to take care of themselves first. I hope that person thinks twice and starts being less selfish...
Policy should be to stay in school (01/14/05)
To the editor: I am a Kelly High School graduate. However the policy of getting out early got started, it can also be stopped. Life is short enough without starting some of it early. So let them stay in school for the entire four years. DAVID BOLLINGER, Laporte, Ind...
Delighted to have Farris 'home' (01/14/05)
To the editor: In response to "Opera singer making return visit to Cape for spring production": I remember when Judy Farris and I stood beside each other in girls' chorus at noon every Monday and Wednesday at Southeast Missouri State University, and she would elbow me every time I sang a wrong note. ...
Speak Out 1/14/05 (01/14/05)
Lights still cheery; Driving tips; Mother city; Thanks to Ameren; Hole needs protection; Renewable energy; Eliminate extra lane; Enforce snow routes; Informed decisions
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