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Stories from Saturday, January 15, 2005

Cape lawyer trades places in courtroom as member of jury (01/15/05)
Lawyer Richard Kuntze has made legal history in Cape Girardeau County, but it comes from an unexpected role in the courtroom. Kuntze is the first lawyer in the county to serve on a jury. Prior to Aug. 28, Missouri lawyers were exempted from jury duty. The Missouri Legislature made a change in the law that adds lawyers to the list of eligible jurors...
Scott County set to vote on water district in April (01/15/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- April's ballot will give Scott County rural residents a chance to create a countywide rural water district. Public Water Supply District No. 4 has been a topic of discussion in the Scott County Commission for about a year, but only now has a chance of becoming a reality...
Making new friends in old age (01/15/05)
Sometimes senior citizens need more than a meal. Or a ride to the doctor's office. Sometimes, they just need an arm to lean on at the store. A friendly face. A conversation. A companion. For that reason, the Cape Girardeau Senior Tax Board is bringing the Senior Companion Program to the county's elderly residents...
'Broadway Tonight' performance raises funds for spring musical (01/15/05)
If the cast members who sing "Summer Nights" in Central Junior High's upcoming "Broadway Tonight" are any indication, the production is bound to be a fundraising success. Practicing for the first time Wednesday, the three boys and five girls involved in the scene from "Grease" shimmied, shook and shoo-waa-whopped their way around the stage, all for the benefit of a younger generation...
Author making return to scene of stories (01/15/05)
The Mississippi River region of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois have been an inspiration to award-winning author Richard Peck over the years. So when an invitation arrived to come to Cape Girardeau and discuss one of his books as part of a community reading program, Peck felt he owed the area a visit...
Scott Co. sheriff adds 24-hour patrols (01/15/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Only two weeks into a new job, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter has added 24-hour patrols, which Scott County has not had before, and kept a campaign promise by keeping most of the employees who worked for his predecessor, Bill Ferrell...
Region/state digest 01/15/05 (01/15/05)
Water patrol offering safety class in Cape; St. Louis teachers union board rejects 'final' offer; Student withdraws suit over gay pride T-shirt
Southeast assistant packs an impressive resume (01/15/05)
Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics coach Tom Farden laughed when talking about the kind of excitement his first-year assistant coach has generated among prospective recruits. "She'll send out a recruiting letter and girls are so excited because they've got her autograph," Farden said, smiling...
Southeast sets goal of making regionals (01/15/05)
Tom Farden has few complaints regarding his interim season as Southeast Missouri State University's gymnastics coach last year -- except for one thing. "We barely missed making it to regionals as a team," Farden said. "We were so, so close." Farden had the interim tag removed following Southeast's best record percentage-wise since 1991. And, as Southeast prepares to open the 2005 season today at Illinois State, he hopes a team regional berth is in the cards...
Leinart more than happy to return to USC (01/15/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart will be back for his senior season at Southern California and try to lead the Trojans to an unprecedented third straight national championship. The USC quarterback announced his decision Friday, opting to complete his eligibility rather than enter the NFL draft, where he figured to be one of the top selections and become an instant millionaire...
A taste of Scott County (01/15/05)
A visit to the two newest cafes in northern Scott County could be a delightful trip for the tastebuds and a time to remember the region's history. Marsha and Kevin Hillemann of Scott City have converted a former drug store into the Illmo Bakery and Café in the Old Illmo section of town. In Kelso, the former Farmers and Merchants Bank has been transformed into the Cappuccino Cafe...
Downtown traffic: Which way do we go? (01/15/05)
Last month, downtown Cape Girardeau business owners met to debate something that would have an impact on just about everyone who works or does business in the historic Old Town Cape district. At issue was -- and is -- whether or not to change Water Street to one one-way traffic and restoring two-way traffic to Main Street...
Long-term health-care facility proposed for Cape (01/15/05)
A new long-term health-care facility could be coming to Cape Girardeau. A newly formed company called Landmark Hospital of Cape Girardeau LLC filed a letter of intent to seek "certificate of need" approval from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services...
Health care for veterans (01/15/05)
Computerized medical records often translate to better health care for patients, recent studies show. And the Veterans Affairs system intends to give its patients the best possible care. "Everything is built in electronically, from orders to doctor's notes," said Dewayne Coleman, health systems specialist for the VA at the Veterans Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Area jewelers educate local buyers (01/15/05)
Nothing brings a sparkle to a woman's eye like a gift of jewelry. Whatever the occasion, fine jewelry is both an emotional and financial investment. To protect both that emotional and financial investment, it's a good idea to know a little bit about jewelry. It's certainly true that all that glitters is not gold -- at least not solid gold...
Shape Up Sikeston begins (01/15/05)
The city of Sikeston has started a new Shape Up Sikeston fitness program for its businesses. The program is modeled after Cape Girardeau's Shape Up Cape, with the purpose of encouraging employees of area businesses to work out and be more active. Kylie Wibbenmeyer, fitness director for Restart in Sikeston, said she has been shocked at the amount of participation in the program's first year. ...
Super Bowl hot spots for '05 (01/15/05)
When the St. Louis Rams clinched a play-off spot on Jan. 2 with a dramatic field goal in overtime, Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau became an instant party. Fans danced, whooped and hollered. They tossed confetti in the air and complete strangers gave each other hysterical high-fives...
Southeast launches Redhawk country (01/15/05)
What do McDonald's golden arches, the Nike swoosh and the MGM roaring lion have in common? Sounds like a crazy kid's joke, but it isn't. The answer: a company logo recognized the world over. The first step in mastering product marketing is having a positive, well-recognized logo, experts say. And the same goes for university athletic teams.Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau is set to unveil its new Redhawk mascot at a basketball game Jan. 22...
Serving seniors earns Sikeston man top honor (01/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Richard Montgomery wants to make sure husbands and wives aren't separated as their health care needs change. Montgomery, owner of Americare, is trying to change the way rural communities deliver elder-care services. And for that approach, among many other reasons, Montgomery was recently honored with the Missourian Award. ...
The business of fitness (01/15/05)
Personal trainers develop plans suited to individual exercise or fitness goals By Beth Lewis Business Today Although she has always been an avid cyclist and racquetball player, Mary Katherine Talbut of Jackson is one of a growing number of people in the Southeast Missouri area who are taking advantage of the business of personal trainers to get themselves into better shape. ...
Low-key compassion (01/15/05)
Muslim radicals are handing out Qurans with the bags of rice and sugar they distribute to tsunami victims. Christian aid groups have also rushed in, quietly promising salvation in this predominantly Islamic region but fearful their presence could spark sectarian violence...
Religion briefs 1/15/05 (01/15/05)
; Week of Christian unity planned at Emmanuel; Join the revolution for a youth revival; Revival at Greater Dimension Church; La Croix Church plans seminar about teens; Friday
President Bush's use of religious rhetoric (01/15/05)
Amid postelection hysterics about supposed American theocracy, University of Washington professor David Domke has analyzed President Bush's use of speeches to boost "political fundamentalism," fuse politics with religiously based morals and vanquish liberal Democrats...
Panel approves $600 million in road projects across state (01/15/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri transportation officials approved more than $600 million in road projects Friday. The work includes more than 100 projects, worth $200 million, of repaving, striping and other safety improvements as part of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Smooth Roads Initiative...
On the Smooth Roads list (01/15/05)
Projects in Cape Girardeau, Scott and Perry counties the Missouri Department of Transportation has included in its Smooth Roads Initiative, with costs: * Route K: Resurface from Highway 25 to U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County, $1.18 million. * Interstate 55: Resurface from Fruitland to Scott City in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, $8.23 million...
Gov. Blunt alters rules for license bureaus (01/15/05)
Gov. Matt Blunt cracked down on Missouri drivers' license offices Friday, announcing they must now be open more hours and will be penalized for errors. Under the new requirements, licensing offices must open for a half-day on the last Saturday of the month and -- in some cases -- may be required to provide extended hours. ...
FDA advisers urges not selling cholesterol drug over the counter (01/15/05)
BETHESDA, Md. -- Federal health advisers recommended against over-the-counter sales of a cholesterol drug Friday, saying that patients need medical guidance for treatment of a chronic condition that has no symptoms and could require drugs for life. The safety of Mevacor is well-established, but advisers worried that the wrong people might take it if sat on open drugstore shelves, particularly after a probable aggressive advertising campaign to sell it...
Reservist convicted of Iraqi prisoner abuse, faces 15 years (01/15/05)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted Friday of abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked international outrage when photographs were released that showed reservists gleefully humiliating prisoners...
FBI keeping records on millions of air travelers (01/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- If you're among the millions of Americans who took airline flights in the months before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI probably knows about it -- and possibly where you stayed, whom you traveled with, what credit card you used and even whether you ordered a kosher meal...
Israeli prime minister severs contact with Abbas (01/15/05)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cut all contact with Mahmoud Abbas on Friday until the newly elected Palestinian leader moves to halt militant attacks -- dampening hopes the two sides would quickly return to the negotiating table after four years of conflict...
Fifteen Iraqi guardsmen feared kidnapped after insurgent attack (01/15/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents fired rockets at an Iraqi military bus west of the capital Friday and 15 Iraqi soldiers were missing and feared kidnapped, as insurgent violence and intimidation escalated ahead of this month's crucial national election...
European probe sends back first detailed images of Saturn moon (01/15/05)
DARMSTADT, Germany -- A European space probe Friday sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn's moon Titan, showing stunning black and white images of what appeared to be hilly terrain riddled with channels or riverbeds carved by a liquid...
Jackson boys muzzle 'Dogs, for 16th win (01/15/05)
For the second straight week Jackson High School's gym was filled to the brim for a boys basketball game. And while Friday's matchup did not have state poll ramifications or affect district seeding like last week's meeting with Poplar Bluff, the atmosphere was just as electric. This time the home team prevailed, as Jackson defeated Notre Dame 65-45...
Central turns back NMCC (01/15/05)
Despite missing its top three players due to injuries, the Central boys basketball team still posted a 65-42 victory Friday night against visiting New Madrid County Central. Center Darnell Wilks, guard Eli Harris and guard Alex Ray all were sidelined...
Marked man (01/15/05)
ATLANTA -- With nearly four decades on the books, the Atlanta Falcons are seriously lacking when it comes to a playoff pedigree. Oh sure, they've had a moment here and there -- most notably, an improbable run to the Super Bowl during the 1998 season. But they'll never be mistaken for the Green Bay Packers or some other franchise with a glorious lineage...
Jets have proved they can rattle Roethlisberger (01/15/05)
PITTSBURGH -- The New York Jets rattled him into uncharacteristic mistakes and made him look just like a rookie during his most miserable afternoon in the NFL so far. What they didn't do was beat Ben Roethlisberger. That may be the biggest challenge confronting the Jets in today's divisional playoff game. Beating the Pittsburgh Steelers means beating Roethlisberger, something no college or pro team has done in 26 games dating to his final season at Miami of Ohio...
Maruyama takes lead; Wie fails to make cut (01/15/05)
HONOLULU -- It's back to school for Michelle Wie. The 15-year-old sophomore never had a chance to make the cut Friday in the Sony Open, taking three putts from 8 feet for a triple bogey on her sixth hole and losing more ground from there. She shot a 4-over 74 to finish 17 shots behind Shigeki Maruyama, and seven shots below the cut line...
Sports briefs 1/15/05 (01/15/05)
Baseball...
Don't be a dead duck (01/15/05)
I watched a duck die last week. Whether he didn't know any better, was injured and couldn't stay with the others, or was just a low-IQ duck, I don't know. Anyway, he sat in the lake by himself and froze. My brother's a quail hunter. He doesn't hunt when the weather's severe, though, because he doesn't want his dogs to break up a covey of quails and leave them helpless against the cold. He knows they need to stick together...
Golden Globes continue to hold sway in Hollywood (01/15/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The Golden Globes are the Hollywood awards equivalent of that phrase "famous for being famous" applied to celebrities known more for just being there than doing anything notable. No one knows just how a small group of foreign entertainment reporters, some with minimal press credentials, managed to create and maintain a ceremony second only to the Academy Awards in prominence among Hollywood film honors...
The business of fitness (01/15/05)
Personal trainers develop plans suited to individual exercise or fitness goals By Beth Lewis ~ Business Today Although she has always been an avid cyclist and racquetball player, Mary Katherine Talbut of Jackson is one of a growing number of people in the Southeast Missouri area who are taking advantage of the business of personal trainers to get themselves into better shape. ...
James Nordin (01/15/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James E. Nordin, 81, of Chaffee died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1923, at Chaffee, son of Clarence Henry and Lethie Marie Biby Nordin. He and Faye Nell Long were married Jan. 28, 1952. She died March 24, 2001...
Ivo Halter (01/15/05)
Ivo W. Halter, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Charleston, Mo., son of Michael and Mary Carlisle Halter. He and Dorothy E. Nenninger were married Sept. 29, 1941. She died April 21, 2003...
Irven Kreitner (01/15/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Irven M. Kreitner, 87, of Anna died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Illinois Veterans Home. He was born June 24, 1917, in Mound City, Ill., son of Morse and Margaret Lusk Kreitner. He and Mary Louise Witzman were married Feb. 27, 1937, in Pulaski County, Ill. She died Aug. 13, 1987...
Sherry Tyler (01/15/05)
Sherry Lynn Tyler, 51, of Selma, Ala., died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at Vaughn Regional Medical Center in Selma. She was formerly of Scott City. She was born Aug. 15, 1953, in Selma, daughter of Paul and Doris Kelly Lewellen. She and Michael D. Tyler were married Dec. 18, 1976, in Altus, Okla...
Dr. Gene Carron (01/15/05)
Dr. Gene J. "Doc" Carron, 79, of French Village, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at his home. He was born July 5, 1925, in St. Louis, son of Alphonse and Mabelle Nimmo Carron. He and Dorothy S. Stahl were married Aug. 1, 1949. Carron received his Ph.D. from Washington University in 1963. He was a ham radio operator...
Marie Wolbrecht (01/15/05)
Marie Helen Suedekum Wolbrecht, 85, of Portland, Ore., died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at St. Aidan's Memory Care Facility, where she had lived the past eight years. She was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, and raised there, daughter of William F. ...
Ruth Dodson (01/15/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Ruth A. Dodson, 70, of Benton died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, at Blodgett, Mo., daughter of Joseph Charles and Mary E. Ownesby Adams. She and Billy Dodson were married April 23, 1955, at Bloomfield, Mo...
Births 1/15/05 (01/15/05)
Twiggs; Holdiness; Essner; Lohmann; Judkins; Majors; Vandeven; McNeely; Salter
Police reports 1/15/05 (01/15/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Friday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Charles K. Brock, 30, 516 Cape Meadows Drive, Apt. 42, was arrested on a warrant from Sebastian County, Ark., for petition to revoke charge of overdraft...
Fire report 01/15/05 (01/15/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Friday: * At 3:03 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2400 block of Melrose Avenue. * At 1:18 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Camellia Drive. * At 1:39 p.m., Dumpster fire at 3261 William St...
Out of the past 1/15/05 (01/15/05)
25 years ago: Jan. 15, 1980 Loretta Schneider and Curt S. Smith filed yesterday for two seats available on the Cape Girardeau City Council, bringing the number of candidates to nine; Schneider won a primary race for the council in 1977, but was defeated in the general election that year...
SE Missouri choices (01/15/05)
Gov. Matt Blunt named Southeast Missourians to important roles in his administration during his first week in office. They include Charleston farmer Fred Ferrell as agriculture director, Sikeston lawyer King Sidwell as adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, Bernie resident Michael Keathley as commissioner of the Office of Administration and, most recently, Dexter native Bill Ringer as chairman of the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission...
Judiciary Web site has changed (01/15/05)
To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of Judge Ronnie White's State of the Judiciary address last year. We appreciate your coverage of this event for those who could not listen or attend in person. At the end of your article, you listed a Web link that has been changed. In the event your readers wish to listen to this archived speech on the web, I wanted to be certain they had the correct address. The site has been changed to www.courts.mo.gov as of Jan. 1...
SPLC lists league as hate group (01/15/05)
To the editor: The Jackson Board of Aldermen may want to know that the League of the South, which is asking the board to display a Confederate battle flag in the city cemetery, is listed as a white supremacist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. ...
Greed keeps costs high for oil, gas (01/15/05)
To the editor: James Whitnel recently bemoaned the fact that the price of gasoline remains higher in Cape Girardeau than in Jackson. The question we should be asking is, "Why is the price of gas so high?" The answer is simple: greed of the Saudis, other Bush friends who own the gigantic oil corporations and gas station owners...
Early actions indicate costly ride (01/15/05)
To the editor: If the first two days of the Blunt administration are any indication, state employees and taxpayers are in for a long, tedious and costly ride. It is a frequent cry among politicians, especially Republicans, that government should be run more like a business. ...
Speak Out 1/15/05 (01/15/05)
Show both sides; No chance at all; Nothing contradictory; Need better planning; Let me keep the money; Saving an old school; Accounting for funds; Plan for Iraq; Deserve more pay; Not good ideas; Time to be realistic
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