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Stories from Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Newest county commissioner hints of great things ahead (02/01/05)
Jay Purcell is the first new county commissioner Cape Girardeau has seen since 2001. On New Year's Day, he replaced Joe Gambill, who stepped down after two terms. He joins Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones, who has been in that seat since 1995, and Larry Bock, who has been the 1st District commissioner since 1993...
A lesson in helping (02/01/05)
This week just seemed like a good time to focus on others. In past years, Catholic Schools Week has been all about celebrating Catholic education. It still is, but this year students in local schools are also concentrating on helping others outside parochial education during the seven-day recognition that ends Saturday...
With governor's backing, GOP aims for stronger tort bill (02/01/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the threat of a gubernatorial veto no longer hanging over them, key Republican lawmakers are pursuing a more expansive overhaul of Missouri's civil litigation system than proposed in recent years. State Rep. Richard Byrd, the issue's point man in the House of Representatives, said Republicans compromised on numerous provisions of so-called tort reform bills in 2003 and 2004 in an attempt to win support from then governor Bob Holden, a Democrat. ...
Brazilian teacher has fond memories of Missouri town (02/01/05)
ITAJAI, Brazil very day Brazilian Marcia Suares Ferruci goes to work, she is reminded of her time 17 years ago as an exchange student in Jackson. In 1987, Ferruci was a senior at Jackson High School as part of Rotary International's exchange student program. Today, Ferruci is married, has an 11-year-old son, and teaches English at a Catholic high school in Itajai, a coastal city of 150,000 about eight hours south of Sao Paulo...
West wins triple jump at Indiana Invitational (02/01/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's track program had several strong performances at the University of Indiana Invitational held over the weekend. Heather West, a Jackson High School graduate, won the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet, 7 3/4 inches...
Thank you, Southeast Missouri (02/01/05)
All right, readers. If you're expecting a hilarious and insightful article right now, then stop reading. But you can keep on reading if you'd like ... please? Now this isn't a farewell column or anything; I'm just dedicating an article this week to the Southeast Missourian and readers of my column who deserve a special thanks...
Students can find 'clues in the news' in Parade contest (02/01/05)
Teachers who use the newspaper as part of their lessons in the classroom know it makes their students brighter. And Marilyn vos Savant knows it too. Vos Savant, a columnist in Parade, often tells her readers that newspapers are crucial for informing the public, shaping opinions and changing the world...
Learning briefs 2/1/05 (02/01/05)
Jackson students named to dean's list at C-SC; President's scholarships awarded to area students; Union University dean's list names area students; Central graduate named to dean's list at StLCoP; SIU awards scholarship to Jackson student; Buerhle joins PhiEta Sigma, makes dean's list; OSU names Ivers, Horrell to honor rolls
Tigers' upset bid runs into reality (02/01/05)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Two picture-perfect one-handed lobs by Aaron Miles set up easy baskets by Christian Moody and J.R. Giddens, and all of a sudden there seemed little doubt that No. 3 Kansas would rally to beat Missouri. Giddens' bucket gave Kansas a nine-point lead -- after trailing by eight at halftime, got the crowd screaming and sent the Jayhawks rolling to a 73-61 victory over their archrival Monday night...
Fuzzy style - Belcher gives Hawks a spark from off bench (02/01/05)
Ryan "Fuzzy" Belcher doesn't shoot all that much, but when he does, the ball goes in more often than not. Belcher, however, is more comfortable wreaking having on defense than generating offense. The total package has turned Southeast Missouri State University's junior guard into a major sparkplug off the bench, made him a fan favorite at the Show Me Center -- and been a big reason why the Redhawks have put together their first three-game winning streak since the 2000-001 season...
Two area bank groups changing names this month (02/01/05)
Two area banks will be getting new names this month -- one the result of a $6 billion merger with another bank, the other to honor its founder and shed the increasingly commonplace "First" as part of its name. Union Planters Bank -- which has two banks in Cape Girardeau, three in Jackson and one in Scott City -- has merged as part of a $6 billion deal with Alabama-based Regions Bank and the new name will be unveiled Monday...
Jackson man killed in parking lot accident (02/01/05)
A Jackson family is mourning the death of a loved one after a work-related accident took his life early Monday morning. Don Seabaugh, 64, of Jackson was killed when a truck ran over him at his place of employment, Custom Express Inc., outside Fruitland near Procter & Gamble...
University coordinates Black History Month events (02/01/05)
Black fur trappers. Black Panther Party. Black law enforcement officers. The struggle for voting rights. The topics are diverse, but they all are part of the discussion this month as part of 15 Black History Month activities at Southeast Missouri State University...
Home sales hit peak in '04 (02/01/05)
Sales of new homes rose to an all-time high nationwide in 2004 but not in the Cape Girardeau area, where 41 fewer homes were sold last year than in 2003. The Commerce Department reported Monday that total U.S. sales of new single-family homes climbed more than 8 percent in 2004 to a record high of 1.18 million, up from 1.09 million in 2003...
Post-Dispatch, other Pulitzer papers sold (02/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Lee Enterprises Inc. is buying Pulitzer Inc. -- publisher of the storied St. Louis Post-Dispatch founded by famed newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer -- in a $1.46 billion deal that would create the nation's fourth-largest newspaper company. The nation's biggest newspaper publisher, Gannett Co., said it also had been a bidder for Pulitzer, whose 14 daily newspapers also include the Arizona Daily Star...
Blunt - Inauguration cost $250,000 (02/01/05)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The tab for Gov. Matt Blunt's inauguration came to $249,466, about a quarter of what his predecessor spent, according to figures the governor released Tuesday. Blunt said his inaugural committee raised $260,832, most of it coming from 10 companies based in Missouri or with operations in the state. No taxpayer money was used for inauguration festivities...
Test might help catch Alzheimer's in early stages (02/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- A highly sensitive new test could lead to a different way to diagnose people with Alzheimer's disease, possibly helping find the illness in its early stages when there might be time for treatment. While as many as 4 million Americans are thought to suffer from the memory-destroying illness, the only way to diagnose it definitively is by studying brain tissue during an autopsy...
Nation digest 02/01/05 (02/01/05)
Pentagon would raise military death benefits; Jury selection begins in Michael Jackson case; Crews work to clear debris from Georgia storm; Ex-crematory operator sentenced to 12 years; SBC agrees to acquire AT&T for $16 billion
Militants vow more attacks after Iraq vote (02/01/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Prime Minister Ayad Allawi urged Iraqis Monday to unite behind democracy in the wake of the country's historic elections, but al-Qaida's arm in Iraq vowed to press ahead with its "holy war" despite its failure to stop the voting by millions of Iraqis...
Kuwaiti police arrest reputed terror boss (02/01/05)
KUWAIT CITY -- Police burst into suspected terrorist hideouts throughout a tranquil suburb Monday, arresting a reputed terror boss and setting off a ferocious gunbattle that killed at least four of his followers and a bystander. The raid -- the fourth in three weeks -- reflected a new sense of urgency in the battle to crush Islamic extremists deeply opposed to the presence of U.S. forces in this oil-rich emirate...
World briefs 2/1/05 (02/01/05)
Car bomb explodes in Tajik capital, killing driver; Pope comes down with flu; audiences suspended; Agency says need for food aid in Indonesia may rise; Palestinian leader meets with Russian officials
Jackson girls rebound from rare loss (02/01/05)
After watching his team suffer only its second loss of the season on Saturday, Jackson girls basketball coach Sam Sides was not sure what to expect from his squad at home Monday against a strong Doniphan squad. Sides got his answer early on, as Jackson jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter advantage, held off a Doniphan run in the second quarter, and cruised to a 56-35 win...
Generation X's and O's (02/01/05)
Some of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the state have come out of Southeast Missouri. Ronnie Cookson directed Scott County Central's state-record 12-state title dynasty, and Lennies McFerren coached teams at Charleston and New Madrid County Central to nine state titles...
Oak Ridge downs Leopold in opener of MVC tourney (02/01/05)
Third-seeded Oak Ridge knocked off No. 6 Leopold 57-53 in the frist round of the Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball tournament Monday at Zalma. Oak Ridge will play Thursday in the semifinals against the winner of tonight's contest between No. 2 Saxony Lutheran and No. 7 Zalma...
Blattel receives an extra-special honor (02/01/05)
Lucas Blattel of Chaffee was the recipient of Missouri's 2004 Athlete of the Year. Lucas Blattel's athletic resume alone is impressive. He's a sportsman for all seasons, competing in basketball, track and field, softball, soccer and bowling. "He's an outstanding athlete," said Penny Williams of Cape Girardeau's Parks and Recreation Department...
Owens gets good reviews in first practice (02/01/05)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- T.O. is almost a go. Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles' All-Pro receiver, practiced Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle last month, moving closer toward returning for the Super Bowl. "I won't say anything outside of 'He looks great. He looks great. He looks great,"' Eagles safety Michael Lewis said...
Sports briefs 2/1/05 (02/01/05)
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Children can boost the economy (02/01/05)
If Alan Greenspan needs something to stimulate the economy, he need look no further than my 12-year-old daughter. Becca is constantly asking us for money. She can't seem to leave the house without begging for a few dollars. Scheduled to become a teenager on Friday, she's already discovered the joy of shopping and -- more importantly -- spending money...
'Idol' judge Abdul looks to restart music career (02/01/05)
NEW YORK -- Spending three seasons watching thousands of wannabes warble their way toward attempted singing stardom can make anyone a bit restless. But with the fourth season of Fox's "American Idol" underway (7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays) Paula Abdul -- the "nice" judge of the often brutal talent competition -- is getting anxious for another reason altogether...
Brokaw signs two-book deal (02/01/05)
NEW YORK -- Tom Brokaw has signed a two-book deal with Random House, the publisher announced Monday, although what the former NBC anchor will actually write and when the books will be published remain unknown. Random House publicist Tom Perry said Brokaw, author of best sellers such as "The Greatest Generation" and "The Greatest Generation Speaks," was considering "various projects," but wouldn't provide details. No publication dates have been set...
Dr. William Whiting (02/01/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dr. William H. Whiting, 83, of Anna died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Elsie Durham (02/01/05)
Elsie Gladys Matlock Durham, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was the daughter of James W. and Ella Mae Rudluff Matlock. Mrs. Durham had worked as a housekeeper at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was of the Methodist belief...
Frankie Neal (02/01/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Frankie L. Neal, 88, of Sikeston died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Feb. 29, 1916, in Ouachita County, Ark., daughter of Lee and Laura Jones Walker. She and C.S. "Clinton" Neal were married Oct. 9, 1937. He died in September 1972...
Bonita Stephens (02/01/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Bonita L. Stephens, 81, of Cairo died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Nov. 6, 1923, in Cairo, daughter of Hallie and Maude Gallegly Brooks. She married Robert Stephens, who died in 1986. Stephens was a member of First Presbyterian Church...
Blanche Norris (02/01/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Blanche M. Norris, 100, of Anna, formerly of DuQuoin, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born on Dec. 6, 1904, in DuQuoin, daughter of the late Hardin Harrison and Eva Furlow. She married John Walston Norris on July 8, 1922, at DuQuoin. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1980...
Laura Murillo (02/01/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Laura B. Murillo, 35, of Perryville, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at her residence in Perryville. She was born July 15, 1969, at Monterrey, Mexico, daughter of Raul and Josephine Gomez Dominguez. She and Alejundro "Alex" Murillo were married May 11, 2004, at Perryville...
Elbert Bohnert (02/01/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elbert W. Bohnert, 51, of Perryville died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 2, 1954, in Perry County, son of Ernest and Bernice Griep Bohnert. He and Synthia M. Flowers were married Aug. 15, 1995, at Millersville...
June James (02/01/05)
June James, 82, of Jackson died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill. She was born July 16, 1922, in Chickasha, Okla., daughter of Fred and Iva Mercer Baugher. She and Cecil W. James were married June 27, 1943, in Sikeston, Mo...
Nellie Lambert (02/01/05)
BLODGETT, Mo. -- Nellie Anna Lambert, 89, formerly of Blodgett, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1916, at Blodgett, daughter of John and Nettie Cauthorn Boston. She and Jesse Morgan Lambert were married Feb. 5, 1932, in New Madrid, Mo. He died Oct. 12, 1994...
Donald Seabaugh (02/01/05)
Donald R. Seabaugh, 64, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in a work-related accident in Cape Girardeau County. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Verdell Grindstaff (02/01/05)
Verdell Grindstaff, 79, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, in Puxico, Mo. Survivors include his wife, Odean Grindstaff of Puxico; four daughters, Shelby Rodgers, Nancy Bivens, Jeanie Adams, Jennifer Baskett; two brothers, Norman and Carl Grindstaff; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren...
Leonard Kortmeyer (02/01/05)
Leonard Dwight Kortmeyer, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Warren Hileman (02/01/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Warren V. Hileman, 103, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born Sept. 29, 1901, in Anna, son of Aaron and Alvenia McIntire Hileman. He and Mae Elizabeth Hileman were married June 20, 1923, in Tuscola, Ill. She died June 24, 1989...
Verda Cooper (02/01/05)
Verda M. Cooper, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Owens (02/01/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James Owens, 80, of Chaffee died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Monty George (02/01/05)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Monty Doyle George, 41, of Bertrand died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 14, 1963, in Charleston, Mo., son of Doyle and Delores Ann Groves George. George was employed in maintenance at TA Truck Co. in Matthews, Mo...
Sarah Alfultis (02/01/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Sarah Carolyn Alfultis, 101, of Valrico, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at her home. She was born March 16, 1903, at East Prairie, Mo., daughter of Benton Lafayette and Clara Clarinda Bonifield Barnhill. She and Henry O. Alfultis were married Sept. 11, 1927. He died Jan. 16, 1975...
Melvin Detjen (02/01/05)
Melvin E. Detjen, 79, of Friedheim passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at his home. He was born April 24, 1925, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Edward and Ida Roth Detjen. He and Constance Irene Sauer were married April 20, 1947, in Jackson. During World War II, Melvin served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army...
Cape police report 2/1/05 (02/01/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Robert T. Coleman, 62, of 1126 N. Frederick St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked and operating a motor vehicle without tail lights...
Out of the past 2/1/05 (02/01/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 1, 1980 BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Court will act Monday on a $1.8 million budget, more than $400,000 larger than last year's budget. Missouri Speaker of the House Kenneth Rothman, D-St. Louis, and five area legislators tour Magill Hall of Science on the Southeast Missouri State University campus amid the prediction of several legislators that the Missouri Legislature will approve funding for a $3.9 million addition to the science building...
Blunt's bold agenda (02/01/05)
New governors with the best of intentions usually manage to generate partisan friction or set off a furor or two as they announce bold plans for state government. But Missouri's new governor, Matt Blunt, has hit the ground running and so far has encountered widespread support only minor criticism of his initiatives...
Erroneous thinking on evolution (02/01/05)
To the editor: Recently, someone referred to "creation science." The theory of evolution is shot full of holes and cannot be proven scientifically, no matter how hard anyone tries or what scientific-sounding words are used. Just think about it: The vast universe with its planets and the sun as the center. ...
Student -aid cut is arrogant act (02/01/05)
To the editor: Most college students like myself can only afford a college education with the help of federal Pell grants that, unlike loans, do not need to be repaid. The amount received generally depends on need, as it should. For many students, especially those whose families earn less than $40,000 annually, college would not be possible without Pell grants and student loans...
Speak Out 2/1/05 (02/01/05)
Movie out of balance; Recipe contest?; City work, no charge; Cookie suggestion; Cut farmers' welfare; Making a choice; Respect for flag; Reasonable taxation; Proof of creation; Obscene cuts; Placing the blame; Losing a good teacher; Subdivision lights; Take a break; Who will pay now?; Proud of heritage; It'll Never Happen Dept.; Tip of the iceberg; Action, not words; Many lives lost; Making choices
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