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Stories from Saturday, February 12, 2005

Road district nears dead end (02/12/05)
When Butch Heisserer and Jack Hamm drive Heisserer's old blue pickup along roads in the Illmo Special Road District in Scott City, they see something different than the district's commissioners. Where commissioners Bob Keesee and Bill Zimmerman see roads that aren't perfect but good enough for safe travel, Heisserer and Hamm see roads with dangerous curves and breaking pavement...
Mixing Valentine's dancing, virgin daiquiris and friendship (02/12/05)
While some lovebirds may prefer to celebrate Valentine's Day with a candlelight dinner, others would rather dance the night away in the company of 100 friends. On Friday the Special Therapeutic Activities in Recreation annual Sweetheart Dance was held at the Osage Community Centre. Adults gathered to socialize while they sipped virgin daiquiris, the drink of the night...
Alzheimer's bill offered by Bond doubles support (02/12/05)
Dolly Jewel's husband saw her as a total stranger. Alzheimer's disease robbed Donald Jewel of his memory and mental functions in the 1990s, a time when most people didn't talk about the affliction. "There was so little that we knew," said Cape Girardeau resident Dolly Jewel. "There was only one experimental drug at the time," she said...
Governor visits Cape to promote tort reform (02/12/05)
Missouri must change economic impediments that create competitive disadvantages with other states, said Gov. Matt Blunt as he zeroed in on tort reform during a Friday visit to Cape Girardeau. "We are going to try to improve the economic climate in Missouri," Blunt said during about an hour stop at the BioKyowa plant on Nash Road. "Workers compensation reform is critical, and addressing litigation is also important."...
No. 1 Tulane is too much (02/12/05)
The Green Wave handed Southeast a 9-0 loss in the season opener for both teams. By Benjamin Hochman Times-Picayune NEW ORLEANS -- It was a beautiful night for, well, staying indoors. It was frigid. The wind was brisk. And it was Happy Hour on a Friday night...
Winans trades points for wins (02/12/05)
Derek Winans has gladly relinquished his team scoring title to experience by far the most success he's had since putting on a Southeast Missouri State uniform. "I'm just happy that we're finally winning," a beaming Winans said. "I'll sacrifice all my points to win all the games we've been winning."...
Redhawks try to keep attention on Tigers (02/12/05)
The Ohio Valley Conference regular-season women's basketball title could very well be decided when Southeast Missouri State visits Eastern Kentucky on Thursday. But that's the last thing coach B.J. Smith wants his Redhawks (16-6, 10-1) thinking about entering today's 5 p.m. game with Tennessee State (7-15, 4-7) at the Show Me Center...
Man charged in baby's skull fracture (02/12/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A 21-year-old Sikeston man was arrested Thursday in connection with the injury of a 5-month-old baby reportedly left in his care. Brandon L. Wheatley also allegedly assaulted a police officer who was taking him into custody in connection with the baby's alleged injury...
Two Christian musicians come to Cape Girardeau with messages (02/12/05)
Christian music fans in Southeast Missouri will have two options for entertainment this coming week, including a concert with a Grammy-nominated artist. Nicole C. Mullen, whose album "Everday People" has been nominated for a Grammy and two Dove awards, will perform Thursday at La Croix Church. Rap music fans can hear John Reuben perform at the University Center Ballroom on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on the same night...
Religion briefs 2/12/05 (02/12/05)
Revival planned at Church of the Nazarene; Valentine's dance at Christian Faith Fellowship; Sikeston First Family opens for services
Evangelicals seek to clarify their beliefs to a wary public (02/12/05)
HAMILTON, Mass. -- Recognizing that many Americans worry about their influence following President Bush's re-election, evangelicals are saying that they have been misunderstood and -- in some ways -- remain underdogs in a nation they consider hostile to public talk about faith...
Region/state digest 02/12/05 (02/12/05)
Jackson teen faces molestation charges ; State phasing out raised road reflectors for safety; Prosecutors: Courtney breached plea deal; Judge: Muslim pilot not fired because of religion; Judge upholds law barring adult billboards
Archbishop censures Polish parish's board (02/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis' archbishop followed through on his decision to deny Roman Catholic sacraments to board members of a largely Polish church, the latest development in a long-simmering dispute over control of the parish. The six board members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church here received via courier letters of interdict from Archbishop Raymond Burke on Thursday night, said parishioner Richard Bach, serving as a parish spokesman...
Nation's farmers shaken by Bush proposal to cut subsidy spending (02/12/05)
Rice grower Frank Rehermann of Live Oak, Calif., contemplates his 33rd spring planting while worrying about the lowest crop prices he has ever seen. And not only that, he is hearing troubling things from the federal government, his silent partner on 900 acres about 60 miles north of Sacramento...
Citigroup announces corporate streamlining (02/12/05)
NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc., the nation's largest financial institution, on Friday announced that it was streamlining its corporate structure so the New York-based bank can be managed more efficiently. The bank said it was merging its two main bank holding units into the parent company, consolidating capital markets operations and making other moves that appear aimed at simplifying its structure and increasing accountability...
U.S. rejects one-on-one talks with North Korea (02/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- Arguing it was burned before in one-on-one talks with North Korea, the United States said Friday it had no interest in resuming direct discussions on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The White House said it continued to support a six-nation process designed to negotiate the elimination of the communist country's nuclear armaments...
Sheriff- Baby left by mother, not tossed from car (02/12/05)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A woman who claimed to have witnessed a newborn being thrown from a moving car was the baby's mother and concocted the story as a way to abandon the child and conceal her pregnancy from her family, officials said Friday. "It's not as horrible as we first thought," Sheriff Ken Jenne said. "The baby was never thrown out of a moving car. This is the case of a disturbed woman who gave birth and did not want to keep her child."...
Officials brace for short supply of meningitis drug (02/12/05)
ATLANTA -- Health officials are bracing for the possibility of shortages of a new shot that prevents the type of meningitis that often spreads on college campuses. A government panel recommended for the first time Thursday that all 10 million or so 11- and 12-year-olds in the United States get the shot, along with teenagers entering high school and college freshmen living in dormitories...
White House details budget cuts proposed for 2006 spending (02/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush challenged lawmakers Friday to eliminate or reduce spending for 154 federal programs, offering a long list of what the administration sees as duplications, failures and inefficiencies. With a document detailing the administration's rationale for each proposed cut, the White House fleshed out Bush's State of the Union promise to curb government spending and reduce budget deficits that have been forecast...
Togolese police disperse demonstrators as tensions mount (02/12/05)
LOME, Togo -- Security forces used tear gas and batons to scatter hundreds of opposition demonstrators Friday, and tension heightened between Togo and its neighbors over what West African and other leaders call a Togolese military coup d'etat. Five West African leaders refused an invitation to Togo's northern city of Kara for a meeting with Togo authorities on ending the constitutional crisis, saying they preferred to meet in the capital, Lome, instead. ...
U.N. chief Annan fighting back with public relations offensive (02/12/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- Facing scandals over U.N. operations from Iraq to Congo, embattled Secretary-General Kofi Annan has launched a major public relations offensive with the message that he is tackling mismanagement and promoting major reforms of the United Nations...
Freshman sparks Tigers to a 74-60 win over Sikeston (02/12/05)
Central freshman Jajuan Bell scored a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Tigers to a 74-60 win Friday at SEMO Conference foe Sikeston. The Tigers outscored Sikeston 47-33 in the second half to break open a game that was deadlockded at halftime. Bell hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to spark the Tigers...
Jackson boys collect win No. 22 at expense of NMCC Eagles (02/12/05)
The Jackson boys basketball team matched its win total from last year by posting its 22nd victory on Friday night. The Indians posted a 62-46 triumph at New Madrid County Central. The Indians improved to 22-2 after finishing 22-5 last year. Jackson has one more regular season game left on Tuesday at Kelly...
ND's Kuper makes finals in 2 events (02/12/05)
ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Notre Dame junior Jameson Kuper set himself up for a chance at a state title with a pair of stellar performances Friday on the opening day of the state swimming meet at the St. Peters Rec Plex. Kuper tied for second in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle and finished third in the 100 breaststroke. ...
Oak Ridge ends two-game slide (02/12/05)
OAK RIDGE -- With the Chaffee boys basketball team concentrating on stopping Oak Ridge's Austin Hahs, the Bluejays used a balanced scoring attack Friday night with four scorers in double figures to survive a rough-and-tumble game. The Red Devils swarmed around Hahs every time he touched the ball, so Oak Ridge's guards stepped to the fore, and the Bluejays used a huge fourth quarter to run past Chaffee 75-45...
Wells' success runs deep to days at Southeast (02/12/05)
Linda Wells has just begun the 2005 softball season as head coach at Arizona State University with the same kind of enthusiasm as she has in her previous 33 years as a coach with the Sun Devils and before that at the University of Minnesota. This time, however, it is her last season...
Wells thick resume includes coaching Greece at Olympics (02/12/05)
Linda Wells has had a lifetime of memories in her 30-plus years of coaching women's sports at the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. But nothing will compare to what the 1972 Southeast Missouri State University graduate experienced in the summer of 2004, when she was the coach of the Greek softball team at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens...
Mickelson leads by 4 shots (02/12/05)
Phil Mickelson looked as if he was headed for a runaway. He had to settle for another record in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, Calif. Coming off a course-record 62 at tough Spyglass Hill, Mickelson had more wild adventures Friday that he somehow converted into birdies and pars before stalling on his back nine at Poppy Hills. He finished with a 5-under 67, giving him a four-shot lead over fellow southpaw Mike Weir...
Hiding out in Utah (02/12/05)
If you live anywhere east of the Rockies, you probably haven't heard of him. If you have, you know him only as the big Aussie with the bad haircut. If you're in the NBA, though, you know exactly who Andrew Bogut is. You know his height, his weight, the range of his jump shot and what he eats for breakfast every morning...
Martin, Wallace begin farewell at Shootout (02/12/05)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace will begin saying a season-long goodbye to stock car racing tonight. While both are preparing for their final full seasons of NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, each is determined it won't be a sad farewell...
Sports briefs 2/12/05 (02/12/05)
Basketball...
Bring a gift to the party (02/12/05)
"Let all who are around him bring presents to him who ought to be feared." (Psalms 76:11b) If you were invited to a party to honor God, and you had to bring a gift for the guest of honor, what do you think he'd most like for you to bring? Probably most weekend blue-light specials won't get God too excited. He was already creating designer clothes for Adam and Eve as they left the garden, and he is the original, so there's nothing original outside him...
CNN news exec quits over remarks that military targeted journalists (02/12/05)
NEW YORK -- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amid a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq. Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy...
Song and dance for Catherine Zeta-Jones (02/12/05)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Catherine Zeta-Jones sang a tune Thursday from the musical "Chicago" -- with lyrics just for her -- in earning her pudding pot and being crowned Hasty Pudding Theatrical's Woman of the Year. "Give me four more Oscars or I'll make 'The Haunting 2.' When you're good to Catherine, Catherine's good to you," she sang with a smile. The actress appeared in "The Haunting" in 1999...
'Death of a Salesman' playwright dies (02/12/05)
NEW YORK -- Arthur Miller, whose dramas of fierce moral and personal responsibility such as "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible" made him one of the 20th century's greatest playwrights, has died at the age of 89. Miller, died Thursday night of congestive heart failure at his home in Roxbury, Conn., his assistant, Julia Bolus, said Friday...
Romantic movie tips from author Emma Forrest (02/12/05)
Skipping the romantic dinner? Some Valentine's Day movie rental suggestions by "Cherries in the Snow" author Emma Forrest, for those who want to ponder love in all its forms. * "BUtterfield 8" (1960): Elizabeth Taylor won a best actress Oscar for her role of a woman with a questionable past...
Allene Gleason (02/12/05)
Allene Gleason, 94, of Cape Girardeau ascended to her heavenly home Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the Lutheran Home, where she had resided since September 2003. Allene was born Feb. 12, 1910, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Carmen Gash and Allen Graves. She and Ruddle Gleason were married in November 1935, in Murphysboro, Ill. He died May 3, 1977...
Ellis Hoffine (02/12/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Elbert "Ellis" Hoffine, 70, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born Sept. 18, 1934, in Waterloo, Kan., son of Claus and Orpha Hoffine. He and Bonnie Young were married March 1, 1994...
Virginia Green (02/12/05)
Virginia Green, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born July 31, 1922, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Frank and Viola Moss Beard. She married Marvin Green, who preceded her in death. Green had worked at Lowenbaum Dress Factory. She was a member of Maple United Methodist Church...
Eileen Law (02/12/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eileen J. Law, 87, of Sikeston died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews, Mo. She was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Clay County, Ark., daughter of Edgar and Zula Jones Johnson. She and James Law were married May 28, 1938, at Bertrand, Mo. He died July 7, 1991...
Rose Devenport (02/12/05)
PATTON, Mo. -- Rose Devenport, 79, of Chrisman, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Pleasant Meadows Christian Home in Chrisman. She was born Nov. 27, 1925, at Patton, daughter of the Rev. Jesse Ray and Viola Long Tallent. She and William Devenport Jr. were married Sept. 11, 1945. He died April 26, 1988...
Margaret Williams (02/12/05)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Margaret Ann Williams, 55, of East Prairie died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews, Mo. She was born June 22, 1949, in East Prairie, daughter of Bill and Margaret Atkinson Baty. Williams attended Freewill Baptist Church...
Dale Whitener (02/12/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dale Elmo Whitener, 71, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at his home from injuries received in a farm tractor accident. He was born May 18, 1933, in Saco, Mo., son of Roy F. and Carrie Settle Whitener. He and Ruth Jeanette Lincoln were married April 13, 1957, in St. Louis...
Pete Burch (02/12/05)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Oather G. "Pete" Burch, 87, of Matthews died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born June 24, 1917, at Matthews, son of H.T. "Dick" and Willie Morgan Burch. He and Donnie DeJournett were married July 3, 1944, in Piggott, Ark...
Vera Lehning (02/12/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Vera M. Lehning, 81, of Cairo died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Moenlebrack, Germany, daughter of R.R. and Klara Neumacin Lackermund. She married Fred Ent Lehning. Lehning and her husband owned Lehning's Pharmacy in Cairo. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church...
Leatha Finney (02/12/05)
Leatha J. "Lee" Finney, 76, of Belleville, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Belleville Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Dyersburg, Tenn., daughter of Buford Thomas and Nina B. Hamilton Arwood. She and Jack M. Finney were married Dec. 6, 1975, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 26, 1988...
Beatrice Jacobs (02/12/05)
Beatrice "Bea" Jacobs, 92, of Jackson died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Monticello House. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Lee Roche (02/12/05)
Lee Roche, 80, of Chicago Heights, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Prairie Manor Health Care in Chicago Heights. He was born Feb. 1, 1925, in St. Louis, son of James Leon and Edna Worthington Roche. He married the former Mary Whitbread. Roche had been a bartender at a country club...
Henry Mann (02/12/05)
Henry Ford Mann, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Hoppe (02/12/05)
Charles H. Hoppe, 78, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Murray Hill Nursing Home in Beaverton, Ore. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Whitaker (02/12/05)
Richard Whitaker, 59, of Scott City died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Gernelle Prather (02/12/05)
Gernelle Colvin Prather, 95, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1909, in Texarkana, Texas, daughter of Joel and Hattie Murth Colvin. She married T. Robert Prather Dec. 25, 1930, in Texarkana. He died in 1986...
James Keller Sr. (02/12/05)
James Edward Keller Sr., 57, of Scott City died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 12, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, son of Roger A. and Norma Dean Reed Keller. Keller was a welder with Mid-South Steel Products...
Out of the past 2/12/05 (02/12/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 12, 1980 The state attorney general's office rules Cape Girardeau City Councilman Gail Woodfin's involvement in a car rental business at the municipal airport is a conflict of interest, although it is set up in a blind trust...
Redhawk mania (02/12/05)
Well, mania hasn't quite happened yet, but a new name and a winning streak have injected new enthusiasm into the Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball team and its fans. The team is 6-0 since changing its name from the Indians to the Redhawks. ...
China's persecution violates own law (02/12/05)
To the editor: In response to the recent column "China is not our enemy": Indeed, China is not the enemy. In my experience, I have found the Chinese people to be wonderfully kind and traditional Chinese culture to be exceptionally rich. So much so, in fact, that several years ago I began practicing Falun Gong, the meditation practice being persecuted by Chinese authorities...
SS plan- Only take what you need (02/12/05)
To the editor: Several years ago the CEO of a large American company was going through a divorce. As is common, the financial assets of this multimillionaire were published. One of the items that caught my attention was the listing that detailed his Social Security income, a penny in a pile of gold...
Speak Out 2/12/05 (02/12/05)
Getting help; Intelligently created; Take some action; Sharing the tax load; You didn't listen; Cuts won't be made
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