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Stories from Friday, April 15, 2005

Allenville father is killed in head-on collision (04/15/05)
An Allenville man was killed Thursday morning when his 1988 GMC pickup truck collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on Highway 25 just north of Delta. Travis Graviett, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. His red truck had flipped and was lying upside down in a large ditch on the west side of the road. The cab was charred from a fire that Delta firefighters extinguished when they arrived on the scene...
Jackson may adjust bond for new vote (04/15/05)
In the end, 704 more people voted for Jackson School District's bond issue than against it last week. But even 704 votes weren't enough for the $27 million issue to pass under the four-sevenths majority vote required. Now, district officials are discussing a way to avoid the four-sevenths rule through a method requiring only 50 percent voter approval while still providing the needed money for revamping and building additions at Jackson High School...
Fueling change in the economy (04/15/05)
There could be some leaner times ahead in the pizza business. It's not because the price of pepperoni and cheese has risen, even though shipping them has. It's because of the price of crude. As the prices on barrels of crude oil constantly reach new ceilings, the bottom lines of companies drop -- including pizza joints...
Crisp named Friend of the University (04/15/05)
Harry L. Crisp II, chairman and chief executive officer of Pepsi MidAmerica, has been named the 2005 Friend of the University by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. The award will be presented Saturday at the annual President's Council foundation dinner at the Show Me Center...
Cape lawyer granted Jackson license office (04/15/05)
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt chose his Cape Girardeau County campaign coordinator -- lawyer Gerry Jones -- to run the Jackson license bureau. Jones replaces the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, which had operated the office for the past dozen years...
District list (04/15/05)
District County Amount Cape Jackson Girardeau $5,887,568 Cape Delta Girardeau $333,840 Cape Oak Ridge Girardeau $624,300 Cape Cape Girardeau Girardeau $3,301,558 Nell Cape Holcomb Girardeau $511,790 Perry County Perry $1,784,346 Altenburg Perry $41,778...
State eliminates organic program (04/15/05)
The Missouri Department of Agriculture's elimination of its organic certification program is "kicking organic farmers in the teeth," an advocate of the program said. The program, begun in August 2003, was dropped as part of a $1.9 million reduction in the agency's budget for fiscal 2005-2006...
Bats carry Redhawks to split with SLU (04/15/05)
St. Louis won the opener 7-3, but Southeast rebounded for an 8-3 victory in the nightcap. ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State softball coach Lana Richmond felt her pitching was below par Thursday, but a powerful offense helped the Redhawks salvage a doubleheader split at home...
Bomber Eric Rudolph could be heading to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies' (04/15/05)
DENVER -- Confessed Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph could spend the rest of his life among the nation's most dangerous, violent, escape-prone criminals at the ultrasecure "Supermax" federal prison in southern Colorado. Rudolph, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to bombings that killed two people and injured more than 120, would spend most of each day alone in a barren white cell with a concrete bed...
House approves operating budget (04/15/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Schools would get more money, but not as much as they want. Thousands of low-income parents, seniors and disabled would lose their Medicaid health care. And the state would eliminate hundreds of positions while closing a prison and mental health institution...
Hundreds of fugitives nabbed (04/15/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Local, state and federal law enforcement officers arrested 257 fugitives in Missouri last week and another 201 in Kansas as part of a national effort to get violent criminals off the streets, officials said Thursday. The state roundups were part of Operation FALCON, an acronym for "Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally."...
Musician Berry reflects on career with Johnson (04/15/05)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry had just returned from a European tour when he learned at Chicago's O'Hare Airport that his longtime friend and collaborator Johnnie Johnson was dead at age 80. Late Wednesday, he went directly to Blueberry Hill nightclub in this St. Louis suburb, where they had played together as recently as a year ago, to remember "the man with a dynamite right hand" with whom he shared a half-century of music and memories...
Report criticizes boot camp death (04/15/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A state report on the death last year of a California teenager at a northwest Missouri boot camp found fault with access to medical care there and said records may have been falsified. Officials had asked the Missouri Department of Social Services to investigate the November death of Roberto Reyes, 15, of Santa Rosa, Calif. The youth died at the Thayer Learning Center in Kidder, less than two weeks after arriving there...
More than 10,000 fugitives caught in weeklong nationwide roundup (04/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- More than 10,000 fugitives wanted for murder, rape, child abuse and other crimes have been arrested in the largest coordinated crackdown by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in history. The number of arrests during the weeklong effort was 10 times the average for such a period, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, which led the nationwide dragnet timed to coincide with National Victims Rights Week...
Congress passes legislation making it more difficult to wipe away debt (04/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- Bankruptcy lawyers expect thousands of debt-burdened people to rush to courthouses to beat a new law making it harder to wipe the slate clean of credit card bills and other obligations. The biggest changes in U.S. bankruptcy laws in a quarter-century will occur 180 days after President Bush signs a bill that Congress sent him Thursday. ...
Taxes by the numbers on the clock (04/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- People scurrying to meet today's tax deadline might consider this: It's taking you and your fellow Americans 6.6 billion hours to do all that paperwork. The basic tax return -- the Form 1040 filed by most people every year -- accounts for 1.6 billion hours...
Suicide car bombs rip through crowded Baghdad street (04/15/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- First came the blasts. Then came the shooting. With sirens blaring and thick, black smoke billowing over the capital, panicked students from a nearby school and university gathered on the crowded street lined with bodies Thursday. Some wept and shouted that they weren't going to attend classes anymore...
Annan claims U.S., Britain could have stopped illegal oil-for-food program (04/15/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday that the United States and Britain are partly to blame for Saddam Hussein's regime making billions of dollars in illicit money from smuggling oil. Annan said the Americans and the British could have stopped the smuggling but did not, and most of the money Saddam Hussein made illegally when his country was under U.N. sanctions in the 1990s was from smuggling oil, not from kickbacks under the U.N. oil-for-food program...
Virus ends town's greeting custom (04/15/05)
UIGE, Angola -- Fearful of a deadly virus that has killed at least 210 people, inhabitants of this northern Angolan town have given up their tradition of greeting friends and acquaintances with a hug. Instead, they tap right legs -- avoiding all skin contact -- a new custom devised to help check the spread of the Marburg virus, which is passed by contact with bodily fluids and has no known cure...
Central girls soccer team shuts out Marion, Ill. (04/15/05)
Chelsea Burns recorded her third consecutive shutout, as the Central girls soccer team posted a 3-0 victory at Marion, Ill. Lauren Thompson scored the lone goal of the first half and then assisted on second-half goals by Kate Miller and Lindsey Taleff. Megan Orr assisted on Thompson's goal...
Ruark will take over AD duties at Central (04/15/05)
The longtime coach and administrator will follow Darrick Smith in the position. The Cape Girardeau Board of Education did not have to look far for its new athletic director. Mark Ruark, an assistant principal at Central High School, recently was named to replace Darrick Smith as AD. Ruark was introduced to Central faculty last Friday, and the school made the official announcement following Monday's board meeting...
Tigers' turn to reign (04/15/05)
After three straight days of clouds, rain and cold weather, Central and Jackson were treated to a day of clear skies and sun for Thursdays' dual track and field meet at Central Junior High School. The Tigers swept the meet, taking the boys competition 81-65 and the girls competition 79-61. But with makeshift lineups for some events on both sides due to injury, schedules and inactivity, just getting on the track and competing was enough for both coaches...
Jackson wins battle of conference unbeatens (04/15/05)
Jackson won a battle of undefeated SEMO Conference baseball teams with a 5-3 road victory against Sikeston on Thursday at VFW Stadium. Jackson (7-1, 4-0 SEMO Conference) never trailed, taking a 3-0 lead and withstanding a seventh-inning rally by the Bulldogs...
Power tip: appendectomy (04/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Undergoing an appendectomy in the middle of spring training easily could have thrown Reggie Sanders off his game. Especially at his advanced baseball age of 37. Instead, he's been the most productive bat in a struggling lineup thus far for the St. Louis Cardinals. Sanders, who's been called the best No. 7 hitter in baseball, leads a team that is hitting only .228 in both home runs (4) and RBIs (8) while batting .286...
Lonard fires 62 to take lead at MCI Heritage (04/15/05)
Peter Lonard shot a 9-under 62 and finished with a two-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the MCI Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Lonard was two strokes ahead of Thomas Levet, who birdied six of his last eight holes to shoot a 64. Darren Clarke was at 65 with Patrick Sheehan another stroke back...
Sports briefs 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
Baseball; Basketball; Colleges; Tennis
High-tech mystery is solved (04/15/05)
OK. Let's start at the beginning. A few years ago we remodeled the kitchen of our half-century-old house. Before the renovation, the kitchen had its original pink metal cabinets and linoleum on the floor that defied description. The new kitchen, of course, got all the modern conveniences: new appliances, light switches that turned things on and off, electrical outlets, oodles of countertop space and a breakfast bar under the window that overlooks our backyard secret garden with two bird feeders.. ...
Compromise between a truck and car (04/15/05)
Dear Tom and Ray: I recently bought a house, and now find myself constantly needing to haul things: large amounts of yard waste, old furniture, scrap metal, etc. I have been thinking about getting a small pickup truck, but whatever vehicle I get will become my main, everyday vehicle, so I'm being very careful about this decision. ...
Sporty mini-van (04/15/05)
srobertson Mazda MPV thinks it's a sports car If BMW built a van, I think this would be it. It looks sporty, it drives sporty, and it has sporty features -- like a disappearing third-row seat that can be flipped over to create a tailgate seat. One BMW feature it doesn't have is a BMW price. The MPV is a Mazda, after all!...
Switchfoot, Crabb family big winners at Dove awards (04/15/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Christian rock group Switchfoot won artist of the year at Wednesday's Gospel Music Association awards show, one of four honors bestowed on the band during the night. Besides artist of the year, Switchfoot won best rock or contemporary recorded song for "Dare You to Move," as well as the short and long form music video awards...
A feel for music (04/15/05)
As musicians go, Dr. Dale Haskell is not the norm. Ego doesn't drive his work, as he'll modestly play down his own guitar playing and songwriting ability. But in his music this Southeast Missouri State University English professor who has just released his second album in three years shoots straight from the heart...
Showtime presents remake of raucous cult comedy (04/15/05)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A six-foot hookah sits in the middle of the room, a remnant of an orgy a few days before. Behind a curtain in the execution chamber, FDR, a gangster's bloodied moll and a chorus of dancing inmates gleefully sing about the evils of "the demon weed" to a boy strapped to an electric chair...
Artifacts 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
River City Players announce auditions; Dallas Children's Theater to present 'Coyote Tales'; Southeast launches new humorous poetry book; Music fraternity will present open-air concert; Current River Boys and Just Us to perform; Sundays at Three to present Cantus Choralis; Guitar Ensemble to play free recital Monday
Everybody's a critic: 'Fever Pitch' (04/15/05)
"Fever Pitch" is a much better film than I expected. As I saw the clips and read what the movie was about, I expected a sappy love story and poor acting, especially by extras in the ballpark scenes. I shouldn't have been so fast to judge...
At the theaters 4/15 (04/15/05)
New at the theaters 'The Amityville Horror' Starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James and Rachel Nichols. Based on an account from a Long Island man, a tale which centers on George and Kathy Lutz, a newly married couple with three children, who move into their stately, beautiful new house in Amityville, New York -- only to discover that the house already has demonic inhabitants. ...
Mary Mitchell (04/15/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Mary Elizabeth Mitchell, 86, of Graham, N.C., died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at her home. She was born in Elco, Ill., daughter of Harry and Bessie Harvel. She married Paul Kenneth Mitchell. Mitchell attended Beacon Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Paula Milano of Vienna, Va., Pamela Atkins of Graham; a brother, Charles Harvel of Tamms; a sister, Hazel Dolanski of Hartford, Wis.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...
Bernice Foulk (04/15/05)
Bernice Foulk, 92, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in Fort Smith. She was a pharmacist assistant many years. She attended Bethel Lutheran Church in Fort Smith. Foulk married Lyman Pierce Foulk Sr., who preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Williams of Fort Smith, Virginia Foulk of Jackson; a son, Pierce Foulk of Rome, Ga.; a sister, Sara Glaser of Florissant, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren...
Robert Ellis (04/15/05)
Robert Estel Ellis, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Union City, Tenn., son of Thomas Edward and Minnie Jane Raby Ellis. He and Martha Barnes were married Aug. 7, 1945, in Osceola, Ark. She died Feb. 11, 1999...
Flora Spain (04/15/05)
Flora Marie Spain, 75, of Jackson died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 9, 1929, at Zion, Mo., daughter of Henry and Rosie Cox. She and Dale J. Spain were married Dec. 3, 1948, in Pocahontas, Ark...
Travis Graviett (04/15/05)
Travis Graviett, 23, of Allenville died Thursday, April 14, 2005, in an automobile accident at the intersection of Highways 25 and 74 at Dutchtown. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Dixie Himmelberger (04/15/05)
Dixie Belle Stevenson Himmelberger, 87, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005. She was born Jan. 29, 1918, at Parma, Mo., daughter of Vester B. and Ola Jones Stevenson. Dixie graduated from Parma High School and attended Southeast Missouri State Teachers College. She planned to be a teacher, but met Cape Girardeau businessman J.E. "Jack" Himmelberger and married him Aug. 3, 1941, in Cape Girardeau...
Ruth Bygel (04/15/05)
Ruth V. Bygel, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born March 25, 1912, in Harcourt, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton M. Bygel, in 1965 while living in Denver, Colo...
Clara Ohmes (04/15/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Clara Marie Ohmes, 88, of Charleston died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Charleston, daughter of George Andrew and May Dyer McElmurry. She and Benjamin Henry Ohmes were married June 14, 1942. He preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1971...
Births 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
Wyatt; Noel; Nehrkorn; Fraser; Owens
Police reports 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Jamall T. Southall, 23, 727 Clark St., Apt. B., was arrested for fleeing unlawful detention. * John P. Waller, 32, 337 N. Park St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Fire reports 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: * At 3:24 p.m., a fire alarm at 325 N. Sprigg St. * At 3:47 p.m., a fire alarm at 823 Clark St. * At 6:09 p.m., a smoke odor at 37 Doctors Park. * At 7:27 p.m., a structure fire at 233 N. Middle St...
Police reports 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
warrant for contempt of court for failing to pay fines for speeding, no seat belt and no proof of insurance. * Tammy R. Umfleet, 45, 1112 Perry Ave., was arrested on a municipal warrant for failing to appear for stealing. Assault * Unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action was reported...
Out of the past 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
25 years ago: April 15, 1980 Former governor Warren E. Hearnes officially enters the race for 33rd Judicial Circuit judge, a position to which he was appointed to replace ousted judge Lloyd G. Briggs; Hearnes' filing brings to five the number of Democrats vying for the judgeship; no Republicans have filed...
Pleasing to the eye (04/15/05)
Warm weather and nature's beauty are good stimulants for the hundreds of area residents who have made an earnest effort to spruce up their yards, around their businesses and throughout their communities. Part of the sprucing up, of course, entails getting rid of a winter's worth of leaves, limbs, sweet gum balls and whatever litter has been deposited by the wind...
Midwives aid in natural process (04/15/05)
To the editor: In response to the letter from Dr. Eric Morton, president of the Cape Girardeau County Medical Society: How interesting it is that when doctors' pocketbooks are adversely affected, they get really vocal in opposing a natural, spiritual process that has been occurring since the dawn of mankind. ...
Providers need licensing support (04/15/05)
To the editor: Gov. Matt Blunt has recently declared even more budget cuts that are going to affect every child enrolled in a licensed child-care setting in Missouri. Child-care facilities currently receive two inspection visits a year. After the cuts, they will receive one visit a year...
Speak Out 4/15/05 (04/15/05)
Protect health care; Great performance; Giving money away; Still need the money; Not more subsidies; Where the people are; Chuckhole champ; It's an ugly area; Unbelievable claim; Unwise use of money; Not so fancy; Through the cracks; Special cleanup; Hurting our children; Needs support; Keep school history; Come together; Here's a prediction; Legal winners
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