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MoDOT hopes to have new district engineer by June (04/16/05)
A new district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast region could be hired by June, MoDOT director Pete Rahn said Friday. The current engineer, Scott Meyer, will resign to take a job as director of facilities management at Southeast Missouri State University starting May 1...
Middle schoolers making their move in global contest (04/16/05)
When DiDi Starrett, Blake Kidd, Yale Gerber, Prithvi Rudrappa and Jimmy and Cory Chisholm sat down to design and build a vehicle, there seemed to be a world of possibilities to consider. Should it be powered by air? By water? By a bowling ball? That's how their first model began, with a seesaw/pump vehicle that moved forward as a bowling ball rolled down one side...
Southern flower power (04/16/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. There are always more azaleas and dogwoods than people in Charleston, even this weekend during the town's 37th annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival. Friday was a lazy afternoon as people from all over Missouri and bordering states sauntered through the town, stopping literally to smell the flowers or pose for a picture in front of the blooming plants. But as the day wore on and passengers stepped off their buses, the streets grew crowded...
MoDOT chief favors tougher seat-belt law (04/16/05)
A proposed law to crack down on seat-belt violations would help save lives in Missouri where deadly traffic accidents are all too common, Missouri's transportation director said Friday. Pete Rahn, who heads the Missouri Department of Transportation, said he's concerned not just with building roads but saving lives...
Festival Graph (04/16/05)
* Air show: Today from 1 to 4 pm, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charleston High School football field on Thorn Street * Art show: Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., First Assembly of God Church, 608 S. Main St. * Arts and crafts show: Today and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the 1100 block of Commercial Street...
World briefs 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
U.N. secretary-general goes on the offensive; Key weapons sites being dismantled in Iraq; Blaze at Paris Opera hotel kills at least 20; Iraqi militants continue bombing violence; Pro-Syrian lawmaker named Lebanese premier
Nation briefs 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
Amtrak's Acela Express down for brake problems; Study finds 'greenhouse' gas limits affordable; Nichols returns to scene of shooting at courthouse; Bushes report gross income of $784,219
A former Muslim is making a mark teaching at Falwell's university (04/16/05)
LYNCHBURG, Va. The new dean of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University theological seminary is a former Sunni Muslim who plans to turn out a hipper generation of graduates by relating to them with lyrics from rapper 50 Cent, TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and the latest movies and film stars...
We're worth more than our efforts (04/16/05)
As I watched the real-life drama of Terri Schiavo, the woman whose feeding tube was removed, I began thinking about what it is that determines a person's worth. I heard someone say, "Why didn't her husband just relinquish his guardianship and release her to the care of her parents? Even though she could do nothing for herself, just her mere presence was enough for them." The words "mere presence" got me thinking about how people gauge the value of others...
Reform commission discusses changing state merit system (04/16/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Democratic co-chairman of the Government Review Commission on Friday suggested changes in Missouri's merit system might be needed to allow the state to lay off employees without regard to seniority during times when the state needs to reduce its work force...
Wendy's wants a hand in eating enigma (04/16/05)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Somewhere out there is a woman, dead or alive, who is missing a well-manicured finger about 1 1/2 inches long. Authorities know where the finger ended up -- in a bowl of Wendy's chili -- but just who it belongs to is a mystery. Anna Ayala's claim that she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew on March 22 initially drew sympathy. ...
Brewery's boycott talk puts halt to biotech rice (04/16/05)
Anheuser-Busch Cos. has dropped its threat to boycott Missouri's rice crop after a biotechnology firm agreed to grow its genetically engineered rice farther away from commercial rice farms in the state's Bootheel. The agreement reached Friday ends a dispute between the beer giant, the state and California-based Ventria Biosciences, which wants to grow about 200 acres of genetically modified rice to produce human proteins used in drugs...
Dow drops 191 points on economic fears (04/16/05)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street suffered its worst single day in nearly two years Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 191 points for its third straight triple-digit loss. Deepening concerns over economic growth and higher prices led to the worst week of trading since August...
Afghan toddler dies two days after return home from surgery (04/16/05)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan toddler taken to the United States for surgery to fix a life-threatening heart ailment died Friday, two days after returning home to a muddy refugee camp from the trip arranged with the help of U.S. soldiers. Army medical officers said 16-month-old Qudratullah Wardak's repaired heart had likely given out as his father tried to comfort him in the family's tent near an American base outside the Afghan capital. ...
Red Devils club out 16-6 victory (04/16/05)
The Chaffee baseball team belted out 15 hits and defeated Scott County Central 16-6 on Friday to collect its second victory of the season. Brad Daugherty and Steven Dooley each had three hits for the host Red Devils (2-6). Two of Dooley's hits were doubles...
Rams' two-out rally takes title (04/16/05)
Scott City defeated Delta 5-4 in the championship game of the Oak Ridge Invitational. OAK RIDGE -- As the sun set beyond the left field fence, members of the Scott City softball team celebrated their victory with a smirk that comes with incredulity...
Man for all seasons (04/16/05)
Carroll Williams isn't Southeast Missouri State's official sports historian -- but he might as well be. Williams acknowledges with a laugh that he has just about seen it all during his half-century of being involved with Southeast athletics. That involvement will end with next week's Ohio Valley Conference golf tournament in Decatur, Ala., although it would continue a bit longer if the Redhawks capture the title and advance to the NCAA tournament...
Redhawks try to right ship vs. Governors (04/16/05)
Austin Peay has rebounded nicely from a poor Ohio Valley Conference start, but Southeast Missouri State is still trying to dig out of a hole. Those anticipated top two contenders for the OVC's regular-season championship square off this weekend in a three-game series that could go a long way toward determining their eventual league fate...
'Hawks host front-running Bulldogs in crucial series (04/16/05)
Whether or not Southeast Missouri State's softball team has a chance to win the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title won't officially be decided this weekend. But the home series with first-place Samford (20-17, 12-3) will certainly go a long way toward determining whether the Redhawks (20-16, 8-4) are legitimate contenders. There will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader today and a 1 p.m. single game Sunday...
Tigers will give new offense a test drive in annual scrimmage (04/16/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With a lot of the talk this spring about Missouri centering on the Tigers' new offense, the team and coach Gary Pinkel will unveil it to fans today at the yearly Black and Gold Game. Words of advice for the Tiger faithful: Get to the scrimmage early...
Clarke grabs six-shot lead at MCI Classic (04/16/05)
Darren Clarke brought a little color to the MCI Classic on Friday -- and it wasn't just his mustard yellow pants. Clarke's second straight 65 gave him a six-stroke lead and left him at 12-under 130, his career-best for 36 holes and one shot off the tournament record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1975 and tied by Phil Mickelson three years ago...
Cards' duo brews shutout (04/16/05)
St. Louis posted a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee. The Associated Press MILWAUKEE -- Although Jeff Suppan outpitched Ben Sheets, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was impressed by both starters. Suppan took a five-hitter into the ninth inning as St. Louis spoiled Sheets' record payday with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night...
Sports briefs 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
Basketball; Colleges
Good president meets bad economy in TV documentary (04/16/05)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a doer, a pragmatist with a charming streak as broad as his grin. He was a man of steadfast authority. He was also a target of contempt: An aristocratic man of the people, he was seen by fellow patricians as a traitor to his class...
Linda Dunaway (04/16/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Linda Spurlock Dunaway, 62, of Jonesboro died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Mount Carmel Senior Living Center in St. Charles, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill.
Harry Smith (04/16/05)
Harry McClure Smith, 88, died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau. He was born Oct. 5, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was raised in Lancaster, Pa. He worked his way through Millersville State College and spent many years in the aircraft and aerospace industry...
Travis Graviett (04/16/05)
Travis Jerome Graviett, 23, of Allenville died Thursday, April 14, 2005, in an automobile accident near Delta. He will be profoundly missed as he joins his heavenly father. He was born April 4, 1982, in Cape Girardeau, son of Randy Lee and Anita L. Buchheit Graviett. He was formerly of Kelso, Mo...
Marion DeWeese (04/16/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Marion "Spud" DeWeese, 73, of East Peoria, Ill., died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was born March 23, 1932, in Blandville, Ky., son of Chester B. and Elsie May Rollins DeWeese. DeWeese was formerly of Olive Branch. He retired as a supply clerk at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill...
Timothy Van de Ven (04/16/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Timothy John Van de Ven, 38, of Marble Hill died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born July 27, 1966, in St. Louis County, son of Richard Elmer Van de Ven and Madeleine Leigh Benz. Van de Ven was a kitchen aide at Cracker Barrel in Cape Girardeau. He moved to Marble Hill in 1998 from Hillsboro, Mo...
Eva Shaw (04/16/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eva O. Shaw, 92, of Sikeston died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Hunter Acres Caring Center. She was born Dec. 24, 1912, in Lilbourn, Mo., daughter of Lewis and Carrie Hill Fodge. She married Arbie Shaw, who died June 10, 1977. Shaw had been a food service employee...
John Bryant (04/16/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- John Lester Bryant, 62, of Sikeston died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, from injuries received in an accident while on a business trip with Tetra Pak Materials Inc. He was born Aug. 3, 1942, in Morehouse, Mo., son of John Henry and Elma Newton Bryant. He and Brenda Stacy were married Feb. 18, 1967, in Sikeston...
Frank Miller III (04/16/05)
Frank E. Miller III, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Aug. 12, 1933, in Nashville, Tenn., son of Frank E. and Kathleen Whittaker Miller Jr. Miller attended the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia. He was a self-employed truck driver and an engineer on a riverboat. He was a member of VFW Post 3838...
Javon Buxton (04/16/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Javon Buxton, 26, of Sikeston died Thursday, April 14, 2005. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Monday at Green Memorial Church of God in Christ in Sikeston. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday.
Births 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
Burroughs; Green; Dooley
Fire reports 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: * At 1:21 p.m., emergency medical service at 921 Hackberry St. * At 6:29 p.m., emergency medical service at 1500 Howell St. * At 6:43 p.m., box alarm at 2619 Janet Drive. * At 7:43 p.m., emergency medical service at 719 William St...
Police reports 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Friday. Arrests do not imply guilt: Arrests * James E. Hamilton, no age or address given, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation and a Sikeston, Mo., warrant for contempt of court...
Out of the past 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
25 years ago: April 16, 1980 Citing a need for a countywide mass transit system and improved roads, Jackson businessman Gerald L. Powers filed yesterday as a Democrat for Cape Girardeau County Court associate judge of the 1st District. Fred C. Springer Jr., president of Springer Insurance and Realty Co., has been appointed by Gov. Joseph P. Teasdale to the newly formed Mississippi River Parkway Commission...
Correction 04/16/05 (04/16/05)
In Friday's edition, an information graphic appearing with a story about the Jackson schools bond issue should have reported that the final vote total was 2,960 "no" and 3,664 "yes." The Southeast Missourian regrets the error....
Correction 4/16 (04/16/05)
In Wednesday's edition, Cape Girardeau police incorrectly listed Joyce Miller as having received a summons for failure to yield. Vincent Miller actually received the summons.
The ethanol question (04/16/05)
With the average nationwide price of gasoline over $2 a gallon, Middle East oil supplies uncertain and high oil prices threatening the economy, renewable fuels are getting a lot of attention these days. Mass marketing of hydrogen fuel vehicles is the answer promoted by President Bush but is at least 15 years away. Ethanol may provide the more immediate solution...
Production was worthy of Broadway (04/16/05)
To the editor: Our anxiousness over seeing the Southeast Missouri State University production of "Guys and Dolls" had been heightened by the fact that our friend, Judith Farris, vocal coach from New York City, would be returning to see the show. What great work the SEMO vocal teachers must have done, as Judith's few hours with them was only the beginning. How fortunate SEMO is to have such a fine music department. The great orchestra outdid itself in that cramped area...
Support for child advocacy funds (04/16/05)
To the editor: I greatly appreciate the April 14 "Advocacy centers for children facing cuts" article by Matt Sanders and the letter from Kendra Eads, "Funding need for child advocacy." As a board member of the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence and as the sponsor of legislation creating the NASV when I served in the House of Representatives, I am compelled to state my position of strong support for continued child advocacy center funding...
Some can't afford to pay more taxes (04/16/05)
To the editor: In her letter, Sandy Hastings said she wanted to know why we voted no on the Jackson School District bond issue. If anyone can show me how I can pay more real estate taxes, homeowner's insurance, propane for heat, food, medicine, Medicare and supplemental insurance plus utilities on less than $800 a month, I might fee different about building a less expensive school, like a two-story building which would take up less land...
Speak Out 4/16/05 (04/16/05)
Ethanol makes sense; Taxes don't go down; Learning a lesson; The no-tax defense; Set the example; Make a better future; Presidential proclamation; Too fancy; Big tax increases; Hogging the lane; Opportunity to serve; Looking for help; Loss of income; Extra trash; Teachers most important; Implosion ahead; Enough taxes; Opinion is clear
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