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Stories from Sunday, April 24, 2005

Finding new places in history (04/24/05)
Bing Crosby sang its praises. More than 1,300 people showed up for the opening of the neon-lit Esquire Theater when it opened in 1947. The one-time Cape Girardeau landmark closed in the mid-1980s. Now it's being talked about again, along with a one-room schoolhouse, an aging cemetery, a former Catholic seminary and a prominent old home in Cape Girardeau as the latest buildings that may be added to the National Register of Historic Places...
Sex offender reform program sees success (04/24/05)
Some of the most heinous crimes are sex offenses, and in the minds of many, those who perpetrate those crimes can't be reformed. In Missouri, those convicted of such crimes are placed on registries to warn neighbors of their presence so extra precautions can be taken. Not even murderers have to place their names on a public registry...
Five men charged in Altenburg burglary (04/24/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A burglary in Altenburg, Mo., led authorities to the Cape Girardeau County jail to locate suspects, said Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf. Five men already in custody on charges of theft and arson had additional felony charges added last week in connection with a burglary at the Gas-O-Mart in Altenburg...
Changes by friends for a day (04/24/05)
Cape Girardeau's city work force got stronger Saturday with some help from about 250 volunteers who weeded, mulched, planted and cleaned up debris at six city park facilities. For parks and recreation department director Dan Muser, it was a meaningful boost for his staff of 42 full-time workers and a couple hundred seasonal employees. He said Saturday's additional labor for the annual Friends of the Park Day translated into 500 hours of work...
Chilly temps keep down attendance at rally for liberals (04/24/05)
Liberals found themselves out in the cold Saturday afternoon. But that didn't chill their political spirit at a "Spring Fling for Liberals" at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. About 30 people turned out for food, music and speeches in the Conservation Pavilion. The event was sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Peace and Justice...
Cold snap strikes Southeast Missouri (04/24/05)
Cold weather hit the Cape Girardeau area this weekend, putting a damper on outdoor spring activities and worrying home gardeners who didn't want their plants to freeze. Temperatures climbed into the low 50s in Cape Girardeau Saturday, but the blustery winds out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph made it feel like the 40s, the National Weather Service said...
Blunt trumpets his first 100 days; Democrats blast them (04/24/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Ever since 1933 when Franklin Roosevelt began his presidency with a whirlwind of policy initiatives aimed at pulling the nation out of the Great Depression, new chief executives have considered accomplishments during their first 100 days in office as an unofficial benchmark of the progress of their administrations...
Student sit-in at Washington U. ends after 19 days (04/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A 19-day sit-in at Washington University ended Friday, as an elated group of students said the school is making improvements for its employees hired by outside contractors. More than a dozen students began a sit-in April 4 at the university's undergraduate admissions office, seeking better wages and benefits for about 500 contract workers in jobs like groundskeeping and food service. A group of students also held a six-day hunger strike that ended last Saturday...
Ex-inmates sentenced in tax scheme (04/24/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two former state inmates were sentenced Friday for their role in a scheme to bilk the federal government out of more than $9,000 by filing false income tax returns while they were incarcerated. They are among five former prisoners who have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from returns filed between Feb. 19, 2000, and April 15, 2002...
Panel recommends stricter graduation requirements (04/24/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A state education task force has recommended toughening high school graduation requirements and replacing the Missouri Assessment Program test. The 25-member task force, at work for the last year, proposed Friday that Missouri raise its requirements for the first time in 20 years...
Region/state digest 04/24/05 (04/24/05)
Grassy woman dies in Glennallen accident; Perryville teen hurt when vehicle hits tree
New DNA-testing law leads to matches in 16 cold cases (04/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A new state law requiring collection of DNA samples from all convicted felons has led to 16 matches in a database of unsolved crimes since Jan. 1, including two homicides, three rapes, seven burglaries and two robberies, officials said...
State weighs new tax on cell phones (04/24/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Taking a break from setting up her new restaurant, Amy Barrett is talking on her phone as she's heading out to get pizza for her helpers. Like many people these days, Barrett's cell phone travels wherever she goes. In Barrett's case, it's the only way to reach her. She disconnected her traditional land-line phone seven months ago and transferred her home phone number to her mobile phone...
Failed Iran rescue mission led to successes 25 years later (04/24/05)
A desperate mission to rescue 53 American hostages from Iran ended in failure and the deaths of eight servicemen, but it is being remembered 25 years later as a turning point for U.S. special forces that eventually led to successes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and elsewhere...
Delta rallies for tourney title (04/24/05)
If two out of three ain't bad, the Delta softball team has reason to be happy with its three meetings in eight days against Scott City. After losing a heartbreaker on April 15 in the final of the Oak Ridge Tournament, the Bobcats came back to beat Scott City in a conference makeup game Wednesday and then pulled off a rally of their own for a 3-2 victory Saturday in the championship of the Oran tournament...
Central splits two in tourney (04/24/05)
The Central baseball team split a pair of games at Saturday's Heath High School Showcase in Paducah, Ky., beating Ballard (Ky.) Memorial 14-1 in five innings and losing to Heath 7-5. Lance Young pitched all five innings against Ballard Memorial, allowing three hits while striking out six and walking two...
Central holds off Squaws in title game (04/24/05)
St. Vincent dominated Saturday's championship game of the Cape Noon Optimist Spring Classic soccer tournament in every phase but the score. The Squaws controlled play through most of the game, but Central capitalized late on one of its few scoring opportunities for a 1-0 win...
Gross, Walker, Daniel earn honors in Central Relays meet (04/24/05)
Central's Dani Gross won the long jump and the triple jump Saturday to earn top female in field events at the Cape Relays. Central's Allen Walker won the boys track honor by capturing the 100-meter dash and being a part of the Tigers' winning 400 and 800 relay teams. The 400 unit, which also included Anwar Glenn, Tyler Terry and Hykeem Hammonds, set a school record of 43.27 seconds...
Redhawks drop fourth straight (04/24/05)
Southeast Missouri State's suddenly struggling softball team suffered its fourth straight Ohio Valley Conference loss Saturday, as visiting Tennessee Tech posted a 6-3 victory. Only one game was played despite a doubleheader being scheduled. Southeast (22-20, 10-8 OVC) and Tennessee Tech (24-26, 8-8) instead will play a noon doubleheader today...
Redhawks complete first OVC doubleheader sweep (04/24/05)
For the first time all year, Southeast Missouri State was able to fully enjoy an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader. The Redhawks posted their initial OVC doubleheader sweep of the season Saturday, easing past Eastern Illinois 9-4 and 7-2 at Capaha Field...
Cal's Rogers falls to the Packers at No. 24 in the first round (04/24/05)
NEW YORK -- After a week of trade rumors and intrigue, the only drama in this NFL draft was the long wait for Aaron Rodgers. With the top players considered relatively equal, quarterback Alex Smith went first to San Francisco and the other dominoes followed more or less as expected...
St. Louis nabs an offensive lineman and a defensive back (04/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Right tackle, long a problem position for the St. Louis Rams, is getting some much-needed attention. Alex Barron of Florida State, taken with the 19th overall pick of Saturday's draft, fills arguably the team's biggest area of need coming off an 8-8 season. He will line up down the line from six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace and, the Rams hope, end a revolving door at his spot...
Mulder scores a 10 (04/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder threw a 10-inning shutout, outpitching Roger Clemens in a marquee matchup and leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros 1-0 Saturday. Larry Walker's RBI single off Brad Lidge in the 10th won it for the Cardinals, moving manager Tony La Russa into a tie with Joe McCarthy for fifth place on the career victories list at 2,125...
Uhls event brings chance for Cards' sightings (04/24/05)
Last year's inaugural Joe Uhls Memorial Golf Tournament and Dinner was a rousing success, with former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog serving as the featured guest of the tournament and keynote speaker for the dinner. Southeast baseball coach Mark Hogan just might have outdone himself with the lineup for this year's event, which is a fund raiser for the Redhawks' program...
FanSpeak 4/24/05 (04/24/05)
Faultless Garner? I FIND it interesting how Marty Mishow is so quick to defend Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Gary Garner. How come Mr. Mishow doesn't ask the serious questions? Like, why does it have to take two to three weeks to sign a payer while other teams in the Ohio Valley Conference are signing players? Doesn't that strike anyone as odd? What about the player that already gave a verbal commitment to Southeast? Why can't we sign him? He should be the first player to sign a letter of intent. ...
Genteel hospitality, modern conveniences (04/24/05)
There is something about a plantation-style home that is restful, even if it is not in reality set on a southern plantation. The style itself has grace and dignity. The wide front porch and upstairs veranda invite the sway of a magnolia-scented Southern breeze, even in Cape Girardeau...
Americans all over (04/24/05)
For varied reasons, 4 million Americans call some other country home More Americans than ever before have decided that America is no longer their home. They've put down roots abroad, from Cuba (an estimated 2,000 Americans, the latest figures show) to the United Kingdom (224,000). They're in Germany (210,880), in the Philippines (105,000), in Israel (184,195)...
Local international family teaches their American-born children about life in native countries (04/24/05)
Suha and Abdul Alkadry of Cape Girardeau are among the thousands of people living in the United States who were born in another country. The couple has a multi-national family and chose to live in the states indefinitely. "When we cross the borders and they ask for our passports, we are Jordanian, Canadian and American," Abdul said...
Marguerite Jones (04/24/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Marguerite Bernice Jones, 87, of Chaffee died Friday, April 22, 2005, at the Monticello House in Jackson. She was born May 23, 1917, in Oran, Mo., daughter of Mark Cecil and Dora Ellen Thornton Dunn. She and Ansel "Bud" Jones were married April 25, 1959. He died Feb. 19, 1990...
Hilda Mirly (04/24/05)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Hilda Mirly, 91, of Altenburg died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at her home. She was born April 19, 1914, in Frohna, Mo., daughter of Gottfried and Elenora Weber Schuessler. She and Theobald Leimbach were married April 17, 1937. He died April 6, 1971. She and Walter Mirly were married Nov. 26, 1977. He died Dec. 12, 1988...
Juanita Schoen (04/24/05)
Juanita Evelyn Schoen, 86, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, April 22, 2005, at Greene Haven in Springfield, Mo. She was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Manford Charley and Lumbia May Burchett. She and Raymond Benjamin Schoen were married Oct. 25, 1935, in Benton, Mo. He died April 27, 1967...
Dorothy Dickerson (04/24/05)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Dorothy Pauline Dickerson, 78, of Glenallen died Friday, April 22, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center following an auto accident in Bollinger County. She was born March 27, 1927 in Schlatitz, Mo., daughter of Robert H. and Ada Nevels Collins. She and Paul C. Dickerson were married April 24, 1950. He died Dec. 15, 1992. She and Roy Spenner were married Jan. 14, 2001...
Marguerite Stone (04/24/05)
Marguerite E. Stone, 72, of Springfield, Mo., died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Louis and Ella Haertling Graden. She and James "Jim" Stone were married Dec. 31, 1953, in Cape Girardeau...
Jerry Ruesler (04/24/05)
Jerry Ruesler, 55, of Oak Ridge died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
June Bollinger (04/24/05)
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- June Elizabeth Bollinger, 83, of Fort Walton Beach, formerly of Scott City, died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Emerald Coast Nursing Home in Fort Walton Beach. She was born June 20, 1921, in Scott City, daughter of the late Richard Thomas and Tempa Elizabeth (Wolf) Wolfe...
Ernest Brown (04/24/05)
Ernest "Buddy" Brown, 77, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Wyatt, Mo., died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 23, 1927, in Mississippi County to the late Emory Ernest and Rosa Baugh Brown. He and Ruth Barnes of West Frankfort, Ill., were married May 23, 1964. She survives of the home...
Wells-Reppen (04/24/05)
Deena Mary Wells and Lt. Judson Carl Reppen exchanged vows Oct. 2, 2004, at St. Lawrence of Canterbury Church in Sidcup, Kent, England. The Rev. Robin Duckworth performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wells of Sidcup, and Mr. and Mrs. Norvald Reppen of Jackson...
Sanchez-White (04/24/05)
Silvana Sanchez and Robert Bryan White were united in marriage Dec. 10, 2004, at Iawosk Eventos in Valinhos, Brazil. The Rev. Oswaido performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Goncalo and Maria Lina Sanchez of Morungaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The groom is the son of Bob and Wylene White of Cape Girardeau...
Wibbenmeyer-Gregory (04/24/05)
FRIEDHEIM, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wibbenmeyer of Friedheim announce the engagement of their daughter, Sally Ann Wibbenmeyer, to Jonathan Mark Gregory II, both of Chicago. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Gregory of Traverse City, Mich. Wibbenmeyer is a 1994 graduate of Oak Ridge High School at Oak Ridge. ...
Edwards-Huffman (04/24/05)
THEBES, Ill. -- Cliff and Pat Edwards of Thebes announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Lynn Edwards, to ET3 Jonathan Stephen Huffman. He is the son of Steve and Daphene Huffman of Thebes. Edwards is a senior at Egyptian High School in Tamms, Ill. She is employed at Cat in the Cream in Cape Girardeau...
Martin-Livingston (04/24/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Steve and Beverly Filer of Marble Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Bianca Starr Martin, to Ryan Scott Livingston, both of St. Louis. Livingston is the son of John and Mary Livingston of Whitewater. Martin is a 2002 graduate of Woodland High School. She will begin the Healing Arts Center Massage Therapy Program in July...
Larkins- Thorne (04/24/05)
Gary Larkins of Jackson announces the engagement of his daughter, KeLeigh Nicole Larkins, to Bobby Joe Thorne. He is the son of Karen Blumenberg of Oak Ridge and Billy Thorne Sr. of Chaffee, Mo. Larkins is also the daughter of the late Barbara Holmes of Batesville, Ark...
Bowens celebrate 50 years (04/24/05)
Bill and Brenda Bowen of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 13, 2004, at Drury Lodge. Danny Mangus was master of ceremonies. Vocalists included their daughter, Melissa Bowen; granddaughter, Brianna Ware; and Ron and Jeanette Gegg. Grant and Larra King pantomimed a song and dance. Servers were Dixie Hitt and Gina Pletcher...
Birks are married 60 years (04/24/05)
Norman and Doris Birk of Jackson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 16, 2005, at Grecian Steak House in Cape Girardeau. The couple was married April 15, 1945, by the Rev. H.J. Strickert, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church parish house...
Leopold Elementary School (04/24/05)
Leopold Junior/Senior High School (04/24/05)
Central Middle School (04/24/05)
Oran Elementary School (04/24/05)
Fire reports 4/24/05 (04/24/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 3:58 p.m., motor vehicle accident at William Street and Kingshighway. * At 4:18 p.m., emergency medical service at 2400 Perryville Road. * At 10:39 p.m., illegal burning at 905 Perry Ave...
Police reports 4/24/05 (04/24/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items on Saturday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Christopher Johnston, 20, 622 Jefferson Ave., was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court. * A suspect was in custody pending the filing of formal charges of making a false declaration...
School spending (04/24/05)
When then-governor Bob Holden presented his last budget plan in early 2004, it relied on extra revenue from tax increases that would have required voter approval sometime in the future. The Republican-controlled legislature kept its word by limiting spending increases rather than base a budget on unlikely voter support for tax increases...
End never justifies the means (04/24/05)
To the editor: It was with more than a touch of irony that I read the Southeast Missourian's daily prayer in the April 21 issue: "Guard us from evil temptations, O God, and lead us to do good things." The editorial below was about David Landewee, paralyzed in a tragic accident. ...
Speak Out 4/24/05 (04/24/05)
Weeds, not chemicals; Wonderful commentary; It's not politics; Ballclub welfare; Best in many areas; Thief at fund raiser; More must be better; What's in it for me?; Infringing on rights; Ode to Dandelions; Bond issue advice; Dangerous curves
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