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United Way of Southeast Missouri announces 2005 campaign cabinet (05/16/05)
United Way of Southeast Missouri recently named its new campaign members. Serving as campaign chairwoman is Kathy Bertrand of The Bank of Missouri; vice chairwoman is Jean Mason of AmerenUE. Serving as education/marketing committee chairman is Jon Rust of Rust Communications; and chairing the Top 20 CEO advisory committee is Steven Bjelich of Saint Francis Medical Center...
Piecing together a portrait (05/16/05)
For months, stained glass artist Wilma Stratton has been working on what she calls her "labor of love." Stratton has spent hours in her home studio cutting almost 500 pieces of glass and arranging them into a portrait of a place in Bollinger County called The Cat Ranch. On the glass, a man leans against a large gateway with the words "Cat Ranch" over it and a log cabin sits in the background set against a backdrop of green flora and blue sky...
Red Cross holds appreciation dinner for donors (05/16/05)
The American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region held an apheresis appreciation dinner recently at Southeast Hospital to thank those who have donated platelets. Apheresis -- a process of donating a single component of blood, such as platelets -- became an established part of the Red Cross blood program in 1972...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (05/16/05)
7 p.m. today City hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Public hearing * A public hearing on plans to construct a cul-de-sac at 2404 Kingsway Drive. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) * An ordinance to acquire property for the Broadway widening project...
Writing offers outlet for Cape Girardeau woman (05/16/05)
Friends and well-wishers gathered at the Lutheran Home Chapel Sunday evening to celebrate the 99th birthday of Paula Kempe. The Cape Girardeau resident has been writing letters to the editor of the Southeast Missourian for 14 years, at the rate of about one a month. She has also contributed to "Good Old Days" magazine...
Cape to pursue Victorian lights for downtown (05/16/05)
The city of Cape Girardeau and Old Town Cape want to apply for federal grant money to beautify the downtown with Victorian-style street lights and renovations to building facades. The city council will consider resolutions tonight authorizing city staff to apply for the money from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Funding could be made available later this year, downtown redevelopment official Tim Arbeiter said...
Central student finishes career with no missed days (05/16/05)
It's got to be the fortified cereal. That's the running joke in the Brennecke household. Around eight years ago, Logan Brennecke set a goal for himself -- to have perfect attendance for all 13 years of school in the Cape Girardeau School District...
Special-needs children visit Camp Camelot at Cape County Park (05/16/05)
Donna Jones of Chaffee, Mo., manned the Robinhood hat-making booth at the annual adventure day camp held for special-needs Boy and Girl Scouts in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. About 165 children, 35 teachers and 70 volunteers transported themselves into medieval times by participating in more that 24 activities centered on that historic period...
Former Cape man graduates from basic training at age 38 (05/16/05)
Chris Rice, 38, of Smithville, Mo., graduated from basic training at the Recruit Training Command center, Great Lakes, Ill. in February. He is the son of Rodger and Jean Rice of Cape Girardeau and a 1985 graduate of Central High School. According to Rice, the Navy recruits up to 37 years of age, and he was that age when he filled out the paperwork and signed on for eight years as a reservist...
Missouri litigation reform sponsor dies at age 46 (05/16/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Suburban St. Louis Rep. Richard Byrd, the lead sponsor of Missouri's new litigation limits and a lawyer who had a hand in numerous state laws, has died. He was 46. Byrd suffered a heart attack at his Kirkwood home on Saturday evening, House Speaker Rod Jetton said Sunday. Just one day earlier, the legislature had adjourned its annual session...
Funeral held for second slain Illinois student (05/16/05)
ZION, Ill. -- Eight-year-old Laura Hobbs lay in a white coffin, wearing a red dress and flanked by a Barbie doll and a white teddy bear. Hundreds of mourners filed past her open casket, then shuffled past a picture of the beaming second-grader before her funeral Sunday, which took place just a few miles from where she and her best friend were found stabbed to death last week...
Park Hills neighbors defend towering pile of mining waste (05/16/05)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- You won't hear Elwood "Knot" Ragsdale or many others along Buckley Street call the mining waste towering 30 stories above their homes a neighborhood eyesore, a wind-swept legacy of the community's bygone days of keeping the nation supplied with lead...
Newsweek editor apologizes for Quran story (05/16/05)
NEW YORK -- Newsweek magazine has apologized for errors in a story alleging that interrogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran, saying it would re-examine the accusations, which sparked outrage and deadly protests in Afghanistan...
Parishioners supporting gay Catholics denied communion rites (05/16/05)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics. Before offering communion, the Rev. Michael Sklucazek told the congregation at the Cathedral of St. Paul that anyone wearing a sash could come forward for a blessing but would not receive wine and bread...
Stamp collectors mean big business to post office (05/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- Like any good businessman, David Failor works hard to understand his customers and make sure he has a product they will want to buy -- and maybe save. That's when his employer, the U.S. Postal Service, reaps a big profit. Stamps that are bought but not used mean $150 million to $200 million annually for the Postal Service...
Tsunami rebuilding stalls as survivors must confront government (05/16/05)
DEAH GEULUMPANG, Indonesia -- Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami. Aid agencies, which plan to spend more than $7 billion on tsunami relief across the Indian Ocean basin, have put massive building projects on hold while waiting for Indonesian authorities to come up with a solid plan. ...
Iraqi police find 38 bodies dumped in three sites (05/16/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The bodies of 38 men were discovered around an abandoned chicken farm, a trash-strewn lot and an insurgent stronghold located west of Baghdad, police said Sunday. The grisly finds were the latest in an endless stream of violence, much of it designed to destabilize Iraq's new government and hasten a U.S. retreat...
Uzbek city tense following uprising (05/16/05)
FERGANA, Uzbekistan -- Eight Uzbek soldiers and three Islamic militants died in a clash near the Kyrgyz border Sunday and more than 500 Uzbeks fled to safety across the frontier, witnesses said, in spreading violence that further threatened stability in this Central Asia country, a key American ally and host to an important U.S. military outpost...
Pope Benedict ordains priests at St. Peter's (05/16/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI ordained 21 new priests for Rome on Sunday, but with the number of recruits for the clergy falling in western Europe, many of the men he ordained in St. Peter's Basilica came from Latin America and Africa. Before the 21 men came forward individually to kneel before Benedict and put their hands into his as they pledged loyalty to him, the pontiff delivered a homily that sounded like a pep talk...
St. Vincent foursome finds way into team competition (05/16/05)
It may not have been the conventional way to the state tournament, but the St. Vincent golf team will compete today and Tuesday for the Class 1 title at the Island Green Golf Course in Republic, Mo. While a rules change this season gave just district champions automatic team berths for the state tournament, St. Vincent was able to place four individuals in the top 10 at the district meet and thus can compete in the team standings at the state tournament...
Bulldogs unproven arms get job done (05/16/05)
Notre Dame lost two of the top pitchers in the area last year when Lee Essner and Blake Urhahn graduated. And the cupboard didn't look so good for this year. Jeremy Brinkmeyer and Blake Essner each had ERAs above six last year, while Kirk Boeller pitched just 6 2/3 innings for the Bulldogs' district runner-up team...
Jackson shoots for fourth consecutive district crown (05/16/05)
For Jackson's current crop of varsity soccer players, district championships are all they know. The Indians have three district titles in the program's history, each coming in the last three seasons. And Jackson is seeded first as it tries to make it four straight when the Class 2 District 1 tournament begins Tuesday at Jackson...
Jackson's West still soars to pole vault title on sore foot (05/16/05)
OAKVILLE, Mo. -- Jackson pole vaulter Amy West was not going to let something like a torn ligament in her foot keep her from competing and succeeding in her final high school track meets. West was taking off the tape on her foot as she celebrated a district championship with Indians coach Bob Sink -- who had a brace on his knee -- after she equaled her career best of 10 feet, 6 inches Saturday at the Class 4 District 1 meet at Oakville High School...
Redhawks club Eagles (05/16/05)
Southeast improved its position for making the OVC tournament with two wins on Sunday. Southeast Missourian COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State completed a dominating weekend -- and now the Redhawks find themselves in position to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament...
Bradley, Anderson win singles championships (05/16/05)
Bill Bradley of Cape Girardeau and Kim Anderson of Jackson emerged as the men's and women's singles open champions, respectively, on Sunday at the Southeast Missouri State tennis courts in a tournament sponsored by the Cape Area Tennis Association...
Sorenstam rolls to her 60th career victory (05/16/05)
Annika Sorenstam made it to the first tee on time, which was all she really needed to do. The final round of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in Stockbridge, Ga., was nothing more than a victory lap. Bouncing back from her first loss of the year with one of her most dominating performances, Sorenstam blew away the field by 10 strokes Sunday for career win No. 60...
Sonics pull even with Spurs (05/16/05)
SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics pulled off another surprise, this time without any help from All-Star Rashard Lewis. Ray Allen scored 32 points and Luke Ridnour had 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter, hitting all seven of his field goals in the period, as Seattle defeated San Antonio 101-89 Sunday to tie their second-round series 2-2...
Morris' family outing ends on happy note (05/16/05)
NEW YORK -- About 40 members of Matt Morris' family showed up at Shea Stadium to watch him pitch Sunday. Sitting in a rented suite, they were among the few fans in the ballpark who enjoyed his performance. The right-hander from nearby Middletown pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and John Mabry homered and drove in three runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets...
Sports briefs 5/16/05 (05/16/05)
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DQ -- minus Fresco -- coming to Jackson (05/16/05)
Ed Radetic now wants to treat the people of Jackson right. Radetic, who owns the Cape Girardeau Dairy Queen/Fresco on North Sprigg Street, is now opening a Dairy Queen in Jackson around Labor Day at 2800 E. Jackson Blvd. But this one -- in my opinion, unfortunately -- won't include the Fresco concept that Radetic and co-owner Jeff Unterreiner came up with for the Cape Girardeau restaurant...
Green TV hero: Gumby stages comeback on 50th anniversary (05/16/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Five decades after Gumby first captured the nation's imagination, the little green guy and his chums are starring in a new art exhibit -- the first in a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the television icon's creation and launch his comeback...
At your service: Area hospitals ratchet up amenities (05/16/05)
Are they hotels or hospitals? With both Cape Girardeau hospitals offering new services like valet parking and room service, it's getting tougher to tell. Southeast Missouri Hospital recently started a dining service called "At Your Request," where patients can order food off of a menu -- from cheeseburgers to baked fish with herb butter -- and a uniformed server delivers it right to a patient's room...
People on the move 05/16/05 (05/16/05)
Former regent receives honorary SEMO degree; Dana Corp. names employee of the month
Business memo 05/16/05 (05/16/05)
Big River raises money for March of Dimes...
'Star Wars' launched a fleet of technologies (05/16/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- After filming the first "Star Wars" movie with special effects far from special, George Lucas spent millions to develop a complete digital editing system to populate his sequels with armies of X-wing fighters and Gungan warriors. Then, he virtually gave it away...
Free office software matches Microsoft product (05/16/05)
NEW YORK -- It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free! The latest version of the free OpenOffice suite promises to be a strong competitor to Microsoft Office. ...
Jack Shadowens (05/16/05)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Jack R. Shadowens, 49, of Cobden died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 9, 1955, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Donald and Ruth Nance Shadowens. He and Shelia Aldridge were married April 15, 1973, in Cobden. Shadowens owned and operated Shadowens Masonry in Cobden. He was a member of the Bricklayers Local 8 in Murphysboro, Ill., and Men's Auxiliary of VFW Post 3455 in Anna, Ill...
Anna Hadley (05/16/05)
Anna Sivilla Hadley, 88, of Scott City died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born March 10, 1917, in Kelso, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Ida Halter Glueck. She and Duncan Hadley were married Aug. 11, 1951. He died May 24, 1976...
Wendell Ellis (05/16/05)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- Wendell Ellis, 98, of Fredericktown died Sunday, May 15, 2005, in Jackson. Survivors include his wife, Irene Ellis; a son, Ivan Ellis of Jackson; four daughters, Carolyn Rhoades of Albuquerque, N.M., Yvonne Godzwon of Houston, Texas, Sally Tierney of Jackson, Mimi Locke of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; and a brother, Frank Ellis, of San Diego, Calif...
Roy Maynard (05/16/05)
MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. -- Roy C. Maynard, 80, of Meridianville died Sunday, May 15, 2005. He was born March 3, 1925, in Madison County, Ala. He was retired from Huntsville Utilities and was veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include a son, Mike Maynard of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Kathy Sparks of Meridianville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Harold Blessing (05/16/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Harold Richard Blessing, 56, of Anna died Friday, May 13, 2005, at Union County Hospital. He was born Dec. 1, 1948, in Anna, son of Frank and Alice Sullivan Blessing. Blessing was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 318 and employed in the power plant at Choate Mental Health Center until his retirement...
James Alyea (05/16/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dr. James O. Alyea, 78, of Columbia passed away Thursday, May 12, 2005, at Ashland Healthcare. He was born Feb. 5, 1927, in Rock Creek, Kan., son of William S. Jr. and Muriel R. Good Alyea. He and Bertha Anna Christensen were married Aug. 10, 1950, in Ortonville, Minn...
Jack Obermiller (05/16/05)
Jack M. Obermiller, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Police reports 5/16/05 (05/16/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrest do not imply guilt. DWIs * Randall Joseph Hays, 21, of 2777 Lynwood Hills Drive, was issued summonses upon suspicion of driving while intoxicated and trespassing...
Fire reports 5/16/05 (05/16/05)
** Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: * At 7:10 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Linden Street.
Out of the past 5/16/05 (05/16/05)
25 years ago: May 16, 1980 The "checking out" process at the Cape Girardeau Public Library building at Themis and Lorimier streets began yesterday with the removal of six books -- six volumes of the Bible -- and the placement of those books in the library facility on North Clark Avenue...
School funding (05/16/05)
Missouri legislators are changing the way education gets funded in the state thanks to passage of a $1 billion education reform bill. The measure awaits Gov. Matt Blunt's approval, merely a formality. Under the new bill, school districts would move away from a funding formula driven by local property taxes. Currently, schools are funded by their district's local levy...
Soap Box Derby (05/16/05)
Area children got a lesson in speed last weekend when they competed in the annual Soap Box Derby sponsored by the Rotary Club. Experienced racers quickly learned that one lane was faster than the other, but the competition took that into account by switching lanes during the heats...
Congress to hurt farmers? (05/16/05)
To the editor: Are the farmers paying attention? Why is Congress making a trade deal that prohibits American farmers' goods from being exported to Central America? In that same trade deal, why are those Central American foreigners allowed to send their goods here? You mean to say American farmers won't be allowed to export to them for years, but Congress says it's OK for us to import their Central American agriculture products? Is this the subversive Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Congress wants passed? Isn't this all part of the U.N.-related World Trade Organization agenda to cut back on American exports? Isn't the WTO pushing Congress to vote for those fraudulent free-trade agreements?. ...
Speak Out 5/16/05 (05/16/05)
Graduation crowding; Letter or call?; Thanks for sidewalks; Not horsing around; Sidewalks can wait; Treasure hunting; Trashy trucks; Thanks, handsome; Connecting the dots; Home turf; Where's safety gear?; Coined by Hoover; Extremist slurs; Watching the road; Crossing paths; Barking dogs; Barbecue plea
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