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Stories from Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Jackson cuts millions in school plan (05/18/05)
Jackson voters will face an amended, less-expensive plan for a new high school that needs only a 50 percent majority vote to pass in the August election. The school board voted 6-0 to approve a $19.8 million lease-purchase agreement proposal at its meeting Tuesday night, downsizing from the original $27 million bond issue that failed in November and April elections. Board member Teri Tomlin was not at Tuesday's meeting...
Music provides insight on history (05/18/05)
Visitors to the Red House Interpretive Center in Cape Girardeau were treated to the sounds of the past Tuesday night. Mary Green Vickery, a singer/songwriter/historian, presented a lecture and performance titled "Songs Lewis and Clark Might Have Sung."...
Editorial: Farm community not ready for pharm crop project (05/18/05)
There was nothing wrong with the premise -- using a combination of science and nature to grow a relatively few acres of genetically modified rice in Southeast Missouri with the potential to save millions of lives around the world. That wasn't the only promising potential. ...
A seller's guide to planning the perfect summer yard sale (05/18/05)
With the onset of spring comes balmy weather, flowers sprouting in yards, and yard sales popping up on nearly every street corner. Yard sales are most popular between April and October when people don't mind being outside. They often coincide with spring cleaning. After cleaning out the garage or attic, rather than put some items back, homeowners try to make a few dollars selling them...
Partial listing of local insurance agencies (05/18/05)
Agency: AAA Automobile Club of Missouri Contact: Jim Burke Phone: 334-3038 Agency: Adkinsson Insurance Agency Contact: Laurel or Christopher Adkisson Phone: 334-1095 Agency: American Family Insurance Contact: Howard Aslinger Phone: 334-3921 Agency: American Family Insurance...
Charity golf events bring big money (05/18/05)
Southeast Missouri's golf courses are busy with charity tournaments, benefit games and corporate outings during May and early June. These tournaments are a primary funding source for nonprofit agencies but enjoyed by golf course employees too. "It's fun for the members and we get sponsorships" to raise money, said Marybeth Williams, executive director of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. The chamber just held its annual tournament earlier this month at Bent Creek Golf Club...
Once vacant commercial properties now ready for use (05/18/05)
Three years ago, more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial real estate sat empty in the Cape Girardeau area, thanks to an era of downsizing, recession and the seemingly always attractive foreign markets. But something has happened since then, as -- one by one -- the spaces that had once been home to vibrant economic activity came off the market, gobbled up by investors looking to lease or buy the buildings and warehouses to set up shop...
Marchi celebrates 20 years as Cape Schnucks manager (05/18/05)
When Dennis Marchi was a boy, his grandfather Dory took him out in the back yard of Marchi's Crestwood, Mo., home and taught him to play baseball. His grandfather knew his way around a bat and ball -- he had even played in the minor leagues for a bit. He also knew to be successful in this finicky sport, you had to be able to acclimate yourself to the constantly changing situation and think quickly on your feet...
Semo Port is a busy place ... and getting busier (05/18/05)
For the first time since it was formed in 1975, the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority set a new high-water mark with more than 1 million in tonnage passing through the port, whether by river, rail or truck. "It can get pretty busy around here," said executive director Dan Overbey...
Building permits (05/18/05)
Commercial building permits recorded at the Cape Girardeau Division of Inspection Services Office during April...
Tax liens for May 2005 (05/18/05)
Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of April are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation...
Bankruptcies for May 2005 (05/18/05)
Bankruptcies filed through April for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Genetically-engineered rice would have meant great things for area farmers (05/18/05)
About six months ago, Southeast Missouri rice farmers were offered a chance to participate in one of the most substantial value-added commodity opportunities ever offered in this state and possibly the entire country...
Southeast Missouri Hospital recognizes outstanding service (05/18/05)
Southeast Missouri Hospital recently recognized the long-term efforts of a local physician and two media businesses. Dr. Thomas Sparkman, a local physician for more than 40 years, and a member of the hospital's board of trustees for 19 years, was given the Outstanding Service Award at Southeast's recent annual dinner...
Health briefs (05/18/05)
Nationwde asthma screening available; Nursing seminars planned in region; Grant allows Sikeston hospital to train physicians...
Commercial construction news (05/18/05)
Wal-Mart building sold, Orscheln to move in; Cargill expanding its grain facilities; Garage to become parking lot; Cape sells old Public Works building...
Highway signs alert motorists to tourist sites, construction (05/18/05)
With the installation of two big blue signs on Interstate 55, Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping to attract travelers off the highway and onto Cape Girardeau exits. The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to let motorists know what the road conditions are as they travel...
Dexter businesses in high gear (05/18/05)
DEXTER, Mo. -- In a period when large manufacturing businesses and factories are laying off employees, Dexter is seeing a jump in job offerings. A new building for ArvinMeritor in Dexter opened in April 2004 and created 270 new jobs in the Southeast Missouri community...
Road to recovery: Insurance industry rebounds after tough times (05/18/05)
After surviving some devastating blows, the insurance industry is headed toward recovery. Those in the industry say that the market is softening and agencies are once again writing commercial policies for new clients and for companies that they wouldn't have touched earlier...
Firms help Jackson rebuild after tornado damage (05/18/05)
Two years ago this month, a tornado swept through Jackson damaging 255 homes and 25 businesses. But to drive through the community today visitors would never know there was such extensive damage. Residents in the area hit hardest by the storm have rebuilt their houses, relocated businesses and moved on with life. And they've learned a few lessons about the importance of a good insurance policy...
Sweat equity (05/18/05)
Lynn Cotner started his teaching career 26 years ago. Just a year later he started his summer business painting houses. "I knew pretty quick I was going to need another job," said Cotner, who teaches chemistry and biology at Jackson High School. "I paint so I can afford to teach."...
Region/state digest 05/18/05 (05/18/05)
Board to vote on Cape historic site nominees; Seven injured in New Madrid crane accident; Former KC funeral home director sentenced
Memorial roadway naming may slow (05/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. 412 in the Bootheel could soon be dubbed the Gov. John M. Dalton Memorial Highway after the state's first chief executive from Southeast Missouri. It also could be one of the last roads in the state named through an act of the Missouri Legislature...
State spent $3.5 million on cars, trucks, vans after governor's order (05/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State agencies spent about $3.5 million on new cars, trucks and vans in the first three months after Gov. Matt Blunt ordered a halt to the purchase of all non-emergency state vehicles. Most of the vehicles were bought by the Missouri Department of Transportation, which said Tuesday that Blunt's order was not legally binding on the agency but that it nonetheless was voluntarily reducing its vehicle purchases...
Lessons of the road (05/18/05)
MARION, Ill. -- Julie Curtis is living proof good soldiers can come in small packages. The 5-foot-3 staff sergeant weighed 89 pounds when she led convoys of 18-wheelers through the dangerous streets and highways of war-torn Iraq during her 13 months of "boots on ground" service in the National Guard's 1221st Transportation Company out of Dexter, Mo...
Deadly crashes spark creation of task force to study school bus safety (05/18/05)
In the wake of three school bus crashes in Missouri last week that killed two motorists and injured dozens of children, Gov. Matt Blunt on Tuesday announced a task force that will study safety issues, including whether seat belts would make a difference...
Two stabbed to death in Belleville (05/18/05)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A 27-year-old woman and 28-year-old man were found stabbed to death Tuesday in an apartment in this Metro East city, police said. Nicole Jacobs and her friend Wayne Dunnavant were found stabbed multiple times in Jacobs' apartment around 10 a.m., police said. No one was in custody Tuesday night...
Blunt fires state's consumer advocate (05/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's official consumer advocate has been fired by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt's administration after a legislative session in which he criticized "the anti-consumer initiatives" backed by Blunt and Republican lawmakers...
Murder trial of ex-police officer begins (05/18/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A prosecutor brought in from Cape Girardeau County asked jurors Tuesday to convict a former policeman of murder in the death of a gay college student with whom he had a sexual relationship. But the defense attorney for Steven Rios argued that while there is evidence the officer and 23-year-old Jesse Valencia had a relationship, there is none that Rios killed the young man...
Protesters sue over ag forum arrests (05/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Two dozen activists arrested or detained before planned protests at a global agricultural forum in 2003 are suing the city, mayor and police chief, accusing them of plotting to stifle their constitutional rights to demonstrate. The lawsuit, filed Friday in by the American Civil Liberties Union, seeks $2,000 in damages for each plaintiff, as well as a court order barring police from using future "pretextual" arrests...
New panel created to protect state's military bases (05/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt named members to a newly created state commission charged with helping ensure Missouri's military bases remain open. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's recommendations of base closures last week spared Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri and Whiteman Air Force Base in western Missouri, but called for closing several smaller Missouri installations...
Brit lawmaker lashes out at U.S. senators in oil-for-food investigation (05/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- British lawmaker George Galloway denounced U.S. senators on their home turf Tuesday, denying accusations that he profited from the U.N. oil-for-food program and accusing them of unfairly tarnishing his name. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., questioned Galloway's honesty and told reporters, "If in fact he lied to this committee, there will have to be consequences."...
Senate approves bill for highway spending (05/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled Senate brushed aside a presidential veto threat Tuesday and passed a $295 billion highway bill, arguing that massive spending on bigger and better roads was necessary to fight congestion and unsafe roadways. The administration, while pressing Congress to pass a new highway bill, said the Senate version was too expensive in a time of war and debt and could result in the first veto of the Bush presidency...
Woman convicted in Iraqi prison scandal receives sentence (05/18/05)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- An Army reservist who appeared in several of the most infamous abuse photos taken by guards at Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for her role in the scandal that rocked the U.S. military's image at home and abroad...
Business digest 05/18/05 (05/18/05)
U.S. warns China about currency manipulation; Saudis say kingdom can meet demand for years; J.C. Penney earnings beat expectations handily
Youngsters urged to choose fruit, veggies over junk food (05/18/05)
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- At one preschool, the ABC's stand for apples, broccoli and carrots. As schools nationwide contend with an epidemic of obese youngsters, the Nutritional Sciences Preschool at Rutgers University has been teaching children as young as 3 to choose fruit and vegetables over junk food. And the children seem to like it...
Married gay couples celebrate anniversary of legal recognition (05/18/05)
BOSTON -- Alexander Westerhoff and Thomas Lang celebrated their first wedding anniversary Tuesday by holding a sign on the Statehouse steps reading: "Thank you Massachusetts for one year of equality." A year after Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize same-sex marriages, Westerhoff said fears have subsided that lawmakers will nullify their union...
Three found dead in Idaho; two children missing (05/18/05)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Three people were found slain in a home, and an Amber Alert was issued Tuesday for two missing children who live there, authorities said. Police used a helicopter and dogs to scour a forested area near the home for any signs of Shasta Groene, 8, and her brother, Dylan, 9. Authorities said they had no clues as to their whereabouts. The FBI was also assisting in the search...
Cellular phones can now receive text Amber Alerts (05/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Amber Alert system used to let the public know when a child is missing is being expanded to cell phones. The wireless industry announced Tuesday that subscribers can receive text messages on their phones when an alert is issued. The service is available in every state and is free to subscribers of most major cellular carriers...
New talks scheduled on Iranian nuclear issue (05/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- With U.S. support, three European nations will meet early next week with Iran in a fresh effort to curb its nuclear activities, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Tuesday. He declined to predict the outcome at a joint news conference with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who blessed the diplomatic effort as "well worth pursuing."...
Economic indicators send mixed signals (05/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices are climbing, industrial production is faltering and housing construction is rebounding, offering mixed signals about the economy. The latest batch of economic reports, released Tuesday, depicted "an OK economy that is moving forward. It's not uniformly strong, but it is still sturdy," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Economy.com...
Afghan police: 'Thieves' claim responsibility for kidnapping (05/18/05)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A group described by police as "thieves" claimed responsibility for kidnapping an Italian relief worker in the Afghan capital, police said Tuesday. Italy's foreign minister later said contact had been made with the kidnappers and the hostage was not hurt...
Cuba's Castro leads thousands in march demanding U.S. arrest exile (05/18/05)
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro led hundreds of thousands of Cubans past the U.S. mission Tuesday to demand the United States arrest a Cuban exile sought in the bombing of an airliner, accusing Washington of hypocrisy in its war on terror. Hours later, U.S. officials confirmed the militant was in custody...
Iranian foreign minister holds historic talks in Iraq (05/18/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iran's foreign minister made a historic trip to Baghdad on Tuesday, pledging to secure his country's borders to stop militants from entering Iraq and saying the "situation would have been much worse" if Tehran were actually supporting the insurgency as the U.S. has claimed...
Bodies buried in Uzbekistan amid confusion over death toll (05/18/05)
ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan -- A truck drove up early Tuesday and left 37 corpses wrapped in white shrouds. The bodies were buried, under police guard, in an empty field on the hills overlooking this eastern Uzbek city. Who the dead were, no one here knows...
Eagles, Hornets will meet for title (05/18/05)
Oran and Advance posted semifinal victories on Tuesday. In a close game it usually comes down to the team which makes the fewest mistakes. That held true on Tuesday, as second-seeded Oran took advantage of a costly Bernie error in the fifth inning to squeak by the third-seeded Mules 4-2 in a Class 1 District 2 semifinal game at Chaffee...
ND wins district crown (05/18/05)
The Bulldogs defeated Sikeston 3-0 in the championship game. SIKESTON -- Notre Dame continued its mastery of the girls' soccer Class 1 District 1, and in the process the Bulldogs maintained their dominance against Sikeston. After three overtime victories against Sikeston, Notre Dame had an easier time in winning its third consecutive district title with a 3-0 win against the Bulldogs. Last season, Notre Dame finished fourth in the state after a second-place finish in 2003...
Notre Dame slips past Perryville, into final (05/18/05)
Notre Dame held off Perryville for a 3-2 semifinal victory Tuesday in the Class 3 District 1 baseball tournament at Sikeston. The third-seeded Bulldogs (17-7) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Perryville, seeded seventh, tied the game with a run in the top half of the fifth, but Notre Dame went ahead for good with two runs in the bottom of the inning...
Area golfers finish out of medals (05/18/05)
A second round 80 pushed Central junior Blake Driskell out of medal contention as the Class 4 state golf championship concluded Tuesday at the Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar. Driskell was tied for 14th heading into the final round after shooting a 3-over-par 75 on Monday. The top 15 medal, but Driskell finished tied for 27th. Central teammate Kirk Lohmann shot an 85 on Tuesday to finish tied for 79th with a 165...
Jackson, Central arrange showdown for district title (05/18/05)
Jackson's Molly Hartmann scored two second-half goals and added two assists to lead top-seeded Jackson to a 7-1 semifinal victory over No. 4 Farmington Tuesday in the Class 2 District 1 soccer tournament at Jackson. Jackson led 2-0 at halftime before exploding for five goals in the second half...
Bears end Redhawks' four-game win streak (05/18/05)
Southwest Missouri State cruised to a 10-2 victory over Southeast. Southeast Missourian SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State's offense had been on a tear, but the Redhawks were cooled off Tuesday night as they saw their four-game winning streak end...
Error-prone Phils top Cards (05/18/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- Cory Lidle can thank Bobby Abreu and Philadelphia's offense for this victory. He sure didn't get any help from the left side of his infield. Abreu hit his eighth homer in nine games, helping the Philadelphia Phillies overcome five errors in a 7-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Piston swarm Pacers for 3-2 series lead (05/18/05)
The Detroit Pistons played like champions at home with swarming, relentless defense and unselfish offense. Ben Wallace had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead Detroit to an 86-67 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers, and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series...
Fort Zumwalt district to begin voluntary testing for steroids (05/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A large suburban St. Louis school district will begin voluntary testing of athletes for performance-enhancing drugs in the 2005-06 school year, a move the superintendent hopes will send a message to stay away from steroids. The Fort Zumwalt School District board in St. ...
Archuleta is back healthy for Rams (05/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The best barometer that something was wrong with Adam Archuleta's back last season came behind closed doors when somebody else had to tie his shoelaces. "It was pretty much a nightmare," the St. Louis Rams safety said Tuesday. "I really probably had no business being out there...
Defending Indy 500 champ will miss race (05/18/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, injured in a crash last week, will not drive in this year's race. Dr. Henry Bock, the medical director at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, announced Tuesday he has informed the Rahal Letterman Racing team that Rice will not get medical clearance in time to qualify for the May 29 race...
Marquette clumsily grapples with its nickname (05/18/05)
MILWAUKEE -- Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was stumped, along with thousands of other outraged Marquette fans, students and alumni, when the university declared it was ditching the Golden Eagles moniker and forever burying the old Warriors nickname in favor of "Gold."...
A Nicklaus farewell is often hard to read (05/18/05)
Jack Nicklaus always keeps everyone guessing about when the next round of golf will be his last. Some thought it might have happened last year at the Memorial. Nicklaus showed more emotion than usual when he made a tricky putt on the 18th hole of the final round to shoot a 1-under 71...
NBA displays first signs of impending labor woes (05/18/05)
NEW YORK -- A collective bargaining session between a large group of NBA owners and players, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has "failed to materialize," a league spokesman said. The development could be an ominous sign in labor talks, coming less than a week after commissioner David Stern publicly downgraded his outlook for reaching a new agreement from "optimistic" to "hopeful."...
Sports briefs 5/18/05 (05/18/05)
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Room to grow (05/18/05)
If you're planting your vegetables strictly according to instructions on seed packets or in most gardening books, you're wasting a lot of garden space. Instructions typically call for long rows of single vegetables with enough space -- one to three feet -- for you to walk between the rows hoeing or rototilling weeds...
Gardening layers make planning beds simple (05/18/05)
I love to eat vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh garden vegetables but don't really have a great place to grow my own. But I've found a way to get the fresh-tasting vegetables I want with the limited gardening space I have. I've started using the "lasagna gardening" method, recommended by Patricia Lanza in her book "Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces."...
Even mild winters can damage plants (05/18/05)
We usually think that winter damage in plants shows up after a harsh season of extremely cold temperatures, ice storms or prolonged snow cover. This winter damage is exhibited by dieback of twigs, sunscald, browning and even loss of leaves on broadleaf evergreens such as boxwood and nandina...
County 4-H clubs utilizing recipes to raise funds (05/18/05)
smcclanahan The Cape Girardeau County 4-H clubs are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the SEMO District Fair by helping with other agencies to build a new 4,000 square-foot 4-H exhibit building at the fairgrounds. The Cape Girardeau County club members and their families have put together a cookbook to sell for the profits to benefit the new building. ...
Confessions of a prepared-food junkie (05/18/05)
Editor's note: This column was originally published April 24, 2001. Most working women take a few shortcuts in preparing meals for their families. Maybe more than a few. Take my husband's aunt, who uses canned chicken and cut-up, store-bought tortillas in her chicken and "dumplings." Another friend has a lasagna recipe that doesn't require boiling the noodles. And what working mother hasn't popped the top off a jar of Ragu?...
40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards makes Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley double winners (05/18/05)
LAS VEGAS -- Leading nominee Tim McGraw took top single and song honors for his hit "Live Like You Were Dying" on Tuesday night at the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Most of McGraw's six nominations came from the song about living life to its fullest. It has special meaning for the singer because his father, former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Tug McGraw, died of cancer last year...
'Survivor' finale helps CBS ratings (05/18/05)
NEW YORK -- It was another winning week for CBS, which dominated the ratings with six of the top 10 shows -- while conspiring with Fox and ABC to shut out NBC. The top program was Fox's "American Idol" May 11 edition. CBS claimed the second-place "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," as well as both the finale and next-to-last edition of "Survivor: Palau," plus "CSI: Miami," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Without a Trace."...
Gloria Maevers (05/18/05)
Gloria Rose Maevers, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Scott City, daughter of Melvin P. and Georgia Rose Sander Lincoln. She married Ernest Macke and Pete Maevers, and both preceded her in death...
Nicole Stewart (05/18/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Nicole Dawn Stewart, 28, of Sikeston died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 13, 1976, in Sikeston, daughter of Lonnie and Phyllis Dockins Stewart. Stewart was employed by city of Sikeston in the tax collection office...
LaVerne Holmes (05/18/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- LaVerne Holmes, 74, of Marble Hill died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 6, 1930, at Hornersville, Mo., daughter of Charles F. and Lucy V. Gilliam Anderson. She and Don "Pig" Holmes were married April 16, 1955, in Hernando, Miss...
Eva Treece (05/18/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Eva Treece, 91, of Anna died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born Dec. 31, 1913, in Herrin, Ill., daughter of Ernest and Susie James Winchester. She and Raymond Treece were married July 2, 1930, in Union County. He died Nov. 16, 1989...
Mary Flaker (05/18/05)
Mary D. Flaker, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Lenoir Retirement Community in Columbia, Mo. She was born May 21, 1922, in Salem, Mo., daughter of James E. and Susan Foust Cook. She and Clyde F. Flaker were married Dec. 7, 1944. Flaker had been a secretary for a business machines retailer, and had worked at Remington Rand in St. Louis. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women...
Olga Reitzel (05/18/05)
Olga O. Reitzel, 86, of Jackson died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at Monticello House. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Carl Anderson (05/18/05)
Carl F. Anderson, 72, of Jackson died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 17, 1933, at Millersville, son of Frank and Cassie Long Anderson. He and Zee West were married July 10, 1961. Anderson was a construction worker...
Lee Channell (05/18/05)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- Lee Channell, 81, of Doniphan died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 15, 1924, in Hickman County, Ky., son of Clyde and Maggie Tucker Channell. Channell retired as a heavy equipment operator with Stagner Equipment Co...
Bob Strack (05/18/05)
Bob Strack, 70, of Jackson passed away Monday, May 16, 2005, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 12, 1934, in Jackson, son of Edwin and Thelma Cottle Strack. He and Jackie Kasten were married Feb. 14, 1954, and she survives of the home...
Brad Penninger (05/18/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Brad Penninger, 41, of Jonesboro died Monday, May 16, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1963, son of Robert Lee and Elaine Lyerla Penninger. He and Cindy McRaven were married Aug. 6, 1982, in Jonesboro. Penninger owned and operated Penninger Asphalt and Paving. He was a member of Dongola United Presbyterian Church, Jonesboro Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Jonesboro Masonic Lodge 111, Oasis Shrine, and a former member of Jonesboro City Council...
Births 5/18/05 (05/18/05)
Aycock; Evans; Fitzgerald; Gibson; Jansen; Green; Crabtree; Holshouser; Pierce
Fire reports 5/18/05 (05/18/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: * At 8:14 p.m., extrication at Kingshighway and Lexington Avenue. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: * At 4:51 a.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of North Sprigg Street...
Police reports 5/18/05 (05/18/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Tuesday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Terry Gene Umfleet, 48, 1620 William St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for drug violation. * A subject was in custody pending filing of formal charges for domestic assault and resisting arrest...
Out of the past 5/18/05 (05/18/05)
25 years ago: May 18, 1980 The Rev. William McCutchen Jr. is guest speaker at the annual Apple Creek Presbyterian Memorial Association meeting at the Apple Creek Church near Pocahontas; McCutchen has been pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau since 1970...
Consumers of news are more aggressive than ever before (05/18/05)
I read the news today, Oh Boy! People aren't reading newspapers as much as they used to. At the Washington Post, circulation is down almost 3 percent in just one year; the Los Angeles Times is down over 6 percent. Even The Wall Street Journal is down almost 1 percent. The New York Times has bragging rights simply by remaining flat. And, the situation may be even worse for smaller newspapers in some markets....
Tracking predators (05/18/05)
Chicago Tribune Some recent stories of kidnapping and murder have exposed gaps in Megan's Law, which requires the 50 states to register sex offenders and make information on them available to the public. The measure, named after Megan Kanka of New Jersey, who was raped and murdered in 1994 at age 7, leaves the details of enforcement to the states...
Let's not sell ourselves short on visual arts (05/18/05)
It has been interesting and a little surprising to see how the dust and not a few feathers have flown in the wake of my critique of the Lucy mural being prepared for the River Campus, Southeast Missouri State University's school for the performing and visual arts. I did not mean to give such offense...
Doctor shopping (05/18/05)
Drugs like heroin, crack and Ecstasy get most of the attention from law-enforcement agents and the media, but about one-third of drug abuse today involves prescription drugs. People who are addicted to these drugs often acquire them from doctors who presume they are prescribing them for real pain...
Speak Out 5/18/05 (05/18/05)
Saving some lives; Different views; China's backing; Avoiding the problem; Not freeloaders; Real compassion; Cowardly response
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