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Three Rivers offers funding plan (05/20/05)
Three Rivers Community College proposes to take over operation of three Bootheel education centers in an effort to resolve a dispute with Southeast Missouri State University. The Poplar Bluff, Mo., community college says its plan would save Southeast money...
'Star Wars' in their eyes (05/20/05)
Some people waited almost three decades for this Thursday to come around. It was the day when "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" finally opened, closing out George Lucas' magnum opus. Those superfans were out in force at Cape West 14 Cine Thursday night, literally lining up by the hundreds to watch episode three on its first day of release...
Twelve-year-old boy hurt after running into car (05/20/05)
A 12-year-old boy was slightly injured when he ran into the side of a passing car Thursday morning on Thilenius Street in front of the Cape Girardeau Middle School, police said. The accident happened at 8:16 a.m. on the last day of the school year, police Sgt. ...
Oklahoma Street closing due to road work project (05/20/05)
Oklahoma Street in Jackson will be closed at its intersection with Highway 34/72 today, weather permitting, because of road work, Missouri Transportation Department officials said. Crews are doing asphalt paving in connection with the widening of the state highway, a project that is expected to continue through the summer and into the fall. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes, MoDOT officials said...
State parks director says bridge too costly to preserve (05/20/05)
A historic Missouri River railroad bridge would be too costly to preserve for future use as part of a state recreational trail, the director of the Missouri Division of State Parks said Thursday at a meeting of the state's park advisory board in Cape Girardeau...
Armed Forces Day activities begin with raising of flag (05/20/05)
Veterans will celebrate Armed Forces Day at Capaha Park's Freedom Corner on Saturday. The event will start at 9 a.m. with the formal raising of the American flag. The three-hour ceremony will include several demonstrations about how to properly fold a flag and information on flag etiquette, said Richard Bollwerk of Cape Girardeau, commandant of the Marine Corps League...
Tax burden for rising land values softened for some (05/20/05)
Although property and real estate assessments have gone up 8 percent in Cape Girardeau County, that doesn't mean tax bills will follow suit. Missouri statutes limit the amount of money any taxing jurisdiction can collect from increased real estate value, meaning most property owners likely won't have an 8 percent tax increase...
Sikeston man, 19, thrown from motorcycle (05/20/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A 19-year-old Sikeston man was injured Thursday afternoon when he was thrown from his motorcycle, said the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on private property one-tenth of a mile north of Sikeston, when Dustin Monroe lost control of his motorcycle while jumping an embankment. Monroe was airlifted to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and treated for serious injuries...
Cape library book sale raises funds, lowers surplus (05/20/05)
Those looking for some summer reading materials for cheap might do well to stop by the Cape Girardeau Public Library today or Saturday, when the library holds its second annual spring book sale. The sale is sponsored by The Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library, a not-for-profit community group that helps fund needs that can't be taken care of in the library budget. The Friends have sponsored a fall book sale in September for years but only started the spring book sale in 2004...
Opportunity to split tax rate rollbacks often goes unused (05/20/05)
With the exception of St. Louis County, every Missouri county has opted out of a state statute that would ease the property tax burden on residential homeowners and distribute it more evenly among agriculture and commercial property owners. Counties assess residential property differently than commercial or agricultural property. Homes are assessed at market value. Agricultural and commercial properties are assessed by what they can produce...
Pleasant Hill Day planned for Sunday at Fruitland (05/20/05)
The annual Pleasant Hill Day in Fruitland begins with worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by a basket dinner on the grounds at noon. Those planning to attend should bring their own table service, folding tables and lawn chairs. Guest speaker is Rev. Tom Bass, retired Presbyterian minister. ...
Phone companies debate law changes (05/20/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While large phone companies say a bill recently approved by the Missouri Legislature to revise state telecommunications regulations will increase competition and benefit consumers, smaller players say it will have the opposite effect...
Chesterfield man convicted of fraud from luxury-home-building scheme (05/20/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A suburban St. Louis man was convicted on fraud charges relating to a luxury-home-building scheme, U.S. Attorney James Martin said Thursday. After a 13-day trial, Jeffrey Thomas, 37, of Chesterfield was convicted Wednesday night of four counts of mail fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count each of bank and wire fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 12...
House Springs teenager arrested in mistaken highway sniper attack (05/20/05)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Gunshots thought to be sniper fire aimed at highway motorists and police near St. Louis last weekend came from a drunken teenager who was shooting into the sky and at trees, police said. Donald Christie, 19, of House Springs was charged Wednesday with felony unlawful use of a weapon in Jefferson County. Police said Christie was showing off at a house party and not firing at drivers along nearby Missouri 30 early Sunday...
Insurers try a new way to steer patients toward favored doctors (05/20/05)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Some health insurers are adding a new twist to the old approach of charging more for what's known as out of network care. They're measuring individual doctors' quality and fees -- and then charging more to see doctors deemed more expensive...
Number of new jobless claims down by 20,000 (05/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits dropped sharply last week, offering an encouraging sign for the health of the labor market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications filed for unemployment insurance declined by a seasonally adjusted 20,000 to 321,000 for the week ending May 14. The decline, larger than expected, pleased economists. It marked the biggest drop in claims seen in a month...
Some mortgage rates fall to lowest level since February (05/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages this week dropped to their lowest levels since late February, offering a bit of good news for people wanting to buy a home. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday in its weekly survey that rates on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 5.71 percent, down from 5.77 percent last week...
Both parties seek support of blacks in filibuster fight (05/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats injected racial politics into the struggle over President Bush's judicial nominees and the Senate's filibuster rules on Thursday, underscoring partisan differences while compromise-minded senators from both parties pursued an elusive agreement...
Patient-matched stem cells made in South Korea (05/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- First South Korean scientists stunned the world by cloning a human embryo. Now, using that technology and snippets of skin, they've created the first embryonic stem cells that genetically match injured or sick patients. And they did so in ways that make it far faster and easier to grow human stem cells than many researchers thought possible...
Iraqi premier urges Syria to help block terrorists' path (05/20/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's prime minister called on Syria on Thursday to block the infiltration of foreign fighters trying to start a civil war. More than a dozen Iraqis, including an Oil Ministry engineer, and four U.S. soldiers were reported killed in the ongoing daily bloodshed...
Oak Ridge tumbles to Caledonia (05/20/05)
Oak Ridge entered Thursday's Class 1 District 3 baseball championship game at Leopold looking for its first district title since 1993, which also was the last time the Bluejays appeared in a district championship game...
Hornets run down title (05/20/05)
Advance preserved its 2-1 victory over Oran with a crazy double play. The Advance baseball team escaped quite a predicament in a most unusual fashion Thursday in the championship game of the Class 1 District 2 tournament at Chaffee. But considering how difficult and controversial it was to score runs, maybe it wasn't that unusual after all...
Track and field sectional qualifiers (05/20/05)
SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS CLASS 3 Boys Notre Dame: Austin Critchlow (800); Jason Delgado (800); Bryce Wilen (pole vault); Matt Pfau (1,600); Max Poppen (300 hurdles); 800 relay (Jordan Janet, Poppen, Critchlow, Brandon Job); 1,600 relay (Mark Zimmer, Jason Delgado, Critchlow, Pfau); 3,200 relay (Pfau, Zimmer, Delgado, Critchlow)...
Scott City ends district drought (05/20/05)
Few things came easy for Scott City in the Class 2 District 2 Tournament, so it was probably only fitting that the Rams had to sweat out their first district championship since 1991. The third-seeded Rams piled up a 9-0 lead through five innings before holding off fifth-seeded St. Vincent 9-7 in Thursday afternoon's title game at Scott City...
Saxony runners chase another championship (05/20/05)
During the Class 1 cross country meet, Saxony Lutheran gave notice that a new power had emerged by capturing the state title without a senior on the roster. Using four of those cross country runners, the Crusaders are looking to bring home their second state title this year when the 3,200 relay team competes Saturday in the Class 1 state track and field meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City...
Horstman streaks into big weekend (05/20/05)
Eric Horstman would love to continue his two impressive streaks into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and perhaps beyond. In order for that to be possible, Horstman and his fellow Southeast Missouri State seniors will have to close out their home careers with a bang...
Pistons pull away to win series with Pacers (05/20/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Detroit Pistons are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals. Reggie Miller is headed into retirement without a championship ring. Richard Hamilton scored 28 points and Chauncey Billups added 23, as Detroit beat the Indiana Pacers 88-79 Thursday night and won their best-of-seven series 4-2. The Pistons will open the conference finals Monday at Miami...
Phils' Myers earns respect, win vs. Cards (05/20/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers is earning respect all around the National League. Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBIs, and Myers had another solid outing, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday. "He's the real deal," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "He's got a lot of weapons."...
Sheehan just misses record at Colonial (05/20/05)
Patrick Sheehan just missed a record in the Colonial, bogeying the final hole for an 8-under 62 in an opening round Thursday that also included a double bogey and 11 birdies. Trying to become the fourth player in three years to shoot a 61 at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, Sheehan pulled his drive at the 433-yard 18th hole into the trees. His approach landed just behind the green, and he stubbed his first chip shot...
Sports briefs 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
College basketball; High school basketball
Matching wits with all those available funds (05/20/05)
In recent days we have been informed of three more upgrades to Cape Girardeau's historic downtown area, all of which will add to our pride and all of which will be accomplished only if the federal-budget trough is deep enough to accommodate the city's request for matching funds...
First mini sport utility (05/20/05)
srobertson Lots of people think that free trade with foreign nations is a relatively new idea. It's no secret that American car manufacturers source many of their parts -- even entire vehicles -- from Asia and Europe. The Chevrolet Tracker and Ford Aspire were Korean built, Chrysler V-6 engines came from Japan, as do some Saturn engines and a number of Harley Davidson motorcycle parts. ...
The opening act (05/20/05)
Every time Parrottheads (aka Jimmy Buffett fans) sing the famous refrain of "Volcano," they are giving thanks to Keith Sykes, whether they know it or not. And when fans listen to the records of John Prine or Tommy Tutone, they may also be hearing Sykes' handiwork...
Artifacts 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
Bonnie Edwards benefit will feature live music Saturday at Arena Building; River City Players announce cast of dinner-theater musical review; Smith to lecture on Lewis and Clark Tuesday at Cape Girardeau library; Southeast university theater professor to publish book on dance criticism; NPR's 'Morning Edition' to begin at new time for KRCU's morning audience; Three nights of western swing music coming to Cape Girardeau on Thursday; Dexter man publishes memoir of his Army experience in Vietnam; Blues Fest in Illinois Saturday
Another take on textiles (05/20/05)
NEW YORK -- You hear "textiles," you think T-shirts. Or maybe you think trade because of the battle between U.S. and Chinese clothing manufacturers. If you're a fashionista, textiles might bring to mind a luxe embroidered fabric used by Oscar de la Renta or a sassy print from Betsey Johnson...
Everybody's a critic: 'Kicking & Screaming' (05/20/05)
HHH (out of four) This movie stars Will Ferrell as Phil Weston, a guy who's spent his whole life taking criticism from his overly competitive father, Buck. When Phil decides to coach his 10-year-old son's soccer team, he ends up facing off with Buck, who coaches his own young son on the most feared team in the league...
At the theaters 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
Still in theaters 'THE AMITYVILLE HORROR' Starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. Based on an account from a Long Island man, a tale that centers on the Lutz family who move into their stately, beautiful new home -- only to discover that the house already has demonic inhabitants. Rated R, running time 87 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Camella Schleinger (05/20/05)
Camella Ann Schleinger, 65, of Scott City died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 29, 1939, at Charter Oak, Mo., daughter of James F. and Essie Mae Hicks Brantley. She and Fred Schleinger Jr. were married Oct. 2, 1960, in Scott City. He died Sept. 25, 1992...
Ronald Hunt (05/20/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ronald L. Hunt, 66, of St. Louis, formerly of Perryville, died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in St. Louis. He was born March 15, 1939, in Perry County, son of Wallace and Pearl Colbert Hunt. Hunt had worked at American Can Co. He served in the U.S. Army...
Carl Mayberry (05/20/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Carl M. Mayberry, 78, of Anna died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at Union County Hospital. He was born Dec. 13, 1926, in McClure, Ill., son of the Rev. Charles and Clola Brown Mayberry. He and Violet Cline were married Aug. 5, 1947, in Anna...
Victor Douglass (05/20/05)
Victor Douglass, 52, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at his home. He was born June 25, 1952, at Thayer, Mo., son of Russell and Wilma "Jean" Bates Douglass. He and Linda Pearl Fields were married July 17, 1981, in Cape Girardeau. She died Oct. 10, 1991...
Roy Bell (05/20/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Roy F. Bell, 91, of Chaffee died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 14, 1913, at Chaffee, son of William Franklin and Nora Florence Redfern Bell. He and Mildred Dennis were married Sept. 26, 1937...
Sister Mary Blomer (05/20/05)
Sister Mary Raynald Blomer, 79, died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Anna House-the Sarah Community in Bridgeton, Mo. Jeanette Charlotte Blomer was reared in Quincy, Ill. She took the name Mary Raynald Blomer when she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1944. She professed her final vows in 1953...
Marian Sander (05/20/05)
Marian Leslie Sexton Sander, 86, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at Delmar Gardens on the Green in Chesterfield. She was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Leslie and Lula Belle Sexton. She and Denver L. Sander were married Nov. 28, 1941, in Sikeston. He died March 30, 1986...
Edward Radetic (05/20/05)
Edward John Radetic, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 19, 2005, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in St. Louis, son of Joseph and Sophia Jovanovic Radetic. He and Betty J. Merkle were married June 4, 1949. Radetic had been a supervisor for A&P Tea Co. 30 years, and worked in the restaurant business until his retirement...
Aymond Cooper (05/20/05)
STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Aymond "Bud" Cooper, 78, of Cahokia, Ill., passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Sturdivant, son of John and Rosa Cooper. He married Bettie Thorp. Mr. Cooper was retired from Southern Equipment Co. in St. Louis. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 202 of St. Louis, and an avid fisherman...
Wilma Smith (05/20/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Wilma I. Smith, 78, of Sikeston died Thursday, May 19, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Canalou, Mo., daughter of John D. and Crissie Shoulders Barnes. She and B.J. "Jack" Smith were married May 18, 1946, in Canalou. He died June 24, 1998...
Fire reports 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * At 5:07 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2400 block of Glenridge Drive. * At 11:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Evergreen Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Police reports 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Thursday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Carlton Jason Price, 29, 730 Sheridan Drive, Apt. 8F, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau municipal warrant for failure to appear...
Out of the past 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
25 years ago: May 20, 1980 A spectacular sunset and perhaps some late afternoon haze will be the only souvenirs the Cape Girardeau area will get from Sunday's eruption of Mount St. Helens; a cloud of volcanic ash from the Washington site moves across Kansas and enters Missouri early in the morning, but National Weather Service experts say they expect it to cause no health hazards...
Sports corrections 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
* Kody Campbell of Oran hit the game-winning single in Tuesday's semifinal game versus Bernie in the Class 1 District 2 tournament. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. * Notre Dame soccer player Megan Robert was listed as a freshman in Wednesday's edition. Robert is a sophomore. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Legislative review (05/20/05)
This year's regular session of the Missouri Legislature was historic because both the legislature and the governor's office were controlled by Republicans, creating a smooth working relationship that produced several major changes in state government after more than half a century of domination by Democratic legislators and governors...
At least Chinese are trying to help (05/20/05)
To the editor: Every morning when I get the paper, I look for any article concerning Jim Trickey and his treatment for ALS in China. Evidently, Michael W. Thies has never seen what ALS does to a person. In May 1998, my beautiful 41-year-old daughter passed away from ALS...
Attitude is still condescending (05/20/05)
To the editor: Professor Ronald Clayton's second guest column, meant on the surface to explain his position in greater detail but on a deeper level written to defend his position, does little to assuage the offense taken by me and, I am sure, others in this area...
High praise for Shere Kahn director (05/20/05)
To the editor: Thank you so much for the wonderful article in the Southeast Missourian Jr. on Shere Kahn, the special music group from Central Middle School. We got the most recent issue yesterday and, as usual, read it from cover to cover. These children have worked so hard and do put on quite the show. As a parent of a fifth-grader involved, it has been the highlight of his year at CMS...
Speak Out 5/20/05 (05/20/05)
The best crops; Post office location; Maintaining right-of-way; Not in my back yard; Making a message; Warning: Children; Heed the advice; Need representatives; Abandoned cat; We noticed; He's a jewel; Ike's thoughts; Not the same party; Relying on government; Power of voting; Intolerant abuse
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