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Realtors: Housing market still strong (06/03/05)
Fiscal restraint and supply and demand are fueling the gains in the median sales price of single-family homes in Cape Girardeau rather than speculation and easy credit terms, say area real estate agents. "The market here is more in balance," said Thomas M. Meyer of Thomas L. Meyer Realty Co...
Construction to start Chaffee elementary activity center (06/03/05)
Construction will soon begin on a new elementary activity center in the Chaffee School District. At a recent meeting, the school board accepted a bid of $1.33 million from Penzel Construction for the project. After years of problems, Chaffee Elementary School's battle against a lack of space will end this summer...
Courtroom comment leads circuit judge to declare mistrial (06/03/05)
Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis declared a mistrial Wednesday in the trial of an accused rapist after a prospective juror blurted out an answer to a prosecutor's question that made it impossible for the defendant to receive a fair trial. "He [the prospective juror] was being candid and said it [what he said] in good faith. He wasn't trying to cause any trouble," Lewis said Thursday...
New friends next door (06/03/05)
Small talk fills the air as one woman greets another in the hot-dog line. Nearby, two children drag their mother over to inspect the fire truck parked on the street. Above, three brightly colored balloons drift into the sky after being freed by a toddler who couldn't quite hold on tight enough...
Residents ready to sacrifice for better highway (06/03/05)
People living along Highway 34 around Burfordville may have some significant inconveniences when plans are finalized and construction begins for improvements along that road, but many of them see it as a necessary sacrifice. Don and Sharon McCarty may end up having to move as a result of proposed improvements to Highway 34 in the Burfordville area, but they aren't angry...
Funds delayed to colleges by governor to be restored (06/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt will release the $100 million he withheld earlier this year from public universities no later than June 27, his spokesman confirmed Thursday. On Feb. 24, Blunt announced that 70 percent of money due to nine four-year institutions, including Southeast Missouri State University, for the months of March, April and May would be delayed until June, the last month of the 2005 fiscal year. ...
Cape Girardeau County bids for computer upgrade (06/03/05)
Cape Girardeau County will likely spend at least $200,000 on a huge technology upgrade. Information systems director Eric McGowen recommended at Thursday's county commission meeting that three software companies be invited to the county to demonstrate their systems...
Commerce Bank chairman visits Cape Girardeau (06/03/05)
During his visit to Cape Girardeau Thursday, David W. Kemper said he noticed "a bank on every corner," and admitted it was something he didn't understand. "There are a lot of community banks," said Kemper, chairman, president and CEO of Commerce Bancshares Inc. "Frankly, I'm not sure why there are so many."...
Former county auditor hired to check prosecutor's funds (06/03/05)
Cape Girardeau County has hired former auditor Weldon Macke to help clean up the books left behind by a restitution clerk who was recently arrested for embezzling funds from the prosecutor's office. Monica Krauss, a four-year employee of the office, was charged last week with three counts of forgery and one of stealing $958.69 after an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Quake demonstrates volatility of New Madrid fault (06/03/05)
Just one day after a group of officials visited Cape Girardeau to discuss the risks of earthquakes in the area, an early-morning quake centered in Tennessee shook much of Southeast Missouri. The magnitude 4 earthquake occurred at about 6:35 a.m. Thursday about 10 miles outside of Dyersburg, Tenn., according to information released by the State Emergency Management Agency. ...
California congressman picked to head SEC (06/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush chose California Rep. Christopher Cox on Thursday to run the Securities and Exchange Commission, assigning him the delicate regulatory dance of protecting investors' rights while not stifling business. ...
Formula change may cost schools (06/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- About two dozen Southeast Missouri school districts stand to receive less additional money than originally anticipated from the state's new education funding formula because of a change in how revenue from a statewide sales tax is distributed, according to some education groups...
Jackson jurors may get case today (06/03/05)
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial Thursday that the pop star targeted a vulnerable cancer survivor, brought the little boy "into the world of the forbidden" in his bedroom and molested him...
Runaway bride pleads no contest (06/03/05)
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Escorted into court by her fiance, runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks tearfully pleaded no contest Thursday to faking her own abduction. She was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine. "I'm truly sorry for my actions and I just want to thank Gwinnett County and the city of Duluth," Wilbanks said in court...
Playing good fat, bad fat (06/03/05)
Weighing a little too much might not kill you, but there's nothing healthy about it, the head of the nation's health agency said Thursday, distancing herself from a controversial report suggesting that being overweight isn't so bad. Health experts increasingly are faulting a recent study by scientists at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that concluded obesity is not nearly as dangerous as was thought and that being a little plump might actually lower the risk of death...
Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as part of truce (06/03/05)
TULKAREM, West Bank -- Israel freed 398 jailed militants Thursday, fulfilling a months-old pledge that officials hope will bolster Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and his moderate allies as they contest with radical groups for support among Palestinians...
Insurgents kill 38 in Iraq (06/03/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- As usual, the attacks struck without warning, and the targets were mundane: a restaurant shredded by a car bomb, a market sprayed with bullets from driveby shooters, a coffee shop rocked by explosives hidden on motorcycles left outside...
Jackson sweeps Portageville in Senior Babe Ruth twinbill (06/03/05)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth team won a pair of dramatic contests at home Thursday night against Portageville by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh inning of each game. Jackson (5-1) won the opener 1-0 and the nightcap 7-6. Trevor Thompson scored the only run of the first game, coming home on a suicide squeeze by Travis Niswonger. Thompson had singled for one of Jackson's three hits in the game...
Two former Southeast players sign with Grizzlies (06/03/05)
Southeast Missouri State baseball players Freddy Lopez and Bo Jenkins did not have to wait long to find a place to continue their careers following the Redhawks' early exit at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament last week. Lopez and Jenkins joined the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League on Thursday. The Grizzlies play their home games at GMC Stadium in Sauget, Ill...
Sure sign of summer: Capahas roll out another season (06/03/05)
The Plaza Tire Capahas had a successful season last year, compiling a 30-12 record and making their 23rd straight appearance in the National Baseball Congress World Series. But longtime manager Jess Bolen has some good news for fans who enjoy watching and following Cape Girardeau's tradition-rich summer baseball team...
Sports briefs 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
Mack cruised to two wins over weekend Joey Mack of Benton put together an impressive month of auto racing in May. Mack won two events and had three top-10 finishes. His victories were Friday at the Malden Speedway and Saturday at the Poplar Bluff Speedway. He earned $2,100 with the two wins...
IFR event will feature wide array of activities (06/03/05)
When Melissa Kakouris took the position of executive director of the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce in January, she began a crash course in rodeo organization. She didn't know much about the sport before taking the job, she admitted, "but I do now."...
Edwards contends on two circuits (06/03/05)
CONCORD, N.C. -- Carl Edwards still is adjusting to sudden fame. Luckily for NASCAR's newest star, his girlfriend steals the spotlight every time she's on his arm. Edwards is dating Olympic swimmer and part-time model Amanda Beard, who has caused a stir at the handful of races she's attended this season...
Defending-champion Pistons feeling the Heat after 88-76 loss (06/03/05)
MIAMI -- With their star guard watching the final 10 minutes from the locker room, the Miami Heat moved within one victory of the NBA Finals. Whether Dwyane Wade can help them take the final step remains to be seen. Wade was injured while taking a charge against Rasheed Wallace in the third quarter, and the pain was too much for him to take when he returned early in the final period of Miami's 88-76 victory over the defending champion Detroit Pistons on Thursday night...
Mikan, basketball's first big man, dies at age 80 (06/03/05)
PHOENIX -- George Mikan, the "gentle giant" who a half-century ago brought fame and stability to the fledgling world of professional basketball and literally transformed the game, has died 18 days shy of his 81st birthday. Mikan died Wednesday night at a Scottsdale rehabilitation center following a long fight with diabetes and kidney ailments. ...
Sluman fires 65 at Memorial (06/03/05)
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Even after Jeff Sluman polished off his best round of the year, a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Memorial, he was quick to ask the question on just about every player's mind Thursday. What did Jack shoot? In what might be his final PGA Tour event on American soil, Jack Nicklaus sent a fan to the hospital after hitting him with a tee shot, sent the gallery to its feet with back-to-back birdie putts inside 6 inches and spent most of the gray, cool day at Muirfield Village holding his own until three bogeys on the last four holes dropped him to a 75.. ...
Pierce, Henin-Hardenne set up unexpected women's final match (06/03/05)
PARIS -- Medical charts and ages, rankings and records won't mean much when Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne clash Saturday in the French Open final. They are players who defy logic and obvious number crunching, reminding fans that champions are more than the sum of their wins and losses or backhands and forehands. Their low seedings never mattered on their marches through the draw to semifinal victories Thursday, nor did the formidable health problems each overcame to get this far...
Izzy unable to save day for Redbirds (06/03/05)
DENVER -- It takes more than one big hit to break out of the kind of slump Todd Helton has been in lately. Still, this was a pretty big hit, and it came against a darn good pitcher. Helton tied the game with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth, and Brad Hawpe followed with the winning walk Thursday to help the Colorado Rockies defeat St. Louis 8-7, handing Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen his first blown save of the season...
Sports briefs 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
Baseball...
Putting life at risk worth more points (06/03/05)
Maybe you noticed, on Thursday's Health page, that Shape Up Cape has revved up for another summer of fitness fun. And maybe you noticed that one of the Southeast Missourian teams, Fit to Print, includes eight health-conscious members of the news staff. And maybe you noticed yours truly is among them...
Longer and sleeker (06/03/05)
There are towns called "Avalon" in California, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, England and France, but the Toyota Avalon is not built in any of them. Georgetown, Ky., is home to Toyota's flagship sedan, which has been re-fashioned and re-engineered for 2005. ...
Everybody's a critic: 'The Longest Yard' (06/03/05)
HHH (out of four) This movie is about Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Adam Sandler) who used to be a superstar pro football player, but seems to be fading out of the spotlight. Crewe ends up in the same prison as former college champ and coach, Nate Scarboro (Burt Reynolds)...
Seeking balance (06/03/05)
Local artist Harry McDaniel thinks Cape Girardeau is on the cusp of a revolution, and he wants to be on the cutting edge. "This town is on the verge of a cultural explosion," said McDaniel. "We are branching out and growing. There's this whole younger generation of people wanting to do creative things."...
At the theaters 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
New at the theaters 'CINDERELLA MAN' Starring Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti and Craig Bierko. Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock starts taking fights to feed his wife and family, but as he piles up unlikely victories, he becomes a national hero whose spectacular comeback inspires the nation. Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language, running time 144 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Talents perfected over time (06/03/05)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will play host this month to a first-of-its-kind exhibit giving the state's senior citizens a chance to show off their artistic talent. Starting today and running through June 25, Gallery 100, located at 32 N. Main St., will present the "Good Vintage" traveling exhibit -- a juried showing of artwork by residents 50 or older from around Missouri...
Celebrating a life in music (06/03/05)
One of the biggest music festivals of the season will take place in Scott City Park Saturday. This festival won't be about the bottom dollar or promoting bands. Instead it will be about celebrating the life of one of Southeast Missouri's most successful musicians -- Randy Leiner -- and building on the legacy he left behind...
Artifacts 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
First Friday opening at Gallery 1.2.5; First Friday opening at The Artist Studio today; Wickliffe Mounds to hold Family Fun Day June 11; Market House offers summer drama classes; Underbergs to hold reception for Dahme; Trail of Tears, Bollinger Mill to present concerts; Local author releases book of collected poems; Felix Valle House holds French "veillee" June 11; Opera, ballet performances coming to Poplar Bluff
Jewell Williams (06/03/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jewell M. Williams, 95, of Anna died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at City Care Center. She was born Sept. 12, 1909, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Moses and Edith Weinberger Miller. She and R. Lee Williams were married Dec. 24, 1931. He died Oct. 23, 1995...
Pearl Whitney (06/03/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Pearl Mae Whitney, 64, of Charleston, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at the Clearview Nursing Home in Sikeston. She was born April 9, 1941, in Clarksdale, Miss., daughter of the late Walter and Susie Mix Whitney. Whitney was a resident of Missouri since 1946. She was a member of the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Wyatt, Mo...
Delphanie Rollins (06/03/05)
Delphanie Rollins, 34, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, June 30, 2005, at her home of an apparent heart attack. Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill. Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Bishop Paul Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, Ill...
Russell Stilts (06/03/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Russell O. Stilts, 82, of Weatherford, Texas, died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at Campbell Health Systems in Weatherford. He was formerly of Advance. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dennis Bohnert (06/03/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dennis W. Bohnert, 36, of Perryville died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1969, in Perry County, Mo., son of Elmer and Earlene LaRose Bohnert. Bohnert was an equipment operator with Earthworks. Survivors include a son, Justin Bohnert; his parents, all of Perryville; three brothers, Randy Bohnert of Old Appleton, Mo., Rick Bohnert of Perryville, David Bohnert of Frohna, Mo.; and a sister, Crystal Winschel of Oak Ridge...
Robert Norman (06/03/05)
Robert Darrell Norman, 57, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at his home. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Coryea (06/03/05)
Donna D. Ebersohl Coryea of St. Louis died Thursday, June 2, 2005. Survivors include her husband, Leroy Coryea; children, Bobbi Jo (Jeff) Renner of Jackson, Leroy C. Coryea Jr. of House Springs, Mo., Ruth E. Livingston of St. Louis; six grandchildren, Olivia, Jon, Danaa, Christian, Elene and Brynne; three sisters, Jo-Ann (Charlie) Lombardo, Betty Bauer and Barbara Richie; a cousin, Charles Ebersohl; sister-in-law; aunt; great-aunt; and friend...
Earl Eakins (06/03/05)
Earl A. Eakins, 85, of Delta died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 26, 1920, in Allenville, son of Robert and Louise Diamond Eakins. He and Oma Louise Bullinger were married Nov. 28, 1938. She died Jan. 19, 2001...
Allen Oliver Jr. (06/03/05)
Allen Laws Oliver Jr. of Dallas, Texas, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2005, five days after his 90th birthday. He was born May 23, 1915, in Cape Girardeau, son of Allen Laws Oliver of Cape Girardeau and his wife Olivia Leachman Oliver, formerly of Virginia...
Births 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
Hearnes; Donaldson; Bowman; Ressel
Fire report 6/2/05 (06/03/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday. * At 1:56 p.m., haz-mat spill at Lexington and Chesapeake avenues. * At 6:22 p.m., emergency medical service at 1700 New Madrid St. * At 9:50 p.m., citizen assist at 606 Silver Springs Road...
Police reports 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Tuesday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * A subject is in custody pending filing of formal charges for stealing animals. * Shawn S. Carnell, 30, 103 David St., Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana...
Out of the past 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
25 years ago: June 3, 1980 Seven loaded barges break loose from a 25-barge tow on the Mississippi River north of Cape Girardeau; however, by midmorning all of the free-floating barges have either run aground or have been taken back in tow. Voters in Jackson overwhelmingly approve a $500,000 bond issue to help finance a new fire and police headquarters; in a light turnout, the proposal receives 127 votes more than the two-thirds majority necessary for passage; the facility will be erected at the intersection of highways 61-72-25 and will cost $750,000.. ...
Correction: school funding bill (06/03/05)
A story in Saturday's edition should have said Gov. Matt Blunt symbolically signed the appropriations bill for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at a news conference in Cape Girardeau.
Correction 6/3 (06/03/05)
A story in Wednesday's edition about three women participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this weekend in Chicago omitted the name of a fourth participant, Lisa Newman of Jackson. She and the others will walk 26 miles Saturday and 13 miles Sunday to raise money to fight breast cancer...
The high road: Organized labor's future depends on leadership (06/03/05)
The American labor movement has reached a cataclysmic stage. The percentage of organized labor membership in private industry is a quarter of what it was in most of our lifetimes and shrinking fast. ...
Runaway assessments (06/03/05)
The Joplin Globe Missouri legislators have tried to offer relief to property taxpayers over the years in the form of special breaks for older residents and the poor. But the problem with the never-ending growth of assessments continues. People are finding that their property taxes are going up just about every year, regardless of whether they make improvements to buildings or houses. .....
The mystery ends (06/03/05)
The revelation, after three decades of ironclad secrecy, of the identity of Deep Throat has set the nation abuzz -- at least that part of the nation old enough to remember the Watergate years, the investigations of the highest levels of government and, finally, the resignation and pardon of then-president Richard M. Nixon...
A most cherished day at 99 years (06/03/05)
To the editor: Recently I received the biggest and most precious blessing of my life. I reached the age of 99 years filled with love from my family, Christian rearing and a clean, wholesome life for which I shall be forever grateful. I am thankful to the many friends who, on May 15, gave me such a completely memorable day and for their love, kindness and generosity...
Speak Out 6/3/05 (06/03/05)
Too much worrying; Not college material; When life begins; The Rush Limbaugh Pool; Equal pay; We're not socialists; More dangerous?; Outrageous sale items; Keeping up with Murray; Gag; Tossing trash; Road in special district; Train those dogs; Shame on us; Stiffer penalties; Now it's worse; Sale is a menace
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