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Community briefs 6/13/05 (06/13/05)
Quilters' Guild meeting and workshop today The River Heritage Quilters' Guild monthly meeting begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center. This month's program will be "Blended Quilts." Visitors are welcome. ...
The evolution of teaching science (06/13/05)
Kellie Phillips hasn't taught the kinetic theory of matter to sixth-graders before, but her students will learn about it next year. The problem: Missouri's grade level expectations calling for the kinetic theory of matter to be taught in sixth grade don't say anything about teaching a lesson on atoms...
Six-year-old donates hair to Locks of Love (06/13/05)
Taylor Allen of Jackson, a kindergartner at Immaculate Conception School, recently donated 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love, a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger suffering from long-term medical hair loss...
FCE club members attend conference in Alaska (06/13/05)
Cape Girardeau County Family and Communication Education members Judy Johnson, Mary Klaproth, Carole Jo Byrd, Shirley Heise and Missouri State FCE president Betty Schalk recently attended the National Association for FCE 2005 annual conference in Achorage, Alaska, recently...
Military news 6/13/05 (06/13/05)
Edwards takes part in desert warfare training...
Local Civil Air Patrol teenager makes solo flight (06/13/05)
Micah LaVanchy of Jackson, a 16-year-old Civil Air Patrol Cadet captain, completed his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. He and his flight instructor, Capt. Mark Rhodes, are both members of CAP Trail of Tears Composite Squadron of Merit for 2005, located in Cape Girardeau. LaVanchy is the cadet commander of this squadron and plans to obtain his private pilot license soon...
Four in custody following drug investigation (06/13/05)
Four suspects are in custody after an investigation of drug activity, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Kevin Orr said Sunday. At about 7 p.m., K-9 officer Roy Rahn and Cpl. Zeb Williams arrived at the intersection of Hanover and Cousin streets. One man fled and was caught by the police dog. Two other males and a female were also arrested on drug charges...
Fire report 06/13/05 (06/13/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday: * At 3:31 p.m., line down at 1131 N. Henderson Ave. * At 4:52 p.m., emergency medical service at 1400 S. West End Blvd. * At 10:58 p.m., emergency medical service at 1500 Lexington Ave...
Van catches fire on I-55 (06/13/05)
Traffic on Interstate 55 was stopped for about an hour Sunday night as the East County Fire Protection District put out a van fire. Fire chief Jim Hanks said the van, an older model Ford, had recently been worked on. The fire started around 7 p.m., burning the tires, which had magnesium rims, and through the gas line...
Legion post holds welcome for Guard (06/13/05)
Soldiers from the 1140th Engineer Battalion returned from Iraq earlier this year. What every member of the 1140th Engineer Battalion, Company B missed while stationed in Iraq was something simple. "I now appreciate flushable toilets," said Brandon Beasley of Jackson...
Jackson fire siren may get new life as storm alert (06/13/05)
Fire chief Brad Golden will address Jackson's board of aldermen tonight about refurbishing an old city siren to use as a city storm warning system. The old siren, located at the city's power plant for years, was once used to call out firefighters when the town had an all-volunteer department. Depending on the pattern of the siren, firefighters would know which ward to go to, said Don Schuette, the current electric utility director for the city...
Police in Scott City ask for nuisance officer (06/13/05)
The city has trimmed some other spending for police and fire departments to pay for the post. Policing nuisances in Scott City like high weeds, junk cars and structurally unsound buildings has become a full-time job, says police chief Don Cobb. So on next year's budget that is now being drafted, Cobb has requested a full-time position to enforce the city's nuisance laws, something the city has had in the past but had to cut due to tight budgets...
Marion couple opens barbecue eatery (06/13/05)
MARION, Ill. -- While its accommodations may be tiny, there's a great big story behind the opening of a new Marion restaurant. A story that includes one couple and a family "so blended, we're almost pureed." The couple, Keith and Kolina Edwards, celebrated the grand opening of Pop's Chuckwagon in April. The carryout restaurant is a venture they hope will allow them to continue to live out their dream...
Wild animal circus drawing criticism (06/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Wild animal shows, like one that will be touring Missouri later this summer, are at the heart of a battle with animal activists who want the shows abolished, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday. Critics of wild animal shows say the acts are abusive. ...
Miss Columbia to represent state at Miss America (06/13/05)
MEXICO, Mo. -- Miss Columbia was crowned the new Miss Missouri at a ceremony Saturday. Stacie Cooley, 21, is originally from Liberty but entered the pageant as Miss Columbia. Cooley will represent the state in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J...
Bill fires up debate over smoking in bars, restaurants (06/13/05)
EL PASO, Ill. -- Donna Pinkham lit up a cigarette, then lit into a state bill that could snuff out smoking at the small-town bar where she passes time ribbing friends and sliding quarters into a video poker machine. "I think they ought to leave us alone. Why should we not be able to smoke anywhere just because nonsmokers don't? We have our rights, too," Pinkham, 62, said between drags at the bar in El Paso...
Cheney: Guantanamo staying open (06/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney, reacting to a growing chorus of calls to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay where terrorism suspects are held, says there are no present plans to do so. "The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people," he said...
Study: Babies are healthier when expectant moms treated for diabetes (06/13/05)
SAN DIEGO -- Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy give birth to healthier babies if they are aggressively treated, concludes a large new study that helps bolster the case for testing all pregnant women for this condition. The study, by Australian researchers, is the first to show that treatment can help avoid serious problems at birth...
Arlene fizzles out after making landfall on hurricane-weary Florida coast (06/13/05)
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- As Tropical Storm Arlene bore down on the Gulf Coast with hurricane warnings firmly in place, Kim and Donald Carter weren't stocking up on generators or tarps or batteries. They were looking for sun hats. "Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow and we can get out and walk," said Kim Carter, who was celebrating her first wedding anniversary with her husband...
Government reports drop in rate of child abuse, family violence (06/13/05)
Almost half of the 3.5 million victims of family violence between 1998 and 2002 were spouses. WASHINGTON -- Child abuse and other forms of violence involving families fell by more than half between 1993 and 2002, in line with the decline in crime overall, the government said Sunday...
Texas developers creating sex offender-free neighborhood (06/13/05)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The sales pitch for this planned subdivision goes beyond the usual vision of attractive homes and amenities -- homeowners will be required to pass criminal background checks and no convicted sex offenders will be allowed. It's a concept that might prove right for the times, said first-time developer Clayton Isom, one of three partners in a company creating Milwaukee Ridge on the outskirts of this West Texas city...
Loss of appetite among elderly often a sign of problems (06/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Madeline Thompson was a home economist who cooked three square meals a day for her family in Springfield, Ill. But as she and her husband aged, they began losing their appetites. Denture problems made it hard for John Thompson to chew his food. Depression, dementia and other health problems followed...
Feds allow firms to trade info to avoid prosecution (06/13/05)
The cooperation helps companies avoid the loss of jobs, investments and pensions in corporate fraud cases. WASHINGTON -- In a new strategy against crooked corporations, the Justice Department is allowing them to avoid prosecution in exchange for information about discussions between employees and company attorneys...
Bombings in Iran leave at least 9 killed, 90 injured (06/13/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Bomb blasts struck Iranian government buildings in the capital of an oil-rich border province, followed within hours by two other bombs in central Tehran, killing a total of nine people days before Iran's presidential elections. Iran's security service blamed the bombings -- the deadliest in Iran in more than a decade -- on supporters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein...
Four U.S. troops killed in Iraq bombings (06/13/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The military announced the killing of four more U.S. soldiers on Sunday, pushing the American death toll past 1,700, and police found the bullet-riddled bodies of 28 people -- many thought to be Sunni Arabs -- buried in shallow graves or dumped streetside in Baghdad...
Arubans pray with family of missing teen (06/13/05)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Islanders and tourists attended church services Sunday to pray for a missing Alabama honors student, and defense attorneys for two men detained in connection with her disappearance said there was not enough evidence to continue holding them. Natalee Holloway, 18, vanished early May 30, hours before she was expected at the airport to return home after a five-day trip to this Dutch Caribbean island...
Walton, Bean each rack up three wins (06/13/05)
Dalton Wilson and Morgan Bean each picked up three first-place finishes Saturday in the 16th annual Hershey's Youth Track and Field Local Meet. The event for youths ages 9 to 14 took place at Central Junior High School. Winners from the events qualified for the Hershey's state meet, set for July 1 art Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City...
Rain washes out Sunday games (06/13/05)
Rain washed out the final day of the Kelso Klassic tournament on Sunday, leaving the the three-day, 13-team, double-elimination men's fast-patch softball event with just seven games completed. "We made a decision about 7 a.m. this morning this wasn't going to work, so we sent the teams home," Rick Heuring, assistant tournament director, said Sunday...
Missourian Edwards nabs 2nd win of year (06/13/05)
LONG POND, Pa. -- Carl Edwards turned his first laps at Pocono Raceway playing a video game. He paid attention, and when it came time for the real thing, nobody was better. Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers...
Ginobili scored 27 points, as the Spurs run away with a 97-76 victory (06/13/05)
SAN ANTONIO -- Two steps quicker, two games ahead. The San Antonio Spurs were at their best Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, speeding out to a big early lead and frustrating the Detroit Pistons the rest of the way in a 97-76 victory for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship round...
Afleet Alex jockey blames self for defeat in Derby (06/13/05)
NEW YORK -- On the morning after the Belmont Stakes, reality set in: Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex came within 8 feet of winning the Triple Crown. Unlike the past three years, when the Belmont was the undoing of Triple Crown hopefuls Smarty Jones, Funny Cide and War Emblem, Afleet Alex was tripped up by the first race in the series, the Kentucky Derby...
Stern sets June 30 as key date in labor negotiations (06/13/05)
SAN ANTONIO -- David Stern hasn't yet made his best offer on a new collective bargaining agreement. But once he does, it won't be on the table for long. The commissioner addressed almost nothing aside from labor questions Sunday at his annual NBA Finals news conference, revealing several areas where the owners have already altered their offer -- including a proposal to raise the minimum age to 19 instead of 20...
Washington's winning streak hits 10 games (06/13/05)
After meeting on the infield grass for high-fives and back slaps in celebration of their 10th straight victory, the Washington Nationals looked into the stands at RFK Stadium and saw most of the 37,170 spectators on their feet, applauding. Several players clapped right back -- making for matching standing ovations -- and manager Frank Robinson doffed his cap...
Tyson calls it quits after loss by TKO (06/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- Mike Tyson was sprawled on the canvas, his head stuck oddly between the first and second ropes. Kevin McBride had shoved him down and now he sat there, trying to contemplate whether to get up. The round was over, and so was Tyson's career. Nineteen years after he became the youngest man to win the heavyweight title, he was reduced to this...
Seabol sparks rally, lifts Cards past Yanks (06/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Four years ago, Scott Seabol popped out in his only major league at-bat with the New York Yankees. On Sunday, he beat the team that picked him in the 88th round of the 1996 draft with his first career home run. Seabol's two-run, pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning provided the go-ahead run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the sputtering Yankees...
Garcia holds on this time, picks up win in Booz Allen (06/13/05)
Sergio Garcia felt haunted by what he called the "Wachovia ghost" when he missed the green on the par-3 final hole at the Booz Allen Classic in Bethesda, Md. "I could see the guy just flying around, saying 'Oooh-oooh, what's going on?'" Garcia said...
Sorenstam cruises to her ninth major win (06/13/05)
She turned back Wie to reach the halfway point on her Grand Slam quest. HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. -- Halfway home to the Grand Slam, miles ahead of everyone else, Annika Sorenstam could hardly wait to take care of a most pressing matter Sunday after winning the LPGA Championship...
Green Wave stays alive in tournament (06/13/05)
Micah Owings suspected even before he struck out the side in the first inning that he was about to pitch one of the best games of his college career. Owings threw a three-hit shutout and national top seed Tulane broke open a scoreless pitchers' duel in the late innings to keep its season alive with a 7-0 victory over Rice on Sunday in Game 2 of the New Orleans NCAA Super Regional in New Orleans...
Long-time appliance dealer retiring (06/13/05)
Unlike some professional athletes, Richard Weber knows when it's time to throw in the towel. "I'm tired," he said. "I'm going to retire." After 40 years, Weber, 75, has closed Weber TV and Appliance Sales and Service, which has operated in Cape Girardeau since 1976. It opened in 1964 in Kelso, Mo., and later operated in Scott City...
Bouncing back (06/13/05)
Sixteen months ago, Bill Cofield was hired away from his management job at Avery Denison in Meridian, Miss., to come to the Rubbermaid plant in Jackson and make some difficult decisions. Among his first tasks as director of operations may have seemed the most brutal -- trimming the work force by more than 300 people, going from 760 to 435 workers, the first round of layoffs in the local plant's history...
Business memo 06/13/05 (06/13/05)
Program focuses on small-budget advertising A small business round table will be held at noon June 21 at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, 1267 N. Mount Auburn Road. The presenter will be Frank Kinder of Red Letter Communications, and the program is about advertising on a small budget. Contact Debbie Hamilton at 335-3312 no later than Friday to confirm attendance...
People on the move 06/13/05 (06/13/05)
Woodmen rep attends life insurance seminar Kenny Volkerding of Cape Girardeau, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a five-day educational program at Modern Woodmen's home office in Rock Island, Ill. The program focused on helping families with life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits...
Program giving more attention to black business owners (06/13/05)
Some teachers say few case studies in class capture the complexities of race in business. WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Professor Chester Baker has seen it time and again in his management class: A case study comes up for discussion, and his black students tune out...
Charlotte Koeberl (06/13/05)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Charlotte A. Koeberl, 55, of Frohna died Sunday, June 12, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 31, 1949, daughter of Eugene and Frieda Miesner Fritsche. She and Ralph Koeberl were married Oct. 24, 1970...
Bertie Plunk (06/13/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bertie E. Plunk, 94, of Sikeston, formerly of Matthews, Mo., died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Miner Nursing Center in Miner. She was born Oct. 30, 1910, in Crump, Tenn., daughter of John and Laura Circely Duren. She and Virgil D. Plunk were married July 17, 1927, in Crump. He died Aug. 25, 1970...
Calvin Walton (06/13/05)
Calvin C. Walton, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 12, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born June 28, 1926, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Charles and Emily Cummings Walton. He was retired from Superior Electric, where he had worked for 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II...
Harold Creed (06/13/05)
WELLINGTON, Kan. -- Harold Elza Creed, 81, of Wellington, died Saturday, June 11, 2005. Creed was a commercial electrician. Survivors include two sons, Steve Creed of Wellington, Doug Creed of Cape Girardeau; three daughters, Michele Leach of Stillwater, Okla., Vicki McDonald of Wellington, Dawn Pashke of Overland Park, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren...
John Hume Sr. (06/13/05)
John P. "Jack" Hume Sr., 74, of Jackson died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Florissant, Mo., son of Edward and Margaret Patterson Hume. He and Mary Burnett were married Aug. 15, 1959. She died Oct. 21, 2003...
Joseph Mirgeaux (06/13/05)
Joseph Lee Mirgeaux, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1917, in Fornfelt, Mo., son of Joseph and Alice Rozmerski Mirgeaux. He and Dorothy Dirickson were married March 1, 1937, in St. Louis. She died in 1993...
Theresa Steagall (06/13/05)
Theresa Gaye Steagall, 43, of Scott City died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at her home. She was born May 9, 1962, at Peoria, Ill., daughter of Cecil Claude and Wanda Sue Jackson Harris. She and Paul William Steagall were married July 13, 2001, at Benton, Mo...
Edith Leimer (06/13/05)
Edith K. "Gram" Leimer, 88, of Jackson died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 13, 1917, at Oak Ridge, daughter of Charles P. and Edna McLane Kasten. She and Norman W. Leimer were married May 12, 1935. He passed away May 25, 1999...
Dorothy Fowler (06/13/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Dorothy L. Fowler, 84, of Advance died Sunday, June 12, 2005, at Crowley Ridge Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. She was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Bell City, Mo., daughter of John and Carrie Reutzel Lockhart. She and Donel Fowler were married Sept. 13, 1941, in Jackson. He died Dec. 12, 2000...
Police reports 6/13/05 (06/13/05)
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Out of the past 6/13/05 (06/13/05)
25 years ago: June 13, 1980 Steps to enact urban redevelopment in several areas of Cape Girardeau could proceed if the city council would move to support such action, Martin Hecht, one of the major supporters of the redevelopment concept here, tells a gathering of two dozen downtown businessmen and property owners; he also announces that planning consultants will be in town June 24 to survey the areas which are being considered for redevelopment...
Students deserve more than funny-money plan (06/13/05)
The leaders of the Missouri Legislature and the governor started bragging as soon as the 2005 legislative session ended May 13. The new foundation formula was at the top of their list. They cited it as the answer to Missouri's school funding problems...
Voting safeguards (06/13/05)
Changes in the way Americans live has led U.S. election officials to propose changes in the way we vote, replacing precincts with large vote centers where ballots could be cast over weeks instead of on a single day. Call it the superstore of voting...
High gas prices are all relative (06/13/05)
To the editor; You think paying roughly $2 a gallon for gasoline is bad? Out here in California (I'm a Cape Girardeau native), we pay up $2.50 to $2.75 for gas. Recently, my boyfriend and I took a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. Gas was selling for $3.80 a gallon. The Pacific Coast Highway has some pretty isolated areas, but charging tourists that amount is crazy. Consider yourselves lucky...
Cell-phone ban targets wrong age (06/13/05)
To the editor: In response to one of the numerous articles on cell-phone limitations while driving, I disagree with this action toward teenagers. While some laws and limitations are better suited toward a younger age demographic, this is one that is not...
Speak Out 6/13/05 (06/13/05)
Distorting history; They won't listen; Politically motivated; Teens only; Words on a page; Proud of vote; Reasonable respect; Healthy sidewalks; Who said this?; Bring back Riverfest; Not like Nixon; Unconscionable act
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