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Area high school seniors awarded scholarships by Kiwanis Club (06/27/05)
The Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club recently awarded 24 area seniors scholarships to the school of their choice. Weekly bingo games at Bingo World funded the $1,000 scholarships. A banquet was held in the students' honor at Drury Lodge. Scholarship winners from Notre Dame Regional High School were Sarah Huber, Jordon Janet, Nathanial Todt, Katie Spalding, Chad Slaten, John Heisserer, Will Lindman and Kelsey Scheeter...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
7:30 p.m. today Public hearings * Hearing to consider rezoning of 304 Daisy Ave. from R-2 (single family) district to C-2 (general commercial), as submitted by the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. * Hearing to consider rezoning of 112 Morgan St. from R-2 (single family) to R-3 (one- and two-family) as submitted by Kenneth and Michelle Spooler...
Expansion project to send KRCU radio signal north to St. Louis area (06/27/05)
The station will be able to reach 1.9 million people according to figures from the 2000 census. The KRCU expansion that has been in the works since the late 1990s has now become a reality. Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins signed a contract earlier this month authorizing construction of a repeater in the Farmington, Mo., area that would allow the station's signal to reach all the way to the St. Louis area...
Scout's field of experience: Area farmers use rice expert (06/27/05)
Amy Beth Dowdy can tell what a rice field needs just by looking at the colors. Dark green spots mean the water isn't holding well, she says, and light green spots mean too much grass is growing in with the crops. When a field has shiny patches, it has to be nutsedge, a pesky weed. For many of the fields she checks on, Dowdy knows exactly what to recommend for whatever ills, mostly because she knows the land so well...
Local dancers offered contracts with St. Louis dance company (06/27/05)
Three dancers from the Exalt Him Dance and Production Center in Cape Girardeau recently auditioned for the Alexandra Ballet Company, acclaimed as a top pre-professional company, in St. Louis. It is also a founding member of Regional Dance America, an organization that promotes the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States...
Community briefs 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
Genealogical group meets Tuesday for research The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. This informal meeting will be a time of research with no business meeting or formal program presented. ...
Jackson businesswoman's artwork to benefit library she frequented (06/27/05)
Instead of a memorial service for the late Gwen Winningham, Jackson businesswoman and civic donor, a benefit auction of pastels and paintings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Regional Library. Judy Hoffman, a friend, neighbor, and the overseer of Winningham's affairs, said, "Gwen was grateful to the staff at Riverside Regional Library, who helped her with research for books she'd written."...
Civil Air Patrol squadron cadets get regular orientation flights (06/27/05)
The Civil Air Patrol Trail of Tears Composite Squadron, named Squadron of Merit 2005 by its Missouri State CAP headquarters, is providing regular orientation flights to squadron cadets, aged 12 to 18, in the local squadron's CAP corporate Cessna 172 Skyhawk...
Ruling could bolster efforts to protect property rights (06/27/05)
Gov. Matt Blunt said he will seek legislation to define the proper uses of eminent domain. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Limiting the scope of local governments' power to seize private property solely for economic development purposes could be on the Missouri Legislature's agenda next year in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial ruling that the Constitution doesn't prohibit such actions...
Program has hikers hitting Juden Creek trail (06/27/05)
Joyce Miller has hiked all over the world. She's scaled Mount Whitney, Mount Fuji and the Grand Canyon. Betty Henson has also climbed Mount Fuji and the Grand Canyon. Sunday, both women were enjoying the scenery of Southeast Missouri during a hike on the Juden Creek trail, sponsored by the Department of Conservation...
Three caught after burglary call at park (06/27/05)
Three people are in custody after Cape Girardeau police responded to a burglary call at Arena Park Sunday evening. Two are juveniles from Cape Girardeau; the third, an adult, is from Jackson. Charges are pending. Police said the juveniles face charges of attempted burglary, burglary, stealing and resisting arrest. The adult faces charges of property damage, burglary and resisting arrest...
Calls for Scott Co. deputies quadruple (06/27/05)
The increase is largely due to changes that were implemented when Sheriff Rick Walter took office. BENTON, Mo. -- Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff's Department have been busy through the first half of 2005. So far, the department has doubled the number of calls for service it had during all of 2004, setting the office on pace to quadruple last year's total...
MoDOT OKs U-turn signs for Jackson's 34/72 project (06/27/05)
U-turn signs? U-bet. The Missouri Department of Transportation's District 10 office recently notified the city of Jackson that it would install U-turn signs at various sections of the Highway 34/72 widening project. Local merchants along the stretch, primarily Alderman Joe Bob Baker who owns a salvage yard there, complained recently that the lack of signs would hurt business...
Boy in eastern Missouri drowns in creek Sunday (06/27/05)
LA DUE, Mo. -- A 10-year-old boy drowned Sunday while wading in a creek in Henry County in eastern Missouri. Brandon Brown, of Montrose, Mo., was playing with friends about 12:30 p.m. when he waded downstream away from the group, the Missouri State Water Patrol said. The boy slipped, fell into a 3-foot hole and drowned...
Missouri's debt to feds coming due (06/27/05)
Businesses could pay higher taxes if the state's payment plan doesn't satisfy federal bill collectors. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- About 50,000 Missourians receive weekly unemployment checks from the government. The intent is to help people pay their bills after getting fired or laid off...
Rumsfeld: Insurgency may last 12 years (06/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday he is bracing for even more violence in Iraq and acknowledged that the insurgency "could go on for any number of years." Defeating the insurgency may take as long as 12 years, he said, with Iraqi security forces, not U.S. and foreign troops, taking the lead and finishing the job...
Government OKs mad cow test it had called unnecessary (06/27/05)
In humans, a form of the disease has been linked to the consumption of contaminated meat. WASHINGTON -- A third and more sophisticated test on the beef cow suspected of having mad cow disease would have helped resolve conflicting results from two initial screenings, but the U.S. refused to perform it in November...
Girl, 14, killed by shark was far from Florida shore (06/27/05)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Beaches reopened Sunday with extra lifeguards along a stretch of the Florida Panhandle coast where a shark killed a 14-year-old girl, as coastal residents reported seeing at least one shark hunting fish close to shore. Jamie Marie Daigle of Gonzales, La., was swimming on a boogie board with a friend at least 100 yards from shore when she was attacked Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico, said Walton County sheriff's Capt. ...
Iran president-elect vows to pursue nuclear program (06/27/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's ultraconservative president-elect, at once defiant and at ease, vowed Sunday to restart the nation's controversial nuclear program and warned European negotiators that building trust required a mutual effort. Asked about relations with the United States during his first news conference since Friday's election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran "is taking the path of progress based on self-reliance. It doesn't need the United States significantly on this path."...
Asia marks six-month tsunami anniversary (06/27/05)
VAKARAI, Sri Lanka -- Along India's tsunami-battered eastern shore, fisherman Ravi Shankar burned incense sticks before a coconut sapling named after his niece, one of 207 trees planted and named in memory of children who died on this spot six months ago...
Suicide bombers strike Iraqi security forces (06/27/05)
MOSUL, Iraq -- Suicide bombers struck a police headquarters, an army base and a hospital around Mosul on Sunday, killing 33 people in a setback to efforts to rebuild the northwestern city's police force that was riven by intimidation from insurgents seven months ago...
Missouri signs on ex-Central lefty Thies (06/27/05)
An arm injury sidelined the former Tiger this past season. John Thies missed virtually all of the 2005 baseball season because of an elbow injury that required surgery. But that inactivity did not discourage the University of Missouri from continuing to recruit the former Cape Girardeau Central High School standout. Thies, a left-handed pitcher, recently signed a letter of intent with the Tigers...
Capahas pound out sweep of Pally's (06/27/05)
Plaza Tire outscored the visiting Springfield team 23-0. A visit from the Springfield (Ill.) Pally's was all it took to wake up the Plaza Tire Capahas' slumbering offense. One day after having just eight hits and scoring only three runs during a doubleheader loss to the St. Louis Printers, the Capahas piled up 24 hits in blistering the Pally's 13-0 and 10-0...
Jackson Senior Babe rolls past Charleston (06/27/05)
Southeast Missourian Jackson's Senior Babe Ruth team reached the 20-victory mark by sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Charleston, 7-2 in the opener and 16-1 in the five-inning, run-rule nightcap. Brandon Stearns improved his personal record to 6-0 by pitching all seven innings of the opener. He scattered seven hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks...
Magic in the kingdom (06/27/05)
Amber Scheman recently had the opportunity to spend a few days at Walt Disney World with her family and friends. Throw in a national gymnastics championship, and that's not a bad vacation for an 8-year-old. Scheman topped off her trip with the Level 4 bars title in the 8-year-old division at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Age Group Gymnastics National Championships...
Garcia, Bradley win singles titles (06/27/05)
Southeast Missourian Daniella Garcia and Bill Bradley won the open singles titles Sunday at the ACE Tennis Tournament at the Southeast Missouri State University tennis courts. Garcia defeated Brigitte Kinnaman 7-6, 6-4 in the women's open singles final...
Sports briefs 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
Baseball n The Chicago Cubs activated right-hander Mark Prior before Sunday's start against the White Sox and sent left-hander Rich Hill to Triple-A Iowa. Prior, 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA, had been on the disabled list since May 28 with a fracture in his right elbow after being hit by a line drive in a game against Colorado...
Stewart drives faltering car to Victory Lane (06/27/05)
SONOMA, Calif. -- Tony Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane -- and he did it with one hand. With fourth gear gone and third gear going in his Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet late in Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350, Stewart held his car in gear with one hand and steered with the other as he caught and passed Ricky Rudd for the lead and the win...
Harrington rolls in dramatic eagle to nip Furyk at the wire (06/27/05)
Padraig Harrington curled in a big-breaking 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to beat Jim Furyk by a stroke in the Barclays Classic at sun-baked Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. Harrington took advantage of Furyk's late meltdown in the 90-degree heat for the Irish star's second PGA Tour victory of the season, overcoming a three-stroke deficit with five holes to play to stun the 2003 U.S. Open champion...
Wimbledon will resume play today (06/27/05)
WIMBLEDON, England -- When action resumes today at the All England Club after the middle Sunday's traditional day of rest, it will be Jill Craybas facing Venus Williams for a spot in the quarterfinals, instead of another Williams vs. Williams meeting at a major...
Texas sweeps Florida to win its sixth CWS championship (06/27/05)
OMAHA, Neb. -- J. Brent Cox went to his knees in jubilation and soon he was covered by joyous Texas teammates who raced to the mound. The pile of players grew high as the Longhorns celebrated their return to the top of college baseball. Blending power pitching from Cox and starter Kyle McCulloch with an unlikely spark from No. 8 hitter David Maroul, Texas beat Florida 6-2 Sunday for its sixth College World Series title...
Birdie wins it on No. 18 (06/27/05)
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- She changed her name to Birdie so everyone would know who she was, and even that wasn't enough at a U.S. Women's Open where historical moments belonged to everyone else. It started with Annika Sorenstam and her quest for the Grand Slam...
Pirates turn on Redbirds (06/27/05)
The Pirates turned six double plays in a 5-4, 10-inning victory over St. Louis. ST. LOUIS -- Trailing by three runs after two innings, the Pittsburgh Pirates were thinking, oh no, not again. Instead, they kept showing their resiliency against the NL's best team...
There's enough water for Water Street (06/27/05)
Q: There has been a lot of discussion about the direction that downtown traffic should run, but there are more urgent questions that should be asked about the basic infrastructure there. For example, how's the downtown firefighting water supply along Water Street and other downtown thoroughfares? Is there enough volume and pressure to even power sprinklers in more than one building at a time? If these are deficient, what's being done about it?...
Hill's new restaurant at least a year off (06/27/05)
Cape Girardeau restaurateur Su Hill has a new restaurant opening in eight days, but it's not the one some of you have been asking me about. On July 5, Hill -- who owns the popular Saffron -- and a group of private investors are opening Joseph's Fine Steak and J.'s Martini Bar in the former spot of Malone Avenue Grill in Sikeston, Mo...
'Batman' at top spot for second week (06/27/05)
LOS ANGELES -- "Batman Begins" took in $26.8 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, but it could not keep Hollywood from sinking to its longest modern box-office slump. Overall business tumbled despite a rush of familiar new titles -- "Bewitched," a "Love Bug" update and the latest zombie tale from director George Romero...
State of mind: New downtown Cape business will feature only Missouri-made products (06/27/05)
For Gary and Mary Johnson, their first search for Missouri-made products began when they went gift shopping for a friend who was visiting from China. They wanted to give him something that would be a friendly reminder of his time in America's Show Me State...
Business memo 06/27/05 (06/27/05)
Dana Corp. receives renewed UL registration Dana Corp.'s torque-traction manufacturing operation recently received a renewed Underwriters Laboratory's three-year registration to its ISO 14001 environmental management system. The registration specifies requirements a facility must follow in order to show continual improvement in environmental management and commitment to preventing pollution...
People on the move 06/27/05 (06/27/05)
United Way hires grant program director Regina Tucker has been hired as grant program director for the United Way of Southeast Missouri. Tucker attended Southeast Missouri State University and eventually earned a bachelor's in secondary English education and a master's degree in educational leadership and policies administrative certification from Arizona State University. Tucker began working for the United Way June 1...
Sprint CEO remaking firm into wireless leader (06/27/05)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Shareholders for Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. vote next month on the companies' proposed $35 billion merger -- a combination that would cap Sprint chief executive Gary Forsee's two-year campaign to transform the telecommunications company from a struggling also-ran to one of the industry's leaders...
EBay faces stronger competition for auctions (06/27/05)
Some say eBay's blockbuster growth has engendered arrogance. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jewelry dealer Michael Jansma used to be one of eBay Inc.'s biggest cheerleaders. The entrepreneur from Largo, Fla., sells roughly $250,000 worth of baubles every month on the auction site. But the revenue Jansma gets from eBay has declined over the past year, and in January the company raised fees, denting his profits...
Mae Johnson (06/27/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mae L. Johnson, 92, of Sikeston died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born May 30, 1913, in Indian Mound, Tenn., daughter of Grover Sr. and Commie Seay Gillum Lewis. She and Owen "Jiggs" Johnson were married in 1946. He died in July 1977...
Christopher Honey (06/27/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Christopher Michael Honey, 21, of Olive Branch died Saturday, June 25, 2005 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 8, 1983, at St. Louis, son of Kent and Sherry Kain Honey. He graduated with honors in 2002 from Egyptian High School, where he played baseball and basketball. He worked as a pharmacy technician at Southeast Missouri Hospital and had just graduated in May from the Southeast Missouri Police Academy...
Bill Trickey (06/27/05)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Bill W. Trickey, 84, of Jonesboro and formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, June 24, 2005, at St. Bernards Medical Center. Trickey was retired from GE. He was a member of the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge and a former member of the Jonesboro Elks Lodge and the Jonesboro Civatan Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II...
Harry Ulrich (06/27/05)
Harry W. Ulrich, 82, of St. Ann, Mo., died Friday, June 24, 2005. He was born Feb. 9, 1923, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Joe and Mabel Newburn Ulrich. He was an autoworker for GMC. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Caliva of Pearland, Texas, Lynn Schmidt of Florissant, Mo.; four stepchildren, Faye Clanahan, Lois Bertman, Chester Raymond Moore Jr., Lucille Defer; a brother, Melvin Ulrich of Scott City; three sisters, Bernice Quade of Cape Girardeau, Elsie Eggiman of Gordonville and Marjorie Medlin of St. ...
Clifford West (06/27/05)
George Clifford West, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born July 20, 1921, in Elco, Ill., son of Elmer E. and Retta Benefiel West. He and Algene Hartline were married May 17, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. She died in August 1990...
Margaret Elfrink (06/27/05)
Margaret Jane Elfrink, 93, of Jackson died Friday, June 24, 2005, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 10, 1911, at Laflin, Mo., daughter of Henry Leo and Cornelia VanDoren Steinnerd. She and Philip B. Elfrink were married May 25, 1937, and he died Feb. 29, 1976...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday: * At 4:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of South West End Boulevard. * At 8:19 p.m., illegal burn at 257 Capaha Trail. * At 10:04 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of Lexington Avenue...
Cape police report 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
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Out of the past 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
25 years ago: June 27, 1980 What many residents suspected for several weeks appeared to be confirmed yesterday, when a sound engineer determined that the city's disaster warning sirens aren't loud enough to be heard through the city; testing of the full system took place much of Thursday afternoon, as the sound engineer from St. Louis took decibel readings at about a dozen locations in Cape Girardeau; at some locations, the sirens couldn't be heard at all...
The EU summit (06/27/05)
(Tokyo) Yomiuri Shimbun The summit meeting of European Union leaders was held under difficult circumstances after French and Dutch voters rejected the proposed EU constitution. However, the summit talks did not overcome the imminent political crisis, but rather further exposed an internal rift among members of the enlarged 25-nation bloc...
Anti-lynching laws (06/27/05)
The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News It is an ugly stain on this country, no less than the U.S. Senate, that nearly 5,000 people, three-quarters of them African-Americans, were lynched between 1882 and 1968 and the Senate did nothing except filibuster legislation to address this gross injustice...
Looking ahead (06/27/05)
The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle Though President Bush was sworn in for his second term less than six months ago, the 2008 race for the White House has been stirring up since, well, Election Night 2004. Makes a body want to cover ears and eyes and scream...
Pardon our dust (06/27/05)
People who visit the Southeast Missourian building at the corner of Broadway and Lorimier in Cape Girardeau may wonder if they're in the right place. The entrance to the building has moved a bit west, and anyone who peeks inside might think we're looking a bit cluttered in some parts and empty in others. It's all for a good reason...
Speak Out 6/27/05 (06/27/05)
More paint, please; Making a distinction; A future risk; Enforce dress code; Protect life; Not around here; Color isn't the issue; Speed safety; Tuition inflation; Revolutionary rationing; Changing behavior
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