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Kennett woman wins $20,000 in lottery (07/02/05)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett woman recently won a $20,000 tax-paid prize from a Missouri Lottery scratch-off ticket. The winner, Kristy Schubert, 32, bought the winning ticket from Huck's in Kennett on June 29. --From staff reports...
City of Jackson announces crackdown on unlicensed contractors (07/02/05)
Contractors and subcontractors may be denied building permits if licenses are not kept current. Jackson's inspection department will be cracking down on contractors who do not have city contractors licenses. Building and Planning Superintendent Janet Sanders announced Thursday that the city is implementing new building permit software that tracks contractor licenses and workers' compensation insurance expiration dates...
Police seize military-issue explosives in Scott City trailer (07/02/05)
The police chief said the military should be able to track down where the items came from. When members of the Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Scott City Police Department served a search warrant Thursday night in Scott City, they got a surprise...
Cape school district employees take emergency response training (07/02/05)
Cape Girardeau's is one of several local school districts that has undergone or plans to take training. The screams coming from the darkened hallway were enough to set anyone on edge. "Help me! I'm dying!" "Over here, I need help now!" Even knowing the situation wasn't real didn't keep the rescuers' hearts from speeding up a bit as they faced the task of sorting through the "victims."...
Mixing it up (07/02/05)
Whitney McFerron Abby Wong is a fashionista. The style-conscious 24-year-old, originally from Bangkok, Thailand, loves to "mix it up" when it comes to dressing herself. On a typical day of waiting tables at her family's Thai restaurant, Cafe n' Me in Cape Girardeau, she might wear a fitted orange and white striped shirt with Asian-style embroidery on the upper-left side, a silver tongue ring and a short gray skirt layered over dark blue jeans...
Jackson to test siren beginning on Fourth (07/02/05)
A loud siren, which is being tested by the city for the first time as a severe weather warning system, will sound at noon on the Fourth of July. The siren will be tested a noon on the first Monday of every month. When not being tested, the siren will sound only when a tornado warning has been issued for the county...
Tactical practice (07/02/05)
Schultz School turned into a shooting gallery Friday that had local police and Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle trying to dodge painful paint pellets and take down police officers masquerading as gunmen. A helmeted Swingle felt the adrenaline rush as he emptied 12 rounds from a blue handgun. "I could feel my heart pounding," he said. "I was amazed at how quickly I was out of bullets."...
Jackson residents given community surveys to fill out (07/02/05)
Jackson's city government is picking the brains of its constituents in the form of a community survey. The city has sent a four-page document to every household in the city, seeking opinions on various topics, including, for the first time, the idea of a tax increase to support an additional fire station...
Emerson Bridge will be dark for Libertyfest (07/02/05)
The lights will be off for about a month, which Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson called "unacceptable." Just in time for Cape Girardeau's Libertyfest celebration, the lights on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge have gone dark. For the third time since being installed in January 2004, the decorative lights on the bridge went out Thursday, this time due to a bad transformer -- the same thing that turned the lights out last October...
Milling startup moves into SEMO Port (07/02/05)
A new business will bring 40 new jobs to the area after approval Friday of a $750,000 federal loan. The funding will allow Cape Milling LLC, a startup company, to set up shop at SEMO Port in a space previously occupied by Riverport Terminals. Cape Milling will use the space to produce corn grits, meal and flour for the consumer market and blended corn-based products for federal aid to Third World countries...
Many hands make light work (07/02/05)
The pounding of hammers and whirring of an electric saw drawing curious onlookers to the church raising at First Baptist Church in Whitewater, and Pastor Phil Berry couldn't be happier. "We're hoping to grow," said Berry. But the building that currently houses the church wouldn't make that feasible. ...
Religion calendar (07/02/05)
Calendar ** Sunday Hanover Lutheran Church will hold a patriotic service at 9 a.m. with speaker Hubert Bachmann. Lynwood Baptist Church will present recording artist and composer Enoch during services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The concert will feature inspirational music played on grand piano. Admission is free...
Blending of two churches invigorates congregations (07/02/05)
Third Street and Hobbs Chapel United Methodist churches in Cape Girardeau have merged. The churches have shared a pastor for several months, but officially merged congregations in late June. Over the years, the congregation at Third Street had dwindled until there were only 10 people at worship services. The church had survived tornadoes and fire in its lifetime but, with older members passing away, the toll was too much...
Revenue for state reaches record (07/02/05)
But officials saids it is difficult to draw conclusions about the upcoming fiscal year. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri took in a record amount of taxes and revenue during the recently concluded fiscal year, but state officials are remaining cautious in drawing any conclusions about the strength of the state economy...
New tests show no asbestos concern from Praxair fire (07/02/05)
ST. LOUIS -- New tests confirmed that airborne asbestos is not a problem near the site of a massive fire at a gas distribution business, a Missouri Department of Natural Resources official said Friday. After explosions and a fire at a Praxair Distribution Inc. ...
Firefighters struggle to contain Arizona wildfire (07/02/05)
PHOENIX -- Firefighters used a combination of air power and intentional fires on Friday to try to block the progress of a mammoth wildfire that has been creeping toward a central Arizona community. Crews used heavy air tankers to drop retardant to reinforce previously created fire lines, some gouged in the ground by bulldozers. ...
House, Senate veterans health care bills separated by $500M (07/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- A unanimous House quickly passed a bill to meet a nearly $1 billion shortfall in veterans health care that surprised and frustrated lawmakers. Senators, who said that was not enough, had approved $500 million more. Now the movement to quickly inject extra money into veterans medical services must slow down for the House and Senate iron to out the $500 million difference in their response to the unforeseen shortage...
International Red Cross worker killed in Haiti (07/02/05)
GENEVA -- A worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was kidnapped and killed in Haiti, the agency said Friday. Joel Cauvin, a Haitian, was abducted Wednesday evening and found dead near his home Thursday, the ICRC said. It said its 45 staff members in Haiti would continue to administer humanitarian aid despite the escalating violence in the country...
O'Connor's path led to center of the court (07/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- In interviews, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor routinely dismissed the notion that she was a crucial "swing vote," the justice who could sway the nation's highest court one way or the other. Every vote on the court is equal, she would say, no one counting more than any other...
Bush to fill high court spot quickly (07/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- When Sandra Day O'Connor graduated from Stanford Law School a half-century ago, women weren't always welcome in top legal jobs. The self-described "cowgirl from Arizona" eventually lassoed one, though -- first female justice on the Supreme Court...
Spacecraft ready for end of comet-busting mission (07/02/05)
PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft was speedily closing in on its target Friday, a comet scientists hope to smash open this weekend, producing celestial fireworks for the Independence Day weekend. But the real purpose is to study the comet's primordial core...
N. Korea angry over U.S. calling country as 'outpost of tyranny' (07/02/05)
NEW YORK -- North Korea told the United States that it must withdraw its description of the communist nation as an "outpost of tyranny" and treat Pyongyang as a friend if it wants nuclear talks to resume, a senior North Korean official said Friday...
Summit to challenge Blair (07/02/05)
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- This picturesque medieval city is bracing for pro-tests by tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding urgent action on aid to Africa and climate change by leaders of the world's richest nations. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, chairman of the Group of Eight summit, is largely on the protesters' side -- but he will also be playing host to close ally President Bush...
Guantanamo guards retaliate against defiance (07/02/05)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The prisoners banged on their cells to protest the heat at Guantanamo Bay. They doused guards with whatever liquid was handy -- from spit to urine. Sometimes they struck their jailers, one swinging a steel chair at a military police officer...
New stamp not racist, says Mexican president (07/02/05)
MEXICO CITY -- President Vicente Fox said Friday that U.S. activists who have condemned a new Mexican post-age stamp as racist should read the beloved comic book on which it is based before they make judgments. "They don't have information, frankly," Fox said...
Scott County, Jackson postponed (07/02/05)
The Jackson American Legion baseball team's attempt to play a District 14 game with Scott County American Legion Post 369 (Medicap) was foiled for a second straight day by an unusual circumstance. On Thursday, the game at Jackson's Legion Field was thwarted by rain, one of just two days with rain in the last two weeks...
Prayers for rain unanswered so far (07/02/05)
Mike Litzelfelner would gladly trade a day of golf for a nice rain shower at this point. "Probably anyone that has anything to do with Bent Creek is watching the weather and doing rain dances and whatever we can do," Litzelfelner said. Bent Creek in Jackson is one of two public courses in Cape Girardeau County -- Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course is the other -- that relies on daily fees for revenues. But the lack of rain has been a problem for golf courses in the area...
Cardinals sign two first-round picks (07/02/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals on Friday signed first-round draft picks Tyler Greene and Mark McCormick to minor league contracts. Greene, a shortstop from Georgia Tech, was the Cardinals' second pick of the draft and the 30th overall selection. McCormick, a right-handed pitcher, was the 44th selection with a supplemental pick and recently completed his college career at Baylor with a trip to the College World Series...
Carpenter crafts shutout (07/02/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Once again, Chris Carpenter was almost untouchable. Carpenter carried a five-hitter into the eighth inning and became the major leagues' fourth 12-game winner Friday night, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0. Albert Pujols homered in the first to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, and Carpenter contributed a sacrifice fly for the Cardinals, who rebounded from a shutout loss in the series opener and improved to 50-29. ...
Earnhardt hopes to reverse his woes (07/02/05)
His team has struggled this season even on restrictor-plate tracks. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. wearily climbed from his car, trudged down pit road and reluctantly stopped to answer a few questions. He didn't look, sound or act anything like himself -- especially at Daytona International Speedway, a place he has typically been the driver to beat...
Federer too good in semi battle vs. Hewitt (07/02/05)
The world's No. 1 player won in straight sets. WIMBLEDON, England -- The best view of Roger Federer's latest masterful performance at Wimbledon belonged to Lleyton Hewitt, and even he felt compelled to call out, "Too good, mate!" when one perfectly placed forehand flew past...
Rogers receives 20-game suspension; union appeals (07/02/05)
The Texas pitcher also was fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball for Wednesday's incident. SEATTLE -- Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball on Friday for an outburst that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation...
Davenport, Venus battle to complete comebacks today (07/02/05)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Lindsay Davenport left Wimbledon last year thinking she probably had played her last match at the All England Club. Now she is not only back, she's in the final. Today, she'll try for her fourth Grand Slam title and first since 2000 when she faces two-time champion Venus Williams...
Stewart takes pole for first time at Daytona (07/02/05)
The driver of the No. 20 car was involved in an incident with a fan on Wednesday. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart seems to run better when he's surrounded by a little controversy. Stewart won the pole for the Pepsi 400 on Friday, two days after an altercation with a fan at Daytona International Speedway...
Woods in hunt, but Couch leads (07/02/05)
After a dismal first round left him on the wrong side of the cut at the Western Open, Tiger Woods figured he could get right back in it with a 64 or 65. He was close. Woods shot a 5-under 66 Friday, putting him six strokes behind leader Chris Couch and giving him at least a chance to make a move this weekend...
R&B singer Luther Vandross dies at 54 (07/02/05)
NEW YORK -- Grammy award winner Luther Vandross, whose deep, lush voice on such hits as "Here and Now" and "Any Love" sold more than 25 million albums while providing the romantic backdrop for millions of couples worldwide, died Friday. He was 54...
Virginia Hockman (07/02/05)
Virginia Hockman, 80, of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Woodrow Gulley (07/02/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Woodrow W. Gulley, 89, of Anna died Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at Union County Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1915, in Ravenden, Ark., son of Isaac and Margaret Fritz Gulley. He and Gladys Coffman were married Oct. 6, 1932. She died May 23, 1994...
John Davie (07/02/05)
John Burton Davie, 89, of Somerville, Tenn., died Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Cape Girardeau, son of Frederick and Mary Rogers Davie. He married the former Marie Davis. She preceded him in death. Davie was formerly of Cape Girardeau and Sedgewickville, Mo. He was a farmer...
George Williams (07/02/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- George Williams, 80, of Sikeston and formerly of Oran, Mo., died Friday, July 1, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born March 27, 1915, at Shirley, Ark., son of Martin and Dovie Shelton Williams. He retired as a packer from Scott County Milling Co. in Oran, and was a custodian at and member of First Baptist Church in Oran...
Delpha Higdon (07/02/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Delpha Raye Higdon, 92, of Sikeston died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1913, in Rosiclare, Ill., daughter of Homer and Barbara Leona Widdows Henson. She and Marshall Edds Higdon were married Jan. 27, 1936, in New Madrid, Mo. He died Sept. 26, 1963...
Curtis Dye (07/02/05)
Curtis Ray Dye, 39, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1965, in St. Louis, son of Owen and Valma Duffey Dye. He and Laura Norton were married April 6, 1996, in Jackson. Mr. Dye was a 1994 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He taught in Cape Girardeau and Perryville, Mo., schools three years, and was a line technician six years at Procter & Gamble. He was a member of La Croix United Methodist Church...
Lowanda Gremard (07/02/05)
Lowanda Louise Gremard, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 1, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Sept. 21, 1924, at Wardell, Mo., daughter of Oscar Clearance and Minnie Jane Taylor Young. She and Ralph W. Gremard were married Sept. 15, 1941, in Caruthersville, Mo...
Births 7/2/05 (07/02/05)
Wadlow; Cobb; Birk; Davis; Roland; Bollwerk; Eftink; Duckett; Garner
Police reports 7/2/05 (07/02/05)
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Fire reports 7/2/05 (07/02/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: * At 4:47 p.m., emergency medical service at 3400 William. * At 10:17 p.m., emergency medical service at South Pacific Street and Morgan Oak Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 7/2/05 (07/02/05)
25 years ago: July 2, 1980 Gov. Joseph P. Teasdale staunchly defended his "Meet the Governor" forums at a press conference in Jackson last night prior to his 70th forum; Teasdale's opponent in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, State Treasurer James I. Spainhower, has criticized the program as being strictly political...
Opinions of mankind: Why world opinion matters as the U.S. pursues the war on terrorism. (07/02/05)
America's conduct in the war on terror has been perceived abroad as arrogant and cavalier, and world opinion regarding the U.S. has fallen. That has left many of us wondering why we should care about world opinion. Conservative commentators in particular have been quick to ask "Who cares what the French think?" and "Why should we care about the attitudes of the U.N. and Old Europe?"...
Patriot Act: America needs strong tools to effectively deal with terrorism. (07/02/05)
As the Fourth of July approaches, some Americans appear to be suffering from amnesia. With dramatic headlines such as "Ripping Pages from the Book of Civil Liberties," "Patriot Act Fosters Secrecy, Government Abuse" and "Keep Big Brother at Bay," editorial writers and columnists around the country unfairly criticize legislation that has helped keep America safe since Sept. 11, 2001...
Bicentennial (07/02/05)
People who have lived in Cape Girardeau awhile may think the recent talk about a bicentennial sounds like deja vu all over again. That's because a bicentennial celebration was held in 1992 to commemorate the establishment of the community in 1792 by Louis Lorimier, the commandant appointed by Spain to govern the District of Cape Girardeau...
Speak Out 7/2/05 (07/02/05)
Jackson litter; Blacktop our road; Road is hazard; Dealing with problems; Blame the court; Have it both ways; Communal property; Doing unto others; Business history; Hunkering down
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