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Recent rain provides little river relief (08/17/05)
Barge traffic is out of immediate danger, but state officialsa are still worried about river travel this fall. Despite recent rains, the governor's office said Tuesday that continued drought conditions could halt barge traffic on the Mississippi River this fall if water from northern reservoirs is not released...
Fruitland ready for work to start on new fire station (08/17/05)
The new $563,000 station replaces the old station built in 1977. For Fruitland fire chief Dean Riley, the need for a new fire station is self-evident: They have five fire trucks, but only three bays. There are no living quarters at all. And the cramped spaces make equipment maintenance and training all but impossible...
Senior nutrition center gets boost with $67,360 grant (08/17/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee Senior Nutrition Center is set to receive a $67,360 grant that will help it replace its aging van fleet and other equipment over the next two years. The grant was awarded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, a conversion foundation through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri. More than $33.8 million is being awarded through the grants in 2005...
MoDOT to close Interstate 55 lane to clean up spill (08/17/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Interstate 55 northbound will be reduced to one lane Thursday as crews clean up following a hazardous material spill. The work will take place north of the Route H overpass from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup follows an accident in which hazardous materials were leaked. For more information, call (888) ASK-MODOT...
Area Democrats plan park party (08/17/05)
Area Democrats will host a "Party in the Park" on Saturday to motivate volunteers to get out the vote in the 2006 elections. The political picnic will be held at Cape Girardeau County Park North, beginning at 11 a.m. Organizers expect a crowd of 100 to 150 people to attend...
Former Texas cop gets 8 years for robbery (08/17/05)
Jeffrey Lattimer said he had a bomb when he robbed a Jackson pharmacy. A former policeman who claimed he had a bomb during a pharmacy robbery in Jackson received an eight-year prison term. Jeffrey Earl Lattimer, 48, of 199 Oak Hill Road in Jackson pled guilty in June to the November 2004 robbery at Horst Pharmacy. He was sentenced Monday...
Family, friends recall founder of Sunny Hill Pet Center (08/17/05)
Business will continue at the Sunny Hill Pet Center as family and friends remember the store's founder, William H. Brinkopf, who died Aug. 6 at age 79. In the pet center amid chirps and squawks, Bill Brinkopf attributes the long-term success of the business to his father...
Hook, line and slammer (08/17/05)
A jolly outing to pick up an unexpected windfall turned sour Tuesday for 22 wanted felons. "I'm getting my check, I'm getting my check," a gleeful Sharonda Boyd of Sikeston said as she was led down a hallway in the old Public Defender's office on the square in Jackson...
Clarification 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
A story Tuesday about a meth lab arrest at Cape Mini Storage, 1915 Golden Eagle Court, said officers made the arrest because they were watching out for break-ins at area storage facilities. No break-ins have occurred at Cape Mini Storage.
Club news 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
Town & Country FCE; Arnsberg 4-H Club; Ramblewood Garden; Hobbs Chapel UMW; Church Women United; New Salem UMW; American Legion Auxiliary; FCE Wonderworkers
Officials try to pinpoint cause of intestinal parasites (08/17/05)
Experts say the germs are passed through contact with human feces. FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- Health officials in Madison County are gathering recent medical histories, seeking to determine how microscopic intestinal parasites spread from two human cases at the beginning of last week to 30 confirmed over the weekend...
Economic development office to reorganize (08/17/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Economic Development is planning a reorganization intended to improve its sales pitch to businesses by devoting more people to the task and sending them around the state. The staff reshuffling, to be announced today at a news conference, is part of a bigger plan to narrow the focus of the department to job creation and to shed its regulatory duties over various professions...
Nation briefs 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
Washington Post backs out of Sept. 11 event WASHINGTON -- The Washington Post is withdrawing its offer of free advertising for an organized event by the Defense Department to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The Post backed out after critics said the event would have a pro-war slant and that support of the event by the newspaper would compromise the Post's journalistic integrity...
Neighbors seek limits on future demonstrations near Bush's ranch (08/17/05)
WACO, Texas -- Some of President Bush's neighbors asked county leaders Tuesday to prevent large gatherings near the Crawford ranch like the ongoing anti-war protest led by a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq. Several residents have complained of blocked roads and traffic jams in the last week since dozens of people joined Cindy Sheehan's protest by pitching tents off the winding, two-lane road leading to Bush's ranch...
Plane filled with tourists crashes in Venezuela, killing 160 on board (08/17/05)
MACHIQUES, Venezuela -- A chartered jet filled with tourists returning home to the French Caribbean island of Martinique crashed Tuesday in western Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board. The pilot had been attempting an emergency landing after both engines failed, officials said...
Jewish settlers defy deadline; Israeli military heads to Gaza (08/17/05)
REIM, Israel -- Thousands of Jewish settlers and supporters defied the Tuesday deadline to leave Gaza, pelting Israeli troops with eggs and stones and dancing around the Torah in celebration of their resistance to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's historic plan to disengage from the Palestinians...
Redhawks women's soccer team picked for third-place finish in 0VC (08/17/05)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference in voting by the league's head coaches. Samford, the two-time defending OVC regular-season champion, is the favorite to again win the 10-team conference. The Bulldogs (10-7-1 overall, 7-1 in the OVC last year) received eight of the 10 first-place votes and 80 points...
Got gold? Southeast's Miles Smith has his after being a part of U.S. 1,600-meter relay (08/17/05)
Southeast Missouri State students occupy their summers in a variety of ways, but it's doubtful any of them had a more eventful summer than Miles Smith. What has Smith done the last couple of months? Only establish himself as a world-class athlete, capped by winning a gold medal at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland...
Organizers cancel annual summer dodgeball tourney (08/17/05)
Saturday's Summer Slam, one of two annual tournaments organized by the Jackson Underground Dodgeball League, was canceled Tuesday following action taken Monday night by the Jackson City Council. The council voted to ban non-tennis activities on Jackson City Park's upper tennis courts...
Jackson hosts state horseshoes tourney (08/17/05)
Shoes will be flying through the air this weekend in Jackson when the Knights of Columbus hosts that organization's state horseshoe event. Ennis Hinkebein said 604 two-person teams are expected to compete in either the men's, women's or seniors division at the tournament, which will begin with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Play is expected to continue through the early evening, then resume 9 a.m. Sunday and conclude in the middle of that afternoon...
Foot injury slows Chiefs' Gonzalez (08/17/05)
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is practicing just once a day, has been bothered by a sore pinky and a sore foot. On Tuesday, he said his pinky feels good but he wasn't happy with the results of offseason surgery on his left foot...
Illinois protests NCAA's 'rhetoric' (08/17/05)
The school's board chairman wrote a letter taking issue with the terms 'hostile' and 'abusive.' CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois is criticizing the NCAA for "inflammatory rhetoric" in its recent decision to sanction universities that use American Indian nicknames and mascots for their sports teams...
Veteran punter waits for chance to compete (08/17/05)
Barker, 41, hasn't had a chance to work out much in his battle for a spot on the roster. ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams punter Bryan Barker wouldn't mind giving the foul weather a swift kick. The 16-year veteran, who signed last week with the Rams, has done little punting as the team practiced indoors Monday and Tuesday at Rams Park. So far, he has not been able to compete much with rookie Reggie Hodges for the job since he was brought in Thursday...
Taguchi, Suppan propel St. Louis past Arizona (08/17/05)
Taguchi had four hits and three RBIs, while Suppan improved to 12-8. ST. LOUIS -- So Taguchi matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs, and Jeff Suppan pitched seven strong innings to win for the third time in four starts, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Tuesday night...
Of injured Cards players, Molina expected back first (08/17/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since breaking his left hand more than a month ago and believes he'll be back in the lineup soon. "Two or three more days and I'll be back," Molina said. "I feel good. I made some strong swings. No pain, no pain at all."...
Watermelons are not just for summer picnics anymore (08/17/05)
Plant scientists are reinventing the watermelon, that most traditional of all summertime fruits. New "mini" varieties fit easily into refrigerators. Seedless melons are easier to eat. Reduced-sugar hybrids a year or so from production will appeal to dieters and diabetics...
A flight of crisis takes off (08/17/05)
Editor's note: This column originally ran Wednesday, July 28, 2004. A new column will appear next week. Have you ever had a crisis by which you judge all others? I'm not talking about people bleeding or a divorce -- or both. I mean those midlevel ones that are manageable but, at the same time, so awful that they set the gold standard in hassle and, in my case, humiliation...
Some must-have recipes from new PEO cookbook (08/17/05)
It's always fun to have an opportunity to celebrate a special event with family. It seems like our family looks for these opportunities wherever we can. This week we will be celebrating some milestones in life. My aunt and uncle are celebrating their wedding anniversary. They have been loving and living together for 73 years. I only hope to live that long, and they have been married that long. My niece Christa also leaves for college and starts a whole new phase in her life...
Myra Jones (08/17/05)
Myra M. Jones, 68, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 5, 1937, in Farrar, Mo., daughter of Benjamin and Lina A. Kasten Soehl. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Mo. She and Carrel Wayne Jones were married Sept. 28, 1963, at Grace Lutheran Church...
Anthony Daye (08/17/05)
Anthony Daye, 44, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at Parkview Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was known as "Tony" by his friends and family. Tony graduated from Central High School in 1979, where he was a member of the track team...
Sharon Williams (08/17/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sharon Kay Williams, 40, of Sikeston died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born May 10, 1965, in Hughes, Ark., daughter of Joe Louis and Florida Lee Mitchell Williams. Williams was a graduate of New Dawn State School. She was a member and usher at Powerhouse of God Church...
Lester Kynion (08/17/05)
Lester L. "Red" Kynion, 88, of Granite City, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at Gateway Medical Center in Granite City. He was born Dec. 25, 1916, in Advance, Mo., son of Henry and Pearl Lowe Kynion. He and Hazel V. Hosea were married Jan. 20, 1938...
Alta Priest (08/17/05)
Alta O. Priest, 75, of Jackson died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at her home. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Danny Lynn (08/17/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Danny Lee Lynn, 56, of Advance died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at his home, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 20, 1948, in Spokane, Wash., son of Walter Lee and Louvena Frazier Lynn. He and Barbara Cobb Slinkard were married Sept. 27, 1969, at Chaffee, Mo. She died Jan. 10, 1997. He and Christinia Fleer were married Jan. 16, 1998, at Eminence, Mo...
Ruth Tinsley (08/17/05)
Ruth Tinsley, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Oriole, daughter of Elmer and Emma Louise Bodenschatz Watkins. She and William "Bill" Tinsley were married Dec. 21, 1946. He passed away Oct. 31, 1995...
Pearline Dooley (08/17/05)
Pearline Moore Dooley, 75, formerly of Randles, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 20, 1929, at Randles, daughter of Robert Lee and Mae Belle Lynch Moore. She and Cedric D. Dooley were married Sept. 25, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. He died April 12, 1998...
Helen Brant (08/17/05)
Helen Margaret Brant, 90, of Scott City died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1914, in Miller City, Ill., daughter of Elmore and Ollie Raines Stone. She and Ivan David Brant were married Oct. 14, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. He died April 13, 1971...
Births 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
Coatney Daughter to Mark Shawn and Dannett Lynn Coatney of Sikeston, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:33 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2005. Name, Lynley Reece. Weight, 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Coatney is the former Dannett Poyner, daughter of Dewayne and Vera Poyner of East Prairie, Mo. She is employed at Montgomery Bank in Sikeston. Coatney is the son of Raymond and Louise Coatney of Sikeston. He is employed at Noranda Aluminum...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 4:19 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of North Kingshighway. * At 6:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Pacific Street. * At 7:58 p.m., emergency medical service at William Street and Frederick Street...
Cape police report 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
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Out of the past 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 17, 1980 Bethany Baptist Church has announced the hiring of a new pastor, the Rev. Jim DeSpain; he is a native of Fredericktown, Mo., and has recently served the Beulah Baptist Church at Des Arc, Mo., for three years. The congregation of Second Missionary Baptist Church, 426 S. ...
No more hiding: Senators face death-tax vote after Labor Day (08/17/05)
Imagine working your entire life to build a family business -- a farm, store, motel or restaurant. Every hour you work and every decision you make is with the express goal of growing your business, so you can provide for your family and pass something on to your children. Dutifully, you pay your taxes owed, you weather the droughts, survive the downturns, and, in the end, you come out ahead...
Fly me to the moon (08/17/05)
The safe return of the shuttle Discovery from space last week was by no means assured 2 1/2 years after Columbia plummeted disastrously from the sky. Problems with the Discovery's thermal tile filler led one of the astronauts to perform a sky-walking repair job on the shuttle's belly. NASA's concerns that the filler could overheat during re-entry underscored the lesson learned from Columbia...
Street work affects businesses (08/17/05)
To the editor: Construction on Broadway is negatively affecting business. At least two businesses, Wille's Bakery and California Juice Club, have seen the side effects. When Broadway construction began, the Wille family of Wille's Bakery went on vacation and shut down their business for 11 days to pass the major part of the expected lost business time. ...
Thanks for backing Jackson issue (08/17/05)
To the editor: The administration and board of the Jackson School District would like to take this opportunity to thank voters for their support of the high school bond issue. The district will be able to move forward on plans for the much-needed improvements and additions to the high school facility. Jackson students will benefit from this support for years to come...
Child-advocacy funds are saved (08/17/05)
To the editor: This is a belated thank you to all of the Southeast Missouri legislators for their tireless efforts and support this past legislative session for the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence. The funding to this center and the 14 other child-advocacy centers in the state was targeted for elimination. Our area leaders rallied to protect this funding and to keep services to abused children available...
Speak Out 8/17/05 (08/17/05)
Gasoline profits; Oil gouging; Downtown traffic; Hot jobs; Postal woes; Impact of increases; No study needed; Following the law
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