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Stories from Friday, August 26, 2005

Benton crowd wants library to stay put (08/26/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- A meeting of the Riverside Regional Library board Thursday night in Benton became a forum for disgruntled locals to discourage the closing the library's Benton branch. A crowd of about 30 packed the small meeting room and was in unanimous agreement that the Benton library should not be closed...
Cutting down the 'hillbilly barrier' (08/26/05)
Scott City officials tell residents to keep up their property, but they can't make the state and railroad to do the same. Scott City Mayor Tim Porch is tired of sending mixed signals to the residents of his city. Since the beginning of the summer, Porch has instructed city police to crack down on nuisance violations in the city limits, including high grass in yards. ...
Perry County boy, 4, dies of staph infection (08/26/05)
A 4-year-old Perry County boy died Thursday in St. Louis of an untreatable staph infection, the fiancee of the boy's father said. The St. Louis Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy on Ethan Patrick Williams, Perry County Coroner Herb Miller said...
Cutting down the 'Hillbilly Barrier' (08/26/05)
Scott City officials tell residents to keep up their property, but they can't make the state and railroad to do the same. Scott City Mayor Tim Porch is tired of sending mixed signals to the residents of his city. Since the beginning of the summer, Porch has instructed city police to crack down on nuisance violations in the city limits, including high grass in yards. ...
I-55 project pushed up six months (08/26/05)
Cape Girardeau County could have a new Interstate 55 interchange constructed by the winter of 2007, or six months sooner than originally expected, state highway officials said Thursday. Missouri Department of Transportation officials said design work on the East Main Street interchange project should be completed by April. The project could be advertised for bid as early as next summer, MoDOT officials said...
Local United Way begins campaign for area charities (08/26/05)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri raised more than $1 million for charity last year. It wants to do so again this year to help charities throughout the region. United Way officials said Thursday that the fund-raising organization has set this year's goal at $1,050,000. The goal was announced at a kickoff luncheon at Cape West 14 Cine that featured cardboard cutouts of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and other movie stars...
Scott City teen hurt (08/26/05)
A Scott City teen suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash two miles south of Cape Girardeau on County Road 218, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Derrick Laxton, 15, was injured when the car he was riding in, driven by 16-year-old Joseph Wrinkle of Scott City, ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. Laxton was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau by private vehicle...
Cape police get 19 new cars (08/26/05)
The department ordered 20 as a result of the sales tax passed in June. A noticeably new police fleet began cruising the streets of Cape Girardeau Thursday. Sgt. Carl Eakins, a 32-year veteran of the force, took the wheel of his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, the first of 20 new police cars purchased with money from a tax increase approved last year...
Hundreds greet new Cape superintendent at reception (08/26/05)
In nearly two months on the job, Cape Girardeau School District superintendent Dr. David Scala has received high marks from school board members. "We've had nothing but good feedback from the staff," said school board president Steve Trautwein. "He's very easy to work with," Trautwein said at a reception Thursday night at the Career and Technology Center where Scala, 60, greeted several hundred well-wishers, including teachers, city and civic leaders and parents...
Seniors in Jackson now have bigger center (08/26/05)
More than 100 seniors celebrated the official opening of the new Jackson senior center Thursday morning. The new center at 2690 Travelers Way gives the seniors more room and a better equipped kitchen for the meals served there. Jo Boyer with Application Personal Papers Legal and Environment, or APPLE, helps seniors with paperwork and questions about Medicare...
Rush is on to file lawsuits before new state limits take effect (08/26/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis circuit clerk office workers are struggling to keep pace with the rush of lawsuits being filed -- personal injury cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice suits. The dog days of August are normally slow, but not this year. ...
Panel votes to cut Army command in St. Louis (08/26/05)
The U.S. Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommends closing the Overland facility. OVERLAND, Mo. -- After 28 years, Wanda Jenkins figures it's time to look for a new job. Jenkins, 52, a human resources clerk, has worked at the Army Human Resources Command in suburban St. Louis for 28 years and said she will transfer to another government job "someplace" until she can retire...
Missouri House Democrats seek 'fuel tax holiday' (08/26/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Democrats on Thursday proposed a two-week reduction of state fuel taxes to give motorists a bit of relief from high gasoline prices. Democrats called upon Republican Gov. Matt Blunt to add their proposal to his call for a Sept. 6 special legislative session. But a Blunt spokesman said he would not do so. The proposed "fuel tax holiday" would suspend 10 cents of the state's 17-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax for two weeks...
First black student admitted to SLU dies (08/26/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Sylvester Smith, the first black student admitted to Saint Louis University and Missouri's first black school superintendent, has died. Smith, 90, of the St. Louis County town Florissant, was a school administrator for more than 50 years. He died Tuesday. A cause of death was not released...
USDA declares Missouri a drought disaster area (08/26/05)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared virtually all of Missouri a disaster area because of the severe drought, Sen. Jim Talent said Wednesday. The declaration comes two weeks after Gov. Matt Blunt asked the agency to help the state recover from the Midwest's worst drought in 17 years...
Panel votes to close historic Army hospital (08/26/05)
WASHINGTON -- The base closure commission voted Thursday to shut down the Army's historic Walter Reed hospital and move about 20,000 defense workers away from the nation's capital. The panel also began shuttering Air Force bases. The nine-member commission endorsed much of Defense Secretary Donald H. ...
Nation digest 08/26/05 (08/26/05)
Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, kills two in Florida FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hurricane Katrina churned through Florida's densely populated southeastern coast Thursday with sustained winds of 80 mph and lashing rain. Two people were killed by falling trees. ...
Shiites make fourth attempt to get support from Sunnis (08/26/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- For the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution, it's three strikes ... and another trip to the plate. The speaker of Iraq's parliament announced a one-day extension early today in talks on the constitution -- a fourth attempt to win Sunni Arab approval. But he said that if no agreement is reached, the document would bypass parliament completely and be decided in an Oct. 15 referendum...
Area high school volleyball glance (08/26/05)
Sneak previews: Area teams suit up for jamborees tonight (08/26/05)
Coaches will get an idea of how their squads stack up against the competition. The regular season is a week away for high school football and there are still plenty of schools facing major questions. Area schools are no different, with inexperience a common theme among the six area high schools...
Kelly softball bounces back from opening loss (08/26/05)
Kelly, the defending Class 2 state champion, bounced back from a season-opening loss to Chaffee with a 7-1 win over Malden on the road Thursday. Freshman pitcher Casey Kern pitched five innings for the win. Kern came in for starter Meghan Tetley, who pitched the first two innings. In relief, Kern allowed three hits, struck out four and walked one. Tetley allowed a run on one hit and one strikeout...
Bell City switches the spring sport it offers for girls (08/26/05)
Bell City has been crowned state champions in volleyball and basketball over the past two years, but the Cubs have only one district title in baseball to show for its spring sports. The Cubs' girls will be able to contribute to the state haul in the spring this season, as Bell City will debut its girls track and field squad. Bell City will not field a spring softball team this year...
Redhawks gives talented Foust a second chance (08/26/05)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Gary Garner said he wrestled with the situation for quite a while and wavered more than a few times...
Redhawks land heralded OU transfer (08/26/05)
Brandon Foust will have two years of eligibility at Southeast. Southeast Missourian Brandon Foust won't be able to participate in an official basketball game at Southeast Missouri State for more than a year, but it's doubtful the Redhawks' program has ever landed a more highly rated player...
Racing to climb its way back in Cape (08/26/05)
The Cape Mountain Bike Challenge will make its debut on Sunday. Southeast Missourian The Delaware Park Trail will be home to a rare event in Cape Girardeau on Sunday: a mountain bike race. The Cape Mountain Bike Challenge, sponsored and run by Cyclewerx, will serve as the first area mountain bike race since racing ended in Old Appleton in 1997...
Curtis, Lewis share the lead at Buick (08/26/05)
Ben Curtis and J.L. Lewis shot 6-under 64s Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Curtis, the 2003 British Open winner, birdied his 17th hole, and Lewis birdied his 18th to emerge from a group of players bunched at 5 under...
Armstrong says he's the victim of a setup (08/26/05)
Lance Armstrong suggested Thursday that he's the victim of a "setup," saying he doesn't trust the French lab that released test results leading to blood doping allegations against him. Armstrong's comments came after Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said officials had received the lab results and would review them...
U.S. Amateur features 3 Canadians in quarterfinals (08/26/05)
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Kent State senior Ryan Yip and fellow Canadians Mark Leon and J.C. Deacon each won two matches Thursday at historic Merion Golf Club to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship. Yip beat Brett Stegmaier 2-up in the second round and edged U.S. Walker Cup player Brian Harman 1-up in the third round on Merion's East Course. Yip, carrying his own bag in the tournament, beat Harman with a 5-foot bogey putt on No. 18...
Mizzou to play Illinois annually in St. Louis (08/26/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The annual "Braggin' Rights" basketball game between Missouri and Illinois has been so successful that the schools are going to do it in football, too. The universities have reached a four-year agreement to play at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis starting in 2007, officials with the St. Louis Sports Commission and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission said Thursday. The universities have an option for a two-year extension...
Cards vault La Russa to No. 3 on win list (08/26/05)
St. Louis defeated Pittsburgh 6-3 to win the four-game series. PITTSBURGH -- Tony La Russa got the first of what could be several champagne showers this season. He can only hope the next one comes in very late October. La Russa passed Sparky Anderson to move into third place on the manager wins list in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night, helped along by Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols homers in the first inning...
Sports briefs 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
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Urgent request (08/26/05)
Aug. 26, 2005 To the Right Honorable Kit Bond, Jim Talent and Jo Ann Emerson United States of America Congress Washington, D.C. Dear Sirs and Madam: This letter is to respectfully request assistance from Southeast Missouri's federal legislators for a project of considerable importance to the welfare and general well-being of countless constituents. As recent benefits to local highway projects clearly demonstrate, I know I am asking the right people for help...
A diary in brush strokes (08/26/05)
New York artist Burt Hasen has never remained stagnant in one style. Since he began his career in the late 1940s, Hasen has dabbled in many schools, starting with Picasso-inspired cubism to abstract expressionism to Dali-esque surrealism. Throughout his career, the only constant has been the artist...
The menace returns: Fantagraphics revives Dennis the Menace (08/26/05)
SEATTLE -- "Peanuts" turned to gold for Fantagraphics. Now the once-struggling comics publisher hopes another cartoon icon, "Dennis the Menace," can follow in Charlie Brown's footsteps. Fantagraphics will publish the first book in a 25-volume series, "Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace," in early September. The series will run 11 years and reprint every "Dennis the Menace" newspaper strip drawn by Ketcham -- nearly 11,000 strips spanning more than 44 years...
Artifacts 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
Murphysboro native's work on gallery Web site; Wire wrap jewelry class offered at Garden Gallery; Idolsearch coming to Kentucky Oaks Mall; Uniontown artist honored in national magazine; Arts council Paducah bus trip planned for Sept. 10; Arts council seeks entries for Borders competition; Arts council gift shop will carry Lucy items; Kennett Delta Fair taking entries for art shows; Open auditions for RCP production this weekend; 'Cats' show coming to Paducah Oct. 10 and 11
Everybody's a critic: 'Four Brothers' (08/26/05)
Three and a half stars (out of four) I had not seen any previews of "Four Brothers" prior to watching the movie, so I had no idea what to expect. This movie was fantastic. From the opening scene, I was completely entertained. I was laughing one minute, and on the verge of tears the next...
At the theaters 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
'The Brothers Grimm'; 'The Cave'; Still in theaters; '40-Year-Old Virgin'; 'Bad News Bears'; 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'; 'Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo'; 'The Dukes of Hazzard'; 'Fantastic Four'; 'Four Brothers'; 'March of the Penguins'; 'Must Love Dogs'; 'Red Eye'; 'Skeleton Key'; 'Sky High'; 'Stealth'; 'Supercross'; 'Valiant'; 'War of the Worlds'; 'The Wedding Crashers'
Edwin Birk (08/26/05)
Edwin F. Birk, 94, of Gordonville died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Bruce Frank (08/26/05)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Bruce Darwin Frank, 49, of Cobden died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born Oct. 3, 1955, in Streator, Ill., son of Darwin A. and June L. Scheuer Frank. He and Beth Marie Gingrich were married Oct. 4, 1975, in McLean County, Ill...
Alice Lipscomb (08/26/05)
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Alice Mickie Lipscomb, 85, of Blytheville died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at her home. She was born May 19, 1920, in Bandana, Ky., daughter of Raymond R. and Monita Denham Michie. Mrs. Lipscomb was a longtime Blytheville resident and a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was active with First United Methodist Women...
Vera Weinhold (08/26/05)
BRAZEAU, Mo. -- Vera N. Weinhold, 74, of Brazeau died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 10, 1931, at Farrar, Mo., daughter of Theodor M.C. and Ella Roth Luehrs. She and Elmer H. Weinhold were married May 10, 1952. He died June 14, 2002...
Births 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 4:02 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at William Street and Mtount Auburn Road. * At 4:26 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 Towers Circle. * At 8:40 p.m., a still alarm at 221 N. Fountain St...
Out of the past 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 26, 1980 Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Eugene Coombs announces that sheriff's deputies will now begin actively enforcing the speed limits on county roads; in the past, rural county residents have often complained about the lack of traffic enforcement on county roads...
Searching for a solution (08/26/05)
One of the reasons dodgeball is so appealing is that it is so universal. It can be played by anyone who is quick enough to get out of the way of a speeding ball and who is willing to get whacked. In Jackson, dodgeball has taken on a life of its own. Youngsters have taken an impromptu activity and turned it into a regular event with enough organization behind it to schedule a tournament...
What are benefits to students? (08/26/05)
To the editor: MAP scores are just plain stupid. When I was a student I had to take the MMAT every year. I never took it seriously. Most times I just guessed at an answer without even fully reading the question. The tests were so long and boring that I made up a game. I would try to spell words with my answers. It made the tests a little more fun, but it also meant a lot of my answers were wrong...
Heidi's column will be missed (08/26/05)
To the editor: This letter is to Heidi Hall, who announced this week's column was her last. Heidi, I have only recently been reading your column. Had I been an avid reader of newspapers in the past, your column may have been the only reason I would have taken the time to purchase a paper. ...
Teachers appreciate reception (08/26/05)
To the editor: On behalf of the Cape Girardeau Community Teachers Association, I wish to thank the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting the teachers appreciation reception. Aug. 16. The food was delicious, and the many door prizes donated by area businesses were most appreciated. It is a pleasure to serve the Cape Girardeau community as we educate its youths. We are thankful for the chamber's continued support of our endeavors...
Revisit Founding Fathers' words (08/26/05)
To the editor: In his writings, James Madison spoke of the danger posed by mixing civil and religious authority. Madison helped frame a secular Constitution so that, in his words, "the various Christian sects, as well as Jews, Mohammedans, and infidels" would all be welcome. For you talk-radio listeners, please note that secular means neutral toward religion, suggesting separation of church and state, not godlessness as implied by Limbaugh and O'Reilly...
Speak Out 8/26/05 (08/26/05)
Itching for a fight; Sensible taxation; Cell-phone danger?; Take it slow in Oran; Personal grief; Defeating reporting; Better location; Out of the closet; Scott City traffic; Greedy criminals; Free speech
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