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Gasoline prices edge down (09/08/05)
A combination of factors, including repairs being made to damaged oil pipelines and refineries on the Gulf Coast, are helping to bring down the price of gasoline in the area. Bi-State Oil Co. owner Scott Blank said his gas station in Cape Girardeau has been able to drop the cost of unleaded fuel from $2.99 to $2.83 a gallon. Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores will be going down in price as well...
Jackson police: DNA links man to burglary (09/08/05)
A Jackson man faces a felony charge after DNA evidence linked him to a burglary in his apartment building, police said. Travis L. Burke, 30, of 224 Meier Lake Drive in Jackson, is charged with burglarizing an apartment at 1101 K-Land Drive in Jackson. The burglary took place Nov. 24, and Burke lived in the building at the time...
Operation Troop Support planning more fund raisers (09/08/05)
Soldiers' letters of thanks for care packages will be on display at the SEMO District Fair, where Operation Troop Support will have a booth daily from 4 to 9 p.m. The booth will be at the south entrance of the Arena Building. Operation Troop Support has sent more than 1,500 care packages since the group was established last year and would like to follow through by responding to the list of 700 names they've collected representing soldiers from all over the country...
Miss Jackson pageants to be held in November (09/08/05)
The Jackson chapter of the American Business Women Association will sponsor the Miss Jackson pageants for women ages 3 to 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. The winner of the Miss Jackson Scholarship Pageant will represent Jackson at the Miss Missouri Scholarship pageant, whose winner will then represent Missouri at the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. ...
Community Q&A 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
n Name: Denise Stewart...
Community digest 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
Smelterville, May Greene reunion set for Saturday; Community contra dance being held at church; Tuschhoff family reunion to be held Sunday; Bollingers plan to reunite at Jackson restaurant; Nitsch family holding reunion in Jackson park; Jackson class of '45 meets this month; Reunion to be held at Post Oak Church; Parents can get children fingerprinted at fair; Wild horses and burros will be up for adoption; Free health screenings at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club; More than 50 attend Friedrich reunion
10 charged with drunken driving (09/08/05)
An effort to stop drunken driving netted 10 people on charges of driving while intoxicated between Aug. 19 and Monday, Cape Girardeau police reported. With the help of a $1,000 federal grant, the department was able to put extra officers on patrol as part of the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" campaign...
Crying for Cape (09/08/05)
The city is looking for a town crier to celebrate its centennial. Historically, town criers were used to inform townspeople of bad news such as increased taxes or a public hanging. The clichZ "don't shoot the messenger" originated with town criers...
9 lives and beyond: Area animal lovers set up life-sparing sanctuary (09/08/05)
Fearless knows few fears. While most cats cower in new surroundings, the pint-sized, gray-coated kitten sauntered into his new home with the attitude of "Here I am." The tailless Manx suffers from spina bifida, a spinal disorder that commonly occurs within his breed. To ease his discomfort, he now wears an infant-sized diaper courtesy of Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Area literacy project sponsors billboard contest (09/08/05)
A local literacy project plans to publicize reading with a billboard contest that draws on the talents of area schoolchildren. The Southeast Missourian Jr., a monthly newspaper that showcases students' artwork and writing, will celebrate its fifth anniversary -- along with the daily newspaper's centennial -- by asking the region's classes to create posters as part of the "Rave About Reading!" contest...
Donations approach $200,000 (09/08/05)
Cape Girardeau's Katrina relief contributions continue to mount. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army have been flooded with cash, volunteers and community drives. Schools have stepped up, and professionals and businesses are sending help...
Rape charges dropped against cabdriver (09/08/05)
The prosecutor said the woman who claimed to be raped didn't object to dropping the charges. Prosecutors cleared a Cape Girardeau cabdriver accused of rape Wednesday with a statement questioning whether the charges were fabricated. No charges will be filed against the accuser, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said...
Notre Dame among top U.S. Catholic high schools (09/08/05)
Brother David Migliorino, a Franciscan monk who directs Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, kept his mouth shut even though he wanted to shout the news days ago. But today the principal will tell students his secret: The school ranks among the top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation...
Committee sends anti-abortion bill to debate on House floor (09/08/05)
The bill would let parents sue people who help their minor daughters get abortions in violation of the parental consent law. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A minister said Wednesday that legislation allowing lawsuits against those who help teens get around the state's parental consent law for abortions amounts to "a clergy intimidation bill."...
St. Louis' Savvis Center lands another championship bout (09/08/05)
Hill will fight Brudov on Sept. 30 for the world cruiserweight title. ST. LOUIS -- For the second time this year, St. Louis will host a world boxing championship. Virgil Hill will come out of retirement to face undefeated Russian Valery Brudov, the No. 1 contender, for the vacant WBA world cruiserweight championship. The fight will be Sept. 30 at the Savvis Center...
H&R Block prepares for turbulent tax season because of Katrina (09/08/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- H&R Block Inc. said Wednesday it is gearing up for scores of Hurricane Katrina victims anxious to immediately file for disaster assistance and who could need extensive help filing next year's tax returns, given that their financial records are lost and their employers are at least temporarily defunct...
Judge hears Medicaid arguments (09/08/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys for seven disabled Missourians tried Wednesday to convince a federal judge that Missouri's decision to stop paying for certain medical equipment is unfair and illegal. U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple, who last week declined to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the cuts, said he would review testimony and court filings and hoped to decide next week whether to issue a preliminary injunction...
State digest 09/08/05 (09/08/05)
Senate minority leader may run for auditor JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Senate Democratic Leader Maida Coleman said Wednesday she is considering running for state auditor next year. State Auditor Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, said last week that she would challenge Republican U.S. ...
FEMA chief bears the brunt of anger over federal response to hurricane (09/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- He's been called an idiot, an incompetent and worse. The vilification of federal disaster chief Michael Brown, emerging as chief scapegoat for whatever went wrong in the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, has ratcheted into the stratosphere. Democratic members of Congress are taking numbers to call for his head...
Rehnquist given final farewell in funeral service, Arlington burial (09/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was buried Wednesday as President Bush led the nation in bidding farewell to the man who orchestrated a dramatic states rights power shift in a third of a century on the Supreme Court and settled the acrimonious 2000 election in Bush's favor...
Post office trying to get mail to victims (09/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- The post office has delivered some 15,000 Social Security checks at collection points in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina, officials said Wednesday. But the agency is still trying to locate 2,000 of its workers. In the affected region, 188 post offices have returned to full service, 189 are providing limited service and 120 are still closed...
Holdouts test military's power of persuasion (09/08/05)
With promises of pet shelters and health warnings residents urged to leave New Orleans. WASHINGTON -- Deep in St. Bernard Parish, just south of New Orleans, a man stubbornly refused to leave his home, insisting he must stay with the only things he had left in the world -- his two bulldogs and eight young puppies. And three friends wouldn't go anywhere without him...
Kelly softball tops Sikeston with 11th-inning outburst (09/08/05)
The Kelly softball team outlasted host Sikeston on Wednesday afternoon, pushing across three runs in the top of the 11th inning for a 6-3 victory. Freshman Casey Kern pitched all 11 innings, allowing five hits. She struck out 10 and walked four. The Hawks (6-2) had 13 hits, led by Meghan Tetley with four. Ashley Vetter added three hits and Brittany Brantley had two...
Coffey listed as doubtful for Saturday's game (09/08/05)
An MRI on Missouri wide receiver Sean Coffey's dislocated left shoulder revealed no structural damage, the athletic department said late Tuesday night. There is no timetable for Coffey's return, though Missouri spokesman Chad Moller said it is doubtful Coffey will play in Saturday's game against New Mexico...
Men's team tries to join women's in top echelon (09/08/05)
The Redhawks women were third in the OVC last year, while the men are coming off a sixth-place finish. Unlike past seasons, third-year coach Eric Heins has high hopes for both Southeast Missouri State cross county teams in 2005. While Southeast's women have annually ranked among the Ohio Valley Conference's top squads, the men lately have finished around the middle of the pack...
Southeast begins fall season this weekend (09/08/05)
Southeast Missouri State's improving women's tennis team begins an abbreviated fall schedule Friday. The Redhawks play the first of four fall tournaments when they compete in the Billiken Classic hosted by St. Louis University. The event concludes Saturday...
Haines pitches in for U.S. at international tournament (09/08/05)
BASEBALL | IBAF WORLD CUP Cape Girardeau native Talley Haines was the winning pitcher earlier this week for the U.S. baseball team in the 2005 IBAF World Cup in The Netherlands. Haines, a right-handed reliever, worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings Monday during a 6-4 victory against Australia. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one...
With Rice retired, Bruce stands atop active career receiving list (09/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Isaac Bruce has been a Rams player so long he was with the team in Los Angeles. Now comes the reward for his longevity. Jerry Rice's retirement earlier this week puts Bruce at the top of the active receiving yardage list with 11,753. "It's big," Bruce said. "It means a little to me, but Jerry will always be No. 1 in my eyes."...
Cubs get better of Cards (09/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Maddux threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs got just enough off Mark Mulder early in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Maddux topped 400 innings over the last two seasons, triggering an automatic $9 million option for next season, when he struck out Hector Luna for the second out in the fourth inning of his 317th career victory...
Ginepri, an unsung American, advances to semifinal round (09/08/05)
The unseeded player won his third straight five-set decision against a seeded player. NEW YORK -- Robby Ginepri, an unsung, unseeded American, accepted the gift of Guillermo Coria's 13th and 14th double-faults on the last two points of their U.S. Open match to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time...
Gordon needs big effort in final race before Chase (09/08/05)
The Daytona 500 winner is on the outside of the top 10 heading into Saturday's race at Richmond. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- His crew calls him "Money Man" because when the stakes are high, Jeff Gordon is the only driver they want on their team. His reputation is about to be tested with an entire season on the line. Gordon has one race left to squeeze his way into the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship and prove he still can come through in the clutch...
Morris seeks answer for recent struggles (09/08/05)
The Cardinals pitcher is 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA in his last nine starts. ST. LOUIS -- Fortunately for Matt Morris, he won't have to deal with the Chicago Cubs in the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander has dominated the Cubs for most of his career, entering this season with an 11-3 record against them. This year, he's 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA after getting knocked out in the fifth inning of a 5-2 loss Tuesday night...
Marlins' Willis wins 20th (09/08/05)
The Florida pitcher tied St. Louis' Carpenter for the league lead in victories. WASHINGTON -- That confounding, high-kick delivery. That flat-brimmed cap. That "Gee, this is fun!" smile. Now Dontrelle Willis can add "20-game winner" to his list of trademarks...
Corrections 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
n In the portion of Wednesday's story about the Southeast Missouri State football team's 2006 game with Arkansas, the following paragraph was ommitted where the story continued from Page 1B to Page 4B: "That suits Billings on both counts. He understands, considering the current financial situation of not only Southeast's athletic department but the entire university, that the Redhawks must play a Division I-A foe for money each year."...
Health briefs/calendar 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
Woman's Distance Festival to be held Saturday The 17th annual Women's Distance Festival for all ages and fitness levels will be held Saturday at the Osage Community Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway on the Cape LaCroix recreation trail. Distance events begin at 8 a.m. Events will include a one-mile walk/run, a 3.1 mile walk, and a 3.1- mile run...
Seeing life through new eyes (09/08/05)
A few days after she had cataract surgery, Frances Tallman of Cape Girardeau went to lunch at the Cracker Barrel. She glanced down at her bill and saw that she owed $8.11. What makes that extraordinary is that she wasn't wearing the thick, heavy beige-framed bifocals on which she used to depend...
It's your song, sing the way you want (09/08/05)
Getting older. They will say it beats the alternative. Maybe. But when I see those pictures of Mick Jagger strutting his stuff once again across a stage, with the unreal physique of a teenage boy and a face that looks like it has spent way too much time in a Saharan dust storm ... I am not so convinced...
Living like a refugee (09/08/05)
Sept. 8, 2005 Dear Julie, Americans are accustomed to hearing people in the Third World described as refugees. They are people who leave their homes to escape war or starvation brought on by grinding drought. We aren't used to the word applying to our own. Now it does...
Thomas McRaven (09/08/05)
Thomas Scott McRaven, 47, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 1, 1957, in Granite City, Ill., son of Thomas and Beverly McRaven. McRaven was a dentist. Survivors include his wife, Khonda Andrews McRaven of Jackson; two sons, Austin and Dillon McRaven of Jackson; a daughter, Alora McRaven of Jackson; his mother, Beverly McRaven of St. Louis; two brothers and a sister...
Katherine Hunter (09/08/05)
Katherine B. Hunter, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Nashville, Tenn., daughter of Henry and Beatrice Durham Clark. She and Robert Hunter were married Dec. 18, 1945, in St. Louis. He died Aug. 17, 1996...
John Botwinski (09/08/05)
John Botwinski, 73, of Largo, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla. He was born in Chicago, Ill. He moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1987 and to Largo earlier this year. Botwinski was a security guard 20 years with Brinks Inc., and later worked in security at Holy Cross Hospital, both in Chicago. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo, and a volunteer at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg...
Hal Greene (09/08/05)
James Harold "Hal" Greene, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Feb. 13, 1926, in County Westmeath, Southern Ireland, son of James and Sarah Jane Naylor Greene. Mr. Greene moved to Canada in 1929. He accepted Jesus Christ as Savior April 23, 1940. He moved to the United States in March 1947...
Ivan Lesch (09/08/05)
Ivan E. Lesch, 86, of Delta died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 22, 1919, at Allenville, son of Guy and Ruth Mansker Lesch. He and Retha Lands were married Nov. 8, 1937. She died Sept. 18, 1988...
George Moll (09/08/05)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- George "Ed" Moll, 72, of St. Mary died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at Marian Cliff Manor in St. Mary. He was born June 13, 1933, at St. Mary, son of Henry L. and Eliza McLain Moll. Moll had been a machine operator with National Vendors...
John Orr (09/08/05)
John Tyler Orr was stillborn Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Survivors include his parents, Robert J. and Staci Renee Powless Orr Jr. of Cape Girardeau; maternal grandparents, Randy and Beverly Powless of Cape Girardeau; paternal grandparents, Jean Orr of Cape Girardeau, Robert Orr Sr. of Marble Hill, Mo.; maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Powless of Marion, Ill.; and paternal great-grandmother, Jo Alice Orr of Marble Hill...
Helen Sewing (09/08/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen L. Sewing, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at Perry Oaks Manor. Young and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Fred Wilfong Jr. (09/08/05)
HIRAM, Mo. -- Fred James "Buck" Wilfong Jr., 59, of Belleview, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at Belleview Valley Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 28, 1946, at Hiram, son of Fred James and Bernice Jettie Fox Wilfong. Survivors include two brothers, Henry Wilfong of Missouri, Don Wilfong of Lesterville, Mo.; two sisters, Lillie Jaco of Millersville, and Linda Pool of Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Betty Wade (09/08/05)
Betty J. Wade, 72, of Cairo, Ill., died Wednesday at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo.
Births 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
Miller; Frakes; Kieninger; Hale; Wren; Shoemaker
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
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Cape fire report 9/7/05 (09/08/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: * At 5:01 p.m., a medical assist in the 3000 block of Boutin Drive. * At 8:59 p.m., a medical assist in the 600 block of North Henderson Avenue. * At 11:32 p.m., a fire alarm at 630 N. Henderson Ave...
Out of the past 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 8, 1980 A parade with 100 units -- nearly double that of last year -- officially kicks off the six-day run of the 125th annual SEMO District Fair; the parade originates at Capaha Park, proceeds west on Broadway and north on Kingshighway to the Arena Park fairgrounds...
Medicaid exceptions: Life-sustaining care is not optional in Missouri (09/08/05)
Changes to the Medicaid system have been portrayed by many as extraordinary, but thoughtful consideration must be given to the fact that reform was essential to ensure the program's solvency. Unfortunately, the details of these changes and the policies of the Department of Social Services have often been misrepresented. One of the most misunderstood changes involves the idea that some medical services are optional...
More funding, less fight (09/08/05)
State funding for public education has always been a complicated matter. A process that determines how much each school district will receive from the state -- called the school foundation formula -- is so complex that even the legislators who fund it and make changes in it are often hard-pressed to give a clear explanation of how it really works...
Quick response by sheriff's department (09/08/05)
To the editor: This is a letter we sent to Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan: We would like to extend our deepest thanks and commend the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Todd Stevens, Detective Sikes and Detective Buchheit pursued and detained some of the people involved in a recent asphalting scam at our home, resulting in the return of almost half our money. ...
Who will step up to the challenge? (09/08/05)
To the editor: Today I'm troubled about the many things that are happening in our country and the world: the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, the high prices of gasoline, the thousands of people who are going to go without medication...
Canadians are responding to needs (09/08/05)
To the editor: I've seen comments in the Southeast Missourian's online edition about how interesting it would be to see how much the international community will respond to the disaster in the U.S. I am Canadian and lived in Cape Girardeau for seven years. ...
Thanks for help with fund raiser (09/08/05)
To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's fund raiser for the Women's Safe House, the Network Against Sexual Violence and the Cape Girardeau Police Department a success. Twenty-three families donated items to this year's cause and delivered the items to me, which I am extremely grateful for. This not only saved me a tremendous amount of time, but the money I normally would have used from the proceeds to reimburse myself for gasoline went to this cause instead...
Overheated apartment could kill (09/08/05)
To the editor: I am writing about your story regarding the landlord in Cape Girardeau who turned the heat up to 125 degrees. I cannot believe he is only being charged with a misdemeanor. The renter is asthmatic. Even if she wasn't, she could have died. If the landlord is found guilty, may he end up in an even hotter place...
Speak Out 9/8/05 (09/08/05)
Be prepared; Rental grievances; What would you do?; A fake world; Not a necessity; Abolish federal system?; Think of the children; Greedy looters; National sins; University name; Flooding potential; Too good a deal; Making ethanol; Pulling together
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