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Answering Katrina's call; Day one: On the road to Louisiana (09/09/05)
National Guard troops say good-bye to loved ones before heading to New Orleans. CAMP MCCAIN, Miss. -- The night before Spc. Mitchell Kester hit the road Thursday to help New Orleans recover from the brutal aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he spent some time with a decidedly less fierce female: his 2-year-old daughter, Abigail...
Repairs to traffic signals will affect motorists (09/09/05)
MINER, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will be repairing traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 62 and Route AA in Miner today. The westbound turn lane will be reduced to one lane from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call MoDOT at (888) ASK-MODOT...
Cape public library to hold annual book sale (09/09/05)
Book lovers can buy used books at bargain prices at the Cape Girardeau Public Library this weekend. The library holds book sales twice a year -- once in the spring and once in the fall. The library has hundreds of books for sale. "We have 20 tables full of books and some books on the floor as well," said library director Betty Martin...
Key piece of evidence aids arson investigation (09/09/05)
A headless Barbie doll lead investigators to a suspect for an arson at South Pacific Street apartment house. Anthony R. Williams, 19, faces arraignment Sept. 19 for a class B felony for setting a fire Aug. 10 in a bathroom at 401 S. Pacific St. Williams told investigators during an interview that he entered the three-story house to use the bathroom on the second floor, testified Cpl. ...
Tenant, landlord squabble goes to court (09/09/05)
Evidence that her landlord sought to overheat her apartment didn't carry much weight for Sonda Owens Thursday during an eviction trial. Associate circuit judge Peter Statler didn't even look at the police report that led to landlord Fred Barnard being charged with misdemeanor assault. Instead, he wanted proof of whether Sonda Owens paid her rent at 618 North St. from April through September...
Train derailment raises fears of diesel fuel leak (09/09/05)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Officials feared diesel fuel contamination after two freight trains collided Wednesday afternoon in Stoddard County. At 12:46 p.m., Union Pacific Railroad in St. Louis reported to the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department that an accident occurred north of Bell City. ...
Family members weather Katrina in Cape Girardeau (09/09/05)
For one week, 19 family members displaced by Hurricane Katrina lived under one roof. The already close-knit family grew closer as they rallied to meet needs. Over the years, each time a hurricane threatened metro New Orleans towns, Dr. Mark and Barbara Kinder invited family to stay in their five-bedroom, four-bathroom Cape Girardeau home. This year, the hurricane drove in more than they bargained for...
'Twas the night before the fair ... (09/09/05)
Many events are planned over the eight days of the SEMO District Fair. To SEMO District Fair Board president Pete Poe, today is Christmas Eve. The fair gates are the presents under the tree, waiting to be opened at 11 a.m. Saturday. Workers, like Santa's elves, have spent months preparing for Saturday. One more day, and the fair will be here...
Young and old alike enter in the fair's livestock competition (09/09/05)
In the early years of the fair, large posters announcing the date of the fair would be nailed to trees and handed out to county residents. On the posters would be drawings of livestock because horses, cattle and mules were a dig draw. The posters would exclaim: "The Finest Stock in Existence!"...
Hurricane relief donations notebook (09/09/05)
n Gov. Matt Blunt is encouraging displaced Americans who may come to Missouri to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by calling (800) 621-FEMA. Persons interested in volunteering in the affected Gulf Coast states can call Missouri's State Emergency Management Association at (888) 526-6664...
Restricted parking begins today (09/09/05)
Restricted parking for the SEMO District Fair begins today, the Cape Girardeau Police warn. Signs warning motorists not to park in Capaha Park, on North West End Boulevard or Perry Avenue will be in place today, police said. Those signs will restrict parking for Monday's SEMO District Fair Parade...
Crites, Bollinger reunion set for Sunday (09/09/05)
A 12:30 p.m. meal is planned for the Crites and Bollinger reunion on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Post Oak Church located off Highway 72 near Meadow Heights School, Patton. Bring a covered dish, chair, pictures, and family history...
Two Cape firefighters to aid relief efforts (09/09/05)
Two Cape firefighters to aid relief efforts Two Cape Girardeau firefighters, Harry Schumer and Brad Martin, left to aid in Hurricane Katrina disaster relief Thursday morning. "All we know is that we're flying into Atlanta," said Schumer, master firefighter and emergency medical technician. "They're giving us a day of instruction and then I don't know where we are going."...
School bus crash sends six people to hospital (09/09/05)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Six people -- four of them children -- were hospitalized Thursday morning after a sports utility vehicle rear-ended a school bus that was stopped for a red light at a busy intersection south of downtown, authorities said. The driver told police that he had looked down to check his speedometer after his wife reminded him he was in a school zone. ...
Baby sitter pleads guilty in abuse case (09/09/05)
Mother of beaten baby wanted Karen Byrum, who signed a confession, to face a jury. The mother of a 4-month-old who was beaten black and blue by a baby sitter says she is sorry she won't get to testify against the abuser at a trial. Baby sitter Karen Byrum pleaded guilty Monday to felony child abuse charges and faces up to seven years in state prison. ...
Missouri Senate gives initial approval to anti-abortion bill (09/09/05)
The bill needs another Senate vote to move to the House, which also must approve it to send the bill to the governor. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislators moved closer Thursday to achieving the goal of their special session as the Senate gave initial approval to an anti-abortion measure...
Missouri's homeland security director resigns (09/09/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Homeland Security director Michael Chapman resigned Thursday after less than seven months on the job. The Department of Public Safety said Chapman left so he can spend more time with his wife and two children in St. Louis. ...
Supreme Court judge Limbaugh hospitalized (09/09/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. has been hospitalized because of a blood clot in his lung. Limbaugh, 53, was absent Wednesday and Thursday as the rest of the seven-member Supreme Court heard arguments on a variety of cases. ...
Nation briefs 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Cheney tours stricken area of Louisiana coast NEW ORLEANS --Vice President Dick Cheney toured parts of the ravaged Louisiana coast Thursday, claiming significant progress but warning that much remains to be done. He defended the political appointees who are overseeing the federal relief effort against attacks by Democrats. ...
Officers plead with residents to evacuate New Orleans (09/09/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- Like the other holdouts in a city nearly emptied by Hurricane Katrina, Chan Chun Nin, 75, had no running water. He had no electricity. And the medicine supply for his 70-year-old wife was dwindling. Still, he would not move. Do me a favor, said a state trooper: "Write your address and your name down on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket. Because when you die, we're going to need to know who we're picking up."...
Sept. 11 low-interest loans went to many who didn't need them (09/09/05)
The government's $5 billion effort to help small businesses recover from the Sept. 11 attacks was so loosely managed that it gave low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terrorism relief -- or even know they were getting it, The Associated Press has found...
New Orleans seeks to collect its dead (09/09/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- With the waters receding, New Orleans faces a ghastly task of epic dimensions not seen by an American city in perhaps a century: collecting, identifying and then burying potentially thousands of corpses, many of them bloated, decayed or no doubt mangled beyond recognition...
Yushchenko dismisses government, breaking up Orange Revolution coalition (09/09/05)
KIEV, Ukraine -- President Viktor Yushchenko fired his 7-month-old government Thursday, dismissing his dynamic prime minister -- the heroine of the Orange Revolution that swept him to power -- and accepting the resignation of one of the movement's top financial backers...
Medical records fail to resolve mystery behind Arafat's death (09/09/05)
JERUSALEM -- Newly revealed medical records have failed to solve the mystery of Yasser Arafat's death, although they do cast doubt on popular conspiracy theories about poisoning or rumors of AIDS. But the main question -- what led to the massive stroke that killed the longtime Palestinian leader -- may never be answered...
Class 1 champs look for first win (09/09/05)
St. Vincent will host Park Hills tonight after losing its season opener. St. Vincent lost in the third week of last season, then strung together 11 straight wins en route to a Class 1 state title, the school's first football championship. The Indians' first loss came two weeks earlier this season -- St. Vincent dropped its season opener 21-9 to visiting Priory -- but St. Vincent's state hopes remain unfazed as it tries to rebound at home tonight against Park Hills Central...
High school football glance 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Central at St. Charles West, 7 p.m. Last year's meeting: St. Charles West 42, Central 7 Last week's games: Eureka 42, Central 0; Timberland 9, St. Charles West 7 Notes: Central was treated rudely in its season opener, with a lopsided shutout at the hands of Eureka. ...
B.A. Sports Volleyball Classic to begin today (09/09/05)
The B.A. Sports Volleyball Classic, hosted annually on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and other locations in Cape Girardeau, typically features a field predominantly made up of Southeast Missouri teams. Despite featuring the best the area has to offer, no area team has won the B.A. ...
ND softball sports early lead, rallies past Central 6-4 (09/09/05)
Central's softball team gained an early edge against visiting Notre Dame, but the Bulldogs scored six unanswered runs to triumph 6-4 in eight innings Thursday night. Central jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings before Notre Dame's Beth Schnurbusch replaced starting pitcher Miranda Schlosser and shut down the Tigers the rest of the way...
Prep football standings 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
SEMO Northern Division Conference Overall W-L Pf Pa W-L Pf Pa Central 0-0 0 0 0-1 0 42 Jackson 0-0 0 0 0-1 14 17 Poplar Bluff 0-0 0 0 0-1 14 42 Sikeston 0-0 0 0 0-1 16 43 SEMO Southern Division Conference Overall...
MU's new offense is old stuff for Lobos (09/09/05)
The Tigers' spread offense will undergo a stiffer test on Saturday. COLUMBIA, Mo. -- While Missouri's offense thrived in its season opener, the Tigers may find it difficult to achieve similar results in Saturday night's game against New Mexico. The Tigers have a new spread offense, but it isn't so new to New Mexico. The Lobos play against teams like Utah and UNLV, both teams that run a spread offense similar to Missouri...
Two home teams: Stupples plays for Europe, lives in U.S. (09/09/05)
CARMEL, Ind. -- Karen Stupples admits she has more than one home. A native of England, a resident of Orlando, Fla., and the touring pro for Cape Girardeau's Dalhousie Golf Club, Stupples can feel comfortable in a lot of different places on both continents...
Federer, Hewittt to meet in semis (09/09/05)
NEW YORK -- Roger Federer sure knows how to kill a party. Federer's quiet brilliance tranquilized U.S. Open fans one night after they roared nonstop for Andre Agassi and James Blake. Watching Federer, the defending champion and top seed, roll past Argentine David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 Thursday night was like watching a rerun of a mediocre movie that has one star, no plot and no drama...
Two share Canadian Open lead (09/09/05)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lucas Glover, in his second year on the PGA Tour, made eight birdies and shot a 5-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday with veteran Mark Calcavecchia. Glover and Calcavecchia took advantage of near-perfect afternoon conditions on the tight, tree-lined and rough-rich Shaughnessy course...
Aggasi pulls out five-set thriller (09/09/05)
The 35-year-old American reached the semifinals in the early hours Thursday. NEW YORK -- Too busy still performing magic with his racket and creating memories for a new generation, Andre Agassi doesn't have the time or interest to think about retirement...
Patriots christen season with 30-20 win over Raiders (09/09/05)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England's quest for an unprecedented three straight Super Bowl victories is in good hands with two stars the Patriots didn't lose: Tom Brady and Richard Seymour. Brady threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns and Seymour made a game-turning defensive play as the Patriots beat Oakland 30-20 Thursday night, holding Randy Moss, the Raiders' new star, to one big play, a 73-yard touchdown catch...
Carpenter wins No. 21 (09/09/05)
The St. Louis ace pitched eight innings of a 5-0 win over New York. ST. LOUIS -- Facing Chris Carpenter was the last thing the New York Mets needed. Carpenter became the first 21-game winner in the major leagues, Albert Pujols homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the fading Mets 5-0 Thursday night...
Area sports digest 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Southeast third in OVC...
Sports briefs 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Baseball...
Tragedy inspires both good, bad (09/09/05)
The images and sounds from New Orleans and other nature-ripped areas of the Gulf Coast are an assault on our sensibilities in ways that only unimaginable tragedy can create. I don't know if this is fair, but the breakdown in acceptable behavior that quickly became a prominent feature of news reports was, for me, a haunting reminder of scenes we saw on TV after the military invasion of Baghdad -- when we were expecting to see happy faces of liberated Iraqis and instead witnessed looting and mayhem.. ...
This clunk sounds like a transmission problem (09/09/05)
Dear Tom and Ray: My son owns a 2003 Silverado 1500 4-wheel-drive Regular Cab Chevy truck. We hear and feel a loud clunk from the rear of the vehicle when starting from a stop. If you concentrate and go very slowly, nothing will happen, but if you take off from a stop normally, you feel as if someone has hit you from behind. ...
Kia Sportage: V-6 power for the price of a 4-cylinder (09/09/05)
When the first Sportage went on sale in 1995 I thought it was cute, and because it was inexpensive and rugged-looking, I considered buying one. So did a lot of other Americans -- Kia sold 62,000 of them at its peak in 2000. But sales declined rapidly after that, owing to stiff competition from bigger, more comfortable small SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, Jeep Liberty, and Ford Escape. Kia pulled the plug on the Sportage after the 2002 model year...
At the theaters 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
'Exorcism of Emily Rose'; 'The Man'; Still in theaters; '40-Year-Old Virgin'; 'The Brothers Grimm'; 'The Cave'; 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'; 'Constant Gardener'; 'The Dukes of Hazzard'; 'Fantastic Four'; 'Four Brothers'; 'March of the Penguins'; 'Must Love Dogs'; 'Red Eye'; 'Sky High'; 'Stealth'; 'Transporter 2'; 'Underclassmen'; 'Valiant'; 'War of the Worlds'; 'The Wedding Crashers'
Digging up bones: After 20 years, Randy Travis continues to please crowds (09/09/05)
For nearly 20 years, Randy Travis has been a big name in country music. Since he first hit the big time with the album "Storms of Life" in 1986, winning the Academy of Country Music's Top Male Vocalist Award that year, Travis has been a traditional sound in a changing country music market...
Everybody's a critic: 'The Constant Gardener' (09/09/05)
Three stars (out of four) Wow, what a movie. It has a little of everything in it for everyone. "The Constant Gardener" is filled with conspiracies of epic proportion. The film is set in Africa among the lives of people who live ways we could never imagine, yet alongside some beautiful scenery...
Artifacts 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Illinois bayou on display at Cache River Days; Grampa Woo yacht makes return trip to Cape ; Local groups get grants from state arts council; Artists, vendors wanted in Sikeston Oct. 1; Folk concerts set at Trail of Tears, Bollinger Mill; Open auditions to be held at Market House Theatre; Golconda Shrimp Festival coming Sept. 17; Springsteen concert to air on WSIU; 'Painting Missouri' opens in Poplar Bluff Saturday
Art with heart: Local artist raises money for hurricane relief (09/09/05)
Dr. Max Cordonnier doesn't crave the spotlight, he just wants to help. In the wake of disaster, the retired professor is joining many other people in the nationwide effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The humble artist is a member of the Visual Arts Cooperative in Cape Girardeau, currently selling his mixed-media artwork to benefit the American Red Cross in the wake of Katrina...
Harlan Craft (09/09/05)
Harlan Craft, 86, of St. Ann, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at his home. He was born Feb. 15, 1919, at Neelys Landing, son of Hiram and Julia Brown Craft. He and Dorothy Case were married March 20, 1953. Craft was a stone mason, retiring in 1983. He was a member of First Baptist Church of St. John, Mo., and Union Local 396 in St. Louis. He was raised in the Neelys Landing area...
Helen Sewing (09/09/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen L. Sewing, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born June 26, 1919, at Egypt Mills, daughter of William and Beulah Deevers Foeste. She and Thurman O. McDaniel were married Aug. 24, 1940. He preceded her in death. She later married Earl E. Sewing Oct. 13, 1946...
Ivan Lesch (09/09/05)
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, 1998...
Christina Wilcox Watts (09/09/05)
Christina Ann Wilcox Watts, 29, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, in Tallahassee. She was born March 31, 1976, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Kurt and Phyllis Wilcox. She married Darin Scott Watts. Mrs. Watts had lived in Tallahassee nine years...
Hal Greene (09/09/05)
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...
Betty Wade (09/09/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Betty Jean Wade, 72, of Cairo died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Cairo, daughter of Calvin and Bessie Johnson. She and Earl E. Wade were married Dec. 7, 1948, in Cairo. He died Nov. 16, 1998...
Verna Hagan (09/09/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Verna M. Hagan, 79, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at her home. She was born July 9, 1926, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Albert and Louise Ochs Schamburg. She and Howard W. "Butch" Hagan were married July 19, 1969...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * At 4:05 p.m., medical assist in the 900 block of North Cape Rock Drive. * At 7:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Bernice Street. * At 10:33 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Sheridan Drive...
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 9, 1980 The SEMO District Fair got off to a fine start yesterday, and the promise of cooler weather on the way may mean a banner year for the annual exposition; Earl James, fair board president, says about 8,000 fairgoers took advantage of yesterday's "Sneak-a-Peek" promotion...
A good response (09/09/05)
The Jerry Lewis telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is as much a part of Labor Day as parades and picnics. This year's telethon, however, was held as the nation reeled from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. Americans were generously donating millions of dollars to aid storm victims, and now they were being asked to contribute for MDA research and support...
Thanks for excellent columns (09/09/05)
To the editor: Thank you for publishing the two excellent columns by Allen Gathman and Kerry Wynn, who remind us that science is not religion and creationism and intelligent design are not science. It was good to have this presented by members of each field of study...
Local leaders watched, did nothing (09/09/05)
To the editor: Since 1993, Louisiana has had an emergency operations plan (www.ohsep.louisiana.gov/plans/plansindex.htm) which has been kept updated. There are also links to FEMA, Emergency Support Functions-the Federal Response Plan and Your Family Disaster Plan...
Welcome Harleys, enjoy the show (09/09/05)
To the editor: The Harleys are coming to town. I don't know how it will be written about, but what I've seen is mostly favorable. You may see references to revved up, open road, freedom, wind, power, rumble and thunder. You could read about tattoos and body art and comparisons with what clean-cut might mean. There could be quotes from guys known only by their nicknames...
Spend to save lives, not cropland (09/09/05)
To the editor: I do not understand our Congress and president. They are going to fund (with taxpayers' money) the New Madrid floodway project. This project will only protect and increase the value of a few wealthy landowners' cropland (there are a few homes located in the floodway region on ridges) in Mississippi and New Madrid counties. ...
Thanks for generous gift in Cape (09/09/05)
To the editor: I hope this letter reaches the very kind and generous couple whom we met in the Burger King (exit 96 off I-55) at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sept. 4. We were traveling back to our home in Louisiana to see what damage we had from the hurricane. ...
Speak Out 9/9/05 (09/09/05)
Lots of pressure; Wait till next year; Slow down and save; Customer parking; Dragging their feet; Gave me chills; Riding scooters; Spraying the weeds; Mark turn lanes; Beautiful article; High and dry; Upgrade golf carts; They're not refugees; Thanks for purse; Where the buck stops
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