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Stories from Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Police join investigation of cemetery operator (09/13/05)
Already in trouble for failing to deliver pre-paid headstones, a cemetery operator could now face criminal charges. An investigation of Mike Graham & Associates, which operates two cemeteries in Sikeston, Mo., and one near Morley, Mo., focuses on company business practices, said Drew Juden, chief of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Oak Ridge man faces drug charges (09/13/05)
An Oak Ridge man must serve more than seven years in federal prison for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway's office announced Monday. Keith Ray Seabaugh, 50, was arrested on April 15, 2004, in St. Louis County after he was observed buying pseudoephedrine at several stores along with other items used to make methamphetamine. ...
Sikeston man receives consecutive life terms (09/13/05)
Graphic photographic evidence and compelling testimony justified consecutive sentencing for Jake Kenneth Pruitt, 48, of Sikeston, Mo., court officials said. Pruitt was sentenced to four life terms on four counts of first-degree sodomy and 15 years for one count of child molestation, which was handed down by circuit court Judge Benjamin Lewis at a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon in Cape Girardeau...
Larry the Cable Guy show scheduled for Oct. 22 (09/13/05)
Blue-collar comedy will return to the Show Me Center on Oct. 22 when Larry the Cable Guy visits Cape Girardeau for the second time. Larry the Cable Guy has gained fame as one of the stars of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" and the hit show "Blue Collar TV" on The WB. ...
Cape Girardeau man enters guilty plea (09/13/05)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of selling crack cocaine, the U.S. attorney's office said. Byron J. Carter, 26, had approximately 50 small bags containing crack stored in a baby wipes box when his home on South Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau was raided in November, federal prosecutors said...
Campaign designed to help students become safer drivers (09/13/05)
Partners in Prevention, a coalition of the 12 publicly funded universities in Missouri, launches its Drive Safe/Drive Smart campaign today through Friday. Southeast Missouri State University participates in educating college students on the dangers of drowsy driving, inattentive driving, aggressive driving, speeding and drinking and driving. The campaign is funded through a Missouri Department of Transportation grant...
Students take on tough issues (09/13/05)
In March of 2005, Central High School's Tiger newspaper staff decided to take on teen pregnancy. The student-run paper published stories about the rising pregnancy rates in high schools, abortion, adoption and pregnant teenagers at Central. One of those teens in particular stood out...
Day 5: Guardsmen offer food and water to stragglers while scouting neighborhood (09/13/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- With a breathy series of whistles, Staff Sgt. David McClure was almost pleading: "Come here, boy, come on." The exposed ribs on a gaunt black dog told a sad story. Flies buzzed around his quizzical face as the canine considered the camouflaged men from the 1140th Engineer Battalion. Friend or foe? The dog -- apparently abandoned in the rush to escape Hurricane Katrina -- seemed unsure...
Relief agencies need some ID before offering benefits (09/13/05)
Ralph and Jill Helton outran Hurricane Katrina by hitchhiking north from their home in Long Beach, Miss. They wound up in Jackson Friday, where the Jackson Police Department put them up for the weekend until they could get in to ask the Red Cross for help on Monday. But because they were day laborers in Mississippi and lived in motels and with friends for the last 12 years, they said, they did not have proof of residence...
Learning briefs 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
dean's list...
Cairo bridge will close until early Nov. (09/13/05)
Farmers will have to haul grain 25 miles out of the way. WYATT, Mo. -- Farmers in Mississippi County will face a new challenge in getting their grain to market this harvest season. Just as the fall harvest kicks into full gear, one of the primary routes farmers from the Wyatt area take to haul their grain to market will be shut down, detouring them up to an extra 25 miles out of the way...
FEMA will not airlift evacuees to Missouri (09/13/05)
FEMA will not airlift evacuees to Missouri Eds: LEADS throughout to ADD detail, additional comment. No pickup cwbtcwfon ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A mini-city set up in an airplane hangar here was prepared to take 2,000 displaced Gulf Coast residents, and offer them everything from medical care and clothes to recreation and Internet access. But now, it will get none...
Bolivar man drowns near houseboat (09/13/05)
Bolivar man drowns near houseboat jdmosplweb HERMITAGE, Mo. (AP) -- A Bolivar man drowned Saturday evening in Pomme de Terre Lake near Hermitage, authorities said. The Missouri State Water Patrol said divers recovered the body of Christopher Gadberry, 36, near a houseboat he had been working on at the shoreline of Harbor Marina...
State unemployment rate sees big drop in August (09/13/05)
State unemployment rate sees big drop in August csdlkwhou JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployment dropped a full percentage point to 4.6 percent in August -- the lowest rate the state has seen in four years, since before the terror attacks' impact on the economy...
Judge keeps law closing officials' information on hold (09/13/05)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state law that keeps addresses and telephone numbers of public officials and law officers from being posted on the Internet without their consent remains on hold after a judge issued a preliminary injunction against it Monday...
Democrats to challenge some budget cuts (09/13/05)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Funding for Alzheimer's research and tourism are among budget cuts Democrats plan to challenge during the annual veto session that begins Wednesday. But it would take a two-thirds vote by the Legislature to override a veto of the governor -- an unlikely scenario in a year when both chambers and the governor are Republican...
Rain helps some crops, still down from last year (09/13/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- August rain came too late to help much of Missouri's crops, but some crops are slightly better off than they were before, the state Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday. Corn production is forecast at 304 million bushels, 2 percent above the August number but 35 percent below last year's record amount...
Roberts says he'll serve 'without fear or favor' (09/13/05)
Senators express fears and support for Bush's chief justice nominee. WASHINGTON -- John Roberts opened the first Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 11 years Monday by portraying himself as a humble, non-political judge who would interpret the law "without fear or favor" if he becomes the 17th chief justice of the United States...
Bush denies racial component to Katrina response after touring New Orleans (09/13/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- President Bush rode in an open truck Monday for his first close-up look at New Orleans' ravaged, trash-strewn, flooded neighborhoods. He denied that poor, black victims of Hurricane Katrina were ignored because of their race. After a federal response criticized as slow and inadequate, Michael Brown, the embattled director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced his resignation in Washington...
World briefs 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
Consultant: Delta plans to file for bankruptcy; Iraqi leader congratulates troops in Tal Afar; Landslide a setback for Japan's two-party system; Gazans celebrate first day of freedom with euphoria
Burger leads ND softball past Sikeston (09/13/05)
Notre Dame junior softball player Kristain Burger continued her offensive fireworks and also chipped in on the mound in the Bulldogs' 4-0 home win over Sikeston on Monday. Burger, who was 11-for-11 on Saturday as the Bulldogs won the Incarnate Word Tournament, was 2-for-3 at the plate on Monday and threw seven shutout innings for her first win on the mound. Notre Dame improved to 14-1...
Empty tee box: Girls golf teams once roamed Southeast Missouri's sports scene (09/13/05)
Girls golf is missing from the high school sports scene in most of Southeast Missouri Southeast Missourian More than 25 years ago girls high school golf teams were scattered across Southeast Missouri, with the quality of competition strong enough to produce two teams that placed in the top four at the state tournament and several collegiate golfers...
Billings keeps the faith in his offense (09/13/05)
A struggling Redhawks offense has generated three touchdowns in two games. Southeast Missouri State coach Tim Billings still believes the Redhawks will have an explosive offense this season. But it's frustrating to Billings that they haven't been able to show it so far...
Medical experts find fault with O'Neal autopsy report (09/13/05)
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri football player whose sudden death was attributed to viral meningitis was also a carrier of sickle cell trait, an inherited condition that some medical experts suggest played a larger role than his autopsy report concluded...
Injury bug bites hard in Week 1 (09/13/05)
The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers already have serious injury problems after one week of the season. The Packers lost their top wide receiver, Javon Walker, for the year, and the Panthers will be without their best defensive tackle and run stopper, Kris Jenkins. Both tore knee ligaments in losses Sunday...
Bonds returns from surgery, nearly hits HR (09/13/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds is just a foot or two shy of his old sluggin' self. In his season debut for San Francisco, Bonds strode to the plate Monday night, tipped his batting helmet to the roaring, flashbulb-popping crowd, worked a 3-2 count and lined a double that fell just shy of clearing the wall in left-center...
Messier hangs up his skates after 25 seasons (09/13/05)
NEW YORK -- Mark Messier was 30 and already a five-time Stanley Cup champion when it was time to leave the hometown Edmonton Oilers. That was the summer of 1991, three years after Wayne Gretzky's stunning trade to Los Angeles and a year removed from the Oilers' fifth title in seven years. The dynasty was over and Messier was the latest big star about to be shipped out...
Falcons upend Eagles 14-0 (09/13/05)
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles couldn't wait to get started on their rematch of the NFC championship game -- two players got kicked out before the game kicked off. Then, it was the Falcons who got a bit of payback. Michael Vick ran for one touchdown and set up another with a long pass, enough to give Atlanta a 14-10 victory over the Eagles on Monday night...
Presto: A 4-3 win Cards reduce magic number to four (09/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A pair of rookies helped the St. Louis Cardinals reduce their magic number to four for clinching the NL Central. Pinch-hitter John Rodriguez' ninth-inning single off Salomon Torres scored Skip Schumacher in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night...
First loss arrives special delivery (09/13/05)
The Rams' were haunted by an old nemesis in Sunday's debacle in San Francisco. ST. LOUIS -- Special teams, the St. Louis Rams' softest area last season, remained a major problem after the team's stumbling opener. The Rams put themselves in an immediate hole against the underdog 49ers when kick returner Chris Johnson, signed earlier in the week, stepped out of bounds at the 1. It never got much better in a 28-25 loss on Sunday to a team that won an NFL-low two games last season...
Sports briefs 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
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If memory serves me correctly (09/13/05)
I have come to a scientific conclusion that I have the worst short-term memory ever. After months of traveling the globe and conducting research among millions of people, it's safe to say that my short-term memory is about as useful as an ice cream stand in hell...
Dad survives roller-coaster of a weekend (09/13/05)
Fear was churning in my stomach. And that's before we crashed head-long down the first hill on a roller coaster. There's something about roller coasters that makes me suspect that they were thought up by professional torture experts, probably relatives of those who practiced their craft during the Spanish Inquisition...
Mary Goddard (09/13/05)
Mary Earleen Huebner Goddard was born in Clinton, Iowa, July 30, 1952, to Earl J. and Beverly A. Kook Huebner. She was baptized into Christ Aug. 17, 1952. After a brave battle with cancer, she was called to eternal rest Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at the age of 53 years, 1 month and 8 days...
Ethel Unnerstall (09/13/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Ethel J. Unnerstall, 91, of Benton died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 23, 1914, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of Benjamin and Dorothy Heuring Enderle. She married John A. Unnerstall July 1, 1933, in Jonesboro, Ill. He died Jan. 22, 1988...
Florence Miller (09/13/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Florence Miller, 87, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at City Care Center in Cobden, Ill. She was born July 17, 1918, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of James and Stella Simpson Ice. She and Gerald Miller were married April 8, 1939. He died Dec. 19, 1999...
Maggie Hoffman (09/13/05)
Maggie Hoffman, 93, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Births 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
Harris; Eldridge; Rankin; Pair; Stovall
Cape fire report 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls: Friday * At 10:29 p.m., an alarm sounding in 1000 Towers Circle. Sunday * At 4:20 p.m., citizen assist in the 700 block of Perry Avenue. * At 4:34 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Sheridan Drive...
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 13, 1980 As the final crowd of the year files through the gates at the SEMO District Fair in the evening, fair officials predict that the total fair attendance will be about 85,000, the same as last year. The industrial arts department at Southeast Missouri State University will begin moving into the new $800,000 west wing addition to the Serena Industrial and Technical Education Building by mid-October...
Attracting business: Missouri's pro-business climate is paying off (09/13/05)
Missouri workforce and business climate prompts $30 million GM investment: On Aug. 2, the vice president of General Motors North America told workers that despite plans to lay off 25,000 employees worldwide, the Wentzville, Mo., plant is receiving a $30 million equipment expansion due to workers' performance and Missouri's business climate...
Fuel-tax football (09/13/05)
The idea of a fuel-tax holiday in Missouri to ease the price motorists pay at the pump has become something of a political football. It shouldn't. Missouri has a comparatively low fuel tax, and revenue from the fuel tax is the primary source of state funding for transportation projects. ...
Creation answers found in Genesis (09/13/05)
To the editor: I'm concerned that some readers misunderstand creationism. My views conform to that of the creationist organization Answers in Genesis (www.answersingensis.org), and I'll attempt to explain our general views. Creationists support conventional operational science, which by definition studies processes that we can observe and test by repeated experiment. ...
HOG rally is big boost for Cape (09/13/05)
To the editor: What was the sound you heard this weekend? Was it the sound of loud Harleys or the sound of cash registers ringing? As to the comments in Mark Bliss' story regarding the tattoos and leather-clad bikers drinking beer, he failed to see the real purpose of the HOG rally. ...
Credit for new Jackson soccer park (09/13/05)
To the editor: Now that soccer season is here and children are playing in our new park, I too would like to thank all the people involved in making this a reality. While much has been said about how this was a joint effort between the JDIC, city of Jackson and the local community, which is true, the reality is we would not have a new park if it were not for the extraordinary time and effort a few people made on this project...
Timely aid requests were made (09/13/05)
To the editor: Robert Lucas charges that state and local officials did not request assistance in a timely manner when Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29. Let's look at facts. National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield has stated that his office was "briefing [officials] way before landfall. It's not like it's a surprise. We had in the advisories that the levee could be topped."...
Speak Out 9/13/05 (09/13/05)
Put them to work; Not much studying; Paying for disaster; Why the blame?; Time to help; Firsthand information; Defining a refugee; Angels in disguise
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