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A giving spirit: Students raise funds to help their communities (09/19/05)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri formed the Youth United Way in 2002 to involve area high school students in the United Way to build an understanding of community needs and instill philanthropic spirit. Students will participate in school-based United Way campaigns and, with board approval, allocate these funds to community grants they determine are high priority issues. Students will also promote community volunteer opportunities within their schools...
Tips to commercial real estate investing (09/19/05)
When it comes to investing, everybody has certain goals and aspirations. However, there are certain guidelines every aspiring real estate investor needs to know: * Be careful - Tax laws may change Don't base your tax investment on current tax laws. The tax code is constantly changing, and a good investment is a good investment regardless of the tax code. The right commercial property with the right financing is what you should look for as an investor...
Selling commercial property requires prep work (09/19/05)
Getting commercial property ready to sell involves more behind-the-scenes work than an outward effort to make the property attractive, say developers who specialize in commercial real estate. Thomas M. Meyer of Thomas L. Meyer Real Estate Company said a business owner who wants to sell must make sure his paperwork as well as his property is immaculate...
Where Ed Dust goes, jobs and development follow (09/19/05)
SIKESTON -- For 32 years, Ed Dust has gathered no rust as he improved the employment situation in towns and cities in Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. The director of the Department of Economic Development in Sikeston since June 2004, Dust came to the job after a 20-year stint as executive vice president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce...
Business licenses (09/19/05)
Cape Girardeau County Business licenses recorded at the Cape Girardeau Collector's Office during August. Ancient Treasures, 1626 Independence, Cape Girardeau Machaira Enterprises, 1460 Bella Vista, Jackson Cape Sewn Art, 2322 Belleridge Pike, Cape Girardeau...
Stoddard County tax liens (09/19/05)
Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 568-3444...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (09/19/05)
Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 243-8123...
Scott County tax liens (09/19/05)
Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 545-3551...
Building permits (09/19/05)
Cape Girardeau Commercial building permits recorded at the Cape Girardeau Division of Inspection Services Office during August. Phillip B. Smith-Architect, 1131 N. Kingshighway Suite 5, Gary Helwege, remodel, $18,000 City of Cape Girardeau, 2007 Southern Expressway, City of Cape Girardeau, remodel, $90,000...
Bankruptcies (09/19/05)
Bankruptcies filed through August for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Viewpoint: Movie would provide 'shot' to Cape economy (09/19/05)
California, home to Hollywood's gigantic movie industry, loses more than $10 million in tax revenue when a larger-budget movie costing about $70 million is made elsewhere, according to a recently released report by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp...
Counterpoint: Movie will irk some, though (09/19/05)
While many are delighting in the fact that a major film will be partially shot in Cape Girardeau, there are no doubt others who will be annoyed by the inconveniences the hustle and bustle of the Hollywood machine. There already have been some rumbling about traffic congestion, more packed restaurants, busier stores and huge crowds of people wandering around film sets...
Businesses attempt to tackle sick days (09/19/05)
It costs money to be sick. It pays for employers to have a wellness plan in place for employees. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, on the average in Missouri sick days cost an employer about 1 percent of the total amount budgeted for compensation...
Harleys roll into Cape (09/19/05)
By now, the HOGS will have loaded up their bikes and headed back home, and reports will have been made about the economic impact of the estimated 3,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners (thus the name HOGS - Harley Owners Group) who rallied in Cape Girardeau Sept. 9 through 11...
Pinching pennies: Steve & Barry's use many methods to cut customer costs (09/19/05)
Cheapskates. In a July issue of "Forbes" magazine, that's what a tongue-in-cheek headline labeled the owners of Steve & Barry's University Sportswear, a rapidly growing clothing apparel chain that plans to open a store at the Westfield West Park in Cape Girardeau later this year...
Classic car auction does big business in region (09/19/05)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Sherm Smith of Dexter graduated high school in 1957, the year Chevrolet came out with its legendary '57 Chevy. Almost 50 years later, Smith still has one in his garage. "It's my all-time favorite classic car," said Smith, a former publisher of several Southeast Missouri newspapers. "And I probably sell more '57 Chevy convertibles than anybody else in the country."...
New TV show to 'discover' region (09/19/05)
Jim Dufek doesn't want his new television show, "Discover Cape," to just let viewers know what's going on in the area. He wants to tell stories. "I want to go behind the scenes," he said. "If we do a story about a new bridge being built, I want people to meet and learn something about the guys building the bridge. I want to make it interesting."...
Business area seeking historic designation (09/19/05)
SCOTT CITY -- Four years ago, Paul Schott bought a large, two-story building at the corner of Second and Hickory streets. Built in 1920, it was a furniture store for decades before becoming a thrift store when Schott, the Chamber of Commerce president, envisioned a better use. Now called Schott's Community Arts Center, the building has five upstairs apartments, and on the main level are a banquet hall, a Mexican restaurant and a pub...
Sold, leased, built: area commercial development sprinting along (09/19/05)
Area economic developers and real estate agents say commercial activity is brisk -- empty buildings are being leased, others have prospective buyers and new businesses are opening at a good clip. Ed Dust, director of economic development in Sikeston, said Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores has a new owner. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Today, 7 p.m. ** City Hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Presentations * Presentation by Nancy Jernigan regarding Neighborhood Nights project. * Update on Public Safety Trust Fund projects. Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings)...
Community briefs 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Eagle Ridge school expands sports program Eagle Ridge Christian School on Route K is building a baseball field and a soccer field. The school holds memberships in the St. Louis Metro Christian Athlete Association and the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association. ...
Jackson City Council agenda 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
7:30 p.m. today, city hall ** Action Items Power and Light Committee * Consider a bill proposing an ordinance accepting the dedication of Recreation Trail Easement Deeds from the Reorganized School District R-2, regarding the West Independence Street and East Lane Recreation Trail Projects...
Fair organizers content despite lower turnout (09/19/05)
The SEMO District Fair came to a close Saturday night with a fireworks display to commemorate the 150th year for the annual fair. Approximately 85,500 people attended the 8-day long event this year. "We were down about 12 percent from last year," said Pete Poe, fair board president. "But with the heat, the rain, with all the things going on in the world today, we were not disappointed at all."...
Organizers laud annual fair's low costs, down-home charm (09/19/05)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- The East Perry County Community Fair is a long-standing tradition in the small town of Altenburg. Since 1937, the fair has served as a gathering point for the eastern Perry County area that highlights the region's agricultural heritage. The stars of the show -- mules...
Fellowship of music brings New Orleans man to Commerce (09/19/05)
Saxophonist kept his beloved instrument with him when his family fled the hurricane. After the city of New Orleans was left flooded by Hurricane Katrina, the soulful sound of jazz music was washed out of town. Many musicians lost the instruments that provided the theme song for their beloved city...
Bracing for the big one (09/19/05)
A rolling terror hides under the earth in Southeast Missouri. Sooner or later, it will be unleashed. The ground will tremble and shake. Along the Mississippi River, water will shoot out of the ground like geysers. Buildings will topple, river bluffs will collapse and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes will be uninhabitable...
Area libraries announce October calendars (09/19/05)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library has scheduled the following programs for October: n 7 p.m. Oct. 4, the foreign film "Roads to Koktebel" will be shown in the Hirsch Community Room free of charge. The film runs approximately 100 minutes and contains mature themes. Snacks will be available. Call 334-5279 for more information...
Community Q&A 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
n Name: Brock Davis...
Military news 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Area man serves aboard guided-missile destroyer; Cape man enlists in National Guard 1140th ; Williamson completes Navy basic training
Medicaid proposal would reward healthy lifestyles (09/19/05)
Health incentives already are being used in the private sector. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- America is flush with rewards. People with good credit get lower interest rates on loans. Frequent fliers get rewarded with free trips. Some parents even reward their children with cash for good grades. Now some are proposing to reward poor people for good health...
NTSB: Train was speeding just before it derailed (09/19/05)
CHICAGO -- A commuter train was going almost 60 miles per hour over the speed limit just before it derailed, killing two people and injuring dozens, the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday. Mark Rosenker said the Metra train was traveling at 69 mph and should not have been going faster than 10 mph when it switched tracks at a crossover, causing it to jump the tracks Saturday...
University of Missouri-Columbia ups nine-year fund-raising goal to $1 billion (09/19/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Columbia is extending its "For All We Call Mizzou" fund-raising campaign from six years to nine and raising the goal to $1 billion. In its first six years, the drive -- which started privately in 1999 and went public in 2003 -- has brought in more than $600 million. The extension was announced Friday...
Nuclear plant to close for generator replacement (09/19/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton will be closed for 10 weeks, as AmerenUE replaces four steam generators at an estimated cost of $200 million. The project is the most expensive in the history of Callaway, which provides more than 10 percent of Missouri's electricity...
Former President Clinton seeks commitments on combating poverty, providing clean energy (09/19/05)
Leaders agreed to commit more than $1.25 billion to address major global problems. NEW YORK -- Former President Bill Clinton convinced world and business leaders to commit more than $1.25 billion to address major global problems ranging from poverty to clean energy...
Report- Some minivans fare poorly in head restraint tests (09/19/05)
The 2004-2006 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey received the highest rating. WASHINGTON -- Head restraints in some minivans inadequately protect people against neck injuries in rear-end crashes, the insurance industry said Sunday. Several automakers took issue with the latest test results...
Enough lessons from Katrina to fill a how-not-to textbook (09/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- Katrina is what classrooms call a teachable moment. Everyone is picking through the mistakes from all levels of government for lessons that will spare more lives and property in the next disaster. The needs in a nutshell: more, faster and, of course, better...
Katrina sends group on 500-mile odyssey (09/19/05)
HOUSTON -- They're out there. The shooters, the choppers, the looters, the lines, the foul water and the bodies. Especially the bodies. "But we're in here," says Victor Fruge. Others -- hundreds of thousands of them -- had also escaped from New Orleans. But few could match the extraordinary, even miraculous odyssey of Fruge and his comrades -- 16 mentally ill men and recovering addicts, cast out of their group home, Abstract House, by the storm...
Foreign stocks may be good plan for long-term investors (09/19/05)
Buying for the short term would be a bet that the markets keep escalating and the dollar stays weak. NEW YORK -- While U.S. indexes dully waver within a minuscule range, overseas markets are on fire. Japan's Nikkei average hit its highest point since 2001 earlier this month. Britain's FTSE 100 Index on Friday had its best close in four years. Germany's DAX is at its highest level since 2002. Korea's KOSPI Index is up more than 20 percent so far this year...
World briefs 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Israel urges U.N. to press for Hamas disarmament; Female Saudi runs in chamber election
Merkel gets most votes in German election, but not majority (09/19/05)
BERLIN -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for early parliamentary elections to reinforce his mandate, and challenger Angela Merkel urged voters to show their support for her tax and labor market reforms. But the outcome of Sunday's election showed voters underwhelmed by either leader's party, and the result is that Germans could end up with both of them...
North Korea nuclear talks reach do-or-die point (09/19/05)
BEIJING -- International talks seeking to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program were in their "endgame" today, the top U.S. negotiator said, before delegates met to consider a Chinese proposal for resolving the standoff. U.S. assistant secretary of state Christopher Hill said the talks would wrap up in a matter of hours...
Insurgents in Iraq assassinate Kurdish parliament member (09/19/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents killed a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, his brother and their driver and wounded a second lawmaker in an ambush on their convoy north of Baghdad, officials said Sunday. The men were heading to the capital for a National Assembly session Sunday at which legislators signed off on revisions to a draft constitution that will be voted on by Iraqis in an Oct. 15 referendum. The text was turned over to U.N. officials for printing and distribution to voters...
Taliban fail to disrupt Afghan vote (09/19/05)
Many people looked to a big vote to demonstrate public support for an elected government. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Some filed into schools to cast their ballots amid lessons still scrawled on blackboards. Others stepped over piles of shoes to vote in mosques. In remote areas, tents served as polling stations...
Late penalty kick lifts Redhawks (09/19/05)
After narrowly missing several opportunities in the second half, Southeast Missouri State's women's soccer team needed a penalty kick goal in the final two minutes to squeeze by visiting Iowa 2-1 Sunday at Houck Stadium...
MU gets weekend off before powerful Texas (09/19/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The challenging portion of Missouri's schedule is about to begin. The Tigers will have next weekend off to heal minor injuries accumulated from a so-so 2-1 start, and then comes No. 2 Texas in their Big 12 opener. As impressive as the team looked in a 52-21 victory over Troy on Saturday that snapped a four-game home losing streak, they know the next game will represent a quantum leap...
Area sports digest 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Corporate Games begin, continue through Sept. 30 Seven teams began competing Sunday in the Corporate Games, an Olympic-style event that allows teams from employee-based organizations in the region to battle in events for a variety of athletic and not-so-athletic events...
Trail of Tears Triathlon results 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Trail of Tears Triathlon Results from the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation event Saturday at Trail of Tears Park: Men's overall winners -- 1, Barry Knight, Paducah, Ky., 1:10.55; 2. Mathew Brier, St. Louis, 1:12.18; 3, John Baker, Paducah, Ky., 1:12.26...
Gore claims first PGA Tour victory at 84 Lumber Classic (09/19/05)
Jason Gore stood up to an excellent late-season field, and to the very pressure that wilted him three months ago at the U.S. Open. Most of all, he stood up to Sunday. Gore held off the 84 Lumber Classic field in Farmington, Pa., with big drives and steely nerves to win on the PGA Tour barely a month after being stuck in golf's minor leagues...
USC extends its reign in AP poll to record level (09/19/05)
Southern California's run at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 reached a record-breaking level and Oklahoma, the team USC replaced in the top spot almost two years ago, was unranked for the first time since 1999. With the Trojans top-ranked in the AP media poll released Sunday, USC has now been No. 1 for 22 straight polls, besting the record set by Miami from 2001-2002...
NFL: Week 2 (09/19/05)
Panthers 27, Patriots 17 The first regular-season meeting between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots since their thrilling Super Bowl was no reprise. Neither team played that well, and Carolina did just enough to defeat the Patriots (1-1). Stephen Davis scored three touchdowns for the Panthers (1-1)...
Newman wins first race in the Chase (09/19/05)
LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Newman stole a race Tony Stewart thought was his. Newman, who barely squeezed into the 10-man Chase for the championship, got off to a fast start in NASCAR's 10-race playoff Sunday by outdueling points leader Stewart down the stretch to win the Sylvania 300...
Saved by the bell: Rams hang on when time expires on driving Cardinals (09/19/05)
Rams win when clock runs out on Warner, Cardinals TEMPE, Ariz. -- Any last minute drive to win a game would be great. For Kurt Warner, to do it against the St. Louis Rams would have been perfect. Warner and his Arizona Cardinals fell a few yards shy, though, doomed by Adam Archuleta's sack and a false start penalty as time ran out in the Rams' 17-12 victory Sunday...
Redbirds ace gets feathers ruffled (09/19/05)
Chris Carpenter had words with the Cubs manager during Sunday's 7-4 loss to Chicago. CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker complimented Chris Carpenter last week, then cursed at him Sunday. The Cubs manager and Cardinals ace got into a shouting match during Chicago's 7-4 victory, adding more friction to one of baseball's most bitter rivalries...
Sports briefs 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
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Ice cream trucks are licensed annually (09/19/05)
Q: Is it true that the ice cream trucks that patrol local neighborhoods are selling their wares without benefit of the county health inspector maintaining periodic inspections of the refrigeration units that house the ice cream novelties? A: "Those types of ice cream trucks are required to have a city business license," said Tracey Glenn, public information officer for the city of Cape. ...
Voters named 'Lost' best drama series, 'Raymond' top comedy at Emmy Awards (09/19/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Emmy voters loved "Everybody Loves Raymond" one more time, honoring it as best comedy series for its final season Sunday, denying the prize to newcomer "Desperate Housewives" while giving best drama honors to another first-year hit, "Lost."...
Bella Italia to reopen in a few months (09/19/05)
The restaurant will have a new patio and facade, but the menu will remain about the same. When an early morning fire roared through Bella Italia restaurant March 19, owner Mark Dirnberger sat helplessly on the curb across the street watching firefighters douse the flames...
Mars Inc. sets enormous goal: Settling the Red Planet (09/19/05)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- All companies set goals, but newly formed 4Frontiers Corp. is eyeing some pretty expansive horizons. The company's mission: to open a small human settlement on Mars within 20 years or so. Sure, it may sound far-fetched. And the company's initial plans are a lot more terrestrial than ethereal, like developing a 25,000-square-foot replica of a Mars settlement here on Earth, then charging tourists admission...
Clarence Wessel (09/19/05)
Clarence Gus Wessel, 90, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Chaffee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
David Criddle (09/19/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- David Lee Criddle, 66, of Perryville died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born April 10, 1939, at Jackson, son of Charles Bolin and Grace Matilda Moore Criddle. He and Patsy Jane McCanless were married Nov. 5, 1960, at Omaha, Neb...
Juana Martinez de Gonzales (09/19/05)
Juana Martinez de Gonzales, 80, of Cobden, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 at her home. Friends may call the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Cobden after 9 a.m. until time of funeral on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home with the Rev. Federico Higuera officiating...
Derek Werner (09/19/05)
Derek A. Werner, 15, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 8, 1989, in Cape Girardeau, son of Tim and Jody Grebe Werner. He attended Jackson High School and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. He participated in the Special Olympics, competing in bowling, softball and soccer. He also enjoyed martial arts and fishing...
Don Kirkham (09/19/05)
Don Kirkham, 82, of Midwest City, Okla., formerly of Olive Branch, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Specialy Hospital in Midwest City. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Eirich (09/19/05)
Joseph W. Eirich III, of Olive Branch died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at his home. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Meyer (09/19/05)
Mildred 'Millie' Meyer, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at her residence. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Antonia Schnurbusch (09/19/05)
Antonia "Toni" Schnurbusch, 73, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Apple Creek, Mo., daughter of Anton and Bertha Unterreiner Ponder. She and Harold Schnurbusch were married Sept. 7, 1953, in Apple Creek...
Cape fire report 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 4:26 a.m., box alarm at 304 N. Park. * At 4:52 a.m., a motor vehicle accident at Independence Street and Kinghighway. * At 5:38 a.m., emergency medical service at 40 S. Sprigg St...
Cape police report 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
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Out of the past 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 19, 1980 Ozark Air Lines confirms reports that it will initiate full DC-9 jet service to and from Cape Girardeau Oct. 26, replacing the airline's Fairchild Hiller 227 turbo-prop aircraft, which has served Cape Girardeau since 1968...
9-11 jingoism (09/19/05)
(Peoria, Ill.) Journal Star On the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Defense Department distorted their significance with a tacky display of jingoism. Your tax dollars paid for a grab-bag event that includes a memorial at the Pentagon, a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, a support-the-troops march ... and a country music concert...
Gas-price caps (09/19/05)
(Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger Investigations into gasoline pricing have been around as long as there have been sharp spikes in the price of fuel. Thursday there will be another as the Assembly Transportation Committee looks into the past month's punishing, 80-cent-a-gallon increase in the price of regular...
Winter heating bills (09/19/05)
Springfield News-Leader The weather is still beautiful outside. It's hard to think about winter heating bills. But it's important to do that right now, because experts predict this year's heating bills will be much higher than those in past years...
Praise for Notre Dame (09/19/05)
Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau has been ranked among the top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation this year. The rating comes from the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, a Grand Rapids, Mich., educational and research organization dedicated to promoting "a free and virtuous society."...
Speak Out 9/19/05 (09/19/05)
Was he joking?; Charter concern; Erroneous view; Shoes that fit; Build on high ground
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