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Two men face Scott County accusations of choking, statutory rape (10/06/05)
One was released on his own recognizance; another is still in jail. BENTON, Mo. -- A man accused of choking his 7-year-old daughter and threatening to kill the child's grandmother put off a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Scott County Associate Circuit Court...
Scott City woman faces endangerment charge (10/06/05)
A Scott City woman who reported that her son was sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl living in her home now faces charges herself because of unsanitary conditions found during a visit by investigators. Carolann E. Edger, 37, lives in a mobile home in KNR Estates mobile home park. She is charged with one count of felony child endangerment for having an unsanitary home and allowing her son to continue living there after she learned he was allegedly molesting the girl...
Charges filed in Pearl Street case; schools saw no signs of dirty living conditions (10/06/05)
Prosecutor Morley Swingle filed felony child endangerment charges Wednesday against a Cape Girardeau couple who allegedly lived with their six children among mounds of garbage in a Pearl Street home. Cedric C. Moore, 46, and Karen J. Clark, 40, face up to seven years in prison each if convicted. When they left the home at 215 Pearl St., cleaners piled an enormous pyramid of garbage, furniture and appliances outside...
Postal service won't fix lobby (10/06/05)
Post office changes mind on part of its renovation; Mayor, Emerson say gas station post office is not a solution to Cape's overall post office problem. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for major repairs, the U.S. Postal Service has scrapped plans to modernize the old Cape Girardeau post office's downtown lobby...
Cape man charged in bat attack (10/06/05)
A Cape Girardeau man was charged on Wednesday with using a baseball bat to attack a man on North Ellis Street. Joseph A. Akens, 25, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. He is being held on a $2,500 bond and faces up to seven years in prison or one year in county jail if convicted. The 31-year-old victim received moderate injuries, said Sgt. Barry Hovis...
Event celebrates walking to school (10/06/05)
Take a drive around Alma Schrader Elementary School at 1360 Randol Ave. in Cape Girardeau and it becomes clear why few students walk to school. The sidewalks around the school are narrow and in some places nonexistent. "I'd love to see more sidewalks for the kids to walk safely to school," principal Ruthann Orr said...
County officials briefed on emergency plans (10/06/05)
If a major earthquake rocks Cape Girardeau County or another tornado sweeps through Jackson, county officials have a plan of action. Those were a couple of the scenarios Cape Girardeau County officials brought up Wednesday as emergency management director David Hitt discussed the county's emergency operations plan...
Rose Concrete, Cape chamber win awards (10/06/05)
There were two surprises at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's appreciation dinner Wednesday night. One the chamber kept. The other was kept from it. The first came when guest speaker Dan Mehan, executive director of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry, announced during his speech that the local chamber has been named the 2005 Chamber of Commerce of the Year...
85 children ages 3 and up have enrolled in Suzuki violin instruction program (10/06/05)
A macaroni box on a stick. That's where it starts for first-year students learning how to play violin in the Suzuki violin program, a specialized and increasingly popular system that teaches young children how to play the violin much the same way they learn to speak...
Community cuisine 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
New Salem UMC plans for family-style dinner A kettle beef and chicken dressing family-style dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the New Salem United Methodist Church at Route AA at Daisy. Children 5 and under eat free. Menu includes kettle beef, chicken dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw, apple butter, bread, cake and drinks...
Raffle of Harley-Davidson motorcycle benefits Kenny Rogers Children's Center (10/06/05)
Who wants a Fat-Boy? Kim Weber of Perryville, Mo., did. And he got one as the winner of a 2005 Harley-Davidson anniversary motorcycle called the Fat-Boy. His name was announced at center stage in downtown Cape Girardeau during the recent HOG Rally held here...
Community digest 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Emergency training planned in Scott County; Brenda Talent to speak to women's club lunch; Fall festival to feature crafts, music, food; Church announces date for mission auction; Mini reading conference held at Dempster Hall; 4-H rodeo club seeks names new officers ; Masonic High Twelve Club to meet for program; Jackson offers housing to Katrina victims; Busch, Boren, Evans family meets for reunion
Library receives grant to update public computers (10/06/05)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library recently received a $5,590 Gates Foundation Staying Connected Hardware Upgrade and Replacement Grant. The grant replaced seven public access computers, used by about 2,000 people per month, which will result in more reliable access to the Internet, online databases and work with office applications...
State briefs 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Company settles lawsuit with 19 plant workers JOPLIN, Mo. -- A butter flavoring manufacturer ordered to pay more than $53 million in damages to employees of a southwest Missouri popcorn plant who blamed the product for lung disease has settled with 19 other plaintiffs. ...
Howl of coyotes leads searchers to missing child (10/06/05)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- Mike Runge heard a coyote howl and had a hunch it would lead him to a missing 2-year-old boy. That hunch early Tuesday ended an eight-hour search for Tristan Owens, who was found about 1:20 a.m. unharmed but surrounded by coyotes in the woods behind his home in Wentzville, near the St. Charles-Lincoln County lines...
Judge sentences convicted serial rapist to 124 years in prison (10/06/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A convicted serial rapist who attacked his latest victim while free on probation has been sentenced to 124 years in prison. In imposing the sentence Tuesday, Jackson County Judge J.D. Williamson told 48-year-old Gregory Hubbard he had "no option but to protect the public by seeing you are not on the streets again."...
More than 12,000 families fail to pay health premiums (10/06/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt said Wednesday that newly required premiums for a children's health insurance program are a reasonable step that help build personal responsibility. His remarks came after children in more than 12,000 families lost their state-funded health care this week because their parents failed to pay the premiums...
State awards new Medicaid contract to LogistiCare (10/06/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state awarded a new contract Wednesday for medical transportation services for the poor, choosing a company that won the business last year but had it taken away after protests by another bidder. ** Comparing costs The Office of Administration said it chose Atlanta-based LogistiCare Inc. ...
Missouri wildlife refuge among 10 most endangered (10/06/05)
A national wildlife refuge in southeast Missouri is among the 10 most endangered in the nation, according to a report released Wednesday by Defenders of Wildlife. The Mingo National Wildlife Refuge near Puxico is the last large tract of bottomland hardwood forest in Missouri's Bootheel and one of the last in the entire ecosystem. The 21,676-acre swamp is a gathering place for waterfowl and other migratory birds...
CIA chief: No accountability review for Sept. 11 failures (10/06/05)
WASHINGTON -- Contrary to recommendations from his own internal watchdog, CIA director Porter Goss will not order disciplinary reviews for a former director, George Tenet, and other officials criticized for their performance before the Sept. 11 attacks...
Conservatives still worried about next nominee (10/06/05)
WASHINGTON -- Not satisfied with President Bush's word, conservative senators and others questioned Wednesday whether Harriet Miers was the best Supreme Court nominee a self-proclaimed conservative Republican president could find. "I guess they thought we'd all just say 'Whoopee!' but that's not the way it works around here anymore," said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss. He insisted there were many potential nominees more qualified than Miers...
Mentally disabled hurricane victims find a refuge in East Texas (10/06/05)
PALESTINE, Texas -- Down a winding lane from their dorms to the cafeteria, they hobble along, clutching their caregivers' steady hands or walking just within arm's reach. "It's lunchtime! It's lunchtime!" exclaims one man, grinning and clapping. One woman pauses to look up at the canopy of trees above her. "We're in Texas. We're at camp," she says...
Expected surge in Katrina-related bankruptcies may come too late for some people (10/06/05)
BILOXI, Miss. -- First came out-of-pocket medical expenses, the bills piling up faster than Jerry Gollott and his wife could pay them. Then, sidelined by heart and back ailments, the retired police officer fell behind on his $1,370 monthly mortgage payment...
Europe backs away from Airbus aid commitment (10/06/05)
PARIS -- European governments have blinked first in an aircraft subsidies dispute with the United States, agreeing to withhold funding commitments for a new Airbus plane set to be launched today while negotiations continue. As Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. prepared for a board meeting at which it was expected to give the green light for the A350 jet, officials said no government funding promises would be announced with the launch...
Campaign transactions raise ethical questions (10/06/05)
Money was allegedly filtered to Gov. Matt Blunt's campaign. Spokesmen say everything was legal, though not always clear to donors. WASHINGTON -- Tom DeLay deliberately raised more money than he needed to throw parties at the 2000 presidential convention, then diverted some of the excess to longtime ally Roy Blunt through a series of donations that benefited both men's causes...
High court clashes over assisted suicide (10/06/05)
WASHINGTON -- New Chief Justice John Roberts stepped forward Wednesday as an aggressive defender of federal authority to block doctor-assisted suicide, as the Supreme Court clashed over an Oregon law that lets doctors help terminally ill patients end their lives...
Motorola cutting 1,900 jobs worldwide (10/06/05)
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola Inc. is cutting 1,900 jobs at 29 different U.S. and international locations in an effort to improve operating efficiency, the company said Wednesday. The cell-phone maker said the layoffs will be distributed over its facilities in more than 20 countries and began in July, when it announced a planned consolidation of its supply chain facilities over the next several years...
Phase II money to be released from tobacco trust fund (10/06/05)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tobacco growers in 14 states should be paid $318 million as part of 1998's settlement between states and cigarette makers while litigation continues on whether the farmers are entitled to more money, a judge ruled Wednesday. The tobacco companies fought unsuccessfully in North Carolina courts for a refund, arguing that the compensation due to farmers was overridden by the passage of a $10 billion federal buyout of tobacco quotas...
Python fights gator, eats gator, bursts (10/06/05)
MIAMI -- The alligator has some foreign competition at the top of the Everglades food chain. A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said. The incident has heightened biologists' fears that the nonnative snakes could threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades...
Researchers reconstruct 1918 virus to help fend off bird flu (10/06/05)
ATLANTA -- Scientists have made from scratch the Spanish flu virus that killed as many as 50 million people in 1918, the first time an infectious agent behind a historic pandemic has ever been reconstructed. Why did they do it? Researchers say it may help them better understand -- and develop defenses against -- the threat of a future worldwide epidemic from bird flu...
Nation/world digest 10/06/05 (10/06/05)
Officials conduct weight test in fatal boat accident LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- Officials investigating the deadly capsizing of a Adirondack tour boat Wednesday conducted a "very scientific road test" of a twin vessel to see whether excess, suddenly shifting weight may have caused the tragedy. ...
Mexican church under fire after admitting it accepts drug money (10/06/05)
MEXICO CITY -- When a Mexican bishop declared that drug traffickers often donate to the church, shock waves ran through this predominantly Roman Catholic nation -- not because the news was a surprise, but because admitting it was tantamount to confessing that nothing, not even God, is sacred when it comes to organized crime in Mexico...
High school football: Week 6 capsules 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Thursday Jackson (3-2) at Central (1-4), 7 p.m. ** n Last year's meeting: Jackson 35, Central 6 * Last week's games: Jackson 21, Jefferson City 14; SLUH 42, Central 6 * Notes: Jackson handed the storied Jefferson City football program just its second homecoming loss in 60 years last week. ...
Kelly opens tourney with three-inning win (10/06/05)
Kelly, the defending Class 2 state champions, started play in the District 5 tournament with a 15-0 trouncing of Clearwater in just three innings Wednesday. Mindy Robert had a single, double and triple to go along with two RBIs. Kalie Hughes and Casey Kern added two hits apiece for the Hawks (17-10)...
Intensity of Central-Jackson hasn't translated into close contests (10/06/05)
A rivalry game the nature of Central and Jackson -- the teams have met 98 times on the football field -- is supposed to be an epic clash where any team can come out on top. For all the hoopla surrounding tonight's game between Jackson and Central at Houck Stadium, if recent history holds up the game will likely once again be a blowout. ...
Maevers leads Crusaders to Oak Ridge title (10/06/05)
The Saxony Lutheran boys cross country team placed four runners in the top five to take first at the Oak Ridge Invitational on Wednesday. Trey Maevers took the top spot in 16 minutes, 54 seconds. Max Wieser was third, Grant Lehmann was fourth and Peter Winningham was fifth...
Central in hunt for second straight district title (10/06/05)
The Tigers were tied with Rockwood Summit after the first day of play in the two-day event. The chance for a second straight district title and two state berths remained in tact for the Central girls tennis team as the doubles teams of Dani Gross-Monica Toole and Lindsey Pingel-Sarah Ford each reached the semifinals of the Class 2 District 1 tournament with two wins Wednesday at Central...
Redhawks fall as EIU remains perfect in OVC (10/06/05)
Southeast carries a 3-2 conference mark into Friday's game at Tennessee Tech. The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team rallied to force a fifth game but fell on the road at Eastern Illinois on Wednesday. The Redhawks fell to 3-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play and 6-10 overall. EIU improved to 5-0 in OVC play and 9-4 overall...
Area sports digest 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
SEMO Cup scheduled for Saturday in Kennett The SEMO Cup golf tournament will bring 10 teams to Kennett Country Club 8 a.m. Saturday. Dalhousie Golf Club, Kimbeland Country Club, Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course, Bent Creek Golf Course and Cape Girardeau Country Club...
Bowling scores 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Jackson Bowling Lanes MEN High game: John Wondel 300, Jim Burnett 300, Robert Forester 299, Billy Funkhouser 290, Roger Petzoldt 290, Dan Tuschhoff 289, Thor Welker 279, Jim Simpson 279, Chris Cox 279, Jim Brown 278, James Bradshaw 278, Pete Howe 278, Corey Berkbigler 268, Jason Brothers 267, Kyle Bruce 265, Terry Seabaugh 264, Dennis Roth 264, Jeremy Hunt 259, Leroy Ponder 258, Mike Edgar 258, Toby Zoellner 258...
Blues hit sour opening note in Detroit (10/06/05)
St. Louis took just three shots in the second period of a 5-1 loss. DETROIT -- It didn't take long for Pavel Datsyuk to make a return on Detroit's investment. Datsyuk scored 95 seconds into the game, assisted another goal several minutes later and helped the Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Wednesday night in the NHL opener for both teams...
Rams add Cleeland, move Saipaia to TE (10/06/05)
ST. LOUIS -- When the St. Louis Rams' new tight end shows up to play Sunday, he'll need no introduction for the Seattle Seahawks. Cam Cleeland caught a game-winning touchdown, a 17-yard pass from Marc Bulger, late in the NFC wild card game last January to give the Rams a 27-20 win over the Seahawks in Seattle -- and still has the ball...
Seahawks attempt to shake mental block vs. St. Louis (10/06/05)
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Matt Hasselbeck insists the Seattle Seahawks don't care what Torry Holt says, no matter how inflammatory the statements. "I think Torry Holt is a great wide receiver. Beyond that, what he says doesn't matter too much to me," Hasselbeck said...
A's part ways with Macha (10/06/05)
Ken Macha will walk away from the Oakland Athletics after seven years with fresh memories of another winning season, despite a young and injury-depleted lineup. He hopes potential employers appreciate that, too. Macha was out of a job as A's manager Wednesday after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract, which he called one of several "massive disappointments" in his tenure...
Astros open series with 10-5 victory at Atlanta (10/06/05)
There's more to the Houston Astros than just pitching. Morgan Ensberg had five RBIs, Andy Pettitte overcame a couple of homers for his record-tying 14th postseason win, and the Astros got started on what they hope will be another October conquest of Atlanta, beating the Braves 10-5 in Game 1 of their National League playoff series Wednesday...
Mulder gets his turn in Game 2 (10/06/05)
The first-year member of the Cardinals was acquired from Oakland to solidify the team's playoff rotation. ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Mark Mulder precisely for what he can provide at this time of the year. The 16-game winner isn't the ace of the staff, getting the start Thursday in Game 2 of the National League Division Series behind Chris Carpenter. But he's not far off, having established an enviable run of consistency...
Martz sidelined by heart infection (10/06/05)
He was to miss two days of practice with what doctors believed is endocarditis. ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz says the infection that hospitalized him late last week involves his heart and is getting worse. He said he expects to miss practice the next two days...
Taking the bite out of opening wide (10/06/05)
Let's face it. Few of us enjoy a visit to the dentist. In fact, many people are pretty vocal about their fear of opening wide, and dentists across the country are collectively saying "we hear you" with attempts to make office visits more comfortable for patients...
Health briefs/calendar 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Briefs ** Alzheimer's Association hosts informational programs The Alzheimer's Association is offering two programs of interest to people who have a family member or friend who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. On Monday, Oct. 17, "Getting Connected," a free monthly opportunity for newcomers to become acquainted with the resources and services will be available through the Alzheimer's Association for persons with memory loss and their family. ...
An intern at large in New York City (10/06/05)
Oct. 6, 2005 Dear Leslie, In college I spent my summers working to make money to go to college. A kid could still afford to help pay his own tuition then. One summer I sold groceries at Stubbs' Pak-A-Snak, the first convenience store in these parts. Our butcher, Lee, made delicious chicken salad. Porter Stubbs, the owner, enjoyed trying to make matches between shy me and cute customers...
Five more ways to keep the Big A at bay (10/06/05)
Last week, Healthspan reported the benefits of a good night's sleep after a nice fish meal when it comes to waging our favorite health battle: keeping Alzheimer's at bay. Three other suggestions reported last week were exercising both your body and mind as well as judiciously using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen...
Joyce Stockton (10/06/05)
Joyce Stockton, 59, of Jackson died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, at her home. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Carrie Peterman (10/06/05)
Carrie Elizabeth Peterman, 31, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born Nov. 9, 1973, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Neal and Hope Davis Peterman. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday...
Beverly Lorenz (10/06/05)
Beverly Ruth Lorenz, 47, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1957, in St. Louis, daughter of Eldor J. and Verna E. Noennig Lorenz. Beverly graduated from Central High School in 1976, and worked for Jerry Lipps Truck Service 20 years. ...
LeRoy Mowery (10/06/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- LeRoy Mowery, 78, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at St. Louis University Hospital. Hileman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Dillingham; Clark
Cape fire report 10/06/05 (10/06/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Tuesday: * At 5:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of Broadway. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Wednesday: * At 6:16 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Bloomfield Road...
Cape/Jackson police reports 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
25 years ago: Oct. 6, 1980 A dream came true for Dr. Bill W. Stacy, when he was inaugurated president of Southeast Missouri State University yesterday; Stacy, a 1960 graduate of Southeast, has risen through the ranks at the university since becoming a speech instructor in 1967 to being named the university's 12th president...
Line-item cuts (10/06/05)
Spending by the federal government has become a topic of concern across the political spectrum. On top of massive appropriations for projects and programs considered by some to be pork and by others to be absolute necessities, the government faces the costs of the war on terrorism and storm-related assistance in the wake of two major hurricanes in Gulf Coast states...
Missourian: A force for good (10/06/05)
To the editor: We Girardeans owe much to the Naeter brothers. We also owe much to Gary Rust and his family. The Missourian has been a powerful force for good for 100 years. The Rusts put the newspaper back into local hands and greatly improved it. I don't believe there is any kind of information that I want, except perhaps financial, that the Missourian does not provide...
Ethanol energy balance tops others (10/06/05)
To the editor: I would like to weigh in on the ethanol debate. Rather than trying to prove that David Pimentel's research is flawed, as others have done, I would like to assume his figures are correct. His studies show that it takes 29 percent more fossil-fuel energy to grow corn and make ethanol than you get from the ethanol...
Socialism helps those in need (10/06/05)
To the editor; Joe Martin's letter implies that we are threatened by creeping socialism. Socialism is already here in the form of Social Security, welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, free public schools and meal vouchers. Socialism means the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor, often through taxes and government programs. In a pure capitalistic society, the old and poor would be left to fend for themselves, as they were so often in the past...
Speak Out 10/6/05 (10/06/05)
No human factor; Real-world justice; Respect for Scouts; Give me a chance; Open-air drugs; Clear mandate
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