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Kidnapped goat returned; investigation ensues (10/25/05)
On Friday someone sneaked inside the security fence at the Sigma Chi house in Cape Girardeau and spray-painted the fraternity's mascot, a goat named Sharon. Early Sunday morning the fraternity reported the goat missing...
Firefighters called when recyclable materials catch fire (10/25/05)
A fire smoldered for several hours at a recycling center on Monday as firefighters had to break through recyclable materials to douse the flames. Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to Heartland Industries, 1310 Southern Expressway, shortly after 6 p.m. Upon their arrival, heavy fire was located in the center of a roughly 150-foot unit of cardboard and paper ready for recycling, chief Rick Ennis said...
Officials: Cape tries to avoid TIFs to safeguard tax base (10/25/05)
Cape Girardeau has tried to avoid using tax-increment financing to attract new commercial developments because it could cut into property tax revenue for the local school district, city officials said Monday. "We have tried to minimize the impact on the schools," city manager Doug Leslie said at a joint meeting of the city council and the Cape Girardeau Board of Education. "We will use it very judiciously."...
Carpe linguam: Saxony Lutheran teens are learning a lost language (10/25/05)
A sign taped to the concrete-block wall of Candy Hahs' classroom reads: "To learn a new language is to acquire a new soul." If that's true, Hahs' students at Saxony Lutheran High School are acquiring a soul to which fewer and fewer young people in Southeast Missouri are exposed...
Route K resurfacing project set to start (10/25/05)
A contractor is scheduled to begin preparations today to resurface Route K from Interstate 55 to Highway 25, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. The initial work will involve replacing in-pavement traffic sensors at busy Route K and Siemers Drive. The actual repaving with asphalt is expected to start in early November...
73-year-old man dies as result of cycling mishap (10/25/05)
A 73-year-old bicyclist died on the weekend from injuries received when a car struck him last week, police say. John Campbell of Cape Girardeau died at Saint Francis Medical Center where he was treated for severe injuries. The accident occurred on Oct. 18 when Joseph V. Greene of Jefferson City was driving westbound on William Street and approaching Siemers Drive. When the car struck Campbell, he went into and almost through the windshield...
Salary commission clears way for pay increases for county officials in 2007 (10/25/05)
Certain Cape Girardeau county officers beginning a new term in 2007 will see a salary increase of 3.5 percent each year. The Cape Girardeau County salary commission took action Thursday to raise the salaries of county offices which are up for re-election next year. However, the raise will only be seen if county employees are given the same or higher percentage raise for that same year...
Construction reduction: 2005 has been busy year, but it couldn't match 2004 (10/25/05)
Last year, Cape Girardeau saw several exciting high-profile commercial construction projects get underway, such as Sears Grand, the Holiday Inn Express and Kohl's. The city of Jackson also had a big year with multimillion dollar projects like Ashley Furniture...
Knudtson seeks second Cape stint (10/25/05)
Backed by Jackson Mayor Paul Sander, Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson announced Monday he will seek re-election to a second term. Knudtson made the announcement before a crowd of about 30 supporters who showed up at a vacant storefront on Main Street to loudly cheer their candidate...
'Art' lovers can embrace comedy's serious side (10/25/05)
Some tips if you're planning to go see the Southeast Missouri State University production of the comedy "Art": don't go expecting a gut-buster, but do go expecting to see a thought-provoking and serious exploration of friendship. "Art" is billed as a comedy, and while the award-winner does have some funny moments, the play is all serious. This play manages to be both entertaining and deeply philosophical...
'Living legend' tells of duty in military (10/25/05)
A living legend gave his account of his service with the U.S. Air Force on Monday to cadets in the ROTC Air Force. Retired Air Force Gen. Seth McKee spoke at Crisp Hall to at least 20 cadets at Southeast Missouri State University. McKee became one of only three four-star generals from Missouri, attending Southeast Missouri State University from 1934 to 1937. The 89-year-old veteran served nearly 40 years as a commanding officer through World War II, the Cold War and Vietnam War...
I-55 guardrail repairs planned (10/25/05)
A Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crew will repair the guardrail on southbound Interstate 55 at Center Junction on Wednesday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., MoDOT officials said.
Family, friends lead vigil for convicted Cape man (10/25/05)
Family and friends used prayers Monday evening to show their support for a Cape Girardeau auto dealer convicted of arson and mail fraud in federal court. About 125 people attended a short prayer vigil at Cape County Park for Gregory A. Sparkman, who faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison...
Haunted hayride slated for Friday (10/25/05)
Scott City will hold its fourth annual Haunted Hayride on Friday, starting at the Public Works Department building. The one-night event will last from 7 to 11 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 264-3411.
Young people write down their thoughts about Katrina's effects (10/25/05)
A high school senior, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, sits down to write about the journey that brought her from the chaotic shelter at the New Orleans Superdome to Tulsa, Okla., where she still feels lost and alone. A college freshman whose family fled safely from Katrina recounts how she ended up on a New Orleans causeway overpass, helping evacuees with medical problems...
Six dead in Florida, six million without power thanks to Wilma (10/25/05)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hurricane Wilma knifed through Florida with winds up to 125 mph Monday, shattering windows in skyscrapers, peeling away roofs and knocking out power to 6 million people, with still a month left to go in the busiest Atlantic storm season on record...
Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer, dies at 92 (10/25/05)
DETROIT -- Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92. Mrs. Parks died at her home during the evening of natural causes, with close friends by her side, said Gregory Reed, an attorney who represented her for the past 15 years...
Bernanke to replace Greenspan (10/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- Ben Bernanke isn't a household name -- yet. But if all goes well, he'll be the next chief of the Federal Reserve, wielding enormous power over the economy and the portfolios of millions of investors large and small. Bernanke, a plain-speaking former economics professor, was chosen Monday by President Bush to replace Alan Greenspan. Largely unknown to the general public when he took over the Fed in 1987, Greenspan has risen to iconic status...
Skelton suggests plan for bringing troops back home (10/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- The ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee is calling on President Bush to remove one American brigade from Iraq for every three Iraqi security force brigades deemed capable of defending the country. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., said Monday the redeployment formula would provide "a measurable sense of progress" that Americans need to see if the White House expects to have support for the mission in Iraq...
Alpha blamed for at least 10 deaths before weakening (10/25/05)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Alpha, the Atlantic season's record-breaking 22nd named storm, left at least 10 people dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before moving north into the Atlantic Ocean and weakening into a tropical depression, authorities said Monday...
Three bombs explode near Baghdad's Palestine Hotel where journalists work (10/25/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A white car sped up to the thick wall protecting the Palestine Hotel and exploded, blasting out a section of the concrete. Within minutes, suicide bombers in two other vehicles struck. One of them, a cement truck, made it through the hole in the wall -- but apparently became stuck and blew up after a U.S. ...
Nigeria seeks U.S. help in finding cause of plane crash that killed all 117 on board (10/25/05)
LISSA, Nigeria -- Nigeria said Monday it had requested help from the United States to determine what caused an airliner to slam into the bush, killing all 117 people aboard and carving a pit deep into the earth. Aviation Minister Babalola Borishad did not rule out foul play as the reason why the Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200 went down late Saturday north of Lagos, but said: "For now, we just believe it's an accident."...
Missouri football rankings (10/25/05)
Missouri state high school football rankings, voted upon by a 10-person panel of sportswriters of AP newspapers across the state. First-place votes in parenthesis, followed by team record, points and last weeks ranking. CLASS 6 Team Rec. Pts LW 1. Rockhurst (10) 7-1 50 1...
Poplar Bluff ends Central's season (10/25/05)
After defeating Poplar Bluff in a tight three-set match in the final week of the season, Central's volleyball team could not duplicate that feat on Monday, falling 25-16, 25-11 to the Mules in the opening round of the Class 4 District 1 tournament at Hillsboro...
Scott City football faces big district game (10/25/05)
The Scott City football team has shown it can move the football. But during a 3-5 campaign, it hasn't always turned that movement into points. "We have trouble finishing," Scott City coach Terry Flannigan said Saturday...
Billings wary of reaction to painful EKU loss (10/25/05)
As pleased as Tim Billings was by Southeast Missouri State's performance at Eastern Kentucky Saturday night, the coach is concerned about his players being able to shake off the last-second loss. If they can accomplish that, then Billings believes the winless Redhawks have a solid opportunity to finish the season strong...
Corrections 10/25/05 (10/25/05)
Southeast Missouri State kicker Colin Schermann was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra-point conversions in Saturday's game at Eastern Kentucky. A story in Sunday's edition incorrectly reported a different number of kicks...
Astros look to seal in White Sox for Game 3 (10/25/05)
HOUSTON -- Back in their bizarre ballpark, the Houston Astros are ready to raise the roof when the World Series resumes Tuesday night -- only Major League Baseball might not let them. The first two games were played in the cold at U.S. Cellular Field, where the White Sox took a 2-0 Series lead and moved within two wins of their first title since 1917...
Podsednik: Persistent, pesky, productive, potent (10/25/05)
CHICAGO -- The little town of West, Texas, prides itself on being the state's center of Czech heritage, maker of some of the best pastries around and the home of Scott Podsednik. And that was well before he hit a game-ending home run Sunday night that put the Chicago White Sox within two victories of their first World Series title since 1917, and the Hall of Fame asked for his bat...
Martz will miss rest of season (10/25/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz will miss the rest of the season with a bacterial infection of a heart valve that has already sidelined him for two games. "This is very difficult for me to do," Martz said at a news conference Monday. "But I know it's the right thing to do."...
Falcons hand Jets 27-14 loss (10/25/05)
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons made Vinny Testaverde look every bit like a 41-year-old quarterback. Michael Vick didn't look much better. Testaverde fumbled three times in the first 17 1/2 minutes, leading to two touchdowns, and the Falcons dealt New York another road loss, beating the Jets 27-14 on Monday night...
Defensive line played shorthanded (10/25/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little, in mourning after the shooting death of a younger brother, had an excused absence for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Team president John Shaw said he had been led to believe that Little would return to the team Saturday night after attending the funeral of Jermaine Little earlier that day in Asheville, N.C. ...
New calendar shows university's 'big brains' (10/25/05)
I love wall calendars. The months aren't so exciting, but the photographs are usually great. They evoke a mood or capture a moment of history or a family portrait. There are all sorts of calendars from the funny to the sublime. But until now I've never heard of one that featured "Big Brains."...
Mildred Hendrix (10/25/05)
Mildred May Hendrix, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 7, 1915, at Howell, Ark., the daughter of Herbert and Gertrude Bull Renau. She married Benny W. Hendon Sr., and he preceded her in death. She then married Tom Hendrix and he preceded her in death...
Merritt Taylor (10/25/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Merritt E. Taylor, 69, of Advance died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 23, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., son of Earl and Ida Ellard Taylor. He and Mary Cudd were married Jan. 22, 1982, in Advance...
Patty Deal (10/25/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Patty Ruth Deal, 64, of Cairo died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Fountain Nursing Home in Marion, Ill. She was born June 20, 1941, in Carmi, Ill., daughter of Harry and Mary Dunker McWilliams. Before retiring she had worked at Snowners Plant and Bunge Corp. She attended Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center...
Ina Wiles (10/25/05)
Ina Marie Wiles, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born in 1914 in Franklin, Ark., daughter of Elmer and Roxie Shell. She and Charles L. "Chuck" Wiles were married in 1933. He died in 1999. They moved to Cape Girardeau in 1995. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark., and had been a Sunday school youth teacher, Training Union teacher, and Women's Missionary Union leader...
Abalene Morgan (10/25/05)
Abalene Faye Skoruppa Morgan, 66, of San Diego, Texas, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at her home. She was born May 8, 1939, in Guadalupe, Texas, daughter of Frank and Hattie Skoruppa. She grew up in Corpus Christi and Beeville, Texas. In 1957 she married and moved to Missouri where she raised a family of five children with Kenneth Hayden, who died April 23, 2002. ...
Jess Hopple Sr. (10/25/05)
Jess David Hopple Sr., 70, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 14, 1935, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Roy V. and Thelma E. Branch Hopple. He and Freida Melton were married Dec. 24, 1954, at Charter Baptist Church in DeSoto, Mo...
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Out of the past 10/25/05 (10/25/05)
25 years ago: Oct. 25, 1980 Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming officials are nearly as happy with what they don't see during the annual parade as what they do see; there are floats, bands, clowns and twirlers; but to the relief of all, there are no incidents; the 1979 parade was marred when spectators harassed band members along the parade route, pouring beer on instruments and tearing uniforms...
Old Bethel (10/25/05)
Earlier this month, a group of Baptists gathered at a remote area just outside Jackson near Goose Creek for a picnic and a groundbreaking ceremony. The reason: They intend, with help from a pile of 200-year-old logs, to rebuild the historic structure that housed Old Bethel Baptist Church...
Focus? Money, not environment (10/25/05)
To the editor: U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson recently spoke at Southeast Missouri State University. Unfortunately, my suspicions were confirmed. Our representative is focused on money and big business at the expense of human and environmental health. Emerson assumed everyone shared her views as she clarified what the Iraq War is about by arguing, "I am sure that you do not like being dependent on the Middle East or Venezuela for oil." In her defense of drug companies, she argued incorrectly that pharmaceutical agriculture is all-natural. ...
Backyard fire is family tradition (10/25/05)
To the editor: Our family, in an effort to encourage unique time away from the glare of the television, often has a roaring fire in our backyard. The fire is enclosed in a fire ring and is fueled by hickory, oak or other hardwood (not garbage). With this fire, we roast hot dogs and marshmallows and cook the occasional Dutch-oven treat. Around this fire, we play guitar, sing, talk and enjoy the company of our two small children who are still not too busy to want to share the time with us...
Church looks to next 100 years (10/25/05)
To the editor: On Oct. 16, our congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church at Egypt Mills, celebrated the 125th anniversary of the church building. It was wonderful to have so many people gather for worship at a single service and celebrate a building that has served the Lord and the community for more than a century...
Speak Out 10/25/05 (10/25/05)
Shocked by protests; Thanks for purse; New Orleans labor; Loans for college; Fruits of gambling; Autumn leaves; Tamms teachers; Burning issue; Workers' safety; Nature's wrath; Carnival victims; Vote on burning; Losing leaves; This is progress?; What secret?; Positive potential; Fit firefighters; Painting a picture
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