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Stories from Friday, November 18, 2005

Drury's hotel kingdom grew from Kelso roots (11/18/05)
Know what you don't know. Find the cow path and then pet the calf. And if you don't find the first cat face, you won't find the second. In a speech peppered with colloquialisms and home-spun humor, hotel developer Charles Drury on Thursday traced his family's roots from humble Depression-era farmers in Kelso, Mo., to hard-working plasterers and builders to become owners of one of the most successful hotel franchises in the United States...
Area stations unveil weather channel ideas (11/18/05)
One local television station is launching a 24-hour, all local weather channel and another has already done it, with executives from both stations saying they will bring up-to-the-minute local forecasts and updates to an increasingly information-hungry public...
Illinois State police reports motorist killed (11/18/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- A man driving a stolen vehicle died on Thursday when the vehicle ran off the roadway, state police said. Arlis R. Judkins, 23, of Anna was ejected after the vehicle struck a telephone poll on the right side of the roadway and then ran off the left side, landing in a steep ditch. The accident reportedly occurred shortly before 5 a.m. at 1745 Boyd Road, four miles south of Anna. According to the Illinois State Police, Judkins had been drinking...
Group to discuss old Benton High School's fate (11/18/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- The old Benton High School is in bad shape -- floors are buckling, plumbing doesn't function and plaster is falling off the walls. But the members of the Benton Community Betterment Corp. are hoping to reverse the disrepair that has befallen the building. They want to restore the facility, and hopefully earn it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places...
Sheriff: Grand jury needed to unravel murky money trail (11/18/05)
Profits from the sale of snacks and phone calls from Mississippi County inmates are apparently missing. But whether those dollars were stolen or just jumbled up in bookkeeping mistakes could become the subject of a grand jury investigation. The Missouri State Highway Patrol spent most of this year investigating the losses, Sheriff Keith Moore said. ...
Keeping a secret from Mr. Rogers (11/18/05)
Nearly 40 first- through third-graders at Gordonville Elementary kept a big secret from their principal Thursday. Andrew Rogers has been in Iraq since June 1 but is home on leave until Nov. 29. In addition to being a school principal and Guardsman with the engineering brigade of the 35th infantry division in Cape Girardeau, Rogers is also a new father...
Region/state digest 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Cape man faces two assault charges A Cape Girardeau man was charged Saturday with assaulting his wife while she was holding a 4-month-old baby. Donald Lee Williams, 35, of 1117 Ranney Ave., is being held on a $25,000 bond and faces up to seven years in prison on each count of domestic assault if convicted. ...
Calif. parent company will keep local D&K open (11/18/05)
The 115 workers at D&K Healthcare Resources facility in Cape Girardeau got news Thursday that made some cry tears of joy and others want to party. They weren't losing their jobs. In July, D&K -- a pharmaceuticals wholesale distribution warehouse at 1823 Rust Ave. -- was acquired by McKesson Corp. of San Francisco. Over the last couple of months, the parent company had been considering consolidating the facility with operations in St. Louis and Memphis, according to local manager Terry McKinley...
Escaped Iowa convict takes nap near Illinois prison, is captured (11/18/05)
FORT MADISON, Iowa -- A convicted murderer who escaped from an Iowa prison this week by using a homemade grappling hook to scale a 30-foot limestone wall was captured Thursday in Southern Illinois. A second inmate remained at large. Martin Moon, 34, was caught after he was found sleeping in a stolen car in Chester, Ill., near Menard State Penitentiary. He told investigators he was on his way to Tennessee but gave no reason, authorities said...
Commissioner faces charges (11/18/05)
MOBERLY, Mo. -- A Randolph County official has been charged with stealing money from a Cub Scout pack and a community improvement organization. Lowell "Chuck" Bankhead, who is both a Randolph County commissioner and mayor of Higbee, turned himself in Thursday to authorities after being charged with two counts of stealing and a misdemeanor campaign finance violation by Attorney General Jay Nixon's office...
Jobless rate up a little in October (11/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's unemployment rate crept up again in October but mirrored the national average and remained well below the level a year ago. The state's seasonally adjusted rate was 5 percent last month, the Department of Economic Development said Thursday. The rate in September was 4.9 percent, and in October 2004, it was 5.8 percent...
Shootings by deputy reviewed (11/18/05)
TROY, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon's office is reviewing a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol into the deaths of two men shot by a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy. No time frame has been determined for when the attorney general's office might make a determination on the report, and the office could not say what issues it will examine while the review is continuing, said spokesman Jim Gardner on Thursday...
FDA to examine deaths of 12 pediatric Tamiflu patients in Japan (11/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Federal health advisers are looking into the deaths of 12 Japanese children who took Tamiflu, part of their annual safety review of the anti-flu medication and seven other drugs. There are no reports of deaths in the United States or Europe associated with Tamiflu...
Jurors find Florida man guilty of abducting, killing 11-year-old (11/18/05)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The grainy images captured by a car wash's security camera were chilling: a burly, tattooed man in a mechanic's uniform grabs the wrist of an 11-year-old girl walking home from a friend's house and leads her away. Carlie Brucia's half-naked body turned up several days later outside a church...
Leading pro-war Democrat calls for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq (11/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- One of Congress' most hawkish Democrats called Thursday for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, sparking bitter and personal salvos from both sides in a growing Capitol Hill uproar over President Bush's war policies. "It's time to bring them home," said Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran, choking back tears during remarks to reporters. "Our military has accomplished its mission and done its duty."...
Business digest 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Housing construction numbers fall sharply WASHINGTON -- Housing construction and new building permits were down sharply in October, providing fresh evidence that rising mortgage rates are beginning to cool the five-year housing boom. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that construction of new homes and apartments fell by 5.6 percent last month, the biggest decline in seven months. ...
Iraqi authorities warned by U.S. to keep Shiite militias out of security service ranks (11/18/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Iraqi government has promised to investigate detention facilities across the country to ensure prisoners are not tortured, the United States said Thursday, sharply warning Iraqi officials against allowing Shiite militias a role in the security services following allegations of torture of Sunni Arabs...
Urhahn to be new MSHSAA executive director (11/18/05)
The Oran graduate Kerwin Urhahn will replace existing director Becky Oakes. Southeast Missourian The new executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association has strong ties to Southeast Missouri. Kerwin Urhahn, currently the superintendent of the Portageville School District, was announced Thursday as the successor to Becky Oakes...
Southeast women face tough Big 12 test (11/18/05)
Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith has visions of building the Redhawks into a top-20 program nationally. He figures tonight's season opener at perennial powerhouse Texas Tech could be a good gauge as to just where the Redhawks stand on the national scene. The tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas...
Redhawks open season tonight with Truman St. (11/18/05)
Considering the way Southeast Missouri State struggled with a pair of Division II teams during its exhibition schedule, you wouldn't expect the Redhawks to take tonight's season opener lightly. At least coach Gary Garner hopes that is the case when Division II Truman State visits the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff...
Area sports digest 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Perryville girls team wins high school soccer bracket Perryville won the high school girls division of the 18th annual Fall Classic Soccer Tournament, which concluded Sunday, and Perryville teams won four other divisions. The event attracted 96 teams playing in 16 divisions...
OSU freshman tries to join school's 1,000 yard club (11/18/05)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State has a legacy of running backs with Terry Miller in the late '70s, Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders in the '80s and more recently Tatum Bell and Vernand Morency. Now, redshirt freshman Mike Hamilton wants to put his name among the Cowboys' fraternity of 1,000-yard rushers...
Rams assistants contribute to combative theme (11/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' front office has been squabbling with the head coach for years and now even the assistants are getting feisty. Given the turmoil surrounding the team, players weren't shocked to see running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery and offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild square off briefly in practice on Wednesday...
Creamer, Soranstam quarrel at ADT (11/18/05)
Paula Creamer wasn't about to give Annika Sorenstam an inch. The season-ending ADT Championship got off to a rocky start Thursday when the top two players on the LPGA Tour got into a tense dispute on the 18th fairway over where Sorenstam should have taken a drop from the hazard...
Wallace will have his last hurrah this weekend with season finale (11/18/05)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Rusty Wallace certainly hoped to go out on top, to end his 22-year career with a second NASCAR championship. No longer eligible to win the Nextel Cup title, Wallace will have to settle for what he does have: 55 victories, a rookie of the year title, the 1989 series championship and more than $45 million in earnings...
Baseball owners ratify tougher steroids policy (11/18/05)
MILWAUKEE -- Baseball owners voted unanimously Thursday to approve the toughened steroids policy agreed to with the players' association earlier this week. "I'm glad we had this opportunity today. It was a very easy ratification," commissioner Bud Selig said. "Every vote was unanimous today, and that one was about as easy as it gets. As it should have been."...
Congress turns focus from baseball to other professional sports (11/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- For months, at hearing after hearing on Capitol Hill, lawmakers chided baseball, championed the NFL and mostly left the NBA and NHL alone. One steroid-testing agreement later, that landscape has changed. Now that major league baseball players will be facing harsher penalties, Congress is sending a message to other professional athletes: We want you to catch up...
KC's Holmes to have more tests before deciding future (11/18/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Priest Holmes says he'll undergo two more tests on his neck and spine and then decide whether to resume his record-setting NFL career. In his first public comments since going on injured reserve, the three-time Pro Bowl running back and holder of the NFL's single-season touchdown mark also knocked down a media report that he had a lump on his spine...
Busch talks about his brush with authorities (11/18/05)
MIAMI -- A repentant Kurt Busch said he regrets becoming "argumentative" with an officer during a traffic stop last week in Phoenix, but insists that alcohol played no part in his behavior. "When I was asked by the officer if I had been drinking, I explained to them I had one drink during dinner, but I was certainly not intoxicated," Busch said in an exclusive telephone interview with The Associated Press from his Charlotte, N.C., office Thursday night...
New proposals made to level playing field in Illinois sports (11/18/05)
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Nearly a dozen proposals have surfaced to settle a dispute over leveling the playing field between public and private school sports teams, a divisive issue that landed the Illinois High School Association in court this fall. Proposals from IHSA member schools range from restoring an enrollment multiplier set to expire later this month under a court settlement reached earlier this month to banning multipliers altogether, according to documents posted on the IHSA's Web site...
NASCAR attempts a romantic spin (11/18/05)
Dick Trickle retired too soon. The longtime NASCAR driver, whose name provided years of entertainment for sportscasters and frat boys alike, would have fit right in to the brave new world of NASCAR endorsements: NASCAR-themed romance novels. The new project, in conjunction with romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., kicks off with "In the Groove," to be published in late January, right before the Daytona 500. ...
Sports briefs 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Baseball...
History of golf as we know it (11/18/05)
A leisurely round of golf at the World Famous Downtown Golf Course turned into a soggy mess during Tuesday's second coming of Noah's ark. So we retired to the dry haven of a local establishment known for catering to contented duffers. The conversation, naturally, turned to the absence of funds to complete the Downtown Golf Course, which, after nearly 11 years in the making, is still lacking a few amenities such as tee boxes, greens and geothermally heated fairways for year-around play. ...
Joining the competition: Mercury Milan is new competitor in hot midsize segment (11/18/05)
There's a lot of buzz in automotive circles about how Ford Motor Company is getting back into the car business after a long absence. That's an exaggeration, of course, because Ford never quit building cars -- it concentrated on trucks and SUVs for the past decade while the competition, mostly from Japan, took the heart out of the car market. ...
Everybody's a critic: 'Chicken Little' (11/18/05)
"Chicken Little" was a really fun time. This film was certainly designed with children and pre-teens in mind, and it was actually released in 3-D in some places. The director, Mark Dindal, has been working for Disney since the 1980s, and directed the hilarious "The Emperor's New Groove." Most of us have heard the story of "Chicken Little," but it's amazing how a creative team of Disney writers can spin such an old tale into a modern child's life...
Artifacts 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Symphony orchestra, Choral Union team up; Southeast, Jackson High wind symphonies perform; Golden Eagles band goes back to Scotland in 2008; Jazz bands hold concert tonight at university; Arts council board takes part in Prudential project; Gallery owner attends first MACAA board meeting; Missouri Arts Council meeting coming Dec. 8; 'Sing Along Messiah' returns in Jackson Dec. 3
Concert series opens season with St. Louis' Kingsbury Ensemble (11/18/05)
The Sundays at Three concert series is still just a youngster. This will make only the third season of the concert series in Cape Girardeau -- a series different than other chamber music offerings in the city. "This is the only thing in town that is a fully professional series," said organizer Dr. Brandon Christensen. "Everything else is mostly student-based, besides faculty recitals."...
Constructing Harry (11/18/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Newell loved the magic of the "Harry Potter" stories. He was not quite sold on the magic that went into making the "Harry Potter" movies, though. Newell, the director behind such character-driven tales as "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Enchanted April" and "Donnie Brasco," went into "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" worried he might get gobbled up by a visual-effects beast that could choke the human drama...
At the theaters 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'; 'Ice Harvest'; 'Rent'; 'Yours, Mine and Ours'; 'Walk the Line'; Still in theaters; 'Chicken Little'; 'Derailed'; 'Dreamer'; 'The Fog'; 'Flightplan'; 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''; 'Good Night and Good Luck'; 'Jarhead'; 'Just Like Heaven'; 'Legend of Zorro'; 'Saw 2'; 'Wallace and Gromit'; 'The Weather Man'; 'Zathura'
Jazz auction helps stranded New Orleans musicians (11/18/05)
NEW YORK -- Terrell Batiste has no idea where his grandmother is -- or even if she's alive -- more than two months after Hurricane Katrina. All the 21-year-old trumpeter has now is a temporary home, a donated horn and a chance to eke out a living by playing New Orleans music in other parts of America...
Lawrence Stoverink (11/18/05)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Lawrence H. Stoverink, 84, of Leopold died Wednesday Nov. 16, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 2, 1921, at Leopold, son of Anthony J. and Rose Vandoren Stoverink. He and Magdalen Hinkebein were married May 4, 1946, at Leopold...
Oliver Landgraf (11/18/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Oliver Landgraf, 83, of Anna died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at City Care Center. Survivors include friends at the center. Graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Anna Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Pearce officiating. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements...
Arlis Judkins Jr. (11/18/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Arlis Ray Judkins Jr., 23, of Anna died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. He was born March 14, 1982, in Dallas, Texas, son of Arlis Ray and Sandra Leigh Schaeffer Judkins Sr. Survivors include his mother of Anna; father of Aberdeen, Miss.; a sister, Amanda Judkins of Dongola, Ill.; a brother, Zachary Judkins of Anna; and maternal grandmother, Mayme Schaeffer of Anna...
Jean Seay (11/18/05)
Jean Seay, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Ratliff Care Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alice McMath (11/18/05)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Alice May McMath, 68, of Grassy died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 19, 1937, in Indio, Calif., daughter of Doyle F. and Minnie M. Ramsey Vesterby. She and J.D. Estes were married Dec. 18, 1952. He preceded her in death. She and Hobart McMath were married Oct. 17, 1985. He died Nov. 29, 2002...
Wayne Manus (11/18/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Wayne "Doc" Manus, 84, of Anna died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was born July 24, 1921, at Lick Creek, Ill., son of George Henry and Mary Etta Gurley Manus. He and Elva Mae Davis were married July 5, 1940, in Jackson...
Robert Mehrle (11/18/05)
Robert L. Mehrle, 78, of High Hill, Mo., died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at New Florence Nursing and Care Center in New Florence, Mo. He was born April 6, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, son of Rudolph and Eursa Kinder Mehrle. He and Geraldine Franck were married July 21, 1946, in Cape Girardeau...
Alice Richardson (11/18/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Alice Gertrude Richardson, 86, of Chaffee died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1919, at Randles, daughter of Tony and Mary Margaret Patterson Menz. She and Henry Richardson were married Dec. 9, 1938, at Benton, Mo. He died Sept. 13, 1989...
Births 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Guilliams; Lehman; Williams; Waller; Ballin
Jackson fire report 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Jackson...
Cape police reports 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 18, 1980 Loretta Schneider, twice an unsuccessful candidate for the Cape Girardeau City Council, becomes a candidate for the third time as she files for the council seat now held by Mayor Paul W. Stehr; Stehr has not announced whether he will run for a fourth term on the council...
Tax commission's recommendations include hidden tax increase (11/18/05)
By Peter Ferrara President Bush's Tax Reform Commission came up with some good ideas and some not-so-good ideas. But buried deep within its details is one particularly bad idea: a $1.2 trillion tax increase. The problem stems from the Alternative Minimum Tax. The AMT was adopted over 30 years ago because a few hundred rich individuals with high incomes qualified for so many deductions that they ended up paying little in income taxes...
Cape's PO (11/18/05)
The holiday season is a busy time for the U.S. Postal Service. In Cape Girardeau, this year's holiday season will be the second one at a temporary main post office on Christine Street -- a facility with cramped parking and small customer area. The temporary post office has been in operation since March 2004 when the main post office on Frederick Street had to be vacated because of a leaky roof. ...
Let's seek solutions, not label (11/18/05)
Education and minorities To the editor: I'm responding to two Speak Out comments, "Desire to learn" and "Choose to succeed," regarding the high number of minorities failing in the public schools here. I'm not sure of their intentions. Are they seeking a solution to the problem, or do they just want to put a negative spotlight on minorities?...
Explain lack of salute to veterans (11/18/05)
To the editor: Shame on the Cape Girardeau School District for neglecting Veterans Day. I think it was in your pages that I saw the high school was not going to hold its program. At the very least the superintendent of schools should explain why this was placed on the back burner...
Speak Out 11/18/05 (11/18/05)
Saving fuel; A good lesson; Casino spending; Recruiters in school; Teaching terrorism; Just the beginning; University substation; Poor drainage
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