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Cape election will have 2 races (11/23/05)
Voters will decide two contested council races in April -- one for mayor and the other for the Ward 6 council seat. None of the races will require a February primary, city officials said. Ward 2 councilman Charlie Herbst and Ward 1 candidate John Voss face no opposition...
Salvation Army to share feasts with public on Thanksgiving (11/23/05)
Anyone home alone and unable to travel to family for Thanksgiving can receive a hot, traditional meal Thursday courtesy of the Salvation Army. Volunteers will begin preparing food early in the morning at the charitable group's Cape Girardeau headquarters, Major Mary Thomas said. Doors at the headquarters, 701 Good Hope St., will open about 11 a.m. and food will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., she said...
Thankful for cheaper full tanks (11/23/05)
On Monday morning, the buzz in town was strong -- gas was on sale for $1.29 a gallon at Broadway Station in Cape Girardeau. Shortly after owner Steve Majeed put the sign up, more than 40 cars overflowed from the tiny lot onto the street, desperate to get gas at a price not seen in this area for more than two years...
Anonymous letter initiates investigation leading to 12 counts of statutory sodomy (11/23/05)
A Scott City optometrist who until a few months ago worked at an eye care office in Cape Girardeau was charged Tuesday with 12 counts of statutory sodomy with a 16-year-old boy. Dr. Sean de Jager, 57, of 507 Helene St., Scott City, was arrested Monday for having an alleged extended sexual relationship that the boy has said included payments for sexual acts...
Central High School students turn reeds, wire, paper into art (11/23/05)
Giant bugs made from reeds, copper wires and tissue paper hang in the atrium in front of Central High School's office. "I just like to show what the students are capable of doing," art teacher Robert Friedrich said. Two sophomores and 18 junior and seniors in his advanced sculpture class spent 35 minutes a day for five weeks on the bugs...
Cape man gets reduced charge; wife changed story (11/23/05)
A man accused of beating his wife pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday after she told prosecutors she had exaggerated his attack. Donald L. Williams, 35, of 1117 S. Ranney St., was released on a sentence of time served since his arrest Nov. 11. The sentence, recommended by prosecutor Morley Swingle, didn't sit well with Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp...
Court date set in goat-napping case (11/23/05)
Sharon the Sigma Chi goat may be living a life of ease on an area farm, but three members of Pi Kappa Alpha will have to answer for goat-napping her from her owners in October. Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle charged Joseph F. Nickerson, 20, Andrew G. Kohl, 19, and Jacob A. Aubuchon, 21, with one count each of misdemeanor stealing for their part in the abduction of Sharon...
Endangerment suspects move forward in court (11/23/05)
Two child endangerment cases involving filthy, unsanitary conditions moved forward Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau County courthouse in Jackson. In one case, a mother pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for probation. In another, the father of six children received a date for a preliminary hearing...
Two teenagers plead guilty in armed robbery case (11/23/05)
With their mothers beside them Tuesday, the two juveniles facing adult charges for an armed robbery this summer at KFC on William Street pleaded guilty. After telling about their role in the July 21 robbery, Semaj Lumas, 16, and Isaiah Lane, 15, were ordered to undergo pre-sentencing evaluations by the state Board of Probation and Parole and the Division of Youth Services. They will be back in court Jan. 30 for sentencing before Judge William Syler...
Club news 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
Sedgewickville UMW; Kage FCE; Arnsberg 4-H Club; Xi Nu Phi
Justice Department sues Missouri for voting violations (11/23/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Justice Department sued Missouri for alleged voting law violations Tuesday, claiming that people who have moved or died may still be eligible to vote due to inaccurate and inflated registration rolls. The lawsuit claims the state is violating a federal law that requires it to make reasonable efforts to remove ineligible voters. ...
Wal-Mart, Target ready for holiday sales battle (11/23/05)
The slim tunics and velvet blazers on Wal-Mart's clothing racks this holiday season are more than the latest trendy fashions -- they're a sign that the intense competition between the world's largest retailer and its upscale discount rival is ratcheting higher...
Brown Shoe chain reports profit increase (11/23/05)
ST. LOUIS -- International footwear retailer Brown Shoe Co. Inc. reported a boost in profits during the third quarter in spite of back-to-school sales the company described as unexpectedly weak. Brown Shoe was helped during the quarter by its recent acquisition of Bennett Footwear Group LLC, executives told investors during a conference call Tuesday, with the new division adding 16 cents per share of profit...
Suicide bomber kills 21 in Iraq; 3 U.S. troops die in other attacks (11/23/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide car bomber killed 21 people in northern Iraq on Tuesday after insurgents lured police to the scene by shooting an officer, officials said. The U.S. command said three more U.S. soldiers have been killed, pushing the American military death toll for the conflict to 2,100...
Meadow Heights captures opener (11/23/05)
The Meadow Heights boys basketball team gained a 50-30 halftime lead and sank 28 of 34 free throws to defeat visiting Leopold 81-64 in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday. Anthony Bollinger scored a game-high 26 points for the Panthers (1-0), while Terry Wagner had 16 and Heath Fulton added 12...
Crusaders christen season with 80-43 win (11/23/05)
Saxony Lutheran's basketball team has been battling injuries to its starting lineup over the last week of practice. Playing in its season-opener Tuesday at Saxony Lutheran, the Crusaders -- who were without Casey Petzoldt, their top returning scorer -- looked plenty healthy in an 80-43 rout of visiting Oak Ridge...
Redhawks place three on OVC first team (11/23/05)
Despite going just 2-9 and finishing toward the bottom of the Ohio Valley Conference standings, Southeast Missouri State was represented well as the OVC released its postseason honors on Tuesday. The Redhawks had three first team selections, four second team picks and two members of the all-newcomer team, as voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors...
Slow starts hurt 'Hawks, leave Garner perplexed (11/23/05)
Slow starts and a struggling offense have been the primary problems for Southeast Missouri State two games into the basketball season. Coach Gary Garner knows it's too early to push the panic button -- but he also realizes the Redhawks have to improve quickly in both areas if they hope to have any kind of chance during their first road trip...
Redhawks retain a second Billings assistant, Chavez (11/23/05)
Southeast Missouri State athletic director Don Kaverman has decided to retain one more assistant football coach for the next year in the0 wake of head coach Tim Billings' resignation. That means two members of Billings' staff will be held over to join the staff of the Redhawks' future head coach...
'Hawks collect first win (11/23/05)
It didn't take Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith long to realize that the Redhawks did not exactly come ready to play Tuesday night. "That might be the earliest timeout I've ever called," Smith said. Just five seconds into Southeast's home opener against Division II Arkansas-Monticello, Smith stopped the clock and let the Redhawks know he wasn't very pleased...
Illinois cruises to 3-0, tops Texas Southern (11/23/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois appears to have shaken out of its early season funk. Dee Brown scored 14 points and James Augustine added 13 to lead No. 15 Illinois to a 93-59 rout of Texas Southern on Tuesday night. "We were ready for whatever they threw at us," said Augustine. "Even when they came at us with zone (defense), we were a little more composed. We were a little more able to get the ball inside, swing it and know what to look for to get easy baskets."...
Sports briefs 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
Colleges n Tulane's football team, displaced before the 2005 season because of Hurricane Katrina, was named the winner of the 2005 Courage Award by the Football Writers Association of America and the FedEx Orange Bowl. The Green Wave (7-4, 6-2 Conference USA), playing 11 games in 11 different stadiums, will conclude the season Saturday at Southern Mississippi. ...
Rose left off Hall ballot in last year of eligibility (11/23/05)
NEW YORK -- When it comes to the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose will still be locked out. Rose won't appear on the baseball writers' ballot in his final year of eligibility because commissioner Bud Selig will not rule on Rose's application for reinstatement before the 2006 candidates are announced Nov. 29, according to Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer...
Fischer much better a day after seizure (11/23/05)
DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer was "doing very, very well" Tuesday, a day after he collapsed on the bench and his heart stopped during a game. "The great news is that Jiri Fischer is doing very, very well," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday...
Demolition of Busch Stadium is ahead of schedule (11/23/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Busch Stadium is coming down faster than anticipated. When demolition of the 39-year-old home of the St. Louis Cardinals began earlier this month, team officials said the goal was to have the stadium completely demolished by late June. Now, the plan calls for having the job half done by early January, and the stadium completely gone by early March, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday...
Demitra haunts Blues again in Kings' 6-3 win (11/23/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Once again, the St. Louis Blues brought out Pavol Demitra's best. Demitra matched his career high with four assists, enjoying another big game against his former team in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-3 victory Tuesday night. "You always have extra energy when you come in and play against the team you played for," Demitra said. "I was nervous a little bit at the start of the game and especially at the start of the day, but when the game began I just felt great."...
Owner seeks to relocate Marlins (11/23/05)
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins will look into relocation as early as the 2008 season, after years of unsuccessful attempts to secure a baseball-only stadium in downtown Miami. Marlins president David Samson said Tuesday the team has received permission from the commissioner's office to investigate its options in other cities. Samson added owner Jeffrey Loria's primary intention is to keep the team in South Florida, but added that no deal will be struck for a ballpark in Miami...
Wrap up holiday shopping (11/23/05)
Christmas is quickly approaching. Or more appropriately, the biggest shopping day of the year: the day after Thanksgiving. For some, visions of Friday are already dancing in their heads. For others, the nightmares and cold sweats have been haunting them for weeks. I'm exhausted just thinking about it...
Last-minute must-have Thanksgiving recipes (11/23/05)
As you well know, time goes by so quickly and I seem to never get everything done I need to do, let alone those things I want to do. As time has flown by the past several months, I have not been to the Southeast Missourian to check my mail slot until last week and I did have a few pieces of mail. If you have been waiting to hear from me, you will very soon...
Jo Ella Ryan (11/23/05)
Jo Ella Mae Ryan, 77, of Naperville, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Naperville. She was born Dec. 15, 1927, in Kansas City, Kan., daughter of Edward C. and Rose K. Wittrock Mullins. She and Jerry D. Ryan were married April 18, 1951, in Cape Girardeau...
Milford Dunning (11/23/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Milford Dunning, 94, of Tamms died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1911, at Tamms, son of Frank and Lena Gossett Dunning. He married Georgia Coleman, who preceded him in death Oct. 15, 1998. Mr. Dunning retired as an engineer with GMO Railroad. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tamms, Senior Citizens Smiles One Center in Mounds, Ill., and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers...
Peggy Meyer (11/23/05)
Peggy Lee Fornkohl Meyer, 68, of Springville, Tenn., died in an automobile accident Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, near Poplar Bluff, Mo. Her husband, Harold "Butch" Meyer also died. She was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Harlem C. Fornkohl and Hazel M. Steeg Fornkohl Loch. She and Harold Meyer were married June 1, 1957, at Grace United Methodist Church...
Harold Meyer (11/23/05)
Harold Elwood "Butch" Meyer, 72, of Springville, Tenn., died in an automobile accident Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, near Poplar Bluff, Mo. His wife, Peggy Lee Fornkohl Meyer, also died. He was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Jackson, son of Charles and Erna Lowes Meyer Brown. He and Peggy Fornkohl were married June 1, 1957, at Grace United Methodist Church...
Dessie Dennis (11/23/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dessie Pearl Dennis, 77, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at her home following an illness. She was born Nov. 10, 1928, at Patton, Mo., daughter of Leslie and Louie Slinkard Wilkinson. She and Dewey Dennis were married May 14, 1946. He died Feb. 23, 2000...
Births 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
Stadt; Lacoursiere; Hines; Swain; Green; Patterson
Cape/Jackson police reports 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
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Out of the past 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 23, 1980 The Jackson community celebrates Thanksgiving early with a union service at the Assembly of God Church; the Rev. O. David Griffin, pastor of New McKendree United Methodist Church, delivers the Thanksgiving message. Two Southeast Missouri State basketball players are among three young women who are killed in a two-car collision on Highway 61, a quarter-mile south of Scott City; the victims are Lisa S. ...
The (very) big lie (11/23/05)
It is said that a big lie can work if it is repeated often enough. For weeks, leading Democrats have been hammering away at the Big Lie that George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Starting on Veterans Day, Bush, Dick Cheney and others in the administration embarked on a "pushback," arguing that Bush -- and many leading Democrats, including some now part of the Big Lie campaign -- accurately characterized the intelligence at the time...
St. Louis schools (11/23/05)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch The numbers that tumble off the page of the state's most recent evaluation of the St. Louis schools are heartbreaking -- and infuriating. They tell the statistical story of failure, of promise wasted, of young lives dead-ended before adulthood. .....
Cairo questions (11/23/05)
People who drive through Cairo, Ill., usually are on their way somewhere else. The city offers little in the way of attractions except for some magnificent buildings and houses, left over from its heyday. Now, ostensibly to ease a budget crisis, Mayor Paul Farris wants to stop city support of the Custom House Museum and advocates selling Riverlore Mansion, built in 1865...
Hold Speaker Jetton responsible (11/23/05)
To the editor: Is the Missouri House of Representatives a military state? This question came to me when I heard of the resignation of state Rep. Brad Lager as House budget chair. This year Lager made a proposal to freeze state spending, a reasonable approach in light of all of the cuts made to Medicaid last year. ...
Why are natural gas prices so high? (11/23/05)
To the editor: Does anyone besides me wonder why, if the prices of oil and gasoline are dropping and the oil companies have made billion-dollar profits, the price of natural gas for heating our homes is still almost double in price? I don't know about you, but this sounds like price gouging to me. Since the oil companies know this is something we must have, they are going to hold us up pricewise. Why aren't our legislators doing something about this? Let's all contact them and find out...
Speak Out 11/23/05 (11/23/05)
Learning about veterans; Iraq's civil war; Weather caution; Global divisions
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