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Stories from Monday, December 19, 2005

The most expensive cropland in Missouri (12/19/05)
Over the years, the owners of 80-year-old Ramsey Creek Farms have been approached often by commercial interests offering to buy their 140 acres of farmland on Cape Girardeau's lucrative fringe. Each time they've given the same curt reply: It's not for sale...
Motorist, 19, killed as result of single-vehicle accident (12/19/05)
A Sunday evening motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Mount Auburn Road and Themis Street resulted in one fatality. Three teen motorists were traveling northbound on Mount Auburn Road when the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and struck trees near the roadway. Two of the three were partially ejected; one of them, a 19-year-old man, died as a result of injuries, according to Sgt. Barry Hovis, police spokesman...
Developers riled over proposed Cape ordinance (12/19/05)
A proposed ordinance changing the rules for construction of sidewalks in Cape Girardeau subdivisions has local developers fuming and city officials scrambling for answers. The ordinance approved unanimously by the city council at the first reading on Dec. 5 would require developers to install sidewalks or escrow the money before construction begins on homes. The ordinance has caused so much acrimony that city engineer Jay Stencel held a special meeting with local builders Friday morning...
2006 budget vote placed on Jackson board's agenda (12/19/05)
The city of Jackson will spend roughly $20 million in 2006. The budget -- which will be voted on tonight -- includes $1.2 million for the East Main Street extension project, which city officials anticipate will be completed by the end of next year. Funding for the project comes from the transportation sales tax, which will also provide more than $300,000 for miscellaneous street projects and repairs...
Marine toy program near end for '05 (12/19/05)
The Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program is a nationwide endeavor that helps children and their families celebrate Christmas. The gifts, new and unwrapped, are delivered to homes or sometimes to dropoff locations to avoid delivering gifts when no one is home...
Masonic group, Legion auxiliary close to 100,000 mark in hours served at veterans home (12/19/05)
The Masonic Service Association and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary are on track to pass a milestone in volunteering. Both groups have served at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau since it opened in 1990. Ken Lipps, director of volunteer services/public relations and fund-raising at the facility, said that at the present rate, the Masonic Service Association will pass the 100,000-hour milestone in next spring, followed by the auxiliary in the fall...
Military digest 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
Two sailors complete U.S. Navy basic training Navy Seaman Jeremy C. Williams and Fireman Recruit Timothy R. Gilmer recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Williams, son of James D. Williams of Perryville, Mo., is a 2000 graduate of Perryville High School. Gilmer, son of Tracey L. and Thomas R. Gilmer of Scott City, is a 2005 graduate of Scott City High School...
Finalists named for heritage group's art contest (12/19/05)
The Jackson Heritage Association 2005 art contest invited kindergarten through 12th-grade students to enter renditions of the historic C.H.Wolters Harness Shop at 131 Main St. in Jackson, now the Crossroads Fellowship Hall. Located on the corner of Main and Missouri Streets, it is commonly known as the store with the horse in the window. ...
Chestnut growers look to Missouri for crop's revival (12/19/05)
NEW FRANKLIN, Mo. -- There's no catchy marketing slogan like the one that moved orange juice beyond the breakfast nook a generation ago. Their starchy taste is decidedly acquired, and difficult to describe. To make matters worse, their shell is hard to crack...
After 10 years, Lasik still a luxury (12/19/05)
CHICAGO -- Christopher Tomes, 43, opened his eyes one morning, looked out the window and could read the license plate of a parked car -- without his glasses. He'd had Lasik eye surgery the day before, becoming one of the 5 million Americans seeking to shed their eyeglasses with laser vision correction during the past decade...
Analysts spot opportunity as growth stocks outperform value stocks (12/19/05)
Here's something to think about as you rebalance your mutual fund portfolio at the end of the year: Growth stocks, largely out of favor for the last several years, outperformed value stocks in November and may be positioned for a comeback in 2006. Professional investors and fund managers have been finding attractive opportunities in growth for months now; in fact, growth has been performing well relative to value since May, said Stephen Wood, portfolio strategist with Russell Investment Group. ...
Widow's mauling death sets off Va. review of dangerous dog laws (12/19/05)
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia lawmaker is proposing tough legislation to punish dog owners whose pets injure or kill, following a fatal attack on an elderly widow by three roaming pit bulls. Dorothy Sullivan, 82, was attacked March 8 while walking her small dog, Buttons, in her own front yard in Partlow. Buttons also was killed...
Republican leaders reached tentative agreement on deficit reduction plan (12/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional leaders agreed to trim deficits by $41.6 billion and sought to unlock the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling Sunday in a frenzied year-end bid to enact the core of a conservative agenda. "We're going to move the nation's business" through Congress, vowed Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist...
Bush pleads with nation: 'Do not give in to despair' (12/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush asserted Sunday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: "Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom." In a prime-time address, Bush acknowledged setbacks and sacrifice and cautioned there would be more violence and death in the months ahead. "Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," he said...
Hearings sought on spy program (12/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans called separately Sunday for congressional investigations into President Bush's decision after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to allow domestic eavesdropping without court approval. "The president has, I think, made up a law that we never passed," said Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis...
Agents seize first known shipments of counterfeit Tamiflu (12/19/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Customs agents have intercepted more than 50 shipments of counterfeit Tamiflu, the antiviral drug being stockpiled in anticipation of a bird flu pandemic, marking the first such seizures in the U.S., authorities said Sunday. The first package was intercepted Nov. 26 at an air mail facility near San Francisco International Airport, said Roxanne Hercules, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection...
Violence in Iraq shatters election calm; Cheney makes surprise Green Zone visit (12/19/05)
v??z? Iraq -- Suicide bombers and gunmen killed nearly two dozen people across Iraq on Sunday, shattering the relative quiet since the parliament election, as President Bush said the vote had strengthened a new ally and warned against a U.S. pullout...
Kelly girls win tourney opener at Twin Rivers (12/19/05)
The Kelly girls basketball team began play in the Twin Rivers holiday tournament on Saturday by rolling past Malden 64-31. Eleven players scored for the second-seeded Hawks (5-1), led by Debra Hall with 13 points, Brittany Ponder with 12 and Katee Moore with 10...
ND girls soccer program receives academic award (12/19/05)
The Notre Dame girls soccer team has excelled on the soccer field in recent years, capturing three straight district titles and making two state final four appearances. For all their success on the field, the Bulldogs' most recent award came for their work away from the field. Notre Dame recently received the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America...
Redhawks prepare for slow Samford (12/19/05)
Southeast Missouri State coach Gary Garner knows the Redhawks better be ready to play two different types of Ohio Valley Conference games this week. The Redhawks (4-4, 1-2 OVC) begin a road trip to Alabama with tonight's 7 p.m. tipoff against Samford (3-4, 0-1) in Birmingham, followed by Wednesday's 7 p.m. matchup with Jacksonville State (4-3, 2-0)...
'Hawks stumble again in OVC play (12/19/05)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team suffered only two Ohio Valley Conference losses during last year's 16-game regular season league schedule. But after being upset 91-76 at Samford Sunday afternoon, the Redhawks already have two defeats in their first three OVC games this season...
Flyers skate past Blues 5-2 (12/19/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Knuble and R.J. Umberger each scored twice, and the Philadelphia Flyers peppered rookie goaltender Jason Bacashihua and the last-place St. Louis Blues in a 5-2 victory Saturday night. After Patrick Lalime was waived Monday and backup Curtis Sanford was injured four days later, the 23-year-old Bacashihua made his first career start. The Flyers beat Bacashihua on three of their first nine shots in the second period to break the game open...
NFL: Week 15 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
Bengals 41, Lions 17 The Cincinnati Bengals clinched their first division title since 1990, as Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes. Cincinnati (11-3) won its fourth straight game, adding to a sensational season after 14 straight years without a winning record. They have a chance for their best record ever, having gone 12-4 in 1981 and 1988. They made the Super Bowl both years...
Struggling McKinney hits late shots for Tigers (12/19/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo -- The shots hadn't been falling Sunday for Missouri's Jimmy McKinney, but coach Quin Snyder still had confidence in his senior guard. That patience paid off and McKinney hit jumpers on back-to-back possessions with less than five minutes left to help Missouri defeat Furman 72-63...
Less than perfect: Chargers end Colts' bid for unbeaten season (12/19/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Maybe the Indianapolis Colts will end up thanking San Diego for ending their perfect season Sunday. "It's tough to go 16-0. You have to play well every week," coach Tony Dungy said after his team was beaten 26-17 by San Diego to end its 13-game unbeaten run...
Illini roll past Coppin State 61-42 (12/19/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- James Augustine scored 15 points and No. 9 Illinois broke the game open with an 18-4 run in the second half on the way to a 61-42 victory over Coppin State on Sunday. Augustine's three-point play started the run after Coppin State had closed within 29-22 with 15:17 to go. He had a layup and another three-point play as the Illini (11-0) pushed their lead to 50-28 with 7:25 left...
Eagles win ugly as Rams sink to 5-9 (12/19/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike McMahon made a lot of bad plays. He also made the winning play. The Philadelphia Eagles' backup threw three interceptions but also tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to long snapper Mike Bartrum on the first play of the fourth quarter in a lackluster 17-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday...
Jay's in Jackson may open by year's end (12/19/05)
Jay Santi had originally hoped to open his new Jay's Smokehouse in Jackson more than a month ago. But things haven't gone the way he'd planned. "We've had a lot of setbacks," said Santi, a former partner in Pagoda Gardens and owner of Jay's Barbecue in Marble Hill, Mo...
Area experts predict healthy retail sales next year (12/19/05)
Orders to U.S. factories posted solid increases in October and November while worker productivity jumped by the largest amount in two years, the government recently reported. It was the latest evidence the economy is rebounding from the Gulf Coast hurricanes and a spike in energy prices, leading area analysts to predict the economy will turn in a solid performance in 2006...
People on the move 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
President of state's water quality group elected Wayne Schremp was recently elected president of the Missouri Water Quality Association. The association helps water treatment professionals with scientific and technical information as well as legislation and regulatory updates. ...
Business memo 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
Chamber hands out awards for holiday lights Members of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Beautification and Enhancement Committee were out and about in the community Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. selecting winners of homes and businesses decorated for the holiday season. Committee members chose two residential and one commercial display from each of seven areas of the city...
Dr. Thomas Hill (12/19/05)
Dr. Thomas M. Hill, 62, of Grandview, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. He was born Aug. 17, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, son of Thomas C. and Audrey M. Hill. Survivors include his former wife, Charlotte Hill of Independence, Mo.; a son, Gregory A. Hill of Grandview, Mo.; a daughter, Amy E. Schoenherr of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and two grandchildren...
Jack Cracraft (12/19/05)
Jack Melvin Cracraft, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Dec. 15, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of John W. and Ruby Carmack Cracraft Hosea. He and Shirley Ann Biehle were married Sept. 3, 1956, in Biehle, Mo., at the St. Maurus Catholic Church...
James Monahan (12/19/05)
James R. Monahan, 48, of Thebes, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 17 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Ill.
Gilbert Bruhl (12/19/05)
Gilbert C. Bruhl, 91, of Pine Bluff, Ark., formerly of rural Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at his home in Pine Bluff. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Egypt Mills, with full military honors...
Toni Stanton (12/19/05)
Toni Joann "Susie Minner" Stanton, 59, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at her residence in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Jan. 4, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of William T. and Marie L. Reagan Minner Sr. Stanton was a member of Covenant Christian Center in Fruitland and was employed by Quality Inn in St. Louis for 17 years. She was a cook on the river for 10 years...
Mamie Cook (12/19/05)
Mamie G. Cook, 99, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 17, 1906, in Bollinger County, Mo., daughter of William Lee and Sofrona Jane Pierce Zimmerman. She and Oscar Burette "Cookie" Cook were married on Aug. 8, 1923, in Benton. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1997...
Rev. Berthold Loesel (12/19/05)
Rev. Berthold J. Loesel, 98, formerly of Perryville, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 12, 1907, in Frankenmuth, Mich., son of Andrew and Christina Reiss Loesel. He and Bernice M. Emelia Bock were married July 31, 1932. She died March 16, 2002...
Lorene Wilkinson (12/19/05)
Lorene Wilkinson, 95, of Edwardsville, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville. She was born May 30, 1910, in Whitewater, Mo., daughter of Jacob Ambrose and Rebecca Elizabeth Poe Waddle. She and Earl Edward Wilkinson were married in Cape Girardeau. He died in 1990...
Cape police reports 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
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Out of the past 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 19, 1980 The fate of the old fire station at Independence and Frederick streets is in question, as the fire department prepares to move to its new headquarters at Sprigg and Independence streets in the coming weeks; a review of the property's abstract notes the deed was transferred at a cost of $1 to "the inhabitants of the town of Cape Girardeau, collectively, for their use, benefit and behoof forever."...
Mission (partly) accomplished (12/19/05)
The Wall Street Journal President Bush has done better at explaining his Iraq policy of late, but the most eloquent rebuttal to American defeatists came from the millions of Iraqis who voted yesterday for a new parliament. They are now practicing the democracy that the U.S. promised when it deposed Saddam Hussein. This is a great achievement...
Iraq's future, our past (12/19/05)
When it comes to tyranny, we believe we can offer some personal experience. After all, it was only a short while ago that our countries emerged from Soviet oppression. During the decades of dictatorship, our peoples' attempts to restore freedom and democracy were crushed. ...
Staying in Iraq (12/19/05)
Columbia Daily Tribune At a time when public opinion turns against the war in Iraq and its presidential sponsor, Congress and other political observers want more definitive plans for U.S. military withdrawal. Yet all but the most marginal doves stop short of insisting on learning just when and how quickly withdrawal should occur. ...
Open police records (12/19/05)
Springfield News-Leader The Missouri Court of Appeals was right when it rebuked the city of Springfield's attempt to use the Sunshine Law to avoid providing investigation records to William Harris, who is charged with assaulting three police officers...
Taxing cyber stores (12/19/05)
The Joplin Globe It would be informative to know just how much sales tax money is being lost in Missouri and by the city of Joplin, county of Jasper and local schools because online stores aren't charging or collecting taxes on purchases. We suspect that those entities could add a collective hundred thousand dollars or more to their revenue estimate...
Understanding Islam (12/19/05)
Nothing is more important to the well-being of the world right now than for people with differing beliefs to seek to understand each other. The war on terror is not a war between the West and the Muslim world. Islamic terrorists pervert the teachings of a religion that has much in common with the other great religions of the world...
Speak Out 12/19/05 (12/19/05)
Wonderful show; All must sacrifice; Secular holiday; Presents bring smiles; No more money; Support new laws; Inequitable charges; Not an easy schedule; No help needed
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