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Cape's King breakfast will go on without Southeast's participation (01/04/06)
Despite a change in Southeast Missouri State University's involvement with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast, the event will continue. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citywide Celebration Committee has decided to continue the breakfast despite the fact that it will no longer be hosted by the university. This year the university decided to forgo the annual breakfast, now in its 21st year, to host a dinner later in the month when more university students could attend...
Scott City postpones vote on telecom tax (01/04/06)
The Scott City Council was to vote on placing a 5 percent telecommunications tax on the April 4 ballot Tuesday night. But that vote was postponed due to questions about the tax's implementation. Scott City government has expressed interest in implementing a new business license tax on telecommunication service, which would take effect July 1. On that date, other municipalities will be able to start taxing cellular service providers along with existing taxes on land-line service providers...
Charges dropped against landlord (01/04/06)
Problems with the victim's testimony forced Cape Girardeau County prosecutors to drop a case against a landlord accused of turning up the heat on a tenant. Fred Barnard, 62, of 243 County Road 438 was scheduled for trial Thursday in Perry County. The case fell apart when the tenant, Sonda Owens, was brought in for a sworn deposition, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said...
Committee to review Cape public schools' comprehensive plan (01/04/06)
A steering committee will help map future improvements for the Cape Girardeau public schools by developing a new comprehensive plan covering everything from curriculum to school buildings. The committee, organized by the school district administration, is scheduled to hold its first meeting Tuesday...
Armored truck wreck ties up I-55 for two hours (01/04/06)
An accident involving an armored vehicle and a PT Cruiser shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near the Kingshigway exit for approximately two hours Tuesday morning. According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the armored vehicle, owned by PSI Armored Inc., was traveling southbound on I-55 when it crossed the median into the northbound lane, striking the PT Cruiser head-on. The accident occurred around 10 a.m...
Region/state digest 01/04/06 (01/04/06)
Rally today focuses pledge legislation U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will hold a rally in support of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Cape Girardeau VFW 3838 Post at 9:30 a.m. today. Talent is sponsoring legislation that would remove the issue of the pledge's constitutionality from federal courts...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action (01/04/06)
Public hearings Held a hearing to consider the voluntary annexation petition for 0.82 acres of property along Hillcrest Drive, as submitted by Seabaugh Construction Co. Action items Authorized the mayor to sign depository agreements with US Bank, First Midwest Bank, Bank of Missouri and Bank of America...
Man gets prison, others make appearances on drug charges (01/04/06)
Defendants of various crack cocaine and marijuana cases moved forward on Tuesday in the Cape Girardeau County courthouse in Jackson. Appearing for hearings on three cases, Brent Johnson, 20, of 1836 Good Hope St., was sentenced to prison in two crack-cocaine cases, while Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle dismissed charges from a property damage case. Circuit Judge William Syler sentenced Johnson to 10 years...
Bidder-sweet goodbye: St. Louis aquarium to sell rare snake on eBay (01/04/06)
ST. LOUIS -- For sale: One snake. Albino. Has two heads. Asking $150,000 or best offer. The World Aquarium in St. Louis has been home to We, a one-of-a-kind two-headed albino rat snake, since 1999. President Leonard Sonnenschein has decided to sell the reptile, and bidding on eBay will start at $150,000...
St. Louis researchers test telephone counseling of smokers (01/04/06)
ST. LOUIS -- One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to quit smoking, but for many, those good intentions fade quickly. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are testing a method they hope will boost smokers' commitment to quit: telephone counseling...
Property rights, Medicaid, sex offenders laws figure into plans (01/04/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More protections for property owners. Tougher penalties for child sex offenders. The restoration of regular Medicaid coverage for the working disabled. Those are some the most likely results of the 2006 legislative session that begins today -- a session lacking some of the luster of last year's yet perhaps posing just as much of a challenge for the Republican-led legislature and GOP Gov. Matt Blunt...
Missouri Supreme Court sets date for first '06 execution (01/04/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has set a Feb. 1 execution date for a man who pleaded guilty to killing a Kansas City teenager more than 15 years ago. Michael Taylor, 38, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, forcible rape, armed criminal action and kidnapping for the March 1989 killing of Ann Harrison...
'Intelligent design' policy rescinded (01/04/06)
DOVER, Pa. -- The Dover school board on Tuesday rescinded its policy of presenting "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution in high school biology classes, two weeks after a federal judge found the concept was religious and not scientific...
Mine rescue workers find body; outlook appears bleak for trapped miners (01/04/06)
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. -- Rescue crews found one body late Tuesday in a West Virginia mine where 13 miners were trapped after an explosion, but they held out hope that the others were still alive, even as precious time continued to slip away. The unidentified body was found about 700 feet from a mine car, and it appeared the employee was working on a beltline, which brings coal out of the mine, said Ben Hatfield, chief executive officer for the mine's owner, International Coal Group Inc...
Fed campaign to raise interest rates nearing end, minutes suggest (01/04/06)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policy-makers differed last month on how much higher interest rates would need to rise to keep the economy and inflation on an even keel, but most believed the end of the nearly two-year rate-hike campaign probably wasn't far off...
Lobbyist Abramoff pleads guilty, promises to help in probe of congressional corruption (01/04/06)
WASHINGTON -- Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies and pledged to cooperate in a criminal probe edging closer to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. "I plead guilty, your honor," Abramoff said in flat, unemotional tones, accepting a plea bargain that said he had provided lavish trips, golf outings, meals and more to public officials "in exchange for a series of official acts."...
New York opens classes to wage war on critters (01/04/06)
NEW YORK -- By second period, the teacher is already maniacally waving his arms in the air. But Bobby Corrigan isn't trying to get anyone's attention -- his students are already captivated by the creepy curriculum. He is demonstrating how rats have whisker-like hairs all over their bodies that enable them to sense and avoid some traps...
Business digest 01/04/06 (01/04/06)
Manufacturing growth slows in December NEW YORK -- Manufacturing grew at a surprisingly slower pace in December, a month after construction spending jumped due to a pickup in highway and school building as well as projects that may be tied to recovery efforts in states hurt by 2005's deadly hurricanes. A private industry group which surveyed business executives said manufacturing slowed in December as prices for fuel and raw materials fell...
ND validates tourney title with its second win over Charleston (01/04/06)
The Notre Dame Bulldogs proved their upset victory over the Charleston Bluejays last week in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament was no fluke. Notre Dame backed up its semifinal victory -- en route to the tournament championship --by defeating visiting Charleston 65-60 in a SEMO Conference game Tuesday...
Top seeds flourish at Delta tourney (01/04/06)
The top seeds all advanced on Tuesday in the opening round of the Delta New Year's Girls Basketball Tournament at Delta High School. Delta, the top seed, will play No. 4 St. Vincent at 7 tonight in a semifinal. Second-seeded Oran will play No. 3 Greenville at 8:30 p.m. in the other semifinal...
Jackson teams will award opponents' sportsmanship (01/04/06)
One of the priorities of the Missouri State High School Activities Association is to promote sportsmanship among its member schools. Jackson has taken that priority to heart, creating the Pride of the Tribe award this year to acknowledge sportsmanship in opposing teams. At the conclusion of every sports season, each Indians varsity athletic team picks an opponent using the criteria of sportsmanship among its players, fans and coaches...
Samford establishes itself as contender among men, women (01/04/06)
There was apparently a good reason why Murray State men's basketball coach Mick Cronin picked Samford to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship. The Bulldogs first validated Cronin's belief in them by beating the OVC preseason favorite Racers 61-50 on Dec. 21 in Birmingham, Ala...
The much anticipated 1-2 showdown is finally at hand (01/04/06)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anticipated all season, set up with matching blowouts and relentlessly hyped for the last month, the Rose Bowl everyone's been waiting for is finally here. No. 1 USC against No. 2 Texas, with their perfect records, potent offenses, glittery stars, rich tradition and eye-popping pageantry -- playing for the national championship in Pasadena tonight...
Hoop, goodwill ambassadors (01/04/06)
Herbert Lang hasn't tasted defeat in seven years as a professional basketball player. That's one of the many positives of being a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Lang and his teammates handed the New York Nationals yet another defeat Tuesday night at the Show Me Center. This time, the score was 66-43, as the Nationals never recovered from a 15-0 deficit to start the game...
Tigers receive big lift from freshman Lyons (01/04/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Quin Snyder has spent the pre-Big 12 portion of this season trying to figure out which of his bench players will earn the most playing time. "If certain guys step forward and assert themselves, I think you'll see a more steady rotation, but until that happens I'm going to keep trying to find who's playing well on a given night and who's got there head in the right place," Snyder said...
Raiders' Turner becomes sixth coach to be fired in three days (01/04/06)
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders fired coach Norv Turner on Tuesday following consecutive losing seasons in which the team managed only one victory in its division. The 53-year-old Turner, who had a year remaining on his contract worth about $1.75 million, had known his job was in jeopardy for the last two months after struggling to get the most out of star receiver Randy Moss and an offense that also included quarterback Kerry Collins, receiver Jerry Porter and running back LaMont Jordan...
Penn State squeezes out 26-23 victory in 3 OTs (01/04/06)
MIAMI -- Penn State kicker Kevin Kelly avenged an earlier miss when he connected on a field goal in the third overtime period Tuesday night as the Nittany Lions defeated Florida State 26-23 in the Orange Bowl. Kelly missed a 29-yard field goal wide left with 35 seconds left in regulation, and the Nittany Lions went into overtime tied at 16...
Clarett faces charges for armed robbery (01/04/06)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett appeared in court in handcuffs and jail-issue clothing Tuesday when a judge set bond at $50,000 on charges that he robbed two people with a gun in an alley behind a bar. Clarett, who helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2002, did not enter a plea and did not speak in court. His next hearing is Jan. 12...
Martz wants head coach job somewhere in NFL (01/04/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Martz is eager to coach again, especially after missing the last 11 games of the season with a heart ailment. He's still coming to grips with not coaching the St. Louis Rams anymore, he told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday...
Sports briefs 1/4/06 (01/04/06)
College; Football
From old attic to... modern oasis (01/04/06)
Blake, Sharon and their three children live in a stunning, century-old Victorian home. They have spent countless hours restoring the house to its original glory: They redid the living room, updated the dining room and refurbished all of the children's rooms...
Tasty dishes for your special events (01/04/06)
This Saturday, Brandy Bridges and Jimmy Storck will tie the knot. I have had the pleasure of watching Brandy grow up and now have become acquainted with Jimmy, and I know they are a perfect match. With every upcoming wedding, there are always bridal showers to attend and there is good food served to the attending guests. Last week I attended such a party and the food was good. I thought it would be fun to pass those recipes on to you, possibly to use at your next shower or get-together...
Melvin Lichtenegger (01/04/06)
Melvin H. Lichtenegger entered heaven at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. He was the son of August T. and O'Tille Meyr Lichtenegger, born Jan. 12, 1918, in Dutchtown. Melvin graduated from Trinity Lutheran School and Central High School in Cape Girardeau, where he played the drums and violin...
James Wissinger (01/04/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- James R. "Jim" Wissinger, 78, of Cairo died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
John Witcher Jr. (01/04/06)
John Herman Witcher Jr., 53, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Aug. 13, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of John Herman and Jewell Reid Witcher. Witcher was a deckhand with Ingram Barge Line and was a driver with American Redball Truck Line...
Spencer Lyon (01/04/06)
Spencer Lyon, 62, of Piedmont, Mo., passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at his residence, after a yearlong battle with cancer. Mr. Lyon, son of Edna "Jewby" Lyon nee Mills and the late Richard Henry Lyon was born Sept. 17, 1943, in Evansville, Ind...
John Venegoni (01/04/06)
John Frank Venegoni, 92, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005. Beloved husband of the late Bernice Meyer Venegoni; beloved father of Lee Ann (Charlie) Kickham, Donna (George) Renick, Diane Venegoni; special friend of Mary Jo Kraus; dear grandfather of Kelli (Tim) Prade, Dan (Amy) Kickham, Steve (Vickie) Renick, Nicki (Chris) Thomson, Mike and Chrissy Renick...
Clara Jones (01/04/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Clara Jo "Mickie" Jones, 70, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 10, 1935, at Sikeston to Malcolm and E. LaRue Heath Monan. She and Glen Jones were married in 1956 at Corinth, Miss, and he died on March 31, 1985...
Births 1/4/06 (01/04/06)
White; Schumer-Franz
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/4/06 (01/04/06)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Santiago Pedro Gabriel, 28, 103 N. Clark Ave., Apt. 307, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 1/4/06 (01/04/06)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 1/4/06 (01/04/06)
25 years ago: Jan. 4, 1981 Elaine "Tommie" Davis, a Cape Girardeau businesswoman for many years and a longtime supporter of the arts, died yesterday at age 69; Davis established The Co-Op at 40 N. Main St. 47 years ago, and the business remains at its original location...
Strict interpretation: David Limbaugh's views seem to have changed (01/04/06)
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."...
God unfolds in the cosmos itself (01/04/06)
By Robert W. Dillon True believers -- and I am mostly talking about right-wing Christians, even though they do not hold a monopoly on such things -- build intellectual straw houses that cannot stand up to the powerful wind of our growing knowledge of the universe and its workings...
Triple-threat students (01/04/06)
Actors who can sing have an advantage. Actors who can sing and dance might be Broadway bound. As construction of the River Campus School for the Visual and Performing Arts progresses, Southeast Missouri State University has added a musical theater option to its bachelor of fine arts in performing arts degree. ...
Toward a better health-care system (01/04/06)
To the editor: The majority of the Medicaid Reform Commission is committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens in Missouri. We want to give our parents and grandparents, the disabled and the poor preventative and personalized health care using 21st century technology...
Helping a stranger in need (01/04/06)
To the editor: I am thankful there are still citizens who feel it is their duty to help a stranger in need. I am referring to the incident at the Wal-Mart in Jackson on the night of Dec. 20. A man grabbed a purse from another shopper's cart and ran. ...
Speak Out 1/4/06 (01/04/06)
Thanks a million; Access to information; Better post office; Keep them rolling; Trash in street; No influence; Constructive vocabulary; Last story on Cairo; Comparing spending; Parental responsibility; Cheers for walkers; Money for government; Legal justification; Preserving Medicaid
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