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Ten months after experimental surgery, David Landewee making great promise (01/05/06)
Exactly 10 months after an experimental surgery that aimed to alleviate a spinal injury, Cape Girardeau native David Landewee said that he has made progress beyond his doctor's expectations. "The progress I've had since I got back has been slow and steady," said Landewee, 42, who lives in Kansas City, Mo. "It's basically been working its way down."...
Tomato supply playing catch-up with demand (01/05/06)
Don't ask Wendy's to hold the tomatoes. It will be done for you. Tomato lovers need to make a special request for their favorite item on their hamburgers at the chain's restaurants, and they may not find tomatoes in some local salad bars. According to Florida Tomato Committee spokeswoman Samantha Winters, tomato production is currently a little low but it's not anything unusual for this time of year...
Southeast Missouri Hospital plans expansion of fitness center (01/05/06)
HealthPoint Plaza proved to be so popular Southeast Missouri Hospital already plans an expansion, officials said Wednesday. The rehabilitation and fitness center at 2126 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau will grow by 30 percent if the Southeast Hospital Board of Trustees approves the plans. Opened in September 2004, the fitness center portion of the project has already met its five-year membership goals, Southeast president James Wente said...
Talent seeks to protect Pledge of Allegiance from federal judges (01/05/06)
U.S. Sen. Jim Talent says no one should be allowed to challenge the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance in federal court. The Missouri senator is sponsoring legislation that would bar federal judges from taking up that issue. "If you can't stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance and the flag, I don't know what you can stand up for," Talent said Wednesday during a stop at the Cape Girardeau VFW post at 1049 N. Kingshighway...
First Friday Coffee takes place this week (01/05/06)
January's Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee will take place Friday morning at the Show Me Center. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:40 a.m. This month's speaker will be Jim Watkins, a local Community Emergency Response Team volunteer, who will speak on "Your Role in a Community Emergency."...
Gleeson to run a fourth time for alderman position (01/05/06)
Jackson's municipal elections in April will have at least one race for a Board of Aldermen seat. Thomas P. Gleeson III has filed for a two-year term in Ward 4 against incumbent Joe Baker. This will be Gleeson's fourth time running for an aldermen position in the 30 years he has lived in Jackson. The last time he ran was in 1986...
Cairo City Council to hold special meeting today (01/05/06)
Cairo, Ill. -- The city council will have a special meeting today but it's unlikely that enough members will attend to conduct business. Two of the four members who last month announced a boycott of council meetings said they will not attend today's meeting, called by Mayor Paul Farris to consider a grant to repair sewer lines...
'Killshot' may need extra day of filming (01/05/06)
Filmmakers haven't shot a single frame in Cape Girardeau for the movie "Killshot," but they are already expecting to stay longer than originally planned. Most members of the production team working to turn Elmore Leonard's novel into a motion picture haven't arrived in town, production supervisor Scott Knollenberg of St. Louis said Wednesday. But those who have arrived are busy, he said...
Pet project (01/05/06)
Most people would cringe at the idea of having a miniature zoo in the confines of their home. Craig Ancell of Scott City relishes it. "I've just always loved animals, ever since I was a little kid," Ancell says as he stands in his kitchen, where his roughly 3-1/2-foot long American alligator Rex (full name Rockin' Rex Shattner) lives in a cage/water pool of Ancell's construction...
Community briefs 1/5/06 (01/05/06)
Flag display at Cape Girardeau library The first 13 U.S. flags will be displayed in the Hirsch Community Room during the first weeks of January at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, courtesy of the Allen Laws Oliver Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Painters Local 1292. ...
Circuit Breaker program will offer eligible individuals tax rebate (01/05/06)
The Missouri Department of Revenue, in cooperation with the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging will conduct training for volunteers who help seniors complete tax credit forms. Eligibility criteria for the Circuit Breaker program, which offers eligible individuals a rebate for property tax or rent paid, include meeting income requirements, being 65 or older or 100 percent disabled and being a Missouri resident for the entire filing year...
New firetruck for Frohna Altenburg department (01/05/06)
A recent $20,000 donation made by East Perry Lumber Co. toward the purchase of a much-needed new E-One fire truck from Banner Fire Equipment will help Frohna, Altenburg and surrounding rural areas in the event of fire. East Perry Lumber Co. CEO Stan Petzoldt said, "The volunteer firemen of FAFD [Frohna Altenburg Fire Department] put many hours of training in on their own time and could possibly be putting their lives on the line every time a call goes out. ...
Legislative session begins with elections looming (01/05/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican legislative leaders encouraged colleagues Wednesday to set aside potential election-year spats to enact new health-care programs and property protections as they opened their 2006 session. The House and Senate convened for business a little after noon Wednesday on a largely ceremonial day reserved for laying out legislative priorities. ...
Government can move Jose Padilla to Florida to face charges (01/05/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to let the military transfer accused "enemy combatant" and former Chicago gang member Jose Padilla to Miami to face criminal charges in at least a temporary victory for the Bush administration. The justices overruled a lower court, which had attempted to block the transfer as part of a rebuke to the White House...
Pizza robbery goes awry when thief gives out his own phone number (01/05/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man apparently looking for free lunch was arrested for allegedly assaulting a pizza delivery man. Police say Virgil Dennis ordered three pies from Pizza Hut at lunchtime Tuesday and gave the address of a vacant apartment downstairs from his own. When the driver arrived, authorities say 22-year-old Dennis pressed a knife against the delivery man's neck and demanded the pizzas...
Matt Blunt to meet with Ford about plans to close Hazelwood plant (01/05/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Hazelwood Mayor T.R. Carr will travel to Detroit Thursday to try and persuade Ford Motor Co. to keep open a plant in Hazelwood, representatives of Blunt and Dooley said Wednesday...
Telephone company to pay $1 million penalty (01/05/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A rural Missouri telephone company whose former president was convicted of a scheme that involved a New York crime family has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty. The fine against Peculiar-based Cass County Telephone Co. is thought to be the largest ever levied by the Missouri Public Service Commission. In seeking the penalty, the agency alleged the phone company's former president, Kenneth Matzdorff, lied when he denied wrongdoing in an April 2004 commission hearing...
Mo. man posed as Grammy winner to get guitars (01/05/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Brian Sparks was not a famous musician, but he claimed he was and convinced guitar dealers around the country to send him guitars and equipment. On Tuesday, Sparks, 42, of the St. Louis suburb Florissant, admitted in federal court here that he had bilked businesses out of about $18,000 worth of guitars and equipment by posing as Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Johnson. Sparks pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...
Business digest 01/05/05 (01/05/06)
Chevrolet beats Ford for first time in 19 years DETROIT -- Chevrolet was the best-selling brand in the U.S. market in 2005, outpacing Ford for the first time in 19 years, General Motors Corp. said Wednesday. But that was where the good news ended for GM and other U.S. ...
Were the media at fault in coverage of miners story? (01/05/06)
NEW YORK -- "12 Alive." "MIRACLE IN THE MINE." "They're Alive!" Those were just a few of the newspaper headlines that greeted Americans on their doorsteps Wednesday morning. Joyful, dramatic -- and of course, flat-out wrong. As the painful truth emerged that all but one of the West Virginia miners was dead, news organizations were forced to ask themselves: Had they gone too far in reporting the original, much happier ending?...
Aircraft demand boosts U.S. factory orders in November (01/05/06)
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories posted the biggest gain in three months in November, but the strength was concentrated in a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that orders to factories rose by 2.5 percent in November to a record-high of $407.7 billion. It was the best percentage gain since a 2.9 percent rise in August and followed a 1.7 percent October increase...
Families furious after false hope in mine accident (01/05/06)
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. -- The miners relied on their training and trusted their safety equipment. But it wasn't enough. Trapped by heavy smoke that blocked their escape routes, most of the 13 miners caught in an explosion did just as they were trained, retreating deeper into the mine and hanging a curtain-like barrier to keep out toxic gases while they waited for rescue, officials said Wednesday...
Miners' families, friends want answers to information foul up (01/05/06)
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. -- High on a tree-shaded hill beside the Sago Baptist Church, the moss-covered inscription on a weathered tombstone reads: "Sometime we will understand." There is so much the people of this central Appalachian coal community are waiting to understand: How an explosion two miles into a mountain had trapped 13 of their men and how someone could tell them that 12 of the miners had somehow survived the blast...
U.S. military chief says armor for troops in Iraq improving (01/05/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff knows the armor protecting troops and their vehicles in Iraq isn't perfect, but he says it's getting better as the military learns to adapt to a clever insurgency. "The fact of the matter is that you can protect people to a certain extent, but you always come up with a bigger bomb," Gen. Peter Pace said. "We just need to continually hone our skills ... so that we don't set a pattern that the enemy can exploit."...
Violence leaves 53 dead across Iraq (01/05/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber struck a funeral for a Shiite politician's nephew Wednesday, killing at least 32 mourners, wounding dozens and splattering tombstones with blood -- part of a surge of violence as Iraqi leaders try to form a coalition government...
Power handed to deputy after Israel's Sharon suffers stroke (01/05/06)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive, life-threatening stroke Wednesday and underwent lengthy surgery to drain blood from his brain after falling ill at his ranch. Powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert. Doctors placed Sharon on a respirator and were trying to save his life only hours before the hard-charging, overweight, 77-year-old Israeli leader had been scheduled to undergo a procedure to seal a hole in his heart that contributed to a mild stroke on Dec. ...
Delta, Greenville reach tourney final (01/05/06)
The top-seeded Delta girls basketball team coasted into the finals of its New Year's tournament. Getting to Saturday's final was expected. The ease of the Bobcats' semifinal win against St. Vincent -- 64-26 -- was somewhat surprising. And their opponent in the final will be the No. 3 seed, Greenville...
Hornets won their tourney rematch (01/05/06)
Among Tuesday night's three games that included rematches of Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament games, only Advance took the opportunity to reverse a decision. The Hornets beat host Kelly 63-60 on Tuesday, reversing the score by which they lost in overtime in the fifth-place game Friday...
Samuel hires six assistant coaches (01/05/06)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel announced six coaches who will join his staff for the 2006 season. The university also announced that Damon Bradford, who was one of two holdovers from coach Tim Billings' staff, has resigned as defensive coordinator to accept a position at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn...
After rough start, Panthers settle in with new coach (01/05/06)
Whatever problems Eastern Illinois might have had adjusting to a new coach and battling a brutal early schedule, the Panthers seem to have righted the ship. After losing its first seven games to start the Mike Miller era in Charleston, Ill., EIU (2-8, 1-3 Ohio Valley Conference) has won two of its last three heading into tonight's 7:35 matchup with visiting Southeast Missouri State (5-7, 2-4)...
Redhawks down but still hoping to make noise in OVC (01/05/06)
As frustrated as Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith has been by the way the Redhawks have played much of the season, he realizes the Ohio Valley Conference schedule is a marathon and not a sprint. So, even though the Redhawks have already lost as many OVC regular-season games as they did all of last year, they still have their sights squarely on the title...
Missouri upsets No. 4 Baylor (01/05/06)
College women's basketball Missouri upsets No. 4 Baylor COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Latoya Bond scored 21 points and Missouri beat No. 4 Baylor 64-61 Wednesday night, ending the defending champion Bears' 30-game winning streak. Tiffany Brooks blocked Jordan Davis' 3-point attempt with 6 seconds left, helping the Tigers (11-2) extend their winning streak to 10 games and get their first victory against a top-10 team since the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2001...
Texas outscores USC to win national title (01/05/06)
PASADENA, Calif. -- Vince Young and Texas are second no more to Southern California and its Heisman Trophy twins, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. With the national championship down to a final play, Young scrambled for an 8-yard touchdown on fourth down with 19 seconds left and the No. 2 Longhorns stunned the top-ranked Trojans 41-38 in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night...
Chiefs in negotiations with Jets for Edwards (01/05/06)
Herman Edwards is close to becoming the next Chiefs coach. Kansas City and the Jets discussed a compensation package for Edwards on Wednesday, a person close to the situation said. Another person familiar with the negotiations said the talks were almost completed...
Predators trim Blues (01/05/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Vernon Fiddler scored the go-ahead goal and had the first two-goal game of his career, helping the Nashville Predators end a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Steve Sullivan scored his team-leading 18th goal and Paul Kariya got his 13th and added an assist for the Predators, who totaled seven goals during their slump and got shut out Tuesday night at Colorado...
Chicago mayor eyes bid for 2016 Olympics (01/05/06)
CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard Daley said Wednesday a bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics could be a statewide effort involving sporting venues in cities such as Champaign-Urbana, or a regional bid with Wisconsin and Indiana. Daley first talked about the possibility of Chicago bidding for the Olympics last July, and last month he said luring a second NFL franchise to the city would make it more worthwhile to build a domed stadium that could also be a component of an Olympics bid...
Brush away bad breath (01/05/06)
It's a social disaster everyone dreads -- knocking someone over with your breath. Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor oral hygiene habits and may be a sign of other health problems, according to WebMD. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits...
Supplements talk sparks controversy (01/05/06)
As soon as my column extolling the benefits of omega-3s hit the front porches, Dr. Tim Rodgers galloped into my e-mail inbox on his self-proclaimed "high horse." He took exception to the whole notion of unregulated supplements being touted as beneficial...
The dieting way of life (01/05/06)
Jan. 5, 2006 Dear Leslie, Strangers have invaded my gym. Only a few people looked familiar this morning. Strangers roam every gym at the beginning of the year. They are there keeping the promise made to themselves or perhaps others New Year's Eve to lose weight, become fit and, as one self-help guru puts it, become the-best-version-of-yourself...
Mary Lou Penhale (01/05/06)
Mrs. Mary Lou Penhale, 56, of Grovetown, Ga., formerly of Oran, Mo., died Tuesday morning at her home. The funeral will be held Friday at Elliott Sons Funeral Home in Martinez, Ga.
Randy Gregory (01/05/06)
IDALIA, Mo. -- Randy Lynn Gregory, 48, of Idalia passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Modesto, Calif., son of Kenneth and Vivian Bowman Gregory. He and Donna Spencer were married March 16, 1996, in Sikeston, Mo...
Christine Ashley (01/05/06)
Christine L. Ashley, 51, of Grants, N.M., died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at her home. She was born April 13, 1954, in Japan, while her father was serving in the military. She was the daughter of William and Anna Marie Parks Ayers. She married H. Vincent Ashley. He survives...
Lillie Bess (01/05/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lillie Belle Ratledge Bess, 90, of Advance passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006. She was born July 7, 1915, at Delta, daughter of William Henry and Lydia Ulrich Ratledge. She and Virgil Bess were married Jan. 2, 1932. He preceded her in death Jan. 11, 1969...
James Wissinger (01/05/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- James R. "Jimmy" Wissinger, 78, of Cairo passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 2,1927, in Cairo, son of Lloyd "Pete" and Stella Mae Brimm. He and Ann Dyas were married Dec. 16, 1948...
Erma Moss (01/05/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Erma Jean Moss, 67, of Cairo died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lee Stotler (01/05/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Lee Stotler, 64, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 16, 1941, in Bonne Terre, Mo., son of Wilford and Blanche Campbell Stotler. He and Ann Akens were married Aug. 19, 1972, in Oklahoma. He and Carole Windecker were married June 27, 1986, in Jonesboro, Ill...
Thelma Thomas (01/05/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Thelma May Thomas, 90, of Anna died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at City Care Center. She was born June 6, 1915, in Pickle, Ark., daughter of Charles and Dora Bailey Garrison. She married Bacel Thomas, who preceded her in death. Thomas lived most of her life in Salem, Ill. She was a waitress and cook 17 years at Austin's Restaurant...
Dorothy Budell (01/05/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dorothy Minnie Augusta Budell, 91, of Anna died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at her home. She was born March 11, 1914, in Chicago, daughter of Carl Martin and Catharine J. Albertine Dick Budelsky. Budell retired as regional supervisor with Prudential Insurance Co. in Chicago. She was currently supervisor of the food pantry at Bethany Village in Anna...
Amelia Essner (01/05/06)
Amelia Essner, 84, of New Hamburg, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Bur- nett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Dallena Ruth (01/05/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Dallena Ruth, 81, of Jonesboro died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at City Care Center in Anna, Ill. She was born Oct. 28, 1924, daughter of Ben and Eva Hancock Williams. She married Andrew "Andy" Ruth, who died Dec. 18, 1979. Ruth retired as a licensed practical nurse from Choate Mental Health...
Births 1/5/06 (01/05/06)
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Out of the past 1/5/06 (01/05/06)
25 years ago: Jan. 5, 1981 Tenth District U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson announces he has introduced constitutional amendments prohibiting abortion and forced busing of schoolchildren, and has co-sponsored an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. The new Allenville bridge opens for traffic, following a dedication ceremony by Allenville area residents; the one-lane bridge over the Diversion Channel was completed before Christmas, but the opening was delayed until the steel superstructure of the concrete deck bridge could be painted; the span cost approximately $180,000 and was built by Rickard Construction Co. ...
It's the economy Here's the most underappreciated story of the year (01/05/06)
By Rich Lowry Our superb economy is hidden in plain view, mostly ignored by a media that prefer to accentuate the negative and a Democratic Party that is loath to admit that anything could possibly be right in George Bush's America. It wasn't too long ago that the Democrats were comparing President Bush to the alleged mastermind of the Great Depression. ...
In times of need (01/05/06)
The desire to help others is never more apparent than when others -- sometimes complete strangers -- are thrust into dire need. Take the Jerry Toops family of Lesterville, Mo. When the Toops home was obliterated by tons of water from last month's Taum Sauk reservoir failure, the Lesterville community rallied to give aid and comfort to the family, whose three children had to be hospitalized...
Previous errors don't make Bush right (01/05/06)
To the editor: President Bush has committed numerous impeachable offenses. In an article entitled "Bush on the Constitution" (http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml), award-winning author Doug Thompson reports: "GOP leaders told Bush that his hard-core push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the president from his botched attempt to nominate White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court...
Paying for sidewalks more than once (01/05/06)
To the editor: I am a former building inspector in Southeast and Southwest Missouri. This is what is going on in Southwest Missouri on sidewalks: Waste of money and materials and used in places they should not be used or just fill the landfills in the county...
Thanks for Scott City donations (01/05/06)
To the editor: The Scott City Fire Department would like to thank the following people for their donations that made another successful Christmas season: Employees and management of Blair Packaging, Mr. and Mrs. Theon Schlosser, Barbara Harrison and Scott City Kiwanis Club. We handed out 67 food baskets this year...
Speak Out 1/5/06 (01/05/06)
Paying teachers; Credit card info; Jackson sidewalks; Changing old habits
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