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Plat bicentennial starts Friday (02/02/06)
If you see oddly dressed men walking around downtown Cape Girardeau speaking in strange tongues Friday, don't worry. The territory hasn't been sold back to the French. This trip back in time is a celebration of an event that helped transform Cape Girardeau from four acres of private property into surveyed, mapped public land suitable for wider settlement...
Cape buys lot for new fire station; construction may be decade away (02/02/06)
The city of Cape Girardeau recently acquired 1.12 acres of land at the corner of Lexington Avenue and a future extension of Flad Avenue to serve as the future site of fire station No. 4. Fire chief Rick Ennis said the fire department is slowly outgrowing the current station No. 4 on Kurre Lane, but construction will probably not begin for another 10 years on the acquired land...
Man charged with carrying .22-caliber rifle on Cape street (02/02/06)
A 23-year-old man found carrying a rifle on a Cape Girardeau street while drunk has been charged, police said. Ronald S. Roark, 23, of 329 Estate Drive in Cape Girardeau County, was charged with one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon; bond was $3,500...
Central's 'Steel Magnolias' has humor and palpable emotion (02/02/06)
Estrogen. If one word can sum up the newest production by Central High School's Red Dagger drama team, the moniker of the famous female hormone is it. Over the next three nights the auditorium at Central Junior High will be drenched in it. Red Dagger's theatrical choice for this spring was "Steel Magnolias" -- the same "Steel Magnolias" as the 1989 movie starring Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts...
School foundation touts programs, honors donors (02/02/06)
Twenty-four-hundred dollars can go a long way toward helping children read. Last September, Clippard Elementary teacher Jill Wittenborn was awarded a $2,400 Public Teachers Grant from the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation to start a monthly family reading night. On that night, teachers and parents read with their second-grade students. She also gave out books to each student who participated...
Mayor: Cairo inmate was trying to injure, not kill, himself (02/02/06)
Demetrius Flowers accidentally killed himself in a Cairo, Ill., holding cell as he sought to inflict an injury serious enough to force police to take him to a hospital, Mayor Paul Farris said Wednesday. Farris, speaking to the Associated Press, said Flowers was found sitting, having "leaned forward and depriving himself of oxygen." He had wrapped a shoelace around his neck and tied it to an object above him, Farris said...
Muddy water, brilliant sky (02/02/06)
The morning sunlight barely broke through the night sky behind Willard Smith as he stood on the eastern bank of Rotary Lake in Jackson's City Park on Wednesday. Dressed in a heavy camouflage coat, Smith placed his hands in his pockets while he intently watched two fishing poles propped against a couple of rocks. He was eagerly waiting for a bite...
Program seeking more century-old farms (02/02/06)
Since 1976, the Missouri Century Farm program has been honoring area farms that have been in the family for 100 years or more. Thousands of farms are already listed by Century Farms, but the organization hopes to add more by the end of 2006. "We want to recognize farmers who have played a vital agricultural role in Missouri," said coordinator Andy Emerson...
Cape Girardeau AARP Tax-Aide to assist seniors (02/02/06)
The Cape Girardeau AARP Tax-Aide is being made available to local senior citizens. Those interested should bring last year's tax forms, current year W2, 1099, Social Security and SSI (letter), 1099 Int., 1099 Div., 1099R, Paid Property Tax for 2005 or total of year's rent receipts from landlord with landlord's Social Security number...
Former Jackson resident serves on John Newberry Medal committee (02/02/06)
Former Jackson resident Kris Springer served as one of 15 committee members on the 2006 John Newberry Medal award selection committee. Springer is the daughter of Bernice and John Springer of Jackson. Only one book receives the Newberry Medal award of distinction made annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The books judged by the committee were published in 2005...
Former 1140th Engineer Battalion officer receives promotion to major (02/02/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Craig S. Gatzemeyer was recently promoted to the rank of major at the Columbia Armory by Missouri National Guard chief of staff Col. Dwight D. Lusk. As a clerk at the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau, Gatzemeyer was encouraged to go to Officer Candidate School. He attended OCS at Fort Benning, Ga. After receiving his commission, he served in various officer positions with several units...
Civil Air Patrol teenager obtains private pilot license from FFA (02/02/06)
Micah LaVanchy, a 17-year-old resident of rural Jackson, recently obtained his private pilot license from the FAA. LaVanchy took a test issued by the Civil Air Patrol and is now an officially recognized CAP pilot. He is a cadet/lt. colonel, Missouri Wing's Cadet of the Year 2005, and a past cadet commander of the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron, the Trail of Tears Composite Squadron, located in Cape Girardeau...
Community briefs 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
Republican Women's Club to meet in Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. State Rep. Peter Myers of Sikeston will be the guest speaker. Members are invited to bring a guest, and visitors are always welcome to attend...
Community cuisine 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
Knights of Columbus hold fish and chicken fry...
Blunt backs target instead of mandate for spending in classroom (02/02/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt has softened his call that school districts be required to spend a certain percentage of their money on student instruction, saying Wednesday that he could support the threshold as a mere goal. Blunt encountered heavy criticism from school officials and reluctance from some legislators after proposing in November that school districts be required to spend at least 65 percent of their operating budgets on student instruction...
Federal appeals court grants stay of execution (02/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri will have to wait at least another day to execute Michael Anthony Taylor after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night refused to lift a stay granted earlier in the day by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Taylor had been scheduled to be executed Wednesday after a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court in St. Louis denied his request for a stay, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected another appeal...
Blunt creates new financial regulatory department (02/02/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt created a new department to regulate finances on Wednesday, merging duties previously performed by the Economic Development Department with those of the state Insurance Department. Blunt's executive order for the merger followed the recommendation of a government review commission he created last year, except on one contested point...
Anheuser-Busch profit flat at 2005's end (02/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., the nation's biggest brewer, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit fell 39.5 percent as the increasing popularity of cocktails and wine kept beer sales flat. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers, earned $201 million, or 26 cents per share, for the period ending Dec. 31, compared with $332 million, or 42 cents per share, during the same quarter the previous year...
Death toll climbs to eight in postal worker's rampage (02/02/06)
GOLETA, Calif. -- A woman wounded in a rampage by a former postal worker died Wednesday, and investigators said the assailant also killed a former neighbor just before the attack, bringing the death toll to eight. A former postal worker said the attacker had spewed racist comments in the past, and six of the victims were minorities, but investigators have refused to discuss a motive in the slayings...
W.Va. governor asks for halt in coal production (02/02/06)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin called for all coal companies in West Virginia to shut down for safety checks after two more mine workers were killed Wednesday in separate accidents. While Manchin's call was voluntary, he also ordered the state's mine inspection schedule speeded up so that all 229 surface and 315 underground mines are examined by regulators as soon as possible...
House sends cut budget for Bush's signature (02/02/06)
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans cleaned a leftover from their fall agenda on Wednesday as they passed a major budget-cut bill for President Bush's signature. They said it cemented the GOP's status as the party of smaller, more efficient government...
Judge pushes ahead with trial despite Saddam's absence; defense boycotts (02/02/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A female witness, testifying Wednesday at Saddam Hussein's trial, said she was stripped naked in prison, hung by her feet and kicked in the chest by the former Iraqi leader's half brother. The woman provided some of the most gripping testimony so far in the trial, which went ahead despite a boycott by Saddam and four other defendants, who demanded the removal of the chief judge...
Muslims angered over French, German newspapers' drawings of the Prophet Mohammad (02/02/06)
PARIS -- French and German newspapers republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday in what they called a defense of freedom of expression, sparking fresh anger from Muslims. The drawings have divided opinion within Europe and the Middle East since a Danish newspaper printed them in September. Islamic tradition bars any depiction of the prophet to prevent idolatry...
World briefs 22/2/06 (02/02/06)
Dozens rescued after Indonesian ferry sinks JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Naval vessels picked up 114 survivors from a passenger ferry that went down in rough seas in eastern Indonesia, but there was no sign late Wednesday of dozens of others still missing, rescuers said. ...
Oran's comeback against Sikeston falls short (02/02/06)
The Sikeston girls basketball team won a 46-44 thriller against visiting Oran on Wednesday. It was a tale of two halves for both clubs. In the first half, Sikeston used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to enjoy a 32-16 halftime lead. In the second half, Oran caught fire from the 3-point line, as the Lady Eagles hit on five treys to have a chance to win at the end...
Tiebreaker confusion: Indians really didn't lose (02/02/06)
When the Jackson wrestling team left its gymnasium late Tuesday night, the Indians believed they had suffered their first dual meet loss of the season. But upon further review, it appears as if the Indians won the meet instead. Jackson and visiting Farmington battled to a 31-31 tie, and after several potential tiebreakers could not determine the outcome, Farmington was deemed the victor by the officials because Jackson had been penalized for stalling in one match...
Garner supports Thornton (02/02/06)
Southeast Missouri State coach Gary Garner said he and his program stand firmly behind Andrais Thornton, and Garner believes his starting junior forward will be exonerated. Thornton was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of rape and sexual battery for an incident that allegedly took place more than two years ago in Colby, Kan., where Thornton was attending Colby Community College...
Redhawks sign 16 on first day of Samuel's first class (02/02/06)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel leaned on two of his former stomping grounds to construct part of his first recruiting class with the Redhawks. Samuel announced 16 signings on Wednesday when the national letter of intent period began...
Lyles brings scrappy style to Southeast (02/02/06)
Forget the highlight-reel offensive move in the post. Southeast Missouri State junior center Lachelle Lyles would rather get attention at frustrating opponents by grabbing jaw-dropping rebounds -- especially on the offensive end. "She'll go get them," Southeast coach B.J. Smith said. "Sometimes you wonder how in the heck she got that one."...
Ejection forces Garner out Saturday (02/02/06)
Not only will Southeast Missouri State be down to just seven scholarship players for Saturday night's home game with Tennessee-Martin, the Redhawks will also be without their head coach. The Ohio Valley Conference determined Wednesday that under OVC policy Garner will be suspended for Saturday's contest because he was ejected late in Monday's 73-62 loss at Austin Peay...
St. Vincent all-stater Richardet eager to play at Missouri State (02/02/06)
Enthusiasm and eagerness had nothing to do with Waylon Richardet's decision to complete his letter of intent when the college football signing period opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Practicality did. "That's when it starts, and that's what worked best for my parents before they went to work," Richardet said...
Jenkins traveled interesting path from Advance to 'Glory Road' (02/02/06)
He's 82 years old now, but Thornton Jenkins' mind is still sharp. The Advance native, former University of Missouri all-conference basketball player and longtime basketball referee recalls dates and scores faster than a Google computer search. Take the night of March 19, 1966. Jenkins remembers it well. It was his 23rd wedding anniversary...
Area sports digest 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
Perryville captures dartball tournament title Perryville captured the Cape-Perry Lutheran Laymen's League of Dartball tournament championship on Tuesday night. Crosstown finished second, Altenburg Immanuel was third and New Wells finished fourth. Perryville was shut out of the individual awards. ...
Tucker plays big role in Longhorns' victory (02/02/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- P.J. Tucker's big second half helped No. 7 Texas overcome off games from its other top scorers. Tucker scored 18 of his 20 points after the break and added 11 rebounds in a 66-53 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night. Many of the points came after the 6-foot-5 Tucker moved from the perimeter to inside...
Detroit tops Blues with late goal, spoils Tkachuk's return to lineup (02/02/06)
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings overcame a slow start and got a break on the winning goal. Henrik Zetterberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 3 minutes, 55 seconds remaining and Detroit rallied for a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night...
Missouri downplays class that includes few of state's best (02/02/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's stirring Independence Bowl victory came too late to impact this year's recruiting class. The Tigers got one national-caliber recruit, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin of Kirkwood. But they ended up with only four players on rivals.com's list of top 20 players in the state, and only two of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's list of the city's top 30 prospects...
Goaltender Lalime recalled by Blues (02/02/06)
Patrick Lalime, who was sent to the minor leagues after struggling in his first season in goal in St. Louis, is returning to the Blues. St. Louis on Wednesday recalled Lalime from Peoria of the American Hockey League, where Lalime was 6-6-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage...
Seahawks face another foe this week: '12th Man' case goes to court today (02/02/06)
SEATTLE -- As if the Terrible Towel-twirling faithful of the Pittsburgh Steelers weren't enough, now Seattle Seahawks fans have to ward off another set of rabid football partisans: the Aggies of Texas A&M. Ever since the university launched a trademark dispute this week over who is allowed to refer to their fans as the "12th Man," David Israel has attracted plenty of abuse...
Kentucky Fried Chicken Derby? (02/02/06)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Each spring, the Kentucky Derby conjures images of powerful thoroughbreds, mint juleps and -- fast food? Yum Brands Inc. -- the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut -- became the first named sponsor of the Derby at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, striking a five year-deal with the Triple Crown race. The deal begins with this year's race on May 6...
Seahawks finally will have their day in the sun (02/02/06)
DETROIT -- Jerramy Stevens grew up an hour outside of Seattle. He played his college ball in Seattle. And, like some Seattle-ites, he never bothered to root for the Seahawks. That is, until they drafted him in 2002. "I was always a Raiders fan -- silver and black," the tight end said. "I didn't become a Seahawks fan until four years ago."...
Officials expect scrutiny in big game (02/02/06)
DETROIT -- They're the guys in black and white. No names needed. Unless they make a bad call. Then, everyone finds out who these NFL officials are. Criticized and vilified, their eyesight and sanity are called into question. And a lot of them are making names for themselves lately...
Kansas City has interest in Owens (02/02/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are "somewhat interested" in Terrell Owens, the receiver suspended in November by the Philadelphia Eagles, president and general manager Carl Peterson said Tuesday. Peterson pointed to the track record of his new head coach, Herman Edwards, in dealing successfully with difficult players. Owens was suspended by the Eagles for the rest of the season after repeatedly criticizing the team and quarterback Donovan McNabb...
Chelios to captain U.S. Olympic team (02/02/06)
DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will captain the U.S. hockey team at the Turin Olympics, the third straight Winter Games he has been accorded the honor. The 44-year-old Chelios will be the oldest American hockey player to compete in an Olympics, USA Hockey said Wednesday...
A hidden epidemic (02/02/06)
From staff and wire reports There's a largely hidden epidemic of birth defects running through the world's infants and children, striking about 8 million every year, about 6 percent of those born, according to a new study. An estimated 3.3 million children under age 5 die from a serious birth defect of genetic or partially genetic origin, while another 3.2 million of those who survive are mentally or physically disabled for life, researchers from the March of Dimes reported Monday...
Health briefs/calendar 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
Briefly "Grant Writing: Strategies for Success" is the title of a workshop, sponsored by the Missouri League for Nursing, to be held at various locations across the state. One workshop will be held Feb. 14 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in the Harrison Room. ...
Good gets good and bad gets bad (02/02/06)
Feb. 2, 2006 Dear Leslie, A boy I'll call Carson has endured and seen abominations in his short life. I can't tell you about them because of school confidentiality rules. It's enough to know that Carson came to Blanchard Elementary School a very angry boy, and the turmoil in his life had put his education on hold...
Weight loss: Show me the motivation (02/02/06)
I recently received an e-mail from someone asking if I knew of or had any information on the problem of "Winter Weight Gain." Vanity had always been enough to keep me in line when it came to my weight. But those extra 10 pounds no longer seem to care what the mirror is saying...
Marilyn Scholz (02/02/06)
Marilyn Louise Scholz, 64, of Scott City died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Sept. 6, 1941, at Dutchtown, daughter of Floyd H. and Mary Del Harmon Rhyne. She and Jerry Lee Scholz were married Sept. 7, 1957, at Whitewater. He died March 19, 1998...
Charles Lynxwiler (02/02/06)
Charles Lavelle Lynxwiler, 66, of Paducah, Ky., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He was born Nov. 18, 1939, in New Madrid County, Mo., son of Herbert S. and Mattie Auvine Lynxwiler. He moved to Sikeston, Mo., in 1945 and attended Sikeston public schools. He received a degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1961...
Jonathan Bollinger (02/02/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jonathan "Kirk" Bollinger, 48, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 30, 1958, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jimmy G. and Patricia Ann Beussink Bollinger. Bollinger was a former inspector of offshore oil rigs with East Texas Oil. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church...
Doyle Shrull (02/02/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Doyle Wayne Shrull, 40, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at his home. He was born May 9, 1965, in Russellville, Ky., son of Randall Doyle Shrull and Betty Rust Staples. Shrull worked at Service and Material Co. in Fenton, Mo. He was a member of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church...
Billie Moore (02/02/06)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Billie L. Moore, 78, of Bell City died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Thomas Ponder (02/02/06)
Thomas F. Ponder, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Dec. 17, 1913, in Perry County, Mo., son of the late Charles and Victoria Julie Winkler Ponder. He and Ruth Bock were married Oct. 25, 1947, in Sikeston, Mo...
Esther Harter (02/02/06)
Esther J. Moe Harter, 92, of Thornton, Colo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 7, 1913, in Bayfield, Wis., daughter of Elias Heitman and Jacobia Emilie Jacobaen Moe. Mrs. Harter was a graduate of Bayfield High School and St. Barnabus Nursing School in Minneapolis, Minn. She served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from January 1941 to June 1942. She and Austin G. Harter were married in April 1942...
Richard Welker (02/02/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Richard Lee Welker, 58, of Chaffee, formerly of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lyman L. and Norma Randol Welker. He and Alice Green were married May 22, 1987, in Jackson...
George Hartle (02/02/06)
George E. Hartle, 91, of Jackson died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 4, 1914, in Scopus, Mo. son of John and Bertha Schrock Hartle. He married Irene Hahs April 25, 1934, in Jackson. She passed away Jan. 16, 2002...
Mavis Huey (02/02/06)
Mavis M. Huey, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 15, 1929, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Walter L. and Pearl I. Gobble Carter. She and Dorris Allen Huey were married March 6, 1948, in Chaffee...
Terry Robinson (02/02/06)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Terry G. Robinson, 57, of Tamms died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born March 11, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of Gilbert and Betty Farrow Robinson. He and Janifer Hazelwood were married July 15, 1978, in Cape Girardeau...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
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Out of the past 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 2, 1981 Plans for expansion of the Cape Girardeau County jail are still in limbo, says County Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep; he traveled to Jefferson City last week to meet with Larry Linke, assistant director of the Missouri Council on Criminal Justice, about the possibility of the county receiving some recycled money which the MCCJ staff must dispose of prior to closing out the program...
Leadership kudos: Business, industry, movers and shakers get awards (02/02/06)
Last Friday was a big day for recognition of achievement by business, industry and retailers in the Cape Girardeau area. It started with the annual Magnet luncheon. The group's mission is to solicit and recruit new business, industry and commerce to Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City and Cape Girardeau County...
Health reports (02/02/06)
We've commented before about the whiplash effect of news reports regarding health issues. One day you read chocolate is bad, and the next day you read that chocolate is good. Many medical researchers, asked which report is correct, will answer with an honest "Yes." Sound confusing? That's because you've just developed a case of health-reporting whiplash...
Troops deserve armored vehicles (02/02/06)
To the editor: When I read about what our troops in Iraq have to do to increase their safety, I wonder why. Our defense budget seems to be a favorite target for pork-barrel projects. In the 1990s, the Air Force requested five C-130 planes that cost $50 million each. Through political pork-barrel spending, it received 262 of them. The Navy got a $1.5 billion ship it didn't need or want. Certainly our defense budget could supply vehicles with better armor for our troops in Iraq...
Don't blame mascot for problems (02/02/06)
To the editor: It is quite refreshing to see the University of Illinois fight to keep its Indian mascot, especially in light of Southeast Missouri State University's decision to abandon its traditions because it felt it damaged the school's ability to promote the school and grow...
Speak Out 2/2/06 (02/02/06)
Learn to pray; A country of fear; Taking the increase; Drug tests for all; Learning about cultures; Need water park; Don't show me the money; Harsh reality; Culture and history; More sweets; Legal commandments; What to honor?; No conspiracy; Stop double parking; Biting back
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