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Nell Holcomb getting new chief; junior high principal steps down (02/03/06)
Darryl Pannier felt right at home as a young student at Nell Holcomb School decades ago. This summer, he'll return to head up the small rural school district north of Cape Girardeau as superintendent. The Nell Holcomb school board hired Pannier at a starting salary of $83,300, school officials said Thursday. He will begin the job on July 1...
Meteorologists: Groundhog got it wrong (02/03/06)
Meteorologists are in disagreement with Punxsutawney Phil's weather prediction. Thursday Phil saw his shadow -- meaning six more weeks of winter -- as he emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania. Every Feb. 2, on Groundhog's Day, thousands of people flock to the small town of Punxsutawney to discover Phil's prediction...
Crowell sketches new state health plan (02/03/06)
State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, testified at the capitol proposing drastic changes to Missouri's health-care system. Crowell's proposal would allow small businesses to form alliances for the sole purpose of purchasing health coverage for their employees, it would also create a "health-care financing authority" state trust fund for individuals without coverage...
Jackson fire reports 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: * A first alarm on East Jackson Boulevard. Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: * Emergency medical service on South Union.
Music festival will consider a name change (02/03/06)
Half a year before the next City of Roses Music Festival, organizers are already thinking of ways to increase the event's appeal. One possibility may be to do away with the name City of Roses altogether. Don Ganim, one of the festival organizers and owner of Jeremiah's, said the idea has been kicked around. Now it will be up to the people...
Cures for the wintertime blues (02/03/06)
Everyone can experience it. That blah feeling on an overcast, rainy winter day like Thursday when just getting out of bed can be a chore. But medical experts warn that when that feeling is more than occasional lethargy, it could be symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a wintertime depression that usually goes away once the days lengthen in late spring...
Region/state digest 02/03/06 (02/03/06)
Telephone scam attempted in Scott Co. Scott County residents were being warned of a possible telephone scam. Thursday afternoon, a woman in rural Chaffee received a telephone call from a man stating her checking account number was "all over" the Internet, a news release from the Scott County sheriff's department stated. ...
Lawmakers push to double tax deduction for long-term care insurance premiums (02/03/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Hoping to increase enrollment in long-term care plans and perhaps reduce the state's Medicaid burden, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for a 100 percent state income tax deduction for long-term care insurance premiums...
White separatist group sues rail system over removal of ads (02/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A group that says its goal is to preserve the white race is suing the organization that runs St. Louis' light rail system over the removal of advertising placards. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit this week on behalf of the National Alliance, which had placed ads on MetroLink trains. Metro, which operates MetroLink for the Bi-State Development Agency, removed the ads in January 2005...
Court ends oversight of Jackson County's child-welfare system (02/03/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has ended nearly three decades of oversight of Jackson County's foster care system. A case filed 29 years ago on behalf of five children sought to change a system that allowed youngsters to spend years wondering whether they would return to their parents or be adopted...
State forestalls loss of federal tax credits for businesses (02/03/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri businesses have avoided tax penalties because the state has successfully gone three months without borrowing from the federal government to pay out unemployment benefits. When the economy soured several years ago, the state's unemployment trust fund began running out of money, and the state had to borrow from the federal government to continue paying jobless benefits. The borrowing occurred periodically from 2003 to April 2005...
Hurricanes a 'wild card' for predictions of tax preparers (02/03/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Almost five months after Hurricane Katrina chased Yolonda Prevost from her East New Orleans neighborhood to her sister's place in Kansas City, she spends her days trying to get back home -- searching for apartments and arranging for repairs to her drowned house...
Nation briefs 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
King to receive public viewing at Ga. Capitol ATLANTA -- Coretta Scott King will be given a public viewing in the rotunda of the Georgia Capitol at the governor's invitation, her family announced Thursday in a measure of how far the South has come since the civil rights era. ...
Business digest 02/03/06 (02/03/06)
Worker efficiency rises at slowest pace since '01 WASHINGTON -- The efficiency of American workers rose in 2005 at the slowest pace since the recession year of 2001 while a key gauge of wage pressures rose at the fastest pace in five years, the government reported Thursday. ...
Boehner chosen as GOP leader in House (02/03/06)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Boehner of Ohio won election Thursday as House majority leader, promising a steady hand and a helping of reform for Republicans staggered by election-year scandal. Boehner, who replaces indicted Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, said the GOP "must act swiftly to restore the trust between Congress and the American people."...
Bush wants $120 billion added to war budget (02/03/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration said Thursday it will ask Congress for $120 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $18 billion more for hurricane relief this year. The White House acknowledges the upcoming requests would cause total spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, to soar well past the $400 billion mark, while spending for hurricane relief would top $100 billion...
U.S., South Korea agree to launch talks on free trade (02/03/06)
WASHINGTON -- South Korean cars, cell phones and other consumer goods should drop in price if the United States and its Asian partner complete the biggest free trade deal since America tore down barriers with Mexico and Canada. The start of talks to link the United States with its seventh-largest trading partner were announced Thursday in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol...
Rare circumcision ritual generates controversy in New York (02/03/06)
NEW YORK -- For thousands of years, rabbis performed a simple procedure to cleanse the wound during a ritual circumcision: Like outdoorsmen treating a snake bite, they sucked blood from the cut and spit it out. That age-old procedure is now the subject of a clash between religion and science in modern-day New York...
Colombian traffickers stitched bags of liquid heroin into puppies (02/03/06)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Meet Heroina, the latest -- and surely cuddliest -- crusader in the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The purebred Rottweiler was one of six black-and-beige puppies found in a raid on a clandestine veterinary clinic in Colombia, each with about a pound of heroin implanted in their bellies...
Modest changes to districts will affect four area squads (02/03/06)
Football coaches across the state checked the Internet with keen interest Thursday when new district assignments for the 2006 and 2007 seasons were posted by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Four of the six area football teams were affected by the district announcements, although none of the schools changed classifications...
Tigers celebrate title, cuts (02/03/06)
Watching Central boys swimming coach Dayna Powell during the Show Me Conference swimming meet Thursday, it was not hard to figure out how the Tigers' day was going. Powell spent much of the meet at the Central Municipal Pool in one celebratory mode or another, as the Tigers claimed their third straight conference title and -- more importantly -- picked up four more state-qualifying cuts...
Meadow Heights, Saxony reach MVC final (02/03/06)
Top-seeded Meadow Heights and No. 2 Saxony Lutheran advanced to tonight's championship game in the Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball tournament at Chaffee by posting victories Thursday night. Meadow Heights pulled away from Zalma in the second period en route to a 65-38 win over the No. 5 seed...
Three Rivers guard Johnson out indefinitely with broken nose (02/03/06)
Three Rivers sophomore point guard Dominitrix Johnson is sidelined indefinitely with a broken nose that will require surgery. Johnson, who suffered the injury when he caught an elbow across the face from teammate Abayomi Ajasin during the first half of Wednesday's game at Meramec, was initially told that he didn't need surgery. But a specialist Thursday morning disagreed...
Lowery, Cejka share FBR lead (02/03/06)
Steve Lowery shot a 6-under-par 65 in the morning and Alex Cejka matched it at nightfall to share the first-round lead at the FBR Open on Thursday. Lowery, winner of two PGA events but none since 2000, ran off four straight birdies on holes 14-17 on a par-71, 7,216-yard Tournament Players Championship course in Scottsdale, Ariz., hardened by a record 106 days without rain...
College Football Missouri will play rival on Thanksgiving (02/03/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The football games between archrivals Kansas and Missouri have been moved to Thanksgiving weekend for the next two seasons, both schools said Thursday. The Big 12 Conference had requested the switch to guarantee the games would be televised...
Ming tops Bryant for top spot in fan balloting for All-Star Game (02/03/06)
Yao Ming edged Kobe Bryant as the top votegetter in fan balloting for the 55th NBA All-Star game, and Shaquille O'Neal became the fifth player in league history to earn 13 consecutive selections for the midseason showcase. Yao and Tracy McGrady give the host Houston Rockets two starters in the Feb. 19 game. They were joined on the Western Conference squad by Bryant, San Antonio's Tim Duncan and reigning MVP Steve Nash of Phoenix -- who will be a first-time All-Star starter...
Brand says NCAA will keep ban on Indian nicknames, mascots (02/03/06)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Myles Brand says the NCAA will hold firm on its ban of American Indian mascots and images in postseason competition despite resistance from institutions deemed to be offenders. The NCAA president, who spoke at a Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, said part of the NCAA's mission is to protect values...
Martz backs out of coordinator job with Lions (02/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Martz backed out of the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator position on Thursday, and the ex-St. Louis Rams coach appears content to sit out next season. "Obviously, I took the job," Martz said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It just didn't work out with the money...
Blues' rookie Stempniak scores shootout winner (02/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Lee Stempniak is taking advantage of the St. Louis Blues' salary purge. The 22-year-old right wing had his second big game since the trades earlier this week of Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger, scoring two goals and getting the game-winner in the shootout of a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night...
Speak softly, carry a big hairdo (02/03/06)
DETROIT -- Everything about Troy Polamalu is a contradiction. He is one of the NFL's most violent players, a whirlwind of speed, high-flying hits and wildly flowing hair who forces offenses to alter their game plans. His defensive coach says the league has never seen anything like him...
Poor sport or great shooter (02/03/06)
NEW YORK -- Never heard of Epiphanny Prince? That's about to change. On Wednesday, the prep star scored 113 points in a game, breaking the national girls' record of 105 by Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller and stirring debate about whether it was poor sportsmanship or good shooting...
A coach on the road to recovery (02/03/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- For most of his life, Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton has counted wins and losses. Now he measures success in smaller increments. Raising an arm one week, both the next. Breathing without a ventilator, then having his tracheotomy tube removed a day later. Lying on his stomach for the first time in eight months -- even if someone has to roll him over...
Who can afford a warm winter? (02/03/06)
I can't believe it's February. One reason is that it was just November a couple of days ago. And then a blur. Does February come right after the blur? Another reason is that January is supposed to be winter. Cold. Ice. Snow. Wind. And what did we have?...
What's p with car making sounds like gunfire? (02/03/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: I have a new 2005 Chevy Tahoe LS that I just purchased, and the entire time that I'm driving -- and even after the car has been shut off and I'm no longer in the vehicle -- there are very loud bangs that come from somewhere under the car. ...
Longer, wider, taller: 2006 RAV4 full of changes (02/03/06)
My enthusiasm for the new RAV4 surged when the salesman pulled a handle recessed into the rear cargo area and the left half of the second row seat instantly flipped forward, creating a flat loading floor. He pulled a duplicate handle on the right side and the other half of the seat folded flat. No removing headrests or flipping up seat cushions required!...
First Friday guide (02/03/06)
For February's First Friday, one gallery will whip out a romantic Valentine's Day theme, while the others just rely on good old art. Here's a guide to the First Friday receptions happening throughout town tonight. Edward Bernard Gallery, 107 West Drive...
Everybody's a critic: 'Annapolis' (02/03/06)
H (out of four) "Annapolis" is a combination of "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Rocky." During the entire movie, I kept feeling like I had seen this plot before. The film seemed to use a formula of clichZ and sappy sentiment. "Annapolis" is not a powerful film depicting the armed forces, and it sometimes seemed sugar-coated. The commanding officers are tough, but they don't seem realistic or gritty enough...
The buzz over 'Brokeback' (02/03/06)
For months the pundits have debated its moral ramifications while the Hollywood establishment has sang its praises. If any movie in recent memory has caused as much of a stir as "Brokeback Mountain," anyone would be hard-pressed to name it. The film has been nominated for eight Oscars and cleaned house at the Golden Globe Awards...
Artifacts 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
'Art for the Health of It' deadline approaches; 'Rajun' Cajun' to discuss politics at SIU campus; Edgerton, Thompson to perform recital Feb. 12; 'The Vagina Monologues' hits Southeast campus; 'Louis Comfort Tiffany' opens today at museum; Lincoln library and museum celebrate president's birthday; African American heritage celebrated in Poplar Bluff
Who's zoomin' who? (02/03/06)
DETROIT -- Looking for the Temptations on Super Bowl Sunday? They'll be in Charlottesville, Va. Smokey Robinson? He's playing down the block from Ford Field the night before. Diana Ross? Nothing on her schedule. America's biggest sporting event is in Detroit this year, but there won't be any corresponding celebration of the Motown sound that has long defined the city...
At the theaters 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
'Brokeback Mountain'; 'Capote'; 'Eight Below'; 'Good Night Good Luck'; 'Something New'; 'When a Stranger Calls'; Still in theaters; 'Annapolis'; 'Big Momma's House 2'; 'The Chronicles of Narnia'; 'End of the Spear'; 'Fun with Dick and Jane'; 'Glory Road'; 'Hoodwinked'; 'King Kong'; 'Last Holiday'; 'Munich'; 'Nanny McPhee'; 'The Ringer'; 'Underworld: Evolution'; 'Walk the Line'
Zolan Barnett (02/03/06)
Zolan Dale Barnett was stillborn Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Survivors include his parents, Jason and Brandi Stokes Barnett of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Brieanna Barnett of the home; grandparents, Barbara Bailey and Richard Adams of Olive Branch, Ill., and Alvin and Pat Barnett of Albany, Ga...
Thomas Held (02/03/06)
Thomas "Tom" Held, 74, of Ferguson, Mo., formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1931, at Illmo, son of Alvin and Vera McGhee Held. Held served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. Survivors include his wife, Deanna; five children, four stepchildren, two brothers, six sisters, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
Ruby Keesee (02/03/06)
Ruby Lee Keesee, 92, of Scott City died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 4, 1913, in Pine Bluff, Ark., daughter of Louis and Bertha Baker Carlton. She and Vester Keesee were married Jan. 6, 1931, in Cairo, Ill. He died Oct. 27, 1970...
Theodore Steele (02/03/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Theodore Steele, 79, of Ullin died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 12, 1926, in Tamms, Ill., son of Charlie and Leora Porter Steele. He married Pauline Ferrell, who preceded him in death. He later married Rosemary Modicue, who died Jan. 5, 2006...
Christopher Davis (02/03/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Christopher A. Davis, 29, of Ullin formerly of Cobden, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He was born Jan. 12, 1977, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Jessie and Shela Arnold Davis. Davis was a member of Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Cobden. He was employed at Waterfront Barge Services in Cairo, Ill...
Everett Crowden (02/03/06)
Everett "Ray" Crowden, 75, of House Springs, Mo., formerly of Delta, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006. He was born June 24, 1930, son of John and Mildred Davis Crowden. He married Mary Acheson. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Terry Crowden of Waco, Texas, Nathan Crowden of Jackson; four daughters, Marilyn Trankle and Robbin Easley of Chaffee, Mo., Phyllis Broshuis of Whitewater, Gail Nanney of Marble Hill, Mo.; his mother; four stepchildren, Jim, Danny, Bruce and Kim, all of St. ...
Betty Menton (02/03/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Betty Jane Menton, 74, of Anna died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at her home. She was born May 18, 1931, in Cobden, Ill., daughter of Donald and Opal Afton Ryan Lingle. She married J.D. Gould in June 1959. He preceded her in death. She later married Dr. Harry Menton, who also preceded her in death...
Phyllis Swift (02/03/06)
Phyllis Ann Swift, 54, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Oct. 3, 1951, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of James Rush and Mary Rayburn Fortner. She and Jack Swift were married May 26, 1978, in Cape Girardeau...
William Gerhardt (02/03/06)
William Aaron Gerhardt, 87, of Asheville, N.C., died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006. Born in Cape Girardeau, he was the son of J.W. and Rosalia Woeltje Gerhardt. He married Jean Haynes, who died in 2003. Gerhardt worked for Gerhardt Construction Co., and later owned a printing business, Teleforms. He had lived in Asheville since 1988...
Billie Moore (02/03/06)
Billie L. Moore, 78, of Bell City died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at his home. He was born March 31, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, son of Henry and Elizabeth Clark Moore. He and Alma Tackett were married in 1960 in Cape Girardeau. She died in 2002. Moore worked in several factories, and was a cab driver several years in Cape Girardeau...
Edith Friedrich (02/03/06)
Edith Geraldine "Gerry" Friedrich, 66, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at her home. She was born July 22, 1939, daughter of Jasper McKinley and Maude Pearl Conrad Myers. She first married Shelby E. Mayfield Dec. 31, 1966. He died July 6, 1977. She and Roy Friedrich were married Dec. 31, 1985...
John Sanders (02/03/06)
John Mack Sanders, 91, of St. Louis died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Alexian Brothers Shearbrook Village Nursing Home in St. Louis. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Hudson (02/03/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Clyde Hudson, 91, of Perryville died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 16, 1914, at Silver Lake, Mo., son of Prince C. and Ida M. Reddick Hudson. He and Emma Irene Coffelt were married Oct. 20, 1941...
Births 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
Zahner; Schoen; Powers; Willey; Griggs; Grindstaff; Gilbertson
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
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Out of the past 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 3, 1981 A special election will be held in Jackson June 2 on an $8 million bond issue to upgrade the municipal electric plant; city officials say the bond issue is needed to help pay for the purchase of two additional diesel engine generators and construction of an addition to the plant, which is over 50 years old...
Watching the money (02/03/06)
In many counties in rural Missouri -- that's most of the state's 114 counties -- the addition of a few thousand dollars of expense can put cash-strapped county governments in a bind. At a meeting last week of county commissioners from several Southeast Missouri counties, that was a major topic...
Cable competition: Bring it on (02/03/06)
To the editor: I have been reading with interest the stories in the Southeast Missourian regarding Charter Cable and legislation that would spur competition in the cable industry. It is time for lawmakers to turn their attention to bringing competition to cable, especially with the recent announcement that cable rates are going up again...
Saving our sons should be priority (02/03/06)
To the editor: Mark Bliss should write a second part to his report on the achievement gap between boys and girls. One strong theme in Michael Gurian's "The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Failing in School and Life" is the role parents -- not just educators -- play in saving our sons. ...
Encourage connectivity in Missouri (02/03/06)
To the editor: My company extends to international business opportunities, and I can tell you that technology flourishes in countries where government regulations are less restrictive. In countries where the regulations are burdensome, economic develop and quality of life suffers. ...
Speak Out 2/3/06 (02/03/06)
Safety first; Taking a stand; Lack of punishment; Experiencing racism; Train barriers; Just do it; Where's the coroner?; No diploma needed; Paying for babies; Too much taxes; Distinctive canopies; Lawyer's fault
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