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Stories from Sunday, February 19, 2006

Divine inspiration: Local churches see growth, building projects in 2005 (02/19/06)
For First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau, a new building has meant a new enthusiasm among the congregation. The Rev. Mike Shupert, First Baptist's pastor, said the new facility has inspired the congregation to reinvent its ministry. "We're trying to emphasize niche ministry, finding those things we do well and that our people are gifted at," said Shupert...
Easing access: Plan for two-way traffic on Main Street appears headed toward approval (02/19/06)
A long-standing debate over how to make Cape Girardeau's Main Street more accessible to visitors and shoppers seems to be nearing its conclusion. The solution was recommended by a St. Louis-based firm that conducted a traffic study in the fall of 2005. The plan calling for two-way traffic on Main Street appears headed toward approval...
Arts community continues rise in Cape Girardeau (02/19/06)
When the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri started its First Friday gallery receptions years ago, it was not just the big kid on the block, it was the only one. At that time, the council and its galleries were some of the few spots where local residents could go to see a permanent display of art. But in the past year alone, several competitors have sprung up in Cape Girardeau, built on the effort of local artists...
Port, Nash Road have good year, expect better future (02/19/06)
The past year has been good to the SEMO Regional Port Authority and Nash Road, as businesses continue to start operations and expand in each. And those involved with the two industrial centers say the future looks even brighter. In 2005, the port enjoyed its second straight year of shipping more than 1 million tons of product through its harbor. Port director Dan Overbey said the achievement is a milestone...
Using high-tech tools: Technology differs for governmental entities (02/19/06)
Rich Daume, the city's geographic information systems coordinator, has been on the job for seven years and still has passion for mapping the continually expanding and developing city. "Everything in the world can be mapped through points, lines and polygons," he said. And everything in Cape Girardeau is mapped that way and combined with aerial photography to produce an accessible grid of every house, sewer line, manhole cover or fire hydrant in the area...
Technology Park viewed as key to SEMO's life sciences project (02/19/06)
The future site of Southeast Missouri State University's research and technology park is 410 acres of farmland near what will soon be the East Main Street interchange exit of Interstate 55 north of Cape Girardeau. The park will be located on the east side of the interstate off County Road 618...
New interest in Old Town: Organization lobbies for preservation cause (02/19/06)
Old Town Cape regularly preaches the merits of historic preservation and restoration of old commercial buildings. These days, it's more than just talk. The downtown redevelopment organization can point to the former Marquette Hotel-turned-state-office-building and the renovation of the historic Southeast Missourian building on Broadway as signs of progress...
Cramped quarters: Cape Girardeau Police Department expansion a necessity (02/19/06)
Walking through the building, one could find fax machines in closets, hundreds of bicycles crammed into the garage, and cramped work spaces around every turn. This is not some small business lacking the money to meet its growing needs. This is the Cape Girardeau Police Department headquarters, 40 S. Sprigg St...
Cape's public works moves into bigger facility at cheaper cost (02/19/06)
In early February 2005, Cape Girardeau city officials knew they needed a new public works building. But the price tag, more than $9 million, was prohibitive. The money wasn't available. Compounding the problem, the building that housed Public Works Department operations at 219 N. Kingshighway needed extensive work, up to $2 million, just to make it usable for long-term operations...
Jackson merchants looking forward to uptown renovations (02/19/06)
Many of Jackson's uptown merchants are ecstatic about the buzz surrounding the revitalization of the business district. They're hoping the future renovations to the uptown will bring more people to Jackson -- and more customers to their stores. In February, the Jackson historic district committee received notice that the uptown had been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. ...
Nash Road on the fast track (02/19/06)
The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority, which transports dry bulk goods by barge, rail and trucks, received a $495,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation in December that will help accomodate a new corn-milling business. Unlike the grains, coal and corn that are among its chief shippers, there has never been a business there that deals with processed foods...
Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce garners national, state reco (02/19/06)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce often bestows awards to industries, small businesses and individuals. In November 2005, the chamber was the recipient of two notable awards itself. The chamber received a four-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and it was named Chamber of the Year by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry...
Rough going ahead: Cape's Broadway widening project not without pitfalls (02/19/06)
Cape Girardeau officials hope the second phase of Broadway widening will go more smoothly than the first, which brought property disputes and complaints from business owners. The first phase of the widening of Broadway from Houck Place to Park Avenue is largely completed, and the city is set to begin on the second phase of the project. Phase two should begin in late summer or early fall. That phase will widen the stretch from Park Avenue west to Perry Avenue...
Trading spaces: Local businesses on the move (02/19/06)
A boom in commercial construction characterized 2005 as many businesses relocated to new buildings or added to their own. Southeast Missouri Hospital completed construction of its new 75,000-square-foot Southeast Medical Plaza in 2005. The first occupants moved in in mid-February. Southeast president and CEO James W. Wente said more will move into the building through early spring as physicians relocate their practices to the new facilities...
Changeovers completed by local law enforcement (02/19/06)
One area law enforcement agency saw dramatic change while at another nothing significant was altered when new leadership took over in 2005. And the administration of justice had a new face as well last year when Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis took his post in the 32nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties...
California company keeps Cape facility open, looks to future (02/19/06)
When the biggest pharmaceuticals wholesaler in the country bought D&K Healthcare Resources Inc. last summer, it no doubt caused the 115 workers at D&K's Cape Girardeau facility several sleepless nights. That's because for several months, San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. considered closing the local distribution center and consolidating its operations in St. Louis and Memphis...
Town House Inn being downsized with renovation (02/19/06)
Part of the landmark Town House Inn is coming down near Kingshighway and Broadway in Cape Girardeau. In its heyday, it was said to be one of the finest motels between Memphis and St. Louis. Motel manager Anna Leroux said demolition began on two of the three buildings in January...
Dining and dressing: Hospitality center home to restaurant row, will add clothing stores (02/19/06)
Before the former Holiday Inn was demolished on William Street in Cape Girardeau, officials with MidAmerica Hotels of Cape Girardeau knew its replacement -- Holiday Inn Express & Suites -- would be a magnet for numerous retail outlets, especially restaurants...
Getting to the great outdoors: New nature center puts wildlife on display (02/19/06)
The alligator snapping turtle may be the biggest draw, or perhaps the "glass" shrimp in floor-to-ceiling aquariums. But there's also the kid-friendly beaver dam to crawl through and the constantly active bee hive. Whatever the favorite feature, the Missouri Department of Conservation's new nature center will likely have seen nearly 60,000 visitors by the time its one-year anniversary rolls around in May...
Moving ahead on the past (02/19/06)
The push to preserve historically important locations and buildings in Cape Girardeau and Jackson maintained its momentum last year as numerous sites won state and national recognition. Five places in Cape Girardeau were named to the National Register of Historic Places, uptown Jackson was named a state historic district and several projects designed to renovate historic buildings for reuse were completed or commenced...
2005 business licenses for Cape Girardeau County (02/19/06)
From Dec. 1, 2004, through Jan. 7, 2005: O'Reilly Auto Parts, 370 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau Main Street Pharmacy, 2865 E. Main St., Jackson Mr. Bits & Bytes, 720 Olive St., Jackson Cape Communications, 615 Broadview, Cape Girardeau Lady Laura Photography, 270 Apache Lane, Cape Girardeau...
Strong showing: Region's sales, personal income in 2005 rise over previous year (02/19/06)
Southeast Missouri's economy appears strong, buoyed by a healthy increase in retail sales last year, more jobs and a rise in personal income. "By and large, I think our economy right now, especially in Cape Girardeau, looks very, very strong," said Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, a Southeast Missouri State University economist and the director of the Center for Economic and Business Research...
District fair tradition continues (02/19/06)
To area residents, it's simply "the fair." It's the Southeast Missouri District Fair, the oldest continuous fair in existence in Missouri, and for more than a century it has delighted both young and old. The fair will be 151 years old when it opens later this year...
Donations of all sizes help in big way (02/19/06)
When it comes to giving to and supporting the local United Way, the largest donations don't necessarily come from the biggest corporations. While large corporations and professional individuals are always generous, it's the local businesses that provide the most support to the United Way's agencies...
Jackson, Cape look to interchange rewards (02/19/06)
Combined efforts of various government entities was the driving force behind turning a concept developed in the 1980s -- an interchange connecting East Main Street in Jackson with Interstate 55 -- into a reality. The future East Main street interchange will provide a direct route into Cape Girardeau and Jackson and is expected to provide tremendous financial benefits to the entire county...
Federal road funds make Ramsey Creek dream possible (02/19/06)
When Scott City leaders found out $5 million from the massive 2005 federal transportation spending bill would go to build the Ramsey Creek Bridge, they were ecstatic. The bridge, years in the planning stages, will be a tool to connect two sides of the city now separated by nothing but a large field. ...
Highway 34/72 project about to enter second phase (02/19/06)
Nearly four years ago, the first phase began in a series of three to widen Highway 34/72 from two lanes to four. Contractors recently put the finishing touches on Phase 1 -- the stretch of Jackson road from the intersection of Highway 25/U.S. 61 and Highway 34/72 to West Main Street/Cathy Drive...
2005 deepened Cape's store of cultural experiences (02/19/06)
Harley-Davidson riders converged on Cape Girardeau, the city's "Mississippi River Tales" floodwall mural was dedicated, ArtsCape and Tunes at Twilight drew the largest audiences in the history of the events while the City of Roses Music Festival struggled to find a new direction during 2005...
SEMO: Bonds saved millions of dollars (02/19/06)
Southeast Missouri State University saved millions of dollars in construction costs for the River Campus arts school by issuing bonds that allowed the project to get underway even while state financing remained in limbo, school officials said. Without the bonds -- handled through the Missouri Development Finance Board -- the university would be saddled with a more expensive project because of the rising cost of key building materials such as concrete and steel, school president Dr. ...
Cheney gets ovation; Whittington goes home (02/19/06)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Vice President Dick Cheney ended a troubling week among friends, receiving a rousing ovation from state legislators in his first public appearance since accidentally shooting a lawyer while quail hunting. ...
Forum to be held Monday for Illinois primary candidates (02/19/06)
Candidates for the March 21 Illinois primary have been invited to share their views with residents of Alexander County at a forum Monday evening in Olive Branch, Ill. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Horseshoe Lake Community Center on Illinois Highway 3. The forum is sponsored by Concerned Citizens for the Recovery of Cairo...
Bill would cap tax credit for historic preservation (02/19/06)
Promoters of historic preservation are organizing to defeat a move to cap tax credits aimed at promoting a small number of business activities. Renovation of historic buildings is the single most expensive economic development tax credit program for the state of Missouri. During the most recent fiscal year, taxpayers used $74.5 million worth of the preservation credits...
Early snowfall Saturday takes its toll on events (02/19/06)
In Cape Girardeau, some events went on as planned and some were interrupted by 2.3 inches of snowfall that blanketed the area early Saturday morning. One notable cancellation was the second annual "Homeless in the Park" event scheduled to be held by Alpha Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Alpha Greek organizations of Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Built-in luxury (02/19/06)
Spacious living areas in this week's showcase home provide plenty of room for a growing family and social gatherings. The two-story house includes a large dining room, a family room with a built-in entertainment center and a large master bedroom -- in addition to three more bedrooms, a bonus room and 2.5 bathrooms. ...
Fan Speak Feb19 (02/19/06)
Chins up KUDOS TO the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team. Keep your heads up. We enjoy every game. I FIND it odd that Southeast Missouri State athletic director Don Kaverman said he didn't know any more than what had been reported already in regard to the OVC investigation of the women's basketball team. If the athletic director doesn't know "any more," then maybe that was the problem in the first place...
Dog killed in Cape Girardeau fire (02/19/06)
A dog died from a mobile home fire in Cape Girardeau on Saturday. Firefighters responded to a call at 10:02 a.m. at 3020 Boutin Drive, Lot 34. The occupant of the home, Richard Gilmore, was not present at the time. A small dog was inside and apparently died from smoke inhalation...
Taking action against bullies (02/19/06)
The poster in the glass display case at Alma Schrader Elementary explains it best. Beneath the colored pencil drawing of an angry-looking girl wearing big black boots kicking a crying classmate, a second-grader wrote: Bullying is Ugly Love your friends...
Area Potter fans learn the magic of cooking (02/19/06)
Seventeen Harry Potter fans showed up at platform 9 3/4, also known as Southeast Missouri State University's Dearmont Cooking Lab, on Saturday to learn the magic of cooking. The three-hour workshop, inspired by J.K. Rowling's books about the boy wizard, began in the dining hall, where the first order of the day was to fix a potion before taking a kitchen safety quiz...
Woman charged with recklessly exposing others to HIV (02/19/06)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Authorities are looking for anyone who had sexual contact with a woman now charged with recklessly exposing partners to HIV. Angela D. Harris, 26, of St. Charles, has been charged with three felony counts in connection with a two-month-long sexual relationship with a 42-year-old former boyfriend. That man has tested negative for HIV, but he must undergo additional testing because the virus can still show up...
Lombard woman sues McDonald's over french fry ingredients (02/19/06)
CHICAGO -- Four days after McDonald's Corp. acknowledged its french fries contain wheat and milk ingredients, a suburban Lombard woman filed a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming the fast-food giant misled the public. Debra Moffatt seeks unspecified damages in a suit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. Her attorney, Thomas Pakenas, said his client has celiac disease that causes gastrointestinal symptoms when set off by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat...
Battle site may be made historic park (02/19/06)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A group of battlefield enthusiasts has announced plans to purchase some of the land on which Union soldiers clashed with the state's pro-Confederate governor and militia in the early days of the Civil War. A few acres of the Carthage battlefield is a State Historic Site. But the Battle of Carthage Inc. has come up with a plan that would dramatically increase the amount of preserved land...
Development raises flood risk around the U.S., experts say (02/19/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Intensified development in flood-prone parts of Missouri and California significantly raise the risk of New Orleans-style flooding in urban areas on the Mississippi and Sacramento rivers, researchers said Saturday. Around St. Louis, where the Mississippi River lapped at the steps of the Gateway Arch during the 1993 flood, more than 14,000 acres of flood plain have been developed since 1993. ...
Crowds small at Mardi Gras parades (02/19/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- The first of the major Mardi Gras parades with marching bands, brightly decorated floats and flying plastic beads rolled down New Orleans' streets Saturday, greeted by small but celebratory crowds. Despite the widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina, officials decided to allow a scaled-back Mardi Gras celebration this year. New Orleans parades, put on by private groups, were restricted to one corridor to help cut the cost of police protection and trash pickup...
Forcing stroke victims to use the weak arm makes it stronger in long run (02/19/06)
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- It sounds cruel: binding a stroke victim's good arm to force use of the weak one. But those who tried it for two weeks were better off in the long run, greatly improving their ability to do everyday tasks like answering the phone, doctors reported Saturday...
With O'Connor off the bench, Ginsburg goes it alone (02/19/06)
WASHINGTON -- It will be a different scene Tuesday when the black-robed justices of the Supreme Court emerge from behind a red, velvet curtain and take their seats at the mahogany bench. Instead of two female justices, there will only be one. Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, retired last month. That left Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the lone female among the nine justices, a distinction she seems unhappy about...
Disney's Marty Sklar stepping down (02/19/06)
LOS ANGELES -- One of Walt Disney's top theme park designers is stepping down after three decades with the company, signaling the end of an era for the Magic Kingdom. Marty Sklar is one of the last remaining employees who once worked closely with the company's co-founder, Walt Disney...
Military: 10 U.S. troops have been accounted for after helicopter crash (02/19/06)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Rescue crews called off operations Saturday after the U.S. military said it has accounted for 10 American troops who went missing after two transport helicopters crashed into the sea but declined to reveal their fate until family members were notified...
No survivors of landslide found (02/19/06)
GUINSAUGON, Philippines -- The soldiers shouted and pounded stones on boulders, hoping that anyone still alive in the mud-covered elementary school would hear and signal back. But on a day filled with disappointment, misery and constant danger, their efforts were met with silence...
Car bombs and gunmen kill more than 20 people in Iraq (02/19/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Car bombs and gunmen killed more than 20 people, including an American soldier, Saturday. The American soldier died when a roadside bomb exploded about 8 a.m. near the Shaab soccer stadium in eastern Baghdad, the U.S. command said in a statement. It was the first death of an American soldier since Tuesday and brought the number of U.S. personnel killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003 to at least 2,273, according to an Associated Press count...
Tigers take home two medals (02/19/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Central junior wrestlers Garrett New and Tyler Yeargain went a combined 0-4 on Saturday in the state wrestling tournament at Mizzou Arena. Those losses could not take away from the accomplishments of both wrestlers. Each finished sixth to bring home state medals...
Rampley finds perfection (02/19/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- This wasn't what Kamden Rampley had imagined. It wasn't on his mind every time he took the mat. Going undefeated and winning a state championship were things that would be nice if they happened, but just carrying on the excellent tradition of Jackson wrestling, for him, was enough. Placing at state for the second consecutive season would have been fantastic...
New Salem Baptist girls capture second straight MCSAA 2A title (02/19/06)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- New Salem Baptist Academy of Marble Hill brought home its second straight girls basketball state championship with a 39-27 victory over Training Center at the Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association Class 2A tournament Saturday...
Downed by the Riverside (02/19/06)
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Roy Booker's late scoring rush turned a blowout loss into something less certain, but it was not enough to stop California-Riverside from downing visiting Southeast Missouri State 69-61 on Saturday afternoon in a BracketBuster game at the Student Recreation Center...
Southeast suffers 7-6 defeat in Louisiana's wintry weather (02/19/06)
LAKE CHARLES, La. -- The McNeese State Cowboys were walking in a winter wonderland on Saturday. Well, as much of a winter wonderland as this part of the country is likely to see. In the cold, the wind and the rain, McNeese took advantage of nine walks to defeat Southeast Missouri State 7-6...
Redhawks take over top spot in conference (02/19/06)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- It wasn't a thing of beauty, but Southeast Missouri State's long winning streak endures. The Redhawks survived a major scare from host Tennessee-Martin on Saturday afternoon, squeezing out a 54-49 victory. Southeast's 12th consecutive triumph kept the team on course for the program's first Ohio Valley Conference championship...
Redhawks win for third time, reach .500 mark (02/19/06)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Southeast Missouri State women's tennis team evened its record by bringing home its third dual win in two days, 4-3 over Oakland University on Saturday. The Redhawks (3-3) saved a match point in a 9-7 doubles win by sisters Bryce and Drew Kristal to help win the doubles point, then brought home the top three singles matches to clinch the win...
Playing the field: Minor-league player sees future in baseball, softball training facility (02/19/06)
The way Talley Haines has things figured, once he's done playing sports for a living, he'll still be able to make his living through sports. That was the idea behind the new business venture of Haines and his wife, Jackie, Prospects Sports Academy, which opened in early December in rural Jackson...
Improvement in the tee box: Courses plan renovations following tough, sultry summer (02/19/06)
While the past year brought no major changes to area golf courses, the spirit of improving the popular recreation for Cape Girardeau County residents is in the tee box and swinging away. Local courses weathered a dry, hot summer that took its toll on greens in the area with several fighting back with plans for improved irrigation for the future...
Area digest Feb18 (02/19/06)
Three Heartland teams win at home meet Three Heartland Gymnastics teams posted first-place finishes in the Heartland Invite last weekend in Cape Girardeau. The meet attracted more than 100 gymnasts from six gyms, including entries from Tennessee and Arkansas...
Tigers no match for Kansas in 79-46 loss (02/19/06)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Kansas-Missouri rivalry has a history of intense, closely contested games. This wasn't one of those games. It was a rout from start to finish. No. 22 Kansas bolted to a 16-2 lead in the first half and Missouri missed 17 straight shots in the second half...
Davis skates to historic gold (02/19/06)
Say what you want about Shani Davis. Call him a trailblazer. Accuse him of selfishness. Snicker at him for being a momma's boy. Just don't forget this: He's also an Olympic champion. Davis became the first black to claim an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history Saturday, winning the 1,000-meter speedskating race and justifying his decision to focus on himself first, his team second...
Sabbatini leads by four in Nissan Open (02/19/06)
Woods withdrew from the event due to illness. Rory Sabbatini made a 5-foot birdie on the 18th hole Saturday that allowed him to finish the day the same way he started -- with a four-shot lead in the Nissan Open and in total command of his game. A forecast for rain gave way to brilliant skies over Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, allowing for the best scoring of the week...
Bryant headlines All-Star Game (02/19/06)
HOUSTON -- Even when it's only an exhibition, everyone wants to ask Kobe Bryant about point totals. Bryant won't make any predictions about how many he'll put up tonight in the NBA All-Star game, even though scoring has made him the biggest attraction in the league during the first half of the season...
Gordon, Earnhardt seek new beginnings (02/19/06)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The slate is wiped clean for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, two drivers temporarily sprung from the shadows of their mortifying 2005 seasons. They were failures. Busts. A pair of chumps ineligible to race for the biggest prize in NASCAR...
Battles for infield spots loom in spring training (02/19/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Despite a third day of pitcher and catcher workouts, position players were the hot topic around the Cardinals Complex at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday as four more arrived and a free agent was signed. General manager Walt Jocketty made his first move of spring training by signing infielder Scott Spiezio to a minor league contract...
Outdoors briefs Feb11 (02/19/06)
New crappie regulations at DeLaney Lake The Missouri Department of Conservation is changing crappie fishing regulations at the Robert G. Delaney Lake effective March 1. The new regulations will limit crappie harvest to a daily limit of 15 and a 9-inch minimum length...
Southeast men's, women's basketball teams both endure interesting times (02/19/06)
It is a wild, chaotic time for Southeast Missouri State basketball these days. While the depleted men are continuing their free-fall that has coach Gary Garner's job status in question, the surging women are being investigated by the Ohio Valley Conference for potential NCAA violations...
National Park Service trying to balance sightseeing and silence at Grand Canyon (02/19/06)
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The National Park Service is once again trying to balance sightseeing with silence in the Grand Canyon. The effort comes after more than two decades of rancor, including multiple lawsuits and a congressional order that has led to cutbacks in sightseeing flights over the canyon and howls by tour group operators -- but not enough quiet to please environmental groups, according to the Arizona Daily Sun...
Designers remember a softer 1970s and '80s at Fashion Week (02/19/06)
NEW YORK -- Fashion designers made their case and now it's up to the retailers, editors and stylists who attended New York Fashion Week to weigh in on what will be in -- or out -- in the fall. Of course, the real verdict will be revealed in August and September when ordinary people do their seasonal shopping...
Arkansas towns offer historic day trip (02/19/06)
KEO, Ark. -- From the antique shops and museums to the way of life, nothing in the Arkansas Delta towns of Keo and Scott is very new. Living in their turn-of-the-20th-century homes and eating food made from recipes generations old, residents like it that way...
Aircraft museum to open in Idaho (02/19/06)
REXBURG, Idaho -- Officials are hoping a new aircraft museum takes flight and draws tourists to this eastern Idaho town. The 18,000-square-foot Legacy Flight Museum at the Rexburg Airport houses nine vintage planes from World War II and the Korean War, a Russian jet from Cold War, and a replica World War I plane...
Pulled from mothballs (02/19/06)
QUINCY, Mass. -- When you step aboard the USS Salem, you won't have to give way to presidents or kings and queens or the like. They've already been there. The one-time flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic has served host to the former Shah of Iran, the king and queen of Greece, the president of Lebanon and other notables...
Hands-on art (02/19/06)
It used to be that children didn't feel welcome in the hallowed halls of the country's best art museums. And they probably weren't. Things have changed, though -- so much so that Child magazine ranks the 10 best art museum for kids in its March issue. Note that it's not "children's art museums," these are the real deal...
Business timeline (02/19/06)
Editor's note: Entries without an exact date occurred within the month. 3. Ed Radetic and Jeff Unterreiner opened a restaurant with a split personality: Dairy Queen/Fresco on North Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau. 3. Charter Communications and Rhodes 101 swapped corporate spots, with Rhodes purchasing Charter's corporate office building at 1620 N. Kingshighway last year, and Charter moving into Rhodes' old office space on Nash Road in Cape Girardeau...
Courthouse towers over downtown; completion set for late 2006 (02/19/06)
From the outside, it looks done. But interior walls have yet to go up as construction continues on the 150,000-square-foot brick behemoth that will become Cape Girardeau's new federal courthouse by year's end. The new $50 million structure at Independence and Frederick streets dominates the skyline even though completion is about 10 months away...
Cape Girardeau's hospitals fill gap in perinatology needs (02/19/06)
For some expectant mothers, seeing a specialized doctor for their pregnancy used to mean at least a two-hour car ride. Now it's just a ride down the street. For nearly a year, Cape Girardeau's two hospitals have been offering specialized care for women whose pregnancy may be considered high risk. Those make up about 10 percent of all pregnancies...
Cape Rock Drive is example of city's twists and turns (02/19/06)
If you're trying to get from Point A to Point B, it's best not to get there by taking Cape Rock Drive. According to Cape Girardeau city planner Kent Bratton, Cape Rock Drive did not start out as a major street. But it ended up as one that goes literally every direction...
Leveling the playing field: Urhahn to lead state high school sporting association (02/19/06)
Kerwin Urhahn is a Southeast Missouri man through and through. Urhahn graduated from Oran High School, continued his education at Southeast Missouri State University, taught and coached at Bloomfield High School and is currently the superintendent of the Portageville School District...
Keeping the ball rolling: Municipal recreation facilities serve public needs (02/19/06)
Dan Muser has seen quite a bit of growth in his 16 years as the director of the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. New facilities, such as the Shawnee Park Sports Complex and Osage Community Centre, have paved the way for new programs. "There's not too many weekends when we don't have an event or someone renting one of our facilities," said Muser, who has been with the department for 20 years...
Chiropractic heading into mainstream (02/19/06)
Almost everyone of a certain age has had this experience: Either you are in a motor vehicle accident, lift your child wrong or simply wake up one morning after an awkward sleep and you're in pain. Low back pain, neck pain, a headache or shoulder pain...
Taxing and training: Chiefs say fire tax raised public safety morale, made city safer, better equipped (02/19/06)
Firefighters and police officers are better equipped, better paid and happier following the first full year of Cape Girardeau's sales tax for public safety, the chiefs of the fire and police departments said. New equipment for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department includes a new aerial ladder truck, 49 new breathing units and 42 sets of protective clothing...
Cape's newest station made possible by tax (02/19/06)
On Jan. 20, Cape Girardeau broke ground on the new Fire Station No. 3 at 1975 N. Sprigg St. The station is being paid for by the taxpayer-approved quarter-cent fire sales tax which passed in June 2004. The new station will be much larger than its predecessor on Emerald Street, allowing more room for newer, bigger trucks. ...
Reaching the outskirts: Jackson officials to ask for new fire substation (02/19/06)
This year, Jackson officials will begin discussing possible ways to fund a new fire substation -- and it may come down to asking the voters if they would be in favor of a sales tax. Jackson's one fire station is not suitable for the rapidly growing city, fire chief Brad Golden has said...
Grace United Methodist Church, Security Bank and Trust, Capaha Bank celebrate anniversaries (02/19/06)
Several churches and businesses celebrated landmark anniversaries in 2005. The congregation of Grace United Methodist Church reached its 150th anniversary. "Celebrating 150 years gave us a chance to have a big party to celebrate the church's rich heritage and the ministries of the last 150 years," said the church's pastor, the Rev. Scott Moon...
Robotic surgery: Southeast Hospital in on the beginning of a revolution (02/19/06)
According to Newsweek magazine, an estimated 36,600 robotic procedures -- including heart-bypass surgeries, kidney transplants and hysterectomies -- were performed in 2005. The number is predicted nearly to double in 2006. Robots were first introduced to medicine in 1987. ...
Building muscle, bouncing back: Hospitals build workout and rehabilitation facilities under one roof (02/19/06)
Cape Girardeau's hospitals have taken the initiative recently to offer more than medical advice and treatment. They are actively helping patients improve their health. Since September 2004, Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center have offered the region an unusual blend of rehabilitation and fitness by opening facilities that include both within the same building...
New technology quickens tedious medical procedures (02/19/06)
In an industry where lives hang in the balance, seconds count. To help improve efficiency, both Cape Girardeau hospitals have invested in new technology to locate problems in a patient's body quicker. Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital have upgraded their computerized tomography scanners, which are essentially X-ray devices that can show organs and blood vessels...
Learning Katrina's lessons: Hurricanes spur more thinking about disaster response (02/19/06)
The catastrophe of suffering that followed Hurricane Katrina spurred efforts by local emergency services planners to avoid similar foul-ups. Agencies responsible for taking the lead in the event of an earthquake, epidemic or other disaster have been busily reviewing their plans and making changes since the August storm...
Special needs, special care: Area health facilities offer services to the poor (02/19/06)
Vicki Smith goes to work each day knowing that the needs her business tries to fulfill will never be fully met. Smith is the chief executive officer of Cross Trails Medical Clinic, one of several health-care facilities and programs that have surfaced in Southeast Missouri in recent years to help address the medical needs of low-income and disadvantaged families...
Keeping the courthouse alive: Scott County renovating historic building (02/19/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Even before the Scott County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 28, 2004, the county government had seen the importance of keeping the old courthouse alive. Years before, county officials had begun budgeting money for renovating the building. It was constructed in 1913 as the county's fifth courthouse, and through the years little had been done to care for the structure...
Spills and thrills: Jackson's new skatepark popular at all hours (02/19/06)
It took five years of planning and designing and building before Jackson's skateboarders had a place they could call their own. Last June that place opened in the northern section of Jackson's City Park. A grand opening welcomed skateboarders to the $56,000 park on June 5. The skatepark features a couple of ramps and an island with rails, stairs and a drop...
Dining discoveries made in Southeast Missouri (02/19/06)
The gastronome Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once observed, "The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star." I don't disagree, but surely the discovery of a new restaurant is almost as exhilarating. Last year saw the opening of several new restaurants in Southeast Missouri, all doing their part to bring happiness to area residents. ...
Voter approval: Construction bonds pass for Jackson, Kelly schools (02/19/06)
Local voters pledged more than $23 million in the past year to school construction projects which will add over 200,000 square feet of education space in the Jackson and Kelly districts. Both school districts were turned down by voters in previous elections before finally succeeding in passing multimillion-dollar bond issues in 2005...
Campus project: Performing arts facility changing before motorists' eyes (02/19/06)
From concrete foundation walls to drywall, construction crews are creating a River Campus arts school on the grounds of a former Catholic seminary overlooking the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau. The new construction is visible to motorists crossing the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Litter picker-uppers: Community bands together to pick up trash along roads (02/19/06)
Fed up with roadside litter, area city and civic leaders last year launched a campaign to clean up their towns -- enlisting the aid of everyone from council members to jail inmates. Now officials in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City want to make permanent war on litter and beautify their communities with the help of the national Keep America Beautiful organization...
With open arms: Area responded to Katrina's call (02/19/06)
New Orleans might have been our dearest neighbor. Southeast Missourians responded to Hurricane Katrina's devastating strike on the Gulf Coast with the compassion of an open-armed family member. In fact, the ties to the tragedy were close for many local people, some of whom had family and friends in Louisiana and Mississippi...
Anything worthwhile is worth celebrating in style (02/19/06)
SHE SAID: The first mention came right before Christmas. Just a casual reminder to Bob that four momentous occasions would take place in less than two months -- our one-year wedding anniversary Feb. 11, my birthday Feb. 12, the two-year anniversary of the day he proposed Feb. 13 and Valentine's Day Feb. 14...
Blandine Westrich (02/19/06)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Blandine Westrich, 96, of New Hamburg died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
James O'Connell (02/19/06)
James Dale O'Connell, 52, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 10, 1953, at Cape Girardeau, son of Elmer and Ann Reed O'Connell. O'Connell was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was the former owner operator of O'Connell Dental Prosthesis in Tupelo, Miss...
Minnie Whitler (02/19/06)
Minnie Clara Whitler, 85, of Gordonville, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Gordonville, daughter of Martin P. and Clara M. Eggers Hanschen. She and Louis Henry Whitler were married Sept. 19, 1946, in Gordonville. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage prior to his death on Oct. 14, 2003...
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