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House Speaker Jetton introduces anti-litter bill (04/05/06)
Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton didn't expect he'd have trash on his mind during a nine-day 230-mile walk in 2002. But as he walked from Jackson to Jefferson City, he noticed the state has a major litter problem. "There was just a ton of litter along our roads," Jetton said. "Litter is a serious problem in our state, and we must take it seriously."...
Bond issue for water system in Cape County passes (04/05/06)
Residents in Cape Girardeau County Water Supply District No. 5 voted Tuesday to issue waterworks revenue bonds in an amount up to $450,000 to acquire, construct and improve the water distribution system. The bond issue passed with 127 votes in favor to 34 votes opposing the issue...
Digging out: Normalcy long way off for many in Caruthersville (04/05/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- At first, Larry Smith's only concern was moving his cars out from under the falling hail. His family was inside his Caruthersville home watching a movie on the VCR, unaware of the tornado warnings that had been given for their area. After he parked the last vehicle under a carport, the winds quickly picked up. Windows inside Smith's home shattered, prompting his wife to take his nephew and their four children into the bathroom for protection...
Bollinger County voters pass library tax (04/05/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bollinger County voters were apparently conflicted about the library tax increase on Tuesday's ballot, but they did approve the first tax increase of its kind in 60 years with just over 52 percent of the vote. "It was a little closer than I would have liked," said library director Eva Dunn. "But I take small victories."...
Two from Scott County face methamphetamine charges (04/05/06)
Two men found loitering outside a closed, rural Scott County business were charged this week with methamphetamine possession. Kevin R. McClendon, 47, of Sikeston, Mo., and James K. Sutton, 46, of Morehouse, Mo., were charged Monday with possession of a controlled substance...
DNR taking trail grant applications (04/05/06)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications from private organizations and government agencies for the fiscal year 2006 grant round of the federal Recreational Trail Program. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis, and a minimum 20 percent match is required. Applications must be postmarked June 12...
Deputy: Solicitation suspect said age didn't matter (04/05/06)
A Bollinger County sheriff's deputy testified in court Tuesday that a Jackson man arrested in an undercover police sting for soliciting sex with an underage girl had told the minor "age didn't matter." Following a preliminary hearing before Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp, Irvin E. Holderbaugh Jr., 40, of 924 E. Independence St., was bound over to circuit court on charges of attempted statutory rape...
Scott Co. races go to the wire (04/05/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Close elections in Oran changed the makeup of the city's board of aldermen Tuesday night and left a mayoral candidate hoping for a recount. Meanwhile Chaffee's Ward 2 residents voted out incumbent councilman Bob Sullivan, voters in Scott City defeated a 5 percent tax on telecommunications services and Kelso voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of their fire services tax...
Knudtson, charter changes get voter approval (04/05/06)
Cape Girardeau voters resoundingly endorsed Mayor Jay Knudtson's bid for a second four-year term in office Tuesday. Voters also approved three amendments to the city charter by large margins, re-elected city council members Marcia Ritter and Charlie Herbst; and elected first-time councilman John Voss...
Jackson re-elects Ward 4 incumbent (04/05/06)
Jackson's Ward 4 voters returned Alderman Joe Bob Baker to his seat for two more years. Baker received 117 votes to defeat Thomas P. Gleeson III, who had 24 votes. "I feel real good about it," Baker said about being re-elected. "It was a fair turnout, and I'm real pleased."...
Oran, Advance pass bond issues; Cape gets new board member (04/05/06)
Oran will build a new school, Advance will remodel one, and Cape Girardeau will have one new school board member as a result of Tuesday's elections. Cape Girardeau voters elected pharmaceutical salesman and parent Kyle McDonald and incumbent Charles Bertrand to three-year terms. Twila Brown, an assistant professor of nursing at Southeast Missouri State University, finished third...
Club news 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
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Ste. Gen. teen still missing; authorities perplexed (04/05/06)
Four days of searching have turned up virtually no clues in the disappearance of a "happy, goofy" teenager missing since a party near an eastern Missouri lake early Saturday, relatives and authorities said Tuesday. Relatives of Wade Lurk, 17, of Ste. Genevieve, believe he may have been kidnapped, his aunt, Dena Lurk Mullen, said...
Park flooded by dam failure plans partial reopening in May (04/05/06)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- State officials plan to reopen Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park by Memorial Day, but swimming and camping will remain off-limits as the property undergoes extensive repairs from a dam failure that flooded it. Visitors will be able to watch restoration work, walk to some of the narrow gorges known as shut-ins and visit the park store. But many restrictions will be in place...
Caruthersville vote postponed (04/05/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Pemiscot County Clerk Larry Ray said Tuesday's scheduled elections in Caruthersville will be postponed until May 2 after the city was devastated by a tornado over the weekend. Caruthersville is the first town in Missouri ever to make such a move, said Stacie Temple, a spokeswoman for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Temple said the postponement is justified under the circumstances...
Senate sponsor pulls the plug on cable TV bill (04/05/06)
From staff and wire reports Facing stiff opposition, the sponsoring senator has pulled the plug on legislation that would have made it easier for telecommunications companies to compete against cable television. "Stick a fork in it -- it's done," Sen. John Griesheimer said this week after continued opposition from some fellow Republicans forced him to lay aside his legislation. He said he has no plans to bring the bill up again this year...
Complex organ re-engineered for first time in bladder transplants (04/05/06)
BOSTON -- At age 16, Kaitlyne McNamara is different beyond her defective spine, crutch, leg braces and 54 surgeries. She has one of the world's first re-engineered bladders. It is the first time a complex human organ like the bladder has been mostly replaced with tissue grown from a patient's own cells. Only simpler tissues -- skin, bone, and cartilage -- have been lab-grown and transplanted in the past...
Nation briefs 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
Brother of 'milkshake murder' victim stabbed GREENWICH, Conn. -- The brother of an investment banker poisoned in Hong Kong in what became known as the "milkshake murder" was found stabbed to death in his home, police said. When movers found the body of Andrew M. ...
Tom DeLay announces his resignation from Congress (04/05/06)
WASHINGTON -- Succumbing to scandal, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Tuesday he is resigning from Congress in the face of a tough re-election race, closing out a career that blended unflinching conservatism with a bare-knuckled political style...
Navy- Fishing vessel hijacked by pirates (04/05/06)
WASHINGTON -- Pirates captured a South Korean-flagged fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday and efforts by a U.S. Navy ship and a Dutch vessel to intervene were abandoned when members of the South Korean crew were threatened with guns and the ship slipped into Somali territorial waters, the Navy said...
Kuwaiti women take part in election for the first time (04/05/06)
KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti women voted and ran as candidates for the first time Tuesday in a municipal election in the conservative country's capital, but initial reports indicated not many women were casting ballots. The vote to fill a seat in the city's Municipal Council came almost a year after parliament passed a bill enfranchising women and enabling them to run for office. It was seen as a preview of how women might fare in the parliamentary elections due next year in this oil-rich state...
Israeli airstrikes target Abbas compound in Gaza (04/05/06)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli aircraft fired three missiles at an abandoned police base in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' compound Tuesday, the first time Israel has attacked a security installation since Hamas took over the Palestinian government...
Iraq files genocide charges against Saddam (04/05/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi authorities charged Saddam Hussein with genocide Tuesday, accusing him of trying to exterminate the Kurds in a 1980s campaign that killed an estimated 100,000 -- the first move to prosecute him for the major human rights violations that the United States cited to help justify its invasion...
All-Southeast Missourian girls basketball team (04/05/06)
First team Delta, junior Bobbie Jones, Jackson, senior Kristain Burger, Notre Dame, junior Lauren Lueders, Saxony Lutheran, senior Brittney Peet, Scott County Central, junior Kaci Menz, Delta, junior Debra Hall, Kelly, freshman Meridith Medlin, Notre Dame, junior...
Oran baseball improves to 5-0 after routing Oak Ridge (04/05/06)
Oran freshman pitcher Jayden Pobst struck out six and allowed just two hits in four innings, and the visiting Eagles remained undefeated with a 14-1 six-inning rout Tuesday of Oak Ridge. Kody Campbell had a home run and two doubles to lead the Eagles' 12-hit attack. Chase Seyer added three hits for Oran (5-0), and Chris Asmus had two...
Tigers overpower another rival (04/05/06)
For the second straight week, the Central baseball team dispatched of a rival 9-0, blanking host Notre Dame on Tuesday in a SEMO Conference matchup. Just a week prior the Tigers (5-2) routed rival Jackson by that same score on the road. The common denominator in both wins was Central junior Brad LaBruyere, who outdueled Notre Dame ace Kirk Boeller on Tuesday to improve to 4-0...
Heavy heart, perfect touch (04/05/06)
The Delta girls basketball team made its third appearance in the state final four this past season, capturing third place. Junior guard Shea Smith was the offensive catalyst for the team, leading the Bobcats in scoring at 16.2 points a game while shooting better than 60 percent from the floor...
Redhawks' winning streak ends in twinbill split (04/05/06)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team exchanged shutouts with nonconference opponent St. Louis University on Tuesday. After dropping the first game 3-0, the Redhawks romped 9-0 in a second game, which was shortened to five innings by the eight-run mercy rule...
Southeast scores 10 but allows 11 to SLU (04/05/06)
Despite reaching a season-high run total, Southeast Missouri State saw its four-game winning streak end Tuesday. Host St. Louis University rallied from a late five-run deficit and scored three times in the ninth to stun the Redhawks 11-10. The Billikens scored the winning run on a bases-loaded hit batsman...
Maryland wins title in overtime (04/05/06)
BOSTON -- Overtime belongs to Maryland. So does the NCAA championship. Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to cap a 13-point comeback, then the freshman made two free throws with 35 seconds left in overtime on Tuesday night to give the Terrapins a 78-75 victory over Duke and their first NCAA women's basketball title...
La Russa gives Rollins fair shake at chasing record hitting streak (04/05/06)
PHILADELPHIA -- Tony La Russa watched too many teams pitch around Mark McGwire to let it happen to Jimmy Rollins. Rollins' hitting streak was on the line when he came to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies trailing the St. Louis Cardinals 13-5 in Monday's season opener...
Barkley, Dumars, Wilkens headline Hall of Fame class (04/05/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Charles Barkley earned his reputation as one of the NBA's best forwards -- and biggest talkers. On Monday, Barkley was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, along with five other coaches and former players, two of whom he played against many times...
Young Gators start thinking about next year (04/05/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Florida coach Billy Donovan lifted the national championship trophy above his head Tuesday, his eyes red after an all-night celebration with players, coaches, family and friends. He would gladly do it again. "I'll remember this for the rest of my life," he said...
Cardinals' new stadium earns positive responses (04/05/06)
ST. LOUIS -- In some ways, it looked like old times as Cardinals fans gathered for the game Tuesday night. Nearly all of the sellout crowd was, as usual, dressed in red. Many milled outside the ballpark near the Stan Musial statue, a bronzed memorial to "baseball's perfect warrior."...
Crab-worthy casseroles (04/05/06)
Basketball has consumed the boys in our house, to the point where our daughter finally broke down and said she was sick of it and could not do any more basketball. As for me, I am enjoying my favorite time of the year: baseball. I love listening to all of the St. Louis Cardinals games, maybe even to the point where my co-worker has finally come to the point our daughter was with basketball. So, as for me I say "play ball" and let the games begin...
A low-cost alternative to the sign ordinance (04/05/06)
Anthropologists will tell you the ability to use a sign as a stand-in for the real thing is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. This dates back to the time when primitive man first painted pictures of buffalo on cave walls to describe his hunt. We now know this was just man's way of explaining to his wife why he came back without dinner, but the sign breakthrough stands...
Being a purple martin landlord (04/05/06)
I can tell you that spring has finally arrived because purple martins took up residence at our apartment complexes last Tuesday. It sure is a joy to listen to their chatter and watch them do their thing. If you want to get into the purple martin landlord business, you still have time to put up a house and perhaps get some tenants yet this season. ...
Fred Stilley (04/05/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Fred Stilley, 73, of Olive Branch died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 16, 1932, in West City, Ill., son of Carl Lester and Beatrice Sanders Stilley. He married Helen Ollis Nov. 6, 1975...
Robert Baker (04/05/06)
Robert Eugene Baker, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Malden, Mo., son of John Alvin and Cona M. Potter Baker. He and Sammie Jo Tyson were married March 12, 1976, in Wichita Falls, Texas...
William Eaker (04/05/06)
William L. Eaker Jr., 54, of Florissant, Mo., died Monday, April 3, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 9, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of William L. and Vesta Bee Devenport Eaker. Eaker was a helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War...
Doris Slaughter (04/05/06)
Doris Catherine Slaughter, 79, of Arnold, Mo., died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. She was born March 2, 1927, in New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Anthony and Estella Burger Hahn. She and Leon Glueck were married in 1948. He died Nov. 12, 1971. She later married James Slaughter in 1985. He died April 24, 1993...
Daniel Gossett (04/05/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Daniel Lee Gossett, 77, of Chaffee died Monday, April 3, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 4, 1928, in St. Louis, son of Carl Jackson and Thelma Laura Brown Gossett. He and Evelyn Long Reeves were married June 18, 1979, at Matthews, Mo...
Eugene Musgrave (04/05/06)
Eugene Musgrave, 64, of Chaffee died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 12, 1941, at Baderville, Mo., son of Clem C. and Daisy Mae Taylor Page Musgrave. He and Clarene Williams were married May 1, 1970. She preceded him in death Aug. 13, 1998...
Hazel Weltch (04/05/06)
Hazel M. Weltch, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 3, 2006, at The Lutheran Home. She was born April 15, 1921, in Potosi, Mo., daughter of the late Alonzo S. and Maude Essie Cresswell Higginbotham. She and George Loyd Weltch were married Sept. 14, 1946, at Farmington, Mo. He died Dec. 12, 1985...
Michael Cook (04/05/06)
Michael R. Cook, 58, of Burfordville died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. An American Legion service will be held at 7. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield...
Edward Dillow (04/05/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Edward L. "Bud" Dillow, 76, of Jonesboro died Monday, April 3, 2006, in Mound City, Ill. He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Anna, son of Siscal Edward and Opal Iva Treece Dillow. He and Marian Tuckey were married July 19, 1946, in Makanda, Ill. She died May 6, 1985...
Births 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
Stovall; Mashek; Respondek; Thorn
Cape/Jackson fire reports 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
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Out of the past 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
25 years ago: April 5, 1981 Tenth District Rep. Bill Emerson has introduced a bill that would protect farmers whose property is tied up in bankruptcy proceedings; the bill would provide uniform procedures for abandonment of grain assets when commodity storage facilities go broke and is the result of a confrontation over grain stored in a bankrupt grain elevator earlier this year in Ristine, Mo...
MOHELA spending (04/05/06)
Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune Members of the General Assembly will have plenty of competing ideas about how to use money raised by selling Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority student loans. Indeed, it's not yet clear whether the money can legally be used for anything other than the direct benefit of student borrowers. ...
Uncovering treasures (04/05/06)
The buildings are among the beauties of Cape Girardeau's downtown. Some were built in the 1800s, others in the 1920s and 1930s. From the perspective of the National Register of Historic Places, a building over 50 years old is potentially historic. Cape Girardeau's downtown is filled with buildings much older, but many of them have been plastered over to make them appear more modern. They are like beautiful women whose graceful aging has been marred by facelifts...
Democrats have no clear direction (04/05/06)
To the editor: The National Democratic Party has no platform, no plan and no clear direction for our country. Stop attacking our president until you can offer a realistic alternative solution. Tell us what you would do differently and how you could realistically accomplish it...
Speak Out 4/5/06 (04/05/06)
Preventing carnage; Things to do; Sentencing outrage; Car-seat enforcement; More interference; Time for action; Serving the voters; The Job I Do; Good documentation; Too many laws; Care for downtrodden; Three things; Whiny Christians; Bus potential
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