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Stories from Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cape woman put on probation after completing prison-based drug program (04/25/06)
A Cape Girardeau woman released last week from a prison-based drug program pleaded guilty Monday to charges of entering the homes of senior citizens to steal drugs. Cynthia L. Koerner, 24, was put on probation for five years by Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis after making her plea. If she violates her probation, she faces up to six years in prison for the guilty plea entered Monday and for similar charges that landed her in the rehabilitation program in December...
Jackson man's trial heads to Mississippi County (04/25/06)
A Jackson man accused of soliciting sex over the Internet with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl will stand trial in Mississippi County, Circuit Judge Ben Lewis ruled Monday. Irvin E. Holderbaugh, 40, of 924 E. Independence St., was granted a change of venue during a brief hearing before Lewis. ...
MoDOT newsletter made available to public (04/25/06)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will release semi-annual newsletters with information regarding the multi-phase Route 72 project in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Madison counties. The first issue of "Route 72 Solutions" will be released by the end of April. ...
Temporary trailer town: Victims get FEMA help (04/25/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.-- Much of Caruthersville is still in ruins, but with the help of federal money, temporary housing is now dotting devastated neighborhoods and giving shelter to those hardest hit by the tornado. Two days ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributed the first temporary trailers and mobile home units to qualified applicants. To date, 14 units have been distributed and some 300 more will soon be made available...
American Legion official takes nation's leaders to task over veterans benefits (04/25/06)
The federal government is letting down veterans who depend on it for health care, the national commander of the American Legion told a gathering of more than 100 members and guests at Cape Girardeau's Legion Post 63 Monday. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Congress are scrambling each year to find money for promised benefits because leaders aren't listening to veterans groups, said Thomas L. Bock of Colorado...
Legal experts would like to stem misuse of ex parte orders of protection (04/25/06)
Shelby McBride sees "frequent flyers" in and out of her Common Pleas Courthouse office to file ex parte orders of protection on a daily basis. The Cape Girardeau County circuit clerk knows victims of abuse exist. But she believes 80 percent of the people who enter her office to file aren't the actual victims...
Administrators say Southeast's 'Romeo' too racy for high school (04/25/06)
Southeast Missouri State University's theater and dance department was hoping its production of "Romeo and Juliet" might help turn some high school students on to Shakespeare. With an updated take on Romeo's band of rowdy friends, director and department chair Dr. Kenn Stilson thought today's youth might be able to connect more easily with the Elizabethan-era writing...
Lab work: Student fee increases will improve SEMO's aging science labs (04/25/06)
Southeast Missouri State University doesn't let prospective science students tour Magill Hall's antiquated lab rooms for fear they could lose those students to better-equipped colleges. The school's board of regents hopes to change that situation. The board voted to increase the per-credit-hour general fee by $1 each year for the next six years to help fund nearly $5.5 million in lab replacements and renovations over the next nine years...
Jackson celebrates youthful art (04/25/06)
Jackson students are expressing their artistic talent all over the place. Jackson Schools' annual all-district art exhibit, titled "Art Expressions" this year, will take place May 6 and 7. Jackson students' art work has also been on display in honor of Youth Art Month at Westfield West Park...
Learning briefs 4/25/06 (04/25/06)
Soemo outstanding in chemistry at Truman; SCHOLARSHIPS; Local students receive scholarships; Morgan, Miller chosen for skills challenge; UMR mucking teams receive Aussie honors
Judge rules for DNR in dispute over Katy Trail railroad bridge (04/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge ruled Monday for Gov. Matt Blunt's administration in a dispute with Attorney General Jay Nixon over the fate of an old Katy Railroad bridge. The attorney general's office sued the Department of Natural Resources last year over its decision to give up the state's interest in using the old bridge as part of the Katy Trail State Park. Union Pacific Railroad Co. wants to dismantle the bridge and use the steel elsewhere...
Missouri Senate votes to step up enforcement of immigration laws (04/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators voted to step up state enforcement of federal immigration laws Monday, endorsing new powers for state troopers and new penalties for government contractors who hire undocumented workers. The legislation, given initial approval by voice vote, represents Missouri's most serious foray into the national debate over the estimated 11 million foreigners illegally living in the country...
MOHELA spending plan gets approval from legislators (04/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House endorsed a plan Monday evening to spend most of a projected $450 million windfall from a student loan sale on college construction projects. The plan also would use some of the money to pay down the state's higher-education debt, with lesser amounts pledged to endowments for student scholarships and business recruitment...
St. Louis man arrested in slaying of brother (04/25/06)
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man was charged Monday in the stabbing death of his brother. Jeffrey Layton, 40, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 44-year-old Brien Layton. Both are of Maryland Heights. Bond has been set at $250,000. Police told STLtoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that they often have been called to the home to break up fights...
Bush hopes lawmakers find middle ground (04/25/06)
IRVINE, Calif. -- President Bush is walking a fine line in the nation's emotional debate over the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. There is his party's conservative base, which wants an immigration clampdown. And business leaders who believe the economy needs immigrants to swell the work force...
Some Hispanics in uniform are torn by U.S. debate (04/25/06)
By ELLIOT SPAGAT Marcial Rodriguez, a U.S. Marine who grew up in a Mexican farming village, is offended that the country he went to war for might deport his relatives who are living here illegally. Three months after the lance corporal returned to Ohio from the fighting in Iraq, the U.S. House adopted a bill that would make Rodriguez's cousin a felon for being one of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants...
Le pitcher du jour: Central's LaBruyere (04/25/06)
Central pitcher Brad LaBruyere sizzled on the mound last year, striking out 94 in 68 2/3 innings to go along with a 0.92 ERA as a sophomore. Much to the dismay of area hitters, LaBruyere has picked up right where he left off. The right-handed junior has struck out 60 hitters through seven starts. ...
Essner makes amends for error in ND's 4-3 win (04/25/06)
Jacob Essner atoned for a costly sixth-inning error with a game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to lead Notre Dame to a 4-3 SEMO Conference win Monday over visiting New Madrid County Central. Notre Dame (13-4) finished its conference schedule with a 7-3 mark...
Redhawks shift gears from OVC to Big 12 (04/25/06)
Southeast Missouri State has had more success this season against the Big 12 Conference than in its own Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks will try to continue that trend this week when they play two Big 12 teams as part of the Best of the Midwest Tournament in Kansas City, Kan...
Tiger wins celebrity stock car race (04/25/06)
HUNTLY, New Zealand -- Tiger Woods hunkered behind the wheel of his vehicle, its motor coughing noisily. One of the world's most visible athletes was suddenly unrecognizable under a flame-retardant suit, helmet and tinted visor. On Monday, the world's best golfer became a celebrity stock car racer...
Wade leads Heat to 2-0 lead on Bulls (04/25/06)
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade hit a spinning jumper in the lane with 1:04 left to halt a frantic Chicago rally, and blocked Ben Gordon's layup with 26 seconds left to ensure that Miami would beat the Bulls 115-108 on Monday night and take a 2-0 lead in the teams' best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series...
Pac-10 will investigate living arrangement of Bush's family (04/25/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Former Southern California star Reggie Bush said there was nothing inappropriate about his family's living arrangement at a home owned by a man who reportedly sought to market him because they leased the house. "It's kind of funny how this whole story is getting blown out of proportion," Bush said in a live ESPN interview Monday...
Sabres rout Flyers for 2-0 lead (04/25/06)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- J.P. Dumont and Jason Pominville each had three goals and an assist to help the Sabres to an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference series. Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored, and Paul Gaustad had three assists in the game the Sabres led 5-0 after the first period...
An even dozen for Cards, Pujols (04/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols has a nice head start in his quest for a second straight MVP season. He gave the St. Louis Cardinals a nice head start on another victory. Pujols hit his major league-leading 12th home run in the first inning and Chris Carpenter beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the sixth straight time in St. Louis' 7-2 victory Monday night. Pujols has three first-inning homers, two in the last four days...
Sports briefs 4/25/06 (04/25/06)
Colleges; Football; Tennis
Opening up about AIDS (04/25/06)
Thembi Ngubane stands in front of her mirror every morning in her South Africa shanty and recites her prayer. "Hello, HIV," she says. "You trespass. You are in my body, you have to obey the rules. You have to respect me, and if you don't hurt me, I won't hurt you. You mind your business, I'll mind mine, then I'll give you a ticket when your time comes."...
Getting the newspaper can be hazardous (04/25/06)
Just when you thought you were safe in your own front yard along comes a story about the dangers of picking up your newspaper. A 71-year-old man in Huntington, N.Y., went outside in the rain to pick up his Sunday newspaper. He fell into a cesspool and his son and neighbor were sucked in when they tried to help...
Young death teaches a lesson (04/25/06)
A couple of weeks ago, I was at work when a woman carrying a stack of bright pink papers came up to me with a look. Her face was tired, her eyes red from a day of crying, and I immediately knew she was a mother. She frantically handed me two sheets of paper, telling me there was a missing person in the area, and asked if I would put them up where people could see. ...
Jerry Sticht (04/25/06)
Jerry May Sticht, 78, formerly of Oak Ridge, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She had lived at the Monticello House in Jackson since 2002. She was born March 4, 1928, in Friedheim, Mo., daughter of the late Harmon D. and Letha M. Harris Dickmann...
Ralph Davidson Jr. (04/25/06)
Ralph C. Sonny "Bones" Davidson Jr., 67, of Scott City died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at his home, surrounded by family. Sonny was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Jonesboro, Ark., son of Ralph Charles and Raye Marie Ryan Davidson. He and Judy Crites were married Oct. 11, 1958, with whom he continued to have a loyal relationship until her death. He then married his loving wife, Donna Miederhoff, Dec. 25, 1992...
Leon Sanford (04/25/06)
Leon "Lee" Sanford, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, April 21, 2006, at Life Care Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1913, in Kennett, Mo., daughter of Daniel W. and Eva Hearn Sanford. Sanford lived in St. Louis many years and worked at Libson's Specialty Shop. She moved to Cape Girardeau a few months ago. She was a member of the United Methodist Church...
Mary Walther (04/25/06)
Mary Emma Walther, 98, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born March 8, 1908, at Bloomfield, Mo., daughter of Walter A. and Marie Hawthorne Evans. She and John R. Walther were married Sept. 19, 1931, in Nashville, Ill. He died March 19, 1975...
Mary Lemons (04/25/06)
Mary Louise Lemons, 80, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Advance, Mo., died Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Heartland Health and Rehab. She was born April 14, 1926, at Glenallen, Mo., daughter of Albert and Ceila Long Aldrich. She first married Roy Moore, who died May 3, 1980. She later married Buford Lemons, who died March 14, 1996...
Patsy Williams (04/25/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Patsy R. Williams, 78, of Cairo died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Dale Hartle (04/25/06)
Dale Hartle, 89, of Jackson died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Wilma Bohnert (04/25/06)
LONGTOWN, Mo. -- Wilma M. Bohnert, 90, formerly of Longtown, died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville, Mo. She was born Jan. 16, 1916, at Schalls, Mo., daughter of William J. and Pearl May Farrar Puntmann. She and Wilpert J. "Wib" Bohnert were married Nov. 6, 1938. He died March 19, 2001...
Virginia Walker (04/25/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Virginia Walker, 72, of Advance died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 15, 1933, at Bell City, Mo., daughter of John and Mollie Schrock Wallace. She and Norman Walker were married May 19, 1957, at Morley, Mo...
Aldena Gibson (04/25/06)
Aldena W. Gibson, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Pocahontas, daughter of Peter R. and Maud Ellis Whittaker. Gibson was a cook at several places. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and VFW Post 3838 Auxiliary...
Reba Wilson (04/25/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Reba L. Masters Wilson, 84, of Marble Hill died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 29, 1922, in McDougal, Ark., daughter of Joseph L. and Iva Neely Cooper. She and Lloyd Masters were married July 28, 1939. He died April 21, 1964. She and Elmo Wilson were married in 1978...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/25/06 (04/25/06)
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Out of the past 4/25/06 (04/25/06)
25 years ago: April 25, 1981 Area farmers send a message to Washington via 10th District U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson; Emerson holds his third of three district hearings during the Easter recess to listen to farmers' suggestions concerning the farm bill under consideration in Congress...
Cape council should review sign law (04/25/06)
By Dru Reeves and Glenn Reeves The Cape Girardeau City Council has enacted a restrictive sign ordinance that is detrimental to business in Cape Girardeau. The original ordinance was not enforced, and the council created a more restrictive law. According to statements by council members, the ordinance was carefully created over a full year of council work plus meeting by an appointed committee from all levels of expertise who provided input...
National command (04/25/06)
The recent dustup over the call by a handful of generals for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's resignation has had its short life in the news media, and Rumsfeld is still overseeing the U.S. military -- as he should, until President Bush's term ends or the president decides a change is needed...
Help our animal friends (04/25/06)
To the editor: In response to Joe Sullivan's column "The stray cat had a mission," I'm a Cape Girardeau resident but am currently spending time in Italy. Recently, an animal visitor came to me for help, and I'm sorry to say I didn't act quickly enough to save her...
Subversive leftist indoctrinators (04/25/06)
To the editor: We are oppressively forced to fund, then witness perpetual outrages by, subversive leftist teachers and professors indoctrinating our young, even sexually abusing them. National example: Ward Churchill's caustic analogy of Americans murdered on 9-11 as "little Eichmanns." We also have our usual suspects locally, especially at the university. So how about a little Heinrich Himmler analogy for the Churchills of academia?...
Liberal resorting to name calling (04/25/06)
According to Donn Miller, it is cowardly to write something to Speak Out because it is anonymous. Considering that many of the comments in the Speak Out column are from a liberal viewpoint, is Miller calling his fellow Democrats cowards? It is definitely sad and very low when he has to resort to name calling when he has no other answer to conservatives...
What is AT&T waiting for? (04/25/06)
To the editor: In his April 19 letter, Lloyd Simmons suggests that consumers are without choice when it comes to cable-TV services and that the Missouri Legislature needs to act to bring in new technology. There are ads in this paper quite frequently promoting satellite networks that are direct competitors to cable-TV companies. ...
Speak Out 4/25/06 (04/25/06)
Years too late; Loyal support; Watch out for DuPont; Drinking age; Military service; Don't blame weather; Parking problem
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