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Prayer events to be held separately Thursday in Cape Girardeau, Jackson (05/02/06)
Across the country Thursday people will gather to pray and reflect on the past year's numerous natural disasters in observation of the National Day of Prayer. Hurricane Katrina survivor and new member of the community, Felix Lewis, will share his personal testimony at the annual mayor's prayer breakfast held in Cape Girardeau. The breakfast will be from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. at LaCroix United Methodist Church...
Cape schools foundation awards grants totaling $9,784 to teachers (05/02/06)
It's hard to stop the music in the classroom of music teacher Pam Dumey. But a check for $1,530 from the Cape Girardeau public schools foundation provided an unexpected interlude Monday morning. Foundation officials served as a prize patrol, delivering balloons and poster-sized checks to help fund teaching projects at various schools in the district next school year...
Area Hispanics keep working (05/02/06)
By SCOTT MOYERS Hispanics across the country boycotted work, shopping and school on Monday as a part of "El Gran Paro," or The Big Stop. In many cities, it was a day set aside to protest stricter immigration legislation and to show Americans how much economic power undocumented workers hold...
Teen pleads innocent to charges over shooting incident (05/02/06)
A teenager pleaded innocent Monday to charges in the Feb. 14 shooting and robbing a man in Cape Girardeau during a phony drug deal. George A. Henry, 18, of 805 Ranney St., entered his plea during a brief appearance before Circuit Judge William Syler on the charges of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. ...
Games we're giddy about (old school style) (05/02/06)
World of Warcraft After exhausting the Internet and ringing game stores off the hook, I still can't find anything coming out in May that's even close to being cool enough to write about, so I've decided to tell you about my personal favorite game. It's been out for a long time, and you might of heard about it. I'm talking about World of Warcraft ($39.99, PC), the massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) for PC...
Microsoft and Macintosh: The Hatfields and McCoys of digital land (05/02/06)
Recently they extended the virtual olive branch, creating a program called "Boot Camp" which lets you run Windows Operating System on a non-Microsoft computer (such as a Mac). This means a number of things, one of which being that no longer will such a deep hate exist between different operating system users. ...
Two incomes, one dwelling, one potential disaster (05/02/06)
There are some issues in a relationship that intensify when the couple moves in together. Probably the biggest of these issues is MONEY. I have placed the word in all caps to emphasize how scary and dangerous it can be to a couple. The problem with money is that it is very likely that you and your partner will not make the same amount of money (unless you both happen to work in the same exact position in the same company and are the same sex). ...
Life's never a drag at the Cape Club Complex (05/02/06)
"Entertainment and drinks fit for a king or QUEEN!" The motto of the Cape Club Complex, Cape Girardeau's new nightspot, couldn't be truer. CCC features a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, wildly fun drag shows, and drinks that will get you in the mood to party, whether you are gay, straight, both or undecided...
Ready picnic baskets -- Tunes is coming (05/02/06)
After a successful 2005 series, the free Tunes at Twilight returns on May 19 with Brother Henry, an eclectic trio led by twin brothers whose members count Ben Folds among their friends. Their music has been compared to the likes of old and new school pop acts like R.E.M., Crowded House, the Byrds and Barenaked Ladies...
Entertainment guide (05/02/06)
May 5 Arts Council of Southeast Missouri: First Friday Opening Reception featuring the work of Murrphysboro artist Mary Pachikara, Marble Hill artist Jeanie Eddleman and local photographer Shannon Randol from 5 to 8 p.m. 32 N. Main St. For more information call 334-9233...
Life is a drag at the strip, and the people love it (05/02/06)
In the farmland north of Sikeston on I-55, where what we think of as "Southeast Missouri" suddenly turns into the Bootheel and the residents start developing thick Southern drawls seemingly out of nowhere, excitement can be hard to come by. It's a simple land, populated by men and women content to live and work in peace and quiet...
Rough tough rugby (05/02/06)
Pads are for wimps. Real men were none, nor do they line up after every play. So say the Scorpions. Don't know who the Scorpions are? They're Cape Girardeau's only rugby team, and they've been around since 1972. And while the football players get all the glory, the rugby players know their sport is older, tougher and faster...
Events calendar (05/02/06)
May 6-7 St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad: Take a ride on the Magic Express at 1 p.m., departing from Jackson. For more information call 243-1688. May 6 Spring Garage Sale: The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Spring Garage Sale starting at 8 a.m. at the Osage Community Centre. For more information call 334-2859...
Mike Renick sounds off (05/02/06)
His easy-going brand of acoustic infused rock has made him one of the most popular live acts in Cape Girardeau, and that's just a couple of years after he got started. Not to mention you probably hear his name almost every day as a radio personalities with River Radio. His name is Mike Renick, that bearded bard who's nothing if not a nice guy. This month OFF sat down with Renick to talk about Peter Gabriel, opera and, of course, marathon running...
Get ready to fish at ArtsCape (05/02/06)
On May 20 the Arts Council hopes you'll take a trip down to Capaha Park to do some trout fishing. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the park will play host to the annual ArtsCape Community Arts Festival, featuring the national touring music group Trout Fishing in America, Nashville-based Brother Henry and Bruce Zimmerman and the Water Street Band...
Battling for souls in the River City (05/02/06)
Hello from battleground central. Don't know if you've been following the news in entertainment for the last couple of weeks, but things have gotten a little crazy in good old Southeast Missouri. And I, as Cape Girardeau's go-to guy in the area of arts and entertainment (at least I think that's what they tell me) have been right in the middle of it...
Bill would allow seniors to get driver's license without a birth certificate (05/02/06)
Missouri senior citizens and long-time drivers would get a break from rules for showing proof they are in the United States legally under a bill in the final stages of legislative discussion. Beginning on July 1 of last year, anyone seeking to renew his driver's license needed to take along either a birth certificate or a U.S. passport. That has led to delays for many drivers, especially senior citizens born before Missouri started centralizing the registration of births...
Cape Girardeau City Council action limited due to absent members (05/02/06)
Only four members of Cape Girardeau city council were present for Monday's session, giving the council a bare quorum and forcing it to table certain items. "We are open for business, but open with some parameters," said Mayor Jay Knudtson of the night's proceedings...
Tickets available for Scalia speech Wednesday (05/02/06)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will give a speech in Cape Girardeau Wednesday on constitutional philosophy and the role of the nation's highest court. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Free reserved-seat tickets are available at the Show Me Center box office, at the Southeast Bookstore and at First Missouri State Bank at the corner of Independence Street and Mount Auburn Road. Free general admission seating also will be available Wednesday evening...
Women who falsely accused Cape police officer sentenced to jail time, probation (05/02/06)
Two women who falsely accused a police officer of punching one of them were sentenced Monday to six days in jail and two years probation for filing a false report. Diane Ray, 45, and LaSha Townsend, 30, pleaded guilty in March to the misdemeanor charge before Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp...
Nature in photos: Students showcase photos as part of SIU project (05/02/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Disposable cameras usually don't take pictures like this. A black dog is captured in freeze frame, running full tilt toward the lens. Motion is captured -- the dog's legs can be seen propelling the animal forward toward the lens, with just a hint of blur to show the movement is real...
Learning briefs 5/2/06 (05/02/06)
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Cape Girardeau lawyer inducted into law society posthumously (05/02/06)
The late John L. Oliver Jr. has been posthumously inducted into the University of Missouri's Law Society for establishing a scholarship to be given to students who have proven outstanding academic achievement under a rigorous curriculum. Oliver, a prominent Cape Girardeau lawyer who died last year at age 62, was inducted April 21 at a dinner on the university campus in Columbia, Mo. Oliver's wife, Debi, and daughter, Brandi Schumacher, accepted the Law Society medallion at the dinner...
School board member objects to administrative reorganization (05/02/06)
The Cape Girardeau Board of Education voted Monday night to hire three new administrators under a central office reorganization plan proposed by superintendent Dr. David Scala. The vote was 6-1 behind closed doors. Board member Charles Bertrand opposed the reorganization, but agreed with the rest of the board on filling one of the positions...
'This shows our strength' (05/02/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of thousands of mostly Hispanic immigrants skipped work and took to the streets Monday, flexing their newfound political muscle in a nationwide boycott that succeeded in slowing or shutting many farms, factories, markets and restaurants...
ND claims third place in SEMO Conference tournament (05/02/06)
Lucas Dirnberger had not pitched more than 10 innings the entire season as he made the start for Notre Dame in the third-place game of the SEMO Conference tournament Monday at Central. Dirnberger looked right at home on the mound, holding Kennett hitless over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-1 win...
ND soccer blanks Perryville (05/02/06)
Meridith Medlin had a goal and an assist to lead Notre Dame's girls soccer team to a 2-0 shutout of visiting Perryville on Monday in a showdown of district opponents. Mindy Siebert added a goal for the Bulldogs (10-4-1), and Destiny Dirnberger had an assist. Claudia Brauss made 10 saves in goal for Notre Dame...
Central qualifies for state by advancing foursome (05/02/06)
Facing last year's Class 4 runner-up Poplar Bluff on its home course proved too much for Central on Monday, as the Tigers fell three strokes short of the Mules in the Class 4 District 1 golf tournament held at Westwood Hills Country Club in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
A-J standout becomes first Edgar signee (05/02/06)
The first recruit of the Scott Edgar era at Southeast Missouri State is a sharpshooting guard who lives within a relatively short drive of Cape Girardeau. Jimmy Drew, a 6-foot-4 1/2, 210-pound senior at Anna-Jonesboro (Ill.) High School, signed a national letter of intent on Monday to play basketball for the Redhawks...
Lindenwood leads NAIA regional at Dalhousie (05/02/06)
Lindenwood gained an eight-stroke advantage over second-place Missouri Baptist after two rounds of the NAIA Region V golf tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club on Monday. The nine-team tournament will conclude today with another 18 holes. The first group will tee off at 8 a.m...
Johnson captures flag at Aaron's 499 (05/02/06)
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Almost every move Jimmie Johnson made at Talladega Superspeedway seemed to be the wrong one. Rivals said he was too aggressive, showed too little patience. Dale Earnhardt Jr. even called him an "idiot" for his role in accidents that wrecked 39 cars last year...
Rams stir interest with undrafted signees (05/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Signing the son of actor Denzel Washington on Monday ensured the St. Louis Rams of making a splash the day after the NFL draft ended. John David Washington, a 5-10, 200-pound running back, was among 10 undrafted players signed by the Rams after playing for Division II Morehouse College last year...
Mavericks sweep Grizzlies (05/02/06)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Josh Howard added 24 to lead the Mavericks over the Grizzlies 102-76 on Monday, Dallas' first best-of-seven sweep and an NBA-record 12th consecutive playoff loss for Memphis. Nowitzki, who averaged 32.7 points in the first three games, was 12-of-21 from the floor and made all three of his 3-point shots, while Howard was 9-of-17. Howard had nine rebounds...
First draft as a head coach livened the action for Linehan (05/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- When Scott Linehan was an NFL offensive coordinator, he felt like a bit of a fifth wheel. "I was bored," Linehan said. "Because you pick a guy and you knew you were done for about four rounds. You sit around and watch the draft or do (play) scripts."...
Oilers rally, eliminate Wings (05/02/06)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers sent home the NHL's best team in the regular season, rallying Monday night to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 and win the first-round playoff series in six games. Ales Hemsky scored twice, including the winner with 1:06 left in regulation time, capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit after two periods. It was Edmonton's first playoff series win since 1998 -- and another huge early-round disappointment for Detroit...
Arroyo shuts down Cards (05/02/06)
CINCINNATI -- When Bronson Arroyo showed up the first time with his long, skinny sideburns and long, highlighted hair, no one was quite sure what to make of him. A month later, the Cincinnati Reds love everything about him. Arroyo stayed unbeaten in Cincinnati by pitching a four-hitter for the second complete game of his career, and the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Monday night in a matchup of the NL's top two teams...
Rose Jr. sentenced for distributing drugs (05/02/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pete Rose Jr., the son of baseball's career hits leader, was sentenced Monday to one month in prison and five months of home detention for distributing a steroid alternative to his minor league teammates. Rose faced up to two years in prison and a $1 million fine. ...
Teen debate (05/02/06)
We, the citizens of Cape Girardeau, think our city should build a water park. One reason we feel this way is that a water park would bring in more tourists and money to our city. The second reason is our residents wouldn't have to travel out of town to visit a water park. The third reason is that it would give our residents of all ages a chance to have fun...
At Busch Stadium, even the dirt's for sale (05/02/06)
As anyone knows who has had garage sale, some junk can make you money. The owners of the St. Louis Cardinals and Busch Stadium know that for sure. The new stadium, which opened in April, comes complete with a team store where fans can buy small containers of dirt from the old stadium, the white numbers on squares of green which were used on the old stadium scoreboards, and even some of the old, red seats...
Raymond Owens (05/02/06)
Raymond S. "Ray" Owens, 89, of Lebanon, Tenn., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Southern Manor Nursing Facility in Lebanon. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home...
C.H. Rhodes (05/02/06)
C.H. Rhodes, 84, of Whitewater died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. He was born Feb. 4, 1922, at Whitewater, son of Herbert and Sophia Donkel Rhodes. He and Cleo Theile were married July 12, 1951, in St. Louis. She died May 11, 1996...
Marie Savers (05/02/06)
Marie K. Savers, 78, of Jackson died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Jackson, daughter of Gus and Leona Wohlgemuth Wedekind. She and Bernard Lester "Bud" Savers were married Aug. 22, 1948. He died Sept. 20, 1996...
Frances Statler (05/02/06)
Frances V. Statler, 89, formerly of Sedgewickville, Mo., died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. She was born Nov. 16, 1916, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Ben F. and Hettie J. Duncan Hudson. After her father's death she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Walter Ellis. She and Glen "Stanley" Statler were married Dec. 20, 1932. He died July 29, 1996...
Russell Crader (05/02/06)
Russell C. Crader, 88, of Jackson died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Hazel Schlosser (05/02/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Hazel Shell Schlosser, 96, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 23, 1909, at Grassy, Mo., daughter of the late Fulton and Tula Harrold Cooper. She married Virgil Shell May 19, 1927. He preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1944. She then married Adam Schlosser March 27, 1959. He preceded her in death Nov. 5, 1985...
Lou Ann Wade (05/02/06)
Lou Ann Minor Wade of Ballwin, Mo., died Saturday, April 29, 2006. She married Mervin Wade, who preceded her in death. She was the dear mother of Patricia Jane (Gene) Haenni of Cape Girardeau, Jill (Roger) Mignon Schurig of Town and Country, Mo., Michael John (Beth) Wade of St. Charles, Mo.; dear grandmother of five; and great-grandmother of five...
Carolyn Barlow (05/02/06)
Carolyn Faye Barlow, 59, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge . She was born April 4, 1947, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Floyd E. and Dola B. Brown Dailey. She and Donald Barlow were married Sept. 28, 1990...
Clifford Phillips (05/02/06)
THEBES, Ill. -- Clifford Carl "Bud" Phillips, 78, of Thebes died Monday, May 1, 2006, at his home. He was born June 28, 1927, in McClure, Ill., son of William Jesse and Anna Belle Wilson Phillips. He married Ora Mae Bledsoe. Phillips was a retired farmer and member of the former Mount Zion Baptist Church...
Julia Wilson (05/02/06)
Julia Laverna Wilson, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 28, 1909, in Lamar, Ind., daughter of John M. and Georgia Anna Oliveano Ryker. She and Aaron Culbertson were married in 1929. He died in 1947. She later married David Stidham in 1951, who died in 1975. She and Willis Wilson were married in 1978, and he died in 1988...
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Out of the past 5/2/06 (05/02/06)
25 years ago: May 2, 1981 Ed Shaughnessy, drummer for the studio band on the Johnny Carson Show for the past 18 years, conducts a drum clinic for students attending the Central High School Jazz Festival; in the evening, he performs with the Central jazz band and a band of area professional musicians during a two-part concert at the school...
Bridge giveaway: Missourians should be concerned about Katy Trail (05/02/06)
By Jay Nixon Think back to a time in Missouri when a governor, major philanthropists, civic leaders, state officials and landowners put aside political differences and personal gain and worked together for the good of the state. Twenty years ago Gov. John Ashcroft and philanthropists Ted and Pat Jones led the effort to rail bank -- put aside abandoned railroad lines -- for the creation of what is now the 225-mile Katy Trail State Park...
Stopping the abuses of eminent domain (05/02/06)
By Jason Crowell This week I advanced legislation greatly benefiting property owners in Missouri. As chairman of the Senate Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws committee, I crafted a substitute version of House Bill 1944, which modifies the state's eminent domain laws...
Scott City's pride (05/02/06)
Springtime is when we really notice the eyesores: trash, litter, dilapidated buildings, abandoned vehicles -- all of which are in stark contrast to the natural color and beauty of the season. A fresh season of green leaves and grass bring out the best of our beautification instincts...
25 years of preservation excellence (05/02/06)
To the editor: The historic preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University is a treasure. The expertise of graduates from this program far exceeds local National Register of Historic Places nominations. Graduates hold high-ranking positions in the National Park Service and in state governments. ...
Less demand equals lower prices (05/02/06)
To the editor: It seems to me that there is a simple solution to high gasoline prices: supply and demand. The system works well, but we get upset when we aren't enjoying the low-price part of the equation. Boycotting certain companies or buying 10 gallons at a time won't work. We have to work within the system...
Which kind of republican are you? (05/02/06)
To the editor: Recently, Pam Kelso of Jackson praised Teddy Roosevelt for being a Republican. The republican idea is evident in antiquity, particularly in the expression of the Greek philosopher Plato. In the early 1950s, noted newsman Edward R. Morrow addressed the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City. ...
Play is tasteful and honest (05/02/06)
To the editor: Regarding the controversy surrounding Southeast Missouri State University's Theater and Dance Department's production of "Romeo & Juliet": Yes, there is some PG-13 in the play. But it is tasteful and honestly helps to bring the characters to life. ...
Speak Out 5/2/06 (05/02/06)
Dealing with abuse; Still hiding; Not my role models; Think on good things; Don't like it? Don't go
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