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Stories from Thursday, May 18, 2006

Rhodes to replace store with office building (05/18/06)
Rhodes is preparing to transform its vacant former convenience store at 1610 N. Kingshighway into a 52-foot-tall complex with more than 38,000 square feet of retail and office space. "We're very excited. We're very committed to this end of town," said Jeff Maurer, managing member of JJP Investments. "It's a premium piece of real estate on a great stretch of road; in fact, we'll probably occupy a suite ourselves."...
Wetlands near Kennett, Dexter to benefit from federal grant (05/18/06)
Thirty-five acres of a dwindling wetland habitat will be restored in Southeast Missouri thanks to a recently awarded USDA grant. The USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service recently released $238,000 in funding to restore or enhance wetlands on 1,700 acres in Missouri...
Brown found guilty of murder, could face death penalty (05/18/06)
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A 26-year-old man was convicted today of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the July 7, 2002 death of Ralph Lee Lape Jr. Justin Brown, of Cape Girardeau, was accused of killing Lape, 54, for his money and burying his body near Portageville, Mo. A Pulaski County jury deliberated for four hours before reaching its decision...
Drawing from Wells (05/18/06)
The late Jake Wells always had a passion for the outdoors. The things he could find outside of walls and outside himself were always the focus of his life and artistic work. But he hated to travel. So in 1977, the then Southeast Missouri State University art department chairman sent his son Bert, Bert's wife and another couple to do his dirty work for him. ...
MoDOT submits recommendations for Union Pacific/BNSF track swap (05/18/06)
The Missouri Department of Transportation released its recommendations for improvements Thursday on an alternative route to the Union Pacific Railroad track swap with Burlington Northern Santa Fe. In a letter to the federal Surface Transportation Board, the agency reviewing the proposal, MoDOT recommended $8.5 million in safety improvements for the alternative route. Recommendations include overpasses on Highway 77 north of Chaffee and Route M west of Scott City and Kelso...
Two appear in court on child abuse counts (05/18/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Chaffee, Mo., couple charged with fracturing the skull of their infant daughter appeared Wednesday before Associate Circuit Judge David Mann. Susan Cabiness, 34, was ordered to stand trial in circuit court after waiving her preliminary hearing. Mann also agreed to lower her bond from $100,000 to $5,000 following her brief court appearance...
Transit board polishing bus route details (05/18/06)
With just more than six weeks to go before Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority takes over all public transportation in the county, details of the transition are falling into place. A map of the bus route for Cape Girardeau is almost finished, and the price and hours of operation for the route have been set. ...
Brown feared for his life, defense argues (05/18/06)
A defendant on trial for the 2002 kidnapping and slaying of a Cape Girardeau County man told police he only participated in the plot out of fear for his own life. The body of Ralph L. Lape Jr., 54, of Highway 177 near Jackson, was found buried in a cornfield in New Madrid County 25 days after he was killed July 7, 2002. He was fatally shot in the head...
Anniversary celebration (05/18/06)
The Hoover Center, a no-cost senior adult day-care facility, at 805 N. Sprigg St., celebrated its 25th anniversary recently. The program offers seniors the opportunity to stretch their minds, exercise their bodies and visit with their cohorts. Pictured center, on the floor, were Cherie Herbst, coordinator; first row, left, Tisa Thomas, graduate assistant; Laverna Baker, Freda Nall, Evelyn Kepner, Ruth Ann Urhahn; standing, Doris Terwiske, Elsie Jarvis, Mary Squires, Mary Alice Adams, Norma Dawes, Geraldine Love, Edna Pollard, Dr. ...
Catfish dinner with music aids youth mission (05/18/06)
Notre Dame graduate completes training (05/18/06)
Robert Cuba, son of Richard and Rhonda Cuba of Cape Girardeau, recently graduated from the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, S.C. He completed nine weeks of basic combat training with the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment. Cuba is a 1999 graduate of Notre Dame High School...
Johnson's Shut-Ins will reopen May 27 (05/18/06)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- The state park that was damaged when a hydroelectric plant's reservoir broke in December will reopen for the start of the tourism season, officials with the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday. The reservoir breach at Ameren Corp.'s Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant on Dec. 14 sent 1.3 billion gallons of water down the side of a mountain and gushing through Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park near Lesterville, about 120 miles southwest of St. Louis...
Court: Missouri must pay out on old lottery ticket (05/18/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Lottery Commission called it a worthless scrap of paper. Paul E. Barnett said it was a Powerball ticket worth $100,000 -- and two courts have now agreed with him. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the state must pay the Tennessee man's prize, even though he didn't try to claim it until well after the 180-day deadline...
Man gets 40 years for SIU slaying (05/18/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A paroled burglar who for more than two decades managed to avoid arrest in the killing of a Southern Illinois University student taking a shortcut across campus was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for her murder. Daniel Woloson, 46, was given the maximum allowable under sentencing guidelines in place in 1981 when he strangled Susan Schumake, 21, of Chicago Heights...
Details on sex offender registry worry some (05/18/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers moved to toughen laws this year against sex offenders who prey on children, but defense lawyers worry new information required to be made public could help people locate and harm such criminals. The worry is not just hypothetical. The bill comes on the heels of the April killings of two men listed on Maine's Internet sex offender registry. One was convicted of having sex with an underage girl when he was 19...
Scientists study earth in New Madrid zone (05/18/06)
LEPANTO, Ark. -- A 12,000-pound truck is sending soft booms through the earth above the New Madrid fault zone in eastern Arkansas in an effort to learn more about the potential danger of another major earthquake in the United States. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Memphis, and the University of Texas were plodding -- and plotting -- along Highway 140 on Tuesday as part of a study to understand what causes earthquakes in the region...
Town rejects new definition of family (05/18/06)
BLACK JACK, Mo. -- The city council in the St. Louis County town Black Jack has rejected a measure that would have changed the definition of a family to include unmarried couples with two or more children. The measure was rejected Tuesday 5-3. Those who do not meet the town's definition of family could face eviction...
MOHELA board inches forward on student loan sale (05/18/06)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- Stymied by lawmakers' rejection of a plan to sell student loan assets to pay for a campus building boon, the board of Missouri's college loan authority met Wednesday to plot its next move. Meeting by conference call, the seven-member Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority unanimously approved a $200 million increase in its line of credit through Bank of America, bringing its total borrowing line to $1 billion...
April consumer price surge sends stocks tumbling (05/18/06)
By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer prices vaulted higher in April, fueling concerns the Federal Reserve might keep pushing interest rates up to fend off inflation, and discouraged Wall Street investors sent stocks tumbling...
Botched health care costing government (05/18/06)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year if the Medicare program would stop paying for medical errors such as operations on the wrong body part or mismatched blood transfusions. Mark McClellan, who directs the Medicare and Medicaid programs, said Wednesday the government reimburses doctors, hospitals and other health care providers even when they make serious and preventable errors. ...
House, Senate intelligence committees briefed on surveillance (05/18/06)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After five months of resistance, the Bush administration provided new information to Congress on the National Security Agency's eavesdropping Wednesday, hoping to help the architect of the controversial operations secure a new job as CIA chief...
New study shows messy split between man, chimps (05/18/06)
By MATT CRENSON AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the most detailed comparisons yet of human and chimp DNA shows that the split between the two species was a long, messy affair that may even have featured an unusual evolutionary version of breakup sex...
Senate OKs border fence, citizenship chance for illegals (05/18/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate agreed to give millions of illegal immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship and backed construction of 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border Wednesday, but prospects for legislation clearing Congress were clouded by a withering attack against President Bush by a prominent House Republican...
Iran balks at incentive package (05/18/06)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president mocked a package of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment, saying Wednesday they were like giving up gold for chocolate -- defiance that appeared certain to complicate U.S. efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions...
Volcano erupts again; many villagers staying (05/18/06)
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) -- Children kicked soccer balls in the shadow of Mount Merapi's glowing peak on Wednesday, and farmers climbed the slopes of the volcano to collect grass for their cows. Hours later, the volcano shuddered violently and sent a cloud of hot ash and gas high into the air -- a vivid demonstration of its dangers after 48 hours of relative calm...
Iraq's incoming prime minister to unveil Cabinet on Saturday (05/18/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's incoming prime minister said Wednesday he will unveil his Cabinet to parliament this weekend, the first sign that the country may finally be moving ahead with a national unity government after weeks of wrangling. There are hopes that sharing power successfully will help heal the sectarian rift underlying the relentless wave of violence that has swept Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion three years ago and open the way for American troops to begin returning home...
Timing error costs Gatlin sole ownership of record (05/18/06)
The most intense rivalry in sprinting gathered steam Wednesday when the world's fastest man turned out to be the world's fastest men. Because of a timing error, Olympic champion Justin Gatlin didn't break the world 100-meter mark last weekend after all. Instead, he now shares the record with Jamaican Asafa Powell, who set it at 9.77 seconds last year...
Crusaders try to add to trophy collection (05/18/06)
Saxony Lutheran is graduating its first senior class this year, and when the spring sports season is over, it will be safe to say few graduating classes in the area have been more successful. From the time Saxony Lutheran's cross country team began the school's first varsity season three years ago, trophies have come pouring in...
Kennett topples Bulldogs (05/18/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Class 3 District 1 baseball tournament is a test of a team's pitching depth, forcing the district champion to win three games in three days. Top-seeded Kennett went with Heath Storey, the Indians' semifinal starter, for Wednesday's championship, while No. 2 Notre Dame put senior Lucas Dirnberger on the mound...
Jackson wins fifth straight crown (05/18/06)
The Jackson girls soccer team had outscored rival Central 9-1 in three meetings this season, but the Indians got all they could handle from the Tigers on Wednesday in a 2-1 win at Poplar Bluff in the championship of the Class 2 District 1 tournament...
Back in the big leagues (05/18/06)
Kerry Robinson naturally has enjoyed his first few weeks back up in the major leagues. And he's especially looking forward to this weekend. Robinson, a St. Louis native who spent three seasons with his hometown Cardinals, will face his ex-teammates when Kansas City hosts the Redbirds for a three-game series beginning Friday...
Redhawks host Tennessee Tech in crucial series (05/18/06)
As this disappointing regular season winds down for Southeast Missouri State, the Redhawks still have an opportunity to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Considering the way things have gone for the Redhawks most of the year, they really couldn't ask for anything more...
Area sports digest 5/18/06 (05/18/06)
Burnett tosses in two top-three finishes Bob Burnett teamed with Ron LeGrand for a first-place finish Saturday in Southeast Missouri Horseshoes Association action at the Jaycees Park in Oran, and he also was part of a third-place team in another tournamnt this weekend...
Favorite Barbaro draws most successful post position for second leg of Triple Crown (05/18/06)
BALTIMORE -- Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was made the even-money favorite Wednesday for the $1 million Preakness Stakes and its nine-horse field -- the smallest since 2000. The unbeaten Barbaro will leave from the No. 6 post position Saturday. The post has produced 15 Preakness winners since 1909, the most from any starting gate...
Jarrett's switch to Toyota jars some fans (05/18/06)
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Butch Meyer walked outside Darlington Raceway in his No. 88 hat and UPS racing jersey, testament to a 14-year allegiance to Dale Jarrett, one of NASCAR's most popular drivers. But what Jarrett did last weekend in moving from his Ford team to one fielded by Japanese automaker Toyota in 2007 was enough to have Meyer cutting his longtime ties with DJ...
Cavaliers jump ahead of Pistons in series (05/18/06)
LeBron James scored 32 points and assisted on Drew Gooden's game-winning shot Wednesday night to lead the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers to an 86-84 victory over Detroit. The win was Cleveland's third straight en route to a 3-2 lead in the second round series...
Oilers knock out San Jose (05/18/06)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers are in the Western Conference finals for the first time in 14 years. Michael Peca and Shawn Horcoff scored in front of a sellout crowd Wednesday night, and Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves in the biggest game of his career as the eighth-seeded Oilers held off the San Jose Sharks 2-0 in Game 6 of the quarterfinal series...
Mulder, Isringhausen team up to blank Mets (05/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Matching zeros with the Mets' Steve Trachsel, Mark Mulder found his stride. Mulder threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the St. Louis Cardinals' 1-0 victory over New York on Wednesday night...
MSHSAA's case vs. Scott Central seems to have reasonable doubt (05/18/06)
To any objective outsider, the Bell City-Scott County Central boys basketball dispute is a tough nut to crack. If you talk to people with knowledge of the case, which went before the Missouri State High School Activities Association board of directors and resulted in the suspension of basketball coach David Heeb for much of next year, and you're confronted with a thicket of private relationships and personal acrimony that's all knotted up with the long history and proximity of the two schools...
Warming up to people in need (05/18/06)
When life gets to be too much, people call a crisis hot line. But when life gets to be just overwhelming without boiling over, there's still help available -- from a "warm line." The Community Counseling Center staffs its warm line through a grant from the Missouri Department of Mental Health. ...
Health briefs/calendar 5/18/06 (05/18/06)
Briefly The Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation's Mobile Glaucoma Screening Unit, sponsored the Cape Girardeau Lions Club, will be at West Park Mall between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday. The screening is free, painless and requires only a few minutes. The eyes will not be dilated. If you wear contacts, bring your contact case or wear glasses...
The cooing at the front door (05/18/06)
May 18, 2006 Dear Pat, Weeks ago DC noticed a pair of doves building a nest in the window above our front door. In her estimation, the project wasn't going well. Bits of grass and twigs were falling onto the front porch. The nest had no branch to cling to. Days went by and still the assemblage didn't resemble a nest...
The many symptoms of eccentricity (05/18/06)
Eccentrics live longer. That's a comforting thought, at least to those of us who seem to be heading in that direction. But is it true? I couldn't find much research to prove this, but I did come across a study done by neuropsychologist David Weeks and Jamie James, published in their book, "Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness." They conclude that eccentrics do live longer and the reason is that they experience lower levels of stress. ...
Daniel Poe (05/18/06)
Daniel Franklin Poe, 58, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday May 17, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 9, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, son of Hayward Joseph and Verna Mae Ussery Poe. He and Betty Lou Johnson were married on Aug. 15, 1978, in Virginia Beach, Va. She died Aug. 12, 2003...
Donald Choate (05/18/06)
Donald E. Choate, 73, of Scott City died Wednesday May 17, 2006, at Scenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Herculaneum, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
J.D. Vancil (05/18/06)
J.D. Vancil, 82, of DeSoto, Mo., died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in DeSoto. He was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, son of Virgil and Elsie Vancil. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Vancil of DeSoto; a son, Mike Vancil of DeSoto; a daughter, Beverly Vancil of Maui, Hawaii; two sisters, Betty Hoffmeister of St. Louis and Wanda Williamson of Cape Girardeau; and a grandson...
Melola Loughary (05/18/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Melola Ann Loughary, 89, of Advance died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born March 15, 1917, at Lowndes, Mo., daughter of Tom and Dovie Phillips Newell. She and Cecil Loughary were married in 1930. He died Jan. 23, 1973...
Havern Shelton (05/18/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Havern Elmer Shelton, 75, of Jerseyville, Ill., died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab. He was born June 28, 1930, at Chaffee, son of Robert and Sava Merideth Shelton. Shelton retired in 1983 as a shift supervisor with Owens-Illinois Glass Co. in Alton...
Dorothy Ludwig (05/18/06)
Dorothy Ann Ludwig, 65, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 27, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of the late Dail Statler and Ethel Statler. She was a 1958 graduate of Jackson High School...
Anna Evers (05/18/06)
Anna Lee Evers, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1926, in Metropolis, Ill., daughter of the late Lloyd and Etta Armstrong. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau after being a longtime member of First United Methodist Church and growing up in Metropolis. She taught at various schools in Southern Illinois...
Raymond Yeager (05/18/06)
Raymond H. Yeager, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Kurten, Texas, son of the late Joe and Lena Herzog Yeager. He and Mary O'Leary were married June 1, 1943, in Gulf Port, Miss...
Births 5/18/06 (05/18/06)
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Out of the past 5/18/06 (05/18/06)
25 years ago: May 18, 1981 Residents of Oak Ridge are without a mayor or local law enforcement following the resignations of Mayor Samuel Herndon and Marshal Verna Cordia; Herndon cites a sense of "total apathy" among village residents as their reason for resigning...
MOHELA snafu (05/18/06)
The failure of a plan to sell some of a Missouri agency's student loans to raise money for a variety of projects, mostly related to higher education, across the state was one of the big disappointments of the recently concluded legislative session in Jefferson City...
No thanks for honesty with guitar (05/18/06)
To the editor: Does honesty really pay nowadays? I think for most people it does, but one would have to wonder why. A family member found a guitar in the roadway on an early morning paper route. It was obvious the guitar had fallen out of a vehicle, because the case had heavy skid scratches on it. ...
Terrorists on the run can't unite (05/18/06)
To the editor: I think it is safe to say that any American with good sense is happy that international terrorists are on the run in places like Afghanistan and Iraq rather than running loose and causing havoc here on the home front. Because they are dispersed abroad with Special Forces units hot on their trail, they are not in position to unite their resources in our midst here in the homeland. ...
Speak Out 5/18/06 (05/18/06)
Security lights; Piece of history; It's safe, if ...; Rainy-day suggestion; Parking conundrum; Police presence; Traffic nightmare; Too convincing; At-risk assistance; Year-round concern; Abused policy; No tax relief
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