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Cape gets kudos at multistate meeting on promotion (05/24/06)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- In a conference room of community and business leaders from across the state, the slides kept on coming. The first was about the "can-do" spirit of Peru, Ill., which had bolted ahead of a bigger town by extending infrastructure to a new highway, resulting in millions in commercial development...
Cairo council refuses to vote on appointees (05/24/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mayor Paul Farris introduced his two latest appointees to the city council Tuesday evening but couldn't persuade the members to approve them. Council members who spoke after Farris introduced each of the new city employees gave varying reasons for being unwilling to vote on the appointments. For Councilwoman Carolyn Ponting, it was because she didn't know either person...
Vision House shelter reports weekend burglary (05/24/06)
A burglary and theft of cash were reported this weekend at a Cape Girardeau shelter. Someone pried open the basement door of the Vision House, 14 N. Sprigg St., sometime after 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Vicki Moore, a volunteer who works at the home...
Teen Challenge has high hopes for berries (05/24/06)
Kimberly Sahlfeld-Bunger jumped hurriedly out of her car. Her eyes were on the fresh hand-picked strawberries for sale in the Plaza Galleria parking lot on Independence Street. She purchased two quarts of strawberries because of their reputation. "I was going to buy one quart, and they looked so good I had to buy two," the Cape Girardeau woman said...
Cape welcome center not in state's plans (05/24/06)
The Missouri Department of Transportation won't spend federal dollars to build a $1 million welcome center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, local officials and the state's tourism director said Tuesday. That's prompted the university to look at private funding and city and civic leaders to look at other possible sites for a welcome center that would also serve as the headquarters for the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau...
Federal court briefs 05/24/06 (05/24/06)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants who appeared in federal court Monday before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton. Name: Rudolph Bramlett Age: 28 Residence: Perryville, Mo. Charge: Felon in possession of a firearm...
Child abuse on the rise in region (05/24/06)
The skull cracked. Twice. She was 2 months old on that March day in Scott County. Police say her mother, apparently upset that the child would not sleep, violently shook her baby and slammed her head into a door, fracturing the skull. Two months later in a separate incident in Scott City, a 7-year-old boy's feet dangled in the air. ...
Police say murder duo fled Perryville home (05/24/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perry County woman charged with lying about the whereabouts of two accused Kansas City-area killers did so because she "did not want them to be caught in her room." Susan J. Summers, 45, of Perryville was charged Monday with two counts of felony hindering prosecution for not telling police Richard D. Davis, 41, and Dena D. Riley, 39, were inside her apartment...
Local Guard soldiers return to U.S. after Iraq (05/24/06)
National Guard soldiers from Southeast Missouri recently returned to the United States after 14 months' deployment in Iraq. Seven of the returning soldiers are from Cape Girardeau County, and seven others hail from Dexter, Poplar Bluff and other towns. The local soldiers are from the Engineer Brigade Infantry Division and were activated as an attachment to the 35th Engineering Brigade based out of Fort Leonard Wood...
Transit authority updating takeover plans at meeting (05/24/06)
The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority will meet today at its new location in Cape Girardeau to update plans for its takeover of Kelley Transportation Co. With a little more than a month till the takeover date of July 1, the authority has rented out two offices in the Medical Arts Building at 937 Broadway. The main office will be in the former Medical Arts Pharmacy on the first level of the building. A dispatch center set up in a basement office...
Club news 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
Good Shepherd Ladies Guild; St. Mary CCW
AFL-CIO seeking higher pay in Missouri (05/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The AFL-CIO and other community leaders launched a campaign Tuesday to convince voters to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $6.50 per hour. Union leaders and others rallied Tuesday morning in St. Louis; another rally was planned for today in Kansas City, and was scheduled to include an appearance by John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee...
A town in tune: Small-town symphony thrives in musical Mecca (05/24/06)
MARSHALL, Mo. -- They come from Chillicothe, Carrollton, Trenton and other central Missouri towns better known for their hog farms and meat packing plants than as a fertile spawning ground for musical virtuosos. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, housewives, retirees or third-shift workers, they share a singular bond: a commitment to orchestral and symphonic performance that has made Marshall, with just over 12,000 residents, a classical musical Mecca...
Teacher suspected of being drunk, arrested (05/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A middle school teacher was arrested after police said he showed up at school drunk, asked one of his students to fetch cognac, fondled one student and made a sexual remark to another. The teacher, Sterling Johnson, was charged with misdemeanor assault and a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace. Creg Williams, superintendent of public schools in St. Louis, said he will seek to have Johnson fired...
State digest 05/24/06 (05/24/06)
Saint Louis Zoo has a new baby giraffe ST. LOUIS -- The Saint Louis Zoo's latest addition -- a baby male giraffe born five days ago -- is standing tall at more than 5 feet, the zoo announced Tuesday. The 138-pound youngster looks little compared to his towering parents -- Jessie and Dexter. ...
Girl in 'horrific abuse' case dies (05/24/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A little girl whose stepfather is accused of what Jackson County prosecutor Mike Sanders called "some of the most horrific abuse this office has ever seen" has died of her injuries. La'Keisha Roberson, 32 months, died Sunday evening after being taken off life support at Children's Mercy Hospital. Authorities said the stepfather, Paul W. Turner, 28, could now be charged with murder...
La. begins two-day hurricane drill (05/24/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- State and federal authorities tracked the path of a fictitious "Hurricane Alicia" on Tuesday as part of two-day drill aimed at avoiding the chaos that followed last year's deadly Hurricane Katrina. The drill was organized to allow first responders and others, including Mayor Ray Nagin and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, to react as though a Category 3 hurricane was hitting the state's Gulf Coast...
Nation briefs 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
Greek, Turkish fighter planes collide over sea ATHENS, Greece -- Warplanes from Greece and Turkey collided over the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos as they shadowed each other Tuesday, and officials said the Turkish pilot was rescued unhurt and a search was launched for the Greek pilot. ...
Tax returns offer a look at Senate candidates' finances (05/24/06)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri Republican Sen. Jim Talent and his wife earned $279,191 last year and donated more than $20,000 in stock to their church in suburban St. Louis, according to their federal income tax return. The forms, reviewed at Talent's offices in response to a request by The Associated Press, offer a rare peek into the earnings and personal finances of Missouri's junior senator, who is seeking re-election this year...
Investigators enter Kentucky coal mine (05/24/06)
HOLMES MILL, Ky. -- A team of federal and state investigators on Tuesday entered the underground coal mine in southeastern Kentucky where five miners died in an explosion several days earlier. Concerns about flammable methane and poisonous carbon monoxide gases had kept the investigators out of the Kentucky Darby Mine No. 1 until its ventilation system could be repaired and the gases were brought down to safe levels...
Rescuers pump water from mine in China in search for 57 miners (05/24/06)
ZUOYUN, China -- Crews searching for 57 coal miners trapped for five days by an underground flood began pumping water from their mine Tuesday, as residents began to lose hope for a successful rescue. The pumping began after a lengthy delay that state media said was caused by technical problems and lack of power to run the giant pumps brought in by rescuers...
St. Pius takes advantage of Pirates' nervousness en route to 3-0 victory (05/24/06)
Whether it was nerves, inexperience or a combination of both, Perryville looked out of sync in the early going of Tuesday's Class 1 girls soccer sectional at Notre Dame Regional High School. The Pirates' poor start was too much to overcome in a 3-0 loss to St. Pius of Festus, Mo...
Angels get early jump on Jackson (05/24/06)
After the first 15 minutes of Tuesday's Class 2 state sectional girls soccer game at Jackson, it looked like the host Indians were in for a long, painful evening. For the next 65 minutes, however, Jackson held its own with nationally ranked St. Joseph's Academy, which ultimately got the best of the Indians in a 4-1 victory...
Oran bids for another final four trip (05/24/06)
Three straight seasons of state final four appearances and 20 or more wins had Oran fans and players a little spoiled heading into last season. The Eagles hit a snag in their plans for a fourth straight trip to Columbia, falling in the district finals to Advance...
Prep school standout Rhodes appears headed to Southeast (05/24/06)
A combo guard who reportedly was also recruited by the likes of Nebraska and Wichita State is set to join the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program. Marcus Rhodes, who played this past season for Harmony Christian, a prep school in Cincinnati, Ohio, said he signed this week with Southeast, but it won't be official until his mother's signature also is on the scholarship agreement...
Redhawks like their chances in tournament (05/24/06)
In 2003, Murray State struggled during the regular season and barely slipped into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament -- yet the Thoroughbreds captured the title to earn an NCAA regional berth. Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks don't see why they can't do the same in this year's OVC tournament, which begins today at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Ky...
Olson, Padilla named to all-OVC first team (05/24/06)
Two Californians are Southeast Missouri State's representatives on the all-Ohio Valley Conference baseball team announced Tuesday. A Central High School product who went away to school was also recognized. Senior catcher Levi Olson and junior second baseman Omar Padilla earned first-team honors in voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors...
Area sports digest 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
Rookie Bowman tops class at Sikeston The Sikeston Drag Strip crowned a new champion in the junior dragster class for the first time in a month Saturday when Taylor Bowman of Cape Girardeau halted Brett Castro's four-week winning streak. Bowman, in his first race of the season, beat Ricky Shelton Jr. of Sikeston in the final...
Driver Kyle Busch pleads guilty to improper driving, receives $150 fine (05/24/06)
RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR driver Kyle Busch pleaded guilty Tuesday to improper driving and was fined $150. The plea, entered in Henrico General District Traffic Court, stems from an incident April 12 in suburban Richmond when Busch was ticketed for reckless driving after he pulled out of a gas station and into a fast-food restaurant...
NFL to spend $10 million to help L.A. market's bid (05/24/06)
DENVER -- The NFL is spending $10 million to help Los Angeles and Anaheim with their plans for bringing the league back to the nation's second-largest media market. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the decision on Tuesday after a day-and-a-half of meetings focused on the desire to put a team in the area vacated by the Rams and Raiders after the 1994 season...
Miami wins Game 1 in Detroit (05/24/06)
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Miami Heat have other players they can go to besides Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade. Good thing, too. The veteran trio of Antoine Walker, Gary Payton and Jason Williams -- brought on to help O'Neal and Wade get past the Pistons -- were so effective in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals that they didn't need superstar efforts from their superstar duo to steal home-court advantage from Detroit...
Nike, Apple team up for iPod product (05/24/06)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nike Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. have teamed up to try to become a runner's best friend. The two companies announced Tuesday they are jointly developing a wireless system so some Nike shoes embedded with a sensor can communicate with Apple's iPod Nano music player to track a runner's performance and help choreograph songs to the moment...
NFL bush number May24 (05/24/06)
DENVER -- Reggie Bush won't get to wear the No. 5 he made famous at USC for the New Orleans Saints. Not this season and perhaps not ever. Atlanta general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday that the committee had recommended against Bush's request for his college number...
Edmonton moves to brink of finals (05/24/06)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Fernando Pisani and the Edmonton Oilers started the postseason as eighth-seeded upstarts. Now they're a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals in dominating fashion. Pisani's ninth goal of the postseason helped the Oilers withstand a late rally by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Edmonton won Game 3 of the Western Conference final 5-4 on Tuesday night...
Derby winner Barbaro continues to improve (05/24/06)
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- Amid the public outpouring of sympathy for Barbaro and his owners' hopes that "someday all of you will be able to see little Barbaros running around the track," there remains an underlying question: Would all this money and time be spent on a horse's recovery if he were not the Kentucky Derby winner and expected to gain millions in stud fees?...
U.S. begins final Cup tuneups with loss (05/24/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Less than three weeks before the World Cup, the U.S. soccer team opened its final warmup series with a key injury and a loss. U.S. captain Claudio Reyna strained a hamstring early in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat against Morocco, which got a 90th-minute goal from Mohamed Madihi after defender Steve Cherundolo lost the ball to Bouchaib El Moubarki...
Feeding your chocolate craving (05/24/06)
Happy birthday, Ross! Today is our son's 12th birthday. We have loved sitting through countless basketball and baseball games with him, Soap Box derbies, reading hundreds of books about alligators and crocodiles, busting our buttons at school award assemblies and watching him whip his dad with his NCAA national championship basketball bracket picks...
Going Boy Crazy: Personalizing a page (05/24/06)
What makes a scrapbook better than a photo album? Interaction and personalization. You're not just capturing a moment, you're preserving a memory. Here's how this page, titled "Boy Crazy" achieves that: Paper (for an 8-by-8-inch page) -- 1 sheet of patterned paper (plaid shown here), 1 sheet of coordinating solid paper; 1 sheet textured paper to anchor photograph; scrap of coordinating patterned paper for corner turn-down; 1 sheet cardstock paper (off-white shown here) for tags...
Bathroom bliss: Master bathroom makeover goes larger-than-life (05/24/06)
Alissa and her family live in a great 1900s home, smack dab in the center of the city. While it has lots of charm, the house also has the unfortunate space issues of many older homes -- particularly in the bathroom department. The master bathroom was small and cramped, and every morning the family had to fight for precious sink and shower time...
Contest prompts spring cleaning in the newsroom (05/24/06)
Spring cleaning is in the air, and here at the Southeast Missourian we're getting into the spirit. We're about to begin an office contest called "Lost in Space," where all employees will pit the cleanliness of their desks against that of newspaper publisher Jon Rust...
Ida Modglin (05/24/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ida Thelma Modglin, 90, of Anna died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Blanchette Place Care Center in St. Charles, Mo. She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Ware, Ill., daughter of Charles Fredrick and Cora Lee Batson Lowrance. She and Edward Daniel Modglin were married April 26, 1936. He died Oct. 23, 1991...
Mary Thomas (05/24/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mary Modean Thomas, 85, of Marble Hill died Monday, May 22, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Olathe, Colo., daughter of Harry R. and Ora Dell Matthews Shetley. She and Warren J. Thomas were married Sept. 23, 1939. He died May 28, 2001...
Craig Buerck (05/24/06)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Craig T. Buerck, 50, of Altenburg died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. He was born Nov. 28, 1955, son of Clyde J. and Catherine B. Schloss Buerck. He and Sally Schmidt were married Nov. 1, 1980, in Altenburg...
Yolanda Clark (05/24/06)
Yolanda Marie Clark, 85, of Union, Mo., died Sunday, May 21, 2006, in Union. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in St. Louis, daughter of Amadeo and Nina Barsi Toti. She and Ralph Clark were married Nov. 21, 1940, in St. Louis. Clark was a graduate of Loretta Academy High School. She had been a secretary for Stan Heidman Farmers Insurance and at Immaculate Conception Church Rectory. She was a member of daughters of Isabella and Altar Society...
Phillip Davis (05/24/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Phillip W. Davis, 62, of Jonesboro died Monday, May 22, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill. He was born Jan. 20, 1944, in Anna, Ill., son of Lee and Flora O'Connel Davis. He married Betty Arlene Black. Davis was a mechanic several years and a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro...
Louise Corzine (05/24/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Louise Corzine, 86, of Florissant, Mo., formerly of Union County, died Saturday, May 20, 2006, at her home. She was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Jonesboro, daughter of Charles Fredrick and Cora Lee Batson Lowrance. She and Richard Corzine were married April 1, 1939, in Jackson. He died Nov. 8, 1998...
Births 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
Eifert; Bowman; Hulvey
Cape/Jackson fire reports 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
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Cape police reports 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
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Out of the past 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
25 years ago: May 24, 1981 Maple Avenue United Methodist Church is constructing an addition to its edifice at 624 S. Ellis St.; ground was broken for the 3,200-square-foot structure last Sunday; the added space will be used for Sunday School rooms, office space, restrooms, nursery facilities, expanded kitchen facilities, and recreation area...
Revisionist history: Anti-war myths about Iraq debunked (05/24/06)
Iraqis can participate in three historic elections, pass the most liberal constitution in the Arab world, and form a unity government despite terrorist attacks and provocations. Yet for some critics of the president, these are minor matters. Like swallows to Capistrano, they keep returning to the same allegations: the president misled the country in order to justify the Iraq war; his administration pressured intelligence agencies to bias their judgments; Saddam Hussein turned out to be no threat since he didn't possess weapons of mass destruction; and helping democracy take root in the Middle East was a postwar rationalization. ...
Paula Kempe (05/24/06)
Another century. Another sense of values. Another set of manners. Another way of expressing your views. Another style for letters to the editor. These are the characteristics of a woman known to many readers of the Southeast Missourian because of her monthly letters to the editor, a form of participation in the issues of our time that reflects the days we remember fondly as yesteryear...
Standing by Sikeston on RR issue (05/24/06)
To the editor: In light of recent developments concerning Union Pacific Railroad's plan to increase train traffic through Sikeston, I am writing to once again state that ever since I was made aware of Union Pacific's plan, I have been adamantly opposed to the idea. In late April I sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board encouraging the members to consider an alternative Union Pacific route that does not go through the center of town...
The greatest of these is love (05/24/06)
To the editor: A little over four weeks ago, I married the love of my life. Four weeks to the day after my wedding day, I read a disturbing comment in Speak Out in favor of the discriminatory Marriage Protection Amendment. Marriage, to most people, is the sacred union of two people who love each other more than anything. I believe in the power of love. You don't have to be a Christian to know that love is a powerful force...
Concerns about Perryville golf plan (05/24/06)
To the editor: Here are excerpts from a letter I sent to the Rev. Jim Swift, provincial superior of the Vincentians: I read in the paper about the seminary getting involved in a golf course, which will lease 200 acres of the Vincentian property. I have heard that the Perryville Progress Corporation is waiting for a loan guarantee from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program...
Get tough on illegal immigration (05/24/06)
To the editor: The U.S. Senate, in its quest for the image of compassion toward illegal immigrants, is kicking around some truly dangerous ideas, some on the verge of passage. The Heritage Foundation has projected the major effect of the Senate's ideas to be 93 million southern-border immigrants 20 years from now. ...
Speak Out 5/24/06 (05/24/06)
Too much to ask; Railroad information; Spending priorities; Looking for more; Deserve a medal; Fine the offenders
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