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Stories from Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Eight Perry Co. stores caught selling booze to minors (07/11/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Eight convenience store employees were caught in an undercover police operation selling alcohol to minors in Perry County. The Perry County Sheriff's Department and Perryville Police Department targeted 13 area stores and at eight of them an underage informant was sold alcohol, according to a department news release. Summonses were issued to the employees...
Three charged in Fruitland burglary (07/11/06)
Three people were charged today with felony burglary for breaking into a Cape Girardeau County home...
Deal or No Deal tryouts coming to Southern Illinois (07/11/06)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Want to test your luck at winning $1 million? NBC's game show "Deal or No Deal," hosted by Howie Mandel, will hold a casting call Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Metropolis, Ill. According to WPSD News Channel 6, "Deal or No Deal" is looking for energetic, charismatic and outgoing individuals who can think quickly on their feet. Candidates should be at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. citizen. Each person will have 30 seconds to impress the interviewer...
Commission OKs plan for road panel (07/11/06)
With a little nudging from a county resident and a little chiding from County Clerk Rodney Miller, the Cape Girardeau County Commission approved a plan Monday to create an advisory committee to examine road issues. By a unanimous vote, the commission approved a six-year program that will put blacktop on 54.55 miles of county roads by 2012 if voters approve Proposition 1, a half-cent sales-tax increase on the Aug. 8 ballot...
Monday's rain not enough to make up for dry June (07/11/06)
Local farmers are hoping a wet July can heal ailing crops. Cape Girardeau and surrounding areas received only 1.54 inches of rain last month. The average rainfall for June is 3.81 inches. Monday's rainfall totaled 0.14 inches in Cape Girardeau and 1.5 inches in Dexter and New Madrid...
Cape clerk kicked in face (07/11/06)
A thief assaulted a Cape Girardeau video store clerk and stole adult entertainment-related items during a Monday night robbery. The robbery and attack at Semo Video, 501 Broadway, occurred around 5:40 p.m., according to police officer Jeffrey Nichols...
Putting the brakes on teen driving (07/11/06)
When the light turns green on William Street, you move forward just as an overzealous 16-year-old plows his new Mustang GT through the intersection and into your driver side door. Unfortunately for you, the fact that he made a perfect score on his driver's exam isn't going to save your life. The traffic lights will continue changing, taunting young drivers to beat that yellow signal -- to impress someone, to feel an adrenaline rush. Another accident is inevitable...
Jackson, Notre Dame top students recognized (07/11/06)
Jackson High School Valedictorian: Lauren Michelle Law Parents -- Dave and Laura Law Clubs/Activities -- FBLA co-president, chamber choir, choir council, National Honor Society president, Peer Tutors president, Fruitland 4-H vice president, Hi-Step, Junior Rotarians...
Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning agenda 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
401 Independence St. Hearings Discussion and voting on applications Subdivision plats...
County commissioners offer Jackson additional funds to endorse Prop 1 (07/11/06)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners promised the city of Jackson it would give them additional funds if the city endorses the countywide sales tax proposal. Proposition 1 would increase sales taxes by one-half percent, generating about $5.9 million the first year. After replacing current property taxes for roads and bridges, it will provide about $3.1 million to accelerate county road paving efforts and expand the sheriff's department...
Area briefs 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
Date set for accused drug dealer's jury trial A trial date was set Monday for a man accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer in Cape Girardeau. Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis scheduled Evan D. Johnson, 22, of 419 S. Sprigg St., for jury trial Nov. ...
Clarification 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
The $400,000 dedicated by the Scott County Commission for the Ramsey Creek Bridge project will come from leftover MoDOT credits for bridge projects, not from county funds.
Work begins today on sidewalk project (07/11/06)
Work will begin today on the Alma Schrader and Parkview Sidewalk Project. The official ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. today at Alma Schrader School. Nip Kelley Equipment Company is the contractor for this $88,000 TTF-2 project. Construction will consist of adding concrete sidewalks, repair of concrete driveway approaches, installation of ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps on Randol Avenue between Allendale Drive and Lynnwood Drive, Masters Drive from the intersection of Brookwood to Randol Avenue, and on Parkview Drive from Perry Avenue to West End Boulevard (on the North Side of Capaha Park).. ...
Learning briefs 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
Catholic school honored; Allen named to dean's list; CTC students win awards; Local students receive scholarships
Area youth development group seeks coordinator (07/11/06)
A youth development committee is seeking a coordinator who will promote its communitywide asset-building initative to foster positive development of the community's young people. Last week, the United Way of Southeast Missouri allocated $5,000 of its remaining funds from the 2005 campaign to the youth development committee. That money, along with another $5,000 from the Community Caring Council, will fund the youth development coordinator...
County, city receive archive grants (07/11/06)
Cape Girardeau County and the city of Cape Girardeau both received grants Monday to promote the preservation of archived records. The county will receive $3,203 from the Local Records Preservation Grants from the Missouri Secretary of State's office. The money will be used for a ladder in the archive center and to pay for contract personnel to index the archive's court records from 1847 to 1854...
Cape man charged with heroin, marijuana possession (07/11/06)
A Cape Girardeau man with a history of drug convictions was charged Monday with possession of heroin and marijuana. Raiman C. McKenny, 48, of 805 Ranney Ave., was arrested Sunday night following a suspected drug deal near Asher and Morgan Oak streets...
Cape Girardeau school board to review strategic plan today (07/11/06)
The Cape Girardeau school board will review a wide-ranging strategic plan for the public schools at its annual retreat today. The discussion at the Cape Girardeau Country Club could leave the board poised to approve the new five-year plan next Monday...
80 use bus on opening day (07/11/06)
Kimberly Dunning was ready. Ready for reliable transportation. Ready for more convenient service. Ready for the bus. Dunning and her 3-year-old daughter, Zoe Glueck, rode the new Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority bus Monday afternoon, taking a ride through the city and doing some shopping before getting off just blocks from her North Street home...
Lawmakers pitch license office reform (07/11/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A group of House Republicans announced a plan Monday to overhaul the state driver's license office system, which critics have said is marred by cronyism. The proposal by the five lawmakers -- none of whom is part of the House leadership -- is similar to a bill their Democratic colleagues have pushed the last two legislative sessions. ...
Five drown on St. Louis church trip (07/11/06)
BALLWIN, Mo. -- Four siblings who had never taken swimming lessons drowned along with a fifth youth after apparently going into a river to help their friend, family and authorities say. The sixth youth who had had been caught in an undertow survived...
Virginia gov clears convicted witch (07/11/06)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Witch of Pungo is no longer a witch. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine exonerated Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch tried by water, on Monday, the 300th anniversary of Sherwood's "ducking." Sherwood, a midwife who at times wore men's clothes, was accused causing a neighbor to miscarry. On July 10, 1706, she was dropped into the Lynnhaven River and floated -- proof she was guilty, according to belief system of the time...
Nation/world digest 07/11/06 (07/11/06)
Security Council delay vote on North Korea UNITED NATIONS -- Supporters of a resolution that would impose limited sanctions on North Korea agreed to delay a vote Monday in the hope that China can pressure Pyongyang to return to six-party talks on its nuclear program and halt missile tests, U.S. ...
FBI raid on politician's office legal, judge says (07/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Monday upheld the FBI's unprecedented raid of a congressional office, saying that barring searches of lawmakers' offices would turn Capitol Hill into "a taxpayer-subsidized sanctuary for crime." Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan rejected requests from lawmakers and Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May search of Jefferson's office...
Katrina insurance trial opens (07/11/06)
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A federal judge on Monday began hearing a groundbreaking trial that could signal whether thousands of people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina can receive payouts for losses their insurance companies claim were caused by flooding...
Gridiron golfers (07/11/06)
There was a distinct University of Nebraska flavor to Monday afternoon's tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club that served as a fundraiser for the Southeast Missouri State football program. But that really shouldn't come as a surprise, since first-year Southeast coach Tony Samuel played at Nebraska from 1974 to 1977, was an assistant coach there from 1986 to 1996 and has several former Cornhuskers players or coaches on his Redhawks staff...
Howard wins HR Derby title (07/11/06)
PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Phillies haven't been big winners for a long time. Thanks to Ryan Howard and Bobby Abreu, they're tough to beat in the Home Run Derby. Howard made certain his first trip to the All-Star game would be a memorable one, beating out the Mets' David Wright to give the Phillies their second derby winner in as many summers...
Landis battles injured right hip (07/11/06)
BORDEAUX, France -- American rider Floyd Landis is in constant pain due to an injured hip that he said Monday will need to be replaced after he finishes the Tour de France. Landis, one of the favorites to win this year's Tour, said the pain began after a crash in training in January 2003, when he fractured his right hip. The fracture cut off blood to the hip bone...
AL in position to extend dominance (07/11/06)
PITTSBURGH -- The numbers are so one-sided, it's startling. The American League is 8-0-1 in the last nine All-Star games. AL teams also swept the past two World Series and won 61 percent of interleague games against the NL this season. David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero and Ichiro Suzuki at the plate. Johan Santana, Roy Halladay and Mariano Rivera on the mound. Indeed, there's nothing junior about the Junior Circuit...
Rivalry would be good for the game (07/11/06)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Count Pete Sampras among those who figure that his records for most Wimbledon championships and Grand Slam titles will be eclipsed by Roger Federer. "I think he will break every tennis record out there," Sampras said. "I don't believe in rooting against someone. Records are made to be broken. I am pretty confident he's well on his way to breaking the Grand Slam record. He has all the tools, the demeanor, the whole package."...
Judge scolds defendent in Barton County case (07/11/06)
WICHITA, Kan. -- U.S. District Judge Monti Belot berated former track coach Lance Brauman on Monday for giving "evasive answers to straight questions" during the government's cross-examination of his testimony. The judge sent jurors out of the courtroom after Brauman testified that he ran the track program at Barton County Community College "the best way that I could" during questioning by prosecutor Debra Barnett about athlete time sheets and a summer course he taught...
NCAA will take hard look at prep institutions (07/11/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Julian Vaughn stands 6-foot-8, boasts a high GPA and is ready to enter one of America's most prestigious basketball factories -- Virginia's Oak Hill Academy. Nobody, not even the NCAA, can convince Vaughn he's making a mistake. Even after Oak Hill was placed last week on the list of 22 schools that will have its academic standards under review by the NCAA, Vaughn still intends to enroll there this fall...
Patrick may join Montoya on stock-car circuit in 2007 (07/11/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR could be getting a makeover next season. With Juan Pablo Montoya, a Colombian, bringing an international flavor to American stock car racing, the circuit is now apparently considering another major move -- bringing America's top female driver, Danica Patrick, to the series...
Despite incident, Zidane wins Golden Ball (07/11/06)
BERLIN -- France captain Zinedine Zidane, sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi late in Sunday's World Cup final loss to Italy, won the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. The results were released Monday morning in Berlin by FIFA...
Signing off: Garage sales face sign rules (07/11/06)
Our garage has become a crowded place. It's filled with white trash bags stuffed full of used toys, clothes and other items we freed from Bailey's bedroom. We plan to sell them at a garage sale later this year. But, of course, we must be careful not to erect a yard-sale sign that will make us sign criminals...
The extinction of yard-sale signs (07/11/06)
According to Cape Girardeau's new city ordinance, garage-sale signs are a thing of the past. For some people, this has been a tragedy comparable to that of East Cape evolving into the so-called Tawdry Town. But for the majority, this new ordinance will have as much of an impact on their lives as the extinction of the dodo bird. Sure, having such a rule may seem ridiculous and unfair, but are we really that upset?...
Donald Thompson (07/11/06)
Donald Wayne Thompson, 56, of Peru, Ill., died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. He was born Nov. 29, 1949, at Illmo, son of Rudy Martin and Ruie Evelyn Jackson Thompson. Thompson had been a janitor/maintenance worker at Horizon House. He was formerly of Scott City...
Ona Wright (07/11/06)
Ona Pearl Wright, 100, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 10, 2006, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Collins (07/11/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- William Collins, 84, of Olive Branch died Monday, July 10, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
LaVada Clements (07/11/06)
LaVada A. Clements, 72, of Jackson died Monday, July 10, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Andrew and Coletta Westrich Seyer. She and Elmer Clements were married Nov. 25, 1962, in Jackson...
Ida Newell (07/11/06)
RANDLES, Mo. -- Ida Arzella Newell, 78, of Pekin, Ill., died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at an assisted living center in McComb, Miss. She was born July 23, 1927, in Summerland, Ark., daughter of Lee Alfred and Sylvia Noe Phillips. She and Berlin C. Newell were married Feb. 27, 1947, at Morley, Mo. He died May 8, 1999...
Dewayne Newell (07/11/06)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Berlin Dewayne Newell, 57, of Vienna, Va., died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 27, 1948, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Berlin C. and Ida Arzella Newell. He married Patricia Diamanti. Newell was formerly of Pekin, Ill., and Morley. He was a graduate of Pekin Community High School and a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Pekin...
Geraldine Dunn (07/11/06)
Geraldine Dunn, 83, of Scott City died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 6, 1923, in East St. Louis, Ill., daughter of Joseph Henry and Jessie Mayfield Gottlob. She and Lloyd Franklin Dunn were married Oct. 6, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He died March 6, 1998...
Charles Jordan (07/11/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Charles "C.F." Jordan, 81, of Advance died Monday, July 10, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1924, at Painton, Mo., son of Albert and Connie Bass Jordan. Charles was a barber in the Advance area more than 46 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II...
Phillip Frey (07/11/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Phillip Colter Frey, 20, of Anna died Saturday, July 8, 2006, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Pulaski County. He was born May 22, 1986, in Anna, son of Tim and Mary Rothschild Frey. Frey was a 2004 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School and attended Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. He was a member of Mount Moriah Lutheran Church...
Births 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
Hicks; Conrad
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
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Out of the past 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
25 years ago: July 10, 1981 Scores of local state employees, all victims of Gov. Kit Bond's recent veto of a $360-a-year pay raise, vent their frustrations and anger at the governor during a protest march through Cape Girardeau streets followed by a rally on the Southeast Missouri State University campus...
Using our resources: Three Rivers attempting to find best uses of assets (07/11/06)
By Dr. John Cooper From the rocky Ozark foothills to the rich Mississippi Delta farmland, Southeast Missouri is a region blessed with vast and diverse resources. More than one-third of Missouri's cash crops are grown in the Bootheel. Our counties rank among the top in the state in the production of commodities like wheat, rice and cotton. ...
Vietnam memorial (07/11/06)
The wounds of the Vietnam era are deep, and many of them were inflicted emotionally when soldiers returned home to a country in political turmoil, a country that treated too many Vietnam veterans not as heroes, but as ideological outcasts. The Wall, the nation's memorial to soldiers who died as the result of the Vietnam War, provided a great deal of healing for many veterans. Local Vietnam memorials cropped up across the nation, but only years after the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam...
Ready to move ahead on funding (07/11/06)
To the editor: I am writing in response to a recent article regarding a resolution passed by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. The resolution declared that the board would not "authorize the issuance of bonds" for construction projects if repayment by the state "hasn't been granted" or if the legislature hasn't "passed a measure in support of the project." The resolution affirms the requirements of Senate Bill 718...
Real cures use adult stem cells (07/11/06)
To the editor: I'm asking your readers to wonder why most of the health organizations are spending millions to get us to vote for the Missouri stem-cell initiative and most of those opposed are women. If you look at embryonic stem-cell research, the researchers have to harvest eggs from women to do the research. ...
Flags are tribute to those who served (07/11/06)
To the editor: As I sat in a patriotic worship service July 2, I praised God that he has given my family the privilege of living in America, the greatest land on Earth. At sunrise on July 4, I watched as 30-plus men, women and youths gathered at the county park to display American flags in memory and honor of those who have served in the military to protect our great country. You could sense the respect, dignity and pride as they handled each flag...
Speeding motorist kills neighbor's dog (07/11/06)
To the editor: About 8:30 p.m. July 7, someone murdered my neighbor's dog. He could have been a child. A motorist came down the hill from Highway 177 on County Road 657 so fast -- way over the posted 25-mph speed limit. There are several speed-limit signs on our small road and signs saying there are children and animals. The motorists didn't even stop after murdering the dog. Does he care? Does he know? My neighbors are grieving the dog's loss as are we all. He could have been a child...
Speak Out 7/11/06 (07/11/06)
Federal term limits; Stylish calves; Sign test; Freedom of expression; Punctuation issue; Paying taxes; FBLA winners; Thanks for purse; Too many stops; Enough taxes; Time for lunch; Rail to trail
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