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St. Andrew's longtime pastor Louis Launhardt dies (07/17/06)
In his 32 years at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, the Rev. Louis Launhardt helped establish new ministries, received several awards for community involvement and touched the lives of many. "Pastor Launhardt was a friend and pastor to so many people in our community. There are literally thousands who would count him among their friends and as a pastor," said Jim Hicks, a lay minister who worked with Launhardt at St. Andrew's for 20 years...
Law enforcement name drowning victim (07/17/06)
Law enforcement said Monday that the body of Caleb Lumos, a 23-year-old from Cape Girardeau, was recovered Sunday from Lake of Egypt in the north end of Johnson County in Illinois. Rescue crews found Lumos in Lake of Egypt between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy will be performed today. Foul play is not suspected...
Cape area drivers eye rising fuel prices (07/17/06)
Record high crude oil prices have sent the cost of gasoline climbing, and some local drivers were doing all they could to compensate and save a few cents. The state average for gasoline was around $2.90 to $2.95 a gallon, closing in on the record high state price of $3.06 from September 2005, according to AAA spokesman Mike Right...
Heisserer, Lewis add to coffers for 32nd Circuit race (07/17/06)
The closest 2004 election contest in Southeast Missouri saw a narrow gap at the polls but the same wasn't true for the two campaigns' bank accounts. John Heisserer, a Democrat appointed in 2003 to be circuit judge in the 32nd Judicial Circuit, lost his post by 272 votes to Republican Ben Lewis. But Heisserer far surpassed his rival in fund-raising, building a 4-to-1 advantage...
Mann, Horman vie for judgeship in Aug. 8 primary (07/17/06)
Judge David Mann is a little out of practice when it comes to running for a contested office. He hasn't done so in 26 years. But this year a challenger -- Scott Horman, a lawyer who lives in Chaffee and practices law in Scott City -- stepped forward to try to break the long run...
Illinois authorities: Drowning victim's body found (07/17/06)
VIENNA, Ill. -- The drowning of a 23-year-old Southeast Missouri man is being investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, though no foul play is suspected. Sheriff Elry Faulkner said the man's body was recovered Sunday afternoon from Lake of Egypt in the north end of Johnson County...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
7:30 p.m. today Public hearings Action items Power and light committee Street committee...
32nd Judicial Circuit 2006 campaign finance report (07/17/06)
The following are all the donors who gave $100 or more to either John Heisserer, Democrat, or Benjamin Lewis, Republican, in the race for circuit judge in the 32nd Judicial Circuit. Lewis is the incumbent, seeking full six-year term in the November election. Campaign disclosure reports filed last week cover the period April 1 through June 30...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
7 p.m. today Study session at 5 p.m. Proclamations Presentations Public hearings Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings) New ordinances (First readings) Resolutions Appointment Other...
Sikeston, Benton natives vie for Scott County presiding commissioner (07/17/06)
Small-town barbershops are places where men shoot the breeze, and Glenn Pinkerton's Natural Image is no different. The shop in downtown Sikeston has for decades been a place where the town's male populace trades gossip, facts, opinions and frustrations...
Bright minds: Notre Dame's summer camp examines the properties of light (07/17/06)
Notre Dame Regional High School teachers Jerry Landewe and Angie Schaefer have to keep the curriculum fresh for summer science campers because so many return every summer. With the observatory new to the school, astronomy was on the agenda. Class met there Thursday night to look at the stars. They also identified Jupiter and five of its moons...
PWP announces the month's events (07/17/06)
Parents Without Partners August calendar: n Line dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Silver Saddles Country and Western Club, 330 S. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. Open to the public. There is a cost. Call 335-0797 for more information, or e-mail: capesemopwp@yahoo.com...
Community briefs 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
Cape library presents program on pet care Cheryle Dillon, events and outreach coordinator for the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, will present "Pet Care" at 7 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Public Library's Hirsch Community Room. The program is free and suitable for the whole family. Members of the summer reading program who bring an item for the Humane Society's "Begging List" will be eligible to enter a special prize drawing...
Area men finish basic training at Lackland AFB (07/17/06)
n Air Force Airman Scott A. Cross graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Cross is the son of John Cross of Charleston, Mo., and Melanie Riley of Wyatt, Mo. He is a 2001 graduate of East Prairie High School, East Prairie, Mo...
Talent widens money lead over McCaskill (07/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jim Talent has expanded his lead over Democratic rival Claire McCaskill in the race for campaign cash, pulling in $2.2 million from April through June, new finance reports show. McCaskill raised about $1.45 million over the same period, according to documents filed late Saturday with the Federal Election Commission...
Biotech crops' role increases in clothing industry (07/17/06)
In a sneak peek of what could be fashion's future, leggy models draped in dresses by designers like Oscar de la Renta and Versace strut their stuff on the runway. But this is no Paris or New York fashion show. Rather, the scene is a Toronto biotechnology conference and the dresses are made from a new fiber called Ingeo, made largely from genetically engineered corn...
Nation briefs 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
Small plane crashes into Ore. neighborhood; Doctor suspected in building collapse dies
Congress moving to send stem-cell research bill to Bush for his first veto (07/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- Congress embarks this week on the weightiest of debates on morality and the march of science, deciding whether to use public money for embryonic stem-cell research and, in turn, setting up President Bush's first veto. Neither the House nor Senate has demonstrated enough support for the bill to override a veto, though the House probably will try, just to give Bush a definitive victory in the showdown...
Heat wave has much of nation sizzling (07/17/06)
CHICAGO -- Temperatures soared into the upper 90s and higher Sunday from coast to coast, bringing out heat warnings, wilting athletes and driving others into the shade. The choking heat was expected to continue for the next few days, and the hot air was moving toward the East Coast, meteorologists said...
Thunderstorms threaten area of huge So. California wildfires (07/17/06)
YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. -- Fire crews struggled Sunday to quell wildfires still raging across steep, rocky swaths of this desert region, as the harsh terrain slowed efforts to fully contain the blazes that have destroyed 58 homes and scorched more than 120 square miles...
World briefs 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
Tropical storm Bilis kills 115 in China; Bombay lowers bombing death toll to 182; Leftist candidate calls for 'civil resistance'
Iraqi suicide bomber strikes Shiite cafe, killing 26; top official kidnapped (07/17/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber detonated explosives Sunday inside a cafe packed with Shiites in northern Iraq, killing 26 people and injuring 22, an Iraqi general said. Gunmen seized a top Oil Ministry official, the second major kidnapping in as many days...
Bush, world leaders worry Mideast will plunge into wider war, chaos (07/17/06)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Bush and other world leaders struggled Sunday to prevent Mideast violence from exploding into a wider war. They urged Israel to show "utmost restraint" and blamed Islamic militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas for igniting the escalating five-day-old crisis...
Violence escalates in Lebanon (07/17/06)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hezbollah and Israel traded rocket and missile barrages without letup for a fifth day Sunday, as the war that has suddenly flared in the Middle East showed no sign of easing. Hezbollah rockets struck deep inside Israel, killing eight people in the northern city of Haifa, and Israel answered with even more lethal blows across Lebanon and into the Bekaa Valley near Syria...
Dunklin carries top seed in district (07/17/06)
Dunklin County, which ranks annually among the top American Legion teams in District 14, will enter the district tournament as the top seed and favorite this year, but controversy over the pairings has already created a buzz as the tournament begins Tuesday at Chaffee...
Capahas win NBC Mid-South Regional (07/17/06)
The Plaza Tire Capahas weren't as dominant as last year, when they won all three of their games by at least 10 runs and outscored the opposition 40-4. But the Capahas still breezed to the title in the 2006 National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional at Capaha Field...
Spaniard continues to wear yellow (07/17/06)
GAP, France -- Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo won stage 14 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while Spain's Oscar Pereiro kept the overall lead. Fedrigo, of the Bouygues Telecom team, beat Italy's Salvatore Commesso at the line after they broke away from the main pack. Pereiro and American Floyd Landis, who is second overall, both finished in a group together, 7 seconds behind the winner...
Cards claim 7th straight, finish off Dodgers with 11-3 win (07/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Hitting in front of Albert Pujols has been the perfect spot in the batting order for Chris Duncan. The rookie had his second straight three-hit game, and scored all three times on hits by Pujols, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat up on All-Star starter Brad Penny in an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday...
Weaver will make St. Louis debut vs. Braves (07/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Just like the reclamation project who preceded him, Jeff Weaver comes to the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation with high hopes and a shaky past. The right-hander, acquired after Sidney Ponson was released just before the All-Star break, gets his first start tonight against the Atlanta Braves. Weaver won 14 games last season and was, in the words of manager Tony La Russa, "too pricey" as a free agent in the offseason, ending up with an $8 million deal with the Angels...
Kyle Busch proves fast learner at Lenox 300 (07/17/06)
LOUDON, N.H. -- Kyle Busch learned some hard lessons last year as a rookie in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series. He put some of that knowledge to good use Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway on the way to his first victory of the season. "We're just trying to bide our time, making our own race and trying to get it to the end in one piece," Busch said. ...
Kim prolongs Gulbis' wait for first win in sudden death (07/17/06)
Natalie Gulbis tried to mask the hurt inside. "I'm always smiling. But it's very upsetting," Gulbis said after Mi Hyun Kim rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat her and win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, on Sunday...
Repairs on Chan's start today (07/17/06)
Good news for all you Chan's junkies -- work is beginning today to repair the popular Cape Girardeau Chinese restaurant that was damaged by a fire in January. The extensive construction work is expected to be finished in September. The work is being done by Denali Construction, a Drury-owned company. Ed Thompson of Denali said that a realistic time frame for the work is about two months. It should open shortly after that...
Uproar over diarrhea drug grown in modified rice crops (07/17/06)
LIMA, Peru -- It should have been a triumphant moment for Dr. Nelly Zavaleta when many of the diarrhea-stricken babies she treated with an experimental U.S. drug got better quicker than expected. Instead, one of Peru's top scientists finds herself a target of a criminal investigation, a professional ethics complaint and at the center of a global debate over food crops genetically engineered with human genes to produce drugs...
Welcome to Biotown: Indiana farming community tries for all-renewable sources (07/17/06)
REYNOLDS, Ind. -- This farming hamlet is aiming at generating its own electricity and gas, using everything from municipal trash to farm waste, hog manure and even town sewage. If the experiment works, Reynolds and its 500 residents will be the nation's first community to use renewable resources to meet the energy needs of all their homes and businesses...
People on the move 07/17/06 (07/17/06)
Hospital hires director of Neurosciences Institute Saint Francis Medical Center has hired Elizabeth Mullikin as the new director of the Neurosciences Institute. Prior to joining Saint Francis, Mullikin was administrator of neurosciences at Washoe Health System in Reno, Nev. Mullikin is a certified neurophysiologic intraoperative monitor technologist, a registered evoked potential technologist, an electroencephalographic technologist and a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer...
Banks try to set themselves apart from the pack (07/17/06)
With deposits among the 13 banks in Cape Girardeau exceeding $1 billion, plenty of opportunity exists to compete for customers. The trick is getting the customers. "There are a lot of good bankers in town, and we do have good choices," said Steve Green, president of First Community Bank in Cape Girardeau. "But there's very little difference."...
Willis Lohmann (07/17/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Willis A. Lohmann, 76, of Farrar, Mo., died Sunday, July 16, 2006 at the Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville. He was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Farrar, son of Edwin J. and Lydia Hadler Lohmann. He and Margie E. Petzoldt were married Aug. 18, 1956...
Rev. Louis H. Launhardt (07/17/06)
The Rev. Louis H. Launhardt, 74, of Jackson died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at his residence in Jackson. He was born Aug. 20, 1931, in St. Louis. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Esther Maevers (07/17/06)
Esther L. Maevers, 84, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 15, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 31, 1922, in Egypt Mills, daughter of Sherman and Leona Foeste Maevers. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills, Mo., and resided in southern California for 40 years...
Harold Pruitt Sr. (07/17/06)
Harold Robert Pruitt Sr., 82, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 3, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, son of Otis and Mae Elizabeth Angle Pruitt. He and Betty Chansler were married in Osceola, Ark., and she preceded him in death...
Marion Buerck (07/17/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marion C. Buerck, 84, of Perryville, died Sunday, July 15, 2006, at the Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville. He was born Sept. 12, 1921, in Menfro, Mo., son of Oscar and Gertrude Hogard Buerck. He and Mildred Regelsperger were married April 7, 1945...
Bette Wiist (07/17/06)
Bette L. Wiist, 81, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Columbia, Ill., daughter of Max and Mina Noelke Radau. She and Karl E. Wiist were married on Dec. 22, 1949, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1982...
Cape police reports 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Cape/Jackson fire reports 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
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Out of the past 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
25 years ago: July 17, 1981 Dr. Robert C. Briner, director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Laboratory in Cape Girardeau, has been named to serve on a 32-member statewide commission to find new ways to combat crime. Following a meeting last night to discuss contract negotiations, Cape Girardeau area members of the American Postal Workers Union decided to wait until Monday to decide what action to take should their contract expire, as it is scheduled to do at midnight Monday...
Benevolence (07/17/06)
On a clear spring Sunday afternoon in 2005, 13-year-old Brandon Sandvos and a friend were fishing at a farm pond near Kelso, Mo. Though not a strong swimmer, Brandon jumped from a homemade raft to retrieve a paddle. His 11-year-old friend on the bank never saw him come back to the surface...
Parents can control computer access (07/17/06)
To the editor: For all the parents who say they do not know what to do about there kids going on MySpace.com, MSN and other chat sites, talking to complete strangers and giving out personal information to meet them, I have a solution. I am 14 years old and have not used the computer in years. ...
Taylor Crowe is amazing and caring (07/17/06)
To the editor: Sean Ludwig's story on David and Taylor Crowe and their efforts to educate people on autism was very much appreciated. I have been privileged to be an acquaintance of Taylor, who truly serves as an inspiration not only to those battling autism, but to everyone who knows him. ...
Speak Out 7/17/06 (07/17/06)
Asking for more; Yard-sale maps; Buy U.S. products; Kids in church; Fabulous map; Roundabout worries; Spending Republicans; Immigration stand; No on new taxes; Driving experience; Counting decibels; Good system; Easily fooled; Told you so; Skewed statistics
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