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Senior center sales tax to be decided Aug. 8 (08/01/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bollinger County voters will decide the future of a proposed hike in the county-wide sales tax for the senior center in the Aug. 8 primary election as well as pick between two first-time office-seekers vying for the soon-to-be-vacated recorder of deeds seat. The eighth-cent sales tax increase would generate ...
Coroner: Massive heart attack killed Chaffee lawman (08/01/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The police chief of this small Scott County town died unexpectedly early Monday from an apparent heart attack. Jeff Womack, 53, of Chaffee was pronounced dead Monday morning at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. "From all indications, he died from a massive heart attack," said close friend and Cape Girardeau Coroner John Clifton. No inquest or autopsy would be conducted...
Post office behind schedule (08/01/06)
The U.S. Postal Service has pushed back the expected reopening date for its North Frederick Street facility in Cape Girardeau to the first week of September. The one-month delay is due to prior commitments by the contractor and will allow officials to inspect the ...
Stores, shoppers await sales-tax holiday (08/01/06)
Missouri's sales-tax holiday has store managers anticipating a boost in business this weekend and consumers calculating cost savings on back-to-school purchases. The sales-tax holiday runs Friday through Sunday. The savings are limited to clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers and computer-related devices...
Back-to-school blitz (08/01/06)
Whatever you do, DON'T buy a backpack with wheels on it. In the world of back-to-school supply lists, it's like committing classroom treason. Purchasing trapper keepers and failing to put your child's name on supplies are similar violations. By now, most parents have realized the list of items they're responsible for purchasing seems to grow a little each fall...
Woman escapes unhurt from Cape house fire Monday (08/01/06)
A Cape Girardeau house fire sparked by a cigarette gutted a living room Monday, but the home's resident escaped safely. About $15,000 in damages were caused to the home at 515 Second St., according to a news release from the ...
Major contributors in the Republican primary for Cape Girardeau County clerk (08/01/06)
Paul Sander: Kara Clark Frank Emmendorfer, Cape Girardeau, $300; Bowen Engineering, Cape Girardeau, $325; Kara Clark, Cape Girardeau, $5,000 loan...
Major contributors in the 160th District Missouri House race (08/01/06)
Larry Tetley, Democrat: Steve Taylor, Sikeston, Mo., $325; Rice Burns Jr., Sikeston, $325; Missouri State United Auto Workers PAC, Hazelwood, Mo., $325; Ray Clinton, Sikeston, $325; Hoisting Engineers Local 513, Bridgeton, Mo., ...
Major contributors in the race for the 158th District Missouri House seat (08/01/06)
Matt Hill, Democrat: Nathan Cooper, Republican Media Continuing Committee, Jefferson City, Mo., $325; Missouri State Troopers Association PAC, Jefferson City, Mo., $200; Realtors PAC-Missouri, Columbia, Mo., $325; Teamsters Local Union No. 688 PAC, $325; District 4 Missouri Health Care Association PAC, Jefferson City, Mo., $325; Marion Tibbs, Poplar Bluff, Mo., $187.50; Edison Schools Inc., New York, N.Y., $175; Governmental Affairs Committee, St. ...
Hopefuls add to campaign coffers in election home-stretch (08/01/06)
The candidates for Cape Girardeau County clerk remained closely matched in fund-raising during July thanks to a $5,000 loan to one campaign and a single day of contributions that brought in $2,970 to the other. FIrst-time candidate Kara Clark made the loan to her ...
Guilty plea entered in online sex sting case (08/01/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Farmington, Mo., man caught in a Bollinger County sex sting targeting online predators pleaded guilty to attempted statutory rape. Edward M. Murphy, 43, entered his guilty plea Friday during an appearance before Judge William Syler.
Man suspected of taking money meant for disabled son (08/01/06)
An arrest warrant was issued for a man accused of stealing more than $2,000 under the guise of collecting it for his disabled son during a Cape Girardeau high school basketball game. Timothy J. Heuring, 45, of 613 Sycamore St., was charged Friday with felony stealing by deceit. Bond was ...
Cape man faces first-degree assault charges (08/01/06)
A woman was severely beaten in Cape Girardeau over the weekend, and her alleged attacker was charged and held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Michael A. Triplett, 21, of 312 W. Lorimier St., was charged with felony A first-degree assault for the early ...
Back to school countdown (08/01/06)
How much time do you have left? If you attend ... Cape Girardeau, Scott City and Meadow Heights school districts:
Learning briefs 8/1/06 (08/01/06)
Egbert receives honor at SEMO music camp; Delta students visit Washington, D.C.; Dean's lists; Scholarships
High temps pair with humidity making it feel like 115 degrees (08/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Johnny Stimage wasn't going to let the heat keep him away from his first look at the St. Louis Rams this season. Stimage, 72, and his son took the day off Monday from the barbershop they own and sat at Rams Park, ...
Highway Patrol leader leaving (08/01/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol's leader is leaving his job, meaning the patrol's top two positions will be open. The patrol said Monday that Col. Roger Stottlemyre, 57, is leaving as of Sept. 1. Stottlemyre started working for the patrol in September 1974...
MoDOT changes litter cleanup rules in response to Klan ruling (08/01/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A year-and-a-half after it lost a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Missouri enacted a new regulation Monday that could make it easier for the Ku Klux Klan to take part in litter cleanup programs. The regulation removes prohibitions on participating groups that deny membership based on race or for whom courts have taken notice of a history of violence...
Nation briefs 8/1/06 (08/01/06)
FDA to consider allowing 'Plan B' over-the-counter WASHINGTON -- The government is considering allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, called Plan B, to women 18 and older -- a surprise move Monday that revives efforts to widen access to the emergency contraceptive almost a year after it was thought doomed. ...
Midwest, Plains seek relief from heat wave (08/01/06)
CHICAGO -- The blowtorch heat that blistered California last week gripped the Midwest on Monday, prompting communities to throw air-conditioned buildings open to the public and endangering millions of people with outdoor jobs -- including NFL players in training camp...
Israel says no to cease-fire (08/01/06)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister declared Monday there would be no cease-fire with Hezbollah guerrillas, apologizing for the deaths of Lebanese civilians but saying "we will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror." His Security Cabinet approved widening the ground offensive...
University hires new compliance assistant AD (08/01/06)
Southeast Missouri State University his hired Jayson Santos to fill the vacancy as assistant athletic director for compliance, the university announced Monday. Santos begins his duties today. He is a journalism graduate from the University of Texas and obtained a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston...
Southern Miss suspends Craft for first two games (08/01/06)
Southern Miss football player Mitch Craft was suspended for the first two games of the 2006 football season, according to a report Sunday in the Hattiesburg American newspaper. Craft, a 2004 Central graduate, is heading into his sophomore season at Southern Miss. He was listed at No. 1 on the team's depth chart at middle linebacker according to the university's 2006 Preseason Football Guide...
Hill makes debut at training camp (08/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A four-day training camp holdout earned Tye Hill extra scrutiny on his first day of practice with the St. Louis Rams. Instead of easing their first-round pick into the mix on Monday, Hill was given plenty of action with the second unit at cornerback. He also saw time as a gunner on special teams, and tried, unsuccessfully, to cover Torry Holt...
Minnesota rookie lineman makes positive impression (08/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- In the battle of guards taken on consecutive picks in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams, Mark Setterstrom appears to be running well ahead of Missouri's Tony Palmer. Coach Scott Linehan was effusive about the skills of Setterstrom, a four-year starter at Minnesota taken with the 242nd pick. His endorsement of Palmer, who missed only a few starts in four seasons at Missouri and the 243rd player taken, was less convincing...
No sweat?: Edwards sets tone for his new squad by donning sweat shirt (08/01/06)
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- It's close to 100 degrees in normally balmy western Wisconsin, and Herman Edwards is wearing a sweat shirt. If his players have to be hot and miserable, then he'll be hot and miserable, too. The first-year coach of the Kansas City Chiefs learned a lot during his playing career as a Pro Bowl defensive back, especially about how much players appreciate the little things in their coach...
Maddux dealt to L.A.; Soriano stays in D.C. (08/01/06)
NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the biggest deal before baseball's nonwaiver trade deadline Monday, while the Washington Nationals surprised some teams by holding onto Alfonso Soriano. A 327-game winner and four-time Cy Young Award winner, Maddux waived his no-trade clause and accepted the trade to Los Angeles, who sent Gold Glove infielder Cesar Izturis to the Cubs. Chicago is giving $2 million to the Dodgers as part of the trade...
Earnhardt has work to do to make Chase (08/01/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent his final off weekend at Will Ferrell's movie premiere, judged a Miss Hooters pageant in Las Vegas, then returned home to host a get-together for his online racing league. Now it's back to work, with little time to play over the next six weeks...
Landis' testosterone synthetic, not natural, newspaper reports (08/01/06)
NEW YORK -- Tests show that some of the testosterone in Floyd Landis' system at the Tour de France was synthetic and not naturally produced by his body as he claimed, according to a newspaper report. The French antidoping lab testing the American cyclist's samples determined that some of the hormone came from an external source, The New York Times reported on its Web site Monday night, citing a person at the International Cycling Union with knowledge of the result...
National team returns to camp with world event 20 days away (08/01/06)
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Krzyzewski's version of summer school was back in session Monday. With the start of the world championships only 20 days away and their first exhibition game this week, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the U.S. basketball team returned here for their second segment of training camp...
Gatlin's coach may face ban (08/01/06)
LONDON -- Justin Gatlin's coach could face a two-year ban if the Olympic and world champion sprinter is found guilty of a second doping violation, the sport's international governing body said Monday. The International Association of Athletics Federations will only act should evidence link Trevor Graham to any doping violations and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency decides not to take action against him, according to IAAF spokesman Nick Davies...
For Cardinals, it's Sosa (08/01/06)
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves dealt Jorge Sosa to the St. Louis Cardinals for a minor leaguer at the trade deadline Monday, one day after the disappointing pitcher was designated for assignment. Sosa was a huge surprise in 2005, going 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA after being acquired from Tampa Bay for a backup infielder during spring training...
Parents brace for back-to-school costs (08/01/06)
It's that time of year again when parents of school-age children look frantically at their bank accounts and wonder if they will have to take out a second mortgage to pay for all those back-to-school supplies and clothes. Even with the upcoming sales-tax holiday, it won't be cheap...
View from the top: Local college student finds perfect place and survives family vacation (08/01/06)
When every road becomes a path to Wal-Mart and the horizon is overshadowed by golden arches, sometimes you just have to start climbing above it all. Occasionally, it's good to have a reminder as to what the earth looked like before credit cards and terrorists. I needed a reminder myself -- something to show me there's more to this place than global panic and the leather couch I watch it from. Somewhere, there was something good to see...
FEMA director says he probably would catch Spike Lee film on Katrina (08/01/06)
MIAMI -- Spike Lee's movie about Hurricane Katrina might just get an audience from the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but the celebrity director shouldn't necessarily expect President Bush to watch it. FEMA director R. David Paulison said Monday that if he's not too busy grappling with hurricane season, he probably would catch Lee's film, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," scheduled to air on HBO Aug. 21-22...
Jeffery Womack (08/01/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jeffery Glenn Womack, 53, of Chaffee died Monday, July 31, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 24, 1952, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Tom Ford and Elizabeth McKibben Womack. He and Marva Morgan were married Dec. 30, 1973, at Parma, Mo. Womack was employed with Missouri State Highway Patrol 25 years, retiring in 2003. He served with Jackson Police Department two years, and he and his wife moved to Chaffee two years ago, where he served as chief of police...
Marissa Ramsey (08/01/06)
Marissa Louise Ramsey, 40 days, of Fort Knox, Ky., died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at her home. She was born June 16, 2006, in Fort Knox, daughter of Robert Chad and Suanne Lee Baker Ramsey. Survivors include her parents; a sister, Madelyn Sue Baker of the home; maternal grandparents, Melanie Ann Carr and husband Johnny of Advance, Mo., Chad Lucas Baker of California; maternal great-grandparents, Vivian Webb of Cape Girardeau, Ray Baker of the state of Texas; maternal great-great-grandmother, Wanda Holland of Cape Girardeau; paternal grandparents, Jana Wolfe and husband James of Springfield, Mo., Robert Charles Ramsey and wife Cindy of Jackson; paternal great-grandparents, Robert "Bob" and Dorothy Ramsey of Jackson, and Hattie Barnes of Springfield.. ...
Charles Goddard Jr. (08/01/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Charles A. Goddard Jr., 89, a lifetime resident of Chaffee, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Goddard was born in Chaffee Oct. 18, 1916, to Charles Arthur and Coletta Pauline Pobst Goddard Sr...
Roberta Bennett (08/01/06)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Roberta Maxine Bennett, 77, of Mound City died Monday, July 31, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Benton, Ill., daughter of Jimmy Bell and Helen Rossio. She was raised by her grandparents, Jim and Lizza Doll Rossio. She and Wathie L. Bennett were married Aug. 24, 1948, in West City, Ill...
Births 8/1/06 (08/01/06)
Nigro; Reddick; Berry; Braden; White; Menz; West; Dirden
Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/1/06 (08/01/06)
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Out of the past 8/1/06 (08/01/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 1, 1981 A strike threatened for Monday by the nation's air-traffic controllers could disrupt Ozark Air Lines service in Cape Girardeau under a Federal Aviation Agency contingency strike plan to disallow some carrier flights of less than 500 miles; if the nation's controllers vote to impose a strike Monday, the seven controllers assigned to Cape Girardeau will participate, and pickets will be set up at Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport...
I'm sorry: Prison inmate acknowledges the hurt he has caused (08/01/06)
By Justin Roach Dear editor: I am writing to ask you a huge favor. Please read this entire letter before throwing it away. Please. I am 21 years old and am serving seven years in prison for crimes I has committed against people of the community of Cape Girardeau...
Tracking trends (08/01/06)
There are many ways to measure business trends. The trouble if that most economic surveys are several months old by the time their results are made public. Moreover, a good many of these indicators reflect statewide or national trends that don't allow for local variables...
All noise isn't bad for you (08/01/06)
To the editor: In response to the letter "Too much noise can be dangerous": First and foremost, there are good and bad levels of noise. You can turn up a "clean" stereo system and listen to it loud without any hearing damage at all. So what. A TV and music in a doctor's office. ...
Corps' work affects new boat ramp (08/01/06)
To the editor: The Missouri Conservation Department recently finished improvements to the Red Star boat ramp on the Mississippi River. This is the only river access during low water for fishermen, pleasure boaters, emergency personnel and towboat operators picking up employees. This improvement is long overdue, but it has been put in jeopardy by work that the Corps of Engineers did at Cape Rock...
Speak Out 8/1/06 (08/01/06)
Whose interests?; Preserve countryside; Tax the producers; Child restraints; Amazing art; Using embryos; Higher-ed testing
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