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Bell City school funding case goes to attorney general's office (08/14/06)
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn has asked the Missouri Attorney General's office to review a state investigate report on the Bell City School District illegally obtaining state aid. Welborn declined Monday to discuss his reasons for forwarding the matter to the attorney general's office...
Six apply in Cape county's old bridge giveaway (08/14/06)
The applications are in for Cape Girardeau County's bridge giveaway, and commissioners now have to sort through the proposals. One applicant wants to use the bridge to enhance the surroundings of one of Cape Girardeau's oldest homes. Another wants to move it to a spot near the Castor River in Bollinger County to enhance a campground...
As new federal courthouse nears completion, it's time to choose a name (08/14/06)
With about four months before the completion of the new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, the question remains: What will its name be? Naming federal buildings after a person is a fairly new trend that has gained popularity in the last 20 years or so, according to Charlie Cook, spokesman for the General Services Administration, which oversees construction and operation of federal buildings...
Electric increase on board agenda (08/14/06)
As officials in Jackson prepare for major electric rate revisions, one Missouri mayor is voted out of office by unhappy residents who saw their town's electric rates jump 45 percent over a five-month period. Jackson's Board of Aldermen will discuss plans for increasing electric rates at tonight's study session meeting about one week after Farmington voters ousted Mayor Charles Rorex by 634 votes in a recall election...
What not to wear (08/14/06)
High school principal Dr. Mike Cowan spends part of his summers looking at the latest teenage fashions. The Cape Girardeau Central High School principal doesn't admire such fashion; he just wants to know before the start of the school year what popular fashions will put students in violation of the school dress code. As he judges it, a lot of store-bought clothes won't pass muster...
Cape airport FBO to get $300,000 make-over (08/14/06)
The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport's fixed-base operation is set to undergo a $300,000 renovation project that airport manager Bruce Loy calls "long overdue." "It's the gateway to Cape Girardeau for our recreational pilots and visiting pilots," Loy said Friday. "And it's in pretty bad shape right now."...
Learning to help children: CASA volunteer training begins in September (08/14/06)
The annual CASA barbeque coming up Friday at Bavarian Halle in Jackson is an important fund raiser because it clears $24,412 of the organization's $50,980 operating budget. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the organization that served 78 neglected and/ or abused children last year, would find it difficult to exist without a successful barbecue...
Community briefs 8/14/06 (08/14/06)
Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club to meet The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will meet Thursday at Dexter Barbecue in Cape Girardeau, beginning with a meal at 6:15 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. and a guest speaker to follow. The Neighborhood Connections group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ...
Fisher promoted to sergeant in Guard (08/14/06)
Charlie Company, 110th Engineer Battalion of the Missouri Army National Guard, promoted Spc. Tomas Fisher to sergeant recently in Baghdad, Iraq, in the company motor pool where he works daily. Fisher tracks all the vehicles and orders the parts needed for the maintenance of their specialized equipment. He also maintains daily reports on the status of every vehicle in Charlie Company...
Tests on mysterious stone could help rewrite Illinois history (08/14/06)
QUINCY, Ill. -- What's certain is that something's written in the stone. What's less certain is whether the markings have any historical significance. Now, University of Illinois scientists have agreed to examine the limestone slab some believe proves French explorer Robert Cavelier de LaSalle was the first white man to see the upper Mississippi River in 1671 -- two years before Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet made their famous trek...
Part of Nixa home collapses into giant hole (08/14/06)
NIXA, Mo. -- A leisurely Sunday morning turned frightening for one southwest Missouri man when a giant sinkhole opened up and swallowed a portion of his home, including his garage and a car parked inside. The homeowner was reading the paper when the ground started shifting around 8:30 a.m. Initially, the man thought a tornado was responsible for the loud rumble, said city spokesman Bryan Newberry...
NASA revisiting Apollo for ideas, parts in new moon rocket (08/14/06)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Jim Snoddy and other NASA engineers didn't just go to the drawing board or a warehouse when they needed ideas -- and parts -- for America's next lunar rocket. Instead, they went to space museums. Facing tight deadlines and uncertain budgets as it works on President Bush's plan to send the United States back to the moon and on to Mars, NASA is both cannibalizing and analyzing pieces of its glory years: the Apollo program that first landed astronauts on the lunar surface in 1969.. ...
Possible Lincoln courting couch, chair on display (08/14/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An abundant supply of bachelors in 19th century Springfield motivated Elizabeth Todd Edwards to invite her unmarried sisters, including the future bride of Abraham Lincoln, for frequent visits to the Edwards home on Aristocracy Hill...
Armadillos making inroads into eastern Missouri (08/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Armadillos, which began pushing into southern Missouri in the early 1980s, have been showing up more frequently in St. Louis and surrounding counties. The small armored animals, long associated with warm weather Southern states, have been showing that they can adapt to winter weather in central Missouri and southern Illinois...
Ill. man builds ultralight aircraft (08/14/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Victor Vicari of Goreville has found a way to beat the high cost of sport flying. Instead of buying a plane, he built one in his garage. "The main reason I built it is that the cost of owning a plane is so high," Vicari said at the Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale...
Reporter details abduction that led to 82 days of captivity in Iraq (08/14/06)
BOSTON -- At one of the most desperate moments of her captivity in Iraq, fearing she was about to be beheaded, reporter Jill Carroll pleaded with one of her captors for a quick death by pistol, saying: "I don't want the knife." In her first public account of her 82-day hostage ordeal, Carroll said she had feared the worst when her captors said they planned to use her in a second propaganda video. ...
New air travel rules imposed Sunday: Baby food OK; mascara not allowed (08/14/06)
WASHINGTON -- Air travelers were handed new rules Sunday, given permission to carry small amounts of liquid nonprescription medicine onto a plane and instructed to remove their shoes during security checks. The shoes have to be placed on an X-ray belt for screening before passengers can put them back on...
Sphere factor: Astronomers struggle to define 'planet' -- and perhaps name a new one (08/14/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Our solar system is suffering an identity crisis. For decades, it has consisted of nine planets, even as scientists debated whether Pluto really belonged. Then the recent discovery of an object larger and farther away than Pluto threatened to throw this slice of the cosmos into chaos...
Polygamist's fugitive daughter on 'most wanted' list (08/14/06)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A relative in prison tipped the Houston FBI -- now the fugitive daughter of a deceased Utah polygamist is on the agency's "most wanted" list. Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron has been on the run since 1992. She's wanted in connection with four 1988 murders in Houston and Irving, Texas, according to her wanted poster on the agency's Web site...
Churches, congregants losing billions to fraud (08/14/06)
Randall W. Harding sang in the choir at Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, Calif., and donated part of his conspicuous wealth to its ministries. In his business dealings, he underscored his faith by naming his investment firm JTL, or "Just the Lord." Pastors and churchgoers alike entrusted their money to him...
Gateses: Discovery of microbicide seen as next big breakthrough against AIDS (08/14/06)
TORONTO -- Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation has contributed $1.9 billion to fight AIDS, said Sunday that the search for HIV prevention drugs that would empower women could be the "next big breakthrough" in combating the disease. The couple joined more than 24,000 scientists, activists, celebrities, HIV-positive people and humanitarians from 132 countries for a conference on how to combat the disease that has killed 25 million people since the first case was reported a quarter of a century ago.. ...
With insurgents, crumbling infrastructure to blame, Iraqis face major energy crisis (08/14/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Under a scorching sun, Baghdad taxi driver Sameer Abdul Razzaq wraps a wet towel around his head and waits for gasoline in a line stretching a mile. "I've been here since 6 a.m.," he said Sunday. "If I'm lucky, I'll get to the end of the line by sunset. I actually think I might end up spending the night here."...
Castro tells Cubans he faces a long recovery in sober birthday greeting (08/14/06)
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro sent Cubans a sober greeting on his 80th birthday Sunday, saying he faces a long recovery from surgery -- and warning they should be prepared for "adverse news." But he encouraged them to be optimistic and said Cuba "will continue marching on perfectly well."...
Baghdad blasts kill at least 47 (08/14/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Car bombs and a rocket barrage struck a crowded, predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad late Sunday, killing at least 47 people and wounding at least 148, authorities said. The attack on the Zafraniyah neighborhood in southern Baghdad began about 7:15 p.m. with two car bombs and a barrage of an estimated nine rockets, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Saddoun Abu al-Ula said...
Fighting raged as cease-fire neared (08/14/06)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Cabinet became the final party to sign on to the U.N. cease-fire deal Sunday, while Israeli planes blasted Beirut and ground troops battled Hezbollah in south Lebanon seeking to batter the militant Islamic group in the hours before fighting stopped...
British warn the fight against terror not over (08/14/06)
LONDON -- Authorities warned Britons to remain vigilant on Sunday, saying that 24 separate terrorism probes under way showed they could still be in the crosshairs of Islamic militants even after security forces foiled an alleged plot to bring down packed planes heading to the United States...
Area sports digest 8/14/06 (08/14/06)
Nationals improve to 2-1 at national tourney The Heartland Nationals 12-and-under softball team improved to 2-1 in poop play Sunday in the Babe Ruth 12U World Series. The Nationals, a all-star team made up of players from Kelso, New Hamburg an Oran, handed Mount Olive, N.J., its first loss in pool play, rallying for an 11-7 victory. Mount Olive finished pool play with a 3-1 record...
Fading dodgeball fad goes Underground in Jackson (08/14/06)
The dodgeball craze that swept across the nation has come and gone, but the Jackson Underground Dodgeball League is still here. However, the decline of dodgeball's "fad" status has taken its toll on the league. The league hosted its annual Summer Slam tournament at Litz Park in Jackson on Saturday. The tournament, which once attracted as many as 23 teams, featured only five this year...
Little League begins to limit pitch counts to protect young arms (08/14/06)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- E.J. Strehlow is a Little League pitcher with a big-league injury. The 12-year-old Strehlow tore a ligament in his right elbow last year, a condition that his father Ernie Strehlow said occurred from throwing too much at a young age...
Harvick uses late pass, wins at The Glen (08/14/06)
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- With a lot of skill and loads of luck, Kevin Harvick stole a road race at Watkins Glen International that seemed to be Kurt Busch's from the start. Harvick, who moved into contention when Busch was penalized for pitting too soon midway through the 90-lap race, passed Tony Stewart with three laps to go Sunday and won the caution-plagued AMD at The Glen...
Kerr wins another title at Stanford's expense (08/14/06)
Cristie Kerr has nothing against Angela Stanford. It's certainly hard to tell, though, the way Kerr is running up her LPGA Tour victory total at Stanford's expense. "I like Angela," Kerr said Sunday at the Canadian Women's Open in London, Ontario, after rallying to beat Stanford for the second time in three months. "She's a fellow Solheim Cup team member of mine and I have great respect for her. I think she's a great player."...
Job on the line (08/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Claude Terrell started 10 games at left guard for the St. Louis Rams in his rookie season. This summer, he's had nothing but struggles. Terrell likely would not have entered training camp with the first team because of the emergence of Richie Incognito, a third-round pick last year who missed all of last season after knee surgery...
U.S. improves to 4-0 in exhibition games (08/14/06)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Good news for the United States as the world championships approach: Carmelo Anthony is at full strength and the team is playing tough defense. Both elements were evident Sunday in a 111-88 victory over Lithuania in a tuneup for the worlds, which begin Saturday in Sapporo, Japan. The Americans are 4-0 in exhibitions leading to the tournament...
Faltering Cards swept by NL's worst team (08/14/06)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are convinced it was a preview of better things to come in what has been another terrible season. The St. Louis Cardinals prefer to believe it was a one-weekend anomaly that won't soon be repeated. Paul Maholm pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, Jason Bay and Joe Randa hit consecutive homers and the last-place Pirates finished off a three-game sweep of division leader St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 7-0 Sunday...
Center Junction work stirs up rumors (08/14/06)
Bulldozers and trackhoes have been moving dirt at Center Junction in recent weeks, which is stirring up more than the earth. It's also riling up all the old rumors -- Home Depot, Walgreens, Wal-Mart. You know the drill. But Bob Hahn, vice president of development for MidAmerica Hotels Corp, said Midamerica Hotels Corp. ...
Getting off the ground: Commander takes next step toward making airplanes (08/14/06)
More than 10 months after relocating to Cape Girardeau, Commander Premier Aircraft Corp. has yet to build a single new airplane. But company executives say this isn't shades of Renaissance Aircraft, the company that previously occupied the same space at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport for three years before shutting up shop after failing to find funding...
Microsoft experiences backlash over piracy checks (08/14/06)
SEATTLE -- When Microsoft Corp. said it planned to begin checking for pirated copies of its Windows operating system using the method it set up to send people security fixes, even some of the company's traditional critics could sympathize. After all, although Microsoft rakes in billions, piracy of its flagship products remains a huge, costly problem, particularly in developing countries such as China and Russia. ...
People on the move 08/14/06 (08/14/06)
Big River Telephone hires three employees Big River Telephone, a local telecommunications provider based in Cape Girardeau, has announced the addition of three employees. Meredith Musgraves of Jackson has joined as a business analyst. Musgraves graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2006 with a bachelor's business administration with an emphasis in finance. ...
Business memo 08/14/06 (08/14/06)
Reppert's Office Supply gets partner award Reppert's Office Supply in Anna, Ill., was one of five in the Midwest to be awarded the Blue Diamond Partner Award by United Stationers. Accepting the award were Gary Rendleman, Ed Grisham, Jerry Reppert, Tim Koch, Steve Kelley, Jamie Wilkins, David Stanley, Kathy Cozart, Brian Cozart and Max Carter. Reppert's, an office supply dealer in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri, was established in 1969...
Jones Choate (08/14/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jones B. "Jonsey" Choate, 78, of Marble Hill died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at Elder Care in Marble Hill. He was born April 23, 1928, in Cedar Hill, Miss., son of Clyde C. and Mamie Gale Choate. Choate was a self-employed logger. Survivors include two daughters, Reba Whited of Ironton, Mo., and Brenda Odom of Marble Hill; two brothers, Charles Choate of Knobel, Ark., and Don Choate of Lyons, Ore.; two sisters, Mary Bell of Arcadia, Mo., and Ida Bell of Ironton; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.. ...
Cecil Turner (08/14/06)
Cecil Cleveland Turner, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Oran, son of Leslie G. and Daisy R. Terry Turner. He and Opal Jones were married June 16, 1931, in Murphysboro, Ill. She died Jan. 20, 1978...
Jo Ann Hinkebein (08/14/06)
Jo Ann Hinkebein, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 13, 1934, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Herman and Irma Robinson Schwepker. She and Ralph H. Hinkebein Sr., were married May 4, 1957, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Dutchtown...
Carl Wiseman (08/14/06)
HERRIN, Ill. -- Carl Lee Wiseman, 50, of Crainville, Ill., formerly of Cobden, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at Herrin Hospital. He was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Anna, Ill., son of Carl Francis and Helen Overton Wiseman. Wiseman was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Herrin Elks Lodge BPOE 1146. He was employed at General Dynamics for 28 years...
Gary Burgener (08/14/06)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Gary A. Burgener, 42, of Cairo, Ill., formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at City Care Center in Cobden. He was born Jan. 25, 1964, in Cincinnati, son of William and Delois Williams Burgener. Burgener was an artist, who specialized in portrait painting...
Dessie Reid (08/14/06)
Dessie Helen Reid, 91, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at the Monticello House in Jackson. She was born March 27, 1915, near Jackson, daughter of Francis M. and Rhada James Statler. She and Allen Reid were married Oct. 28, 1933, in Sikeston. He passed away June 9, 1985...
Cape police reports 8/14/06 (08/14/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/14/06 (08/14/06)
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Out of the past 8/14/06 (08/14/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 14, 1981 The Cape Girardeau public school system has been able to scale down the increases in school lunch prices for the coming year from the levels earlier expected; prices at the beginning of the new term will be 80 cents at the elementary level and 85 cents for secondary school students; both prices represent increases of 25 cents from last year, but are 15 cents less in each case than figures earlier announced for the school year...
West Nile precautions (08/14/06)
The discovery at two different locations in Cape Girardeau of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus is cause for concern but not alarm. Eighty percent of people infected with the virus never develop any symptoms. Twenty in 100 people infected experience fever, headache, nausea, vomiting or a skin rash. One in 150 infected develops a severe illness, and the neurological effects may be permanent...
Speak Out 8/14/06 (08/14/06)
Anti-competitive; Eliminate sales tax; City rules; Bravery, integrity; All are punished; Entertaining TV; Not a good fix; Backpedaling mayor; Musical theory; Connected issues; Bunch of blooey; Elitist officials; Making exceptions; Drawing lines; Courthouse security; County on move; Group learning; Scary right-wingers; Using stem cells; Stinking habit; Supply reasoning; Time to learn; Teaching socialism; No belt needed
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