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Cape officials expect annexation boom, plans for future (08/21/06)
Since Cape Girardeau was incorporated in 1808, growth has chugged along at a fairly steady clip. In the 1970s, state annexation laws were changed to speed up the process, and since that time the city has had about three annexations per year. City officials say residents can expect this momentum to go into overdrive in the near future...
Some parts of Cape still lack power from Saturday storms (08/21/06)
Hundreds of Cape Girardeau residents remained without power Sunday following the powerful storms that swept through the area late Saturday afternoon. By 4 p.m., Ameren had restored power to more than 2,500 customers, said Mike Cleary, spokesperson for Ameren. About 2,900 customers were without power after the storms...
Jackson hearing to review electric rate plans (08/21/06)
Jackson residents -- already paying 25 percent more per year in electric rates than residents in Cape Girardeau -- can expect even higher utility bills in the near future. Last week, Jackson city administrator Jim Roach reviewed rate revision plans that propose a series of three rate increases, an increased meter-reading fee and the elimination of the 10 percent discount for residents who pay bills early. ...
Judges voice objection to courtroom attire by some lawyers (08/21/06)
Local judges want it to be made clear: No shirt, no shoes, no litigation. In a letter sent last week to lawyers practicing in the 32nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, and Perry counties, Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis informed them that a new rule on courtroom decorum and dress was imposed...
University's student picnic held indoors; rain doesn't deter crowds (08/21/06)
An afternoon rainshower sent organizers scrambling to move the Southeast Missouri State University welcome-back picnic indoors on Sunday. This was the first year the annual picnic -- typically held at Capaha Park -- was moved into the Student Recreation Center, said Southeast president Dr. Ken Dobbins...
Woman raising grandchildren receives keys to Habitat home (08/21/06)
Donna Renschen finally has a place to call home. "It's a good day," the Cape Girardeau woman said just before she received the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home on Sunday afternoon. The past five years haven't been easy for Renschen. In 2001, her 22-year-old daughter, Trisha, passed away while waiting to receive a heart transplant. Renschen -- who also endured a failing heart until she received a transplant 16 years ago -- was left to raise her two grandchildren...
Weekend accidents kill La. man, injure an Oran teen (08/21/06)
A Louisiana man was fatally injured early Sunday morning on U.S. 67 in Butler County. Charles A. McNeal, 69, of Maurepas, La., was traveling north on U.S. 67, nine miles south of Poplar Bluff, Mo., when his vehicle struck another vehicle head-on. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as McNeal crossed over the centerline and struck another vehicle, which was driven by Trey D. McComb, 20, of Neelyville, Mo. The accident occurred at about 12:20 a.m...
Fields of green yield crop of cash (08/21/06)
Southeast Missouri farmers have cashed in on federal agriculture subsidies that have drawn fire from both the political right and the left. Some critics believe such government payments hamper the nation's ability to open up new markets to free trade. They refer to federal subsidies as welfare for farmers...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 8/21/06 (08/21/06)
401 Independence Street Study Session at 5 p.m...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 8/21/06 (08/21/06)
7:30 p.m. today Street committee...
Shiite Muslims targeted while marching to Baghdad shrine (08/21/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gunmen took aim at multitudes of Shiite Muslim worshipers marching through this besieged capital Sunday, killing at least 22 and leaving hundreds injured in a vivid illustration of the sectarian violence driving Iraq toward open civil war...
Community digest 08/21/06 (08/21/06)
Modern Woodmen will hold dinner Tuesday The Modern Woodmen of America Camp 4902 will hold a dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Frontier at Fruitland, 5841 U.S. 61, Jackson. All Modern Woodmen members are invited to attend. There will be a door prize. For more information, call Betty Jones at 243-3261, 651-0030 or 243-5868,...
Manatees get support from Jackson Girl Scouts (08/21/06)
Jackson Girl Scout Troop 147 took a trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., recently to learn more about marine biology and work toward the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for Scouts age 14 to 18. A two-day tour with marine mammal biologist Katie Brill at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory put them through some rigorous, not-always-pleasant training in a field where the goal is to help animals...
University experts say ethanol boom likely to boost corn profits (08/21/06)
URBANA, Ill. -- The simple supply-and-demand economic principle has farmer David Kurtz bubbling with enthusiasm about the future of his business. Dozens of ethanol plants under construction across the Midwest and Great Plains will mean more demand for corn, and that likely will lead to higher prices and bigger profits...
Missouri voter ID law is the latest in national test cases (08/21/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In court, unlike in coin-flipping or some sporting events, there is no "best two-out-of-three" option to determine the ultimate winner of a contest that at first goes one way and then another. But in some sense, that is what is occurring beginning today in a Missouri courtroom just a few blocks from the Capitol...
Ticket squeeze at Busch Stadium could be hurting city's tourism (08/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- With attendance down at some St. Louis attractions, operators are wondering if the ticket squeeze at the new, smaller Busch Stadium is discouraging tourists from coming here. Not even higher gasoline prices, heat, thunderstorms and road construction can entirely explain an 8 percent dip in summer attendance at the Saint Louis Zoo, president Jeffrey Bonner said...
Murder charge filed as search for bodies continues on western Missouri property (08/21/06)
DREXEL, Mo. -- A rural Missouri man who told police he dismembered and burned the bodies of seven men in his bedroom fireplace was charged Sunday with one count of murder. Michael Lee Shaver Jr., 33, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action related to a killing that occurred around the fall of 2001. Officials say Shaver told investigators he has killed seven people on the property, all of whom he met through narcotics transactions...
Adopted Chinese twins reunite thanks to Internet (08/21/06)
CHICAGO -- Two years ago, the Funk family of suburban Chicago adopted a baby girl from China who had been abandoned on a sidewalk near a Yangzhou textile factory. Last year and half a country away, the Ramirez family of suburban Miami adopted a girl who had been abandoned a week later on the same spot...
A church and a half pipe (08/21/06)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Neighboring youngsters always flocked to J.D. Dirks' backyard when he was growing up. It was fun. J.D.'s dad was cool. And everyone was there. Today, the youngsters are coming to what Dirks refers to as "God's backyard." It started with an idea passed on by missionary friends and was initiated by what the Rev. Dirks said was a divine call...
Drop that french fry: Legislation targets state food warnings (08/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- California importer Frank Lettieri is being sued for not warning his customers that his balsamic vinegar contains lead. True enough, he says. But you would have to drink more than a pint of the vinegar every day to reach the government limit for safe exposure to lead. Most people just sprinkle a few drops onto salads or bread...
Bound for U.S., JonBenet Ramsey slaying suspect expelled from Thailand (08/21/06)
ABOARD THAI AIRWAYS TO LOS ANGELES -- John Mark Karr, the suspect in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, sipped champagne and ate fried king prawns in business class Sunday after being put aboard a flight to Los Angeles to face charges in the United States...
Four Texas lawmen wounded in standoff at apartment complex (08/21/06)
MIDLOTHIAN, Texas -- Three police officers and a state trooper were shot and wounded Sunday during a standoff at an apartment complex began with a broken window and stretched into the night, officials said. Hundreds of people gathered around the two-story brick building, which was illuminated after nightfall by high powered lights, and bursts of gunfire punctuated the air throughout the evening...
Israeli troops seize senior West Bank lawmaker in latest Hamas roundup (08/21/06)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli forces seized a senior Palestinian legislator Sunday in the latest move in a 7-week-old crackdown on the ruling Hamas movement, drawing angry accusations from Palestinian leaders that Israel is undermining their efforts to form a unity government...
Saddam returns to court to face genocide charge (08/21/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A new legal chapter opens today for Saddam Hussein when the ousted Iraqi leader goes on trial for a second time, charged with genocide and war crimes from his scorched-earth offensive against Kurds nearly two decades ago. The case against Saddam and six co-defendants is tied to the deaths of tens of thousands of people during the Iraqi army's "Operation Anfal" -- Arabic for "spoils of war" -- and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty...
Israel rejects presence of some peacekeepers (08/21/06)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that countries that don't have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state should not participate in the international peacekeeping force that will police a truce along the Lebanese border, his office said...
Big goal on their plate (08/21/06)
Notre Dame softball has climbed to uncharted heights each of the past two seasons. Now all that is left is to win a state championship. The Bulldogs lost just one senior from a squad that finished as the runner-up in Class 3 last season, when Notre Dame fell just short of its first state softball championship...
Rain starts, reign ends for Heartland Insurance (08/21/06)
A little rain could not dampen the spirits of the 15th annual Slamfest five-on-five basketball tournament this weekend at Indian Park, but it did help alter the Ted Coalter Heartland Insurance team's chances of a three-peat. With the Heartland Insurance team matched up with Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce in the finals Sunday, rain forced the championship game to be moved indoors to the Osage Community Centre. This was only the second time in 15 years the tournament ended indoors...
Hurst claims Safeway title (08/21/06)
Pat Hurst shot a final round 4-under 68 and held off Jeong Jang to win the Safeway Classic. Hurst finished with a 10-under 206 on the par-72, 6,327 course near Portland (Ore.) International Airport. Jang missed an 18-foot-birdie putt on the par-4 No. 18 hole that would have forced a playoff. Jang finished with a 70 for a 9-under 207, along with Kim Saiki, who shot a 67...
Tiger runs major total to a dozen (08/21/06)
MEDINAH, Ill. -- No tears, no sweat. One month after an emotional victory in the British Open, Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship with a ruthless display of efficiency Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a five-shot victory and his 12th career major...
Carpenter hurls Cards to rare win at Wrigley (08/21/06)
CHICAGO -- Chris Carpenter put an end to the Cardinals' horrible season at Wrigley Field with another strong outing. Carpenter pitched eight innings to win his second straight start and Chris Duncan homered for the third consecutive game to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Sunday...
Kenseth holds off Gordon to capture Marketplace 400 (08/21/06)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- With Jeff Gordon closing in and the checkered flag in sight Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Matt Kenseth was thinking about three races he could have won and didn't. "What I thought of was Las Vegas, Bristol and Chicago because we were in a position to win all three of them and I got run into twice and passed once," said Kenseth, who held on for his third NASCAR Nextel Cup race of the season and the 13th of his career...
U.S. improves to 2-0 with rout of China (08/21/06)
SAPPORO, Japan -- Yao Ming is back, and the United States was ready for him. Using a swarming defense and their huge advantage in depth to make life miserable for China and its All-Star center, the Americans rolled to a 121-90 victory Sunday to remain unbeaten at the world championships...
New sports grill opens next week (08/21/06)
People have been stopping Debbie Stoverink in Wal-Mart. Her phone has been ringing off the hook. She can't go anywhere without people asking her to tell them about her new business -- Jackson Sports Grill. The new restaurant and bar is scheduled to officially open Aug. 28 after a soft opening for a few days this week. Jackson Sports Grill is at 252 E. Jackson Blvd., the former site of Sidetracks. Stoverink's partners are her husband, Jimmy Stoverink, and her brother-in-law, Luke Stoverink...
No stone unturned: Cape mining company to expand quarry operations (08/21/06)
Southeast Missouri Stone Co. plans to mine limestone on an additional 55 acres at its quarry on South Kingshighway. The company currently mines limestone on 66 acres at the site. Southeast Missouri Stone, a subsidiary of Cape Girardeau-based Delta Companies Inc., recently informed the Cape Girardeau County Commission that it has filed for a permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to expand mining operations...
Tennessee man's bionic arm provides hope for soldier amputees (08/21/06)
DAYTON, Tenn. -- Jesse Sullivan has two prosthetic arms, but he has no problem climbing a ladder at his house and rolling on a fresh coat of paint. Sullivan's also good with a weed-whacker, bending his elbow and rotating his forearm to guide the machine...
Firm plans to vaporize garbage to produce electricity (08/21/06)
FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Welcome to the future, where trash is fuel and landfills are obsolete. While trash to power isn't a new idea, Geoplasma, a sister company of Atlanta-based Jacoby Development Inc., has a grand plan to take it into the science fiction realm and do away with dumps by vaporizing garbage into synthetic gas and steam to create electricity...
People on the move 08/21/06 (08/21/06)
Bank of Missouri appoints president Larry J. Hall has been appointed community bank president for The Bank of Missouri in Jackson. He follows John M. Thompson, who now serves as president for all Bank of Missouri locations. Hall has lived in Jackson for more than 20 years, has more than 25 years of banking experience and is active in the Jackson community, Thompson said. ...
Business memo 08/21/06 (08/21/06)
Drury Inns rank first in customer satisfaction Market Metrix LLC, the leading provider of market research services for the hospitality industry, has announced results of the Market Metrix Hospitality Index for the second quarter of 2006. Drury Inns, JetBlue Airways and Enterprise Rent-a-Car ranked No. 1 in hotel, airline and rental car industry customer satisfaction, respectively. This is the second consecutive quarter that each business earned the top spot in its respective industry...
Wilma Ford (08/21/06)
Wilma O. Ford, 88, of Chaffee, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 10, 1918, in Randles, Mo., daughter of John and Eunice Scamahorn Groseclose. She and Keith Ford were married on Nov. 24, 1939, in Benton. He died on May 11, 1987...
Elizabeth Looney (08/21/06)
Elizabeth V. Looney, 94, formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at the Houston Hospice Center in Houston, Texas. She was born March 31, 1912, in Jackson, daughter of Charles and Mary Louise Stimel Vinyard. She and Hassell Looney were married June 9, 1935. He died on June 14, 1989...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/21/06 (08/21/06)
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Cape police reports 8/21/06 (08/21/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 8/21/06 (08/21/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 21, 1981 The Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport control tower will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 29, and a supervisor and three non-striking air traffic controllers there will be assigned to other airports in St. Louis; the tower will remain closed for at least 90 days because of the controllers strike while the Federal Aviation Agency reassesses the nation's system of control towers...
Name that building (08/21/06)
The nondescript federal building on Broadway in Cape Girardeau was never named for anyone. It was built in the 1960s before the federal government began naming buildings for people. The grand new federal courthouse headed for completion at Independence and Frederick streets deserves a name. The naming will come as a congressional request...
Paper puts fraternity in bad light (08/21/06)
To the editor: A fellow Pi Kappa Alpha alumnus sent me the link to the article on two men target shooting at the Pike Lodge. It did not say if they were fraternity members, but if they are not, I fail to see the relevance of making mention of the fact it is a fraternity-owned property. ...
Speak Out 8/21/06 (08/21/06)
Making an effort; A clone is a clone; Killing labels; A long wait; That's too much; Code enforcement; Not to live on; Clogged ditch; Quake houses; Horrible intersection; No outsiders; Let people decide; Political surprise; Bible lesson; Border manpower; Highway safety; Not both ways; Truth about life; Hands-on mayor; Public streets; Veteran's woes; Bus stops
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