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Jackson residents: Continue electric rate discounts (08/22/06)
The pain of major electric rate increases faced by Jackson residents would be eased somewhat by keeping the current early pay discount program. Many of the more than 30 residents attending said so Monday night at a Jackson Board of Aldermen electric rate public hearing...
Ethanol plant preparation to start with port board approval (08/22/06)
An ethanol plant and corn mill planned for the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority would more than double the tonnage shipped from the port each year, increase port revenue by $150,000 and provide a strong economic boost to the region. That was some of the information that was conveyed at a port authority board meeting Monday, where a property lease agreement was unanimously approved with Ethanex at SEMO Port, LLC...
Scott City officials consider bid for Main Street property (08/22/06)
Scott City plans to approach Union Pacific Railroad soon about purchasing a UP-owned lot on Main Street. At Monday night's city council meeting, the council unanimously decided to forgo its yearly lease payment of $1,500 to UP in favor of striking a deal to purchase the land...
Cape council may rescind sign rules (08/22/06)
Cape Girardeau City Council likely will rescind most of the restrictions on garage sale and real-estate signs imposed just last April. Council members delayed voting on the amendments to the city sign ordinance until the next meeting in two weeks, but if approved they would allow unlimited numbers of garage sale signs as long as they are put up less than one full day before the sale and taken down the day of the sale. ...
Juvenile court to lose workers (08/22/06)
A change in budgeting for the local court juvenile division could mean fewer employees for the center and the elimination of diversion-related programs in the Cape Girardeau area. For fiscal year 2006, the Missouri Circuit Court Budget Committee for the first time counted juvenile-office employees paid with grants in configuring how many employees are needed at each judicial circuit...
Booster seat regulations changing Monday (08/22/06)
A new Missouri law taking effect Monday requires children ages 4 through 7 to be in booster seats while in a vehicle. "Just a few more years in a booster seat can help prevent serious injury and may even save your child's life," Leanna Depue, director of highway safety for Missouri Department of Transportation, said in a news release. ...
Entertainment scarce at Show Me Center (08/22/06)
A long time has passed since the Show Me Center had a big name concert act committed to perform. Already nine months have passed since Trans-Siberian Orchestra drew a crowd of more than 5,000 in November for its second Cape Girardeau appearance. By the time Ron White comes to town on Oct. 19, that span will be close to a year...
In the distance (08/22/06)
With the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge in the background, a construction worker worked on the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus from high up on the scaffolding Monday.
Cape Girardeau City Council action 8/22/06 (08/22/06)
Public hearings Consent ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Liquor licenses Other...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 8/22/06 (08/22/06)
Public hearings Action items Power and light committee Street committee Amendments...
Cape police report burglaries (08/22/06)
Six residences at a Cape Girardeau apartment complex were burglarized this week. A surveillance camera at Chateau Girardeau, 3120 Independence St., caught a woman entering several apartments Sunday, police Sgt. Rodney Barker said. The unidentified woman entered at least six unlocked apartments and stole jewelry and purses. No one was in custody as of Monday night...
Henderson named Delta valedictorian (08/22/06)
The Southeast Missourian is recognizing local 2006 valedictorians and salutatorians. To submit graduates from your school, contact features editor Callie Clark Miller at 335-6611, extension 128 or e-mail cmiller@semissourian.com Valedictorian: Emily Henderson...
Farewell teen magazine queens (08/22/06)
From staff and wire reports They were our roadmaps, our guides to life, holding the answers to our most pressing concerns: How do I know if so-and-so likes me? How can I make this pimple go away? But one by one, the all-knowing teen magazine is disappearing...
Appeals court: Sexy highway billboard law unconstitutional (08/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A 2-year-old state law banning sexually suggestive billboards along Missouri highways is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday. The ruling by the three-judge panel for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned a U.S. District Court's ruling earlier this year that banning such billboards within a mile of state highways was a constitutional regulation of commercial speech...
Public can view redevelopment plans for Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park (08/22/06)
JOHNSON'S SHUT-INS STATE PARK, Mo. -- The curious have just six more weeks to visit Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park before what had been one of the state's most popular recreation areas will be closed for restoration. The park near Lesterville in southeast Missouri, which was devastated by a torrent of water from a breach in the Taum Sauk Reservoir last December, will close Oct. 2...
Second lawsuit filed in plane crash (08/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A second lawsuit was filed Monday against the company that made the engines for a skydiving plane that crashed shortly after takeoff last month, killing six of the eight passengers. Meanwhile, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in both cases released to The Associated Press a photo of the plane just moments before the crash, apparently showing fire from the area where one of the engines sits...
Karr set for extradition proceedings in Los Angeles (08/22/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Wining and dining at 35,000 feet gave way Monday to a cramped jail cell, a metal cot and bologna sandwiches as John Mark Karr awaited a hearing to determine when he will be sent to Colorado to face charges in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey...
Bush: War 'straining the psyche' of America (08/22/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday embraced the Iraq war as a top issue in the November elections and tried to make it a weapon against Democrats rather than a liability for Republicans. "There's a fundamental difference between many of the Democrats and my party, and that is, they want to leave before the job is completed in Iraq," Bush contended at a news conference...
Photographer who snapped Iwo Jima flag-raising dies at 94 (08/22/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Rosenthal, a photojournalist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning image of World War II servicemen raising an American flag over Iwo Jima became the model for the Marine Corps War Memorial, has died. He was 94. Rosenthal, who took the iconic photograph Feb. 23, 1945, while working for The Associated Press, died Sunday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in suburban Novato, said his daughter, Anne Rosenthal...
Ex-President Ford gets pacemaker (08/22/06)
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Former President Ford received a cardiac pacemaker Monday at the Mayo Clinic, a top aide said. Ford, 93, was resting comfortably after the operation, and his wife and children were with him, according to a statement issued Monday afternoon by Penny Circle, his chief of staff...
Jackson softball christens season with win (08/22/06)
Darla Mangels pitched a one-hit shutout Monday as Jackson beat visiting Chaffee 3-0 in the softball opener for both schools. Mangels struck out five and walked one. The only hit she allowed was a third-inning single by Rachel Hendrix. "Darla pitched great and we had good defense behind her," said Jackson first-year coach Amanda Forester. "It was a good way to start the season."...
Samuel says offense is showing progress in scrimmages (08/22/06)
After two weeks of preseason practice -- and with less than two weeks left before the opening game -- Tony Samuel is beginning to get a better grasp on his first Southeast Missouri State football team. "We're making progress. I guess that's the best way to put it," Samuel, Southeast's first-year head coach, said Monday. "I think they're learning to play hard."...
Duncan provides Cardinals with unexpected lift (08/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Duncan has made such an impact with the St. Louis Cardinals, pretty soon everyone will forget he's the son of the pitching coach. Duncan had three straight three-hit games last week against the Reds, has been belting home runs at a McGwire-like pace and showing daily improvements at an unfamiliar position, providing a much-needed boost for a team struggling to make it back to the postseason. He was batting .345 with 14 homers and 29 RBIS in only 168 at-bats...
Yanks complete rare 5-game road sweep of rival Red Sox (08/22/06)
BOSTON -- The New York Yankees celebrated in the dugout as if they'd just clinched a playoff berth. In a way, they've done everything but. Hugging and shaking hands after a demoralizing five-game sweep of the rival Red Sox, the Yankees took a season-high 6 1/2-game lead in the AL East with a 2-1 victory over Boston on Monday. The Yankees hadn't swept Boston in five games in more than half a century...
Lehman adds Cink, Verplank to U.S. team as captain choices (08/22/06)
MEDINAH, Ill. -- Tom Lehman sorted through numbers on a chart and the feeling in his gut, trying to decide which two players would help the United States end a dozen years of European dominance in the Ryder Cup. He simply wanted the best, and picked up some experience along the way...
The race for the Chase (08/22/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Jeff Burton's engine failed after just 17 laps in Michigan, all he could do was watch helplessly from the garage as he plummeted in the Chase for the championship standings. A sure-bet to make it into NASCAR's playoffs before Sunday's race began, Burton's broken motor dropped him five spots in the standings to ninth -- the edge of elimination...
Major size in Little League (08/22/06)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Aaron Durley towers over the competition at the Little League World Series. The 13-year-old first baseman for Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, stands an imposing 6-foot-8 and weighs 256 pounds. "I was standing next to him and I was up to his elbows," Scott Kingery, a 12-year-old, 4-foot-9 Phoenix shortstop, said after meeting Durley...
Ready to dominate ... again (08/22/06)
MEDINAH, Ill. -- All signs point toward Tiger Woods being ready to go on another roll. His victory in the PGA Championship was his third straight on the PGA Tour, the fourth time he has put together such a winning streak. Two of them were majors, and he has played his last three tournaments in 60 under par...
Lack of preseason TDs not a concern to coaches (08/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams Coach Scott Linehan is confident that his starting offense will find its groove before it's too late, so for now he's only slightly concerned that his starters haven't produced a touchdown in St. Louis' first two preseason games...
Jones expresses shock with test result (08/22/06)
Marion Jones broke her silence on her positive drug test Monday, saying she was shocked and wants the second sample examined quickly. The five-time Olympic medalist and four-time world champion released a statement through her new attorney, Howard Jacobs, who has represented many athletes in doping cases, including Jones' former boyfriend Tim Montgomery, the father of her child...
A pseudo-liberal's rodeo adventure (08/22/06)
Stereotypically speaking, writers tend to lean more toward the left side of life. They indulge themselves in the creative arts and use witty political banter during their weekend visit to a local winery. They view themselves as open-minded individuals, people who care about preserving the natural goodness of the earth. A cigarette helps jump-start their originality...
Volunteer coach gets kick out of cones (08/22/06)
Some kids call me Mr. Bliss. Others call me Mr. Mark. But I've never been called coach until now. Coach Mark. I never expected that. I certainly didn't plan for it Growing up, I wasn't the athletic sort. I played "Donald, a man on relief," in a junior high production of "You Can't Take It With You."...
'Supernova' host Brooke Burke and 'Baywatch' actor to wed, expecting baby (08/22/06)
NEW YORK -- Brooke Burke, host of the CBS reality series "Rock Star: Supernova," and actor David Charvet are getting married and expecting a child together, her representative, Nancy Iannios, said Monday. Charvet proposed to Burke on Saturday, Iannios said. The couple, both 34, began dating last fall, she said...
Aleen Yeager (08/22/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- M. Aleen Yeager, 83, of Perryville died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at her home. She was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Perry County, daughter of Fred and Lorene Nifong Mattingly. She and Ronald L. Yeager were married March 29, 1943. He died July 11, 1995...
Evelyn Howard (08/22/06)
Evelyn Howard, 83, of Greenville, Mo., died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born Dec. 17, 1922, at Poplar Bluff, daughter of William H. and Anna Jane Lincoln Hoover. She and Donald Howard were married March 13, 1998, in Blytheville, Ark...
Richard Bomar (08/22/06)
Richard Craig Bomar, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at his home. He was born March 20, 1956, in Greenville, S.C., son of Richard Harrison and Dora Dean Shelby Bomar. He and Donna Patricia Stevenson Smith were married Oct. 17, 2005...
Helen Payne (08/22/06)
Helen Ruth Payne, 85, of Scott City died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1921, at Illmo, daughter of Jesse B. "J.B." and Phonia "Maude" Wagster Payne. Payne was a former telephone operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. She was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church...
Arthur King (08/22/06)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Arthur T. King, 93, of Bismarck, Mo., formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Sunday at Camelot Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Farmington. He was a veteran of World War II. Friends may call at the Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday...
Births 8/22/06 (08/22/06)
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Out of the past 8/22/06 (08/22/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 22, 1981 Cape Girardeau County will contain two state legislative districts wholly within its boundaries under a redistricting plan approved this week by a special bi-partisan commission; the district now represented by Rep. Jerry Ford will remain completely within the city of Cape Girardeau, but will be smaller geographically...
Tabs on transit (08/22/06)
Now that the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority has taken over bus and taxi services in Cape Girardeau, it is taking a hard-nosed business approach to ongoing operations. At a meeting earlier this month, board members said they want detailed information -- ridership, cost of services, revenue generated, administrative expenses -- before every meeting, which for the time being will be held every two weeks...
Editor's view was overly simplistic (08/22/06)
To the editor: Perhaps it's the heat that's making Joe Sullivan cranky and tired. Perhaps he's too tired to fully intellectually engage with the complexities of the world. Perhaps, as he sits, shoulders slumped, in his office chair his world view is becoming reductionist, ahistorical and simplistic. ...
Veterans deserve special attention (08/22/06)
To the editor: On July, 22 I had an opportunity to attend the Living History Day at the Stars & Stripes Museum in Bloomfield, Mo. Many of those attending were brave veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf wars. As I talked to these veterans, I found they viewed themselves as ordinary people who live in extraordinary times. Hero was a term reserved to describe those who did not come home to their loved ones...
Pet dangers mean no baby-sitting (08/22/06)
To the editor: A recent Speak Out comment expressed disappointment that the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri was not able to baby-sit a puppy while a woman went to a doctor's appointment. The humane society has never offered boarding or pet-sitting services, regardless of the county of residence of the owner. ...
We're always on the alert now (08/22/06)
To the editor: Republican political attacks during the recent terror threat are outrageous. Five years after 9-11, the Bush administration has failed to keep us safe. We are always on alert everywhere we go. V. COWIN, Van Buren, Mo.
McCaskill's views unfairly presented (08/22/06)
To the editor: Gary Rust's Aug. 17 column, "Differing Views," was grossly misleading and biased. Even as an opinion piece it does a disservice to your readers by failing to give a balanced report. It purports to present the views of the two candidates for U.S. ...
Speak Out 8/22/06 (08/22/06)
Affordable coffee; Giving, receiving; Early buzzer; All about money; Reason for raises; Unnecessary expense; Divided nation; Rice's about-face; Protecting freedom; Keep term limits; Get rid of them; Clinic funding; Hola, traveler; Don't need jargon
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