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Stories from Sunday, August 27, 2006

States vying for ethanol plants with incentives (08/27/06)
Missouri has been a major player in the nation's ethanol boom. The state has $1.5 billion in proposed ethanol developments, three plants are up and running and 18 more are in various stages of proposal or development. The state currently has an annual capacity of 115 million gallons of ethanol...
Gas prices in area down by 20 cents (08/27/06)
Falling gasoline prices have trimmed about 20 cents a gallon off of fuel costs in the last two weeks in Southeast Missouri. The result is prices below $2.50 a gallon at most pumps, with a few stations charging less than $2.40. And for motorists filling up on Saturday afternoon, the direction of the price change is welcome relief...
Grillers, Elvis descend on Arena Park for 14th annual Cape BBQ (08/27/06)
Friday night, Elvis entered the grilling. The Bank of Advance, using a "Viva Las Vegas" theme, won the 14th annual Cape BBQ Fest's showmanship competition Friday. Bank customer Darren Roper posed as the King, making his entrance in a stretch limousine...
Rumsfeld praises soldiers doing extra duty in Iraq (08/27/06)
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- In a lively but polite give-and-take, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld fielded questions Saturday from family members of Alaska-based soldiers whose combat tours in Iraq were abruptly extended just as they prepared to return home this month. ...
From corn to your tank -- making ethanol (08/27/06)
Tractor trailers filled with bright, yellow corn roll off of Highway 65 into the Mid-Missouri Energy plant constantly, at all hours, five days a week. So begins the first basic step of making ethanol. During a recent plant tour, plant manager Billy Gwaltney explained the process:...
World briefs 8/27/06 (08/27/06)
Israeli airstrike hits journalists' car in Gaza; Two oil companies ordered to leave Chad
North Mo. ethanol plant a success (08/27/06)
MALTA BEND, Mo. -- Some might say the two fuel-price signs that sit along this quiet section of Highway 65 in north-central Missouri are all the proof you need -- $2.31 a gallon, reads one; $2.86, says the other. The difference? The more expensive option is garden-variety gasoline. The cheaper choice is a corn-based concoction hopped-up on 200-proof moonshine. It's a seemingly magic mixture that is highly touted as at least part of the solution for the country's increasingly dire fuel problem...
Southwest Mo. Boys & Girls Club director gets 33 months for stealing (08/27/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The former director of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri will serve 33 months in prison for embezzling $443,000 from the organization. A federal judge on Friday also ordered Rob Clay, 52, of Joplin, to repay the money he stole...
74 dogs killed in disease outbreak (08/27/06)
CARTHAGE, Mo.-- A disease outbreak at a Carthage animal shelter has led to the killing of 74 dogs. The Missouri Department of Agriculture on Friday lifted a quarantine it had placed the day before on the Carthage Humane Society animal shelter after finding a number of dogs there sick with parvo and other diseases...
New Missouri laws will take effect Monday (08/27/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- From traffic laws to tax credits, about 130 new state laws take effect Monday. Chief among those that will affect the everyday life of many Missouri families is a new requirement that children ride in a booster seat until they're as old as 8...
Blunt, legislative leaders agree on new MOHELA plan (08/27/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt and legislative leaders have agreed on a new university construction plan that would be financed through the sale of $350 million worth of student loans, The Associated Press has learned. The agreement, outlined Saturday by Blunt administration officials, comes just three months after the governor's original higher education funding plan failed in the legislature...
Man found guilty of murdering his neighbor (08/27/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Prathersville man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the May 2, 2005, death of his 77-year-old next-door neighbor. A Boone County jury took about four hours to find Dearl Jackson, 49, guilty of beating and strangling Zelpha Turner, who had asked Jackson to fix her roof...
Demonstrators intrude on president's visit to family compound (08/27/06)
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- President Bush came to his parent's century-old summer home on the Maine coast for a little relaxation, a distant cousin's wedding and some family time. He got all that, along with a boisterous reminder nearly on his bucolic doorstep of the unpopularity of his Iraq policies...
Protesters denounce Texas city's illegal immigration law (08/27/06)
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Clutching American flags and signs that read "America was formed by immigrants," more than 300 protesters on Saturday denounced a city proposal that would prohibit landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants. About two dozen counter-protesters staged a demonstration nearby...
Iran expands nuclear program with heavy-water plant (08/27/06)
KHONDAB, Iran -- Iran inaugurated a heavy-water plant Saturday, expanding its nuclear program only days before a U.N. deadline that threatens sanctions unless Tehran curbs activities the West fears are meant to make atomic weapons. The move was the latest defiance by Iran to concerns expressed by the U.N. Security Council. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shrugged off the possibility of sanctions, insisting his country would not slow its nuclear ambitions...
Obama publicly takes HIV test to help end stigma in Kenya (08/27/06)
KISUMU, Kenya -- Sen. Barack Obama and his wife took HIV tests before a crowd of thousands Saturday at a clinic in Kenya in an effort to battle the fear and social stigmas that have slowed progress in fighting the spread of AIDS. Thousands of people gathered around the tiny mobile clinic in Kisumu, western Kenya, to see Barack and Michelle Obama tested for the virus that causes AIDS...
Iraq tribal chiefs sign plan to end violence (08/27/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Hundreds of Iraqi tribal chiefs gave important support Saturday to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's national reconciliation plan, while the government leader called the release of a leading Sunni Arab lawmaker by kidnappers a gift to his unity campaign...
Central tennis sweeps doubleheader (08/27/06)
The Central girls tennis team knocked off visiting Parkway West and Parkway Central in a mini-tournament at home Saturday. The Tigers defeated Parkway West 9-0 and Parkway Central 7-2. "I think we played really well, especially in the morning matches," Central coach Annette Slattery said. "Both teams were really competitive for us in different spots."...
Redhawks pick up first victory, then suffer loss (08/27/06)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season Saturday on the final day of the University of Mississippi Magnolia Invitational in Oxford, Miss. Southeast, which lost both of its tournament matches Friday to open the campaign, bounced back Saturday to beat Western Carolina 30-21, 30-23, 30-20 but then fell to Arkansas-Little Rock 30-28, 26-30, 30-17, 30-25 later in the day...
Ballatore ready to lead offense (08/27/06)
There really hasn't been much question during preseason practice as to the identity of Southeast Missouri State's starting quarterback. And Kevin Ballatore said following Saturday night's final scrimmage that he's ready to lead the Redhawks into battle, beginning with next Saturday's opening game at Austin Peay...
Dobbins eager for conclusion of investigation (08/27/06)
Southeast Missouri State president Dr. Kenneth Dobbins is trying to be a patient man. But he admits to being eager for the NCAA to conclude its investigation into the university's women's basketball program. As the investigation process winds to a close, Dobbins said last week he was ready to hear what the NCAA finds so that the university can make its response...
Fan Speak Aug27 (08/27/06)
Educational item IN RESPONSE to the "Fan Speak" item about coaches not honoring their contract at a school and going to coach at another school: If a coach or teacher goes before the school board and asks for a release, this means that he or she is planning on leaving and needs only the school board's approval. ...
Sports letters Aug27 (08/27/06)
What about Bob (Gibson)? To the Editor: I am responding to the person who submitted the "Fan Speak" item who had a problem with Bob Gibson sitting in the dugout with the Capahas at the National Baseball Congress World Series. Are you kidding me? I played for the Capahas for 10 years. It would have been an honor to have Hall of Famer Bob Gibson in the dugout...
Agassi not sure what to expect in final Grand Slam (08/27/06)
NEW YORK -- Beneath the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium, 5-foot-tall posters of U.S. Open champions decorate the otherwise spartan hallways leading to the door Andre Agassi will step through to reach center court for the final time. There, on a wall between photos of Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick, is a shot of Agassi from his 1994 triumph. ...
Cink overtakes Woods in Bridgestone tourney (08/27/06)
Tiger Woods kept his ball on the golf course Saturday, but he had trouble getting it in the hole. With his longest streak of bogeys in nearly 10 years, that allowed Stewart Cink to find himself in a familiar spot at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio...
Kenseth continues hot streak (08/27/06)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Matt Kenseth continued his momentum-building run toward the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship Saturday night, pulling off a weekend sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the Sharpie 500. His fourth win of the season clinched him a spot in NASCAR's 10-race playoff format, which begins Sept. 17 in New Hampshire...
Battery provides charge in Cards' win (08/27/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The first seven hitters in the St. Louis Cardinals' order were a quiet 3-for-27. It was the last two that the Chicago Cubs could not handle. Chris Carpenter pitched eight sharp innings before leaving because of cramping, and seldom-used Gary Bennett homered and hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth in a 2-1 victory on Saturday...
Giants' Morris pitches in to help his former team (08/27/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- If the St. Louis Cardinals are able to close out the National League Central Divsion title, they may be able to look back on Friday as a decisive day. Coming into the day with a slim percentage-points lead over Cincinnati, St. Louis beat the Chicago Cubs, and former Cardinals pitcher stymies the Reds...
Kansas City tops Rams in Governor's Cup game (08/27/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trent Green directed two scoring drives and the Kansas City Chiefs snapped an eight-game preseason losing streak Saturday night with a 16-12 victory over St. Louis. Green and most of Kansas City's first-team offense played only the first two series and got a touchdown and a field goal...
Analysis points to 5-6 record for Southeast football (08/27/06)
When a football team is coming off a 2-9 season and has been picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference, there generally isn't a whole lot of excitement or anticipation surrounding the program. But a coaching change always seems to give the masses renewed optimism and hope...
South Carolina carriage tours scrutinized (08/27/06)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The welfare of carriage horses that clip-clop around this historic city is under scrutiny again from residents, months before a panel was to release proposed regulations. For years, Charleston has regulated routes but now is trying to come up with rules governing how companies should care for the most important part of a multimillion-dollar industry that has helped define this tourist destination...
Are you a polite air traveler? (08/27/06)
NEW YORK -- Most air passengers say they don't fully recline their seats and some ask permission before reclining so as not to inconvenience other passengers, according to a survey by Expedia.com. The survey found that among travelers who fly, most U.S. ...
Prehistoric drawings now open to public (08/27/06)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 30 prehistoric cave drawings and etchings inside Dunbar Cave are now on public display more than a year after their initial discovery. There are 53 caves with documented prehistoric finds, but most are on private property and unavailable for public viewing, Jan Simek, professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee, who has analyzed the Dunbar Cave findings, told The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper...
Lifestyles fashion story 8/26 (08/27/06)
TIJUANA, Mexico --Inside a swap meet, surrounded by tables of cheap trinkets and old car parts, a booth called "La Tienda de Ropa" stands out. About a dozen Spanish-speaking folks are scrambling about, some taking orders, others screenprinting designs onto T-shirts. Customers carry armfuls of old clothing to be altered by a seamstress or emblazoned with designs inspired by daily life in Tijuana...
Crazy Horse Memorial fundraising drive to begin (08/27/06)
CRAZY HORSE, S.D. -- Crazy Horse Memorial will start its first national fund drive this fall. The sculpture was started by the late Korczak Ziolkowski, who dreamed of honoring American Indians by carving a 563-foot-high likeness of Sioux warrior Crazy Horse into a granite mountain in the southern Black Hills...
Face art (08/27/06)
The little girl with burn scars in the shape of a heart and rainbow on her cheek told the story best for Donna Sternickle. The scars weren't from a fire. They weren't from an oven or a cigarette or any other burn-causing source that might immediately come to mind...
Edwin Burnley (08/27/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Edwin L. Burnley, 88 of Cairo, formerly of Ingleside, Ky., died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 15, 1918, at Kevil, Ky., son of William T. and Edwina Anderson Burnley. He was a retired farmer. Burnley was a member of the Kevil United Methodist Church and Ducks Unlimited. ...
Roger Smith (08/27/06)
Roger Andrew Smith, 42, of Jackson died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at his home. Smith was born to Drs. Charles and Janet Bass Smith on March 11, 1964, in Montclair, N.J. He was a 1982 graduate of Jackson High School and then attended Southeast Missouri State University and Western Kentucky State University...
Milton Ellebracht (08/27/06)
Milton Ellebracht, 83, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at the Arbors Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 19, 1922, in St. Louis, son of William O. and Adele Zaeger Ellebracht. He and Daphna "Laura" Daniels were married April 20, 1946, in Piggott, Ark. She passed away Dec. 14, 2001...
Darrell Tolbert (08/27/06)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Darrell Tolbert of Puxico, was born Dec. 7, 1949, at Bloomfield, Mo., the son of Cletis and Pauline Accord Tolbert and passed away Aug. 26, 2006, at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Darrell had worked in the concrete construction business. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Bethel General Baptist Church near Advance, Mo. He enjoyed training coon hounds as well as coon hunting and fishing...
Poole-Godwin (08/27/06)
Bethany Poole and Samuel Godwin exchanged vows July 29, 2006, at First Assembly of God Church in Portageville, Mo. The Revs. Eugene Poole and Tom Godwin, fathers of the couple, performed the ceremony. Recorded music was played. The bride is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Poole of Portageville. The groom is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Tom Godwin of Bertrand, Mo...
Schoen-Talley (08/27/06)
Andrea Marie Schoen and Jerrod Wayne Talley were married April 29, 2006, at St. Mark Lutheran Church. The Rev. Michael Malone performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Terry and Chris Schoen of Oak Ridge, and Sam and Kim Talley of Jackson. Maid of honor was Renee Schoen, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaid was Ashley Schoen, sister-in-law of the bride...
McQuay-Schaefer (08/27/06)
Erica Laine McQuay and Fred Ludwig Schaefer III were married May 27, 2006, at Chapel on Hill in Albany, Ore. Jack Glubrecht performed the ceremony. Vocalists were Andrea Penland of Ozark, Mo., and Shelly Stover of Davenport, Iowa. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Brenda McQuay of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Fred and Sylvia Schaefer Jr. of Castro Valley, Calif...
Wunderlich-Hellwege (08/27/06)
Trinity Lutheran Church was the setting Feb. 18, 2006, for the wedding of Leslie Dawn Wunderlich and Gregory Don Hellwege. The Rev. Douglas Breite performed the ceremony. Organist was Dotti Meyr and soloist was Brandon Haas of Cape Girardeau. A duet was presented by Julie LoMedico of Manchester, Mo., and Charlie Vaughn of Cape Girardeau...
Wilfong-Thele (08/27/06)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Chasity Faye Wilfong and Thomas Lee Thele were married Sept. 24, 2005, at St. Maurus Catholic Church at Biehle, Mo. The Rev. Tony Dattilo performed the ceremony. Music was presented by Debbie Myers. Mass servers were Calen Buerck and Adam Welker, cousins of the bride and groom. ...
Elias-Fidler (08/27/06)
Emily Morgan Elias and Zachary Barrett Fidler were united in marriage May 26, 2006, at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. Dr. Larry Potts performed the ceremony. Pianist was David Stotlar of Marion, Ill. Vocalist was Christy Hey of St. Louis. The bride is the daughter of Fred and Tammy Elias of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Randie and Saundra Fidler of Fenton, Mo...
Snyder-Hercik (08/27/06)
Amanda Beth Snyder and Jason Todd Hercik exchanged vows July 13, 2006, on the beach at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. Kimberly Bartoli performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Bob and Lisa Kail of Jackson and John Kreighbaum of Galena, Mo. The groom is the son of Joe and Bev Hercik of Oak Ridge...
Fisher-Bouslog (08/27/06)
Tracy Lee Fisher and Wade Bouslog were married July 15, 2006, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City. The Rev. David Coon performed the ceremony. Organist was Joe Spalding of Scott City; guitarist was Dale Haskell of Cape Girardeau; and vocalists were Susan Essner of Cape Girardeau and Haskell...
Hansen-Carroll (08/27/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Andrea Dawn Hansen and John Michael Carroll were united in marriage Aug. 15, 2006, in an outdoor ceremony at Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. Judge Peter Statler performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Loretta Hansen of Boise, Idaho, and Russell Hansen of Fresno, Calif. The groom is the son of Bill and Valerie Carroll of Chaffee...
Harmon-Stern (08/27/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Clay and Tammie Harmon of Chaffee and Donna Elfrink of Kelso, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Dawn Harmon, to Jesse Stern. He is the son of Allen and Joan Stern of Wells, Minn. Harmon is a graduate of Chaffee High School. She is self-employed...
Hey-Nejman (08/27/06)
Everett and Tina Hey of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Ann Hey, to Eric John Nejman, both of St. Louis. He is the son of David and Jean Nejman of Dyer, Ind. Hey is also the daughter of the late Jeanne Hey. Hey is a 2001 graduate of Central High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne in 2004. She is an industrial engineer with Curtis-Toledo Inc. in St. Louis...
Loucks-Beck (08/27/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Danny and Joyce Loucks of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Ann Loucks, to Gerald Leon Beck Jr. He is the son of Jerry and Jeanette Beck of Chaffee. Loucks received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed in the administrative office at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau...
Sparzynski- Belk (08/27/06)
George and Sharon Sparzynski of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Lynne Sparzynski, to Michael David Belk. He is the son of David and Carolyn Belk of Diehlstadt, Mo. Sparzynski is a 2001 graduate of Jackson High School. She is employed at J.C. Penney in Sikeston, Mo...
Crank-Barnfield (08/27/06)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Larry and Shirley Crank of Puxico announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa R. Crank, to Martin E. Barnfield. He is the son of Troy and Pansy Barnfield of Puxico. Crank is a 1994 graduate of Puxico High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed in the Cath Lab at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Mouser- Shreve (08/27/06)
Avery and Bonnie Mouser of McClure, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Beth Mouser, to Toby Lee Shreve, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Keith and Sheila Shreve of Olive Branch, Ill. Mouser received a degree in marketing management from Southeast Missouri State University in 2003. She is employed at Red Letter Communications...
Smith-Eftink (08/27/06)
Blair and Dory Smith of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Ashley Smith, to Scott Michael Eftink of St. Charles, Mo. He is the son of Leon and Mary Jane Eftink of Cape Girardeau. Smith is a graduate of Principia Upper School, and received a degree in recreational administration from Central Methodist University. She is a softball coach at Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis...
Harmon-Cannon (08/27/06)
Michael and Susan Nolan of Cape Girardeau and James and Rebecca Harmon of Springfield, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaimie Suzanne Harmon, to Wade Ashley Cannon. He is the son of William "Bill" and Donna Cannon of Chaffee, Mo. Harmon is a 2003 graduate of Central High School. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007. She is employed at Immediate HealthCare...
Mahers observe silver event (08/27/06)
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Maher of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a dinner Aug. 25, 2006, at Dalhousie Club House. Maher and Cindy Greif were married Aug. 21, 1981, at St. Joseph Church in Farmington, Mo., by the Rev. Patrick McIntee...
Seabaughs mark 50th event (08/27/06)
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend. A surprise dinner and reception was held Aug. 19, 2006, at Circle S Saddle Co., hosted by their children. Seabaugh and Norma Carolyn Snider were married Aug. 17, 1956, at Southside Baptist Church by the Rev. A.J. Langston. Their attendants were Bob Snider and Doris Robinson Snider, and Bob and Nora Seabaugh...
Nebels are married 60 years (08/27/06)
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin P. Nebel of Cape Girardeau recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The events included bowling at West Park Lanes, dinner party at Ray's in Kelso, Mo., attended services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee, Mo., and dined together at Saxony Village, where the couple lives. Their children and spouses were hosts...
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Out of the past 8/27/06 (08/27/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 27, 1981 The possible abandonment of a Missouri Pacific Railroad branch line between Delta and Jackson in the next three years could lead many Jackson businesses down the track of economic hardship, say Chamber of Commerce and business officials...
Billing chaos (08/27/06)
A story in last Sunday's Southeast Missourian about cell phone fees was another reminder of how complicated our lives can become, all in the name of convenience and new technology. Most cell phone users, even those who complain about add-on fees they don't understand, would say that the mobile devices have become indispensable for both business and personal contacts...
WU pushes for silence on stem cells (08/27/06)
To the editor: It was interesting, but not surprising, that Dr. Larry Shapiro of Washington University would so vociferously and promptly disavow Dr. Bob Onder as part of WU, since Dr. Onder does not support Amendment 2 allowing human cloning and killing of embryos for research. And note that he says Dr. Onder is expressing his personal opinion rather than inconvenient scientific facts...
Refreshing to see ethics addressed (08/27/06)
To the editor: Congratulations to the Southeast Missourian management for actually managing its staff by identifying a problem and addressing the problem. Nationally, journalism and journalists have lately been the subject of numerous ethical lapses and outright fraud. It is refreshing to see that you are taking care of business and not afraid to shine your own light on the problem...
Spying on Venezuela is a waste (08/27/06)
To the editor: The Associated Press has reported that the United States has created a "mission manager" to collect information on Venezuela. Is this really a strategic use of our intelligence resources? Venezuela is a democracy with free and fair elections and widespread voter participation. President Hugo Chavez is widely popular at home and is expected to win a second term when Venezuelans head to the polls this December...
Speak Out 8/27/06 (08/27/06)
Bring back coupons ; Life goes on; Tired of strays; No accountability; The impact of waste; Billboard suggestion; Wouldn't be missed; It's an objective; Can't hide subsidies; Things are looking up; Great cleanup effort; Too casual for church?; Focus in the city
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