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City of Roses music festival moving ahead (08/28/06)
Despite the early rumblings of trouble with the 10th annual City of Roses Music Festival, organizers say the Cape Girardeau event is on track for its late September date. At the beginning of the year organizers worried about having enough money to put on the festival and considered a name change. But the money is there for a solid festival, and the City of Roses name will still be attached to the festival in its 10th year...
From rails to trails (08/28/06)
VIENNA, Ill. -- The sign up ahead is a relic from days long past. "Morse code telegraph at station," it says. The truth is, there's no Morse code telegraph, and the station the sign refers to is no longer a train station. But the sign remains just outside the entrance to Illinois' Tunnel Hill State Trail at Vienna as a reminder of what the trail once was. ...
Oran police return to 'random patrol' (08/28/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- Police patrols here will be changing following recent traffic accidents and a vandalism spree. Police chief Marc Tragesser calls his operations a random patrol, adding that it is done to make the most of his department made up of two full-time officers and one part-time officer...
Phase one of Jackson street extension going quickly (08/28/06)
Construction of the East Main Street extension project is moving along faster and is less expensive than Jackson officials anticipated. The first phase of the project that will extend East Main Street to the future Interstate 55 interchange is 60 percent complete, said public works director Rodney Bollinger...
Thunderstorms drench region (08/28/06)
Emergency officials urged Cape Girardeau County residents to remain home Sunday evening after responding to numerous calls of stranded motorists on flooded streets. Heavy thunderstorms pounded the area during most of the afternoon and into the evening hours. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., reported approximately 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in Cape Girardeau County throughout the day and expected an additional 2 to 5 inches would fall through the overnight hours...
Obstacles remain for Missouri rail trails (08/28/06)
Southeast Missouri could provide fertile ground for rails-to-trails development, but creating trails here would likely be a more difficult task than it has been in Southern Illinois. The Southeast Missouri area owes much of its development to the railroads of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Early entrepreneurs like Louis Houck built rail lines through the woods and swamps of the region and created towns along the way like Brownwood and Advance...
Many happy returns: Cape Girardeau woman celebrates big birthday (08/28/06)
Thursday was a red-letter day for Florence Poe. It was her 109th birthday, Poe, who resides at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau, wanted to look her best for the celebration. Activities director Marcie Penrod provided a facial, manicure and hand massage. ...
Community briefs 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
Parents Without Partners reunion set for Sept. 23 Members and former members of Parents Without Partners SEMO Chapter 519 are invited to a 35th reunion beginning with a 5:30 p.m. social hour Sept. 23 at the VFW hall in Cape Girardeau. Potluck dinner will follow from 6 to 7 p.m., introductions and friendship renewals from 7 to 8 p.m., dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. RSVP by Sept. 15 to capesemopwp@ yahoo.com, or 335-0797...
Military news 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
Choate completes advanced training...
Parents Without Partners September events (08/28/06)
n From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, general meeting/orientation will be held at Riverside Regional Library, Union and Adams streets, Jackson. A scrapbooking program will be presented. The meeting is free and open to the public. n From 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in September, line dance lessons at Silver Saddles Country & Western Club, 330 S. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. Lessons are open to the public. There is a nominal cost...
Just peachy: Woman finds solace in fruit orchard (08/28/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The orchard is just as hot, but these days only beads of sweat -- not tears -- roll down the red cheeks of Cheryl Wall. A year after selling the orchard that had made her the stuff of local folklore as the Peach Lady, Wall is back to picking fruit and filling baskets...
New Orleans' Nagin on defense about post-Katrina city planning (08/28/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Ray Nagin, defending himself against criticism that the city hasn't developed an adequate plan to rebuild a year after Hurricane Katrina, said Sunday the city is planning for a "bigger New Orleans." "I don't care how many times you tell me we've got to have a plan; you want a plan? I've got a plan for you," Nagin told a generally friendly crowd gathered for a memorial in one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods, the Lower Ninth Ward...
Man drowns in Jefferson County (08/28/06)
FESTUS, Mo. -- The body of an eastern Missouri drowning victim has been recovered from the Mississippi River, authorities said. T.J. Sebastian, 26, of De Soto died Friday while trying to maneuver a sail boat to a ramp at a state park in Jefferson County, the Missouri State Water Patrol said...
Teen tobacco use down significantly in Missouri (08/28/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Despite a relatively paltry state anti-tobacco budget, the smoking rate among Missouri teenagers has been cut nearly in half during the past decade. About 40 percent of Missouri high school students admitted recently smoking a cigarette in a survey conducted in 1995. That percentage had fallen to about 30 percent by 2001...
Ernesto chases visitors out of Florida Keys (08/28/06)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A hurricane watch was issued Sunday for the Florida Keys and Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a state of emergency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Ernesto, which had strengthened into a hurricane for about 10 hours, weakened back into a tropical storm with top sustained winds of 50 mph by early evening, the National Hurricane Center said...
Most Americans believe nation isn't ready for another disaster, poll shows (08/28/06)
WASHINGTON -- Their confidence shaken by Katrina, most Americans don't believe the nation is ready for another major disaster, a new AP-Ipsos poll finds. Poor people are more likely to fear becoming victims of the next disaster. The survey, conducted one year after the devastating hurricane and with much of New Orleans still in shambles, found diminishing faith in the government's ability to deal with emergencies. ...
Study says teacher's gender affects academic performance of boys, girls (08/28/06)
WASHINGTON -- For all the differences between the sexes, here's one that might stir up debate in the teacher's lounge: Boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women. That's the upshot of a provocative study by Thomas Dee, an associate professor of economics at Swarthmore College and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His study was to appear today in Education Next, a quarterly journal published by the Hoover Institution...
Survey: Nationwide gas prices drop 15 cents per gallon (08/28/06)
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- U.S. retail gas prices dropped 15 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, the sharpest decline in nearly a year, according to a survey released Sunday. The national average for self-serve regular stood at $2.87, down from just under $3.03, according to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations across the country. That was about 25 cents higher than prices at the same time in 2005...
NTSB: Comair jet pilot attempted takeoff from short, poorly lit runway (08/28/06)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In the minutes after Comair Flight 5191 barreled off a runway and burst into flames, snapping trees along its path, the only question worth asking was how to save the 50 people aboard. Lexington police Officer Bryan Jared reached into the broken cockpit and pulled out the plane's first officer, burning his arms in the process, but for the rest there was nothing he or any of the other rescuers could do...
United flight lands in Chicago after smoke report; another delayed (08/28/06)
CHICAGO -- One plane landed safely at O'Hare International Airport after reports of smoke in the cockpit and another was delayed for more than two hours Sunday when flight attendants became concerned about passengers' behavior. One person reported a sprained ankle after exiting United Airlines Flight 525 by an inflated chute, said Wendy Abrams, a spokeswoman for the city's aviation department...
Storm anniversary is deadline for home gutting (08/28/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Bari Landry sees signs of life all around her in Lakeview, a neighborhood that was flooded by Hurricane Katrina a year ago. However, Lakeview still is crowded with signs of the disaster: deserted houses, windows and doors standing wide open and roof-high weeds...
Ramsey suspect headed for Colo. court hearing (08/28/06)
BOULDER, Colo. -- The best-case scenario for prosecutors would be slam-dunk DNA evidence linking John Mark Karr to the battered and strangled body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. Without it, experts say, it's still possible -- but much more difficult -- to build a strong murder case against the 41-year-old teacher who has said he was there when the girl died 10 years ago but stopped short of an outright confession...
NASA may delay shuttle launch a second day or more (08/28/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The chances that the space shuttle Atlantis would be launched into orbit this week diminished by the hour Sunday as NASA prepared for Tropical Storm Ernesto and the possibility of moving the spacecraft into shelter. NASA managers planned to meet early today before making a final call on whether to move Atlantis indoors or try to launch Tuesday...
World briefs 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
Tribal leader's killing sparks Pakistani violence; Iran tests new anti-ship sub-to-surface missile; Bomb on minibus injures 21 in Turkish resort town
Fighting in Gaza kills 4 Palestinians, wounds two television cameramen (08/28/06)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday killed three Palestinians and wounded two television cameramen, Palestinian officials and residents said. They said Israeli sniper fire killed a fourth Palestinian and critically wounded a 6-year-old boy...
Violence sweeps Iraq from north to south; more than 50 killed (08/28/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A wave of bomb attacks and shootings swept Iraq on Sunday, killing dozens of people despite a massive security operation in the capital and appeals from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for an end to sectarian fighting. Al-Maliki insisted that his government was making progress in combatting attacks by insurgents and sectarian clashes between Shiites and Sunnis...
Bell City returns experience from last year's state-tournament volleyball team (08/28/06)
It has not taken Bell City volleyball coach Erin Hoffman long to secure her spot as one of the top coaches in Southeast Missouri. In just her fourth season, Hoffman has turned the Cubs into a small school powerhouse, making two trips to the state final four in the past three years, including a state title in 2003...
Area sports digest 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
Rain cancels Southeast women's soccer game The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer game against Evansville was canceled Sunday night due to weather. The game, which was part of the Southeast Invitational, was to be the final game of the season-opening event. Play was suspended in the early game Sunday -- Arkansas-Little Rock and Austin Peay were locked in a scoreless duel -- and the action never resumed...
Tigers will have depth up front on defense (08/28/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's senior defensive ends Brian Smith and Xzavie Jackson have a simple plan this season to improve the Tigers' rushing defense, which ranked ninth in the Big 12 last year. "Me and Xzavie have been talking about going out with a bang," said Smith, a possible NFL prospect who already owns the school record for sacks...
St. Louisan Kelly falls in U.S. Amateur final (08/28/06)
CHASKA, Minn. -- Richie Ramsay smiled when thinking about how his mates back home in Scotland were celebrating his victory in the U.S. Amateur on Sunday. "It will last quite a while, I think," Ramsay said. "I think they are down at the local pub having a few drinks."...
Andretti, 19, becomes youngest winner of major open-wheel race (08/28/06)
SONOMA, Calif. -- Marco Andretti gambled on fuel Sunday and became the youngest winner of a major open-wheel event, beating Dario Franchitti by 0.66 seconds to take the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. While most of the field pitted on lap 51 of the 80-lap IndyCar Series race, Andretti stayed out to take the lead, then stretched his fuel for the final 30 laps to take the checkered flag in the next-to-last race of the season...
Bennett has final say again, belts walk-off grand slam to beat Cubs (08/28/06)
ST. LOUIS -- For most of his career, Gary Bennett has been a low-profile backup catcher. Not this weekend. Bennett won a game for St. Louis with two outs in the ninth for the second straight day, hitting a grand slam Sunday night to give the Cardinals a 10-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs...
Linehan still plays down lack of offense (08/28/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan insists that his team's performance during its first three preseason games is no indication of how St. Louis will play once the regular season begins. Though his starting offense is yet to score a touchdown after losing to Kansas City 16-12 on Saturday, Linehan said he is not pushing the panic button. Starters have managed only three field goals in nine possessions in the preseason...
Four! Tiger extends win streak (08/28/06)
AKRON, Ohio -- For three straight holes in a playoff, Tiger Woods could only stand to the side of the green and watch someone else control his fate Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Given a chance to win, he wasn't about to waste it. Woods hit an 8-iron through a driving rain into 8 feet on the fourth extra hole, then made the birdie putt to outlast Stewart Cink at Firestone South for his fourth consecutive victory...
U.S. trounces Australia, reaches quarterfinals (08/28/06)
SAITAMA, Japan -- Andrew Bogut was no problem for the United States. Next up: Dirk Nowitzki. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points, and the Americans smothered Australia in the second quarter and ran away to a 113-73 victory Sunday in the second round of the world basketball championships...
Romero wins seniors' final major of year in playoff (08/28/06)
Eduardo Romero knocked in a 2-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Lonnie Nielsen to win The Tradition in Aloha, Ore., the final major this season on the Champions Tour. Romero almost eagled the first playoff hole, leaving his 19-foot putt just short on No. 18. Nielsen bogeyed the hole...
A pet paradise on Broadway (08/28/06)
Bubbles is in a mood. The 3-1/2-foot macaw parrot is rolling its beady eyes, biting at its cage and even trying to bite a sandy-haired business reporter who is trying to be his friend. Even a tasty peanut won't placate this particular parrot. "He's always in a mood," says Gino Wells, animal lover and soon-to-be entrant into the interesting world of pet-store owners...
'24' wins as best drama; Sutherland lands Emmy (08/28/06)
LOS ANGELES -- The groundbreaking action series "24," which turns one dangerous day into a season, found a satisfying end Sunday as it won three Emmys, including for best drama series and best actor for star Kiefer Sutherland. "The Office" was honored as best comedy...
People on the move 08/28/06 (08/28/06)
WIB honors grant writer with certificate Regina Tucker of Sol de Oro Publications received a certificate of appreciation from the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri last week. It was presented Tuesday by the WIB's president and chief operating officer, June O'Dell. ...
How to deal with a bad job evaluation (08/28/06)
Getting a bad evaluation can feel like the end of the world. But it doesn't have to be. If you stop, take stock of the situation and remain calm, there are steps you can take to limit the damage and prevent getting sandbagged again. Here are some ways to control the fallout:...
China's cheap labor force facing competition from Vietnam (08/28/06)
LONG THANH, Vietnam -- Check that label: "Made in China" is starting to give way to "Made in Vietnam." Taking a page from Beijing's economic playbook, Vietnam is luring makers of shoes, garments and computer chips with tax breaks, inexpensive land and cheaper labor...
Phasing out Famous (08/28/06)
When Macy's department store parades into West Park Mall on Sept. 9 -- replacing Famous Barr as part of a national changeover -- it will be bring a powerful brand name to the region. "Macy's is definitely a national brand name, while Famous was more regional," said Dr. Judith Wiles, a professor of marketing at Southeast Missouri State University...
Norma Schrieber (08/28/06)
Norma Ruth Schrieber, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at her son's home in Owasso, Okla. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Agnus Morris (08/28/06)
Agnus Morris, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Keegan (08/28/06)
Helen Keegan, 83, of Kingsport, Tenn. passed away on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. She was born in Springfield, Mo., and resided in Charleston for most of her life. She moved to Kingsport in 2005. Mrs. Keegan worked as a bookkeeper for many years, and later as a Head Start teacher for several years...
Cape police reports 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 28, 1981 The Missouri Highway and Transportation Department has approved a $55,000 project for improvement of the Missouri Pacific Railroad crossing at the junction of Highways 61, 25 and 72 at Jackson, the same line Mo-Pac is considering abandoning...
Juvenile budgeting (08/28/06)
Twelve of the employees who work for the juvenile division of the 32nd Judicial Circuit are paid through state grants. The grant employees are teachers who tutor juveniles after school. The division employs six full-time deputy juvenile officers. Under the Missouri Circuit Court Budget Committee's new formula for allocating funding, those grant employees are now counted as staff. ...
Speak Out 8/28/06 (08/28/06)
Living off taxpayers; Feel-good laws; County littering; A decent future; Motorcycle danger; R-rated highways; Whose Guard?; Protect our rights; The party's over; Illegal parking; Turn on lights; Still smoking; School attendance; Don't need the gate; Hard-working farmers; Free farm trade; Old campaign signs; Consider the facts; Solution is costly; Safety zones; Did nothing wrong; Telling whole story; Still in Korea; Not a big deal; No to school bus; Good education; Relieving anxiety; Did the right thing; Best papers ever
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