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Judge: Mayor of Cairo has veto (09/14/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mayor Paul Farris on Wednesday won an important round in his battle with the Cairo City Council when a state circuit judge ruled he has the power to veto council actions. In his order, Circuit Judge Brad Bleyer of Marion, Ill., also ruled that a 1980 federal court order changed the laws governing Cairo, moving it from a commission form of government to an aldermanic government...
Transfer letters go out this week (09/14/06)
The Cape Girardeau School District will mail letters to parents of more than 600 students at Jefferson and Blanchard elementary schools, outlining procedures that would allow some of those students to transfer to three other elementary schools in the district...
Slain soldier questioned Iraq war, father says (09/14/06)
As Jim Shank prepared Wednesday to bring his son home for burial, he questioned the wisdom of continuing the war in Iraq. U.S. Army Pfc. Jeremy Shank, 18, of Jackson, died Sept. 6 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries suffered in Hawijah, Iraq. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Shank encountered enemy forces using small arms during a dismounted security patrol...
A boost from the past (09/14/06)
Sometimes looking back has a purpose. "Looking back helps push us forward," said the Rev. Jeff Long, pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church. The congregation will celebrate its centennial over the next few weeks, beginning Sunday with a historical re-enactment at the Old McKendree Chapel in Jackson, where Methodism took root in America...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
Monday Action items Discussion items Actions not on the agenda...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
9 a.m. today Cape Girardeau County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square in Jackson Routine business Action items Discussion items...
Court briefs 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
Hearing held for Cape man charged in assault Probable cause was found against a man charged with attacking Cape Girardeau police officers while naked. Michael McLeary, 52, of 606 S. Silver Springs Road, is accused of attempting to choke and kick officers, and grabbing at an officer's sidearm during a struggle near his home on Aug. ...
World Bird Sanctuary founder to speak (09/14/06)
Walter Crawford Jr., executive director and founder of the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis and a dedicated ornithologist, will speak on raptor conservation on Sept. 27 at Southeast Missouri State University. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. ...
Police investigate link to General Sign Co. theft (09/14/06)
A woman accused of embezzling money from a Cape Girardeau County company may have been involved in helping a burglary at the same business, but no charges have been filed against her, police said. The General Sign Co., in rural Cape Girardeau County on Nash Road, was burglarized July 21. A lock box containing $227 was stolen and $528.31 in damage was done to a door, according to a probable-cause statement...
Woman sought in assault of boyfriend (09/14/06)
A warrant was issued Wednesday for a Cape Girardeau woman accused of assaulting her boyfriend. Chassidy T. Hendricks, of 619 Ferguson Drive, was charged with felony assault in the attack that took place at 11:54 p.m. Tuesday. She is accused of beating and stabbing her boyfriend, who is in his 30s, at his home at 234 N. Park Ave., police spokesman Jason Selzer said...
Southeast Missouri State opens literacy training center (09/14/06)
Southeast Missouri State University has opened a Reading Recovery training center in conjunction with the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program, school officials announced Wednesday. The center is one of just 23 Reading Recovery training centers in the nation...
'Idol' supporters play their role at competition (09/14/06)
Getting out the vote seems to come easy for the Penrod family of Jackson. A career in politics might be a path Marcy Penrod and her 13-year-old son, Anthony, want to consider judging by the large contingent they were able to rally to their cause Wednesday night at the SEMO District Fair's sixth annual Heartland Idol karaoke competition...
Chaffee names interim chief head of police department (09/14/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- While he has been put in charge before, Martin Keys' new position as Chaffee's police chief will be one that takes some getting used to. "It's kind of odd to me when they call me chief. I'm not really comfortable with it yet," he said...
United Way's Businss Blitz is new approach to annual fund-raising efforts (09/14/06)
Raising money for a worthy cause has become a little easier than making the "cold call," according to Holly Lintner, United Way of Southeast Missouri's resource development manager, and 2006 campaign chair Jean Mason of AmerenUE. "We have enlisted the community's best professional sales people to make 'the ask,'" Lintner said. "We feel this new approach will be very well-received by the small businesses in our area and have a great impact on reaching our goal of $1,120,000."...
Ladies aux. past national president attends convention (09/14/06)
Past national president Glenneta Vogelsang of Cape Girardeau participated in the 93rd National Convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars held recently in Reno, Nev. About 3,500 attended the event at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center...
Recount has Thomas as victor in auditor primary (09/14/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A recount has confirmed Platte County Auditor Sandra Thomas as the victor in a close Republican primary for state auditor. The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that Thomas' victory margin actually grew by 28 votes, compared with the original count, over second-place finisher Rep. ...
Nixon cleared on campaign ethics complaint (09/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Jay Nixon that alleged his campaign accepted more than $19,000 from Ameren Corp. while investigating the company. The Missouri Republican State Committee filed the complaint in June. ...
Progress slow in fight against childhood obesity, scientists say (09/14/06)
WASHINGTON -- One-fifth of children are likely to be obese by 2010, but efforts to turn that tide are scattershot and underfunded, and the government killed one of the few programs proven to work, specialists said Wednesday...
Gunman slays 1, wounds 19 at Montreal college before being killed by police (09/14/06)
MONTREAL -- A man in a black trench coat and a mohawk haircut opened fire Wednesday at the Montreal college, slaying a young woman and wounding at least 19 other people before police shot and killed him, witnesses and authorities said. Police dismissed suggestions that terrorism played a role in the lunch-hour attack at Dawson...
Kelly softball tops Central with extra-inning outburst (09/14/06)
The Kelly girls softball team erupted for three runs in the top of the eighth inning and posted a 5-2 victory at Central on Wednesday afternoon. Winning pitcher Kalie Hughes belted a triple -- one of her two for the game -- with two outs to ignite the Hawks' extra-inning rally. She scored on Casey Kern's single for the go-ahead run. After Summer Proctor delivered a basehit, Kern scored on London Backfish's basehit. Proctor scored on passed ball...
Seven meetings of top-25 teams on tap Saturday (09/14/06)
Seven games, 14 ranked teams, one beautiful day of football. Since The Associated Press media poll started ranking the top 25 teams in 1989, there has never been a day when more ranked teams squared off. The showdown-filled Saturday will shape the national championship race, validate some teams as contenders and expose others as pretenders. Stars -- maybe even a few Heisman Trophy candidates -- will emerge. The pressure will cook some coaches and grant others a reprieve -- at least for a week...
Romae Rucker's body of (art) work (09/14/06)
Romae Rucker got his first tattoo when he was 13 years old. The junior defensive back from Tampa, Fla., has since spent a lot of time in tattoo parlors, adding to his collection of ink. Rucker, who turns 22 in late October, now has 16 tattoos, with a goal of 30...
Area digest: Kohlfeld Scorpions open with 6-0 record (09/14/06)
The Kohlfeld Scorpions rugby club kicked off the fall with four straight wins and a first-place finish in a tournament Sept. 2, then followed with two more wins Saturday. The Scorpions won their own Cape Town tournament Sept. 2, topping a field that included four teams from St. Louis...
Twins' Loriano done for season with injury (09/14/06)
The Minnesota Twins will have to make their playoff push without Francisco Liriano. A strong Rookie of the Year candidate, Liriano walked off the mound because of elbow trouble Wednesday in his highly anticipated return to the Minnesota rotation. After a 1-0 loss to Oakland, manager Ron Gardenhire said Liriano was done for the year...
Burton revives career with berth in Chase for Cup (09/14/06)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeff Burton was once the most promising driver in NASCAR, a hot shot groomed by Jack Roush, mentored by Mark Martin and destined for stardom. Then, after four dazzling seasons, it all went away. First, he stopped winning races. Then he lost his sponsor and his feel-good feeling with his team, switching to Richard Childress Racing for the 2005 season...
Saturday showdowns 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
No. 11 Michigan at No. 2 Notre Dame No. 6 LSU at No. 3 Auburn No. 19 Nebraska at No. 4 Southern California No. 7 Florida at No. 13 Tennessee No. 17 Miami at No. 12 Louisville No. 15 Oklahoma at No. 18 Oregon No. 24 Texas Tech at No. 20 TCU...
Bulger expects offense to begin clicking soon (09/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Maybe it was rust, or the fact he's still learning a new system. Maybe even first-game jitters. Whatever the reason, Marc Bulger wasn't quite himself in Sunday's 18-10 win over Denver. But the St. Louis Rams quarterback believes that with patience and persistence, things will get better...
Astros salvage win for the road (09/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The Houston Astros know they are a long shot to make the playoffs. At least the defending National League champions enjoyed the end of their road trip. Roy Oswalt pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning and Lance Berkman hit his 40th home run, helping the Astros bounce back from a dispiriting loss to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday in the finale of a nine-game swing...
Big 12 coaches concerned with clock rules (09/14/06)
The new NCAA rules designed to shorten football games are actually diminishing the time-honored experience for fans and players alike, argue several Big 12 coaches irked by the changes. Through two weeks, the NCAA rules that were implemented this season to keep the clock running more has resulted in an average of 12.6 fewer combined plays, said Ty Halpin, NCAA associate director of playing rules administration...
Health briefs 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
Briefly Saint Francis Medical Center's Cancer Institute will offer free prostate screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 in the registration center. The screening will include a digital exam, prostate-specific antigen blood draw and a total cholesterol and testosterone level screenings. For more information, call 331-5877...
Another reason to go green (09/14/06)
CHICAGO -- So drinking green tea does have a health benefit -- just not the one that everybody thought. A Japanese study suggests drinking tea will lower your risk of stroke but won't save you from cancer. The study's authors say their findings may explain why the Japanese are less likely than Americans to die of heart disease and stroke. ...
Local man walking with a purpose (09/14/06)
For the next year, Jeremy Keeble will be on his feet. The Jackson man plans to set out Oct. 7 on a 5,000-mile, year-long walk to support the American Diabetes Association, hopefully raising awareness about the disease and $100,000 along the way. In 2004, Keeble quit his job to make the 2,200-mile trek from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail...
Five ways to keep youths fit (09/14/06)
Get those children moving. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently advised parents to make sure children get an hour of physical activity each day to fight obesity. But you don't have to force your children to do timed sprints. That hour can be accumulated in short bursts through games that you both enjoy...
Living low on the human being (09/14/06)
Sept. 14, 2006 Dear Pat, Read no further if you are squeamish about insect bites. Why anybody would be is a mystery since human beings and other mammals are the breadbasket of the insect world, but some people don't like to think about that. Parts of my body are polka-dotted with the carnage of a chigger feast, a party that has left me scratching and bleeding...
Not all cholesterol is bad (09/14/06)
One of the indignities of aging is having to learn to crunch all of those new numbers. No, I am not talking about our golf handicaps or even fictional Social Security payouts. I'm talking cholesterol. Those increasingly important and ominous scores we receive whenever we visit our doctors. ...
Whitney Houston to end marriage to Bobby Brown (09/14/06)
LOS ANGELES -- The tumultuous marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown -- which withstood drug addiction, Brown's numerous arrests, the decline of Houston's once-sparkling image and domestic abuse allegations -- is coming to an end. A publicist for Houston confirmed to The Associated Press that the Grammy-winning, superstar singer had filed for divorce after 14 years of marriage...
Pfc. Jeremy Shank (09/14/06)
Pfc. Jeremy R. Shank, 18, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, while serving his country in Iraq. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to service time at First Baptist Church in Jackson...
Barbara Wright (09/14/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Barbara S. Davis Wright, 60, of Dunnellon, Fla., formerly of Anna, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Nov. 25, 1945, in Vienna, Ill., daughter of Clifford and Helen Richardson Wright. Wright was a member of Riverland Baptist Church in Florida...
Wanda Hardy (09/14/06)
Wanda Imogene Hardy, 83, of Jackson died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 17, 1923, at Mingo, Mo., daughter of Ishmael Blythe and Maggie Pearl Knodell Faries. She and Lewis Harvey Hardy were married Dec. 24, 1943...
Virginia Wright (09/14/06)
Virginia Mae Wright, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Stoddard County, Mo., daughter of Alfred and Anna Ward Clark. She and Charles L. Wright were married Jan. 18, 1941, in Piggott, Ark. He died Jan. 23, 2002...
Alberta Lacey (09/14/06)
Alberta Jane Lacey, 84, of Jackson passed Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 13, 1921, at Oak Ridge, daughter of Arthur and Edna Marie Mitchell Daye. She and Raymond L. Lacey were married Aug. 23, 1954. He passed Sept. 26, 1988...
Mark Bond (09/14/06)
Mark Bond, 54, of St. Louis, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. He was born June 17, 1952, in Santa Maria, Calif., son of Lt. Col. (retired) Roy F. and Evelyn L. Bond. He formerly resided in Cape Girardeau and Dallas, Texas, where he worked in construction as a glazier/iron worker in excess of 20 years...
Births 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
Roth; Jones; Seabaugh; Britt; Beasley; Hennemann
Cape/Jackson fire reports 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
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Out of the past 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 14, 1981 Cape Girardeau County's prisoner work detail program is being expanded to include not only county projects, but municipal projects in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. A 50-entry parade, including floats, marching units and bands, kicks off the SEMO District Fair; the parade winds its way from Capaha Park, which in earlier days was home to the fair, to Arena Park...
Key debates: Candidates for Senate, state auditor at press meeting (09/14/06)
I'm looking forward to attending the Missouri Press Association's annual convention this weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. I particularly want to hear the debate between the U.S. Senate candidates, incumbent Jim Talent and State Auditor Claire McCaskill...
What we're fighting for: Destruction of evil (09/14/06)
By Alvin W. Kamp Nations at war are frequently asked for a definition of their war aims. In our own history, the most frequent answer to the question "What are we fighting for?" has been that we are fighting for freedom, for democracy, for the American way of life, for the rights of man, for security and for peace...
Sunshine help (09/14/06)
It is the public policy of this state that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of public governmental bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law. Sections 610.010 to 610.200 shall be liberally construed and their exceptions strictly construed to promote this public policy...
Speak Out 9/14/06 (09/14/06)
Horses in water; Lorimier Courthouse?; Too political; Danger: People; Where's the juice?; Drop some courses; Thanks for card; Creative counting; Not a homeland; Take your pick; Juggling numbers; No legal entry; Crossing borders; Chubby babies
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