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Stories from Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bats delay E. Main work (09/20/06)
An endangered species of bat has delayed construction at the site of the East Main Street interchange project. Indiana bats are inhabiting large trees around the site of the future interchange, which will be at mile marker 102 on Interstate 55 between Jackson and Cape Girardeau...
VietNow proposes four more monuments (09/20/06)
A local veterans organization that erected a memorial to Vietnam War veterans this summer now wants to add four more war monuments to the lawn of the Common Pleas Courthouse. The additional monuments would honor those who served during the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War...
Cape auto dealer gets 15 years (09/20/06)
An automobile dealer convicted of burning down his business for the insurance money was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey imposed the mandatory minimum sentence on Greg Sparkman, 46, in a packed Cape Girardeau courtroom Tuesday morning...
The thinking man's cop movie: L.A. Confidential (1997) (09/20/06)
There are some movies that can capture an audience's imagination from beginning to end. Unfortunately, most of these movies don't see great box-office success, and eventually fall in to obscurity. "L.A. Confidential" is one of those movies. It most likely would have been a big hit and enjoyed the success it deserves, but it was released during the era of "Titanic," which relegated it, and practically every other movie on the market from that year, into the bowels of the movie industry...
Why Can't I Take My Shirt Off? (09/20/06)
I have taken my shirt off in public exactly three times, all of them this summer. Once, I was playing kickball with a group of friends and my shirt was soaked with sweat. Another time, I was at a Sounds show and there was so much crazy energy and I was burning up again so I whipped off my shirt. The third time I was watching Eagles of Death Metal play at the Creepy Crawl in St. Louis and it was sweltering hot, plus the shirt was falling off anyway because I had cut the collar too wide...
Fair Thee Well (09/20/06)
I could have walked to the 151st SEMO District Fair. It's just up the street from my place ... but I don't walk. Instead, I met my photographer at the offices of OFF (OFFices) then followed him to Arena Park where we drove right past a "Do Not Enter" sign and parked our vehicles. No one -- no cops, no event staff or anybody else asked who we were but with the blatant disregard we showed that sign, we were obviously important people...
History of the City of Roses Music Festival (09/20/06)
More than a decade ago the City of Roses Music Festival was little more than a gleam in musician Bob Camp's eye. Since that time the festival has become the closest thing to a regular musical tradition that Cape's scene has to offer. The festival changes all the time, but still retains its name, and its commitment to local music. Here's a look back at the previous nine years of the City of Roses...
Kids will be kids (09/20/06)
On this Tuesday afternoon the sky is gray, the field is muddy, and for the members of Gulliver's Run, there are no opponents. But they don't care. They'll play anyway. The seven college students who make up the team split into two groups of three while team member Miles Maynes pitches -- if you call rolling a fat ball over home plate pitching...
Being Bo Bice (09/20/06)
Let's face it, you can hardly ignore the cultural juggernaut that is "American Idol." And since "Idol" is such an imposing force, chances are you've probably heard the name Bo Bice. Before "Idol" launched Bice in to the major-label mass-market pop act realm of music, he was just an Alabama boy with a band playing rock music in small clubs. But since he was runner up on the world's biggest talent contest show, that career has taken off...
Country folk, Christians dominate Show Me Center fall lineup (09/20/06)
Godless rock 'n' roll has no place this fall at the Show Me Center, at least not yet. As we creep closer and closer to cold weather, more and more entertainment options become reality at the Show Me Center. But they're not the kind that will attract college hipsters or fans of alt-rock...
A decade later .... (09/20/06)
Mary Ramsey is the eternal optimist. The young mother/musician/promoter always has a smile on her face, and always speaks nicely about her current project, the City of Roses Music Festival. "We just want to keep things positive," says Ramsey. "Positive" is definitely the way Ramsey and fellow festival organizers Don Ganim -- the festival chair -- and Mary Ann Forester have presented their festival in the run-up to the event this year...
Bring in tha noise (09/20/06)
Fall is in the air. Can you feel it? And with fall comes music. No other time of year is better for sitting around a campfire jamming out on guitar with a healthy buzz swarming your head. And no other time of year is better to go downtown here in Cape and check out a show...
Annual events feature lawn mower races, mule jumping (09/20/06)
This weekend two Southeast Missouri communities are opening their doors to visitors around the area in their signature yearly events. The Perry County town of Altenburg will host the long-standing East Perry Community Fair on Friday and Saturday, while the Scott County village of Commerce will celebrate life on the river with its 10th annual Floodfest on Saturday and Sunday...
Burden versus boon (09/20/06)
A proposed federal animal identification system may seem as simple as piercing a sow's ear, but some area farmers and legislators say it would provide unnecessary safeguards and place undue burdens on the agriculture industry. Proponents say the program would safeguard U.S. ...
New director for Old Town Cape assumes role (09/20/06)
Stepping into an empty office as the only full-time employee of an organization with the goal of revitalizing downtown Cape Girardeau can be a little nerve-wracking. But as Marla Mills took on the role as the new director of Old Town Cape Monday she didn't feel the pressure. ...
Federal Court 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants who appeared in federal court Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey: Name: Arthur Kemp Age: Unknown Residence: Kennett, Mo. Charge: Three counts of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
Cape Girardeau City Council action Monday Communications Consent Ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Appointments Liquor licenses...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
Jackson Board of Aldermen action Monday Public hearings Action items Power and light committee Street committee Amendments...
Two workers injured at Cape Girardeau pool (09/20/06)
Two men were slightly injured Tuesday from a fall into the Cape Girardeau Municipal pool. The men were installing the pool's bubble around 4:30 p.m. when one slipped and fell about 5 or 6 feet into the empty pool, fire Capt. Brian Shaffer. The second man jumped into the pool to assist and was also injured. Both men were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, Shaffer said...
Cape man acquitted of privacy invasion charge (09/20/06)
A man was acquitted Monday of a charge accusing him of using a cell phone to peek at his female roommate while she lay in bed. Christopher D. Hensley, 21, of 111 N. Clark Ave., stood trial Monday for misdemeanor invasion of privacy. His former roommate, Melinda Reid, testified she woke up the morning of Aug. 9 and heard someone stop in front of her bedroom door...
Cape police arrest robbery suspect (09/20/06)
Police arrested one of two men accused of tying up a Cape Girardeau couple and robbing them of more than $1,000 in cash and electronics. The victims say the men forced their way into the apartment at 1408 Lexington Ave. around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. "When I opened the door, I got a gun in my face," said Joshua Kelly, one of the victims. Kelly and his wife, Heather, were just getting ready to go to bed when the two men barged in their home, demanding money...
SEMO cleaning up more radioactive contamination (09/20/06)
Radiation contamination continues to plague Southeast Missouri State University's Magill Hall of Science. A contractor began work this week to clean up contamination found in July in a chemistry storage room. The contamination was from a radioactive material, americium-241, that the university had used in a chemistry lab decades ago...
Effort to centralize voting rejected by Alexander Co. officials (09/20/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Alexander County commissioners Tuesday rejected a petition signed by more than 600 residents calling for centralized voting in Cairo on Nov. 7. Petitioners from Concerned Citizens for the Recovery of Cairo sought the change to reduce or eliminate potential problems that in the past have resulted in lawsuits over election outcomes. The lawsuits, some of which are still pending, have alleged that vote totals have been manipulated to help favored candidates...
Two teens caught after fleeing from children's home (09/20/06)
Two teenagers led police on a two-city chase Monday morning that ended when their allegedly stolen vehicle crashed in Cape Girardeau. The pursuit began around 2 a.m. near Ann Wood Estates when a Jackson police officer noticed a Ford Windstar minivan weaving and crossing the center line, according to Jackson Lt. Rodney Barnes...
Club news 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
FCE Council; Cape Girardeau County AARP; Ladies Auxiliary VFW 3838; Capaha Scottish Rite Women's Club; American Legion Auxiliary 63
Rise in number of rabies cases leads to public health advisory (09/20/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For the second consecutive year, Missouri is experiencing an unusually high number of rabies cases in animals. The Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday that it had issued a statewide health advisory for rabies. Fifty-four rabid animals had been detected this year as of Saturday, including 44 bats, seven skunks, two horses and one cow...
Abducted newborn found alive (09/20/06)
UNION, Mo. -- A newborn girl who was abducted from her mother was found alive Tuesday and was in excellent condition, according to the doctor who treated her. Meanwhile, the woman who allegedly abducted the baby after stabbing the child's mother was arrested...
Bush to Muslims: Don't listen to extremists who lie about U.S. (09/20/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- President Bush sought to blunt anti-Americanism across the Middle East Tuesday, asserting that extremists are trying to justify their violence by falsely claiming the United States is waging war on Islam. He singled out Iran and Syria as sponsors of terrorism...
Thai military overthrows Prime Minister Tahksin (09/20/06)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- In the dead of night and without firing a shot, Thailand's military overthrew popularly elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday amid mounting criticism that he had undermined democracy. The sudden, well-orchestrated coup -- the first in 15 years and a throwback to an unsettled era in Thailand -- was likely to spark both enthusiasm and criticism at home and abroad. The military said it would soon return power to a democratic government but did not say when...
Jackson softball nips Seckman (09/20/06)
Sheila Wade scattered eight hits and three walks over eight innings and then scored the winning run for the Jackson girls softball team in a 1-0 victory against visiting Seckman on Tuesday. Seckman (15-7) had won the championship in the Jackson Invitational tournament on Saturday by winning four straight games, including the championship against Notre Dame...
Central, Jackson end in soccer deadlock (09/20/06)
The Central boys soccer team controlled possession in Tuesday's home game against rival Jackson, while the Indians had the better of the scoring chances. In the end, neither team could claim victory, as Jackson used a last-minute goal in regulation to help send the teams off the field after 100 minutes with a 2-2 tie...
Hiring for tennis coach returns to search stage (09/20/06)
Southeast Missouri State has basically retraced its steps in its search for a new women's tennis coach. Southeast assistant athletic director Cindy Gannon, who is heading up the search committee, said one of two finalists for the position was recently offered the job but turned it down...
Jacksonville State finds poll after its rout of Redhawks (09/20/06)
Jacksonville State's 38-7 win over visiting Southeast Missouri State in Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference opener was dominant virtually from start to finish. It also must have opened some eyes outside the league because, earlier this week, the Gamecocks broke into the national rankings for the first time this year...
Area sports digest 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
Giebler, Myers win Dalhousie club titles Brevin Giebler overcame a six-shot deficit in the final round to win the Dalhousie Golf Club's men's club championship tournament recently. Giebler shot a final-round, 3-under-par 69 to overtake second-round leader Bryan Johnson, who shot a final-round 77. Giebler had a 147 total through the first two days after rounds of 75 and 72, while Johnson opened with a 67 and added 74 for a 141. Giebler finished at 216, two strokes ahead of Johnson...
U.S.'s odd couple: Woods, Furyk (09/20/06)
STRAFFAN, Ireland -- On paper and in person, they look nothing alike. Tiger Woods is sheer power, from his 12 major championships and 63 titles worldwide to his acclaim as the richest athlete and one of the most recognizable faces in the world. Jim Furyk is a U.S. Open champion who grinds at his golf and is recognized only by his swing, which is not always a compliment. An analyst once described it as an octopus falling out of a tree...
Isringhausen to have surgery on Thursday (09/20/06)
MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals said closer Jason Isringhausen will have season-ending surgery on his left hip on Thursday. Isringhausen, who did not travel with the team to Milwaukee, made the decision Tuesday after extensive consultation with several hip specialists. The surgery will be performed by Dr. J. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tenn...
Two teens charged in Duquesne shooting (09/20/06)
PITTSBURGH -- Police charged two men Tuesday with shooting five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance, and they accused a 19-year-old sophomore of helping get the men and their friends into the dance despite knowing some were armed...
Cards use bats to chop magic number to six (09/20/06)
MILWAUKEE -- Jeff Weaver gave up two runs and five hits and struck out four in throwing six strong innings in the Cardinals' 12-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. He also drove in a run with a double in the sixth, an inning before the Cardinals scored six runs...
Spicing up the trip home (09/20/06)
For the last two weeks I've been on vacation in the Horn of Africa. I saved up the money and took the time to go back and visit some people I'd sorely missed since I left there 11 months ago. And it was a great trip. I'd love to share all the details, but since this space is as small as most of our attention spans, I'll limit myself to a funny anecdote...
The hybridizer: A look at a Cape man known throughout the gardening world (09/20/06)
I don't travel much. My wife tells me I am a homebody. When I do travel, and people find out that I am from Cape Girardeau, I am often asked if I know Rush Limbaugh. My answer is always the same. "I met him when he spoke at my daughter Nicole's high school graduation."...
New cookbook offers special recipes (09/20/06)
The SEMO District Fair has come to an end, and our daughter was so excited about her entries. After a long thought process, she decided to enter four things for judging at the Arena Building. We were delighted to learn she won three first-place blue ribbons and one red second-place ribbon. She worked hard on her entries, and we were proud of her for doing so great. I think she is already starting plans for next year...
Rex Nations (09/20/06)
Rex M. Nations, 82, of Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at the veterans home. He was born May 11, 1924, in Farmington, Mo., son of Homer and Gertrude Nations. He and Patsy L. Garrett were married Dec. 29, 1955. She died July 5, 1999...
Wanda Hartline (09/20/06)
Wanda Sue Hartline, 60, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 8, 1945, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Charles E. and Lucille Kirkpatrick Childers. She and Richard E. Hartline were married June 29, 1963, in Anna. He died Oct. 25, 1994...
Harold Pensel (09/20/06)
Harold Lee Pensel, 69, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at the family farm. He was born Sept. 19, 1936, near Fruitland, son of the late Louis R. and Edna C. Kasten Pensel. He and Donna Langston were married Oct. 25, 1959. Harold attended Jackson High School and lived on the family farm west of Fruitland his entire life. He was a lifelong member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Fruitland...
Virginia Glaus (09/20/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Virginia Magdaline Glaus, 87, of Benton died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Chateau Girardeau Healthcare Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 30, 1919, in New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of William M. and Lucy H. Grojean LeGrand. She and Lawrence Glaus were married Sept. 21, 1939, at New Hamburg. He died July 7, 1990...
Goldie Armbruster (09/20/06)
Mary Goldie Armbruster, 90, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at her home. She was born Nov. 25, 1915, at Brewer, Mo., daughter of Thomas Valerian and Martha Lena Brown Parres. She and Joseph W. Armbruster were married June 1, 1940, at Brewer...
Melba Green (09/20/06)
Melba Jolene Green, 68, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 17, 1937, in Burfordville, daughter of Herbert and Iva Allen Thorne. She and Samuel L. Green were married Sept. 28, 1957...
Lore Snyder (09/20/06)
Lore S. Snyder, 75, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1931, in North Braddock, Pa., daughter of Joseph and Clara Kuehn Schardt. She married Robert H. Snyder, who preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Scott Snyder of Monroeville, Pa., Dale Snyder of Jackson; a brother, George Schardt of Penn Hills, Pa.; and two granddaughters...
Earl Oldham (09/20/06)
Earl Hannen Oldham, 86, of The Colony, Texas, formerly of Burfordville, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements...
Joyce Griffin (09/20/06)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Joyce Anita Griffin, 66, of Matthews died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born March 16, 1940, in Southampton, N.Y., daughter of the Rev. Harry Edwin and Leeta Rice Simmons II. Griffin lived most of her life in New Madrid County, Mo. She was employed by Division of Family Services in East Prairie, Mo., retiring Aug. 31, 2003. She was a member of First Church of God in East Prairie...
Births 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
Eftink; Hrach; Criddle; Sirimaturos; Wilson; Birk; Goodson; Pontious; Jones; King; Underwood; Yunck
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
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Out of the past 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 20, 1981 Despite unseasonably cool temperatures, fairgoers turned out in record numbers at the 126th edition of the SEMO District Fair last week; fair board president Earl James estimates that about 90,000 people jammed the fairgrounds during the week...
Ethanol boondoggle (09/20/06)
By Michael Devaney On a recent campaign visit to Cape Girardeau, U.S. Sen. Jim Talent highlighted his sponsorship of the Renewable Fuels Standard in 2005. The bill requires oil companies to purchase 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel by 2012. Talent stated that we're heading quickly toward a renewable age that will wean profits away from big oil and redirect them to Missouri farmers...
On the golf map (09/20/06)
Cape Girardeau County boasts five golf courses, each with its regular players and its fans. The newest course is building on the reputation that has established this area as a true golf destination. Part of Cord Dombrowski's vision for Dalhousie Golf Club was to build a course so special that people from all over the country would want to play there...
Superfund status for our farms? (09/20/06)
To the editor: Times Beach and Love Canal are often remembered as two of the worst toxic-waste sites in U.S. history. Our nation's livestock and poultry farms could be listed among them if a federal district court rules that animal manure is a hazardous substance...
Speak Out 9/20/06 (09/20/06)
Special grace; More training; Blue-collar party; Color of smoke; Trigger terms; Flying the flag; Speaking out; Spending black hole; Off-color comment
The best show in town (09/20/06)
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