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Bollinger County man killed in house fire (09/21/06)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- A house fire claimed the life of a 43-year-old Bollinger County man Thursday afternoon. Emergency personnel responded shortly before 2 p.m. to the victim's home on Route DD near Glenallen and found Jimmy Holt dead on arrival, Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings said...
Forecast says winter will be colder than in recent years (09/21/06)
One of the largest weather authorities in the world predicts the upcoming winter in the Midwest and on the East Coast will be colder than in recent years, but that means temperatures will actually be about average. Senior AccuWeather.com meteorologist Dale Mohler said that December, January and February in Southeast Missouri should be right around their historic average temperature of 36 degrees. ...
SEMO business center director stepping down (09/21/06)
Buz Sutherland dispenses advice to small-business owners and start-up entrepreneurs with a hearty handshake and an easy smile. His steady approach hasn't changed in the more than 16 years that he has served as director of the Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University...
City will get Cape chamber award (09/21/06)
The city of Cape Girardeau will be honored Oct. 4 with the Commitment to Excellence Award. The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's award given annually to a chamber member demonstrating community involvement, leadership, longevity and economic contributions has never been given to a governmental body before. Area police and fire departments were given the award after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the not-for-profit United Way also has won the award...
Beussink places first in parochial school meet (09/21/06)
Alex Beussink of Immaculate Conception placed first in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys race at the inaugural Running Monk Parochial School cross country meet on Monday at Notre Dame High School. Beussink finished in 5 minutes, 50 seconds on the 1-mile course. Lance Essner of St. Denis was second in 6:00, and Frank Stallings of team champion St. Henry was third in 6:56...
Boil-water order issued after Cape Girardeau line break (09/21/06)
A boil-water order was issued Wednesday for some Cape Girardeau residents until further notice. The city's water division issued the precautionary boil order for about 150 residents in the area of Bloomfield Road west of Siemers Drive due to a water main break, a release from the division said. ...
Glenn House to hold Victorian tea-tasting party as fund-raiser (09/21/06)
Brimming with more than 120 years of stories to tell, the historic and charming Victorian Glenn House will be a scene for turn-of-the-century splendor later this month, enhanced by an activity that was commonly indulged in during that period: tea tasting...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
9 a.m. today Cape Girardeau County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square in Jackson Routine business Action items Discussion items and appointments...
Region briefs 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Cape woman arrested after quarrel and fire A lover's quarrel Wednesday morning resulted in a small fire and the arrest of a 24-year-old woman, Cape Girardeau police said. Officers responded to 1236 Bertling St. around 4 a.m. on a call of a possible fire, according to police spokesman Jason Selzer. ...
City to hold 'Doggy Swim Day' at Capaha pool (09/21/06)
The city of Cape Girardeau's Parks and Recreation Department will host the first annual "Doggy Swim Day" at Capaha Park swimming pool Sunday. Residents can pay $5 for their dog to swim in the pool from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aquatics coordinator Chad Sierman said the pool will drained after the event, and will be closed until next summer...
Nathan Cooper to visit Poland this weekend (09/21/06)
Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, will join a delegation conducting a training seminar in Warsaw, Poland, for members of the Polish Law and Justice Party. Cooper's trip will be sponsored by the Bellwether Forum, a Houston-based conservative not-for-profit organization. ...
SEMO professor resigns from MOHELA board (09/21/06)
Southeast Missouri State University professor Dr. James Ricks resigned from Missouri's student loan agency this week, the third member of the agency to step down amid controversy over Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to use agency profits for college building projects...
USDA forgives schools' 'debt' (09/21/06)
The federal government has agreed to forgive more than $5 million in debt being assessed on 40 Missouri school districts, including Scott City, U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, said Wednesday. The Scott City School District's debt amounted to $104,457, Talent said in a news release...
Federal Court 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
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 E. Autrey: Name: Venito L. Johnson Age: 30 Residence: Caruthersville, Mo...
East County Fire Protection District to celebrate 25th year wi (09/21/06)
The East County Fire Protection District will hold its first open house Sunday to celebrate 25 years of community service. The open house will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Egypt Mills Station, 7515 Highway 177. The station is north of the Egypt Mills Tractor Club and south of Schlegel Auto Body and Paint...
Cape Democrats to hold 'Picnic in the Park' (09/21/06)
Cape Girardeau area Democrats will hold a "Picnic in the Park" at noon, Sept. 30 in County Park North as part of their "Had Enough?" campaign. The picnic will feature Eighth District Democratic nominee Veronica Hambacker; Mark Hill, candidate for the 158th District Missouri House seat; Boyce Wooley, candidate for the 159th District Missouri House seat; and John Heisserer, candidate for circuit judge...
Mayor says progress 'slow and steady' (09/21/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Mayor Diane Sayre sees progress every day in her tornado-ravaged town. An F3 tornado destroyed more than half of Caruthersville on April 2. The tornado destroyed approximately 240 homes and severely damaged another 375. "It's been slow and steady progress, but we're very optimistic," Sayre said...
Waiting to go home (09/21/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Polly Foreman feels like she's been camping for the past five months. The Caruthersville resident's campsite is her front yard, and her tent is a Federal Emergency Management Agency travel trailer. On Monday, Foreman sat inside her FEMA trailer and pointed out the window at the pile of rubble next to the street...
Community digest 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Taxpayer bill of rights presentation held today A presentation and question-and-answer session on the tax-payer bill of rights will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at the Jackson Senior Citizen Center, 2690 Travelers Way in Jackson. Speakers include Allen Icet, Missouri House of Representatives, and Amy Bloui, Partners to Protect Missouri's Future. For more information, call Ruth Dockins at 335-3331...
Community cuisine 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
St. Paul Lutheran School to have spaghetti day; St. Denis to hold family-style dinner
Agriculture students spruce up landscaping for veterans (09/21/06)
Landscaped areas at the Missouri Veterans Home have received some much-needed pruning, weeding and general cleanup on a weekly basis since early this month. Under the direction of their professor, James McCrimmon, nearly 40 Southeast Missouri State University students from the Department of Agriculture have been taking part in a semester project at the home. ...
Authorities: No evidence yet that kidnapping suspect was pregnant (09/21/06)
UNION, Mo. -- As the family celebrated the return of baby Abby Woods on Wednesday, authorities cast doubt on claims that the woman accused of slashing a young mother's throat and kidnapping the baby had in fact lost her own baby. Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said investigators are trying to determine if Shannon Torrez had actually been pregnant and lost a full-term baby on the same day she attacked the baby's mother...
Central Missouri State changes name (09/21/06)
Central Missouri State University is joining the growing ranks of state institutions changing their names. The Board of Governors for the Warrensburg school decided Wednesday to adopt a new moniker -- the University of Central Missouri. The name change takes effect immediately...
FBI files shed no light on missing civil rights pioneer (09/21/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The disappearance of civil rights pioneer Lloyd Gaines nearly 70 years ago dominated headlines across the country, with amateur sleuths, activists and historians stumped over the fate of the black man who successfully sued to gain admission to the segregated University of Missouri law school...
Annual cleanup of Shawnee National Forest set for Oct. 7 (09/21/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If a little bit is good, a lot must be better. That philosophy doesn't always hold true, but in terms of cleaning up Shawnee National Forest it seems to apply. "For the past three years, starting in 2003, Tom Borchard from the Northwest Cook Group of the Illinois Sierra Club has been holding a Sierra Club outing to clean up at the Garden of the Gods," said Terri Treacy, the Illinois Chapter Sierra Club conservation field representative. ...
With midterm elections nearing, Congress boosts efforts to strengthen border security (09/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- While the Senate considers a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, the House is going underground, working on legislation to crack down on those who would smuggle illegal immigrants and drugs through cross-border tunnels. The tunnel bill was one of three border security measures the House was taking up today as part of the pre-election effort by congressional Republicans to show they are serious about stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across the nation's porous borders...
Police arrest suspect in woman's dragging death after investigators find his photo at crime scene (09/21/06)
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- A man was arrested in the gruesome dragging death of a woman after a stained and tattered photograph of him was found at the crime scene, police said Wednesday. Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, 36, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of murder and jailed without bail. Investigators said they were still trying to identify the victim, who was dragged behind a vehicle with a rope, leaving a trail of blood more than a mile long...
Business briefs 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Federal Reserve leaves funds rates alone WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, as falling energy prices have helped to restrain inflation pressures. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues issued a brief announcement saying they would leave the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other, at 5.25 percent. ...
Tainted spinach probe focuses on nine California farms (09/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- Spinach found in the refrigerator of a person sickened by E. coli was contaminated with the bacteria, the "smoking gun" that investigators have sought for the origin of the deadly outbreak, health officials say. Federal and state investigators on Wednesday focused their hunt to nine farms in California's greater Salinas Valley, said Dr. ...
Israeli official warns of Iranian threat; Chavez calls Bush 'the devil' (09/21/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- The Israeli foreign minister on Wednesday warned that Iranian leaders pose the biggest threat to the world's values because they "speak proudly" of their wish to destroy Israel and pursue weapons to achieve that objective. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told the annual U.N. General Assembly session that the international community must stand up against Iran, which she claimed is pursuing the weapons to destroy Israel, a reference to its suspect nuclear program...
No Thai elections for another year (09/21/06)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's new military ruler, winning crucial royal backing for his bloodless coup, announced Wednesday that he would not call elections for another year. The United States and other Western nations expressed disapproval and urged a swift restoration of democracy...
St. Vincent returns to Notre Dame, wins again (09/21/06)
The Squaws improved to 21-2-2 by rallying for a three-set win. The Notre Dame volleyball team lost a home match to red-hot St. Vincent on Wednesday. After dropping the first game, St. Vincent rallied for a 19-25, 25-20, 25-18 victory. The Squaws, who won the Volleyballfest at Notre Dame to kick off their season, improved to 21-2-2...
Parent stands by his account in probe (09/21/06)
Among the evidence collected in the Missouri State High School Activities Association's investigation into undue influence on the part of Scott County boys basketball coach David Heeb was a letter written by Bell City resident Melvin Johnson. In the letter, Johnson described a pair of meetings between he and Heeb where the coach tried to persuade Johnson to move his family back to the Scott County Central school district...
Tested by Bradley, Southeast wins home opener (09/21/06)
After spending much of the first few weeks of the season on long bus trips and living in motels, Southeast Missouri State volleyball players were elated to finally have a home match. And the Redhawks celebrated their 2006 Houck Field House debut by beating visiting Bradley University in four games Wednesday night...
Former Bears standout Lingor hired to round out Smith's staff (09/21/06)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach B.J. Smith has completed his staff by adding a former standout player at Missouri State. Jenni Lingor, a four-year starting guard for the Bears from 2001 through 2005 who was drafted by the WNBA, will be in her first coaching position...
Induction class: Four individuals, 1976 baseball team (09/21/06)
Four individuals and the 1976 baseball team will be inducted into the Southeast Missouri State Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies Nov. 4 at the Show Me Center. The ceremony is scheduled for 2:45 p.m., with a reception at 2 p.m. The Hall of Fame inductees also will be introduced at the football game that evening when Southeast hosts Tennessee-Martin...
Recreation standings 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
SOFTBALL Standings through Sept. 14 for Cape Gurardeau Parks and Recration leagues at Shawnee Park Sports Complex...
Area sports digest 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Procter & Gamble team leads Corporate Games Procter & Gamble's Orange team extended its lead in the Corporate Games on Tuesday following the darts and volleyball competition. P&G Orange saw its 20-point lead on the City of Cape Girardeau grow to 70 points...
Area bowling scores 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Area bowlinG scores JACKSON BOWLING LANES MEN High games: Phillip Gramlisch 300, Jason Mayfield 300, Doug Dickerson 299, Stan Lueders 297, Jason Brothers 295, Jim Burnett 290, Dan Tuschhoff 289, Rick Beine 289, Mike Boone 280, Kyle Bruce 280, Leroy Ponder 279, Jeremy Hunt 279, Jim Simpson 279, Ron Hinkebein 279, Toby Zoellner 278, Jim Brown 278, Jamie Brown 278, Mike Turnbow 276, Pacer Schaupert 269, Robert Forester 267, Jeff McClanahan 266, Trae Bertrand 265, Sam Bell 264, John Litz 263...
Warner, Bulger try to get their offenses going in right direction (09/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner remembers a time when points were easy to come by for the St. Louis Rams. But these days, with his former team scrambling for points, the Arizona quarterback said he has an even greater appreciation of the franchise's glory days...
Yankees clinch division title (09/21/06)
TORONTO -- Derek Jeter poured champagne over Joe Torre's head. Almost half the team doused Mariano Rivera with beer. Bernie Williams flashed a grateful smile. It didn't matter that the New York Yankees lost Wednesday night. They still clinched their ninth consecutive AL East title -- and celebrated like first-timers...
Tinoisamoa questionable, Pace doubtful for Sunday (09/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa sounded a lot more confident than his coach about his chances of playing with a dislocated elbow. Tinoisamoa was listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Arizona, although after practicing on Wednesday he said there was no doubt he would be able to play wearing a brace...
U.S. players work on short game, which riles Irish fans (09/21/06)
STRAFFAN, Ireland -- There are times when the Americans just can't win, such as the Ryder Cup. And sometimes, they don't even have to wait for the matches to get under way. The weather turned so nasty Wednesday morning, with 40 mph gusts that toppled a few trees and brought the rain sideways, that The K Club was closed to the public for nearly three hours. ...
St. Louis falls to Brewers (09/21/06)
MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins saw the sign begging the Brewers to keep him, then stated his case. With his future uncertain, Jenkins homered off Tyler Johnson leading off the ninth inning Wednesday night to back a four-hitter by rookie Carlos Villanueva and two relievers in Milwaukee's 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals...
Second teenager charged in shooting of Duquesne players (09/21/06)
PITTSBURGH -- A second man charged in a shooting that wounded five Duquesne University basketball players turned himself in Wednesday, police said. William Holmes, 18, of the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, was to be arraigned on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and weapons-related offenses...
Leader Harvick dismisses 'cheating' talk (09/21/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick is so hot right now that the competition clearly is concerned -- so much so that Harvick believes a rival intentionally spread false allegations of cheating to rattle his team. After Harvick's win last week in New Hampshire, a Speed TV report claimed that Harvick and teammate Jeff Burton were manipulating their wheels to gain a performance advantage. NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing strongly denied the accusation, but Speed TV stands by its report...
Texas Tech coach blasts 'prima donnas' (09/21/06)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach ripped into his players following a 12-3 loss at TCU last week, blaming the defeat on what he said were "prima donnas" who have gone "soft." Texas Tech, which scored at least 50 points five times last season, didn't score a touchdown for the first time in six years. What has Leach most concerned is that many of the players who he said didn't put forth the effort needed against the Horned Frogs were veterans...
Pac-10's officials policy will be topic at Oct. 12 meeting (09/21/06)
This week's debate over The Call has brought renewed attention to instant replay in college football and the officials who consider it. The Pac-10 has a rule that its league's officials work all games in its home stadiums. Following the blown call on an onside kick in Oregon's 34-33 victory over Oklahoma last Saturday, coach Bob Stoops was threatening to cancel a game against Washington in 2008 if the policy isn't changed...
Waterfowl clinic offered to spur interest among youths (09/21/06)
The Missouri Department of Conservation is making an investment in the future by teaching young hunters the skills needed to become successful waterfowl hunters. Applications are being distributed for the upcoming Youth Waterfowl Clinic scheduled for Oct. 7 at Duck Creek Conservation Area in Puxico, Mo...
Health briefs 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Calendar Ask Your Doctor, live, call-in medical show discusses stem-cell research with Dr. Scot Pringle, 8 to 9 p.m. on Channel 5. Diabetes support group, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center Fitness Plus conference room. Breast cancer support group, 7 to 9 p.m., South Healing Arts Room of the Healing Arts Center...
How to beat the bad-news blahs (09/21/06)
Bummed? Could be the bad-news blahs, triggered by war, terrorist threats, hurricanes, gas prices, global warming and plenty of other equally deflating topics. Does a day pass when we don't get an earful about Hezbollah, Beirut or Baghdad? Or hear about a death caused by West Nile Virus, obesity or the serial killer of the month? A recent Harris Interactive poll of U.S. ...
Outflanking the fear of failure (09/21/06)
Sept. 21, 2006 Dear Julie, Basketball players who simply visualize making free throws improve as much as players who actually practice making free throws. Jack Nicklaus says he ran a mind movie before every shot he ever took during his storied golf career...
Be seen acting your age (09/21/06)
Editor's note: This column was originally published Jan. 6, 2005. The magazine racks are filled with advice about what we should be seen wearing and doing in order to be hanging with the swells. Good enough, but what if we are just trying to avoid looking ridiculous as we get on in years? What should we be doing or not doing?...
Opal Stearns (09/21/06)
Opal Viola Stearns, 80, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at the Monticello House in Jackson, with her daughter at her side. She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of the late Henry and Clara Sandvoss Niemann. She and Lyman Stearns were married in August 1955. He passed away Dec. 11, 1982...
Rex Nations (09/21/06)
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, at Farmington, Mo., son of Homer and Gertrude Nations. He and Patsy L. Garrett were married Dec. 29, 1955. She died July 5, 1999...
Earl Oldham (09/21/06)
Earl Hannen Oldham, 86, of The Colony, Texas, formerly of Burfordville, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas, and is now resting in the arms of our Lord. He was born Sept. 14, 1920, on a farm between Millersville and Burfordville, son of the late Roy Hannen and Maude Myrtle Young Oldham. He and Elizabeth Kinder were married May 18, 1946, celebrating their 60th anniversary earlier this year...
Olga Oberndorfer (09/21/06)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Olga S. Oberndorfer, 88, of Frohna died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born April 24,1918, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Ernst and Lydia E. Lungwitz Boehme. She and Edwin C.J. Oberndorfer were married Feb. 4, 1940. He died Aug. 15, 1983...
Oneita McClary (09/21/06)
O. Oneita McClary, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born Oct. 13, 1918, in Searcy, Ark., daughter of H. Judson and Eula Barnett McDowell. She and Robert L. "Sonny" McClary were married Oct. 6, 1957. He died March 21, 1994...
Edna Willa (09/21/06)
Edna Lillian Willa, 94, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at Monticello House. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Mary Taylor (09/21/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary Magdalene Taylor, 73, of Anna died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at City Care Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1933, at Marston, Mo., daughter of Bonnie and Joda Kelso Bollinger. Taylor retired from the dietary department at Illinois Veterans Home in Anna...
Births 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Hasty; Craig; Kunz
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
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Out of the past 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 21, 1981 Although shy of the 100,000 goal again this year, the SEMO District Fair succeeded in setting a new attendance mark for the six-day exposition that ended Saturday; fair board officials say 91,635 people visited the fairgrounds this year, nearly 7,000 more than the old record set in 1979...
Limbaugh Courthouse (09/21/06)
Southeast Missouri has produced its share of legal talent over the years, often including families with multiple generations of lawyers and judges who have distinguished themselves and their communities. One of the most prominent was Rush Limbaugh Sr., whose contributions to the legal profession and to the affairs of his home state, his nation and the world are well-known and have left lasting marks...
Arts council needs support (09/21/06)
To the editor: The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has organized and staged creative activities for young and old for 45 years. This year the Missouri Arts Council awarded $11,716 to the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, a third of the amount requested and falling far short of our needs...
Speak Out 9/21/06 (09/21/06)
Tax eaters too; A decent life; Showing support; Deepest sympathy; No neat packages; Get a pass; Quick answer; Lazy parents; Band winners; Daily reminder; Extra support; Proper respect; Deserve recognition; Corner beauty
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