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Decision to hold inquest rests on accident reports (09/27/06)
The decision on whether to hold an inquest in the deaths of two local residents will be made after all investigations into the fatal accident are completed. Debra P. Johnson, 46, of Delta, and Garrett K. Williams, 19, of Allenville, were killed Saturday when their car ran off Route U west of Whitewater and struck a tree. The vehicle, a 1995 Oldsmobile, was being pursued by the Chaffee Police Department before it crashed...
Cape Girardeau selected as DREAM town (09/27/06)
Cape Girardeau is one of 10 Missouri communities that will benefit from the DREAM Initiative, Gov. Matt Blunt announced Tuesday. DREAM, which stands for Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, was first announced in June and is designed to give small towns an advantage in gaining state dollars and planning toward urban renewal...
Free shuttle to reduce traffic problems during music festival (09/27/06)
Officials hope a free shuttle service and reduced fares on taxi rides during this weekend's City of Roses Music Festival would reduce downtown traffic. The 10th annual festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday and will feature a shuttle service to run people back and forth between the Show Me Center parking lot and downtown Cape Girardeau...
Environmental group works with landowners to protect habitat (09/27/06)
BALD KNOB, Ill. -- When Michael Baltz gets wound up, few things can interrupt his sweeping descriptions of the Nature Conservancy's vision for Southern Illinois -- few things, that is, except a little bird. Baltz, a University of Missouri-educated biologist, stops in mid-sentence as the "pit-i-tuck" of the summer tanager arrives on the wind...
Tour brings New Zealand group to drummer's hometown (09/27/06)
David Pfanstiel still calls Cape Girardeau his "home," but he doesn't spend much time here. Instead, the 20-year-old Pfanstiel spends most of the year in the studio in New Zealand or touring the United States and Europe behind the drums for inspirational alt-rockers Red Rain. This Friday he'll make a return to Cape Girardeau when the band plays two free concerts on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University...
TSO coming back to Show Me Center (09/27/06)
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's holiday tour is coming back to the Show Me Center next month, bringing the band's unique blend of power-chord rock, classical flavor and mind-blowing pyrotechnics to Cape Girardeau for the third straight year. "They've been very happy with the response they've had in Cape Girardeau," said Shannon Buford, marketing director at the Show Me Center...
Local man causes disturbance at grocery (09/27/06)
A man accused of rubbing up against and exposing himself to a Schnuck's customer was arrested Tuesday when seen fleeing from the store with a stolen package of hot dogs. The man, Erich Montgomery, 22, of Cape Girardeau was arrested and charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct, stealing and resisting arrest. ...
Special prosecutor named for attempted child abduction case (09/27/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A special prosecutor was appointed Tuesday to handle a kidnapping case out of Alexander County. State's Attorney Jeffery Farris filed a motion before Judge Mark Clarke to request the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case against defendant Don W. Miller Sr...
Cape teen charged with statutory rape (09/27/06)
Sexual consent from both a minor and parent were not enough for a Cape Girardeau teenager to avoid felony charges. Tyler A. Figliolo, 17, was charged Tuesday with statutory rape and two counts of statutory sodomy for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl...
Blunt promises help for tornado victims (09/27/06)
CROSSTOWN, Mo. -- The tree line in Crosstown painted a bleak picture across a blue sky on Tuesday as Gov. Matt Blunt toured the hardest hit area from last Friday's tornado. The beautiful scenery in the small Perry County town was a reason Debra and Tom Schultz bought Debra's parent's home off Route C. Hundreds of trees surrounded the couple's home, which they had lived in for more than 20 years...
Reiminger says he's seeking job as Jackson mayor (09/27/06)
Dave Reiminger announced Tuesday his candidacy for mayor of Jackson on the April ballot. He has served on the Board of Aldermen for 14 years and is the power and light committee chairman. Reiminger has been a lifelong resident of Jackson and is the president of Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri...
Loel Lowes (09/27/06)
Loel E. "Cotton" Lowes, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
Club news 9/27/06 (09/27/06)
New McKendree UMW; American Legion Post 158; Town & Country FCE
Enterprise Rent-A-Car says sales are up for year (09/27/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the nation's biggest auto rental agency, reported Tuesday that revenues jumped 9 percent to a record $9.04 billion for its fiscal year that ended in July. Enterprise has benefited from a shift in consumer behavior as more drivers rent cars in their neighborhoods for road trips or special errands, spokesman Pat Farrell said...
Officials trace batch of spinach as potential source of E. coli outbreak (09/27/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Test results linking two bags of Dole brand baby spinach to a deadly E. coli strain have helped health officials hone in on a specific batch from a San Juan Bautista processing plant that may be the source of a nationwide outbreak. The investigation remains focused on Natural Selection Foods LLC, which officials believe packaged the tainted spinach for Dole and dozens of other brands. ...
Analysis: Iraq war is 'cause celebre' that builds Islamic resentment of U.S. (09/27/06)
WASHINGTON -- The war in Iraq has become a "cause celebre" for Islamic extremists, breeding deep resentment of the United States that probably will get worse before it gets better, federal intelligence analysts conclude in a report at odds with President Bush's portrayal of a world growing safer...
Two ex-Sago miners commit suicide (09/27/06)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Two miners whose jobs included watching over safety at the Sago Mine before the deadly explosion last January committed suicide in the past month. Neither man had been blamed for the disaster that killed 12 of their comrades, and neither one's family has definitively linked the suicides to the accident. But those who knew the men say there is little doubt the tragedy haunted them...
World briefs 9/27/06 (09/27/06)
Unauthorized ordinations lead to excommunication VATICAN CITY -- Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the charismatic Zambian prelate who defied the Holy See by getting married in 2001, has been excommunicated after installing four married men as bishops, the Vatican said Tuesday. ...
False rumors have marked hunt for bin Laden (09/27/06)
He was blown up in the caves of Tora Bora. He was on dialysis and dying of kidney disease. He was in the hands of Pakistani intelligence and about to be turned over to the United States. Rumors of Osama bin Laden's death or capture go back years, and they have always proved greatly exaggerated. ...
Bell City spikers cruise past Crusaders (09/27/06)
Bell City's volleyball team continued to roll with a resounding 25-8, 25-19 sweep Tuesday of host Saxony Lutheran. The Cubs improved to 21-1. Bell City's lone loss came at the Notre Dame Volleyballfest to the host Bulldogs in the semifinals. Megan Slagley led Bell City (21-1) with six kills and six digs...
Redhawks move to top of OVC with 2-0 victory (09/27/06)
The series between Southeast Missouri State and Murray State has been so even, Redhawks' coach Heather Nelson fully expected a one-goal result Tuesday night. Much to Nelson's delight, however, the Redhawks did not have to sweat out a narrow victory...
Trio's dominance already contested in opening weeks (09/27/06)
Last year, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois and Jacksonville State went 18-0 against the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference. With those three teams picked 1-2-3 in the OVC preseason poll, many people expected their league dominance to continue. But the possibility of that trio again sweeping the OVC's other six squads already has been eliminated -- not once but twice, both in the span of three days...
Area sports digest 9/27/06 (09/27/06)
Whitehead, Woolf win City of Roses run Kris Woolf was not only the first woman to finish the City of Roses Half Marathon run, she posted among the top five overall times on Sunday. Brian Whitehead won the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 38 seconds...
Jackson returns from suspension with zest (09/27/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Xzavie Jackson got the bad news at the beginning of the summer. The defensive end from Wichita, Kan., wasn't going to play in the first game of his senior season against Murray State on Sept. 2. The official announcement from Missouri coach Gary Pinkel came on Aug. 22, after one of the Tigers' preseason practices, though the reason for the suspension was not disclosed...
Europeans lack success in real world of the PGA (09/27/06)
CHANDLER'S CROSS, England -- Now that the Ryder Cup is over, golf returns to normal. Of the 19 flags that rippled in a cool breeze Tuesday morning at The Grove, none was a blue banner with 13 gold stars. They were from Northern Ireland and South Africa, Canada and Australia, the United States and England...
Barbaro makes slow, steady progress (09/27/06)
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- He's looking good, feeling good and eating well these days, yet Barbaro is still a long way from leaving the hospital. The Kentucky Derby winner went for his daily walk outside the intensive care unit at the New Bolton Center on Tuesday, with Dr. Dean Richardson leading the way and carefully watching every step as the injured colt grazed for about 40 minutes...
Edmonds returns to starting lineup after lengthy absence (09/27/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds' first at bat in a month, a three-run pinch-hit home run, showed he's lost none of his flair for dramatics. The St. Louis Cardinals desperately need more such heroics as they sputter toward the finish line. So Edmonds, who's been sidelined since mid-August due to post-concussion syndrome, was in the lineup Tuesday, and a team that had lost six in a row with a rapidly shrinking NL Central lead was hoping for a follow-up to that cameo...
Pro golf legend Nelson dies at 94 (09/27/06)
IRVING, Texas -- Byron Nelson, golf's courtly "Lord Byron" whose 11 straight tournament victories in 1945 stand as one of sports' most enduring records, died Tuesday. He was 94. His wife, Peggy Nelson, told family friend Angela Enright that her husband appeared fine as she left for Bible study Tuesday morning. ...
Wobbly Cards fall again (09/27/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Things have gone so sour for the St. Louis Cardinals that even their ace is coming up empty. Mike Cameron's two-run double capped San Diego's four-run seventh inning against Chris Carpenter, and free-falling St. Louis saw its lead in the NL Central shrink to 1 1/2 games following the Padres' 7-5 victory Tuesday night...
A flavorful spin on whole grain baking (09/27/06)
NORWICH, Vt. -- P.J. Hamel has spent the past year undoing the damage of the 1970s. That's when the nascent natural foods movement embraced whole grains -- and left everyone horrified. White bread America just wasn't ready for cookies that tasted like cardboard and breads with the specific gravity of lead...
Woolen warmth: Columnist gives a new approach for scarf making (09/27/06)
Though I've spent most of my free moments over the past few weeks making fans to hand out at football games, my mind wanders to real football weather. I long for chilly days and breezy nights, evenings so cold you can't feel the tip of your nose. I can't wait to cheer for the Rebels with appendages frozen to the point that it stings to clap my muffled hands...
Is the lawn chair mightier than the legal adviser? (09/27/06)
That's the question being tested right now by Sheila Kittrell and Becky Collins of Delta. You may have seen the pair who have set up shop outside Pro Lube in Jackson. They wave signs at oncoming traffic and tell those who'll listen the story of a car that went in for an oil change and came out with a fried engine...
Church cookbook yields more recipes (09/27/06)
I am ready to embrace fall and welcome it with open arms. After a long, hot summer, it is wonderful to have lower temperatures and low humidity for a wonderful change. With those conditions comes my desire for apple and pumpkin dishes. I love getting out my recipes that I usually reserve for fall. ...
Edna Myers (09/27/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Edna Nelline Tippett Myers, 82, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Advance, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at her home. A memorial service will be held at Morgan Funeral Home at a later date.
Grace Fox (09/27/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Grace M. Fox, 80, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Lamasco, Ky., daughter of William Thomas and Noma Faughn Salyers. She married Donald Aldridge, who preceded her in death. She later married Gene W. Fox, who also preceded her in death...
Martha Obert (09/27/06)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- Martha Sue Obert, 48, of Wolf Lake died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 28, 1958, in Granite City, Ill., daughter of John and Norma Breeze. She and Jim Obert were married in 1988. Obert had been a waitress at various restaurants, the most recent at Grecian Steak House in Farmington, Mo. She attended Red Star Baptist Church and was a volunteer with the Salvation Army...
Jessie McClinton Jr. (09/27/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jessie James McClinton Jr., 58, of Sikeston died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1948, in Sunflower, Miss., son of Jessie and Clara McClinton Jr. He and Geneva Turner were married Aug. 16, 1976. McClinton was a farm worker many years...
Earl Nanna (09/27/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Earl "Don" Nanna, 75, of Advance passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 14, 1930, at Cape Girardeau, son of Earl and Ada Jo Rowe Nanna. He and Jean Dunn were married Jan. 8, 1954, in Cape Girardeau...
Gerald Welker (09/27/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Gerald M. Welker, 59, of Hazelwood, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 17, 1946, in St. Ann, Mo., son of Rudolph and Ida Schwein Welker. Welker had worked at General Motors...
Births 9/27/06 (09/27/06)
Milam; Hawkins
Out of the past 9/27/06 (09/27/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 27, 1981 Eisleben Lutheran Church, which began serving Lutherans in the Scott City area in 1848, marks another milestone in the history of the church; a rededication service is held in the afternoon to commemorate the completion of the redecoration and renovation of the church interior...
War memorials (09/27/06)
None of us can say thank you enough to the courageous women and men who served their country in time of war. Last week, VietNow, an organization for war veterans who have served in the past 50 years, announced plans to erect four more war monuments on the lawn of Common Pleas Courthouse in downtown Cape Girardeau...
Naming of courthouse is a concern (09/27/06)
To the editor: What qualifies Rush Limbaugh Sr. to have his name on the new federal courthouse? Sons who are lawyers, judges and a radio personality? We've had people like the late state senator Albert M. Spradling who were more qualified and did things for the citizens of the area and the state...
Rapid response after the tornado (09/27/06)
To the editor: I spent Saturday near Crosstown trying to help our neighbors and friends uncover what was left of their possessions and grieve with them over what was forever lost. We tried to assure our friends that greater things would somehow rise from destruction...
Unions try to better members' lives (09/27/06)
To the editor: The Wall Street Journal's op-ed column about unions criticized what unions are doing. Did you ever stop to think every time you buy drugs or gasoline or pay a medical bill or pay taxes and a host of other things that you are doing the same as union members: you are paying for lavish bonuses, vacations, lobbyists and a lot of other perks for the rich?...
Speak Out 9/27/06 (09/27/06)
Risk is increasing; Talk to legislators; Booming economy; Need an interpreter; Hurting the poor; Sex education; Drainage problems; Liberal-conservative; Put us on the map; Biblical direction; It's self-preservation; Disagreeing twice; Thanks to Guard; Distorting the issue; No more support; Medical attack
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