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Stories from Tuesday, December 5, 2006

County, sheriff seek consensus (12/05/06)
Differences narrowed Monday between the Cape Girardeau County Commission and Sheriff John Jordan over raises promised to deputies and most other sheriff's employees during the recent campaign for a new county sales tax. Commissioners seemed ready to approve most of Jordan's request for raises, which will make deputy pay comparable to that of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, to take effect Jan. ...
Cape Girardeau County schools will benefit from SBC-AT&T tax dispute settlement (12/05/06)
School districts in Cape Girardeau County will share more than $161,000 in added tax revenue as a result of the settlement of a tax dispute involving the state tax commission and SBC Communications, now AT&T. Most of that money will go to the Cape Girardeau and Jackson school districts, Cape Girardeau County Collector Diane Diebold said Monday. She estimated the county's two largest school districts each will receive between $60,000 and $70,000...
Red Cross helps storm victims (12/05/06)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- A new American Red Cross emergency response vehicle is expected to return to Cape Girardeau today from its first local mission -- spending nearly four days in storm-crippled Farmington with volunteers that have helped feed, house and assist residents who were displaced and without power...
Outages would be crippling (12/05/06)
Southeast Missouri would be equally vulnerable if faced with the widespread electrical outages that have struck the St. Louis area twice in the past six months. While officials stress their preparedness, they say a major loss of electricity would be debilitating...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action items (12/05/06)
n Approved a motion to change the Board of Aldermen regular meeting from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in observance of the New Year's Day holiday. n Approved a motion to change the board of aldermen regular meeting from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday...
Federal court (12/05/06)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry. sentenced Name: Larry L. Horton Age: 21 Residence: Charleston, Mo. Charge: Unlawful possession of a firearm...
Three active children hope for merry Christmas (12/05/06)
Janice, a single mom, wants to give her three children a merry Christmas. She can't work full time because her middle child, 11-year-old Aaron, has some learning disabilities and mental health problems and goes to school only half a day. Janice takes care of Aaron at home when he is not in school...
Making due without Medicaid (12/05/06)
Medicaid cuts passed in 2005 have reduced eligibility and services through the public health insurance system causing 114,525 participants to lose their health-care coverage, according to the Missouri Department of Social Services, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, budget review organization...
Jackson aldermen approve new water tower (12/05/06)
A 400,000-gallon water tower planned for the Jackson Industrial Park on U.S. 61 North won approval Monday night from the city's Board of Aldermen. The water tower will help increase line pressure for the northern and western sections of the city, assistant city administrator Larry Koenig said...
Cape Girardeau City Council action items (12/05/06)
Public hearings n Held public hearing regarding the need to make sewer improvements in Sewer District No. 17-D to serve properties in White Oaks Subdivision. n Held a public hearing to consider the request of Michael W. Bennett for a special-use permit to construct an elevator addition at 1200 N. Cape Rock Drive in an R-1, single-family residential district...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action (12/05/06)
Monday n County Coroner John Clifton discussed his budget request for 2007. n Sheriff John Jordan discussed his budget request for 2007. n Vickie Sievers and Vera Allen discussed county paving decisions on County Road 361. n E-mails received and filed from the Missouri Rural Water Association and Missouri Department of Transportation...
Keep America Beautiful application readied (12/05/06)
In June, a handful of volunteers scoured the area for litter to get a better gauge of how trashy streets, backyards and parking lots had become. The results have been tabulated, and the volunteers found the answer somewhat surprising: It wasn't as bad as they thought...
Blend of music makes for an unconventional concert (12/05/06)
The GAC Country Christmas Tour is a bit of a misnomer for the tour that rolled into the Show Me Center Monday night. The concert wasn't totally country or totally Christmas, although elements of both were present. However, the blend of country, folk, acoustic rock and country-, rock- and jazz-infused Christmas standards made for one of the Show Me Center's most unconventional concerts in years...
CMA winner, Missouri native Sara Evans will perform Jan. 28 at Show Me Center (12/05/06)
The Show Me Center announced a date for another country music concert Monday, the same day the GAC Country Christmas Tour visited the venue. Boonville, Mo., native Sara Evans will perform on Jan. 28, Show Me Center marketing director Shannon Buford announced Monday. ...
Cape Girardeau council approves river projects in quick session Monday (12/05/06)
In a quick session lasting about 45 minutes Monday, the Cape Girardeau City Council approved two river-related projects and fondly said farewell to two city employees. The most notable project will transform the base of the old Mississippi River Bridge into a scenic overlook. The site will have parking and will connect to Terrace Park, a picnic area with a gazebo and benches...
Dozen sent to hospitals after derailed freight train leaks chemicals in S. Illinois (12/05/06)
CHRISTOPHER, Ill. -- Residents who evacuated their homes Monday after a freight train derailed and leaked 20,000 gallons of petroleum products were allowed to return to the area in late afternoon, officials said. The spill forced the evacuation of more than 70 homes and sent a dozen people to hospitals near this city of 2,800, about 20 miles north of Carbondale, Ill., officials said...
Delta, Kelly, Scott Central win openers of Lady Devils Inv. (12/05/06)
Fifth-seeded Scott County Central handled No. 4 Oran 64-49 on Monday in the first round of the 30th annual Lady Devils Invitational girls basketball tournament at Chaffee. The Bravettes were led in scoring by Brittney Peet with 20 points and Samantha Jones added 12...
Edgar finds little time for practice (12/05/06)
Winning Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference opener was nice, but Southeast Missouri State coach Scott Edgar knows it doesn't mask rough spots that would have a much better chance of being improved by more practice time. Edgar's dilemma is that, because of the Redhawks' schedule so far this season, consistent practice time has been hard to come by...
Smith wins in indoor debut at ASU meet (12/05/06)
Southeast Missouri State senior All-American Miles Smith got his indoor track season off to a flying start over the weekend by setting another school record. Competing at the Arkansas State Kickoff Classic in Jonesboro, Ark., Smith broke Southeast's indoor 200-meter record with a first-place time of 21.14 seconds...
Carpenter hammers out new contract with Cards (12/05/06)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to a five-year contract that guarantees the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner about $65 million. Carpenter, 31, had been signed through 2007 as part of an agreement that called for a $7 million salary next year. ...
Giants express they want Bonds back next season (12/05/06)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The San Francisco Giants want Barry Bonds back. It's unclear whether the Boston Red Sox feel the same about Manny Ramirez. Baseball's winter meetings opened Monday with a whole lot of talk and little action. On the free-agent front, San Francisco finalized deals with Rich Aurilia and Pedro Feliz, and Seattle completed an agreement with Jose Guillen...
Marc's remarks (12/05/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan stopped short of backing Marc Bulger on Monday, a day after the quarterback accused some offensive players of not caring. He said he didn't even address the issue at a team meeting. But he didn't mind the out-of-character rant from the soft-spoken Bulger after a 34-20 loss to the Cardinals, either...
Brawling brains (12/05/06)
How many of you have been to a high school football game? Basketball game? Soccer game? Most of you probably answered yes. But now another question -- how many have ever gone to a speech and debate tournament? What about a scholar bowl tournament? It would be surprising if 10 percent of high school students answered yes to that question...
Learning briefs 12/5/06 (12/05/06)
Main inducted into leadership honor society Brad Main, son of Jim and Marge Main of Cape Girardeau, was inducted into Westminster College Alpha Tau Circle of Omicron Delta kappa, a national leadership honor society. Main is a senior at the college...
When soft rock and rap collide (12/05/06)
Some musical genres are natural fodder for hip-hop beats: funk, soul, jazz -- even hard rock. But light rock? Mixing soft acoustic strains with aggressive 808 beats can be a recipe for disaster -- or genius. When it works, the counterintuitive blend can be tasty -- like ranch dressing on hot wings. Other times, the mixture is more like dipping nacho chips into whipped cream. Just ask Jay-Z...
Dad gets lesson in dress attire (12/05/06)
Dressed in a green dress with a huge bow in the back, Becca looked like a million dollars. I could only hope it didn't cost that much. Actually, it was pretty reasonable even with the fake pearls and the stylish heels. Becca even had to get her nails done. After all, she was going to the winter ball at Central High School...
Alma Tropf (12/05/06)
Alma Lee Tropf, 99, of Advance, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at Des Peres Hospital in Des Peres, Mo. She was born Aug. 17, 1907, in Advance, daughter of George and Ida Mae Masters Pixley. She and Loyd Arthur Tropf were married in 1928 in Bloomfield, Mo...
Candice Hayward (12/05/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Candice Paige Hayward, 40, of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Union County Hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1966, at Carbondale, Ill., daughter of Marvin E. and Mary Sue Moreland Caraker. She and Douglas Hayward were married Aug. 3, 1991, at Cobden, Ill...
Jay Deriel Romine (12/05/06)
NASHVILLE, Ark. -- Jay Deriel Romine, 69, of Nashville died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, in Nashville. He was born Sept. 22, 1937, in Illmo, Mo., Sylvester and Mary Simpson Romine. Romine was a veteran of the Army and a member of First Baptist Church in Nashville; he was retired after 35 years in retail business...
Jeanette Gammons (12/05/06)
Jeanette Gammons, 91, of Portageville, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Portageville Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Portageville, daughter of James and Lucinda Kimes Adams. She and Ernest "Cheese" Gammons were married Sept. 25, 1923, in Bokerton, Mo...
Bruce Carter (12/05/06)
Bruce Lee Carter, infant, of Patton, Mo., died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 17, 2006, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jason L. Carter and Andrea J. Chupp. Survivors include his parents of Patton; paternal grandfather and stepgrandmother, Rodger and Sherry Grubbs of Patton; paternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Susan and Richard Carter of Elkhart, Ind. and maternal grandparents, Fred A. and Tammy Betts of Elkhart...
Frances Tooke (12/05/06)
Frances H. Hoefer Tooke, 87, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at Capetown Assisted Living in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Dec. 7, 1918, in Doniphan, Mo., the daughter of Carl and Mazie Turner Hoefer. She and Howard C. Tooke were married on Feb. 24, 1938, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2006...
Herbert Modglin (12/05/06)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Herbert Woodrow Modglin, 88, of Cobden died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 at his home. He was born Sept. 15, 1918, in Makanda, Ill., son of Charles and Minnie Craig Modglin. He and Kathleen James were married in 1947 in Piggott, Ark. She died Jan. 2, 1993...
Edgar Bledsoe (12/05/06)
Edgar Dwight Bledsoe, 79, of McClure, Ill., formerly of Olive Branch, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 from a fire in his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Thebes, Ill., son of Edgar A. and Bertha Roberts Bledsoe. Bledsoe was a veteran and retired Service Medical Assistant and SSG with the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a former member of the VFW Post and Disabled Veterans in Texas...
Fire report 12/5/06 (12/05/06)
n At 7:33 p.m., emergency medical service at 2800 Cape LaCroix Road. n At 8:03 p.m., emergency medical service at 2000 Sherwood Drive. n At 12:03 a.m., box alarm at 1446 N. Henderson Ave. n At 12:21 a.m., Dumpster fire at 760 S. Kingshighway. n At 7:33 a.m., citizen assist in the 1100 block of Linden Street...
Police report 12/5/06 (12/05/06)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; DWI; Thefts; Property damage; Summonses; Miscellaneous; Arrests; Jackson: Arrests; Thefts; Property damage; Summonses
Out of the past 12/5/06 (12/05/06)
25 years ago: Dec. 5, 1981 The names of 16 candidates for the new Cape Girardeau City Council will appear on the ballot Feb. 2 in a primary election that will narrow the field to 12 for the April municipal election; the final two are Eugenia "Jean" Rice and Cecelia "Skeets" Sonderman...
County spending (12/05/06)
The lack of consensus that has existed among Cape Girardeau County's three commissioners since before voters approved, by a slim margin, a half-cent increase in the county's sales tax is still evident. Disagreements on administering the new revenue stream are occurring as the commissioners and other elected county officials get deep into the annual budgeting process...
Treatment differs on appeals (12/05/06)
To the editor:Regarding the Speak Out comment "Unlawful sentencing": I guess it would depend on which side of the river you live on. The former Illinois governor who was convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from the people of Illinois is allowed to stay out of prison until his appeal is heard. ...
Speak Out 12/5/06 (12/05/06)
Stay away; Time to move on; Extra expense; Meaningless test; Right at home; Cell-phone yakking; No investigation; Instill values; Mothers can work; Face-to-face, please
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