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Producers: 'Killshot' release date remains uncertain (12/21/06)
"Killshot" producers remain hush-hush about the film's theatrical release nearly a year after filming took place in Cape Girardeau and despite reports on the Web that a reshoot will take place in Canada in January. A Weinstein Co. representative Wednesday would only say that no release date has been set, and "Killshot" is currently designated with a "to be announced" release for sometime in 2007...
Old Town Cape starts new award (12/21/06)
This year, for the first time, Old Town Cape will give out an award for the rehabilitation of homes. The Old Town Cape Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation Award will be presented to one homeowner who has renovated an old home in the Old Town Cape district within the past five years...
Limbaugh nominated for SEMO regent (12/21/06)
Jim Limbaugh will be the next member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, pending confirmation by the Missouri Senate. Gov. Matt Blunt announced Limbaugh's appointment Wednesday, a day after the board selected a new president to replace John Tlapek of Cape Girardeau, whose term on the board expires Dec. ...
Blunt pondering special legislative session to consider MOHELA plan (12/21/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt is contemplating calling a special session for legislators to consider his plan to use student loan agency profits to finance college construction projects. Blunt's office said Wednesday that the potential special session would start in January -- the same time legislators convene their annual session that runs through mid-May...
Around Southeast Missouri 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Poplar Bluff pair sought in church burglaries POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Warrants were issued Monday for a Poplar Bluff couple after they were charged Dec. 8 with burglarizing and stealing from Mount Calvary Powerhouse Church. Kevin J. Dumas, 26, and Tiffany L. ...
Cape man pleads not guilty to weapons charge (12/21/06)
Matthew L. Martin, 28, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday. Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis. According to the probable-cause statement, on June 1, Cape Girardeau police officer Keith May responded to the Victorian Inn, 3265 William St., where Matthew L. Martin, 28, was reportedly staying...
Schafer picked as state mental health director (12/21/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Mental Health Commission returned to its past to pick a new director for an agency undergoing a makeover as a result of recent abuse and neglect allegations at mental health facilities. Keith Schafer, 59, of Jefferson City, was announced Wednesday as director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He also served as director from 1986 to 1994...
Chaffee motorist injured in accident (12/21/06)
Southeast Missourian A Chaffee woman was seriously injured in a one-car accident early Wednesday, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dale Moreland. Shirley F. Pirtle, 66, was northbound on County Road 205, a mile south of Cape Girardeau, when she lost control of her car, Moreland said...
Federal court 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. SENTENCED Name: Billie Bob Todd Jr. Age: 27 Residence: Sikeston, Mo. Charge: Unlawful possession of firearms...
Region briefs 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Man suspected of child abuse still in custody BENTON, Mo. -- A 34-year-old Haywood City, Mo., man was still in Scott County Jail on Wednesday on a $50,000 bond charged with felony abuse of a child and felony armed criminal action. Freddie C. Banks, of 129 Hickory St., was arrested by Scott County Sheriff's Department Dec. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 12-21-06 (12/21/06)
9 a.m. today County Administration Building 1 Barton Square Jackson Routine Business n Letter from city of Jackson requesting consideration of road and bridge improvement projects for 2007. n Missouri Association of Counties workers compensation renewal...
Lawmaker pulls back on bowling tax break (12/21/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state lawmaker who runs a bowling company has withdrawn his proposed legislation that would have given a tax break to bowling alley operators on materials purchased for their business. But Rep. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Wednesday that the idea could resurface...
Missing Amish boys found safe after overnight adventure to reach river (12/21/06)
BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- Two 12-year-old Amish boys who may have set out on an adventure, perhaps inspired by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, were found late Wednesday afternoon after being missing overnight, authorities said. The boys, who had walked an estimated 15 miles in an effort to get to the Mississippi River, were found by an area resident who had heard they were missing and found them passing through a field. She brought them to the sheriff's office, said Pike County Sheriff Jim Wells said...
Patrol: Marble Hill motorist killed in accident on Route Z (12/21/06)
Southeast Missourian A 36-year-old Marble Hill, Mo., resident died in a one-car accident Tuesday night, according to authorities. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported James Allen Young was eastbound on Route Z at Gordonville at about 9:30 p.m. when his car ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Young was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:18 p.m. by Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton...
Military relic a heavy load (12/21/06)
A 49,000-pound M42 anti-aircraft tank, also known as the "Duster," challenged the efforts to move it to a new home in Jackson on Wednesday. The tank was being moved by crane from a nearby storage area to its permanent home -- a concrete slab -- at the SPEC-OPS Plaza, an outdoor memorial exhibiting military equipment at 2387 W. Jackson Blvd...
United Way has reached 80 percent of its goal (12/21/06)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has reached 80 percent of its $1,120,000 goal. Local companies gave their employees opportunities to make a United Way donation with some fun and innovative incentives including the best parking space, DVD players and shirts. ...
Community digest 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Modern Woodmen holds monthly camp dinner; NARFE raffle drawing to benefit Alzheimer's; Cape library now hasTrail of Tears DVD; Red House closed except for special group tours; Red Cross gets new emergency vehicle
Community cuisine 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Dinner, bingo to benefit Kenny Rogers children A chili supper will be held at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Sikeston Eagles Club, 219 W. Trotter St. in Sikeston, Mo. Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Kenny Rogers Children's Center during the March 24 and 25 telethon...
Mo. fire marshal: 11th victim dies from fire-related injuries (12/21/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- An 11th victim has died from injuries sustained in a fire at a southwest Missouri group home, State Fire Marshal Randy Cole said Thursday. Charles Smith, 42, died Sunday at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Cole said...
Man critically wounded in suspected road-rage shooting at KC (12/21/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A man was critically wounded while driving on Interstate 35 in a shooting, police said. The 69-year-old victim's car came to a near stop on the congested highway on Wednesday after the bullet struck him in his check and lodged inside his mouth. Another car rear-ended his vehicle at a low speed, police spokesman Darin Snapp said...
Winter storm pummels Colorado with more than a foot of snow (12/21/06)
DENVER -- A major snowstorm blew across Colorado toward the Plains on Wednesday, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places and forcing the airport to close, grounding hundreds of flights full of holiday travelers. Authorities shut down major highways in parts of four states...
Bush signs law changing postal operations (12/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday signed into law the first major changes in postal operations in decades, offering hope for reducing or delaying future rate increases. For now, people will not notice anything different at the post office. "This is a historic accomplishment and will help one of the most revered institutions in America survive and prosper in the electronic age," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif...
Amish school shooting victim may be discharged before Christmas (12/21/06)
NICKEL MINES, Pa. -- The last of five Amish girls hospitalized after being shot nearly three months ago in a schoolhouse massacre is scheduled to go home before Christmas, according to a family friend. Sarah Ann Stoltzfus is expected to be released from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday, said Leroy Zook, the father of Stoltzfus' teacher, Emma Mae Zook, and a close friend of the victims' parents...
Sheriff calls off search for climbers on Mount Hood (12/21/06)
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- With yet another snowstorm barreling in, rescue teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on wind-whipped Mount Hood and abandoned the search Wednesday after nine frustrating days. "We've done everything we can at this point," said Sheriff Joe Wampler, choking back tears after returning from one last, fruitless flyover of the 11,239-foot peak...
Iraq war voted top news story of 2006 (12/21/06)
NEW YORK -- The convoluted, increasingly costly war in Iraq was chosen the top story of 2006 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press' annual vote, followed closely by the U.S. election in which debate over Iraq played a pivotal role...
Bush open to more troops in Iraq, says they must have clear mission (12/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging deepening frustration over Iraq, President Bush said Wednesday he is considering an increase in American forces and warned that next year will bring more painful U.S. losses. New Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in Baghdad that a troop surge was an obvious option...
Watchdog: Former Clinton aide hid classified papers under trailer (12/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton's national security adviser removed classified documents from the National Archives, hid them under a construction trailer and later tried to find the trash collector to retrieve them, the agency's internal watchdog said Wednesday...
Deaths of policemen in Gaza threaten to upset cease-fire (12/21/06)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas gunmen killed two Palestinian policemen loyal to the rival Fatah movement early Wednesday, hours after the sides agreed to a new cease-fire meant to end more than a week of factional fighting. Fatah officials condemned the killing but said they remained committed to the truce, and Gaza City remained largely calm at midday -- a dramatic contrast to the pitched battles that raged in city streets a day earlier. ...
Many in Bulgaria outraged over death sentences for nurses in Libya AIDS trial (12/21/06)
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Death sentences handed down in Libya for five Bulgarian nurses accused of deliberately infecting 400 children with HIV triggered outrage Wednesday in Bulgaria, where the rulings were described as "a political farce" and a "mockery of justice."...
Tigers' troubles refuse to take holiday in first round (12/21/06)
Central's girls basketball team fumbled the ball away in the second half Wednesday at the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic, and in the process the Tigers fumbled away a 10-point third-quarter lead en route to a 54-45 loss to Sparta at the Show Me Center...
Robinson signs with Red Sox (12/21/06)
Former Southeast Missouri State baseball star Kerry Robinson has changed organizations again. The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that Robinson has agreed to terms on a minor league contract as he hopes to land a spot on the club's major league roster...
Redhawks' '07 calendar lacks Mizzou (12/21/06)
Southeast Missouri State and the University of Missouri have built a solid rivalry on the baseball diamond. The Redhawks and Tigers have been on each other's schedule at least twice annually since 1995 -- the year Mark Hogan became Southeast's coach -- and they played three times last season...
Paterno celebrates 80th birthday today (12/21/06)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Two decades ago, Joe Paterno figured he'd coach for another few years. The Penn State great turns 80 today, and the answer is still the same. Even a broken left leg hasn't changed his tune. "I had planned before I got injured to coach at least a couple more years," Paterno said earlier this month. "I don't think the injury has set me back that far. It remains to be seen, but right now I am planning on doing exactly what I had planned to do before I got injured."...
Billings plays role in Wake Forest's march to Orange Bowl (12/21/06)
It's safe to say that Tim Billings landed on his feet well after resigning as Southeast Missouri State's head football coach in November 2005. Without a job at the time, Billings ultimately was hired as an assistant at Wake Forest, which usually is mired toward the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings...
Area sports digest 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
SEMO Youth football opens with victory The Southeast Youth Sports football team posted a victory in its first game, which took place Dec. 17. After a scoreless first half, Eric Evans pulled away from the Charleston team to score the new club's first touchdown...
Iverson's leisurely report to Nuggets becomes moot after game postponed (12/21/06)
DENVER -- First, a whirlwind. Next, a blizzard. Less than 24 hours after their blockbuster deal to acquire Allen Iverson, the Denver Nuggets postponed their game Wednesday night against Phoenix because of a snowstorm that snarled traffic, closed the airport and forced the governor to declare a state of emergency...
Average salary for 2006 season soars to nearly $2.7 million (12/21/06)
NEW YORK -- Baseball salaries were booming even before the free-agent escalation of the last 5 1/2 weeks. The average salary shot up 9 percent this year to $2,699,292, according to final figures released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The increase was the highest since a 12.8 percent rise in 2001 and makes it likely the $3 million mark will be broken next year or in 2008...
Injured guard still has not undergone surgery (12/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams placed offensive guard Claude Terrell on injured reserve in late August with the understanding he would soon undergo a second operation to correct a wrist injury. Nearly four months later, the Rams are still waiting for Terrell to undergo surgery -- and they're not happy about it...
Wake Forest's Grobe selected AP Coach of the Year for big turnaround (12/21/06)
NEW YORK -- Jim Grobe held Wake Forest together after a couple of potentially devastating injuries, refused to let his players feel sorry for themselves and turned the perennially downtrodden Demon Deacons into champions. For orchestrating one of the most surprising turnarounds in college football -- and the best season in Wake Forest's 105-year football history -- Grobe was honored as The Associated Press Coach of the Year on Wednesday...
Health news 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Hospital receives grant for tobacco programs Southeast Missouri Hospital is one of eight organizations in Missouri to receive a $67,000 grant to offer tobacco cessation programs in six area corporations. Funding for this project was provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health, an organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves. ...
Coping at Christmas (12/21/06)
The 17th day of the month is difficult for Jo Ann Rister. The Chaffee, Mo., woman's husband, Charles, died on this day in January. "When the 17th comes along, I fall apart," Rister said. This will be Rister's first Christmas in 45 years without the man she called Sonny...
Christmas letter 2006 (12/21/06)
Dec. 21, 2006 Dear friends and family, John Lennon hoped to help accelerate the end of the Vietnam War by declaring the war over while fighting still raged. He and Yoko Ono put up billboards heralding the end of the war and sang "Happy Christmas (War is Over)."...
More longevity factors (12/21/06)
In this week's edition of Healthspan, I wind up my three-part series on longevity in which I have been delineating 15 "longevity factors." I see this as a checklist for living the long life. Since we are all subject to a genetic lottery and unanticipated tragic accidents, it is always helpful to have an idea of what we can actually choose to do to extend our lives. I suggest you check your list and then check it twice...
Olinda Aug (12/21/06)
Olinda R. Aug, 98, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Chateau Girardeau Health Care Center. She had been a resident of the Chateau for 27 years, and had been one of their first residents. She was born Nov. 15, 1908, in New Haven, Mo., daughter of William and Henrietta Werner. She and Alphons P. Aug, (who was superintendent of Superior Electric for many years), were married June 22, 1935, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death Aug. 18, 1959...
Marie Ray (12/21/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Essie Marie Ray, 81, of Benton died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 15, 1925, at East Prairie, Mo., daughter of John and Ethel Woods Buttery. She and Auda Cecil "AC" Ray were married Sept. 3, 1939, in New Madrid, Mo. He died May 11, 1996...
Gilbert Edwards (12/21/06)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Gilbert Owen Edwards, 83, of Olmsted died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. He was born Oct. 6, 1923, at Villa Ridge, Ill., son of Charles Owen and Jacoba Knupp Edwards. He and Rose Edith Brashear were married March 21, 1947, in Olmsted...
Robert Redfern (12/21/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Robert "Bob" Redfern, 77, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Nov. 14, 1929, at Chaffee, son of Robert H. and Iris Eileen Proffer Redfern. He and Vera Mae Westrich were married Jan. 31, 1953. Redfern was a self-employed electrician, formerly owned Ace Trash Service and Ace Package in Chaffee, and had been a security guard with Wolsey Investigation. He was a veteran. He was a member of VFW Post 3127 and American Legion Post 389 in Chaffee...
Parlie O'Neal (12/21/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Parlie O'Neal, 100, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Day Star Care Center. She was born in Hamburg, Tenn., daughter of Lyter Kendrick and Lilly Woods. She first married George Williams. She later married Willie O'Neal. O'Neal was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Mounds, Ill., and was a former member of the choir...
Ruby Stoffregen (12/21/06)
Ruby G. Stoffregen, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. She was born June 16, 1911, at Friedheim, daughter of Norbert and Clara Dickman Sewing. She and Frank Stoffregen were married Nov. 25, 1969. He died in 1980...
Mildred Archer (12/21/06)
Mildred Dorothy Archer, 81, of Jackson died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at Jackson Manor. She was born June 5, 1925, in Greenup, Ill., daughter of Benjamin and Bertha Gressell Shiels. She and Ray Archer were married Oct. 18, 1947. Archer was a 1943 graduate of Casey High School in Casey, Ill. ...
Allen Young (12/21/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James Allen Young, 36, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, in an automobile accident on Route Z in Gordonville. He was born Jan. 6, 1970, in Cape Girardeau, son of James L. and Joyce L. James Young. Young was a graduate of Woodland High School. He was an ironworker and welder at Manac Trailers in Oran, Mo. He was a member of Scopus Church of Christ...
Cape/Jackson police report 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Cape Girardeau: DWIs; Arrests; Assaults; Summonses; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrests; Assaults; Summonses; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Winter 1981 opens with an icy blast that glazes roads and sidewalks in the area, causing numerous traffic accidents and closing several area schools; by mid morning, area police report that main roads are improving, although a travelers' advisory remains in effect until the afternoon...
Scott County 911 (12/21/06)
By James Watkins This is in response to the article "No consolidation: Sikeston to keep its 911 center" that ran in your paper Dec. 16. As a taxpayer of Scott County and a land-line home phone user, I feel compelled to voice my concerns on how the Scott County commissioners have handled the 911 issue in general...
Be prepared (12/21/06)
The point of disaster drills is to make sure emergency services are prepared to deal with the aftermath of a real disaster. It's difficult to imagine the results of a devastating earthquake, but a recent test of emergency preparedness in Cape Girardeau County came about as close to a realistic scenario as possible...
DWI for drugs is a bad idea (12/21/06)
To the editor:In response to the story "DWI law for drugs is ridiculous": If any of Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's family members were driving and were to be put in this position, would he make sure they have criminal charges filed against them? Keep in mind all they have to do is swerve a little bit so that an officer thinks they may be drunk, The officer could get them out of their car, field test them and realize they are not drunk. ...
Don't conservatives get sympathy? (12/21/06)
To the editor:Frank Myers' letter inspired a response for several reasons. First was the gratuitous assertion that Bill Palmer (whose letter Myers referenced) was promoting illegal drug use when, in fact, Palmer was not. He simply pointed out that Rush Limbaugh had been treated for an extremely painful back injury and had became addicted. Where, I ask, is the sympathy that is usually forthcoming for the victim? Does the fact that Limbaugh is conservative preclude him from such sympathy?...
Speak Out 12/21/06 (12/21/06)
Think for ourselves; Tough explanation; Give the raises; Three Rivers' problem; Show some support; Stay longer; Revolutionary headline; Caution on raises; Net pay decrease; Helping others; Ride along; Private-school choice; For stuffy people; Pleasant experience; Enjoy the ornaments; New street lights; Checkout cheats
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