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Qualifications of some candidates questioned (01/04/07)
The list of candidates for city offices in Cairo, Ill., could be shortened Friday when a panel of officials hears evidence of whether some contenders don't meet the qualifications set out in state law. When filing closed last month, 10 candidates for mayor and 26 candidates for city council seats had declared their interest and brought petitions bearing at least 16 nominating signatures to city offices. ...
City to discuss wage increase (01/04/07)
Cape Girardeau will send out paychecks on Friday to part-time workers, many of whom will continue to receive pay below Missouri's new $6.50 minimum wage. Officials at city hall acknowledged Wednesday that widespread public disapproval is making the decision not to raise pay difficult to stand by. ...
Courthouse scheduled to open in April (01/04/07)
The new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau is scheduled to open by April 1, several months later than originally anticipated. But the General Services Administration, which oversees construction and operation of federal buildings, says the project hasn't been delayed by weather or construction material issues...
Blunt seeking sprinkler requirement for long-term care facilities in Missouri (01/04/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt is calling for sprinkler systems in all long-term care facilities in Missouri as recommended by the Departments of Health and Senior Services and Mental Health. Blunt requested the report of existing fire safety and related protective oversight regulations and recommendations for improvements in the wake of 11 deaths resulting from a fire at the Anderson Guest House Residential Care Facility, a group home for the elderly and mentally ill in Anderson, Mo...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
9 a.m. today County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Erroneous assessments. n Juvenile detention report. n Nordenia USA 2006 payment in lieu of taxes received. Action items n None at this time. Discussion items and appointments...
KRCU 'Going Public' to feature veterans (01/04/07)
Larry Ferrell, assistant federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Missouri, and David Briggs, a history instructor at Southeast Missouri State University, will be featured Sunday on Southeast Public Radio's "Going Public" program. Briggs will discuss his experiences in the Vietnam War and how it felt to return home after his combat duty had ended. Ferrell will talk about his duty in Iraq and the role he played in the trial of Saddam Hussein...
Cape couple claims prize in scratch-off, but big winner still a mystery (01/04/07)
A Cape Girardeau couple won $50,000 in a Missouri Lottery scratch-off game last week but the area is still waiting to discover the identity of a big lotto prize winner who bought a ticket in Jackson. Eddie Claar, a mechanic with Elrink Transportation, bought the winning "Crossword" ticket at U Kwick Stop, 1700 Broadway, on Dec. 26. Claar told lottery officials he had stopped to purchase cigarettes when he decided to also buy a single scratch-off ticket...
One for the history books (01/04/07)
The Altenburg residents knew when their hometown boy flew in the sky overhead. Air Force Capt. Ray Littge flew his airplane as low as he could, knocking shingles off the roofs of Perry County residents. Last week, Ralph Littge recalled stories of his brother at the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum, where a memorial hangs from the wall honoring Ray Littge -- Missouri's top-ranking fighter pilot of World War II...
FCCLA service project (01/04/07)
Members of the Thomas W. Kelly school district's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization recently participated in a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis. The Ronald McDonald House is a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children who have come to St. ...
Cape Girardeau Eagles donate food baskets to families for Christmas (01/04/07)
Each year, Eagles Aerie 3775 of Cape Girardeau donates food baskets to 135 families. "It's a day we all look forward to each year," says Gene Martin, co-chairman of the Christmas basket program. "Everyone wants to be sure and arrange their schedule to be here to help."...
Southeast Missouri Hospital director of security retires (01/04/07)
After working for 50 of his 66 years, Butch Boyd says he is going to "enjoy being bored." Boyd spent the last 10 and a half years as director of security for Southeast Missouri Hospital. Before that he spent 27 years with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the last eight of those years as chief of police...
Ombudsmen program seeking volunteers (01/04/07)
The Southeast Missouri Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is currently seeking volunteers to serve residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. The ombudsmen provide support and assistance with any problems or complaints. ...
Riverside Library holds winter reading program (01/04/07)
Riverside Regional Library wants to help people keep a New Year's resolution to read more. Patrons can pick up a log book at any of the Riverside library locations. Choose any number of books you want to read during the 2007 Winter Reading Program. ...
Valentine pageants to be held at East Prairie (01/04/07)
The fifth annual East Prairie Valentine Beauty Pageants will be held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the high school auditorium in East Prairie, Mo. Age divisions for girls and boys are: 0-5 months, 6-11 months, 12-23 months, 24-35 months, 3-4 years. ...
Holiday Turkey Drive successful once again (01/04/07)
Big River Telephone, Schnucks, The Salvation Army, Mix 96.5, B 97.9 and Soft Rock 104.7 teamed together for another Holiday Turkey Drive. The drive is designed to help families in need during the holidays. ...
Contra dance to be held Saturday night (01/04/07)
Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance will offer contra dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church 101 N. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. Lessons will be given monthly. All moves are taught and the dances walked through. Everyone is welcome. No partner, costume or experience are necessary. For more information, call John or Kathy Coffman at 334-4706; Judy Bradley at 334-5289 or John Boyd at 335-7315...
Workers escape safely from fire in gasoline storage tank at Republic (01/04/07)
REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) -- Three workers escaped safely when fire broke out in an empty, 1.5 million-gallon gasoline storage tank where they were doing maintenance. The workers were using cutting torches Wednesday and accidentally ignited a small pocket of unleaded gasoline that had been unnoticed...
Missouri college town to require sprinklers in Greek houses (01/04/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Fraternities and sororities at the University of Missouri-Columbia must install sprinkler systems in their houses by 2012 under a new city ordinance. The Columbia City Council voted Tuesday to require the Greek houses to install sprinklers by Dec. 31, 2012. The mandate resembles enhanced fire codes in other college towns across the country, including Lawrence, Kan., home to the University of Kansas...
Health care, education get top billing as legislative session starts (01/04/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's 94th General Assembly convened Wednesday with a pledge to tackle health care and education problems and an eagerness among some to divvy out an expected budget surplus. What figures to be a lengthy and weighty 2007 session kicked off with lawmakers taking group oaths in the House and Senate. ...
Construction activity dips as housing falls for record eighth straight month (01/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- Construction activity showed further weakness as spending on homes dropped for a record eighth consecutive month. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that building activity edged down 0.2 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.18 trillion. That followed declines of 0.3 percent in October and 0.8 percent in September...
Whirlpool sells Maytag properties (01/04/07)
DETROIT -- Whirlpool Corp. said Wednesday that it had sold a number of properties belonging to Maytag Corp., including most of its former rival's headquarters complex in Newton, Iowa. Whirlpool in a news release said it also had sold former Maytag manufacturing sites in Galesburg and Herrin, Ill.; Searcy, Ark.; Ranson, W.Va.; and Florence, S.C. ...
Democrats pledge action on ethics, Iraq (01/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats stepped hungrily to the brink of power Wednesday, promising immediate action to limit the influence of lobbyists and constant prodding of the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq. President Bush pushed back against the political opposition as he contemplated divided government for the first time since entering the White House. ...
Unusually warm winter in Midwest, East makes for some strange sights (01/04/07)
CHICAGO -- Crocuses are pushing out of the ground in New Jersey. Ice fishing tournaments in Minnesota are being canceled for lack of ice. And golfers are hitting the links in Chicago in January. Much of the Midwest and the East Coast are going through a remarkably warm winter, with temperatures running 10 and 20 degrees higher than normal in many places...
Search resumes for missing Indonesian jetliner (01/04/07)
POLEWALI, Indonesia -- Rescuers scoured the ocean for a missing jetliner on Wednesday, one day after senior Indonesian officials erroneously said the Boeing 737's charred wreckage had been found in a remote mountainous area, and that a dozen people may have survived...
World briefs 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
India orders probe into serial killings NEW DELHI -- The Indian government on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into how local authorities responded to the disappearances of 17 women and children from impoverished backgrounds who were found dismembered in an affluent New Delhi suburb last week. ...
Madrid death blamed on ETA car bombing (01/04/07)
MADRID, Spain -- Rescue workers discovered a body Wednesday in the rubble of a parking garage destroyed by a weekend car bombing at Madrid's airport, confirming the first fatality blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA in more than three years. Though ETA has not claimed responsibility for the attack, a caller who warned authorities before the explosion said he represented the group. ...
Arrests reported for Saddam execution cell phone video (01/04/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi authorities reported the arrests Wednesday of two guards and an official who supervised Saddam Hussein's hanging and said the guard force was infiltrated by outsiders who taunted the former leader and shot the video showing his body dangling at the end of a rope...
Perryville boys knock off Kelly with free throw shooting in overtime (01/04/07)
The Perryville boys basketball team lost its 16-point halftime lead but pulled away for a 68-64 overtime win at Kelly on Wednesday night. The Pirates made 14 of 16 free throws in the extra session. Michael Fritsche led the Pirates (6-5) with 22 points, Rick Dunn added 20 and Tyler Bauwens scored 18...
Mixed day for top seeds (01/04/07)
Oran's defense adjusted in the second half to St. Vincent's backdoor cuts and held off a late third-quarter rally to secure a spot in the Delta New Year's Tournament championship with a 57-49 victory on Wednesday at Delta. The third-seeded Eagles will face host Delta at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the finals. Delta, the top seed, routed No. 4 Woodland 72-44 in the other semifinal Wednesday...
LSU hammers Notre Dame 41-14 to capture Sugar Bowl (01/04/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- JaMarcus Russell thoroughly outplayed Brady Quinn and made a compelling case that the mammoth quarterback's next pass should come in the NFL. As for Notre Dame, it was a familiar meltdown at bowl time. The Sugar Bowl returned to New Orleans with a Cajun-style party put on by No. 4 LSU, which dominated college football's most storied program in a 41-14 rout Wednesday night at the Superdome...
Redhawks try to build off win at EKU (01/04/07)
For the first time in a month, Southeast Missouri State's players and coaches were able to exhibit unbridled jubilation after a game. That's what a win will do for a basketball team -- especially an Ohio Valley Conference road victory for a squad that had endured a six-game losing streak...
Redhawks have eye on 7th straight win before facing Racers (01/04/07)
Southeast Missouri State's surging women's basketball team is just a few days away from what it hopes will be a first-place Ohio Valley Conference showdown. But the Redhawks know they can't begin to think about that until they confront their next obstacle -- today's game with Eastern Illinois...
Area sports digest 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
Fitness Plus Mastersswim to top finishes The Masters Swimmers at Fitness Plus took home several individual and team honors last month at the Missouri Valley/St. Louis Area Masters Championship Meet, hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia. Fitness Plus Masters swimmers Brigitte Kinnamon, Karl Larson, Jeff Harms and Skip Wrape, all of Cape Girardeau, competed against more than 60 swimmers from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska...
Heat's Riley takes leave for surgery (01/04/07)
MIAMI -- Miami Heat coach Pat Riley will take an indefinite leave of absence because of ongoing hip and knee problems, and top assistant Ron Rothstein will fill his spot on an interim basis. The 61-year-old Riley disclosed his plans Wednesday, two days before he'll undergo surgery to remove floating chips in his right knee. He was not with the team Wednesday when it hosted the Clippers...
Young, Ryans win rookie honors (01/04/07)
NEW YORK -- Vince Young looks as if he'll make the NFL his personal playground, too. The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday. He did it in the same fashion he turned around the Titans' season -- running away from the rest of the field...
Pens owners meet with K.C. officials (01/04/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mario Lemieux and other members of the Pittsburgh Penguins' ownership group were meeting with Kansas City officials and representatives of the Sprint Center on Wednesday. Michael Roth, a spokesman for Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group, which will operate the arena, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon confirming that "meetings are scheduled with the ownership group of the Pittsburgh Penguins and our organization."...
Saban ditches Dolphins for Crimson Tide's post (01/04/07)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama is ready for "new era" of football, and is certain Nick Saban can return the Crimson Tide to college football's elite. The Tide lured Saban from the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, ending five weeks of denials and two days of deliberation. Saban accepted the Alabama coaching job and abandoned his attempt to rebuild the NFL's Dolphins after only two seasons...
Health briefs 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
Physician appointed to medical board The American College of Medical Practice Executives named Dr. Sarah J. Holt, administrator of Cape Girardeau Surgical Clinic Inc., as ACMPE board chairwoman for 2007. Holt was appointed during the Medical Group Management Association's 2006 annual conference in Las Vegas. ...
Preventing HPV; preventing cancer (01/04/07)
Doctors hope a new vaccine will be the first step in eliminating cervical cancer. The vaccine, Gardasil, was approved in June by the Food and Drug Administration for girls and women, ages 9 to 26. The vaccine prevents infection from some strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer...
Ghosts in Columbia (01/04/07)
Jan. 4, 2007 Dear Julie, DC and I went to Columbia, Mo., last weekend. Columbia is filled with ghosts for me. Thirty years ago I was finishing school there, had just parted with a girlfriend of five years and was wondering where life might lead. I felt sad and unsure and kind of desperate...
Top health stories in 2006 (01/04/07)
This past year was a rough one by most pundits' accounts. But at least there were more winners than losers on the healthspan front. In the winning column, there is now a vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can prevent cervical cancer. In the losing column is AIDS. Now 25 years old, AIDS is still an epidemic -- as of last year, there were 40 million people living with AIDS, which is double the number from 1995, and there is no vaccination in sight...
Barbara Walters stands by 'The View' moderator O'Donnell; Trump fires back (01/04/07)
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters is back from vacation -- and she's standing by Rosie O'Donnell in her bitter battle of words with Donald Trump. Walters, creator of ABC's "The View," said Wednesday on the daytime chat show that she never told Trump she didn't want O'Donnell on the show, as he has claimed. "Nothing could be further from the truth," she said...
James Gihring (01/04/07)
James Gihring, 63, of New Wells died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Leroy Jones Jr. (01/04/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Leroy Jones Jr., 60, of Cairo died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Daystar Care Center. He was born Nov. 14, 1946, in Cairo, son of Leeroy and Lovie Jones Sr. Jones was a graduate of Sumner High School. He had been a print press operator in East Prairie, Mo., and had worked at Burkart and Cairo police department...
Tina Sissom (01/04/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Tina M. Sissom, 42, of Thebes died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at her home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Rasco (01/04/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Lucy "Geraldine" Rasco, 78, of Greenville, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Greenville Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 27, 1928, at Menfro, Mo., daughter of James and Mary L. Colin Hager. Rasco had been a preschool teacher, cook and dishwasher. She was a member of Southern Baptist Church in Greenville. She was formerly of Perryville...
Maxine Montgomery (01/04/07)
Maxine Montgomery, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the Chateau Girardeau. She was born July 16, 1916, in Fruitland, Mo., daughter of Guy and Eutha Hansel. She married Henry Montgomery in Cape Girardeau on March 10, 1949. He preceded her in death...
Todd Sides (01/04/07)
Todd E. Sides, 26, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Todd was born March 22, 1980, in Cape Girardeau, son of Terry L. and Cheryl Penny Sides. He was a 1998 graduate of Jackson High School, and had been employed at the T. Wayne Lewis Family Dentistry in Jackson since his graduation...
Births 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
Talley; Wheeler; Dobbs
Cape fire report 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
n At 6:09 p.m., motor vehicle accident in the 1500 block of West Cape Rock Drive. n At 6:39 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Locust Street. n At 7:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Sprigg Street. n At 12:52 a.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of North Sprigg Street...
Out of the past 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
For almost seven years, Brian Miller labored without pay as volunteer coordinator of Cape Girardeau County's office of disaster planning and operations; but as of the start of this year, Miller is a full-time salaried director of disaster planning and director of communications for the county...
Postmaster Keefe (01/04/07)
A great deal has changed since Mike Keefe spent his first day on the job with the U.S. Postal Service in 1971. He retired at the end of 2006 as Cape Girardeau's postmaster, a job he had held for 20 years. Throughout his career, Keefe was known for his efforts to provide the best service possible...
Biggest bully always the loudest (01/04/07)
To the editor:As a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, I thank God that I was able to have many professors who were not narrow-minded and dared to teach us to think out of the box. These are the teachers who train minds who can lead nations and create inventions for the common good. I think the names Lenin, Marx and Himmler used against the university teachers is inappropriate at best...
Speak Out 1/4/07 (01/04/07)
Getting help; Music for charity; Late information; What you're worth; Bikes in alley; Interpreting laws; Stingy city; Thanks for help; Swift execution; Closed post offices; Second-worst roads; Medication caution; Be self-reliant; Reason to rejoice
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