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Stories from Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Blunt fills gap on Scott County Commission (01/17/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Despite the absence of a Republican name on last November's county ballots, Scott County government is no longer exclusively Democratic. Last week Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Ron McCormick, a Republican who lives near Commerce, to the Scott County Commission, where he will represent the 2nd District covering the county's northern section...
My Daddy's Cheesecake co-founder dies in Tucson (01/17/07)
Former Southeast Missouri State University speech professor Joe Low, an enthusiastic supporter of university athletics and one of the founders of the popular Cape Girardeau restaurant My Daddy's Cheesecake, died Jan. 10 in Tucson, Ariz., at age 70...
Two area missing-person cases still open (01/17/07)
The discovery of two missing Missouri boys alive and safe Friday revived the hopes of a local woman whose sister has been missing for four decades. Ben Ownby, 13, and Shawn Hornbeck, 15, were found in a Kirkwood, Mo., apartment belonging to Michael Devlin, 41. Devlin has been charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping...
Oran hires police chief (01/17/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- A police chief's job description usually doesn't include housekeeping duties like vacuuming and dusting. But when no one has occupied an office for more than two months, some cleaning is necessary. On Tuesday, his first day as Oran's new police chief, cleanup was only one part of Steve Shoemaker's job. As time goes on he'll face a much bigger task -- restoring the police department's relationship with the community in the wake of Marc Tragesser's tenure as chief...
Candidates file for seats on area school boards (01/17/07)
The following candidates have filed as candidates for area school boards. The deadline to file was 5 p.m. Tuesday. Unless indicated, two positions are to be filled on each board. Under state law, no election will be held where there are only as many candidates as positions available. Those candidates automatically will take office after the April election...
No surprises as filing closes for Cape County elections (01/17/07)
The last day of filing brought no new candidates in the open contest for Jackson mayor. And in Delta, six candidates filed for four seats on the Board of Aldermen. The last time the mayor's job in Jackson changed hands in 1993, Paul Sander defeated 20-year incumbent Carlton Meyer...
State chamber pilots Show-Me Scholars program in four districts (01/17/07)
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Education Foundation plans to use business leaders to encourage high school students to take rigorous academic classes in an effort to provide employers with a more skilled work force. Fueled by a grant, the state chamber will pilot its Show-Me Scholars program in four school districts this year and hopes to extend the program to at least a third of Missouri's 524 school districts by 2010...
Havco Wood Products to reduce work force in Cape (01/17/07)
Havco Wood Products announced that it will reduce its work force at the Cape Girardeau plant by about 65 full-time employees as of Monday. The company will also reduce its staff by about 12 temporary employees. "The work-force reduction being announced today is a result of a significant slowdown in the trucking sector of our nation's economy," said president and CEO Bruce Bader in a written statement. ...
Around Southeast Missouri 1/17/07 (01/17/07)
Cardwell city drinking water not contaminated Cardwell city officials say they want confusion cleared regarding reports of contaminated soil samples. Ground water samples have proven to contain some sort of contamination around an area within the city limits. ...
Scott County races see late filings (01/17/07)
A father and son are running for different seats on the Oran Board of Aldermen after late filings for the April elections. Ronald Diebold Sr. filed for one of the city's Ward 1 alderman seats Friday. His son, Ronald Diebold Jr. filed for one of the city's Ward 2 alderman seats Tuesday, the last day of the filing period...
Exhibit blames psychiatry for suffering (01/17/07)
A traveling exhibit sponsored primarily by the Church of Scientology is aiming to show that psychiatry is responsible for worldwide suffering. "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" debuted Monday at the Marquette Centre on Fountain Street just north of Broadway in Cape Girardeau across from Marquette Tower. The traveling exhibit will be open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and return Saturday through Wednesday...
Police say Mo. man shot his own baby with BBs (01/17/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- An eastern Missouri man shot his own 12-day-old son with a BB gun, police said. Shawn Michael Mohan, 20, of St. Charles County, shot the baby several times, causing circular-shaped bruises to the face, left arm, hand, foot, hip and buttocks, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Wednesday's edition. The injuries were not life-threatening...
Jackson County teen faces charges as adult in mother's fatal stabbing (01/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A teenager accused of stabbing his mother to death in their eastern Jackson County home has been certified to stand trial as an adult. Taylor Marquez, 16, of Grain Valley, was arrested in Colorado with his friend and co-defendant, Eddie George, in July 2006, a few days after the death of Pamela Marquez. The victim's husband, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Marquez, was also attacked and suffered cuts on his throat and lip...
Mo. kidnapping defendant escaped suspicion for years (01/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The man accused of kidnapping two Missouri boys and keeping one of them for more than four years escaped suspicion right up until the very end -- largely because he had no criminal record. In fact, Michael Devlin apparently had so little fear of being caught that he used to joke around with police at the pizza parlor where he worked, and even phoned officers when he had a dispute with a neighbor over a parking space, authorities say...
Embryo saved from Katrina now a boy, Noah (01/17/07)
COVINGTON, La. -- Rescued from a great flood while he was just a frozen embryo in liquid nitrogen, a baby boy entered the world Tuesday and was named after the most famous flood survivor of them all. Noah Benton Markham -- 8 pounds, 6 1/2 ounces -- was born to 32-year-old Rebekah Markham by Caesarean section after growing from an embryo that nearly defrosted in a sweltering hospital during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ...
Obama preps his '08 bid (01/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barack Obama launched a presidential campaign Tuesday that would make him the first black to occupy the White House, and immediately tried to turn his political inexperience into an asset with voters seeking change. The freshman Illinois senator -- and top contender for the Democratic nomination -- said the past six years have left the country in a precarious place and he promoted himself as the standard-bearer for a new kind of politics...
Navy names next aircraft carrier for Gerald Ford (01/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Navy said Tuesday its next aircraft carrier will be named the USS Gerald R. Ford in honor of the late president, a tribute to his love of the Navy. Ford, who served in the Navy during World War II, died Dec. 26 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 93. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had said during a eulogy at Ford's funeral that the Navy was planning the honor...
Train derailment forces evacuations (01/17/07)
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. -- Several train cars carrying volatile chemicals derailed and exploded Tuesday south of Louisville, shutting down a nearby highway and forcing evacuations of homes, businesses and a school, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the wreck that occurred about 7:45 a.m., but the fumes caused several people to seek treatment at a local hospital, authorities said. ...
Report: Castro working on transition of power (01/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Cuban President Fidel Castro, ailing and out of sight, has been meeting with a trickle of international guests in recent months, a U.S. government official said Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive situation with Cuba, declined to say with whom Castro was meeting. ...
Bush vows to work with new U.N. chief (01/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Tuesday pledged to work with the United Nations' new leader for peace across troubled areas of the world. In the Oval Office with Ban Ki-moon, the new U.N. secretary-general, Bush said the United States "wants to work with the United Nations to achieve a peace through the spread of freedom."...
Russian official confirms sale of missiles to Iran (01/17/07)
MOSCOW -- Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that Moscow has sold air defense missiles to Iran, the first high-level confirmation that their delivery took place despite U.S. complaints. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov did not specify how many missile systems had been delivered, but a ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject said not all the systems under contract had been delivered. ...
U.N. study: Iraqi civilian death toll nearly three times more than government claims (01/17/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Twin car bombs tore through a leading Baghdad university as students left classes Tuesday in the deadliest attack in Iraq in nearly two months, and the United Nations reported 34,452 civilians were slain last year, nearly three times more than the government reported...
U.S. commander in Afghanistan wants to extend some tours (01/17/07)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he wants to extend the combat tours of 1,200 soldiers amid rising violence, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was "strongly inclined" to recommend a troop increase to President Bush if commanders believe it is needed...
Scott City, Oran reach Scott-Miss semifinals (01/17/07)
Scott City and Oran advanced to the semifinals of the Scott-Miss Conference boys basketball tournament with opening-round wins Tuesday. The teams will play 9 p.m. Thursday, following the 7:30 p.m. semifinal game between East Prairie and tournament host Scott County Central...
MSHSAA schools to vote on splitting tourneys (01/17/07)
The multiplier was established to level the playing field between public and private schools in the Missouri State High School Activities Association. But with private schools continuing to enjoy high levels of success, a proposed split of the state tournament to separate public and private schools has been put up for discussion across the state...
Willoughby will miss more time with illness (01/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State coach Scott Edgar said Tuesday that senior guard Terrick Willoughby still is not close to returning to practice and likely will miss at least three more games. Willoughby, one of only two seniors for the Redhawks -- and the lone senior who sees significant action -- has missed the past two games with mononucleosis...
Federer marches into third round in Australian Open (01/17/07)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending champion Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jonas Bjorkman on Wednesday. It was Federer's second lopsided win over Bjorkman in the last three Grand Slam tournaments. He beat the 34-year-old Swede in straight sets in the Wimbledon semifinals last year as a warmup to beating Rafael Nadal in the final...
Taguchi agrees to one-year contract (01/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Outfielder So Taguchi and the St. Louis Cardinals avoided arbitration on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year contract that will guarantee him $1,025,000. The 37-year-old was a postseason star who helped the Cardinals win their first World Series in 24 years. He began the playoffs 4-for-4 as a pinch hitter, including a go-ahead home run off the Mets' Billy Wagner in Game 2 of the NL championship series...
Bush lauds world champion Cardinals at White House (01/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Tuesday that even in a losing streak, it is possible to win by sticking with your goal and showing character no matter what the doubters say about you. He was talking, of course, about baseball. Bush, a lifelong fan of the sport, honored the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals by commending them for winning the hard way...
Ex-champ, announcer Parsons dies at 65 (01/17/07)
Benny Parsons, a taxi driver who became a NASCAR champion in 1973, died Tuesday from lung-cancer complications, his son Keith said. He was 65. Parsons died in Charlotte, N.C., where he had been hospitalized since Dec. 26. A member of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers and a lovable fixture at the track, Parsons won 21 races, including the 1975 Daytona 500, and 20 poles. ...
Turn-Colt: Patriots must contend with former hero Vinatieri (01/17/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- This is Adam Vinatieri's favorite time of year. Each playoff week, the two-time Super Bowl hero seems to reinforce his reputation as the NFL's best clutch kicker. Give Vinatieri an opportunity to win a postseason game, and he's money...
Winter's abuse has been missed (01/17/07)
Yesterday, I got popped in the nose as I was leaving work. Bam. The impact was fierce, it was strong and I spent the rest of the day dabbing at my bright red schnoz with a Kleenex. And believe it or not, it felt kind of good. That's because the one guilty of inflicting this particular nose drubbing was none other than Jack Frost...
Donating your hobby (01/17/07)
Like every good hobby, my crafting sometimes gets out of hand. I pick up a new challenge and go crazy with it for a while. When I was in elementary school, I bought a potholder-making kit and went to town protecting my loved ones from scalding pans. Eventually everyone from my mom to my mailman had a Vanessa Cook original. I still had the urge to weave potholders -- and I still had tons of supplies left...
Variety of recipes to try (01/17/07)
I have several recipes on my desk that were given to me by various people over the holiday or arrived through the mail. Now's the time to pass those on to you. Today has no theme -- just a nice variety of foods for you to try. With the weather we've had recently, it's been fun to stay inside and cook. Maybe these recipes can add to your indoor entertainment...
Norman Ziegler (01/17/07)
Norman L. "Norbert" Ziegler, 60, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 26, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Joseph John and Linda Marie Ziegler, and grew up on the farm in Benton, Mo. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau in 1969...
Donald Estes (01/17/07)
Donald R. Estes, 71, of York, Pa., formerly of Millersville, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lebanon, Pa. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil Humphrey (01/17/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Cecil Randy Humphrey, 35, of Anna died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Union County Hospital. He was born June 1, 1971, in Cape Girardeau, son of Roger and Rita Traylor Humphrey. He and Lorie Ann Horn were married May 31, 2003, in Cypress, Ill...
Benny Wade (01/17/07)
Benny L. Wade, 73, of Jackson died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at his home. He was born May 19, 1933, in Jackson, son of Albert J. and Zella Shepherd Wade. He and Mary M. Mitchell were married Nov. 14, 1953. Wade was a graduate of John S. Cobb High School. He retired from Lenco Inc., where he worked 33 years. He was a member and deacon at Futrell Memorial Church of God in Christ at Jackson...
Jeffrey Simmons (01/17/07)
Jeffrey Stuart Simmons, 39, of Scott City died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 17, 1967, in Cape Girardeau, son of Billy Joe and Jane Stuart Pell Simmons. He and Michele Marie Glover were married July 8, 1985, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 1/17/07 (01/17/07)
Whitler; Carnell; Martinez Alvarado; Maatrijk; Hampton; Alspaugh
Cape/Jackson fire report 1/17/07 (01/17/07)
n At 7:43 p.m., medical assist in the 100 block of South Sprigg Street. n At 1:51 a.m., medical assist in the 300 block of West Lorimier Street. n At 4:50 a.m., medical assist in the unit block of Brenda Lane. n At 5:28 a.m., medical assist in the 400 block of North Frederick Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 1/17/07 (01/17/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Cape Girardeau County: Arrests; Jackson: Arrest; Assault; Thefts; Summons; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 1/17/07 (01/17/07)
Preliminary work for the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system at St. Mary's Cathedral began recently; a chain reaction caused by the purchase of a new organ for the cathedral resulted in the new system; after the congregation decided to buy the Wicks organ, it was noted that the old cooling fans, which would be near the pipe racks, needed to be moved to the basement...
Respect and honor for Alberta Loos (01/17/07)
By John Cai In 1992, our family moved from China to Cape Girardeau. We could not speak English. We were concerned about how we would get along in the United States without knowing how to communicate in the English language. When it came time to enroll my son in the Cape Girardeau school system, we did not know where to begin. Our situation was nearly hopeless. Without knowing English, even shopping was difficult...
Certified workers (01/17/07)
When hiring entry-level workers, employers hope to get people who have basic math, reading and comprehension skills. The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center's WorkKeys assessment program provides employers with some certainly that an employee has those skills...
Speak Out 1/17/07 (01/17/07)
Go fight in Iraq; One-theme columns; Coddled religions; Not good role models; Helping students; Which is important?; Caravan tickets; Impressive article; Speedy justice; School apparel; Other rankings; Explaining policy; Positive article; Limited attendance; Go take a look; Fighting old battles; Spinning history; Property access
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