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Purina to close Cape facility (01/21/07)
Nestle Purina Petcare Co. will close its cat litter product division facility in Cape Girardeau this summer, company officials say. The facility employs about 40 people. They all will be offered the opportunity to stay with the company, officials said...
Bill would end bans on carrying guns openly (01/21/07)
Missouri's local governments would no longer be allowed to ban the open carrying of firearms or the discharge of those weapons within their boundaries under a bill introduced by Sen. Jason Crowell. If approved, the measure would make a Cape Girardeau city ordinance against openly carrying guns unenforceable along with another provision, which is also in Jackson's city ordinances, against the discharge of firearms within city limits...
Cape schools have long list of repairs (01/21/07)
From unsafe bleachers to leaking skylights to aging boilers, Cape Girardeau public schools have a long list of repair and replacement needs, school officials say. The district has 11 schools, some of them dating back to the 1950s or earlier. "We are constantly working on these buildings," said Patrick Morgan, executive director of administrative services for the school district...
Cape public library wants to double size of its children's area (01/21/07)
A visitor walking into the Cape Girardeau Public Library after 3 p.m. on a weekday is likely to notice the pulsing energy coming from the children's section. About 20 children, most from nearby St. Vincent de Paul, spend their after-school hours in this area of the library...
Scott County changing court clerk system (01/21/07)
Scott County is changing how court clerks are organized in a move to save money and perhaps get more clerks, a plan that was promoted by the county's newest judge during last year's election campaign. Scott Horman ran unopposed for Scott County Associate Circuit Court judge in the 2006 general election. He defeated 27-year incumbent David C. Mann in the Democratic primary in August by about 1,100 votes...
Mystery visitor makes annual appearance at Poe's grave (01/21/07)
BALTIMORE -- A mystery man made his 58th straight visit to Edgar Allan Poe's grave Friday morning and was watched by the largest group of onlookers ever, the event's most faithful viewer said. Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, said 55 people braved a chilly morning to catch a glimpse of the annual ritual, in which a mysterious visitor known as the Poe toaster visits the writer's grave...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda (01/21/07)
9 a.m. Monday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Horrell Bridge payroll records and final closeout documents. n Hazardous materials emergency preparation funding received. n 2007 ambulance contract. n Letter regarding Spills of National Significance exercise...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (01/21/07)
401 Independence St. 7 p.m. Monday Study session at 5 p.m. Public hearings n A public hearing regarding the necessity to extend city water services to White Oaks Subdivision. n A public hearing to consider vacating the city's interest in a utility easement in Lot Z at Whispering Oaks Subdivision...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (01/21/07)
7:30 p.m. Monday Jackson City Hall 101 Court St. Jackson Action Items Power and light committee n Consider approving the semiannual financial statement ending Dec. 31. n Consider an ordinance accepting the dedication of a sanitary sewer easement deed from the Dale A. and Donna K. Lane Trust, regarding the Ridgewoods Subdivision sanitary sewer district project...
Library hopes voters agree future is now (01/21/07)
The library of the future -- it's a destination spot, a community center and a high-tech information portal. All those books will still take up a lot of space, but with Wi-Fi Internet, a coffee bar and a drive-through window, books won't be the only attraction...
Scouts work on merit badges at Nature Center (01/21/07)
Indoors and out, Girl Scout troops and Boy Scout packs connected with the land Saturday at the Cape Girardeau County Nature Center. Two hundred sixty-five Scouts and 156 adults attended. Missouri Department of Conservation education specialist Sara Scheper said badge requirements for first- to sixth-grade Scouts are fulfilled through activities focusing on animal characteristics. "The last Scoutin' Around event, held in November, focused on outdoor skills," she said...
Companies file to recruit Missouri biofuels investors (01/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It's hardly the Old West boom towns where some strike it rich while others are struck down, but the spike in the biofuels market has people prospecting and money flowing. Although it's too soon to know if ethanol supporters' predictions of rural economic salvation will pan out, a combination of state and federal tax incentives has biofuels projects springing up across Missouri and the country...
Shawn Hornbeck reportedly met with police 10 months after disappearance (01/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ten months after Shawn Hornbeck disappeared from his home in Washington County, he spoke with Kirkwood police to report his bike being stolen, apparently the first of two encounters Hornbeck had with police after his 2002 disappearance...
Woman sentenced for stealing from clients of her payroll company (01/21/07)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- A 42-year-old Chesterfield woman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for bilking clients at her payroll company instead of paying her clients' federal taxes. Angela Smiley, president of American Payroll Service, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison. She must also serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution. Investigators and Smiley's lawyers are still working on how much she owes...
Swinging bridges make interesting historic landmarks in mid-Missouri (01/21/07)
BRUMLEY, Mo. -- At one time, according to area history, there were eight swinging bridges in Miller County. Today, there are only six remaining, and two of them can be found near the small community of Brumley. Once popular hangouts in the summer, the two bridges are more than 75 years old and are in need of repair, but are still interesting landmarks...
Trucker, writer finds inspiration on the road (01/21/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Driving across America, longtime truck driver Larry Morris of Campbell gets a lot of time to think. The sights and sounds he's taken in over the years have provided much inspiration. "A lot of times, going down the road, things just come to me," Morris said...
Idea of universal health care may not survive the critics (01/21/07)
Health care for all -- an elusive goal that has tantalized presidents and governors for decades -- is roaring back this year with ambitious proposals in a handful of prominent states. The promise: Cover millions of uninsured adults and children. Improve the quality of care at hospitals and doctor's offices. Rein in rising costs that are eating up workers' wages, company profits and state budgets...
Advocates set sights on expanding smoke-free jurisdictions in U.S. (01/21/07)
RENO, Nev. -- Thirty years after it began as just another quirky movement in Berkeley, Calif., the push to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places has reached a national milestone. For the first time in the nation's history, more than half of Americans live in a city or state with laws mandating that workplaces, restaurants or bars be smoke-free, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights...
Fla. murder suspect asks for trial delay (01/21/07)
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Attorneys for a man accused of kidnapping, raping and then burying alive a 9-year-old girl are seeking to delay their client's murder trial. John Couey's attorneys say the Feb. 12 trial date should be pushed back so they can question the seven witnesses added to prosecutors' list earlier this month, including a jailer who says the suspect gave him details of the slaying...
Oddly enough (01/21/07)
Woman's job journal brags on avoiding work DES MOINES, Iowa -- An administrative judge has denied unemployment benefits to a woman who was fired from her job for keeping a journal detailing her efforts to avoid work. Emmalee Bauer, 25, of Elkhart, was employed by the Sheraton hotel company as a sales coordinator in Des Moines. ...
Measures targeting illegal immigrants face early legal setbacks (01/21/07)
HAZLETON, Pa. -- When it comes to illegal immigration, Mayor Lou Barletta has led the way, and towns and cities around the nation have followed him -- some right into the courtroom. Since last summer, when the Republican mayor began his high-profile campaign to rid this small northeastern Pennsylvania city of illegal immigrants, more than 100 other municipalities in 27 states have considered laws ranging from penalizing companies that employ illegal immigrants to making English the official language.. ...
Bush readies State of the Union address for new Democratic Congress (01/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday gives him a second chance to defend his new Iraq strategy to a nation soured on the war and a Congress poised to vote against the plan. It will be the president's last major opportunity to shape America's legislative agenda before the fast-moving 2008 presidential campaign begins to drown out his message...
Kansas senator seeks to be GOP conservatives' choice (01/21/07)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback figures he has an edge with Republican voters that other presidential rivals don't -- unquestioned conservative credentials. The two-term lawmaker, who announced his White House bid Saturday, faces better-known GOP hopefuls -- Sen. John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani -- who have the fund-raising skills and experienced campaign staff for the long haul...
Hillary Clinton launches trailblazing presidential bid (01/21/07)
NEW YORK -- Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a trailblazing campaign for the White House on Saturday, a former first lady turned political powerhouse intent on becoming the first female president. "I'm in, and I'm in to win," she said...
2008 presidential campaign unlike any in U.S. history (01/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination with unrivaled political strengths and challenges to match, a former first lady turned senator, soon to be tested in a campaign unlike any other in American history...
Several foreign workers taken hostage in Nigeria's oil-producing south (01/21/07)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Kidnappers grabbed six Filipino workers off a merchant ship Saturday in the latest hostage-taking in Nigeria's restive southern oil-producing region, officials said. The vessel was heading to the oil port of Warri with a crew of 14 when unidentified gunmen boarded and took away the six non-Nigerians, Delta state spokesman Ozoene Sheddy said. Initial reports said seven foreigners were taken, but that proved incorrect, Sheddy said...
Somali warlord hands over weapons, forces to army (01/21/07)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The last major warlord to withhold support from Somalia's government surrendered his weapons and militiamen on Saturday -- a boost for a fledgling leadership that still faces threats of guerrilla attacks from the Islamic movement that fled the capital...
Crucial talks on forming unity government for Palestinians postponed (01/21/07)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Crucial talks planned Saturday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas' exiled leader on forming a unity government were postponed, a senior member of a Palestinian faction said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the Saturday meeting between Abbas and Khaled Mashaal had been canceled...
Helicopter crash, fighting kill at least 20 U.S. military personnel in Iraq (01/21/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- At least 20 American service members were killed in military operations Saturday in the deadliest day for U.S. forces in two years, including 13 who died in a helicopter crash and five slain in an attack by militia fighters in the holy city of Karbala, military officials said...
Mexico's extradition of reputed drug lords draws U.S. praise (01/21/07)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's extradition of four reputed drug lords drew praise from the U.S. attorney general on Saturday and signaled its new determination to keep traffickers from running their cartels from inside prison walls. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the Friday extraditions were "unprecedented in their scope and importance."...
Turkish police say teen detained in killing of journalist (01/21/07)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Police detained a teenager suspected in the slaying of an ethnic Armenian journalist, acting on a tip from the boy's father after his pictures were broadcast on Turkish television, Istanbul's governor said Saturday. Ogun Samast, who is 16 or 17 years old, was caught on a bus in the Black Sea city of Samsun, Gov. Muammer Guler said. He was apparently on his way from Istanbul back to his home town of Trabzon, the governor said...
Central's Kinder wins MVP in City of Roses swim meet (01/21/07)
Hannah Kinder added to her collection of MVP awards from the City of Roses Invitational. After sharing the award the past two years, she captured the Jeannette Miles Memorial MVP Award outright Saturday after winning two events with two meet records...
Southeast hammers Tennessee Tech (01/21/07)
Southeast Missouri State's women felt like they let one slip away on Dec. 9 in Cookeville, Tenn., when Tennessee Tech beat the Redhawks by a point. While the Redhawks can't get that loss back, they at least avenged it Saturday night -- and in resounding fashion...
Banner night (01/21/07)
Southeast Missouri State's most successful Division I women's basketball season was celebrated Saturday night. After the current Redhawks beat Tennessee Tech, most of last year's team gathered at mid-court as two Ohio Valley Conference championship banners were unveiled from the rafters of the Show Me Center...
Redhawks' big lead vanishes in loss to Eagles (01/21/07)
For the second time in three days, Southeast Missouri State used hot shooting and strong defense to build a big early lead. This time, however, the Redhawks could not sustain things. Tennessee Tech, trailing by 18 points late in the first half and by 12 points at halftime Saturday night, rallied to win 87-80 and disappoint a season-high Show Me Center crowd announced at 4,630...
Southeast men's recent play encouraging (01/21/07)
Even though the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team lost to visiting Tennessee Tech 87-80 on Saturday night, the Redhawks' strong recent play has at least positioned them nicely for the second half of their Ohio Valley Conference schedule...
Fan Speak 1/21/07 (01/21/07)
Joke of the day; Crying 'foul'
Scandal not uncommon in the world of beauty queens (01/21/07)
It's been a rocky two months for beauty queens. One almost lost her crown before being ordered to rehab, another gave hers up because of racy photos on the Internet and a third stepped down because she is pregnant. But beauty queen scandals are nothing new. For the last five decades, tiaras have changed hands because of behavior deemed less than role-model-like. Here's a brief history:...
No snow? Some destinations offer options, guarantees (01/21/07)
NEW YORK -- What if you plan on a snowy vacation but there's no snow when you get there? That's been happening a lot this winter, and some destinations are responding with no-snow options. "One day the lawns are covered with snow and the next day it may all melt," said Andrew Ruggeri, proprietor of the 38-room Delafield Hotel in Delafield, Wis. ...
Take a virtual train trip to Siberia (01/21/07)
MOSCOW -- The Trans-Siberian Mainline, one of the world's classic rail journeys, is intimidating to some potential passengers because they don't speak Russian and because the trip takes a week. Now, with a new Web site launched by Russian Railways, interested travelers can take a virtual trip on the train from Moscow to Vladivostok in about 30 minutes -- but it's still hard to find someone speaking English...
Growing grapefruit (01/21/07)
While California's citrus industry is suffering from a devastating crop freeze, Cape Girardeau resident Ken Enke had no problem producing grapefruit from his tree. Enke's grapefruit tree stands about 10 feet tall inside the building for his Cape Girardeau plumbing supply company, Winnelson Co. For the first time, four grapefruit are growing from the tree's branches...
Dr. Joseph Low Jr. (01/21/07)
Joseph Heaton Low Jr. was born June 6, 1936, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Mildred Makemson Low and Joseph H. Low. He passed away Jan. 10, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz., due to complications from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lauchette Low; a daughter, Julie Low Katinas and son-in-law Manny Katinas of Dallas, Texas; a son, Joseph Heaton Low III and daughter-in-law Claudia Brito Low of Miami, Fla.; a sister, Jean Bloomfield of Bartlesville, Okla.; grandchildren Kassie Katinas, Joseph Katinas and Joseph Heaton Low IV.. ...
Martha Dickinson (01/21/07)
Martha Louise Dickinson, 58, of Hartville, Mo., died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo. She was born Jan. 15, 1949, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Melvin Delaine and Marie Helen Telle Bacon. She and Charlie Dickinson were married Dec. 21, 1974...
Maude Buzbee (01/21/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Maude P. Buzbee, 94, of Carbondale, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale. She was born Feb. 27, 1912, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Will and Rhoda Wall Pender. She and Delbert Pierce Buzbee were married June 14, 1930 at Westfield, Ill. He died Feb. 15, 1997...
Turley-Walter (01/21/07)
McKenzie Ann Turley and Joseph Shane Walter were united in marriage Oct. 28, 2006, at La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Ron Watts performed the ceremony. Pianist and vocalist was Tyson Zahner. The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Karen Turley of Jackson. The groom is the son of John and Valerie Walter of Jackson...
Kenkel-McMullin (01/21/07)
Jennifer Marie Kenkel and Jared Andrew McMullin exchanged wedding vows Oct. 7, 2006, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. Eucharistic ministers were Danny and Doris Moore of Scott City and Mark Ressel of Kelso. Lector was Connie McAnelly of Oran, Mo. Offertory was by Michelle and Chris Mohney of Scott City, sister and brother-in-law of the bride...
Heitman-Lucy (01/21/07)
Carol Heitman and Tom Lucy were married Sept. 16, 2006, at Cape First. The Rev. Gary Brothers performed the ceremony. Music was by Brent Anderson of Cape Girardeau. Soloists were George Aplin of Belleville, Ill., and Deb McKay of Dexter, Mo. The bride is the daughter of Frank Heitman of Houston, Texas, and Ruth Heitman of Dexter. The groom is the son of Ray and Reva Lucy of Oklahoma City, Okla...
Chapin-Kirk (01/21/07)
Mendy Sue Chapin and Steven Harold Kirk were married Feb. 4, 2006, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. The Rev. Randolph Tochtrop performed the ceremony. Server was Caroline Fowler of New Madrid, Mo., cousin of the groom. Lectors were Lynette Fowler, aunt of the groom, and Loretto Alexander, great-aunt and godmother of the groom, both of New Madrid. Vocalists were Karen Benefield of Jackson and Daryl Wilcoxson of Kennett, Mo. Accompanist was Geri Beussink of Jackson...
Hemmann-Brumfield (01/21/07)
Dennis and Beverly Hemmann of Oak Ridge announce the engagement of their daughter, April Hemmann, to Shane Andrew Brumfield, both of Jackson. He is the son of Robert and Linda Brumfield of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Hemmann is a 2001 graduate of Oak Ridge High School. She received a degree in elementary and early childhood education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2005. She is a fourth grade teacher with Kelly School District in Benton, Mo...
Mier-Heisserer (01/21/07)
Andy and Debby Brown of Millersville and Chris and Missy Mier of Scott City announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Ann Mier, to James Louis Heisserer. He is the son of Ralph and Brenda Heisserer of Benton, Mo. Mier is a 2002 graduate of Scott City High School. She received a bachelor's degree in human environmental studies from Southeast Missouri State University in 2005. She is administrative assistant at Kohl's Department Store...
White-Cook (01/21/07)
Roy and Robin White of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy White, to Tommy Cook. He is the son of Chuck and Chrissy Cook of Shelbyville, Ky., and Sharon Cook of Taylorsville, Ky. White is a graduate of Jackson High School, and is a certified nurse assistant. She is employed by Dr. Paul W. Clark...
Police report 1/21/07 (01/21/07)
Thefts; Summonses
Fire report 1/21/07 (01/21/07)
n At 10:10 p.m., an alarm sounding at 975 Greek Drive. n At 5:10 a.m., a medical assist on South West End Boulevard. n At 12:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of North Kingshighway. n At 1:42 p.m., illegal burning in the 1600 block of Whitener Street...
Out of the past 1/21/07 (01/21/07)
A Southeast Missouri State University historical preservation class under the direction of professor Robert White has undertaken a project to catalog and inventory the documents stored in the vault in the Cape Girardeau Common Courthouse, as well as attempt to prevent their further deterioration...
Double taxation (01/21/07)
Among the many deductions on the paychecks of most wage earners is one labeled FICA, which stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or OASDI, which stands for Old Age, Survivors and Disabled Insurance, or just plain Social Security, which is what the withholding pays for...
Lipke's leadership will be missed (01/21/07)
To the editor:I read with much disappointment the article concerning state Rep. Scott Lipke's not being reappointed to chair the Crime Prevention Committee in the Missouri House. It is Speaker Rod Jetton's call to make and live with, and I have personally voiced my deep disappointment in his decision. ...
Perplexed by execution outrage (01/21/07)
To the editor:Saddam Hussein personified the old dictum, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The recent macabre photos of his corpse reminded me of Shelley's poem "Ozymandias," which reads, in part: I met a traveler from an antique land ...
Sunnis: Are they friend or foe? (01/21/07)
To the editor:I recently read about American and Iraqi forces jointly engaging against Sunni insurgents. To me, this is like U.S. Republican forces being engaged in battle against Democratic insurgents or vice-versa. It is a well-known fact that the Sunnis are backed by our friends in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and the Shiites are backed by our worst enemy, Iran. ...
Future of our heritage is fragile (01/21/07)
To the editor:Several of our friends mailed us the Dec. 17 "Lost and saved" article, which featured the house we owned at 218 S. Frederick. I applaud you for your efforts to raise awareness of the wonderful heritage Cape Girardeau has and how fragile its future is...
Board members guide our schools (01/21/07)
To the editor:The week of Jan. 21-27 has been declared School Board Recognition Week by the Missouri School Boards Association. It is a time for students, parents, school faculty and staff and community members to honor these unpaid volunteers who serve public education on behalf of our community...
Alberta Loos: Beacon and mentor (01/21/07)
To the editor:E. Alberta Loos, whom I admired and respected, has passed this life to be with the Heavenly Father. Her passing has saddened many people who knew her. Mrs. Loos was first a Christian and a mother who loved her family. She was a volunteer in many places. And she was a retired schoolteacher...
Speak Out 1/21/07 (01/21/07)
Not frivolous; Driving experience; Caravan ideas; Thanks for money
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