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SEMO hopes bigger stipends double band size (01/27/07)
Southeast Missouri State University hopes that bigger stipends will help double the size of the Golden Eagles Marching Band in the coming school year. Last fall, 75 students were members of the school's marching band. Barry Bernhardt, who directs the marching band, said he'd like to see the band expand to 150 to 200 members...
River claims Pontiac driven off boat ramp (01/27/07)
A two-hour search by the Missouri State Water Patrol Friday failed to find a car driven off the Red Star boat ramp by a Southeast Missouri State University student who said she was trying to elude a pursuer. As water patrol troopers methodically swept back and forth from the ramp downstream trying to locate the car at about 5 p.m. ...
No additional funds for staffing veterans homes to be included in Matt Blunt's 2008 budget (01/27/07)
Missouri's veterans homes didn't win any recommendations for additional help in Gov. Matt Blunt's fiscal 2008 budget, but that won't be the last word on the issue, state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, said Friday. The veterans homes, nursing homes provided by the state, are operating at about 86 percent of capacity because of a lack of funding for enough nurses and nursing aides to care for more veterans. ...
Chamber award goes to former mayor (01/27/07)
Former Cape Girardeau mayor Al Spradling III won the Rush H. Limbaugh Award at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's annual recognition dinner Friday evening. Presenter David Limbaugh lauded Spradling for his community involvement in organizations such as American Legion Post 63, the Greater Cape Girardeau Area Benevolent Association and the Southeast Missouri State University Boosters. ...
KRCU to air 'River Tales' series on area's history (01/27/07)
When Chatauqua visited Cape Girardeau last summer, Marsha Toll was inspired to find local storytellers who would be willing to share their oral histories. She found nine of them. Around the time Chatauqua came to town, Toll worked with Southeast Public Radio to record their histories for broadcast...
Cindy's success (01/27/07)
The little girl on the television screen was brave and determined. She smiled and waved from her hospital bed before surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Her family sat nervously in the waiting room as television news cameras captured 9-year-old Cindy Young's story...
International teachers to study teaching in area high schools (01/27/07)
Fourteen public and private school teachers from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa will get a firsthand look at education in three area high schools under a U.S. Department of State grant-funded program. The teachers will spend six months studying at Southeast Missouri State University. During that time, they also will participate in eight-week teaching internships at Cape Girardeau Central, Jackson and Sikeston high schools this semester...
Cause of apartment blaze still under investigation (01/27/07)
Fire investigators sifted through the shell of a second-floor apartment on Sprigg Street Friday but weren't ready to name the cause of the blaze. "It might be awhile," Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis said. The fire, discovered by Cape Girardeau police Sgt. ...
Briefly (01/27/07)
Cape bicyclist injured when hit by car A Cape Girardeau man sustained non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday evening after a car hit the bicycle he was riding, police said. Lonnie R. Bobb, 47, of 521 Broadway, was eastbound on Themis Street at 6:20 p.m. ...
Around Southeast Missouri (01/27/07)
Storm spotter class offered in Scott County The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., is looking for men and women who will serve as storm spotters in a region that is plagued with severe storms. The weather service will hold a SKYWARN Spotter Training course from 9 a.m. ...
87-year-old says she's ready for next year's big storms (01/27/07)
The Associated Press STELLA, Mo. -- She survived 11 days and nights without heat or electricity after an ice storm that broke nearly every tree in her yard, but 87-year-old Margaret Rutledge is still upbeat. "All this wood in the yard now will be good aged wood for next year," Rutledge said at the southwest Missouri house she named "Heaven Sent" when she first saw it in 2005...
Blunt backs mandatory death penalty for those who kill police officers, prison guards (01/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt wants Missouri to create a mandatory death penalty for criminals who murder a police officer or prison guard, but experts on capital punishment believe the courts would strike down such a law. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that other states' mandatory death penalty laws were unconstitutional, and it hasn't reversed course. ...
Amnesia victim wandered through Dallas-area streets for 25 days (01/27/07)
DALLAS -- Joe Bieger walked out his front door with his two dogs one morning last fall a beloved husband, father, grandfather and assistant high school athletic director. Minutes later, all of that -- indeed, his very identity -- would seemingly be wiped from his brain's hard drive...
Libby wants details about colleague's immunity gambit (01/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Attorneys for former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby want more information about an unusual immunity-from-prosecution deal that government lawyers gave former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer in the CIA leak case. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald says that in early 2004, as his investigation was heating up into who revealed CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to reporters, Fleischer stepped forward with an offer to prosecutors: Promise no prosecution and he would help their case.. ...
Senate confirms Petraeus as next Iraq war general (01/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Friday voted unanimously to confirm the nomination of Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus to command U.S. troops in Iraq at a time when President Bush is building up American forces there. Petraeus' 81-0 approval was in contrast to the widespread public and congressional opposition to Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. Congress is moving toward votes in coming weeks on nonbinding resolutions opposing the troop build up...
Gates: Resolution 'emboldens the enemy' in Iraq (01/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday a congressional resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq undercuts U.S. commanders and "emboldens the enemy." He also said the Pentagon was now studying whether it could accelerate the deployment of the five additional Army brigades that it has announced will be sent to Baghdad between now and May to bolster security in the capital...
U.N. officials: Iran plans to start installing thousands of centrifuges next month (01/27/07)
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Iran plans to begin work next month on an underground uranium enrichment facility, as part of a plan to create a network of tens of thousands of machines turning out material that could be used to make nuclear arms, U.N. officials said Friday...
Four U.S. soldiers abducted, shot to death last week in southern Iraq (01/27/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In perhaps the boldest and most sophisticated attack in four years of warfare, gunmen speaking English, wearing U.S. military uniforms and carrying American weapons abducted four U.S. soldiers last week at the provincial headquarters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and then shot them to death...
Cubs defeat Hornets, win Stoddard Co. Tournament (01/27/07)
Nick Niemczyk poured in 26 points as Bell City rolled past Advance 70-45 in the championship at the Stoddard County Activities Association tournament. The meeting was the third between the two teams this season after they had split the first two. But the Cubs (15-4) jumped on the Hornets with a 22-10 first period and stretched the lead to 15 at halftime. The Cubs led 59-32 after three periods...
Tigers put harness on Mules (01/27/07)
The last time Central and Poplar Bluff met at Central, the Mules were rolling their way to a Class 5 District 1 boys basketball title. The last time the teams met this season, Central slowed things down for a 29-23 overtime victory in the consolation finals of the SEMO Conference tournament...
Unbeaten gymnasts face major challenge in No. 18 Kent State (01/27/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics team is off to a flying start. Coach Tom Farden hopes the Redhawks can remain undefeated today -- but he envisions their stiffest test of the young season. Southeast will put its perfect record on the line with a 1 p.m. dual meet at Houck Field House against Kent State, which is ranked 18th nationally. It will be the Redhawks' second home competition of the season...
Redhawks attempt first season sweep of Racers (01/27/07)
As Southeast Missouri State continues its push up the Ohio Valley Conference standings, the Redhawks have a chance to accomplish something they have never done before in Division I:~ Southeast has never accomplished the feat against the perennial OVC power...
Southeast faces key OVC game vs. Racers (01/27/07)
Southeast Missouri State anticipated having another first-place Ohio Valley Conference showdown with Murray State today. Recent circumstances have changed that, but they haven't diminished the importance of the 5 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center. Murray State (12-5, 8-2) fell out of the top spot in the OVC with Thursday's loss at Tennessee Tech, but the second-place Racers still are just a half-game behind Morehead State...
Devastation Fight Night features 17 matches on tonight's card (01/27/07)
Paul Farwig believes those who attend tonight's Devastation Fight Night event at the A.C. Brase Arena Building will like what they see. In fact, Farwig is banking on it so much he already has two more events on his calendar for Cape Girardeau this year -- one for March 31 and another for Sept. 22...
Thoughts on 'American Idol' (01/27/07)
I wonder why anyone would subject themselves to being abused by Simon Cowell in front of millions of people. You may subscribe to the "no risk, no reward" school of thinking. You may also ascribe to the theory that any publicity is good publicity -- e.g., William Hung...
Mary Willis (01/27/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary Ann Willis, 93, of Lake of Egypt, formerly of Anna, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident in Williamson County. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Stanley Carter (01/27/07)
BUNCOMBE, Ill. -- Stanley Steve Carter, 56, of Buncombe died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill.
James Summers Sr. (01/27/07)
James E. Summers Sr., 84, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel, with Rev. Mike Shupert officiating...
Sharon Swan (01/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Sharon J. Swan, 73, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus, Mo. She was born Oct. 2, 1933, at St. Louis, daughter of the late Edward and Lillian Russell Norwine. She and Harold W. Swan were married Sept. 15, 1951. He died Jan. 28, 1988...
Cletus Ash (01/27/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Cletus "Bill" Wilburn Ash, 71, of Sedgewickville died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo. He was born June. 13, 1935, at Braggadocio, Mo., son of George Lee and Rellie Fowler Ash. He and Edna Marie Blair were married July 4, 1986...
James Counts (01/27/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James Counts, 73, of Piedmont, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born March 23, 1933, in Success, Ark., son of Elda and Thelma Powell Counts. Counts had been a boilermaker at power plants. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Piedmont...
Jason Casey (01/27/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jason Ray Casey, 75, of Anna died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Mount Pleasant, Ill., son of Jason and Nancy Osman Casey. Casey was employed 31 years at Fruitbelt Farm Service, retiring in 1993. He was a life member and past quartermaster of Carroll P. ...
Lena Bucher (01/27/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Lena C. Bucher, 80, of Oran died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 2, 1927, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of Benjamin and Sophia Scherer Compas. She and Herman L. Bucher were married Feb. 11, 1947. He died March 7, 1993...
William Richmond Lewis III (01/27/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- William Richmond "Rich" Lewis III, 39 years of age, son of William Richmond "Bill" Lewis Jr. of Sikeston and Kristin (Dahlby) Johnson of Citrus Springs, Fla., died unexpectedly while on vacation with his father in Acapulco, Mexico...
Junelda Grantham (01/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Ill. -- Junelda Y. Richmond Grantham, 57, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1949, at Grand Tower, Ill., daughter of Carl and Katherine Nations Clutts. She and Stanley P. Grantham were married Oct. 8, 2006...
Police report 1/27/07 (01/27/07)
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Out of the past 1/27/07 (01/27/07)
Homicide is suspected in the death of a 57-year-old Margie L. Call, whose body is discovered in the bedroom of her home in the 1800 block of Brink Street in Cape Girardeau. The Cape Girardeau Gynecological Center may be open for business, but members of the pro-life group Life-Boat Crusaders for Life say it will never be accepted by those who oppose abortion; the group is organizing picketers to march periodically in front of the clinic...
Oran's new chief (01/27/07)
Steve Shoemaker didn't exactly rescue Oran from lawlessness. But the town's new police chief did take over an office last week that hadn't been occupied for two months. Oran had depended on patrols by the Scott County Sheriff's Department since former chief Marc Tragesser and both full-time employees resigned from the police force in November. ...
Library plan is too grandiose (01/27/07)
To the editor:After reading the article on the front page of the Southeast Missourian about the $9 million Cape Girardeau Public Library expansion, I have to wonder whose grandiose idea that was. The plan includes a drive-through, a coffee bar (so patrons can spill coffee on the books?) and video games. If the library would remove these games, maybe the patrons who need computers for serious purposes could have access to them instead of the children monopolizing them...
Chatterbox is still speaking (01/27/07)
To the editor:A Yuletide memory: Our son was 4 years old and needed a red wagon. In the store he gave his opinion on red wagons and other things as well, and the clerk, a lady who reminded us of her German Perry County heritage in each sentence, said sternly to us, "That boy is a chatterbox."...
Give Bush a chance (01/27/07)
To the editor:Dems, you've politicized, postured and pranced. All Bush is saying: Give truth a chance. Dems, you've yelled, marched, mimicked Michael Moore and aligned with France. All Bush is saying: Give America a chance. Dems, you've debated, dialogued and orchestrated your rants. All Bush is saying: Give General Petraeus a chance...
Radical teaching is commonplace (01/27/07)
To the editor:The recent letter from Robert Polack is, in my view, a textbook example of the naivete of so many today. They cite the large number of casualties in Iraq. More than 3,700 innocent babies are killed each day in this country, over 93 percent of which are killed for convenience. Where is Polack's outrage?...
Speak Out 1/27/07 (01/27/07)
Obama too liberal; Told you so; Public preschool; Divisive columnist; Caravan tickets; Too many variables; Re-election ploy; Parents' job; Unnecessary chases; Common decency; Not a day care; Library care; Open borders; Amazing evening; No cheerleaders
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