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Leading by example (02/20/07)
Fitting in was hard at first for Sikeston, Mo., native Neal Boyd. Growing up as a boy in Southeast Missouri with a black father and white mother, Boyd didn't conform neatly to traditional racial identification. He was black and white at the same time, which made the inevitable taunts from children much more harsh...
Delta board rearranges positions (02/20/07)
DELTA, Mo. -- The upheaval on the Delta Board of Aldermen ended Monday evening like a game of musical chairs. All the players are the same, but they are in different seats. Monday's actions, however, provided only a temporary ending. The entire board is up for election April 3, and former Mayor Carol Collins, who was reappointed to an aldermanic seat, is seeking signatures for a state audit of city books...
Small town excited over contestant (02/20/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- With little more than a month until Amber Seyer of Oran will compete for the title of Miss USA, the excitement is starting to build in Seyer's hometown. Within two weeks, the town will boast a welcome sign proclaiming Oran as the "Hometown of Amber Seyer," said Mayor Tom Urhahn...
Former state lawmaker Copeland dies at 74 (02/20/07)
Former state Rep. Gene Copeland, a fixture of Bootheel and statehouse politics for nearly 40 years, died Monday in Jefferson City, Mo. When he retired in 1998, Copeland had served in the Missouri House longer than any other legislator in state history. His 38-year tenure in office will likely never be matched because lawmakers today are limited to eight years in the House under term limits enacted in 1992...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
401 Independence Street 7 p.m. today, study session at 5 p.m. Presentation n Presentation by Marla Mills, Old Town Cape. Public hearings n A public hearing regarding the proposed 2007 to 2012 Capital Improvements Program for Cape Girardeau. n A public hearing regarding the submission of an application for community development block grant funding for the Fountain Street Phase II Project...
Scott County Central student recuperating after injury (02/20/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Scott County Central High School junior is recovering today after suffering a head injury during basketball practice about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. "He was going up for a rebound, and his feet got bumped in mid-air and knocked out from under him," superintendent Dr. Joby Holland said...
Correction 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
n Due to a source error, the name and date in a story in Saturday's edition was incorrect. Daniel "Bud" Monroe, owner of Monroe Heating & Plumbing in Cape Girardeau, died in 2001 in a trench accident while working in Jackson.
Cairo cleans up mold in elementary school, touts making AYP (02/20/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo public school officials closed Bennett Elementary School on Friday so a St. Louis cleanup firm could work through the weekend to remove mold found in the building. The school, which serves students in grades three through six, reopened Monday...
Parenting seminar set for Saturday at La Croix church (02/20/07)
A parenting seminar to be held in Jackson Saturday evening will also be held Saturday and Sunday at La Croix church in Cape Girardeau. Tim Smith will present "Seven Cries of Today's Teen" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and "Connecting with Your Kids" from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday...
Man who kept overpayment now faces prison term (02/20/07)
A Cape Girardeau man who took advantage of a real estate transaction error is now facing up to four years in prison. Evan S. Batterton, 24, of 721 S. Sprigg St., pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding a secured creditor. According to the probable-cause statement, Batterton had sold his deceased grandmother's home where he was living for $54,375 Aug. ...
A fine-dining experience (02/20/07)
Start with the utensils on the outside and work your way in. Keep your elbows off the table. And by all means, if you have something stuck in your teeth, excuse yourself. These were some of the lessons taught to 16 middle-school-aged children who put on their nicest clothes and sat down to a meal Monday at Mollie's Cafe and Bar on South Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau...
KC man who was arrested in Dubai headed home (02/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban Kansas City man who had faced four years in prison in the United Arab Emirates after a trace of drugs was found in his carry-on luggage has been freed and was returning home Tuesday, family members said. Friends, family, strangers and some politicians had rallied around Danny Talbert, 26, of Harrisonville, since he was arrested two weeks ago after guards at a security checkpoint at Dubai International Airport found what they said was a trace of hashish in Talbert's carry-on bag.. ...
Minority farmers small but growing part of Missouri agriculture (02/20/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Minority farmers are a small but growing part of Missouri agriculture, and officials are reaching out to get them information on making farming financially successful. University of Missouri Extension sustainable farming specialist Jose Garcia said nontraditional farmers, including the disabled, women, and ethnic minorities, are taking on a larger percentage of the industry at a time when older white farmers are retiring and their children don't want to be involved in agriculture.. ...
Man with gun helps Mo. juvenile inmate escape (02/20/07)
SPANISH LAKE, Mo. (AP) -- A 16-year-old inmate at a state-operated juvenile facility in St. Louis County escaped with the help of two men, including one with a gun, authorities said Tuesday. St. Louis County Police spokesman Rick Eckhard said a woman who works at the Missouri Hills juvenile facility was entering about 11:30 p.m. Monday. An armed man entered as she did, and a second, unarmed, man also came in...
New allegations uncovered in blast that killed 6 Kansas City firefighters (02/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A yearlong newspaper investigation of an explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters in 1988 has uncovered new allegations about who was responsible for setting the fires that led to the fatal blast. In a copyrighted story in Sunday's Kansas City Star, an ex-convict who worked at the highway construction site where the explosion occurred says he knows who set the fires -- and it wasn't any of the five people who were convicted in the case and sentenced to life in prison.. ...
Senate approves refunds for vehicle license plates (02/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians can get a refund on their auto insurance when they get rid of a vehicle and don't replace it. So why can't they get a refund from the state on their vehicle license fees? That's a question Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields said was posed to him by a constituent. He had no good answer...
Pension boards urged to be aware of terrorist connections (02/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Treasurer Sarah Steelman said Monday that Missouri's 118 public pension funds could have as much as $2 billion invested in foreign companies with ties to terrorist nations. A bipartisan group of House and Senate members joined Steelman in touting a legislative resolution calling on public pension boards to ensure no money goes toward companies that have financial relationships with governments on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist-sponsoring nations...
House Democratic leader drops support of Blunt's college plan (02/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The top House Democrat dropped his support Monday for Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to finance a college building boom with student loan agency money, citing recent concerns raised by a financial analyst. Blunt's proposal would take $350 million over six years from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to finance building projects at nearly all of Missouri's public colleges and universities. ...
Climbers rescued on Mount Hood (02/20/07)
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Three climbers who tumbled off a ledge on Mount Hood were taken away in an ambulance after they hiked down much of the state's highest peak with their rescuers -- and a dog who may have saved their lives. "We're soaking wet and freezing," said one of two rescued women as she walked from a tracked snow vehicle to an ambulance...
Guidelines urge women to exercise, trim fat to curb heart, stroke risk (02/20/07)
Nearly all American women are in danger of heart disease or stroke and should be more aggressive about lowering their risk -- including asking their doctors about daily aspirin use, the American Heart Association said Monday in new guidelines. It is the first time guidelines have urged all women to consider aspirin for preventing strokes, although specialists warn that it can cause ulcers and dangerous bleeding. ...
Whitney earns sixth OVC newcomer award (02/20/07)
For the sixth time this season, Southeast Missouri State junior forward Missy Whitney is the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week for women's basketball. Whitney, who transferred to Southeast from Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as the Redhawks went 2-0...
Central boys slip past Fox, reach district semis (02/20/07)
The Cape Girardeau Central boys basketball team survived its Class 5 District 1 tournament opener Monday night, slipping past host Fox of Arnold 43-41. Central, the No. 3 seed in the six-team event, improved to 12-14. Fox, seeded last, ends its season at 4-21...
Redhawks still need OVC win (02/20/07)
Southeast Missouri State might not even have to win another game to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. But the Redhawks would rather not take that chance -- and, assuming they make it in, they'd rather not enter the eight-team event that begins next Tuesday riding a losing streak...
Austin Peay coach gives resignation (02/20/07)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Austin Peay football coach Carroll McCray suddenly announced his resignation on Monday, saying it was based on a family decision to relocate. His departure comes as the Governors prepare to return to scholarship football this year in the Ohio Valley Conference after five seasons as a non-scholarship program in the independent Pioneer Football League...
Richard Pitino: Following dad's path (02/20/07)
PITTSBURGH -- The last name alone is enough to stamp Duquesne University's youngest assistant as an on-the-rise college basketball coach. Pitino. Yes, Richard Pitino is Louisville coach Rick Pitino's son and is proud of it, though he prefers the more formal Richard. He wants his own identity, and ironically, a tragedy in the early morning hours of Sept. 17 might have helped him achieve that...
Wisconsin moves to No. 1 in AP poll (02/20/07)
Get ready for another 1 vs. 2 showdown in the Big Ten -- this time on the hardwood. Wisconsin was the new No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday and Big Ten rival Ohio State was not far behind at No. 2. The Badgers (26-2, 12-1), on top of the poll for the first time in school history, play the Buckeyes (24-3, 12-1) in Columbus on Sunday -- just a bit more than three months after Ohio State and Michigan played a much-hyped 1 vs. 2 football game at Ohio Stadium...
Chargers hire Turner; Bears, Rivera part ways (02/20/07)
SAN DIEGO -- Norv Turner got his third shot at an NFL head coaching job when he was hired Monday by the San Diego Chargers, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer. The hiring came less than 24 hours after the Chargers wrapped up their interviews. The Chargers also hired Ted Cottrell as defensive coordinator...
La Russa tells Franklin he will get shot at starting rotation (02/20/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Franklin got a boost in his effort to break into the pitching rotation Sunday from none other than manager Tony La Russa. Pitching coach Dave Duncan's said last week there wasn't much room for competition to get onto the team's pitching rotation. The day before pitchers and catchers reported he said five guys "will get the priority" for the lineup...
Fresh start for Hamilton (02/20/07)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Cream-colored slacks and a long-sleeve striped shirt covered the much-talked about tattoos that will always remind Josh Hamilton of the troubled period that derailed his promising baseball career. "There were many times I thought I wouldn't play again," the 25-year-old outfielder said Monday, recounting a bout with drug addiction that hurt his development with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and eventually landed him with the Cincinnati Reds...
Wild Daytona 500 finish bent both fenders, rules (02/20/07)
By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was a split-second decision that NASCAR could get neither right nor wrong. As the cars tumbled across the track in the Daytona 500's closing moments, series officials had to make a tough choice...
Big 12 scrambles for invites to 'Dance' (02/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Days in the Big 12's regular season are dwindling to a precious few, and NCAA tournament bids may be going with them. Just a couple of weeks ago, the conference seemed assured of at least five invitations when the selection committee emerges bleary-eyed on March 4 from its weekend of seclusion...
Spring training has sprung (02/20/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion arrived at spring training Monday prepared to ease his way back into the batters' box. Encarnacion has not swung a bat since December, when he had surgery on his left wrist to repair torn ligaments. And he is not in any rush to face Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright or any other teammates during spring training drills...
Ahead of the curve (02/20/07)
Cara McElmurry, Jessica Bailey and Tyler Terry will graduate from Central High School in less than four months. Next year, junior Derek Walker will receive his diploma. The four students are well aware that Central's graduation rate has been low in the past for black students. Of the black freshmen who entered the high school four years earlier, 59.3 percent graduated last spring, according to the school district's report card from the state's education agency...
Learning briefs 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
Scholarships n Tiffany Amelunke of Chaffee, Mo.; Beth Strong and Anne-Marie Bernhardt, both of Cape Girardeau; Andrea Barnes and Stephen Thurman, both of Jackson; Benjamin Beel of Leopold, Mo.; and Erica Michelsen of Oran, Mo., have been awarded Regents' and Missouri Assessment Program scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2007 to 2008 academic year. ...
We'll always have Paris: They're friends, they're enemies, they're frenemies (02/20/07)
Keep your friends close -- and your frenemies even closer. What's that? You've never heard of "frenemies"? It's really quite simple: Friend + enemy = frenemy. It's not necessarily a new concept -- businesses have long used the term to describe friendly competitors...
Grieving teens turn to MySpace (02/20/07)
CHICAGO -- Matt Frank had been dead for eight hours when the first goodbye message was posted on his MySpace page. The note was short and simple: I love you. I'll miss you. Dozens more followed, as disbelieving friends took to the Web to mourn the 17-year-old and three other teenagers who were killed Sunday when a car -- crammed with nine passengers -- slammed into a utility pole after a late-night house party in suburban Chicago...
Teenager takes the long way across town (02/20/07)
It's taking longer for me to get around town these days. What used to be short trips to the store have become meandering journeys. That's because my 15-year-old daughter, Becca, is behind the wheel. Armed with an instruction permit from the state of Missouri, Becca takes every opportunity to get behind the wheel -- even if it is just to drive to a friend's house only a few blocks away...
'Ghost Rider' lights fire with $44.5 million debut (02/20/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Satan's bounty hunter has looted the wallets of movie-goers. "Ghost Rider," Sony's comic-book adaptation starring Nicolas Cage as a motorcycle stunt driver moonlighting as a collector of evil souls for the devil, debuted as the top weekend movie with $44.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Anna Gurley (02/20/07)
LICK CREEK, Ill. -- Anna Pauline Gurley, 91, of Lick Creek died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born Dec. 6, 1915, at Mount Pleasant, Ill., daughter of Jason and Nancy Osman Casey. She and Vern Leroy Gurley were married Aug. 19, 1933, in Anna. He died Jan. 16, 1996...
Rufus Sanford Jr. (02/20/07)
Rufus Roy Sanford Jr., 51, of Puxico, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 18, 1955, in Watseka, Ill., son of Rufus Roy and Shirley Elain Fry Sanford Sr. He married Judy Eileen Davis. Sanford worked 22 years for Luhr Brothers in the engine room of a riverboat...
Alfred Sprenger (02/20/07)
Alfred Edward Sprenger, 83, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City. He was born May 26, 1923, at Ancell, son of Gustav and Caroline Westrich Sprenger. He and Geraldine Kraft were married Feb. 2, 1946. She died Nov. 20, 1996...
Jane Williams (02/20/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Jane C. Williams, 73, of Cairo died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at the home of a daughter in Tamms, Ill. She was born July 27, 1933, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Wallace and Adele McManus Gore. Williams was a dispatcher with Cairo Police Department many years. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and its Altar Guild...
Charlotte Barnett (02/20/07)
Charlotte L. Barnett, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. She was born Sept. 15, 1925, at Arbor, daughter of Wade and Lora Bledsoe Griffith. She first married Lester Tollison, then Leon Snider, and then L.A. Barnett. They all preceded her in death...
Lora Walker (02/20/07)
Lora B. Walker, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born March 10, 1912, at Plattin, Mo., daughter of William Ellis and Edna Koester Porter. She married the Rev. John H. Walker, who died July 31, 2002...
Edward Lessar (02/20/07)
Edward Lessar of rural Tamms, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jones Funeral Home in Tamms.
Helen Crowe (02/20/07)
Helen Maxine Crowe, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Shafer (02/20/07)
Ruth Shafer, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born June 21, 1914, in Jackson County, Ill., daughter of Ellis and Cora Freeman Brown. She and Elmer Shafer were married Sept. 7, 1937. He died March 24, 1987...
Murl Christian (02/20/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Murl Christian, 86, of Poplar Bluff died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 2, 1921, in Poplar Bluff, son of Otto and Mary Brown Christian. He and Lorene Hubbard were married Feb. 17, 1956, in Poplar Bluff...
Bonford DeWitt (02/20/07)
ELLISVILLE, Mo. -- Bonford Bollinger "Bonnie" DeWitt, 90, of Ellisville died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at St. Luke Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1916, at Scopus, Mo., son of William McKinley and Trecie Mae Bollinger DeWitt. He married Cecil Myrick, who preceded him in death...
Leona Abernathy (02/20/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Leona J. Schearf Abernathy, 51, of Sikeston, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at her home, after a year of battling cancer. She was born May 12, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Lloyd H. and Onita Stone Schearf...
Shawn Parrish (02/20/07)
Shawn E. Parrish, 30, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, near Paris, Tenn., as a result of a vehicle accident. Shawn was born Dec. 5, 1976, in Cape Girardeau, son of Buddy E. and Marsha M. Parrish. He was a graduate of Central High School and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was an avid ice hockey player and loved the outdoors. He spent many years in Scouting, earning the honor of Order of the Arrow and was one of the youngest Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout rank...
Rev. John Sheley (02/20/07)
Father John William A. Sheley, 60, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, during a trip to Hawaii. He was born Sept. 12, 1946, in Jefferson City, Mo., the only child of W.C. and Lucille Renn Sheley. Sheley attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Helias High School, Jefferson City, in May 1964. ...
Ruth Buchheit (02/20/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth Ann Buchheit, 62, of Perryville died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at her home. She was born Jan. 3, 1945, at Painton, Mo., daughter of Loomes and Emma Edwards Pirtle. She married Andrew Standley April 10, 1981. He died March 8, 1993. She and David J. Buchheit were married April 13, 1997...
Cape/Jackson fire report 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
n At 7:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of South West End Boulevard. n At 7:17 p.m., alarm sounding at 211 St. Francis Drive. n At 7:55 p.m., alarm sounding at 211 St. Francis Drive. n At 8:55 p.m., motor vehicle accident in the 1000 block of North Sprigg Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Property damage; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Theft; Property damage
Out of the past 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joel Brinkley speaks at Communications Day at Southeast Missouri State University; Brinkley, 29, won a Pulitzer in 1980 for his coverage of the war in Cambodia and the refugee problem there. Cape Girardeau County Collector Harold D. Kuehle announces he will seek a fifth four-year term; he became county collector in 1967, having served as public administrator from 1964 to 1966...
A Kinder tax break (02/20/07)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch One of the biggest obstacles to bringing new businesses with large numbers of jobs to the inner city is finding enough land to accommodate them. A company that wants to build a factory, a warehouse or an office complex needs a large tract of land. ...
Shielding sources (02/20/07)
In the course of gathering information that may or may not become a news story, reporters from time to time pledge to safeguard the anonymity of their sources. In these instances, information considered vital to the public's interests can be obtained only if sources believe their identity will never be revealed...
Speak Out 2/20/07 (02/20/07)
Troops at home; Board sense; Music memories; Illinois comparison; Interesting coverage; Snug seat belts; Thanks for dinner; Extremist argument; Great concert; Doing something right; Poor taste; Paying for jail; Dizzy development; Bad information
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