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2 arrested for Jackson bomb threat (02/23/07)
A bomb threat in Jackson was a ploy to get officers to tackle a man so he could fake an injury and sue, police said. Duane H. Haffner, 23, and Leotis S. Allen, 21, both of Jackson, were charged Thursday with making a terroristic threat, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison...
House panel to examine MSHSAA (02/23/07)
A Missouri House committee will investigate the operations of the Missouri State High School Activities Association amid allegations by the Naylor School District that the association, which oversees high school athletics, unfairly penalizes school districts...
Cape mayor says plan wasn't last-minute (02/23/07)
Supporters of the proposal to use tax incentives for much of the renovation of the NARS call center in Cape Girardeau say this week's unveiling of the plan is not a case of asking for money late in the game. "If it has the appearance of being something occurring after the fact, that couldn't be farther from the truth," said Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson. ...
Student poetry competition to be held Sunday (02/23/07)
Thirteen area high schools will compete in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Academic Hall Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. "I wish to encourage everyone to attend this competition. It is free and open to the public," said regional coordinator Delilah Tayloe, executive director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri...
'Ultimate Gift' movie's private screening includes red carpet, paparazzi (02/23/07)
More than 500 Southeast Missouri residents were among the first in the country to see the premiere of "The Ultimate Gift" on Thursday. The movie told the story of how people can give back to the world instead of take something from it. "It's a movie that delivers the important message that the value of our lives is not measured by what we have as much as by what we give," said Trudy Lee, president of the Southeast Council on Philanthropy...
17 candidates appear at Cairo forum (02/23/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The theme of the evening Thursday for challengers seeking Cairo City Council seats was harmony. At a candidate forum sponsored by Concerned Citizens for the Recovery of Cairo, 17 of the 33 candidates on Tuesday's primary ballot appeared to give their thoughts about their town. Only one current officeholder -- Mayor Paul Farris -- took part in the event. Of the six current council members, five are seeking either re-election or another office and they did not attend...
Stars of 'Streetcar' make drama production riveting (02/23/07)
Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance is known for its quality productions, and the department's latest ranks right at the top. The department's production of the Tennessee Williams' classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" is without doubt one of the best pieces of theater I've seen on a local stage. ...
Women of Southeast Missouri: Your wait is over SHE magazine launches new Web site (02/23/07)
Fashion. Health. Work. Travel. Leisure. Love. And everything you ever wanted to know about them. On Tuesday, SHE magazine debuted its Web site at www.shethemagazine.com. The magazine, published quarterly by Rust Communications, is written for women in Southeast Missouri...
In federal court 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber. pleaded guilty Age: 41 Residence: Steele, Mo. Charge: Unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine...
Cape school officials to look at other options for preschool (02/23/07)
Cape Girardeau public school officials still will look at ways to establish a preschool now that a proposed partnership with National Asset Recovery Services Inc. has been scrapped. "I don't have plans to bring it back up right now," superintendent Dr. David Scala said Thursday. But he said school officials haven't given up on establishing a preschool somewhere in the district...
Commissioners deny funds for county road study (02/23/07)
An engineering study to write specifications for improved county roads should be conducted by county highway administrator Scott Bechtold, the Cape Girardeau County Commission decided Thursday. Commissioners turned down a request from the county Road and Bridge Advisory Board to provide up to $5,000 for a private engineer to write the study. ...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
Thursday County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Approved payroll change forms. n Received and filed letter of resignation from Debbie Deneke -- Riverside Regional Library Board of Trustees. n Received and filed status report on workers' compensation claim...
Cape man found guilty of burning neighbors' cars (02/23/07)
A 45-year-old Cape Girardeau man charged with setting fire to two of his neighbors' cars was found guilty Wednesday by a jury in the Jackson courthouse. The jury recommended a three-year prison sentence for Johnny W. Dunger, of 512 N. Middle St., on each of the two counts of knowingly burning, said Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle...
New ordinance to relax mobile home rules in Scott City (02/23/07)
The Scott City Council may vote to temporarily relax its regulations on what types of mobile homes can be placed on lots inside the city limits. City attorney Frank Siebert is currently drawing up an ordinance that would relax the city's regulations on mobile homes for two years. The ordinance is expected to come before the council for a vote at its March 5 meeting...
Dexter aldermen pass liquor license on second try (02/23/07)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Despite an unsuccessful attempt two weeks earlier, local merchant Eldon Evans will be granted a liquor license for his convenience store on Route AD. The license, the city's 10th and final available, passed by a 3-2 vote of the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night with Mayor Joe Weber passing the final vote after Alderman Kirby Taylor abstained from the vote...
Region briefs 22/23/07 (02/23/07)
Two area men injured in single-car accident The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a single-car accident with injuries at 2:01 p.m. Wednesday on Route F, four miles west of Gordonville in Cape Girardeau County. Joseph D. Highfill, 25, of Advance, Mo., was southbound on the highway when the 1991 Ford Ranger he was driving crossed the center line, drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a creek embankment, according to a highway patrol report Thursday. ...
Fast break in Capaha Park (02/23/07)
Daniel Sandorf drove between James Esker and Rob Vollmar during a pickup basketball game at Capaha Park on Thursday. The six Sigma Xi fraternity brothers said they have been trying to exercise outdoors each day this week. The temperature in Cape Girardeau reached 60 degrees Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. (KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com)
Wind farm expected to supply NW Missouri town's electricity (02/23/07)
ROCK PORT, Mo. (AP) -- A four-turbine wind farm will supply more than enough electricity to run this northwest Missouri town when it goes online this summer, officials said. "On a day like today, we're only using two megawatts of electricity, so we can use that and sell the rest back to the grid," Rock Port Municipal Utilities Manager Tim Taylor said Thursday...
Springfield utility puts ice storm costs at $28.5 million (02/23/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Repairs after January's ice storm cost nearly twice as much as first estimated by Springfield City Utilities, rising to $28.5 million as the utility had to hire outside crews to restore lines and cut tree limbs, officials said...
Amateur chase leads to body in trunk of car in St. Louis (02/23/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The family of a missing woman spotted her car early Friday and chased down the suspect, before police arrived and found the missing woman's corpse in the trunk. St. Louis police identified the victim as Mary Carey, 60, of Wellston, who disappeared Tuesday. The cause of death was not yet known...
Springfield bus driver saves 3-year-old girl (02/23/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A city bus driver is lauded as a hero after he leapt off his bus and snatched a 3-year-old girl from traffic. The bus security cameras show the girl getting off the bus with a cheery "Bye!" and walking straight into traffic on a busy street. Chris Leslie, 38, is pictured streaking out the door after her...
Mo. man sought after crash; mom pleads for him to surrender (02/23/07)
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- The mother of a man accused of fleeing after leading police on a dangerous chase is pleading with her son to turn himself in. The Washington County Sheriff's Department is calling Phillip Emily, 32, potentially armed and dangerous. He has eluded officers since Tuesday after a police chase that began in Potosi and eventually reached speeds of 115 mph...
Missouri House OKs $285 million in tax cuts (02/23/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House approved at least $285 million of tax cuts Thursday targeted largely to retirees, but top lawmakers acknowledged the bill was too expensive for the state to afford. The bill, which was sent to the Senate on 129-28 vote, was initially designed to exempt seniors' Social Security benefits from the state income tax at the cost of $100 million. ...
GOP senators offer plan to revamp Medicaid (02/23/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Senate leaders offered a plan Thursday to gradually reshape Missouri's health care program for the poor by focusing more on preventative care and rewarding people who try to stay healthy. The long-waited legislation reflects Gov. Matt Blunt's plan for "Mo HealthNet" -- a renamed and retooled version of Medicaid, which serves about 825,000 low-income Missourians...
Mercedes E-Class sports fresh look for 2007 (02/23/07)
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class doesn't qualify as a bargain for most consumers. But anyone with $50,000 to spend on a luxury, midsize car now gets a deal of sorts with the E-Class because Mercedes made the Sport version of the car a no-cost upgrade on 2007 E350 and E550 sedans...
High school seniors lag in math, reading on national tests (02/23/07)
High school students are getting better grades and taking more challenging courses, but that apparent progress is not showing up on national math and reading tests. "The reality is that the results don't square," said Darvin Winick, chairman of the independent National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the tests. Scores were released Thursday...
IAEA: Iran enriching uranium in defiance of Security Council (02/23/07)
VIENNA, Austria -- Iran has ignored a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze uranium enrichment -- a possible pathway to nuclear arms -- and has instead expanded its program by setting up hundreds of centrifuges, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday. The finding paves the way for new U.N. sanctions...
Redhawks punch ticket (02/23/07)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Southeast Missouri State made sure it needed no outside help to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Redhawks, sizzling from the field and hitting all their free throws down the stretch, broke a three-game losing streak Thursday night by beating host Samford 70-67...
Road leads Southeast to brink of OVC title (02/23/07)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After struggling away from home for much of the season, Southeast Missouri State's women have suddenly turned into road warriors. The Redhawks' latest road conquest moved them another step closer to their second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title...
Notre Dame boys reach district final in a rout (02/23/07)
Notre Dame's boys basketball team made sure any upset notions were stamped out early on in Thursday's semifinal game, as the Bulldogs routed No. 5 Dexter 69-29 in the Class 4 District 1 tournament at Sikeston. The top-seeded Bulldogs will face No. 2 Sikeston at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the championship game. This is the third straight finals appearance for Notre Dame, which lost to Sikeston in the finals last year. Notre Dame improved to 23-4, surpassing its 22-win campaign from a year ago...
Delta girls clip Bravettes again (02/23/07)
Delta's girls basketball team survived another narrow victory over visiting Scott County Central 53-51 on Thursday to finish the regular season undefeated. The Bobcats improved to 24-0 heading into Saturday's district game against Eminence. This was the second game between the two teams to come down to the wire this season, as Delta edged Scott County 35-34 in the finals of the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament...
Lawyers expected to unleash secret weapon on doctors (02/23/07)
Having lost five straight games in the annual Doctors vs. Lawyers Basketball Showdown, the attorneys have been working with a surprise secret weapon for Saturday's 14th contest. The doctors and lawyers will square off 5 p.m. Saturday at Central High School's gymnasium in the annual renewal of a rivalry that has become as one-sided as the hammer against the nail...
Looper welcomes new role (02/23/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Braden Looper hasn't started a game in nearly 10 years. The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander has never thrown more than 86 innings during a season while appearing in 587 career games, including postseason. Yet, when the Cardinals arrived for spring training, Looper was slated to be in the starting rotation...
Wimbledon to pay equal prize money (02/23/07)
WIMBLEDON, England -- After years of holding out against equal prize money, Wimbledon bowed to public pressure Thursday and agreed to pay women players as much as the men at the world's most prestigious tennis tournament. The All England Club announced it had decided to fall into line with other Grand Slam events and offer equal pay through all rounds at this year's tournament...
Road to match-play title opens up for Woods (02/23/07)
Tiger Woods had an easy time advancing Thursday in the Accenture Match Play Championship. And with Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and the other top seeds no longer around, his road to an eighth straight PGA Tour victory started looking easier, too. Woods was 5-up through six holes and was never seriously challenged by Tim Clark, the South African recovering from a neck injury and playing his first tournament of the year. The result was a 5-and-4 victory, the shortest match of the second round...
Former Celts star Johnson dies at age 52 (02/23/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday after collapsing at the end of his developmental team's practice. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros, was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said Warren Hassinger, spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services...
Wade considers season-ending surgery (02/23/07)
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade is considering season-ending surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, which would be the biggest loss yet for the Miami Heat during their rocky reign as NBA champions. The All-Star guard was hurt in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 112-102 loss at Houston. Wade flew home early Thursday in a private plane and was examined at a hospital by team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick...
Piano legend to play slack-key guitar at benefit (02/23/07)
Words are not George Winston's strong suit. Instead, the pianist, guitarist and harmonica player prefers to make his instruments his voice. Winston has built a career performing live and recording his solo piano works, some inspired by the changing seasons, many of them compositions written by others. He has one Grammy award-winning album to his credit, as well as an entire album of songs by The Doors called "Night Divides the Day."...
Artifacts 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
Deadline for ArtsCape competition soon; Exhibition opens at regional museum; Hospital's art for health reception Sunday; -- From staff reports
Local filmmaker gives his picks for Oscar gold (02/23/07)
Editor's note: As a filmmaker and a longtime student of movies, Steve Turner knows his stuff pretty well. So with the academy's big night approaching, we asked Turner for his expert opinion on who'll be taking home the big prize this Sunday in the Oscar's highest profile categories. Regardless, we're sure you'll disagree with plenty he has to say, since every movie fan has his or her Oscar favorites. Let the debate begin....
Social lessons (02/23/07)
A wave of memories washed over me earlier this week as I read the front-page story about the middle-school students who learned about etiquette and ate a fine meal at Mollie's Cafe in downtown Cape Girardeau. This was probably an evening of many firsts for the students, who were being exposed to some of the finer rules of Miss Emily Post at a far younger age than I was...
Cape's segregated scene (02/23/07)
A few days ago I received an e-mail from a contact on the arts and entertainment beat, complaining about our stories related to Black History Month. Actually, the whole newsroom received the message. I won't name names, but this guy's point was basically that we don't need Black History Month. Well, that got me thinking about just why we honor February in such way...
Everyone's a critic: 'Ghost Rider' (02/23/07)
HHH 1/2 (out of four) I am usually not a big fan of the comic book movies. I was skeptical about seeing "Ghost Rider," especially with Nicolas Cage as the lead. I thought it would be just another cheesy movie that I would end up having to ask my children what it was all about. ...
Nielsens: Two hot doctor shows got a healthy dose of ratings last week (02/23/07)
NEW YORK -- Scalpels and damaged doctors at 10 paces: an interesting duel of medical shows is emerging for the second half of the television season. ABC's steamy "Grey's Anatomy" attracted 25.8 million viewers last week, its already large audience having swelled in recent weeks since Nielsen Media Research began counting the viewing habits of college students away from home...
Elmer Bock (02/23/07)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Elmer Benjamin Bock, 92, of Uniontown died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 21, 1914, at Uniontown, son of Ernst H. and Lena Hemmann Bock. He and Erna A. Hemmann were married May 19, 1945...
Pauline Brooks (02/23/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Pauline Brooks, 94, of Anna died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born May 7, 1912, in Marion, Ill., daughter of Cyrus and Blanche Grant Davis. She and Fred Brooks were married Aug. 31, 1929. He died Sept. 28, 1981...
Marissa Reed (02/23/07)
Marissa Louise Reed, 4 months, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 2006, in Farmington, Mo., daughter of Amanda Louise Reed. Survivors include her mother of Cape Girardeau; her twin sister, Maranda Lace Reed of the home; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Tina and Terry King of Oriole; maternal grandfather, the Rev. ...
Elva Anderson (02/23/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Elva Anderson, 81, of Dowagiac, Mich., died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Dowagiac Nursing Center. She was born July 5, 1925, at Kinder, Mo., daughter of William and Viola Brooks Arnold. She first married William Dunivan Oct. 12, 1940. He died Feb. 3, 1978. She later married Elijah Anderson April 7, 1984, in Dowagiac. He died May 22,1990...
Willis Segraves (02/23/07)
Willis D. Segraves, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Biggers, Ark., son of Daly and Lillian Ingram Segraves. He and Joan Stone were married March 21, 1957, in Benton, Mo. During the Korean conflict he served as a munitions instructor at Fort Bliss, Texas...
Steven Evans (02/23/07)
Steven Howard Evans, 38, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, following complications from a heart transplant. He was born May 15, 1968, in Kirksville, Mo., son of James H. and Cathryn Phillips Evans. He graduated with the Class of 1986 at Gideon High School in Gideon, Mo. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of Order of the Arrow...
Births 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
Allen; McGee; Perales; Criddle; McKinley
Cape/Jackson fire report 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
n At 4:44 p.m., medical assist in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 5:31 p.m., illegal burn in the 800 block of Morgan Oak Street. n At 6:32 p.m., alarm sounding at 4614 Nash Road. n At 8:46 p.m., smoke in apartment at 601 N. Sprigg St. n At 9:12 p.m., medical assist in the 2800 block of Independence Street...
Cape police report 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
Arrests
Out of the past 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
In the past, whenever a blood drive was held in Southeast Missouri or Southern Illinois, a bloodmobile and staff of nurses had to be dispatched from the regional Red Cross headquarters in St. Louis; but starting later this year, many of those blood drives will be run by a bloodmobile team out of Cape Girardeau...
School jeopardy (02/23/07)
By Peter Downs Next month, the Missouri State Board of Education is expected to oust the elected school board in St. Louis and replace it with an appointed panel. It is a move that could have far-reaching consequences for school districts across the state...
Enduring marriages (02/23/07)
If you've had your fill of Britney Spears' latest antics or are scratching your head over the media frenzy over Anna Nicole Smith, here's something that might help:Sit back. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And think of 215 couples married 50 years or more coming together for the annual Valentine's Day salute that Schnucks Supermarkets has been sponsoring in Cape Girardeau for the past 30 years...
Lipke acted appropriately (02/23/07)
To the editor:I am impressed with the dignity in which state Rep. Scott Lipke has handled the recent public attack on his integrity and character. Although he is obviously hurt and disappointed by House Speaker Rod Jetton's false accusations, Lipke has taken the high road. Lipke responded only after he was accused of being deceitful. Even then, Lipke responded with the facts, not attacks...
Your tax dollars for private schools (02/23/07)
To the editor:One of the areas of concern in Senate Bill 389 is the start of a new student-aid program that creates the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Fund and provides that, beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year, a student "who meets the other eligibility criteria" shall be entitled to a state grant that does not have to be repaid. ...
Speak Out 2/23/07 (02/23/07)
Health coverage; Stunning news; Absent senator; Coats and hats; No leadership; Do it yourself; Flummoxed; Feel-good idea; Obey the law; Hands-on control; Fight or flight
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