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Stories from Saturday, February 24, 2007

Ex-sheriff charged with theft (02/24/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Former Scott County sheriff William F. Ferrell was charged Friday with a felony count of stealing. The charge resulted from a grand jury indictment. Ferrell, 67, of Sikeston, Mo., served as sheriff for 28 years before his retirement in 2004. He turned himself in to Missouri State Highway Patrol authorities in Sikeston on Friday and was released on $5,000 bond the same day...
Area principals, students object to plan for end-of-course exams (02/24/07)
The Missouri State Board of Education's decision to require public high school students to take the same final exams on three basic courses gets low marks from the principals at two local high schools and some Cape Girardeau high school students. The principals and students said they favor scrapping the Missouri Assessment Program tests and replacing them with ACT exams rather than end-of-course exams...
Cape hospitals, Perryville firm win best of marketing show (02/24/07)
Saint Francis Medical Center, Southeast Missouri Hospital and the Wright Group won best of show Friday at the 2006 Tri-State Advertising and Marking Professionals 12th annual ADDY Awards dinner. The ceremony, held at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, and recognized local advertisers' work in 2006...
2007 ADDY Award winners (02/24/07)
Sales promotion n Catalog: The Wright Group for its E.V. Run Golf 2007 Collection, The Wright Group for its Paramount Truck/Outdoor Catalog, and Abby Ink, LLC for "His Gem" brochure. n Sales kits: Craig Williams Creative Inc. for Flextray Sales Kit...
Briefly (02/24/07)
Alleged robber gets more felony charges Three additional felony charges have been filed against a Cape Girardeau man accused of robbing Payless shoe store Feb. 3, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Friday. Gregory D. Williams, 33, 321 Albert St., was charged with the Dec. ...
Death of Illinois man still unsolved months later (02/24/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Police say they are no closer to solving the death of an Anna man nearly 14 months after he was found in his burned-out car in Pulaski County. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department responded to a call about a burning vehicle in a remote area at about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2006, on a gravel road in a remote area of Pulaski County. Trea Hannah, 23, was found in his burned-out Mercury Tracer. The last time he was seen alive was Dec. 29, 2005. His parents reported him missing Jan. 2...
Ghost stories (02/24/07)
Ghost Rider, the comic book character now immortalized in the top grossing movie in America, can trace its roots to two men from Southeast Missouri. But who created the motorcycle-riding, flame-haloed avenger is now at the center of lawsuit between one of them and Marvel Comics...
Nearly 800 civilian Pentagon contractors killed in Iraq (02/24/07)
In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the U.S. military, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press...
Phoenix airport tests scanner that can see through clothes (02/24/07)
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix airport on Friday became the first in the United States to test new X-ray technology that can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity. Critics have said the high-resolution images created by the "backscatter" technology are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the equipment so the pictures can be blurred in certain areas while still detecting concealed weapons...
Girl Scouts cut trans fats from all varieties of cookie this year (02/24/07)
NEW YORK -- For much of the country, it's Girl Scout cookie time again. And this year, all those cookies, not just the Thin Mints and a few others, will come nearly free of harmful trans fats. The Girl Scouts have marked their 90th year in the cookie business by getting most of the artificial fat out of all varieties of its iconic treats, which had been under attack by a few health-focused consumer groups...
Democrat Vilsack exits 2008 presidential race (02/24/07)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who built a centrist image, abandoned his bid for the presidency on Friday after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals. "It is money and only money that is the reason we are leaving today," Vilsack told reporters at a news conference, later adding, "We have a debt we're going to have to work our way through."...
U.S. troops detain Shiite political scion upon his return from Iran (02/24/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. troops detained the eldest son of Iraq's most influential Shiite politician for nearly 12 hours Friday as he crossed back from Iran -- the same route Washington believes is used to keep powerful Shiite militias flush with weapons and aid...
Canadian court strikes down anti-terror law (02/24/07)
OTTAWA -- One of Canada's most contentious anti-terrorism measures was struck down Friday by the Supreme Court, which declared it unconstitutional to detain foreign terror suspects indefinitely while the courts review their deportation orders. The 9-0 ruling dealt a blow to the government's anti-terrorism regulations. ...
Notre Dame boys win thriller, district title (02/24/07)
SIKESTON -- Notre Dame senior Abe Dirnberger may have been the least likely 3-point shooter on the floor for the Bulldogs in the waning seconds of Friday's Class 4 District 1 championship game against Sikeston. With Notre Dame trailing 65-64 with 2.9 seconds remaining, Dirnberger found himself behind the arc and with the ball in his hands. Dirnberger's desperation 3-pointer from deep on the wing found the back of the net, propelling Notre Dame into the sectional round with a 67-65 win...
Small schools launch district tournaments today (02/24/07)
Three area basketball squads will be seeking return trips to the state final four as the district tournaments begin today for Classes 1 through 3. Advance and Bell City each made the final four on the boys side last year, while Delta made it on the girls side. All three will carry top seeds in their respective districts, as will Scott County's boys and Scott County, Kelly and St. Vincent on the girls side...
Jackrabbits spoil Redhawks' home opener (02/24/07)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team dropped its home opener Friday as South Dakota State emerged with a 5-2 victory at Capaha Field. The Redhawks managed just five hits and two-fifth inning runs as their record dipped to 2-2. Southeast banged out three of its hits in the fifth, when it took a 2-1 lead. After SDSU had taken a 1-0 lead in top of the fifth off Southeast starter Dustin Renfrow, Southeast scored twice with a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning...
Southeast men want momentum for tournament (02/24/07)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- At first glance, tonight's regular-season finale means a lot more to Jacksonville State than it does to Southeast Missouri State. That's because Southeast has already locked up a berth in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, while JSU still is fighting for a spot...
Redhawks seek OVC coronation on road (02/24/07)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- All that stands in the way of Southeast Missouri State's women winning at least a share of their second straight Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship is the team tied for last place in the league. The Redhawks (20-7, 15-4) don't plan on letting Jacksonville State (7-21, 4-15) ruin their party when the squads square off at 5 p.m. today in Jacksonville, Ala...
Indians lose giant lead but claim title in Class 5 District 1 (02/24/07)
ARNOLD -- The Jackson boys basketball team turned a laugher into a nail-biter Friday night. The Indians played near flawless ball in the first half of their MSHSAA Class 5 District 1 championship game against Hillsboro at Fox High School. Jackson held the Hawks scoreless in the first quarter and to just eight points in the first half...
Jackson girls repeat as district champs (02/24/07)
ARNOLD -- It looked as if it might be one of those days for the Jackson girls basketball team in the opening minutes of its MSHSAA Class 5 District 1 championship game Friday night at Fox High School. The Indians were held scoreless for more than 3 minutes and trailed 6-0 to Seckman. But it was smooth sailing the rest of the way as Jackson cruised to a 64-36 triumph over the Jaguars for its second consecutive district title...
Notre Dame girls resume reign with 52-35 win over Blackcats (02/24/07)
SIKESTON -- After winning eight straight district titles from 1997 to 2004, Notre Dame's girls basketball team had gone two years without a district title. The Bulldogs broke open a three-point halftime lead with a 10-1 run to finish the third quarter, and Notre Dame went on to upset top-seeded Fredericktown 52-35 on Friday in the finals of the Class 4 District 1 tournament...
Artist paints a church wall in memory of teen girl (02/24/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Andrea Burford will be remembered as a sweet, lively girl who loved Walt Disney movies and animals. Her love for animals and her memory is now enshrined in a memorial mural in at St. Denis Catholic Church in Benton, where she was a member with her parents and two sisters, Audrey and Alana. The Rev. Normand Varone blessed the mural Feb. 10 following a memorial Mass for Andrea...
The mark of Jesus (02/24/07)
It takes only a few seconds to apply but, boy, is it ever hard to get off. The sign of the cross placed on the forehead from Ash Wednesday, I mean. Not everybody reading this missive will know to what I am referring. Some churches don't observe the ritual of applying palm ash underneath the hairline because they don't observe the season of Lent. They say it's not scriptural. They're right -- it's not...
Hugh Hefner says decision to bury Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas was 'the right one' (02/24/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Hugh Hefner says he believes Anna Nicole Smith -- a Playboy Playmate in 1992 -- wanted to be buried in the Bahamas next to her late son, Daniel. A judge in Florida, where Smith died this month, awarded custody of her remains to a court-appointed lawyer for Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, and urged that burial be in the Bahamas. The lawyer then announced that the Bahamas would be Smith's final resting place...
Leona Koeppel (02/24/07)
Leona F. Koeppel Leona F. Koeppel, 90, formerly of Jackson, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau where she had been a resident for over six years. She was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Pocahontas, daughter of Henry and Emma Hoehl Wallmann...
Katherine Titus (02/24/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Katherine E. "Katie" Titus, 85, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Laurels of Sandy Creek Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Cairo, daughter of James C. and Lottie Ross McKee. She married William D. Titus, who died in 1985...
Larry Strayhorn Sr. (02/24/07)
NIXA, Mo. -- Larry Lee Strayhorn Sr., 73, of Nixa, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. He was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Chester Lee and Eva Louise Tidwell Strayhorn. Strayhorn served four years in the U.S. Navy before joining the U.S. ...
Mae Griffin (02/24/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mae Griffin, 80, of Sikeston died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 13, 1926, in Tupelo, Miss., daughter of David Wesley and Virgie C. Whitaker. She and Grady H. Griffin were married May 10, 1947. He died Oct. 31, 1977...
Joseph Amrhein (02/24/07)
Joseph A. Amrhein, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. with the Knights of Columbus rosary following...
Franklin Clipper (02/24/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Franklin Clipper, 71, of Portage, Mich., formerly of St. Louis, passed away Feb. 23, 2007, in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was the father of Chris "Clipper" Martin. According to Clipper's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass was celebrated in Kalamazoo at St. Monica Catholic Church. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Louis at a later date...
Births 2/24/07 (02/24/07)
Underwood; Hudson; Williams; Hanks; Jackson; Schott; Fliege; Seabaugh; Herring; Hastings; Ridings; McCluney
Fire report 2/24/07 (02/24/07)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 2:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Lorimier Street. n At 2:39 p.m., vehicle fire at the corner of North Kingshighway and Interstate 55. n At 7:10 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Mechaw Street...
Police report 2/24/07 (02/24/07)
DWIs; Arrests; Arrest
Out of the past 2/24/07 (02/24/07)
Although it appears the harsh winter has ended, it is still taking its toll on school calendars, forcing schools to make up all those snow days; for Jackson students, that means no Easter break this year, and classes will end May 28, two days later than originally scheduled...
Bus recognition (02/24/07)
The Jackson School District has a reputation for good schools. Now the district's bus fleet has been recognized as one of the best in the country. School Bus Fleet magazine has put the district's bus system on its list of the top-10 fleets in the U.S. The rating is based on safety, maintenance and efficiency...
Policies reflect city's image (02/24/07)
To the editor:What does your community mean to you? A community can make you feel welcomed, successful and empowered. At its worst, a community communicates intolerance, oppression and ignorance. Take the rules and regulations of a city's government...
Speak Out 2/24/07 (02/24/07)
Parade planning; Caring person; Underfunded area; Cutting taxes; Attending meetings; Sweet deal; Squinting eyes; Hiring questions; Moron insurance; Jail cruelty; Valid points; Business sitters; Seat-belt accord
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