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Ex-anchor for KFVS charged with theft (02/28/07)
Former KFVS12 television reporter Tiffany N. Sisson has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 between March 1 and Nov. 20 while she was the guardian/conservator of an estate. Sisson, 34, of Oran, Mo., turned herself in at the Scott County Jail on Monday...
Old Town Cape presents awards at its annual dinner (02/28/07)
Robert and Kaye Hamblin received the first-ever Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Preservation Award Tuesday night at Old Town Cape's annual awards dinner. The house the Hamlins restored at 313 Themis St. is next door to the 18th-century house where Crow, the late Southeast Missourian librarian and promoter of historic preservation, lived for many years...
Cairo ousts Farris (02/28/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo voters rejected Mayor Paul Farris' bid for a second term Tuesday while at the same time nominating three incumbent city council members for new terms. The closely watched primary election -- observers were on hand from the Illinois Attorney General's office and the state Board of Elections -- was the voters' verdict on four years of bitter fighting between Farris and a council majority that fought him on most major issues...
Jackson band moves to round 2 of CMT contest (02/28/07)
Country Music Television announced Tuesday that the John D. Hale Band of Jackson has moved on to round two of the channel's online "Music City Madness" contest. The Hale Band is one of 32 unsigned country acts to move on to round two. Sixty-four acts started the competition Feb. 13...
New restaurant for Marquette (02/28/07)
At Tuesday night's Old Town Cape awards dinner, executive director Marla Mills announced that James and Pat Allen of Celebrations Restaurant and Bar in Cape Girardeau will lease out the bottom floor of the Marquette Tower to start a new restaurant. The leasing agent is Thomas M. Meyer, CEO of Exit Realty-Thomas Meyer Associates...
Illinois State Police to do safety checks (02/28/07)
The Illinois State Police District 22 announced Tuesday its troopers will conduct Roadside Safety Checks during March. Federally funded programs will enable troopers and local police officers to be hired for overtime details. These safety checks will encompass all of District 22, which includes the southernmost seven counties of Illinois...
City upgrading security at Old Lorimier Cemetery (02/28/07)
Cape Girardeau is upgrading security at Old Lorimier cemetery in an effort to deter vandals. The city hired H&R Alarms Inc. to install a $4,000 motion-activated security system around the cemetery's fences. If the alarm is tripped, an alert will be sent to the police department and the alarm company simultaneously...
Around Southeast Missouri 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
City considers new radio signal water meters DEXTER, Mo. -- A vote by the Dexter Board of Aldermen last week gave the go-ahead to start negotiating a project to work on water meters in the city. The project would either replace or retrofit meters that would emit a radio signal allowing city meter readers to read usage rates from the road. ...
Northbound I-55 reduced to one lane north of Jackson beginning Thursday (02/28/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Northbound I-55 will be reduced to one lane later this week at mile marker 101-102 north of Jackson for utility work in the median. The work will take place Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. The closure will be in place beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday and wrapping up Friday at noon...
In federal court 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton. SENTENCED Age: 34 Residence: Rio Bravo, Tamulipas, Mexico Charge: Two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of unlawfully entering the United States...
Development could cost Cape school district tax money (02/28/07)
A proposed tax break for the Town Plaza developer renovating the former Sears building could cost the Cape Girardeau School District $126,000 in property tax revenue over 25 years, city officials said. That would amount to a revenue loss to the district of about $5,000 annually, Mayor Jay Knudtson and other city officials told school board members at a special meeting at the district's central office...
Schultz school purchase hinges on tax credits (02/28/07)
When Jackson developer Chad Hartle walks through the nearly century-old Schultz School he sees far more than an underused former high school. He envisions the brick building as a perfect home for senior citizens. In closed session Monday night the Cape Girardeau Board of Education agreed to sell the building and property at 101 S. ...
Around Southeast Missouri 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
City considers new radio signal water meters DEXTER, Mo. -- A vote by the Dexter Board of Aldermen last week gave the go-ahead to start negotiating a project to work on water meters in the city. The project would either replace or retrofit meters that would emit a radio signal allowing city meter readers to read usage rates from the road. ...
Scott Co. silent on former sheriff's felony charges (02/28/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- In Scott County, the silence concerning the charges filed last week against former sheriff Bill Ferrell is deafening. At the County Seat Cafe, on the courthouse square where the sheriff worked for 28 years, no one wants to talk about Ferrell and the felony stealing indictment a grand jury presented on him Friday...
How the Redhawks rebounded (02/28/07)
Even before the Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball team won its first-round contest against Austin Peay Tuesday night, Redhawk fans were in agreement about one thing. This team has had one heck of a season. Sports writers picked Southeast to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference at the season's start, and head coach B.J. ...
Blunt taps Enterprise president for judicial commission (02/28/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The president of Enterprise Rent-A-Car was appointed Wednesday by the governor to a panel that nominates judges to serve on the state's highest courts. Donald Ross, 63, of St. Louis, is Gov. Matt Blunt's first appointment to the seven-member Appellate Judicial Commission, a relatively low-profile but powerful body...
Mo. man sentenced for concealing father's death (02/28/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A northeast Missouri man has been sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement for burning his father's body to hide his death, allowing the family to continue to cash the dead man's Social Security disability checks for nine more years...
Rolla student charged in anthrax, bomb scare (02/28/07)
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- What at first looked like a potential case of terrorism at the University of Missouri-Rolla turned out to be a despondent international student making bogus threats, authorities said. Still, those threats threw this south-central Missouri town into a brief panic Tuesday. ...
Devlin indicted in Ownby kidnapping (02/28/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Franklin County grand jury indicted Michael Devlin Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and armed criminal action for the Jan. 8 kidnapping of 13-year-old Ben Ownby. Devlin was charged with Ownby's abduction and the 2002 kidnapping of then 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck. Both boys were found in Devlin's Kirkwood apartment when police raided it Jan. 12...
Missouri official: Nixon should drop suit over Taum Sauk collapse (02/28/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt's administration called on Attorney General Jay Nixon Tuesday to drop a lawsuit against Ameren Corp. over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse. Missouri Department of Natural Resources director Doyle Childers made the request in a letter he sent to Nixon's office. Childers outlined five conditions Nixon should meet to help move settlement talks forward so Ameren can pay the state for damage from the reservoir breach...
Kansas City baby disfigured by rat (02/28/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Exterminators began sweeping a Kansas City neighborhood infested with rats after one of the rodents crawled into a baby's crib and severely disfigured the girl's face. Authorities said the 4-week-old girl's parents put her in a crib next to their bed early Sunday and awoke a few hours later, when a heart and breathing monitor alarm went off...
Dow drops 416 after China stocks slide (02/28/07)
NEW YORK -- Stocks had their worst day since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks Tuesday, briefly hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down more than 500 points on a worldwide tide of concern that the U.S. and Chinese economies are stumbling and that share prices have become overinflated...
Antioxidants don't extend life, analysis of studies finds (02/28/07)
CHICAGO -- Antioxidant vitamins, including A, E and C, don't help you live longer, according to an analysis of dozens of studies of these popular supplements. The new review showing no long-life benefit from those vitamins, plus beta carotene and selenium, adds to growing evidence questioning the value of these supplements...
U.S. to attend Iraq's 'neighbors meeting' (02/28/07)
WASHINGTON -- In a diplomatic turnabout, the Bush administration will join an Iraq-sponsored "neighbors meeting" with Iran and Syria, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday. It marked a change of approach by the United States, which has resisted calls by members of Congress and by a bipartisan Iraq review group to include Iran and Syria in talks designed to stabilize Iraq...
Study: 1 in 4 U.S. women has virus that can cause cervical cancer (02/28/07)
CHICAGO -- One in four U.S. women ages 14 to 59 is infected with the sexually transmitted virus that in some forms can cause cervical cancer, according to the first broad national estimate. The figure is mostly in line with previous assessments. The highest prevalence -- nearly 45 percent -- was found in young women within the age range recommended for a new virus-fighting vaccine, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Afghan bomb near U.S. base kills 23 during Cheney visit (02/28/07)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- In what the Taliban claimed was an assassination attempt, a suicide bomber attacked the main gate of a U.S. military base Tuesday within earshot of Vice President Dick Cheney. The explosion killed 23 people, including two Americans...
Canada's Parliament refuses to extend anti-terror measures (02/28/07)
TORONTO -- Canada's House of Commons rejected an extension of the country's anti-terror legislation that allow for preventive arrests and compelled testimony. The ruling conservative government wanted to extend the pieces of legislation that were set to expire Thursday, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion was defeated 159-124 in the House of Commons...
Southeast women reach OVC tournament semis (02/28/07)
Regular season women's Ohio Valley Conference champion Southeast Missouri State never could get pesky No. 8 Austin Peay to go away Tuesday night in the opening round of the OVC Tournament, but the Redhawks found a way to hold on for a 58-54 win at the Show Me Center...
Shah honored as OVC pitcher of week (02/28/07)
Southeast Missouri State senior pitcher Asif Shah was rewarded with the OVC pitcher of the week after a stellar performance Sunday against South Dakota State University. Shah (1-0) threw his first complete-game shutout in the second game of a doubleheader, which Southeast won 1-0. Southeast also won the opener 7-4...
Redhawks suffer Technical KO, fall 88-60 to OVC champions (02/28/07)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech rarely loses at home, and with a berth in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals on the line, the Eagles figured to be extra tough to beat. Sixth-seeded Southeast Missouri State felt the Eagles wrath in a major way Tuesday night, as coach Scott Edgar's first season with the Redhawks came to a crashing end...
Puxico upends Crusaders in district (02/28/07)
Second-seeded Saxony Lutheran had its boys basketball season come to halt at the hands of No. 3 Puxico 66-53 in semifinal action Tuesday at the Class 2 District 3 tournament in Chaffee. Saxony Lutheran committed 32 fouls, which in turn led to a 38 for 51 shooting performance from the free throw line by Puxico. Alex Jauch led the Crusaders with 23 points, and Clay Obergoenner netted 10...
'Dogs, Indians hope to relive past success (02/28/07)
Notre Dame girls basketball coach Jerry Grim had the school's basketball court named after him as the coached was honored for his 25 years as head coach earlier this year. Grim, who has helped lead the Bulldogs to five state final four appearances, including three straight from the 2000-2001 season to the 2002-2003 season, has his team back in the state playoffs for the first time in three years. ...
Father, son meet when ND faces Farmington (02/28/07)
It took a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for Notre Dame's boys basketball team to slip into the sectional round. The Bulldogs now have a chance to take advantage of their good fortune when they face Farmington at 6 p.m. today at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo...
Weight scores twice in Blues' 3-1 victory (02/28/07)
ST. LOUIS -- After trading their top two scorers, the St. Louis Blues needed someone to pick up the slack. Doug Weight stepped into the role with two goals in the third period, getting the game-winner on a breakaway to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night...
Pujols instructs wrestler on art of slam (02/28/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- In an unlikely cage match, one of Major League Baseball's best hitters took turns batting Tuesday with one of professional wrestling's top names. Slugger Albert Pujols and wrestler Kurt Angle took turns slugging balls in the St. Louis Cardinals' batting cages while Pujols took part in spring training...
Union announces approach on probe (02/28/07)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The players' association will offer advice but said it's the choice of each individual whether to cooperate with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell's investigation into steroids use. "We haven't made any comment about the Mitchell investigation specifically," union head Donald Fehr said. ...
St. Louis trades Guerin, Wideman (02/28/07)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, adding another veteran to their young team hours before the NHL trading deadline. The Sharks, who entered the day tied for fifth in the Western Conference after a recent slump, sent left wing Ville Nieminen, college forward Jay Barriball and New Jersey's first-round pick, which they acquired last year, to the rebuilding Blues...
So popular with fans (02/28/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Four of So Taguchi's St. Louis Cardinals teammates walked past nearly three dozen autograph seekers Tuesday and said they would sign later on a distant field. Taguchi gestured to the fans that he, too, would sign later. All it took was one child's plea, however, to make him drop his bags and spend more than 15 minutes signing multiple items from each of the fans in the largely adult crowd...
Muralist visits long-forgotten piece (02/28/07)
Bill Davis is one of the last of a dying breed. He's a muralist with the skill to paint in big strokes and an artist with the patience to transform the dull walls of a restaurant into magical still-lifes. He's also a draw-by-sight painter who takes mental snapshots of river or forest scenes during his time hunting. He then re-creates them in burnt orange, blue and brown...
Rising to the occasion (02/28/07)
I think I've discovered a recipe that's difficult to screw up. Last week, Southeast Missourian Recipe Swap columnist Susan McClan-ahan and I e-mailed each other about our favorite pizza restaurant, Pagliai's, which reopened after a few months of renovations. Our conversation put me in the mood to try and bake my very own pizza...
Jodi Thompson's recipes are a treat (02/28/07)
For anyone who has ever lost a family pet, you know how hard it is to let them go. My family cat of 17 years passed away this week, which has left a void in the house. She was so much a part of the family's daily routine -- we didn't realize how much we would miss her until she was gone...
Husband admits passing off other pianists' recordings as wife's work (02/28/07)
LONDON -- British pianist Joyce Hatto, hailed after her death as a neglected genius, owed her reputation to performances stolen from other artists, her husband has admitted, saying he was desperate to have her life end "on a high note." "It is self-evident that I have acted stupidly, dishonestly and unlawfully," William Barrington-Coupe wrote in a letter acknowledging the fraudulent recordings, which he said he produced without his wife's knowledge while she was dying of ovarian cancer...
Linda Herman (02/28/07)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Linda S. "Sherry" Slinkard Herman, 63, went walking with her Lord Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. She was born May 10, 1943, in Zalma, Mo. She was the beloved wife of Paul C. Herman Jr.; dear mother of Tim (Katy) Herman and Jeff (Michele) Herman; adoring grandmother of Anna, Carly and Sophie Herman; loving sister of Roberta (Phillip) Patterson; our dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, niece, great-aunt will be missed by many close friends and loved ones...
Danna Lape (02/28/07)
Danna Jo Lape, 54, of Jackson passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 3, 1952, at Parma, Mo., daughter of John R. and Grace L. Whitson Long. She and Tony Lape were married Dec. 28, 1973...
Betty Billingsley (02/28/07)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Betty R. Billingsley, 80, of Alvin, Texas, formerly of Mound City, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas. Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Clara Koenig (02/28/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Clara M. Koenig, 93, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Feb. 2, 1914, at Point Rest, Mo., daughter of Henry and Marie Stelling Hadler. She and Albert Koenig were married May 13, 1934. He died Nov. 8, 1997...
Elroy Sander (02/28/07)
Elroy W. Sander, 81, of Breese, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Caring First Nursing Home in Breese. He was born March 30, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of William G. and Pauline Eifert Sander. He and Alberta E. "Betty" Brazeal were married Oct. 4, 1947, at Illmo...
Births 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
Craig; Henson; Pfaff; Cook; Cook; Mason; Garris; Ackley-Rizzo; Kelley; Wiley
Cape police report 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Assault; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Cape fire report 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
n At 3:54 p.m., medical assist in the 1800 block of West Weissinger Lane. n At 4:12 p.m., medical assist in the 600 block of Redbud Circle. n At 6:46 p.m., gas leak at 121 S. Sprigg St. n At 7:18: medical assist in the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive...
Out of the past 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
The Rev. Warner L. Miles, an Assemblies of God approved minister to South Korea, is the guest speaker for a missions service in the evening at Bethel Assembly of God church in Cape Girardeau. Thirty-seven Southeast Missouri Boy Scouts receive Scouting's highest honor when they are presented their Eagle badges at the 21st annual Southeast Missouri Council Eagle Scout Court of Honor; Missouri Treasurer Mel Carnahan serves as "sponsor" of the Eagle class...
Correction 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
The headline on the Jackson Board of Aldermen story in Tuesday's paper was incorrect. Jackson Mayor Paul Sander vetoed the abandonment of a street easement. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Protecting sources (02/28/07)
By Jason Crowell and Tim Jones There's good reason our Founding Fathers established freedom of the press as a fundamental principle of liberty in our Bill of Rights. They endured, in the words penned by Thomas Jefferson, a "long train of abuses and usurpations" under a despot king. They knew an aggressive, independent press would be essential to maintaining an informed citizenry and to exposing injustices otherwise hidden behind curtains of power and position...
Final exams (02/28/07)
The Missouri State Board of Education didn't like the idea of replacing the Missouri Assessment Program tests with a college-entrance exam such as the ACT, a move recommended last year by a statewide task force. Instead the board favors end-of-course exams in algebra, biology and sophomore-level English, a decision met with little enthusiasm locally...
Never too late to say thank you (02/28/07)
To the editor:Thanks to the man in Jackson who saw me fall last October and contacted the grade-school principal and got me help. This has been a long time coming, but I'm just about OK now. Thanks. BETTY L. GLUECK, Fenton, Mo.
Legislation imperils family farms (02/28/07)
To the editor:Missouri Farm and Food Preservation Act (Senate Bill 364) is being promoted as a bill to protect our family farms, but in fact it would do the opposite. Under current laws, third-class counties have a right to use health ordinances to protect the health and safety of their communities. SB 364 would take away the control of the local counties over concentrated animal-feeding operations...
Speak Out 2/28/07 (02/28/07)
Voter complacency; Ban auto racing; Delta power; Getting coverage; College costs; No state control; Making ends meet; Cutback compromise; Lights too short; Doing great job; That's enough; America's insurgency; We're different; Sloppy medical care; Land giveaway; Area recruiting; Business incentives
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