[SeMissourian.com] A Few Clouds ~ 30°F  
River stage: 17.21 ft. Rising
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Stories from Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Scott County corrections officer arrested for attempted tampering (03/07/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Scott County corrections officer's alleged attempt to tamper with witnesses was discovered March 1 in the Scott County Jail. Sarina R. Watkins, 29, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of attempting to tamper with a witness. She is out on a $10,000 bond...
MoDOT: 60 Missouri bridges need retrofitting (03/07/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A check of Missouri bridges following the partial collapse of one last week in St. Louis found 60 that need reinforcement, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. MoDOT reinspected 119 bridges statewide in the wake of the collapse at the Delor Street overpass onto Interstate 55 last Thursday. One driver was injured when a 25-ton slab of concrete collapsed onto the interstate...
Southeast regents raise fees (03/07/07)
Southeast Missouri State University will increase room and board fees by just over 5 percent on average for the next academic year to cover increased housing and food service costs. The school's board of regents unanimously approved the fee increases Wednesday...
Plaza Galleria may have a buyer (03/07/07)
The long-vacant Plaza Galleria at 2001 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau may soon have a new owner. Greater Missouri Builders has signed a purchase contract on the 6.85-acre property. The site has been on the market since May 2004. Mayor Jay Knudtson said the city asked GMB to buy the property during last year's negotiations that put National Asset Recovery Service in the old Sears building owned by GMB nearby...
Health center will offer hepatitis shots to food workers (03/07/07)
Last month a hepatitis scare broke out when a prep cook could have exposed singer Beyonce Knowles and others to the virus at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition party. No illnesses have been reported. Local health officials recommend vaccines for people in food service because someone with hepatitis can appear without symptoms and the virus can be transmitted through food...
Dred Scott's connection to Thebes, Ill., in doubt (03/07/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday in St. Louis to mark the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in the Dred Scott case, which was heard in the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis and brought the nation closer to civil war. But one place Scott is advertised to have been housed, one of the holding cells in the Thebes courthouse, has no events recognizing the anniversary...
Curators hold forums in search for new president (03/07/07)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- While the University of Missouri Board of Curators is looking nationally for a new system president, many who attended a public forum here Tuesday afternoon urged the board not to overlook candidates who can be found closer to home...
Cobden woman in court for pretrial hearing (03/07/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Valorie A. Spurlock of Cobden appeared in Union County, Ill., court Monday for pretrial hearings. She is charged of solicitation of murder for hire, possession of methamphetamine precursors, child endangerment and participation in methamphetamine production. Spurlock is out on a $250,000 bond. Spurlock's trial hearing is scheduled for April 9...
Circuit judge sides with state's attorney to combine Union Co. man's theft, murder trials (03/07/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Circuit Judge Mark M. Boie agreed Monday to combine the burglary and murder trials of a Union County, Ill., man, siding with the state's attorney. Attorneys argued before Boie at the Union County courthouse Monday over joining two cases in which 23-year-old Robert Pitts Jr. is accused...
Governor urges tornado drills for elementary, secondary schools (03/07/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt wants Missouri's elementary and secondary schools to hold tornado drills over the next two weeks to teach students how best to protect themselves from the dangers of powerful spring storms. Area school officials and a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education say schools hold several emergency drills during the course of a school year and that a March tornado drill is common...
Targeting landlords (03/07/07)
Scott City's K&R Estates isn't visible to the casual motorist passing through. The view of the mobile home park off the south side of Main Street is commonly obscured by trains rumbling down the tracks that run the length of the city. But venturing off Main Street and into the mobile home park will reveal a plethora of eyesores -- mobile homes with busted windows and trashed underpinnings, couches and other debris sitting on porches and other sights any visitor would find unattractive...
Missouri State considers tuition hike (03/07/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University's board of governors will consider a 3.5 percent increase in student tuition at a meeting Friday. The proposed hike for the 2007-2008 year starting this fall would raise the cost of an undergraduate credit hour to $179 from $173, a total increase of $72 for a student taking 12 hours a semester...
Hotelier Hammons plans luxury resort at Lake of the Ozarks (03/07/07)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) -- Springfield hotel developer John Q. Hammons is bringing his vision of luxury lodging to the Lake of the Ozarks, on a peninsula where the 15-story hotel is sure to stand out. Hammons expects his 14th Missouri property -- a European-style hotel to be called Chateau on Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach -- will cost an estimated $80 million to $90 million. The hotel will have 320 rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space...
Prosecutor: Plea deal possible for Michael Devlin (03/07/07)
UNION, Mo. -- Prosecutors from three Missouri counties and the federal government are considering an offer of a plea deal that would put kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin in prison for the rest of his life, Franklin County prosecutor Robert Parks said Tuesday...
Critics say bill could make harassment harder to prove (03/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some state senators are vowing to block a bill that critics claim would essentially legalize sexual harassment in Missouri by making it more difficult to prove discrimination. The legislation is a response to recent court rulings involving discrimination lawsuits against public schools. But it comes shortly after state agriculture director Fred Ferrell was forced to resign following claims he sexually harassed and discriminated against an employee...
New Medicaid plan attracts suggestions and concerns (03/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Concerns and suggestions were plentiful Tuesday as a Republican plan to revamp government health care for the poor made its debut in a Senate committee. The plan backed by Gov. Matt Blunt and legislative leaders would rename Medicaid "Mo HealthNet," while placing a greater emphasis on managed care, rewarding people for healthy habits and paying some medical providers based on their performance...
Atkins beats Ornish, Zone, U.S. diet advice (03/07/07)
CHICAGO -- The low-carb, high-fat Atkins diet gets high marks in one of the biggest, longest head-to-head studies of popular weight-loss plans, beating the Zone, the Ornish diet and even U.S. guidelines. Even so, critics say the results show how hard it is to lose weight and keep it off...
Big ticket sales as Mega Millions jackpot hits record (03/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Lottery players lined up at ticket machines across the nation Tuesday, dreaming about the fat bank accounts and permanent vacations that winning the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot would bring. The winning numbers were 42-39-29-22-16; Mega Ball number 20. It wasn't immediately known how many tickets were sold nationwide or who, if anyone, held the winning ticket...
Libby found guilty in CIA leak case (03/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted Tuesday of lying and obstructing a leak investigation that reached into the highest levels of the Bush administration. Libby is the highest-ranking White House official to be convicted of a felony since the Iran-Contra scandal of the mid-1980s. ...
Family: Bitter divorce preceded plane crash that killed father, daughter (03/07/07)
BEDFORD, Ind. -- The cracks in Eric and Beth Johnson's marriage first appeared after their daughter's birth. They deepened last summer as Beth Johnson sought a divorce and a restraining order amid allegations her husband had held her at gunpoint in an effort to change her mind...
Two suicide bombers kill 106 pilgrims (03/07/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two suicide bombers turned a procession of Shiite pilgrims into a blood-drenched stampede Tuesday, killing scores with a first blast and then claiming more lives among fleeing crowds. At least 106 were killed amid a wave of deadly strikes against Shiites heading for a solemn religious ritual...
Bell City survives big comeback by Braves (03/07/07)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The Bell City boys basketball team is not ready to turn over its title as the region's premiere Class 1 squad just yet, as the Cubs escaped a huge comeback Tuesday to win 65-63 against rival Scott County Central in the state sectional...
SCC decks No. 1 Delta (03/07/07)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Scott County Central exorcised some sectional demons on Tuesday and ended Delta's perfect season with a 44-40 win in a Class 1 girls sectional. The Bravettes had lost to Delta (26-1) three times this season, and had lost the past two sectional meetings with the Bobcats...
Renfro adds academic honor (03/07/07)
Dustin Renfrow picked up another honor following his first pitching victory at the NCAA Division I level over the weekend. Renfrow, a junior who came to Southeast from Jefferson College, pitched 7 innings Saturday and allowed just one unearned run in Southeast's 3-1 victory against Cleveland State...
Redhawks succumb to ASU home run (03/07/07)
Late-inning rallies and heroics have played a big role in the Southeast Missouri State-Arkansas State baseball series lately. In Tuesday night's clash in Jonesboro, Ark., the Indians' walkoff home run trumped Southeast's pinch-hit three-run homer that tied the game in the eighth inning...
SEAL team has 2 high-point finishers in Ozark meet (03/07/07)
The SEAL swimming team participated in the Ozark Championship meet in February at the St. Peters Rec Plex with 700 swimmers from eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Thirteen of the 22 SEALS swimmers had top-16 finishes. n Ryan Gibson was the high-point winner for boys ages 13 and 14, while Connor McGinnis won that honor for boys ages 11 and 12.Members of the team with their age groups and their finishes:...
Durant, Law lead AP All-Big 12 first team (03/07/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kevin Durant of Texas, lauded by many as perhaps the finest freshman in NCAA history, and Texas A&M point guard Acie Law are unanimous first-team selections to The Associated Press All-Big 12 team for 2006-07. Joining them on the first team are Texas Tech senior Jarrius Jackson, Oklahoma State senior Mario Boggan, and sophomore Julian Wright of regular-season champion Kansas...
Missouri falls in opening round of Big 12 tourney (03/07/07)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Texas women's coach Jody Conradt picked up her 900th career win as the Longhorns routed Missouri 70-57 Tuesday night in the first round of the Big 12 Conference women's tournament. Freshman Earnesia Williams -- playing in her home state of Oklahoma -- scored 17 points to lead seventh-seeded Texas (18-13) into a quarterfinal contest Wednesday against second-seeded and 11th-ranked Oklahoma, a team with which the Longhorns split a pair of regular-season games...
Izzy faces live batters, struggles with control (03/07/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen struggled to throw strikes Tuesday in his first live batting practice of the spring as he continues to come back from hip surgery that sidelined him during the 2006 postseason. Isringhausen threw on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium while the Cardinals traveled to play the Orioles. He looked sharp and threw strikes while warming up...
Battle tested (03/07/07)
PEORIA, Ariz. -- One by one, more than 80 players seated on a back field of the Padres' spring training complex stood and gave their names and where they were last season. "Jesus Lopez. Fort Wayne. Eugene." Class-A teammates laughed and teased. "Michael Johnson. Pittsburgh Pirates. Indianapolis."...
Blues experience flameout after fast start (03/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Calgary Flames erased a two-goal deficit by ignoring it. Jarome Iginla had three assists, including Wayne Primeau's go-ahead score on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night...
Redbirds play Orioles to 10-inning draw (03/07/07)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Steve Trachsel didn't care about the improvement he showed from the previous time he faced the St. Louis Cardinals. He was far more pleased with the progress he made from his first spring training start. Trachsel allowed one run and three hits in three innings Tuesday in his second appearance with the Baltimore Orioles. In his first outing, he yielded three runs and four hits in a loss to Florida...
Outdoors briefs (03/07/07)
Archery club hastwo events on tap The Four Corners Archery Club in Bollinger County is hosting a coon shoot on March 31 and the IBO state championships on June 2. The second annual coon shoot will include three classes -- compound, women's and traditional. Registration will be 6 to 8 p.m. and shooting begins at dark. Each shooter will need to bring a flashlight that uses two D-cell batteries or less, and hunter orange is required...
Hunting Skills University clinic planned for young hunters (03/07/07)
The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a hands-on turkey hunting program for youths 11 to 15. Twenty students will be selected to participate in the Spring Youth Turkey Hunting Clinic on March 24 at the Apple Creek Conservation Area. The program is part of the Hunting Skills University curriculum...
Around your house 3/7/07 (03/07/07)
Gardening This week Delay planting if the garden soil is too wet. When a ball of soil crumbles easily after being squeezed together in your hand, it is dry enough to be safely worked. Plant peas, lettuce, radishes, kohlrabi, mustard greens, collards, turnips, Irish potatoes, spinach and onions (seeds and sets) outdoors. -- www.mobot.org...
Ode to the fall guy (03/07/07)
Congratulations, Scooter. You can take your place in the "fall guy" hall of fame now. That's all right, don't be shy. We know it was an honor just to be nominated. But today, as you stand convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice and face up to 25 years in jail, you've made it...
Recipes for all seasons (03/07/07)
Have you ever seen weather so topsy-turvy around here? Every morning I don't know how to dress for work because it's 30 degrees when I leave the house and 60 degrees when I go home. It also makes it hard to plan meals. Soup sounds great in the morning, and then by the afternoon, it's perfect for a barbecue. The weather keeps us on our toes...
Surviving summer (03/07/07)
You may currently be engaged in a most gardeners' spring ritual. You purchase bare-root plants, whether they be strawberries, seedling trees from the Conservation Commission or bare-root trees and shrubs. When the plants arrive, you unwrap them, inspect them, plant them and think of how you are going keep them alive during the hot, dry summer months ahead...
France's Louvre museum to build branch in Abu Dhabi (03/07/07)
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- France's storied Louvre museum, home to priceless art works like the Mona Lisa, said Tuesday it will open a new Louvre in this Persian Gulf boomtown, prompting outcries from some who accuse the museum of shilling France's patrimony for $1.3 billion in oil money...
Robert Fann (03/07/07)
Robert Michael Fann, 32, of Scott City died Monday, March 5, 2007, at his home. He was born April 13, 1974, at Chaffee, Mo., son of Bruce and Paula Kay McGuire White. Fann was a welder with CSX in Sikeston, Mo. Survivors include a son, Zachary Fann of Scott City; his parents of Perryville, Mo.; a brother, B.J. White of Lewisburg, Tenn.; a sister, Jennifer Sanders of Paoli, Ind.; and maternal grandmother, Wilma McGuire of Chaffee...
Susan Higgerson (03/07/07)
Susan Elizabeth Long Higgerson, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine Whertwine (03/07/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- H. Lorraine Whertwine, 83, of Sedgewickville died Monday, March 5, 2007, at her home. She was born Aug. 13, 1923, at Warsaw, Mo., daughter of John Henry and Effie Frances Moore Waggoner. She and Leonard Whertwine were married Dec. 24, 1945, in St. Louis...
Denny Palmer (03/07/07)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Denny Joe Palmer, 59, of McClure died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1947, at McClure, son of Denny and Ruby Alice Kirk Palmer. He and Pat Seals Dickerson were married June 24, 2002, at Wickliffe, Ky. Palmer worked for Florsheim Shoe Co. ...
Maj. Franklin Neal (03/07/07)
Maj. Franklin D. Neal, 72, of Fairview Heights, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at his home. Franklin earned a B.S. cum laude degree in physics and math from Southeast Missouri State University in 1973. He lived in Cape Girardeau 12 years and was a former member of Lynwood Baptist Church...
Leta Bahn (03/07/07)
Martha Leta Lewis Bahn died peacefully Monday, March 5, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau. Born Jan. 2, 1925, in Des Arc, Mo., Leta was the fifth of six children born into the loving family of Fred and Ethel Lewis. Her siblings include Frank, Francis, Frieda, Freeman and Bill...
Births 3/7/07 (03/07/07)
Jones; DeProw; Miller; Barr
Cape/Jackson fire report 3/7/07 (03/07/07)
n At 5:47 p.m., an illegal burn at 1903 Big Bend Road. n At 9:06 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Benton Street. n At 9:10 p.m., a fire alarm at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 10:06 p.m., a citizen assist at 416 Elm St. n At 10:25 p.m., a citizen assist at 416 Elm St...
Cape/Jackson police report 3/7/07 (03/07/07)
DWIs; Summons
Out of the past 3/7/07 (03/07/07)
Former Southeast Missouri State University basketball standout Arvin Haynes and his wife, Cathy, conduct a special service at the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Cape Girardeau; Haynes graduated from Southeast in 1976 and traveled two years with a semiprofessional "Athletes for Christ" basketball team from Illinois...
Changing climate (03/07/07)
By Kathy Conwayand Alan Journet Authoritative analysis of climate science comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (World Meteorological Organization-United Nations Environment Program). Analyzing reports of thousands of scientific experts from the peer-reviewed scientific literature, it summarizes the consensus...
Imperiling justice (03/07/07)
In October 2005, an outside consulting firm pronounced the Missouri State Public Defender System on the "verge of collapse." The caseload had increased to 88,000 a year, a number that has risen by more than 2,000 cases a year over the past five years. Each year during that period, 20 percent of the corps of public defenders turned over...
President answered history's call (03/07/07)
To the editor:"Impeach Bush." That was one of the many stickers I recently saw on a truck in Jackson. Among some others were "How can you be pro-life and pro-war"? Another read "Thanks for the money, sorry about the kids" with a caricature of Dick Cheney in the background. Another read "Had enough"?...
Public defenders need more funding (03/07/07)
To the editor:While the Cape Girardeau County public defender office may not be overloaded, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle neglected to mention that there are five other counties covered by this office, including Scott and Mississippi counties in the 33rd Circuit, which has the largest number of cases in the state...
Speak Out 3/7/07 (03/07/07)
No pellet guns; Natural phenomenon; Veto was proper; Special-interest votes; Paying for waste; High electricity costs; Gala was fun; War support; Expensive Congress; Hiring is questioned; Short-staffing nurses
Front cover

Browse full calendar