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Jackson, homeless shelter reach lawsuit settlement (03/14/07)
Jackson city officials will settle a lawsuit against the Revival Center on terms that change little about the way the center operates, said pastor Joyce Hungate. In the settlement, approved by the Jackson Board of Aldermen at a meeting last week and released to the public Wednesday, the center doesn't admit the city's main allegation, that it has operated a halfway house in violation of city ordinances...
Brune resigns as chief of transit authority (03/14/07)
Jeff Brune, executive director of the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority, has resigned to take a job in the private sector. Brune led the transformation of the transit authority from a weekday-only service in areas outside Cape Girardeau to a full-service mass transit provider operating a fixed-route bus system and 24-hour-a-day taxi service for all residents of the county...
Local postal worker receives rare award (03/14/07)
A speechless Gary Bohannon, US postal service carrier in Cape Girardeau, won the rare Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council today. The award is given out to a carrier who has delivered mail 30 years without a preventable incident. Any accident that causes as little as $1 worth of damage is recorded, according to Dan Strauss, manager of customer services...
Nell Holcomb to begin new construction in May (03/14/07)
As a student, Darryl Pannier played in the first basketball game at Nell Holcomb School's then new gymnasium. That was 30 years ago. Today, Pannier is superintendent of the kindergarten through 8th grade school and directing plans to replace the gymnasium and add needed classrooms and a new parking lot...
Schooled in science (03/14/07)
Alex Heeb knows his box turtles. He's tagged them with radio transmitters and tracked them through a wooded area south of Chaffee, Mo. On Tuesday, armed with a photo-filled display board, the 16-year-old from Chaffee presented his data, collected from July to November, to judges at the 51st annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau...
Dexter man testifies at trial of Army sergeant accused of murder (03/14/07)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A Dexter, Mo., native's testimony is being used as key evidence in the prosecution of an Army staff sergeant accused of ordering the murder of Iraqi detainees. Spc. William B. Hunsaker, 24, testified in the first day of Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard's trial Tuesday, saying Girouard ordered him and another soldier to cut three Iraqi detainees loose and shoot them as they ran, according to The Associated Press...
Candidates spar over utility rates (03/14/07)
Jackson's three candidates for mayor sparred for about an hour Tuesday evening over electric rates, annexation and the best way to guide development near the new East Main Street interchange. With two long-term members of the Jackson Board of Aldermen vying for the spot against a political newcomer, most of the criticisms came from the outsider, but disagreements did surface between David Reiminger and Barbara Lohr over a recent controversial vote on a development issue...
Scott City Elementary changes procedure for tornado drill (03/14/07)
After seeing surveillance camera footage of the tornado that struck the high school in Caruthersville, Mo., last April, some school officials updated their safety procedures while others have chosen to keep them the same. All area schools participated in a statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of Missouri's Severe Weather Awareness Week...
Winners in the 51st annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair (03/14/07)
Internation Science and Engineering Fair winners Finalists: Alex Heeb, 10th grade, homeschool, Chaffee; Wyatt Walls, ninth grade, South Pemiscot, Steele. Alternate: Olof Carlsson, 10th grade, South Pemiscot, Steele. Top eighth-grade student Nicholas Sutherland, Farmington Middle...
MoDOT to hold workshop March 30 (03/14/07)
SIKESTON -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an informational workshop March 30 in Sikeston. The workshop is for those who would like to learn how to apply for transportation enhancement funds. Transportation enhancement funds are funds available to local public agencies for projects such as constructing sidewalks, bike lanes, and converting abandoned railroad rights-of-way to trails. ...
In federal court 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw:Pleaded guilty Age: 74 Residence: Piedmont, Mo. Charge: Possession of child pornography...
Stonewall Democrats hold first meeting (03/14/07)
One local group hopes flexing political muscle starts with a meeting and an idea. The Southeast Missouri Chapter of the Stonewall Democrats met for the first time Tuesday at the Rose Bed Inn at 611 S. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau. About 20 people gathered to join or support the nationwide political group composed of gay, lesbian, transgender and gay-friendly Democratic activists...
DREAM Initiative workshop teaches people to customize downtown projects (03/14/07)
A two-day workshop at Southeast Missouri State's University Center gave state economic know-how to smaller communities to help them revitalize their downtowns. "We want people to customize their downtown projects rather than just copy what other towns have done," said Randy Gray, a consultant with the firm Special Place Development who helped run the workshop. Gray has worked in downtown redevelopment for 21 years...
Perryville man denied chance to appeal conviction (03/14/07)
A Perryville, Mo., man sentenced in 2005 to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault failed in an attempt to appeal his case last month. Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis ruled against Michael Berry, now 28, in a 2006 hearing in Bollinger County, stating Berry failed to produce sufficient evidence to support his claim that his attorney, Jason Tilley, had a conflict of interest...
Planning and Zoning agenda 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
401 Independence St. Cape Girardeau Today, 7 p.m. Hearings n Request of William W. and Diana R. Beggs for a special-use permit to construct signs at four locations at the southeast corner of Highway 74 and Silver Springs Road and the northeast corner of Mount Auburn Road and Silver Springs Road, within an R-1, single-family residential district...
Failure to register charge dropped (03/14/07)
Charges were dropped last week against another of nine men initially wanted in December for failure to register as a sex offender. Michael Osborne, 36, who now resides in Texas, was convicted of rape of a person under the age of 18. Osborne told Missouri public defender Christopher Davis earlier this month that he had tried to register as required in April at the sheriff's department. ...
Mo. bill protects firefighters' jobs (03/14/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Volunteer firefighters would be protected from losing their paying jobs if they're late or miss work responding to a fire or other emergency under a bill endorsed by the Senate on Wednesday. Sen. Kevin Engler said volunteer fire departments struggle to recruit people and part of the reason is fear of their regular paying job...
Blunt honors police, citizens who helped find two missing teens (03/14/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police and volunteers who helped find Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck received official thanks from Gov. Matt Blunt on Wednesday. Blunt signed four proclamations praising the two Kirkwood police officers who discovered the suburban St. ...
Manhunt for woman's killer shuts schools in Texas County (03/14/07)
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- Schools in two south-central Missouri towns were kept closed Wednesday as police hunted for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman the day before, a Highway Patrol spokesman said. A manhunt was under way in the wooded Ozark hills around the rural town of Roby in Texas County, south of Fort Leonard Wood...
Blunt frustrated by Democratic blockade of higher ed bill (03/14/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Matt Blunt expressed disappointment Wednesday after Senate Democrats blocked his $350 million college construction plan by filibustering for hours and then rejecting a proposed compromise. Republican Senate leaders conceded at least a momentary defeat Tuesday night, setting aside the higher education legislation rather than forcing senators to remain in session for a second straight night of Democratic filibustering...
Intense hunt for female fugitive heats up at KC (03/14/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A woman who police say may be involved in five homicides and recent gang violence has escaped arrest in part because people who know her are afraid of her. And Kansas City police say they are concerned that Shauntay L. Henderson, 24, may be back in the city looking for other targets, after fleeing to Iowa to escape a murder charge. She may have shaved her head and begun dressing like a man to avoid arrest, police said Tuesday...
Boy, mom safe after overnight ATV accident in Lincoln County (03/14/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A mother and her 3-year-old son are safe after falling off an all-terrain vehicle that pinned the mother while the child stayed by her side in a wooded area in Lincoln County overnight. When rescuers found them Tuesday, Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective Chris Bartlett picked up little Riley Shives. The child looked over his shoulder and said, "Someone take care of my mommy."...
Park service to ban kegs, dry ice bombs (03/14/07)
They may be a right of passage, but beer kegs, beer bongs and "dry ice bombs" will not be tolerated on the Current and Jacks Fork rivers, the National Park Service said Tuesday in announcing a crackdown on drunken, rowdy behavior on the federally protected streams...
Busch renovations will give women, men potty parity (03/14/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Busch Stadium plans to achieve potty parity by opening day this year. The stadium's restrooms are being renovated to provide as many places for women to relieve themselves as men by April 1, St. Louis Cardinals president Mark Lamping said...
Scientists find what they think are seas on moon of Saturn (03/14/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Scientists have discovered what appear to be sea-size bodies of liquid, probably methane or ethane, on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, including one about as big as Montana. The discovery by the international Cassini spacecraft was welcomed by researchers, who have long theorized that Titan possessed hydrocarbon seas because of methane and other organic compounds in its thick, largely nitrogen atmosphere. ...
Record keepers remove million papers from sight (03/14/07)
More than 1 million pages of historical government documents -- a stack taller than the U.S. Capitol -- have been removed from public view since the September 2001 terror attacks, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Some of the papers are more than a century old...
Attorney general rejects Democrats' calls for resignation (03/14/07)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rejected growing calls for his resignation Tuesday as scores of newly released documents detailed a two-year campaign by the Justice Department and White House to purge federal prosecutors. Gonzales acknowledged his department mishandled the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors and misled Congress about how they were fired. He said he was ultimately to blame for those "mistakes" but stood by the firings...
Rain only delays Redhawks victory (03/14/07)
A dominant relief performance by Phillip Riley and a timely hit by Jim Klocke allowed Southeast Missouri State to end a three-game losing streak Tuesday. Riley struck out a career-high 10 over six innings, and Klocke came through with a two-out, three-run double in the fourth inning as the Redhawks held off visiting Bethel College 4-2...
Area digest (03/14/07)
Umpires meetingset for Thursday The SEMO Area Umpires Association will have a meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the meeting room at River Eagle Distributing. The meeting is open to all high school baseball and softball umpires and anyone interested in attending...
Redhawks close home schedule with win (03/14/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics team ended its home schedule with a comfortable victory. Southeast scored 192.400 to ease past Illinois State (190.600) Tuesday night at Houck Field House. The Redhawks (13-5), ranked 39th nationally, captured the top two spots in the all-around...
Gators place 19 swimmers at Ozark Championships (03/14/07)
The Gators Swim Team sent 27 members to the recent Ozark Division I Short Course Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, and 19 swimmers placed in the meet. Four Gators swimmers won championships: Morgan Fraser in the 100 individual medley for girls ages 13 and 14; Jordan Gramling in the 50 freestyle for 11 and 12 boys; Susan Beth Scott in the 1,000 free for 13 and 14 girls; and Caleb Statler in the 1,000 free for 15-and-over boys...
St. Louis' retooled staff leads in ERA (03/14/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- So far, plugging all those holes in the rotation has been a snap for the St. Louis Cardinals. About halfway through spring training, the World Series champions had a major league-leading 2.31 ERA. The Cardinals have to replace Jeff Suppan, Jason Marquis and Jeff Weaver and the new starting five features two converted relievers...
Rebounding queens (03/14/07)
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma center Courtney Paris had been wondering who was keeping her from being the top rebounder in the country. Now she'll get a chance to meet that player in person. The ninth-ranked Sooners (26-4) and their All-America center are the No. 3 seed in the Dayton Regional and will face Southeast Missouri State (24-7) and Lachelle Lyles, the nation's No. 1 rebounder, in the first round Saturday in Austin, Texas...
Santana gets best of Cards (03/14/07)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It would have been a great regular-season matchup: Johan Santana vs. Albert Pujols. Pujols grounded out and walked against the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner during the Minnesota Twins' 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday...
Flames weather Blues' late surge, prevail 5-4 in shootout (03/14/07)
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames couldn't afford to lose to the St. Louis Blues. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored in the shootout, lifting the Flames to a 5-4 victory on Monday night. The Blues rallied from a two-goal third period deficit and nearly won in overtime before the Flames, pulled it out in the tiebreaker...
First one out: Florida A&M eliminated by Purple Eagles (03/14/07)
DAYTON, Ohio -- With some of the smoothest shooting of his career, Clif Brown exchanged Niagara's play-in dread for NCAA drama. The senior forward with the gentle touch scored 32 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers Tuesday night, leading the Purple Eagles to a 77-69 victory over Florida A&M in the NCAA tournament's play-in game...
Trustees retire Chief Illiniwek by vote (03/14/07)
URBANA, Ill. -- Less than a month after his last dance, University of Illinois trustees voted Tuesday to retire Chief Illiniwek's name, image and regalia, too. The details of how and when the chief will disappear will be left to Chancellor Richard Hermann, a process he said should take six months to a year...
Penguins reach deal for new arena (03/14/07)
PITTSBURGH -- Young stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal have the Penguins on the move in the NHL standings. A new multimillion dollar arena agreement has the team staying in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. The Penguins and government officials said Tuesday they had ended months of difficult negotiations and agreed to a $290 million plan to build a new arena, ensuring the team will stay in Pittsburgh despite offers from other cities...
NBA Warriors end Mavs' 17-game streak (03/14/07)
One day after their most lopsided win of the season, the Dallas Mavericks' 17-game winning streak ended with a thud at Golden State. Mickael Pietrus scored 20 points as the Warriors emphatically snapped the seventh-longest streak in NBA history, dominating the league-best Mavericks throughout a 117-100 victory late Monday night...
Court revives Disabilities Act lawsuit against NCAA (03/14/07)
PHILADELPHIA -- A snapshot shows Michael Bowers towering over his petite mother in his prom tuxedo, the star athlete's future seemingly full of promise. The 6-foot-7 Bowers had been actively recruited for his football prowess, and dreamed of playing for a Division I team...
Palmer trims par to 70 at Bay Hill (03/14/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Arnold Palmer can change the par at his golf course. He can't change what he said 47 years ago. One of the most famous exchanges with Palmer happened in the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, when he was seven shots behind going into the final round. Speaking with Pittsburgh sports writer Bob Drum, Palmer wondered what would happen if he drove the green on the first hole and went on to shoot 65...
KC 'rewards' Teahen with position switch (03/14/07)
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- He worked hard all his life to become a good third baseman, and Mark Teahen did. Big time. Last year, in just his second major league season, Teahen posted a .517 slugging percentage, a jump from his rookie campaign of .141. Since 1876, only 16 players ever made a bigger increase from their first to their second season...
Around your house 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
Gardening This week As day lengths increase, plants begin new growth. Repot root bound plants, moving them to containers 2 inches larger in diameter than their current pot. Check for insect activity and apply controls as needed. Leggy plants may be pruned now. Loosen winter mulches from perennials cautiously. Re-cover plants at night if frost returns. Clean up beds by removing all weeds and dead foliage at this time. -- www.mobot.org...
Relearning about flight (03/14/07)
Flight service is one of those things it's hard to think about rationally. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with airplanes and airports. We love the convenience and we hate, hate, hate the delays. You think "hate" is too strong? Whisper "Jet Blue" to anyone who flew that airline out of JFK several weeks ago...
Cloth covers (03/14/07)
When I was a little girl, I loved books. I liked to read, but to possess a book? To touch it and hold it and feel the pages turn? That was love. And nothing fed that love more than our weekly trips to the public library. I would wind my way through the stacks, touching every book along the way, seeing how the paperbacks felt versus the hardbacks, the difference in density between the chapter books and the picture books, and the tactile sense of all tactile senses: glossy versus matte pages...
St. Patrick's Day recipes (03/14/07)
Do you remember the wonderful shamrock shake McDonald's restaurants served many years ago? I loved them, and could not wait until March when they were offered for a limited time. After doing a Google search, I had about 45,000 options for this tasty treat. I read many of the recipes, and most were similar to the one below...
Missouri town to celebrate ties to actor Steve McQueen (03/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Steve McQueen, aka the "King of Cool," will be honored later this month in the central Missouri town of Slater, where he grew up. McQueen, whose famous movie moments include a mad motorcycle dash in "The Great Escape" and a car chase through the streets of San Francisco in "Bullitt," was born in Beech Grove, Ind., on March 24, 1930. He spent much of his childhood in Slater on his great-uncle's farm, organizers said...
Sharon Simpson (03/14/07)
Sharon Lee Simpson, 52, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Gloria Westbrook (03/14/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Gloria Jennette Westbrook, 81, of Marble Hill died Monday, March 12, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born May 7, 1925, in St. Louis, daughter of Robert and Esther Seigle. She married Herbert Westbrook, who died in 1987...
Bernice Buchheit (03/14/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bernice Anna Buchheit, 88, of Perryville died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born in 1918 in Perry County, daughter of Henry and Henrietta Tucker Henderson. She and Arnold W. Buchheit were married in 1940. He died in 1991...
Bernice Brown (03/14/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Bernice L. Brown, 90, of Jonesboro died Monday, March 12, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born Nov. 19, 1916, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of William Claude and Lillie Jane Shipman Belcher. She and Clifford Otis "Tip" Brown were married July 3, 1935, in Ellis Grove, Ill. He died April 18, 1991...
Births 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
Cozean; Kutz; Cobb; Moore; White
Cape/Jackson fire report 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
n At 4:38 p.m., still alarm in the 2100 block of Broadway. n At 7:21 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3400 block of William Street. n At 9:49 p.m., illegal burn at 1501 Scott St. n At 12:29 a.m., fire alarm at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 4:19 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2900 block of Kage Road...
Cape/Jackson police report 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
Arrests; Thefts
Out of the past 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
Outlining work to be done at the Holiday Inn, Dan M. Drury, director of operations for MidAmerica Hotels, reports work will include a new lounge, expansion of the motel lobby, remodeling and redecoration of the dining room, the addition of 32 executive suites bridging the area between the motel and the convention center, and redecorating the convention center...
Hepatitis shots (03/14/07)
Every restaurant in the county should take advantage of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's offer to begin providing free hepatitis A and hepatitis B inoculations to food-service workers. Nearly 4,500 cases of hepatitis were reported in the state in 2005. The Centers for Disease Control estimates some 42,000 cases actually occurred...
Much of history based on folklore (03/14/07)
To the editor:In regard to your editorial, "Lost history": Folklore, legend, tradition or unsubstantiated beliefs can all be applied to Dred Scott's having been imprisoned in one of the Thebes courthouse cells. Way back when, it was found in Alexander County records, so I was told, that a black man was imprisoned at Thebes sometime before 1857, and he was supposed to have escaped from the cell and went over the Devil's Backbone (a high place on Highway 3 near Jaco City) to safety...
Many reasons to get a tattoo (03/14/07)
To the editor:Paula Kempe commented in her recent letter that tattoos on women "cheapen and strip them of their femininity" and cause men to appear "vulgar and ugly." I strongly disagree. Kempe said tattoos got their start many years ago by men of hard character. ...
Time to prepare for resurrection (03/14/07)
To the editor:A couple of years ago you published my letter, "Dandelions announce Good News." I still feel the same way about dandelions. When my children and grandchildren were small, we sat in the yard and made dandelion necklaces and clover chains. Later in the season we blew dandelion fairy dust everywhere, which, of course, meant more dandelion resurrection for the next year...
Alderman votes to uphold ordinance (03/14/07)
To the editor:Recently there has been some issue over the extension of Shawn Drive. I feel compelled to explain my vote to not abandon Shawn Drive. I believe everyone should be treated the same. This vote was in the best interest of the entire city, not one neighborhood, not one developer, not one individual. I voted my conscience for the betterment of Jackson...
Speak Out 3/14/07 (03/14/07)
Loss of morality; Good connections; Domestic flights only; Costly electricity; Costly mistake; Squabbling cat fight; Who's the Luddite?; Autism funding; Something to watch; Utility rates; Abyss of complacency; Too little to do; Leta Bahn will be missed; Choosing Cincinnati; Economic facts; Troop timetables; Better time idea; Smear campaign; Getting to the airport; Lunatic fringe; Reverse the decision; Busybody lawsuit; Excessive spending; Profit motives; Congressional action; Area policing
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