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Scott County to help maintain cemetery (03/20/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County government doesn't want to be involved in the cemetery maintenance business, but the county has no choice. Last week the Missouri Attorney General office sought and received a court injunction transferring record-keeping duties of the Forest Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Morley, Mo. While the injunction doesn't specify a legal obligation to provide maintenance and upkeep, county commissioners say they will do so anyway...
Police looking for missing Perryville teen (03/20/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Police are looking for a missing 14-year-old Perryville boy who reportedly stole his father's pickup truck, ATM card and cash and ran away from home. The boy allegedly picked up his 12-year-old girlfriend, also from Perryville, according to a Perry County Sheriff's Department report...
Scott City man killed in Saturday accident (03/20/07)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- A 26-year-old Scott City man was killed Saturday after a single-car accident on Interstate 55. Cory Don Adam Ezell was either walking alongside or was on the northbound lane of Interstate 55 in Scott City at about 10:48 p.m. when he was struck by a car and killed, Scott County chief deputy coroner Jerry Goin said Tuesday...
Blunt wants Health care to get high tech (03/20/07)
Missouri's Medicaid system could stand to learn a thing or two from Jiffy Lube. That was the assertion made by Gov. Matt Blunt during a visit Tuesday to Cross Trails Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. At Jiffy Lube, "they've got all the information on your car. They can tell you what kind of oil it uses, details about repairs that have been done, how many miles it has. There's no reason we should have better information about our vehicles than we have about our bodies," said Blunt...
Jackson school candidates to speak at forum (03/20/07)
The public will have an opportunity to hear Jackson school board candidates discuss issues facing the school district at a forum tonight. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Middle School cafeteria. Incumbent Gerald Adams is seeking re-election. Also running are Dan Stover, Marc Harris and Brian Dameron...
Scott County to help maintain cemetery (03/20/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County government doesn't want to be involved in the cemetery maintenance business, but the county has no choice. Last week the Missouri Attorney General office sought and received a court injunction transferring record-keeping duties of the Forest Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Morley, Mo. While the injunction doesn't specify a legal obligation to provide maintenance and upkeep, county commissioners say they will do so anyway...
Broadway reopens (03/20/07)
At 5 p.m. Monday, Broadway in Cape Girardeau reopened to two-way traffic, and community leaders hope the project will put a prettier face on one of the area's essential arteries to downtown. "My hope is that the corridor from Kingshighway to the river will be greatly improved. ...
Peace protesters hold silent rally near Arena Park; vigil planned today (03/20/07)
Eight members of the SEMO Coalition for Peace and Justice stood at the Kingshighway border of Arena Park in Cape Girardeau Monday silently holding signs protesting the war in Iraq. Two other members with video cameras stood in the background, ready to film if violence broke out. The video would be turned over to police and used as evidence against assailants, they said...
Local defender echos call for funding (03/20/07)
The lead attorney in the public defender's office in Jackson thinks the state's 350 public defenders are overworked and underpaid. "The best solution for the legislature is to address our statewide crisis and allocate more funding," says district defender Chris Davis...
City says blight is in the eye of the beholder (03/20/07)
Cape Girardeau City Council voted Monday to say the Town Plaza Area is blighted and in need of economic assistance. In doing so, the council took the first step toward establishing Town Plaza as a Community Improvement District and making the former Sears building eligible for Chapter 353 tax incentives in line with a proposal from the Town Plaza's owner, Greater Missouri Builders...
Solution to pet food crisis (03/20/07)
The pet food recall over the weekend did not shock Victoria McDowell. She's heartbroken, yes, but not surprised in the least bit. For years she's been telling people the truth about what's in pet food. McDowell has an organic pet food company called Miss Autumn's Barkery, based out of her home in Jackson, Mo., and a company that supplies larger quantities of dog food based out of Wheeling, Ill. ...
Man killed in Saturday's I-55 accident (03/20/07)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- A man was killed and a girl transported to a local hospital after a single-car accident on Interstate 55 at about 10:48 p.m. Saturday. According to Scott City Police chief Don Cobb Monday, the 17-year-old driver of a car in the northbound lane of I-55 near the 90 mile marker hit a pedestrian walking on or crossing the highway's lanes...
Region briefs 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Mailbox damage victims have number to call BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County Sheriff's Department deputies discovered about 30 damaged mailboxes in the Fox Meadows subdivision and on county highways 538, 5332, 528, 529 and 518 and routes H and O. Five suspects were apprehended who reportedly confessed to doing the damage March 4 and March 9, according to a statement released by the Scott County Sheriff's Department Monday. ...
Scott City Council reports better relationship with railroad (03/20/07)
SCOTT CITY --Scott City's relationship with Union Pacific Railroad was a testy affair two weeks ago, but Mayor Tim Porch said Monday that relationship may be improving significantly. Two weeks ago Porch railed against the railroad on a variety of issues at the last meeting of the Scott City Council. ...
Region briefs 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Refurbished fire truck to be dedicated The Cape Girardeau Fire Department will dedicate its latest addition, a 1987 beverage truck donated by Bluff City Beer. The truck has been refurbished through the efforts of several area residents and businesses who donated time and materials. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fire Station 1 on South Sprigg Street...
Cape Girardeau Council action 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Presentations n Presentation to Marcia Stone, Missouri Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Support Staff of the Year award. n Proclamation for The Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative. Consent ordinances n Approved the record plat of HSCA Subdivision No. 2...
Wilderness emergency medical training (03/20/07)
Buck Tilton knows first-hand the importance of wilderness emergency medical training. On Sept. 10, 1986, he fell 60 feet from a cliff in New Hampshire, badly injuring his right leg and breaking numerous bones. While he wasn't too far from civilization, friends had to be sent out for help, and it was still several hours before he reached a hospital. Today, his leg is held together by a metal plate...
Jackson Manor honored for being 'neighborly' (03/20/07)
For 26 years the Jackson Manor staff followed a medical model where the lives of residents revolved around routine. But when the building at 710 Broadridge in Jackson was up for major remodeling in 2005, the manor's administration decided to use the opportunity to change their overall philosophy and make the residents feel at home instead of in an institution...
KC auto workers support Bush's push for fuel-efficient cars (03/20/07)
CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) -- President Bush made a rare visit to two auto manufacturing plants that produce hybrid vehicles, as he continued his recent push for production of more fuel-efficient vehicles. The president, who offended some automakers last year when he said they needed to make "a product that's relevant," visited the General Motors' Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., and Ford Motor Co.'s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo...
Gamblers sue Ameristar over rewards program (03/20/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- Seven gamblers are suing a St. Louis-area casino, claiming they were cheated out of money, food and points when the gambling boat changed its video poker rewards program. The suit was filed Tuesday against Ameristar Casino of St. ...
Toxicology tests confirm carbon monoxide killed 7 in Kirksville (03/20/07)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Toxicology tests have confirmed that carbon monoxide poisoning killed seven people, including two children, inside a duplex in the northeast Missouri town Kirksville three months ago, police chief Jim Hughes said Tuesday. Hughes said test results showed that all seven victims had blood levels of carbon monoxide at "greater than 60 percent saturation."...
Isle of Capri seeks to buy Caruthersville's Casino Aztar (03/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. said Monday it has agreed to buy Casino Aztar in Southeast Missouri for about $45 million from an affiliate of Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp. The deal still needs to be approved, but the development could be welcome news for the Missouri Bootheel town of Caruthersville, which was hard hit by a tornado last spring and where the casino employs about 300...
Etzold launches final crusade (03/20/07)
Spurred by junior Brandon Etzold's perfect meet, the Saxony Lutheran boys track and field team finished as the runner-up in Class 1 last year. Now with Etzold and much of the Crusaders' state qualifiers back, Saxony Lutheran will take another shot at defending state champion Polo...
Correction 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
n Due to a technical problem, Southeast Missouri State second baseman Omar Padilla was omitted from Monday's game story. Padilla went 4-for-5 at the plate Sunday in a 19-0 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also scored three runs. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
High school track and field (03/20/07)
Boys Central n Head coach -- Lawrence Brookins n Assistant coach -- Mark Hahn, Scott Schweinbold, Chuck Goodale, Amy Blattel n Returning starters -- Allen Walker, sr.; Tyler Terry, sr.; Anwar Glenn, sr.; Matt Willingham, sr.; Kadeem Hammonds, sr.; Chase Johnson, jr.; Tyler Yeargain, sr.; Jauvaris Walker, so., Lucian Johnson, so...
High School basketball: All-Region (03/20/07)
Class 5 Boys First team -- Jake Leet, 6-3, jr., Jackson; George Hamilton, 6-1, so., Central; Hunter Grantham, 6-5, jr., Jackson; Antonio Garritano, 6-5, jr., Jackson; T.J. Stonecipher, 6-3, sr., Poplar Bluff Coach of the year -- Darrin Scott, Jackson...
High school softball (03/20/07)
Advance n Head coach -- James Hamlin n Last year -- 5-4 n Returning starters -- Gina Moroni, ss/p, sr.; Brie Keene, c/3b, sr.; Aubrey Wade, 3b/p, jr.; Alicia Reeves, ss/p, sr.; Hannah Kennison, 2b/p, jr.; Cindy Simmers, 1b, so. n Other top returning players -- Anna Hartle, of, sr...
Jackson baseball wins season opener 8-6 (03/20/07)
Jackson held off a furious Scott City comeback in the last inning for an 8-6 win Monday at Scott City in the season opener for both teams. The Indians led 4-2 heading into the seventh inning and tallied four more in the top of the seventh. The Rams scored four runs in the last inning but couldn't complete the comeback...
Redhawks softball drops pair against Hilltoppers (03/20/07)
The Redhawks softball team dropped a doubleheader at Western Kentucky on Monday, falling 3-1 and 10-8 to the Hilltoppers. Southeast (6-10) was held to four hits in the opener, a 3-1 loss. Megan McDonald had the lone RBI. Elaine Fisher allowed three runs in six innings, all on solo home runs...
Spiezio may be starting right fielder on opening day (03/20/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals have a deep outfield with Preston Wilson, So Taguchi and possibly even Skip Schumaker in reserve. So why is Scott Spiezio, a 34-year-old utility infielder, suddenly the favorite to be the opening-day starter in right field?...
Self has Jayhawks soaring high (03/20/07)
Talented teams are a given with Bill Self. He lucked into them taking over jobs at schools like Tulsa, Illinois and his latest stop, Kansas, but Self never leaves a bare cupboard behind, either. The man knows how to recruit. And if the national championship was decided on letter-of-intent signing day, he might already have that elusive title that's so tantalizingly within reach this year...
Limited fields have bad timing (03/20/07)
MIAMI -- Tom Lehman hasn't played Doral in 15 years. What he wouldn't give for one of the 74 tee times this week on the Blue Monster. Instead, the former Ryder Cup captain will be out of work two of the next three weeks, including a spot on his couch during the Masters. Part of that is his own fault for not playing better. Part of that is a revamped Florida swing that has taken some of the sizzle out of the spring...
Simon will not face charges (03/20/07)
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- New York Islander Chris Simon, suspended for a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office considered "the willingness of the potential victim to support a criminal prosecution" and other factors in reaching its decision...
Oklahoma marches on to Sweet 16 (03/20/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- When one Paris twin gets in foul trouble, the Oklahoma Sooners simply go to the other. Courtney Paris got her 60th consecutive double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds despite spending almost 12 minutes of the first half on the bench, and sister Ashley Paris chipped in eight points and 10 boards to lead Oklahoma to a 78-47 win over Marquette on Monday night...
Salukis approach top-seeded KU with respect, confidence (03/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Southern Illinois Salukis have shed the label of NCAA tournament upstarts. Making their sixth consecutive NCAA appearance, the Salukis are a win away from reaching the round of eight for the first time. Standing in the way is a date with top-seeded Kansas in the West Regional in San Jose Calif., on Thursday night...
Learning briefs 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Sander a semifinalist in state geographic bee Joshua Sander, a sixth-grader at Cape Christian School, was named a semifinalist in the 2007 Missouri Geographic Bee. Sander is one of 100 students who will compete at the state level. The Missouri Geographic Bee will be held at Columbia College in Columbia on March 30. The state winner will represent Missouri in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May...
Spring break (in Washington, D.C.) (03/20/07)
While many college students are enjoying the environment at Florida beaches this week, a group of 30 Southeast Missouri State University students are learning strategies for saving the planet during their spring break. The students are participating in a four-day seminar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The group of juniors and seniors will learn about global issues in business, the environment and politics at the CSIS research center's think tank...
Greetings from Alabama (03/20/07)
A group of students from Southeast Missouri State University are rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina this week in Greensboro, Ala. The group of 17 students and three faculty members are working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. "We will be finishing some houses that are close to completion," said Sara Stonewater, coordinator for leadership and involvement at Southeast...
Dad pursues happiness, mixed with a few boos (03/20/07)
A Florida State University professor seems happy pursuing happiness. The professor, Darrin McMahon, spent six years researching and writing a book about happiness. Just reading about this guy's research in an Associated Press article brought a smile to my face...
'Maude,' "McHale's Navy' debut on DVD; 'Miami Vice' seasons 3 and 4 released (03/20/07)
Anna LeGrand (03/20/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Anna Marie LeGrand of Chaffee died Monday, March 19, 2007, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete with Amick-Burnett Funeral Home in Chaffee.
Martha Graves (03/20/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Martha L. Graves, 91, of Perryville died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Chester, Ill., daughter of Ralph and Henrietta Welge Herberts. She and Cecil H. Graves were married April 11, 1936. He died July 14, 1992...
James Hunter (03/20/07)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- James Digges "Boone" Hunter, 42, of Huntersville, N.C., formerly of New Madrid, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept 22, 1964, in Sikeston, Mo., son of John Alfred and Marie Householder Hunter. He and Susan Hyland were married Sept. 11, 1991, in St. Louis...
Rev. Edward Zacharias (03/20/07)
The Rev. Edward Henry Peter Zacharias, 84, of Marysville, Ohio, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville following an extended illness. He was born June 28, 1922, in Marysville, son of Henry and Matilda Weber Zacharias. He and Mary Ruth Bok were married April 11, 1958, in Sherwood, Ohio...
Annie Tillman (03/20/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Annie Faye "Maw Faye" Tillman, 87, of Advance died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 2, 1919, in Adamsville, Tenn., daughter of James Arthur and Zola McGarity Barnes. She and Troy V. Tillman were married Oct. 30, 1937, in Stantonville, Tenn...
Vincent Polito (03/20/07)
Vincent James "Jim" Polito of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 19, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Gir?ar?deau. He was born in Du Quoin, Ill., son of Phillip and Liboria Manderachia Polito. He and Sharon E. Hanna were married on Nov. 15, 1980, in St. Louis...
Edward Grebing (03/20/07)
Edward Martin Grebing, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, son of Oscar and Edna Hilpert Grebing. He and Dorothy Niswonger were married May 1, 1949, at Grace Methodist Church...
Kenneth Sander (03/20/07)
Kenneth R. Sander, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born June 23, 1936, in Cape Girardeau, son of Frank and Margaret Wisseman Sander. He and Ruth Leible Sander were married March 10, 1972, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Desa; Smith; Upchurch
Cape police report 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
New owners of Central Foods in south Cape Girardeau took over the operation of the plant Thursday; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Beutenmiller of Chesterfield, Mo., are the new owners; purchase of the company ended negotiations which began several weeks ago with the former owners, George Wrape and Earl Steele...
Courthouse fitness (03/20/07)
Grand public spaces are as old as history itself. The ancient Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and Mayans are just a few of the civilizations that built monuments that still inspire and awe. Every nation has its own catalog of imposing buildings and monuments. Capitol domes and extravagant facades are examples of government spending that serves only to impress the taxpayers who pay for it all...
Global warming: Lead by example (03/20/07)
To the editor:I certainly am not an expert on global warming, but I do believe we should use our natural resources wisely, do as little damage as possible and encourage others to do the same. However, I am perplexed by some of the superrich who seem to be the biggest users of the offending items, laying a guilt trip on us while seeming to change little, if any, themselves...
Climate denials politically motivated (03/20/07)
To the editor:Environmental protection was once nonpartisan. Republicans and Democrats cooperated. The result was cleaner air, cleaner water and endangered-species protection. Regrettably, times have changed. Last week's trio of politically motivated Southeast Missourian climate-change denials appeared...
Bible says Jesus is son of God (03/20/07)
To the editor:In response to the article about the Unitarian church in Cape Girardeau, I would like to make these observations. If Jesus is, in fact, just a prophet, then it makes no difference what we believe, because we will all die in our sins. Either Jesus is God incarnate, or he is a lunatic and the biggest liar who ever lived...
Soldiers deserve respect, support (03/20/07)
To the editor:I cannot believe how angry I felt after reading another Speak Out comment that continues to put down our soldiers as ignoramuses, implying that those who are low-income or from a rural area are somehow not as bright as higher-income city dwellers...
Pet-food photo misled readers (03/20/07)
To the editor:I saw an article in Sunday's paper regarding the pet-food recall that Menu Foods is undertaking, along with a picture of Iams dry dog food on the shelf. This picture is misleading the consumer into believing that this recall also affects the Iams dry pet food business, when in fact it doesn't...
Speak Out 3/20/07 (03/20/07)
Scientific approach; Build it up; Focus on sports; Fair reporting; Anything but moral; No profit incentive; Skeptic science; Seeking the best; Paying with coins; Proper checking; Wrong is wrong; Protesting the draft; Heckling hill; Painful commentary; Firing prosecutors; Public drunks; Get the guilty; We need the draft; Inequitable justice
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