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Cape man named to state arts council (03/30/07)
Southeast Missouri now has its first representative on the Missouri Arts Council's board of directors in more than 20 years.Gov. Matt Blunt's office announced Wednesday that Dr. Joel Ray, a Cape Girardeau photographer and neurosurgeon, had been appointed to a term on the board. ...
Candidates in Delta say time for arguing over (03/30/07)
The candidates for the Delta Board of Aldermen are agreed -- it is time to put the bickering behind and concentrate on serious problems confronting the south Cape Girardeau County town of about 500. In the past two years, the four-member board has had 10 people seated for varying lengths of time. ...
Manager at mall arcade accused of selling drugs (03/30/07)
A 25-year-old manager at the Tilt 90 video arcade at West Park Mall is accused of selling cocaine and marijuana at the arcade. Police arrested James E. Walker, of 1710 N. Sprigg St., at about 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tilt 90. He was in custody Thursday at the city jail on a $30,000 bond...
Stories of scoundrels (03/30/07)
Morley Swingle's newest book is about the life of a prosecuting attorney, but it isn't a dry legal read intended for law students. The Cape Girardeau County prosecutor wrote "Scoundrels to the Hoosegow: Perry Mason Moments and Entertaining Cases from the Files of a Prosecuting Attorney" so the public could learn in a fun and entertaining way what it's like to be a prosecuting attorney...
Naylor files three more complaints (03/30/07)
Naylor school officials have filed new complaints with the Missouri State High School Activities Association, alleging that three more Southeast Missouri school districts violated association rules governing school sports. The complaints were filed against the Doniphan, Clearwater and Van Buren school districts...
Deputies to receive pay raises early (03/30/07)
Cape Girardeau County deputies will get a bigger paycheck at the end of April, thanks to an early return on a new sales tax. The Cape Girardeau County Commission also promised Thursday it would study whether to speed up a payment, originally promised for July, to cover back pay dating to Jan. 1, the day the tax took effect...
Bond issue would extend water lines (03/30/07)
On Tuesday's ballot, voters in Public Water Supply District No. 2 of Cape Girardeau County will decide on a $1.5 million revenue bond to extend and improve the waterworks system. More houses have been built in the area from west of Burfordville to Oak Ridge, including Millersville, and the number of users on the current water line has increased from 500 to about 700 since 2001. The board has plans to dig another well, although it does not yet have the money to do so...
Sugarland, Dierks Bentley among acts for Sikeston Jaycees rodeo (03/30/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo has announced its entertainment lineup for the August event, with Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker and Eric Church rounding out the bill. Performers were announced at Thursday's monthly meeting of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce: Sugarland opens the rodeo Aug. 8, followed by Dierks Bentley on Aug. 9. Clay Walker will be the featured performer Aug. 10, with Eric Church closing out the four-day event Aug. 11...
Southeast business program gets tax credit (03/30/07)
The Southeast Missouri State University's Innovation Center will receive $19,704 in state tax credits for its business incubator program, Missouri Department of Economic Development director Greg Steinhoff said Thursday. Steinhoff said it will help the center in its efforts to create new jobs. ...
Correction 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Prosecutor to sign books April 14 (03/30/07)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle will appear for a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. April 14 at Barnes & Noble. His latest book, "Scoundrels to the Hoosegow: Perry Mason Moments and Entertaining Cases from the Files of a Prosecuting Attorney," comes out today. The book is a sometimes humourous account of some of the prosecutor's cases over the past 20 years...
Budget increases monthly payments to foster parents (03/30/07)
Foster parents would receive an increase in their monthly payments for the first time since 2001 under a budget change sponsored by Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau. As Missouri lawmakers debated the $21 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1, Cooper proposed cutting $1.5 million from the tax dollars dedicated to state employee health benefits and shifting it to the foster program. ...
Around Southeast Missouri 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Answer in murder case filed with appeals court A recent stop order filed by the Missouri Court of Appeals-Southern District in regard to 13-year-old Bloomfield, Mo., boy charged with murder has been answered, but with some changes. On March 23, Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn filed a new motion for order of a pretrial psychiatric examination of Owen Welty. ...
Scott County accepts bid for mowing cemetery (03/30/07)
Southeast Missourian BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Commission accepted a bid Thursday for the mowing of the Forest Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Morley, Mo., by James Watkins of Oran, Mo. Watkins had the low bid at $250 per mowing. Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said the cemetery will be mowed about every 10 days through the summer. The state attorney general's office put the cemetery in the county's care earlier this month after the owner was no longer able to maintain the cemetery...
Speaker shares how she escaped poverty (03/30/07)
At 25, Donna Beegle found herself with two children, no husband, little education and living in poverty. On Thursday, Beegle, who now has a doctorate, shared how she escaped poverty during a presentation at the Show Me Center to more than 100 partners with the East Missouri Action Agency. EMAA helps low-income families in eight counties, including Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger...
Sikeston man admits to shooting romantic rival Tuesday, police say (03/30/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man accused of murdering a Morehouse, Mo., man confessed to shooting him, according to a statement from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Lee R. King II, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Tuesday shooting death of Richard Sterling, 37. King remained in Scott County Jail Thursday on a $250,000 bond...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Thursday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed juvenile detention report for February. Action item n Approved indigent burial request. and appointments n Approved early payment of Proposition 1 law enforcement salary increases...
Region briefs 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Woman gets 15 days for educational neglect A Cape Girardeau woman pleaded guilty Friday to violating educational requirements and was sentenced to 15 days in jail. Irma Barnes, of 319 N. Park Drive, Apt. 183, was charged with the misdemeanor offense in December for allegedly keeping her 13-year-old child out of public school for reasons that are unknown. ...
Family upset over lack of information about kidnapped KC man (03/30/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Family members of a private security contractor kidnapped in Iraq more than four months ago are going public with their frustration over a lack of information from the government and the man's employer. John Roy Young, 44, of Kansas City, four other Americans and an Austrian were kidnapped Nov. 16 in southern Iraq when their truck convoy was ambushed...
Judge orders revisions in lawsuit over Mo. football player's death (03/30/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a University of Missouri football player is too vague and must be revised to include specific allegations against 14 defendants, a judge ruled. The lawsuit seeks damages for the July 2005 death of Aaron O'Neal, 19, a freshman linebacker who collapsed during a voluntary preseason workout at Faurot Field and died a short time later...
DNA proves man innocent of carjacking (03/30/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A 41-year-old St. Louis man was freed Thursday after nearly 11 years in jail when a judge found he was not guilty of the carjacking in which he had been convicted. Judge Michael David told Antonio Beaver he had been exonerated of the crime, based on DNA analysis not available when the robbery was committed. Tests determined the blood at the crime scene was not Beaver's...
House approves $21 billion budget (03/30/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House approved a $21 billion state budget Thursday that largely accepts the governor's budget recommendations in increasing funding for Medicaid and education. The budget for the 2008 fiscal year, which begins July 1, calls for Medicaid to get an additional $460 million to boost annual funding to $6.4 billion while the state formula for schools would be increased to $2.8 billion. ...
Navigator is big on style, lowest on price (03/30/07)
Once the biggest sport utility vehicle with the most bling, the Lincoln Navigator now is the full-size, luxury-branded SUV that's lowest-priced in the segment. With a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $46,575 for a two-wheel drive model, the V-8 powered Navigator undercuts all luxury, big-SUV competitors -- including a Mercedes with six-cylinder diesel...
Senate votes to begin troop withdrawal (03/30/07)
WASHINGTON -- A defiant, Democratic-controlled Senate approved legislation Thursday calling for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq within a year, propelling Congress closer to an epic, wartime veto confrontation with President Bush. The 51-47 vote was largely along party lines, and like House passage of a separate, more sweeping challenge to Bush's war policies a week ago, fell far short of the two-thirds margin needed to overturn the president's threatened veto. ...
Former aide: Gonzales briefed regularly on prosecutors' firings (03/30/07)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was briefed regularly over two years on the firings of federal prosecutors, his former top aide said Thursday, disputing Gonzales' claims he was aware of the dismissals from afar and newly undercutting his already shaky credibility...
Suicide bombers kill at least 122 in Shiite markets in Iraq (03/30/07)
BAGHDAD -- Five suicide bombers struck Shiite marketplaces in northeast Baghdad and a town north of the capital at nightfall Thursday, killing at least 122 people and wounding more than 150 in one of Iraq's deadliest days in years. The savage attacks came as a new American ambassador began his first day on the job, and Senate Democrats ignored a veto threat and approved a bill to require President Bush to start withdrawing troops...
U.N. calls for Iran to free sailors (03/30/07)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council expressed "grave concern" Thursday over the capture of 15 British sailors and marines and called for an early resolution of the problem, including their release. Britain failed to win support for a stronger statement deploring Iran's weeklong detention of the Britons and calling for their immediate freedom, primarily because of Russian opposition...
Dalhousie, Stupples end arrangement (03/30/07)
Karen Stupples, the 2004 British Women's Open champion, is taking a break from the LPGA tour this spring while expecting her first child. And she can no longer be referred to as Dalhousie Golf Club's touring pro. Dalhousie Golf Club managing member Cord Dombrowski confirmed Thursday that Stupples no longer is being sponsored by the club after a 4 1/2-year business relationship ended in 2006...
Notre Dame rolls past Kennett in showdown (03/30/07)
Luke Moll smacked a two-run home run to lead the Notre Dame baseball team to a 9-1 victory over Kennett on Thursday. Dylan Drury went five innings to earn the win. He struck out three and allowed one hit. Logan Glueck knocked in two runs for Notre Dame (3-2, 2-0)...
Murray State coach resigns (03/30/07)
Murray State women's basketball coach Joe Felton resigned Thursday to become the women's coach at the University of Central Florida. Felton led the Racers to a 21-10 record this past season, including a 15-5 mark and a second-place finish in the OVC...
Freshmen help Southeast to 17-7 start (03/30/07)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan has had plenty of talented freshmen during his 13 seasons leading the program. But it's doubtful any three first-year Southeast players have started their college careers as impressively at the same time as Hogan's current trio of Nick Harris, Jim Klocke and Josh Syberg...
Ishee makes contract official (03/30/07)
Southeast women's basketball coach John Ishee signed his contract with the university on Thursday, agreeing to a deal nearly identical to the one signed by former coach B.J. Smith last April. Ishee, who came to Southeast last summer as an assistant coach and became the acting coach when Smith was placed on leave and ultimately resigned, signed a three-year deal with an annual base salary of $75,000 per year...
Cardinals begin trek north (03/30/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jim Edmonds finally looked ready for opening day, just in time for the St. Louis Cardinals to begin making their way north. Edmonds got his first hit and RBI of spring training Thursday in the Grapefruit League finale for the World Series champions, who tied the Florida Marlins 4-4. It was only the fourth game for Edmonds, who missed much of the exhibition schedule while recovering from shoulder and toe surgeries...
St. Louis ends three-game losing streak (03/30/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Doug Weight had a goal and an assist and Barret Jackman added three assists, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Blues, who will not be in the playoffs for the second year in a row. St. Louis has won just three times in its last 10 games...
Mountaineers win NIT championship (03/30/07)
NEW YORK -- Frank Young and the West Virginia Mountaineers shot past Clemson to their first NIT title in 65 years. Young scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and De'Sean Butler added 20 points to help West Virginia beat Clemson 78-73 in the NIT championship Thursday night. Young was named the tournament's most outstanding player...
Major conference teams dominate Final Four field (03/30/07)
ATLANTA -- There won't be any warm and fuzzy scenes like when Jim Valvano sprinted across the court looking for somebody to hug. You won't see any blubbering meltdowns a la Rollie Massimino, either. And the next George Mason? That dream got squashed two weeks ago...
Appleby upset with his 66 (03/30/07)
Stuart Appleby was back on top of the leaderboard at the Houston Open on Thursday with the same first-round score that propelled him to a six-shot victory last year. He wasn't as excited about his 6-under 66 this time, because he knows he isn't playing as well as he was last year...
Phelps eager to add to his four gold medals (03/30/07)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ian Crocker and Michael Phelps passed the first step on the way to their inevitable showdown in the 100-meter butterfly, while French star Laure Manaudou moved closer to a freestyle triple. Crocker, the world record holder in the 100 fly, put up the best time in the morning preliminaries at 51.44 seconds. Phelps, his American teammate and defending world champion, was third at 51.95...
Salukis focus on retaining coach (03/30/07)
Amid all the questions of what might have been in the wake of a season-ending loss to Kansas, Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery had plenty of reasons to feel puffed up about how far his Salukis came this season. A school-record 29 wins. The program's highest seed ever in the NCAA tournament, not to mention a sixth-straight berth in that yearly spectacle. ...
Gagne will start season on disabled list (03/30/07)
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Eric Gagne will start the season on the disabled list for the Texas Rangers, a move the team is making to give the closer more time to come back from elbow and back operations. The team said Gagne hasn't had any health setbacks. The 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner has pitched only 15 innings over the past two seasons...
Urbina sentenced to 14 years in prison (03/30/07)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former Major League baseball pitcher Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch, the Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday. Urbina, a former pitcher with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, was also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun on Oct. ...
Female ump flawless on basepaths (03/30/07)
MESA, Ariz. -- Ria Cortesio hustled all over the infield and made her calls with an emphatic fist pump. Always in the right position, she did what every umpire hopes to do during a ballgame:~ Cortesio earned rave reviews after working big league exhibition...
Artifacts 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Bruce Channel to perform at Kiwanis dance ; ArtsCape poster winner to be announced; Southeast Public Radio to honor poetry month; Boyd named to state employment council; Movie auditions Wednesday at Port Cape; Drivin' Rain to play '80s tribute Saturday; Southeast student art show opens Wednesday; Menopause musical coming to Paducah; Author, Sikeston native to appear at Hastings ; -- From staff report
Creating school history (03/30/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Wednesday afternoon in the gymnasium at Egyptian School near Tamms. It's hot inside the gym, and only about half the people who should be here are. But the show must go on, and it does, as about 20 students run through dance numbers and scenes...
Good bets 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Today Meet Mathien Carbondale's Mathien finds inspiration in vintage reggae, soul and hip-hop headed by Chris Mathien. The band plays mostly in Illinois, but tonight they'll make their first appearance in Cape Girardeau since December. n When: 9 p.m...
Nutrition news still causes whiplash (03/30/07)
Editor's note: This column was originally published April 7, 2006. The clock on my computer screen tells me I am on the downward slope of midmorning and sliding toward lunchtime. This means my stomach is growling. In addition to taking care of my appetite, I am looking forward to a rare treat: lunch with my wife. Busy schedules don't permit us to eat workday lunches together very often...
Local film's big night (03/30/07)
When I was asked a few weeks back to be a judge at the third annual Show Me Digital Film Festival, my first thought was, "What do I know about film?" As for the technical aspects of the medium, I'm probably as in the dark as some of the filmmakers would be if asked to judge a guitar-playing contest. Maybe even more so...
Everyone's a critic: 'Reign Over Me' (03/30/07)
The premise of the story is a New York dentist, Alan Johnson, feeling something missing in his life, by chance sees his college roommate, Charlie Fineman, and decides to reconnect. Alan was aware of tragic events that had occurred in his former friend's life, but not of how they had affected him, making him withdraw almost totally from the world. ...
Guitarist Eric Clapton to hold benefit for Crossroads, his drug rehab center (03/30/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Eric Clapton is having a jam session with more than a dozen of his favorite guitar-playing pals, and everyone is invited. Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, scheduled for July 28 in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Ill., will benefit Crossroads Centre, the drug-rehab facility he founded in Antigua a decade ago. Tickets go on sale Saturday...
At the theaters 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
New at the theaters: 'Blades of Glory'; 'Firehouse Dog'; 'Lookout'; 'Meet the Robinsons'; 'Peaceful Warrior'; STILL PLAYING: '300'; 'Because I Said So'; 'Dead Silence'; 'Ghost Rider'; 'Happy Feet'; 'The Hills Have Eyes 2'; 'The Last Mimzy'; 'Premonition'; 'Pride'; 'Reign Over Me'; 'Shooter'; 'TMNT'; 'The Ultimate Gift'; 'Wild Hogs'
Florence Edmonds (03/30/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Florence Pobst Edmonds, 88, of St. Louis, formerly of Charleston, died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the Bethesda Care Center at Ellisville, Mo. She was born July 28, 1918 in the Lusk Chapel community in Scott County, daughter of Lawrence and Effie Knight Pobst. She and Ray Cleman Edmonds were married Dec. 19, 1942. He died Dec. 30, 2001...
Lyman Rumfelt (03/30/07)
GRAND TOWER, Ill. -- Lyman "Lum" Rumfelt, 72, of Grand Tower died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 20, 1935, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Vester and Bessie Kinney Rumfelt. He and Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Remrey were married Dec. 31, 1955, in Fulton, Ill. She died April 17, 1999...
Charlotte Phegley (03/30/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Charlotte "Tina" Phegley, 72, of Flint, Mich., died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Flint. She was born Sept. 26, 1934, at Perkins, Mo., daughter of Louis and Ola McGinnis Wagoner. Phegley retired as a cook from the cafeteria at General Motors in Flint...
Mary Hart (03/30/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary L. Hart, 61, of Hopkinsville, Ky., formerly of Perryville, died Monday, March 26, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1945, in Racine, Wis., daughter of William C. and Virginia Ralls Burchyett. She and Edward A. Hart were married in 1991...
Nettie Wallace (03/30/07)
Nettie Jean Wallace, 54, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., died Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 1, 1953, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Noble Ralph and Ruby Edwards Wallace. There are no survivors...
Virtus Twente (03/30/07)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Virtus Lucille Twente, 94, of Ullin, formerly of Tamms, Ill., and Columbia, Tenn., died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 18, 1912, in Thebes, Ill., daughter of James W. and Ada McIvoy Harvell. She married Loyd Arthur Twente, who died Feb. 12, 2006...
Robert Green (03/30/07)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Robert Clayde Green, 72, of Zalma passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007, at his home. He was born May 18, 1934, in Gaffney, S.C. Robert was a truck driver 40 years. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Laura Green of LaQuinta, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Carla Beth and Cliff Fisher of Campbell, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Brittany and Riley Fisher...
Geraldine Johnson (03/30/07)
Geraldine M. Johnson was born Sept. 5, 1927, on the Keller family dairy farm near Gordonville, daughter of Walter and Ella Keller. She passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007. She was a long-time member and organist of Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville...
Simon Bisher (03/30/07)
Simon John Bisher, 84, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at his home. He was born near Oran, Mo., April 4, 1922, first child of Joseph and Annie Baudendistel Bisher. He attended Caney School and worked on the family farm in Caney near Oran...
Births 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Lawson; McKee; Braun; Bacon; Vincent; Newbern
Cape police report 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
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Cape fire report 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
n At 7:39 p.m., alarm sounding at 330 Seimers St. n At 11:41 p.m., medical assist in the 2700 block of Sherri Drive. n At 2:56 a.m., citizens assist in the 600 block of South Spring Avenue. n At 3:12 a.m., medical assist in the 3200 block of William Street...
Out of the past 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
Maybe it was due to the Oscars, or the NCAA basketball championship, but for whatever reason, not a single person showed up last night for a public forum on Cape Girardeau County's reassessment program at the Jackson courthouse; the program was called off when it became apparent the only audience would have been two reporters...
Celebrating the baseball signing that changed America (03/30/07)
Editor's note: Today at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree will moderate a panel on baseball and freedom. The panel will include the grandson of Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who brought Jackie Robinson up to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers and integrated baseball. ...
Speak Out 3/30/07 (03/30/07)
'Warming Swindle'; Garish displays; On-ramp rules; Smoke in your eyes; Scofflaws on the roads; Snail mail; Pseudocelebrity; Law and disorder; DUI's bottom line; Doctors for elderly
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