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Stories from Saturday, March 31, 2007

Shots fired in Cape; no one injured (03/31/07)
Cape Girardeau police had one man in custody and were searching for a gun in the area of Good Hope and Middle Streets after responding to reports of two shots being fired in the area. More than half a dozen officers, under the direction of Sgt. R. F. Schmidt, were searching about 6:45 p.m. for a small-caliber handgun behind an abandoned house near the corner of Good Hope and Middle streets...
Grad rate costs area $500 million a year in income (03/31/07)
Southeast Missouri's economy is losing millions of dollars in income because of low high school graduation rates in many of the region's counties, says a university economist who has studied the issue. The region's total income is about $500 million a year less than it would be if the percentage of residents with high school degrees matched the statewide figure, said Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Southeast Missouri State University...
Scott Co. road budget at plateau, commissioners say (03/31/07)
Norman Brant's Scott County Highway Department personnel have their hands full just trying to keep the county's roads in drivable condition. Pavement that was put down on some roads just a few years ago is already starting to break up, peeling off in layers that expose the dirt underneath, leaving huge potholes...
Candidates in Leopold suggest boundary change (03/31/07)
Allegations that as many as 42 students in the Leopold School District -- nearly a fourth of total enrollment in the small, rural school system -- are enrolled illegally have the district's school board candidates suggesting school boundary lines need to be changed...
Chamber picks teachers of the year (03/31/07)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce has named five public, private and parochial school teachers as educators of the year. They are Sydney Herbst, principal at Clippard Elementary School; Ruth Ann Orr, principal of Alma Schrader Elementary School; Monica Parson, third-grade teacher at Cape Christian School; Mary Ann Stamp, a math and social studies teacher for fifth-grade at Central Middle School; and Mary V. Moore Johnson, a business law professor at Southeast Missouri State University...
Class size a concern in Jackson election (03/31/07)
The Jackson School District faces growing enrollment and class size issues, school board candidates say. Some elementary school classrooms already are crowded. The school board within the next several years may consider constructing a new elementary school, said board member Gerald Adams, who is seeking re-election to a fourth three-year term...
Local man charged in drive-by shooting (03/31/07)
A Cape Girardeau man on probation for selling drugs, burglary and theft faces new charges in a drive-by shooting that resulted in a foot wound. Nathaniel C. Smith, 20, of 430 Sheraton St., Apt. 8-K, faces three felony charges, including unlawful use of a weapon for firing a gun from a motor vehicle, first-degree assault and armed criminal action, for the March 11 attack on David Hightower of Caruthersville, Mo. ...
School board candidates (03/31/07)
Two seats will be filled in each school board election, except in the Altenburg School District where three positions will be filled Tuesday. Perryville and Zalma candidates will appear in Sunday's Southeast Missourian. Scott City School District Incumbent...
Cape Girardeau man to represent area on Missouri arts council (03/31/07)
Southeast Missouri now has its first representative on the Missouri Arts Council's board of directors in over 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. The term begins immediately and ends Oct. 13, 2011...
Covered bridge (03/31/07)
A family from St. Louis walked through a covered bridge that was built in 1868 while visiting the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville, Friday. The bridge is the oldest of only four covered bridges left in the state.
Waitresses acted quickly to help driver in Tuesday's accident (03/31/07)
Christa Powers, 21, was just leaving Red Lobster on Tuesday after waiting tables during a busy lunch shift. And then she heard it. About 200 feet from where she stood, a wrong-way driver hurtling down the offramp of Interstate 55 exit 96 had crashed into a truck hauling 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel...
Hive mentality (03/31/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Bees are man's best friend? "A third to a half of the food products are pollinated because of honey bees," explained Kenny Norman of Hurley, president of the Missouri Beekeepers Association. "We've got to have bees." Keith Delaplane, a University of Georgia entomology professor who's been a "hobby beekeeper" for 32 years, added: "I think the general public does not recognize nor appreciate the fundamental value of honey bee pollination -- it is largely responsible for pollinating the crops" that make American diets distinct from the diets in Third World countries.. ...
Mother struggles to understand son's death by lightning (03/31/07)
Vanessa Webb had heard the statistics about how rarely lightning strikes -- she never imagined such a force of nature would snatch her son. On Friday, Webb struggled to understand why 18-year-old Corey Williams was killed the night before, after being leveled by a lightning bolt during Carbondale Community High School's first home track meet of the season...
Southeast Missourian newspaper wins 10 awards in state news writing contest (03/31/07)
BRANSON, Mo. -- Southeast Missourian reporters and editors won 10 awards in the 2007 Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors contest announced Friday. The Southeast Missourian competes in the contest's Division II. Rudi Keller's series of stories tracking how campaign contributions are funnelled through local political committees won a first prize in the Community Affairs/ Public Interest category. ...
Bush notifies Congress of plans to sign Panama free trade deal (03/31/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush notified Congress on Friday that he plans to sign a free trade agreement with Panama. The deal -- along with two similar agreements with Peru and Colombia -- faces an uncertain future in Congress, where Democrats are demanding additional language in such areas as protecting American workers from unfair competition from countries with lax labor laws...
FDA testing reveals chemical, no rat poison, in recalled pet food (03/31/07)
WASHINGTON -- Recalled pet foods contained a chemical used to make plastics, but government tests failed to confirm the presence of rat poison, federal officials said Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it found melamine in samples of the Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the wet-style products. ...
Gonzales says he won't quit as support in Washington erodes (03/31/07)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales vowed Friday to remain on the job, digging in even as lawmakers questioned whether he could effectively run the Justice Department with no letup in the controversy over the firings of prosecutors. Gonzales sought to explain weeks of inconsistencies about how closely involved he had been in decisions to dismiss the eight U.S. ...
ND girls soccer runs win streak to five (03/31/07)
The Notre Dame girls soccer team won its fifth straight game Friday with a 3-0 shutout of visiting St. Vincent. Destiny Dirnberger scored twice, and Amanda Pleimann added a goal. Mindy Siebert had two assists, Meridith Medlin added an assist and Claudia Brauss had the shutout...
Southeast takes perfect OVC mark, five-game winning streak to Murray State (03/31/07)
Southeast Missouri State could not have gotten off to a better start in Ohio Valley Conference play. The mission for the Redhawks this weekend is to continue that momentum in their first OVC road tests of the season. Southeast (17-7, 3-0) and Murray State (5-17, 2-1) square off in a three-game series in Murray, Ky. There will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader today and a 1 p.m. contest Sunday...
Hogan can pass Uhls today in career wins at Southeast (03/31/07)
Entering this season, Mark Hogan figured it was inevitable that he would become the winningest coach in Southeast Missouri State baseball history. Now that the time is almost here -- entering this weekend's series at Murray State, Hogan needs just one victory to tie the record and two wins to break it -- he realizes even more how much pride he will feel when it does happen...
A crossroad in the cage (03/31/07)
This may be one of the final chances to see Jackson resident Kyle Newell in a mixed martial arts event in Missouri. After tonight's card, presented by the St. Louis-based Devastation Fight Club at the Brase Arena in Cape Girardeau, Newell said he may step away for a while...
Church briefs 3/31/07 (03/31/07)
Briefly Good Friday service marked by cantata The Jackson General Baptist Church, 1506 S. Farmington Road, will present a cantata at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 6. "Then Came Thee" features a combination choir from three different services. The cantata's focus is on the most important event in our salvation story -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For information, call the church at 243-8467...
The Mystery of Judas (03/31/07)
The Rev. Mike Shupert, pastor of First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau:"What would you ask Judas if given the opportunity?" I guess all of us would like to know his true motivation for both following Jesus and then betraying him. I wish someone could have gotten to him before he committed suicide to tell him what Jesus said from the cross: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Did that include Judas? I believe it did. ...
Being alone or lonely (03/31/07)
"After my wife died, I had to learn how to live alone without being lonely," Ray said. I liked the way he arranged his words explaining the difference between being alone and loneliness. I looked into myself! I enjoy solitude -- because I usually have little. ...
David Bowie picks lineup for new NYC arts festival, including Ricky Gervais and The Arcade Fire (03/31/07)
NEW YORK -- David Bowie has selected comedian Ricky Gervais and The Arcade Fire, among other acts, to perform at the inaugural High Line Festival in Manhattan. The festival will include music, performance, film, comedy and visual art. It will be held May 9 to 19 in venues near the High Line, an elevated rail structure on the city's west side, with events also to be held at Radio City Music Hall and Irving Plaza...
Richard Willis (03/31/07)
Richard Willis, 54, of Jackson died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at Monticello House. He was born Jan. 14, 1953, in St. Louis. There is no service. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert DeWeese (03/31/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert DeWeese, 67, of Perryville died Friday, March 30, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 7, 1940, at Bismarck, Mo., son of Marvin and Estlea Mowery DeWeese. He and Susan Becker were married Nov. 25, 1961...
Elsie McKee (03/31/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Elsie M. McKee, 77, of Tamms died Friday, March 30, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Jones Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
William Thorne Jr. (03/31/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- William M. Thorne Jr., 19, of Perryville died Friday, March 30, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 24, 1987, at Sikeston, Mo., son of William and Sonya Woods Thorne Sr. Thorne was a 2006 graduate of Perryville High School and member of First Baptist Church...
Vernowen Mayfield (03/31/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Vernowen "Wade" Mayfield, 81, of Belleville, Ill., died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at Belleville Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Scott County, son of Oscar and Hettie Mayfield. He and Dora Dumey were married Sept. 7, 1946. She died Oct. 6, 1991. He and Lucille Fiedler were married Feb. 13, 1993...
Flora Kohler (03/31/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Flora Kohler, 95, of Anna died Friday, March 30, 2007, at Union County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 25, 1911, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of Karl and Marie Mungle Schlichting. She and Ual L. Kohler were married April 1, 1930. He died March 16, 1989...
Questa Ward (03/31/07)
Questa Christine Ward of Cape Girardeau asleep in the hope of Christ's resurrection Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Questa was born Jan. 5, 1978, at Robbins Air Force Base in Warner Robbins, Ga. She was the cherished daughter of Diana Ward-Brittain (Peck), the late Frankie G. ...
Police report 3/31/07 (03/31/07)
DWI; Arrests; Arrests; Theft
Fire report 3/31/07 (03/31/07)
n At 7:33 p.m., an alarm at 2323 Perryville Road. n At 1:15 a.m., emergency medical services in the 100 block of South Sprigg Street. n At 9 a.m., an alarm sounding in the 3100 block of Independence Street. n At 9:39 a.m., medical assist in the 500 block of South Sprigg Street...
Out of the past 3/31/07 (03/31/07)
Air Illinois, the regional airline based at Carbondale, Ill., appears to be one of the fastest growing industries associated with Cape Girardeau; March has been a record-setting month for boardings and mileage for Air Illinois; as of April 25, Air Illinois will be Cape Girardeau's only regularly scheduled air carrier...
'42nd Street' (03/31/07)
The final production in the long and illustrious history of the Rose Theatre opens in less than three weeks. The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University plans to make Rose Theatre's finale memorable by staging "42nd Street." The Tony Award-winning musical employs a cast of 30, most of whom have spent many hours over the past few months singing and tap-dancing in preparation...
Visitation should be parents' decision (03/31/07)
To the editor:Those grandparents who bring their adult children to court to allow visitation of their grandchildren have a more vindictive cause in mind than the good of their grandchildren. It is called control. And control over their own adult children. ...
Speak Out 3/31/07 (03/31/07)
Get aboard; Faulting AmerenUE; Wielding influence; Questions about DUI; Pig poem; Big phone; A question of logic; Grim great; Moderate hecklers; Prehistoric SEMO; Ameren albatross; Capitalistic theory; NASCAR and hairspray; Just curious; Milankovich cycles; We love Roy; Channel outrage; Home run column; Pork is pork; Punishment required
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