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Stories from Thursday, April 12, 2007

Honesty of Cairo ballots questioned (04/12/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- As the days tick down to Tuesday's election for Cairo city offices, people questioning the honesty of the balloting are pointing to specific instances they contend prove their case. But officials and candidates defending the election process argue the particulars being cited prove nothing and, in fact, demonstrate the weakness of the charges...
Truckload of Cairo records destroyed (04/12/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- With less than a week to go before voters choose his successor, Mayor Paul Farris gave approval for burning a truckload of city records. The disposal, reported to mayoral candidate Judson Childs and senior Councilman Elbert "Bo" Purchase by former city worker Ronald Harris, took place Wednesday at a dump site north of the city where tree limbs and other debris are burned regularly...
Middle school leaders ousted (04/12/07)
The Cape Girardeau school board won't rehire Central Middle School principal Frank Ellis and assistant principal Debbie Followell for the 2007-2008 school year. The decision comes amid parental complaints about lack of communication and student discipline problems at the fifth- and sixth-grade center. Middle school PTA officials say the concerns have led some parents to enroll their children in parochial schools...
Planning commission OKs senior housing (04/12/07)
Despite concerns from neighbors, a local builder won an endorsement Wednesday to build housing for senior citizens at the corner of Lexington Avenue and West Cape Rock Drive. The Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend approval of builder Jeff Jackson's request for a special-use permit to build a 26-unit housing project he said will be for middle-income seniors...
'My Fair Lady' has freshman standout in Doolittle role (04/12/07)
Thirty-three years have passed since Notre Dame Regional High School last took on the task of bringing "My Fair Lady" to the high school stage. Back then Jan Kohlfeld filled the lead role of the street-urchin-turned-London-sophisticate, Eliza Doolittle. No matter how good Kohlfeld's 1974 performance was, it's doubtful that performance could top the one delivered this year by freshman Autumn Vandeven in her Notre Dame musical debut...
Percussion group far from booked, River Campus official says (04/12/07)
The street-percussion extravaganza "STOMP" may not be part of the 2007-2008 season at the River Campus despite prior reports in the Southeast Missourian indicating that it would be. On March 28 the Southeast Missouri reported "STOMP" would be part of the schedule after a speech to the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals delivered by Robert Cerchio, assistant director of the Southeast Missouri State University School of Visual and Performing Arts, who books acts for the River Campus.. ...
Sweet-16 party to raise money for Cape Girardeau teen (04/12/07)
Victoria Lowes spent her 16th birthday, Feb. 16, at a children's hospital in St. Louis. The Cape Girardeau teen arrived home a day later after a three-month stay recovering from pneumonia, which began as a bout with the flu. Now, organizers are throwing here a belated birthday bash and hoping to raise funds for medical expenses and ongoing care. Victoria had a tracheotomy, which needs continued care, and she uses a ventilator...
Martial arts students broke boards to raise funds for hospital (04/12/07)
Twenty-one students at Simmons Family Martial Arts in Cape Girardeau participated in a board break-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital recently. Students canvassed the Cape Girardeau area for sponsors to donate to the effort, with each student breaking between two and 10 boards each. Altogether $750 was raised...
Community briefs 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
Ill. State Police to hold annual golf outing The Illinois State Police CARE Bears fourth annual golf outing will be May 12 at Vienna, Ill. Lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; tee time is 1 p.m. Beverages will be available on the course. Format is a four-person scramble with four players per team (everyone rides). Call (618) 845-3740 for more information...
Serafin graduates from Air Force basic training (04/12/07)
Air Force Airman Jessi B. Serafin recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is the son of Paul Serafin of Florida and Mae Broach of Cape Girardeau. Serafin is a 2006 graduate of Pace High School in Pace, Fla...
'Safety City' registration to be held Saturday (04/12/07)
An annual pedestrian, fire and cycling safety clinic, "Safety City USA," sponsored by the Jackson Noon Optimist Club, will hold registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Healthpoint Fitness, 410 W. Main St., Jackson. Geared for kindergarten to third-graders, the program teaches children the rules of the road and other safety measures with videos and instruction by the Jackson Noon Optimist Club and Jackson's fire and police departments. ...
Community cuisine 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
St. Augustine serves spring dinner Sunday St. Augustine Parish in Kelso, Mo., will hold its annual spring dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the school gym. Carryouts will be available. The menu includes ham, chicken and dumplings, chicken and dressing, all the trimmings plus pie and cake. Children 5 and under eat free...
Break in water line disrupts SEMO phones (04/12/07)
Work continued through the night Wednesday in an effort to restore telephone service on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. Southeast officials said three of the four cabinets housing the university's telephone switching equipment were damaged after a water line break on the first floor of Serena Hall early Wednesday morning flooded the telecommunications switch room...
New postmaster for Cape named (04/12/07)
Robert R. Fleming, who began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1982 in Colorado as a city letter carrier, has been named the new postmaster of Cape Girardeau. Fleming will begin his assignment April 28. He will manage the mail delivery in Cape Girardeau and manage the Cape Girardeau Processing and Distribution Facility, which handles mail for ZIP codes 636 through 639...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission agenda 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
9 a.m. today County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Scrap tire program letter. n Sales tax report for March. n SEMO Port Authority audit for years ending June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2005. n Letters from Linn County and Pettis County regarding SB 364...
Cold threatens crops across Stoddard Co. (04/12/07)
The recent temperature drops could cause some serious, long-term effects on Stoddard County's corn and wheat crops. "Corn faces the most serious risks," said regional Extension agronomist David Guethle. "It really depends on the maturity of both corn and wheat how serious the effects will be." Corn that was planted within the last few weeks will be able to survive because until a plant is 4 to 6 inches tall, it still receives nutrients from the kernel itself while more mature plants depend on the ground, weather and foliage to start photosynthesis. ...
Bill would require state to pay for rape kits (04/12/07)
Crime victim advocate groups in Missouri are supporting proposed legislation that would provide greater protection to victims of rape, sex crimes and domestic violence. SB429 won initial approval by the Missouri Senate on Tuesday and is expected to make its way to the House by the end of the week, said Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau and a supporter of the measure...
Chaffee seeks water, sewer rate increase (04/12/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee city leaders will ask their constituents to accept a small increase in water and sewer rates as a first step to improving those services. The city government is asking residents for their thoughts on a proposed 4 percent increase in the rates customers pay for water and sewer service to help offset rising costs and perhaps provide enough money to begin improvements to the systems...
Region briefs 4/14/07 (04/12/07)
Southeast lecturer to discuss modernism Southeast Missouri State University English professor Dr. Debrah Raschke will be the featured speaker at the university English department's annual H.O. Grauel Lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday at Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall. ...
In federal court 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey:SENTENCED Age: 28 Residence: Fredericktown, Mo. Charge: Unlawful possession of a firearm...
Seeding big dreams (04/12/07)
Jefferson Elementary School kindergartners didn't have time for a nap Wednesday. They were too busy going to college. The school's 65 kindergartners spent most of their school day touring the Southeast Missouri State University campus and participating in various career activities...
NRA convention in St. Louis billed as freedom celebration (04/12/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The national NRA convention, which opened here Thursday, has been billed as a "celebration of American freedom" and the right to keep and bear arms. "The Second Amendment is in the best shape it's been in decades, and that's good for America and the NRA," Wayne LaPierre, its chief executive told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wednesday...
St. Louis School Board paints gloomy picture of state intervention (04/12/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The state's pending takeover of the St. Louis schools could have disastrous financial and educational effects, warned several city school board members who pledged Thursday to fight to retain their power. At a special meeting, the board voted 5 to 1 to ask the state to reconsider the school district's unaccredited status and agreed to pay lawyers to research possible legal action on the matter. Board member Flint Fowler voted against those measures...
Blunt opposes House proposal to alter minimum-wage law (04/12/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt said Wednesday he opposes efforts to eliminate an annual inflationary pay raise for minimum-wage workers that was included in a voter-approved ballot measure last year. Blunt said he agrees with a proposal to fix a glitch in the new minimum-wage law that unintentionally drove up overtime costs for some fire and police departments...
Ste. Gen man charged with abusing six more children (04/12/07)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- The husband of an eastern Missouri day-care operator was charged Wednesday with molesting six more children, bringing the number of alleged victims to eight. Law enforcement officials have said additional charges are possible. They said William Huck Sr., 60, confessed to molesting 40 children over the past three decades. His wife ran a home-based day care during those years in Ste. Genevieve and authorities said she did not know of the abuse...
House bill would expand access to health insurance (04/12/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians lacking health insurance because of its high cost and their personal health problems could find it easier to get coverage under legislation given initial approval Tuesday by the House. The measure also would make it easier for some people to keep their individual policies when they change jobs...
Strained Army extends Iraq tours to 15 months for active-duty soldiers (04/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- Stretched thin by four years of war, the Army is adding three months to the standard yearlong tour for all active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unpopular step aimed at maintaining the troop buildup in Baghdad. The change, announced Wednesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is the latest blow to an all-volunteer Army that has been given ever-shorter periods of rest and retraining at home between overseas deployments...
Senate passes stem-cell research bill; unlikely to survive Bush veto (04/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- A stubborn Senate voted Wednesday to ease restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research, ignoring President Bush's threat of a second veto on legislation designed to lead to new medical treatments. The 63-34 vote was shy of the margin that would be needed to enact the measure over presidential opposition, despite gains made by supporters in last fall's elections...
FDA: 'Cocaine' energy drink is marketed illegally (04/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- Cocaine is a drug, federal health officials say. So what's the news? This Cocaine is an energy drink produced by a Las Vegas company. It contains no actual cocaine, but is being marketed as "The Legal Alternative" to the illegal drug, according to its Web site. Its logo appears to be spelled out in a white powder that resembles the drug...
Michigan sixth-graders shape up through school health effort (04/12/07)
ANN ARBOR, Mich -- Preston Brooks replaced lunchtime bacon double-cheeseburgers with submarine sandwiches loaded with vegetables. And never looked back. The 12-year-old sixth-grader credits his healthier outlook to an ambitious effort to tackle obesity in five middle schools...
Ex-NAACP head hopes CBS will fire Don Imus (04/12/07)
NEW YORK -- Bruce Gordon, former head of the NAACP and a director of CBS Corp., said Wednesday he hoped the broadcasting company would "make the smart decision" by firing radio talk-show host Don Imus for his slur against the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team...
Prosecutors drop charges in Duke case (04/12/07)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's top prosecutor dropped all charges Wednesday against the three former Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party, saying the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse" by an overreaching district attorney...
Teen charged in Chicago school shooting that wounded 2 (04/12/07)
CHICAGO -- Police charged a 15-year-old boy as an adult Wednesday after a handgun he allegedly got past school security went off in a classroom, injuring him and another boy playing with it. Demond Gore limped into a courtroom where Cook County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Myles set bond at $25,000...
Central routs Farmington in tennis action (04/12/07)
Central's boys tennis team improved to a perfect 6-0 on Wednesday with a 6-3 victory over visiting Farmington. David Berry, Patrick Duffy, Robert Weir and Will LaFoe all won singles matches. In doubles, Duffy and Weir teamed up to win, along with Brandon Gonzales and LaFoe...
Panthers sweep doubleheader with Redhawks (04/12/07)
Southeast Missouri State's softball team's struggles continued Wednesday as the Redhawks dropped a doubleheader at Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Illinois. Southeast fell 3-2 and 11-7 to the Panthers. Amber Peterson had three hits and Lindsay Pickering had two in the second game. In the opener, Southeast managed just four hits...
Spring softball options shrink (04/12/07)
The passion Leopold students and community members have toward volleyball is evident from the devoted following that has trailed the team from gym to gym watching the Wildcats rack up wins and postseason appearances. Leopold's spring softball team finished 9-3 last season and has started strong again this year as the program builds a competitive base. ...
Local pair commits to Redhawks (04/12/07)
Southeast Missouri State opened the spring signing period with a local feel Wednesday, with Southeast Missouri athletes inking letters of intent in men's basketball, baseball and women's basketball. Bell City senior Will Bogan put his name on the dotted line in an afternoon ceremony at the high school. The 6-foot-10, 300-plus pound center had given the Redhawks an oral commitment during the high school basketball season...
Back spasms bench Rolen (04/12/07)
PITTSBURGH -- Third baseman Scott Rolen remained out of the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup Wednesday because of back spasms. Rolen began having back problems in his hotel room Tuesday and was a late scratch from the Cardinals' lineup that night. Scott Spiezio, recovering from a bout of food poisoning, took Rolen's place and had a tying two-run single in the ninth inning of the team 3-2 win...
Cards' Duncan delivers in clutch (04/12/07)
PITTSBURGH -- So Taguchi couldn't have had a much better day, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and reaching base four times. With the game on the line in the ninth inning, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa felt he had an even better option. Chris Duncan, pinch hitting for the perfect-until-then Taguchi, homered off Pittsburgh closer Salomon Torres to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday and a three-game sweep...
Health news 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
Town hall forum on children's health in April Citizens for Missouri's Children, Missouri's leading child advocacy organization, will hold a Children's Health Town Hall forum from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Topics to be discussed include Medicaid redesign, the latest KIDS Count data for the Cape Girardeau region, the growing crisis in the number of uninsured children and strategies for individuals and organizations to show their support for reauthorization of the federal State Children's Health Insurance program. ...
Assisted-living (04/12/07)
When Opal Egner couldn't read the instructions on a soup can label any longer, she was ready to move in to an assisted-living facility. Egner's husband died in 1991, and she continued to live by herself in Tamms, Ill., for 11 years. "One winter I got real sick, and my daughter came by every night to fix my supper," Egner said. "After I got better, I told my daughter, 'I don't think I want to stay by myself for another winter.'"...
Everyday beauty (04/12/07)
April 12, 2007 Dear David, Our dog Hank found half a rabbit buried in the mulch in front of DC's parents' house the day before Easter. DC took it as a sign. She's waiting to see what it's a sign of. We took her parents to Barnes & Noble that night in the belief that they would enjoy the store's new system for trying out CDs. ...
The incredible shrinking brain (04/12/07)
Someone recently told me that aging is all about shrinking. It is true, as most of us know, that we lose height as our spinal cords compress with too many years of standing upright. There are those shrinking opportunities that diminish as youngsters take over the asylum...
'Office' fans flock to Wikipedia after lead character cites entry (04/12/07)
NEW YORK -- In the NBC series "The Office," the boss Michael Scott turned to Wikipedia for tips on fending off an employee's request for a pay raise. Viewers quickly flocked to the online encyclopedia and added their take to its entry on negotiations...
Martin Theiss (04/12/07)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Martin A. "Max" Theiss, 78, of Frohna died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 29, 1928, at Wittenberg, Mo., son of Alfred and Concordia Meyr Theiss. He and Helen Roth were married April 14, 1956. Theiss was a carpenter and farmer. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church at Frohna...
C.H. Altom (04/12/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- C.H. "Tony" Altom, 81, of Patton died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 13, 1925, at Gideon, Mo., son of William and Sloma Kendall Altom. He and Beulah M. Jordan were married Sept. 28, 1946, in St. Louis...
Leabert Fields (04/12/07)
Leabert L. Fields, 65, of Jackson died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Dunker (04/12/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Martha H. Dunker, 81, of Perryville died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 27, 1925, at Festus, Mo., daughter of Charles W. and Florence M. Craig Herbert. She and Daniel Dunker were married Oct. 22, 1945, at Crystal City, Mo. He died Dec. 23, 2001...
Rachel Webb (04/12/07)
Rachel Ann Bryant Webb, 48, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 5, 1958, in Hayti, Mo., daughter of Dr. William O. and Marjorie Wilson Bryant. She and David Allen Webb were married Sept. 4, 1999, at Caruthersville...
Robert Seabaugh (04/12/07)
Robert Ray Seabaugh, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of Adam Ray and Virginia Stoops Seabaugh. He and Carolyn Frances Cochran were married Dec. 7, 1989, in McKinney, Texas...
Births 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
Frierson; Roberts; Homan; Locklear
Cape/Jackson police report 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
Arrests; Arrests
Cape/Jackson fire report 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
n At 6:39 p.m., medical assist in the 600 block of Boxwood Drive. n At 4:06 a.m., medical assist in the 400 block of South Benton Street. n At 9:07 a.m., citizen assist in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 11:55 a.m., emergency medical service in the 3200 block of William Street...
Out of the past 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
Cape Girardeau's new city council quickly becomes embroiled in controversy; the trouble arises over the method used to elect the city's mayor pro tem, Councilman Donald R. Strohmeyer; he is elected to the post by secret ballot over lunch at the Ramada Inn shortly after the swearing-in ceremony...
Plenty of space (04/12/07)
The following was sent as a letter to the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and Old Town Cape. By Vaughn X Prost Several chamber members, including myself at the Marquette Tower, lease space to the state of Missouri via the Office of Administration-Division of Facilities Management. ...
Dueling taxes (04/12/07)
Scott County's half-cent sales tax for law enforcement, approved by voters in 2000, will expire on Sept. 30, 2008. County officials hoped voters would approve an extension of the tax to pay for the county's future law-enforcement needs. The tax generates about $1.6 million of the county's $3.5 million law-enforcement budget, which includes the prosecuting attorney's office...
Seat-belt reports were all wrong (04/12/07)
To the editor:In response to the April 30, 2007, story "Five killed in Massac County crash" posted on your Web site: All of the reports saying that Luke Slusher wasn't wearing his seat belt are completely wrong. I know for a fact that he was wearing his seat belt. ...
Dogwoods offer soul-inspiring trip (04/12/07)
To the editor:I would like to thank all the people who have planted dogwoods in their yard. Driving around town is an soul-inspiring trip through incredible beauty. I plan my routes on errands to see the most dogwoods along the way and even go out of my way to see especially beautiful dogwoods. The pink and white dogwoods planted together are my favorites. A house on New Madrid Street near the intersection with Perry Avenue is spectacular. I am grateful also to he who made them so beautiful...
Grandson writes poem about frogs (04/12/07)
To the editor:This is a poem my grandson, Austin Wicker, age 13, wrote. He can say it from memory. I wish I could. I thought when it's hot and the frogs are speaking out at night you might see its need. The Frog Who Feared Water Hip. Hop. Hip. Hop. Finally I'm out of that water...
Speak Out 4/12/07 (04/12/07)
Promise to prosecute; Jail excuses; On-ramp guidance; Speak Out poetry; A B-list celeb; Anna Nicole overdoses; Golf over education; Sikeston's way; Bus suggestions; Tanker benefits; Challenge to Hillary; Not the first time; Federal power; Need new school; Full of pork; Out of the district; Criminal acts; Lead contamination; Scott County plan
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