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Stories from Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Childs likely winner in Cairo (04/17/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- With all five precincts reporting and no absentee ballots counted yet, Judson Childs appears to have defeated Karl Klein for Cairo Mayor. Childs received 612 votes to 405 for Klein. "I'll have to take a serious look at what we have. They say don't fix it if it ain't broken, but if it is broken I've got to fix it," he said...
Childs leads in Cairo mayoral race (04/17/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- With Four of Cairo's five precincts reporting and no absentee ballots counted yet, Judson Childs had built a commanding lead over opponent Karl Klein for Cairo Mayor. Childs had 510 votes to 220 for Klein. In the councilman at large race, the only other city office elected by all Cairo voters today, Councilwoman Linda Jackson had 409 votes to 316 for Bob Conroy, a former coach at Cairo High School...
Few hitches in Cairo election (04/17/07)
Cairo, Ill. -- Turnout at Cairo's five election precincts ranged from 30 to 60 percent Tuesday with election judges reporting just a few problems as voters chose a new mayor and city council. In three of the five precincts a handful of voters who had already cast ballots or had moved were turned away from the polls...
Cape middle school students rally around principal (04/17/07)
Hundreds of students from Cape Girardeau's Central Middle School gathered around the flag pole in front of the school this morning, protesting the firing of principal Frank Ellis. Holding flags with slogans like "Save Our Principal" and "Mr. Ellis is our friend, not just our principal" and chanting, the mostly 6th-grade students gathered for the rally at around 8:30 a.m...
Police: Teen shot in buttocks (04/17/07)
A Cape Girardeau teenager became the third person wounded in a street shooting in a little more than a month Monday when he was shot in the buttocks during an altercation Monday afternoon on William Street. The shooting victim, who police spokesman Cpl. Ike Hammonds declined to identify, did not have a life-threatening wound. The victim was conscious and able to speak with officers at the scene before being transported to Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment...
Charge against ex-sheriff dropped (04/17/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- The attorney for former Scott County sheriff William F. "Bill" Ferrell said Monday he sees a decision to drop a stealing charge pending against Ferrell as an affirmation of Ferrell's view that he was unfairly targeted by a prosecutor who had no case...
Cape rejects housing plan for recovering mental patients (04/17/07)
It was a vote that produced no winners, Cape Girardeau city officials said. "This is probably the toughest decision since we've been on council," said Councilman Charlie Herbst. A request to rezone 3.88 acres of land at the corner of Silver Springs Road and Bloomfield Road was denied by Cape Girardeau City Council by a vote of 6 to 1 Monday. ...
Schools try to get students pumped up about MAP testing (04/17/07)
Area schools hold everything from pep rallies to pool parties and picnics to motivate students taking the Missouri Assessment Program tests. At Blanchard Elementary School, the pulsating theme from the movie "Rocky" blared loudly as third- and fourth-graders were introduced one by one and ran down the hall to cheering applause from teachers and fellow students earlier this spring...
Wall of Fame walkers (04/17/07)
McBride to perform at Show Me Center (04/17/07)
The Show Me Center has announced another country music concert at the venue. Martina McBride will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 7 with opener Little Big Town. Ticket sales begin 10 a.m. April 27. Tickets are available by phone at 651-5000 and online at www.showmecenter.biz...
SEMO has plan for warning students (04/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State University would use e-mails, text messages, telephones and loudspeakers to warn students and faculty if a killer or killers attacked the campus, a top official said Monday. Each building at the university has a designated building coordinator who would be contacted by the Department of Public Safety in case of an emergency, Art Wallhausen, associate to the president, said after the magnitude of the attack on Virginia Tech University became apparent...
ALS victim's advocacy, attitude recalled (04/17/07)
Jim Trickey, a local man who fought a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, died Saturday at his home in Cape Girardeau. Friends and family gathered Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home to remember the man who traveled to China to undergo radical surgery in an attempt to extend his life...
Board supports plant expansion (04/17/07)
A manufacturing plant expansion that could bring 40 to 42 jobs to Jackson won support Monday from the Jackson Board of Aldermen, who agreed to apply for a $420,000 grant to widen roads feeding the city's industrial park on Route PP. ARI-Jackson Manufacturing produces more than 5,000 different items at the 120,000 square foot facility that first opened in 1985. ...
Carport sale to fund SEMO scholarships (04/17/07)
Old Town Cape is on the verge of endowing an annual scholarship for Southeast Missouri State University students. Eligible students will show a connection to Cape Girardeau merchants either through part-time work in the area or other involvement. Old Twon Cape merchants will hold a carport sale, where they hope to earn enough selling used books and other items to endow the scholarship for the first time. The sale will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1030 N. Henderson Ave...
Parent says board shouldn't replace middle school administrators (04/17/07)
A parent of two Cape Girardeau Central Middle School students told the school board Monday night the school's principal and assistant principal shouldn't be replaced. "These two wonderful people are the heart and soul of Cape Central Middle School," said parent Mary Jackson...
Mohorc begins work as Chaffee's first female mayor (04/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee's first elected mayor to serve since last fall and its first female mayor since the mid-1970s was in the company of friends and family as she was sworn in Monday night. Several supporters of the new mayor, Loretta Mohorc, attended the meeting, at which Mohorc presided over routine matters in her first meeting as mayor...
Alternative Education Center director resigns (04/17/07)
Mike Dorris, the director of the Alternative Education Center in Cape Girardeau, will leave at the end of the school year. Dorris submitted his resignation Thursday. It takes effect at the end of June. The district advertised the position in the Southeast Missourian on Sunday...
Additional charges filed against kidnapping suspect Devlin (04/17/07)
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- Kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin now faces additional charges, including an allegation that he tried to kill one of the two boys he's accused of holding captive, Washington County prosecutor John Rupp said Tuesday. Before Tuesday, Devlin already faced a slew of charges: kidnapping 13-year-old Ben Ownby in January in Franklin County; kidnapping 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck in 2002 in Washington County; two counts of kidnapping and 69 counts of forcible sodomy in St. ...
Blunt's highway appointee gave $50,000 to governor's campaign (04/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri businessman contributed $50,000 to Gov. Matt Blunt's campaign just two weeks before the governor appointed him to the powerful and prestigious state transportation commission. Blunt announced the nomination of Rudolph Farber, a Republican from Neosho, to the state Highways and Transportation Commission on March 19. ...
Late freeze causes damage for Ky. crops (04/17/07)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Western Kentucky farmer Scott Wilferd's wheat crop was shaping up as one of his best until a late freeze turned lush fields into a patchwork of damaged plants. Now he's hoping to salvage a harvest from his 800 acres that had been thriving from a stretch of warm temperatures until the sudden turnaround sent temperatures plunging...
Blunt reports more than twice as much money as Nixon (04/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Gov. Matt Blunt reported raising more than twice as much as his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Jay Nixon, as the 2008 hopefuls raked in large quantities of cash following the repeal of Missouri's campaign contribution limits...
Missouri foster care payments likely to rise (04/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's foster parents, who receive some of the lowest government subsidies in the nation, soon could be getting a raise. The state's basic foster care payments now range from $227 to $307 a month, depending on the age of the child...
New tax laws making paying taxes more complicated than ever (04/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- The deadline is upon us, and people across the country are finishing up an estimated 3.18 billion hours figuring out and filing their tax returns. That's 24.2 hours per taxpayer. If it's any consolation, most people get a two-day reprieve this year, until midnight tonight. ...
Grief and outrage (04/17/07)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- At first, the shootings seemed like the sort of thing police around the country are called to every day. A domestic dispute in a dorm room, something that could happen on a big college campus without every student feeling touched by it. Certainly not the beginning of the worst shooting rampage in modern U.S. history...
Record storm lashes Northeast with heavy rain, flooding; forecasters say no letup in sight (04/17/07)
CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A menacing spring storm punished the Northeast for a second straight day Monday, dumping more than 8 inches of rain on Central Park and sending refrigerators and pickup trucks floating down rivers in one of the region's worst storms in recent memory...
Tokyo company: Bidets may catch fire (04/17/07)
TOKYO -- Japan's leading toilet maker Toto Ltd. is offering free repairs for 180,000 bidet toilets after wiring problems caused several to catch fire, the company said Monday. The electric bidet accessory of Toto's Z series caught fire in three separate incidents between March 2006 and March 2007, according to company spokeswoman Emi Tanaka. The bidet sent up smoke in 26 other incidents, the company said...
Renfrow earns third OVC pitching award (04/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State's Dustin Renfrow has become the first Ohio Valley Conference baseball player since 2005 to win the league's pitcher of the week award three times in one season. A peek at his statistics gives ample reason why. Renfrow has the OVC's best ERA, a 1.47 mark that figures to rank in the top 10 or 12 nationally when the updated NCAA Division I statistics are released later this week...
Southeast promotes rumors with its pattern of silence (04/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State University could use some public relations assistance. I'll give them my two cents for free. In this day and age, when university athletic departments are dealing with more issues than just final scores, being conscious of public perception is vital. And information -- with varying degrees of verification -- can make its way around very quickly through a variety of outlets...
Notre Dame soccer clips St. Pius 2-1 with OT goal (04/17/07)
Meridith Medlin scored three minutes into overtime on an assist from Taylor Sanders to give Notre Dame a 2-1 win Monday at St. Pius. Medlin also scored the Bulldogs' goal in regulation from Destiny Dirnberger. Claudia Brauss had nine saves in goal...
Area schools take positives out of Sikeston relays (04/17/07)
SIKESTON -- The inaugural Sikeston Twilight Relays had no team scores, but three local teams could come away from the meet feeling like winners. The Saxony Lutheran boys distance runners more than held their own with the larger schools. Central's girls distance runners also came away with three first-place finishes...
Whitehead places third in St. Louis Marathon (04/17/07)
Brian Whitehead, a former Southeast Missouri State track athlete and current Cape Girardeau resident, placed third Sunday in the St. Louis Marathon. Whitehead finished in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 29 seconds. Karl Gilpin of Russellville, Mo., had the top time in 2:28.59, and John Aerni of St. Louis finished second in 2:29.38...
Redbirds tumble to 1-5 at Busch (04/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Salomon Torres refused to let the St. Louis Cardinals beat him again. The Pittsburgh Pirates' closer, who had a loss and a blown save during St. Louis' three-game sweep in Pittsburgh last week, got Albert Pujols to foul out with the bases loaded for the final out in a 3-2 victory on Monday night...
Kansas State tries to shed image of easy schedule (04/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just imagine a Kansas State football fan who wakes up today after a 15-year nap and takes a look at his team's nonconference schedule. He would think he must still be dreaming. Could these be the Wildcats who are opening their regular season at Auburn and closing it at Fresno State?...
Weekley earns first Tour title at Heritage (04/17/07)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Augusta National, get ready for Boo Weekley. Perhaps no one fits the mold of the staid, in-control PGA Tour pro less than Weekley, the 33-year-old country boy from the Florida Panhandle. He punctuates answers with "reckon" and "ain't," and one time, in Texas, got so angry with his play, he put a hole in his golf bag with a club...
A big, fast learner (04/17/07)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The opening question is always the same. Always. When NFL personnel first meet Amobi Okoye, they don't ask the former Louisville star how he molded himself into one of the top defensive line prospects in this year's draft. They don't wonder about his work habits or pester him about what it was like growing up in Nigeria...
Blue Jays lose closer for four to six weeks (04/17/07)
TORONTO -- Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan will miss four-to-six weeks with an elbow sprain and All-Star third baseman Troy Glaus will be placed on the disabled list today. Left fielder Reed Johnson also opted for surgery to repair the herniated disc in his lower back. Johnson, who was placed on the disabled list Friday, will have the procedure done today in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be out until July...
Kenyan repeats as men's champion (04/17/07)
BOSTON -- The runners were soaked, the pavement slippery, and Robert Cheruiyot knew exactly where trouble was waiting along the Boston Marathon route. So 48 hours before the start of Monday's race, after his more traditional training was complete, the defending champion headed to the course to test the traction of the finish line. It was at the end of the Chicago race, 26 miles and 384 yards in, that he slipped -- nearly costing himself a race, if not a career...
Free falling in zero gravity (04/17/07)
Zero gravity -- it's what you feel during a free-fall. In the next KFVS12 Heartland Science Lab science reporter Jason Lindsey will have you "falling" for science. Ingredients n Scissors n Ruler n 1 sheet of construction paper n Transparent tape n String...
Getting serious about background checks (04/17/07)
More college admissions offices are asking potential students to squeal on themselves and disclose their criminal histories and discipline records on their applications. The Common Application -- an admissions form used by about 320 colleges and universities nationwide -- added the question late last summer, placing more scrutiny than ever on this round of college-bound, high-school seniors...
Learning briefs 4/17/07 (04/17/07)
Students receive awards and scholarships Rachel Lincoln of Whitewater and Russell Hendricks of Advance, Mo., have received Missouri Leadership awards and Missouri Assessment Program scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2007-2008 academic year. Lincoln, a senior at Delta High School, is the daughter of Richard and Brenda Lincoln. Hendricks, a senior at Advance High School, is the son of Randall and Patricia Hendricks...
To compete for students, colleges use celebrities to raise profile (04/17/07)
ATLANTA -- College brochures tout Ivy-covered campuses, plush dorms and high-tech fitness centers. But when it comes to getting the attention of students -- and rival institutions -- nothing works as well as a little star power. Relatively unknown schools like Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., experienced a boost in enrollment after Al Gore taught at the school. ...
Festival basks in gritty success (04/17/07)
Americans have no trouble finding reasons to party, even gritty ones. The folks in the small town of St. George, S.C., annually host the World Grits Festival. Thousands of people flock to this small town in mid-April to celebrate the virtue of grits...
Madonna returns to Malawi to continue charity work (04/17/07)
LILONGWE, Malawi -- Madonna flew to Malawi on a silver jet Monday to continue her charity work in the impoverished southern African country, bringing along the Malawian boy she is in the process of adopting. The 48-year-old pop star, wearing a baseball cap, carried a small boy down the steps of the jet, and a child's seat was fixed into a waiting sport utility vehicle. Her three-vehicle motorcade then drove off at top speed to a luxury lodge, followed by journalists...
Cletus Nesslein (04/17/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cletus S. Nesslein, 94, of Perryville died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. He was born April 19, 1912, at Perryville, son of Henry T. and Rose McAtee Nesslein. He and Cleta Frances Huber were married Nov. 19, 1953. Nesslein owned and operated Friendly Furniture for 68 years. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a Third Degree Knight of Columbus, a member of Holy Name Society and a past member of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce...
Raymond Cook (04/17/07)
Raymond H. Cook, 87, of Burfordville died Monday, April 16, 2007, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Vaughn (04/17/07)
Clyde Melvin Vaughn, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. He was born April 8, 1929, in Mound City, Ill., son of Joyce Roosevelt and Florence Marie Marrs Vaughn. Vaughn served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Kelley Equipment and Construction Co. more than 45 years, was a member of and worked for Craftsman Union 10 years. He moved from Carbondale to Cape Girardeau in 1962. He was a member of the Church of God...
Waconda Casper (04/17/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Waconda Walter "Walkie" Casper, 83, of Jonesboro died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born Dec. 25, 1923, near Jonesboro, son of Van and Ella Morris Casper. He and Mary McCommons were married Dec. 14, 1946, in Piggott, Ark...
Donald Hankla (04/17/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Donald J. Hankla, 80, of Anna died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Jonesboro, Ill., son of Claude Everett and Marie Boyd Hankla. He and Millicent L. Casper were married Aug. 27, 1946, at Anna. Hankla was a conservation professional 35 years, first with the state of North Carolina and then with Fish and Wildlife Service from 1961 until retiring in 1986. ...
Donald Magwitz (04/17/07)
Donald G. Magwitz, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 21, 1933, in Perryville, Mo., son of Runold W. and Cleatus M. Abernathy Magwitz. He and Donna J. Kurre were married June 13, 1965, in Cape Girardeau...
Barbara Jennings (04/17/07)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Barbara Boecker Jennings, 80, of Ullin, Ill., formerly of Olive Branch, died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Alexander County, Ill., to George and Irma LeSar Boecker. She had worked as a nurse/receptionist for Dr. Ent in Cairo, then worked at Southeast Missouri State University as a receptionist in the Public Safety Department, retiring in 1998...
Marie Hardy (04/17/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Marie Dailey Hardy, 79, of Tamms died Monday, April 16, 2007, at the Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born Jan. 25, 1928, at Tamms, daughter of Paul and Mary Maze Dailey. Survivors include a sister, Reba Couture of Orlando, Fla.; and a daughter, Margaret Dailey...
Paul Martin (04/17/07)
Paul C. Martin, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 16, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Colleen Reynolds (04/17/07)
Mrs. Colleen Dorothy Lee Reynolds, 76, of Winston-Salem, N.C., formerly of Hoffman Estates, Ill., passed away Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, to Harry Roscoe and Margaret Hudson Lee. She was a loving wife and terrific mother...
Ronald Randol (04/17/07)
Ronald J. Randol, 64, of Gordonville passed away Sunday, April 15, 2007, at his home. He was born April 20, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Joe C. and Madelyn Senn Randol. He and Carol Ann Chisum were married Sept. 8, 1973. Ron was a 1960 graduate of Jackson High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged in August 1964...
Stan Peeler (04/17/07)
Stan "The Window Tint Man" Peeler, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Oct. 2, 1956, at Vance AFB, Okla., the son of Charles William Peeler and Ilene Goodbrake Homier. He and Pamela Sue Kirkwood Peeler were married Nov. 6, 2006, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 4/17/07 (04/17/07)
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Out of the past 4/17/07 (04/17/07)
Heavy thunderstorms last night unroofed two buildings and blew down a concrete chicken house on the Ray Dow farm near Fruitland. High interest rates are "killing" the nation's economy, declared U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth during a visit to Cape Girardeau Friday afternoon as part of a campaign swing through Southeast Missouri; his trip here via helicopter was the start of a 10-day tour of all 114 counties in the state...
Blaming poverty for education woes (04/17/07)
By Dorothy Nevils People give me a hard time because I give others a hard time. They -- some of them, that is -- say I have no sympathy. I expect too much. The truth of the matter is -- at least my truth -- is I have a low tolerance for party people when said party is a pity party. The attendees attempt to pawn their predicament off as predestined, their lot in life, for a whole host of reasons, most of them counterfeit...
Ethanol concerns (04/17/07)
Fears about what might happen to air quality and other environmental concerns are good enough reasons for some residents who live near a proposed ethanol plant in Scott City to take steps to oppose the operation, which converts corn grown locally into a gasoline additive. The Scott City plant is one of three planned for Scott County...
Seyer's many wonderful qualities (04/17/07)
To the editor:Thank you for Matt Sanders' recent article celebrating the career of Dennis Seyer of the Southeast Department of Theatre and Dance. As a former student of Seyer's, I was pleased to see so many of his wonderful qualities spotlighted. Now that I'm a teacher, I sometimes find myself saying things that sound like something he would say. When I catch myself doing that, I know that I must be on the right track...
Do without what we can't afford (04/17/07)
To the editor:To sell 20,000 acres of our forestland to fund the education deficit is an atrocity. Government officials do not know the meaning of a budget. In 1872, President Grant set aside Yellowstone National Park, making it the world's first national park. ...
CMS works for students' success (04/17/07)
To the editor:Since discipline at Central Middle School has been mentioned as an issue involved with the decision to oust our administrators, I would like to comment. In my position, I get to know virtually all of our discipline problems personally. Almost all are at-risk students -- or, as we like to call them, at-promise students. They are 10-, 11- and 12-year-old children who, for a variety of reasons, need extra help to be successful in the school environment...
Another example of injustice (04/17/07)
To the editor:In regard to the April 13 article "Man gets six years for role in son's death": Here is another example of the time not fitting the crime. How can prosecutors be satisfied with only giving a guy six years for killing his son? What sort of message does this send? It's OK to abuse and kill your kids? Is there not the availability of a harsher sentence? Maybe the guy said he is sorry and won't do it again...
Speak Out 4/17/07 (04/17/07)
Import concern; And no taxes; Matter of principle; Time with children; University mission; Food comes first; Saving lives; Action was needed; Being Frank; I say, Bow your neck!; to a man of leadership; Thanks for contest; Questions for board; Good leadership; Use oil resources; Higher taxes, same services; Time for change; School teamwork
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