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Wimpy's co-owner remembered 'the most positive person' (04/19/07)
One of the owners of a Cape Girardeau fixture has died, but many remember the legacy he helped create. Frank Lewis, who died Thursday at age 90, worked with his brothers for nearly 30 years at Wimpy's Drive-In, their restaurant/grocery store at 800 N. Kingshighway...
Witnesses recant story against Chaffee officer; charges dropped (04/19/07)
Charges of patronizing prostitution against a former Chaffee police officer were dropped Wednesday after witnesses recanted their testimony, said Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd. Boyd said Daniel Ayers, 31, of Cape Girardeau, was scheduled to appear in Scott County court Wednesday for arraignment on four misdemeanor counts...
Accident kills Cape Girardeau man (04/19/07)
A Cape Girardeau man was killed Thursday night and three other Cape Girardeau residents injured in a single-car accident on County Road 318, two miles east of Jackson. Robert Garcia-Lopez, 24, was one of three occupants in a 1993 Ford driven by Juan P. Vargus, 24, that was eastbound on the road at about 9:50 p.m., according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The report states the driver failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway, striking a tree...
40 Leopold students enrolled illegally (04/19/07)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Forty students in the tiny Leopold School District -- about a fifth of total enrollment -- live outside the district and are enrolled illegally, school and state education officials said Wednesday. Within three years, that could lead to the loss of an estimated $183,882 annually in state funding for the rural school district, state education officials say. The estimate of lost revenue is based on state funding of $4,597 per student on the basis of average daily attendance...
Dobbins: SEMO ready as possible (04/19/07)
Southeast Missouri State University is about as prepared as it can be in the event a crisis such as the one Monday at Virginia Tech should arise, officials said Wednesday. The campus is one of the safest in the country according to the university's crime statistics, university president Dr. Ken Dobbins said in a written release. The university has a four-pronged approach to protecting those on the premises at all times, he said...
University student group plans to paint the town (04/19/07)
On Saturday, volunteers will take to the streets of Cape Gir?ardeau with paintbrushes in hand. "Fresh Paint Cape" is a new event organized by volunteers from the Baptist Student Union at Southeast Missouri State University. The group got the idea from similar projects in Cleveland and Baltimore where volunteers select a block of homes and spruce them up with a new coat of paint...
Guitarist for area hard rock group dies at age 40 (04/19/07)
The local rock 'n' roll community has lost one of its best-known guitarists. Thomas Johnson, known to most as Tommy DeWolf, lead guitarist for the hard rock group Drivin' Rain, was found dead Tuesday night at his home in Cape Girardeau by one of his bandmates. He was 40 years old...
Tickets for '42nd Street' going fast (04/19/07)
Bad wiring, bruises, strained ligaments: All of these things have added to the challenge of bringing "42nd Street" to the Rose Theatre stage. Despite those challenges, director Dr. Kenn Stilson said the show will be ready to please audiences when it begins Friday...
Theater readied for final bow (04/19/07)
For 40 years the Rose Theatre has been home to Southeast Missouri State University theater and dance productions, but Friday, when "42nd Street" starts its run at the Rose, will mark the end of an era. The musical extravaganza will be the last theater production in the Rose Theatre. Next year those shows will take place at the River Campus...
Childs takes bulk of Cairo absentee and early ballots (04/19/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- After the final votes were counted early Wednesday morning, Mayor-elect Judson Childs spoke of reconciliation, but not before chastising a key antagonist for accusations that he engaged in questionable election tactics. Childs reproached Angela Greenwell, Alexander County commissioner, for questioning whether Childs' mother should have cast a ballot in the election. ...
Mo. Veterans Home recognizes volunteers (04/19/07)
More than 150 volunteers who served during 2006, contributing more than 21,000 hours at the Cape Girardeau Missouri Veterans Home, were recognized at the annual volunteer appreciation night recently. Total volunteer hours served at the state operated facility since its opening in 1990 is 378,073, as of December...
Community cuisine 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Pancakes and sausage to be served at Friedheim A pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon April 29 at Trinity Lutheran School at Friedheim. It is sponsored by Trinity Men's Club. Children up to age 12 are eligible for a discount; children 5 and under eat free. Matching funds provided by Thrivent...
Community briefs 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Coalition for Peace and Justice to meet today The Southeast Missouri Coalition for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 p.m. today at Grace Cafe in Cape Girardeau. Library Week events to be held at Cape library Two events to celebrate National Library Week will be held at the Cape Girardeau Public Library: a 7 p.m. ...
Incumbents, retired school worker win Cairo school election (04/19/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo school board president Arnold Burris won re-election Tuesday with the help of absentee ballots. Voters also re-elected Vernon Stubblefield and elected retired school district employee Mary Coleman to the board. Burris, an Alexander County deputy sheriff, has served 16 years on the board. He was re-elected to a fifth four-year term, narrowly beating out Bobby Mayberry for the third and final spot on the board...
Legal minds discuss their books at SEMO (04/19/07)
Two men of law spoke Wednesday at Southeast Missouri State University, but their speeches may have been more suited for Barnes and Noble than the judicial bench. Both Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle and Judge Robert Dierker of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri are also authors...
Group seeks relatives of fallen officers (04/19/07)
The Seniors and Lawmen Together council is looking for family members of Southeast Missouri police officers killed in the line of duty for an upcoming memorial honoring them. The event will mark the 10th year of Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony and the fourth year SALT has been involved in the program...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
9 a.m. today County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Erroneous assessments. n Payroll change forms. n Statement of monthly collections from the county collector. n Missouri Association of Counties workers' comp fund report...
Trial date set in Puxico murder case (04/19/07)
A Puxico, Mo., woman accused of killing her husband with morphine will stand trial Sept. 26 and 27, Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn said this week. Amy Graves, 28, who is charged with second-degree murder, felony stealing and felony distributing a controlled substance, has maintained her innocence since her arrest in July...
Police name suspect in Monday shooting (04/19/07)
Police are looking for a Cape Girardeau man thought to have shot a 19-year-old man Monday afternoon. Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Barry Hovis said Wednesday that Brandon L. King, 20, of 102 N. Park St., No. 1, is wanted for shooting the man in the buttocks in the 1100 block of William Street. King is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, both felonies. The warrant for his arrest has a $100,000 bond. The assault charge carries up to 30 years imprisonment if convicted...
Other Alexander County races (04/19/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The villages of Alexander County selected trustees and clerks in Tuesday's election, and Thebes elected mayor John Kennedy to a four-year term. Kennedy deated Yvonne Osorio by an 80-27 vote, winning a full term to the post he gained by appointment in December...
Mo. Senate confirms appointee who donated to Blunt (04/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An appointee to the state highway commission who made a big contribution to Gov. Matt Blunt's campaign won Senate confirmation Thursday. The Senate agreed to Blunt's appointment of Rudolph Farber on a 27-5 vote after about an hour of discussion. Governor's appointments typically clear the Senate with hardly any debate in a matter of minutes...
Two arrested in fatal shooting near University of Missouri campus (04/19/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Two men face second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a 17-year-old in an incident that rattled residents of a nearby student apartment complex and ended when the suspects were pulled over near the University of Missouri campus...
Missouri State briefly closes building after threat (04/19/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University locked down a campus building after a threatening e-mail from a 30-year-old student, but found no weapons or explosives and reopened the building after about 45 minutes, officials said. Police said Christopher Suttles was arrested on suspicion of making a terroristic threat after a language professor who received the e-mail alerted university security and Springfield police, police spokesman Grant Story said...
Three school board members lose election after sex tape (04/19/07)
LYNWOOD, Ill. -- Three incumbent school board members in suburban Chicago lost their seats in the wake of a graphic sex video allegedly involving the district's elementary school principal, a teacher and an aide. Incumbents June McCain, Angela Smith and Aurazela Majors were ousted in Tuesday's election, while newcomers Kevin Pisano, Donald Witvoet, Joseph Romero and John Hojnicki led in unofficial final results...
Universities review their security plans after Va. Tech shooting (04/19/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Cell phone text messages. Loudspeakers on towers. Cameras that detect suspicious activity. Colleges and universities are considering these and other measures in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, seeking to improve how they get the word out about emergencies to thousands of students across sprawling campuses...
Families hold out hope for connection to Devlin (04/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Richard and Peggy Kleeschulte didn't need to tell each other that they couldn't stay at home last Thursday night. Arranging a dinner date on their son's birthday has become an unspoken ritual since he disappeared nearly 19 years ago...
Studies link hormone use to higher risk for breast and ovarian cancers (04/19/07)
ATLANTA -- Research on two continents signaled more bad news for menopause hormones, offering the strongest evidence yet that they can raise the risk of breast cancer and are tied to a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer. New U.S. government numbers showed that breast cancer rates leveled off in 2004 after plunging in 2003 -- the year after millions of women stopped taking hormones because a big study tied them to higher heart, stroke and breast cancer risks. ...
IRS: No penalty for TurboTax users affected by overtaxed computers (04/19/07)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Taxpayers who couldn't electronically file 11th-hour returns using Intuit Inc.'s TurboTax, ProSeries and Lacerte software won't be penalized for delays caused by the company's overtaxed servers, the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday...
N.J. governor's driver speeding at 91 mph (04/19/07)
TRENTON, N.J. -- It was an ominous tale -- an erratic driver in a red pickup racing wildly along the nation's busiest toll road sends the governor's sport utility vehicle careening into a guard rail. But that story, relayed hours after Gov. Jon S. ...
Supreme Court backs nationwide ban on partial-birth abortions (04/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's conservative majority upheld a nationwide ban Wednesday on a controversial abortion procedure in a decision that sets the stage for additional restrictions on a woman's right to choose. For the first time since the court established a woman's right to an abortion in 1973, the justices said the Constitution permits a nationwide prohibition on a specific abortion method. The court's liberal justices, in dissent, said the ruling chips away at abortion rights...
Virginia Tech gunman sent pictures and video to NBC (04/19/07)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, the Virginia Tech gunman mailed a package to NBC News containing what authorities said were images of him brandishing weapons and a video of him delivering a diatribe about getting even with rich people...
World briefs 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Armed men kill two at Mexican hospital TIJUANA, Mexico -- Police and soldiers battled gunmen who seized hostages at a hospital in northern Mexico Wednesday in violence that left at least two people dead, officials said. Shots were heard coming from the building as dozens of security forces attempted to dislodge at least six armed men, who apparently had been trying to free a prison inmate being treated at the hospital. ...
Car bombings across Baghdad kill at least 183 (04/19/07)
BAGHDAD -- Suspected Sunni insurgents penetrated the Baghdad security net Wednesday, hitting Shiite targets with four bomb attacks that killed 183 people -- the bloodiest day since the U.S. troop increase began nine weeks ago. The most devastating blast struck the Sadriyah market as workers were leaving for the day, charring a lineup of minibuses that came to pick them up. ...
Chip-A-Ways teams tie for A-flight honors (04/19/07)
There was a tie atop the A-flight standings in the weekly Cape Chip-A-Ways golf league Tuesday. Sissy Burnett and Sharon Dow tied with Linda Williams and JoEllen Haas. Glenda Franklin and Marge Kurre took first place in the B-flight...
Chaffee's balanced attack outpoints Saxony Lutheran (04/19/07)
The Chaffee boys track and field team used a balanced scoring attack to get past last year's Class 1 runner-up, Saxony Lutheran, in an eight-team meet Wednesday at Chaffee. Collin Dannenmueller won the 400 meters for the Red Devils, Trenton Horman won the high jump and Dylan McAlister won the triple jump...
Kelly hires Bell City native to lead boys basketball team (04/19/07)
Kelly High School has tapped Bell City native Nathan Wills as its next boys basketball coach. Wills has been an associate head varsity coach at Duchesne High School in St. Charles the past three years. Along with his basketball duties, Wills will also be the head baseball coach. Wills, 28, is a Southeast Missouri State graduate...
Eagles pitcher silences Hornets, gives offense time to ignite (04/19/07)
Judging by the wildness of Oran starter Alex Chasteen's warmup session heading into the bottom of the first inning Wednesday at Advance, it looked like it could be a short day for the junior. Chasteen's first warmup skipped past catcher Caleb Seyer, and nearly half of the tosses hit the dirt. When the Hornets stepped into the batter's box, Chasteen found his groove...
Redhawks drop generous SIU (04/19/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- This time Southern Illinois played the role of gracious host. Southeast Missouri State was more than happy to accept the Salukis' gifts. Last week Southeast had one of its worst performances during this bounce-back season, committing four errors and handing visiting SIU five unearned runs during a 7-2 loss...
Juco pair joins Southeast (04/19/07)
The two junior college basketball players who verbally committed to Southeast Missouri State several weeks ago finally officially became Redhawks on Wednesday. Coach Scott Edgar received national letters of intent from 5-foot-11 shooting guard Kenard Moore and 6-5 wing Jaycen Herring...
Community bowling scores 4-19-07 (04/19/07)
Bowling scores WEST PARK LANES MEN High game -- Rod Davis 280, Tim Sadler 277, Steve Luttrell 269, Bob James 266, Jay Glaab 266, Tom James 265, Chris Miller 258, Joe Wilson 258, Bruce Turner 256, Chris Hendrix 246, Ron Propst 245, Jeff Heuer 244, Jon Beck 244, Bruce Anglin 243, Mike Sample 243, Ray Higgins 240, Rodney Lacey 239, David Barberis 237, Steve Shockley 237, Charlie Herbst 236, Ron McCulley 235, Corey Hooker 235, David Pruitt 232, Mark James 232, Lamarr Cooper 231...
Converted reliever comfortable in rotation (04/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Three outings into his new career as a starting pitcher, there's no looking back for Braden Looper. A pressing need in the rotation prompted the St. Louis Cardinals to convert the former closer into a starter after 572 major league relief appearances and 103 saves. Looper likes everything about his new role: the worry-free days between starts, the chance to expand his repertoire, the realization that this is where he can make a difference for the World Series champions...
Buehrle throws season's first no-hitter (04/19/07)
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle pitched the first no-hitter of the season Wednesday night -- and he was nearly perfect, too. The Chicago White Sox left-hander faced the minimum 27 batters in a 6-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, picking off the only hitter he walked and throwing his team's first no-hitter since 1991...
Saddle strength (04/19/07)
Betsy Rigdon led a horse carrying Logan Wibbenmeyer around the Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship arena Tuesday evening. From outside the arena gates, Logan's mother, Lori, watched her 12-year-old daughter on the horse. "This is something she doesn't get to do a lot, and she really likes it," Lori said...
Health news 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Red Cross holds weekly drives at donation center In an effort to increase awareness of the ability to donate blood at its center at 20 S. Mount Auburn Road, the American Red Cross is planning weekly specialized drives. This week's blood drive challenged local day care providers to bring at least five donors into the American Red Cross building. ...
Trouble in the friendly universe (04/19/07)
April 19, 2007 Dear Julie, Albert Einstein might have been the smartest person who lived in the 20th century, although I read somewhere that former President Bill Clinton's IQ is higher. Einstein asked the big questions about atoms and traveling at the speed of light and God and whether the universe makes sense. He came up with some interesting answers...
How you know you're getting older (04/19/07)
I saw on television the other day that a local organization is providing free gourmet meals for seniors. I was happy that our seniors have this lovely service. Then it was announced that this service is for those age 60 and older. As someone who is dangerously close to that watermark of aging, I was shocked and awed. Since when did 60 become the new 75?...
Lorene Kinsey (04/19/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo.-- Lorene Kinsey, 84, of Chaffee died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girar-deau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Linda Sifford (04/19/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Linda E. Sifford, 67, of Advance died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at her home. She was born Dec. 26, 1939, at Essex, Mo., daughter of Roy and Mildred Trotter Sifford. She and D.L. "Red" Meador were married June 30, 1979, in Advance. Sifford was a member of Little Valley Baptist Church...
Robert Nicholson (04/19/07)
GRAND CHAIN, Ill. -- Robert E. Nicholson, 82, of Grand Chain died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at his home. He was born March 28, 1925, in Millsboro, Pa., son of George and Violet Hall Nicholson. He married Wilma Dietz. Nicholson had been manager of G.C. Murphy Co. in Greensburg, Ind. He was a master Mason and received degrees in York Rite and Scottish Rite through Harmony AF&AM Lodge 8 in Urbana, Ohio...
William Dempsey (04/19/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- William J. Dempsey, 58, of Oran died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in St. Louis, son of William Robert and Irene Eisle Baker Dempsey. Dempsey was a retired self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Morley VFW Post 5368...
Virginia Amelunke (04/19/07)
Virginia Amelunke, 84, of Jackson died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
George Morber (04/19/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- George Morber, 96, of Anna died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at City Care Center in Anna. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Johnson (04/19/07)
Thomas Faron "Tommy DeWolf" Johnson, 40, of Cape Gir-ardeau died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at his home. He was born July 23, 1966, in Cape Girar-deau, son of Thomas Charles and Ruth Ann Clark Johnson. Johnson was a 1984 graduate of Central High School. He attended Southeast Missouri State University and worked at radio station KRCU...
Leonard Bogenpohl (04/19/07)
Leonard William Bogenpohl, 63, of Oak Ridge passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 7, 1943, in Oak Ridge, son of William H. and Wilma I. Oehl Bogenpohl. He and Sharon Hahs were married Sept. 23, 1967, in Oak Ridge...
Irvin VandeVen (04/19/07)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Irvin James VandeVen, 87, of Leopold died Monday, April 16, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1920, near Leopold, son of George and Dina Tenholder VandeVen. He and Adeline Marie Jansen were married April 16, 1941. She died Nov. 14, 1991...
W.D. Mouser (04/19/07)
Willie Dean "W.D." Mouser, 82, of Ballwin, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Millersville, son of Willie and Reda Runnels Mouser. He and Verna M. Slinkard were married April 9, 1949. She preceded him in death Feb. 28, 2007...
Births 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Tucker; Logsdon; Davie; Rogers; Staggs; Mitchell; Miller; Seabaugh
Cape/Jackson fire report 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
n At 2:34 a.m., a gas leak in the 400 block of North Frederick Street. n At 10:29 a.m., medical assistance in the 1600 block of Bloomfield Road. n At 1:25 p.m., medical assistance at South Fountain Street and Highway 74. n At 2:45 p.m., medical assistance in the 3400 block of William Street...
Cape police report 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assault; Summonses; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Thefts; Jackson: Thefts; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Three new members of the Cape Girardeau City Council -- Cecilia M. "Skeets" Sonderman, Dr. Peter Hilty and Curtis S. Smith -- take their seats for the first regular meeting under the city's new charter form of government; it is also the first regular meeting on a Monday night instead of Wednesday night; that switch was made at the request of a local minister...
Compulsive gamblers (04/19/07)
By Leela Pandey Compulsive gambling is characterized by an inability to resist the impulse to gamble despite heavy monetary losses and disruption of one's personal, family, and vocational pursuits. Approximately 85 percent of American adults report having gambled at some point in their lives, and about 60 percent say they've gambled at least once in the past year. ...
Trees and electricity (04/19/07)
Being without electricity for any reason can quickly complicate daily routines and business activities when so much of what we do relies on a steady flow of power. And when ice storms result in downed lines, most affected homes are out of heat too, adding to the misery...
Voting allegation is racist charge (04/19/07)
To the editor:This is an e-mail sent to reporter Rudi Keller regarding an allegation made by an Alexander County, Ill., official against me and my wife in an article printed last week about the Cairo city elections. All of this is about black voter disenfranchisement and a general anti-black attitude from people like Angela Greenwell, who is leading this racist charge to prevent the black vote that doesn't support her political agenda. ...
School open to ideas from parents (04/19/07)
To the editor:As a member of the staff at Central Middle School, I wanted to speak out in support of the supertalented people I work with every day. We feel communication with families is a key element in a successful relationship between home and school. ...
Speak Out 4/19/07 (04/19/07)
Wonderful job; City recycling; Sad choice of words; Focus on exercise; New direction; Miserable failures; Homecomers congestion; War on civility; Real news; Another quagmire; Positive influence; Trying to help; Laptop security; Take a stand; Time for action; To the woodshed; Interchange benefits; King and queen; Paying his share; Stretched thin?; Hazing questions; Phone freedoms
Great Moments in Computer History (04/19/07)
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