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Jordan fires one deputy, demotes one in jail security breach (04/27/07)
One deputy was fired and a sergeant was demoted in the wake of a security breach at the Cape Girardeau County Jail early this month, Sheriff John Jordan said Friday. On April 1, two male inmates being held on federal charges moved from their cell block to one used by female inmates. One of the two male inmates had a girlfriend who was also being held on federal charges. As a result, the U.S. Marshals Service removed 19 of the 29 federal prisoners being held in the jail at the time...
Emerson votes "present" on Iraq spending, pullout bill (04/27/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was one of only two members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted "present" this week on the spending bill that sets a timeline for removing U.S. troops from Iraq. The vote represented a shift in position since March 23 for the six-term Republican congresswoman from Cape Girardeau. ...
Good Hope renovation project done (04/27/07)
When city government helps coordinate funding for people who want to buy and renovate rundown houses, the result can change the face of a neighborhood. Thursday, officials from the worlds of city government, banking and not-for-profit groups celebrated the renovation of 18 homes in the Good Hope/Bloomfield street neighborhood in Cape Girardeau. Those homes, formerly derelict or renter-occupied, are now safe, sturdy and mostly occupant-owned...
Schools may need hearing to start early (04/27/07)
Missouri's school boards would have to hold public hearings if they want to start the school year more than 10 days before Labor Day under a Senate bill that won approval from the Missouri House on Wednesday. If the legislation becomes law, many of Missouri's school boards might be forced to hold last-minute public hearings just to start school as scheduled, state education officials say...
Road panel proposes test of paving method (04/27/07)
Members of the Cape Girardeau County Road and Bridge Advisory Board finished a series of four public meetings Thursday in Burfordville, where they heard concerns about particular roads and unveiled their proposal to try a new paving method on 13 miles of roads this year...
'Accident' shows risk of drinking and driving (04/27/07)
A simulation of an alcohol-related traffic accident Thursday produced by Notre Dame Regional High School seniors brought home the message to the students that drinking and driving don't mix. The docudrama's name, "Every 15 Minutes," is based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's calculation that one person is killed in an alcohol-related traffic accident every 15 minutes...
Scott City public hearing set for May 11 for public bond issue (04/27/07)
Mid-South Wire Co. in Scott City is taking out a $3 million loan to cover the cost of the Scott City building, plus make improvements and purchase new equipment. The Industrial Development Authority of Scott City will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. ...
Historian: Old West was time of lynch mobs and vigilantes (04/27/07)
America's culture of the Old West was wrapped up in violence, a Yale University professor said Thursday night at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. John Mack Faragher, a prominent historian and scholar of the American West, delivered the sixth annual Veryl Riddle Distinguished History Lecture to a crowd of about 70 people at the Show Me Center. The lecture series is named after its benefactor, a prominent Southeast Missouri lawyer...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 4/27/07 (04/27/07)
Thursday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business. n Approved payroll change forms. Action items n Approved an indigent burial request. Discussion items, appointments n Kara Clark, county clerk, presented information on a requested appraisal of the county jail from UMB Bank and the need for insurance on a travel trailer purchased from FEMA...
Deputy to take over as EMA interim director (04/27/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission turned to Emergency Management Agency director David Hitt's deputy to fill the post while they search for a permanent replacement. The commission Thursday chose Charlie Griffith, deputy director since 2001, to take over when Hitt retires Monday...
College Democrats, Republicans debate issues (04/27/07)
It may not be the protests and dean's office occupations of the 1960s, but there is still a place for debate on college campuses. Thursday night in Dempster Auditorium, representatives of Southeast Missouri State University's College Democrats and Republicans debated issues ranging from the Iraq war to health care to the role of government in society...
Shock, anger among reactions of those who lost money (04/27/07)
Those who have been affected by the business dealings of Michael Graham and Associates are wondering how it could have happened. "It made us angry," said Montene Watkins, 65, of rural Sikeston. "I don't know how people can do other people like that."...
Concern for graves (04/27/07)
Frustration is growing in the aftermath of a cemetery business scandal in Scott County. In mid-March the courts turned over custody of three area cemeteries to local governments: Memorial Park Cemetery and Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston and Forest Hill Memorial Gardens outside Morley. The cemeteries changed hands after they were taken from Michael Graham and Associates, a Texas-based company that owns cemeteries in several states...
Mo. highway department to fund tree-planting program (04/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's highway department is spreading its branches of influence from road building into tree planting. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Friday that it will pay for the Department of Conservation to distribute 2.5 million trees over five years to youth groups around the state...
St. Louis TV station receives threatening letter; woman in custody (04/27/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The one-page handwritten letter to a St. Louis TV newsroom, filled with mistakes in spelling and grammar, got right to the point. "This is NOT A Joke," the letter said. "i want $10,000, or im going to kill my kids." The writer also threatened to kill an ex-boyfriend, the father of the children...
Former KC area sheriff's deputy accused of altering beating video (04/27/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former Kansas City-area sheriff's deputy who allegedly altered a videotape of him punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect after a 2005 chase could lose his state peace officer's license. Donald A. Devens, who resigned from the Clay County sheriff's office months after the alleged beating and got a job as a police officer for another agency, could find out next month if he will be allowed to remain in police work...
Anheuser-Busch introduces fruit-infused Michelob Ultra (04/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch on Thursday rolled out fruit-flavored versions of its Michelob Ultra brand as the nation's largest brewer continues to branch out from its line of traditional beers. The fruit-infused beers are available only through Labor Day and come in three flavors -- Pomegranate Raspberry, Lime Cactus and Tuscan Orange Grapefruit...
Hyundai reaches new price point in Veracruz (04/27/07)
Hyundai has done it -- moved across the $25,000 starting price level for a new vehicle. The brand that for years was known in the United States for its low-priced vehicles and industry-leading warranty coverage now has a new model that's priced upward of $26,900...
Senate passes bill to pull troops out of Iraq, setting up veto showdown (04/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- In a bold wartime challenge to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress cleared legislation Thursday to begin withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. The White House dismissed the legislation as "dead before arrival."...
Little anger expressed toward Va. Tech gunman (04/27/07)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Kelly White and her two children visited the memorials on the Virginia Tech campus, leaving 32 pink tulips -- one for each victim in last week's massacre. They also placed a tulip on the stone for gunman Seung-Hui Cho. "Forgiveness is part of being freed from anger," said White, a Blacksburg resident with relatives who attended the school. "I try to teach my children that God loves everyone."...
Kelly tops Poplar Bluff's late comeback, wins 5-4 (04/27/07)
BENTON -- The Kelly Hawks topped Poplar Bluff's late comeback with one of their own for a 5-4 win in a first-round play-in game of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament Thursday. Kelly (9-6), behind starter James Miller, took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning before the Mules erupted for four runs...
Oran cuts down Saxony (04/27/07)
Oran's defense threw out two runners at the plate, two attempting to steal second and came up with a diving catch in right field in the top of the seventh to help preserve a 4-3 home win Thursday over Saxony Lutheran. Both runners were gunned down in the fourth inning with the score tied 3-3. On both plays the outfielders were able to get the ball to the cutoff man, who then relayed home to catcher Caleb Seyer. Seyer was able to block the plate on each occasion...
Area teams advance in Perryville soccer tourney (04/27/07)
St. Vincent, Jackson and Perryville all won first-round games Thursday at the inaugural Perryville Soccer Invitational. Jessica Welker scored three first-half goals to lead St. Vincent to a 4-0 victory over Farmington in first-round action. Megan Wengert stopped three shots to earn the shutout. Shelby Hotop added a goal for St. Vincent (13-2)...
Transfer will fill recent opening (04/27/07)
It didn't take the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program long to fill the scholarship that became available this week when Dionte Perry decided to transfer. Seward County (Kan.) Community College point guard Hank Harris said Thursday that he has accepted a scholarship offer from the Redhawks and plans to sign some time next week...
Linehan might go for more offense (04/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- There seems to be a lot of Mike Martz in Scott Linehan. The St. Louis Rams' second-year coach has been hearing throughout the offseason that the defense must be upgraded for his team to become a contender. Linehan has his own agenda, and one much like his predecessor...
Schumaker helps Cards out of jam with three hits in 7-5 win over Reds (04/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Duncan was stuck in traffic about 15 minutes before game time after getting about a dozen stitches for a cut on his head. That's when Skip Schumaker found out he was getting a rare start. Schumaker responded with a career-best three hits and two RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally from an early four-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Thursday...
L.A. Times sports reporter says he is a transsexual (04/27/07)
LOS ANGELES -- A veteran sports writer for the Los Angeles Times said in his column Thursday that he is a transsexual. Mike Penner told readers of his struggle to embrace his gender, and said when he returns from vacation in a few weeks he will be known as Christine Daniels. He did not say whether he was having surgery or why he's changing his last name...
Wounded Duquesne player files lawsuit against school (04/27/07)
PITTSBURGH -- One of five Duquesne University basketball players shot on campus last year has sued the school, alleging it failed to provide adequate security at a dance. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, says university officials did not take action once they knew of potential criminal activity. A doorman let two armed men into the dance even after their friend asked if the men would be frisked, according to the lawsuit...
Warriors' Ellis voted most improved player (04/27/07)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State guard Monta Ellis was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player on Wednesday, edging Sacramento's Kevin Martin in the closest voting in the award's history. Ellis, a second-year pro who joined the Warriors straight out of his Mississippi high school, received 47 first-place votes and 352 points from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. ...
O'Hair leads at Nelson Championship (04/27/07)
IRVING, Texas -- Sean O'Hair wants to be known for his game, not how he was pushed into the professional ranks while still in high school by an overbearing father. With the way O'Hair is playing these days, his past is becoming less of the story, though it's no less disturbing...
Sugar Bowl performance propelled Russell ahead of Quinn in many eyes (04/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Casual fans didn't discover JaMarcus Russell until the Sugar Bowl last January. Neither, apparently, did some NFL scouts -- not to the extent that they're on to him now as the likely No. 1 pick in Saturday's draft. In those three-plus hours, Russell's 332 yards and two touchdown passes carried LSU to a 41-14 win over Notre Dame. ...
NFL Draft No. 1 picks (04/27/07)
The first choice in the annual selection of college players over the last 10 years, with player, team, position and college:2006: Mario Williams, Houston, DE, North Carolina State. 2005: Alex Smith, San Francisco, QB, Utah. 2004: Eli Manning, San Diego, QB, Mississippi...
Pet Peavy (04/27/07)
PHOENIX -- A year ago, Jake Peavy pitched with a sore shoulder and went 11-14 with a 4.09 ERA. The shoulder is no longer giving him trouble. And that's trouble for NL hitters. San Diego's 25-year-old ace is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA -- and he earned no decision in perhaps the finest game of his five-year career Wednesday night. ...
Johnson staying put (04/27/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs quickly dispelled rumors they are shopping Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson before this weekend's NFL draft. Team spokesman Bob Moore said Thursday the Chiefs have not offered Johnson to anybody and that no team has been given permission to speak with him...
Artifacts 4/27/07 (04/27/07)
Arts council features prints, photographs; Cape Girardeau Central Pop Concert May 4; Annual Paint Webster competition May 5; Guitar ensemble presents free concert; Fort D on display May 5 and 6 in Cape; Red House Spring Frolic scheduled for May 5; -- From staff reports
Banderas-n-boots ... again (04/27/07)
Unless you have been living on Mars for the past six months, and if so, I would like to hear that story, you already know that your favorite green ogre will be returning to the big screen this summer in "Shrek the Third." Joining him are sidekicks Donkey and the daring Puss-n-Boots. Lad and I had a chance to talk with the actor that voices Puss, Antonio Banderas, about the third installment of the blockbuster franchise...
Good bets 4/27/07 (04/27/07)
Today Get your Fill One of Cape Girardeau's best bands doesn't even sing. No one compares to Fill on the local scene for jazz rock fusion, but don't take our word for it, find out yourself. n When: 9 p.m. n Where: Broussard's n Info: 334-7235 Saturday...
Graduating graphic artist frets about real-world anxiety (04/27/07)
Southeast Missouri State University art student Robert Stahlinski of Boston is getting ready to present his senior-year graphic design project, a centerpiece of his five-year college career. You can view his work starting today, when the university art department's Graduating Seniors Exhibition opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m...
Driving two Daisys (04/27/07)
The River City Players are getting ambitious with the second show in their current "revival" season, "Driving Miss Daisy." The Players last produced "Daisy" in 2001, and this time around they've expanded their show dates from the usual five to eight, employing two women to play the part of Daisy...
Downtown golf: It's back! (04/27/07)
If you're crunching your corn flakes while you read this, please swallow. Good golly, I don't want you to get all excited and choke and have a coughing spasm. The last thing I need is a phone call from your angry spouse telling me how I ought to be more careful...
With or without Sam Raimi, Spidey has big-screen future (04/27/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Don't worry about Spider-Man. The web-slinger will be back on the big screen after "Spider-Man 3," his Hollywood handlers say. The question is whether director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will go on another adventure...
Everyone's a critic: 'Vacancy' (04/27/07)
Two stars (our of four) I was actually surprised by this movie. Although the plot was pretty predictable, the acting wasn't horrible, and the action was, for the most part, edge-of-your-seat. The main plot is that a couple (Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale) are going through some marital problems and are driving through the country late at night when their car breaks down. "Luckily" they find a small motel in the middle of nowhere and decide to stay the night...
At the theaters 4/27/07 (04/27/07)
New at the theaters: 'The Condemned'; 'The Invisible'; 'Kickin' It Old Skool'; 'Next'; STILL PLAYING: '300'; 'Are We Done Yet?'; 'Blades of Glory'; 'Disturbia'; 'Fracture'; 'The Hoax'; 'In the Land of Women'; 'Meet the Robinsons'; 'Pathfinder'; 'Perfect Stranger'; 'The Reaping'; 'Redline'; 'Shooter'; 'TMNT'; 'Vacancy'; 'Wild Hogs'
Leila Amberger (04/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leila May Amberger, 76, of Perryville died Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born May 14, 1930, in Monroe, Wis., daughter of John E. and Dorothy May Deal Mueller. She and Herbert T. Amberger were married April 19, 1974...
Joyce Weakley (04/27/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Joyce F. Weakley, 54, of Oran died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Advance, Mo., daughter of John C. and Verble Standley Bumgardaner. She and Stephen Weakley were married Dec. 18, 1995. He died July 4, 1996...
Keith Ward (04/27/07)
Robert Keith Allen Ward, 48, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, April 21, 2007, in San Salvador, El Salvador. He was born Dec. 28, 1958, in Cape Girardeau, son of Robert and Irma Greene Ward. He and Karen Nickels were married April 23, 1983, in Cape Girardeau...
Manuel Finchum (04/27/07)
Manuel G. Finchum, 68, of Jackson died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at his home. He was born July 9, 1938, in Waynoka, Okla., son of Ray N. and Lena Taylor Finchum. He and Virginia JoAnn Sides were married May 23, 1959. Finchum served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War...
George Craigmiles (04/27/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- George E. Craigmiles, 63, of Chaffee died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Carrol Turner (04/27/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Carrol S. Turner, 70, of Anna died Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1937, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Warren and Anna Woodworth Turner. He and Kathrine C. Hill were married May 31, 1958. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Patricia Price of Marion, Ill., Wilma Turner of Cobden, Ill., Kathleen Bailey of Mounds, Ill.; five sons, Carrol Turner Jr. ...
Ray Smith (04/27/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Ray Smith, 77, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 26, 2007. He was born at Torch, Mo., Sept. 21, 1929, son of Lee Roy and Myrtie Mae Stewart Smith. Ray married Arvella Brown Feb. 29, 1948. He was a retired FruCon construction worker, a member of Craftsman Union Local 1 of Cape Girardeau, and a member of the Christian Mission in Benton, Mo...
Jane Bollinger (04/27/07)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Jane Bollinger, 85, of Bell City passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 25,1921, in Sullivan, Ill., daughter of Benjamin and Monte Hargrave Luke. She and Max Bollinger were married March 23, 1945, at Fredericktown, Mo. He died April 29, 2004...
Gilbert Winschel (04/27/07)
Gilbert L. Winschel, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1929, at Old Appleton, Mo., son of Andrew G. and Philomena T. Ponder Winschel. He and Wanda Proffer Winschel were married May 14, 1949...
Viola Schlegel (04/27/07)
Viola M. Schlegel, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born June 19, 1930, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Benjamin and Clara Neidling Exler. She and Norbert Schlegel were married June 24, 1951, at Egypt Mills...
Joni Huckstep (04/27/07)
Joni Jeanette Huckstep, 53, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City. She was born April 17, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Leon and Dorothy Beggs Sullivan. Joni and Keith Huckstep were married Feb. 3, 1973, in Illmo...
Out of the past 4/27/07 (04/27/07)
Dr. Bill L. Atchley, a Cape Girardeau native who since 1979 has been president of Clemson University, will address a record Southeast Missouri State University graduating class on Mother's Day, May 9; the class consists of 868 undergraduate students and 51 graduate students...
MOHELA board fights to keep records closed (04/27/07)
By John V. Smith In March 2006, I began service on the board of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. At that time, I was aware of the negative publicity MOHELA had received in some quarters. In terms of what proceeded my arrival at MOHELA, I have no comment or direct knowledge...
Cape history 101 (04/27/07)
How many times have you traveled to an interesting destination and asked for information from a convenience-store clerk or restaurant owner? You might have asked about some popular landmark or asked for directions to a monument listed in a brochure you picked up at your motel. And how many times have had this response: "I've never heard of that."...
Speak Out 4/27/07 (04/27/07)
Like a snowball; City was listening; Mixed message; Don't cross the line; Important headlights; Police work; Change at the top; Lingering fear; Two-wheel transport; Shades of Cold War; Public hearing; Congressional oversight; Wearing seat belts; Beware of beggars; Students not recruited; Remembering Tommy; One square; Use the trail; Riding coattails
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