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Prosecutor charges three sorority members with hazing (05/07/07)
Three members of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority at Southeast Missouri State University students were charged Monday with assault and hazing for incidents alleged to have occurred in February. Darletta McKennis-Weems, 23, of Cape Girardeau of 522 N. Sprigg St., Ashley Moore, 22, of Dearmont residence hall, and Jessica Reynolds of 1710 N. Sprigg St., Apt. 608, each have been charged with one count of misdemeanor hazing and one count of misdemeanor third-degree assault...
Property assessments almost finished, officials say (05/07/07)
Area property owners should begin receiving their new assessments soon, with notices in Scott County in the mail and notices from Cape Girardeau County due out next week. In Scott County, real estate values show a modest increase in value over the last two years, according to county assessor Teresa Houchin...
Gun incident reported on Southeast campus (05/07/07)
A 21-year-old Southeast Missouri State University student from St. Louis was arrested by police after he threatened a female student with a shotgun outside the Towers residence hall complex Sunday. He was charged Monday with the class D felony of flourishing a shotgun in an angry or threatening manner. Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp set bond at $7,500, cash only.
County struggles to fund 911 (05/07/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County expects to transfer about $89,000 out of its general revenue this year to pay for its enhanced-911 call center. Next year that total could reach nearly $150,000, as reserve funds available for the call center have been entirely completed...
Hearing set on bill to regulate MSHSAA (05/07/07)
A Missouri House committee will hold a hearing Tuesday in the state capitol on legislation that seeks to regulate the Missouri State High School Activities Association. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, said she filed House Bill 1232 in an effort to rein in MSHSAA. She contends the organization is out of control and has unfairly punished both member schools and student athletes over the years...
Taking steps to lower the odds (05/07/07)
Megan Marchi isn't waiting for doctors to diagnose her with breast cancer. The 26-year-old Jackson woman will undergo surgery this summer to reduce her chances of the diagnosis by more than 85 percent. Seven women in the past three generations on the maternal side of Marchi's family have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and two men had prostate cancer...
Community briefs 5/7/06 (05/07/07)
AARP holds tax volunteer breakfast AARP Tax-Aide volunteers met for a celebration breakfast at the Drury Lodge recently to recognize volunteers and their efforts in assisting people with the preparation of their federal and state returns. A total of 2,490 people were assisted with tax returns and questions, a 25 percent increase in federal returns filed over the preceding year representing 1,879 volunteer hours. ...
Students and parents gather in support of fired principal (05/07/07)
The group gathered Sunday at the pavilion at Capaha Park said they came because they refuse to give up on the man who didn't give up on their sons and daughters. A steady stream of children and parents took time yesterday to show support for fired Cape Girardeau Central Middle School principal Frank Ellis...
Locks of love (05/07/07)
Southeast Missourian Locks of Love is a public not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They use the donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics...
Brown graduates from Air Force basic training (05/07/07)
Air Force Airman Christopher D. Brown has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Brown, a 2003 graduate of Woodland High School in Marble Hill, Mo., is the son of Bryan and Sheila Brown of Marble Hill...
Cape River Heritage Museum displaying new exhibits (05/07/07)
The Cape River Heritage's new exhibits include local outstanding blacks and their effect on the community. University graduate students under the direction of Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff developed the exhibit. Tools and household items of the late William George Bock are new to the museum. They were donated by his grandson, Lewis Bock...
Park naturalist works to bring back rare native tree (05/07/07)
Montauk State Park naturalist Steve Bost visited Cape County Park's Conservation Department to plant a rare tree, an Ozark chinquapin, on park property. Bost has been trying to save the tree believed to have only about 70 survivors scattered throughout four states, including Missouri...
1957 Trinity Lutheran confirmands (05/07/07)
Confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church 50 years ago, 28 students and their spouses gathered recently for a celebration that included worship, fellowship and a presentation of memories by Esther Gray compiled in a DVD and memories booklet. Special guests included Gordon and Lida Mueller. Gordon Mueller taught seventh and eighth grades at the school when the students attended...
Cape/Jackson fire report 5/7/07 (05/07/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Friday: n At 8:19 p.m., illegal burn at 1500 Hill St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 4:06 a.m., emergency medical service at 2400 block of Glenridge Drive. n At 5:39 p.m., emergency medical service at 700 block of South Sprigg Street...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 5/7/07 (05/07/07)
401 Independence Street Monday, May 7 7:00 p.m., Study session at 5 p.m. Invocation by the Rev. Barry Pfanstiel of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Presentation n Presentation by Bill Burke of Arcturis regarding the city's comprehensive plan. Public hearings...
Registration opens for Mo. virtual school (05/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Registration opened Monday for students who want to enroll in a state-funded online school this fall. The state's virtual school program is expected to cover a few thousand students, with some taking a full load of classes and others only one or two courses...
Lawmaker wants to put Mo. Gov. Blunt's college plan on ballot (05/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Democratic opponent of Gov. Matt Blunt's college building plan pledged Monday to try to put the measure to a statewide vote, if it passes the Legislature. Rep. Clint Zweifel, of St. Louis, has been one of the most outspoken critics of Blunt's plan to take $350 million from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to finance college building improvements around the state. He contends it would detract from the agency's mission of making low-cost student loans...
DNR, Nixon may work together on Taum Sauk (05/07/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources may be willing to put aside differences with Attorney General Jay Nixon and work with him toward a settlement with Ameren Corp. over the Taum Sauk disaster, DNR director Doyle Childers said Monday...
Ruling clears way for southwest Mo. ethanol plant (05/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A circuit judge has ruled that a $165 million ethanol plant can be built in southwest Missouri despite claims by locals that it could consume too much water. Boone County Circuit Judge Frank Conley on Friday would not stop construction of the plant near Rogersville, 20 miles east of Springfield...
Tornado chasers head into storms to collect data on twisters (05/07/07)
WELLINGTON, Kan. -- Tornado-chasing scientists and a crew of IMAX cameramen perched on the top of the hill where U.S. Highway 160 passes over the Kansas Turnpike for about an hour recently before they moved on to Hays in search of a twister. The word "tornado" was spinning around town as drivers took note of the highly recognizable vehicles -- the Doppler on Wheels and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle -- that have been seen in National Geographic Television documentaries among other national programming.. ...
Higher ed plan also could aid homeland security (05/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When House members vote this week on Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to take $350 million from the state's student loan authority, they will be deciding on more than just a college construction plan. Some of the money could be spent to try to lure a Department of Homeland Security laboratory to research dangerous animal diseases. And some of it could help train future employees for a Missouri-based defense and space contractor...
Searchers dig through wreckage left by F5 tornado (05/07/07)
GREENSBURG, Kan. -- Rescue workers Sunday searched for anyone still buried in the heaps of splintered wreckage left after a massive tornado obliterated most of this south-central Kansas town. Waves of thunderstorms rippled across the Plains states Sunday, drenching rubble that the Friday night tornado scattered across Greensburg and threatening tornadoes elsewhere...
Park Service plans higher fees at some parks through 2009 (05/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- Entrance fees are due to rise at many national parks over the next three summers, though a public outcry over specific increases could cause the government to reconsider. A few increases have already taken effect. Through 2009, the National Park Service plans to phase in higher rates for annual park passes and fees paid per vehicle or person at about 130 of the 390 parks, monuments and other areas the agency manages...
75-year-old thought to be first black woman to make trek (05/07/07)
NEW YORK -- The bone-numbing trek to the North Pole is riddled with enough perils to make a seasoned explorer quake: Frostbite threatens, polar bears loom and the ice is constantly shifting beneath frozen feet. But Barbara Hillary took it all in stride, completing the trek to the world's northernmost point last month at the age of 75. She is one of the oldest people to reach the North Pole, and is thought to be the first black woman on record to accomplish the feat...
Man proposes on zero-gravity flight (05/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Alexander Loucopoulos wasn't afraid he would drop the ring when he proposed to his girlfriend, but he did have another fear. "I was afraid the ring would float really far away," said Loucopoulos, 32, of New York City. When he proposed Saturday to Graciela Asturias, a 27-year-old space enthusiast, they were on a 90-minute zero-gravity flight aboard a Boeing 727...
Turkey's Islamic-rooted party suffers new setback with presidential candidate (05/07/07)
ANKARA, Turkey -- The Islamic-rooted government suffered another setback Sunday when parliament failed again to reach a quorum to elect its presidential candidate in an ongoing rift between the ruling party and the secular establishment. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a close ally of the prime minister, withdrew from the presidential race Sunday -- a sign that the government was giving up efforts to push Gul's candidacy through Parliament in defiance of strong secularist opposition...
Wreckage of missing Kenya jetliner found in forest near airport (05/07/07)
DOUALA, Cameroon -- The wreckage of a Kenya Airways jetliner that crashed was found late Sunday in a dense mangrove forest outside Cameroon's commercial capital, aviation officials said. There was no information on survivors. Dozens of rescue workers and journalists walking through the swamp at night reached the edge of the crash site but did not immediately find survivors. ...
Bombs kill 8 Americans in Iraq as sectarian tension rises (05/07/07)
BAGHDAD -- Roadside bombs killed eight American soldiers in separate attacks Sunday in Diyala province and Baghdad, and a car bomb claimed 30 more lives in a wholesale food market in a part of the Iraqi capital where sectarian tensions are on the rise...
Conservative wins French presidency, mandate for reform (05/07/07)
PARIS -- Nicolas Sarkozy, a blunt and uncompromising pro-American conservative, was elected president of France on Sunday with a mandate to chart a new course for an economically sluggish nation struggling to incorporate immigrants and their children...
Leading the charge (05/07/07)
Nerves and rain helped do in St. Vincent golfer Zach Richardet on day two of the state golf tournament last year. Richardet, now a senior, was one of four golfers tied for third place, six strokes off the lead at 4-over-par 76, after the first round at Island Green Golf Course. A second-round 84 pushed Richardet into a tie for 11th overall, but still earned the junior his first all-state medal...
Redhawks win season finale (05/07/07)
The battle for the team's home run lead came down to the final game of the season, and junior Michelle Summers barely won the title. Summers hit a home run and drove in a pair to lead the Southeast Missouri State softball team to a 4-1 victory over Morehead State in the Redhawks' season finale...
Correction (05/07/07)
n Central's Shawn Owens ran the first leg of the first-place 3,200 relay at the SEMO North Conference meet at Jackson on Friday. Based on incorrect information provided to the Southeast Missourian, the the wrong runner was identified in a story in Friday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Redhawks muster three hits in split at EKU (05/07/07)
Senior Asif Shah took matters into his own hands Sunday. In the first game of a pair of seven-inning games, Shah smacked a double to left field for his team's lone hit. He scored on Matt Wulfers' groundout for the game's only run and didn't allow a run on the mound as Southeast Missouri State beat Eastern Kentucky 1-0 in the first game of an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader in Richmond, Ky...
Looper provides a pulse (05/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A day after the St. Louis Cardinals lost Chris Carpenter for at least three more months, a pitcher making his seventh career start gave them a pick-me-up. Braden Looper allowed a run in six innings, helping his punchless team beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Sunday for only its second victory in eight games. He insists he wasn't trying to step up as the de facto ace...
Redbirds add Ludwick, Falkenborg (05/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Persistent knee pain landed St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Preston Wilson on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and the team replaced him with its best minor league hitter. Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, whose contract was purchased from Class AAA Memphis, was batting a team-leading .340 with eight home runs, and his 36 RBIs and 27 runs led the Pacific Coast League. ...
Clemens will return in Yankees pinstripes (05/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens returned to the New York Yankees, making a dramatic announcement to fans from the owner's box during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. At the end of the seventh-inning stretch, Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard told fans to turn their attention to the box, where Clemens was standing with a microphone. As the video scoreboard in right-center showed Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner made the announcement himself...
Woods adds Wachovia to trophy collection (05/07/07)
Tiger Woods added the Wachovia Championship to his growing collection of trophies Sunday with a 60-foot eagle putt to take the lead, a double bogey that kept it interesting, and by avoiding the kind of calamity that doomed his challengers down the stretch at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C...
Johnson keeps Hendrick Motorsports in Victory Lane (05/07/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson's celebration seemed a bit subdued. Maybe all these trips to Victory Lane are becoming routine for the Hendrick Motorsports crew. Johnson gave Hendrick its seventh win in the past eight Nextel Cup races by leading teammate Kyle Busch to a 1-2 finish Sunday at Richmond International Raceway. It was the third consecutive victory for Hendrick, which remained undefeated in the four races NASCAR has used its new Car of Tomorrow...
Marquette Towers opens its doors (05/07/07)
There's no longer a need to hold up traffic while checking for progress in the Marquette Towers, owners Pat and James Allen said. The doors are open. The Marquette Restaurant & Bar will start serving at 4 p.m. today. Thomas Meyer, the leasing agent for the 76-year-old building, said he's the first one with dinner reservations. The Marquette Towers had a couple restaurants come and go in a short period of time, but Meyer said the Allens are here to stay...
'Spider-Man 3' shatters box-office records with $148 million in 3 days (05/07/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Spider-Man caught just about everyone in his web. The superhero's latest adventure, "Spider-Man 3," smashed box-office records with $148 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates Sunday. That put it ahead of the previous record debut of $135.6 million set last summer by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."...
Apple seeks end to copy restrictions in iTunes talks (05/07/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The last time Apple chief executive Steve Jobs took on major recording companies, he refused to budge on his 99-cent price for a song on iTunes. As a new round of talks ramp up this month, however, Jobs has opened the door to higher prices -- as long as music companies let Apple Inc. sell their songs without technology designed to stop unauthorized copying...
What's next for Dana plant? (05/07/07)
Cape Girardeau's Dana Corp. plant is going on the market, and its employees have been left wondering what to do. Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., will team up with national, state and regional industrial recruitment professionals, including Mitch Robinson with Cape Girardeau Area Magnet and John Mehner with the Chamber of Commerce, to create awareness of the availability of the property at 2075 Corporate Circle...
People on the move 5/7/07 (05/07/07)
ERA Cape Realty welcomes new associate ERA Cape Realty recently announced the addition of new associate, Shelly Lane, to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Cape Girardeau area. Lane has lived in the Jackson area for the past five years. As part of ERA Cape Realty, Lane will offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of products and services including online listings, home warranty plans and the ERA sellers security plan...
Vertie Meyer (05/07/07)
Vertie M. Meyer, 90, of Jackson died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Monticello House in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Herbert Schlegel (05/07/07)
Herbert Henry Schlegel, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday May 5, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church...
Dorothy Leoni (05/07/07)
Dorothy I. Leoni, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Herman Hebenstreit (05/07/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Herman J. Hebenstreit, 70, of Advance died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the Advance Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 16, 1936, at Benton, Mo., son of Ben and Alma Scherer Hebenstreit. He and Dorothy Winchester were married July 11, 1969, in Advance...
Royce Alms (05/07/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Royce A. Alms, 50, of Perryville died May 4, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 28. 1957, at Chester Ill., son of Harold C. and Edith W. Alms. Alms was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served as a church elder, sang in the men's choir and participated in the Breakfast Bible Study Group. He was also an avid St. Louis Blues fan...
Huewliott Shaw (05/07/07)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Huewliott Richard (H.R.) Shaw, 78, of Grassy died Friday, May 4, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Wynne, Ark., son of the Rev. R.E. and Nona Shaw. He and Betty Masters were married Dec. 18, 1998, at Bernie, Mo. H.R. was employed at Frisco and Burlington Northern Railroad for more than 40 years. ...
Cape/Jackson police report 5/7/07 (05/07/07)
DWIs; Arrests; Thefts; Assaults; Property damage; Summonses; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Assaults; Property damage
Out of the past 5/7/07 (05/07/07)
State Rep. Jerry Ford, speaking at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee, criticized a provision of the Hancock Amendment that he says may prevent elected county officials from receiving pay increases and could lead to "war in the courthouse."...
Missouri tax credits (05/07/07)
By Steve Hodges Tax credits play an important role in Missouri's tax policy. Generally, a tax credit is a reduction for taxes owed. Government awards a tax credit to a private entity in exchange for some promised benefit. The Department of Economic Development describes three types of credits: economic benefits, quality of life (or social) benefits, or a hybrid credit that produces economic and social benefits. ...
Rolling stops (05/07/07)
The Jackson School District has a potentially dangerous situation at the intersection of Route Z and a gravel road that leads to the Gordonville Attendance Center. The intersection has a poor line of sight in one direction, and the gravel road curves and slopes upward to meet Route Z. The intersection is difficult to maneuver a lumbering bus through...
Roundtable works to restore Fort D (05/07/07)
To the editor:I would like to express our appreciation to the Southeast Missourian and reporter Matt Sanders for the May 1 article on Fort D Days. It is a pleasure for our members to be a part of the restoration of the site. A few years ago, our organization adopted Fort D as our project for cleanup, restoration and improvement. ...
Speak Out 5/7/07 (05/07/07)
War history; Policies backfire; Wipers and lights; Repairing potholes; Ethanol concerns; Southern substation; Bring them home; Crazy world; Buying from China; Dangerous exit; Hollywood typecasting; Done in by make-up
Stop sign (05/07/07)
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