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Text message leads to harassment charge (05/17/07)
A Jackson man faces harassment charges stemming from the violent act he allegedly threatened to commmit in a text-message to a Jackson woman. Aaron L. Flessner, 30, of Jackson was charged with a single misdemeanor count Thursday after Jackson police reviewed the text messages he sent to the woman during first weeks of April. At the time, Flessner and the woman were embroiled in a dispute...
Red House hopes to benefit from scheduling conflict (05/17/07)
When the Red House Interpretive Center staff scheduled the site's first-ever festival focusing on historic arts and crafts, they didn't realize the event would be competing with the Arts Council's annual arts festival, ArtsCape. Both events will be happening Saturday, ArtsCape at Capaha Park and the Mayfest Historic Arts and Crafts Festival at the Red House; both at nearly identical times, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ArtsCape, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Mayfest...
County travel cheaper for seniors (05/17/07)
A new program offered by the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority will make getting around the county cheaper for senior citizens. Beginning June 6, senior citizens will be able to purchase up to 8 coupons a month for $3 each that will allow them to travel one way from any point in the county to any other location, interim executive director Tom Mogelnicki said Thursday. The coupons must be purchased in advance to take advantage of the program, he said...
Investing in messages (05/17/07)
Outdoor advertising in Cape Girardeau is going digital. Colorful digital signs with changing images have become popular with local outdoor sign companies, and businesses are using the technology to advertise more freely. The city is evaluating its current regulations to make sure these signs don't pose a threat to drivers...
MOHELA will reduce loan debt to encourage math, science teachers (05/17/07)
A state loan authority will reduce student loan debt for math and science teachers in Missouri and offer a financial incentive for college freshmen to consider careers in engineering. Missouri High Education Loan Authority officials announced the establishment of the two programs Wednesday...
Hollywood kills off Cape, Knoxville (05/17/07)
The name Cape Girardeau will not be spoken in the major motion picture "Killshot." Both the city's name and one of the film's stars, Johnny Knoxville, will be absent when the movie hits the big screen, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. Swingle is a friend of Elmore Leonard, who wrote the novel on which the film is based...
10-year-old punches Cape teacher (05/17/07)
A 10-year-old boy with a history of behavior issues was cited into juvenile court following an outburst where he punched his teacher in the jaw. The boy became disruptive in his Alma Schrader Elementary School classroom last week and struck the teacher in the leg, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Barry Hovis said Wednesday. After being moved across the room near an air conditioner "to cool off and calm down," the child began throwing things, Hovis said...
Cape chamber qualifies for Chamber of the Year award (05/17/07)
By Tim Krakowiak Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce recently qualified to apply for the annual Chamber of the Year Award through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. The ACCE will honor up to four chambers nationwide with the award this year...
Memorial service planned for family buried at Old Morley Cemetery (05/17/07)
MORLEY, Mo. -- When Morley Mayor Kerry Tidwell walks through the Old Morley Cemetery he hears voices. Not literally, but the people buried there and the names on the headstones have stories to tell about the history of the small town, which was founded in 1869. Before the town was incorporated, the cemetery was there, providing a resting place for some of Morley's earliest settlers...
Cape man faces assault charges (05/17/07)
A Cape Girardeau man was in jail Wednesday charged with biting, punching and pulling the hair of his girlfriend until she blacked out and required medical treatment. When police responded to 137 Spanish St., Apt. 4, on Tuesday, they were answering a call about a man who had cut his wrist, patrolman David Willingham wrote in a sworn statement filed with the charges against Sean K. Poole...
Expert: Local government must protect historic sites (05/17/07)
A state expert says when it comes to historic preservation, state and federal protection aren't enough. "State government and federal government won't really do anything to protect your historic districts. Local governments are really the only ones that can protect your community, because we don't have the legal authority," said Jo Ann Radetic, a certified local government coordinator with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office...
Cairo to be studied for transportation hub (05/17/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Even in the 1800s, Cairo's boosters touted it as a place ideally suited as a way station for goods headed up and down the two major rivers that form its western and southern boundaries. And soon, $100,000 worth of economic development grants will pay for a study to determine if a modern facility to ease the movement of goods between railroads, highways and rivers could find a home in Cairo and garner enough business to be justified...
Highway 25 reduced to one lane today near Highway 77 (05/17/07)
Southeast Missourian Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today while MoDOT crews patch the roadway. The work will take place from one mile north of the Highway 77 intersection to two miles south of the intersection. Weather permitting, traffic will be reduced to one lane between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling in the area...
Salvation Army serving meals next week (05/17/07)
The Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope St., will serve Meals with Friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. All are invited to enjoy a hot, nutritious meal at no cost. Dessert for each meal is cake or pie. Monday menu is hamburger helper, green beans, bread and butter; Tuesday, turkey casserole, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail, rolls and butter; Wednesday, tacos, refried beans, apple sauce; Thursday, sloppy Joes on bun, corn, peaches; Friday, turkey or tuna sandwiches, chips, pork and beans, pears.. ...
Jackson sixth-grader fighting knee infection (05/17/07)
Friends and family of a Jackson boy, Gabriel Cena, are doing all they can to support the sixth-grader who was airlifted to St. Louis Children's Hospital May 7 when local hospitals could not offer any more help. Gabriel Cena has an infection in his knee and doctors are baffled, said his aunt, Kim Avalos of Jackson...
Area secretary named outstanding older worker (05/17/07)
Ruth Illers, an administrative secretary at SEMO Area Agency on Aging, was recently named a regional winner in the Missouri's Outstanding Older Worker Contest. According to public information director Ruth Dockins and the staff of SEMO Area Agency on Aging, who nominated Illers, one of Illers' outstanding assets is her ability to fulfill requests with a smile...
Cape man Tasered twice Wednesday after traffic stop (05/17/07)
When Jamie A. Steel decided to make a stop early Wednesday morning, he choose the wrong spot. Cape Girardeau police patrolman Mike Kidd spotted Steel's car at 1024 William St., a location where the owner has told police there shouldn't be anyone at 5:15 a.m. Following the car past West End Boulevard, Kidd sought to stop the car near Albert Street, with Steel finally pulling over in front of El Torero restaurant at 2120 William St., police spokesman Barry Hovis said...
Students from Arkansas bike into Cape Girardeau on Tour de Faith (05/17/07)
When students from Arkansas State University biked into Cape Girardeau Tuesday after a 70-mile ride, no crowds lined the streets. They weren't greeted by fans or given yellow jerseys. The group of 19 students and three leaders is on a different tour...
Community cuisine 5/17/07 (05/17/07)
Benefit supper to be held at Oak Ridge A fried chicken dinner will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Oak Ridge School cafeteria. Children under 5 eat free. The dinner is a benefit is for Andy Seyer Jr. and the Leonard Bogenpohl family. There will be a country store and a quilt, afghan and cash raffle. ...
Community digest 5/17/07 (05/17/07)
Community Counseling Center meets Friday; Church sponsoring annual garage sale; Civil War Roundtable meets Sunday; Genealogist celebrating 80th in Marble Hill; Mound City cemetery holding program; Memorial service set in Sedgewickville; Memorial service set for Dry Creek Cemetery; Eagle Ridge student wins coloring contest; Sedgewickville School picnic to be held June 2; Contra dance scheduled for June 2
Residents of flooded town allowed back in (05/17/07)
MOUND CITY, Mo. -- Residents of flooded Big Lake Village were allowed back in on Wednesday for the first time since rising water forced them from their homes more than a week ago. There were some restrictions, like a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew that will last indefinitely. Also, residents will be allowed to only walk to their property until the Missouri Department of Transportation says they can use boats or cars...
Rep. Kenny Hulshof not commenting on reports he's eyeing Missouri post (05/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kenny Hulshof is not commenting on reports that he's a candidate to become the next president of the University of Missouri system. But speculation about the Columbia, Mo., Republican increased this week with the announcement that his longtime chief of staff, Manning Feraci, has resigned...
Boston suburb goes on diet to curb childhood obesity; study says children avoided gaining weight (05/17/07)
SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- More fruits and vegetables were added to school lunches. Restaurants offered smaller portions. Crosswalks even got a fresh coat of paint to encourage walking and biking. The whole city of Somerville went on a diet to curb childhood obesity. And researchers say it worked...
Southern wildfires could burn for months before rain snuffs them out (05/17/07)
FOLKSTON, Ga. -- Mark Ruggiero has 400 firefighters, 56 engines, 49 bulldozers and nine helicopters under his command. And that still won't be enough to snuff out the wildfires that have shrouded the Okefenokee Swamp in smoke and flame for the past month...
Wolfowitz, World Bank working on agreement for him to resign (05/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Embattled World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz is negotiating an agreement to resign, according to an official familiar with the talks. His departure would include an acknowledgment from the bank that he doesn't bear sole responsibility for the controversy surrounding a generous pay package for his girlfriend, the official said...
Senate Democrats fail in bid to cut off Iraq war funding but gain some supporters (05/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Anti-war Democrats in the Senate failed in an attempt to cut off funds for the Iraq war on Wednesday, a lopsided bipartisan vote that masked growing impatience within both political parties over President Bush's handling of the four-year conflict...
Nation's second president debuts on dollar coin (05/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- The second dollar coin in the new presidential series goes into circulation around the country today with the U.S. Mint hoping it can turn 18th century statesman John Adams into a 21st century marketing phenomenon. After two famous flops in Susan B. ...
Early presidential primary states far from U.S. average (05/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- White, rural and homogeneous. New Hampshire and Iowa play big roles in choosing presidential candidates but don't look much like the rest of the country. A better bellwether might be Illinois. It's the most average state, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Census Bureau...
Mortar barrage again hammers Green Zone (05/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- Mortar rounds hammered the U.S.-controlled Green Zone for a second day Wednesday, killing at least two people, wounding about 10 more and raising fears for the safety of workers at the nerve center of the American mission in Iraq. About a dozen shells crashed into the 3.5-square-mile area of central Baghdad about 4 p.m., sending terrified pedestrians racing for the safety of concrete bunkers...
Colombia's president denies warlord's accusations regarding paramilitaries (05/17/07)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- President Alvaro Uribe defended his battered administration Wednesday against a flurry of new blows: a wiretapping scandal, the jailing of more congressional allies and a paramilitary warlord's claims that two high-ranking officials conspired with far-right militias...
Battles intensify on Gaza City streets (05/17/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Gunfire and explosions raged across Gaza City on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people in the most widespread fighting of nearly a year of clashes between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. Street battles turned the densely populated seaside city into a war zone, putting terrified civilians increasingly at risk. ...
ND girls claim district soccer championship (05/17/07)
The combination of Mindy Siebert and Meridith Medlin terrorized St. Vincent up top, and goalie Shelley Frank came up with a pair of dazzling saves in the second half as Notre Dame held off St. Vincent for a 2-1 district championship win Wednesday in the Class 1 District 1 girls soccer tournament at Perryville...
Central, Jackson to meet for title (05/17/07)
Senior pitcher Brad LaBruyere tied a Central school record Wednesday with his 29th career victory as the Tigers reached the championship game of the Class 4 District 1 tournament in Hillsboro with a 6-1 victory over Fox. The top-seeded Tigers (15-10) seeking their first district title since 2000, will face Jackson at 6 p.m. Friday. Jackson routed Hillsboro 12-2 in six inning in the other semifinal...
Chaffee wins continuation of rain-delayed semifinal (05/17/07)
Chaffee's baseball team is one win away from its first district since 2001 after defeating No. 3 Crystal City 7-4 on Wednesday in the continuation of a rain-suspended semifinal game in the Class 2 District 2 tournament in Charleston Top-seeded Chaffee (17-9) will face No. 2 Scott City today in the finals...
Furcal continues hot streak in Dodgers' win over Cards (05/17/07)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Last Saturday, Rafael Furcal was in a rut, hitting only .214 after making outs in his first two at-bats against the Cincinnati Reds. He got hits his next two times up, and has been on a startling tear ever since. Furcal continued his extraordinary offensive surge with four hits Tuesday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat St. Louis 9-7 to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Cardinals...
Donating a used car to charity (05/17/07)
Tuesday, 15 May, 2007, 16:43 EDT, US How much can you deduct from your taxes anyway? Question: Maybe you've got a junker taking up space in your driveway, and fixing it would cost more than the car is worth. Some charities accept used cars as donations, letting you deduct the value of the car from your taxes. Many even offer to come tow the car away...
Calendar (05/17/07)
Today Men Battling Cancer luncheon, American Cancer Society, 106 Farrar Drive, Suite 104, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kelly at 334-9197 for more information. Red Cross blood drive, First United Methodist Church, Sikeston, Mo., 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (800) 448-3543...
The 'breastworks' in the attic (05/17/07)
May 17, 2007 Dear Rick, Thank you for your generous donation to our art collection. Finding 30 framed pictures of women's breasts in a box on our front porch left us speechless. Picasso had "Guernica," you have the "Breastworks." We are fond of all your work, but these are magnificent. Wherever did you find such consistently robust models? Or did you mostly use your imagination?...
In praise of the nutty tart (05/17/07)
I just love it when the foods I crave turn out to be health foods. Red wine was my first thrill in this regard, but since I don't crave wheat grass or alfalfa sprouts, discovering that the dried tart cherries I crave are a health powerhouse makes me have happy feet...
'Dancing With the Stars' a choreographed escape from a world seriously out of step (05/17/07)
NEW YORK -- You want to dance. You know you do. Lodged in your La-Z-Boy, you take flight with your fantasies as you watch "Dancing With the Stars." Unbound, you claim the ballroom floor and get yourself into the act. In your dreams. But dreams fuel TV shows, along with the people who watch them. You watched plumpish, middle-aged John (Cliff the Mailman) Ratzenberger stay alive for six weeks. You've got to figure, anything is possible!...
CBS tries adventurous new schedule, cancels 'Jericho' (05/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Taking a few chances to spice up a stodgy image, CBS said Wednesday it would air a musical next season and series about a vampire, children taking over a town without adult supervision and 1970s-era swingers. The network also canceled its nuclear apocalypse drama "Jericho," another sign that networks are shying away from serial dramas after gorging on them earlier this season...
Veteran newsman Dan Rather makes acting debut in pilot for ABC series (05/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Dan Rather going Hollywood? There were gasps of surprise at ABC's fall-schedule announcement this week when the veteran TV newsman popped up as an actor in clips for "Dirty Sexy Money," a new drama about a wealthy, misbehaving New York family...
Amazon to launch digital music store (05/17/07)
SEATTLE -- Amazon.com plans to open an online music store offering only songs that are free of copy-protection technology and can be played on anything from PCs to portable gadgets such as Apple's iPod or Microsoft's Zune. The Internet retailer decided to steer clear of digital-rights management technology because consumers want to be able to listen to their music on any device they choose, executives said Wednesday...
Charlotte Metzger (05/17/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Charlotte L. Metzger, 73, of Anna died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1933, in Murphysboro, Ill., daughter of Herman Leon and Goldie Weathers Phillips. She and Maurice Metzger were married Aug. 14, 1954, in Anna. He died Jan. 16, 2001...
Vernon Bachmann (05/17/07)
FARRAR, Mo. -- Vernon E. Bachmann, 81, of the Farrar community died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born June 13, 1925, in Perry County, Mo., son of Rudolph and Frieda Miesner Bachmann. He and Mildred E. Mueller were married Sept. 25, 1949...
Jewell Hager (05/17/07)
Jewell A. Hager, 94, of Farmington, Mo., formerly of Gordonville, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at Camelot Nursing Home in Farmington. She was born April 27, 1912, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Squire and Clara Davis. She married Lawrence C. Hager, who preceded her in death...
Bonnie Hoffine (05/17/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Yvonna "Bonnie" Hoffine, 73, of Sikeston died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Asier and Lorene Nichols Fowler. She and Gary Young were married April 13, 1952. He died June 16, 1982. She and Ellis Hoffine were married March 1, 1994. He died Feb. 9, 2005...
George Hamm (05/17/07)
George L. Gaines Hamm, 69, of Scott City passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 31, 1937, in Commerce, Mo., son of Mary Aleen Hamm Leible and Johnnie Osborn. His most recent marriage was to Della N. Shuffit Aug. 4, 2001, at Zalma, Mo...
Janetta Drake (05/17/07)
ELDON, Mo. -- Janetta Kay Lincoln Drake, 45, of Eldon died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Loveland, Colo. She was born Nov. 19, 1961, in Beach Grove, Ind., daughter of James Curtis and Judy Loretta Atherton Lincoln. She and Tim Drake were married Dec. 13, 1980, at Dexter, Mo...
Alvin Bess (05/17/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Alvin H. "Buddy" Bess, 77, a lifelong resident and prominent businessman of Poplar Bluff died Friday, May 11, 2007, at his residence. Mr. Bess, son of the late Joda William and Mary Margaret (Smith) Bess, was born April 30, 1929, in Poplar Bluff. He was a member of the New Life Christian Church United. Mr. Bess served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954...
Judith Wessel (05/17/07)
Judith B. Wessel, 37, of Herndon, Va., died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ronnie Abraham Jr. (05/17/07)
Ronnie Abraham Jr., 29, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 5/17/07 (05/17/07)
Graham; Garza; Dambach; Davis
Hazing's ugly side (05/17/07)
In 1994 a hazing incident at Southeast Missouri State University resulted in the death of a student. Since then, there has been an annual Michael Davis lecture named in the victim's honor. The lecture brings to the campus leaders of national stature to discuss serious topics that we all confront in our lives...
Junior high talent is exceptional (05/17/07)
To the editor:The musical talent in Cape Girardeau never ceases to amaze me. Is it something in the water? Saturday night I had the pleasure of seeing my second musical by the students at Central Junior High School in their magnificent production of "Beauty and the Beast." Had I gone to an earlier performance, I would have returned to see it a second time...
Speak Out 5/17/07 (05/17/07)
Parking-lot angels; Keep pets at home; War's duration; Graduation review; Government plan; Buckled-up street; Cut and run; Altered pets; Tough decision; County needs jobs; Get it done; Drinking favors
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