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Stories from Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Starving animals found in Essex, Mo., house (05/22/07)
ESSEX, Mo. -- A real estate agent inspecting a recently foreclosed house in rural Stoddard County said she discovered four starving dogs and two emaciated cats abandoned by the former owners.Tricia Carroll of Poplar Bluff, Mo., found the animals Monday, separated into several rooms of the house along County Road 732 southeast of Essex. ...
ArtsCape attendance figure revised downward (05/22/07)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has revised its estimated attendance figures for this year's ArtsCape festival, bringing them down from Saturday[[OpenSingle]]s early estimates but still showing a marked increase.Directors of the council met Monday night to compare observations of the festival and take an early look at financial statements. ...
Man leads high-speed chase on Hwy 177 (05/22/07)
A man wanted on warrants led police on a high-speed chase from downtown Cape Girardeau along county roads before ending near the Procter & Gamble plant on Highway 177. The chase began about 8:30 p.m. Monday when Michael Hinton, sped off after Officer Brandon Farmer attempted to stop him, said Sgt. Rick Price of the Cape Girardeau police department...
Aldermen delay vote on veto for 2nd time (05/22/07)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen on Monday put off for the second time a vote on whether to overrule former Mayor Paul Sander's veto of a street abandonment. The board previously had pushed the issue from early March to Monday, which kept the issue alive as a factor in the race to replace Sander. On Monday, the winner of that election, Barbara Lohr, cast the deciding vote to postpone the decision again...
New middle school principal hired (05/22/07)
The Cape Girardeau school board approved the hiring of a new principal for the middle school in closed session Monday night, ignoring the pleas of parents and students who petitioned the district to retain the current principal and assistant principal...
Annual four-day event lures bargain hunters to Highway 25 (05/22/07)
Ellen Lowe admits to starting the 100-Mile Yard Sale nine years ago out of love for bargain shopping and an interest in bringing money into the community. "But if we're talking about a major car accident, then no, I didn't start it," she said, half-joking...
Sink or swim: Small business owners speak up about what it takes to succeed (05/22/07)
"Experience is a cruel teacher," says Bill Vickery. "Effective, but cruel." As the director of the Small Business Development Center in Cape Girardeau, Vickery is well acquainted with the risk of opening a new business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only about 44 percent make it through the first four years...
City, transportation department will share cost of replacing 13 stoplights (05/22/07)
Thirteen city intersections on state routes will get stoplights with non-interruptible power following approval by the Cape Girardeau City Council of a cost-sharing agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation DOT to pay for installation and maintenance...
Emerson working on health care plan (05/22/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson doesn't know exactly what universal health care will look like, but she knows what it needs to accomplish. "I don't want a government health care system. What I want is a system to insure all Americans through the private sector. People can't afford health care today, so we've got to make it affordable," said Emerson, a Cape Girardeau Republican...
Down by the riverfront (05/22/07)
Region briefs 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
Salvation Army serving Meals with Friends 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. Today's menu is 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...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
Invocation by the Rev. Scott Moon, Grace United Methodist Church Presentation n Heard presentation by Denise Wimp regarding First Call for Help. n Heard presentation by fire chief Rick Ennis updating progress on Fire Station No. 3. Proclamation n Mayor Jay Knudtson signed a proclamation declaring this week Public Works Week in the city...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
Monday Jackson City Hall, 101 Court St., Jackson Public hearings n Held a hearing to consider an amendment to city ordinances regarding the creation of a CO-1 (enhanced commercial overlay) district. n Held a hearing to consider the rezoning of Lots 42 through 57 of Nine Oaks Subdivision, from R-2 (single-family residential) district to R-3 (one- and two-family residential) district, as submitted by B&R Developers LLC, Ronald and Marcia Clark, and Bobby and Jane Clark...
Missouri PSC approves rate increase for Ameren customers (05/22/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Millions of Missourians will pay more for their electricity as a result of a roughly $43 million annual rate increase granted Tuesday to Amen Corp. A majority of Missouri Public Service commissioners said they were sending the embattled utility a message that it needs to improve its reliability and customer service in approving a rate hike that was just a fraction of the $361 million Amen requested...
Man dies in boating accident on Lake Ozark (05/22/07)
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) -- A Belton man died early Tuesday when he fell off a boat in the Lake of the Ozarks, authorities said. Dustin Francis, 21, was riding in the bow of a boat with two other passengers when the 20-foot craft hit a small wake. Francis lost his balance, fell in the water and was struck by the boat's propeller, the Missouri State Water Patrol said...
Devlin pleads not guilty in Shawn Hornbeck case (05/22/07)
POTOSI, Mo. -- Michael Devlin, appearing clean-shaven and thinner, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he kidnapped, sexually abused and tried to kill Shawn Hornbeck in 2002. Devlin's arraignment Monday at the Washington County Courthouse in Potosi marked the first time he has left the Franklin County jail since he was arrested Jan. ...
Regulators poised to grant Ameren rate increase (05/22/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State utility regulators are poised to grant electricity provider Ameren Corp. its first rate increase in two decades over the objections of consumer advocates who urged that the embattled utility should instead be forced to lower its rates...
Corrections chief: Team's safety trumps public's right to know (05/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri's corrections director said Monday he is pleased and relieved by passage of a bill shielding the identities of people who help execute condemned prisoners. The measure -- which includes a right to sue anyone who outs them -- would help preserve the reputation and well-being of past and present members of execution teams, Department of Corrections director Larry Crawford said...
More than 600 homes, businesses affected by flooding (05/22/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More than 600 homes and businesses around Missouri suffered flood damage, state officials said Monday. Joint federal and state teams tallied damage in 18 counties and found 569 homes and 72 businesses felt the impact of the recent flooding, the state Department of Public Safety said...
How to borrow for college: A basic primer (05/22/07)
If they haven't already, millions of seniors graduating from high school will turn their attention over the next few weeks to paying for college. Scholarships and grants -- which don't have to be paid back -- are the best option, of course. But not everyone has the academic record for merit aid, or a great jump shot that would earn a sports scholarship. About two-thirds of four-year college students who graduate do so with some debt -- typically about $19,000...
Bush says he'll press allies to do more in Afghanistan (05/22/07)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush said Monday he will press U.S. allies to do more to share the burden and the risks in fighting in Afghanistan as casualties rise with a resurgent Taliban. "In order for NATO to be effective it has to transform itself into an organization that actually meets the threats that free nations face," Bush said as he stood alongside NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas...
Lebanese army lays siege around Palestinian camp (05/22/07)
TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- Lebanese troops tightened a siege of a Palestinian refugee camp Monday where a shadowy group suspected of ties to al-Qaida is holed up -- pounding the camp with artillery a day after the worst eruption of violence since the end of the country's civil war...
Notre Dame, Jackson try to get around sectional obstacles (05/22/07)
Notre Dame's girls soccer team dropped its season opener and has been on a tear ever since, dropping just one game since heading into a Class 1 sectional meeting with De Soto at 6:30 p.m. today at home. The Bulldogs (16-2-1) fell 3-0 to Marion in the opener of the Noon Optimist Tournament, but they worked their way through the consolation bracket to take fifth place. ...
State coaching honor bestowed on Grim (05/22/07)
Jerry Grim's banner year got an added bonus recently when the longtime Notre Dame girls basketball coach was elected into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Grim, who recently stepped down following his 25th season, will be one of six veteran coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 1. This past season the Bulldogs won their 11th district title under Grim...
Vandy dandy (05/22/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Price started playing ball by himself when he was 3 with a plastic bat and ball. He threw tennis balls against the family deck as hard as he could until his father yelled at him to stop. He played catch with his parents. But his father, Bonnie Price, who sat on a bucket to give his son a better target, finally gave up in middle school. His son threw hard, and he was getting hurt...
Aaron's hometown braces for fall of HR record (05/22/07)
MOBILE, Ala. -- Charlie Lord stands at the entrance to Hank Aaron Stadium, under a giant baseball emblazoned with the famed "755" and facing a life-sized cutout of Mobile's most famous son. He knows it's only a matter of time before Aaron's home run record falls to Barry Bonds and the shrine loses a bit of its shine...
Out of the shadows (05/22/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Helio Castroneves came back to Indianapolis carrying all those familiar titles. Two-time winner, former pole-sitter and fan favorite. He also returned to his career-defining race with a new identity: Roger Penske's other guy. Castroneves welcomes the change...
Royals unveil renovation plans (05/22/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The distinctive crowned scoreboard that's towered behind center field since Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973 will tower much taller. It will be easier to buy a hot dog. And fans will sit nearer the field to eat it. Once a vast renovation project is completed by 2010, Kauffman will have more restroom facilities and concession stands than any other major league ballpark, planners said Monday...
Earnhardt may find vacancy at Hendrick inn (05/22/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rick Hendrick wasn't lying when he said he has no room on his team for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick, the last big-time owner to comment publicly on Earnhardt's free-agent status, has spoken to NASCAR's most popular driver about his future. But with a full stable of drivers under contract, Hendrick didn't have a whole lot to offer...
Oden, Durant sweepstakes (05/22/07)
NEW YORK -- After all those losses -- some of them suspected on purpose -- there's finally a payoff. Two of the NBA's worst teams will be rewarded at the draft lottery today, winning the chance to choose Greg Oden or Kevin Durant. Representatives from 14 teams will be in Secaucus, N.J., hoping they earn the right to select another Tim Duncan or LeBron James, players who went No. 1 in the draft and now have their teams deep into the postseason...
NFL owners to discuss trimming draft time (05/22/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Titans coach Jeff Fisher had a vote, he'd favor trimming some time off the draft. Fisher, co-chair of the NFL's rules committee, won't be part of the NFL owners' talks today with commissioner Roger Goodell about shortening selection times in the first and second rounds of the league's draft. But he has been part of discussions with Goodell about picking up the pace on draft day...
Semoball.com wins SNA top honor (05/22/07)
Semoball.com, the Web site for local sports from the Southeast Missourian and its media partners in the region, won top honors for best local community initiative in the Suburban Newspapers of America Local Community Website contest. The contest drew nearly twice as many entries as last year...
Egg in a bottle (05/22/07)
Eggs aren't just for eating ... did you know you can do some cool science experiments with eggs? Ingredients n One hard-boiled egg without the shell n One gallon glass jar with a 1/2-inch round neck n Matches n Piece of paper Instructions STEP 1: Light a small piece of paper on fire with the matches, and immediately place the paper in the jar...
Learning briefs 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS n Sarah Green of Whitewater has been awarded a President's Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University. A graduate of New Salem Baptist Academy at Marble Hill, Mo., she is the daughter of Rick and Dorothy Green...
America: founded in a swamp (05/22/07)
When it comes to celebrating historic anniversaries, Americans go all out. Take the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Va., for example. Celebration organizers even got Britain's Queen Elizabeth to visit the place earlier this month during her visit to the United States...
British mail to issue Harry Potter stamps to mark end of book series (05/22/07)
LONDON -- Britain's Royal Mail is issuing a series of seven stamps depicting the covers of the best-selling "Harry Potter" books just before the final volume goes on sale. Millions of the stamps will be issued July 17 as part of the post office's tradition of celebrating "social themes and important occasions central to our way of life," said Julietta Edgar, who is in charge of special stamps at Royal Mail...
Helen Wilson (05/22/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Helen Ruth Wilson, 91, of O'Fallon died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Delmar West Nursing Home in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born July 4, 1915, in Unity, Ill., daughter of Charles A. and Ruth Parker LeFever. She married Benny Wilson, who died May 29, 2004...
Marie Ward (05/22/07)
Marie Ward, 91, of Gideon, Mo., died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Gideon Care Center. She was born May 2, 1916, at Hayward, Mo., daughter of Walter Dean and Elsa Mae Maloney Roberson. She and Ulys Ward were married July 20, 1935. He died Dec. 19, 1983. Ward was a member of First Baptist Church, WMU, and Civic Club in Clarkton, Mo...
Curtis Yount (05/22/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Curtis Lee Yount, 24, of Marble Hill died Saturday, May 19, 2007. He was born July 25, 1982, at Farmington, Mo., son of Bill C. and Deborah J. Coleman Yount. Yount was a member of Open Door House of Prayer in Annapolis, Mo. Survivors include his parents of Marble Hill; paternal grandmother, Ruby Yount of Marble Hill; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Betty Coleman of Benton, Mo.; three brothers, Chris Yount of Marble Hill, James Yount of Jackson, Brian Yount of Campbell, Mo.; three sisters, Angela Earley of Millersville, Ashley Yount of Jackson and Sonya Forbes of Memphis, Tenn.. ...
Mable Sample (05/22/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- Mable E. Sample, 89, of Patton died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of the Rev. Charles R. and Mary Bell Baker. She and Charles David Sample were married May 6, 1939, in Benton, Mo. He died Nov. 29, 1992...
Patsy Lankford (05/22/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Patsy J. Lankford, 71, of Perryville died Monday, May 21, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 3, 1935, in Perryville, daughter of Wallace T. and Pearl Cecelia Colbert Hunt. Lankford was a retired school bus driver. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church at Sereno, Mo., AmVets Auxiliary Post 94 and River Hills Eagles Aerie 4034...
DeAnna Jeans (05/22/07)
DeAnna J. Jeans, 59, of Jackson died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Opal London (05/22/07)
Opal T. London, 80, of Fruitland died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Walter Pang (05/22/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Walter S. Pang, age 84, of Tamms, died Sunday, May 20, 2007 at his home. He was born on Nov. 9, 1922, in Cairo, Ill., to Harry and Lin Lee (Gee) Pang. He married Wanda Hale on Feb. 29, 1948. Pang was a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1983 as Assistant Chief of the Midwest. ...
Shane Tobin (05/22/07)
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Shane M. Tobin, 24, of Ferguson suddenly entered into rest Sunday, May 20, 2007. He is the beloved son of David and Terry Merlo Tobin; dear brother of David Charles (Sarah) Tobin, Dax William Tobin (fiancee Jennifer Unrein); special uncle of Jake, Taylor, Daron, Cameron and Devin; dear nephew; cousin; and special friend to Emily...
William Jarosik (05/22/07)
William A. "Willie" Jarosik, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau. He was born Dec. 18, 1910, in Cape Girardeau, son of Adolph and Barbara Jaros Jarosik. He and Amy Nell Loos were married May 22, 1935, at St. Mary's Cathedral. She died Oct. 16, 1984...
Sharon Brown (05/22/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Sharon Kay Brown, 47, of Oran died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the home of a special friend in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Aug. 28, 1959, in Advance, daughter of Bob and Berdine Cureton Wilkerson. She married Darrell Brown, who died Sept. 13, 1984...
Clara Altefogt (05/22/07)
Clara C. Altefogt, 93, of Glen Carbon, Ill., died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Rosewood Care Center in Alton, Ill. She was born Feb. 23, 1914, in Madison County, Ill., daughter of Paul and Florence Schlemer Krotz. She and Earl H. Altefogt were married Oct. 17, 1936, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edwardsville, Ill...
Dorothy Cline (05/22/07)
Dorothy Hodgkiss Cline, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Charles Thomas and Ella Mae Johnson. She first married William Leroy Hodgkiss Aug. 21, 1948. He died April 22, 1988. She later married Kenneth Cline on July 26, 1983, in Sikeston. He died April 27, 1994...
Cape/Jackson police report 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Burglary; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Theft
Out of the past 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
Marquette Cement Mfg. Co. in Cape Girardeau, recently acquired from Gulf and Western Industries by Lone Star Industries Inc., will continue to be headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and will maintain its corporate identity, functions and personnel. The president of the Ozark Society's Mississippi Valley chapter, Bob Strong of Cape Girardeau, will testify in Washington next week before House and Senate subcommittees about a proposal to set aside 17,500 acres in Southeast Missouri as a federal wilderness area.. ...
Tour gives insights into ethanol plant (05/22/07)
By Joel P. Evans Last Wednesday I joined a group from Scott and Cape Girardeau counties to tour an existing ethanol plant near Malta Bend, Mo. Members of the group -- elected officials, various board members and residents of the area -- were the guests of a firm considering northern Scott County as a site to construct a 50-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant...
Honor, respect (05/22/07)
A remarkable event occurred in Oran, Mo., recently. One of the town's leading citizens, Max Hirschowitz, died in April. He was a leading Oran merchant, running a family business that stretched back nearly a century. He was a respected town leader. And he was a successful county official, having served on what he preferred to call the county court even after state statutes were amended to change the entity to the county commission. And Mr. Hirschowitz was a Jew...
Trickle-down hate is spreading (05/22/07)
To the editor:Most of us became aware of trickle-down economics during President Reagan's administration. It was the political left's way to ridicule his economic policies. Regardless of the economic boom, resulting in one of the biggest growth periods in history, the left was successful in dissuading many of its ineffectiveness...
We created our own gas monster (05/22/07)
To the editor:In response to Andy Wiesner's comments on gasoline prices, I would remind Wiesner of some of the root causes of our energy problems. 1. Drilling oil wells on and offshore has been severely restricted for many years, forcing foreign dependency...
Speak Out 5/22/07 (05/22/07)
Income redistribution; Let them teach; Breaking the law; Bus safety; Equal funding
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