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County accepts road board proposal (05/25/07)
Rural Cape Girardeau County residents will likely see the most aggressive road building effort in years following approval Thursday of a proposal from the Road and Bridge Advisory Board. The Cape Girardeau County Commission accepted the proposal without change. The board leaders recommended the county put asphalt on about five miles of county roads this year and try a chip-and-seal paving method on another 10 miles...
Minn. truck driver killed in I-55 accident (05/25/07)
A truck driver hauling 700 beehives was killed on Interstate 55 Thursday when his tractor trailer overturned. The driver's identity is being withheld pending notification of his family. He resides in Sunburg, Minn. The accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. on northbound I-55, two miles south of Scott City. Police say the semi sideswiped the guardrail of a bridge and went off the road several hundred feet before overturning in a soybean field. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident...
83 arrested in regional drug sweep (05/25/07)
A regional drug sweep brought in 83 suspects Thursday, including a man in Stoddard County who apparently committed suicide in the county jail. The series of arrests, called the "SEMO Summer Outlaw Roundup" by the SEMO Drug Task Force, included five suspects who allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers in Cape Girardeau from August to December. ...
Healthy Americans Act: Small business friend or foe? (05/25/07)
By Kathy Swan In Congress, there has long been agreement that something must be done to address the working uninsured population -- 27 million of which are owners, workers or dependents in small business. Lacking adequate time, expertise, and money, the majority of small business owners struggle with health coverage decisions, cost, and administration. ...
The road to business ownership: Find your map (05/25/07)
Anyone who plans to venture down the road of small business ownership needs a map -- a written business plan. A business plan is an important management tool, said Bill Vickery, director of the Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University. When you're looking at where your startup money is going to come from and how much cash it will take to get the business up and running, it's a good idea to have a plan to follow...
Small business, big insurance woes (05/25/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Missouri, said Congress might be able to write a plan that everyone can live with, referring to the Healthy Americans Act. Emerson recently hosted a small business health care roundtable with area business leaders at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. ...
Small business gone wild (05/25/07)
To understate, Lambert's and My Daddy's Cheesecake are examples of small business success. Having outgrown several buildings, now not even Southeast Missouri can contain them. "We hope you come hungry, leave full, and hopefully have a laugh or two!" reads the slogan at Lambert's. ...
The reality of realty: Location, location location (05/25/07)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today A small business owner has more to consider than what's on his business plan. If he wants to be successful he has to consider the old real estate adage: "location, location, location." Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place, Ltd., and Keith Monia, a broker with Exit Realty - Thomas Meyer Associates are involved largely with commercial real estate. ...
Show biz (05/25/07)
Jackie Robertson's business has got legs. Literally. Lots of them. As the owner of Jackson's Dance Extensions, Robertson combines her dance background with business acumen. She's a master instructor with Dance Masters of America and holds a degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University...
Small business is core of Old Town Cape (05/25/07)
"Small businesses, privately owned businesses, and family businesses, are the core of downtown and have been - have always been," says Marla Mills, executive director of Old Town Cape. Mill's organization works with and for downtown, both to foster development and to preserve its history. Small businesses are an essential part of their effort...
Sink or swim: Small business owners speak up about what it takes to succeed (05/25/07)
Business Today "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...
Business reports (05/25/07)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through April for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Centenary United Methodist looks at starting Christian school in Cape (05/25/07)
Fifteen parochial and private schools operate in Cape Girardeau County and northern Scott County. Leaders of a local Methodist church believe there could be room for another. Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau is studying the feasibility of starting a school. The discussion has been underway since last fall, said the Rev. Jeff Long, church pastor...
Governor signs loan bill at River Campus (05/25/07)
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt drew praise and loud applause Thursday during a visit to Southeast Missouri State University's new River Campus, where he signed legislation that provides more than $300 million for the new Cape Girardeau arts school and other college construction projects around the state...
Grain barge sinks near Grand Tower, Ill. (05/25/07)
A vessel had reported striking bottom or an unknown object, resulting in one grain barge sinking in the navigable channel, in the vicinity of mile 83 on the Upper River, near Grand Tower, Ill., according to Lt. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
Thursday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed certificate of training, county auditor. n Approved payroll change forms. n Received and filed notice of erroneous assessment. n Approved a gazebo reservation...
Workers rescue starving animals from vacant Essex residence (05/25/07)
ESSEX, Mo. -- Deplorable. Horrendous. Cruel. Those were a few of the words uttered by a real estate agent, four animal lovers and two Stoddard County Sheriff's Department deputies as they visited a rural Essex home in an effort to save the lives of six abandoned animals Wednesday morning...
11-year-old Cape student allegedly brings marijuana to middle school (05/25/07)
Southeast Missourian An 11-year-old Central Middle School student was referred to juvenile court Tuesday after he allegedly brought a small baggie containing marijuana to school, Cape Girardeau police reported Thursday. Police reports say the boy had brought the marijuana to school, bragging that he had the substance to other students on his bus ride to school. ...
Cape Girardeau man arrested for Friday night slashing (05/25/07)
Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man wanted for slashing another man late Friday night was arrested Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Willie C. Shannon II, 26, of 650 N. Fountain St., was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. at 922 William St., police spokesman Cpl. Jason Selzer said. Officers received a tip that Shannon was at that address, he said...
Six go to hospital following Ladue bus accident (05/25/07)
LADUE, Mo. (AP) -- A Metro bus crash in suburban St. Louis sent six people to the hospital Friday. None of their injuries was considered life-threatening, authorities said. Lt. Bill Baker with the Ladue police department said the bus was heading east on Interstate 64, known locally as Highway 40, when it crossed a road, crashed into a chain link fence, through some trees and ended up in a parking lot...
Petition calls for statewide vote on higher ed plan (05/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A man who helped create the state's higher education loan authority filed a petition Friday to allow voters to decide whether to approve a plan to sell part of the authority's assets to support college scholarships and buildings...
Universities form auto research alliance (05/25/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In an initiative hitched to auto companies growing fond of the South, seven universities in the region joined last week to form an automotive research alliance. The seven universities -- Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham and Kentucky -- are all in states with automotive manufacturing plants and suppliers...
Air show organizers appeal ruling siding with protesters (05/25/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Organizers for a Memorial Day weekend air show at the Columbia Regional Airport said Thursday they plan to appeal a court ruling permitting protesters to attend the event. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union and two protesters who were escorted out after handing out anti-war leaflets during the 2004 air show...
Dodge Sprinter grows bigger, better (05/25/07)
It sounds like a joke to say the Dodge Sprinter could be the next big thing. After all, the 2007 Sprinter -- a full-size, commercial van engineered by the parent company of Mercedes-Benz -- stretches at least 19 feet long from bumper to bumper, or about the length of one and a half Chevy Aveo hatchbacks parked end to end...
Hundreds pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest child at memorial (05/25/07)
ATLANTA -- Hundreds gathered Thursday to mourn Yolanda "Yoki" Denise King, the eldest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who carried his legacy through her art and activism. Her sister, Bernice, and brothers Martin and Dexter each lit a candle in her memory. Several veterans of the civil rights struggle attended, including Rep. John Lewis, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and the Rev. Joseph Lowery...
Vegas tourists get taken for a ride - on scooters (05/25/07)
LAS VEGAS -- There's lazy, and then there's Las Vegas lazy. In increasing numbers, Las Vegas tourists exhausted by the four miles of gluttony laid out before them are getting around on electric "mobility scooters." Don't think trendy Vespa motorbikes. Think updated wheelchair...
N.J. governor's seat-belt warning for Memorial Day weekend: 'I should be dead' (05/25/07)
TRENTON, N.J. -- "I'm New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and I should be dead." So begins Corzine's public service announcement promoting seat belt use, which was released Thursday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The governor was critically injured in an April 12 car crash in which he wasn't wearing a seat belt...
Congress OKs money for troops as Democrats back off on timeline (05/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- Bowing to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress grudgingly approved fresh billions for the Iraq war Thursday night, minus the troop withdrawal timeline that drew his earlier veto. "The Iraqi government needs to show real progress in return for America's continued support and sacrifice," said the commander in chief, and he warned that August could prove to be a bloody month for U.S. troops in Baghdad's murderous neighborhoods...
Study: Three-quarters of U.S. households ban smoking (05/25/07)
ATLANTA -- Smoking is forbidden in nearly three out of four U.S. households, a dramatic increase from the 43 percent of homes that prohibited smoking a decade ago, the federal government reported Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the survey in 2003, said it was the first study to offer a state-by-state look at the prevalence of smoking in American homes...
Mo. toddler ruins monks' meticulous sand design with 'little tap dance' (05/25/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The little boy spotted the pretty pile of colored sand on the floor of the vast hall and couldn't resist. Slipping under a protective rope, he danced all over the sand, ruining the carefully crafted picture. Never mind that it was the creation of eight Tibetan monks who had spent two days cross-legged on the floor of Union Station, pouring the sand into an intricate design as an expression of their Buddhist faith...
Oran leans on experience in quarterfinal (05/25/07)
Oran's baseball team has made the state final four in four of the past five seasons and in each of its last six state playoff appearances. Valle Catholic picked up its first state playoff win Wednesday in a Class 1 sectional against Winona. The Eagles will pit their playoff experience against Valle in a 4 p.m. quarterfinal today at Oran...
Howell Central's ace holds Central to two hits (05/25/07)
The fans were chanting for Central and singing Brad's praises Thursday in the Class 4 baseball sectional at Cape Central. Unfortunately for Tigers fans, it was Francis Howell Central that was garnering the chants and Brad Bira who was earning the cheers in an 11-0 rout of the host Tigers...
Inexperienced Central ready to make noise (05/25/07)
Central may not have a returning state champion heading with it to the Class 3 and 4 state track and field championships today -- last year's 200-meter winner Nicole Jackson did not come out for the team this year -- but that does not mean the Tigers won't come home with a first-place medal...
Berry, Duffy open state tournament play today (05/25/07)
The Central doubles team of David Berry and Patrick Duffy will begin play at the Class 2 state tournament today in Springfield, Mo. Berry and Duffy, both juniors, will face the team of Jay Kinderknecht and Stefan Nosic of Rock Bridge in the opening round. The event is a double-elimination tournament with consolation and quarterfinal play also taking place today. The semifinal and final round is Saturday...
Gamecocks slam Redhawks (05/25/07)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Jacksonville State has had the most success of any team in the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament since the Gamecocks joined the league in 2004. Southeast Missouri State could not alter that trend Thursday afternoon, and as a result the Redhawks find themselves facing a serious uphill climb in their quest for their first OVC tournament title since 2002...
AJGA announces field for Dalhousie tourney (05/25/07)
Dalhousie Golf Club will host 144 players when the American Junior Golf Association event rolls into town next month. The field is set for the AJGA event, a 54-hole tournament for boys and girls ages 12 to 18. It runs from June 18 to 21. Two of the top boys golfers are Jack Belote of Bartlett, Tenn., and Ryan Sirman of Tyler, Texas. Belote recorded four top-12 finishes last season. Sirman has three top-12 finishes this season...
Cardinals sweep (05/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Last year, Braden Looper was a setup man and Yadier Molina batted .216. The St. Louis Cardinals' best starter and their newest offensive threat helped complete a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Looper won for the third time in four outings and Molina extended his hitting streak to 15 games and had two RBIs in a 3-1 victory Thursday. Looper was tied for the NL lead with six victories, while Molina's average climbed to .304...
Hancock's father sues over pitcher's death (05/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him. The suit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court by Dean Hancock of Tupelo, Miss., does not specify damages. ...
Local film's young (and fun) guns (05/25/07)
Nineteen-year-old Louie Benson began toying around with filmmaking early in his life, around the age of 13 or 14. He's not happy about those early products he made. "I'm ashamed for people to see them," Benson says while sitting in the video production lab at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center will fellow young filmmakers Scott Elsey, 21, and Andrew Kenner, 19 -- a place that has become an artistic Mecca for the area's young independent filmmakers...
Indie film 'Mary First Words' on hold (05/25/07)
Progress on Steve Turner's seven-figure-budget indie feature film, "Mary First Words," has stopped, on what Turner calls "financial hold" for the time being. But Turner is still at work, creating a lower-budget feature called "Miller's Tale" under the aegis of his company, Schrader Turner Films LLC. Turner says he hopes to get the film into national film festivals, like Sundance, and perhaps land a deal for DVD distribution...
Everyone's a critic: 'Shrek the Third' (05/25/07)
HHH (out of four) Second-tier fairy-tale characters unite! So goes the theme of "Shrek the Third." DreamWorks has delivered another animated show that caters to every age group. The characters were funny and well-matched with their human voices, which made them believable. Mike Meyers and Cameron Diaz headlined as Shrek and Fiona respectively. Other star power mentionables were Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy as Puss in Boots and Donkey, respectively...
Johnny Depp smashes enduring cinematic mold of pirates (05/25/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Pirate films are almost as old as movies themselves. There was Douglas Fairbanks as "The Black Pirate" in 1926. Errol Flynn was "Captain Blood" in 1935. In 1952, Burt Lancaster became "The Crimson Pirate." Thirty years later, Kevin Kline was the Pirate King in 1983's "Pirates of Penzance."...
Artifacts 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
Wehrenberg rolls out discounted second runs; Storyteller Dean Allison entertains at Red House; Westray to partner with Cat Ranch Art Guild; Bluegrass gospel show at Hidden Valley; Chapman work featured at Bernard Gallery; Series of Mosley book events planned; Crowe and Alworth to exhibit at Arts Council; -- From staff reports
At the theaters (05/25/07)
New at the theaters 'The Waitress' Starring Keri Russell, Jeremy Sisto, Adrienne Shelly, Cheryl Hines and Nathan Fillion. Jane (Russell) is a waitress in a small-town diner who learns that she is pregnant. Normally, this would be good news, but Jane is trapped in a dysfunctional marriage with her low-life husband (Sisto). ...
Bragging rights (05/25/07)
I don't brag much, unless its about my wife or sons or the wonderful news staff that makes me look good every day. Other than that, I don't brag much. Then along comes a golf tournament -- who cares if it's a scramble? -- and a first-place trophy...
Jaded about 'Killshot' (05/25/07)
By now, I wonder how many people have become jaded to the whole "Killshot" ordeal. My interest and patience seem to have died long ago as I waited, waited and waited for more word of the film and exactly what Cape Girardeau's final role would be...
Old-car comfort versus new-car safety (05/25/07)
Dear Tom and Ray: My 1985 Honda Civic Wagon, with a standard transmission and four-wheel drive, looks terrible but still drives beautifully and gets 30 miles per gallon on the highway (I'm elderly and rarely drive faster than 55 mph). My children don't think the car is safe to drive anymore. ...
7 Osmond siblings to reunite in Vegas (05/25/07)
LAS VEGAS -- The Osmonds will reunite this summer for a TV special celebrating a half-century in the entertainment business. Seven Osmond siblings -- Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy -- are scheduled to be onstage Aug. 13-14 at The Orleans Hotel Showroom, publicist Kevin Sasaki said Thursday from Los Angeles...
'Idol' ratings suggest show may have passed peak (05/25/07)
NEW YORK -- The best days may still be ahead for Jordin Sparks, but the same may not be said for "American Idol." The 30.7 million people who watched Sparks win on Wednesday was a sharp drop from the 36.4 million people who saw Taylor Hicks in last year's finale, according to Nielsen Media Research...
Vernice Hoff (05/25/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Vernice G. Hoff, 86, of Advance died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1920, in De Soto, Mo., daughter of Gilbert and Rachel Winston Tolton. She and Oscar L. Hoff were married Oct. 22, 1938, in St. Louis. He died Sept. 26, 1991...
James Bagby (05/25/07)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- James Bagby, 82, of Olmsted died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Bagby was a member of Olmsted United Methodist Church and was a Sunday school teacher several years. He retired as foreman at Golden Cat Inc. in Olmsted, and had also been a truck driver with Martin Oil Co. several years...
Ronnie Slinkard (05/25/07)
Ronnie Gene Slinkard, 72, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 22, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, son of Eric Lee and Mabel Kathleen White Slinkard. He and Mary Arlene Sisk were married Dec. 21, 1957, in Holly Springs, Miss...
Mildred Abbott (05/25/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mildred L. "Mitzie" Abbott, 79, of Perryville died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at her home. She was born July 14, 1927, in Jackson, daughter of Joseph and Josephine Nitsch Myer. She and William M. Abbott were married Nov. 4, 1950. Abbott was a day-care provider 30 years at Mitzie Mom's House. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Ladies Sodality...
Bernice Smiley Burgess (05/25/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Bernice Marlin Smiley Burgess, 84, of Pharr, Texas, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, in Pharr. She was a longtime resident of Chaffee before moving to Pharr. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Smiley. Burgess is survived by her husband, Maynard Burgess; two children, Vicki Robinson of Arlington, Va., Rick Smiley of Cape Girardeau; four grandchildren, Kristin, Brandon, Garrett and Samantha; two great-grandchildren, April and Jacqueline; four sisters, Margaret, Elsie, Betty, Marlene; and a brother, Gerald.. ...
Births 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
Davis; Bird; Nolan; Taylor
Cape/Jackson fire report 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
n At 9:24 p.m., emergency medical service at 900 Hackberry St. n At 6:48 a.m., emergency medical service at 2000 N. Kingshighway. n At 7:24 a.m., emergency medical service at 2300 Broadway. n At 8:10 a.m., an alarm at 70 Doctors Park. n At 8:14 a.m., emergency medical service at 600 S. West End Blvd...
Cape/Jackson police report 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
Arrests; Jackson: Arrests
Out of the past 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
In an attempt to conserve energy and save money this summer, Dr. Bill W. Stacy, president of Southeast Missouri State University, is proposing several modifications in the school's operation, including a cutback to four-day work weeks during June and July...
Students say thanks to Governor Blunt (05/25/07)
By Lucas Presson Missouri college students owe Gov. Matt Blunt a multimillion-dollar thank you. Southeast Missouri State University, as well as many other Missouri state schools, owe the Republican leadership in the Missouri Legislature and Governor Blunt a big thank you for their leadership in passing and signing into law the MOHELA higher education bill, Senate Bill 389...
Creative lending (05/25/07)
MOHELA has become part of the vocabulary of anyone who follows the political scene in Jefferson City, Mo. The acronym stands for Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, which is the agency set up to underwrite student loans across the state. Thanks to MOHELA, thousands of students have obtained loans for college at rates more favorable than national averages...
Speak Out 5/25/07 (05/25/07)
Plea-bargain harm; Sharing the highway; Psychic senators; Voters' memories; School repairs; Zero tolerance?; Good scheduling; Party tradition; Illegal concern; Some gratitude; Searching for a cure; Utility rates; Less demand, less cost; Quick response; Explaining gifts; Easy decision
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