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Stories from Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Honoring fallen troops (05/29/07)
The soldiers and sailors who gave the full measure of sacrifice were the focus Monday for groups of veterans, family members and others as they gathered for Memorial Day events. See video of Jackson veterans being honored at semissourian.com/gallery
Day brings mix of emotions for soldier's father (05/29/07)
Jim Shank spends a lot of time thinking about his middle son. He visits the grave of Cpl. Jeremy Shank, the only Cape Gir-ardeau County resident to die in combat in Iraq, regularly to talk, keeping Jeremy updated on his brothers and other family matters...
Bill would give Perry program tax support (05/29/07)
A Perry County program that provides mentoring programs for high school students and dropouts as well as more intensive help to combat drug abbuse and teen drinking could seek help from taxpayers next year. The Missouri Legislature this year approved a bill authorizing Perry County to impose a quarter-cent sales tax for youth and senior citizen programs. If signed by Gov. Matt Blunt, voters could see the tax on their ballots as early as April 2008, county commissioner Patrick Naeger said...
Virtual school enrollment ends today (05/29/07)
Students may still have a chance to sign up for Missouri's new virtual school after the initial enrollment period ends at 8 a.m. today, the program's state director said. About 1,900 elementary and high school students had enrolled in the state's new online classes as of late last week, said Dr. Curt Fuchs, director of the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program or MoVIP...
Author's final chapter (05/29/07)
During her life Jean Bell Mosley was a prolific author who wrote short story after short story, a weekly column for the Southeast Missourian and several books after publishing her first work in Woman's Day magazine in 1947. Mosley died in 2003, but one work is still yet to be seen by the public -- her autobiography...
Parents Without Partners announces events for June (05/29/07)
The Parents Without Partners calendar for June has been released. Call 335-0797 or e-mail capesemopwp@yahoo.com for more information. n From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, PWP will have a general meeting/orientation at Riverside Regional Library on Union and Adams streets in Jackson. The event is free and open to the public. A program on wine-making will be presented by Jim Diebold and Pat Hill. Guests or prospective members are welcome and may stay to play cards...
Cape Girardeau Library lists events for June (05/29/07)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library has announced its June schedule. n The library's adult, reader and listener (infant to age 12) and teen (13 to 18 years old) summer reading programs take place from this Saturday through July 28. "All Is Fair" is the adult theme for the program; "Get a Clue @ Your Library[CloseDouble] is the reader and listener theme; "UNK (You Never Know)" is the teen theme. ...
Bouncing heat (05/29/07)
Are you looking for an experiment that will keep children busy while on summer break? If so, science reporter Jason Lindsey has the perfect experiment that will keep them busy and teach them some cool science. Ingredients 2 empty bottles Food coloring...
Bollinger Co. man killed in Saturday crash (05/29/07)
ZALMA, Mo. -- A one-car accident killed a McGee, Mo., man in the early morning hours Saturday near Zalma. Kevin A. Underwood, 26, was killed when the 1981 Chevrolet he was driving crashed into the Castor River on Highway 51, according to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. ...
Scott City residents enjoy opening of renovated pool (05/29/07)
Temperatures that topped out in the mid-80s and no rain provided ideal weather for the dozens of Scott City residents who spent their Memorial Day afternoon at the newly renovated Scott City Pool. By 2 p.m. the official count was 51 people -- the pool opened at 1 p.m. and stayed open until 6 p.m. Pool workers said Memorial Day's crowd was about average since the pool opened earlier this month...
Two area men arrested for deserting from the Navy (05/29/07)
Two Cape Girardeau men were arrested Saturday after local police received information they had deserted from the U.S. Navy. Justin S. Burns, 20, of 1541 Revlon Drive, and Zachary M. Valentin, 20, no local address available, were both picked up by the Cape Girardeau Police Department on Saturday at Burns' address -- Burns at 4:21 p.m. and Valentin at 6:39 p.m...
Community digest 5/29/07 (05/29/07)
Jean Bell Mosley event to be held Wednesday; Jackson Public Library summer reading; Summerfest baby contest set for Friday; Civil War author makes appearances in area; City weed and high grass policies announced; Schrock family reunion June 9 at county park; Overbeck family reunion planned June 10; Crader family reunion set for June 10
Man drowns in Meramec River (05/29/07)
SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) -- A 27-year-old n eastern Missouri man drowned after falling into a hole while wading in the Meramec River, the Missouri State Water Patrol said. It happened Monday when Daniel Fitzpatrick of High Ridge and his family were wading in the water below the Route 185 bridge near the eastern Missouri town Sullivan...
Agreement with AmerenUE includes protection for fish, shoreline at Lake of the Ozarks (05/29/07)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) -- Fish and shoreline conservation will get more consideration in the management of the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks under a new license recently granted to AmerenUE. The 40-year license recently granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to AmerenUE includes several requirements for managing the dam that had been sought by the Missouri Department of Conservation...
Portageville armory named for soldier killed in Iraq (05/29/07)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The National Guard Armory in this southeast Missouri town is now named after a soldier from the region who was killed in Iraq. The Portageville Armory, which originally opened in 1957, was renamed in honor of Lt. Amos Camden Riley Bock at a Memorial Day dedication ceremony Monday. ...
Mo. lawmakers push for tax break for cattle farmers, ranchers (05/29/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Supporters hope a tax break for cattle farmers and ranchers will encourage them to keep their animals longer and spur a cattle feeding industry in Missouri. The beef tax credit is a small part of a huge tax break bill lawmakers passed a few weeks ago that is still under review by Gov. Matt Blunt...
7-year-old drowns at Mark Twain Lake (05/29/07)
PERRY, Mo. (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy drowned while playing with other children in Mark Twain Lake, according to the Missouri State Water Patrol. Dalton Gibson, of Quincy, Ill., drowned Sunday near the Frank Russell Campground at the northeast Missouri lake when the boy's father left several children alone in the water while he checked on a younger child, according to a news release from the patrol...
Lawmakers push for tax break for cattle farmers (05/29/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters hope a tax break for cattle farmers and ranchers will encourage them to keep their animals longer, and spur a cattle feeding industry in Missouri. The beef tax credit is a small part of a huge tax break bill lawmakers passed a few weeks ago that is still under review by Gov. Matt Blunt...
Crash kills driver, 2 boys during police chase of stolen truck in Missouri (05/29/07)
KNOB NOSTER, Mo. -- The driver of a stolen pickup truck attempted to flee police and crashed into a tree along a highway, killing himself and his two young passengers, authorities said Monday. A police officer had stopped Walter R. Rivers, 31, of Warrensburg, for speeding at 4:55 a.m. Sunday on Missouri 23. The truck had been reported stolen May 11 in Warrensburg...
Concealed carry law has little effect on crime, police say (05/29/07)
ST. LOUIS -- As it comes time for thousands of Missouri residents to renew their permits to carry concealed weapons, law enforcement officials say the concealed-carry law has had little effect on crime rates. Police say it has neither reduced nor increased crime overall. People don't seem to be shooting others, or themselves, by accident in any greater numbers...
Pa. judge signs order to kill bugs on drugs (05/29/07)
ERIE, Pa. -- These weren't just bugs. These were bugs on drugs. Tiny drain flies infested 70 pounds of seized khat -- an illegal, leafy drug -- being held as evidence by Erie police, and they tried to infest the rest of the evidence room. The drug is common in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, but relatively uncommon in northwestern Pennsylvania...
Families: Inadequate mental health care fosters suicide among Iraq war vets (05/29/07)
WASHINGTON -- In the three months after Marine Maj. John Ruocco returned from Iraq feeling numb and depressed, he couldn't sleep. He had lost weight. He had nightmares. He was distracted and withdrawn from his two young sons. One night, he promised his wife, Kim, that he would get help. The next morning, he was dead. The 40-year-old Cobra helicopter pilot, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., had hanged himself...
Lost whales make progress toward ocean (05/29/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rescuers were encouraged by progress in returning two lost whales to the ocean but were concerned about encounters the whales might have with large ships as they neared the San Francisco Bay. A mother humpback whale and her calf on Sunday made it down the Sacramento River as far as Honker Bay, about 50 miles from the sea, said Bernadette Fees, deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Game...
U.S. sees broad agreement with Iran on Iraq policy, but not on deeds (05/29/07)
BAGHDAD -- The United States and Iran broke a 27-year diplomatic freeze Monday with a four-hour meeting about Iraqi security. The American envoy said there was broad policy agreement but that Iran must stop arming and financing militants who are attacking U.S. and Iraqi forces...
Bard enjoys big season at Mississippi Valley State (05/29/07)
To say that Cape Girardeau's Sean Bard had an impressive rookie season in Division I college baseball would not even come close to doing him justice. Bard had a monster year for Mississippi Valley State, leading the Delta Devils and ranking among the Southwestern Athletic Conference leaders in most offensive statistical categories...
Former Cardinals second baseman helps Nationals capture series (05/29/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ronnie Belliard had four hits, including a two-run homer, and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday. Leadoff hitter Felipe Lopez added three hits ahead of Belliard, who batted second and made his second start of the year at shortstop. Ryan Langerhans added his first career grand slam -- also his first homer of the season -- off Randy Flores to cap a five-run eighth that included two hits, three walks and a bases-loaded wild pitch...
Rockies stretch streak against Redbirds (05/29/07)
DENVER -- Jeff Francis doesn't want to analyze why he's pitching so well in May. The Colorado Rockies feel the same way about their six-game winning streak. Francis allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Rockies continued on their longest winning streak since 2002 with a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday...
Bonds ends droughtwith HR No. 746 (05/29/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds broke out of a lengthy home run drought Sunday, hitting his 746th career homer in the sixth inning of a 6-4, 10-inning loss against Colorado to pull within nine of Hammerin' Hank's career mark of 755. The seven-time NL MVP went 14 games without a homer or an RBI, the second-longest RBI drought of his 22-year career. Bonds went 43 at-bats and 63 plate appearances without a homer and his last five games without a hit...
Cardinals send winless Reyes down to Class AAA Memphis (05/29/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Anthony Reyes, who won the World Series opener for the St. Louis Cardinals last fall but has lost 10 straight regular-season decisions, on Sunday was optioned to Class AAA Memphis. "He's got some stuff that he can work on but he needs to have some success so he can start getting a better feeling," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He was handling it great, but at some point. ..."...
Hendrick sends Mears to victory (05/29/07)
CONCORD, N.C. -- In a season of Hendrick Motorsports domination, another win shouldn't have been a surprise. But the super team pulled off an upset for the ages when Casey Mears -- the perceived weak link in the Hendrick chain -- raced to his first Nextel Cup victory Sunday night, stretching his fuel to the finish in the Coca-Cola 600...
Denis Watson wins Senior PGA title (05/29/07)
Denis Watson took advantage of Eduardo Romero's late mistakes to win the Senior PGA Championship. The 51-year-old Watson, from Zimbabwe, edged Romero by two strokes to win his first U.S. title in 23 years. Watson closed with a 4-under 68 for a 9-under 279 total on The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. Romero, who followed a bogey on the 13th hole with a double bogey on the par-3 14th, finished with a 72. Nick Price (71) finished third at 6 under...
Patriots' Hill dead after jet ski accident (05/29/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- The body of New England Patriots player Marquise Hill was found Monday, a day after he was reported missing following a jet ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain. Hill's body was discovered by searchers about a quarter of a mile from where the 24-year-old former LSU star and a female companion were involved in the accident, Capt. Brian Clark of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department said...
Rain hampers matches for second straight day (05/29/07)
PARIS -- As rain delayed the start of what would be Venus Williams' first victory in a Grand Slam match in 11 months, video screens atop Court Philippe Chatrier showed footage from her 2002 French Open final against younger sister Serena. Ah, how things have changed. Back then, Williams played Williams for the championship at major after major. These days, because of injuries and other issues, it's an accomplishment when both manage to show up...
Texas A&M wins Big 12 championship game (05/29/07)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- For two years in a row, Texas A&M didn't even qualify for the Big 12 Baseball Championship. On Sunday, the Aggies completed their turnaround by capturing the title for the first time in school history with a 14-6 victory over sixth-seeded Baylor...
Vanderbilt selected top overall seed in tourney (05/29/07)
Tim Corbin caught himself daydreaming for a moment after his Vanderbilt Commodores were selected as the top overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament. "I just cut it short because I know that it is not over and I don't want it to turn into a nightmare," the Commodores coach said Monday. "I want it to keep going and going and going. I don't want to wake up."...
Ducks draw first blood in finals vs. Senators (05/29/07)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Travis Moen helped shut down Ottawa's big three, then scored a goal that trio would have been proud of. Moen, part of Anaheim's primary checking unit, took a pass in the slot from Rob Niedermayer and snapped the puck past Ray Emery with 2:51 left, giving the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Senators in the Stanley Cup finals opener Monday night...
Franchitti pokes to Indy victory in rain-plagued race (05/29/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The winner crossed the famed strip of bricks in a downpour, his high-powered machine poking along at about 40 mph. Heck, Dario Franchitti barely beat the tow truck that was lugging a teammate's battered car. What an appropriate way to take the checkered flag in this wackiest of races...
Ready or not, Marion's new ballpark to debut tonight (05/29/07)
The last-minute hustle to ready southern Illinois' new minor-league ballpark for tonight's sold-out opener is at a fever pitch. Mike Marchal knows everything won't be done when the fledgling Southern Illinois Miners, newcomers to the independent Frontier League, take the field against Evansville from Indiana for their home opener in Marion. But the construction overseer insists the important stuff will be in place -- the turf, the clubhouses and suites, the scoreboard and concession areas...
Drurys open three-part project in San Antonio (05/29/07)
Mayor Jay Knudtson recently visited San Antonio for the grand opening of the Drury Plaza Hotel on the Riverwalk. The San Antonio Riverwalk is one of the most successful waterfront properties in the country, attracting nearly 6 million tourists a year, according to Dennis Vollink, president of Drury Southwest...
Comic actor Charles Nelson Reilly dies at 76 (05/29/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the "Tonight Show" and various game shows, has died. He was 76. Reilly died Friday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times...
People on the move 5/29/07 (05/29/07)
Bank has new assistant branch manager; Keen named assistant vice president at bank; Taylor joins Southeast Missouri Hospital staff; Urologist appointed as liaison physician; Employees honored for 30 years of service; Community bank advisory adds director
Memo (05/29/07)
Element 74 awarded Healthy Start contract Element 74 of Cape Girar-deau has been awarded a contract with the National Healthy Start Association based out of Washington, D.C. The project will consist of a Web-based "peer learning network" that will allow each location within the organization to access centralized resources via the Internet, as well as collaborate on new and innovative projects for its centers. ...
Cape Restaurant Supply rises from ashes (05/29/07)
Cape Restaurant Supply is on its way to being headquartered at its original location on South Frederick Street this summer, with less competition to boot. Owner Ted McClellan, who has been operating the supply business from another location since the August 2004 fire, was determined to rebuild the facility on the former property...
Manual lawn mowers are making a comeback (05/29/07)
CHICAGO -- Powerful, loud mowers have been showing lawns who's boss for decades. But now contraptions that couldn't cut butter without a good shove are quietly -- really quietly -- making a comeback. Manual lawn mowers, long the 98-pound weaklings of the tool shed, are pushing their way, or, more accurately, being pushed around more yards all over the country...
Laura Glaus (05/29/07)
KELSO, Mo. -- Laura Jean Glaus, 59, of Kelso died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born March 24, 1948, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Cletus Joseph and Norma M. Ressel Gosche. She and Ronald David Glaus were married April 6, 1968, at New Hamburg, Mo...
Dorothy Glasco (05/29/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dorothy Ann Glasco, 93, of Anna died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Hillview Healthcare Center in Vienna, Ill. She was born June 20, 1913, at Hurst-Bush, Ill., daughter of William J. and Gertrude A. Hagler Clutts. She and Jesse Troy Glasco were married July 21, 1932, at Jonesboro, Ill. He died April 17, 1989...
Robert Mongreig (05/29/07)
Robert Mongreig, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 28, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 17, 1920. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Marcellis F. Heberlie (05/29/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marcellis F. Heberlie, 80, of Perryville died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1926, at Zell, Mo., son of Hershel M. and Mary Harter Heberlie. Heberlie was a construction worker and a member of the NRA, AMVETS and the American Legion. He was of the Catholic faith. Heberlie served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marines during World War II...
Ruth Petzoldt (05/29/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth A. Petzoldt, 87, of Perryville died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born July 16, 1919, at Friedheim, Mo., daughter of Rudolph and Minnie Grossheider Rohde. She and Tillman F. Petzoldt were married Sept. 28, 1947...
Etta Crook (05/29/07)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Etta Jane Crook, 70, of Wappapello was born March 3, 1934, in Butler County, Mo., daughter of Lloyd and Willie Harris Barr and passed away May 27, 2007, at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital. Etta was a member of the Wappapello Eagles and also a member of the Community Church of Christ in Lowndes, Mo...
Leeada Sheeley (05/29/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- On May 27, 2007, at 12:59 p.m., the Lord called home one of his angels, Leeada Marie (Mier) Sheeley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed. She was born Oct. 4, 1931, at Caney, Mo., daughter of Benjamin Joseph and Ludwina Katherine Westrich Mier. They moved to Chaffee in 1945. She and Donald Sheeley were married May 15, 1956...
Cape/Jackson police report 5/29/07 (05/29/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage
Cape fire report 5/29/07 (05/29/07)
n At 8:52 p.m., emergency medical service at 1300 Independence St. n At 11:02 p.m., emergency medical service at 2700 Flora Hills. n At 11:26 p.m., emergency medical service at 400 S. Ellis St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 1:44 a.m., emergency medical service at 1100 Bloomfield Road...
Out of the past 5/29/07 (05/29/07)
About 450 high school seniors donned caps and gowns in Cape Girardeau last night and were officially proclaimed graduates during commencement ceremonies for Cape Girardeau Central and Notre Dame schools; there were 343 graduating students at Central and 98 at Notre Dame...
God's answer (05/29/07)
Dear God, Why didn't you save the school children at Moses Lake, Wash. (Feb. 2, 1996), Bethel, Alaska (Feb. 19, 1997), Pearl, Miss. (Oct. 1, 1997), West Paducah, Ky. (Dec. 1, 1997), Stamps, Ark. (Dec. 15, 1997), Jonesboro, Ark. (March 24, 1998), Edinboro, Penn. ...
Working together (05/29/07)
Several years ago the Cape Girardeau City Council and the Jackson Board of Aldermen agreed to have joint meetings to deal with issues of mutual concern. In the process, both cities have benefited, thanks to a willingness to tackle problems before they became disputes. Both communities are better off for this effort, which was championed by the mayors at the time, Al Spradling and Paul Sander...
We're giving the U.S. to Mexicans (05/29/07)
To the editor:It looks like we've been sold out once again by our president and Congress on the immigration problem. After these illegal lawbreakers sneaked into this country taking our jobs and all the services we have earned the right to, they then had the nerve to march in our streets in protest against us. ...
Hunger awareness at food bank (05/29/07)
To the editor:On June 5 we invite you to join Americans nationwide in observing Hunger Awareness Day in remembrance of the more than 35 million people in the United States who are living on the brink of hunger. Hunger affects working families who are forced to make choices between food and basic necessities. It strikes people with sudden illness or new responsibility to care for an additional family member. It does not discriminate against age, race, gender or ethnicity...
Speak Out 5/29/07 (05/29/07)
Crisp uniforms; Undisclosed facts; Give it a try; Fuel to the fire; Blame refineries; Democrats' turn; Helping others?; Not all there; Tax advantage; Construction zone; Draconian rules; Tuition blame; It's our fault; Corporate greed; Gas pricing; Mexican solutions
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