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St. Louis-bound Greyhound runs off I-55 (06/02/07)
A Greyhound bus traveling from Memphis to St. Louis was evacuated Saturday when it ran off the shoulder of Interstate 55 just south of the Center Junction exit. None of the 49 passengers on board were injured, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Carl Eakins said shortly after the bus was driven from the highway at about 1 p.m...
Trails of tears celebrates 50th anniversary (06/02/07)
Trail of Tears State Park, known for its tragic history as the place where many Cherokee Indians crossed the Mississippi River and lost their lives in a forced relocation, celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday. For 29 of those 50 years, a wild area of 1,300 acres has been protected by Missouri's Wild Area System, patterned after the federal Wildnerness Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Only 11 wild areas exist in nine Missouri State Parks...
Workers comp rates down since 2005 law (06/02/07)
The workers compensation changes enacted by the Missouri Legislature in 2005 were sought by Gov. Matt Blunt as a way to make the state friendlier to business. A little more than two years after the bill was enacted, insurance rates paid by businesses are down and insurance companies are paying substantially less to workers who claim on-the-job injuries...
Senator fields VA praise, criticism at meeting (06/02/07)
The Department of Veterans Affairs medical and benefits system was the subject of stinging criticism -- and some praise -- from a group of about 50 veterans and other area residents who took part Friday in a town-hall meeting hosted by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill...
Summerfest brings community together (06/02/07)
The 31st annual Scott City Summerfest kicked off Friday night with the opening of the fair grounds and several pageants. Scott City Parks department director Phyllis Crump of Cape Girardeau said the two-day, mid-summer carnival in Scott City Park is an important event for community development...
Cape school gets ACT honor for academics (06/02/07)
Cape Girardeau Central High School is one of only eight schools in Missouri and 382 nationwide to be singled out for academic rigor in math and science by the ACT Education Division. The commendation by ACT, a national testing service, validates the academic program at Central, principal Dr. Mike Cowan said Friday...
Veteran remembered as 'wonderful, dynamic' (06/02/07)
When Charles Woodford died Thursday at his home, the local veteran's community lost a man described by friends as "a tiger." Woodford, who served in both the Navy and the Air Force, was a proud member of both the VFW and American Legion chapters in Cape Girardeau...
Municipal bands swing into concert season (06/02/07)
Cape Girardeau's municipal band will kick off its concert season Wednesday night with an opening concert featuring talent from Central Junior High School's recent production of the musical "Beauty and the Beast." Jackson's municipal band will continue its season Thursday with its second concert, this one featuring fiddler and Cape Central High School orchestra director Steve Schaffner...
Stray herbicide hits corn, rice near Advance (06/02/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Stray herbicide is causing a dust-up between a Charleston, Mo.-based crop-duster and farmers in the Advance area, but agronomists say the farmers probably have nothing to worry about. The conflict began when Jason Thompson, owner of Thompson Flying Service, started contracting his services with farmers in the Advance area for the first time. ...
Lesterville school's future hinges on Ameren plant (06/02/07)
The future of Lesterville, Mo., is contingent on AmerenUE's hydroelectric plant. Ameren Corporation officials announced plans to rebuild the upper reservoir of its Taum Sauk Plant near Lesterville in early February but the utility company is awaiting a unified settlement proposal from the state of Missouri...
In federal court (06/02/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton:Convicted Age: 27 Residence: Charleston, Mo. Charges: Possession of more than 50 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, illegal possession of firearms and possession and production of child pornography...
Summerfest pagent results (06/02/07)
Summerfest pageant winners Summerfest Teen n Macy Heisserer, queen n Jaqulyn Lewis, first runner-up n Toi Hosey, second runner-up Junior Miss Teen n Myriah Miller, queen n Lindsey Ressel, first runner-up n Hannah Salada, second runner-up Scott City Woman of the Year...
Tipped workers may get back pay after wage increase (06/02/07)
A recent court decision might entitle tipped workers at local restaurants and bars to back pay. If an employer has more than $500,000 in yearly gross sales, tipped employees are eligible to receive $3.25 an hour for any work done after Jan. 1. Employers must pay tipped workers one-half of the minimum wage, $3.25, according to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations...
A veteran's frustration (06/02/07)
All Jolani McCanless wanted to do was be a Marine. And for almost three years, the Oak Ridge resident was doing what he loved -- working on logistics to support fellow Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. And despite repeated injuries, he carried on. But things changed Aug. ...
Missouri to start new president search after candidate rejects offer (06/02/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Stung by the rejection of a job offer to its top candidate, University of Missouri curators plan to start a new search for the system's next president. "The committee is going to start a completely new search," board chairman Don Walsworth said Friday afternoon following a two-hour closed meeting...
Public defender charged in marriage sham (06/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The former head of the state public defender's office in St. Louis faces federal charges for arranging a sham marriage to keep his boyfriend in the United States, federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway said Friday. Eric Affholter, 40, and the man described by prosecutors as his partner, Pedro Cerna-Rojas, 31, a native of Peru, were indicted on one count each of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. ...
Forecasters: No parallels with '93 flooding (06/02/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With more rain predicted for Missouri and Kansas this weekend -- after a wet May that produced damaging floods in both states -- National Weather Service forecasters understood worries about this year turning into another 1993. But so far, they said Friday, that scenario doesn't appear likely...
Quarantined tuberculosis patient apologizes to fellow airline passengers (06/02/07)
DENVER -- The Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis apologized to fellow airline passengers in an interview aired Friday, and insisted he was told before he set out for his wedding in Europe that he was no danger to anyone...
Graduation cheering ban means no diploma for 5 Illinois students (06/02/07)
GALESBURG, Ill. -- Caisha Gayles graduated with honors last month, but she is still waiting for her diploma. The reason:~ About a month before the ceremony, students and their parents had to sign a contract promising to act in dignified way. the whoops of joy from the audience as she crossed the stage...
Pro-troop group wants Sheehan's land outside Bush's ranch (06/02/07)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Days after Cindy Sheehan announced she was stepping down as the face of the anti-war movement, a pro-troop organization said Friday it plans to buy her protest site outside President Bush's ranch. But Sheehan doesn't want to sell to just anyone...
Kevorkian says he'll work to legalize assisted suicide (06/02/07)
COLDWATER, Mich. -- Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist dubbed "Dr. Death" for claims that he participated in at least 130 assisted suicides, left prison after eight years Friday still believing people have the right to die. A smiling Kevorkian, now 79, said it was "one of the high points in life" as he walked out with his attorney...
Paris offers scuba lessons under tower (06/02/07)
PARIS -- The weather was nippy and overcast and the water just chest-high, but a new scuba-diving pool in Paris has something Bali, Belize and other diving hotspots don't: a terrific view of the Eiffel Tower. To promote the sport, scuba instructors began offering free lessons Friday -- with wet-suits, scuba gear and even a biodegradable towel -- at the foot of the French capital's famed landmark...
Chinese vice premier Huang Ju dead following long illness (06/02/07)
BEIJING -- Vice Premier Huang Ju, a key ally of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin who climbed the ranks of Shanghai politics to join the Communist Party's inner sanctum of power, died early today, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 68...
Sunni revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq extends to Baghdad and northeast (06/02/07)
BAGHDAD -- An al-Qaida-linked suicide bomber struck a safehouse occupied by an insurgent group that has turned against the terror network. Friday's attack northeast of Baghdad killed two other militants, police said, the latest sign that an internal Sunni power struggle is spreading...
Kidney donation reality show in Netherlands revealed as hoax (06/02/07)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A television show in which a woman would donate a kidney to a contestants was revealed as a hoax Friday, with presenters saying they were trying to pressure the government into reforming organ donation laws. Shortly before the controversial program was to air, Patrick Lodiers of the "Big Donor Show" said the woman was not actually dying of a brain tumor and the entire exercise was intended to put pressure on the government and raise awareness of the need for organs...
Cards power up in ninth, beat Astros (06/02/07)
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols headed for first base on a fourth-inning double during Friday's game against the Astros in Houston.
Area digest (06/02/07)
United Way tournamentcrowns scramble champs The team of Keith Holloway, Brian Stevens, Kurt May, and Jim Hobbs took first place at the 20th annual United Way Charity Golf tournament Friday at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. The tournament used a scramble format...
The old college try (06/02/07)
A glance at how area athletes fared this spring at the collegiate level. Baseball n Central graduate Sean Bard earned first-team Southwestern Athletic Conference after a monster season for Mississippi Valley State's baseball team. Bard, a junior college transfer from Mineral Area College, had team highs with a .376 average, 52 RBIs, 41 runs, 9 home runs and 21 doubles. Bard also walked 32 times...
New talent helps Capahas to season-opening win (06/02/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas had a successful season opener Friday night, thanks largely to three players making their Capahas debuts. But considering Phillip Riley, Omar Padilla and Zach Blemker all recently completed their college seasons, that really didn't surprise manager Jess Bolen...
Cubs lose game, composure (06/02/07)
CHICAGO -- Now the Chicago Cubs are really getting beat up -- by each other. Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett shoved each other in the dugout, then the pitcher busted his teammate's lip in the clubhouse so badly that Barrett wound up in a hospital...
Remembering the past, securing the future (06/02/07)
On a June day 175 years ago, 13 people gathered under a tree on the bank of Whitewater Creek on the old Farmington-Jackson road about a mile east of Heitman's Mill. That was the first official meeting of what is now Whitewater Presbyterian Church in Sedgewickville, Mo., according to information provided by board member Larry Bollinger...
Church briefs 5/19/07 (06/02/07)
Briefly Singing event at Father's Arms Fellowship Father's Arms Fellowship is having a gospel singing with The Southern Brothers at 6 p.m., June 3 at 1400 Main St., Scott City, in the church parking lot. There will be refreshments served by the teens as a fund raiser, and the community is invited. Everyone should bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the program will move to the sanctuary...
It's wedding season (06/02/07)
This month all across our nation brides and bridegrooms will be putting on their best, presenting themselves to each other and expressing a vow that is intended to unite them for life. So much goes into planning and setting up a wedding that, often, preparing and paying for the event overshadows the point of the ceremony: the marriage...
Passion more important than years (06/02/07)
Roger Clemens will pitch Monday for the New York Yankees. He'll be 45 years old in a couple of months. He's won seven Cy Young Awards, emblematic of being the best pitcher in major league baseball in those years. That's two more Cy Youngs than anybody else. ...
Harry Potter movie to be released early (06/02/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Good news for Harry Potter fans marking off the days before the release of the boy wizard's next movie. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth movie based on the best-selling books, will open in U.S. theaters July 11, two days earlier than previously scheduled...
Marcia Harp (06/02/07)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Marcia K. Harp, 58, of Mound City died Friday, June 1, 2007, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Barkett Funeral Home of Mound City.
Frances Fox (06/02/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Frances A. Fox, 94, of Perryville died Friday, June 1, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 19, 1913, in Perryville, daughter of Fred C. and Frances A., Downing Kahmke. She and William J. Fox were married Nov. 9, 1932. He died Jan. 22, 1988...
Charles Woodford (06/02/07)
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charles E. Woodford, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Osmond, Neb., son of Fay D. and Emma Rohrberg Woodford. He and Eileen C. Caldwell of Jackson were married Oct. 21, 1944. She died June 1, 1977. He and Lois Leming Weber of Cape Girardeau were married Dec. 22, 1978...
Rosemary McGee (06/02/07)
Rosemary O. McGee, 82, of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, June 1, 2007, at her home. She was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Commerce, Mo., daughter of Roy and Rozena Oguin Knight. She and Robert D. McGee were married Feb. 10, 1944, in Scott County, Mo. He died July 22, 1983...
Mark Emmendorfer (06/02/07)
Mark D. Emmendorfer, 46, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2007. He was born July 29, 1960, in Perryville, Mo., son of Frank and Bettilee Cook Emmendorfer. Mark was a 1978 graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School in Perryville. He received a bachelor's degree in graphic communication from Washington University in St. Louis...
Vernon Haertling (06/02/07)
Vernon E. Haertling, 74, of New Wells died Friday, June 1, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Gary Huff (06/02/07)
Gary W. Huff, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 1, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of Claude and Myrtle Poe Huff. He and Eugenia "Jean" Rezabek were married June 21, 2003, in Chaffee, Mo. Huff graduated from Central High School in 1964. He worked in the steel mills in Indiana and then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He lived in St. Charles, Mo., and worked in construction. He moved back to Cape Girardeau in 2001...
Births 6/2/07 (06/02/07)
Heitman; Proffer; Schallberger
Police report 6/2/07 (06/02/07)
Arrests; Summons
Fire report 6/2/07 (06/02/07)
n At 9:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Benton Street. n At 10:27 p.m., emergency medical service at the intersection of Good Hope and Hanover streets. n At 9:20 a.m., a citizen assist at 1105 Linden St. n At 9:56 a.m., emergency medical service at 816 Elm St...
Out of the past 6/2/07 (06/02/07)
Seed money for economic development, initial construction funds for a riverfront park and a full year's funding for the city's subsidized taxi system are three of the proposed funding programs that are new in Cape Girardeau's recommended 1982-1983 fiscal year budget; those programs were discussed last night during a four-hour city council session...
Correction (06/02/07)
The Driskills will not perform at the American Legion Hall in Jackson as listed in Friday's Southeast Missourian.
Spending priorities (06/02/07)
By Amy Blouin Wearing rose-colored glasses makes things appear brighter than they are. So it is with Gary Rust's May 24 column ("Medical spending") that asserts Missouri's budget record for the past three years "has been good for the state." A closer look reveals a far different picture...
Trail of Tears at 50 (06/02/07)
In April 1956, Cape Girardeau Countians voted 5,625 to 699 to authorize a tax to buy the land that became Trail of Tears State Park north of Cape Girardeau along the Mississippi River. People knew this was a special place of wilderness, wildlife, bluffs and unmatched views of the river. ...
Speak Out 6/2/07 (06/02/07)
Good friends?; Not another tax; Fix the pothole; Irresponsible trash; Welcome addition; Radical site; Surrender idea; Enough already
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