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MoDot announces traffic plan for work on I-55 (06/05/07)
To build the new Interstate 55 interchange for Jackson and Cape Girardeau, the Missouri Department of Transportation is going to have to dig a hole through the highway. While that construction is underway, four lanes of traffic will narrowed to two and funneled on to the portions of the new interchange that will evenutally be the on and off ramps to LaSalle Avenue on the Cape Girardeau side of the highway. ...
County hires former police officer as emergency management director (06/05/07)
For the past five years, Richard "Dick" Knaup, Cape Girardeau County's new emergency management director, has been doing background investigations on people seeking sensitive government jobs. That followed seven years as a court security officer at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau and 18 years as police officer in Jackson, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant...
Tommy DeWolf 1966-2007 (06/05/07)
Despite Tommy DeWolf's death, the members of Drivin' Rain have decided to continue on. They recently released the unfinished "Delightfully Evil" as-is, Tommy's "last official recording." Rain frontman Timexx Nasty says the disc contains the band's most revealing songs, full of darkness and death. The CD is now available at www.drivinrain.net...
Islamic Center hopes to counter 'mistaken view' (06/05/07)
Since relocating to the corner of West End and Harmony in 1999, the Islamic Center has remained a mystery to most Cape Girardians. Someone might have a friend of a friend who went once, but for the most part those of us who drive by the center on our way to work or school don't know what it does...
Gotta get outside to get down! (06/05/07)
After a long winter and an unusually chilly spring, what could be nicer than enjoying the beautiful summer weather with a bit of music in the background? But where to go to experience this simple but exquisite pleasure is the real question. Well, you are in luck being a resident of this area, as there are many wonderful places in which to find a great combo of songs and the sun (or stars!)...
Events (06/05/07)
COMMUNITY JUNE 10 Book signing: Steve and Viney Mosley will be at Barnes and Noble Booksellers autographing copies of "And God Answered", a posthumously published autobiography by Steve's mother and prolific local writer Jean Bell Mosley, from 3 to 5 p.m...
The joys of summer (06/05/07)
It's June! A hot and boring month. On the upside, it is the beginning of the summer season and a good time for summer activities and/or vacations. Though the latter has become foreign to me lately, aside from the quick jaunts to and from the STL which proves to be typically more of a stressor than a relaxing break...
Modern Merle (06/05/07)
In his four-plus decades in country music Merle Haggard has more than established himself as a legend and an icon. Who doesn't know the stories about his youth spent in and out of jail and his encounter with Johnny Cash at San Quentin? Even in his 70s, Haggard is still making the same kind of traditional country that made him who he is, most lately teaming up with Ray Price and Willie Nelson for the aptly titled "Last of the Breed"...
Drivin' Rain moves on (06/05/07)
OFF: I guess I'll get straight to it -- what are you going to do to move on as a band? Timexx: We've been talking about that. We took some time to just get over some things first, but we know for ourselves and for Tommy too that the band has to keep going. ...
Tool ticket sales still far from sell out (06/05/07)
They spent hours in line, either to make sure they'd get their hands on tickets before they sold out or as a show of solidarity. But if they were worried about a sell out, they were wasting their time. When tickets for Tool's June 16 Show Me Center concert with Japanese noise rockers Melt Banana went on sale last month, a couple of hundred Tool fans waiting for hours, showing up as early as 8 a.m. to get the tickets that went on sale at 5 p.m...
Letters: OFF brings numbness (06/05/07)
Mr. Sanders: I read your column in the May issue of OFF and it brought no outrage. It brought no happiness. It brought no insight. It didn't even bring me constipation. It, like many of the columns I've read in the OFF over the past couple of years, just added to the sense of numbness I've had in me over the state of music and music coverage in the area over the said period. And since you have invited opinion, I'll take time better spent studying for finals to respond...
Welcome to the REAL dog days (06/05/07)
Nobody ever said summer would be easy. Remember back when you were a kid, and summer was this magical, mythical time of year? The air felt different, smelled different. Everything seemed more real, life more alive. Now those feelings seem to be gone, caught up in an endless barrage of premature presidential speculation and war, war, war. Hell, "American Idol" isn't even on anymore. What a shame...
Area gas stations reporting increased drive-offs (06/05/07)
Record-high gas prices are leading to more drive-offs at the pump. According to police reports, 66 gas drive-offs were reported in May, making it the busiest month for drive-offs since October. April had the second most with 53 reports. The most drive-offs occurred at Rhodes 101 stores at 1126 N. Sprigg St. and 1624 N. Kingshighway and the Jasper's at 10 S. West End Blvd., according to Cape Girar-deau police reports...
Big Sky not flying out of Cape soon (06/05/07)
Big Sky Airlines' two-year contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin service for the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on June 1, but the airline is still in the hiring process. According to Big Sky president Fred deLeeuw, if he hired all the pilots necessary tomorrow, it would still take 12 to 15 weeks for them to go through Federal Aviation Administration Certified Ground School and Flight Training School...
Learning Briefs 6/5 (06/05/07)
graduations The following local college students graduated recently with honors or advanced degrees: n Whitney Pingle of Cape Girardeau graduated summa cum laude from University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education...
Three area men arrested in meth lab (06/05/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two Scott City men and a Benton man were arrested Sunday by sheriff's deputies and Scott City police as the three suspects dismantled a meth lab. The arrests occurred at 701 Wall St. in Scott City as the three men attempted to flush chemicals from the meth lab down the toilet, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said...
Traffic signals turned off at two intersections today (06/05/07)
Traffic signals at two busy locations on William Street in Cape Girardeau will be turned off this morning while AmerenUE replaces a transformer, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. The signals will be turned off at the Interstate 55 northbound on-ramp and at the Farrar Drive intersection...
Eight people apply for school board position (06/05/07)
Eight people have applied for the vacant Cape Girardeau school board position, board president Steven Trautwein said Monday. The filing period closed at 5 p.m. Monday. The applicants are Brynda Dickson, Martha Hamilton, Brenda Newbern, Twila Brown, David Hess, Carrie Bell Smith, Mary Jackson and Van Ayers...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
Monday Jackson City Hall, 101 Court St., Jackson Action Items Power and light committee n Approved a donation, not to exceed $5,000, to match donations received by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for the annual Independence Day Celebration fireworks display...
Authority seeks more funding (06/05/07)
The county transit authority wants bigger subsidies from the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, totaling $67,000. Transit authority executive director Tom Mogelnicki appealed to the Cape Girardeau City Council on Monday night to increase the city's subsidy by $40,000. That would bring the total subsidy from the city to $110,000 for the fiscal year that begins July 1...
State seeks to oust three from Carthage Humane Society (06/05/07)
CARTHAGE, Mo. AP) -- Missouri's attorney general is seeking to oust three paid officers from the Carthage Humane Society over allegations of financial misdeeds and poor animal care, including that employees were ordered to place kittens and cats in a freezer to euthanize them...
KC officer wounded during high-speed chase, suspect arrested (06/05/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City police officer was recovering Tuesday after being shot while trying to pull over a fleeing driver in a stolen car. The officer, who was identified only as a 9-year veteran to the department, tried to pull over a black Camaro around 3 a.m. Tuesday when the vehicle sped off...
St. Louis School District asks court to stop state takeover (06/05/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Five members of the St. Louis School Board are asking a Cole County judge to block the state's plan to take over the ailing urban school district. The board members filed a motion to block the state intervention Monday, calling the move "unlawful, arbitrary and capricious."...
Ruling opens door for executions to resume in state (06/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the state's lethal injection procedure is not cruel and unusual punishment, a decision that could restart executions in the state for the first time in nearly two years. The case filed on behalf of condemned killer Michael Taylor prompted a federal judge last year to place a moratorium on Missouri executions. ...
Report shows Ameren Corp. moved alarm gauges before dam collapse (06/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A backup warning system did not prevent the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse because Ameren Corp. employees effectively disabled a set of alarms by readjusting them to keep the hydroelectric plant running at full capacity, according to a newly released report...
EPA proposes filling old pit in southwest Mo. mine cleanup (06/05/07)
WEBB CITY, Mo. -- City officials will consider a proposal to dump 1 million cubic yards of rock into an old swimming hole as part of a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up abandoned mining land near this southwest Missouri town. The EPA will seek about $9 million from Congress this year to clean up 300 acres of former lead and zinc open-pit mines around Webb City, just north of Joplin...
Panel advises general discharge for Marine in protest case (06/05/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A military panel has recommended a general discharge for an Iraq war veteran who wore his uniform during an anti-war protest and later responded to a superior officer with an obscenity when told he might have violated military rules...
U.S. plans to cut back efforts to monitor global warming from space (06/05/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is drastically scaling back efforts to measure global warming from space, just as the president tries to convince the world the United States is ready to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases. A confidential report to the White House, obtained by The Associated Press, warns that U.S. scientists will soon lose much of their ability to monitor warming from space using a costly and problem-plagued satellite initiative begun more than a decade ago...
Grand jury indicts Louisiana congressman in bribery investigation (06/05/07)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in connection with years of trying to broker business deals in Africa. The charges came almost two years after investigators raided Jefferson's home in Washington and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in a box in his freezer...
Al-Qaida group claims to have killed missing soldiers (06/05/07)
BAGHDAD -- Insurgents linked to al-Qaida issued a video Monday claiming they killed all three U.S. soldiers captured in an ambush last month. "They were alive and then dead," a voice said during a sequence of images that included the military IDs of two Americans still missing...
Ducks deck Senators on roadfor commanding 3-1 series lead (06/05/07)
By IRA PODELL The Associated Press OTTAWA -- Andy McDonald bailed out Chris Pronger and set up Southern California for a playoff party like never before. The Anaheim Ducks are within a win of their first Stanley Cup championship. McDonald scored two goals in the second period, then shook free of hard-hitting Chris Neil and assisted on Dustin Penner's winner in the third, giving Anaheim a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night...
ND girls soccer collects all-region honors (06/05/07)
Notre Dame senior Meridith Medlin was named the region's girls soccer player of the year in Class 1 after the Bulldogs reached the state quarterfinals this past season. Medlin was one of six Notre Dame players to earn first-team all-region honors. Destiny Dirnberger, Claudia Brauss, Mindy Siebert, Alex Fowler and Courtney Luehmann also made the first team for the Bulldogs...
End of the Tigers' tale (06/05/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Chris Dominguez silenced a hostile crowd while carrying underdog Louisville to its first NCAA regional title. The redshirt freshman answered a chorus of boos with a grand slam that highlighted an eight-run first inning and he added a three-run shot in the fourth, helping the third-seeded Cardinals beat top seed Missouri 16-6 in the championship game of the Columbia Regional on Monday...
Area sports digest 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
Ford & Sons sweepsPerryville Legion Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons American Legion continued its fast start Monday with a 14-5 rout of Perryville in the opener of a doubleheader at Capaha Field. Brad LaBruyere went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs to lead Cape. Alex Shell and Kory Kitchen were 3-for-4 with three RBIs each...
Clarke falters in European qualifier for U.S. Open (06/05/07)
TADWORTH, England -- Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke failed to qualify for a major championship for the first time in 10 years when he did not earn one of nine spots available Monday in a European qualifier for the U.S. Open. Clarke, who went 3-0 last year in the Ryder Cup while playing a month after his wife died of cancer, shot 75-72 at Walton Heath, at least eight shot more than he needed to qualify for Oakmont...
Nadal breezes past Hewitt, reaches quarterfinal round (06/05/07)
PARIS -- Rafael Nadal managed to make Lleyton Hewitt, the guy who gets to every ball, a bit of a bystander. Nadal made Hewitt, as fierce a competitor as there is, go quietly. For two sets in the French Open's fourth round Monday, Nadal made Hewitt, a past champion at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, look more like a guy making his Grand Slam debut...
Bears DT Johnson suspended 8 games (06/05/07)
NEW YORK -- Tank Johnson is the latest NFL player to feel the impact of commissioner Roger Goodell's crackdown on off-field misbehavior. The Chicago Bears defensive tackle was suspended Monday for the first eight games of the 2007 NFL season, the third player sidelined this offseason under Goodell's toughened personal-conduct policy...
Source: Donovan trying to get out of Magic contract (06/05/07)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Billy Donovan's NBA coaching career might end up being a whole lot shorter than his pro playing career -- and that didn't last very long. Donovan is trying to void the five-year, $27.5 million contract he signed last week with the Orlando Magic in hopes of returning to the Florida Gators, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue...
Cavaliers' young star excited about but not awed by big stage (06/05/07)
CLEVELAND -- Above the Cavaliers' training room door on the wall adjacent to LeBron James' locker hangs a photograph of one of his signature dunks -- one of his nastiest, wake-up-the-kids slams. The one over Tim Duncan. Someone placed it there a few days after Cleveland's 88-81 win in San Antonio on Nov. 3, the Cavaliers' first victory in the Alamo City since 1988 and one that set the tone for a special season...
Michigan eliminates No. 1 Vanderbilt (06/05/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pinch-hitter Alan Oaks homered off Vanderbilt ace David Price in the top of the 10th inning and Michigan (42-17) beat the overall No. 1 seed Commodores 4-3 on Monday night to advance to the NCAA tournament's super regionals. Price (11-1), a left-hander starter projected as one of the top picks in this week's amateur baseball draft, pitched the ninth and 10th innings in relief...
Truex gives DEI timely WIN (06/05/07)
DOVER, Del. -- DEI returned to Victory Lane with a junior -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s unheralded and previously winless teammate, Martin Truex Jr. After another weekend of nonstop Earnhardt speculation, Truex gave the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team a much-needed victory in the 400-mile race at Dover International Speedway on Monday with his first career victory...
France, guiding hand to NASCAR growth, dies at 74 (06/05/07)
Bill France Jr., who transformed NASCAR from a small Southern sport into a billion-dollar conglomerate during his 31 years as chairman, died Monday at his Daytona Beach, Fla., home. He was 74. France, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, had been in poor health for much of the last decade. Although he was in remission, the extensive treatments took a toll. He never regained his full strength, often had difficulty breathing and had taken to using a motorized scooter to get around...
MLB Piniella suspended for four games (06/05/07)
MILWAUKEE -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella's suspension was set at four games Monday by Major League Baseball for his weekend dirt-kicking tantrum against an umpire. The commissioner's office originally planned to suspend Piniella for five games, then reduced the penalty by one game after the manager spoke with John McHale Jr., MLB's executive vice president for administration...
The porn effect: Sexiness seen as power in 'look-at-me' culture (06/05/07)
CHICAGO -- Porn used to be relegated to a video hidden in the bottom drawer or a magazine under the mattress. Today, it's part of everyday life. Hugh Hefner's girlfriends have become TV's "girls next door." Porn stars have MySpace pages and do voiceovers for video games. And while "porn on demand" is standard for hotel-room TVs and upgraded cable packages, it's even easier to find it with a few clicks on the computer...
Family in orbit on roller coasters (06/05/07)
Americans -- my family among them -- love amusement parks. Our family and friends drove 10 hours one way -- and shelled out tons of money for gas -- just to spend the Memorial Day weekend riding roller coasters on the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. The Cedar Point amusement park is home to 17 roller coasters. There are actually 18 if you count the dual coasters on one of the rides as my younger daughter, Bailey, does...
'Pirates' sinks but stays on top of box office with $43.2M weekend (06/05/07)
LOS ANGELES -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" hit an ebb tide in its second weekend but still had enough buoyancy to hold the No. 1 spot at the box office. With a $43.2 million weekend, Disney's blockbuster sequel sank a steep 62.4 percent from its $114.7 million opening a week earlier, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Mildred Wadley (06/05/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mildred Lee Wadley, 86, of Cairo died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Gir­ar­deau. She was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Mounds, Ill., daughter of Lee and Virgia Jennings Henderson. She married Vernon Wadley, who preceded her in death...
Freda Clemens (06/05/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Freda Clemens, 88, died Saturday, June 2, 2007, in Oklahoma City. She was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Chaffee, daughter of Claude and Flo Kinder. She married Chester O. Clemens, who died in 1981. Survivors include two sons, Chester Clemens of Kansas City, Mo., Edward Clemens of Gladstone, Mo.; four daughters, Alice Roxburg of Gilbert, Ariz., Carole Gregory of North Kansas City, Sarah Clemens-Russell of Kansas City, Judy Hardin of Oklahoma City; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.. ...
Rusby Mayfield (06/05/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Rusby Lanford Mayfield, 94, of Marble Hill died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar­deau. He was born Dec. 25, 1912, son of Marshall Hamilton and Amanda Bess Mayfield. He and Anna Idell Long were married Dec. 16, 1939. She died Nov. 26, 2003...
Jennifer Lyons (06/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Jennifer Lyons, 51, of St. Louis died Friday, June 1, 2007. She was born Sept. 5, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Henry and Geraldine Love. She and David Lyons married Feb. 16, 1974. Lyons attended Cape Girar­deau Central High School...
Palmer Mueller (06/05/07)
LONGTOWN, Mo. -- Palmer Paul Mueller, 74, of Raytown, Mo., died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. Mueller was born Aug. 10, 1932, at Longtown, son of Rudolph and Emma Mueller. He received a degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a civil engineer with Missouri State Highway Department and worked as a project supervisor. He was a member and elder at Peace Lutheran Church in Kansas City...
Joe Haley (06/05/07)
Joe Haley died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Heartland Care Center. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Charleston, Mo.
Evangeline Cannell (06/05/07)
Evangeline I. Cannell, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Doyle Strop (06/05/07)
Doyle W. Strop, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Cape Gir­ar­deau, son of Doyle B. Strop. He and Brenda Moore were married in Cape Gir­ardeau. Strop served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 26, 1967, to Sept. 25, 1968, in the Vietnam War...
Jeffrey Moore (06/05/07)
Jeffrey James Moore, 46, of Jackson died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 19, 1961, in Cape Gir­ar­deau, son of James Franklin and Dixie Lee Gregg Moore. He and Terri Burns were married Feb. 2, 2001...
Wallace Kohlfeld (06/05/07)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Wallace F. "Wally" Kohlfeld, 86, of Murphysboro, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Helia Healthcare in Energy, Ill. His body will be cremated. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Church in Murphysboro, with the Rev. Leo Hayes officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery...
Dr. Charles Ernst Jr. (06/05/07)
Dr. Charles Francis Ernst Jr., 84, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was loved as Charles, Doc, Pop, Grandpa, Doe, Uncle Charlie and Sonny to his family and close friends during his formative years. He was the eldest of four siblings, born July 10, 1922, to Charles and Juanita Ernst (deceased) in St. Louis...
Birth 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
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Cape/Jackson police report 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Jackson: Arrest; Thefts; Miscellaneous
Cape/Jackson fire report 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
n At 4:28 p.m., a power outage at the intersection of South West End Boulevard and Southern Expressway. n At 10:06 a.m., a vehicle fire at the intersection of Good Hope Street and South Kingshighway. n At 12:46 p.m., emergency medical service at the 1600 block of Dunklin Street...
Out of the past 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
Wage increases averaging 10 percent will be passed on to Southeast Missouri State University employees during the 1983 fiscal year, which starts next month, it was decided yesterday by the board of regents; in addition, the board discussed how best to allocate the rest of the university's $23,568,498 operating budget for the new fiscal year...
Secret hold (06/05/07)
By Charles N. Davis Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate?...
'And God Answered' (06/05/07)
In a story published last Easter, four years after her death, Jean Bell Mosley wrote about a little boy who helped young Jean understand the meaning of Easter. He likened it to a game of hide-and-seek, when at the end "all who'er out can come in free."...
Speak Out 6/5/07 (06/05/07)
Learn from French; Be a parent; Respect for law; Give them freedom; Explosion factor; Public pay; Piling on; Ready to fight; Pay issues; Doesn't cut it; Close to alcohol
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