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Stories from Sunday, June 17, 2007

Rescue crew still searching Mississippi River for swimmer (06/17/07)
A man who was having difficulty swimming in the Mississippi River on Saturday has not been located, according to the Cape Gir­ar­deau Fire Department. The man was on a sandbar in the middle of the river north of Tower Rock in the Perry County area when he struggled to stay above water at about 3 p.m., according to Capt. Brad Dillow. The man, about 45 years old, was with his girlfriend during the incident, he said...
Heroes, mentors, coaches (06/17/07)
While attending a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., decided her father, who had raised her by himself, needed to be honored as well. Since then, some have thought the day was born as a greeting-card sales ploy. But Father's Day has not lost its original meaning for four area sons and daughters. Although each story is different, the message is the same: It takes something special to be a dad...
Cape officials may explore payroll tax (06/17/07)
Cape Girardeau City Council members worry their local government depends too heavily on sales-tax revenue to fund basic operations. Some council members want to explore the feasibility of levying a payroll tax on those who work here. But that couldn't happen without a change in state law, council members say. Under current law, only St. Louis and Kansas City can levy a payroll or earnings tax. If such a change were made, Cape Girardeau voters would also have to approve a payroll tax...
Relay for Life had 750 walkers benefiting cancer research (06/17/07)
This year's Cape Girardeau County Relay for Life raised a grand total of $137,000, up $8,000 from last year, said Casey Hubbard, American Cancer Society income development specialist. The event was held from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at Capaha Park was attended by about 750 people; 36 teams of about 15 members each, 25 committee members and 150 cancer survivors honored in a special lap set aside for them. ...
Show Me Center rocks with Tool (06/17/07)
Tool played to a packed Show Me Center Saturday night, satisfying the desires of local music fans craving something other than the country performers who usually play the venue. The prog-metal four-piece's devoted following came out in droves for the show, proving that rock can do well even at the Show Me Center...
Red House offers samples of fritters and corn bread (06/17/07)
The Red House Interpretive Center offered a taste of the past Saturday in celebration of African-American Month at the Cape Girardeau landmark. Visitors were encouraged to take a nibble of hoe cakes, corn fritters and hot-water corn bread, courtesy of House of Prayer Outreach Ministries...
10 teams show up intent on winning second Wifflefest (06/17/07)
No one's too old for a good game of wiffleball. About 100 players and spectators, mostly in their 20s, went to the second annual Justin Osborne All-American Wifflefest on Saturday at the Richard Martin Tree Farm in Gordonville. Ten coed teams of five to seven players each engaged in a five-inning-per-match, double-elimination tournament on dual fields. ...
Big Lake reopens after May flooding (06/17/07)
MOUND CITY, Mo. -- Big Lake State Park has reopened weeks after flooding closed the park. Big Lake, northwest of St. Joseph along the Missouri River, was flooded when a levee broke in early May. The state park reopened Friday. Park manager Gary Parker said tons of debris had to be cleared away, although only two buildings, both of them restrooms, were flooded. Workers also had to remove sludge, Parker said...
Pro-life group pushes ultrasound legislation (06/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A national pro-life group is pushing legislation in states aimed at making sure pregnant women and girls view sonograms before having abortions, hoping that what they see will persuade them against having the procedure. Such proposals have gained little attention so far from lawmakers in Kansas or Missouri. ...
Employee sentenced for falsifying missile part records (06/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The sales manager of a now-defunct Florida company has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for falsifying test records for metal that was to be made into nuclear missile components. Russell B. Cohen, 48, of Lighthouse Point, Fla., apologized to Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan before hearing his sentence Friday in Kansas City...
Landfill-named ice cream irks politician (06/17/07)
NEW YORK -- The "South Bronx Cha Cha Chocolate" might be a hit on hot days, but a New York ice cream named for Staten Island's most notorious landmark isn't getting much love. Sure, it's packed with brownie chunks, cherries, heart-shaped chocolate crunchies and fudge, but "Staten Island Landfill" just spoils the appetite of borough president James Molinaro...
Frisbee still flying high after 50 years; inventor never thought name would fly (06/17/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wham-O Inc. changed the name of the Pluto Platter to Frisbee 50 years ago today, flinging a new word into the cultural ether that still conjures images of carefree fun in the park and breezy days at the beach. And to think Walter "Fred" Morrison, the inventor of the beloved disc, thought the new moniker would never fly...
Bush says he'll veto excessive spending bills (06/17/07)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush warned Congress on Saturday that he will use his veto power to stop runaway government spending. "The American people do not want to return to the days of tax-and-spend policies," Bush said in his radio address. The House passed a $37 billion budget for the Homeland Security Department on Friday, but Republicans rallied enough votes to uphold a promised veto from Bush...
American astronaut sets spaceflight record (06/17/07)
HOUSTON -- Atlantis was cleared Saturday to return to Earth this coming week after the space shuttle's heat shield was judged capable of surviving the intense heat of re-entry, and a U.S. astronaut reached a milestone with the longest single spaceflight by any woman...
Scanning in the aisles next step in self-checkout (06/17/07)
SCAGGSVILLE, Md. -- Stephanie Cerneck doesn't go through the checkout line at her supermarket anymore. Or even the self-checkout line. She uses a personal scanner offered by the Bloom grocery store near her home, scanning each item as she takes it off the shelf and bagging as she shops. When she's done, she pays at a terminal at the front of the store...
Man on 'Cream of Wheat' logo finally gets tombstone (06/17/07)
LESLIE, Mich. -- A man widely believed to be the model for the smiling chef on Cream of Wheat boxes finally has a grave marker bearing his name. Frank L. White died in 1938, and until this week, his grave in Woodlawn Cemetery bore only a tiny concrete marker with no name...
Seattle officials warn city workers: Don't burn the popcorn (06/17/07)
SEATTLE -- If you have to pop, know when to stop, Seattle city workers have been warned. "We continue to see a high number of instances of employees burning microwave popcorn and triggering the building smoke alarms," the city's Fleets and Facilities Department said in a memo to employees in the city government's three downtown buildings...
Graham says his wife 'hada great reception in heaven' (06/17/07)
MONTREAT, N.C. -- Ruth Graham retained her beauty even in death and surely "had a great reception in heaven," an ailing Billy Graham told mourners who gathered Saturday to remember his beloved wife. "I wish you could look in that casket because she's so beautiful," said Graham, clinging to his walker. "She was a wonderful woman."...
TSA releases video after woman says son's sippy cup prompted tough airport response (06/17/07)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Transportation Security Administration is denying allegations that an airport screener seized a toddler's sippy cup and mistreated his mother, taking the unusual step of posting security camera footage on its Web site. The TSA said in a statement that the incident and the videotape demonstrate its "officers display professionalism and concern for all passengers."...
Georgia city sells wildfire T-shirts to raise money for firetruck (06/17/07)
FARGO, Ga. -- Firefighters from across the nation have helped battle massive wildfires in the Okefenokee Swamp this spring. Now they've got a souvenir. To raise money for new fire trucks, the tiny city of Fargo has been selling hundreds of T-shirts geared toward those fighting the swamp blaze, which has been dubbed the "Bugaboo."...
House votes to delay requiring passports for N. American travel (06/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Congress is moving to postpone until June 2009 requiring passports for land and sea travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean after complaints about vacation-ruining delays by the State Department in issuing them. The House passed the 17-month delay Friday after a key Senate committee approved it a day earlier...
Foods tainted with formaldehyde, other chemicals a problem in Asia (06/17/07)
HANOI, Vietnam -- As Nguyen Van Ninh needles his chopsticks through a steaming bowl of Vietnam's famous noodle soup, he knows it could be spiked with formaldehyde. But the thought of slurping up the same chemical used to preserve corpses isn't enough to deter him...
North Korea invites nuclear inspectors (06/17/07)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Saturday sent a letter to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, inviting inspectors to the country to discuss procedures for shutting down its main nuclear reactor, state media reported. The letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency noted "that a working-level delegation of the IAEA has been invited to visit [North Korea] as it is confirmed that the process of de-freezing the funds of [North Korea] at the Banco Delta Asia in Macau has reached its final phase," the North's Korean Central News Agency reported.. ...
Colombian rebel: U.S., Colombia must exchange jailed rebels for 3 kidnapped Americans (06/17/07)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Three kidnapped U.S. defense contractors and dozens of other hostages held by Colombian guerrillas must be swapped for all the guerrillas held in U.S. and Colombian jails, a senior rebel said on Saturday. Rodrigo Granda, the so-called "foreign minister" of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said the rebels will not consider piecemeal negotiations or prisoner swaps for the hostages, including the Americans and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.. ...
General: 40 percent of Baghdad controlled (06/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- Security forces in Baghdad have full control in 40 percent of the city five months into the pacification campaign, a top American general said Saturday as U.S. troops began an offensive against two al-Qaida strongholds on the capital's southern outskirts...
U.S. to lift Palestinian embargo once new government in place (06/17/07)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Mahmoud Abbas got a major boost in his increasingly bellicose showdown with Hamas on Saturday, with a U.S. diplomat saying he expects a crippling embargo to be lifted once the Palestinian president appoints a government without the Islamic militants...
Area digest (06/17/07)
Cape Legion sweeps House Springs The Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons American Legion senior baseball team swept a non-district doubleheader at House Springs on Saturday, winning 6-5 and 9-5. Cape (13-4) had six hits in the opener, led by Brad LaBruyere with two. LaBruyere and David Sanders each drove in two runs...
Course, tourney officials say they're ready to tee off (06/17/07)
The American Junior Golf Association's Dalhousie Junior Championship won't officially tee off until Tuesday. But Dalhousie Golf Club was buzzing with activity Saturday in anticipation of an event that will feature many of the nation's premier golfers ages 12 through 18...
A local 3-point specialist will join Redhawks as a walk-on (06/17/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program will be adding a local walk-on for the second year in a row. Kendal Deason, a former Kelly High School star who played the past two seasons at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, will join the Redhawks...
New seven wonders (06/17/07)
The Associated Press GENEVA, Switzerland -- The Great Wall, the Colosseum and Machu Picchu are among the leading contenders to be the new seven wonders of the world as a massive poll enters its final month with votes already cast by more than 50 million people, organizers say...
New passport rules modified for Mexico, Canada (06/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- If you've applied for a passport to fly to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, but you haven't received it, here's a bit of good news. Through the end of September, you can fly to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean without a passport as long as you can present a State Department receipt showing you already applied for one. ...
Cruise trend Bowling aboard the Norwegian Pearl (06/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Finding out what's new in the cruise industry is like playing "Can you top this?" In case you missed it, ice skating rinks, giant trampolines, and rock-climbing walls on board ships are old news, along with wine cellars and menus from celebrity chefs...
Take in the stunning scenery of the Grand Canyon (06/17/07)
It really does take your breath away the first time you see it. But getting to the Grand Canyon is relatively easy -- there's even a train -- and making plans for a vacation visit is a snap thanks to resources available on the Web. Take a look by finding "Photos & Multimedia" at Grand Canyon National Park -- www.nps.gov/grca/ -- for a photo gallery and a Web cam. ...
Salon in a box (06/17/07)
Lotions, nail polish, magazines -- all things one expects to find in a tanning salon. The difference in this case is the items are boxed up and shipped off instead of sold from Sun & Tan on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. The items are shipped by four Cape Girardeau women who started Operation SOFT (Spoil Our Female Troops). It's a small setup meant to bring the feminine comforts of home to women serving in the military overseas...
Richard Jones (06/17/07)
Richard Jones, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Michael Reynolds (06/17/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Michael G. Reynolds, 58, of Advance died Friday, June 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 5, 1949, in Phonenix, son of Joe and Bonnie Schmidt Reynolds. He and Edna Leeper were married May 14, 1966, in Dallas...
Cutis Crites (06/17/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Cutis E. Crites, 89, of Sedgewickville died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Sara Kassel (06/17/07)
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Sara Lee Kassel, 68, of Lee's Summit, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Lee's Summit Hospital in Lee's Summit. She was born Jan. 8, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Paul F. and Adelaide Friese Jones. She and Ernest Seabaugh were married in 1957. She later married Donald A. Kassel on Dec. 11, 1987...
Jeanne Beaty (06/17/07)
Jeanne W. Beaty, 81, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, June 15, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Dell, Ark., daughter of the late George and Rosalind Whistle. She and her four brothers and one sister spent their early years in Holland, Mo. In 10th grade her family moved back to Mississippi County, Ark., where she graduated high school at Manila in 1941...
Norma Gentry (06/17/07)
Norma Lee Gentry, 71, of Scott City died Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 29, 1936, at Fornfelt, daughter of Lester Lowell and Lola Mae Simmons Russom. She and Lynn R. Gentry were married Nov. 13, 1955, in Scott City...
Buchheit-Eftink (06/17/07)
Amanda Lynn Buchheit and Eric Martin Eftink exchanged vows April 14, 2007, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee, Mo. The Rev. Ralph Duffner performed the ceremony. Readers were Ivan Eftink of Willard, Mo., godfather of the groom, and Mary Boner of Chaffee, godmother of the groom. Giftbearers were Dave and Fay Reiminger of Jackson, godparents of the bride...
Eaker-Waterbury (06/17/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Andrea Michelle Eaker and Jeremy Michael Waterbury were married Sept. 16, 2006, at Muncie Alliance Church in Muncie, Ind. The Rev. Dan Sitze, uncle of the bride, gave the greeting and prayer. The Rev. Guy Pfanz performed the ceremony. Pianist was Delisa Sitze and soloists were Mitch Eaker and Sitze...
Goodrich-Schlick (06/17/07)
Mike and Melinda Goodrich of O'Fallon, Mo., and Jamie and Debbie Groves of Oak Ridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Micah Christine Goodrich, to Lance Thomas Schlick, both of Jackson. He is the son of Gene and Deborah Schlick of Jackson...
Nelson-Pullen (06/17/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott Nelson of Lakeville, Minn., and Marianne Meyer of Minneapolis, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Valerie Rose Nelson, to Steven Daniel Pullen. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Pullen of Benton. Nelson received a degree in music business from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in 2006. She is a marketing agent with Grand Vista Music...
Haertling-Pooker (06/17/07)
Ruth Haertling of Altenburg, Mo., announces the engagement of her daughter, Kimberly Haertling, to Allen Pooker. He is the son of Mildred Pooker of Jackson, and the late Chester Pooker. Haertling is also the daughter of the late Harlen Haertling. Haertling is a graduate of Jackson High School and Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed by Dr. Louis Kouo...
Heise-Stone (06/17/07)
Jeff and Helen Heise of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Syrama Heise, to Andrew Lee Stone. He is the son of Chuck and Cindy Stone of Cape Girardeau. Heise is a 2005 graduate of Central High School. She expects to receive a degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2009...
Deibel-Garner (06/17/07)
John and Sue Deibel of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth Deibel, to Jason Mathew Garner. He is the son of Bob and Linda Garner of Cape Girardeau. Deibel received a bachelor of science from Maryville University in St. Louis, and a master of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She will begin a dietetic internship this fall at Loyola University in Chicago...
Werne-Gile (06/17/07)
Joseph and Patricia Werne of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Marlene Elise Werne, to Matthew Morgan Gile, both of Columbia, Mo. He is the son of Robert and Jan Gile of Cape Girardeau and Robin Gile of Canal Winchester, Ohio...
DeBolt-Zinner (06/17/07)
Rick and Terri DeBolt of Shawnee, Kan., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin DeBolt, to Josh Zinner. He is the son of Chuck and Julie Zinner of Jackson. DeBolt received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a learning specialist at Metropolitan Community College Blue Ridge Campus in Blue Springs, Mo...
Baldwin-Kluesner (06/17/07)
Betty Eutsler of Kinmundy, Ill., announces the engagement of her daughter, Kimberly Baldwin, to Kevin Kluesner, both of Jackson. He is the son of Joe and Jane Kluesner of Jackson. Baldwin is also the daughter of the late Ollie Eutsler. Baldwin is a graduate of Kinmundy-Alma High School. She is a hairstylist at Selecta Style...
Quigley-Givens (06/17/07)
Andy and Alice Quigley of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Lee Quigley, to Roy Eugene Givens. He is the son of Arla Givens of Carrsville, Ky., and the late Roy Givens. Quigley is a 2006 graduate of Jackson High School, and is attending Trend Setters School of Cosmetology Inc...
McFerron-Harrell (06/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- William G. and Alice F. McFerron of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Alison McFerron, to Jason Brent Harrell. He is the son of Fred L. and Pamela L. Harrell of Jackson. McFerron is a 2001 graduate of Chaffee High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006. She is a registered nurse at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
Stovall - 50 years (06/17/07)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Stovall of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 3, 2007. The couple and their sons and daughters-in-law hosted a dinner at Drury Lodge. Stovall and Mary Eileen Baucum were married June 8, 1957, at Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, by the Rev. Eugene Spruell...
Stueve - 60 years (06/17/07)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Wilbert and Gertrude Stueve of Frohna celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 6, 2007, with a family dinner at Delmonico's. They were married April 6, 1947, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. The couple has two children, Clifford (Kathy) Stueve of Frohna, and Retha (the late Charley) Wachter of New Wells. They also have six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren...
Ressel - 55 years (06/17/07)
Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Ressel of Scott City celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at a Mass May 27, 2007, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin officiated. Ressel and Alice Glastetter were married May 30, 1952, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg, Mo., by the Rev. H. Mellies...
Ross - 50 years (06/17/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Tom and Virginia Ross of Benton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass and renewing their vows May 5, 2007, at St. Denis Catholic Church. A dinner and dance followed at the parish center, hosted by their children and spouses...
Fire report 6/17/07 (06/17/07)
n At 10:02 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Independence and Benton streets. n At 10:56 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1421 Holly Drive. n At 5:59 a.m., emergency medical service at 1700 W. Cape Rock Drive. n At 6:07 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1800 block of Marietta Street...
Police report 6/17/07 (06/17/07)
Arrests; Assault
Out of the past 6/17/07 (06/17/07)
Pickets from Laborers Local 282 and Cement Masons Local 908 stand near the entrance to a 120-bed nursing home being built on Independence Street in Cape Girardeau; the laborers are picketing the site because Local 282 has no contract with the general contractor; the masons are picketing a subcontractor for substandard wages...
Brighter future for Missouri students (06/17/07)
By Matt Blunt Education is our most important investment, and since I was elected governor I have worked to make education Missouri's top budget and public policy priority. Working with your elected representatives, we have increased education funding by more than a half a billion dollars over the last three years...
Swift action (06/17/07)
The response of the administrator at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to the plight of an Oak Ridge Marine is heartening indeed. Nancy Arnold has spoken passionately and forcefully in the past about providing the best health care possible to veterans, and her swift efforts to rectify the bureaucratic snafus encountered by Jolani McCanless turned her words into deeds. ...
Let the illegal alien jump bail (06/17/07)
To the editor:Your article says Morley Swingle, Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney, "said his office would lower the bond amount in a case where the suspect wasn't a flight risk to allow the suspect to assume responsibility for hospital costs."...
Consortium offers health care (06/17/07)
To the editor:It was my pleasure to present at the health-care forum on June 7 that was sponsored by the Missouri Research Corp. and Providers Assuring Rehabilitation Efficacy. I had the opportunity to discuss how 32 member manufacturers in the Southwest Area Manufacturers Association joined together to purchase health care and, for rating purposes, were viewed by the health insurance company as one large employer instead of 32 separate companies. ...
GOP still targeting public schools (06/17/07)
To the editor:As your paper has just disclosed, Gov. Matt Blunt has given an interim appointment to a school-choice proponent to serve on the State Board of Education. If the Republicans remain in power in this state, we can say goodbye to the public school system as we know it. Pity taxpayers of Missouri...
Veterans' care is a top priority (06/17/07)
To the editor: I agree with the June 11 editorial "Caring for veterans" suggesting that more ought to be done at the federal level to provide the benefits and care our veterans have earned. I agree that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides critical medical care to our veterans throughout the country. A study by my staff of all 22 Missouri VA facilities indicated the facilities are in great shape and our veterans are receiving top-notch care...
Speak Out 6/17/07 (06/17/07)
Hit-and-run; Speed-limit savings; Sidewalk waste; Immigrants and SS; Legal welcome; Ordination wishes; Water park vote; Water park idea; Odds and ends
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