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Stories from Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cape school board OKs salary plan (06/19/07)
The Cape Girardeau school board narrowly approved pay raises for teachers, staff and administrators Monday night, thanks to an abstention by one of the board members. The board also approved a plan to start preschool classes this fall at Jefferson and Blanchard elementary schools...
Banner sign lands businessman in jail (06/19/07)
David McDonald, owner of The Mattress Guys at 351 N. Kingshighway in Cape Gir-ardeau, was sentenced Monday to five days of "shock" time in the Cape Girardeau city jail for failing to remove banner advertising in front of his business. McDonald has been issued nine summonses since May 5, 2006, because of the sign, which violates Cape Girardeau sign ordinances. ...
Three sorority members sentenced in hazing case (06/19/07)
Three members of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority pleaded guilty Monday in circuit court in Jackson to third-degree assault for hazing a prospective member in February. Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp suspended imposition of sentence and placed each defendant on two years' probation...
Sikeston utilities board files civil suit in contract negotiations (06/19/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- For decades the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities has dumped the treated wastewater from the city's power plant into a nearby drainage ditch under the control of the Richland Drainage District. Since the city's industrial park was finished more than 10 years ago, wastewater from the facilities there have gone into the ditch, too, all under contract...
MoDOT hopes to expedite Ramsey Creek bridge (06/19/07)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will push for the lowest level of environmental scrutiny in planning the Ramsey Creek bridge project. Eric Krapf briefed the Scott City Council on the project at Monday night's regular council meeting. The Federal Highway Administration required the study before the $5 million in federal funds earmarked for the project could be spent. Krapf said the statement findings will be made public soon...
Emergency officials in 3 states practice earthquake response (06/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- When emergency responders in parts of several states including Missouri wake up today, they know they're going to be responding to a fake earthquake. What they don't specifically know is how their communities will be affected during three days of drills: scenarios where communications are cut, bridges are down, even instances where leadership doesn't survive the mock quake...
Tool concert not a sell out for Show Me Center (06/19/07)
Ticket sales for Saturday night's Tool concert fell short of a sell out, according to attendance figures released Monday by the Show Me Center. Show Me Center marketing director Shannon Buford said 3,849 people attended the concert, slightly below the 4,051 who attended Martina McBride's June 7 concert at the venue. The arena still looked packed because seats on the 200 level were curtained off, creating a crowded feel in the seats that did remain...
Regents approve $91.2 operating budget (06/19/07)
Southeast Missouri State University will have a $91.2 million operating budget for fiscal 2008. Auxiliary services, which include self-supporting services such as the Show Me Center and campus housing, will operate on a $27.6 million budget. The board of regents approved the budget without comment at its meeting Monday afternoon in the University Center Ballroom...
Region briefs 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
Salvation Army offers meals with friends The Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope St. in Cape Girar­deau, will serve meals from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to June 29. All are welcome to enjoy meals at no cost. Monday's menu is ham and potato casserole, corn, peaches, biscuits and butter; Tuesday, turkey and noodles, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter; Wednesday, ham and beans, potatoes, peaches, cornbread and butter; Thursday, nachos, refried beans, peaches; Friday, chili dogs, peaches, chips. ...
Freight service opens terminal in Cape (06/19/07)
A freight service that formerly operated through another local carrier in the area has begun doing its own trucking in Cape Girardeau. Vitran Express is a less-than-truckload service, meaning its shipments average 1,600 pounds. The company made its first deliveries Monday from the new trucking terminal at 4178 Highway K...
Doctors' groups plan legal action block Missouri's midwife law (06/19/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Legislation allowing midwives to deliver babies at home in Missouri will likely be challenged in court by doctors' groups. The measure was approved by lawmakers in May as part of larger health insurance bill signed June 1 by Gov. Matt Blunt. Most of the bill won't take effect until January, but the section on midwifery becomes effective in late August...
Lawsuits claim 'hot fuel' costing motorists (06/19/07)
ATLANTA -- It's not just increased demand that sends summertime gasoline prices soaring. It's also the increased temperature. As the temperature rises, liquid gasoline expands and the amount of energy in each gallon drops. Because gas is priced at a 60-degree standard and gas pumps don't adjust for any temperature changes, motorists often get less bang for their buck in warmer weather...
Mo. governor in France to promote defense industry (06/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt is in France this week promoting Missouri's airplane and defense industry. Blunt is attending the Paris Air Show, the world's biggest air show. The governor's office said he's working to promote companies with Missouri ties, such as Boeing Co., Essex Industries and GKN. Blunt is among four U.S. governors who planned to attend the international trade fair...
Report expected soon in investigation into potential wrongful execution (06/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A two-year investigation into whether a St. Louis man was executed for a crime he didn't commit is expected to wrap up soon, the lead investigator in the case told The Associated Press on Monday. Rachel Smith, an assistant circuit attorney, is among three attorneys and two police investigators who have been looking into the case of Larry Griffin since July 2005...
Kinder signs school start bill for 2008 (06/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- School districts will have to do more work if they want to start school in mid-August next year. At a ceremony in Branson on Monday, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed a bill requiring schools to begin their school year no sooner than 10 days before Labor Day...
Manufacturers battling for orders at Paris Air Show (06/19/07)
LE BOURGET, France -- Chicago-based Boeing Co. and its European rival, Airbus SA, both snagged new orders at the opening Monday of the world's biggest air show. The manufacturers' intense competition was again expected to be a dominant theme of the weeklong show at Le Bourget, north of Paris. Both looked to make a big splash from the get-go...
McCaskill: Mixed picture on progress in Iraq violence (06/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- The quality of Iraqi military forces is showing signs of improvement, but local police are still far from being able to control the violence in Iraq, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday. A weekend meeting with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih did not leave the Missouri Democrat with much confidence in the government's ability to improve matters...
World's oldest man, 111, gets Guinness certificate in Japan (06/19/07)
TOKYO -- At 111, the world's oldest man keeps a daily diary, drinks milk and stays away from alcohol and smoking. "I don't want to die," Tomoji Tanabe told reporters Monday, while receiving a certificate from the Guinness World Records at a ceremony in southern Japan verifying him as the world's oldest male...
Abbas tells Bush it's time to resume Mideast peace talks (06/19/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An emboldened Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told President Bush on Monday that now is the time to renew Mideast peace talks, as the emergency government he installed reaped its first windfalls when Europe and the United States promised to restore crucial aid...
Kerry Robinson wonders why anyone plays golf (06/19/07)
Former Southeast Missouri State and major league baseball player Kerry Robinson added a little bit of celebrity to Monday's junior-am fundraising tournament at the Dalhousie Junior Classic, a first-year event on the American Junior Golf Association circuit...
Cape Junior Legion goes 0-3 at tournament (06/19/07)
The Cape Girardeau Junior American Legion baseball team dropped to 13-15 with three losses over the weekend at a tournament in Southaven, Miss. Cape lost to teams from Sentobia, Miss., Benton, Ark., and Corinth, Miss...
Local amateurs lean on the juniors to tee off (06/19/07)
There was a lot of leaning going on Monday at the Junior-Am at the AJGA Dalhousie Junior Classic. Junior golfer Ryan Sirman of Tyler, Texas, stood on the seventh green, feet crossed as he leaned on his putter in wait of a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 hole. Sirman had smoothly escaped from a sand bunker about 70 yards away, and he patiently waited for his amateur partners to escape their various troubles and join him on the green...
Tiger's a father (06/19/07)
Tiger has a cub. Less than 24 hours after Tiger Woods finished second at the U.S. Open on Father's Day, his wife gave birth to a daughter. He announced Monday night on his Web site that Sam Alexis Woods was born early Monday morning. "Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully," Woods wrote. ...
UC Irvine ends Fullerton's season (06/19/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Longtime friends Dave Serrano and George Horton shared an embrace moments after UC Irvine had beaten Cal State Fullerton 5-4 in the longest game in College World Series history Monday. The two coaches just as easily could have collapsed together in exhaustion after a tense elimination game between Serrano's upstart Anteaters and his mentor's tournament-tested Titans...
Edmonds, Looper land on 15-day DL (06/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds, who started the season for the St. Louis Cardinals at less than full strength following two offseason operations, is getting a couple of weeks now to finally get his body healed. The Cardinals are hoping a similar break will be productive for Braden Looper, a starting pitcher for the first time in his career and now hampered by a shoulder strain. Both players were placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, hours before a game against the Kansas City Royals...
Wainwright hurts himself in loss to Royals (06/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Pitching around Albert Pujols was crucial to Odalis Perez ending his struggles. Perez won for only the second time in 10 starts and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of mistakes by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday...
Thursday deadline for agreement on Giambi-Mitchell meeting (06/19/07)
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi has until Thursday to agree to a meeting with steroids investigator George Mitchell or else face possible discipline from baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Lawyers from the players' union and Major League Baseball resumed talks Monday after a weekend break to set rules for a Giambi-Mitchell meeting...
Learning briefs for 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
GRADUATIONS, HONORS n Dr. Theresa Vaughn Sheppard graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., last month. She will enter a pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis in July. She is married to Derek Sheppard of Scott City, Mo...
Foriegn college students spend summers filling jobs in American vacation spots (06/19/07)
BUCHAREST, Romania --Ahhh. The summer job. Work a little, maybe near the beach. Spend your time off working on a tan. And your English. That's the draw for tens of thousands of foreign college students headed for America this summer to work as hotel housekeepers, waiters and amusement park ride operators. The jobs might not sound like much to an American, but foreign students are willing to pay thousands of dollars just for the opportunity...
Rediscovering Cape (06/19/07)
What is there to do in Cape? "Absolutely nothing," is a response I hear quite often from teenagers in Cape Girardeau. But strangely, when a teen from Scott City is asked what they do for fun, they respond, "Go to Cape." Do they know a secret that we don't? Are they aware of hidden places of enjoyment in Cape Girardeau that we, as indigenous teens, know nothing about?...
Dr. Seuss' oobleck is both a solid and a liquid (06/19/07)
Dr. Seuss wrote a children's book entitled "Bartholomew and the Oobleck." In this book the king of Didd got angry with the weather and commissioned his royal magicians to invent new weather. The product of their magic was oobleck, which eventually took over the whole kingdom! Grab the following ingredients from the kitchen cabinet and make oobleck at home...
Santas take to summer schooling (06/19/07)
I never figured Santa would attend summer school. But that was before I read the Associated Press story about the International University of Santa Claus, a traveling school that helps Santas be better Santas. Educators are fond of talking about life-long learning. Well, apparently it applies not just to us mere mortals but also to Santa Claus...
Loy Limbaugh (06/19/07)
Loy A. Limbaugh, 82, of Sedge­wickville, Mo., died Monday, June 18, 2007, in New Port Richey, Fla. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia Stewart (06/19/07)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Cynthia Afton Stewart, 83, of Olive Branch died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at her home. Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Garden at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Pauline Arledge (06/19/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Edna Pauline Arledge, 88, of Advance died Friday, June 15, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born May 5, 1919, at Greenville, Mo., daughter of William and Nora Atnip Luke. She and Obed Arledge were married Sept. 24, 1936. He died Jan. 29, 1988...
Susan Favier (06/19/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Susan K. Favier, 57, of Perryville died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1949, in Perryville, daughter of Orville and Ruby Smith Favier. Favier had been a clerk at a convenience store. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and River Hills Eagles...
Richard Jones (06/19/07)
Richard E. Jones, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Life Care Center of Cape Gir­ar­deau. He was born June 16, 1939, in Berkley, Mich., son of Robert and Elizabeth Emerson Jones. He and Sheila Jackson were married July 3, 1986, in Waterford, Mich...
Terry Brunner Jr. (06/19/07)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Terry C. Brunner Jr., 46, of Frohna drowned Saturday, June 16, 2007. He was born April 8, 1961, in Harrisonville, Mo., son of Terry C. and Sherrie Purkey Brunner Sr. Brunner was a self-employed contractor. Survivors include a son, Brandon Brunner of Oakwood, Texas; a daughter, Tara Brunner of Oakwood; his mother, Sherrie Medeiros of Simi Valley, Calif.; his father, Terry Brunner Sr. of Athens, Texas; a half sister, Yuralee Brunner of Texas; and a friend, Dana Schuette of Frohna...
Kent Martin (06/19/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kent J. Martin, 39, of Perryville died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital, as the result of a fall. He was born Nov. 28, 1967, in Perryville, son of Nathan Earl and Anna Buerck Martin. He and Kelly Bauwens were married Sept. 15, 1990...
Marcus Abernathy (06/19/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Marcus Daniel Abernathy, 84, of Benton died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Gir­ar­deau. He was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Ripley, Miss., son of Oscar L. and Georgia Baker Abernathy Vickers. He and Mildred Scheffer Bertrand were married June 14, 1986, at Benton...
Maj. Scott Mayfield (06/19/07)
Retired Air Force Maj. Scott Layton Mayfield of Newport News, Va., went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Va. He was born April 17, 1966, in Cape Girardeau. He had been a Virginia Peninsula resident the past five years...
Betty Craft (06/19/07)
Betty F. Craft, 72, of Cape Gir­ar­deau died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born March 7, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Rethor and Juanita Lacy Macke. She and Jack D. Craft were married Feb. 6, 1960, in Cape Girardeau. He died April 5, 2005...
William Glasscock (06/19/07)
William "Billy" Glasscock Jr., 41, of Cape Girardeau suddenly entered into rest Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Jan. 8, 1966, in Okinowa, Japan, son of William and Setsu Glasscock Sr. Glasscock was an orthotic technician 26 years at Cape Prosthetics-Orthotics Inc. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3775...
Benjamin LeGrand (06/19/07)
Benjamin William LeGrand, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 18, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Benton, Mo., son of Lawrence and Katie Klipfel LeGrand. He and Lucille Fredrick were married June 5, 1943, in Dutchtown. She died Dec. 29, 2000...
Births 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
Levy; Burton; Mahlandt; Jones; Crowell; Leimer; Essner; Chronister
Cape fire report 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
n At 5:33 p.m., emergency medical service at 1900 Delwin St. n At 8:06 p.m., citizen assist at 1100 Linden St. n At 8:33 p.m., electrical problems at the intersection of Silver Springs Road and Independence Street. n At 10:15 p.m., boat rescue on the Mississippi River...
Cape/Jackson police report 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Jackson: Theft; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
The fourth annual Cape Girardeau Riverfest is held on the banks of the Mississippi River, with a crowd estimated at between 15,000 to 25,000; activities include arts and crafts displays, music, a water ski show, plenty to eat, and tours of old St. Vincent's Church and the Glenn House...
Corrections 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
In the story about the summer solstice, Cape Girardeau is on Daylight Saving Time, which means the sun will rise at 5:37 a.m. and set at 8:22 p.m. on Thursday. Information in Monday's edition was incorrect.
City needs (06/19/07)
Cape Girardeau officials are looking at potential funding sources for park and storm-water projects. Currently under consideration is an additional half-cent sales tax. The city's parks advisory board has spent a considerable amount of time putting together a list of improvements that would enhance Cape Girardeau's recreational facilities. But including a water park on a needs list may make it difficult to convince voters for a couple of reasons...
Speak Out 6/19/07 (06/19/07)
Payment plan; God in school; Good time for judge; More choices; Mosquito spraying; Tax increases; Park for kids; Pool sunshine; Sharing tax revenue; Park memorial; Not on the ballot; Try hauling hay; Hypocritical contest; Deadbeat moms
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