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Stories from Thursday, June 28, 2007

Commission approves tax abatement for Town Plaza project (06/28/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted unanimously to approve the execution of the Greater Missouri Builders Development Agreement Thursday. The agreement includes full property tax abatement for new improvements to the old Sears Building and 50-percent property tax abatement for the Sears site for the next 10 years. ...
Agreement reached in Sikeston waste dispute (06/28/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston industrial park will not be forced to stop discharging its wastewater into a ditch operated by the Richland Drainage District when its contract expires Saturday, lawyers for the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities (SBMU) and the drainage district said Thursday...
Longtime Cape meat shop will close doors in September (06/28/07)
In September, Cape Girardeau will lose a business institution that has left a lasting impression on taste buds across the nation and around the world. Esicar's Old Hickory Smokehouse, 1157 N. Kingshighway, will close sometime after Labor Day, Blake Esicar said Wednesday. But until then, the traditional style hams, bacon and sausages will be available for those seeking a last taste...
Region still dry despite recent rains (06/28/07)
While Southeast Missouri has enjoyed a few showers in the past week, the wet weather has been hit or miss and most of the region is still considered to be in abnormally dry conditions. "Southeastern Missouri seems to be under the gun this year in regards to the dry spell in Missouri," said Pat Guinan, climatologist with University of Missouri Extension commercial agriculture program. The area "has seen more association with that severe drought going on in the southeastern states."...
Assistant principal leaving for Scott County high school (06/28/07)
Cape Girardeau Central High School assistant principal Al McFerren is passionate about education. It's a way out of poverty and a tool to a better life, he says. For the past five years, he has sought to motivate students to excel at Central High School. But he's leaving to take a job as principal at Scott County Central High School at Morley, Mo...
Checking on complaints (06/28/07)
When residents complain about banner signs in Cape Girardeau, the city's director of inspection services says, the signs are usually gone by the time he gets out to check on them. But not all of them. Some, like a two-banner display in front of El Torrero restaurant on Broadway, were in place Wednesday as Tim Morgan and a reporter drove around the city investigating complaints...
NASV gets $52,000 to fight child abuse (06/28/07)
"It can be overwhelming to start to acknowledge how absolutely common child sex abuse is," says Tammy Gwaltney, executive director of the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence. "How do we start the process of ending the cycle of child abuse?"...
Traffic flows smoothly as I-55 diversion begins (06/28/07)
MoDOT began diverting traffic over the new on- and off-ramps of northbound Interstate 55 in the East Main Street/LaSalle Avenue interchange project Wednesday afternoon, the day the transportation agency had hoped to begin the diversion. The diversion started with northbound traffic, which began using one of the ramp lanes just before noon. ...
Leming graduates Navy boot camp in Illinois (06/28/07)
Airman Blake Leming recently graduated from Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill. He will attend a 16-week aviation electronics school in Pensacola, Fla. Leming graduated from Jackson High School in 2005. He is the son of Dana Leming of Jackson and Chuck Leming of Cape Girardeau...
Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters partner to help little brother (06/28/07)
Cape Area Habitat for Humanity is building a home at 331 Country Club Drive in Cape Girardeau for a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri little brother and his family. It is the 28th Habitat home built but the first for a little brother in the organization...
Vandivort family to hold reunion (06/28/07)
The Vandivorts will hold their 50th family reunion from Friday to Sunday in Cape Girardeau. The more than 100 family members, heirs of Julia and Clyde Vandivort of Cape Girardeau, will be headquartered at the Victorian Inn. Five of Julia and Clyde's seven children who lived to maturity (there were nine) left Southeast Missouri, but their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have returned annually for the last 50 years to hold a Fourth of July family reunion and business meeting...
Six people arrested in drug crackdown (06/28/07)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department's continued crackdown on drug dealers led to several arrests in the area Monday and Tuesday. Six people were arrested on drug charges resulting from street buys and search warrants, according to police spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis...
Manufacturer will open plant in Sikeston, brings 50 jobs to area (06/28/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A new company will mean some 50 new jobs for Sikeston and Southeast Missouri. Simon Halliday, general manager and owner, announced Wednesday his company, Ace Building Systems, which manufactures floor, wall and roof panels used in the construction of residential, multifamily and light commercial buildings, will fill the industrial site at 821 W. Wakefield Ave...
Woman pleads guilty in Union County case (06/28/07)
Woman pleads guilty to conspiracy charges Amanda Lindsey, 26, of Jonesboro, Ill., pleaded guilty to one count of felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count of felony conspiracy to commit armed battery Tuesday, according to a news release from the office of Union County State's Attorney Allen W. ...
Hearing on Town Plaza renovations today (06/28/07)
The public hearing on Cape Girardeau County's participation in tax incentives for renovating the old Sears building on William Street will be held at 10 a.m. today at the County Administration Building in Jackson. ...
Region briefs 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Funeral services planned for Southeast alumnus ST. LOUIS -- The visitation and funeral have been tentatively set for U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel Riordan of St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Riordan, who graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2005 after completing the Air Force ROTC program, was killed by a roadside bomb Saturday in Taji, Iraq. ...
Community digest 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Delta Queen to dock at Cape on Tuesday; Libertyfest celebration to be held July 4 in Cape; Jackson to celebrate July 4 at City Park
CROP sale to benefit scholarship recipient (06/28/07)
The 38th annual Church Women United CROP sale and luncheon will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at Centenary United Methodist Church. Early morning warm cinnamon rolls and coffee will be available followed by a luncheon from 11 a.m. ...
KC officer denies jamming nightstick into mouth of handcuffed man (06/28/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An officer who could lose his job over an excessive force claim denies wedging a nightstick into the mouth of a handcuffed man suspected of hiding crack cocaine. Michael Payne, who was released after the Nov. 2 encounter, filed a complaint against Officer Anthony Melkowski later that night...
FAA: 3 dead in Missouri plane crash (06/28/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Three people died Thursday after a single-engine plane crashed in Montgomery County northwest of St. Louis, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft took off from Spirit of St. Louis Airport in suburban St. Louis and went down near the northwestern corner of Montgomery County. The Piper 46 was headed for Buffalo, Minn., according to the FAA...
No link seen in Missouri clerk slayings (06/28/07)
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) -- Detectives say the slayings of two all-night convenience store clerks on opposite sides of Missouri do not appear to be connected. They say surveillance tape shows the gunmen have dissimilar appearances and the two used different weapons...
Mo. salon owner sought on taping charges arrested in Arizona (06/28/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A former tanning salon owner wanted on charges of secretly videotaping female customers has been arrested in Arizona, Springfield police said Wednesday. Brett Patrick Kent, 35, was arrested Saturday by the Phoenix police. "Official details on his arrest are not yet available, however Kent is in the beginning stages of extradition back to Springfield," police said in a statement...
Gov. Blunt signs law on school district boundaries (06/28/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Parents in the Kansas City area who want their children in Independence schools got one step closer to their goal Wednesday, when Gov. Matt Blunt signed a law changing the process for moving school district boundaries. Sen. Victor Callahan, D-Independence, pushed for the change, saying thousands of Independence and Sugar Creek residents live within the Kansas City School District but would prefer their children attend school in the Independence district...
Study suggests more benefit for women from food-based calcium than supplements (06/28/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Most women know calcium is critical in preventing osteoporosis, the disease of progressive bone loss and fractures that affects millions of Americans. But which source is better -- calcium-rich foods or supplements? A preliminary study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine suggests dietary calcium may be better at protecting bone health...
IRS office receives package containing white powder (06/28/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A letter containing a white powder and a note mentioning anthrax forced federal authorities Wednesday to shut down the mailroom of the Kansas City headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service. The letter was sealed and sent to a lab in Jefferson City for further testing, said FBI spokesman Bob Herndon...
AMA: Research does not support calling excessive video gaming an addiction (06/28/07)
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Wednesday backed off calling excessive video-game playing a formal psychiatric addiction, saying instead that more research is needed. A report prepared for the AMA's annual policy meeting had sought to strongly encourage that video-game addiction be included in a widely used diagnostic manual of psychiatric illnesses...
Bald eagle taken off endangered species list (06/28/07)
WASHINGTON -- The American bald eagle, a national symbol once almost wiped out by hunters and DDT poisoning, has not only survived but is thriving. The Interior Department will announce today it is removing the majestic bird from the protection of the Endangered Species Act, capping a four-decade struggle for recovery...
McCaskill making waves in freshman year (06/28/07)
WASHINGTON -- For a few moments last week, a routine Senate hearing on aviation security took on the atmosphere of a courthouse trial in which a tough prosecutor grilled an uncooperative witness. Leading the cross-examination was Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. In the hot seat was Peggy Gilligan, the Transportation Department's deputy associate administrator for aviation safety...
Egypt says it has identified the mummy of powerful pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut (06/28/07)
CAIRO, Egypt -- The long-overlooked mummy of an obese woman, who likely suffered from diabetes and liver cancer, has been identified as Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most powerful female pharaoh, Egyptian archaeologists said Wednesday. A single tooth was key to solving one of the greatest mysteries of ancient Egypt, said Zahi Hawass, the country's antiquities chief...
U.S. soldiers patrolling on foot to avoid setting off buried bombs (06/28/07)
BAQOUBA, Iraq -- U.S. armored vehicles stand idle on the edge of western Baqouba's apartment blocks. The soldiers who normally ride in them have left on foot patrols -- a simple, but apparently effective, tactic being used against insurgents planting increasingly large and devastating bombs deep underground...
Gordon Brown takes power in Britain after Parliament pays farewell to Tony Blair (06/28/07)
LONDON -- Gordon Brown ended a decade-long wait to become prime minister Wednesday, stepping out of Tony Blair's shadow determined to heal divisions over the unpopular Iraq war as he brings a sober new tone to the government. Blair departed to rousing applause and even some tears from lawmakers after presiding over a decade of rapid social change and economic prosperity but also rancor over Iraq. He now takes on the daunting role of envoy for the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators...
MSHSAA needs to change before it starts hurting student-athletes (06/28/07)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association's Media Advisory Committee conducted its first meeting June 11. Interestingly, this was not a meeting that was publicized very well to the media -- before or after. The only pre-meeting notice for the Southeast Missourian was received by our managing editor. It was a request from a Missouri Press Association representative for issues and concerns that should be considered or discussed at the meeting...
Area sports digest 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Cook, Glastetter team for first place Lachelle Cook and Darren "Beaver" Glastetter teamed up to take first place in the Southeast Missouri Horseshoe Association's 11-team event at the Oran Jaycees on Saturday. Randy Senciboy and Terrie Rose took second place. Danny Williams and Kory Kluesner finished in third...
High school notes 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Jackson, ND, Perryville make academic lists Jackson, Notre Dame and Perryville again claimed many places in the latest listing for Missouri State High School Activities Association's Scholastic Achivement Awards. The awards were released in the May edition of the MSHSAA Journal and include fall and winter sports teams...
Three local players earn all-state honors (06/28/07)
Three local players earned a spot on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's high school all-state baseball teams, which were released recently. In Class 1, Oran junior Caleb Seyer and Advance senior Trenton Moses earned first-team honors. In Class 4, Central senior Blake Slattery made the first team...
Bohnert resigns as Jackson's athletic director (06/28/07)
After more than two weeks on administrative leave, Kevin Bohnert resigned Tuesday as athletic director and assistant principal at Jackson High School. Bohnert's resignation was accepted by the Jackson board of education in Tuesday's meeting, and it was handled like any other resignation, superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson said Wednesday...
Capahas avenge season's first loss (06/28/07)
DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- On June 13, the Henderson (Tenn.) Diamond Cats handed the Plaza Tire Capahas their first loss of the season by winning the second game of a doubleheader. The Capahas avenged that defeat in a big way Wednesday night, routing the Diamond Cats 11-1. The contest, played at a neutral site, was stopped after eight innings by the 10-run mercy rule...
Illinois pitcher guts out victory for Cape in opener (06/28/07)
Steven Houseman has only recently returned to pitching after suffering a broken leg during his high school season this year. Wednesday night he had by far his most impressive outing for the Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team as it split a doubleheader with visiting Paragould, Ark...
Spiezio ends up in hospital with infection on index finger (06/28/07)
NEW YORK -- Scott Spiezio of the St. Louis Cardinals was hospitalized with an infected left index finger Wednesday, making him unavailable to play against the New York Mets. Spiezio was receiving antibiotics and was to be re-evaluated today. A valuable utility player, Spiezio is hitting .279 with three homers and 26 RBIs. He started the previous two games at third base while Scott Rolen was sidelined with a bruised left foot...
Reyes drops to 0-10 (06/28/07)
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine nearly gave the New York Mets their first no-hitter -- with a major explanation attached. Glavine earned his 297th win, pitching one-hit ball for six innings in a rain-shortened shutout to lead New York past the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Wednesday night...
Alinghi evens series with New Zealand (06/28/07)
VALENCIA, Spain -- America's Cup defender Alinghi sailed by the book Wednesday -- the Swiss yacht grabbed the lead and defended it. The defending champion's 30-second victory over New Zealand evened the best-of-nine series at 2-2 for the Auld Mug, the oldest trophy in international sport, and was a classic example of America's Cup racing...
Woods plans to play in his inaugural tournament (06/28/07)
Tiger Woods' new PGA Tour event is already off to a great start. Two weeks after becoming a father, Woods will return to competition at the AT&T National. The tournament got another boost Wednesday when three-time major champion Phil Mickelson said his recovery from a wrist injury is ahead of schedule and he will join the field at Congressional Country Club from July 5 through 8...
Ochoa eager to get monkey off her back (06/28/07)
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- In the sweltering heat of late afternoon, Lorena Ochoa kept a steady stride as she ran briskly along the fairways and pine trees, rarely taking her eyes off the cart path. Constantly pushing herself to get stronger, fitter and better, Ochoa also is starting to race time...
Roddick reaches third round (06/28/07)
WIMBLEDON, England -- As if all the questions he gets about the recent lack of U.S. success at Grand Slam tournaments weren't enough, Andy Roddick tours the world with another constant reminder of his country's glory days:~ Roddick's serves hit 140 mph during his three-set victory...
Hitting the gym (06/28/07)
Fitness centers that used to be reserved for adults trying to lose weight or bulk up have been opened up to children and adolescents trying to increase their sports performance or simply stay active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased an average of 11 percent in children ages 2 to 19 since the late 1970s. ...
Pill splitting a valid money saver for certain meds (06/28/07)
Question: My bridge partner told me that she splits all her pills in half and saves money that way. Is this safe to do, and can I split my Lipitor pills? M.B., Sanibel, Fla. Answer: There's no easy yes-or-no answer. Pill splitting is an excellent way to beat the rising costs of medication, so long as the pill is OK to split. ...
Reassurances (06/28/07)
June 28, 2007 Dear Leslie, DC is a faithful churchgoer, sings in the choir and sometimes delivers the children's sermon. She also has issues with God. It's really just one issue. She doesn't like God letting bad things happen. She gets especially upset when they happen to animals...
Going for broker? (06/28/07)
Should you try to sell your house without an agent? STEPHANIE HOO crunches the numbers in this week's installment of 'Your Two Cents.' Is it worth it to try to sell your house without a real estate agent? Given that the typical broker's fee is 6 percent -- which, for a $300,000 house is $18,000 -- many a homeowner has at least considered doing it themselves...
Helen Kizer (06/28/07)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Helen Mae Kizer, 78, of Mound City died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from noon until 1 p.m. Friday at First M.B. Church in Mound City. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the church, with James R. Dowell officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Villa Ridge, Ill...
John Walbridge (06/28/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- John H. Walbridge, 92, of Paducah, Ky., formerly of Mounds, Cairo and Villa Ridge, Ill., died Monday, June 25, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1915, in Salem, Ill., son of Louie and Carrie Luker Walbridge. Walbridge was a switchman 42 years with Illinois Central Railroad. He was a graduate of Cairo High School...
Geraldine Anders (06/28/07)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Geraldine M. Anders, 79, of Portageville died Monday, June 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 28, 1928, in Portageville, daughter of John Leroy and Mellie Jane Rogers Alexander. She and Raymond Thomas Anders were married Aug. 28, 1976, at Wardell, Mo. He died Feb. 10, 1999...
Veda Myers (06/28/07)
HAHN, Mo. -- Veda Jewell Myers, 90, of Imperial, Mo., formerly of Hahn, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born June 16, 1917, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Marion Sylvester and Emma Kerr Sturgeon. She and Evan Amon Myers were married Sept. 12, 1936. He died March 23, 1997...
Jean Henderson (06/28/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jean M. Henderson, 95, of Anna died Monday, June 25, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born May 21, 1912, in Anna, daughter of George Alfred and Stella Pearl Johnson Morris. She and Raymond Henderson were married March 26, 1932. He died Jan. 16, 1978...
George Bridges (06/28/07)
ELCO, Ill. -- George W. "Bud" Bridges, 79, of Elizabethtown, Ill., died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was born Feb. 22, 1928, at Elco, son of Virgil S. and Gladys Jones Bridges. He married Thelma O. Stafford, who died Nov. 6, 2000...
Doris Segraves (06/28/07)
Doris J. Segraves, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Imboden, Ark. She and Henson C. Segraves were married Dec. 25, 1949, in Piggott, Ark. He died Oct. 13, 1991. She attended Calvary Temple Church in Cape Girardeau. She owned and operated Cape Wiggery and Fashions more than 40 years...
Emery Kembel (06/28/07)
R. Emery Kembel, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Dec. 5, 1918, in Nebo, Mo., son of Robert E. and Alice Adams Kembel. He and Katie Finley were married July 3, 1948, in Osceola, Ark. Mr. Kembel served in the Army in World War II from 1943 to 1946...
Susan Thompson (06/28/07)
Susan Lynn Thompson, 32, passed away at her home in Cape Girardeau, Tuesday, June 26, 2007. Susie grew up in St. Wendel, Ind., where she attended St. Wendel Catholic School. She graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1993. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree. She was employed at Procter & Gamble...
Births 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Wells; Spence; Essner; Meyer; Ivey; Henson
Cape fire report 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
n At 3:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Fountain Street. n At 3:32 p.m., odor in the 1500 block of Saratoga Avenue. n At 4:19 p.m., line down in the 600 block of North Spanish Street. n At 7:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of South West End Boulevard...
Cape/Jackson police report 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
DWI; Arrest
Out of the past 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Farm activist Wayne Cryts, speaking before the Breakfast Optimist Club in Cape Girardeau, draws a bleak picture of current farm economics and declares that the principal of due process puts the law on his side in his battle over a crop of soybeans that were stored in an elevator that went bankrupt...
Preventing a nuclear terrorist attack on the U.S. (06/28/07)
By Graham Allison Before 9-11, most Americans found the idea that international terrorists could mount an attack on their homeland and kill thousands of innocent citizens not just unlikely but inconceivable. After nearly six years without a second attack on U.S. ...
Cultural dialogue (06/28/07)
Cape Girardeau police say the local figures in the most recent Missouri attorney general's report on racial profiling can't be trusted. Those figures state that in 2006 black drivers were 74 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers in Cape Girardeau. Black drivers in the city were twice as likely as whites to be searched. And all 106 black drivers searched in Cape Girardeau as the result of traffic stops subsequently were arrested...
Saluting Lt. Daniel Riordan (06/28/07)
To the editor:Lt. Daniel Riordan was a friend of mine. He died in Iraq a few days ago. He was an Air Force ROTC cadet for four years at Southeast Missouri State University. He was an outstanding, polite cadet who would help people out if it was needed. He was a tough young man who enjoyed physical activities. Maybe this is the reason he decided to go into the Army instead of the Air Force after he received his commission as a military officer -- a second lieutenant...
Speak Out 6/28/07 (06/28/07)
Video addiction; Adding it up; Amnesty is immunity; More on immigration; Government subsidies; Cherokee Nation; No chance; See-through floodwall; Post-modern bridge; Columnist's ears; Nothing to hide; War memorials; Pool fan; No to water park; Turnover in Chaffee; Plaudits from plutocracy
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