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Stories from Friday, July 20, 2007

No leak in train derailment (07/20/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A train derailment just south of Sikeston caused a hazardous material scare Thursday, but initial fears of a chemical spill turned out to be a false alarm after emergency response personnel assessed the situation. "We really didn't have any idea what we had until we got here," said New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens. ...
District fair act replaced (07/20/07)
Billy Currington bowed out of his appearance at the SEMO District Fair, but CMA-award winner Blake Shelton has been lined up to replace him. Currington, who missed several concerts earlier this summer reportedly for laryngitis, has canceled the remainder of his 2007 tour. He was slated to take the SEMO District Fair's grandstand Sept. 13...
Man proposes building lake near Diversion Channel (07/20/07)
A Jackson man resurrected talk of a recreational lake in Cape Girardeau County at Thursday's meeting of the Cape Girardeau County Commission, though his idea was far different than the proposal for a lake split between Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties that failed in the early 1990s...
Possible parking truce between city, SEMO (07/20/07)
Southeast Missouri State University students parking illegally on residential streets near campus won't face $50 city fines when they return to school. At least not for a few months. That's the outcome of a meeting between city of Cape Girardeau and university officials...
Couple pleads not guilty in Sikeston alcohol case (07/20/07)
Several friends and church members showed up at an arraignment at the Scott County Courthouse on Thursday to offer support to the Sikeston couple facing a combined 60 counts of supplying alcohol to minors at a graduation party last May. Mark Cheatham, 48, and his wife, Terry Brewer-Cheatham, 47, pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment before Judge Terry L. Brown...
Business reports (07/20/07)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Missisippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
View point (07/20/07)
By Earl H. Norman Special to Business Today Although I have been asked to write a letter that in favor of a community college, in reality this is not a pro and con issue; it is really an issue that is pro-community college and pro-Southeast Missouri State University...
Diploma doesn't always spell job- (07/20/07)
By Ilene Davis Business Today Four years of study and 120 or more credit hours yields a degree, the golden ticket to the future with a promise of good pay and a quality life. But will it be the answer to that proverbial knock on the door by opportunity?...
Team building creates stronger workplace (07/20/07)
By Ilene Davis Business Today The trust fall forces participants to rely on others as one member of a group teeters back toward a drop off, squeezes their eyes tightly shut, takes a deep breath and falls. Relief comes as the combined strength of the group breaks the fall and brings the person back to an upright position...
Development news & Updates (07/20/07)
O'Reilly coming to Jackson Ground has been broken for an O'Reilly Auto Parts at 615 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson. The auto parts retailer should be operating out of its new location sometime in September, O'Reilly spokesman David Turney said from the corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo...
Business briefs (07/20/07)
Habitat for Humanity opens store Habitat for Humanity--Cape Area has secured a location for a ReStore, a Habitat component across the nation for the resale of recycled building materials, at 117 N. Middle St. It's been a year in the making, and new board members of the Habitat subcommittee, Nancy Grand and Melissa Haberkorn, took the lead in the ReStore effort...
Local businesses gear up for tax holiday (07/20/07)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today Call it Christmas in August -- for retailers. The sales tax holiday for back-to-school purchases -- the first weekend in August -- is a boost for retailers, but cities tend to be lukewarm about it, even those who participate in it...
Derby racers take a day off (07/20/07)
Editor's note: This is the fourth of several stories about a Cape Girardeau sister and brother competing this week in the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. April Little is 13, and her brother, Jordan, is 9. By PETER WYLIE Southeast Missourian...
Southeast grad appears on TV show (07/20/07)
Stephanie Perry, a 2004 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, will be a contestant on a new reality show on cable network Spike TV. "Murder," premiering at 9 p.m. July 31, follows real people as they attempt to solve actual homicide cases pulled directly from police files. Perry said she was picked for the show after watching "CSI" on Spike TV and responding to a call for contestants...
Route 34 reduced to one lane (07/20/07)
Southeast Missourian Highway 34 in Cape Girar-deau County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform ditch work. This section of roadway is at County Road 349 near Burfordville. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday...
Major discusses Guard's work in Iraq (07/20/07)
The National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs Inc. welcomed Maj. Ed Gargas of the Missouri National Guard, executive officer of the 1140th Engineer Battalion, as a guest speaker at its meeting Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que. Gargas talked about some of the lesser known aspects of the war in Iraq...
Lawmaker plans to file bill to clear up confusion about access to juvenile cases (07/20/07)
State Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, announced Wednesday plans to file a bill in the 2008 legislative session intended to clear up confusion on the issue of giving the public notice of court proceedings where juvenile offenders are accused of felonies...
Slowing down in summer (07/20/07)
Every summer, thousands of students at Southeast Missouri State University head back to their hometowns and leave Cape Girardeau, taking millions of dollars with them. "Business drops, you can definitely tell," said Buckner Brewing Co. manager and bartender Marcellus Jones. "There is a huge, huge difference in the summer months. We probably have half the crowd on a weekend."...
Southeast president Ken Dobbins talks about the River Campus (07/20/07)
Perched on the bank of the mighty Mississippi River, the River Campus overlooks the great river and the equally striking Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. When completed, the new visual and performing arts center will provide four performance spaces altogether, one in the beautifully remodeled chapel in the old seminary building. ...
Studies crucial to community college plans (07/20/07)
Business leaders have recently suggested the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center be expanded into a community college to increase educational opportunities and job creation in Southeast Missouri. Critics, however, said Cape Girardeau already has a university and a community college would only dissipate services and increase the burden on taxpayers...
St. Louis man gets 12 years for shooting baby with pellet gun (07/20/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for shooting his 12-day-old child with a pellet gun. Shawn Michael Mohan, 20, pleaded guilty in June to felony child endangerment. The baby was shot in Mohan's apartment in St. Charles County on Dec. 21. The child survived but suffered circular bruises on his face, arm, hand, foot, hip and buttocks...
Former St. Louis police officer gets 4 years in cocain conspiracy (07/20/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former suburban St. Louis police sergeant was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for his role in a cocaine conspiracy. Former Hillsdale Sgt. Christopher Cornell, 45, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty in May to one count of use of a communication device to facilitate a felony...
Branson police investigate fatal stabbing (07/20/07)
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- An Arkansas man was stabbed to death Thursday night at a Branson motel, police said. If the case is determined to be a homicide, it would be the first killing this year in the resort town and only the third since 2000, police said...
Former owner of St. Louis Blues charged with securities fraud (07/20/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Former St. Louis Blues owner Michael Shanahan Sr. and his son turned themselves in to federal authorities Friday, a day after both were charged in a federal indictment with securities fraud. "I'm kind of still in shock," Shanahan told reporters after emerging from a white sport utility vehicle, according to STLtoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We never intentionally did anything wrong."...
OSHA propose $126,500 fine in KC plant explosion (07/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Federal regulators recommend fining a chemical company more than $126,000 after a February explosion at a Kansas City distribution plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found numerous violations at the plant owned by Chemcentral...
Court rules for Joplin in 911 dispute with Jasper County (07/20/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- The city has won a court victory in a dispute with Jasper County over who will handle emergency 911 calls within Joplin. A Jasper County Circuit Court on Thursday ruled that the city of Joplin has the authority to operate its own 911 dispatching system. The court barred the Jasper County Emergency Services Board from proceeding with a plan to take over all 911 emergency calls that originate within Joplin...
Kansas lawmakers not happy about Missouri tax change (07/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas lawmakers are upset about a new law in Missouri that eliminates an income tax deduction for Kansans who cross the state border to work. Kansas legislators said they have been hearing from angry constituents, and some lawmakers are talking retaliation if Missouri doesn't rescind the provision...
E-mails show Blunt's office pressed patrol to criticize Nixon (07/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- After determining in a 2,000-page report that there were no criminal suspects in the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse, the Missouri State Highway Patrol was pressured by Gov. Matt Blunt's staff last month to emphasize that Attorney General Jay Nixon had not filed criminal charges, a newspaper reported...
Man convicted in Missouri trooper's death (07/20/07)
UNION, Mo. (AP) -- The subject of a 2005 manhunt has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Missouri state trooper who crashed en route to help in the search. Massigh Stallmann, 28, of High Ridge, was found guilty in the death of Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper Ralph Tatoian. He was also found guilty of nine other felonies after jurors deliberated more than three hours Thursday night...
Branson police investigate fatal stabbing at motel (07/20/07)
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of an Arkansas man at a Branson motel late Thursday. If the case is determined to be a homicide, it would be the first slaying this year in the resort town and only the third since 2000, police said Friday...
Audit finds 'lack of public accountability' with special taxing districts in Missouri (07/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state audit released Thursday finds the number of special taxing districts keeps growing and says there's no way to know whether the money is being used properly. Auditor Susan Montee took another look at transportation development districts, following up on work by her predecessor...
Reynolds County: Political pressure prolonging probe (07/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Elected officials in the county where a mountaintop reservoir collapsed are expressing concern about an Environmental Protection Agency investigation into the incident, claiming political pressure is delaying a resolution to the case...
Lawmakers outline new tax break plan (07/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Speaker Rod Jetton says key lawmakers have agreed on a slimmed-down package of tax breaks that could be considered in a possible special session later this summer. Jetton said Thursday that the tax incentives would cost $54.5 million initially, growing to $70.3 million annually within several years...
U.S. diplomat in Iraq: Progress made, though country fearful (07/20/07)
WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said Thursday that Baghdad is making some political progress but faces considerable difficulty in the months to come to try to heal a nation long gripped by violence. "If there is one word I would use to sum up the atmosphere in Iraq -- on the streets, in the countryside, in the neighborhoods and at the national level -- that word would be fear," Ryan Crocker told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...
Vendors pitch healthier school cafeteria foods for children (07/20/07)
CHICAGO -- Mark Smith is convinced he can turn a generation of junk-food eaters into die-hard devotees of what he calls "the salsa of this decade." The dynamo treat? Single-serve portions of hummus, and it may be coming to a school cafeteria near you...
Kremlin boots 4 British diplomats as fight about poisoned spy heats up (07/20/07)
STARAYA TERIZMORGA, Russia -- Russia retaliated against Britain in an escalating diplomatic fight Thursday, but President Vladimir Putin sought to calm what he called a "mini-crisis" over his refusal to extradite a suspect in the murder of a Kremlin critic in London...
Fowler, Myers repeat as Lassies champions (07/20/07)
By late Thursday afternoon, the inflatable "Nessie" was belly-up in the pond fronting the sixth hole at Cape Girardeau Country Club at the 29th annual Lassies Classic. A strong breeze, and possibly some turtles, had taken its toll on the tethered mascot...
Area digest 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
Cape wins openerin state tourney The Cape Girardeau Senior Babe Ruth baseball team opened the state tournament Thursday in Charleson with an 11- 2 victory over Booneville. Cape improved to 15-8 with the win and advanced to today's 2 p.m. second-round game against Charleston in the seven-team, double-elimination tournament...
Garcia cruises around Carnoustie for 2-shot lead (07/20/07)
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- Sergio Garcia went from sobs to smiles, from his worst score as a professional to his best start ever in a major championship. Thursday at the British Open was quite a turnaround for him and Carnoustie, too. Eight years after no one broke par in the opening round on a course that became known as "Car-Nasty," Garcia lit up the rain-softened links for seven birdies and a sparkling par save from the bunker on the 18th hole for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Paul McGinley.. ...
Braves crush Cards (07/20/07)
ATLANTA -- Andruw Jones' nightmarish season could finally be turning around. Jones homered and drove in three runs to back seven strong innings by Tim Hudson, and the Atlanta Braves ended a three-game skid with a 10-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday...
Edmonds off DL (07/20/07)
ATLANTA -- The St. Louis Cardinals activated Jim Edmonds from the disabled list Thursday after the center fielder missed 26 games with a pinched nerve in his lower back. Edmonds was hitting .238 with seven homers and 24 RBIs with the chronic injury. St. Louis made room for the eight-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star on the 25-man roster by optioning reliever Andy Cavazos to Class AAA Memphis...
St. Louis ace done for season (07/20/07)
ATLANTA -- Chris Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young winner, will miss the rest of the season and part of next year after he undergoes elbow ligament replacement surgery next week. Carpenter hasn't pitched since allowing five runs in six innings of a season-opening loss to the New York Mets...
Bonds within two of the Hammer (07/20/07)
CHICAGO -- Barry Bonds' slump is over and Hank Aaron's record can't be far behind. Bonds moved within two home runs of Aaron's record Thursday, sending No. 752 over the right-field bleachers on the first pitch he saw, and No. 753 into the basket of the center-field wall...
Moreau's disappointing day dashes French hopes of home-grown winner (07/20/07)
MONTPELLIER, France -- As the Tour de France winds on toward the end of its second week, the stages are often more about the big losers than the big winners. Count Christophe Moreau among the former and Robert Hunter among the latter. Moreau had made the French believe that they might get a new home-grown winner at the Tour de France...
McGinty: The next generation (07/20/07)
The name McGinty is well-known to local music fans, who are accustomed to seeing jeweler Chuck McGinty and his brother Frank perform as two parts of the rock band Mid-Life Crisis. But another generation of musical McGinty is looming on the horizon, ready to make a name for himself beyond Southeast Missouri. ...
Small-town characters offer big-time laughs in 'Greater Tuna' (07/20/07)
The people of Tuna, Texas, aren't the most educated, culturally sensitive people you'll ever meet. In fact most of them are xenophobic, racist, eccentric, ultraconservative bigots, at least as they are as portrayed in the comedy "Greater Tuna," a character study of the quirky personalities found in Texas' "third-smallest town." Starting tonight the River City Players community theater troupe is bringing those characters to life, hilariously...
Everyone's a critic: 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' (07/20/07)
Three stars (out of four) The latest Harry Potter story takes a darker turn, and it is evident that Harry, Ron and Hermione have reached adolescence as the storyline moves to more mature themes -- including an on-screen kiss for Harry Potter with the longtime object of his desire, Cho...
Artifacts 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
New concert venue kicks off with bluesman; Barnes & Noble to hold Potter Party tonight; Sikeston Little Theater opens 49th season; -- From staff reports
Heat and eat (07/20/07)
There's a law on my mother's side of the family that the second Saturday in August is the day of the family reunion. I don't know who enacted that law. It has been in effect for more than 60 years that I know of. I suppose there was, in days gone by, some sense in having a reunion on the hottest day of the year, but I'll be danged if I can figure it out...
A major music showcase (07/20/07)
So you think rock musicians can't live in Southeast Missouri and make a name for themselves? Well, you may be right, but not if Malcolm Springer has anything to say about it. Faithful readers of this column may recognize Springer's name -- he's been mentioned briefly in this space on a couple of occasions. ...
'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,' 'The Sopranos' lead Emmy nominees (07/20/07)
LOS ANGELES -- "The Sopranos," the mob series that went to its grave with a shockingly inconclusive finale, found a happy ending Thursday with 15 Emmy nominations including best drama. The made-for-TV movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" led all nominees with 17 bids...
At the theaters 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
New at the theaters 'Hairspray' Starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken. In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. ...
Rowling bids Harry Potter goodbye with last book (07/20/07)
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Harry Potter's life hangs in the balance. Millions of fans are holding their breath. Meanwhile, his creator is baking a cake -- and keeping her secret. On Saturday, readers around the globe will learn the schoolboy wizard's fate with the publication of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final book in J.K. ...
Lottie Hanners (07/20/07)
Mary Mae Lottie Hanners, 98, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 1, 1908, at Dongola, Mo., daughter of Henry and Effie Schumake Revelle. She and Charley Hanners were married March 25, 1925. He passed away Aug. 8, 1988...
Rebecca Cox (07/20/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Rebecca Lynn Cox, 42, of Advance died July 16, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 23, 1965, in Advance, daughter of Luther and Erma King Cox. Rebecca had been a certified medical aide. She was baptized at Gravel Hill Church near Bell City, Mo...
Mary Holderfield (07/20/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Mary Anita Holderfield, 81, of Cobden died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Cobden, daughter of Leonard H. and Sarah Peterman Brown. Holderfield retired from the dietary department at Union County Hospital. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden, and Ladies Auxiliary of Anna Moose Lodge 1346...
Mary Keith (07/20/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary A. Keith, 92, of Anna died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 1, 1914, in Union County, daughter of Dugan and Agnes Highland Tripp. She married Dr. John R. Keith. Keith was a 1933 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, and received bachelor and master degrees from Southern Illinois University...
Lloyd West (07/20/07)
Lloyd G. West, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born July 24, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, son of Vernie and Cora Blanche Oliver West. West served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 during World War ll...
William Shields (07/20/07)
William P. Shields, 82, of Jackson died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Elzie Long (07/20/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Elzie Long, 75, of Marble Hill died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1931, at Hurricane, Mo., son of Jonas Elzie and Nancy Elizabeth Garland Long. He and Mary Cook were married Jan. 8, 1955. Long was a foreman at Lutesville Pallet Co., and a member of Hurricane Fork General Baptist Church...
Jean Palmer (07/20/07)
Jean Margaret Palmer, 71, of Scott City died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Caseyville, Ill., daughter of Mark Leroy and Marie Exilda Randall Fults Sr. She and Other Glenn Palmer were married Sept. 19, 1953, in Cape Girardeau. He died Feb. 3, 1990...
Dakota Simpkins (07/20/07)
Dakota Ray Simpkins, 3 months, of Scott City died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at his home. He was born April 21, 2007, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jerry Wayne Simpkins and Leslie Nichole Provo. Survivors include his parents of Scott City; paternal grandparents, Ray and Sheryl Simpkins of Scott City, Jammie Oldham of Dexter, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Elton and DeAnn Provo of Lenox, Iowa; paternal great-grandparents, Jerry and Maureen Simpkins of Scott City, Barbara Towns of Golconda, Ill., Jim and Karen Oldham of Dexter; maternal great-grandfather, Floyd Jackson Sr. ...
Cape fire report 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
n At 3:19 p.m., emergency medical service on Airport Road. n At 3:22 p.m., emergency medical service on South Mount Auburn Road. n At 6:56 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at William Street and Farrar Drive. n At 7:17 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at North Sprigg Street and Normal Avenue...
Cape/Jackson police report 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
Arrests; Assault
Out of the past 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
A wagon train, part of a program called Vision Quest, a probation program for juvenile offenders, crosses Cape Girardeau County headed for Pennsylvania; 51 program participants and 29 staff members roll along Route OO west of Gordonville, eventually crossing the Mississippi River Bridge at Cape Girardeau...
The race is on (07/20/07)
Saturday, if all goes according to schedule, the 70th annual All-American Soap Box Derby races will be held in Akron, Ohio. Among the 600 racers in various classes from all over the nation will be two young drivers, brother and sister Jordan Little and April Little, representing Cape Girardeau...
Speak Out 7/20/07 (07/20/07)
Potholes at pool; Students' safety; Corn-foolery; Losing letters; Flowers were no joke; No on new taxes; Unreadable plaque; Desperate terrorists; Causing pain; Thanks for wallet; No leniency; Dashed character; Students need time; Thanks for key; City spending; Can't afford it; Sure-fire dropout; Remember the victim; Need lunch break; Gum poppers
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