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Homecomers talent show participation rebounds (07/25/07)
Southeast Missourian Eighteen people age 14 through 18 will compete in the senior division of the Jackson Homecomers Talent Show tonight, which starts at 6 p.m. Last year was a down year in terms of participants -- only 12 people signed up to try their skills before the talent show judges. ...
STORIES TO LOOK FOR THURSDAY (07/25/07)
The last installment in the Starting Point dieters' 15-week long program will be featured on Thursday's health page. Features editor CHRIS HARRIS talks to participants to see who stayed, who left and who dropped pounds. --- One of the most cherished traditions (albeit a new one) of Jackson Homecomers is the annual talent show, where primarily teenage constentants compete for a shot at local stardom and a spot at the Mid-South Fair talent show in Memphis. ...
River Campus tickets going quickly (07/25/07)
Want to see Hal Holbrook perform as Mark Twain during the inaugural season of the River Campus? If so, you'd better hurry. Tickets for the touring, symphony, and theater and dance shows that will make up the first season at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus have been selling fast since they became available to the public last month. ...
Missourian appoints new managing editor (07/25/07)
On Monday, the Southeast Missourian appointed former news editor and reporter Bob Miller to the new role of handling the day-to-day operations. Miller, 31, of Jackson, leaves a position as a page designer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to take on the role of managing editor...
Family, friends, food and fun (07/25/07)
Jacqlyn Sievers is only 10, but she can quickly explain what it means to be a Jackson Homecomer. "They just want to talk a lot and meet new people," she said, standing near her brother, Justin, 14, and mom Shannon and dad Darrell, a Jackson police officer accompanied by his K9 partner, Baron...
Where there's smoke there's toast (07/25/07)
Cape Municipal Band concert tonight (07/25/07)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band will appear in concert at 8 p.m. today at the Capaha Park band shell, under the direction of Ronald Nall. Special guest entertainment will be provided by vocalist Sarah Goeke. The concert's theme is March Mania, featuring the "Thunder and Blazes March," a folk song medley, "Funeral March of a Marionette," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," "The Belle of Chicago March," "Fame and Fortune March," "Country Gardens," "March of the Belgian Paratroopers" and selections from the musical "The Music Man." The Jackson Municipal Band's regular Thursday concert will not take place this week because of the Jackson Homecomers festival. ...
Cape Girardeau adds equipment to archives room (07/25/07)
The city of Cape Girardeau has a short list for spending a $6,552 state grant, according to city clerk Gayle Conrad. Shelving. A cabinet. A portable ladder. Each will be added to the city's records room. The funds come from the secretary of state's local records preservation grant. Fees paid at Recorder of Deeds' offices are used for the grant money...
Authorites recover body of Lee's Summit man (07/25/07)
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- The body of a drowning victim was recovered early Wednesday in about 8 feet of water, authorities said. Nathan Scheib, 23, of Lee's Summit, began struggling late Tuesday as he waded in Blue Springs Lake, the Missouri State Water Patrol said...
Mo. political consultant faces stealing charges (07/25/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A political consultant is accused of stealing more than $220,000 from a St. Louis Community College campaign fund and using the money to buy two cars and an engagement ring. Steven Wyatt Earp, 31, of Fenton, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of stealing more than $25,000 and two counts of stealing more than $500. Earp posted $100,000 bond...
DNR official testifies about gauges at Taum Sauk reservoir (07/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Utility employees who removed safety gauges at the Taum Sauk reservoir immediately after it collapsed essentially tampered with key evidence, a state dam safety official testified. James Alexander was the first person called as a witness as the Missouri Public Service Commission opened a hearing Tuesday into the December 2005 collapse at Ameren Corp.'s mountaintop hydroelectric plant. ...
Judge upholds adult trial for Joplin teen (07/25/07)
JOPLIN (AP) -- A Joplin teenager charged with firing an assault rifle in his middle school will go to trial as an adult and not be sent back to the juvenile system, a judge ruled Tuesday. Jasper County Circuit Judge David Mouton dismissed arguments from White's lawyers and set an Aug. 20 trial date. The judge upheld another court's decision that White can be tried as an adult...
Missouri crops need more rain (07/25/07)
Scattered rain showers haven't improved soil moisture levels in drier parts of the state, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday. Deteriorating pasture conditions and declining soil moisture supplies are a concern, the service said...
DNR official testifies about Taum Sauk (07/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Utility employees who removed safety gauges at the Taum Sauk reservoir immediately after it collapsed essentially tampered with key evidence, the dam safety chief for the state Department of Natural Resources testified Tuesday...
Man offers $20 down payment and rifle if hit man will kill 2 (07/25/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri man was in custody Tuesday after being accused of offering another man $100 to kill his former wife's aunt and uncle. Thomas Kemp, 54, of rural Joplin, was being held Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. His bond was set at $700,000, said Chris Jennings, chief deputy of the Newton County Sheriff's Department...
Cities eager to duplicate games' success (07/25/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Some are elite athletes, imposing physical specimens of all ages who live and breathe for their chosen sport. Others are weekend warriors, defying broken-down body parts, bulging waistlines and Father Time for one more shot at glory. Even couch potatoes are welcome -- no questions asked...
Panel considers next Supreme Court judge (07/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A special panel began Tuesday to conduct interviews of candidates for the Missouri Supreme Court in secret, and an attorney questioned whether it was violating state law. Various groups in government conduct certain business behind closed doors, but they generally still are required to provide public notice of when and where they are meeting privately...
Arch trams to remain at half capacity through summer (07/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- About half as many visitors as usual will be able to visit the top of the Gateway Arch through the rest of the summer. One of the two trams that shuttle tourists to the top of the monument will remain closed at least seven to nine weeks, after a snapped cable caused a power outage that trapped roughly 200 people inside the landmark for up to three hours Saturday night...
Appeals court affirms Katy bridge lawsuit dismissal (07/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An appeals court Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of an environmental group's lawsuit that had sought to preserve an old railroad bridge for potential use as part of the Katy Trail State Park. Although the decision marks a victory for Gov. Matt Blunt's administration, it does not settle the issue of whether Union Pacific can dismantle the bridge and use the steel elsewhere...
Sullivan police suspect murder-suicide (07/25/07)
SULLIVAN, Mo. -- Police in the eastern Missouri town Sullivan continued Tuesday to investigate what they believe to be a murder-suicide. Officers were called to an apartment around 6:30 p.m. Monday and found 27-year-old Sara Lackey shot to death inside. ...
Doctor accused in patient deaths after Hurricane Katrina not indicted (07/25/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- On Tuesday a grand jury refused to indict a doctor accused of murdering four seriously ill hospital patients with drug injections during the desperate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, closing the books on the only mercy-killing case to emerge from the storm...
Democrats divided as House takes up farm bill (07/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- A multibillion-dollar farm bill has sparked an internal Democratic fight pitting the party's new crop of farm-state centrists against its traditional urban base. Fearful of losing her fragile majority in 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is siding with subsidy-seeking moderates -- including many freshmen from conservative-leaning rural states -- putting her at odds with environmental activists who want bigger changes...
Storms threaten lightning, flash floods in wildfire areas of West (07/25/07)
RENO, Nev. -- Fire managers worried Tuesday that lightning could spark more wildfires in the West, where hundreds of square miles of land have been blackened, as thunderstorms also threatened flash flooding in burned-over areas. A flash flood watch was in effect for parts of western Nevada and the Sierra Nevada range, with forecasters warning of the potential for extensive runoff in areas stripped of vegetation by the wildfire that destroyed at least 254 homes south of Lake Tahoe and by a large blaze southwest of Reno.. ...
Airport security officers alerted to possible dry runs for attacks (07/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September. The unclassified alert was distributed July 20 by the Transportation Security Administration to federal air marshals, its own transportation security officers and other law enforcement agencies...
Apple shares fall after AT&T reports iPhone activation numbers lower than expected (07/25/07)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- AT&T Inc. wiped some of the glow off Apple Inc.'s iPhone on Tuesday, releasing numbers that showed fewer people than expected signed up for service in the first two days of the multimedia cell phone's release. AT&T -- the iPhone's exclusive carrier -- said it activated 146,000 iPhones on June 29 and 30, a number that disappointed investors following some analyst forecasts that Apple would sell 500,000 or more iPhones in its first weekend...
Lawmakers seek to help pharmacists affected by new Medicaid rules (07/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri and Kansas lawmakers are working to block new Medicaid rules they claim could force many small drug stores out of business. A new reimbursement formula, released this month by the federal agency that oversees Medicaid, will cut back payments to pharmacies for the cost of prescription drugs when generics are available...
Artist's machine flatters passers-by (07/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- People walking by a bright red-and-white striped box on a busy street in the nation's capital may be surprised to hear a reassuring voice say, "You have nice eyes." "The Compliment Machine" is the work of Tom Greaves, 46, a Washington artist. It's part of an exhibit of public art called SitesProject D.C...
U.S. envoy blasts Iran, agrees to subcommittee (07/25/07)
BAGHDAD -- The American ambassador scolded his Iranian counterpart in a groundbreaking meeting Tuesday for Tehran's alleged arming and training of Shiite militias. But he agreed to set up a subcommittee with Iran and Iraq to work on stabilizing the country...
Medics get pardon, jubilant welcome in Bulgaria after 8 years in Libyan prison (07/25/07)
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Tears and jubilation greeted six medics freed by Libya on Tuesday after nearly a decade languishing in jail over widely rejected accusations they deliberately infected children with HIV, ending a nightmare that drove at least one to attempt suicide...
MU hopes offense leads to North title (07/25/07)
SAN ANTONIO -- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel used the word "potential" six times in his opening statement about his team at Tuesday's Big 12 media day. The Tigers went 8-5 in 2006 and with nine starters back for one of the nation's most powerful offenses, anything short of a trip to the league championship game will be a disappointment...
SIU tabbed for fourth in Gateway (07/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Northern Iowa is the narrow favorite to win the Gateway Football Conference title, according to a preseason poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors, announced Tuesday. The Panthers received 11 of 28 first-place votes and 166 total points, edging out Illinois State (seven first-place votes and 160 points) and Youngstown State (nine first-place votes and 159 points). Youngstown State is the two-time defending conference champion...
Redhawks place Casper on preseason OVC team (07/25/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A good majority of Southeast Missouri State's players are virtual unknowns to the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference. Not surprisingly then, the Redhawks placed just one player on the preseason all-OVC team voted on Tuesday by the league's head coaches and sports information directors...
Redhawks slotted for eighth in OVC (07/25/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At least Southeast Missouri State wasn't picked last this time. Not that it matters much to coach Tony Samuel, who didn't seem very concerned Tuesday that his Redhawks were predicted to finish eighth in the 10-team Ohio Valley Conference...
Southeast Missouri Swim Conference Championship (07/25/07)
Saturday; At Central Pool; hosted by Cape Gators Swim Team. Team scores -- 1. Cape Gators Swim Team 1020.5; 2. Kennett Swim Team 768.5; 3. Jackson Swim Team 620; 4. Poplar Bluff Swim Team 242; 5. Scott City Dolphins 224; 6. Farmington Area Swim Team 188; 7. Ste. Gen. Community Center 102; 8. Charleston Blueracers 94; 9. Sikeston Sharks 69; Perryville Piranhas 60...
Area sports digest 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
Capahas addgames for Sunday The Plaza Tire Capahas have added two more games to their schedule as they will host the St. Louis Kings Sunday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. "I've heard the Kings (15-8) are a very good team, so it should be two good games for us before we go out to Wichita," Plaza Tire manager Jess Bolen said...
Top seed Scott County drops Jackson into losers bracket (07/25/07)
Chase Seyer should go on vacation more often. Jackson wished he'd extended it another week. Seyer pitched eight strong innings in his return to lead Scott County past Jackson 9-1 in their American Legion District 14 tournament game Tuesday at Capaha Field...
Dunklin Co. rips Cape 12-4 (07/25/07)
Tuesday wasn't Cape Girardeau Ford & Son's night. Even something as basic as the first baseman throwing the ball back to the pitcher turned ugly as Dunklin County roughed up Cape 12-4 in their American Legion District 14 tournament contest at Capaha Field...
Cubs nip Cards in opener of series (07/25/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano's NL-leading 13th victory was more of a struggle than usual. The Chicago Cubs' ace didn't seem to mind after his gutty performance helped beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Tuesday night. "I feel good when I don't have my best stuff because that makes me pitch," Zambrano said. "That makes me use the corners and I don't hang anything."...
Carpenter has surgery on elbow (07/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter had reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday, an operation likely to sideline him for at least a year. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, out since opening day, had surgery in early May to remove bone spurs and was on a rehab assignment for Class A Palm Beach when he developed swelling and stiffness July 8...
Second-round pick signs with Rams (07/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams agreed to terms Tuesday on a four-year contract with running back Brian Leonard, their second-round draft pick. Leonard is expected to compete for the backup spot behind Steven Jackson. He was the feature back at Rutgers before his senior season, when he moved to fullback and helped Ray Rice rush for 1,749 yards...
Stern believes betting scandal is isolated (07/25/07)
NEW YORK -- NBA commissioner David Stern said he believed the betting scandal that has rocked the league won't go beyond the allegations against former referee Tim Donaghy. He also called it the "worst situation" he's experienced in his 23 years as head of the league...
New cookbooks make vegetables center of - but not all of - meals (07/25/07)
It's happened again. The best of the latest crop of vegetable-focused cookbooks aren't by vegetarians. Time and again, the best books about eating vegetables, and many times even vegetarianism itself, are by authors who've either abandoned the vegetarian ship or never got on board to begin with...
On a hot day, the coolest drinks may surprise you (07/25/07)
Hoping to beat the heat with a cool drink? For real refreshment, skip the soda and think yogurt or rosewater. Westerners, always looking for the next big thing in beverages, could probably take a lesson from the Middle East. With summer temperatures from Tehran, Iran, to Cairo, Egypt, reaching well into the triple digits, the art of the cooling drink is a source of pride -- and self-preservation -- in many Middle Eastern homes...
Roasted garlic stands in for fat you may miss (07/25/07)
If you think healthy eating condemns you to bland, flavorless foods, you've clearly never tried roasted garlic. Roasting a head of garlic not only is an almost effortless way to mellow its harsh bite, it's also a delicious way to create a lush, concentrated puree perfect for dressing up all manner of foods, from a simple slice of bread to poultry and salads...
Front-yard gardens cultivate food, debate (07/25/07)
NEW YORK -- A dedicated group of vegetable gardeners is ripping out their front lawns and planting dinner. Their front-yard kitchen gardens, with everything from vegetables to herbs and salad greens, are a source of food, a topic of conversation with the neighbors and a political statement...
Around your house 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
Garden Anyone who successfully cans knows it's a matter of safety first and taking no shortcuts. The threat of deadly botulism lurks beneath every loose lid or improperly sealed jar cover. The poisonous bacterium Clostridium botulinum can survive even in cooked foods, so it's best to use a large pressure cooker for scientifically determined periods, which will vary with product and chunk size, altitude and container volume, among other things. ...
Crock pot cuisine brings slow cooking to a hectic life (07/25/07)
Anyone with children knows how busy family schedules can get. We have friends that keep very busy with baseball and softball schedules, church responsibilities and various other family obligations. Time is a premium. In a recent conversation, one of my friends asked me if I could get her a few crock pot recipes to help her with evening meal preparations. ...
Watered down (07/25/07)
I have written several columns about watering in the past. Yet it seems that each summer, I have question after question from gardeners about watering. In fact, many gardeners inadvertently use water as a plant herbicide. Maybe I'm writing to the choir, but I am going to discuss watering again at length...
Pop artists often taking credit for songs they didn't write (07/25/07)
NEW YORK -- Of all the names in music, Chantal Kreviazuk may be the least likely to appear in a headline. Though she recently released her own album, the songwriter usually stays behind the scenes to pen hits with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne...
Lohan arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, cocaine possession (07/25/07)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The troubled saga of Lindsay Lohan took another turn Tuesday when police booked her on suspicion of drunken driving and cocaine possession after a frightened woman dialed 911 to report being chased by Lohan's sport utility vehicle...
Pansy Hellman (07/25/07)
Pansy M. Hellman, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Francis Walsh (07/25/07)
Francis Naydean Walsh, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born March 3, 1931, in Dallas County, Ark., daughter of George Logan and Mamie Ruth Green Walsh. Walsh had worked at the Sterling Store in Fordyce, Ark...
Betty Blankenship (07/25/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Betty Blankenship, 75, of Advance died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 30, 1932, in Leora, Mo., daughter of Archie and Lottie Doublin Berry. She and Jack Blankenship were married May 22, 1950, in St. Louis. He died Oct. 26, 2006...
Vera Wilkinson (07/25/07)
Vera Gertrude Stafford Wilkinson, 83, of Tomball, Texas, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Sam Houston Garden in Houston. She was born July 21, 1924, daughter of James and Emma Arnold Hodges. She and James Hurley Stafford were married Aug. 13, 1939, at Swinton, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1953. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Glen T. Wilkinson...
Norman Heuring Sr. (07/25/07)
Norman J. Heuring Sr., 59, of New Hamburg, Mo., died Tuesday at his home. He was born February 24, 1948 in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles John and Lucille Josephine Westrich Heuring. He married Dorothy Ann Dirnberger on May 31, 1969. Heuring had been an insurance salesman for New York Life, a car salesman for Cape GMC Pontiac and was a self-employed hay farmer. ...
Births 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
Lovett; Hillemann; Seabaugh; Spiker; Hecht; Utley; Schreckenberg; Martin; Taber
Cape/Jackson fire report 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
n At 6:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of Westwood Drive. n At 6:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of Westwood Drive. n At 6:47 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Caruthers Avenue. n At 8:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue,...
Cape/Jackson police report 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Assault; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Theft; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
The Rev. Herbert Bruhn conducts his farewell service at First Assembly of God Church in Jackson; Buhn, who has served as pastor of the church seven years, is moving with his family to Herculaneum, Mo. Hundreds of local patrons and professionals from the area are on hand to meet Donald N. ...
County needs lake plan (07/25/07)
By Tom Gleeson Recently the economy of Cape Girardeau County is decreasing and the amount of jobs being offered is decreasing with it. A new proposal is promising to bring more jobs to the county with a multistep plan involving the Diversion Channel, the Iron Mountain Railroad, a paddle-wheeler and a gambling boat...
Import safety (07/25/07)
China's role in a global economy increases every day, and next year's summer Olympic Games will expose the Asian nation to close scrutiny throughout the world. Perhaps it was China's zeal to send a convincing message that its food products are safe that caused the government to execute the man formerly responsible for food and drug safety after he approved some fake medicine...
Many helped River Campus vision (07/25/07)
To the editor:While I must confess I was flattered by the notion that it was my vision that the River Campus, once assured, would serve as a major factor in stimulating significant economic, social, cultural and educational growth both for the community of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University, it should be known that, in fact, it was the vision of our own board of regents and, in particular, that of Don Dickerson that we are talking about here...
Today's publicity once was shame (07/25/07)
To the editor:Remember when what is now called publicity was called public shame and humiliation? I found this in a 1991 Reader's Digest feature "Toward More Picturesque Speech" written by P.J. O'Rourke in the American Spectator. MARTHA IVESTER, Cape Girardeau...
Make the monument prominent (07/25/07)
To the editor:All the recent meetings and talk about a new monument being pushed by the Vietnam veterans is long past due. But the placing of the monument is being pushed so it would be hidden somewhere on the Common Pleas Courthouse lawn or in North County Park...
Speak Out 7/25/07 (07/25/07)
Rallying around; Teachers' hours; God's guidance; Parental pressure; Late arrivals; It's for the veterans; Build the lake; Time for ethanol; Misguided advice
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