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Scott City prepares for citywide yard sale (08/23/07)
The Scott City Chamber of Commerce expects this year's edition of the annual Citywide Yard Sale to be bigger and better than those in the past, said yard sale organizer and Chamber of Commerce member Chaundra Mason. Mason, owner of Paradise Flowers in Scott City, said she hopes for more interest in this year's sale, since the Chamber of Commerce advertised the event in newspapers outside the immediate area as well as locally. ...
Blunt uses campaign money for latest visit (08/23/07)
On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Blunt watched Jefferson Elementary School fourth graders working to determine whether cicadas they found outside were male or female. The students in Russell Grammer's class were also looking at earthworms through microscopes and using hand-held computers to play a math game...
Cape liquor law challenged (08/23/07)
Debby Erlbacher wants Cape Girardeau's liquor license ordinance to change. "I don't know what kind of fight I'm going to get on this," she said. But on Monday, she appeared before the Cape Girardeau City Council, appealing to members to reduce the distance required between her business, Francine's Gardens, and the nearby school and churches. Francine's Gardens hosts backyard weddings...
Heat wave ties 1983 record for length (08/23/07)
Twenty-eight days and counting. The deadly heat wave baking Southeast Missouri tied a 24-year-old Cape Girardeau record Wednesday for the longest string of days with a high temperature of 90 degrees or above. By late afternoon, the mercury had climbed to 99 degrees, but low humidity kept the area below the threshold for a heat advisory or warning...
New year, new drugs (08/23/07)
The new school year at Southeast Missouri State University brings a more than 20 percent increase in new freshman, a new riverfront facility to campus and, possibly, new drugs designed to appeal to students. The Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force routinely receives briefings from the Drug Enforcement Administration letting them know what drugs to watch out for...
Jackson student scores 36 on ACT (08/23/07)
In golf, it would be shooting a round of 59. In baseball, it would be 27 up, 27 down -- a perfect game. In the world of the ACT college entrance exams, the perfect number is 36. And Zach Dumey nailed it. The 17-year-old Jackson High School senior is one of just six Missouri students -- out of 15,000 -- who scored 36 on the ACT. Dumey, one of 395,000 students nationally who took the test June 9, is one of 177 who got the top score...
Business Reports (08/23/07)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through July 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, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Missisippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Peripheral zoning would guide future development (08/23/07)
By Marcia Ritter Special to Business Today Cape Girardeau is undertaking the task of updating the city's Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for the city to shape its future. The plan provides direction for improving the quality of life as well as making recommendations for the community's physical growth and development. ...
Competition makes agents eager to please (08/23/07)
Every Sunday there's pages and pages of real estate ads in the newspaper. On these ads are snapshots of the realtors willing to sell you a dream home or help you sell the house you're currently living in. If you're prone to wondering about such things, you might wonder how so many agents are able to make a living selling real estate...
Staging can set up the sale (08/23/07)
When a house hits the selling market, it becomes a product. A commodity that needs to be sold. Mass appeal to consumers is nothing short of crucial and first impressions can make or break a deal. The instant judgment passed by a buyer is nearly unavoidable, though the tone of judgment can be swayed to the seller's favor by an increasingly popular technique labeled home staging...
SEMO Fair attracts new customers (08/23/07)
Approximately 100,000 people pass through the gates of the SEMO District Fair over the eight day period. That means businesses have 100,000 opportunities to make an impression on the general public. In a give-and-take fashion, Gary Kight, president of the 2007 Fair Board of Directors, says businesses definitely benefit from the fair, while the fair benefits as well...
Health Beat: Medical professionals fuel market for high-end homes (08/23/07)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today Both Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center are expanding, adding medical innovations and opening new office suites. That means new physicians, technicians, nurses and other medical personnel. They have to live somewhere...
Development News (08/23/07)
Farmington development projects underway FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Earth is being moved and construction has begun on Gundaker's development project in Farmington. Developers have not yet announced which stores will anchor the development, but say that they are in negotiations with several companies...
Updates (08/23/07)
Restaurants Buffalo Wild Wings Open POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Buffalo Wild Wings has opened in Poplar Bluff in the Mansion Mall shopping center. The first 150 customers won free wings for a year. The restaurant seas 215 diners, and will be open seven days a week. The staff numbers 110 including cooks, cashiers, bartenders and servers. The restaurant is the fourth Buffalo Wild Wings franchise to open in the area since 2002. Other franchises are in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and Carbondale, Ill...
Names in the news (08/23/07)
Jackson man steps down from board Gene Wills, managing partner of Gene E. Wills Insurance Agency in Jackson, has stepped down from his position as a board member for Columbia Insurance Group of Columbia, Mo., after 10 years. Wills served on the boards of both the Columbia Mutual Insurance Co. ...
Business Briefs (08/23/07)
Senior housing project going up The West Court Manor apartments for low-income people older than 65 are going up quickly on South West End Boulevard. Construction started this past winter, said Don Sanders, a consultant for MACO Development Co. of Clarkton, Mo...
Outside investors keeping local market afloat (08/23/07)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today Although the cost of land in Southeast Missouri is rising, it's still low enough to be attractive to investors from other states. Many investors are members of investment clubs, organizations that will, for a fee, educate its members about finding real estate to invest in for a good return on their money. Some clubs hold seminars, others offer information on web sites. Lately, these clubs have found that the Midwest is a good place to buy property...
Woman makes art on nature's canvas (08/23/07)
Gourds are Patty Mueller's canvas. They're also components of sculpture that enhance the art forms she makes for her family and friends and neighbors at Saxony Village, where she lives. She describes her studio as small, but that doesn't include the area beyond the studio door where many examples of her work are stationed...
Fire at Dana Corp. (08/23/07)
Firefighters responded to smoke billowing from the rooftop at the Dana Corporation at 2071 Corporate Circle shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Five firetrucks and one ambulance arrived and quickly got the fire under control. About 50 employees had been in the building when the alarm in an automated department sounded, and they were quickly evacuated, said Max Dunlap, plant manager...
Charges filed in north side drug bust (08/23/07)
Two of the six suspects taken into custody Tuesday afternoon during a drug bust on Rampart Street in north Cape Girardeau have been charged with drug offenses. Police arrested Danny R. Bickings, 54, of 1742 Rampart St., on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, specifically a crack pipe, said police spokesman Cpl. ...
Artist turns Michael Vick trading cards into chew toys, fund-raisers (08/23/07)
Rochelle Steffen doesn't throw away trading cards easily -- she's in the business of collecting and selling them. But when NFL quarterback Michael Vick is on the cards, she only values them as her dogs' chew toys and a Humane Society fund-raiser...
Selling salespeople: Long-time Realtor Sue Britton teaches the trade (08/23/07)
A native of St. Louis, Sue Britton moved to Cape Girardeau in 1969 and began her real estate career in 1975. She is a real estate agent for Century 21 Key Realty. In 2006, she opened the Cape Girardeau Excellence School of Real Estate, the only realty school in the area. ...
Southeast Missouri's real estate market sees ups and downs (08/23/07)
The Southeast Missouri real estate market is echoing, but not mirroring, the national slump in real estate, experts say. The difference may be subtle but it is real, they say. Some indicators are strong, with investors willing to gamble on particular niches in the market, such as the Coalter and Felty Investment Group's purchase of 90 properties in south Cape Girardeau, many near Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus...
Community digest 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
United Days of Caring begins today; Poker run to benefit Lee Glastetter; Archery club hosts St. Jude fund-raiser; Sunday meeting postponed because of heat; VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts district meeting
Eagles serves fried fish and chicken dinners (08/23/07)
The Cape Girardeau Eagles, 321 N. Spring Ave., will be serving fried fish and chicken dinners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Carry outs are welcome, and children younger than 5 eat free. -- From staff reports...
Baby found dead in St. Louis car (08/23/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 7-month-old baby was found dead in the heat of a parked car Thursday on a parking lot at the Washington University School of Medicine, authorities said. Names of the child and her parents have not been released. Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said officers were still on the scene, and she had few details. Washington University officials declined comment...
Republicans stick with Blunt's economic development plan (08/23/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- House Republicans deferred to Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday, endorsing the economic development package he outlined while refusing to even allow discussion on various Democratic efforts to tinker with its details. Democrats decried majority Republicans for using heavy-handed tactics, claiming lawmakers were ceding their constitutional power to make laws to the executive branch and reducing the special legislative session to a sham...
St. Louis County cites second heat-related death (08/23/07)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A 68-year-old woman found in her Jennings home is the second St. Louis County resident to die from the August heat wave, the county said Thursday. The victim's name was not released. Her body was found Wednesday. The county said an air conditioner in the house was set at 70 and fans were blowing, but the temperature in the home was 90 degrees...
152 pounds of cocaine found in truck at Rolla (08/23/07)
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- An Illinois man faces drug trafficking charges after a police dog sniffed out 152 pounds of cocaine hidden in the cab of his tractor-trailer, authorities said. Police believe the drugs had a street value of nearly $7 million. Husam Bshara of Tinley Park, Ill., was arrested Monday after police received a tip about the tractor-trailer stopped at Love's Travel Stop on Interstate 44 in Rolla. ...
Court hearing set in Russia for Mo. grad student detained since June (08/23/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Friends and supports of a University of Missouri-St. Louis graduate student detained in Russia since June are encouraged that a court date has been set for the woman. Roxana Contreras purchased old currency and medals from a street vendor, in violation of Russian law that she was apparently unaware of. ...
New proposal seeks to ban certain embryonic stem-cell research (08/23/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's battle over embryonic stem-cell research intensified Wednesday as a new group proposed a ballot measure seeking to outlaw a particular research method that voters narrowly endorsed just last year. The group Cures Without Cloning launched its campaign by filing paperwork with the secretary of state's office for a constitutional amendment targeted for the November 2008 ballot. It also set up a campaign finance committee through the Missouri Ethics Commission...
Pit bulls seized in Vick investigation face claims deadline (08/23/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 50 pit bulls seized from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's property face a Thursday deadline to be claimed, and if no one comes forward, they could be euthanized. Federal prosecutors filed court documents last month to condemn 53 pit bulls seized in April as part of the investigation into dogfighting on Vick's property. ...
Mo. soldiers among 14 killed in helicopter crash (08/23/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A 21-year-old from Caruthersville and a 21-year-old from Springfield were among 14 U.S. soldiers who were killed Wednesday when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime mission in northern Iraq. Ricky Bell was due to come home on leave Sept. 13, said his aunt, Glenda Overbey. He had been in Iraq since June, where he turned 21 on June 30...
Former governor fights to stay out of prison (08/23/07)
CHICAGO -- Former governor George Ryan has been assigned to serve his racketeering and fraud sentence at a Minnesota prison but wants that changed so his family would find visiting easier, his lawyer said Wednesday. Former governor James R. Thompson told U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, who presided over Ryan's trial, that Ryan is hoping to be reassigned to the federal prison at Oxford, Wis., if his appeal fails...
Bush speaks to vets supportive of war policy (08/23/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Top Missouri politicians and former soldiers already supported keeping U.S. troops in Iraq, giving President Bush a friendly audience when he defended his war policies to a national veterans convention. About 4,000 Veterans of Foreign Wars members heard Bush predict that if U.S. ...
Studies: Weight-loss surgery may prolong life (08/23/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The first long-term studies of stomach stapling and other radical obesity treatments show that they not only lead to lasting weight loss but also dramatically improve survival. The results are expected to lead to more such operations, possibly for less severely obese people, too...
Utah mine boss defends handling of search efforts (08/23/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Lashing out at criticism he was abandoning six trapped coal miners, the mine chief promised Wednesday to keep searching through the weekend and punch yet another hole into "this evil mountain." Bob Murray, the face of the rescue effort since the Aug. 6 cave-in, dropped from public view for a time after three men died trying to tunnel toward the miners, but he said he's always been focused on finding the six -- dead or alive...
Pigeons took toll on failed Minnesota bridge (08/23/07)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Pounded and strained by heavy traffic and weakened by missing bolts and cracking steel, the failed interstate bridge over the Mississippi River also faced a less obvious enemy:~ The problem with the birds is one of many factors that dogged the structure...
Hurricane Dean hits Mexico's oil coast after battering Yucatan (08/23/07)
TECOLUTLA, Mexico -- A sprawling Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days Wednesday and quickly stretched across to the Pacific Ocean, then quickly weakened as it drenched the central mountains with rain that flooded houses along the coast...
Curfew imposed, cell phones silenced as protests spread in Bangladesh (08/23/07)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The military-backed government imposed an indefinite curfew in six major cities Wednesday, clearing the streets and temporarily shutting down cell phones in a bid to quell three days of unrest by students demanding an end to emergency rule...
Shark that became tourist attraction in Spain dies after moving to aquarium (08/23/07)
MADRID, Spain -- A shark captured in shallow waters where it had become a daily lure for tourists on a beach died Wednesday at the Barcelona Aquarium. Biologists had said they did not expect the 7-foot female sandbar shark to survive because it stopped swimming after being brought to the aquarium Monday and needed help from to keep moving and thus breathing...
China says U.S. soybean exports tainted (08/23/07)
BEIJING -- China, on the defensive over the safety of its products, lashed out Wednesday at the United States by claiming its soybean exports contained pesticides, poisonous weeds and dirt and blaming American manufacturer Mattel Inc. in part for lead tainting that prompted the recall of millions of toys...
Delta edges Scott City in 12 innings (08/23/07)
The softball teams from Scott City and Delta got more than they bargained for in Wednesday's sweltering heat. The squads needed five extra innings to decide things, with visiting Delta scoring four times in the top of the 12th to squeeze out a 6-2 victory in its season opener...
Area sports digest 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
Crawford scores hole in one Mike Crawford used a 4-iron to record a hole in one on the 187-yard par-3 hole No. 18 at the Perryville Country Club on Sunday. Carol Crawford, Chris Beussink and Lisa Beussink witnessed the shot. Burnett captures first in A-flight...
Spada embraces increased workload for Redhawks (08/23/07)
Doug Spada was already slated to take on a much bigger role in his sophomore season at Southeast Missouri State. It doesn't seem to phase the young man with the strong right leg that his workload will increase even more than originally anticipated...
Setterstrom shoots up depth chart (08/23/07)
ST. LOUIS -- From the practice squad to the starting lineup, Mark Setterstrom has moved quickly to establish himself with the St. Louis Rams. A seventh-round draft pick (242nd overall) out of Minnesota in 2006, Setterstrom was inactive for the first nine games last season. He made his NFL debut Nov. 19 against Carolina at right guard, and started the season's final three games. He will start on the left side when the Rams open the season Sept. 9 at home against Carolina...
Kahne tries to remain upbeat despite disappointing season (08/23/07)
Kasey Kahne is one of the biggest stars in NASCAR. His commercials are played over and over on TV and he can no longer walk anywhere at the racetrack without an entourage to clear the way and keep him from being trapped by hordes of autograph seekers...
Pujols, Edmonds, Molina smack homers in 6-4 win (08/23/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered for a career-best fifth consecutive game, leaving him three games shy of the major league record. Another milestone, he has to himself. The St. Louis slugger became the first player in major league history to hit 30 homers in his first seven seasons, leading the Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night...
Missourian sports department announces changes, addition (08/23/07)
Kevin Winters Morriss will take the helm as sports editor of the Southeast Missourian, effective Sept. 1. Winters Morriss, currently the assistant sports editor, succeeds Toby Carrig, who will devote more time to his duties as sports editor of Semoball.com, the regional Web site that includes content from the Southeast Missourian as well as other daily newspapers in the region as well as unique content such as video, blogs and photo galleries...
Health calendar (08/23/07)
Today n Hepatitis support group: From 6 to 7 p.m. at Saint Francis Medical Center. Allows patients and family members to share feelings and concerns with one another in a safe, nonthreatening environment. Group meets the third Wednesday of most months. For more information, call 331-5897...
It's not pretty, but psoriasis isn't contagious (08/23/07)
Dry skin just needs lotion. That's the sentiment many people with psoriasis hear when others see the dry, scaly patches of skin, which usually erupt on their elbows, knees or lower back. Psoriasis is a disease that causes skin to regenerate too quickly. In the most common form, plaque psoriasis, the new skin comes in too quickly and instead of shedding, the old skin cells pile up and form lesions, which appear red and scaly...
Health news 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
Smoking cessation programs receive grant Saint Francis Medical Center has received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to implement work site tobacco cessation programs. The two-year grant will enable the medical center to provide work site tobacco cessation efforts in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry and Stoddard counties. ...
51 percent whole-wheat pasta: Health vs. flavor (08/23/07)
We get energy from carbohydrates, and whole-wheat pasta is a healthier option because the wheat bran and wheat germ was left in the grain when it was ground into flour. One study conducted by nutritional epidemiologist Nicola Mc-Keown at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Mass., showed that those who ate at least three servings of whole-grain foods per day had less problems with obesity, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and poor blood sugar, all things proven to increase the risk for diabetes and heart disease.. ...
No Shape Up Cape results (08/23/07)
Editor's note: Shape Up Cape scores were not available for the week of Aug. 12 to 18. Final results will be calculated and presented with the announcement of a winner Aug. 30. Shape Up Cape is a community fitness project sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce...
Embarking on a quest (08/23/07)
By Chris Harris Southeast Missourian I became a journalist because I love answering questions. "Whoa, wait a minute," you say. "Journalists are supposed to ask the questions, not answer them." Well, yes, dear reader, I do ask questions, but only so I can turn around and give you an answer...
Growing up (08/23/07)
Aug. 23, 2007 Dear Casey, Congratulations on moving into your first apartment and starting your first real job. I know my mother thinks you're working in a Goth store at the mall, but you and I know it's just a store for people who are in love with music, and she is, too. The purple streak in your hair probably goes with everything...
Bill Murray refuses to take breath test after driving golf cart through Stockholm (08/23/07)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Bill Murray could face a drunken driving charge after cruising through downtown Stockholm in a golf cart and refusing to take a breath test, citing U.S. law. Police officers spotted the "Caddyshack" star early Monday in the slow-moving vehicle and noticed he smelled of alcohol when they pulled him over, said Detective-Inspector Christer Holmlund of the Stockholm police...
Wesley Jones (08/23/07)
Wesley Leon Jones, 51, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at his home. He was born March 26, 1956, in Fulton, Mich., son of Lester Monroe and Dollie Clark Jones. He and Melinda Bostic were married Feb. 14, 2003, in Effingham, Ill. Jones was general manager of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Cape Girardeau...
Ada Casper (08/23/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ada Mae Casper, 90, of Anna died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at Union County Hospital. She was born Oct. 20, 1916, at Anna, daughter of Everett and Media Caraker Hill. She and Murvin Casper were married June 23, 1961, at Anna. He died Jan. 4, 1993...
Bobby Gatewood (08/23/07)
Bobby F. Gatewood, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 29, 1936, near Caruthersville, Mo., son of Lee J. and Modene Camp Gatewood. He and Shirley J. Hicks were married Dec. 26, 1959, in Caruthersville. She died March 29, 2006...
Mabel Hunsperger (08/23/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mabel Germaine "Granny" Hunsperger, 79, of Charleston died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Mississippi County, daughter of Riley and Anoma Givens. She and Curtis Lincoln Hunsperger were married in 1943. He died in 1970...
Leroy Nagle Jr. (08/23/07)
LAKE ST. LOUIS -- Leroy G. Nagle Jr., 72, of Lake St. Louis died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis. He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in St. Louis, son of Leroy G. and Anna Loncaric Nagle Sr. He married Kathleen Gendrick. Nagle had been a materials handler with Sherwood Medical Industries. ...
Agnes Schott (08/23/07)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Agnes Ruth "Duck" Schott, 82, of Ste. Genevieve died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Ste. Genevieve Care Center. She was born April 11, 1925, in Perryville, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Evelyn Tucker Elder. She married Michael B. Schott Jr., who preceded her in death...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
Arrests; Thefts
Cape fire report 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
n At 6:54 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Siemers Drive and William Street. n At 7 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Melrose Avenue. n At 8:05 a.m., a fire alarm at 5422 Nash Road. n At 8:49 a.m., emergency medical service at the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Out of the past 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
The annual "waiting game" commences at Southeast Missouri State University; while most fall semester classes don't begin until tomorrow, many students -- along with hundreds of prospective students -- spend the day in long lines to register for classes and make class changes...
Asphalt streets are more cost-effective (08/23/07)
By David Pruitt Another year sees another busy summer for street repairs. But are the streets actually getting fixed? Every summer, Cape Girardeau spends countless hours and money digging up concrete sections of Lexington Avenue (along with numerous other streets) and replacing them with new sections of concrete. ...
Taxing issue (08/23/07)
A change in Missouri's tax laws has raised the ire of some Kansas politicians, including that state's governor, Kathleen Sebelius. In this year's session, Missouri legislators repealed a deduction for out-of-state residents who work in Missouri, which allowed taxpayers to deduct the property taxes they pay on their out-of-state homes when they itemized their Missouri income taxes. Kansas, like some other nearby states, allow a similar deduction for Missourians...
Speak Out 8/23/07 (08/23/07)
Voting memories; Race matters; More drive-ups; Use your ashtray; World War II heroes; No MAP scores; Trash complaints; Greek housing; He will be missed
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