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Weekend rain kept some away from fair, music festival (09/10/07)
Rainy weather diminished this year's SEMO District Fair opening weekend crowd by about 8 percent, roughly 4,000 people, compared to last year's, but organizers say those numbers are a positive considering the effect the rains could have had. "Saturday the crowds didn't start to build until just before show time with the tractor pull," said fair spokesman Pete Poe. "Yesterday, they were in and out all day. We're real happy attendance has been as strong as it's been."...
Frazier won't run in special election (09/10/07)
Educator Pete Frazier won't seek the open Missouri House seat from Cape Girardeau. The Central High School assistant principal, who sought the seat in the 2004 Republican primary, announced his decision late Sunday evening in an e-mail to the Southeast Missourian...
Beauty, grace & knowledge: Pageant contestants, fairgoers put knowledge of Missouri to the test (09/10/07)
They know poise and composure, but when it came to geography and Missouri trivia, the contestants in the SEMO District Fair Pageant lacked a little confidence. Compared with the average fairgoer, the girls lost an informal Missouri trivia contest. When asked four questions about Missouri, eight of the girls in the Preteen, Teen and Miss categories admitted they didn't know much about the state -- like the fact that it hosts the longest river in the United States...
Candidate starts early to build name recognition (09/10/07)
Following custom in county election campaigns usually means a candidate doesn't start seeking office in earnest until after filing to be on the ballot. But Bobby Sullivan isn't following custom. He's adjusting his strategy to get early name recognition and defeat Rick Walter, the incumbent Scott County sheriff, by beginning his campaign about a year before the Democratic primary election, in which he'll likely challenge Walter...
Fair horse show includes classes for young and old (09/10/07)
Tailored dress coats in jewel tones like turquoise and garnet, long silky tails sweeping along the ground, and gleaming leather adorned the Grandstand on Sunday at Arena Park during the SEMO District Fair horse show. The show was open, meaning anyone could enter...
North vs. West: Comprehensive plan suggests ways to keep the west end vital (09/10/07)
Cape Girardeau's draft comprehensive plan has targeted William Street for a renovation. Consultants from the St. Louis-based design firm, Arcturis, drafted the plan based on interviews with city officials, workers and residents. It suggests Cape Girardeau's southwest commercial district along the William Street corridor could be threatened by development around the future Interstate 55 interchange. ...
100th birthday celebration (09/10/07)
Alpha Bechel celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 24 at Jackson Manor. Family, staff and residents commemorated the special occasion with cake. Family members in attendance were Wayne and Linda Patterson of Oran, Mo. and Larry and Pam Stehr of St. Louis...
Dedication ceremony Sept. 20 will celebrate renovation of Missouri Wall of Fame mural (09/10/07)
The River Heritage Mural Association invites the public to a special dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hutson's Fine Furniture parking lot in historic downtown Cape Girardeau. The ceremony will celebrate the recently completed renovation to the Missouri Wall of Fame Mural. Featured speakers are Carole Buck, widow of Hall of Fame Cardinal broadcaster Jack Buck, and astronaut Linda Godwin, a Cape Gir­ar­deau native...
New book from county archives covers records from 1821 to 1854 (09/10/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Archive has a new publication, "Record of Certain Decrees, Orders and Judgments of the County Court held at the City of Jackson within and for the County of Cape Girardeau in the State of Missouri 1821-1854." The 382-page book contains 9,043 abstracts of volumes B to G (there is no volume A) of County Court record books. ...
Old gowns can offer new chances for cancer victims (09/10/07)
Jackson Family, Career Community and Leaders of America will present its second annual "Sell a gown, Save a Life" event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22, in the old gym by the football stadium at the high school. Students, even those of college age, are invited to participate in the event no matter what school they attend...
Police search for robbery suspects (09/10/07)
Cape Girardeau police officers were searching for two suspects Sunday night in relation to a robbery that occurred Sunday afternoon in Cape Girardeau. One suspect was described as wearing a red shirt and carrying a .45-caliber pistol and the second was believed to be wearing a black shirt. Police were looking for a green Jeep Grand Cherokee with gold trim thought to be driven by the suspects...
Community digest 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
Cape County AARP chapter meets today; State, Cape County FCE contest underway; Big Springs reunion planned Saturday; Reunion of Mungle family set for Sunday; Annual poker run takes place Sunday; Cape Shrine Club holds 11th annual poker run; May Greene School reunion set for Sept. 29; Area canines invited to Bark in the Park; Everyone welcome at Oct. 6 contra dance; Cherokee picnic at Trail of Tears open to public; <B>[--] From staff reports
United Methodist Men to hold dinner Saturday (09/10/07)
The United Methodist Men will hold a catfish and chicken dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the New McKendree Celebration Center on Highway 25. The menu includes catfish and chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and spiral potatoes. Children younger than 5 eat free. For more information, call Todd Rushing at 450-4203...
Missouri getting two new Guard battalions (09/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Army National Guard is getting two new battalions that should increase its total force by almost 900 soldiers. The National Guard said Monday that a new 810-soldier infantry battalion will be headquartered in Kansas City, with regional rifle companies located in Boonville, Carrollton, St. Louis and Perryville...
Change of venue hearing in Devlin case is delayed (09/10/07)
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- A change of venue hearing in Washington County for the man accused of kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck had been delayed until Oct. 1. Ethan Corlija, an attorney for Michael Devlin, said he sought a continuance of the hearing, which was originally scheduled for Monday morning...
Doctor says new Mo. abortion rules aren't medically necessary (09/10/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A gynecologist says new regulations that the state is proposing for abortion clinics are not medically necessary and would not insure the safety of women. Dr. Paul Blumenthal from Stanford University testified for Planned Parenthood on Monday in a federal hearing on the group's lawsuit opposing the standards...
Independence police find bones; Mother says they may be her children's remains (09/10/07)
SUGAR CREEK, Mo. (AP) -- Police looking for two children who have been missing since June 2004 found a shallow grave containing human bones Sunday but would not confirm that the remains were those of the children. The children's mother, Tina Porter, told The Kansas City Star that police had notified her Sunday morning that the remains of Sam and Lindsey Porter had been found...
Blunt spends $126,000 on flights in three months (09/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When it comes to flying, there's no denying, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt is the king of the air. Consider the recent holiday-shortened Labor Day week. In a mere three days, Blunt flew from Jefferson City to St. Joseph and Kansas City to Springfield; to St. Louis and Kirksville and Dexter; to St. Louis again, and Kansas City again, then to Nevada and Joplin...
Second group sues over anti-affirmative action amendment (09/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Affirmative action supporters have filed a lawsuit over a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment to bar state programs that give preferences based on race or gender. The lawsuit filed by Steve Israelite, former executive director of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of Kansas City, and Greg Shufeldt, political director for the St. Louis-based Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, is the second lawsuit filed against the proposed amendment...
Bond to fight legislation on greenhouse gases (09/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- As Congress prepares to consider global warming legislation, Sen. Kit Bond has criticized the latest proposal, saying that imposing limits on greenhouse gas emissions would threaten the nation's economic growth. Bond, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, criticized a so-called moderate plan offered by Sens. Joe Lieberman, Independent Democrat-Conn., and John Warner, R-Va...
Patented process helps Mo. nursery grow internationally (09/10/07)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- An Elsberry nursery that is sending as many as half a million trees to China each year has earned bragging rights as Missouri's top exporter. Forrest Keeling Nursery recently received the Missouri Exporter of the Year Award at the Governor's Conference on Economic Development...
Numbers cloud war debate as Congress awaits Iraq commander (09/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- In vertical bars of blue, green, gray and red, a briefing chart prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency says what Gen. David Petraeus won't. Insurgent attacks against Iraqi civilians, their security forces and U.S. troops remain high, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press. ...
World briefs 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
Afghan police open fire at leader's speech KABUL, Afghanistan -- Sensing unrest outside a packed stadium, Afghanistan's president abruptly cut short a speech Sunday as police fired shots into the air in an attempt to restrain a crowd trying to enter, officials said. ...
Thousands of troops coping with brain damage (09/10/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers. Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These blast-caused head injuries are so different from the ones doctors are used to seeing from falls and car crashes that treating them is as much faith as it is science...
Would-be burglar runs off with no loot and no clothes (09/10/07)
DULUTH, Minn. -- A man who allegedly tried to burglarize a home lost his clothes in a scuffle with the 69-year-old homeowner and then tried to streak away before he was arrested. Wayne and Kathie Boniface returned home from dinner Thursday night to find the man in their house. Wayne Boniface said the man made the mistake of grabbing his wife...
Residents try to coexist with bears (09/10/07)
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. -- Ted Grenda is downright inhospitable toward some of his neighbors, placing plywood strips with nails along his doors and windows. But wildlife officials say that makes him a good neighbor to the black bears that share the mountains -- especially this year, when a late freeze and drought across the West have drastically reduced their natural fare of berries and acorns...
Police: McDonald's employee jailed because officer became ill (09/10/07)
UNION CITY, Ga. -- A McDonald's employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges because a police officer's burger was too salty, so salty that he says it made him sick. Kendra Bull was arrested Friday, charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and freed on $1,000 bail...
Iraqi government defends security efforts but says it still needs help from U.S. (09/10/07)
BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi government defended its efforts to stabilize the country on the eve of a key U.S. progress report but said Sunday it needs more help and was not ready for a timetable on the withdrawal of American forces. Iraq also issued a new appeal to neighboring countries to step up assistance at a conference that drew delegates from across the Middle East and representatives of the United States, the United Nations and the Group of Eight industrialized nations...
Redhawks' offense kicks in against DePaul (09/10/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team had been waiting for an offensive explosion. It finally came Sunday afternoon as the Redhawks blistered the nets for a 4-1 win over visiting DePaul. "We've had trouble scoring and we've been focusing on that in practice," said senior forward Alaina Lacopo, who netted two goals Sunday...
Southeast drops fifth straight volleyball match (09/10/07)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team started another match strong, only to lose the momentum. The Redhawks won the first game agianst the University of Connecticut, only to drop the next three at the Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational on Saturday in St. Louis...
Area sports digest 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
Eller captures men'stitle at Cape C.C. Ben Eller won the men's club championship Sunday at the Cape Girardeau Country Club, carding a 148 for the two-day tournament. Eller finished a stroke ahead of Al Spradling and Dale Williams. Spradling was awarded second in a scorecard playoff. Fourth-place finisher John Abercrombie was another shot back at 150...
Federer wins fourth straight U.S. Open (09/10/07)
NEW YORK -- Roger Federer sure gave Novak Djokovic chances, all sorts of chances, to pull off a major surprise in the U.S. Open final Sunday. Federer knows how to win these things, while Djokovic is still learning, and that might have made the difference. Hardly at the top of his game, Federer came through, beating Djokovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4 for his fourth consecutive U.S. Open championship and 12th Grand Slam title overall...
Johnson enters Chase with winning streak (09/10/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson hit his stride at exactly the right time, winning two straight races to roll into the Chase for the championship. Dale Earnhardt Jr. never had a chance, the victim of five faulty motors when his season was on the line...
Bills' TE Everett suffers spinal injury (09/10/07)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills reserve tight end Kevin Everett had surgery Sunday after injuring his spine on a kickoff against the Denver Broncos, and there is concern about whether he will be able to walk again. "He's had some sparse movement," Everett's agent Brian Overstreet said late Sunday...
Woods takes control of playoffs with win at BMW Championship (09/10/07)
The champion at Cog Hill, the front-runner for the FedEx Cup. Indeed, Tiger Woods is where most everyone figured he would be heading into the final week of the PGA Tour Playoffs. With a 50-foot birdie putt that got him back on track Sunday, Woods matched the lowest final round of his career with an 8-under 63 that shattered the scoring record at Cog Hill and gave him a two-shot victory in the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill...
Diamondbacks rattle Redbirds, sweep series (09/10/07)
PHOENIX -- Arizona manager Bob Melvin walked to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday and didn't say a word to his closer. "I didn't tell him anything," Melvin said of right-hander Jose Valverde. "He didn't want to see me. He's a pretty superstitious guy."...
Smith & Co. burn Rams (09/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Smith conjured echoes of the 2003 playoffs with another long touchdown catch that propelled the Carolina Panthers and quieted the same St. Louis crowd. Smith outsprinted Tye Hill on a 68-yard catch for the go-ahead play in Carolina's 27-13 opening victory Sunday. As Smith eased into the end zone, Hill could only watch as he stumbled and then slid on his stomach for several yards...
Saturday's late game: Cards lose early lead, fall 9-8 (09/10/07)
PHOENIX -- Stephen Drew helped the Diamondbacks hang on and double their lead in the NL West. Drew homered to help the Diamondbacks overcome a horrendous third inning and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 Saturday night for a two-game lead over San Diego...
Powell breaks own 100-meter record (09/10/07)
RIETI, Italy -- Asafa Powell bettered his world record in the 100 meters Sunday, running 9.74 seconds at the Rieti Grand Prix. The Jamaican set the mark in the second of two heats to reach the 100 final. "That's what happens when I start to listen to the coach," said Powell, who appeared to ease up before the finish line...
Owners may expand Wib's Drive-In (09/10/07)
After 21 years of operating Wib's Drive-In in Jackson, owners A.D. and Judy Hoffman are thinking about expanding. The long-standing restaurant North High Street, or U.S. 61 North, is a Jackson institution dating to 1947. The Hoffman's acquired the property next door, the Brookside Motel, as bequest from Gwen Winningham, who operated it until her death in 2005 at age 95. ...
Winners of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, with Video of the Year to Rihanna's `Umbrella' (09/10/07)
Winners of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards:Video of the Year: Rihanna, "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z Male Artist of the Year: Justin Timberlake Female Artist of the Year: Fergie Quadruple Threat of the Year: Justin Timberlake Best Group: Fallout Boy, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race"...
Western '3:10 to Yuma' reins in top spot (09/10/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The critically acclaimed Western "3:10 to Yuma" outgunned the fright fest "Halloween" to become the weekend's top box office draw. The remake from Lionsgate took in $14.5 million from Friday through Sunday according to studio estimates. While the film did not produce huge numbers, it performed well for a genre picture on a historically slow weekend...
VMAs bounce back after Britney bombs in opening performance (09/10/07)
LAS VEGAS -- Somewhere, Kevin Federline is laughing. An out-of-shape, out-of-touch Britney Spears delivered what was destined to be the most talked about performance of the MTV Video Music Awards -- but for all the wrong reasons. Kicking off the show Sunday night with her new single, "Gimme More," Spears looked bleary and unprepared, much like her recent tabloid exploits on the streets of Los Angeles. ...
In wake of recalls, cost of Chinese exports will rise (09/10/07)
SHANGHAI, China -- Get ready for a new Chinese export: higher prices. For years, American consumers have enjoyed falling prices for goods made in China thanks to relentless cost cutting by retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. But the spate of product recalls in recent months -- Mattel announced another this past week -- has exposed deep fault lines in Chinese manufacturing. ...
In vogue: Local company's barbecue ovens are becoming de rigueur for connoisseurs (09/10/07)
Vogue Magazine sets the pace for fashion, revealing the latest trends in footwear, clothing, accessories and barbecue. Barbecue? While the idea may conjure a mental picture of a supermodel munching a rib dripping with fiery sauce, the August edition actually is where readers will find a full-page picture of Ole Hickory Pits of Cape Girardeau's latest commercial barebecue oven, along with a glowing article by well-known food writer Jeffrey Steingarten...
Staff boost helping clear backlog of passports (09/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- The State Department said Friday it has crawled out from under the mountain of passport applications that had overwhelmed its offices, and that average processing time has fallen from months to six to eight weeks. But skeptics say the backlog could return once the agency disbands the special task forces it had mustered to deal with the problem...
Counseling offered for small business owners (09/10/07)
Small business owners and people considering opening business are eligible to take part in free counseling through the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission in Perryville, Mo. The next session will be Thursday at the commission's offices, taught by Gil Degenhardt. The hours for appointments will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For an appointment, contact Kathy Hall at (573) 547-8357...
People on the move 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
Harris named para vice president of MOA; Volkerding is Woodmen agent of the month
Edna Ford (09/10/07)
Jessie Edna Ford, 94, of Jackson died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1913, in Bethalto, Ill., daughter of August C. and Lillie Belle Klein Kasting. She married Wilson (Bill) Ford June 24, 1934. He died Aug. 2, 1997. Ford worked for several families in Burfordville, Mo., and Bollinger County. She moved from Illinois to Glen Allen, Mo., in 1929. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed gardening and raising domesticated birds...
Sue Reddish (09/10/07)
Sue Reddish, 72, of Chaffee, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at the family home. Arrangements are incomplete with Amick Burnett Funeral Home in Chaffee.
Ernest Faulconer (09/10/07)
Ernest W. Faulconer, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday Sept. 9, 2007, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Kenneth Burgess (09/10/07)
Kenneth E. Burgess, 68, of Marion, Ark., formerly of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 9, 1939, in Aurora, Ill., son of Lora Ada Philips. He married Dorothy Murray Oct. 21, 1978, in Jonesboro, Ark...
Modean Filer (09/10/07)
Modean Filer, 83, of Marble Hill, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born April 10, 1924, in Burfordville, Mo., the daughter of Burette and Barbara Bollinger Crader. She married Jesse Fred Filer on April 8, 1950, at Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death in January 1970...
Cape fire report 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
n At 4:46 p.m., an alarm sounding at Towers Circle. n At 5:24 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at South Fountain Street and Highway 74. n At 5:27 p.m., a box alarm at 3100 Themis St. n At 5:43 p.m., a car fire at 200 Broadway. n At 12:11 a.m., an emergency medical service at 1000 Towers Circle...
Cape/Jackson police report 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
Arrests; Jackson: Arrest
Out of the past 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
The yearly transformation of Arena Park has begun; a number of tents have sprung up overnight at the park as preparations continue for Monday's opening of the 127th annual SEMO District Fair. Jennie Bendel, 76, of the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, was chosen third runner-up in the third annual Ms. Missouri Nursing Home Pageant in St. Louis; she was chosen from a field of 27 candidates ranging in age from their 60s to their 90s...
Correction: Texas party platform (09/10/07)
In my column "Quick to condemn" (published in Friday's Southeast Missourian) I stated that no one is advocating the resurrection of sodomy laws. An astute reader has just informed me of my error. Apparently, the Texas Republican Party platform does indeed provide: "Texas Sodomy Statutes -- We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy."...
Taxi concerns (09/10/07)
Officials at Cape Girardeau City Hall want to make sure that people who use taxis in the city can rest assured that the vehicles they're driving in have been inspected and that the drivers are licensed, have been tested for drugs and have had background checks. The city council approved a first reading of a bill that would overhaul its taxi ordinance...
Speak Out 9/10/07 (09/10/07)
Traffic laws; Learned his lesson; Let others brag; The real radical; Center-lane safety; Time off for the parade; Renaissance in progress; Nothing positive; Enforce all laws
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