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Stories from Saturday, October 13, 2007

10 cases of mold found at university (10/13/07)
Professional cleaners say that mold is a fact of life in Southeast Missouri. "There's mold everywhere. You probably have mold in your office. It's always going to be here," said Richard Hastings, the owner of Servpro, an area company that handles mold cleanup...
'Friends of the 158th' officially shuts down (10/13/07)
Southeast Missourian A report detailing the final disposal of former Rep. Nathan Cooper's political funds was filed Wednesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The Friends of the 158th Committee, a political action committee established in January, officially went out of business with the filing. ...
High school may have longer day (10/13/07)
The school day at Central High School may be lengthened by 30 minutes if the Cape Gir?ardeau school board approves a restructuring plan to be presented Monday. The proposal was introduced to the school board at a July retreat after nearly three years of study. ...
Video store plans to open on Broadway in place of Hardee's (10/13/07)
The Hardee's Restaurant building at 1330 Broadway will be torn down to make way for a video store, Gerry Jones of RiverWest Partners said Friday. The property is under contract, and closing on the sale is scheduled for next week, he said. The new owner will be Family Video, a Springfield, Ill.-based company with 450 stores in 14 states. Family Video has 19 stores in Missouri...
Sinkhole causes problems for city (10/13/07)
Broken gas lines. A collapsing road embankment. A quarry filling with water. Those are the symptoms of a sinkhole problem along South Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau that city officials will try to address by bringing federal agencies, elected officials and businesses together next week...
Space exhibit to open today at university (10/13/07)
Southeast Missourian The SPACE: Dare to Dream exhibit opens at 1 p.m. today in Memorial Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. The exhibit has many hands-on or multimedia displays. Visitors can see what they would look like in a spacesuit, experience what it would feel like to launch in a rocket to space and learn about ancient cosmology. The exhibit is free and will run through Jan 12...
Knights of Columbus plan fundraiser (10/13/07)
The Cape Girardeau Knights of Columbus No. 1111 will hold its 35th annual mental retardation drive today and Sunday at St. Mary's and at Sunday services at Old St. Vincent's; Bank of America on Kingshighway, Cape Wal-Mart, Staples, Hobby Lobby, Kmart, Sav-A-Lot, Fred's Discount Stores, Sears Grand and Food Giant. The statewide drive exchanges Tootsie Rolls for a donation to the cause...
Driver arrested after collision injures children (10/13/07)
Southeast Missourian A 43-year-old man was arrested Friday night in Cape Girardeau after his Jeep Cherokee hit both curbs and a utility pole on Main Street between Pearl and Mason streets, flipped and spun, injuring an infant and a 6-year-old boy. ...
Local man sentenced for possession of child porn (10/13/07)
A Cape Girardeau man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 42 months in prison on felony charges of possession of child pornography. Michael D. Duley, 39, pleaded guilty July 10. Law enforcement received an anonymous tip about Duley, who at the time worked as a nurse, in the fall of 2005, federal prosecutor Abbie Crites-Leoni said...
Church denied food permit to ask for formal public hearing (10/13/07)
Retail. The word merely means selling small quantities of goods, but it is the tipping point in a Cape Girardeau church's trouble with neighbors and, ultimately, the city. In this case, "retail" defines the difference between a church outreach and a commercial operation...
State pays $82,500 to settle sexual harassment claim against director (10/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state paid $82,500 on Friday to settle claims that Missouri's former agriculture director sexually harassed an employee with unwanted hugs, kisses and a suggestion that he would like to see her in a wet T-shirt contest. Department of Agriculture director Fred Ferrell, of Charleston, Mo., was forced to resign in late February by Gov. Matt Blunt, shortly after the allegations against him were made public because of a lawsuit...
Mentally ill get help to regain jobs (10/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Van Ingram, diagnosed with schizophrenia and major depression, hadn't worked in 18 years when he volunteered to sweep floors in 2005. The job was nothing short of a major victory for Ingram, a former lifeguard, and a testament to the success of the Independence Center, a St. Louis day program for the mentally ill...
Defense says Montgomery was unhappy, abused child (10/13/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys for a woman accused of killing an expectant mother and cutting the baby from her womb began their case Friday, focusing on Lisa Montgomery's unhappy childhood. Montgomery's father, John Patterson, testified that he left his wife and children when Montgomery was 3 or 4 years old. Patterson said he was an alcoholic and that his wife, Judy Shaughnessy, drank heavily and cheated on him frequently...
Nixon seeks to oust town's mayor (10/13/07)
HOLDEN, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon announced Friday that he is seeking to oust the mayor of Holden for appointing his brother-in-law as fire chief. Nixon said he has filed a petition seeking the removal of Mayor Michael Wakeman from office for allegedly violating the nepotism provision in the state constitution...
President prods Congress to pass free-trade deals (10/13/07)
MIAMI -- Trying to jump-start his stalled trade agenda, President Bush pleaded with lawmakers Friday to pass free-trade pacts with four nations, and warned against protectionism taking root in America. In Miami, Bush urged Congress to approve free-trade agreements with Peru, Panama and Colombia in Latin America plus another with South Korea. ...
IRS offers refunds of phone tax; many people don't take it (10/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- What if the government tried to give American taxpayers some of their money back, but the taxpayers didn't seem to want it? That's what happened this year, as taxpayers collected only about half the $8 billion the IRS expected to pay them in its phone tax refund, the most far-reaching refund in the agency's history...
Al Gore, United Nations panel share Nobel Peace Prize for climate work (10/13/07)
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Former vice president Al Gore, newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday he hopes the honor will "elevate global consciousness" about the challenges of global warming. Gore, whose documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Academy Award earlier this year, was awarded the prize earlier in the day along with an international network of scientists for spreading awareness of man-made climate change and laying the foundations for counteracting it...
Schools report spike in staph infections (10/13/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Schools across the country are reporting outbreaks of staph infections, particularly among athletes, and the germs include an antibiotic-resistant strain that is sometimes associated with serious skin problems and blood disorders. The infections have forced districts to call off classes, cancel sporting events and disinfect entire buildings. Several students have been hospitalized...
United States, Russia remain far apart on missile defense after tense talks in Moscow (10/13/07)
MOSCOW -- High-level talks Friday between the United States and Russia failed to bridge major differences over U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe and a range of strategic arms issues. After a series of tense meetings that began with a blunt rebuff from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared to have been unable to turn around Moscow's opposition to missile defense...
Pets seized from Puerto Rico housing project, hurled off bridge to their deaths (10/13/07)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Animal control workers seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects in the town of Barceloneta and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths, authorities and witnesses said Friday. Mayor Sol Luis Fontanez blamed a contractor hired to take the animals to a shelter...
Lacopo breaks assists record (10/13/07)
Southeast Missouri State senior Alaina Lacopo broke Southeast's career assist record in the team's 4-2 win over Eastern Illinois on Friday. Lacopo finished with one goal and two assists in the victory. Southeast players Margie Schaeffler and Alexis Miller both ended the game with one goal and one assist apiece for the Redhawks, who pushed their record to 5-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play...
Jackson dispatches Mules (10/13/07)
JACKSON -- Jackson senior Adam Collier does not get many opportunities to score a touchdown. Hardly any because he's a defensive lineman. But the 5-foot-8, 240-pound, three-year starter got his first varsity touchdown Friday when he took the football out of Poplar Bluff running back Zach Ferguson's hands in a crowd of tacklers and dashed 53-yards untouched for a touchdown...
Kelly, Notre Dame ready for quarterfinal action (10/13/07)
Rhonda Ratledge wanted a schedule packed with challenges to prepare properly for the next two weeks. Ratledge's Kelly Hawks faced Notre Dame, a Class 3 state quarterfinalist, twice this season. Kelly played in the Jackson tournament and the Notre Dame SoftballFest. ...
Red Devils fall at Malden (10/13/07)
Malden opened a 14-0 lead and held on to knock off Chaffee 14-8 in football action Friday night. Chaffee scored with about 6 minutes left when Andrew Hendirx hit Jerrod Steger with a 55-yard pass. The pair hooked up on the 2-point conversion as well...
Scott City stumbles at Hayti (10/13/07)
HAYTI -- Scott City coach Ronnie Jones knew about Hayti's big-play offense. But the Indians' big-play defense also scored two touchdowns while shutting down the Rams for most of Friday night in a 43-7 victory. Scott City fell to 4-3 on the season and 3-2 in the SEMO South Conference...
Colonels emerge as conference favorites (10/13/07)
Eastern Kentucky has twice as many conference titles any other current conference member with 18 Ohio Valley Conference championships. With 17 Division I-AA playoff appearances, the Colonels have six more than any other current conference member. But over the past decade, that tradition has not been nearly as glamorous for EKU, whose last OVC title and playoff berth came in 1997...
Redhawks' leading scorer suspended indefinitely (10/13/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team began practice Friday night without its leading scorer. Brandon Foust, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, will not be with the Redhawks for an indefinite period of time, coach Scott Edgar said Friday prior to the opening workout...
Church members use October to celebrate parish history (10/13/07)
Abbey Road Christian Church, Disciples of Christ -- until this year known as First Christian Church -- is marking its 117th anniversary this month. It's not the usual milestone anniversary recognized in increments of five or 10 years. Board member Glenda Zink says the church simply decided to celebrate its long, rich history this month...
Church briefs (10/13/07)
Briefly Three area churches hold revival services n The East Cape Baptist Church will hold revival services at 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Guest speaker will be Davy Miller, and music director will be Roy Hill. n Evangelist and Bible teacher John Hicks will be the featured speaker at a revival at Jackson Church of the Nazarene, 2245 Old Toll Road. ...
All's fair in life and God's lessons (10/13/07)
"It's not fair!" This is the last grasping straw for children proclaiming an injustice that's been placed on them. A friend of mine once told me that while he was growing up, whenever anyone would say "It's not fair" they were promptly told that "Fair is where pigs get blue ribbons."...
Finding your sacred space (10/13/07)
God is all around so every space can be sacred. It's true we can respect and feel the spiritual at any time and place, but many think they need a private spot to be more in tune with the presence of God. How and where does one create a sacred space, and why do so?...
Bond actor gets star on walk (10/13/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Best known for playing James Bond on the big screen, Roger Moore now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of an address that includes the spy's signature 007. Moore, 79, received his permanent spot on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday, accompanied by friends and family...
Vatican publishes limited edition Knights Templar trial documents (10/13/07)
VATICAN CITY -- It's not the Holy Grail, but for fans of "The Da Vinci Code" and its tantalizing storyline about the Knights Templar, it could be the next best thing. Ignored for centuries, documents about the heresy trial of the ancient Christian order discovered in the Vatican's secret archives are being published in a limited edition -- with an $8,377 price tag...
Betty Sadler (10/13/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Betty Jo Sadler, 78, of Anna died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at her home. She was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Smithland, Ky., daughter of Herbert and Velma English Lindsey. She and Joe Sadler were married Aug. 7, 1964. He died Oct. 22, 1996...
Bradley Clenney (10/13/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Bradley A. Clenney, 31, of Benton died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 8, 1975, at Kennett, Mo., son of Darrell and Judy Cossey Killian. Clenney received an associate degree in multimedia from ITT. He was employed by New Wave Communications...
Erma Statler (10/13/07)
Erma Leona Campbell Statler, 98, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 19, 1909, in Paisley, Fla., daughter of Lawrence Mason and Julia Henrietta Call Campbell. She and Judge W. Osler Statler were married July 10, 1936, in De Land, Fla. Judge Osler Statler died in 1979...
Aline Eifert (10/13/07)
KELSO, Mo. -- Aline Marie Eifert, 84, of Kelso died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 12, 1923, at Swinton, Mo., daughter of Grover and Verdie Kinder Bollinger. She and Lester McNeely were married in September 1945. He died in November 1955. She and Alvin Anthony Francis "Buddy" Eifert were married Aug. 30, 1958, in Cape Girardeau. He died April 16, 1986...
Molly Lowes (10/13/07)
Molly May Lowes, 76, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at her home. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home, and from noon to service time Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, with Dr. Grant F.C. Gillard officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Ivan Underwood (10/13/07)
Ivan Dale Underwood, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in La Valle, Mo., son of Henry and Ethel Jackson Underwood. He and Helen Thomason were married Sept. 27, 1986. Underwood was a truck driver with Valley Steel. He was a member of the Community Church in Marble Hill, Mo...
Larry Menz (10/13/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lawrence C. "Larry" Menz, 66, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at his home. He was born May 12, 1941, in New Hamburg, Mo., son of Clemens Frank and Loretta Ann Westrich Menz. He and Edith Penrod were married Sept. 10, 1966, in New Hamburg...
Births 10/13/07 (10/13/07)
Chisman; Sander; Cowan; Nanney
Fire report 10/13/07 (10/13/07)
n At 5:57 p.m., emergency medical service at Independence Street and Caruthers Avenue. n At 8:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of West Cape Rock Drive. n At 9:10 p.m., request for a citizen assist in the 1400 block of Perry Avenue...
Police report 10/13/07 (10/13/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrest; Theft; Burglary; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Theft; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 10/13/07 (10/13/07)
A $10.4 million budget -- about a half-million dollars more than last year's fiscal document -- has been formally approved by the Cape Girardeau school board; it marks the first time in two years the Teachers Fund receipts are equal to the anticipated expenditures; last year, that fund went into the hole by $122,000, and the year before by $240,000...
Empty bowls (10/13/07)
Sometimes the best ideas are simple ones. That's the case with the Empty Bowls project, a fund-raising event where local potters donate homemade bowls. Folks give a donation of $10 or more, keep the bowl and the money goes to local food pantries. The simple meal that is a part of the Empty Bowls project serves as a reminder that many in the area can't afford fancy meals and need help from time to time...
Speak Out 10/13/07 (10/13/07)
Interest in science; Arena Park road; Read the report; No chip and seal; Costly upkeep; Phony soldiers; Life's lessons; Doughnuts or drugs; 52-cent doughnut; Taxing solution; Control your cats; Expensive flight; Out of the way; EPA concerns; Stop complaining; GOP Virtuecrats; Great success
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