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Scott City will look at raising water, sewer, trash rates (10/16/07)
Scott City Mayor Tim Porch said the city government will soon consider raising the rates for water, sewer and trash pickup. Discussion of the matter came up in Monday night's city council meeting when city leaders learned about an emergency repair needed on one of the city sewer system's lift stations, repairs that might cost in the neighborhood of $20,000...
Ongoing feud gets violent; man shot (10/16/07)
A Sikeston man is in stable condition after he was shot on Monday night. According to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Josh Jones, 22, was shot in the right shoulder area around 10 p.m. near School and Dorothy streets...
Hospital withdraws Lacey Street request (10/16/07)
Southeast Missouri Hospital has withdrawn its request for the city to give up ownership of a portion of Lacey Street. Al Spradling III, who represents the hospital in this matter, faxed the message to city hall Monday. "Apparently there has been a firestorm of e-mail and bloggers who have opposed the simple request of Southeast Missouri Hospital vacating a portion of Lacey Street," said Spradling's letter, which went on to state, "the hospital has decided, for the time being, to withdraw its application and request to vacate Lacey Street. ...
City's Youth League, council reach deal on disputed ballfields (10/16/07)
The contract dispute between Scott City's park board and youth league seems to have reached a resolution both sides can accept -- as long as they can agree on terms for a new contract between the city and the not-for-profit league. At its regular meeting Monday night the Scott City Council -- the body that has authority over the city's contract with the Scott City Youth League -- voted to terminate the league's current lease of park facilities. ...
House candidates report fundraising totals (10/16/07)
A $5,000 personal loan to his own campaign helped propel the Democratic candidate in the Feb. 5 special election for Cape Girardeau's Missouri House seat ahead of his Republican opponent in the first round of fundraising reports. Mike Keefe, the Democratic nominee and former Cape Girar-deau postmaster, reported lending his own campaign $5,000 and receiving $1,575 in contributions since winning his party's nod on Sept. 6...
St. Vincent instructor wins Wal-Mart award for teacher of the year (10/16/07)
Dianna Lynne Karnes almost didn't make it to a surprise assembly in her honor Tuesday. On her way to the gym, one of her first-grade students at St. Vincent de Paul School tripped and busted his lip. She eventually made it to the assembly, where a bewildered Karnes was declared the Missouri teacher of the year. She thought she was coming to the assembly for a state ceremony...
Scala plans to step down (10/16/07)
Dr. David Scala announced his intent to resign as superintendent effective June 30 at the Cape Girar-deau Board of Education meeting Monday. He did not give a specific reason for his decision, explaining only that he had worked 35 years in the education field and was letting the board know now in order to have adequate time to find a replacement...
20-year-old bullet used in investigation (10/16/07)
When the police searched Michael Strong's gun cabinet the night he was killed the closest thing they found to a murder weapon was an empty holster. Among a rather large gun collection, Strong had owned a .44-caliber Ruger Blackhawk revolver. It was a high-caliber weapon for a handgun, a somewhat rare collectible...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Consent Ordinances, second and third readings n Annexed land belonging to Earl and Ruth Ann Norman. n Placed stop signs on Sussex Drive and Derbyshire Lane at their intersections with Kent Drive. n Granted a special-use permit to Carlos and Emmagene Ratliff for constructing and maintaining a commercial parking lot at 622 N. Sprigg St...
Correction 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
A story in Sunday's paper incorrectly said Tara Lang is able to diagnose and treat medical and behavioral problems as well as prescribe medications to treat those problems. Only a veterinarian has those privileges. Lang is a credentialed veterinary technician with a special interest in behavior who must work in collaboration with a veterinarian...
Jeremiah's owner plans to appeal loss of liquor license (10/16/07)
An order revoking the liquor license for Jeremiah's bar was issued after no one representing the establishment appeared for a hearing on a February violation, state liquor control supervisor Peter Lobdell said Monday. Jeremiah's, 127 Water St., operates with a special condition attached to its license -- no one younger than 21 is supposed to be on the premises after 11 p.m. When the bar was cited Feb. 10 for allowing a minor to drink, the citation was issued after 11 p.m., Lobdell said...
Senate President Pro Tem visits Cape Girardeau as part of political campaign (10/16/07)
With what looks like a clear path to the Republican nomination for Missouri attorney general, Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons is using a campaign kick-off to needle the incumbent, Democrat Jay Nixon, and offer ideas for revamping office operations...
Plenty of flu shots available in area (10/16/07)
Seven to nine days plopped on the couch in front of daytime television sounds pretty relaxing, right? Add in the heating pad, tissue boxes and mass amounts of fluids and you no longer have a vacation; you've got the flu. Welcome to October. It's the start of fall, the start of the holidays and the start of flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the flu season as October to March...
Southwest Missouri man jailed for allegedly setting wife on fire (10/16/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Springfield man was in jail Tuesday for allegedly dousing his wife with gasoline in bed and set her on fire. Antonio Lamarr Draper, 26, is charged with felony first-degree domestic assault. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Monday and does not yet have a lawyer, according to court records. He was being held Tuesday in lieu of a $250,000 bond...
Wealthy donor avoids Mo. limits with 100 political action committees (10/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A wealthy political activist is bankrolling 100 new separate political action committees, highlighting how those who want to give large amounts of money can continue do so even under Missouri's recently reimposed campaign contribution limits...
Blunt, Nixon report sizable fundraising quarter (10/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon chipped into the cash advantage of Republican Gov. Matt Blunt during the past quarter, as next year's gubernatorial rivals continued to rake in sizable amounts money. Blunt's campaign reported $6 million on hand as of the end of September, while Nixon's reported $2.7 million in his account, according to filings Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission...
Killing of bear kept as pet upsets owner (10/16/07)
TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. -- Valentine Wente has lived near this Southern Illinois community all of his life, and no one has messed with the exotic animals he sometimes keeps. Not until someone killed Boo-Boo, his young pet black bear, that is. Wente, 42, suspects the killer parked along a rural country road, then walked about 100 feet onto his property before shooting the nearly 3-year-old, 300-pound male bear several times at point-blank range with a .380-caliber rifle...
Parents clamor for child ID kits after Devlin case (10/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- In the months since two kidnapped Missouri boys were found alive, parents have been lining up for identification kits in case their own children go missing. And what was once a set of fingerprints inked on a card has evolved into a high-tech offering, where families can preserve digital photos, even a DNA sample, to give to authorities if a child should vanish. The identification kits are often provided for free by community, charitable or law enforcement organizations...
First MOHELA money sent to colleges (10/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state distributed $39.4 million Monday as the first installments of Gov. Matt Blunt's higher education initiative. A new law championed by Blunt calls for the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to pay the state $350 million over several years, the bulk of which is to be spent on dozens of college construction projects around the state...
House GOP on track to uphold veto on children's health bill (10/16/07)
WASHINGTON -- Shrugging off a barrage of political attacks, House Republicans are on track to hand President Bush a victory this week by upholding his veto of legislation expanding children's health coverage. To understand why, consider Utah, where Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is an outspoken supporter of the measure -- and the state's two GOP House members oppose it...
Putin postpones trip to Tehran amid warnings of assassination plot (10/16/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged Monday to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the international community in their nuclear standoff, although he didn't come to Tehran as scheduled amid warnings of a possible assassination plot...
Three Americans win Nobel economics prize (10/16/07)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Americans Leonid Hurwicz, Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson won the Nobel economics prize Monday for developing a theory that helps explain how sellers and buyers can maximize their gains from a transaction. Hurwicz, 90, is the oldest Nobel winner ever, according to the academy. "I really didn't expect it," said the Moscow-born researcher, an emeritus economics professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis...
Plant-eating dinosaur more than 105 feet long unearthed in Argentina (10/16/07)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- The skeleton of what is believed to be a new dinosaur species -- a 105-foot plant-eater that is among the largest dinosaurs ever found -- has been uncovered in Argentina, scientists said Monday. Scientists from Argentina and Brazil said the Patagonian dinosaur appears to represent a previously unknown species of Titanosaur because of the unique structure of its neck. ...
Jackson sweeps Perryville (10/16/07)
Megan Spooler smacked eight kills and added 10 digs and two blocks to lead the Jackson volleyball team to a win against Perryville on Monday. Chelsea Olson chipped in six digs, 11 assists and six kills while Jill Rushin added six blocks for the Indians (18-7-1)...
Central's former leading receiver is just a piece of puzzle with 7-0 Indians (10/16/07)
Homecoming in Hayti had added meaning Friday night for George Hamilton III. "Are you going to the homecoming dance?" he was asked after the Indians' victory against Scott City. "Yes, sir," he said with a nod. Hayti football coach David Gilmore, standing nearby, chimed in, "He has three dates."...
Nebraska fires AD after pair of lopsided losses (10/16/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson was fired Monday, two days after the football team suffered its worst home loss in nearly a half-century. Pederson, along with coach Bill Callahan, has been heavily criticized after a series of one-sided losses this season. The most recent was a 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday with former Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne and his 1997 national title team in attendance...
Maxwell probably will take medical redshirt (10/16/07)
While Brandon Foust's status remains uncertain, it appears that at least one returning member of the Southeast Missouri State basketball team definitely won't play this season. Southeast coach Scott Edgar said Monday that sophomore forward Jajuan Maxwell needs another knee surgery, which means it is a virtual certainty that he will be redshirted...
Samuel: Redhawks' challenge is to stay united (10/16/07)
The Southeast Missouri State football program has had to deal with plenty of adversity in recent weeks. But coach Tony Samuel believes his players are handling things well. Samuel said during his weekly media briefing Monday that the biggest thing is for the Redhawks to remain united...
Area sports digest 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Byrd, Giebler, Kluesner, Armbruster win title The team of Jim Byrd, Brevin Giebler, Zach Kluesner and Tom Armbruster shot a 57 to win the championship flight in the afternoon session of the Cape Girardeau Public Safety Foundation outing at Dalhousie Golf Club on Monday...
Pineiro passes on free agency, signs with Cards (10/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- After reviving his career as a starting pitcher, Joel Pineiro briefly considered testing the free-agent market. He ended up staying in the same place, with the team that gave him another opportunity. Pineiro agreed to a $13 million, two-year contract with St. Louis on Monday after thriving with the Cardinals down the stretch...
Indians top Red Sox for 2-1 series lead (10/16/07)
CLEVELAND -- Not their best. Not even second best. Jake Westbrook, right at home in the Jake, was exactly what the Cleveland Indians needed. Westbrook, an often overlooked third wheel in the rotation, kept Boston grounded for nearly seven innings Monday night, leading the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox and a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series...
Bulger will play against Seahawks (10/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Watching the winless St. Louis Rams lose two more games while he nursed two broken ribs was long enough on the sidelines for Marc Bulger. It'll be months before those injuries heal, but his beat-up team needs him. Bulger said Monday he plans to return to the lineup this week, and coach Scott Linehan said the quarterback would be cleared to play at Seattle...
Saving babies: Exposing sudden infant death in America (10/16/07)
Every day in America at least 10 babies die suddenly and mysteriously. Yet some of the more than 4,000 victims of sudden infant death each year could be saved if there was a simple national standard for infant death investigations, a seven-month review by Scripps Howard News Service has found...
Health calendar 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Today Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Support Group: From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, Conference Room 1. Meets monthly in Cape Girardeau and Butler counties. Participants are given time to discuss their chronic health issues. This month's topic is Fibromyalgia Updates. Free, refreshments provided. No registration required...
Blood drives 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Group claims to find high lead levels in some lipsticks (10/16/07)
American-made lipstick contains "surprisingly high levels of lead," according to new product test results released Friday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Minneapolis, Boston, Hartford, Conn. and San Francisco...
Paris Hilton says she wants to shed her party-girl image (10/16/07)
NEW YORK -- Meet Paris Hilton, grown-up. The 26-year-old socialite has vowed to change her party-girl image after serving a 23-day jail sentence in June for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. "There are a lot of bad people in L.A. ...
Alice Curtis (10/16/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Alice M. Curtis of Chaffee died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Vickie Bohannon (10/16/07)
ANNISTON, Mo. -- Vickie Lynn Bohannon, 52, of Anniston died Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007, at the home of her parents. She was born June 10, 1955, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of J.B. and Joyce Evelyn Hamill McClendon. Survivors include two sons, Shannon Bowles of Jackson, Jeremy Bohannon of St. Louis; her parents of Anniston; a brother, Kenny McClendon of Clarksville, Ga.; and three grandchildren...
Lowell Spane (10/16/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Lowell D. Spane, 85, of Chaffee died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1922, at Marquand, Mo., son of M. O. and Essie Sitze Spane. He and Juanita M. Crowe were married Feb. 7, 1943 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 1991...
Norman Gribler (10/16/07)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Norman S. Gribler, 66, of Rockview died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at his home. Gribler was born November 19, 1940 in McGee, Mo., to the late William Steward and Dolly Lucille McKnight Gribler. Gribler was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and worked in the tools section at Lowes in Cape Girardeau...
Gary Wagner (10/16/07)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Gary Wayne Wagner, 71, of Farmington, formerly of Marble Hill, Mo., passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1936, in Marble Hill, son of Charles Milton and Reeda Ellen Back Wagner. He and Frances L. Underwood were married 50 years ago...
Births 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Ancell; Keibler; Hedrick; Henderson; Engert; Pace; Schuessler
Cape/Jackson police report 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Arrests; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
As expected, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approves a recommendation for the school's administration to impose a $50 surcharge on students at the university next semester to help make up for a $867,000 appropriation cut called for by Gov. Kit Bond...
Opposition misrepresents facts about floodway plan (10/16/07)
By Lynn N. Bock I was disappointed to see that the environmental elitists have a new ally in Rob Henderson of Scott City. Like his brethren in Washington, D.C., he chooses to play fast and loose with the truth, I suppose to try to convince the general public that they are really the good guys and here to help us poor, misguided souls in the Bootheel...
County roads (10/16/07)
After Cape Girardeau County voters approved a half-cent sales tax for road improvements and upgrades to the sheriff's department, extensive discussions were held by an advisory committee to determine the best course of action for paving more of the county's 300 miles of gravel roads. ...
Speak Out 10/16/07 (10/16/07)
Trickle-down race; Taxes and booms; Pales by comparison; Not a major label; Church business
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