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Men accused of dog fighting arraigned (11/01/07)
The three men accused of felony dog fighting were arraigned before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield Thursday at the Stoddard County Courthouse. For Jamie Sifford, 29, of Dudley, Mo., and Jessey Short, 30, of Cape Girardeau, Satterfield set a preliminary hearing for Nov. 29...
Fire damages Sigma Chi activity center (11/01/07)
An activity center for the Sigma Chi fraternity caught fire in the early morning hours Thursday. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the building at 1134 N. Sprigg St. at 4:07 a.m. to find smoke billowing from the metal structure. Crews got the fire under control in about 15 minutes, but the building structure and furniture were severely damaged. ...
Three from Southeast Missouri enter first round of country music video contest (11/01/07)
Three people with Southeast Missouri ties were among the 64 chosen by Country Music Television to participate in the Music City Madness 2 competition, which pairs original music videos against one another and allows the public to vote on them. When Dustin Finch, 23, originally of Fredericktown, Mo., learned about the competition, he and his twin brother, Brandon, planned on recording a song they had written. ...
Ameren cuts Cape gas rates (11/01/07)
Cape Girardeau customers will get a break on their winter heating bills while Jackson residents will pay more. Every year at the end of October, the Missouri Public Service Commission reviews and, generally with few modifications, approves utility company estimates of the cost of natural gas for the winter. The result, known as the purchased gas adjustment, is used to set rates for up to six months...
Area schools guarding against staph infections (11/01/07)
School districts are taking precautions to prevent the spread of staph infections, especially an antibiotic-resistant form, following locally reported cases. In Jackson, one woman died earlier this month from complications due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA...
Review: Having fun with 'God's Favorite' (11/01/07)
In the Old Testament, God allows Satan to test Job's virtue and sends four messengers to tell the pious man of the calamities that have taken away his children, his wealth and his health. In Neil Simon's comedy "God's Favorite," based on the Book of Job, the proportions of the disasters are not quite as biblical, and the outcome is much funnier...
Kung fu monks a hit (11/01/07)
After months of anticipation, the Bedell Performance Hall hosted its first touring company Wednesday night. And judging by the audience reaction, the Shaolin Warriors were a hit. Without saying a word, the touring group of 21 Shaolin Buddhist monks captivated the Cape Girardeau audience with two hours packed full of seemingly superhuman feats of strength, endurance, flexibility and body control in the Shaolin kung fu tradition. ...
Central class of 1943 holds reunion (11/01/07)
Submitted photo Thirty-eight Central High School graduates from the class of 1943 gathered for their 64th class reunion recently. Pictured from left were Lester Paul Whitticre, Verne Whitticre and Opal Johnson, three of the attendees. Alumni came from as near as Cape Girardeau and St. ...
Verizon upgrades data speeds for Southeast Mo. (11/01/07)
Southeast Missouri has a new source of broadband Internet access with the announcement that Verizon Wireless upgraded its systems to provide data at speeds five to 10 times faster than previously available. On Monday, the company turned on the new EVDo, or Evolution Data Optimized, standard for its coverage areas. The result, said Cheryl Bini Armbrecht, is a switch from data speeds similar to a dial-up Internet connection to speeds comparable to broadband connections...
Puppet Power rocks to raise funds (11/01/07)
Puppet Power, a children's ministry led by puppeteer Charlotte Reed, will hold a Rock-A-Thon fundraiser from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church on Koch Avenue. The plan is to rock in a chair for 24 hours. Puppet Power has grown since 1985, when Reed got the idea from her 8-year-old son Randy, who was returning from summer camp...
Region briefs 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
Phi Kappa Phi will hold Story-Thon The Southeast Missouri State University chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society will present a "Born to Read Story-Thon" for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Theatre lobby. All ages are welcome, but stories being read are primarily geared toward audiences age 5 to 8. ...
Saint Francis wants to cut down waiting times with ER expansion (11/01/07)
Reducing emergency room wait times and allowing patients to spend the majority of their visit with their families are the ultimate goals of Saint Francis Medical Center's plans to expand the Gene E. Huckstep Emergency Center and Level III Trauma Center...
Community digest 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
Holiday shopping can help Humane Society ; Coalition for Peace and Justice meets today; Empty Bowls event benefits food pantries; Veterans Day assembly will be held Nov. 9; Church holds third annual craft bazaar; Booth space available for arts and crafts show
Missouri AG donates 'Hannah Montana' tickets after lawsuit (11/01/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has donated 91 tickets to a "Hannah Montana" concert to four charities after resolving claims that two ticket brokers sold tickets above face value. Nixon announced Wednesday that his office had resolved its legal issues with a pair of ticket brokers, Ticket Solutions of Overland Park and RazorGator of Los Angeles...
Rash of mountain lion sightings in Franklin County (11/01/07)
NEW HAVEN, Mo. (AP) -- Mountain lions, once common in Missouri, have been mostly gone from the Show Me State for 80 years. But some residents of Franklin County believe they're making a comeback. The Washington Missourian newspaper has received four separate reports of sightings of a large predatory cat -- perhaps a mountain lion -- all in the same area of the eastern Missouri county...
New R&D group awards $11 million in Fort Leonard Wood area (11/01/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The region around Fort Leonard Wood was expected to get an economic boost from $11 million in federal funding for Army-related research and development projects. The Leonard Wood Institute, a nonprofit group created in 2004, announced its first round of grants Thursday for 20 projects during the next year in areas of interest to the Army...
Fired lawyer says he offered to keep quiet (11/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lawyer who claims Gov. Matt Blunt fired him for disagreeing with the office's e-mail deletion practices said Wednesday that he would have kept quiet if Blunt's friends had helped him find another job. Scott Eckersley was fired in late September for what Blunt's administration is now describing as poor job performance and misuse of state resources...
Cattlemen selling herds, scrambling for hay suppliers (11/01/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- On his Southern Illinois spread where some 450 cows and calves look to him for food, Dale Moreland finds disappointment the only thing that seems to be growing these days. And his headaches are over hay. The 55-year-old cattleman, like so many others in the Midwest and elsewhere, lament that the one-two punch of a spring freeze and months of drought has savaged his hay crops and kept pastures from greening, forcing producers to tap hay stockpiles months earlier than usual...
Ryan's fading hopes now in Supreme Court's hands (11/01/07)
CHICAGO -- George Ryan went to the nation's highest court Wednesday with his fast-fading hopes of staying out of a windblown federal prison camp in Minnesota where inmates mop the floors and clean toilets. The 73-year-old former governor is under orders to report Wednesday to the camp where former governor Dan Walker did time in the 1980s and said he was strip searched by guards even though "it was damned cold."...
Trial set for June in Neosho church shooting (11/01/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- A man accused of killing three people in a southwest Missouri church is set to go on trial in June. A judge in Neosho scheduled the June 23 trial date at a hearing Monday, according to electronic court records. The judge has not issued a decision on a defense motion for a change of venue...
Officials to ask DA to consider case of boy accused of starting Calif. fire (11/01/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Officials blamed a wildfire that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week on a boy playing with matches, and said they would ask a prosecutor to consider the case. The boy admitted to sparking the fire Oct. 21, Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht said Tuesday. Ferocious winds helped it quickly spread...
Fed cuts interest rate to help ease strain of housing slump (11/01/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve lowered an important interest rate Wednesday -- its second reduction in the last six weeks -- to help the economy survive the strains of a deepening housing slump that is likely to crimp growth in coming months. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and all but one of his colleagues agreed to lower the federal funds rate by one-quarter percentage point to 4.50 percent at the end of a two-day meeting...
Parents take more active role in raising children (11/01/07)
WASHINGTON -- Parents are taking a more active role in raising their children than they did a decade ago, setting greater restrictions on TV watching and reading more to youngsters, the government reported Wednesday. Teenagers are participating in more extracurricular activities that focus on education, at the expense of sports, according to the study...
Three suspects convicted of mass murder in Madrid train bombings (11/01/07)
MADRID, Spain -- Spain's National Court convicted the three main suspects in the Madrid commuter train bombings of mass murder Wednesday and sentenced them to tens of thousands of years in prison for Europe's worst Islamic terror attack. But the verdict was a mixed bag for prosecutors, who saw four other key defendants convicted of lesser offenses and an accused ringleader acquitted altogether...
High school football capsules 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
Chaffee (5-4) at Portageville (0-8) Last year's meeting: Chaffee 39, Portageville 0. Notes: The Red Devils hung with Hayti for two quarters last week before finally wearing down in the second half. They are on the brink of their first six-win season since 1989. The Red Devils rode their defense to a victory in the first week of district. Chaffee's rushing attack, led by Dylan McAlister and Jerrod Steger, should find plenty of holes...
Crusaders drop district title game (11/01/07)
Saxony Lutheran junior Bryant Steffens started this season at forward after spending last year as the Crusaders' goaltender. But about nine games into the season, he was moved back in net to give his team more experience at the position. However with his team down one goal late in the Class 1 District 1 championship game against St. Pius X on Wednesday, Steffens moved back to forward to give a boost to the struggling Crusaders' offense...
Bulldogs capture district title (11/01/07)
FARMINGTON -- Ryan Bass passed all the tests De Soto kicked at him Wednesday night, including the one he barely remembers. Bass made 11 saves in Notre Dame's 2-0 shutout of the Dragons in the Class 2 District 1 championship game played at Farmington...
Leopold team rallies around mother who underwent surgery to remove tumors (11/01/07)
Deborah Bueter was unable to see Leopold earn a berth in the state volleyball tournament Saturday because she was recovering from a surgery to remove cancerous tumors from her liver. But Bueter, a member of the Wildcats volleyball team in the early 1970s and the mother of current senior Allison Bueter, still was able to watch Leopold's Class 1 sectional win over Bell City the following day from her hospital room in St. Louis...
DeWilde emerges as a force in the middle for the Indians (11/01/07)
St. Vincent junior Sarah DeWilde may be an upperclassman, but she jokes that she is the least experienced member of the Indians' varsity volleyball team. DeWilde, who sat the bench as a sophomore and accumulated most of her playing time on the junior varsity team, has joined a starting lineup this fall with four seniors and a junior who have been playing together since middle school...
Southeast plays its lone exhibition game tonight (11/01/07)
For the second year in a row, the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will have only one exhibition game. Coach John Ishee hopes to get the most out of it when NAIA power Auburn-Montgomery visits the Show Me Center for today's 5 p.m. tipoff...
Redhawks ready for an unfamiliar foe (11/01/07)
After nearly three weeks of practice, Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar figures it's time to see his team against outside competition. Edgar will get that chance tonight as the Redhawks play their first of two exhibition games, facing Division II Lincoln University at 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center...
Mozeliak lands Cardinals' GM job (11/01/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals hired John Mozeliak as their new general manager Wednesday, promoting him to replace the fired Walt Jocketty. The 38-year-old Mozeliak was the Cardinals' assistant GM for the last five years. He got a three-year contract...
Mysteries above and below (11/01/07)
Nov. 1, 2007 Dear Julie, At intermission of "Big River," the first production at Cape Girardeau's inspiring new performing arts center, DC said she'd felt herself getting sleepy during the first act. "I don't like the plot," she explained...
NBC's reimagination of '70s 'Bionic Woman' series makes original seem tame (11/01/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Wagner never had to use jujitsu or save Canada from Bosnian terrorists. Well, times have changed. Today's "Bionic Woman" (airing 8 p.m. Wednesdays on NBC) is one superhuman leap from the now-seems-tame series of the 1970s. A spinoff of the hugely popular 1970s series, "The Six Million Dollar Man," the original starred Wagner as Jamie Sommers, the female recipient of some high-tech replacement parts who went on secret missions to stop bad guys...
Music Review: Josh Turner's new CD (11/01/07)
Like Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley, Josh Turner manages to create traditional-leaning country music without sounding out of date. Also like Jackson and Paisley, he's a songwriter with a family man-image who pushes boundaries and draws on sensuality and humor without ever sounding tasteless or playing on stereotypes...
Complete calendar (11/01/07)
Thursday, Nov. 1 CPR Heartsaver Adult/Child: Saint Francis Medical Center, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Blood Pressure Screening: sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital's Generations Family Resource Center, Cape Girardeau Senior Center, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Healthy Bites Luncheon: Saint Francis Medical Center's Health and Wellness Center, 12:10 to 12:40 p.m...
First friday listings (11/01/07)
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri The arts council will host the Regions Juried Exhibition, formerly known as Borders, with entries from Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky. M. Charles Rhinehart of Pierce City, Mo., served as juror. In the Jean A. Chapman Gallery new work from the Visual Arts Cooperative will be on display...
Worth the drive (11/01/07)
Less than 1 hour Blue Sky Vineyard, Makanda, Ill. The Southern Region Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association will host a food and wine tasting event on Nov. 8 at Blue Sky Vineyard's Tuscan Sun event pavilion. Award-winning wines from the 2007 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and "four-star food" prepared by Chef Jamie Boaz will be available for tasting...
'Darjeeling Limited': Quirky Wes Anderson stays true to form (11/01/07)
"Darjeeling Limited," a quirky, wacky, charming comedy by eccentric Wes Anderson, invites us to view the world of another dysfunctional family. And the invitation is given by a 13-minute short film, labeled Part One, and titled "Hotel Chevalier," which stars Jason Schwartzman as Jack Whitman, the youngest of three brothers. The short is a must-see if you want to fully understand where Anderson is going with this movie, in which the shallow and the deep share the same rails...
New DVD releases include `Spider-Man 3,' `License to Wed' (11/01/07)
"License to Wed" In this lame comedy, prospective spouses must meet the outrageous domestic demands of preacherman Robin Williams before they are allowed to exchange vows. Williams stars as a minister who puts the not-so-happy bride (Mandy Moore) and groom (John Krasinski) through an exercise in premarital torture before he'll sign off on their nuptials, his methods including bizarre role-playing, parenting practice with robot infants and high-tech surveillance to make sure they follow his no-sex-before-marriage rule. ...
Keeping pace (11/01/07)
It was a busy October -- the kind that just creates this strange temporal warp. You're there, you're participating in life, fun, whatever from day to day. You go to Homecoming activities, you see "Big River," you catch a Red Dirt music showcase at Flickerwood Arena...
November rain (11/01/07)
"After going through what we did, losing a friend and not knowing what we're going to do, just to be able to play music again and getting on stage feels really good for us," said Timexx Nasty, frontman of local rockers Drivin' Rain. "It's almost like we've been reborn."...
'Loudest Show on Dirt' draws 500 at Flickerwood (11/01/07)
The inaugural "Loudest Show on Dirt" that took place last Saturday at the Flickerwood Arena near Jackson brought in about 500 fans of independent country music, according to show co-organizer John D. Hale. Hale, who fronts the John D. Hale Band, put the "Loudest" show together with the help of the management at Springfield, Mo.'s Snorty Horse Saloon, a haven for acts of the so-called "Red Dirt" independent country music scene. ...
SOU--Music-Country Hall of (11/01/07)
BC-SOU--Music-Country Hall of Fame,0234 Gill, Tillis, Emery inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country star Vince Gill, singer and humorist Mel Tillis and television and radio personality Ralph Emery were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday...
Seinfeld's all the buzz (11/01/07)
Stand-up favorite and mega TV star Jerry Seinfeld has been quiet since his hit TV series, "Seinfeld," ended in 1998. Having worked the comedy circuit, then getting married, Seinfeld has become quite the family man. However, the famous entertainer could only stay out of the spotlight for so long. ...
Top selling CDs (11/01/07)
Top sellers at P-Mac Music in Cape Girardeau for the week of Oct. 22-28 1. Seether -- "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces" 2. Serj Tankian, "Elect the Dead" 3. Kid Rock -- "Rock 'N' Roll Jesus" 4. Sooulja Boy -- "Souljaboytellem.com" 5. Gov't Mule -- "Mighty High"...
Artistic affinity (11/01/07)
Ruben Monsalve met former Cape Girardeau artist Kristopher last December when both were showing work at a festival in Costa Rica. Though neither speaks the other's language and Kristopher is a generation younger, the similarities in their abstract paintings ignited a kind of conversation and eventually a friendship. "We did it with our hands, and we drew it out," Kristopher said...
Playlist (11/01/07)
Mike Enderle The Melroys drummer gives his top picks. They play Stooges Saturday. 1. "In My Life" The Beatles Pick any song by these guys. It's The Beatles -- 'nuff said!!! 2. "Memphis In The Meantime" John Hiatt Rock'n'roll with a bit of funk from one of the best songwriters on the planet...
Best-sellers-Books-USAToday (11/01/07)
1. "Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day" by Joel Osteen 2. "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia" by Elizabeth Gilbert 3. "I Am America (And So Can You!)" by Stephen Colbert...
'Jesse James' and 'Darjeeling': Two must-see films (11/01/07)
What a nice weekend I had! Saturday I saw "The Darjeeling Limited," and then on Sunday I saw "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." Do yourself a favor this weekend, indulge your movie habit and take in a double feature. With these two films it'll...
Greek transplant (11/01/07)
A random meeting, a quick romance and being swept away to an exotic beachside home sounds like the start to any great romance flick, right? Instead it was the start to one of Cape Girardeau's more unique restaurant and bars, the California Juice Club...
Comedy at the Carson Center (11/01/07)
This weekend is going to be big on comedy at the Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., with a string of comedy shows today through Sunday. Tonight through Saturday the venue will host the one-man production, "Defending the Caveman," a show about men, women and their relationships. The show started in San Francisco in 1991, and later went on to become the longest-running one-person play in Broadway history. The play is written and acted Rob Becker...
At the theaters (11/01/07)
'American Gangster'; 'Bee Movie'; 'Martian Child'; '30 Days of Night'; 'Assassination of Jesse James'; 'Bourne Ultimatum'; 'The Comebacks'; 'Dan in Real Life'; 'The Game Plan'; 'Gone Baby Gone'; 'Michael Clayton'; 'Mr. Woodcock'; 'Rendition'; 'Saw IV'; 'We Own the Night'; 'Why Did I get Married?'
Geneva Holland (11/01/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Geneva B. Holland, 86, of Cairo died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barkett Funeral Home of Cairo.
Adelaide Jones (11/01/07)
Adelaide I. Jones, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at the home of a grandson in Altenburg, Mo. She was born July 31, 1910, in Alto Pass, Ill., daughter of William A. and Aza Finch Friese. She and Paul F. Jones were married April 17, 1938, in Illmo. He died Oct. 7, 2003...
Gloria Schumer (11/01/07)
Gloria Irene Schumer, 62, of Nashville, Tenn., died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn. She was born Sept. 18, 1945, at Campbell, Mo., daughter of Leo James and Beatrice Irene Boyd Naes. She and Ronald Nelson Schumer were married Jan. 21, 1967, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 21, 2003...
Elaine Choate (11/01/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Ellen "Elaine" Choate, 62, of Sedgewickville lost her battle with cancer Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at her home. She was born May 1, 1945, in Bloomfield, Mo., daughter of Norman I. and Clara B. Capps Magee. She and Carl L. Choate were married Oct. 4, 1964...
Ragan Neilson (11/01/07)
Jennefer Ragan Neilson passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, after a one-year battle with breast cancer in the arms of her husband, Kerry, and her mother and father, Barbara and Robert Ward. She died at her home in Littleton, Colo. Ragan was born Feb. 18, 1975, in Shreveport,6 La. ...
Births 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
Jones; Warren; Casper; Worley; Williams; Walker; Kirby; Baker; Nelson; Chicora
Cape fire report 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
n At 6:08 p.m., a citizen assist in the 3000 block of Boutin Drive. n At 6:15 p.m., a medical assist in the 1000 block of South Ellis Street. n At 9:14 p.m., an illegal burn report in the 2800 block of Bloomfield Road. n At 5:46 a.m., a medical assist in the 1500 block of Parksite Drive...
Out of the past 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Five fires -- all intentionally set -- were reported in a three- to four-hour period early yesterday in Oran, causing no injuries but damaging two buildings and a boat; two of the fires were set at the city dog pound. Trick or treaters in Cape Girardeau, what few there were, reportedly enjoyed a relatively safe Halloween; there appeared to have been far fewer revelers this year, likely due to concern over the possibility of tampered candy...
Reviving South Cape (11/01/07)
One area of focus for Cape Girardeau's emerging comprehensive plan -- a blueprint expected to guide the city for the next 20 years -- is the neighborhood commonly referred to as South Cape. It is bounded by Good Hope Street, the Mississippi River, Kingshighway and Southern Expressway. It is a mostly residential area, although there are some businesses along Good Hope and Morgan Oak Street as well as along Southern Expressway...
Ford has often helped museum (11/01/07)
To the editor:Congratulations to Jerry Ford upon receiving the Jeff Maguire Award at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri annual membership meeting. The Cape River Heritage Museum board of directors is well aware of Jerry's accomplishments. We are more aware of the many times he and one of his groups have donated their talent and time for our fundraisers through the past 25 years. His wife, Margaret, a museum board member, is also to be commended for her contributions to the museum...
Speak Out 11/1/07 (11/01/07)
No local comment; Academic focus; Unwelcome mothers; Providing security; School choice; Fake news conference; Big spenders; Ethanol farce; City crews do good job; Crackdown on illegals; Make a difference; What a jewel
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