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Scott County sticks with salary policy (11/09/07)
The Scott County Salary Commission elected to keep the status quo at its meeting Thursday morning. All salary commission members present at the meeting voted to keep the policy that was in effect at the beginning of 2007 of giving county elected officials cost of living pay adjustment at the same level those adjustments are given to county employees...
Jackson alumni can search new Web directory of grads (11/09/07)
Jackson graduates can register on the Jackson High School alumni Web site to access a searchable directory of graduates and organize reunions. The site was established this year in preparation for an all-school reunion tentatively scheduled for July 2008. Right now there are about 900 people in the system, which is sponsored by the Jackson R-2 School District Foundation. There is a $5 annual cost, and users can view photos or alumni spotlights...
U.S. House passes legislation to study whether to extend Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (11/09/07)
Legislation to study whether and how to extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail has been approved by a U.S. House committee, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Thursday. The legislation has been combined with nine other bills that will be sent to the House floor as the America's Historical and Natural Legacy Study Act, Emerson said in a prepared statement. ...
Review: 'Bell, Book, and Candle' blends witchcraft, touching comedy (11/09/07)
Sure, on the surface John Van Druten's "Bell, Book, and Candle" seems like a funny little play about the secret lives of witches. But on closer inspection, it's really a tale about being a regular human. Starting tonight, the River City Players community theater is bringing Van Druten's play and its witchy characters to life at Port Cape Girardeau...
Gordonville second-graders score above district average in national test (11/09/07)
Four years after Jackson school officials eliminated a teaching position at Gordonville Attendance Center, second-graders combined in multigrade classes are performing above district averages on standardized tests. Dwindling enrollment and a budget crunch caused the district in 2003 to group grades one to three in two classrooms...
Search uncovers Sikeston meth lab (11/09/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department seized a methamphetamine lab Wednesday night in what officers called a rare bust. According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Teren H. Eskew, 31, and Jack W. Hargraves Jr., 39, both of Sikeston, were arrested in connection with the lab. Bond for each was set at $75,000...
Boy Scouts' campaign for food donations will begin Saturday (11/09/07)
The bags are ready, the boys are alerted. The Scouting for Food campaign starts Saturday. An estimated 30,000 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and their 10,000 troop leaders in 37 counties in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois will deliver bags to thousands of houses and apartments in the region. The Scouts hope residents will fill the bags with canned goods. The bags will be picked up Nov. 17...
Tracey Glenn named vice president for organization and leadership development for Cape chamber (11/09/07)
Former Cape Girardeau public information officer Tracey Glenn on Thursday was named vice president for organization and leadership development for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. Glenn, who held the city job from July 1997 to January, left a post with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she was director of conference development, to take the newly created position...
The good and bad on Broadway (11/09/07)
There are many bright spots along Broadway in Cape Girardeau -- newly renovated buildings, new businesses and stores that have stuck with downtown's main east-west commercial corridor for decades. There are blight spots as well. They include buildings showing obvious signs of long-term neglect and blocks with more empty storefronts than full ones...
Missing 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl found dead (11/09/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- A 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl missing for a week was found dead Friday in a sinkhole in eastern McDonald County, authorities said. The body of Rowan Ford was found on private land near Powell, about 10 miles south of the girl's hometown of Stella, a village of about 200 people, Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said. ...
KC City Council overturns voter-approved light-rail initiative (11/09/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The City Council has repealed a light-rail plan approved by voters last year, calling the $1 billion-plus plan unfeasible and too expensive. The council's 10-3 decision Thursday capped months of activity and negotiations since voters last year approved light-rail advocate Clay Chastain's 27-mile light-rail line from Swope Park to Kansas City International Airport...
Slay sees charter schools as answer to St. Louis school problems (11/09/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With a public school district so troubled the state took control of it this year, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is pushing a plan to attract several new public charter schools to help lure families back to the city. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that Slay is sending roughly 70 letters to educators, nonprofit education groups and big charter school companies. The letters invite each to start a school in St. Louis...
Independence police chases kill two in less than 24 hours (11/09/07)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- Police chases in Independence have turned fatal twice in less than 24 hours. A 17-year-old bicyclist died Thursday night when he was struck by a car being pursued by Independence police. A 40-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his car while being chased early Thursday...
Missing 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl found dead (11/09/07)
OZARK, Mo. (AP) -- A 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl missing for a week was found dead Friday in a sinkhole in eastern McDonald County, a law enforcement official said. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not yet made an official announcement, said the body of Rowan Ford was found on private land near Powell, about 10 miles south of the girl's hometown of Stella, a village of about 200 people...
State plan would replace mental-health caseworkers with private case managers (11/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The state Department of Mental Health is proposing the elimination of 484 state caseworkers for the developmentally disabled and retarded and replace them with private-sector case managers. The department says the plan, which needs legislative approval, ultimately could boost the number of case managers, give them more time to interact with clients and improve their care...
Jetton: Village law wasn't a big deal (11/09/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- House Speaker Rod Jetton says he didn't believe a law making it easier for landowners to incorporate as villages would be a big deal, though it has sparked controversy in southwest Missouri. Jetton, R-Marble Hill, so far has declined to speak publicly about his role in the law, but he has sent e-mails to people who had called or written to him about the issue, or whom he knew personally in southwest Missouri...
Mo. Ethics Commission starts secretive refund process (11/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Ethics Commission voted Thursday to begin a secretive process that could force the return of millions of dollars of campaign contributions. The commission plans to send letters next week to 166 candidates -- including Republican Gov. Matt Blunt and Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon -- noting that an investigation is underway into whether they violated campaign finance laws by receiving donations above Missouri's recently reinstated limits...
Errors mar exhibit at Kentucky Capitol (11/09/07)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- To some, an exhibit ordered to be displayed in the Kentucky Capitol might seem more hysterical than historical. The display lists the official U.S. motto, "In God We Trust," as having been adopted on two days; really, it was just once, on July 30, 1956...
Mukasey confirmed as attorney general in 53-40 Senate vote (11/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed retired judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night to replace Alberto Gonzales, who was forced from office in a scandal over his handling of the Justice Department. President Bush thanked the Senate, even though the margin had been whittled down from nearly unanimous by a sharp debate over Mukasey's refusal to say whether the waterboarding interrogation technique is torture...
Oral Roberts University leaders are accused of lavish spending (11/09/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- A Beverly Hills house and country club membership. Vacations in Palm Springs and the South Seas. A closet as big as an apartment, stuffed with hundreds of pairs of shoes, suits, dresses and golf shoes. People with close ties to TV evangelist Oral Roberts and his son, Richard, say they witnessed such extravagances years before a recent lawsuit accusing them of lavish spending engulfed the ministers and their debt-ridden university in scandal...
House passes Pentagon budget with war funding still at issue (11/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday approved a big boost in the Pentagon's non-war budget for President Bush's signature, even as a spending bill containing far smaller increases for health and education programs headed for a certain veto. The confluence of the votes reflected Bush's dominant position in the year-end budget battle pitting the White House against Democrats controlling Congress. ...
Amid health concerns, FEMA bars workers from stored trailers (11/09/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is barring employees from entering thousands of stored travel trailers over concerns about hazardous fumes, while more than 48,000 other trailers continue to be used by hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi...
Bernanke says economic growth will slow significantly in coming months (11/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that economic growth will slow noticeably in coming months while surging oil costs will raise inflation pressures. But he said the economy is nowhere close to the stagflation nightmare of the 1970s and he predicted an economic rebound by mid-2008...
Potential U.S. attack plans are current for Iran (11/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. defense officials have signaled that up-to-date attack plans are available if needed in the escalating crisis over Iran's nuclear aims, although no strike appears imminent. The Army and Marine Corps are under enormous strain from years of heavy ground fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still, the United States has ample air and naval power to strike Iran if President Bush decided to target nuclear sites or to retaliate for alleged Iranian meddling in neighboring Iraq...
Arkansas child poisoned by coating on recalled toy beads made in China (11/09/07)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The parents of a Jacksonville toddler were horrified when their child swallowed part of a colorful toy bead set made in China and then passed out. He apparently was overcome when the coating on the beads metabolized into a chemical compound known as the "date rape drug."...
Musharraf agrees Pakistan will hold elections by mid-Feb. as protests rage (11/09/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf yielded to pressure from the United States on Thursday and said Pakistan will hold parliamentary elections by mid-February, just a month later than originally planned. But the military leader showed no sign of letting up on his political foes, reportedly arresting more than 800 supporters of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto before dawn in an effort to head off a major anti-government demonstration set for Friday...
Finnish teenage killer left suicide note before school shooting spree (11/09/07)
HELSINKI, Finland -- A bullied teenage outcast with radical views scribbled a suicide note bidding farewell to his family before unleashing an indiscriminate killing campaign at his high school, police said Thursday. As the grim details emerged of a premeditated massacre by a youth consumed with anger against society, stunned Finns mourned the victims of his deadly rampage. Flags across the Nordic nation flew at half staff...
Gates: Japan and its neighbors must work together to counter North Korea's nuclear threat (11/09/07)
TOKYO -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned today that Japan and its neighbors must do more to confront security problems in Asia, calling it one of the "last places on earth with the potential for a nuclear confrontation." It will take more than one or two countries to overcome the threats from North Korea and nuclear proliferation, Gates said in a speech at Sophia University that stressed the United States' continued commitment to Asia yet cautioned that other allies must step up...
Lebanon plagued by security fears ahead of presidential election deadline (11/09/07)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The curtains are drawn shut. Security guards are on constant watch, pacing the hallways and searching visitors. Bomb detectors, police armored vehicles and checkpoints monitor traffic outside. The Phoenicia Hotel, a famous Beirut tourist draw, has become a fortress...
Ancient text fragment to be presented to Jerusalem institute (11/09/07)
JERUSALEM -- For six decades, Sam Sabbagh carried a good luck charm -- a parchment he found on the floor of a burned synagogue. Turns out that parchment likely is more than 1,000 years old, a fragment of the most authoritative manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. His family plans to present it to a Jerusalem institute next week, officials said Thursday...
Reputed IRA chief arrested (11/09/07)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- The Irish Republican Army's reputed commander emerged from his life in the shadows Thursday, appearing in court for the first time to be charged with massive tax evasion. Irish police and prosecutors -- stymied for decades in their efforts to put the alleged terror mastermind and fuel smuggler Thomas "Slab" Murphy behind bars -- are now using the same approach that U.S. authorities took to nail Al Capone: following the money trail...
High school football area leaders (11/09/07)
Offense Scoring Rushing Passing Receiving DEFENSE Tackles Sacks Fumble Recoveries Interceptions ---...
Adept at adapting: ND defense thrives in wake of injury, new alignment (11/09/07)
An injury to a key defender late in the season threatened to create a speed bump in Notre Dame's road to back-to-back state championships. When senior Chris McMillan went down with a knee injury against Clayton on Oct. 13, Bulldogs soccer coach Brad Wittenborn was forced to make some changes. He moved a forward to sweeper, his sweeper to stopper and inserted a utility player into McMillan's spot...
Bulldogs make final push today against Duchesne (11/09/07)
A quick glance at Duchesne's 16-9-2 record could lead one to believe the Pioneers will be an easy out in the Class 2 state soccer semifinals. That would be a mistake, Notre Dame senior Matt Kiblinger said. "We know that their record isn't amazing, but you have to look at who they play," he said. "They have the tough competition, and I know they're going to be ready for us. We just have to take it to them."...
Indians will try to use Stars to stay on course (11/09/07)
Jackson wide receiver and defensive back Matt Lang said the Indians' game plan for their first postseason contest in six years is simple. "We just need to keep to what we have been doing: play hard-nose defense, read our keys and hopefully not make any mistakes," he said. "When you get to the playoffs, I think mistakes are going to play a role in the decision of the outcome."...
Golden touch: Williams assumes scoring load for Notre Dame (11/09/07)
Ty Williams uses every body part to blast shots past opposing goalies. He used his head to rocket the ball into the goal during the district title game against De Soto. The Notre Dame senior again went to his noggin in the state quarterfinals against Clayton...
Redhawks ready to host OVC soccer tournament at Houck (11/09/07)
The only Ohio Valley Conference team that Southeast Missouri State did not beat this year stands in the way of a Redhawks' berth in the OVC tournament championship game. Top-seeded Southeast and fourth-seeded Tennessee-Martin square off at 7 p.m. tonight in the tournament semifinals at Houck Stadium...
ALL-OVC Women's Soccer (11/09/07)
(Selected by OVC coaches, sports information directors) FIRST TEAM GK -- Lindsay Pickering, Southeast Missouri, Sr. D -- Kathleen Hayes, Eastern Illinois, Sr. D -- Michelle McAlarnen, Tennessee Tech, Sr. D -- Courtney Moore, Jacksonville State, Sr...
Mizzou finds Texas A&M with coaching distraction (11/09/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 7 Missouri has November momentum for the first time in a long, long while and has 20 seniors to salute in its home finale. Texas A&M may be playing for a lame duck coach. Those ingredients seem to point toward another laugher at Faurot Field on Saturday for the Tigers (8-1, 4-1 Big 12), who swatted Nebraska and Texas Tech out of the AP top 25 earlier in the season. ...
Dixon: The lead Duck (11/09/07)
EUGENE, Ore. -- After Oregon's victory over Arizona State, Dennis Dixon stood in a tunnel beneath Autzen Stadium. A group of students passed by, chanting "Heisman! Heisman!" at the unlikely candidate. Dixon smiled. "It's great," he said. "It's an individual award, but then again I can't credit myself. I take 10 other guys with me. They make it happen."...
No. 6 West Virginia holds off Louisville (11/09/07)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pat White scored on a 50-yard run with 1:36 remaining and also threw two touchdown passes to help No. 6 West Virginia beat Louisville 38-31 on Thursday night. Brian Brohm brought Louisville from 17 points down in the second half, with the Cardinals tying it on Art Carmody's 37-yard field goal with 3:05 left. White then capped a 65-yard drive with his scoring run up the left sideline...
Sanctions appealed: SE will contest additional NCAA penalties (11/09/07)
Southeast Missouri State will appeal additional sanctions recommended last month by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. University president Dr. Kenneth Dobbins will meet with the committee during its Dec. 8 meeting in Indianapolis, according to a release issued Thursday afternoon by Southeast. ...
Redhawks soccer sweeps OVC awards (11/09/07)
Based on the type of year her team has had, Southeast Missouri State women's soccer coach Heather Nelson expected some nice individual postseason honors. Still, Nelson did not expect the Redhawks to sweep all four major awards handed out by the Ohio Valley Conference...
Base coaches will wear head protection (11/09/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- General managers decided Thursday that first- and third-base coaches will wear some sort of head protection during games next season, an action taken four months after Mike Coolbaugh was killed when he was struck in the neck by a line drive...
Attrition lands Fry starting job on line (11/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Dustin Fry realizes how many offensive line injuries it took before the St. Louis Rams finally elevated him to the 53-man roster this week. He also can't blame the team for continually overlooking him, given his self-described mediocre training camp. Fry was drafted in the fifth round and had no quibbles when he was cut and then resigned to the practice squad...
A-Rod is ready to commence courting process with teams (11/09/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is prepared to meet and greet. Agent Scott Boras used this week's general managers' meetings to give teams his sales pitch for A-Rod and was pleased with how it went. "With regard to Alex, we got some very clear direction from clubs as to where their interest is," Boras said Thursday after the four-day session ended...
Three-time Indy Car Series champ yet to qualify for race (11/09/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six times already Sam Hornish Jr. has tried to make it into NASCAR's main event, and all six times he's been sent home. The failure has only made him want it more. The three-time Indy Car Series champion is moving to NASCAR in 2008, joining the mass exodus of open-wheel stars fleeing to America's most popular racing series. He will drive the No. 77 Dodge next season for Penske Racing with Mobil 1 as the sponsor...
neXt: the next generation, covered now (11/09/07)
Pull your pants up. That's the message several cities have sent with ordinances aimed at stopping the continuous trend of saggin' -- wearing baggy pants well below the waist. One town in Louisiana has a $500 fine or up to six months in jail for a violation, claiming it's an indecency issue...
Hooked on science: Air cannon (11/09/07)
You can't see it, but it's all around us! I'm talking about air, and here's an experiment that will prove air takes up space. Ingredients n 2-liter bottle n plastic bag n rubber bands n scissors Instructions STEP 1: Using the scissors, remove the bottom of the plastic bottle and leave the cap off...
Learning briefs 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
SCHool News n The Central Methodist University Chorale will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson. The choir will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau...
The cat gauge (11/09/07)
We replaced the heating and cooling gizmos in our house a few years ago, and in the process we got a fancy thermostat that tells us the temperature inside the house and outside the house as well. I like the new furnace and air conditioner. They keep our house warm when it's cold outside and cool when it's hot outside. But what I like the most is that inside-outside thermometer. With the push of a button I can tell if I need a short-sleeve shirt, a light jacket or a parka when I go out...
Britney Spears must provide drug lab with one good phone number (11/09/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears must provide a single, working telephone number to be called in for drug testing, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after her ex-husband's attorney said she has repeatedly failed to respond to calls for the court-ordered screenings...
Reba Nix (11/09/07)
CHAFEE, Mo. -- Weymon Reba Nix, 77, of Chaffee, died Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Nix was born March 4, 1930 in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., daughter of David and Armentia Cantrell Collier. She and Winford Jay Nix were married in January 1948...
Edvera Welter (11/09/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Edvera Welter, 83, of Oran died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Mount Carmel Senior Living in St. Charles, Mo. She was born May 21, 1924, at Benton, Mo., daughter of William John and Amelia Alvina Scherer Urhahn. She and Cletus Welter were married Nov. 28, 1946. He died Sept. 28, 1990...
Shirley Newell (11/09/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Shirley Waneda Newell, 69, of Advance died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 27, 1938, in St. Louis, daughter of Edgar M. and Virginia M. Marshall Harmon. She first married William Paul Long on Sept. 6, 1952. He died July 13, 1985. She and Dan Newell were married Nov. 30, 1989...
Marell Mayfield (11/09/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- Marell "Toots" Mayfield, 88, of Patton died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. He was born June 28, 1919, in Glenallen, Mo., son of John Franklin and Ercy Eller Brown Mayfield. He and Algerene Marie Mayfield were married Nov. 22, 1946. She died June 6, 1996...
Audrey Tracy (11/09/07)
Audrey Jane Tracy, 78, of Friedheim died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at her home. She was born May 1, 1929, in East Prairie, Mo., daughter of Gilbert Sherman and Bessie M. Laxton Smith. She and John Wilson Tracy Jr. were married July 17, 1949. He died Oct. 5, 2004...
John Ketcher (11/09/07)
John E. Ketcher, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born in 1913 in St. Louis, son of Herman and Mamie Gallagher Ketcher. He married Charlotte Bacott, who preceded him in death. Ketcher was formerly of St. Louis...
Paul Siemers (11/09/07)
Paul Martin Siemers, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born July 17, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, son of Martin F. and Ruby Hitt Siemers. He and Paula Johnson were married Nov. 26, 1966, in Cape Girardeau...
Edgar Schlimpert (11/09/07)
Edgar Theodore Schlimpert, 86, of Concordia, Mo., passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. He was born Sept. 17, 1921, near Shawneetown, son of the late Charles and Dora Starzinger Schlimpert. He and Melba Schlesselman were married Jan. 1, 1945, in Concordia...
Births 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
Anderle; Roe; Terry; Massey; James; Krauss; Kirkpatrick
Cape/Jackson police report 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
Arrests; Summonses
Cape/Jackson fire report 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Wednesday: n At 2:50 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1800 block of William Street. n At 6:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the 6600 block of Whitelaw Avenue. n At 6:37 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Ranney Avenue...
Out of the past 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
Charges of violating a city ordinance prohibiting the sale of certain goods on Sunday will be sought against 14 Cape Girardeau stores as a result of a police investigation Sunday; among the stores to be charged are several convenience stores, grocery stores and a drugstore...
Clarification 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
A headline in Thursday's newspaper about a community college assessment was misleading. The headline should have indicated that the assessment was being conducted as a partnership between Three Rivers Community College, Mineral Area College, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center and local businesses...
The new wimpification: Youngsters are being overprotected from activities requiring imagination (11/09/07)
By Charles Sykes One of the classic books on college pranks is memorably titled "If at All Possible, Involve a Cow." Now, we probably need to add "And Bring a Lawyer." The Christian Science Monitor reports that colleges across the country are requiring permits or permission slips for undergraduate pranks...
Learning online (11/09/07)
The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program appears to be working well for the 1,800 students enrolled statewide, including nearly 100 students in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Scott, Perry and Stoddard counties. The program, administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, offers a planned course of instruction through the Internet...
Speak Out 11/9/07 (11/09/07)
Simple test; Daylight safety; Timeless cartoons; No politics; Food mission; Church arguments
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