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Stories from Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jackson bridge to open east-west corridor (11/17/07)
A formal groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning signaled the start of work on the East Deerwood Drive bridge over Hubble Creek, a project Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr says will help facilitate travel in the area. The Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society will cover the cost of the project up front, about $419,000...
Jackson schools focus on literacy in upper grades (11/17/07)
In elementary school, students receive up to 90 minutes of reading instruction, not counting additional time devoted for writing or grammar. By middle school, however, those subjects are generally crammed into one 50-minute block. For struggling readers, this is not enough, educators say, especially with No Child Left Behind's mandates and focus on reading skills...
More people than expected respond to downtown Cape survey (11/17/07)
Results of the DREAM Initiative survey of Cape Girardeau residents have turned out better than expected. As of Friday afternoon, 413 responses had been mailed back to the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, according to Tim Arbeiter, the chamber's vice president for community development...
Blunt unveils plan to provide $1.8 million for anti-meth task forces (11/17/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt unveiled a plan Friday to secure $1.8 million in a supplementary budget for Missouri's anti-methamphetamine task forces. "Meth harms the community, tears families apart and destroys individual lives," Blunt said at a news conference at the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department...
Pasta monster gets academic attention (11/17/07)
When some of the world's leading religious scholars gather in San Diego this weekend, pasta will be on the intellectual menu. They'll be talking about a satirical pseudo-deity called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose growing pop culture fame gets laughs but also raises serious questions about the essence of religion...
The price of plenty: Cape residents will spend less than state average for many Thanksgiving staples (11/17/07)
Shoppers in Cape Girardeau will spend much less than the state average to make a Thanksgiving meal if they take advantage of sale prices in local stores. The Missouri Farm Bureau released the results of its annual survey of the average cost for a Thanksgiving meal and found that the cost to feed a family of 10 is $38.44, But that's only if you could buy the exact amount of food it would take to make the meal -- only one stick of butter or just four eggs -- and choose to make everything but the stuffing from scratch.. ...
Volunteers brighten lives of seniors through decorating (11/17/07)
Volunteer groups are decking the halls of senior centers and nursing homes in the second annual "Gift of Christmas" program, organized by the Volunteer Intergenerational Center. Groups of five to 30 volunteers go to area senior service locations and decorate the facilities for the Christmas season. They hang lights and decorations and put up Christmas trees to brighten the rooms and hallways...
Dates chosen for holiday concerts (11/17/07)
Southeast Missourian Dates have been set for two local holiday concerts. The Heartland Pops Orchestra and Chorus will perform its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Cape First Church. The featured guest choir will be the Perry County Luthern Chorale under the direction of Tyson Wunderlich. KFVS12 anchor Mike Shain will serve as guest narrator...
Scott County bicycle, hiking trail gets positive feedback (11/17/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County officials have received several positive responses about the creation of a cross-county bicycle and hiking trail. At Thursday's county commission meeting, county developer Joel Evans, who is exploring the possibility of such a trail, told commissioners he has received about 12 messages...
Blunt's office objects to e-mail investigation (11/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- One day after Attorney General Jay Nixon announced an outside investigation into Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mail storage practices, the governor's top attorney on Friday fired back with his own demands. Calling Nixon's inquiry an unprecedented political ploy, Blunt general counsel Henry Herschel asked Nixon for a written explanation of the attorney general's legal authority to appoint the panel...
Bankers: Growth continues in area (11/17/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- A survey of rural bankers in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests the region will see slow economic growth in the coming months. The overall economic index for the region increased to 54.1 in November from October's 52.1. That was the first increase since August, but the index remains lower than it was earlier this year and lower than last November...
Sedalia school officials cancel trips to play (11/17/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Sedalia schools have canceled the remaining field trips to see a play based on the "Punch and Judy" puppet show after they deemed it inappropriate for younger students. Assistant superintendent Brad Pollitt said he made the decision based on the violence in the show after some elementary school students in the school district saw the play at State Fair Community College...
Man called before grand jury investigating death of former police officer's third wife (11/17/07)
JOLIET, Ill. -- Authorities searching for a former police officer's wife plan to question a man who says he was there when the officer first saw the body of his previous wife, the man said Friday. Steve Carcerano, a friend of Kathleen Savio's ex-husband Drew Peterson, said he was called by a grand jury looking into Savio's death and is to testify next week. Illinois State Police have said Peterson's brother, Paul, also was subpoenaed by a grand jury...
Industrial production takes its biggest dive in nine months (11/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Industrial production plunged in October by the largest amount in nine months, reflecting a big drop in utility output and continued troubles in autos and housing-related industries. The Federal Reserve said output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities fell by 0.5 percent last month, a much worse outcome than had been expected...
Atlanta-area reservoirs are almost down to the dregs; aggressive water purification methods are needed (11/17/07)
ATLANTA -- With drought tightening its grip on the Southeast, the Atlanta area's reservoirs are almost down to the dregs -- the dirtier, more bacteria-laden water close to the bottom -- and it's going to require more aggressive and more expensive purification...
Dems remain unable to pass legislation to get troops home (11/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year after anti-war voters put them in power, congressional Democrats remain unable to pass legislation ordering troops home from Iraq. Frustrated by Republican roadblocks, Democrats now plan to sit on President Bush's $196 billion request for war spending until next year -- pushing the Pentagon toward an accounting nightmare and deepening their conflict with the White House on the war...
Death toll of Bangladesh cyclone at 1,100 (11/17/07)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Aid workers struggled Friday to help hundreds of thousands of survivors of a cyclone that blasted Bangladesh with 150 mph winds, killing a reported 1,100 people, savaging coastal towns, and leaving millions without power in the deadliest such storm in more than a decade...
Jackson unable to hold down Fort in semis (11/17/07)
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- This was a different kind of smashmouth football. More like slash you up the gut. Waynesville scored on three of its first four possessions in the second half Friday night to complete a rally from a 14-point deficit against previously undefeated Jackson, which had allowed more than 14 points just once in the last four weeks and twice all season...
Jackson suffers first loss in Class 5 semifinals (11/17/07)
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- When Jackson's Cody Randen returned the opening kickoff of the Class 5 semifinal game against Waynesville 92 yards for a touchdown, it appeared as though it was going to be a good day for the Indians. And it looked that way even more so when Indians quarterback Marcus Harris connected with Matt Lang about 49 seconds into the second quarter to give Jackson a 14-0 lead...
Redhawks hope to take valuable lessonfrom one-point win to Central Arkansas (11/17/07)
As disappointed as John Ishee was with his team's most recent performance, he figures something good might come from it. Ishee, Southeast Missouri State's women's basketball coach, believes Tuesday's 59-58 survival against Division II Henderson State should have been a good learning experience...
Pickering shines in loss; SE gains respect (11/17/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Lindsay Pickering decided to attend Southeast Missouri State to play softball. She decided to add soccer to her resume for the 2005 season. The Redhawks are thankful she did. "My decision to play soccer was probably the best one I made," Pickering said...
Redhawks collect first win against Culver-Stockton (11/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State's first win of the season came a lot tougher than anybody expected. But in the end, the Redhawks had just enough to hold off Culver-Stockton 87-78 Friday night. A Show Me Center crowd announced at 2,924 for Southeast's home opener watched nervously as the Wildcats pushed the Redhawks to the limit...
Shot down by MU (11/17/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State came within inches of pulling off a monster upset in the NCAA women's soccer tournament. The Redhawks forced two overtimes and took the University of Missouri to penalty kicks in their opening-round game Friday night...
The farewell game (11/17/07)
Adam Casper's relatives won't have to travel far for senior day. That's only fitting, since Casper's family has been a fixture at Houck Stadium to see one of the most productive defensive careers in recent Southeast Missouri State football history...
Counting blessings (11/17/07)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- The congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church has been counting its blessings, and those blessings go back a century and a half. Immanuel Lutheran Church just celebrated its 150th anniversary with a special service and a celebratory meal that included special guests and memories...
Former pastor comes out of retirement to help church (11/17/07)
Twenty-seven years ago, the Rev. Dr. H. Dean Jaggers was pastor of the growing congregation at First General Baptist church of Cape Girardeau. When the church's most recent pastor, the Rev. Sam Ramdial, left to take a job with the General Baptist Headquarters in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the church wondered if Jaggers would come back as an interim pastor. Jaggers was semiretired, living on a golf course in Florida, and working for the Florida Association of General Baptists in the Tampa Bay area...
Briefly (11/17/07)
First Presbyterian hosts guests for parade First Presbyterian Church will participate in the Christmas parade on Nov. 25 by providing free hot chocolate on the steps of the church. Cub Pack 15 will have parking available for a fee on the parking lot adjoining the Activities Center across Broadway from the church. Customers are invited to park, then come in to watch the parade in warm comfort through large windows and enjoy hot chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the cub pack...
Celebrate on purpose (11/17/07)
Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Ornaments make their debut in July. Trees flamboyantly display themselves alongside Halloween costumes and turkey tablecloths. The anticipation of Christmas is longer than its actual effect. The season's latest and greatest gift takes more time to find and stand in line to buy than the child will spend playing with it...
Don't just take someone's word for it (11/17/07)
This column has two seemingly irreconcilable foci today: Billy Graham and the forthcoming movie "The Golden Compass." In my mind, an enfeebled Billy Graham remains the world's most influential Christian evangelist. He is a cut above all his contemporaries due to his hard-earned reputation for integrity. ...
Striking Broadway stagehands and producers set to resume talks today (11/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Facing the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday week, striking Broadway stagehands and theater producers go back to the bargaining table today in an effort to settle their protracted labor dispute that has shut down more than two dozen plays and musicals...
Edward Gaddis (11/17/07)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Edward Lewis Gaddis, 68, of Ullin, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at Helia Healthcare in Carbondale, Ill. He was born July 19, 1939, in Anna, son of Eugene and Lois Nordmeyer Gaddis. Survivors include three daughters, Tina Watkins of Ware, Ill., Kelly Johnson of Dongola, Ill., Leslie Gaddis of Missouri; three sisters, Shirley Montgomery of Goreville, Ill., Nina Shepard of Ullin, Tammy Gaddis of Wetaug, Ill.; three brothers, Richard Gaddis of Anna, Larry Gaddis of Dongola, Tony Gaddis of Alto Pass, Ill.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.. ...
James Shrader (11/17/07)
James Edward Shrader Sr., 77, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Zalma, Mo., son of Oscar Lee and Hettie Berrong Shrader. He and Ruby Breedlove were married Feb. 4, 1954, in Dexter, Mo. Ruby survives...
Kenneth Cruse (11/17/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Kenneth R. Cruse, 74, of Anna died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 22, 1933, in Mill Creek, Ill., son of Festus and Sophia Rudert Cruse. He and Lois Mary Sadler were married Jan. 10, 1960, in Anna. Cruse was a farmer and attended Anna Heights Baptist Church...
Marguerite Young (11/17/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marguerite N. "Pete" Young, 84, of Perryville died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at her home. She was born May 19, 1923, in Perry County, daughter of Leo and Alice Alberta Hager Miget. She and Edward C. Young Jr. were married Aug. 25, 1945...
Frances Short (11/17/07)
Frances H. "Fran" Short, 80, of Sebring, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at her home. She was born in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ed and Carrie Hartle Blechle. She married John S. "Jack" Short. Short moved to the Sebring area in 1949 from Cape Girardeau. She was an interior designer and decorator and owned Kay Fran Shop in Sebring. She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Sebring...
Fire report 11/17/07 (11/17/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 4:24 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2100 block of William Street. n At 4:51 p.m., an alarm sounding at 5422 Nash Road. n At 5:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of South Pacific Street...
Police report 11/17/07 (11/17/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Corey A. Estes, 32, 329 N. Middle St., was arrested on suspicion of probation violation. n Phillip J. Swift, 22, 169 Lake Drive, was arrested on suspicion of probation violation...
Out of the past 11/17/07 (11/17/07)
Salvage and rescue operations continue for the towboat Dorothy, which sank in the Mississippi River Saturday morning near Gray's Point, Mo.; the boat capsized during a docking maneuver; two men -- the pilot and a deck hand -- are still missing. Florsheim Shoe Co. ...
Commission seat (11/17/07)
Five people have already expressed interest in the District 1 seat on the Cape Girardeau County Commission, currently occupied by Larry Bock, who does not intend to see re-election. Given the salary of the county commissioners -- currently $61,162 -- we expect more candidates to emerge...
Vet celebration had special meaning (11/17/07)
To the editor:Thank you for a most memorable night. I was skeptical about attending the veterans celebration at Meadow Heights High School, but my skepticism soon turned to one of utmost appreciation and gratitude for thanking veterans for our service...
Items discarded in cemetery cleanup (11/17/07)
To the editor:To those whose loved ones are buried at Lightner's Cemetery: I don't know if everyone is aware or seen that Lightner's Cemetery has been cleaned up. That's sound great, except cleanup included throwing away your American flags, your shepherd hooks, your angel statues, your Virgin Mary statues, crosses and many more items. ...
Speak Out 11/17/07 (11/17/07)
Cape's history; Drug solution; More like Buddy; More drilling; Flags with no lights; Find the energy; Parking-lot junk; Awesome testimony; Send him to Washington; Getting to heaven; Wipers and lights; NASA's parties; Story was well-done
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