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Drivers advised of roadwork on I-55, Route C (11/26/07)
Southeast Missourian MoDOT will reduce two stretches of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County to one lane this week and close a section of Route C in Bollinger County Tuesday. Northbound I-55 from Route M to Route AB will be reduced to one lane with a width restriction of 16 feet from Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. ...
Doodling for Santa (11/26/07)
When Beth Ham needed to find a volunteer artist for a Christmas project, she went straight to her husband, Jim. "I doodle," said Jim Ham, 56. He did more than that Sunday, adding a cheerful holiday scene from the classic television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to a display window at 101 N. Main St...
ReStore to open Thursday (11/26/07)
The Cape Area Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, after several delays, will open Thursday. When leaders of the regional Habitat chapter announced plans for the store in July, they hoped for an opening later in the summer. But now the store at 117 N. Middle St. is stocked and ready to go, said store manager Jim Bequette...
Victim advocate wins award, donation for Safe House for Women (11/26/07)
Beth Garoutte thought it was a mistake when she learned she had won the HopeLine Hero award from Verizon Wireless for her work as a victim advocate. She has been the Cape Gir-ardeau County Victim Advocate since 2001 and was nominated for the award by Linda Garner, executive director of the Safe House for Women...
Parks and storm-water tax gets nod from city council (11/26/07)
Voters will get to decide whether shoppers in the city of Cape Girar-deau should pay an additional half-cent tax. Members of the city council agreed to put the measure on the April 8 ballot. The 10-year, half-cent sales tax proposal is intended to fund $25 million in improvements. ...
Annual parade delayed for a week by rain (11/26/07)
Melanie Smollen was looking forward to seeing Cape Girardeau's 16th annual Parade of Lights on Sunday evening. Smollen, who moved to Cape Girardeau from Traverse City, Mich., in July, even talked visiting relatives into staying an extra day to see it with her...
Military digest (11/26/07)
Local cadet promotedto first sergeant Cadet Peyton Beasley of Cape Girardeau was promoted Nov. 15 to Bravo Company first sergeant. Beasley, 17, is a senior at Wentworth Military Academy & College, the oldest military academy west of the Mississippi River. ...
Briefly (11/26/07)
Organizations offer holiday assistance Families in need of assistance with providing toys to their children can sign up now for help with the holiday load. Families inside city limits can sign up for Toybox at the Salvation Army through Nov. 30. Families outside the city limits, but inside Cape Girardeau County, can sign up for Toys for Tots at the Division and Family Services at 220 N. ...
Going to the gym in style (11/26/07)
Kimberly Barnes of Cape Girardeau won a one-year vehicle lease during a fall promotion at Fitness Plus. New members who joined Fitness Plus between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10 received $100 and were entered into a drawing to win a one-year lease to a new vehicle from the Coad Family of Dealerships for one of a select group of vehicles. ...
Community cuisine (11/26/07)
Local church to host all-you-can-eat fish fry The Scott City First Assembly of God will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The public is welcome to come visit, eat and enjoy the fellowship. Dine-in and carry-out lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 264-2365...
Town criers continue tradition (11/26/07)
Submitted photo Betty and Darryl Morgan traveled to Cincinnati for the 10th annual gathering of the American Guild of Town Criers Nov. 14 to 16. Betty won third place for Crier Escorts in the competition.
Two crowned in Jackson (11/26/07)
Miss Jackson Outstanding Teen Alexis Bogenpohl, 17, left, and Miss Jackson Kate Winzenburger, posed in their new crowns at the Miss Jackson Scholarship Pageant 2008. Bogenpohl, daughter of Shelly and Jason Daiser and Darin and Michelle Bogenpohl of Jackson, is a junior at Jackson High School. ...
Attorney general's attention to scalpers spikes as law expires (11/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After taking scant action over the past 14 years, Attorney General Jay Nixon has suddenly become an aggressive enforcer of Missouri's ticket-scalping laws -- just as they are about to expire. It's a politically beneficial move -- one that allows Nixon, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, to contrast himself with Republican Gov. Matt Blunt...
Old wire recordings bring father's voice to woman for first time (11/26/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Julianne Hare had forgotten about the shoe box tucked away in a hidden space in her grandmother's pantry until she stumbled upon it while cleaning a shelf in preparation for painting. The shoe box, she would learn, contained voices from the past -- and a mystery...
FBI to assist with search for missing Illinois woman (11/26/07)
CHICAGO -- The FBI will join the search for Stacy Peterson, the missing wife of a former suburban police sergeant, according to a Chicago-based spokesman for the federal agency. The FBI's involvement comes at the request of the Illinois State Police, which is leading the investigation of the Bolingbrook mother's disappearance...
Woman, son killed in Sedalia house fire (11/26/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- A woman and her child were killed and another child injured in a house fire, Sedalia police said. The fire Saturday killed Nicole R. Ortner, 35, and her son, Nicholas Preston, 4, police said. Another one of her children, Stephen Preston, 6, was taken to a Kansas City hospital, but his condition had not been released...
Peoria, Ill., proposes spending nearly $100,000 on Taser gun cameras (11/26/07)
PEORIA, Ill. -- One central Illinois city could spend nearly $100,000 to install cameras on 250 Taser guns used by police in an effort to quell claims of misuse and to prevent abuse. The devices, called Taser Cams, are placed on the end of the guns which can jolt people with up to 50,000 volts of electricity. The cameras, developed in 2005 by Taser International Inc., start recording when the gun is turned on and stop recording when the Taser is shut off...
Goodwill, court team up to rehabilitate juvenile offenders (11/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Juvenile offenders released from detention here are now getting help with career planning, a program the family court judge says could be "the most important in the history of juvenile court." This fall, the Juvenile Transition Program has helped more than 50 youths in the detention center to start mapping a career. It also offers skill training...
School officials say checks of job candidates take too much time (11/26/07)
The Associated Press ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- St. Joseph school officials say checking out a prospective district employee's background often takes too much time. They say the state's long process leads to would-be hires being lost to other jobs. Meanwhile, they say work piles up for the district and positions sit unfilled...
Conservationists try to lure back ospreys (11/26/07)
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bird enthusiasts have erected nesting platforms to attract a rare species of fish-eating raptors to three lakes in McLean County. Osprey migrate through Central Illinois and they have been seen this year at Evergreen Lake and Lake Bloomington north of the Twin Cities, said raptor expert Given Harper, who chairs the biology department at Illinois Wesleyan University...
For some, school houses and old hospitals can feel like home (11/26/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- John Tinker has a well-stocked library in his home. So does Patrick O'Hanlon. Tinker's library is full of the kind of books a gentleman should have, from treatises on international affairs and military history to the paperback adventures of James Bond and Perry Mason and maybe a couple of things he shouldn't. Sitting on a shelf looking perfectly at ease among the volumes of military history are two shiny tins of Kroger brand survival crackers circa 1962...
Trumpeter swans may be returning to Illinois (11/26/07)
KEWANEE, Ill. -- Before Marvin Gradert even rattled corn in his bucket, the big bird approached and extended its long, white neck toward him. Almost without hesitation, the bird pushed its black-fronted head and bill into the bucket. Gradert, sitting on a picnic bench near the lake at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park, watched the trumpeter swan eat...
Wisconsin company recalls beef with possible E. coli contamination (11/26/07)
Wisconsin company recalls beef with possible E. coli contamination GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by the E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday...
Price of gifts listed in 'Twelve Days of Christmas' carol hits high of $78,100 (11/26/07)
PITTSBURGH -- While the origins of the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may be a mystery, one thing is certain: It's getting more costly to buy your true love all the items mentioned. It would cost $78,100 to buy the 364 items, from a single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, repeatedly on each day as the song suggests, according to the annual PNC Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management. The cost is up 4 percent from $75,122 last year...
Wis. town offers defunct bridge for $1 (11/26/07)
SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. -- The Kickapoo River bridge is a big structure with a small price tag: one buck. Village officials fear the nearly century-old bridge, which hasn't hosted traffic in 31 years, will collapse into the river and want to get rid of it quickly. Village board member Vicki Campbell said they hope high scrap prices help attract a buyer who may want to sell the bridge's steel parts...
Travelers returning home after Thanksgiving find busy airports, but not long lines many feared (11/26/07)
ATLANTA -- Travelers heading home after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend swarmed airports Sunday, but for the most part without the long lines and delays many had feared. In Atlanta, home to one of the nation's busiest airports, rainy weather delayed some incoming flights more than two hours, though lines were moving, said Herschel Grangent, spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport...
Study: Healthy food not necessarily more expensive or disliked by children (11/26/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe getting schoolchildren to eat healthy foods isn't a hopeless struggle. Bucking some common notions, a University of Minnesota study has found that school lunch sales don't decline when healthier meals are served, and that more nutritious lunches don't necessarily cost schools more to produce...
Online retailers offer promotions, discounts (11/26/07)
NEW YORK -- As consumers hold tight to their wallets, online retailers will work harder this year for their share of the holiday gift list. With a holiday season that is expected to be the weakest since 2002, and numbers of new online customers leveling off, more Web retailers have been pushing special offers and promotions to draw consumers...
New partnership focuses on next generation of automobile power (11/26/07)
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With a growing stake in automobiles and the research to make them run cleaner and cheaper, the South isn't taking sides in the ethanol vs. hydrogen fuel cells debate. The future of fuel dominated the agenda at a meeting last week that signaled a new automotive power partnership between South Carolina and the Tennessee Valley Corridor, an economic development initiative for Tennessee, north Alabama, southern Kentucky, and southwest Virginia...
Syrians to attend Mideast summit, a victory for Bush (11/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Arab holdout Syria agreed Sunday to attend a Mideast peace conference called by President Bush to restart talks to resolve the six-decade conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, yet expectations for the summit remained low. The two sides came to Washington without agreeing on basic terms for their negotiations...
Aqua Dots toy recalled 3 weeks ago advertised in Sunday circular (11/26/07)
TRENTON, N.J. -- The popular but dangerous toy Aqua Dots was recalled, but the fliers advertising it apparently were not. A Toys "R" Us flier distributed in some Sunday newspapers contains an ad for Aqua Dots, the popular toy beads yanked from U.S. store shelves nearly three weeks ago because they are coated in a chemical that can turn into the "date-rape" drug when swallowed...
Piracy crackdown hits small businesses hard (11/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group called the Business Software Alliance was claiming that his 10-person architectural firm was using unlicensed software. The alliance demanded $67,000 -- most of one year's profit -- or else it would seek more in court...
Malibu residents return after blaze that destroyed 53 homes (11/26/07)
MALIBU, Calif. -- Residents began making their way through back streets and dirt roads Sunday afternoon into evacuated areas of this upscale community to see whether their homes survived a wind-driven wildfire that scorched surrounding brush-covered hills...
Search for identity of body leads police to arrest of Houston-area pair (11/26/07)
DALLAS -- A man and woman who never reported her toddler missing have been arrested by investigators searching for the identity of a girl whose body washed ashore in a storage bin in Galveston Bay, Texas. Authorities are awaiting DNA test results but believe the girl is 2-year-old Riley Sawyers of Spring, Texas, said Galveston County sheriff's Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo...
Activist once blamed for civil rights riot to be named Eagle Scout (11/26/07)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Years before civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers got caught up in the deadly 1968 protest known as the Orangeburg Massacre, he was on the path to the elite rank of Eagle Scout -- until his paperwork was lost. Next month, the 64-year-old, who called himself a black militant in his autobiography, will formally collect the honor...
Pageant officials investigate pranks on contestant (11/26/07)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Beauty pageant organizers were investigating Sunday who doused a contestant's evening gowns with pepper spray and spiked her makeup, causing her to break out in hives. Beauty queen Ingrid Marie Rivera beat 29 rivals to become the island's 2008 Miss Universe contestant, despite applying makeup and wearing evening gowns that had been coated with pepper spray, pageant spokesman Harold Rosario said...
Former prime minister returns to Pakistan (11/26/07)
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned home to a hero's welcome Sunday and called on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule before elections, a fresh challenge to the U.S.-backed leader. "These [emergency] conditions are not conducive to free and fair elections," Sharif told reporters at the airport after arriving from Saudi Arabia. "I think the constitution of Pakistan should be restored, and there should be rule of law."...
Australia's new leader-elect gets to work on global warming (11/26/07)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Newly elected leader Kevin Rudd moved quickly Sunday to bring Australia into international talks on fighting global warming, and to head off potentially thorny relations with the United States and key Asian neighbors. The emphatic victory for Rudd's Labor Party swings Australia toward the political left after almost 12 years of conservative rule, and puts it at odds with key security ally Washington on two crucial policy issues -- Iraq and global warming...
St. Louis defense hassles Seahawks QB Hasselbeck (11/26/07)
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck walked sluggishly in the locker room Sunday, showing no signs of excitement that his team had just rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat the Rams. "Honestly, I am exhausted," Hasselbeck said. "I've got nothing left. I need a cheeseburger or something."...
BLUES HOCKEY Legace, Mayers leadBlues to 3-0 win (11/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Manny Legace stopped 24 shots and Jamal Mayers scored two goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Mayers' goal 27 seconds after the opening faceoff was all the Blues needed for their sixth win in seven games. They have outscored their opponents 17-9 in the wins...
Tigers demolish Western Illinois (11/26/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri could have overlooked a Western Illinois team that sat in the middle of its toughest five-game span of the season. Instead, the Tigers (5-1) started the game on a 15-2 run and extended the lead to 35 by halftime on their way to a 91-52 win over the Leathernecks on Sunday...
Rams mishandle chance for season's first home win (11/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Just 1 yard from the end zone, a win for the St. Louis Rams slipped through Gus Frerotte's fingers. The backup quarterback fumbled the snap on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left Sunday, allowing the Seahawks to hold on for a 24-19 victory...
Missouri climbs to No. 1 in BCS standings (11/26/07)
NEW YORK -- Missouri and West Virginia have one more step to take before bumping into each other in New Orleans. The Tigers and Mountaineers hold the top two spots in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday with a week left in a topsy-turvy regular season...
Mizzou's incredible ride continues to get better (11/26/07)
This incredible University of Missouri football season just keeps getting better and better. And it might wind up with a national championship. The Tigers' improbable campaign continued Saturday night with their 36-28 win over previously unbeaten and second-ranked Kansas...
Officials want to make use of Dana building (11/26/07)
Cape Girardeau city and economic development officials are working on a deal to finance the purchase of the Dana Corp. building, the 150,000-square-foot industrial building sitting idle as a result of Dana's closure due to a bankruptcy-mandated contraction...
'Tin Man' offers nonmusical take on 'Wizard of Oz' novel (11/26/07)
LOS ANGELES -- No dancing down the yellow brick road for Zooey Deschanel, star of Sci Fi Channel's new Emerald City adaptation, "Tin Man." And no warbling "Over the Rainbow" a la Judy Garland, either. "It's postmodern, more like Indiana Jones than a fairy tale," said Deschanel, whose Dorothy -- the role immortalized by Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" -- is a disaffected, motorcycle-riding waitress called DG...
Memo (11/26/07)
Four ribbon cuttings held this week n The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce will hold three ribbon cuttings this week for new businesses. The ceremony for Jimmi's Restaurant and Bar will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the restaurant at 2406 William St. Title Max, 204 N. Kingshighway, will hold its ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and the ribbon cutting for Advance Auto Parts, 257 N. Kingshighway, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday...
People on the move 11/26/07 (11/26/07)
Local dentist recognized for volunteer work; EXIT Realty group welcomes new agent; Sheets voted dental group's district trustee; Jewelry co. promotes two local employees
Success is in the details (11/26/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- When Harley Scherer was 12 years old, he asked his parents where he could find a job that would earn him enough money to restore a 1969 Hurst/SC Rambler sitting at an uncle's shop. Told he was too young to employ, Harley was undeterred. ...
Florence Myers (11/26/07)
Florence Bea Myers, 72, of Grassy, Mo., died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at the family home. She was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Zalma, Mo., daughter of Clarence and Flossie Morlan James. She was a retired machine operator for a hat company. Survivors include sons Clarence James, Richard Myers, Stephen Myers, Glen Allen and Adam Myers, all of Grassy; daughters Connie Dunning of Bloomfield, Mo., Sharon McCrackin, Nancy Woods and Linda Myers, all of Marble Hill., Mo., and Karen Eaker of Alton, Mo.; brothers Edward James and Russell Loughary of St. ...
Patricia Harrison (11/26/07)
Patricia Rhea "Trish" Harrison, 46, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 30, 1961, in Farmington, Mo., daughter of Robert W. and Shirley Mungle Fitzsimmons. She has worked for nursing homes in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau...
Donald Pulliam (11/26/07)
Donald R. Pulliam, 69, of Jackson died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Shirley Kinder (11/26/07)
Shirley Franklin Kinder, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Rosamond Downey (11/26/07)
ANNA, Ill -- Rosamond Marie Downey, 84, of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at Helia Health Care Center in Carbondale, Ill. She was born July 3, 1923, in Chicago Heights, Ill., daughter of Noah and Winifred Laughlin Yando. She married Frantz Ellis Downey Nov. 12, 1939, in Chicago...
Police report 11/26/07 (11/26/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Corian J. Greer, 18, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court. n Brittany N. Vonnida, 26, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrent for failure to appear...
Fire report 11/26/07 (11/26/07)
Cape Girardeau Fire Department Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday: n At 9:59 p.m., a box alarm at 503 S. Sprigg St. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday: n At 8:53 a.m. a still alarm at 146 S. Frederick St...
Out of the past 11/26/07 (11/26/07)
Police say they intend to step up efforts to slow down traffic on Route K from Kingshighway to Interstate 55 because of an increasing number of serious accidents; Patrolman Randy Roddy says speeding traffic is sometimes a contributing factor in the accidents...
Transportation Alternatives 101: Look to hybrid vehicles (11/26/07)
By Alan Journet According to hype, alternative fuels will save us from climate change and the oil shortage, and allow us to continue our lives untroubled. What a delight if this were the case? But is it? Regrettably, the answer is "No." Probably the worst proposal is corn ethanol. ...
The price of secrecy (11/26/07)
Not too long ago in this space, when Dr. David Scala announced his plans to leave his post next summer as superintendent of the Cape Girardeau School District, we suggested that in his short tenure he had restored a sense of stability to a chaotic district. Indeed, Scala may have improved some areas, but it now appears the handling of the district's finances raised serious internal questions...
Headline was too sensational (11/26/07)
To the editor:Yellow journalism is a pejorative reference to journalism that features scandal-mongering, sensationalism, jingoism or other unethical or unprofessional practices by news-media organizations or journalists. It has been loosely defined as "not quite libel." This is from Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia...
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