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Stories from Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Southwest Cape residents receive boil-water advisory (11/27/07)
Residents in 180 homes near Bloomfield Road must boil tap water for the next two days, after an accidental water main break. Kevin Priester, Cape Girardeau's water system manager, said notices with instructions are being delivered by hand to the 180 homes...
All in the timing (11/27/07)
The traffic light at Mount Auburn and Bloomfield roads is fixed. But for two weeks, its off-kilter green-yellow-red cycle puzzled Geoff Dial. The special projects coordinator for the city of Cape Girardeau is responsible for the city of Cape Girardeau's 19 traffic signals. ...
Gov. seeks ban on licenses for illegal immigrants (11/27/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt unleashed his latest proposal Monday in a flurry of legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. The proposed law, Blunt said at a news conference held at the Cape Girardeau Police Department, would specifically prohibit illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses, penalize those who are here illegally and punish those who help illegals obtain licenses...
'Killshot' release pushed back to 2008 (11/27/07)
The release date of "Killshot," the big-budget movie that brought crews and actors to Cape Girardeau for filming in early 2006, has been pushed back. Cast and crew working on the film version of the Elmore Leonard novel, being produced by the Weinstein Company, shot several scenes for the movie in Cape Girardeau in January 2006. State officials said the filming pumped $700,000 into the local economy and had an economic impact of more than $2 million statewide...
Interim Cape school superintendent could be named Wednesday (11/27/07)
Board members could name an interim superintendent for Cape Girardeau schools Wednesday. In closed session, they will discuss offering a contract to an unnamed individual. Typically the board would meet again later to approve the contract, but the candidate could be available to sign it the same night...
Daegan's mission: To China for transplant (11/27/07)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Blind since birth, 4-year-old Daegan Archie has a date in China in June with doctors who will transplant umbilical cord stem cells into his spine. Treating optic-nerve hypoplasia with stem-cell transplants is relatively new even in China but has shown some success. Daegan's parents, Paige and Jason, are determined to raise the $60,000 needed to give their son every chance to see...
Business Reports (11/27/07)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through October for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
View Point (11/27/07)
By Mary Mangan Special to Business Today Do I think that gender is an issue in the working world? Of course I do. Gender will probably always be an issue in the business world; it has an affect on managerial styles, perceptions from employees, and it brings up legal issues. ...
Making the sale (11/27/07)
Experts in the field of sales tend to state the obvious when it comes to selling to women as opposed to men -- men and women are different. A quick browse through various sources uncovers what women have known in all aspects of life: Men don't listen. ...
Finding balance (11/27/07)
At a time when women were asserting themselves in the workforce and working to achieve their own success in business, Judy Wilferth didn't find discrimination or resistance as a businesswoman the way some women did. "If it was there, I didn't see it," Wilferth said. "I was not looking for it."...
The business of celebrating (11/27/07)
Pat Allen caters to discriminating tastes. What started as a love of spices, wine and gourmet cooking has become a second career for Allen, who retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in 1991. "I have always enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes," Allen said. ...
Women taking leading role in area medical fields (11/27/07)
By Ilene Davis Business Today There are hundreds of opportunities in Cape Girardeau to receive medical attention, including two acclaimed hospitals and an extensive Doctors Park. Many of these offices are home to female physicians, nurse-practitioners and administrators who keep the medical community running smoothly...
Development news (11/27/07)
Marquette on the market The Marquette Tower and Marquette Centre in downtown Cape Girardeau, the focus of a much-heralded restoration and preservation job supported by tax credits, is on the market. Prost Builders of Jefferson City purchased the Marquette Tower, a former hotel originally opened in 1928, for a reported $350,000 in 2002. At the time, the building was in such bad shape that city leaders had at one point ordered it to be sold or torn down...
Calendar (11/27/07)
What's going on? We want to add your event to our calendar. Contact us: businesstoday@semissourian.com or Business Today, P.O. Box 699, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63702-0699. Tuesday | Nov. 20 Cape Girardeau: "Advertising on a small business budget." Noon, at the Southeast Innovation Center, 920 Broadway. Cost: $15. Limited seating. Contact the chamber of commerce at (573) 335-3312...
Updates (11/27/07)
Restaurants License revoked An order revoking the liquor license for Jeremiah's bar, 127 Water St. in Cape Girardeau, was issued after no one representing the establishment appeared for a hearing on a February violation, state liquor control supervisor Peter Lobdell...
Names in the news (11/27/07)
Farmers Insurance announces sales winners MALDEN, Mo. -- Top sales winners inducted into the Farmers Insurance Company's "Topper Club" are: Brian Brown, of Bernie, Mo., Shelly Culp of Campbell, Mo., and Steven Phillips of Poplar Bluff, Mo. These new members of the Topper Club were chosen based on their sales during 2006...
News (11/27/07)
Newspaper recognized The Southeast Missourian was recognized for outstanding achievement again by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. At the organizations annual convention, the Southeast Missourian won second place for print quality among newspapers with a circulation of less than 25,000...
Business Briefs (11/27/07)
Engineering firm celebrates anniversary POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Schultz and Summers engineering firm of Poplar Bluff recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Stan Schultz started the firm in 1997 and Bob Summers, who had been employed at the firm for seven years, became a partner Jan. 1...
Farmer leading Magna-Tel into distinction (11/27/07)
By James Samons Business Today Magna-Tel president and chief executive officer Mary Ann Farmer still likes to make old-fashioned sales calls. And, although this might not be the fastest way of making a sale, to Farmer it's the best way. "People are still people and they still like to deal with other people," said Farmer. ...
Cape Girardeau banker finds strength in work, family (11/27/07)
As vice president of a local bank chain, wife and mother of two, it goes without saying that Janet Varnon wears several hats. Janet has been involved in the banking industry since attending Southeast Missouri State University. She began as a teller. ...
Factoring X: Women continue to make strides in the workforce, though few have made it to the pinnacle in Southeast Missouri (11/27/07)
The question of whether women are making strides in the business world is, in part, a matter of perspective. The latest figures on business ownership from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Center for Women's Business Research are encouraging. The number of privately held firms owned by women, either as majority stakeholders or equal partners, is at its highest level ever and is beginning to approach equality with male-controlled firms. ...
Bollinger County begins process to replace official (11/27/07)
Wayne Whitener, a well-liked and active local public servant, died last week, leaving Bollinger County without one of its three county commissioners. No formal discussions have taken place about how to fill the vacancy for the second district, and presiding commissioner Wayne Johnson wouldn't comment about people who might be able to fill the role...
Review: Southeast's production of 'Coyote Ugly' is funny, disturbing (11/27/07)
Lynn Siefert's play "Coyote Ugly" refuses to bow to convention -- about people, about family, about life. Nothing about this story can fit easily into a pretty package. "Coyote Ugly" has teeth, big ones, and like its country colloquialism name, it's often not easy to look at...
Correction (11/27/07)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department would like to clarify that John Creutz was not arrested Nov. 25.
Briefly (11/27/07)
Training in search, rescue to be held at Morley, Mo. Training for Search and Rescue Technician III certification will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the EMA Building in Morley, Mo., continuing for four weeks. Training is open to anyone willing to make the commitment and be part of the team. Contact Kevin Sharp at 334-9703 or at Kevin@scottcok9unit.org. Visit the Web site at scottcok9unit.org...
Christmas for the elderly (11/27/07)
The Christmas for the Elderly program is intended to help seniors who typically don't have a family, lack basic supplies and can't spend money to treat themselves to a Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the Southeast Missourian office at 301 Broadway and should include the identifying letter of their recipient...
Pit bulls shot by neighbor after attacking man (11/27/07)
BEL-NOR, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man was hospitalized Monday after being attacked by two pit bulls. It happened Monday morning near Bel-Nor in north St. Louis County. The man underwent surgery and had several bites the arms and legs, St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said. His name was not released...
Commission wants campaigns' credit card bills detailed (11/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Campaign committees that rack up big credit card bills must report the details of those expenses on their public finance reports, the Missouri Ethics Commission has determined. The interpretation, which had been requested on behalf of Republican Gov. Matt Blunt, means that Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon will have to start releasing more credit card details for his gubernatorial campaign...
Cape Girardeau levee among those Corps wants to improve (11/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Flood levees that protect much of the St. Louis area fail to provide protection against a 100-year flood, even though Congress has authorized 500-year protection for those levees, the commander of the St. Louis district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday...
Blunt, Nixon will refund money (11/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt and Attorney General Jay Nixon both say they will refund the money they received above Missouri's campaign-contribution limits. Their announcements will mean a multi-million-dollar subtraction from their campaign accounts for the 2008 governor's race...
Scripts pour in as state raises tax credit (11/27/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- People looking to shoot movies, TV shows or commercials in Missouri are flooding the state Film Commission with applications in anticipation of next year's expansion of a tax credit for film productions. Jerry Jones, the commission's director, said he already has received 12 applications for income tax credits and inquiries from another dozen producers interested in applying...
Some veterans need help with job-hunting skills (11/27/07)
FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Brian Brooks sat against the wall listening intently to instructions for his next mission. After 20 years of working for team Army, the next task was all his. Brooks is trading his uniform and procurement job for civilian clothes and work schedules. Since 1987, he has reported each day for duty, knowing there was a job waiting for him. Now, there's no guarantee...
Texas man kills burglars after vowing to do so in 911 call (11/27/07)
HOUSTON -- The cha-chick of a shell entering a shotgun's chamber rattled through the 911 line just before Joe Horn stepped out his front door. Horn, 61, had phoned police when he saw two men break into his neighbor's suburban Houston home through a window in broad daylight. Now they were getting away with a bag of loot...
Free mental health hot lines help farmers cope with drought (11/27/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- American farmers no longer have to stoically face all that Mother Nature and the economy can dish out. At least eight states offer free mental health hot lines to assist farmers and producers through difficult patches. During times of exceptional drought, such as the one that has covered the Southeast this year, the hot lines report a jump in calls from farmers needing emotional counseling and stress management...
Too little milk, sunshine, exercise leading to bone problems in children (11/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Too little milk, sunshine and exercise: It's an anti-bone trifecta. And for some children, shockingly, it's leading to rickets, the soft-bone scourge of the 19th century. But cases of full-blown rickets are just the red flag: Bone specialists say possibly millions of seemingly healthy children aren't building as much strong bone as they should -- a gap that may leave them more vulnerable to bone-cracking osteoporosis later in life than their grandparents are...
Doctors administer electrical shock to Cheney's heart (11/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Doctors administered an electrical shock to Vice President Dick Cheney's heart and restored it to a normal rhythm during a 2 1/2 hour hospital visit Monday. The procedure was described as a low-risk, standard practice. Cheney, 66, went home from George Washington University Hospital and was expected back at work today...
Sons of late entertainer to send harmonicas to troops (11/27/07)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The sons of a late harmonica player want to pass along hundreds of his signature, pocket-size instruments to troops overseas. Herb Shriner's 53-year-old twin sons, actors Wil and Kin, found about 400 vintage harmonicas in their father's warehouse near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. They considered donating the instruments to schools or to youth groups, but now want to send them to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan...
Bush, Mideast leaders voice measured optimism about prospects for peace (11/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush stepped cautiously into the most direct Mideast peacemaking of his administration Monday, meeting separately with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to explore whether peace is possible. A day ahead of a major Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., Bush said he was optimistic. ...
Planning, luck may have saved lives, homes (11/27/07)
LOS ANGELES -- After getting caught short-handed a month ago, state officials positioned hundreds of firefighters, trucks and planes at strategic staging areas in a bigger-than-usual mobilization that probably saved homes and lives when a wildfire broke out in Malibu over Thanksgiving weekend...
Stocks sell off as concerns about credit, banking continue (11/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sold off sharply Monday as concerns about a weakening credit market wiped out investors' enthusiasm about strong retails sales over the holiday weekend. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 240 points. The Dow's decline from its mid-October closing high is now 10.03 percent, putting the blue chip index past the 10 percent threshold that signifies a correction...
Harley-Davidson idles 5,400 workers (11/27/07)
MILWAUKEE -- Some 5,400 Harley-Davidson Inc. workers are out of work this week as the motorcycle maker cuts production because of falling sales. The Milwaukee-based company announced in September it would shut down production at plants in Wisconsin, Kansas City, Mo., and York, Pa., this week as part of a planned cut in production...
Hamas accuses Abbas of treason for dealing with Israel, Olmert's Israeli foes protest talks (11/27/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Leaders of the Islamic militant group Hamas called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a traitor Monday and vowed to reject any decisions made at the Mideast peace conference in the United States. In Jerusalem, meanwhile, more than 20,000 Israelis gathered at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, to protest the conference. Many marched to a square near the residence of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a noisy demonstration...
Briefly (11/27/07)
Lott announces he'll resign by year's end PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced Monday he will leave a 35-year career in Congress. Lott, R-Miss., said he wanted to leave on a "positive note" after winning re-election last year to a leadership post and fostering legislation for rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. ...
Braves, Cubs win in Oran tourney (11/27/07)
Drew Thomas poured in 27 points and D.D. Gillespie hit for 22 as the Scott County Central boys basketball team rolled to a 94-62 victory over Oran on Monday. Caleb Johnson scored 11 and Toby Heeb had 10 as the Braves won their first game in the Oran tournament...
Redhawks wait for Harris to heal (11/27/07)
While the overall health of the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team improves, the Redhawks still are being hampered by an injury at a key position. Backup point guard Hank Harris has played only three minutes -- and that was in the season opener -- because of severe shin splints that might have developed into a stress fracture...
Tigers bring a healthy Temple into rematch with OU (11/27/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tony Temple watched top-ranked Missouri's only loss of the year from his couch, nervously text-messaging teammates and even leaving telephone messages to let them know he was with them in spirit. "I was like 'OK, keep going,' knowing they're not going to see it," Temple said Monday. "It was a hard thing. I was letting them know I was happy for them and to keep it going."...
A step ahead: Study shows pedometer users walk more, get healthier (11/27/07)
People who set daily walking goals for themselves and clip on a pedometer to count the number of steps they take go farther in life than those who don't -- a whole mile farther, in fact. New research from Stanford Medical School shows that people who use a pedometer walk about 2,000 steps -- or 1 mile -- more every day than those who don't. Along the way, they lose a little weight and lower their blood pressure...
Blood drives (11/27/07)
Wednesday n Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday n Phillips 66 Travel Center, Scott City, Interstate 55 exit 91, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Health calendar (11/27/07)
Today n Stroke and osteoporosis screening: 9 a.m. at the Osage Community Centre. Life Line Screening will test for blocked carotid arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. Bone density screening is also offered to assess osteoporosis. All four screenings take less than an hour. Cost is $129. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required...
Some say supplements aren't worth it; others swear by them (11/27/07)
Those holiday shopping crowds and family get-togethers throw you into the middle of a mix of people and inevitably surround you in a cloud of germs. Aside from wearing one of those odd ventilators when purchasing your presents and gathering at family festivities, what can you do to protect yourself? One product started appearing on store shelves a few years ago and I have discovered it in the medicine cabinets of more than a few friends: Airborne...
Seinfeld's trip to Israel generates buzz (11/27/07)
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Jerry Seinfeld's trip to the Holy Land got so much hype it rivaled news of key upcoming Mideast talks. The Jewish comic visited Israel for the first time in decades to promote his new animated movie about bees, and he was treated like royalty -- literally...
Billy McNew (11/27/07)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Billy Eugene McNew, 68, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the home of his son in Chaffee, Mo. He was born April 15, 1939, in Kennett, Mo., son of James Roy and Thelma Lorrell Culberson McNew. He married Pauline Elizabeth Schrimsher on July 16, 1960, in Decatur, Mich...
Margaret Glastetter (11/27/07)
Margaret Glastetter, age 63, of Jackson passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at her home. She was born July 11, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of William Loy and Louva Marie Allen Devore. Margaret was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, where she was a member of the Survivor's Group. ...
Elsie Freeman (11/27/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Elsie Freeman, 92, of Chaffee died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at her home. She was born March 3, 1915, in Qulin, Mo., daughter of Luther and Grace Webb Arnold. She married Gaines Woodrow Freeman on Jan. 21, 1933. He died Feb. 21, 1991...
Joyce Grimes (11/27/07)
Joyce Faye Grimes, 68, of Osceola, Ark., died Nov. 25, 2007, at her home. She was born March 22, 1939, in Alabama, to Walker and Ola Mae Maynard Oakes. They preceded her in death. She married Levi Grimes. He survives of Osceola. She was a retired office manager and a member of the Church of Christ in Osceola...
Donald Pulliam (11/27/07)
Donald Ray Pulliam, age 69, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Millersville, son of the late Arnold W. and Beulah James Pulliam. He and Patsy Newell were married Aug. 3, 1957, in Jackson...
Millie Abernathy (11/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Millie M. Abernathy, 89, of Perryville died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Lincoln, Ill., daughter of James and Zelphia Spinkles Cadle. She and Hale Abernathy were married Sept. 13, 1938. He died Sept. 6, 1973...
Shirley Kinder (11/27/07)
RANDLES -- Shirley Franklin Kinder, 80, of Randles died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born March 24, 1927, in Chaffee, Mo., son of Martin Franklin and Reginia Ourth Kinder. He was a retired self-employed carpenter and served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Norman Slinkard (11/27/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Norman Slinkard, 88, of Springfield died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Millersville, son of James Leo and Emma May Ervin Slinkard. He first married Clodean Lincoln. She preceded him in death in December 1988. He and Wanda Vaughn Slinkard were married on Jan. 13, 1996, in Springfield...
Police report 11/27/07 (11/27/07)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Camillia D. Mallett, 22, 1110 S. Ellis St., was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substance...
Fire report 11/27/07 (11/27/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 5:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of William Street. n At 6:01 p.m., police assist at Bertling and Sprigg streets. n At 6:37 p.m., extrication at Route D...
Out of the past 11/27/07 (11/27/07)
Morley Swingle, who returned to his hometown two years ago as an associate at the Spradling & Spradling law firm, will join the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's law office Dec. 1; Swingle, 27, will join Jim Hahn as assistant prosecuting attorneys...
Out of the past 11/27/07 (11/27/07)
When you begin reading the output of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute (memri.org), you are at first blown back by the intensity of the hatred, deliberate lies and fantasy that characterize so much of the journalism from the Arab and Middle Eastern press. ...
Correction (11/27/07)
The president of Big Sky Airlines name is spelled Fred deLeeuw, not Fred de Leeuw.
In defense of Ron Paul (11/27/07)
By Clarence C. Daugherty Mona Charen's Nov. 19 column needs to be set straight. Her implying that Ron Paul was a borderline kook was a piece of innuendo that she probably thought would cause some timid sous to deny their support of Paul. Nobody wants to be branded a kook or weirdo...
Outer-road planning (11/27/07)
The new I-55 interchange between Cape Girardeau and Jackson has, appropriately, received considerable attention for several reasons. Chief among them is the potential for development around the interchange, which will connect Jackson's East Main Street and Cape Girardeau's proposed LaSalle Avenue...
I had a dream, and a nightmare (11/27/07)
To the editor:I dreamed two women had abortions. When they went for Judgment Day, God asked them if they knew what their babies would have been if they had been allowed to live. One woman answered, "Yes, president of the United States." The other answers, "Yes, pope of the Roman Catholic Church."...
Speak Out 11/27/07 (11/27/07)
Respect for Jackson; Where the money goes; Cause and effect; Buying China's steel; Out late in Mounds; Saving fuel; Blame the computer; It's all risky; School competition; He earned his pay; Tips for deliveries; Wilderness caution
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