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MoDOT opens most roads for holiday travel (12/21/07)
Stan Johnson, MoDOT area engineer from the state's Jackson office, said drivers will find a one-lane reduction to a Southeast Missouri highway between now and Dec. 26. Northbound I-57, from mile marker 9 to mile marker 14, is limited to one lane. A bypass was constructed earlier this year to allow for repairs on southbound lanes, now complete...
U.S. Postal office holiday hours (12/21/07)
U.S. Postal offices in Southeast Missouri will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Some Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day. Hours for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve vary from one post office to the next. Here is a roundup of some key offices:...
Santas deliver holiday cheer, gifts to seniors and children (12/21/07)
"That's pretty good, boy," Jesse Dunlap kept saying about his new recliner, delivered by a pair of Jaycee Santas on Thursday. The 83-year-old had sat by his kitchen window most of the day, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his friend and weekly visitor, John McGowan, who brought more goodies in the afternoon...
Tow trucks join funeral procession of wrecker service owner (12/21/07)
Gary Sperling died on the job, which surprised no one. A tow-truck driver for more than 30 years, he built his one-man, one truck operation into a thriving business with nearly a dozen wreckers and a repair shop. "He was always there," said friend Max Asher, a mechanic for the city of Cape Girardeau who has periodically worked for Sperling over the last 25 years. "If that phone rang, that phone got answered."...
Tire firm buying Dana building (12/21/07)
Plaza Tire Inc. was the high bidder in an auction Thursday for Dana Corp.'s vacated Cape Girardeau manufacturing plant. Scott Rhodes, vice president of the 44-year-old company, said it plans to consolidate the distribution and headquarters functions for its 49 stores in the 150,000-square-foot building at 2075 Corporate Circle...
New MU president maintains ties to Cape (12/21/07)
New University of Missouri president Gary Forsee remembers, and is remembered well by, his comrades who graduated in 1968 from Cape Girardeau Central High School. The former chief executive officer of Sprint/Nextel was named to the post Thursday in Columbia. He originally moved to Cape Girardeau in December 1966, when his father was transferred here to head the district office of the Social Security Administration...
Officials stunned by Big Sky pullout (12/21/07)
The announcement from Big Sky Airlines that it would cease operations in Cape Girardeau and throughout the eastern part of the United States stunned local officials, who took some solace Thursday from a U.S. Department of Transportation order to the carrier to keep flying past a planned Jan. 7 ending date...
Perryville man convicted of involuntary manslaughter (12/21/07)
A Cape Girardeau jury found a Perryville, Mo., man guilty of involuntary manslaughter Thursday. After 40 minutes of deliberation, the jury convicted Randy G. Stone, 30, finding his actions caused the death of David A. Grass on June 25, 2006. Stone had been driving southbound on Route B near Cinque Holmes Bridge in Perry County in the early morning hours when his Pontiac Grand Prix failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the center line, according to a probable-cause statement by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.. ...
County OKs $70,000 for transit authority (12/21/07)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay $70,000 to Cape County Transit Authority for 2008. Last year, the county approved $50,000, of which $30,000 was earmarked for debt retirement. The 2008 money also includes a stipulation that $30,000 be used to pay the transit authority's debt...
Police arrest juvenile in connection with Rhodes robbery (12/21/07)
Cape Girardeau police arrested a suspect in connection with an early morning morning robbery Wednesday at the Rhodes 101 convenience store at 1126 N. Sprigg St. A 16-year-old boy was cited into juvenile court Thursday, according to Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the police department, who declined to release further details because of the age of the suspect...
Election filing erratic across the area (12/21/07)
After three full days of filing for the April election, contested races for mayor have popped up in two cities, while in others no candidates for mayor, or in some cases for any office, have filed. In Scott City, Mayor Tim Porch announced his intention to seek a third term in April well before the filing period began Tuesday. But a challenger, Charlotte Cannon, said she's been eyeing the mayor's seat for some time now...
Wife of Ozarks Minutemen founder charged with making false report (12/21/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The wife of an Ozarks Minutemen founder has been charged with filing a false report after investigators determined her story about being raped and shot by three Hispanic men was untrue. Angela D. Wilburn, 44, was charged Thursday with filing a false report. She was released from the Greene County Jail after posting a $500 bond...
City clerk in SW Missouri charged with stealing thousands (12/21/07)
OZARK, Mo. (AP) -- A former city clerk is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from this southwest Missouri town by writing herself checks and signing the mayor's name to them. Julia Keithley, 38, is charged with four felonies. She was released from the Christian County Jail on Thursday night on $5,000 bond. Keithley had been employed by the city of Clever since 2004...
Two men sue ex-priest, KC diocese (12/21/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former Roman Catholic priest already named in 14 lawsuits is being sued by two men who claim he molested them when they were altar boys in Kansas City. The 52-year-old Kansan and 46-year-old Missouri man filed the lawsuit Thursday against the Rev. Thomas Reardon and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Both plaintiffs are listed in the lawsuit as John Doe...
Devlin gets additional 170 years in prison (12/21/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Devlin, already sentenced to multiple life sentences for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two Missouri boys, received one final sentence Friday -- an additional 170 years on federal charges. U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton went well beyond the sentencing guideline of 30 years for Devlin, who pleaded guilty in October to six counts for making pornographic photos and videotapes of one of the victims, Shawn Hornbeck, and taking him across state lines on trips to Illinois and Arizona with the intent of sexually assaulting him.. ...
Security screeners become familiar and unpopular face of government (12/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- Hand sanitizer makes it through security in one airport, then it's confiscated at another. Screening lines back up because only two of six lanes are open. And then there's the occasional all-too-intimate pat-down. Those complaints and other frustrations make the nation's airport security agency about as popular as the IRS...
Queen Elizabeth II reaches milestone as oldest British monarch (12/21/07)
LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half century -- one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement. Elizabeth, 81, passed the mark set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Her son, Prince Charles, closed in on the title of longest-waiting heir to the throne...
Steelers back up over 3-12 Rams (12/21/07)
Perryville dumps Crusaders (12/21/07)
Ava Johnson scored 18 points and helped Perryville clamp down on defense in the second quarter as the Pirates routed Saxony Lutheran 77-26 in a consolation semifinal at the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center on Thursday...
ND's Wittenborn awarded coaching honor (12/21/07)
Brad Wittenborn quickly credited his team for his latest honor. "I view that as a very nice award for the team, but coach of the year awards really are team awards," he said. Notre Dame's boys soccer coach was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's coach of the year for the Division I boys private/parochial Midwest division. Wittenborn led the Bulldogs to their second straight Class 2 state championship this year...
Top-seeded Farmington bumps off Central 58-50 (12/21/07)
Central sophomore Sadie Pittman delivered another impressive performance at the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament. Pittman scored 16 points for the second night in a row, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers fell to Farmington 58-50 in the championship semifinals Thursday at the Show Me Center...
Sixth-seeded Bulldogs reach tournament final (12/21/07)
The final four of the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic know each other well from the Farmington Invitational earlier this season. But the Notre Dame Bulldogs are doing their best to reintroduce themselves as a team with confidence. The Bulldogs hammered Jackson 52-34 in a championship semifinal game Thursday night at the Show Me Center, avenging a 14-point loss Dec. 1 in the fifth-place game at the Farmington Invitational...
Thrilling 'bama trip ends 2-0 (12/21/07)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- It remains to be seen if the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is destined for a special season. But it's safe to say that fate, along with some clutch shots, have been in the Redhawks' corner so far. The Redhawks scored in the closing seconds to pull out an Ohio Valley Conference road victory for the second time in three nights...
Berkeley senior Tillman gives verbal commitment (12/21/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program has picked up a verbal commitment from a prep forward with a knack for blocking shots. Abel Tillman, a 6-foot-7 senior at Berkeley High School in St. Louis County, said this week that he plans to make it official with Southeast during April's spring signing period...
Redhawks sweep games in Alabama (12/21/07)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee wasn't enamored with his team's 23 turnovers. Ishee also could have done without Southeast's 22 personal fouls. But all in all, Ishee couldn't have imagined Thursday night's game going much better for the Redhawks...
Blues rally to beat Red Wings (12/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Playing the Detroit Red Wings generally is not a recipe for snapping a losing streak. Thanks to 34 saves by goalie Manny Legace and third period power-play goals from Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak, the St. Louis Blues stopped a four-game skid, rallying to beat Detroit 3-2 on Thursday...
Mourning's career may be over after knee surgery (12/21/07)
MIAMI -- The notion of not seeing Alonzo Mourning play basketball again is a difficult one for the Miami Heat to accept. Mourning had surgery Thursday to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee and a quadriceps tear in the same leg. The injury, which he suffered Wednesday night in Miami's overtime loss at the Atlanta Hawks, will almost certainly keep Mourning sidelined for the remainder of the season...
Hooked on science: Egg dilemma (12/21/07)
Here's an eggcellent experiment that will teach you how to tell the difference between an uncooked egg and a hard-boiled egg. Ingredients n 1 uncooked egg n 1 hard-boiled egg (have an adult help with this) Instructions n STEP 1: Spin the uncooked egg and observe what happens...
The 12 days of vacay (12/21/07)
Oh, the four months of school and homework all building up to this blessed season: The Christmas break. It's a time for family, a time for giving. A time when the only bells you have to deal with are the ones that jingle and instead of a class schedule, you get that rare chance to concentrate on the TV schedule...
Who's next (12/21/07)
ACHIEVEMENTS n Timothy Huey, Michael Painton, Rita Jo Dirnberger, Lindsey Grissom, Alana Newell, Shelly Wood and Amon Seabaugh have been selected by Southeast Missouri State University faculty to attend a seminar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies March 9 to 14 in Washington, D.C. Students will study business, the environment and politics...
Remember? Christmas is always perfect (12/21/07)
The first Christmas I remember was in St. Louis when we lived in a second-floor apartment of a two-story house with a mansard roof not too long after the end of World War II. The girl who lived with her family in the first-floor apartment was the luckiest girl I knew...
Opal Cady (12/21/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Opal N. Cady, 83, formerly of Chaffee, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Overton Health Care Center in Overton, Texas. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Stacy Schroeppel (12/21/07)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Stacy Dawn Schroeppel, 26, of Malden died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at her home as the result of a house fire. She was born April 23, 1981, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Stephen Charles and Darlene Jean White Schroeppel. Schroeppel is a 1999 graduate of Malden High School, and a 2007 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She was employed at Falcon Door and Window, and was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church...
Ida Wallace (12/21/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ida Wallace, 89, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at her home. She was born June 9, 1918, in Sikeston, daughter of Cullen Lee and Dora Kappler Oliver. She and Marvin R. "Buddy" Wallace were married Oct. 1, 1938, at Benton, Mo...
Braedon Pingel (12/21/07)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Braedon J. Pingel was stillborn Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital in Ste. Genevieve. Survivors include his parents, Jeff S. Pingel and Collette Moll of Ste. Genevieve; a sister, Jaelynne Pingel of Ste. ...
Nancy Childers (12/21/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Nancy Kathleen Childers, 45, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Feb. 25, 1962, in St. Louis, daughter of James Chappell and Kathleen Sides. She and Mark Childers were married April 17, 1978, at Benton, Mo...
Julie Johnson (12/21/07)
Julie Johnson, 34, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at her home. She was born May 8, 1973, in Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Darrell Underwood and Kerry Brant. She and Marshall Johnson were married Dec. 3, 2003, in Wickliffe, Ky. Survivors include her mother, Kerry Brant; father, Darrell Underwood; stepfather, Billie Jones; husband, Marshall Johnson; a son, Marshall Underwood, all of Cape Girardeau; four brothers, Darrell Underwood Jr. ...
James Halbrook (12/21/07)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- James Paul Halbrook Sr., 87, of Fredericktown, formerly of rural Marquand, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Stockhoff Nursing Home in Fredericktown. He was born July 10, 1920, in St. Louis, son of Oscar M. and Effie M. Crocker Halbrook. He and Sylvia M. Breakfield were married Feb. 16, 1940...
Melvin Nanney (12/21/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Melvin Lynn Nanney, 81, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 1, 1926, at Scopus, Mo., son of William Asa and Alice Jane Nations Nanney. He and Sibyl Ward were married Dec. 19, 1967...
Elbert Richardet (12/21/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elbert J. Richardet, 88, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Perry County, son of John and Elsie Zahner Richardet. He and O'Deal Miederhoff were married July 17, 1943, in Perry County. She preceded him in death...
Donald Guerrier (12/21/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Donald I. Guerrier, 64, of Benton died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be held at a later date. McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Roempagel (12/21/07)
Thomas Roempagel, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at his home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Cora Jeffers (12/21/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Cora Mae Jeffers, 86, of rural Tamms died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ill...
Maxine Farrow (12/21/07)
Maxine Farrow, 84, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 7, 1923, at Neelys Landing, daughter of the late William F. and Katherine I. Jacob Littleton. She and Omar R. Farrow were married Aug. 25, 1941, in Parma, Mo. He survives...
Cape/Jackson police report 12/21/07 (12/21/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Doyle T. Bridges, 35, of Grand Tower, Ill., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for improper registration...
Out of the past 12/21/07 (12/21/07)
Local lawyer Edward E. Calvin has been appointed by the Cape Girardeau City Council to succeed Municipal Judge Vernon Auer, who will retire next week; Calvin, 51, will be the first attorney to serve as Municipal Court judge here. Mrs. W.S. Keller, 84, of 302 N. Park Ave., who every school day waves from her front porch to children en route by bus to Schultz School, suffered a broken hip two days ago, when she was entering the sanctuary of First Baptist Church...
Corrections 12/21/07 (12/21/07)
Due to a source error, the ranking of qualities community members are looking for in a new superintendent was incorrectly listed. Here is the correct order:1. Integrity and high moral standards 2. Keeps the focus on students and their success 3. Ability to provide leadership and work in harmony with the staff...
Ethanol has ups, downs (12/21/07)
By Jack H. Knowlan Sr. Ethanol has been around for a long time and has had many ups and downs. In 1860 German inventor Nicholas Otto invented the first internal combustion engine powered with ethanol. In 1896 Henry Ford built his first Quadracycle to run on ethanol. In 1908 he manufactured a flexible Model T Ford to run on ethanol or gasoline...
Cape's hospitality (12/21/07)
The warm-hearted generosity of Cape Girardeau is being praised in the northwest corner of Missouri. When 400 fans, cheerleaders and band members from the Maryville, Mo., area were on their way home a few days ago after cheering on the football team from Northwest Missouri State University, they learned that last week's ice storm had left the highways too dangerous to travel. That same storm also left most of Northwest Missouri, including Maryville, without power for several days...
Speak Out 12/21/07 (12/21/07)
Fix the lights; Nearby sociopaths; Poorly written; Cheaper health care; Leafy trail; Solving murders; Real problems; Special party; Try dinner-theater; Heartbreaking list
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