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Krajcir charged with kidnapping, burglary in Paducah Killing (01/05/08)
Timothy Krajcir has been charged with kidnapping and burglary in connection with the 1979 killing of Joyce Tharp, a 29-year-old woman discovered dead in an alley near her home in Paducah, Ky, according to the Associated Press. A McCracken County, Ky. grand jury indicted Krajcir on Friday in the charges, the Associated Press reported...
School teaching social skills that pay off in other areas (01/05/08)
Any teacher can walk into a classroom at Alma Schrader Elementary and say they need to see the class in Pay Attention Pedro. Heads will snap up, eyes will fixate on the speaker and mouths will close. Likewise, students know how to demonstrate the Listening Lucinda position, and they can emulate Completing Work Wyatt...
New religious supply store in Cape not planning to sell any beer (01/05/08)
Mildred Close applied for a liquor license and posted the public hearing notice on her the window of her business, at 821 Broadway. She says she's been getting some surprising reactions. Some passing by her new shop, The Life of Jesus Religious Supply Store, see the notice of a public hearing for her permit to sell 5 percent beer by the drink. ...
Suspect in Scott City murder won VFW contest (01/05/08)
The essay that won first place in last year's VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest in Scott City is titled "My Role in Honoring America's Veterans." Its author -- 18-year-old Marcus A. Bowers of Scott City -- was charged Thursday with murdering 45-year-old Stanley Frank Hagan of Kelso, Mo., a veteran of the U.S. Air Force...
Troopers investigate dozens of accidents over holiday period (01/05/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The highways in the 13 Southeast Missouri counties making up the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E were busy and occasionally dangerous during the Christmas and New Year's counting periods. During the New Year's counting period, which started Dec. 28 and ended Tuesday, Troop E officers investigated 58 traffic crashes that resulted in one fatality and 17 injuries, according to Capt. George E. Ridens. Troopers made 21 arrests for driving while intoxicated...
One killed in accidental Sikeston shooting, police say (01/05/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A shooting in Sikeston that authorities say was accidental left one dead Friday. A 30-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Coroner Scott Amick. Authorities have not released the name of the victim, pending notification of family members. The incident took place at RE Arms in Sikeston. Authorities said the victim been cleaning his gun when it accidentally went off...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (01/05/08)
City hall, 401 Independence St. 5 p.m. study session Consent ordinances, second and third readings n Accept fee simple interest to property adjacent to Water Plant No. 2 from Southeast Missouri Stone Co. n Authorize the acquisition of property for water system improvements adjacent to Water Plant No. 2...
Jackson kindergarten enrollment set for Jan. 31 (01/05/08)
Kindergarten enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year in the Jackson School District is from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at South Elementary, 1701 S. Hope St. Children must turn 5 before Aug. 1, 2008 to be eligible. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card, and proof of residency. The child does not need to be present at the time of enrollment...
Four-county area sees fewer traffic deaths in '07 (01/05/08)
The four counties in the Southeast Missourian coverage area saw 18 road-related fatalities in 2007, nine fewer than in the previous year. According to Craig Compas of the Missouri Department of Transportation, fatalities in Cape Girardeau County fell from eight in 2006 to seven last year; in Perry County, the number fell from six to five. Scott County saw the largest drop, from 12 deaths to four. Bollinger County was the exception, where the number went from one in 2006 to two in 2007...
Blunt seeking $12.4 million for autism services (01/05/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt wants to more than double state funding for autism services for the second year in a row. Blunt said Friday he is seeking $12.4 million in new funding next year for help with the complex developmental disorder that is being diagnosed in a rising number of children...
Farmers adopting computers, other technological tools (01/05/08)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- The changes have come lightning quick in the nearly three decades since Missouri agricultural extension agents first preached the power of computers to skeptical farmers. Gone are the bulky main frames, archaic floppy disks and bewildered stares that used to greet agricultural educators as they attempted to persuade farmers to embrace technology...
MO-XGR--Campaign-Party Swit (01/05/08)
Former top Republican aide to run as Democrat JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former top aide to Republican House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, is leaving the GOP to run as a Democrat for the state Senate. Chris Benjamin had been the chief of staff for Jetton until he resigned last month. ...
Event promotes organ and tissue donation (01/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- When 9-year-old Jazmyne Davis of Belleville, Ill., died in September from a massive asthma attack, her parents didn't hesitate to donate their child's organs. "Before she did her own homework, she helped other kids. She was giving. It felt right," said Clarence Davis, who takes comfort knowing his "baby" continued to give to others, even in death...
Presidential campaign turns confrontational (01/05/08)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Barack Obama, an Iowa winner seeking New Hampshire spoils, faced stepped-up criticism Friday from Democratic rivals now doubly determined to block his rise in the 2008 presidential race. Republican Mike Huckabee claimed momentum for a hurried five-day primary campaign...
Jobless rate hits 5 percent, a 2-year high (01/05/08)
WASHINGTON -- Wary employers clamped down on hiring and pushed the unemployment rate to a two-year high of 5 percent in December, an ominous sign that the economy may slide into recession. President Bush explored a rescue package, including a tax cut, with his economic advisers...
Maker of tainted dog food settles for $3.1 million (01/05/08)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A company that made contaminated pet food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide will pay $3.1 million in a settlement with pet owners, an attorney said Friday. The pet food, which contained a mold called aflatoxin, was produced at Diamond Pet Foods' plant in South Carolina. ...
Mich. couple get surprise lottery win (01/05/08)
BAD AXE, Mich. -- A lucky couple expecting to cash in their winning Michigan Lottery ticket became a bit peeved when a store clerk turned down their request. Bad Axe gas station and convenience store owner Eli Kabban said the man and woman showed up Wednesday morning with what they thought was a $150 winning ticket they'd bought Friday...
Oklahoma City mayor challenges residents to shed 1 million pounds (01/05/08)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- With a button-popping spread of cornbread, sausage and gravy, chicken fried steak and pecan pie designated as Oklahoma's official state meal, it's no surprise that Oklahoma City's mayor wants to put the city on a diet. Mick Cornett has challenged the city to shed 1 million pounds as its New Year's resolution...
For first time in 30 years, Dakar Rally canceled for fear of terror attacks (01/05/08)
PARIS -- Danger and the Dakar Rally have long been synonymous: Dozens have died racing from Europe across some of the world's most inhospitable terrain to the western tip of Africa. But the threat of an al-Qaida-linked attack pushed the element of risk to levels organizers deemed unacceptable. ...
Scott City needs two OTs to knock off the Red Devils (01/05/08)
Jay Simmons drained four 3-pointers and had a game-high 36 points as he led the visiting Scott City Rams to a double-overtime 66-61 victory over Chaffee on Friday. "Jay Simmons is an unbelievable player," Chaffee coach Tyson Moyers said. "We guarded him every way we knew how to guard him."...
Southeast men face one of league's cellar dwellars (01/05/08)
Even before Thursday night, Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar feared Eastern Illinois because of how close the Panthers had been to posting wins. After the Panthers finally broke their 11-game losing streak, Edgar is even more wary of tonight's 7:15 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Charleston, Ill...
Redhawks to face surprising EIU (01/05/08)
Since joining the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996, the Eastern Illinois women's basketball team has posted one winning league record. And the Panthers never have finished higher than fifth in the OVC standings. Through the early stages of this season, EIU looks headed for a breakout campaign...
OVC mandates replay technology for hoops games (01/05/08)
By next weekend, all 11 Ohio Valley Conference schools will be equipped with courtside replay monitors to help men's and women's basketball game officials make decisions on close calls. But the technology won't be the same at every OVC arena, and in most venues timing situations at the end of games -- which is generally the biggest issue -- won't be addressed...
Love INC gets down to business (01/05/08)
After years of progress, Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is finally here. Following an open house and dedication ceremony Sunday, the area's newest helping agency will begin its work at 10 a.m. Monday in its temporary office in the rear of St. Andrew Lutheran Church...
Religion briefs (01/05/08)
GriefShare meeting to be held Wednesday GriefShare, a Christian-based grief recovery seminar and support group for those who have lost a loved one in death, will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 202 of the education building at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. This week's topic is "The Uniqueness of Grief, Part 2."...
Proverbs: The original self-help book (01/05/08)
We are addicted -- especially this time of year -- to self-help books. We read these books to seek advice on how to live fuller, better and richer lives. If there was one book to read this year that would help you evaluate your life, where you are and who you want to be, it would be the book of Proverbs...
Procession of thought (01/05/08)
Why do we do what we do? Is it for praise, money, recognition or power? Do we do what we do merely because we have to? Is it because it's expected of us or to gain love and approval from others? Do we live our lives for others or for ourselves? If we're unsure, it's time we looked within ourselves...
Jobless rate hits 5 percent, 2-year high (01/05/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sluggish hiring in December drove unemployment up to a two-year high of 5 percent, and the Federal Reserve announced a new move to ease the credit crunch. Employers last month added the fewest new jobs to their payrolls in more than four years, according to the employment report released Friday by the Labor Department. The report fanned fears of a recession, showing that the job market is deteriorating under the strain of a housing slump and the credit crunch...
Vernon Auer (01/05/08)
Vernon A. Auer, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Ronald Keeton (01/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ronald R. Keeton, 47, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Perryville. He was born May 31, 1960, in Linwood, Calif., son of Charles Ray Keeton and Carolyn J. Kendrick Fitus. Keeton was a line operator at Gilster Mary-Lee Cereal Plant...
Kenneth Hudson (01/05/08)
Kenneth Martin Hudson, 86, of Jackson, formerly of Gideon, Mo., died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at Jackson Manor. Mr. Hudson was born Sept. 1, 1921, in El Dorado, Ark., son of Milam Richard "Dick" and Bernice Simmons Hudson. He married his Gideon High School sweetheart, Frances E. Elam on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cape Girardeau. She died Nov. 17, 1987, at Gideon. Kenneth married Betty Blumenberg Dement on June 16, 1988, in Jackson...
Mary Kinder (01/05/08)
Mary Frances Hunter Kinder of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Charlene Gafford (01/05/08)
Charlene Gafford, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Lauderdale County, Tenn., daughter of Charlie and Ardella Glenn Dayson. Gafford had lived in Missouri since 1992. Survivors include a son, Clifton Stringer of Sacramento; a daughter, Robin Gafford of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Robert and James Robinson of Lilbourn, Mo.; a sister, Georgia Burks of Griffith, Ind.; 19 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren...
Alene Beasley (01/05/08)
Alene Beasley, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born April 5, 1924, in Dyer, Ark., daughter of Ethel Wright. She and Harold Beasley were married Sept. 9, 1942, in Texarkana, Ark. He died July 5, 2002...
Earl Hahn (01/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Earl E. Hahn, 85, of Perryville died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 2, 1922, at Yount, Mo., son of John Henry and Julia Whisler Hahn. He was married to Velma Marie McClure Hahn. She died in September 1977...
Isabelle Knight (01/05/08)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- Isabelle Knight, 88, of Commerce died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Chaffee Nursing Home in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Sept. 18, 1919, at Benton, Mo., daughter of William Daniel and Mary Emmaline Robertson Edmonds. She and Roy Lee Knight were married Oct. 18, 1941, at Benton...
Sister Jo Donna Grimes (01/05/08)
Sister Jo Donna Grimes, a longtime administrator and educator, mostly in the St. Louis Archdiocese, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, of complications after a stroke at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County. She was 75. Sister Grimes taught at elementary schools in St. Louis, Manchester and Alton almost 15 years, until she took an administrative position in 1966...
Dan Young Jr. (01/05/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dan Young Jr., 68, of Cairo died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call today from 10 a.m. to service time at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home, with pastor Elbert Brown officiating...
Births 1/5/08 (01/05/08)
Macke; Williamsen; Holdiness
Fire report 1/5/08 (01/05/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 6:38 p.m., emergency medical services in the 900 block of South Ellis Street. n At 11:54 p.m., citizen assistance in the 400 block of Lorraine Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Police report 1/5/08 (01/05/08)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Keith J. Harris, 40, 1017 N. Frederick St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, no valid operator's license, failure to stop at a stop sign and no proof of insurance...
Out of the past 1/5/08 (01/05/08)
Two long-distance freight trains that have run through Scott City daily will be diverted through tracks in Central Missouri beginning tomorrow, leading to the moving of 21 Cotton Belt jobs from Scott City to Jefferson City. Cape Girardeau County's volunteer fire departments and the sheriff's department have combined forces to snuff out arson through the creation of a county arson task force; Sheriff Herman "Bob" Gribler says the task force should be in operation by this spring...
Correction (01/05/08)
The date of a informational meeting for prospective Cape Girardeau school board members was incorrect in Friday's paper. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the adminstrative offices at 301 N. Clark.
Anatomy of a financial crisis: Part II (01/05/08)
By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson There are those who say that the housing market is just one segment of our overall economy and bad loans are just a fraction of the housing market, so there is nothing to worry about. This viewpoint is wrong, because the housing market is not sealed off from the rest of the economy. ...
New library (01/05/08)
The $8.9 million renovation and expansion of the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Clark Avenue is well underway. Anyone who has driven by the old library can see that the structure has been gutted, with little but a concrete framework left standing. Meanwhile, the library is temporarily housed on South Broadview Street...
Speak Out 1/5/08 (01/05/08)
Unfair TV plan; It takes a woman; Missing police; Good coverage; Moral capitalism; Piling up debt; Helping Habitat; Taxi money
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