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Stories from Sunday, January 13, 2008

Memorial to murder victim placed at rest area in Illinois (01/13/08)
For the past 30 years, nothing has marked the roadside rest stop near McClure, Ill., where Sheila Cole's body was discovered on Nov. 17, 1977. Employees of a local doctor's office recently decided to mark the spot with a wreath of flowers. Cole, 21, a student at Southeast Missouri State University, was abducted from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Cape Girardeau and discovered in the women's restroom at the rest stop along Illinois Highway 3, dead of gunshot wounds to the head...
Sikeston police arrest area dentist and vet (01/13/08)
SIKESTON, Mo -- Sikeston police arrested a local dentist and a veterinarian in connection with drug charges Friday after both doctors turned themselves in. Ted Lewis, 51, and Stephen Curry, 30, both of Sikeston, were the subjects of a narcotics investigation that began in the summer, according to Sgt. ...
Wildlife event at Arena Building in Cape expands (01/13/08)
The second annual Evening With Wildlife in Cape Girardeau on Saturday had a simple goal: more. More time, more people and more participation. Darin Petitt, conservation agent for Cape Girardeau County, said two hours were added for this year's program. That was partly because of feedback received from those attending last's year debut event and partly because organizers wanted to get more people to attend...
Cape worker helps students prepare for life after school (01/13/08)
Darin Stageberg's office is in a teacher's lounge, his desk near a microwave. He doesn't care, he says, because most of his day is spent moving about. He was hired this school year by the Cape Girardeau School District as a "transition coordinator," charged with the task of helping students prepare for life after high school...
Steering Cape's five-year plan (01/13/08)
Ken Eftink stayed at city hall well after Wednesday's planning and zoning meeting ended. He was busy answering questions from county residents angry over a news story that Cape Girardeau city officials are considering the possibility of regulating unincorporated county land along municipal boundaries...
Cape board agenda (01/13/08)
Cape school board holds special meeting The Cape Girardeau School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the administration offices at 301 N. Clark Ave. On the agenda are an approval for bids for phones and wiring, a presentation by the Missouri Securities Investment Program, an update on the Alternative Education Center and a discussion on renovating metal buildings at Central Junior High School. ...
Former Blunt lawyer denied unemployment benefits (01/13/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lawyer suing Gov. Matt Blunt on allegations he was wrongfully fired was denied unemployment benefits after a determination he had been dismissed for misconduct. Blunt's office cites the decision by the state Division of Employment Security as proof that Scott Eckersley's legal claims are unfounded. But Eckersley says Blunt's office is drawing a misleading conclusion...
Shawn Hornbeck's family describes changes year has brought (01/13/08)
RICHWOODS, Mo. -- One year after Shawn Hornbeck's safe return to his family, the parents of the kidnapped boy describe their life as a new kind of normal. Saturday marked the anniversary of the rainy Jan. 12, 2007, when authorities discovered not one, but two kidnapped boys when they entered abductor Michael Devlin's apartment in the St. ...
Innovative math program adds up for St. Louis students (01/13/08)
ST. LOUIS -- It's math time and, for City Academy third-graders Michael Shaw and Laila Elliott, that adds up to one thing: It's time to hit the deck. Or floor, as the case may be, an array of blocks, beads and numbers -- not a math book in sight -- spread out before them...
McCaskill set to endorse Obama (01/13/08)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will endorse Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president, The Associated Press has learned. McCaskill, the state's top Democrat, plans to announce her support for the Illinois senator during a conference call today, according to an Obama aide and a McCaskill staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity...
Blackwater vehicle repairs could complicate Baghdad shooting inquiry (01/13/08)
WASHINGTON -- Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine if enemy gunfire provoked the attack, according to people familiar with the government's investigation of the incident...
GOP candidates barnstorm Mich. before Tuesday primary (01/13/08)
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Mitt Romney and John McCain argued about their concern for the auto industry, while Mike Huckabee spotlighted his opposition to abortion, as the Republican presidential contenders campaigned Saturday before Michigan's potentially make-or-break primary...
Economy ties Iraq war in poll as top problem (01/13/08)
WASHINGTON -- The faltering economy has caught the Iraq war as people's top worry, a national poll suggests, with the rapid turnabout already showing up on the presidential campaign trail and in maneuvering between President Bush and Congress. Twenty percent named the economy as the foremost problem in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Friday, virtually tying the 21 percent who cited the war. ...
Body of one of four children thrown from bridge found near Mobile, Ala. (01/13/08)
MOBILE, Ala. -- A duck hunter found the body Saturday of one of four children allegedly thrown from a coastal bridge by their father, raising hopes that the other bodies will be recovered, a sheriff said. A search for the children -- ranging in age from a few months to 3 years -- began Tuesday near the mouth of Mobile Bay after prosecutors said the father, Lam Luong, confessed...
Leaky watering system leads to Conn. pot bust (01/13/08)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Overwatering your plants is never a good idea, especially if they're illegal. Police were called to a three-family house in New Haven on Wednesday on a report of a water leak from a second-floor apartment into the first floor. Firefighters responded to the apartment, where they say they found a large marijuana growing operation with a leaking watering system...
Police capture man suspected of killing two, shooting third, taking woman hostage in Ky. (01/13/08)
MUSES MILLS, Ky. -- A man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third, then holding the mother of his children hostage overnight in the woods, was captured early Saturday, Kentucky State Police said. The hostage, 27-year-old Bonnie Butler, was found uninjured, troopers said. One of those killed in the Friday night shooting was described as the father of her unborn child...
Warrant issued for Marine sought in death of pregnant colleague (01/13/08)
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- Authorities issued an arrest warrant Saturday for a Marine corporal wanted in the death of a pregnant colleague, whose burnt remains were excavated from a fire pit in his backyard. Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said investigators also recovered the remains of Lance Cpl. Maria Frances Lauterbach's unborn child...
Hollywood writers watchful as directors begin labor contract talks with studios (01/13/08)
LOS ANGELES -- The union representing Hollywood directors began contract talks Saturday, with striking TV and film writers calculating how a deal might affect them. A quick resolution with directors could undercut the writers' bargaining power by serving as an industry template for the central issue of new media compensation, observers said...
Volvo's 2008 XC70 is new-generation car (01/13/08)
What's the difference between a station wagon and a crossover sport utility vehicle? If you're a Volvo fan, it could be as subtle as the 2008 XC70. Revamped as a third-generation model, the new XC70 and its sibling, the Volvo V70 station wagon, have a new platform, new six-cylinder engine, more high-strength steel in their structures for better rigidity and new features...
Bush: No decision yet on deepening drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq (01/13/08)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- President Bush said Saturday he is open to the possibility of slowing or stopping plans to bring home more U.S. troops from Iraq, defying domestic demands to speed the withdrawals. Updated on war developments, Bush said the U.S. presence in Iraq will outlast his presidency...
Developing world's role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns (01/13/08)
VIENNA, Austria -- Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy. Britain is the latest to recommit itself to the energy source, with its government announcing support Thursday for the construction of new nuclear power plants. Nuclear power plants produce around 20 percent of Britain's electricity, but all but one are due to close by 2023...
Iraq agrees to bill reinstating ex-supporters of Baath Party (01/13/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament voted Saturday to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to reclaim government jobs and said others could receive pensions but could not return to work. President Bush said the legislation was "an important step toward reconciliation."...
Rangers and gorillas threatened in Congo's turbulent heart (01/13/08)
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo -- Not far from a hillside where several mountain gorillas shot dead last summer lie buried, park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe peers across a primordial canopy of treetops into what may be the most dangerous game reserve on earth...
Free-throw shooting proves difference for Bobcats (01/13/08)
Delta sophomore Taylor Smith kept telling herself not to miss when she made two trips to the free-throw line in the final 15 seconds of Saturday's Scott-Mississippi Conference girls basketball tournament title game against Kelly. The Bobcats led by one point both times...
Tigers gain experience at prestigious event (01/13/08)
MANCHESTER, Mo. -- Central diver Brittney Thomas realized that the Parkway South Invitational swimming meet was going to be a real challenge for herself and the Tigers team. The meet featured defending state champion Lafayette and nine of the top 13 finishers at last year's state meet. And this year has been a trying one for Central, with numerous pool problems...
Saxony Lutheran falls in Chester, Ill., title game (01/13/08)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team fell in the closing seconds to Marissa, Ill, 56-54 in the Chester, Ill., tournament championship game Saturday. "With all do respect to Bell City, Marissa is the best team we've played this year," Saxony coach John Daniel said. "We really played an outstanding game. We just couldn't hold them off. Our kids came out ready to play. It was a big game and a great atmosphere. We played with a lot of intensity. Bret Steffens really got us going early."...
Redhawks' refusal to quit shows team's maturing (01/13/08)
Southeast Missouri State looked to be headed for another rough night of basketball. Coming off a 28-point loss against Murray State at home Monday night that knocked the Redhawks from the ranks of the Ohio Valley Conference's unbeatens, Saturday evening at Austin Peay wasn't shaping up much better...
Southeast drops heartbreaker at Austin Peay (01/13/08)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- In a first-place Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball battle where offense ruled, one late defensive stand by Austin Peay made the ultimate difference. So Southeast Missouri State's long losing streak on the Governors' court continues by the slimmest of margins...
Bench players fill in well for foul-troubled starters (01/13/08)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshmen Rochelle Ikeni and Lauren Sharpe scored a combined zero points Saturday in Southeast Missouri State's 70-54 win at Austin Peay. Their contribution? "It was huge," Redhawks coach John Ishee said. Ikeni and Sharpe were pressed into action at the end of the first half when senior Missy Whitney and junior Rachel Blunt ended up on the bench together for the final eight-plus minutes...
Redhawks handle Governors (01/13/08)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team let struggling Austin Peay hang around for a half. But the second half was no contest as the Redhawks kept their Ohio Valley Conference road record perfect and handed the Govs their ninth straight defeat, 70-54 on Saturday night...
Area calendar (01/13/08)
Basketball n MAYB tournament: Southeast Youth Sports will host its annual MAYB basketball tournament in Cape Girardeau and Jackson on April 26 and 27. The tournament is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 12. Cost: $150 for a minimum of three games. Info: Darrin Pruitt, 837-0111, or sesports.org...
Bottled up (01/13/08)
There might be a little dust on these bottles, but it's not surprising. Charlie Nenninger has been collecting them for more than 30 years. He started his collection when his dad plowed up a Coke bottle from Lutesville Bottling Works in their yard in Advance, Mo. That little soda bottle sparked an interest and now he estimates he has about 4,000 bottles in his collection...
Play is the thing at Animal Planet's annual 'Puppy Bowl' (01/13/08)
The referee blows the whistle. "Puppy foul!" Unfortunately for Andrew Schechter, this call means just what you imagine. In real life, Schechter, a production coordinator for Animal Planet, is training to be an actor. He probably never expected to have a role that requires so many paper towels and plastic bags. But they're part of the deal at the channel's "Puppy Bowl," to be broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday...
Century-old gift shop at Grand Canyon to close (01/13/08)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- A century-old gift shop at the Grand Canyon will close in September, ending a family's three-generation run that began with its patriarch selling souvenirs out of a tent in 1905. The family-owned Verkamp's Curios gift shop, which is on the more popular South Rim, did not reapply for a concession contract with the National Park Service, according to agency spokeswoman Pamela Walls...
Facing our fears (01/13/08)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller share the same small house (still), work in the same office (again) and somehow manage to cling to their sanity (barely). Older and wiser (she's wiser, he's just older), the Southeast Missourian sweethearts offer their views on everyday issues, told from two different perspectives. This column first appeared in the Southeast Missourian Aug. 25, 2005....
Nicole Richie gives birth to Good Charlotte rocker's daughter in L.A. (01/13/08)
LOS ANGELES -- "The Simple Life" just got more complicated for Nicole Richie: She's a first-time mom. Richie, 26, gave birth Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to a daughter named Harlow Winter Kate Madden, People magazine reported on its Web site...
Abigail Clary (01/13/08)
Abigail Lin Clary, 2 months, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 8, 2007, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Jessica Lin Clary. Survivors include her mother of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Trenton David Clary of Cape Girardeau; maternal grandparents, David and Brenda Clary of Jackson; maternal great-grandparents, James and Beverly Wink of Jackson; maternal great-grandparents, David and Carolyn Clary of Jackson; maternal great-great-grandparents, Willis and Francis Fairbanks of Anamosa, Iowa; maternal great-great-grandfather, Milo Dale Wink of Anamosa; and maternal great-great-grandfather, Howard Clary of Cape Girardeau.. ...
Harriett Cope (01/13/08)
Harriett Louise Redfearn Cope, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. She was born May 9, 1922, in Modesto, Ill., daughter of Leslie and Doris Wylder Redfearn. She and Elmer Cope were married Oct. 8, 1944, in Waverly, Ill. He died June 3, 1969...
Wilma Stokes (01/13/08)
Wilma A. Stokes, 92, longtime Cape Girardeau resident, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. She was born Oct. 7, 1915, in Piggott, Ark., daughter of Elmer Roscoe and Mertie Frances Moore Ranney. She and Leonard Grant Stokes were married Dec. 19, 1936 at the Maple Avenue Methodist Church Parsonage in Cape Girardeau. He died May 19, 1981...
John Ramey (01/13/08)
John Henry Ramey, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 18, 1945, in Cape Gir-ardeau, the son of John Knott Ramey Jr. and Evelyn C. Borgfield Ramey. He and Margaret Janice Gilbert Ramey were married Oct. 14, 1965, in Cape Girardeau...
James McClintock (01/13/08)
James B. "Jim" McClintock, 83, of Scott City passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau with his wife, son and daughter at his side. He was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Fremont, Ohio, son of James E. and Ruth Gibbs McClintock. He and Evelyn O'Neal of Scott City were married March 2, 1946...
Georgia McDowell (01/13/08)
Georgia Avis McDowell, 81, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Auburn Nursing and Rehab Center in Auburn, Ill. She was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Allenville, daughter of James H. and Lennie Jones Hampton. She and Bill McDowell were married March 27, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He died May 1, 1998...
Cleo VanAmburg (01/13/08)
Cleo C. VanAmburg, 81, of Jackson died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Essner-Hussman (01/13/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Sara Michelle Essner and Nicholas John Hussman were married June 9, 2007, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Benton. The Revs. Normand Varone and Oscar Lukefahr performed the ceremony. Organist was Angela Klueppel of Benton, and soloists were James Simmons of Benton and Kari Bickings of Oran, Mo...
Bieser-Fles (01/13/08)
Rebecca Danielle Bieser and Kevin Thomas Fles exchanged wedding vows Oct. 6, 2007, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. String music was provided by Trio Girardeaux of Cape Girardeau. Cantors and soloists were Christopher Goeke and Lori Shaffer of Cape Girardeau...
Dorward-Essner (01/13/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Kristina June Dorward and James Stanley Essner were married Sept. 15, 2007, at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Mo. The Rev. Rick Frost performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Don and Darla Dorward of Columbia, and Stanley and Shirley Essner of Benton...
Riehn-Krueger (01/13/08)
Sarah Elizabeth Riehn and Guy Joseph Krueger were married Aug. 4, 2007, at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson. The Rev. John Rice performed the ceremony. Organist was Linda Thompson, aunt of the bride, and soloist was Julie Walker. Scripture was read by Amoneeta Beck...
Faircloth-Knippen (01/13/08)
Amber Michelle Faircloth and Brian Virgil Knippen were united in marriage Oct. 6, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson. The Rev. David Hulshof performed the ceremony. Organist was Geri Beussink of Jackson, and vocalist was Mike Renick of Cape Girardeau...
Taylor-Jackson (01/13/08)
Philip and Helen Taylor of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Suzanne Taylor, to Corey Douglas Jackson, both of Columbia, Mo. He is the son of Gary and Shelia Jackson of Dexter, Mo. Taylor expects to receive a degree in audiology from Washington University in May...
Myracle-Althoff (01/13/08)
Becky Myracle of Gordonville announces the engagement of her daughter, Marci Myracle, to Landon Althoff. He is the son of Dennis and Carol Althoff of California, Mo. Myracle is a 2000 graduate of Jackson High School, and received a master's degree in accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. She is a CPA with the firm of Ernst and Young LLP in Clayton, Mo...
Shipley-Knowlan (01/13/08)
Randy and Barb Shipley of Dayton, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Marie Shipley, to Garrett Wayne Knowlan. He is the son of Jack and Bonnie Knowlan of Jackson. Shipley received a bachelor of science degree in early childhood from Ohio University in 2004. She is a third grade teacher with Miamisburg School District in Dayton...
Simmons-Keys (01/13/08)
Everett and Deborah Simmons of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Simmons, to Joseph Keys. He is the son of Willard and Mary Keys of Delta. Simmons is a 2001 graduate of Oakville Senior High School. She received a degree in finance from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004. She is a commercial documentation specialist with Montgomery Bank in Cape Girardeau...
Ragan-Gibbar (01/13/08)
Christopher and Dee Ragan of Kansas City, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Michelle Ragan, to Nathan Todd Gibbar, both of St. Louis. He is the son of Roger and Karen Gibbar of Cape Girardeau. Ragan is a 2000 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan. ...
Rehkop - 60 years (01/13/08)
PATTON, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Ginard Rehkop of Patton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner at their home Dec. 24, 2007, hosted by their children. Rehkop and Norma Jean Henderson were married Dec. 24, 1947, at Cantwell, Mo. Their attendants were Dean Qualls and Evelyn Qualls...
Police report 1/13/08 (01/13/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n A subject is in custody pending formal charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain right half of the roadway...
Fire report 1/13/08 (01/13/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 3:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Amethyst Street. n At 3:54 p.m., an alarm sounding at 208 Linda St. n At 4:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 1/13/08 (01/13/08)
Gov. Kit Bond announces he is recommending a state appropriation of $720,000 to finance the design of a $12 million sports, convention and concert facility for the joint use of Southeast Missouri State University and the city of Cape Girardeau. Catherine Otto and James F. Hirsch say they will seek new terms on the Cape Girardeau School Board...
911 call for help: Funding mechanism hasn't kept up with new technology (01/13/08)
By Joel Evans For many years your local 911 communications center in Scott County has been there when a call for help was made. Our team has strived to bring the very best services possible in providing that vital link between you and the response of our emergency services. We have been there through tragedy, storms, turmoil and controversy, always standing ready...
Deer in Missouri (01/13/08)
The Missouri Department of Conservation's policies for hunting deer tries to strike a balance between hunters and those who are affected by the state's deer population, which has stabilized at about 1 million in the past few years. The department wants enough deer to allow for good hunting, but it also is concerned about the impact deer have on farmers' crops and on motorists who want to avoid running into a deer on the state's highways...
Make CPMs part of disaster plan (01/13/08)
To the editor:Women and infants are disproportionately and adversely affected by disasters. Missouri women generally expect to give birth in hospitals. Ninety-nine percent of births occur there. In the case of pandemic flu, hospitals may not be safe for pregnant women and infants...
Missouri should legalize midwives (01/13/08)
To the editor:This year the Missouri Legislature will, once again, be asked to consider the issue of midwifery. Missouri is the only state in the nation which says in law that midwifery is part of the practice of medicine. Only doctors and certified nurse midwives are permitted to assist with home births. Current Missouri law places mothers and babies in danger, particularly those who give birth at home...
Speak Out 1/13/08 (01/13/08)
Comparing bans; Looking for answers; Reason to grit teeth; Wasted signals; Name-calling; Special gift; Climate change; Get better paint; Branding and torture
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