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Stories from Monday, January 14, 2008

Two bids received for Cape air service (01/14/08)
Two companies promising $75 one-way fares to St. Louis made bids to take over passenger air service out of Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, said Bruce Loy, manager of the airport. Great Lakes Airlines, a Cheyenne, Wyo.,-based carrier, is offering to make 19 round-trip flights each week with options for destinations in St. ...
County commissioners approve 2008 road plan (01/14/08)
With a dozen easements still in question, Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved the 2008 road paving plan on Monday. Most of the same roads were put out for bids last fall, but companies did not respond. Some said they did not do the type of work the county wanted. Other said they would not be able to complete work by the Dec. 15 deadline, certain that weather would disrupt progress...
Grain prices surge; grocery prices could follow (01/14/08)
Grain prices are surging again, thanks in part to a revision of USDA estimates of acres harvested in 2007. Prices for March corn on the Chicago Board of Trade are $5.11, soybeans $12.95 and wheat $9.17 per bushel. While the price could be good for farmers who've been hit hard by higher fuel and fertilizer costs this year, the price increase could be bad for consumers at the local grocery store...
Gov. Matt Blunt's State of the State address (01/14/08)
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's State of the State starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday. He will be speaking from Jefferson City. Attorney General Jay Nixon is scheduled to give the response from Democrats. The governor's the speech will be broadcast locally by the following Southeast Missouri media outlets:...
Brewers paying more for hops, barley (01/14/08)
As farmers devote more acreage to the lucrative corn crops that can be used to make ethanol, one effect has been to decrease production of the hops and barley essential to making beer. A warehouse fire in Washington State that destroyed up to $4 million worth of surplus hops in 2006 and a bad growing season in 2007 have compounded the shortage...
Indoor soccer event still a success (01/14/08)
Indoor soccer is a rarity in Cape Girardeau with the exception of the annual Saint Francis Indoor Invitational. The tournament has been drawing players from a tri-state area for 14 years. Teams from Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois start signing up in August for the tournament, which began in 1995. The idea came when the Show Me Center hosted a viewing of the 1994 World Cup -- hosted by the U.S. that year -- and saw a huge turnout for the event...
Store receives new flag (01/14/08)
Ashley Furniture receives new flag Ashley Furniture in Jackson dedicated and raised a new US flag at their business recently. Pictured from left, are Russ Huber, Heather Christianson, Tom Bertrand manager, Mike Strack American Legion flag representative...
New officers installed (01/14/08)
The 2008 Cape Girardeau County FCE officers were installed recently. They are pictured from left, Agnes Wachter president, Dorothy Lichtenegger vice president, Marilyn Retherford corresponding secretary, Mary Klaproth treasurer, Linda Thompson public relations...
Military digest 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Scott City police chiefDon Cobb was recently chosen as the Missouri Army National Guard's 35th Engineer Brigade Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year after appearing before a board of senior NCOs. Cobb is a member of Headquarters Company 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau, were he works as a medic during drills. ...
Parents Without Partners releases February schedule (01/14/08)
For more information on Parents Without Partners, call 335-0797 or e-mail capesemopwp@yahoo.com. @body copy_bullet:n Parents Without Partners will hold a general meeting/orientation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Riverside Regional Library, Union and Adams streets in Jackson. ...
United Way reaches 95 percent of goal (01/14/08)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has reached 95 percent of the $1,320,000 goal set for their 2007 to 2008 campaign, $200,000 more than the goal of the previous drive. In a change from last year, the United Way looked at how much money their partner agencies needed instead of how much money donors were willing to give, resulting in an increased goal...
Finding funding (01/14/08)
Editor's note: Cape Girardeau voters will select a new state representative in a special election Feb. 5. This is the first in a series of articles that will be presented in coming weeks to familiarize voters with the three candidates' stands on some of the important issues that the winner will face during the legislative session, which began Wednesday....
Drivers warned of repairs on I-55 (01/14/08)
SIKESTON -- Drivers can expect reduced lanes on northbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County, between mile markers 116 and 119 (Perry County line). MoDOT crews will be making concrete repairs. The work is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday. During that time, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a width restriction of 12 feet...
Community digest 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
Knights of Columbus to hold Euchre tournament; Depression and bipolar support group to meet; Neighborhood group sets first meeting of new year; Technology in education demonstration planned; Valentine's Dance planned for Feb. 9
Kansas City man jailed after SW Mo. car chase (01/14/08)
OZARK, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man wanted for a parole violation is jailed on charges he led police on a highway chase through three cities in southwest Missouri before his SUV was stopped. The Christian County Sheriff's office said Paul William Pounders faces charges including resisting arrest after the chase Saturday night through Nixa, Springfield and Ozark...
Blunt wants to criminalize mortgage fraud (01/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The governor wants to send some lenders to jail. His proposal comes among growing concern about home foreclosures and sub-prime loans. Governor Matt Blunt proposes up to seven years in jail for mortgage fraud. The plan also allows state departments to punish predatory lenders...
St. Louis County skateboarder dies, day after being hit by car (01/14/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 13-year-old skateboarder is dead after being struck by a car in south St. Louis County. The accident happened Friday night at Lemay Ferry and Green Park in the Mehlville area. The teen died Saturday night at a hospital. The victim's name has not been released...
2 children die in mobile home fire in Northeast Missouri (01/14/08)
KAHOKA, Mo. (AP) -- A rural area of northeast Missouri is mourning the deaths of two young children in a mobile home fire. The fire happened about 3 a.m. Saturday as Anthony and Jackie Ball and their three children slept in their home near the town of Revere. The parents were able to get out with their infant son, but told firefighters they couldn't get to their daughters because of a wall of flames...
Suspected serial killer uses confessions as bargaining chips (01/14/08)
Larry Broeking knows the chances are slim that Timothy Krajcir will ever emerge from prison on anything other than a gurney in a coroner's van. At age 63, Krajcir's public defender said, the Illinois inmate is in frail health and is newly saddled with a 40-year prison sentence for strangling a college student decades ago. Krajcir also has been adjudged a sexually dangerous person, making it even more unlikely he will ever go free...
Blunt proposing millions of dollars in new spending (01/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt relishes a reputation as a fiscal conservative, but he has proposed hundreds of millions of dollars of new spending as a lead-up to his annual State of the State address. Blunt's nearly daily announcements of new spending proposals have caught the attention -- and raised the eyebrows -- of some of his fellow Republicans in the legislature who will now have to decide whether to grant his wishes...
Missouri farmer turns farm waste into cleaner fuel (01/14/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Four years ago, seed company owner Steve Flick of Kingsville noticed he was spending a lot of time and money burning, burying or dumping the empty hulls left over from his grass seed. It was a costly mess. And it gave him an idea. "I think maybe I fell down the steps and got hit on the head," Flick said...
Higher oil prices make southwest Missouri's heavy oil more attractive (01/14/08)
DEERFIELD, Mo. -- People have known about Vernon County oil for years, but now that prices are hovering between $90 and $100 a barrel, the area's thick crude has become more attractive to companies looking to drill wells. Doug Shupe, Vernon County recorder of deeds, said he wore out his photocopier checking records for those wanting to know who had oil and mineral rights in the area. Companies filed 96 oil and gas leases during the last year, he said...
Independence women find new careers as meatcutters (01/14/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- With a short loin in hand, Leah Burton headed to an ominous machine at the back of Curt's Market. As she flipped on the large, silver contraption, a shrill noise could be heard coming from the machine. But what made her the most nervous was when she put the slab of meat onto the cold, silver tabletop and started to run it across a thin, sharp saw...
McCaskill endorses Obama (01/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Sen. Claire McCaskill endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Sunday, saying his vitality and freshness as a leader overcame her desire to support the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. "This has not been an easy decision for me," McCaskill, D-Mo., said during a conference call with reporters...
Newspaper: Nurse with criminal record worked on Mo. executions (01/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri executioner was allowed to carry out his work even though he had a criminal record of his own. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the nurse even joined a federal team that executed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, even though the nurse's superiors knew he was on probation...
Repeat business: China's capitalism daunts foreign buyers, but still they come (01/14/08)
GUANGZHOU, China -- Ron Rust and Beve Kozub were poking around the toy booths at China's biggest trade fair two years ago when something caught their eye: pouty-faced baby dolls snuggling in light blue and pink fleece blankets, their eyes tightly shut or gazing with a newborn's woozy stare...
Federal do-not-call registry headed for renewal (01/14/08)
NEW YORK -- It wasn't very long ago that Americans often had lunch and dinner -- and sometimes even breakfast -- interrupted by phone calls from sales people. Such nuisance calls were sharply reduced after the 2003 creation of the federal do-not-call list, which prohibits telemarketers from phoning those who have registered...
Economists work the odds on chance of recession (01/14/08)
WASHINGTON -- The unemployment rate leaps to a two-year high, record numbers of people are forced from their homes and Wall Street nose-dives again. Such is the fallout from a housing meltdown that threatens to slingshot the country into a recession...
Bank robber used drywall for disguise (01/14/08)
YORK, Pa. -- Masking his appearance with a coat of drywall compound wasn't enough to protect the identity of a bank robber, authorities said. A NASCAR plate on the getaway car led police right to him. Robert Coulson Lavery, 56, was convicted Wednesday in the Nov. 24, 2006, robbery of the New Cumberland Federal Credit Union, which netted $7,910, Fairview Township police said...
Second body found in search for 4 children thrown from coastal bridge near Mobile, Ala. (01/14/08)
MOBILE, Ala. -- The body of a 3-year-old boy was recovered Sunday in the search for four children allegedly thrown from a coastal bridge by their father, authorities said. The body was found near shore by a search team, a day after a duck hunter found the body of the boy's infant brother about five miles west of the bridge in a marshy area, Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said...
Report: At least 121 war veterans linked to killings in the U.S. (01/14/08)
NEW YORK -- At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper said it also logged 349 homicides involving all active-duty military personnel and new veterans in the six years since military action began in Afghanistan, and later Iraq. That represents an 89-percent increase over the previous six-year period, the newspaper said...
Bush tempers criticism on stalled Mideast democracy (01/14/08)
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- President Bush gently nudged authoritarian Arab allies Sunday to satisfy frustrated desires for democracy in the Mideast and saved his harshest criticism for Iran, branding it "the world's leading state-sponsor of terror."...
U.S. military chief favors closing terror prison when legal issues resolved (01/14/08)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The chief of the U.S. military said Sunday he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States...
Ex-recruit burns Illinois again in rally (01/14/08)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Eric Gordon's play finally matched his excitement. The high-scoring freshman, who reneged on an oral commitment with Illinois and signed instead with Indiana, had 11 of his 17 points in the second half and the No. 10 Hoosiers rallied from a late seven-point deficit to beat the Illini 62-58 on Sunday...
Canucks defenseman drops Blues in shootout (01/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The Sedin twins carried the Vancouver Canucks' offense in regulation. A low-scoring rookie defenseman brought them home -- again. Daniel and Henrik Sedin combined for five points, and Alex Edler decided a shootout for the second time in four games in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night...
Choi holds on to victory amid blustery conditions at Sony (01/14/08)
By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press HONOLULU -- K.J. Choi had to work harder than he imagined to become the Sony Open champion everyone expected. Equipped with a four-shot lead, Choi struggled in blustery conditions Sunday at Waialae Country Club and held off a late charge by Rory Sabbatini to close with a 1-over 71, the first Sony Open champion in 41 years with a final round over par...
Clemens balks at deposition (01/14/08)
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens' lawyer wouldn't commit Sunday to having the pitcher give a deposition to congressional investigators, even as he said the seven-time Cy Young Award winner remains willing to testify in open session before a House committee investigating denials that he used performance-enhancing drugs...
Williams wins Australian opener (01/14/08)
By JOHN PYE The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia -- The difference in 12 months was easy to see. Serena Williams, wearing fuchsia bicycle shorts and headband, a short white dress and dangling, chandelier-inspired earrings, found her form quickly and beat Jarmila Gajdosova 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in the first match in the Australian Open...
Giants reach NFC championship game (01/14/08)
IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo can go wherever he wants with Jessica Simpson now. Eli Manning and the New York Giants knocked him and the Dallas Cowboys into the offseason Sunday. Having to wait out long, slow drives by Dallas, Manning made his few chances count, throwing two touchdown passes to Amani Toomer and getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Brandon Jacobs for a 21-17 victory that put New York into the NFC championship game for the first time since the 2000 season...
Chargers shock defending Super Bowl champs (01/14/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- After handing New England a huge gift, the San Diego Chargers believe it's time to give the unbeaten Patriots something else: a challenge. And, oh yeah, a loss. By stunning Peyton Manning and the defending champion Colts 28-24 on Sunday, undermanned San Diego removed New England's biggest road block to the Super Bowl. Not that the Chargers are intimidated by facing the 17-0 Patriots in the AFC title game next weekend...
Critical road stretch for Redhawks begins with loss (01/14/08)
The toughest -- at least on paper -- three-game stretch of the season for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team began Saturday night. And speaking of stretches, I don't think it's one to say the Redhawks' prospects of contending for the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title will probably hinge on what happens during this three-game period...
Work force statistics raise questions (01/14/08)
I found a puzzling statistic Saturday as I was putting together this column: According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Cape Girardeau's work force has declined by almost 8 percent since 1999. I was checking the latest unemployment figures for the area, and thought it would be interesting to know which recent year had the lowest unemployment, and found more than I bargained for. ...
Tax campaign goes multimedia (01/14/08)
Cape Girardeau's parks and recreation advisory board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday has been shifted to the Osage Community Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway. Newly elected board chairman Danny Essner and a committee of volunteers have been busy working on the parks and storm-water tax campaign...
Miley Cyrus' brief use of body double causes stir on Internet (01/14/08)
NEW YORK -- The body double was only on stage for a few seconds, and the switch was relatively innocuous. But since it involved the "Hannah Montana" show -- the sold-out tour for which tickets have been scalped for hundreds of dollars -- even the use of a brief stand-in for its star, 15-year-old Miley Cyrus, was enough to cause plenty of buzz when video of the switch was posted on the Internet...
'Atonement' wins best drama Globe; 'Mad Men' best TV drama series (01/14/08)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The tragic romance "Atonement" was named best drama Sunday at a Golden Globes event that was deflated from star-studded revelry to dry, news conference-style awards announcement because of the Hollywood writers strike. The bloody stage adaptation "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" was chosen as best musical or comedy. ...
People on the move 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
Magazine: Cape installer among best in nation Mobile Electronics magazine selected Danny McMillan of Stereo One in Cape Girardeau as one of top 100 installers of custom stereo and electronics gear in the nation. The selection is based on a poll of vendors and independent sales representatives that deal to electronics and stereo retailers. The list was published in the trade magazine's November issue...
Memo 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
Tickets for banquet on sale until Friday Anyone wishing to attend the annual banquet of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson Industrial Development Company has until Friday to purchase tickets. The banquet and awards will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Jackson Knights of Columbus Hall. For more information, contact the Jackson Chamber of Commerce at 243-8131...
Jim Abernathy (01/14/08)
James W. Abernathy, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Irvine (01/14/08)
Joseph Irvine, 84, of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.
Lillian Green (01/14/08)
Lillian Esther Green, 88, of Jackson, formerly of Commerce, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Brenda Cochran (01/14/08)
Brenda Cochran, 49, of Dallas, formerly of Scott City, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Gerald Brown (01/14/08)
Gerald T. Brown, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Landmark Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Tim Wrinkle (01/14/08)
Tim Wrinkle, 45, of Harviell, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at his residence. He was born May 29, 1962, in Gideon, Mo. He and Regina Steele were married July 3, 1986, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Wrinkle was a construction worker who built houses before becoming disabled...
Janet McBee (01/14/08)
Janet L. (Walls) McBee, 62, of Mounds, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill.
Melvin Goetz (01/14/08)
Melvin F. Goetz, 83, of Chaffee, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 20, 1924, to August Gregory and Agatha Marie Bucher Goetz. He and Bertha Marie Martin were married Oct. 9, 1943. Goetz worked in the receiving department at Superior Electric in Cape Girardeau and was a self-employed farmer. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg, Mo., and also of St. Joseph Sodality...
Cleo VanAmburg (01/14/08)
Cleo C. VanAmburg, 81, of Jackson passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 16, 1926, in rural Cape Girardeau County, to Oliver and Mary (Seabaugh) VanAmburg. He and Helen M. Best were married June 23, 1945...
Cape/Jackson fire report 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n At 8:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Janet Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 2:40 a.m., carbon monoxide detector sounding in the 2000 block of Brink Street...
Cape police report 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported the following incidents. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Sheila Kaye Mercer, 48, 3821 Fawn Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving and failure to maintain single lane...
Out of the past 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
The silver screen is coming to West Park Mall; Wehrenberg Theater plans to open a four-screen, 1,000-seat movie theater within the mall; the West Park 4 Cine will be the chain's 32nd location. False fire alarms resulting from a new smoke detector system in the Towers dormitories at Southeast Missouri State University this week have kept city firefighters shuffling between the university and the two responding firehouses; detectors are being adjusted for sensitivity in an effort to overcome the problem of some of them being set off by cigarette smoke.. ...
From Broadway (01/14/08)
Touring Broadway shows have made their way to Cape Girardeau somewhat infrequently in the past, performing at the Show Me Center, which was the best venue in town for such productions for many years. Now the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, better known as Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, offers a wonderful performance hall for major stage productions. ...
Great job, CHS dancers (01/14/08)
To the editor:I was in Cape Girardeau visiting family and went to the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament to watch a neighbor boy play. I was impressed by the Central High School dancers. They looked professional. Cape Girardeau should be extremely proud of these girls and the coaches...
Speak Out 1/14/08 (01/14/08)
Great example; Callous remark; Birth control; Ridiculous comments; Pain and suffering; Tragic mistake; Ethanol subsidies; You have our prayers; Punishment fits crime; Respect his choice; TV signals; Jackson sirens; School overflow; Government intrusion; Do-it-yourself airline
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