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Six honorees receive award at MLK celebration (01/21/08)
Instead of choosing just one recipient for its annual Dr. C. John Ritter Humanitarian Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Wide Celebration Committee this year six individuals and organizations as honorees. Cape Central Junior High School Principal Roy Merideth and Cape Girardeau Board of Education; slain Cape Girardeau carpenter Charles Mosley; local church group leader Xavier Bland; and former Cape Central Middle School Principal Frank Ellis and his wife Sylvia...
Winter advisory: Sleet, snow expected tonight (01/21/08)
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Cape Girardeau and surrounding areas in Missouri and Southern Illinois in advance of a fast-moving winter storm system. The advisory statement issued shortly before 11 a.m. by the weather service office in Paducah, Ky., predicts that a storm system expected tonight and Tuesday will bring a three to six hour period of light snow or sleet to the region...
Election filing period ends Tuesday (01/21/08)
The April election filing period for many cities, school districts and other boards throughout Southeast Missouri ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday. But if candidates wish to file today, most will encounter some difficulty, as many city governments and schools have their offices closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday...
158th Focus: Stem Cells (01/21/08)
Editor's note: Cape Girardeau voters will select a new state representative in a special election Feb. 5. This is the second in a series of articles designed to familiarize voters with the three candidates' stands on some of the important issues that the winner will face during the legislative session, which is already underway....
Keynote speaker went from militant to minister (01/21/08)
When Ervin Williams was a young man in Cape Girardeau in the early 1970s, he saw here the racial injustice and inequality that affected the whole country at the time. His way of working against it was confrontation and militant attitude. "I had the Afro, the black leather jacket and shades. We walked in many city council meetings and demanded to be heard," Williams said...
Missouri Right to Life endorses Keefe (01/21/08)
Missouri Right to Life last week endorsed Democrat Mike Keefe over Republican Mary Kasten and Libertarian Steve Kinder in the Feb. 5 special election in the 158th District Missouri House race. The endorsement was based on a 13-question candidate survey that covered issues from banning all abortions to embryonic stem-cell research and assisted suicide. ...
Transit subsidies to be examined in Cape Girardeau and Jackson (01/21/08)
Government offices are closed to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King, born in 1929, never held a government office, but he had a lot to say about three fundamentally American values: freedom, service and self-determination. Consider this statement he made in 1959:...
Local group heads to Washington for pro-life rally (01/21/08)
Thirty-five years ago the United States Supreme Court ruled abortion was a fundamental right under the Constitution. On Sunday about 150 people boarded buses to go to Washington, D.C., and demand the Supreme Court reverse the ruling. The group will join others from around the country For the March for Life rally on Tuesday. ...
Sedgewickville church offers breakfast Feb. 10 (01/21/08)
Sedgewickville Lutheran Church will hold an all-you-can-eat whole hog sausage, pancake and egg breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Children ages 6 to 12 eat at a discount; children younger than 6 eat free. All are invited to a 10:30 a.m. worship service. The church is at routes K and WW in Sedgewickville, Mo. Matching funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans...
Zumba classes a hit at area fitness centers (01/21/08)
Shouts and applause are typical in Zumba workouts as enthusiasm builds and the group gets pumped. With a record number of 48 at the first class after their demo Dec. 22, numbers have remained high with more than 35 participants at each session, said Toni Craft, group exercise coordinator at Fitness Plus. "Zumba is blowing our other classes away," she said...
Perry County compliance checks result in 5 summonses (01/21/08)
The Perry County Sheriff's Department issued five summonses to Perry County store clerks who sold alcohol to a 19-year-old informant in a county-wide sweep to find and deter stores selling alcohol to minors Jan. 13. The alcohol compliance checks are part of a grant from the state that pays for officer and informant salaries and gives reimbursement for mileage...
Community digest 1/21/08 (01/21/08)
Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club presents gift; MERS/Goodwill extends hours at donation sites; Disaster services conference planned; Women's Connection meeting set for Feb. 11; St. Augustine plans annual dinner auction
Proposal would raise lawsuit fees to fund Mo. sheriffs' offices (01/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Senate committee studying county sheriffs recommends charging people higher court fees to boost deputy sheriff pay. The money would go to the Missouri Sheriffs' Association to decide what departments would receive the extra cash...
Proposal would raise lawsuit fees to fund Mo. sheriffs' offices (01/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Senate committee studying county sheriffs recommends charging people more court fees to boost deputy sheriff pay. The money would go to the Missouri Sheriffs' Association to decide what departments get the extra cash. The committee also says counties should get more money from the state for housing inmates wanted on state charges. Currently, sheriff departments get $21.25 per day. The committee says that should be $1.25 higher...
Parkville man pushes for change among those who judge by looks (01/21/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As he sits at a table in a small Italian restaurant, the man known as "The Scary Guy" is the center of attention. A waitress glances his way, then glances at him again. "Oh, my gosh," she mumbles to herself. A customer walks in and does a double-take, trying to be subtle but staring nonetheless...
5 Mo. death row inmates pressing for executioners to be identified (01/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Attorneys for five death row inmates are pressing Missouri to identify members of its execution team after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed that a nurse on the team was a convicted stalker. The lawyers filed papers last week in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, arguing that the executioner's criminal record raises questions about his "temperament and suitability" to help with executions...
Fending off lawsuits part of the initiative petition challenge (01/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- So you're sick of waiting for the legislature to take up your pet project. No problem, you can do it yourself. Just make sure you have lots of organization, plenty of support and more than a few C-notes. Oh, don't forget a good lawyer...
Midwives in Mo. continue practice at risk of felony charges (01/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Many midwives in Missouri continue to help women give birth at home, in spite of the threat of felony charges. While midwifery without a nursing degree remains illegal in Missouri and 12 other states, an illegal underground network of midwives continues to deliver children here, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Advocates of midwifery said they will continue to fight to legalize the practice, which they say empowers parents who want more control over the birthing process...
Kansas City police fatally shoot man they say was wielding a machete (01/21/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man was fatally shot by police officers when he moved toward them with a machete, the Kansas City Police Department said. Sgt. Tony Sanders, a police spokesman, said the man, whose name was not released, was shot Saturday night after a neighbor called police. The neighbor told police that the man had been acting strangely for several days, according to a news release...
Former senator Jean Carnahan endorses Barack Obama campaign (01/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Former U.S. senator Jean Carnahan is endorsing the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Carnahan said she supports the Democratic Illinois senator because she thinks he is the best candidate to unite the country and restore its moral leadership in the world. Carnahan became the first woman to serve as a U.S. senator from Missouri when she took office in 2001...
Voting blocs may shift in upcoming primaries (01/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- The voting blocs that made winners of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain in weekend presidential contests don't automatically spell victory for them in the contests next up. Democrats vote in South Carolina on Saturday, followed by the Republican contest in Florida three days later...
Popular view of King ignores his complexity (01/21/08)
NEW YORK -- They are some of the most famous words in American history: "I have a dream ..." And the man who said them has become an icon. Martin Luther King Jr. has certainly gotten his share of attention this year, the subject of a presidential campaign controversy over his legacy that blew up just around the time of the holiday created to honor him...
Business networking site focuses on value of connections (01/21/08)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Few Internet entrepreneurs practice what they preach as devoutly as LinkedIn Corp. co-founder Reid Hoffman, whose business revolves around his belief that good fortune flows from good relationships. Hoffman, 40, has put that principle to work by mining his own vast network of Silicon Valley connections to rake in one Internet jackpot after another...
Just call him 'Marty:' Ga. man with famous moniker humble on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (01/21/08)
ATLANTA -- Martin Luther King Jr. is used to the puzzled looks he gets from people when they learn his name. The white, long-haired graphics designer and children's book author goes by "Marty" to maintain his anonymity in the suburbs of Atlanta, where the man who made the moniker famous once lived...
Small planes collide in Calif., at least 4 dead (01/21/08)
CORONA, Calif. -- Two private planes flying about a mile from an airport collided Sunday, killing at least four people and raining debris down on car dealerships below, authorities said. The small Cessnas collided at 3:35 p.m. near the small Corona Municipal airport and a freeway in Riverside County, about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said...
Actress Suzanne Pleshette, 70, dies of respiratory failure (01/21/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Suzanne Pleshette, best known for her role as Bob Newhart's wife on television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show," has died, just days before a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pleshette, who underwent chemotherapy for lung cancer in 2006, died of respiratory failure Saturday evening at her Los Angeles home, said attorney and family friend Robert Finkelstein...
U.S. says attacks from Iranian-made armor-piercing bombs down in Iraq (01/21/08)
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military worried Sunday about "mixed messages" from Iran, listing a dramatic drop in Iranian-made weapons reaching Iraq but no reduction in the training and financing of Shiite militants. The report card further muddles U.S.-Iranian relations as Washington ratchets up its anti-Tehran rhetoric in the shadow of a recent intelligence report that the Islamic Republic halted a nuclear weapons program four years ago...
Redhawks replace OVC winning streak with skid (01/21/08)
Boy, how times have changed for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team. On Jan. 5, after winning at Eastern Illinois, the Redhawks were riding high with just the program's second 6-0 Ohio Valley Conference start, and first since the 1998-99 season...
Cardinals Caravan visits Cape today (01/21/08)
The annual Cardinals Caravan visits the Osage Community Centre at 5:30 p.m. today. The foursome coming to St. Louis today are pitchers Anthony Reyes, Brad Thompson and Chris Perez, and catcher Bryan Anderson. While Reyes and Thompson have been with the Cardinals for the past couple of seasons, Perez and Anderson are among the top prospects in the Cardinals organization...
Redbirds will stage auditions for gaps in outfield (01/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds is gone and Juan Encarnacion may never play again. Suddenly, there's a lot of openings in the St. Louis Cardinals' usually crowded outfield. That spells opportunity for veterans like Skip Schumaker and Ryan Ludwick, who held backup spots last season and have paid their share of minor league dues. Both figure to part of a green rotation that'll feature Chris Duncan and Rick Ankiel, with a fifth outfielder, 2005 first-round pick Colby Rasmus, perhaps also in the mix...
Trajan finds Hope title with 65, Leonard collapse (01/21/08)
D.J. Trahan played like the seasoned veteran. The 27-year-old Trahan, who had won just once before, charged from four shots back Sunday to overtake Justin Leonard and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Desert, Calif. The 35-year-old Leonard, whose 11 victories include the 1997 British Open, was the one who faltered...
Venus Williams joins her sister in quarterfinals (01/21/08)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams reached the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in five years, beating Poland's Marta Domachowska 6-4, 6-4 today at Melbourne Park. The Wimbledon champion will face fourth-ranked Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals...
Manning leads Giants to OT win over Pack (01/21/08)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Eli Manning has arrived, and just in time to take his New York Giants on an improbable trip to the Super Bowl. A suddenly matured Manning guided the Giants to their 10th straight road win Sunday, a frostbitten 23-20 overtime victory over Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers for the NFC championship...
New England's perfect season leads to Super Bowl (01/21/08)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- "Now we can look ahead." Bill Belichick, a coach of few words, said it all with that sentence after his New England Patriots claimed the AFC championship trophy. Looking ahead means only one thing: A trip to the Super Bowl, and a chance to give their perfect record a whole new meaning...
Local economy may weather national woes (01/21/08)
Economic issues took center stage in the political world last week, as Congress, President Bush and the candidates seeking to replace him scrambled to be first to proclaim they had the best cure. I was watching Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testify before Congress on Thursday, and on the side of the screen was a Dow Jones Industrial Average ticker. ...
Memo 1/21/08 (01/21/08)
Ticket sales end soon for annual awards banquet Wednesday is the deadline for purchasing tickets to the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet. Tickets cost $35 per person and a business may purchase a full table of eight seats for $280. ...
Covering the cost of care: Savings accounts and incentives aim to control spiraling insurance costs (01/21/08)
Rising health insurance rates are forcing a stark choice for many employers -- push more costs onto employees or eliminate coverage. Employers can expect an average premium increase of 15 to 20 percent in 2008, said Rock Finch, an insurance broker with Finch Marbanks Insurance Consultants in Cape Girardeau. The pressure on prices has many causes, he said, ranging from the rising cost of medical technology and prescription drugs to the need for insurance companies to remain profitable...
Business today (01/21/08)
The February issue of Business Today is available today with features on health insurance costs and fitness marketing as well as a special tax section with details on changes could save your business money in 2008. Business Today is available by subscription or single-copy sales by calling 335-6611, extension 250...
Dorothy Irwin (01/21/08)
Dorothy C. Irwin, 72, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Lansing, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 4, 1935, in Vincent, Iowa, the daughter of Hugo C. and Viola Rossman Rossow. She and George W. Irwin were married in February of 1959 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He died Jan. 20, 2006...
Reba White (01/21/08)
Reba M. White, 84, of Elco, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home.
Georgia Williams (01/21/08)
Georgia "Jo" M. Williams, 80, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Ellsinore, Mo., daughter of Elmer and Rosa Nelson Stokely. She and Calvin R. Williams were married Dec. 7, 1944. He died Oct. 10, 1998. She married Paul Williams in 2002...
Charles Garrett (01/21/08)
ANNA, Ill. --Charles Garrett, 81, of Anna, formerly of Branson, Mo., and Pekin, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born May 1, 1926, in Rockport, Ind., the son of Richard and Minnie Green Garrett. He married Ruth Meyer on Aug. 8, 1948. She died March 13, 2004...
Iona Zoellner (01/21/08)
Iona Zoellner, 93, of Friedheim, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson. She was born June 15, 1914, near Daisy, daughter of Jeff and Iva Drum Barks. She and Elmer F. Zoellner were married Feb. 9, 1936, in Friedheim...
Timothy Payton (01/21/08)
Timothy Payton, 44, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Pansy Kirby Fitzgerald (01/21/08)
THEBES, Ill. --Pansy Kirby Fitzgerald, 88, of Thebes died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Anna Dillingham (01/21/08)
Anna Dillingham, 80, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Ark., daughter of Everett and Elma Craig Fitzgerald. She and Earl Kenneth "Buddy" Dillingham were married Dec. 16, 1944, in Cape Girardeau. He died Feb. 19, 1987...
Ada Link (01/21/08)
BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- Ada Link, 97, of Bonne Terre died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre. She was born Sept. 10, 1910, at Valley Mines, Mo., daughter of Harley and Bessie Taylor Dunwooddie. She and Arvil Link were married Sept. 28, 1928, at Bonne Terre. He died Dec. 2, 1982...
Lester Burger Jr. (01/21/08)
Lester Charles Burger Jr., 69, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at home. He was born June 13, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lester Charles and Stella Mae Parks Burger Sr. He and Alice Burns were married Aug. 7, 1976, in Cape Girardeau. She died July 15, 2003...
Cape fire report 1/21/08 (01/21/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 4:59 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Mill Street. n At 7:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Independence Street. n At 7:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of East Cape Rock Drive...
Cape police report 1/21/08 (01/21/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported the following incidents. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Asley Hoffman, 1334 Wedgewood Drive, Jackson, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended...
Out of the past 1/21/08 (01/21/08)
A winter storm -- the first of the season and really more of an inconvenience than a storm -- leaves area roads ice-covered and gives a number of area school children their first snow day of the 1982-1983 term; there isn't enough snow on the ground to make a decent snowball; only 0.15 inches of rain, freezing rain and snow flurries were recorded at the municipal airport...
Our weather (01/21/08)
The weather in the past 12 months has been somewhat uncooperative for farmers, gardeners and those who prefer lush, manicured lawns. If you recall last spring, an unusually warm spell was followed by a hard freeze that damaged crops. Over the summer, record heat, combined with a horrible dry spell, conjured a nasty drought that affected anyone who grew anything. The farther south you went, the dryer the dirt became...
Area home market still solid (01/21/08)
To the editor:To listen to the national media, one can only conclude the real estate market is collapsing. Certainly, there are markets experiencing significant corrections (Las Vegas, for example), but the dynamics in those areas are quite different from the Cape Girardeau/Jackson market...
Speak Out 1/21/08 (01/21/08)
Highway cleanup; Plenty of money; Kiwanis Park; Changing the balance; Neater recycling; What have they done?; Low TV standards; Tax breaks; Dangerous biking; Quality homes; Impatient driver; Compassionate coroner; Give us the breaks
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