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158th hopefuls split on Medicaid (02/02/08)
Editor's note: Cape Girardeau voters will select a new state representative in a special election Tuesday. This is the third 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....
Great Lakes wins Cape airport bid; no date yet on start (02/02/08)
Cape Girardeau has a new commercial passenger carrier, but there's no firm date on when flights will begin. Great Lakes Airlines was named Friday to be the carrier by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport manager Bruce Loy said...
Two area men arrested, charged with receiving stolen vehicle parts (02/02/08)
Working off information supplied by a salvage yard, Scott County investigators arrested two local men Wednesday on charges of receiving stolen property, in this case, farm vehicle parts. Charles E. Gross, 47, of Cape Girardeau, and Lee R. Dykes, 44, of Sikeston, Mo., were charged with class C felonies, crimes that carry penalties of up to seven years' incarceration...
Mogelnicki wins transit director job (02/02/08)
Tom Mogelnicki has dropped "interim" from his job directing the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority. The transit authority's board of directors issued a statement late Friday announcing Mogelnicki had been hired. "Tom has just done an excellent job for us. ...
Taylor Crowe to speak on autism at SEMO (02/02/08)
Quintin Morris' first word was "wow." It's the only word the 3-year-old says, and he proclaims it whenever the phone rings, his dad comes home or he gets a peanut butter cookie. "I just love to hear his voice; it's amazing," said his mother, Casey Rehkop...
Polar Bear Plunge surges on (02/02/08)
Polar bears belong in the snow. Today, Polar Bear Plungers will get a feel of that natural habitat when they run full-force toward Lake Boutin through the snow that blanketed the area Thursday and didn't melt much Friday. "We're freezing for a reason," said Penny Williams of the Area Management Team for Special Olympics Missouri. "I love the snow. I think it'll be the perfect backdrop."...
Limbaugh award goes to RM Coco owner (02/02/08)
When David Limbaugh took the stage to announce the winner of the annual award named after his grandfather, the temptation to have fun with the recipient, a longstanding friend, was too much to resist. In the buildup to naming James A. Rust, owner of RM Coco, as the winner of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's Rush H. ...
State won't seek death penalty in armed robbery, murder case (02/02/08)
At a hearing Friday, Alexander County State's Attorney Jeffery Farris filed a petition of notice not to seek the death penalty in the case of a suspect charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery and first-degree murder. Michael Fencil, 25, of Mounds, Ill., is accused of robbing the Brown Bag Video II store in McClure, Ill., last summer...
Cape, Oak Ridge school districts begin kindergarten enrollment (02/02/08)
The Cape Girardeau School District will enroll and screen children for kindergarten next year from March 10 to 13 at 301 N. Clark Ave. An appointment is necessary and can be scheduled by calling the Parents as Teachers office at 651-3703. Parents should bring the child's inoculation record, birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of address. ...
One of two surviving World War I veterans turns 107 (02/02/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of the few living World War I veterans has turned 107. The National World War I Museum in Kansas City says Frank Woodruff Buckles is believed to be one of only two surviving U.S. veterans from the "war to end all wars." Buckles was born in 1901 near the northwest Missouri town of Bethany. He lied about his age to get into the Army and was shipped overseas...
McCain stops in Missouri to bolster support before vote (02/02/08)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- Republican presidential front-runner John McCain made his final pitch to Missouri voters Friday in an airplane hangar here, saying he was the best candidate to draw conservative voters to the polls. "I will inspire a generation of Americans to serve a cause greater than their self interest," McCain told a crowd of several hundred people in suburban St. Louis...
Missouri primary drawing more absentee voters (02/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters appear to be taking a higher-than-usual interest in the presidential primaries. Election officials from around the state reported an increase in the number of people casting absentee ballots before next Tuesday's primaries as part of a survey Friday by The Associated Press. In some places, absentee voting already has doubled that from years past...
Death penalty given man who killed St. Louis officer in November (02/02/08)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man was sentenced to death Friday for the 2005 murder of Kirkwood Police Sgt. William McEntee, according to KSDK-TV, www.ksdk.com. Kevin Johnson, 22, of Kirkwood, was found guilty of first-degree murder in November. The jury recommended the death penalty...
NASA honors seven who died aboard space shuttle Columbia five years ago (02/02/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In an emotional ceremony just a few miles from where Columbia should have landed five years ago Friday, NASA officials, astronauts, schoolchildren and family members of the lost shuttle crew gathered to remember the seven who died while returning from space...
Man to put millionth mile on truck (02/02/08)
MEDFORD, Wis. -- Frank Oresnik is on the verge of making history driving his old standby -- the pickup truck he says is about to pass the 1 million mile mark. Oresnik took the 1991 Chevrolet Silverado to the Oil Ex-Change Quick Lube in Medford on Thursday for what he expects will be its last oil change and tuneup before hitting the magic number...
Obama faults Clinton explanation of Iraq war vote (02/02/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Barack Obama picked up the endorsement of a leading anti-war group Friday and said Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton still has not adequately explained her vote to go into Iraq. Obama told reporters in a news conference that, even though Clinton explains how she would like to end the war, her explanation for her vote leading into the war is disingenuous. ...
Microsoft makes bid for Yahoo; execs hope deal can help topple Google (02/02/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Unable to topple Google Inc. on its own, Microsoft Corp. is trying to force rival Yahoo Inc. into a shotgun marriage, betting nearly $42 billion that the two companies together will have a better chance of tackling the Internet search leader...
Appeals court won't reconsider ruling on Guantanamo (02/02/08)
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The decision is a setback for the Bush administration, which was displeased by the court's three-judge ruling in July and had urged all 10 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review it. The administration said the decision jeopardized national security...
Bush budget likely to produce deficit despite cuts to social programs (02/02/08)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush wants to cut funding for teaching hospitals and freeze medical research in a $3 trillion budget for 2009 that is still likely to generate a record deficit once war costs are tallied up. The Bush budget to be submitted Monday would cut the budget for the Health and Human Services Department by $2 billion, or 3 percent. By contrast, the Pentagon would get a $35 billion increase to $515 billion for core programs, with war costs additional...
S. Korean envoy: N. Korea completes 8 of 11 nuclear disablement measures (02/02/08)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has completed eight of the 11 measures required to disable nuclear facilities under an international disarmament deal, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy said Friday. North Korea has made progress in disabling its main plutonium-producing facilities but failed to complete the work by an end-of-2007 deadline because of technical reasons, Chun Yung-woo told a forum, according to organizers...
Mentally ill attackers used in market blasts in Iraq (02/02/08)
BAGHDAD -- Two mentally retarded women strapped with remote-control explosives killed at least 73 people Friday in two pet bazaars. The coordinated blasts -- coming 20 minutes apart in different parts of the city -- appeared to reinforce U.S. claims al-Qaida in Iraq may be increasingly desperate and running short of able-bodied men willing or available for such missions...
Niemczyk hits milestone in Bell City's rout of Oran (02/02/08)
Bell City senior Nick Niemczyk scored the 2,000th point of his high school career in the Cubs' 102-54 home victory over Oran on Friday night. Niemczyk also scored a game-high 27 points and netted five 3-pointers. Bell City (17-2) was especially strong beyond the arc, hitting 16 3-pointers...
Redhawks will try to slow UTM's Hudson (02/02/08)
As if things haven't been eventful enough for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team over the past week, now comes the nation's No. 2 scorer. Lester Hudson will bring his 26.4 average to the Show Me Center tonight when Southeast hosts Tennessee-Martin in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff...
Ishee-less Southeast women will face UTM (02/02/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team hopes to continue its hot play without its head coach. The Redhawks believe they'll be able to do that. So does John Ishee. Ishee will be forced to miss today's nationally televised game against visiting Tennessee-Martin due to an Ohio Valley Conference suspension...
Hit the wall: Teens gather for extreme worship and extreme sports (02/02/08)
Sometimes life can get so frustrating it feels like you're hitting a wall. It takes an extreme faith to get over that wall. A group of Lutheran teenagers learn that lesson literally when they participate in an event that began four years ago, "Extreme Sports/Extreme Faith." Teens from five sponsoring churches from The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod will get together at 5:30 p.m. ...
Does God care who wins the Super Bowl? (02/02/08)
The question of God's interest in the winning team in professional sports lies beyond a simple request for divine support. We ask this question in a dismissive fashion because we think that God has more important things to do than to pay attention to who wins and loses our sporting events. After all it's only a game...
Giving your all for God (02/02/08)
"Hi Mom and Dad, guess what. I'm pregnant," said the young college girl. Lorie was a student at a local college, unmarried and living in the dorm. Her parents were beside themselves. Being traditional parents, they had plans for their daughter. The pregnancy scare, however, was false. ...
Briefly (02/02/08)
Briefly Vincentian Marian Youth group will meet The next Vincentian Marian Youth Encounter at the Shrine Church in Perryville, Mo., will be Feb. 10. The evening will start with a five-minute Faith Alive at 6 p.m. A Mass featuring contemporary Christian music follows, with the Rev. Rickey Valleroy as the main celebrant. The evening will conclude with food, fun, sharing and laughter. This VMY free event is geared for teens and young adults, but all ages are welcome to come...
Actor Wesley Snipes acquitted of tax fraud but convicted of failing to file a tax return (02/02/08)
OCALA, Fla. -- Action star Wesley Snipes was found not guilty of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy charges Friday, but was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return. Snipes and two co-defendants, a delicensed accountant and a tax protest leader, were indicted in 2006. ...
Animated film passed over in nominations for best picture Oscar (02/02/08)
NEW YORK -- Among the tales of depravity and violence that dominate this year's Academy Awards race sits the bright and shining "Ratatouille." A rat never seemed so sanitized. The Pixar film landed five Oscar nominations and was ranked by many critics as one of the year's best, yet was never a serious contender for best picture. Instead, it was relegated to the relatively new category of best animated feature, which the academy began dolling out in 2002...
Lorene Guffey (02/02/08)
Esther Lorene Guffey, 98, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 18, 1910, in Gibson, Mo., to Luther Barnes and Elizabeth Pritchard Barnes. She and Fred Guffey were married Nov. 14, 1942...
Brandy Hobeck-Noah (02/02/08)
Due to weather conditions, the committal service for Brandy Hobeck-Noah of Millersville will be held at 1 p.m. today at New Salem Cemetery at Daisy. Hobeck-Noah, 27, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements...
Robert Crites (02/02/08)
Robert "Bob" Crites, 87, of Jackson died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Jackson Manor. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Macke (02/02/08)
Elizabeth Ida Macke, 92, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at Jackson Manor. She was born Nov. 25, 1915, at Wittenberg, Mo., daughter of Gottfried August and Elizabeth Leine Braeuner. She and J.H. Norman Macke were married April 26, 1980. He died Oct. 29, 1990...
Bobby Menees (02/02/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Bobby Dean Menees, 69, of Houma, La., formerly of Anna, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at Chabert Medical Center in Houma. Menees was born June 5, 1938, in Union County, Ill., son of Verdus and Clara Mae Menees. He worked as a housekeeper on an ocean liner...
Dorothy Miller (02/02/08)
Dorothy M. Miller, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Pleasant Green, Mo., daughter of Henry O. and Leona Schuster Meyer. She married Lewis Gene Miller, who died in 1993. Miller had been a secretary. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church and its Ladies Council in Cape Girardeau, member of VFW Auxiliary and member and past president of the park board in Lee's Summit, Mo...
Mary Hindman (02/02/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary C. Hindman, 82, of Chaffee died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Margie Holmes (02/02/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Margie Holmes, 91, of Murphysboro, Ill., formerly of Cairo, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Joan Williams (02/02/08)
Joan P. Williams, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at her home. She was born April 24, 1931, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of Melvin and Gertrude Williams Pixley. She and James C. Williams, M.D., were married Jan. 21, 1960, in Spokane, Wash. He died in November 1967...
Aron Whitmore (02/02/08)
Aron J. Whitmore, 60, of Miller City, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 4, 1947, in Chicago, son of William and Ann Walter Whitmore. He and Beverly Thomas were married. He was a member of Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center in Cairo, Ill., where he served as deacon, trustee and chairman of the advisory board. ...
Births 2/2/08 (02/02/08)
Mool; Ikerman; Thomas; Vent; Bristol; Windisch; Terrell
Fire report 2/2/08 (02/02/08)
n At 5:19 p.m., a citizen assist at 3065 William St. n At 6:06 p.m., a box alarm at 1027 N. West End Blvd. n At 12:32 a.m., an alarm sounding at 211 Saint Francis Drive. n At 11:21 a.m., an illegal burn at 319 S. Middle St. n At 12:17 p.m., a gas leak at 1208 S. Kingshighway...
Police report 2/2/08 (02/02/08)
Arrests; Assault
Out of the past 2/2/08 (02/02/08)
A baffling new disease transmitted by some blood donors to unsuspecting blood transfusion recipients has the American Red Cross concerned; the disease, AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), was all but unheard of until recent years; Dr. William Miller of St. Louis, division manager of Red Cross operations for Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, is in Cape Girardeau to visit hospitals and sites affected by last December's flooding as well as to discuss AIDS...
Correction (02/02/08)
Kenny Hulshof was an assistant prosecutor in Cape Girardeau County in the 1980s. R. Joe Sullivan's River City Journal column Friday incorrectly said he was the prosecuting attorney. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Vote for Liesl (02/02/08)
Liesl Schoenberger of Cape Girardeau has already done plenty to make her hometown proud. She's more than a budding musician, having already recorded three albums and having won the Indiana Governor's Cup in bluegrass and old-time fiddling. She has been a soloist with the philharmonic orchestra of Belleville, Ill. This girl can flat-out play...
Speak Out 2/2/08 (02/02/08)
True American; Planning ahead; Musical message; Warm smiles; Working in the storm; Sales-tax plan; Test recipients
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