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Stories from Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Spa 151 gift certificates will be refunded (02/06/08)
Spa 151 on the River customers left holding gift cards or gift certificates will be able to receive cash refunds beginning next week, spa owner Ashli Rowland said today. The details are still be settled, Rowland said. Customers are being asked to hold on to their gift certificates or gift cards until the procedures can be announced. she said...
Two Southeast Missouri highways to be dedicated Friday and Saturday (02/06/08)
Two dedication ceremonies will be held this week for memorial highways. The Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. Memorial Highway will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Friday at the National Guard Armory in Dexter, Mo. The section of Highway 60 in his honor runs from Highway ZZ to Highway 25 in Dexter. Before joining the highway patrol, Graham was a Dexter police officer, according to a news release form the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Little damage reported from storms in Cape Girardeau County (02/06/08)
The storms that rolled through Cape Girardeau County Tuesday night did little damage, but caused plenty of fright. Most of the events caused by the storms were related to flooding, and some hail was reported in Cape Girardeau County.
Storms hit Ripley, Butler, Stoddard counties in Missouri; no injuries reported (02/06/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A tornado caused extensive damage as it roared across southern Ripley, Butler and Stoddard counties in Southeast Missouri Tuesday night, but no injuries were reported Wednesday morning. Houses, mobile homes and barns were destroyed, trees were ripped apart and power poles were snapped off, causing power lines to block traffic...
Alexander, Union County primary results tallied (02/06/08)
Results from the Alexander and Union County, Ill., primary elections have been tallied. Results are for contested primaries only, all are Democratic races. County Clerk Nancy Kline -- 1,248 Rodney Lemon Moore -- 350 Circuit Clerk Sharyl Davis -- 825...
Complaints about police spark special meeting in Chaffee (02/06/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A special Chaffee City Council meeting is planned for today after what some are calling a "pretty nasty" meeting Monday. What started as a routine gathering and simple agenda quickly changed. "We had an audience full of irate people protesting the overexuberance of the police department. That's the nice way of putting it," said Chaffee Mayor Loretta Mohorc...
Bridging gaps with teachers from overseas (02/06/08)
After a month in America, Iman Ibrahim has started to get used to the cold, unpredictable weather. She's warming to American food. She's adjusted to living in a dorm with a roommate half her age. Now the teacher from Alexandria, Egypt, is meeting her next challenge: winning over classes of eighth-graders from Jackson Junior High School. As part of the International Leadership in Education Program, Ibrahim knows she will learn as much as she will teach...
Ash Wednesday services in Cape Girardeau, Jackson today (02/06/08)
Catholic churches in Cape Girardeau and Jackson have several Ash Wednesday service slated throughout the day today. St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau will host services at 12:05, 5:15 and 7 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul will hold services at 12:10, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m...
Customers, attorney general office wondering about gift cards (02/06/08)
The demise of a popular downtown spa is the result of ongoing disputes in a divorce, and customers are tense over the value of their gift certificates, while employees are wondering whether they will see their final paychecks. Spa 151 on the River opened with great fanfare in 2005, proclaiming itself to be a luxury day spa that would offer massages, pedicures and pampering that included items such as a caviar facial...
Investigation into McClard's death ends (02/06/08)
Investigation into McClard's death ends Authorities have officially concluded the investigation into the death of 17-year-old inmate and Jackson native Jonathan McClard, who was found dead Jan. 4 in his cell at a correctional facility in Bonne Terre, Mo., Brian Hauswirth, spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said Tuesday. ...
Super Tuesday election results (02/06/08)
Latest precinct-by-precinct and county-by-county results...
Cape police to hold program for residents (02/06/08)
Cape police to hold program for residents The Cape Girardeau Police Department will be running a Citizen's Police Academy from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings starting Feb. 21 in the training room at police headwaiters, if there is enough public interest in the program, according to a news release. ...
Business reports (02/06/08)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through December for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health insurance: Who pays and how (02/06/08)
By Rudi Keller Business Today HRA. HSA. PPO. HMO. Navigating through the heath care universe can be an alphabet soup. Capitated plans. Indemnity plans. Association plans. Consolidated plans. Self-insured plans. The myriad of options available to employers, both large and small, can require the services of an expert just to figure out the language...
Area fitness centers cater to wide range of needs, pocketbooks (02/06/08)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today Like other businesses, fitness centers are faced with marketing challenges -- creating a need that will bring customers into their particular businesses instead of the others. Some, like Contours and Curves, appeal only to women who want to work out in an all-female environment. They offer amenities that women appreciate along with the support and camaraderie of their girlfriends...
Consumer-driven health plans creating options for workers, employers (02/06/08)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today Business owners, especially owners of small businesses, should remember when considering employee health care programs that one size does not fit all. When reviewing a health plan, an important question is trying to make sure that it provides value to the employees. ...
Finding healthy food can take effort (02/06/08)
By Amber BOCKHORST Business Today The sign on the Taco Bell drive-thru menu stands out among the typical offerings of mounds of cheese and juicy beef: Low-fat. Fewer calories. The new options off the Fresco Menu are just part of a widespread trend among restaurants -- from fast-food to fine dining -- to provide healthier choices to customers...
Insurance biz (02/06/08)
By Rudi Keller Business Today Rising health insurance rates are forcing a stark choice on 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. ...
Business news (02/06/08)
New gym A 24-hour fitness center that opened Dec. 7 at 1131 N. Kingshighway will be the first of five franchises of a national chain in the region. Anytime Fitness is owned by Colin Reilly of Mandleville, La., and the club manager is Jill Mills of Jackson. Reilly already owns seven franchises with the Hastings, Minn., based company, which specializes in setting up entrepreneurs with gyms that provide 24-hour access through a key card system...
Development news (02/06/08)
Firm hired to help boost economy NEW MADRID, Mo. -- New Madrid County has a lot to offer. And with a new county economic developer now on the job, businesses will soon know it. On Oct. 29, the New Madrid County Mayors Association contracted with Strategic Resource Management LLC, a southeast Missouri consulting firm, to assist in local and regional economic development efforts...
Updates (02/06/08)
Transportation Cape recommends replacement air carrier Cape Girardeau recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation select Great Lakes Airlines as the new commercial passenger carrier after the demise of Big Sky Airlines. Big Sky, a Billings, Mont.-based airline began served Cape Girardeau for about six weeks with service to Cincinnati, Ohio, but was unable to overcome disappointing ticket sales, bad weather and high fuel prices on several Eastern U.S. Routes...
Names in the news (02/06/08)
Brown attends CRM course KENNETT, Mo. -- Charlie Brown, president of Baker, Welman and Brown Insurance and Financial Services, has successfully completed the Financing of Risk course held at the Sheraton in St. Louis City Center Hotel in St. Louis. The course was one of the five parts offered by the Certified Risk Managers International. ...
Taking advantage of new tax laws requires careful review (02/06/08)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today During the tax season, business owners and managers will be trying to learn everything they can about tax breaks at all levels to keep a bigger portion of their profits. In 2007, there were several changes at the state and federal level for a variety of taxes from sales tax breaks for new equipment to income tax changes that must be incorporated in this year's return...
Alternative tax a growing problem for middle class taxpayers (02/06/08)
By Ilene Davis Business Today First built into the tax system in 1969, the alternative minimum tax, or AMT, was designed to ensure a small number of high-income individuals could not avoid paying federal income taxes. In the ensuing decades, however, the income level that triggers the AMT hasn't been adjusted for inflation, and the number of people being forced into using the alternative tax has crept upward. ...
Robert Harper: Building better bodies, one at a time (02/06/08)
By Ilene Davis Business Today By the time Robert Harper started college he knew what he wanted to study. Having been active and involved in sports all his life, it seemed only natural that he would be interested in health and fitness. "I started taking martial arts when I was seven and I played football and ran track junior high through high school."...
Savings accounts, incentives aim to control spiraling insurance costs (02/06/08)
By Rudi Keller Business Today Rising health insurance rates are forcing a stark choice on 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. ...
Kasten wins 158th District (02/06/08)
Republicans cheered in relief and adoration for one of their longtime local icons when Mary Kasten announced that Mike Keefe, her Democratic opponent in the special legislative election Tuesday, called to concede defeat. Kasten received just over 50 percent of the vote in the 158th District race that included most of Cape Girardeau. Keefe took 43.6 percent, while Libertarian Steve Kinder took 6.4 percent of the 8,856 votes cast...
Obama, Romney, Kasten win Web poll (02/06/08)
The readers of the Southeast Missourian Web site might not be indicative of the average voter, but they let their voice be heard, choosing their candidates for the presidential primary elections and the race for the 158th District Missouri House seat...
Cape County turnout near 40 percent (02/06/08)
Voter turnout in Cape Girardeau County on Tuesday far exceeded that of any previous presidential primary, with more than 11,000 Republicans and close to 8,000 Democrats casting ballots. Just under 40 percent of county voters went to the polls. The previous highs had been set in 2000 for the GOP, when then-Texas Gov. ...
Severe weather sweeps through region (02/06/08)
A series of storms that began early Tuesday morning continued moving through Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky late into Tuesday night. Along their path the storms caused several flood and tornado watches and warnings, and one early storm temporarily cut off power to AmerenUE electric utility customers in Cape Girardeau...
Date set for Jackson man's jury trial (02/06/08)
Date set for Jackson man's jury trial A jury trial has been set for a Jackson man charged with sexual misconduct with a child. Charges against Nicholas Barna, 52, of Jackson were filed in November in Cole County. According to the grand jury indictment, dated Nov. ...
Trial begins for Cape man charged with robbery, rape (02/06/08)
A jury trial began Tuesday for Samuel Taylor, a Cape Girardeau man charged with first degree robbery and forcible rape, but was cut short due to the weather. Taylor, 30, of 2804 Themis St. Apt. 2, allegedly raped an older woman in the early morning hours of March 12, 2004, on Cape Girardeau's south side...
Legislation would lower taxes for Kansans working in Missouri (02/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The House gives first-round approval to a bill that would lower the taxes for Kansans working in Missouri. The bill allows those who live in another state but work in Missouri to subtract what they pay in property taxes in their home state from the income on which they are taxed in Missouri. But it applies only if the other state allows Missouri residents to do the same...
MoDOT director says roads safer but more money needed (02/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Delivering what is likely the final mandatory annual update on the Missouri Department of Transportation, Director Pete Rahn touted accountability and safety records Wednesday while asking lawmakers for more money. "While the public has filet mignon expectations, MoDOT has Filet-O-Fish funding," Rahn told a joint session of the Legislature. ...
Snow snarls morning commutes from Kansas City to Springfield (02/06/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Snow following a major storm system snarled morning traffic across southwest and western Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation reported multiple accidents and slide-offs but no serious injuries. A 12-car pileup near Springfield closed Interstate 44 for about an hour...
MoDOT director says roads safer but more money needed (02/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn says the department is more accountable and the state's roads are better but the department needs more money. Speaking to lawmakers, Rahn says over the next 20 years, the public wants $37 billion worth of projects but there's likely to be only $19 billion to spend...
Ethics panel looks at KC mayor's campaign funds (02/06/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Ethics Commission is investigating Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser's campaign fund reports. The mayor has acknowledged bookkeeping errors in accounting for more than $360,000 in contributions, but he said Tuesday that officials will find no problems with his campaign finances...
Public memorial service set for Margaret Truman Daniel (02/06/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- The ashes of Margaret Truman Daniel, the only child of President Harry S. Truman, will be interred Feb. 23 next to her parents at the Truman Presidential Library. Daniel died Jan. 29 in Chicago at age 83. Amy Williams, deputy director for the library, said the family will hold a small, private funeral and then hold a public memorial service...
Mo. revenue grows, but sales tax collections fall (02/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State tax revenue continues to come in higher than expected. Missouri's net general revenue is up 4.9 percent compared to last year. The state budget anticipates 3.8 percent growth. But sales tax collections dropped, falling 4.7 percent compared to January 2007. Sales tax revenue for the last three months is 1.7 percent lower than for the same period a year ago...
Snow shuts down schools, ices roads in northern Missouri (02/06/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A slow-moving winter storm is closing schools and creating dangerous driving conditions in Missouri, especially in the northwestern and northern part of the state. The National Weather Service in Kansas City said Wednesday that the storm is winding down, but another few inches of snow are likely. At least 6 inches has fallen in parts of northern Missouri and the total could reach 9 inches...
Mo. chief justice announces judicial selection changes (02/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The chief justice of Missouri's Supreme Court is partially pulling back the curtain on the state's largely hidden process for picking certain judges. Changes announced Tuesday by Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith will affect judges whom special commissions help select, including her colleagues on the state Supreme Court, as well as judges on Missouri's appellate courts and circuit courts in parts of the Kansas City and St. Louis areas...
Ill. county prosecutor says he won't prosecute violators of smoking ban (02/06/08)
Ill. prosecutor won't enforce smoking ban BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- Calling it a flawed law, St. Clair County State's Attorney Robert Haida has informed local police that he will not prosecute violators of the state's public smoking ban. Haida says the law is incomplete in its present form because it doesn't say how the law should be enforced, nor in what court cases should be heard. ...
McCain pushes for GOP command; Clinton and Obama battle for Dems (02/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain swept a string of delegate-rich, East Coast primaries Tuesday night, reaching for command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded victories in a struggle from Connecticut to California...
Airline delays in 2007 second-worst ever (02/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- Domestic airline delays in 2007 were the second worst on record, the Transportation Department said Tuesday. Flights in the U.S. were late more than 26 percent of the time last year, slightly better than in 2000, when airlines were tardy 27.4 percent of the time. The federal government began collecting airlines on-time data in 1995...
Tainted pills from Puerto Rican drug plants reach the U.S. (02/06/08)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The first warning sign came when a sharp-eyed worker sorting pills noticed that the odd blue flecks dotting the finished drug capsules matched the paint on the factory doors. After the flecks were spotted again on the capsules, a blood-pressure medication called Diltiazem, the plant began placing covers over drugs in carts in its manufacturing areas...
Border fence would change Texas town with Mexican ties (02/06/08)
EAGLE PASS, Texas -- With its motto "Where Yee-Hah meets Ole," Eagle Pass is a border town that prides itself on being both Tex and Mex, a community with many cultural and financial ties that bind it to its sister city across the Rio Grande. But the U.S. government's proposal to build a giant fence along the border threatens to remake the landscape in the name of national security, undermining the relationship between the two cities and, some say, permanently scarring the riverfront...
Stocks tumble amid concerns about U.S. economy's health (02/06/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street plunged Tuesday, driving the Dow Jones industrials down 370 points after investors saw an unexpected contraction in the service sector as evidence the economy is sinking into recession. It was the Dow's biggest percentage drop in almost a year...
U.S. service sector shrinks for the first time in 5 years (02/06/08)
NEW YORK -- Lingering hopes that the U.S. economy might avert a recession withered Tuesday after the nation's service sector -- its banks, travel companies, contractors and stores, among others -- shrank for the first time in five years. It was unwelcome news for many investors, who were beginning to believe that the Federal Reserve might engineer a way out of the worst economic slowdown since 1991. ...
Chrysler, parts supplier settle dispute that idled four plants (02/06/08)
DETROIT -- Chrysler LLC and struggling parts supplier Plastech Engineered Products Inc. have settled a dispute that led Chrysler to suspend production at four auto assembly plants. The deal announced Tuesday paves the way for Plastech to resume sending parts to the automaker and means Chrysler can restart production at the assembly plants that had been closed due to a lack of interior and exterior parts...
McCain wins Missouri, but Dems close (02/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican John McCain claimed a rich delegate reward by wining a close Republican primary over Mike Huckabee on Tuesday while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama appeared likely to split Missouri's delegates. McCain led Huckabee by barely 1 percentage point with nearly all of Missouri's precincts reporting results, but he stands to gain all 58 delegates because of the state's winner-take-all approach...
Presidential race gives Mardi Gras a political flavor in French Quarter (02/06/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- Douglas Barry spent Mardi Gras shouting warnings at the wildly costumed merrymakers on Bourbon Street as he carried a big sign reading, "Heed the Words of God." "We don't really approve of Mardi Gras," said Barry, a member of the Bible Believers, a Christian group that travels to large gatherings to preach. Around him were men dressed in pink baby-doll pajamas or leather loincloths, and women flashing glimpses of flesh for beads...
Firefighters use Jaws of Life to free 4-year-old boy from washing machine (02/06/08)
DOVER, Ohio -- A 4-year-old boy got stuck when he climbed into his family's top-loading washing machine, and firefighters had to use a metal cutter on the appliance to get him out. Donovan Hasseman, who wasn't hurt, was wedged up against the agitator with a knee folded against his chest, while the machine was empty and not running Sunday night, Dover Fire Capt. Mike Mossor said...
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught the Beatles meditation, dies (02/06/08)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died Tuesday at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, a spokesman said. He was thought to be 91 years old. "He died peacefully at about 7 p.m.," said Bob Roth, a spokesman for the Transcendental Meditation movement that the Maharishi founded. He said his death appeared to be due to "natural causes, his age."...
Ship arrives to fix severed Internet cable in Persian Gulf (02/06/08)
CAIRO, Egypt -- A repair ship began work Tuesday at the site where an Internet cable was cut last week in the Persian Gulf, and a second vessel was to arrive later that day at the spot north of Egypt where two other cables were cut just two days earlier, FLAG Telecom said...
MSHSAA investigates eligibility of players during Vashon's title run (02/06/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Five basketball championships won by Vashon High School in St. Louis are being scrutinized by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. The association is delving into the eligibility of at least 15 Vashon players from 1998 to 2007. Questions have been raised about whether players lived within the school's boundaries or were improperly recruited, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday...
Lightning hit Blues for fifth consecutive road victory (02/06/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Jason Ward scored his first goal in six weeks to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth consecutive road victory, a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Paul Ranger added a goal and an assist, and the Lightning also got goals from Martin St. Louis, Craig MacDonald and Nick Tarnasky. St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each collected a pair of assists...
ND boys make quick work of Kennett (02/06/08)
The Notre Dame boys basketball team only needed two quarters to notch its 16th win of the season. Notre Dame led host Kennett 50-19 at halftime when the game was called because of a tornado warning. Ryan Willen led the Bulldogs (16-6) with 19 points. Nick Koeppel and Mark Himmelberg each had eight...
Braves record steady victory (02/06/08)
For a meeting of two state-ranked small schools, Scott County Central's visit to Saxony Lutheran on Tuesday night didn't produce the most intense clash of styles. Instead, there was a sense that Scott County Central's 67-47 victory was more along the lines of preparation for future games for both teams...
Jackson rallies from 17-point deficit to defeat Central (02/06/08)
Jackson senior Jake Leet already has a game-winning shot against conference rival Notre Dame on his resume this season. And Tuesday night he added a game-winning blocked shot to his list of late-game heroics against SEMO Conference foes. With his team leading 49-48 with 7 seconds remaining, Leet rejected Central's Jajuan Bell who drove to the basket for a layup. Leet held on to the ball, and the Indians held on for a 51-48 victory at the Show Me Center...
Jackson girls defeat Central 46-33 (02/06/08)
The Jackson High School girls basketball team trailed archrival Cape Girardeau Central for much of the first three quarters Tuesday night. Not that the Indians felt uncomfortable in that situation. "That's the way we play," Jackson coach Sam Sides said. "I think we've been behind in every game we've played the last month...
Vermeil doubts spying affected Super Bowl outcome (02/06/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Dick Vermeil, who coached the St. Louis Rams to their first Super Bowl championship in 2000, doubts dirty tricks prevented the franchise from winning it all again under Mike Martz in 2002. Vermeil, from his home near Philadelphia, said Monday night that players win games, not schemes. He used the New York Giants' 17-14 upset over New England on Super Bowl Sunday as an example...
Clemens denies steroids use to congressional lawyers (02/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens spoke under oath for about five hours to congressional lawyers Tuesday, then said he told them he did not use performance-enhancing drugs. "I just want to thank the committee, the staff that I just met with. They were very courteous," Clemens said after emerging from the offices of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...
New York throws a Giant parade (02/06/08)
NEW YORK -- On a day for jumping and whooping it up, Michael Strahan showed the throngs of jubilant fans just how it's done, New York Giants style. The star defensive end fires up his team -- a wildly improbable NFL champion -- with a leap that he calls "stomping you out." And with that, Strahan jumped skyward on the podium at a Super Bowl rally Tuesday, lifting his knees to his shoulders...
Source says Suns working on trade for O'Neal (02/06/08)
MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal is prepared for the Miami Heat to trade him, a confidant of the 14-time All-Star center told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. O'Neal's associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal anything publicly, indicated a move could be imminent...
Consumer Reports: Expensive vacuums aren't always best (02/06/08)
If you're in the market for a new vacuum and tempted to spend hundreds of dollars, do some homework first. According to Consumer Reports, not all the most expensive vacuums do well at the most basic task: cleaning. Consumer Reports provides these tips for choosing a vacuum cleaner:...
A need for feed: The spring freeze last year makes fertilizer a necessity in the garden this year (02/06/08)
Joann, a cohort for more than 20 years, just got back from Florida. Her comment was, "It's spring down there. When will it get here?" I think the recent snow, coupled with this weekend's warmup, have us all in the mood for spring. Joann, the answer to your question is "Spring is just around the corner." I know my answer sounds trite, but I want to focus on this answer because of the spring we had last year...
Start of the season (02/06/08)
Our family always looks for opportunities to celebrate, and this week we have two reasons to party. First, my dad is turning 80 this weekend. Raising six children and working hard at everything he ever attempted are certainly reasons to plan a party. ...
'Late Late Show' host says he'll be the entertainer at White House dinner (02/06/08)
NEW YORK -- Less than a week after being sworn in as a U.S. citizen, Craig Ferguson learned he'll be telling jokes to President Bush. The CBS "Late Late Show" host revealed Tuesday that he's been booked as the entertainer at the annual White House correspondents' dinner in Washington, scheduled April 26...
Court order accuses manager of taking over Britney Spears' life (02/06/08)
LOS ANGELES -- A restraining order against the man who's been at Britney Spears' side during her downward spiral alleges that he drugged her, took over her finances and controlled the ravenous paparazzi "like a general." The order against Sam Lutfi was based on a lengthy declaration from Spears' mother, Lynne, who says Spears met the 33-year-old in October 2007 and "essentially moved into Britney's home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances."...
Tayna Robinson (02/06/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Tayna Renee Robinson, 33, of Dexter, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born June 5, 1974, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of the Rev. Therman Lee and Norma Jean Cooper King. She and Billy Walpole were married, and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2004. She then married David Robinson on Dec. 23, 2006, at Dexter...
Eileen Kadavi (02/06/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Eileen M. Kadavi, 92, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Independence Care Center. She was born Dec. 11, 1915, in Perry County, daughter of Herman C. and Bernice Zahner Kiefer. She married Herbert Grass, who died Dec. 12, 1955. She and Frank M. Kadavi were married Dec. 29, 1962. He died March 6, 1996...
Tommy King (02/06/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Tommy Ray King, 81, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Perry Oaks Manor. He was born Dec. 14, 1926, at Lebanon, Mo., son of Thomas A. and Minnie L. Hargett King. He and Shirley A. Meggison were married May 27, 1961. King was a self-employed fish bait supplier...
William Gunn (02/06/08)
William James "Jim" Gunn, 83, of Dexter, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in Jackson. He was born Dec. 4, 1924, in St. Louis, son of William and Effie Swan Gunn. He and Lottie Mae Clark were married Oct. 18, 1946, in Piggott, Ark. He lived most of his life in Dexter and was a charter member of the First Pentecostal Church in dexter for more than 60 years...
Merlin Mouser (02/06/08)
Merlin O. Mouser, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 27, 1940, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Otis B. and Daisy Stephens Mouser. Mouser was a dietary aide 14 years at Southeast Missouri State University, and 32 years at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Betty Birkman (02/06/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Betty Birkman, 77, of Advance died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 10, 1930, in Bollinger County, Mo., daughter of George O. and Zula Markham Revelle. Birkman was a member of Whitewater Order of Eastern Star...
Billy Davis (02/06/08)
SWINTON, Mo. -- Billy Dean Davis, 75, of Swinton died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Morgan Funeral Home in Advance, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Paula Dover (02/06/08)
Paula Cobb Dover, 55, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend, went to be with her heavenly Father Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 22, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, to Howard Ivan and Lois Davis Cobb...
Pennie Johnson (02/06/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Pennie Robey Johnson, 35, of Advance passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1972, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of Terry and Sue Bell Robey. Pennie attended Bell City High School in Bell City, Mo. She was a homemaker and was of the General Baptist faith...
Joyce Brown (02/06/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Joyce Ann Brown, 71, of Chaffee died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born June 20, 1936, at New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Leo and Agnes Simpher Goetz. She and Robert Michael Welter were married July 28, 1956. He died Dec. 19, 1986. She and Bob Brown were married May 14, 1995...
Marie Rellergert (02/06/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Marie Caroline Rellergert died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill.
Lois Dahl (02/06/08)
GALATIA, Ill. -- Lois Dahl, 86, of Galatia died, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Aegis Alzheimer's Care Center in Las Vegas. She was born April 26, 1921, in Harco, Ill., daughter of Gene and Ruth Small-Reynolds. Dahl was a 1939 graduate of Harrisburg High School. She married Leroy Dahl June 24, 1939, and had one son, Jerry Dahl...
Helen Friedel (02/06/08)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Helen B. Friedel, 69, of Florissant, Mo., and formerly of Kampsville, Ill, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. She was born May 16, 1938, in Kampsville, Ill., daughter of the late Carl and Martha Brangenberg. She was the beloved wife of the late John L. Friedel...
Red Williams (02/06/08)
Lorenz Cecil "Red" Williams, 75, formerly of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Bruce McCandless Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Florence. He was born May 22, 1932, in Akron, Colo., to Arthur and Irene Wolf Williams. Red served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was head athletic trainer at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau more than 20 years...
Cape fire report 2/6/08 (02/06/08)
n At 4:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3100 block of Mimosa Drive. n At 7:19 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 11:22 p.m., lines arcing in the 1100 block of North Kingshighway. n At 1:54 a.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of North Mount Auburn Road...
Cape police report 2/6/08 (02/06/08)
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Out of the past 2/6/08 (02/06/08)
The Rev. Doyle W. Randol, pastor of Faith Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, has announced that the Rev. Ronnie L. Brown has accepted the position of assistant pastor of the assembly. Southeast Missouri Hospital receives a new flag and flagpole from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838; during the flag-raising ceremony, the VFW recognizes Robert D. ...
Emerson made best choice for Southeast Missouri (02/06/08)
It will probably go unspoken, but this region owes a debt of gratitude to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson on her decision to seek re-election to her House seat instead of entering the GOP battle for governor of Missouri. Perhaps Emerson felt her chances were a long shot. ...
Fair, open and transparent government is webcam goal (02/06/08)
By Jay Purcell Like many of you, I was surprised at some of the comments I read in Friday's article pertaining to my suggestion to install a Web camera in the Cape Girardeau County Commission chambers at the courthouse in Jackson. I would like to lay out a few basic points that I feel are crucial to develop a better understanding of this issue...
Jackson bucks trend (02/06/08)
Recent data obtained by the Southeast Missourian shows that the Jackson area is bucking a national trend. While national headlines portray the housing market as an exploded balloon, Jackson has rebounded nicely after a somewhat slower year in 2006. In 2007, the city issued permits for 62 new single-family homes, up from 48 the year prior...
Low water pressure is a concern (02/06/08)
To the editor:Last Friday our next-door neighbor's house burned to the ground. Our thanks to the East Cape County Volunteer Fire Department, the Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department and the Delta Volunteer Fire Department for the professionalism and tireless effort they exhibited in fighting this blaze...
Speak Out 2/6/08 (02/06/08)
Giving blood; Costly profits; Tattered flag; Leaves are gone; Chinese welfare
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