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Emerson endorses Kinder for Lt. Gov. (02/18/08)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, of Cape Girardeau, in his run for re-election today, according to a news release sent out by Kinder's campaign. "I've known Peter Kinder since he ran my husband Bill Emerson's first campaign for Congress in 1980...
Scott City Council again looks at condemning old Masonic lodge (02/18/08)
For the second time in less than a year, Scott City Council is considering condemning the old Masonic Lodge. The board had unanimously delayed a public hearing on the matter last May. Since that time, the building, at 502 Second St. East, was auctioned off. The council will discuss the issue at its Tuesday night meeting...
Southeast Missouri State regents give up to $2 million for Greek projects, increase room and board rates (02/18/08)
Greek students at Southeast Missouri State University will receive up to $2 million for dorm improvements, the Board of Regents decided Monday. Administrators are currently meeting with students to determine needs, which could include modernizing bathrooms and creating more private space. The upgrades are part of seven Residence Life projects totaling $10.23 million approved Monday that will be funded with bond proceeds...
One-vehicle crash kills Benton, Mo., man early Sunday (02/18/08)
A 50-year-old Benton, Mo., man died in a one-vehicle crash near Benton. Danny R. Menz, was pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Coroner Scott Amick, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The vehicle driven by Menz was traveling southbound on County Road 333, three miles east of Benton, when it ran off the roadway to the right, overcorrected, and ran off the other side, striking several trees, the highway patrol's report on the crash said. ...
Altenburg, Mo., women keep housekeeping tradition alive (02/18/08)
ALTENBURG, Mo. Some of these women have been carpooling to Cape Girardeau for nearly 40 years to clean the houses of the doctors or dentists or business people who employ them. Many have worked for the same family all those years. They know many of Cape Girardeau's secrets but aren't about to tell them. Most have keys to the houses they clean and, in some ways, have helped raise children who are not their own...
Chaffee official: City should get back to business after impeachment vote (02/18/08)
The agenda for Monday's Chaffee City Council meeting is simple. It includes reports from city departments, including the police, and on the Florsheim building appraisal. Whether the council will address an attempt to impeach Mayor Loretta Mohorc at a closed meeting Feb. 6 is unclear. The vote came after she reported receiving complaints about the police department making too many investigative stops of vehicles...
Ice storm tops full agenda for Cape County commissioners (02/18/08)
Effects of the ice storm will likely dominate Cape Girardeau County Commission's agenda Thursday. The board ended its last meeting Feb. 11 by closing county offices as the storm rolled in. The offices remained closed for the next three days. Today the county is closed to observe Presidents Day...
Sunday winds knocked out power across Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois (02/18/08)
People who had kept their power through the entire ice storm last week found themselves in the dark Sunday. Strong winds that came through the area -- peaking at nearly 50 mph -- blew hanging tree limbs onto wires and caused more outages over the weekend. Sunday afternoon, Ameren reported 684 customers without power in the 63701 ZIP code and another 22 out in 63703...
Court of Appeals upholds ruling on judge in Barlow case (02/18/08)
The Missouri Court of Appeals recently ruled to uphold a decision from the lower courts denying a motion to disqualify the assigned judge in the trial of Lisa Barlow for first-degree murder. She allegedly shot and killed her boyfriend, Michael Strong, of Scopus, Mo., on July 27 in his residence...
Owners of closed spa meet with investigators over refunds matter (02/18/08)
Consumer affairs investigators from the Missouri Attorney General's office met recently with the owners of Spa 151 on the River, the salon that went out of business with an estimated $50,000 in outstanding gift cards and certificates. The number of complaints continued to rise last week, said John Fougere, spokesman for Attorney General Jay Nixon. By Friday, he said, 59 consumers had registered their grievances with the office's consumer affairs division...
Snow may fall in Southeast Missouri, little to no accumulation expected (02/18/08)
A light snow could fall across Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois this week, but the National Weather Service said the snow probably won't produce any significant accumulation. The weather service's Paducah, Ky., office put out a statement early Monday morning warning of the chance of snow across the area, and possible some sleet and freezing rain in southern regions, starting today and lasting through Thursday...
Community cuisine 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
Fire department to hold annual breakfast PERKINS, Mo. -- The Perkins volunteer fire department will hold its 24th annual whole-hog sausage, pancake and scrambled egg breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday in Perkins. The breakfast is all-you-can-eat, and admission is discounted for children 6 to 12 years old. Children younger than 5 eat free. A raffle will be held...
Parents Without Partners March schedule of events (02/18/08)
For more information on Parents Without Partners, call 335-0797 or e-mail capesemopwp@yahoo.com. @graphic_body_bullet:n Parents Without Partners will host contra dance lessons for children from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 1. Attendees should meet at Christ Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau...
Telethon Idol finalists announced (02/18/08)
Auditions to select finalists for the 28th annual Kenny Rogers Children's Center telethon were held Feb. 9 at West Park Mall. At the "Telethon Idol," held March 15 and 16 at Sikeston Field House in Sikeston, Mo., a dozen finalists will vie for the $500 prize while supporters dial in with donations...
Community digest 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
Childhood vaccination program rescheduled A free program on the importance of childhood vaccinations, originally set for Tuesday at Southeast Missouri Hospital, has been rescheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 2. The presentation by Scott R. Keller, M.D., a pediatrician with Physician Associates, will be in meeting room 106...
97-year-old has wealth of stories to share (02/18/08)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Altheda Schmelig is the doyenne of Altenburg housekeepers. The oldest of eight children, at age 15 she left Altenburg for St. Louis to try to make money for her destitute family. It was just before the Great Depression, and her father was a teacher. Eventually she found a job cooking for the May family, who owned the Famous-Barr department stores. Her childhood friend Agnes went to work for the Busch family of brewery fame...
Ice storm help, praise (02/18/08)
Today is the last day to sign up for assistance from the Southern Baptist Chainsaw Ministry. A total of four out-of-town teams, from Northeast Missouri, Jefferson County and Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Iowa, are helping cut up trees and limbs and get it to the curbside...
Forsee starts as University of Missouri system president (02/18/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Former Sprint Nextel chief executive Gary Forsee starts work Monday as the new University of Missouri system president. He replaces Elson Floyd, who left Columbia last year for the presidency of Washington State University. Gordon Lamb, who filled in for Floyd temporarily until Forsee's hire, will remain on board as executive vice president...
Bush's budget endangers Missouri's meth program (02/18/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of the first major disagreements over President Bush's budget proposal could hurt Missouri's efforts to fight methamphetamine. Missouri, which has had more meth lab seizures than any other state in the country for more than a decade, depends on money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to fund its drug-fighting efforts...
Two Audrain County children die in fire (02/18/08)
MEXICO, Mo. (AP) -- Two small children died in a house fire Monday morning in western Audrain County. Little Dixie fire officials said four adults were taken from the home and two of the adults suffered burns. No names or further details have been released...
Forsee starts as University of Missouri system president (02/18/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Former Sprint Nextel chief executive Gary Forsee starts work Monday as the new University of Missouri system president. He replaces Elson Floyd, who left Columbia last year for the presidency of Washington State University. Gordon Lamb, who filled in for Floyd temporarily until Forsee's hire, will remain on board as executive vice president...
Girlfriend: University gunman called before shooting to say goodbye, (02/18/08)
The Associated Press WONDER LAKE, Ill. -- The girlfriend of the man who killed five people and himself at Northern Illinois University said Sunday that he called her early on Valentine's Day, the day of the shooting, to say goodbye. Steven Kazmierczak "called me at midnight and told me not to forget about him," Jessica Baty, 28, told CNN from her home. She said she had no indication he was planning anything...
Attorney for Porter fund invested money in own company (02/18/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The lawyer overseeing a memorial fund for two murdered Independence children invested part of the $30,000 in donations in a company he owns, a newspaper reported. The Kansas City Star said in its Sunday editions that Independence lawyer Kent Desselle took almost $20,000 of the money collected to build a playground in the memory of Sam and Lindsey Porter and invested it in New Century Investments LLC...
Hundreds mourn at makeshift memorial to NIU shooting victims (02/18/08)
DEKALB, Ill. -- Mourners stood in the rain, staring at five white crosses on a small hill before placing flowers in the snow in front of each one. The visitors held markers for long minutes in front of 16-foot-long remembrance boards crammed with messages, adding their own words, knowing they do not adequately reflect their grief...
Hulshof, Steelman backing Blunt's record in GOP primary (02/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt isn't running for re-election this year. But his record in office is. Rather than running away from Blunt, the two Republicans vying to succeed him are running at least partially on Blunt's record -- especially as they try to appeal to fellow Republicans...
Confidence in economy appears to be declining (02/18/08)
Even when experts were declaring the economy healthy, many Americans voiced a vague, but persistent, dissatisfaction. True, jobs were relatively plentiful over the last few years. It was easy to borrow and extremely cheap. The sharp rise in the value of homes and plentiful credit cards encouraged a nation of consumers to get out and buy. But to many people, something didn't feel right, even if they couldn't quite explain why...
Researchers at work on fabrics that could produce power for gadgets (02/18/08)
BOSTON -- Someday, your shirt might be able to power your iPod -- just by doing the normal stuff expected of a shirt. Scientists have developed a way to generate electricity by jostling fabric with unbelievably tiny wires woven inside, raising the prospect of textiles that produce power simply by being stretched, rustled or ruffled by a breeze...
Supreme Court to look at five cases alleging age discrimination (02/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- There is only one anti-bias law -- the one against discrimination based on age -- that would cover all nine Supreme Court justices, if such laws applied to them. The justices, ranging in age from 53 to 87, are the last people to worry about such things in their own lives. They have life tenure and no mandatory retirement age...
Astronauts wrap up work aboard space station (02/18/08)
HOUSTON -- The 10 astronauts aboard the linked space shuttle and space station wrapped up their joint work Sunday and got ready to say goodbye. With the hatches between the two spacecraft scheduled to be sealed around midday, the crew rushed to finish activating science racks inside the new Columbus module and packing the shuttle for the ride home to Earth...
Calif. wildfire victims wait months for promised FEMA mobile homes (02/18/08)
RAMONA, Calif. -- Patty Reedy is still waiting for someone at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send her the mobile home she was promised before Christmas. In December, agency inspectors said she wouldn't get a government house to replace the one she lost during last year's wildfires because it would be too difficult to haul the 60-foot, three-bedroom prefabricated home up a winding road to her remote mountaintop property...
Specter of serial rapist spreads fear at university (02/18/08)
RENO, Nev. -- The hunt for a serial rapist spread fear around a college campus Sunday after police linked a 19-year-old woman's death to at least two other attacks in the area. The woman's body was found in a field Friday, nearly a month after she vanished from a home at the edge of the University of Nevada, Reno. Police said Brianna Denison had been abducted and strangled in what they called a sexually motivated crime...
USDA orders major frozen beef recall (02/18/08)
LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs. Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats. No illnesses have been linked to the newly recalled meat, and officials said the health threat was likely small...
Damaging tornadoes reported in South (02/18/08)
PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Severe weather pummeled much of the nation's eastern half Sunday, producing damaging tornadoes in the South and treating winter-weary parts of the Midwest to freezing rain, snow and flooding. In Prattville, outside Montgomery, Mayor Jim Byard said a tornado struck a residential area and crews were searching for any storm victims who might be trapped in the wreckage. No fatalities were immediately reported...
Community official: Street racing a known problem near Md. crash site (02/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Despite complaints, illegal street racers have roared for more than 20 years down the flat, straight stretch of Maryland highway where eight fans were killed this weekend, a community leader said Sunday. Stan Fetter, president of the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council, blamed a thin police presence in the suburban Washington area for the ongoing problem...
Runaway kitten found after spending 25 days in New York City subway (02/18/08)
NEW YORK -- A skittish kitten that scampered out of its carrier on a subway platform has been found after 25 days in the underground tunnels. Transit workers tracked down 6-month old Georgia under midtown Manhattan Saturday. Police reunited her with owner Ashley Phillips, a 24-year-old Bronx librarian...
Suicide bombing at dogfight in Afghanistan kills up to 80 (02/18/08)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber penetrated a crowd watching a dogfighting competition in the Taliban's former stronghold Sunday, killing up to 80 people in one of the bloodiest bombings since the regime's 2001 ouster. The attack follows a year of record violence and predictions that the Afghan conflict could turn even deadlier this year...
China concerned about U.S. plan to shoot down damaged satellite (02/18/08)
BEIJING -- China said Sunday it was concerned about U.S. military plans to shoot down a damaged spy satellite that is hurtling toward Earth with 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel. The U.S. military has said it hopes to smash the satellite as soon as next week -- just before it enters Earth's atmosphere -- with a single missile fired from a Navy cruiser in the northern Pacific Ocean...
Kosovo declares independence from Serbia (02/18/08)
PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Revelers fired guns, waved red-and-black Albanian flags and set off fireworks over Kosovo on Sunday after parliament proclaimed independence in defiance of Serbia and Russia, which condemned the declaration of the world's newest nation...
ND boys hope district gives chance for vengeance (02/18/08)
When Notre Dame's Ryan Willen sat out the first five games this season with a stress fracture in his ankle, the Bulldogs lost twice to Sikeston. The first loss was by 33 points in the third-place game of the SEMO Conference tournament. The other was a five-point loss during the regular season...
Central may face Jackson for fifth time this season (02/18/08)
The Jackson vs. Central rivalry game has been a common occurrence this winter. The two boys basketball teams have played each other four times. And there is still a chance for one more meeting in the Class 5 District 1 tournament this week. District action begins today at Jackson High School...
Redhawks softball drops pair of games in Louisiana tourney (02/18/08)
After scoring 25 runs in winning its first three games, the Southeast Missouri State softball team scored a total of two runs in a pair of losses Sunday as it concluded play in the Mardi Gras tournament in Monroe, La. After collecting only three hits in an 8-1 loss to Iowa State, Southeast managed just four hits in a 2-1 loss to host Louisiana-Monroe...
Blues use three power-play goals to dispose of Jackets (02/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Brad Boyes' 31st goal snapped a five-game point drought, Eric Brewer had a career-best four assists and the St. Louis Blues scored a season-high three power-play goals in a 5-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night. Rick Nash scored his 31st goal, his fourth short-handed, for Columbus. Nash has six goals in six games against the Blues this season...
Mickelson completes West Coast trophy collection at Riviera C.C. (02/18/08)
Phil Mickelson held on long enough for Jeff Quinney to self-destruct on the back nine Sunday at Riviera Country Club, closing with a 1-under 70 to win the Northern Trust Open and complete an impressive collection of trophies in California and Arizona...
East avenges last year's rout by West (02/18/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- In a proud city still restoring its individual beauty, the Eastern Conference repaired its own image. Ray Allen scored 28 points, making three straight 3-pointers in the final 3:15, and LeBron James added 27 as the East, widely considered the NBA's weaker half, beat the Western Conference 134-128 in Sunday night's All-Star Game...
Healthy reply ends questions (02/18/08)
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Isringhausen owns flashy vintage cars and a big personality but he's happy this spring training to skip the attention. Isringhausen sat quietly with little notice in the Cardinals clubhouse through the first three days of practice for pitchers. It's very different from last season when he entered camp still rehabbing from arthroscopic hip surgery and every pitch was analyzed by coaches and the media...
Newman wins 50th running of Daytona 500 (02/18/08)
DAYTONA, Fla. -- Another thriller, another heartbreak at the Daytona 500. For the second straight year, The Great American Race came down to the last lap. This time the drama rewarded Ryan Newman, who hadn't won in 81 races over more than two years, and team owner Roger Penske, long the king at Indianapolis but never a winner at Daytona...
Southeast women close in on OVC three-peat (02/18/08)
With the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team limping toward the finish line, it's time for me to lead off with the Southeast women. The Redhawks' ladies certainly deserve top billing for the torrid pace they've kept up over the past two-plus months...
Southeast students take part in overseas competition (02/18/08)
A group of four Southeast Missouri State University business students will be the only U.S. competitors traveling to Coventry, England, in April for the finals of a competition sponsored by the Network of International Business Schools. Scott Price, Nicole Gemoules, Jennifer Koenig and Callie Carter, all seniors, will carry Southeast's banner in the finals of the organization's case study competition. ...
Supermodel Heidi Klum wants to help Britney Spears (02/18/08)
HAMBURG, Germany -- Heidi Klum wants to help Britney Spears. The 34-year-old model says she'd be willing to open her home to Spears while the troubled pop singer puts her life back together. "She can call me and come live in our house with us for a couple of months," said Klum, a mother of three who is married to the singer Seal and lives in Beverly Hills, Calif. "I would help set her straight."...
People on the move 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
Woman recognized formicrofinancing work; Former Spa 151 staff members hired at salon; Vet and staff attend education program
Weathering the storm (02/18/08)
While most businesses endured disrupted routines, lost sales and employee absences as a result of last week's ice storms, some saw unexpected gains as area residents sought shelter and alternative sources of power to brighten dark homes. The West Park Mall shut down Tuesday and didn't reopen until noon Wednesday. ...
William Mott (02/18/08)
William James Mott, 81, of Scott City, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. He was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Crittenden County, Ky., son of Perry and Grace Mott. He married Veda Naomi Love on Oct. 7, 1949. They moved to Scott City in August 1964. William retired in 1980 from Holiday Inn in Cape Girardeau...
Carrie Turner (02/18/08)
Carrie Kay Turner, 86, of Ullin, Ill., formerly of Pulaski, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
J. Reid Abercrombie (02/18/08)
J. Reid Abercrombie, 85, of Tamms, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Danny Menz (02/18/08)
BENTON, Mo. --Danny Ray Menz, 50, of Benton died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. He was born Sept. 10, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Paul Phillip and Genevieve Ellwood Stuckey Menz. He and Diane Sue Glastetter were married July 29, 1978, in Oran, Mo. Menz was a construction worker for FGR Mechanical in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of the Craftsman Union...
Olive Rhinerson (02/18/08)
Olive "Betty" Rhinerson, 86, of Jacksonville, Ill., formerly of East Cape Girardeau, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at Passavent Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Little Point, Ind., daughter of Harry and Maude Blunk Warmoth. She was married in 1984 to Tom Rhinerson. He preceded her in death in 2002...
Casey Rhodes (02/18/08)
Casey Wayne Rhodes, 25, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at his home in Panama City Beach, Fla. He was born March 11, 1982, in Sundance, Wyo., son of Karla Jean Criddle Brown and the late Bruce Wayne Rhodes. He graduated from Jackson High School in 2000. Rhodes was a chef in Panama City Beach...
Cape/Jackson police report 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
Arrest; Summonses
Cape fire report 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
n At 8:13 p.m., a still alarm in the 1100 block of William Street. n At 9:05 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 200 block of Rambler Drive. n At 9:46 p.m., a medical assist in the 700 block of Broadway. n At 10:17 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 3200 block of William Street...
Out of the past 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
Cape Girardeau County Court Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep says he is exploring the possibility of the county setting up its own printing department to produce everything from ledgers to tax forms to receipt books. Efforts to salvage and restore the century-old bridge at Old Appleton have gained the encouragement of the Missouri Heritage Trust; Patrick Steele, Heritage Trust executive director, was in Old Appleton yesterday to inspect the bridge, which was damaged by a flood last December...
New superintendent (02/18/08)
The Cape Girardeau School District has announced the hiring of Dr. Jim Welker as its new superintendent. Welker is an assistant superintendent in the Jackson School District where he oversees finances. His background in finances makes him a good fit for the Cape Girardeau district, considering some of the accounting problems the Cape Girardeau district has seen in the past year...
Speak Out 2/18/08 (02/18/08)
A flea market?; Wonderful police; Paper, mail go through; Grateful for crews; You're awesome
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