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20 arrested on drug charges in Perry County (05/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — The Perry County Sheriff's Office arrested 20 people over the last week for drug charges, the conclusion of an undercover investigation that began in 2007, according to a news release sent out today by the sheriff's office...
Highway 34 reduced to one lane starting Tuesday; U.S. 60 work continues (05/05/08)
Highway 34 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday from Route OO to the Bollinger County line while MoDOT crews remove brush along the westbound lane.Weather permitting the work will take place from 8:30 a.m. ...
Former students roam the halls for Franklin's 80th anniversary (05/05/08)
When Jane Kurre attended fifth grade at Franklin Elementary in Cape Girardeau, there were no walls dividing classes. "They knocked down all the walls. It was the beginning of team teaching," she said. "You could see everyone." Now, about 35 years later, she chuckled while touring Franklin, on display for the school's 80th anniversary. "They're all boarded back up," she said...
A dog's story: From one loving home to another and back again (05/05/08)
Celeste Myers and her 6-year-old daughter Nadia didn't usually walk their dog Sadie in Capaha Park on Tuesday afternoons, but March 11 was the first nice day after the ice storms that devastated the area. Scott Johnson had already crossed the park that afternoon en route to his monthly B-12 injection at Southeast Missouri Hospital. ...
Creeks in Cape, Jackson cleaned up (05/05/08)
The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson Parks and Recreation participated in "Bashin' Trash" on two recent weekends at Cape La Croix Creek in Cape Girardeau and Hubble Creek in Jackson City Park...
Community digest 5/5/08 (05/05/08)
Civil War diary available at county archive center The Civil War diary of the Rev. Joseph C. Maple, who was in charge of the Jackson Academy and wrote about his observations of the war in and around Jackson from June 1861 to July 1862, has been published and is available at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 E. Washington St. in Jackson. Several longtime Jackson families are mentioned in the account. For more information, call 204-2331...
CVB sponsorship keeps River Heritage Museum, other sites open longer (05/05/08)
When the River Heritage Museum opens its doors for the season, it will be for longer because of sponsorship by the Convention and Visitors Bureau that began Thursday and ends Sept. 14. Three other downtown attractions -- the Red House Interpretive Center, Old St. Vincent's Church and the Glenn House -- will also benefit from the sponsorship...
Germans visit Cape as part of Rotary program (05/05/08)
The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange program is a cultural and vocational exchange program for professionals 25 to 40 years of age in the early stages of their careers. From April 29 to Friday, Cape West Rotary members were visited by west German GSE team District 1850. ...
RSVP, VIC honor volunteers at annual event (05/05/08)
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Volunteer Intergenerational Center held their 2008 annual recognition event Wednesday during National Volunteer Week. At the event, several volunteers from area not-for-profit agencies were honored. RSVP and VIC, both services of the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, recruit volunteers to help expand services in more than 120 not-for-profit agencies. ...
March raises awareness, funds for preterm births (05/05/08)
Formerly WalkAmerica, the March of Dimes March for Babies a fundraiser for supporting research and programs that help prevent or treat premature birth, birth defects and other threats to babies' health. Registration for this year's March for Babies is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Kiwanis Park, with the march at 6...
Pacific continues to debate property buyouts (05/05/08)
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) -- A community meeting is planned for Tuesday in Pacific as residents in flood-prone areas of town continue to decide whether to seek property buyouts from the federal government. March flooding along the Meramec River left more than 200 homes and businesses damaged in the eastern Missouri community...
GOP governor candidates in St. Louis (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Republican candidates Sarah Steelman and Kenny Hulshof campaign for governor in separate stops in St. Louis as they compete for their party's nomination. Steelman appeared Monday morning at the Ballpark Village development site to lay out her plan for repealing the city's earnings tax. She is the state treasurer...
2 men die in separate St. Louis killings (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man is dead and three others injured after a shooting at a car wash. The victim is 27-year-old Earnest Lenoir Jr. He and two other men were washing their cars Sunday afternoon when shots were fired from the rear of the business. The fourth victim is an employee of the car wash...
SIU student killed in wreck to get degree posthumously (05/05/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- A Southern Illinois University student killed last week when a tractor-tractor slammed into his stopped car in a construction zone will get his degree posthumously. The Carbondale school says Nick Rendleman will accept the award on behalf of his late brother, Ryan Rendleman, during commencement ceremonies Saturday...
Man shot dead in KC, girlfriend in custody (05/05/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police say one man is dead and his girlfriend is custody after a shooting outside the woman's apartment. Captain Rich Lockhart said the couple had been arguing at about 5 p.m. Sunday when the man was shot. The woman's three children, aged 9, 6 and 2, were in a car parked nearby...
Charges mulled in crash that killed Republic teen (05/05/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors are considering charges against the driver of a wrecker that was parked without lights on a southwest Missouri road when a car hit it, killing a teenager. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Saturday night crash just north of Joplin killed 18-year-old Jodie Wharf of Republic. Wharf had been riding with her Republic High School friend Tesslah Lee at 8:30 p.m. on a two-lane county road which is unlit...
Small earthquake centered in St. Louis County (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- For the second time in recent weeks, some St. Louis area residents awoke on Monday to a disconcerting rumbling. But this time, the earthquake was right beneath their feet. The quake at 6:25 a.m. had its epicenter in southwest St. Louis County -- just the sixth documented earthquake over the last two centuries centered in St. ...
Ten suspicious fires under investigation in St. Louis (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis firefighters said Sunday they have responded to 10 suspicious fires in recent days, and investigating whether an arsonist is at work in the city, according to KSDK-TV. Officials said all the fires were set outside of vacant buildings within five blocks of north St. Louis. Five of the suspect fires blazed Saturday night...
Kirkwood city hall gunman had financial problems (05/05/08)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- The gunman accused of shooting seven people at Kirkwood City Hall in February was in deep financial trouble, though even those closest to him were not aware of the full extent. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that while it's well known that Charles "Cookie" Thornton lost his attempt to sue the city for millions, and faced more than $20,000 in fines from the suburban St. Louis community for code violations, his financial issues were much more involved...
Mo. police officer hurt in car chase (05/05/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A police officer from Independence suffered a broken leg after being struck by a police car during a pursuit. The Kansas City Star reports that officers were pursuing a suspicious vehicle Sunday morning after being called to investigate a reported drive-by shooting. Police say the suspect led them on a car chase after tossing items out of the vehicle...
Man flees fatal crash in St. Louis (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis police searched for a suspect who kicked out the windshield of his truck and fled the scene of a crash that claimed two lives. The suspect, behind the wheel of a pickup truck, attempted to pass two men in another truck who were trying to pull over to a diner early Sunday...
Nasty surprises await locksmiths (05/05/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Locksmith Brent Fasse squints at the map, double-checking the address of a house off the Paseo. "This is it," he said, as he parks his Chevy Astro van, filled with thousands of keys packed into plastic storage boxes. For all the misery of the mortgage crisis, with its foreclosures and evictions and interrupted lives, it's a good time to be a locksmith. Almost all the locks Fasse changes these days are on foreclosed homes...
Mo. tax revenue drops sharply (05/05/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Alarms are sounding in the Missouri Capitol over a sudden downward spiral in state tax revenue. And those concerns already have scuttled millions of dollars of sought-after spending in next year's budget. Missouri has just two months remaining in its 2008 budget year. As of April 25, things looked pretty good -- net general revenue was up 5.7 percent over the same point a year ago...
Affirmative action group misses Mo. petition deadline (05/05/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group seeking to bar many state affirmative action programs has missed a Sunday deadline to submit its initiative petition. Missouri had been one of five states California businessman Ward Connerly and his supporters had targeted for an effort to strike down affirmative action laws...
Forever blitzed: Illinois man orders custom beer-can coffin (05/05/08)
SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Bill Bramanti will love Pabst Blue Ribbon eternally, and he's got the custom-made beer-can casket to prove it. "I actually fit, because I got in here," said Bramanti of South Chicago Heights. The 67-year-old Glenwood village administrator doesn't plan on needing it anytime soon, though...
Pregnant teller says gunman prevented co-workers from helping after she was shot (05/05/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A pregnant bank teller who lost the twins she was carrying after being shot during a holdup choked back tears Saturday as she recalled lying on the bank's floor, bleeding and pleading for help, as the gunman demanded money from her co-workers...
Bush hails recovery of Kan. town (05/05/08)
GREENSBURG, Kan. -- President Bush hailed the resilience of this town and its tiny high school graduating class Sunday, one year after a tornado barreled through with astonishing fury. Never before had Bush delivered a commencement address at a high school, and his presence was meant to reflect how far Greensburg has come. From nearly total devastation last May 4, this town is recovering, and hope has been rekindled...
Yahoo CEO on hot seat after rebuffing Microsoft's $47.5B bid (05/05/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo Inc. chief executive Jerry Yang has gotten what he wanted: a chance to prove his company is worth more than the $47.5 billion that Microsoft Corp. offered to buy the Internet pioneer. It will be a daunting challenge. Investors are expected to show how little they think of Yahoo without a takeover bid on the table today. Faced with resistance from Yang and the rest of Yahoo's board, Microsoft withdrew its offer over the weekend...
Obama, Clinton differ on Iran policy, gas-tax holiday proposal (05/05/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Barack Obama likened Hillary Rodham Clinton to President Bush for threatening to "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacks Israel and called her gas-tax holiday a gimmick as he tried to fend off her challenge ahead of two pivotal Democratic primaries...
FBI: Suspected pipe bomb damages Calif. courthouse (05/05/08)
SAN DIEGO -- A suspected pipe bomb exploded at a federal courthouse in downtown San Diego early Sunday, damaging the front entrance and blowing out a window, authorities said. No injuries were reported. Few people were around the building, which is a block from nightclubs in the Gaslamp Quarter, when the powerful blast also damaged the lobby area of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse about 1:40 a.m., said FBI spokeswoman April Langwell...
Straining to make progress: Program offers hope to quadriplegic man (05/05/08)
Day 1 at Project Walk fell on their 13th wedding anniversary. In years past, John and Marci Pou might have gone to dinner. Instead, thousands of miles from home, Marci watched as John fought to maneuver his broken body. It was June 26, 2006, the start of a regimen that would push John to the limit physically and challenge both of them emotionally and even spiritually...
Sea lions shot as battle over salmon rages (05/05/08)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Six federally protected sea lions were apparently shot to death on the Columbia River as they lay in open traps put out to ensnare the animals, which eat endangered salmon. State and federal authorities are investigating. The discovery came one day after three elephant seals were found shot to death at a breeding ground in central California...
Sister-in-law: Austrian man treated family like a 'tyrant' (05/05/08)
AMSTETTEN, Austria -- The sister-in-law of an Austrian man accused of imprisoning his daughter for 24 years in a dingy dungeon and fathering seven children with her said he treated his family like a "tyrant." A woman who identified herself as Josef Fritzl's sister-in-law provided new details of the oppression inside the Fritzl home. ...
Cyclone kills more than 350 in Myanmar, state TV reports (05/05/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- A powerful cyclone killed more than 350 people and destroyed thousands of homes, state-run media reported Sunday. Some dissident groups worried that the military junta running Myanmar would be reluctant to ask for international help...
Second round of China-Tibet talks planned (05/05/08)
Chinese officials and envoys of the Dalai Lama have agreed to a second round of talks, China's state-run news agency said in an apparent sign of progress in easing tensions raised by violent anti-government riots in Tibet. Xinhua also said, however, that the Chinese officials told the Dalai Lama's envoys at their first meeting Sunday that the protests had spawned new obstacles to communication...
Rice pushes for peace progress; Israel denies agenda for settlements (05/05/08)
JERUSALEM -- Facing mounting Palestinian frustration at the pace of peace talks, the United States leaned on Israel on Sunday to lift restrictions that chafe West Bank residents and stifle an already limping economy. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice did not directly criticize close U.S. ...
Edgar plans to shuffle Redhawks' basketball coaching staff around (05/05/08)
I had an extensive conversation with Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar on Friday during the Ohio Valley Conference outdoor track and field meet in Cape Girardeau. We talked about a variety of topics regarding the basketball program, including the way Edgar plans on shuffling his coaching staff a bit...
Win eludes Earnhardt as Bowyer takes flag (05/05/08)
RICHMOND, Va. -- For the first time in two years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the checkered flag within reach. His agonizing 71-race winless streak was just three laps from ending. All Junior had to do was hold off red-hot Kyle Busch in a stirring showdown between NASCAR's most popular driver and the kid who got dumped from Hendrick Motorsports for Earnhardt and has rebounded with a sizzling start to the season...
Penguins win in OT to end Rangers season (05/05/08)
PITTSBURGH -- Marian Hossa scored his second goal of the game 7:10 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Sunday and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in seven years...
Kim becomes youngest PGA winner since 2002 season (05/05/08)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Anthony Kim became the youngest PGA Tour winner in six years, cruising to a five-shot win over Ben Curtis on Sunday in the Wachovia Championship. With Tiger Woods recovering from knee surgery and unable to defend his title at Quail Hollow Club, the 22-year-old Kim turned in a masterful performance...
Cardinals demote Reyes to Memphis, call up Parisi (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Anthony Reyes was demoted to the minor leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday after sputtering in a relief role with a 5.27 ERA. The 26-year-old Reyes, once considered the team's top pitching prospect, will be a starter for Class AAA Memphis. But manager Tony La Russa believes the infrequency of Reyes' outings has more to do with his struggles than comfort level or a lack of enthusiasm for the bullpen life...
Celtics finally subdue Hawks, advance to quarters (05/05/08)
BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett took a behind-the-back pass from Paul Pierce, slammed in the dunk to make the lead three dozen points and then slashed his hand across his throat to signal what the Atlanta Hawks already knew. "It's over," he told the crowd...
Gillespie, Glastetter had big days in district meet (05/05/08)
Scott County Central's D.D. Gillespie and Oran's Haley Glastetter were event winners and sectional qualifiers in multiple events during Saturday's Class 1 District 1 track meet hosted by the Missouri School for the Deaf. Saxony Lutheran finished third in both the boys and girls teams standings. The Crusaders had nine boys entries advance, including four first-place finishes, while the girls had eight qualifiers, including one first...
Redhawks conclude disappointing season with fifth straight loss (05/05/08)
Southeast Missouri State softball coach Lana Richmond lauded her team for a spirited comeback. But Sunday's effort could not prevent an 8-4, eight-inning loss to visiting Jacksonville State in the final game of another disappointing season. The Redhawks failed to make the six-team Ohio Valley Conference tournament for the second straight year. They finished eighth out of 10 squads...
EIU rallies in ninth to defeat Southeast (05/05/08)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- After exchanging a pair of lopsided victories Saturday, Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Illinois waged a down-to-the-wire thriller. Unfortunately for the Redhawks, they came up on the short end of Sunday's Ohio Valley Conference baseball series finale...
Isringhausen ends shaky stretch after Pujols delivers key hit in fourth inning (05/05/08)
ST. LOUIS — Two days after Jason Isringhausen left to merciless boos from the home crowd, he walked off the mound in triumph. Shaking off recent woes that left him wondering for a time whether to ditch his favored cut fastball, the St. Louis Cardinals' closer needed only 12 pitches to retire the top of the Chicago Cubs' order, putting the finishing touch on a 5-3 victory on Sunday night...
Indy walks back through our door as `Crystal Skull' nears (05/05/08)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marion Ravenwood might have been speaking for us all when she set eyes on Indiana Jones for the first time in years. Her caustic greeting to the archaeologist-adventurer in 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark": "Indiana Jones. I always knew someday you'd come walking back through my door."...
Gretchen Wilson finishes high school at 34 (05/05/08)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country music singer Gretchen Wilson has a mantel full of awards in her home. Her first radio single, "Redneck Woman," spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and earned a 2005 Grammy. Her debut album sold 4.5 million copies...
Small business counseling planned in Perryville, Cape and Sikeston (05/05/08)
The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will offer counseling sessions for small businesses and individuals planning business ventures next week in Perryville, Mo., Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, Mo. The counseling sessions with counselor Gil Degenhardt, each about one hour, are available by appointment. ...
From tailfins to hybrids: Dennis Underwood has spent 50 years selling autos (05/05/08)
In May of 1958, Dennis Underwood needed a job. At 19, he had a wife and had recently returned to Cape Girardeau from St. Louis, where he had worked at Clayton Motors selling Plymouths and DeSotos. He sought work at the Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealer. Sorry, no jobs, he was told...
People on the move 5/5/08 (05/05/08)
Strand joins staff of Select Physical Therapy Select Physical Therapy, 240 S. Mount Auburn Road, announced the addition of Laura Strand, a licensed physical therapy assistant, to its staff. Strand is a certified pre- and post-natal educator and a 2000 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She has eight years' experience working primarily in an outpatient setting...
Janice Marie Meyer (05/05/08)
Janice "Janie" Marie Meyer, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Olene Heflin (05/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Olene Ellis Heflin, 91, of Perryville died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. She was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Perry County, daughter of William Harry and Lottie Kline Ellis. She and Robert R. Heflin were married Aug. 16, 1952. He died June 22, 1986...
Fire reports 5/5/08 (05/05/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighers responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 5:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 5:19 p.m., a carbon monoxide problem in the 600 block of Maple Street. n At 6:07 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 2400 block of North Kingshighway...
Police reports 5/5/08 (05/05/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Gerald Taylor, 61, 318 Middle St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain single lane, expired license plate and no insurance...
Out of the past 5/5/08 (05/05/08)
25 years ago: May 5, 1983 The soggy pendulum of Mississippi River flood crest predictions has swung again; the revised prediction calls for a crest of 45.3 feet tomorrow afternoon at Cape Girardeau, slightly less than what had been predicted yesterday...
More people working, more people looking (05/05/08)
Attention political candidates — John Mehner, president and chief executive officer of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, knows how to put a positive spin on what could otherwise be viewed as seriously bad news. After the national employment report was issued Friday that showed employment nationally had fallen by 20,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate had also fallen to 5 percent, I checked on the local unemployment figures. ...
One step forward, too many steps back in efforts to improve Scott City (05/05/08)
By Paul Schock It was last Tuesday night when I heard the horns from the fire trucks driving by and then the sound of a truck in my back yard. I went out and saw what was once the pride and joy of a community coming together going up in flames. Scott City lost the Old Head School, and my emotions almost got the best of me as I thought right away of Carolyn Pendergrass, the president of the Scott City Historical Society...
Jackson revs up TIF commission (05/05/08)
The city of Jackson is beginning its second phase of a plan to lure business. According to Mayor Barbara Lohr, the Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) Commission is being reactivated. "The whole purpose of a TIF is to allow the developer to be able to do all their infrastructure up front," she said. "Then they're allowed a tax abatement to pay it off. It's an incentive."...
Scott City cooperation (05/05/08)
The church brought the stuff. The VFW brought the snacks. And together the two entities that share a parking lot also shared in helping fix up their buildings. Father's Arms Fellowship, a nondenominational church, and the Scott City VFW are teaming up to help repair damage done by last month's 14-inch rainstorm...
Chamber's inspirational speaker (05/05/08)
To the editor: I am writing to commend the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. On Friday I attended the monthly First Friday Coffee event at the Show Me Center. The special guest speaker was Ronald M. Shapiro, author of "Dare to Prepare." The event was well-organized and well-attended, and Mr. Shapiro was a captivating speaker...
Speak Out 5/5/08 (05/05/08)
Bottled water A LOT of the people who are complaining about food prices buy bottled water. My wife buys bottled water, and I tell her it's a waste of money. There's no sense in buying water. Blocked intersection THIS IS a message to the drivers on U.S. ...
Planting a seed (05/05/08)
Education about the value of home grown foods can never start too soon. With this in mind, the Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative, working with the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Cape Girardeau, is developing a garden that students at the Cape Area Family Resource Center (1202 S. Sprigg ) will cultivate to provide their families with home grown vegetables later this summer...
German exchange students visit Cape (05/05/08)

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