[SeMissourian.com] Fair ~ 52°F  
River stage: 28.85 ft. Rising
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Stories from Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Weather delays opening of Johnson Shut-Ins State Park (05/21/08)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. — Recent winter weather and repeated flooding will delay the anticipated opening of the shut-ins for public use at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park near Lesterville, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. The original date was Memorial Day Weekend; the new goal is June 26...
Southeast's foundation turning to alumni, corporate dollars (05/21/08)
Bemoaning a lack of state funding, Southeast Missouri State University officials are putting a greater emphasis on the university's foundation. The organization, which turns 25 this week, currently holds about $46.5 million in net assets. It's provided scholarships, technology upgrades and continuing education funds for faculty. Without the foundation, officials say, the River Campus would not have come to fruition, nor the Dempster business building or the Seabaugh polytechnic building...
County roundup nets 2,500 scrap tires (05/21/08)
The wrangling of scrap tires by the Cape Girardeau County Building and Grounds Department appears to have been a hit. Don McQuay, the department's superintendent, said people were lining up as early at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at a maintenance building on Highway 34, even though the program was not supposed to start until 8...
Stoddard County police arrest three more on drug charges (05/21/08)
DUDLEY, Mo. -- A late night traffic stop Sunday resulted in the seizure of approximately two pounds of marijuana in Dudley. According to Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, K-9 officer Andy Holden stopped the vehicle near Dudley because it was suspicious in nature. After speaking with the subjects, Holden and the K-9 did a search of the vehicle where they located approximately two pounds of marijuana in the passenger compartment area...
VietNow National Convention to be held next week in Cape (05/21/08)
About 150 U.S. military veterans are expected in Cape Girardeau next week for the VietNow National Convention. The convention is the 23rd annual gathering of VietNow, an Illinois-based organization for veterans who served from 1957 to present. The local Trail of Tears chapter is hosting the event, which runs from May 29 to June 1. Members from across the country are meeting at the Drury Lodge to elect national officers and review the organization's bylaws...
One escaped Stoddard County inmate captured (05/21/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — One of the two Stoddard County inmates who broke out of the county jail late Monday has been captured, county police said Tuesday. Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner reported that John Kacey Jones was captured in Clay County, Ark., near Piggott...
Cape School Board amends district budget (05/21/08)
Responding to problems highlighted in an audit, the Cape Girardeau School Board approved amendments to the district's current budget Monday. The amendments show an increase of $5.9 million in revenue from a bond refinancing, in addition to increases in revenue from grants. Amendments were also made to reflect current operating expenses, which have increased as utility and transportation costs have risen...
Man charged with copper theft (05/21/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft of copper from a Sikeston, Mo., resident. James D. Barnes was charged with second-degree burglary, stealing and first-degree property damage. Bond was set at $10,000. Two juveniles were also taken into custody...
Road repairs continue in Cape Girardeau County (05/21/08)
Route AA in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction while MoDOT crews cut brush along the westbound lane. This four-mile section of road stretches from Route B to the end of Route AA. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today...
Big, black cat - jaguar or leopard - killed in Southern Missouri (05/21/08)
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- A large, black animal -- either a jaguar or a leopard -- that apparently either lost its way or was dumped by someone, was shot and killed by a deputy after a woman reported the animal pawing at her door. Cpl. Donn Hall of the Newton County Sheriff's Department responded Monday to a call from a woman saying a "black panther" was on its hind legs at her door, said Capt. Richard Leavens. When Hall got out of his car, the animal charged at him...
Blunt to sign law addressing copper theft (05/21/08)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is signing legislation to address the growing problem of copper and metal theft. The governor was scheduled to sign the bill during a Wednesday afternoon appearance at Chesterfield Police Department in suburban St. Louis...
Mo. House Democrat facing criminal charges drops out of race (05/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A southeast Missouri House member won't seek re-election. Democrat Brad Robinson, of Bonne Terre, has withdrawn from the ballot. Robinson and his wife, Tara Robinson, face criminal charges stemming from a New Year's Day traffic accident in which Robinson's truck hit a 46-year-old man...
Married Mo. mom charged with having sex with teenage boys (05/21/08)
CUBA, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a married mother of four in eastern Missouri is accused of having sex with at least six teenage boys. Crawford County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday they arrested 41-year-old Linetta Holmes of Cuba. Holmes allegedly engaged in sexual activities with at least six boys since March, the youngest 15 years old...
St. Louis group wins $1 million animal shelter makeover (05/21/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis animal rescue group wins a national competition for a $1 million animal shelter makeover. Stray Rescue of St. Louis, founded by Randy Grim 10 years ago, was selected Wednesday from three finalists, and 1,000 original entries...
Mo. budget doesn't guarantee back pay for corrections workers (05/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri isn't appealing a court ruling that corrections workers are owed more than $4 million. But the state budget doesn't guarantee they will get that money. A Cole County judge ruled that lawmakers in 2004 illegally excluded more than 1,000 probation and parole officers from a raise for other state workers...
Penguin 'mothers' make daily care a labor of love (05/21/08)
BOSTON -- Like many moms of newborns, Caitlin Hume still has plenty of work to do when she gets home. There's the herring-and-krill formula to prepare, followed by a little peeping and playtime, then bed. For the past few weeks, Hume and fellow New England Aquarium biologist Heather Urquhart have been mothering a 22-ounce Little Blue Penguin that was rejected by its parents after a difficult hatching...
Spring rains ease drought in Southeast, but crisis not over (05/21/08)
ATLANTA -- What drought? Georgia's governor has given the go-ahead to fill up outdoor swimming pools. The five-ring fountain at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park is dancing once more. And some communities may soon allow homeowners to run lawn sprinklers again...
Relatives seek custody of sect children (05/21/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Two men excommunicated by a polygamist sect went to a west Texas courtroom Tuesday to offer themselves as guardians for their children, who were seized from a church-run ranch, if the state deems their custodial parents unfit. "If we can establish I'm not guilty of those things, why can't I have my children?" asked Arthur Barlow, 59, who drove from southern Utah to seek custody of five of his children, who lived at the Yearning For Zion ranch in nearby Eldorado...
Court: Design of U.S. paper money discriminates against the blind (05/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- Close your eyes, reach into your wallet and try to distinguish between a $1 bill and a $5 bill. Impossible? It's also discriminatory, a federal appeals court says. Since all paper money feels pretty much the same, the government is denying blind people meaningful access to the currency, the U.S. ...
Clinton takes Ky., but Obama wins Ore., moves to brink of nomination (05/21/08)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Barack Obama stepped to the brink of victory in the Democratic presidential race Tuesday night, defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Oregon primary and moving within 100 delegates of the total needed to claim the nomination at the party convention this summer...
Obama begins making plans for his general election team (05/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is quietly planning to take over the Democratic National Committee and assemble a multistate team for the general election, the latest sign that he is putting rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and the nomination fight behind him...
Fed auctions $75 billion to ease credit stress (05/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- Working to relieve stressed credit markets, the Federal Reserve has auctioned another $75 billion in loans to squeezed banks, bringing the total to $510 billion since December. The central bank Tuesday announced the results of its most recent auction -- the 12th -- since the program to help banks overcome credit problems started in December...
Kennedy diagnosed with brain tumor (05/21/08)
BOSTON -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor Tuesday. Some experts gave the liberal lion less than a year to live. Doctors discovered the tumor after the 76-year-old senator and sole surviving son of America's most storied political family suffered a seizure over the weekend. The diagnosis cast a pall over Capitol Hill, where the Massachusetts Democrat has served since 1962...
U.N. chief: Myanmar approves helicopters (05/21/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- The United Nations has received permission from Myanmar to use nine helicopters from the World Food Program to ferry relief supplies to stranded cyclone victims, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday as he warned that relief efforts are at a "critical moment."...
Next challenge for China: Millions of homeless people (05/21/08)
AN XIAN, China -- China is grappling with the next massive task in the aftermath of its earthquake -- how to shelter 5 million people left homeless. By comparison, the 2006 population of Missouri was 5.8 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau...
10,000 Iraqi troops enter Sadr City (05/21/08)
BAGHDAD -- Some 10,000 Iraqi troops fanned out in Baghdad's Sadr City on Tuesday, taking positions on main roads, rooftops and near hospitals in an attempt to establish government control in the Shiite militia enclave for the first time since Saddam Hussein's ouster...
Himmelberg throws one-hitter in ND's sectional victoryy (05/21/08)
DE SOTO — Notre Dame didn't do much at the plate, especially after the first inning. The way Mark Himmelberg pitched, the Bulldogs' three-hit attack was more than enough. Himmelberg threw a one-hit shutout and received a pair of solo home runs as the Bulldogs eased past host De Soto 3-0 on Tuesday in a Class 3 sectional baseball game...
Kouzmanoff's 3-run homer carries Padres (05/21/08)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a ball as well as anyone can at Petco Park, and still lowered his head and ran hard out of the batter's box. His three-run homer sailed well beyond the fence in straightaway center, a rare clutch hit that carried the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Cardinals launch four HRs in 8-2 victory over Padres (05/21/08)
SAN DIEGO -- Unlike the home team, Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals have no trouble putting on a show at Petco Park. Pujols hit two mighty home runs, and Cesar Izturis and Ryan Ludwick also went yard in leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-2 win over the punchless San Diego Padres on Monday night...
Rams pick Wisconsin for site of training camp (05/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- After holding summer training camp at home for three years, the St. Louis Rams are heading to Wisconsin. The Rams announced Tuesday that they've chosen Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, a suburb of Milwaukee. The Rams considered returning to Western Illinois University and looked at Wisconsin-Whitewater...
Vikings pitcher pulls inside job on Jackson (05/21/08)
ST. CHARLES — Jackson junior Andy Winkleblack said his team had a fairly accurate scouting report on Francis Howell ace Zack Gronek entering Tuesday's Class 4 sectional game. The junior said the Indians knew the left-handed hurler wasn't going to try to overpower them, but instead would try to hit his spots consistently and mix in a decent breaking ball with his fastball...
Perryville girls reach Class 1 quarterfinals (05/21/08)
The Perryville girls soccer team earned the trip the players have yearned to make since they started playing soccer. The Pirates are headed to the Class 1 state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Perryville scored three goals within an 18-minute stretch to down St. Pius of Festus 3-1 in their sectional game Tuesday at Notre Dame Regional High School...
Jackson soccer fails to tear down sectional wall (05/21/08)
FARMINGTON -- Talk about heartbreak. The Jackson girls soccer team was unable to convert on any of its many opportunities while Hazelwood Central converted one of its few, which happened to come in the final two minutes of Monday's Class 2 state sectional game...
Bogan will be ineligible for first semester (05/21/08)
Bell City High School graduate Will Bogan had a solid freshman season for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team. But Bogan's sophomore campaign will begin a bit late -- if it begins at all. Southeast coach Scott Edgar said Tuesday that Bogan will not be academically eligible for the first semester of the 2008-09 academic year...
Three Redhawks receive all-OVC first-team honor (05/21/08)
Three Southeast Missouri State baseball players were named first-team all-Ohio Valley Conference on Tuesday. The voting, done by the league's coaches and sports information directors, was announced on the eve of the OVC tournament in Paducah, Ky...
Redhawks begin OVC tournament against Governors (05/21/08)
If their regular-season meetings are any indication, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay should have quite a game in today's opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament. All three of this year's contests between the teams were decided by one run, with Austin Peay winning two during the series played in Cape Girardeau April 26 and 27...
Owners will end labor deal in 2011 (05/21/08)
ATLANTA -- NFL owners voted unanimously Tuesday to end their labor agreement with the players' union in 2011. The league and union, however, insisted the next three seasons won't be interrupted by a contract dispute and both sides are working toward a new deal...
Rosenbloom says team is staying in St. Louis (05/21/08)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — One of the new owners of the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday denied speculation the team will be sold and moved back to southern California. Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that the Rams are on the market and being shopped for up to $900 million, with a sale raising the possibility of a return to Los Angeles. The story quoted former 49ers owner Eddie Bartolo and cited other unnamed sources...
Outdoor furniture that's refined (05/21/08)
It can be hard to tell anymore where the living room ends and the outdoors begin. This summer's patio furniture blurs the lines with weather-resistant materials and sophisticated color schemes that would look right at home indoors. Stereo One in Cape Girardeau offers an outdoor television it claims is even waterproof, and Kenco has dozens of patio grill and accessory options for the upscale outdoor area...
Go over the rainbow with these dishes (05/21/08)
Central Junior High School has just finished this year's production of "The Wizard of Oz." It was a spectacular show, as you would expect under the direction of Mike Dumey. Hundreds of hours were spent by dozens of volunteers, cast and crew to see that the show was better than could be imagined. The costumes and set were over the top this year, and special work done by lighting and sound people made the show so much more enjoyable...
Home away from home: Europe welcomes Woody Allen (05/21/08)
CANNES, France — Europeans get jazz and they get Woody Allen — more so than they do in America, the native land of both the filmmaker and the music form he loves. Allen may prefer to stay home in Manhattan but his movies travel well, earning coveted spots at film festivals in Europe and packing in audiences there that have helped keep his career afloat when crowds were thin in the United States...
House belatedly supports 'Frank Sinatra Day' (05/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- House members have declared "Frank Sinatra Day," but did it their way. Lawmakers didn't get around to voting until Tuesday on a resolution supporting May 13, 2008 -- last Tuesday -- as the day honoring the late singer and Academy-Award-winning actor. Making up for lost time, the House voted 402-3 to do just that...
Wall Street stumbles on oil and inflation (05/21/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stumbled Tuesday after oil prices spiked to a new record above $129 a barrel and a government report raised investors' concerns about the effect of inflation on consumer spending. The Dow Jones industrials fell nearly 200 points...
Alberta Maxwell (05/21/08)
Alberta K. Maxwell, 89, of Jackson died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Monticello House. She was born Feb. 21, 1919, in Portageville, Mo., daughter of James L. and Mayme Carson Underwood. She and James Maxwell were married Nov. 12, 1953, in St. Louis. He died Oct. 29, 1984...
Wilbert Manche (05/21/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Wilbert G. "Will" Manche, 76, of Charleston died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Perry County, son of Carlos Manche and Irma Dippold Manche DePauw. He and Glenda McDonald May were married April 16, 1988...
Virgie Spurlock (05/21/08)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Virgie M. Spurlock, 88, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 28, 1919, in Hawesville, Ky., daughter of William and Dora Sanders Nix. She and Ervin M. Spurlock were married Dec. 23, 1939, in Jackson. He died Nov. 19, 1988...
Milda Scott (05/21/08)
Milda Scott, 84, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Ghent, Ky., to John and Marrie "Mary" Simpson Johnson. She and William K. Scott were married in 1939. He passed away in 1973...
Russell Welder (05/21/08)
Russell B. Welder, 66, formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, while on sabbatical with his wife in Thailand. Mr. Welder was born Oct. 25, 1941, in Big Run, Pa. He was a veteran of the war in Vietnam and served 21 years in the Army. ...
Carmen Dockins (05/21/08)
Carmen Dockins, 46, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Oct. 30, 1961, in El Paso, Texas, daughter of Earl E. and Malinda A. Tubbs Foster. Dockins was a 1981 graduate of Sikeston High School and had been a medical secretary at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., and Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
Frieda Lewis (05/21/08)
Frieda A. Lewis, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Life Care Center. She was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Cleveland, daughter of Charles W. and Flora Mae Klar Rose. She and Russell E. Lewis were married May 3, 1943, in Brownwood, Texas. He died Dec. 5, 1989...
Births 5/21/08 (05/21/08)
Jensen Daughter to Jonathan Marc and Maegan Elizabeth Jensen of Oak Ridge, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:05 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008. Name, Emily Kathleen. Weight, 8 pounds, 8 1/2 ounces. Fourth child, third daughter. Mrs. Jensen is the former Maegan Miller, daughter of Brian and Mary Miller of Oak Ridge. Jensen is the son of Arnold and Linda Jensen of Florissant, Mo. He is employed by the city of Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 5/21/08 (05/21/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 6:55 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of North Kingshighway. n At 7:13 p.m., emergency medical service at South Pacific and Linden streets. n At 10:32 p.m., a box alarm at 2024 Cambridge Drive...
Police report 5/21/08 (05/21/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Brent S. Johnson, 22, 1229 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation. n Julia A. Litzelfelner, 74, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting...
Out of the past 5/21/08 (05/21/08)
25 years ago: May 21, 1983 Southeast Missouri Hospital officials have talked with some property owners who reside along Lacey Street across from the hospital's parking garage, as well as others on a portion of nearby Sunset Court, about selling their homes; if enough options are acquired, the hospital would purchase the properties and tear down the homes for parking space...
Correction 5/21/08 (05/21/08)
A story in Tuesday's paper incorrectly stated that Larry Miller lives in northern Boone County. The Millers live in northern Cape Girardeau County. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Youth crime and violence: The headlines don't shock us, and that's not good (05/21/08)
Maybe by now, we should no longer be alarmed. Maybe it's just the price society pays. But then again, maybe we should be both alarmed and concerned. As I casually scanned today's headlines, I see where a 13-year-old St. Louis boy has been arrested for firing a gun at spectators during the annual Annie Malone May Day Parade in downtown St. Louis. Police recovered the weapon, and the teen has been arrested...
Youth United Way (05/21/08)
High school students from Central, Jackson, Notre Dame Regional, Saxony Lutheran and Scott City announced recently at an annual banquet that they had raised more than $15,303 and awarded $9,920 in Youth United Way grants. The money will go toward projects addressing teen pregnancy and substance-abuse prevention for youths...
Quarry threatens quality of life (05/21/08)
To the editor: I live in California but grew up on a beautiful farm on County Road 319 in Cape Girardeau County, a farm still owned and enjoyed by all our family members. This farm and others (plus homes and schools) are being threatened by the possibility of a quarry that would devastate the air quality, vegetation, animal habitat, land values and quality of life for the people in the surrounding area...
'Inalienable' has a precise meaning (05/21/08)
To the editor: I'm an old man. When I was in the third grade, we struggled through the Palmer Method of penmanship, copying in ink such important documents as the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. I have no idea how many times we wrote the phrase "inalienable rights," so you can imagine how I feel watching TV, reading newspapers and magazines or having a politician or a gaggle of university Ph.D.s discuss our "unalienable rights."...
Signage offends Christian morality (05/21/08)
To the editor: As I drive along Highway 146 going to and from Cape Girardeau, I am appalled at what I have to see as I drive by the old Purple Crackle in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. How could the mayor and commissioners let a place of business like the Pink Pony come into a nice, quiet, family-oriented town?...
Commission changes are coming (05/21/08)
To the editor: In 1999, a drunken driver hit my car as I was pulling into my driveway. The driver was a client of the Cape Girardeau County public administrator, who was my neighbor and who conducted his duties from his home. The driver, a ward of Cape Girardeau County, hit my car on his way to the public administrator to -- as he explained to the police officer -- get "money for more beer."...
Speak Out 5/21/08 (05/21/08)
Clipping crisis ONLY IN Speak Out would more attention be given to lawn clippings in the streets than the suffering in China and Myanmar. Oil and food IF SAUDI Arabia won't help us out on the oil issue. why don't we raise the price of grain and other food they purchase from us? Two can play this game. Let them eat their oil...
Online Pet of the Week (05/21/08)
Smokey is a 2 year old male. He is very affectionate and loves to be held! The Humane Society of SEMO 573-334-5837. View more pets looking for homes at www.semopets.org
Front cover

Browse full calendar