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Stories from Saturday, May 24, 2008

Kennett schools approve use of random drug testing for students (05/24/08)
Kennett schools approve random drug testing KENNETT, Mo. -- The Kennett Board of Education considered a random drug testing policy at its monthly meeting Tuesday night, according to the Daily Dunklin Democrat. Deb Cook, the district's director of health services, has been discussing the implementation of a random drug testing policy with the board and presented her recommendation to the board. ...
Jackson woman to hold post on state council (05/24/08)
Gov. Matt Blunt on Friday appointed Sara C. McDowell, 31, of Jackson to the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council for a term that will end Oct. 29, 2009. McDowell is the director of independent living and program development at the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, Inc. ...
Officials meet with FEMA about storm damage (05/24/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County officials are still waiting for an answer of whether flood damage in the third-floor law library of the courthouse as a result of March rains will be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to the Sikeston Standard-Democrat. ...
Workforce Investment Board highlighted at Sikeston Chamber of Commerce gathering (05/24/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- When it comes to an area's economy, it's not all about luring in new business, but taking care of what's there and helping it expand. That's the message Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce members heard from Mike Seabaugh with Business Retention and Expansion, the featured speaker at Thursday's monthly luncheon...
Jackson restaurant to hold dinner to benefit China earthquake victims (05/24/08)
China John's Restaurant in Jackson will host a fundraising dinner buffet Saturday evening to raise money for victims of the recent earthquake that struck the Sichuan province of China. The owner of the restaurant, John Cai, came up with the idea after he learned that his daughter, a 12-year-old student in Shaoxing, China, had donated $100 to help earthquake victims...
I-57 project near Charleston makes busy work zone list (05/24/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- With schools letting out and Memorial Day unofficially kicking off the summer, travel season and its millions of motorists are right around the corner. Those who plan to travel this weekend and during the summer are asked to keep their eyes open for Missouri Department of Transportation's work zones. This is a busy construction season with hundreds of active work zones, according to a news release from MoDOT...
Construction on highways 72, 34 to pause for holiday (05/24/08)
Construction on two projects on highways 72 and 34 west of Jackson will pause this Memorial Day weekend, according to Darius Dowdy, the resident engineer for MoDOT at the Jackson project office. The two projects are projected to be completed on schedule...
Hulshof visits Cape Girardeau, talks about abortion, stem-cell research (05/24/08)
Democrats aggressively court black voters, talking about their concerns and winning a large majority from that voting bloc on election day. Republicans do the same with abortion opponents and generally win their votes. But between elections, both groups sometimes complain that their agenda slips to the bottom of the priority list despite their reliability at the ballot box. ...
Where the water goes: Cape's treatment plant filters waste in five-hour process (05/24/08)
Most people don't think twice about what happens once a toilet is flushed. "They think that's the end," Jim Baylor said. "Really, it's just the beginning." Baylor, 60, has worked at Cape Girardeau's wastewater treatment plant for 30 years and is now chief operator. The plant, at Third and LaCruz streets in the city's southeast corner, was built in 1962 and expanded in 1977...
Third-graders present findings on old Cape cemetery (05/24/08)
Preservation of Old Lorimier Cemetery typically has been championed by historians. Over the past year, a group of third-graders from Franklin Elementary has been leading the effort. With a $10,000 grant from the History Channel, the 8- and 9-year-olds spent the school year working on their cemetery project, called "Digging up History."...
St. Louis Zoo announces 25-year plan (05/24/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Zoo is planning ahead -- way ahead. Zoo president Jeffrey Bonner on Friday announced major initiatives for the next 25 years for the free zoo in Forest Park. Bonner announced plans for several upgrades over the next quarter of a century. ...
Pennsylvania soldier killed in Iraq to get Medal of Honor (05/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- The White House announced Friday that a Pennsylvania soldier who jumped on top of a grenade in Iraq and saved the lives of his comrades will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor. The nation's highest military honor will be given to 19-year-old Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis of Knox, Pa., on June 2...
Existing home sales dropped by 1 percent during April (05/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- Existing home sales fell for the eighth time in the past nine months, a string of weakness expected to continue as the housing industry battles falling home prices, tight lending conditions and a weak economy. The National Association of Realtors reported Friday that existing home sales dropped by 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million units, matching the all-time low set in January. ...
Colorado officials tour damage from Thursday's huge tornado (05/24/08)
WINDSOR, Colo. -- Natural gas leaks and the threat of explosions kept hundreds of anxious residents from assessing the damage to their homes Friday, a day after a large tornado tore through a 35-mile stretch of northern Colorado, killing one person and injuring dozens...
Unmarked chopper patrols New York City from high above (05/24/08)
NEW YORK -- On a cloudless spring day, the NYPD helicopter soars over the city, its sights set on the Statue of Liberty. A dramatic close-up of Lady Liberty's frozen gaze fills one of three flat-screen computer monitors mounted on a console. Hundreds of sightseers below are oblivious to the fact that a helicopter is peering down on them from a mile and a half away...
China contains radiation in earthquake disaster zone (05/24/08)
PENGZHOU, China -- Emergency crews worked Friday to secure 15 sources of radiation buried in the rubble of China's devastating earthquake, the government said as it evacuated thousands of survivors downstream from rivers dammed by landslides. Officials precariously balanced their efforts to clean up and rebuild with attempts to house, feed and treat the displaced and injured and search for survivors...
Jackson's Rushin places second at Class 4 meet (05/24/08)
Jackson sophomore Jill Rushin finished second in the shot put on the opening day of the Class 4 track and field championships Friday in Jefferson City, helping the Indians to third place in the team standings. Rushin threw 43 feet, 11 3/4 inches, which was just over three feet short of the winning toss by Jasmine Boyer, a junior from Fort Zumwalt West...
Central duo wins match before exiting state tournament (05/24/08)
Central tennis players Patrick Duffy and David Berry had a memorable experience last year competing in the state tournament in Springfield. The memories are even better now in their senior year as Duffy and Berry qualified once again, and this time they have a victory under their belt...
Rhodes provides relief with season-saving stint (05/24/08)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Lance Rhodes got more than he could have bargained for Friday. He came through big-time to help the Southeast Missouri State baseball team stay alive in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Rhodes, a relief pitcher, was called upon in the top of the first inning after Tennessee Tech scored twice on three hits and a walk against starter James Leigh...
Redhawks press on (05/24/08)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- The Southeast Missouri State baseball team showed no ill effects from Thursday's gut-wrenching defeat. Southeast bounced back Friday afternoon to beat Tennessee Tech 8-4 and remain alive in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. "We're very resilient," Southeast's Matt Wulfers said. "We haven't really shown it that much this year, but it's good to see out of this team."...
First lap at Indy 500 has proven to be hazardous (05/24/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The start of the Indianapolis 500 was once described as driving through a blender set to puree. Thirty-three cars racing in rows of three toward a narrow left turn at more than 200 mph is one of the scariest moments in a fearsome sport...
Let freedom sing (05/24/08)
Whether you're a veteran, a veteran's relative or just a citizen, feelings of pride and freedom will be revisited with old, familiar tunes and perhaps one or two new ones at St. Andrew's Patriotic concert Sunday. St. Andrew Lutheran Church's choir will hold a patriotic concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the fellowship hall. All members of the community are invited, and invitations have gone out to all veterans organizations, including the American Legions, VFW and the Missouri Veterans Home...
Busyness marks time but won't bring you a full life (05/24/08)
Busyness kills the soul. What I mean by busyness is constantly checking the clock only to be surprised at how slow the hands have moved around the face, checking e-mail again and again just in case that crucial message you are expecting comes through, filling each moment with exhausting activities only to meet at the close of the day alone with the small voice that wonders if what happened today really matters. ...
Briefly (05/24/08)
Pleasant Hill Day planned for Sunday The annual Pleasant Hill Day will be held Sunday by the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Cemetery Association in Fruitland. Worship will be at 11 a.m. followed by a basket dinner on the grounds. Families are asked to bring their own table service, folding tables and lawn chairs. ...
Life is all about heart (05/24/08)
Some people make an impression on you. I once met a woman, Julie, whom many were unable to understand. She was always thinking of others. She had little money but was always the first to respond in an emergency. Prestige and power held no interest for her. One day, someone asked her why she was so addicted to self-sacrifice. Julie answered, "Life is all about heart. Unless what you do amounts to something, there is no point in doing it."...
Madonna auctions off purse and contents at AIDS benefit (05/24/08)
MOUGINS, France -- The Material Girl parted with a few personal possessions -- a custom-made white guitar and the contents of her handbag -- at a benefit to raise money for AIDS research. Madonna emptied her purse and came up with a magnifying mirror, hair clips, skin blotting tissues and lip gloss. She put it on the block along with a one-of-a-kind diamond-encrusted alligator bag donated by Chanel. The lot sold for $472,000...
Prices at the gas pumps determined by many factors (05/24/08)
Consider the game of chicken that plays out every day across Pennsylvania State Highway 441. In Marietta, where the road hugs the Susquehanna River, a Rutter's Farm Store gas station stands on one side, a Sheetz gas station on the other. Kelly Bosley, who manages Rutter's, doesn't even have to look across the highway to know when Sheetz changes its price for a gallon of gas. When Sheetz raises prices, her own pumps are busy. When Sheetz lowers prices, she has not a car in sight...
Dorothy Anderson-Angelly (05/24/08)
Dorothy Anderson-Angelly OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Dorothy Anderson-Angelly, 89, of Goreville, Ill., formerly of Olive Branch, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at her home. Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Douglas Quebedeaux (05/24/08)
Douglas Quebedeaux Douglas Dale Quebedeaux, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 16, 2008, at his home. He was born May 23, 1962, son of Kenneth and Bonnie Quebedeaux. Quebedeaux was a truck driver in the commercial transportation industry. Survivors include a daughter, Tamara Quebedeaux of Thatcher, Ariz., and a son, Douglas Quebedeaux of Freeport, Texas...
Irma Evans (05/24/08)
Irma Evans Irma L. Evans, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Life Care Center. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home...
Linda Slusher (05/24/08)
Linda Slusher Linda J. Slusher, 66, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Jackson Manor. Survivors include two sons, Frank Slusher of Modesto, Calif., Robbie Slusher of Jackson; a sister, Nancy Ginn; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Howard Reynolds (05/24/08)
Howard Reynolds SIKESTON, Mo. -- Howard Lee Reynolds, 81, of Sikeston died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Feb. 10, 1927, in Cape Girardeau County, son of the late Dewey Lee and Emma Kirchoff Reynolds. He was baptized April 3, 1927, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills by the Rev. A.H. Smidt, pastor, Missouri Synod. His sponsors were Albert Lueders and Mrs. Cletus Irvin (Aunt Rosie Thomas)...
Iola Grissom (05/24/08)
Iola Grissom Iola V. Grissom, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 23, 2008, at Capetown Assisted Living. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home...
Tonya Manker (05/24/08)
Tonya Manker SIKESTON, Mo. -- Tonya Dale Manker, 40, of Sikeston died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 12, 1968, in St. Louis, daughter of Norman Dale Manker and Kathy Tabaka. Manker moved to Sikeston from St. Louis in 1992. She attended Cornerstone Church in Bertrand...
Truman Mouser (05/24/08)
Truman Mouser Truman O. Mouser, 64, of Jackson died Friday, May 23, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1943, in Arbor, Mo., son of Edward O. and Clora F. Dees Mouser. He and Linda Cook were married April 16, 1982. Mouser was a designer with the former Florsheim Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau, and then worked 21 years in manufactured home sales, retiring in 2006. He was a member of Northside Gospel Assembly in Cape Girardeau...
Paul Unverferth (05/24/08)
Paul Unverferth Paul Douglas Unverferth, 49, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born April 11, 1959, in Perryville, Mo., son of Thomas "Pete" and Lois Jean Rose Unverferth. Unverferth had worked at Buchheit Inc. more than 10 years. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Fire report 5/24/08 (05/24/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 4:31 p.m., an odor of natural gas at 800 block of Morgan Oak Street. n At 5:27 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of South West End Boulevard. n At 6:31 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Broadway...
Police report 5/24/08 (05/24/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Rose M. White, 56, 522 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for unlawful use of a weapon...
Correction 5/24/08 (05/24/08)
In a brief on Thursday's Faces and Places page, Join Hands Day project participants should have been listed as Ronnie Roy, Dorothy Points, Sheila Holoway, Rosemary and Van Sanders, Roger Scott, and Jennie and Ernie Adams, all members of Cape Girardeau United Commercial Travelers Council 534. They participated in an intergenerational project with residents of Sunshine Villa in Scott City. UCT Council members prepared flower beds and planted flowers...
Correction 5/24/08 (05/24/08)
A story in Friday's edition should have identified the sponsor of the Memorial Day service at Osage Community Centre as the Joint Veterans Council.
Major case squad (05/24/08)
The Cape Girardeau County-Bollinger County Major Case Squad celebrated its 25th birthday recently. The squad has been quite active in the last year or so, being called into action for two murders and a series of arsons. The squad consists of officers and detectives from eight law enforcement agencies. It has solved 35 of 37 cases over a quarter of a century...
Breast-cancer rumor contains inaccurate information (05/24/08)
To the editor: On May 16, someone placed inaccurate information in Speak Out about breast cancer risk and the supposed connection with abortion. I feel it is extremely important to have correct information when it concerns women's health issues. Hearsay and rumor have no place in medical concerns...
Speak Out 5/24/08 (05/24/08)
Loose dogs THERE ARE leash laws. My family has been walking and jogging. It never fails that we see loose dogs and have been chased. We have elderly neighbors who are scared to walk. Tonight we had a dog in our yard. Have some respect for others. Climate-change skeptics...
Scott City volleyballer going to Colorado Springs (05/24/08)
Katie Hogan, a 14 year old eighth-grader at Scott City Middle School, has been selected to attend the US Amateur Volleyball Association's tryouts in Colorado this August. The tryouts will be held at the United States Olympic Training Facilities in Colorado Springs, CO, August 2-6...
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