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Poplar Bluff High School theater group to perform at festival in Europe (06/01/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Kilts will not be on the checklist of things to pack for a group of Poplar Bluff High School theater students heading to Scotland next year. They will, however, fill their suitcases with attire from past performances. The theater group was recently selected to participate in the Fringe Festival in July 2009...
Armadillos expanding to Southeast Missouri (06/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — They've been described to state conservation officials as "weird shell-looking things" and "overgrown turtles," but the mammals stumping many Southeast Missouri residents are actually armadillos. "There are a lot of people here in Missouri who don't know what they are," said Jeremy Soucy, education specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation's Southeast Region...
Children removed from Sikeston couple's home (06/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston couple was arrested Wednesday following an investigation into the living conditions of two children in their home. Robert L. Blankenship Jr., 41, and Barbara Finger, 24, of 68 Connie Lane in Sikeston were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child...
Firefighters use SEMO dorm for high-rise practice (06/01/08)
With an updated command system and modified equipment for large building fires, members of five area fire departments trained together for the first time in about 10 years Saturday morning. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, East County Fire Protection District, Gordonville Fire Protection District and Scott City Fire Department all participated in the training session at Towers East residence hall of Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Officials in dispute over comparing bullets (06/01/08)
When Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter and detective Branden Caid received information from witnesses that the same gun used in the 1992 homicide of Angela M. Lawless in Benton, Mo., may have been the murder weapon in a 1994 murder-for-hire case, they asked the Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Lab to compare ballistic analysis reports to check for similarities...
Anna, Ill., resident wins Scott City summer talent show (06/01/08)
Saturday night, Taylor Bingaman secured a spot in the mid-South Fair in Memphis, Tenn., by winning the talent competition at the 32nd annual Scott City Mid-Summer Festival. The Anna, Ill., resident was one of more than 20 singers competing in the senior division, which was open to 13- to 21-year-olds. Emily Hagan of Cape Girardeau won the junior division, which did not offer an automatic qualifying spot for the fair in September...
Witness who identified Joshua Kezer in 1992 murder case says he could be wrong (06/01/08)
In 1994, Mark T. Abbott testified that he'd identified Joshua C. Kezer from a lineup as the man he'd seen at a Cut-Mart convenience store near where police found Angela Mischelle Lawless' body. Abbott's testimony provided the sole evidence in the case linking Kezer to the scene of the murder, which occurred on the Benton, Mo., exit ramp of Interstate 55...
Teen Challenge pleased with turnout for late berry festival (06/01/08)
One year ago, Jerry French's life seemed hopeless. A drug addict for 27 years, French told his sister at their residence in Knoxville, Tenn., that he would be a junkie the rest of his life. That's when he discovered the Teen Challenge recovery ministry in Cape Girardeau...
Club news 6/1/08 (06/01/08)
American Legion Post 158 The Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson met April 8 with David Hitt, commander, presiding over the meeting. Jerry Seabaugh introduced Bill Alexander, who was running for the vice commander of District 14...
Search and rescue dog receives contributions for pacemaker (06/01/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The family of a Newton County search-and-rescue dog that underwent surgery earlier this month for a pacemaker has received more than enough contributions to cover the medical costs, a fellow rescue volunteer who opened a bank account for the dog said this week...
U.S. terrorism list also a political tool (06/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- North Korea has not been linked to a terrorist attack in more than two decades, but it is still on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Now, it may be on the verge of its coveted goal of getting removed -- for reasons having little to do with terrorism...
Obama quits church after long controversy (06/01/08)
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Barack Obama said Saturday he has resigned his 20-year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago "with some sadness" in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister...
Shuttle Discovery blasts off for 2-day trip to space station (06/01/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven blasted into orbit Saturday, carrying a giant Japanese lab addition to the international space station along with something more mundane -- a toilet pump. Discovery roared into a brilliantly blue sky dotted with a few clouds at 5:02 p.m., right on time...
Police hunt for robbers wearing thongs as masks (06/01/08)
ARVADA, Colo. -- Police in a Colorado town are searching for two robbers whose masks showed plenty of fashion sense but little modesty: women's thong underwear. A surveillance video released this week by police in Arvada, Colo., shows two unarmed men inside the convenience store. They stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes in the robbery May 16...
Safety summit follows New York City crane collapse (06/01/08)
NEW YORK -- Building department officials gathered for an emergency safety summit Saturday after the city's second deadly crane collapse in recent months, while lawmakers warned of dangers in New York's building boom -- especially the 250 cranes still up in the sky...
Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes (06/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic party officials said a party committee agreed Saturday on a compromise to seat Michigan and Florida delegates after Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to get enough support to force their positions through. The committee agreed on a compromise offered by the Michigan Democratic Party that would give Clinton 69 delegates and Obama 59. Each delegate would get half a vote at the convention in Denver later this summer...
2008 Saturn Astra looks pricier than it is (06/01/08)
The 2008 Saturn Astra is a compact car with decent fuel economy, attractive styling and, of all things, a European flair. Get behind the wheel of this lowest-priced Saturn and you'll notice such European cues as firmly supportive seats, thick steering wheel, different style of radio controls, exemplary steering and competent handling...
Neurologist, choir explore the healing power of music (06/01/08)
NEW YORK -- Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music. Sacks, the best-selling author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," shared the church stage Saturday with the famed gospel choir as part of the inaugural World Science Festival, a five-day celebration of science taking place in New York ending today...
New photographs boost feelings Mars lander has bared ice (06/01/08)
PHOENIX -- Sharp new images received Saturday from the Phoenix lander largely convinced scientists that the spacecraft's thrusters had uncovered a large patch of ice just below Mars' surface, team members said. That bodes well for the mission's main goal of digging for ice that can be tested for evidence of organic compounds that are the chemical building blocks of life...
Study: Bone drug helps fight breast cancer spread (06/01/08)
CHICAGO -- A drug to prevent bone loss during breast cancer treatment also substantially cut the risk the cancer would return, results that left doctors excited about a possible new way to fight the disease. It is the first large study to affirm wider anti-cancer hopes for Zometa and other bone-building drugs called bisphosphonates. Zometa, made by Novartis AG, is used now for cancers that have already spread to the bone...
Hurricane season outlooks of little use (06/01/08)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Each April, weather wizard William Gray emerges from his burrow near the Rocky Mountains to offer his forecast for the six-month hurricane season that starts June 1. And the news media are there, breathlessly awaiting his every word...
Prince William to patrol Caribbean with Royal Navy (06/01/08)
LONDON -- Prince William is heading to the azure waters of the Caribbean as part of a two-month deployment in the Royal Navy despite his request to be as close as possible to conflict. The assignment beginning Monday will see the second in line to the throne spending much of his time trolling the West Indies aboard the HMS Iron Duke, a frigate on hurricane relief duty and counter-narcotics patrol...
U.S. military deaths in Iraq down in May (06/01/08)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. military deaths plunged in May to the lowest monthly level in more than four years, and civilian casualties were down sharply, too, as Iraqi forces assumed the lead in offensives in three cities and a truce with Shiite extremists took hold...
Chinese authorities to drain swelling lake (06/01/08)
MIANYANG, China -- Chinese authorities prepared on Saturday to drain a swelling lake formed by a devastating earthquake, completing work on a drainage channel to divert water that threatens hundreds of thousands of people downstream. Officials are expected to discharge floodwater from the lake into the channel between today and Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, quoting Yue Xi, deputy chief of the water and electricity section of the People's Armed Police...
Female al-Qaida backers fight for the right to take part in terrorist activities (06/01/08)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida's refusal to include -- or at least acknowledge -- women in its ranks in an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam...
Impressive career ends for Himmelberg (06/01/08)
SPRINGFIELD -- Notre Dame ace Mark Himmelberg watched his high school sports career end Saturday in a rainout. Notre Dame and Boonville's Class 3 third-place game was canceled after a delay of more than two hours. Both teams were awarded a share of third...
Rain ends chase for third (06/01/08)
SPRINGFIELD -- The Notre Dame baseball team won third place in Class 3 without even having to score a run Saturday. The Bulldogs and Boonville were awarded a share of the bronze medal after more than a two-hour rain delay ended in the cancellation of the consolation game at Meador Park...
Smith finishes last in 400 final (06/01/08)
With a berth in the NCAA outdoor track and field meet virtually locked up, Southeast Missouri State's Miles Smith decided not to take any chances. Smith coasted through Saturday night's 400 meter finals at the Mideast Regional in Fayetteville, Ark...
Area calendar (06/01/08)
Baseball n Capahas camp: The Plaza Tire Capahas will hold their annual baseball camp June 9 and 10 at Capaha Field. The camp will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 9 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10, with lunch served at noon June 10. The camp, which will be broken into age brackets and skill levels, is for boys and girls ages 7 through 17. ...
Area digest (06/01/08)
Cape Junior Legion splits pair The Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Post 63 Junior American Legion baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader at Poplar Bluff, winning 14-3 and losing 8-7. Andrew Williams was the winning pitcher in the opener for Cape, which saw its record move to 5-2...
Bats deliver as Capahas roll to 14-1 win (06/01/08)
The result was the same, but the performance was considerably better. One day after making six errors to narrowly win their season opener, the Plaza Tire Capahas played errorless baseball in routing the Valmeyer (Ill.) Lakers 14-1. "We played a lot better today," outfielder Zach Johnson said. "I think we got all the nerves out."...
Deason makes splash in first two victories (06/01/08)
Manager Jess Bolen pretty well hand-picks the players he wants for his Plaza Tire Capahas baseball team. Every now and then somebody catches Bolen's eye during the open tryout he holds before each season, but that happens infrequently. Kendal Deason is the latest exception to the rule. And he already has made his presence felt during the first two games of the 2008 campaign...
Panoramic pleasure (06/01/08)
Set back from the highway, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features panoramic views seen from many rooms. Carriage lanterns flank the front door, which has a detailed glass oval design. A front wrap-around porch with maintenance-free vinyl railing includes access to the yard and a spacious area for dining and entertaining...
FOUR! (06/01/08)
What started as a lunchtime fantasy and a few newspaper columns about a downtown golf tournament complete with catfish dinner has evolved into the First-ever Fourth Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World-famous Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet...
Golf tips for the downtown tournament (06/01/08)
There's a lot of difference. Normal golf you play on grass and downtown golf you're on concrete. You do have some different hazards. You're having to fight the buildings and curbs are definitely hazards. A good tip is definitely to bring your 5 iron and be able to gauge your wind direction. With that birdie ball, the wind just loves to take it everywhere...
Nancy Williams (06/01/08)
Nancy Williams Nancy Joann Williams, 58, of Keokuk, Iowa, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at the Keokuk Area Medical Center. She was born July 19, 1949, in St. Louis, daughter of Edward Carl and Marian Marcella Wilson Starke. She and C. Kenneth Williams were married Oct. 15, 1983; he died May 6, 2002...
Roy Cook (06/01/08)
Roy Cook Roy W. Cook, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Whitewater, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Whitewater, son of Emory D. and Amelia Blumenberg Cook. He and Stella Avis Hartman were married April 12, 1941, in Whitewater. She died Feb. 19, 2002...
Kathryn Churchman (06/01/08)
Kathryn Churchman Kathryn M. Churchman, 75, of St. Paul, Minn., died Friday, May 23, 2008, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She was born Dec. 22, 1932, in St. Louis, daughter of Conway J. and Marie E. (Hilger) Schindler. She was married to James Churchman...
Loren Schwieger (06/01/08)
Loren Schwieger OLMSTED, Ill. -- Loren H. Schwieger, 76, of Olmsted died Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1931, in Pulaski County, Ill., son of Otto and Louise (Dagner) Schwieger. He and Carolyn Basse were married Dec. 2, 1951...
Ben Stocks Sr. (06/01/08)
Ben Stocks Sr. SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Ben Louis Stocks Sr., 75, of Sedgewickville died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at his daughter's residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1932, at Greenville, N.C. He and Elizabeth Ann James were united in marriage on June 9, 1957...
Beatrice Landewee (06/01/08)
Beatrice Landewee LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Beatrice Jane Landewee, 93, of Leopold died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Elder Care of Marble Hill, Mo. She was born March 22, 1915, in Leopold, daughter of Anthony and Rose Van Doren Stoverink. She and Herman Henry Landewee were married Aug. 25, 1937. He died Aug. 14, 1990...
Births 6/1/08 (06/01/08)
Brugger Daughter to Brent A. and Becky S. Brugger of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:51 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008. Name, Breanna Lynn. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. First child. Mrs. Brugger is the former Becky Bell, daughter of Connie Bell of Jackson and Larry Bell of Macon, Ga. Brugger is the son of Marian Brugger of Jackson, and the late Roy Brugger...
Santacrose - Peterman (06/01/08)
Lesa Beth Santacrose and Neal "Lars" Peterman were married Aug. 25, 2007, at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Patrick Nwokoye performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Debra Santacrose of Springfield, Ill. The groom is the son of Neal and Hope Peterman of Cape Girardeau...
Vickery - Wist (06/01/08)
Erin Elizabeth Vickery and Jeffrey Travis Wist were married Nov. 17, 2007, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. David Hulshof performed the ceremony. Organist was Teresa Maurer, violinist was Liesl Schoenberger, and vocalist was Alan Bruns, all of Cape Girardeau...
Capps - Rice (06/01/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Kenny and Pam Capps of Roach, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Capps, to Joseph Perry Rice IV, both of Rolla, Mo. He is the son of Joseph P. Rice III and Karen Rice of Chaffee. Capps is a 2003 graduate of Camdenton High School in Camdenton, Mo., and a graduate of Central Methodist University at Fayette, Mo. She is a sixth grade teacher and freshman girls basketball coach at Rolla Middle School...
Slaten - Shaw (06/01/08)
Stephen and Martha Slaten of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Slaten, to Joshua Ryan Shaw. He is the son of Calvin and Vicki Shaw of Troy, Mo. Slaten is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006, and received a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from the university in 2007. ...
Miller - Cook (06/01/08)
James and Marsha Vangilder of Jackson and Brad and Dana Miller of Chaffee, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Rae Miller, to Ronnie Garrett Cook, both of Jackson. He is the son of Ray and Brenda Cook of Oran, Mo. Miller is a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She is a long term care technician at Southeast Missouri Hospital's Plaza Pharmacy...
Kogge - 50 years (06/01/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Kogge of Cape Girardeau celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a surprise luncheon and reception Sept. 9, 2007, at the River's Edge. Hosts were their children. Kogge and Patricia A. "Trish" Sullivan were married Oct. 19, 1957, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Wheaton, Ill. Their attendants were Mary Kay Sullivan, sister of the bride, and Donald Kogge, brother of the groom...
Krauss - 50 years (06/01/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Krauss of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner April 13, 2008. Hosts were their children. Krauss and Delores Seabaugh were married April 13, 1958, in Advance, Mo., by the Rev. A.E. Ray, grandfather of the groom...
Fire report 6/1/08 (06/01/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 3:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Melrose Avenue. n At 3:13 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Hazel Drive. n At 3:47 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1800 block of Independence Street...
Police report 6/1/08 (06/01/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Cassandra Whitledge, 282 Flatrock Creek Lane, Jackson, and Verlan Graham, 502 Sycamore, Jackson (no ages given) were arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Shouldn't customer service help the customer? (06/01/08)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. SHE SAID: Please tell me what is so difficult about a cheeseburger with pickles only. I have given up on getting what I want at fast food drive-through windows. ...
The toddler years are a brief, delightful time for parents (06/01/08)
Dear Dr. Dobson: My baby is only a year old and she is a joy to my husband and me. But your description of toddlerhood is kind of scary. It's just around the corner. Are the "terrible twos" really so terrible? Dear Reader: I think the toddler years are delightful. ...
Congrats, grads (06/01/08)
Graduation season has just ended for high schools and colleges, and it has been encouraging to see the achievements and promise of so many scholars, young and old. High schools have started adding up the scholarships and other awards granted to graduating seniors, and the the totals are impressive, reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars at each school. ...
Speak Out 6/1/08 (06/01/08)
Thanks for spraying I WANT to thank the city. The mosquito fog machine works. The truck went down the street early this morning. When I went out this evening to water the flowers, the mosquitoes were all gone. Thank you. Saving gasoline DO YOU really think that if employers went to a four-day workweek that employees would stay at home the other day? I don't think so. I think you need to come up with a new solution...
The Thundertones (06/01/08)
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