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Tunes at Twilight moved due to weather (06/20/08)
Old Town Cape's weekly Friday concert series, Tunes at Twilight, has been moved due to rainy weather.The performance will now take place at 7 p.m. in the Rose Theatre on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, organizers said in a news release today.This week's performer is Jonathan Byrd.For more information contact Old Town Cape at 334-8085. ...
Cape Girardeau supplies sand, sandbags in anticipation of river crest (06/20/08)
The City of Cape Girardeau announced today that it's making sandbags and sand available for city residents in anticipation of Monday's flood crest.The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 41.5 feet at Cape Girardeau Monday morning. ...
Businessman Rock Finch hopes to challenge Purcell in November (06/20/08)
Insurance broker Rock Finch is seeking signatures from 318 registered voters in order to mount an independent challenge for Republican Jay Purcell's seat on the Cape Girardeau County Commission. Finch, who for 22 years has operated Finch Marbanks Insurance Consultants, said recent changes in his business give him the time to run. ...
Benton, Mo., soldier returns home from Iraq (06/20/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- More than 50 friends and family lined the sidewalk outside the Scott County Courthouse in Benton on Thursday afternoon to welcome home Spc. Vincent Elkins from his first tour of duty in Iraq. Elkins, who serves in the Army Reserves, left home last June to go to Wisconsin for training. In September he was sent to Tikrit, Iraq, where he acted as a logistics clerk until November. Since then he has worked as a light-wheel mechanic...
Cape's summer traditions (06/20/08)
One hundred years ago, most of the 5,000 people in Cape Girardeau lived close to the river. The Mississippi was slower, shallower and safer then, and when summer arrived it was a primary source of entertainment. People fished along the bank and waded in the river. Few would have swum far into the channel because few people could swim at all...
Virtual school loses half its students (06/20/08)
Joanna Thomsen compares her experience with Missouri's virtual school to childbirth: something she is glad she did but would never want to repeat. "We went through a lot of work; the kids did a lot of growing. But by the time the year was over we were all totally exhausted and never wanted to go through it again," she said...
Poplar Bluff man sentenced to 10 years for carjacking incident (06/20/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. — A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for carjacking a woman at the Rhodes 101 in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot in Poplar Bluff. Nathan Shawn Nipper, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Presiding Circuit Judge Fred Copeland, according to Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Paul Oesterreicher...
Awards presented to area early childhood teachers (06/20/08)
Southeast Missouri State University Child Care Resource and Referral, United Way Success by 6, and Bank of Missouri presented outstanding early childhood awards May 17. Kara Amos, from Just Kids in Cape Girardeau, was named the Outstanding Early Childhood Director affiliated with a licensed community center...
As temperatures heat up, so do area crime rates (06/20/08)
Crime has a tendency to escalate, as more people tend to spend time outdoors and young people may be home from school with nothing to do. "You get a lot more outdoor peace disturbances in the summer because you have more people gathering outside," said Cpl. Jason Selzer, spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
River crest prediction lowered for Cape Girardeau (06/20/08)
River crests down the Mississippi River are expected to be lower due to overtopped levees in northern Missouri. Levee inundation happened along the Mississippi River at 11 levees in St. Louis and St. Charles counties and also farther north up along Lincoln and Pike counties. The levees began being overtopped Sunday in Pike County and hit St. Louis on Wednesday...
Dexter man sentenced to 17 years (06/20/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., man jailed in April on charges of child molestation was sentenced to 17 years in prison Wednesday. Chris Abernathy, 35, was charged in connection with the molestation of a 2-year-old girl. In an April interview with Dexter Detective Lt. Trevor Pulley, Abernathy reportedly admitted to the charges...
Democrats open Obama HQ in Cape (06/20/08)
Area Democrats are stepping up efforts to compete more forcefully with Southeast Missouri Republicans in state and federal races with the opening of a new Obama for President headquarters in Cape Girardeau and by landing the state convention for the party's women's clubs this weekend...
Commission candidates speak at Pachyderm Club meeting (06/20/08)
In a field of 10 candidates, finding issues and positions that differ from those of opponents can be difficult. On Thursday evening, contenders for the GOP nomination in Cape Girardeau County's District 1 commission race tried to do that in an appearance before the Pachyderm Club...
Jackson rock garden gets rock concert tonight (06/20/08)
The hardest part Jackson's Rock in the Rock Garden concert scheduled for tonight is helping people find it, according to Shane Anderson, director of Jackson Parks and Recreation. "I tell them it's in the city park, near the Armory building. There's no real good reference point. I've tried telling people many things, even that it's south of Hubble Creek," he said...
Southeast hopes steel geese benefit health care and Cape (06/20/08)
Southeast Missouri Hospital hopes its geese exhibit that opens this summer will not only beautify Cape Girardeau but reap benefits for health care in the region for years to come. Situated on three acres of the main campus' hillside, Nature's Landing will feature 73 geese when the 1,000-foot-long exhibit is completed by mid- or late August. The life-sized sculptures will feature six-foot wing spans...
KC man gets 6 months in death linked to LSD (06/20/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man is handed a six-month federal prison term for providing LSD that prosecutors linked to the death of an 18-year-old woman. Christian Hunt pleaded guilty in November to selling the hallucinogenic drug that was taken by Clarissa Bergman of Shawnee, Kan. Her body was found at the bottom of a Missouri swimming pool in December 2005. The pool was covered with a layer of ice and a tarp...
Black bear tracks seen in northern Missouri (06/20/08)
GALLATIN, Mo. (AP) -- Black bears haven't been seen in northern Missouri since the 1840s. But it appears at least one is roaming those parts now. Conservation agents confirm that tracks discovered near Gallatin belong to a juvenile bear, possibly the same one spotted north of Stewartsville Thursday...
Man found guilty of rape spree in Westport area (06/20/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A jury has found a Kansas City man guilty of raping a dozen women in the city's Westport area between April 1985 and August 1986. The Kansas City Star reports that jurors on Thursday found 52-year-old Shy Bland guilty of 12 rapes, five attempted rapes, seven sodomies, four assaults and three robberies...
Grupo Modelo CEO resigns from A-B board (06/20/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The head of Mexican beer company Grupo Modelo is stepping down from the board of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. as the remaining directors of the iconic American brewer of Budweiser are considering a $46 billion takeover offer from Belgian brewer InBev...
Judge: Sunshine Law applies to Mo. driver records (06/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A judge says he's inclined to rule that fees for getting driver's license records must follow Missouri's Sunshine Law. Companies that buy driver's license and motor vehicle records in bulk sued to challenge a Revenue Department fee increase, alleging it violates the Sunshine Law. The department had charged a fraction of cent for bulk records but increased that to $7 starting May 1 to pay for a new computer system...
Small Mo. towns fight to contain Mississippi River (06/20/08)
FOLEY, Mo. (AP) — For the second time in 15 years, Keith Aubuchon found himself packing his belongings and evacuating his home here to escape a "100 year" flood of the Mississippi River. He returned and remodeled his home after the flood of 1993. This time, he doesn't know if it will be worth coming back...
Kansas City smoking ban goes into effect Saturday (06/20/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Jackson County judge is lifting his temporary restraining order on Kansas City's smoking ban. The ban starts at midnight. Smoking will be prohibited in all bars and restaurants. But it will be allowed on gaming floors in Kansas City's two casinos...
Former employee accused in fire at St. Louis winery-restaurant (06/20/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 26-year-old former employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market faces arson charges for the blaze that badly damaged the downtown St. Louis business. The federal charges were announced on Friday. In addition to restaurant and winery, the adjoining Vanguard Loft Apartments were also damaged in the fire in December...
Nixon pledges review of Mo. government if governor (06/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon pledges a thorough review of every state office and program if he is elected governor. Nixon says he will appoint a Performance Review Commission of private-sector executives, elected officials and senior-level state employees. They will look for ways to save money and make government more efficient...
Blunt signs bill repealing 'village law' (06/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri property owners seeking to create their own village will have to do it in the next two months. Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday that repeals a 2007 land-use law that makes it easier for landowners to incorporate their property as an independent community and thus avoid county planning and zoning...
Health department: Mosquitoes near floodwaters likely not carrying diseases (06/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Midwesterners watching swollen rivers and flooded fields can expect a mosquito bombardment, but a Missouri health department veterinarian said Thursday that the insects aren't likely to bring disease with them. Missouri public health veterinarian Howard Pue said the mosquito species most likely to breed in the floodwaters are "nuisance" species that leave the familiar welts and itchy bites but cannot spread the potentially deadly West Nile virus or St. ...
3 levees in Lincoln County break, inundating dozens of homes (06/20/08)
FOLEY, Mo. -- Three Mississippi River levees broke Thursday in Lincoln County, sending a gush of water toward the small town of Foley and causing more concern in nearby Winfield. With the Mississippi River overflowing 90 percent of the levees in eastern Lincoln County, at least four more breaches were expected to worsen the flooding overnight, said Lincoln County Emergency Management spokesman Andy Binder...
Midwest flood victims who dropped flood insurance feel misled by feds (06/20/08)
GULFPORT, Ill. -- Juli Parks didn't worry when water began creeping up the levee that shields this town of about 750 from the Mississippi River -- not even when volunteers began piling on sandbags. After all, FEMA had assured townspeople in 1999 that the levee was sturdy enough to withstand a historic flood. In fact, some relieved homeowners dropped their flood insurance, and others applied for permits to build new houses and businesses...
Fugitive from 'America's Most Wanted' charged with sexually abusing Missouri 12-year-old (06/20/08)
NIXA, Mo. -- A man who was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" three years ago for sexually assaulting a girl in Colorado has been charged with felony child molestation of a Nixa girl. Christian County prosecutor Ron Kleek said Eric Dahlman, 45, has been on the run since 2000, when he fled Lupton, Colo., after the 12-year-old victim told sheriff's deputies Dahlman sexually assaulted her. Charges were filed, but he fled before being arrested...
Lawsuit takes issue with ad in Missouri governor's race (06/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman has sued to halt a TV ad that criticizes Steelman while praising her rival, Kenny Hulshof. The ad running in southwest Missouri is paid for by a new group calling itself Americans for a Better America. It was placed by media buyer John Thompson, who also works for Hulshof's campaign...
Heat wave blisters Southern Calif. (06/20/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California roasted Thursday in a record-breaking, end-of-spring heat wave that sent temperatures soaring past 100 degrees in many areas, posing hazards for anyone who ventured outside. The Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles reached 113 degrees by 1 p.m. Firefighters worked in extreme heat to corral small brush fires as a strong high-pressure system cooked the air from the central coast south to Los Angeles and San Diego...
Kentucky grand jury indicts Ohio man in rock dispute (06/20/08)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An Ohio historian could face hard time, all because of a rock. A Kentucky grand jury indicted Steve Shaffer on Thursday for leading efforts to pull an 8-ton boulder known as Indian Head Rock from the Ohio River. The indictment accuses Shaffer of breaking Kentucky law by removing a protected archaeological object, a felony. He could face one to five years in prison if convicted...
Barack Obama bypasses public financing for presidential campaign (06/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is abandoning public financing for his presidential campaign, reversing his earlier stance in certainty he can raise millions more on his own as the first major-party candidate to bypass a system that was hurried into place after the Watergate scandal...
President Bush tours flooded areas, assures residents and rescuers he is listening (06/20/08)
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- President Bush, surveying the aftermath of devastating floods during a lightning-quick tour of the Midwest on Thursday, assured residents and rescuers alike that he is listening to their concerns and understands their exhaustion...
Poll: Most say U.S. is on wrong track (06/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Wherever the nation should be headed, this isn't it. The number of Americans who believe the country is moving in the wrong direction has risen sharply, to nearly eight in ten, amid soaring food and gas prices, falling home values and unending war. Just 17 percent say the country is going in the right direction, according to an AP-Ipsos poll...
Two charged on Wall Street in mortgage meltdown (06/20/08)
NEW YORK -- Two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers were hauled into jail Thursday and charged with lying to investors about the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, perhaps signaling the start of a wave of prosecutions arising from the housing meltdown...
EU agrees to lift 5-year-old sanctions on Cuba (06/20/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union on Thursday agreed to lift its diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, but imposed tough conditions on the communist island to maintain sanction-free relations, officials said. The U.S., which has maintained a decades-long trade embargo against Cuba, criticized the move, saying there were no significant signs the communist island was easing a dictatorship...
Quiet reigns in Israel, Gaza as truce takes hold (06/20/08)
SDEROT, Israel -- Raz Elraz, for the first time, will be able to take his 14-month-old son to a playground in this rocket-scarred Israeli town. A few miles away in Gaza, Palestinian teenagers ride their bicycles, and Hamas guards play pingpong. The six-month truce that took effect Thursday was welcomed by both sides, although the Palestinian economy is still being held in check by a closed border...
Leaderboard crowded at Wegmans LPGA tourney (06/20/08)
Japan's Ai Miyazato, celebrating her 23rd birthday, shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to join Cristie Kerr and five South Korean players atop the crowded leaderboard at the Wegmans LPGA. "I think it was a good start to my birthday. I want to win a tournament this year," said Miyazato, one of the biggest female stars in Japanese sports history, but winless in 56 career starts on the LPGA Tour...
Celtics revel in fans' cheers at rally (06/20/08)
BOSTON -- Through a haze of his own cigar smoke, Paul Pierce peered through sleepless eyes at the sea of green-clad fans and thrust his golden MVP trophy skyward. His day had finally arrived. A day to ride in his own championship parade. A day that gave normal people a chance to wave signs, paint their faces in Celtics colors and scream their hearts out for the latest team to bring a title to town...
Royals sweep Cardinals behind stellar pitching (06/20/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Somehow, the AL Central's last-place team also is one of the best in interleague play. After the Kansas City Royals swept the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time since 2001, pitcher Zack Greinke guessed that players' unfamiliarity with the National League probably was helpful...
NCAA criticizes lack of control (06/20/08)
Southeast Missouri State athletic director Don Kaverman admitted Wednesday that he was stung by the NCAA Committee on Infractions' finding that the university lacked institutional control over its women's basketball program. The committee on Wednesday released the infractions report and detailed penalties against the program. ...
Dobbins says Smith's attitude likely made difference at appeal (06/20/08)
The news conference Wednesday took place in the Program Lounge at the University Center. Josephine Potuto, chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, could be heard via teleconference. However, the speaker phone at the university did not allow questions to be asked from within the lounge during the first session, so Potuto made an encore...
Timeline of investigation (06/20/08)
From information compiled by the Southeast Missourian and the NCAA public infractions report for Southeast Missouri State: n Jan. 20, 2006 -- Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins asks the Ohio Valley Conference to conduct a review of the women's basketball program based on unspecified allegations of NCAA violations made by a former assistant women's basketball coach, according to a letter from Dobbins to OVC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher...
Ishee, women's basketball program ready to move on (06/20/08)
With the NCAA review complete, the report released and the penalties announced, Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee is ready to move on to more pressing matters. "My focus is on becoming a better offensive coach," Ishee said Wednesday following the news conference to announce the release of the NCAA report. "We scored 40 points against Eastern Illinois back in March [in a loss at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament]...
Dunklin County roughs up Post 63 (06/20/08)
Cape Girardeau leadoff hitter Brooks Osburn stroked an inside-the-park home run Thursday night. It was his first since entering high school. Osburn sprinting full speed around the bases and beating the throw to the plate was one of the few moments the Ford and Sons Cape Girardeau Post 63 American Legion baseball team got to cheer in its District 14 game against Dunklin County Post 303 at Capaha Field...
Capahas to host elite team (06/20/08)
The most important weekend of the Plaza Tire Capahas' season won't take place until early next month. That's when the Capahas host the National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional July 4 through 6 as they attempt to qualify for another NBC World Series...
Post 63 earns doubleheader split with Sikeston (06/20/08)
The Ford and Sons Cape Girardeau Post 63 American Legion baseball team earned a split with host Sikeston on Wednesday. Post 63 won the District 14 game 4-1, then lost the non-district nightcap 9-5. Brady James singled home two runs and Blake Smith added a run-scoring single for Post 63 in the first game. Smith finished 2-for-3...
Who's next 6/20/08 (06/20/08)
GRADUATIONS n Brian Golden of Cape Girardeau earned a master's degree in nursing with a focus on health-care informatics from the University of Colorado at Denver. Golden, a registered nurse, works at Southeast Missouri Hospital. n Justin Cox of Scott City earned a juris doctor degree at Yale Law School. He has a fellowship to work at Casa of Maryland, a civil rights organization in Silver Spring, Md...
Next up 6/20/08 (06/20/08)
FRIDAY n New Movies "Get Smart" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour 50 mins @ Town Plaza Cinema "The Love Guru" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour 28 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine n Tunes at Twilight featuring Jonathan Byrd @ Commonpleas Courthouse gazebo, 7 p.m...
Standout students: Four of the area's valedictorians (06/20/08)
Mandy Tucker School: Oak Ridge High School Hometown: Oak Ridge Parents: Rodney and Linda Tucker Post-graduation plans: Attend Southeast Missouri State University, major undecided. Activities while in high school: Band, Pep Club, Science Club (vice president), FBLA, NHS (treasurer), FCCLA, SADD, EXCELS, FTA, Missouri Stream Team, senior class treasurer...
Hooked on Science: Edible glass (06/20/08)
Here's an experiment that will show you how a glassmaker creates glass. Ingredients -- 1 cup of sugar -- Wooden spoon -- Wax paper -- Vegetable oil -- Nonstick frying pan Instructions STEP 1: Spread the vegetable oil onto the wax paper. STEP 2: Place the sugar into the frying pan and then set the pan on the burner at low heat...
Jamie Lynn Spears, former 'Zoey 101' star, gives birth (06/20/08)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Jamie Lynn Spears gave birth to a baby girl Thursday morning at a south Mississippi hospital, according to a person close to the Spears family. The person asked not to be identified because the family had not yet announced the baby's birth...
Rose McCabe (06/20/08)
Rose McCabe, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at her home. She was born July 13, 1910, in Patterson, N.J., daughter of Otto and Roselie Kissling Probst. She and James J. McCabe were married Sept. 19, 1942, in Nutley, N.J. He preceded her in death in 1973...
Billy Boswell (06/20/08)
Billy Gene Boswell, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born April 15, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Clyde and Mamie Boswell. Boswell graduated from Central High School in 1942 and attended Southeast Missouri State University...
Christopher Weber (06/20/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Christopher Martin Weber, 46, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 17, 1962, in Long Beach, Calif., son of Alan Norman and Patricia Burke Smith Weber. Loving father of two daughters, Abigail and Alexis Weber of Marble Hill; his mother, Patricia Weber of Marble Hill; three brothers, Jeffrey Weber of Indiana, Pa., Gerald Weber of Marble Hill, Dennis Weber of Long Beach; a sister, Denise Chapman of Olympia, Wash.; a wonderful uncle to eight nieces and nephews; a great-uncle to a great-niece; and a loving and special friend to all.. ...
George Henry (06/20/08)
George W. Henry, 54, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1953, in Earle, Ark., son of Albert and Augusta Ford Henry. Henry was a dietitian at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Survivors include three sisters, Susie Frazier and Gussie Porter of St. Louis and Luevean Henry of Cape Girardeau...
Births 6/20/2008 (06/20/08)
Mason Son to Jason Ray and Mary Darlene Mason of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:02 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2008. Name, Hunter Dawson. Weight, 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Mrs. Mason is the former Mary McLane, daughter of Bob and Karen McLane of Oak Ridge. She is a medical technologist at Saint Francis. Mason is the son of Barbara Mason of Cape Girardeau. He is an auto body technician at Mike's Auto Body...
Police report 6/20/2008 (06/20/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Mikell D. Abraham, 21, of 1843 College St., was arrested on four Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court for failure to pay fines...
Fire report 6/20/2008 (06/20/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: n At 5:49 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Cape Rock Drive. n At 2:57 a.m., a motor vehicle accident in the 1800 block of North Kingshighway. n At 4:58 a.m., a citizen assist in the 600 block of South West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 6/20/08 (06/20/08)
25 years ago: June 20, 1983 A total of 11,000 Cape Girardeau sewer bills, amounting to $717,993, have been mailed out; the billings reflect a 9 percent increase over last year's sewer charges. Hoping to speed up what promises to be a slow process, the Jackson Board of Aldermen votes to form a committee to seek action toward the widening of U.S. ...
Clarification 6/20/08 (06/20/08)
An article in Thursday's Southeast Missourian should have said that enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University increased from 671 to 675 full-time-equivalent students at regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett between fiscal year 2006 and 2007. Full-time equivalents increased from 266 to 344 at Three Rivers Community College...
My mother (06/20/08)
The easiest thing my mother ever did was die. I say this with love and affection -- and with the knowledge that her 84 years minus 12 days were, like those of so many of her contemporaries, not easy. When she was 3 years old her father was killed in a hunting accident. When she was 16 her mother died. The loss of both parents came at Christmas. She could barely stand the festivities associated with the holiday...
Judge Limbaugh (06/20/08)
The confirmation earlier this month by the U.S. Senate of Stephen Limbaugh Jr.'s nomination to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri was a good example of how the nomination-confirmation for federal judges should work. Instead of the political posturing that has delayed the filling of many vacancies, the Limbaugh nomination showed that when qualified judges are nominated for these important posts, the bickering should take a back seat...
Spaying, neutering are best options (06/20/08)
To the editor: Vanessa Murray has a kind heart for wanting to help homeless dogs in memory of her son, but no-kill animal shelters are not the answer to the overpopulation crisis and can actually put animals in dangerous situations ("Volunteer opens no-kill shelter for dogs in Bollinger County," June 16)...
Call ahead for trips to river towns (06/20/08)
To the editor: The devastation brought about by flooding in Iowa has certainly been a life-changing event for those who lost their homes and businesses, but the reporting on what has happened has almost turned into an anticipation for what has yet to take place...
Moving forward isn't always up (06/20/08)
To the editor: When I was growing up, my grandpa used to tell me, "Moving forward doesn't always mean moving up." I never gave this saying much thought until now. When I see four liberal judges in California who, in the name of progress, undermine the will of the people and the state by redefining the institution of marriage, I can clearly see what my grandpa was talking about...
Freedom for all religions, beliefs (06/20/08)
To the editor: I disagree that our country is founded on Christian beliefs alone. As I recall, the idea expressed has long been freedom of religion (all religions, beliefs, spiritual practices etc.), not freedom to practice only Christian faith. These words of Emma Lazarus from "The New Colossus" written on the Statue of Liberty say it all for me:...
Speak Out 6/20/08 (06/20/08)
Who's in charge? I'M WONDERING who is supposed to be running our country. We elect people who are supposed to be doing what is best for our country, but it appears to me environmentalists and lobbyists are the ones who are actually running our country. Meanwhile, foreign countries are buying up everything they can in our country. We are going to go down from the inside, because Americans are not going to own anything here and we don't take care of our own people...
TUNES AT TWILIGHT MOVED TO ROSE THEATER DUE TO WEATHER (06/20/08)
Due to the inclement weather, the June 20th Tunes at Twilight concert will be moved from the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo to the Rose Theater. Jonathan Byrd’s performance will still start at 7:00. The Rose Theater is located behind the Grauel Building on the corner of Pacific and Normal on the Southeast Missouri State University campus...
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