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Blunt waives camping fees for flood victims; park ready (06/21/08)
Gov. Matt Blunt's announcement Friday that camping fees for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources parks would be waived for families displaced by the recent flooding came as a surprise to the superintendent for Trail of Tears State Park. But it was a familiar decision...
Alleged DWI could provide test for double jeopardy issue (06/21/08)
A local driving-while-intoxicated case could test the waters for an area of law not yet ruled upon in Missouri, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said. James Anthony Garrett was arrested June 14 and charged with driving while intoxicated, excessive blood alcohol content, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving while drinking an alcoholic beverage, operating a car knowing the owner had not maintained financial responsibility and displaying plates of another person...
Three Rivers college moves on after shake-ups in its board, administration (06/21/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Ideas are flowing more freely between faculty, board and administration at Three Rivers Community College, officials say, with trustees participating on various college committees. But even with this new platform in place as a result of a decision made last month, college officials are trying to reach an agreement as to what kind of changes will be financially plausible in the near future...
Mississippi County to get federal funds for March floods (06/21/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mississippi County will soon receive FEMA reimbursements for flood damage. Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday that a Federal Emergency Management Agency representative recently provided him with an update on the county's claims for damages from the March flooding...
Missouri to require vision exams for all first-time schoolchildren this year (06/21/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Enrolling children for school for the first time will require an additional step this coming school year. State legislation goes into effect July 1 requiring a comprehensive eye examination for every child enrolling in kindergarten or first grade for the first time. Parents will have until Jan. 1 to have their child tested for the 2008-2009 school year...
Developers still after Cape casino (06/21/08)
Cape Girardeau businessman David Knight said he will continue to pursue a casino-company partner to participate in the riverboat and entertainment complex he hopes to build. The announcement came despite a unanimous Missouri Gaming Commission vote Monday to impose a statewide freeze on new riverboat applications until November, when voters may see a ballot issue that would permanently block the construction of new casinos...
Singing despite the rain: Weather troublesome before Jackson's Rock in the Rock Garden concert (06/21/08)
Jackson's second Rock in the Rock Garden concert almost didn't happen Friday night. One minute singer Bill Booth was unloading equipment; the next, he was trying to protect it from a sudden cloudburst. "He was nervous because the rain started coming down and he was already set up. ...
Cape broker hopes to challenge Jay Purcell (06/21/08)
Turmoil at the Cape Girardeau County Commission produced a new contest Friday for the seat held by Republican incumbent Jay Purcell as insurance broker Rock Finch said he is circulating petitions to run as an independent candidate in November. Finch, who for 22 years has operated Finch Marbanks Insurance Consultants, said recent changes in his business give him the time to run. ...
Jackson drive-in must remodel after Tuesday night crash (06/21/08)
Wib's Drive-In has been forced to remodel for the first time since 1978 after being hit by some kind of vehicle Tuesday night. "I guess I look at it as an opportunity to make Wib's even better," said Judy Hoffman, who co-owns the Jackson restaurant with her husband, A.D...
Mo. towns breathe easier as river crest projections fall (06/21/08)
WINFIELD, Mo. -- Towns up and down the Mississippi River were feeling confident the worst was behind them Friday, as government weather forecasters scaled back their projected river crests, suggesting water levels would fall well below records set in 1993...
Farm runoff likely to widen 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico (06/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- Floodwaters loaded with farm runoff are heading down the Mississippi River, and scientists fear the deluge will dramatically increase this summer's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, covering an area the size of Maryland. The dead zone is a region of the gulf that becomes starved for oxygen during much of the summer and cannot support fish or other sea life...
Mass. fishing town alarmed by possible pregnancy pact (06/21/08)
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- The girls showed up repeatedly at the high school health clinic, asking for pregnancy tests. But their reactions to the results were puzzling: high-fives if they were expecting, long faces if they weren't. School officials in this hard-luck New England fishing town say 17 girls -- four times the usual number -- became pregnant this year. And even more disturbing: Some of the girls may have made a pact to have babies and raise them together...
New Orleans streetcar reopens as transit struggles (06/21/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the 1920s-era St. Charles Avenue streetcar will clack along its entire 13-mile route Sunday. Its clanging bell will signal that some aspects of life are returning to normal nearly three years after Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city. But the line's resurgence masks the reality that other mass transit continues to struggle...
Man accused of hiding in couch (06/21/08)
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Police say a New York man cut a hole in a woman's couch and hid in the carved-out space until she came home. Newburgh police said the woman sat on the couch Wednesday evening and felt a bump in the cushions move. She jumped up, and David Joe Limones emerged...
EU endorses new border security rules (06/21/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union leaders want their nations to fingerprint all foreign visitors and take other new steps to keep out illegal immigrants as part of a sweeping security overhaul proposed Friday. The measures are similar to those already in place in the United States and have prompted concerns about privacy and the rights of those seeking refugee status in the EU. But EU leaders suggested security is paramount...
Attacks on oil pipelines in Iraq drop sharply (06/21/08)
BAGHDAD -- A sharp drop in attacks on pipelines has enabled Iraq to increase oil exports from northern oil fields and profit from the rise in world energy prices, the country's oil minister said Friday. Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said pipeline attacks fell from an average of 30 a month in 2007 to only four last month. Most of the attacks had been in the north, where Sunni insurgents were active...
Saxony hires Sides (06/21/08)
Sam Sides, who recently retired as Jackson girls basketball coach, has accepted the Saxony Lutheran boys basketball coaching position. Sides also will assume the role of Saxony athletic director Aug. 1, and will teach two sections of freshman science at the school...
Southeast will have to return trophy if NCAA penalty stands (06/21/08)
Tennessee Tech now is the sole champion of the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2005-06 regular season, but the school will not be the conference tournament champion. The Ohio Valley Conference is vacating the championship following the NCAA's penalties against Southeast Missouri State, which will vacate the program's wins from 2004-05 and 2005-06...
Southeast assistant lands Division I job (06/21/08)
Jeff Dodson joined the Southeast Missouri State baseball program believing it would help prepare him to become a Division I head coach. Dodson will get to put that theory to the test as he was hired Friday to lead the University of North Dakota baseball program. He begins his new job July 7...
Area digest (06/21/08)
Putty records hole in one Austin Putty used a 9-iron to record a hole in one on hole No. 8 at Cape Girardeau Country Club. The hole was playing 135 yards. Phil Moore, Phil Cantoni and Aaron Painton witnessed the shot. Team shoots 17-under to win schamble...
Capahas rally for 7-6 win (06/21/08)
The Plaza Tire Capahas started their big weekend with an impressive comeback win. Plaza Tire rallied from a late four-run deficit Friday night to beat the previously undefeated Waterloo (Ill.) Millers 7-6. The Capahas improved to 10-3 with their fifth straight victory. The Millers fell to 15-1...
Short or long, your days are more than what you see (06/21/08)
Life has a way of reminding each of us of its brevity and unpredictability. Unexpected moments come that remind us of the fragility of life itself. Early morning phone calls broadcast late night tragedies. Waters invade boundaries that are not theirs to claim. ...
Methodist church in Gordonville turns 160 years old (06/21/08)
Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville will hold a homecoming June 29 to celebrate its 160 years. In 1844, some immigrants from Hanover, Germany, came to the United States, landed in New Orleans, sailed up the Mississippi River and settled in southern Missouri, where they began farming. ...
Briefly (06/21/08)
Missouri District LWML convention was held More than 800 members of the Missouri District Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) met June 6 through 8 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo., for their 20th biennial convention. The theme was "Precious Journey." The Rev. ...
Let bygones be bygones (06/21/08)
Mom and Grandma had some good advice for almost everything, it seemed. Consequently, I still refer to their quotes, cliches and favorite Scripture passages. Most of the time, though, the words simply pop into my head. As I meditated on nothing in particular the other day, one of their favorite phrases took over my thoughts...
Citibank sues former 'Star Search' host for nearly $180,000 in outstanding debts (06/21/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Citibank is suing Ed McMahon, seeking to recoup nearly $180,000 lent to the financially strapped Hollywood icon, court records show. Citibank filed the lawsuit against McMahon in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 9, according to the documents. The bank's suit seeks at least $179,687 in damages as well as attorney's fees on debt incurred within the past four years...
Grupo Modelo CEO resigns from Anheuser-Busch board (06/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- 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...
United to require minimum stays (06/21/08)
NEW YORK -- United Airlines said Friday it will start requiring minimum stays for nearly all domestic coach seats beginning in October. It is also raising its cheapest fares by as much as $90 one-way. The second-largest U.S. carrier said the moves are among a number of changes, including flight and job cutbacks, it is making to combat record high fuel prices...
Ruth Frenzel (06/21/08)
Ruth Frenzel PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth E. Frenzel, 86, of Las Vegas, formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, June 15, 2008, in Las Vegas. Young and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Rowland (06/21/08)
James Rowland James W. Rowland, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 20, 2008, in Jackson. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Lewis Sikes (06/21/08)
Lewis Sikes Lewis Calvin Sikes, 84, of Attica, Ind., died at Regency Place in Lafayette, Ind., Thursday, June 19, 2008. He was born in Mayville, N.D., Sept. 3, 1923, son of the late Louis Jackson and Josie Janette Ledbetter Sikes. Lewis graduated from barber school in 1959 in Decatur, Ill. ...
Evelyn Thiele (06/21/08)
Evelyn Thiele Evelyn Jean Thiele, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Life Care Center. She was born Jan. 16, 1941, in Whitewater, daughter of Paul Eugene and Mildred Gertrude Ross Thiele. Survivors include her mother of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Charlotte Poston of St. Louis and Joyce Higgs of Perryville, Mo...
Births 6/121/08 (06/21/08)
Carter Daughter to Shemiah Lashaun Carter and Janiece Meshelle Harris of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:31 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2008. Name, Amiyah LaShelle. Weight, 6 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces. Fourth daughter. Ms. Harris is the daughter of Yolanda Harris of Jackson. Carter is the son of Denise Carter-Evans and Greg Glass of Cape Girardeau...
Police report 6/21/08 (06/21/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Todd L. Williams Sr., 35, 401 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for suspended operator's license and a Cape Girardeau County warrant for forgery of checks...
Fire report 6/21/08 (06/21/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 6:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of South Lorimier Street. n At 7:58 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Dorothy Street. n At 8:29 p.m., an extrication outside the city limits...
Out of the past 6/21/08 (06/21/08)
25 years ago: June 21, 1983 Cheryl A. Williams is the new principal of Cape Christian School, 1855 Perryville Road; she is a native of Medina, Ohio, and a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. Fourteen property owners, representing a dozen families along Sherwood and Briarwood drives in northern Cape Girardeau, take the witness stand to describe how their basements have been repeatedly flooded with sewage water and raw sewage over the past six years; 12 families have brought suit against the city of Cape Girardeau in circuit court.. ...
House that God built (06/21/08)
The pictures tell the story: A circle of people -- some black, some white -- holding hands and praying. There's a man holding a microphone, singing in front of a house with red ribbons, celebrating in song. Then there's a man, walking through a front door, freshly painted walls and nicely framed photos behind him, wearing an expression of awe and appreciation. ...
Higher wages, fewer summer jobs (06/21/08)
To the editor: Unfortunately for young people, one of the prime causes of the declining summer job market for teenagers is mandated wage increases ("National unemployment rates may not affect local students looking for summer jobs," June 17). According to economist David Neumark of the University of California-Irvine, for every 10 percent increase in the minimum wage, employment for high school dropouts and young black adults and teenagers falls by 8.5 percent. ...
Neal Boyd is best thing ever (06/21/08)
To the editor: In response to the story "Sikeston, Mo., man performs on TV talent program" (June 18): I was a music major at Murray State University and have played professionally for years. This performance by Neal Boyd was simply the best thing I've seen on "America's Got Talent" ever. His intonality, as we say, was right on pitch. His heart was in it. And God gave this man a talent to use. I hope he does...
When gas was $1 for eight gallons (06/21/08)
To the editor: I was 16 and worked for Lewis Mobil in Jackson in 1941. I pumped gas 10 hours a day, seven days a week, and I got paid $12 a week. You could buy eight gallons of gas for a dollar. ROY DAVAULT, Cape Girardeau
Speak Out 6/21/08 (06/21/08)
Naming the armory ONCE AGAIN, I pick up the paper today to find that someone wants the armory named after two of our dead soldiers. I don't feel that's the right thing to do, considering there are so many other soldiers who have lost their lives. I'm sure those are two special people to their families, but so are the other dead soldiers. ...
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