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Two Scott County residents angry about road dust; sales tax revenues in sharp decline (07/10/08)
BENTON, Mo. — Scott County residents with concerns about detoured traffic using their road are still seeking a solution. During the regular Scott County Commission meeting Tuesday, Leon and Joyce Kielhofner presented Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger with their latest proposal for County Road 268: close it until the bridge on Route W between Oran and Perkins is back up...
Highway 177 reduced to one lane today (07/10/08)
Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the northbound and southbound lanes. Located between County Road 643 and County Road 657, this section of the roadway was damaged during the recent flooding. The stretch of road was closed to traffic for several days recently due to floodwaters over the road, and has been open to one lane only since...
County votes to sell strip of park land for $350,000 (07/10/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted Thursday to sell 1.24 acres of Cape County Park North to Mid-America Hotels for $350,000. The price is $50,000 more than what was offered in April for the same 70-foot-wide strip of land. The increase came after the county obtained an independent appraisal that put the base value of the land at $250,000 but also took account of the added value the property would impart to the adjacent land already owned by Mid-America. ...
Your Town: Chaffee residents find the good and the bad in small-town living (07/10/08)
Editor' note: This is an installment of "Your Town," an occasional series about the state of towns in our area and what makes them tick. CHAFFEE, Mo. -- If there is any lesson Loretta Mohorc has learned from her experience in politics, it's that all cities have problems, whether over replacing a police chief or keeping water fresh...
Sikeston man allegedly assaults wife, tries to commit murder-suicide by driving into utility pole (07/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — A 51-year-old Sikeston man was arrested after allegedly striking his wife in the head with a wooden ax handle at their home Tuesday afternoon, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Thursday in a news release. Rodger D. Tillman has been charged with two counts of domestic assault in the first degree, and counts of armed criminal action, bond has been set at $25,000 cash...
Commission looks at possible park land sale (07/10/08)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners will have a full agenda today, highlighted by a potential sale of county park land and the selection of a vendor to provide radio dispatch services from the new Cape Girardeau firehouse. Both items have generated opposition as well as questions about adherence to Sunshine Law procedures. ...
Southeast Missouri Modelers Association holds open house (07/10/08)
Galaxy Park opened almost a year ago at a new city-owned venue for the Southeast Missouri Modelers Association, a growing radio-controlled model aircraft organization. SEMMA will hold an open house beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday featuring model aviation demonstrations by local pilots, jet and helicopter demonstrations by members of the former Show Me Air Kings and the flying of the Snoopy Doghouse...
Cantrell named commanding officer (07/10/08)
Capt. David Cantrell relieved Capt. Marcus Fisk as commanding officer, Expeditionary Strike Group 7 DET 218 during a change-of-command ceremony held recently aboard Display Ship Barry, homeported in Washington, D.C.; Vice Admiral H.B. ...
Classes of 1950s to reunite at Arena (07/10/08)
Every five years Mary Spell and six to eight of her girlfriends from the former May Greene Elementary School get together to catch up with one another about their lives. The women come from Cape Girardeau and from out of town. They always take a picture, and this year she's looking forward to doing it during the "1950s Still Rockin' and Rollin' Reunion."...
Trial for trooper's '05 killing delayed (07/10/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo -- The murder trial of Lance Shockley, accused of killing state trooper Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. three years ago, is on hold again after Shockley's public defenders withdrew from the case Wednesday. Judge David Evans granted a motion to withdraw after about an hourlong hearing in closed court in Carter County...
School officials again seek long-term plan (07/10/08)
For years Cape Girardeau School Board members have advocated for a long-term facilities and finance plan. "It seems like we do a lot of talking, but we don't get anything done," board president Kyle McDonald said . In absence of the plan, board members say they feel cornered into making decisions without knowing their broader impact...
Candidate forum to be held Tuesday in Jackson (07/10/08)
The candidates for District 1 commissioner in Cape Girardeau County and the 158th District Missouri House race will take part in a forum Tuesday in Jackson. The forum will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri and the University of Missouri Extension of Cape Girardeau County and will be held at the extension offices at 684 W. ...
Gunshot leads to chase across Cape bridge (07/10/08)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating a shooting incident Wednesday that led to a vehicle pursuit over the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into Illinois. No one was injured. It appears a gun was fired once, near a child, in the area of Maple and Sprigg streets, according to Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the police department...
Jackson man charged with burglary, theft (07/10/08)
Jackson police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with burglaries, stealing, forgery and motor vehicle theft, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department. Joseph K. Howard, 18, of Jackson attempted to cash a stolen check at a bank in Jackson on Monday, and the teller, noting the altered appearance, refused to complete the transaction, the release said...
Saint Francis breaks ground on heart center (07/10/08)
Saint Francis Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning for its $84 million Heart Hospital and Cancer Institute. The four-story, 180,000-square-foot facility will provide focused care for heart disease and cancer, the top two killers of Missourians. ...
Man killed, two Dexter residents injured in separate accidents (07/10/08)
MARSTON, Mo. — A 34-year-old Sikeston, Mo., man was killed Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 just south of Marston when he apparently skidded off the highway, overturned and was ejected from the vehicle. Drake J. Randall was pronounced dead at the scene by New Madrid County deputy coroner Ralph Barnwell. His death marks the 35th fatality in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E in 2008...
Board spars over renaming of Alternative Education Center (07/10/08)
Divisions between Cape Girardeau School Board members were apparent Wednesday as members butted heads over the renaming of the Alternative Education Center. A motion to discuss renaming the center failed last month because no member seconded the motion. The director had proposed changing the name to Central Academy for Alternative Learning, saying it would reduce a stigma attached to attending the center...
Community briefs 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Fundraiser for stray animals set for Saturday A fundraiser to benefit stray animals will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Arena Park. New and used items for sale include furniture, clothing and household items. Salvation Army to hold auction Saturday...
Missouri agencies tracking gypsy moths (07/10/08)
Officials with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with three other government agencies, are collecting information used to track the movement of a different breed of terrorist — the gypsy moth, a tree-eating pest that could potentially strip entire forests throughout the state...
Suspect in drug trafficking arrested (07/10/08)
Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in connection with possible drug trafficking, as a result of a vehicle stop, said Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The vehicle was stopped because an officer on patrol recognized the car as belonging to a suspect in a trafficking case...
Crowell speech, Microsoft truck among highlights of First Friday Coffee (07/10/08)
A speech by state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and an appearance by the Microsoft Across America Truck are among the highlights of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee. The monthly event usually is held the first Friday of each month, but because its normal meeting day fell on the July 4 holiday, organizers pushed back the event a week. It will take place Friday at the Show Me Center...
Christy Ferrell to run McCaskill's Cape office (07/10/08)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill tapped Caruthersville City Council member Christy Ferrell to run her Southeast Missouri office in Cape Girardeau. McCaskill announced that Ferrell will resign her post as a councilwoman to take the position. Ferrell will replace Ben Dyer, who has managed the office since early 2007. ...
State worker in Cape Girardeau named Missouri government's employee of month (07/10/08)
A longtime Cape Girardeau Department of Corrections employee was named the State Employee of the Month for May, said Dean Watson, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Gov. Matt Blunt presented Priscilla Kincaid, an employee with the District 22 probation and parole office, with a plaque Wednesday for her service, in particular for her response to a murder-suicide in Jackson...
Greene Co. jailer fired, charged after database accessed (07/10/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Greene County jailer has been fired and is charged with accessing a law enforcement database to erase a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors say Steven Donovan of Springfield was charged Monday with misdemeanor misuse of official information by a public servant. Records show that the Phelps County warrant was for failure to appear for a traffic ticket charging no proof of insurance...
ACLU defends Mo. eatery's use of 'drugstore' in name (07/10/08)
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- An attorney for the owners of a restaurant that were told by the state to remove "drugstore" from the name said the demand infringes on free speech. In a letter to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, attorney William E. Raney also challenges the agency to show evidence that the restaurant's name, Justus Drugstore: A Restaurant, has confused anyone into thinking they could go there to fill prescriptions, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday...
Fight leaves homeless man dead, another in custody in KC (07/10/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A fight between two homeless men along a popular Kansas City trail has left one of them dead and the other in custody. Police say a woman who lives near Trolley Track Trail told officers that a man came to her home Wednesday night and asked her to call 911 because another man he had been fighting with was not breathing...
Monsanto patent fight ensnares Missouri farm town (07/10/08)
PILOT GROVE, Mo. (AP) -- Soybean farmer David Brumback calls himself a loyal customer of Monsanto Co. His product of choice: genetically engineered seeds resistant to pesticides and weed killers. So when the biotech giant named Brumback and more than 100 other local farmers in a subpoena seeking five years of sales records, his first reaction was befuddlement. Then anger...
Woman safe after climbing Mizzou campus smokestack (07/10/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A 300-foot climb up a University of Missouri smokestack ended safely after an unidentified woman came down from the tower as police and firefighters watched. Campus police arrived at the university power plant 3:40 a.m. on Thursday to find the woman at the top of the tower. After more than three hours, the woman climbed down unassisted. The descent took nearly one hour...
1 dead, 2 hurt in ambush shooting in St. Louis (07/10/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One person is dead and two others wounded after what police describe as an ambush shooting in St. Louis. It happened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday when a gunman opened fire on a vehicle. The driver was shot several times and ran off the road, stopping in a yard. He died at a hospital. Two others in the vehicle tried to run and were shot in the back...
Mo. Appeals Court ruling casts doubt on police cases (07/10/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City police board is scheduled to meet to explore options after a state appeals court ruled the board exceeded its authority when it began allowing police officers to face an administrative hearing officer rather than a board hearing...
St. Louis: Census Bureau's numbers don't add up (07/10/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Challenging the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimate for St. Louis has become an annual exercise at City Hall, and this year will be no different. City leaders aren't buying the Census Bureau's most recent estimate that St. Louis lost more than 3,000 residents between 2006 and 2007, with a population of 350,759 as of July 1, 2007...
Michelle Obama speaks at Kansas City roundtable (07/10/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Sheila Johnson is the single mother of 17- and 23-year-old daughters and has one grandchild. She's also caring for an aging mother and trying to pay off more than $100,000 in student loans. While her job as a sales executive pays around $75,000, the increasing cost of gasoline, food and other daily expenses has curtailed her ability to save money, and she is afraid things may get worse...
Green County to receive new veterans center (07/10/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is building a new community-based veterans center in southwest Missouri to provide readjustment counseling and family outreach. According to a Veterans Affairs analysis, Greene County is one of 15 counties with more than 50,000 combat veterans in surrounding areas not currently served by a Vet Center...
Sheley charged with murder in Missouri (07/10/08)
FESTUS, Mo. (AP) -- The man suspected of bludgeoning eight people to death last month now faces charges in two states. Nicholas Sheley, 28, was already charged in two of the killings in Illinois. On Thursday, Jefferson County, Mo., prosecutor Forrest Wegge announced two more charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Tom and Jill Estes...
Man arrested for stealing Boone plaque (07/10/08)
MARTHASVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A 27-yaer-old eastern Missouri man faces stealing charges in the theft of the burial site plaque for frontiersman Daniel Boone. Authorities say Matthew Burgoyne of Wright City stole the plaque on June 24th and sold it for scrap...
Steelman, Hulshof spar over ethanol, earmarks during debate (07/10/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Republican gubernatorial candidates Kenny Hulshof and Sarah Steelman sparred over the state ethanol mandate and their fiscally conservative attributes in a radio debate Wednesday. A state law that took effect in January requires gas stations to sell a 10 percent ethanol blend whenever it is not more expensive than traditional gasoline. Steelman, who is state treasurer, recently withdrew her support for the ethanol mandate...
Man accused of illegally taking fish eggs (07/10/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Memphis, Tenn., man is accused of illegally taking paddlefish eggs from a southwest Missouri lake to make caviar. Thomas Jerry Nix Jr., 38, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The seven-count indictment alleges that the former Shell Knob man conspired to transport and sell paddlefish eggs that were taken in violation of state and federal laws...
U.S., Iran appear on collision course (07/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- The United States and Iran appear on a collision course in the Middle East, firing off mixed messages that are raising world tension and roiling oil markets amid fears that an eventual confrontation may be military. Both insist war is not imminent, but their sharp words and provocative actions are stoking uncertainty as Washington and Tehran joust for strategic supremacy in the oil-rich region where American might -- along with that of its top ally in the area, Israel -- has long been dominant.. ...
DNA clears family in JonBenet Ramsey case (07/10/08)
BOULDER, Colo. -- Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey's parents and brother Wednesday in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen, saying they were "deeply sorry" for putting the family under a cloud of suspicion that hung heavy for more than a decade...
Crystal skulls beautiful but not real artifacts (07/10/08)
WASHINGTON — Some mysteries are such fun you almost don't want to know the truth. That may help explain why people are fascinated with crystal skulls. Happy to share the spotlight with the latest Indiana Jones movie, the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is putting its crystal skull on display starting today...
'Kid-sick' parents have hard time letting go (07/10/08)
CHICAGO -- Eve Pidgeon watched the large group of children, many of them laughing and chatting excitedly as they boarded a bus for summer sleepaway camp last summer. "They just couldn't wait," said Pidgeon, whose 8-year-old daughter Zoe was among the young campers...
Pelosi: Tap emergency oil reserve to lower prices (07/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Bush to release oil from the government's emergency reserve to knock down gasoline prices she says "are helping push the economy toward recession." Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter to Bush noted that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been used three times before and each time the action has served to stabilize oil markets and lower gas prices...
Police: Naked man steals beer, hijacks bus (07/10/08)
LAS VEGAS -- Maybe he lost his shirt at a casino. Police in Las Vegas say they arrested a naked man who stole a beer and then hijacked a bus several miles northeast of the Strip. A police spokesman said the man fled from a convenience store when a police officer arrived to investigate a report of a shoplifter Tuesday...
Senate bows to president, approves surveillance bill (07/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- Bowing to President Bush's demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans...
Tips for combating 'kid-sickness' (07/10/08)
Child and family experts say it's completely normal to miss your children when they go to camp. Here are a few tips for dealing with "kid-sickness": n Remember this is good for your child. While camp is a time for fun, it's also a growing-up experience. They learn to problem-solve and develop social skills. They often come home willing to take on more responsibility...
Iraq reports drop in attacks, but bombs kill 14 (07/10/08)
BAGHDAD — Bombs took a bloody toll Wednesday, killing 13 Iraqis and a U.S. soldier, but military officials reported a sharp fall off in attacks over the past year — a decline reflected in a steep decrease in violent deaths tallied by The Associated Press...
U.N.: 7 Darfur peacekeepers killed in ambush by horsemen (07/10/08)
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- About two hundred gunmen on horseback and in sport utility vehicles ambushed peacekeepers from a joint U.N.-African Union force in Sudan's Darfur region, killing seven in fierce gunbattles that lasted more than two hours, U.N. officials said Wednesday...
House cat adopts rejected red panda (07/10/08)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A zookeeper's house cat has adopted a baby red panda abandoned by its mother and is nursing the cub along with her own kittens, the Artis zoo said Wednesday. The panda's mother rejected her two cubs after they were born June 30...
Gunmen attack U.S. consulate in Turkey, leaving six dead (07/10/08)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Gunmen believed inspired by al-Qaida stormed a guard post outside the U.S. consulate Wednesday, touching off a deadly firefight that underscored Turkey's difficulty in clamping down on homegrown militants. Three assailants and three police officers were killed in the blitz-style assault...
India's nuclear agreement with IAEA has loopholes (07/10/08)
VIENNA, Austria -- India's agreement with the U.N. atomic watchdog agency contains restrictions that could limit international oversight of its civilian nuclear program, according to a confidential document obtained today by The Associated Press. The accord is meant to open the way for India to do business with a group of 45 states that export nuclear fuel and technology, but the deal first has to be approved by the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency...
Efforts being made to improve Sadr City (07/10/08)
BAGHDAD -- Hundreds of women in black abayas crowd outdoor food markets, snapping up groceries and fresh vegetables. Stores are open again. Children play soccer on dirt fields until dusk -- or later, when there's electricity. This is Sadr City, where black-clad militiamen of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army once enforced discipline across the sprawling slum of 3 million people -- half of Baghdad's population. ...
Key developing nations reject G-8 climate plan (07/10/08)
TOYAKO, Japan -- China, India and other energy-guzzling developing nations on Wednesday rejected key elements of a global warming strategy embraced by President Bush and leaders of wealthy nations. And the U.N's top climate official dismissed the G-8 goals as insignificant...
Stewart gets release from Joe Gibbs Racing contract (07/10/08)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- From his seat in the bright orange No. 20, Tony Stewart spent a decade driving his way to superstardom while helping Joe Gibbs Racing become one of NASCAR's top teams. The partnership produced 32 victories, two Cup championships and more than $68 million in winnings. It also survived a flurry of storms created by one of the most tempestuous drivers in NASCAR history...
Mulder lasts three batters in 4-2 loss (07/10/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard faced an 0-2 count in a tie game and was one unenviable pitch from adding to his league-high strikeout total. Instead, the slugging lefty's swing put himself into a share of the home run lead. Howard homered leading off the eighth inning and Philadelphia's sputtering offense showed small signs of breaking loose in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday...
Former Redhawk to play in Olympics (07/10/08)
Former Southeast Missouri State women's basketball player Natalie Purcell will compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Purcell, a 6-foot forward who played for Southeast during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, earlier this week was named to the New Zealand team that qualified for next month's Beijing Games...
Timeout with ... Thomas Jackson (07/10/08)
Sport: Bowling Age: 13 Nickname: T.J. School: Jackson Public School Most fun part of bowling: I like the sport a lot. It comes natural to me. It's just fun to do Most frustrating part: When you're not bowling good and the lanes dry up and it's hard to adjust to...
Area calendar 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Athletics n Physicals offered: Physicals will be offered July 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Central Junior High for both high school and junior high athletes. Students who intend to participate in athletics may get physicals. Cost: $20. Baseball...
Area digest 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Worley takes first in sprint division Tommy Worley finished first among 14 cars to win the sprint cars division at Benton RacePark on Friday. Brian Worley won the modifieds division, Chris Webb took first in the pure street and Justin McCallister was first in the pro-4...
Hodges becomes Plaza Tire's everyday player (07/10/08)
Jerry Hodges said he had so much fun playing for the Plaza Tire Capahas in the past two National Baseball Congress World Series, he figured he might as well join the Cape Girardeau team for the entire summer. Neither Hodges nor the Capahas have regretted the move...
Cavendish earns his 1st Tour victory (07/10/08)
CHATEAUROUX, France -- His dream was within reach and Mark Cavendish didn't let it get away. The British sprinter had been frustrated Monday when his chance to win a stage of this year's Tour de France was thwarted by a breakaway. On Wednesday, he got revenge by recording his first victory in cycling's premier race...
Believing in love all over again (07/10/08)
July 10, 2008 Dear Patty, Some people make you want to be around them, to warm yourself with the kindness in their hearts. Our friends Jack and Sally are like that. But more, the delight they take in each other, their deep affection and respect for each other, make you believe in love all over again...
Koppel series shows changes in China (07/10/08)
NEW YORK -- The image of Ted Koppel interviewing world leaders is so ingrained that it feels odd to see him wearing a hardhat for a nervous trip into a Chinese coal mine, or sitting in a Chongqing karaoke bar where teenage girls are hired to "entertain" male customers...
Worth the drive 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Less than 2 hours away Dante's Nightclub, St. Louis The House of Om Summer Tour will make a stop Saturday in St. Louis on its way through North America. Dante's nightclub will host the event featuring techno and electronica artists DJ Heather, Colette and Andy Caldwell, electronic musicians with worldwide popularity. Traveling around this summer in North America, the 37 artists play venues in smaller groups. The show is for ages 21 and older. For more information, call 314-652-2369...
Wine and dine at Fete de Chaumette (07/10/08)
Visitors to Ste. Genevieve, Mo., can "meet all the wineries" in Missouri on Saturday in the village of Chaumette. At the least, the large amount of wineries at the Fete de Chaumette might give people that impression, said Hank Johnson, owner of Chaumette Winery. Chaumette, in south Ste. Genevieve County, is hosting its third annual party from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. where wine lovers can find "many of the threads people are looking for in a wine destination," Johnson said...
Best-sellers 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
1. "Fearless Fourteen" by Janet Evanovich 2. "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer 3. "New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer 4. "Someday Soon" by Debbie Macomber 5. "The Shack" by William P. Young
St. Louis musician Teddy Presberg says stop in Cape a 'no-brainer' (07/10/08)
Teddy Presberg has been inspired. He got inspired to write an album, so he did it in a single stream of consciousness. He got inspired to turn his hobby — music — into his career, so he did it and moved back to St. Louis from Portland, Ore., to sign a record contract. Now he has been inspired to go on tour in the Midwest, so he's stopping in Cape Girardeau this weekend...
Sedaris' new book shows more mature, thoughtful writer (07/10/08)
OAKLAND, Calif. — Pick up David Sedaris' new book and you're staring at death. If the van Gogh painting of a skeleton gracing the cover doesn't say it clearly enough, the fact that the skull is smoking a cigarette should. The image, from a postcard Sedaris picked up in a museum store, hints at the themes that set "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" — his sixth collection of essays — apart from previous Sedaris books. ...
Jamie Lynn Spears poses with baby for magazine cover (07/10/08)
NEW YORK -- Weeks after giving birth to daughter Maddie Briann, Jamie Lynn Spears is showing off the newborn, sharing memories of a "perfect" delivery and longing to be a Southern soccer mom. Spears and fiance Casey Aldridge welcomed Maddie on June 19 at a hospital in McComb, Miss. ...
Variety of art on display at Girardot Nation Juried Art Show (07/10/08)
Art, like accents, varies. A painting from New York may be edgy and sharp and loud while a sculpture from Missouri might be smooth and flowing and natural. Natives and visitors to Southeast Missouri have the opportunity to pick out the similarities and differences in local and nonnative art at the Girardot National Juried Art Show at the Southeast Missouri Arts Council. The show hangs until July 26 and a rescheduled First Friday reception will show off the art from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday...
Book review: Author traces how Kama Sutra became worldwide epic (07/10/08)
@SL_body_copy_ragged:"The Book of Love: The Story of the Kama Sutra" (Henry Holt and Co. 272 pages. $27.50), by James McConnachie There's something almost magical about the words "Kama Sutra." They conjure up images of hidden passion, of mystical eroticism, of countless lovemaking positions that are impossibly acrobatic...
ARTifacts 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Sikeston holds open auditions for new play SIKESTON, Mo. — The Sikeston Little Theatre will be holding open auditions for Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," the first play of the company's 50th anniversary season. Tryouts will be at 7 p.m. ...
First Friday receptions (07/10/08)
Edward Bernard Edward Bernard Gallery will be open until 9 p.m. to showcase new "Amphoric" bowls by Cliff Goodman at Seattle Glassblowing Studio, in Seattle, Wash., and new blown glass bird's nests done by Mark Sigafoos of Tacoma, Wash...
New on DVD 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
"Batman Begins" As if Heath Ledger's death and the inherent interest from rabid fans weren't enough to fan Batman mania for "The Dark Knight," the studio feeds the flames with a new DVD release and the Blu-ray high-definition debut of the 2005 hit film. ...
VIDEO: Joel Rhodes reading (07/10/08)
Joel Rhodes knows his history and that includes Swampeast Missouri. He reads from his book "A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck" in this SE Live video. The book is on sale at area book stores. Rhodes will be at Barnes and Noble in the West Park Mall Saturday starting at 4 p.m...
No joke: Ledger's Batman villain has Oscar shot (07/10/08)
Jack Nicholson's Joker was a blast. Heath Ledger's Joker is as dark and anarchic a figure as Randle McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," the role that brought Nicholson his first Academy Award. Ledger's performance in the Batman tale "The Dark Knight" is so remarkable that next Jan. 22, the one-year anniversary of his death, he could become just the seventh actor in Oscar history to earn a posthumous nomination...
Movie review: Anything but love for the Guru (07/10/08)
The real question is, what in the world is Mike Myers doing with his life? He starts his career out with a bang. First "Saturday Night Live," then the instant classic "Wayne's World" followed by the Austin Powers franchise. He then goes on a major children movie binge...
Things are smokin' at Dexter Bar-B-Que (07/10/08)
As a young man, Bruce Vancil worked at restaurants learning the art of smoking meat in a pit. Vancil decided to share his "smokeology" with the public at Dexter Bar-B-Que with locations around Southeast Missouri and in Arkansas. Before opening his first restaurant, Vancil ran a mobile barbecue service that focused on grocery store promotions and catering. ...
Good bets 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Live Music Doug Rees Doug lights it up with special guest Sharon Clark Where: Stooges, Jackson When: 7 to 11 p.m. today Echo 3 Cover band with an exciting show. Where: Buckner Brewing Co...
Drivin' Rain hits the road for South Texas Rock Festival (07/10/08)
Timexx Nasty and his rocked-out team have made it to the Super Bowl of metal bands. Since the Cape Girardeau band's birth in 1994, Drivin' Rain has been a constant road force, performing on the same stage with the likes of Skid Row, Steppenwolf, Jim Dandy's Black Oak Arkansas and Eddie Money. Now, the vocalist said, the band has been confirmed to play its biggest show yet: Saturday at the South Texas Rock Festival in San Antonio...
Music Review: Beck returns with sullen words on CD (07/10/08)
Beck, "Modern Guilt" (Geffen) @SL_body_copy_ragged:In 1994, Beck was a baby-faced 24-year-old riding into the sun on the coattails of his tongue-in-cheek funk anthem "Loser." He's now a father of two, a husband and nearing 40. On "Modern Guilt," his aptly named eighth studio album, the singer sighs with the sentiment of a 21st-century man whose fantasies have lapsed into frustration...
Dow average loses 230 points (07/10/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street tumbled Wednesday as investors grappled with renewed worries about the soundness of the financial sector. The major indexes fell more than 2 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which lost more than 230 points...
Pentagon will reopen $35 billion tanker bid (07/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. will submit new offers for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, and the Pentagon will pick a winner by the end of the year. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that his office -- not the Air Force -- will oversee the competition between Boeing and the team of Northrop and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co...
Glenda Franck (07/10/08)
Glenda J. Franck, 69, of Wentzville, Mo., died Monday, July 7, 2008, at her home. She was born May 5, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Harold and Dorothy McBride. She married Kenneth Franck, who preceded her in death. Franck retired from Hostess Cake in St. Louis. She was a member of Chapel of the Lake in Lake St. Louis, Mo...
Mark Hurst (07/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mark E. Hurst, 51, of Perryville died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Chester Memorial Hospital in Chester, Ill. He was born Feb. 19, 1957, in Perryville, son of Donald B. "Tince" and Mary Ellen Neiderschulte Hurst. Hurst was a die cutter and operator with John Stark Printing...
Vertus Dodson (07/10/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Vertus Marie Dodson, 93, of Greenup, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Cumberland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Greenup. She was born April 9, 1915, in Delta, Ill., daughter of Charles and Ida Dickerson. She and Clyde Dodson were married Oct. 21, 1932, in Ullin, Ill. He died Dec. 5, 1975...
Bill McKinnis (07/10/08)
William "Bill" McKinnis, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 7, 2008, at his home. He was born July 10, 1925, in St. Louis, son of Larkin and Goldie Overstreet McKinnis. He and Geneva Hartle were married July 17, 1948, in St. Louis. McKinnis served in the U.S. Marine Corps...
Rita Favier (07/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rita E. Favier, 89, of Perryville died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Independence Care Center. She was born Aug. 8, 1918, at St. Mary, Mo., daughter of Theodore and Emily Graff Bach. She and Glen J. Favier were married June 1, 1940. He died Sept. 8, 1999...
Births 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Haupt Son to Jody Matthew and Kathryn Dawn Haupt of Cape Girardeau, Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, 7:27 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2008. Name, Lukas Ferrell. Weight, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Haupt is the former Dawn Ferrell, daughter of Peggy and Bill Sullivan of Cape Girardeau, and the late Billy W. ...
Fire report 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Tuesday: n At 9:02 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 9:49 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Clark Avenue. n At 9:58 p.m., a fire alarm at 118 S. Sprigg St...
Police report 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Ronald M. Brumback, 56, of 423 Marroseann Drive, No. 13, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests n Brody W. Evans, 28, 1901 Big Bend Road, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault...
Out of the past 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
25 years ago: July 10, 1983 Natalie and Benjamin Rubin of Florissant, Mo., are guest speakers at New Life Fellowship in the morning; they minister at Foursquare Gospel Church in the evening. Downtown Cape Girardeau will soon have a cafeteria; Vince Chase, owner and operator of The Chase House, 239 N. Middle St., has leased, with option to buy, a building at 15 N. Main St., from Charles Turnery; he is renovating the structure for a sizeable cafeteria-type restaurant...
Pickin' and grinnin' at a bluegrass jam session (07/10/08)
One of the things I love most about bluegrass (admittedly about other types of music like jazz or blues, too) is that in almost every song, each instrument, each player, gets a time in the limelight. A chance to take the melody and make it their own, spinning and twisting the notes and the rhythm until the song has a different accent...
Ready to lead (07/10/08)
When the Cape Girardeau School District developed a list of qualities the next superintendent should have, it might have written in "Jim Welker" in just about every category. Dr. Welker became the district's new superintendent July 1, and by all accounts he has the strengths the district put at the top of its priority list...
Players are there in time of need (07/10/08)
To the editor: On June 15 teams gathered to play in Cape Girardeau's annual 9-Ball Regional Pool Tournament. After the last match was over, we went to a local lounge to socialize. Not long afterward a dear friend and American Pool Association member collapsed. Help was there immediately administering CPR, calling 911 and helping console his teammates...
Speak Out 7/10/08 (07/10/08)
Holiday losses I WAS glad to be able to watch the fireworks display in Jackson City Park. But I was disappointed. That was the worst fireworks display I have ever watched. There were hardly any fireworks shot off, and the grand finale was awful. I think Jackson should try harder next year. It seems every year we lose something from the celebration. We have lost dogs in the park, beer in the park, mud volleyball and now the fireworks. What's next?...
Three Rivers, Central Methodist University offer programs in region (07/10/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Three Rivers Community College and Central Methodist University in Fayette have entered into a partnership to enable Southeast Missouri students to earn a bachelor's degree while remaining close to home. The agreement establishing the partnership was signed earlier this spring and the new program will begin in August. ...
Online Pet of the Week (07/10/08)
Bella is a 3 month-old Labrador mix. She would love a family to play with! She is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri (573)334-5837. See more pets available for adoption at www.semopets.org.
Zack's first fish (07/10/08)
Eight-year-old Zack Benton with his first fish, caught with his Uncle Kevin.
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