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Stories from Sunday, July 20, 2008

Many still eligible for stimulus payments (07/20/08)
Uncle Sam wants you -- to get a check. More than 100,000 Missourians, including thousands in Southeast Missouri, are eligible for checks of $300 or more under the economic stimulus plan passed by Congress earlier this year. The last checks for people who filed tax returns by April 15 were mailed July 11...
Dozens of soldiers from 1138th Engineer Company returning tonight after tour in Iraq (07/20/08)
Nearly 100 soldiers, some from Southeast Missouri, will make their way home from Iraq late tonight. The armory in Farmington, Mo., will hold a welcome-home ceremony at 11 p.m. to greet the returning soldiers of the Missouri Army National Guard's 1138th Engineer Company, according to Sgt. Donnie Ferguson...
Dexter police arrest suspect in home invasion (07/20/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — A quick response by the Dexter Police Department resulted in the arrest of an area man. Travis Dean Burnett, 21, was charged with first-degree burglary following a burglary at the Michael Lasater home on Route AD in Dexter at about 2 a.m. Thursday...
Engineers recommend projects at Clearwater Dam (07/20/08)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- Six independent engineers have confirmed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' assessment of the Clearwater Dam seepage problems and the recommended remedial projects. Construction of a deep concrete cutoff wall that was proposed in the corps' 2004 Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report is also recommended in the External Peer Review Panel's Clearwater Dam Consensus Report...
Cape officials have high hopes for Aug. golf tournament (07/20/08)
The upcoming Dalhousie Junior Championship is expected to bring an economic windfall to Cape Girardeau, city leaders said. Scheduled for Aug. 12 to 14 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, the American Junior Golf Association tournament will bring more than 140 12-to-18-year-old golfers to the city. Co-sponsored by Montgomery Bank and the Friends of Golf Society, the event is one of 82 tournaments the association coordinates throughout the United States each year...
Former governor in Cape for birthday celebration (07/20/08)
100 Years of Homecomers: Changes and constants (07/20/08)
Editors note: This is the second in a three-part series leading up to Tuesday's opening of Jackson Homecomers, which turns 100 this year. Ruby Conrad never did get a crown. They didn't give those out in 1935, but the diamond ring she received -- the one she still has -- is a symbol of her title as the first Jackson Homecomers queen...
Siblings hope to save grandparents' former house at Old Appleton (07/20/08)
Walking through their grandparents' old house, a brother and sister hope a miracle can save what they call "heaven on earth." The house, at 328 Old Appleton Main St. in Old Appleton, contains both nostalgic and historical value for them. From 1921 to 1974 John Meyer's and Dorothy Mullen's grandparents, Victoria and Hugo Wucher, owned the house, and for almost 25 years it has been out of their possession. ...
Joplin pays $5,000 to man who claimed police abused him (07/20/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The city of Joplin recently paid $5,000 to a 25-year-old black man who was struck in the face by a white police officer while he was handcuffed, according to a newspaper report. The incident took place at the city jail April 20 after David G. Neal was arrested for allegedly ramming a police car with his own car in downtown Joplin and resisting arrest...
New mothers find support to forgo formula (07/20/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Amelia Grace Seever seems older than 8 months. She's a roly-poly little girl who crawls all over and pulls herself up to stand on occasion, not letting the business at hand distract her from her exploration. A breast-feeding support group, after all, isn't the most interesting thing for a baby. But for Amelia Grace's mother, Heather Seever, this group, begun recently by the St. Joseph/Buchanan County Health Department, has a lot to offer...
Idea of gas tax holiday falters over job losses (07/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- The political vision of a summer gas tax holiday died a quick death in Congress, losing to a view that federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel will have to go up if they go anywhere. Despite calls from the presidential campaign trail for a Memorial Day-to-Labor Day tax freeze, lawmakers quickly concluded -- with a prod from the construction industry -- that having $9 billion less to spend on highways could create a pre-election specter of thousands of lost jobs...
Tropical storm forms off Southeast coast (07/20/08)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tropical Storm Cristobal churned off the Southeast seaboard Saturday, the first storm to threaten the U.S. this hurricane season, forecasters said. The storm strengthened from a tropical depression, generating maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph as it promised to bring much-needed rains to the parched eastern Carolinas...
Intern helps Md. police interact with deaf (07/20/08)
FREDERICK, Md. -- From age 3, when he remembers watching the TV show "Cops" at his grandmother's house, Robert Harris has been fascinated with police work. This spring, as the Frederick Police Department's first deaf student intern, the 17-year-old has proven himself more than an eager learner. He has also been a teacher to the officers, firefighters and rescue workers he's met...
McCain and Romney grow closer after primaries end (07/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Just as Republican John McCain was unloading on his Democratic presidential rival Friday, he was offering warm, effusive words for once bitter foe Mitt Romney. And Romney, the millionaire former Republican governor of Massachusetts, was pledging to help McCain's presidential campaign financially -- and in any other way. To underscore the point, Romney has decided not to spend time raising money to pay back the $44.6 million he lent his failed presidential campaign...
Obama visits troops, officials in Afghanistan and Kuwait (07/20/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Barack Obama visited with U.S. troops and local officials Saturday in Afghanistan, the focal point of his proposed strategy for dealing with threats to the U.S. if elected president. While officially a part of a congressional delegation on a fact-finding tour expected to take him to Iraq, Obama was traveling Saturday amid the publicity and scrutiny accorded a likely Democratic nominee for president rather than a senator from Illinois. ...
Gun ruling spawns legal challenges from felons (07/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Twice convicted of felonies, James Francis Barton Jr. faces charges of violating a federal law barring felons from owning guns after police found seven pistols, three shotguns and five rifles at his home south of Pittsburgh. As a defense, Barton and several other defendants in federal gun cases argue that last month's Supreme Court ruling allows them to keep loaded handguns at home for self-defense...
Beijing working to reduce pollution (07/20/08)
BEIJING -- Beijing's Olympic shutdown begins today, a drastic plan to lift the Chinese capital's gray shroud of pollution three weeks ahead of the games. Half of Beijing's 3.3 million vehicles will be pulled off the roads and many polluting factories will be closed. Chemical plants, power stations and foundries left open have to cut emissions by 30 percent -- and dust-spewing construction in the capital will be halted...
Sunni bloc rejoins Iraqi government (07/20/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc returned to the government fold Saturday after calling off a nearly one-year boycott of the Shiite-dominated leadership -- another critical stride toward healing sectarian rifts. The return of the National Accordance Front does more than politically reunite some of Iraq's main centers of power...
U.S. general: Al-Qaida may be shifting focus (07/20/08)
BAGHDAD -- After intense U.S. assaults, al-Qaida may be considering shifting focus to its original home base in Afghanistan, where American casualties are running higher than in Iraq, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday. "We do think that there is some assessment ongoing as to the continued viability of al-Qaida's fight in Iraq," Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview at his office at the U.S. Embassy...
Pope apologizes for clergy sexual abuse while in Australia (07/20/08)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday for the sexual abuse of children by Australia's Roman Catholic clergy, keeping up efforts begun in the United States to publicly atone for what he called evil acts by priests. The apology did not satisfy representatives of the victims. They said it must be backed by Vatican orders to Australian bishops to stop alleged efforts to cover up the extent of the problem and block attempts to win compensation...
Iran nuclear talks stall over demand to cease uranium enrichment (07/20/08)
GENEVA -- A U.S. decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks fizzled Saturday, with Iran stonewalling Washington and five other world powers on their call to freeze uranium enrichment. In response, the six gave Iran two weeks to respond to their demand, setting the stage for a new round of U.N. sanctions...
Area digest (07/20/08)
Jackson Senior Babe Ruth team wins The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team bounced back from Friday's tough defeat to post a victory Saturday in the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament in Leadwood, Mo. Jackson rolled past Northeast Missouri 13-3, one day after opening the eight-team, double-elimination event with a 4-3 loss to Boonville...
Timeout with ... Nathan Ammon (07/20/08)
Sport: Sand volleyball Nickname: Natural Nate, that's my wrestling name Favorite part of sand volleyball: I like diving. I like strecthing out for balls. It's just intense, a good workout. It's everything Least favorite part: Getting all the sand off you. It's dirty and nasty and your shower gets all gross, and the bugs...
Area calendar (07/20/08)
Basketball n Southeast Missouri State boys camps: The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program will host camps conducted by Southeast coach Scott Edgar, his assistants, current and former Redhawks players and guest coaches. A team camp for high school varsity and junior varsity teams will be July 27 through 29. ...
Geile tosses no-hitter to end Cape Girardeau's season (07/20/08)
Cape Girardeau Post 63's Jamie Pickel said his team knew it would have to string together some timely base hits against hard-throwing right-hander Nathan Geile to win Saturday's Zone 4 Junior American Legion baseball championship against Ste. Genevieve...
Capahas beat Golden Spikes, inclement weather (07/20/08)
The Plaza Tire Capahas did more than enough on the field Saturday to avenge one of their five losses this year. But only if Mother Nature would cooperate. She did. Barely. Plaza Tire narrowly made its contest with the St. Louis Golden Spikes official before a heavy rain shower rendered Capaha Field unplayable...
Family friendly Jackson home has open layout and country views (07/20/08)
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a 100-by-187-foot lot in the Cedar Meadows subdivision is close to Fruitland and in the Jackson R-2 School District. A two-car attached garage has carriage lanterns that add to the home's curbside appeal. A basement garage is convenient for storage of recreational or lawn equipment...
Hello, Sunshine: Cape Girardeau native's dog featured on Hallmark card (07/20/08)
Linda Ashley Howe buys new clothes for little Rudy all the time. Rudy isn't her son, though. He's an English bulldog. "We always dress him up for Halloween," Howe said. "I think he likes the attention." Howe, a Cape Girardeau native who now lives in Lawrenceburg, Ind., has come to the attention of Hallmark shoppers who have seen Rudy on a birthday card at the store...
Father, daughter send update from their 48-state trip (07/20/08)
What an amazing country this is! It's easy to read statistics and know the distance coast to coast. It's easy to read about the diversity of scenery. But it is quite another thing to traverse through the wide menagerie of what makes up this expansive nation. ...
'Dark Knight' sets box office record (07/20/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Batman's joust with the Joker has set another box office record. Stoked by fan fever over the manic performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, "The Dark Knight" set a one-day box office record with $66.4 million on opening day, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said Saturday...
Dennis Bess (07/20/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dennis W. Bess, 51, died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Baptist Memorial East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Home in Chaffee, Mo.
Lois Bain (07/20/08)
ELLISVILLE, Mo. -- Lois Margaret Bain, 96, of Ellisville died Friday, July 18, 2008, at St. Lukes Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home...
Alverta Johnson (07/20/08)
Alverta Nelson Johnson, 85, died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Stephen Hester (07/20/08)
Stephen Ray Hester, 49, of Cordova, Tenn., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Crittenden County Hospital in Marion, Ky. He was a pipe fitter for River City Sprinklers, a member of the Patriot Guard and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps...
James Worthington (07/20/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James Benjamin "J.B." Worthington, 58, of Perryville, formerly of Olive Branch, Ill., died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill...
Otto Fox (07/20/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Otto Fox Jr., 46, of Marble Hill died Friday, July 18, 2008, at home. He was born April 10, 1961, in Marble Hill, son of Ora Otto and Precious Pearl Blocker Fox. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Bud Shell Auto in Cape Girardeau...
Rena Gossnick (07/20/08)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Rena C. Gossnick, 32, of St. Louis, formerly of Glenallen, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at St. Alexis Hospital in St. Louis. She was born July 29, 1975, in Centreville, Ill., daughter of Cynthia Goss­nick. She worked as a home health aide for Private Nursing Service Inc...
Levin Letner (07/20/08)
Levin G. Letner, 51, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, July 18, 2008, at his home after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 5, 1956, in Caruthersville, Mo., the son of Coy Durras and Eloise Rowland Letner. He and Lisa Gates were married Oct. 5, 1996, in Caruthersville...
Joe McAllister (07/20/08)
Joe H. McAllister, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 5, 1935, in Catron, Mo., son of Joseph H. and Lola Mae Ward McAllister. He and Alberta M. Warner were married Feb. 2, 1972, in St. Louis. She died Dec. 27, 2003...
Births 7/20/08 (07/20/08)
Barlow Daughter to William Alex and Deborah Lynn Barlow of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:47 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2008. Name, EmiLee Jo. Weight, 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Third child, first daughter. Mrs. Barlow is the former Deborah Hayes, daughter of Gary and Barbara Hayes of Marble Hill...
Smith - Evans (07/20/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- Sarah Marie Smith and Zachary Shane Evans were married Oct. 27, 2007, at St. Clair First Baptist Church in St. Clair, Mo. Trey Herwick performed the ceremony. Vocalist was Becky Koelling of Chesterfield, Mo., aunt of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Robin Owens of Wentzville, Mo. The groom is the son of Tracy and Cindy Evans of Oran...
Deiber - Eisenhauer (07/20/08)
Randi Jo Deiber and Timothy Robert Eisenhauer were united in marriage May 17, 2008, at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Mo. Bill Deiber, father of the bride, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Bill and Debbie Deiber of Columbia. The groom is the son of Bob and Dodie Eisenhauer of Daisy...
Meyers - Jung (07/20/08)
Mellany S. Meyers and Christopher Jung Jr. exchanged vows July 8, 2008, at sunset on Smathers Beach in Key West, Fla. Christina Nicks performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Peggy Hankins of Poplar Bluff, Mo. The groom is the son of Chris and Myra Jung Sr. of Cape Girardeau...
Minton - Hake (07/20/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Melissa Kay Minton and Austin Michael Hake were married June 26, 2008, in a sunset ceremony on the beach at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. Tamera Turner performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Myron and Robin Minton of Advance. The groom is the son of Dawn and Mark Miller of Dexter, Mo...
Cyr - Little (07/20/08)
Kimberly Ann Cyr and Christopher Alan Little exchanged vows June 21, 2008, at Grace United Methodist Church. The Rev. Scott Moon performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Damase and Janice Cyr of Manchester, Conn. The groom is the son of Daniel and Georgia Little of Cape Girardeau...
Wilfong - Mayfield (07/20/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Gary and Pam Wilfong Jr. of Sedgewickville announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Helen Wilfong, to Joshua Wayne Mayfield. He is the son of Kenny and Donnia Mayfield of Sedgewickville. Wilfong is a 2007 graduate of Meadow Heights High School. She received certification in medical transcription, billing and coding from the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. She is employed at Women First in Cape Girardeau...
Jordan - Blakey (07/20/08)
Christine Kahler of Cape Girardeau and Randy Jordan of Rogersville, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Paige Jordan, to Scott Christian Blakey. He is the son of Marty and Jeanne Blakey of Ava, Mo. Jordan is a 2002 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in social work from Southeast Missouri State University...
Icaza - Kaplan (07/20/08)
Dr. Ramiro and Dianne Icaza of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Icaza, to Jay Kaplan, both of St. Louis. He is the son of Leonard and Rhonda Kaplan of Presto, Pa. Icaza is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She is a cardiovascular and endocrine specialist with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals...
Werner - Embick (07/20/08)
Randy Werner and Connie Werner of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Jean Werner, to Adam Gregory Embick of Kirkwood, Mo. He is the son of Gregory and Pamela Embick of Collinsville, Ill. Werner received a master's degree in physical therapy from Maryville University in St. Louis...
Bennett - Powderly (07/20/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- William and Stephanie Bennett of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittney Alexis Bennett, to Shawn Patrick Powderly. He is the son of Debbie Dennis of Chaffee, and the late Patrick Powderly. Bennett is a 2003 graduate of Chaffee High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007. She is a registered nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Hale - 60 years (07/20/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hale of Jackson recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Lambert's in Sikeston, Mo. Hale and Dorothy Imogene Brown were married March 28, 1948, in Advance, Mo. He was a patient in a St. Louis hospital on the anniversary date, so a late celebration was held...
Brune - 40 years (07/20/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gregory Brune of Cape Girardeau were honored with a surprise party July 19, 2008, in observance of their 40th wedding anniversary. The celebration was held at Cape Girardeau Country Club. Hosts were their sons and spouses, Brent and Jenny Brune, Brian and Michelle Brune, and Bobby and Emily Brune, all of Cape Girardeau...
Robertson - 50 years (07/20/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Al Robertson of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner and reception for their extended families June 28, 2008, at Fischer's Restaurant in Belleville, Ill. Hosts were their children and grandchildren. Robertson and Mary Ann Rheinecker were married July 4, 1958, at St. Mary's Church. Their attendants were Betty Rheinecker, Shirley Hermann, Carol Himstedt, Valerie Fiedler, E.H. Rheinecker, Larry Robertson, and Jack Peters...
Gerlach - 50 years (07/20/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gerlach of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 15, 2008, with a family dinner and open house at Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills. Hosts were their children and spouses, Girada and Greg Vines and Darris and Tina Gerlach of Cape Girardeau, Joleda and David Moyers of Jackson, and Myra and Jason McCormick of Scott City...
Fadler - 50 years (07/20/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Derrill Fadler of Oak Ridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception May 17, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Fadler and Leola Deimund were married May 24, 1958, in Perryville, Mo. The Fadlers have three sons, David (Kathy) Fadler of Jackson, Rodney Fadler of Perryville, Mo., and Mark (Tia) Fadler of Cape Girardeau. ...
Police report 7/20/08 (07/20/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Marianne Porter, 618 North St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for larceny. n Erik Winklmeier, of Highland, Ill., was arrested on a Newton County, Mo., warrant for failure to appear in court...
Fire report 7/20/08 (07/20/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 3:35 p.m., a gas leak on Interstate 55. n At 4:41 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of William Street. n At 5:25 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 200 block of South Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 7/20/08 (07/20/08)
25 years ago: July 20, 1983 Hot, dry weather has hit Southeast Missouri when late-planted corn and soybeans are at the critical development stages, and farmers are beginning to worry that yields will be reduced as a result; the unusually cool, wet weather last spring and prolonged flooding of the Mississippi River already severely reduced wheat yields in the area...
A love letter to my husband (07/20/08)
Dear Bob, You know me so well. Like the other day. You heard in my voice the stress of falling behind at work, dealing with a screaming baby for hours on end and trying to pay the bills all crushing down on me at once. So you stopped by the store on your way home for a "care" package. A strawberry-kiwi candle. Lotion. And a Field&Stream magazine with a feature on deer hunting. You know me so well...
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can be devastating (07/20/08)
Dear Dr. Dobson: I just found out that I'm pregnant. My doctor warned me not to drink anything with alcohol in it until the child is born. I'm used to having a few beers after work, and I like a cocktail several times a week. Is it really necessary for me to give up all alcohol until my baby arrives?...
Special farm aid (07/20/08)
There are many state and federal government programs set up to aid farmers, who continue to supply the nation's food and fiber needs while maintaining high quality and abundance. But there is one aspect of a farmer's life that doesn't get any government help: the spiritual side...
GOP weaponizes the Sunshine Law (07/20/08)
To the editor: In the past year the Missouri Republican Party and Gov. Matt Blunt have weaponized the state's Sunshine Law. What is intended as tool for citizens to monitor their government has in GOP hands become a means of political harassment. After a former lawyer on the governor's staff went public with allegations that the Blunt administration had violated open records and record retention laws, the Republican Party in November 2007 requested three years' worth of records and e-mails from nearly 20 Democratic lawmakers in an attempt to divert attention away from the governor's troubles. ...
Do-not-call registry for robo-calls (07/20/08)
To the editor: In response to the story "Election robo-calls can't be stopped": I started a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization last year to combat intrusive robo-calls by using a voluntary, private-sector solution: the Political Do Not Contact Registry. As a result, I was asked to testify at the U.S. Senate in February along with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper...
Praise for Cape's firefighters (07/20/08)
To the editor: Recently we witnessed a serious house fire next door to us. We were pleased with the quick response time of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The professionalism and skills shown by the team throughout the long hours battling the spreading fire were impressive. ...
Speak Out 7/20/08 (07/20/08)
What was that? SOME OF you might think columnist Mike Jensen has lost it for being preoccupied with what he calls the "stigma" of the $500 gambling loss limit in Missouri at a time when our economy is in free fall. However, there has always been a method to Jensen's seeming madness. It is not his fault that at this time I cannot figure out what it is...
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