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Few rules govern elected officials in Missouri (08/03/08)
Cape Girardeau's County commissioners don't see eye to eye on many issues these days. But none of them wanted Auditor David Ludwig to come back. When an employee for the second time filed a complaint against Ludwig for printing pictures of scantily clad women where female subordinates found them, the commissioners called for his resignation. Ludwig refused...
Clerk expecting high turnout for Tuesday primary (08/03/08)
Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark is preparing for a primary election turnout Tuesday that could rival the record numbers that voted in February's presidential primary. As of midafternoon Friday, more than 350 absentee ballots had been returned for the election and another 130 were in the hands of voters with two additional days of absentee voting before the primary...
District 1 candidates: Trust now an issue (08/03/08)
When the contest for District 1 commissioner for Cape Girardeau County began, the candidates talked about roads. Specifically, they each sought to portray themselves as having qualifications that make them the best person to oversee and improve the county's paving program...
Opinion on sexual harassment (08/03/08)
On April 17, Cape Girardeau County commissioners privately confronted County Auditor David Ludwig for using his county computer to view and print images of half-naked women. In the moments before Ludwig was called into the room, Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones asked the county's prosecuting attorney, Morley Swingle, if what Ludwig did could be considered sexual harassment. Here is the audio of his question and Swingle's answer...
Sheriff candidates split on renewing tax (08/03/08)
Democratic candidates facing off for the office of Scott County sheriff have each raised thousands in campaign contributions. What incumbent Rick Walter and challenger Bobby Sullivan plan to do about a half-cent sales tax may have more power to sway voters...
Supporters of local sharecropper memorial taking case to legislature (08/03/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. — Bolstered by support from the Mississippi County Commission and a local state representative, a group seeking commemoration for a historic sharecropper protest will present their case to the Missouri Legislature this week. Following a program conducted in front of the county war memorial outside the courthouse, the commemoration's proponents met with county commissioners during their regular meeting Thursday...
Annual German Days a fun way to catch up with old friends (08/03/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. --For more than 20 years the German Days celebration in Chaffee has attracted people looking to catch up with old friends as well as to create new memories. "Every year it's the same thing, but it's great," said Linda Lee, who for the past 20 years has been working at the lemon shake-up stand...
Virginia company sues over Mo. records fees (08/03/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Virginia company hired to overhaul the computer system for Missouri's driver's license and motor vehicle records has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law capping fees for buying those records. The suit filed by BearingPoint Inc. is another round in the wrangling that has followed the Missouri Department of Revenue's decision to charge $7 per driver's license or motor vehicle record...
Heat, humidity create dangerous conditions (08/03/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Abundant spring rainfall and the highest temperatures of the summer are combining to create potentially life-threatening conditions in Missouri and Kansas, the National Weather service said Saturday. Temperatures were approaching the mid-90s in Kansas City on Saturday afternoon and expected to get close to 100 by the end of the weekend. But it's the humidity that is making things dangerous, the weather service said...
Humane Society cares for dragged horse (08/03/08)
IRONTON, Mo. -- A Humane Society rescue ranch is caring for a horse officials say was dragged behind a four-wheeler last week in Iron County. The Humane Society said Friday a horse was dragged more than 200 feet on gravel and pavement near Ironton. The 2-year-old male horse was treated by a veterinarian for exposed tissue, muscle and bone injuries on his side. ...
Mich. firm to pay $100K for Mo. No-Call complaints (08/03/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri attorney general's office announced Friday that it has reached a $100,000 settlement with a company accused of aggressive telemarketing. The settlement, filed in St. Louis, resolves complaints that Associated Community Services in Michigan contacted Missourians registered with the state's No-Call List...
CDC understated number of new HIV infections in the U.S. (08/03/08)
ATLANTA -- The number of Americans infected by the AIDS virus each year is much higher than the government has been estimating, U.S. health officials reported, acknowledging that their numbers have understated the level of the epidemic. The country had roughly 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 -- a dramatic increase from the 40,000 annual estimate used for the past dozen years. ...
Feds consider closing anthrax case (08/03/08)
WASHINGTON -- Answers to one of the nation's highest- profile unsolved mysteries are in documents that could be released as early as this week -- and help explain how the government chased the wrong suspect for years. Prosecutors were mulling this weekend whether to close the anthrax poisoning investigation this week, possibly as early as Monday or Tuesday. ...
New York City girl survives 180-foot fall down chimney (08/03/08)
NEW YORK -- A 12-year-old girl just wanted to show her cousin the view from her family's Manhattan rooftop. Instead, she fell into a chimney and plummeted down the flue for 14 stories, emerging nearly unscathed to tell her story after landing in a pile of furnace soot...
Maine island loses its trash can mail delivery service (08/03/08)
SUTTON ISLAND, Maine -- The Postal Service has ended a long tradition in which mail delivered to Maine's small offshore Sutton Island by a private ferry service was left in a specially marked trash can on the island's dock. Postal Service higher-ups got wind of the practice that served residents of about 25 seasonal homes on Sutton Island. They decided it had to be halted because it provides no security for the mail...
Hawaii man accused of helping China design stealth cruise missile (08/03/08)
HAIKU, Hawaii -- Cheryl Gowadia couldn't figure out why FBI agents in riot gear, guns drawn, were storming her home on Maui's tranquil North Shore. At first, she thought they might be after the man building a pond in her backyard. Instead, she was stunned to learn they wanted to question her husband, a former B-2 stealth bomber engineer...
Palestinian infighting in Gaza escalates; 4 killed (08/03/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas forces battled Fatah-linked fighters with mortars and machine guns in a crowded Gaza neighborhood Saturday, leaving at least four dead in the worst Palestinian infighting in nine months. About 80 people were injured, 12 of them children, hospital officials said...
China's Olympic ambitions falter with protests (08/03/08)
BEIJING -- The short, catchy film commissioned by the Chinese government was designed to plant a new, positive image of China in foreigners' minds for the Beijing Olympics. But instead of airing worldwide more than two months ago as planned, the 30-second TV spot is only now about to reach viewers, having been delayed repeatedly by Tibetan riots, a devastating earthquake and foreign criticism buffeting the games...
Holocaust survivor and her rescuer living like sisters (08/03/08)
WARSAW, Poland -- They are two silver-haired ladies with a special bond forged in the Holocaust. One is the daughter of Jews who perished under the Nazis, the other her Roman Catholic rescuer. Today Janina Pietrasiak, 74, and Maria Lopuszanska, 79, live like sisters around the corner from each other in a Warsaw neighborhood shaded by chestnut trees...
Rescue effort stopped in Turkey dorm collapse (08/03/08)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Rescue workers called off the search for survivors in the debris of a girls dormitory that collapsed in central Turkey after pulling out the body of the 18th victim, an official said Saturday. The three-story building crumbled with a pre-dawn explosion in central Konya province Friday, trapping dozens inside...
Blanton sharp in Phillies 2-1 victory (08/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols was one of five St. Louis Cardinals who took a called third strike against Joe Blanton. It was a solid indicator that the Phillies' right-hander was on his game. Blanton won for the first time since joining Philadelphia in a mid-July trade with the Athletics, riding home runs from Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs to a 2-1 victory on Saturday night...
Clement released, Duncan done, but Wainwright makes progress (08/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals conceded the Matt Clement signing was a failed gamble on Saturday, releasing a right-hander who has struggled to return from shoulder surgery in 2006. The Cardinals also announced that outfielder Chris Duncan would undergo surgery to repair a ruptured disc in his neck on Monday, a procedure that is likely to end a star-crossed season. ...
Recent Southeast grad Urhahn takes helm for Chaffee's program (08/03/08)
Chaffee High School recently hired a new girls basketball coach to replace Chance White, who resigned in July after four seasons. Courtney Urhahn has accepted her first high school coaching position. She will lead the Red Devils varsity, junior varsity, and the seventh- and eighth-grade teams...
Squirrels heading to Babe Ruth World Series (08/03/08)
In just their fourth year of existence, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels have advanced to the Senior Babe Ruth World Series for the first time in the program history. The Squirrels won the Midwest Plains Regional tournament, which they hosted last week at Hillhouse Park, and will begin play later this week in Newark, Ohio...
Capahas ready for Wichita (08/03/08)
Plaza Tire Capahas manager Jess Bolen believes this could be among the better teams he has taken to the National Baseball Congress World Series. That's saying something, considering Bolen has directed the Capahas the past 42 years and the tradition-rich squad has made 27 consecutive NBC World Series appearances...
Travelers' tales (08/03/08)
Julie and Mark Langenfeld are happy to be back in their Cape Girardeau home. But their trip across the continental United States is a reflection of how much they love to travel. From July 1 to 27, Julie Langenfeld and her father, Mark, set out on a trip to traverse 48 states. Julie, who just turned 16, got to test her new driving skills in their 1968 Mercedes-Benz. Julie is the third generation of Langenfeld's to drive the car...
Private quarters (08/03/08)
The Jackson Soccer Park and other amenities are nearby, but this home allows plenty of privacy. Located in the Jackson School District, this subdivision is similar to properties on a golf course with its manicured yards and space between homes. Neighboring homes are not separated by fences...
The rhythm of the journey (08/03/08)
by Mark Langenfeld July 24, 2008 We are well into our trip now, and while the nature of this type of travel never gets into a routine we do find ourselves into a certain rhythm of the journey. We don't know in the morning how many miles we'll cover or where we'll stop for the night or what we'll do during the day or what we'll discover. ...
Wilver Wessel (08/03/08)
Wilver Wessel Wilver W. Wessel, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 14, 1919, in Cape Girardeau to August and Emma Suedekum Wessel. He and Dolores Holland were married on Aug. 21, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. She died May 8, 2003...
Annabelle Hartle (08/03/08)
Annabelle Hartle Annabelle Hartle, 98, of Millersville died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 2, 1910, in Morehouse, Mo., daughter of Charlie and Leona Proffer Wofford. She and Harry R. Hartle were married March 20, 1931. He died Dec. 22, 1983...
Robert Bradbury (08/03/08)
Robert Bradbury Robert E. Bradbury, 55, of Sikeston, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill.
Anna Lee Howard (08/03/08)
Anna Lee Howard Anna Lee Howard, 75, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at her home. She was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Leemon, Mo., to Burton and Virginia Abernathy Seabaugh. She and Richard Howard were married June 10, 1959. He passed away Sept. 8, 1966...
Albert Job (08/03/08)
Albert Job Albert W. "Bud" Job, 85, of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 7, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, son of Arthur and Ella Louise Schwab Job. He and Edna Ida Heisserer were married June 26, 1948, at St. Augustine Church in Kelso, Mo...
Joyce Dunn (08/03/08)
Joyce Dunn R. Joyce Dunn, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 19, 1958, in St. Louis, daughter of Mona Pulliam. She and Steve Dunn were married Aug. 26, 1989, in Cape Girardeau...
Lois Beaudean (08/03/08)
Lois Beaudean Lois V. "Ginger" Beaudean, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Salem, Ill., daughter of Guy Ezert and Lettie Ina (Minton) Smead. Her family soon moved to Cape Girardeau, where Lois attended Cape Girardeau Central High School and graduated in 1937. ...
Births 8/3/08 (08/03/08)
Murray Son to Torrance LeEdward Murray and Christen Michelle Wheeler of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:49 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Name, Torrance LeEdward. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Wheeler is the daughter of Doris Wheeler and Steve Wheeler of Charleston, Mo. She is a graduate student. Murray is the son of Jessica Murray and DeRandy Jennings of Charleston. He is employed at DW Tool Inc...
Friese - Moss (08/03/08)
Piskorz - Keen (08/03/08)
Monika Lidia Piskorz and Charles Travis Keen were married April 19, 2008, at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson. The Rev. Samuel Roethemeyer performed the ceremony. Soloist was Ashley Reed of Jackson. The bride is the daughter of Krystyna Piskorz of Koszalin, Poland, and the late Witold Piskorz. The groom is the son of Bonnie and Mike Bollinger and Mike and Carol Keen, all of Jackson...
Murphy - Kirn (08/03/08)
Varonnica Patrice Murphy and Christopher John Kirn were united in marriage May 17, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Revs. Rahab Isidor and Augustine Alilonu performed the ceremony. Eucharistic ministers were Donna Sadler of Chaffee, Mo., godmother of the groom; Shirley Hrabar of Jackson, grandmother of the bride; and Ann Broehl of East Brunswick, N.J., aunt of the bride...
Nolen - Proffitt (08/03/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Kathryn Nichole Nolen and Kyle Quincy Proffitt were married Sept. 29, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Chaffee. The Rev. Cliff Day performed the ceremony. Pianist was Becky Hanlon of Chaffee. The bride is the daughter of David and Jennifer Nolen of Chaffee. The groom is the son of Keith and Nancy Proffitt of Camden, Mo...
Rambo - Lawrence (08/03/08)
Dana Katherine Rambo and Anthony Clyde Lawrence exchanged vows June 7, 2008, at Cape County Park South. Michelle Gary performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mary Gillen of Jackson. The groom is the son of Melvin and Rose Lawrence of Tamms, Ill...
East - Sterling (08/03/08)
Ashlei Jo East and John Douglas Sterling were married July 5, 2008, at the Bridge Church in Cape Girardeau. Winston Wiliford performed the ceremony. Soloist was Pam Wiliford. The bride is the daughter of Rick East and Donna Sanders of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Steve Sterling of Illinois and Donna Jenkins of Arkansas...
Frost - Keller (08/03/08)
Amanda Marie Frost and Jared Walter Ronald Keller were married May 24, 2008, at Francine's Gardens. The Rev. Douglas Breite performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Peter Frost and Anne Laffoon of Washington, D.C., and Margaret Lucero and Robert Allen of Corpus Christi, Texas. The groom is the son of Ron and Vicki Keller of Cape Girardeau, and the late Vicky Lou Keller...
Dean - Bass (08/03/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert and Joan Dean of Perryville announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Ann Dean, to Timothy Andrew Bass, both of O'Fallon, Mo. He is the son of Laura Rice of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Richard Blackthorn of Columbia, Mo...
McQuay - Grimes (08/03/08)
Melba Steinbach of Cape Girardeau announces the engagement of her daughter, Pamela Jean McQuay, to David Phillip Grimes, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of the late Alfred Grimes of Chicago, the late Laverne Grimes of Crystal Lake, Ill., and the late Marilouise Grimes of Denver, Colo. McQuay is also the daughter of the late Donald M. McQuay of Friedheim, Mo...
Shoemake - Abernathy (08/03/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Kevin and Elaine Shoemake of Sedgewickville announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Dawn Shoemake, to Andrew Seth Abernathy, son of Stephen and Carole Abernathy of Sedgewickville. Shoemake is a 2004 graduate of Meadow Heights High School at Patton, Mo. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in housing and interior design from Southeast Missouri State University in August. She is employed at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse in Cape Girardeau...
Powers - Martin (08/03/08)
David E. and Sherry Powers of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley S. Powers, to Bradley S. Martin. He is the son of Donald and Marilyn Martin of Tamms, Ill., and Barbara Franklin of Wickliffe, Ky. Powers is a 2001 graduate of Jackson High School. She received an associate degree of applied science from Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center in 2007. She is a registered respiratory therapist at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Essick - Neal (08/03/08)
Dorothy Carmer of Columbus, Ind., announces the engagement of her daughter, Cynthia Louise Essick, to Anthony Chance Neal, both of Jackson. He is the son of Cynthia Bartlett and the late Billy Neal of Huntsville, Ala. Essick is also the daughter of the late Marshall Carmer...
Johnson - Fodge (08/03/08)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Doug and Cheryl Johnson of New Hamburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Ann Johnson, to Chad Matthew Fodge. He is the son of Mike and Jeannie Fodge of Benton, Mo. Johnson is a graduate of Kelly High School. She is a medical assistant with Southeast Missouri ENT Consultants...
Urhahn - McGill (08/03/08)
Richard Urhahn of Cape Girardeau and Brenda Martens of Scott City announce the engagement of their daughter, Casie Nicole Urhahn, to Ryan Stephen McGill, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Donna Laurentius of Cape Girardeau, and the late Gregory McGill...
Townsend - Govreau (08/03/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jon and Tonyua Townsend of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Marie Townsend, to Joshua Joseph Govreau of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Joe and Joey Govreau of Viburnum, Mo. Townsend is a 2004 graduate of Chaffee High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in human environmental studies from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. She is a science teacher at Bell City High School in Bell City, Mo...
Seyer - 50 years (08/03/08)
Mr. and Mrs. James Seyer of Dutchtown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner and dance June 22, 2008, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Scott City. Hosts were their sons, Herb and Jim Seyer of Cape Girardeau, Mike Seyer of Dutchtown, Ken Seyer of Perryville, Mo., and Jeff Seyer of Fruitland...
Police report 8/3/08 (08/03/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assaults n Third-degree assault and theft were reported at Ryan's Family Steak House. n First-degree assault was reported. Thefts n A license plate was reported stolen at 2802 Independence St...
Fire report 8/3/08 (08/03/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 7:52 p.m., an alarm at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 9:42 p.m., emergency medical service at Merriwether Street and South Henderson Avenue. n At 8:19 p.m., an alarm at 1389 Southern Expressway...
Out of the past 8/3/08 (08/03/08)
25 years ago: Aug. 3, 1983 SIKESTON, Mo. -- Scott County Coroner Tom Nunnelee warns residents, particularly the elderly, to take precautions during this heat wave; the warning comes after the heat-related death of 65-year-old Clarence Robinson, who died of cardiac arrest Monday; it is the second heat-related death here within a week...
The electronic art of marital compromise (08/03/08)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. A recent e-mail exchange between husband and wife: On 7/14/08 9:42 AM, "Callie Clark Miller" wrote: Dear Bob, Every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for the next 14 weeks, your wife shall be otherwise engaged. You will need to make plans to care for Dawson between 8 and 9 p.m. on those dates...
20 years of Rush (08/03/08)
All week conservative leaders have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cape Girardeau native Rush Limbaugh's nationally syndicated radio show by calling in comments of praise. Rush initiated the first three-hour talk program on basically dead-at-the-time AM radio. Since then, others have followed, but no liberal radio program has been successful...
Open government (08/03/08)
In all the years since Missouri legislators first enacted the Sunshine Law, the state's open meeting and open records law, public officials, appointed and elected, have used ignorance of the law as an excuse for not complying with its many provisions...
Homeless raise safety issues (08/03/08)
To the editor: With one homeless person already being found dead in Cape Girardeau, many of us are wondering what city officials are doing about the rest of them. While fishing at Capaha Park with my grandchildren, I realized that there are no fewer than four homeless people using the park as their base of operation. ...
Property owners mow on Route W (08/03/08)
To the editor: I am writing in reference to the Speak Out comment "Thanks for mowing: We want to thank the Cape Girardeau County Highway Department for the mowing it recently did on Route W in the Boutin Drive area. Everyone who drives in this area is thankful."...
Alexander Co. deputy was abusive (08/03/08)
To the editor: My co-worker and I were going to jobs in Illinois. My co-worker, since the age of 16, has worn his seat belt every day. Four months ago I got a seat-belt ticket in Illinois and have worn mine ever since. We weren't in Illinois long when an Alexander County sheriff's deputy pulled us over...
Speak Out 8/3/08 (08/03/08)
Butterfly magnet TO THE person who has noticed a shortage of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: I suggest you get a butterfly bush. They will flock to it. We have an abundance. Police are responding AT LEAST the Jackson police are responding to and taking care of crime on the corner of Shawnee Avenue and East Main Street in Jackson. What would really be aggravating is if they weren't...
Hummingbird Looking At My Camera... (VERY CUTE) (08/03/08)
More Hummingbird Pics. (08/03/08)
My Beautiful Hummingbirds (08/03/08)
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