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Stories from Sunday, August 10, 2008

Southeast Missourian names Bob Miller new editor (08/10/08)
For the first time in 14 years, the Southeast Missourian has a new editor. Longtime editor R. Joe Sullivan is remaining on staff as editorial-page editor and news consultant, completing a yearlong transition that includes the promotion of managing editor Bob Miller to the editor post...
Scott County's E-911 Communications Center operating smoothly so far (08/10/08)
BENTON, Mo. — Now the kinks are worked out of Scott County's E-911 Communications Center, the county can begin presenting it as an option to other municipalities looking to outsource their operations and save a little money. The operation was discussed by commissioners and other officials during the monthly E-911 Advisory Board meeting at Thursday's regular county commission meeting...
Poplar Bluff takes over city airport until end of year (08/10/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Operation of Poplar Bluff Municipal Airport is now the city's responsibility -- at least until the end of the year. City manager Doug Bagby said the fixed base operator, Aeroflite Inc., decided not to renew its contract with the city...
More than 1,100 buy tickets to see Mike Huckabee at Jo Ann Emerson's annual picnic (08/10/08)
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is listed by London bookmakers as a 20-1 long-shot to be the Republican vice presidential nominee, but he's not advising anyone to risk any money. Huckabee, during a session with reporters at U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's annual picnic in Cape Girardeau, said his Baptist faith would prevent him from taking a piece of that action. ...
Searchers find Chaffee man's body on banks of Mississippi River north of Diversion Channel (08/10/08)
On Saturday morning, Cape Girardeau firefighters found the body of a man missing since falling into the Mississippi River after a boating accident Wednesday night. The body of Gregory Jobe, 39, of Chaffee, Mo., was spotted on the bank of the river around 9:20 a.m. by the fire department's water rescue team, battalion chief Brian Shaffer said...
Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo sold out final two nights (08/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- For the first time since its establishment 56 years ago, the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo sold out back-to-back nights. About 11,000 tickets were sold both Friday and Saturday, which were also the first times the rodeo has sold out any single day since 2003, said Claire Grisham, a ticket seller for the event...
Club news 8/10/08 (08/10/08)
Kage FCE Judie Herbst prepared and served breakfast in the park for the Kage FCE Homemakers Club at its monthly meeting at Cape County Park. Dortha Strack, president, presided over the meeting. Her tip of the day was: Have a plan for signaling for help...
Brother's Keepers reaches out to paralyzed victims of violence (08/10/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Terrence Clark remembers what his mother told him as a child. She said when you do something wrong, you end up in one of two places: jail or dead. But he found another place to end up just for being in the wrong place -- a wheelchair. A stray bullet during a gunfight pierced the headrest of his car and hit his back as he hung out with friends on an April night 18 years ago. He was 18 and hasn't walked since. No one was ever arrested, police said...
Surprises don't change couple's loyalty to ministry (08/10/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Rev. Steve Sewell planned to be a youth pastor forever. That's what he'd have told you if you'd asked him in college what his future held. Now he might tell you things sometimes turn out different than you plan, which is the only way he can explain that rather than working primarily with young people, he works primarily with senior citizens. And rather than remaining where he grew up, he went to college and met his wife and settled in St. Joseph...
Cloned dogs, alleged sex slave tied to same woman (08/10/08)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A woman who made news around the world when she had five pups cloned from her beloved pit bull Booger looked familiar to some who saw her picture: She's the same woman who 31 years earlier was accused of abducting a Mormon missionary in England, handcuffing him to a bed and making him her sex slave...
44-pound feline Prince Chunk gets new home in New Jersey (08/10/08)
BLACKWOOD, N.J. -- New Jersey's fat cat has a home. A family in southern New Jersey will get the 44-pound "Prince Chunk" this week, according to the Camden County Animal Shelter. The shelter won't disclose the family's identity. About 500 people applied to adopt the 10-year-old cat found lumbering around the community of Voorhees after his owner lost her home to foreclosure...
Battle of Gettysburg 'witness tree' falls during severe storm (08/10/08)
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Standing just 150 feet from the platform on which President Abraham Lincoln delivered his most famous speech, one of the few remaining "witness trees" to the Battle of Gettysburg has been severely damaged by a storm, National Park Service officials said...
No Olympic holiday planned for McCain's presidential bid (08/10/08)
LAS VEGAS -- John McCain doesn't begrudge Democratic rival Barack Obama his weeklong holiday in Hawaii. In fact, the GOP presidential hopeful says he could use a little rest himself. Speaking Friday to reporters aboard his campaign plane from Arkansas to Las Vegas, McCain said he planned to campaign as usual this week while Obama is on vacation and many voters are watching the Olympic Games...
Memorial service held for anthrax suspect (08/10/08)
FREDERICK, Md. -- The Army scientist suspected in the anthrax attacks was remembered for his humor, intelligence and compassion at a memorial service Saturday. Bruce Ivins, 62, died of an apparent suicide late last month after being informed by the FBI that charges likely were being brought against him in connection with the 2001 attacks...
Trail of Cheetos leads to snack thieves in Minn. (08/10/08)
ST. PAUL -- An orange trail of Cheetos led St. Paul police to three teenagers suspected of burglarizing a vending machine. Officers were called to the Arlington Recreation Center on July 29, where they found a vending machine had been broken into. Most of the candy and chips were missing, according to a criminal complaint...
Increasing diversity in swing counties may favor Obama (08/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- Minority Americans have been flocking to the nation's "swing counties," hotly contested areas that could play a crucial role in this year's election. That's likely to be good news for Barack Obama, bidding to become the first black president...
N.C. man accused of candidate threat (08/10/08)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Authorities say a North Carolina man will undergo a psychiatric evaluation after being jailed on a charge of threatening to kill Barack Obama. Federal documents identified the man held Friday as 48-year-old Jerry M. Blanchard. A criminal complaint says witnesses overheard Blanchard twice last month threatening to kill the Democratic hopeful...
Beef recalled despite changes (08/10/08)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Federal authorities last month assured consumers that a meat plant linked to nearly 50 illnesses caused by tainted ground beef had made enough changes after a recall to ensure that its products were safe. Less than a month later, the same processor has recalled 1.2 million pounds of other beef products that might have sickened more than 30 people...
Officials: Drug dealers buying Washington state vineyards to hide marijuana operations (08/10/08)
WAPATO, Wash. -- Across central Washington's fruit bowl, farmers are buying vineyards, hoping to establish roots in the area and capitalize on the booming wine industry. Authorities believe some of the buyers are living in Mexico and their vineyards are producing tens of thousands of illegal marijuana plants -- a crop that could easily surpass grapes in value this year...
At least 31 killed in gold mine accident (08/10/08)
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- At least 31 people were killed in a mudslide at an unofficial gold mine in Burkina Faso, according to the national radio service. There are thousands of unofficial mines, or bush mines, in West Africa. Villagers eke out a living, risking their lives to descend deep chutes and then use mercury to force the gold out of the dirt. The mines are especially treacherous during the monsoon season...
Georgia: Country in 'state of war' over South Ossetia (08/10/08)
OUTSIDE TSKHINVALI, Georgia -- Russia and small, U.S.-allied Georgia headed toward a wider war Saturday as Russian tanks rumbled into the contested province of South Ossetia and Russian aircraft bombed a Georgian town, escalating a conflict that already has left hundreds dead...
Nation of Bhutan is losing its old beliefs in the yeti (08/10/08)
SIGNYAR, Bhutan -- He remembers the darkness of the pine forest, and the footprints, and his terror when the creature began to howl. He remembers the stories of his childhood, of a beast that stalked the upper reaches of the mountains, and how fear spread through the village every time it was spotted...
Father of former Olympian killed in Beijing (08/10/08)
BEIJING -- The fatal stabbing of the father of a former Olympian at a Beijing landmark cast a somber shadow over the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday, just hours after China's jubilant opening of the Summer Games. Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn. -- parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman and in-laws of U.S. men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon -- were attacked by a Chinese man while visiting the 13th-century Drum Tower...
Syria refuses another visit by U.N. nuclear investigators (08/10/08)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria said Saturday it would bar U.N. nuclear investigators from revisiting a site bombed by Israeli jets on suspicion it was a secretly built atomic reactor. The move dealt a blow to International Atomic Energy Agency efforts to follow up on intelligence indicating Syria was hiding a nuclear program that could be used to make weapons...
Former CIA officer: Al-Qaida hit hard by death of chemical weapons expert (08/10/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The killing of an al-Qaida chemical weapons expert in a missile strike two weeks ago on a Pakistani border village has dealt a heavy blow to the terrorist group's ambitions to build weapons of mass destruction, a former CIA case officer says...
Local pair knows it faces long odds (08/10/08)
As Jordan Sheets and Joe Wiggans killed a few free moments mashing golf balls on the driving range Thursday at Dalhousie Golf Club, the talk turned to -- of all things -- hair. Namely soccer-related hair-dos. Wiggans, a Notre Dame senior-to-be, told Sheets he was getting ready to get the Bulldogs' traditional blond highlights in his hair, but he had to wait until after his senior picture was taken...
Gugler switches back to defense (08/10/08)
Ben Gugler considers himself a team player, so he didn't protest when Southeast Missouri State football coaches asked him to play tight end last year. "They asked me to do it and I wanted to help out," Gugler said. But Gugler doesn't try to mask his enthusiasm over being moved back to his natural position of defensive end for his senior season...
Area digest (08/10/08)
Southeast track hires assistant New Southeast Missouri State track and field coach Eric Crumpecker has announced the hiring of Tara Zapata as assistant coach for sprinters and hurdlers. Zapata, an assistant at Arkansas-Little Rock last season, is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where she was an All-American sprinter. Zapata, originally from New York City, also served for two years as an assistant at Essex County College in New Jersey...
Area calendar (08/10/08)
Baseball n Jackson fall registration: The Jackson boys baseball league will hold fall registration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Aug. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at Westpark Mall's center court. The season will begin around the first week of September, and is open to players that were 8 years old before April 30, 2008. Info: 275-5227....
Lakeside living (08/10/08)
This three-bedroom home with three bathrooms sits on 1.08 acres and has a distinguished architectural design. It is within minutes of all Cape Girardeau amenities. It features a peaked roof in the center with four upstairs dormers, shuttered windows and a Florida room with a dozen windows. There is a large wooded backyard and a driveway from the basement garage to the street. The garage is spacious enough for a car, boat or lawn equipment. The driveway access to the lake is handy for recreation...
Guide dogs can ease blind students' transition to college (08/10/08)
Mario Bonds, a senior at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who is blind, recalls that on his first days on campus, getting around was an entirely new experience. "In the city you're just going from curb to curb," Bond said. "On the college campus, there's so many zigzags, so many decisions to make ... I'd stop and ask sighted people and they'd be as lost as I was."...
Training tips (08/10/08)
All dog owners can take a lesson from guide dog trainers. "What fascinates people is that guide dogs are so well behaved in public," said Emily Simone of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif. "That doesn't happen in a vacuum." It's not magic, although it may seem that way. Much of it is based on familiar recommendations, including socialization, positive reinforcement -- and remembering that training means lifelong learning...
Actor and comedian Bernie Mac dies at 50 (08/10/08)
Bernie Mac blended style, authority and a touch of self-aware bluster to make audiences laugh as well as connect with him. For Mac, who died Saturday at age 50, it was a winning mix, delivering him from a poor childhood to stardom as a stand-up comedian, in films including the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and his acclaimed sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show."...
Farmers start using falcons to scare away foraging birds (08/10/08)
BURBANK, Wash. -- Farmer Jim Lott needs to get rid of the starlings and sparrows feasting on the ripe fruit in his blueberry patch, and a grinning scarecrow wearing grandpa's old overalls just doesn't cut it anymore. He's one of 17 farmers nationwide who have signed up for a new program that allows the use of predator birds to control pesky birds that damage or forage on crops...
John Moore (08/10/08)
The Rev. Mack Williams (08/10/08)
Ronald Jansen (08/10/08)
Lauretta Wright (08/10/08)
PULASKI, Ill. -- Lauretta Wright, 94, of Pulaski died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at the Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Friends may call from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John Praise and Worship Center in Pulaski. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Praise and Worship Center...
Linda Ziegler (08/10/08)
Linda Ziegler, 92, of Benton, Mo., died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Wilber Statler (08/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wilbert Statler, 81, of Perryville died Aug. 8, 2008, at the Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. He was born Sept. 29, 1926, in Perry County, Mo., son of Robert and Nola Statler. He and Bertie Welker were married Oct. 9, 1948, in Jackson...
Patsy Hastings (08/10/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Patsy Heffner Hastings, 75, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 14, 1932, in St. Louis County, Mo., daughter of Harry I. and Marie Meehan Heffner. She first married Sandy Bullock in 1950. She then married Sam Massa in 1954, then in 1961 she married William Franklin Hastings...
Beulah Hoffman (08/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Beulah C. Hoffman, 92, of Perryville died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at the Independence Care Center in Perryville. She was born July 29, 1916, in Perryville, daughter of Wiley Sandler and Belle Skaggs Sandler. She and Glennon E. Hoffman were married March 29, 1941...
Lueders - MacFarland (08/10/08)
Hemmann - Miesner (08/10/08)
St. John's Lutheran Church at Pocahontas was the setting Feb. 16, 2008, for the wedding of Katie Louise Hemmann and Chad Michael Miesner. Bruce Ritter performed the ceremony. Organist was Sue Ludwig of Jackson and pianist was Lexie Myers of Oak Ridge. Soloists were Stephen Meier and April Brumfield, cousin of the bride, both of Jackson...
Cobb - Guilfoy (08/10/08)
Cynthia Marie Cobb and Kevin Adam Guilfoy were married Nov. 3, 2007, at Concord Trinity United Methodist Church in St. Louis. The Rev. Greg Weeks performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Michael and Debra Cobb of Jackson, and Daniel and Nancy Guilfoy of St. Louis...
Rouggly - King (08/10/08)
Elysia Violet Rouggly and Derek Cole King were married May 24, 2008, at Cape First. Lucas Rouggly of Portland, Ore., brother of the bride, performed the ceremony. Guitarist and soloist was Jared Rouggly of Portland, brother of the bride. Parents of the couple are Mike and Cindy Rouggly, and Joey and Mary Pat King, all of Jackson...
Bollinger - Brown (08/10/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Cassi A. Bollinger and John E. Brown exchanged vows June 21, 2008, at Hahn Chapel General Baptist Church. Gerald Huff performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Sam and Peggy Bollinger of Sedgewickville. The groom is the son of Winford and Imagene Brown of Marble Hill, Mo...
Sauder - Williams (08/10/08)
Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis was the setting April 19, 2008, for the wedding of Stephanie Elizabeth Sauder and Garrett Wayne Williams. The Rev. David Marth performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Debbie Sauder of St. Louis. The groom is the son of Dale and Lisa Williams of Jackson and Jim and Brenda Bono of McHenry, Ill...
Marshall - Leming (08/10/08)
Jariya Marshall and Blake Leming were married June 12, 2008, at Waialua Beach Park in Hawaii. The bride is the daughter of Willard and Wanna Marshall of Clarkston, Wash. Leming is the son of Dana Leming of Jackson and Charles Leming II of Cape Girardeau...
Best - Kinder (08/10/08)
Jessica Lee Best and Cody Christopher Kinder were united in marriage May 31, 2008, at the Water's Edge in Gordonville. Jeffery Lowery of St. Charles, Mo., performed the ceremony. Pianist was Lenny Kuper of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Laura and Jack Taber. The groom is the son of Howard Kinder and Amy and Dale Beechem, all of Cape Girardeau...
Martin - Ressel (08/10/08)
Alicia Iola Marie Martin and Jacob Paul Ressel exchanged vows July 19, 2008, at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson. The Rev. Richard Combs performed the ceremony. Organist was Linda Thompson. Soloist was Sarah Martin of Burfordville, sister of the bride...
Blankenship - Stone (08/10/08)
Rich and Stacy Blankenship of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jonnie Rai Blankenship, to William Charles "Trey" Stone III. He is the son of William and Shelly Stone Jr. of Jackson. Blankenship is a graduate of Scott City High School, and is attending Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed at AT&T...
Loper - Goodale (08/10/08)
Doug Loper of Wiggins, Miss., and Donald and Brenda Rhodes of Oran, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Ann Loper, to Trenton Drew Goodale. He is the son of Chuck and Paula Goodale of Scott City. Loper is a 1999 graduate of Oran High School, and received a medical assistant diploma from Metro Business College...
Byrum - Gilliland (08/10/08)
Barbara Byrum of Cape Girardeau and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Byrum of Sikeston, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Amy Byrum, to Ronald Neal Gilliland. He is the son of Shirley Gilliland of Advance, Mo., and the late Charles Gilliland. Byrum is a graduate of Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University. She is a parent educator with Nell Holcomb and Oak Ridge school districts...
Barks - Wipfler (08/10/08)
Jerry and Laura Barks of Lowndes, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi Denise Barks, to John Thomas Wipfler. He is the son of Charlie and Susie Wipfler of Scott City. Barks is a second grade teacher with Leopold School District. Wipfler is employed at Do It Best Corp...
Seabaugh - Pavelka (08/10/08)
Mike and Andrea Seabaugh of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Alicia Seabaugh, to Adam Pavelka. He is the son of Arlen and Jean Graham of Jackson. Seabaugh is a 2000 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She received a bachelor's degree in general studies from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007, and expects to receive a degree in elementary education from the university in December...
Nenninger - McClain (08/10/08)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Greg and Jenny Nenninger of Leopold announce the engagement of their daughter, Beth Nenninger, to Jim McClain of Texarkana, Ark. He is the son of Richard and Elaine Dix and Edward and Polly McClain, all of Irondale, Mo. Nenninger is a graduate of Leopold High School, and received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She is an administrative assistant at Miller-Bowie Supply...
Scholl - Bain (08/10/08)
Sam and Tammie Scholl of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Erin Scholl, to Dr. Justin Heath Bain. He is the son of Stuart and Sandra Bain of East Prairie, Mo. Scholl attended Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed in the cardiothorasic unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Sheets - 40 years (08/10/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sheets of Cape Girardeau are observing their 40th wedding anniversary today. Sheets and Nita McManus were married Aug. 10, 1968, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Their children and spouses are David and Jessica Sheets of Booneville, Mo., and Laura and Randy Graham of Jackson...
Walker - 58 years (08/10/08)
Mr. and Mrs. David Walker of Cape Girardeau recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. A surprise luncheon was held July 27, 2008, at their home, hosted by their family. Walker and Ruth Brown were married July 27, 1950, by the Rev. C.E. Fleshman. Their attendants were Jo Ann Goodman and Vince Ventres...
Fire report 8/10/2008 (08/10/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 3:36 p.m., emergency medical service at 41 East Rodney Drive. n At 5:26 p.m., emergency medical service at 2806 Independence St. n At 7:09 p.m., a truck fire at mile marker 99 on Interstate 55...
Police report 8/10/2008 (08/10/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n John William Jennings, 38, of Cranberry Top, Pa., was arrested on a warrant. n A suspect was placed in custody for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance...
Out of the past 8/10/08 (08/10/08)
25 years ago: Aug. 10, 1983 The newly convened Cape Girardeau County grand jury could be the beginning of a permanent, standing grand jury system here, according to Prosecuting Attorney Larry Ferrell, who says he will request another grand jury be empaneled when the present jury's term ends in three months...
A new editor (08/10/08)
The selection of a newspaper’s editor often reveals much about the goals of a newspaper. Tomorrow marks the first official day of the Southeast Missourian’s new editor, Robert C. Miller. Most of you already know Bob through his humor columns and online features about living and working in Cape Girardeau County with his talented wife, Callie...
A new editor (08/10/08)
The selection of a newspaper's editor often reveals much about the goals of a newspaper. Tomorrow marks the first official day of the Southeast Missourian's new editor, Robert C. Miller. Most of you already know Bob through his humor columns and online features about living and working in Cape Girardeau County with his talented wife, Callie...
Finding their way through closets, fashion (08/10/08)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. SHE SAID: "I don't like black," Bob said, in the obstinate tone he uses when I try to get him to eat peas. "What do you mean, 'I don't like black?' Since when?"...
Heartland Pageants planned in Dexter (08/10/08)
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