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Cape Girardeau man arrested in Poplar Bluff for alleged crack cocaine sale (08/11/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Two area residents were charged Friday with distributing crack cocaine to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of public or government housing in south Poplar Bluff. Alvin Moses Hightower, 25, of Cape Girardeau and Tanisha Evon Richie, 23, of the 800 block of Valley were charged with the Class A felony of distribution of a controlled substance by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Purcell's latest action in lawsuit against Cape County commission 'bad form' (08/11/08)
The attorney representing the Cape Girardeau County Commission in an open meetings lawsuit filed by commissioner Jay Purcell is angry that Purcell and his lawyer would release documents filed in the case to the media.The consulting attorney for the county, Tom Ludwig, said he was outraged that the documents were released to the media, an act he called "bad form" before he could review them for his client. ...
Community briefs 8/11/08 (08/11/08)
Benefit for Boys and Girls Club of Cape The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau will hold "Reaching for the Stars," a benefit dinner and auction at 6 p.m. Friday at Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge, 639 Elks Lane in Cape Girardeau. There will be a three-course dinner, cash bar and a My Daddy's Cheesecake dessert, plus a silent and live auction. ...
School rules: Student Handbook a valuable resource for parents (08/11/08)
OK, parents. School is about to start. Have you fulfilled all your back-to-school duties? Taken your child to meet his teacher? Bought all the required school supplies? Reviewed the Student Handbook? Yeah, Student Handbook. You know -- that paper thing that you get during registration that has Student Handbook written on it? The one you stuck on top of your fridge last August that got mixed in with the pizza coupons and carpet cleaning ad?...
Slowing economy leading more parents to seek back-to-school help (08/11/08)
With the economy slowing down, social agencies are seeing a rush of people looking for help with back-to-school shopping. "The economy is definitely taking its toll. More and more people are coming in for assistance," said Mike Bowers, youth director for the Cape Girardeau Salvation Army...
Family sticks together after house fire (08/11/08)
A fire made a house unlivable for the 11-member Coomer family. But in the face of the tragedy, the family stayed together and strong. Dai Coomer, the father, 44, said he could've asked friends to take care of his children until they found a new house. He said he didn't because he likes keeping his family next to him...
Pre-teen personal care an important lesson (08/11/08)
When to start using deodorant "There's wide variation in the development of kids. Some need deodorant earlier than others. Kids will make fun of them if they smell and they want to fit in," says Denise Essner, psychotherapist with Ken Callis and Associates in Cape Girardeau...
Church hosts pair of events for young members (08/11/08)
La Croix United Methodist Church hosted more than 160 youth at its annual Mud Olympics. On the same day, the church also hosted the grand opening of its Reign Forest children's center, which cost about $3 million. The two events follow one of the church's goals to attract young people in the hopes their parents will also get interested in the church, said Gretchen Taylor, the assistant youth pastor at the church...
'Walk to Seattle' inspires company to walk for fitness (08/11/08)
A local company has made walking for fitness a part of its corporate ambitions. Workforce Employment Solutions, 2520 William St., is a staffing firm employing 30 staffing specialists in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Texas. They call their fitness effort "The Walk to Seattle," which represents a 3,100-mile goal. ...
Man dies working on boat at Lake of the Ozarks (08/11/08)
ROACH, Mo. (AP) — A 46-year-old Missouri man has died in a freak accident while making repairs to the outboard motor of his boat on a hoist at Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri Water Patrol says John Campbell of Macks Creek suffocated Sunday afternoon when the motor slipped, trapping him between the engine and the tow bar on the boat. Officers said Campbell was trapped for about 25 minutes before he was discovered...
Iowa woman jailed in Neb. dumping of dead dogs (08/11/08)
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- A woman accused of dumping 20 dead dogs in a cornfield near Grand Island has been booked into the Hall County Jail. Denise Withee of Mapleton, Iowa, was cited on three counts of animal abandonment and will be arraigned Tuesday...
Renovations find new views of Kansas City Museum (08/11/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Sunlight now streams into corners of Corinthian Hall that had been hidden away for decades. The opulent mansion that has long been home to the Kansas City Museum is in the midst of a major renovation that includes removing false walls and revealing nice surprises...
Man dies after being struck by boat at Lake of the Ozarks (08/11/08)
ROACH, Mo. (AP) — A 46-year-old man is dead of suffocation after getting lodged between a boat motor and its tow bar at Lake of the Ozarks. The incident happened Sunday in Camden County. The victim is John Campbell of Macks Creek. The Missouri State Water Patrol says Campbell was working on an outboard motor on the back of a boat when the motor popped forward, moving unexpectedly toward him. ...
Study says Mo. highways better than most (08/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is among the national leaders in maintaining its transportation system and system value, according to a report issued by the Reason Foundation. Missouri jumped to a national rank of 13th in 2006 after ranking 17th in 2005 and 28th in 2004...
Gov. Blunt asks Ag Dept. for assistance (08/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare 67 Missouri counties natural disaster areas. Blunt sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer on Tuesday asking him to declare the 67 counties as natural disaster areas for agricultural losses due to excessive moisture and flooding related damages...
Two more face excommunication (08/11/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Just last week, the Archdiocese of St. Louis agreed to allow a Polish parish to hold board elections as part of a court compromise in a long-simmering dispute. But only a few days later, the archdiocese's interim leader warned eight parishioners running for board positions at St. Stanislaus Kostka church that they face excommunication...
Authorities seize more remains from Mo. funeral home (08/11/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Up to 30 sets of cremated ashes have been seized from the central Missouri funeral home under state investigation for allegedly mishandling bodies. The Warren Funeral Chapel last week turned over between 20 and 30 containers of cremated ashes - some dating as far back as 1992 - to the Boone County medical examiner's office for identification, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...
Hannibal man killed trying to help woman (08/11/08)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — A Hannibal man is dead after reportedly trying to stop two men from attacking a female. Instead, the attackers apparently turned their attention to the victim, 45-year-old Rodney Wood, leaving him fatally injured. Both suspects, ages 21 and 22, were arrested Sunday...
KC mayor's wife files response to ex-staffer's lawsuit (08/11/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser's wife is not a city employee and a lawsuit against her by a former staffer should be a dismissed, according to her legal response. Gloria Squitiro is the wife of Mayor Mark Funkhouser and a full-time volunteer in his office. Her legal reply claimed that Ruth Bates, a former staff member in the mayor's office, was not harassed, discriminated against or retaliated against, according to The Kansas City Star...
1 dead in southwestern Mo. plane crash (08/11/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Barry County Sheriff said a plane crashed in southwestern Missouri, killing one. Sheriff Mick Epperly said it was hard to find where the aircraft went down as hundreds of pieces of the plane were found near Shell Knob. Epperly said the airplane was a single engine craft that investigators believe was having mechanical issues...
Police: Body found near church in East St. Louis is man from St. Charles (08/11/08)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Police have identified a body found near an East St. Louis church as that of a 37-year-old man from St. Charles, Mo. Lt. David Hayes of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis said Sunday that the victim was Andrew "Andy" Bethman. Hayes said authorities aren't saying how Bethman died but did confirm his death was a homicide...
St. Louis club introduces polo for the masses (08/11/08)
DEFIANCE, Mo. -- At the Blue Heron Polo Club, eight riders blaze down the field, their horses' hooves thundering beneath them. In a game that's been compared to hockey on horseback, riders from two teams guide their 1,000-pound mounts in quick and physical play. Mallets poised to strike, they twist over the animals to drive a 4 1/2-ounce ball through posts at either end of a playing area the size of nine football fields. The ball flies through the air toward its target -- GOAL!...
Rabid bat found in Macoupin County, Ill. (08/11/08)
CARLINVILLE, Ill. -- A bat found in northern Macoupin County recently tested positive for rabies, and county authorities are encouraging the public to keep pet vaccinations up-to-date and alert authorities if they see an animal they think could be rabid...
Hulshof faces challenges in Mo. governor's race (08/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Technically, there is no "challenger" in Missouri's open governor's race. But Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof has a big challenge in his gubernatorial campaign. Hulshof starts at a disadvantage to Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon -- in money, name recognition and the public's seeming desire for change that could hit Republicans harder because they control both the presidency and Missouri's Capitol...
Singer, songwriter Isaac Hayes dies at age 65 (08/11/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday afternoon, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said. He was 65. A family member found him unresponsive near a treadmill, and he was pronounced dead an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff's department. The cause of death was not immediately known...
Hillary Clinton to headline second night of Dem's convention (08/11/08)
HONOLULU -- Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline her own night at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama's campaign announced Sunday in a nod to her strong second-place showing in the party's presidential primary. The former first lady will speak on the convention's second night, Aug. ...
California lawmakers weigh ban on chemical in baby items (08/11/08)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Responding to growing consumer anxiety, California lawmakers are considering enacting what could be the first statewide restrictions on a chemical found in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans. The bill would require that all products or food containers designed for children 3 years and younger contain only trace amounts of the chemical bisphenol A...
Pilots complain airlines restrict fuel to cut cost (08/11/08)
WASHINGTON -- Pilots are complaining that their airline bosses, desperate to cut costs, are forcing them to fly uncomfortably low on fuel. Safety for passengers and crews could be compromised, they say. The situation got bad enough three years ago, even before the latest surge in fuel prices, that NASA sent a safety alert to federal aviation officials...
Language problem confuses voters (08/11/08)
KODIAK, Alaska -- Many Kodiak residents were a bit confused when they received election pamphlets urging them to "Bumoto!" The pamphlets for four ballot initiatives being decided Aug. 26 weren't in English but in Tagalog, a language widely spoken in the Philippines. An apparent mix-up at the printers was discovered when a resident called Alaska's Division of Elections looking for an English version...
Member of 'Texas 7' volunteers for execution (08/11/08)
LIVINGSTON, Texas -- Michael Rodriguez remembers the exhilaration of newfound freedom when he hid in the back of a stolen truck as he and six of his convict buddies staged one of Texas' most notorious prison breaks. Then he recalls seeing his photo on national TV and grasping the reality that their Hollywood-style plan to rob a Nevada casino had gone terribly awry. ...
Report: U.S. disregarded experts over biolab site (08/11/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department swept aside evaluations of government experts and named Mississippi -- home to powerful U.S. lawmakers with sway over the agency -- as a top location for a new $451 million national laboratory to study some of the world's most virulent biological threats, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press...
Spilled cash starts free-for-all on California freeway (08/11/08)
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- It wasn't the man on the hog who found himself being greedy. Police near Los Angeles say motorists stopped in speeding traffic to gather up bills Sunday after a man on a motorcycle dropped a bag of cash. They took off when the California Highway Patrol arrived...
Iconic stone arch collapses in southern Utah park (08/11/08)
One of the largest and most photographed arches in Arches National Park has collapsed, above. Paul Henderson, the park's chief of interpretation, said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. The arch is along Devils Garden Trail, one of the most popular in the park. ...
FDNY stint 'proving ground' for West Point cadets (08/11/08)
NEW YORK -- Before they hit the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, West Point cadets have gotten a taste of chaos, New York City style. More than three dozen cadets hit city streets Saturday for a double shift with the Fire Department's emergency medical technicians, who handle everything from traffic accidents to construction crane collapses...
Activist detained on way to church in China (08/11/08)
BEIJING -- Security agents detained a Christian activist Sunday who was on his way to a church service attended by President Bush and the man was being held at an undisclosed location, a relative said. Hua Huiqi, a member of Beijing's underground Christian church, and his brother were bicycling around dawn when they were taken away in separate cars by security agents, whom the brother said he recognized from previous encounters...
Iraq wants timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal (08/11/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's foreign minister insisted Sunday that any security deal with the United States must contain a "very clear timeline" for the departure of U.S. troops. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters that American and Iraqi negotiators were "very close" to reaching a long-term security agreement that will set the rules for U.S. troops in Iraq after the U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year...
Propane explosions in Toronto force thousands to evacuate (08/11/08)
TORONTO -- Explosions at a propane facility forced thousands of people to evacuate early Sunday, and witnesses described the sky lighting up in the glow of an enormous fireball before turning black with billowing smoke. One firefighter died, authorities said...
U.S. flying Georgian troops home from Iraq (08/11/08)
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military began flying 2,000 Georgian troops home from Iraq on Sunday, military officials said, after the Georgians recalled the soldiers following the outbreak of fighting with Russia in the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The decision was a timely payback for the former Soviet republic that has been a staunch U.S. supporter and agreed to send troops to Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition...
At least 100 said killed in Pakistani tribal region (08/11/08)
KHAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani forces bombed dozens of houses in a tribal region near the Afghan border Sunday, officials and witnesses said, amid reports that days of clashes have killed at least 100 insurgents and nine paramilitary troops. Details have been scarce about the military offensive in Bajur, an insurgent stronghold considered a possible hiding place for al-Qaida leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri...
Bush says violence in Georgia is unacceptable (08/11/08)
BEIJING -- President Bush early today sharply criticized Moscow's harsh military crackdown in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, saying the violence is unacceptable and Russia's response is disproportionate. The United States is waging an all-out campaign to press Russia to halt its retaliation against Georgia for trying to take control of the breakaway province of South Ossetia...
Russia expands Georgia blitz (08/11/08)
TBILISI, Georgia -- Russia expanded its bombing blitz to the Georgian capital, deployed ships off the coast and, a Georgian official said, sent tanks from the separatist region of South Ossetia into Georgian territory, heading toward a border city before being turned back Sunday...
U.S. men rock China 101-70 (08/11/08)
BEIJING -- In one heartpounding minute in the first half, LeBron James dunked off a nifty underhanded feed from Dwyane Wade. Then Kobe Bryant flew in and jammed. Then it was Chris Bosh's turn to rattle the rim. As the backboard swayed, some might have recalled the fabled Dream Team. The final score -- U.S. 101, China 70 -- might also draw comparisons...
Busch ends short 'slump' (08/11/08)
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- If Kyle Busch has a weakness, it's apparently going to be awfully difficult to find. After rivals Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon said during the week they thought he was slipping following two straight lackluster finishes, Busch answered by making NASCAR history Sunday. He led 52 laps from the pole and won the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International to become the first driver in NASCAR's history to win three road course races in one season...
Southeast receiver gets 'A' for his confidence (08/11/08)
I'm sure people would question his sanity, but you've got to love the enthusiasm and optimism of Southeast Missouri State sophomore wide receiver Miles Edwards. Speaking to the Southeast Missourian's Toby Carrig at last Monday's football media day, Edwards said: "To be honest with you, I expect us to go undefeated. It's hard, but I just feel good about our players."...
Qualifier completes field for AJGA event (08/11/08)
The length of Dalhousie Golf Club was a perfect fit for Louis Gleixner during Sunday's qualifier for the American Junior Golf Association's Dalhousie Junior Championship. "It was a pretty fair test of me since I'm not that long of a hitter," said Gleixner, a 16-year-old from Greenwood, Ind...
Capahas keep going in Kansas (08/11/08)
WICHITA, Kan. -- The Plaza Tire Capahas bounced back from Friday's loss to remain alive in the National Baseball Congress World Series. Plaza Tire rallied from a three-run deficit to slip past the Park City (Kan.) Rangers 4-3 Sunday afternoon. That contest was supposed to have been played early Sunday morning -- it was scheduled for a 12:30 a.m. start -- but several hours of rain in Wichita pushed back the tournament schedule. Only two contests were played Saturday...
Harrington rides putter to title at PGA Championship (08/11/08)
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Padraig Harrington rallied from three shots behind Sunday to win the PGA Championship, closing with a 4-under 66 at Oakland Hills to become only the fourth player to win the British Open and PGA in the same year. If the winner was familiar, so was the finish...
Cubs win series with 6-2 victory over Cards (08/11/08)
CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster watched as his Chicago Cubs teammates took off in every direction Sunday night, using their gloves to help him beat the St. Louis Cardinals. "The defense tonight was ridiculous. I mean the guys were making plays all over the place and diving for balls and picking balls," Dempster said after getting his team-leading 13th victory as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-2...
U.S. soccer yields late goal in 2-2 tie (08/11/08)
BEIJING -- The U.S. men's soccer team gave up a free kick in the third minute of injury time to settle for a 2-2 tie against the Netherlands on Sunday in the 2008 Summer Games. China lost 2-0 to Belgium; the Chinese, who haven't scored in the tournament, must beat leader Brazil in its last group match to have a chance of advancing...
Phelps' dream is still golden (08/11/08)
BEIJING -- By a fingertip, Michael Phelps is still on course for eight gold medals. He can thank Jason Lezak for getting him No. 2. The oldest man on the U.S. swimming team pulled off one of the great comebacks in Olympic history this morning, lunging to the wall just ahead of France's Alain Bernard in a race so fast it actually erased two world records...
Good deeds: Giving the gift of pampering (08/11/08)
Brighten My Day, a new program at Style Stop Lifestyles, reinforces the idea that we live in a community that cares about one another. The way it works is any local citizen can nominate another member of the community that's in need of a little tender loving care...
Opening night big TV draw for NBC (08/11/08)
NEW YORK -- The Olympics opening night ceremony from Beijing on NBC averaged 34.2 million viewers, making it the biggest television event since the Super Bowl. It was the biggest audience ever for an Olympic opening ceremony not held in the U.S., and even eclipsed this year's Academy Awards and finale of "American Idol," Nielsen Media Research said Saturday...
Publication names Cape Girardeau 35th best city in which to conduct business (08/11/08)
Cape Girardeau's high ranking in Southern Business and Development magazine may come as a surprise to some, but the news is not unexpected to Cape Girardeau Area Magnet executive director Mitch Robinson. Since he became director of the not-for-profit economic development organization, he has seen area businesses come and go. ...
Small Business course offered Sept. 4 (08/11/08)
PARK HILLs, Mo. — The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau will offer a free course on how to start a small business from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 in Park Hills. Offered on the campus of Mineral Area College, 5270 Flat River Road, the class will cover such topics as marketing, financing, legal issues and the basics of business ownership. ...
People on the move 8/11/08 (08/11/08)
Dunn named Woodmen rookie of the month Ginger Dunn of Scott City was named July rookie of the month by the Modern Woodmen of America's Missouri East Region agency headed by Randy Rainwater of Farmington, Mo. Dunn started working full time for the agency in July. Rookie of the month is a designation for a representative who has been with the company less than three years and is leading the region in production...
Daisy Angle (08/11/08)
Daisy "Marie" Angle, 92, of Jackson died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born May 29, 1916, in Painton, Mo., to Samuel Lafayette and Magdalene Friedrich Bates. She and Linus Angle were married Nov. 23, 1938, in Jackson. He died Dec. 22, 1995...
Donna Pippin (08/11/08)
Donna Pippin, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Gregg Jobe (08/11/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Gregg Jobe, 39, of Chaffee died Aug. 9, 2008, in the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau. He was born July 14, 1969, to James and Willa Luna Jobe. He and Kathy Ann Riley were married Aug. 22, 1992. He worked as a certified medical technician at the Missouri Veterans Home for seven years. He then worked as a shop foreman at Plaza Tire in Cape Girardeau...
Linda Ziegler (08/11/08)
Linda Marie (Lindy) Ziegler, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 1, 1916, on a farm near Kelso, Mo. She was the daughter of Alex Burger and Clara Georger. Linda and Joseph "Joe" Ziegler were married Nov. ...
Billy Dodson (08/11/08)
Billy Dodson BENTON, MO. -- Billy Dodson, 94, of Benton passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Billy Dodson's life began near Vanduser, Mo., on Feb. 4, 1914, six full months before the opening shots of World War I were fired. He was raised on a farm road near Bell City, Mo., and briefly attended a rural school a few miles west of Morley, Mo...
Fire report 8/11/08 (08/11/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 6:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Kingshighway. n At 8:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of South Pacific Street...
Police report 8/11/08 (08/11/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Brandon Wayne Merritt, 20, 1319 Bloomfield St., was arrested on a Scott City warrant for failure to appear in court...
Out of the past 8/11/08 (08/11/08)
25 years ago: Aug. 11, 1983 Two men were honored as "Pioneers in Education" Monday at Jefferson City; Dr. Mark F. Scully of Cape Girardeau, former president of Southeast Missouri State University, and Delmar A. Cobble of Jackson, president of the State Board of Education, were among 10 people recognized for their contributions to education...
Dalhousie more than a nationally ranked golf course (08/11/08)
In my years of playing golf, I've learned a few lessons. First, never enter a tournament if you've never played a round of golf before, as I learned during my 195-stroke round in 2004. Second, work on your driving skills. Otherwise, you'll take up my bad habit of slicing the ball from the driving range onto the 18th hole...
Welcome to Hicksville (08/11/08)
Perspective can be a beautiful thing. Two of my older sisters demonstrated this years ago while musing aloud on the front porch steps. "Some people have a swimming pool, but we have 10 kids," said one. "Some people have a color TV, but we have 10 kids," said the other...
Jerry Waddle (08/11/08)
Almost anyone in education, along with countless students and parents, in Southeast Missouri knows Jerry Waddle. In the 40 years before he retired last year, Waddle was a teacher, principal and superintendent in the Delta, Kelly and Dexter school districts. ...
Speak Out 8/11/08 (08/11/08)
Moral collapse AMERICA TODAY is on the brink of complete moral, sexual and cultural collapse. We're witnessing a historic assault on family values, climaxed by so-called gay marriage. Surely God must be disappointed at the deterioration of the former light of the world, the U.S...
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