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Sheriff: Operating meth lab raided in Perry Co. (08/16/08)
Sheriff: Operating meth lab raided in Perry Co. Perry County officers and members of the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force raided a methamphetamine lab at 211 Tanglewood Drive in Perry County, according to Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf. "The lab was in operation when officers arrived," Schaaf said. ...
Grants, loan to improve Scott Co. water system (08/16/08)
Grants, loan to improve Scott Co. water system The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available two grants and a loan to Scott County Water Supply District No. 4, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's office. The grants allot $1,673,970 for use in water and environmental programs. ...
Average ACT scores for 2008 graduates by subject (08/16/08)
English, Math,Reading,Science Cape Girardeau22.5, 22.1, 22.4, 22.3 Jackson22.1, 22.5, 22.9, 22.5 State21.4, 21, 22, 21.4 Composite ACT scores over a three-year period 2006, 2007, 2008 Cape Girardeau23.5, 23.2, 22.5 Jackson22.3, 22.5, 22.6...
Area's ACT scores remain above average (08/16/08)
Jackson High School 2008 graduates showed slight gains on the ACT college admissions test, posting the highest average score in at least the past five years. Scores dropped at Central High School but are still almost a full point above the state average. At both schools, the number of students taking the test increased...
Route W to be reduced for drainage work (08/16/08)
Route W to be reduced for drainage work Route W in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane with an 11-foot width restriction while MoDOT crews perform drainage work in both the northbound and southbound lanes, according to MoDOT. The work begins at County Road 620 and extends for two miles, starting Aug. 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m...
Road construction in Jackson may affect commute to school (08/16/08)
Construction work along Highway 34/72 in Jackson may affect the commute time parents allocate for bringing their children to school next week, Jackson Junior High School principal Cory Crosnoe said. Crosnoe said the junior high will help parents locate alternate routes to take to school, which starts Monday. But most parents are expected to find alternate routes without any help from the junior high, he said...
Rising above the sinkholes: City is getting ahead of the problem (08/16/08)
After months of work, Cape Girardeau may finally be getting ahead of the sinkhole problem on South Sprigg Street. Since January, Sprigg Street has been closed to through traffic from Southern Expressway almost to Interstate 55. But the last work to shore up the banks of Cape La Croix Creek will begin Monday and city officials hope the road can be reopened by Friday...
Eminent domain group sues over ballot issues (08/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group trying to restrict eminent domain is challenging the secretary of state's decision that two proposed constitutional amendments didn't get enough signatures to make the November ballot. The secretary of state's office announced last week that the eminent domain ballot measure and a separate petition seeking to require the use of more renewable energy hadn't gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. ...
Candidate for Mo. attorney general to ask for recount (08/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Democratic attorney general candidate who lost by fewer than 800 votes said Friday that she plans to ask for a recount. Margaret Donnelly's campaign announced it would ask for the re-count after last week's primary election returns are certified. Chris Koster beat Donnelly by 0.2 percent with more than 346,000 votes cast...
Mo. unemployment rate hits decade-high level (08/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's unemployment rate in July climbed to its highest mark in at least a decade. U.S. Department of Labor figures reported Friday showed that the number of people employed in Missouri dropped by 7,700 as the unemployment rate jumped to 6.4 percent. The figures are preliminary and are often adjusted later. The labor department tracks unemployment rates going back to January 1998. Last month's unemployment rate is the highest for that period...
Georgia men claim beast they found is Bigfoot (08/16/08)
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Bigfoot or big fat lie? Whenever someone reports sighting the hairy beast of yore (details always fuzzy) or capturing the hirsute humanoid on film (images always grainy), it scares up a dubious debate of international proportions. Friday was just the latest episode in the Sasquatch show, as unreal as it may be...
Military funds mind-reading science (08/16/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Here's a mind-bending idea: The U.S. military is paying scientists to study ways to read people's thoughts. The hope is that the research could someday lead to a gadget capable of translating the thoughts of soldiers who suffered brain injuries in combat or even stroke patients in hospitals. But the research also raises concerns that such mind-reading technology could be used to interrogate the enemy...
Doctor behind executions speaks out (08/16/08)
ST. LOUIS -- He owns three Harleys, is a self-described staunch Roman Catholic -- and has helped kill dozens of men. Dr. Alan Doerhoff calls himself the "world's authority on lethal injection." The 64-year-old Missouri surgeon estimates he's presided over about 40 executions, and said he helped Missouri, Arizona and the federal government modernize their execution procedures...
Texas ends several polygamous-sect custody cases (08/16/08)
SAN ANTONIO -- State child welfare authorities have decided that the courts no longer need to oversee 34 children taken from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Yearning For Zion Ranch in Texas. The action does not necessarily end Child Protective Services' involvement with the children, but it means officials believe they can be kept safe without court intervention, agency spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said Friday...
Airlines push for homegrown jet fuel (08/16/08)
PHOENIX -- With the price of oil still above $100 a barrel, everything from wood chips to chicken fat is being scrutinized as an alternative to traditional fuel. But when it comes to airplanes, finding the right mix poses a special challenge. "When you're in an airplane, you don't want your fuel to start solidifying," said Robert Dunn, a Department of Agriculture chemical engineer who is studying biodiesel jet fuel...
Georgia leader signs truce (08/16/08)
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia's president grudgingly signed a truce with Russia on Friday, even as he denounced the Russians as invading barbarians and accused the West of all but encouraging them to overrun his country. A stone-faced Condoleezza Rice, standing alongside, said Russian troops must withdraw immediately from their smaller neighbor...
Battle rages to fill Southeast's goal (08/16/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team lost seven starters from last year's squad that made its second straight NCAA tournament appearance. But nobody will be more difficult to replace than Lindsay Pickering. Pickering rewrote Southeast's record book for goalkeeping during a three-year career that ended with her being named the Ohio Valley Conference's top defender in 2007...
Redhawks return a top tackler (08/16/08)
It's not like Jared Goodson came out of nowhere last year. But after seeing limited action as a freshman, the Southeast Missouri State linebacker turned plenty of heads with a breakout sophomore season. Goodson, starting all 11 games, was second on the Redhawks in tackles with 98, trailing only two-time first-team all-Ohio Valley Conference selection Adam Casper's 112 stops...
Area digest (08/16/08)
Himmelberg chooses Rockhurst for baseball Notre Dame standout athlete Mark Himmelberg plans to attend Rockhurst University and play baseball this year. Himmelberg was a three-sport athlete at Notre Dame, and helped the Bulldogs reach the final four in soccer, basketball and baseball as a senior. Notre Dame won state titles in soccer and basketball...
Witnessing faith: Local Jehovah's Witnesses travel to district convention to renew faith (08/16/08)
Attending the recent District Convention of the Jehovah's Witnesses in St. Charles, Mo., was part of a long-standing tradition for Cheryl Cox of Cape Girardeau. She's been going to them all her life. "I went to my first one when I was 2 weeks old," she said...
Briefly (08/16/08)
First Baptist Church in Cape holds Bible study First Baptist Church holds Bible study Thursdays at the church at Lexington Avenue and Cape Rock Drive. Calvary UPC in Jackson welcomes guest speaker Richard M. Davis, editor of Word Aflame Publications, Hazelwood Mo., will be the guest speaker Sunday at the Calvary United Pentecostal Church in Jackson. ...
Everything depends on perspective (08/16/08)
A lot has been said about how your outlook changes what you experience. The same situations can affect people differently. It's a recurring question: What determines how various people view the same circumstances? That query came to mind recently as I considered a recent afternoon conversation. Viewpoints were different because of an individual's mood and the circumstances in which they found themselves...
Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, inventor and possible matchmaker (08/16/08)
ROME -- Born 500 years too early to put her photo on an online dating site, this young woman tried a different matchmaking approach -- a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. Experts say a little-known portrait of a young woman, previously attributed to an anonymous German artist, is likely a drawing made by Leonardo. The 13-by-9.4-inch parchment is believed to be a nuptial portrait aimed at attracting a possible groom for the unidentified woman...
Daisy Brown (08/16/08)
Daisy Brown SIKESTON, Mo. -- Daisy E. Brown, 85, of Sikeston died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at her home. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Hagerville, Ark., daughter of Gilbert V. and Lou Rainey Clark Patterson. She and Elgy Lee Brown Sr. were married Oct. 9, 1942, in Charleston, Mo...
Jim McCullough (08/16/08)
Jim McCullough Jim L. McCullough, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home...
Mildred VanGennip (08/16/08)
Mildred VanGennip ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mildred Emmaline VanGennip, 88, of Advance died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Leander Harrison and Louisa Bernadine Beel Null. She and Robert Joseph VanGennip were married Sept. 16, 1939. He died Sept. 25, 1996...
Tessie Thompson (08/16/08)
Tessie Thompson Heaven's golden bells were ringing Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, as the newest angel, Tessie Mae Thompson, 77, arrived. She passed away after a courageous battle at her Scott City home. Tessie was born in Decatur County, Tenn., June 9, 1931, daughter of Mable Ondeen Turner Mays. She was the granddaughter of Jess Mays, son of Ruben Mays of Waterford, Ireland, and Charles and Sarah Turner...
James Stubbs (08/16/08)
James Stubbs CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James M. Stubbs, 81, of Chaffee passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 14, 1927, in East St. Louis, Ill., to the late Clyde and Ruth Wilson Stubbs. Jim was accepted as a 6-year-old patient due to the efforts of Eleanor Roosevelt to the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. ...
Births 8/16/08 (08/16/08)
Schafer Son to Bradley R. and Amanda K. Schafer of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:42 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2008. Name, Ethan Bradley. Weight, 4 pounds, 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Schafer is the former Amanda Wright, daughter of Steve and Connie Wright and Sandra Wright of Jackson. She is employed at Saint Francis. Schafer is the son of Bob and Shirlene Schafer of Cape Girardeau. He is a technician at Procter & Gamble...
Police Report 8/16/08 (08/16/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Robert E. Jackson, 41, 615 S. Henderson Ave., was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest. n Misty R. McIntyre, 23, 338 East Cape Rock Road, Apt. 1, was arrested on Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court, improper registration, seat-belt violation and hand and mechanical signals...
Fire Report 8/16/08 (08/16/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 10:46 p.m., an alarm at 3439 William St. n At 11:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of North Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past (08/16/08)
25 years ago: Aug. 16, 1983 Promoters of Aviation Days, which will feature the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team and other performances, say at least 30,000 people are expected to attend the Sept. 10 and 11 event at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport...
Clarification 8/16/08 (08/16/08)
Clarification A Friday article about the first day of school in the Cape Girardeau School District reported that "Districtwide, first-day enrollment was 3,855, a slight drop from last year's enrollment of 3,971." The 3,971 figure refers to enrollment at a four-week benchmark and is from the 2006 to 2007 school year. Last year, first-day enrollment was 3,706, according to district administrators...
Correction 8/16/08 (08/16/08)
In the August issue of sePARENT magazine, incorrect information was printed about Ms. Linda's Early Learning Center. The center is currently accepting new children and has a new infant unit for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years open now. Also, the current prices are $135 for infants to age 2; $115 for ages 2 to 4; and $95 for ages 4 and up...
New Delta school (08/16/08)
Ask almost any parent of school-age children if he or she wants the best schools possible for those young learners, and the answer usually will be a strong "Yes!" Why, then, do so many parents balk when bond issues appear on the ballot? Fortunately in the Delta School District, there was a strong show of support for the $2.6 million bond issue that will be used to pay for the construction of an elementary school. ...
Speak Out 8/16/08 (08/16/08)
Jefferson's excellence WE HAVE two children in the Cape Girardeau School District. I couldn't tell you what the MAP scores are for either of them. We don't care. We do care about what grades they are making individually. I couldn't pass a MAP test. ...
LOST DOG (08/16/08)
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