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Independent county commission candidate will be on November ballot (08/19/08)
Cape Girardeau voters will have a choice in November when they select the next District 2 county commissioner. Rock Finch, an insurance broker and consultant, turned in enough signatures to place his name on the ballot as an independent candidate. Finch will face incumbent Republican Jay Purcell, who is seeking his second term in the seat that represents most of the voters inside the city limits of Cape Girardeau...
Kindergarten teacher helps students learn ropes (08/19/08)
If Principal Clay Vangilder can get everyone fed and on the right bus, the first day of school is a success, he said. Those challenges come later, though. This morning, he's occupied with reassuring parents. By the time students are ready to file from the cafeteria to their class, parents have been gently prodded to say their goodbyes. ...
Amid poor economic climate, survey ranks Mo. top state for manufacturing (08/19/08)
Despite recent cutbacks in numerous plants, Missouri has been ranked the No. 1 state for manufacturing in the country. Compiled by Ball State University, the 2008 National Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card ranked all 50 states in 20 categories, including property taxes, sales taxes, crime and percentage of the population with college degrees. The report card placed Missouri at the top for low long-term health-care costs, health-care premiums and property taxes...
Route W bridge in Scott County set to reopen Wed. (08/19/08)
The Ditch 35 Bridge on Route W between Oran and Perkins is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, weather permitting. The bridge was closed in March, immediately after a historic 13-inch rain. Flooding wore a hole in the road and washed out some of the bridge pilings...
Thorngate reducing workweek (08/19/08)
Citing declining sales and a lackluster economy, Thorngate Ltd. is shortening its employees' workweek at its Cape Girardeau plant. The move is effective immediately. The facility, which manufactures high-end men's clothing at 1507 Independence St., will cut back the workweek of its 335 employees from five to three days. Two-hundred sixty employees work in the sewing department and 65 work in the cutting department...
Worker severely injured when his legs are run over by a trash truck (08/19/08)
Southeast Missourian POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was flown to a St. Louis hospital this morning after he was injured attempting to hop back onto a trash truck. Rodney Sparkman, 34, was injured at about 8:25 a.m. in an accident that occurred in the "east-west alleyway between 12th and 13th streets [and] Tremont and Spring" streets, according to Poplar Bluff police patrolman Kenny Carpenter...
Schools prepared to work with students who have ADHD (08/19/08)
Michael Phelps might be a gold-medalist Olympian, but one out of every 30 children in a U.S. classroom has something in common with him: They have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The disorder negatively affects a student's concentration capacity while in the classroom, either through abnormally high activity or abnormally low interest. ...
Four arrested in Scott City drug bust (08/19/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Four people were arrested on drug charges Thursday in Scott City following an early morning search warrant. An investigation by the Scott County Sheriff Department's Criminal Investigation Unit revealed illegal drug activity at 802 Fifth St. East in Scott City, according to a Friday news release from Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
County advisory board plans for next year, ties up loose ends (08/19/08)
Even as Cape Girardeau County's road and bridge advisory board made tentative plans for 2009, members tried to tie up some loose ends during a Monday night meeting. The board heard from three residents of County Road 623 who have been waiting years for paving...
Scott Co. sheriff's son injured in IED blast in Afghanistan (08/19/08)
The son of Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter was injured in Afghanistan on Friday. Trenton Walter, 21, is recovering in an Afghanistan hospital, according to his father. The U.S. Marine was hurt during a firefight with the Taliban, when his crew hit two improvised explosive devices...
Democratic Party town hall meeting planned today at 4-H Exhibit Hall (08/19/08)
State Auditor Susan Montee will be featured at a Democratic Party town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. today in the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Arena Park. The meeting will present presumptive presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's proposals to invest in rural communities and highlight the differences between Obama's plan and those of Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee...
River Campus area to be rezoned (08/19/08)
The Cape Girardeau City Council breezed through an agenda Monday that included selection of an engineer for the new aquatic center, the rezoning of a substantial area around the River Campus and a small tax increase. In addition, the council approved plans for adding a left-turn option for motorists trying to reach the shopping area at William Street and Kingshighway from the west and a contract for about $850,000 worth of street repairs...
Municipal pool to reopen soon (08/19/08)
Electrical problems that forced the closing of the Capaha Municipal Pool have been repaired, the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday. The pool will re-open on its regular schedule Saturday and Sunday, with additional hours of swimming on Labor Day weekend before the pool closes for the year...
Chaffee's public works director resigns position (08/19/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Eric Hicks, director of public works for the city of Chaffee, resigned his position Monday after eight years of service, less than two weeks after blurting out his resignation at a special city council meeting. Hicks did not attend Monday night's council meeting, but submitted a letter of resignation, read by Mayor Loretta Mohorc...
Authorities seize 19 animals from property near Zalma, Mo. (08/19/08)
ZALMA, Mo. -- A horse sold in June to Mark and Sheryl Woodworth of Zalma was allegedly thrown into the woods to rot after dying from starvation, according to a report filed with the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department. Nineteen animals were seized Monday from a property off County Road 710 near Zalma. The animals included three horses, three goats, three cats, five dogs, a rabbit and three chickens...
Chaffee, Mo., man suffers minor injuries in ATV crash (08/19/08)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. -- A Chaffee, Mo., man was injured as the vehicle he was driving struck another vehicle, ejecting both drivers onto Scott County Road 311, according to the Missiouri State Highway Patrol crash reports Web site. The 2003 Polaris ATV driven by Russell R. ...
Private tutor able to help Delta student learn to control ADHD (08/19/08)
Cody Kneir used to sit in his classes at Delta Elementary School and feel like "just running around," he said. "I don't know where I wanted to go," he said. "I just wanted to run." Cody has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The behavior refers to individuals who are easily distracted, impulsive, hyperactive or some combination of these symptoms. ...
Poplar Bluff officials clean up downtown 'wino' hideaway (08/19/08)
City and county officials did a quick downtown cleanup on Friday after being alerted to loitering and littering that has been going on for some time. With the authority of the Poplar Bluff Police Department, laborers from the city street and county highway departments cleared an overgrown area behind a few businesses including the Butler County prosecuting attorney's office on the corner of Vine and Second streets, which had become a hangout for "winos," according to Danny Whiteley, chief of police.. ...
4 Mo. teens charged with stealing, selling cattle (08/19/08)
VIENNA, Mo. (AP) -- Four central Missouri teenagers are charged with stealing a herd of cattle, loading them into a trailer and hauling the animals to an auction where they were sold. Miller County sheriff's deputies said Monday the youths were arrested after investigators found the suspects had rented a trailer to haul the livestock to the Regional Stockyard in Vienna. The eight head of cattle were stolen from a farm in Eldon last month...
St. Louis man guilty of stealing from churches (08/19/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man is sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglarizing several churches, and setting fire to one. The sentence was handed down Monday for 40-year-old Frank Allen Zdanowski. He had earlier pleaded guilty to 23 charges. In the arson case, authorities say Zdanowski set fire inside the offices of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, causing $500,000 in damage. Investigators say the fire was set to cover up the burglary...
Mo. nurse assistant charged with elder abuse (08/19/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- A former employee at a Carthage nursing home is charged with hitting a wheelchair-bound resident in the groin and forcing water into the man's nose until he turned purple. Nurse assistant Dennis Rowe faces felony elder abuse charges. Missouri health officials said the attack took place in April 2007 at the Carthage Health and Rehabilitation Center. Rowe is scheduled for a Sept. 11 preliminary hearing in Jasper County...
Sheriff decides to spend a week in his own jail (08/19/08)
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- The Will County sheriff is going to spend a week in his own jail. Mark Curran isn't saying why he wants to be locked up -- only that it was his decision to do so and not anybody else's. In a news release, the sheriff's office says Curran would talk Wednesday about why he decided to spend a week in the slammer...
Missouri fails to fulfill Medicaid reporting law (08/19/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's social services agency has failed to publish a list of businesses whose workers are on Medicaid — a violation of both a state law and gubernatorial order. But the department claims that naming the employers would have violated a federal regulation...
Indictment charges 68 with meth production (08/19/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sixty-eight people in the St. Louis region have been indicted on charges tied to illegally buying too much of an over-the-counter drug used to make methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway called it an "enormous" number of indictments in a state with a national reputation for both meth production and strong efforts to combat the drug...
Union: Lenders delay Twinkie-maker's reorganization (08/19/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters says lenders are holding up a potential plan for helping Interstate Bakeries Corp. exit almost four years of bankruptcy protection, endangering thousands of jobs. In a news release, the Teamsters, who represent more than 9,500 Interstate Bakeries workers, singled out JPMorgan Chase Bank and hedge fund Monarch Alternative Capital for blocking the plan the union said it has negotiated with investor Ripplewood Holdings from moving forward.. ...
Blunt touts McCain as Obama RV tours Missouri (08/19/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt contends Republican presidential candidate John McCain is a better match for rural Missourians than Democrat Barack Obama. The comments from the Republican governor come as the Obama campaign is stressing agricultural issues on an RV tour to about 20 Missouri cities. On Tuesday, Congressman Russ Carnahan or his sister, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, were speaking for Obama at stops in Rolla and St. Louis...
Rubber sidewalk may foil keg dings (08/19/08)
AMES, Iowa -- Ames is installing a rubber sidewalk at a spot near the Iowa State University campus where beer distributors unload kegs from trucks for bars in the area. All those heavy kegs hitting the ground have been cracking the concrete pavement...
Civilian Conservation Corps alumni look back on Depression (08/19/08)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year-old Harold Mattern welcomed the idea of clearing forest trails and building bridges and dams as a member of President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. It was the Great Depression. Many in his home state of Connecticut needed employment, hoping to earn enough to feed their families...
Stolen manhole covers a mystery (08/19/08)
LUFKIN, Texas -- It's an open case -- someone has been stealing manhole covers in Lufkin. Police say at least nine manhole covers have been swiped this month. Lt. David Young said that's as many manhole covers that the city loses in an entire year...
College presidents seek debate on lowering drinking age (08/19/08)
College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus...
Fla. residents taking tropical storm in stride (08/19/08)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Two years since a hurricane last lashed at Florida, many residents took a wait-and-see attitude Monday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Fay swept across the Florida Keys and bore down on the Gulf Coast. While tourists caught the last flight out of town and headed out of the storm's path, residents in the carefree Florida Keys put up hurricane shutters and checked their generators, but didn't do much more...
Lost whale calf bonds with yacht (08/19/08)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Australian media say a lost humpback whale calf has bonded with a yacht it seems to think is its mother. The 1- to 2-month-old calf was first sighted Sunday in waters off north Sydney, and on Monday tried to suckle from a yacht, which it would not leave...
Pakistani president resigns (08/19/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pervez Musharraf resigned Monday as the president of Pakistan, avoiding a power struggle with rivals vowing to impeach him that would have deepened the country's political crisis. His exit, announced in an emotional televised address, leaves the politicians who pushed out the stalwart U.S. ally to face the Islamic militants and economic problems gnawing at this nuclear-armed nation...
Russia claims pullback, but forces move other way (08/19/08)
GORI, Georgia -- Russia said Monday it had begun withdrawing from the conflict zone in Georgia, but it held key positions and sent some of its troops in the opposite direction, closer to the Georgian capital. Russian troops and vehicles roamed freely around the strategically located central city of Gori, Russian forces appeared to blow up the runway at a military base in the western town of Senaki...
Bryan, Putnam tied for lead after first round of U.S. Amateur (08/19/08)
PINEHURST, N.C. -- A whirlwind of a month is almost over for Danny Lee. First, he became only the sixth player in the 106-year history of the Western Amateur to sweep medalist and match play honors, joining a group that includes Phil Mickelson and Curtis Strange...
Phelps' hometown plans celebration (08/19/08)
BALTIMORE -- About 1,000 people in Michael Phelps' hometown celebrated with a "Phelpstival" four years ago when he brought back six gold medals and two bronzes from the Sydney Olympics. Officials are thinking expansion now that Phelps' latest eight-medal haul is all gold -- a record -- and he is the winningest Olympian of all time with 16 medals...
Perry hopes for bigger role at receiver (08/19/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. — As Missouri blossomed into a national power in 2007, wide receiver Jared Perry's progress went in reverse. This year, he's looking for a change of fortunes, hoping to play a bigger role for the sixth-ranked Tigers. Looking for a fresh start, the junior has changed numbers, going back to the 4 he wore in high school after wearing 8 for the Tigers for the past two seasons...
Redhawks football elects five captains (08/19/08)
The Southeast Missouri State football team has elected five captains for the 2008 season. All are seniors. Quarterback Houston Lillard and wide receiver Mike Williamson will captain the offensive unit, while the defensive captains will be linebacker Nick Stauffer, tackle Nick Ketelsleger and cornerback Kendall Magana...
Phelps already has lucrative sponsor deals (08/19/08)
MILWAUKEE -- Visa Inc. popped out ads almost as quickly as he swam his laps. Pizza Hut is giving Michael Phelps and his teammates free pizza and pasta for a year for him beating Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in one Olympics. The makers of a new sports drink are embarking on their first national advertising campaign, banking on his most recent swimming glories...
Rams' defense improved vs. Chargers' backups (08/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- It would be easy to discount the St. Louis Rams' marked defensive improvement from the first week of the preseason to the second week, given the substitute-filled San Diego Chargers lineup they held to a pair of field goals. Regardless of who was on the other side of the line, players and coaches felt what was most important was they were in the right place to make plays in the 7-6 victory Saturday, unlike the 34-13 drumming they took in Nashville the previous week...
Bears announce Orton as starting quarterback (08/19/08)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Kyle Orton was selected to be the Chicago Bears starting quarterback by coach Lovie Smith on Monday. Orton won the competition with Rex Grossman for the starting job. Orton, the fourth-year player from Purdue, will start Thursday's third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers and the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts...
Taylor goes wire to wire, leads sweep (08/19/08)
BEIJING -- The big debate was whether it would be the best U.S. Olympic track team in 40 years. Maybe ever. Once the torch was lit, though, it started shaping up as one of the biggest disappointments. A couple of underdogs got things back on track for the Americans on Monday...
EW magazine not told of Harry Potter film delay (08/19/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe Harry Potter should have brought a note from his parents saying he would be missing school. Warner Bros. gave Harry the school year off, announcing last week it was bumping the sixth movie in the series from fall to next summer. But Entertainment Weekly -- which shares the studio's parent company, Time Warner Inc. -- was unaware, featuring "Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe on the cover of its Aug. 22 to 29 fall-preview issue...
Health calendar 8/19/08 (08/19/08)
Calendar Wednesday Aug. 26 n Freedom From Smoking: 11:30 a.m. to noon or 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the Health and Wellness conference rooms. This is a smoking cessation support group for smokers who are ready to quit. Free lung screening and nicotine replacement therapy for participants. Group will meet each Tuesday. There is a cost. To register, call 573-275-2177 or come to the first class...
At any age, it makes sense to keep yourself in balance (08/19/08)
There are times in your life when feeling a little off-balance may actually be a good thing. Take it from the experts. Although there are some changes you can't avoid as you get older, including deterioration of your hearing, vision and coordination, research suggests that it's worth taking steps — even risking a few missteps — to slow the decline in your balance...
FDA: Chemical found in plastic bottles is safe (08/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Despite ongoing safety concerns from parents, consumer groups and politicians, a chemical used in baby bottles, canned food and other items is not dangerous, federal regulators said Friday. Food and Drug Administration scientists said the trace amounts of bisphenol A that leach out of food containers are not a threat to infants or adults. ...
LaRue Blackwell (08/19/08)
ANNA, Ill. — LaRue H. Blackwell, 87, of Anna died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Stevenson (08/19/08)
Robert Louis Stevenson, 93, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in Jacksonville. He was born Feb. 7, 1915, at Shawneetown, son of Hugh Roy and Lula Emma Gladish Stevenson. He and Joanna Laney were married in 1945. Stevenson served in the U.S. Navy. He worked 39 years at the Naval Air Rework Facility in Jacksonville...
Violet Walbridge (08/19/08)
MOUNDS, Ill. — Violet C. Walbridge, 91, of Paducah, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at her home. She was formerly of Mounds and Villa Ridge, Ill. She was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Chicago, daughter of Frank and Caroline Bledsoe Friddle. She married John H. Walbridge, who preceded her in death...
Kirllian Wheeler (08/19/08)
Kirllian Wheeler, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born June 9, 1925, in Pocahontas, daughter of Frank and Jessie Bishop Putz. She first married Jesse Woodrow Perry in Cape Girardeau, who preceded her in death. She and William A. Wheeler were married March 15, 1980, in Cape Girardeau. He died June 15, 2005...
Ruby Conrad (08/19/08)
Ruby Isabelle Conrad, 92, of Jackson passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at her home. She was born June 15, 1916, in Gravel Hill, Mo., daughter of James Henry and Tavie Isabelle Seabaugh Johnson. She and Earl Truman Conrad were married March 28, 1942...
Births 8/19/08 (08/19/08)
Long Son to Kyle Edward and Ashley Renee Long of Patton, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:39 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. Name, Isaiah Edward. Weight, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Mrs. Long is the former Ashley Strong, daughter of Dale and Karla Warren of Patton, and Matt and Anna Strong of Marble Hill, Mo. Long is the son of Jackie Long of Marble Hill, and the late Rev. Eddie Long. He is a welder at American Railcar Industries...
Police report 8/19/08 (08/19/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Katherine Anne Jackson, 26, 3253 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of fraudulent attempt to obtain a controlled substance...
Fire report 8/19/08 (08/19/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 2:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1500 block of Good Hope Street. n At 4:52 p.m., emergency medical service at 814 N. West End Blvd. n At 10:36 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street...
Out of the past 8/19/08 (08/19/08)
25 years ago: Aug. 19, 1983 Sixteen Cape Girardeau Police Department officers who are competing for promotions to sergeant or lieutenant are given physical fitness tests at Central High School. An 80-bed drug and alcohol treatment unit may be in operation at Saint Francis Medical Center within five years as part of a major expansion project being proposed by hospital officials; plans call for renovation of the hospital's north wing where the drug and alcohol treatment unit would be housed...
Roast: A special evening of memories, friends (08/19/08)
I was recently the recipient of an honor: a roast held at the Cape Girardeau Country Club hosted by my devoted board of directors of the Cape River Heritage Museum. Jerry Ford, master of ceremonies, opened the evening reading a roast from Dr. John Holcomb, board member, who was unable to attend. This progressed to an evening of almost continuous laughter...
Seeking our potential (08/19/08)
To be inspired is to be uplifted and encouraged to do something meaningful with our lives. Certainly the audience that heard Patrick Henry Hughes during his recent performance at Cape First Church in Cape Girardeau left uplifted. Hughes is a University of Louisville college student who is musically gifted and performs with the university's marching band. ...
Speak Out 8/19/08 (08/19/08)
Grate is missing HAS ANYONE else noticed on the railroad tracks at the junction of Jackson Boulevard and Highway 25 there's a steel grate missing? It's like a pothole. It has been like this for months. Please fix the road. Coming up short TODAY I received a letter from the Jackson School District pertaining to the No Child Left Behind Act and how Jackson schools are coming up short based on this year's testing. ...
River City Rodders and Old Town Cape host 31st Annual Classic Car Show (08/19/08)
Downtown Cape Girardeau will be the setting for the River Tales Classic Car Show on September 14. Sponsored by the River City Rodders Car Club and Old Town Cape, the show expects over 200 cars and trucks to be displayed along Main St and in the downtown parking lot across from Hutson Furniture...
3-Bucks (08/19/08)
Taken the morning of Aug.18,2008 at 3926 Annwood, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
3-bucks (08/19/08)
3-Bucks, 2 eight point and 1 ten point bucks. Taken Aug, 18, 2008 at 3926 Annwood, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
3-bucks (08/19/08)
3-Bucks (08/19/08)
I took the picture from inside my house 3926 Annwood in Cape Girardeau on August 18, 2008 at 7:45 AM.
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