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Cape school officials to revisit intradistrict transfers (08/23/08)
A hot-button policy about intradistrict transfers within the Cape Girardeau School District will be revisited by the school board Monday. A proposed policy would allow students to remain in an elementary school until completion if their families move to a different attendance zone in the district. Younger siblings would be permitted to attend the original school if they start while the older sibling is there. Transportation would not be provided...
School bus rear-ended in Dexter; no one hurt (08/23/08)
School bus rear-ended in Dexter; no one hurt DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter school bus was rear-ended by another vehicle Thursday in Stoddard County, but none of the passengers reported injuries, according to the Standard-Democrat. According to the Dexter Police Department, officers and Stoddard County Ambulance crews responded to the accident on U.S. ...
AFL-CIO leader to speak at union education forum today (08/23/08)
Stewart Acuff, special assistant to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, is one of four scheduled presenters at today's Union Members' Education Forum hosted by the Cape Girardeau Central Trades and Labor Council. The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon at 429 N. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. Acuff also will appear at the SEMO Labor Picnic, set for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at North Cape County Park in Cape Girardeau...
Cape school board to set tax rate at meeting (08/23/08)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will meet at 5 p.m. Monday for a special work session. At 5:30 p.m., the board will set the tax rate for the 2008 to 2009 year. The rate to be considered is $4.16 per $100 assessed valuation. At 6 p.m., the board will hold a regular meeting. ...
Heavy Friday rains flood some streets in Cape (08/23/08)
Rains that soaked Southeast Missouri earlier Friday prompted a late-morning flash flood warning and caused traffic problems on some Cape Girardeau streets. By the time the rain ended in the early afternoon, 2 to 4 inches had fallen over the area, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Humphrey. By 8 a.m. Friday, 2.26 inches of rain had fallen in Cape Girardeau, according to the downtown weather station. The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport received 3.04 inches by 7 p.m...
South Sprigg Street reopened to traffic (08/23/08)
South Sprigg Street opened to traffic Friday South Sprigg Street reopened to traffic at 3 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from Cape Girardeau. The road has been closed since January, when the city's Public Works Department began repairs to a bridge deck over Cape La Croix Creek...
Spa 151 refunds to be distributed after Sept. 4 (08/23/08)
Laura Goodman received a prized Christmas present in 2007: a gift certificate to Spa 151 on the River. But joy turned to disappointment when Goodman and her aunt showed up for appointments in January at the Cape Girardeau spa at 151 S. Spanish St. only to find the doors locked and a handwritten sign on the door stating the business was closed due to storm damage...
Kiwanis Club wins showmanship award at Cape barbecue festival (08/23/08)
Today's judges at the 16th annual Cape BBQ Fest will determine who takes home the towering trophy, cash prize and bragging rights, but at Friday night's showmanship competition, it all came down to diving pigs. The Kiwanis Club's skit, the "Swine Olympics," consisted of costumed members of the team splashing around in an inflatable kiddie pool. It earned them the first-place trophy...
Fuel tank lodges in river bottom at Cape Girardeau (08/23/08)
The U.S. Coast Guard broadcast warnings to barge operators and sent a crew to Cape Girardeau on Friday after an enormous storage tank broke free in a flash flood and lodged itself in the shipping channel of the Mississippi River. The tank, owned by Robert Erlbacher, came loose from its moorings during flooding earlier this year. ...
'95 Illinois record for flathead catfish still stands (08/23/08)
CARLYLE, Ill. -- Jody Harris is a marked man. Not by law enforcement officials, but by a group of anglers who covet the biggest and ugliest whiskered fish in Illinois lakes and rivers -- the flathead catfish. The bigger the flathead the better, and Harris lays claim to the biggest one ever caught in Illinois. During a balmy evening on Carlyle Lake on Aug. 11, 1995, Harris and his friend, Chuck Frerker, were fishing for white bass when Harris accidentally hooked a 78-pound flathead...
Program gives help to at-risk schoolchildren (08/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- First Presbyterian Church offers the For Our Children's Understanding and Support (FOCUS) program to students who have completed first grade and are having difficulty getting a full grasp of the curriculum that is expected of them...
Three more from Mo. home with hundreds of animals charged with child endangerment (08/23/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Three more people have been charged with child endangerment after the discovery of six children living amid hundreds of animals on a southwest Missouri property. Kevin Guthrie, 32, and his wife Julia, 37, both of Springfield, and Janet Hall, 35, of Pleasant Hope, were charged with two felony counts of child endangerment each Wednesday for allegedly living in a filthy environment with the children and animals...
Hulshof, Nixon spar on state of economy (08/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gubernatorial candidates Kenny Hulshof and Jay Nixon both said Friday that a better-trained workforce would be a key part of their efforts to expand Missouri's economy. But they disagree on how healthy that economy is. Hulshof, a Republican who has represented the state's 9th Congressional District since 1997, and Democrat Nixon, the state's four-term attorney general, spoke separately at a Jefferson City summit of business leaders on mid-Missouri economic development...
Banjo band made up only of children (08/23/08)
ST. LOUIS -- It's not a common sight -- or sound. In the basement of Grantwood Village Hall in South County, eight earnest youngsters, each holding a four-stringed banjo, sat as silent as stones. (No random strumming allowed.) Then, at a signal from their leader, Virginia "Ms. Ginny" Luetje, eight banjos sounded...
Typo fixers get year's probation for damaging rare sign (08/23/08)
PHOENIX -- When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense. Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a more than 60-year-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year...
On the fifth day of Tropical Storm Fay, cleanup begins in Florida (08/23/08)
STEINHATCHEE, Fla. -- As Tropical Storm Fay finally got on track Friday to make its way out of Florida, flood-stricken homeżowners got an encouraging sign: Muddy brown water lines began appearing on the sides of homes, a clue that floodwaters were receding...
Police end two-day standoff with suspect in Md. (08/23/08)
HANCOCK, Md. -- Police ended a two-day standoff with a burglary suspect holed up in a motel with his pregnant girlfriend, bursting into the room and grabbing the man after he was brought food Friday, authorities said. James Prevatt III, 26, was captured around 7:30 at the one-story motel that officers had surrounded since Wednesday night, said Maj. ...
Nashville voters to decide on foreign language ban in November (08/23/08)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A petition drive to ban the use of foreign languages in Nashville's official communications and publications has gathered enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot. K.C. McAlpin, executive director of the Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit ProEnglish, said if voters approve the referendum, Nashville would become the largest city ever to pass such a measure. Nashville has about 600,000 residents...
Telecom rollouts raise ire over ugly utility boxes (08/23/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- The road to advanced video, Internet and phone services is bumpy -- and the bumps can be almost as big as refrigerators. As cable and phone companies race to upgrade services or offer video for the first time, they're doing it by installing equipment in boxes on lawns, easements and curbs all over American neighborhoods. Telecommunications rollouts have always been messy, but several towns and residents are fighting back...
College presidents spark debate concerning drinking age (08/23/08)
The college presidents said they wanted a national debate on the 21-year-old drinking age. They got it. For years, former Middlebury College president John McCardell has been criticizing the law, saying it only encourages binge drinking and pushes alcohol into the shadows...
Immigration agency vows to intensify tracking efforts (08/23/08)
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Federal immigration officials vowed Friday to intensify efforts to track down illegal immigrants after scrapping a trial "self-deportation" program that attracted only eight volunteers. Though the 2 1/2-week effort produced few volunteer deportees among illegal immigrants who are under court orders to leave the country, a U.S. ...
Philly TV anchor admits e-mail hacking (08/23/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- A fired TV newscaster admitted in court Friday that he illegally hacked into his co-anchor's e-mail accounts and leaked private information about her to gossip columnists. Larry Mendte admitted that he viewed hundreds of Alycia Lane's e-mails from March 2006 to May 2008, including ones from her agent, her then-husband and lawyers representing her after she was arrested in New York last year and fired from KYW-TV, Philadelphia's CBS affiliate...
Fed chief: Financial crisis still poses challenge (08/23/08)
JACKSON, Wyo. -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday the financial crisis that has pounded the country -- coupled with higher inflation -- is taking a toll on the economy and poses a major challenge to Fed policymakers as they try to restore stability...
Neb. 'safe-haven' law allows abandonment of unwanted teens (08/23/08)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska's new "safe-haven" law allowing parents to abandon unwanted children at hospitals with no questions asked is unique in a significant way: It goes beyond babies and potentially permits the abandonment of anyone younger than 19...
Russian military pulls out of key areas inside Georgia (08/23/08)
GORI, Georgia -- Columns of hulking, smoke-belching Russian tanks rolled out of key positions deep inside Georgia on Friday as Moscow declared it had pulled its forces out following the worst confrontation between the Kremlin and the West since the Soviet collapse. But the United States, France and Britain protested the withdrawal was not complete...
U.S.: 30 militants killed in west Afghanistan clash (08/23/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S.-led troops attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting and killed 30 militants, American and Afghan military officials said Friday, but the Interior Ministry said a large number of civilians died. The U.S. said it would investigate...
Seeking ugly women for Outback's lonely hearts (08/23/08)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Life can get a little lonely for bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa. So the mayor has offered up a solution: recruit ugly women. Mayor John Molony found himself under attack Monday over comments he made to a local newspaper that read: "May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa."...
Bhutto widower proposed for Pakistan president (08/23/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's largest political party on Friday proposed the husband of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto to succeed the ousted Pervez Musharraf as president. Asif Ali Zardari, who is emerging as the favorite to be elected by legislators Sept. 6, criticized Musharraf for his long, authoritarian rule but would likely continue the former general's support for the U.S. war against extremist groups...
Jackson 'D' gets test from Union at jamboree (08/23/08)
FARMINGTON -- If much-anticipated matchups can take place in a high school football preseason jamboree, the chance for Jackson's defense to step on the field against Union's offense was one of them. And it's one of the few matchups of two teams in Friday's six-team jamboree doubleheader at Farmington that definitely won't see each other again this season...
Tigers build confidence at jamboree (08/23/08)
FARMINGTON -- If things don't go well, preseason jamborees can be shrugged off as a building block. But when things do go well ... "It was a big weight off our shoulders," Central senior running back Cantrell Andrews said about the Tigers' lone touchdown drive Friday night...
Redhawks cancel first soccer game (08/23/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team did not open the season Friday night as had been planned. According to a news release from the university, the home game against Saint Louis University was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather...
U.S. men's teams reach gold medal games (08/23/08)
BEIJING -- Put up a net, put American men in action and watch out. At these Olympics, that's becoming an unbeatable combination. From volleyball to water polo to basketball, the guys in red, white and blue made their country proud Friday. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers got it started by winning gold in beach volleyball. Then the U.S. indoor volleyball squad continued its surprising, emotional run by beating Russia and advancing to the gold-medal match for the first time since 1988...
Religion briefs 8/23/08 (08/23/08)
Guest speaker at Father's Arms Sunday The Rev. Cliff Clark will speak at Father's Arms Fellowship's 14th anniversary services Sunday in the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. Continental breakfast will be provided at 9:30 a.m. before the morning service. Clark, born with cerebral palsy, received a Ph.D. in theology and was ordained as a Baptist minister...
Following his father: Marty Haggard bringing his ministry to Southeast Missouri (08/23/08)
When Marty Haggard talks about doing his father's work, it's not country music legend Merle Haggard he's talking about, but his heavenly father. Marty Haggard has had a successful career as a singer and songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. He has been an actor and has been a member of Merle Haggard's band for years. Now he is known solely for his ministry...
Live a life of wisdom rather than of simplicity (08/23/08)
You realize that as a culture we are probably too busy when the one of the most popular marketing words is "simple." An Internet search of the word simple returns all sorts of products, solutions and methods to create a better life. The word "simple" conjures images of less stress and more joy. The Bible, however, expresses a different idea of simple. Proverbs 1:32 reads, "For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them."...
Find comfort in confession (08/23/08)
To confess is to "agree with God," or so believes the world's best-known evangelist. This teaching is shared with every person who trains to be a counselor at a Billy Graham crusade. Unpacking the phrase, "confession means agreeing with God," yields this discovery: When we confess, we don't tell God something previously unknown. ...
McMahon to sell home, but not to mogul Donald Trump (08/23/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Ed McMahon is on the move. McMahon has agreed to a deal with a private buyer for his hilltop home, said Howard Bragman, the former "Tonight" show sidekick's spokesman. Bragman declined to name the buyer or the selling price. But he said it isn't real estate mogul Donald Trump, who recently offered to buy McMahon's home and act as a landlord...
InBev leader: A-B takeover to go through by end of year (08/23/08)
BRASILIA, Brazil -- The head of Belgian-Brazilian brewer InBev SA said Friday he's confident his company's takeover of Anheuser-Busch will be cleared by U.S. regulators by the end of the year. Chief executive Carlos Brito said the maker of Stella Artois, Beck's and Bass has long admired the Anheuser-Busch brand, known for brews such as Budweiser and Bud Light...
Boeing considers exiting $35 billion tanker contest (08/23/08)
WASHINGTON -- Boeing Co. is considering bailing out of a politically charged competition for a $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force, if it does not receive an additional four months from the Pentagon to assemble its offer...
Paul Davis (08/23/08)
Paul Davis GOREVILLE, Ill. -- Paul B. Davis, 80, of Goreville, formerly of Jonesboro, Ill., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born April 15, 1928, in Mill Creek, Ill., son of Grover and Ethel Burnell Davis. He and Willma Gurley were married Aug. 10, 1964, in Ware, Ill...
Mildred Loos (08/23/08)
Mildred Loos Mildred Louise Street Loos, 84, of Jackson died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home...
Elmer Yeager (08/23/08)
Elmer Yeager PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elmer H. Yeager, 90, of Perryville died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. He was born Sept. 23, 1917, at McBride, Mo., son of Benjamin and Lena Bert Yeager. He and Inez Sutterer were married June 25, 1941. She died Oct. 13, 2006...
Amanda Thatch (08/23/08)
Amanda Thatch PARMA, Mo. -- Amanda Thatch, 90, of Parma died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at Golden Living Center in New Madrid, Mo. She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Mississippi, daughter of Melvin and Georgia Sain Walker. She married Ezell Thatch. Thatch was a member of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, served on the Mother's Board, sang in the senior choir and was a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of other organizations and gospel groups...
Larry Warner (08/23/08)
Larry Warner Larry Dean Warner, 59, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Births 8/23/08 (08/23/08)
Pyrtle Daughter to Merlin and Nicole Pyrtle of Jackson, Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, 3:23 a.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008. Name, Josalyn Hope. Weight, 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Second daughter. Mrs. Pyrtle is the daughter of Dale and Donna Kipp of Van Buren, Mo. She is a consultant with Creative Memories. Pyrtle is the son of Dale and Jennie Pyrtle of Doniphan, Mo. He is business manager with UPS...
Fire Report 8/23/08 (08/23/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 8:01 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1912 Broadway. n At 9:08 p.m., a power line problem at 820 Elm St. n At 9:10 p.m., a citizen assist at 63 N. Hanover St. n At 10:20 p.m., an illegal burn at 812 S. Benton St...
Police Report 8/23/08 (08/23/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Galen L. Osborne, 18, 411 S. Ellis St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n Calvin D. Reed, 19, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation for property damage...
Alternative vehicles (08/23/08)
Marble Hill, Mo., like many small communities in this section of the state, is considering allowing its residents to operate utility vehicles within the city limits. The proposal would require a $15 licensing fee for vehicles such as golf carts, four-wheelers and other motorized vehicles that operate with the use of a steering column...
Speak Out 8/23/08 (08/23/08)
Nice and cool WHAT HAPPENED to global warming? This has been one of the best Augusts ever. Let boys be boys PARENTS, TAKE heed. I just read the article on ADHD and was reminded of something I was told many years ago when my boy and girl were small. I was told boys learn differently than girls. ...
my puppy dudley (08/23/08)
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