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Stories from Friday, October 3, 2008

'It's not a dream anymore': Neal Boyd speaks about his 'America's Got Talent' win (10/03/08)
Just a few months ago, Sikeston, Mo., native Neal E. Boyd was just your average working man -- albeit an average working man with a powerful singing voice -- selling insurance for AFLAC. On Wednesday night, that all changed when the 32-year-old was catapulted to instant stardom after winning NBC's "America's Got Talent" and the $1 million prize that went along with it...
Free weekend workshops aim at teaching women, teens hunting skills (10/03/08)
Ruth Powers grew up hunting with her dad in northern Iowa. Though the Jackson woman continued hunting as an adult, mostly for deer, she said hitting moving targets is the toughest. "If they're not standing still, I'm afraid to take a shot. I don't want to wound it and have to track it or leave it to die in the woods. That's not my idea of fun," she said...
Scott City man caught after faking his death found guilty of statutory rape (10/03/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Butler County judge found Charles E. Rothman guilty of three counts of statutory rape at a bench trial on Wednesday. The 65-year-old Scott City man was arrested in May 2007 after apparently trying to fake his death to evade prosecution by setting his fishing boat adrift in the Diversion Channel...
Cape Girardeau County residents will see property taxes go up in November (10/03/08)
When Cape Girardeau County property tax bills start appearing in mailboxes in November, many people in the county will need to dig a little deeper to cover the costs. While only one taxing jurisdiction -- Delta School District -- held an election where voters approved higher taxes, 17 other jurisdictions are also increasing their levies. For almost all those jurisdictions, the higher rates are being imposed to recapture revenue that would otherwise be lost to falling personal property values...
Grace Cafe to close later this month (10/03/08)
A slowing economy has forced Grace Cafe in Cape Girardeau to close its doors, effective Oct. 15. "We've cut corners everywhere we can, but it just hasn't worked out," said owner Grace Parry. "This really needs an owner who can devote 40 to 60 hours a week to this business, and since I have a family I can't do it. We don't have extra money to put into this, and my family needs me."...
Fire destroys building at East Prairie grain bin complex (10/03/08)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- A grain bin complex caught on fire early Thursday in Mississippi County, destroying at least one building. About 4:30 a.m., the East Prairie Fire Department responded to a blaze at Mount Level Farms on East Main Street just outside city limits...
Property tax changes (10/03/08)
Cape Girardeau County has 35 jurisdictions levying property taxes on some or all of the county's 72,000 residents. Several of them have more one tax rate, depending on the purpose of the revenue. Of the 35 jurisdictions, 18 have increased taxes for 2008, three decreased taxes and 14 kept taxes unchanged...
Students to mark science day by blowing up balloons to break a world record (10/03/08)
Jason Lindsey, outreach science educator for the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Mo., will gather more than a thousand science enthusiasts today in an effort to break a world record by ... blowing up balloons. The event marks Science Day, a day proclaimed by governors in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee in an effort to raise the profile of science...
City completes second stage of Independence Street Project (10/03/08)
City of Cape Girardeau officials have announced that Fronabarger Concreters, a contractor for the city, has completed the second stage of the Independence Street Project from Hanover Street to West End Boulevard.   Starting Monday, Independence Street will be closed mid-block between Louisiana Avenue and West End Boulevard to just east of the West End Boulevard and Independence intersection. ...
Government funds to help build Sikeston Industrial Park road (10/03/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County's 2007 Delta Regional Authority funding will prepare roads for Orgill's traffic. Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the regular Scott County Commission meeting Tuesday that he had received an e-mail Sept. 25 regarding the county's request for a "change of scope."...
Work scheduled for I-55, other roads (10/03/08)
Missouri Department of Trans­portation work will result in lane closures today and next week. From 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. today, Route OO between Highway 34 and Route HH in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane for tree trimming. From noon to 4:30 p.m. today in Bollinger County, traffic will be confined to one lane on Highway 51 from Route FF to the Marble Hill city limits for shoulder repairs...
Migration celebration to be held in Kennett (10/03/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Missouri Waterfowl Festival and Sports Show in Kennett will be Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 at the Kennett American Legion Building and Fairgrounds. Activities include duck calling and shooting contests. For details, visit www.missouriwaterfowlfestival.com...
BBC radio crew visits Poplar Bluff schools to talk politics (10/03/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A few Poplar Bluff School District educators, students and parents had the opportunity Tuesday to share their views on education and the upcoming presidential election with the 150 million listeners of BBC Radio World Service. The United Kingdom's British Broadcasting Corp. is sending a crew on a 15-state tour covering presidential debates and holding town hall-type conversations...
Missouri ballot measure addresses home health work conditions (10/03/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Supporters say an initiative on November's ballot will help both home health-care workers and the disabled and elderly Missourians who need them to remain independent. But others are raising concerns that the initiative -- Proposition B on the ballot -- is a stealth attempt to unionize home health-care workers in Missouri...
Groups oppose Mo. casino ballot measure (10/03/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Both those who are critical of gambling and those who support expanding it in Missouri said Thursday that they have formed political committees to oppose a casino measure that's on the November ballot. The measure, called Proposition A, would repeal Missouri's unique law limiting gambling losses to no more than $500 in a two-hour period; cap the number of new casino licenses; and increase the tax rate for casinos to 21 percent from 20 percent...
Bailout hopes rise as more 'no' votes in House switch (10/03/08)
WASHINGTON -- Desperate to avoid another market-crushing defeat, House leaders won key converts Thursday to the $700 billion financial industry bailout on the eve of a make-or-break second vote. President Bush and congressional leaders lobbied for the dozen or so supporters they'd need to reverse Monday's setback and approve a massive rescue plan designed to stave off national economic disaster...
Strippers, armadillos inspire Ig Nobel winners (10/03/08)
BOSTON -- Deborah Anderson had heard the urban legends about the contraceptive effectiveness of Coca-Cola products for years. So she and her colleagues decided to put the soft drink to the test. In the lab, that is. For discovering that, yes indeed, Coke was a spermicide, Anderson and her team are among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel prize, the annual award given by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine to oddball but often surprisingly practical scientific achievements...
Debris of daily life swept away by Ike washes onto Texas beaches (10/03/08)
PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Texas -- The world's longest undeveloped barrier island now looks as if people have been living and dumping their things on it for decades. Tons of debris swept up by Hurricane Ike last month were carried by Gulf of Mexico currents hundreds of miles from the upper Texas coast to this ordinarily pristine landscape just north of the Mexican border...
Intrepid returns to Manhattan (10/03/08)
NEW YORK -- The World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid, powered by tugs and accompanied by a festive Hudson River traffic jam, was returned Thursday to the Manhattan pier where it has served for 24 years as a military and space museum. Onlookers gathered along the riverbanks and in passing pleasure craft as the huge vessel was ceremoniously escorted Thursday on its five-mile journey from Staten Island...
New York City police officer kills himself over Taser episode (10/03/08)
NEW YORK -- The man was naked, teetering on a building ledge and jabbing at police with an 8-foot-long fluorescent light bulb as a crowd gathered below. Lt. Michael Pigott responded by ordering an officer to fire a stun gun at the man, who froze and plunged headfirst to his death in a scene captured on amateur video and replayed frequently on the Internet...
Searchers find Steve Fossett's plane, human remains (10/03/08)
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- More than a year after the mysterious disappearance of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, searchers have found the wreckage of his plane in the rugged Sierra Nevada along with enough human remains for DNA testing. The remains were found amid a field of debris that stretched 400 feet long and 150 feet wide in a steep section of the mountain range, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday at a news conference. ...
Palin, Biden spar on Iraq, economic crisis (10/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of voting against funding for U.S. troops in combat Thursday night in her much-anticipated debate with Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, whom she chastised for defending the move, "especially with your son in the National Guard" and headed for Iraq...
Banks and investment firms ramp up Fed borrowing (10/03/08)
WASHINGTON -- Banks and investment firms ramped up borrowing from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending facility over the past week. The Fed's report released Thursday said commercial banks averaged $44.5 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared with a daily average of $39.36 billion in the previous week...
Suicide attackers strike Shiite mosques in Iraq, kill 24 (10/03/08)
BAGHDAD -- Suicide bombers struck two Shiite mosques in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens during celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. To the north, suspected Shiite militiamen gunned down six members of a Sunni family, including women and children, police reported...
India latest to ban smoking in public places (10/03/08)
NEW DELHI -- India banned smoking in public places Thursday, leaving public health officials with a much tougher task: get the nation's estimated 120 million smokers to stub out their cigarettes. As more countries have clamped down on smoking in recent years, Indians have freely puffed away at playgrounds, railway stations, sidewalk cafes and even hospitals. No more, and a violator will get a $5 fine...
Jackson freshman steps forward in Indians' 2 OT win against ND (10/03/08)
JACKSON — Freshman Clayton Baker was asked by Jackson coach Zack Walton to take on a new role as a forward when this fall season began. Baker, who played mostly midfield while playing soccer in St. Louis before entering high school, scored the game winning goal against Notre Dame on Thursday, leading the Indians past the rival Bulldogs 1-0 in double overtime...
Rams overtake St. Vincent 10-5 (10/03/08)
The Scott City softball team eased past visiting St. Vincent 10-5 on Thursday despite having just six hits. Melanie Lacey picked up the pitching win for the Rams, who improved to 6-13. Holly Shemonia went 2-for-2 to lead the Rams offensively. Lacey helped her own cause with a triple...
Tonight's area football games (10/03/08)
Farmington (4-1) at Jackson (2-3) Last week: Hazelwood Central 35, Jackson 7; Farmington 45, Summit 28. Last year: Jackson and Farmington did not play last year. Outlook: Jackson coach Van Hitt said Farmington uses a deceptive spread offense. Farmington employs a no-huddle and is fast getting back to the line. ...
Chaffee celebrates 25-year anniversary of state title (10/03/08)
Mick Wessel, the only football coach in Chaffee history to lead the Red Devils to the state playoffs, used to do almost anything to motivate his team to earn a victory. Wessel, the Red Devils head coach from 1978 to 1993, told his players before one game in the 1980s that if they were to win he would eat a worm at the next practice...
Redhawks' Caviness will be ineligible for upcoming season (10/03/08)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program has taken another hit. It was learned this week that Mark Caviness, arguably Southeast's co-top signee for the 2008-09 season, did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and will not play for the Redhawks this year...
Redhawks volleyball sweeps EIU (10/03/08)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The Southeast Missouri state volleyball team made short work of host Eastern Illinois Thursday night. Southeast rolled past the Panthers 25-21, 25-12, 25-21 as the Redhawks improved to 6-6 overall and 4-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play. EIU fell to 3-13 and 0-6...
Shin leads Samsung World Championship (10/03/08)
Ji-Yai Shin of South Korea shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday to take the first-day lead in the LPGA Tour's Samsung World Championship, topping Paula Creamer's 68 Lorena Ochoa, the two-time defending Samsung champion, and five-time winner Annika Sorenstam matched Yani Tseng, Na Yeon Choi, Song-Hee Kim and Angela Stanford at 69...
Brewers, Cubs both tumble into 0-2 holes (10/03/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- With one more loss to the Phillies, CC Sabathia and the Milwaukee Brewers will have all winter to rest. Brett Myers rankled Sabathia with a pesky at-bat and dominated the rest of the Brewers from the mound, and Philadelphia beat Milwaukee 5-2 on Thursday night behind Shane Victorino's grand slam for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NL playoff series...
Who's next (10/03/08)
HONORS n Jessica Livingston of Whitewater, Marcus Painton of Oran, Mo., and Haley Bohnert and Matt Taylor of Cape Girardeau have been appointed as Presidential Ambassadors to Southeast Missouri State University. The ambassadors assist the university president in greeting guests and serving at presidential functions...
With merit: Central student among National Merit semifinalists (10/03/08)
Over the next few weeks, the Southeast Missourian will introduce you to some extraordinary students: three National Merit semifinalists. National Merit semifinalists scored big on the PSAT-- beating 99 percent of other test-takers. Out of more than 1.5 million juniors who took the test, only 16,000 were named semifinalists. They will now compete for finalist standing by submitting records, an application and recommendations -- with the hope of winning a scholarship...
neXt up 10/3/08 (10/03/08)
Friday n New movies "American Carol" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour, 23 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine "Appaloosa" Rated R, running time 1 hour 54 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" Rated PG. running time 1 hour 25 mins @ Town Plaza Cinema...
Hooked on Science: Air takes up space (10/03/08)
Air is everywhere, but because it's transparent how do we really know it's there? Here's an experiment that will prove air is all around us and one you can try at Science Day 2008. This experiment will help set a world record today at Science Day 2008...
Salma Hayek helping fight tetanus in moms, babies (10/03/08)
GENEVA -- Hollywood mom Salma Hayek is lending her star power to a UNICEF campaign to eradicate tetanus in mothers and babies around the world within four years. Hayek, a paid spokeswoman for Pampers' tetanus vaccine program, recounted her experiences during a recent trip to the West African nation of Sierra Leone, where she met with tetanus victims...
Stocks fall on factory, employment reports (10/03/08)
NEW YORK -- Pessimism about a protracted economic downturn washed over the financial markets Thursday, sending stocks plunging and further tightening the credit markets. Reports on declining factory orders and a seven-year high in jobless claims stoked fears that the government's financial rescue plan won't ward off a recession, and the Dow Jones industrials skidded nearly 350 points...
Anthony Moranville (10/03/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Anthony J. Moranville, 78, formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Riverview Manor in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Perryville, son of Anthony V. and Lunetta A. Jannin Moranville. Moranville was a meat cutter at Kroger Grocery Store in Perryville. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville, and a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus...
Marvin and Ruby Wilkening (10/03/08)
A joint memorial service for Marvin H. and Ruby Wilkening of Socorro, N.M., will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion United Methodist Church near Old Appleton. The Rev. Susan Hoyle will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Marvin Wilkening, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006...
Carl Revelle (10/03/08)
Carl W. Revelle, 59, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Winnie Essmyer (10/03/08)
Winnie A. Essmyer, 69, of Whitewater died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at her home. She was born Dec. 16, 1938, in San Angelo, Texas, daughter of Jim and Zora Joyce Wheat Allen. She and Dr. Joseph K. Essmyer were married Sept. 19, 1968, in Modesto, Calif...
Tony Ponder (10/03/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Anton R. "Tony" Ponder, 77, of Perryville died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. He was born May 13, 1931, in Biehle, Mo., son of William Ponder and Clara Trapp Ponder. He was a plasterer for Hunt's Plaster. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a member of Amvets and the VFW. He served in the Navy during the Korean War...
Beverly Brewington (10/03/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Beverly A. Brewington, 65, of Perryville died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. She was born March 9, 1943, in St. Louis, daughter of James R. and Velma Safriet Austin. She and Jack Brewington were married March 29, 1979, in Perryville. He died Dec. 12, 2006...
Juanita Joyce (10/03/08)
ORAN, Mo. — Juanita Joyce, 85, of Oran died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 25, 1922, at Randles, daughter of Floyd Dee and Beulah Spain Blue. She and J.C. Joyce were married Nov. 1, 1941. He preceded her in death June 15, 1986...
Fire report 10/3/08 (10/03/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 5:59 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at William Street and Kingshighway. n At 7:46 p.m., an alarm sounding at 3253 William St. n At 10:21 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Henderson Avenue...
Police report 10/3/08 (10/03/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Jerrica L. O'Kelly, 20, of Whitewater was arrested on Cape Girardeau County warrants for driving while intoxicated and intentionally inhaling fumes...
Out of the past 10/3/2008 (10/03/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 3, 1983 A new bridge over the Diversion Channel near Allenville should be in place by winter; the Cape Girardeau County Court grants a contract to build the bridge to Rickard Construction Co. of Cape Girardeau. CAIRO, Ill. — The Cairo Association of Teachers has voted to call a strike, but no date has been set for a walkout; teachers are still assessing the situation and organizing details...
One ringy-dingy ... (10/03/08)
Frankly, I'm too old to learn how to use a new phone system. But as I look out into the newsroom just outside my office, I can see ominous stacks of brown cardboard boxes imprinted with a brand name that screams "computerized audio communications device."...
Singer from Sikeston (10/03/08)
Neal E. Boyd's story would make an inspiring movie. And now that Boyd has won $1 million and the opportunity to headline a Las Vegas show, don't toss out the notion. Sikeston, Mo., native Boyd, who has been selling insurance in St. Louis, was named the winner Wednesday night of the months-long "America's Got Talent" television competition, during which Boyd told viewers that he got hooked on opera as a child. ...
'Pro-life' is far-reaching view (10/03/08)
To the editor: I have observed a multitude of "Vote Pro-Life" signs in the yards of churches. This has prompted me to ask what exactly "Vote Pro-Life" means to the leaders of these churches. Does it mean vote for the candidate who says he believes life begins at conception and opposes abortion? The same candidate supports stem-cell research as long as it is performed on embryos that are destined to be destroyed. This is a conflicting position...
Cherish and protect your privacy (10/03/08)
To the editor: Surveillance practices are being entrenched into American life. I just flew where I prepared by leaving otherwise innocuous items at home, kicking off my shoes, removing my belt and other metal possessions and sheepishly tiptoeing through a scanner. I did so willingly, understanding the impact of the 9/11 attacks on our concerns about security...
Democrats caused this crisis (10/03/08)
To the editor: By 2-to-1 margins Americans detest handing over $700 billion to financial institutions as a reward for buying dead paper. But these institutions are not the ultimate beneficiaries nor the originators of the disaster. ACORN, with the news media solidly behind it, produced this disaster with intimidation tactics which ACORN used starting in Chicago bullying banks into giving money to people who had no means of repaying a mortgage under the guise of promoting affordable housing. ...
Speak Out 10/3/08 (10/03/08)
Proper action I WANT the Cape Girardeau Police Department to know this is one citizen who stands behind it 100 percent, especially the officer who was involved in the shooting. If that person had not pulled a gun of any kind, none of this would have happened. ...
Horny Toad Entertainment Complex Hosts Offshore Super Series National Championships (10/03/08)
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