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Jill Biden fires up Democratic volunteers in Cape Girardeau (10/18/08)
The sorry state of the American economy coupled with costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be enough to turn local voters away from the Republican party and into the Obama-Biden camp, Dr. Jill Biden told about 150 supporters in Cape Girardeau Saturday morning...
Halloween hot spots (10/18/08)
Halloween is a long-standing tradition celebrated by millions of Americans, including those in Southeast Missouri. Whether it is trick-or-treating, visiting a haunted house, navigating through a corn maze or participating in a church festival, Oct. 31 is observed by people in many ways...
Civil War boot camp planned today at state historic site in New Madrid (10/18/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. — Last year the Confederates were rounding up soldiers. This year it will be the Union Army. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks is again sponsoring a Civil War boot camp at the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site...
Local group seeks to help teen mothers (10/18/08)
Marci Richards saw a conflict when it came to teen mothers. "We always try to ask people not to have abortions. But we realized that after that, there's no help for them," she said. Richards, along with co-director Lisa Trunzo, recently started Teens TLC, or Treasuring Life with Children. Through biweekly meetings, the religious-affiliated group attempts to prepare teens for motherhood and help them finish school...
Portageville haunted house raising money to pay for firetruck (10/18/08)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Halloween ghouls, ghosts and goblins are making Portageville residents just a bit safer. Thanks to those characters and others who have reserved a room at Portageville's Haunted Inn, the Portageville Rural Fire Department Association funded the purchase of a rescue vehicle. In this third year of the Haunted Inn, funds raised will go to pay for the new firetruck that arrived in town earlier this year...
New Madrid man found guilty of involuntary manslaughter (10/18/08)
A Cape Girardeau County jury found a New Madrid, Mo., man guilty in the beating death of a 70-year-old man. Cornelius A. Sutton was found guilty Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with the Aug. 19, 2006, death of New Madrid resident Charles Toler. Sentencing is set for Dec. 1...
United Way to begin volunteer program at Cape junior high (10/18/08)
With the economy in distress, the United Way is emphasizing volunteerism, especially in schools. Nationally, the organization is discovering more people need help but fewer are in a position to donate financially. The third part of the mission "Give, Advocate, Volunteer" has become more essential, said Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri...
Cape School Board to consider Jefferson plan, audit, tuition (10/18/08)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will meet Monday at 301 N. Clark Ave. A work session will be at 5 p.m. in which Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri, will discuss the organization's initiatives. The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m...
War veterans campaign for John McCain (10/18/08)
War, immigration, gas prices and the economy are just a few issues for this year's presidential campaign. But the overriding issue, according to three war veterans and self-described wingmen for presidential candidate John McCain, is character. Retired Capt. ...
Tamms man charged with assault on police officer (10/18/08)
Though Jordan Modicue will not face any charges for wielding an air pistol at a Cape Girardeau bar, provoking a police officer to open fire on him, another man now faces charges for shoving the officer after the shooting. Brandon T. Jeffers, 22, of Tamms, Ill., was arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer...
Area churches offering Halloween alternatives (10/18/08)
While navigating through a corn maze or haunted house may be preferred ways for some to celebrate Halloween, others may prefer alternate activities. Since early October, churches throughout the area have been holding trick-or-treat alternatives. The following represents a sampling of activities in the area...
Nine firefighters reinstated in central Illinois town (10/18/08)
MAROA, Ill. -- The fire department in the small central Illinois city of Maroa has enough people to cover the day shift again after nine firefighters were reinstated. The Maroa Countryside Fire Protection District board also decided not to reappoint chief Larry Peasley when his term ends in May...
New vending machines cook hot dogs, count calories, detect stuck snacks (10/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Gee-whiz vending machines may not be the first corporate perk companies think of, but a trade show offers proof that if your office machines just dispense chips and soda, it may be time for an upgrade. The National Automatic Merchandising Association says 100 million Americans use a vending machine each day. The Chicago-based trade organization hosted an industry event in St. Louis this week, showing the latest advances in vending and coffee machines...
Botanical Garden adds 6 millionth dried plant (10/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Botanical Garden doesn't just have beautiful gardens, it has one of the world's largest collections of dried plants to help researchers better understand the natural world. The garden added its 6 millionth plant specimen to that collection Friday. It's a member of the Philodendron family, collected by Thomas Croat during a trip to Ecuador last year...
Investigation continues into St. Louis high-rise explosion (10/18/08)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- St. Louis County police on Friday released video surveillance footage showing a potential suspect in the explosion that injured a prominent St. Louis-area lawyer. The video shows a man entering a parking garage in the suburb of Clayton between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, the day before the explosion. He is wearing a brightly colored poncho with the hood pulled up and sunglasses...
Former UCLA exec pleads guilty to body trafficking (10/18/08)
LOS ANGELES -- The former chief of UCLA's cadaver program pleaded guilty Friday for his role in selling donated body parts to medical, drug and research companies in a scheme that netted up to $1 million, prosecutors said. Henry Reid, 58, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, with a special allegation that he damaged or destroyed more than $1 million worth of school property, which refers to the donated bodies...
Pelosi: Tax rebate unlikely before Bush leaves office (10/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Congress is unlikely to approve a tax rebate before President Bush leaves office, and she signaled that prospects are dim for a postelection session to pass an economic aid package. In an interview with The Associated Press, Pelosi played down the chances that Democrats -- increasingly confident of capturing the White House and building their House and Senate majorities substantially -- could come to terms with Bush and vanquished congressional Republicans this fall on a plan to address Americans' pocketbook woes.. ...
Live from New York, it's the real Sarah Palin tonight on 'SNL' (10/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Forget the debates, this is the political moment millions have been waiting for. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live"? You betcha. Welcome to the intersection of politics and pop culture in the Lower 48. The skits and jokes, as always, are still unknown, but one gag setup seems sure: Sarah, meet W...
Southern drought creeping northward (10/18/08)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The drought that has plagued the Deep South for more than a year is creeping northward, and officials in multiple states are restricting outdoor burning in the face of water shortages and forest fire risks from falling leaves and tinder-dry conditions...
Fallout from financial crisis hammers housing (10/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- The nation is on track to build fewer homes this year than at any time since the end of World War II, adding to the woes of an economy that analysts said Friday has almost certainly entered a recession. While the economic outlook darkened even further with bad reports on layoffs and consumer confidence, it was one of the quietest days since the financial meltdown began a month ago. Wall Street's tumultuous week turned out to be its best in five years...
Pennsylvania man eats 15 lbs. of burger, five lbs. of toppings (10/18/08)
CLEARFIELD, Pa. -- It took Brad Sciullo four hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds...
Iraqi prime minister criticizes top U.S. commander in Iraq (10/18/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister said in remarks aired Friday that the top U.S. commander in Iraq "risked his position" by alleging Iran was trying to bribe lawmakers to vote against the proposed security agreement with the United States. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki briefed top political leaders Friday about the draft agreement, which includes a timeline for U.S. ...
China eases restrictions on foreign journalists (10/18/08)
BEIJING -- China took a further step toward opening itself to the world, announcing Friday that an easing of restrictions on foreign journalists enacted for the Olympics would become permanent. Premier Wen Jiabao signed the decree, which took immediate effect, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao at a late-night news conference...
Austria, Turkey win Security Council election (10/18/08)
UNITED NATIONS -- Japan handily defeated Iran for a nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and Austria and Turkey edged out Iceland in secret ballot voting Friday. Iran, which is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear program, received only 32 votes from the U.N. members, losing the Asian seat to Japan, which received 158 votes...
Jackson stumbles 17-10 to district rival Eureka (10/18/08)
EUREKA -- Jackson has been a victim to the big plays this fall in its attempt to follow last year's playoff success. The Indians on Friday night allowed a big play by Eureka's defense that made the difference in a 17-10 Wildcats victory in the Class 5 District 1 showdown...
Summit hits up Tigers for first win (10/18/08)
FENTON -- Central football coach Rich Payne was a man of very few words Friday night after his Tigers were trounced by Rockwood Summit 35-0 in the opening game of the Class 5 District 1 playoffs at Summit. "I have nothing to say," Payne said. That is understandable after Central had been subject to the mercy of the running clock for the entire fourth quarter. And this against a team that entered the game without a win...
Perreault powers Perryville (10/18/08)
Josh Perreault ran for 240 yards and the Perryville Pirates held on to the ball for over 34 minutes as they upset the host Kennett Indians 31-12 in the Class 3 District 1 opener Friday. "That was the goal coming in, 4 yards and a cloud of dust," Perryville coach Jim May said. "We knew if we could control the ball, their quarterback would be standing on the sidelines and that was huge for us."...
Indians resist Devils' late attempt (10/18/08)
PERRYVILLE -- Chaffee coach Charlie Vickery never hesitated when calling for his offense to attempt a 2-point conversion while trailing St. Vincent by one point with 6 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in Friday night's game. Vickery's team had the momentum in its favor, having just scored on a trick play where receiver Trenton Horman fired a 56-yard touchdown pass to back Hunter Thomason...
Roman conducts first Redhawks practice (10/18/08)
For Southeast Missouri State's men's basketball players, Friday represented a time to finally focus their eyes toward on-the-court matters. Most of the attention on Southeast basketball has centered on alleged NCAA rules violations that led to third-year coach Scott Edgar being placed on administrative leave last week...
Redhawks, Panthers battle for their first OVC victory (10/18/08)
It hasn't been a vintage season for the Eastern Illinois University football team. The Ohio Valley Conference's top program over the last three years already has lost as many OVC games -- two -- as in the previous three seasons combined. "It is [unfamiliar territory]," said Bob Spoo, by far the OVC's dean of coaches who is in his 21st season at EIU. "But there's a long way to go yet. A lot of things can happen in this game."...
Redhawks soccer team captures first OVC win (10/18/08)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team finally notched its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season Friday. Southeast, the defending OVC regular-season and tournament champion, beat host Austin Peay 2-0. The Redhawks improved to 2-7-3 overall and 1-3-2 in the OVC...
The strength of the human heart springs from deep within (10/18/08)
The heart is fascinating. With each contraction of the heart, blood is dispersed to the furthest extremities of the body, supplying the body with oxygen. Upon the depleted blood's return, it is oxygenated to be sent out again with the same replenishing mission. The pure mechanics demanded for the heart's contraction and the synchronization necessary for effective delivery of life-giving blood are amazing...
Church briefs 10/18/08 (10/18/08)
Church continues weekly supper program First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau continues its Wednesday supper program this week. A light supper will be served at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall, followed by a program on stained glass. The menu includes chili, soup, sandwiches and dessert...
First Baptist Church in Cape counting down to 175th anniversary (10/18/08)
First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau is gearing up to celebrate its 175th anniversary Aug. 13. The church was organized on that date in 1834 with only nine members. Rather than setting aside only one day for commemorating the long life of the church, First Baptist is using the theme "Countdown to 175" and planning activities all the way up to the anniversary. ...
Pastor's column: Asking yourself 'Why did they do that?' (10/18/08)
How many times have you asked yourself the following question: Why did they do that? Recent examples abound. The insurance giant AIG is given an $85 billion taxpayer-funded loan by the federal government to remain afloat. The company, after receiving this bailout, goes ahead with a lavish, weeklong junket for top earners at a cost exceeding $400,000. ...
Jimmy Randolph (10/18/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- James T. "Jimmy" Randolph, 68, of Anna died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran who served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna...
Barbara McKee Storm (10/18/08)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Barbara June McKee Storm, 70, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at her home. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes, Ill...
Hilbert L. 'Bert' Heuer (10/18/08)
Hilbert L. "Bert" Heuer, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1912, in Cape Girardeau, son of Benjamin and Sophie Rau Heuer. He and Ruth Kelpe were married Sept. 22, 1946, in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Short officiating. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum...
Births 10/18/2008 (10/18/08)
Conklin Daughter to Brian Keith Conklin and Cori Jean Doogan of Kelso, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008. Name, Marley Marie. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Seventh child, fifth daughter. Ms. Doogan is the daughter of Jacquelyn Joray of Knoxville, Tenn., and John Doogan of Cary, Ill. She is employed at ARCO Vending. Conklin is the son of Ray and Virginia Conklin of Kelso. He is employed with Union Local 1770...
Police report 10/18/2008 (10/18/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Rose M. Staple, 24, 2037 Pear Tree Court, No. 3, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for failure to pay fines for improper registration and violation of steady red light...
Fire report 10/18/2008 (10/18/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: n At 6:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Boutin Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 12:17 a.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Morgan Oak Street...
Out of the past 10/18/08 (10/18/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 18, 1983 An Army Corps of Engineers plan to dredge a slackwater harbor on the Mississippi River to serve the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority looks promising and could be funded the fiscal year beginning Nov. 1, a corps official told a public hearing at Scott City last night...
River island (10/18/08)
It's hard to imagine what the Mississippi River floodplain was like before dams, levees, dikes, bank stabilization and channel dredging, a process that over the years all but eliminated islands and side channels that attracted diverse river wildlife...
Speak Out 10/18/08 (10/18/08)
Affordable tip A COMMENT said that if you can't afford to leave a large tip when you go out to eat, you should stay home. I have a suggestion. Why not have your boss post a sign on the front door saying if you can't afford to leave a large tip, don't come in? I have noticed that the restaurants not very crowded these days. ...
First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau HalloweenFest (10/18/08)
Homemade Chili & Chicken Soup Supper October 25 (10/18/08)
Saturday October 25 from 4 to 7 PM will be the annual homemade Chili and Chicken Soup Supper at St. James UCC, Tilsit, MO 245 County Road 366. $5.00 for the fabulous fixin's! Contact Bernice @ 243-4627 for more information or directions.
Heartland Pops Announces Line-Up For Christmas Concert (10/18/08)
The Heartland Pops Orchestra and Chorus, directed by Jerry Ganiel, has announced the line-up for their "Christmas With The Pops" Concert to be held on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:15P.M. at Academic Hall at SEMO University. Special guests will be Branson and RFD-TV entertainer Penny Gilley and Nashville recording artists The Southern Brothers. ...
In the Park (10/18/08)
A beautiful October day in the Scott City Park as my granddaughter takes a walk through the grass on her birthday .
Fluffy Muffin (10/18/08)
This is my cat Miss Sniff, shes really fluffy...and a very lovable cat .
Augusta Downtown (10/18/08)
Downtown Augusta Georgia summer 2008. My kids just couldn't stay out of the fountain.
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