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Stories from Saturday, March 14, 2009

Some area counties eligible for emergency loans to farmers (03/14/09)
Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry and Scott counties are among 31 counties eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loan assistance. The assistance for area farmers was made possible because of damage suffered from the winter storm of Jan. ...
Southeast Missouri colleges notice increase in financial aid applications (03/14/09)
Demand for financial aid is on the rise as students look for ways to fund their education in the sputtering economy. More students are filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the paperwork required to receive federal financial aid. At Southeast Missouri State University, 5,465 students filed an application between January and March 2, up 55 percent from last year, said Karen Walker, director of financial aid. ...
USDA offers conservation grants to Missouri farmers (03/14/09)
USDA offers conservation grants to Missouri farmers Missouri farmers can apply for a grant that could fund up to 50 percent of conservation projects. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced Friday that it anticipates having $750,000 available for the Conservation Innovation Grant program. ...
Third break-in in 18 months reported at Sedgewickville church (03/14/09)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Members of Sargent's Chapel Lutheran Church are looking for information about Wednesday's vandalism of a sound system and safe that contains church deeds and meeting and cemetery records that date back to the 1870s. This marks the third time in 18 months a person or people have broken into the rural church building off County Road 234...
Southeast Missouri churches feeling economic pinch (03/14/09)
Southeast Missouri's spiritual community, feeling the effects of the economic downturn, is responding by pinching pennies and praying for better times. The Rev. Bob Towner, pastor at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, said 10 or 15 percent fewer people were willing or able to make an annual financial commitment when asked last fall; those who were, gave more...
Morley, Mo., man struck, killed by train near Oran, Mo. (03/14/09)
ORAN, Mo. -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train Friday just south of Oran near County Road 411, said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. According to Scott County Coroner Scott Amick, the victim was Richard Ivester Jr., 38, of Morley, Mo. Walter said Ivester was known to go for walks while wearing headphones and listening to loud music, so he may have been unable to hear the approaching train...
Gun and knife show draws collectors to Show Me Center (03/14/09)
The Missouri Gun and Knife Show at the Show Me Center brought out those looking for deals on self-defense and collectibles. "We will often see calls come in for enrollment after news stories on violent crime, or just the state of the economy and society in general," said Chris Moore, training provider with Point Blank Training of Jackson. "People don't want to be caught as a victim."...
Cape Girardeau man robbed at gunpoint Friday at home (03/14/09)
Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man reported being robbed at gunpoint Friday at the front door of his Lorimier Street home, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Cpl. Adam Glueck said. The daylight robbery occurred when the man answered his door to find three men there. One of the men had what the victim believed was a handgun, Glueck said. The victim was struck in the head once and he handed over cash and credit cards, Glueck said. The victim refused medical treatment...
Appeal: Juror sent 'tweets' during $12.6M case (03/14/09)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A building materials company and its owner have appealed a $12.6 million verdict against them, alleging that a juror posted messages on Twitter.com during the trial that show he's biased against them. The motion seeking a new trial was filed Thursday on behalf of Russell Wright and his company, Stoam Holdings. It claims juror Johnathan Powell sent eight messages, or "tweets," to the micro-blogging website via his cellular phone...
10 drink windshield wiper fluid at Arkansas day care (03/14/09)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Ten children at an Arkansas day-care center drank windshield wiper fluid after the owner served it from a container mistaken for Kool-Aid and placed in a refrigerator, authorities said Friday. The day-care owner voluntarily surrendered her state license Friday...
Catholic dioceses still paying for clergy misdeeds (03/14/09)
NEW YORK -- The price for failing to rein in predatory clergy keeps rising for the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. The church has paid more than $2.6 billion in settlements and related expenses since 1950, according to an annual report released Friday by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...
'Daily Show' shines spotlight on CNBC and meltdown (03/14/09)
NEW YORK -- The feud between Jon Stewart and CNBC's Jim Cramer has been good for laughs -- and ratings -- but has also raised the serious question of whether the experts at TV's No. 1 financial news network should have seen the meltdown coming and warned the public...
Slaying of family in N.C. home still a mystery (03/14/09)
CONOVER, N.C. -- Screaming and sobbing, a teenage girl dialed 911 to report that a friend had been yanked into her own home by a strange man who was stabbing and beating her. By the time authorities arrived, the friend and three family members were dead...
Girl Scouts say Scout's YouTube ad violates policy (03/14/09)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina Girl Scout's plan to use the Internet to generate more cookie sales is crumbling. Eight-year-old Wild Freeborn posted a YouTube video in the hopes of selling enough boxes to send her troop to summer camp. But they said scouting officials told them it violated a ban on Internet sales and asked her to take it down after she scored about 700 orders...
Seattle Times still standing, but unknown for how long (03/14/09)
SEATTLE -- As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer moves toward printing its last edition, it remains unclear whether its bigger rival, The Seattle Times, is far behind -- and whether this famously literate city could soon find itself without a major daily newspaper...
Swiss zoo says celebrity hippo won't be killed (03/14/09)
BASEL, Switzerland -- A Swiss zoo on Friday rejected suggestions that a baby hippopotamus could be killed and fed to the big cats because of lack of space. Basel Zoo said hippo Farasi, who was born in November and has since become one of its star attractions, will stay in the zoo until a place is found for him elsewhere...
Several buildings swept away in Norwegian mudslide (03/14/09)
OSLO -- A mudslide hit several houses and vacation homes in central Norway on Friday, sweeping some into the fjord below, police and rescue officials said. There were no reports of injuries. Marit Dahl, spokeswoman for the Nord-Troendelag police district, said seven people were evacuated and that none of them was seriously injured...
Italy dig unearths female 'vampire' in Venice (03/14/09)
ROME -- An archaeological dig near Venice has unearthed the 16th-century remains of a woman with a brick stuck between her jaws -- evidence, experts say, that she was believed to be a vampire. The unusual burial is thought to be the result of an ancient vampire-slaying ritual. It suggests the legend of the mythical bloodsucking creatures was tied to medieval ignorance of how diseases spread and what happens to bodies after death, experts said...
German police try to determine if they were duped by Internet hoax during investigation of shooting (03/14/09)
WINNENDEN, Germany -- German police worked with U.S. authorities Friday to determine if they had fallen victim to an Internet hoax as they investigate a school shooting in southern Germany that killed 15 people. Tim Kretschmer, 17, gunned down students at his former high school in Winnenden Wednesday before fleeing on foot and by car, killing three more people, and eventually turning a 9-mm Beretta pistol on himself...
Switzerland breaks with tradition on tax evasion (03/14/09)
GENEVA -- Switzerland's days as a safe haven for the world's tax evaders are numbered. Under pressure from the United States and other troubled economies, the Swiss government announced Friday it will cooperate in international tax investigations, breaking with a long-standing tradition of protecting wealthy foreigners accused of hiding billions of dollars. Austria and Luxembourg also said they would help...
Oil soaks Australian beaches (03/14/09)
BRISBANE, Australia -- Authorities declared a disaster zone Friday along a stretch of some of Australia's most popular beaches after tons of fuel oil that leaked from a cargo ship blackened the creamy white sand for miles. The government of Queensland state denied it had acted too slowly to stop an environmental disaster and threatened the shipping company with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit...
Panthers hope first playoffs venture ends in Columbia (03/14/09)
The good news for the Meadow Heights girls basketball team heading into today's Class 2 state quarterfinal game is that there won't be any wondering what the state playoffs are like. The Panthers got that out of their system Wednesday night in Park Hills with a sectional win against Bismarck...
Braves seek a return to final four (03/14/09)
Senior Desmin Williams' eye lit up briefly when he heard Jefferson lost its Class 1 sectional Tuesday. But Williams quickly caught himself and dismissed Jefferson's loss. "You win some, you lose some," Williams said. "We just have to come back and play our game. We can't worry about the game that Jefferson lost. We have better competition now because they proved they beat Jefferson. Now we have to bring our game and play better offense and play better defense."...
Delta girls look for spot in semis (03/14/09)
The Delta girls basketball team has had so much success in recent years, members of the team should be household names. In Delta, at least. But when point guard Taylor Smith scored her team's first points in the Class 1 sectional against Tuscumbia on Tuesday night, the announcer's call of her name brought an interesting reaction out of a young fan from another school...
Southeast gymnasts close home schedule today vs. Air Force (03/14/09)
The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team will close out its home schedule by celebrating senior night. There will be plenty to celebrate in today's 7 p.m. dual against Air Force at Houck Field House. Southeast's three seniors -- Sandra Blake, Starlyn Schwartz and Jennifer Dinan, who will be recognized after the meet -- were on the ground floor of the Redhawks' resurgence...
Parmley makes his first HR a game-winner (03/14/09)
Kenton Parmley picked a perfect time for his first collegiate home run. Parmley, a freshman shortstop, belted a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday to lift host Southeast Missouri State past Northern Illinois 8-6. "That's the way to get my first home run I guess," Parmley said...
Rams release Holt (03/14/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Torry Holt on Friday, parting ways with one of the last remaining holdovers from their "Greatest Show on Turf" glory days. The move came three days after the Rams released offensive tackle Orlando Pace, another mainstay from the era when the Rams won their only Super Bowl and lost another on the game's final play. Both Holt and Pace are seven-time Pro Bowl selections...
Religion calendar 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
music Gospel singing The bluegrass gospel group Just in Tyme sings at Grace United Methodist Church. When: 8 and 9 a.m., Sunday Where: 521 Caruthers Ave., Cape Girardeau Concert The Reflections present a gospel concert at First General Baptist Church...
Area churches holding free concerts (03/14/09)
Rock isn't the only genre that stops in Cape Girardeau. Three concerts in two weeks feature gospel artists to appeal to the light in life. The sold-out Heart of America Concert featuring Cody Schuler and Pine Mountain Railroad with The Southern Brothers will be Friday at La Croix Auditorium in La Croix United Methodist Church, and Bobby Bowen will perform a gospel sing the following weekend at 7 p.m. ...
Reflections: Determining what is beautiful (03/14/09)
The objects were black and white -- and old, yet beautiful. As I looked at the pictures I saw character and history. My daughter had photographed the scenes with a regular camera. The images lacked color and excitement but they contain far more. What caused the three angles, an old dilapidated barn and an aged car parked in a field to catch my eye and stir my imagination?...
In the wake of the Maryville tragedy, we ask ourselves: 'What now?' (03/14/09)
While many of us were either in a worship service or preparing to go to one, tragedy was occurring. As I write this column many of the details and motives of the tragedy brought upon First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., are still are being sorted out...
D.A.: Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend was 'enabler' (03/14/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer-turned-boyfriend was the principal enabler in a conspiracy with two doctors to provide the "known addict" thousands of prescription pills in the months before she died of an overdose, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday...
Canadian economy sheds 83,000 jobs in February (03/14/09)
TORONTO -- Canada lost a worse-than-expected 83,000 jobs in February as the unemployment rate surged a half point to the highest level in more than five years. The jobless rate now stands at 7.7 percent, almost a full two points higher than where it was a year ago...
Administration points to 'encouraging signs' in economy (03/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- Turning more upbeat, President Obama said Friday his administration is working to create a "post-bubble" model for solid economic growth once the recession ends. He said that means the days of overheated housing markets and "people maxing out on their credit cards" are over...
Bankruptcy an option for Six Flags (03/14/09)
NEW YORK -- Shares of Six Flags Inc. touched a new all-time low Friday after the theme park operator said it could not meet a looming financing obligation and may have to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As the shares dropped, Moody's Investors Service cut the company's corporate family rating and probability-of-default rating by two notches to "Ca" -- the second lowest -- saying an out-of-court restructuring or a bankruptcy filing "is likely in the near term."...
Trade deficit falls to $36 billion in January, lowest in six years (03/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit plunged in January to the lowest level in six years. While U.S. exports -- from farm goods to autos to civilian aircraft -- fell sharply, imports fell at an even faster clip as a deepening recession cut demand for goods from abroad...
Renelda Mattingly (03/14/09)
Renelda Mattingly PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Renelda Mattingly, 88, of DeSoto, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born June 3, 1920, in St. Louis, daughter of Alvin and Stella LaBruyere Franklin. She and John L Mattingly were married May 4, 1946, in Festus, Mo. He died Nov. 12, 1997...
Douglas Hiett (03/14/09)
Douglas Hiett ADVANCE, Mo. -- Douglas G. Hiett, 76, of Advance passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 22, 1932, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Dan and Ruth Montgomery Hiett. Doug retired after 40 years as a welder with Cotton Belt Railroad. He was a kind and good-hearted man...
Dr. John McAllister (03/14/09)
Dr. John McAllister Dr. John G. McAllister, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 13, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Miracle (03/14/09)
Kenneth Miracle Kenneth W. Miracle, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 13, 2009, at his home. He was born May 15, 1943, in Middlesboro, Ky., son of Clifford Benjamin and Alta Campbell Miracle. He and Susan Jan Sparks were married July 2, 1982, in Cool Valley, Mo...
June Stokes (03/14/09)
June Stokes ANNA, Ill. -- June Stokes, 70, of Anna died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Union County Hospital. She was born Oct. 16, 1938, in Anna, daughter of Howard and Florence Karraker Henderson. She and William Logan Stokes were married March 30, 1957, in Anna...
Wayne Stehlin (03/14/09)
Wayne Stehlin Wayne "Skip" Stehlin, of Advance, Mo., died Friday, March 13, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance.
Gary Bess (03/14/09)
Gary Bess ADVANCE, Mo. -- Gary L. Bess, 73, of Advance passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Bollinger County, son of Wilburn and Magdeline Dunning Bess. Gary was a retired heavy equipment operator. Caterpillar Tractor Co. had 12 demonstrator operators, and he fulfilled his dream by being one of them. He has been a member of Local 513 more than 50 years. He was of the Baptist belief...
Births 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
Bening Daughter to Erika Jo Bening and Wesley Ray Derrick of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. Name, Raylee Jo. Weight, 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Ms. Bening is the daughter of John and Tammy Bening of Jackson. Derrick is the son of Jeff and Michele Derrick of Jackson...
Police report 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Shannon M. Adams, 29, 611 Henderson Ave, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for seat-belt violation and revoked operator's license...
Fire report 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 8:45 p.m., emergency medical service in the 900 block of William Street. n At 8:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Sheridan Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
25 years ago: March 14, 1984 A Union Pacific steam locomotive chugged into the Scott City depot yesterday, making a brief stop there to the delight of railroad buffs and area residents; the train left Cheyenne, Wyo., last Friday for a weeklong journey to New Orleans, where it will be on display at the World's Fair...
Emerson drug plans have merit (03/14/09)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau is continuing her efforts to make prescription drugs more affordable for the millions of Americans who rely on medications to preserve their health and make living easier. She is pushing on two fronts, both of which deserve wide support from elected officials in Congress...
Liberals abhor free society (03/14/09)
America has insurmountable problems under this administration and leaders in both houses of Congress. Freedom as we've known it is coming to an end. A free society has no value to liberal Democratic intellectuals. A truly free society does not provide the liberal intellectual the superior status he/she so desperately craves in order to sustain his/her confidence in his/her superior status. ...
Speak Out 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
Untimely story HAILEY Dacus was a sweet girl. She was a member of my family. The fact that this story was put in the newspaper before the family knew about the charges is ridiculous. Don't you think the family is in enough pain? No one ever considers that. All those who are criticizing Victoria Dacus need to grow up. You have no right to discuss her life, and you have no right to point the finger. I agree that charges should be filed, but wait until the family knows about these charges...
Prayer 3/14/09 (03/14/09)
You test us with your love, O God, and measure our compassion. Amen.
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