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Stories from Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Briggs & Stratton to lay off 114 at Poplar Bluff plant (04/01/09)
National Weather Service trains spotters in Jackson (04/01/09)
Until Tuesday night, Linda Doerge of Patton, Mo., was sure she'd experienced a tornado while living in Cape Girardeau during the 1980s. After attending a National Weather Service class on spotting hazardous weather, she knows how to tell the difference between tornadoes and the straight-line winds she experienced...
Cape Girardeau City Manager search draws 56 applicants (04/01/09)
Advertisements for a new Cape Girardeau city manager drew 56 applications from 23 states, the councilman who is leading the search effort said today. Councilman John Voss, chairman of a three-member council committee in charge of the search, said he is pleased with the response...
Scott County deputies bust meth lab; one arrested (04/01/09)
Meth lab bust in Scott County
Title: Brand yourself for what you want to do (04/01/09)
Content: The Problem: Claudia came to me with a one-page résumé void of any explanation of what she did in each of her roles. Her résumé was simply a listing of education, professional experience, and industry involvement. ...
Cape Girardeau man's dogfighting trial postponed (04/01/09)
Steele police chief charged with distributing Xanax, hydrocodone (04/01/09)
Steele, Mo., police chief Michael "Strawberry" Tomlinson Sr., was arrested and brought before a federal judge Tuesday on prescription drug charges following a lengthy narcotics investigation. The federal complaint alleges that Tomlinson, 43, possessed both hydrocodone and Xanax pills March 5 and March 9 and distributed them March 13...
Southeast faculty recital set for Thursday canceled (04/01/09)
The faculty recital featuring tenor Chris Goeke on Thursday has been canceled. Goeke, voice instructor and chairman in the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, was scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Shuck Recital Hall, but had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts...
Deadline nearing for municipal election candidates to fill out questionnaires (04/01/09)
Tuesday is municipal election day across Missouri, and the Southeast Missourian will be offering voters a new feature coming Thursday with the web publication of candidate questionnaires designed to give greater coverage to the smaller towns and special purpose districts in the area...
Two arrested on drug charges in undercover investigation in Oran (04/01/09)
Southeast Missourian ORAN, Mo. -- An undercover narcotics investigation led to the arrest of two people in Oran, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. Donald L. White, 38, of Oran, was charged Monday with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $50,000 cash...
'Tea party' protesters to gather at Capaha Park on April 15 (04/01/09)
Discontent with the federal government's role in business and other aspects of life will bring a group of "Tea Party" protesters to Capaha Park on April 15. Tom Young of Jackson, who is organizing the event, said that while the action is inspired by similar protests elsewhere, he is not affiliating the local protest with any national organization or political party. Anyone with grievances can come to the park and air them, he said...
Three Scott County reserve deputies retiring (04/01/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. --Three Scott County reserve deputies retire this week. Together the men's time as deputies adds up to nearly 100 years of voluntary service to local law enforcement, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said. Don Shelton, Elbert Hubbard and Ed Boyd, each of Sikeston, Mo., started their reserve work for the Scott County Sheriff's Department in 1977. ...
MoDOT announces road closures, lane reductions (04/01/09)
Route U closed for pipe replacement Route U in southwest Cape Girardeau County will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today for pipe replacement, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The closure will be from Route A near Whitewater to Route RA near Crump. MoDOT crews will perform the work...
Five candidates file for seat on hospital board in Perry County (04/01/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Five people have filed to run for one open position on the Perry County Memorial Hospital board. Incumbent Beth Guth has filed to retain her seat for her third five-year term. She works for the Bank of Missouri as a human resources director. Her challengers include Jo Jo Stuart, Ali Dibooglu, Larry J. Thieret and Direk L. Hunt. Thieret is also running for school board. All the candidates list Perryville addresses...
Rollover Crash near Jackson leaves one injured (04/01/09)
A 42-year-old Jackson man was transported to an area hospital in serious condition after a Jeep rollover accident that occurred just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. The wreck occurred on US Highway 61 about nine miles north of Jackson, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Missouri House endorses changes to fee office contracts (04/01/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House endorsed legislation Tuesday that gives charities, school districts, local governments and veterans organizations first crack at contracts to run driver's license offices. Missouri has 183 local fee offices where residents renew driver's licenses and motor vehicle registrations. The offices add a fee to each transaction, which can make them profitable, particularly in high-traffic urban and suburban areas...
Mo. mom accused of giving alcohol to young teens (04/01/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A mother and another woman face felony child-endangerment charges after a 14-year-old's birthday party ended with two young teens being taken to a hospital. Karen Christine Downs, 43, of Kansas City, and Kelsee Guest, 25, are accused of providing liquor and beer to six 13- and 14-year-olds at a February birthday party for Downs' daughter. Two girls, one 13 and the other 14, passed out and were later taken to a hospital, according to court documents...
FBI probes Mo. legislative deals (04/01/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about alleged quid pro quo arrangements linking prestigious committee posts to campaign contributions, legislative sources said Tuesday. Two lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said they specifically were asked about House Minority Leader Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence...
N.Y. House race too close to call; Democrat holds tiny lead (04/01/09)
Democrat holds tiny lead in N.Y. House race After a short campaign, the two candidates in a New York congressional special election that focused on President Obama's popularity and his economic policy were separated by 65 votes Tuesday, meaning the race will be decided by absentee ballots. ...
Ohio man charged with drunken driving on bar stool (04/01/09)
Man charged with bar stool drunken driving NEWARK, Ohio -- Authorities in Ohio say a man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool. Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, say when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower. ...
House Democrats unveil pollution reduction plan (04/01/09)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday proposed cutting greenhouse gases by one-fifth over the next decade, a faster clip than requested by President Obama. Their plan, seen as the first step toward Congress enacting climate legislation this year, was crafted to attract broader support among centrist Democrats. It includes measures to spur energy efficiency and support technology to capture carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, from coal burning power plants...
Beijing rejects China spy ring report as 'lies' (04/01/09)
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday denied a research report's contention that a China-based computer spy ring stole sensitive information from thousands of hard drives worldwide, calling the accusation a lie meant to feed anxiety over Beijing's growing influence...
Tigers cut down Indians 2-1 (04/01/09)
Central junior Erik Allen talked with his teammates about the potential of Tuesday's baseball game being suspended because of darkness, and decided to do something about it. With the sun sinking lower in the sky and the shadows growing longer, Allen stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. Both Central and Jackson had struggled to score all game, and there wouldn't be many more chances before the game was suspended...
Crowden blast sparks Kelly to 7-4 win against Bluff (04/01/09)
Dustin Crowden broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field, and Ethan Lee added a three-run blast in the fifth as Kelly downed Poplar Bluff 7-4 on Tuesday. Ryan Essner threw a complete-game six-hitter for the win, striking out four and walking two...
Jackson rolls to 7-1 win vs. Central (04/01/09)
Jackson freshman Erin Eakens made scoring look easy after she received a pass and split the Central defense, leading to a breakaway goal during the first half Tuesday. The Indians' offense looked sharp — scoring on three breakaways in the first half alone — while cruising to a 7-1 road victory over rival Central...
Duncan hits third HR of spring (04/01/09)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hayden Penn needed a solid outing Tuesday to avoid losing ground in the race to win a spot in the back end of the Baltimore Orioles' rotation. Instead, he was soon out of the game. Out of a spot, too. Penn gave up six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, including a three-run homer by Chris Duncan, and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Orioles 7-3...
MLB Sheffield released one HR short of 500 (04/01/09)
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Gary Sheffield's next home run will be his 500th in the major leagues. The question is: What uniform will he be wearing when he hits it? The Detroit Tigers released the nine-time All-Star on Tuesday, leaving him without a team as he closes in on becoming the 25th player to reach the milestone. The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, however, quickly called the slugger to see if there was a fit...
Stadium dogs without the stadium prices (04/01/09)
Whoever first called the hot dog a "poor man's steak" probably hadn't had the $7 chili cheese dog at a Mets game. But in truth, the humble frankfurter can make an inexpensive and fun meal. A great hot dog relies as much on the toppings as it does the dog itself. And while the traditional standbys of ketchup, mustard and relish have their place, there are plenty of more flavorful and creative options...
Dr. Grow: Preparing the soil so plants thrive instead of survive (04/01/09)
In my last column I discussed the steps needed to establish a new vegetable garden in an area that has not been used before. The activities included mixing organic matter, gypsum and possibly lime or sulfur into the soil to create the proper soil structure and pH...
Recipe Swap: Munchies to go with March madness (04/01/09)
My household is absolutely consumed with the NCAA basketball tournament. My husband and son check their brackets after every game and tease each other about wins and losses. My husband, Scott, is also celebrating his birthday right in the middle of all of this madness. The good Lord must have planned it this way, that he would celebrate his birthday during his favorite time of the year. So today you can enjoy all snack food and finger food recipes in honor of basketball games galore...
Disney does 3-D with 'Toy Story,' 'Beast' reissues (04/01/09)
LAS VEGAS — Walt Disney is going 3-D on a lot of future films — and some from its past. The studio announced Tuesday that 3-D versions of the computer-animated tales "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" will be released Oct. 2 for a two-week run as a double feature. Disney also is preparing a 3-D version of its hand-drawn animated musical "Beauty and the Beast" for release Feb. 12, 2010...
Jimi Hendrix childhood home in Washington dismantled (04/01/09)
RENTON, Wash. -- The childhood home where rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix is said to have first discovered music has been dismantled after eight years of preservation efforts failed. Barely a shell of the 900-square-foot house originally in Seattle's Central Area neighborhood remains on a lot across the street from where Hendrix was buried. Owner Pete Sikov told the Seattle Times for a story Tuesday that parts have been saved and may be sold later...
Consumer confidence holds steady (04/01/09)
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence stabilized in March after falling to an all-time low in February. But economists caution that shoppers are still gloomy and any improvement in sentiment is fragile. "There is a sense that consumers are now familiar [with] how bad things are," said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group. "They have read the papers. They recognize that the job market is awful."...
Quarter defined by historic whiplash (04/01/09)
NEW YORK -- The first quarter on Wall Street was so extreme it included a bear market and a bull market all its own -- moves that sometimes take years or more. Now investors head for spring still unsure which side is in control. From the second week of the year to early March, the Dow Jones industrial average lost more than a quarter of its value, plunging from just above 9,000 to below 6,550. Retirement accounts were suddenly worth half what they were in 2007...
Judy Latham (04/01/09)
Judy Latham, 51, of Farmington, Mo., died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at her home. She was born June 15, 1957, in Farmington, daughter of Truman and Amylee Killian Huffman. She and Jeff Latham were married March 24, 2009, in Farmington. Latham was a trainer in the medical billing department for Centene Corp. in Farmington. She was a member of Open Door Tabernacle Church in Fredericktown, Mo...
Paul Page (04/01/09)
Paul Page ANNA, Ill. -- Paul C. Page, 63, of Anna died Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 1, 1945, in Anna, son of William C. and June D. Dillow Page. He and Shirley Lynn Cady were married March 21, 1984, in Holly Hill, Fla. Page was a member of Mount Moriah Lutheran Church and lifetime member of Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455...
Rosie Betts (04/01/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. — Rosie P. Betts, 72, of Charleston died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at her home. She was born March 17, 1937, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Otis and Georgia Viola Fulton McAllister. She married Jimmy Betts. Survivors include her husband; five sons, Donald Betts of Pennsylvania, James Betts of Charleston, Dale Betts of Noblesville, Ind., Sherman and Bruce Betts of Cape Girardeau; six daughters, Flora Clemons of Cape Girardeau, Marilyn Brown of Merriam, Kan., Prisus Betts and Mary Bates of Logansport, Ind., Dinita Grady of Walton, Ind., Gloria Hayes of Germantown, Md.; a brother, James McAllister of Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Edith Crawford of St. ...
Rosellen Di Napoli (04/01/09)
Rosellen Di Napoli, 90, of Jackson died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time today at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating...
Betty Kluesner (04/01/09)
Betty Kluesner, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Dorris (04/01/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Margaret Nora Dorris, 63, died peacefully Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at home in Sikeston following a long and arduous battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 23, 1945, in Arcadia, Mo., to Robert Lee Lotz and Julia Alice Lotz. She was married to Glynn J. Dorris on July 15, 1961, and is the mother of Glenda K. Rodriquez of Temple, Texas, Jackie L. Gould of Cape Girardeau and William G. Dorris of East Prairie, Mo...
Mary Clare (04/01/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mary Elizabeth McElyea Clare, 90, of Kansas City, formerly of Oran, Mo., passed away Monday, March 30, 2009, at Windsor Estates in Camdenton, Mo. She was born July 23, 1918, in Piggott, Ark., daughter of Aaron and Bertha Williams Hollingsworth...
Loren Eddleman (04/01/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Loren Eddleman, 81, of Anna died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Life Care Hospital of Plano in Plano, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Births 4/1/09 (04/01/09)
Kluesner Son to Gary Wayne and Deidre Dawn Kluesner of New Hamburg, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Name, Colton Wayne. Weight, 6 pounds, 5 ounces. First child. Mrs. Kluesner is the former Deidre Friese, daughter of Jerry and Debby Friese of Scott City. She is employed at Regional Primary Care. Kluesner is the son of Gary and Sue Kluesner of New Hamburg. He is employed at Imperial Paint and Drywall...
Police report 4/1/09 (04/01/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrest do not imply guilt. DWI n Stephen R. Johnson, 26, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation for driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 04/01/09 (04/01/09)
25 years ago: April 1, 1984 The congregation of First Assembly of God Church, 750 Mount Auburn Road, celebrates the dedication of its new educational building; the Rev. George W. Westlake Jr., senior pastor of the Sheffield Assembly of God of Kansas City, Mo., and former pastor of First Assembly here, is the special guest speaker...
Correction 4/1/09 (04/01/09)
Tueday's story on managing asthma should have explained that some asthmatics use powdered corticosteroid-based medicine daily, with a device called an inhaler. This medicine reduces inflammation and irritability of the air passages and lungs. A bronchodilator is emergency medicine and works to relax the muscles that are squeezing the airways shut...
Drug testing for welfare recipients? (04/01/09)
The idea of random drug testing for welfare recipients is nothing new. Discussions along these lines have played in the background for quite some time. But now at least eight states -- including Missouri -- are considering measures that would tie food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to random drug testing...
Local survey shows views on climate change (04/01/09)
By Adam Gohn There are a number of issues upon which intelligent people can disagree. For centuries, intellectuals have debated such issues as the existence of God, the origin of the universe and the meaning of life. In such cases, opposing viewpoints may be intelligible and rest largely on what the individual assumes to be factual evidence for their respective position...
One size won't fit all government (04/01/09)
The number of government units in Missouri ranks the state high in the nation. There are 3,723 government entities around the Show Me State, the eighth-largest number of all states. And Missouri has one government unit for every 1,579 residents, the 12th highest in the nation...
Speak Out 4/1/09 (04/01/09)
Waiting for progress IN April 2008 Cape Girardeau voters approved the parks and recreation tax. Two main interests I have in that tax are the lengthening of the Osage Trail and the water park. I have seen progress on neither. Were these projects not supposed to have been started by now? Can someone point me to where I might find an update or more information on a timeline for these things or an explanation on why they are not being started?...
Prayer 4/1/09 (04/01/09)
Protect us, O God, from fools and all others who would lead us astray. Amen.
Champion Cape Central diver demonstrates skills (04/01/09)
When it comes to diving, there's no better high school athlete in the area than Cape Central senior Tara Volkerding. Volkerding placed first in the final competition of her high school career this winter at the Show Me Conference at Perry Park Center. ...
SEMO Food Bank hired new Operations Director (04/01/09)
Executive Director Karen Green is pleased to announce the addition of Kit Brewer to the staff of Southeast Missouri Food Bank, which has served Southeast Missouri since 1985, bringing together available food resources to assist those living in poverty...
Pelican Spring Break Party (04/01/09)
A very rare sight to see!! Pelicans seemed to be taking a spring break on a lake in Southern Illinois.
Humane Society's Featured Pet (04/01/09)
Zeus & Zack are 8 week-old Beagle/Australian Shepherd mix puppies. There are six puppies in this litter! They are available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Blue Heron (04/01/09)
Pelicans in Flight (04/01/09)
Pelican Spring Break Party (04/01/09)
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