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Crews making progress on new Delta Elementary School (05/30/09)
A layer of gravel and pipes jutting out of the ground marks the progress at the construction site of Delta School District's new elementary school. A wet spring delayed the project, but school officials said they hope to make advancements during the summer...
Perry County roadwork planned this week (05/30/09)
Roadwork in Perry County will reduce Highway 51 to one lane and close a bridge on Route N this week, according to news releases from the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT crews will repair shoulders between County Road 510 and Main Street in Perryville, reducing the road to one lane Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. ...
Two projects to reduce lanes on William Street next week (05/30/09)
Two sections of William Street in Cape Girardeau will be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair pavement and install a traffic signal. The section of William Street from Silver Springs Road to Kingshighway will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. ...
Film shown today reveals biases against hearing-impaired people (05/30/09)
In an effort to bridge the gap between those who can and cannot hear, the film "Audism -- Unveiled" will be shown at 1 p.m. today at the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, 1913 Rusmar St. First coined in 1975 by Tom Humphries, audism is defined as "the notion that one is superior based on one's ability to hear or to behave in the manner of one who hears." Audism is judging people on their ability to hear...
Section of West End Boulevard closed starting Monday (05/30/09)
West End Boulevard will be closed between Highway 74 and Linden Street starting Monday. City crews will replace a deteriorating metal culvert that crosses the street near Shawnee Park. Construction is expected to last three days.
Humane Society investigates report of animal neglect in Kennett (05/30/09)
Conference helps high-risk men build relationships with their children (05/30/09)
Twelve young men from a five-county region of Southeast Missouri connected with top professionals on family involvement issues, community leaders, legislators, health professionals and social service agencies Friday during the "Fatherhood First" conference. The conference, held at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, was sponsored by the Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium Inc...
Man in his 70s infected with Cape Girardeau County's first confirmed swine flu case (05/30/09)
The first confirmed case of the swine flu -- also called H1N1 -- in Cape Girardeau County was found in a man in his 70s. According Charlotte Craig, a registered nurse and executive director of Cape Girardeau County Health Center, the man is hospitalized. She said no more details about his condition will be released at this time ...
Flu and what to do (05/30/09)
Most influenza infections cause aches, stuffy noses, sore throats, upper respiratory infections, coughing, chills and fatigue. About half the people who contract the swine flu will also feel nauseated and may have diarrhea, according to Charlotte Craig, registered nurse and executive director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center...
Mo. gov. signs bill allowing tractor parades (05/30/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sitting beside an antique John Deere tractor on the Missouri Capitol's south lawn, Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday that allows tractor parades on state roads. Nixon held the signing ceremony just a few hours after the formal end of the 2009 legislative session, when lawmakers gave his office the bills approved by the House and Senate before they adjourned May 15...
Okla. druggist's killing of holdup man stirs debate (05/30/09)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Confronted by two holdup men, pharmacist Jerome Ersland pulled a gun, shot one of them in the head and chased the other away. Then, in a scene recorded by the drugstore's security camera, he went behind the counter, got another gun, and pumped five more bullets into the wounded teenager as he lay on the floor...
Montana town offering to take Gitmo prisoners (05/30/09)
HARDIN, Mont. -- On Capitol Hill, politicians are dead-set against transferring some of the world's most feared terrorists from Guantanamo to prisons on U.S. soil. But at city hall in this impoverished town on the Northern Plains, the attitude is: Bring 'em on...
Quadruple amputee gets rare second chance to sue docs (05/30/09)
DAVIE, Fla. -- When the sharp pain shooting through Lisa Strong's back got worse, she thought it was another kidney stone and expected the discomfort to pass. This time was different. Through a series of mistakes, miscommunications and misdiagnoses, she wound up having her arms and legs amputated. She sued the doctors, who essentially blamed one another for what everyone involved agrees were profound errors...
Quick-thinking pizza man leads Tennessee police to rape victim (05/30/09)
GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- Chris Turner normally wouldn't drive 30 miles into the remote Tennessee mountains just to deliver a pizza. The one time he did, he came upon a scene that drained the color from his face and made him "numb from head to toe" -- a woman with her hands tied, silently begging him to call 911...
Music producer Phil Spector gets 19 years to life for 2003 killing (05/30/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Phil Spector was sentenced Friday to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in the music producer's home six years ago. Spector, 69, looked straight forward and showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ordered a term of 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus four years for personal use of a gun...
GM to build compact cars; UAW OKs contract (05/30/09)
DETROIT -- The reformation of General Motors Corp. is in high gear. The automaker said Friday that it plans to reopen a closed U.S. factory to build subcompact cars that will be the smallest vehicles GM has ever produced here. An element of the company's shift from sport utility vehicles to more efficient small cars, the move comes as GM prepares to announce the fate of the poster child for gas guzzlers, the Hummer brand...
Wall Street gains for 3rd straight month (05/30/09)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sealed the third month of its spring rally with a huge advance. The fourth month looks a little less certain. Stocks shot higher right before the closing bell Friday after fluctuating on a mix of economic data. Analysts said the surge was the work of short-sellers who had bet that stocks would fall and then had to rush to buy when those bets turned out to be wrong...
India to give 'Slumdog' child stars new homes (05/30/09)
MUMBAI, India -- The government will give the two impoverished child stars of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire" new homes, the state's top official said Friday, creating the possibility that the homeless children will soon own not one but two new apartments...
Big Ben to ring in its 150th anniversary (05/30/09)
LONDON -- Defiantly low-tech yet accurate to the second, Big Ben is having its 150th birthday Sunday, its Victorian chimes carrying the sound of Britain into the 21st century. It's a birthday the world can share in. The peals of London's favorite clock are carried globally by BBC radio, and its 315-foot tower, roughly 16 stories, is the city's most famous landmark...
U.S. : North Korea may launch new missiles (05/30/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Friday vowed to retaliate if punitive U.N. sanctions are imposed for its latest nuclear test, and U.S. officials said there are new signs Pyongyang may be planning more long-range missile launches. With tensions rising, the communist nation punctuated its barrage of rhetoric with yet another short-range missile launch -- the sixth this week...
MERCY -- Notre Dame needs five innings to reach final four (05/30/09)
Notre Dame hurler Colton Young has experienced some pain in his throwing arm ever since earning the victory in the district championship game against Kennett on May 20. Young received electric muscle stimulation, rested for a full two days and took some medicine to prepare for his quarterfinal start Friday against hot hitting Lutheran South, which entered with a 17-game winning streak and its top four batters hitting .390 or better...
Notre Dame's offense delivers early, often (05/30/09)
All cylinders were clicking for the Notre Dame offense during Friday's Class 3 state quarterfinal game against Lutheran South. The Bulldogs' bats finally came alive after being somewhat dormant against Potosi on Tuesday. They scored 11 runs on 10 hits and easily picked up the 11-1 victory to advance to the Class 3 final four. The game was called after the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule...
Rushin captures state title (05/30/09)
Jackson's Jill Rushin left little room for improvement after a stellar performance at the Class 4 state track and field meet last season. But the junior captured the state title in the discus Friday with a throw of 146 feet, 6 inches. Her championship throw was three feet better than the second-place finisher...
Groves tops in hammer throw (05/30/09)
Scott City graduate Loren Groves didn't let a shoulder injury stand in her way at Friday's NCAA Midwest Regional track and field meet in Norman, Okla. Groves, a senior at Kansas State, won the hammer throw by almost 8 feet, finishing with a throw of 202 feet, 6 inches...
Cain, Giants slow down Cardinals (05/30/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain shook his head and smiled when talking about Pablo Sandoval's return to the lineup Friday night. "He just wakes up and hits," Cain said. "I don't understand how he does it, but he does it." Sandoval drove in a pair of runs, Cain pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2...
High-altitude ministry: Couple climbs mountains to raise funds for Young Life (05/30/09)
John Kinder said he gets a lot of strange looks at the gym. It's mostly when he's on the stair machine with a backpack loaded with 40 pounds of barbells strapped to his back. But Kinder is training for a higher mission -- and a higher power. During the first two weeks of June, Kinder, along with his wife Stacy, are climbing Mount Hood in Northern Oregon and Mount Rainier in Southern Washington in an effort to raise money for Young Life, a national Christian ministry for junior high and high school students, which has served Cape Girardeau for more than 25 years.. ...
Religion calendar 5-30 (05/30/09)
In the Park Pentecost Sunday Celebration Worship with new friends in the sunshine. When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Jackson City Park band shell Fifth Sunday Musical Fun Night The public is invited to bring a picnic lunch and listen to music on the lawn of Grace United Methodist Church...
'Let them mark off the seasons, days, and years' (05/30/09)
By the time this column hits the paper, school -- at least for my children -- will be out. Children throughout the streets will be singing "No more homework, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks." Don't be too harsh on them, though. ...
Belief, superstition and faith (05/30/09)
It's a lesson that mothers teach children. It's a decidedly minor tutorial, mentioned only in passing accompanied generally with a resolutely stern face. The lesson is this: If you have a loose thread on your coat, trousers, skirt, blouse or shirt, don't pull on it! Ignore it or cut it off, but never pull it. Pull on it and you could end up with a pile of unraveled thread at your feet (or a reasonable facsimile)...
Susan Boyle faces final showdown Saturday on 'Britain's Got Talent' (05/30/09)
LONDON -- Can she do it? Or will she crack? It's testing time for Susan Boyle, the Cinderella-like Scottish church volunteer who may or may not be a world-class singer. She goes on stage tonight in the finals of "Britain's Got Talent," even as tabloid newspapers call her a foul-mouthed lout and some critics suggest she isn't all that great at the microphone...
Betty Jo Dunning (05/30/09)
Betty Jo Gilder Dunning, 79, of Delta died Friday, May 29, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Eric Hodge officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo...
Opal Gould (05/30/09)
NEVADA, Mo. -- Opal Margaret Akin Gould, 94, of Martinsburg, W.V., formerly of Nevada, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at her residence. Visitation was held Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Funeral will be today at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, with burial in Moore Cemetery in Nevada...
Bettie Mehrle (05/30/09)
Bettie L. Mehrle, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 29, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Sean Maguire (05/30/09)
Sean Michael Maguire, 27, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2009. He was born May 27, 1982, in Kansas City, Mo., son of Michael H. and Sheila Hoss Maguire. Sean was an avid dog lover. All his life, he had a special passion for the well-being of all canines; and over the years, he and his family rescued several "pound hounds."...
Delphine Gosche (05/30/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Delphine Josephine Gosche, 85, of Chaffee died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born in Kelso, Mo., on Feb. 21, 1924, to the late Bernard and Hermina Catherine LeGrand Glueck. She and John L. Gosche were married Oct. 23, 1951. He died June 1, 1994...
Jesse Yow (05/30/09)
Jesse Lewis Yow gained heaven May 28, 2009, after an illness of more than five years. He was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Marquand, Mo., the son of Nathan Calvin and Mabel Finley Yow. He trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, becoming a Christian at an early age. On May 16, 1951, he and Linda Joy Yount were married, and she survives...
Police report 5/30/09 (05/30/09)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Property damage; Cape Girardeau County: DWI; Arrests
Fire report 5/30/09 (05/30/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:...
Out of the past 5/30/09 (05/30/09)
25 years ago: May 30, 1984 A crowd of spectators lines up at Southeast Missouri State University to view a solar eclipse through specially set up telescopes. Mayor Howard C. Tooke, reviewing the four sites which have been offered for the multipurpose building, says two have some drawbacks; a downtown location has been suggested, but no specific cost figures have been provided for acquiring the land; the tract offered by the Cape Girardeau public school system at Bertling and Sprigg streets is likely too small for the building planned.. ...
Architect responds to city regarding bids for Shawnee Park work (05/30/09)
Mr. Ken Eftink City Manager City of Cape Girardeau 401 Independence St. Cape Girardeau, Mo. Dear Mr. Eftink, I am using this medium to communicate to the council because this is the medium the mayor chose to wrongfully slander me -- behind my back, in front of the press -- at a meeting that I was not invited to attend. I will, however, at this time address the mayor's comments...
Cemetery heritage (05/30/09)
An important piece of local history is getting long overdue attention, thanks to the efforts of volunteers who are clearing Shady Grove Cemetery near Dutchtown. The cemetery has more than 240 graves, including many members of the rural black community who lived there for generations...
Speak Out 5/30/09 (05/30/09)
Still fighting; Helping the homeless; Good track record; Smooth street; Sad eviction; Living on the street; Thanks for flags; Not a good place; Avoiding downtown; Key role
Prayer 5/30/09 (05/30/09)
For judges and all who uphold our nation's laws, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
daddy daughter day (05/30/09)
Out having fun with dad
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