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Stories from Friday, October 9, 2009

Expansion of Cape sports program to seventh grade providing motivational boost (10/09/09)
After an enthusiastic introduction from junior high school athletic director Terry Kitchen, two seventh-grade football players approached the podium at a recent Cape Girardeau School Board meeting. At the same podium where parents dispute school policies, staff members defend positions and administrators recognize student achievements, the young athletes thanked the board for approving a plan in January to expand competitive sports to seventh grade...
Scott County considers changing size, shape of county road signs (10/09/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County motorists will soon see a change in some road signs. During Thursday's commission meeting, Joel Evans, county developer and emergency management manager, updated officials on information he's found since he brought up the notion of using larger, easier-to-read signs a few weeks ago. He suggested using hexagon-shaped signs, like older versions...
Southeast Missouri State University regents agree to demolition of Washington School (10/09/09)
The maple and oak trees will stay but the building that was once Washington School must come down, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents decided Thursday morning.
Areas of Southeast Missouri receive between two and five inches of rain (10/09/09)
Storms and showers have dumped anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rain across Southeast Missouri since Thursday morning, according to measurements taken by National Weather Service cooperative observers and radar rainfall estimates. The hardest rainfall in Southeast Missouri fell in Bollinger, northern Cape Girardeau and Perry counties, said National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Wielgos...
Cape Girardeau County burglar says he's 'haunted' by last crime (10/09/09)
When Mark P. Lowery thinks about the 157 burglaries he says he's committed in Cape Girardeau County, one haunts him above all the rest. The burglary of a Jackson residence April 10 was not just the crime that eventually led to Lowery's capture; it was also the only time in Lowery's lengthy criminal career he'd had a confrontation with a homeowner while burglarizing a house...
Fire ants found near Kennett (10/09/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The red imported fire ant, an aggressive stinging and biting nuisance that can also cause economic hardship, has made its way into Missouri. A colony of the ants was discovered late last month in the yard of a home on the edge of the Southeast Missouri town of Kennett. ...
Parking restricted during Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade (10/09/09)
Parking near Southeast Missouri State University will be restricted during Saturday's homecoming parade, according to a news released from the Cape Girardeau Police Department. From 2 a.m. until immediately after the parade, parking will be prohibited on Broadway from North West End Boulevard to Main Street, Main Street from Park Drive to William Street, and on North West End Boulevard from Broadway to Parkview Drive, the east side of Perry Avenue form Broadway to Parkview Drive, both sides of Bellevue Street in front of Houck Stadium, and on both sides of Houck Place. ...
Mother's boyfriend charged with murder in toddler death case (10/09/09)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Pemiscot County man now faces murder charges for allegedly causing the death of his girlfriend's toddler. An amended complaint was recently filed by Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Hazel, on the charges against the Pascola, Mo., man in connection with the death of the 2-year-old girl...
Task force members discuss flu response in Cape Girardeau County (10/09/09)
Minutes after receiving the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine Thursday afternoon, Dr. Ed LaValle voiced little concern about his dosage.
Representatives on listening tour explain veterans benefits (10/09/09)
Presenting services to veterans as a team effort, the Missouri Veterans Commission brought a statewide listening tour to Cape Girardeau and with it more than two dozen representatives of federal, state and private organizations dedicated to those who served in the armed forces.
Watchdog doubts goals of Obama loan relief plan (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure may not achieve its goal of helping 3 million to 4 million borrowers and may simply delay mortgage defaults for many, a government watchdog group says. The Congressional Oversight Panel, charged with making regular assessments of the $700 billion financial rescue fund enacted last year, said the Treasury Department should consider whether to improve the current $50 billion program or adopt new programs to meet an expected rise in foreclosures fed by increased unemployment.. ...
County to take postal service bids (10/09/09)
During the Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting Thursday, commissioners Jay Purcell and Paul Koeper approved the motion for the solicitation of bids on the county's postal service. Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones was absent. Commercial Mail Services had been handling most mailing services for the office of the treasurer, assessor and collector until it went out of business in August...
Author writes about growing up in Southeast Missouri (10/09/09)
Author Eugene Munger Jr. never said "I've always wanted to write a book." In fact, his new book, "Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin? Reflections on a Young Man's Life," came about by accident. The book is a collection of stories about growing up in Southeast Missouri...
Obama, Democrats court women on health overhaul (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The White House and top Democrats, intensifying their push to build support for their party's health overhaul proposals, are increasingly targeting women, a politically crucial group with strong opinions on health care that polls suggest has yet to be sold on the changes...
August trade deficit narrows unexpectedly to $30.7 billion (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in August as exports posted a small gain, while imports fell on a big drop in demand for foreign oil. The Commerce Department said today that the trade deficit declined 3.5 percent to $30.7 billion, surprising economists who had expected higher oil prices to push the imbalance to $33 billion. Oil prices did shoot up, but the volume of shipments dropped sharply in August...
Source says Obama focusing on al-Qaida, not Taliban (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is prepared to accept some Taliban involvement in Afghanistan's political future and will determine how many more U.S. troops to send to the war based only on keeping al-Qaida at bay, a senior administration official said Thursday...
Recording shows joking in control tower before midair N.Y. crash (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The air traffic controller banters and chuckles, engrossed in a teasing phone call with a giggling friend, unaware that two aircraft are on a collision course over New York's Hudson River. The recording of their conversation, which otherwise would have been forgotten workplace joshing, stands as a record of the moments before a small plane and a tour helicopter collided, killing nine people. ...
House vote extends hate crimes to cover gays (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- A House vote Thursday put Congress on the verge of significantly expanding hate crimes law to make it a federal crime to assault people because of their sexual orientation. The legislation would bring major changes to law enacted in the days after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968...
Senate Democrats reach deal on extending benefits (10/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats said Thursday they have reached a deal to extend unemployment insurance benefits to the nearly 2 million jobless workers across the country who are in danger of running out of assistance by the end of the year. The agreement would give an additional 14 weeks of benefits to jobless workers in all 50 states. Workers in states with an unemployment rate at 8.5 percent or above would receive six weeks on top of that...
Monsanto a focus of U.S. antitrust investigation (10/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Monsanto Co. says the Justice Department is investigating whether it violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered crops. The department's investigation of Monsanto is part of a previously announced inquiry into consolidation in the seed industry. It focuses on the company's licensing agreements with seed companies...
Retailers see sales begin to recover in September (10/09/09)
NEW YORK -- The nation's stores saw their first sales gain in 14 months in September, a sign of life from shoppers that fuels some hope for the holiday shopping season. A late Labor Day and delayed school openings helped boost back-to-school sales in September. And stores' figures are looking better as they are compared with last September when spending plummeted amid the ballooning financial meltdown...
Nobel literature prize goes to Romanian-born writer (10/09/09)
Just two days after a Nobel Prize official worried the literature committee was too "Eurocentric," the winner for 2009 was Herta Mueller, a Romanian-born writer once censored in her native country. It's no conspiracy, said permanent secretary Peter Englund. It's more geography...
Jackson football 0-7 for the first time ever (10/09/09)
Poplar Bluff defeated the Indians 25-6 on Friday night at Jackson.
Cape Central football's upset bid slips away in second half (10/09/09)
Key turnovers early in the second half cost the Tigers in a 41-26 loss on Friday night at Seckman.
St. Vincent's defense delivers in victory (10/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- St. Vincent's defense held stout against Grandview's spread offense in the Indians' 37-0 victory Friday. St. Vincent held the Eagles to 94 yards of offense in the win. The Indians' defense got in on the scoring, with C.J. Pavlovsky returning an interception for a score. St. Vincent also recorded a safety on a punt snap through the back of the end zone...
High school roundup: Leopold volleyball comes back in 3rd game to beat Jackson (10/09/09)
A recap of the local high school action Thursday that was reported to the Southeast Missourian.
A look at this week's high school football games (10/09/09)
Central (0-6) at Seckman (3-3) Last week: Poplar Bluff 51, Central 12; Seckman 55, Windsor 45 Last year: Central 26, Seckman 18 Outlook: Central will be looking for a repeat of last year's game when the Tigers also were 0-6 and found the win column against the Jaguars. ...
Nebraska beats Missouri 27-12 (10/09/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Zac Lee threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul, and Ndamukong Suh and Dejon Gomes intercepted passes to set up two more fourth-quarter scores in No. 21 Nebraska's 27-12 victory over No. 24 Missouri on Thursday night. Lee completed 14 of 33 passes for 158 yards and three TDs to help Nebraska ((4-1, 1-0 Big 12) overcome a 12-0 deficit in cold and rainy conditions...
Redhawks itching to snare first OVC football win (10/09/09)
Two college football teams desperate for a win will square off Saturday at Houck Stadium. Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay both are riding four-game losing streaks entering the 1 p.m. homecoming contest. The Redhawks (1-4, 0-3) and Governors (1-4, 0-2) also are seeking their initial Ohio Valley Conference victory along with their first win over a Division I-AA opponent...
Jackson to face stingy run defense (10/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson already is a marked man in the St. Louis Rams' offense. Now he gets to face a Minnesota Vikings defense that hasn't allowed a player to rush for 100 yards in 27 games. The Vikings (4-0) last gave up 100 yards Nov. 11, 2007, when Green Bay's Ryan Grant had 102. They are allowing just 89.5 yards a game this season...
Dodgers trump Cardinals' pair of aces (10/09/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Two Cy Young Award candidates, two losses for the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright held the Dodgers to a run and three hits over eight innings Thursday, only to watch the Cardinals lose 3-2 after an error by left fielder Matt Holliday led to Los Angeles' two-run rally with two outs...
Cardinals drop chance to even series at 1-1 (10/09/09)
LOS ANGELES -- A sinking line drive sailed through the chilly evening air toward Matt Holliday. All he needed to do was make the catch, and St. Louis would have a series-tying victory. Instead, the ball smacked him in the gut and dropped to the grass -- and the Cardinals never recovered...
Rockies beat shaky Hamels, tie series with Phillies (10/09/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- By the time Cole Hamels rushed off to be with his pregnant wife, his streak of postseason dominance was long over. Yorvit Torrealba hit a two-run homer, Aaron Cook pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Thursday to even their NL playoff series at a game apiece...
Thrashers beat Blues 4-2 (10/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Returning from a triumphant season-opening Sweden trip, the St. Louis Blues had a dud of a home opener. The Atlanta Thrashers had a lot to do with that. Ilya Kovalchuk made it a pair of two-goal games to open the season, scoring the go-ahead tally in the first period and adding an empty-netter in the Thrashers' 4-2 victory Thursday night. Kovalchuk scored his 300th and 301st career NHL goals and had a team-high five shots...
October moves (10/09/09)
My wife and I -- and our sons when they lived at home -- have moved more times than we like to count. But some of the moves we've made hold great memories. October historically has been moving month for the Sullivans. In October 1997 we moved into the house we currently occupy...
We are so cultured (10/09/09)
Who would've thought that in one week a person living in or around Cape Girardeau could enjoy an opera, a symphony orchestra and a Ukrainian dance company? The cultured, the curious and the classes who need extra credit can see the opening concert of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bedell Performance Hall...
Works by young Chinese art students on display in Cape Girardeau (10/09/09)
Creativity knows no bounds. Children around the world paint, draw, sketch and create works of art that are indicative of their culture and family history. During October, artwork created by children from the Guiyang Stars Children's Art School, in the Guizhou province in China, will be on display in Cape Girardeau...
Oktoberfest celebrates Cape Girardeau's German roots, benefits University Players theater group (10/09/09)
In 1870, Col. George C. Thilenius scooped the first shovel of dirt at his lot at Longview, near his full-production winery. This site was to become his home, modeled after a home his sister and her husband had built in St. Louis several years before...
Author's corner: "Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin'?" by Eugene M. Munger Jr. (10/09/09)
In his first novel, Eugene M. Munger Jr. delves into his own life and experiences growing up in Southeast Missouri. "Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin?" (Center for Regional History, $25; $17) tells Munger's life in short stories from his first day of school and early years to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia to his most recent Central High class reunion in Arena Park in 2008. ...
Opera Bites: 'Tosca' takes audience on tour of Roman locations (10/09/09)
Barb Herbert previews the latest "Met Live in HD" production.
Texas rockers Justin Ross Band bring hybrid sound to Cape Girardeau for two shows (10/09/09)
What do the members of the Justin Ross Band from Fort Worth, Texas, do when they aren't practicing or brewing their own beer? They hit the road to perform across the nation. Back in Cape Girardeau for the second time this year, the band is performing Saturday at Breakaway's with the Tone Def All-Stars and Sunday at Buckner Brewing Co. for a solo show...
Mary Jones (10/09/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary Porter Jones, 89, of Cairo died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Daystar Care Center. Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tom Hoskins officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Harley Geile (10/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Harley J. Geile, 71, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. to service time Monday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joe Williams officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery at Silver Lake, Mo...
Truman Bollinger (10/09/09)
Truman V. Bollinger, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at his home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Brian Fraction (10/09/09)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- The Rev. Brian S. Fraction, 55, of Mound City, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. James AME Church in Cape Girardeau, with the Rev. Debbie Thornton officiating...
Jean Kinchen (10/09/09)
Mrs. Jean Kinchen, age 78, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Kennett, Mo., and Hornersville, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in Cape Girardeau. Jean Branum Kinchen, daughter of the late Kermit E. Branum and Louise Perkins Branum, was born April 10, 1931, in Hornersville, Mo., and departed this life on Oct. 7, 2009, at the age of 78 years...
Marie Huckstep (10/09/09)
Jannie "Marie" Huckstep, 97, formerly of Jackson, passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 27, 1911, near Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of John Calvin and Frona Looney Pulliam. She and William Huckstep were married Sept. 6, 1941, in Jackson. He passed away Jan. 8, 1978...
Carolyn Lyles (10/09/09)
ORAN, Mo. -- Carolyn Maxine Lyles, 71, of North Richland Hills, Texas, formerly of Oran, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Texas Health Harris HEB in Bedford. She was born Jan. 3, 1938, at Oran, daughter of Buford Harris "Windy" and Johnnie Merl Ponder Carter. She and Cecal Ray Lyles were married April 1, 1956. He died Aug. 1, 1998...
Eauilee Kelley (10/09/09)
Eauilee Kelley, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Red Bud Regional Hospital in Red Bud, Ill. She last resided at Cambridge House in O'Fallon, Ill. She was born April 25, 1929, in Illmo. Kelley was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Emma Sturm; her husband, Willis "Woody" Kelley; a son, Michael; and many brothers and sisters...
Pat Eschenbrenner (10/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Pat. A. Eschenbrenner, 60, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at her home. She was born April 12, 1949, daughter of the late Howard William and Mary Ann Henneke Geile. She was married Jan. 10, 1970, to Henry David Eschenbrenner...
Betty Wood (10/09/09)
Betty Jean Wood, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Jan. 27, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Theodore and Edith Phillips Bock. She and Norman W. Wood were married Sept. 7, 1946, in Cape Girardeau...
Evelyn Grebe (10/09/09)
Evelyn K. Wunderlich Grebe, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Nov. 17, 1912, in Emporia, Kan., to Robert and Gertrude Steadman Torrence. She and Hugo P. Wunderlich were married Aug. 18, 1929, at Altenburg, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1969. She then married Arno Grebe July 9, 1972, and he preceded her in death in 1980...
Births 10/9/09 (10/09/09)
Baker; Patterson; Gooch; O'Neal; Yamnitz
Fire report 10/9/09 (10/09/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:...
Police report 10/9/09 (10/09/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Thefts; Property damage; Jackson: Thefts; Burglary; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 10/9/09 (10/09/09)
25 years ago: Oct. 9, 1984 The city of Cape Girardeau has received an "A" rating on its $5 million multipurpose building bond issue from two principal bond rating services, Standard and Poor's Corp. and Moody's Investor Service, both based in New York...
SEMO Homecoming (10/09/09)
Southeast Missouri State University's Homecoming is Saturday with a full day of scheduled events. One of the highlights will be the parade on Broadway starting at 9:30 a.m. and featuring eight bands and 130 floats. This year's theme is "Get in the Game." Student crews started painting shop windows along the parade route this week. The Homecoming football game against Austin Peay is set for 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium...
Steeple restored (10/09/09)
Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Mo., one of the oldest Lutheran parishes in Missouri, lost its steeple in a storm last May. That steeple had weathered the wind since the 1850s. Parishioners immediately began making plans to restore the steeple. Their efforts were rewarded last week when crews used tall cranes to hoist the newly reinforced steeple back to where it belong...
Fundraiser Sunday for Players (10/09/09)
I am proud to host Oktoberfest 2009 for the benefit of the University Players from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at my residence, 100 Longview Place. Do you attend the productions at the River Campus? Did you see "Little Shop of Horrors"? It displayed fantastic talent all around...
Skeptics use distortion, lies (10/09/09)
In his recent column, George Will continues to push the skeptic lie that the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report regarding climate change and the contribution of human activities is not supported by a scientific consensus. With that in mind, I'd like to ask Will and the skeptics several questions about what they demand before they would accept that there is a scientific consensus:1. What percentage of climatologists have to agree with the IPCC conclusions?...
Speak Out 10/9/09 (10/09/09)
Finding happiness; Beautiful bees; 40/60 rule; Using math; Great facilities; Bothersome light; Funny funnies; God's Word; Thanks to military; Learning to spell; Little influence; Trash trumps; Smooth streets
Prayer 10/9/09 (10/09/09)
For new lives and the promises they hold, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
CONCERT BY FRENCH CREOLE MUSICIAN DENNIS STROUGHMATT TO BE HELD AT THE RED HOUSE OCTOBER 18 FROM 3-5PM (10/09/09)
Dennis Stroughmatt and his French Creole music and culture from old upper Louisiana will be featured at the Red House Interpretive Center during a Wine and Cheese Fundraiser to be held on Sunday October 18 from 3-5p.m. Admission to the outdoor concert will be $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Red House, CVB or the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department...
Walking bridge (10/09/09)
This is the bridge that walks over the creek in the Jackson City Park.
Creek runneth over (10/09/09)
This was what was left at the bridge behind Bait & Tackle in Jackson on Hwy. 61 this morning.
Jackson City Park creek (10/09/09)
This is the creek running through Jackson City Park this morning after the water had receded.
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