- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
People talk 12/19/03
Creator of 'South Park' enjoys Butters better
NEW YORK -- Butters has become one of Trey Parker's favorite "South Park" characters. Butters, who's blond and constantly being picked on, started playing a larger role when muffled, hooded Kenny was killed off for a year, says Parker, who created the popular Comedy Central animated show with Matt Stone. "We ended up adding all these dimensions to Butters that I think were really great," Parker said. "He's always the kid that's worried his parents are going to ground him, but on the other hand he's got this other persona where he thinks he's this evil superhero, but even in that he does the most mundane things."
'Rings' star expresses sadness at trilogy's end
NEW YORK -- Elijah Wood, star of "The Lord of the Rings" films, is bracing for separation anxiety. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" opened Wednesday in theaters nationwide. It's the final installment in Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's text. All three films were shot during a 15-month period in New Zealand. "The fellowship in many ways will carry on for the rest of our lives," said the 22-year-old Wood.
Clay Aiken gets noticed for his good manners
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Clay Aiken, a runner-up on the Fox network's talent contest "American Idol," heads the National League of Junior Cotillions' list of the "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2003." The Charlotte-based organization, an etiquette and social training program for young people, announced its 12th annual list Tuesday. Aiken, 25, was selected "because of the courteous manner in which he treats fellow performers and fans."
-- From wire reports