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The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee March 7 at the Show Me Center.
MoDOT director to speak at First Friday Coffee
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee will feature an update on the Missouri Department of Transportation from speaker Dave Nichols, director of MoDOT. A continental breakfast will be available at 7 a.m., and the program will begin at 7:40 a.m. Friday at the Show Me Center...
Kander to visit Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Over the next week and a half, Secretary of State Jason Kander will tour seven business incubators and innovation centers and discuss the role of his office's Business Services Division in supporting small business, a news release said. He will also hear from successful businessmen and women about what the state can do to help spur economic development...
Weather takes a toll on businesses
The various winter weather that has visited the region during recent months is affecting more than the temperature and road conditions -- businesses are feeling the bite. Cape Girardeau received 2 to 3 inches of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., on top of a layer of ice and sleet that accumulated throughout Saturday night and Sunday...
Midwest economic survey index for February drops slightly
OMAHA, Neb. -- A monthly economic survey index dropped slightly last month but still suggests growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a survey report released Monday. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January...
Business Notebook: Scott City welcomes plastics firm, 28 jobs
The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Select Plastics LLC, a custom plastic sheet extrusion manufacturer of Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding to Scott City. The facility will be the company's first expansion outside the Fort Worth area and will create 28 jobs, according to a news release from the agency...
People on the Move 3/3/14
Thomas Parks was sworn in as the new postmaster of Jackson on Thursday. Nicholas Burger, commercial banking relationship manager for U.S. Bank at 325 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, was named a Leader of Tomorrow by the bank. Leaders of Tomorrow is a 12-month program that recognizes up-and-coming leaders within U.S. Bank. The class of 2014 was made up of 10 individuals, one representing each community banking division within U.S. Bank's 25-state region...
Travel agents hear the plea: Get me out of here
Shannon Frauenholtz of Chicago has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she's back in Mexico, where she's already vacationed once this winter...
Foods added to moms and kids program
WASHINGTON -- Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, will go into place by next year...
Shale brings high hopes in South
GILLSBURG, Miss. -- Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year many other locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet...
Expansion planned at Maker's Mark distillery
LORETTO, Ky. -- The producers of Maker's Mark bourbon announced a distillery expansion Thursday to pump up production and keep pace with growing demand for the Kentucky whiskey, known by its bottles sealed in red wax. The $67 million expansion comes barely a year after the brand created a backlash by saying it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch its whiskey supplies. Producers quickly scrapped the idea...
Local businessman Don Crader dies
Donald "Don" Crader, CEO of Crader Distributing Co. in Marble Hill, Mo., and its sister organization, Blue Mountain Equipment in McKinney, Texas, died Sunday at Southeast Hospital. He was 81. Crader Distributing Co. was founded in 1944 by Buford Crader, Don Crader's father, and two partners, according to the company's website. It is the exclusive distributor of STIHL outdoor power equipment in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Southern Illinois...
Business Notebook: Riverfront Market looking for vendors
The Cape Riverfront Market will hold a meeting for those interested in being a vendor for its upcoming season. The market is seeking a variety of vendors that offer farm goods such as fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, as well as specialty items such as baked goods, prepared foods and artisan crafts, according to a news release. Vendors must be located within 100 miles and produce their own goods...
People on the Move 2/24/14
Gabriele Ruggieri of Milan, Italy, is the new head chef at Steele Crest Winery. Ruggieri has traveled the world since he was 19 and plans to use the culinary experiences he gained by working in a variety of kitchens and establishments, as well as cooking with his family, to create unique dishes using fresh ingredients that are found locally or imported. The items will be featured on weekends...
Agriculture census shows a boom in farm sales
WASHINGTON -- American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey. Continuing a long-term trend, the number of U.S. farms dropped to 2.1 million in 2012, about a 4 percent drop from five years earlier. But some of the bigger farms got bigger. The average farm grew from 418 to 434 acres...
Mexico to pass Japan as No. 2 car exporter to U.S.
CELAYA, Mexico -- Mexico is on track to become the United States' No. 1 source of imported cars by the end of next year, overtaking Japan and Canada in a manufacturing boom that's turning the auto industry into a bigger source of dollars than money sent home by migrants...
Railroads confronting crude safety
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents. The agreement between the U.S. Transportation Department and the Association of American Railroads was obtained Friday...
Three area businesses win top awards from marketing group
Three local businesses took home Best of Show awards from the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals (AMP) annual American Advertising Awards Show on Friday at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. More than 120 print, interactive, broadcast and multimedia advertising projects created, published or aired throughout 2013 in Cape Girardeau, Paducah, Ky., and Harrisburg, Ill., were considered in the competition, according to a news release from the organization...
Analyst: Use tax may help businesses in region
A proposed use tax could make it easier for local businesses to compete with online retailers, but for most purchases, its potential benefits may depend on consumers' diligence, a policy analyst said. David Stokes of the Show-Me Institute -- a not-for-profit think tank that studies state and local policy issues in Missouri -- was one of two participants in a panel discussion Thursday night at the Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club's regular meeting...
Cape Girardeau City Council OKs Wal-Mart market plat
The Cape Girardeau City Council approved the ordinance for a plat for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the site of the former Plaza Galleria at its meeting Monday night. City manager Scott Meyer said the item has been a popular topic of discussion among council and the public. ...
Mo. lawmakers look to crack down on navigators
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Measures to impose additional requirements on people that aid consumers with purchasing health insurance are making their way through the Missouri Legislature, representing the state's latest attempt to fight the federal health care law...
Charter to switch to all-digital services
Change is in store for local Charter Communications customers. Charter -- the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States -- is upgrading to an all-digital network, which it said will open up bandwidth for 200 HD channels and faster Internet speeds...
Council to look at taxes, Wal-Mart market
The Cape Girardeau City Council will discuss and vote on a long list of items tonight, including hotel tax, a BAT van and the next step for the Galleria Plaza Subdivision. It was revealed in December that a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market was being developed for the site of the former Plaza Galleria at 2001 Independence St. The application for the plat was approved by the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission in December as well...
Misfit items given new life at upcycle exchange
The soul of creativity is in starting with the ordinary and making something extraordinary from it. Deana Luetkenhaus has been doing it for decades, first as an instructor and supervisor of the costume shop at Southeast Missouri State University's Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and more recently as the owner D'Tails, an upcycle exchange...
People on the move 2/17/14
The Missouri Department of Conservation promoted Matt Bowyer of Perryville, Mo., to wildlife regional supervisor for Southeast Missouri. Bowyer earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University -- Carbondale and a master's degree in biological science from Eastern Illinois University...
Business Notebook: Real estate market shows another year of growth
Last year marked the third consecutive year for residential real estate market improvement in Cape Girardeau County. The number of closed residential transactions rose 9.7 percent over 2012, and the average sale price of a Cape Girardeau County home increased 3.3 percent, according to a news release from Realty Executives...
Farmers, shippers wary of winter's effects
ST. LOUIS -- While winter has been unforgiving to most of the Midwest, the next several months will dictate the season's impact on all-important sectors, such as shipping and farming. Fast-melting snow in the northern Midwest likely won't soak into the frozen ground, meaning excess water would feed into tributaries and the Mississippi River, raising water levels and affecting barge traffic. ...
UAW drive falls short amid culture clash in Tennessee
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The failure of the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee underscores a cultural disconnect between a labor-friendly German company and anti-union sentiment in the South. The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagen's only U.S. plant was defeated in a 712-626 vote Friday night amid heavy campaigning on both sides...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during January include the following:AJ Prom Superstore, 101 N. Main St. Buona Pizza, 2148 William St., Suite A Cape Paint & Glass, 15 N. Middle St. Chick-fil-A (mall location), 3049 William St., Suite 241 Cici's Pizza, 221 S. Broadview St...
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies filed through January for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning "joint" and the Latin itis meaning "inflammation." Yes, I know: that just brought new meaning to the phrase, "It's all Greek to me!" Let's face it: When suffering, no one cares about word origins; they care about solutions. Arthritis is a common cause of suffering, the onslaught of which drives people to seek those solutions. Physical therapy is one answer to the question those inflicted with arthritis ask: "What can I do about this?"...