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Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Editorials

Congratulations to local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists (10/23/14)
Three seniors in high school have reached an impressive milestone by being named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Alex Gentle of Cape Girardeau Central High School, Tyler Pech of Notre Dame Regional High School and Joshua Vogel of Saxony Lutheran High School each has different interests, but their success in the classroom and involvement in clubs and sports is a common thread. These young men have ambition, and that's a good thing...
Online learning and a look at quality (10/22/14)
The Internet has changed many things over the years. From online banking and bill paying, to entertainment options, to how you may be reading this editorial, digital devices, though not without flaws, can benefit us. Education is one of these categories, and recently a Southeast Missourian story looked at what Southeast Missouri State University is doing to improve quality in online courses...
Newspaper to host wellness fair Wednesday (10/21/14)
This community is a medical attraction for many. Across the area, people come to see doctors and receive treatment. There's a lot to learn about health care, and prevention and becoming knowledgeable is a good start. This week the Southeast Missourian and Healthwatch Magazine will host their first Wellness Fair. ...
Learning about Down syndrome's challenges, misconceptions (10/20/14)
Parents of children with Down syndrome know the challenges. They may not all be the same, but there are challenges. In a story that appeared in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian by reporter Tyler Graef, Sarah Kuntze shared her family's story about son Carter who has Down syndrome. ...
Cape College Center name change is good step for partnership (10/19/14)
A partnership between Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College and operated in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau has been interesting to watch since its inception in the fall of 2010. Here you have three higher education institutions, housed in a fourth educational facility, and all with a goal of helping meet an educational need...
Aaron Shust concert among weekend activities (10/17/14)
Contemporary Christian music singer Aaron Shust will perform at Cape Bible Chapel tonight. Many recognize songs performed by Shust, though they might not make the initial connection. A few popular praise anthems he performs include "Cornerstone," "God of Brilliant Lights" and "No One Higher."...
Great ShakeOut offers reminder alert preparedness (10/16/14)
At 10:16 a.m. today local time many organizations will participate in drills as part of the Great ShakeOut, a national effort to make people aware of earthquake preparedness. Missouri and Illinois are among the states listed at highest risk for a damaging earthquake, according to a Wednesday story by reporter Samantha Rinehart in the Southeast Missourian. ...
Matheny to talk on leadership at Arrow event (10/15/14)
Mike Matheny has an impressive resume as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Three appearances in the National League Championship Series in three years. One National League title and currently in competition for another. The former catcher-turned-manager is trying to send the reining National League Champions back to the Fall Classic. But regardless of how the season turns out, Mike Matheny has made his mark in baseball and leadership...
Annual fashion show a popular attraction with a cause (10/14/14)
The stories of domestic abuse are heartbreaking. There's verbal abuse. There's physical abuse. And the emotional abuse it places on individuals and families can be significant. A two-part series in the Sunday and Monday editions of the Southeast Missourian looked at the issue, stories from victims and how abusers try to control them...
Baptist Student Center celebrates 75 years (10/13/14)
There are several campus ministries at Southeast Missouri State University that help students grow in their faith as they enter into their independent adult years. The Baptist Student Center is one of those organizations. It is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year...
SEMO foundation announces $45 million in donations (10/12/14)
The goal was huge. The outcome was even larger. The Southeast Missouri University Foundation recently announced that $45 million was raised in support of scholarships, programs and renovations that will benefit students. Dr. Ken Dobbins, university president, made the announcement last Saturday during Homecoming festivities...
Redhawks football off to impressive start (10/10/14)
It's impressive -- the start that coach Tom Matukewicz and the Southeast Missouri State football team have had so far this season. The team is 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. They defeated two ranked programs in No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana and then No. ...
The Southeast Missourian and general excellence (10/09/14)
Being a good journalist has never been easy. Developing a great story requires so many elements. It takes time and dedication. Resourcefulness. Talent and skill. It takes innovation and instinct. It takes persistence. And knowledge. It takes personal sacrifice. Attention to detail. An artist's touch...
Weber family shows compassion and inspires others (10/08/14)
Nolan Weber inspired many people in his short life. The 16-year-old Jackson high school student was an athlete and a person of faith in God and had a positive attitude. Even during his battle with brain cancer, Weber lived his life. The Jackson community and others rallied around him. The affliction eventually took him from this world, but his memory, through a new foundation created by his family, lives on...
Touching stories about breast cancer awareness (10/07/14)
Few causes have generated as much awareness and support than Breast Cancer Awareness month during the month of October. SoutheastHEALTH and Saint Francis Medical Center partner during the month to promote the color pink, encouraging businesses and groups to display pink flags and wear pink clothing, and raise support for breast cancer treatment...
It's election time: Register, learn, vote (10/06/14)
We're less than a month away from another national election. On Nov. 4, voters will be faced with several decisions, including the 8th Congressional District representative and a handful of other initiatives, including the hot-button Amendment 3 -- which addresses teacher performance and standardized testing -- and a local fire tax...
Amendment 3 is short-sighted way to evaluate teachers (10/05/14)
Most would agree that any profession should have a level of accountability. The method to evaluate accountability can be challenging in some fields more than others. Public education is one where there's no quick way. Amendment 3 on the Missouri November ballot seeks to connect teacher evaluations to student performance...
KC vs. Stl? A Fall Classic that might happen again (10/03/14)
Since 1985 the St. Louis Cardinals have won four National League pennants and two World Series championships. The Redbirds have advanced to the postseason many other times. Cardinals fans expect their team to make the playoffs year after year. It's a culture of winning baseball, playing the game the right way, and providing the best fans in baseball with the best baseball contests...
Welcome back to Southeast alumni for Homecoming (10/02/14)
Find your red and black Southeast Missouri State apparel. It's Homecoming weekend. There will be several special events at Southeast on Friday and Saturday. Here are a few: There are several other activities on the schedule. To learn more, visit semo.edu/homecoming and to see community activities visit our community calendar semoevents.com...
Southeast salutes alumni, faculty (10/01/14)
We're days away from Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming weekend. The annual celebration is the university's big opportunity to welcome graduates back to Cape Girardeau for a weekend of fun activities and good fellowship. It's also about recognizing some of those who have found success beyond their years on campus. This year's alumni merit award recipients include:...
Thank you to schools that teach current events (09/30/14)
You may have watched a cable news or late-night show where a reporter talks to men and women on the street to ask basic questions -- questions such as "Who is the vice president of the United States?" and other bits of information that should be easy questions. Our numbers show more people continue to engage with the Southeast Missourian. Sadly, there are those who don't follow the news...
Southeast hits milestone in fall enrollment (09/29/14)
Enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University has hit the 12,000 mark for the first time in school history, yet another sign of the good health of our local institution. It marks the 20th year of consecutive enrollment growth for Southeast, and the 14th year of record-breaking enrollment...
Warning sirens welcome in Cape Girardeau County (09/28/14)
An additional 18 warning sirens will go live in Cape Girardeau County in October, bringing the total number to 40. The additional sirens were made possible through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The county provided a 25 percent match, which came from local public and private funds...
Former Cardinals pitcher to share testimony on Sunday (09/26/14)
Many people have a hurt, habit or hang-up. Whether drug dependency, relationship challenges, alcoholism or another category, these are problems that can destroy lives of individuals and families. There are programs, however, that can help people move forward and live a better life. Celebrate Recovery is one of those programs...
Get ready for golf in downtown Cape Girardeau (09/26/14)
Golfers and fun-seekers, get ready. Tee time is 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The location: Downtown Cape Girardeau. The First-Ever Ninth Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World-Famous Downtown Golf Tournament will be held this weekend in Cape Girardeau's downtown to raise money for the Red House Interpretive Center...