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Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Editorials

On Good Friday we remember Jesus' sacrifice (04/18/14)
It's odd that the day we remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is called Good Friday. Crucifixion and good don't ordinarily belong in the same sentence. But for believers in Christ, today is the day we remember what Jesus' death on the cross means...
Color Me Cape brings big crowd to area (04/17/14)
You might say Cape Girardeau's downtown has color -- especially on Saturday when the Color Me Cape 5K made its way to the area. More than 2,000 people participated in the race, which was not about time but about the experience and raising money for good organizations...
Teen Challenge continues to help men overcome life of drugs (04/16/14)
Drugs will rob a person of anything important in life. Family. Friends. Work. The list goes on. There is hope, however. On Saturday Teen Challenge International of Mid America, a faith-based organization, held its annual banquet in Cape Girardeau. The night included singing and testimonies. New this year, each man in the program sat at the table with supporters...
Bone marrow registry can help save lives (04/15/14)
Bone marrow donations play an important role in treating individuals with various illnesses. People with leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell anemia, among other diseases, may need these donations as they seek healing and relevant treatment options. If you know a person who has battled similar ailments, you may know the struggle and how bone marrow donations can help...
Celebrating brainpower at Math Field Day (04/14/14)
Nearly 700 students from 28 junior and senior high schools around the region, including Illinois, assembled last week for the Math Field Day at the Show Me Center. In its 37th year, the turnout was higher this year than the last couple of years. Educators hope the event provides a way for the students to have fun in a competitive environment and measure where their math programs stack up with others in the region...
Do your part to help clean the city (04/13/14)
Spring's warmth has finally arrived, bringing a welcome break from winter's harshness. With it comes walks and baseball games, window shopping and a long list of excuses to consume the fresh air. We'd like to offer a friendly reminder that the 70s also clamor for cleaning...
Arrow, Southeast Missourian recognized with awards (04/11/14)
Awards are not the reason we in the newspaper business do what we do. It's about sharing important information with readers, providing a forum for discussion and including perspective. It's about connecting readers with news. It's about advertisers having an opportunity to connect with customers. It's about playing a role in the communities in which we live...
Soles4Souls a worthy cause to support (04/10/14)
Soles4Souls is a not-for-profit organization that provides shoes to orphanages and other places with individuals in need worldwide. Locally, Cheryl Reinagel, Rhonda Weller-Stillson and Robyn Jones have helped lead the charge for donations. Last year almost 3,000 pairs of shoes were donated from this area. As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,600 pairs of shoes were donated with more to be counted...
Roger Fields was a joy to know (04/09/14)
There are some people who are simply a joy to know and be around. Roger Fields was one of those special individuals. The assistant police chief for Cape Girardeau died March 30 from "a complex medical condition," according to a police department news release...
Students practice what they preach (04/08/14)
In February the students at Notre Dame Regional High School had a chance to gain experience. It wasn't an internship or something to build a resume, but during the Franciscan Service Week 10 students along with two adults helped local organizations help others...
Puppies for Parole program a win-win (04/07/14)
Sure, those little furry canines are cute. But the Puppies for Parole program isn't just about the animals. The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri is working with the maximum-security correctional facility in Potosi, Mo., to have canines enter people prisons to be trained. The hope is prisoners, many of them violent, can help train the dogs over a period of time so the dogs can be adopted...
Local elections are vital responsibility (04/06/14)
In today's newspaper you will find a lot of space dedicated to Tuesday's election. We have more than 50 profiles and questionnaires of people running for local office. There are more than a handful of local races, including many races for school boards in our communities...
Public art, Messy Morning highlight busy weekend (04/04/14)
Cape Girardeau's Broadway gained seven sculptures this week, part of continuing efforts to revitalize downtown Cape Girardeau. The public art comes from seven individuals: Ben Pierce, of Cape Girardeau; Chris Wubbena, of Jackson; Andy Arvanetes, of Chicago; Mike Baur, of West Chicago, Ill.; Beth Nybeck, of Kansas City, Mo.; Dan Perry, of Waterloo, Iowa; and Stephanie Sailer, of Swisher, Iowa...
Cheering fans bring excitement to high school sports (04/03/14)
High school sports competitions have a unique atmosphere. Crowds can be made up of parents cheering on children, alumni reveling in their playing days and students. Reporter Ruth Campbell wrote about several local student-led cheering sections for a story that appeared in the March 20 edition of the Southeast Missourian...
Uncertainty abounds with health care law (04/02/14)
If you are a business owner or managing your personal finances, having some degree of certainty is key. Sure, there will be changes to the plan. An unexpected health expense. A downturn in the economy. But for someone looking at a budget and trying to manage expenses, the more confidence in numbers the better...
Southeast gymnastics finishes season strong (04/01/14)
The gymnastics team of Southeast Missouri State University finished its season on a positive note. The squad won the Midwest Independent Conference Championship on March 22. Coach Kristi Ewasko spoke about how proud of the team she was and what winning meant to the gymnasts...
Opening Day 2014: Welcome back baseball (03/31/14)
The National League champion St. Louis Cardinals start the season on the road today in Cincinnati against the Reds. This year's team has a lot to like, and here are a few things to watch for this season. Manager Mike Matheny's challenge will be to find time off for the prize catcher. A full season takes its toll on any player's body. The Cardinals are used to playing in October, so to keep Molina fresh, it will be important to give him time off -- regardless of whether Molina wants it...
Use tax a vote for business fairness (03/30/14)
It's a strange ask, this use tax issue. We taxpayers are usually presented with a governmental or public need when a new or extended tax measure appears on our ballots. Increase a tax here, get better roads there. More taxes in exchange for new school buildings or new park improvements...
Area musicians take talent to 'The Voice' (03/28/14)
Three area musicians made their mark on a national stage recently in appearances on "The Voice," a reality TV show in which singers try out for the opportunity to move on with a celebrity judge as a coach. Bernie brothers Coty and Clinton Walker sang "Keep Me in Mind" on the March 3 show. The twin brothers, who go by Brothers Walker, were picked up by celebrity judge Usher...
Congratulations to Notre Dame Hall of Fame members (03/27/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School recognized five of the school's top former athletes last month at its Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The new inductees include Lloyd Williams (1963-1967), Mary Jane (Glueck) Schwieger (1976-1980), Steve Schott (1979-1983), Scott Wittenborn (1998-2002) and Ali (Tyson) Taufoou (1999-2003)...
Iranian women bring inspiring testimony to Cape church (03/26/14)
The genius of the U.S. Constitution starts with the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..." A driving reason for America's early settlers was that they wished to worship God freely. It's clear the Founders of this country were men of faith...
It's only March, but August voting will come soon (03/25/14)
It's been relatively quiet the past few weeks on the election front. However, a story over the weekend in the Southeast Missourian highlighted several races in which incumbent officeholders will see opponents in the August primary or November general election, including Missouri House of Representatives District 8...
The basketball dynasty in Morley, Mo. (03/24/14)
In Missouri, millions of sports fans are enthralled by the success of the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans hold up the number "11" as a matter of pride -- the number of World Series won, the most by any team in the National League. Around the nation, the college basketball championship has gripped fans everywhere. Fans are in awe of UCLA's 11 titles and Kentucky's eight...
Big step taken on Levi's Adventure Trail (03/23/14)
More than 50 friends, family members and community leaders gathered recently to break ground for Levi's Adventure Trail, an outdoor exhibit for children at Discovery Playhouse. Levi Collom, a 3-year-old from Benton, Mo., died March 18, 2012, from Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. The groundbreaking was on the anniversary of his death. The exhibit is being built to honor him by bringing his love of outdoors to other children. Levi loved to camp and going to the river...
Central Junior High students perform musical comedy (03/21/14)
There's a lot going on this weekend. Plenty of events to attend in the area. But one local school will present a musical that should draw good crowds. Central Junior High School in Cape Girardeau was set to open the first of three performances of "Once Upon a Mattress" Thursday night at the school's auditorium...
Comic Con, Home & Garden Show set for the weekend (03/20/14)
Two major events will take place this weekend in Cape Girardeau. About 1,200 people are expected to attend Cape Comic Con Friday through Sunday at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. The annual event, now in its ninth year, has been a major attraction for the city. More than 100 tables of comics and merchandise will be on hand...