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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Editorials

Hoops for Life has special meaning for local couple, runners (07/25/14)
Shannon and Amy Aldridge are an inspiration. The couple lost their daughter Sahara in 2007 to brain cancer. But the Aldridges have been dedicated to helping others and, in effect, honoring their daughter. The annual Hoops for Life charity 5k set for Saturday is named after Sahara, whose nickname was "Hoops."...
A lesson in perseverance (07/24/14)
Everyone could use a dose of inspiration, and the recent story in the Southeast Missourian of Chris Hrabik fits the bill. Hrabik, who lives in Sedgewickville, Missouri, was in a car accident 10 years ago. Only 18 years old and not wearing a seat belt, the crash left him a quadrapelegic -- although he has some use of his arms...
Discovery Playhouse opens new exhibits (07/23/14)
Children can activate their imaginations with the new house, dental office and farm mural exhibits at the Discovery Playhouse. These are the latest additions to the growing children's museum on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Pretending the house is up for sale by Realty Executives, the exhibit allows youngsters to walk through and see mini appliances. ...
Jackson Homecomers opens tonight (07/22/14)
Jackson's annual Homecomers festival kicks off tonight in the city's downtown. This Southeast Missouri summertime event brings thousands to the streets for music, rides and good family fun. A past event that will not take place this week is the talent show. Organizers replaced the show due to a lack of interest. However, an expanded gospel performance and Senior Idol contest will be held...
Collecting photos for Vietnam project (07/21/14)
The Missouri Press Association, in cooperation with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, is embarking on a noble project aimed at recognizing Vietnam Veterans in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The groups are looking for photographs of Vietnam soldiers who died in combat...
A story of bravery, love and America (07/20/14)
It was a down-home combination of "Extreme Home Makeover" and "The Bucket List." Add the introduction of a little red-haired granddaughter, a U.S. veteran and a generous, small-town community, and you have one dandy of an American-made story. Matt Johnston, a Purple Heart Marine, is facing his mortality. He's battling stage-4 lung cancer...
Tomlin concert and Capahas auction to be held tonight (07/18/14)
Summertime entertainment continues this weekend with a Christian concert and Capahas auction both scheduled for tonight. Popular contemporary Christian music writer and singer Chris Tomlin will perform at the Show Me Center tonight. The concert includes fellow contemporary Christian artist Brandon Heath...
Church helps community through free-of-charge weekend (07/17/14)
The things we say and do matter. It sounds trite, but the reality is others watch how we respond to situations. Scripture says it clearly that others will know we are followers of Christ if we love one another. Recently, one local church took this command to the streets. Mount Auburn Christian Church hosted a three-day, free-of-charge event...
Mission trips are a blessing to volunteers, beneficiaries (07/16/14)
During the summer months many churches sponsor mission trips around the country and abroad. The timing is good for students, who are out of school for the summer, and others who take vacation time to minister to those in need. In June, seven students and eight adults from Notre Dame Regional High School went to Montgomery, Alabama, to provide assistance. ...
August primary includes several contests, amendments (07/15/14)
Three weeks from today Missouri voters will head to the polls for the August primary election. On the ballot will be local and state races and several amendments. Here is a look at the contested races and issues to be decided: On the Democratic ticket, two candidates will seek the vote to run in the Missouri House District 147 race. They include Gary L. Gaines and Blake Hopper...
Students will learn about entrepreneurship (07/14/14)
A new enterprise being developed by Southeast Missouri State University will help students learn some fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Called a Creative Labs and Industries Incubator, the facility will allow students to participate in class activities and projects involving startup ventures, an art gallery, a retail boutique, a letter press print shop, a 3-D studio, a gourmet coffee and juice bar, commercial photography, graphic design and interior design; and marketing, human resources and accounting services.. ...
Church community meals are blessings to many people (07/13/14)
There's something about getting together with friends and others in the community over food. This fellowship extends to the church community, and there are congregations locally who make a regular habit of serving meals. A Southeast Missourian story in June included information about The Church at Morley, a non-denomination congregation in the small Southeast Missouri town. ...
Charleston baseball program and a decade of summer fun (07/11/14)
There's a distinct difference between high school and summer baseball. The high school teams rally around a school. Teammates also are classmates. The focus is on learning, school spirit, carrying on a legacy and competing in post-season play. Summer teams also have a drive to win and advance in tournaments, however, there's a different culture. ...
It's time to see the doctor (07/10/14)
A few weeks ago a Southeast Missourian story on the Tuesday health page caught our eye. More specifically, it was a comment from a local physican who said for every 70 women who receive a physical, only 30 men receive similar medical care. The story looked at the importance of having an annual physical and having appropriate tests for age and gender...
Fun awaits at annual Southeast Missourian Jr. Park & Rec day (07/09/14)
The weather this summer has been spectacular. The heat and humidity that typically greets us this time of year have been mild. This reprieve from heat has been perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. On Friday there will be plenty of activities taking place at the Osage Community Centre for the Southeast Missourian Jr. Park & Rec Day...
Kidney donation an inspiring act of kindness (07/08/14)
Would you donate your organs? It's a question often posed when considering organ donation upon death. Because we have two kidneys, some may donate one while still living to a loved one. Both options are selfless acts. But would you donate your kidney to a co-worker, choosing to live with one of two important organs for a person who is of no blood relation?...
Whiffle ball tourney supports good causes (07/07/14)
Professional baseball's All-Star game in scheduled for next week in Minnesota. The Midsummer Classic will feature many of the game's best, and the Home Run Derby is always fun. But there's another "classic" game coming up this week locally. The Summer Classic will be held Friday through Sunday at Arena Park. The Whiffle ball tournament will include good-natured fun, and on Saturday there will be a home run derby...
SCOTUS decision a victory for religious liberty (07/06/14)
It's fitting the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius came the week of July 4. The issue at hand, religious liberty, is one this country was founded on. Hobby Lobby is a family-owned crafts company that operates more than 600 stores in 41 states. ...
Mary Kasten: The 2014 Spirit of America award winner (07/03/14)
Mary Kasten is a former Missouri legislator, education advocate and active member of this community. Her passion for the community and nation is well chronicled. On Friday night, at the Cape Girardeau Fourth of July program held at the foot of the Common Please Courthouse, Kasten will be recognized as the 12th recipient of the Southeast Missourian's Spirit of America Award...
Alma Schrader recognized for character-building (07/02/14)
The importance of good character cannot be overstated. It's critical to doing anything well. Alma Schrader Elementary School has taken this idea and put it into action with Tigers Across the Ages and Courtyard Crashers. The programs recently were recognized nationally by Character Education Partnership as Promising Practices...
Events to help celebrate Independence Day (07/01/14)
On Friday this nation will celebrate its Independence Day. It's a day to remember our country's founding and the men and women who have fought to preserve freedom. There is no more patriotic day than July 4. To help celebrate the holiday, there are several local events lined up...
Spirit of America Award nominees (06/30/14)
In Thursday's newspaper, we will announce this year's Southeast Missourian Spirit of America award winner. We've been giving the award for more than a decade now, recognizing a person in the community who has exemplified the "spirit" of America, whether it be through community or military service. The newspaper donates $1,000 to a charity of the winner's choice...
Nixon using school cuts for political purposes (06/29/14)
When Gov. Nixon wielded his executive power last week to veto or freeze more than $1.1 billion in state funding for Missouri's 2015 fiscal year budget, it sent ripples of anxiety throughout the state. Which is exactly what the governor wanted. School districts and higher education institutions across the state are adjusting to the announcement that more than $200 million will be frozen from education spending, including preschool programs, elementary, high schools and higher education. ...
Model planes to provide fun show locally (06/27/14)
Operating remote-controlled toys isn't just for kids. Around 100 model airplanes are expected to be in the Cape Girardeau sky this weekend for the 3D Fly-Low-In. The models are impressive, with wing spans between 6 and 8 feet. The show was scheduled to start Thursday and continues through noon Sunday at Galaxy Air Field, located off State Highway 177 north of Cape Girardeau...