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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Editorials

Boat race brings practical experience to classroom education (08/27/14)
Take key concepts and put together a friendly competition and you have a good start in helping young people learn. A competition promoting Project Lead the Way, an organization that promotes education and preparation for college engineering programs, recently was held at the Student Aquatic Center at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Many education options in Cape Girardeau (08/26/14)
Today's workforce requires people with different skills. A college education is a great choice, and many students are now back to their campus for the start of a new academic year. But there are many educational options, including trade schools. Careers in the medical field, business, massage therapy and cosmetology all need people with specific skills. The educational programs, in many cases, can be finished in a relatively short period of time...
Being safe with alcohol is a serious matter (08/25/14)
According to a Missouri Department of Transportation official, there were 757 fatal crashes on Missouri roads in 2013. About a third of those involved an impaired driver. As we warmly welcome college students back to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, we're reminded of the seriousness of driving while impaired...
Athletics about more than who wins and loses (08/24/14)
Friday night marked the beginning of high school football season. At stadiums all across the state and country, fans in local communities gathered to support their athletes on the gridiron. But it's not just football. There are many other sports, for boys and girls, that help draw communities closer...
Cancer gala adds style with cause (08/22/14)
The American Cancer Society's Crystal Ball, also referred to as A Cure For Cape Gala, will be held at Isle Capri Cape Girardeau on Saturday. The gala is a fun experience where supporters dress to the nines and raise money to help those who battle cancer...
Welcome back to Southeast students (08/21/14)
This weekend Cape Girardeau will welcome Southeast Missouri State University students to campus. The next few days are busy for the university, students and their parents. There's move-in day, shopping and other events that mark the beginning of a new academic year...
Former SEMO coach recognized for success (08/20/14)
A former Southeast Missouri State track and field coach will add another honor to the list in December. Joey Haines, who coached men's and women's squads at Southeast for 26 years, was announced as an honoree for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The recognition will be bestowed at a ceremony in December...
GLS helps many become better leaders (08/19/14)
Leadership makes a difference. That might sound basic and somewhat trite, but it's the truth. Businesses, not-for-profits, churches and other organizations need men and women devoted not simply to managing people but leading teams and organizations. Good leaders learn, they cast vision, they take a proactive approach to developing strategies that enhance the workplace and move things forward for those they serve...
Read to Succeed program works, now and for the future (08/18/14)
As we embark on another school year, literacy again is top of mind. The United Way Read to Succeed program has been an overwhelming success. Last year, for example, 191 of 192 children who participated in the program improved their reading proficiency by one complete grade level...
An escalating story: Christian persecution (08/17/14)
It's been a downer week in terms of news stories. The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, has captured international media attention. The suicide of Robin Williams pulled the heart strings of America. The comedian and actor's loss resonated with millions...
Lessons from Ferguson (08/15/14)
The news from Ferguson, Missouri, this week was tragic. An 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. Brown was unarmed. The justice system will sort through this event. Understandably, there's been much anxiety over this incident, one that has stoked racial tension. ...
Jackson, Charleston baseball teams have impressive seasons (08/14/14)
Two Southeast Missouri baseball teams finished their seasons in fine fashion. The Jackson Post 158 Junior Legion baseball team won the regional title this month in Kansas in a double-elimination tournament. The team, having previously not lost a game, fell to South Dakota in Game 1 of the championship round but came back to win the second contest to claim the title...
Get those pencils. It's back-to-school time (08/13/14)
Many area students will return to class this week. While students may not be fully ready to leave summer behind, there's still an exciting feeling about a new school year. Education plays a vital role in society. It's a building block for success. As the 2014-15 school year begins, here are a few thoughts as you pack lunches and prepare for the bake sales ahead...
Cape Splash, Central Pool still popular summer attractions (08/12/14)
This was a different summer. July and August are typically months of warm temperatures and humidity. We caught a break from the heat for a good part of the summer, which was nice for many who enjoyed time at the ballpark, on vacation or engaging in other summertime festivities. However, it also meant that you might not have been as inclined to hit the pool as much...
Playing it safe in high school sports (08/11/14)
Last week, a football player from Poplar Bluff collapsed, and was revived by sports staffers who performed CPR. The illness wasn't caused by heat or overexertion, but a heart ailment. The young man was fortunate that responders on hand knew CPR and were quick to act. He will need heart surgery to correct the condition, and may return to sports activities at some point in the future...
Celebrating a church's milestone of 90 years (08/10/14)
The Cape Girardeau region has a strong and deep religious heritage. Our part of the state is known for having some of the oldest churches on this side of the Mississippi. Churches were, and are, central to many of our communities. The First Church of God at 500 Emerald St. recently celebrated its 90th anniversary as a church...
Theater group to perform 'Little Women' musical (08/08/14)
The Jackson-based theater group Acting Out! is set to present its latest musical this weekend, "Little Women." The Broadway musical was first performed in 2005, more than a century after the book by Louisa May Alcott was published. "Little Women" tells a story of four sisters and their mother from Massachusetts as their father served in the Civil War...
Trail of Tears State Park a local gem worth visiting (08/07/14)
Trail of Tears is one of Southeast Missouri's special gems. Visiting Lake Boutin can be a nice way to spend a summer day, and in the fall the colorful leaves are fantastic. The state park recently held its annual information meeting. Projects for the park were discussed, including a new restroom, electrical and sewer lines, parking lot and maintenance items such as fixing campfire grills and lantern posts...
Revving up for the Corvette Caravan (08/06/14)
In a couple of weeks we'll be able to see hundreds of Corvettes and hear that special purr of the engine. The Corvette Caravan will make its first visit to Cape Girardeau as the group travels to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky...
Vote in today's primary election (08/05/14)
Voting should not be taken for granted. This country has its share of problems. But unlike some countries, we have the right to vote. It's an opportunity to make our voice heard, to cast our ballots for the candidates we believe best represent our values...
Mental health group extends support (08/04/14)
It's becoming increasingly apparent that mental health services are badly needed in today's society. A new group in Cape Girardeau has been established to help families deal with mental health issues of a loved one. The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Jefferson City, Missouri, is spinning off a new group in Cape Girardeau. Called NAMI for short, the group offers support to the families of people dealing with depression and bi-polar disorder...
Every dog has its day with EPIC program (08/03/14)
It's amazing to see what goodness animals can impart on humans. And it goes well beyond viral videos of cute cats and dogs that can be found in your Facebook feeds. The latest example is demonstrated by the EPIC Pals program, which pairs troubled youths and shelter dogs...
Sikeston Jaycees ready to host annual rodeo (08/01/14)
If you like rodeo action plus country and rock music, you may want to consider heading to Sikeston next week for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. The annual festivities bring out many locals and folks from around Southeast Missouri. The action begins Wednesday with Day 1 of the rodeo and musical performance by Josh Thompson. Thursday night's music entertainment is Thompson Square. Dustin Lynch will hit the stage on Friday. And Bret Michaels rounds out the week on Saturday night...
Donations to animal shelters are appreciated (07/31/14)
Animals in local shelters need your support, and on Saturday there is an opportunity to help. Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary will hold three stuff-a-truck events sponsored by Engelmann Farms from 9 a.m. to noon. The trucks will be located at Petco Pet Supplies, 266 Siemers Drive, and Kmart, 11 S. Kingshighway, in Cape Girardeau and the Safe Harbor Thrift Store in Jackson, located at 3862 E. Jackson Blvd...
State, counties wise to offer sales tax holiday (07/30/14)
The back-to-school signs are coming out, a sure sign that local schools soon will be back in session soon. A popular weekend in Missouri for several years is the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Held on the first weekend in August, the holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues through Sunday...
Meeting the need for more health-care workers (07/29/14)
Health care goes beyond direct patient care. It's a huge industry that consists of trained individuals who see patients, market facilities, maintain financial records and more. In our community, it's a major component of the local economy. We have two large health systems that have experienced much growth. ...