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Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Editorials

2 of top Catholic schools in nation are local (09/22/14)
Some congratulations are in order for two local Catholic high schools that have been recognized for their excellence. Last week it was announced that Notre Dame and St. Vincent were recognized as "schools of excellence" by the Cardinal Newman Society...
Solid process, effort in CID voting (09/21/14)
It was an interesting outcome from an unusual vote for a unique place. Last week we learned the results of two separate-but-connected votes concerning a special taxing district for downtown Cape Girardeau. Registered voters in the Community Improvement District approved a sales tax of a half cent, but rejected the creation of a property tax of $0.6709 per $100 assessed valuation within the district...
Opportunities to enjoy music this weekend (09/19/14)
The last performance of the fall season for Tunes at Twilight will be held tonight. Allie Farris will provide the music entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Please Courthouse Gazebo. Tunes at Twighlight, a popular event in Cape Girardeau's downtown, is hosted by Old Town Cape and sponsored by SoutheastHEALTH, Fox 23 KBSI and Cape Air...
Day on the River could bring big crowd Saturday (09/19/14)
Living next to the Mississippi River has its advantages. Among them are opportunities like the Missouri Department of Conservation Day on the River event to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This is the fifth event the department has held, and there will be many activities for those of all ages to enjoy. ...
Plenty of activities for SEMO Family Weekend (09/18/14)
Students have been in class for a few weeks, and this weekend the university and community welcome parents back to town to celebrate Family Weekend. There are several events on the schedule, and you can find a full list on the university's website, semo.edu, and more area events on semoevents.com. But here are a few to highlight:...
Special thanks to all involved in producing fair (09/17/14)
There was plenty of food, rides, music, vendors and more. And the weather, minus a little rain and cool temperatures, was nice for the recent SEMO District Fair. The annual event that traditionally draws tens of thousands capped off eight days of fun on Saturday at Arena Park. Official attendance numbers were not available on Tuesday, but Pete Poe, a longtime SEMO District Fair organizer, said the numbers were down slightly from last year due to the rain and cooler temperatures...
VintageNOW combines fun fashion with a good cause (09/16/14)
There are several events in the area each year that match good fun with a worthy cause. Count the VintageNOW fashion show as one of the best. The fifth annual fashion show will be held Oct. 17 at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. It's a 1950s theme this year. The doors will open at 6 p.m...
A new way to test student performance (09/15/14)
We understand the need for standardized testing. It's necessary as a matter of accountability to be able to somehow measure the successes or failures of any school. Over the last several weeks, the Southeast Missourian, via reporter Ruth Campbell, has brought you several stories regarding the results of the Missouri Assessment Program, aka MAP...
The search begins for next SEMO president (09/14/14)
As Dr. Kenneth Dobbins said recently, there will be plenty of time to say goodbye. For now, though, there is still much work to be done. Dobbins announced last week that this would be his final academic year at the head post of Southeast Missouri State University. The school president since 1999, Dobbins leaves behind a strong legacy...
Raising funds, awareness to defeat childhood cancer (09/12/14)
Cancer is horrible any way you slice it. To see friends and family battle the disease is heart-wrenching. But it's especially tough when you see a child with the affliction. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and recently a story by reporter Samantha Rinehart, the first in a series, explored the challenges of child-focused cancer treatments and how families battle to provide the necessary medical treatment for their child...
9/11: 13 years later (09/11/14)
It's been 13 years since Sept. 11, 2001. We remember where we were, what we were doing and how we felt when we saw two planes fly into the World Trade Center. We remember the cloud of smoke that billowed from the Pentagon after another airliner crashed. And we remember the crater left in a Pennsylvania field that was a result of brave passengers who prevented countless other lives lost...
FDNY fire chief to share his story (09/10/14)
On Thursday the United States will remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It's been 13 years since that tragic day that left thousands dead and a nation in mourning. We will reflect more on 9/11 in this space on Thursday. Today we welcome New York Fire Department chief Richard Picciotto to Cape Girardeau to kick off the Southeast Missouri State University Speaker Series. Picciotto will deliver his address at 11:30 a.m. in Academic Hall. The event is free and open to the public...
Cannonball Run makes stop in Cape Girardeau (09/09/14)
Today will be a busy day for many in the area. It's fair week, and Christian singer Jeremy Camp will perform at the Arena Park grandstand. The Crader Lecture also is on for this evening, and Baylor faculty member Dr. Thomas Kidd will deliver a speech on Patrick Henry at 7:30 p.m. in Rose Theatre...
History of church, state at Crader lecture (09/08/14)
Patrick Henry, a Founding Father, is most famously known in school history books for his quote, "Give me liberty or give me death." But there is much more to the man than the seven-word line etched in our collective memory. Dr. Thomas Kidd, a professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies at Baylor University, will share his expertise of Henry in the annual Crader Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday...
Regrettable politics behind Nixon's ax (09/07/14)
On June 24, state representative Kathy Swan received an email from a legislative liason regarding the fate of the Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center. The director of behavioral health was meeting with the Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center staff regarding the closure of that facility by the end of the year...
Hutson auction for Old Town Cape a good cause (09/05/14)
Old Town's Cape's annual fundraising auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Isle Casino Event Center. The event is named after the late Charles L. Hutson, a Cape Girardeau visionary who played a significant role in supporting the city's downtown area...
Let the fair fun begin (09/04/14)
The 159th annual SEMO District Fair is just days away. The annual eight-day event kicks off Saturday, and the lineup of entertainment and activities promises to provide many opportunities for family fun. This year the parade will be held on Saturday. ...
High school, college bands strike up a song (09/03/14)
We often write about local sports, particularly high school sports and the importance athletics plays with students. It's true sports teach important lessons and can serve as a common bond between fellow students, students and parents, and high schools with alumni -- but so can other activities, including high school bands...
Another exciting speaker lineup (09/02/14)
It's always a thrill when Southeast Missouri State University releases the lineup for its speaker series. Every year, the university comes out with an impressive list of people to come and speak here in Cape Girardeau. This year is no exception. On the list this year are:...
Addressing neighborhoods, untangling poverty (08/31/14)
Even before Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., cries for peace and pleas for ending violence were being voiced in a troubled Cape Girardeau neighborhood. Before Brown, there was Anthony Hempstead, a young black man shot in our town. His killer has not yet been identified. Hempstead, who had a troubled past but according to family was trying to lead a new, clean life, left a loving family in pieces. He also left behind a neighborhood searching for answers. For justice...
Happy Labor Day (08/31/14)
When it comes to the reasons for Monday's Labor Day holiday, the U.S. Department of Labor offers a good historical review. The first Labor Day celebration was in New York City in 1882 and was organized by the Central Labor Union. Right off the bat, the holiday was associated with the first Monday in September. ...
Corvettes made for fun attraction in Cape's downtown (08/29/14)
It was an impressive sight on Tuesday as a large group of Corvettes made its way to downtown Cape Girardeau. Hundreds of the popular sports cars joined the Corvette Caravan, and local enthusiasts filled the downtown area to get a look. The group was traveling to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky...
Southeast football begins a new era (08/28/14)
There's a new excitement about the Southeast Missouri State University football program. The Redhawks have a new head coach, Tom Matukewicz, whose leadership to this point has brought energy and a new team culture. Last week Southeast Missourian and semoball.com sports editor Rachel Crader highlighted how success should, or should not, be measured in coach Tuke's first season. ...
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...