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Revisiting Highway 61 on a spring weekend
As winter finally gives way to spring, roads clearing and icicles melting away to reveal the soft green glow of buds on branches, two words come to mind: Road trip. For my money, the most satisfying road trips bypass the fast-but-featureless interstates in favor of their ancestors, the two-lane highways that roll gently over the land, demanding a lighter touch on the gas pedal and a little more respect for the topography...
How to form a disaster plan, stock an emergency kit for your home or business
Does your family have a safe meeting place in case of a house fire? Does everyone know where to seek shelter from a tornado or earthquake? Most Americans say disaster preparedness is important to them, but only about 17 percent say they are actually prepared for such a situation, according to an Ad Council survey...
Retirees find quiet living, plenty to do in Southeast Missouri
Southeast Missouri, particularly the Cape Girardeau/Jackson area, has been lauded multiple times as a great place to settle down with a low cost of living. Most recently, in 2013, the Wall Street Cheat Sheet ranked the Cape Girardeau/Jackson area No. ...
New exhibits coming to area museums this summer
Cape River Heritage Museum: New exhibits for 2014 include "Girardeau Presidential Connections"; "Steamboat Era"; "Louis Lorimier, Founder of Cape Girardeau"; and a 5-foot by 10-foot 1944 Ary Marbain mural Metropolis donated by the Southeast Missourian newspaper and restored by local artist Craig Thomas. In Cape Girardeau...
Local libraries offer much more than books
These days, there's much more to do at the library than sit quietly and read or study. Public libraries throughout Southeast Missouri offer all sorts of educational programs, test preparation, meeting spaces, reading groups, guest speakers, access to computers and e-readers, and much more...
A musical summer in Southeast Missouri
You don't have to travel far this summer to hear a variety of great music, all performed by local community music groups. Below is a sampling of what you will find right here in Southeast Missouri to keep your toes tapping and your fingers snapping right through the dog days of summer!...
Places to take your pets for some outdoor fun
If you're an animal-lover, you know that most things in life are better enjoyed with "man's best friend" by your side. We asked local pet-owners where they like to hang out with their pets and compiled a few ideas for summer outings with your furry friend...
Volunteer opportunities abound in Southeast Missouri
Whatever the reason or the stage of life you're in, many communities in Southeast Missouri offer countless volunteer opportunities. Here's a look at some options in your community.
__The Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross__ has a variety of volunteer positions in its direct services, external services and support services division...
Communities of Southeast Missouri
Bollinger County A great place to ... settle down Sue and Gary Brewer made Bollinger County their home almost 20 years ago after retiring from the military. Both originally from Northern Illinois, they had no ties to Southeast Missouri but quickly made connections in the area...
Explore Missouri's 'alphabet soup' back roads
Visitors to Missouri often wonder about the highways that are named with letters instead of numbers. Only one other state (Wisconsin) has a system like it. Missouri's lettered roads lead to plenty of jokes, especially involving the roads named Route PP found in Jackson, Kelso, Poplar Bluff and elsewhere. A game of "Road Sign Scrabble" can be played at certain intersections, such as the junction of Routes N, U and T in Cape Girardeau County...
What a difference a day (trip) makes: Ideas for outings with friends, family or by yourself
Our family has a patented day trip: the St. Louis Zoo followed by dinner at Fitz's Soda Bar and Grill. We spend the day looking at the animals and then we look at the bottlers while we wait for our burgers to arrive. By 7 p.m., we are headed south again on Interstate 55, full, tired and happy. Many Southeast Missouri families may have a similar formula. If you're looking to break out of your routine, get away with your significant other, enjoy some girl time or take a day just for yourself, here are some trips that are big on rest or recreation with little driving.
Guide to area schools
In addition to its many public schools, Southeast Missouri has a large number of acclaimed private schools, most of a religious nature. Get important information on public school performance and private school characteristics.
Places of worship in Southeast Missouri
Southeast Missouri is known as a very religion-friendly area that boasts a multitude of churches in many denominations. Find out some basic information about them.
Facts about Cape Girardeau County
Cape Girardeau County boasts the area's largest population at more than 75,000 and the largest city, Cape Girardeau, which serves as a economic and services center for much of the surrounding area.
Facts about Bollinger County
Bollinger County is great for those looking for a bit slower pace and beautiful natural surroundings. With a population of a little over 12,000, it's the most rural of the area's counties.
Facts about Scott County
Few counties in the state represent Missouri's farm economy more than Scott County. The rolling hills in the county's north and the flat plains south of Benton are usually filled with wheat, corn, soybeans and other crops year-round.
Facts about Perry County
The rolling hills of Perry County are home to a strong German Lutheran and Catholic heritage the goes back centuries. This heritage is on display in small towns like Altenburg and Brazeau.