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Newsmakers 2014: Wes Blair, Cape Girardeau police chief (03/17/14)
The motivation behind Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair is his 10-year-old son. When his son grows up, Blair wants him to be able to say his father cared and tried to make a difference in his community, and succeeded. "What motivates me is the legacy that I'm trying to build," Blair says...
Newsmakers 2014: Paul Schock, owner of Schock's Pub and Schock Rental Properties (03/17/14)
Paul Schock is known for more than the pub in Scott City that shares his name; he is a familiar face in a variety of community groups and organizations, such as the Scott City Community Interactive Parks Program (SCIPP), the Scott City Kiwanis Club, the Scott City Historical Preservation Commission and Historical Society and the Scott City Landlord Association, among others...
Newsmakers 2014: Nicholle Hinkle, project manager at Old Town Cape (03/17/14)
Being a team player is an important part of Nicholle Hinkle's job title as the project manager at Old Town Cape, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the revitalization of downtown Cape Girardeau. She works with a variety of people, from Old Town Cape's partners and sponsors to downtown business owners -- a part she loves about her job, but that also requires flexibility...
Newsmakers 2014: Dr. Michael Aide, agriculture professor at Southeast Missouri State University (03/17/14)
If Dr. Michael Aide, professor and chairman of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, isn't teaching or on a farm, he probably is attending an agriculture-related event. If there is one thing he's passionate about, it's agriculture...
Newsmakers 2014: Mark Dirnberger, owner of Bella Italia and Katy O'Ferrell's (03/17/14)
The people are what have kept Mark Dirnberger in the restaurant business since one of his first jobs: working at the Burger King on Broadway in Cape Girardeau when he was 16. "I get a big kick out of watching people sit and enjoy themselves and converse," he says. "Having a place of your own that people can come to and enjoy themselves is what really makes it all worth the while to me."...
Newsmakers 2014: Linda McKinnis, owner/designer of Design Exclusive (03/17/14)
Linda McKinnis, owner and designer of Design Exclusive, says her job -- using her creativity to design and decorate weddings, events, homes and projects -- doesn't feel like work at all. "It is extremely fulfilling being in a field that I absolutely love," she says. "Creating each project is uniquely different, which in return, makes my work never boring and one of the most rewarding things in my life."...
Newsmakers 2014: Casey Brunke, city engineer with the City of Cape Girardeau (03/17/14)
Casey Brunke, Cape Girardeau city engineer, strives to make Cape Girardeau better for its residents and visitors, whether it is working with transportation or infrastructure projects. If Cape Girardeau offers top-notch streets and infrastructure, it betters the entire community, she says...
Tax liens (03/17/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during February are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Newsmakers 2014: Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce (03/17/14)
The year 2013 was a great one for Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. First, he received his professional economic development certification, and then he won the Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award, chosen from a small pool of nominees nationwide...
Newsmakers 2014: Rochelle Steffen, animal rescue advocate and video journalist at KFVS12 (03/17/14)
Rochelle Steffen is an animal rescue advocate who operates the "Mac the pitbull" Facebook page. Her Facebook campaign has raised thousands of dollars which she donates to animal shelters and rescues. Steffen's inspiration for all her hard work is Mac, her rescued pit bull...
Newsmakers 2014: Randy L. McWilson, digital media instructor at Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (03/17/14)
Randy McWilson considers it a blessing to interface with the next generation and share his passion for digital media. Teaching goes much deeper than lecturing from behind a podium, he says -- it's about sharing life lessons, character and interpersonal relationships...
Newsmakers 2014: Nicole Allcock, director of pharmacy services at SoutheastHEALTH (03/17/14)
As director of pharmacy services at SoutheastHEALTH, Nicole Allcock has implemented a comprehensive model of pharmacy services in which doctors, nurses and pharmacists take a team approach to hospital patient care. "Pharmacists now practice side-by-side with nurses and physicians on patient care units. Having a pharmacist on the direct patient care team reduces adverse effects and improves the quality of patient care," she says...
Names in the news (03/17/14)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Shane Dirnberger of Oran, Mo., was employee of the month for February at Mondi Jackson Inc. Dirnberger, an extrusion operator, has been with the company since Aug. 30, 2004. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Markus Hoedebeck, 30 years of service; Heather Perreault and Michael Renaud, 20 years; Billy Martin, 15 years; Jonathan Kasten, 10 years; and Amber Finger, five years...
Newsmakers 2014: Mary Burton, executive director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation (03/17/14)
Mary Burton always knew she wanted to help people when she grew up, and she's done exactly that -- first as a lab technician and nurse in various medical settings, then as executive director of the Red Cross in Southeast Missouri, director of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation and, as of August, executive director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation in Cape Girardeau...
Newsmakers 2014: Lucas Presson, assistant managing editor/editorial page editor for the Southeast Missourian (03/17/14)
Lucas Presson loves his work at the Southeast Missourian, in part because it's never boring. "Whether it's working with the editorial board, reading columns or stories or working on a major project like the Semoball Awards, I'm blessed to enjoy my job and work with a great team," he says. "I often tell folks that one of the greatest joys is writing the daily prayer for the opinion page, which often comes from scripture."...
Business licenses (03/17/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during February include the following:African Hair Supply, 47 S. Plaza Way Davis Industries LLC, 318 N. Sprigg St. 100 Katy O'Ferrell's, 300 Broadway Katy O'Ferrell's, 300 Broadway (liquor license) Kody Thompson Agency, 121 S. Broadview St. 1...
Newsmakers 2014: Ilena Aslin, AARP volunteer (03/17/14)
Ilena Aslin is a community advocate volunteer for AARP Missouri, which is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization. "[AARP] helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as health care, employment security and retirement planning," says Aslin. "I love being a part of making this happen."...
Health briefs (03/17/14)
SIKESTON HOSPITAL RANKS FIRST FOR PATIENT EXPERIENCE SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston was ranked No. 1 in the state for patient experience of care and No. 37 of 2,728 hospitals in the U.S. The hospital also was ranked No. 4 in the state and highest in the region for total performance overall measure by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
Newsmakers 2014: Danny Essner, executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank (03/17/14)
Danny Essner, executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank, enjoys the banking business for several reasons. "As a banker, I love the opportunity to help my customers achieve their financial goals, which can range from buying a new home to starting a new business to building a new apartment building," he says. "I particularly enjoy commercial lending, since it allows me to learn about a wide variety of businesses."...
Business briefs (03/17/14)
SERENITY SPA HOLDS GRAND OPENING POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Feb. 7 to mark the grand opening of Serenity Spa, 1411 N. Westwood Blvd. Maria Francisco-Tinsley owns the business...
Newsmakers 2014: Bob Clubbs, teacher at Jackson High School, founder of 'FB Weather with Bob Clubbs' (03/17/14)
Bob Clubbs says he loves to make people smile and laugh, and he does it in a number of roles: husband, father, teacher and, most recently, as a "social mediarologist" who shares news about the weather via his Facebook page, "FB Weather with Bob Clubbs."...
Newsmakers 2014: Beth Seabaugh, community resilience services coordinator for the American Red Cross - Southern Missouri Region (03/17/14)
Beth Seabaugh has made it her career and personal mission to increase the level of emergency preparedness in Southeast Missouri. As community resilience services coordinator for the American Red Cross -- Southern Missouri Region, one of Seabaugh's biggest projects has been carrying out the brand-new Pillowcase Project, a disaster preparedness program for children. ...
Bankruptcies (03/17/14)
Bankruptcies filed through February for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Newsmakers 2014: Alex Ogburn, vice president of ambulatory services at Saint Francis Medical Center (03/17/14)
Texas native Alex Ogburn moved to Cape Girardeau nearly 10 years ago and began working at Saint Francis Medical Center, where he now serves as vice president of ambulatory services. His job involves coordinating among various departments, from food service to materials management to security, to provide the support the hospital staff needs in order to deliver good health care...
Business licenses (02/17/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during January include the following:AJ Prom Superstore, 101 N. Main St. Buona Pizza, 2148 William St., Suite A Cape Paint & Glass, 15 N. Middle St. Chick-fil-A (mall location), 3049 William St., Suite 241 Cici's Pizza, 221 S. Broadview St...
Tax liens (02/17/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (02/17/14)
Bankruptcies filed through January for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (02/17/14)
GIVENS COMPLETES MEDICAL EXAMINER TRAINING Dr. Michael Givens of Givens Chiropractic in Cape Girardeau completed testing by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Certified medical examiners listed on the national registry provide qualification exams for commercial drivers...
Names in the news (02/17/14)
WARD LEADS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONRebecca Ward, owner of Ward Architecture in Jackson, led a professional development session at the Historic Storefront Restoration Workshop as part of the Missouri Preservation Conference 2013 in Boonville, Mo. Ward, a licensed architect with a master's degree in heritage preservation from Georgia State University, serves on the Missouri Preservation Board and is co-chairwoman of the Field Services Committee...
Business briefs (02/17/14)
YARN SHOP CUTS RIBBON IN CAPE GIRARDEAU Yearning 4 Yarn celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 9. The store is at 208 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. GIRL SCOUTS OPEN IN NEW OFFICE The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland celebrated its new service location with a ribbon cutting Jan. 10. The new office is at 2136 William St., Suite 178 in Cape Girardeau...
Don't let penalties, interest add to your tax bill (02/17/14)
WASHINGTON -- Paying taxes is hard enough. Don't let the total payment due rise because of penalties and interest. "To me, one dollar out of my pocket is significant," said Dave Duval, TaxAudit.com's vice president of consumer advocacy. "It's another tax, it's another percent. It adds up."...
Refinancing and rezoning: What to do when your property has been improperly zoned (02/17/14)
When someone is trying to sell or refinance their home, one thing they don't want to hear is that the property their house sits on is improperly zoned. Ryan Shrimplin, Cape Girardeau city planner, said a new zoning ordinance was adopted in 2010, changing the zoning of some districts within the city...
Free tax assistance available in Southeast Missouri (02/17/14)
Each year, organizations big and small round up volunteers to help low-income, senior and disabled individuals prepare their tax returns. The IRS and AARP provide volunteers in Southeast Missouri, as does the East Missouri Action Agency, which is based in Park Hills, Mo., but has resource offices in Ste. ...
Financial discovery: JP Thompson helps clients find success with investments, retirement and insurance planning (02/17/14)
JP Thompson became interested in finance during high school, and it was the economic recession that led him to a career in financial planning. "Before 2008, I knew what financial advisers did in a nutshell, but it was learning how this time period uniquely affected each household that made me dig deeper into the importance of this profession," he says. ...
Bankruptcies (01/20/14)
Bankruptcies filed through December for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (01/20/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during December include the following:BG's Old Tyme Deli, 205 S. Plaza Way CVS/Pharmacy (liquor license), 2161 William St. Ford's Mobile Wash LLC, 413 Blue Willow Lane Game Knights Books & Collectibles, 57 S. Plaza Way...
Tax liens (01/20/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during December are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Names in the news (01/20/14)
BEGGS JOINS THOMAS INSURANCE Kim Beggs joined Thomas Insurance Co. of Cape Girardeau as an agent specializing in all lines of health insurance. She has more than seven years of experience selling health insurance. SPOOLER CERTIFIED IN PRODUCTION, INVENTORY FIELDS...
Health briefs (01/20/14)
HORMONE REPLACEMENT BUSINESS OPENS IN CAPE Vitality opened at 465 S. Mount Auburn Road, Suite 103 in Cape Girardeau. Vitality offers all-natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy specific to each individual. BENNETT INDUCTED TO COLLEGE OF DENTISTS...
Business briefs (01/20/14)
GAME KNIGHTS OPENS IN CAPE Game Knights Books and Collectibles opened at 57 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau. The business sells gaming and hobby supplies for games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon, according to owner Jeremy Pierce....
Wellness programs, workplace changes can encourage better health in employees (01/20/14)
When employers make wellness a priority in their workplace, it has a positive effect on employee health and the company's bottom line. Both SoutheastHEALTH and Saint Francis Medical Center offer workplace wellness programs to help local businesses identify the biggest health concerns among their employees and then find ways to improve health in those areas...
Brothers spread 'blessing' of good health through personal training business (01/20/14)
Tyler, Travis and David Blessing have more in common than being brothers. They're all certified personal trainers, and they own a business together, TNT Fitness. "We always liked exercise and fitness, and we wanted to choose a career that would help people," says David, the oldest, who's been doing personal training for about four years...
Physician assistants help fill gap in primary care needs (01/20/14)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, where about 20 percent of the U.S. population lives. And as that population ages, the need for health care increases. Rural residents are also limited by lack of transportation, extreme weather, social isolation and poverty...
Audrey Burger, clinical operations director for the Community Counseling Center, discusses the mental health field (01/20/14)
In 18 years in the mental health field, Audrey Burger, clinical operations director for the Community Counseling Center, has seen her share of changes. A heightened awareness of mental health issues means people are seeking help at a younger age. Last year, the center broke ground on a $1.5 million expansion, a project made necessary by the increase of people seeking help at the center. ...
Chamber check-in (12/16/13)
A year's time can bring major business development and economic growth to cities. Leaders of area chambers of commerce took some time to fill us in on what notable changes their cities underwent during 2013, and what residents can expect to see happening in their neighborhoods within the next year:John Mehner, president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Nine business stories that made headlines in 2013 (12/16/13)
Changes at Cape Girardeau Postal Service facility The planned closure of the U.S. Postal Service's Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility made this list in 2012; at the time, employees at the Cape Girardeau facility thought their jobs were secure until 2014...
Names in the news (12/16/13)
ARBEITER RECEIVES DESIGNATION Tim Arbeiter, vice president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, earned the designation of certified economic developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. ...
Bankruptcies (12/16/13)
Bankruptcies filed through November for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (12/16/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during November include the following:Car Connection, 618 S. Kingshighway China Palace, 2123 Broadway (liquor license) Generations Consignment Store, 1246 Meadowbrook Lane Loan Simple, 1210 Hildale Shine Doctor, 1432 Big Bend Road...
Health briefs (12/16/13)
SEYER RECEIVES LEET EYECARE AWARD Kelsey Seyer received the Leet EyeCare Above and Beyond Award for October. She is a clinical technician at the 3230 Blattner Drive location in Cape Girardeau. She was nominated for the award by her peers...
Tax liens (12/16/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during November are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business briefs (12/16/13)
ARTISAN GIFTS OPENS ON BROADWAY Artisan Gifts, formerly Garden Gallery, opened Nov. 1 at 821A Broadway in Cape Girardeau. WEST BANK BISTRO CLOSES West Bank Bistro, 340 S. Lorimier St. in Cape Girardeau, had its last day of business Oct. 31. According to the bistro's Facebook page, if a gift certificate has not been redeemed, contact the bistro and they will "work it out." The Facebook page also stated the location will become a residence...
Hello and goodbye: A look at the comings and goings of 2013 (12/16/13)
HELLO CVS pharmacies Southeast Missouri has a new drugstore option with the opening of CVS Pharmacy stores in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, Mo. The Sikeston and Poplar Bluff stores opened in September, and the Cape Girardeau store is expected to open in January at the intersection of William Street and South Kingshighway. CVS has more than 7,300 stores in 44 states. Previously, the closest store to Cape Girardeau was in Carbondale, Ill...
Power of women: Dr. Erin Fluegge-Woolf encourages businesswomen to support one another (11/18/13)
Having fun at work was the theme of Dr. Erin Fluegge-Woolf's Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Florida. It's a concept she says she embraces in her workplace and her classes. Fluegge-Woolf, who earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State University, returned to her alma mater as a faculty member in the department of business, teaching classes such as management and negotiation...
Number of women seeking MBAs steady at SEMO, down nationally (11/18/13)
Though there are fewer women applying for business school nationally, Southeast Missouri State University has had a steady 40 percent of women enrolled in its Master of Business Administration program since 2011. According to the 2013 application trends survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council, U.S. News and World Report reported, the proportion of women applicants in five different kinds of MBA programs decreased compared to 2012 levels...
Business licenses (11/18/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during October include the following: Beauty Shop at the Chateau, 3120 Independence St. BG's Olde Tyme Deli, 205 S. Plaza Way Coaches Classic Memorabilia LLC, 1107 N. West End Blvd. Dr. B.L. Ogborn DDS, 66 Doctors' Park...
Bankruptcies (11/18/13)
Bankruptcies filed through October for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (11/18/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (11/18/13)
LAWRENCE NAMED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Saint Francis Medical Center named Jim Lawrence as the new director of business development. In this role, he will lead all aspects of business development and relationship building with physicians, consumers and businesses. In addition to his new role, Lawrence will continue to direct the Consumer Call Center. ...
Names in the news (11/18/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Darren Whitledge of Jackson was employee of the month for October at Mondi Jackson Inc. Whitledge, a pre-press first assistant, has been with the company since June 6, 2010. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Weston Mangels and Mitchell Royer, 20 years of service; Brian Brown, Lester Page and Rodney Pease, 15 years; Julie Adams, Michael Hammontree and Brett Hart, 10 years; and Corey Thurman, five years.. ...
Business briefs (11/18/13)
UNIVERSITY, CAPE GIRARDEAU AWARDED GRANT FOR INCUBATOR PROJECT Southeast Missouri State University and the city of Cape Girardeau were awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to renovate a building and parking lot as part of the Creative Labs and Industries Incubator program, according to a news release from the university. ...
Business licenses (10/21/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during September include the following: Cassie Phillips, 113 Independence St. (booth) Crown Cash LLC, 517 Silver Springs Road Discount Tobacco Warehouse Inc., 870 N. Kingshighway Hogtied Hitz, 521 N. Middle St...
Tax liens (10/21/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (10/21/13)
Bankruptcies filed through September for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (10/21/13)
POPLAR BLUFF HOSPITAL EARNS GOLD SEAL POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. ...
Names in the news (10/21/13)
ROBINSON RECOGNIZED FOR CLIENT SERVICE H & R Block Inc., the nation's largest tax preparation services company, honored 25 tax professionals and their client service leaders with the company's top national client service award. Teresa Robinson of Cape Girardeau was among 25 professionals out of approximately 90,000 tax associates to receive the Henry W. ...
Business briefs (10/21/13)
FAITH-BASED COUNSELING CENTER OPENS IN CAPE One Accord Counseling, a faith-based counseling center, is now open at 1200 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, according to a news release from Elizabeth Statler, business owner and licensed clinical social worker. ...
1:1 inititave puts technology in students' hands (10/21/13)
With technology taking the reins of society and business, schools are beginning to follow suit with the hopes of teaching on a more relatable and personal level. The 1:1 initiative has been adopted by area schools in Sikeston, Mo., Poplar Bluff, Mo., and, beginning in January, Cape Girardeau Central High School...
As technology has evolved, so has the way we do business (10/21/13)
When Dave Kunz entered the workforce in 1972, he used a manual adding machine. "It was like a slot machine. It made a lot of noise and had a lot of moving parts," says Kunz, professor of finance at Southeast Missouri State University's Harrison College of Business...
The buzz on social media: Talking with Gary Rust II, director of rustmedia (10/21/13)
Social media allows savvy business owners to reach customers across a variety of platforms, making use of the latest technology and innovative ideas. On the other hand, it's easy for your message to get muddy when using multiple platforms. We talked to Gary Rust II, director of rustmedia, about the best ways for businesses to make use of social media:...
Districts dole out money for classroom supplies based on priorities, needs (09/25/13)
A teacher's room in not complete without stimuli. Whether it is a colorful alphabet running across a dry erase board, informative posters displaying basic grammar skills or unique furniture tucked away in a reading nook, it takes a lot to get a classroom ready for an upcoming school year...
Many professions require continuing education to maintain license (09/25/13)
Teachers, real estate agents and doctors are among the many professionals required to obtain ongoing education in order to maintain their state licenses and keep their skills up to date. "You are more likely to get better treatment" when physicians receive continuing training in the latest trends, said Benita Stennis, director of scientific affairs for the Missouri State Medical Association...
The secrets of student success: A Q&A with Dr. Bruce Skinner of Southeast Missouri State University (09/25/13)
Dr. Bruce Skinner can relate to the students under his care at Southeast Missouri State University. Skinner is the assistant vice president for student success and director of residence life at the university, but he started his career as a resident adviser in Dearmont Hall while he was Southeast student...
Tax liens (09/25/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (09/25/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during August include the following: Agro-Logics LLC, 2820 Wintergreen Drive B & S Small Engine Rebuild & Repair, 12 S. Park St. D'Tails, 14 S. Ellis St. Dash, 336 N. Kingshighway Golden Nails & Spa, 1430 N. Kingshighway...
Bankruptcies (09/25/13)
Bankruptcies filed through August for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Names in the news (09/25/13)
WATKINS PROMOTED TO EDUCATION DIRECTOR Leslie Watkins was promoted to education director at Metro Business College. She will be responsible for regulatory compliance and regulations, class scheduling, curriculum development and faculty supervision. She has a degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University and has worked with the college as a computer instructor since 2000. She is also a certified administrative professional...
Health briefs (09/25/13)
TILLMAN NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Roxanne Tillman, clinical casework assistant II for the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, was selected as the Missouri Veterans Commission employee of the month for July. She was honored in a July 24 ceremony at the veterans home, where she accepted a plaque from Bryan Hunt, deputy director of the Missouri Veterans Commission...
Business briefs (09/25/13)
BRENNECKE CHEVROLET MERGING WITH COAD IN CAPE Brennecke Chevrolet, 700 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson, is merging its store with Coad Chevrolet at 517 S. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Brennecke Chevrolet has already merged its sales department with Coad Chevrolet, but its parts and service departments will be operating at the Jackson location until the end of September, according to Sherry Honey, assistant office manager at Brennecke Chevrolet. ...
Librarians as important as ever, but with more emphasis on technology (09/25/13)
When Sharon Anderson was a kid, her dad attached a bigger basket to her bicycle so she could haul more books home from the library. When that still wasn't enough, he added a couple saddlebags. Today, as youth services coordinator at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, Anderson is still hauling books home from the library and reading past her bedtime, even as she pursues a master's degree in library science. ...
Individual learning, community relationships key to private school education (09/25/13)
While the vast majority of students are enrolled in public schools, private schools provide an alternative type of education that also holds a unique role in the community. "If we're doing our best, we have an essential role in the community -- any school does," says Russell Grammer, founder and director of Prodigy Leadership Academy in Cape Girardeau, which educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade...
Tax liens (08/19/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during July are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (08/19/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during July include the following: Karen Oliver's Skin Care Profession, 125 S. Broadview St., Suite 11 Marty's Homemade Sinkers, 112 D. St., Suite 80 PM Professionals LLC, 1815 Cape LaCroix Road Southeast Office Services, 1851 Woodlawn Ave...
Bankruptcies (08/19/13)
Bankruptcies filed through July for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (08/19/13)
SOUTHEAST GETS GRANT FOR HEART HEALTH SoutheastHEALTH received a one-year Community Action grant from the American Heart Association to improve heart health in Ripley County. The Community Action grant initiative is designed to help achieve the American Heart Association's mission to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. ...
Names in the news (08/19/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Lisa Stearns of Jackson was employee of the month for July at Mondi Jackson Inc. Stearns, a cost accountant, has been with the company since May 16, 2011. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Denise Steinert, 15 years of service; Roger Carney, 10 years; and Felix Freude, five years...
Business briefs (08/19/13)
U.S. BANK OPENS CAMPUS BRANCH U.S. Bank opened a branch on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The full-service branch is a convenient banking option for the more than 12,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff of the university. ...
A summary of ongoing and upcoming developments in Southeast Missouri (08/19/13)
Plaza Galleria lot The Plaza Galleria building on Independence Street in Cape Girardeau was demolished this summer, and the site is now being marketed as a "prime retail/commercial redevelopment site," according to Tom Kelsey, broker and president of Lorimont Place Ltd., who represents the property. ...
Short sales, foreclosures require more planning from buyers and their real estate agents (08/19/13)
If there's one thing buyers need when it comes to short sales and foreclosures, it's patience. In fact, some Realtors have obtained special training and certification designed to help buyers navigate these complicated real estate transactions. "There are so many short sales and foreclosures on the market ... ...
Navigating the home refinancing process (08/19/13)
With interest rates near historic lows, now is a good time to consider refinancing your home. Refinancing a mortgage can potentially save you money over the life of a loan. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the refinancing process:...
Five questions to ask before hiring a real estate agent (08/19/13)
Want to sell your property quickly? Looking for your dream house? Are you hoping to get the best deal possible during the complex process of buying or selling a home? With so much money -- and often, emotion -- at stake, going it alone is generally not the best way to reach your goals. The secret for getting exactly what you want: Work with a savvy real estate agent...
Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place talks growth and development in Southeast Missouri (08/19/13)
Tom Kelsey's name has been attached to some of the most high-profile commerical transactions in our area. As broker and president of Lorimont Place Ltd., he's had a role in several economic developments in Southeast Missouri. "Commercial brokers, like myself are heavily involved in business recruitment working closely with city, regional and state economic development agencies," he says. ...
Business licenses (07/16/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during June include the following:...
Bankruptcies (07/16/13)
Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (07/16/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during June are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (07/16/13)
MELTONS ATTEND OPTOMETRIC CONGRESS Optometrists Drs. Derek and Kayla Melton attended the Kentucky Optometric Association's 111th annual Spring Educational Congress in Lexington, Ky. The conference, held April 25 to 28, provided the Meltons with the latest updates in eye care and disease and also included an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services in optometry. The Meltons live in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Derek Melton owns Melton Eye Care Associates in Cape Girardeau...
Names in the news (07/16/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Brenda West of Cape Girardeau was employee of the month for June at Mondi Jackson Inc. West, a print press operator, has been with the company since May 6, 1991. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Gary Palermo, 20 years of service; Matthew Wiseman, Duane Emmons, Wesley Long and Linda Leazenby, 15 years; Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Layton, Patti Petzoldt and Allen Vehrs, 10 years; and Ronnie Kimbel, Laura Weinkein and Teresa Worden, five years.. ...
Business briefs (07/16/13)
MRV OPENS FULL-SERVICE BRANCH IN CAPE MRV Banks in May opened a full-service branch in Cape Girardeau. The branch, at 1610 N. Kingshighway, Suite 102 in the Regents Park Building, is led by vice president Brian Rivenburgh and assistant vice president Robbie Guard, along with Maureen Schmitz and Pamela Myers. ...
Fund-A-Farmer Project provides microgrants for animal welfare (07/16/13)
Farmers concerned about animal welfare have a new resource with the Food Animal Concerts Trust. The Chicago-based organization's Fund-A-Farmer Project provides microgrants for marketing, increased access to pasture and overall welfare of farm animals. In 2012 -- its first complete year -- the project provided a total of $15,000 in funding to nine farms across the continental U.S...
Southeast, Lincoln University partner for agriculture education (07/16/13)
Southeast Missouri State University and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., have partnered in order to expand their agriculture research and education programs. With this partnership, students will be able to enroll in courses at both universities via online or interactive television formats, according to a news release from Southeast...
University of Missouri class gives 'farm kids' insight, tools for the business side of farming (07/16/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jake Anderson didn't have to delve too deep into the University of Missouri's agricultural economics program before realizing he was destined to return to the 1,500-acre family farm. After all, that's been the Anderson family trade since 1891, when his great-great grandfather came to Callaway County from Sweden...
Terry Birk, Farm Service Agency executive director, talks drought vs. wet weather (07/16/13)
Terry Birk grew up on a Southeast Missouri farm. As the USDA's Farm Service Agency executive director for Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties, he serves as a resource to local farmers. We talked to Birk about this year's crop outlook, lasting effects from the 2012 drought and this year's wet weather:...
Easement programs can help conservationists and landowners (07/16/13)
Landowners wanting to permanently protect the wildlife and landscape features of their property can sell or donate conservation easements through a number of local and federal organizations. Brad Pobst is the private land conservationist with the Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service Cape Girardeau County Field Office in Jackson. ...
Health briefs (06/17/13)
DERMATOLOGIST GETS ADVANCED TRAINING POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Dr. Lance Yeoman and nurse practitioner Joyce Barklow of The Dermatology Office traveled to San Francisco for Sciton laser technology training with two of the industry's leading physicians: Dr. Patrick Bitter and Dr. Robert Aycock. Yeoman and his medical partner, Dr. Phil Rettenmaier, also attended the Arkansas Dermatological Society's annual meeting, where they received further training in aesthetic dermatology...
Names in the news (06/17/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Monti Ferronato of Jackson was employee of the month for May at Mondi Jackson Inc. Ferronato, a QA lab technician, has been with the company since Aug. 21, 2006. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Christopher Simmers and Stephanie Bryan, 10 years of service...
Business briefs (06/17/13)
LAW OFFICE OPENS IN PERRYVILLE PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The law office of Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens LC opened a new location at 1304 Brenda Ave., Suite A in Perryville. NEW BOUTIQUE OPENS ON BROADWAY Merci, a children's clothing, baby items, home decor and gift boutique, opened May 8 in the restored Julius Vasterling Building, 637 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. ...
Business licenses (06/17/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during May include the following:...
Tax liens (06/17/13)
Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during May are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (06/17/13)
Bankruptcies filed through May for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Expert tips on expanding, hiring and seeking help for small businesses (06/17/13)
Whether you're striving to start, trying to maintain or hoping to expand your business, Justin Pobst, a business development associate at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape, offers a few helpful tips for success:...
In Cape Girardeau boutiques, items are hand-picked at markets coast to coast (06/17/13)
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, small businesses are the way to go. In downtown Cape Girardeau, you won't find trucks delivering clothing and jewelry en masse. Instead, store owners travel to markets from Atlanta to Dallas to Los Angeles, where they hand pick and order every single item to sell in their store. ...
With Marketplace Fairness Act, online retailers may have to charge state sales tax (06/17/13)
On May 6, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers. President Barack Obama has also expressed support for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which is now awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives...
Running seasonal businesses can be hectic but profitable (06/17/13)
While most businesses have 12 months to make a profit, seasonal operations have a much shorter window of time. "We do almost all of our business in two to three weekends," says Teresa Meier, co-owner of Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson...
Who's Who 2013: Dennis Riney, CEO and founder of Premier Rehab Physical Therapy (03/18/13)
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; Salvation Army (annual food drive); Special Olympics (donations); Shoeman Water Project (turning shoes into water project); U.S. Wounded Soldier Foundation What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?...
Who's Who 2013: Majors Ben and Beth Stillwell, The Salvation Army Cape Girardeau Missouri Corps Community Center (03/18/13)
MAJOR BEN STILLWELL:What do you love about your work? Helping others. What community issue are you most passionate about? The poor. What's your No. 1 goal at work? To show Christ's care, concern and compassion. MAJOR BETH STILLWELL:...
Who's Who 2013: Heather Collier, special publications editor, Southeast Missourian (03/18/13)
Community involvement: Red Cross of Southeast Missouri board member; Charleston Society for the Arts board member; member of Charleston Junior Study Club; member of Lutheran Family and Children's Services FUSE -- Fostering Unity, Setting Expectations...
Who's Who 2012: Whitney Quick, Regional development coordinator with LFCS (03/18/13)
Community involvement: Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals, Southeast Council on Philanthropy What do you love about your work? There is so much that I love about my job. I love that my job is always changing. In one day I could work on an upcoming event, organize the food pantry, run a diaper drive or speak to organizations about LFCS. ...
Who's Who 2013: Erica Wheeler, Director of brand strategy at BOLD Marketing (03/18/13)
United Way of Southeast Missouri -- campaign ambassador, New Year's Eve marketing chair; volunteer with Emerging Leaders Society; Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals -- board of directors, secretary, communications committee, ADDY committee; Social Media Club; certified in Agency Operations through Second Wind...
Who's Who 2013: Dr. Ryne Wood, Optometrist, Leet EyeCare (03/18/13)
Member of Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; particpates in school vision screenings; helps with Midwest Mobile EyeCare, providing vision care to nursing home residents What do you love about your work? ...
Who's Who 2013: Mike Seabaugh, Certified general real estate appraiser, Dockins Valuation Company; owner, Mike's Cleaning & Floor Care (03/18/13)
Chairman, City of Jackson Planning & Zoning Commission; leadership team member, Crossroads Fellowship Church; finance adviser, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; Epsilon Iota Alumni Association Board; member, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; member, past president and past treasurer, Jackson Rotary Club; coach, Jackson Girls Optimist Basketball League; coach, Jackson Girls Softball League; member, Cape Girardeau Elks; associate member, Appraisal Institute; past member of board of directors, March of Dimes, Southeast Division. ...
Who's Who: Bridgett Kielhofner, Owner, Philanthropy (03/18/13)
Various organizations; Philantrhopy donates 10 percent of profits to charities, including local ones What do you love about your work? I love business! One of my addictions and hobbies is financial analysis. I am probably the only person in the world that gets excited about bank statements and Excel spreadsheets. ...
Who's Who 2013: Shad Burner, Sales director, rustmedia (03/18/13)
Chairman, Work Ready Coalition, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; secretary-elect, Cape Girardeau Rotary Club; Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals; St. Mary Cathedral Parish What do you love about your work? I think I have the best job in Cape! Our agency is helping businesses to better tell their stories in the places where people are now listening. ...
Names in the news - April 2013 (03/18/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Tommy Stidham of Chaffee, Mo., was employee of the month for February at Mondi Jackson Inc. Stidham, a print operator, has been with the company since July 19, 2005. Mondi Jackson also recognized the following employees for completing five years of service: Richard Felty and Gregory Smith....
Who's Who 2013: Joey Hann, Special operations/community service division, Cape Girardeau Police Department (03/18/13)
Volunteer with Special Olympics of Missouri, chair holder on SOMO Polar Bear Plunge committee; mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri since 2001; Region 9 Law Enforcement Torch Run coordinator; foster parent for the Missouri Children's Division; Acting Forwards Captain for Scorpions Rugby Team...
Who's Who 2013: Debbie Below, Vice President for enrollment management and student success, Southeast Missouri State University (03/18/13)
Member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce What do you love about your work? The college experience can transform lives in many positive ways. It is such a joy to see students reach their goals and to know that our efforts to support them are making a difference. ...
Business Today, April 2013 - Business briefs (03/18/13)
FERGUSON ENTERPRISES OPENS IN CAPE Ferguson Enterprises, ranked by trade publications as the nation's largest distributor of plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings, opened a Cape Girardeau location March 4. Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place Ltd. ...
Business Today, April 2013 - Health briefs (03/18/13)
BAILIFF JOINS PC WELLNESS CENTER Becky Bailiff joined PC Wellness Center in Cape Girardeau as a massage therapist. Bailiff has three years of experience and specializes in Swedish, deep tissue and prenatal massages. She joins Angela Engelen, allowing PC Wellness to offer massage therapy Monday through Saturday...
Business Today, April 2013 - Bankruptcies (03/18/13)
Bankruptcies filed through February for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Who's Who 2013: Dr. James Stapleton, Executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor at Southeast Missouri State University (03/18/13)
Board member for the Cape Area MAGNET, an advisory board member for Junior Achievement of Southeast Missouri and a member of the Missouri Governor's Task Force on Small Business. What do you love about your work? I love helping others achieve their goals and dreams. ...
Who's Who 2013: Cathy Abrams, Director of maternal and child services at Saint Francis Medical Center (03/18/13)
Member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, volunteer state program director for the March of Dimes. What community issue are you most passionate about? Supporting and protecting the health and wellness of women in our community is so important. We all know that women are more often than not charged with caring for others as well as themselves. In my opinion, the community will be healthier as a whole when women are at their best physically and emotionally...
Who's Who 2013: Michael Gardner, Partner at Osburn, Hine, Yates & Murphy LLC, Attorneys at Law (03/18/13)
Board of governors of The Missouri Bar; Cape West Rotary; Knights of Columbus; Boy Scouts of America, Shawnee District membership committee; Saint Francis Medical Center planned giving committee; Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; St. Vincent de Paul school board and St. Vincent de Paul Parish...
Who's Who 2013: The Rev. Keith E. Frye Jr., CEO/founder of Fry Maxx Janitorial Service and pastor of Central Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (03/18/13)
Poplar Bluff Ministerial Alliance; chaplain at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center; Neighborhood Watch; Community Service Program; Western Singing Federation; Christian Education of the Missouri Baptist Friendship Consolidated District. What do you love about your work?...
Who's Who 2013: Tiffany Jenkins, Director of marketing and community relations at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center (03/18/13)
President of the Poplar Bluff Boys & Girls Club board of directors, United Cancer Assistance Network, March of Dimes, Women Aware Organization, Ozark Family Resource Agency and the Missouri Association for Healthcare and PR. What community issue are you most passionate about?...
Business licenses - April 2013 (03/18/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during February include the following:Bill Bonney Septic/Plumbing Service, 940 W. Main St., Jackson Broadway Market and Loft, 609 Broadway Coffey's Comics & Games, 1029 Broadway Dr. Nerd's Electronics LLC, 47 S. Plaza Way...
Who's Who 2013: John McGowan, Director of operations, Love in the Name of Christ International (03/18/13)
Habitat for Humanity board of directors; Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri, Youth Council; Cape Girardeau Library Board of Trustees; Cape Girardeau County Board for Developmentally Disabled; Southeast Council on Philanthropy (SECOP); KRCU Community Advisory Board; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, mentor; Jackson Ministerial Alliance; Cape Girardeau Ministerial Alliance; Downtown Council of Churches; Work Ready Coalition, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Tax liens - April 2013 (03/18/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during February are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Paying estimated taxes critical for self-employed (02/18/13)
WASHINGTON -- Some people work for themselves because they like the autonomy. Others have been unable to find full-time, regular jobs and have had to settle for contract work for a specific project or period of time. And still others have retired but have been brought back as consultants by their former employers...
A guide to insurance for those who rent their business location (02/18/13)
If you're a business owner who rents a bricks and mortar location, a business owner insurance policy is still crucial to protecting the equipment inside your place of business -- as well as protecting against liability, crime, loss of use and more. Nathan Brown, an insurance producer with W.E. ...
Tax season 2013: What's in store for taxpayers and the tax prep industry (02/18/13)
With tax season in full swing, local CPAs are as busy as ever preparing tax returns, while also preparing for a much different tax season in 2014. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is chock-full of complex rules, mandates, incentives and tax code changes. ...
Affordable Care Act has changed the rules when it comes to insuring your child (02/18/13)
The Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 and provisions of the law will be implemented through January 2015. A major aspect of the legislation that local insurance agents have seen affect their customers are changes to rules governing coverage for children, which they say have ended up making options less affordable...
Tax liens (02/18/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (02/18/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during January include the following:Cape Ultimate Skincare LLC, 83 S. Plaza Way Central Fire Protection Inc., out of town Cosmo Nails & Spa, 465 S. Mount Auburn Road, Suite 105 Cosmo Nails & Spa, 465 S. Mount Auburn Road, Suite 105 (liquor license)...
Business briefs (02/18/13)
TAX BUSINESS OPENS IN ADVANCE ADVANCE, Mo. -- Karen Tropf opened Tax Time at 19810 Route C in Advance. The business offers personal and business tax preparation, bank reconciliation, bookkeeping and payroll, household item appraisals, eBay listings and notary public services...
Health briefs (02/18/13)
RUSTEN JOINS SOUTHEAST hospital STAFF Dr. Mark C. Rusten, otolaryngology, joined the medical staff at Southeast Hospital. He is affiliated with Southeast Ear, Nose & Throat and previously practiced in Paducah, Ky. Rusten is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, with professional memberships in the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Medical Association...
Tax rates, AMT patch already set for 2013 tax year (02/18/13)
WASHINGTON -- You can expect a lot less end-of-the-year drama on taxes in 2013. But there's a price tag: The payroll tax holiday has ended for all workers, and higher-income people will bear a heavier tax burden. For the past two years, the employee's share of Social Security taxes was reduced from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent as the country struggled to emerge from recession. ...
Names in the news (02/18/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Chad Ritter, extrusion operator of Marble Hill, Mo., was employee of the month for January at Mondi Jackson Inc. He has been with the company since June 19, 2000. Mondi Jackson also honored the following employees for five years of service: Debra Dalton, Maxine Lohmann, Lisa Pfeiffer and Kris Walz...
Bankruptcies (02/18/13)
Bankruptcies filed through January for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (01/22/13)
SHOEMAKER NAMED VP OF PHYSICIAN SERVICES Dr. D. Matthew Shoemaker was named vice president of physician services at SoutheastHEALTH, effective Jan. 1. He will work with Dr. Dennis Means, chief medical officer, to ensure that patients continue receiving the highest quality care. ...
Names in the news (01/22/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Shannon Schumer of Kelso, Mo., was employee of the month for December at Mondi Jackson Inc. Schumer, a multicraft technician, has been with the company since Oct. 25, 2004. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Brian Hagan, Randall Seabaugh and Johnny Wrinkle, 15 years of service; and William Langhout, five years of service...
Bankruptcies (01/22/13)
Bankruptcies filed through December for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (01/22/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during December are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (01/22/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during December include the following:Ace Auto Repair of Cape LLC, 315 N. Broadview St. Drop Dead Gorgeous, 113 Independence St. DRBC, out of town Hair Studio - Margaret Jan Raney, 227 Plaza Way Hair Studio - Monica Metzger, 227 Plaza Way...
A look at alternative medicine options available in Southeast Missouri (01/22/13)
Chiropractics The goal of chiropractic care is to eliminate pain, prevent future issues and increase individuals' livelihood, says Dr. Greg Pursley, who started Pursley Chiropractic in 2007. Since then, the practice has added Dr. Seth Hudson and switched its name to PC Wellness Centers to match the broadened mission of the practice. ...
An interview with Jane Wernsman, executive director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center (01/22/13)
Jane Wernsman, executive director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, first moved to Cape Girardeau because of her husband's work. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Murray State University and has continued her education through the Missouri Public Health Institute and numerous continuing education programs...
Bariatric surgery options come to Cape (01/22/13)
By Lori Trepasso We all know that to maintain a healthy body weight, we need to eat a nutritious diet that is low in fat, and we need to get at least a moderate amount of exercise. But for some people who have repeatedly tired these methods and been unsuccessful, bariatric surgery may be an option...
Ergonomics helps employees reduce pain, improve production (01/22/13)
Working in front of a computer all day can literally be a pain in the neck. Or back. Or shoulder. Or wrist. A poorly arranged workstation and bad posture can lead to health issues and lower productivity. That's where ergonomics -- the science of fitting the workplace environment and job demands to the working population -- comes in...
Jump-start your workout routine with CrossFit (01/22/13)
A workout routine that's been popular with soldiers and athletes for years has gained popularity in Southeast Missouri, drawing followers of all ages, sizes and fitness levels. CrossFit -- officially defined as "constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity," combines a variety of strength and cardio exercises into a powerful workout of an hour or less...
Business briefs (01/22/13)
FUNERAL BUSINESS OPENS IN P.B. POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Funeral and Cremation Care of Poplar Bluff is now open on Route W, just past McLane Park in Poplar Bluff. Alex and Emily Ruegg own the business. Alex Ruegg, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, also owns and operates Ruegg Funeral Homes Inc. ...
Tax liens (12/18/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during November are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (12/18/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during November include the following:America's Mattress, 304 N. Kingshighway Cloud 9 Maternity Boutique LLC, 2136 William St., Suite 196 Crimson Creative, 1009 Emily Court Presto Exitoso Marketing, 1210 Perryville Road...
Mike Marshall reflects on 2012 in the Delta region, and what 2013 may bring (12/18/12)
Interview by Robyn Gautschy Born and raised in Sikeston, Mo., Mike Marshall has stayed true to his hometown in his adult life as well. He was mayor of Sikeston from 2003 to 2009, is a former president of the Sikeston Jaycees and Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce and was named 2009 Citizen of the Year by the Sikeston chamber. ...
A look at the comings and goings of 2012 (12/18/12)
By Robyn Gautschy HELLO Menards Menards home improvement store opened May 15 at Siemers Drive and Bloomfield Road in Cape Girardeau. The $8 million store was the largest retailer to open in Cape Girardeau since 2006, when both Kohl's and Sears Grand opened their doors -- it's also the southernmost location for the Wisconsin-based chain, which has 267 stores. ...
The top 12 of 2012: A look back at the year's biggest business stories (12/18/12)
Cape County Commission approves $300 million in bonds for P&G A $300 million expansion of Procter & Gamble facilities is in the works after the Cape Girardeau County Commission approved a plan to issue industrial development bonds in August. Commissioners unanimously approved issuing $300 million in Chapter 100 bonds, which company representatives have said will help fund additional manufacturing capacity needed at P&G's Cape Girardeau County plant to meet future consumer demands. ...
Local unemployment rates in 2012 (12/18/12)
Nearly every Southeast Missouri county saw declining unemployment rates in 2012. The national unemployment rate in 2012 fell from 8.8 in January to 7.9 in October. Here's a look at local unemployment data from the first ten months of 2012 as reported by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center...
Names in the news (12/18/12)
HAHS GROUP ADDS COLLEGE DIRECTOR Jared Freese of Crystal City, Mo., was appointed college unit director for the Hahs Group of Northwestern Mutual in Cape Girardeau. His responsibilities include recruiting, training and mentoring interns and representatives and providing clients with financial services. Freese earned his business management/finance degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010...
Business briefs (12/18/12)
APPLE CREEK WINERY NOW OPEN Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery opened Nov. 10 at 1930 County Road 401 in Friedheim. The winery, owned by Doug and Pat Hunt along with Matt and Shellie Gamel, is 2.8 miles west of Old Appleton at exit 117 off Interstate 55. The vineyard, first planted in 2006, includes six acres and six varieties of grapes. Wine is produced on-site by vintner Matt Gamel. ...
Health briefs (12/18/12)
SOUTHEAST PHARMACY DIRECTOR WINS AWARD Dr. Nicole Allcock, director of pharmacy for SoutheastHEALTH, received the 2012 Health System Pharmacy Alumni Service Award from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy. OB/GYN JOINS CAPE CARE FOR WOMEN...
Four stories to keep an eye on in 2013 (12/18/12)
Southeast Missourian Businesses small and large will have some tough issues to navigate during 2013. From health care to environmental regulations, there are many unanswered questions contributing to an uneasy feeling that could continue to stifle economic growth...
Bankruptcies (12/18/12)
Bankruptcies filed through November for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Names in the news (11/19/12)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Robert Orr of Cape Girardeau was employee of the month for October at Mondi Jackson Inc., formerly called Nordenia USA Inc. Orr, a conversion operator, has been with the company since November 2003. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Michael Keller and Ritsuko Stone, 15 years of service, and Timothy Scott and Robert Burnham, five years...
Business briefs (11/19/12)
NEW BUSINESS TO HELP NEW RESIDENTS A business offering concierge services for new Cape Girardeau residents launched in early October. New2Cape provides 24/7, on-call assistance per prearranged contract. On-call assistance is available in two formats: passive, where the new resident calls as needed, and assertive, where New2Cape follows up with new residents to assist and ensure there are no issues. ...
Health briefs (11/19/12)
FLOYD JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Dr. Justin D. Floyd joined Cape Medical Oncology at Saint Francis Medical Center. He is a skilled oncology and hematology specialist who is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. He also serves as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...
Bankruptcies (11/19/12)
Bankruptcies filed through October for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (11/19/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (11/19/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during October include the following:Cloud 9 Maternity Boutique LLC, 2136 William St. 196 Greenleaf Alternatives, 1669 Perryville Road Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau LLC, 777 N. Main St. Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau LLC, 777 N. Main St. (liquor license)...
Smart snacking: Healthy ways to eat during the day (11/19/12)
Most office dwellers know how it goes: Sometime in the middle of the afternoon, you need a little snack to sustain you to 5 o'clock. So, you end up in front of the vending machine debating between a Snickers or M&M's. But there are plenty of healthy snack foods you can stash in your desk drawer to ward off hunger and give you a boost of energy. If you've got access to an employee refrigerator, there are even more possibilities...
Women and wages in 2012: New data analysis shows there's still a gender pay gap in Missouri (11/19/12)
New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that in every congressional district in Missouri, there is a gap between the wages of women and men. In the first-ever analysis of this data by congressional district, in Missouri's Eighth Congressional District -- comprised of Southern Missouri -- women are paid slightly less than the state median, earning 73 cents for every dollar a man earns, with the annual wage gap being $9,660 between men and women...
Southeast Missourian hosts social media, online marketing seminar (10/15/12)
By staff reports Does your business need an online marketing makeover? Wondering if you should be on Facebook and Twitter and whether these tools can help you make money? The Southeast Missourian is hosting seven free seminars with national online marketing and social media expert Shannon Kinney Oct. 30 to 31 and Nov. 1 at the Concourse Building in Cape Girardeau...
Names in the news (10/15/12)
JOHNSON JOINS P.B. REALTY POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Steve Johnson joined Poplar Bluff Realty Inc. as a real estate agent. He has worked in business management for 27 years. HICKS ATTENDS VETERINARY TRAINING POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Dr. Cathy Hicks, practitioner at Hicks Animal Hospital, attended the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association's Fall Equine Dentistry Lecture and Wet Lab in Union, Mo. ...
Health briefs (10/15/12)
EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS JOIN SAINT FRANCIS Saint Francis Medical Center added several physicians to its emergency team. The Saint Francis Emergency and Trauma Center now has the largest emergency team in Southeast Missouri and is the region's only state-designated Level III Trauma Center. ...
Bankruptcies (10/15/12)
Bankruptcies filed through September for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (10/15/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Business licenses (10/15/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during September include the following:Annie-Em's At Home LLC, 42 N. Main St. Belinda Bollinger-Lair, licensed massage therapist, 1301 N. Kingshighway, Suite G Butcher's Hollow Haunts, 211 N. Spring St. Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers, 607 S. Kingshighway...
The price of solar panels continues to drop, making solar power more cost-effective for mainstream use (10/15/12)
Solar power has long been known for its environmental benefits, but as the technology becomes more affordable, it's taken on mainstream use in homes, farms and businesses. "The price of solar has gone from a very niche application to an application that's competitive on a head-to-head basis with the purchase of electricity in many ways," says Mark Nussbaum, area engineer for the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service in Jackson. ...
BioKyowa Inc. planning multimillion dollar expansion to boost production of amino acids (10/15/12)
In a period of economic uncertainty, there is one commodity that continues to drive production and add American jobs: amino acids. BioKyowa Inc. of Cape Girardeau is on the brink of a multimillion dollar expansion to boost its production of amino acids for the food and pharmaceutical industries...
High-tech medicine: a look at how technology plays a critical role in medical advances (10/15/12)
Whether it's smartphone apps that keep doctors connected to their patients or software to improve record-keeping, technology plays a critical role in medical advances. Here, we look at a couple of those areas: Improving electronic medical records SoutheastHEALTH and Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., formed a new company, Servir, to build and manage a common networking and data storage center for both organizations. ...
Briefs (10/15/12)
CROWN VALLEY BY ENGLER PARK OPENS FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Crown Valley by Engler Park has opened in what was previously the Champagne House, the Park Hills Daily Journal reported. The Champagne House shut down in November. The idea behind Crown Valley by Engler Park is to appeal to the everyday consumer in the Farmington area and make Crown products more convenient. ...
Drought sparks nitrate concerns in livestock feed (09/17/12)
Many farmers across the Midwest are abandoning ruined corn crops and salvaging what they can to feed to their animals, especially cattle. A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock...
Tax liens (09/17/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Crop dusting is a dangerous but important job to Southeast Missouri farmers (09/17/12)
Once farmers have their crops in the ground, it's vital to protect their investment. Aerial application of pesticides, fungicides, insecticides or fertilizers -- more commonly known as crop dusting -- is perhaps the most efficient way to distribute product over their acreage. Nationwide, aerial application treats about 71 million acres of cropland each year, according to the National Agricultural Aviation Association...
Recent flooding and drought conditions have made crop insurance more important than ever (09/17/12)
Last year's flooding, coupled with this year's extreme drought, have made crop insurance more important than ever to Missouri farmers. "Crop insurance is a completely different industry than it was a few years ago. It has gone from being something producers buy in order to receive their disaster payments to something they consistently rely on," says Amanda Hurley, a licensed crop insurance agent with C&H Insurance Services LLC in Charleston, Mo. ...
Bankruptcies (09/17/12)
Bankruptcies filed through August for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (09/17/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during August include the following:A Quality Service, 190 D St. No. 87 Frank's Cars, 1200 N. Kingshighway KCI Construction, out of town Melo-Dee Guitars, 2305 Sherwood Drive Mercato Di Rodi, 425 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Health briefs (09/17/12)
MISSOURI DELTA GOES SMOKE-FREE SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Delta Medical Center is now smoke-free inside and out, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. According to Jason Schrumpf, president and CEO, the hospital has been working for almost a year on this transition to a smoke-free campus...
Names in the news (09/17/12)
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES Derek Feeney was employee of the month for August at Nordenia USA Inc. Feeney, operator engraving 2 of Jackson, has been with the company since April 28, 2008. Nordenia also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: George Waldon, 20 years of service; Kristel Priest, 10 years; and Dennis Shures, five years...
Business briefs (09/17/12)
CTC GETS GRANT FOR MORE PROGRAMS With the help of a $1 million grant from the state, the development of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center as an "Innovation Campus" during the next year will begin new programs that allow high school students to receive college credit and gain work experience, said Rich Payne, director of the center. ...
Combining science and agriculture: Dr. Mike Aide talks about the future of farming (09/17/12)
Growing up in Wisconsin, Mike Aide realized that "the coupling of science and production agriculture is the solution." So he pursued that path, earning degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and in soils from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then followed up with a master's degree and Ph.D. ...
Briefs - September 2012 (08/20/12)
EVENT PLANNING BUSINESS OPENS IN JACKSON Milestones, a full-service wedding and event planning business, is now open in Jackson. Owner LeVa Clement has owned the business for several years and recently relocated from Tennessee. She works with assistant planner MacKenzie Dunning. The business website is milestones.vpweb.com/. Milestones also offers its own line of all-natural sea salt and sugar scrubs, as well as bath salts...
Health briefs - September 2012 (08/20/12)
MERGEN NAMED MINERAL AREA CEO FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Lynn Mergen was named chief executive officer for Mineral Area Regional Medical Center by the hospital's board of trustees and Capella Healthcare, effective Aug. 1. He has approximately 20 years of experience in health care leadership roles, most recently as chief operating officer of TMC Inc. ...
Names in the news - September 2012 (08/20/12)
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES Todd Jansen of Jackson was employee of the month for June at Nordenia USA Inc. He has been with the company since May 2000. Nordenia also recognized the following employees for five years of service with the company: Christina Bohnert, Ryan Fisher, Paula LaFaire, Ronald Lincoln, Steven Robinson and Michael Walley....
Bankruptcies - September 2012 (08/20/12)
Bankruptcies filed through July for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses - September 2012 (08/20/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during July include the following:Amerimart #3, 1803 Independence St. Amerimart #3 (liquor license), 1803 Independence St. Armbuster Holdings LLC, 2906 Kage Road 2 Bill & Chas', 107 N. Main St. Bill & Chas' (liquor license), 107 N. Main St...
Tax liens - September 2012 (08/20/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during July are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Roger Skinner has seen lots of changes in his years in the real estate business (08/20/12)
Roger Skinner, owner and broker with Prudential Bridgeport, was drafted into the U.S. Army after graduating from college. After his two-year stint was up, he says he wasn't sure what he wanted to do. On the advice of a major, and sometime chess opponent, he went into real estate. ...
Multiple factors contribute to increased demand for rental housing (08/20/12)
If there's one business that has actually improved with the economic recession, it may be the rental industry, as more people are looking to rent apartments rather than buy homes. Growth of the university population, major expansions at area hospitals and construction of the Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau have also given a boost to the rental industry, says Dave Soto, owner of Soto Property Solutions and president of the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors...
Multiple listing service benefits homebuyers, sellers and Realtors (08/20/12)
The multiple listing service, or MLS, is a virtual marketing lifeline for Realtors, says Sharon K. Gill, a broker/salesperson with Realty Executives of Cape County and board president of the Cape Girardeau County MLS. It's an online database exclusive to Realtors with the National Association of Realtors, and the MLS numbers assigned to properties listed there can be used by other Realtors as well as homebuyers to learn more about available properties...
Commodity prices driving up value of farm land (08/20/12)
A combination of low interest rates and high commodity prices are pushing farmland prices to new records in Southeast Missouri. "Commodity prices have been a driver," said David Reinbott, agriculture business program director for the University of Missouri Extension in Scott County. "In 2000, corn was going for $2 a bushel and beans for $5 a bushel. And today corn is $6 to $7 and beans are $14 to $15."...
Names in the news (07/16/12)
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES Michael Ponder of Jackson was employee of the month for June at Nordenia USA Inc. Ponder, a conversion operator, has been with the company since October 2006. Nordenia also recognized Gregory Brown and Caleb Craft for five years of service to the company...
A roundup of local school improvement projects and an update on their status (07/16/12)
Oak Ridge The school district will be making improvements with $1.5 million in bond money this summer to several systems in elementary buildings. Early August is the targeted completion date for installing new plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems; some new windows and paneling; new roofs on the main elementary building and library wing and several other renovations...
Online learning: A look at the pros and cons of learning online vs. in a traditional classroom (07/16/12)
Southeast Missouri State University started its first online classes in 1999. The courses filled quickly, and it wasn't long before instructors and the admissions department identified a need for more online programs. "People were inquiring if it would be possible to complete their degree online," says Dr. ...
Education reimbursement programs benefit employees, employers (07/16/12)
When Birdie LeGrand, training coordinator for Nordenia USA, talks about the company's education reimbursement policy, she likes to share a success story. A Nordenia employee working as an operator at the plant had a dream to be an accountant. "He was the only breadwinner for his family," LeGrand says. "He had four small kids and a stay-at-home wife." But, LeGrand says, it was his dream and he made it work...
Business briefs (07/16/12)
SEMO EXPRESS GETS SILVER AWARD SIKESTON, Mo. -- Semo Express LLC received a Silver Award from Great West Casualty Co. as part of the 2011 National Safety Awards Program. The program recognizes carriers with awards based on their year-end preventable accident results...
Health briefs (07/16/12)
FARKAS NAMED DIRECTOR OF NURSES PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Kelly Farkas of Bonne Terre, Mo., was named director of nurses at Safe Harbor Hospice. She has been a registered nurse for six years and has worked in hospice for two years. HOSPITAL MOVES BILLING DEPARTMENT, LOSES 17 JOBS...
Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Three Rivers College, shares the ins and outs of leading a true community college (07/16/12)
As president of Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., Dr. Devin Stephenson has been the driving force behind efforts to obtain funding and create partnerships within the community and the educational realm. He's just as driven in his personal life, where he's involved in the Boys and Girls Club, the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Board of Governors, the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, the Poplar Bluff Police Department's Community Action Council and the Tax Increment Financing Commission of the City of Poplar Bluff, to name a few. ...
Southeast graduate's research paper helped Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship secure grant (07/16/12)
Jana Gass has always been interested in business. The 24-year-old obtained an undergraduate degree in international business from Southeast Missouri State University, and recently completed a master's in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship also from Southeast...
Bankruptcies (07/16/12)
Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (07/16/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during June are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Business licenses (07/16/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during June include the following:Bagger Dave's, 2106 William St. 300 Bagger Dave's (liquor license), 2106 William St. 300 Budget Buster Furniture, 705 Broadway Cup 'n Cork, 46 N. Main St. Hannah's Cabana, 3049 William St. (kiosk)...
SEMO Regional Industrial Training Group helps businesses work together to improve workforce (07/16/12)
Through the SEMO Regional Industrial Training Group, local businesses are sharing the cost of improving their workforce. Coordinated by the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center and Mineral Area College, the group includes more than 20 companies that send employees to various training programs throughout the year...
Health briefs (06/18/12)
DANIELS, HAYS ARE STAR EMPLOYEES PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Dave Daniels was Star Service Team Member for April at Parkland Health Center. Daniels, a radiology technologist at Parkland for eight years, works primarily in the radiology department at Parkland Health Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. ...
Briefs (06/18/12)
BRIEFS SIKESTON CHAMBER HOLDS RIBBON CUTTINGS SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of Ultimate Flooring at its new location at 2014 E. Malone Ave. The chamber also held a May 12 ribbon cutting for the new Family Dollar Store at 2009 W. Malone Ave. Aimee Harper is the store manager...
Bill Vickery helps prepare small-business owners for long-term success (06/18/12)
Bill Vickery is a small-businessman through and through. With a bachelor of science degree in business management, he has more than 25 years of experience in banking, including 10 as a vice president of commercial lending. He was director of the Small Business Technology Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University until about three years ago, when he became area manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration...
Tax liens (06/18/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during May are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Names in the news (06/18/12)
GARTON IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Tracy Garton of Jackson was employee of the month for May at Nordenia USA. Garton, of Jackson, has worked at Nordenia since August 2011 and is a prepress first assistant. Wanda Duncan, licensed broker-associate with Realty Executives of Cape County, received the 2012 CRS Extra Mile Award at the Missouri Association of Realtors convention in Springfield, Mo. ...
The modern mom-and-pop: Meet three couples who are not only partners in life, but also in business (06/18/12)
Glenn and Rhoda Reeves, Horizon Screen Printing Glenn and Rhoda Reeves have been married for 49 years; for 25 of them, they've worked together at Horizon Screen Printing in Cape Girardeau. The couple decided to work together after Glenn retired from Sears in 1987 and Rhoda needed help on the business side of her business...
Small-business owners discuss their history, growth and keys to success (06/18/12)
Tipton Linen It's hard to believe now, but less than 65 years ago most people didn't have laundry washers and dryers in their homes. In the late 1940s, Tom Tipton's father made a living by taking buggies to people's homes, picking up their laundry and returning it, fresh and clean. In 1958 he bought another local laundry business that had started in 1898. A few years later, he switched his focus to commercial services...
What small businesses need to know about supplying goods and services to the government (06/18/12)
Most of us don't think of the government as a business, but just like other businesses it has to purchase goods and services in order to operate. Government agencies contract to purchase everything from paper clips to space ships. "It's something almost any business could qualify for because there is always a need," said Carolyn Jones, director of the eastern region for the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center. ...
Business licenses (06/18/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during May include the following:Bets on Blooms LLC, 6144 Cadrona Drive Bling & Shine Jewelry for Less LLC, 213 S. Plaza Way Brittany Overbeck, 113 Independence St. Brittany Overbeck (flat rate), 113 Independence St...
Bankruptcies (06/18/12)
Bankruptcies filed through May for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (05/21/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during April are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Business licenses (05/21/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during April include the following:BEB Enterprises, 1303 Perry Ave. Dad's Hot Dogs LLC, 552 Woodbine St. Envious Styles, 208 Independence St. Fairway Auto Credit LLC, 2008 William St. (rear) Fashions & Finds, 1813 Randol St...
Traditional banks aren't only option for startup business assistance (05/21/12)
No matter how phenomenal your business idea is, without some sort of financing it's likely impossible. Whether you need funding to purchase a building to house your business, equipment to run it or working capital to keep it going, there are many financing options available...
Capaha Bank executive vice president Danny Essner is committed to improving Cape Girardeau (05/21/12)
Danny Essner is a banker by trade -- he's the executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank -- but he works tirelessly to make Cape Girardeau an even better place to live. "One of the reasons I do what I do and spend the time that I do is that I am very passionate about Cape," Essner said earlier this year after accepting the Rush H. ...
Health briefs (05/21/12)
BOLLINGER IS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Christina Bollinger, CNA/CMT and central supply clerk at Golden Living Center, was employee of the year. The honor is given based on contributions to residents' quality of life or the center itself; the winner must have received an employee of the month award in the previous 12 months...
Banks of all sizes are seeing the benefits of smartphone banking apps (05/21/12)
Not too long ago, Internet banking was a big development. Now, it's all about the apps. "It's a growing platform and something that customers demand. This is another way to reach out to them and serve our customers well," says Mel Campbell, spokesman for Regions Bank. ...
Interest rates are at an all-time low, sending many people to banks to refinance their homes (05/21/12)
Interest rates are hovering at record lows, prompting many homeowners to consider refinancing their mortgage loans. That may be a wise idea, say local bankers, and they expect rates to remain low for the foreseeable future. "Anyone who has a higher mortgage rate or car loan rate or home equity loan rate might want to consider refinancing right now because interest rates are at historical lows, and it only makes sense to take advantage of the low interest rate environment of which we are a part of," says Roger Tolliver, community bank president at Commerce Bank in Cape Girardeau.. ...
Credit unions are low-cost, low-profile alternatives to commercial banks (05/21/12)
By Laura Drotleff CTW Features The nation's biggest commercial banks received a clear message last fall when an estimated 650,000 consumers withdrew some $4.5 billion and transferred the funds to new accounts in the nation's 7,200 credit unions. The problem: High fees for working-class account holders and small businesses and poor customer service. The message: Enough is enough...
Bankruptcies (05/21/12)
Bankruptcies filed through April for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business briefs (05/21/12)
FALKOFF'S CUTS RIBBON SIKESTON, Mo. -- Don and Joyce Hart held a ribbon cutting for Men of Falkoff's, 118 E. Front St. The Harts purchased the store from longtime owner David Friedman and his wife. All employees will stay on board at the men's clothing store, including Charlie Miller, who will manage the store...
Names in the news (05/21/12)
LYNN EARNS MANAGER AWARD Jerry Lynn, general manager of Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau, won the 2011 Grand Prix Manager top award. Lynn was evaluated at the corporate level, competing against 54 others in the region. Lynn previously collected this honor and a bonus vacation in 2006 and 2008...
Tax liens (04/16/12)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during March are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Business licenses (04/16/12)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during March include the following:Automotive Circuits LLC, out of town Bear Communications LLC, out of town Broadway Gallery and Framing, 1606 Independence St. 3A Chico's Skate Shop, 2618 Melrose Ave. Deetails Wash and Wax, 709 William St...
Bankruptcies (04/16/12)
Bankruptcies filed through March for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
More employers are hiring, but taking a conservative approach (04/16/12)
Missouri's jobless rate in February dropped to 7.4 percent -- its lowest mark since late 2008. And while that's good news, companies still seem to be moving cautiously when adding new staff. "We're seeing employers beginning to feel more comfortable to hire one or two people and see how that works out," says June O'Dell, president/chief operating officer of the Southeast Missouri Workforce Investment Board. "I think employers are being very cautious."...
Social networking dos and don'ts (04/16/12)
These days it's no longer a question of if a businesses should use social media. Companies large and small are now reaching customers this way. We asked some local businesses with social media experience to share some of their social media strategies...
The art of networking as a valuable business tool (04/16/12)
Networking may seem like a chore, but those who have used this business building tool say its value can't be matched. "Sometimes who you know is the most valuable asset you have, especially if you are trying to build a business or a reputation," said Sarah Summers, owner of Magenta Media. ...
Business Briefs (04/16/12)
BRIEFS HI-TECH BUYS TRI STATE Hi-Tech Communications Inc. purchased its sixth technology company, Tri State Telephone in Cape Girardeau. This company was previously owned by James Crowell. Hi-Tech has been locally owned and operated since 1996, with offices in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville and Sikeston, Mo. The company serves customers in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky...
Smartphone technology gives owners new ways to manage business, interact with customers (04/16/12)
Smartphones are steadily becoming commonplace devices for everyone from professionals to busy moms. Users of these devices now instinctively turn to their phones for tasks that previously they would only have accomplished on a computer, over the phone or in person...
Names in the news (04/16/12)
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES James Johnston of Scott City, a traffic coordinator at Nordenia USA Inc., was employee of the month for March. He has been with the company since Feb. 7, 2000. Nordenia also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: William O'Guin and Brent Bollinger, 15 years of service; and Daniel Herzog and Jerry Jackson, five years...
Health briefs (04/16/12)
RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM RECOGNIZED Saint Francis Medical Center earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about respiratory care services available in hospitals. ...