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Old Town Cape to host award celebration party; debuts video
Posted Friday, April 17, at 4:02 PM
Cape Girardeau's downtown revitalization organization, Old Town Cape, plans to hold a party Thursday to celebrate receiving the Great American Street Award from the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation...

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Perryville's KOA becoming Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
Posted Friday, April 3, at 2:16 PM

A campground in Perryville, Missouri is reopening under a new name and management. The Perryville KOA campground is now a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, and will hold an official grand opening Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. The park has 90 sites for RV and tent camping and will feature upgrades with the reopening, including improved water, sewer and electrical hookups; a remodeled park store and restrooms; landscaping and re-graveled campsites. ...

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More downtown biz details
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 10:08 AM

There were a few things I would have liked to include in the downtown businesses story we ran today, but I didn't have enough space. Here they are: - Owners of 36 Restaurant & Bar, John Eric and Vanessa Klein, were successful at getting a business loan to start their restaurant when they applied for a Small Business Administration loan through the Bank of Missouri. ...

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Biz briefs
Posted Friday, February 20, at 2:21 PM

Grass Roots BMW Husqvarna Motorcycles at 28 S. Spanish St. in Cape Girardeau will hold on open house Friday to introduce its newly remodeled showroom, 2015 motorcycles and accessories. The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. The shop also offers service, parts and apparel...

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36 Restaurant & Bar opens on Main Street
Posted Friday, February 20, at 2:19 PM

A new restaurant offering American-style fare with French and Italian influences opened Feb. 14 at 36 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. 36 Restaurant & Bar is owned and operated by John Eric and Vanessa Klein of Cape Girardeau. John Eric Klein said the restaurant offers daily made fresh in-house food and a dining experience with "elegant and comfortable ambiance."...

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Biz brief: William Street building will hold classic cars
Posted Friday, January 30, at 11:11 AM

Kenny Pincksten, owner of residential and commercial development company Prestige Development, is buying the building on the southwest corner of William and Sprigg streets in Cape Girardeau and will return it to an automotive-related use. The location, 701 William St., was originally a gas station and Buick dealership, and more recently a secondhand furniture and antique store. Pincksten said he intends to renovate the building and use it for displaying classic cars...

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Biz brief: New Stevie's Steakburgers restaurant opening soon
Posted Friday, January 30, at 11:08 AM

Improvements ongoing at the former Stevie's Steakburger restaurant at 600 Broadway in Cape Girardeau are in preparation for a new eatery. The location is now owned by Fonn Enterprises, which is owned by Dr. Sonjay Fonn. Stevie's Steakburgers is planned to be open 24 hours a day starting in April and will offer burgers and fast food menu items, according to a release from the company...

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Biz brief: Cape Walmart Neighborhood Market opens Wednesday
Posted Friday, January 23, at 12:38 PM

The newest Walmart Neighborhood Market store in the region will open Wednesday morning. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at 2021 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. The newly constructed 41,000-square-foot store will feature a full line of groceries, including produce; departments with health, beauty, cleaning and pet supplies; a pharmacy with a drive-through lane; and a pickup service, where customers can shop online at Walmart.com for products not carried in the store and have the items delivered to the store with no shipping cost.. ...

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Biz brief: BG's Olde Tyme Deli expands to Jackson
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 4:17 PM

A popular local eatery now has a second location. BG's Olde Tyme Deli opened a restaurant at 252 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson earlier this month. The new restaurant has a menu similar to that of the Cape Girardeau location, where the potato skins are a best-selling item. It also has patio seating and serves beer and wine...

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Biz brief: New medical supplier in Cape
Posted Tuesday, January 20, at 4:32 PM

A new company, Alpha 3 Medical Equipment, has opened in Cape Girardeau. The company offers durable medical equipment and medical supplies, according to a news release from Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place, the commercial broker that handled the lease transaction for the company's location...

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Ward 2 candidate
Posted Friday, January 31, at 1:04 PM

Cape Girardeau city council Ward 2 candidate Shelly Moore did send a response for the story we ran today about Tuesday's primary, but not in time for it to be included in print. Here is what she said, via email sent Friday: Please tell me about yourself -...

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Democrat responds to Cantor visit
Posted Wednesday, November 27, at 9:55 AM

A Democrat who wants to challenge U.S. Rep. Jason Smith for the 8th Congressional District seat in 2014 commented on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Tuesday visit to Cape Girardeau in an email this morning. Smith and Cantor held a roundtable discussion on Obamacare before attending a private fundraiser for Smith...

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Movement from Smith campaign
Posted Thursday, October 17, at 5:55 PM

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith on Thursday announced the formation of a "grassroots team" of activists from the 8th District's 30 counties to support his campaign for re-election in 2014 and named leaders. Smith, a Republican from Salem, Mo., chose state Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, as his campaign chairman. Richardson competed with Smith for the GOP nomination for the congressional special election earlier this year...

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith: Defund ObamaCare
Posted Friday, September 20, at 10:19 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act and instead offer tax breaks to people who buy their own insurance. Opponents say the move would only help a looming government shutdown, but Missouri's 8th Congressional District representative said Thursday in a statement that he supports the plan...

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Swan on tax credits
Posted Saturday, September 14, at 9:09 AM

State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, sent me some thoughts on tax credits and the state budget after I called her Friday to talk about the failed veto override attempt on House Bill 253. Here is what she had to say: Tax Credits and the State Budget...

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Wallingford, Keeney to support HB 436 override attempt
Posted Monday, September 9, at 6:43 PM

While some have questions they want answered before they vote to override a Missouri House bill that would nullify federal gun laws and others won't support an effort to override at all, two others Southeast Missouri legislators say they are on board...

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Blunt on Syria
Posted Tuesday, September 3, at 10:44 AM

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt came to Cape Girardeau Thursday to talk about his recently refiled GAS Act legislation http://www.semissourian.com/story/1998694.html, but when prompted, the Republican from Missouri also weighed in on the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons to kill about 1,500 people there on Aug. ...

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Downtown parking update
Posted Wednesday, August 21, at 4:35 PM

Asphalt overlays are nearly done or soon to be underway along the Broadway corridor, creating four new parking lots in downtown Cape Girardeau. The result, according to city engineer Casey Brunke, will be a combined 152 new parking spaces in three lots on Broadway and one at the River Heritage Museum on Independence Street...

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Pro-fracking movie to be shown in Cape
Posted Tuesday, July 23, at 12:03 PM

"FrackNation," a recently-released documentary about the positives of drilling for oil and natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, is set for a free local showing at a Cape Girardeau hotel on Aug. 13. The conservative group Americans For Prosperity is promoting the film showing locally through press releases to activist groups...

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Mining exemption
Posted Friday, July 19, at 10:31 AM

If you read our story today about the work of a mining industry lobbyist and state representative and the resulting veto of an agriculture bill by Gov. Jay Nixon, you might also be interested in the Kansas City Star's take: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/09/4337389/nixons-vetoes-reveal-sloppy-work.html...

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Erin Ragan began writing for the Southeast Missourian in 2009, freelancing in news, arts and entertainment and special publications. Her staff reporting beats since 2011 have included K-12 and higher education and government and political news. Ragan took on the business beat in fall 2014, where she covers area business news and contributes to Business Today, a monthly special publication.