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Do you trust this newspaper? (10/27/14)
Should you trust this newspaper? In the past several decades, the confidence Americans have in institutions has ebbed. According to Gallup, only "the military" has increased in esteem. "Small business" and "the criminal justice system" have held steady. ...
Ken and Jeanine Dobbins will leave impressive legacy (09/10/14)
Tucked inside the River Campus is a dance studio named after Ken and Jeanine Dobbins. It is a functional room -- with a striking view -- that provides students the opportunity to study with top-notch instructors. Or to practice and learn on their own. The Dobbinses made a significant, but quiet gift, without fanfare, several years ago to help make the studio possible...
Sonny Gilbert: Inspiration for the Spirit of America (07/08/14)
Friday night, July 4, the remarkable Mary Kasten was recognized with the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award just before the downtown fireworks in Cape Girardeau. In accepting the award, she eloquently gave tribute to all the great, patriotic men and women in this area, who have helped this nation prosper, and who make this area such a special place to live. ...
Overcoming obstacles: A speaker who inspires (06/20/14)
On Wednesday night the team at the newspaper putting together the Semoball Awards, led by editorial page editor Lucas Presson, was prepped for a dress rehearsal of the awards show. The program is going to be heavily video-oriented, a la an ESPN Espy's show. And the videos and photographs of high school athletes looked great. The music pulsed. The introductory video for keynote speaker Ozzie Smith was inspirational...
Column: Downtown Cape Girardeau is doing it right with CID (04/20/14)
I am usually sympathetic to the perspective of the St. Louis-based Show Me Institute, whose writer David Stokes in a nearby column cautions the City of Cape Girardeau about the establishment of a Community Improvement District in the downtown. But in this case Stokes strokes with too broad a brush, failing to understand the specifics of the effort in Cape Girardeau. ...
Hospital costs under scrutiny (01/13/13)
Last week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed a front-page story about the hospitals in Cape Girardeau, which included an unfortunate and misleading headline: "Unhealthy competition." The premise of the story was included in a paragraph soon after: "Cape Girardeau, the largest medical community between Memphis and St. ...
Welcome to the world, Elizaveta Sophia (08/12/12)
My daughter Yuliana, now 7, called me on the phone recently, her voice muffled and a pitch below normal. She was pretending to be her mother. "Hello Darling, this is Victoria. How are you?" "I'm wonderful, how are you?" "Well, I forgot the name we decided to call the baby. Can you remind me?"...
New policy: Print subscribers to receive unlimited access to semissourian.com (01/16/12)
When the Southeast Missourian launched a metered pay system for our website last summer, the major criticism was that print subscribers were asked to pay an additional $2.95 per month to maintain unlimited premium access. Although that rate was much less than the monthly $7.95 paid by those who didn't subscribe to the print newspaper, print subscribers still voiced their displeasure. Well, we've got some great news...
Innovation in medical care (06/26/11)
I had an opportunity to attend a private open house at Saint Francis' new Heart Hospital Cancer Institute on Wednesday night. It included an impressive tour of a facility that places Cape Girardeau at the forefront in this vital area of medical care with inspired patient considerations and the best -- beyond words -- technology available...
Adventures in Russia: Family trip complicated by spy exchange (07/25/10)
It is among the joys of international marriage that nearly every summer I visit my wife's family abroad. Her family is charming and full of love and support, which often manifests itself in ways we might think old fashioned. Cherished are the lovingly cooked meals (everything is made from scratch, often with fresh vegetables from the garden and homemade cheese, pickles and fresh milk.), a delivery of fresh sand for little ones to play on, a homemade swing, freshly picked berries, trips to the river to swim, and the sharing of ice cream, among other simple joys.. ...
Innuendo: Bad politics (06/10/10)
A few months ago congressional candidate Tommy Sowers stopped by the Southeast Missourian offices to introduce himself. Over the past few months, I've met with him a couple of times. He has a distinguished background, asks important questions -- and is sharp. He is also highly aggressive in attacking his opponent. This style has shown itself in his media tactics as well...
What's up? Page 2 (07/15/09)
One of the frustrations in the newspaper business is when I run into someone and they say, "I wish there were a place people could find out what's happening in town." These are usually folks who are organizing events, and they want to get their message to the public. And, the truth is, the newspaper has historically been the "town crier" for such events. In fact, we dedicate thousands of pages a year telling people about upcoming events...
Media icons and sports notables (06/29/09)
Two remarkable individuals were recognized at the Southeast Missouri Press Association meeting recently. They are Joni Adams Bliss, who was the inspirational managing editor of this newspaper for many years before departing to lead Southeast Missouri Hospital's Internet operations; and Mildred Walhausen, who was a newspaper woman in Charleston, Mo., for 73 years, including four decades as publisher of The Enterprise-Courier. ...
McCaskill, Emerson, Bond:Examples of good government (06/07/09)
I received a letter this week about the relief one local resident felt that the former federal building in Cape Girardeau would not be turned into a homeless shelter targeting a 22-county area. Among her comments, "I prefer you don't include my note in the paper because I'm active at church and with local missions. Some may think I'm 'talking out of both sides of my mouth.'"...
Excerpts from Larry Rice's past: Homeless activist leaves trail of headlines (05/19/09)
Television preacher Larry Rice, who has applied to turn the old federal building in Cape Girardeau into a homeless shelter, certainly has a way with words. On one day he's telling viewers on his TV channel that his religious work is in dire need of money and implores them to go onto his website and contribute...
Same old tactics from Larry Rice (05/15/09)
"Give me keys to another building at no cost, and I'll drop my claim on the federal building." That's the message Larry Rice delivered through the Southeast Missourian on Wednesday to city hall. That's what called a "shakedown" in some corners of the world. ...
Homeless issues (05/13/09)
I gave the Rev. Larry Rice the benefit of the doubt for a period of time as he talked about his plans to turn the old federal building in downtown Cape Girardeau into a homeless shelter. While I believe his plan would be harmful to downtown Cape, which is developing momentum in its rehabilitation, a community's economic development isn't Rice's goal, nor does it have to be. As he told this newspaper, "As long as there is one homeless person, there is a problem."...
Hello, Katya (04/26/09)
My wife Victoria and I welcomed a new daughter last week. Born April 14, at 7:12 a.m., Ekaterina Ava Rust arrived -- singing. By this I'm not trying to create a pleasant description of her crying, because she does plenty of that, especially between 11 at night and 5 in the morning. ...
A case for preservation tax credits (04/12/09)
Undoing Missouri's historic preservation tax credits would be short-sighted. Filibustering them at the expense of bipartisan economic development legislation is simply bad government.
Wild plane ride to Missouri (04/10/09)
It was tough to miss the story about the suicidal Canadian man, born in Turkey, who stole a plane and flew it halfway down the United States, hoping to be shot out of the sky by U.S. fighter jets. He landed on a rural road near Ellsinore, Mo., where he was arrested after hitchhiking to a convenience store...
Innovation 2009 (02/22/09)
The stock market dropped beneath its three-month low last week and scraped its lowest point in 12 years, breaking through a psychological threshold that economists hope won't lead to emotional selling and another plunge. National economic news remains troubling, and a new president and divided Congress struggle to instill confidence during difficult times...
Kurt Warner, faith and gridiron victory (01/25/09)
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of watching the Cardinals-Eagles NFC championship game at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau. The atmosphere was electric as the crowd cheered overwhelmingly for the Cardinals. Why? Kurt Warner, of course. The former Rams quarterback retains a strong following in Missouri, in large part because of his success in St. Louis as a relative unknown...
Basketball and forecasts (12/30/08)
Is there a better place to be during the holidays -- outside the family -- than the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center? The mix of fans sitting in the crowd leads to relaxed conversation, and I've never been to a game without running into a friend I hadn't seen for years. One of my favorite images this year was Notre Dame teacher Steve Mosley sitting virtually in the center of the Notre Dame student section: a graybeard among the cheering teenagers...
Thanksgiving, God and America's bounty (11/21/08)
True story: Two girls, separated from their mothers, wandered for three days in danger, dirty, without food or water. The 11-year-old carried her sobbing, frightened, 3-year-old niece on her back. Their only respite was through the kindness of strangers, their refuge a night in a local church. Back at the village they fled, dead bodies lay on the ground, casualties of war and corruption...
Dreaming big in Cape Girardeau (11/11/08)
When Gov. Matt Blunt announced the DREAM Initiative to assist downtown revitalization in communities outside the state's major metropolises, Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson charged his staff to make sure Cape was at the top of the list. A cooperative effort was launched between the city, Old Town Cape and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce to submit the necessary documents. Sure enough, Cape was the first community recognized by Blunt with the designation...
Your opinion about politics (11/08/08)
The election season was tough on the media: More and more people question the ability of the press to report news straight-up without bias. At the Missourian, we heard charges that we were both too liberal and too conservative. A complaint that came in the day after the election was that the lead newspaper photograph, which showcased a local crowd responding enthusiastically to a TV declaration that Sen. ...
Hope for the future: A prayer for the new president (11/06/08)
The challenges facing the United States are large: two wars, an economic meltdown, partisan rancor within our federal government and an ongoing concern about terrorism, just to name a few. The policy debates about how to best address these concerns will be complicated, and the recent campaign often provided more heat than light in offering solutions. ...
Paul Newman and the River Campus (09/29/08)
It's not too late to grab tickets to one of the feel-good, fun productions of the fall. "The 1940s Radio Hour" at the River Campus opens Wednesday night. Full of big band music, swing dancing, patriotism and old-fashioned sound effects, the show promises to delight, enchant and entertain! Among the musical numbers: "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," "That Old Black Magic," "Blue Moon" and "I'll Be Seeing You."...
Traveling, listening to Obama & McCain (09/16/08)
My job takes me out of a town a fair amount, and I'm currently in the midst of a 10-day trip. One pleasure of being on the road is the time available to listen to radio (in this case, election coverage on XM Satellite Radio) and to watch TV news. At home, both stay off most of the time...
Palin impresses as reformer (09/03/08)
Count me as one of those people initially shocked and disappointed by John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Her brief resume in government service caused me to think the choice was made on gender politics alone. But the more I learn about this fascinating leader, the more I like it...
A new editor (08/10/08)
The selection of a newspaper’s editor often reveals much about the goals of a newspaper. Tomorrow marks the first official day of the Southeast Missourian’s new editor, Robert C. Miller. Most of you already know Bob through his humor columns and online features about living and working in Cape Girardeau County with his talented wife, Callie...
Candidates forum takes place at Southeast Missourian (04/23/08)
Political candidates and their campaign managers (as well as anyone else from the public) are invited to an informational meeting at the Southeast Missourian newspaper on Thursday, April 24, at 7 am. Address is 301 Broadway, Cape Girardeau. Here's the link to story about the meeting...
Sam Blackwell's new journey (03/27/08)
For those of you who did not see Sam Blackwell's column in Thursday's Southeast Missourian, you may not realize he is embarking upon a third act in life as a university professor. Thankfully, his column will continue in the newspaper on a weekly basis - along with regular features about the arts scene and, hopefully, more...
Great fun for Cape Girardeau (03/10/08)
I had the good fortune last fall of spending an evening listening to stories by one of the nationally acclaimed story-tellers to be in Cape the weekend of April 4-6. Trust me, you don't want to miss these folks when they come back...
Student's murder hits home (03/07/08)
By now, you've probably seen the news about University of North Carolina Student Body President Eve Carson, an amazing young lady who was murdered Wednesday. ...
New Missourian Web site working out the glitches (03/05/08)
I want to thank everyone who's working their way through the redesigned Web site. With almost any technology transfer of this scale, some hiccups are expected. Literally, thousands of stories have transferred from the old system into the new. Unfortunately, some show up in our internal database, but are not showing on the Web site. We're working on that...
Why has media stopped covering Iraq War? (03/02/08)
I don't have any answers to the question posed by the above headline. But a story in the New York Times -- "The War Endures, but Where's the Media" -- by Richard Perez-Pena, reports some interesting data...
Emerson, Palin and the politics of energy (01/04/08)
At last week's Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson pivoted her prepared remarks neatly from agriculture policy to energy. The importance of developing alternative power sources was stressed: wind, hydro, nuclear, even ethanol derived from algae. But the need to drill for oil in areas of the United States currently off-limits was her central theme...
Nothing lost in God's kingdom (10/08/06)
Before roads were much of anything in most of this country, my grandmother made adventurous journeys by automobile to faraway places like the borderlands of Texas and the coast of Virginia. Born in 1915, she was just a teenage girl on the first trip. ...
Where has Christmas gone? It's all around us (12/25/05)
There has been much discussion lately about Christmas and its place in our culture. Arguments have erupted over greetings -- should it be "merry Christmas" or "happy holidays" -- or what to call the tree decorated with lights and ornaments. Do kids depart from school for a winter break? Or is it the Christmas holiday? Last week, the pope weighed in, encouraging quiet contemplation rather than rampant commercialization...
The truth about cows, Gucci and recycling (10/31/05)
Q: The "Dennis the Menace" cartoon of Oct. 15 reminded me of something I was taught and I've wondered about for years. Is it true that if one wishes to successfully milk a cow, they must always approach the cow on the cow's right side?...
Reader misses weathervane atop Hecht's store (10/17/05)
Q: What happened to the "weathervane" that looked like a sailing ship that used to perch atop the roof of the beautiful old Hecht's store in downtown Cape? --Elsie Miller, Cape Girardeau. A: "We had a major windstorm back in the fall before we closed, and we had some slate that blew off the roof onto the sidewalk. ...
Grist from the university's Rumor Mill (10/10/05)
This week I thought we would check in with "The Rumor Mill @ Southeast," the online university resource which helped spark "Fact or Fiction?" Ann Hayes, news bureau director at Southeast Missouri State University, has been fielding questions at The Rumor Mill for more than six years...
U-Hauls help out at election time (09/26/05)
Q: I would like to know what the county uses the U-Haul trucks for that I see sitting at their offices in Jackson on a frequent basis? -- Marco Otten, Jackson A: "We rent U-Hauls to deliver election supplies," said Cape Girardeau County Clerk Rodney Miller. ...
You're invited to a party! (09/25/05)
Next Saturday, Oct. 1, the neighborhood around the Southeast Missourian building will be alive. There will be a grand festival, celebrating 100 years of newspaper service to the community. Among the festivities will be music, street theater, magic shows, children's games, an antique car show, carriage rides, photo exhibits, newspaper press tours, food and much more...
Ice cream trucks are licensed annually (09/19/05)
Q: Is it true that the ice cream trucks that patrol local neighborhoods are selling their wares without benefit of the county health inspector maintaining periodic inspections of the refrigeration units that house the ice cream novelties? A: "Those types of ice cream trucks are required to have a city business license," said Tracey Glenn, public information officer for the city of Cape. ...
As the world turns at KFVS news (09/12/05)
Q: Is it true that KFVS12 doesn't know which way the earth rotates on its axis? Check out the opening clip on the nightly local news. A: "This is a good question, one we get occasionally," said Paul Keener, director of marketing for KFVS12 and its sister station, UPN The Beat. ...
Central High, university have Houck contract (08/15/05)
Q: Speak Out calls have taken both sides of the issue whether Central High School needs a new stadium. Besides football, what other Central teams compete at Houck? How much does the university charge the school system to use its stadium for games? Who gets the revenue from concession sales? Is it true that Central can't play games at Houck on Friday nights?...
Contest changes boost competition (08/08/05)
Q: Is it true that because the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's BBQ fest is now a sanctioned event, local businessman David Knight's barbecue pits will no longer be eligible? What was the chamber thinking? Isn't it supposed to support local merchants?...
Trail rumors aren't true (08/01/05)
Q: I have had a number of women tell me they will not walk the Cape LaCroix Trail alone because there are people who live under the bridge and there have been attacks on walkers. I am having difficulty believing it, but I have heard this story from different sources. Is this true or just a rumor out of control?...
Making changes: The goal is more of the best news coverage (07/31/05)
Those who have been by the Southeast Missourian offices have no doubt noticed the construction taking place at 301 Broadway. Not all of the changes with the newspaper involve the building, however. Here is an update about some other developments. n For several months, we have been upgrading the quality of special sections and specialty niche publications at the newspaper. This remains a work in progress, and we're barely halfway through the process...
Getting to the bottom of the Tower Club (07/25/05)
Q: What is the Tower Club at the Hirsch Building that is so secretive? A: "The Tower Club is a group of businessmen and leaders in the community who get together for lunch once a week on the eleventh floor of the KFVS Tower," said Harry Rediger, former J.C. Penney manager and heralded community leader. Rediger is secretary-treasurer of the organization...
Welcome to the world, Yuliana (07/18/05)
It is difficult writing a column when in the background there are the sounds of baby's hiccups and the sweet inflections of the woman you love reading a fairy tale -- in my case, in Russian. For those looking for my Fact or Fiction column, well, I'm going to have to ask you to be patient. It will return next week. This week, I want to welcome Yuliana Kurka Rust, who was born Sunday, July 10, at 3:01 in the afternoon...
Time for kudos (07/03/05)
If retail business success is often about location, location, location, then the creation of another entrance to Cape Girardeau and Jackson represents new opportunity for the region. Mayors Paul Sander of Jackson and Jay Knudtson of Cape Girardeau, as well as county officials and the university, deserve plaudits for working together in finalizing a sensible and fair financing package that will match Missouri Department of Transportation funds to build an Interstate 55 interchange north of Center Junction.. ...
There's enough water for Water Street (06/27/05)
Q: There has been a lot of discussion about the direction that downtown traffic should run, but there are more urgent questions that should be asked about the basic infrastructure there. For example, how's the downtown firefighting water supply along Water Street and other downtown thoroughfares? Is there enough volume and pressure to even power sprinklers in more than one building at a time? If these are deficient, what's being done about it?...
Thunderstorms can bring cause to take cover (06/20/05)
Q. Is it true that you can get electrocuted taking a shower during a thunderstorm? A. Yes. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, current may travel through plumbing and damage everything in its path. While the installation of PVC pipes -- instead of metal -- has lowered the odds of being struck, water itself is an excellent conductor of electricity. So, stay out of the shower during a storm...
Here's how you can get involved in anti-litter effort (06/15/05)
Are you fed up with the litter around town? And excited about the strides the community has already taken the past several months in tackling the unsightly mess? We need your help. First, the mayors of Cape Girardeau and Jackson have issued challenges to their communities to be litter-free by Independence Day. Cleanup help around your home and workplace is appreciated. By each of us pitching in a little, we can make great strides together...
A northbound Water Street creates problems (06/06/05)
Q: I have read many times that Water Street needs to be one way going south, but have never understood why. If Main is already going south, why can't Water Street go north? A: "Water Street could be made one-way northbound, but this would create its own set of problems," said Kent Bratton, Cape Girardeau city planner. ...
Do birds target light-colored cars to divebomb? (05/23/05)
Q: It seems my car -- a dark silver -- always has more bird droppings on it than other cars, and it's not because I don't wash it often. I do. Do birds target different color cars differently? A: "Amusing question," said Christy Childs of the St. ...
Secret sauce of the barbecue illuminati (05/09/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: With summer here and the barbecue season soon to be in full swing, I have a question about a long-past local BBQ landmark. ...
Fact or Fiction? (05/02/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@ semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that ArtsCape will be held in Capaha Park and not downtown Cape Girardeau because someone forgot to reserve the appropriate spaces for it?...
S. Illinois' gambling history (04/18/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that East Cape Girardeau, Ill., nightclubs like the Purple Crackle and the Colony Club used to have illegal gambling and organized crime from the St. Louis area had a stake in these clubs, as illustrated by a mafia-style hit on a man traveling Highway 3 many decades ago?...
Questions about schools (04/11/05)
This week I include answers to two questions about the Cape Girardeau School District. Since the beginning of my writing this column, the school system has been the most popular area for questions. This underlines the importance schools have in our community. ...
When must milk be discarded? (04/04/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Eating lunch at Scott City Elementary School, I noticed that after lunch unopened milk was being thrown away. It was explained that it was some sort of OPAA! guideline that even food that hadn't been opened had to be thrown away. Is that correct? -- Herline Bowers, Scott City...
No place like home (04/03/05)
It's good to be back in Cape Girardeau. February and March were busy with industry conferences. This weekend marks the first time this year I've been home two weekends in a row. Traveling really does make one appreciate the amenities of our community...
Cape-Jackson bypass not on MoDOT list (03/21/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I heard a rumor that Cape Girardeau and Jackson were talking about a bypass route connecting Jackson to Highway 74. Does anyone have any more information they would like to share?...
Parking rules for big trucks (03/14/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Are large commercial vehicles allowed to stay parked in a residential area for an undetermined amount of days? If not, what is the proper complaint process?...
No clear standards for NICUs (03/07/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: My question is about neonatal intensive care units. Here in Cape Girardeau, one hospital regularly advertises that it has the region's "only" Level III NICU. Meanwhile, the other hospital also says it has a Level III NICU. What exactly is a Level III NICU, and who decides whether a unit qualifies for such a designation?...
University rents London apartment (02/28/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Does the university own an apartment or condo in London, England, that they let employees stay in for free while on vacations there? -- Robert M. Aubuchon, Jackson...
Students prepare for Missourian on national register (02/27/05)
On the front page of today's Progress edition, a remarkable watercolor by local artist Taylor Crowe shows off part of the Southeast Missourian building. Thanks to the hard work of several Southeast Missouri State University students and their professor, that building may soon be recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Such designations translate into prestige for our community and a draw for tourism, but they also help preserve our historic identity. By understanding the world that preceded us, we can live smarter -- and more meaningfully -- in the world today....
U.S. second to none for generosity (02/14/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: There was a recent article where a writer made mention that the United States actually gives less as a nation than many of the other industrialized nations of the world. ...
Letting your opinion be known (02/07/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: How can someone who submits a letter to the editor of the Southeast Missourian know for sure that it was received by the newspaper and will be printed?...
Web site's visitors come from all over (01/31/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I recently saw an advertisement for semissourian. com that indicated more than 700,000 visitors visit your Web site. How do you know that number is accurate? That sounds way too high for this area...
Driving across a frozen river (12/20/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that years ago people used to drive cars across the ice when the Mississippi River froze here at Cape Girardeau?...
Soldier's letter a true testament (12/13/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I would like to know if a letter going around from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard, is true or false. Basically, he lists all the good things that are happening in Iraq...
Alligator in tunnels likely fiction (12/06/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: In a previous column, you talked about the tunnels running beneath the older buildings at the university. Is it true that an alligator owned by Dr. Dan Cotner was lost in the tunnels there on College Hill?...
Secret tunnels? (11/22/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I've heard about tunnels and secret hideaways in downtown Cape that were used to transport runaway slaves to freedom during the Civil War. But I'm not sure where these secret places were or if all the stories are just legend. What are the known facts about the Underground Railroad in this area?...
Prosecutor has leeway on charges (11/15/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that prosecutors will sometimes drop a DUI or DWI charge if there is a greater charge against someone, because doing so forces the judge to disallow mention in front of the jury that the person was DUI or DWI?...
Bollinger awards (11/11/04)
When does a 100-year anniversary seem young? When someone else celebrates a 122-year anniversary! Last Friday, The Banner Press in Marble Hill, Mo., was recognized by the Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce with a longevity award for its 122 years of service. Along with Banner Press editor Scott Moyers, it was my privilege to represent the newspaper at that chamber's annual awards dinner...
$10,000 spent promoting bond issue (11/08/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I would like to know just how much money was spent promoting the Jackson School District's bond issue...
Bush wins; Kerry shows honor (11/04/04)
Facing an insurmountable vote deficit in Ohio, Sen. John Kerry conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush yesterday and sent home thousands of lawyers the Democratic Party had amassed to challenge the results. While some may argue that Kerry was simply facing the clear facts of the vote tallies -- something he admitted in his concession speech -- his decision to recognize Bush's victory saved the nation weeks of rancor and division. ...
Homecoming hoopla (11/03/04)
Thank goodness for the SEMO football team last Saturday. After a week of devastating losses -- St. Louis Cardinals, Rams, Central Tigers, Jackson Indians -- a win was needed. And the football team delivered. Maybe it wasn't pretty (the first half was a veritable comedy of errors), but the game had more than its share of excitement...
Cemetery's 'green eyes' a reflection (11/01/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: When I was in high school in the late 1970s, some friends took me to the cemetery by the (then) Notre Dame high school so I could see the legendary "green eyes" that glow on a certain headstone at night. ...
What is the highest point in Cape? (10/25/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that Academic Hall is the highest point in Cape Girardeau and that nothing can be built to exceed it?...
Lots to celebrate (10/20/04)
I've known Bob Basler from his dedication to the United Way board, and he's been a key contributor to it and many other organizations over the years. A week ago, he was recognized at the annual dinner of Saint Francis Medical Center for his leadership in the hospital's Little Reasons campaign to expand care for critically ill newborns. Under Basler's chairmanship, more than $2 million was raised. Great job, Bob...
Hope and perseverance (10/13/04)
My sister Holly Rust Payne ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. For many years, Holly headed Concord Printing Services in town and was active in the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. She, husband Rich and their three daughters moved north a few years back to work with Willow Creek Church outside Chicago, an inspirational and transforming enterprise that has helped plant and rejuvenate thousands of churches around the world...
Highway would cause changes in bridge exits (10/11/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that if the federal government approved I-66 to come over the Cape bridge, highway guidelines would prevent there being exits at the current locations?...
Arias, rock and sunshine (10/06/04)
Last night, electrical darkness shut down a highly-anticipated performance at Academic Hall: Judith Farris (Cape Girardeau native, New York opera singer and teacher to the Broadway stars), was scheduled to sing with the Southeast Missouri Chamber Orchestra. ...
Cape Red Star District named after shoe brand (10/04/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I'm wondering if you could tell me why the area of Cape called Red Star is called that? A: The Red Star District was named for a brand of shoes made by the old Roberts, Johnson and Rand Shoe Factory on North Main Street, said several people with ties to the district. ...
Special edition marks 100 years (09/29/04)
The kickoff to a year-long celebration of the Southeast Missourian's 100th anniversary is four days away and counting. In a special centennial edition on Sunday, the Southeast Missourian news staff will take you on a 40-page spin through local history...
100 years of sports - Centennial edition great source of trivia (09/23/04)
The centennial celebration of the Southeast Missourian kicks off Oct. 3 with a captivating, three-section retrospective inside the Sunday newspaper. The first section -- 100 Years of Sports -- went to press last weekend. My guess is even if you're not a sports fan you'll find the stories and historic photos fascinating. ...
Why walkers avoid using sidewalks (09/20/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Why do people walk in the middle of the street rather than on the sidewalks?...
The Missourian's 100 years (09/16/04)
One hundred years ago this week, two brothers with printing experience, George and Fred Naeter, took a riverboat excursion down the Mississippi River to Cape Girardeau. They toured the burgeoning town and immediately fell in love. When a passer-by told them a good newspaper was needed, they returned to St. ...
State panel decides on athletes (09/13/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that public high school athletes can gain an extra year of eligibility through the process of what's called red-shirting?...
Holden leaves proud mark in Cape (09/09/04)
Gov. Bob Holden commemorated the opening of the Marquette Towers in downtown Cape Girardeau with kind words about the city's leadership and a speech about the importance of historic preservation. The day was marked by blue skies, a flag-whipping breeze and the sound of jazz music. Several hundred interested community members streamed into the office complex for a look at the brilliantly restored lobby and a trip to the top floor for dramatic views from the elegant balconies...
Russian tragedies (09/05/04)
A beautiful tradition in Russian culture is parents taking their children to school on the first day of class with flowers and balloons for their teachers. There is excitement and pride about a new year. New clothes. New shoes. New hope. On Wednesday, in a Russian town a little smaller than Cape Girardeau, the good feeling turned to horror when terrorists attacked, taking more than 1,000 students and their parents hostage. ...
Show Me Center seeks more shows (08/30/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that the Show Me Center is planning more musicals like Cats this coming year?...
Permits for home businesses (08/23/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q. Is it true that the Cape Girardeau City Council has in the past couple of years approved home-based businesses in residential areas? I was told the city stopped giving these permits three years ago or longer, but I know people who got them since then. ...
Hiring process in Jackson (08/16/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction." Q: Is it true that the Jackson School District grants the opportunity for a teacher interview to all qualified and experienced applicants or just to a select few?...
More Speak Out, mostly by Internet (08/02/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that the Southeast Missourian receives about 1,000 Speak Out comments a day, the majority of which come from one source?...
Jon K. Rust
Jon K. Rust is publisher of the Southeast Missourian and co-president of Rust Communications. He serves on the board of directors for the Associated Press. A native of Cape Girardeau, he has lived and worked in New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Moscow, Russia.