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Sunday, May 24, 2015
From the editor: People of vision
This year we decided to do something a little different with our annual Progress publication. Instead of highlighting the projects going on in Cape Girardeau -- and there are many of them -- we decided to spotlight some of the people who are shaping our communities...
Southeast Missourian business headlines
Open-house event highlights vacant downtown properties (05/20/15)
The upcoming annual showcase of downtown real estate hosted by Old Town Cape will highlight spaces prime for development. The downtown revitalization organization plans to show seven properties in this year's Downtown Commercial Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. May 28. The organization began holding the event in 2012 to promote investment and business development in downtown. Properties for sale and lease are featured each year...
A place to call home: Business still booming for house, apartment rentals (05/18/15)
The housing market took a downturn in the past 10 years, which increased the demand for rental property. Now, the housing market is building back up, but demand for rental property remains high, say local property managers. "We have seen a little bit of a slowdown, but in general, the demand is still extremely high," says Jeremy Ferguson, owner/manager at Executive Property Management in Cape Girardeau. Of the company's 327 rental units, Ferguson says only five were vacant as of May 8...
Business notebook: Gibson Recovery Center begins renovations (05/18/15)
After more than a year of planning, the Gibson Recovery Center has begun its renovations. The local drug and alcohol addiction treatment center is making some much-needed facility improvements, according to its organizers. Bonds issued by the Industrial Development Authority of Cape Girardeau County are financing the project, the Southeast Missourian reported in December...
People on the move 5/18/2015 (05/18/15)
Pauline Arnold has been appointed executive director for quality management at SoutheastHEALTH. Arnold worked for 11 years for the Indiana University Health La Porte and Starke Hospitals in La Porte, Indiana, most recently as chief nursing and quality officer and vice president of clinical operations, according to a media release. ...
New self-driving Google car heads to streets (05/18/15)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- The latest version of Google's self-driving car -- a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel -- will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years...
Bankruptcies (05/18/15)
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 numbers. 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 (05/18/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during April include the following: Coin-Op Cantina, 46 N. Main St. Route 66 Video, 521 N. Silver Springs Road Stack'd Supplements, 3047 William St., Suite 103 The Outlets LLC, 341 S. Sprigg St. Roots Spa & Salon, 1512 Independence St...
Health briefs (05/18/15)
SAINT FRANCIS BONDS GIVEN 'STABLE OUTLOOK' Fitch Ratings, an agency that assigns bond ratings as a measure of overall financial health, in April gave $154.5 million in revenue bonds issued to Saint Francis Medical Center an AA- rating with a stable outlook. ...
Tax liens (05/18/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, 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...
Names in the news (05/18/15)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Joshua Talley of Gipsy, Missouri, was employee of the month for April at Mondi Jackson Inc. Talle, an extrusion operator, has been with the company since March 10, 2008. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Jim Corcoran, Shawn Heisserer and Jamey Knight, 15 years of service...
Business briefs (05/18/15)
CAMPGROUND OPENING UNDER NEW NAME, MANAGEMENT PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A campground in Perryville is reopening under a new name and management. The Perryville KOA campground now is a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and will hold an official grand opening Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. ...
Goodbye, keys: 'Smart locks' let you in without them (05/18/15)
Associated Press When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with one that opens using a pass code. They were tired of the hassle of "jiggling with a key."...
The retirement market: Many residential options available for retirees looking to downsize (05/18/15)
Thinking about living arrangements as you or a loved one age can be uncomfortable, but preparation now can translate into a much easier time down the road. People are living -- and living quite well -- longer than ever, and the market for retirement communities has grown to reflect this, meaning you're likely to find an option that suits your needs...
'Timing is everything': Debbie Thurman of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty discusses what it takes to be named Realtor of the Year (05/18/15)
Debbie Thurman, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty in Jackson, recently was named Realtor of the Year by the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors. After 10 years in the business, Thurman says she loves her occupation despite hours that are long and demanding. Satisfying a client -- whether a seller or a buyer -- makes it worth the late nights and weekend work, she says...
Digital marketing now commonplace and continues to grow (05/11/15)
Digital devices are everywhere, and people are using them constantly -- to the point where digital marketing has become commonplace. "There's so much digital that is going on in the world of advertising and promotion," said Dr. John Cherry, a professor at Southeast Missouri University who teaches advertising, marketing, promotions and public relations. "Everybody is being buffeted by this technology."...
People on the Move 5/11/2015 (05/11/15)
Christa Akridge of Oran, Missouri, recently joined Century 21 Ashland Realty in Cape Girardeau after earning her real estate license. Her focus will be on residential properties in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties. Richard Cuba and Tyler Cuba of Cuba Financial Group recently attended the Masters Program of Wealth Management at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. ...
Business notebook: Innovative Orthodontics opens Jackson location (05/11/15)
Innovative Orthodontics has opened its new Jackson location at 404 S. Hope St. It was at 430 W. Independence St. The company also has locations at 2103 Broadway in Cape Girardeau and at 334 N. Main St. in Perryville. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. today at the Port Office, 10 Bill Bess Drive in Scott City...
Southeast first lady Jeanine Larson Dobbins leads as a lifelong learner (05/11/15)
Jeanine Larson Dobbins came to Southeast Missouri State University with her husband, university president Kenneth Dobbins, in 1991. After coming to Southeast, she founded and developed the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program, which has helped more than 275,000 children across the state of Missouri learn to read. She has worked with her husband to leave a lasting effect on the university, and she has left her mark with her passion for education...
Pull-factor score provides indication of a town's economic health (05/10/15) 10
There are many ways a community might evaluate its economic condition. It might look at the annual number of new or expanding businesses, population or sales tax revenue. Another measurement is pull factor. It's determined using a calculation that compares a community's local sales tax numbers and population versus the state's sales tax and population...
Small-business owners share stories, give advice to Southeast students (05/07/15)
As part of National Small Business Week, the Missouri Innovation Corp. at Southeast Missouri State University on Wednesday hosted a presentation titled "Dream Big, Start Small," where successful entrepreneurs shared their small-business stories with students...
People on the Move 5/4/14 (05/04/15)
Blake Essner has joined the team of dentists at Bennett Family Dentistry in Cape Girardeau. Essner practiced dentistry in Sikeston, Missouri, according to a release, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He received his dentristry degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014...
Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system (05/04/15)
FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar-panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants -- and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it...
1 in 4 renters must use half their pay for housing costs (05/04/15)
WASHINGTON -- More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That's the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a not-for-profit group that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to 11.25 million since 2007...
Business notebook: Scott City restaurant to hold grand opening (05/04/15)
Wild Hogs Smoke House, a new barbecue restaurant and meat shop, plans to hold a grand opening May 10. The restaurant at 116 E. Hickory St. in Scott City is owned by Tony Bure and Paul Schock, who also owns the adjacent Schock's Pub. Wild Hogs will specialize in smoked foods, Bure said, including pulled pork, ribs, brisket and wings, with smoked specialty sides and smoked desserts, such as pies...
Leadership Cape members present ideas for city (05/03/15) 3
This month's Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee featured five presentations from the Leadership Cape class of 2015. Leadership Cape, an annual program offered by the chamber of commerce, is designed to help local professionals build leadership skills, as well as the opportunity to discover what Cape Girardeau has to offer...