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- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Kelso resident brings home $60K in lottery winnings (12/14/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Wind brings down Wendy's sign in Cape Girardeau (12/11/17)2
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
High school rodeo provides big-time thrills
For three short days last week, there was a noticeable increase in the number of people wearing jeans and cowboy hats in northern Cape Girardeau County.
For the third year, Flickerwood Arena just north of Jackson was the host for the Missouri High School Rodeo Championship. It brought together more than 100 top-rated teenage athletes from across the state to compete.
These students are stars in their own right. Take Brent Menz, a perennial favorite in the bull-riding championship who competes in several other rodeo events, too. A rodeo competitor since age 8, he's developed a following.
And then there's Sam and Evin Burke of Charleston, brothers who have been team roping for seven years, and Matt Boyers, a saddle bronc competitor from Poplar Bluff.
The Southeast Missourian profiled these four athletes, but there were countless other exciting stories for every athlete there. We hope the rodeo returns to the area again next year so we can enjoy the activities and competitors once more.