- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Panda Express restaurant coming to Cape's Siemers Drive (2/14/17)2
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)21
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Southeast reports three confirmed cases of mumps; more cases possible (2/14/17)1
- Right to Work and Taxes (2/10/17)
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
Bell City school strives for excellence
To the editor:
There has been considerable media coverage concerning the feud between the Bell City and Scott County Central school districts. While I -- as well as the media -- am not privy to all the facts, I believe that (1) Bell City was upset that Coach Heeb left the district and took allegations to Missouri State High School Activities Association, (2) Scott County Central was angry about MSHSAA's ruling and retaliated against Bell City, and (3) both schools lost credibility. Many schools would do well to worry less about athletics and more about curriculum, classroom resources and salaries to retain high-quality teachers.
I must point out that Bell City has had years of academic success. The newspaper, however, almost never covers Bell City academic achievements or other positive news, saying we are out of the coverage area. Imagine my shock to see that Bell City was the feature of many headline stories when the school became embroiled in controversy.
While mistakes were made on the part of both school districts, I hope readers understand that Bell City is a good school that offers a quality education through dedicated teachers and hard-working students with the support of fine citizens. I know the school will continue to strive for academic excellence and will rebound from its current problems.
I hope to see continued coverage of Bell City in this newspaper when the current controversy is over. Highlighting Bell City's continued triumphs on and off the court would be refreshing.
MICHAEL PAINTON, Painton, Mo.