- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Church, businesses set up pop-up homeless shelter as winter storm approaches (1/12/18)1
- Plaintiffs' attorney wants jury to see basement steps at Cape courthouse (1/10/18)
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Cape man wins Scratchers lottery top prize (1/12/18)
Scott County archives
An average 250 users a month visit the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center in Jackson, many combing the 4,000 cubic feet of records for genealogical information.
Now Scott County, with the seams of its historic courthouse bursting with documents and records, is investigating whether to build a similar facility.
Scott County commissioners toured the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center recently. The archive houses records of all kinds: probate, tax, school, marriage, some military, court, some births and deaths along with county maps -- all essential research information.
Scott County currently lacks a centrally located, climate-controlled site to preserve its records.
Second District Commissioner Jamie Burger, who will become the presiding commissioner after November's uncontested general election, says a new archive building might also house the county's 911 call center and provide storage for disaster supplies.
Burger said the commissioners want to hear what county residents have to say about the idea before moving forward.
An archive center contains a community's unwritten story, a story that can never be written if essential records are lost. This is a worthwhile project for Scott County to delve into.