- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
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.