- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Buying a courthouse
With the construction of the new Rush H. Limbaugh Federal Building nearing completion, the disposition of the old federal building at the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in downtown Cape Girardeau has become something of an urgent issue.
Until recently, the General Services Administration gave away surplus buildings for specific uses. Under those guidelines, the Cape Girardeau County Commission asked a three-man panel to assess whether the county could comply with those guidelines and be fiscally responsible. The county is particularly interested in moving circuit courtrooms and other county offices from the city-owned Common Pleas Courthouse and its annex.
Now the GSA is considering auctioning off the old federal building.
The next decision for the county is how much to offer for the old courthouse. It appears the county is on the right track to meet its needs and assure that the old courthouse continues to be put to good use.