- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)29
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)2
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
United Way's banner year
For the first time in its nearly half-century of service, the Area Wide United Way topped $1 million in pledged giving.
That's a remarkable milestone. The giving level this year represents a 22 percent increase in the last five years.
The $1 million level was exceeded by $545, and there are still donations and pledges coming in. The goal for this year's fund-raising campaign was $935,000.
Since its founding, United Way's aim has been to encourage community support for organizations that contribute needed and useful services. By making a United Way contribution, individuals and businesses are able to help many deserving organizations with a once-a-year donation or through regular payroll deductions.
In recent years there have been good reasons to worry that charitable donations might falter. The economy has taken lumps, and a full recovery has not yet been experienced by everyone everywhere. Many Southeast Missourians are either participating in or have family and friends involved in military operations around the globe.
But those concerns haven't hurt the sense of charity in Southeast Missouri. The generosity of communities that participate in the Area Wide United Way -- Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryville and Scott City -- has once again been exceptional even in trying times.
Achieving such success for the United Way campaign takes considerable time and commitment from volunteers. This year, campaign chairman Don Fisher has had an extraordinary group of people to assist with all the details involved in a successful fund drive.
Special thanks go to all those who recognize the importance of the agencies funded by United Way and to all those volunteers whose effort made this year's campaign a banner year.