- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
The $8.9 million renovation and expansion of the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Clark Avenue is well underway. Anyone who has driven by the old library can see that the structure has been gutted, with little but a concrete framework left standing. Meanwhile, the library is temporarily housed on South Broadview Street.
Some passers-by and part-time sidewalk superintendents have expressed surprise that the old library building is gone, except for the superstructure and roof. They say that's not what they recall being told during the campaign before last year's successful vote on a bond issue to pay for the new library.
But library director Betty Martin says the renovation and expansion are progressing as planned before last year's election. Library staff members and board members are focused on what the new facility will have to offer when it opens: a state-of-the-art library.
We expect the upgraded facility will be a gem, but Cape Girardeau isn't just getting a "renovated and expanded" library. It's getting a new library.