- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)2
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Kelso resident brings home $60K in lottery winnings (12/14/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Wind brings down Wendy's sign in Cape Girardeau (12/11/17)2
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
Arts in Old Illmo
A few years ago, the notion of turning the Old Illmo part of Scott city into a historic arts district would have seemed ridiculous. Then along came Paul Schock. Since moving to Scott City from Arizona in 2001 to become an art professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Schock has begun infusing Old Illmo with new vigor.
With vision and sweat, he turned a long-vacant building into the Schock Community Arts Center where gallery openings are held and arts classes are taught. Schock has bought and renovated other old buildings. Now Schock has convinced the Scott City Council to apply for a National Register of Historic Places designation as a historic arts district.
Old Illmo needs revitalizing, and Schock sees potential in the arts. Schock imagines creating an atmosphere that will attract artists from all over the country and the world to Scott City. If that's still hard for most people to imagine, maybe it's because we aren't artists.