- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)36
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Good deed of the week 5/3/09
Eric Welch, Kids in Christian Karate School black belt instructor, teaches karate to children for free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Heartland Gymnastics, Cape Girardeau along with other instructors. Welch said the students start everyclass with the Lord's Prayer. Inspired by the Rick Warren book, The Purpose Driven Life, Welch said he found his purpose in teaching karate to children. His spiritual philosophy in teaching is, "You can't lose with God on your side." Welch, a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, believes the karate lessons help children with discipline, self esteem and promoting health. The catalyst to launch the free lessons began when he was contacted by a therapist who asked him to help a child with a history of neglect and abuse, through karate. Recently the KICKS class raised over $400 to donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
"They are learning a very valuable lesson about helping others," said Welch.