- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Anniversaries help us mark the important milestones in our personal lives and in the organizations and institutions that provide the durable fabric of our society. In addition to last week's 50th anniversary celebration at Alma Schrader Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, our communities have had occasion recently to mark the 175th anniversary of Cape Girardeau's First Presbyterian Church and the 50th anniversary of the merger of the Scott County towns of Ancell and Fornfelt into Scott City.
First Presbyterian has been on the corner of Broadway and Lorimier Street overlooking the Mississippi River since 1935. The congregation will be holding special events throughout 2010 to mark this significant anniversary.
The start of the 175th anniversary celebration coincided with the retirement of its pastor, the Rev. Paul Kabo, after a decade that included growth and a major renovation of the third building to house the Presbyterians at the same location.
The celebration of Scott City's anniversary was more muted but of significance to area historians. Several communities settled by mostly German immigrants prior to the Civil War have, over the years, combined into Scott City, home of the Southeast Missouri Port Authority.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the contributions these important institutions make.