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- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
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- 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)35
- 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
Southeast Missouri has many notable leaders from all sectors of our communities, and it's always nice when the rest of the nation recognizes one of our own.
Perryville resident Jerry Hotop was recently named national commander of AMVETS (American Veterans), one of the country's largest veterans service organizations. Hotop was selected last month by over 650 AMVETS members at the 2010 national convention in Louisville, Ky.
AMVETS was founded in 1944 and provides support for veterans and active military personnel in procuring government entitlements. As one of the largest congressionally chartered veterans' service organizations in the country, the organization has members from each branch of the military, the National Guard and the Reserves.
As the national commander, Hotop will direct the operations of the organization. He will be responsible for serving as the organization's spokesman in Washington, D.C., as well as serving as the group's ambassador both nationally and abroad.
Hotop, a veteran of both the Army and Navy, will represent the organization well. Congratulations to an American hero from Southeast Missouri. And a special thanks to all our veterans. You are greatly appreciated.