- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- A message from heaven (1/23/17)
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march (1/22/17)90
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
2010 was a turnaround year for Cape Girardeau Central High School's football team.
Central went 10-2 this season, with its only losses against Sikeston. The team also won its first playoff game since 2002 -- an incredible feat since going 0-10 last season and 1-9 in the year before.
Much of Central's success can be attributed to the leadership of coach Rich Payne.
Payne, who serves as the director of the Career and Technology Center, recently decided to step down as Central's coach. While he'll no doubt be missed, the school has hired a well qualified replacement in Nathan Norman, who served as an assistant coach under Payne.
Norman, a 1996 Jackson High School graduate, previously coached at Jackson before working in strength and conditioning at the University of Mississippi for a year.
Congratulations to coach Payne for turning around Central's football program, and all the best to coach Norman as he looks to continue Central's winning ways next season.