- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
Youth in Government
In today's videogame and social media society, it's important that today's teens don't let the real world get away from them. That's one of the reasons why Youth in Government Day is so beneficial to students. On May 3, 100 area students were able to see how local governments function. It was the 28th annual Youth in Government Day, and students from Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Notre Dame, Saxony Lutheran, Oak Ridge and Delta participated in the program.
Part of the program includes a mock city council program where students have to discuss issues in the same way local boards must do before reaching decisions.
Youth in Government Day started in 1984 by Optimist Club member Tom Meyer, who wanted for students to better understand the structure of government. Based on comments from students, it appears that is exactly what happens.
"I think the most important thing that I learned from this is that everybody has an opinion and every opinion makes a difference," said Emilie Davis of Jackson High School.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the program. And thank you to all of our government officials who took the time to pass along important information to our next generation of leaders.