- 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
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- 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)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Newsmakers do more than make news; they make a difference
Topography and weather are what characterize regions.
It's the people who truly define it, shaping the past, present and future. No two of us are exactly alike, and in this land of freedom we are able to pursue the path of our dreams and follow the inspirations that touch us individually.
Sometimes it drives us to be better on our jobs and other times its the inspiration to volunteer. This year 18 individuals have been called to our attention for the excellence they've achieved through talent, vision and dedication. When you do your best on a daily basis, it shows, and people take note.
The Business Today Newsmakers edition, sponsored by First Midwest Bank, came out recently and told the story of some of the ambitious individuals who have been influencing our community on a myriad of levels. This is the fourth annual Newsmakers class, and the 2017 group is a collection of excellence that includes doctors, teachers, public servants, business people and volunteers. It's a pleasure to honor community members for their contributions.
While that recognition has been made in print, all are invited to a public award reception on Sept. 6 at First Midwest Bank in Cape Girardeau. The evening will include a social hour before the presentation at 6 p.m. We hope the community will help us honor these individuals.
If you missed the print edition, check out the stories online at semissourian.com/Newsmakers.