- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)58
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)2
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Soap Box Derby is good for whole family
Congratulations go to Nick Austin of Cape Girardeau, who did Southeast Missouri proud at the 65th annual All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, recently.
No, Nick didn't win. He didn't make it beyond of the first round. But Nick was a good sport who made lots of friends and understood the meaning of the competition.
"I went there because I wanted to win, but if I didn't, that was OK too," he said.
Nick took the trip with his family after qualifying in the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau's local soap box derby in the spring. Boys and girls who participate build their derby cars from kits, usually working with their parents. Then they take a gravity-powered ride down Sprigg Street to see who did the best job and is the most skilled driver.
It is a wholesome activity for the whole family.
Next spring, there will be another local derby and another trip to Akron for the lucky winner. It's a good time to start thinking about entering.