- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Chaffee man charged with attempting to have ex-wife killed (8/20/17)3
Chapmans richly deserve arts award
The awarding of the Otto Dingeldein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts was so poignant this year it bears a moment's reflection.
Otto Dingeldein was an accomplished silversmith. He also was Dr. Jean Chapman's patient. Thirty years ago, he badgered Chapman about joining him on the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's board of directors.
Busy Chapman, though he joined the arts council, declined the responsibility of board membership. Dingeldein went on to have the award named for him and become the first recipient in 1975. He died in 1991.
But Chapman remembered the invitation and, three years ago, became an arts council board member along with his wife, Nona Chapman. Both are accomplished in the medical profession. He's an allergist. She's a Harvard-certified pollen and mold counter. But more important to them is their adoration of all things artistic. She sings, plays the flute, carves and is accomplished in the fiber arts. He paints and sculpts.
It would be difficult to find a more suitable couple for the award. No doubt its originator would have been elated.