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Tax liens (07/20/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during June are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (07/20/15)
Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (07/20/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during June include the following: Hangout, 727 Broadway Lightz ENT LLC, 731 Broadway Le Bounce, 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 103 Crown Exteriors LLC, out of town A+ Kutz by Antonio, 821 Broadway Sherry Rust Photography LLC, 339 Broadway, Suite 154...
Health briefs (07/20/15)
BROWN JOINS TINSLEY CLINIC POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Sara Brown, a family nurse practitioner, joined Tinsley Medical Clinic in Poplar Bluff and is now accepting new patients. JACKSON MANOR RECEIVES ACCREDITATION Jackson Manor nursing home in Jackson received Providigm's Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Accreditation, according to a news release from the nursing home. ...
Names in the news (07/20/15)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Hugh McGowan of Jackson was employee of the month for June at Mondi Jackson Inc. McGowan, a press assistant, has been with the company since Dec. 9, 2013. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Daniel Heisserer and Doug Davis, 25 years of service; Daniel Peterson, Ande Pfeiffer, Thomas VanderFeen, Chad Ritter, Pete Weaver and Michelle Clippard, 15 years; and Matthey Kinsey, Darren Whitledge and Kristin Caldwell, five years...
Business briefs (07/20/15)
BUCHHEIT LOGISTICS BUYS POLYONE FACILITY Buchheit Logistics, a Scott City transportation and warehousing company, announced the purchase of the former PolyOne facility at 4753 Nash Road in Cape Girardeau. The 54,000-square-foot facility will enhance the company's capabilities and expand its warehousing footprint, according to a news release from Buchheit Logistics. ...
Going organic: USDA funds available to help farmers cover organic certification fees (07/20/15)
To provide the opportunity for more farmers to become certified organic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of its National Organic Program, designed a plan to help farmers defray the cost of certification. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill, the program provides states with an opportunity to reimburse farmers who become USDA certified organic, or who renew their organic certification. ...
Farming from the sky: Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions (07/20/15)
CORDOVA, Md. -- Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm -- a job he now pays three men to do. "The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal," Geske says, watching as a small white drone hovers over a nearby corn field and transmits detailed pictures of the growing stalks to an iPad...
Battling Mother Nature: Farmers remain optimistic despite being hampered by heavy rains this season (07/20/15)
Unusually high amounts of rainfall in May and June have forced Southeast Missouri farmers, and farmers statewide, to plant later and plant less acreage this agricultural season. Statewide, Missouri received average rainfalls of about 7.5 inches for May and June, which both rank in the top 15 of their respective months ever recorded in the state, according to articles written by state climatologist Patrick Guinan on the Missouri Climate Center's website...
Shipping via Semo Port keeps ag industry buoyant (07/20/15)
A world demanding more exports of agriculture commodities means busier times for the place in Southeast Missouri charged with shipping out and bringing in products necessary for large-scale crop production. In 2014, the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority handled 1.3 million tons of cargo, a record-setting amount consisting of 70 percent agricultural sector products, says port executive director Dan Overbey...
View from the 'on-ramps to the river': Dan Overbey shares his perspective from 22 years as executive director of the Semo Port (07/20/15)
Dan Overbey's been working at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority for the past 22 years. He's seen it grow and expand its products, and has even been through some of its tougher financial situations. But through it all, he's remained committed and enjoyed the many aspects of his job...
Business to business: Networking opportunities always expanding in Southeast Missouri (06/15/15)
Small-business owners searching to connect their business personally and professionally with the community need look no further than the plentiful networking opportunities in Southeast Missouri. Local business networking events have grown in number in recent years as area chambers of commerce look for creative ways to keep members socializing and learning, and businesses look for chances to keep customer lists expanding. Amanda Winschel, director of the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce, says the business community in her area has upped attendance at networking events during the past year. The chamber, like others in the area, tries to offer something for everyone, she says, including a monthly women's group lunch meeting, meetings for young professionals and a Business After Hours event...
El Sol Mexican Restaurant (06/15/15)
El Sol Mexican Restaurant Alvaro Munoz started working in a restaurant when he was 18 years old, with the dream of someday opening his own. That dream came true in October 2013 when he opened El Sol, an authentic Mexican restaurant at 1105 Broadway in Cape Girardeau...
Business briefs (06/15/15)
SCOTT CITY RESTAURANT HOLDS GRAND OPENING Wild Hogs Smoke House, a new barbecue restaurant and meat shop, held a grand opening May 10. The restaurant at 116 E. Hickory St. in Scott City is owned by Tony Bure and Paul Schock, who also owns the adjacent Schock's Pub. Wild Hogs specializes in smoked foods, Bure said, including pulled pork, ribs, brisket and wings, with smoked specialty sides and smoked desserts, such as pies...
Names in the news (06/15/15)
RUSSELL AWARDED FOR SAFETY RECORD STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Bobbie Russell won the 2014 Safety Award from Beelman Truck Co. Russell is a pneumatic tank driver based out of the company's Ste. Genevieve terminal. He has been employed by Beelman for eight years and has been eligible for the Safety Award drawing for seven of those years...
Health briefs (06/15/15)
ESSNER JOINS BENNETT DENTISTRY Dr. Blake Essner joined the team of dentists at Bennett Family Dentistry in Cape Girardeau. Essner previously practiced dentistry in Sikeston, Missouri, according to a news release, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He received his dentistry degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014...
Bankruptcies (06/15/15)
Bankruptcies filed through May for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (06/15/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during May are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
531 Wash House (06/15/15)
531 Wash House 531 Wash House, an antique store in Uniontown, Missouri, was opened in 2013 by lifelong friends Kathy Renner and Ruth Rellergert. "We'd been friends for years," Renner says. "Ruthie bought her homeplace back in 2011, plus another house [beside it] that her great-grandfather had lived in. I [had purchased] the brick house across the street back in 2004 that my great-grandfather had lived in."...
Business licenses (06/15/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during May include the following: M&S Enterprises, 902 S. Kingshighway Just Kidding LLC, 101 N. Main St. Brad Berry Insurance Agency, 885 N. Kingshighway The Hair Loft Salon, 245 S. Broadview St. Seth Elliott Keith, 113 Independence...
Catered to you: Catering is a growing business in the Cape Girardeau area (06/15/15)
When it comes to catering in the Cape Girardeau area, the offerings are plenty and sundry. Be it a business lunch, wedding reception, family holiday feast, corporate conference -- or anything in between -- it's likely there's a caterer to meet the need...
Muriel's Garden (06/15/15)
For Sally Suchman, the decision to open a flower shop was a dream long in the making. "My mother always loved flowers. The shop is named after my mother. She used to decorate for weddings and always had lots of flowers at the house," Suchman says. She grew up loving flowers, too -- like mother, like daughter. ...
Creative Data Systems (06/15/15)
Patrick Higgins opened Creative Data Systems, 2917 Independence in Cape Girardeau, in 1991 out of a need for an affordable computer for himself. "I was a Southeast Missouri State University student and wanted a computer for myself, but I couldn't afford to buy one," says Higgins. ...
Fox Family Dental (06/15/15)
The motto at Fox Family Dental in Cape Girardeau is to "treat people like family," and that goes for patients as well as employees. "If you treat your staff like family, they'll stay with you," says Dr. Bob Fox, who opened his practice on Broadway in 1975. The office moved to its current location on North Kingshighway in 1986 and completed an expansion in 1996...
Advanced Pest Control (06/15/15)
Gene Schuessler had worked in the pest control business for more than 18 years when he decided to branch out on his own and open Advanced Pest Control in 1981. The business at 821 Progress St. in Cape Girardeau is truly a family affair. "Our son, Gary Schuessler, and daughter, Deanna Niederkorn, also work here with us," says Dorothy Schuessler, who is Gene's wife and also works in the business...
Banking on relationships: Aaron Panton, community bank president at The Bank of Missouri, on how the bank works with small businesses (06/15/15)
As community bank president at The Bank of Missouri, Aaron Panton knows banking encompasses more than loans and checking accounts. It also should include a solid relationship between banker and client. "Your bank should take the time to know you and your industry, and work with you to reach the goals to be successful in that industry," he says...
Bankruptcies (05/18/15)
Bankruptcies filed through April for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (05/18/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during April include the following: Coin-Op Cantina, 46 N. Main St. Route 66 Video, 521 N. Silver Springs Road Stack'd Supplements, 3047 William St., Suite 103 The Outlets LLC, 341 S. Sprigg St. Roots Spa & Salon, 1512 Independence St...
Tax liens (05/18/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during April are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (05/18/15)
SAINT FRANCIS BONDS GIVEN 'STABLE OUTLOOK' Fitch Ratings, an agency that assigns bond ratings as a measure of overall financial health, in April gave $154.5 million in revenue bonds issued to Saint Francis Medical Center an AA- rating with a stable outlook. ...
Names in the news (05/18/15)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Joshua Talley of Gipsy, Missouri, was employee of the month for April at Mondi Jackson Inc. Talle, an extrusion operator, has been with the company since March 10, 2008. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Jim Corcoran, Shawn Heisserer and Jamey Knight, 15 years of service...
Business briefs (05/18/15)
CAMPGROUND OPENING UNDER NEW NAME, MANAGEMENT PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A campground in Perryville is reopening under a new name and management. The Perryville KOA campground now is a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and will hold an official grand opening Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. ...
A place to call home: Business still booming for house, apartment rentals (05/18/15)
The housing market took a downturn in the past 10 years, which increased the demand for rental property. Now, the housing market is building back up, but demand for rental property remains high, say local property managers. "We have seen a little bit of a slowdown, but in general, the demand is still extremely high," says Jeremy Ferguson, owner/manager at Executive Property Management in Cape Girardeau. Of the company's 327 rental units, Ferguson says only five were vacant as of May 8...
Goodbye, keys: 'Smart locks' let you in without them (05/18/15)
Associated Press When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with one that opens using a pass code. They were tired of the hassle of "jiggling with a key."...
The retirement market: Many residential options available for retirees looking to downsize (05/18/15)
Thinking about living arrangements as you or a loved one age can be uncomfortable, but preparation now can translate into a much easier time down the road. People are living -- and living quite well -- longer than ever, and the market for retirement communities has grown to reflect this, meaning you're likely to find an option that suits your needs...
'Timing is everything': Debbie Thurman of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty discusses what it takes to be named Realtor of the Year (05/18/15)
Debbie Thurman, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty in Jackson, recently was named Realtor of the Year by the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors. After 10 years in the business, Thurman says she loves her occupation despite hours that are long and demanding. Satisfying a client -- whether a seller or a buyer -- makes it worth the late nights and weekend work, she says...
Bankruptcies (04/20/15)
Bankruptcies filed through March for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (04/20/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during March include the following: Hyperion Security and Logistics, 2850 Whitener St. A7 Olde Towne Cape Brewing LLC, 132 N. Main St. Meehan, Brenda K., 113 Independence St. Dosvita Designs LLC, 233 Bellevue St...
Tax liens (04/20/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during March are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (04/20/15)
LAGUARDIA JOINS SOUTHEAST HEALTH Dr. James J. LaGuardia joined SoutheastHEALTH's medical staff. He is affiliated with Southeast Neurology. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and before coming to Cape Girardeau served as a neurologist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, according to a news release...
Names in the news (04/20/15)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Bradley Ahrens of Oak Ridge was employee of the month for March at Mondi Jackson Inc. Ahrens, a material handler, has been with the company since March 5, 2012. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Melody Burroughs, 15 years of service; Joshua Schultz, 10 years; and Terry Campbell, five years...
Business briefs (04/20/15)
CONSIGNMENT, FURNITURE STORE OPENS IN JACKSON The Hidden Attic, a furniture and consignment store, opened March 16 at the former location of Ross Furniture on South High Street in Jackson. Owner Daniel Glasco said in a news release the store will offer furniture from store closeouts, factory overruns and local consignments of home décor. The store formerly operated in Marion, Illinois, but is moving to Jackson because of the attraction of the area and the market, Glasco said...
The digital age: From social media to geo-positioning, digital marketing has become commonplace - and continues to grow (04/20/15)
Digital devices are everywhere and people are using them constantly -- so much so, that digital marketing has become commonplace. "There's so much digital that is going on in the world of advertising and promotion," says Dr. John Cherry, a professor at Southeast Missouri University, who teaches advertising, marketing, promotions and public relations. "Everybody is being buffeted by this technology."...
Stay focused: Tips on hosting a productive focus group event (04/20/15)
Businesses that want to test a strategy or gauge perceptions and opinions of a product or service may turn to focus groups to help provide answers and clarity. But exactly how and why are focused groups used? And what goes into hosting a productive focus group event?...
Holding steady: Unemployment rates down, business formation up in Southeast Missouri (04/20/15)
A steadying job market looks to have returned to Southeast Missouri as area unemployment rates recently reached the lowest mark in years, and some labor market summaries are unchanging -- but whether it will stay is uncertain. Unemployment during October, November and December in the Cape Girardeau metropolitan statistical area was below 5 percent, the first time since fall 2007 that rates have been so low for three consecutive months, according to data from the U.S. ...
Providing coverage: Hiring new employees this year? Here's what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (04/20/15)
This year the Affordable Care Act is prompting many changes for businesses -- for some, there is a new requirement to offer health insurance plans or face fines; for others, 2015 is marked as the year businesses can begin offering affordable plans to employees through the federally run marketplace exchange...
Get hired: Do's and don'ts for your next job interview (04/20/15)
Job interviews can make anyone nervous and anxious. But, there are things you can do to set yourself apart from the other candidates and increase your chances of landing the job. There also are things you should never, ever do on a job interview. Below is a list of interview do's and don'ts from area experts...
Solving the information puzzle: Talking communications with Nicolette Brennan, public information manager for the City of Cape Girardeau (04/20/15)
As public information manager for the City of Cape Girardeau, Nicolette Brennan is something of a vehicle between city operations and the community. Whether she's sending news releases and coordinating media interviews or fixing website bugs and programming errors, her goal is to provide access to all the information people need to make wise decisions and improve their quality of life...
Business Today asked: What customer service aspects keep you coming back to a business? And, what are your pet peeves when it comes to customer service? (03/16/15)
"It's the friendliness of the salesperson. J.C. Penney's sales associates are always very helpful and friendly. What I don't like is when they're following you around the store. Give us a little space, you know?" "I like them to be courteous to people, not snide like the places where they don't care whether they serve you or not. Luckily, that doesn't happen around here too much." ~Eldon Woodfin...
Open for business: Talking customer service with Dr. Quantella Anderson-Noto, director of the hospitality management program at Southeast Missouri State University (03/16/15)
Dr. Quantella Anderson-Noto's career aspirations started with an Easy Bake Oven and her first stay in a hotel. But her mother, who couldn't envision a career for her daughter in the hospitality industry, urged her to pursue banking, instead. Anderson-Noto did work in banking for many years, ranging from an investment banking firm in Minnesota to a women-owned investment firm in South Florida. ...
Be our guest: New Hampton Inn, Drury Lodge in the works for Cape Girardeau (03/16/15)
Visitors to Cape Girardeau will have another overnight option when a new Hampton Inn opens this fall in the Park West Hospitality Complex east of Interstate 55 near the intersection of William Street and South Mount Auburn Road. While a September opening originally was planned, the new Hampton Inn likely will first welcome guests a bit later in the year...
'Hire the personality': Tips on finding the right employees for your service-oriented business (03/16/15)
When Becky Davidson considers potential employees for Belladona Salon & Spa, her motto is to "hire the personality and not the skills." "We look for what they're passionate about and we look for their personality. We can train other things, but we can't change a personality -- so really, really, a big thing is personality," explains Davidson, who, along with Linda Springs, co-owns two Belladona locations in Cape Girardeau...
Automating the customer service experience: What does it mean for the service industry? (03/16/15)
Many among us don't remember a time when ATMs were rare and banking took place face-to-face, across a counter. There was a time when checking in for a flight, or for a night at a hotel, involved paper, people and patience. The first ATM made its debut at Barclay's Bank in London in 1967. Supermarket self-checkout stations were introduced in the 1990s, and now are in use not only at grocery stores but also at a range of big-box retailers...
Health briefs (03/16/15)
HART HONORED BY PARKLAND HEALTH FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Pat Hart was Star Service Team Member for January at Parkland Health Center. She is a night shift patient care technician in the OB department and on the medical/surgical floor. She has worked at Parkland for 31 years...
Business briefs (03/16/15)
PAPA MURPHY'S OPENS IN SIKESTON SIKESTON, Mo. -- Papa Murphy's pizza restaurant is now open at 331 N. Main St. in Sikeston. The new owners are Henry and Herbie Dirnberger, Floyd Ferrell and Yvonne LeGrand, who also serves as manager. CAPE GIRARDEAU RADIO SHACK CLOSES...
Names in the news (03/16/15)
NIERMANN JOINS HENDRICKSON BUSINESS ADVISORS Alison Niermann joined Hendrickson Business Advisors in Cape Girardeau as director of business development. She is a native of Chesterfield, Missouri, and has expertise in employee recruitment, training and business development, according to a news release. ...
Tax liens (03/16/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during February are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (03/16/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during February include the following: 36 Restaurant & Bar LLC, 36 N. Main St. Peter Hashley, 199 E. Cape Rock Drive Esmerovic Experess LLC, 3208 Themis St. Big E's BBQ, out of town
Bankruptcies (03/16/15)
Bankruptcies filed through February for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Bankruptcies (02/16/15)
Bankruptcies filed through January for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (02/16/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during January include the following: Walmart No. 7072, 2021 Independence St. Tyco Integrated Security LLC, out of town Mario & Angela Italian Cucina, 1740 Broadway Snap Fitness 24/7, 2530 William St...
Tax liens (02/16/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (02/16/15)
AMERICAN HOME PATIENT CUTS RIBBON PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- American HomePatient held a ribbon cutting Jan. 16. The home health-care service and product company opened an office at 817 N. Kingshighway in Perryville. NICHOLS HIRED AS INFORMATION OFFICER Mike Nichols was hired as the new chief information officer for SoutheastHEALTH. ...
Names in the news (02/16/15)
HYSLOP NAMED GENERAL MANAGER DEXTER, Mo. -- Noreen Hyslop, managing editor of the Dexter Daily Statesman, was named general manager, the newspaper reported. The job will coincide with her current editorial duties. The paper had been without a general manager since the resignation of Bobby Greer, who moved from the area in July. ...
Business briefs (02/16/15)
ITALIAN RESTAURANT OPENS ON BROADWAY A new Italian restaurant, Mario and Angela's Italian Cucina, opened at 1740 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. The building formerly housed Taqueria Jalisco, a Mexican restaurant that closed last year. CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES AT CREATIVE INCUBATOR...
Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have (02/16/15)
Smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life. From texting and email to social media, Americans rely heavily on their mobile devices. If your mobile phone was taken away, how long could you survive without it? The answer may surprise you: Nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. ...
Financing an education: Financial experts share ways to save for college, pay down student loan debts (02/16/15)
The numbers are staggering. Student debt levels for those earning bachelor's degrees are on the rise, and data show the average debt of 2013 graduates topped $30,000 in six states. The Institute of College Access and Success reports that 69 percent of graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit colleges had student loans, with an average debt of $28,400. ...
Access to capital: Patience, persistence and an open mind are key to finding small-business funding (02/16/15)
For today's entrepreneur, more avenues to funding exist than a traditional bank loan. Alternative sources of loans, grant competitions and even online crowdfunding can help give business-owners a boost for their next project or financial investment...
Tax form overhaul: New tax forms to fill out this year on health insurance coverage (02/16/15)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Be prepared for the tax man to get even more personal this year -- with questions about your health insurance. For the first time, you'll have to state whether you had health insurance through an employer, one of the exchanges or purchased privately. And if you didn't, you could face a penalty...
Filing with security: Are you keeping your personal information safe during tax season? (02/16/15)
In an era with an ever-increasing risk for identity theft and financial exploitation, it's no wonder people are paying closer attention to who handles their personal information and how they do it. And tax time is prime time to pay attention, according to the Internal Revenue Service...
Finding financial security: An interview with Brock Alspaugh, owner and retirement planner at Innovative Financial Solutions (02/16/15)
Brock Alspaugh began working at a bank after college, and he couldn't get enough of the world of stocks, investments and compounding. He enjoyed the career field so much that he opened his own financial firm in 2007. At Innovative Financial Solutions, Alspaugh and his team help clients of all ages and backgrounds meet their financial goals, from the early stages of retirement planning to being able to enjoy those retirement years with financial security. ...
Business licenses (01/19/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during December include the following: KT Power Systems, out of town The Bar, 117 Themis St. The Bar, 117 Themis St. (liquor license)
Bankruptcies (01/19/15)
Bankruptcies filed through December for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (01/19/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during December are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (01/19/15)
GOLDEN LIVING CENTER EARNS BRONZE AWARD NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Golden Living Center--New Madrid received a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The association's National Quality Award program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. ...
Names in the news (01/19/15)
BASLER APPOINTED COUNTY CORONER JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Eric D. Basler of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, as the new coroner for Ste. Genevieve County. He fills the vacancy after the October death of his father, Leo Basler, who had held the position for more than 30 years. Eric Basler is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and part owner of Basler Funeral Home...
Business briefs (01/19/15)
BRIGGS AND STRATTON WINS ENGINE DESIGN AWARD POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Briggs and Stratton received an International Die Casting Design Award for a new engine base design that will be manufactured at the Poplar Bluff facility, the Daily American Republic reported. ...
Healthy for life: Four health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime (01/19/15)
Four health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits...
Have a heart: February is American Heart Month - do you know the warning signs of heart trouble? (01/19/15)
There are plenty of observances tying health to a season or holiday in hopes of reminding people of annual screenings and other physical checks. Perhaps the most significant in terms of number of people affected is February. February is proclaimed American Heart Month each year by the president of the United States, and last year celebrated its 50th anniversary...
Pilates put the 'I' in fitness: Individualized routines can help improve strength, breathing and more (01/19/15)
It's the perennial workout dilemma: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is not quite up for CrossFit yet. Some people are able to forge through the first awkward months of an exercise regimen, but results can often be elusive, and many others become discouraged before the results appear...
A new lease on life: These health-care workers know firsthand the benefits of weight loss (01/19/15)
It's no secret that the United States has a problem with overweight and obesity. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, a number that has increased drastically in the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's not just adults who struggle: 17 percent of children and teenagers are also obese, says the CDC. The struggle is universal, affecting old and young, men and women, and all races and professions -- even health care providers...
Reaching your health potential: Dr. Matt Uchtman explains the keys to 'Maximized Living' (01/19/15)
Chiropractor Dr. Matt Uchtman is owner of Elevation Chiropractic/Maximized Living Health Center, a natural health care clinic in Cape Girardeau. He encourages following what are called the "5 Essentials" to identify health issue causes and allow patients to build health rather than mask or treat problems with medications and surgery. He holds certifications in nutrition, spinal correction and functional medicine. Here's a closer look at Uchtman's way of practice:...
Tax liens (12/15/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during November are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business licenses (12/15/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during November include the following: Brake Away LLC, out of town Dave's Studio-Visual Art Services, 1764 Pemiscot St. Dazspell Creations, 5 N. Main St., Suite D Family Dollar Store of Missouri Inc., 736 William St...
Bankruptcies (12/15/14)
Bankruptcies filed through November for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (12/15/14)
CAPE MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Cape Medical Weight Loss and Family Practice, 2132 William St. in Cape Girardeau, changed ownership. Debbie Evans is the new owner. ROCKWELL DENTAL CUTS RIBBON POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Stuart Rockwell held a ribbon cutting for Rockwell Dental, 1125 Herschel Bess Blvd., Suite 2...
Stories of the year: Business moves that made headlines in 2014 (12/15/14)
Pepsi MidAmerica will be the first tenant at Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park, a move that's expected to bring about 74 jobs to the region. Construction of the $3.1 million customer service center is set to begin in the coming weeks, says Molly Hood, assistant city manager and director of development services. The 18-acre site is within the park at Interstate 55 and LaSalle Avenue, land purchased in 2012 by the city from Southeast Missouri State University...
Business briefs (12/15/14)
WEBCURRENT OPENS IN CAPE Webcurrent Communications, 339 Broadway in Cape Girardeau, opened Nov. 3. The business is a web developer service owned by Julie K. Wolpers. FIREPLACE CENTER TO CLOSE The Fireplace Center at 1028 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau plans to close its doors at the end of the year because of the retirement of its owners, David and Noretta Blattner. Sales at the store will be ongoing until all merchandise is sold. After closing, the location will be available for rent...
Names in the news (12/15/14)
AMOS NAMED NEW MEMBER LEADER SIKESTON, Mo. -- Patricia Amos of Sikeston, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, was new member leader in the Missouri East region in October. She has been with the company since October. EMPLOYEES HONORED AT CENTURY 21...
Stories to watch: What's next in Southeast Missouri business (12/15/14)
As the world faces a new year in 2015, businesses face new challenges, ranging from agricultural commodity prices to the political environment. Here's a look at business stories you'll want to watch in the coming year: Agriculture Despite increased 2014 yields over previous years, Southeast Missouri farmers could face a bleak economic picture because of increased supply in the market...
Hello and goodbye: A look at the comings and goings of 2014 (12/15/14)
In 2014, Southeast Missouri said 'hello' to ... Retail options in downtown Cape Girardeau In downtown Cape Girardeau, Yearing 4 Yarn, Tangled Yarn, Lattitudes, Ophelia and Muriel's Secret Garden were new additions for 2014. Additionally, Cup 'n' Cork relocated from its longtime location on Main Street to the corner of Spanish and Independence streets. ...
Business licenses (11/17/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during October include the following: 3 Sons Construction, out of town; Amanda Miller, 1610 N. Kingshighway, Suite 107 (booth rental); Barbara Hammers, 301 Christine St. (booth rental)...
Bankruptcies (11/17/14)
Bankruptcies filed through October for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (11/17/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (11/17/14)
ENDODONTICS PRACTICE OPENS IN NEW LOCATION Cape Endodontics moved its practice to 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 203 in Cape Girardeau. The practice moved from Doctors' Park. COLBERT, CRAWFORD RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE Angie Colbert, a certified paraoptometric at Leet EyeCare on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, was named the business' Above and Beyond recipient for September. ...
Names in the news (11/17/14)
EDDLEMAN REAPPOINTED TO RIVER CAMPUS BOARD The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents reappointed Dr. William Eddleman as a university representative on the River Campus Board of Managers. His new term will expire Dec. 1, 2017. His current term expires Dec. 1 of this year. Eddleman is the provost at Southeast and holds the rank of professor in the department of biology. He is in his 20th year at Southeast...
Business briefs (11/17/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU PARTNERSHIP HAS NEW NAME The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education was renamed Cape College Center. The institution's advisory council approved the new name after the presidents of the three partnering institutions -- Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College -- agreed to the change...
Dr. Judee Gaeta of Vitality Clinic (11/17/14)
Dr. Judee Gaeta is a physician, and she's also somewhat of a lifestyle consultant. On the staff of Vitality Clinic, Gaeta counsels patients on how to live healthier lives based on her understanding of the body's hormones and how their balance or disproportion might affect the way they feel...
Sherry Yaeger, co-owner of Sherry Yaeger's Renaissance (11/17/14)
Sherry Yaeger feels as if she's come full circle. The Cape Girardeau shop that began as Renaissance in 2001 is now Sherry Yaeger's Renaissance -- Art. Style. Living. "Initially, I started the store to showcase my art. When we bought the building [139 Main St.] in 2002, the business basically exploded, and my husband, Mike, who had been in the insurance business 20-some years, stepped in to help in the operational side of it. ...
Becky Brown, owner of Cakes Reanimated (11/17/14)
Becky Brown developed a taste for cake decorating when she was only 16 and working at Dairy Queen. "My boss taught me a few things and directed me toward the Wilton cake decorating books, and I started teaching myself," she says. She decorated her first wedding cake at age 19 or 20, and after getting compliments on her work, she began considering cakes as a career path. She'd always enjoyed baking, and she was studying art and painting at Southeast Missouri State University...
Ashley Hahs, owner of BLAST! Event & Party Bus and Paws Pet Taxi (11/17/14)
When Ashley Hahs was a little girl, her father told her this: "I don't care what you do with your life, but do it to the best of your abilities. I don't care if you are a garbage collector -- you be the best garbage collector there is." Hahs didn't turn out to be a garbage collector after all, but she's applied her father's advice to all aspects of her life...
Susan Layton, attorney at Layton & Southard LLC (11/17/14)
As a little girl, Susan Layton often would spend Saturday mornings with her father, John Layton, at his law office. "I'd spend my time scribbling on legal pads," says Layton, now herself a lawyer, and in practice with her father. "He's a great mentor; he's patient and very knowledgeable. ...
Sikeston native Karla Bakersmith to speak at 2015 Power of Women Luncheon (11/17/14)
Karla Bakersmith, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Scrubs & Beyond, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Power of Women Luncheon on March 11 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. "Women in business today make other women successful when they mentor and help them," says Bakersmith. ...
Empowering women to greatness: An interview with the ladies behind the annual Power of Women Luncheon (11/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University will host its fourth annual Power of Women Luncheon on March 11, with the goal of connecting female students with opportunities, mentors and resources to enrich their education and entry to the career world. The event also raises scholarship funds for female students and highlights the accomplishments of female students and alumni...
Business licenses (10/20/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during September include the following:Cape Mart Convenience Store, 238 N. Fountain St. (liquor license) Celebrate the Season, 201 S. Mount Auburn Road Cup 'N' Cork, 11 S. Spanish St. Danetta L. Mason, 125 S. Broadview St...
Bankruptcies (10/20/14)
Bankruptcies filed through September for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (10/20/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (10/20/14)
SOUTHEAST MEDICAL PLAZA OPENS IN DEXTER DEXTER, Mo. -- Southeast Medical Plaza in Dexter opened its doors to the public with grand-opening ceremonies on Sept. 24, marking completion of the new, 15,000-square-foot medical office building at Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County, according to a news release from Southeast. ...
Names in the news (10/20/14)
SAFE HOUSE FOR WOMEN HIRES COUNSELOR Sharon Rouse was hired as counselor at the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau. She will provide counseling services to individuals and groups. Rouse is a board-certified counselor through the American Psychotherapy Association, nationally certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is a member of the American Psychological Association. ...
Business briefs (10/20/14)
JACKSON CHAMBER HOLDS RIBBON CUTTINGS The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Sept. 8 for Nearly Perfect CrossFit, 414 E Main St. On Sept. 10, the chamber held a ribbon cutting for AT&T on Walton Drive, in front of the Jackson Walmart...
Give wisely: How to maximize your tax benefits from charitable gifts (10/20/14)
You answer calls to support your alma mater, the local animal shelter and the American Red Cross with gifts of money and volunteer time. And after cleaning out the closets, dressers, kitchen cabinets and garage, you take a trunk load of donations to the thrift store...
Working for the community: Some area businesses work together on volunteer projects, fundraisers (10/20/14)
At some area businesses, employees don't just go to work for a company. They work for the community, too. More employers these days are offering, and in many cases encouraging, their workers to use company time to do good -- to organize benefits, participate in community fundraisers and generally donate time toward charitable causes...
United Way launches fundraising program designed for small businesses (10/20/14)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has introduced a new fundraising program designed for small businesses. With the Live United 365 Small Business Circle, businesses become members by donating $365 per year in one of three ways: Making a direct contribution to the United Way, encouraging staff members to raise the money or hosting a fundraising event, such as an in-store benefit or sales promotion with proceeds benefiting the United Way...
Not-for-profits use social media to engage with the public, do fundraising, even train volunteers (10/20/14)
As social media ebbs and flows with hashtag activism and viral donation drives, brick-and-mortar not-for-profits angle for ways to turn well-intentioned tweets into real-world change. "As far as social media presence goes, it's a way to react with the community in a way that's more personal," says Nigel Holderby, regional communications officer for the Red Cross in Southern Missouri. "It gives us a presence in the place where people are hanging out these days."...
Better Business Bureau to open local office this month (10/20/14)
Plans to open a Better Business Bureau office in Cape Girardeau later this month are still on track. Chris Thetford, vice president of communications and marketing for the BBB of St. Louis, says the office is expected to open by the end of October. An exact date hasn't been set for the opening yet, however...
Leading a team of volunteers: An interview with Kelli Schenimann of the American Cancer Society (10/20/14)
As specialist of community events at the American Cancer Society in Cape Girardeau, Kelli Schenimann works with some 100 local volunteers and oversees the organization's biggest fundraisers and projects, including Relay for Life, the Cure for Cape Cancer Gala, Look Good Feel Better and Road to Recovery. Here, she shares how individuals and businesses can get involved in their community, and why it's worth doing...
Business licenses (09/15/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during August include the following: Attaboy Construction, 436 N. Frederick St. B Cape Mart Convenience Store, 238 N. Fountain St. Check Please (Pawn), 78 S. Plaza Way Clubb Creek Motors LLC, 401 S. Sprigg St...
Tax liens (09/15/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (09/15/14)
Bankruptcies filed through August for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (09/15/14)
KELLER NAMED BUSINESS LIAISON AT SAINT FRANCIS Saint Francis Medical Center added Beth Keller as business liaison in the business development department. Keller will work primarily with companies and industries in Saint Francis' service area, educating them on the services available at the medical center, including the Occupational Medicine Clinic and wellness programs. ...
Names in the news (09/15/14)
@Graphic Body:MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES David DeRousse of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, was employee of the month for August at Mondi Jackson Inc. DeRousse, a plate finisher operator, has been with the company since Oct. 10, 2000. Mondi Jackson also recognized James Beard and Robert Dirnberger for 10 years of service...
Business briefs (09/15/14)
MCCORMICK'S STEAKHOUSE CLOSES KENNETT, Mo. -- McCormick's Family Dining Steakhouse closed its doors Aug. 24, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported. Pokey McCormick opened and ran the restaurant with business partner L.C. Cuff, who died April 27. McCormick has decided to retire, and his entire family will be moving to Branson, Missouri, according to Joe Dicken, McCormick's son-in-law, who had been serving as the restaurant's acting manager. McCormick's employed 22 people...
College loan debt may be inevitable for many, but it's possible to limit amount, pay off in good time (09/15/14)
In 2012, about 71 percent of students graduating from four-year colleges had student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. Data from the institute also shows the average amount of debt, and the number of students with debt, increasing steadily in the past 20 years...
A healthy career: A look at how students are trained to enter health care fields in Southeast Missouri (09/15/14)
Southeast Missouri educators who concentrate on training students to enter the health care field say the job outlook for students remains bright amid a wide array of career paths offered at area institutions, combined with an ever-increasing need for workers to provide direct patient care, medical-related management and other services...
Students come from abroad to study American business, culture and more (09/15/14)
Jakob Pallesen was only supposed to be in the United States for two semesters, but that all changed after his arrival. "I didn't really picture myself moving away from home for good," he explains. The Danish expatriate, currently working as a researcher for Southeast Missouri State University's Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship, arrived in Cape Girardeau in 2007 after deciding he wanted to follow the example of his father and brothers by traveling.. ...
In many career fields, continuing education, training necessary to maintain competitive edge (09/15/14)
The central tenet of the American economy is the competition that breeds change and innovation. It leaves businesspeople searching constantly for an edge, a leg up, a better way of doing things. Nathan Brown, commercial insurance producer at W.E. Walker Lakenan in Jackson, explains that continuing education is a priority for most businesses. For his, it's a combination of determining best practices and maintaining state-mandated licensing requirements...
Theresa Taylor, business teacher at Cape Central High School, discusses her work with Future Business Leaders of America (09/15/14)
Theresa Taylor studied accounting and then education before landing a career in business education 15 years ago. For the past 13 years, she has worked at Cape Central High School as a business teacher and adviser to the Future Business Leaders of America. ...
Business licenses (08/18/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during July include the following: 5 K Custodial, 491 County Highway 229, Chaffee, Missouri Banner Finance of Cape Girardeau, 1 S. Plaza Way Cafe 'N' Me, 820 N. Sprigg St. (liquor license) Independence Place, 5 S. Henderson St...
Tax liens (08/18/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during July are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (08/18/14)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through July for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Names in the news (08/18/14)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Tammy Merritt of Jackson was employee of the month for July at Mondi Jackson Inc. Merritt, an inside sales representative, has been with the company since September 2010. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Todd Dowdy, 20 years of service; and Alan Westrich and Jeff Schweigert, 15 years...
Health briefs (08/18/14)
SOUTHEAST HOSPITAL OPENS NEW NICU Southeast Hospital moved into its new, family-centered Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on July 8. The eight-suite unit replaces an older facility. The new unit consists of single-family suites, creating private areas for families to bond with their babies. ...
Business briefs (08/18/14)
P.B. CHAMBER HOLDS RIBBON CUTTINGS POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings for the following businesses in July: Simply Swirled, 1115 Vine St.; Service Master PCS, 1111 W. Pine St.; and Four Oaks Hospice, 275 N. Westwood Blvd...
Cape Girardeau's Downtown Strategic Plan has included new residential spaces (08/18/14)
Cape Girardeau, especially downtown Cape, is nothing if not quaint. The murals, the buildings, even the street lamps ooze river-town charm. For some, it's the shopping. For others, it's the night life. Some people just appreciate the bike-to-work convenience and simplicity of downtown living...
A demand for homes: Housing market on the upswing in Southeast Missouri (08/18/14)
The housing market can be a sort of economic barometer, but it can also be a fickle mistress. Luckily, it's on the upswing in Southeast Missouri as more local residents are choosing to re-enter the real estate arena. "There are more buyers and more inventory," says Bill Cole, real estate broker and owner of Realty Executives of Cape County. ...
Partners in real estate: For married couples, doing real estate together is a plus (08/18/14)
Shari and Mac McConnell opened a RE/MAX real estate business in Cape Girardeau two months ago, but they've had other businesses together for about 15 years -- as long as they have been married. And, they're not the only married couples in town who work together in real estate. Many other married couples agree that selling real estate together is good for business...
Farmland prices expected to cool off in 2014, 2015 (08/18/14)
With a decrease in agriculture commodity prices, experts say farmland prices in Missouri and nationwide are expected to stabilize and decrease in the near future, although they have risen recently. "I do think we're starting to see crop land values soften up a bit," says John Anderson, deputy chief economist at the American Farm Bureau. "The heat has come off the market. Expectations are different from two or three years ago."...
Real estate agents use social media to share listings, build their personal brand (08/18/14)
Today's homebuyers are less likely to drive around town to see what houses are on the market. They're still searching for their dream homes, but they're doing it online and, increasingly, on social media -- and local real estate agents are following suit...
Keeping it real: An interview with Dawn M. Seabaugh, association executive with the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors (08/18/14)
Dawn M. Seabaugh began her career in real estate about six years ago at the suggestion of a friend. This spring, she stepped up to a new role as association executive at the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors. With her background in banking, small business and teaching, she's been able to apply a variety of skills and experiences to her new job. ...
Bankruptcies (07/21/14)
Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (07/21/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during June include the following: Airbrush Studio, 3049 William St. 165 Aqua Pro Water Systems LLC, out of town Cafe 'N' Me, 820 N. Sprigg St. 5 Clean Pros, 234 N. Lorimier St. 5 Curb Appeals, 2068 Silver Campine Lane...
Tax liens (07/21/14)
__Cape Girardeau County__ Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during June are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (07/21/14)
__COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER MARKS 40 YEARS__ Community Counseling Center - Southeast Regional Mental Health Services celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. At its celebration event, the center presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Mary Ann Otto, Dr. ...
Names in the news (07/21/14)
__MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES__ Kyle Kieninger of Jackson was employee of the month for June at Mondi Jackson Inc. Kieninger, an ink tech, has been with the company since Oct. 28, 2013. Mondi Jackson also recognized Paul Cavaness and Roy Schaupert for 15 years of service...
Business briefs (07/21/14)
__BANK OF MISSOURI CUTS RIBBON__ POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting June 9 for The Bank of Missouri, 1465 N. Westwood Blvd. in Poplar Bluff. __ALLIANCE BANK BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW LOCATION...__
Saxony Lutheran High School will introduce agriculture curriculum this fall (07/21/14)
In a move that could attract more students to Saxony Lutheran High School, the campus will offer an agriculture science curriculum this fall. Danny McCrite, a Southern Illinois farmer who taught the subject for 23 years in the Egyptian School District at Tamms, Illinois, will lead the program...
FFA chapters mirror growth and changes in the agriculture industry (07/21/14)
As the field of agriculture has expanded and become more technnology-based, so has the scope of Future Farmers of America chapters. FFA started at Kelly High School in Benton, Missouri, when the school opened for the 1956-57 school year. At the time, many FFA participants went on to farm for a living, says Jeff Scherer, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Kelly High School...
Fungus likely to take a hit on banana crops worldwide (07/21/14)
If a banana is part of your daily breakfast fare, you may want to brace yourself for this news: A fungus is making its way across the globe, destroying banana crops and threatening to deplete the world's supply of the popular fruit...
Land, equipment and technology add up to a hefty startup cost for young farmers hoping to branch out on their own (07/21/14)
Tyler Powell, 33, says he's been a farmer ever since he could walk, but he first raised his own crop in 2003 on the family farm in LaCenter, Kentucky. He was 22 at the time. "On this plot of land, there was my dad, my granddad and my great-granddad," he says. "So that makes me fourth-generation."...
Crop outlook for 2014: So far, so good for the region's corn, other crops (07/21/14)
Row crops and yields this year are looking good so far, but that could change as soon as the weather does. A slow start on planting because of cool, wet weather doesn't seem to have affected Missouri farmers' crops too much, but a wetter-than-usual May brought disease damage to some who farm wheat, experts say...
Grass-fed and family-owned: Bachmann brothers partner with Brian Meyers at Three Spring Farms in Perry County (07/21/14)
Editor's Note: A few inconsistencies in the spelling of a name have been corrected below. Three Spring Farms also was corrected in several photo captions. Bryan Meyers felt farm soil for the first time while working on a farm for a brief stint in high school. He said there was something about the experience that stuck with him; something he appreciated. It was something he later found he had in common with Andrew and Jacob Bachmann...
Business licenses (06/16/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during May include the following: C&G Motor Co. LLC, 618 S. Kingshighway Lattitudes, 137 N. Main St. Laura L. Green (booth rental), 310 Christine St. Pho 8, 3036 William St. Pho 8 (liquor license), 3036 William St...
Tax liens (06/16/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Claårk, recorder of deeds, during May are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (06/16/14)
Bankruptcies filed through May for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (06/16/14)
__SAINT FRANCIS TO EXPAND HEALING GARDEN__ The Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary gave $125,000 to Marilyn Curtis, vice president of professional services at the hospital, to be put toward the $150,000 cost of the new Healing Garden in development. ...
Names in the news (06/16/14)
__GIBBAR NAMED WASTEWATER OPERATOR OF THE YEAR__ Kenny Gibbar, foreman and head operator at the Jackson Wastewater Treatment Facility, received the Wastewater Operator of the Year Award April 23 at the Southeast Section meeting of the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference in Cape Girardeau. ...
Business briefs (06/16/14)
__MARY KAY TRAINING CENTER HAS NEW LOCATION__ Mary Kay sales directors Jana Jateff and Sheri Dost moved their training center from 1936 Broadway in Cape Girardeau to 1028 N. Kingshighway in the Blattner Building, effective May 1...
Local shops sell fair trade, 'socially responsible' products (06/16/14)
Walking through the door of Lattitudes, 137 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau, one is greeted by organic coffee, hand-crafted clothing, bags, journals, pottery, baskets and a plethora of jewelry. What makes the store's products different from others' is that all its items are handmade, crafted, grown and harvested by people from around the world...
Small business owners wear many hats, from accounting to marketing and more (06/16/14)
Many regard the entrepreneurial spirit as a quintessential element of the American identity. The idea of finding one's passion and striking out to blaze one's own path to prosperity is what drives small business owners to do what they do...
Edgewater Glass Co. (06/16/14)
Edgewater Glass Co. has been a full-line glass and glazing company for 49 years. Jay Bond had worked there for 26 years before buying the business. He's watched the industry change firsthand. "As some trends come and go, we have had to adapt," he says. "If you don't adapt, you won't succeed."...
LeGrand Brothers Transmissions (06/16/14)
LeGrand Brothers Transmissions was the first business in the area to specialize in doing transmission work, opening in 1953. Sixty-one years later, they're still running smoothly. "It was started by my father," says Dave LeGrand. "And now, I've got my son Josh running it with me, so that'll be third-generation."...
Ratliff Care Center (06/16/14)
Mike Ratliff's parents started the business in 1962, and Ratliff Care Center has been family-owned ever since. In the 15 years since he took over, he's seen some changes. "From my standpoint, there's been a lot more research that's come out and we're reaping the benefits of that," he says. "It helps us make this [our clients[']] home."...
Kasten Masonry (06/16/14)
Kasten Masonry started out in 1895 as Kasten & Schmuke pressed brick company. Its owners were R.C. Kasten and Joe Schmuke. "Back then, it was just a brick plant," says Quent Kasten, general manager of Kasten Masonry and a great grandson of R.C. Kasten, co-founder of the business...
Shivelbine's Music (06/16/14)
Shivelbine's Music was opened by William A. Shivelbine and Raymond "Peg" Meyer in 1949 in downtown Cape Girardeau. "My grandfather, William A., was the school band director and the leader of the municipal band in Cape at the time," says Scott Shivelbine, the in-store manager of Shivelbine's Music. "He decided to quit and open a music store."...
Rental Land (06/16/14)
Mark Kasten, owner of Rental Land in Cape Girardeau, says being a business owner is in his genes -- quite literally. His father, Gene, was one of several businessmen who got together in the early 1960s to research the possibility of opening a rental business in Cape Girardeau...
Garber's Menswear (06/16/14)
Rodney Bridges has worked in retail since he was a teenager, and he purchased Garber's Menswear when he was only 21 years old. He'd been working at Hamra's Men's Store in Anna, Illinois, while pursuing an accounting degree from Southern Illinois University. ...
Lending an 'extra hand': Krisinda Cook of Extra Hands Inc. shares how her small business makes a big difference for seniors, people with disabilities (06/16/14)
Extra Hands Inc., an in-home care business based in Cape Girardeau, serves patients in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Bollinger, Perry and Mississippi counties. Operations manager Krisinda Cook runs the business along with her mother and sister, and together, they help individuals reside in their homes for as long as possible. Here, Krisinda explains the need for in-home care services, and where the field is heading next:...
Taking 'steps to success' in the business community (06/03/14)
I recently had the opportunity to prepare a few local high school students for future job interviews they no doubt will encounter shortly after graduation. The Southeast Missouri State University College Access program hosted a Step-to-Success conference for Cape Girardeau Central High School students in early April. The conference provided an opportunity for students to sharpen their interview skills with community professionals...
Service keeps customers coming back (06/03/14)
Before I started writing for a living, I waited tables, and my life revolved around customer service. I worked in the service industry for six years, spending one year making sandwiches and another five working at a local restaurant. I began as a greeter and hostess, and I started serving tables and bartending about a year later...
Bankruptcies (05/19/14)
ankruptcies filed through April for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (05/19/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during April include the following: Headliners, 111 Independence St. Aire Solutions, out of town Cook Sales Inc., 402 S. Kingshighway Don Carlos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, 3049 William St. 155 Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria, 3049 William St. 155 (liquor license)...
Tax liens (05/19/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during April are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (05/19/14)
SAUPE EARNS PROFESSIONAL IN HEALTHCARE CERTIFICATION Laura Saupe, medical quality analyst at SoutheastHEALTH, received Professional in Healthcare Quality certification. The certification, issued by the National Association for Healthcare Quality, signifies professional and academic achievement by individuals in the field of health care quality management. ...
Names in the news (05/19/14)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Jerry Jackson of Marble Hill, Mo., was employee of the month for April at Mondi Jackson Inc. Jackson, a lamination operator, has been with the company since March 12, 2007. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Frank Steinert, 20 years of service; and Larry Senn, 10 years...
Business briefs (05/19/14)
VINTAGE MARKETPLACE OPENS IN JACKSON The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 3 for Vintage Marketplace Shabby Chic, a new shop at 129 S. High St. in Jackson. Gina D. Keith owns the business. INDUSTRIAL PARK QUALIFIES AS AT&T CERTIFIED FIBER PARK...
Local restaurant-owners feel the pinch of rising food costs (05/19/14)
As headlines bemoan the price of beef, milk and produce, some local restaurateurs are finding the rising prices hard to stomach. Food costs fluctuate yearly, but a combination of drought, disease and rising demand in emerging markets presents restaurants with a decision: eat the loss themselves or pass the cost on to the customer...
Call centers allow companies to streamline customer service, provide 24/7 support (05/19/14)
Call centers play a vital role in customer service for many companies. A few companies in the area either already have or are finding valuable use for call centers. AT&T operates a call center in Cape Girardeau that employees more than 250 people who keep it running six days a week...
Technically speaking: Allen Whitaker, manager of Velosity Electronics, explains the link between good technology and customer service (05/19/14)
As the manager of Velosity Electronics in Cape Girardeau, Allen Whitaker specializes in helping customers find products and services that will make their lives easier -- and maybe a little more fun, too. At the same time he provides this customer service, he's often equipping business-owners to provide great customer service of their own...
Business peaks during the warmer months for many service-oriented trades (05/19/14)
Brian Ernst can almost feel it in the air. While spring means picnics or Easter egg hunts to the average person, for Ernst, the owner of Bloomfield Road Lawn and Landscape in Cape Girardeau, spring means business. "It's typically the first really pretty Saturday or Sunday," he says. "That following Monday, the phones will just melt down and then you're just trying to keep your head above the water."...
Customer service an important part of job training in schools, staffing agencies (05/19/14)
The definition of good customer service may change some with time, but the foundation remains the same: the customer should always feel like they are wanted or needed, says Michael Baremore, marketing instructor and internship coordinator at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Bankruptcies (04/21/14)
Bankruptcies filed through March for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (04/21/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during March include the following: All About Hair, 3049 William St. 9151 Auto Doctor, 1300 N. Water St. Basic Home Improvements, 1200 N. Spanish St. Carlisle Land Management, out of town China Star, 3049 William St. 167...
Tax liens (04/21/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during March are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Names in the news (04/21/14)
__PARKS SWORN IN AS POSTMASTER__ Thomas Parks was sworn in as the new postmaster of Jackson on Feb. 27. BURGER NAMED LEADER OF TOMORROW Nicholas Burger, commercial banking relationship manager for U.S. Bank at 325 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, was named a Leader of Tomorrow by the bank. ...
Health briefs (04/21/14)
__HEART SURGERY RESULTS TOP NATIONAL AVERAGE__ POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A report from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons at Duke University revealed operative mortality rates for heart surgery at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center are half of the national average, the Daily American Republic reported. ...
Business briefs (04/21/14)
__SCOTT CITY WELCOMES PLASTIC FIRM, 28 JOBS__ The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Select Plastics LLC, a custom plastic sheet extrusion manufacturer of Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding to Scott City. The facility will be the company's first expansion outside the Fort Worth area and will create 28 jobs, according to a news release from the agency. Select Plastics' Missouri location will put it closer to its Midwest customer base, the release said...
Facebook being used more and more in the professional world (04/21/14)
After recently starting at a different job, you are looking through Facebook and see a friend request from your new boss. Should you accept the request or pretend you didn't see it? If you don't have anything on your Facebook that you wouldn't want your boss to see, then "friending" him or her should not be a problem, says Rhett Hendrickson of Hendrickson Business Advisors in Cape Girardeau...
Tips on marketing your business at trade shows, special events and expos (04/21/14)
When considering whether to set up shop at a trade show or business expo, local marketing professionals recommend doing your research on the event and coming prepared to network with hundreds of potential customers. "The beauty in each specific local and regional business expo event is that no one is particularly alike," says John Reith, strategic marketing coordinator at The Wright Group in Cape Girardeau. ...
Marty Platz, co-owner of Coast to Coast Signs, explains how to make a first impression that lasts (04/21/14)
A sign is often the first thing people notice about your business, so if you want more than a passing glance from potential customers, you've got to have a "wow" factor. That's what Marty Platz specializes in at Coast to Coast Signs LLC. ...
Local organizations provide employment assistance to people with disabilities (04/21/14)
When Frank Crow meets with individuals at Alternative Opportunities Inc. Employment Services, he says the conversations are more about the clients' abilities than their disabilities. AO helps people with all types of disabilities find employment, which involves screening clients to make sure they're capable of doing the job, teaching them resume and job interview skills, providing job coaching and retention services after hiring, and working with employers on job accommodations.. ...
Newsmakers 2014: Wes Blair, Cape Girardeau police chief (03/17/14)
The motivation behind Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair is his 10-year-old son. When his son grows up, Blair wants him to be able to say his father cared and tried to make a difference in his community, and succeeded. "What motivates me is the legacy that I'm trying to build," Blair says...
Newsmakers 2014: Paul Schock, owner of Schock's Pub and Schock Rental Properties (03/17/14)
Paul Schock is known for more than the pub in Scott City that shares his name; he is a familiar face in a variety of community groups and organizations, such as the Scott City Community Interactive Parks Program (SCIPP), the Scott City Kiwanis Club, the Scott City Historical Preservation Commission and Historical Society and the Scott City Landlord Association, among others...
Newsmakers 2014: Nicholle Hinkle, project manager at Old Town Cape (03/17/14)
Being a team player is an important part of Nicholle Hinkle's job title as the project manager at Old Town Cape, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the revitalization of downtown Cape Girardeau. She works with a variety of people, from Old Town Cape's partners and sponsors to downtown business owners -- a part she loves about her job, but that also requires flexibility...
Newsmakers 2014: Dr. Michael Aide, agriculture professor at Southeast Missouri State University (03/17/14)
If Dr. Michael Aide, professor and chairman of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, isn't teaching or on a farm, he probably is attending an agriculture-related event. If there is one thing he's passionate about, it's agriculture...
Newsmakers 2014: Mark Dirnberger, owner of Bella Italia and Katy O'Ferrell's (03/17/14)
The people are what have kept Mark Dirnberger in the restaurant business since one of his first jobs: working at the Burger King on Broadway in Cape Girardeau when he was 16. "I get a big kick out of watching people sit and enjoy themselves and converse," he says. "Having a place of your own that people can come to and enjoy themselves is what really makes it all worth the while to me."...
Newsmakers 2014: Linda McKinnis, owner/designer of Design Exclusive (03/17/14)
Linda McKinnis, owner and designer of Design Exclusive, says her job -- using her creativity to design and decorate weddings, events, homes and projects -- doesn't feel like work at all. "It is extremely fulfilling being in a field that I absolutely love," she says. "Creating each project is uniquely different, which in return, makes my work never boring and one of the most rewarding things in my life."...
Newsmakers 2014: Casey Brunke, city engineer with the City of Cape Girardeau (03/17/14)
Casey Brunke, Cape Girardeau city engineer, strives to make Cape Girardeau better for its residents and visitors, whether it is working with transportation or infrastructure projects. If Cape Girardeau offers top-notch streets and infrastructure, it betters the entire community, she says...
Tax liens (03/17/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during February are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Newsmakers 2014: Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce (03/17/14)
The year 2013 was a great one for Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. First, he received his professional economic development certification, and then he won the Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award, chosen from a small pool of nominees nationwide...
Newsmakers 2014: Rochelle Steffen, animal rescue advocate and video journalist at KFVS12 (03/17/14)
Rochelle Steffen is an animal rescue advocate who operates the "Mac the pitbull" Facebook page. Her Facebook campaign has raised thousands of dollars which she donates to animal shelters and rescues. Steffen's inspiration for all her hard work is Mac, her rescued pit bull...
Newsmakers 2014: Randy L. McWilson, digital media instructor at Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (03/17/14)
Randy McWilson considers it a blessing to interface with the next generation and share his passion for digital media. Teaching goes much deeper than lecturing from behind a podium, he says -- it's about sharing life lessons, character and interpersonal relationships...
Newsmakers 2014: Nicole Allcock, director of pharmacy services at SoutheastHEALTH (03/17/14)
As director of pharmacy services at SoutheastHEALTH, Nicole Allcock has implemented a comprehensive model of pharmacy services in which doctors, nurses and pharmacists take a team approach to hospital patient care. "Pharmacists now practice side-by-side with nurses and physicians on patient care units. Having a pharmacist on the direct patient care team reduces adverse effects and improves the quality of patient care," she says...
Names in the news (03/17/14)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Shane Dirnberger of Oran, Mo., was employee of the month for February at Mondi Jackson Inc. Dirnberger, an extrusion operator, has been with the company since Aug. 30, 2004. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Markus Hoedebeck, 30 years of service; Heather Perreault and Michael Renaud, 20 years; Billy Martin, 15 years; Jonathan Kasten, 10 years; and Amber Finger, five years...
Newsmakers 2014: Mary Burton, executive director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation (03/17/14)
Mary Burton always knew she wanted to help people when she grew up, and she's done exactly that -- first as a lab technician and nurse in various medical settings, then as executive director of the Red Cross in Southeast Missouri, director of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation and, as of August, executive director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation in Cape Girardeau...
Newsmakers 2014: Lucas Presson, assistant managing editor/editorial page editor for the Southeast Missourian (03/17/14)
Lucas Presson loves his work at the Southeast Missourian, in part because it's never boring. "Whether it's working with the editorial board, reading columns or stories or working on a major project like the Semoball Awards, I'm blessed to enjoy my job and work with a great team," he says. "I often tell folks that one of the greatest joys is writing the daily prayer for the opinion page, which often comes from scripture."...
Business licenses (03/17/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during February include the following:African Hair Supply, 47 S. Plaza Way Davis Industries LLC, 318 N. Sprigg St. 100 Katy O'Ferrell's, 300 Broadway Katy O'Ferrell's, 300 Broadway (liquor license) Kody Thompson Agency, 121 S. Broadview St. 1...
Newsmakers 2014: Ilena Aslin, AARP volunteer (03/17/14)
Ilena Aslin is a community advocate volunteer for AARP Missouri, which is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization. "[AARP] helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as health care, employment security and retirement planning," says Aslin. "I love being a part of making this happen."...
Health briefs (03/17/14)
SIKESTON HOSPITAL RANKS FIRST FOR PATIENT EXPERIENCE SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston was ranked No. 1 in the state for patient experience of care and No. 37 of 2,728 hospitals in the U.S. The hospital also was ranked No. 4 in the state and highest in the region for total performance overall measure by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
Newsmakers 2014: Danny Essner, executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank (03/17/14)
Danny Essner, executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank, enjoys the banking business for several reasons. "As a banker, I love the opportunity to help my customers achieve their financial goals, which can range from buying a new home to starting a new business to building a new apartment building," he says. "I particularly enjoy commercial lending, since it allows me to learn about a wide variety of businesses."...
Business briefs (03/17/14)
SERENITY SPA HOLDS GRAND OPENING POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Feb. 7 to mark the grand opening of Serenity Spa, 1411 N. Westwood Blvd. Maria Francisco-Tinsley owns the business...
Newsmakers 2014: Bob Clubbs, teacher at Jackson High School, founder of 'FB Weather with Bob Clubbs' (03/17/14)
Bob Clubbs says he loves to make people smile and laugh, and he does it in a number of roles: husband, father, teacher and, most recently, as a "social mediarologist" who shares news about the weather via his Facebook page, "FB Weather with Bob Clubbs."...
Newsmakers 2014: Beth Seabaugh, community resilience services coordinator for the American Red Cross - Southern Missouri Region (03/17/14)
Beth Seabaugh has made it her career and personal mission to increase the level of emergency preparedness in Southeast Missouri. As community resilience services coordinator for the American Red Cross -- Southern Missouri Region, one of Seabaugh's biggest projects has been carrying out the brand-new Pillowcase Project, a disaster preparedness program for children. ...
Bankruptcies (03/17/14)
Bankruptcies filed through February for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Newsmakers 2014: Alex Ogburn, vice president of ambulatory services at Saint Francis Medical Center (03/17/14)
Texas native Alex Ogburn moved to Cape Girardeau nearly 10 years ago and began working at Saint Francis Medical Center, where he now serves as vice president of ambulatory services. His job involves coordinating among various departments, from food service to materials management to security, to provide the support the hospital staff needs in order to deliver good health care...
Business licenses (02/17/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during January include the following:AJ Prom Superstore, 101 N. Main St. Buona Pizza, 2148 William St., Suite A Cape Paint & Glass, 15 N. Middle St. Chick-fil-A (mall location), 3049 William St., Suite 241 Cici's Pizza, 221 S. Broadview St...
Tax liens (02/17/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies (02/17/14)
Bankruptcies filed through January for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Health briefs (02/17/14)
GIVENS COMPLETES MEDICAL EXAMINER TRAINING Dr. Michael Givens of Givens Chiropractic in Cape Girardeau completed testing by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Certified medical examiners listed on the national registry provide qualification exams for commercial drivers...
Names in the news (02/17/14)
WARD LEADS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONRebecca Ward, owner of Ward Architecture in Jackson, led a professional development session at the Historic Storefront Restoration Workshop as part of the Missouri Preservation Conference 2013 in Boonville, Mo. Ward, a licensed architect with a master's degree in heritage preservation from Georgia State University, serves on the Missouri Preservation Board and is co-chairwoman of the Field Services Committee...
Business briefs (02/17/14)
YARN SHOP CUTS RIBBON IN CAPE GIRARDEAU Yearning 4 Yarn celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 9. The store is at 208 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. GIRL SCOUTS OPEN IN NEW OFFICE The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland celebrated its new service location with a ribbon cutting Jan. 10. The new office is at 2136 William St., Suite 178 in Cape Girardeau...
Don't let penalties, interest add to your tax bill (02/17/14)
WASHINGTON -- Paying taxes is hard enough. Don't let the total payment due rise because of penalties and interest. "To me, one dollar out of my pocket is significant," said Dave Duval, TaxAudit.com's vice president of consumer advocacy. "It's another tax, it's another percent. It adds up."...
Refinancing and rezoning: What to do when your property has been improperly zoned (02/17/14)
When someone is trying to sell or refinance their home, one thing they don't want to hear is that the property their house sits on is improperly zoned. Ryan Shrimplin, Cape Girardeau city planner, said a new zoning ordinance was adopted in 2010, changing the zoning of some districts within the city...
Free tax assistance available in Southeast Missouri (02/17/14)
Each year, organizations big and small round up volunteers to help low-income, senior and disabled individuals prepare their tax returns. The IRS and AARP provide volunteers in Southeast Missouri, as does the East Missouri Action Agency, which is based in Park Hills, Mo., but has resource offices in Ste. ...
Financial discovery: JP Thompson helps clients find success with investments, retirement and insurance planning (02/17/14)
JP Thompson became interested in finance during high school, and it was the economic recession that led him to a career in financial planning. "Before 2008, I knew what financial advisers did in a nutshell, but it was learning how this time period uniquely affected each household that made me dig deeper into the importance of this profession," he says. ...
Bankruptcies (01/20/14)
Bankruptcies filed through December for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (01/20/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during December include the following:BG's Old Tyme Deli, 205 S. Plaza Way CVS/Pharmacy (liquor license), 2161 William St. Ford's Mobile Wash LLC, 413 Blue Willow Lane Game Knights Books & Collectibles, 57 S. Plaza Way...
Tax liens (01/20/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during December are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Names in the news (01/20/14)
BEGGS JOINS THOMAS INSURANCE Kim Beggs joined Thomas Insurance Co. of Cape Girardeau as an agent specializing in all lines of health insurance. She has more than seven years of experience selling health insurance. SPOOLER CERTIFIED IN PRODUCTION, INVENTORY FIELDS...
Health briefs (01/20/14)
HORMONE REPLACEMENT BUSINESS OPENS IN CAPE Vitality opened at 465 S. Mount Auburn Road, Suite 103 in Cape Girardeau. Vitality offers all-natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy specific to each individual. BENNETT INDUCTED TO COLLEGE OF DENTISTS...
Business briefs (01/20/14)
GAME KNIGHTS OPENS IN CAPE Game Knights Books and Collectibles opened at 57 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau. The business sells gaming and hobby supplies for games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon, according to owner Jeremy Pierce....
Wellness programs, workplace changes can encourage better health in employees (01/20/14)
When employers make wellness a priority in their workplace, it has a positive effect on employee health and the company's bottom line. Both SoutheastHEALTH and Saint Francis Medical Center offer workplace wellness programs to help local businesses identify the biggest health concerns among their employees and then find ways to improve health in those areas...
Brothers spread 'blessing' of good health through personal training business (01/20/14)
Tyler, Travis and David Blessing have more in common than being brothers. They're all certified personal trainers, and they own a business together, TNT Fitness. "We always liked exercise and fitness, and we wanted to choose a career that would help people," says David, the oldest, who's been doing personal training for about four years...
Physician assistants help fill gap in primary care needs (01/20/14)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, where about 20 percent of the U.S. population lives. And as that population ages, the need for health care increases. Rural residents are also limited by lack of transportation, extreme weather, social isolation and poverty...
Audrey Burger, clinical operations director for the Community Counseling Center, discusses the mental health field (01/20/14)
In 18 years in the mental health field, Audrey Burger, clinical operations director for the Community Counseling Center, has seen her share of changes. A heightened awareness of mental health issues means people are seeking help at a younger age. Last year, the center broke ground on a $1.5 million expansion, a project made necessary by the increase of people seeking help at the center. ...
Chamber check-in (12/16/13)
A year's time can bring major business development and economic growth to cities. Leaders of area chambers of commerce took some time to fill us in on what notable changes their cities underwent during 2013, and what residents can expect to see happening in their neighborhoods within the next year:John Mehner, president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Nine business stories that made headlines in 2013 (12/16/13)
Changes at Cape Girardeau Postal Service facility The planned closure of the U.S. Postal Service's Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility made this list in 2012; at the time, employees at the Cape Girardeau facility thought their jobs were secure until 2014...
Names in the news (12/16/13)
ARBEITER RECEIVES DESIGNATION Tim Arbeiter, vice president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, earned the designation of certified economic developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. ...
Bankruptcies (12/16/13)
Bankruptcies filed through November for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Business licenses (12/16/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during November include the following:Car Connection, 618 S. Kingshighway China Palace, 2123 Broadway (liquor license) Generations Consignment Store, 1246 Meadowbrook Lane Loan Simple, 1210 Hildale Shine Doctor, 1432 Big Bend Road...
Health briefs (12/16/13)
SEYER RECEIVES LEET EYECARE AWARD Kelsey Seyer received the Leet EyeCare Above and Beyond Award for October. She is a clinical technician at the 3230 Blattner Drive location in Cape Girardeau. She was nominated for the award by her peers...
Tax liens (12/16/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during November are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Business briefs (12/16/13)
ARTISAN GIFTS OPENS ON BROADWAY Artisan Gifts, formerly Garden Gallery, opened Nov. 1 at 821A Broadway in Cape Girardeau. WEST BANK BISTRO CLOSES West Bank Bistro, 340 S. Lorimier St. in Cape Girardeau, had its last day of business Oct. 31. According to the bistro's Facebook page, if a gift certificate has not been redeemed, contact the bistro and they will "work it out." The Facebook page also stated the location will become a residence...
Hello and goodbye: A look at the comings and goings of 2013 (12/16/13)
HELLO CVS pharmacies Southeast Missouri has a new drugstore option with the opening of CVS Pharmacy stores in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, Mo. The Sikeston and Poplar Bluff stores opened in September, and the Cape Girardeau store is expected to open in January at the intersection of William Street and South Kingshighway. CVS has more than 7,300 stores in 44 states. Previously, the closest store to Cape Girardeau was in Carbondale, Ill...
Power of women: Dr. Erin Fluegge-Woolf encourages businesswomen to support one another (11/18/13)
Having fun at work was the theme of Dr. Erin Fluegge-Woolf's Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Florida. It's a concept she says she embraces in her workplace and her classes. Fluegge-Woolf, who earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State University, returned to her alma mater as a faculty member in the department of business, teaching classes such as management and negotiation...
Number of women seeking MBAs steady at SEMO, down nationally (11/18/13)
Though there are fewer women applying for business school nationally, Southeast Missouri State University has had a steady 40 percent of women enrolled in its Master of Business Administration program since 2011. According to the 2013 application trends survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council, U.S. News and World Report reported, the proportion of women applicants in five different kinds of MBA programs decreased compared to 2012 levels...
Business licenses (11/18/13)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during October include the following: Beauty Shop at the Chateau, 3120 Independence St. BG's Olde Tyme Deli, 205 S. Plaza Way Coaches Classic Memorabilia LLC, 1107 N. West End Blvd. Dr. B.L. Ogborn DDS, 66 Doctors' Park...
Bankruptcies (11/18/13)
Bankruptcies filed through October for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (11/18/13)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (11/18/13)
LAWRENCE NAMED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Saint Francis Medical Center named Jim Lawrence as the new director of business development. In this role, he will lead all aspects of business development and relationship building with physicians, consumers and businesses. In addition to his new role, Lawrence will continue to direct the Consumer Call Center. ...
Names in the news (11/18/13)
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Darren Whitledge of Jackson was employee of the month for October at Mondi Jackson Inc. Whitledge, a pre-press first assistant, has been with the company since June 6, 2010. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Weston Mangels and Mitchell Royer, 20 years of service; Brian Brown, Lester Page and Rodney Pease, 15 years; Julie Adams, Michael Hammontree and Brett Hart, 10 years; and Corey Thurman, five years.. ...