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SEMO Athletics won its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup, the league's ultimate symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships. In addition to winning championships and earning athletic accolades, Redhawk student-athletes also performed at high levels in the classroom. During a challenging spring 2021…
 
Did you know that the term “dog days of summer” actually has nothing to do with canines? Jon Katz, author of Dog Days says it actually goes back to the Romans belief that Sirius, the brightest star in the “big dog” constellation rose with the sun to create great days of heat. However, dogs may know how to better deal with hot days than humans do...…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the community of Bunker celebrated its centennial history. Founded by Sylvanus J. Bunker in 1907, the small community paid tribute to its founders and its history with a weekend commemoration in June of 2007. Under the slogan, “Come Home to Bunker,” there was the traditional opening ceremony, a parade, beauty pag…
 
I remember well the first time I went to Paris, more than 30 years ago. What impressed me most was not the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. No, it was the bread. Crusty, chewy and full of flavor, there was simply nothing like it available at home at the time. Since then, American bakers have all but caught up with their counterparts in France. Nowadays …
 
In the state of Missouri, it ended at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Of course, I am referring to the Governor’s decision to end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs. In his official press release announcing the decision, the Governor said in his discussions with business owners from across the state, they…
 
Discover Nature with Missouri's fish fathers. Father’s Day comes around during a popular time of year for family fishing. And two of our more popular fish make pretty good fish fathers. Most male species don’t stick around for child rearing in the natural world, but these two fish fathers would qualify for "super dad" status. The Catfish and Sunfis…
 
In 2018, SEMO Athletics developed a comprehensive five-year strategic plan which included a significant goal related to Competition: “Win the OVC Commissioner's Cup within the next five years and compete annually thereafter." Three years later, mission accomplished. SEMO Athletics' is officially OVC Commissioner’s Cup Champions for the 2020-21 scho…
 
You might hear it referred to as “Long COVID” or “Post-COVID Syndrome” and the people who have it, “Long Haulers.” Johns Hopkins Medicine describes it as, “lingering health problems” people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have, “even when they have recovered from the acute phase of the illness.” Some of them may have been hospitalized with COVID, …
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that Ms. Christine Brewer appeared on the stage of Shryock Auditorium in Carbondale as a featured artist in the Southern Illinois Music Festival of 2008. For Ms. Brewer this was very much a homecoming. Born and raised in Grand Tower, Illinois, Ms. Brewer graduated from Shawnee Community High School near Wolf Lake, Ill…
 
Ever looked closely at an Oreo, the world’s best selling cookie? I admit that I usually devour them too rapidly to permit full examination of the iconic treat, but if you carefully inspect an Oreo you will notice something interesting. Though the confection is described on the package as a “chocolate sandwich cookie” an Oreo is not chocolate colore…
 
It is important to celebrate meaningful accomplishments. The city of Cape just released the updated hotel/motel/restaurant receipts report, and it tells an amazing story. The last two months of hotel/motel receipts are the second and third highest in history. And the last two months of restaurant receipts are the highest and second highest totals i…
 
Discover nature this week with Missouri Hummingbirds. A “glittering fragment of the rainbow” is how an early American naturalist described the hummingbird. He must have been impressed with its shimmering green plumage and crimson throat feathers. Also impressive are the size and speed of hummingbirds. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are by far our small…
 
On this episode of Going Public, we spoke with Athletic Director Brady Brady about SEMO Athletics winning its first-ever OVC Commisioner's Cup. He also discusses future plans for the Redhawks and how the university's student-athletes have been doing in the classroom. Woods : You're here to make some big announcement, there's been some really happy …
 
SEMO Baseball will face the No. 12 national seed Ole Miss at the NCAA Regional in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, June 4. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., CT at Swayze Field. The game will air live on ESPN3. Senior left handed Dylan Dodd will take the mound for the Redhawks in the opening game tonight vs the Rebels. Dodd was named to the Second-Team C…
 
A survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians found that 55% of men surveyed had not seen their doctor for a physical exam in the previous year, even though 40% of them had at least one chronic condition. Maybe this is one reason why American men’s life expectancy is five years shorter than American women’s. In many societies, men generally…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the city of Ironton, Missouri installed a series of historical markers to identify Civil War sites in the community. Of all the important historic sites in the Arcadia Valley, one that has great significance is where Ulysses S. Grant, on August 8, 1861, received notice of his promotion to the rank of brigadier ge…
 
Perhaps you've seen the promo on the Weather Channel in which a meteorologist presents a lesson about tornadoes. He fills a blender container with yogurt and milk and blends it on progressively higher speeds. Finally, a student in the class blurts out, "So a tornado is mother nature's way of making a smoothie!" I don't know how apt the comparison i…
 
The First Regular Session of the 101 st General Assembly of the State of Missouri has ended and there are some changes coming that will affect the business community. After several years of efforts, the Wayfair bill passed. Missouri became the last of the 45 states with a state-level sales tax to enact a law requiring the collection of sales taxes …
 
Discover nature this week with Missouri's caterpillars. The bright wings of butterflies catch your eyes, and many people notice. But few notice naturally drab caterpillars. Butterflies find mates, reproduce, and die. Caterpillars have much bigger jobs. They hatch from tiny eggs to grow into fat, fleshy larvae. Then they transform into graceful adul…
 
Woods : This is Going Public . I'm Dan woods. We're talking today with Suzanne Hightower. She's president of the Cape Broadway Theatre. It's a nonprofit, here in Cape Girardeau. Suzanne, welcome to the program. Hightower : Thank you. I'm glad to be here. Woods : So we wanted to talk with you about your efforts and your nonprofit's efforts to restor…
 
SEMO Baseball gave the Redhawks Athletics department its fourth Ohio Valley Conference Championship of the school year, clinching the regular season title last Friday with a win over UT Martin. This week, Andy Sawyers was named OVC Coach of the Year and left-hander Dylan Dodd was voted Pitcher of the Year to highlight SEMO’s 2021 All-Conference bas…
 
According to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and among those filled, approximately 50% are taken incorrectly, particularly with regard to timing, dosage, frequency, and duration. Adherence to prescribed medications is associated with improved clinical outcom…
 
Woods : We're talking today with Robbie Pratte. He is Director of Museum Operations at the Center for French Colonial Life in Ste. Genevieve. He's here to tell us about their new exhibit titled "Saving St. Louis: The Ste. Genevieve Militia and the Battle of Fort San Carlos." Robbie, welcome to the program. Pratte : Well thanks for having me, Dan. I…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the State of Missouri acquired a state flag. The date was March 22, 1913, and this was part of a movement motivated by the development of aluminum flag poles, the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the admission of three new states: Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, all occurring in the early twentieth cen…
 
Recently, tired of seeing cookbooks not just in burgeoning bookcases, but all over the house, my wife suggested it was time for me to pare down my collection. I agreed, but trying to determine which of my cookbooks were essential and should be kept and which I could get rid of was not an easy task. Sure, some decisions were easy. For example, do I …
 
While the month of May is known for many things, one of these could be a real benefit for our regional business community. May is the biggest graduation month. In the Cape/Jackson metro we are blessed to have numerous public, private and parochial high schools as well as Southeast Missouri State University. These institutions serve as a direct pipe…
 
Discover nature this week with Missouri wrens. Wrens are among the smallest songbirds, yet they make their presence known in a big way. They are both loud and persistent singers. Birds use song, in part, to announce their breeding territories. House wrens aggressively defend their territories, often driving away much larger birds, and even mammals!…
 
SoutheastHEALTH recently announced plans for a major expansion at its west campus located on South Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau. Dan Woods spoke with SoutheastHEALTH CEO Ken Bateman to learn more about the expansion. Woods : Tell us about the expansion and why you're doing it now. Bateman : Well, the expansion is a three-phase expansion. We …
 
The Redhawks have added some more hardware to the trophy case this season! The SEMO women's track & field team won the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship last Saturday with an impressive 148 point performance. The outdoor Championship is the 10th in program history for the SEMO women and first title since 2014. Head coac…
 
In 2019, The World Health Organization commemorated the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication. According to the New York Times, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, vaccination is still proceeding too slowly for herd immunity to be within reach anytime soon. Her…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday when Professor A. C. Magill stated on February 19, 1955, that colleges are not buildings, classrooms, nor even libraries. Colleges, in his view, consisted of people: teachers, students and staff. And, he stated, one of the greatest teachers to ever serve Southeast Missouri State University was Henry Stephen Moore, a m…
 
Southeast Missouri State University’s hospitality management program has produced a new green Hawk Sauce that is now available. It’s a follow-up to their red Hawk Sauce that was created in the Spring 2019 semester. I spoke with Dr. Quantella Noto from Southeast’s Department of Hospitality Management to find out about the new sauce. She began our in…
 
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, the old adage says. That's good advice, but there's an assumption underlying it that ought to be challenged. What's wrong with lemons? A life without them -- from the culinary perspective -- would be sour indeed. I came to this deep, philosophical revelation while lounging at the backyard of some friends w…
 
Discover nature this week with outdoor havens in Missouri. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your backyard into wildlife habitat, guess what? You can. All wildlife requires three elements to survive: food, water, and shelter. But a toad’s needs for each differ from those of a blue jay or a butterfly or a rabbit. You can attract the greatest variety and…
 
May is National Historic Preservation Month and understanding the purpose is good for business and community. The National Trust for Historic Preservation led the charge in 1973 to establish this recognition and many groups across the country celebrate the theme. Locally, the city of Cape Girardeau and Old Town Cape are actively involved in promoti…
 
From construction, events and new business openings, there is a lot going on in Downtown Cape Girardeau. We spoke with Old Town Cape Executive Director Liz Haynes for an update. Some highlights include: - The outdoor concert series "Tunes at Twilight" kicked off on May 14. - The Cape Riverfront Market opened on May 1 and continues through the fall.…
 
Mark Redburn was named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and junior Rachel Rook was tabbed OVC Pitcher of the Year headlining SEMO Softball’s All-Conference honorees for the 2021 season. Redburn earned his second-straight OVC Coach of the Year award after leading the Redhawks to a program record 23 conference wins and their second consecutiv…
 
On April 13, 2021, use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to immunize against COVID-19 was paused after reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. On April 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined known and potential benefits outw…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the lead mining area of Southeast Missouri was caught up in a tense situation known as the “Flat River Riot.” From the early decades of the 18th century the lead of St. Francois County was of national importance. This was especially true when America was at war. The greatest demand for lead came in the early 20th…
 
I rarely skipped school when I was a kid. That’s because I always hated to miss lunch. After all, one of the greatest school traditions is the school lunch. Kids who bring their own may may not ever know the amusement of trying to figure out what’s in mystery meat. We weren’t served gourmet meals in the school lunchroom in my day, and even though s…
 
On this day after our country celebrated Mother’s Day, I thought it would be interesting to look at the role mothers play in our work force. Statistics tell us in January 2020, right before the pandemic, there were more women on payrolls in the U.S. than men. Working mothers made up one third of all employed women and there were 23.5 million women …
 
Discover nature this week with Missouri's turtles. While the steadfast tortoise wins his race with the hare, when it comes to contests with automobiles, turtles always lose. If you’ve been driving through the countryside lately, you may have noticed box turtles sharing the pavement. Spring rains and warm weather make this the season that box turtle…
 
If you’ve ever been doing research and needed to find some old documents (old tax records or school records, for example), chances are you make a visit to the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center in Jackson. The center houses documents from every county office and according to their website, they have some of the oldest records in the State of Miss…
 
Southeast Missouri swept the Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards for the second time this season Monday. Ashley Ellis was named OVC Player of the Week, while Rachel Rook claimed the league's Pitcher of the Week honor. Ellis, a senior from Arnold, Missouri, homered three times and hit .500 in SEMO's series sweep of Murray State (May 1-2). Ellis hit…
 
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