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Capaha Park: A closer look

On a breezy, sunny day, you’ll find all sorts of people at Capaha Park – fishermen, joggers, kids swinging at the playground. It’s a connection point for the community – and has been for nearly 100 years. The park’s history starts with the SEMO District Fair. The event has a slightly rocky history, being shut down a few times over the years due to things like the Civil War and poor attendance. In 1900, after three years of closure, the Cape Girardeau Fair and Park Association purchased 40 acres to hold the event. ... Read More

Roy Thomas: Marvelous comic creator

If you’ve thumbed through a collection of vintage comic books, chances are you’ve stumbled across something Southeast Missouri native Roy Thomas had a hand in writing – although you probably didn’t realize it. When it comes to comics, Roy serves as Southeast Missouri’s shining star. In fact, he’s a shining star nationwide for his contributions to the genre. Roy’s a big deal His major claim to fame is his stint as Marvel’s editor-in-chief from 1972 to 1974. That makes him the direct success... Read More

Why you do not want to miss the farmers market

If you haven’t spent a misty Saturday morning or sunny Thursday afternoon browsing rows of fresh produce and handmade crafts while breathing in the scent of doughnuts and cinnamon rolls, we feel sorry for you. The farmers market has been a Cape Girardeau summertime staple for years – one with no generation gap. Everyone loves it. Part of the reason why farmers markets are so loved is because of their long history. And we don’t mean just in Cape. Community gatherings for selling produce have existed since the early days of Am... Read More

Silly facts about Cape Girardeau

As you cross the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into Cape Girardeau, you enter a charming community with a long, vibrant past. But hidden behind the historic homes and picturesque panoramas are some odd, slightly ridiculous facts and traditions. Let’s take a look at a few of them. The town’s name is spelled wrong Cape Girardeau is named after Jean Baptiste Girardot, who came from France and ran a trading post in what would become Cape. Over time, “Girardot” came to be spelled “Girardeau.” One theory questions... Read More

Your guide to March Madness in Cape Girardeau

Nothing but net! Alley-oops and slam dunks! Buzzer beaters! You’re sitting at a tall table with a couple friends – all of you in your favorite jerseys. The typical murmur surrounds you as everyone chats about the game. The lead has been switching back and forth the entire half, and now the clock is nearing zero. At the 10-second mark, the bar becomes silent and everyone focuses on the TV. With each step, your favorite point guard nears the basket. At one second left, he takes a shot. As it bounds through the rim, you bound to your ... Read More

3 reasons why you should go to the Heartland Home and Garden Show

Imagine your backyard as the ultimate oasis – shady and peaceful, with water flowing down a serene rock fountain. You live in the middle of town, but it doesn’t feel like it. Your yard is your escape, making worries disappear underneath warm sunbeams. If you’re ready to upgrade your landscaping, the perfect place to start is the Heartland Home and Garden Show, scheduled for March 15 to 17 at the Show Me Center. Whether you want something simple and eye-catching or a more complex design, it’s a great starting point your ... Read More

4 ways to enjoy spring break in Cape Girardeau

You have a historic river instead of a salty ocean. And maple trees instead of that irritating sand. It’s a recipe for a pretty nice spring break!  Staying in town comes with two advantages: It’s less expensive. There’s not a huge crowd of tourists. Here are our suggestions for making the most of your time away from classes. Blow off some steam You’ve most likely spent the last week or two writing papers and cramming for midterms. Now it’s time to catch up on fun. We suggest live music, ... Read More

A guide to Mardi Gras dining: Recipe included

Mardi Gras usually means crawfish, shrimp, jambalaya and all things Cajun. With so many recipes online, it’s tough to find one that’s both delicious and doable. That’s why we’re celebrating Fat Tuesday with one of our favorite authentic Cajun dishes.  SHRIMP CREOLE 1 ½-2 pounds shrimp ¼ cup vegetable oil 2 ½ cup onions, finely chopped 1 ¾ cup celery, finely chopped 1 ½ cup green peppers, finely chopped 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons ... Read More

African American history in Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau’s rich African American history stretches back before cars, before paved streets, even before the town’s founding. In honor of African American History Month, we’re reflecting on a prominent person and place in Cape Girardeau’s past.   Person: James Ivers James lived in Cape Girardeau as an enslaved person prior to the start of the Civil War. His story appears unremarkable at first glance: husband of Harriet, father of three. James and Harriet were owned by different families and lived apart for th... Read More

Coming to the Show Me Center

Cape Girardeau’s Show Me Center is bustling with people attending everything from concerts to expos. It’s especially true this time of year, with the venue offering a full lineup of special events. Learn more about a few of them:   Missouri Gun & Knife Show Friday, Feb. 22-Sunday, Feb. 24 Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn more If you’re an avid hunter, it’s never too early to be thinking about next deer season. Find the perfect rifle for your buck at the Missouri Gun and ... Read More
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