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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 all quarter, 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 feet... 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

Ideas for Feb. 14 Whether you are Single or Not

The red hearts and ribbons adorning windows all over town can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whether you’re basking in the love or trying to dodge Cupid’s arrows, there’s reason to celebrate. Here are a few ways to make the holiday special. For those crazy in love Dance the night away It’s the classic way to celebrate the holiday: swaying to music together. The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting four Valentine’s dances throughout the month, catering to a variety of a... Read More

How to train this winter for a spring marathon

Your teeth may be chattering, but it’s time to lace up your running shoes and start training for spring marathons. They’re only a few months away. Whether your motivation is enjoyment, challenging yourself or completing a New Year’s resolution, you don’t have to wait for warmer weather to start working toward your goal. Right now is an ideal time. Keep these tips in mind as you train. An indoor workout is fine It may involve walking on a treadmill in your living room, or you may enjoy the hustle and bustle of a gym. ... Read More

4 places for indoor excitement in Cape Girardeau

From the casino to the movies, Cape Girardeau makes sure there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the coldest months. From date night to girls’ night or any other occasion, find out how to enjoy yourself while staying toasty. 1.              Cape WestCinema Whether you’re into comedy or drama, nothing transports you into a different world quite like a film on the big screen. Grab a tub of popcorn, lean back in a leather recliner and allow yourself to re... Read More

3 outdoor places worth braving the cold

When it’s freezing outside, the indoor warmth tends to be a lot more appealing than snowy steps – or anything else outside. But after a few weeks spent inside, the walls can start to feel like a cage. When that happens, it’s time to bundle up and get a little fresh air, frigid as it may be. And we’ve got the scoop on the best places to visit, with winter scenes worth the trip. LaCroix Trail This nearly six-mile walking and biking trail boasts extreme versatility, offering multiple access points that let you... Read More
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