Blog Home > Archive (February, 2019) defines “hub” as the effective center of an activity, region, or network.

We often talk about the Cape/Jackson metro as a regional hub. But exactly why do we say that and what does it really mean. Let’s dive deeper.

We are the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis north and south, and between Clarksville or Evansville and Springfield east and west. Our daytime population often approaches 100,000 as we become a bevy of activity.

Several things drive this regional hub status. Education is one reason. Southeast Missouri State University leads this category but is also supported by other regional draws including the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, Metro Business College, Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing, and private high schools.

Healthcare facilities are also a major factor. Led by Saint Francis Healthcare System and SoutheastHEALTH, our area also has Landmark Hospital, a VA Home, and several other retirement and assisted living facilities. Others are on the horizon including a new VA clinic and a psychiatric hospital.

Shopping options are plentiful and result in more than $1.4 billion dollars of retail sales for our county. And the hospitality, restaurant, and recreational activities are diverse, strong, and recognized as industry leaders in their own way. Midamerica Hotels, Drury Hotels, and the new SportPlex have all received national recognition.

Think about this the next time you complain about traffic and parking. Pause, smile, and be thankful we are the regional hub of Southeast Missouri.
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Cape Girardeau Country Club
Friday, June 14, 2019
12 noon shotgun start


Please join the Cape Girardeau Veterans Home Foundation for a four-person scramble. Event includes lunch, 18 holes of golf and cart, on-course food & beverages, awards reception with hors d'ooeuvres and great prizes! Cost is $400 for a team, please register before May 31, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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Care to Learn Great Gatsby

Drury Plaza Hotel Convention Center
Friday, May 03, 2019


Please join us and our iconic special guest, Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune, for an evening benefitting Care to Learn Cape Girardeau. All proceeds will benefit students at Cape Public Schools in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene. Specifically, we will be trying to hit our goal of funding 300 backpacks for the year within the district.

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Drury Plaza Hotel Cape Girardeau Conference Center
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Cocktail & Heavy Apps: 6 p.m. | Awards Show: 7 p.m.


Celebrate the region's best advertising at the 2019 American Advertising Awards. This year’s award show theme is ""The Future,"" recognizing the most creative and forward-thinking advertising created between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. Plus, we’ll celebrate the rising stars of tomorrow in the student competition. We hope you’ll join us in recognizing the excellent talent within our community!

Silver Medal Award – This year, we are proud to recognize James Dufek, Ph.D., professor of mass media at Southeast Missouri State University for his outstanding contributions as a film producer, educator, and social servant in our community.

Cocktail & Heavy Apps: 6 p.m.
Awards Show: 7 p.m.

To order tickets, go to 

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KRCU Valentine's Party

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau
Saturday, February 16, 2019


Come join KRCU 90.9 FM at its annual Valentine's Party! This year, we're celebrating 80's style, complete with an open bar, buffet, and music from That 80's Band. The action starts at 6:30pm and will rock on until 11pm. You can register at We can't wait to see you there!

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David Evans Joins CPU
David Evans has joined CPU, Inc. as a senior engineer, focused on expanding the business’s services into Voice solutions. With nearly 30 years of communications engineering experience, Evans brings his knowledge and expertise in Voice services to the locally owned Payroll and IT company. He is responsible for launching and overseeing all Voice services, including state-of-the-art products and technology, personalized training and ongoing support.

Evans comes to CPU from CTS, formerly Advanced Business Systems, where he worked in phone system and engineering sales for 18 years. Prior to that, he was a communications engineer at Drury Hotel Group. Evans served in the United States Navy for six years. He is married to Lori Evans and has two sons, Landon, 13, and Lucas, 10. 
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Thomas M. Meyer is now a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist in Probate, Trust and Conservator sales, and helping administrators , executors and attorneys with assistance in coordinating services needed in liquidating real estate for an estate. With this CPRES designation, he is the only one in Southeast Missouri trained and certified to provide this special service. ( )
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Help show your support for our very own Christy Parrish with one of these #TeamChrisy shirts!
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Dr. Brian Heuring, veterinarian and owner of Cape Small Animal Clinic located at 210 Christine Street, is thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Loni Patke to the veterinary team and to expand the clinic’s preventive, emergency and surgical services for companion animals.

“Dr. Loni, as her clients affectionately call her, is an extremely talented and compassionate veterinarian. We are excited to find the perfect fit for our team,” said Dr. Heuring. “We’re also grateful to our clients who have had patience with us, while we searched for the best candidate ever since late Fall 2018, when the clinic’s founder, Dr. John Koch, unfortunately passed away. We know he would be proud having Dr. Loni on this team, and we’re excited for our future.”

Patke has practiced veterinary medicine the past three years in Texas and is excited to move back to southeast Missouri. The Jackson High School graduate studied veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Biomedical Science. Her favorite part of the job is developing relationships with clients and their pets. She also enjoys performing surgeries and working up ocular and ophthalmology cases.

“Interestingly enough, I began college years ago with the intent of becoming an optometrist,” said Dr. Patke. “However, after Dr. Koch at Cape Small Animal Clinic diagnosed our Golden Retriever, Lacey, with bladder cancer, my interest in veterinary medicine piqued. After many clinic visits and later even shadowing the now retired Dr. Schabbing in Jackson, my love for veterinary medicine deepened. I am very excited to work back in my hometown area and alongside the talented Dr. Brian Heuring. The family atmosphere at Cape Small Animal Clinic is truly great, and I am also excited to be a part of the clinic’s growth.”

Patke and her husband, Michael, enjoy spending time outdoors with their four dogs, cheering on the Aggies and watching other college and professional sports. She is equally looking forward to spending more time with her niece, nephew and family in southeast Missouri, as well as getting more involved with her local church and community.

Cape Small Animal Clinic is located at 210 Christine Street, just behind CVS Pharmacy, and is open Monday-Saturday, with after-hour emergency services available. You can learn more about the clinic, including seeing behind-the-scenes clinic photos by visiting their Facebook and Instagram pages or their website at . For questions, please call marketing manager Lauren Heuring.
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MRV Banks recently hired Lydia Sumner as the bank’s new Director of Human Resources. Sumner comes to MRV Banks with more than 25 years of customer service and employee management experience. Sumner will be responsible for managing employee retention and training along with policies and procedures. 

“Lydia will bring a tremendous amount of value to MRV Banks,” MRV Banks President and CEO Doug Watson said. “Her experience and background make her a great addition to our team.”

Sumner said she loves working with people, and this position will allow her to ensure that both customers and employees have positive experiences with the bank. “I have admired MRV Banks for several years and even interviewed a few years ago but we ended up moving away,” said Sumner. “Since moving back to Cape, I have continued to keep up with its growth.  I greatly respect the people at MRV and I love their philosophy of service for the customers.”


Sumner comes to MRV Banks after serving as the Director of Dining Services at Chateau Girardeau for three years. Before that, she worked as the Chartwells’ Catering Director at Missouri Science and Technology and Foodservice Director at Café Soupé. All three positions required exceptional customer service, budgeting and management skills. Sumner received her Master of Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University as well as her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Marketing. 

Sumner currently lives in Cape Girardeau with her husband, Trevor, and her two boys, Ben (6) and Byron (3). The couple also serves as foster parents and foster respite parents.  In her spare time, Sumner volunteers at the Hope for One More Hope Chest, attends La Croix Methodist church and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Cape Area Personnel Association (CAPA). 

Founded in 2007, MRV Banks is one of the fastest growing banks in Missouri. With more than $450 million dollars in assets, it is the 75th largest bank in the state of Missouri out of 240 state-chartered banks. MRV Banks has locations in Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and a new location in Festus. MRV Banks has a reputation of delivering premium banking products and services to local consumers and small business customers throughout Missouri. For more information about MRV Banks, go to or call 573-883-8222.


Cutline: MRV Banks Hires Lydia Sumner as Director of Human Resources
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