Going Public

Courtesy of Isaac Smith/ The Southern

An ongoing battle between Cairo residents living in rapidly deteriorating, bug and rodent infested public housing and the Alexander County Housing Authority accused of mismanaging federal funds and alleged civil rights violations came to a head last week.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Good food and fellowship go hand in hand. Now a group of area faith leaders are taking that to the next level for what some say is the first of its kind in Cape Girardeau. On April 21 an interfaith dinner will be held at Christ Episcopal Church bringing together the religious and non religious communities. Three faith leaders who are taking part in this are Rev. Edie Bird of Christ Episcopal Church, Pastor Tyler Tankersley of First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau and Dr. Tahsin Khalid who is a muslim and worships at the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Not too long ago, I visited local artist Dave Carter at his home studio. He’s sifting through countless photos of mills he’s taken in the last nine months. Some of the mills look like they came from a Brothers Grimm Fairytale, and others more like a deteriorated shell of its former self. Carter is documenting many of southern Missouri’s remaining mills and turning them into paintings.

Follow Dave Carter's mill project here.

Courtesy of SEMO Student Veterans Organization

The SEMO Student Veterans Organization also known as the SEMO SVO is in the process of renovating a house for homeless veterans to use as they transition back into civilian life. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cole Schreiner, the president of the SEMO SVO, Mathus Williams, the fundraising chairman for the SEMO SVO and Amanda Woods, the outreach coordinator for the Office of Military and Veterans Services about this.

Courtesy of Janet Perez Eckles

Janet Perez Eckles is a woman of many titles. She’s a motivational speaker, author, Southeast Missouri State University alumna and this year’s Power of Women keynote speaker. She travels the world sharing her story of pain, loss, joy and a renewed purpose in life. Perez Eckles spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson about how despite life's obstacles she celebrates life by conquering fear.