Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (LFCS)
November is National Adoption Month, and Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (LFCS) is raising awareness about the significant need for adoption throughout the state. Currently, approximately 13,000 children enter foster care in Missouri each year; 1,400 of those children have no chance of reunification with their family and are currently waiting to be adopted.
To call attention to this great need, LFCS hosted a Hope and Healing dinner on Nov. 8 for birth mothers to share their experiences with each other, as well as a Light Up the Night candlelight vigil at Hope Children’s Home in Jackson on Nov. 11. Those interested in adopting or giving to LFCS can visit www.lfcsmo.org for more information.
CENTURY 21 Ashland Realty
CENTURY 21 Ashland Realty opened a new office at 3125 E. Jackson Blvd in Jackson, Missouri, Sept. 5. CENTURY 21 Ashland Realty is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC, which is comprised of approximately 8,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 80 countries and territories worldwide.
Drury Southwest, Inc.
Drury Southwest, Inc. (DSW), through its affiliate DSW Development Corporation, announced the Sept. 25 acquisition of Lorimont Place. The 5.8-acre property, located at 240-280 S. Mt. Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau, features retail and office space with a total of 11 tenants, spanning 90,364 square feet.
Miracle-Ear Centers serving Southeast Missouri announced its ninth year receiving the distinguished Platinum Club Award. This national recognition signifies franchise excellence in several categories, including exceptional patient care and satisfaction, staff education on new technology, annual recertification compliance, and market penetration.
Behavioral Health Hospital
Saint Francis Medical Center has retreated from negotiations to be one of three partners to bring a behavioral health hospital to Cape Girardeau, but a joint effort between SoutheastHEALTH and Universal Health Services is ongoing. The project was once poised — albeit never formally sealed — to be a partnership with both Cape Girardeau hospitals and UHS. Saint Francis leadership still supports the effort but is not joining Southeast in supporting it financially.
Bohannon Cleaners in Scott City celebrated 65 years of business in October.
1st Class Travel
1st Class Travel was inducted into the 500 Club by The Mark Travel Corporation (TMTC). This exclusive program, established more than 30 years ago, recognizes travel agencies that are top supporters and producers of TMTC’s four brands — Funjet Vacations, United Vacations, Southwest Vacations, and Blue Sky Tours.
John Mehner, president of the Cape Chamber, celebrated 25 years as chamber president Oct. 2. He took on the role in 1993 when former president Bob Hendrix retired after 21 years as president, according to the Southeast Missourian archives.
The former Magna-Tel property at 775 S. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau was recently purchased by U-Haul International. The 27,100 square-foot manufacturing office and operations building will be converted to a public and self-storage operation by the new owners, and additional new self-storage units will be constructed in a large rear parking lot. The company will continue operations at the current location, while the new location will expand their storage business.
City of Jackson
The one-half percent public safety sales tax approved in April took effect Oct. 1, increasing the Jackson city sales tax to 2.5 percent, and total sales tax to 7.725 percent, according to city documents. The proceeds from the tax will be used to improve public safety measures in Jackson, according to previous reporting by the Southeast Missourian.
Buchheit Agriculture opened a new facility in Dudley, Missouri, near Highway 60. The facility joins others in Biehle, McBride and Morehouse, Missouri.