Archives of Community

meet along the way: Dolly Jewel

By Molly Phegley This story was first published as “Faces of Southeast Missouri: Dolly Jewel” in the October 2022 issue of The Best Years. Dolly Jewel is a long-standing citizen of Cape Girardeau who has taught in all levels of education, as well as served as an election judge for the past 25 years. Jewel […]

meet along the way: Phyllis Johnson

By Jasmine Jones This story was first published in the September 2022 issue of The Best Years with the title “Community Cookbook: Goulash, by Phyllis Johnson from the Golden Angels in Cape Girardeau.” Phyllis Johnson was raised by her father on a farm in Caruthersville, Mo. She remembers picking and chopping cotton, pulling corn and […]

Meet Along the Way: Joann Lester

By Jasmine Jones This story was first published in the December 2022 issue of The Best Years with the title “Faces of Southeast Missouri: Joann Lester.” When Joann Lester walks into the dining room of Chick-fil-A in Cape Girardeau, she instantly begins serving people: grabbing their trays and trash, rushing to open doors, chatting with […]

Meet Along the Way: Sharon Tuschhoff

Words By Jasmine Jones  Bird photo by Sharon Tuschhoff This story was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of mind + body. Sharon Tuschhoff goes out to notice the natural world, bringing nothing but herself and a camera to capture all she sees. She snaps photos of owls and hummingbirds, big cats and bears, […]

meet along the way: Fran Scholl

At 12 years old, Fran Scholl knew she wanted to be in the military. What she didn’t know was how unusual that was for a young girl in 1968. As the oldest girl in a family with 11 kids, she grew up feeding and rocking her younger siblings. Mothering and nurturing were second nature to […]

Make a Difference for Others: Plan a community betterment project

By Sydney Waters Being an events coordinator for Old Town Cape is rewarding in so many ways. It truly is a career that combines structure and creativity in the most intricate web, and I feel very honored to have found and fit this position. We have established that sustainability of downtown Cape Girardeau is directly […]

meet along the way: Katie Britt

By Nicolette Baker This story was originally published in the Summer 2022 issue of mind + body. It’s an almost universal start to the morning: a hot (or cold!) cup of coffee. Milk, cream, sugar or black — however you take your coffee, everyone has their preferences. Katie Britt starts each day with a French […]

meet along the way: Christina Lane

By Jasmine Jones This story was first published in the August 2022 issue of “The Best Years.” Recipes tell the stories of communities and the people who shape them. Each recipe is more than a list of ingredients and steps: It is a written legacy of the individual who created the dish, their family and […]

meet along the way: Nora Speight

This story was first published as “Faces of Southeast Missouri: Nora Speight” in the July 2022 issue of “The Best Years.” Nora Speight’s love of flowers comes from her grandfather she calls “Paw Paw.” He lived on a farm in Marston, Mo., where Speight got paid $3 to pick 100 pounds of cotton as a […]

meet along the way: Rania Roumany

By Jasmine Jones This story was first published in the July 2022 issue of “The Best Years.” Recipes tell the stories of communities and the people who shape them. Each recipe is more than a list of ingredients and steps: It is a written legacy of the individual who created the dish, their family and […]