Clayton Hester

Host - Morning Edition, Reporter

Clayton is a Multimedia Journalism major at Southeast Missouri State University, with minors in creative writing and religious studies. In addition to news - including stories for the Southeast Arrow - Clayton writes a little bit of everything: short stories, painstaking novels, the occasional lyric, screenplays, satirical blog posts, and sometimes funny tweets. He loves music and listens to everything from Frank Sinatra to Faron Young, and Phil Collins to Avicii. His dream job is to either anchor network news or to host Jeopardy, either one is fine. He’s a cat person and nerd.

His favorite public radio programs are 1A, the TED Radio Hour, and Ask Me Another.


Courtesy of Stan Polivick

For roughly seven weeks now, the city of Cape Girardeau has been testing out a new treatment process for turning “bio-solids” in residents' wastewater into a substance that could benefit the region in the long term. 

Sewage sludge is being dried out in an oven by public works personnel and turned into pellets, which are also being trialled with select local farmers as a potential fertilizer. Public works director Stan Polivick says it all started with the development of a new water treatment plant. 

Southeast Missouri State University

Over the past academic year, Southeast Missouri State University reached 75.3% of an "ambitious" goal to retain 80% of first-time students. Despite this record retention rate, they've seen a 3.9% decline in enrollment. Going Public spoke with Southeast's vice president for enrollment management and student success, Dr. Debbie Below about this new data.

An officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety who made anti-Islamic posts on a public Facebook account has resigned. 

According to a press release, the post came on Sept. 11, and as of Sept. 13, that officer is no longer on duty. The name of the officer is not being released, says Police Chief James McMillen, but he did add that the incident started in the comment section of a post by the City of Sikeston about 9/11. 

Courtesy of Chris Goeke

Southeast music professor Chris Goeke spent part of his summer biking across Iowa for an event called RAGBAI. He talked about what inspired the trek, and his past experiences with the rides.

Design by Lydia Riehn

Cape Girardeau County residents will once again have the opportunity to design and detail their own edition of the famous “I Voted” sticker election-participants are given after they have done their civic duty at the polls. 

Election supervisor Allen Seabaugh says the contest, in its second year, was successful in giving a bit of uniqueness to the area.

“It got a really good response among voters,” says Seabaugh, and voters responded enthusiastically that they had something other than generic stickers.