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.


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The City of Jackson has the highest count of Covid-19 cases in Cape Girardeau County, containing 13 of the 24 cases announced on Wednesday. 

Mayor Dwain Hahs says 6 of those cases could be traced back to a single point of origin in mid-March. Hahs and city officials hold daily briefings on the latest information about the pandemic and how it impacts the city. 

Hahs says that the city has closed many different public locations such as the city playground, skateparks, and the recycling center. 

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>>>Updated: July 9, 2020 at 6:58 p.m.

Thursday's total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cape County rose by 18 from Wednesday to 312, according to the Cape Girardeau Department of Public Health. Probable cases remained at 42, and active cases dropped by 6 to 167. Overall cases rose by 18, totaling 354. 24 more individuals have recovered, totaling 184. There were 95 cases outside of Cape and Jackson, 187 were within the City of Cape, and 68 were within the city of Jackson.  

Southeast Missouri Food Bank


In a time of pandemic, as grocery stories try to keep up, the Southeast Missouri Food Bank is also working to help with the demand, especially as it applies to those in need. 

“SEMO Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase already for demand for food assistance due to COVID-19 economic impacts,” says Joey Keys, the organization’s President and CEO. 

The Food Bank has 140 agencies throughout their network in the service area. He says in this time of need, other organizations are looking to work together. 

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Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order on Wednesday postponing municipal elections originally on April 7 across the state to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes after Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Friday. 

Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers says election officials have been in conversation with the Secretary of State and Governor’s Office.

“We don’t want to put the [polling locations and election judges] in harm’s way,” Summers says.

Carol McDowell

A Southeast alumna and former professor of music education at the university has written a book to engage children in music.

Dr. Carol McDowell has written before, about her home city of Jackson and its band. 

Now she’s taking an opportunity to educate kids in an interactive book called “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Drum.” 

“I think children’s literature is a wonderful resource for music educators,” McDowell said.