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A new executive director has been named to the Old Town Cape, Inc staff.

Elizabeth Robertson Haynes was chosen by the organization's board of directors last week, and will assume her new role on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Board president Danny Essner says when considering candidates, the board was interested in finding someone who had been originally from Cape Girardeau but left the area. 

He says Haynes graduated from Southeast after attending Cape Central, and has been away from the region for about 13 years.

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Renovations on a riverfront-facing building in downtown Cape Girardeau have revealed an aged, full mural that, once upon a time, belonged to local business Dempsey Grocer Co. 

According to Old Town Cape, 127 Water St. has seen its fair share of restaurants and other businesses over the years, but its first owner - an Irish immigrant named Patrick Dempsey - broke ground in 1870. It served for several years as a trading post, but after growing into a full grocery store, played a substantial role in the transport of goods along the Mississippi River. 

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Three organizations in downtown Cape Girardeau were recognized last week during the annual Missouri Main Street Conference (MMSC). Each were nominated by Old Town Cape (OTC) in April to compete with other businesses and revitalization projects across the state.

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Old Town Cape has announced the departure of Executive Director Marla Mills. She will be leaving the organization at the end of this summer after nearly 13 years at the helm.

It’s almost time for Tunes at Twilight to return. If you’re heading out this Friday evening, be sure to grab a picnic blanket, your pets, your kids, some snacks, and head to Ivers Square at 7 p.m. for the free concert series.

Old Town Cape event coordinator Emily Vines says it’s a special edition of Tunes, featuring blues artist Paul Childers.

“We’re very excited to have Paul there,” says Vines. “Just after reading his bio and listening to some of his music, I think he’s going to be a perfect fit for this event.”