There’s alway something exciting happening in our fair state. Here’s a roundup of a few of our favorite recent headlines. Spot a story you’d like to share? Send it to newsletter editor Caroline Dohack for possible inclusion in a future issue.

More Horsepower

This spring, 15 foals were born at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, the official breeding facility of the Budweiser Clydesdales. As KCTV5 reports, meeting the eligibility requirements to be on a traveling hitch team will require years of training for the young horses.   

A Lap with Greatness

After a year-and-a-half of renovations, the Cape Aquatic Center—formerly known as the Central Municipal Pool—in Cape Girardeau is ready to see some splashy action. To celebrate the center’s reopening, this Saturday will see three-time Olympic gold medalist and NBC commentator Rowdy Gaines present a special clinic for younger swimmers, followed by a meet-and-greet where fans can shake his hand and get a gander of his medals and the Olympic Torch. KFVS12 has the story.

Location, Location, Location

Where does Gen Z want to be? A story in Domino indicates young homebuyers are eschewing big-city life for lower costs of living available in smaller metros around the Midwest. St. Joseph, Missouri, was among the cities highlighted as an appealing place for first-time homebuyers. 

And it’s not just younger generations taking advantage of our area’s lower cost of living. A recent report in Yahoo! Finance lists 15 Missouri towns where it’s possible for a couple to live comfortably on Social Security.

Take a Byte out of Cybercrime

Robin Cole III, a Southeast Missouri-based cybersecurity expert, was one of 29 cybersecurity and compliance professionals from around the world to contribute to the book From Exposed to Secure: The Cost of Cybersecurity and Compliance Inaction and the Best Way to Keep Your Company Safe. In an interview with Fox23 Now, Cole explains that security software can go only so far in protecting individuals and companies. To that end, it’s important to understand best practices toward keeping data sensitive data safe.

Neat or On the Rocks?

Irish Distillers just launched a limited release premium Irish whiskey called Redbreast Missouri Oak Edition. As The Spirits Business reports, this batch was initially aged in Sherry casks and Bourbon barrels before spending its final 10 months in virgin Missouri oak casks. The Missouri oak, harvested in the Ozarks, imparts “distinct notes of cinnamon and ground ginger, complemented by subtle nutty undertones reminiscent of pecan pie.”