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Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Out of the Past

Out of the past: Aug. 3 (08/03/15)
Gibson Recovery Center Inc., is interested in assuming the Department of Mental Health's Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse contract, which is held by Women's Information Services (WISER) Inc.; WISER last week announced it will close within 90 days...
Out of the past: Aug. 2 (08/02/15)
The city staff this week adjusted the cost estimate for a downtown access route from the planned Highway 74 after a review of the cost by city engineer J. Kensey Russell; Russell's latest study estimates a downtown route aligned with Fountain Street would cost $600,500, $43,400 less than his initial estimate...
Out of the past: Aug. 1 (08/01/15)
The space shuttle flight of astronaut Linda Godwin, a native of Oak Ridge, has been delayed for a third time and isn't likely to fly before March; the launch of the shuttle Atlantis was originally scheduled for April. The search continues for a new director of the University Museum on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University; the museum in Memorial Hall has been without a director since June, when James Parker retired...
Out of the past: July 31 (07/31/15)
Two former First Federal Savings and Loan facilities in Cape Girardeau and one in Jackson will be closed, says an official of Cape County Bank, which purchased First Federal; the Cape Girardeau facilities to close are at West Park Mall and on William Street...
Out of the past: July 30 (07/30/15)
Chris Mathes is leaving his position as executive of the Southeast Missouri Boy Scout Council to accept a similar position with the Jayhawk Council based in Topeka, Kansas; Mathes has been with the local council since 1984. PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- City administrators and members of the Downtown Advisory Committee unveil plans for a $1.5 million redevelopment project of Perryville's downtown business district; about 50 people attend the meeting, some of whom own businesses in the 12-block area and stand to pay as much as $35 per foot for renovations of the fronts of their buildings as part of the project.. ...
Out of the past: July 29 (07/29/15)
Bruce H. Schoen of rural Jackson has been selected as the new bishop of the Cape Girardeau Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; in turn, he selected Dr. Perry Roberts and Michael J. Ross, both of Cape Girardeau, as counselors. Consolidated Freightways, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has opened a branch terminal at 3021 Nash Road East; Damon Schildknecht is terminal supervisor...
Out of the past: July 28 (07/28/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eldon Ziegenhorn, who served as a Scott County commissioner for 18 years before retiring due to ill health in 1989, dies at a Cape Girardeau hospital at age 67. A stroke in October 1988, a month before he was elected without opposition to a new commission term, made Ziegenhorn unable to perform his official duties...
Out of the past: July 27 (07/27/15)
Assistant City Attorney Allen Moss Jr. has announced a new, tougher policy in dealing with municipal drug offenses; anyone arrested or charged with a drug offense faces 30 days in jail if they refuse to cooperate with authorities on providing the source of the drugs...
Out of the past: July 26 (07/26/15)
GALE, Ill. -- Dismantling of the first of 17 petroleum storage tanks at the defunct Ilada Energy Reclamation plant near here begins; the plant was closed in 1982, after state and federal Environmental Protection Agency inspectors found large concentrations of toxic chemicals and metals in used oil that was shipped to the plant for recycling...
Out of the past: July 25 (07/25/15)
Scott County voters will have three distinct choices for presiding commissioner when they go to the polls in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary election; Durward Dover of Oran, Missouri, is hoping for a second term, after ousting incumbent Louie Hirschowitz in 1986; the other candidates are Benny Marshall, a farmer from Blodgett, Missouri, and Everett Holder, a Scott City barber...
Out of the past: July 24 (07/24/15)
Jackson police chief Robert "Red" Clifton says motorists are using the center turn lane of U.S. 61 from the Shawnee Boulevard intersection eastward to the end of the current four-lane pavement improperly; motorists leaving businesses on each side of the four-lane highway are using the center turning lane illegally as an acceleration lane before merging into traffic...
Out of the past: July 23 (07/23/15)
Eggimann Feed & Seed, which was established in 1926 by O.E. Eggimann, has been sold to Rick and Patty Martin; the two plan to keep the business at 514 Independence St. intact. Planning toward a Nov. 7 vote on a proposed Cape Girardeau-Bollinger County recreational lake is derailed after the Bollinger County Commission decides to delay putting the issue before the voters of its county; the news catches Cape Girardeau County commissioners by surprise...
Out of the past: July 22 (07/22/15)
Two area residents -- Darrell Seabaugh and his son, Tim, of Jackson -- will be among approximately 225 Lutherans nationwide to travel to East Germany and Poland in August; the trip is designed to "build bridges" with the Lutherans' East European counterparts during rapid change in Europe...
Out of the past: July 21 (07/21/15)
The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Edward J. Derwinski, who is in Cape Girardeau to speak at the state convention of the American Legion, takes the opportunity to put some rumors to rest; he stresses to the Legionnaires that the Veterans Administration budget isn't being cut, that benefits aren't being taken away, and that all veterans are treated alike...
Out of the past: July 20 (07/20/15)
Medical crews last night treated 42 fans of the band Motley Crue at the Show Me Center rock concert featuring the band; most of the fans suffered from heat exhaustion, fainting and minor cuts and bruises; one person was treated after he was hit on the head by an unknown object...
Out of the past: July 19 (07/19/15)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Three Southeast Missouri dams -- Lake Tywappity east of here, Lake Girardeau near Crump and Perry County Community Lake near Perryville -- are the first of 13 dams in the state being improved this year to meet state-mandated dam and reservoir safety standards...
Out of the past: July 18 (07/18/15)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A 1-cent sales-tax hike to fund a recreational lake in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties would make the combined county, state and city sales-tax rate collected in Bollinger County the highest in the state: 6.225 cents on $1; the county already has an above average unemployment rate of 6.8 percent and is among the lowest in income per capita in Missouri...
Out of the past: July 17 (07/17/15)
Local earthquake experts say there is no way to verify or discount a prediction by scientist Iben Browning of Sandia Park, New Mexico, that a severe quake will occur along the New Madrid Fault on Dec. 3. The Cape Girardeau City Council has voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance allowing two-hour parking along both sides of Normal Avenue between Pacific Street and Henderson Avenue from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; parking now is limited to the outside lanes...
Out of the past: July 16 (07/16/15)
While three years ago, most people hadn't heard of Lyme disease, physicians and the public in Southeast Missouri have become increasingly aware of the disease and its symptoms; in 1989, 88 of the 105 confirmed cases of Lyme disease originated in 11 Southeast Missouri counties with Cape Girardeau County leading the way with 35 cases...
Out of the past: July 15 (07/15/15)
Astronaut Linda Godwin of Houston is among those who will be honored later this year when they receive Southeast Missouri State University's Alumni Merit Awards; the other recipients will be education consultant R. Eleanor Duff of Columbia, South Carolina, retired educator Wayne Thurman of Carmel Valley, California, history professor Alonzo L. Hamby of Athens, Ohio, and accountant E. Gene Greable of Winnetka, Illinois...
Out of the past: July 14 (07/14/15)
Gov. John Ashcroft yesterday signed legislation that will allow voters in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties to decide the fate of a proposed recreational lake for the two counties. The legislation allows voters to decide whether to levy a 1-cent sales tax to pay for the construction of the 7,700-acre lake. It also would enable the counties to form a local authority to oversee the lake's development and maintenance...
Out of the past: July 13 (07/13/15)
Workers yesterday peeled back the roof of Saint Francis Medical Center, allowing a 20,000-pound magnet to be delivered; hoisted by a huge crane, the magnet and other pieces that make up the hospital's new magnetic resonance imaging unit were raised over the building and lowered through the hole in the roof...
Out of the past: July 12 (07/12/15)
Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Bullerdieck of Perry County has given the city of Jackson the green light to hold an election this fall to annex about 450 acres; much of the area to be annexed extends north and south of Bainbridge Road. WASHINGTON -- A study proposal for a new coast-to-coast interstate highway, one passing through Missouri and Kansas, has cleared an initial legislative hurdle and is headed for the House floor for consideration; the House Appropriations Committee has approved $1.5 million in federal funds in the next fiscal year to help pay for a feasibility study of Interstate 66.. ...
Out of the past: July 11 (07/11/15)
The weather man is singing the same old tune: Hot temperatures and no rain; for the third consecutive day, the mercury here climbed over the century mark yesterday, setting a new record of 101; lack of rain is hurting farmers, who earlier this wet spring couldn't get into the fields to plant; now, they are watching their fields fry...
Out of the past: July 10 (07/10/15)
A portable classroom is being installed at Franklin Elementary School to make room for two special-education programs; the double-wide mobile home is the fifth portable classroom pressed into service by Cape Girardeau Public Schools. The Cape Girardeau area sizzled yesterday under a second consecutive day of 100-degree-plus heat, which set a record high for July 9; the 102 reading at the airport broke the old record of 100 degrees set in 1971 and 1986; in an effort to combat the heat, the Salvation Army is opening its doors to those who lack air conditioning in their homes.. ...
Out of the past: July 9 (07/09/15)
For the second time in less than a week, the mercury in Cape Girardeau topped out at 100 degrees yesterday, as a blistering heat-wave returned to the area over the weekend; a chance of thunderstorms Wednesday could bring some much lower temperatures by the end of the week...
Out of the past: July 8 (07/08/15)
The Rev. Barry L. Pfanstiel is installed as associate pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in the afternoon; the sermon for the celebration is preached by the Rev. Roger Leenerts of St. Louis, executive secretary of Home Missions for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod...
Out of the past: July 7 (07/07/15)
Workers with Nip Kelley Construction are clearing away the rubble from what remains of a five-story section of Broadway Park Apartments, 115 N. Fountain, which was gutted by fire a year ago; it has taken five months for workers to jackhammer through the reinforced concrete floors and ceilings of the former Idan-Ha Hotel to bring it down to ground level...
Out of the past: July 6 (07/06/15)
Businesses throughout the Cape Girardeau area are reporting a surge in the sale of American flags, as much as one-third over past years; some say the issue of flag-burning has caused an increased awareness of the flag and patriotism. Faced with scorching temperature, the Salvation Army here has opened its air-condition building at 701 Good Hope St., for those seeking relief from the sweltering heat...
Out of the past: July 5 (07/05/15)
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner Charles Hahn is leaning toward supporting a November election date on a Cape Girardeau-Bollinger counties lake proposal; earlier, Cape County Presiding Commissioner Gene Huckstep has indicated he also favors holding a vote in November...
Out of the past: July 4 (07/04/15)
Thousands of people turn out for area Independence Day festivities, despite dangerously hot weather that sees the heat index climb to a scorching 116 degrees in Cape Girardeau; it marks the first time this year that temperatures at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport hit the 100-degree mark; around 10,000 people attend the Jackson Jaycees Fourth of July celebration in the Jackson City Park, and about 5,000 attend the Knights of Columbus-sponsored Oran (Missouri) Picnic; another 1,100 participate in the first God and Country Celebration at Arena Park.. ...
Out of the past: July 3 (07/03/15)
A split city council last night voted 4-2 to designate a downtown exit from the planned Mississippi River bridge route that will align with Lorimier Street; the council also voted 5-1 in favor of a Mount Auburn extension to the planned highway, a relocation of Highway 74, that will bypass Northview Subdivision...
Out of the past: July 2 (07/02/15)
About 10 to 15 residents of the Good Hope and Hanover neighborhood have submitted a petition to the police department, expressing concern about the Greyhound bus station on William Street; after the old depot on Frederick Street closed, the new depot opened at the Fill-Up Mart, 1101 William St., in late March; since then, police have had to deal with traffic safety concerns and complaints from neighborhood residents...
Out of the past: July 1 (07/01/15)
After more than two years of in-house study, Cape Girardeau City Hall this year will begin to implement a revised pay plan for its employees; the new plan involves salary adjustments based on a performance evaluation system, the first time such a method has been used in more than a decade...
Out of the past: June 30 (06/30/15)
Three Southeast Missouri men were among the 46 members of the 62nd graduating class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City: Nelson D. Elfrink of Leopold, Fred J. Stoffregen of Cape Girardeau, and John M. Enderle of Scott City...
Out of the past: June 29 (06/29/15)
Groundbreaking ceremonies are held in the morning for a Missouri Division of Youth Services group home on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University; those attending include Gov. John Ashcroft and state Rep. Al Nilges, chairman of the Missouri House Appropriations Committee, as well as youth services officials and advisory board members...
Out of the past: June 28 (06/28/15)
The steam-powered dredge Potter of the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers is undergoing routine maintenance and repairs at the Missouri Dry Dock shipyard along the Mississippi River here; the work, which includes repainting of its hull, should be completed by Tuesday...
Out of the past: June 27 (06/27/15)
Wade Williams, an employee of West Lake Quarry near Scott City, was injured yesterday, when a dump truck he was driving ran off a quarry road and overturned into the Mississippi River; he was rescued from the overturned truck by paramedics from the North Scott County Ambulance Service and Scott City firefighters...
Out of the past: June 26 (06/26/15)
With balloons, national dignitaries and "bombs" bursting, Jackson's Lee-Rowan Co. yesterday announced its eighth expansion in 25 years; U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, Missouri Treasurer Wendell Bailey and several local officials spoke to about 500 guests and Lee-Rowen employees gathered to dedicate a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse...
Out of the past: June 25 (06/25/15)
The Missouri Bankers Association Grand Auto Tour makes a stop in Jackson in the afternoon; the parade of pre-1937 classic cars is part of the association's centennial celebration; the local stop is the 12th of 42 designated stops along the 17-day, 1,700-mile trip covering the state...
Out of the past: June 24 (06/24/15)
A Mission Festival and auction are held at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson; preaching at the morning services is Kirk B. Weaver, director of development for Epworth Children's Home in Webster Groves, Missouri; the afternoon auction benefits the statewide ecumenical Festival of Sharing...
Out of the past: June 23 (06/23/15)
Randy Corse, park archaeologist, teaches fire-starting and other outdoor skills as part of a wilderness survival course at Trail of Tears State Park. Those skills, according to Corse, were used by prehistoric people. The commemorative plaques in Freedom Corner at Broadway and West End Boulevard have been removed for cleaning. ...
Out of the past: June 22 (06/22/15)
Rollin Hunsicker has been named manager of West Park Mall by May Centers Inc.; he succeeds Jack Higdon, who served as general manager of the mall almost five years. An initial state appropriation of $100,000 for a new business school at Southeast Missouri State University has made the project a reality, says provost Leslie Cochran; the $12.5 million building could be constructed and in operation within five years...
Out of the past: June 21 (06/21/15)
A committee studying a proposed 7,700-acre recreational lake recommended last night that the Cape Girardeau and Bollinger county commissions put a 1-cent sales tax proposal before voters in the Nov. 6 general election to pay for the project. The Cape Girardeau Public Works Department has started its summer asphalt overlay street repair program; the work began last week in the south part of town and is continuing this week in the north end...
Out of the Past: June 20 (06/20/15)
Sides Construction Co. of Cape Girardeau is the apparent low bidder for a new nature center and regional headquarters of the Missouri Department of Construction that will be built in the Cape County North Park. The Cape Girardeau City Council has approved an ordinance changing the structure and clarifying the duties of the city's airport board, despite concerns that the measure would "dilute" the body; council members say the ordinance isn't intended to dilute the board, but to clarify its responsibilities and make it similar to other city boards.. ...
Out of the past: June 19 (06/19/15)
More rainfall over the upper Mississippi and Missouri river watersheds has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a new flood crest for the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau; the river is expected to crest Monday at 35 feet, three feet above flood stage...
Out of the past: June 18 (06/18/15)
A policy governing partisan political activity on the Southeast Missouri State University campus is approved by the board of regents; but board members make it clear they don't want this policy to be a roadblock to getting an American president to visit the campus; some faculty members have been critical of the university's role in the Sept. 14, 1988, visit of then-President Ronald Reagan...
Out of the past: June 17 (06/17/15)
A blazing sun and mostly clear skies combine to create a new record high temperature at Cape Girardeau; the old record of 97 degrees, set in 1970, is tied at 3 p.m.; an hour later, the mercury creeps up to 98 degrees, making Cape Girardeau the hottest spot in Missouri...
Out of the past: June 16 (06/16/15)
Fireworks, mud volleyball, antique cars and a parade top the list of activities being planned for the Jackson Jaycees' annual Fourth of July celebration; helping to sponsor this year's event at the Jackson City Park will be Coca-Cola and radio station K103...
Out of the past: June 15 (06/15/15)
Since its inception seven years ago, the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation has generated more than $18 million total contributions, including more than $8 million in cash gifts; the foundation currently has more than $13 million in assets, including $8 million in property that either has been purchased or donated, and $3.7 million in endowed funds...
Out of the past: June 14 (06/14/15)
Cape Girardeau's Planning and Zoning Commission met last night to consider a request to amend the city's billboard ordinance only to have the request withdrawn; Bob Drury of Drury Development Corp. withdrew a request to allow the erection of 672-square-foot billboards along Interstate 55 within the city limits because the matter "isn't worth the aggravation."...
Out of the past: June 13 (06/13/15)
The "Cotton Belt Star" steam locomotive 819 spent the night in Scott City last night, after its trip from Pine Bluff, Arkansas; it's on its way to a railroading convention at Union Station in St. Louis; passengers were bussed to motels in Cape Girardeau overnight...
Out of the past: June 12 (06/12/15)
A faulty transfer pump is being blamed for a fire Monday that heavily damaged a storage building owned by Rose City Oil Co. at 740 S. Fountain St. The fire caused authorities to evacuate houses temporarily on the west side of the 700 block of South Fountain Street because of a danger that 55-gallon barrels of petroleum stored inside the building might explode. None of the barrels exploded, however...
Out of the past: June 11 (06/11/15)
The Mississippi River reached flood stage yesterday at Cape Girardeau; but tomorrow's expected crest at 34.1 feet won't be high enough to necessitate closing of the downtown floodgates; high waters covered most of the amphitheater seating on the river side of the floodwall during Riverfest over the weekend...
Out of the past: June 10 (06/10/15)
Methodists of the Cape Girardeau-Farmington District honor their new district superintendent, the Rev. Mary Ellen Meyer, at an afternoon reception at Centenary United Methodist Church; she replaces Kenneth C. Johnston, who retired and is residing here...
Out of the past: June 9 (06/09/15)
The woodpeckers that attacked the front columns of historic Common Pleas Courthouse two months ago have returned, sending local officials scrambling to find a reasonable solution to the problem. Southeast Missouri State University officials and boosters uncorked a few champaign bottles yesterday to celebrate a dual announcement by Southeast president Dr. ...
Out of the past: June 8 (06/08/15)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Having struggled with finding a solution to the city's wastewater treatment woes, the Chaffee City Council voted last night to deepen the final cell in the city's four-cell sewage lagoon; it is the cheapest of five solutions considered, but will still cost an estimated $150,000...
Out of the past: June 7 (06/07/15)
Downtown Cape Girardeau is getting a "face lift" of sorts; the Downtown Redevelopment Corp. is installing 50 new banners on light poles on Main and Spanish streets, and the blocks connecting those streets, just in time for Riverfest. After a year's delay because of cost and bidding problems, a contract for the construction of the new Fire Station No. 2 was signed May 7; however, construction on the 6,500-square-foot structure on Mount Auburn Road has been delayed by prolonged wet weather...
Out of the past: June 6 (06/06/15)
GALE, Ill. -- The first treated water from the defunct Ilada Energy oil reclamation plant near here was discharged into the Mississippi River yesterday; a portable water-treatment plant being used can treat 50,000 gallons of the contaminated water in about three days...
Out of the past: June 5 (06/05/15)
The city of Cape Girardeau has been authorized to spend $530,957 in Federal Aviation Administration entitlement money on municipal airport improvements; the grant money will got to help fund construction of taxiway spurs, installation of required airport signs, renovation of the terminal building and restructuring of the terminal parking lot...