10 years ago: Feb. 14, 1993
Historic Burfordville bridge -- one of only four covered bridges remaining in Missouri -- is likely to receive funding in next year's state budget for complete restoration; restoration could lead to re-opening of bridge for light vehicle traffic; Gov. Mel Carnahan included $611,200 in his proposed fiscal 1994 budget for bridge restoration.
New Bloomfield Street bridge over Cape LaCroix Creek is scheduled to open for traffic this week; 36-foot-wide bridge will have additional five-foot pedestrian crossing on north side of bridge; old span was 20 feet wide, which made it difficult for cars and trucks to pass at same time.
25 years ago: Feb. 14, 1978
Paul R. Ellis, businessman who is president of Jackson Chamber of Commerce, announces he will file this week as Republican candidate for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds; Janet Robert, Democrat, who was appointed recorder of deeds when Pauline Young was named license bureau agent in Cape Girardeau, has filed to retain the position.
Cape Girardeau Board of Education, through its lawyer, has reacted by letter to Department of Health, Education and Welfare's demand that district comply with HEW maternity leave regulations; letter reaffirms district's position that it won't comply with HEW's request.
50 years ago: Feb. 14, 1953
Terms of two members of State College Board of Regents, John F. Lottes of Perryville and Charles G. Ross Jr. of Caruthersville, both Republicans, expire this year; appointment to post is made by governor, and men continue to serve until they are re-appointed or until successors are named.
First-grade pupil at John S. Cobb School sustained slight concussion yesterday afternoon, when he was hit by automobile as he crossed William Street at Sprigg.
75 years ago: Feb. 14, 1928
Contracts for purchase of property at northwest corner of Broadway and Ellis Street by Cape Girardeau Bell Telephone Co. as prospective building site were closed Monday, and deeds for transfer are being prepared; property, including frontage of 90 feet on Broadway and depth of 127 feet on Ellis, will be purchased from H.A. Leher estate.
Ordinance approving acquisition by Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. of franchises of Cape Girardeau Northern Railway Co. and giving it right to maintain and operate railway in Cape Girardeau has been passed by city council; ordinance won't become effective unless within 30 days after Mo-Pac has bought it from C.A. Vandivort and Co., present holders of property, it files acceptance of terms and conditions of ordinance with city clerk.
-- Sharon K. Sanders