25 years ago: July 28, 1980
Sore muscles, bad weather and scheduling problems conspired to bring a premature end to the horseshoe pitching marathon in Cape Girardeau yesterday morning; but not before the six-man pitching team had bettered the old world's record for continuous play by almost a day and a half.
Work is expected to begin in about two weeks on Cape Girardeau's traffic signal and intersection reconstruction project; the project involves the replacement of nine intersections along Broadway and Independence Street, the addition of signals at two intersections not now regulated by signals, and the elimination of signals at another location.
Owners of land in the 2,000-acre area in eastern Cape Girardeau County proposed to be converted into a state park gathered at the Iona School last night to hear the plans discussed and to ask questions.
The eighth annual VFW V-J Day picnic gets underway at Capaha Park, and it will run through Saturday night; the traditional talent shows, along with numerous concession stands and rides for the children, are features of this year's event.
Streaking upward with an early start, the mercury soars to a new high record for the year in Cape Girardeau, with a reading of 105 degrees at 2 p.m.; this surpasses by one degree the figure reached here yesterday, and it is the fourth time this month that the temperature has reached 104 or higher; it is the hottest day in 12 years.
Telephone service to the south end of town is partially disrupted and long-distance telephone connections to Southeast Missouri points are broken for a time early in the morning by a fire which destroys a number of small outbuildings in the rear of 820 S. Ellis St.
The city council meets again in special session with Granberry Jackson, the Memphis engineer; Jackson toured the town yesterday, dividing it into five sewer districts according to the topography of land.
The city railway company has re-let the contract for the steel rails to be used in the construction work on the new street railway; when the contract was let to a St. Louis firm last week, the rails didn't pass inspection, and bids were asked for again.
-- Sharon K. Sanders