25 years ago: Dec. 13, 1980
Sue Nauert has been named employee of the year at Saint Francis Medical Center; Nauert joined the hospital staff in 1963 and since 1970 has been a critical care nurse, rising to the position of assistant coordinator of the center's three critical care units.
Plans are announced for the preview opening of West Park Mall on March 5 through 7, 1981; activities will include the opening of Famous Barr and many mall shops and other community happenings, including a fashion show.
Grants totaling $94,300 to Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital by the Ford Foundation, announced by the philanthropic organization's board of trustees, are "absolutely a bolt out of the blue" to hospital officials; Saint Francis will get a $58,000 grant, while Southeast will receive an award of $36,300; the grants are part of $500 million the foundation plans to distribute.
Rush H. Limbaugh Jr., secretary of the municipal airport board, says taxi-strips at the city-owned field aren't dangerous, and there is no reason Ozark Air Lines shouldn't be able to continue its operations throughout the winter; Ozark has threatened to suspend service if repairs aren't made to the airport's landing strip.
The Cape Girardeau City Council orders city engineer E.L. Sailer to prepare plans and specifications for a two-story annex to the building at Frederick and Independence streets, which houses the police and fire departments; this action follows recommendations made to the council yesterday by the Missouri Inspection Bureau, which controls fire insurance rates in the state, for immediate improvements in the firefighting equipment and facilities in the city.
Mayor Edward L. Drum says a Christmas tree will be erected next week in Courthouse Park and will be lighted to properly demonstrate the holiday atmosphere.
A large crowd attended the opening of the bazaar at St. Vincent's Parochial Hall last night; the proceeds from the bazaar will go toward the construction of a new academy, conducted by the Loretto Sisters.
The Rev. W.M. Rudolph is moving his family from Farmington, Mo., to Oak Ridge, where he has taken charge of the Baptist church.
-- Sharon K. Sanders