25 years ago: Dec. 24, 1980
Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority has announced the master plan for a multi-million dollar port development at Scott City will be published in January; port director Charles Clodfelter says negotiations with the first production company to locate in the so-called Grays Point On-River Industrial Park are being finalized.
A brush and grass fire in Shawnee Park off South West End Boulevard burned about two acres yesterday before it was extinguished by firefighters; there are no structures in the area of the fire.
Arrangements are being made for the Cape County Farm, soon to end its function as a residence for the county's aged and infirm, to be rented on a year-by-year basis until some more definite use of value to the entire county can be established; the court has agreed that the 250-acre farm should be retained for county use.
The Salvation Army distributes 250 Christmas baskets to the city's needy families and to individuals; in addition, the Elks Club yesterday distributed 22 baskets to needy families.
Postmaster H.H. Haas says he will shortly advertise for bids for painting the exterior of the Federal Building, which houses the post office and federal court offices; he estimates the project will cost between $500 and $600.
Fire Chief George D. French, in a Christmas warning, calls attention to dangers from fire hazards which commonly occur during the holidays; last Christmas, two Girardeans were severely burned while playing Santa Claus, when their false whiskers were ignited; French also urges residents not to use candles in Christmas trees, but only electric lights.
The Evangelical Church has called the Rev. O.J. Gilbert of Chicago, Ill., who will take charge of the congregation about March 1; he is recommended as an excellent man and preacher.
No preaching services are held at the Methodist Church because of sickness in the pastor's family; the Rev. E.T. Adams, in a message to the congregation, thanks members for their thoughtfulness and expresses the hope that he will be back in the pulpit by Dec. 31.
-- Sharon K. Sanders