Out of the past 3/24/04

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

10 years ago: March 24, 1994

As city voters prepare to elect council members by district for first time, there is talk from Charter Review Committee about drastically changing makeup of council and way candidates are elected.

Eagle Gaming Ltd., based in California, is interested in becoming operator of Scott City's riverboat casino; it is third company that has expressed interest in locating there.

25 years ago: March 24, 1979

Portion of wall of building at 528 Broadway collapses for undetermined reason; patrolman Robert McCoy is dispatched to retrieve money and broken parts from city parking meter that is shattered by cascading bricks, which temporarily block sidewalk and part of street.

Season's first tornado etched its way across northern Cape Girardeau County yesterday, causing property damage but no injuries; one of hardest hit places was Harry Heise farm, two miles north of Egypt Mills.

50 years ago: March 24, 1954

Petitions asking recall of Mayor Manning P. Greer and Fire and Health Commissioner Roy Smith are ruled insufficient by Verna Lee Landis, city clerk, who says each lacks requisite number of names for special recall election.

Lou W. Muegge will be stepping down as coach at Central High School after this school year; Muegge has been coach 27 years, guiding football, baseball and basketball teams.

75 years ago: March 24, 1929

Safecrackers, who apparently ply their trade for money only, force their way into one safe and wreck combination of another in office of Harris Motor Co. on Broadway, but leave without any loot.

Southeast Missouri Flower Show is held in connection with formal opening of Cherry Floral Conservatory, 318 Broadway; about 4,000 people attend show, which began yesterday.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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