- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Baseball in Jackson
If you want to see what a community can do when it works together toward a common goal, take a look at the new Whitey Herzog Stadium in Jackson. The first phase of the baseball complex is complete, and organizers are confident the final two phases will be done by 2010.
The idea for the ball field was born two years ago when two former teammates from the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league organization got together. One of them, Jack Litzelfelner Sr., is a Jackson resident and booster who saw a need for a new facility to replacing the existing 80-year-old field. The other was Whitey Herzog, former manager of both Major League Baseball teams in Missouri, the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals. Herzog not only got behind the plan, he has been a major contributor to the project.
The first phase of Herzog's namesake stadium -- land acquisition, a brick backstop, irrigation system and retaining wall -- cost $100,000, all funded by donations, from Herzog and the Jackson Optimist clubs.
Phase 2 -- grandstand seating, restrooms, press box, concessions stand and outfield fence -- will cost $150,000, with the funding coming from business sponsorships alongside the outfield fence. Phase 3 -- lighting, parking and scoreboard -- will cost another $100,000. with funding coming from donations, scoreboard sponsorships and tournament receipts.
Congratulations to everyone who has been a part of this project, which will result in one of the finest baseball stadiums around.