- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Thankful People: Moore family counts its blessing after harrowing accident (11/23/17)
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Deal Finder brings 'unique' shopping to Cape Girardeau (11/24/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
The last day of 2008 also was the last day in office for Larry Bock, who represented the 1st District on the Cape Girardeau County Commission for the past 16 years. At a reception earlier this month, friends gathered to honor Bock for his service and recall many of the county's accomplishments during his tenure.
One of Bock's primary responsibilities was to oversee road and bridge needs. While he was on the commission, the county paved 70 miles of county roads, upgraded 90 bridges and culverts and replaced 10 bridges.
Bock also was an early advocate of a half-cent county sales tax to pay for roadwork, but in 1994 his two fellow commissioners weren't ready to put the issue before voters. The tax plan was revived in 2006 and approved, with revenue going to roads, to the sheriff's department and to eliminate the property tax for roads and bridges.
Taken together, the county's successes during Bock's service on the commission have resulted in important improvements. Sixteen years is a long commitment to public service. Bock is to be commended for his dedication.