Cape Girardeau's top administrative personnel will receive pay raises in the 3 percent range this fiscal year, amounting to about $1,116 on average; of the top 10 positions, only city manager Gary A. Eide isn't receiving a raise.
Construction crews are hard at work widening the Nash Road bridge over Interstate 55; the span is being widened from 26 feet to 42 feet, 10 inches to better accommodate the heavy truck traffic.
The Labor Day holiday is highlighted by the annual two-day Knights of Columbus picnic; preparations began late Friday, when members started barbecuing 160 hams on pits at the rear of the Knights' hall on South Spanish Street.
Bill Oppenheim, recent winner of the Missouri Teen-Age Golf championship, added a local prize to his collection by taking the Cape Girardeau County Club Junior Golf Tournament title for boys 17 and 18 on Friday; Oppenheim shot a 36, edging Jim Reynolds by a single stroke.
In less than two weeks the cotton-picking season will be in full swing in Southeast Missouri; already, men, women and children who know how to pick are in demand; gins are in operation as far north as Mississippi and Scott counties.
Officials with Jackson High School predict an enrollment by the end of the first month of 225 students and the largest number of nonresidents that have ever attended the school, due to the addition of bus service for Appleton, Shawneetown, New Wells and Pocahontas, and to pupils on the Oak Ridge road and U.S. 61.
The annual Labor Day picnic, which will benefit St. Vincent's Catholic Church, is held at the fairgrounds; along with the good food, the program includes a band concert, bicycle race, ladies' egg race, a 100-yard dash, ladies' pin contest, a shoe scramble and dancing in the club house; political speeches will be offered beginning at 4 p.m. by J.J. Russel and others.
The public schools at Jackson begin the new session with good attendance, both in high school and grammar school; the enrollment is larger than last year.
-- Sharon K. Sanders