Security is tight at the federal building here as preparations for a murder trial are underway; visitors entering the building are required to walk though a metal detector and tell federal agents the reason they are visiting; the strict security was ordered for the trial of accused killer Ricky Durham, 27, of St. Louis.
Five incumbents file for reelection to county offices on the opening day of filing: County Treasurer Bill Reynolds, Assessor Jerry Reynolds, Sheriff Norman Copeland, and associate commissioners Leonard Sander and J. Ronald Fischer.
The lack of complete connection between Interstate 55 and Highway 74 south of Cape Girardeau has become a point of concern for motorists and at least one road official; A.C. Brase, a member of the Cape Special Road District, discussed the situation at a meeting recently with state highway officials and local city, road and business leaders.
City Commissioner J.L. Wieser says he has been led to believe that work will start on Cape Girardeau's urban Highway 61 project by the spring; therefore, he won't press further for temporary traffic signals at Kingshighway and Independence Street.
Serving to clear the municipal political atmosphere to a big extent, Hugo Lang, Main Street jeweler, says he won't be a candidate for mayor or any other city office at the spring election; the announcement probably means Mayor Charles G. Wilson and prosecuting attorney Edward L. Drum will again stage a two-man contest for the mayoral post.
Gov. Lloyd C. Stark has reappointed Fred A. Groves of Cape Girardeau as a member of the Teachers College Board of Regents.
The Rev. Frank Y. Campbell, pastor of First Baptist Church, begins a series of 10 sermons or more on "Mounting Spiritual Heights."
The Missouri Public Utilities Co., a $1,000,000 corporation organized to develop plants for the production of light, power, gas, ice and interurban electric railways in Southeast Missouri, filed articles of incorporation yesterday with the office of the St. Louis recorder of deeds; the company has taken over plants in several communities, including Charleston, Sikeston, Illmo and Fornfelt.
-- Sharon K. Sanders