Out of the past 2/2/02

Saturday, February 2, 2002

10 years ago: Feb. 2, 1992

Benton - Scott County will operate on $3.45 billion budget this year, up only slightly from last year; last year county operated on $3.41 million budget; there are no general pay raises in this year's budget, and county will have to dip into cash reserves to make ends meet.

Tony L. Smee has joined Southeast Missouri Boy Scout Council's professional staff as Shawnee District executive; he is working at council's district headquarters in Cape Girardeau; as part of his duties, Smee oversees activities of more than 500 adult volunteers in district.

25 years ago: Feb. 2, 1977

Demolition of old police headquarters on Sprigg street should be completed within 10 days, says Claude A. Kelley, III, general manager of Nip Kelley Construction Co..

Murphysboro, Ill. - Early morning sweep by about 75 law enforcement officers nets 22 people on charges of illegal sale or illegal possession of drugs in four Southern Illinois counties; executing warrants from investigations of Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Illinois Bureau of Investigation undercover agents, officers make arrests in Union, Jackson, Williamson and Johnson counties.

50 years ago: Feb. 2, 1952

Chaffee - Body of Cpl. George L. Modglin, husband of Wanda Lee Modglin of Oran, who was killed in action in Korea on Nov. 4, 1952, is to arrive in Chaffee Tuesday and will be taken to home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Modglin near here; Modglin is survived by his wife and parents, seven sisters and three brothers.

Earl R. Schultz, engineer for Little River Drainage District, reports he has received word that Cook Construction Co. of Jackson, Miss., has been awarded contract for strengthening final section of Diversion Channel.

75 years ago: Feb. 2, 1927

Engineers and workers of U.G.I. Construction Co. start work on Illinois shore, clearing away willows and underbrush from section where work will be carried on putting down piers for new traffic bridge across Mississippi River; although first work will be done on Missouri shore, it is necessary to clear east shore before necessary surveys can be made by engineers.

Collectors of Federal Internal Revenue Department, assisting taxpayers in making income tax returns to government, warn that returns must be made by March 15 this year to avoid penalty; under congressional rules passed last year, those who must make returns are: Single persons who had net income of $1,500 or more, or gross income of $5,000 or more during 1926.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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