Out of the past 4/24/02

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

10 years ago: April 24, 1992

Four Southeast Missouri State University Regents say athletics isn't "a sacred cow," but they oppose making any budget cuts that would jeopardize university's standing as NCAA Division I school; regents last week decided not to approve $250,000 cut in athletic budget recommended by divided Budget Review Committee.

Two months after bids were opened on long-delayed project to renovate terminal building at Municipal Airport, construction contract still hasn't been approved; in February, city council approved bid of $880,000 from Sides Construction Co.; but Federal Aviation Administration refused to approve contract after review of bid indicated Sides failed to meet requirements of federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

25 years ago: April 24, 1977

The Rev. Dean Jaggers is new minister at General Baptist Church; he is ex-jet pilot with Air Force, experienced member of gospel quartet, pianist, and ex-real estate businessman in construction development; Jaggers resigned from State Street General Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky., where he had been pastor for nine years.

L.R. Roper Jr., has been elected to board of directors of Heritage Savings and Loan Association; he is chief executive officer of Horton Sales Co., vice president of United Service Stations, Inc., and part owner of United Oil Co. in Cape Girardeau.

50 years ago: April 24, 1952

Revised forecast by J.F. McGruder, accompanied by customary warning, "barring further rainfall," pushes predicted crest for Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau to 39 feet by May 5; previous prediction had been 38.5 feet by May 4; at 39 feet most of Smelterville will be under water and several other buildings on Main Street will be affected.

City council is asked to scrap ordinance passed by previous council, placing dog-control problem in hands of Cape Humane Society and authorizing payment of $200 a month to society; petition presented to council is critical of monthly payment and suggests city build its own dog pound and retain its own dog catcher.

75 years ago: April 24, 1927

No morning or evening services are held at First Baptist Church, as assembly room is being used to temporarily serve meals to flood refugees from Illinois; Sunday School activities, however, continue as normal.

Sunday School services for Illinois flood sufferers, being cared for temporarily in Cape Girardeau, are held in morning at Houck Field House and at clubhouse at Fairground Park, where refugees are housed; religious school workers from many of churches in city cooperate in services.

Damage estimated in excess of $2,500 is caused by fire in Drusch Building at Broadway and Ellis streets.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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