Cape Girardeau voters will have a chance to extend a 1/8 cent portion of a quarter-cent sales fire tax when they head to the ballot box on Nov. 4. The tax has been used to fund improvements at Cape Girardeau’s fire department facilities and for the purchase of new vehicles and equipment.
Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.
Every other second, the corn hit the floor of the wagon with a thud. Humes was setting a steady pace for the men’s 50-and-older division at the 34th annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition.
The Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University will distribute its recently published book, “Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town” to public high school libraries in Missouri and northeast Arkansas.
Richard Montgomery from Sikeston, Mo., will present a $7,500 gift for the distribution of books on Oct. 22 at the Southeast campus in Sikeston. The Center will ship more than 500 copies in November.