SEMO's Board of Regents moved the idea of a Greek Village one step closer to reality Thursday. A nine-acre site owned by Southeast on the west side of North Sprigg Street will be the top site for placement of the Greek Village. Tremendous work remains, including demolishing two homes on the acreage, and building new ones. SEMO says almost 1,300 students are involved in Greek life, or about 10% of the student population.
Jackson will be one of about 12 area communities to receive part of $3.1 million in federal transportation funds. The city will receive $330,000 for the second phase of the Hubble Creek Recreation Trail project. Jackson is one of 35 towns to submit an application for funds, with many projects including trails and historical preservation. Once the second phase for the trail in Jackson is finished, it will connect City Park to the Jackson Community Center on East Deerwood. The city will contribute $82,000 to finish the total funds needed for the project.
Next year's budget for Cape Girardeau County is expected to remain nearly identical to this year's budget. County auditor Pete Frazier presented Thursday the preliminary budget equaling just over $11.8 million. It's only a few thousand dollars different; the county has been asked to cut where they can, and general expenses are projected to be about $68,000 less next year. The 2015 budget is expected to be finalized in early January.
The five Rams players who demonstrated the "Hands up, don't shoot" protest as they were introduced two weeks ago will appear at a Christmas party for Ferguson residents. Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt are among the five that will contribute $10,000 to purchase winter clothing for children in the Urban League of St. Louis, along with non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.