I have great news to report this month - "the Missouri Department of Transportation has recommended that the Historic Midtown Development Group, with the City of Sikeston as co-sponsor, receive federal enhancement funds to begin the first phase of our project "Lighting Up Our Past and Walking Toward our Future."
What does this mean for Downtown Sikeston? New sidewalks, benches, trash receptacles, landscaping and decorative lighting similar to that which existed in Sikeston 60 years ago. This signals a jump-start on beautification efforts and a big step closer to a better, more pedestrian-friendly downtown.
Although the official approval won't come from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission until September, I won't deny that we are extremely excited about the improvements to come.
The Historic Midtown Development Group published its first monthly newsletter in July. This newsletter will keep readers up-to-date on the latest events and news from HMDG, including a "Culture Corner" devoted to the activities at the Sikeston Depot Museum, Albritton-Mayer Little Theater and the Sikeston Public Library.
"News from Downtown Sikeston" is available via regular mail, e-mail, and on our Web site www.downtownsikeston.org. If you would like to be put on either mailing list, please contact me at 380-3801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The August issue will be available soon.
The Sikeston Depot Museum's Cowboy Up! Arts Festival will be here before you know it - Friday, Aug. 10, 12 p.m.-5p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come downtown to the Depot and American Legion Park and find lots of fun, food and music before you go to the rodeo.
The Historic Midtown Development Group will host Lunch with the Rodeo Clowns from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturday, and be sure to stick around after lunch to witness a bank robbery re-enactment at the Depot.
Our next meeting will be at Susie's Bake Shoppe and Restaurant, Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. All are welcome to join in on the excitement and opportunity in Downtown Sikeston.