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Stories from Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Guard families prepare for deployment (12/24/03)
SIKESTON -- As members of the 1140th Engineer Battalion spend Christmas with their loved ones Thursday, they will try to make the best of the time left with their families before their mobilization Jan. 3. "We're trying to keep the holidays as normal as possible," noted Michelle Standridge, who is the wife of Sgt. 1st Class Keith Standridge of the 1140th's Charlie Company in Sikeston...
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (12/24/03)
Editor's note: For the past 23 years or so we have shared the following story with readers every Christmas. The words of Francis P. Church will ring true today as they did more than 100 years ago when first written. In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon became worried when her friends told her there was no Santa Claus. Her father advised her to write to the New York Sun to find out the truth, and the reply by Francis P. Church became a classic:...
Bluejays favored to win third straight seMissourian title (12/24/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The seMissourian Christmas Tournament will take place Dec. 26-30 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. The 59th annual event, formally known as the U-High, features teams from Cape Girardeau, Scott, Stoddard and Bollinger counties representing some of the region's largest and smallest schools...
Bearcats seek sixth straight Bloomfield title (12/24/03)
BLOOMFIELD - The 47th Annual Bloomfield Christmas Tournament will kick things off on Friday at Bloomfield High School. Like the previous five years, the 2003 version of the tournament carries a similar theme -- Dexter versus the world. Once again Dexter enters the tournament as the top seed. The Bearcats have won a record five straight Bloomfield championships and all signs point to a sixth straight this year...
Charleston looks ripe for an upset, but who can do it? (12/24/03)
Going into the high school basketball season, Poplar Bluff and Charleston looked a head above the rest of Southeast Missouri. Bluff's unbeatable aura quickly disappeared with an achilles injury to 6-foot-9 phenom Tyler Hansbrough. Blytheville, Paducah Tilghman and Cape Central all beat the Mules without their big man as the team stumbled to a 1-4 start...
Poplar Bluff Showdown set (12/24/03)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The 17th Annual Poplar Bluff Showdown will take place Dec. 29-31 at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. The event will start at 4 p.m. on Dec. 29 with Columbia Hickman versus Caruthersville. Little Rock's Parkview Arts will play Crim High from Atlanta at 5:30...
NMCC at Dyersburg (12/24/03)
DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- New Madrid County Central will participate in the Dyersburg Regional Tri-State Christmas Tournament Dec. 27-30 at Dyersburg High School. The Eagles received a bye in the first round and will play the winner of a game between Briarcrest at Maplewood on Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m...
Sikeston out to impress in Lady Royals Classic (12/24/03)
BROSELEY -- The 2003-2004 Lady Royals Holiday Classic will run Dec. 27 through Jan. 3 at Twin Rivers High School. Many local teams will compete in this year's tournament, including Sikeston, who earned the No. 4 seed with a record of 4-2. "I think we can play with anybody in there," said Sikeston coach Lee Brooks. "We're pretty excited about it."...
Bernie dedicates season to fallen teammates (12/24/03)
BERNIE -- Thirty minutes before gametime, the parking lot at Bernie High School is already overflowing with vehicles. They spill into the surrounding streets, making an available spot difficult to find. Inside, the cold December air quickly evaporates. The bleachers lining the walls of the small gymnasium are crammed with red, white, black and blue - a fusion of the home team's colors and visiting Bell City. A few empty seats remain on the stage behind one of the baskets...
Norma Smart (12/24/03)
SIKESTON - Norma Smart, 57, died Dec. 23, 2003, at her home. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Dona Thompson (12/24/03)
DEXTER - Dona W. Thompson, 91, died Dec. 22, 2003, at her home. Born Oct. 31, 1912, in Green County, Ark., daughter of the late William J. and Susie Weaver Warbritton, she had lived in Arkansas and Missouri. She owned and operated the Thompson Shoe Store in Dexter. A member of the Church of Christ all of her adult life, she was also a member of the WPFA Club for 47 years, Home Extension Club for 10 years and the Quilting Club for many years...
Nola Hill (12/24/03)
BERTRAND - Nola Cordelia Hill, 102, died at 3 a.m. Dec. 22, 2003, in Bertrand. Born Sept. 8, 1901, at Poyner, daughter of the late Dr. George W. and Susan Mahalia Charity Spencer Belcher, she had lived in Mississippi and Scott counties most of her life...
Thelma Dossett (12/24/03)
BASTROP, Texas - Thelma Dossett, 84, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Dec. 19, 2003, at the Silver Pines Care Center in Bastrop. Born Dec. 7, 1919, in Roadhouse, Ill., daughter of the late Ben and Etto Brown Griffith, she was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Bastrop. She was a former member of the Baptist Church in Bertrand, Mo...
Larry Verble (12/24/03)
SIKESTON - Pallbearers at services conducted today at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for Larry Gene Verble, 59, of Vanduser, who died Dec. 22, 2003, were: Chad Grojean, Butch Dohogne, Scott Nichols, Matt Nichols, Mike Clark and Gary Owens. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements...
Raymond Calhoun (12/24/03)
SCOTT CITY - Raymond Lee Calhoun, 71, formerly of East Prairie, died at 3 p.m. Dec. 21, 2003, at his home. Born July 14, 1932, in East Prairie, son of the late Carroll "Banny" and Lillie May Rose Calhoun, he was a retired warehouse worker and member of the Pentecostal Church of Marston...
Richard Smith (12/24/03)
DEXTER - Richard A. Smith, 48, died Dec. 22, 2003, at his home. Born May 20, 1955, in Dexter, son of Chester and Rachael Smith of Dexter, he was a lifelong resident of Dexter. A graduate of Dexter High School, he had been employed by Guy's Chips for many years. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and was active in Little League football...
David Warren (12/24/03)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - David B. Warren, 62, formerly of Essex and Frisco, Mo., died Dec. 21, 2003, at his home. Born Nov. 2, 1941, in Flint, Mich., son of the late Newton and Odis Durham Warren, he sang with the Singing Warren Kids in the 1940s and 1950s...
Births (Published 12/24) (12/24/03)
SIKESTON - Allan and Linda Douglas are the parents of their second child, first son, born at 12:55 p.m. Dec. 3, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Micheal Alen Douglas weighed 9 pounds and was 20 1/2-inches long. Mrs. Douglas is the daughter of Penney Limbach and the late Micheal King...
Looking Back 12/24 (12/24/03)
SIKESTON - About 20 howling basketball fans got their first glimpse of the Sikeston High School cage crew in action on the last Friday night as the Bulldogs battered the visiting Pirates from Matthews, 29-15. SIKESTON - The installation of a new pipe organ for the First Methodist Church has been completed and was used for the first time last Sunday in the Christmas services. The church organists are Mrs. H.F. Welsh and Mrs. Elmer Childress...
Your view: Budget review (12/24/03)
Dear Editor, Michael, there's some really great news and just in time for Christmas. The city auditors have just issued the final accounting on the last fiscal year, and the budget crisis seems to have disappeared. The fiscal year ended on June 30th and the auditor's letter is dated October 24th. That's some time ago, so I guess the City Manager and City Clerk were waiting for the New Year to share the good news with the City Council and the public...
Speakout 12/24 (12/24/03)
Someone ask why don't the paper print bigger stories about wrestling. How many people come to see the wrestling matches? I mean besides Mom and Dad? Maybe an aunt or a grandpa. How much do they charge you to get in? High school basketball is one of the only sports activities that brings in funds to help with the cost of travel, equipment, etc. ...