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Stories from Monday, December 13, 2004

Scott County sheriff sponsors holiday program for final time (12/13/04)
BENTON - For more than 25 years, Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell has been sending a special holiday message: "Have you hugged your kid today?" As in the past, his message is available on bumper stickers distributed by Ferrell and his deputies this Christmas season. This will be the final year for the retiring sheriff's sponsorship of the program...
Local singalong continues to grow (12/13/04)
SIKESTON - Those looking to recapture the true meaning of Christmas may want set aside an hour on Dec. 19 to take part in the Community Christmas Singalong. "Everyone is invited to be there," said Harry Howard, director and organist for the event. "This is our third year. ... It seems like it keeps growing."...
Church League begins play (12/13/04)
Eric Chappell (left) and Desmond Jackson (back) of the First Baptist Church YMCA Church League basketball team battle a Tanner Street Church of God player for the ball Saturday afternoon at the Sikeston Middle School. Saturday marked the first day of games for high school and junior high teams. First Baptist Church won the game 44-28...
City will split engineering firm contract (12/13/04)
SIKESTON - The city will use two engineering firms providing both of the companies agree to participate. During Monday morning's special City Council meeting, council members voted 5-2 to award the professional services contract for engineering to Waters Engineering as the city's primary engineering firm and Lamberts Engineering as the secondary...
Lady Bulldogs take fourth at tourney (12/13/04)
CHAFFEE -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs dug a first-half hole too deep to climb out of in Saturday's third-place game at the 28th Chaffee Lady Devils Invitational. Sikeston's second-half comeback fell short in a 62-53 loss to Scott County Central. The Bravettes led 38-21 at the half, then held on to withstand a 32-24 second-half advantage by the Lady Bulldogs...
SHS wrestlers competitive at weekend meet (12/13/04)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's young wrestling team dropped all five matches in a six-team dual-scoring format meet on Saturday, but held its own in three. "We're conceding 18 points on forfeits going into every meet," said Sikeston coach Ivan Robison, "but the kids I have are wrestling well. They're starting to come around."...
Unbeaten Portageville rolls over Hayti (12/13/04)
HAYTI - The Portageville Bulldogs rolled to their third win of the season against no losses Friday night by beating the Hayti Indians 64-35. Willie Hassell, who scored his season average 21 points to lead the Bulldog effort, was the only Portageville player to reach double figures...
David Campbell (12/13/04)
GRAVOIS MILLS - David Lee Campbell, 51, formerly of Sikeston, died at 6:20 p.m. Dec. 11, 2004, at his home. Born May 6, 1953, in Stoddard County, son of Virgil Campbell Sr. of Fairdealing and Christine Branum Campbell of Gravois Mills, he was of the Baptist belief. He was an auto body mechanic and had also been employed by Danny Lambert Construction...
Mary Steward (12/13/04)
ANNISTON - Mary A. Steward, 80, died at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 11, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born Feb. 4, 1924, in Bragg City, daughter of the late Alvin and Lena McKinley Myrick, she lived in Mississippi County most of her life. She worked for Brown Shoe Company in Charleston for 31 years before retiring on Feb. 4, 1986...
Lacy Richardson (12/13/04)
CHARLESTON - Lacy Mae Richardson, 85, formerly of Bardwell, Ky., died at 6:15 a.m. Dec. 12, 2004, at the Charleston Manor. Born Nov. 20, 1919, in Hickman County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Riley Crawford. She lived in Charleston most of her life where she was a member of the First General Baptist Church...
Buck Buchanan (12/13/04)
SCOTT CITY - Dwight "Buck" Buchanan, 56, died Dec. 13, 2004, at the Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Bob Richardson (12/13/04)
DEXTER - Pallbearers at services conducted Saturday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home for Robert "Bob" Richardson, 57, who died Dec. 8, 2004, were: Donnie Courter, Scott Courter, Tony Courter, Trey Crider, Joe Scott and Jim Bolin.
Mary Davis (12/13/04)
DEXTER - Mary Elois Davis, 87, died Dec. 12, 2004, at the Beverly Health and Rehab Center in Dexter. Born Feb. 26, 1917, near Dexter, daughter of the late Almond and Nancy Elizabeth Robinson Martin, she lived in Michigan and Texas before returning to Dexter where she attended Emmanuel Baptist Church. She retired as a worker in a plastics factory where she made lamps...
Mae Woods (12/13/04)
MERCED, Calif. - Franke Mae Dillon Woods died Dec. 7, 2004, in Merced. Born in Missouri, she was a school teacher for more than 40 years before retiring. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star where she served in various offices including past matron. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association and University Women...
Elaine Miller (12/13/04)
DEXTER - Elaine J. Miller, 69, died Dec. 11, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born June 8, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Bernard and Edith Rodkin Adelman, she lived in New York and New Jersey before moving to Dexter in 1977...
Joe Albright (12/13/04)
LILBOURN -- Joe Albright, 62, died unexpectedly Dec. 12, 2004, at his home. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Lilbourn, where services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Ponder funeral Home of Lilbourn is in charge of arrangements...
Births (Published 12/13) (12/13/04)
CHARLESTON - Atoria N. Reeves and Anthony J. Groves Jr. are the parents of their first child, a daughter, born at 12:14 p.m. Nov. 7, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Paiten Ashay Groves weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20-inches long...
Looking Back 12/13 (12/13/04)
PALMYRA - Virgil G. Vaughn, son of former Sikeston residents Mr. and Mrs. Alva Vaughn, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines Nov. 8 at Quantico, Va. LILBOURN - A drive to collect toys and clothing in the Lilbourn High School was announced today by Jimmy Wilson, president of the school's Student Council. ...
Your view: Notable quotes (12/13/04)
Here it is Christmas Season, and the atheists are out in full array screaming "separation of church and state," telling us how ignorant we are to believe we were founded as a Christian Nation, telling us how it's against the constitution framers' original intent to acknowledge God, or mention God, or revere God or Jesus Christ in public, telling us that to be truly free we have to deny any Christian reference in government or public affairs...
Speakout 12/13 (12/13/04)
Appreciation is needed