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Stories from Sunday, December 24, 2006

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (12/24/06)
Editor's note: For the past 25 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:...
Mingling with other faiths during holidays (12/24/06)
SIKESTON -- The holidays often mark a time for togetherness with family and friends. But it can also create a time for individuals with different faiths to intertwine. Lots of times relatives bring home for the holidays a friend of a different religious background than the rest of the family. Regardless of the religion, they already share some common ground, said David Jackson, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Sikeston...
Woman stabbed (12/24/06)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston woman has been charged by Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd with first degree assault and armed criminal action after she stabbed another Sikeston woman four times. Madonna Adamson, age unavailable, of 103 Dorothy St. ...
Celebrating the magic of Christmas (12/24/06)
SIKESTON -- For years, Jeannie Williams created the Disney magic of Christmas in her Sikeston home. "Schools brought busses, Girl Scouts came, preschools came," she recalled. The last time she decorated two years ago, 526 children visited. This year, she brought that magic to Center Street in downtown Sikeston. Williams used her skills and Disney Christmas collection to create displays in five store windows, including her own, PurseNality...
Lady Bearcats capture tourney championship (12/24/06)
BROSELEY - The Dexter Lady Bearcats captured the championship with a 67-49 victory over the Kelly Lady Hawks in the 10th Annual Lady Royals Holiday Classic Tournament at Twin Rivers High School on Friday night. In other action on the night, Naylor captured the third place trophy with a 58-41 win over Twin Rivers. Portageville dropped the fifth place game to Doniphan, 66-50. New Madrid County Central won the consolation final over Senath-Hornersville, 70-57...
Charleston favored again (12/24/06)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a Southeast Missouri tradition, the 62nd annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. Sixteen high school basketball teams will be on hand at the Show-Me Center on Tuesday to vie for area bragging rights and the coveted tournament championship...
Sikeston native Daron Clayton hoping to reach racing's big-time (12/24/06)
SIKESTON -- Daron Clayton's need for speed has driven him to hot pursuit of a childhood dream. The 23-year-old Sikeston native, who got his first car at age 4, is already a veteran race car driver with 14 years experience on tracks across America's Heartland...
Undefeated Malden headlines Bloomfield tourney (12/24/06)
BLOOMFIELD - The 50th Annual Bloomfield Christmas Tournament opens up play on Tuesday and the state ranked Malden Green Wave garnered the No. 1 seed. Malden is ranked No. 8 in the latest Class 3 poll and are led by 6-foot-6 Robbie Ison and 5-9 point guard Alonzo Louis. The Green Wave have an undefeated record of 8-0 and already have a first place tournament trophy that they won in Oran...
Biodiesel plant opening nears (12/24/06)
DEXTER (SMNS) - Global Fuels LLC biodiesel plant, located on County Road 731, should be operational by Jan. 1. The plant had, according to statements from co-owners Harold Williams and Jerry Bagby, had been expected to be up and running sooner but was delayed by the weather and the holidays...
East Prairie resident among top honorees during VNA banquet (12/24/06)
SIKESTON - The Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Missouri acknowledged the contributions of key staff recently during the Annual Awards Banquet. Professional caregivers from all 14 counties of VNA's service area gathered in Sikeston at the Clinton Building to recognize the accomplishments of their co-workers...
Promoting the area to day trippers (12/24/06)
The Sikeston and Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau is teaming up again, this time with the Missouri Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau sub team SMCVB (Small Markets Convention and Visitors Bureaus). The SMCVBs are a team of small towns throughout the state who have banded together to reach more tour groups as a team. This will allow us to advertise and market our cities and towns individually without spending large amounts of money to do so...
Lena Roderman (12/24/06)
DEXTER -- Lena Roderman, 81, died on Dec. 23, 2006, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter. Arrangements are incomplete at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Arline Stuckey (12/24/06)
BENTON - Arline Stuckey, 79, died at 10:35 p.m. Dec. 21, 2006, at the Monticello House in Jackson. Born Oct. 13, 1927, in Caruth, to the late Sidney and Damie Harmon Felker, she had retired from Kelly High School where she was a teacher, and was a member of Benton United Methodist Church...
Jon Stahl (12/24/06)
PARMA - Pallbearers for funeral services conducted Friday at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Parma for John Stahl, 71, who died on Dec. 20, 2006, were: Yancy Hardin, Jim Goforth, James Tilman, John Hutchenson, Bob Lowery and Mark Beaird. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Puxico was in charge of arrangements...
Larry Hancock (12/24/06)
PUXICO - Pallbearers for funeral services conducted Thursday at Puxico High School for Larry Hancock, 62, who died Dec. 18, 2006, were: Marty Sifford, Ronnie Martin, Harold Sitze, Dennis Doublin, Wayne Crytes and Loren Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers were: Roger Harmon, Darllis Stevens, Emma Sitz, Cindy Rhodes and Carol Hartline...
Cowboy Lawson (12/24/06)
HOWARDVILLE -- Dalton "Cowboy" Lawson, 71, died Dec. 22, 2006 at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born May 6, 1935, in Corinth, Miss., son of the late Adam and Ruth Brown Lawson, he was a self-employed car dealer for over 40 years. His wife of many years, Linda Williams Lawson, survives of the home...
Clauvus Ward (12/24/06)
SIKESTON -- Clauvus Ward, 88, died Dec. 23, 2006, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. Born Nov. 23, 1918, in Canaan, Ark., son of the late Nathaniel and Cordelia O'Neal Ward, he farmed in the Charleston area from 1946 to 1964. He then moved to Dexter, where he had a farming operation from 1964 until he retired in 1968. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II aircraft carrier Antietam...
Hedrick - Hassinger (12/24/06)
SIKESTON -- Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Hedrick have announced the engagement of their daughter, Erynn Lea, to William Henry Hassinger IV of Birmingham, Ala. A 1998 graduate of Sikeston Senior High School, the future bride attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism where she graduated magna cum laude and earned a Bachelor of Journalism in magazine design in 2002 and a Master of Arts in publishing in 2004. She is the associate designer at Cottage Living magazine in Birmingham...
Smith - Sevic (12/24/06)
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- Dr. and Mrs. Shelton Smith have announced the engagement of their daughter, Erika Smith, to Andrew Sevic, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sevic of Charleston. A 2000 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in public relations, the future bride is a senior technical recruiter at Bradford and Galt in St. Louis...
Odle - McCameron (12/24/06)
DIEHLSTADT -- The Rev. Mark and Margaret Odle have announced the engagement of their daughter, Erin Elizabeth, to Steven Dale McCameron, son of Kenny and Cindy McCameron of Charleston. A 2002 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School in Benton, she is employed by Sears Grand in Cape Girardeau and is the mother of James Matthew Slayton...
Looking Back 12/24 (12/24/06)
SIKESTON - A four-room frame dwelling occupied by the Joe Hill family was gutted by fire Thursday evening. SIKESTON - Firemen, known to 1,000 needy children as Santa's helpers, will complete the final phase of their annual Tree of Lights project today. Delivery of packages containing toys, fruit and candy will be made this afternoon and tonight...
Your view: Because of the first (12/24/06)
If there had not been a first Christmas, there would be no: Stockings on the mantle, no wreaths on the door, No letters to Santa, tinsel, ornaments, candy canes, Christmas lights, cards, reindeer, Christmas trees, elves, Santa, St. Nicholas, carolers or Christmas music, no decorations. December would be cold, bleak and eventless...
Speakout 12/24 (12/24/06)
Meetings of the Standard-Democrat editorial board make those of the Miner City Council seem orderly, calm and collected. No, actually ours is an editorial bored! Hello. I was wondering if there was any possibility of getting the Sudoku puzzle in Sunday's paper? I really enjoy working those puzzles and I don't know how much longer I can go on without going two days without them. Thank you for your concern...