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Stories from Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weather made '08 headlines (12/24/08)
SIKESTON -- Morning lows on Monday and Tuesday were the lowest in almost two years. But the frigid temperatures weren't the only weather headlines this year. "We had the ice storm in February, the flooding in March and the remnant from Ike," said Joel Evans, emergency management director in Scott County. "Any one of those would have been a unique year, but all of them together gives you a really unique year."...
'Twas the night before Christmas (12/24/08)
Waiting for Santa Claus to arrive can seem like forever for a child. Here, Elijah Pobst, 3, reads "Up on the Rooftop" to her four-month-old brother C.J. while their parents, Chris and Tiffany Pobst, prepare cookies for the jolly old elf.
Magic of Christmas season will live on for thousands of years (12/24/08)
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:...
Holiday birthdays are not always merry and bright (12/24/08)
SIKESTON -- Virginia Carlson of New Madrid says she was born on the biggest letdown day of the year -- Dec. 26. "I'm still waiting for my birthday party," said the soon-to-be 75-year-old. Like Carlson, Lyndsey Mosby of Benton said it's difficult to get family and friends together to celebrate a birthday during the Christmas season because everyone is so busy with holiday parties and family gatherings...
Ice poses a slick problem (12/24/08)
BENTON -- Scott County road crews had a hard time clearing icy county roads Tuesday. "It's so slick in some areas we can't even get our trucks out to salt the roads," Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said Tuesday morning. Burger said county trucks were having difficulty driving on the ice even with tire chains equipped...
Holiday cheer (12/24/08)
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No paper published on Christmas Day (12/24/08)
SIKESTON -- The offices of the Standard Democrat will be closed Thursday and no paper will be published in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The staff and families of the Standard Democrat wish you a safe and happy Christmas...
Prison sentence ordered on gun charge (12/24/08)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Hayti Heights man was sentenced Tuesday for unlawful possession of a firearm. Llewellyn Keith Borders, 43, was sentenced to 48 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel...
All we want for Christmas is ... Scott Central v. Sikeston (12/24/08)
January 5, 1971, a day that will live in infamy. January 5, 1971. That date marks the last time that the Scott County Central Braves took the floor with the Sikeston Bulldogs in high school basketball. The outcome -- a 68-67 overtime victory in favor of the visiting Braves on Sikeston's home court, the Field House. The real outcome -- a pact that has kept the two teams out of the same gymnasium for nearly 38 years...
Commentary: Game could benefit charity (12/24/08)
You see the Standard Democrat sports team's Christmas wish. Hopefully you'll enjoy the story, and hopefully, someday, the two teams will give basketball fans what they've been missing for three, nearly four, decades. ...
Commentary: Many options may be possible (12/24/08)
Not much has happened in the last 38 years. A couple presidents have come and gone, the price of gas has increased just a little and bell bottoms have been in style, twice. Still, through all that time, Scott County Central and Sikeston have not met on the basketball court once...
Hattie Shoffner (12/24/08)
CHARLESTON -- Hattie E. Warren Shoffner, 85, died at 11:19 p.m. Dec. 22, 2008, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Dec. 14, 1923, in Myrtle, Miss., to the late Theodore and Annie Warren, in November 1941 she moved to Mississippi County where she and her husband farmed in the Bridges community for several years. ...
Hazel Amos (12/24/08)
WYATT -- Hazel L. Amos, 75, died Dec. 18, 2008, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. Born Jan. 18, 1933, in Catron, to the late Guy and Ida Cross Amos, she lived most of her life in Missouri and was a member of the Wyatt Police Force. Survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Dollester and Goldus Jackson of Peoria, Ill.; two brothers, Murray Asbury of Sikeston and Charles Amos of Detroit; two sisters, Alma Jean Clinton of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Ruby Dowell of Wyatt; and seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.. ...
Edvira Leible (12/24/08)
KELSO -- Edvira Josephine Leible, 93, died Dec. 22, 2008, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Born Dec. 5, 1915, in Kelso, to the late Edward Stephen and Hermina Mary Compas Hahn, she was a homemaker. On April 22, 1946, in Kelso, she married Fred Willard Leible, who preceded her in death...
Sikeston lawyer, civic leader Jim Robison, 69, dies (12/24/08)
SIKESTON -- James R. Robison, 69, died Dec. 23, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born May 17, 1939, to the late Jack and Sybil Pixley Robison on Goose Pond Hill in Bollinger County. When he was a child, his family moved to Advance where he attended elementary and high school. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1961 and the University of Missouri Law School in 1964...
Elizabeth Markland (12/24/08)
BLODGETT -- Elizabeth Ann Markland, 59, died at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 21, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born Feb. 7, 1949, in Adams, Mass., to Edith Lee Dickinson of Smyrna, Del., and the late Wallace H. Dickinson, she worked for Sonic for 13 years. She was of the Baptist belief...
Ann Hornback (12/24/08)
SIKESTON -- Pallbearers for services conducted on Tuesday at Ponder Funeral Home for Elizabeth Ann Hornback, 58, who died on Dec. 21, 2008, were: Joe Hornback, Joe Head, Annie Mills, Marshall Hicks, Greg Smiley and H.A. Vanover.
Myra Lalumendier (12/24/08)
KANKAKEE, Ill. -- Myra J. Lalumendier, 78, died Dec. 22, 2008, at her home. Born May 24, 1930, in Chaffee, Mo., daughter of the late Edward O. and Jessie E. Myers Killian, she had worked at Shapiro Developmental Center and Riverside Hospital, both in Kankakee and also had worked at Brown She Factory in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was a member of the Gospel Assembly in Bourbonnais...
Angel Schwieger (12/24/08)
CHARLESTON -- Angel Chandler Schwieger, 47, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at her home in Charleston. She was born Oct. 8, 1961, at Laguna Beach, Calif., to the late Jimmie J. and Rosella P. "Rosie" Scheffer Chandler. Moving to Charleston in 1978, she was a 1979 graduate of Charleston High School. ...
Jim Bob Winger (12/24/08)
CHARLESTON - Robert "Jim Bob" Winger, 83, died Dec. 22, 2008, at the Charleston Manor. Born Nov. 10, 1925, in the Belmont community of Mississippi County to the late Joseph and Berry Ringo Bone Winger, he had lived most of his life in Mississippi County, attended school in Columbus, Ky., then Fish Lake School, and was an eighth grade graduate of St. ...
Looking Back 12-24 (12/24/08)
SIKESTON - The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow grew much smaller yesterday for the Sikeston Bulldogs as they lost their first game of the Cape Holiday Tournament to Delta, 41-36. BLOOMFIELD - Selection of 12 grand jury members for the Stoddard County grand jury had not been made at 11:30 a.m. today, Sheriff Ed. Cockrell said. The grand jury was called by Circuit Judge William Billings on Dec. 19...
Make your holiday memories today (12/24/08)
Well, here we are. Christmas Eve '08. Unless something has gone amiss, you should be ready to kick-back with loved ones, overeat ample holiday food and savor the joys of the holiday...
SpeakOut 12-24 (12/24/08)
I was at Huck's today. I witnessed a young mother going in and leaving her small daughter in the car by herself while she went in to purchase whatever. Did you know how easy it would be for someone to open that door, take your baby daughter out and hurt her or you would never see her again? Then you went back to the car and back into the store again leaving her again. If you truly love your baby daughter, do not leave her in the car by herself. There are people that will hurt your baby...