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Stories from Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hoop honors (11/24/12)
The 1988 Class 3 state champion New Madrid County Central Eagles basketball team was honored during the Riverbend Classic Friday as part of their "Spotlight Series." Seen here are New Madrid County Central graduates Travis Day (left) and Kelvin Anderson, who helped propel the Eagles to their first state basketball championship for New Madrid County Central. ...
Congregation goes 'Radical' again this year (11/24/12)
SIKESTON -- Last year's Radical Christmas went so well they are doing it again this year. "It went great," said Brad Aycock, executive director of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston. "We provided gifts to 630 kids and groceries to their families. We also provided a free concert -- it was packed in there, standing room only."...
Sunday concert benefits Sikeston musician (11/24/12)
SIKESTON -- Area musicians will band together Sunday in an effort to raise funds for one of their own. A concert benefit for local musician Earl T. Perkins, who recently underwent throat cancer surgery, will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Legion Hall in Sikeston...
Pounded by Wildcats, Braves lose fourth straight opener 99-57 (11/24/12)
NEW MADRID -- For the last four years the Scott County Central Braves have lost their first game of the season. Their latest, a 99-57 drubbing by North Little Rock, Ark., who looks poised to hoist a trophy in March for our neighbor to the south. The Braves were simply out-manned by the Charging Wildcats as Division I recruit Thomas Alexander scored a game-high 31 points and 11 other North Little Rock players scored -- four had 10 or more -- during the first day of the Riverbend Classic at New Madrid County Central High School.. ...
Eagles withstand Pine Bluff push 63-51 (11/24/12)
NEW MADRID -- After watching an early 13-point lead slip away in the second half, the New Madrid County Central Eagles put together a strong fourth quarter to pull out a 63-51 win over the Pine Bluff, Ark. Zebras. "It was one of those games where the good things outweighed the bad," NMCC head coach Travis Day said. "Us being young in some key spots you saw the maturity where we stopped doing what got us the lead...
Chargers neutralized by defending champions (11/24/12)
NEW MADRID -- Seeing their first action since last season's Class 3 championship game, the Charleston Bluejays opened the Riverbend Classic Shootout on Friday with a 91-66 win over the Covington, Tenn. Chargers. "I thought it was a good effort for our first game," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "We won by a big margin playing an athletic team. I don't feel we're going to play another team as quick as that in the area."...
Pounded by Wildcats, Braves lose fourth straight opener 99-57 (11/24/12)
NEW MADRID -- For the last four years the Scott County Central Braves have lost their first game of the season. Their latest, a 99-57 drubbing by North Little Rock, Ark., who looks poised to hoist a trophy in March for our neighbor to the south. The Braves were simply out-manned by the Charging Wildcats as Division I recruit Thomas Alexander scored a game-high 31 points and 11 other North Little Rock players scored -- four had 10 or more -- during the first day of the Riverbend Classic at New Madrid County Central High School.. ...
SCC wants to continue run, Eagles' stock rising (11/24/12)
SIKESTON -- As a first year coach, Frank Staples is feeling the pressure. The pressure mounting against him isn't one of a program pushing him for another state title. It's self-imposed. Knowing and experiencing the championship run the Scott County Central Braves have been on of late as an assistant has Staples wanting to keep their string of titles flowing...
Confident Jays looking for another state trip (11/24/12)
CHARLESTON -- Despite the loss of several key contributors from last season's championship team, the Charleston Bluejays are confident they still have the pieces to make a run at another Class 3 title. "We lost quite a few contributors to that state championship team, about four starters," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "But at the same time my mindset is to try to go back. We're looking forward to the season, but we're not feeling any pressure."...
Expectations remain high for Sikeston Bulldogs (11/24/12)
SIKESTON -- When the Sikeston Bulldogs tip off its basketball season on Tuesday at Blytheville, the team will have a similar look to what they've had the past few years. Good quickness. Good athletes. Good shooters. A lot of depth. Not much height. It's a formula that has been largely successful for coach Gregg Holifield's program, capturing four straight district championships, including an undefeated state title in 2011 and accumulating a record of 120-17 the past five years...
Billy Posey (11/24/12)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Billy Robert Posey, 73, died Nov. 23, 2012, at BMHC of Portageville. Arrangements are incomplete with DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.
Johnny McWhirter (11/24/12)
NEW MADRID -- Johnny McWhirter, 55, died Nov. 22, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid.
Tony Sullenger (11/24/12)
NEW MADRID -- Tony Sullenger died Nov. 23, 2012, at The Med in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete with Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid.
Louise Newton (11/24/12)
SIKESTON - Louise "Dude" Newton, 92, died at 3:20 a.m. Nov. 24, 2012, at her daughter's home in Sikeston. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel where services will be at 1 p.m. Monday.
Randy Coffer (11/24/12)
CHARLESTON -- Randy A. Coffer, 45, died Nov. 22, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Shining Light Baptist Church. The Rev Dean Wallace, pastor of Shining Light, will officiate. McMikle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Pete Townsend (11/24/12)
CONRAN -- Nuchel Eugene "Pete" Townsend, 87, died Nov. 21, 2012, at Jackson, Tenn. Born Aug. 11, 1925, in Sidon, Ark., to the late John and Rebecca Haney Townsend, he was a lifelong member of the First Church of God where he served as custodian. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a maintenance engineer with the U.S. Army...
L.D. Stidham (11/24/12)
BERTRAND -- L.D. STIDHAM, age 61, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at his residence in Bertrand. He was born March 15, 1951, in Marion County, Ala., to the late Courtry and Annie Mae Purser Stidham. He had lived in Bertrand most of his life where he worked for James Ezzell for 32 years. He served with the National Guard for six years, had been a member of the Wolf Island Hunt Club and the NRA. He attended the First Assembly of God Church in Sikeston...
Rosa Watkins (11/24/12)
BLOOMFIELD -- Rosa Lee Watkins, 88, died Nov. 22, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Bloomfield. Born Nov. 26, 1923, in Coriscana, Texas, to the late Henry and Lilah Estelle Easley Creasy, she was a homemaker and a member of the Duck Creek Baptist Church...
Sidney McNair (11/24/12)
BLOOMFIELD - Sidney Burl McNair, 82, formerly of Charleston and Senath, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at his residence in Bloomfield. He was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Calhoun, Miss., to the late Sidney Lois and Bertie Mae Cooke McNair. He began working with the R.E.A. ...
Danny Bridger (11/24/12)
SIKESTON -- Danny Bridger, 53, died Nov. 22, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born April 19, 1959, in Sikeston, to Clive and Pat Wright Bridger who survive of Sikeston, he had owned and operated Danny's Place since Jan. 22, 1992. He was a member of Cape Elks and was past member and exhausted rooster of the Sikeston Jaycees...
Linda O'Neal (11/24/12)
MORLEY -- Linda Lee O'Neal, 51, of Morley, Oran and Vanduser, beloved wife of Jim O'Neal, passed away peacefully on Friday Nov. 23, 2012, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Linda was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 15, 1961, daughter to Lawrence Thomas and Della Mary Rhodes Carver. She married Jim O'Neal on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1989, in Advance, and he survives...
I'm in search of my lost Christmas spirit (11/24/12)
My father has always said he enjoys going in the middle of holiday shoppers at least once each season to help put him in the Christmas spirit. And I, too, once thoroughly enjoyed the crowds along with the sights and sounds of the season. But I tolerate these hurried throngs of shoppers less and less with each passing holiday...