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.
DEXTER - Winners in the Statesman Lighting Contest were selected. First place winners were Loren Killmen, Jerry Barbour, Paul Reed and Floyd Grim. Each winner was awarded $37.50, donated by the Dexter Chamber of Commerce.
SIKESTON - Children have traditionally been Santa's biggest fans. But at least two adults in the area say they, too, eagerly await St. Nick's yearly arrival. Missy Marshall said without hesitation that she believes no one is too old for Santa. "Of course I believe in Santa Claus!" she exclaimed with delight. "I believe there is a little bit of Santa Claus in everybody. At Christmas, people bake, give gifts, end cards - that's Santa Claus." Proclaimed Megan Looney, "You bet I believe in Santa Claus! He is everything besides baby Jesus that is good. He is so kind and wonderful." For those uncertain about Santa, Looney removes all doubt. "Santa is the wonderment of Christmas, the whole aura. He is a mystical man who lives a secret life up at the North Pole. He has a big job, too. Looney said Santa will always be an important part of her life. "My son told me the other day, 'Don't worry about the things I asked for Christmas, Mama, because when Santa brings them they are free.' "