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Parades, patriotism, fun mark the Fourth

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

The Sikeston Elks Lodge held their annual fishing derby Tuesday.
SIKESTON - While area law enforcement reported a relatively quiet Fourth of July holiday, Missouri's roadways were crowded and in at least one case locally, deadly.

A Southeast Missouri resident was killed in an accident over the Fourth of July holiday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Following a head-on collision, Barbara A. Nard, 64, of Dexter was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. Monday by Stoddard County Coroner Morgan Sifford. The accident occurred at 10:58 p.m. Monday as Nard was traveling northbound on Missouri Highway 25, three miles north of Bloomfield, when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck the vehicle driven by Lucas M. Haley, 20, of Dexter head-on. Haley sustained minor injuries and was taken to Missouri Southern Healthcare; Nard was taken to Sifford Funeral Home.

Also Tuesday's rains failed to dampen most Southeast Missouri fireworks displays and activities, according to reports.

Elsewhere across the U.S., families sat down to picnics, attended parades, and crowded parks and rooftops to watch fireworks as the nation celebrated its 230th birthday Tuesday.

More than 120,000 bursts of color, light and pyrotechnics filled the darkness as The New York Pops regaled crowds with a soundtrack of patriotic standards and original music charting America's evolution.