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"The Night Before Christmas" (12/24/14)
For almost two centuries, "The Night Before Christmas" has graced the pages of newspapers, magazines and books, as well as being rewritten to fit the live stage, radio and television. Its words have been revised, its title slightly changed, but otherwise, no one can take away the timeless magic or the mystery it has always given children, then and now, as the tale is traditionally read each Christmas Eve...
Downing proud of DED recognition (12/24/14)
Missouri's Department of Economic Development (DED) is the number one such agency in the country, according to the nation's premier brokerage and consulting firms. The American Economic Development Institute (AEDI) and Pollina Corporate ranked Missouri first, after an evaluation of states' economic development organization performance, and awarded points, based on marketing of the state to employers, efforts for attracting new business, and assisting existing state employers. ...
Story Time Christmas at the Library (12/24/14)
What do you get when you mix a room full of children, a puppet, two fun adults, a Christmas tree, some books and singing, and a surprise visit from Santa Clause? How about a night to remember at the Dunklin County Library, in Kennett? Last Thursday evening, children of all ages attended the library's monthly Story Time event, the Christmas version, led by librarian Penny James. ...
All Angels of Christmas adopted (12/24/14)
The Daily Dunklin Democrat is pleased to announce that all the families of the 2014 Angels of Christmas program have now been adopted.
Celebrate the holidays responsibly (12/24/14)
As a reminder for those in the festive mood, and looking to celebrate the holidays with Christmas cheer or a toast to the New Year, here are some helpful suggestions, offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to keep you safe while traveling, this holiday season...
Area residents take time to read to students (12/24/14)
Senath-Hornersville Elementary School (SHES) students enjoyed a of morning of storytelling last Thursday, but it was not just any stories that were being told. They were all Christmas stories. Each child hung on to every word uttered by volunteers, as they read the stories such as "The Night Before Christmas," "Moosletoe" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."...
Santa in Hornersville (12/24/14)
On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Hornersville Fire Department (HFD) hosted its annual "Santa in Hornersville" event, at the City Hall community building. According to HFD Chief Jeff Patterson, the event is a tradition that has spanned 60 years and always been a crowd pleaser, especially for children. ...
Oops! (12/24/14)
A batch of letters fell out of the mail bag! They've been rescued, just in time for Santa to read them before he makes his deliveries tonight. Holcomb Elementary Third Grade Mrs. Baugus's Class Dear Santa, I want a go cart that gose 100 mils an hour and 2 mote control cars that stays on a trak that goes round and round and the number is 88 and 08 and I want beets and a bum box that fits in a buggy and a buggy too and a car that gose on the wall and mote control...
All decked out for Christmas... (12/24/14)
Many houses will be twinkling with Christmas Eve lights tonight, in the Kennett and Hornersville areas. Here are just a few that were captured by Laura Ford, of the DDD staff.
Christmas at the OAKS with Santa and Mrs. Claus (12/24/14)
Last Thursday's annual Christmas party at the OAKS Senior Center, in Kennett, was heightened by the jolly appearance of Santa Claus, who brought Mrs. Claus with him to help spread cheer to those attending. Some North Pole residents even assisted OAKS director, Sharon Montgomery, by pulling the winning raffle ticket for a plentifully-filled Christmas basket that was donated by Woodmen of the World...
The science of a soil test: MU Soil Labs find out what's happening, to help raise profitable crops (12/24/14)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- With harvests winding down, the farm's focus might turn away from the fields. According to specialists at the University of Missouri (MU), now is just as good as ever to find out what your ground needs. One way to start planning for next year's growing season is to get a soil test and MU's Soil Fertility Labs are there to help...
Missouri Guard ends 2014 with successful state mission, units home from combat on Christmas Eve (12/24/14)
The year 2014 was a watershed year for the Missouri National Guard as we completed one mission and took on another. Since 9/11, individual Guardsmen have supported more than 20,000 overseas deployments and more than 13,000 domestic mobilizations. Our leaders are seasoned, and our formation boasts more combat and state emergency duty veterans now than at any time in its history. The Missouri National Guard has an unparalleled track record of success at home and abroad...
Tiptoe through the history of mistletoe (12/24/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Hanging mistletoe is a holiday tradition around the world. But have you ever wondered why we steal a kiss because we're standing under some shrubbery? "The use of mistletoe around the holidays dates back to pre-Christian times when it was used by Druids in rituals associated with the winter solstice," said David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. ...
First Presbyterian Church annual Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service (12/24/14)
The First Presbyterian Church of Kennett will hold its Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service tonight at 8 p.m. The service, a longstanding Christmas Eve tradition, is open to the public. It will feature biblical readings and an ecumenical choir of singers, representing a variety of local churches, along with other individuals, who will perform an assortment of Christmas melodies, ranging from traditional carols to gospel songs and Gregorian plainchants, under the direction of Viretta Sexton. ...
Donations made to Jaycees gift basket program (12/24/14)
Pictured at top left: Staff members of the Kennett Housing authority recently donated money to the Kennett Jaycees, to help with the civic group's annual Good Neighbors holiday gift basket program. Pictured at bottom left: When the Kennett Jaycees distributed their 2014 Good Neighbors holiday gift baskets last week, the gifts were accompanied by Christmas cards, prepared by the CSTAR team at Family Counseling Center (FCC), in Kennett. ...
From the kitchen of Campbell's Nadine Lemarr (12/24/14)
Dunklin County's Nadine Lemarr is the mother of six children, five boys and one girl, and the oldest of 14 siblings who began helping her mother in the kitchen at the age of four. That extensive experience has helped secure her reputation as a fabulous cook...
Kennett Crossroads: Conversations with the headliners - Sheryl Crow (12/23/14)
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a four-part series of interviews with each of the artists in the upcoming Kennett Crossroads concert, Sheryl Crow, Trent Tomlinson, Noll Billings and David Nail.) While Sheryl Crow is thrilled about the upcoming Kennett Crossroads concert, there is something she has recently had to take care of first. "I've been spending almost all my time I Washington, D.C., for weeks and weeks now, and it's something I'm very excited to talk about," said Crow...
Crossroads concert tickets still available (12/23/14)
Tickets are still available for the Kennett Crossroads concert at the KHS Auditorium, on Monday, Jan. 19. To purchase, visit www.KEFconcert.com
Kennett native and music industry veteran named new Dean at Nashville's Belmont University (12/23/14)
Nashville's Belmont University yesterday named Doug Howard as the new Dean of its Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Howard will take office on Jan. 1, at the helm of a program that includes 75 faculty members and nearly 2,000 students...
KHS Christmas Choral Program (12/23/14)
A large and appreciative crowd attended the annual Christmas Concert by the Kennett High School Vocal Music Department Thursday night at the KHS Auditorium. Pictured is the Female Choir, who performed "At Christmas Time," "Sing Ding-A, Ding-A Dong," "Stars I Shall Find You," and "Jing A Ling." The concert also included the Male and Varsity Choirs, as well as the chamber choir, Voca Bella. Additional photos of the performance appear on page 14...
KPD officer kills dog after charged by roving pack (12/23/14)
A Kennett Police Department (KPD) officer killed a dog, after a pack of them charged at him on Sunday afternoon. Officers responded to the 1600 block of Bradley Street around 1 p.m., in response to several reports to KPD about vicious dogs running loose and trying to attack people in the area. ...
Providing a better Christmas to families in need (12/23/14)
On Wednesday, Dec. 17, Kenny Burns, Pastor of Holcomb's Open Door Church, met with, and received a generous donation from, members of the Bootheel Antique Tractor Club (BATC). The donation will go to help the church provide a better Christmas to families in need...
SEMO Little Theater stages "A Christmas Carol" (12/23/14)
For the second year, the SEMO Little Theater delighted audiences during three weekend performances of "A Christmas Carol." The Dickens classic was uniquely performed as a 1940's radio play. Pictured, are Brandt Roberts (left) as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Tim Trowbridge as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Performances were held Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoon...
KHS MOD Assembly (12/23/14)
The last day of school before the Christmas break is always MOD Assembly-time at Kennett High School. As always, there was a mixture of the serious and not so serious performances. Pictured, is Bradley Crow, who played his guitar and sang the Beatles classic, "Blackbird," at Friday's KHS MOD Assembly...
Ameren Missouri plans $135M in energy efficiency programs (12/23/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's largest electric company said Monday that it plans to invest $135 million in energy efficiency programs for customers over a three-year period. Ameren Missouri said its costs for the energy efficiency initiative would be recouped through charges on customer bills, but it said consumers ultimately should save money because the reduced energy use would decrease the need to build expensive new power plants...
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