January 4 edition: Dr. William Morehead was honored with a retirement reception. His career spanned over fifty years. What was once Overturf Drugstore was demolished as part of the consolidation of Overturf and Norrid City Drug into USA Drug. Stephanie McKee from Gideon won the $100 bill at the annual drawing held at Campbell's Furniture on Christmas Eve.
January 11 edition: Two Malden men, Detri M. Reed and Kameo L. Porter, were arrested on drug related charges following an extensive investigation by the Malden Police Department, the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, the SEMO Drug Task Force and the Missouri Highway Patrol's DDCC Unit. Malden's Junior ROTC opened the regular session of Missouri House with the Pledge of Allegiance. The Malden's Lions Club donated $500 to the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service on behalf of the retirement of Dr. William Morehead.
January 18 edition: Malden's Junior Beta competed well at the State Convention. Several entries placed with top honors and Allison Hampton was elected Missouri State Jr. Beta Vice President. The Relay For Life Kick-Off Party held Thursday evening, Jan. 12 at the Malden Community Center. The Malden Fire Department practiced extrication procedures in which they became more familiar with the hydraulic rescue tool commonly known as the Jaws of Life and removing crash victims from small spaces. AmeriCorps volunteers held their annual food drive on Martin Luther King Day. Admission to the Bootheel Youth Museum was any canned good. Bernie JV basketball team won the Malden JV Tournament.
January 25 edition: Senior Carissa Cluck was crowned 2012 Bernie High School Homecoming Queen. Senior Taylor Robinson was crowned 2012 Gideon High School Homecoming Queen. Mrs. Janie McLeod addressed Malden City Council concerning the city dog pound and inquired of any question, concerns or decisions based on the proposal she and others submitted to the Council during their December meeting. The Council decided they would not approve a formal committee to assist with issues at the City Pound but that any volunteers were encouraged to form a volunteer group, not under the governance of the City Council, and promote adoption and increased care and volunteerism at the pound. The Delta News Citizen announced webcasting services for the Varsity Girl's Basketball Conference Tournament held at Campbell. Holcomb Public School's Board of Education made a decision Thursday night to replace Superintendent Jeff Bullock, who recently announced his resignation, with Ashley McMillian of Malden. At the "Living in the Moment" dinner, Councilwoman Debra Wilkerson presented members of the Stone family with a plaque honoring their commitment and dedication to education and higher learning within the Malden community. Betty Caldwell was also honored for her assistance in entertaining the Malden Community. Pam Winchester, owner of The Daily Bread in Malden announced the restaurant's closing in order to keep up with the demand of their catering business.
February 1 edition: Senior Twylia Thornberry was crowned 2012 Clarkton High School Homecoming Queen. Senior Andrea McCord was crowned 2012 Risco High School Homecoming Queen. Senior Taylor Thacker was crowned 2012 Campbell High School Homecoming Queen. As a result of an ongoing investigation by the Malden Police Department, in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, 2012, officers arrested Anson F. Harris, Angela Criglar, Irma Criglar. Later that same day, officers arrested Delanio M. Porter. Harry Blackwell Chevrolet located at 2774 N. Douglass St. in Malden donated $500 to the Malden Fire Department to assist in the purchasing of equipment. Malden's junior varsity basketball team won first in the Campbell Junior Varsity Tournament. Bernie's jayvee team took first at the SCAA tournament.
February 8 edition: During their January meeting, members of the Malden R-1 School Board accepted $7,025 from Russ Wiley, President of the Malden Branch of First National Bank. This donation was the first installment toward a $27,180 donation the bank is making toward the construction of a concession stand at the baseball/softball complex. Gideon students competed in First Tech Challenge (FTC), a skill challenge competition for High School Robotics teams, in Cape Girardeau. Students at Malden Elementary were among those in 396 schools statewide who dropped, covered and held on during an earthquake drill called The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
February 15 edition: In the fashion that party goers have come to expect, the tenth annual Mardi Gras benefit dinner and auction held at and for the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden brought the spirit and sentiment of the Louisiana city of New Orleans to the Bootheel of Missouri. Mike Hester and Sally Dirks were crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen during the gala. Malden School's bond issue requesting the restructure of loans passed with approximately 73% voter approval. Chris A. Jankowski and Belinda Morgan were charged in a Bernie methamphetamine bust.
February 22 edition: Senior Chelsey Telker was crowned 2012 Malden High School Basketball Homecoming Queen. The Delta News Citizen announced "Making a difference" as the topic for their annual Progress Edition. Food Service Director Debbie Eaves presented to the Malden Board of Education information concerning government meal regulations that were implemented in the school cafeteria. Future Business Leaders of America District 16 Leadership Conference was held Friday, February 17 at the Bootheel Education Center and the Malden Community Center. Over 450 students from eighteen schools competed for top honors.
February 29 edition: Earthquake Awareness Day was held at the Bootheel Youth Museum on Saturday, February 25. AmeriCorps volunteers presented an educational comedy explaining survival skills necessary during earthquakes while expert Greg Hempen taught the Map Your Neighborhood program. Thanks to a Title II competitive technology grant, 95 iPads were supplied to fourth - seventh graders at Gideon Elementary. In February's regular session of the Malden City Council held, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Malden City Hall, LAGERS insurance and Allied Waste contracts were discussed. A Mental Health First Aid workshop, sponsored by First General Baptist Church and held at BRAVE, was coordinated by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and administered by Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare. Emergency responders, healthcare professionals, and victim advocates attended the 12 - hour course in which they were trained to assist those in crisis. A 14-year-old Campbell boy was injured Friday evening following an ATV accident. The Risco Tigers tied the school's single-season record for wins downing Zalma 98-62.
March 7 edition: Three times a charm-- The 2011-2012 Risco Men's Basketball team won the Class 1 District Championship in the March 1 game against the Gideon Bulldogs. Malden Beta presented their State Convention group program to the public at the elementary gymnasium. Local girl, Allison Burnet, was featured for saving a group of puppies that had been abandoned along a rural road. The Malden Chamber of Commerce announced Malden In May to be Saturday, May 19. Three employees of Malden Walmart were honored for 30 years of service. They were: Verma O'Neal, Doris Banks, and Judy Loafman. A statewide tornado drill was announced for March 13 by Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency.
March 14 edition: For the twelfth consecutive year, Malden's Beta club won first place in group talent at the state competition. Several individuals also won in their academic category. The students will go on to compete at the National Convention this summer in Greensboro, North Carolina. Firefighters with the Malden Fire Department participated in an exercise simulating a structural fire. On Tuesday, March 6, volunteer firefighters practiced correct procedures for entering a burning building and extinguishing the flames. Dunklin County's Relay for Life announced the schedule for their annual fundraiser to be held in Malden throughout the evening of June 1 and 2. Becky Dennington, the Bernie native whose blog about her journey with breast cancer (featured in an October 2011 special section of The Delta News Citizen) was on hand at the Poplar Bluff Public Library on Tuesday, March 13, to talk about cancer, writing and life in general and to sign copies of her book that developed from the blog. The Malden Police Department announced that they would be joining with other statewide law enforcement agencies from March 15 - March 31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization. The goal was to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and make an effort to reduce highway fatalities. SCC eliminated Risco from playoffs. The three-time defending Class 1 state champion Scott County Central Braves outscored Risco in every quarter on its way to a convincing 100-76 state sectional win.
March 21 edition: Sweep-- Gideon students recently participated at the District 9 National History Day competition at Southeast Missouri State University where they won the Michael Murphy Sweepstakes. Gideon was one of several Bootheel Schools competing in the competition. Winners will continue to the state competition at the University of Missouri - Columbia. During January's meeting of Malden City Council, Councilman Robert House also made a motion to implement a one quarter of one percent sales tax increase for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the Fire Department and to place the issue on the April 3 ballot. A national increase in those applying for a conceal and carry license has also affected Missouri's Bootheel. Former NFL player and Made TV Coach, Shawn Harper was announced as the speaker for the Third Annual Youth Conference to be held at First Southern Baptist Church of Tallapoosa. Mid-South Productions announced Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's would be in concert on Saturday, March 24 at the Malden Community Center. A forty year old male was injured in a one car accident Sunday outside of Clarkton.
March 28 edition: City Councilmembers Debra Wilkerson and Lytyron Robinson presented a formal proclamation to Gospel legend Lee Williams expressing the appreciation of the City of Malden to Williams for his talent and devotion to his craft. Signifying an election year, candidates and public officials were heavy in attendance during the Dunklin County Lincoln Day Banquet held Friday, March 23 at the American Legion Building in Kennett. U.S. Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson presented the key-note address at Friday night's Lincoln Day Banquet in Kennett. Shawn Harper spoke at the youth conference held at the Matt Winchester Life Center at the First Southern Baptist Church of Tallapoosa. AARP tax assistance was available at the Malden Community Center throughout the tax season. Hundreds of locals benefited from the assistance. A Bernie teen seriously injured in Dunklin County accident. Work crews dredged the road side ditch on the south side of J Highway just outside of Malden. A deeper ditch system should assist with flooding sometimes caused from springtime rain.