April 4 edition: In the March meeting of the Malden School Board, held March 20, the Board approved the 2012 -2013 school year calendar, renewed insurance, and reviewed education standards and testing. The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus announced that they will be in Clarkton on Saturday, April 7 at the Ernie Woodall Memorial Park. Skeeter the Clown, from the circus, entertained children with animal balloons and a magical coloring book on Wednesday, March 28 at Clarkton. The Malden Ministerial Alliance invited everyone to attend the Community Easter Service sponsored by the Malden Ministerial Alliance. It was to be held at Stokelan Drive Christian Church on Wednesday, April 4. The Malden Fire Department welcomed visitors at their open house for Fire Station 1 on Saturday, March 31. A Child ID program was announced to be held at the Bootheel Youth Museum on April 14. First Community Bank-Malden made a donation to the Malden Lions Club to assist with the Lions Club pancake breakfast that was held Saturday, March 31. The Campbell High School Band announced their sponsorship of a beauty pageant called Blooming Beauties to be held Saturday, April 14. The Gideon Fire Department was awarded $192, 050 to replace a firefighting vehicle by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security. After sixteen years of service, Georgia Higgs retired as cook from the Malden Nutrition Center. Higgs is surrounded by many of the friends she made during her years at the Center. Dunklin County was approved for $339,230 to provide communication equipment to area fire departments to network a regional effort of digital communications by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The American Legion Post 293 of Malden presented the Malden JROTC Program with a $1200 donation. The donation was used to purchase 8 new uniforms to be used by the JROTC Color Guard. The Stoddard County Democratic Central Committee held its caucus on March 29 at the Justice Center in Bloomfield to select delegates to the district and state conventions. The community was invited to an Easter egg hunt at Frisco Park (J Highway) on Saturday morning, April 7 sponsored by Malden First General Baptist Church. Mercedes Butler broke her own Malden High School 2-mile record in MHS's second track meet of the year at Chaffee.
April 11 edition: Hundreds enjoyed a morning of Easter egg hunting on Saturday, April 7 at Frisco Park in Malden. A sales tax proposal, known as Ordinance number 3044, providing revenues for the Malden Fire Department passed with 165 yes votes versus 112 no votes. City Council incumbents Ward 1- Debra Wilkerson, Ward 2- Dianna Rogers, Ward 3- Charles Dierks, and Ward 4- Larry Crain remained in office following the April municipal election. The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus landed in Clarkton on Saturday, April 7. Emergency Management Director Jim Hollingshad reviewed organization policies and safety concerns with EMA volunteer weather watchers during their April meeting. 2 dead, 1 jailed after vehicle plunges into Black River at Poplar Bluff. Bernie aldermen discussed Community Center rental during their April assembly. MBCA all-district basketball teams named. Tri-County Conference basketball awards released.
April 18 edition: City officials were sworn in during the City Council meeting held April 16. Both of Malden's junior high volleyball teams were successful at winning the overall championship at the recent Bootheel Conference Tournament at Hayti. Approximately 200 children participated in the MoChip Children's identification program sponsored by the Masonic Children's Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Missouri Masons and held at the Bootheel Youth Museum. Mayor Ray Santie could be seen power washing Malden's miniature Statue of Liberty on April 16. Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff announced that former Malden business man Joseph Layland, Jr. entered guilty pleas in Scott County Circuit Court, before Judge David Dolan, to two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Felony Invasion of Privacy. He was sentenced to ten years on each of the Pornography charges with a four year sentence on the Invasion of Privacy charge, the sentence is to run consecutively to the two ten year sentences. A fourteen year old Arkansas driver wrecked near Campbell. USA Drug in Malden had their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, April 13. The Malden Nutrition Center held a quilt raffle. Linda Stewart was the winner. The Hornets topped Malden for first at the tournament held at the Malden Sport's Complex.
April 25 edition: Councilmembers Carl Harrison in the East Ward and Don Caldwell in the West Ward as well as Mayor Greg Reynolds and Chief of Police Shawn Maddox were sworn into office during the April session of the Clarkton City Council. A few World War II era airplanes, including a Japanese Zero, made an unexpected stop at the Malden Regional Airport on Sunday, April 15. In a special called session of the Malden City Council held Monday April 23 at the Malden City Hall, the Council met and approved a lease-purchase agreement with Greyhawk Commercial Finance. The spirit of the volunteer was the celebrated topic for the Delta News Citizen's Reflection Issue which was a major portion of the April 25 edition. The theme, "Making a difference", refers to anyone who has given of their own time, money or talents in order to make this world a better place for others. A Monday afternoon wreck injured five people including four minors. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Highway J 1 East of Highway H. Rhodes 101 in Malden, as part of their advantages program, awarded a Sanyo 50" Plasma Screen television to Jeremy Lacewell of Gideon. During a meeting of the Clarkton Volunteer Fire Department held Monday, April 16, several members of the Department turned in their resignations. After much discussion, the Malden Parks and Recreation Board decided to close all bathrooms in the city parks due to immense vandalism. Porta potties will replace the existing restrooms. MHS track boys take third at Kennett and Chaffee tournaments. Risco basketball players Chris Pavy and Luke Bixler were named to the All-Standard Democrat Team.
May 2 edition: Little Miss, Petite Miss, Junior, and Miss Malden Pageants were announced to be held Saturday, May 5. During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Malden R-1 School District Board of Education held Tuesday, April 17, incumbents David Lancaster and Tracy Stone were sworn in for another three year term. Dave Green was elected president, David Lancaster was elected vice president, Brad French was elected treasurer and Jessica Carpenter was re-elected as secretary of the board. According to Campbell Chief of Police Weldon Wallace, on the afternoon of April 23, Officer Burke of the Campbell Police Department received a report of an assault on Monroe Street. The results of the investigation were sent to the Dunklin County Prosecutor and charges of first degree assault and first degree burglary were filed against John Phillip Allison of Campbell. Winners of the Modern Woodmen's School Speech Contest. They were Nicholas Bevel, Lily Soeter, and Chapen Riley. RSVP's Annual Spring Arts and Craft Show was slated for Saturday, May 5. Malden Mayor Ray Santie signed a proclamation declaring April as Community College month in the city. After investigation, a Malden suspicious death was ruled natural cause. The Malden R-1 School District announced that it will be conducting its yearly screening for children that will be eligible for the Kindergarten program in the fall. A 14-year-old student was struck by a vehicle during an automobile accident. MJHS track boys place second at conference meet.
May 9 edition: Clarkton High School celebrated the graduation of 24 seniors at its 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 3. Kelsi Prewitt was named Valedictorian and Jade Peel was named Salutatorian. 18 year old Taylor Miller was crowned 2012 Miss Malden. First alternate was Neely Harris; second alternate was Haley Bullock; and Miss Congeniality was Kayla Rice. A New Madrid County man, Timothy Richmond, charged with the murder of a Tallapoosa mother of two pleaded not guilty Monday. Cancer survivor Shirley Love and the quilting circle she is part of were featured in the article "Strength in Sewing". Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced that students from Clarkton C-4 in Clarkton, recently visited the Missouri State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State's office, to learn about Missouri's Civil War history through a theatrical performance known as Civil War Archives Alive! Lion's Club repesentative Charles Dierks awarded Malden High School student Neely Harris for selling the most tickets for the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast. Kennett baseball grabbed the Bootheel Conference title from the Wave.
May 16 edition: Bader cousins Morgan and McKenna earned the top spots of Valedictorian and Salutatorian in the 2012 graduating class of Campbell High School. On Friday, May 11, Campbell High School celebrated the graduation of 46 seniors at its 2012 Commencement Ceremony. Malden Farmer's Market had its ribbon cutting on Monday, May 14. Winners of the Mother-Daughter Look-a-Like Contest held by the Delta News Citizen are: (from left) mom, Lori Pierce and daughter, Meagan Evans. During National Nurses' Week, the Golden Living Center showed appreciation to their nursing staff with a pot luck and door prizes. Risco baseball fell to Bernie in the regular season finale.
May 23 edition: Aubree Harris and Jordan Rice earned the positions of valedictorian and salutatorian at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony held at Malden High School on May. Forty eight seniors graduated on Sunday, May 20. Another delightful day greeted those who came out for the seventh annual Malden in May held Saturday, May 19 in Downtown Malden. The event, sponsored by the Malden Chamber of Commerce, was a day-long festivity that offered fun, food and competition for everyone with a special guest appearance by country music and rockabilly legend, as well as Malden resident Narvel Felts who entertained the audience with a rousing rendition of "Malden to Memphis". The bandstand was also dedicated to his honor. He was awarded a plaque from the city and a sign naming the bandstand the "Narvel Felts Bandstand" was placed. In the regular session of the Malden City Council held Monday, May 21, seven members of the Council attended and reviewed contracts, approved an ordinance and discussed vacating a street. Rep. Billy Pat Wright announced Monday that he has withdrawn from the race for the State Senate District 25 seat. A fire in Gideon was under investigation following a Tuesday night, May 15 incident. Children were inside the residence with their grandfather when the fire began. Twin Rivers run-rules Malden at district baseball championship.
May 30 edition: The 14th annual 100 -Mile Yard Sale brought thousands to Missouri's Highway 25. For about fifty years, the same water tower has stood tall over the city of Risco, Mo. Earlier in May, that tower was removed. A new tower which meets current Department of Natural Resources regulations now provides water to the citizens of the community. The Malden Historical Museum showed their appreciation for local legend Narvel Felts by putting on display some of his memorabilia. Through loan from the singer, the museum has filled display shelves and walls with many of his souvenirs. Blake Clark was the winner of Cardinal tickets during the Lions Club Pancake Day. A dedication ceremony for First Baptist Church of Gideon was held Saturday, May 19. In May of 2009, the church experienced a fire causing them to loose their auditorium. For over two years, the congregation worshipped in the Gideon School cafeteria. Three Malden baseball players were named both All-Conference and All-District, and one was All-Conference Honorable Mention. Mitchell Coleman, E.J. Stanley, and Tanner Murphy received both All-Conference and All-District honors. Dylan Earnheart was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.
June 6 edition: Hundreds participated in the Dunklin County Relay for Life held Friday, June 1 in Malden. Many were cancer survivors and patients and many were volunteers, caregivers and loved ones. At the close of the event, a fundraising total of $56,013 was announced. Dr. Nicholas Thiele, former superintendent of the Bloomfield R-XIV Schools, has been named director of Southeast Missouri State University's regional campus at Malden. High winds caused damage at Clarkton School. Portions of the high school gymnasium roof were blown off when strong winds traveled through the area. A Clarkton man was seriously injured when the automobile in which he was the driver, ran off the left side of Highway 162 five miles west of Portageville and struck an embankment. Malden's girl's softball players Chelsey Telker and Kelsy Polen named all-conference.
June 13 edition: On May 30, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation announced the Charles and Bettie Birthright House in Clarkton as one of Missouri's 2012 most endangered historic places. The city of Clarkton once again celebrated it's annual Summer Fiesta. Games and refreshments were provided at the Ernie Woodall Sr. Memorial Park in the downtown area. A safe, fun and educational hobby that combines modern technology with the old fashioned scavenger hunt was featured in the June 13 edition. It's called geocaching and the pastime has, according to the website geocaching.com, around five million participants world-wide and many locally including boy scout troops. Strong winds once again made their way through the area. Darnel Brothers Furniture on East Laclede suffered from the winds when large portions of it's metal roofing blew off. A suspected drug deal gone bad about 11:20 p.m. Friday landed one man in the emergency room of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and two in Butler County Jail. Treated for a gunshot wound to his left forearm was Sammie Loyal Redmon, 36, of Bernie, Mo., according to police reports. According to the climatologists with the University of Missouri, the fast developing drought over much of Missouri and nearby regions is slowing the growth of many crops. Five people were charged in connection with a fatal assault at the New Madrid County Jail.
June 20 edition: Clyde Shafer of Metropolis, Ill. won "Best of Show" with his 1977 Chevrolet Scottsade 4x4 at the car show hosted by the Bernie Lions Club on Saturday, June 16. The Malden Parks and Recreation Board hosted the first Music in Malden Concert Series on Saturday night at Frisco Park. The performing group was Barnett/Gurley, a folk, pop, rock and country music and comedy duo. The summer reading program held annually at the Malden Branch Library announced the theme, Dream Big-Read! for this year's program beginning June 25. It was announced that New Deliverance and Joe Ligon and the Mighty Clouds of Joy of Los Angeles, Calif. would be the featured artists at gospel concert to be held Saturday night, June 23 at the Malden Community Center. Debbie Phillips, of Malden was the winner of a trailer from 18 Fore Life. The Region IX Council of Catholic Women personal care items for the BRAVE (Bootheel Regional Anti-Violence Experiment) center in Malden.
June 27 edition: Gospel legend Joe Ligon was honored with a formal proclamation of gratitude from the City of Malden for his many years of devoted Gospel entertainment. Ligon has performed Gospel music publicly for over fifty years. In the regularly scheduled meeting of the Malden Board of Education for the month of June held Tuesday, June 19 at Malden School, the Board reviewed updates, approved the tuition rate and approved the 2012-2013 budget. The Malden Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Director Jim Hollingshad encouraged residents of Malden to be prepared for potentially devastating storms such as tornadoes. Malden Firework's display was canceled. Clarkton scheduled a June 30 show. Dr. Rick Hux was honored at a luncheon held at the Bootheel Education Center in Malden. He has accepted the position of Director of the Education Renewal Zone for Arkansas State University beginning July 1. Darren Green pitched his 29th consecutive scoreless inning. Dunklin County Legion baseball sweeps Sikeston.