July 4 edition: While celebrating what is often considered America's favorite pastime - baseball, the Malden Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Thursday, June 28 at the Malden Community Center named Malden Speedway as Business of the Year, Dr. William Morehead as Citizen of the Year, named new officers and board members. The Clarkton Fire Department, the Clarkton Park Committee and the Clarkton Emergency Management Agency joined together to provide a firework's show at C.B. Jones Park on Saturday, June 30. The organizations also provided entertainment and fun throughout the day at the Ernie Woodall, Sr. Park in Downtown. The Bernie Board of Aldermen voted to return administration of the Community Center rental to City Hall and prohibit the use of alcohol at all events at the center. The entirety of Dunklin County was put under a burn ban by the Dunklin County Commission. A Malden man died after a riding mower rolled on top of him.
July 11 edition: Attending the National Beta Convention has become a tradition at Malden High School. And generally someone comes home a winner. This year was no exception, Michiala Matney placed first in the Banner Contest, Darren Green placed second in the Oratory Competition (speech on page four), the Campaign Skit placed third and Group Talent placed fifth. Sarah Beth Wilson was not successful in her bid for national vice president, but according to Superintendent Ken Cook, "She represented our district very well and did a great job with her speech." According to the National Climate Data Center, the 106 degree temperatures recorded in the month of June at the Malden Regional Airport substantially surpasses the previous record of 101 on the same date in 1969. On Sunday, July 1, Malden Officers were investigating a call in the 300 block of East Peck when they observed a flaming projectile firecracker traveling towards them.
July 18 edition: On Saturday afternoon, July 14, a funnel cloud was spotted by Malden EMA weather watchers northeast of the city of Malden. Bill Leff and the T-6 Texan he flies in airshows across America, stopped in Malden for a refuel. The plane was used for training in Malden from 1951-1955. The Malden Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Malden School's Administrative Office. On Monday, July 26, the Malden City Council met in regular session at Malden City Hall at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, June 27, Malden Fire Department Chief Charlie Cooper issued a no burn order for the city of Malden. The order was announced due to high temperature and dry ground conditions. Due to an increase in moisture amounts, the order was lifted.
July 25 edition: Members of the second place Missouri State Cal Ripken team were: Dushawn Butler, Tye Miller, EJ Meyers, Gavin Bristow, Nate Burnett, Cole Owens, Morgan Ludwig, Ethan Pipkin, Dee Triplett, Patrick Maddox, Mason Brown, Ben Owens, Gavin Caruso, Coaches; Jason Maddox, Jason Brown, Jared Owens. Jeri Hardy began working in the position of high school principal for the 2012-2013 school year at Malden High School. At the second concert in the Music in Malden Series, the audience enjoyed jazz by the Steve Davis Trio from Kennett, Mo. Semo Vision Center, located at 1122 North Douglass in Malden, held it's ribbon cutting on Monday, July 23. Five individuals were injured following a two vehicle crash on Highway 25, one mile south of Clarkton, Friday. According to Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Sokoloff approximately 40 Dunklin County businesses have voluntarily removed illegal gambling machines from their facilities. Four Bernie teens were arrested over the recent weekend, each facing charges of the Class C felony of burglary in the second degree.
August 1 edition: Campbell's GTAg 9-10 Little League team finished second at the state championship tournament in Concordia, Missouri. Players were: Carlos Camargo, Garrett Henderson, David Dell, Jacob Vines, Jacob Hankins, Dalton Vincent, Skyler Morrison, Charles Parker, Blake Fowler, Kaden Siebert, and Gordon Todd. Coaches were: Jeff Todd, Justin Hankins, Chad Parker, and Jeremy Siebert. Many activities were avaliable Saturday for those who attended the 104th Annual Glennonville Picnic. The Palms Ice Cream Parlor, located at 402 Highway J in Malden, held it's ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 27. The first weekend of August was to be designated Missouri's ninth annual "Back-to-School" Sales Tax Holiday. The State of Missouri offers this tax free weekend for back to school savings.
August 8 edition: Delane Beckwith returned to the Clarkton School District as elementary principal for the 2012-2013 school year. On August 3, two young passengers in a Sentra, Brittlyn Scott, 9, and Brooklyn Scott, 6, died as a result of a two car accident. Others were seriously injured. Officers of the Malden Lions Club were inaugurated on Wednesday, August 1 at the Malden Country Club. They were: Marilynn Reaves, Secretary/Treasurer; Walker Culp, President; Roman Nigut, Vice President. Library branches within the county celebrated their summer reading programs with end of the summer parties.
August 15 edition: Heather Porter of Poplar Bluff was crowned Miss Missouri Peach Fair at the August 10 pageant held at the Campbell Community Building. Paige Mays was chosen fourth alternate, Kelsey Polen was chosen as third, second alternate was McKenzie Biggs and first alternate was Courtney Shepard. Jason Michael Carroll, known for the songs "Alyssa Lies" and "Livin' our love song", entertained Saturday night's audience with hit songs and fan favorites. His opening act was seventeen year old, Hunter Wright who has local ties. Renae Farris, archivist for Missouri's Secretary of State and Dr. Frank Nickell, Director for the Center of Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University met with Ann McDonald, Director of the Malden Historical Museum. Both Farris and Nickell gave insight and shared their expertise in efforts to improve the museum while also commending recent improvements made to the facility.
August 22 edition: The annual Campbell Peach Fair completed Saturday morning with a parade through downtown Campbell. On Saturday morning, August 18, a gathering of Malden alumni gathered with other volunteers to clean the former Conoco Gas Station located on Madison Street. Plans are to transform the building and surrounding area into a pleasant, park-like setting and visitor's center. Malden Police Officers arrested Raymond Williamson of Malden for forcible rape, two counts of armed criminal action, kidnapping and forcible sodomy. Two were injured in a two vehicle crash near Clarkton.
August 29 edition: First Community Bank once again hosted Malden's annual Football Extravaganza. The Malden Board of Education, on Thursday evening, rolled back the tax levy, reviewed test scores, and presented awards. The Alex Beaird Band, a rock and blues group from Bernie, were the third to perform in the Music in Malden Concert Series. Bernie police arrested two individuals for the recent burglary of Farmhand Supply on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. On Tuesday, August 21, the home of Campbell High School Principal Jeremy Siebert went up in flames. None of the family members were home. Bobby Bennett of Portageville won a rifle from the Four Mile Lodge scholarship raffle. The 1137th Military Police Unit was welcomed home from their deployment to the Mid-Eastern country of Qatar.
September 5 edition: Despite perilous weather, homecoming celebrations continued throughout Labor Day Weekend. Tim Gregory of Bloomfield won first place in the karaoke contest and the Class of 1962 won the "Spirit Stick" for best enthusiasm during the annual parade. Following the parade, around 350 people gathered at the Malden Community Center for the annual alumni luncheon. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon met with high school students at Risco High School on Friday morning. He stopped by to congratulate the school for it's efforts in achieving the A+ Schools classification. Resulting from a passing hurricane, several severe storm cells passed through the area and called for evacuations to shelters. The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake Monday morning near Portageville measuring 2.6 on the Richter Scale.
September 12 edition: During the regular session of the Malden City Council held Monday, September 10, the Council accepted bids for a fire truck. Several hundred dollars were raised for scholarships provided by the Civil Air Patrol and the Four Mile Lodge during their Saturday morning pancake breakfast and airplane show. Jana Stanfield was crowned Miss Gideon at the annual Miss Gideon Pageant held Friday, Aug. 31. First alternate was Fawn Manes; second alternate and Miss Personality was Katie McKee. United Steelworkers members at the Noranda Aluminum smelter in New Madrid ratified a new five-year contract Friday, September 7, 2012.
September 19 edition: AmeriCorps members were among those who gathered at Malden's Veteran's Memorial Wall at a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of the attacks conducted by terrorist on September 11, 2001. Members of the 1137th Military Police Unit, Gary Burchell, Mitchell Burchell and Glenn Redden were honored with a ceremony and parade in their hometown of Clarkton on Saturday, Sep. 15. The 75th anniversary of the Gideon High School building was celebrated throughout the annual homecoming weekend held in early September. Grand Marshal Priscilla (Pool) Zahner (GHS class of 1958) lead the Gideon Homecoming parade. Risco woman, Rachel McDowell, won the Idol contest at SEMO District Fair.
September 26 edition: Hundreds gathered at the Malden Community Center for eleven, music filled hours of Gospel entertainment at the 82nd annual Missouri/Mid-South Gospel Singing Convention. A local woman was arrested on Saturday in connection with a body found lying in the roadway at Gibson on Friday, Sept. 21. Eight local churches participated in the annual Mission Blitz which is part of a movement to take one day and serve others.