October 3 edition: Twenty-two teachers from the Risco School District were awarded $50 gift certificates by the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program. The second annual Free to Run 5K and fun run was held Saturday, September 29 at Stokelan Drive Christian Church in Malden. Winners in each division were: Patrick Matthews overall winner and Laura Pepper was the winner of the women's division. The City of Bernie hosted its annual Fall Festival over the recent weekend. Craft booths featuring fall and holiday items filled the city park, along with plenty of food choices.
October 10 edition: Senior Haley Bullock was crowned 2012 MHS Football Homecoming Queen at the coronation held prior to the game against the Chaffee Red Devils. Celebrations for this year's Purple Hull Pea Festival were spread out over two weekends. The annual Purple Hull Pea Beauty Pageant was held on Saturday, September 29 and the parade and festivities at the park were held Saturday, October 6. Clarkton celebrated 180 years of settlement. According to New Madrid County's Environmental Public Health Specialist Jon Wofford, an increase in reports of bed bugs have been made over the last few years. Most recently, several area homes have been infested. The AmeriCorps members invited everyone to check in for a stay at their Haunted Asylum located at the Bootheel Youth Museum throughout the month of October. The Delta News-Citizen announced that they will once again be hosting an amateur photography contest during this year's Hot Chili-Cool Cars.
October 17 edition: The Malden Emergency Management Agency recently purchased new radar software, GR2Analyst, to assist in more accurate predictions of severe weather events. In under half an hour, the October assembly of the Malden City Council approved several resolutions and ordinances as well as adopted an update for the Natural Hazardous Mitigation Plan and approved the appointments and reappointments of several members of the Park Board and Arts Commission. A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who holds information leading to the arrest and conviction involving cotton modules being burned in the Senath area.
October 24 edition: On Saturday, October 20 in downtown Malden, steady crowds gathered for the town's annual Hot Chili-Cool Cars. During the tractor competition, Georgia Wagoner won People's Choice with her pink 1940 Farmall BN. Dan Wishner was awarded Best of Show with his 1934 Ford Roadster. Liberty Utilities of Malden won first place in the 2012 chili cook-off competition. Six year old Alex Deprow of Tallapoosa was seriously injured Tuesday night when the vehicle he was in was struck by another vehicle. Local breast cancer survivors Monica Edmonds, Chris Marshall, and Tommie Ellenburg were featured in the annual pink paged Breast Cancer Awareness edition of the Delta News Citizen.
October 31 edition: On Tuesday evening, October 16, in front of Clarkton School, 190 pink balloons were sent off by former classmates, teachers, friends and family honoring six year old Brooklyn Scott and nine year old Brittlyn Scott who were fatally injured in a car accident over summer break. First place winners for the Hot Chili-Cool Cars Photography Contest were: Funny Photo: Denton Kooyman; Portrait: Todd Luke; Still Life: Chelsea Hart. Breast cancer survivor Marilynn Smelser was featured.
November 7 edition: The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the Bootheel Youth Museum as a recipient of this year's National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Despite rescheduling Halloween festivities to an earlier date in order to accommodate a playoff game for the Malden Green Wave football team, a large group of walkers and floats were entered in Malden's annual Halloween parade. Several church and community events followed the parade. Local and national elections were held November 6. The Bernie Lady Mules advanced to the Class 1 state finals. Students at Malden High School were recently witnesses to a mock accident presented by the SADD club. A goal of the exercise was to educate student drivers on the dangers of drunk driving. The annual Veterans Day tab honoring those who served in the military was featured in this week's edition.
November 14 edition: Beginning on the Thursday before Veterans Day, people around Malden began honoring veterans with public ceremonies at local businesses, schools and rest homes. Election results were announced. Kent Hampton narrowly defeated Tom Todd for the position of State Representative, District 150, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent. That election is still being contested due to errors made during the voting process. The Bernie Board of Aldermen rejected a recommendation by the city Zoning Committee to allow modular homes in all R-2 areas of the city at the regular meeting of the aldermen Monday night, November 5. A Fall Craft Bazaar brought many to the Malden Community Center during November. The Wagster family farm was named as a Missouri Century Farm. Malden's Liberty Utilities chose to donate their entire winnings from the annual Hot Chili-Cool Cars chili cook-off to the cancer patient support group.
November 21 edition: Holiday festivities began in the area. The local Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection site at Stokelan Drive Christian Church received a record number of shoeboxes. 820 boxes were donated by members of the community and area churches and will be forwarded on to countries such as: Albania, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya. Bernie Schools may be joining the ranks of Dexter, Puxico and Advance school districts with a decision during this week's regular monthly board meeting to consider contracting with a food service management company (FSMC) in the future. Malden School Board reviewed the school mascot as related to girl's athletics and a property tax issue. The Methodist Church brought out a good crowd during their annual Chili Day and Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, November 15. Opening the Thanksgiving holiday, the Malden Ministerial Alliance hosted the annual community Thanksgiving service on November 14. A community Thanksgiving Dinner was held on Saturday, November 17 and hosted by the Ministerial Alliance. Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff, acting on behalf of County Clerk Carol Hinesly, filed a petition Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in the County Circuit Court seeking a new election in the 150th District of the Missouri House of Representatives. Former farmers and mule lovers gathered recently to enjoy sharing a few mule tales at the Malden Community Center. The author of the collection of stories, "That son of a gun had sense", Lony Thiele coordinated the catered event.
November 28 edition: During the regular session of the Malden City Council held Monday, November 19, the Council agreed to a request from the Malden School District concerning stop sign placement. AmeriCorps Science Coach Lauren Collins and Bootheel Youth Museum Executive Director Patsy Reublin were presented the National Medal for Museum and Library Service by Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The medal is the nation's highest honor for libraries and museums. Collins and Reublin traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the award. The late Charles Birthright and Bettie Birthright were inducted into county's Hall of Honor. First State Community Bank has agreed to purchase nine Bank of America locations.
December 5 edition: On Saturday, December 1, Malden held it's annual Christmas Festivities including breakfast with Santa, Santa Photos, a free day at the Bootheel Youth Museum and the Christmas Parade. AmeriCorps volunteers presented Whoville and the Grinch that attempted to steal Christmas as their float. They were awarded first place for their efforts. Malden United Pentecostal Church won second place in the float division during Malden's annual Christmas parade held Saturday morning. The Bootheel Youth Museum received it's single largest one time contribution last week. The donation was made by Shelton Business Machines. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced that she will leave her Congressional post to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Victorian Gift Shoppe held a Christmas food drive. The Bernie Girls Basketball Team was honored last week by the Missouri House of Representatives with a resolution congratulating them on their second place victory at the Missouri State level of competition. Powell Supply of Malden once again sponsored a Christmas Angel Tree.
December 12 edition: Electric rates were reduced and traffic was altered during the December meeting of the Malden City Council. Campbell Schools choirs and bands performed at the annual Christmas Concert held December 9. Another attempt by Tom Todd to have a new election in all of Missouri House District 150 has failed. In a petition for a writ of prohibition which was filed, Todd requested Judge William Winchester's order for a Dec. 18 election in only two precincts be set aside. That designation has since changed. Campbell Community Connection will be sponsoring Christmas in Campbell on Saturday, December 15. Members of the Bootheel Youth Museum's Board, AmeriCorps members, and museum employees were on hand when Missouri State Representatives Kent Hampton and Todd Richardson presented a resolution honoring the museum for it's National Medal for Museum and Library Services. Teens from the First Assembly of God Church in Campbell presented a living nativity scene for passersby during evening hours last week.
December 19 edition: Volunteers from Stokelan Drive Christian Church portrayed Joseph and Mary, a bustling first century village, and other of the Biblical account of Christ's birth during their annual Living Nativity. Malden Schools' choirs and bands performed at their annual Christmas Concert held Sunday, December 16 at the High School Gymnasium. The Clarkton Christmas Parade and food drive were held Saturday, December 15. Joshua Sandusky, 22, lost his life in an early morning fire on County Road 659 southwest of Pyletown Sunday morning, December 16. On December 14, the Clarkton City Employees, Park Board and Fire Dept. were honored with a Christmas dinner. Tim and Torrey Allen and Tommy and Terri Jackson were presented volunteers of the year plaques.
December 26 edition: Malden First United Methodist Church had on display a large collection of Nativity Sets during an open house on December 15. The Christmas Nativities ranged in size from miniature to a scene large enough to require three tables for it's exhibition. Shop with a Cop was held Wednesday, December 19 at Malden Walmart. The Malden Police Department annually seeks donations to provide Christmas gifts to local children. The Risco Tigers ended up placing third in the Clarkton Holiday Tournament after defeating the host school, Clarkton Reindeer, 77-44.