Mailing by Christmas expensive

December 18, 2001 If you want to get those Christmas packages to your loved ones via the U.S. Postal Service or United Parcel Service, you still have time if you are willing to pay for it.

Flooding ranks county a disaster

December 18, 2001 In less than 30 minutes, floodwall gates Four and Five were closed along White River on Stadium Drive and, at 7 a.m. today, the river was at 25 feet, two feet above flood level.

Lawmakers want school prayer

December 18, 2001 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two southeast Missouri lawmakers want to change the Missouri Constitution to allow voluntary school prayer, a change they'll pursue in the next session.

Cave City Budget to be considered

December 18, 2001 CAVE CITY - Consideration of a proposed 2002 budget will top the Cave City Council agenda when the council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall, said Mayor Carl Johnson.

Collection theft reported

December 18, 2001 A single burglary and theft of property was reported to the Independence County Sheriff's Office Monday.

Hall: Expect another revenue cut

December 18, 2001 While other schools may be feeling the effects of an economic downturn right now, Superintendent Ted Hall says enrollment has grown to make up the difference at Batesville Schools.

Sidney man arrested for drugs

December 18, 2001 ASH FLAT - Sharp County Deputy Seth Higginbottom arrested Carey Lee Richardson, 38, of Sidney on a bench warrant charging Richardson with two counts of fraudulently obtaining a Schedule II controll

First arraigned in capital murder

December 18, 2001 One of three suspects arrested in the killing of Larry McGough, 53, of McHue was arraigned and formally charged with capital murder in Stone County Circuit Court Monday.