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Christmas Angel Ministry brings joy to local children - PHOTO GALLERY

    A very special Christmas party was held at the Meramec Music Theatre on December 22—one that provided joy to close to 350 local children. The Christmas Angel Mission is an outreach of Mission Gate Ministry, founded and supported by Rick and Trish Mathes.
    Each child who attended not only received three age- and gender-appropriate gifts, but they also got to participate in a great community worship service. Music was provided by NHIM fellowship and a special message was provided by local Jesus Jam organizer John Breese.
    The children invited to these parties are those whose parents are either currently incarcerated or are ex-offenders or are those who receive free lunches at school.
    “We’re just trying to find kids who won’t have much of a Christmas without our help,” Rick explained.
    Many of the volunteers who help at the Christmas events are graduates from Mission Gates’ program. Its goals are to regenerate, rehabilitate and reintegrate former criminals. According to the ministry’s website, “Upwards of eight out of 10 released convicts return to crime within four years in the normal criminal justice system. Our nine-month aftercare program has reversed this trend and over eight out of 10 who complete our program never return again. The state statistics have shown that of those who complete our program, 94 percent never return to prison.”
    In addition to the annual event in Steelville, Mission Gate also sponsors similar Christmas parties in the St. Louis area. Any leftover gifts go to Hope House, a residence for single mothers and children in that area.
    In Crawford County, Mission Gate Ministry offers assistance to those in need through Fort Good Shepherd and Hannah’s Ranch. The organization was founded in 1985 with the mission to assist Missouri prisoners in changing their lives for the better.
    Rick noted their work is aimed to help people recover their lives after making poor decisions and they especially want to help the children who have been affected.
    “If we work with the kids, they won’t have to go through what we did,” he said. “Mission Gate is a ministry. (Part of) our purpose is to turn children away from the lives of their parents.”
    Trish added, “Ultimately our goal is to spread the gospel, and to get people to know Jesus. He’s made such a difference in our lives and we want that for them.”
    Both expressed thanks to the local churches and businesses that helped make this event possible.

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Davisville resident charged with beating man to death

    A Davisville man stands charged with murder after allegedly beating another man to death on Sunday, December 21. Michael Terrance Jodon, 58, has been charged with class A felony murder in the second degree after allegedly killing another man by hitting him repeatedly, then dragging him outside and leaving him there.

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Deadline nearing for Vietnam Monument donations

    People have less than one week to make tax-deductible contributions to help support the Crawford County Vietnam War Era Monument. The Crawford County Foundation’s Cause Momentum effort to crowd fund the monument will end on December 30 and is currently at just 30 percent of its $7,000 goal.

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Authorities seeking information on missing woman

    The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department is seeking any information that may assist in finding a missing St. James woman.
    Amanda Caudill, 27, of St. James, has been missing since Monday, December 15. Family members discovered a note left in her home and last made contact with her by telephone at 1 p.m. on Monday. Caudill left her wallet and vehicle at the residence.
    Officials do not have a clothing description of what she was wearing, but she is 5’8”, 145 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.
    A Facebook community page “Please help locate Amanda Caudill” was formed shortly after she went missing and is also requesting any information that could help locate her. Information on the page tells that her phone was last “pinged” in the St. Clair/Pacific area before being turned off.
    If anyone has information regarding Caudill’s whereabouts, contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 775-2125 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearinghouse at (573) 526-6178.

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Bernstein still winner after recount

    Associate Circuit Court Judge Scott Bernstein remained the victor in the November election after the recount conducted at the Crawford County Courthouse on Thursday.

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