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Mark Twain Chorale to present 'Christmas Traditions'

Posted: Dec. 11, 2019 2:03 pm

HANNIBAL | The Mark Twain Chorale has been the community choir for Hannibal and the surrounding area since 1961, and its members have been a musical force representing "America's Hometown."

Everyone is invited to "Christmas Traditions," presented by the Mark Twain Chorale at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal. They will perform Christmas chorale music sure to please listeners of all ages. Special musical guests, including the the Hannibal Area String Quartet, will perform.

Directors are Linda St. Juliana, Stephanie Cunningham, Catherine Kelso and Jim Dewey. The accompanist is Bonnie Campbell. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected. More information is available by liking Mark Twain Chorale on Facebook.


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Ruben Eduardo Villeda Duarte, 26, a citizen of the Central American nation of Guatemala, charged by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Smith with trafficking drugs in the first degree, an “A” felony that carries a potential sentence of 10 to 30 years.

He was arraigned before Monroe County District Court Judge Michael Wilson on Friday morning, who denied bail.

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