BAXTER SPRINGS - Almost as a precursor for the current cold front, a flurry of Christmas cheer blew through Cherokee County last week. Parades and community events helped usher in the holiday spirit, as Jolly Ol' Saint Nick made his way through the county.

Winners of the Baxter Springs Christmas Parade:

Church Divison: 1st Place- First Christian Church, Miami. 2nd Place- Southern Hills Baptist Church, Miami. 3rd Place- Fellowship Baptist Church.

Civic Division: 1st Place- KOAM TV and FOX 14. 2nd Place- Coffeyville Community College. 3rd Place- Glittering Stones 4-H.