A spokesperson for Santa Clause Enterprises has confirmed that Santa Claus, Chief Executive Present Giver of SCE, will make a scheduled stop in Othello this Friday, Dec. 20. "I am thrilled to return to Othello where I made so many new friends last year," Mr. Claus said. "I can't wait to see more and more children this year." Elves have confirmed that Claus will be at the Pizza Factory this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. for $5 pictures. The Factory is located at 103 S. First Ave, Othello. "The greatest thing about this year's pictures is the money goes to such a great cause," Claus said. "I'm already looking forward to returning next year." The event is co-sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce. And since snow flurries have stretched the elves thin, the Othello girls wrestling program will help with the event. In related news, despite earlier rumors that the "letters to Santa" written by all the second and third grade students in Othello were late to the North Pole, SCE communications has the following statement with updated details: "It is with great enthusiasm that we confirm every letter from Wahitis, Scootney Springs, Lutacaga and Hiawatha have been recieved. Mr. Claus and his factory of elves have already been able to process each list, check it twice and make sure who's naughty and nice," Santa Claus, IV, great-grandson to Santa Claus. With the letters returning to Othello one week late, the local newspaper will print the Letters to Santa issue in the Thursday, Dec. 26, issue.