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News in brief
News in Brief (08/04/15)
Election is today for Monett's .5 percent sales tax for transportation purposes. Unlike some past elections when Monett has combined polling places, Lawrence County residents will vote at the First Presbyterian Church at 700 Sycamore, and Barry County residents will vote at the City Park Casino...
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Transportation tax a go in Monett (08/04/15)
Even with low turnout at the polls, 63 percent of voters gave endorsement to the proposed half-percent sales tax to...
Aurora voters pass new sales tax (08/04/15)
In the only other bi-county election on Tuesday, Aurora voters passed a half-percent sales tax to support the city's...
Renovations at Monett City Hall hit snag with bids (08/04/15)
Plans to renovate the collector's office at Monett City Hall have been put on hold due to the cost. City Administrator...
Ernte Fest brings Germany to Missouri (08/04/15)
The 42nd annual Ernte Fest, the traditional German harvest festival celebrated by the Freistatt Lions Club, will be...
GO CAPS program makes inroads with Monett industry (08/04/15)
The Monett school district will expand its entrance into the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies...
Sports Headlines
Softball season nears for Monett (08/04/15)
Last season was a record-setting and unforgettable campaign for the Monett softball program. After knocking on the door...
Annual Pride Night set for Saturday at Burl Fowler Stadium (08/04/15)
Monett High School will hold its annual Fall Sports Pride Night at the Burl Fowler Stadium on Saturday. Pride Night...
Monett backs athletic rules changes (08/01/15)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and its member schools voted to make 11 changes to its...
Jared Lankford: A lot of new faces in Big 8 football (08/01/15)
Growing up a sports fan, there seemed to be two things I always knew about the opposing team -- its mascot and name of...
Monett WaterThrashers hosting swim championship (07/31/15)
Monett's South Park will be busy with action on Saturday and Sunday, as the Tri-State Conference contests its "A"...
Ozark Empire Fair

The 79th annual Ozark Empire Fair runs through Aug. 8 in Springfield. Many Lawrence and Barry County livestock producers and artists showed their works during the fair's opening weekend on Aug. 1.

State news
  • Winning cities in Bloomberg Philanthropies' data contest
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced the first eight winners Wednesday in a competition that will provide 100 mid-sized U.S. cities with $42 million worth of expert help to make data more accessible and useful to citizens and officials. The first winners are:...
  • 8 cities win open-data contest from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Jackson, Mississippi, and Mesa, Arizona, aim to make troves of data about city operations available online for the first time. Tulsa, Oklahoma, plans to make its data releases more useful for the public. Seattle wants to use contract data to help ensure vendors deliver on their promises....
  • Large explosion rocks southeast Missouri aluminum plant
    MARSTON, Mo. (AP) -- A massive explosion rocked a southeast Missouri aluminum plant Tuesday, injuring some workers and creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles....
  • Police, protesters plan for anniversary of Ferguson shooting
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police in St. Louis County say they're expecting a peaceful weekend from protesters marking the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson but that they'll be prepared should events turn violent....
  • Families upset with likely relocation of war memorial
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The Boone County Commission likely will decide this month whether to move from public land an Operation Desert Storm memorial that includes a religious symbol....
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Back in the Good Old Days Aug. 2-8 (08/03/15)
EIGHTY YEARS AGO Aug. 2-8, 1935 In a three-night extravaganza at the Gillioz Theatre, 26 children competed in a "Kiddies Bathing Beauty Revue," leading up to the crowning of Jimee Sue Ooley, granddaughter of J.R. Moore of Monett, as "Little Miss Monett." She represented McKee Music Company and received a silver loving cup plus $10 in cash and a huge bouquet of flowers. Horace Jones' Melody Makers played at the event...
Back in the Good Old Days July 26-Aug. 1 (07/27/15)
EIGHTY YEARS AGO July 26-Aug. 1, 1935 Around 1,200 Democrats gathered in the Monett park for a rally by the Democratic Women's Club of the Seventh Congressional District. The Melody Makers, a Monett orchestra, provided music for the dance. Speaker Mary Ryder defended President Roosevelt, stating, "It is not unconstitutional to carry out measures that are for the relief of people who have by their own labor created the wealth of the country."...
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