Monett Times Headlines News from the Monett Times newspaper in Monett, Missouri en-us Lady Eagles fall short of state title On a bright and blustery Sunday in Springfield, the Purdy softball team was hoping for more bluster from their bats and a brighter result, as the Lady Eagles fell to Strafford in the state... Sun, 21 May 2017 14:09:02 -0500 Purdy earns 1st championship berth For the first time in school history, the Purdy softball team will play for a state title. The contest will be on Sunday at high noon against Strafford. The Lady Eagles (27-1) flew to a 3-0 victory... Sat, 20 May 2017 19:43:59 -0500 Monett fireworks sales to continue in 2017 The Monett City Council has proposed continuing to allow the sale of fireworks in the city limits in 2017, revising its ground rules slightly to allow more time for preparation. City Administrator... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:18:30 -0500 Bi-county crime rate on the rise As the mercury starts to rise, so does the bi-county crime rate, according to local law enforcement officials. Lt. Greg Brandsma, speaking at the May meeting of the Barry-Lawrence County Chapter of... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:18:17 -0500 Clean-Up Week removes 122 tons City-wide Clean-Up Week in Monett was billed a success, removing nearly 121 tons of rocks and concrete, metal, brush and bagged leaves from the city. Street Superintendent Russ Balmas said the 121.84... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:18:04 -0500 Bell rings out school year at elementary In accordance with the longstanding tradition at Monett Elementary School, on the last day of school on Friday, second graders about the leave for Central Park Elementary line up and each have a turn... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:17:33 -0500 Foreign exchange student soon to return home to Taiwan For Sherry Liu, leaving Pierce City and returning to her home in Taichung, Taiwan, will be bittersweet. “When I first came to Pierce City, it seemed like it would be forever [before going home], but... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:16:44 -0500 CoxHealth Diaper Drive sees huge success Hospitals in the CoxHealth system in Springfield, Branson and Monett collected more than 25,000 diapers for the fifth annual CoxHealth Diaper Drive during April, thanks to the generosity of people... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:16:12 -0500 WinTech receives Missouri Impact Award Window Technology Inc. in Monett, also known as WinTech, was honored on Thursday with the prestigious Missouri Impact Award for Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing Excellence. Missouri Enterprise... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:14:10 -0500 Adult, teen summer reading program schedule set The schedule for adult and teen reading programs at the Barry Lawrence Regional Library has been released. At the Monett Branch Library, Jeanne Ann Camp will present the historic homes tour, “Who... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:13:59 -0500 News in brief The Liberty Cemetery Association will meet at 2 p.m. on May 21 in the fellowship hall of the Liberty United Methodist Church, at Farm Roads 2210 and 1090, north of Monett. The Monett Chamber of... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:13:47 -0500 Roberts, Koehler to wed May 27 Michael Roberts and Aubrey Koehler of St. Charles are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 in St. Charles. Michael is the son of... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:13:33 -0500 Monett students fare well in Big 8 Art show Nineteen Monett High School art students placed at the Big 8 Art Awards, with competition held this year in Cassville. Taking first place and winning gold medals were Jacob Lopez in additive metal... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:11:52 -0500 Cubs of the Month named at Monett Intermediate School Students exhibiting outstanding achievement in academics and citizenship were named Cubs of the Month for April at the Monett Intermediate School. Sat, 20 May 2017 14:11:25 -0500 Monett Intermediate School recognizes self-control Outstanding students at Monett Intermediate School were recognized for self-control as part of the character education program in April. Sat, 20 May 2017 14:10:41 -0500 Hearn, Schmitt named to spring honor roll Monett natives Ronald P. Hearn and Alex R. Schmitt were recently named to the MidAmerica Nazarene University spring honor roll for the 2017 spring semester. All students in traditional programs... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:10:13 -0500 Larson receives PCAC scholarship Sydney Larson, a senior at Pierce City High School, has been named this year’s recipient of the Brian Andelin Memorial Pierce City Arts Council art scholarship in the amount of $800. Sat, 20 May 2017 14:09:41 -0500 Two to graduate from college At the end of the current college semester, two Monett High School graduates have completed degrees. Caleb Blue is completing his bachelor of science degree from Missouri Southern State University.... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:09:27 -0500 Scott Tech diesel technology class restores tractor A class project for Chance Chapman's diesel technology class at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett was restoring a John Deere 1972 50-20 tractor, which will now serve as a showpiece for... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:08:46 -0500 Elementary Students of the Week named Officials at Monett Elementary School have chosen students demonstrating the characteristics of being safe as Students of the Week for May 2. Sat, 20 May 2017 14:07:51 -0500 Area golfers fare well at state tourney The golf season ended on Tuesday with the final rounds of the state tournaments at various locations. Several individual from the bi-county schools represented the area well. Monett’s Clayton Kaiser... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:04:46 -0500 Home field advantage restored The power of persistence and a willingness to compromise has allowed an agreement to be reach between the Monett school district and Alumni Football USA to use Burl Fowler Stadium for the... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:04:28 -0500 Murray Bishoff: Risks, rewards and short memories Every now and then, it pays to take a risk. Those who attended graduation ceremonies at Monett High School last night felt the benefit of the risk taken by School Superintendent Brad Hanson and the... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:03:58 -0500 LaVerne Kutz LaVerne Anthony Kutz, 91, of Wentworth, Mo., passed from this life on Thursday, May 18, 2017, while at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. LaVerne was born on January 18, 1926, in Wentworth,... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:03:26 -0500 Larry Ash Larry Eugene Ash, 75, of Cassville, died Thursday, May 18. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 22, at Log Church Memorial Gardens in Butterfield, under... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:03:06 -0500 Bobby Kerr Bobby Lee Kerr, 65, of Rocky Comfort, died Wednesday, May 17. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton. Burial will be at Rocky Comfort... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:02:55 -0500 Thomas receives Road to Success Scholarship White's Insurance Agency of Purdy, along with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa, named Purdy senior Megan Thomas as recipient of a 2017 Road to Success Scholarship in the amount... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:55:12 -0500 Monett graduates receive scholarship support Seniors at Monett High School, heading into commencement exercises tonight, received honors on Monday in the annual recognition assembly as they began wrapping up the final steps in their... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:17:35 -0500 Students promote tornado safety A sponsor is sought to help cover the costs of a new brochure helping to alert Monett residents to the presence of FEMA storm shelters in town, the outgrowth of a project-based learning undertaking... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:17:21 -0500 Monett High School seniors receive honors recognition Monett High School seniors received recognition for outstanding achievement and years of consistent performance during the Senior Honors Program, held Monday at the performing arts center. The... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:16:33 -0500 Field Day fun at Monett Intermediate School As classes wound down this week, many Monett public school students could be found outdoors engaged in games. Fri, 19 May 2017 14:16:03 -0500 Local scholarships announced for Monett seniors A total of 70 scholarships from the Monett community were awarded to seniors in the Class of 2017 at Monett High School during the annual Senior Honors Program, held Monday in the performing arts... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:15:52 -0500 Service Day sends teens around town to work Between 400 and 500 Monett High School students spread out around the community on Thursday to engage in a variety of projects for the seventh annual Community Service Day. Fri, 19 May 2017 14:14:58 -0500 Big Event provides frolicking time Wednesday provided perfect weather conditions for Monett Elementary School students to celebrate The Big Event for the final quarter of the year. Fri, 19 May 2017 14:14:22 -0500 Final tunnel salutes Monett graduates For the second year, graduates from Monett High School put on their caps and gowns and walked the halls at the intermediate and middle schools, Central Park Elementary and Monett Elementary, showing... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:13:38 -0500 News in brief The Monett Farmers Market will be open tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon at South Park, next to the tennis courts. Monett Toastmasters meet at noon on May 31 at the Monett chamber of Commerce, 200 E.... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:13:25 -0500 Cubs follow coaching mantra to title At least once per game, you can here Michael Calhoun, Monett baseball coach, or a player in the dugout yell, “Hey, pick him up.” The context of the comment usually centers around greeting and... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:12:26 -0500 Eagles quartet heads to state track Just one weekend remains for the Pierce City track team and their season — the state track meet. The Eagles are sending three athletes in five events to this year’s big meet in Jefferson City after... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:11:33 -0500 Jewell Farwell Jewell Rose Farwell, 95, of Eagle Rock, died in her home on Monday, May 15. Graveside services were held Thursday, May 18, at Roach Cemetery in Eagle Rock with Rick Farwell officiating. Arrangements... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:11:13 -0500 Storm damage leads to wreck in Cassville Heavy storms early Friday morning led to multiple reports of tree damage, one of which caused a wreck with injury at 4:40 a.m. on Farm Road 2180, one mile east of Cassville. According to a Missouri... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:34:43 -0500 SRC Automotive donates $25,000 to local non-profits The company vision at SRC Automotive is "We build more than engines, we build lives," and it's much more than lives for their customers and employee-owners. "We are proud to announce the distribution... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:10:32 -0500 Speed limit lowered on Kay Avenue in Purdy The city of Purdy has opted to reduce the speed limit on Kay Avenue from 25 miles per hour to 15, holding open the option to reduce speeds on other streets with similar problems. Action followed a... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:18:06 -0500 Verona school leaders agree on pay, benefits package After a bruising exchange last year over salaries, Verona school administrators, teachers and the school board reached a mutually acceptable plan for the coming school year, addressing both the wage... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:17:58 -0500 Graduates urged to make average life count Urged to stay grounded and excel in uniquely personal ways, Purdy High School seniors received diplomas in commencement exercises held Saturday in the school gym. The 42 members of the Class of 2017... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:17:50 -0500 Unbeaten Lincoln poses challenge for Purdy Two possible games are all that remain on the Purdy softball team’s schedule. The first, a semifinal battle with undefeated Lincoln on Friday with a berth to the spring championship game on the line.... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:16:20 -0500 Big inning sends Cubs to district title game Leading 3-2 and heading to the home half of the fifth inning, Monett (20-4) was looking for some insurance against a pesky Seneca squad that would not go away in Monday’s district semifinal. By the... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:16:12 -0500 Monett again seeking new volleyball coach For the fourth time in the last seven seasons, Monett High School is in the market for a new volleyball coach after Julie Dalton resigned. Dalton announced via her Facebook page that she is the new... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:15:59 -0500 Hundreds of students to service community Between 400-500 students from Monett High School will roll up their sleeves and pitch in for the seventh annual Community Service Day on Thursday. “Students and staff members will head to 22... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:14:04 -0500 Purdy elementary school announces new principal Julie Dalton has accepted the position of principal for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade at the Purdy School District for the 2017-2018 school year. She succeeds Janet McCormick, who has stepped... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:10:35 -0500 Monett City Council to revise noise, fireworks rules The Monett City Council will introduce revisions to its ordinances on noise and fireworks during its regular monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Council members will introduce an amendment to the... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:42:07 -0500 Wheaton FFA team takes 2 state honors Wheaton High School took home a first place individual award and a third place team award at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Lia Boa Yang was named top individual in the dairy foods... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:40:37 -0500 Young Professionals meet at EFCO Brandon Ellison, lead project manager for the special projects group at EFCO, speaks to attendees at the Monett Young Professionals Network meeting at EFCO South Tuesday. Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:56 -0500 News in brief Monett High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 8 p.m. on May 19 in the high school gym. The Southwest Chapter of Missouri Pet Breeders Association will hold its spring garage sale on May 20 at... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:43 -0500 Verona advances to district baseball semifinal The Verona baseball team (1-15) picked the perfect time to earn its first win of the season. On Monday, the Wildcats, a No. 6 seed in their district tournament, upset No. 3 seed Exeter, 6-0. Kolton... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:30:30 -0500 Pierce City stunned by McAuley in district semifinal For the second consecutive year, Pierce City (20-5) saw its baseball season end in the district semifinal to McAuley. On Monday, the Warriors pushed across three runs, with two outs, in the top of... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:30:16 -0500 Purdy rallies into baseball district title game The Purdy baseball team kept its district title hopes alive with a 6-2 win over College Heights on Monday. The Cougars led 2-1 after two innings of play, only to watch the Eagles score five times... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:30:03 -0500 J.C. Breidenstein J.C. Breidenstein, 84, of Marionville, Mo., passed away at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett. He was born June 5, 1932, in Lawrence County, the son of the late... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:29:38 -0500 Marty Dorn Marty Dorn, 58, of Monett, died Tuesday, May 9, at his home. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Buchanan Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Wed, 17 May 2017 11:29:24 -0500 Monett bolsters reserve fund to $1 million As it began a new fiscal year, the Monett City Council voted to transfer $300,000 from the general fund into the general reserve fund. City Administrator Dennis Pyle recommended the transfer because... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:01:04 -0500 Lightning leads to dispatch issues Severe weather can create some unusual challenges, even for a communications system as well planned and equipped as Monett’s, as Bonnie Witt-Schulte, the communications director, explained. On April... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:50 -0500 Pierce City schools offer new improvement plan Pierce City Superintendent Russ Moreland recently offered a condensed version of the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, which serves as a road map for student achievement over the... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:35 -0500 Free books from reading program intrigue elementary students Children at Monett Elementary School were able to pick a free book to take home as part of the Reading Is Fundamental program. Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:10 -0500 Contracts approved for multiple Monett school projects The Monett school board has taken action on several financial matters in recent weeks as summer construction project advance. On May 1, the board took another look at funding $2.1 million from the... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:00 -0500 Pierce City residents gather at Rally for Peace More than a dozen Pierce City residents gathered at a Rally for Peace at the pavilion, located at the junction of Highways 37 and 97 in Pierce City on Saturday. Tue, 16 May 2017 13:58:44 -0500 News in brief Monett High School Baccalaureate services will be held at 8 p.m. on May 17 in the PAC. Graduation will be held at 8 p.m. on May 19 in the high school gym. The Monett Artists’ Guild will have... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:57:41 -0500 Balance fueling Purdy’s playoff run A 4-1 win over Pierce City on Friday was just the latest step in a path that Purdy hopes ends in a state softball title by the end of this week. At 26-1, Purdy has torn through the season and its... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:55:45 -0500 Cubs tracksters head to sectionals The Monett boys track team qualified four members to the sectional meet at Sedalia on Saturday after a strong showing at the district meet in Carl Junction. As a team, Monett placed 8th out of 12... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:55:24 -0500 Arthur “Bud” Rogers Arthur James (Bud) Rogers began his earthly journey on June 25, 1947. He was the son of Joseph Allen Rogers and Juanita (Spencer) Rogers. He went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 11, 2017. Bud’s... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:55:07 -0500 Mary McCallister Mary Ann McCallister, 87, of Aurora died Friday, May 12, at The Maples Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield. A funeral service was held Monday, May 15, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:54:49 -0500 Richard McGrady Richard Allen McGrady, 69, of Everton, died Monday, May 8, at the Mercy Hospital in Springfield. A celebration of life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Richard and Jennifer’s home in... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:54:34 -0500 Ruth Phillips Ruth Ann (Woodrum) Phillips, 67, of Lafayette, La., formerly of Mt. Vernon, died Friday, May 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette. A memorial visitation will be held from... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:54:22 -0500 Mildred Pond Mildred Elizabeth Pond, 95, of Ozark, formerly of Aurora, died Friday, May 12, at the Nixa Nursing & Rehab. A funeral service under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora was... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:53:53 -0500 Deer causes motorcycle wreck A Purdy man was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 3:30 a.m. on Farm Road 1040, two miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, William Burch, 45, of Purdy, was riding a 2005... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:37:31 -0500