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Charges filed in drug bust (11/28/14)
Official charges have been filed and bonds have been set for the four people arrested at a home on Kestrel Court in Golden on Monday after deputies executed a search warrant that turned up more than 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine. According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, those arrested include: Tara Jo Beck, 35, Jerry Beck, 41, Benjamin Widhalm, 43, and Linda Dissette, 62...
Construction reaching critical stage (11/28/14)
Construction work has advanced rapidly on the two storm safe room buildings in the Monett school district. Crews for R.E. Smith concentrated their efforts in recent weeks on the building erected between the E.E. Camp gymnasium and the present cafeteria building for the intermediate and middle school campuses...
Small Business Bingo gives prizes for shopping small (11/28/14)
In hopes of getting people to shop small throughout the holiday season, the Monett Chamber of Commerce will host a new event this year -- Small Business Bingo. Meghan Shaner, executive assistant at the office, said the event will begin Saturday and run through Dec. 31...
News in brief (11/28/14)
The Freistatt Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Freistatt Community Building. For more information, call 235-5967. The annual Jolly Mill Christmas and Open House will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Jolly Mill Park. Refreshments will be provided. Children are invited to bring an ornament for Santa's tree. Santa will be visiting and those planning to attend are invited to bring a camera...
Everton man injured on Highway Z (11/27/14)
An Everton man was injured Wednesday after his vehicle overturned and caught fire on Highway Z. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jerry Maggard, 31, of Everton, was driving a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser southbound on Highway Z at about 7 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. The vehicle then caught fire...
Woman injured in 2-car collision (11/27/14)
A two-car collision on Route H Wednesday, at about 5:45 p.m., sent one Mt. Vernon woman to the hospital. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Deborah Aust, 61, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup westbound on Route H when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2005 Sterling TTL, being driven by Ricky Crawford, 51, of Marshfield...
Experts: Signs pointing up for bi-county economy (11/26/14)
With the real estate and agriculture markets on the rise, as well as spikes in sales tax revenues, local experts are optimistic about the future of the local bi-county economy. Jeff Meredith, executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, said the Monett area is going strong, and local industry points to that assessment...
Takeover of MRC still in works (11/26/14)
Despite the closing of the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon on Oct. 31, talks are continuing toward the city of Mt. Vernon acquiring possession of the the 143-acre complex. "We're still moving forward," said Max Springer, Mt. Vernon city administrator. "Nothing is official. Parts of it could happen in the next couple weeks."...
Prayer, songs, tears mark candlelight vigil for Southwest senior (11/26/14)
Hundreds of family and friends of Jessica Morgan, Southwest High School senior, attended a candlelight vigil in her remembrance Monday at the school.
Purdy Schools see smooth transition with iPads (11/26/14)
After nearly two months of using iPads in the Purdy schools, both students and teachers have found a new comfort level with the devices. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the school is well on its way to making the additional technology a standard part of the daily routine...
Obamacare sign-ups still present major issues (11/26/14)
Enrollment for the second year of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is underway. According to Randall Bell, with Bell and Associates in Monett, the representative for the Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance giant, the federal program still has sign-up issues. Because of apparent changes in the way the law works, Bell and his staff expressed reservations over how well the law is working...
Juvenile Office in Monett moves across town (11/26/14)
After more than 30 years at 102 Dunn St. in Monett, the Juvenile Office for the 39th Judicial Circuit has moved.
News in brief (11/26/14)
The Freistatt Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Freistatt Community Building. For more information, call 235-5967. The annual Jolly Mill Christmas and Open House will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Jolly Mill Park. Refreshments will be provided. Children are invited to bring an ornament for Santa's tree. Santa will be visiting and those planning to attend are invited to bring a camera...
Barry County Court News (11/26/14)
Marco Antonio Aldava, Monett, $10 for a seat belt violation. Joshua Don Bateman, Exeter, $145 for speeding; $10 for a seat belt violation. Penny A. Bingham, Cassville, $10 for a seat belt violation. Kevin M. Burgherr, Monett, two years unsupervised probation, 40 hours community service and interlock ignition device for driving while intoxicated...
Lawrence County Courthouse News (11/26/14)
Licenses issued at the Lawrence County Courthouse Allen Richard Grove, 51, Monett, to Debra Ann Stallings, 51, Monett, Oct. 26. Jesus Ernesto Sanchez, 25, Halcom, Texas, to Adriana Salas, 23, Monett, Oct. 25. James Andrew Tilley, 28, Aurora, to Allison Lynn Calhoun, 28, Aurora, Oct. 25...
Southwest senior dies after wreck, remembered by family, friends (11/25/14)
A senior athlete who plays three sports at Southwest High School has died as a result of injuries sustained in a car wreck Sunday morning on Highway 37. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jessica Morgan, 17, of Seligman, was driving a 2007 Nissan Murano southbound on Highway 37 at about 1:35 a.m. when her vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a culvert, two miles north of Washburn. The vehicle was totaled...
Monett alumnus on the ground in Ferguson (11/25/14)
A Monett alumnus who graduated in May was on the ground in Ferguson tonight. Jonah Ragsdale, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, has shared multiple photos and videos from protests following the decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown...
Habitat dedicates 8th home (11/25/14)
Work on the eighth house built by the Monett/Purdy affiliate of Habitat for Humanity concluded on Saturday with a formal dedication at 111 E. Nellie in Monett. A crowd of more than 50 people gathered indoors for the formal ceremony. Habitat board president Frank Washburn served as master of ceremonies...
Empire District Electric fuel charge to drop (11/25/14)
After hearings held in April, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a request filed by Empire District Electric Company to change the fuel adjustment charge on the monthly bills of its electric customers. The ruling will affect retail customers in homes and businesses in Pierce City, Purdy, Freistatt and Verona...
Jones expresses no regrets upon retirement (11/25/14)
A crowd of well-wishers greeted Samuel C. Jones at the retirement party for Lawrence County associate circuit judge on Friday. A reception was held for Jones, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 on Nov. 17, at the Lawrence County Justice Center...
New signage marks Monett's Historic District (11/25/14)
On Thursday, visible evidence of the newly declared Monett Downtown Historic District took the stage at Second and East Broadway.
News in brief (11/25/14)
The Monett Rural Fire District board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the County Road rural fire station at the Monett Industrial Park. Auditions for Gary Stapp's play "Family Ties and Little White Lies" will be held by the Rebel's Bluff Troupe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 25 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center. For additional information, people may call director Kerry Green at 417-833-7130...
Monett Municipal Court (11/25/14)
Donald W. Porter, $135 for speeding. Graciela Banda, $150 for domestic assault. Kelsi L. Brown, $100 for stealing. Rene Castillo, $150 for domestic assault. Dorotha M. Clow, $110 for speeding. Lyna L. Deaton, $135 for speeding. Johnathan L. Deboard, $24.50 and six months probation for failure to provide proof of insurance...
Monett-John Burroughs game thread (11/22/14)
We will be posting in game updates and photos here during the semifinal game. Check back.
Bi-county 911 agreement now before Monett City Council (11/22/14)
A proposal is now on the table to merge the Lawrence County and Monett 911 emergency dispatching services and operate out of the Monett Justice Center. A letter of intent from the Lawrence County Commission, signed Oct. 22, was submitted as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two governments...
Mother gets guardianship in Cairus case (11/22/14)
The mother of an 18-year-old autistic man facing charges of attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape was granted guardianship in a hearing on Friday morning. Wendy Cairus, mother of 18-year-old Monett man Tyler Cairus, was granted guardianship by Associate Circuit Judge Robert Foulke, and with with blessing of Tyler's guardian ad-litem, Sarah Weber...
Sales tax revenues down around city of Monett, up throughout county (11/22/14)
Sales tax receipts in November showed unexpected gains. For the fourth time in the last five months, taxes collected in the bi-county area have topped totals from a year ago. The Monett area, however, proved to be the exception to this pattern. Monett's two sales taxes for general expenses, totaling 1 percent, generated $140,145.45 in November, down $4,510.69 from a year ago. Receipts from Monett's four taxes fell $8,145.91 under a year ago...
Large crowd attends annual Golden Age Dinner in Monett (11/22/14)
Guests at the Golden Age Dinner at Monett High School enjoyed a turkey dinner, certificates for outstanding achievement and bingo, for which many prizes were awarded.
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to step up seat belt enforcement (11/22/14)
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on Nov. 24 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up -- aiming to save more lives. Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one-in-four Missouri motorists are still not making it click. In 2013, 62 percent of individuals killed in crashes in Missouri were unrestrained...
Rehearsals for Christmas Vespers on Thursdays (11/22/14)
Rehearsals are continuing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for a community Christmas vespers service that will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Monett.
News in brief (11/22/14)
The Monett Rural Fire District board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the County Road rural fire station at the Monett Industrial Park. The city council in Pierce City will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 to discuss employee health insurance, changes to the city's code book and the wastewater plant...
Beauty takes shape from early winter freeze (11/22/14)
What happens when a pump on a fountain is left running while temperatures take a plunge into the deep freeze?
Purdy Mister and Miss Merry Christmas court named (11/22/14)
Purdy High School's student body recently selected its Mister and Miss Merry Christmas candidates.
Purdy musical presents high-stepping Oklahoma! (11/22/14)
Purdy High School presented the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" on Nov. 14 and 15.
Eighth grade students explore careers (11/22/14)
Eighth grade students from Marionville, Billings, Cassville, Exeter and Pierce City High schools visited the Scott Regional Technology Center (Scott Tech) to explore career options. Students received a briefing on the various fields of study offered at Scott Tech and the kind of career available through successful completion of coursework...
Regional hay school offered Dec. 9, 11 in Cassville (11/22/14)
Southwest Missouri hay producers will have an opportunity to attend a regional school Dec. 9 and Dec. 11 in Cassville to learn how to improve their hay making skills. This program is offered by the Barry County Extension Service in cooperation with the Cassville High School agriculture department...
Monett Elementary Students of the week named (11/22/14)
Monett Elementary selected the following responsible students to be named Student of the Week for November 17.
MHS names Students of the Month (11/22/14)
Officials at Monett High School have announced theStudents of the Month for October.
Students making the grades at MIS (11/22/14)
Over the past year, the faculty, staff, and administration at Monett Intermediate School have been transforming how to report student "grades" so that they truly reflect the skill level of each student.
Monett Middle School Expanding Horizons (11/22/14)
Six seventh and eighth grade students from Monett Middle School and Principal Jonathan Apostol explained their participation in the Expanding Your Horizons program at the November meeting of the Monett Board of Education.
Lawrence County Courthouse News (11/22/14)
David Lee Bee from Sherri Lynn Bee. Kara J. Cain from Robert L. Cain. Tiffani L. Mallett from Leland S. Mallett. Petitioner's maiden name, Tiffani L. Smith is restored. Alicia A. Hagewood from William D. Nieburg. Kara J. Cain from Robert L. Cain...
Police capture 2 in foot pursuit (11/21/14)
A traffic stop turned foot pursuit led to a lockdown at Monett Elementary School Thursday, with one suspect being captured after being found in the bed of a nearby truck. According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, Christopher Sanford, 33, of Monett, was allegedly driving a vehicle on Pearl Street at about 10:40 a.m. when a Monett police attempted to initiate a traffic stop...
Low threat lockdown did not require immediate notification (11/21/14)
Monett Elementary School patrons did not receive notification during the Thursday morning lockdown at Monett Elementary School, implemented for 10 minutes during a police pursuit that ended within a few blocks of the Monett Elementary School campus...
Wastewater plant upgrade being reduced (11/21/14)
In the face of losing 75 percent of state funding for upgrades at the Monett wastewater treatment plant, the city of Monett has chosen to significantly downsize the plan. The city had planned $4,830,000 in improvements at the municipal plant with announced approval of a $2,415,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a matching low interest loan through the State Revolving Fund. ...
Purdy Community Center bathrooms prompt outcry (11/21/14)
The city of Purdy heard from Barry-Lawrence Library officials recently concerning issues with limiting restroom access in the Purdy Community Center. Library Director Gina Milburn presented a letter to the city council detailing incidents such as feces and urine on the bathroom walls, with material sometimes spattered on the ceiling after rental of the community center. ...
Verona School District targets new ball field project in budget (11/21/14)
Taking a conservative position, the Verona School District approved its budget for the 2014-2015 school year, leaving some spending commitments open while the major capital improvements project takes shape. "The board approved a balanced budget," said Superintendent Tony Simmons. "There's not a lot for extra projects."...
Cape Fair man injured in wreck (11/21/14)
A Cape Fair man was injured Wenesday in a wreck on Highway 39 at Leann, at about 5:40 p.m. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Darrell Blackburn, 77, of Cape Fair, was driving a 2006 Nissan Extera southbound on Highway 39 when he attempted to avoid a dog in the roadway, causing his vehicle to run off the highway and strike several signs...
Washburn man injured in tractor wreck (11/21/14)
A Washburn man was seriously injured Tuesday after bing involved in a tractor wreck about 10 miles south of Washburn near Farm Road 1000 and Highway NN. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jimmy Benson, 85, of Washburn, was driving a Montana tractor northbound at about 3:45 p.m. when he struck a tree, causing it to fall...
News in brief (11/21/14)
Loose leaf collection by the Monett Public Works Department will begin on Dec. 1. Leaves must be raked to the curb. Collections will begin on the north side of town and progress south. For additional information, people may call 235-3495. The fourth annual 5K/one-mile run/walk Turkey Trot in Monett will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 27 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central. Volunteers can sign up to marshal the race by calling 235-7444...
Purdy National Honor Society hosts Veterans assembly (11/21/14)
The Purdy High School National Honor Society hosted a special assembly to honor the nation's veterans and active duty military personnel on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The program featured performances by the Purdy High School Choir and the Purdy High School Band, as well as a showing of the video, "I Fought for You."...

News in brief

The Freistatt Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Freistatt Community Building. For more information, call 235-5967.

The annual Jolly Mill Christmas and Open House will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Jolly Mill Park. Refreshments will be provided. Children are invited to bring an ornament for Santa's tree. Santa will be visiting and those planning to attend are invited to bring a camera.

A regional hay school will be offered, starting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 11, at Cassville High School VoAg Building. The two-night course is designed for livestock producers who already own hay equipment or have hay custom harvested on their land. There is a fee and meals are provided both nights. For more information or to register, call the Barry County Extension Center at 417-847-3161.

The annual gathering of former Jumping-Jacks employees will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett.

The Monett Alternative Gift Fair will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Monett Area YMCA. The fair allows participants to donate to the charity of their choice for the upcoming holiday season. For more information, visit Monett Alternative Gift Fair on Facebook.

The annual Christmas Angel Tree will be available at city hall in Pierce City Nov. 24 through Dec. 12. Community members, churches and organizations are invited to adopt a child in the Pierce City School District. Cash donations will be accepted for those unable to shop and Christmas elves will do the work. Fore additional information, people may call Jill Kaiser at 235-4551.

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be offered by VFW Post No. 4207 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 27. No carry-outs will be available. The menu will include turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables cranberry sauce, hot rolls, dessert and beverage.

A Bible study will be held every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Monett. For more information, call 417-235-7920.

The Monett area support group for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at 845 E. Highway 60, Suite 1 in the Monett Plaza.

Monett Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. on Sundays and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 405 Seventh St. in Monett. For additional information, call 236-0216.

Red Cross blood drives will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Arvest Bank, 503 Main St. in Cassville, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Monett Community Church, 2102 E. Cleveland in Monett.

The Monett High School Pizzazz Poms Dance Team will be hosting their annual Lil' Pizzazz dance clinic and middle school dance clinic on Saturday, December 13 starting at 1:00 PM at the Monett Athletic Complex. These clinics are open to all K-8 boys and girls in any school district, private school, or home school. Registration forms are available at the Monett High School and online at http://dance.monett.high.schoolfusion.us or contact Pizzazz Poms Coach Tamara Stadter at 235-5445 for more information. Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 3.

The City of Monett Animal Shelter is accepting tax-deductible donations at CNB, located on Highway 60 in Monett, to build a new animal shelter. Anticipated costs of the shelter and construction are $10,000, and officials hope to begin construction in the spring.

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