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Pierce City denies rezoning request (09/20/14)
Pirece City aldermen recently denied a re-zoning request for a mobile home park in the city, which is keeping the park's owner from filling empty lots. Ken Madison, owner of the mobile home park in Pierce City, recently requested a re-zoning of the residential property, located at 412 Golubski, to a mobile home park designation...
4 nabbed for recent burglary spree (09/20/14)
Four suspects were arrested in connection with a series of burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours on Sept. 2. Sean T. Rosebaugh, 18, Matthew W. Schiffner, 20, and Jacob A, Schmidly, 19, all of Monett, were arrested in connection with the events. A juvenile was turned over to the Juvenile Office in Monett...
Ridenour crowned Pierce City queen (09/20/14)
Pierce City senior Brooke Ridenour was name Pierce City Homecoming Queen Friday night.
LawCo Sheriff's Office gets new fingerprint scanner (09/20/14)
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has obtained a fingerprint scanner, specifically for concealed carry applicants. The equipment is the last piece needed for concealed carry applicants to be taken care of with out waiting at the Sheriff's Office in the Judicial Center...
Multi-car chain reaction pile-up causes no injuries (09/20/14)
Five cars collided at 3:25 p.m. on Thursday on 13th Street, between Roosevelt and Glen streets in Monett. According to Monett Police Sergeant Dennis Camp, the wreck occurred when Blake Spain, 18, of Monett, was driving south on 13th Street and failed to notice a line a vehicles stopped ahead for a vehicle turning left...
Spanish Heritage Festival slated for Sunday (09/20/14)
A festival celebrating Spanish Heritage Month will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday at South Park in Monett, near the tennis courts. Sponsored by Asociaci--n Latina Imagen, the event will showcase various aspects of Hispanic culture, particularly the performing arts...
Crews near completion of Purdy school renovations (09/20/14)
Construction has moved into the final stages on the renovations at the Purdy schools.
News in brief (09/20/14)
The 19th annual Relay for Life in Monett has moved to the E.E. Camp gymnasium at Monett Middle School. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. today, two hours later than originally scheduled. The survivors lap will still be held at 7 p.m. The American Cancer Society fundraiser concludes at 11 p.m...
6 win Kindle Fires (09/20/14)
For the second year in a row, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has given away Kindle Fires as the grand prize incentive for participants in the Summer Reading Club.
Commission ceremony Sunday for Dr. Stacy Harms (09/20/14)
A special service to commission Dr. Stacy Harms, a physician at Cox Monett Hospital, as a medical missionary will be held during the morning worship service at the First Presbyterian Church, 700 Sycamore in Monett, on Sunday, Sept. 21. The church is sponsoring and supporting Harms on her three-year medical mission in rural Zimbabwe, Africa...
Cox Monett wins Studer Group award (09/20/14)
Cox Monett Hospital received an Excellence in Patient Care award given by outcomes firm Studer Group. Cox Monett earned this recognition for their exemplary "communication about medications" results on the federal government's national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient survey...
3D Corporate Solutions hosts Stuff the Bus campaign (09/20/14)
3D Corporate Solutions organized a Stuff the Bus campaign Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3 at the local Walmart in Monett. 3D volunteers requested assistance from the community to help stuff a school bus with needed school supplies. Volunteers provided flyers to shoppers as they entered the store and collected items purchased as shoppers exited. Area schools were then contacted for distribution...
Relay for Life plans special ceremony (09/19/14)
By Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com Life is a journey, with rough spots mixed in along the way. The battle against cancer is one of those bumps, if not more. On Saturday, Monett hosts the 19th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, which will respond to one of those road bumps by moving indoors and shortening the time. The event will now be held at the E.E. Camp gymnasium at the Monett Middle School, following the same strategy the last time the event moved indoors in 2009...
Police body cameras coming (09/19/14)
Body cameras for police are likely coming to local departments. The topic became widely discussed after the shooting of African American teen Michael Brown in Ferguson on Aug. 9, as U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill called for making body cameras for police standard equipment...
School care coordinator brings new resources (09/19/14)
Every day, Matt Houck is looking out for children. The former Monett police detective, now an employee of the Clark Community Mental Health Center, serves as the school care coordinator, a position created two years ago in collaboration with the Monett R-1 School District. In August, as Houck started his third year on the job, he made his second appearance before the Monett School Board to report on the progress of his role...
VFW remembers POWs, MIAs today at South Park (09/19/14)
The annual remembrance ceremony for military personnel who served as prisoners of war or remain missing in action, hosted by Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary, will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Phantom Jet veterans memorial at South Park...
Market Fresh Produce expanding in Monett (09/19/14)
Market Fresh Produce, a Nixa-based produce marketing and distribution company, has acquired the former Harlin Fruit Company building on West Cleveland, south of Monett High School, and announced plans to move and expand its repackaging facility. The firm announced plans to make a $250,000 capital investment in the Harlin Fruit Company building, which has 16,000 square feet. ...
News in Brief (09/19/14)
The Monett Elementary School Family Fun Fest will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the school. Activities will include inflatables, carnival games, a dunk tank, face painting and a silent Auction. Heno Head will offer science demonstrations from 5 to 6 p.m...
Severe weather moves over Monett (09/17/14)
The cloud pictured above moved over downtown Monett at 4 p.m. in advance of a severe thunderstorm moving southwest over west Monett and Pierce City.
Abortion bill veto overturned (09/17/14)
Working late into the night during the state legislature's veto session on Sept. 9, one bill in particular was on State Sen. David Sater's mind -- the bill extending the waiting period to have an abortion from 24 hours to 72. Nixon vetoed the bill in June, and after being overturned in the State House by a 119-31 margin, the bill was overturned in the State Senate along party lines, 23-9. It will go into effect on Oct. 9...
New public works building planned (09/17/14)
The city of Monett plans to pursue a new construction project for Monett's public works department at its monthly meeting, to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Monett City Hall. An ordinance will receive first reading to hire Richard E. Werner, architect, to design a new building for the street department south of the Monett school district's bus barn...
Shell Knob to be shakin' Saturday with annual event (09/17/14)
celebrates 25 years The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a weekend of music, cars and vendors at Saturday's ninth annual Shakin' in the Shell Festival. "We try to encourage people to not just come for an hour or two, but they should come and spend the day," said Twilia Harrison, the chair of this year's festival...
Extension recognizes 2 Century Farms (09/17/14)
The University of Missouri Extension honored two Barry County families Thursday who live on Century Farms. Duane and Colleen Kaiser, and Mike and Jean Washick, brought their children and grandchildren to the ceremony at Memorial Park in Cassville. Century Farms recognize people with certificates for owning farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years...
Trinity Lutheran celebrates 140 years in Freistatt (09/17/14)
Trinity Lutheran Church celebrated 140 years in the Freistatt community Sunday with with a special service commemorating the event. The church was filled to overflowing with celebrants attending the service, with the overflow of guests seated in the church entryway outside the sanctuary. A free dinner followed the service, along with a performance by the Kansas City Metro Men's Chorus. Melonie Roberts/reporter@monett-times.com...
Keeping up North Park fields between seasons (09/17/14)
It is time for fall renovations at the North Park baseball fields in Monett. Larry Howard, with the Monett Park Department, has started tilling 62 tons of fired clay into the infields to enhance drainage. Last week, he worked 20 tons alone into the adult field on No. ...
News in Brief (09/17/14)
Mary Sharp, a nationally known speaker, will speak about caring for a family member with dementia from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday at the Monett City Park Casino. Sharp will focus on family members and friends making "beautiful moments." The presentation is sponsored by Hospice Compassus. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to call 235-9097 to help planning...
Latest ag research offered at Field Day (09/16/14)
Field Day at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center, southwest of Mt. Vernon, brought speakers on a wide range of topics before local audiences last week. More than 2,000 high school and community college students went to the farm on Thursday for presentations. ...
Marionville Applefest taking center stage (09/16/14)
Preparations have been completed for Marionville's annual community festival, Applefest, which will take place on Friday through Sunday in the downtown area. Craft vendors, live music and activities for children will provide a full schedule for the event...
Fight-themed PCHS homecoming week underway (09/16/14)
Homecoming is underway this week at Pierce City High School. "Fight For Your Right" is the theme of the celebration, culminating in the football battle on Friday against the Miller Cardinals. The student body has named the royal court, which includes three seniors vying for the crown of queen, which will be determined by a vote of all the students during the lunch hour on Friday. ...
Rural Monett plant converts to sweet potato processing (09/16/14)
A St. Louis manufacturer with a rural Monett factory has announced a $1.5 million upgrade to its facility to keep 20 jobs in the Monett area. International Ingre-dient Corporation owns the 20-year-old Hammons/Hall plant on Farm Road 1110 in Kings Prairie, southeast of Monett in Barry County. The company announced that it has revamped the factory facility...
Troutman named Monett Times editor (09/16/14)
Kyle Troutman has been named editor of The Monett Times, Publisher Jacob Brower announced Monday. Troutman has served as editor of the Cassville Democrat since January, and will now oversee news operations at both properties. Troutman replaces Brower, who has served as editor of The Monett Times since his arrival in December 2013. Brower will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of both properties as publisher...
News in Brief (09/16/14)
The Barry County Relay for Life will be held from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Monett's South Park. VFW Post No. 4207 Ladies Auxiliary will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Post, located on Highway 60 west of Monett. The menu will include meal loaf, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, dessert and beverage for $6.50...
Walmart progressing on pair of bi-county stores (09/13/14)
Retail giant Walmart will open its first store in Mt. Vernon around Oct. 22, and the company has made considerable progress toward opening a store in Seligman, which will be its third in Barry County. "Our Mt. Vernon store is on track to open this fall," said Erica Jones, senior manager of communications for Walmart. "In comparison to the Supercenter in Monett, this store will be about half that size but will still offer a full selection of general merchandise and grocery...
Melton recounts saving MRC in 1982 (09/13/14)
Forty-two years ago, the veterans clinic in Mt. Vernon, based at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, faced a serious challenge to its future. Emory Melton, who was then serving as a Republican member of the Missouri State Senate's appropriations committee, had a ring-side seat to the maneuvering that occurred...
Cox Monett launches renovations (09/13/14)
Work has begun on a $980,000 renovation of the emergency room at Cox Monett Hospital. Work is expected to be finished by February 2015 and improve both patient privacy and expand the hospital's ability to serve its patients. "The renovation project is 100 percent patient focused," said Genny Maroc, CoxHealth vice president of clinical services and president of Cox Monett Hospital. ...
Dementia care consultant to speak at Cox Hospital in Monett (09/13/14)
An internationally-known consultant to dementia caregivers is set to speak in Monett Friday about handling the disease. The presentation will be held Friday from 9-11 a.m. at Monett's South Park. Mary Sharp's presentations have been standing-room-only in places like New York City, Dallas, Seattle and Southern Missouri. She has inspired caregivers across the US and Canada as well as in Scotland, Ireland and Fiji...
MU's Show-Me-Select Heifer meeting set for Monday (09/13/14)
Persons interested in learning more about the Missouri Show-Me-Select Beef Heifer Development Program are invited to an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at the University of Missouri Extension Center inside the county courthouse in Mt. Vernon...
Aurora woman injured in wreck (09/13/14)
An Aurora woman was injured in a two-car wreck on Route ZZ, one mile north of Aurora on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Daren Godfrey, 28, of Cassville, was driving a 1985 Freightliner, which was stopped at a stop sign. Bobby Rush, 42, of Aurora, was driving a 1998Toyota Corolla when her vehicle rear-ended Godfrey's...
News in brief (09/13/14)
A truck and tractor pull, hosted by the Freistatt Volunteer Fire Department, will e held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Ernte Fest grounds in Freistatt. A kids pedal pull will begin activities at 5:30 p.m., with the main event starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $10, with children 12 and under admitted free. In case of rain, the event will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14...
Slick Chicks named (09/13/14)
Slick Chick winners were recently named at the Crane Broiler Fest.
FFA attends conference (09/13/14)
Six Purdy FFA members recently attended the 24th annual Leadership Adventure, sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association, on Friday, Aug. 1, at Missouri State University in Springfield.
Monett street audit offers healthy ideas (09/12/14)
An audit of Monett's streets, conducted by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute prompted dialogue on what Monettans want for the future of the town. Hosted by the healthy communities initiative and funded through the Missouri Foundation for Health, the team leading the effort was headed by Mark Fenton, a public health, planning and transportation consultant...
Politics halt override of Rehab Center funding veto (09/12/14)
After mustering overwhelming support in the Missouri House, the effort to reinstate $5.3 million vetoed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to run the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon fell short Wednesday as the Missouri General Assembly's veto session came to a close...
Railroad crossing 
getting 
sidewalk (09/12/14)
Pedestrians in Purdy will have an easier time walking on Highway C following action by the Purdy City Council this week. Aldermen agreed to spend $1,200 to build a concrete sidewalk up to the improved concrete railroad crossing between the Ramey Supermarket and the school campus...
Kiwanis-sponsored circus brings crowds (09/12/14)
The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus packed its tent at Monett's South Park for two big shows on Tuesday. Big cats, clowns and aerial performers brought traditional big top fun to hometown crowds. "I think it went really well," said Brad Hanson, Kiwanis president. "I enjoyed the show. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality...
News in brief (09/12/14)
Purdy Elementary School will host its annual Grandparents' Celebration on Friday, Sept. 12, from 9-10 a.m. Grandparents and other special guests of students in preschool through fourth grade are cordially invited to attend this special event, which will feature special classroom activities, snacks and door prizes...
Schumacher wins SkillsUSA national title at OTC (09/12/14)
Kaitlyn Schumacher of Monett and other members of the electronic media production team at Ozark Technical Community College in Springfield won medals for the second consecutive year at the national SkillsUSA championships in Kansas City.
Purdy FFA delegates attend DC leadership conference (09/12/14)
Four Purdy FFA members traveled to Washington, D.C. in July for the annual Washington Leadership Conference. Jayse Henderson, Ashton Young, Desirie Ennes and Breanna Keeler learned valuable service and agricultural advocacy skills during the week-long conference...
Arvest associates serve at Community Kitchen (09/12/14)
Arvest Bank associates and family members recently volunteered to prepare and serve dinner at the Monett Community Kitchen.
Mt. Vernon aims for Rehab Center deal (09/10/14)
The city of Mt. Vernon is optimistic, as its city council voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to preserve the Missouri Rehabilitation Center (MRC) by taking over management of the facility. City Administrator Max Springer said striking a deal with both the curators of the University of Missouri and the Veterans Administration, which runs the Gene Taylor VA Clinic at the MRC, remains some distance away. ...
News in Brief

News in brief

The 19th annual Relay for Life in Monett has moved to the E.E. Camp gymnasium at Monett Middle School. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. today, two hours later than originally scheduled. The survivors lap will still be held at 7 p.m. The American Cancer Society fundraiser concludes at 11 p.m.

The 80th year reunion of the 12 Pioneer Families will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a covered dish dinner at 1 p.m. The business meeting will be held at 2 p.m. and will include recognition of the oldest, youngest and farthest traveled attendees. For additional information, people may call Jean Buckley at 214-695-0681.

Applefest in Marionville concludes today. Activities include the parade at 10 a.m., contests beginning at 1 p.m., a performance by the Gotta Dance Studio at 5:30 p.m. and music by the Renegade Rail Band at 7 p.m. and Triple Shot at 9 p.m. Activities will take place downtown in the square.

The ninth annual Shakin' in the Shell Festival takes place today in Shell Knob. Activities take place at the Chamber Park on Needle Eye Road, just off Highway 39. The SKITS Community Theater performs at 1:30 p.m. Live music includes Crazy Mule at 4 p.m. and J Rock and the Third Street Band at 6 p.m.

Weather permitting, the City of Monett will spray for mosquitos from 8 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 23, north of Cleveland; on Sept. 24 from Cleveland to Highway 60; and on Sept. 25, south of Highway 60. For additional information, people may call 235-3495.

Winnie Tuckness, who serves as area coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, will speak on the international relief project at 6 p.. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the New Site Baptist Church. Tuckness will describe placing shoeboxes in the hands of hurting children. This year's collections will run from Nov. 17 through Nov. 24.

Frank Washburn, incoming district Kiwanis president, will speak at noon on Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club at noon at Happy House restaurant.

The Lawrence County Historical Society will host an Antique Showcase at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at Jones Memorial, 11110 Farm Road 1137 in Mt. Vernon, featuring longtime antique dealer John Archer to offer his opinion on their value. People are limited to two items each.

The Barry County Retired School Personnel will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett. The business meeting will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Jack Poston, Missouri Retired Teachers Association president as speaker. Attendees are encouraged to bring Kleenex, paper towels, peanut butter or cheese crackers or snack food items for the month's project.

Livestock producers who suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encourage to file claims by Sept. 30. Payment reductions will take place after that date. Forage loss claims can be filed online at www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster-register.

A three-week knitting class will begin at Oct. 14 at the Scott Regional Technology Center, meeting Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $40 plus supplies. For additional information, people may call 235-8356.

The Monett Band Boosters are having a Tailgate from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 west of the stadium main entrance. The menu will include Hamburger with chips, cookies and a drink for $5 or hot dog, chips, cookies and a drink for $4. The tailgate is sponsored by Community National Bank.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the National Guard Armory in Monett.

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