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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Former LawCo emergency manager weighs in on 911 (05/06/15)
"A catastrophic potential for failure" is how Chet Hunter, former Lawrence County emergency management director, characterized the county's 911 system. Reviewing discussion points from last week's meeting by the Lawrence County 911 Exploratory Committee, including arguments made by Sheriff Brad DeLay, Hunter took issue with descriptions of the county's system at the meeting...
Sales tax receipts inch up in April (05/06/15)
Gains in sales tax revenue in Monett helped drive receipts for the bi-county area up in April, despite a generally lackluster showing by half of the municipal recipients. Overall sales tax income to the bi-county area rose by 2 percent for the month...
JROTC students receive awards for the year (05/06/15)
Cadets in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program at the Scott Regional Technology Center received awards for the year during the Awards Night ceremony. Cadets received Leadership Education Training (LET) certificates, good conduct ribbons, commendation ribbons and ribbons for Excellent Staff Performance and JROTC Proficiency Awards...
3 high school graduations slated for this week (05/06/15)
High school graduation ceremonies begin this week in the Monett area. Verona High School will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. on Friday in the high school gym. The date changed from the traditional Sunday ceremony to not conflict with Mother's Day, said Superintendent Tony Simmons. ...
Barry County Youth Camp celebrates 50 years (05/06/15)
Now in its 50th year, the Barry County Youth Camp will take place from May 26-29 at Camp Smokey, located at Roaring River State Park near Cassville. The theme of this year's celebration is "50 Years of Fun and Memories," and Barry County children ages 7-10, recommended by their school counselors, will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of crafts, field trips, educational programs, swimming, games and more. ...
News in Brief (05/06/15)
The Monett citywide clean-up will run through May 8. Crews go from Ninth Street to the east city limits on May 6, and will conclude south of the railroad tracks May 7 and May 8. For information, people may call 235-3495. A rib dinner will be offered by Decatur Lodge No. 400, AF&AM from noon to 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Lodge in Pierce City, a half block north of the bandstand. A plate of baby back ribs, potato salad and drink will be available for $12. Carry-outs will be available...
Water and Wastewater Conference held Tuesday (05/06/15)
Operators of water and wastewater systems from across southwest Missouri gathered at the Monett City Park Casino on Tuesday for the annual Southwest Section meeting of the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference.
Exeter man arrested on string of burglaries (05/06/15)
An Exeter man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly committing a string of commercial burglaries across Barry County, including businesses in Exeter, Cassville and Monett. According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Tommy Thornton, 43, of Exeter, was arrested following a traffic stop by Exeter Police Chief Morgan Struble...
City of Monett advances transportation sales tax (05/05/15)
The Monett City Council members moved forward with plans to create a 1/2-percent sales tax for transportation purposes. The city had proposed a sales tax to replace the 1/4-percent sales tax that will expire in April 2016, when the city retires its debt to build the Justice Center...
In-house fix saves Monett money (05/05/15)
Problems on the south building at Monett Middle School led to renovations by crews working for the Monett school district, resulting in about $95,000 in savings. According to Superintendent Brad Hanson, water issues developed under the floor of the boys' restroom. ...
Pierce City students spend evening in 'Enchanted Forest' (05/05/15)
"Enchanted Forest" was the theme of Pierce City High School's prom Saturday evening, held at the Monett Park Casino.
New vo-ag teacher hired at Verona (05/05/15)
The Verona school district has hired a new FFA instructor and approved four resignations. Aaron Crosby of Ozark was hired to take over the vocational agriculture program. According to Superintendent Tony Simmons, Crosby is a non-traditional teacher, coming to the district after working for many years as a manager for James River Farms. He recently completed his teaching degree at Missouri State University and this will be his first teaching job...
Dancing, good times offered at Senior Citizen Prom (05/05/15)
From partnered dances to line dances, the dance floor stayed busy at the Senior Citizen Prom.
Warm weather beckons Sunday funday (05/05/15)
Sunday offered such ideal conditions that many used any excuse to get outdoors.
News in brief (05/05/15)
The Monett citywide clean-up will run through May 8. Crews go from Ninth Street to the east city limits on May 5 and May 6, and will conclude south of the railroad tracks May 7 and May 8. For information, people may call 235-3495. The Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Monett Ministerial Association will host an annual Prayer Breakfast in recognition of the National Day of Prayer at 7 a.m. ...
Oklahoma woman injured in wreck (05/02/15)
An Oklahoma woman was injured Saturday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 112, three miles east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sally Edwards, 49, of Wagoner, Okla., was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson Motorcycle westbound on Highway 112 when her vehicle lost control on a curve and overturned...
3 injured in morning wreck on Highway 96 (05/02/15)
Three people were injured Saturday morning in a wreck on Highway 96, three miles from Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Louie Crandall, 58, of Joplin, was driving a 2012 Nissan Maxima eastbound on Highway 96 when a 2005 Mazda 3, being driven by Logan Cole, 26, of Everton, crossed into his path while attempting a left turn...
Ambulance district hires Cole as new attorney (05/02/15)
David Cole, Cassville attorney, has been retained as the new attorney for the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District. Mike Bennett, ambulance board president, said Cole will seek the return of a $135,000 payment made to former Office Manager Jeaniettia Pierce as compensation for four years of work when the duties of operations director were combined into her job...
Monett signs new lease with Apple (05/02/15)
The Monett school district recently approved a number of agreements, including a lease with Apple for new computers at the high school, as well as contracts for the school resource officer and school care coordinator. The district agreed to enter into another three-year lease with Apple Computers for 775 laptops and other devices, such as administrator's computers for use at the high school. ...
Pierce City students get 'buzzed' with beer goggles (05/02/15)
Pierce City High School recently held a presentation on buzzed and drunk driving where students wore special goggles that simulated driving while intoxicated during a series of exercises to demonstrate how alcohol dulls the senses and slows response times...
Monett students to gain new insight into local jobs (05/02/15)
Monett students will have a new opportunity to explore careers thanks to a collaborative effort launched through the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS). Beginning next school year, Monett students will have access to courses in either technology solutions or engineering and manufacturing...
Water regulations, updates offered at conference (05/02/15)
Changes in regulations affecting water quality will be offered at the annual Water and Wastewater Conference, Southwest Section, scheduled for May 5 at the Monett City Park Casino. The conference represents an opportunity for professional water and wastewater operators from cities throughout southwest Missouri to receive professional training and credits by hearing from professionals in related fields...
Pella names McGinley to replace Farquhar as EFCO president (05/02/15)
For the first time, Pella Corporation has changed its top leadership at Monett-based EFCO Corporation. Cameron McGinley has replaced Mike Farquhar, who came to Monett when Pella bought the window manufacturer as its first commercial division. McGinley began his duties on March 30...
Verona prom brings joy for high schoolers (05/02/15)
Verona High School held prom recently.
News in brief (05/02/15)
The Monett High School Choir will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. on May 3 at the Monett High School commons. The Freistatt Neighborhood Watch will meet at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the Freistatt Community Building. Cheryl Willis will present a program on an introduction to quilting at 2:30 p.m. on May 6 at the Monett Library Branch, at Sixth and Bond streets...
Sheriff's Office to target drunk drivers (05/02/15)
Deputies will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide youth alcohol enforcement "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Lawrence County, will run from May 1 through May 12...
Monett High School names Employee of the Month (05/02/15)
Officials at Monett High School have named Gary Cook as the April Employee of the Month.
Two Monett teachers honored by organization (05/02/15)
WASHINGTON, DC--Amy Sampson and Kristy Berger, two teachers in the Monett R-1 School District, have been awarded a Rural Teacher Global Fellowship sponsored by the Rural School and Community Trust. Sampson is an English teacher at Monett High School. Berger teaches at Monett Intermediate...
Wheaton students earn district music honors (05/02/15)
Wheaton High School student instrumentalists Lyda Yang, flute, and Lina Hang, trumpet, received a 2 rating at District Music Festival at MSSU in March. Vocalist Kevin McKinney received a 1 rating at District Music Festival at MSSU. McKinney will advance to State Music Festival, May 2, in Columbia...
Monett alumna eligible for Pittsburgh State scholarship (05/02/15)
Pittsburg State University has announced the selection of 37 students for its 2015 Fall Honors College freshman class. Adriel Ridenour, early childhood education major, a graduate of Monett High School, is eligible to receive scholarship assistance ranging from $2,200 a year for Crimson and Gold members to $9,500 a year for the Presidential Award...
911 panel backtracks on proposal with Monett (05/01/15)
Backtracking from its earlier decision, the Lawrence County 911 Exploratory Committee voted Wednesday to rescind its previous recommendation, essentially dropping the proposal for the county to contract with the city of Monett for its dispatching services...
Progress steady on FEMA projects (05/01/15)
Inconsistent weather and coordinating a wide range of subcontractors contributed to a bumpy month for construction on the FEMA projects at two Monett school campuses. Weather delay days ran out at the end of April, reported Superintendent Brad Hanson, putting the two FEMA projects past the agreed upon completion date. No decision has been made about penalizing general contractor R.E. Smith for the extension...
Benefit for Wages family raises more than $15K (05/01/15)
A benefit dinner, concert and silent auction to help Matt and Julie Wages raised $15,118.20 on Saturday. The event packed the fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church and was attended by Matt Wages, who returned home from hospitalization in Springfield two weeks ago...
Johnson named March Teacher of the Month (05/01/15)
Angela Johnson, a special education teacher at Monett High School, was named Teacher of the Month for March.
Monett schools finance high school project (05/01/15)
The next facilities improvement project at Monett High School will focus on upgrading the aging ground source heating and air conditioning system. With costs of over $900,000, the undertaking required special financing approved at the April meeting of the Monett Board of Education...
3 injured in wreck on Route C, including infant (05/01/15)
Three people, including an infant, were injured Wednesday night in a single-vehicle wreck on Route C, seven miles east of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jennifer Jereczek, 24, of Cassville, was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero on Route C at about 8:30 p.m. when her vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned down a steep embankment and struck a tree...
Calendar girl enjoys beauty at Monett's South Park (05/01/15)
As the flowering dogwoods around Monett burst into bloom, springs achieves its zenith.
News in Brief (05/01/15)
The Pierce City Senior Citizens Prom will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Pierce City High School cafeteria. Fred Lacey and the Matadors will provide the music. The annual event is hosted by the PCHS National Honor Society Chapter. The Monett High School Choir will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. on May 3 at the Monett High School commons...
Purdy superintendent addresses school safety (04/29/15)
Purdy's school superintendent is aiming to assure parents and patrons that the district is taking student safety seriously following an alleged rape in the teacher's lounge. A 17-year-old Purdy boy is being charged as an adult for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in at the Purdy school...
Burning incident suspect dies (04/29/15)
One of the two men arrested in a burning incident in February has died in an apparent suicide. Ryan Fertig, 36, of Monett, was declared dead at Cox Monett Hospital on Saturday. According to Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz, a call came from a Pierce City residence at 4:16 a.m. on Saturday, where Fertig had been found hanging. Pierce City Fire District first responders went to the scene, where CPR was already underway. Fertig was declared dead at Cox Monett Hospital...
Monett prom offers pageantry, fashion (04/29/15)
Some moments at the Monett High School prom were all about the dance. Working on their moves, from left, were Janette Marquez, Dallas Jobe and Lindsey Grant, as Caleb Jobe, left, watched.
Norman found fit to stand trial in sex crimes case (04/29/15)
A Cassville man facing three federal counts involving illicit sexual activity with children was recently found to be fit to stand trial following a mental evaluation. Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, is charged with two counts of using a means of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, and one count of enticement of a minor to produce child pornography...
Building progress boosts Purdy schools' strategic plan (04/29/15)
Building improvements have contributed to major progress made on the five-year strategic plan for the Purdy school district. The district targeted 36 projects in its first year. Superintendent Steven Chancellor documented significant progress on 27, eight completed, and modifications to capture the intent of the action in one case. In the second year, 22 projects saw significant progress, 22 were completed and one was modified to capture the intent...
Fundraising continues for new Purdy playground units (04/29/15)
Fundraising efforts are underway by the Purdy Renewal Project and the Purdy High School Spanish Club to acquire additional playground equipment for the Purdy Park. The two organizations recently collaborated with the Purdy City Council to purchase a new installation for the park. ...
Road district commissioners start 2015 work (04/29/15)
Twenty-five road district commissioners in Barry County took oaths of office on April 20 to begin their duties at the annual road district meeting, hosted by the Barry County Commission at the First Baptist Church of Cassville's Family Life Center. The session offered training on how to run meetings and strategies for managing road maintenance...
Monett bands play (04/29/15)
Monett school bands from the sixth grade through the Monett High School Concert Band performed their spring concert before a crowd in the Monett High School gym on Monday night.
Wheaton students perform (04/29/15)
Pictured are Wheaton elementary fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students performing the musical, "Summer Camp," at a recent concert. Julia Kilmer The Monett Times
News in Brief (04/29/15)
An electronics recycling collection will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 2 at the EFCO parking hold on Highway 60. Some fees may apply. The drive is a joint project by EFCO, the City of Monett, the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste District N and Computer Recycling in Springfield. For additional information, people may call 236-9012...
Pierce City purchases new police computer program (04/28/15)
After multiple months of debate, Pierce City aldermen recently purchased a new computer program for the police department, arriving at the conclusion of the city no other alternative. Police Chief Mike Abramovitz reported after installing the new computer, which was running a several-generation defunct version of Windows 95, for which upgrades are no longer available. The department needed to purchase a report-generating program compatible with the Monett Police Department dispatching system...
Educators to retire in Monett (04/28/15)
Two educators will retire from the Monett school district this year. The Monett Board of Education accepted those resignations and hired five teachers to begin next school year. Melody Paige will retire this year after serving in the district's technology department for 19 years. ...
New Monett Community Garden launched (04/28/15)
A celebration was held on Saturday starting the new community garden in Monett. Volunteers gathered on Bridle Lane, south of the Monett Community Church, in the fenced area to fill the raised beds with dirt and compost, making them ready for planting...
Pierce City school board reviews district, facility needs (04/28/15)
Members of the Pierce City School Board met to reorganize the district after certifying the results of the April 7 election. New board member Larry Zebert and incumbent Michael Blinzler were sworn in and new officers named. David Jones will continue in his role as board president, with John Vincent named vice president. ...
Expansion underway at Advanced Jiffy Machine (04/28/15)
Ground has been broken for two additions at Advanced Jiffy Machine in Monett. Construction will add new 12,990 square feet to the company's production plant. The gear manufacturing machine shop, located in the Monett Industrial Park since 1983, will double its manufacturing space with the additions...
Mt. Vernon teen injured in wreck (04/28/15)
A Mt. Vernon girl was injured Friday night in a wreck on Highway 97, four miles north of Stotts City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Grace Keith, 16, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2003 Ford F150 southbound on Highway 97 at about 10:15 p.m. when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned...
Highway 60 being resurfaced in Monett this week (04/28/15)
Road crews working for the Missouri Department of Transportation brought their asphalt resurfacing equipment from Farm Road 1060 to Highway 37 in Monett on Thursday night, pulling up the old asphalt and placing a new layer on Highway 60.
Monett City Wide Yard Sale draws shoppers (04/28/15)
By mid-morning on Saturday, shoppers had perfect conditions to peruse offerings at the second annual Monett City Wide Yard Sale, sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce.
News in Brief (04/28/15)
Art instructors April Davis Brunner of Joplin and Becky Golubski of Pierce City will offer a "Canvas and Coffee" session of painters of all skill levels from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at Mocha Jo's coffee café, 404 E. Broadway in downtown Monett. Cost is $40 per person. All materials will be supplied. Reservations may be by calling Golubski at 417-489-3041 or Brunner at 417-358-6329...
Kenneth Batson (04/28/15)
Kenneth Batson, 60, of Pierce City, died at 5:15 a.m., Thursday, April 23, at Cox Monett Hospital. Burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Lakin funeral Home, Pierce City.
Mt. Vernon teen injured in wreck (04/25/15)
A Mt. Vernon girl was injured Friday night in a wreck on Highway 97, four miles north of Stotts City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Grace Keith, 16, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2003 Ford F150 southbound on Highway 97 at about 10:15 p.m. when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned...
Purdy superintendent addresses school incident that led to arrest (04/25/15)
Purdy Superintendent Steve Chancellor on Friday afternoon released a statement regarding an incident on school grounds that led to a 17-year-old boy being arrested on charges of second-degree rape. The full statement appears below: "On April 9, 2015, Purdy High School administrators heard rumors concerning a serious act of alleged student misconduct...
Purdy teen facing rape charge (04/25/15)
A 17-year-old Purdy boy is being charged as an adult for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in the teacher's lounge at the Purdy school. According to probable cause statement filed by Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, Wilder Francisco Pastor-Gomez, 17, of Purdy, is facing the charge of second-degree rape, a class D felony, for allegedly having sexual intercourse with the girl without her consent...
Lawmakers tout progress in 
recent legislative sessions (04/25/15)
State lawmakers and representatives of federal legislators fielded questions and described progress during spring legislative sessions in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. before a crowd of around 60 people gathered Friday morning at the Monett City Park Casino...
Area Workshop on the move (04/25/15)
The Area Workshop, based in Monett, will consolidate operations into one location at 204 S. Central Avenue in Monett, a dramatic move as the employer of handicapped area residents struggles to continue operations. Workshop leaders announced plans to close the 16,000-square-foot building at 13th and Broadway, on the north side of the Centennial Overpass. The Workshop acquired the former MFA building in 1982, then rebuilt and expanded it after a fire destroyed the facility in February 1993...
Verona schools fine-tune emergency response (04/25/15)
Emergency preparedness has improved for the Verona schools, according to a report to the school board by high school principal Terry Winton, who serves as safety director. The district planned for moving 420 students, 43 certified staff and 20 support staff in an emergency situation. ...
Library community room to convert to tech center (04/25/15)
Changes at individual branches in the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system will improve some services and prompt shifts elsewhere. The Monett Branch will permanently lose its community meeting room as plans move forward to hire an information technology manager. The room will be solely used for technology at that point. The board voted to move its future monthly meetings from the Monett Branch to the community room at the Pierce City Branch...
Local Jaycee awarded highest honor (04/25/15)
Brittie Oakley, a past president of the Monett Jaycees, has been named Senator No. 73637 in the national Junior Chamber Inc. A senatorship is the highest honor bestowed upon a Jaycee member by the Junior Chamber International in recognition of their efforts in promoting the activities of the Jaycees at the local, state, national, and international level...
Colorful skies mark spring sunset (04/25/15)
Mother Nature had her paintbrush out on Thursday night.
News in brief (04/25/15)
Monett High School will hold Baccalaureate services at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 in the high school commons. Commencement exercises will be held at 8 p.m. on May 15 in the high school gym. The Lawrence County 911 Exploratory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on April 29 at the Monett Justice Center...
Meredith receives Missouri Regent Scholarship (04/25/15)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Institute for Organization Management [IOM], the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has awarded a Regent Scholarship to Jeff Meredith, executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce...
McKean named new assistant 
district engineer (04/25/15)
Laurel McKean, a 19-year Missouri Department of Transportation veteran, was recently named assistant district engineer and will also serve as area engineer for MoDOT's Southwest District serving Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Lawrence counties. McKean will be working with local, state and federal lawmakers, chambers of commerce, business leaders and the public in the southwestern-most part of Missouri. ...
Residents step up to donate blood (04/25/15)
Officials with the American Red Cross have released the results of a recent blood drive held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Monett. First time donors included Mabel Brubacker and Mary Brubacker. David Beckett reached the 17-gallons donated milestone, while Lana Smith and Latricia Davis reached their eight-gallon marks...
Pierce City Library offers new movies (04/25/15)
New DVDs at the Pierce City Branch Library include: A Gift Horse: Take Life by the Reins, Interstellar, and Ruby's Quest. New adult fiction titles include: "One Wish" by Robyn Carr; "A Heart's Obsession" and "The Inn at Ocean's Edge" by Colleen Coble; "The Dead Play On" by Heather Graham; "At the Water's Edge: a Novel" by Sara Gruen; "Where They Found Her: a Novel" by Kimberly McCreight; "Miracle at Augusta" by James Patterson; "Bridge to Haven" by Francine Rivers; "The Liar" by Nora Roberts; "Every Fifteen Minutes" by Lisa Scottoline; and "In His Shadow" by Tiffany Snow.. ...
St. Lawrence students get honorable mentions in essay contest (04/25/15)
Three students at St. Lawrence Catholic School received honorable mentions for their entries in the George Washington Carver essay contest.
Purdy graduate completes basic training for Marine Corps (04/25/15)
Pvt. Jake Beaty, a 2014 graduate of Purdy High School and Scott Regional Technology Center, has completed 13 weeks of basic training in San Diego, Calif., with the United States Marine Corps. He also completed the 54-hour Crucible at sunrise on March 5. The Crucible consisted of a 48-mile hike while carrying a 45-pound back pack, rifle and helmet, facing 36 training obstacles and 29 problem solving obstacles while operating on only six- to eight-hours of sleep throughout the ordeal...
Purdy FBLA students place at Crowder competition (04/25/15)
Purdy Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently competed in the Crowder College Business Contest.
Monety Elementary Teacher of the Month honored (04/25/15)
Monett Elementary School first grande teacher, Becky Godsey, has been named February's Teacher of the Month.
Purdy Missle School Students of the Month named (04/25/15)
Students of the Month of March have been named at Purdy Middle School.
Monett Elementary names Students of the Week (04/25/15)
Officials at Monett Elementary have announced Safe Students for the week of April 20.
Dairy at Southwest Research Center to close (04/24/15)
The dairy at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon is closing, and the reduction is not expected to impact the workforce at the center but will change the emphasis of research in the area. The University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources made the closing public on Tuesday, following a meeting with stakeholders in the dairy at the Southwest Center on Monday...
Car-train collision kills Crane man (04/24/15)
A Crane man was killed in a vehicle-train collision at 1:17 a.m. on Wednesday in Marionville. According to an Aurora-Marionville Police Department report, Paul Michael Jay, 56, of Crane, was driving north in a 1997 Mitsubishi and stopped at the crossing at Lincoln Street in Marionville. The railroad crossing arms were down as the Burlington Northern train approached the crossing heading toward Aurora...
EFCO drill raises challenges for responders (04/24/15)
Emergency responders from Monett's city fire and police departments, two ambulance services, plus county emergency response representatives and two hospitals participated in a disaster drill in Monett on Saturday at EFCO Corporation. Organizers expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the effort, though a few issues surfaced in the proceedings...
Monett Chamber of Commerce plans spring events (04/24/15)
Several events sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce will take place over the next month. An Eggs and Issues forum with state lawmakers and representatives of federal legislators will be held at 8 p.m. on April 24 at the Monett City Park Casino. The event will be open to the public free of charge. The Chamber and co-sponsor First State Bank will provide a complimentary breakfast...
Medical-legal partnership developed for CoxHealth (04/24/15)
CoxHealth and Legal Services of Southern Missouri have partnered to create a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP), the first of its kind in southwest Missouri. Through a four-year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, CoxHealth MLP brings health care and legal professionals together to provide free legal services to patients who meet income guidelines...
Feasters enjoy annual salad luncheon in Monett (04/24/15)
A large crowd gathered on Wednesday for one of Monett's culinary treats, the annual salad luncheon at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, presented by the Parish Council of Catholic Women.
Books offered by museum (04/24/15)
The Harold Bell Wright Museum in Pierce City now has available a supply of the first printing of Miriam Brown's centennial history of Pierce City from 1970, and a printed book of photos from the town's centennial celebration, edited by Vera Lee Stotts...
News in Brief (04/24/15)
Walk to School Day on Thursday in Monett had 210 students participating. The Monett Rural Fire District board will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at the rural fire station on County Road in Monett. The grand opening of the Monett Community Garden has been moved to 10 a.m. on April 25. The garden will be located south of the Monett Community Church...
BarCo assessor responds to Sunshine complaint (04/22/15)
The Missouri Attorney General has opened an inquiry into the Barry County assessor's office following a Sunshine Law complaint filed by a Springfield appraiser. According to documents obtained from Attorney General Chris Koster's office, Springfield man Sean Sutton filed a complaint against Assessor Sherry Sears' office in March, alleging the $6 charge for a digital copy of an aerial photo was too much and went against state statutes...
Purdy police consider body cams (04/22/15)
The Purdy City Council leaned toward the purchase of body cameras but asked for more details about protocols for their use before moving forward. "It's probably time to look at them," said Police Chief Jackie Lowe. Four bids offered by Lowe placed the least expensive cameras at $400 each, for the AXON model from the Taser company. ...
Walk to School Week draws growing groups in Monett (04/22/15)
Walk to School Week continues through Friday, as children in Monett gather at Cox Monett Hospital and North Park to walk to school.
3 teenagers injured in Monday wreck (04/22/15)
Three local teenagers were injured Monday night in a single-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 2187, two miles north of Verona. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Aleah Palmer, 16, of Monett, was driving a 1997 Ford Mustang eastbound on Farm Road 2187 at about 9:03 p.m. when her vehicle ran off the roadway and struck several trees...
Missouri State Parks applies for Viney Creek lease (04/22/15)
Viney Creek Recreational Area is tabbed for closure again this year, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has no plans to open it, however, the Corps has seen interest from Missouri state Parks in leasing the area. The State Parks Department has applied for a lease for the park, and Laurie Driver, public affairs specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, Ark., said the Corps is reviewing the proposal and hopes to make a decision within the next week...
Contracts for non-certified staff renewed in Purdy (04/22/15)
Purdy school district's non-certified staff all received employment for the coming year, one of several contract actions approved by the Purdy school board. All non-certified positions have been filled for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Anna Marie Erwin, school board secretary, the district is still seeking to hire an art teacher...
Benefit fundraiser for Wages family set (04/22/15)
On Feb. 24, Matt Wages suffered a brain aneurysm at Jack Henry and Associates in Monett. He was transported by air to Cox Medical Center in Springfield, where he underwent an immediate surgery to clip the aneurysm and the insertion of a drain to relieve spinal fluid pressure...
Crowds pack St. Mary's (04/22/15)
Mark Chapman, local singer and songwriter, led a benefit concert that packed the St. Mary's Catholic Church gym in Pierce City on Saturday to raise funds to restore the church's organ.
Lions Club provides steak dinners (04/22/15)
A steady crowd gathered at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett on Saturday for the Monett Lions Club's annual steak dinner.
News in Brief (04/22/15)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce will host an Eggs and Issues session with lawmakers at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Monett City Park Casino. Speakers will include State Senator David Sater and State Representatives Scott Fitzpatrick and Mike Moon. Steve McIntosh from U.S. ...
BREAKING: Local MU pasture-based dairy farm closing (04/21/15)
The University of Missouri announced today that it will close its pasture-based dairy farm at the Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. "We are transitioning from milking cows at the Southwest Center to research relevant to dairy producers going into the future," said David Cope, superintendent of the Center. ...
Schools prepare for annual MAP testing cycle (04/21/15)
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) standardized tests this year will be different from years past, as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is requiring all public schools to complete the tests online. Some school districts, like Monett, have computers available on a one-to-one basis for many grades. Use of a new system presents new challenges...
Opinions mixed on alcohol delivery (04/21/15)
Opinions on both sides showed different perspectives on whether or not packaged alcohol delivery should be allowed in Monett. The city's ordinance on packaged liquor sales does not specifically restrict deliveries. According to Mayor Jim Orr, council members thought it did. ...
ELL, migrant students sing welcome at school gathering (04/21/15)
For the second year, the English language learners and migrant students at Monett Elementary and Central Park Elementary Schools have hosted a spring public event, with food and music, at Monett Elementary School.

News in Brief

The Monett citywide clean-up will run through May 8. Crews go from Ninth Street to the east city limits on May 6, and will conclude south of the railroad tracks May 7 and May 8. For information, people may call 235-3495.

A rib dinner will be offered by Decatur Lodge No. 400, AF&AM from noon to 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Lodge in Pierce City, a half block north of the bandstand. A plate of baby back ribs, potato salad and drink will be available for $12. Carry-outs will be available.

St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City will hold a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 8 in the school gym. An art show and book fair will be held as well.

The Verona Tillers and Toilers Garden Club will hold a plant and bake sale beginning at 10 a.m. on May 8, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9 at the Verona FFA Building on the north side of the high school. Look for signs. A large selection of plants from members' gardens will be available, as well as homemade garden accessories. Homemade pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other desserts will be offered at bargain prices.

The Capps Creek Road District commissioners will meet at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 at the home of Francis Washick, 6364 Farm Road 1040.

The Mount Vernon Regional Arts Council along with KeenBean Coffee Roasters will host live music on Fridays to mark KeenBean's 10th anniversary at 1031 S. Market St. in Mt. Vernon. On May 8, None the Wiser, an indie alternative and folk band playing acoustical sets will perform.

Small Wonders Preschool at the First United Methodist Church in Monett, 1600 N. Central, is now accepting enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year. For additional information, people may call 235-0410.

The Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Monett Ministerial Association will host an annual Prayer Breakfast in recognition of the National Day of Prayer at 7 a.m. on May 7 at the Monett Area YMCA. Dr. Frank Shirley will be the speaker. A free breakfast will be served by the Monett Kiwanis Club.

The Scott Regional Technology Center will hold is 19th annual Recognition Night in two sessions, honoring students from half the programs at 7 p.m. on May 5, and the rest at 7 p.m. on May 7. For additional information, people may call Pam Wormington at 235-8356.

The Monett Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch and learn session at noon on May 19 on using positive and negative information to create workable strategies needed to achieve dramatic results. The session will be held in the Chamber's community room at 200 E. Broadway.

Monett Police Department will participate in a statewide crackdown from May 18 through May 31 for the "Click it or Ticket " campaign to discourage seatbelt violations. Sixty percent of traffic fatalities in Missouri are unbelted. "Everyday someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," said Sergeant Jerry Harrison. "We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up." Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatality accidents. For information on seatbelt usage, people may visit www.saveMOlives.com

The Hilton Cemetery will hold its annual business meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Wheelerville Church.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on May 15 for Police Officers memorial Day.

Preschool and kindergarten screenings for the Monett schools will be held at Monett Elementary School on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces for full or half-day preschool are limited. Screeners will test for motor skills, speech and language skills, concept development, vision and hearing. Screening takes approximately one hour. Parents need to bring a birth certificate and immunization records. Appointments may be made by calling 235-3411.

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