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Two hurt in collision west of Monett (07/29/14)
Two people required hospitalization following a two-vehicle crash 2-1/2 miles west of Monett on Highway 60 around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William Sellek, 46, of Monett, was driving east in a 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada, left, when his vehicle had a left front wheel failure...
Committee explores future of LawCo 911 system (07/29/14)
The new Lawrence County 911 Exploratory Committee will meet at the Monett Justice Center on Aug. 27 in an effort to find solutions for the county's troubled 911 system. The committee met last Wednesday at the Aurora police station, which operates the other municipal 911 system in the county, in addition to Monett...
History brings man back to Monett (07/29/14)
By Melonie Roberts reporter@monett-times.com When John and Karen Richardson moved to Monett at Thanksgiving in 2013, he wasn't just returning to his old neighborhood, old friends and a familiar stomping ground from his childhood -- he was returning to a home rich in family history and filled with lifetimes of memorabilia...
Locals make big showing at Ozark Empire Fair (07/29/14)
Main Street Feeds of Monett has a popular stand in the E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fair, held in Springfield over the weekend. Jessica Schad, right, of Monett, showed her mother, Lynn Schad, some of the popular John Deere toys offered to fairgoers. More photos from the Ozark Empire Fair appear on Page 8. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com...
Monett schools schedule open houses (07/29/14)
Open houses and orientations will be held at all campuses in the Monett School District, as the 2014-15 year begins in August. Sessions will take place over three days. On Thursday, Aug. 7, the following campuses will open their doors for parents, students and patrons:...
Wheaton man dies in wreck (07/29/14)
A Wheaton man died Sunday morning when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned. At 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Jerad Powell, 39, of Wheaton, was traveling in a 1997 GMC Sierra, going eastbound on Hwy. 76 in Ridgely, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Cassville man killed in Hwy. 112 motorcycle wreck (07/29/14)
A Cassville man died over the weekend on Hwy. 112, three miles south of Cassville. Mickey Austin, 60, of Cassville, was traveling northbound on Hwy. 112 on a 2007 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle when his vehicle lost control while passing another vehicle, leaving the roadway and ejecting Austin...
Ohio man hurt in weekend wreck on I-44 (07/29/14)
An Ohio man suffered moderate injuries in a wreck Friday on I-44, half a mile south of Mt. Vernon. At 10:30 p.m. Friday, Tyler Brickman, 22, of McComb, Ohio, was traveling westbound on Interstate 44 in a 2009 GMC Truck when his vehicle left the roadway, struck the median cable and overturned, ejecting Brickman...
Band camp kicks off at Monett High School (07/29/14)
Band camp for the Monett High School 2014 marching season kicked off Monday morning at the E.E. Camp Gymnasium at Monett Middle School, as construction at the high school makes the band room inaccessible. Camps for the flag corps and drum line were held last week. Director Philip Soule, left, instructed the students to angle their feet for the first standard position as they prepare formations for their routines. Camp will last throughout the week. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com...
News in Brief (07/29/14)
Cox Monett Auxiliary will hold a "Stuff a Critter" fundraiser selling stuffable plush animals for $15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Clothing and accessories may be purchased as well. Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary's health care scholarship fund. For additional information, people may call 354-1404...
Experience, innovations important to judge candidates (07/26/14)
Lawrence County Republicans will choose between four candidates on Aug. 5 in selecting a nominee to run for the Division 2 associate judge seat, replacing Samuel Jones, who retired after serving the last four years. Candidates in the Republican primary include: Shara Martin, of rural Aurora; Bryan Berry, of Mt. Vernon; Robert George, of Aurora; and Stacy Tomlin, of Aurora...
Monett adds e-cigs to smoking restrictions (07/26/14)
One month after passing a smoking ban in city buildings and North Park, except in designated areas, the Monett City Council returned to the issue in July. The latest revisions also ban the use of electronic cigarettes, as well as traditional tobacco products...
High-pressure pumps added at water plant (07/26/14)
Crews for Crossland Heavy Construction crossed off one of the biggest parts in the building of the new water treatment plant in Monett on Wednesday. They lifted the 91,000-pound, high-pressure pump building into place, setting it on 12 ground-level pipes...
Investigation into check-cashing scheme continues (07/26/14)
Law enforcement personnel in Purdy are seeking information on the identity and location of a suspect wanted for questioning in connection with cashing stolen checks at a chain store retailer in southwest Missouri. Jackie Lowe, Purdy police chief, said a woman and two male subjects had stolen a box of checks from a residence in Purdy and had subsequently cashed several at Walmart stores in Monett, Springfield and Nixa in April. The men have subsequently been identified...
183 Monett students 
participate in Morning Mile (07/26/14)
One of the most popular innovations during Summer School in the Monett School District was the Morning Mile, one of the activities introduced through the Missouri Foundation for Health. Students and teachers walked the Morning Mile at 7:15 a.m. at Monett Elementary and at 7:45 a.m. at Monett Intermediate School. Participation started off with a few people, but the numbers increased daily...
Golubski finds success in St. Louis exhibit (07/26/14)
Pierce City artist Becky Golubski was a featured artist at the American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog on June 28 and 29 at Queeny Park in St. Louis. Golubski took eight pet portraits, plus prints and cards, for display. The Museum of the Dog has been in St. Louis since 1990. Golubski received a letter in February offering artists the opportunity to show there and sent in her application...
News in brief (07/26/14)
The Monett Rural Fire District board will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at Huffmaster Insurance, Seventh and East Cleveland in Monett. The Lesters will appear in concert at 8:20 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 27 at the First Baptist Church in Monett...
Local missionary returns after service in Northwest (07/26/14)
A member of the Monett-Pierce City Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has returned home after serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Julia Willis, 24, comes from a large family of 14 siblings. Her younger sister, Jessica, is also a missionary in South Carolina. Three years ago only 13 percent of the 85,000 Mormon missionaries were women. Today 30 percent of Latter-day Saint missionaries are young women...
Monett FFA finds success at July 4 drive (07/26/14)
The Monett FFA collected donations and supplies for the mid-year Shoeboxes for Soldiers drive.
Martin graduates basic training (07/26/14)
Air Force Airman Kelly D. Martin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills...
VFW officers begin duties for new year (07/26/14)
Officers at Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, have taken office for the coming year.
Brian Arnold to perform (07/26/14)
A concert by Brian Arnold, known as "America's favorite one-handed pianist," will be given as part of a special service at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Body of Christ Outreach Center, 501 S. Gillman St. in Wheaton.
Monett school district patrons face tax hike (07/25/14)
Monett school district property owners will face a higher tax levy in October when property tax bills are mailed. A change in property valuation unexpectedly impacted how much local tax revenue Monett school officials expect to receive in the coming tax cycle...
Judge candidates make their cases (07/25/14)
Three Aurora residents and on Mt. Vernon resident are running for the Lawrence County Division 2 associate circuit judge position, and each candidate is putting forth their qualifications for the position. Candidates in the Aug. 5 Republican primary include: Bryan Berry, of Mt. Vernon; Stacy Tomlin, of Aurora; Shara Martin, of rural Aurora; and Robert George, of Aurora...
Pierce City Patriotic Quilters sew creations with mission (07/25/14)
They've completed 18 quilt tops in two months, a feat that has not gone unnoticed by Pierce City Library patrons. The Patriotic Quilters of Pierce City are women on a mission. They hope to have a completed quilt for every returning soldier now deployed with the 276th Engineering Company, 203rd Battalion upon their return from Afghanistan in December or January 2015...
"Shenandoah" continuing this weekend in Mt. Vernon (07/25/14)
Final performances of "Shenandoah," the Broadway show based on the film set in Virginia during the Civil War, will be given at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd...
Freistatt trustees ban hunting on city property (07/25/14)
Hunting of any kind is now banned on city property in Freistatt. Trustees found problems with establishing a partial ban and chose to eliminate hunting altogether. The question of hunting surfaced in May when witnesses saw people with high powered guns firing inside the village's wastewater lagoon property. ...
Granby woman involved in Hwy. 86 wreck (07/25/14)
A Granby woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday after being involved in a single-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 86, three miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Ginger Perkins, 55, of Granby, was attempting to avoid another vehicle allegedly crowding the center line when her vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a road sign and overturned. The vehicle is listed as totaled and was towed from the scene...
Local children wheel their way to summer fun (07/25/14)
Sometimes, summer fun takes a bit of practice. Cindy Arnett of Monett, left, got her daughters out to practice riding their rolling vehicles on the sidewalk in front of their Fifth Street home on a recent July evening. Trinity Ruiz, 3, finally got a feel for her wheels on her tricycle. She was under the watchful eyes of sister Brisels Ruiz, right, and cousin, Rayann Ruiz, center. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com...
Roof trusses added to Habitat house in Monett (07/25/14)
Volunteers from the New Site Baptist Church added roof trusses on the new Habitat for Humanity home at 111 E. Nellie on July 19. Work continues on July 26 with volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Anyone interested in helping on the Habitat house may call Bill Van Eaton at 417-461-3065 or Ron Overeem at 417-669-4420. Contributed photo...
News in Brief (07/25/14)
The Monett Senior Center, 405 Dairy St., will host a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. Evelyn Lock and the Outriders Band will provide music. Cost is $3. Those attending are encouraged to bring a snack or a dish to share. Crosslines has applications for school supplies for Monett, Purdy and Pierce City public schools. ...
Candidate: Commission lacks transparency (07/23/14)
The Barry County Commission meets two days per week from 9 a.m. to noon, and if elected, one candidate for presiding commissioner hopes to make some changes. Terry Burgess, 31, of Seligman, said he believes the county commission is not open enough because of the meeting times, and he hopes to change that...
Electric costs, wages drive Purdy budget (07/23/14)
Purdy residents for the present time will see no changes in their billing following passage of a new city budget. Aldermen reviewed options on again raising sewer rates but delayed action while talks continue with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...
Barry County attorney candidates look for residents' help (07/23/14)
Amy Boxx, 42, of Monett, Matt Weatherman, 30, of Golden, and Steve Dunker, 50, of Cassville, each have ideas for how residents can help the prosecuting attorney's office and local law enforcement when it comes to stopping crime. Boxx said one of the big things that can help is for residents to have more watchful eyes, especially around their homes...
Purdy School District signs major deal with Apple (07/23/14)
The Purdy School District has made a major commitment to technology and signed a $359,800, three-year deal with Apple Computers. The decision will bring new devices to Purdy for the opening of classes in August. School board members liked the groundwork laid by Superintendent Dr. Steven Chancellor and chose to take immediate action at the June meeting...
Warren re-election campaign spent no money through June 30 (07/23/14)
As the presiding commissioner race heats up, finance reports filed show that incumbent Cherry Warren spent no money on his campaign through June 30. Warren received the most in contributions at $5,600, and according to the report, $5,000 of that amount was a loan from Warren, and $3,388.27 has been repaid. ...
County prosecutor candidates' finance reports released (07/23/14)
Candidates for Barry County prosecuting attorney have released campaign finance reports, detailing each candidate's contributions and expenditures. Amy Boxx, 42, of Monett, raised the most money for her campaign at $3,800. All of her fundraising, less a $50 donation, is listed as a 6-month loan from Boxx...
Old friends catch up on news at V.B. Hall anniversary (07/23/14)
To mark the 19th anniversary of V.B. Hall Antique Warehouse and Flea Market in Monett, owner Viga Hall was back in town last week and greeted visitors who came by 201 Main St. on Saturday for the occasion.
Barry County clerk releases voting info (07/23/14)
The Barry County Clerk's Office has released information regarding absentee and in-person voting in the upcoming primary election. Those who have mobility issues, like walking or standing in lines, may send a written request, with the information listed below, or stop by the office and vote absentee...
News in brief (07/23/14)
Monett Schools will offer preschool and kindergarten screenings that will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 The screening team will check motor skills, speech and language skills, concept development, vision and hearing. Screenings take approximately one hour. To make an appointment, people may call 235-3411. Parents should bring the child's birth certificate and immunization records...
Work advancing rapidly on Monett Schools construction projects (07/22/14)
Warm and dry weather has offered ideal conditions for construction crews to make rapid progress on building projects for the Monett school district. Superintendent Brad Hanson said patrons can expect to see a number of changes in the coming week. Vaughn Construction crews finished excavating the subsoil at the site of the FEMA-funded storm safe from north of the E.E. ...
Chamber develops upcoming activities (07/22/14)
New details have been announced for upcoming activities sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce. The new teacher breakfast, an annual introduction to the community for educators, will take place at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. A total of 32 new teachers working in the Monett R-1 School District, St. Lawrence Catholic School, Berean Christian Academy and Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt are expected to attend...
'Shenandoah' brings little-known musical to area (07/22/14)
This week, the Mt. Vernon Community Theatre and Rebel's Bluff Troupe will present the Broadway musical, "Shenandoah," at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center, located at 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Shows will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The musical is adapted from the 1965 film starring Jimmy Stewart and ran for 1,050 performances on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards...
Foundation for Health renews grant for Monett (07/22/14)
Transformation efforts to support weight loss among Monett school children will continue, as the Missouri Foundation for Health has renewed its grant with the Monett School District for a second year. For school leaders, renewal validated a wide range of efforts implemented during the past year...
Purdy Festival fun for 'kids' of all species (07/22/14)
The Purdy Festival was held Saturday in Purdy, with many different games and attractions for visitors.
Children soak in sun at Stones Prairie Picnic (07/22/14)
Many children were present at the Stones Prairie Picnic, held Friday northwest of Purdy.
News in brief (07/22/14)
Drury University's College of Continuing Professional Studies and Cox College are offering a new dual degree program in Monett for students interested in a career in healthcare. Drury University will hold a free informational session about this program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ...
Rehab center's budget draws House race controversy (07/19/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon's unexpected slashing of the budget for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center (MRC) in Mt. Vernon provides a window into the 157th District state representative seat in Lawrence County. Following passage of a $10.2 million budget for the rehabilitation center by the Missouri General Assembly, Nixon cut $5.3 million in the line item veto process. The center provides specialized treatment for brain trauma and spinal chord injury patients, along with the Gene Taylor Clinic for veterans...
Property value drop hits schools (07/19/14)
The Monett School District may face a significant financial challenge in the coming year. Preliminary property valuation numbers from Barry County Assessor Sherry Sears showed a drop of $1.6 million in assessed property, compared to an increase of $600,000 in Lawrence County...
Southwest Center hires superintendent (07/19/14)
David Cope has started his duties as the new superintendent of the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. Cope succeeds Richard Crawford, who left the post in 2011. A native of southwest Missouri, Cope brings a varied background to the position. ...
News in Brief

News in Brief

Cox Monett Auxiliary will hold a "Stuff a Critter" fundraiser selling stuffable plush animals for $15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Clothing and accessories may be purchased as well. Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary's health care scholarship fund. For additional information, people may call 354-1404

The Pierce City Senior Center will host a country breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the center, 104 N. Locust. The menu will include bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, biscuits and gravy and beverage. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 5 to 10.

The Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum board will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 at the museum. The museum is open 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays.

A "Stuff the Bus" school supply fundraiser is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.2 and noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3. 3D Corporate Solutions encourages donors to "Stuff the Bus" at the Walmart Supercenter in Monett with school supplies that will be donated to the Monett schools.

The Brian Arnold concert scheduled for Aug. 2 at the Body of Christ Outreach in Wheaton has been cancelled.

Life Line Screening will hold a stroke and osteoporosis screening on Aug. 11 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 821 Old Exeter Rd. in Cassville. Screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete and covers cardiovascular conditions, bone density and potential aneurysms. Packages start at $149. For additional information, people may call 877-237-1287.

New students can register for classes at Verona High School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 through Aug. 8 at the school office. New students need to bring immunization records, birth certificates, proof of residency and a Social Security card. The first day of classes will be Aug. 12.

Open house at Monett Elementary School will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7. On the same day, open house will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Central park Elementary and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Monett Intermediate.

The museum in Golden at Highway 86 and Highway J is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information, people may call 417-271-3300.

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Chamber Events Center on Highway 37. Admission is $4. The band Cheyenne from Arkansas will provide entertainment. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

New hours at the Pierce City Post Office go into effect on Aug. 23. Full service hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed for lunch from 2 to 2:30 p.m., and open 10:15 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will host a Law Enforcement Academy beginning Aug. 28, sponsored by the Missouri Sheriff's Association. Sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The academy runs for 10 months and offers 700 hours of training for a Class A peace officer license. Applications are available at www.mosheriffs.com.

The support group Celebrate Recovery meets at 6 p.m. every Friday at New Hope Baptist Church, three miles west of Butterfield on Highway W, then north three-quarters of a mile on Farm Road 1052. Anyone with hurts, habits and hangups can attend. For information, people may call 417-442-9357.

The Early Head Start in Verona, run by the Ozarks Area community Action Corporation (OACAC), has immediate openings for children age 3 and under. Early Head Start also provides medical and dental referrals, preventive health and dental assistance, screenings and referrals. Pregnant women and children 3 and under who meet income guidelines are eligible to apple. For additional information, people may call 866-282-3430

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