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Miller man injured, arrested after wreck (04/29/16)
A Miller man was injured and subsequently arrested following a wreck at 4:15 p.m. Thursday on Farm Road 1110, four miles north of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Charles Webb, 21, of Miller, was driving a 2005 Ford Ranger southbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a fence and a cattle guard...
2 injured in Hwy. H wreck (04/28/16)
Two people were injured Wednesday in a wreck at 1:20 p.m. on Highway H, three miles south of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Harmon, 22, of Monett, was driving a 2007 Ford Fusion southbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, being driven by Teresa Wells, 53, of Springfield...
LawCo sheriff details 42-hour manhunt (04/27/16)
It all started at mile marker 53 on Interstate 44 early Monday morning. About 42 hours later, Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay reported capturing the 21-year-old wanted in connection to a Fordland murder on Sunday. The pursuit for Yovanny Mendivil Balderrama, 21, a Mexican national, began in Webster County and found its way into Lawrence County at about 1 a.m. ...
Heavy storms cause minor damage locally (04/27/16)
A line of heavy storms moved through the Barry County area Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, causing some damage in the local area. David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said he and Deputy Director Russ Nichols called out storm spotters at about midnight Tuesday, just as the line of storms crossed from Oklahoma and Kansas into Missouri...
2 injured in Tuesday wreck (04/27/16)
Two people were injured Tuesday morning in a wreck at 9 :30 a.m. at the intersection of Business 60 at Highway 60. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Glory Sullivan, 39, of Pierce City, was driving a 1999 Infinity eastbound and attempted to make a left turn onto Hwy. 60 when her vehicle pulled into the path of and struck a 2007 Kia Sportage, bing driven by Lisa Harding, 49, of Rogers, Ark...
Barry-Lawrence Ambulance operations manager resigns (04/27/16)
The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District is seeking a new operations manager following the resignation of Andy McCaslin, who has served at the post since last June. McCaslin submitted his resignation amidst questions raised by the board. This was his second stint as operations manager, having served from November 2010 to July of 2011. ...
Library secures grant funds (04/27/16)
Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System has been awarded six Library Services and Technology Act grants, all totaling $30,108. According to Director Gina Milburn, the library system will receive $14,992 for the 2016 Summer Library Program. The grant funds will be used to provide a summer reading program for all ages, using the theme, "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" The reading program will be available in-house, as well as online through the library's webpage, www2.youseemore.com/blrl, from May 30 through July 31.. ...
Purdy schools announce summer school plans (04/27/16)
For the second consecutive year, the Purdy school district plans to run its own summer school program, offering classes May 25 through June 22. According to Mindi Gates, associate superintendent in charge of the program, students from kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up until May 6. Daily sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offer free daily breakfast at 7:30 a.m., as well as lunch. Bus routes will run the same as last year...
Purdy prom-goers dance the night away (04/27/16)
Andrea Humphrey, left, and Robbie Ortega dance together at Purdy's prom, held Saturday at the Crowder College Cassville Community Building.
Barry County concerned about employee health care cost increases (04/27/16)
The cost of health care is a concern to every American, and with that comes the process how to obtain insurance and navigate Obamacare, also known as The Affordable Care Act (ACA). A total of 71 Barry County employees have 100 percent of their health insurance covered by the county, but Cherry Warren, presiding county commissioner, is concerned that health care costs might increase phenomenally in the foreseeable future...
Let's go fly a kite: Monett kids learn to soar (04/27/16)
Students in the after-school program at Monett Elementary School enjoyed an airborne treat this week as Don Inman, "The Kite Man," brought a high-flying treat to the children, introducing them to kiting in a guaranteed-to-work experience. Over the past 24 years, Inman and his wife, Vickie, have been introducing children to kiting. ...
Neosho woman injured in Hwy. 60 wreck (04/27/16)
A Neosho woman was injured Monday in a wreck at 8:30 p.m. on Highway 60, six miles west of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Troy Risley, 90, of Neosho, was driving a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis westbound when his vehicle struck the towed unit of a 1978 Case 1070 tractor, being driven by Christopher Enlow, 42, of Pierce City...
Verona students enjoy high fashioned prom at Hillcreek Lodge (04/27/16)
Singing their hearts out at the Verona prom from the stage in the dance hall at the Hillcreek Lodge were Verona students, from left, Danielle Roetto, Aubrey Sitton, Christiana Warner and Spencer Shue, rocking to one of the Spice Girls' biggest hits.
News in Brief (04/27/16)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce will host the citywide garage sale on April 30. Maps will be available identifying where sales are taking place. Participants can be listed on the map for a $10 fee submitting the information to the Chamber office, 200 E. Broadway, by April 28...
Lawrence County fugitive taken into custody (04/26/16)
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has now identified and is still searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a fatal shooting in Fordland on Sunday. The suspect is Yovanny Mendivil Balderrama, also known as Aroldo. He was last seen today around 12:30 p.m. walking down Farm Road 2074 near Highway N. He has been reportedly going to homes in the area asking for water and to use a phone...
EFCO street project advances (04/26/16)
The Monett City Council approved a resolution outlining plans to work with EFCO Corporation on a street project that will involve closing a section of Bridle Lane permanently to public traffic. Council members agreed to work with the window manufacturer to change the entrance into the factory complex at Bridle Lane and County Road. The project will fit into a second road construction effort that will not take place for another year...
Chamber plans upcoming activities (04/26/16)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce has planned a variety of activities in the coming months. First up is the annual citywide yard sale, in its third year, on April 30. Participants can still receive a listing on the Chamber's official map for a $10 fee by April 28. Maps will be available at the Chamber office...
Glitz, glamour make night of 'Around the World' fun at prom (04/26/16)
The photo booth was a popular stop for dates at the Monett prom.
I-44 wreck injures Crocker pair (04/26/16)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a wreck at 5:24 p.m. on Saturday that injured two people on Interstate 44, 14 miles west of Springfield. According to a Highway Patrol report, a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed, overtaking a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup, being driven by Earl Williams, 46, of Springfield. ...
Cassville teens killed in wreck (04/26/16)
Two 16-year-olds from Cassville died Friday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 248, two miles west of Wheelerville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Lawrence Dickson, 16, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 Ford F150 eastbound on Highway 248 at 4:13 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
U.S. Senate candidate Kander speaks in Freistatt (04/26/16)
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander spoke to a capacity crowd of supporters who gathered on Saturday for a fundraising dinner at the Freistatt Lions Club building.
Grilling for a good cause (04/26/16)
The Monett Lions Club served approximately 200 meals at its annual steak dinner fundraiser, held Saturday at the Scott Regional Technology Center.
High style stands out at Monett fashion show (04/26/16)
The Monett High School fashion class held its second annual fashion show on Friday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
Ozark Festival Orchestra presents international concert (04/26/16)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra made a big sound, opening the final concert of the 36th season on Sunday with Alfred Reed's "A Festival Prelude" at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
Church dinnner, auction raises more than $7,000 (04/26/16)
Alice Heim, left, received vegetables to complete her dinner at St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett on Friday from Stanley Nowak, middle, and Darlene Nowak.
News in Brief (04/26/16)
The annual spring salad luncheon, presented by the St. Lawrence Council of Catholic Women, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27 at the Parish Hall, 405 Seventh St. /cost is $7 at the door. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 26 at Cox Monett Hospital; from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 29 at Miller High School...
Ambulance district struggles to staff 12-hour shift (04/23/16)
Shifts in staffing practices by neighboring ambulance services have created unexpected challenges for the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District. Operations Director Andy McCaslin said during March, crews turned over six calls to other services due to ambulances being busy, and picked up three calls for mutual aid. ...
Verona reaffirms ban on pit bulls (04/23/16)
The Verona City Council has refused to reconsider a city ban on pit bulls. Council members agreed to public discussion of the longstanding ban following a request in February by Georgina Rapert, a new resident who moved to town unaware of the city ban on pit bulls as a breed. ...
State to add to Foundation Formula (04/23/16)
State lawmakers reviewed recent legislative activities for the Monett Chamber of Commerce during an Eggs and Issues breakfast Friday at the Monett City Park Casino. In reviewing progress during the 2016 session of the Missouri General Assembly, State Rep. ...
Monett places titling tax on August primary ballot (04/23/16)
Monettans will have a chance to vote on Aug. 2 to secure sales tax for the city on the purchase of vehicles out of state. The Monett City Council approved an ordinance seeking the renewal of the local sales tax on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors purchased out of state, then titled in Monett. The tax applies to purchases from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer, and it is designed to prevent out-of-state dealerships from holding an advantage over local vendors...
Former Monett man apologizes for criminal activity (04/23/16)
A former Monett man serving time in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., has issued an apology to the Monett community for his admitted misconduct. Justin J.R. Compton pleaded guilty in 2011 to defrauding four banks of $160,672 by writing bad checks on accounts that had no money in them. ...
Demolition started on former eatery downtown (04/23/16)
Demolition work advanced rapidly on Thursday and Friday removing the former Singleton's eatery building at the southwest corner of Fifth and Broadway.
Monett students urged to take 'Safe and Sober' pledge (04/23/16)
Monett School Resource Officer Jay Jastal spoke to the Monett High School students along with Highway Patrol Trooper Zack Bryan on Thursday during a "Safe and Sober" assembly.
News in brief (04/23/16)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra presents its Young Artists concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Three soloists will play with the orchestra. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors. The Monett City Council will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. ...
City of Monett considers lifting fireworks ban (04/22/16)
The city of Monett is seeking as much public input as possible on a proposal to reverse longstanding city policy and allow the sale and possible discharge of fireworks inside the Monett city limits, according to Mayor Mike Brownsberger. Two ordinances are being prepared on the fireworks issue. ...
Monett Main Street reorganizes (04/22/16)
Monett Main Street has re-elected officers and put plans in motion for the year's activities. For the fourth year, Jeff Meredith, executive director for the Monett Chamber of Commerce, was elected president. Bob Berger will return as vice president, and City Administrator Dennis Pyle will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer...
New EFCO addition completed, operational (04/22/16)
EFCO Corporation in Monett unveiled its new 22,000-square-foot addition and automated glass-cutting process in a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the plant. "Today, we are taking some time to celebrate a significant milestone for EFCO as well as to say thanks to the many partners who have made this day possible," said Doug Dieleman, vice president of operations for EFCO. ...
Chamber names leadership roles for 2016-2017 (04/22/16)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce has reorganized its leadership and released committee assignments for the coming year. Keith McCracken, from Century 21 Properties, has assumed the duties of president from Michelle Eck, who will stay on the board for a fourth year as the immediate past president. Brad Anderson, from EFCO Corporation, will continue the practice begun in 2012 and moves from secretary/treasurer position to president-elect...
Roadside art offers entrepreneurial inspiration (04/22/16)
Entrepreneurship starts at all levels. For the children in the Garrett and Etter families, that meant roadside sales of their own artwork, much like their summer lemonade sales.
News in brief (04/22/16)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra presents its Young Artists concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Three soloists will play with the orchestra. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors. A retirement reception for Patty Leach, after 28 years with the Monett School District, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 29 at the central office, 900 E. Scott St...
911 dispatching looks to resolve call location issues (04/20/16)
The Monett Lawrence County 911 Advisory Board is looking for ways to further improve dispatching for Lawrence County emergency responses and handling incoming 911 calls. Several recent calls presented problems. Sheriff Brad DeLay, who also serves as the Mt. Vernon fire chief, said Mt. Vernon firefighters were called out to a fire reported to be in downtown Mt. Vernon at "174 Main Street" that turned out to be in downtown Republic. The 911 service had reportedly "pinpointed" the location...
Purdy survey deadline looms (04/20/16)
The Purdy City Council received some welcomed help at its April meeting in collecting the income surveys needed to secure the $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program. Mayor Steve Roden reported the city now has until May 9 to compile the remaining 70 surveys needed to total 250 examples to document the median income of the community...
2 new aldermen join Purdy council (04/20/16)
Two new faces joined Purdy City Council recently, as Brad Bunnell took the Ward 1 seat and Brian Bowers assumed the job of Ward 2 alderman. Bunnell, 46, is the son for former alderman Launce Bunnell and the late Sue Bunnell. A lifelong city resident, Bunnell is a partner with his father in the local car sales business and owns 37 Tire and Auto Center. He and his wife, Melissa, have three boys, ages 12, 16 and 20...
2 people hurt in 2-car crash near Pierce City Tuesday (04/20/16)
A two-vehicle collision shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday resulted in injuries to two people approximately one-half mile east of Pierce City on Highway 37. According to Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz, Harry Clanton, 89, of rural Wentworth, was driving west on Highway 37 in a 2004 Toyota and attempted to turn into the east driveway for Velten Implement. ...
Purdy school officials find needs to upgrade resources (04/20/16)
Several strategic contracts approved by the Purdy Board of Education moved to improve the district's technology and facility resources. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the student information system purchased from the STI company has become bloated with a massive volume of information. Conversion of the district's financial package opened an opportunity to address the student data...
Monett, Purdy, Verona proms planned for Saturday night (04/20/16)
Monett, Purdy and Verona high schools will have their proms on Saturday, with red carpet entries and the crowning of royalty taking center stage. Monett's theme will be "Around the World." Activities will be held at the Monett City Park Casino. As a special feature this year, the prom will start with a formal red carpet spread down the Casino sidewalk. ...
Purdy renews teachers' contracts (04/20/16)
The Purdy Board of Education made several major personnel moves recently, rehiring certified teachers and moving three faculty members to tenured positions. Prior to taking action, the board accepted resignations from high school math teacher Molly Strickland and agriculture teachers Amanda Neely and Payden Emmett...
Yard sale, donkey basketball to bolster Ridgetop Bible Camp (04/20/16)
Ridgetop Bible Camp will be hosting two fundraisers to raise money for the camp's operations, along with an informational meeting about the camp. On April 29 at 7 p.m., a game of donkey basketball will be held at the Wheaton school gymnasium, and on May 14, a yard sale will be held at Ferman Prewitt's home at 530 E. Davidson St. in Wheaton, during the town's city-wide garage sale...
Youth soloists to headline Ozark Festival Orchestra concert Sunday in Monett (04/20/16)
Adam Barker, one of two senior division Young Artist winners, will perform the first movement of Max Bruch's popular Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Ozark Festival Orchestra at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
Museum project roof brickwork receives reinforcement (04/20/16)
Those watching the reconstruction work on the old Monett State Bank building, 418 to 422 E. Broadway, may have wondered why crews for Kelmar Construction took down bricks across the top of the 1905 structure in an effort to restore the original look...
Hogenmiller sworn in to Ambulance board (04/20/16)
Without a quorum last week, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board rescheduled its monthly meeting to this week. The board took the opportunity, however, to swear in Andy Hogenmiller, who won election to the District 5 board seat.
News in brief (04/20/16)
The Monett City Council meets at 9:30 a.m. today at Monett City Hall council chambers. The Ozark Festival Orchestra presents its Young Artists concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Three soloists will play with the orchestra. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors...
Arrest made in 2014 burglary (04/19/16)
A Monett man is facing a burglary charge after allegedly stealing a laser light from a home on Second Street in Monett. Devin Rust, 22, of Monett, is charged with first-degree burglary and being held in the Barry County jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond...
Drunken incident leads to arrest (04/19/16)
A Monett man was arrested recently after allegedly being intoxicated and attempting to flee police, causing an officer and firefighter to be injured. Daniel Lopez, 19, of Monett s charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, third-degree assault on a emergency personnel and minor in possession of alcohol...
Music revue brings big performances for Kiwanis benefit (04/19/16)
Wearing their glittering dresses to strike the go-go style of the 1960s, from left, Kiley Wolf, Shelby Jo Taylor and Ryann Stewart opened the Ozarks Showcase concert at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center with 1964 hit for Martha and the Vandellas, "Dancing in the Street."...
Monett City Council assigns duties for next term (04/19/16)
The Monett City Council reorganized at a special meeting on Thursday, assigning duties to its members for the next four years following the April 5 election. Mike Brownsberger took the oath of office as mayor for the first time. Brownsberger assumed the duties of mayor following the death of Jim Orr in December 2015 and ran for the position in the election...
Mt. Vernon man arrested after Hwy. 96 wreck (04/19/16)
A Mt. Vernon man was injured and subsequently arrested after a wreck Saturday at 12:20 a.m. on Highway 96, one mile east of Phelps. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Eric McMullen, 26, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2007 Saturday eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
3 injured in wreck near Shell Knob (04/19/16)
Three people were injured Saturday in a wreck at 6:08 p.m. on Highway 39, four miles north of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, David Shephard, 57, of Shell Knob, was driving a 1994 Mazda Navajo northbound on Highway 39 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, being driven by Casey Petzoldt, 28, of Springfield...
Wentworth woman injured in wreck (04/19/16)
A Wentworth woman was injured Friday in a wreck at 9 p.m. on Highway 97, five miles north of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tammy Shelton, 56, of Wentworth, was driving a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe southbound when her vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a road sign and struck a bridge rail...
News in brief (04/19/16)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today, April 19. Carlene Garner, current owner of the historic Teel house on Highway 60 west, will give the program and share her plans for the future of the location. This meeting will be held at the Chamber Office, at Second and Broadway, instead of at the Museum...
Neosho woman injured in wreck (04/18/16)
A Neosho woman was injured Monday in a wreck at 12:30 p.m. on Highway 97, 0.6 miles north of Pulaskifield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Nakia Zamniak, 19, of Neosho, was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima northbound when her vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a sign and struck an embankment...
School health initiative applies for final grant funds (04/16/16)
The Monett school district has submitted its application for the fourth and fifth years of funding through the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), anticipating the successful conclusion of Monett as a pilot project for the organization. According to Alex Severs, wellness coordinator for the school district, notification of approval should come by Aug. ...
Council selects board members (04/16/16)
With the new fiscal year beginning for the city of Monett on April 1, the Monett City Council has approved several appointments to city boards. On the Planning and Zoning Commission, Gale Huffmaster was named to a two-year term and Randall Click to a three-year term. Also serving on the board are Mike Wallace, Max Easley and Jeff Carr...
Wild Game Feed offers captured delicacies for dining delight (04/16/16)
The Monett Sportsmen's League served turkey, either marinated, smoked or fried; trout, pheasant; squirrel and dumplings; deer sausage; and many side dishes at its annual Wild Game Feed on Thursday at the club's complex at the old weather station, southeast of Monett...
Monett, Pierce City libraries try paired staff (04/16/16)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has launched a 90-day trial pairing the Monett and Pierce City branches with joint personnel. The resignation of Pam Glassco, the Pierce City Branch supervisor, became effective on March 17, offering an opportunity to use the same supervisor for both the Monett and Pierce City branches...
Freistatt board explores cost of water main extension (04/16/16)
The Freistatt Village Board of Trustees recently opted against pursuing a major water project to the Agronomy Center on Highway H, and agreed to increase insurance coverage for its buildings within the village. Mayor Mike Ortwein said he had been approached by Doug Arnett, manager of the Freistatt Farmers Exchange, about the possibility of extending a city water main to the Exchange's Agronomy Center on Highway H...
Ozark Festival Orchestra to conclude season April 24 (04/16/16)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will conclude its 36th season with its annual Young Artists concert at 3 p.m. on April 24 at the Monett High School Performing 
Arts Center. Three Young Artists will join the orchestra in concerto movements and vocal selections. The concert is underwritten by the Barry-Lawrence Area United Fund, expanding opportunities for young people in the bi-county area...
Jones to lead Pierce City school board for 3rd year (04/16/16)
David Jones will take the reins as Pierce City School Board president for the third year. Jones was nominated for the position at the recent reorganizational meeting held at the high school. Greg Drollinger, starting his third year as a board member, was named vice president, while Bryan Stellwagen, also starting his third year of service, was named board treasurer...
Reception honors Draw Pierce City winners (04/16/16)
Several parents attended the 2016 Draw Pierce artists' reception, held Tuesday at the Pierce City Branch Library.
Bantering bees befuddle bystanders (04/16/16)
Customers and passersby became alarmed Friday morning when a swarm of honey bees gathered in front of Bruner Pharmacy in downtown Monett, apparently concentrating around a queen on one vehicle.
News in brief (04/16/16)
The Ozarks Showcase, a music revue with performs from The Show in Cassville, led by Greg Beck, plus more local acts, will offer a night of entertainment at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door...
Kelley will not seek recount in school board election (04/15/16)
Sean Kelley, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the Monett school board, has announced he will not seek a recount in his race for a seat on the board. Kelley, making his third bid for election, lost for the second open board seat to real estate broker Keith McCracken by one vote, 510 to 509, in the April 5 election. McCracken's six-vote margin in Lawrence County offset Kelley's five-vote margin in Barry County...
Monett Police find girl allegedly kidnapped by mother (04/15/16)
The Monett Police Department Wednesday morning returned a 5-year-old girl to her father after the girl's mother allegedly kidnapped her overnight on Tuesday. Amy Rattles, 27, of Monett, is being held at the Monett city jail on pending charges of kidnapping and burglary...
Legion hosts surprising flag retirement ceremony (04/15/16)
Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post No. 91 in Monett held a flag retirement ceremony on Tuesday, using for the first time the new flag retirement facility, near the cannon at South Park, constructed as an Eagle Scout project by Jack Gibfried.
City reports economic 
success from TIF program (04/15/16)
Monett city officials have summarized the achievements of Monett's tax increment financing (TIF) program in a five-year report, calling it an economic success for the area. Mark Nelson, chairman for the TIF commission, reviewed how the program worked. ...
Rebuilding Jolly Mill, one brick at a time (04/15/16)
Area residents have the opportunity to assist in the restoration of Jolly Mill through a personalized, commemorative brick paver program. Proceeds from the Jolly Mill Brick Project will support the replacement of both bridges over the children's stream, new concrete picnic tables, a new parking lot and needed repairs as a result of the floods on Dec. 27, 2015...
News in Brief (04/15/16)
The Ozarks Showcase, a music revue with performs from The Show in Cassville, led by Jeff Beck, plus more local acts, will offer a night of entertainment at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. The event serves as a benefit fundraiser for charities supported by the Kiwanis Club. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door...
Local legislators open to runoff voting system (04/13/16)
With the absence of a runoff system in Missouri, one of the six Republican candidates for sheriff could mathematically win the primary with just 17 percent of the vote, and local legislators and officials are weighing in on the need for runoff elections...
Charges filed in Cassville Bowl burglary (04/13/16)
Cases and charged against the two men allegedly behind the Yonkerville Store burglary in Pierce City continued to mount this week, as the Cassville Police Department has charged the men with orchestrating the burglary at Cassville Bowl on March 5. Cassville police submitted charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and first-degree property damage for Jerry Hartkopp, 54, and second-degree burglary and stealing for James Hooper, 25, both of Wheaton...
Walk-To-School Days receives full start-up on Tuesday (04/13/16)
Spring Walk-to-School Week, delayed until Tuesday due to showers on Monday, was well-attended in Monett.
54-year-old Monett man charged with meth possession after rape accusation (04/13/16)
A Monett man is being held in the Barry County jail after being arrested on drug charges following investigation into a rape accusation. Randall Miller, 54, of Monett, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. According to Det. ...
Counterfeit $50 bills floating around Pierce City (04/13/16)
Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two suspects believed to be involved in passing counterfeit $50 bills to local businesses. Abramovitz said two men, one Hispanic and one Caucasian, were believed to be driving a white 2003-2005 Ford Mustang with black stripes and stopped on April 4 at the Pierce City branch of First State Bank of Purdy to exchange several small bills for at least two $50 bills...
Missing Arkansas girl found in Monett (04/13/16)
A 16-year-old Arkansas girl missing since April 1 was found in Monett Monday afternoon. According to Keshia Guyll, public information officer for the Benton County (Ark.) Sheriff's Office, Andrea Hernandez, believed to be a runaway, was found safe and uninjured at 4:45 p.m. in Monett...
McDonald County jail escapees captured in Texas (04/13/16)
Two men who allegedly escaped from the McDonald County jail overnight on Sunday were captured Tuesday morning about 300 miles away in Bowie County, Texas. Mathew Miller, 22, of Eagle Rock, who is charged with kidnapping a Washburn woman in 2014, and Keith Davis, 24, of Anderson, who was being held on multiple property crime and theft charges, were both caught by Texas authorities at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday...
Proposal aims to eliminate Daylight Saving Time in Missouri (04/13/16)
For decades, people have reminded themselves before going to bed at a certain time each fall to turn their back their clocks one hour, and in the spring, ahead one hour, for Daylight Saving Time. Today, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used in 70 countries. In the U.S., it is used on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November...
Purdy schools change direction of storm shelter plan (04/13/16)
Plans for additional facilities for the Purdy school district, including a storm shelter, have changed, making a public vote in August on a new bond issue more likely. Brad Erwin, architect with Paragon Architecture, said Purdy did not win funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's latest round of grants for storm safe rooms. ...
March sales tax totals show general growth (04/13/16)
Sales tax revenues to bi-county cities and county governments continued to show strength in March, reflecting a general upward swing, despite many entities budgeting cautiously for a more reserved economy in 2016. Monett had its best March totals since 2012, offsetting much of red ink that started the calendar year. ...
Purdy police acquire new 
computer system (04/13/16)
The Purdy City Council has approved the purchase of the Automated Law Enforcement Incident Report (ALEIR) program for the city's police department. Officer Russ Nichols reported the program, used by the Seligman police, would provide better written reports, help transition to paperless documents, save on the purchase of ticket books and avoid limitations in computer storage because the program is cloud-based. ...
Monett City Council plans special session Thursday (04/13/16)
The Monett City Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Monett City Hall to swear in council members and designate duties for the coming year. In addition, two ordinances will be introduced. The first would approve the memorandum of understanding with Lawrence County for continuing dispatching and E-911 services, negating the previous cancellation notice approved in lieu of higher funding...
Local students perform in MSSU concert (04/13/16)
Eight bi-county students at Missouri Southern State University sang in Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" at Central Christian Center in Joplin on Sunday, performing as part of the MSSU Concert Chorale with the Southern Symphony Orchestra.
Pollinators busy themselves in springtime blooms (04/13/16)
Weather conditions on Saturday provided near ideal conditions for pollinators to get to work on their spring and summertime activities.
News in Brief (04/13/16)
There will be no school in the Monett R-1 School District on Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18 for the April break. The Monett Sportsmen's League will hold its annual Wild Game Feed at 6 p.m. on April 14 at the old Monett weather station on Farm Road 1090, southeast of Monett. A fundraising auction will be held in conjunction with the event...
Fire destroys garage in Purdy (04/12/16)
A fire in Purdy on Saturday destroyed a garage containing two vehicles and damaged a second outbuilding and siding on an adjacent house. According to Purdy Fire Chief Nick Mercer, firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 106 Leslie Lane at 3:06 p.m. on Saturday and found a shop and garage building fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire had spread to an adjacent outbuilding shed as well...
Storytime beats the rainy day blues for preschoolers (04/12/16)
On a rainy Monday morning, one of the best ways to pass time at the Small Wonders Pre-School in Monett was to listen to Carol Stidham, left, read a story and to recite the rhyming words.
Family of Monett's Cpt. Wolfe wants remains returned (04/12/16)
Valerie Wolfe was just nine months old when her father, Air Force Cpt. Thomas Wolfe, a pilot, was shot down and killed in Laos in 1966. She is on a campaign to compel the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to keep its promise to bring her father home...
Mark Chapman Band makes music for St. Mary's (04/12/16)
Mark Chapman and his band played their annual benefit concert for St. Mary's Catholic School in the school gym on Saturday, attracting a social crowd that enjoyed refreshments from the Knights of Columbus.
Pierce City woman injured in wreck (04/12/16)
A Pierce City woman was injured Saturday in a wreck at 1:10 p.m. on Highway 39 at Highway 96, one mile south of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Maura Spark, 76, of Pierce City, was driving a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis southbound on Highway 39 when her vehicle failed to yield and was struck in the side by an eastbound 2003 Dodge Neon, being driven by Hanna Rhood, 20, of Greenfield...
News in Brief (04/12/16)
The Monett Police Department would like to remind citizens that with warmer weather, more children walking and riding bicycles to and from school, as well as increased pedestrian traffic in general. The Police Department will utilize a radar camera sign to help remind motorists of the speed zones throughout the city. The sign is affixed to a trailer and will be moved to different locations throughout the city over the next few weeks, with emphasis on school zones and high traffic areas...
City of Monett dives in to swimming pool options (04/09/16)
Plans for the future of the Monett swimming pool moved into a new phase this week after the city's aquatics facilities committee received the final conceptual drawings for three different possible directions. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the Monett City Council will not decide which pool option to pursue. ...
Write-in voting results announced (04/09/16)
County clerks have announced the results of write-in balloting for Tuesday's municipal elections. A number of government entities will now have to contact the candidates who received the top votes to determine eligibility and willingness to serve. Two city council seats in Pierce City were open for write-in votes. ...

News in Brief

The Monett Chamber of Commerce will host the citywide garage sale on April 30. Maps will be available identifying where sales are taking place. Participants can be listed on the map for a $10 fee submitting the information to the Chamber office, 200 E. Broadway, by April 28.

The 18th annual Pierce City Senior Citizens Prom will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Pierce City High School cafeteria, hosted by the PCHS National Honor Society. Refreshments will be served. A live band will perform.

Verona Tillers 'n' Toilers Garden Club and Verona FFA are having a sale at Verona High School from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday May 6 and beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 7. Flowers and vegetables, bedding plants, perennials, house plants and "goodies" will be available.

The Monett Elementary School Spring Book Fair runs through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school library.

The Pierce City Senior Center will host a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 28 at 104 Locust St. The Fun Timers Band will play. Admission is $3. Finger foods are welcome.

The Purdy High School FFA Chapter will hold its annual banquet at 7 p.m. on May 2 in the school cafeteria. Menu will include chicken, green beans, potatoes, rolls and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the school office or requested by email from sfunkhouser@purdyk12.com

The SilverTeens seniors singles group will meet for supper at 6 p.m. on April 28 at Angus Branch Steakhouse, Chapell Drive by Walmart in Monett. For information, people may call 417-393-9212.

The Southwest Chapter of Missouri Pet Breeders Association will hold a community garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30 at the Crowder College Community Building,, 4020 N. Main St. in Cassville. Table space is available for $10. Vendors keep all their proceeds. Interested participants may call Jean Lafferty at 417-652-7573.

A planting and celebration of the second year of the Monett Community Garden will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the garden, on Bridle Lane south of the Justice Center off Cleveland Ave. There will be crafts, games, herb gardening, flower planting and outdoor education. For additional information, people may call 236-2593.

Graduation from the preschool program at Verona will be held at 6 p.m. on April 29 in the Verona High School gym.

A Trivia Night fundraiser to benefit the Barry County Youth Camp will be held at 6 p.m. on April 29 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett. Teams will have up to 10 members at a cost of $10 per person. Teams can register by email at barrycountyyouthcamp@gmail.com. A silent auction will accompany the event, beginning at 5 p.m. To donate items, people may call 236-4779.

Verona High School graduation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7 in the high school gym. The awards assembly will be held on May 3, at which time scholarships will be announced. Baccalaureate will be held on May 4.

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a train ride from Seligman to van Buren, Ark. on May 14 and 15 for the Arts and Crafts Days in Van Buren. The train will leave at 7 a.m. and return at 6:45 p.m. For reservations and costs, people may call 417-662-3612.

The annual spring salad luncheon, presented by the St. Lawrence Council of Catholic Women, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27 at the Parish Hall, 405 Seventh St. /cost is $7 at the door.

A town hall meeting on the future of the water system in Pierce City will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Senior Citizens Center, Locust and Main. Residents are urged to attend.

A class on shotgun shooting basics will be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range in Lawrence County near Ash Grove. Shotguns will be provided or users can bring their own. For additional information, people may call 417-742-4361. Registration is required.

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