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LawCo sheriff may have to lay off 4 employees (01/21/17)
Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay said due to the cuts in the county's approved budget for his office an the jail, four employees may be laid off in coming months. DeLay said one road deputy, one jail deputy, one administrative assistant and the office's victim's advocate may no longer have jobs in a few months if the office cannot sustain their salaries...
Ambulance board stands firm on raises (01/21/17)
After approving 25 percent raises for ambulance staff in December, members of the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board looked for ways to support the move after their auditor warned the increase pushed cash flow too far. Board members approved the raises to place pay scales for the district in the 75th percentile of services operating in southwest Missouri. Previously, the district fell in the 50th percentile range and perpetually struggled to attract workers...
Gillioz Theater glories recalled for historical society (01/21/17)
Mary Holmes looked at lobby cards and posters Mark Henderson from the Gillioz Theater trash as an employee.
Monett Guardsmen prepare for deployment (01/21/17)
National Guard soldiers from Monett will be among Guardsmen recognized in a departure ceremony in Kansas City today prior to their final training. According to a statement released by the National Guard, soldiers in the 138th Infantry Regiment, which meets at the Monett Armory, will leave following the ceremony for the final portion of their training for a year-long deployment overseas at a location that has not been disclosed...
Verona High School plans homecoming (01/21/17)
Verona High School will celebrate homecoming on Friday, as the Wildcats take on the Billings in basketball action. Students have nominated a boy and girl from each class to serve as homecoming royalty. Three senior girls have also been chosen to compete for the crown of queen, each with a male classmate as her partner...
Room service introduced at Cox Monett Hospital (01/21/17)
For the past four months, Cox Monett Hospital has offered room service to its patients, and an overhauling of the food service program has received a warm reception and praise by customers. Instead of offering a standard meal of two choices, patients now receive a detailed, restaurant-style menu for their food choices. ...
Loaves and Fishes reports decrease in meals for 2016 (01/21/17)
A relatively small drop in delivered meals and an increase in costs described operations for the Loaves and Fishes hot meal delivery program in 2016. During the annual membership appreciation banquet, Janie Bates, financial secretary, reported the private volunteer program run out of the First United Methodist Church delivered 6,964 meals in 2016, down 413 from 2015, but up 932 from 2014...
Faded wallet holds treasure trove of memories (01/21/17)
Ray Isley, of rural Monett, holds a faded leather wallet still bearing the entire calendar for the year 1914.
News in brief (01/21/17)
St. John's Lutheran Church-Stones Prairie will host its annual chili supper at 6 p.m. today at the church, located on Farm Road 1057 northwest of Purdy. The menu will include homemade chili, potato soup and homemade dessert. Donations for the meal will go toward constructing a new pavilion for the picnic grounds. For additional information, people may call 417-442-3836...
Filings close for April election (01/20/17)
Several contested races developed as filings closed for the April 4 election on Tuesday, though in a number of cases, the number of candidates filing matched the vacancies open. Monett: There will be at least one face changing on the Monett school board, as four-term incumbent David Beckett opted against running for another term. ...
LawCo seeks sales tax for sheriff's office (01/20/17)
Facing emphatic protests from law enforcement over a tight 2017 budget, Lawrence County commissioners concluded their budget hearing, returned to their offices, and acted immediately to place a half-cent sales tax for law enforcement on the April 4 ballot...
LawCo commissioners adopt controversial budget (01/20/17)
The annual budget hearing for Lawrence County turned from a generally dull number review and isolated griping into a passionate plea for help on Tuesday as officials in charge of public safety declared the county commissioners' plan threatened officers and operations of the court...
Pottery provides window into native art (01/20/17)
Art students of Olyvia Behnke at Monett High School painted pottery this week that they created last semester studying Sgraffito, a native art form inspired by Acoma, N.M., pottery.
Sweet Potato Pie in farmer's future (01/20/17)
Here's to Sweet Potato Pie, a southern tradition and holiday staple.
News in brief (01/20/17)
St. John's Lutheran Church-Stones Prairie will host its annual chili supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the church, located on Farm Road 1057 northwest of Purdy. The menu will include homemade chili, potato soup and homemade dessert. Donations for the meal will go toward constructing a new pavilion for the picnic grounds. For additional information, people may call 417-442-3836...
4 hurt in wreck near Aurora (01/19/17)
Four people were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision at 4 p.m on Farm Road 1180, one mile south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tammy Stephens, 47, of Verona, was driving a 2005 Toyota Prius westbound when her vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a 2016 GMC Acadia, being driven by Amanda Hall, 35, of Aurora...
Cassville man injured in wreck (01/19/17)
A Cassville man was injured Wednesday in a wreck at 8:55 a.m. on Highway 86 at Farm Road 1187, three miles west of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sean Evans, 31, of Cassville, was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile westbound when his vehicle swerved to avoid an uninvolved vehicle and struck a 2009 Pontiac G6, being driven by Jacquelyn Williams, 63, of Ridgedale...
Mt. Vernon woman dies in wreck (01/18/17)
A Mt. Vernon woman died Tuesday in a wreck at 6:10 p.m. on Highway H, five miles north of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Erin Spradling, 57, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2008 Honda CRV northbound when her vehicle went off the roadway, through three fences and overturned...
New jailer biggest change in BarCo budget (01/18/17)
A request for a new jailer and employee raises are the biggest anticipated changes in the 2017 budget for Barry County, with figures to be finalized by the The Barry County Commission at a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the Historic Courthouse in Cassville...
Sater files ranked-choice voting bill (01/18/17)
If a bill filed by State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, passes in this legislative session, no municipal or county candidate for office in Missouri will win any primary election without more than 50 percent of the vote. Senate Bill 140 aims to implement in 2018 a ranked-choice voting system, where votes for candidates in local office primary elections would be counted in rounds until one candidate receives the simple majority...
Lawrence County facing difficult budget decisions (01/18/17)
Lawrence County commissioners face difficult decisions as they head into their annual budget hearing at 10 a.m. today. "We experienced a perfect storm of flat revenues and growing expenditures," said Clerk Gary Emerson. "Sales taxes took a dive in July and stayed down in a manner that we have never experienced. ...
5 BarCo elected officials get raises for first time in 10 years (01/18/17)
In 2017, Barry County's elected officials will see the first raises some have received in more than 10 years. "The last time the Salary Commission met, they voted to give 5 percent raises to county office holders elected in 2016," said County Clerk Gary Youngblood. "The last time they got raises was in 2004."...
Fritz Implement in Monett sold after 37 years (01/18/17)
Fritz Implement, located north of Monett on Highway H, has announced the sale of the farm equipment dealership after 37 years of local service. Crown Power and Equipment Company, based in Columbia, takes over ownership in mid-January. Fritz Implement will become the seventh store in the Crown group in Missouri...
Purdy Police investigating 2 crimes (01/18/17)
The Purdy Police Department is investigating a pair of crimes that took place in the city recently. On Jan. 8, at around 10 p.m., a burgundy colored 1998 Toyota Camry was stolen from a residence located 403 Madison St. Jackie Lowe, Purdy chief, said the owner left the vehicle running to warm it up, and it was stolen...
BarCo Soils and Crops Conference slated (01/18/17)
The 88th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference, slated for Monday in Cassville, will focus on managing protecting herds from trichomoniasis, hay quality and use of chicken litter as fertilizer. The conference will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road. ...
Monett City Council to introduce higher trash rates (01/18/17)
The Monett City Council appears positioned to raise trash collection rates for the first time in more than 10 years during the monthly council meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Monett City Hall. The proposed ordinance calls for raising residential trash rates, including rentals, to $16 a month, or $14 per month for residents age 65 and older. Rates last rose in 2005. The ordinance cites a cash-flow analysis of the city's solid waste revenues and costs as the reason for the increase...
Exploring jobs through play (01/18/17)
Students at Pierce City Central Elementary used their indoor recess time to dress in costumes and explore careers through play.
Car meets fence, leaves lasting impression (01/18/17)
A Monett teen placed his car into the fence of the tennis courts at South Park at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
News in brief (01/18/17)
The SilverTeens seniors singles group will meet for supper at the Bayou restaurant, 864 E Hwy. 60 in Monett at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. For further information, people may call B.J. McCaulley at 417-393-9212. The next Lawrence County Gospel Sing will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Church of the Nazarene, 503 Necessity St. in Marionville. Lonnie Lawson will be the master of ceremonies. Singers and musicians are welcome...
Lift station work delayed in Pierce City (01/17/17)
Pierce City aldermen and city employees are still waiting for construction crews from McClanahan Construction, out of Rogersville, to start bringing in equipment and begin working on the main lift station and wastewater treatment plant upgrades, which were approved nearly two months ago by engineers, city officials and representatives of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources...
Where's Paul? (01/17/17)
Were they crossing Penny Lane or Abbey Road on their way to the Monett Area YMCA?
New building planned for Southwest Research Center (01/17/17)
Major changes are coming to the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. Director David Cope announced the university has decided to build a new conference center that should open in 2018. The university last announced plans to build at the center in 2005. ...
Nominations sought for 2017 Chamber awards (01/17/17)
Nominations are now being accepted for awards given by the Monett Chamber of Commerce at its annual membership meeting and banquet, slated for March 9 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. "Down Home Monett" will be the theme for the event, reflecting a country western motif for decorating...
News in brief (01/17/17)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 17 at the new Monett Museum, Fifth and Broadway. Persons should enter the museum on Fifth Street across from the Fire Department. Mark Henderson will be presenting a program on his memories from working at the Gillioz Theater and Drive In. Members can tour the Museum following the meeting. For more information, people may call 235-5908...
Elementary Students of the Week named (01/17/17)
Officials at Monett Elementary School have chosen students demonstrating the characteristics of being hardworking.
Monett man dies in Aurora wreck (01/16/17)
A Monett man died on Saturday following a wreck at 5:08 p.m. on Highway 60 in Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Blake, 37, of Monett, was driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra eastbound and attempted to make a U-turn when his vehicle was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet S10 pickup, being driven by William Lawson, 60, of Washburn...
Billings residents injured in wreck (01/16/17)
Two Billings residents were injured early Sunday morning after a wreck at 2:40 a.m. on Farm Road 1200, 0.8 miles south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Abbie Cunningham, 20, of Billings, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram northbound when her vehicle struck the rear of a stopped 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Dustin Murray, 22, both of Billings...
News in brief (01/14/17)
The Monett Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the new Monett Museum, fifth and Broadway, at 7 p.m. Members and interested persons should enter the Museum on Fifth Street across from the Fire Department. Mark Henderson will be presenting a program on his memories from working at the Gillioz Theater and Drive In. Members can tour the Museum following the meeting. For more information, people may call 235-5908.
LawCo facing tight budget (01/14/17)
Lawrence County Presiding Commissioner Sam Goodman provided a gloomy outlook for budget discussions moving into the 2017 fiscal year. Goodman cited a drop in revenues as biggest source of concern. Sales tax income for general operations and roads and bridges fell by 2 percent, or more than $50,000, for the year. ...
Ranchers warned of price drop (01/14/17)
Cattlemen can expect lower prices, but less volatility, in the coming year, according to Scott Brown, agriculture and applied economics specialist with with University of Missouri Extension Service. Speaking at the Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference, Brown said the "long-term normal" in cattle prices comes after a steep decline. Expenses may also not adjust as rapidly as the change in receipts...
Storm leaves icy touch as wintery blast sweeps by Monett (01/14/17)
Oak leaves and branches alike found themselves swallowed in ice on Friday morning.
Monett to repeal ordinance on begging (01/14/17)
When the Monett City Council meets on Jan. 20, council members are positioned to repeal the city's existing ordinance that bans begging and panhandling. For years, Monett police officers have responded to complaints by citizens about panhandlers, stating city ordinance does not permit such activity in the city limits. One individual in particular, who locates himself near the Monett Walmart and Burger King restaurants, has been the frequent target of such calls...
Stars align for Lawrence County law enforcement official (01/14/17)
Many area residents are familiar with J.J Goulbourne, a Lawrence County deputy who also worked as the information technology specialist for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System and given multiple presentations about children and Internet safety...
Monett airport shows growth in business flights (01/14/17)
The Monett Regional Airport reported a slight reduction in the number of flights in and out of the facility in 2016, along with a record percentage of business flights. Totals for the last quarter of 2016, taken only during weekday business hours, showed planes flown by Jack Henry and Associates and EFCO Corporation made 288 flights, the same number as a year ago. ...
Coloring away the winter blues (01/14/17)
Verda Brown took a break from her busy schedule to stop in at the Monett Branch Library to participate in the bi-monthly adult coloring get together.
Weather can't delay track repairs (01/14/17)
With so much of today's economy based on the movement of products from one part of the nation to the other, maintaining railroad tracks, despite weather conditions, remains a priority for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe work crews.
Road crews roll into action Friday morning (01/14/17)
Monett Street Department crews saddled up their armored horses and prepared to hit the road on Friday morning, geared up to battle the winter elements.
Flue fire sends firemen scrambling into cold night (01/14/17)
As cold weather set in this week, the danger of chimney fires also spiked.
Winter weather affecting local events (01/13/17)
Impending winter weather is forcing the cancellation or postponement of numerous local events. The following is a list of events affected: School closings for Friday: - Verona The Verona boys and girls basketball games against McAuley Catholic Friday have been canceled and will be rescheduled...
Mt. Vernon woman indicted for meth, cocaine (01/13/17)
A Mt. Vernon woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for carrying large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine from California en route to Springfield. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Rubi Espinoza, 26, of Mt. Vernon, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today's indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Espinoza on Jan. 3...
Monett utilities bracing for ice storm (01/13/17)
Monett utilities have been in preparation mode all week getting ready for what appears to be the first major winter storm of the season, expected to move in today. Russ Balmas, street superintendent, said he was getting his last trucks dressed for snow removal and winter duty Thursday afternoon. His crews worked in the morning to finish some concrete work before cold and precipitation moved in...
Stretching starts day off right for preschoolers (01/13/17)
The day starts with exercises at Deena Brannon's Owls class, the older pre-kindergarten 3- and 4-year-olds at the Monett Christian Academy at the Church of the Nazarene.
Faculty activities planned for professional development (01/13/17)
Faculty in the Monett school district have planned a variety of activities for their next professional development day on Jan. 16. At Monett Elementary, teachers will look at unobtrusive and student generated assessments, student interventions, common planning by grade level for collaboration and data analysis, plus a look at proficiency scales and new Missouri Learning Standards...
Monett Chamber offers business plan assessment (01/13/17)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce now offers a service that will assess the strength of a plan proposed by someone interested in starting a new business. Jeff Meredith, executive director for the Monett Chamber of Commerce, said a prospective business will have to go to a bank and submit a business plan for consideration of financing. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has developed Biz Liftoff, an online program that will size up the numbers submitted and produce a business plan...
Painting in unseasonable weather aids museum work (01/13/17)
With temperatures soaring into the 60s on Wednesday, a crew from Melton Painting seized ideal conditions to put finishing touches on a number of areas in the buildings restored for the Monett Museum at Fifth and Broadway.
News in brief (01/13/17)
The Purdy Special Road District commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 at the district barn, south of the city cemetery. The SilverTeens seniors singles group will meet for supper at the Bayou restaurant, 864 E Hwy. 60 in Monett at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. For further information, people may call B.J. McCaulley at 417-393-9212...
Cassville man injured in wreck (01/12/17)
A Cassville man was injured in a wreck on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on Highway 37, west of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Joshua Stewart, 38, of Cassville, was riding a 2005 Honda Shadow motorcycle eastbound when he attempted to stop abruptly, causing the bike to skid and come to rest on its side...
Cassville man injured in bike wreck (01/12/17)
A Cassville man was injured in a wreck on Thursday at 12:20 a.m. on Farm Road 2200, two miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Trevor Brown, 29, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 custom made motorcycle eastbound when his vehicle began to slide and overturned...
Sales tax totals drop for bi-county cities (01/11/17)
For the first time since 2012, sales tax totals for bi-county cities and county governments dropped in December, closing 2016 with a much more mixed result than a year ago. Monett saw its sales taxes drop marginally for the month. Monett's two general fund taxes produced $178,448.19, down $6,230.99 from a year ago. ...
Cassville man gets 16 years in prison (01/11/17)
After more than two years in federal court, a Cassville man has been sentenced for pleading guilty to one count of child sexual exploitation and one count of enticing a minor for illicit sex. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Thursday that Chase Trevor Norman, 26, of Cassville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 16 years and eight months without parole at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas...
Preschoolers attracted to alphabet with help of magnets (01/11/17)
Children in the preschool class led by Kathy Parrigon, connected to the child care instruction at the Scott Regional Technology Center, learn skills to help them prepare for kindergarten as well as socialize and have fun.
2 charged in area Walmart thefts (01/11/17)
A Monett man and a Pierce City man have been arrested and charged after allegedly stealing items from the Cassville Walmart, as well as other Walmarts in the area. Keith Rock, 21, of Monett, and Joshua Rust, 33, of Pierce City, are each charged with felony stealing...
Beef Cattlemen's Conference to focus on economics (01/11/17)
Economics for managing and improving cattle operations will receive the spotlight for the 48th annual Monett Beef Cattlemen's Cattlemen's Conference, slated for Jan. 31 at the Monett National Guard Armory. According to Jeff Meredith, Monett Chamber of Commerce executive director, the conference has been moved out of February to avoid conflicts with winter calving...
Swinging high (01/11/17)
Bethany Slocum, of Monett, braved Tuesday's breezy conditions to take her two-year-old daughter, Journey, to enjoy some swing time at the park before inclement weather sets in later this week.
Signs of the season disappearing (01/11/17)
The Festival of Lights displays at South Park are coming down and being placed into storage for another year.
Young Professionals meet at YMCA (01/11/17)
Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett Area YMCA, speaks to the Monett Young Professionals Network Tuesday in a meeting at the YMCA.
Despite digital age, traditional newspapers still relevant (01/11/17)
With the masses turning to their smart phones more often to read the news, there are still those who prefer to get their news the old fashioned way -- by reading the paper version over their morning coffee. Three centuries after the first newspapers were printed the industry has come a long way, evolving until the current modern digital age, when electronic and social media now offer many options by which people may get their news. Even so, local patrons make a case for traditional newspapers...
News in brief (01/11/17)
Susan Sparks from the Polk County Genealogical Society will speak at the Lawrence County Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the MRC Museum, on Dallas Street one block west of the Mt. Vernon square. The MRC museum with its large collection of photos will be open for viewing following the program...
Man pleads not guilty in Aurora homicide (01/10/17)
An Aurora man charged with four felonies relating to the shooting death of 82-year-old Nolan Karch has pleaded not guilty to the alleged homicide. Shannon Hensley, 44 of Aurora, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action...
Monett Chamber plans for fun 2017 (01/10/17)
A wide range of activities and events have been planned by the Monett Chamber of Commerce and its committees to begin 2017. Jeff Meredith, executive director of the Monett Chamber, reported the Monett Young Professionals Network, which operates as a committee of the Chamber, held its January meeting today at the Monett Area YMCA. ...
Music raises Monday spirits at Monett Elementary (01/10/17)
Students in Brittany Jenkins' kindergarten class at Monett Elementary School learned slow, faster and fast in a circle dance in Sarah Gripka's music class on Monday.
Filings ongoing in road districts around Monett (01/10/17)
Candidates have filed for open positions in road districts around Monett for the annual April 4 election, and some districts are set to see leadership changes this year. In the Monett Special Road District, Richard Heim, a past commissioner, has filed to fill the Lawrence County seat held by Pete Rauch, who is not seeking re-election...
Monett to celebrate Rose basketball homecoming (01/10/17)
Monett High School will celebrate its Rose homecoming for basketball season this week, culminating in a hoops battle on Friday against the Aurora Houn' Dawgs. Seniors vying for the crown of queen are Sarah Childress, daughter of Doug and Susan Childress; Emma Hammond, daughter of Cherri Hammond and John Hammond; and Shelby Spain, daughter of Scott and Christy Spain. ...
News in brief (01/10/17)
St. John's Lutheran Church-Stones Prairie will host its annual chili supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the church, located on Farm Road 1057 northwest of Purdy. The menu will include homemade chili, potato soup and homemade dessert. Donations for the meal will go toward constructing a new pavilion for the picnic grounds. For additional information, people may call 417-442-3836...
4 injured in wreck south of Monett (01/09/17)
Four Verona residents were injured Saturday in a wreck at 6 p.m. on Farm Road 1130, five miles southeast of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Joshua Grose, 32, of Verona, was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus southbound when he swerved to avoid a stranded vehicle in the road, causing his vehicle to travel off he roadway, strike a ditch and overturn...
Man arrested for alleged murder in Aurora (01/07/17)
An Aurora man has been arrested and charged with four felonies relating to the shooting death of 82-year-old Nolan Karch earlier this week. Shannon Hensley, 44 of Aurora, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action...
State approves funding Monett apartment project (01/07/17)
For the first time in more than a decade, a project in Monett has been selected for funding through the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC). The proposal, by Affordable Homes Development of Springfield, aims to construct 39 housing units in an apartment complex in Monett. ...
Dinner slated for diabetes program (01/07/17)
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Dining for Diabetes fundraising dinner supporting the diabetes education program through Cox Monett Hospital. The event will be held on Jan. 21, 2017, at the St. Mary's Catholic School multi-purpose gym in Pierce City. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 and may be ordered by calling Nancy Ridgley, diabetes educator, at 417-354-1280...
Imagination extends past cold confines through school art (01/07/17)
On a cold day like Friday, students at Monett Central Park Elementary School had to let their imaginations take flights of fancy rather than outdoor excursions.
Board for developmentally disabled distributes $262,719 in grants (01/07/17)
The Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled recently awarded $262,719 in grant requests for the 2017 budget. George Woodward, executive director of the LCDD submitted several requests for funding. "We're asking for $75,000 this year for the related services program," he said. "This has been very beneficial to us locally."...
Splitting logs (01/07/17)
Steve Eaton, of Wentworth, spent his day off from work Friday splitting logs for his outdoor wood burning furnace.
Seligman girl claims first baby honors at Aurora hospital (01/07/17)
The first baby of 2017 born at Mercy Hospital in Aurora was Saraya Lynn, born on Jan. 3 at 4:21 p.m.
Ribbon cutting held at CoxHealth Urgent Care (01/07/17)
CoxHealth Systems and the Monett Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday for the new CoxHealth Urgent Care.
News in brief (01/07/17)
The Monett High School annual Football Banquet will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the MHS commons. Work crews for the Missouri Department of Transportation will have one eastbound lane of Interstate 44 west of Mt. Vernon from Jan. 9 to 12 for repairing a bridge deck over Spring River. ...
No charge in Mt. Vernon shooting death case (01/06/17)
Lawrence County Prosecutor Don Trotter is not filing charges against the shooter in the death of 44-year-old Rhonda Hood on Monday. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation into the rural Mt. Vernon shooting, and information obtained in the investigation was forwarded to Trotter for review and to determine if charges would be filed...
Snow leaves first impressions of winter (01/06/17)
Monett area residents got up on Thursday morning to see the first snow of winter on the grounds.
Girl claims prize as first baby of 2017 (01/06/17)
The first baby reported to have been born at Cox Monett Hospital in 2017 is a girl. Paisley Renee Schroeder, the daughter of Chelsea Batson and Jason Schroeder of Verona, was born at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 and three-quarters inches long. She will be welcomed home by a big sister, Hope, 7...
Pierce City market offers online shopping (01/06/17)
For those who use the internet regularly, grocery shopping has just become a whole lot easier for customers of Flummerfelt's Town and Country Supermarket in Pierce City. Shoppers on the run or facing a time crunch can now log on to store's website, create an account and peruse the weekly specials, click on the link to any department and add items to the shopping list. Sale item prices are highlighted in red. Customers can submit their orders and pay online...
Verona ball field dugouts being built (01/06/17)
The Verona school district has awarded a contract to Jim Ernest Construction of Aurora to build the dugouts and concession stand for the school district's new baseball field. Superintendent Tony Simmons reported progress on the field has gone well, particularly with hand-seeding the grass. Stands had taken root, and he was optimistic they would become more dense by the time practice started...
Family breaks winter blues with pool break (01/06/17)
With temperatures outdoors on Wednesday barely breaking the freezing mark, options for play seemed All but inviting.
News in brief (01/06/17)
The Monett High School Pizzazz Poms Dance Team will be hosting its annual Lil' Pizzazz dance clinic and middle school dance clinic on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Monett High School gym. These clinics are open to all K-8 boys and girls in any school district, private school, or home school. ...
Cassville man sentenced to 16 years for child sexual exploitation (01/05/17)
After more than two years in federal court, a Cassville man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a child. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Chase Trevor Norman, 26, of Cassville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 16 years and eight months in federal prison without parole...
Aurora woman injured in wreck (01/05/17)
An Aurora woman was injured Thursday in a wreck at 5:47 a.m. on Highway 248, eight miles northeast of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Angela LeBlanc, 43, of Aurora, was driving a 199 Chevrolet Blazer northbound when her vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway, slid off the roadway and overturned...
2 minors, woman hurt in wreck (01/05/17)
Three people, including two minors, were injured in a wreck at 11:15 a.m. on Route YY in Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Marts, 83, of Shell Knob, was driving a 1993 Mazda pickup northbound when his vehicle failed to yield and turned into the path of a 2003 Ford Escape, being driven westbound by Chisty Lodwick, 41, of Shell Knob...
LawCo deputies investigate 2 homicides (01/04/17)
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is investigating a pair of alleged homicides called in at 7 and 7:45 p.m. Monday night in Aurora and Mt. Vernon. According to the Sheriff's Office, Nolan Karch, 82, of Aurora, and Rhonda Hood, 44, of Mt. Vernon, were each found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in their respective homes...
Library exploring support through survey (01/04/17)
Patrons of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library are being asked to fill out a survey through January to give managers a better idea of what the public wants while considering funding options. According to Gina Milburn, library director, the library board is still considering going back to voters with a funding initiative. The 15-cent increase in the property tax levy last April only won 44 percent support. The board subsequently approved suspending Saturday service...
Epperly honored with resolutions, badge retirement (01/04/17)
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly attended a retirement reception at the Barry County Judicial Center on Dec. 28.
Monett police investigate shooting incident (01/04/17)
Monett police are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident in Monett on Friday. According to reports, the incident took place at 902 E. Cale around 4:10 p.m. A man was reportedly shot in the face with a BB gun by a female subject, described as the victim's girlfriend. The man initially declined medical treatment. Firiefighters on the scene cleaned and bandaged the injury...
Educators wary of funding cuts after election (01/04/17)
The Nov. 8 general election has raised concern over school funding due to outcome of the vote. In reviewing the situation, Monett School Superintendent Brad Hanson noted in recent years the governor has been from a different party than the majority of the General Assembly. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, frequently vetoed propositions floated by the Republican-dominated legislature, especially proposals that he viewed as having a negative impact on public education...
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News in brief

St. John's Lutheran Church-Stones Prairie will host its annual chili supper at 6 p.m. today at the church, located on Farm Road 1057 northwest of Purdy. The menu will include homemade chili, potato soup and homemade dessert. Donations for the meal will go toward constructing a new pavilion for the picnic grounds. For additional information, people may call 417-442-3836.

Cox Monett Hospital will start another 20-week session of its Journeys adult weight management program on Jan. 31. The program focuses on mental, physical and emotional health, behavior strategies, stress management and daily fitness. Trained professionals, including licensed counselor, dietician and fitness instructors participate. For additional information, people may call Nancy Ridgley at 417-354-1280.

The Barry County budget hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the Historic Courthouse in the Cassville square.

The Purdy R-2 Board of Education has moved its regular monthly meeting to Jan. 23. Open session will be at 7 p.m. in the superintendent's office.

The Verona R-7 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m.on Jan. 23 in the FFA classroom at the high school.

The next Lawrence County Gospel Sing will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Church of the Nazarene, 503 Necessity St. in Marionville. Lonnie Lawson will be the master of ceremonies. Singers and musicians are welcome.

The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, will host a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with The Fun Timers Band on Thursday Jan. 26. Admission is $3.

At the Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, knitting and crochet classes will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Adult coloring get-togethers will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 26.

OACAC in Aurora is offering life skills classes. In February, a class on budgeting is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 7. A parenting class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in six sessions, all necessary, on Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 21-24. An energy savers class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 15. A couponing class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 21. Classes are offered at 203 S. Washington, Suite A, in Aurora. To register, people may call 417-678-5031.

The American Job Center, 100 S. Maple in Monett, will offer free workshops in January. Interested persons may attend cases on computer skills, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and interview and resume writing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. Pre-registration is needed by calling 235-7877.

At the Missouri Department of Conservation's Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Ash Grove, a class on woodworking for wildlife is offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28. Instructors will teach how to make a nesting boxfor the eastern bluebird out of a single board, and help with assembly. For additional information, people may call 417-742-4361.

In addition to the Monett Dairy Day and Beef Cattlemen's Conferences on Jan. 31 at the Monett National Guard Armory, the University of Missouri Extension Service will offer its Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Conference at 4 p.m. on Jn. 26 at the United Methodist Church in Stockton. For additional information, people may call 417-276-3313.

The Dysart family will perform a concert of gospel music at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Church of the Nazarene in marionville. For additional information, people may call 417-678-4554.

The Halltown Volunteer Fire Department fill hold a chili and soup fundraising dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the fire station at 300 Main St. in Halltown.

The Barry County Soils and Crops Conference will be held on Jan. 23 at the First Christian Church, 905 Old Exeter Rd. in Cassville. A dinner will be provided. To make reservations, people may call 417-847-3161.

The Lawrence County Health Department has flu vaccine available now for adults at a cost of $15. They are also able to bill Medicare, Medicaid and most Insurance plans. Vaccine for children ages 6 months-18 years is also available. The children's vaccinations are $5 ($20 for non-Lawrence County residents) or free with a current Medicaid card. All vaccinations will be given Monday thru Friday from 8am-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Vaccination may make illness milder and prevent influenza related complications. Flu season typically runs through the month of April so it is not too late to vaccinate. The Health Department is located at 105 West North Street in Mt. Vernon. For information, people may call 417-466-2201.

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