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Highway 37 wreck leaves one dead (01/27/15)
A Pierce City woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a wreck Friday afternoon on Highway 37, north of Nellie Street in Monett. Francis Williams, 29, of Pierce City, was driving a Mercury Villager van when her vehicle drove off the south side of the highway and down an embankment, coming to a stop in a dry gulch...
Freistatt trustees approve tight budget for 2015 (01/27/15)
The Freistatt Board of Trustees approved a budget for 2015, calling for little change from last year's financial picture, though the city clerk anticipates a water and sewer rate increase will likely take place in 2016. The new budget called for total income of $81,215. Of that, water and sewer services are expected to produce $58,000. This compares to actual income of $80,612.65 in 2014, and utilities income from water and sewer sales totaling $58,114.15...
Monett to celebrate Rose Homecoming (01/27/15)
Monett High School is celebrating Rose Homecoming for basketball season this week. "Night in the Galaxy" is the theme. Activities culminate in the crowning of the homecoming queen on Friday. For Spirit Week, activities have been planned with themes for special apparel to mark the occasion. Monday was Pajama Day and today is Decade Day, where students pick a fashion style distinctive for specific periods...
ASI completes factory expansion in Aurora (01/27/15)
Monett-based Architectural Systems Inc. has completed an expansion at its Aurora facility and received a land deal from the city of Aurora to assist future growth. Now in its 17th year, ASI completes fabrication, extrusion finishing and makes brake metal with formed sheet aluminum at its Monett plant. ASI receives its raw materials from its customers and does not extrude aluminum, but focuses on processing the materials...
Aurora man arrested after wreck near Butterfield (01/27/15)
An Aurora man is facing three charges after being seriously injured Friday in a wreck on Route W, four miles west of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Rockwell, 37, of Aurora, was driving a 2004 Ford F-350 westbound on Route W at about 7:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck two fences...
News in Brief (01/27/15)
Crafts Night at the Scott Regional Technology Center at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Instructor Beth Garrett-Dillon will teach how to make string art. The first time session will focus on making heart-shaped string art for Valentine's season. The second project will focus on a burlap state shape with a heart string over a special place. Sessions are $20 per person. Registration can be made online by Jan. 30 at www.monett-srtc.school fusion.us...
LawCo commissioners approve $4.7 million budget (01/24/15)
A budget of $4,714,126 has been approved by Lawrence County Commission, boosting spending by $200,000 over 2014, but cutting proposals by officeholders by $232,000. County employees will received a 3 percent raise, representing the major change in budgets for several departments. ...
4 now running for 2 school board seats (01/24/15)
Several candidates filed in the finals days for city, school board and road district races around Monett for the April 7 ballot. Filings closed on Tuesday. Two more candidates added their names to those running for the two open seats on the Monett school board. Bill Willis, who has run for the last two years, and Sean Kelley, who ran in 2013, filed in the final days. They join Andrew Bahl, a one-term incumbent, and J.D. Roberts, a three-term incumbent, on the ballot...
Parent surveys favor 4-day school week in Pierce City (01/24/15)
PIERCE CITY -- After weeks of research, discussion and community surveys, members of the Pierce City School Board appear to be moving toward approval of a four-day school week. "We have started parent surveys and gotten about 64 back so far," Superintendent Russ Moreland told board members. ...
Speaker recalls KC Monarchs visits (01/24/15)
The thrill of a hometown baseball game taking on big-time players came to life on Tuesday as author Phil S. Dixon described visits by the Kansas City Monarchs to Monett. Rod Anderson, speaking for the Monett Historical Society, said the host organization has a responsibility to reach out to the community to share historical discoveries. ...
Chamber of Commerce annual meeting March 12 (01/24/15)
Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 16 for awards that will be announced at the Monett Chamber of Commerce's biggest night of the year, the annual membership meeting. This year's banquet will be held on March 12 at the Scott Regional Technology Center...
School district patrons ponder 4-day school weeks (01/24/15)
Patrons of the Pierce City School District attended an informational meeting on the district's proposal to move from a five-day school week to a four-day schedule.
News in brief (01/24/15)
The Lawrence County Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet at noon on Jan. 28 at Angus Branch restaurant in Monett. Master's Voice, the contemporary Christian gospel ensemble and evangelism team, will present a full concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. ...
Monett Municipal Court News (01/24/15)
Whitney D. Ast, $24.50 and 12 months probation for careless and reckless driving/accident. Linda G. Brisco,$110 for speeding. David D. Brooks, $100 for failure to register a vehicle. Sarah E. Cheslik, $135 for speeding. Kiley J. Finkbiner, $110 for speeding...
James completes training (01/24/15)
Private First Class Nicolas James completed eight weeks of culinary schooling, earning honor graduate, as a Culinary Specialist.
Monett Intermediate Cubs of the Month named (01/24/15)
Monett Intermediate School officials selected the following sixth grade students to be named Cubs of the Month for December.
MES names Students of the Week (01/24/15)
Monett Elementary selected the following students to be named Student of the Week for January 20.
Verona students earn honors (01/24/15)
Officials at Verona School District have released the list of students named to the second quarter honor roll. Students are listed by grade level and achievement. Seventh grade: Ashley Freiburger, Rachael Leitz, Alisa Moua and Jeremiah Ruiz Diaz. Eighth grade: Twilah Carrasquillo, Rita Castillo, Jorge Lara, Brooklynn Lechner and Austin Valdez...
Pleasant Hope man arrested for Church of Monett fire (01/23/15)
A Pleasant Hope man has been arrested for institutional vandalism in connection with the fire that destroyed the Church of Monett at Park and Eighth streets on Monday. The fire marshal has ruled arson as the cause of the fire. Christopher S. Irick, 25, was arrested on Tuesday as officers pursued leads in the case. ...
Monett Schools explore tax incentive (01/23/15)
The possibility of tax incentives offered to help attract more industrial jobs to Monett was discussed between city and school officials last month, leaving the door open for future action. City administrator Dennis Pyle reported two local businesses have expressed interest in expanding in Monett, one specifying it could add more than 100 jobs. ...
Wintech's Berger reflects on retirement (01/23/15)
On Dec. 31, 2014, Bob Berger officially retired from WinTech, a business that he helped to establish. While still on the board of directors, Berger stepped down from serving as company president in the spring, turning operations over to Mark Harper as his successor. At the end of 2014, Berger stepped away from all company management responsibilities, which began in January 1991...
Church of Monett begins salvage operations after fire (01/23/15)
Members of the Church of Monett at 809 Eighth St. began clean-up work on their church building following the alleged arson on Monday. Kevin Stewart, a church leader, said the building will likely be demolished. He said the structure was originally a chapel at Camp Crowder, possibly dating back before World War II, and had been moved to Monett in the early 1950s for St. John's Lutheran Church...
Beckett honored at retirement reception (01/23/15)
A crowd of well-wishers turned out at the Scott Reginal Technology Center in Monett on Monday for a public reception honoring Dave Beckett, who is retiring after 41 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service. Beckett's daughter, Dedre, a professional pastry chef in Tulsa who graduated from the culinary arts program at Scott Tech, prepared delicacies for the occasion, including a 30-pound cake shaped like Beckett's Jeep from the post office, complete with his number of the back. ...
Tyson, state reach settlement over toxic spill (01/21/15)
A settlement has been announced between Tyson Foods and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, on behalf of the state, over the toxic amino acid spill in Monett on May 16. The food giant has agreed to pay nearly $540,000 in compensatory fines, and it pledged to take additional corrective action to improve water flow for wildlife in Clear Creek, west of Monett, where the spill occurred after traversing through the Monett Wastewater Treatment Plant...
Governor's withholding may doom Task Force (01/21/15)
Because of state fund withholdings by Gov. Jay Nixon, Barry County may soon lose its member of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which specializes in tracking down criminals who use the Internet as a way to engage in illicit sexual activity...
Fitzpatrick aims for Budget Committee chairmanship (01/21/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, is taking aim at one of the most powerful positions in the State House of Representatives -- chairman of the Budget Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives. Named vice chairman of the committee last week, Fitzpatrick said if all goes as planned, he hopes to become chairman of the committee in two years, which could set him up for a rare two-term chairmanship...
Norman to undergo mental evaluation (01/21/15)
The trial of a Cassville man, charged with three federal counts involving illicit sexual activity with children, is now on hold after his counsel requested he undergo a mental evaluation. Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, is charged with two counts of using a means of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, and one count of enticement of a minor to produce child pornography...
Wheaton woman pleads guilty to felonies (01/21/15)
A Wheaton woman has pleaded guilty to two felony charges stemming from a meth bust in October 2014. Carrie Intessimone, 35, of Wheaton, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine and first-degree child endangerment, both class C felonies...
Blaze extensively damages Church of Monett (01/21/15)
Investigators are continuing their search into the cause of the fire at the Church of Monett at Park and Eighth streets on Monday. The fire caused extensive damage to the 60-year-old building, originally built to house St. John's Lutheran Church. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 12:54 p.m. on Monday on reports of fire coming through the front door. Initial reports came from one of the nearby schools and passing motorists...
Family welcomes first Barry County baby of 2015 (01/21/15)
Marissa Woodruff, left. holds her newborn son, Tristan Bicksler, next to father, Brandon Bicksler. Tristan Bicksler, who was born on Jan. 8 at 9:40 a.m. at Cox Monett Hospital, was the first Barry County baby of 2015. He weighed in at 7 pounds and was 21 inches long. Kyle Troutman editor@monett-times.com...
Explosion levels rural Monett building (01/21/15)
An explosion Monday afternoon leveled a building behind the home of Eleanor Stephens, approximately three miles west of Monett on Farm Road 2001. Neighbors reported the explosion at 2:39 p.m. on Monday. Propane and acetylene tanks in the building continued to explode after firefighters arrived, sending a large plume of smoke into the air...
News in Brief (01/21/15)
Barry County Retired School Personnel will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Ninth Street in Monett. Monett High School graduate Melisa Thomas Bush, who taught in Brazil through the International Schools, will be the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m...
LawCo budget requests up in 2015 (01/20/15)
Lawrence County commissioners face major questions in their financial direction for 2015 heading into the annual budget hearing. In addition to nearly $600,000 more in requests from 2014 for money from the general fund, none of the spending requests have factored in the cost of a new contract that would transfer dispatching of emergency services to Monett...
Organ Restoration underway at St. Mary's Catholic Church (01/20/15)
Fundraising is underway to renovate the historic organ at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City. According to research by the Dobson Pipe Organ Builders company of Lake City, Iowa, the organ appears to have been built in 1889 by the Felgemaker organ company, based in Buffatlo, N.Y., and installed in Pierce City shortly after new current church building was finished in 1913...
Moon receives committee assignments (01/20/15)
State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, has received his committee assignments as he begins his second term representing Lawrence County in the 157th District. Moon was named vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Moon has not served on the committee before, noting appointments are at the discretion of the speaker, and that this year, there have been many shifts in committee assignments...
Blaze extensively damages Church of Monett (01/20/15)
The worst church fire in Monett in 25 years hit the Church of Monett at Park and Eighth streets Monday afternoon.
2 injured in Aurora wreck (01/20/15)
Two people were injured Friday in a wreck at Highways 60 and 39 in Aurora involving a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Lacey Kubik, 30, of Republic, was driving the Ford Police Interceptor westbound on Highway 60 at about 7:58 p.m. when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, being driven by David Hubert, 24, of Mt. Vernon...
Aurora man injured in ZZ wreck (01/20/15)
An Aurora man suffered minor injuries in a wreck at about 4 p.m. on Highway ZZ at Farm Road 1200 on Friday. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Daniel Howard, 42, of Aurora, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet 1500 truck and slowed to make a turn. His vehicle was struck from behind by a 2011 Buick Enclave, being driven by Ivas Kerans, 72, of Billings...
4 injured in Elsie Corn Lane wreck (01/20/15)
Four people were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on Elsie Corn Lane, two miles east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Benjamin Vinson, 16, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram truck at about 5:10 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle crossed the center line in a curve and struck a 2006 Hummer H3, being driven by Michael Seabolt, 41, of Seligman...
Motorcycle hits sign on Hwy. 90 (01/20/15)
A Washburn man suffered moderate injuries Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle hit a sign on Highway 90, seven miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 65-year-old Phillip Jordan, of Washburn, was a driving a 2014 Harley Davidson westbound on Highway 90 at about 3:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign...
Spring-like weather brings youth outside (01/20/15)
Unseasonably warm weather provided any available excuse to get outdoors and enjoy 60-degree temperatures over the last few days. Driver Truman Heider and his brother, Graham, drove their battery-powered Jeep all around their yard and up the sidewalk in front of their home on Central Avenue in Monett on Sunday, with mom Allison Heider tracking their progress. ...
News in Brief (01/20/15)
The Monett Historical Society will not meet at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20 so those interested in history can attend the presentation by Phil Dixon on the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team playing in Monett in 1927, presented at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Monett City Park Casino...
Explosion levels rural Monett building (01/19/15)
An explosion Monday afternoon leveled a building behind the home of Eleanor Stephens, approximately three miles west of Monett on Farm Road 2001. Neighbors reported the explosion at 2:39 p.m. on Monday. Propane and acetylene tanks in the building continued to explode after firefighters arrived, sending a large plume of smoke into the air...
Motorcycle hits sign on Highway 90 (01/18/15)
A Washburn man suffered moderate injuries Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle hit a sign on Highway 90, seven miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 65-year-old Phillip Jordan, of Washburn, was a driving a 2014 Harley Davidson westbound on Highway 90 at about 3:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign...
Lawrence County sheriff against 911 proposal (01/17/15)
Differences of opinion remain over the proposal to contract dispatching services for Lawrence County over to the Monett dispatching center. Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay recently expressed his opposition to the plan, saying he cannot support it...
Numerous candidates file for April 7 elections (01/17/15)
With the deadline at 5 p.m. on Tuesday drawing near, more candidates have filed to run for municipal, school board and other elected positions. Candidates must file for city positions at city halls, or for school positions at superintendents' offices. Road district filings must be made in county clerks' offices in Mt. Vernon or Cassville...
Monett teachers to focus on technology, autism Monday (01/17/15)
Schools will not be in session in the Monett School District on Monday, as faculty and staff will engage in a variety of professional development activities. At Monett Elementary, staff will focus on Class DoJo updates, autism training, positive behavior intervention and support updates, round table data discussions on shared students and collaboration on writing in teams...
Baseball expert to speak Tuesday about KC Monarchs in Monett (01/17/15)
Monettans will have a rare treat to learn more about early baseball in the community on Tuesday. Phil S. Dixon, author of nine books on baseball, will bring his expertise to the Monett City Park Casino. He will speak at 7 p.m. about the July 15, 1927, game between the Kansas City Monarchs, from the Negro League, and a Monett team. ...
Tyson Foods offers Clergy Appreciation Day (01/17/15)
An educational and interactive experience was offered by Tyson Foods for pastors in the Monett area on Thursday for Clergy Appreciation Day.
Rausch named National Merit Scholar semi-finalist (01/17/15)
Monett High School senior Andrew Rausch has qualified as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholar program. Rausch, the son of George and Ann Marie Rausch, is the first semi-finalist Monett has had since 2003 co-valedictorian Janelle Petersen qualified for the honor...
City of Monett to set golf course fees for 2015 play (01/17/15)
Setting fees for the Windmill Ridge Municipal Golf Course for 2015 will be among the items addressed when the Monett City Council meets at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Monett City Hall. Council members will accept public comment on the latest amendment to agreement between the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission and the city providing funding to expand the Monett Regional Airport...
News in brief (01/17/15)
A Bingo and Spuds Night fundraiser will be held to benefit the organ restoration fund at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 in the school gym, sponsored by the St. Mary's Parish Council of Catholic Women and the St. Mary's Home and School. A stuffed baked potato dinner will be available for $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under...
Lawrence County Court News (01/17/15)
Criminal Cases The following defendant pleaded guilty or was found guilty of the charge listed. The following defendants waived preliminary hearings. The cases were bound over to circuit court. Jason C. Daniel, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession, transport or sale of illegal weapon...
Rausch completes Eagle Scout (01/17/15)
Monett High School senior Andrew Rausch has been honored for completing his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award. Rausch, 18, son of Ann Marie and George Rausch of Monett, earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award on Dec. 21. He is a member of Monett Troop 38, a troop sponsored by the First United Methodist Church's Men's Group which meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the church...
Thomas competes in public speaking (01/17/15)
Purdy High School sophomore Megan Thomas participated in this year's FFA Area Fall Public Speaking Competition in McDonald County. Her speech covered the Missouri Cattleman Association. Thomas took second place in the area, which advanced her to district competition, where she represented Purdy Schools well...
Former Purdy girl Cooper graduates (01/17/15)
Benjamen Cooper is proud to announce the graduation of his wife, Makayla Cooper, from Insight School of Colorado on Dec. ​18. Makayla, formerly of Purdy, completed her senior year in high school a semester early. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society for Insight School of Colorado in her junior year. Makayla will attend college in the fall. Makayla is the daughter of Jeff and Robin Sullivan, who are very proud of her achievement...
Purdy FFA attends District Greenhand Conference (01/17/15)
First-time Purdy FFA members attended the FFA District Greenhand Conference at Missouri State University on Jan. 8.
Purdy Elementary announces honor roll (01/17/15)
Honor roll has been announced for the second quarter at Purdy Elementary School. Principal Janet Boys named the following students for academic achievement. Third grade: Carson Burt, Geovanni DeLeon, Madison Dent, Darissa Ennes, Deisy Gonzalez, Hunter Lee, Audra Mahurin, Bryce Ozbun, Tegan Patterson, Dalton Peters, Sophia Ramirez, Jeremiah Williams, Hilary Yang, Lily Anfinson, Trenton Breazzeal, Jimmy Felipe, Raeley Henderson, Preston Hibbard, Julia McDonald, Selina Mendez, Eddy Meza, Jazmine Paxtor, Nilzo Paxtor, Markho Rivas, Riley Rupp, Cadence Simmons and Rylee Stanford.. ...
Purdy FFA attends National Convention (01/17/15)
Fifteen students from Purdy FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
Second quarter honor roll named at Purdy High School (01/17/15)
Honor roll hs been announced for the second quarter of the 2014-2015 school year at Purdy High School. Principal Bob Vice announced 24 students qualified for the A honor roll. Tose recognized follow: Seniors----Jayse Henderson, Billie House, Robby Moody, Juaquin Robles, Collin Rupp, Xena Smith, Shelby Thomas, Lucas White and Katherine Wise...
Pittsburg State University announces 2014 graduates (01/17/15)
Five area students were among more than 500 recently graduating from Pittsburg State University in December. They were: Nicholas D. Brinley, Marionville, BS, engineering technology; Travis Mark Duff, Monett, BS, technology; Curtis J. Piepenbrink, Mt. Vernon, BS, education; Kryia Callahan, Cassville, MS; and Mary Michelle Rust, Mt. Vernon, MS...
Crowder College honor students named (01/17/15)
Crowder College has released the names of students listed on the Dean's List for the fall 2014. Students and their hometowns are listed below: Morgan Cope, Pula Baker, Daniel Beckwith, Dana Bender, Erica Cubel, Megan Heman, Abigail Marcano and Salvador Martinez, all of Aurora; Jacqueline Resto, Sarah Stewart and Kelly Tolbert, all of Butterfield; Lyr-Ann Akers, Kelsey Baker Eric Bohmke, Katie Davis, Kasey Durm, Todd Evans, Jharry Gumabon, Natasha Gunkel, Chase Horner, Lucy Khang, Garrett Kirk, Anne Menego, Jamie Moore, Jordan Shore, Emily Speakman, Hunter Speakman, Braiden Vaught and Callie Woolhiser, all of Cassville;Christina Mock and Jennifer Neal, of Eagle Rock; Kylie Brown, Austin Couey, Breana Dave-Turner, Mai Hang, Shelby Medley, Jonathan Pointer, Sue Ann Stanley and Makala Stephens, all of Exeter.. ...
Aurora man injured in Friday wreck (01/16/15)
An Aurora man suffered minor injuries in a wreck at about 4 p.m. on Highway ZZ at Farm Road 1200 on Friday. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Daniel Howard, 42, of Aurora, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet 1500 truck and slowed to make a turn. His vehicle was struck from behind by a 2011 Buick Enclave, being driven by Ivas Kerans, 72, of Billings...
Pierce City denies police requests (01/16/15)
For the second time in as many months, Pierce City aldermen have declined to approve the purchase of equipment for the police department. Aldermen previously requested three bids on the same type and model weapon, a Remington 870 tactical 12-gauge, so they could compare prices on the requested item...
Library improvements for Barry-Lawrence branches developing (01/16/15)
Plans to improve service at branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library are underway, focusing on efforts like the Teen Project. Director Gina Milburn and assistant Rhonda Duff completed evaluations for all of the branches in December and plan to repeat the assessment every six months. Supervisors also worked on complete staff evaluations, which have not previously been done at this time of the year...
Seasonal banners return focus to downtown (01/16/15)
It's that time of year to pack in all the Christmas decorations.
Chamber, industries launch jobs campaign (01/16/15)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce and its industrial members will launch a new jobs campaign this month. Two new billboards, declaring "Ready to work? Monett has jobs!" will be posted along Interstate 44. "In talking with local employers, they don't have enough qualified candidates to fill the jobs they have," said Jeff Meredith, Chamber executive director. "We're trying to raise awareness that there are jobs in Monett."...
Rose homecoming royalty candidates named at MHS (01/16/15)
Royalty has been selected for the Rose basketball homecoming at Monett High School.
News in brief (01/16/15)
Southern Missouri Beekeepers of Monett will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central. For information, people may call 235-7726. A fundraiser chili dinner for the Pierce City school sports program will be held at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 16 in the school cafeteria...
Lawrence County Court News (01/16/15)
Licenses issued at the Lawrence County Courthouse Kyle Wayne Bridges, 28, Sarcoxie, to Rachel Danielle Colley, 23, Mt. Vernon, Oct. 25. Steven Tylor Sagehorn, 32, Pierce City, to Jessica Ann Palmer, 25, Pierce City, Oct. 25. Cody Allen Kimerer, 28, Mt. Vernon, to Patrisha Stephanie Freitag, 30, Mt. Vernon, Oct. 31...
Fitzpatrick named vice chairman of House Budget Committee (01/15/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, recently received a new title to add to his resume -- vice chairman of the Budget Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives. State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, newly-elected speaker of the House, made the appointment Wednesday...
LawCo deputies involved in 3 pursuits in 10 hours (01/14/15)
From 9:15 p.m. Tuesday to 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Lawrence County sheriff's deputies were busier than usual, as they were involved in three separate pursuits in less than 10 hours. In the pursuits, deputies arrested two people, recovered two stolen vehicles, recovered a stolen trailer and other stolen goods, as well as narcotics...
Ambulance District 
investigates deputy report (01/14/15)
The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District is conducting an internal investigation in responses to a report by a Barry County sheriff's deputy saying one of the organization's paramedics argued with him about taking a Purdy man to the hospital. Jeaneittia Pierce, Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District office manager, said she is conducting an internal investigation about the incident involving Pedro Martinez, 59, of Purdy, and just because an ambulance is called does not mean a person needs transporting...
BarCo budget sees few changes (01/14/15)
A budget plan very similar to 2014 is taking shape for Barry County for the coming year. Barry County commissioners have begun meetings with officeholders to shape their financial plans, but a review of requests includes little variance from the past 12 months...
Drug task force takes more cases with fewer agents (01/14/15)
The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force handled 265 cases in 2014 in Barry and McDonald counties, and part of Lawrence County, compared with 240 cases in 2013, when it had more agents. "The years before that, we've had as high as 400 cases, but we had five to six agents working with us, and we had a secretarial staff," said John Luckey, Task Force director...
Monett School District adopts calendar for 2015-2016 (01/14/15)
The calendar for the Monett School District for the 2015-2016 year will offer few changes from the current year but more flexibility on snow days. School board members adopted the year-long plan at their December meeting, following the annual hearing over starting school prior to Labor Day...
Sater proposes Prescription Drug Monitoring Act (01/14/15)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, has sponsored a bill that would establish the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act. "We're the last state in the union that hasn't set up a drug monitoring program, which is not a very good distinction to have," said Sater, who pre-filed Senate Bill 63 on Dec. 1, 2014. "Prescription drug abuse is the most rapidly rising drug problem that we have."...
3 speakers set for Soils and Crops Conference (01/14/15)
Three speakers will address livestock, wheat production and planning for the next generation of farm ownership during the 86th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference. The session will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 in a new location, at the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road in Cassville...
City of Purdy recognized as Purple Heart City (01/14/15)
The City of Purdy became a Purple Heart City this week, recognized for honoring America's combat wounded veterans.
Infant involved in Highway 37 wreck (01/14/15)
An 18-year-old man and his infant son were injured Monday morning in a wreck on Highway 37, three miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Fletcher, 18, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee northbound on Highway 37 at about 10:30 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch and a culvert...
News in brief (01/14/15)
A chili and soup benefit will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 for Becky VanSandt Butterworth at the New Site Baptist Church, southwest of Monett. Becky has been battling ovarian cancer since October 2011. Donations will be accepted at the dinner. Beauty aid vendors will also have tables set up in the church gym. Others wishing to make donations may contact UMB Bank in Monett...
Small Business Bingo winners announced by Chamber (01/14/15)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the first Small Business Bingo holiday promotion.
Cox Monett collects coats for students (01/14/15)
Employees at Cox Monett Hospital collected cold weather essentials for students at Monett Elementary School and Crosslines recently.
Clark Center buys building (01/13/15)
Clark Community Mental Health Center is exercising its option to purchase the the Ray Carver Building, formerly the National Guard Armory, in Pierce City. Frank Compton, president of the board and former Chief Executive Officer, notified Pierce City aldermen they would exercise the option to purchase at the end of the 84-month lease in February for the negotiated price of $75,000...
Monett technology program makes innovative gains (01/13/15)
Innovations and new safeguards provided additional resources for the technology department for the Monett School District over the past year. Technology specialists Melody Paige and Stephen McMillin studied the district's system, including reviewing requests from help desks at the middle school and high school, the ticketing system provided through Spice Works, plus an assessment from AOS Technologies, which focuses on the security of servers and devices in the system...
Market Fresh opens operations in Monett (01/13/15)
Market Fresh, a Nixa-based produce marketing and distribution company, formally opened operations in Monett last week after completing renovations as part of acquiring the former 16,000-square-foot Harlin Fruit Company facility, located at 602 N. 17th St...
Knights of Columbus program offered Jan. 19 (01/13/15)
Mark Conn will present a history of the Knights of Columbus fraternity in Lawrence County at the next meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society. It starts at 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the MRC Museum in Mt. Vernon. Conn will include a look at the history of the Catholic church in Verona and Aurora, as well as mention of the Menace publishing company, which produced a virulent nationally-distributed anti-minority, anti-Catholic weekly newspaper from 1911 to 1919 in Aurora...
Seligman man seriously injured in wreck (01/13/15)
A Seligman man was seriously injured in a wreck Friday afternoon on Highway 37, two miles north of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 33-year-old Joseph Carroll, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla northbound on Highway 37 at about 4:22 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Fire damages Aurora church (01/13/15)
Aurora fire officials are waiting for a report from the fire marshal on the fire that heavily damaged the New Hope Fellowship Church, at 36 E. Cline St., in Aurora on Sunday.
News in brief (01/13/15)
Purdy Flowers and Gifts donated a diaper cake to the winner of The Monett Times annual First Baby Contest and was omitted from the announcement story list. The Ozark Christian Writers Guild will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at First Baptist Church, South Highway 37 in Monett. For additional information, people may call 235-7209...
Lawrence County Court News (01/13/15)
Licenses issued at the Lawrence County Courthouse Pedro Jose Figueroa, 23, Brookline, to Danielle Nichole Valdez, 22, Brookline, Dec. 26. Matthew Shane Maples, 44, Aurora, to Stacey Lynn Willis-Center, 44, Aurora, Dec. 26. Jason Ray Ward, 32, Mt. Vernon, to Kelly Marie Schmidt, 33, Mt. Vernon, Dec. 30...
Washburn murder suspect facing multiple Arkansas charges (01/10/15)
A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn may be in Arkansas for some time, as he is facing multiple felony charges in Washington County that are slowing his extradition to Barry County. After Christopher Paschall, 37, of Springdale, Ark., was arrested on Monday Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff, said he hoped to have Paschall extradited to the Barry County jail in a week's time, but sticking to that timeline is now looking less and less likely...
Schad sees year of gains for BarCo (01/10/15)
With 2014 having passed, Northern Barry County Commissioner Gary Schad said it was largely an uneventful period for his constituency in terms of needs from his office. An improving economy painted a positive outlook for the county as a whole. Schad pointed to positive developments that he felt boded well for the future...
Bell collection on display at Monett Branch Library (01/10/15)
The Monett Branch Library has a collection of bells on display in the lobby of the building.
Renovations taking shape at historic LawCo courthouse (01/10/15)
Renovations will take approximately three more weeks to complete in the courtroom on the second floor of the historic Lawrence County Courthouse. Using a $100,000 heritage grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the county commission added another $65,000 to complete renovations...
'Celebrity Apprentice' contestant Gosselin's prize will benefit Camp Barnabas (01/10/15)
The Camp Barnabas organization has plenty of plans for the $40,000 donated by "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Kate Gosselin on Monday. Gosselin served as project manager of the winning team on Monday's show, winning a $20,000 prize, plus a $20,000 bonus. Gosselin named her charity as Camp Barnabas to receive the prize...
Performing arts center construction advancing (01/10/15)
Frigid weather may have limited outdoor activity this week as construction forges on inside the new performing arts center at Monett High School.
News in brief (01/10/15)
A trivia night fundraiser for the Monett/Barry County Relay for Life has been cancelled for Saturday, Jan. 10. The Ozark Christian Writers Guild will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at First Baptist Church, South Highway 37 in Monett. For additional information, people may call 235-7209...
Kornerstone Program gets grant (01/10/15)
Kornerstone's Teen Mom Program recently received funding from the Robert and Francis Chaney Family Foundation in the amount of $3,500 for program year 2015. Kornerstone is a local non-profit organization serving pregnant and parenting teens in Barry County through advocacy and education. ...
Pierce City Library offers new titles (01/10/15)
New non-fiction titles at the Pierce City Branch Library include: "The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015," "Preserving the Past --Protecting the Future: a History of Missouri's Sheriffs." New westerns titles include: "Arizona Ambushers" by Jon Sharpe; and "Showdown at Two-Bit Creek" by Joseph A. West...

News in Brief

Crafts Night at the Scott Regional Technology Center at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Instructor Beth Garrett-Dillon will teach how to make string art. The first time session will focus on making heart-shaped string art for Valentine's season. The second project will focus on a burlap state shape with a heart string over a special place. Sessions are $20 per person. Registration can be made online by Jan. 30 at www.monett-srtc.school fusion.us

The Rebel's Bluff Troupe will present Gary Ray Stapp's comic play "Family Ties and Little White Lies" Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. The show, presented in dinner theater format, will have three people from Monett in the cast: Adam Verstraete, Ben Verstraete and Marly Nash. Reservations for the dinner show are needed by Feb. 2. Show tickets only will be available for all three days by calling 417-840-8238.

Bake for Life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Pate Elementary School in Aurora. First, second and third place prizes will be given.

Revival services at the Monett Fundamental Methodist Church with evangelist Doyle Williamson of Fredericktown are continuing at 7 p.m. nightly through Jan. 29. Pastor Ronnie Howerton invites the public to attend. For additional information, people may call 235-5351.

The Monett City Council will hold work sessions at 10 a.m. on Jan. 27 and at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, interviewing consultants for the long range transportation improvement plan.

Toastmasters for District 22, which includes Monett, will host area public speaking contests from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 21 at the Monett Chamber of Commerce office, 200 E. Broadway. Prepared speeches should run five to seven minutes each. Impromptu table topic talks from one to two minutes. Winners advances to division and possibly district levels. For additional information, people may call Larry Wilson at 913-626-5516.

The Silverteens senior singles group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 for supper at Sweet Rock Cafe on Commercial Street in Pierce City. For additional information, people may call B.J. at 417-393-9212.

A concealed and carry weapons class will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 with certified instructors at the farm of Patty Spencer, on the county line at Farm Road 2000 in rural Verona, approximately one-and-a-half miles east of Highway 60. Payment of $75 in cash is required. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the class. Another session will be held on Feb. 14. For additional information, people may call 417-489-1904.

The Lawrence County Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet at noon on Jan. 28 at Angus Branch restaurant in Monett.

The Freistatt Neighborhood Watch will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Freistatt Community Building.

The Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce extends an invitation to the public to attend the annual Chamber Appreciation Banquet to be held Jan. 31. Doors open at 5:15, with a dinner at 6 p.m. catered by Alice Irene's Catering at the Aurora High School. Awards and grants presentations begin at 7 p.m. Entertainment for the banquet will be The Swivel Sisters. For more information, people may call the Aurora Chamber office at 417-678-4150.

Classes start in February at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Microsoft Word, basic computers, Mig welding, beading jewelry, knitting and essential oils. For info rmation, people may call 235-8356.

The Mt. Vernon Rotary Club will host a Sweetheart Dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center. For additional information, people may call 417-461-0580.

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