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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
News
Burglars enter Countryside Christian Church (07/26/16)
The Monett police Department is investigating an alleged burglary at Countryside Christian Church, located at 1200 N. Eisenhower in Monett. According to George Daoud, Monett police chief, someone allegedly broke out the front door of the church, then rummaged through items throughout the building...
Selvey leads LawCo race in fundraising, spending (07/26/16)
Recently-filed campaign finance reports show that Tim Selvey, R-Ash Grove, led his opponents for Lawrence County eastern commissioner in fundraising and spending in the second quarter. Selvey raised $7,300 and spent $5,253.42. He had $641.58 cash on hand at the end of June. Joe Boyd, R-Verona, raised $355.67 and spent $2,648.82. He had $160 on hand at the end of the second quarter...
Hollarin' fun concludes run of 'Oklahoma!' in Mt. Vernon (07/26/16)
Spirits ran high in the finale song to Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" performed last weekend at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center.
Vacant slots filled at Pierce City schools (07/26/16)
Pierce City faculty is gearing up for the start of classes on Aug. 16, and school officials have hired new instructors to fill vacancies created at the end of the last academic year. At the elementary campus, Amy Gooding, of Mt. Vernon, will greet students as the new music instructor. Gooding is a former teacher with the Halfway School District in Polk County...
Remodeling now complete at Monett collector's office (07/26/16)
Monettans headed to the city collector's office this month to pay utility bills will find staff has relocated back to regular quarters now that remodeling has been completed. Entering from the west door, customers will find a new door on the right that will take them out of the hallway into a separate room facing four glass enclosed windows where administrative assistants will wait on them. ...
Music, fireworks highlight annual Jammin' at Jolly celebration (07/26/16)
Half the fun of attending the annual Jammin' at Jolly celebration is the opportunity to explore the flora and fauna at Jolly Mill Park.
Monett Band Camp begins music season (07/26/16)
Band Camp at Monett High School got underway on Monday in preparation for an early start to the fall sports season.
News in brief (07/26/16)
The Monett Artists' Guild will present "Play On," a comedy about presenting a play that goes very wrong, at 7 p.m. on July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. July 31 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available by calling the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 235-7919...
Cassville teen injured in wreck (07/25/16)
A Cassville teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck on Farm Road 2180, four miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alissa Olsen, 17, of Cassville, was driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus westbound when she swerved to avoid a deer, left the roadway and struck a tree...
Family of Thomas Wolfe gets update on recovery efforts (07/23/16)
The family of Thomas Wolfe, for whom the VFW Post No. 4207 is named, recently received news regarding the excavation of Wolfe's crash site in Laos, where his plane was shot down 50 years ago. "We received good news at the [Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency] weekend in Washington, D.C.," said Valarie Wolfe, daughter of Air Force Capt. ...
LawCo candidates evaluate 911 plan (07/23/16)
Sending dispatching services to Monett from Lawrence County proved to be one of the more controversial decisions made by Lawrence County commissioners in the past year, and candidates seeking the Republican nomination for eastern commissioner saw improvements and questions over continuing the program with Monett beyond the present three-year contract...
Vacation Bible School brings community children together (07/23/16)
For the 31st year, the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian and Waldensian Presbyterian churches in Monett have held a joint Vacation Bible School.
Candidates discuss mental disabilities, staffing issues (07/23/16)
The Barry County Public Administrator elected on Aug. 2 will have more than 150 clients to maintain, and some of those clients require more attention than others. Many of those under the care of the public administrator suffer from mental or physical disabilities, and whoever is elected must be able to deal with possible behavioral issues that may stem from mental illnesses...
Fireworks sales, discharge in Monett leave positive mark (07/23/16)
Reports from officials showed Monett's first year of allowing the sales and discharge of fireworks inside the city limits had a generally positive outcome. Police Chief George Daoud said his office responded to a total of 36 complaints over the fireworks season after the city council voted to allow sales within the city limits from June 20 to July 10...
Lawrence County commission candidates look at jail options (07/23/16)
The future of the Lawrence County jail remains a major issue for the county commission, one that prompted a variety of ideas from candidates running for the job of eastern commissioner. "Sheriff Brad DeLay has estimated a new jail would cost $10 million," said incumbent Joe Ruscha of Verona. ...
Monett Pizza Hut changes hands (07/23/16)
This week, the Monett Pizza Hut restaurant changed from ownership by one restaurant management company to another. People doing support business with the Monett Pizza Hut received a letter this week from Hamman-Hopkins, Darnell, the restaurant's management firm in Lebanon, announcing the company was closing 10 of its Pizza Hut restaurants on July 18. ...
Animal shelter gets gift of nearly $780 from VBS (07/23/16)
Vacation Bible Schools offer ways for children to enjoy summer fun as well as help their community.
News in brief (07/23/16)
The Rebel's Bluff Troupe's performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma" will be at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Sunday tickets are nearly sold out. Tickets may be ordered by calling the box office at 417-466-7130 or at the door...
OSHA deems fatality at Ozark Stave 'preventable' (07/22/16)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] concluded Wednesday the death of Trenton Goodpasture at Ozark Stave Company in rural Pierce City on Monday was preventable, and the Newton County Sheriff's Office has ruled out foul play. According to the police report, Goodpasture, 19, a temporary factory employee who had given his two-week notice to move out of the area, died after receiving a deep wound to the side of the head, suggesting he may have been caught between two objects. ...
LawCo candidates evaluate funding (07/22/16)
The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for eastern commissioner in Lawrence County have different views on how to enhance revenues for the county, and even the need, with or without new taxes. Tim Selvey, a retired State Trooper, made his position clear on wanting no more taxes...
Jaycees Carnival brings smiles, fun on opening night (07/22/16)
The Jaycees Fun Bus stayed busy late into the evening on Wednesday during free ride night at the Jaycees Carnival.
LawCo eastern commissioner candidates pave plans for roads (07/22/16)
Candidates seeking the position of eastern commissioner in Lawrence County offered different approaches to dealing with maintaining county roads, a generally peripheral issue for the county commission, but one that impacts the quality of life and future of communities...
Pierce City's Howdy Neighbor Days schedule released (07/22/16)
This year's annual Howdy Neighbor Days festival gets underway at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10, at Pierce City's South Park, featuring rides and games of chance from J&J Magic Midway Carnival. Armbands for rides will be available for purchase all four nights of the festival at a cost of $15...
Ambulance district prays for Monett police (07/22/16)
Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District staff and representatives of the Monett Fire Department went to the Monett Justice Center recently to offer a prayer for the Monett Police.
News in brief (07/22/16)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library's Summer Reading Club will conclude activities at the Monett Branch at 3:30 p.m. on July 26. The Wonders of Wildlife Museum staff will present a program on Animal Olympics. In adult programs next week at the Monett Library Branch, Sixth and Bond, a program "Expressions of the Soul," focusing on the artwork and photographs by scientist George Washington Carver, will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on July 27...
Family remembers man killed at sawmill (07/20/16)
As evidenced by the number of donations for his memorial service, Spirit Stevens, sister of Trenton Goodpasture, said there was only one word to describe her youngest sibling -- big-hearted. Goodpasture, 19, a recent Monett graduate, died on Monday in a sawmill accident at Ozark Stave Co. in rural Pierce City after being struck in the head by a flying log. He was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Joplin, where he did not recover from the injuries...
2 Monett sisters prepare for 'Oklahoma' (07/20/16)
Two Monett sisters, Kaitlyn and Stephanie Schumacher, will hit the stage this weekend in the Rebel's Bluff Troupe production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma." The Broadway standard will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (The MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. on the business loop...
Sheriff receives proclamation for service from Lt. Governor (07/20/16)
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was on hand Tuesday to present Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly with a proclamation recognizing his service. Epperly is the longest-serving sheriff in Barry County history and has spent a total of 27 years with the Barry County Sheriff's Department...
Purdy Festival offers fun, summer activities (07/20/16)
The big spectator event at the Purdy Festival was the bathtub races, where seven teams emerged to try their hand at pushing water-filled tubs on wheels.
Voters asked for $2.3M bond (07/20/16)
Voters in the Purdy school district will be asked on Aug. 2 to support a $2.3 million bond issue to cover the costs of building a FEMA storm shelter that would be enhanced to serve as both a new building for the early childhood classes and as the district's first performing arts center...
Sheriff race: How should the Barry County jail be managed? (07/20/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. - JB 1. What experience do you have that will help contribute to running a jail? What will be your approach to jail management?...
Public admin: Supervising needs of 150-plus clients (07/20/16)
The role of the Barry County Public Administrator is one that can be demanding and challenging, and it requires the public's trust. The individual elected to fill the role of county public administrator will be responsible for a number of day-to-day duties, including administrative, clerical and reception. ...
Springfield men injured in wreck (07/20/16)
Two Springfield men were injured in a wreck Tuesday at 4:50 on Highway 96 near Farm Road 1077. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Harbach, 26, of Springfield, was driving a 2012 Mitsubishi 4-door westbound when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a concrete box culvert and overturned...
Ekland man seriously injured in bike wreck (07/20/16)
An Ekland man was injured in a wreck on Tuesday at 4:45 a.m. on Highway 90, two miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Don Bickford, 57, of Ekland, was driving a 2002 Kawasaki Voyager XII eastbound when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway...
Cassville woman injured in wreck (07/20/16)
A Cassville woman was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 10:50 a.m. on Farm Road 1055, one mile south of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tristan Fare, 27, of Cassville, was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger northbound when his vehicle failed to stop at a four-way stop and struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, being driven by Mary Williams, 73, of Exeter. The collision caused Fare's vehicle to run off the right side of the roadway, strike a ditch and overturn...
Purdy fire hydrant study finds numerous weak areas (07/20/16)
Having conducted the first system-wide assessment of the fire hydrants in Purdy, Fire Chief Nick Mercer described the challenges facing residents and the department as it heads into a review of its firefighting system by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO)...
Bowling, burgers, balloons highlight Stones Prairie Picnic (07/20/16)
A contingent of Purdy Fire Protection District personnel and Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance employees kept cook-shack workers busy dishing up tasty burgers, brats and pie at the annual Stones Prairie Picnic, held Friday.
Preparations underway for Jaycees Carnival to start (07/20/16)
Volunteers have been busy assembling the rides that will make this year's Monett Jaycees Carnival the place to be. Opening tonight at 6 p.m
News in brief (07/20/16)
V.B. Hall Antique Warehouse, 201 W. Main in Monett, will celebrate its 21st anniversary on July 23. Viga Hall and family will be present. Special gifts will be offered to the first 200 customers. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. The Rocking A Saddle Club Rodeo will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 21-23 at the Saddle Club Rodeo Arena on Business Highway 60...
Epperly endorses Meek for sheriff (07/19/16)
Mick Epperly on Monday told The Monett Times that he supports Deputy Terry Meek, R-Washburn, in his bid to replace him as Barry County sheriff. Epperly said he took the decision to endorse seriously, and believes he has made the right choice. "I get asked every day who I support in the sheriff's race," he said. "I like a lot of the candidates, but I'm looking for someone who works in the operation and shouldn't be backing up and losing any time and should be able to continue the work."...
Plane crashes in agricultural activity (07/19/16)
A crop dusting plane working for Kiman Kingsley's Plane Cents Aviation in rural Miller crashed on Friday northwest of Pierce City, resulting in no injury to the pilot. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Piper Pawnee plane flying for Kingsley's company was engaged in crop dusting activities when the plane clipped a power line and crashed 0.2 miles west of Highway 97, just south of Farm Road 2160. The Highway Patrol received a report of the crash at 8:08 p.m. on Friday...
Speed limit signs arrive in Freistatt (07/19/16)
New street signs have arrived in Freistatt to alert the public to the new speed limit, the community's first.
2 Monettans arrested for burglary (07/19/16)
Monett police assisted Lawrence County deputies in arresting two Monett residents on Friday who have been charged with second degree burglary. Nathanial Milford, 23, and Sarah Pasco, 23, both of Monett, were arrested at their home in the 200 block of Fairway Avenue in Monett following a tip. Both were transported to the Lawrence County jail, where they were each held in lieu of $25,000 bonds...
Busy session planned by Monett City Council (07/19/16)
The Monett City Council plans several networking moves at its monthly meeting, slated for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Monett City Hall council chambers. Council members plan to authorize a letter of support to the Missouri Housing Development Commission, as part of a housing initiative underway for several months, and authorize an intergovernmental agreement for membership in the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments. ...
Carthage teen hurt in wreck (07/19/16)
A Carthage teenager was injured Monday in a wreck at 7:15 a.m. on Highway 96, eight miles west of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher George, 16, of Carthage, was driving a 2013 Kia Soul eastbound when his vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned...
Purdy woman injured in Hwy. 60 wreck (07/19/16)
A Purdy woman was injured in a wreck at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 60, three miles east of Marionville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jaricka McGinnis, 27, of Purdy, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer eastbound when her vehicle struck the rear of a 1999 Jeep Wrangler, being driven by William Pomeroy, 42, of Billings, which was stopped in traffic...
Ozark man injured in wreck (07/19/16)
An Ozark man was injured Sunday in a wreck at 6:13 p.m. on Highway 96, four miles west of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Raymond Severs, 82, of Ozark, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck two driveways...
News in brief (07/19/16)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Scott Regional Technology Center. Jeanne Ann Camp will present a program a the history of the homes that will be featured in a home tour fundraiser this fall. Reports will museum construction and fundraising will be included...
Ninth, Cleveland study recommends wider turns (07/16/16)
A new comprehensive study of the intersection at Ninth and Cleveland has produced a number of major changes for the Monett City Council to consider. The intersection analysis, conducted by TranSystems, the engineers that prepared the study for the city's transportation master plan, found a variety of problems with the present configuration of the intersection...
Three arrested in drug sting (07/16/16)
Investigators with the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, which covers Barry, Barton, Jasper and McDonald counties, arrested three Barry County residents Thursday during an open narcotics investigation. Investigators responded to the residence of Beverly Ball, located at 18348 Hwy. E in Eagle Rock...
Monett Area YMCA opens new ropes course (07/16/16)
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Wednesday for the new Challenge Course, a rope-suspended obstacle course, shown above, now open at the Monett Area YMCA.
Ambulance board gains ground on policy manual (07/16/16)
After months of wrangling, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board appears close to completing a new policy manual, which will resolve several ongoing debate issues between district leaders. Board member David Compton precipitated the discussion by refusing to vote to approve paying the bills for the past year. ...
Jaycees Carnival returns to Monett July 20-23 (07/16/16)
Next week one of Monett's longest standing traditions, the Jaycees Carnival, will again be held at Monett's South Park, next to the soccer fields. The carnival, with rides and games, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Many of the favorite attractions will return. Amanda Harbaugh, chairman of the Jaycees board, and President Brittie Oakley will serve as co-chairpersons for the event...
Work continues on St. Mary's church steeple (07/16/16)
Workers making repairs on the steeple at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City will be on the job a bit longer than they originally anticipated, having found a significant amount of water damage to its brick and mortar structure. Workers originally estimated replacing about 300 bricks in the original proposal, but have had to revise that number to approximately 800 bricks to completely repair the steeple...
Roadway improves hang-up problem in Freistatt (07/16/16)
An appeal for help to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to correct a problem leaving Highway H has resulted in a better situation for Freistatt residents. Last month, Freistatt trustees discussed what to do about 
motorists pulling off of Highway H onto Third Street to go west encountering a dip from the elevation of the state highway, raised by the last resurfacing effort...
Will there be music in the park? (07/16/16)
Ripplin' Creek, a southwest Missouri bluegrass band, kicked off the inaugural Pierce City Music in the Park performance in May, but since then, no local entertainers or groups have opted to utilize Pierce City's newest park, located at the Jct. 37/97...
Marshfield teen injured in LawCo wreck (07/16/16)
A Marshfield teen sustained moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 4 p.m., Thursday on Farm Road 1240, six miles north of Halltown. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Clifford D. Gorski, 17, of Marshfield, was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee northbound when he lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck an embankment. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on the roadway...
Rehearsals on for 'Play On' comedy (07/16/16)
"Play On" is the portrayal of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script.
Camp offers healthcare exploration at Cox Monett (07/16/16)
A large contingent of high school students are attended the Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center MASH (Missouri AHEC Science and Health) Day Camp at Cox Monett Hospital.
Crop spraying planes busy around Monett (07/16/16)
Aerial activity around Monett has been quite active this week.
Vivid sunset offers peaceful close to summer day (07/16/16)
The latter stages of Thursday's sunset provided a panorama of vivid yellows and oranges as seen over equipment offered for sale by the Freistatt Farmers Exchange on Highway H in Freistatt.
News in brief (07/16/16)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on July 19 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. Jeanne Ann Camp will present a program a the history of the homes that will be featured in a home tour fundraiser this fall. Reports will museum construction and fundraising will be included...
Hospice Compassus shares cheer with band (07/16/16)
Hospice Compassus team members regularly visit local nursing homes to offer rhythm band time. Recently the team visited the Bentonview Healthcare facility in Monett.
Teen hospitalized in single-car crash Friday (07/15/16)
A single vehicle crash around 7:45 p.m. on Friday injured two people, one being transported from the scene via air ambulance. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 1992 Chevrolet Prism headed west on Highway Z, driven by Austin Lindeman, 18, of Aurora, left the south side of the roadway just east of Farm Road 1160 in Barry County, rolled over and came to rest against the fence...
Ambulance district signs groundbreaking deal with Cox (07/15/16)
For the first time in its history, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District has signed a contract with CoxHealth Systems for management assistance, committing CoxHealth to provide and support an operations manager with the authority to hire and supervise Barry-Lawrence staff...
Young WaterThrashers enjoy 'Nemo' Week (07/15/16)
With Hank, the octopus from "Finding Dory," looking on, swimmers age 9 and under in the Monett WaterThrashers made a not-so-synchronized leap into the Monett Municipal Swimming Pool during "Nemo" Week this week, a special week of activities designed for young swimmers...
Progress seen in modular scheduling at MHS (07/15/16)
Heading into the third year of modular scheduling at Monett High School, Principal David Williams has expanded his efforts to make the practice work more effectively for students. Modular scheduling operates closer to a collegiate model, varying the class schedule from day to day, decreasing face-time with teachers, having classes taught by different teachers on different days, and giving students open periods or "resource time" to seek out teachers where they need help. ...
Shell Knob woman injured in crash (07/15/16)
A Shell Knob woman sustained moderate injuries in a single-car crash that occurred at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday on Hwy. 76, about eight miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Traci L. Hargett, 51, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2004 Mazda MX5 westbound when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Stotts City pedestrian seriously hurt in hit-and-run (07/15/16)
A Stotts City pedestrian received serious injuries when he was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on Wednesday night. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kevin E. Davis, 49, of Stotts City, was found injured on Highway V, two miles west of Mt. Vernon, at midnight on Thursday. Davis reported he was struck by an unknown vehicle at an unknown time...
Pierce City woman injured in two-vehicle crash (07/15/16)
A Pierce City woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 5 p.m. on Wednesday on Highway 60, a half-mile west of Monett.
Boot block nets $650 (07/15/16)
Kelly Lakin, president of the Howdy Neighbor Days committee, is pictured at one of the Howdy Neighbor Days boot block locations, Commercial Street and Hwy. 97, held Saturday in Pierce City.
New Monett teachers begin orientation (07/15/16)
A special breakfast and orientation was held on Tuesday for the new teachers joining the Monett R-1 School District for the 2016-2017 year.
News in brief (07/15/16)
The Monett Kiwanis Club will host a three-man scramble golf tournament to benefit the Barry County Youth Camp at 8:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Monett Windmill Ridge municipal golf course. Additional teams are welcome. The Lawrence County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. ...
Poll: Hilburn holds slim lead in sheriff's race (07/13/16)
A recent poll of Barry County registered voters shows that former highway patrolman Travis Hilburn of Cassville is clinging to a slight lead outside the margin of error for the Republican nomination for Barry County sheriff, with many voters undecided...
All 3 public administrator candidates in statistical tie (07/13/16)
A recent poll of registered voters showed the Republican primary for Barry County public administrator to be a statistical three-way tie. Exactly half (252) of the The Monett Times poll's 504 responders on Thursday said they were undecided. Of those with stated preferences, 18.06 percent (91 responses) said they favor Andy Reavis of Cassville, 16.4 percent (83 responses) said they favor Rodney Hughes of Cassville, and 15.48 percent (78 responses) prefer Keith Daniels of Exeter...
Barry County officeholders enjoy low disapproval ratings (07/13/16)
A recent poll of Barry County registered voters showed that the public is generally pleased or indifferent about the performance of the county's elected officials. The Monett Times poll on Thursday asked whether voters approved or disapproved of the job performance of outgoing Sheriff Mick Epperly, Prosecuting Attorney Amy Boxx and Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren...
Public admin candidates detail plan for demanding post (07/13/16)
The role of the Barry County Public Administrator is one that can be demanding and challenging, and it requires the public's trust. The individual elected to fill the role of county public administrator will be responsible for a number of day-to-day duties, including administrative, clerical and reception. ...
Body cameras on the table for right cost (07/13/16)
The majority of Barry County sheriff candidates are in favor of implementing body cameras for deputies, and if proposed, cost of the equipment is a sticking point. Cherry Warren, Barry County presiding commissioner, said no proposal for purchasing body cameras has ever been presented to the commission, but that does not mean one would not be considered...
Monett School District approves random drug testing (07/13/16)
The new random drug testing policy for students in Monett Middle and High School has been adopted and preparations have begun for it to begin by Sept. 1. The problem of drug use among students became more significant during the past school year when the number of incidents requiring disciplinary action doubled over the previous year by spring, from seven to 15...
Purdy Festival gearing up for big show Saturday (07/13/16)
Preparations are complete for the fifth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, in and around the Purdy City Park and school district. "The Purdy Festival is in its 5th year, and there is no way we could put together this great day without all of our community sponsors and volunteers," said Renae Neill, festival chairperson. ...
Quilts offered in drawing at Stones Prairie Picnic (07/13/16)
Several handmade quilts created by the ladies at St. John's Lutheran Church will be given away at the annual Stones Prairie Picnic, held at the church at 6 p.m. on Friday. The big prize will be the "Eliza's Medallion" queen-sized quilt pieces by Nancy Kielblock. A "Peek-A-Bo Monkeys" baby quilt was pieced by Carolyn Schad. Both were hand quilted by the St. John's Quilters...
Cassville schools being considered for telemedicine grant (07/13/16)
The Cassville school district and five other nearby districts may soon be getting a valuable service come September, when CoxHealth, which currently provides telemedicine services for Cassville school employees, may extend the same services to elementary students...
Verona woman injured in single-vehicle crash (07/13/16)
A Verona woman sustained moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 6:45 a.m., Monday on Hwy. WW, about three miles south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ulyssa L. Martinez, 18, of Verona, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet HHR eastbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, went off the lest side of the roadway and overturned. The vehicle struck a fence and came to a rest on its top...
News in Brief (07/13/16)
Tickets are now on sale for the Rebel's Bluff Troupe's performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma" at 7 p.m. July 21-23 and 3 p.m. on July 24 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Tickets may be ordered by calling the box office at 417-466-7130. Tickets will be available at the door...
Extended closing of Ninth Street proposed by study (07/12/16)
Following the completion of a detailed traffic study on the Ninth Street and Cleveland Avenue intersection, the Monett R-1 Board of Education has requested the City of Monett extend the hours that the school district closes Ninth Street to accommodate student safety...
Celebrating 50 years in style (07/12/16)
On Saturday, Dr. Andres and Natividad Apostol celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in a gala gathering Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church fellowship hall.
Bomb squad called for device found in car (07/12/16)
An explosive device found in a towed vehicle in Cassville resulted in a call to the bomb squad in Bentonville, Ark., on Friday and the subsequent disposal of the suspect box. According to Sheriff Mick Epperly, the arrest of two subjects on July 7 led to the discovery of the alleged bomb. ...
Greitens makes second campaign stop in Monett (07/12/16)
Eric Greitens, GOP candidate for governor, made his second campaign stop in Monett on Sunday, speaking to an overflow crowd at the Monett Area YMCA. Greitens received applause for describing his work with The Mission Continues, a private organization focused on returning veterans "to live a life of purpose and dignity." The organization presently has 8,000 veterans working for it in all 50 states and has enlisted more than 100,000 volunteers to help...
Washburn woman injured in Sunday morning crash (07/12/16)
A Washburn woman sustained minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Hwy. 248, about five miles west of Jenkins. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Curtis G. Bonner, 63, of Washburn, was driving a 2005 Ford F150 westbound when his pickup ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the highway, struck a ditch and then overturned...
Two hurt in Hwy. MM wreck (07/12/16)
Two Marionville men were injured in a car-cow collision that occurred at 1:15 a.m. Saturday on Hwy. MM, one mile west of Billings. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kevin L. Shepherd, 39, of Marionville, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet S10 when his vehicle struck a cow in the roadway...
California man injured Sunday in tractor trailer wreck (07/12/16)
A California man sustained minor injuries in a tractor trailer crash that occurred at 2:01 a.m., Sunday on Interstate 44, about a half mile south of Halltown in Lawrence County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Steven Y. Chen, 63, of Covina, Calif., was driving a 2010 Freightliner tractor trailer westbound when the vehicle ran off the road and overturned...
Carver Day offers glimpse into the past (07/12/16)
Park rangers at the George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond offered a wide range of old-time activities to give the flavor of living in Carver's time during the annual Carver Day event on Saturday.
Fire quickly stopped at Monett Pizza Hut (07/12/16)
Firefighters responded to Pizza Hut in Monett shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday due to a fire in the deep fryer.
Parking lot work at MHS advancing rapidly (07/12/16)
The last absolutely "gotta finish" summer project for the Monett R-1 School District remains the rebuilding of the teachers parking lot at the high school.
News in Brief (07/12/16)
This week in the Summer Reading Club in branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, The Fishin' Magicians will present "Catch the Magic, Read!" at 11 a.m. on July 14 at the Monett Branch. The Fishin' Magicians will also present their program at 10 a.m. on July 13 at the Purdy Branch and 9 a.m. on July 14 at the Pierce City Branch...
Daoud: Dallas justifies caution (07/09/16)
The fatal shootings of five Dallas, Texas, police officers on July 7 sent a chilling message through the ranks of police officers throughout the nation. Monett Police Chief George Daoud pointed out that in the course of daily activities on the job, the mass shooting in Dallas "is not normal," and did not fall under anything typical that his officers face on a day to day basis...
Monett schools complete support staff shuffle (07/09/16)
The Monett school district has hired several non-certified staff members to help fill the ranks for the next school year. After hosting a reception for, board secretary Patty Leach, who retired after 28 years, the school board named Lana Norman to take over the post after naming her in May to take over as receptionist. Missy Caldwell, the previous receptionist, is taking over district finances from Leach...
Animal Clinic of Pierce City offering full line of services (07/09/16)
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Construction on Monett schools progresses on schedule (07/09/16)
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News in brief

The Monett Artists' Guild will present "Play On," a comedy about presenting a play that goes very wrong, at 7 p.m. on July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. July 31 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available by calling the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 235-7919.

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library's Summer Reading Club will conclude activities at the Monett Branch at 3:30 p.m. today. The Wonders of Wildlife Museum staff will present a program on Animal Olympics.

The SilverTeens seniors singles group will meet for supper at the Olive Grill, 15 Olive St., at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4. For additional information, people may call B.J. McCaulley at 417-393-9212.

The Monett Rural Fire District board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. today at the fire station on County Road, east of the Industrial Park standpipes.

The Youth Choir at the First Baptist Church, 9519 Hwy. V, will perform at 5 p.m. on July 31 at the church.

Now on display at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (The MARC) is an exhibit of art from the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition. The juried exhibit features visual art paintings, photography, pottery, woodworking and digital paintings. The Mt. Vernon Regional Arts Council, exhibit sponsor, will award prizes to the top four pieces. An artists' reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the MARC.

The Ozark Empire Fair opens Thursday in Springfield.

In adult programs next week at the Monett Library Branch, Sixth and Bond, a program "Expressions of the Soul," focusing on the artwork and photographs by scientist George Washington Carver, will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on July 27.

The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 Locust St., will host a dance with the Fun Timers Band at 7 p.m. on July 28. Cost is $3. Finger foods are welcome. For additional information, people may call 476-5800 or 737-4900.

Applications for craft booths are now being accepted at the Howdy Neighbor Days, Aug. 10-13 in Pierce City. Interested persons may contact Ben Slagle at 417-489-1462.

Voters seeking to vote absentee in the Aug. 2 election need to send a written request to the county clerk's office, including the date of the election, name, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last digits of Social Security number, phone number, the reason for voting absentee, the party ballot of interest and a signature. In Barry County, requests may be sent to Gary Youngblood at 700 Main St., Suite 2 in Cassville MO 65625 or by email at barrycountyclerk@centurytel.net.

The Reavisville Baptist Church, southeast of Aurora, will host a fish fry at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 on Highway TT. The Flyin' Buzzards bluegrass band will perform. For additional information, people may call 417-723-5616.

The Monett Municipal Swimming Pool is open. Hours are Sunday through Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 1-8 p.m. Cost is $3 for admission. YMCA members get in free.

Enrollment for students at the Purdy School District will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 and 4, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 5, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Open house at the Purdy schools will be Aug. 11.

At the Pierce City R-6 School District, orientation for seventh and eighth grade parents and for freshmen will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 15. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can pick up their Chromebooks in the technology department from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 3-4 and 9-11. Students will need to sign the usage agreement at that time.

The Barry County annual delinquent tax property sale will be held on Aug. 22 in the historic county courthouse. Property lists are available at the county collector's office.

The Pierce City municipal swimming pool in the South Park is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional information is available by calling 476-2949.

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