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Man shot by police in McDowell (08/31/16)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, with assistance from Barry County deputies, is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man in critical condition in the early morning hours on Wednesday. According to the Highway Patrol, at about 2:19 a.m., an officer with the Aurora Police Department initiated a pursuit of a red suburban suspected to be stolen...
Fitzpatrick named House Budget Chairman (08/31/16)
It's always good to get an early start in any career, and for State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, that is what has happened, but not in the career path he originally planned. At just 28 years old, Fitzpatrick, who previously had no prior experience in politics, has successfully served constituents in the 158th District now for nearly two terms in the Missouri House...
Sheriff hopefuls plan web presence (08/31/16)
In the age of technology and social media, the two remaining candidates for Barry County sheriff have worked the internet into their campaigns, and each have plans for the Sheriff's Office concerning its online presence in the future. Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, said he has a Facebook account, and although he does not post much, he watches closely the accounts of local media, especially with his campaign for sheriff...
Wheaton BBQ offers games, food, fun at city park (08/31/16)
Clifton Wells provided a train that offered rides through downtown Wheaton as one of the features available to visitors at the Wheaton BBQ on Saturday.
Monett man charged with burglary, receiving stolen property (08/31/16)
A Monett man is facing three felony charges in two separate cases after allegedly stealing items from homes and attempting to pawn them. Laane Sneed, 20, of Monett, is charged with receiving stolen property and second-degree burglary in one case, and just receiving stolen property in a second...
Spencer takes up Purdy athletic director duties (08/31/16)
Retired Monett High School Athletic Director Alan Spencer has been coaxed out of retirement to serve as athletic director for the Purdy school district for the 2016-2017 school year. According to Purdy Superintendent Steven Chancellor, Jennifer Schallert Cornelius stepped down from the athletic director's job after three years as a mutual decision with school administrators...
Southwest Research Center's Field Day slated for Sept. 10 (08/31/16)
The annual Field Day at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon will have a different feel in 2016, and a different date. The Field Day has been moved to a Saturday, in an effort to make it a more family-friendly event. There will be numerous activities for children, along with the information-packed presentations on the various research programs at the center...
Purdy man facing pair of sodomy charges (08/31/16)
A Purdy man has been charged with four felonies after allegedly sodomizing two children at a home in Purdy. Daniel Gunter, 21, of Purdy, is charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child...
Exciting finish to Monett Kiwanis Club duck race (08/31/16)
It was practically a dead heat when the Monett Kiwanis Club's duck race, held in conjunction with the Repurposed Faire, was held on Sunday on Third Street in Monett.
Monett attracts shoppers for 100-Mile Yard Sale (08/31/16)
Saturday offered many opportunities to seek bargains in the Monett area, including the 100-Mile Yard Sale.
Inflatables offer ways to relieve stress at week's end (08/31/16)
To help celebrate a return to school and herald the arrival of the third annual Repurposed Faire in downtown Monett last weekend.
Rainbow brightens downtown (08/31/16)
An unusual horizon-to-horizon rainbow coupled with a second rainbow developed after an odd downpour in downtown Monett.
News in brief (08/31/16)
The Miller Fall Festival will be held Sept. 1-3 in downtown Miller. On Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. On Saturday, entertainment will include a baby contest in the morning, the parade at 2 p.m. and a talent show to follow. Scott Garner will return for the sixth consecutive year with his Elvis performance at 8 p.m., built this year around Elvis's 1968 TV special. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The Bluff City Carnival will provide rides and games each evening...
Repurposed Faire attracts large crowd (08/30/16)
Monett's third annual Repurposed Faire successfully attracted a large crowd to downtown Monett on Saturday and a modest crowd on Sunday, ensuring continuation of the most popular promotion yet devised by Monett Main Street. "The festival was outstanding," said Ann Saunders, chairperson of the festival. ...
Verona sidewalks nearly three-quarters done (08/30/16)
Phase 2 of Verona's sidewalk project has reached the three-quarters mark, according to Mayor Willis Hutson, and has already provided significant upgrades for the community. This was the city's second grant under the Missouri Department of Transportation, acquiring funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a set-aside from the Surface Transportation Block Grant program. ...
FreedomFest on tap at Round Grove (08/30/16)
The Round Grove Baptist Church near Miller will host its annual FreedomFest on the church grounds on Sunday at 4 p.m. FreedomFest began as a celebration of the nation's birthday and switched several years ago during a particularly dry summer to Labor Day weekend. It is now the largest Labor Day weekend celebration in the bi-county area...
Drury University's Monett campus starting new program (08/30/16)
A special celebration is planned for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Drury University campus, located at 400 Fourth St. in Monett, to announce a five-year, $1.94 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Funds will be be used for Drury University's College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS), which hosts the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). ...
Vintage vehicles line up for Pierce City Car Show (08/30/16)
Big and shiny never loses its luster when it comes to car shows.
News in brief (08/30/16)
The Monett Rural Fire District board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the fire station on County Road, east of the city fire station. The city of Pierce City will spray for mosquitoes on the evening of Aug. 31. Jami Lewis. archivist at the History Museum on the Square in Springfield, will offer an eight-week course on genealogy on Tuesdays, Sept. ...
Ambulance board adopts new policy manual (08/27/16)
Following months of discussion, members of the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board of directors broke an impasse and adopted a new policy manual, resolving several standing issues that have prompted unresolved discussions for months. David Compton walked fellow board members through changes he drafted following discussions with previous operations manager Andy McCaslin and board members...
Cox Monett hosts Health and Safety Fair (08/27/16)
This was the first year for Latino vendors to have booths at the annual Cox Monett health fair.
Verona starts backpack program (08/27/16)
The new backpack program at the Verona school district will start at the end of September with a large amount of community support. Julie Rysted, elementary counselor, reported the school will send home a supply of food for the weekend in Wildcat Packs to 44 elementary children, from 20 different families, as the new school year begins. ...
Ozark Festival Orchestra to begin rehearsals on Tuesday (08/27/16)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will begin rehearsals for its 37th season on Tuesday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. The OFO is a primarily classical music orchestra, with pops and more modern pieces occasionally mixed into the repertory. Players should own their instruments, though the orchestra has its own percussion...
Former employee sentenced to 18 months in prison for bank theft scheme (08/27/16)
A former employee of Community National Bank in Aurora was sentenced in federal court on Thursday for a $130,000 bank embezzlement scheme. Jo Ann Nickell, 46, of Aurora, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 18 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Nickell to pay $130,268 in restitution to Community National Bank and its insurance company. Nickell must self-surrender on Oct. 3 to begin serving her sentence...
Food trucks herald weekend in downtown Monett (08/27/16)
As an advance feature for the Repurposed Faire in Monett, Monett Main Street brought in food trucks to stimulate interest and satisfy hungers on Friday.
Ducks offer secret to happiness (08/27/16)
Want to make friends with the ducks at South Park in Monett? Consider what you feed them. Benito Briones has been feeding the ducks for around four years, stopping regularly after visiting the Monett Area YMCA.
News in brief (08/27/16)
The 58th annual Wheaton Fire Protection District barbecue will be held today in the Wheaton city park. Both craft tents are booked full of vendors for the day. There will be a carnival and live entertainment, a car show and the Spud McCracken Horseshoe Tournament. ...
Verona property tax vote becomes a marathon (08/26/16)
A city's annual property tax hearing, arguably the dullest and most mundane of business actions undertaken by a city, turned into a stand-off in Verona this week, taking two days and two meetings to resolve. Aldermen faced an unexpected choice, having to raise the levy after a drop in property valuations. ...
Schools' summer projects nearly done (08/26/16)
Summer projects for the Monett school district came close to wrapping up as school started. Superintendent Brad Hanson and four members of the school board toured the construction at Central Park Elementary during the first week of school, as well as looking over other campuses. Central Park had so many interior projects that Hanson wanted board members fully aware of all the upgrades with a visual inspection...
Construction crews continue progress at Central Park (08/26/16)
Crews for Hodkin Masonry of Carthage are progressing steadily raising the block walls for the FEMA storm safe room at Central Park Elementary.
2 police car cams purchased for Monett (08/26/16)
The Monett Police Department has applied for grant money to purchase cameras for the two Monett police cars still lacking the equipment. The department has eight vehicles used by patrol units. Monett City Council members approved an application for a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant to cover the $4,795 cost per camera, or $9,790 for both. In the past, such grants have required a 10 percent local match. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said this grant would cover the entire purchase...
Monett's Repurposed Faire returns this weekend (08/26/16)
Plans are completed for Monett's third annual Repurposed Faire, planned for Saturday and Sunday on Front Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets. Focusing on creativity and how to reuse material in surprising, decorative ways, the festival brings together vendors who specialize in various types of repurposing to share their ideas, creations and approaches to broaden interest and stimulate further exploration in decorating and reimagining common items, antiques and art...
New bishop visits local Catholic churches (08/26/16)
Roman Catholic Bishop Edward Rice, named bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese in April, visited St. Mary's Catholic Church on Sunday
News in brief (08/26/16)
The Southern Gospel trio Sunday Drive will offer a concert of gospel music at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, 700 Sycamore in Monett. No admission will be charged but a free will offering will be accepted. Next week at the Pierce City Senior Citizens Center, 104 N. Locust, the menu will include roast beef on Aug. 30 and smothered pork chops on Sept. 2...
Seligman man injured in 4-wheeler wreck (08/26/16)
A Seligman man was injured Thursday in a four-wheeler wreck at 2 p.m. on private property three miles southeast of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Leo Ash, 86, of Seligman, was riding a 2000 Honda Foreman ES southbound when his vehicle overturned on a hill...
Sheriff Race: Washburn native learned value of hard work on 240-acre farm (08/24/16)
A lifelong resident of Barry County, Sheriff's Deputy Justin Ruark said his decision to run for the office's top job did not come lightly, and required a lot of thought and a lot of prayer. Ruark has been with the Barry County Sheriff's Office since 2010, reaching as high a post as night shift sergeant during his tenure...
Sheriff Race: Former agent details experience in FBI, 50 years of marriage (08/24/16)
Former FBI Agent Gary Davis said his decision to run for sheriff did not come quickly, and was not even on his radar until friends in the area helped convince him to throw his name in the hat. After a career in the FBI spanning 23 years, Davis returned to Cassville because he and his wife could not think of any better place to retire. When other candidates began to file for sheriff, he had decided he was not going to run...
Strong arm robbery suspect apprehended (08/24/16)
The suspect of a strong arm robbery at Ramey in Purdy on Aug. 16 has been apprehended after an associate in the alleged crime was caught at a home in Pierce City. Scotty Robertson, 31, of Pierce City, has been charged with second-degree robbery and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Also arrested was Dawn Kettner, 35, of Pierce City, who was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and posted a $15,000 bond...
Misplaced child prompts reassessment of Purdy system (08/24/16)
On the second day of school in Purdy last week, the school district faced one of those nightmare situations that all educators dread-- losing track of a child on the way home from school. Superintendent Steven Chancellor vowed the district would take steps to improve its response, and that he fully appreciated the anger of the parents involved...
Monett man faces 3 counts of child abuse (08/24/16)
A Monett man is facing three felony counts of child abuse after allegedly beating three children with a belt and leaving bruises. Terry Swofford, 40, of Monett, is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $100,000. According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. ...
Purdy officials consider new water leak detection system (08/24/16)
Facing growing problems from lost water, the Purdy City Council entertained a revolutionary detection system proposed by Utility Services, the firm managing maintenance on the city's water towers. Tom Stechmann, water system consultant with Atlanta-based Utility Services, said his firm now offers two new services. ...
Wheaton Fire Department to host 58th annual barbecue (08/24/16)
The 58th annual Wheaton Barbecue, sponsored by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In alignment with its values of doing what's best for Wheaton and the surrounding Barry County communities, the fire department will once again offer a day chocked-full of traditional, family fun events, great barbecue, music bands, a horseshoe tournament, duck race, children's carnival rides, a car show, an arts and crafts show and a petting zoo...
Roy Blunt stops at IMEC in campaign swing through Monett (08/24/16)
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt visited Industrial Machine and Engineering Company (IMEC) in Monett on Tuesday as part of a campaign swing through southwest Missouri.
Pierce City digging uncovers long forgotten cistern (08/24/16)
A Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crew, out to determine why a 10-foot section of Highway 37/Commercial Street in Pierce City had a perennial dip in it, dug into the spot on Tuesday morning and hit a bricked in void, 15 feet deep and 10 feet in diameter...
New teachers start at Purdy (08/24/16)
Eight new staff members joined the Purdy R-2 School district for the 2016-2017 school year.
News in brief (08/24/16)
The Southern Gospel trio Sunday Drive will offer a concert of gospel music at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, 700 Sycamore in Monett. No admission will be charged but a free will offering will be accepted. The Kings Prairie Special Road District commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett...
Major revisions proposed for 37/60 intersection (08/23/16)
The Monett City Council has taken steps toward major changes at the Highway 37 and 60 intersection to correct the long line of traffic the backs up in the eastbound lane back to Eisenhower. In July, council members approved an application to participate in the Missouri Moves cost share program. ...
Local seniors schooled in fraud detection (08/23/16)
Criminals are finding more and more ways to obtain merchandise and services by illegal means, and targeting senior citizens is just another avenue they use to achieve that goal. Jay Jastal, public information officer at the Monett Police Department, recently spoke to a number of seniors at Oak Pointe Assisted Living in Monett, providing tips on how to protect their personal information, especially in the digital age...
Amy Irwin joins Monett Chamber of Commerce staff (08/23/16)
Amy Irwin has been hired as the new executive assistant at the Monett Chamber of Commerce. Irwin began last week. She succeeds Meghan Shaner, who took the human resources director position with Tyson Foods. Irwin will work closely with Chamber Executive Director Jeff Meredith...
Local church offers gospel concert (08/23/16)
The Southern Gospel trio Sunday Drive will present a free music concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Monett, located at 700 Sycamore St. The concert will take the place in the sanctuary of the church. No admission will be charged, but a free will offering will be taken...
Kamikaze hummingbirds fight for food (08/23/16)
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird, one of the smallest hummingbird species, can only grow to a length of 3 to 3.5 inches and weight of about 3 grams.
News in brief (08/23/16)
The Kings Prairie Special Road District commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett. The Verona City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today. Council members will vote to repeal a portion of land annexed acquired when the city annexed the Highway 60 right of way. Action is also expected to place reauthorization of the sales tax for public safety on the Nov. 8 ballot...
Police seeking Ramey robber (08/20/16)
Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe is seeking the identification of a white male that committed a strong arm robbery, a felony, at Ramey Supermarket in Purdy mid-morning Tuesday. "He was dropped off about 9 a.m. by a woman driving a red, soft-top Chrysler Sebring," Lowe said. ...
Monett commissions first female officer in 10 years (08/20/16)
Monett Police Chief George Daoud has commissioned the first female patrol officer for the department in 10 years. Lyndsi Waltrip, 24, is a 2010 graduate of Monett High School. She graduated from the criminal justice program at Springfield's Drury Police Academy before stepping into full-time position as a police officer for Cox Monett Hospital...
3 hurt in rural Monett crash (08/20/16)
Three people were flown to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin for treatment following a vehicle crash at the end of a police pursuit west of Monett at 5:49 p.m. on Thursday. Wayne Allen Sooter, 23, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am when Lawrence County sheriff's deputies began pursuit earlier in the day around the Dade County border. ...
Arkansas man injured in Hwy. 86 wreck (08/20/16)
A Green Forest, Ark., man was injured Friday in a wreck at 11:11 a.m. on Highway 86, one mile east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ricky Carpenter, 46, of Green Forest, Ark., was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra westbound when his vehicle ran off the left edge of the roadway and struck a ditch, a tree and a fence...
Pierce City mayor requests no tax hike (08/20/16)
Pierce City residents can breathe a short sigh of relief, as Mayor Allen Stockton recently requested the city's aldermen do not impose a tax levy increase on residents for the coming year. "I recommend not raising taxes this year," Stockton said. "Our residents stood behind us during the recent bond issue. The $200 difference [raising the tax levy would generate] is not going to break us."...
Monett community brush pile to move (08/20/16)
The Monett City Council has decided to move the municipal brush pile, located south of the Justice Center, to the old city dump on Farm Road 1100, northeast of town. The brush pile has been located next to the site for the new city animal shelter. Burning there has been limited because of smoke issues burning inside the city limits. With the animal shelter nearing completion, city council members decided in a work session this week that the time had come to move the brush pile entirely...
Howdy Neighbor Days committee names winners (08/20/16)
Winners in the annual Howdy Neighbor Days festival's various drawings, scholarship and duck race have been announced. Ben Slagle, secretary and treasurer of the Howdy Neighbor Days committee, reported Pierce City High School graduate Cody Cameron the winner of the $500 HND scholarship...
Young spectators soak in construction spectacle at Central Park (08/20/16)
It is not uncommon to see adults gathered around the edges of a construction site, watching with wonder at large pieces of equipment and building blocks moving into place.
News in brief (08/20/16)
The Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the office and community center at 403 E. Elm in Aurora. The annual tax levy hearing will be held. The Mount Vernon Community Theatre will be holding auditions for the melodrama "Saved by the Serendipity Circus" at 7 p.m. ...
Ozark woman arrested after being injured in wreck (08/19/16)
An Ozark woman was injured and later arrested following a wreck involving a Pierce City School Board member Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Highway 97, six miles west of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Elise Sheets, 29, of Ozark, was driving a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire northbound when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on a 2014 Honda Pilot, being driven by Bryan Stellwagen, 45, of Pierce City. Both vehicles overturned...
Cape Fair man injured in Hwy. 37 wreck (08/19/16)
A Cape Fair man was injured in a wreck on Friday at 3:55 a.m. on Highway 37, one mile south of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Toby Sturgell, 37, of Cape Fair, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a road sign and a ditch...
Ambulance district tax levy remains unchanged (08/19/16)
After a wide-reaching discussion on future goals and budgetary targets, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board voted to keep the same tax levy rate as 2015 and suspend charging public schools for standby service as major sporting events. Board members entertained the idea of reducing the property tax levy by one cent per $100 of assessed property, which would have decreased revenue by nearly $25,000...
Monett schools' counts lower (08/19/16)
The first day of school in Monett on Tuesday ran smoothly, according to reports, though the day ended with a little more than routine excitement as school officials scrambled to find two students who had not mastered the homebound bus pattern. In the afternoon, police helped to search for two students from Monett Elementary that came up missing as buses unloaded. The first was located within a half hour, and the second was declared found by 4:20 p.m...
Pierce City Arts Council shares ideas for new gallery space (08/19/16)
An open house and art showing was offered on Saturday by the Pierce City Arts Council for its now gallery and art workshop at 106 W. Commercial Street.
First-day numbers show student counts drop (08/19/16)
Schools around Monett opened with numbers fairly similar to the beginning of classes last year, except for Purdy, which showed a large increase. The Purdy school district saw an increase of 41 students over the first day last year. The number becomes even more remarkable due to the district discovering through re-enrollment of the entire student body that 60 students, thought to be returning, had moved. That left 101 students changing from a year ago to now...
Silo loaded with silage collapses north of Freistatt (08/19/16)
Cleanup efforts are being planned at the Merlin Bracht farm on Farm Road 2160, north of Freistatt, where a silo fully loaded with 500 tons of corn silage collapsed on the night of Aug. 9. Merlin Bracht had finished loading the silo only hours earlier. ...
Purdy kicks off new year (08/19/16)
New third-grade student Daisy Filpot offered a smile as she arrived at Purdy Elementary School for the first day of classes on Tuesday.
Freistatt Lions award Gator in Ernte-Fest drawing (08/19/16)
As part of the Freistatt Lions' annual Ernte-Fest, the Lions held a drawing.
News in brief (08/19/16)
The Monett City Council will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. today at Monett City Hall. Council members will consider a zoning change request from Sam and Becky Green, contracts with Visu-Sewer and Southard Construction, an LLEGB grant for the police department, and introduce an ordinance banning construction of private wells inside the city limits...
Lampe teen injured in Golden wreck (08/18/16)
A Lampe teenager was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 7 a.m. on Highway 86, two miles east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sheridan Ponder, 19, of Lampe, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet pickup westbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
Purdy City Council buys body cameras, taser (08/17/16)
The Purdy Police Department will soon add two body cameras and a taser to its arsenal. Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe asked the city council to consider purchasing two of the Action cameras from the Taser Company. Having reviewed several brands, Lowe said Taser seemed to offer the best brand...
Wheaton teacher earns regional award (08/17/16)
Melissa Hayslip, elementary teacher and Title I coordinator at Wheaton Elementary School, was recently named co-Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year for Missouri from a field of 12 finalists. As a Regional Teacher of the Year, Hayslip will have the opportunity to compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, which will be announced in August, and the winner honored at a ceremony in Jefferson City in October 2016. ...
Excitement fills the air as school starts at Monett Elementary (08/17/16)
Excitement was evident in the smiles on faces of children emerging from buses at Monett Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
Monett man charged with drug trafficking (08/17/16)
A Monett man was arrested on Aug. 9 and charged with drug trafficking following multiple controlled buys of methamphetamine by state law enforcement. Damian Arreola-Chico, 26, of Monett, is charged with First-degree drug trafficking within in a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon...
Nominations being accepted for community award (08/17/16)
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Dale Taunton Helping Hand Award. The award, created to recognize neighbor helping neighbor, is in honor of the late Dale Taunton, who lost his life in the May 4, 2003, tornado while trying to assist friends and neighbors into the former Pierce City Armory, located at 104 Main St. in Pierce City...
Arkansas man charged in Aurora burglary (08/17/16)
A Green Forest, Ark., man has been charged with two felonies after allegedly stealing more than $1,300 worth of property from a garage at a home near Aurora in Barry County. Michael McCormick, 51, of Green Forest, Ark., is charged with second-degree burglary and theft...
Kids' Fishing Day slated for Aug. 20 (08/17/16)
There's just something fun about casting a line out into a river and the challenge of catching something on the end of it, and on Saturday, children of all ages will get to do just that, as they can fish all day for free at Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River State Park...
Pierce City students head back to school (08/17/16)
Students had the opportunity to start their morning off with a filling breakfast at Pierce City's Central Elementary School.
New pavilion dedicated at St. Mary's (08/17/16)
The new pavilion, erected as a joint project by the Knights of Columbus No. 7130 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City and Decatur Lodge No. 400, AF&AM, was dedicated on Saturday by Father Peter Morciniec, center.
3 injured in Hwy. W wreck (08/17/16)
Three people were injured Monday in a wreck at 5:45 p.m. on Highway W, three miles southwest of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Joanna Bell, 28, of Wheaton, was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 northbound when her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a fence and an embankment...
News in brief (08/17/16)
The men from the First United Methodist Church in Monett will meet at 7 a.m. on Aug. 19 at the Angus Branch Steakhouse. Crowder College in Neosho will host its fourth annual Roughrider Rodeo at 8 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 20. Muttin Bustin' will be held both nights at 7:30 p.m...
Discipline stats showing sharp rise in Monett (08/16/16)
Discipline issues in the Monett school district, according to statistics from the end of the 2015-2016 school year, have shown a sharp increase, but administrators say the higher numbers reflect better record keeping, rather than an upswing in bad behavior...
Rides thrill visitors at Howdy Neighbor Days (08/16/16)
Excited screams from thrilling rides mingled with the upbeat sounds of musical entertainment at this year's Howdy Neighbor Days festival in Pierce City.
Concert salutes rural America (08/16/16)
With practically perfect weather conditions, around 160 people gathered on the grounds of the historic Kings Prairie school on Saturday for the 17th annual Kings Prairies Benefit Concert, enjoying two and a half hours of music reflecting the heartland...
Ernte-Fest celebrates German heritage with 43rd annual beer, food, music festival (08/16/16)
Though there were fewer rides and entertainment diversions for young people at this year's Ernte-Fest.
Monett firefighters stop blaze (08/16/16)
Monett firefighters stopped a house fire on Sunday at 1510 Northview in Monett on Sunday. According to Fire Chief Tom Jones, a neighbor spotted smoke and called firefighters at 8:52 a.m. No one was home at the time. Firemen isolated the blaze in the ranch-style home to the bedroom, where it started, possibly from an electrical source. The house incurred smoke and heat damage throughout...
Motorcycle-pedestrian collision leaves one with minor injuries (08/16/16)
A collision on Highway 60 in Monett at approximately 12:05 p.m. on Monday caused minor injuries to both a pedestrian and a motorcyclist. According to Monett Police Sergeant Dennis Camp, Paul A. Smith, 49, of Pierce City, was crossing Highway 60 east of Northgate Street, from the south side of the street to the north side between a line of stopped traffic. ...
News in brief (08/16/16)
The Southern Missouri Beekeepers of Monett will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett. The program will include extracting a super of honey and adding chunk honey to enhance eye appeal. A potluck supper will begin the evening. For additional information, people may call John Schmidt at 235-7726...
Teens injured in Hwy. 39 wreck (08/15/16)
Two teenagers were injured Sunday morning in a wreck at 8:30 a.m. on Highway 39, three miles south of Madry. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Connor Sullivan, 17, of LaRussell, was driving a 2007 Jeep Wrangler southbound when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and mailbox, then overturned...
Oklahoma woman injured in wreck (08/15/16)
An Oklahoma woman was injured in a wreck Saturday at 10:25 a.m. on Highway 112 at Farm Road 2212, three miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Heather Ryon, 28, of Catoosa, Okla., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Discipline problems on the rise at Verona schools (08/13/16)
Principals at the Verona school district report discipline problems have increased, partly due to home conditions, resulting in more supervisory activity required by school officials. Terry Winton, high school principal, noted the number of incidents requiring disciplinary action grew over the past year. Issues involving elementary students have become more serious...
Pierce City teachers start the day off right (08/13/16)
Teachers, administrative staff and employees at Pierce City school district started Friday off right, with members of the school board serving employees breakfast.
Animal shelter nearly ready (08/13/16)
Construction work is moving rapidly on the new Monett animal shelter, south of the Justice Center, targeting completion by the end of September. Glenn Palade, animal control officer, said with the heating and air conditioning installation underway, the next step will be to finish the reception room, then install the epoxy floors throughout the facility. The block walls will be treated, sealed and painted...
Pierce City Arts Council to unveil new location (08/13/16)
This afternoon, the Pierce City Arts Council will open its new gallery and art workshop for public viewing. From 2-5 p.m., during Howdy Neighbor Days, the arts group will show off its new facility at 106 W. Commercial Street, the former location of the Saddle Rock and Sweet Rock restaurants and Poppy's Cafe and Bakery. Refreshments will be offered...
School parking lots resurfaced just in time (08/13/16)
One of the major concerns for Monett school officials over the past week has been finishing the parking lots for teachers at the high school and the new lot at Sixth and Park for Central Park Elementary.
Open house brings large turnout at Monett schools (08/13/16)
Monett schools were bustling on Thursday night for open house.
Medical dispatching training held (08/13/16)
Monett dispatchers have undergone training this week with instructor Barry Bagwell on the new emergency medical dispatching service through Monett's 911 center.
Pedaling for pleasure in Purdy (08/13/16)
While their friends huddled indoors with their video games and computers, three buddies in Purdy hit the road, riding their bikes around town in the evening.

News in brief

The Miller Fall Festival will be held Sept. 1-3 in downtown Miller. On Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. On Saturday, entertainment will include a baby contest in the morning, the parade at 2 p.m. and a talent show to follow. Scott Garner will return for the sixth consecutive year with his Elvis performance at 8 p.m., built this year around Elvis's 1968 TV special. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The Bluff City Carnival will provide rides and games each evening.

The Pierce City community reception, at which time the winner of the Dale Taunton Helping Hand Award will be announced, will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Pierce City city hall. Snacks and desserts will be available, along with a silent auction. The award will be presented at 5:30 p.m.

The Monett Branch Library. Sixth and Bond, will hold an adult coloring session at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1. A knitting and crocheting class is planned for 1 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The Barry County Master Gardeners meet each month on the second Thursday at the Cassville Public Library at 6 p.m. On Sept. 8, Charlie Phaneuf will discuss companion plantings for trees and shrubs by considering patterns found in nature.

The city of Pierce City will spray for mosquitoes on the evening of Aug. 31.

The American Job Center, 100 S. Maple in Monett, will offer free workshops in September. 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 Sept. 9 and 23. Testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate, an eight-hour exam, is offered at 9 a.m. on Sept. 16 and 30. Pre-registration is needed by calling 235-7877. Registration for adult education and literacy classes and English as a second language sessions will be available on Sept. 12.

The Pierce City Branch Library at Walnut and Main will have game day at 10 a.m. on Sept. 2. The branch will host a knitting class for adults at 3 p.m., starting Sept. 7. Crocheters will be welcomed. For additional information, people may call 476-5110.

Story time is offered at several Barry-Lawrence Regional Library branches. Sessions at the Monett Branch are at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays. The Pierce City Branch will offer story time at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. The Purdy Branch will offer story telling at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Vietnam Veterans of America No. 1023 will meet at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett, east of Walmart.

All branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will be closed on Sept. 5 for labor Day.

The Monett Senior Center will host a dance at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Monett City Park Casino. For additional information, people may call Tom and Sharon VanDerhoef at 417-632-4297.

Persons interested in growing healthy fruits, nuts and vegetables are invited to meet with the Southwest Missouri Fruit and Nut Growers Association, which meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the University of Missouri Extension office in the basement of the historic courthouse in Mt. Vernon. Landscaping, trees, grasses, ornamental plants and conservation are also discussion topics. Growers will offer samples of persimmons, paw paws, black walnuts and other local produce. For additional information, people may call Barb Barnhill at 417-489-5346.

The Aurora Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the community room at the Aurora Branch Library. Murray Bishoff will speak on archeology studies at the Spring River Earthworks, historically called the Old Spanish Fort, near Hoberg.

Crowder College in Neosho's theater department will present "Three Gods Walked into a Bar" Oct. 20-22 at the Elsie Plaster Community Center in Neosho. Auditions for the student cast will be held this week.

Art on the Creeks, a celebration of local art showcasing more than 70 artists, will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1 at Village on the Creeks, 5308 Village Parkway in Rogers, Ark. The event will feature live music and a wine garden.

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