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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
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Area sales taxes continue finding post-downturn highs (08/27/14)
For the second consecutive year, sales tax receipts for bi-county cities and counties improved in August, boosting receipts back almost to the pre-economic-downturn record in 2008. Overall, bi-county receipts increased by 7 percent over a year ago, though almost all of the improvement took place in Barry County...
Teacher salaries top board discussion (08/27/14)
Pierce City School Board members addressed the subject of teacher raises at a recent board retreat. "Where do we want to be in 10 years?" asked Russ Moreland. The current teacher's salary schedule rewards instructors for both longevity and added education credits...
Purdy schools see adjustments with new schedule (08/27/14)
School opened with a few wrinkles at the Purdy School District. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the first late-start Mondays and changing the lunch schedule offered the two biggest changes. The school day now starts at 8:15 a.m., 15 minutes earlier, and lets out at 3:15 p.m., five minutes later than before. ...
Construction projects moving fast at schools (08/27/14)
Construction projects have moved forward quickly at the Monett School District. This week, crews for R.E. Smith will finish placing the pre-cast concrete walls for the storm shelter at the middle school campus. Superintendent Brad Hanson said the contractor did not expect to have the walls until Oct. 1, making progress exceptional...
Purdy school construction nears completion (08/27/14)
ABOVE: Following their August meeting, members of the Purdy school board viewed the completed hallway with satisfaction. The final phase of the project involves installation of decorative metal panels on the gym entrance exterior and interior vestibule. ...
News in Brief (08/27/14)
The Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will hold preschool story time at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, led by Jeanne Ann Camp, beginning Sept. 2. Volunteers from Tyson Foods will work on the Habitat for Humanity house at 111 E. Nellie in Monett on Saturday, Aug. 30. Tyson will provide lunch. Anyone interested in helping with the house may call Ron Overeem at 417-669-4420...
Pierce City School Board going to paperless meetings (08/26/14)
Members of the Pierce City School Board received Chromebooks and log-in information at a recent board retreat, and the computers are a move toward transitioning the board to paperless meetings. Russ Moreland, superintendent of Pierce City Schools, said the laptops allow multiple users to edit information and notify one another of changes...
Repurposed Faire in Monett successful (08/26/14)
Despite some of the hottest weather of the summer, the first Repurposed Faire in Monett proved successful, drawing steady attendance both Saturday and Sunday on Front Street. This was the first event organized by Monett Main Street, and Ann Saunders, chairperson of Main Street's economic restructuring committee, reported 40 vendors had booths under the two tents set up on the south side of Front Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, with concessions and other vendors set up nearby...
Monett moves deposits to U.S. Bank (08/26/14)
The City of Monett will move its banking from UMB Bank to U.S. Bank following placing its banking service out for bid. This is the first time in three years that the city has moved its banking. City Administrator Dennis Pyle conceded the move would not be popular with the city's staff, who would have to change a variety of procedures and routines to move to a new bank...
Verona schools work past Common Core objections (08/26/14)
The Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for the Verona School District received unanimous approval for the coming year, as board members who raised objections over the Common Core last year found changes adequate to earn their support. Superintendent Tony Simmons said the major change moved the district from aligning with the Common Core to the Missouri Learning Standards, on which students will be tested...
Springfield woman hurt in rollover (08/26/14)
A Springfield woman was injured in a wreck on Highway 248 early Saturday morning, 10 miles east of Cassville. Allison Stuart, 31, of Springfield, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and burned. Stuart was subsequently arrested for driving while under the influence...
News in Brief (08/26/14)
Pierce City Police are looking for a stolen trailer, the back half from an old military Jeep, green with a white general's star painted on it, with a clasp hitch. The trailer has no VIN number. Anyone seeing a trailing matching this description is asked to contact police at 235-4241...
Purchase continues airport growth (08/23/14)
The Monett City Council made its fourth purchase of property for the expansion of the Monett Regional Airport. The city bought 80 acres of land, formerly owned by Ed Bartkoski, in an agreement with James and Albert Bartkoski for $300,000. Ten parcels of land have been identified for purchase in the city's master plan for the airport to acquire approximately 378 acres. ...
Purdy considers 
utility expansion (08/23/14)
A potential legal issue over sewer service prompted Purdy aldermen to consider the possibility of developing new rates for utility customers outside of the city limits. Purdy resident Fred Harris reported to the city that he purchased a house outside the city limits and explained his intentions of hooking it onto sewer service with another house he owned inside the city limits. ...
Fashion class offers new career exploration at MHS (08/23/14)
No one really knew what to expect on the first day of fashion class at Monett High School. Susan Childress, the new family and consumer science teacher, told the students in her new class on fashion that they faced their first challenge one week into school: make a paper dress in 30 minutes...
Miller Fall Festival to close out summer next week (08/23/14)
The Miller Fall Festival will officially end the summer over Labor Day weekend, beginning Wednesday and running through Aug. 30 in downtown Miller. The downtown will be closed to through traffic for the set-up of a carnival, again provided by Bluff City Shows...
26th annual Pierce City Car Show rollin' in (08/23/14)
The 26th annual Pierce City Car Show is coming to Pierce City's South Park on Aug. 30. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, with judging at 1 p.m. The open class event is slated to conclude at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is $10 prior to the event and $12 the day of the show...
Monett clinic joins ALS ice bucket challenge (08/23/14)
All Smiles Dental Care was the first business in Monett to join the ALS "ice bucket challenge."
Scott Tech program begins efforts (08/23/14)
A support services fair for people participating in the work experience program was held this week at the Scott Regional Technology Center.
Crews move to place storm shelter walls in Monett (08/23/14)
R.E. Smith crews wasted no time on Wednesday moving to the middle school in Monett to start placing walls for the second storm shelter between the E.E Camp gymnasium and the cafeteria used by the middle and intermediate school students.
Billings man wins Gator (08/23/14)
David Walston, of Billings, won the 2014 John Deere TX two-wheel drive Gator from the Freistatt Lions Club, donated by Larson Farm and Lawn in Freistatt.
News in brief (08/23/14)
The new clubhouse for the Windmill Ridge municipal golf course in Monett will be moved from the Scott Regional Technology Center to the golf course south of the Monett Area YMCA on Sunday morning. Pierce City will spray for mosquitoes at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28...
Purdy FFA Livestock Show reels in $27K (08/23/14)
The annual Purdy FFA Livestock Show and Terminal Sale, held in conjunction with the 2014 Purdy Festival, brought in a record number of exhibitors. The afternoon terminal sale, featuring auctioneer Skyler Moore of the Joplin Regional Stockyards, netted over $27,000 in sales. Tyson Foods took the grand champion steer for $4,300. All slaughter animals were delivered to J & J Processing of Pierce City. The grand champion animals were processed for free...
Police detain subject refusing to leave Monett Elementary (08/22/14)
Mental evaluation of a 19-year-old Monett resident was continuing at Cox Hospital North in Springfield on Thursday morning following an incident at Monett Elementary School on Wednesday. No charges have been filed against the subject but still may be, according to Tim Schweder, Monett police chief...
Pierce City aldermen set 2014 tax levy, anticipate revenue hike (08/22/14)
Pierce City aldermen voted to leave the tax levies for 2014 the same as they were in 2013. City residents have been paying .0467 on each $100 of assessed valuation on real and personal property for the general fund, and .1192 for the parks fund. The increase in revenue came from new construction, for a total of $66,807, which is less than 1 percent...
Pierce City increases sewer rate (08/22/14)
Pierce City aldermen approved a base rate increase of $2 per household for the wastewater system, bringing the monthly charge to $18 for the first 1,000 gallons. Additionally, rates have been raised 26 cents to a total of $3.75 for each 1,000 gallons thereafter...
Scammers take local elderly resident for $1,500 (08/22/14)
A local elderly woman reported scam artists who said they were out of state recently appropriated $1,500 from her. Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder advised having no dealings with parties wanting to transmit funds through Green Dot Cards. According to Schweder, the victim, who did not identify her residence, reported to Monett Police that she received a phone call from a party claiming to be a car rental business in the state of Maine. ...
Ozley honored for 25 years of service at Pierce City Schools (08/22/14)
Staff and administrators at Pierce City School District honored Ruth Ozley for her 25 years of service to the school district. Ozley, who retired over the summer, was a special education teacher. She worked at the middle school campus for 15 years and at Central Elementary School for 10. ...
Purdy sees 2nd injury wreck in less than a week's time (08/22/14)
For the second time in less than a week, three cars were involved in a wreck on Highway 37 in Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mynor Lopez, 30, of Purdy, in a 1996 Honda Accord, and Michelle Scrivner, 21, of Mount Vernon, in a 2010 KIA Sportage SUV, were driving northbound on Highway 37...
Lows, highs in meal sales mark odd year at Ernte Fest (08/22/14)
The traditional German meal remained a popular attraction at this year's Ernte Fest, with 262 meals served Aug. 15 and 424 meals on Aug. 16. Historically, sales of less than 300 in a night are unusual and greater than 400 reflect a good evening for organizers. ...
MIS gets new flag pole (08/22/14)
Students and staff gathered around Monett Intermediate School's new flag pole on Aug. 14 to raise a flag for the first time. Principal Peg Bryan said the school has been waiting six years to have a flag pole out front. To celebrate, Sgt. Charles Frear was asked to participate in the flag raising ceremony. ...
News in Brief (08/22/14)
The Repurposed Faire in Monett will be held on Saturday and Sunday on Front Street, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The Monett City Council paid bills totaling $2,363,068.92 in August. Large bills included $1,43,699 to Empire District Electric for wholesale electricity, $194,000 to Key Equipment for a new street sweeper, $158,140 to Crossland Heavy Contractors for work on the new water treatment facility, $106,000 to Screen USA for a new screener for the compost center, $69,171 to Springfield Builders for work on the Marshall Hill storm safe room, and $26,000 to First Bank of Missouri as an installment payment on the Country Club subdivision sewer bond. ...
Monett pushes back kickoff to 7:30 p.m. (08/21/14)
Monett high School announced that it has pushed back the kickoff of Friday's football game against Seneca to 7:30 p.m. Due to the extreme temperatures, the school felt that the addition time would aid in player safety.
Architects envision new looks for downtown (08/20/14)
Work continues on the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative in Monett. Andrew Murray, project manager for Monett with the Peckham, Guyton Albers and Viets (PGAV) architectural firm, recently returned to focus on fašade renderings for four buildings...
Repurposed Faire slated in Monett (08/20/14)
A new event focused on reusing building and decorative material in an entirely different way comes to Monett on Saturday and Sunday. The Repurposed Faire, sponsored by Monett Main Street, will be held on Front Street and feature both vendors and live music, including performances by Mark Chapman...
EPA joins investigation into Tyson discharge (08/20/14)
The investigation into the dumping of the feed additive Alimet into the Monett wastewater system has broadened to a federal criminal investigation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that an investigation is underway regarding the incident on May 16 when the amino acid feed supplement spilled at the Aurora feed mill and was brought to Monett for disposal. ...
Wheaton Barbecue set for Saturday (08/20/14)
A full day of activities are planned for the 56th annual Wheaton Barbecue, a benefit hosted by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 23 in the Wheaton City Park. The main attraction for the event is the half-chicken barbecue dinners with baked potatoes, baked beans and beverages for $6, or $3 for children. Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade pies and ice cream will also be available. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m...
Cooler weather makes for a comfortable Ernte Fest (08/20/14)
The dance floor at Ernte Fest filled to overflowing whenever the chicken dance was played by Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express. Robynn Amy, from the band, took a trombone on the floor to play along, then directed the dancers in complicated continuous group routines that left the crowd breathless. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com...
News in Brief (08/20/14)
The Monett City Council holds its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. today at Monett City Hall. The Barry County Retired School Personnel will have its Kick-Off Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett. The Monett Job Center will host its Employer Link at 11 a.m. ...
Monett to get $2.2 million grant for waste plant (08/19/14)
Grant money totaling about $2.2 million has been awarded to the City of Monett to upgrade the city's waste treatment plant. Monett voters approved a $6 million revenue bond on April 8 to make improvements to the waste treatment plant. Preliminary plans for the project have received approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which also administers the grant...
Counselors review program innovations (08/19/14)
Counselors in the Monett R-1 School District introduced a variety of innovations over the past year to help children. They also voiced concerns over shifts to new state tests providing accurate assessments of the teaching process. The district has full-time, certified counselora at four of its campuses, plus two at the high school. ...
Pastor changes diet, lifestyle for health (08/19/14)
A grudging trip to a local health fair to satisfy his wife is just the thing that may have saved the life of Dennis Burge, pastor at Calvary Chapel. "It was two years ago, in February, and my wife, Patty, insisted I go to this health fair," Burge said. "I didn't want to go. I figured I was just a normal grandpa, 65 pounds overweight...
JHA finishes fiscal year with record profits (08/19/14)
Jack Henry and Associates closed its 2013-14 fiscal year with a 7 percent increase in revenue. Based in Monett, JHA finished its year with net income rising by 14 percent, compared to the prior fiscal year, to $201.1 million. For the quarter ending June 30, JHA generated total revenue of $310.9 million, compared to $298.1 million in the same quarter a year ago. Net income in the current quarter was $50.6 million, compared to $47.7 million in the same quarter a year ago...
County Road 2220 wreck leaves 2 hurt (08/19/14)
A Pierce City man and a Cassville man were injured Sunday night in a wreck on County Road 2220, one mile west of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Kenneth Yahner, 30, of Cassville, was driving a 1994 Volvo and allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign, striking a 2003 Ford Expedition being driven by Judy Flehmer, 59, of Pierce City...
Freistatt Lions Club show support for Times coverage (08/19/14)
The Freistatt Lions Club recently presented a plaque to The Monett Times in appreciation of promotional work supporting the club's undertakings, including the annual Ernte Fest, which runs today and tomorrow at the club's grounds on the north end of Freistatt. ...
Carnival owner wins Howdy Neighbor Days Duck Race (08/19/14)
Over 400 plastic ducks were released on Clear Creek Saturday afternoon for the annual Howdy Neighbor Days duck race. Ben Slagle, left, and Hunter Tindall, volunteers with the Howdy Neighbor Days committee, made sure the ducks were not caught up in patches of algae on on rock-covered mini-sandbars. The winner of this year's duck race was Jim Jackson, owner of J&J Magic Midway Carnival. Jackson received the $500 prize for having the winning duck. Melonie Roberts reporter@monett-times.com...
News in Brief (08/19/14)
The Southern Missouri Beekeepers of Monett will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central. Steve Ostertag will speak on making soap using beeswax. Presenters will also process chunk honey and extract several frames at the bus barn. A pot luck meal will follow the meeting...
Monett City Council plans to reinstate parking ban; Financial action planned on sewer rehab project, safe room (08/18/14)
Action on residential parking and contracts will provide a busy schedule for the Monett City Council's monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Monett City Hall. City Clerk Janie Knight reported that in the recent revision of the city code, the 2010 ordinance prohibiting the parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas was omitted. Council members will reinstate the ordinance during their session...
Monett 911 service 
continues to see growth (08/16/14)
Activity continues to grow in the Monett dispatch center, according to the annual report on the city's 911 service. Records show the city's 911 system fielded 3,849 calls in 2013, up 49 from the previous year. The call total has risen for the past four years, though the rise in 2013 was the smallest over that period...
Parent up in arms over gun incident (08/16/14)
The parent of a student at Pierce City Schools has voiced concerns about the handling of a situation in which a Pierce City police officer drew a weapon on a child. Patrolman Marvin McCracken responded to an incident at 12:30 a.m. on July 19, when he discovered the youth running across the school parking lot brandishing what appeared to be a weapon, a pistol-shaped, blue and orange Nerf blaster toy...
News in Brief

News in Brief

The Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will hold preschool story time at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, led by Jeanne Ann Camp, beginning Sept. 2.

Volunteers from Tyson Foods will work on the Habitat for Humanity house at 111 E. Nellie in Monett on Saturday, Aug. 30. Tyson will provide lunch. Anyone interested in helping with the house may call Ron Overeem at 417-669-4420.

The Monett Senior Center, 405 Dairy St., will hold a dance at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. Evelyn Lock and the Outrider Band will provide the music. Admission is $3.

The Lawrence County Local Emergency Planning Committee will next meet at noon on Sept. 25 at the Monett Justice Center, 1901 E. Cleveland Ave.

Freedom Christian Center will be hosting "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames" on Sept. 14 through Sept. 16, beginning nightly at 7 p.m. This live drama with 100-member cast is free to the community. Freedom Christian Center is located midway between Mt. Vernon and Aurora on Highway 39, four and a half miles south of I-44 exit 46. For more information, people may call 417-678-6909.

Seligman Chamber will be having a Mini Hot Rod and ATV Pull at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ruby's Event Park on Highway 37 south of Seligman. Admission is $7, $3 for children 6-12. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Concessions will be available. Booger County Mini Hot Rod Puller rules apply. Sign in to pull is 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. For additional information, people may call Jerry McChristian 479-559-2535 or Jerry Whitmore 479-738-5150.

The Silverteens seniors singles group will meet for supper at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Mazzio's, Highway 60 in Monett. For additional information, people may call 417-393-9212.

The annual Taj Wooten Memorial Concert at Jolly Mill Park, southwest of Monett, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Performers will include timberline Bluegrass, the Bootkickers, Neva Welters on hammered dulcimer and the Mark Chapman Band. Cost is $10 per vehicle. Concessions will be available. Fireworks will follow the music.

The Monett/Purdy affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for its next home construction project, to be built in 2015. Applications may be requested by calling 417-669-2271. Applications are due by Sept. 30.

The Pierce City Senior Center will host a dance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at the center, 104 Locust St. The Fun Timers Band will play. Admission is $3.

The 64th annual Miller Fall Festival will be held Aug. 27-30 in downtown Miller.

The descendants of John F. and Tina (Doty) Hall will hold the annual Hall Family Reunion on Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Fellowship Hall of the Verona Baptist Church, First and Washington. A buffet-style covered dish lunch will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Pierce City Police are looking for a stolen trailer, the back half from an old military Jeep, green with a white general's star painted on it, with a clasp hitch. The trailer has no VIN number. Anyone seeing a trailing matching this description is asked to contact police at 235-4241.

Crowder College's second annual semi-celebrity softball game will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Roughrider Baseball Field. Crowder's Rockin' P Ranch Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Roughrider Arena. Both events are held in Neosho.

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