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Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
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2 injured in wreck on I-44 (12/05/16)
Two people were injured Sunday in a wreck at 2:50 p.m. on Interstate 44, four miles west of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Trisha Summer, 34, of Nixa, was driving a 2003 Kia Sedona eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned...
Cassville woman injured in wreck on Route F (12/05/16)
A Cassville woman was injured Sunday in a wreck at 5:40 p.m. on Route F, seven miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Haley Jereczek, 23, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 GMC Denali eastbound when her vehicle struck a deer, causing it to travel off the roadway and hit an embankment...
Mt. Vernon man injured in single-vehicle wreck (12/05/16)
A Mt. Vernon man was injured in a wreck on Saturday at 7:20 p.m. on Farm Road 2090, two miles north of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Samuel Cotter, 35, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram eastbound when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a metal pipe fence...
Aurora teen injured in wreck (12/05/16)
An Aurora teenager was injured in a wreck on Saturday at 4:30 a.m. on Highway 39, three miles south of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Rachel Negre, 17, of Aurora, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound when her vehicle ran off the west side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned...
Man found on West Logan after stabbing (12/04/16)
A man was found in the street of the 500 block of West Logan in Monett Sunday night, the apparent victim of a stabbing. According to Monett Police Chief George Daoud, the victim is being treated at a Springfield hospital and has yet to be interviewed...
Crosslines clears hurdle (12/03/16)
Two zoning changes proposed to the Monett City Council received approval when neither generated any comment in opposition. The Monett City Council approved rezoning the house to the north of Crosslines at Sixth and East Cleveland Ave. for commercial use. According to a zoning map, property facing Cleveland on both sides is zoned for commercial use, one lot deep on the south side and seven lots deep on the north...
Purdy Elementary program sets seasonal mood (12/03/16)
Students from third through sixth grades presented holiday music and skits as part of the Purdy Elementary School Christmas program.
Annual Shop with a Cop event brings smiles to young faces (12/03/16)
Greg Brandsma, detective with the Monett Police Department, recently requested and received a $50 donation from Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers board members for the upcoming Shop with a Cop program, which benefits underprivileged children in the Barry and Lawrence County areas...
Santa Claus coming to Pierce City (12/03/16)
Pierce City will host its annual Christmas parade on Dec. 10, with the festivities kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Grand marshals for this year's event are military veterans Harold Merritt and Gary Gunter. Merritt, a 1946 graduate of Pierce City High School, was on active duty during the Korean War and has spent more than 35 years with the 203rd combat engineer battalion of the Missouri Army National Guard in Pierce City...
Pfitzner applies for Crime Stoppers chairman's seat (12/03/16)
Executive board members with the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers recently interviewed Sarah Pfitzner, a special investigator with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, who expressed an interest in serving as chairman of Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers...
Harold Bell Wright Museum extending hours (12/03/16)
The Harold Bell Wright Museum in Pierce City will have extended hours starting April 15, 2017. Board members have opted to open the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, as well as hosting several special occasion events, such as a visit from the Easter Bunny and decorating for various holidays throughout the year...
News in brief (12/03/16)
The Cassville Christmas parade runs at 6 p.m. today downtown. The Berean Christian Academy in Monett will hold its Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the gym, two miles east of Monett off Highway 60. Band and choir will perform. The First Presbyterian Church, 4 E. College St. in Aurora, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in a special rededication service at 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 4. A dinner will follow the service. Former members unable to attend are encouraged to submit a special memory...
Deal made for 37/60 work (12/02/16)
The Monett City Council has approved a cost appropriation agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to make improvements on the intersection at Highways 37 and 60. The deal will enable the city to partner with the Southwest District office to tap into a fund saved for intersection improvements...
Forgeries reported in local area (12/02/16)
Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz recently reported several incidents of alleged forgery to members of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers. "This guy is writing checks on his dad's account," Abramovitz said. "His father is deceased, but they share the same name, so [merchants] don't think to ask."...
Mt. Vernon Christmas parade kicks off holiday season (12/02/16)
Following the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade on Tuesday, people gathered around the square so that children could enter the lighted courthouse and visit Santa Claus.
Monett adopts new criminal code (12/02/16)
The Monett Police Department has assisted area officers in transitioning to the new Missouri Criminal Code, the first major revision since 1977. The Monett City Council gave final approval to adopting a new Chapter 215, detailing the new code, on Monday, and repealing the old code. Police Chief George Daoud said some of the revision only involved classifying offenses from one category into another...
City of Monett honored for promoting healthy community (12/02/16)
The City of Monett received an award for its help in initiating programs under the Healthy Schools/Healthy Communities Initiative, presented by Shawn Hayden, who coordinates the community outreach through Cox Monett Hospital. Funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, the initiative, now in its fourth year, extended its range into the Monett community during the past year. ...
Calendar girl enjoys sparkle of season (12/02/16)
In December, Monettans and their neighbors migrate to South Park to enjoy the spectacle of the Festival of Lights.
Dome for new Monett museum arrives (12/02/16)
The dome for the new home for the Monett Museum at Fifth and Broadway arrived in town on Tuesday as renovations on the building at 422 E. Broadway advance rapidly.
Dodgeball tourney raises $1,227 to help children (12/02/16)
A spirited dodgeball tournament at Monett High School raised $1,227 to help send artwork and money for holiday gifts to children in Colombia, South America.
News in brief (12/02/16)
Today is the deadline to sign up for the Monett Christmas parade on Dec. 10 and be judged for vehicles, bands, floats and marching units. This year only bands received an invitation by mail to participate. All other interested persons should either contact the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 235-7919 or pick up a form at the Chamber office, 200 E. Broadway...
Woman injured in wreck near Purdy (12/01/16)
A Wheaton woman was injured Wednesday in a wreck at 11 a.m. on Route W, five miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Mark Dutra, age unknown, of Purdy, was driving a 1997 Ford F150 northbound and attempted to make a left turn, striking a 2002 GMC Yukon, being driven by Lorna Stephens, 61, of Wheaton...
New Missouri state law requires daily pledge in public schools (11/30/16)
For generations, students have been standing up, placing their right hands over their heart and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school, and with the passage of House Bill 1750, it is now law to recite the patriotic ritual once per day in all Missouri schools that receive public funding...
Marijuana controversy continues for local nurse (11/30/16)
With four more states legalizing medicinal marijuana this year, changes in how it is viewed nationally is opening the floodgates for passage into uncharted waters. At least 25 states have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes, and Colorado; Alaska; Washington, D.C.; Oregon for recreational used in the last decade, and in the Nov. 8 election Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Pennsylvania legalized it for medicinal purposes...
Library to digitize Wheaton paper (11/30/16)
After extended discussion, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library board voted to move forward with a proposal to digitize the Wheaton Journal newspaper, the first such preservation effort of local newspapers sponsored by the library. The project, proposed by Purdy resident Mark Ingram, will cover the entire run of the Wheaton Journal, from 1906 to 2005, held by the Wheaton Historical Society. ...
Festival of Lights inspires smiles from visitors of all ages (11/30/16)
It was all smiles as holiday revelers visited the Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights, open nightly at South Park.
Local legislators remain against medicinal pot (11/30/16)
While four more states legalized marijuana for medicinal use in the November General Election, local legislators said they are still against Missouri following a similar path, citing marijuana as a gateway drug and medicinal use as a slippery slope to recreational legalization...
Alternative Gift Fair slated Saturday at Monett YMCA (11/30/16)
The fourth annual Alternative Gift Fair will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Monett Area YMCA. More than a dozen not-for-profit organizations will have representatives assembled in one place, offering the opportunity for visitors to learn about their efforts and either give a gift for the holidays, or to make a donation for someone else as a gift...
Health insurance enrollment event Dec. 9 (11/30/16)
Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace ends Jan. 31, 2017, and Cox Monett Hospital has created another opportunity for those not enrolled to sign up or switch plans. On Dec. 9, nonpartisan, licensed counselors will be available from 4-6 p.m. at Cox Monett Hospital, located at 801 Lincoln Ave. in Monett, to offer free assistance to individuals that need to enroll or re-enroll in a health insurance plan through the health insurance marketplace, online at www.healthcare.gov...
News in brief (11/30/16)
Friends of Jolly Mill will host the Jolly Mill annual Christmas open house and visit with Santa Claus on Dec. 2 and 3 and the historic mill, 10 miles southwest of Monett, south of Highway 60 on Farm Road 1010 and west on Farm Road 2025. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Santa will visit with children from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome to bring an ornament for Santa's tree. Families are welcome to take photos...
Monett man injured in Hwy. 97 wreck (11/29/16)
A Monett man was injured Monday in a wreck at 10:15 a.m. on Highway 97, three miles south of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Keith Gaston, 22, of Monett, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang southbound when his vehicle skidded off the right side ofd the roadway, struck an embankment and fence and overturned...
Buck Prairie road commissioners, employees charged (11/29/16)
Charges have been filed in Lawrence County Circuit Court against six individuals, some elected officials and others employees of the Buck Prairie Special Road District, as a result of findings from a petitioned audit of the road district released by Auditor Nicole Galloway in August...
Monett fans show in droves for title game (11/29/16)
Monett football fans came by the thousands to Plaster Stadium on Friday, creating a raucous atmosphere and helping will the Cubs to a Class 3 state title.
News in brief (11/29/16)
The Monett Rural Fire District board will meet at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the fire station on County Road. The next dance hosted by the Monett Senior Center will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Monett City Park Casino with a cowboy Christmas theme. Evelyn Lock and the Outriders band will play. Finger foods are welcome...
Crane woman injured in Route Z wreck (11/28/16)
A Crane woman was injured early Monday in a wreck at 5:20 a.m. on Route Z, five miles east of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Paula Diaz, 52, of Crane, was driving a 2005 Hyundai westbound when her vehicle slid off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned...
Miller teen injured in Route M wreck (11/28/16)
A Miller teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck at 4:15 p.m. on Route M, four miles north of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Jesse Smith, 18, of Miller, was driving a 1991 Jeep Wrangler northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a driveway embankment and became airborne, then hit a fence and overturned several times...
3 injured in I-44 wreck (11/28/16)
Three Webb City residents were injured Sunday in a wreck at 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 44, three miles east of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Benjamin Jenkins, 20, of Fort Hood, Texas, was driving a 2016 Nissan Altima westbound at a high rate of speed and attempted to overtake a 2013 Nissan Rogue, being driven by Richard Frisby, 58, of Webb City, striking the vehicle in the rear...
2 children injured in Hwy. 96 wreck (11/28/16)
Three Everton residents were injured in a wreck on Friday at 5:55 p.m. on Highway 96, five miles east of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Jessica Berry, 29, of Everton, was driving a 2014 Kia Rio eastbound and was stopped on Highway 96 preparing to make a left turn onto Route M. ...
Monett down points on review (11/28/16)
The Monett school district showed a slight decrease in its score in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Annual Performance Review (APR), an assessment tabulated annually to show how districts perform. Monett received a score of 123.5 for the year (88.2 percent out of a possible 140 points), down from 127 the previous year (90.7 percent) and up from 120 the year before that (85.7 percent)...
Mural takes shape in Monett (11/28/16)
As part of their portfolio class, Monett High School art students are leaving their marks on the city of Monett. A mural has been painted downtown on the west side of the old Broadway 66 service station building on the southwest corner of Broadway and Second Street...
Verona elementary principal to retire (11/28/16)
The Verona school district has formally started a search for a new elementary school principal for the 2017-2018 school year. The school board formally accepted a letter of retirement from Jeanne Abeln, who has served in the post for nine years. Superintendent Tony Simmons said the district has already posted the position as a job opening. He anticipated a large number of applications because elementary principal positions are popular...
Ambulance district buys new cot loading system (11/28/16)
A new cot loading system acquired by the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District has improved the ease of moving patients and significantly reduced the risk of back injuries to staff. After purchasing two new ambulances, the district ended up with two different types of cots on its older and newer units, each using different tracks. ...
5 local JROTC cadets participate in training in Arkansas (11/28/16)
Five members of the Scott Regional Technology Center JROTC cadet corps recently traveled to Little Rock, Ark., to act as the color guard detail for a recent Congressional Medal of Honor training session at the Clinton Presidential Library. The Cadets traveled to Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 24 and toured the Camp Robinson Airfield, where they were able to have close-up views of a UH-60 Black Hawk and the UH-72 Lakota helicopters...
Festival of Lights now open at South Park (11/28/16)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce's 12th annual Festival of Lights opened Wednesday for the 2016 season, offering nightly drive-through opportunities to see the 31 displays at South Park.
Senior center serves sumptuous Thanksgiving meal (11/28/16)
A crowd of 85 people packed the Pierce City Senior Center on Tuesday for the annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Countryside offers annual Give Thanks Dinner (11/28/16)
Countryside Christian Church hosted its eighth annual Give Thanks Dinner, a celebration for special needs individuals in the community.
News in brief (11/28/16)
An Old Fashioned Christmas Open House is planned today on Monett's Broadway. Participating businesses will be Find It Again Antiques, Peppers and Company, Mitzi's, Fashion Crossroads, Modern Variety, Luly's Beauty Salon and the Monett Historical Society and Museum. Those attended are urged to shop locally...
4 years for MU employee (11/25/16)
A prison sentence of four years in jail and restitution has been ordered for the long-time employee at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon who pleaded guilty to embezzling $781,670.99 from the university over a nine-year period...
Ambulance district switches insurance carrier (11/25/16)
As the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District prepared its financial plans for 2017, insurance issues for its vehicles forced switching to another carrier. Continental Western, the first that previously covered the district, gave notice that it would not renew the district's property and casualty insurance in light of the collision on Aug. 28, 2015 that destroyed two of the district's four rigs. The insurance company had to pay $129,000 in a settlement...
Fire prompts house evacuation Thanksgiving eve (11/25/16)
Monett firefighters, on edge from suspicious fires Wednesday morning, responded quickly to 418 Euclid around 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
Firemen battle 2 suspicious fires Wednesday in Monett (11/25/16)
Monett firefighters battled a suspicious house fire at 607 Fifth St., called in at 8:41 a.m. on Wednesday.
News in brief (11/25/16)
Dec. 2 is the deadline to sign up for the Monett Christmas parade on Dec. 10 and be judged for vehicles, bands, floats and marching units. This year only bands received an invitation by mail to participate. All other interested persons should either contact the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 235-7919 or pick up a form at the Chamber office, 200 E. Broadway...
Monett students: We're thankful for... (11/23/16)
Students at Central Park Elementary school shared what they are thankful for this week.
Seligman woman injured, driver arrested after wreck (11/23/16)
A woman was injured and the driver arrested following a wreck Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Farm Road 1065, one mile north of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Michael McCarley, 49, of Seligman, was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger southbound when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Infant, toddler injured in Hwy. 76 wreck (11/23/16)
Three people, including an infant and a toddler, were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 3:10 p.m. on Highway 76, three miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Isaac Love, 23, of Cassville, was driving a 2000 Nissan GXE eastbound and stopped to make a left turn when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 2012 Honda Odyssey, being driven by Marissa Bettes, 17, of Wichita, Kan...
Village of Freistatt changes bond coverage for trustees (11/23/16)
Concern over bond coverage of city officials in Freistatt for handling financial transactions resulted in a switch of brokerage firms. Dean Gautney and Stephanie Bowling, from the Trogdon Insurance Agency in Mt. Vernon, presented Freistatt trustees with property insurance renewal information. ...
Purdy signs water system maintenance contract (11/23/16)
The Purdy City Council has signed a 15-year contract with Utility Services, the Atlanta-based national company known for maintaining water towers, to run the city's water system, including replacing meters and detecting leaks. The action followed several months of reports where more than half of the city's water supply, or 3.5 million gallons, failed to reach meters in a month, apparently disappearing in a series of leaks, both detected and undetected. ...
Merchants plan Old Fashioned Open House (11/23/16)
Eight downtown Monett merchants will host an Old Fashioned Christmas open house on Saturday on Broadway. Participating merchants are Find It Again antiques and flea market, Peppers and Company, Mitzi's, Fashion Crossroads, Modern Variety, Luly's Beauty Salon and the Monett Historical Society, many keeping extended hours. The stores are located in the 400 block of East Broadway...
Monett American Legion introduces concert series (11/23/16)
On Saturday, Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post No. 91 in Monett inaugurated a new series of bluegrass and gospel concerts to introduce the public to Legion services and programs. Ozark Mountain Revival played Saturday before an audience of around 50 people...
Cox Monett thankful for patients, community (11/23/16)
The staff of Cox Monett shared what they are thankful for this year.
First State Bank shows thanks during holiday (11/23/16)
The staff of First State Bank of Purdy's Monett branch shared what they are thankful for this year.
Monett Times donates to Cox Breast Care Fund (11/23/16)
Jacob Brower, left, publisher of The Monett Times, presents a donation to the CoxHealth Foundation Breast Care fund to Cox Monett Hospital President Darren Bass.
LawCo Extension Council seeks nominees (11/23/16)
Representatives sought in 5 districts During the next month, the Lawrence County University of Missouri Extension Council will be seeking candidates to serve two-year terms on the 23-member council. The county is divided into five districts based on township boundaries. District 1 includes Red Oak, Green, Lincoln and Ozark townships. There are two vacancies in that district, one man and one woman...
Child injured in ATV wreck Sunday (11/23/16)
A child was injured Sunday in a wreck at 2:45 p.m on Farm Road 1045, four miles northwest of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Coy Harper, 12, of Exeter, was riding a 1994 Honda Iourtrax ATV northbound when his vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and struck head-on a 1996 Toyota Tacoma, being driven by Cheng Khang, 29, of Cassville...
News in Brief (11/23/16)
The annual Christmas Angel Tree will be available to adopt a child or family in the Pierce City school district for the holidays at city hall in Pierce City. The Wheaton Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 in downtown Wheaton. The Cassville Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 downtown...
Monett man arrested after controlled meth buys (11/22/16)
A Monett man was arrested on Thursday afternoon for distributing methamphetamine after law enforcement allegedly made two controlled buys from the suspect. Bobby Smith, 34, of Monett, is charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute...
Berean crafts fair helps raise funds for music program (11/22/16)
Many interesting and creative craft items were available at the Berean Christian Academy's inaugural crafts fair.
Professional development slated on Monday (11/22/16)
Classes in the Monett school district will not be held on Monday, allowing teachers to undergo professional development training. Teachers at all campuses will focus on preparations for the district-wide health fair. Every campus but Monett Elementary will work on proficiency scales and essential learning outcomes. In addition, other specific topics will be reviewed at different campuses...
News in brief (11/22/16)
Father Hank Grodecki from St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Monett will deliver a Thanksgiving message for the Nov. 22 meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club, which will be held at noon at the Family Room Steakhouse, First and East Broadway in Monett. An Old Fashioned Christmas Open House is planned on Nov. ...
Aurora teen injured in Purdy wreck (11/21/16)
An Aurora teen was injured in a wreck on Sunday at 11:15 p.m. on, Highway B, 3-3/4 miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Emily Millyard, 18, of Aurora, was driving a 1993 Dodge truck westbound when her vehicle ran off he roadway to avoid striking an animal standing in the road. The truck overturned and struck a fence...
Anderson man hurt in Seligman wreck (11/21/16)
An Anderson man was injured Friday in a wreck at 3 p.m. on Highway 112, east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Douglas Henry, 44, of Anderson, was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima westbound when his vehicle went off the roadway and struck a culvert...
2 teens injured in wreck near Verona (11/21/16)
Two teenagers were injured Friday in a wreck at 9:30 p.m. on Farm Road 2190, four miles west of Verona. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Thomas Houston, 16, of Marionville, was driving a 1999 Ford F150 westbound when his vehicle lost control and overturned, coming to rest in the roadway...
Animal shelter dedicated (11/19/16)
After more than two years and more than $130,000 spent, including more than $110,000 in donations, the Monett animal shelter is swinging open its doggy doors. A public open house for the new shelter will be from 10 a.m. to noon today, following a formal ribbon cutting for the $134,441.84 facility on Friday...
City taking action on Purdy sewer deal (11/19/16)
Plans to build a seven-mile pipeline from Purdy to the Monett treatment plant are progressing, as the city of Monett is primed to move on the agreement penned earlier this year. On Monday, the Monett City Council will accept public comment on the deal with the city of Purdy to provide the sewage treatment services...
Golden Age Banquet brings in crowds for food, fun (11/19/16)
One of the highlights of the 43rd annual Monett High School Golden Age Banquet is presentation of the Superlative Certificates, recognizing attendees.
Zoning change requested for land near North Park (11/19/16)
Public comment will be accepted by the Monett City Council on Monday over changing the zoning classification of property north of the former outdoor theater property in Monett from commercial to light industry. Wilbur and Gerry Woodward, current owners of the property at 1707 N. ...
Monett City Council plans busy meeting Monday (11/19/16)
The Monett City Council plans to act on three resolutions and a contract with Anderson Engineering during its regular monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at Monett City Hall. In addition to accepting public comment on two rezoning requests, adopting a new code of criminal offense to match changes in state law, and the sewer contract with the City of Purdy, council members will consider hiring Piper Jaffray and Company as a financial services provider for a new project. ...
Focus on the Future Day introduces career ideas (11/19/16)
Between 800 and 900 students were expected to attend Focus on the Future Day at the Scott Regional Technology Center on Friday.
News in brief (11/19/16)
Berean Christian Academy will hold its inaugural crafts fair to support the music department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on today in the BCA gym. There will be booths dedicated to quilts, woodworking, leatherworks and more. The school is located one mile east of Monett...
Monett school projects moving forward (11/18/16)
Progress on buildings in the Monett school district continues as the storm shelter at Central Park Elementary moves into finishing stages on the exterior and discussions have started on next steps the district should take. Superintendent Brad Hanson reported the concrete cap on the FEMA shelter at Central Park had been poured by the last week in October. ...
Language changing in criminal code (11/18/16)
The Monett City Council is considering major revisions in the Missouri criminal code this month. Police Chief George Daoud said the Missouri General Assembly this year adopted the first major revision in the criminal code since 1977. More than 300 separate provisions underwent revision...
Leadership summit offers insights into success (11/18/16)
For the fifth year, Drury University's Principles of Leadership class hosted three outstanding persons from business and public service, sharing their experiences at Drury's Leadership Summit, held Thursday at the Monett City Park Casino. This year's speakers included Glen Garrett, CEO and chairman of the First State Bank of Purdy; Russ Moreland, superintendent of the Pierce City school district; and Charity Elmer, senior vice president and general legal counsel for CoxHealth Systems...
Math strategies expanding at Verona school district (11/18/16)
Teaching math at Verona schools now comes in several new strategies, including outreach to parents who may find the latest math approaches strange and confusing. Kelly McCaffrey, who heads math instruction under the Title 1 program, explained some of the effective approaches...
Annual Pilgrim Run slated for Nov. 24 (11/18/16)
The sixth annual Pilgrim Run, a 5K and one-mile walk fundraiser to benefit the backpack food program at the Pierce City schools, will be held this year at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, beginning from city hall in Pierce City. This year, the run will become more interesting with the addition of a chip timing system for each 5K runner, provided by Ozark Racing Systems...
Steps bring new Monett Museum building closer to final look (11/18/16)
Crews for Hood Home Repair this week began installing windows on the Monett Museum building at Fifth and Broadway.
Monett teachers hit the hillside at boot camp (11/18/16)
Taking advantage of a summer-like day, a dozen women from the Monett school district and Monett Area YMCA members hit the roads and hillsides of Monett's South Park for Teacher's Boot Camp on Wednesday.
News in brief (11/18/16)
Berean Christian Academy will hold its inaugural crafts fair to support the music department. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the BCA gym. There will be booths dedicated to quilts, woodworking, leatherworks and more. The school is located one mile east of Monett on the south side of Highway 60...
Golden man dies in Hwy. 86 wreck (11/17/16)
A Golden man died on Wednesday in a wreck at 11:40 p.m. on Highway 86, east of Route P and half a mile east of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Matthew Blevins, 21, of Golden, was driving a 1983 GMC Sierra westbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, causing him to be ejected...
BarCo commissioner to vote in Electoral College (11/16/16)
On Dec. 19, Barry County Commissioner Cherry Warren will be one of only 10 Missourians still voting for a president. Selected by members of the 7th Congressional District, Warren is one of the state's 10 members of the Electoral College who will cast their votes for President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence...
1.1 ounces of meth found after chase (11/16/16)
An Aurora man is being held in the Barry County jail on six felony charges after 1.1 ounces of methamphetamine was allegedly found in his vehicle following a pursuit where he threw items at Lawrence County deputies' vehicles. Caleb Evans, 35, of Aurora, is charged with drug trafficking, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer...
Banners switch to herald holidays in downtown Monett (11/16/16)
The approach of the holiday season took visible form on Tuesday, as banners were changed in downtown Monett light poles from the autumn season to Christmas-themed.
Public favors new pool (11/16/16)
The votes are in, and the residents of Monett want a new public swimming pool. With 425 preferences logged in the city's public survey and by paper ballot, the public gave 235 votes in favor of the new pool option, or 55 percent. Survey results released on Monday showed 34 people wanted to make repairs on existing pool with no changes, only 8 percent of respondents. ...
Bi-county sales tax income holds strong in October (11/16/16)
Sales tax to bi-county cities and counties saw a 5 percent boost in October, as most cities saw a hike in revenue, especially Monett. Monett's two sales taxes for its general fund, a total of 1 percent, generated $162,220.51 in October, up $14,738.59 or 10 percent from a year ago. ...
Wheaton Wranglers break ground on community garden (11/16/16)
The Wheaton Wranglers 4-H Club, lead by Michelle Chappuis, tilled ground recently at Wheaton's first community garden. "We broke ground and it went well," said Chappuis, who said the group had been talking about starting a garden for a community project for some time, decided it was time and set the date...
Frank Lloyd Wright program slated for Sunday (11/16/16)
The Lawrence County Historical Society will present the program "Frank Lloyd Wright -- World's Greatest Architect?" presented by Kelly Johnston of Aurora at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jones Memorial Chapel, Mt. Vernon. Johnston will discuss Wright, his work, and his enormous ego. Wright designed over 100 buildings during his 70-plus-year career. He has been called "the Norman Rockwell of architecture," but worked as a modernist rather than in a "homey" style...
Purdy High School students honor local veterans (11/16/16)
Flags for each branch of military service were presented as veterans were identified during the Purdy High School Veteran's Day assembly.
Pierce City to address bullying (11/16/16)
A new law enacted in August will have Pierce City School District will offer a legal definition of bullying and cyberbullying and impact how administrators handle such reports. According to Russ Moreland, superintendent, the district already has an anti-bullying policy in place, but the Missouri legislature refines the definition of what constitutes ongoing bullying as opposed to a one-time event...
Cox Monett launches drive to help area senior citizens (11/16/16)
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News in brief

The Cassville Christmas parade runs at 6 p.m. today downtown.

The Berean Christian Academy in Monett will hold its Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the gym, two miles east of Monett off Highway 60. Band and choir will perform.

The First Presbyterian Church, 4 E. College St. in Aurora, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in a special rededication service at 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 4. A dinner will follow the service. Former members unable to attend are encouraged to submit a special memory.

Monett High School head football coach Derrek Uhl and some of his assistant coaches will provide a summary of this year's season at the noon meeting on Dec. 6 of the Monett Kiwanis Club, at the Family Room Steakhouse, First and East Broadway.

The Monett Elementary School will present its holiday program by second graders at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the school.

The Monett Intermediate School Singers will present a holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. On Dec. 9 the choir will perform at several local nursing homes.

Christmas parades on Dec. 10 include 11 a.m. in Monett, 2 p.m. in Aurora, and 6 p.m. on Pierce City, Wheaton and Marionville.

The Monett City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 for first reading of an ordinance calling for an election on a sales tax proposal to fund a new swimming pool. Public comment and action is planned for the monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 20.

The annual Dining for Diabetes fundraising dinner, organized to benefit the diabetes education program run through Cox Monett Hospital, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, at St. Mary's Catholic School fellowship hall in Pierce City. Cost is $25 per person. For additional information, people may call Nancy Ridgley at 354-1280.

Holiday music programs for the Purdy schools include the junior high and high school band and the choir Christmas program at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the elementary gym. The preschool Christmas program is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the school cafeteria.

Staff for U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will be at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Mt. Vernon from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 to hear from constituents. Anyone needed assistance in dealing with the federal government is welcome.

The Christmas program "Our Coming Savior" will be presented by several Mt. Vernon churches at 7 p.m. today and at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd.

The Barry County Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.. on Dec. 13 at the Steak Inn in Shell Knob. Guest singers will perform.

Lawrence County Retired School Personnel will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Aurora First Baptist Church, 201 S. Jefferson Ave. Those attending are encouraged to bring a covered dish. A Christmas program will be offered and entertainment by the Three Little Birds.

The Music Therapy and Creative Arts Center Christmas Festival featuring client music performances and art will be held 2 p.m.today at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N Central Ave. in Monett. The MTCAC provides music therapy and art to persons with developmental disabilities who are residents of Barry and Lawrence counties. The MTCAC is supported by tax boards for developmentally disabled in both counties.

All former Jumping-Jacks Shoes will meet for a Christmas reunion at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Angus Branch Steakhouse on Chapell Drive in Monett. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to make reservations by calling Marjorie at 476-2265 of Missy at 235-6121.

The Pierce City Elementary School Christmas program will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the high school gym. The pre-school Christmas program will be held on Dec. 16 at 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

The next dance hosted by the Monett Senior Center will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Monett City Park Casino with a cowboy Christmas theme. Evelyn Lock and the Outriders band will play. Finger foods are welcome.

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