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Monett schools expect lawsuit (06/29/16)
Monett school district attorney Ransom Ellis III is waiting to fully respond to a lawsuit by one of the district's teachers until the district is officially served, the Springfield-based lawyer said. A 10-year employee of the Monett school district and eight-year instructor at the Scott Regional Technology Center, Krista Doss, an instructor in the two-year child care provider program at Scott Tech, has sued the district for sex discrimination, demanding she receive three years worth of unpaid salary, alleging she was paid less than her male counterparts.. ...
Star spangled salute offered by calendar girl (06/29/16)
With the nation's birthday party around the corner, calendar girl Torri Davis got into the spirit for the month with the Uncle Sam displayed on Highway 60 in Monett.
Purdy man charged with 4 felonies (06/29/16)
A Purdy man has been charged with four felonies and is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $200,000. Benjamin Paine, 41, of Purdy is charged with two counts of first-degree domestic assault, felonious restraint and first-degree sodomy...
Alleged Country Corner burglar charged (06/29/16)
A Springfield man has been charged with the July 2015 burglary at Country Corner in Purdy. Eric Rousseau, 28, of Springfield, is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in two separate cases. In the first case, he is charged with burglary and theft, and in the second case, he is charged with misdemeanor second-degree property damage...
Wheaton Fire Department hosts Freedom Jam '16 (06/29/16)
The Wheaton Fire Department will present Freedom Jam '16 starting at 6 p.m., Monday at the Wheaton City Park. Local alternative rock band, The Wild Grease Fire, will open the evening's entertainment. The Black Moods, of Tempe, Ariz., led by Wheaton alumnus, Josh Kennedy, will then take the stage...
Public Administrator Candidate profile: Andy Reavis, R-Cassville (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB...
Public Administrator Candidate profile: Keith Daniels, R-Exeter (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB...
Public Administrator Candidate profile: Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB...
Sheriff candidates questionnaire: Where should Barry County deputies be stationed? (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. - JB 1. If elected, where is your geographic focus going to be in the county and why? Right now there is not a specific area other than the ones where the drugs are. ...
News in brief (06/29/16)
New Life Free Will Baptist Church, in Monett, will host revival services with Evangelist Jerry Howell, of Alma, Arlk, starting Sunday, July 10 and continuing through Wednesday, July 13. Service times are 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. each evening Monday through Wednesday...
Education briefs (06/29/16)
Barry and Lawrence counties retired teachers met on June 9 at the Olive Grill Restaurant for a buffet luncheon for their annual joint meeting. Patriotic entertainment was provided by 3 Little Birds, of Willard. The group is made up of the granddaughters of members Sunni and Kenneth Wilson. ...
USDA offers home loans with no down payment (06/29/16)
For residents who have dreamt of owning their own home, but didn't have the money for a down payment, that dream may become a reality. USDA Rural Development is offering home loan financing options to Barry Countians -- with no down payment. According to Madeleine Watson, Area Technician with the USDA, loan funds are available to assist very-low and low income households in purchasing a home...
Monett man facing felony charges of rape, assault (06/28/16)
A Monett man charged with possession of a nine-gram meth rock in April has now been charged with rape following a more-than-two-month investigation into claims made by the victim in the case. Randall Miller, 54, of Monett, is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and second-degree domestic assault. In the earlier case in April, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver...
Pies in the face a reward for Summer School fundraising (06/28/16)
Summer School ended at Monett Elementary School last week with two teachers getting pies in the face.
Pierce City Arts Council secures space for events (06/28/16)
Thanks to the gift of an anonymous benefactor, a new initiative has been launched by the Pierce City Arts Council that will give the organization new visibility and a location for future activities. On Tuesday, members of the organization toured the former Sweet Rock Cafe at 106 W. Commercial St. as part of a working meeting with Michael Gaines, executive director of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies...
Edgewood Creamery hosts open house for children (06/28/16)
Children had an opportunity to experience what milking a cow is like from a model displayed at the Edgewood Creamery on Saturday.
News in brief (06/28/16)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library's Summer Reading Club, the Monett Branch will have a program at 3:30 p.m. on June 28 on "Old Fashioned Toys and Games," presented by a park ranger from the George Washington Carver National Monument. The Pierce City Branch will have the program "Animal Olympics" from the Wonders of Wildlife Museum at 10 a.m. on June 29. The Purdy Branch will have the program "Out of the Ordinary" at 10 a.m. on June 29...
2 injured in Hwy. 39 wreck (06/27/16)
Two people were injured Saturday in a wreck at 5:52 p.m. on Highway 39, 8.5 miles south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Julie Davis, 45, of Pierce City, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro southbound when a 2001 Ford Escape, being driven by Carl Tannehill, 34, of Chillicothe, attempted to turn on to Highway 39 from Highway WW, striking Davis' vehicle...
Mississippi man injured, arrested after wreck (06/27/16)
A Mississippi man was injured and later arrested following a wreck Sunday at 4:45 a.m. on Interstate 44, 10 miles east of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Terrance Stokes, 32, of Horn Lake, Miss., was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado westbound when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, then went off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Republic woman injured in Hwy. TT wreck (06/27/16)
A Republic woman was injured Saturday in a wreck ay 4:01 p.m. on Highway TT, 8 miles south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Regina Shows, 37, of Republic, was driving a 1999 Lincoln Continental eastbound when her vehicle failed to maintain a single lane, striking a westbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Albert Harper, 51, of Monett, pulling a trailer and a boat. ...
New display honors veterans (06/25/16)
The Monett Senior Center has developed a new public exhibit of photos of Monett area veterans that is on display daily at the center. Started as a small salute, the exhibit took shape as more participants at the center brought in photos of themselves and family members who served in the Armed Forces...
Road district names projects (06/25/16)
With a relatively mild winter and minimal damage from December 2015 flooding, Monett Special Road District commissioners will give attention to multiple area farm roads as major summer projects. The Monett commissioners have yet to seek bids for hot mix and chip and seal resurfacing, choosing not to participate in a county bid this year. Commissioners Bruce Washeck, Pete Rauch and Doug Harris agreed with foreman Clayton Bunch's assessment of the highest priority roads...
Water fun wraps up Summer School in Monett (06/25/16)
To wrap up Summer School in Monett, even the big kids got to play water games.
Crosslines accepting applications for school supplies assistance (06/25/16)
Crosslines will once again be distributing backpacks and school supplies to students in need residing in the Monett, Pierce City and Purdy school districts on July 30. The backpacks and school supplies will go to to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. ...
Math becomes a game for Summer School students (06/25/16)
Fourth-graders from Central Park Elementary in Monett drilled in math skills during Summer School classes at Monett Intermediate School this week.
Summer school offers nutrition tips for students (06/25/16)
As summer school in Pierce City winds down this week, students explored unfamiliar territory.
Plays offer hilarity to close Summer School (06/25/16)
For the last day of Summer School at Monett Elementary, teacher Ann Bryan led three groups of incoming second- and third-graders in three separate plays.
Secrets to chemistry revealed at Monett summer school (06/25/16)
In the final days of summer school for incoming Monett High School students, meeting at the middle school, students under physical science teacher Jayme Tackett completed the studies needed for to complete freshman chemistry.
News in brief (06/25/16)
Next week at the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library's Summer Reading Club, the Monett Branch will have a program at 3:30 p.m. on June 28 on "Old Fashioned Toys and Games," presented by a park ranger from the George Washington Carver National Monument. The Pierce City Branch will have the program "Animal Olympics" from the Wonders of Wildlife Museum at 10 a.m. on June 29. The Purdy Branch will have the program "Out of the Ordinary" at 10 a.m. on June 29...
Man charged in historic cemetery vandalism (06/24/16)
An anonymous call to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of a Mt. Vernon man for damaging about 20 headstones at East View Cemetery earlier this month. Christopher Springer, 18, of Mt. Vernon, is charged with institutional vandalism and was issued a summons and appeared in court Thursday. He had no bond and was not jailed...
Pierce Road District invests in equipment (06/24/16)
The Pierce Special Road District commissioners, serving the Pierce City area, have opted for a different strategy for the 2016 work season and will purchase a major piece of equipment rather than spending all of the year's working capital on road upkeep...
Water blasting enhances fun for Summer School (06/24/16)
With temperatures running in the 90s this week, indoor summer school classes offered an escape from the heat.
Rising temperatures send crime into decline (06/24/16)
Crime Stoppers representatives from several local law enforcement agencies reported a drop in thefts, citing rising temperatures as the likely cause of the trend. "We are not seeing a lot of thefts," said Jay Jastal, crime prevention public information officer for Monett Police Department. "However, when temperatures go up, drinking activities also go up, which results in more calls for domestic violence."...
Dates set for pair of area's annual church picnic events (06/24/16)
Two of the biggest mid-summer church picnics in the Monett area have been scheduled for 2016. The Waldensian Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday, with serving beginning at 6 p.m. The menu for the event, in addition to homemade ice cream, will be sloppy joes, ham salad sandwiches, pies, cakes, chips and beverages...
Youth beating the heat, making waves at Pierce City Pool (06/24/16)
With temperatures rising into the triple digits, Pierce City youth are looking for ways to beat the summer heat. One option is spending a lazy afternoon at the Pierce City Municipal Pool. "We have a July special, offering season passes for individuals at a cost of $20 and family passes, for those with three or more family members, at a cost of $60," said Jill Kaiser, pool manager. "The regular cost of admission is $3 per person, per day."...
Water leaks reveal underground mysteries (06/24/16)
A geyser on Fifth Street in Monett is never a good thing. Water department workers Allen Stockton and Alan Obermann are seen turning a valve that shut down a geyser from the water hole, at front of the photo, on Thursday morning.
Grand opening slated Saturday for new business (06/24/16)
Anyone acquainted with the rustic decor of Counts Archery, which occupied 219 E. Broadway in Monett for the past 40 years, will be pleasantly surprised by the new look of Alyssa Vaughn's Flying V Mercantile, which will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday...
Stores named for new Monett shopping mall (06/24/16)
Construction is advancing rapidly on the new 26,400-square-foot shopping mall located between Lowe's and Community National Bank, being developed by Jared Enterprises.
News in brief (06/24/16)
The Purdy R-2 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on June 27 in the superintendent's office. Next week at the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library's Summer Reading Club, the Monett Branch will have a program at 3:30 p.m. on June 28 on "Old Fashioned Toys and Games," presented by a park ranger from the George Washington Carver National Monument. ...
Man injured in motorcycle wreck (06/24/16)
A Mt. Vernon man was injured Thursday in a wreck on his motorcycle at about 3:50 p.m. on Highway 60, nearly a mile east of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kevin Mandarine, 23, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 1997 Honda Shadow motorcycle eastbound on Highway 60 and failed to yield to a left-turning 2007 Ford Ranger, being driven by Mitchell Modglin, 27, of Mt. Vernon, striking the pickup...
Purdy deals with low water pressure from hydrants (06/22/16)
Testing fire hydrants in Purdy has led to revelations about serious issues in the town's water system. Bo Prock, mayor pro tem, asked for a hold on plans to color code the 52 fire hydrants as firefighters test them for water production. Marking the hydrants will cost $9.45 each...
Plans taking shape for 5th annual Purdy Festival (06/22/16)
Preparations are underway for the fifth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held on July 16 in the city park and on the school district property. According to Renae Neill, festival spokesperson, many of the same features from past years will return to offer a full day of interactive entertainment and events for all ages...
Rotary Rodeo brings crowd to Bill Hailey Arena (06/22/16)
The 74th Annual Rotary Rodeo was held Friday and Saturday at Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville.
Searches for missing Monett men both end successfully (06/22/16)
Manhunts for Monett residents with disabilities that lasted for several hours on both Saturday and Monday had happy resolutions. Police Chief George Daoud said on Monday, a Monett man checked on his father, who has Alzheimer's disease, after work and found him missing from his apartment in the 400 block of Dairy Street. After searching for an hour, he called police for help. A neighbor reported last seeing the missing man at 5 p.m...
Wheaton man caught on camera, arrested for burglary (06/22/16)
A Wheaton man has been charged with four felonies after allegedly being caught on a surveillance camera stealing wire from Preferred Poultry near Cassville. Justin Todd Taylor, 42, of Wheaton, is charged with two counts of theft and two counts of burglary...
Fire damages Monett storage facility (06/22/16)
Storage units used by 15 renters were damaged in a fire fought by five fire departments at the Krueger Storage facility at Farm Road 1070 at Highway 37 on Monday. Firefighters responded to a call at 5:06 p.m. to the center storage unit, where the fire developed in the southeast corner. Firefighters gained access to five units on the south side and four on the north to contain the blaze, which traveled across the ceiling...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Terry L. Meek, R-Washburn (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 42 Current Occupation: Detective with the Barry County Sheriff's Office Past Experience: 13 years with Barry County Sheriff's Office...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Justin Fohn, R-Cassville (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 34 Current occupation: Police Officer for the City of Cassville Past experience: Police Officer for the City of Cassville and the City of Exeter. Reserve Deputy for the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Director of Barry County Search and Rescue...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Justin David Ruark, D-Cassville (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 38 Current Occupation: Barry County Sheriffs Department Past Experience: 6 years Education: Missouri Sheriffs Association Training Academy, Reeds Spring, MO...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Gary Davis, R-Cassville (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 68 Current Occupation: Farm Owner/Consultant, Retired FBI Special Agent Past Experience: I am a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent with over 32 years Law Enforcement Experience. ...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Danny Boyd, R-Purdy (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 48 Current Occupation: Investigator for the City of Cassville Police Department Past Experience: Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), Field Training Officer, Stalker Radar Certified, B.A.C. ...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: James A. Smith, R-Aurora (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 49 Current Occupation: Captain, Cassville Police Department Past experience: I have held a peace officer commission in Barry County since 1993. ...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Travis Hilburn, R-Cassville (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 43 Current Occupation: Self-employed Past Experience: 17 years military, 14-1/2 years Missouri Highway Patrol...
Local deputy recognized for 20 years of service (06/22/16)
Lt. Gary Allen, evidence and transport officer with the Barry County Sheriff's Department, was recognized recently for 20 years of service to the Barry County Sheriff's Department, and he was presented with a special plaque by Sheriff Mick Epperly. Epperly said over the years, Allen has worked in just about every area of law enforcement possible during his years with the county, and his service is greatly appreciated...
Aspiring local writer to be published (06/22/16)
Jenkins native Prix Gautney will soon fulfill a lifelong dream by becoming a published author. Her book, entitled "Season of Crows," an Evershade series, will be the first in a series of five in the middle fantasy category for young adults, scheduled to be released July 15. In addition, her western novel, entitled "The Cochetopa Kid," will be released in December 2017...
Sater recognized for advocacy in county government (06/22/16)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, was presented with an award and recently from Barry County Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren on behalf of the County Commission Association of Missouri for his contributions to the county.
News in brief (06/22/16)
The Monett High School Class of 1996 will hold its reunion at 6 p.m. on June 25 at the Monett City Park Casino. For additional information, people may call Jaci Sigrist at 417-393-9192. The Purdy Alumni Association will meet at 6 p.m. on June 25 at the Purdy school cafeteria...
New business opening in downtown Monett (06/21/16)
A new business, the Flying V Mercantile, is opening downtown this week.
City of Monett buys new dispatching equipment (06/21/16)
The Monett City Council has approved upgrading the city's dispatching equipment through AT&T, at a cost $152,258.05. The equipment may be paid for over five years at an interest rate of 2.925 percent. An annual maintenance fee of $29,238 was also approved...
Grants help boost library resources (06/21/16)
Recent upgrades have expanded the technology capacity of branches within the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system. J.J. Goulbourne, information technology manager for the library system, said it received two grants from the Missouri State Library. Goulbourne has nearly completed placing 20 new computers, 20 new monitors and five printers for the public to use at five designated branches that had LaserJet printers at least eight years old...
'Messy Monday' fun at Monett Elementary (06/21/16)
For "Messy Monday" at Monett Elementary's Summer School, Maure Watson's incoming second- and third-graders' "Star Wars" class took frozen blocks of colored liquified baking soda and added vinegar.
Fourth of July plans call for bigger show in Monett (06/21/16)
Plans are nearly complete for Monett's Fourth of July festivities, including several changes from past years. All activities will take place at Monett's South Park, beginning with the Monett Lions Club's traditional barbecued chicken dinner sales at the barbecue pavilion west of the City Park Casino. Sales begin at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. Tickets for the meals are available in advance for $6 at Top Hat Cleaners in Monett, or $7 the day of the event...
Banks named Crime Stoppers chairman (06/21/16)
Executive officers with the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers have named Bill Banks, of Monett, the new chapter chairman.
News in brief (06/21/16)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. Murray Bishoff will speak about The Monett Times under the Peters family. Gale Huffmaster will provide an update on museum construction and Rod Anderson will offer an update on fundraising. All interested persons are welcome...
Springfield man injured in Monett wreck (06/21/16)
A Springfield man was injured Monday in a wreck at 11:45 a.m. on Highway 60 at Highway Z, three miles east of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, James Harris, 45, of Springfield, was driving a 2003 Mack truck eastbound when he attempted to turn right onto Highway Z, and his vehicle skidded off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Cassville men injured in Tuesday wreck (06/21/16)
Two Cassville men were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 6:28 a.m. on Highway 37 at Highway W in Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Mason Roller, 18, was driving a 2000 Dodge pickup truck eastbound and pulled into the path of a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, being driven by John Pugh, 24, of Granby. The collision caused Pugh's vehicle to collide with a 2013 GMC pickup truck, being driven by Steven Mattingly, 30, of Exeter...
Crane teen injured in wreck (06/20/16)
A Crane teenager was injured in a wreck on Monday at 1 a.m. on Highway TT, one mile west of Reavisville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ryan McKnight, 17, of Crane, was driving a 1974 pickup eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a pole and overturned...
Recurring issues plague ambulance district (06/18/16)
Issues needing solved at the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District are great in number, and despite lengthy discussions and continual recurrence, resolutions have been hard to come by. The first returning issue stems from the dissatisfaction with the failure of the legal process to resolve the $135,000 payment to former Office Manager Jeaniettia Pierce...
Demand for special services growing (06/18/16)
Demands for special services in the Monett school district have grown in the past year, with 20 more students seeking individual assistance. Teena Fare, the special services director, reported in May, 404 students had individual education programs (IEP), the specialized regimen developed for students who have difficulty learning in a traditional classroom setting. A year ago, 384 students required IEPs...
Ground broken for events center (06/18/16)
Pavilion downtown expected to open in April 2017 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday morning for the new community events center planned by Monett Main Street at the former Jumping-Jacks shoe factory site, on Front Street between Fourth and Fifth streets...
Storyteller enchants children (06/18/16)
Sherry Norfolk, author and storyteller, kept children enthralled as she voiced numerous characters and took her audience to many locales in her program, "Games People Play," on Thursday at the Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, part of the Summer Reading Club...
Steeple work begins at St. Mary's (06/18/16)
A sunny Friday morning offered an ideal time to begin repairs on the steeple at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City.
Monett to upgrade 911 system (06/18/16)
The Monett City Council will act Monday on purchasing new equipment for the city's 911 dispatching system and introduce five new ordinances. The agreement with AT&T Corporation and AT&T Capital Services will cover purchase of the VIPER system for the dispatch. ...
News in brief (06/18/16)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. Murray Bishoff will speak about The Monett Times under the Peters family. Gale Huffmaster will provide an update on museum construction and Rod Anderson will offer an update on fundraising. All interested persons are welcome...
Monett utility billing error costs city more than $100,000 (06/17/16)
An error made in the calculation of bills by the Monett Utilities Department has resulted in higher billing for some customers and a request for past due payments for the last three years. "We discovered it in April of this year," said Monett Utilities Superintendent Skip Schaller. ...
Cooling off tastes sweet with treats from Sno-Biz (06/17/16)
Hot weather has been good for business at Sno-Biz, the flavored ice store east of Plaza Drive and south of Highway 60 in Monett.
Close call for rural Pierce City family in house fire (06/17/16)
The smell of smoke accompanied by loud popping at the breaker box on Wednesday morning alerted Maebel Ballay of trouble at she and her husband Pete's home on Farm Road 2230 west of Pierce City. Told by 911 dispatchers to evacuate, Ballay and her grandchildren left the house as Pierce City firefighters, backed by Monett city and rural firefighters, responded to the scene...
Main Street's car show attracts 20 vehicles to Broadway (06/17/16)
A total of 20 vehicles gathered on Broadway Saturday for Monett Main Street's first car show event, one of a number of promotional activities planned downtown this year. According to Lenny Davis, promotions committee chairman and Main Street board member, the event ran from 6-9:30 p.m. and attracted 20 registered cars, four food vendors and live music...
Log truck pulls down utility poles (06/17/16)
Three Empire District Electric trucks responded to a power outage in Pierce City on Tuesday night.
Visit brings smiles at senior center (06/17/16)
Students in first grade at Pierce City Central Elementary School sang at the Pierce City Senior Center on Tuesday for the luncheon.
News in brief (06/17/16)
In the Summer Reading Club at the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library for the coming week, a program on the Chesapeake Fish Hatchery will be presented at 3:30 p.m. on June 21 at the Monett Branch. The Pierce City Branch will offer a program on the animals and events at Roaring River State Park, presented by Ryan Persinger, at 10 a.m. on June 22. The Purdy Branch will host the program "When and Where?" at 10 a.m. on June 22...
Rolling vehicle strikes 2 people, killing one (06/17/16)
A Shell Knob woman died Thursday afternoon when an unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway began to roll away. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sports 4X4 parked in a driveway at 26595 Villa Vinee Circle in Shell Knob rolled backwards down a driveway and collided into Judith Betts, 77, of Shell Knob, then continued rolling onto Villa Vinee Circle and struck Bobbie Harris, 68, of Shell Knob...
Reeds woman injured in wreck (06/17/16)
A Reeds woman was injured Thursday in a wreck at 6:10 p.m. on Farm Road 2120, 1.5 miles west of Stotts City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Cheryl Manley, 54, of Reeds, was driving a 2007 Ford F150 eastbound when her vehicle lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned...
Pierce City man injured in tractor mishap (06/16/16)
A Pierce City man was injured Wednesday at about 3 p.m. in a tractor incident at a home on Farm Road 2025, four miles west of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, an unattended Massey Ferguson tractor began to roll when Robert Carder, 74, of Pierce City, attempted to get back on the tractor, but fell off and was run over...
Mt. Vernon man injured in bicycle crash (06/16/16)
A Mt. Vernon man was injured Tuesday in a bicycle crash at about 2 p.m. on Farm Road 1132, two miles north of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Lucas Price, 16, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2001 pontiac Grand Prix southbound, towing a bicycle being ridden by Trent Garner, 19, of Mt. Vernon. Garner's bicycle struck a dead animal in the roadway, causing him to lose control and be ejected form the bike...
Library approves branch hour reduction (06/15/16)
A reduction in hours at branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will begin soon after a further reduction in funds beyond the defeat of a tax levy increase on April 5. Beginning Aug. 1, large branches such as Monett, Cassville, Mt. Vernon, Aurora and Marionville, would be open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:30 p.m. Small branches would be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m...
Area teens injured in boat collision (06/15/16)
A Verona girl and a Monett boy were injured Sunday in a boat collision at 4:35 p.m. at Point 25, west of the Highway 39 Bridge, on Table Rock Lake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sidney Birge, 18, of Verona, was driving a 2002 Polaris personal watercraft westbound when her craft collided with a stationary 2002 Polaris, bring driven by Isaac Brattin, 18, of Monett...
Kansas man injured in wakeboarding accident (06/15/16)
A Wichita, Kan., man was injured Saturday at about 10:20 a.m. while wakeboarding near Point 25 on Table Rock Lake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Hiep Nguyen, 22, of Wichita, Kan., was driving a 1996 Montura Runabout westbound when Dane King, 21, of Wichita, Kan., fell off a wakeboard he was riding in tow...
Picnic foods, prizes at Sacred Heart Summer Fest (06/15/16)
Church gatherings offer prizes and colorful opportunities for entertainment.
Festival of Barry County raises nearly $15,000 (06/15/16)
The American Cancer Society's Festival of Barry County, the successor event to the Relay for Life, attracted close to 100 people on Friday at Monett Elementary School. Held at the school for the second consecutive year, the event offered an opportunity to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those who have lost the fight and share strength in unity from joining hands against a common foe...
Big rigs getting hung up in Freistatt (06/15/16)
Taking a closer look at truck traffic, the Freistatt Village Board of Trustees has asked the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to reexamine the height of the road at West Third and Main Street. Trustee Elmer Conway said an 18-wheel tractor trailer attempted to turn west at the Farmers Exchange from Highway H. Due to the elevation of the highway by layers of asphalt, trucks face a dip pulling off the highway, resulting in the tractor trailer hanging up in the process...
Ice cream social offers cool diversion to summer fun (06/15/16)
Simple pleasures provided fun, as well as food, at the New Liberty Methodist Church's ice cream social on Saturday.
City Hall remodel aims for end-of-month opening (06/15/16)
Construction remodeling the collector's office at Monett City Hall has finally taken shape.
News in Brief (06/15/16)
The Monett High School Class of 1964 will hold a birthday party celebration at 6 p.m. on June 18 at the Monett City Park Casino. Classmates and those from other years are invited. Activities begin at 7 p.m. The Monett High School Class of 1996 will hold its reunion at 6 p.m. on June 25 at the Monett City Park Casino. For additional information, people may call Jaci Sigrist at 417-393-9192...
Care to Learn offers way to expand help to students (06/14/16)
The Monett school district's and the Care to Learn Foundation have set a scope of service and strategies aimed at filling in health, hunger and hygiene gaps for underprivileged children in the district. Sara Lampe, deputy director with Care to Learn, explained how the not-for-profit organization responds to emergent needs, not ongoing or chronic problems, relating to health, hunger and hygiene. ...
Highway work begins week of June 27 (06/14/16)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be giving some attention to local highways in coming weeks. According to the department, two projects will begin on the week of June 27. The projects will resurface, add shoulders and add rumble strips to the selected areas...
230-pound hog roasted at Pig in the Park fundraiser (06/14/16)
John Eden, left, and Kelly Lakin, right, pulled a pig from the smoker at Pierce City's South Park Sunday for a flavorful fundraising event to benefit the Howdy Neighbor Days festival.
Food fare prime attraction at picnic (06/14/16)
The food remained the prime attraction at the Trinity Lutheran Picnic in Freistatt on Friday.
3 Monettans injured in Jasper County wreck (06/14/16)
Three Monett residents were injured Sunday in a wreck at 3:30 p.m. on Old 66 Boulevard, two miles east of Duenweg, in Jasper County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Rigoberto Agustin, 40, of Monett, was driving a 2012 Honda Civic westbound when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 2007 Dodge Pickup, being driven by Thomas Hart, 25, of Stroud, Okla...
Aurora man injured, arrested after wreck (06/14/16)
An Aurora man was injured and subsequently arrested following a wreck on Friday at 7:35 p.m. on Farm Road 1165, one mile east of Verona. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Donald Mabry, 50, of Aurora, was driving a 2012 Kymco Scooter northbound when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and overturned...

News in brief

New Life Free Will Baptist Church, in Monett, will host revival services with Evangelist Jerry Howell, of Alma, Arlk, starting Sunday, July 10 and continuing through Wednesday, July 13. Service times are 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. each evening Monday through Wednesday.

Monett Lions Club will host its annual 4th of July chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday, July 4, at South Park in Monett. Tickets are $6 inn advance and $7 at the door. The meal includes half a chicken, baked beans, chips and a beverage. Tickets are available from Top Hat Cleaners in Monett or any :ions Club member.

Members of the Pierce City High School Class of 1956 will hold their 60-year reunion from 1 to 6 p.m. on July 2 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett. For additional information, people may call 476-5201.

The Mt. Vernon Red, White and Boom celebration will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. on July 1 at the Spirit of 76 Park. The band Sober as a Judge will perform, concluding with fireworks. A free swim will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the city pool.

The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will host a barbecue and fireworks display on July 3. Serving will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 30625 Hwy. 86. Fireworks will be launched at dusk below the Vikings Club.

Purse Palooza, a purse and accessories sale fundraiser by the Cox Monett Hospital Auxiliary, will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 30 in the hospital main lobby. Proceeds will support the Auxiliary's purchase of new flat screen TVs for all patient rooms and waiting areas. For additional information, people may call 417-354-1404.

Crowder College in Neosho will host a tractor pull at 7 p.m. July 8 and 9 at the Roughrider Arena. Smoked chicken dinners will be available for $6. Relatives and friends are encouraged to attend.

New Site Baptist Church on Farm Road 1060, southwest of Monett, will host its Summer Celebration at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 on the church grounds. Games and food will be available to all attendees, along with live music and a fireworks show. All persons are welcome to attend.

Fireworks vendor Ken Terry will offer a free Independence Day celebration in Purdy on July 3 at Highway C and Old Business 37, with live music and fireworks.

The next Journeys session, an adult weight management program offered through Cox Monett Hospital, will begin on July 12 and run for 20 weeks. Sessions focus on mental, physical and emotional health, taught by trained professionals. To sign up for a one-on-one consult, people may call 417-354-1280.

The last day to register to vote at the Aug. 2, primary election is July 6. Missouri law requires that requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Election Day, July 27, if the ballot is to be mailed. Requests for applications by guardians or relatives within the second degree by consanguinity must be made in person at the county clerk's office. The Courthouse office of the County Clerk will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30. The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the election authority is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

The SilverTeens senior singles group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7 , at The Red Barn Café and Hen House Bakery, 107 W Mount Vernon Blvd, Mt. Vernon. For more information call BJ at 407-393-9212.

The Pierce City Fire Protection District will conduct a regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday July 5, at the Pierce City Rural Fire Station, 2543 Lawrence 2225 in Pierce City. The public is invited to attend.

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