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Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
News
Cox Monett visitor restrictions ongoing (12/26/14)
Cox Monett Hospital is still enforcing major restrictions on visitor access to the hospital in light of the spread of influenza in Greene County. The CoxHealth System announced a cooperative agreement with the Greene County Health Department in response to the spread of influenza...
Health grant efforts find success (12/26/14)
The Monett School District has completed its first year of activity generated by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. A pilot project, the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities project began in Monett as one of 14 school districts in the state selected to attempt to lower the body mass index of fifth-graders by 5 percent over five years...
Progress seen on Monett FEMA projects (12/26/14)
Construction has moved forward rapidly on the two FEMA shelters being built for the Monett School District. The main effort has focused on the safe room at the middle and intermediate schools, where school officials hope to open the new cafeteria inside to serve students after the Christmas break...
Randall named city attorney (12/26/14)
Sticking with familiar faces, the Monett City Council has appointed Jim Randall Sr. as the new city attorney and reappointed Michael D. Garrett to serve as municipal judge for two more years. The position of city attorney became open with the election of Amy Boxx as the new county prosecutor. Boxx, who has served in the city attorney capacity for the past seven years, will be sworn into her new job on Dec. 29...
News in brief (12/26/14)
An open house to celebrate Orville Meyer's 80th birthday will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Freistatt Community Building. Swearing in ceremonies have been scheduled for county officials. Barry County office holders will receive the ceremonial oath at noon on Dec. 29 at the historic Barry County Courthouse. Lawrence County officials will take the oath at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 at the Lawrence County Courthouse...
Barry County Court News (12/26/14)
Tammy K. Beeson, Cassville, $10 for a seat belt violation; $80.50 for failure to maintain financial responsibility. John G. Brown, Aurora, six months unsupervised probation for supplying liquor to a minor. Raymond Brownsberger, Shell Knob, $300 for driving with a revoked license...
Lawrence County Court News (12/26/14)
Licenses issued at the Lawrence County Courthouse James Lee Wilkins, 25, Neosho, to Samantha Grace Hummel, 18, Wentworth, Oct. 18. Lindsey William Beall Jr., 45, Mt. Vernon, to Tracie Lynn Clark, 35, Mt. Vernon, Oct. 18. Josiah Nethinim Vick, 26, Monett, to Destiney Stephan K. Kerr, 26, Monett, Oct. 18...
Technology issues prompt new library strategies (12/24/14)
Technology issues have provided new challenges for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library. Director Gina Milburn reported computer use has dropped, in part, because of a variety of problems with the devices. All of the children's computers in Aurora, for example, have worn out. Purchased through the AWE company, the computers originally cost around $4,000 each...
Monett police unable to help caller (12/24/14)
A confused Springfield resident and a 911 call to the Monett Police created a situation on Monday where officers found themselves unable to provide help. According to Police Lt. Greg Brandsma, police received a 911 call around 8:45 a.m. from a female subject in her 30s who claimed that she had been kidnapped. ...
County has winter energy assistance options (12/24/14)
More area residents may require assistance with their heating bills as the winter months progress with harsher temperatures. The Springfield-based Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which serves 10 southwest Missouri counties that includes Barry County, offers the Winter Heating Energy Assistance Program and the Winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program...
Family, friends honor Judge Head (12/24/14)
Associate Circuit Court Judge Victor Head was recognized by a crowd of more than 100 during his retirement ceremony on Friday.
Thornton community Christmas dinner taking shape (12/24/14)
Preparations are in full swing for the 30th annual Community Christmas Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Monett. Earnie Thornton and fellow organizers, continuing the tradition established by the late Linn Thornton, will host the dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day...
Wreck injures Mt. Vernon man (12/24/14)
A Mt. Vernon man was injured Monday in a wreck on Parkwood Drive, just east of Mt. Vernon, and drivers of both vehicles involved were marked for inattentive driving. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kusai Umran, 57, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2008 Mercedes GL450 northbound on Parkwood Drive while Phillip Trokey, 32, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2011 Dodge Ram eastbound on Quail Run...
Chamber Checks now available for 2015 (12/24/14)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce is continuing its Chamber Checks for another year.
News in brief (12/24/14)
The public is invited to attend a reception honoring retiring Lawrence County Treasurer, Sharon Kleine, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Lawrence County Courthouse in the second floor courtroom. An open house in honor of Charles Donica's 85th birthday will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Monett City Park Casino. All friends are encouraged to attend...
Holiday garb donned at Judicial Center (12/24/14)
Employees at the Barry County Judicial Center donned "ugly sweaters" last week in celebration of Christmas.
JROTC lends a helping hand (12/24/14)
Area businesses, individual families, teachers, high school organizations, and members of the Monett School Board adopted families this Christmas season, donating gifts and other needed items for distribution.
3 vehicles involved in pile-up east of Monett (12/23/14)
A chain reaction, three-vehicle collision in the westbound lane of Highway 60 and Farm Road 1100, east of Monett, resulted in one person being injured. The collision took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when one vehicle, stopped in traffic, was struck in the rear by another, triggering the third collision...
Arkansas man arrested after Hwy. 86 wreck (12/23/14)
A Berryville, Ark., man was arrested Monday, for driving while intoxicated and failing to maintain the right half of the roadway, following a wreck on Highway 86, five miles north of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Daniel Pritchett, 48, of Berryville, Ark., was driving a 1995 Geo Tracker northbound on Highway 86 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a pole...
Monett utility crews pick up pace as year ends (12/23/14)
Crews for the Monett Utilities Department have been very visible in recent weeks in the city working on a wide range of projects. According to Utilities Superintendent Skip Schaller, the most well-traveled team may come from Utility Services, the company contracted to maintain the city's water towers. ...
4th man pleads in Porter homicide (12/23/14)
A fourth person has been convicted in the 2011 homicide of Rusty and Rebecca Porter of Willard. Dusty Hicks, 27, of Walnut Grove, a friend a triggerman Tony Friend, entered a guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and felonious restraint in the death of the Porters in April 2011...
Verona ball field project nears bid (12/23/14)
The Verona School District made progress recently on the ball field project and pending sidewalk construction. The board hired Fred Tate as the civil engineer for the ball field project, at the recommendation of architect Richard Werner. Tate will prepare the specifications for the dirtwork south of the district's early childhood building. ...
Cubpella concert brings seasonal cheer to Senior Center (12/23/14)
Cubpella, the fifth- and sixth-grade choir from Monett Intermediate School, under the direction of Rachel Murad, wrapped up holiday activities Thursday by performing a range of seasonal selections at the Monett Senior Citizens Center.
Cassville woman seriously injured in wreck (12/23/14)
A Cassville woman was seriously injured Saturday morning after a wreck on Highway W, two miles west of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sandra Craig, 44, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 Toyota when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Monett employees honored for years of service (12/23/14)
Monett employees reaching milestones in their history of work for the city received recognition from city leaders.
News in brief (12/23/14)
Swearing in ceremonies have been scheduled for county officials. Barry County office holders will receive the ceremonial oath at noon on Dec. 29 at the historic Barry County Courthouse. Lawrence County officials will take the oath at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 at the Lawrence County Courthouse...
Lawrence County Court News (12/23/14)
_Criminal Cases_ Stephen W. Cartwright, DWI and failure to stop for stop sign, suspended imposition of sentence, probation for two years, perform 40 hours community service, pay $98 arrest cost recoupment and $50 LERF. Weylin Arthur Click, possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, suspended imposition of sentence, probation for two years and pay $100 LERF...
Pierce City school district 
ponders 4-day week (12/20/14)
Pierce City School Board members and administrators are considering moving the district from a five-day instructional week to a four-day week as a cost-cutting measure to address the school's financial situation. "The district spoke loud and clear that they are not interested in increasing revenue through an operating increase at this time, so we must continue to explore avenues for expense control," said Superintendent Russ Moreland. ...
Monett advances dispatching plan (12/20/14)
The city of Monett has approved a letter of intent outlining terms under which the city will take over emergency services dispatching, including 911, for Lawrence County. The agreement responds to a request made by the Lawrence County Commission on Oct. 22...
Head-on collision seriously injures 2 near Mt. Vernon (12/20/14)
Two men suffered serious injuries Thursday in a wreck on County Road 2130, four miles west of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Steven Schatte, 43, of of Monett was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 westbound on County Road 2130 at about 3:40 p.m. when his vehicle allegedly crossed the canter line and struck a 1991 Buick Century, bring driven by Ernest Owens, 67, of Aurora...
Local residents get creative in deterring holiday gift thieves (12/20/14)
T'is the season, and local shoppers have come up with creative ways to deter thieves from stealing packages from their cars and porches. "This time of year, we tend to see people traveling and things getting ripped out of their cars," said Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer with the Monett Police Department. "Thieves will also follow UPS and Fed Ex trucks and take packages off peoples' porches. Make sure you have gifts delivered to a neighbor who is at home during the day."...
Chamber members celebrate holidays at Jingle Mingle (12/20/14)
Monett Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the chamber's community room on Tuesday to enjoy a meal together in the annual Jingle Mingle.
Kiwanians offer Christmas cheer to 3rd-graders (12/20/14)
The Monett Kiwanis Club shared the Christmas spirit with 29 Monett third-graders in a party held at the First United Methodist Church, with additional help provided by the Monett High School Key Club.
News in brief (12/20/14)
Countryside Christian Church will present a Living Nativity from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 20, on the church lawn, located at 1200 N. Eisenhower. Viewing is available by motorists from Eisenhower or Nellie streets. For additional information, people may call 417-489-0068...
MIS Students of the Month (12/20/14)
Monett Intermediate School officials have announced November Cubs of the Month.
December Students of the Month named (12/20/14)
The following students have been selected December's Students of the Month at Monett High School.
Monett Elementary Students of the Week named (12/20/14)
Monett Elementary selected the following responsible students to be named Student of the Week for December 15.
Construction ending at new water treatment plant (12/19/14)
Monett's new $11.3 million water treatment plant has less than 5 percent of the work remaining. As of Dec. 1, exterior work wrapped up with laying the asphalt driveway by Blevins Asphalt and seeding the grounds. "This project went extremely well," said Skip Schaller, Monett utilities superintendent. ...
Gas prices fall below $2 in Monett (12/19/14)
People's wallets may be a little fatter this holiday season, as gas prices in Monett have fallen below $2 per gallon. According to www.gasbuddy.com, four gas stations in Monett are selling gas for $1.99 per gallon. Experts say the nationwide drop in prices, partly because the global price of crude oil dropping and the U.S. and Canada producing more oil, will lead to the cheapest Christmas since 2008...
Freistatt trustees to donate rental fees to FCDC (12/19/14)
In an effort to provide more funds for community projects, the Freistatt Village Board of Trustees has voted to donate rental fees generated through use of the Freistatt Community Building to the not-for-profit Freistatt Community Development Corporation (FCDC), beginning in 2015...
St. Mary's students perform 'Christmas Story' (12/19/14)
Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City performed "T'was the Night Before Christmas" during the annual performance of the "Christmas Story" Friday evening. Melonie Roberts reporter@monett-times.com
Plans made for Monett Community Garden on E. Cleveland (12/19/14)
A new community garden in Monett, accessible for the entire community, will be established at the Monett Community Church, 2101 E. Cleveland. The garden is an undertaking of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Project, funded by Missouri Foundation for Health...
Native receives warm reception (12/19/14)
Former Monett Times intern Stephanie David Goad received a warm reception at Mocha Jo's on Saturday for her first children's book, "The Day the Elephant Sat On Our Car." A 1987 Monett High School graduate, Goad work for three years for the Joplin Globe full-time and eight years as a freelancer. ...
Historical Society celebrates railroad past (12/19/14)
As part of its Christmas celebration, the Monett Historical Society again offered hot chocolate for visitors at the Monett Museum on Saturday. Mary Jo Sweeney, right, dressed as one of the Harvey Girls, wearing the black-and-white uniform of the women who worked at the Harvey House restaurant chain along the Frisco railroad line. Monett had a Harvey House from 1896 to 1913. Accepting the warm beverage was Brooke McGlothlin, with her mother, Tina. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com...
Church offers living nativity (12/19/14)
Countryside Christian Church will present a Living Nativity from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday on the church lawn, located at 1200 N. Eisenhower. The display will face east on the church lawn and can be viewed by motorists on Eisenhower or Nellie Street. Pictured in the roles of the Holy Family and the Wise Men visiting the manager are Ashley and Chelsea Henderson, Cheyenne Click, Nick Leech and Damon Branum. Contributed photo...
2/3 of items returned in 25-case theft ring (12/17/14)
About two-thirds of the items stolen in a three-county theft ring have been returned to the original owners, according to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. The items allegedly stolen by Jason Kramer, 24, James Kramer, 61, and Amanda Shelby, 27, all of Verona, totaled about $40,000 in value and spanned about 25 theft cases in Barry, Lawrence and Newton counties...
Races begin for April 7 election (12/17/14)
Filings opened yesterday for municipal and school board elections for the April 7 ballot. Candidates can file at city halls or school superintendents' offices in each district until 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2015. School board seats are open for three-year terms. City council elections last for two years. Appointees during the past year have to stand for election at the next public vote...
Pierce City welcomes Santa Claus at annual Christmas parade (12/17/14)
Although Tucker Hagebusch did not seem thrilled with the noise and crowds during the annual Christmas Parade in Pierce City, his outfit and colorfully costumed-mount earned him the honor of Santa's Choice in the equine division. People's Choice winner was Mika Wilken, and Mayor's Choice winner was Ronnie Myers. More photos appear on Page 8A. Melonie Roberts reorter@monett-times.com...
City of Purdy's annual audit shows reserves grow (12/17/14)
The annual audit for the audit for the City of Purdy showed a dramatic shift in city spending practices over the past year. Reserves grew and maintenance projects shrank compared to the previous year. Dawnata Hopkins, auditor for The CPA Group in Monett, reported the city received an unmodified opinion, the positive report city leaders want...
Purdy Schools update improvement plans, set higher goals (12/17/14)
Since the beginning of the school year, administrators and faculty at the Purdy School District have redoubled their efforts developing school improvement strategies. With the introduction of iPads for grades three and up, plus more technology devices added at lower grades, teaching this year has taken on a different look from the past...
City of Monett to appoint new city attorney (12/17/14)
The Monett City Council will consider key appointments during the December monthly meeting of the Monett City Council, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Council members will consider appointing a city attorney for 2015 and municipal court judge. The current city prosecutor, Amy Boxx, steps down this month to begin her duties as the newly elected prosecutor for Barry County. The judge position, held by Michael Garrett, is renewed annually...
Dollar General expects early February grand opening (12/17/14)
Dollar General plans to open a new store just south of Wheaton on Highway 86 in early February, according to a company spokeswoman. "We look for places where we offer customers an easy and convenient place to shop, where they can get cleaning products and non-perishable food items at a really low price every day," said Mary Kathryn Patterson, communications coordinator for Dollar General. ...
Wheaton spreads Christmas cheer at parade (12/17/14)
The Purdy High School marching band plays in the Wheaton Christmas Parade Saturday. Jason Johnston The Monett Times
News in Brief (12/17/14)
Cox Monett Hospital is accepting registration for a new session of its Journeys weight loss program, beginning Jan. 20. The 20-week session for adults focuses on mental, physical and emotional health, behavior strategies and fitness with the help of trained professionals. For information, people may call 354-1280...
Concealed carry law changes (12/16/14)
A new ordinance changing city restrictions on concealed and carry firearms permits will chance how those with permits may carry weapons. According to Police Chief Tim Schweder, the new ordinance brings the city in line with revised state law. "If you have a concealed and carry weapons permit, you can carry the weapon openly," he said. "We cannot restrict it."...
Alternative Gift Fair raises nearly $4,000 (12/16/14)
The second annual Alternative Gift Fair, held on Dec. 6 at the Monett Area YMCA, has been declared a success by organizers. Just under $4,000 in donations were made to 21 not-for-profit organizations, either as direct gifts or as gifts given in other people's names...
Crosslines seeking larger building (12/16/14)
Crosslines is busting at the seams, leading the board to begin the search for a larger facility. "We need a bigger building," said MaLinda King, director of the charitable organization, located at 510 E. Cleveland in Monett. "We need more room." The current facility is slightly under 10,000 square feet, but the floor plan is not conducive to customer flow...
Spectacle, pageantry reigns at parade (12/16/14)
Winners have been announced in the judging from the Monett Christmas parade, held on Saturday in downtown Monett. Bands: Pierce City Eagle Pride, first; Purdy Marching Band, second. Floats: Countryside Christian Church, first; Scott Tech childcare class, second; Tim Gripka and family, third...
Tipton man injured in I-44 wreck (12/16/14)
A Tipton man suffered minor injuries in a wreck Sunday morning on I-44, two miles west of Mt. Vernon. Brian Schmidt, 42, of Tipton, was driving a 2012 Toyota Corolla eastbound on I-44 at about 11:20 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the right side of thew roadway and overturned...
Scott Tech hosts Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest (12/16/14)
Faculty and staff at the Scott Regional Technolgy Center in Monett participated in the inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest on Friday. Pictured, from left, are: Laurie Woolfolk, Toni Williams, Beth Garrett, Betsy Anderson and Pam Wormington. A panel of judges, who will remain anonymous, determined the winner based on sheer outrageousness, functionality and the ability for the sweater to be worn at any other time. ...
Norman to appear for 
pretrial in district court (12/13/14)
A Cassville man facing three federal counts appeared for pretrial Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, was indicted in November on federal charges of using a minor to produce child pornography, a class B felony, and two counts of using the Internet and a cell phone to induce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, 
class A felonies...
School, city officials assess snow removal (12/13/14)
The City of Purdy has no snow removal plan. School Superintendent Steven Chancellor asked city council members to consider developing some formal strategy around which the school district could plan. "We had a couple days that were dicey in town last year," Chancellor said. "We'd like to know how the decision is made [to plow streets] so we can plan accordingly."...
Monett fugitive captured, now faces 8 felony charges (12/13/14)
A Monett man on the run since March has been apprehended in Saginaw, Mich., and transported to the Barry County jail. Lawrence Konsdorf, 54, of Monett, is facing three counts of first-degree child molestation, class B felonies, three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, unclassified felonies, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child-sexual conduct, a class C felony, and incest, a class D felony...
Monett choirs sing for Miss Merrie Christmas (12/13/14)
The Monett High School Women's Choir, under the direction of Courtney Wright, left, performed the spiritual "Children Go Where I Send Thee" at the Miss Merrie Christmas assembly on Wednesday.
EFCO honors 11 employees for earning citizenship (12/13/14)
Eleven employee partners at EFCO Corporation in Monett, and two of their children, received recognition in a ceremony on Wednesday at EFCO's headquarters for completing the requirements for U.S. citizenship. Each received a plaque and refreshments for the occasion...
Monett Jazz Band makes joyful noise for the holidays (12/13/14)
The Monett High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Philip Soule, right, performed arrangements of seasonal selections during Monett High School's Miss Merrie Christmas assembly on Wednesday.
Crosslines lends a helping hand in holiday season (12/13/14)
It was a very Merry Christmas for some area residents in need this holiday season.
Orchestra to play Christmas concert Sunday (12/13/14)
Final rehearsals were underway this week for the Ozark Festival Orchestra's Christmas concert, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1600 N. Central.
News in brief (12/13/14)
Red Cross blood drives will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Monett Community Church, 2102 E. Cleveland in Monett. Cox Monett Hospital is accepting registration for a new session of its Journeys weight loss program, beginning Jan. 20. The 20-week session for adults focuses on mental, physical and emotional health, behavior strategies and fitness with the help of trained professionals. For information, people 
may call 354-1280...
Five generations recognized at Young reunion (12/13/14)
Five generations of the Young family recently gathered at the home of Robert and Rosalee Morton in Carl Junction.
Open house to honor Meyer (12/13/14)
An Open House is planned from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Freistatt Community Building in honor of Orville Meyer's 80th birthday.
Teacher of the Month named (12/13/14)
Elizabeth Nation has been named as Teacher of the Month for November.
Crowder debate team competes at Webster University (12/13/14)
Members of the Crowder College Debate program recently competed in the St. Louis Study Break Debate Tournament, held on the campus of Webster University. Parliamentary Debate was the only event at the competition with Crowder walking away with the two top awards...
Monett's Jastal receives Residence Life Leadership Award (12/13/14)
Jesse Jastal, of Monett, has received the Residence Life Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jastal is the daughter of Jay and Sandy Jastal, of Monett, and will be 2015 graduate Monett High School...
Kreuger awarded Leadership Scholarship (12/13/14)
Allie Krueger, of Monett, has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College. The scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students based on their college entrance examination scores. Krueger is a senior at Monett High School. She is the daughter of Kirby and Christy Krueger of Monett...
Purdy Elementary students recognized for responsibility (12/13/14)
Purdy Elementary School students have been recognized for character education in November.
Fairview man pleads guilty (12/12/14)
A Fairview man who was on the Barry County most wanted list pleaded guilty recently to a trio of charges stemming from an October arrest. Joseph Trolinger, 34, of Fairview, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony...
Pierce City facing major costs for sidewalk improvements (12/12/14)
The city of Pierce City is facing major expenditures of funds to bring some of its sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation. Dan Salisbury, assistant district engineer with MoDOT, spoke to city leaders concerning the compliance issues required by that organization...
Pierce City School Board discusses leasing house (12/12/14)
Officials on the Pierce City School Board have approved the option of renting or leasing a house on property the school owns in lieu of immediate demolition. The house and property, located at 400 N. Myrtle, was purchased by the school district for future improvements. The board has not decided which direction to go with the property and Superintendent Russ Moreland proposed renting the house after making some minor improvements...
Monett crowns Miss Merrie Christmas (12/12/14)
Bringing in the Christmas spirit, Monett High School celebrated with the traditional holiday assembly on Wednesday. Miss Merrie Christmas Brooke Madison and her court, Hailey Pappas and Jennifer Rueda, presided over the festivities. For the first time, the assembly was held facing the west bleachers, which provides more seating room on the mezzanine for the larger student body...
Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers offers reward for capture (12/12/14)
The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the apprehension and arrest of Devin Rust, 20, of Monett. Rust is described as having red hair and blue eyes, standing 6-feet, 1-inch and weighing 265 pounds...
2nd-graders extoll sounds of the season (12/12/14)
Second-graders at Monett Elementary School gave two singing performances of "Christmas at the OK Corrall" on Tuesday in the school gym. The program had two presentations to enable families of the students to split up and all have seating for the show. Singing in the 7 p.m. performance, front row from left, are: Isabela Hernandez, Tierney Garrison and Sarah Negre. Back row: Caiden Doty, Michael Pruitt and Elly Rodriguez...
Festival of Lights drawing steady traffic (12/12/14)
Cars headed past the elf loading a stocking toward the end of the Festival of Lights at Monett's South Park. The Monett Chamber of Commerce reports traffic is up for the nightly displays, which remain open through Dec. 31. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com...
News in Brief (12/12/14)
The Monett Christmas parade will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow going west on Broadway. Santa Claus will meet with children at the grandstand at Fourth and Broadway after the parade. The Kings Prairie Special Road District commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett...
Cairus being moved in Fulton to autism-focused building (12/10/14)
An 18-year-old autistic man undergoing competency restoration at the Department of Mental Health in Fulton is being moved to Guhleman Forensic Center, another building at the facility that specializes in autism. Tyler Cairus, 18, of Monett, is being held at the facility to complete competency restoration, which may determine if he is fit to stand trial on charges of attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape...
Monett Christmas parade slated for Saturday (12/10/14)
The annual Monett Christmas parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 in downtown Monett. Billed by Jeff Meredith, executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, as the biggest Christmas parade in Barry and Lawrence counties, Monett's annual procession will have the theme "Flying into the Future."...
Small Business Bingo underway in Monett (12/10/14)
A new promotion this holiday season, Small Business Bingo, is underway in Monett.
MHS grad to appear for book signing (12/10/14)
Author Stephanie Davis Goad will appear at Mocha Jo's, 404 E. Broadway, on Saturday to sign copies of her first children's book, "The Baby Elephant Sat On Our Car." Goad, a 1987 Monett High School graduate, served as an intern at The Monett Times before working at the Joplin Globe. Goad now serves as executive director of the international program at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla...
Cantata offered at First Presbyterian Church (12/10/14)
The Christmas cantata "The First Noel" will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 700 Sycamore in Monett. "We hope that many Monett residents will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a special musical presentation celebrating the birth of the Christ child," said Rev. Bill Vincent, pastor. "The cantata includes both traditional and contemporary Christmas music and will remind audience members of the true meaning of this holy season."...
Purdy park offers festive lighting display for holidays (12/10/14)
New blue lights added to the Project Genesis park in Purdy, east of city hall, have made a festive holiday display around the veterans memorial under the flags.
News in brief (12/10/14)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will present its Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Monett. The Pierce City Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Military personnel, past and active, will serve as honorary grand marshals. The line-up will begin at 12:45 p.m. at Central Elementary School. Santa will meet children at the Highway 97 park, north of Locust Street, following the parade, where children will receive goodies...
Barry County Court News (12/10/14)
Joshua D. Bush, Cassville, $55.50 for speeding. Jorge Mario Castillo, Cassville, $30.50 for failing to drive on the right half of roadway. Juan Cavazos III, Aurora, $30.50 for failure to register a motor vehicle. Tomas Ryan Cummins, Monett, six months probation for no valid driver's license...
Monett High School sees gains in modular scheduling program (12/09/14)
After four months of modular scheduling at Monett High School, principal David Steward admits there have been speed bumps putting in a new system that presented fundamental changes to the teaching process. "I still contend that the implementation has gone better than we ever could have imagined," Steward said. "We had a good -- but not a great -- plan to make it work."...
Monett approves golf cart deal (12/09/14)
The Windmill Ridge municipal golf course in Monett will receive 24 new fuel-injected golf carts on a lease deal with the Masek Golf Car Company, based in the Kansas City area. City Administrator Dennis Pyle recommended the four-year lease after reviewing the contract with Golf Superintendent Justin Beck and Commissioner Mike Brownsberger, who oversees the golf course. ...
LCDD tax board sets annual levy (12/09/14)
Members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled unanimously approved leaving the annual tax levy at .0897, the same as the previous tax cycle, which will generate approximately $384,000 for the organization in 2015. Funds will be used to support a variety of programs for Lawrence County clients receiving services through LCDD...
Jolly Mill celebrates yuletide with Christmas Open House (12/09/14)
Kiwi, Karsyn, Dexter, Kaden and Cocoa Rogers visited with Santa at the annual Jolly Mill Christmas open house held Saturday. While the rest of the children had no issues with whispering their Christmas wishes in Santa's ear, Dexter was having none of it, and not even a candy cane could assuage his ire at being held by the Jolly Old Elf. Melonie Roberts reporter@monett-times.com...
3 children injured in Highway F wreck (12/09/14)
Three Purdy children were injured in a wreck Saturday on Highway F, two miles west of Highway 112. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Elizabeth Mitchell, 30, of Purdy, was driving a 1998 Ford Expedition westbound on Highway F at about 10:37 p.m. when her vehicle stalled, causing it to slide off the right side of the roadway and overturn...
Alternative Gift Fair offers shopping options (12/09/14)
The second annual Alternative Gift Fair in Monett assembled 22 not-for-profit organizations at the Monett Area YMCA on Saturday. Those attending had the opportunity to give a gift that would keep giving, either for themselves or as a gift for someone else. ...
Community Christmas Vespers perform Sunday (12/09/14)
A choir representing 12 Monett churches presented a Community Christmas Vespers program at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Monett on Sunday evening. Pastor Richard Virnig, right, offered a greeting and invited the ecumenical audience to stay for refreshments. The program was directed by John Archer, who prepared the choir. Contributed photo...
News in Brief (12/09/14)
Monett Senior Citizen Center, 405 Dairy St., will host the Pierce City High School Choir for a performance at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. Tim Siebert, executive director of the Children's Miracle Network, will present a program at noon today, Dec. 9, for the Monett Kiwanis Club at Happy House restaurant in Monett. The Eliminate project will be discussed...

News in brief

An open house to celebrate Orville Meyer's 80th birthday will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Freistatt Community Building.

Swearing in ceremonies have been scheduled for county officials. Barry County office holders will receive the ceremonial oath at noon on Dec. 29 at the historic Barry County Courthouse. Lawrence County officials will take the oath at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Roaring River State Park will host a First Day Hike at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015 at Eagle's Nest, at the end of Campground No. 3, off Highway F, before the bridge, and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1 at Springhouse Trail, by the Emory Melton Conference Center.

The First Baptist Church in Monett will have no evening services on Sunday, Dec. 28.

SingleMomzRock will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Lifebridge Assembly, 730 Hastings St. in Mt. Vernon.

The DivorceCare divorce recovery support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the First Baptist Church, 602 West St. in Cassville.

The Monett License Office, 200 E. Broadway, is open today but will be closed on Jan. 1.

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a dance at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37. The band Three Hits and a Miss will perform. Admission is $6. For additional information, people may call 417-662-3612.

Branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library and county offices in bothtBarry and Lawrence counties will be closed today and on Jan. 1.

The Cassville Chamber of Commerce gave awards for Christmas lighting displays. the home of Angie Luney took first place in the residential division and Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation won first in the commercial division.

Jim McCann, a cattleman from Miller and president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, received the Missouri Agriculture Beef Cattle Legacy Award at the 45th Missouri governor's Conference on Agricutlure.

Crowder College in Neosho and its affiliate campuses will be closed for the holidays, reopening on Jan. 5.

The Crowder Quill art and literary magazine is accepting contest submissions for the 35th anniversary edition. High school and Crowder students as well as community members are elgiible to submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography and artwork. Information is available by calling 417-455-5410 or going online to www.CrowderQuill.com.

Cox Monett Hospital is accepting registration for a new session of its Journeys weight loss program, beginning Jan. 20. The 20-week session for adults focuses on mental, physical and emotional health, behavior strategies and fitness with the help of trained professionals. For information, people may call 354-1280.

The Missouri Department of Revenue is reminding potential candidates for any elected office in Missouri they are required to file a Candidate's Affidavit of Tax Payments and Bonding Requirements (Form 5120) with the department. The requirement was extended to school board, municipal, and other local elections by House Bill 1136, which was passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year. By filing the affidavit, a candidate is stating he or she is not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, or real property taxes on his or her place of residence, and that he or she is not a past or present corporate officer of any motor vehicle and driver license office that owes any taxes to the state.

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