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Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
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BREAKING: Republican nominee Cupps suspends Barry County southern commissioner campaign (09/27/16)
The Republican nominee for Barry County Southern Commissioner is suspending his campaign, he told The Monett Times in an email early Tuesday morning. Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, said he is withdrawing to become part of a startup company designing and testing small-field irrigation systems. Cupps was challenging incumbent Commissioner Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville...
Brownsberger's to close (09/26/16)
Brownsberger's clothing store in Monett has announced plans to close, ending a 46-year tradition downtown. Owner Mike Brownsberger announced plans for a "retirement/store closing" sale, running Thursday through Oct. 5. The store is located at 313 E. Broadway...
Purdy woman's car catches fire after wreck (09/26/16)
A Purdy woman was injured Saturday in a wreck at 3:10 p.m. on Highway W, one mile east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, April Witcher, 44, of Purdy, was driving a 2005 Mercury Sable westbound when here vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a highway sign and culvert, then caught fire...
2 injured in motorcycle wreck (09/26/16)
Two people were injured on Saturday in a motorcycle-on-motorcycle collision at 11:20 a.m. on Highway 248 in Jenkins. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Brent Boudle, 50, of Ozark, was driving a 2008 Yamaha Road Star westbound and was stopped in traffic when his bike was struck from behind by a skidding 2003 Harley Davidson, being driven by Stedan Pitt, 52, of Lebanon...
Monett police find bomb, stolen property in vehicle (09/25/16)
The Monett Police Department is searching for a 27-year-old man wanted for questioning after a vehicle found Sunday morning contained a bomb and possible stolen property. According to George Daoud, Monett police chief, at about 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, an alert Monett Police Officer saw a subject running away from a vehicle at S&G Storage Units, located at 1709 North Central...
Exeter man arrested after wreck near Wheaton (09/24/16)
An Exeter man was arrested following a wreck on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. on Farm Road 2140, 1.5 miles south of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jimmy Jones, 36, of Exeter, was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer westbound when his vehicle skidded, ran off the roadway, struck a fence, overturned and ejected the driver...
Arkansas woman injured in Washburn wreck (09/24/16)
A Bella Vista, Ark., woman was injured Friday in a wreck at 10 a.m. on Highway 90, four miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Janelle Jones, 43, of Bella Vista, Ark., was driving a 2006 Yamaha V Star motorcycle eastbound when her bike went off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
State House race heats up (09/24/16)
In the race for the 157th District Missouri House seat in Lawrence County, challenger Stephanie Davis, I-Mt. Vernon, has set her areas of concern where she feels she can make a difference, while incumbent Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, has cited his accomplishments in his bid for reelection...
Verona cheer program saved (09/24/16)
Cheerleading will continue at Verona High School following the hiring of Erica Lechner as the new coach in September. Superintendent Tony Simmons reported that after months of no applicants and the real danger of having to discontinue the three-year-old program, Lechner, who assisted in the first year of cheerleading as a parent volunteer, applied for the position...
Pre-schoolers learn electricity safety (09/24/16)
As part of ongoing public education, a team from Ozark Electric made a presentation on electricity to children in Lanetta Gripka's pre-school class at St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City on Friday.
Potential growers flock to local vineyard for tips to success (09/24/16)
It has been a better year for grape production at the University of Missouri's viticulture vineyard near Mt. Vernon, and during Field Day at the Southwest Research Center, Dean Volenberg fielded more questions about starting a vineyard from visitors...
Monett High School: 'Where dreams come true' (09/24/16)
Monett High School will celebrate its football homecoming next week, building up to a gridiron contest against McDonald County. "Disney" is the theme for week-long celebration. Monday will be Monday U, a tip of the hat to "Monster University," when students will dress in college gear. On Tuesday, "Huey, Dewey and Louie Day," students will be encouraged to dress as triplets...
News in brief (09/24/16)
Travis Spratt, entertainer from the Pierce Arrow Theatre in Branson, will lead the workship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church in Monett. The Newtonia Fall Festival has been scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Craft booths, games, live music and tours of the Ritchey Mansion begin at 8 a.m. A smoked chicken dinner will be served, beginning at 11 a.m. Festival royalty will be crowned at 12:30 a.m. The parade is at 2 p.m...
Pair pictured at Monett football game cleared in attempted kidnapping case (09/23/16)
Two people pictured at a Monett Middle School football game Thursday and originally considered suspects in an attempted kidnapping in Republic have been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to Republic police. In a statement, the department said it received dozens of tips from the public concerning the identity of the man and woman in the photograph, and the tips allowed officers to make contact with and interview one of the persons in the picture...
AT&T to pay Monett $450,000 in settlement (09/23/16)
The City of Monett has reached a settlement with AT&T over underpayment of franchise tax revenue. Under the agreement, approved by both the Monett City Council and AT&T, the city will receive $450,000. The settlement covers underpayment, interest, penalties and legal fees through June 30, 2016. ...
Competitions bring smiles at annual Field Day (09/23/16)
The annual Field Day, in its third year, features foot races, the long jump, bean bag toss events, a tennis ball throw and the parachute.
City of Verona abandons de-annexation effort (09/23/16)
Verona aldermen have abandoned an attempt to de-annex the two-tenths of a mile piece of Farm Road 1140, known as Trout Farm Road, without reaching a conclusion on how to repair the chronically-deteriorating pavement. Alderman George Strawn asked if there was a way to free the city from the obligation of rebuilding the less-than-a-quarter-mile stretch of Farm Road 1140 that runs under the Highway 60 bridge. ...
One hurt in pickup collision in Purdy (09/23/16)
A two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway C and Highway 37 in Purdy on Wednesday resulted in significant injuries to one of the drivers. At 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, firefighters and Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District crews were dispatched to a collision between a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, driven by Brittany Berry, 27, of Wheaton, and a 2000 Dodge Dakota Sport pickup, driven by Renee Evans, 72, of Golden...
Microbes changing plant 
science (09/23/16)
Experts have begun taking a different view of crops and their relationship with adjacent plants and bacteria, according to agronomists speaking at the University of Missouri's Southwest Center near Mt. Vernon. Ray Archuleta, conservation agronomist, and Drexel Atkisson, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, proposed that conventional thinking on crop production may have been too simplistic. ...
Shoppers gather for Shoe Sensation grand opening (09/23/16)
Enthusiastic shoppers gathered Thursday morning for the official grand opening of the Shoe Sensation store at the new Monett Marketplace strip mall on Highway 60.
News in brief (09/23/16)
The Monett Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will host its annual Family Fun Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the MES campus. Attractions will include carnival games, free inflatables, a dunk tank, magic show and silent auction. Tickets for activities will be 50 cents each or $10 for an unlimited armband. Proceeds will support school activities and extra services...
Ruark anti-substations; Davis wary of cost (09/21/16)
Barry County's two candidates for sheriff are split on the idea of substations, with one entirely against them and the other seeing a need but worried about the cost. Barry County Deputy Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, said he does not like the idea of substations and sees the endeavor as a waste of time and money...
New gun law concerns sheriffs (09/21/16)
The law enforcement community has expressed mixed feelings about the Missouri General Assembly's veto override of the bill removing permit requirements for those carrying concealed weapons. "This entire bill is a mess," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "It basically does absolutely nothing but add confusion to an already confusing law."...
St. Lawrence offers creative play time in after-school program (09/21/16)
For the second year, St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett is offering an after-school program.
County clerks apathetic about new voter ID law (09/21/16)
Ramifications from the Missouri General Assembly's override of voter identification law will not create any immediate change in voting practices locally, according to Barry and Lawrence County clerks. Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson said the voter ID override represented the nuts and bolts of what still goes before voters on Nov. 6 in the form of Amendment 6 to the Missouri Constitution. There will be no impact on the general election this year...
Progress made on Purdy sewer project (09/21/16)
Progress in funding and design has been reported on the Purdy sewer project. Ten months after voters passed a $4.6 million revenue bond issue to pay for running a sewer pipeline from Purdy to Monett, Mayor Steve Roden reported Chris Erisman, engineer for Allgeier, Martin and Associates, had begun design work on the pipeline. ...
39th Circuit Angels making a difference for foster children (09/21/16)
Most foster parents have an altruistic desire to help children in crisis find security. They do so by providing a safe home environment, along with the love and support to assist a child in adjusting to a new set of life circumstances and thrive in the face of adversity. While most foster parents have big hearts, many of the costs associated with taking in a foster child or foster children is a huge strain on the wallet...
Late State Mondays continuing at Purdy schools (09/21/16)
Despite some concerns by patrons, Purdy School Superintendent Steven Chancellor defended continuing Late Start Mondays as a professional development time block into the new year. "There is much value in running buses late on Mondays," said Chancellor to school board members. "We have no meals to serve with no one here. Student supervision is the number one issue."...
News in brief (09/21/16)
The Monett Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will host its annual Family Fun Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the MES campus. Attractions will include carnival games, free inflatables, a dunk tank, magic show and silent auction. Tickets for activities will be 50 cents each or $10 for an unlimited armband. Proceeds will support school activities and extra services...
Man charged in Mt. Vernon homicide (09/20/16)
Charges have been filed against a man suspected of killing Timothy Goodman, whose body was found Thursday in a vehicle in the Spirit of 76 Park in Mt. Vernon. According to Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lawrence County Prosecutor Don Trotter has charged Michael Jones, 48, of Mt. Vernon, with second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse...
2 children airlifted after car-pedestrian crash (09/20/16)
A motor vehicle accident in Monett on Monday involving a teenage driver resulted in injuries to two child pedestrians. According to the Monett Police Department, shortly after 7:30 a.m., Tiffany Hull, 16, drove a 2003 Mitsubishi passenger car east from Ninth Street onto Sycamore. At the same time, two girls, ages 10 and 13, crossed the roadway going south. The car subsequently collided with the pedestrians...
Berean festival draws summer evening crowd (09/20/16)
Good food was available for those attending the Berean Christian Academy's Country Fair.
Rural Monettans take top prizes in state fair contests (09/20/16)
Contests at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia proved quite successful for local hay producers, as Glenn Obermann and Charles Krueger, rural Monett neighbors, took home high honors. Obermann, winner of last year's hay contest, returned to Class 3 for the hay contest for the third and fourth cutting of alfalfa and won the grand championship for grasses. The win represented a comeback of sorts for Obermann, for his early cutting did not even place at the Ozark Empire Fair...
News in brief (09/20/16)
The grand opening of the Shoe Sensation store in the new Monett Marketplace shopping center between Lowe's and Community National Bank will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 22. The SilverTeens seniors singles group will meet for supper at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Bootleggers Restaurant and Brewery, 101 S. Madison Ave...
3 injured in Hwy. 39 wreck (09/19/16)
Three people were injured in a wreck on Friday at 10:20 a.m. on Highway 39, one mile north of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Donald Jones, 68, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 1996 Ford F150, which was stopped in the southbound lane, not at a traffic light. His vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2011 Kia Rio, being driven by Cheryle Mayberry, 69, of El Dorado Springs...
Greenfield woman injured in wreck (09/19/16)
A Greenfield woman was injured in a wreck on Saturday at 2:40 p.m. on Farm Road 2010, four miles northeast of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, August Ellsworth, 26, of Greenfield, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Argyris crowned Pierce City queen (09/17/16)
Pierce City senior Hannah Argyris acknowledges flower girl Maci Caddell, 5, after being announced as homecoming queen in the high school cafeteria Friday night.
Freistatt parking issue at impasse (09/17/16)
Parking on sidewalks in Freistatt prompted discussion by village trustees, who preferred to find compliance rather than impose an edict for action. Trustee Brenna Schroeder raised the question over property owner who parks his box trailer on the sidewalk paralleling Highway H. Schroeder said the owner lets the trailer sit for months without moving it, and she had no intentions of walking her daughters in the state highway because of the owner's actions...
Pollinators promoted at Field Day presentations (09/17/16)
Field Day at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center showed a greater interest in promoting pollinators from two presentations offered this year. Beekeepers offered tips on promoting and caring for hives. John Schmidt, with the Southern Missouri Beekeepers of Monett, reported many people visiting the beekeepers asked about the health of hives. ...
Energy savings focus of technology talk at Field Day (09/17/16)
How to make farms more energy efficient provided the technology focus at this year's Field Day at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. Dan Downing, agricultural engineer with the University of Missouri Extension, showed off the portable solar panel that will produce 45 watts of electricity, ideal to power a solar greenhouse. ...
Grandparents Day breakfast spreads smiles in Verona (09/17/16)
Breakfast was held to honor Grandparents Day on Friday at the Verona R-7 School District.
Grandparents Day draws crowd in Purdy (09/17/16)
2016 Grandparents' Day Celebration at the Purdy schools, held on Sept. 9, drew approximately 170 grandparents.
News in brief (09/17/16)
The Monett Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Scott Regional Technology Center. Reports will be given on the new location, capitol campaign and other projects. Gene and Mary Evelyn Spivy will speak on their experiences working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Monett. All interested persons are welcome. For additional information, people may call Doug Hobson at 235-5908...
Pierce City moves Homecoming crowning indoors (09/16/16)
The Pierce City High School football Homecoming coronation has been moved to inside the high school cafeteria, due to possible rain. The crowning will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Miller man dies in wreck (09/16/16)
A Miller man died Thursday following a wreck at 9:50 p.m. on Highway DD, four miles east of Miller. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Kirk Rose, 26, of Miller, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet 1500 eastbound when his vehicle skidded off the roadway and struck a utility pole...
Traffic stop leads to drug trafficking arrest (09/16/16)
Monett police arrested two people on Tuesday for drug trafficking in cases that interconnected and where active warrants applied. According to Monett Police Chief George Daoud, officers conducted a traffic stop that ended at 908 Third St., where a Monett Officer arrested James Calvin Harkins Jr., 59, of Monett, at around 12:35 p.m. The officer stopped Harkins for speeding, improper lane use and failure to stop at a stop sign...
Pierce City approves projects (09/16/16)
Construction will begin this fall on the Pierce City wastewater treatment plant upgrades after aldermen accepted the bid from McClanahan Construction, of Rogersville, in the amount of $763,106. Andy Novinger, a professional engineer with Anderson Engineering in Springfield, presented his recommendation for the winning bid in a special meeting last week...
Cubs receive cheer boost from grocery store display (09/16/16)
To kick off the Monett High School Cubs football season, Roger Umfleet, director of the Ramey Supermarket in Monett, set up a display for the home team.
Pioneer families to hold annual reunion Sunday (09/16/16)
The 82nd annual reunion of the 12 pioneer families who first moved to Lawrence County in the 1830s and 1840s will be held on Sunday at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation center, located at 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. The families include the Bouchers, the Spillmans, the Pruitts and the Brites, who came to southwest Missouri from Allen County, Kent. ...
Pierce City school district sets tax levies for new year (09/16/16)
Patrons of the Pierce City school district will pay a total of $3.54 per $100 of assessed valuation on real and personal property. Members of the school board approved leaving the incidental and debt service levies the same as last year, at $2.75 and 79-cents, respectively...
Monett crowds drawn for Kiwanis-sponsored circus (09/16/16)
Local audiences packed the Big Top at Monett's South Park for two shows of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus.
News in brief (09/16/16)
The 11th annual Shakin' in the Shell Festival and the 27th annual Classic and Custom Car Show will be held Sept 16 and 17 in Shell Knob, at the Chamber Park on Needles Eye Road. The band Earl and Them plays at 7 p.m. on Friday. The VFW will hold a breakfast Saturday 7 to 10 a.m. at the hall on Highway 39. Switch-It Up plays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Crazy Mule plays from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, people may call 417-858-3300...
2 injured in Farm Road 2210 wreck (09/15/16)
Two people were injured in a wreck on Thursday at 8:12 a.m. on Farm Road 2210, 2.5 miles west of Verona. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Johnny Turnbull, 42, of Marionville, was driving a 2013 Ford Fiesta southbound when his vehicle failed to yield and struck a westbound 2010 Chevrolt Cobalt, being driven by Maria Jee La Luz Jaime, 46, of Verona...
Sheriff nominees plan futures in office (09/14/16)
The two candidates for Barry County sheriff each have different plans regarding their futures if elected to the positions, with one likely capping his service at three terms and the other hoping to retire from the post. Gary Davis, R-Cassville, a former FBI agent, said at 68 years old, his future as sheriff, if elected in November, will largely depend on how he feels his job performance is going by 2020...
Race develops for local House seat (09/14/16)
With the introduction of an independent in the 157th District for state representative, Republican incumbent Mike Moon again finds himself facing a challenge in his bid for a second full term in office. Moon, a farmer and businessman from Ash Grove, has been one of the most outspoken of local legislators on philosophical grounds...
Youth get in on pulling action in Freistatt (09/14/16)
Lawrence Welters, 5, of Verona, puts his might into pedaling his tractor forward while participating in the Freistatt Tractor Pull on Saturday.
Verona school district explores incident follow-up (09/14/16)
For the third year, the Verona school district held a safety drill to enhance strategies for responding to emergency situations. This year, the effort focused on what to do after a major incident, while last year, staff tested the new alarm system to alert students and faculty to an emergency. Staff from American Mobile Training Solutions returned, but this year, the focus was on what to do after the emergency. Cpt. Tim Jones, with the Verona Police Department, led the exercise...
Sales tax totals show 8 percent gain in August (09/14/16)
After a 24 percent drop in sales tax revenues to bi-county cities and counties in July, revenues in August jumped up by 8 percent, though the increases appeared limited to only a few recipients, like Monett. Monett's two sales taxes, totaling 1 percent for general bills, generated $145,664.95 in August. ...
MU Extension hires new 4-H Youth Program Assistant (09/14/16)
Marissa Tucker has officially assumed duties as the new 4-H Youth Program Assistant for Barry County, which was made possible through a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension and the Barry County Commission. Tucker is a 2012 Cassville alumni, and in July, graduated from Missouri State University in July with a B.S. in agriculture communication after returning from a study abroad program in Australia...
Barry County reviews five-year hazard mitigation plan, strategies (09/14/16)
The Barry County Commission, local school districts, emergency management and others are reviewing the hazard mitigation plan for the county. Every five years, public meetings are held to review the plan and determine how local governments will mitigate the impact of natural hazard events such as flooding, ice storms and tornados, with the goals of protecting the lives and minimizing injuries to the people of Barry County, preserving and protecting property and infrastructure and ensuring continued operation of government, emergency functions and critical infrastructure.. ...
Frontier Days coming to Barry County (09/14/16)
The fourth annual Frontier Days, a celebration of pioneer life and old-time technology, will be held on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Edgar Schreiner farm, between Cassville and Jenkins on Farm Road 1157. Activities start both days at 10 a.m. Frontier Days will offer a glimpse into the lives of pioneer families. ...
Cassville man injured in wreck Monday (09/14/16)
A Cassville man was injured in a wreck on Monday at 11:55 p.m. on Farm Road 2200, three miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher Cape, 27, of Cassville, was driving a 1996 Ford Mustang eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
News in brief (09/14/16)
Loaves and Fishes Celebration Tea on Sept. 24 has been cancelled. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Cox Monett Hospital, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect...
Monett police policies aim to avoid confrontations (09/13/16)
Policies and procedures in place at the Monett Police Department, according to Police Chief George Daoud, should limit the circumstances that could put a Monett officer in conditions that led to a fatal shooting of a subject by an Aurora police officer on Aug. 31...
Walk to School Week starts with strong turnout Monday (09/13/16)
Monday, the first day of Walk to School Week in Monett, brought out 101 students, according to Alex Severs, school district wellness coordinator.
Habitat for Humanity receives new fundraising challenge (09/13/16)
The Monett affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has received a fundraising challenge viewed as an opportunity for financing the next house project. According to Frank Washburn, affiliate president, a board member was approached by a local supporter who expressed a willingness to match local fundraising for the rest of 2016, up to $50,000...
Monett school district hires 5 new support staffers (09/13/16)
Several personnel moves were made by the Monett school district to start its new year. Board members also approved using 48 substitute teachers for the year. Five paraprofessionals were hired to assist teachers. Assuming their duties are Lorna Doss, Cinthia Cole, Rejeanna Williams, Sydney Shoemaker and Angela Hayter...
Children enjoy Field Day finding pumpkins (09/13/16)
One of the innovations at this year's Field Day at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon was offering free pumpkins to children.
News in brief (09/13/16)
The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, will host a fish fry at noon today. Cost is $5 for fried fish, salads, soup and dessert. For additional information, people may call 476-2464. The center will serve lunch at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 with beef enchiladas as the main course...
Sarcoxie woman injured in wreck (09/11/16)
A Sarcoxie woman was injured Saturday in a wreck at 6:38 a.m. on Highway 174, one mile west of Chesapeake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ashley Krueger, 26, of Sarcoxie, was driving a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer eastbound when her vehicle skidded off the roadway and overturned...
Miller woman injured in wreck (09/11/16)
A Miller woman was injured Friday in a wreck at 6:15 a.m. on Highway 97, two miles north of Stotts City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Olene Straw, 73, of Sarcoxie, was driving a 2010 Ford F150 eastbound when her vehicle failed to yield and pulled into the path of a 2007 Pontiac, being driven by Cheryl Wilkins, 46, of Miller, causing Wilkins' vehicle to strike Straw's broadside...
Monett student count shows sharp upswing (09/10/16)
After starting the school year down 14 students from the first day a year ago, the Monett school district has seen a striking reversal. By Thursday after Labor Day, the student count had increased by 141 students from opening day on Aug. 16. Superintendent Brad Hanson expected a boost, not placing a great reliance on first day numbers, but he found himself surprised by the latest numbers...
Students have Field Day at Southwest Center (09/10/16)
About 1,400 high school students in ag programs from across southwest Missouri gathered at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center.
Juvenile Office receives award (09/10/16)
The Juvenile Court division of the 39th Judicial Circuit has been honored for holding 100 percent of its hearings for children in the custody of the State of Missouri on time for the year of 2015-2016, ending on June 30. This is the fourth time the local Juvenile Court, which serves, Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties, has been recognized. ...
Pierce City High School to celebrate homecoming (09/10/16)
Next week, Pierce City High School will celebrate homecoming, as the Eagles take on Miller at Don Keebaugh Stadium on Friday. Each of the classes has named representatives to serve as homecoming royalty. Vying for the crown of queen will be three seniors: Hannah Argyris, daughter of Brandy and John Argyris; Christine Stellwagen, daughter of Bryan and Shelly Stellwagen; and Jessica Prescott, daughter of Kay and Rick Prescott. The entire student body will vote to choose the queen...
Walk to School Week in Monett begins Monday (09/10/16)
Walk to School Week returns for the third year next week as a district-wide activity for students in the Monett school district. According to Alex Severs, wellness coordinator for the district, students gathered in four locations for their morning trek to school: at Scott and Euclid, North Park, Ninth and Broadway and at the Arc of the Ozarks office at 1010 Old Airport Road. Students will be accompanied by teachers and parent volunteers. The walk starts about 7:15 a.m. Monday through Friday...
Monett Assembly of God to announce building plans (09/10/16)
On Sunday, the Monett Assembly of God will formally announce plans to build a new church on Chapell Drive, moving from its current location at 607 E. Benton. According to Pastor Greg Gilliam, the church began working toward finding better accommodations for family needs. ...
Learning workshops explore innovative teaching (09/10/16)
On Thursday and Friday, teachers at Monett Elementary School has worked with researcher and author Dr. Lori Elliott in workshops about project-based learning.
News in brief (09/10/16)
Field Day for the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center southwest of Mt. Vernon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. Tours and speakers are available on a wide range of topics, including beekeeping and gardening. Meals will be available. For additional information, people may call 417-466-2148...
Chamber warns of possible scam (09/09/16)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses about a potential scam involving a company selling ads for a map. According to Jeff Meredith, Chamber executive director, a company called HomeTown Productions has been calling businesses and encouraging them to buy ads for a map project with the Chamber...
Road District hammered in audit (09/09/16)
Commissioners for the Buck Prairie Special Road District, serving the Marionville area, have pledged major reforms after State Auditor Nicole Galloway's staff cited the district for years of gross mismanagement, misappropriation of funds, poor record keeping, illegal meetings and an overall rating of poor financial management...
Steel added to new museum site (09/09/16)
On Wednesday, work crews for Kenmar Construction took a big step in restoring the Monett State Bank building at Fifth and Broadway to its original glory.
28 new doors coming to Central Park Elementary (09/09/16)
Part of the interior renovations at Central Park Elementary, the Monett school district will soon be replacing 28 doors to update the building's look. School Superintendent Brad Hanson and board members noted the third-grade hallway appeared to have all original doors, dating back to the 1950s, or something close to it. To update the facility at least to the 1990s, when the fourth-grade wing was added, the board agreed to buy the 28 additional doors to dress up the look of the hallways...
News in brief (09/09/16)
Field Day for the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center southwest of Mt. Vernon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. Tours and speakers are available on a wide range of topics, including beekeeping and gardening. Meals will be available. For additional information, people may call 417-466-2148...
Verona teen injured in wreck (09/09/16)
A Verona teenager was injured Thursday in a wreck at 2:45 p.m. on Highway 60 in Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Dakotah White, 17, of Verona, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Z71 westbound and slowed to make a right turn when her vehicle was struck in the passenger side by a 2002 GMC Yukon, being driven by Randy Young, 55, of Marionville...
Verona man dies in motorcycle wreck (09/08/16)
A Verona man died in a motorcycle wreck on Monday at 8:45 p.m. on Farm Road 1112, two-tenths of a mile west of Mt. Vernon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jason Sumners, 43, of Verona, was riding a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, ejecting the driver...
Man shot by police near Purdy dies (09/07/16)
An Aurora man who was shot by an Aurora officer near Purdy following a pursuit last week has died as a result of his wounds. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Thomas Sekscinski, 38, of Aurora, died from his injuries on Tuesday at Cox South hospital in Springfield...
Barry County sheriff candidates support Trump (09/07/16)
Both saying they are unable to support Hillary Clinton, Barry County sheriff candidates Gary Davis, R-Cassville, and Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, say they will vote for Republican Donald Trump in the November presidential election. Ruark said concerning the race, Trump is the lesser of two evils...
Schools set out-of-district tuition rates (09/07/16)
Each year, school districts set a tuition rate for students who might want to attend school but who do not meet residency requirements, and those rates vary significantly between several districts in the Monett area. The Purdy school district set its out-of-district rate at $4,000 a year, or $2,000 per semester, the same rate that has been used for several years. According to board member Ken Terry, no one has paid out-of-district tuition since 2012...
SkillsUSA officers undertake team leadership (09/07/16)
Starting training for the school year, officers for SkillsUSA at the Scott Regional Technology Center held their team building preparation day on Tuesday.
2 zoning changes approved (09/07/16)
The Monett City Council has approved two zoning changes to promote housing and industrial development in the southeast corner of the city, south of Highway 60. Sam and Becky Green, with Re/Max Properties in Monett, have applied for for funding through the Missouri Housing Development Commission to develop 64 housing units south of Hess Drive in Monett on 20 acres of property. ...
Monett hires retired Empire manager to help utility upgrade (09/07/16)
The Monett utilities department has hired Hal VanDaGriff to help ongoing upgrading of the city's system. VanDaGriff, retired manager of the water and electric system for Empire District Electric in Aurora, who oversaw systems in Aurora, Marionville and Verona, will work part-time for Monett for up to $16,000 a year...
News in brief (09/07/16)
The Barry County Master Gardeners meet each month on the second Thursday at the Cassville Public Library at 6 p.m. On Sept. 8, Charlie Phaneuf will discuss companion plantings for trees and shrubs by considering patterns found in nature. The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. ...
Monett school tax rate falls with rising assessment (09/07/16)
The Monett school district held the line on taxes in the annual tax levy hearing, holding to a lower rate than the law allows to meet a commitment to voters made in 2009. Superintendent Brad Hanson said assessed valuation grew slightly more than $3.5 million from the previous year, up to $162,529,326. The majority of the growth surfaced in personal property, which rose by nearly $3 million to $50,072,020. In 2000, personal property was valued at $34,417,466...
Miller Fall Festival attracts evening crowds for fun (09/07/16)
Lauryn Landers received an ornate face painting from Penny Stephens of Miller.
Permanent ban on private wells proposed in Monett (09/07/16)
The Monett City Council has proposed permanently banning the construction of any private water wells inside the city limits. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the civic engineering firm of Olsson and Associates conducted a study of the city's water system. A year ago, at Olsson's recommendation, the city imposed a temporary ban on any well drilling...
Monett woman injured in Pierce City wreck (09/05/16)
A Monett woman was injured in a wreck on Saturday at 6:40 p.m. on Highway 37, one mile west of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Reta Pearce, 80, of Pierce City, was driving a 2014 Dodge Caravan northbound when her vehicle made a left turn into the path of a southbound 1990 Ford F150, being driven by Alice Jones, 65, of Monett...
Arkansas man injured in wreck near Golden (09/04/16)
A Berryville, Ark., man was injured Saturday in a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 86, three miles west of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ryan Donnerstag, 45, of Berryville, Ark., was riding a Jonway 150CC scooter westbound when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2006 Chrysler 300, being driven by Jessica Easley, 29, of Eagle Rock. ...
Wheaton man dies in wreck (09/04/16)
A Wheaton man died early Sunday morning in a wreck at 1:55 a.m on Farm Road 1035, five miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Phoula Phomdouangsy, 32, of Wheaton, was driving a 2003 Honda Accord northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert, overturned and struck a tree...
Washburn teen injured in dirt bike wreck (09/04/16)
A Washburn teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck at 4:20 p.m. at 14257 Route C, six miles east of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Landon Hendrix, 16, of Washburn, was riding a 2007 Yamaha 250 dirt bike through a field when it struck a tree stump, ejecting Hendrix...

News in brief

Travis Spratt, entertainer from the Pierce Arrow Theatre in Branson, will lead the workship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church in Monett.

The Newtonia Fall Festival has been scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Craft booths, games, live music and tours of the Ritchey Mansion begin at 8 a.m. A smoked chicken dinner will be served, beginning at 11 a.m. Festival royalty will be crowned at 12:30 a.m. The parade is at 2 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church on Highway H, north of Monett, will held a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 1. Cost is $8, $4 for children. Cole slaw, baked beans, corn bread, fries, beverages and desserts will be included.

The next Lawrence County Gospel Sing will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Chesapeake Baptist Church, 10860 Farm Road 1212, Lonnie Lawson will be the master of ceremonies. Singers and musicians are welcome.

New Liberty Church, southeast of Monett, will host its annual rummage sale through today, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. The church is located south of Highway 60 one mile on Highway Z. Signs will be posted.

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive in Monett from 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the fellowship hall of the First Christian Church, 603 Fourth St.

Next week at the Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, the menu for the Tuesday meal will be a chicken stir fry. The Sept. 30 meal will be ham with scalloped potatoes.

Frontier Day, a celebration of pioneer life and technology, will be held Sept. 24 and 25 at the Edgar Schreiner farm on Farm Road 1157, seven miles east of Cassville on Highway 248. The event features sorghum making, blacksmithing, apple butter cooking, wagon rides, rope making and demonstrations on antique machinery. Live music is planned both days and a Cowboy Church service on Sunday. Activities start both days at 10 a.m.

The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. Issues to be discussed include damage at Lacoba Homes, board treasurer's duties, the Golden Age Games on Oct. 28, run report software and employee raises. The meeting is open to the public.

National Hunting and Fishing Families Shoot Free Day is offered today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range, 4897 N. Farm Road 61, Ash Grove, in the northeast corner of Lawrence County.

The Kings Prairie Special Road District commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett.

Monett High School Class of 1961 will gather at 5 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett. Class friends are welcome to visit.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Scott Regional Technology Center.

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a dance at 7 p.m. today at the Chamber Event Center on Highway 37. The band Three Hits and a Miss will perform. Cost is $4.

The Barry County Republican Club will be meeting on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 pm, in Cassville at the Barry County Museum. The BBQ Station will cater. Cost for the meal is $12.25 per person.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the George's plant on Highway W in Butterfield.

Weather permitting, the City of Monett will spray for mosquitoes next week, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The schedule calls for spraying Sept. 27 north of Cleveland, between Cleveland and Highway 60 on Sept. 28, and south of Highway 60 on Sept. 29. For additional information, people may call 235-3495.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 2013 will meet at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Angus Branch Restaurant on Chapell Drive in Monett.

At the Monett Branch Library, Sixth and Bond, a quilting class with Cheryl Willis is planned for 1 p.m. on Oct. 5. Knitting and crochet classes are held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. An adult coloring session will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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