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Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014
Local school districts fear bill will mean revenue loss; Tax cut battle underway at state capitol (04/24/14)
The Missouri Legislature has approved a bill that would lower individual income taxes and give a special breaks for people who report business income on their personal taxes, setting up a veto and override battle at the state capitol. The bill, Senate Bill 509, would cut income taxes by an estimated $620 million per year by incrementally cutting the state's top personal income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5, and phasing in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on individual returns.. ...
Purdy applies for shelter; Officials envision expanding facility into performing arts center (04/24/14)
times-news@monett-times.com It took three minutes and 38 seconds to move 749 students and faculty at the Purdy School District out of the campus and across the street to the grassy area by the pre-school building on the west side of Gabby Gibbons Drive...
Annual Barry County Youth Camp slated for May 27-30; Event to treat about 100 at Camp Smokey (04/24/14)
times-news@monett-times.com "Exploring Nature's Magic" will be the theme for the 2014 Barry County Youth Camp, planned for May 27-30 at Camp Smokey at Roaring River State Park. This will be the 49th annual camp, providing a camping experience for children who otherwise might not be able to enjoy such an activity...
News in Brief (04/24/14)
Monett High School Student Council will host Mr. MHS at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28. This is a male pageant to help raise money for community service events throughout the year. Candidates will walk the runway in heels, answer questions, show their talent, and compete in a dance-off. Admission is $3...
Drug Take Back day set for Saturday; Event provides opportunity for residents to clear out medicine cabinets (04/24/14)
reporter@monett-times.com The Barry County Health Department and Monett Police Department are partnering for the eighth semi-annual Drug Take Back day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pharmacy. Leesa Ginther, R.N., said the area residents can take this opportunity to rid their homes of outdated or unused medications which will be safely disposed of by incineration. ...
Pierce City School Board swears in 3 members; Jones to serve as board president (04/24/14)
reporter@monett-times.com PIERCE CITY -- School board members recently met one final time to dissolve the board and swear in newly-elected members. Taking the oath of office were Bryan Stellwagen and Greg Drollinger, along with incumbent David Jones...
Marionville mayor bows to pressure to resign (04/21/14)
Clevenger agrees to resign after making statements supporting racist
Verona business to see $14M expansion (04/21/14)
State funding to help create 24 new local jobs
Monett City Council schedules TIF refinancing (04/19/14)
Public comment to be accepted on museum site lease Monday
School menus impacted by regulations (04/19/14)
Districts must meet standards to receive government funding
Childress to head reorganized R-1 board (04/19/14)
Darren Bass to take oath before May meeting
Barry County Connections Coalition to host town hall (04/19/14)
Think Again explores underage alcohol, drug use
Monett proclaimed a Purple Heart City (04/19/14)
City to receive plaque for recognition
YMCA gears up for Healthy Kids Day (04/19/14)
Event presents afternoon of fun, fitness
Lawrence County man crashes, gets DWI (04/19/14)
51-year-old sustains moderate injuries in 1-vehicle crash
Barry County man killed in crash (04/19/14)
Highway patrol: Vehicle left roadway, struck tree
Local student awarded for quick thinking (04/18/14)
reporter@monett-times.com A Monett Middle School student is being lauded for his quick thinking and calm demeanor during a recent 911 call to the Monett Police Department's emergency communications center. Cody Thompson, an eighth grade student at Monett Middle School, witnessed a car crash last month while walking home from school. He quickly grabbed his phone and called 911...
Monett panel aims to draw businesses; Commission seeks solutions in expansion deadlock (04/18/14)
times-news@monett-times.com Time is running out to make Monett's second tax increment financing (TIF) district, which includes the Monett Lowe's store, to pay for itself. With only one of the 10 lots in the district has opened as a business, TIF commissioners discussed at length what options remain in attracting more sales tax generating businesses to the area around the Lowe's store...
Problems plague Pierce City workers;Lift stations, treatment plant, wells suffer storm damage, breakdowns (04/18/14)
reporter@monett-times.com PIERCE CITY -- The public works department has been plagued with mechanical breakdowns, storm-damaged electronics and potholes in the roadways, ensuring the three employees have been kept hopping for the last month. Pierce City Public Works Supervisor Alan Frantz reported that a majority of potholes that had developed throughout the severe winter had been repaired, but that there were several smaller ones needing attention...
Young Monett drivers, passengers buckle up for safety; Recent enforcement campaign nets 4 on other violations (04/18/14)
reporter@monett-times.com Members of the Monett Police Department conducted a youth seat belt enforcement campaign at Monett High School in March, resulting in four summons issued to young motorists. A total of 280 cars were checked at the high school for safety issues and no students were issued tickets for seat belt violations. Two people were given tickets for no valid driver's license, and two tickets were issued for no vehicle issuance...
I-44 crash near Halltown sends Springfield man to hospital; Collision caused by lane change gone wrong (04/18/14)
composition@monett-times.com A Springfield man was sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 44 at Halltown in Lawrence County pitted a 2006 Ford against a 2013 Freightliner truck. According to the Highway Patrol report, the wreck happened at 9:20 a.m. ...
LawCo campaign nets 10 seat belt violations (04/18/14)
reporter@monett-times.com Lawrence County officers recently issued 10 tickets for seat belt violations throughout the county during a recent enforcement campaign. Two people were also ticketed for speeding and 64 warnings for other violations were issued...
News in Brief (04/18/14)
The Aurora Eagle's Lodge Auxiliary will host a dinner to support the Eagle Riders' many charities at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Menu will include Southern-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and buttered corn for $5 a plate. The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host an open mic night with emcees Charlie Williams and Nancy Holt at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. ...
News in Brief (04/18/14)
The Aurora Eagle's Lodge Auxiliary will host a dinner to support the Eagle Riders' many charities at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Menu will include Southern-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and buttered corn for $5 a plate. The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host an open mic night with emcees Charlie Williams and Nancy Holt at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. ...
Purdy speech team competes (04/18/14)
The Purdy High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the Exeter Tournament recently. Taking first place were Jonatan Salazar and Umar Akhtar in improvisational duet acting, and Lucas White in storytelling. Megan Thomas won second place in original oratory. ...
Eight Purdy students going to state (04/18/14)
Eight Purdy High School vocal and instrumental students achieved I ratings at district competition on April 4-5, qualifying them to advance to the state competition. Pictured, front row from left, are: Alissa Graham, Angelika Sehrbrock and Ulyssa Martinez, all vocal solos, and Kailey Pettit, flute solo. ...
Marionville man seriously hurt in crash; Victim, 20, transported to Springfield hospital (04/15/14)
reporter@monett-times.com A Marionville man was seriously injured when the 1994 Nissan Pathfinder he was driving travelled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, plowing through a fence about two miles east of Monett on Highway 60. The crash occurred at 11:14 a.m. Monday. Weylin A. Click, 20, of Marionville, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield...
City OKs electric rate study; Monett customer rates likely to rise with Empire changes (04/15/14)
times-news@monett-times.com The Monett City Council has awarded the Joplin-based engineering firm of Allgeier, Martin and Associates a contract to conduct an electric rate study. The engineering firm, which purchased the Monett engineering firm of Sprenkle and Associates, bid on the job. Skip Schaller, utilities superintendent, and City Administrator Dennis Pyle chose to recommend Allgeier, Martin for having more detailed familiarity with the city's network, having conducted the last rate study...
Chamber plans upcoming events; Full schedule of activities slated throughout the year (04/15/14)
times-news@monett-times.com Leaders of the Monett Chamber of Commerce have slated a full schedule of activities for the coming months. The next event will be Eggs and Issues Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 25 at the Monett City Park Casino. Three local state legislators, State Sen. ...
Monett R-1 School Board accepts resignations, hires staff (04/15/14)
times-news@monett-times.com Resignations and hirings have shaped the faculty for the Monett School District for the coming year. School board members recently accepted eight resignations. They include: Tera Turner, Central Park Elementary; Leslie McCullough, vocal music teacher for the middle and high schools;...
4 Pierce City educators resign; 3 offered permanent contracts with school district (04/15/14)
reporter@monett-times.com The Pierce City School Board recently accepted resignations from four instructors; offered contracts to 23 teachers; offered three permanent contracts; and issued extra duty assignments. Resignations were accepted from Reginald Payne, high school and middle school math teacher and in-school suspension supervisor; Amanda Fenley, middle school science teacher; Kris Fitchpatrick, family and consumer science teacher, Family, Community and Career Leaders of America sponsor, senior class sponsor and cheer squad coach; and Joey Graves, assistant coach for high school girls' basketball.. ...
News in Brief (04/15/14)
VFW Post 4207 Ladies Auxiliary will have its Wednesday luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16. The menu will include brisket, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, Texas toast, salad and desserts. Cost is $6.50 for all you can eat. The Aurora Eagle's Lodge Auxiliary will host a dinner to support the Eagle Riders' many charities at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Menu will include Southern-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and buttered corn for $5 a plate...
Getting ready for a play date (04/15/14)
Volunteers were hard at work over the weekend, getting new playground equipment installed at Pierce City's South Park. Pictured above are: Tom Cahalen, Randy Adler, Alan Frantz and Jerry Williams, constructing the slide and platform portion of the new play area, which was installed in the field southeast of the Pierce City Municipal Pool. ...
Postal truck crashes in BarCo; Wreck leaves driver with moderate injuries (04/15/14)
composition@monett-times.com A U.S. Postal Service truck crashed near Wheelerville Monday morning, resulting in a Republic man being sent to the hospital. According to the Highway Patrol report, the crash happened at 6:40 a.m., two miles west of Wheelerville on Highway 248. The 2005 International box truck, driven by Steven Robinson, 57, was westbound when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned...
Legislature concerns Monett school leaders (04/12/14)
Monett educators stand with move toward Common Core
High-speed chase ends with crash (04/12/14)
Subject arrested for resisting
City of Monett extends YMCA pool contract (04/12/14)
Cost will be $40,000 per year, up $5,000 from old contract
Advanced technology transforms local dairy farming (04/12/14)
Local dairyman anticipates robot costs to fall before acting
Elementary educator named Teacher of the Month (04/12/14)
Students react with enthusiasm to Hanson's selection
Monett Chamber names new leaders (04/12/14)
Committee chairpersons named for 2014-15 projects
Acclaimed gospel group to perform in Purdy (04/12/14)
The Inspirations Quartet of Bryson City, N.C., will perform at the Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church, located at the intersection of Farm Roads 1100 and 2060 in Purdy, 7 p.m. Wednesday. The group is celebrating 50 years singing full-time across America. No tickets are needed. An offering will be received. For more information, people may call 417-236-9090 or visit TheInspirations.com...
News in Brief (04/09/14)
Cox Monett Hospital is hosting a volunteer recognition luncheon, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10 at the Family Room Steak House. Volunteers will receive gifts for hours and years of service. April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. The Alleluia Ringers Bell Choir from First United Methodist Church will be holding its second "Ringing for a Cause" concert this Sunday, April 13, beginning at 4 p.m. ...
Lining up to cast their ballots (04/09/14)
Voters were lined up at the ballot box Tuesday morning to cast their votes in Pierce City. On the ballot were the school board race, the Pierce City School District tax levy proposal and city races for mayor and aldermen. Pictured above: Francis Meyer, Shirley Meyer and James Landoll checked in with the election judges prior to receiving their ballots. Election judges were: Penny Smith, Marge Gripka, Melissa LeMaster and Ellis Motley. Melonie Roberts/reporter@monett-times.com...
Purdy school schedule proposal to board expected this month; Activities considered for students arriving early (04/09/14)
times-news@monett-times.com Expanding the school day at the Purdy School District should take shape this month. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said he hoped to have a detailed proposal ready for consideration at the school board's Monday, April 21, meeting...
Ozark Festival Orchestra music director steps down (04/09/14)
At the conclusion of the Ozark Festival Orchestra's 34th season on Sunday, music director Ken Meisinger and his wife, Elizabeth, who has served as concertmaster, ended their 15 years of service with the orchestra. The Meisingers received a standing ovation from the audience at the Monett City Hall Auditorium and from the orchestra. ...
911 center hosts annual open house; Barry County Emergency Services Center to show facility to residents (04/09/14)
The Monett Times CASSVILLE -- The Barry County Emergency Services building this week will be hosting an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Residents can stop by the building on Thursday, April 17, where they will be given a tour of the facilities, and then enjoy cake and refreshments...
B-L Library initiates late book returns policy; Officials create small balance accounts for delinquent returns (04/09/14)
reporter@monett-times.com Library patrons with the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library having delinquent accounts may now have a better option for returning delinquent items and regain their good status standing. The library has approved the creation of a small balance program, for patrons who owe $10 to $24.99 in delinquent fees for materials checked out but not returned...
Elementary students learn to dial 911; Barry County Emergency Services to visit schools, teach children about 911 (04/09/14)
The Monett Times CASSVILLE -- Second-graders will get some time out of their classrooms in late April and early May. Ann Hennigan, officer manager of Barry County 911 Emergency Services, will be visiting area schools to teach students how and when to dial 911...
Monett sewer bond passes easily; Revenue bonds secure 79 percent support (04/09/14)
times-news@monett-times.com Monett's $6 million bond issue to upgrade the waste treatment plant coasted to easy passage in Tuesday's election. The revenue bond, needing 51 percent to pass, secured 79 percent approval, 272 to 73. The support in Barry County, which had a higher voter turnout was 77 percent (143-42), and in Lawrence County approval ran 80 percent (129-31)...
Purdy Festival slated for July 19; Carnival contracted to provide entertainment for third annual event (04/09/14)
times-news@monett-times.com Plans are underway for the third annual Purdy Festival, slated for July 19 with activities centered around the city park. Free carnival rides and inflatables from the Party Station out of Nixa has been contracted to provide entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the offerings will be pony rides, Tubs of Fun, swings and a mechanical spider. Younger children will be able to enjoy a giant slide, a three-in-one obstacle course and the Dragon Hide 'N Slide...
News in Brief

News in Brief

The Aurora Eagle's Lodge Auxiliary will host a dinner to support the Eagle Riders' many charities at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Menu will include Southern-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and buttered corn for $5 a plate.

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host an open mic night with emcees Charlie Williams and Nancy Holt at the Seligman Chamber Event Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Admission is free and snacks will be served. Donations will be accepted. No smoking or alcohol is allowed. For more information call 662-3612 or 381-2133.

The Monett Special Road District commissioners have rescheduled their monthly meeting to 5 p.m. on April 21 at Monett City Hall.

The Pierce City Senior Center will host a dance starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24 and the center, located at 104 Locust St. in Pierce City. Entertainment will be the Fun Timers Band, Admission is $3.

Monett Fund-amental Baptist Church will host a vacation Bible school featuring the theme "Blast Off," at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 17. Lunch will be provided. A lesson and a craft will be completed. For information, call 235-5351.

The Barry County Southern Baptist Association will host Easter services starting at 9 a.m. at the Roaring River State Park Amphitheater. Campers' Church services will continue each Sunday at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. In the event of inclement weather, services will be held in the basement of the Emory Melton Conference Center. For more information, call 847-2820.

The Office of Administration, along with the Missouri Department of Revenue, has awarded management of the Mt. Vernon License Office to the Mt. Vernon Area Community Foundation through a competitive bid process. The license office will remain at its current location at 1 Courthouse Square, second floor.

The American Red Cross is hosting a special blood drive to benefit Jim Gray, of Monett, who is battling leukemia. The drive will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in the fellowship hall of the First Freewill Baptist Church, located at 107 Sycamore St. in Monett.

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