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Stories from Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Monett Rural Fire Department stays busy in February (03/04/09)
The Monett Rural Fire Department responded to 18 runs during February. According to Assistant Chief Phil Ogle, only one of the runs from February 1 to 26 was for a structure fire within the association's territory. That was on February 22 on Farm Road 1160, about five miles from Monett. Ogle said the older home involved, located away from other structures, was fully engulfed by the time firefighters reached it . No cause was determined for the fire. The house was a complete loss...
Contract awarded for Career Center expansion at bargain rate (03/04/09)
The contract for new construction at the Southwest Area Career Center was awarded at a startling low price at the February regular meeting of the Monett R-1 Board of Education in February. The week before the board meeting, bids were opened for what was expected to be a $2.2 million to $2.4 million construction addition at the Career Center. Nine bids were submitted, providing "great competition" between the contractors, according to Superintendent John Jungmann...
Grant to help shelters in Lawrence County (03/04/09)
Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) in Lawrence County was recently awarded federal funds under the emergency food and shelter program. The $22,127 will be utilized to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Lawrence County. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, National Council of Churches of Christ, and the United Way, all of the United States.. ...
Freistatt board explores options on slowing traffic (03/04/09)
Freistatt village board members received proposals at their February monthly meeting on ways to handle speeding in town without the Sheriff's Department, and a new idea for a crosswalk at the post office. Clerk Deborah Schoen reported on the meeting held with the county commissioners about hiring off-duty sheriff's deputies to patrol for speeders in town. ...
Purdy, Pierce City, Verona Boys Win District Cage Games (03/04/09)
District high school basketball games continued in earnest last night with boys teams from Purdy, Verona and Pierce City staying alive. Class 2A District 10 In the Class 2A District 10 event at Purdy, the host Eagles managed a 20-12 first quarter lead and stayed ahead all the way in defeating Wheaton, 72-55...
Back In The Good Old Days (03/04/09)
EIGHTY YEARS AGO March 4, 1929 Concrete is now being poured for the foundation of the new $50,000 addition to the Broadway Hotel in Monett. The addition of a Perfection Ice Scoring Machine to the Railways Ice Company's plant in Monett ranks it as the most modern as well as the largest ice factory in southwest Missouri...
Don Mann (03/04/09)
Don L. Mann, 82, of Raytown, died Feb. 19 at the hospital in Raytown. Mr. Mann was the son of Oren and Irene Mann, of Verona, where he was raised. He worked in construction in Kansas City and was a veteran of World War II. He married Anna Ruth Mattox 61 years ago, and she survives...
Joan Burns (03/04/09)
Joan Burns, 81, of Concordia, died yesterday, March 3, at Lutheran Good Shepherd Nursing Center in Concordia. Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, of Monett.
Sharon Walker (03/04/09)
Sharon Kay Walker, 67, of Mt. Vernon, died at 9:50 p.m. March 2 at her home. Mrs. Walker was born May 20, 1941, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Armel Lee and Clara Wooley Samuels. She was a 1958 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and was retired after 33 years as a licensed practical nurse at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of American Legion Post 137 in Mt. Vernon...
Zane Tunnell (03/04/09)
Zane Roy Tunnell, infant son of Christopher and Amy Ann Dake Tunnell of Fairview, died March 1 at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 2008, in Monett. Additional survivors include: one brother, Zeth Dake, of the home; one sister, Zahara Tunnell, of the home; maternal grandparents, Karen and Eric Dake, of Wheaton; and paternal grandparents, Robbin and Darrell Freeman, of Pioneer...
Carl Martin Jr. (03/04/09)
Carl Dane Martin Jr., 68, of Washburn, died Feb. 27 at his home. Mr. Martin was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Stella, the son of Carl Dane Martin Sr. and Martha Haddock Martin. He was an Army veteran. He was a master journeyman machinist, worked as a police officer for 24 years, was past owner of St. Louis Mines in Washington and was publisher of Chips Magazine. He was an ordained minister and a member of the Amateur Archeologist Association...
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