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Stories from Friday, April 22, 2011

Monett Strawberry Festival plans are announced (04/22/11)
Events and activities for Monett's first Strawberry Festival on June 3 and June 4 have been announced by the organizing committee. Planned for downtown Monett, the festival will celebrate Monett's historical claim as the strawberry capital of the world with live music, a car show, craft booths and a royalty pageant...
Clues sought in disappearance of Willard couple (04/22/11)
Fliers were being distributed around Monett yesterday to help find a Willard couple that disappeared on Sunday. Monett contractor Jim Hufft is distributing fliers about his sister, Rebecca Porter, 46, and her husband, Russell "Rusty" Porter, 34, who live east of Willard in the 6700 block of North Highway HH. Rebecca Porter had a phone conversation with her daughter, Jessica Bullick, on Sunday morning, which was the last known contact. Her brother, Darrell, had visited her on Saturday...
Library funding holding steady (04/22/11)
Positive financial news greeted members of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Directors during their April meeting. Director Jean Berg reported state funding appears to be holding steady for the coming year. The Missouri state budget had $3.6 million listed for State Aid and Equalization, the same as in 2010 though 10 percent less than 2009. Funds for internet service through MOREnet also stayed at the 2010 level...
Library art show (04/22/11)
Ladies who paint with Monett artist Geri Carey hung their work at the Monett Library in the third annual display of their work.
Nigerian art ambassador visits with Monett students (04/22/11)
Monett High School art students were treated to an art and cultural presentation featuring Ibiyinka Alao, the art ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations. Alao was named art ambassador to the United Nations in 2001 after he won an international contest held in New York...
Rare bloom (04/22/11)
Trauta Helsel, of Monett, is the owner of an unusual plant that recently bloomed for the first time in six years. The plant is an Amorphophallus Titanum or Titan Arum. It can reach more than six feet tall when it blooms, opening to a diameter of three to four feet. ...
Monett takes third at Carthage (04/22/11)
The Monett Cubs golf team took third place at the 14-team Carthage Invitational on Wednesday. Carthage was first, shooting 315. Olathe was second, recording a 319, and Monett shot a 337, which was good for third. "Jacob Fair had a great day of golf," said Monett Head Coach Derrek Uhl. "As a team, we beat Carl Junction and Webb City who are both in our district. That was huge for us. Webb City is the team to beat this year, and they are the reining district champs."...
Teams experiencing Deja Vu (04/22/11)
Jimmie Branham (04/22/11)
Jimmie Dale Branham, age 60, of Verona, died at 5:04 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with a private burial at the Spring River Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the funeral home prior to the service...
Janet Rose (04/22/11)
Janet Rose, age 60, of Aurora, MO, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO. Memorial visitation for Mrs. Rose will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO...
Sean Collins (04/22/11)
Sean Michael Collins, age 39, of Golden, died at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Janet Rose (04/22/11)
Janet Rose, age 60, of Aurora, died on April 20, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Memorial visitation will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.
Charles Stone (04/22/11)
Charles L. Stone, age 91, of Seneca, formerly of Wheaton, died at 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in Seneca Church of Christ, under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Burial with military honors will be in Antioch Cemetery in Washburn...
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