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Stories from Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monett Council moves to extend CID tax (06/22/11)
The Monett City Council authorized hiring legal council to extend the sales tax in the community improvement district (CID) in Monett's second tax increment financing (TIF) zone around Lowe's. City Administrator Dennis Pyle told council members at Monday's meeting that the lack of retail development in the out-lots in front of Lowe's had left less revenue than expected to pay off the TIF debt. ...
Feds bust 14 in area drug ring (06/22/11)
By MURRAY BISHOFF The Monett City Council authorized hiring legal council to extend the sales tax in the community improvement district (CID) in Monett's second tax increment financing (TIF) zone around Lowe's. City Administrator Dennis Pyle told council members at Monday's meeting that the lack of retail development in the out-lots in front of Lowe's had left less revenue than expected to pay off the TIF debt. ...
Annual livestock show runs smoothly (06/22/11)
Warm though generally overcast weather provided nearly ideal conditions for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's annual Junior Livestock Show on Saturday at Monett's South Park. Tents provided by Weiser Tent were set up west of the south soccer field, offering separate venues for the beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep and swine. A small show ring created by cattle fencing was set up between the fences, providing a short distance between the contests, ideal for young people exhibiting in both shows...
Former Monett resident seeks hometown support for theater (06/22/11)
Often people who grew up in Monett will talk about favorite places. For memory makers, the Gillioz Theater is often mentioned. Now a Monett native has her own movie theater in Oregon and is asking for hometown help on the preservation project. Melisa Thomas Bush and her husband, Bill, moved to Enterprise, Ore., a year ago after they worked at a school in Zimbabwe in Africa. Melisa teaches fourth and fifth graders at the local public school...
Man sought for stealing from stores (06/22/11)
Law enforcement officials are seeking information on the whereabouts of Gary R. Jeffries, who is wanted for stealing from area Walmart stores. Jeffries is described as being five feet, 10 inches in height and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He is 47 years of age with brown hair, blue eyes and a gray mustache...
State commission okays MoDOT plan (06/22/11)
This month, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission adopted a plan proposed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), which will eliminate 1,200 jobs and save $512 million. "We held 115 community briefings on the bolder five-year direction throughout the state in the last month and thousands of Missourians voiced their opinions on our plan of action," said Grace Nichols, commission chair. ...
Two-car collision in Monett (06/22/11)
A rear-end collision caused major damage to a Ford Focus on Kyler Street in Monett on Tuesday. According to the Monett Police Department, Michael Carlile, of Monett, was driving his car north on Kyler and collided with the rear end of a 2008 Town and Country van, driven by Veronica Montoia, of Monett, at 12:36 p.m. Both drivers were wearing safety belts, and no injuries were reported...
Murder trial is delayed (06/22/11)
Another delay has been announced in the Rowan Ford murder case. As anticipated, the trial of David Spears has been postponed until October 2012 due to concerns over selecting a jury pool. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tracy Storie ruled last Wednesday that Spears' jury will be selected in Clay County near Kansas City and brought to Waynesville for the trial...
County hit by wave of vehicle break-ins (06/22/11)
A rash of vehicle break-ins has prompted area law enforcement officials to issue a warning to local residents. The Barry County Sheriff's Department has responded to numerous reports of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks, and Sheriff Mick Epperly is asking citizens to be on the defensive...
Meth lab busted in Barry County (06/22/11)
A pair of "shake and bake" meth labs were seized and three people were arrested by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and Barry County Sheriff's Department last week. James D. Coleman, Jr., 31, of Exeter, Aaron Dalton, Jr., 29, of Eagle Rock, and Ashley Renee Williams, 19, of Eagle Rock, have been charged with distribution/manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of marijuana over 35 grams...
Lawrence County added to state disaster list by governor (06/22/11)
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)----Residents and households in three more Missouri counties hit by severe weather since mid-April are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. The declaration for Carter, Lawrence and Wayne counties means qualifying residents can seek federal help for uninsured losses and expenses including temporary housing, home repair and replacement of household items...
BarCo Fair to feature over 300 livestock and agriculture entries (06/22/11)
The 2011 Barry County Fair, which will be held at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton June 23 through June 25, will feature over 300 livestock and agriculture entries. "We hope to see community members come out and support the kids of Barry County," said Ernest Ray, Barry County Fair Board president. "For some of these kids, this will be the only show they go to. It is a big deal for them."...
Vera Hendricks (06/22/11)
Vera Dean Hendricks, age 89, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Mt. Vernon, died on Monday, June 20, at St. Anthony's Hospital, in Rockford, Ill. A graveside service, under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, in Mt. Vernon, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service in the funeral home chapel...
Dick Norman (06/22/11)
Dick B. Norman, age 79, of Aurora, died on Saturday, June 18, in the Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 22 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Maple Park Cemetery.
Don Gilbert (06/22/11)
Don Lee Gilbert, age 57, of Kansas City, passed away on June 16, at his home. Burial was held on Monday, June 21 at IOOF Cemetery in Monett. He is survived by his mother, Jacqueline Gilbert and his aunt Eugenia Schellack, of Springfield and several cousins...
Chester Dudley (06/22/11)
Chester Carl "Chet" Dudley, age 83, of Shell Knob, died at 5:55 a.m. on Monday, June 20. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, in Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 in Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob...
Parsons-Caton exchange wedding vows (06/22/11)
Jessica Parsons and Jared Caton were married on May 24 at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Linda Parsons, of Lake Worth, Fla. She is a 2007 graduate of Lake Worth High School and is currently attending Northwest Florida State College, where she is studying to be a teacher. ...
Pierce City Library news (06/22/11)
New DVDs at the Pierce City Branch Library include: The Night of the Hunter; Chop Kick Panda; Birdie and Bogey; The Searchers; Yellowstone: Battle for Life and the North Star... And More Stories About Following Your Dreams. Available in the adult fiction is: "The Garage Sale Millionaire: Make Money in a Down Economy with Hidden Finds from Estate Auctions to Garage Sales and Everything In Between!" by Aaron LePedis...
Dorcas Ladies Aid meets (06/22/11)
The Dorcas Ladies Aid met on June 2 with Judy Lehde, president, calling the meeting to order with 18 members and one guest present. "The Ascension" was the worship presented by Judy Krueger. The hymn, "On Christ's Ascension I Now Build" was sung accompanied by Shirley Brandt...
Monett Library News (06/22/11)
The "One World, Many Stories" summer reading club for children has continued with a "Super Fun Science" program presented by guest Heno Head on June 15. The next summer reading event for teens will be a "Games from Around the World" program on Thursday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. For more information about these programs please contact the library...
Library hosts summer reading program events (06/22/11)
The Monett Branch Library has its summer reading club events in full swing. Heno Head presented "Super Fun Science." The children watched and participated in science experiments during the program. Local youngsters participating in the "Native Niches" program presented by guests from Wonders of Wildlife. Children had an opportunity to touch a Madagascar hissing cockroach and a Chinchilla. Programs will be held throughout the summer...
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