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Stories from Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monett's Drury campus nabs pair of grants (12/07/11)
The Monett campus of Drury University has received $16,550 to expand services in the community. "Drury University connects with Monett-area residents on so many levels in meeting their needs," said Ann Saunders, assistant director of Drury's Monett campus. "These grants will allow us to do even more, especially in expanding Drury's presence in the Hispanic communities."...
Bright lights herald holiday season for Monett man (12/07/11)
Christmas is Ralph Davis' favorite time of the year. Decorating his home for the holidays has become a major undertaking with Davis collecting outdoor lighting ideas for the past 20 years. His home at 502 W. Scott, where he has lived since 2007, is a neighborhood standout thanks to his impressive lighting displays...
Christmas home tour is planned (12/07/11)
A Christmas Home Tour, slated for Sunday, Dec. 11, will benefit the Purdy Backpack program and Angel Tree project. The event is being sponsored by the St. John's Lutheran Church of Stones Prairie in Purdy and will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. The tour will include visits to the church and four area homes, including the Betty Meier home, the Greg and Lynn Schad home, the Greg and Tami Kruse home and the Kelin and Aubry Kruse home. All tour locations will be festively decorated for Christmas...
Volunteer elves at the Festival of Lights (12/07/11)
Members of the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors took their turn on Tuesday evening staffing the Elf Hut at Monett's South Park, distributing candy canes and collecting donations from visitors to the Festival of Lights. More board members took the evening's second shift. Serving at the Elf Hut has become a popular holiday activity, attracting over 100 volunteers for the five weeks of duty...
Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled issues funding (12/07/11)
Members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) awarded grants to eight organizations during their November meeting. Monett Area Workshop received funding in the amount of $76,800 for transportation for Lawrence County clients. The funds will cover fuel costs. An estimated shortfall of $704 million from the state's current budget will impact funding for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which helps support the Workshop...
Broadway Nights returns to Monett with holiday theme (12/07/11)
Broadway Nights returns on Friday, offering holiday shopping opportunities and live entertainment in downtown Monett to enhance the holiday shopping experience. Merchants will stay open late and many will feature special sales and holiday items. This will be the first Broadway Nights for the Yellow Frog Company at 501 E. Broadway. Owner Amy Tennison encourages shoppers to check out their full line of beads for making earrings, bracelets, necklaces and even toe rings...
OFO Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 11 (12/07/11)
Joplin soprano Rebecca Luebber joined the Ozark Festival Orchestra at rehearsal this week to prepare "O Holy Night" and Schubert's "Ave Maria" for the OFO's annual Christmas concert. Other soloists will include the trio of Michael Garrett, Ted Norris and Murray Bishoff on "We Three Kings." OFO Music Director Ken Meisinger will lead the orchestra in "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Monett...
Purdy R-2 Board OKs summer school (12/07/11)
The Purdy R-2 Board of Education approved holding summer school for the coming year, run by Edison Learning, if funding is offered by the State of Missouri. "Even if we break even, we're miles ahead," said Superintendent Jerry Lingo. Through Edison, summer school has been a money-maker for the district. Lingo said the program helps prepare students for learning as well as providing additional work for cooks, aides and others who otherwise would not have work for the month...
Home Grown Books expands to Monett (12/07/11)
Denali Dreams Gallery and Coffee Shop has partnered with Home Grown Books to showcase the works of local authors, and will host a book signing from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the store, located at 316 E. Broadway in Monett. "Homegrown Books is a project that provides authors the venue to get their self-published books into circulation," said Shaun Bennett, owner of Denali Dreams. "All the authors displayed here have connections to the Ozarks."...
Verona council hires new police officer (12/07/11)
Aldermen with the City of Verona are looking to invest in the community by possibly implementing a retirement plan for city employees. The decision to invest in a cost study by the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) for the city's two full-time employees was made at a special meeting held on Nov. 29...
Trip to Nationals (12/07/11)
Purdy FFA members, pictured above, recently attended the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. On the way to the convention, members toured the Purina research facility. At the convention, students listened to new National FFA Advisor Steve Brown and guest speaker, Dave Rover...
Aurora family is honored (12/07/11)
Ken Gillig and twin daughters Brittany and Ashley, of Aurora, were honored by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattlemen's Association during its annual meeting Nov. 14 in Springfield. The Gillig family received the association's Seedstock Producer of the Year recognition...
Special shopping event this Saturday (12/07/11)
Merchants will have special offerings at stores following the parade. A one-day shopping opportunity will be held at the former Front Page store at 319 E. Broadway. Twenty vendors organized by Stephanie Carrie will offer homemade and direct sale merchandise...
Holiday shipping deadlines approaching (12/07/11)
Christmas is less than four weeks away, which means Barry Countians have only a few more weeks to prepare and ship holiday packages through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Parcel Post Service packages must be postmarked by Thursday, Dec. 15 in order to be delivered before Christmas. First class mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 20 and priority mail should be sent by Wednesday, Dec. 21...
Pierce City avenges loss (12/07/11)
A week after losing to the Crane Lady Pirates, the Pierce City Lady Eagles basketball team avenged the loss Monday night with a 62-51 victory. "We played a near perfect first half," said Pierce City coach Tiffany Dirks. "It seemed like we hit every shot we took. We played with great effort, and I was proud of the girls."...
MHS splits contests to begin week (12/07/11)
The Monett Cubs basketball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 67-48 victory over Stockton Tuesday night. The Cubs held a two-point 13-11 advantage after one quarter of play and clamped down defensively in the second period, outscoring Stockton 22-7 to take a 35-18 lead into intermission...
Wildcats pick up third straight win (12/07/11)
The Verona Wildcats basketball team won its third consecutive game with a 73-34 victory over Exeter. The Wildcats improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Ozark 7 Conference play. "We are starting to gel and play some good basketball," said Verona coach Brad Stewart. "We can't be content with our quick start. We have started to figure out our identity on both ends of the floor and are playing well."...
Purdy sweeps two from McAuley (12/07/11)
The Purdy Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams each cruised to easy victories over visiting McAuley Tuesday night. The Eagles won the night cap 75-55, jumping out to a 25-14 lead after one quarter of play. Purdy increased the lead to 41-25 in the second period and 58-39 after three quarters...
MHS results mixed in tournament contests (12/07/11)
The Monett Cubs basketball team earned its first win of the 2011-12 season with a solid 69-43 victory over the Central Bulldogs in the consolation game of the Carthage Tournament. Monett used steady defensive pressure and easy transition baskets to outscore the Bulldogs 18-7 in the first quarter. The Cubs continued the momentum in the second frame and took a 37-19 into halftime...
Purdy takes fifth in Aurora Tourney (12/07/11)
The Purdy Lady Eagles defeated host Aurora 63-51 in the fifth place tilt of the Aurora Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Eagles and Lady Houn's were deadlocked at 12-12 after the first frame, but Purdy took a 32-27 advantage into halftime. Addy Roller had 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Lady Eagles. ...
PCHS picks up first victory (12/07/11)
The Pierce City Eagles basketball team ended its tournament on a positive note, picking up a 59-24 victory over the Exeter Tigers Saturday night. The Eagles scored 13 points in the first and second quarters and took a 26-6 lead into the locker room at halftime. Each team scored 14 points in the third frame, and the Eagles outscored the Tigers 19-4 in the final quarter...
Wildcats finish strong in area basketball tournaments (12/07/11)
After losing a close contest to defending Class 2 champion Crane to open the Pierce City Tournament, the Verona Wildcats ripped off two wins to claim fifth place. On Friday, the Wildcats dispatched Exeter 63-28. "For a Class 1 school we are pretty athletic," said Verona head coach Brad Stewart. "Tonight, we played really well in spots. We still have areas in which we need to improve, but the boys played well."...
Georgia Toalson (12/07/11)
Georgia Lee Toalson, age 92, of Crane, formerly of Aurora, died at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Ozark Mountain Regional Healthcare Center, in Crane. A graveside service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, was held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Maple Park Cemetery...
Jimmy Melton (12/07/11)
Jimmy Cecil Melton, age 84, of Aurora, died at 1:53 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 in his home. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in the Maple Park Cemetery.
Joseph Lamberson (12/07/11)
Joseph Lamberson, 87, of Monett, died on Monday, Dec. 5, at his home. Services will be anounced at a later time. Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home.
Couple to mark anniversary (12/07/11)
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Merritt, of Pierce City, will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Harold L. Merritt and Marian E. Miller were married on Dec. 8, 1951, at the First Baptist Church in Pierce City. Harold and Marian have two children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. ...
Pierce City Library News (12/07/11)
New adult non-fiction titles at the Pierce City Branch Library include: "Como Hablar para que Los Ninos Escuchen y Como Escuchar para que Los Ninos Hablen" by Adele Farber; "Eres Genial Tal Como Eres!: 100 Concejos para que Tu Hija Desarolle Su Autoestima" and "Eres Genial Tal Como Eris!:100 Concejos para que Tu Hijo Desarrolle Su Autoestima," both by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer; "Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations" by Judy Winter; and "Discipline: The Brazleton Way" by T. ...
New pastor named in Purdy (12/07/11)
Nathan Thomas has recently been named the new pastor at First Christian Church, of Purdy. Thomas is originally from Vinemont, Ala., and began in the ministry at the age of 17. His last ministry was in Linden, Tenn., where he was a senior minister and a chaplain of Unity Hospice Care. ...
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