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Stories from Friday, December 23, 2011

Community dinner is Sunday (12/23/11)
Linn Thornton has moved into the final stretch of his Christmas holiday marathon. By Tuesday, he had finished wrapping toys for children of families finding themselves unable to celebrate Christmas this year without help. Thornton has now turned his sights on his 27th annual Christmas day community dinner...
Tree of memories at Monett home (12/23/11)
Christmas is a time for families and sharing memories. Naty and Dr. Andres Apostol, of Monett, have combined traditions into their Christmas tree. On the tree are ornaments with photos of the Apostols and the sisters from St. Vincent's Hospital when the couple arrived in Monett 40 years ago. Other ornaments include photos of their children growing up, plus newer ornaments with photos of their grandchildren...
Funding in fight against meth takes a big hit (12/23/11)
Due to federal budget cuts, the Missouri Sheriff Methamphetamine Action Relief Team (MoSMART), which has been funded for the past seven years, is facing a cut in staff and a blow to the organization's continued fight in the war on meth. Announcement came earlier this week that the federally funded program has been axed...
County fair board could be resurrected (12/23/11)
Nominations are needed for the Barry County Fair Board. Although members voted to dissolve the fair board in October, the corporation governing the organization remained in place and is now planning to establish a new board of directors. "We received lots of phone calls from the community asking us to re-establish the Barry County Fair," said Ernest Ray, who served as the board president. "A lot of the local kids said that this is the only fair they will have the opportunity to go to."...
Jingle Bells for a cause (12/23/11)
Two Barry County children participated in the annual Jingle Bell run, walk and 5K on Dec. 10 in Springfield to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Both Jake Tharp, a third grader at Central Park Elementary in Monett, and Payton Crumpler, a second grader at Purdy Elementary, have juvenile arthritis and formed a team of participants who walked the 5K in their honor...
Freistatt Village Board prepares for new year (12/23/11)
The Freistatt Village Board of Trustees made preparations for 2012 at its December meeting by scheduling a budget workshop on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. Trustees will meet at the Community Building to work up a financial road map for passage at the Jan. 12, 2012, meeting...
Santa at Monett Community Kitchen (12/23/11)
Santa Claus made a welcome visit at Monett's Community Kitchen on Thursday. Following a traditional Christmas dinner, the Jolly One entered to hear holiday wishes from the many children in attendance.
EFCO celebrates new citizens (12/23/11)
EFCO, a Pella Company, in Monett held a special ceremony on Dec. 5 for EFCO team members who became United States citizens this year. There were 11 EFCO employees who went through the entire citizenship process and successfully passed the civics test. New citizens who were honored by EFCO included Martin Hinojosa, Jose Garcia, Liliana Mendez, Josefina Meza, Yuli Zarraga, Luis Barrera, Maria Robles, Marta Robles, Casiano Gonzalez, Jose Reyes and Mariana Rodriguez...
DARE program placed on hold (12/23/11)
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation ceremony held at Exeter on Friday was bittersweet. Local law enforcement officers have announced that the program will be placed on hold due to county budget constraints. "The program is a great tool for students," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "It is the only tool we have that teaches kids in area schools to say 'no' to drugs...
First Day hike set for Jan. 1 (12/23/11)
Roaring River State Park will host its inaugural First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2012. Hikers are invited to meet at the Devil's Kitchen trailhead at noon. "A good way to kick off the New Year on the right foot is by getting out and enjoying our natural resources," said Tim Smith, Roaring River naturalist. "Bring a camera. This will be a nice hike."...
Paving firm is awarded low-interest state loans (12/23/11)
Hutchens Construction Company has been awarded $3 million in low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced the funding award on Nov. 30. "Finding efficiencies in the construction process is something small business owners are constantly looking to do," said Zweifel. ...
Kiwanians hear Christmas message (12/23/11)
A message of confidence in God's guidance was provided by Justin Guffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pierce City, for this week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club. A native of Altamont, Ill., Guffey said he earned his masters of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. He has been at the Pierce City church since 2009 and works closely with Brandon Tucker, his associate pastor...
Decking the halls at Monett Middle School (12/23/11)
Seventh and eighth grade students at Monett Middle School conducted a contest to deck the halls for a good cause this holiday season. The Middle School Student Council sponsored the event that involved students purchasing "links" to a paper chain. Funds from the three-week event were used to purchase gifts for eight underprivileged students in the district...
Area teams prepare for holiday tournamnets (12/23/11)
For high school basketball fanatics, next week's holiday tournaments offer a small piece of sporting bliss. Monett, Verona, Pierce City and Purdy high schools will compete in three different tournaments playing a combined 32 games in a short 96-hour period...
Matt Ticknor earns title of consultant for Thrivent (12/23/11)
Matthew Ticknor, of Monett, has earned the title of financial consultant for Thrivent Financial. Ticknor earned the new title after successfully completing extensive training. Financial consultants are an elite group representing the top quarter of Thrivent Financial representatives. Ticknor qualified to become a financial consultant by passing licensing requirements, working toward an advanced industry designations, achieving certain sales production levels and exhibiting exemplary conduct...
Martin retires at Empire (12/23/11)
David Martin, director of governmental policy for Empire District Electric Company, retired on Nov. 30 following 10 years of service. Martin joined Empire in September 2001 as manager of governmental affairs. He was named director of governmental affairs in January 2005, and director of governmental policy in August 2011...
Walter Moody (12/23/11)
Walter "Jack" Moody, age 89, of Springdale, Ark., formerly of Pierce City, died at 7 a.m. on Dec. 22 at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City...
A Christmas prayer (12/23/11)
On behalf of the entire Monett Times staff, I want to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas. It is our hope and prayer that you will be spending the holiday with people you love and that you will carve out time in all the busyness to focus on the real reason for the season -- the birth of a savior, Jesus Christ...
Random acts of Christmas (12/23/11)
When we talk about extending Christmas wishes or even Christmas spirit, we do it from a sense of abundance. Those who have share with those who perhaps have less. Or those who have little share what they have. The reward comes in the act of giving. In this day of a Social Security safety net and a community known for its caring, it's easy to forget that the holidays can represent the very edge for some...
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