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Stories from Monday, February 27, 2012

Collings' murder trial set to begin (02/27/12)
The capital murder case against a Wheaton man accused of raping and murdering 9-year-old Rowan Ford began Monday with jury selection in the Platte County Circuit Courthouse. Christopher Collings faces the death penalty on charges of first degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in connection with Ford's death...
Council proposes record spending plan (02/27/12)
A public hearing has been scheduled for March 6 to discuss the City of Monett's proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins on April 1. The Monett City Council released its $44.2 million spending plan at the Feb. 17 meeting. Mayor Jim Orr said spending on the planned water treatment plant contributed significantly to the record budget total. ...
Spectacular soloists (02/27/12)
Robotics team looks to defend regional title (02/27/12)
A local team of highly motivated students will compete in an event known as "the varsity sport for the mind" next weekend. The Bit by Bit 4-H FIRST robotic team, including teens from Barry, Lawrence, Stone and Greene counties, will attempt to defend their regional title in the FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC), slated for March 1 and 2 at Hale Arena in Kansas City. The team won the regional championship in 2011 and hopes to repeat as back-to-back winners...
Extension honors (02/27/12)
The University of Missouri Extension Service honors community leaders for their contribution to agriculture by naming them to the Extension Leaders Honor Roll. Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with the Extension's Mt. Vernon office, presented framed certificates to the recipients at the Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference. ...
New goal in place (02/27/12)
Carrasquillo scores 40 in Verona's district victory (02/27/12)
Verona basketball coach Ryan Yates was worried about team chemistry in the Lady Wildcats' two previous games. On Saturday, in the opening round of the Class 1, District 4 tournament, the second-seeded Lady Wildcats alleviated those fears with an 83-27 trouncing of seventh-seeded Lutie...
PC downs Sarcoxie in district play (02/27/12)
Pierce City opened Class 3 District 12 play on Saturday at Mt. Vernon with a 76-56 victory over Sarcoxie. A strong 29-point performance by Wayne Joe Sooter helped the Eagles overcome a 16-15 deficit at the end of the first quarter and led to the 20-point victory...
SRVC schools dismiss coaches (02/27/12)
Two Spring River Valley Conference schools have dismissed head coaches within the last seven days. Last Monday, McAuley Catholic High School fired Athletic Director Chuck Williams for what was termed by McAuley High School principal Gene Koester as a "personnel issue."...
Lady Eagles win conference title; Pierce City squads sweep Liberal (02/27/12)
The Pierce City Lady Eagles defeated Liberal 60-48 to win the Spring River Valley Conference championship Thursday night. The Lady Eagles improved to 20-5 overall and were undefeated in the SRVC with a perfect 9-0 record. The conference title was the first for the Pierce City girls since the 2007-08 season...
Missed shots and opportunities end Cubs' season (02/27/12)
The Monett Cubs failed to capitalize on Carl Junction miscues and fell 64-50 in the Class 4, District 12 semi-finals Thursday night in Carl Junction. "I thought we did a good job defensively executing our game plan," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "What killed us is not finishing on the offensive end. We left too many shots short."...
Jessica Self (02/27/12)
Jessica Ann Self, age 18, of Wentzville, Mo., died on Feb. 25 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. She was born on July 20, 1993 in Fort Lewis, Wash., the daughter of Wayne "Pete" Self, and Judy Self (nee Nappier), both of Wentzville, Mo. She was a senior at Holt High School and loved hanging out with friends, shopping, Cardinal games and enjoyed time at the beach. She worked for T.J. Maxx in Lake St. Louis and also baby sat. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church...
Willa Dunehew (02/27/12)
Willa "Jean" Dunehew, age 78, of Cape Fair, died at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Cord, Ark. with visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday in Qualls Funeral Home, Batesville, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob...
Lorene Cook (02/27/12)
Lorene B. Cook, age 86, of Pierce City, Mo., passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at her daughter's home with her family by her bedside. Lorene was born on Sept.13, 1925, in Harrisburg, Ill., daughter of the late Charles Frederick Baugher and Iva (Mercer) Baugher...
Reva Brown (02/27/12)
Reva Loella Brown, age 91, of Cassville, died on Feb. 25. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with burial to follow at Sparks Cemetery east of Butterfield. The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time. A complete obituary will be posted at a later time...
C.K. Bowman (02/27/12)
C.K. "Kenny" Bowman, age 84, of Freistatt, Mo., passed away on Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2012 at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, Mo., due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Nov. 18, 2011. Kenny was born on Aug. 22, 1927 in Barry County, Mo., the son of Ernest and Ruth (Stanley) Bowman...
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