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Stories from Monday, March 12, 2012

Testimony begins in Collings' murder trial (03/12/12)
Rowan Ford's brief glance back at the man who had just raped her was all the prompting Christopher Collings needed to strangle the 9-year-old with a rope outside his trailer in rural Wheaton in the early hours of Nov. 3, 2007. This description of Ford's final minutes of life was offered as part of the opening statement presented by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox on Monday morning in the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla...
Monett Chamber elects new board members (03/12/12)
New members of the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were elected at the annual membership meeting on March 8. The gathering represented a celebration of the past year, recognizing achievements and preparing for the year ahead. Following balloting, incoming president Walter Branch announced the new board members would be: Donna Beckett, from Community National Bank; Bob Markovics, from UMB Bank; Russ Moreland, from the Monett R-1 School District; and Lisa Schlichtman, from The Monett Times.. ...
Monett city budget advances to vote (03/12/12)
By Murray Bishoff The Monett City Council advanced the $44.2 million budget for fiscal year 2012-13 after accepting comment during a public meeting on Tuesday. Mayor Jim Orr said the $12 million water treatment plant, $900,000 to rebuild the City Park Casino, $275,000 pumper for the fire department and $250,000 for a new golf course clubhouse would boost spending to higher than usual levels...
Festival in Purdy planned in July (03/12/12)
The Purdy community is gearing up for the Purdy Festival, Cars, Cows and Corn, taking place on Saturday, July 21. For the inaugural event, the Purdy Festival Committee has scheduled a day filled with fun and activities sure to appeal to young and old alike...
Curves for Women kicks off annual food drive in Monett (03/12/12)
The 14th annual Curves for Women food drive kicked off in March with numerous incentives offered to members and the community to donate food and cash to benefit area food banks. According to Mia Land, owner of Curves in Monett, the theme this year is "Cruising for a Cause."...
Performers coming to Mt. Vernon March 22 (03/12/12)
Re-Creation USA, a group of unpaid young people who dedicate a year to traveling the country entertaining men and women in Veterans Administration medical centers and state VA hospitals, will perform "Everyday People" on March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Arts & Recreation Center at 811 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. in Mt. Vernon...
Program for beginning farmers offered March 16 in Mt. Vernon (03/12/12)
A program for beginning farmers, the socially disadvantaged or those with limited resources, has been planned for Friday, March 16 at the Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. Eight speakers will make presentations. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension...
Purdy's Nelson signs with Independence College (03/12/12)
Purdy's Garen Nelson signed a national letter of intent to play golf at Independence College in Independence, Kan., on Friday. "It feels greats to sign, but it was a tough decision," said Nelson. "I made a choice to give up baseball and pursue golf. That was extremely hard for me."...
Jason Gray (03/12/12)
Jason Warner Gray, 46, of Webb City, Mo., died on Sunday morning, March 11 at 3:36 a.m. at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Jason was born on March 5, 1966, to Braxton Gray and Barbara (Gray) Fenske. He was a boy with a sense of humor like no other. ...
Retha Brattin (03/12/12)
Retha "Diane" Brattin, age 52, of Cassville, died at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Funeral services were held at on Sunday, March 11, in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial was in Muncie Chapel Cemetery, Wheaton.
Reba Baum (03/12/12)
Reba Ellen Baum, 93, of Monett, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Lacoba Nursing Center in Monett. She was born on June 6, 1918 in Harper, Kan., the daughter of the late Elmer and Grace Huddlestone. She was married to M.C. "Bob" Baum and they spent 71 years in a loving and devoted marriage that began on Sept. 1, 1940 in El Dorado, Kan...
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