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Stories from Thursday, May 17, 2012

AG seeks date for Clayton's execution (05/17/12)
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has requested Supreme Court action in the Cecil Clayton capital murder case. Clayton has been incarcerated on Missouri's death row since a jury found him guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter on Nov. 27, 1996. The guilty verdict was handed down by a Jasper County jury on Oct. 20, 1997...
Pastors gather emergency ideas (05/17/12)
Three Monett pastors developed new ideas about how to serve the community while attending the Missouri Governor's Faith-Based Organization Disaster Initiative Workshop in Springfield on May 1. Paul Lanning, from the First United Methodist Church, John Nipper, from the First Presbyterian Church, and Ron Stair, from the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), attended the session at Remington's in Springfield. The five-hour program included presentations through lunch...
News in Brief (05/17/12)
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Family Room Restaurant, 641 W. Highway 60, will be conducted by the Monett Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18. The Pleasant Ridge Special Road District commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Pleasant Ridge School House on Highway Z. For more information, call David at 236-4690...
Monett's first Air Putt Contest (05/17/12)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce has planned a new fundraiser, which will be held in conjunction with the annual Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament on Friday, June 1. An all-inclusive, five-night trip for two to Cancun, Mexico, is the prize in the Air Putt contest, that involves a golf ball drop from a hot air balloon...
Monett grads diverse and easy going (05/17/12)
Monett High School diplomas will be presented to 137 seniors on Friday. The Class of 2012 is more easy going than other classes, and full of energy and insight, according to counselor Lori Solensky. "There are a lot of independent, driven students," Solensky said. "Not too many are undecided on their college plans. They have been a fun, very well behaved, enjoyable group."...
Do you want to buy a duck? (05/17/12)
The Monett Kiwanis Club is preparing for its first annual duck race to take place on Saturday, June 2 at 6 p.m. during the Monett Strawberry Festival on Broadway. Numbered plastic ducks will be sent floating to the finish line near the corner of Fifth and Broadway in Monett with the assistance of water sprayed by a fire truck. The race will offer multiple cash prizes of up to $500 for the winning ducks in the race...
Vincent Van Goat to appear at annual Pierce City Arts Festival (05/17/12)
Vincent Van Goat, a computerized sculpture, will be making an appearance at the fourth annual Pierce City Arts Festival, taking place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Event organizer Becky Golubski said Van Goat will be on hand to explain to attendees how vital art is to the community...
Three injured in two-vehicle crash (05/17/12)
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 6 p.m. on Wednesday on Farm Road 2230 about three miles south of Aurora. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when the driver of a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix, Brandi M. Sawyer, 27, of Aurora, failed to yield to a 1991 Chevrolet S10 Blazer, driven by Marjorie A. Hagg, 69, also of Aurora, and struck the Blazer...
Kids Fishing Day to be held May 19 (05/17/12)
Roaring River State Park will hold its annual spring Kids Fishing Day from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Free youth fishing tags for kids 15 and under will be available at the Roaring River Hatchery office throughout the day on Friday, May 18 and during the event on Saturday. Participating children will also receive a goody bag...
Proclamation signed for drug courts (05/17/12)
Monett Mayor James Orr signed a proclamation on May 8, declaring that "Drug Court Month" should be observed during the month of May. The proclamation recognizes the significant contributions the Barry and Lawrence county drug court programs have made toward reducing substance abuse, crime and recidivism while saving valuable resources...
MHS grad big part of college team's success (05/17/12)
At 5'7", 140 pounds, Crowder College baseball player and former Monett standout Spenser Witt is the anti-Billy Butler, if you will. Unlike the Royals' designated hitter, Witt isn't portly or right handed and opposing pitchers rarely mistake him for a home run basher when he steps to the plate...
Pierce City falls in district baseball championship (05/17/12)
After edging both Sarcoxie and Miller in one-run games to reach the district championship game, Pierce City saw their baseball season end with a 7-4 loss to Southwest in Tuesday's title contest at Ash Grove. Seeded fifth in the tournament, the upstart Trojans upset Diamond, Purdy, and then Pierce City to claim the second district baseball title in school history...
Purdy High School National Honor Society members inducted (05/17/12)
The Purdy High School Aubrey Keeling Chapter of National Honor Society inducted new members at the annual NHS banquet held on March 27.
Pierce City High School National Honor Society members inducted (05/17/12)
Pierce City High School recently held induction ceremonies for new members of the National Honor Society.
Scholarships announced for MHS Class of 2012 (05/17/12)
College and community scholarships for seniors in the Class of 2012 at Monett High School were announced at the Monett Honors Assembly on Monday. Local scholarships Andrew Norton Memorial: Nicollette Fellwock, $500 per year for two years. Arhart and Louise Veith Memorial: Marcela Rangel, $500...
PCHS presents performance awards (05/17/12)
Awards for student performance at Pierce City High School were presented on Tuesday, May 8, at the high school cafeteria. Michael Adams received the A+ certificate, National Honor Society award, Missouri Southern State University scholarship, 4-H Day with the Cardinals, Missouri State High School Activities Association athletic scholarship, and the United States Marine music scholarship...
Halle Jungmann named Big Red top student (05/17/12)
The Monett Fire Departments Big Red Banquet was held on Friday, April 27, celebrating the success of area students who learned about fire safety. Students were instructed every month on different types of issues including fire safety, kitchen safety, holiday safety, electrical safety, storm safety, juvenile fire starters, burn safety and summer safety...
Carthage-Joplin Regional Stockyards: Cow and Bull Auction 5/16/12 (05/17/12)
Springfield Livestock Marketing Center : Feeder Cattle Auction Report for 05/16/2012 (05/17/12)
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