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Stories from Friday, August 17, 2012

PC Fest lights up the night (08/17/12)
The Zipper, pictured above, lit up the night sky last night during the opening night of the annual Howdy Neighbor Days festival in Pierce City. Festival-goers had the opportunity to ride a variety of mid-way attractions as well as sample the traditional fair cuisine such as hamburgers, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Below, riders settled in on the Pharaoh's Swing as it gained momentum, throwing passengers high into the sky at its pinnacle...
Student count continues to rise in Monett (08/17/12)
The first day count of students in both the Monett R-1 and Purdy R-2 School Districts, which opened on Wednesday, showed positive trends for both districts. Monett Superintendent Brad Hanson reported a total of 2,341 students attended classes on Wednesday in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. A year ago, the count of first-day attendees was 2,306. The enrollment count on the books on opening day was 2,432, compared to 2,416 a year ago...
Stoll tells adventures, experience as author (08/17/12)
Monett author Laurence Stoll shared stories of his life and experience as a published author for last week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club. Stoll, whose life story is compiled in the book "The Happy Accident," said he attended a meeting with local author Cheryl Hodde at the Monett Public Library in 2006. Hodde asked how many attending could write a novel. Stoll said he could write a Christian novel on the story of his life, and began the project...
Wheaton Fire Department to host barbecue (08/17/12)
It's time for the Wheaton Fire Department's 54th an-nual barbecue, slated to take place starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Wheaton City Park. The Show and Shine Car Show will begin at 9 a.m. For registration informa-tion, call 417-847-7907...
News in brief (08/17/12)
The Southern Missouri Bee Keepers of Monett will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Monett, located at 1600 N. Central. All interested persons are welcome. For more information, call 235-7726. At Ernte Fest in Freistatt on Friday and Saturday, there are changes from last year. ...
Authorities seeking Joe Andrus (08/17/12)
Local authorities are still seeking the whereabouts of Joe D. Andrus. Andrus has warrants for felony probation violation, passing bad checks, and traffic offenses. He is also wanted for questioning in a Lawrence County arson fire. Andrus is known to fre-quent the Barry and Law-rence counties area. Former addresses include the cities of Verona, Monett, Stotts City, Mt. Vernon and Aurora...
Welcome back students (08/17/12)
AmeriCorps Reading Coaches welcome sisters Jarely and Jaraldie Rodriguez to the first day of school at Purdy Elementary. [Photo by Susan Funkhouser]
Park back in tip-top shape (08/17/12)
Roaring River State Park is back in tip-top shape just in time for annual fall Kids' Fishing Day, which will be held in the park this Saturday. "The park and campgrounds have been cleaned up and look great," said Dusty Reid, park superintendent. "Park staff is excited to have opened all three campgrounds within six days of the storm, and we are already gearing up for our next big special event...
Sunby receives award (08/17/12)
Tamra Sunby, Monett High School Vocational Agriculture Instructor, was honored at an awards luncheon on July 25 at Central High School for her service in agriculture education. The 2012 Missouri Vocational Agriculture Association honored Sunby with a Distinguished Service Award for her contribution to the service of agriculture education in the state of Missouri and her dedication as a teacher. ...
Merritt named to dean's list (08/17/12)
Michael Merritt, a student at Wartburg College, a private school in northern Iowa, was named to the dean's list for both fall and spring semesters. He is pursuing a degree in computer science with a double minor in math and business. Merritt is interning at Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minn. in the IT Applications department. He is the son of Larry and Karen Merritt and the grandson of Jean Kelly, all of Monett...
School menus (08/17/12)
CENTRAL PARK AND MONETT ELEMENTARY Key: SC - Smart Choice entrée item (16 grams of fat or less.) HM - Homemade fresh in the Opaa! Kitchen. WG - Whole Grain item. Monday -- Breakfast: Pan-cakes, cereal or oatmeal. Lunch: 1. Hot dog on a bun. 2. BBQ rib on a bun. 3. Chef salad w/ hot roll...
Soccer Cubs ready for season's start (08/17/12)
The Monett Cubs soccer team is looking to kick the 2012-13 season off on the right foot. Monett returns several players and has had over 30 players attend summer practices. Offensively, the Cubs return several key players from last year. The biggest question mark will be on the defensive side of the ball where the numbers of returning players were decimated due to graduation including the goalie position...
Highlandville - CRS Sale's Company Sheep and Goat Sale: Monthly Sheep and Goat Auction for 08-16-12 (08/17/12)
Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 08/17/12 (08/17/12)
The Paul Ryan selection (08/17/12)
The mainstream media is abuzz with the news of Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee and has earned a reputation as a "budget hawk" and advocate of limited government by being the architect of a highly touted plan that would supposedly slash federal spending...
A wedding present for North Korea (08/17/12)
I guess I am a sucker for old-fashioned romance. When I heard about the stunning marriage of Kim Jong-eun, the young new leader of North Korea, to the lovely Ri Sol-ju, apparently a professional singer, I hurriedly buried the ideological hatchet and grabbed the latest "Brides" magazine to figure out what would be a trendy wedding present for the happy couple...
Land of legacy (08/17/12)
At the turn of the 20th century, 38 percent of the labor force was farmers. Today, only 2 percent still call farming their own, yet they feed the world with less land, less water, and a sense of stewardship that rivals that of a century ago. Some of today's farmers come from a long line of farming; you might say it's in their blood...
Commentary (08/17/12)
It's hard to imagine how important the City Park Casino has been to Monett. In a town that has been challenged to keep a serviceable auditorium until the 1920s, the casino became the catch-all for all times. And what a place. The lounge offered an intimate place for a half-dozen or more to gather. The hall could accommodate a dance of 100 or a crowd of hundreds of children assembled at a Quarterback Club meeting where a nationally known sports figure would speak...
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