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Stories from Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Academy takes to the range (12/12/12)
A total of 13 new law enforcement academy students were on the firing range this weekend, performing a series of exercises to familiarize them with their weapons and position transitions for combat-style situations. Students took to the field to practice using handguns, shotguns with a variety of loads ranging from birdshot to slugs, and transitioning positions and weapons during a live-fire sequence. ...
R-1 Board celebrates successes (12/12/12)
The Monett R-1 Board of Education celebrated successes and innovations during the November board meeting. On Nov. 13, Monett High School received the Making Learning Come Alive Award from the Southwest Center for Education Excellence. The honor recognized the One to the World laptop program as the most innovative instructional program for the previous school year, out of all the 42 school districts in the region...
Holiday season to brighten Broadway (12/12/12)
A holiday season edition of Broadway Nights returns to downtown Monett on Friday, Dec. 14 with extended shopping hours and entertaining activities. Ten downtown stores will participate in extended hour shopping, remaining open until 8 p.m. Stores will offer winter clothing inventory, festive gift ideas and some special sales...
Kemin officials address council regarding citizen concerns (12/12/12)
Representatives from Kemin Industries, in Verona, attended the November meeting of the Verona City Council to address citizen concerns about odor emitting from the plant. Kenneth Grant, Robbie Grant and John Anderson said plant officials are evaluating new chemicals in use at the facility that are apparently not working. ...
Operation Christmas Child (12/12/12)
News In Brief (12/12/12)
The Mt. Pleasant Benefit Special Road District commissioners will meet on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Freistatt fire station. The public is invited to attend. A Christmas musical, "Get to the Manger," will be presented by Monett Community Church at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 and at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. The public is invited to come early on Saturday evening for a cookie social beginning at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2101 East Cleveland in Monett...
Big 8 Conference votes to add McDonald County (12/12/12)
High school principals from the Big 8 voted unanimously (8-0) on Dec. 11 to add a ninth member, McDonald County, to the conference. "We are excited to be a part of the Big 8, not just for our athletes but also for our entire student body," said McDonald County High School Principal Kim Harrell. "Besides athletics, our students will also get the chance to compete in conference activities such as art, speech & debate, and academic bowl. That is something the Southwest Conference did not offer."...
Big 8 History timeline (12/12/12)
1928 founded The conference was established known as the Big 10. Founding members were: Aurora, Carthage, Joplin, Lamar, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Neosho, Nevada, Springfield and Webb City. 1953 The Big 10 changed to the Big 9 when Springfield and Joplin left the conference and Cassville was added...
Hot shooting Purdy rolls past Miller (12/12/12)
The Purdy Lady Eagles hit their first five shots to build an 11-4 lead and never looked back, defeating Miller 49-33 on Dec. 11. "We got off to a great start in the first half," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "We were able to use our defense to create offensive opportunities."...
Monett takes third in the CJ wrestling tourney (12/12/12)
The Monett wrestling Cubs sent nine athletes to the Carl Junction Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 8 and earned a third place finish in the 11-team field. Carthage won the event scoring 222.5 points. Seneca was second with 211 points. Monett recorded 155.5 points, and Willard finished fourth with 153 points...
Pierce City falls short against East Newton (12/12/12)
The Pierce City Lady Eagles fell 46-40 to the East Newton Lady Patriots on Dec. 10. "We played hard throughout the game and came close a few times, but we struggled capitalizing in key moments of the game," said Pierce City coach Rob Guerin. The Lady Patriots led 9-8 at the end of the first period. East Newton outscored the Lady Eagles 15-9 in the second frame to lead 24-17 at the break...
Monett freshmen win tourney (12/12/12)
Photo courtesy of Amanda McKinney The Monett Cubs freshmen basketball team, pictured above, won the Monett High School "M" tournament championship for the second consecutive year on Dec. 8 with a 35-18 victory over Mt. Vernon. The Cubs opened the annual tourney with a 40-18 win over Verona, and then defeated Springfield Catholic 31-21 in the semifinals. ...
Purdy to retire Rollers #23 (12/12/12)
The Purdy R-2 School District will honor former Lady Eagles basketball star Addy Roller by retiring her #23 jersey in a special ceremony at the high school on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. The retirement of roller's jersey will mark the first time the school has bestowed this honor on an athlete...
Purdy earns a pair of victories (12/12/12)
Purdy High School basketball teams earned victories over College Heights and School of the Ozarks on Dec. 7. The Eagles improved to 4-1 with a 46-40 victory over East Newton. "East Newton did a great job defensively, and it was a struggle to score all game long," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "We played our best defensive game of the year in the half court, which was encouraging to see."...
MHS band has active year (12/12/12)
The Monett High School band earned numerous honors during its fall marching band season. The Cubs Marching Pride began its 2012-13 competition season at Webbstock in Webb City on Sept. 22. The band competed in a division based on school size, not band size. MHS placed fifth overall...
Area School/Senior Menus (12/12/12)
CENTRAL PARK AND MONETT ELEMENTARY HM - Homemade fresh in the Opaa! Kitchen. WG - Whole Grain item. Wednesday -- Breakfast: Sausage pancake on a stick, cereal or oatmeal. Lunch: 1. Chicken patty. 2. Grilled chicken sandwich. 3. Caesar chef salad. Thursday -- Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich, cereal or oatmeal. Lunch: 1. Cheese pizza. 2. Pig in a blanket. 3. Asian chef salad...
Naomi Marbut (12/12/12)
Naomi Mae "Toots" Marbut, age 91, of Cassville, died on Monday, Dec. 10, in Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Funeral services was held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Gunter Methodist Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be in Gunter Cemetery, Butterfield...
Norma Wellman (12/12/12)
Norma J. Wellman, age 91, formerly of Berryville, Ark. died on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab in Hollister. Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. at the High Church off Highway 221, Carroll County, Ark. Arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home in Cassville...
Betty Gast (12/12/12)
Betty Jean Gast, 79, of Monett, Mo., passed away on Dec. 9, 2012. Betty was born in Beatrice, Neb., one of five children, to the late Dick and Gertrude Dissmeyer. She grew up on a farm with her sisters, Doris and Jo, and brothers, Harvey and Wayne. Betty was united in marriage in 1955 to Albert Gast, and raised five children in her loving home, Sue, Sandy, Sharon, Scot and Samantha...
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