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Monett School Board discusses safety, facility improvements (01/02/13)
Monett R-1 Board of Education members discussed adjustments in school facilities to improve safety during their December meeting. In the shadow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012, Monett Superintendent Brad Hanson discussed steps taken by the district with its buildings in recent years. Changes at Monett Elementary School in particular limited the number of exterior doors and access points to students,...
Haven hit hard by animal adoption tax (01/02/13)
A local animal shelter has been hit hard with an animal adoption tax imposed by the state. Haven of the Ozarks, in Washburn, is just one of hundreds of not-for-profit animal shelters across the state hit by AN animal adoption tax that for-profit and large-scale commercial breeding operations have had to pay as a part of their operations fees...
Looking like winter in Monett, briefly (01/02/13)
For a few minutes on Friday, Dec. 28, it looked like winter in Monett. Huge snowflakes quickly put a white covering over lawns, but within a few minutes warmer air made most of it vanish. Monett winters remain elusive for those seeking more than blasts of cold air to define the season...
Sales tax receipts slide for year's end (01/02/13)
Sales tax disbursements in December, 2012 closed the year on a generally disappointing note. Only three of 13 bi-county cities topped last December's receipts, and only three cities for the year surpassed totals received in 2011. Monett's two sales taxes for the general fund generated $154,429.39, a drop of $42,247.40 or 21 percent from last December. ...
Barry County E-911 now offers website (01/02/13)
Barry County E-911 now has an official website. Community members are encouraged to visit the site, which is located at www.barrycountye911.org. "It lists information about us and provides the public with many options with how to contact us," said Mike Phillips, Barry County E-911 director. "We are currently in the process of building it out and have been adding new features to it on a weekly basis...
Tax payments on track for 2012 (01/02/13)
As 2013 begins, collectors for both Lawrence and Barry counties are pleased with the pace of payments in the current tax cycle. "We average about 92 percent of taxes paid by year's end," said Lawrence County Collector Kelli McVey, looking at the number of tax returns received by Dec. 27...
News In Brief (01/02/13)
The Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the Southwest Research Center, southwest of Mt. Vernon. A steak dinner will be served shortly after 6 p.m. and speakers will begin at 7 p.m. A dance will be held at the Cassville Senior Center, located at 1111 Fair St., at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Roaring River Sound band will play. A $4 donation is requested for admission. Finger foods are welcome...
Chamber hosts "jingle mingle" (01/02/13)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce hosted a "jingle mingle" as its membership gathering in December. Jeff Meredith, chamber executive director, had a pot of his "almost famous" chili on hand, along with another soup and other goodies. New State Representative Scott Fitzpatrick, from Shell Knob, took the opportunity to attend and hear points of interest from his new constituents...
Prepare now for severe winter weather events (01/02/13)
With some of the nasty, sticky, cold, white stuff forecast for next week, it's time for area residents to take stock of their pantries and winter weather supplies in preparation for what could be the first significant snow storm for the area. Winter storms can range from a moderate snowfall to the wind-driven icy sleet and freezing rain, reminiscent of the 2007 ice storm that sent area residents slipping and sliding to the nearest retail store for food and supplies...
A very Kiwanian Christmas (01/02/13)
The Monett Kiwanis Club hosted a Christmas party for all the third graders in the Monett R-1 School District on Dec. 20, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church. Around 70 children attended the event. Retired Monett science teacher Heno Head provided entertainment with 12 science demonstrations relating to Christmas, describing creation, Biblical heroes and the scene at the manger...
Arthritis fundraiser surpasses goal (01/02/13)
Payton Crumpler, third grade student at Purdy Elementary School, participated in the Arthritis Foundation's annual Jingle Bell Run and Walk fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 1 as part of Team 4:13. Crumpler was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumotoid Arthritis when she was 2 and a half years old. Fellow team 4:13 member, Jake Tharp, also suffers from the condition...
Sharing songs of the season (01/02/13)
Members of the Monett High School Choir prepared to go Christmas caroling throughout the community last Thursday, Dec. 13, to spread some holiday cheer through song. Students were rehearsing "The Twelve Days of Christmas," complete with dramatization for each of the 12 gifts in the song...
St. Lawrence students go caroling (01/02/13)
St. Lawrence Catholic School students in grades third through sixth sang Christmas carols at Lacoba and Benchmark nursing homes in Monett. Judie Starchman, music teacher, directed the students. The first and second grade students made Christmas cards for the residents...
Monett teachers train skills on Jan. 2 (01/02/13)
School will not be in session Wednesday, January 2 in the Monett R-1 School District to allow teachers to participate in a professional development/work day. At Monett Elementary, faculty will work on teambuilding, planning, writing and celebration reflection, as well as building grade-level teams...
Paula Best (01/02/13)
Paula Kathryn (Bartelsmeyer) Best, age 71, of Jefferson City, died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Funeral services are pending through Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.
Joseph Rowley (01/02/13)
Rev. Joseph "Jack" F. Rowley, age 81, of Waskom, Texas, died at Thursday, Dec. 27. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Cassville.
Rose Ann Gentry (01/02/13)
Rose Ann Gentry, 81, of Monett, passed away Saturday December 29, 2012 at Willard Care Center in Willard, Mo. She was born on Sept. 27, 1931 in Purdy, Mo., the daughter of the late Fred and Ova (Boswell) Swindell. She was a retired nurse and a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Monett, Mo. for over 50 years...
Ida Sebourn (01/02/13)
Ida Sebourn, age 76, of Stotts City, died at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 29 at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City
Kela Gilliland (01/02/13)
Kela Jean Gilliland, age 57, of Mt. Vernon, died at 10:29 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Aurora. She was born June 5, 1955, in Monett, A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon...
Ralph Branson (01/02/13)
Ralph Edward Branson, age 100, of Shell Knob, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Bill Henson (01/02/13)
William "Bill" Mark Henson, 82, of Marionville, formerly of Pierce City, died at 2:19 p.m. on Dec. 27 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Williams Funeral Home in Marionville. Burial was in the Monett IOOF Cemetery...
Helen Crow (01/02/13)
Helen M. Crow, age 76, of Monett, MO, passed from this life on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Benchmark Healthcare of Monett. Funeral services for Miss Crow will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Cox officiating. Interment will be in the Seligman Cemetery in Seligman...
Louise Hall (01/02/13)
Mary "Louise" Hall, age 83, of Purdy, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery near Butterfield.
Pettit, Patton engagement announced (01/02/13)
Scott and Theresa Pettit, of Aurora, announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison, to Trenton Patton. He is the son of Stan and Linda Patton, of Monett. Trenton and Allison feel blessed to have found their soul mate who shares the same passion for horses...
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