Purdy High School students and FCCLA members Jessica Ball and Kaylynn Harkey will make a special presentation to Kathy Geyer, widow of the late Carl Geyer, a beloved teacher at Purdy High School, during the basketball game on Thursday night, Dec. 13. The games begin at 5:30 p.m. Money was raised for pancreatic cancer research through their Purple Power program in memory of their teacher.
Food donations for Christmas baskets distributed by Crosslines need to be delivered by the end of Wednesday, Dec. 12, to 510 E. Cleveland in Monett. Baskets will be packed on Dec. 13.
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews continue to work this week on replacing the deck on the Highway 39 bridge over Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob. Traffic will be periodically reduced to one lane. Crews are also doing maintenance along Interstate 44.
The Army Corps of Engineers' master plan for Table Rock Lake is available online at www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Planning.... Comments can be sent to Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, ATTN: Dana Coburn, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, Ark., 72203, or by e-mail to M4TRMP@usace.army.mil.
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold blood drives from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at Mercy Hospital in Cassville; on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lowe's in Monett; from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, 600 N. Main in Mt. Vernon; and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Ozarks Community Hospital, 108 S. Hickory in Mt. Vernon.
Several Monett churches will present a drive-through Living Nativity on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. both nights at Countryside Christian Church, 1200 N. Eisenhower. Jane Robertson is the director. The program depicts several scenes leading up to the birth of Jesus. For more information, call 417-737-1578.
The Verona FFA Chapter has a small variety of flowers for sale. Small poinsettias are available for Christmas for $6 and large ones are available for $8. Hanging baskets of morning glories are available for $7. Baskets and small and large pots of marigolds are also available. The sale continues through Dec. 18. For more information, call 417-498-6775.
Dedication ceremonies for renaming Highway 71 to Interstate 49 will be held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Joplin East Middle School, 7501 E. 26th St.
Food service training workshops offered by the Lawrence County Health Department will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 21. Classes are held at the health department office in Mt. Vernon. For more information, call 417-466-2201.
Al-Anon meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Pierce City First Baptist Church, on Highway 97, north of Pierce City, in the west wing.
Toys for Tots in Lawrence County is accepted donations of new unwrapped toys through Dec. 14 at businesses in Aurora, Marionville, Miller and Mt. Vernon. For drop-off information, call Tom Hanson at 417-440-1319.
The Marionville Christmas Parade will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The new historic Pierce City Christmas ornament from the Dacy Foundation, showing the Lawrence County Bank, is available for $6 at City Hall in Pierce City and at First State Bank.