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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Monett/Purdy affiliate of Habitat for Humanity will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Monett. The public is invited to attend.

The Barry County Courthouse and Judicial Center will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas.

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library branches will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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.

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.

The Monett First Baptist Church will present "Lead Me Back To Bethlehem," a Christmas cantata, at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 16. The church is located at 2581 Highway 37, south of Monett.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at Monett Community Church, located at 2101 E. Cleveland. A $25 Visa gift card will be awarded in a drawing from all participating donors.

Chad Bennett, pastor at the Monett Community Church, will present a Christmas message at the noon meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Happy House restaurant.

A Sandlot Baseball Academy will hold an overnight youth camp for ages 13 through 18 on Dec. 27 and 28, beginning at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is $125 by Dec. 20. Online registration is available at www.sandlotbaseball.net. A clinic for ages 9 to 12 will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 29. Both clinics will be at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center. For more information, call 417-737-3548.

Monett Elementary School is accepting donations for the nurse's closet of supplies for children. Presently needed are shoes for boys and girls, sizes 12/13 or youth size 4/5; girls sweats, sizes 5-10; and coats, sizes 5-10.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Monett Community Church, across from Ramey Supermarket on East Cleveland.

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.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department is accepting the donation of old cell phones that can be used by victims without phones to call 911. Donors may keep their Sim cards and delete all personal information before turning in phones. For more information, contact Kim Bishop-Jones at 417-466-2131.

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.

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