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Saturday, July 9, 2016

GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens will make his second campaign stop in Monett for a community meet and greet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 at the Monett Area YMCA community room.

The Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at the Bayless/Sayler house in Cassville for a business meeting.

OACAC will offer life skills training classes at its Aurora office at 203 S. Washington in July. A class on legal aid is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 21. To pre-register, people may call 417-678-5031.

The Mark Chapman Band will headline this year's entertainment lineup at the fifth annual Jammin' at Jolly Mill Concert in the Country, starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Jolly Mill Park, located near Pierce City. Special guests at this year's concert include Pierce City's Jamey Damrill, with alternative country music performances, and Neva Welters, performing on dulcimer. The event will conclude with a fireworks show at dark.

The fifth annual Purdy Festival will be held on Saturday, July 16 on the Purdy school and city park grounds.Vendors interested in showing in the craft show, not-for-profits offering concessions, details about the livestock show or the Angie Swadley Memorial Run or Co-ed Softball Tournament may call Renae Neill at 417-840-0528.

Members of the Howdy Neighbor Days committee will host a boot drive in Pierce City from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, with proceeds to benefit this year's festival. HND committee member will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the Decatur Lodge building, 206 N. Walnut, in Pierce City.

The third annual Repurposed Faire in Monett has been scheduled for Aug. 27-28 on Front Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets. Vendors seeking to offer material for repurposing or selling material that has been repurposed may contact Ann Saunders at 235-2007.

The First United Methodist Church in Marionville will mark its 150th anniversary on July 31. Following the luncheon after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the time capsule buried in 1991 will be dug up and replaced with new items.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will host the 700-hour basic law enforcement academy, beginning on Aug. 18. Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Graduates will receive a Class A peace officer's license. Cost is $4,000. Additional information is available online at

MoDOT urges motorists using Highway 97 between Purdy and Interstate 44 to seek alternative routes during construction underway throughout July.

Persons with mobility issues that may interfere with voting on Aug. 2 may vote absentee by contacting their county clerk's offices in Cassville and Mt. Vernon.

The Lawrence County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. on July 17 at the Jones Memorial on Farm Road 1137 near the Mt. Vernon Golf Course. Willie Washam will speak about renovation and restoration work at the historic Phelps school. The meeting will be held in the chapel so visitors should park next to the golf course and not by the road.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 3 to 6 p.m. on July 14 at St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City.

The Monett Senior Center will host its July dance at 7 p.m. on July 11 at the Monett City Park Casino.

Dr. Daniel Seyer, seed coating research director with Monsanto, will speak about the pros and cons of GMOs at 7 p.m. on July 14 at the lower level of the Cassville Branch Library, 301 W. 17th St. He will speak at a joint meeting of the Barry County Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Library.

The annual Horticulture Twi-Light Tour in Lawrence County will be held on July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Research Center, southwest of Mt. Vernon. This year's tour will focus on blueberries and blackberries grown locally. The tour will also stop at the Weaver farm, 5397 Farm Road 2130 in Stotts City, and Osterloh's Berry Patch at 18918 Hwy. W in rural Verona. For additional information, people may call the Lawrence County Extension Office 417-466-3102.

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