News in brief
Susan Sparks from the Polk County Genealogical Society will speak at the Lawrence County Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the MRC Museum, on Dallas Street one block west of the Mt. Vernon square. The MRC museum with its large collection of photos will be open for viewing following the program.
The annual Dining for Diabetes fundraising dinner, organized to benefit the diabetes education program run through Cox Monett Hospital, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, at St. Mary's Catholic School fellowship hall in Pierce City. Cost is $25 per person. Mark Chapman will provide the entertainment. For additional information, people may call Nancy Ridgley at 354-1280.
The next Lawrence County Sing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Marionville Church of the Nazarene, 503 Necessity St.
At the Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, a free lunch sponsored by Old Town Pharmacy will be offered on Jan. 13, featuring spaghetti with meatballs.
The American Job Center, 100 S. Maple in Monett, will offer free workshops in January. Interested persons may attend cases on computer skills, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and interview and resume writing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 27. Testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate, an eight-hour exam, is offered at 9 a.m. on Jan. 20. Pre-registration is needed by calling 235-7877.
The Purdy Special Road District commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 at the district barn, south of the city cemetery.
Pleasant Ridge Special Road District commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the basement of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
The Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Bayless/Sayler House in Cassville.
St. John's Lutheran Church-Stones Prairie will host its annual chili supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the church, located on Farm Road 1057 northwest of Purdy. The menu will include homemade chili, potato soup and homemade dessert. Donations for the meal will go toward constructing a new pavilion for the picnic grounds. For additional information, people may call 417-442-3836.
At the Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, knitting and crochet classes will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Adult coloring get-togethers will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 26.
OACAC in Aurora is offering life skills classes. A parenting class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in six sessions, all necessary, on Jan. 17-20, 23 and 24. An energy savers class is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 18. A couponing class is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26. Classes are offered at 203 S. Washington, Suite A, in Aurora. To register, people may call 417-678-5031.
All branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will be closed Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Lawrence County Health Department has flu vaccine available now for adults at a cost of $15. They are also able to bill Medicare, Medicaid and most Insurance plans. Vaccine for children ages 6 months-18 years is also available. The children's vaccinations are $5 ($20 for non-Lawrence County residents) or free with a current Medicaid card. All vaccinations will be given Monday thru Friday from 8am-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Vaccination may make illness milder and prevent influenza related complications. The Health Department is located at 105 West North Street in Mt. Vernon. For information, people may call 417-466-2201.
The University of Missouri Extension will offer a Master Beekeeping Level 1 Class from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 14 at the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield. Cost is $75. To register, people may call 417-881-8909.
The Lawrence County Retired School Personnel will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Fellowship Hall of the Aurora First Baptist Church, 201 S. Jefferson Ave. Sheriff Brad DeLay will be the speaker.