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Friday, January 5, 2018

The 89th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference has been scheduled for Jan. 9 in Cassville. Presentations will focus on herbicides, taxes and beef in school lunch programs. The program, beginning with supper, will run from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 417-847-3161 or visit the Extension office on the square in Cassville. Cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For additional information, people may call 417-847-3161.

Lawrence County Area Retired School Personnel will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Olive Grille, 15 E. Olive in Aurora, for a breakfast meeting. School superintendents will discuss changes in recent years.

The Pleasant Ridge Special Road District will hold its monthly meeting in the basement of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 and is open to the residents of the road district.

The Monett City Council will hold a work session at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, to discuss the 2018-2019 preliminary budget.

Missouri Master Naturalists and staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation will offer eagle viewing at the Stella Veteran’s Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Spotting scopes will be set up. The event is open to all ages and is free.

Open enrollment is now underway for spring 2018 classes for Crowder College in Monett, which begin January 16. For additional information, people may call 417-236-2895 or email

The Barry County Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser will hold an organizational meeting for 2018 at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Big Baldy’s BacWoods Barbecue, 814 E. Highway 60 in Monett. Fundraising and organizational plans are welcome.

The Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce will host a food sampling event similar to the Monett Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of Flavors, dubbed, The Taste, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Three eateries from Monett will participate.

Next week at the Monett Senior Center, 405 Dairy St., meals will include chili or a hot dog on a bun on Jan. 8, smothered beef or chicken bites on Jan. 9, oven fried chicken or pork loin roast on Jan. 10, cheese omelet or bacon-sausage patty on Jan. 11, and spaghetti with meat sauce or smothered chicken on Jan. 12. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An 80th birthday party for Frederick Charles Grimm of Monett will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Monett City Park Casino. Friends are welcome.

Next week at the Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, meals next week will include spaghetti on Jan. 9 and Thai chicken on Jan. 12. Bridge is played from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices have increased to $4 for persons 55 and older, $5 for those under 55, and $5 for carry-outs.

The American Job Center, 100 S. Maple in Monett, will offer a session on “Skills to Pay the Bills” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. p.m. on Jan. 10. A Computer Skills for All class is offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 12. Pre-registration is needed by calling 235-7877.

The next Lawrence County Gospel Sing will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Nazarene Church, 503 Necessity St. in Marionville. Jerry Johnson will be the new master of ceremonies. Singers and musicians are welcome.

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a dance at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Chamber’s Events Center on Highway 37. Cost is $4.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive on Jan. 9 at the Cedar Hollow Mennonite School, 4694 Farm Road 1185 in rural Miller.

The Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District N executive board will meet at 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett.

Next week at the Monett Branch Library, Sixth and Bond, a knitting and crochet session with Verda and Joni will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The Cassville Branch Library will host an adult painting class at 6 p.m. on Jan. 11. Reservations may be made by calling 417-847-2121.

A public meeting to discuss the petition to merge the city of Verona into the Aurora Rural Fire District will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the fire station at 16464 Farm Road 2200. Organizers ask that objections be submitted in writing. The question is planned as a ballot issue for April 3.

The Lawrence County Commission will hold its annual budget hearing at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 at the historic county courthouse in Mt. Vernon, in the second floor courtroom.

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