Murray Bishoff: What does the future hold?
As the Monett Chamber of Commerce begins leading discussions about where is Monett going and how do we get there, the subject arises of the next generation that will lead the community. This is a much harder question that it seems. From all accounts, young professionals and millennials have a different world view. They aren't very tolerant of conditions they don't like. That includes a job, a career, or a town that doesn't deliver satisfaction...
Wendy Cairus: Mom: System failed son
Dear Editor, Have you ever been told that jail is the only option? Mental illness is an "above the neck" illness treated much differently than any other. My 18-year-old son, who is autistic, has been sitting in jail for weeks without his needs being met. Worse yet, the things he has seen and heard while incarcerated are scarred into his brain...
Murray Bishoff: Farwell to a friend on the sunny side of the street
For a long time -- nine years now -- we've been missing Jack Frost on Broadway. Jack's infectious laugh, his irrepressible smile and his big personality made a strong impression downtown. Losing him this week at age 86 brought back many memories. Jack was a promoter at heart, who pumped enthusiasm into everything he did. ...
Times employee tells of her fight against breast cancer
Growing up as a female, you hear the words breast cancer often. You see it on billboards, the television, the radio and even the ongoing awareness information during the entire month of October. There are campaigns to raise money for awareness and to celebrate survivors. The information is everywhere around us...
Murray Bishoff: Broken windows, broken illusions
The troubling account of the juveniles taken into custody and the vandalism rampage they allegedly caused in August revealed the depth of the Monett community's vulnerability to such a threat. We saw it for several years now on Front Street, where the venerable Jumping-Jacks factory building was, bit by bit, picked apart. ...