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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
Features
Murray Bishoff: When the road signs point in both directions (08/27/16)
This week, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt made a campaign stop in Monett that helped to illustrate the political divide in the nation, and the confusion left to the average citizen trying to sort it out. Make no doubt, Blunt has been a friend to Monett over the years. ...
Murray Bishoff: Winning the right way (08/20/16)
At the Purdy school board meeting this week, A. Todd Goffey, a managing director in public finance for the investment banking firm of Piper Jaffray, told school board members how impressive it was to see patrons in the school district pass a bond issue on Aug. 2 with 82 percent in favor...
Murray Bishoff: More good times, please (08/13/16)
This is festival weekend for the Monett area. There's Ernte-Fest in Freistatt, Howdy Neighbor Days in Pierce City and the Kings Prairie Benefit Concert east of Monett at the historic Kings Prairie school. Sad to say, there will be nothing to remotely compare with these offerings next weekend...
Kyle Troutman: Game safe: With great Pokémon comes great responsibility (08/13/16)
Much like the rest of the nation, and the world for that matter, Monett youth have been bitten by the Pokémon GO bug pretty hard. I was a child of the 1990s, and Pokémon cartoon debuted in the early 2000s. Much like many my age, the story of 10-year-old Ash Ketchum, traveling across the world catching, training and battling the real life animal-based creatures, was a mainstay of my childhood...
Karyn Henderson: Verona resident wary of asbestos in pending Aurora demolition (08/13/16)
Dear Editor, It scares me. Being raised in an industrial area on the east coast, I know only too well the devastating effects of the exposure to asbestos. But, I am here in Missouri, where I moved not only for its beauty, but for the clean air and other environmental pluses the area has to offer...
Murray Bishoff: Monett stays on path to political irrelevance (08/06/16)
Primary elections promote interest in voting. Primaries help parties define who they are and rally people to their cause. The volume of interest will vary with the candidates, but the actual exercise of choosing between candidates stimulates interest...
Murray Bishoff: Lessons from 1972 (07/30/16)
Reviewing the 1972 race for sheriff in Barry County offered a few insights into why we're not likely to see 25 people run for county sheriff again any time soon. In his runs for state office, Jack Goodman, the current presiding judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit, showed the advantage of campaigning your colleagues not to run. ...
Murray Bishoff: The rockets' red glare over Monett revisited (07/23/16)
The subject of fireworks came up at the Monett City Council meeting this week. This was Monett's first year allowing fireworks to be sold and discharged inside the city limits. Viewed as an experiment, the reasons against the change did not seem to outweigh the support for it...
Murray Bishoff: Looking for a solution that never was (07/16/16)
With all the careful planning done over the years by the Monett Board of Education, the mess on Ninth Street by the middle school and the need to close the roadway seems a troublesome problem that no one really saw coming. At least, not in its present form...
George Daoud: Monett chief addresses tragedy (07/16/16)
I would like to make it known that no words can clearly express the sorrow and loss for the five police officers killed and nine others that were injured in Dallas on July 7. What I can tell you is officers from all over the United States, including the Monett Police Department, are standing together to support our law enforcement colleagues in Texas...
Analysis: What the poll results mean (07/13/16)
Knowing the numbers is one thing. Knowing what they mean is another. Here are the five major things we should take away from the polling results in today's edition: 1. These races are close. Real close. Former highway patrolman Travis Hilburn has a slight lead outside the margin of error in the Barry County sheriff's race. ...
Murray Bishoff: Another well spent day at the park (07/09/16)
The Monett Chamber of Commerce once again did Monett proud on Monday in presenting the town's annual Fourth of July celebration. We had a party, good music, good fellowship, many attractions and a fine fireworks show to top the night. As delightful as these events are, since Monett only mounts the one big event a year, we'd like to fine-tune the experience to find more ways to keep the party going...
Penny Smith: Vote 'yes' on Pierce City's Aug. 2 water bond issue (07/09/16)
Dear Editor, I feel it is urgent for our citizens to understand the position we find ourselves concerning our current water supply system. The city and engineers held a very informative meeting open to the public in early June. Only three citizens attended...
Murray Bishoff: Construction a positive sign (07/02/16)
Around Monett, it's easy to spot the construction on the new strip mall on Highway 60 between Lowe's and Community National Bank, rapid progress on the Oak Pointe assisted living facility and the Monett Museum reconstruction at Fifth and Broadway. It won't take much longer to see construction starting on the community events center pavilion on Front Street...
Dr. Luis Contreras: Area resident calls for action on Butler Hollow (07/02/16)
Dear Editor: The future of Butler Hollow has not been decided. July 8 is the deadline to send opposing comments to USFS. They plan prescribed fires on 3,600 acres every three years with no end in sight. This is Phase One of an 18,000-acre fire restoration project, a joint venture with The Nature Conservancy and the National Wild Turkey Federation...
Murray Bishoff: Monett a victim of its own political apathy (06/25/16)
It's a long way between Monett and Cassville, a distance that seems to vary depending on the topic. When it comes to politics, the precipice between the two cities hangs mighty wide. Some relationships are so sensible that mutual benefit spans the gap. Take the partnership between the Cassville, Shell Knob and Monett Chambers of Commerce over tourism. Everybody benefits from more sales tax that comes from more traffic to the area...
Murray Bishoff: A flower blooming downtown (06/18/16)
Those of us who frequent downtown Monett regularly find our eyes drawn to changes in an otherwise changeless world. The clanging, sawing and clamoring over the old bank building at the corner of Fifth and Broadway provides an endless sources of attention as renovations continue...
Murray Bishoff: The dance may be yours (06/11/16)
It seems odd that a festival dedicated to something as obscure as ragtime music should have taken hold in Sedalia. Like many other fans of the music, I made the pilgrimage to the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival last weekend, which you will get to read about in next week's edition of The Monett Times Midweek. Others attending came from as far away as Scotland and Japan...
Murray Bishoff: Monett more than a stop in the road (06/04/16)
As evenings lengthen and the streets of Monett remain inviting to pedestrians, children and motorists well after 8 p.m., it's impressive to see how many people take advantage of the opportunities available. Some towns seem to curl up like flowers out of sunlight. ...
Murray Bishoff : Honoring the reluctant (05/28/16)
Those of us who distribute flags on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day notice trends among the ranks of the fallen. At the city cemetery in Pierce City, for example, the Grand Army of the Republic in 1902 distributed about 30 big bronze stars marking who had fought for the Union in the Civil War. ...
Murray Bishoff: A window into the future (05/21/16)
Monett and its nearby communities have an exceptional opportunity today to tour the new Oak Pointe assisted living and memory care facility on Old Airport Road in the northeast corner of Monett. It's great to see a $7.2 million addition to the resources in Monett. ...
Murray Bishoff: 2016 grads: Are you ready? (05/14/16)
Graduates, remember the line from the movie, "the Wizard of Oz" that says, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." More than ever, this is a warning about the kind of world we're sending you into as you leave high school. A few years ago, we were worried about your ability to find jobs. ...
Murray Bishoff: On track, or heading to the cliff? (05/07/16)
There's a fundamental disconnect in our culture these days that's hard to explain. When Congressman Billy Long visited Architectural Systems Inc. this week, he and co-president Scott Beckwith talked about labor issues. Long said manufacturers across the 12 counties in the Seventh Congressional District are scrambling to find workers...
Murray Bishoff: Good step to curb student drug usage (04/30/16)
The need to introduce random drug testing at Monett High School and middle school reflects more of the big picture in education than, perhaps, a need locally. Other schools have seen a need and taken steps accordingly. Unfortunately, the need is not isolated. Monett kids are abusing opioids and painkillers just like teens all over the nation. The question then becomes what are we going to do about it?...
Stephen Schoen: Remove mobile signs from street after school (04/30/16)
Dear Editor, I am and have always been in favor of protecting our children. That's why I was so glad to hear our city council agreed with our school system to close Ninth Street between Scott and Cleveland during school hours. That was a positive move...
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