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Murray Bishoff: Success down on the farm (02/13/16)
Agriculture is one of the last bastions of independence. After all, it doesn't take a college degree to own some cows and put them out to pasture. By all accounts, many people have jobs in town to support their farming habit, but they nonetheless run their own operations. If they're small enough, they don't have to listen to anyone, don't have to keep very good records, don't answer to anyone and just go about their lives without paying any attention to anything or anybody else...
Murray Bishoff: Tip of the cap for the palace of the greens (02/06/16)
It seemed sad this week to watch the clubhouse for what used to be the Monett Municipal Golf Course disappear without a tear or a second thought. Granted, it wasn't much of a building. Revamped from a retired railroad roadhouse structure, the building was rather flimsy and the city was probably more than fortunate that the tornado that blew through very close by on May 13, 2010, didn't take it apart...
Murray Bishoff: Monett pool: Nothing lasts forever (01/30/16)
Last week, when we had enough precipitation to rally the snow plows out of hibernation, motorists driving west on Highway 60 from Monett may have noticed a disconcerting sight. Reflectors placed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) along the white line edging the highway had been torn out of their mountings, scattered along the shoulder...
Murray Bishoff: Wear the face you intended (01/23/16)
Some subjects come laden with so much baggage that it becomes impossible to touch them with igniting at least another discussion or an entire war of arguments. Sidling into the subject in a sneaky way seldom settles anything for the better. One of those topics turned up this week...
Murray Bishoff: The telling of Monett's story (01/16/16)
In 1972, I spent a couple weeks visiting relatives in Sioux Falls, S.D. While there, I saw much of the town, and recall visiting a town museum. To this day I visit little museums when I travel. The Sioux Falls museum left a very deep impression. Located at the time in an old, two-story house, the place had more stuff crammed into a smaller space than almost anything I've seen before or since. Even walking up the staircase was difficult, moving around the artifacts perched there...
Murray Bishoff: Merrily we flood along (01/09/16)
Reactions to flooding always produces some novel responses. There's always surprise at seeing Broadway under water. Exasperation is not novel, but there's a certain amount of that even from veterans of the experience. American Legion members found chest high water in the basement of the legion home in the 700 block of East Broadway, flooding that primarily entered through a side door. Water there got high enough to damage some electrical circuitry and Scouting material stored there...
Murray Bishoff: What's in the forecast for 2016? (01/02/16)
For what it's worth, February is now the only month when Monett has not experienced a flood. The fact that December joined the flood list one week ago reflects the unpredictability of the crystal ball process foreseeing the future. At least the odds against consecutive daily flooding held, preserving 1943's singularity on the record books...
Murray Bishoff: Jim Orr served community honorably (12/26/15)
Monett has always buried its people, from paupers to kings. While there is no crowned royalty in Monett, everyone has always known who the kings were -- from captains of industry and those whose professional or social standing shaped the lives of those around them...
Murray Bishoff: Stains of the past endure (12/19/15)
Earlier this month, Matt Pearce, a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a piece about the the specter of intolerance and how it keeps resurfacing. As a touchstone, Pearce reached back to southwest Missouri, to Aurora, to recall that most monstrous of local publications, the weekly newspaper The Menace...
Murray Bishoff: Glimpses of light, not forgotten (12/12/15)
This has been a week of counting blessings, though some are not easy to recognize until they fade from grasp. Many times I called Aaron Burdett -- the City of Monett's electric department foreman for nearly 20 years -- with questions after a power outage. ...
Murray Bishoff: Bring holiday joy to others (12/05/15)
The holiday season is upon us. That means fun with home decorating, inside and out, rummaging around in the boxes of lights and searching for those favorite nostalgic tree decorations. There's also the sideline entertainment of watching the household pets take in all the extra hubbub and thinking about making a mad dash for the tree...
Murray Bishoff: Making Thanksgiving meaningful (11/28/15)
On Thursday morning, about 200 people gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Monett for the Turkey Trot, a fundraiser for the Monett Community Kitchen. A similar group gathered an hour earlier in Pierce City for the Pilgrim Run, a fundraiser for the backpack program at the R-6 School District...
Jacob Brower: Shop locally this holiday season (11/25/15)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Some of my fondest memories involve the smell of turkey and pumpkin pie, the sounds of my loved ones' laughter, and the excitement of gridiron battles on TV. Once the wonderful tryptophan-induced haze wears off, it will be time to think about buying the perfect gifts for the people on your Christmas list. While tradition may compel you to jump in your car and head to the mall, we urge you to shop locally this holiday season...
Murray Bishoff : Making the most of a bad situation (11/21/15)
Sometimes bad things happen despite the best intentions. For the last few weeks, good things have resulted west of town from what had been a combination of bad circumstances and judgment calls. The end result has made Farm Road 1050 a far better road for all who use it...
Mitchell Beeson: Where has the patriotism gone in America? (11/21/15)
Dear Editor: Attending a Veterans Day celebration, I thought about my five brothers in World War II. Three of them were in combat, and I, too, am a veteran, but not a combat veteran, and there is a world of difference. My heroes are combat veterans, and my superheroes are people like Johnny Graves of Cassville and Monty Harper of Palmdale, Calif., who gave the supreme sacrifice for our freedom...
Murray Bishoff: Time to let the lights begin (11/14/15)
As the end of November approaches, so does the holiday season. Call it Christmas, call it whatever you'd like. It's a big part of our social fabric, no matter your religious persuasion. This week, crews from the Monett Electric Department have been hard at work preparing for the 12th annual Festival of Lights at South Park, opening Nov. ...
Murray Bishoff: Sewer regulations debilitating to small towns (11/07/15)
Congratulations are in order for the residents in Purdy. Passing the revenue bonds to finally put an end to the dispute with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over the city's sewer system will provide a new door to the town's future...
Murray Bishoff: Halloween tradition lives on in Monett (10/31/15)
Talk to longtime Monettans, and they will tell stories of their favorite moments. Eyes light up when older adults describe the annual Christmas parties that M.E. Gillioz hosted at his theater in town. The coins he passed out to those children meant more than gold to them...
Murray Bishoff: A golden opportunity, or not (10/24/15)
Purdy city officials are not excited about the upcoming election on Nov. 3. Nobody likes being backed into a corner to make one of two distasteful choices. The sad truth is that the city and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have been sparring for 20 years over the city's sewer system. Now, in the light of raised sewer permit standards, the city can no longer sidestep the issue...
Your online comment was wrong, so we deleted it (10/17/15)
To paraphrase an old saying, a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Another old saying is that a lie told often enough becomes the truth. That seems to be especially true of a handful of people in the Monett area. In response to a recent opinion piece, three online commenters (we believe them to be different people) said the same thing, nearly verbatim, accusing The Monett Times of "frequently misquoting" interviewees...
Murray Bishoff: Defending the defenseless is the least we can do (10/17/15)
It happened again this week. This time, it was a cat that became trapped in one of the unoccupied buildings in the 200 block of East Broadway. No way in for a person, no way out that the cat could remember. Someone saw it and tried at great lengths to mount a rescue, even squirting in water that the cat lapped up vigorously...
Kyle Troutman: Amy Boxx and Don Trotter: A tale of 2 prosecutors (10/14/15)
Public officials are required to serve the residents who pay their salaries. One of the things taxpayers expect is to be informed on important issues. In this regard, there are stark differences between the prosecuting attorneys in Barry and Lawrence counties -- Amy Boxx and Don Trotter, respectively...
Murray Bishoff: A mountain near, yet so far away (10/10/15)
This weekend represents the end of the autumn festival season with Apple Butter Makin' Days in Mt. Vernon. The Mt. Vernon event has beaten the odds on weather issues more often than not, and this looks like another spectacular year for the biggest, oldest and best community festival in the bi-county area...
Robert Ballay: Jefferson City leaders targeting activist (10/10/15)
Dear Editor, It was Harry Truman who famously said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Well, it seems that some of our so-called "leaders" in Jefferson City cannot stand the heat, and I think it is time for them to get out of the kitchen...
Kathy Teel and David Kloppenborg: Local theatre directors are thankful for support (10/10/15)
Dear Editor, It's hard to believe that the Mt. Vernon Community Theatre (MVCT) summer musical, Bye Bye Birdie, was two months ago. The actors, musicians, crew and staff have returned to their schools and jobs in Springfield, Nixa, Joplin, Dunnegan, Nevada, Carthage, Monett, Aurora, Miller, Webb City, Republic, Marionville, Greenfield and Mt. Vernon. When a show ends, it's bittersweet to know that you could never bring together that exact group again...
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