What's valued in Monett
The annual Monett Chamber of Commerce annual membership meeting this week offered an ideal opportunity to showcase what's valued in the community. The Chamber banquet offers a pleasant ritual for electing board members, but more importantly, a way to celebrate the kind of effort that shapes a community. The Community Service Award and the Pride and Progress Award are perhaps a little less pretentious than the...
Tichenor's death leaves void
In the peculiar way of the world, valued treasures often don't get recognized until they are gone. The Gillioz Theatre became far more hallowed as a cultural touchstone for generations of Monettans after the movie palace had disappeared. Likewise, the historical writings of longtime Monett teacher Nellie Mills received little attention in her lifetime, forcing her to self-publish in the 1950s. Those who find copies prize them today...
Next generation controls local agriculture's future
Agriculture has always provided a major portion of the local economy. Theannual opportunity to hear first-rate speakers and gain insight into the agriculture scene provided through the Monett Chamber of Commerce's agriculture conferences never fails as an eye-opening experience...
A wait that could save a life
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, over 52 million abortions have been performed in the United States. 9,027 abortions were performed in Missouri in 2012. That is 9,027 too many and 9,027 opportunities to save a life. Thinking about these numbers last summer, it occurred to me that while we have made progress in reducing the number of abortions in Missouri; we still have important work to do. ...
Taking stock of Newtonia in the tapestry of history
The news this week that a study by the National Park Service would not support adding the Civil War battlefield in Newtonia to federal management came as a disappointment to local leaders. The argument prevailed that the local battle, with its involvement of Native Americans as combatants, did not rise to the level of national significance in the war...