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Murray Bishoff: Goodbye to an old friend (09/24/16)
This week, Monett lost a friend, one of those special people who add to the tapestry of the community in ways that are hard to measure and harder to forget. Gayland Burkett was never going to be a civic leader. His reading skills were perhaps less than minimal. He could not drive. He came from very humble beginnings from a difficult family situation. He never had much...
Murray Bishoff: Making beauty out of the beast (09/17/16)
Seventy years ago, Monettans debated an improved flood control plan that would have built a bypass channel for Kelly Creek across the north side of Monett. While that area was not well developed at the time -- there had been little construction started on new homes the year after World War II ended -- people protested the plan as only moving the creek from one part of town to another. ...
Murray Bishoff: Training to avoid tragedy (09/10/16)
We don't have all the facts yet in the death of Thomas Sekscinski, the Aurora man shot to death by an Aurora police officer on Aug. 31, but several observations bear mentioning. One, it shouldn't have happened, no matter how well the law justifies the shooting...
Murray Bishoff: Out of darkness, bringing hope (09/03/16)
Monett has tried over the years, by many acts of community involvement, to reduce obstacles to quality living. Many service groups have either started to target specific challenges, such as Barry-Lawrence County Development Center to help preschoolers facing developmental delays, or gravitated around needs. The Kiwanis Club has focused on children, while the Lions Club has worked on vision issues...
Larry and Carleen Shanks: Readers thankful for Repurposed Faire organizers (09/03/16)
Dear Editor, Cheers to Ann Saunders and all the people who planned, prepared and participated in the Repurposed Faire last weekend! It is a great addition to Monett's schedule of events. We know it did not all come together without a lot of dedicated time and effort of everyone involved. It is very much appreciated...
Bob and Valeta Brown: Double rainbow in Monett also seen in Branson (09/03/16)
Dear Editor, We just got back from Branson and were reading today's paper and saw the rainbow picture. It was so ironic, as we saw this same rainbow down there. We thought it was a beautiful reminder that God is still out there, watching over us. Bob and Valeta Brown...
Austin Anderson (09/03/16)
Austin Michael Anderson, 19, of Butterfield, died Monday, Aug. 29. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
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...
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