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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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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...
Murray Bishoff: Twilight of Project Prom (04/23/16)
This weekend the proms for Monett, Purdy and Verona high schools will be held, and Pierce City will have its special night next weekend. While proms may seem like an annoying amount of social folderol at the time, looking back, they offer students helpful and very educational experience in how to interact in formal customs. It's the kind of thing adults take for granted, but something they had to learn somewhere...
Murray Bishoff: Help grow our local audience (04/16/16)
The Monett Kiwanis Club will launch a brave experiment this weekend. One of the longest running not-so-funny jokes about Monett is that there's just not that much to do after hours. The Kiwanians are helping to remedy that by importing The Show from Cassville this weekend for the Ozarks Showcase at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. There will be two shows, at 7 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday...
Majority should rule in local elections, but often doesn't (04/13/16)
"The people have spoken," is a common phrase used once all the votes have been counted. But, too often, what the people have actually said is, "We wanted someone else." Missouri allows candidates to be elected to office and earn party nominations with a plurality of the vote -- no majority required...
Murray Bishoff: If you thought your vote didn't matter, think again (04/09/16)
This week, two of our local school boards demonstrated an interesting civics lesson -- votes matter. Every April, some local election or other is resolved by the narrowest of margins. Usually, it's a small-town alderman's race, a road district commissioner's seat or a write-in. ...
Murray Bishoff: Life changes, but traditions do not (04/02/16)
In case you didn't notice, Monett did not have an Easter egg hunt this year. This is not a big deal in the big scope of things. Easter egg hunts take an enormous amount of work to prepare and they are over in minutes. You don't even dare close your eyes at one of these events. Children zoom into action and haul off themselves faster than adults at a midnight Black Friday sale before Christmas. The small ones hardly even know what's happening, unless they're scared of a giant Easter Bunny...
Earnest and Judy Murray: May the Lord bless you for Easter presentation (04/02/16)
Dear Editor: Just a note of appreciation to say thank you for the wonderful insert on March 16 giving the meaning of Easter. We appreciate your using the King James version scripture, rather than what most use today. Even the advertisers were showing the religious meaning of Easter -- not the secular side we see so much...
Murray Bishoff: Community has lost an A List leader (03/26/16)
From time to time, we encounter a keen intellect, a person who surprises, understands and provides insights that others may have missed. We lost one of those people this week with the death of Patti Holt. Patti was best known for starting the Monett McDonald's restaurant with her husband, Don, in 1983, and running it for more than 25 years. She spoke with authority about what it takes to run a restaurant in a town the size of Monett, especially in nurturing a workforce and strong management...
Murray Bishoff: Sunshine Law benefits all (03/19/16)
There's been a disturbing practice in recent years around the country of legislators attempting to gut sunshine laws. The practice has not been limited to either party, but has more frequently come from Republicans. In the name of limiting "regulations," lawmakers have been all too eager to keep the public at arm's length, taking the position that "This is our business, not yours," when in fact, the public has every reason to know...
Murray Bishoff: 'Banished,' 10 years later (03/12/16)
On Feb. 26, I spoke at East Central Community College in Union at the invitation of the English and journalism department for the college's film and lecture series. The series scheduled a showing of "Banished," the documentary film about the ramifications of racial inequality in towns that expelled its African American population. ...
Murray Bishoff: Spirit of 1946 still burns brightly (03/05/16)
On Thursday, the Monett Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 70th birthday. The anniversary isn't exactly the 70th birthday, but in other ways, it marks the real birth of the Chamber as we know it. Back to the turn of century, Monett had a Commercial Club, as did Pierce City. This benevolent community group offered business leaders an opportunity to jointly promote themselves and commerce in town; a way to create and trumpet your own brand...
Murray Bishoff: Shall we gather at the river? (02/27/16)
Each year when I drive to Sedalia for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, I find the city spilling over with infectious music. It leaves me wondering. When I leave, does the music really leave? Or is it always there, and only I go away? Each year as I wind my way in the darkness through the descending curves on Highway 112 into Roaring River State Park, south of Cassville, on opening day of trout season, I ask the same question. ...
Murray Bishoff: Yes, we have a job for you (02/20/16)
This week, the Monett Chamber of Commerce hosted a Regional Career Fair at the City Park Casino. The event was well attended. Employers handed out lots of applications and were very hopeful they would find new employees. At the opening, the hall was flooded with people and the line went out to the front door. Both Southwest High School and Wheaton sent a busload of students up to see what opportunities their students could find...
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...
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