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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...
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...
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