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Monday, July 25, 2016
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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...
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...
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