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Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Murray Bishoff: Good news: Someone will be there at 911 (07/25/15)
Now that all the shouting has stopped, it's time to let the 911 and dispatching agreement between Lawrence County and the City of Monett show its worth. The dispatching team is still taking shape in Monett, adding the three more people needed to provide coverage, as promised. All indications suggest the Monett crew is eager to get down to business and do the job...
Dennis Heim: Article provided good insight on Burl Fowler (07/25/15)
Dear Editor: A friend of mine forwarded the article Jared Lankford wrote about Burl Fowler in the July 11, 2015 edition. It's rare to see an article that offers an outlook that allows the reader to take positive action, as opposed to complaining about some topic over which we have no control...
Murray Bishoff: Change comes slowly in small towns (07/18/15)
One axiom that holds true in small towns is that change, at least change for the better, comes slowly. Two incidents this week reflected that truism. The Cassville City Council had a rather robust debate over how to spend the city's .375-percent sales tax for transportation needs. ...
Murray Bishoff: Regional flood problem needs regional solution (07/11/15)
The flooding in Cassville this week came as something of a surprise to those at the north end of the county, where floods have been more common over the past decade. Not much of what we've learned in Monett would help the people in Cassville. We still nurse the idea that floods can be prevented, coming from one main source, Kelly Creek. In Cassville, seven sources of water from every direction provide no real hope of escape...
Jeff Meredith: Chamber endorses city's transportation tax (07/11/15)
Dear Editor: Whether you walk, ride a bike, drive a car or fly; transportation is an important part of everyone's day. In Monett, we are blessed to have a forward-thinking city council and other community leaders who help identify tomorrow's issues today...
Murray Bishoff: Celebrating Monett's celebration (07/03/15)
It seems unthinkable to people in Monett today that there was a time when there was no public fireworks display in town. Newspaper accounts 70 years ago and earlier occasionally refer to a fireworks show, but mostly it was a day for closing the stores and having a picnic...
Murray Bishoff: Thoughts from the road (06/27/15)
Whenever I go on the road, as I have this week, I keep my eyes open for contrasts with the peaceful life we experience in smalltown southwest Missouri. One oddity we've found in reporting news over the years is that, in many cases, someone with roots in Monett tends to live near or have an experience connected to a national news story that surfaces. ...
Murray Bishoff: Dancing away the rain downtown (06/20/15)
Those of us who work in downtown Monett frequently witness what I call "the rain dance." This is not a dance to create rainfall, but the opposite. The dance is the deliberate and methodical installation of flood gates and sand bags in garage doors and doorways. ...
Murray Bishoff: David Steward and the winds of change (06/13/15)
Yesterday was David Steward's last day at Monett High School. The departing principal has enough vacation days owed to fill out the rest of June, a break before starting his new job as assistant superintendent in Marshfield. Steward said his departure from Monett will be bittersweet, because he has spent a third of his life in an administrative position at the high school -- first as assistant principal and then for the last 13 years as principal. Any more, that's a long time in one job...
Murray Bishoff: Transportation needs a reality in Monett (06/06/15)
On Monday in the early afternoon, a wheelchair-bound Monett resident and two small children, possibly grandchildren, headed south on Central Avenue, south of Nellie. This is one of the busiest stretches of highway in town. The trio climbed the slope leading to Sycamore Street without the aid of shoulders on the road or a sidewalk...
Wendy Cairus: Mother asks for compassion over condemnation for son (06/06/15)
Dear Editor: As Tyler's release is drawing near, I implore you to offer support and suggestions instead of a curse or condemnation. My son has only seen injustice in his life. He was abused by multiple people in his life who he believed he could look up to and trust...
Murray Bishoff: Monett portrayed well on television (05/30/15)
Monett has been very fortunate with its image in the national media as shaped in documentaries. ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" program airing this week provided an exceptionally positive picture. Trainer Chris Powell focused in on the slogan "Pride and Progress" on his first meeting with show subjects Raymond and Robert Delgado. ...
Murray Bishoff: Honor our veterans this Memorial Day (05/23/15)
There's a perception out there that events like Memorial Day are a closed club a sorts, something not open to someone who was not a veteran or has a veteran in their immediate family. It's a hard notion to break and harder for families more than one generation removed from a World War II veteran, a time when almost everyone had someone directly involved in the war effort...
David Compton: Local ambulance district celebrates EMS Week (05/23/15)
Dear Editor: This week, we celebrated National Emergency Medical Services week, which since the 1970s has recognized the selfless contributions of those bringing the best out-of-hospital care in your times of need. I am proud to say I have been part of the EMS family for nearly 30 years, which includes:...
Murray Bishoff: Graduation day means more than you may think (05/16/15)
Congratulations, Monett High School graduates. You have just lived through one of the most interesting years of your life. Not only have you enjoyed all the perks of being a high school senior, you have also come up for air after the high dive into modular scheduling. ...
Murray Bishoff: Remembering VE Day in Monett (05/09/15)
One of the most satisfying activities I've done in recent years has been to go through all of the old bound volumes of The Monett Times rewriting The Good Old Days, which now runs in the Midweek edition. The original editors of The Good Old Days feature tended to work at the lifestyles desk and pulled items out of The Left Hand Corner columns, which were mostly visits and social stuff. ...
Murray Bishoff: A time bomb in LawCo (05/02/15)
Several revelations came out of the meeting in Monett on Wednesday over the proposal for Monett to take over running the county's dispatching system. Sheriff Brad DeLay successfully fended off a recommendation to contract the service to Monett, having waged one of the most interesting public relations campaigns in memory to derail an effort designed to help his office. ...
Randy Branum: Monett school bus drivers courteous and careful (05/02/15)
Dear Editor: I just wanted to take a moment to give praise to all the individuals involved in the transportation of our students to and from school and the many other events they participate in during the school year. From what I observe on a daily basis, the drivers are very courteous to other drivers and pedestrians. ...
Murray Bishoff: Small town safety still raises concerns (04/25/15)
In the last five weeks, the Monett community has seen two young men, ages 20 and 19, die of apparent drug overdoses. These conclusions come in part from well-placed social media comments, though the toxicology reports have not come back to confirm the cause of death...
Floyd Schad: Council dropping the ball in recent decisions (04/25/15)
Dear Editor: I think the city council has done a very good job of running our city, but I think they have really screwed up this time. Why in the world do you want to buy two old buildings on Broadway to build a car parking lot when most of the time you could throw a rock down Broadway and never hit a car? Then you want to build a new museum, which I think is a very good idea, but in a parking lot off Broadway? Next to a run-down old alley? Why not build it where you bought the two old buildings for a parking lot on Broadway? Or there is a big building at Fifth and Broadway, which is now an eyesore, that could be remodeled for a museum and it would bring a lot of people down to Broadway to shop.. ...
Murray Bishoff: It's time to get to work at ambulance district (04/18/15)
Over the years, I have spent many memorable evenings with the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District. The ambulance district is a microcosm of what can be done right, and what can go wrong, with a local organization. By the time I came on the scene in 1988, the ambulance district had endured more than one upheaval. ...
Murray Bishoff: Believe it or not, every vote counts (04/11/15)
There isn't much good that can be said for Monett's voter turnout this week. With the second lowest percentage turnout of any precinct in both Barry and Lawrence counties, it wasn't a very impressive day for democratic participation. Looking over school board elections back to 1999, a pattern emerges. ...
David Compton: Newly-elected board member shares his vision (04/11/15)
Dear Editor: I appreciate each and every person who made it to the polls to vote. Thank you for participating in the democratic process. A special thank you to everyone who supported me and helped me win the Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) board seat...
Murray Bishoff: Springtime is the dawn of a new day (04/04/15)
It seemed that suddenly this week around Monett, it was really spring. The Bradford pear trees burst into bloom. The purple redbuds blooms much more slowly emerged. In evenings after the rains had passed, like Thursday night, the birds sang -- not timidly, but fully and enthusiastically...
Deborah Schoen: Ambulance district employee's plan well executed (04/04/15)
Dear Editor, To the office manager who resigned after getting our Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) Board to pay her an additional $135,000 salary for an additional person's job she claimed to have done... Brilliant! Your plan was exquisitely executed, all the way down to the timing. Goal achieved just before the risk that new candidates not as easily manipulated might win over incumbents seeking re-election...
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