Murray Bishoff: A fighting chance to save the rehab center
MT. VERNON -- With serious trepidation, the Mt. Vernon City Council voted this week to pursue a deal to buy the 143 acres at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center (MRC) from the University of Missouri and try to save some of its jobs and services, especially those linked with the Veterans Administration...
Murray Bishoff: Rallying the community
This time of year Monett experiences Cub Nation, a shared identity, a rallying point for the community. Year after year, Monett's football team has had its moments, enough to warrant affection and devotion much more than any other sport. The key is finding a shared link. ...
Murray Bishoff: Repurposing downtown
Last weekend's Repurposed Faire introduced a whole new idea in local festivals and saved Monett from going a year without a festival at the same time. Ann Saunders, chairperson of Monett Main Street's economic restructuring committee, came up with a nifty idea for an event drawing people downtown. ...
Murray Bishoff: Police and race relations
Developments in Ferguson have raised questions about police responses and ethnic relations. Putting those issues on the table, Monett sizes up relatively well. Ferguson has shown that a police department that does not represent the demographics of its community can create antagonism. ...
Hobson: Monett Times editor owes police officers an apology
Dear Editor: As a subscriber to your paper and the mother of two sons who chose law enforcement as their career, in other cities, I was very offended with your cartoon in last Weekend's Aug. 16 paper. It was very disrespectful of you to print that police officers just go to work and shoot innocent people because of the color of their skin. ...