News in brief

The Pierce City Senior Center will be serving lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Everyone is welcome and lunch is $5 for those ages 55 and older, and $6 for those under 55. Carry-out meals will be available to those who contact the center at 417-476-5006 before 10:30 a.m. Also, Nell’s Nails will be serving seniors for a nominal fee at 9 a.m. the first Thursday of each month.
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Off on a summer adventure

The June Calendar Girl, Lesli Quiquivix, is off to Camp Barnabas where she will be working with staffers for several weeks this summer, as well as volunteering to mentor campers for another week. She has volunteered at the camp for the past four years, but this is the first time she will be working with staff. Camp Barnabas is a Christian organization dedicated to individuals with special needs. Lesli is the daughter of Paul and Theresa Swanson, and sister to Laura Hamilton, Dayna Swanson, Chad Swanson, Trevor Swanson, Emily Swanson, Marolyn Quiquivix-Swanson, Tiffynee Swanson and Thomas Quiquivix. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Luna, and cat, Xena, as well as practicing clarinet, reading, and making friendship bracelets. “I also love to go to the drive in movie theater in Aurora,” she said. Lesli was active with the Monett Marching/Concert Band and Jazz Band all four years of high school. This fall, he will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City with plans to major in Music Education with an emphasis on clarinet. Melonie Roberts/
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Pierce City attorney resigns

PIERCE CITY GOVERNMENT What: City attorney resigns, Police Chief, Clerk remain Mayor: No confidence among city employees Some change is good, however, too much change, too quickly, could prove detrimental to any community. Darlene Parrigon, city attorney for Pierce City, has tendered her resignation effective Aug.
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Sales tax slows in May

SALES TAX IN MAY General trend: Big drop from May 2021 Monett: Collections down 14 percent For 2022: Most cities still ahead while Pierce City, Miller, Seligman down For the second time in three months, sales tax revenues to the bi-county area in May dropped compared to a year ago, a pattern repeated from the beginning of 2020 before the pandemic surge in local sales drove revenues to unprecedented heights. The latest figures showed an overall dip of 26 percent from last May, the biggest drop since May 2015.
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Purdy prepares for summer

WORK GETTING STARTED Who: Purdy School District What: Summer projects Why: To improve school safety and facilities As the school year came to a close last week, the Purdy School Board recapped the year’s successes and plans for the future. With the passage of the district’s to tax increase bond measure, school grounds will be buzzing with activity throughout the summer, with plans to improve the school entry ways with duel entry points to improve school safety, upgrades to the school’s kitchen and cafeteria, new pavement and more.
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Crash kills power in subdivision

ARREST MADE Who: Dakota Pendleton, 35, of rural Piece City What: Crashed into a power pole on Chapell Drive When: 3 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 Result: Arrested on suspicion of DWI Monett’s Woodland Hills subdivision was without power for nearly nine hours following a single-vehicle collision with a utility pole at the intersection of Chapell Drive and Remington Drive at approximately 3 a.m.
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