Verona man accepts plea deal for November 2019 murder

A Marionville man has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars for the murder of a Miller man in November 2019. Matthew Abney, 39, one of two people charged in connection with the death of Coy Cole, 52, of MiIler, was set to appear at trial next week. But on June 21 Abney entered an Alford plea to second-degree murder under an agreement with the Lawrence County Prosecutor Attorney’s Office. 
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Dog park delayed

Officials with Monett Main Street may have hit a “ruff” patch with the proposed dog park on Front Street. “During the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) buy-out, they purchased the land where the dog park is slated to be located,” said Jeff Meredith, secretary of Monett Main Street.
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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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