News in brief

Friday, April 23, 2021

The City of Monett is starting a flushing program for the water system. The water department is using a process called Unidirectional Flushing, which is designed to bring the water through the system in a controlled fashion at velocities sufficient to provide a scouring action within the distribution piping. The process will help remove scale and debris from pipes and valves to improve the quality of drinking water by providing better chlorine treatment. When our crews are working in the area, residents may experience water that is murky due to the process. When crews finish work in an area, the city recommends residents run their water for a few minutes from a hydrant or tub. Residents should be sure to run cold water until it is clear so they don’t pull the water with some color to it into hot water heaters. The city does not recommend washing clothes, especially whites, when crews are in the area doing this work. The city will hang door tags a few days before starting to work in a neighborhood to give residents notice that they will be flushing the system. 

Monett’s Narcotics Anonymous will resume in-person meeting this month. The “When at the End of the Road” Chapter of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 1600 N. Central Avenue (in the First United Methodist Church building). Those planning to attend should arrive by 6:45 p.m. For questions, call or text Tamara: 417-219-1440. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are free and open to anyone who thinks he or she might have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol.

Trinity Lutheran School is now enrolling children ages 3 through eighth grade. Some classes are already full, so parents who would like to enroll their students are encouraged to call soon. The cost is $20 a day, and scholarships are available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 417-235-5931.

The Masonic Decatur Lodge 400 of Pierce City will be selling smoked ribs for $35 per slab at the corner of Highway 37 and Locust Street beginning at noon Saturday, April 24.

St. Lawrence Church at 405 7th St. in Monett will be hosting “Shop for a Cause” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Anyone who would like to donate items for the sale may do so in Monett at Family Advocacy Solutions, Kiddy City Preschool, Monett Rental and Sales or at Domanko Foster Closet in Purdy or For the Kids Foster Closet in Aurora. All funds raised during the sale will go back to the community to support local projects in Monett and the surrounding communities.

The Monett Library’s Teen Ambassador group will be hosting a fundraiser barbecue chicken dinner during the community yard sale on Saturday, April 24. The teens will be selling the meal from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until supplies run out. The Teen Ambassador group is hoping to raise $10,000 for the new community library and 70 percent of proceeds will go to the new library and 30 percent will go towards teen programs.

CORRECTION: The Ozark Festival Orchestra will host its second annual Marty Beckwith Memorial Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will perform music from films, Broadway, video games and pop music. Admissions are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free to school aged children. This is at the regular performing venue for the OFO and will not be at the Monett City Park Casino as previously announced.

A parent meeting for the Monett Swim Team will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the YMCA pavilion. Swim team sign-ups are currently underway and this is an opportunity for new members and their parents to learn about the season and the team.

The Lawrence and Barry County Democrats Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett. Those who would like to eat before the meeting should arrive by 5:45 or 6 p.m.

The Pierce City Senior Center will be offering curb-side pickup lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The Senior Center will be serving roast pork, vegetables, salad and a dessert.

The Monett High School Theatre Department will host a program entitled “Enter Stage Left,” a series of student-written works held outdoors at Monet High School at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. Those planning to attend are invited to bring a blanket to sit on. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Monett Chamber of Commerce will host an “Eggs & Issues” event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 30 at the City Park Casino. This free event will feature a discussion from state legislators and representatives on local issues. A complementary breakfast sponsored by First State Bank of Purdy will be served. To RSVP, email

Pierce City will have its annual Spring City Wide Garage Sale Saturday, May 1. All are welcome to join in.

The annual Trinity Lutheran Carnival fundraiser in Freistatt will look somewhat different this year, as the traditional dinner and kid-friendly games and silent auctions are transitioned to a six-day online auction beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 3, and continuing until noon on Saturday, May 8. Area residents can log onto to bid on a number of home goods, decorations, classroom projects, surplus school items and more. The Trinity Education Association, which is sponsoring the event, has set a goal of $20,000, and funds raised at this event provide auxiliary support to TLS students for technology, teachers’ needs, facilities maintenance and more. Both PayPal and check payments will be accepted.

For more information, call 417-235-5931.

A city-wide prayer breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Thursday May 6 at the Monett City Park Casino. All are welcome to this free event that includes complimentary breakfast provided by the Monett Kiwanis Club. No reservation is needed. This gathering will last about 40 minutes and includes music by Murray and Julie Bishoff as well as Leonard Bauer and also a time of prayer for the local area and the nation.  This year’s speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Lucore, chief of medicine for Cox Monett Hospital. The Citywide Prayer Breakfast is a joint effort of the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Monett Ministerial Association. For more information, call the chamber office at 417-235-7919.

The Monett High School Theater Department will host a virtual trivia night benefiting the school International Thespian Troupe 5409 at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Tickets are available online at The event will be hosted on Zoom.

Kings Prairie Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at the New Liberty Church on Highway Z southeast of Monett. All who are interested are urged to attend. The group will decorate the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. Contributions for mowing and upkeep of the cemetery may be mailed to Kings Prairie Cemetery, care of Carol Grimm, treasurer, 1218 Seventh St., Monett Mo. 65708.

The Monett High School Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Worship Service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 in the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. There are no attendance restrictions, and no advance reservation or RSVP is required. Seating is open, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. (seniors will be seated in a special reserved section). All graduating MHS seniors are invited to participate and are asked wear graduation cap and gown. Call 417-235-7444 for more information.

The Lawrence County Historical Society will return to its regular meeting schedule beginning Wednesday, May 16. The Historical Society suspended meetings in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lawrence County Historical Society Museum will open with its regular schedule Memorial Day weekend. The museum will be open each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Barry and Lawrence counties are partnering with the True Charity initiative to host a workshop on effective compassion that will outline seven marks of effective charity. the workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. This full day course is approved for seven continuing education credits for social workers in Missouri. For more information, contact Rachel Lubbering at 417-772-3611 or Avery West at 417-623-6030, ext. 134.

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