News in brief

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Pharmacy at Cox Monett has expanded its hours of operation to Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to meet community needs. Expanding services will also allow Cox Monett to provide chemotherapy and other infusions for patients.

The Monett Senior Center is offering a volunteer opportunity. The Senior Center is looking for a front desk person to welcome guests, assist with change and daily deposits every Monday and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To fill out a volunteer form, call 417-235-3285.

Route 37 west of Pierce City is temporarily open following repairs on a culvert collapse. Crews will close the highway again some time next week to make permanent repairs.

The Barry County Shrine Club is holding a gun raffle for three hand guns and four rifles sponsored by Quick Draw Guns. Tickets are $50 each and only 400 tickets are available. The first place prize is all seven guns; second place is a $750 gift certificate to Quick Draw; and third place is a $250 gift certificate to Quick Draw. The drawing will be held once all tickets are sold. Tickets are available at Quick Draw on Kyler Street or by contacting Barry County Shrine Club Rajah Blake Sullivan at 417-440-1517.

A free single mothers’ class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at United Methodist Church on Central Avenue in Monett. These meetings are hosted by compassionate women offering traditional love and a shoulder to lean on for mothers and their children. Everything is offered at no cost.

The Pierce City Senior Center is offering dine-in lunches served from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome. Anyone who would like a carry-out meal are asked to call 417-476-5006 before 10:30 a.m. and pick up meals between 11:45 a.m. and noon. The price for lunch is $5 for seniors 55 and up and $6 for those under 55. Also, the first Thursday of each month, Nell’s Nails will be back serving seniors for a nominal fee at about 9 a.m.

The Monett Senior Center is now open for dine-in lunches for a suggested donation of $3.50 for ages 60 and up. Price for those 59 and under is $6. The Senior Center will be open for dining from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Lawrence Coun-ty CERT (Community Emergency Disaster Team) will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at the Monett Police Department. The public is invited to attend.

The Aurora Sunset Drive-In will be hosting Christmas in July, Take Two, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 with a screening of The Polar Express. The cost is $5 for anyone ages five and up and all proceeds benefit the Lawrence County Neighborhood Center emergency fund. The drive-in will also be accepting non-perishable food items for People’s Pantries and new, unwrapped toys for the Chariots of Grace Lawrence County Toy Run.

The Brown Bag Break Room on Dairy Street in Monett will be serving a chicken dinner to go from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29 to benefit the historic King’s Prairie one room school house just outside Monett. This is one of the few remaining one room school houses in the area. This event is hosted by the King’s Prairie Community Association, Inc. and is sponsored by the Brown Bag, Freedom Bank, Price Cutter, Tyson Foods, WalMart, Pro Mark Printing and First State Bank. Advance tickets are available at the Brown Bag, Plymouth Junction and Freedom Bank. Online advance purchases may also be made with PayPal. For more information or to donate, call 417-489-0068 or email

The Monett Middle School Cheer team will host a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31 in the Monett Middle School parking lot.

The Pierce City Fire Protection District will conduct its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2 at the Pierce City fire station, 2543 Lawrence 2225 in Pierce City. The public is invited to attend. 

The Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a county-wide Cornhole contest from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at the greenspace on the square in Mt. Vernon. The cost is $20 per team and teams are invited to sign up at the chamber. Food trucks will be in attendance. Proceeds from the Cornhole tournament will benefit Applebutter Makin’ Days.

Pierce City High School Alumni are planning an All Class Reunion for classmates from 1979-1990 on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Someplace Nice event center. The committee is searching for class members and contact information. Contact Robert Chapman at 417-300-2627 or More details can be found on Facebook at PCHS 1980’s Alumni.

The Red Oak II Festival, in tribute to Lowell Davis, scheduled for Sept. 11, is now accepting registration of vendor booths. The cost is $50 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space. All items must be handmade crafts, junk or antiques. The event will also include hay rides, games and activities, a pie eating contest and more. For more information, or to be a vendor, text Rose Davis at 417-793-1655.

The Pierce City Fall Festival will return to the Pierce City South Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The event includes music, hands-on art activities, games for the family, food and raffles for two homemade corn hole games. Admission is free and family friendly vendors are welcome. For applications, contact Becky at 417-489-3041. The event is sponsored by the Pierce City Arts Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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