Aquatic center, a solar eclipse and a bear top 2017 news stories in Monett
In July, Freistatt resident Richard Knight encountered a bear outside his home on the corner of Fifth Street and Highway H.
10. Bear spotted in Freistatt
In July, Freistatt resident Richard Knight encountered a bear outside his home on the corner of Fifth Street and Highway H. It was 11:30 p.m., and my two dogs, who are pups, woke me up barking in a panic, Knight said. I got up, opened the door, and there was the bear, walking down the street. Knight described the visitor as a black bear, three feet high at the shoulders.
9. Former para charged for sex with student
A former paraprofessional at the Monett school district was arrested for alleged sexual contact with a student. Loryn Barclay, of Monett, is charged with four counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher, two in Lawrence County and two in Barry County. Barclay was first hired as a substitute teacher in the fall semester of 2016. She was relieved of her duties on April 27.
8. Man dies in officer-involved shooting
A Monett man died in September as a result of a confrontation with a Monett police officer at the mans home. Around 5 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in Monett for a reported overdose, Police Chief George Daoud said. Upon arrival, an officer contacted the subject and the situation escalated. The Monett police officer discharged his weapon.
7. Man who died still helping others
Even after death, many people find ways to keep giving. Trenton Goodpasture, who died in an incident in the Ozark Stave Company in July 2016, is continuing to bring joy to other families across the country as an organ donor. He had four bone grafts distributed to hospitals in the midwest that were used for successful knee surgeries, his sister, Spirit Stevens said, among other donations.
Monett students locally and who traveled got to watch the solar eclipse this year in August.
6. Monett students bask in crescent glow
Monett students locally and who traveled got to watch the solar eclipse this year in August. In Monett, the stellar event lasted for 2 hours and 56 minutes. At 1:12 p.m., the peak time of the eclipse in Monett, 94.1 percent of the sun was covered. All of Central Park Elementarys students took a bus up to Springfield to watch the eclipse from Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University.
5. City, MIDC developing industrial park
Industry received a boost in 2017, as the city of Monett, the Monett Industrial Development Corporation, the Monett Chamber of Commerce, the citys Industrial Development Authority and the Monett school district have entered into an economic development initiative. The groups are developing an industrial park on grounds near Lowes.
A $3.1 million bridge replacement on Business Highway 60 in Monett is nearly completed
4. Business 60 bridge being replaced
A $3.1 million bridge replacement on Business Highway 60 in Monett is nearly completed. Cold weather has delayed its reopening, but the bridge should be open for travel again the week of Jan. 12. The old, 80-year-old bridge was lifted down in October. Traffic was rerouted to Highway 60 to the south and Farm Road 2220 (Powerline Road) to the north via Highway W, west of the bridge.
A large crowd was on hand at the Monett Museum for dedication of the new facility at 418-422 E. Broadway in Monett.
3. Monett Museum opened, dedicated
A large crowd was on hand at the Monett Museum for dedication of the new facility at 418-422 E. Broadway in Monett. This just adds to the wonder and the glory of this community, said Gale Huffmaster, head of the Historical Societys building committee. This is going to be important, said Bob Hubbard, Monett graduate and master of ceremonies. Its going to be your museum.
About 200 people marched the sidewalks of Broadway in September.
2. 200 march on Broadway for DACA
About 200 people marched the sidewalks of Broadway in September with signs and chants in support of the DACA program. We want to let the community know who we are, said Luis Ceceñas, who helped organize the event and runs the SWMO DREAMers Facebook page. Many of us have been here a long time, and we all love the Monett community.
Monett voters in April backed a sales tax to pay for a new $3.1 million swimming pool, replacing the current 50-year-old pool.
1. Aquatic Center tax vote passes
Monett voters in April backed a sales tax to pay for a new $3.1 million swimming pool, replacing the current 50-year-old pool. The measure received 613 votes in favor (332 in Barry County, 281 in Lawrence County) and 190 against (111 in Barry, 79 in Lawrence), or 76 percent in favor. The pool is currently under construction and should be completed in 2018.