A group is helping families stay warm this winter

JOPLIN, Mo. — An organization is keeping families warm this winter.

Today was the seventh annual “Chase the Chill” clothing distribution in Joplin.

“We want the kids to be warm at school also. So even just as a stocking stuffer if parents want to come out and take a set. And then gift it to their children we want them to be able to do that,” said Jessica Moss, Project Coordinator of “Chase the Chill Southwest Missouri.

Saturday morning thirty volunteers hung up hundreds of hats, gloves and scarves on trees throughout Joplin to “Chase the Chill.”

“There is a great need in this area of Southwest Missouri and the neighboring four state area for people to have warmth. And especially coming out of Covid, especially coming out of job losses these last two years you wouldn’t think they are expensive items, but they can be for some people,” said Moss.

This year “Chase the Chill of Southwest Missouri” expanded with a new chapter in Monett.

“The main reason I do it is when my kids were little I got a lot of assistance like this. And I think its good to give back. I learned how to knit not that long ago. my youngest daughter and I kind of started the tradition too as something we can do together and its fun,” said Melody Dickey, Chase the Chill volunteer.

For the past four years Dickey’s family has knit cold weather items for this project.

“Last year I actually saw someone walking down the street with one of my scarves on. and it made me feel good. It’s really great people are actually getting these and using them,” said Dickey.

Organization is preserving the Freedom Silo

MONETT, Mo. — An organization is working to preserve a piece of art in downtown Monett.

“Monett Main Street” is adding a new roof to the Freedom silo, which is located on 7th Street and Front Street.

The 65 foot tall silo was dedicated in October 2020.

Along with the new roof they will be fixing some framing inside and enclose the cupola and add lighting inside that structure.

“It’s in the heartland of the United States and brings the true calling of what the United States really is. It has had an overwhelming response from people all over the Country. Not only have they commented on social media sites such as Facebook, but also as have driven here to see it,” said Thad Hood, Monett Main Street Member.

The new roof will be installed in a few weeks and will cost between $25,000 and $35,000.

Monett man dies in lawn mower accident at Jolly Mill Park

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – A Monett, Missouri man dies in a lawn mower accident Thursday evening.

It happened at Jolly Mill Park 3 miles south of Pierce City around 5:45 p.m. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol 72-year-old Raymond Haddock lost control of the lawn mower and overturned into a creek

Haddock was pronounced dead at the scene

1 dead in 3 vehicle crash near Butterfield, MO

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – A Monett, Missouri woman is dead following a wreck that involved three vehicles.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened a little after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Highway 37, one mile south of Butterfield, Missouri. Police say a van failed to yield and turned in front of 74-year-old Linda Gunter, causing their vehicles to collide. That pushed the van into another vehicle in the opposite lane

Linda Gunter was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her passenger 42-year-old Sammie Gunter was last reported in serious condition.

Monett Man Arrested and Charged with Killing Another Monett Man

((MONETT, Mo.)) A Monett man has been charged in connection to a Barry County homicide. Dylan Rixon Williams, 21, is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action. He’s being held in the Barry County Jail without bond. On Friday, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office was called to an area off Farm Road 1078 and Farm Road 2140. There they found Daylon Michael Anderson, 25, of Monett laying dead in a field from an apparent gunshot wound.

Vandals leave $500,000 in damage at Monett football field

MONETT, Mo. – Vandals leave around a half-million dollars in damage at the Monett, Missouri football field.

Someone painted the field with bright orange spray paint. Crews worked to clean it up. They used different methods, including old-fashioned elbow grease. However officials say the field will have to be replaced.

The cost of a new field is around $500,000. School officials say they’ve filed a claim with their insurance company, which has been approved.

They’re now in the process of getting it replaced.

Funds being raised for new library in Monett

MONETT, Mo. — The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library in Mount Vernon is raising funds for a new library in Monett.

The proposed $6 million facility would be built next to the Price Cutter on Cleveland Avenue. The current library has been around for 50-years – and wasn’t suited to house a lot of the essentials to properly serve the area.

Half of the money has been saved in designated funds – officials hoping to receive the other half with donations. The new 20,000 square-foot library would also include an inspiration kitchen for culinary programs – along with an 800 square-foot concession and coffee bar area that will double as a lounge.

County officials hope to break ground later this Summer.

Monett Schools looking to add new building

MONETT, Mo. — The Monett School District has plans to add a new building to the R-1.

Michael Calhoun, Dean of Students, said, “We are limited because of the age of the building with some of the things we can do.”

The city of Monett worked with architects and the community to evaluate several buildings in the Monett School District.

Jonathan Apostol, Middle School Principal, said, “It’s been part of a long range plan for the district and in order to, in order to elevate some of the space and space concerns that we have in each of our buildings. We are building a new middle school building on the Monett High School campus beside our Regional Technology Center, eventually 12 years down the road it’ll be a high school.”

The building the district is currently using only holds 7th and 8th grades, but the plan is for the new one to include 6th grade students.

“It’s going to be a adjustment cause now you’re gonna have that 6th grade and the 7th and 8th grade and a lot of times like presently there’s 7th grade, a lot of times kids are kind of nervous that come over by the big kids and everything but I think now it’s going to be a exciting thing. Especially moving in the new building new area,” said Calhoun.

The new facility will provide new classrooms, a FEMA shelter, gym, library, and study rooms.

“It’s a lot harder to do co curricular things and it’s the safety issue to cause you have to walk outside all the time whereas now we’re going into a new campus we’re all in one building we have the ability to meet together a lot more consistently.”

The Monett School Board worked with L.J. Hart and company to be able to fund the project.

Dr. Kent Medlin, Superintendent, said, “The school board of education went to the community on a bond election to ask if they would support $21 million effort to build this new middle school and the community was very supportive.”

The school district hopes to break ground for the new building as early as June.