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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 4:02 pm | Updated: 12:11 pm, Mon Dec 30, 2013.

JANUARY 2

Mountain Grove Elementary School December Proud Panthers are Jaden Liles, Ally Taylor, Cloe Short, Kassy Thompson, Cooper Mitchell, Isabel Bradshaw, Kamryn Wollersheim, Riley Todd, Alex Kumpula, Haili Welch, Erecka Penner, Spencer Brown, Michaela Dickey, Taylor Hicks, Abby Cameron, Kylie Maxwell, Corey Volner, Payton Nix, Kaileigh Choate, Breanna Vandiver, Anthony Stoddard, Lexi Alexander, Joshua Bettendorf, and Adrian Thomas.

JANUARY 9

The Mountain Grove Christian Academy October Student of the Month is Shyanne Bishop.  She is in the Middle Learning Center and her teacher, Mrs. Altis commented, “Shyanne is hard-working, helpful and a friend to everyone.  She is known, even outside her own classroom, as being a kind, considerate girl.  Shyanne rarely says an unkind word, and is always quick to pray for the needs of others.”  

JANUARY 16

Middle School Band SCA students who auditioned and were selected for the SCA Band for 2013 were Rebecca Villanueva – Clarinet, Natasha Iott – Trumpet, Mary McLaughlin - Flute, Nathaniel Alexander – Percussion, Shannon Watters – Saxophone, Raleigh Wakefield - Percussion, Charlton Miller – Tuba, Megan Rosso – Trumpet, Samantha Record – Flute, John Darrah – Trumpet, Bella Beck – Clarinet, Sierra Taylor – Clarinet,

Kyle Parsons – Trumpet, (not pictured) Breanna Moray – Clarinet and Taylor Engh – Saxophone.

JANUARY 23

Members of the Mountain Grove Archery Team attended their first competition on Saturday, Jan. 12. The team traveled to Crane for the Crane January Invitational Archery Tournament.   There were 14 school districts represented with a total of 164 students ranging from grade 4 to grade 12.  Eighth grade student, Jordan Reser,  placed 6th out of 33 boys in the middle school male division.  Seventh grade student, Kassidy Fleetwood, placed 5th out of 18 girls in the middle school female division. Team members are Samantha Fair, Sierra Taylor, Nathaniel Alexander, Jordan Reser, Megan Rosso, Kassidy Fleetwood, John Darrah and Samantha Record.

JANUARY 30

The following students have been at Mountain Grove Elementary School 100 days in a row.  They are proud of these students for their effort. Students are Katlynn Drake, Chelsey Eaton, Alexandria Hicks, Whittney Jarrett, Tyler Keesling, Garrett Lane, Faith Maxwell, Alexis McDonough, Rebecca Metheney, Ethan Noe, Erecka Penner, Macey Penner, Casey Sartor,  Colin Schultz, Chloe Tool, Corey Volner, Tyrone Volner and Clayton Walker.

FEBRUARY 6

Kathleen A. McKay, LUTCF, State Farm Insurance, has been honored and recognized as a leading professional in Trademark Who’s Who, for demonstrating outstanding dedication.

Trademark Who’s Who is proud to have Kathleen A. McKay, LUTCF, as leading professionals in the registry.

The talented professionals profiled in the book share such virtues as determination, courage, patience, and discipline. It is not these characteristics which set them apart from the rest of us, but their extremely high degree of accomplishment. Now more than ever these people set an example. Each of these extraordinary people documented in this book offer tangible evidence of the value of hard work, goal setting and passion.

McKay is the daughter of Darrell and Jean Moore of Mountain Grove.

FEBRUARY 13

Tiffany Charlynn Edwards, Mountain Grove, a senior in biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was named to the honor list for the fall 2012 semester.

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Texas County Memorial Hospital has named Shanda Melton of Mountain Grove the January employee of the month.  

Melton is a registered nurse in the medical surgical department at TCMH, and she has worked for the hospital for almost three years.  Melton was nominated for the award by Kristi Atkins, medical surgical director at TCMH.

FEBRUARY 20

Jason and Erica Rust of Spring Hill, TN, have recently adopted three children from Sierra Leone, South Africa. They are two boys, Maddox Sorie Eugene and Nash Francis Abdul Rust, and one girl, Capri Mabinty Monet Rust. They join other siblings Jayda and Jordan Rust. Their grandparents are Clyde, Jr. and Peggy Rust of Columbia, TN, and Enoch and Karen Pyle of Ozark. Great grandparents are Ruth Rippee and Clyde Rust, Sr. of Mountain Grove and Reese and Berta Maxey of Nixa. Also, and in honor of great grandparents Francis and Edith Pyle, Eugene Bert Rippee and Marion Rust.

FEBRUARY 27

On February 1, 2013 Norwood School retired the softball uniform jersey of Tracy Curtis-Cottengim.  Tracy was a student at Norwood from 1988-92.  She had an outstanding softball career that saw her develop into a tremendous pitcher for the Lady Pirates.  During her career the Lady Pirates had an overall record of 98 wins against only 8 losses.  The softball team won  four conference championships, were district runner up twice, and won the district championship her senior year advancing through the state playoffs and winning the Class 1A-2A State Championship.  

She was a three time all conference and conference MVP player, along with being selected all district, all state, and News-Leader co-player of the year her senior year.  Tracy was also a member of several successful volleyball and basketball teams, winning two district basketball championships and 2 conference basketball championships.  

Tracy is currently 6 to 8 grade Social Studies teacher and girls softball coach at Norwood School.

MARCH 6

Avery Lee, an eighth grade student at Mountain Grove Middle School, participated in the Patriot’s Pen Essay contest and received a number of awards and cash prizes. The essay contest is sponsored annually by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary. Her essay was chosen as the first place entry by the local Mountain Grove VFW Post 3770. She received a certificate, a check for $100, and her essay was sent on to VFW District 18 where she again won the first place prize for her essay. She was a guest at the District 18 luncheon banquet on February 16 and was honored to read her essay to those in attendance. She also earned a certificate and an additional $100. As a district winner Avery’s essay was then sent to the state level where she earned third place and received an additional award of $200. Mountain Grove Middle School is proud of Avery and all  that she has accomplished.  

MARCH 13

Mountain Grove Christian Academy Student of the Month for February is Austin Parrish.  His teacher, Mrs. Moore, states “Austin is always very helpful and a diligent worker.  He is a good friend to all, and displays good Christian character.”  Austin is in the third grade at Mountain Grove Christian Academy.  

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Bonnie Andersen, a junior at the College of the Ozarks, will be joining 70 choir members from the college on a trip to England on March 15 to 23

They will be performing at such locations as Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle Chapel and the Cambridge American Military Cemetery, where 3,812 American military members are buried.

Bonnie Andersen is the daughter of George and Debbie Andersen, Mountain Grove.

MARCH 20

Austin Alsup was recognized as the lone senior on the Mountain Grove High School Men’s basketball team this year.

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Whitney Fox, Maddie Halford and Nicole Hale were recognized as the three seniors on the Mountain Grove High School Women’s basketball team this year. to the team.

MARCH 27

The annual Ozarks Regional Convention was held at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, March 12 through the 15. Whetstone Christian Academy students together received nine places.  This competition includes the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. Students who participated are Ryan Lawson, Tim Davis, Michael Sams, Abby Mantonya, Priscilla Mantonya, Abby Davis. James Davis and Gideon Mantonya.

APRIL 3

Norwood Elementary Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team announces the winners of our “Student of the Quarter” award for the third quarter. Students are nominated for this honor by their teachers for displaying their Pirate Pride in all settings of the school. They are students who are consistently responsible, respectful and ready to learn. The character displayed by these individuals represents the best of what Norwood Elementary School has to offer. The winners are grouped in grade levels of  K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. The winner of grades K-1 is kindergartener, Cooper Vaughan, the winner of grades 2-3 is second grader, Gatlin Keeling and the winner of grades 4-5 is fifth grader, Devin Richardson.

APRIL 10

Audrey Loughridge, a senior from the Mountain Grove R-III School District, is the regional winner of a $750 scholarship awarded by FutureBuilders, the education foundation of the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

MSBA and FutureBuilders established the scholarship program in memory of John T. Belcher, who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public schools students was improved as a result of his work.

APRIL 17

Ozark Mountains USBC Tournament was held at Bowler’s ConnXtion. First place winners were Teresa Hobbs, Hartville; Gail Runyen, Gloria Borosky, Linda Matlock and Lori Holt of Mountain Grove. They received Assn. shirts, money and USBC awards.

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Addison Taylor, 10, got his first turkey, a 24.5 pound gobbler, during youth season while hunting with his grandfather, Don Rogers.

APRIL 24

Mountain Grove Middle School Eighth Grade Students of the Month are Language Arts – Bridget Sons, Math – Makenzie Berry, Science – Andy Amos, Social Studies – Trystan Short, Art – Andy Amos, Choir Super Singer – Shannon Watters, Band – Breanna Lane, and Kyle Parsons, Agriculture – Brigman Bell, Overall Boy –Brock Coffman, Overall Girl – Abigayle Cottrell.

MAY 1

Rachel Wiles placed first in the Tri-Co. Fair Book Cover Contest in  Mountain Grove School District and was Overall Grand prize winner.  She received a check for $75 check from Family Pharmacy.  Her drawing will be on the cover of the Tri-County Fair Book. Dustin Jarboe was second place winner in Mountain Grove School District.  He received a $15 check from Family Pharmacy. Joseph Santos was third place winner in Mountain Grove School District. He received a $10 check from Family Pharmacy. Family Pharmacy again sponsored the contest open to all school districts within the Douglas, Texas, and Wright counties.  Each district that entered was awarded top three placings for student entries.  Entries could be hand drawn or computer generated.  

MAY 8

In March, Kelsey Leitner, a junior at Plato High School, was one of two Plato students to submit yearbook photos into the Jostens National Photo Contest. Jostens recently announced the winning images in the 2013 Jostens Photo Contest. In the Sports Sidelines category, Kelsey received an Honorable Mention. The winners undergo a very rigorous scrutiny by judges, who look not only for artistic qualities that make a great photo, but also yearbook criteria, which focuses on a photos ability to tell a story while applying the rules of good photography.

Of all the photo winners, only 3 high schools in Missouri had a winning entry. Besides Plato High School, Kirkwood High School and Joplin High School each had one winning entry. When asked about her winning photo, Kelsey replied, “My head is so big right now!”

MAY 15

Bonnie Andersen, Mountain Grove, received the Alumni Scholarship at the 2012-13 Annual Student Awards Ceremony held on April 25 at College of the Ozarks. Andersen is a/an Mountain Grove R-III High School graduate. Awards are given based on outstanding accomplishments in the areas of academics, work and character.  College of the Ozarks has held an annual awards night for the past 105 years.  This year, 211 students received awards ranging from room and board scholarships to the “Golden Rule Award,” which is given to the student who best exemplifies the “Golden Rule” in his/her daily life.

MAY 22

John P. Creamer, Mountain Grove, has been invited to join the Missouri State University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international collegiate honor society for students in business and management. John is in the Computer Information Systems department.

John joins 38 other Missouri State University students being inducted into the society this spring.  Dr. James Philpot, Missouri State associate professor of finance and chapter president stated, “The College and University are both very proud of our Beta Gamma Sigma inductees.  Students like John personify our goal of excellence that we have for all of our students.”

MAY 29

Margaret Mulbery was voted Teacher of the Year for the Mountain Grove School system by her peers.  Mrs. Mulbery is the Instructional Coach at the elementary building.  She services the reading intervention needs of the building.  Mrs. Mulbery is a building leader who assists with mentoring and helping new teachers develop strong teaching skills.  She is a faithful volunteer to any event hosted and to the needs of the persons she works with.  If ever a meal is needed or a prayer offered Mrs. Mulbery is always there with willing hands and heart.  The Mountain Grove School district feels lucky and honored to have Mrs. Margaret Mulbery on staff.

JUNE 5

Stephanie Schaefer, Springfield, MO, graduated from College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO., during the 2013 Commencement exercises May 12. Schaefer received a BS in Sociology:Social Work.

Schaefer is a Mountain Grove Christian Academy graduate.

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Caleb Reed of Mountain Grove, MO., graduated from College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO., during the 2013 Commencement exercises May 12. Reed received a BS in Conservation and Wildlife Management.

Reed is a Mountain Grove R-III High  School graduate.

JUNE 12

RaMona Andrus received honorable mention recognition in the Ag-Ed Instructor Division for her entry in the 83rd Annual National Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest. She was the only Ag-Ed instructor from Missouri recognized. Andrus is a teacher in the Mountain Grove School District.

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Seventh grade 4-H/Middle School Ag Class award recipients for the 2013 school year wer Danielle McQueen, Brooke Reed, Marissa Means, Will Gourley, and Trenton Moore.

JUNE 19

Emily Sinning, Norwood, MO, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2013 National Junior Angus Show at the American Royal Complex, Kansas City, Mo., July 5-11, reports Robin Ruff, director of junior activities for the American Angus Association®.

Emily, a junior member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 741 young Angus breeders from 33 states who have entered a total of 1,599 head in the show.

JUNE 26

First place in Championship flight in the Mansfield Lions Club’s golf tournament at Randel-Hinkle Golf Course in Mountain Grove Saturday were Lyndell Hawker, Jim Liska and Marty Stigall. They shot a 58. A total of 32 teams participated in the 3-person scramble.

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Caleb Schaefer, Mountain Grove, was named to the College of the Ozarks spring 2013 Dean’s List.

Schaefer is a Mountain Grove Christian Academy graduate.

JULY 3

Teagan Rutz has been selected for the prestigious position of resident assistant in Spartan Village at Missouri Baptist University. Rutz is a  junior from Mountain Grove, Mo., who is majoring in biology.

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Trenton K. Harker and Payton L. Harker, Mountain Grove, Missouri, are new junior members of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

JULY 10

Seventeen people attended their Mountain Grove High School’s 70th reunion at the Sunnyside Café on July 5, 2013.  The members met in the back room on Friday at 5 to 7:30 p.m. to visit and eat together.  The class members attending were Maxine Smith, Louise Murr, Gaylord Dake, Alden McDonald, David Barker, Rosa Mae Ault, Doreen Peterson, Mary Ruth Peebles, and Gene Young.  Other guests in attendance were Ed and Shari Halloran, Ruth Rippee, Karen Sinning, Patricia McDonald, Emily Dake, and Jimmie and Sharon Marler.  Everyone had a really good time and look forward to the next reunion.

JULY 17

Kiwanis member, Ernie Ehlers, was responsible for arranging the guest speaker for the club’s meeting on Tuesday, July 9. Ernie introduced his daughter, Erin, who recently returned from Ghana where she was part of a “Study Abroad” trip with the University of Missouri.  Each student who attended the trip was involved in volunteer work which related to their individual area of study.  Erin is a pre-med student majoring in Bio-Chemistry, so her experience was in a women and children’s health clinic. Erin gave a very interesting presentation on the various health concerns she was able to assist with at the clinic.  Not only did she gain valuable experience which will help in her field of study, she also received college credit for the trip.

JULY 24

Rebecca Feston, Mountain Grove, has been awarded the Mountain Grove MSU Alumni and Friends Annual Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains.

Feston, a 2012 graduate of Mountain Grove High School, Mountain Grove, is a freshman at Missouri State-West Plains and plans to pursue a degree in human resources and business. She is the daughter of Drace and Lisa Feston, Mountain Grove.

JULY 31

Two area students were listed as spring graduates of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology degree was Sarah Ann Moore, Mountain Grove. She also received an undergraduate certificate-Multicultural Studies. She graduated Cum Laude with University Honors.

Jessica Lynn Stokes, Macomb, received a Bachelor of Science-chemistry degree with a minor in Music.

AUGUST 7

Matthew Blackwell was recently hired as a staff accountant with Elliott, Robinson & Company, Springfield.

Blackwell is the son of Tom and Donna Blackwell, Manes. He graduated with a master’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University and has worked in public accounting for approximately six years.

AUGUST 14

The Mountain Grove 12 & Under Panthers had a very successful season with a record of 34-8. The team was sponsored at the Show-Me Games with a donation in loving memory of Ricki Gaddis and Jonathan Noirfalise. Their record includes first place at the West Plains Pepsi  Youth Tournament, second place at Miller, second place at Plato, first place Mountain Grove, second place Spring Springfield League, Co-Champions Summer Springfield League, and third place at the Show-Me Games in Columbia.  Team members are Devin Mahurin, Mountain Grove; Tom Emerich, Ava; Caleb Johnson, Ava; Josh Ogletree, Norwood; Nate Swofford, Ava; Brock Penner, Mountain Grove; Jason Stuart, Mountain Grove; Trenton Noirfalise, Mountain Grove; Steve Glover, Cabool;  John Felker, Mountain Grove; Dylan Dunbar, West Plains; Rhett Wakefield, Mountain Grove; Seth Bradshaw, Mountain Grove; Heston Gray, Norwood; and Wyatt Gastineau, Ava. The team was coached by Ron Felker, Jack Noirfalise and Randall Wakefield.

AUGUST 21

Tyler Tooley, Mountain Grove, has been awarded the Mountain Grove 2006 Missouri State University Alumni Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains.

Tooley, a 2013 graduate of Mountain Grove High School, Mountain Grove, Mo., is a freshman general studies major at Missouri State-West Plains. He is the son of Richard Tooley, Lenexa, Kan., and Pamela Sloan, Mountain Grove, Mo.

AUGUST 28

Colonel Clay Hatcher, 1980 Mountain Grove graduate, was honored at his retirement ceremony June 26, 2013, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Clay completed his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture at Northwest Mo. State University, Maryville. Col. Hatcher has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College, Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. Col. Hatcher’s tours of duty include Ft. Lewis, WA; Germany; Ft. Irwin, Calif.; Ft. Benning, GA; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Ft. Carson, Colorado, and Hawaii.

Col. Hatcher’s awards include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation and Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, ISAF NATO Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Parachutist Badge.

SEPTEMBER 4

Cadet Lincoln Brian Connell, son of Brian and Stephanie Connell of Norwood, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Connell entered West Point on July 1 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.  

Connell graduated from Norwood High School. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2017 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

SEPTEMBER 11

Cody and Dawnell Holmes and their daughter, Taylor of Norwood were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on August 12.  The Holmes’s were selected as the Wright County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Wright County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau organization.  The Holmes operate and specialize in a family owned, sustainable farm, raising animals that are truly grass-fed, pastured, free range, cage free and produce all natural farm products. Taylor works on the farm and is a member of the Hartville 4-H club. Dawnell has served as a 4-H project leader for several years. Wright County Extension Program Director Ted Probert stated “the Holmes’ have a creative approach to ranching and farming. They  market their “Real Farm Foods”  to an ever-growing clientele who demand top quality natural, locally grown products for their families. Cody and Dawnell both serve on various boards and are active in their church and community.

SEPTEMBER 18

Three area teens were recently selected for participation in the Truth and Peace Leadership Conference held in July in Nashville, Tennessee.  They are Zachary Keith and Mica Hoskins, Hartville, and Alyssa Thompson, Mountain Grove.  Following ten days of intense personal, spiritual, and leadership training, these young people had the opportunity to display their skills as volunteer staff at the National Free Will Baptist Youth Conference in Tampa, Florida.

SEPTEMBER 25

Wedgewood Happenings--Congratulations to Ted Noirfalise for his double eagle on hole number 1.  This is Ted’s second double eagle this season.  Way to go Ted!

Congratulations to Jim Perry first place winner in the Tuesday night men’s league September 10.   Second place winners include Tristan Foster and Doug Jones.  Closest to the pin winner was Kevin Clary on holes 2 and 7.   Skin winners include hole number 1 and 7 Jim Perry, number 2 Kevin Clary, number 3 Dr. Steve Hawkins,  number 4, 5 and 6 Doug Jones, and number 8 Jack McGownd.   Congratulations to Travis Longwell 1st place winner and second place winner Frank Proctor on Tuesday, September 17.    Closest to the pin winners number 2 Kevin Clary and number 7 JW Worthen.    Skin winners include number 1 Frank Proctor and number 4 Jeremy Raney.  

OCTOBER 2

Army Reserve Pvt. Zane P. Schmeeckle has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Schmeeckle is the son of Normen Schmeeckle of Willow Springs.

He is a 2012 graduate of Mountain Grove Christian Academy.

OCTOBER 9

Randi Mabe of Norwood High School, in Norwood, has been accepted to Culver-Stockton College for enrollment in the fall 2014 semester. Along with acceptance to the College, Mabe has been awarded the President’s Scholarship, a four-year award. Mabe’s anticipated major is pre-medicine.

By attending Culver-Stockton, Mabe will benefit from the C-SC Advantage, which includes research, professional experiences, leadership opportunities, service learning, simulations, creative expression and travel studies.

OCTOBER 16

Mountain Grove resident Jordan Offill was recognized this month by his employer, Mediacom Communications, for earning regional honors in the company’s awards program that recognizes employees for exceptional customer service. Offill earned the company’s regional “Direct Sales Representative of the Year” award.

Offill is a Mediacom Direct Sales Representative in Springfield and the surrounding area.  He was cited for earning high marks for professionalism and customer satisfaction in his work. Ceremonies were held in Mediacom’s Springfield office to celebrate Customer Service Week and recognize employees who consistently deliver excellent customer service.

OCTOBER 23

Airman Derek G. Davis graduated from Air Force Base Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, on October 11. Airman Davis will remain at Lackland AFB to complete technical training for Security Forces. His family includes parents, Lee and Tina Davis, and brother, Matthew Davis, of Norwood.

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During Spirit Week at Mountain Grove Middle School, teachers participated in a door decorating contest. Winner in the 5th/6th grade wing was Kim Smotherman.

OCTOBER 30

Justin Greenfield, Norwood, was named to the Dean’s List for the 2013 summer semester at Linn State Technical College

To be placed on the Dean’s List, a full-time student must earn a semester grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 on a 4-point scale.

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Mary Lou Luck was the winner of the Mountain Grove Senior Center bingo gift basket provided by First Home Savings Bank.

NOVEMBER 6

Megan Berlin received her white coat in Veterinary Medicine on October 13 in Columbia, MO. She will graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2015. She is the daughter of James and Clara Berlin, Mountain Grove.

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On October 27, Avery Crisp, son of Donnie and Christi Jo Crisp, killed a 7 point buck. This was his first buck and first deer killed with a bow.

NOVEMBER 13

Lisa Dowden, of Mountain Grove, served as a candidate in the College of the Ozarks 2013 Homecoming Coronation. Dowden is a Mountain Grove R-III High School graduate. During the Coronation, 40 C of O student clubs and organizations nominated candidates; votes by the student body determined the top 20 finalists.  A panel of judges selected the top 10 based on interviews with the candidates.  Then, each of the top 10 ladies answered an on-stage question. The judges crowned the queen and her court based upon the impromptu Q & A and the one-on-one interviews with the judges done earlier that day. Other factors taken into consideration were poise, personality and stage presence.

NOVEMBER 20

Mountain Grove Christian Academy’s Student of the Month for October is Hayley Moore, an eighth grader.  Hayley is the daughter of Jared and Stephanie Moore.  She has proven herself to be a hard worker as well as an exceptional leader among her classmates.  She is kind to the other students, always noticing when others are unhappy.  Hayley serves on Student Council as the middle school chaplain.  She is a solid performer on the varsity volleyball team, and can always be counted on to do her best in the classroom.  She constantly strives toward excellence in all she does, and is happily willing to do anything she is asked.  Mountain Grove Christian Academy is proud to recognize Hayley Moore, the student of the month.

NOVEMBER 27

A customized Harley Davidson trike valued at $15,000 was given away in a nationwide contest last month, and the winner was an area man.

Donavan Finch, who runs B & L Trucking at Dunn, was the winner in the contest that was sponsored by Mac Tools as part of its 75th anniversary celebration. Local Mac Tools distributor Don Carroll of Cabool said the company has 1,300 distributors throughout the country and the contest had received thousands of entries through its contest on the Internet. Some persons entered multiple times – one even over 100 times, Carroll said. Finch, who lives in Norwood, said he entered once, and that was all it took.

The trike was custom-made by Pigg Pen Cycles, Inc. of Leander, Texas, and featured wheels from Chip Foose.

DECEMBER 4

Norwood students Nathan Daugard (sophomore) and Melody Campbell (freshman) recently qualified for the Class 1 state cross country meet and ran in the race on November 2 in Jefferson City. Nathan placed 77 out of 170 runners and Melody placed 46 out of 160 runners.

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Norwood students recently won the 2013 Summit Conference Championship in Cross Country.  Students are Ben Campbell, Nathan Daugard, and Caleb Binkley, Tryston Donoway, Dane Norris, Dalton Harris, Jesse Allen, and Brice Cramer.

DECEMBER 11

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announces that Kyle Tate of Mountain Grove, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Tate was initiated at Oklahoma State University.

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Dakota Looney, a senior from Norwood High School, was named Carpenter of the Month for November at Ozark Mountain Technical Center. Dakota plans to pursue a career in the construction field.

JULY 31

Two area students were listed as spring graduates of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology degree was Sarah Ann Moore, Mountain Grove. She also received an undergraduate certificate-Multicultural Studies. She graduated Cum Laude with University Honors.

Jessica Lynn Stokes, Macomb, received a Bachelor of Science-chemistry degree with a minor in Music.

AUGUST 7

Matthew Blackwell was recently hired as a staff accountant with Elliott, Robinson & Company, Springfield.

Blackwell is the son of Tom and Donna Blackwell, Manes. He graduated with a master’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University and has worked in public accounting for approximately six years.

AUGUST 14

The Mountain Grove 12 & Under Panthers had a very successful season with a record of 34-8. The team was sponsored at the Show-Me Games with a donation in loving memory of Ricki Gaddis and Jonathan Noirfalise. Their record includes first place at the West Plains Pepsi  Youth Tournament, second place at Miller, second place at Plato, first place Mountain Grove, second place Spring Springfield League, Co-Champions Summer Springfield League, and third place at the Show-Me Games in Columbia.  Team members are Devin Mahurin, Mountain Grove; Tom Emerich, Ava; Caleb Johnson, Ava; Josh Ogletree, Norwood; Nate Swofford, Ava; Brock Penner, Mountain Grove; Jason Stuart, Mountain Grove; Trenton Noirfalise, Mountain Grove; Steve Glover, Cabool;  John Felker, Mountain Grove; Dylan Dunbar, West Plains; Rhett Wakefield, Mountain Grove; Seth Bradshaw, Mountain Grove; Heston Gray, Norwood; and Wyatt Gastineau, Ava. The team was coached by Ron Felker, Jack Noirfalise and Randall Wakefield.

AUGUST 21

Tyler Tooley, Mountain Grove, has been awarded the Mountain Grove 2006 Missouri State University Alumni Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains.

Tooley, a 2013 graduate of Mountain Grove High School, Mountain Grove, Mo., is a freshman general studies major at Missouri State-West Plains. He is the son of Richard Tooley, Lenexa, Kan., and Pamela Sloan, Mountain Grove, Mo.

AUGUST 28

Colonel Clay Hatcher, 1980 Mountain Grove graduate, was honored at his retirement ceremony June 26, 2013, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Clay completed his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture at Northwest Mo. State University, Maryville. Col. Hatcher has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College, Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. Col. Hatcher’s tours of duty include Ft. Lewis, WA; Germany; Ft. Irwin, Calif.; Ft. Benning, GA; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Ft. Carson, Colorado, and Hawaii.

Col. Hatcher’s awards include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation and Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, ISAF NATO Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Parachutist Badge.

SEPTEMBER 4

Cadet Lincoln Brian Connell, son of Brian and Stephanie Connell of Norwood, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Connell entered West Point on July 1 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.  

Connell graduated from Norwood High School. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2017 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

SEPTEMBER 11

Cody and Dawnell Holmes and their daughter, Taylor of Norwood were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on August 12.  The Holmes’s were selected as the Wright County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Wright County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau organization.  The Holmes operate and specialize in a family owned, sustainable farm, raising animals that are truly grass-fed, pastured, free range, cage free and produce all natural farm products. Taylor works on the farm and is a member of the Hartville 4-H club. Dawnell has served as a 4-H project leader for several years. Wright County Extension Program Director Ted Probert stated “the Holmes’ have a creative approach to ranching and farming. They  market their “Real Farm Foods”  to an ever-growing clientele who demand top quality natural, locally grown products for their families. Cody and Dawnell both serve on various boards and are active in their church and community.

SEPTEMBER 18

Three area teens were recently selected for participation in the Truth and Peace Leadership Conference held in July in Nashville, Tennessee.  They are Zachary Keith and Mica Hoskins, Hartville, and Alyssa Thompson, Mountain Grove.  Following ten days of intense personal, spiritual, and leadership training, these young people had the opportunity to display their skills as volunteer staff at the National Free Will Baptist Youth Conference in Tampa, Florida.

SEPTEMBER 25

Wedgewood Happenings--Congratulations to Ted Noirfalise for his double eagle on hole number 1.  This is Ted’s second double eagle this season.  Way to go Ted!

Congratulations to Jim Perry first place winner in the Tuesday night men’s league September 10.   Second place winners include Tristan Foster and Doug Jones.  Closest to the pin winner was Kevin Clary on holes 2 and 7.   Skin winners include hole number 1 and 7 Jim Perry, number 2 Kevin Clary, number 3 Dr. Steve Hawkins,  number 4, 5 and 6 Doug Jones, and number 8 Jack McGownd.   Congratulations to Travis Longwell 1st place winner and second place winner Frank Proctor on Tuesday, September 17.    Closest to the pin winners number 2 Kevin Clary and number 7 JW Worthen.    Skin winners include number 1 Frank Proctor and number 4 Jeremy Raney.  

OCTOBER 2

Army Reserve Pvt. Zane P. Schmeeckle has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Schmeeckle is the son of Normen Schmeeckle of Willow Springs.

He is a 2012 graduate of Mountain Grove Christian Academy.

OCTOBER 9

Randi Mabe of Norwood High School, in Norwood, has been accepted to Culver-Stockton College for enrollment in the fall 2014 semester. Along with acceptance to the College, Mabe has been awarded the President’s Scholarship, a four-year award. Mabe’s anticipated major is pre-medicine.

By attending Culver-Stockton, Mabe will benefit from the C-SC Advantage, which includes research, professional experiences, leadership opportunities, service learning, simulations, creative expression and travel studies.

OCTOBER 16

Mountain Grove resident Jordan Offill was recognized this month by his employer, Mediacom Communications, for earning regional honors in the company’s awards program that recognizes employees for exceptional customer service. Offill earned the company’s regional “Direct Sales Representative of the Year” award.

Offill is a Mediacom Direct Sales Representative in Springfield and the surrounding area.  He was cited for earning high marks for professionalism and customer satisfaction in his work. Ceremonies were held in Mediacom’s Springfield office to celebrate Customer Service Week and recognize employees who consistently deliver excellent customer service.

OCTOBER 23

Airman Derek G. Davis graduated from Air Force Base Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, on October 11. Airman Davis will remain at Lackland AFB to complete technical training for Security Forces. His family includes parents, Lee and Tina Davis, and brother, Matthew Davis, of Norwood.

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During Spirit Week at Mountain Grove Middle School, teachers participated in a door decorating contest. Winner in the 5th/6th grade wing was Kim Smotherman.

OCTOBER 30

Justin Greenfield, Norwood, was named to the Dean’s List for the 2013 summer semester at Linn State Technical College

To be placed on the Dean’s List, a full-time student must earn a semester grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 on a 4-point scale.

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Mary Lou Luck was the winner of the Mountain Grove Senior Center bingo gift basket provided by First Home Savings Bank.

NOVEMBER 6

Megan Berlin received her white coat in Veterinary Medicine on October 13 in Columbia, MO. She will graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2015. She is the daughter of James and Clara Berlin, Mountain Grove.

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On October 27, Avery Crisp, son of Donnie and Christi Jo Crisp, killed a 7 point buck. This was his first buck and first deer killed with a bow.

NOVEMBER 13

Lisa Dowden, of Mountain Grove, served as a candidate in the College of the Ozarks 2013 Homecoming Coronation. Dowden is a Mountain Grove R-III High School graduate. During the Coronation, 40 C of O student clubs and organizations nominated candidates; votes by the student body determined the top 20 finalists.  A panel of judges selected the top 10 based on interviews with the candidates.  Then, each of the top 10 ladies answered an on-stage question. The judges crowned the queen and her court based upon the impromptu Q & A and the one-on-one interviews with the judges done earlier that day. Other factors taken into consideration were poise, personality and stage presence.

NOVEMBER 20

Mountain Grove Christian Academy’s Student of the Month for October is Hayley Moore, an eighth grader.  Hayley is the daughter of Jared and Stephanie Moore.  She has proven herself to be a hard worker as well as an exceptional leader among her classmates.  She is kind to the other students, always noticing when others are unhappy.  Hayley serves on Student Council as the middle school chaplain.  She is a solid performer on the varsity volleyball team, and can always be counted on to do her best in the classroom.  She constantly strives toward excellence in all she does, and is happily willing to do anything she is asked.  Mountain Grove Christian Academy is proud to recognize Hayley Moore, the student of the month.

NOVEMBER 27

A customized Harley Davidson trike valued at $15,000 was given away in a nationwide contest last month, and the winner was an area man.

Donavan Finch, who runs B & L Trucking at Dunn, was the winner in the contest that was sponsored by Mac Tools as part of its 75th anniversary celebration. Local Mac Tools distributor Don Carroll of Cabool said the company has 1,300 distributors throughout the country and the contest had received thousands of entries through its contest on the Internet. Some persons entered multiple times – one even over 100 times, Carroll said. Finch, who lives in Norwood, said he entered once, and that was all it took.

The trike was custom-made by Pigg Pen Cycles, Inc. of Leander, Texas, and featured wheels from Chip Foose.

DECEMBER 4

Norwood students Nathan Daugard (sophomore) and Melody Campbell (freshman) recently qualified for the Class 1 state cross country meet and ran in the race on November 2 in Jefferson City. Nathan placed 77 out of 170 runners and Melody placed 46 out of 160 runners.

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Norwood students recently won the 2013 Summit Conference Championship in Cross Country.  Students are Ben Campbell, Nathan Daugard, and Caleb Binkley, Tryston Donoway, Dane Norris, Dalton Harris, Jesse Allen, and Brice Cramer.

DECEMBER 11

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announces that Kyle Tate of Mountain Grove, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Tate was initiated at Oklahoma State University.

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Dakota Looney, a senior from Norwood High School, was named Carpenter of the Month for November at Ozark Mountain Technical Center. Dakota plans to pursue a career in the construction field.