(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
Monette City Councilman Steve Suber gave special recognition to Bob Grisham and Edna Mae Freeman during a ceremony held Saturday, south of Buffalo Island Central High School campus.
"We are thankful that Bob Grisham volunteered his time and equipment to excavate the property south of the school, for developing the new street named in honor of Mrs. Edna Mae Freeman," Mayor Chub Qualls said. "The street sign just came in, and it is to be called Edna Mae Way, in Mrs. Freeman's honor."
Suber presented Grisham with a commemorative plaque on behalf of the City of Monette, the city council, the Monette Youth Association and the citizens of Monette.
"Bob's volunteer work cleared the street area, and we deeply appreciate it," Suber said.
Several Monette High School classmates joined Grisham during the presentation, and were all students of Mrs. Freeman. They included Don Priest, Cletus Welch, Charlie Welch, Dale Nettles, Wayne Welch and Ed Ball.
"The next step will be to burn the dead bushes and trees, so that the county can come in and help us develop the road bed," Qualls said. "We will have drainage ditches dug from north to south.
"Hopefully, by spring of 2008 we will have the road ready for traffic to the ball park. I don't know what any small city does without help from volunteers. We are very thankful for everyone who has pitched in to help build the ball parks and this street."