Cassville Democrat Headlines News from the Cassville Democrat newspaper in Cassville, Missouri en-us Murray Bishoff: The call of Roaring River There’s something to be said about adversity for providing satisfaction for overcoming an obstacle. What’s the fun in climbing a mountain that hardly has an incline? You can float down White River... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:38:47 -0600 Lady Eagles teams battle for district nest What is guaranteed is that a Lady Eagles mascot will celebrate a district championship tonight on the floor in Sarcoxie. What has yet to be decided is whether it will be the Lady Eagles of Purdy... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:24:41 -0600 Defense, mental toughness spur Purdy to title game A district title game awaits the Purdy girls basketball team tonight after defeating McAuley, 61-50, in the Class 2, District 12 semifinal on Wednesday. “We’ve trained all year for this moment,” said... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:24:18 -0600 Hatchery preps for 1,800 on Opening Day If Department of Conservation predictions are correct, there may be a little more elbow room on the banks of Roaring River for Opening Day festivities on March 1. Paul Spurgeon, manager of the... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:10:54 -0600 Libraries reinstate Saturday hours Library patrons in Cassville will be happy to know that the doors to their public library, and all the services it offers, are now back open on Saturdays. That means access to the internet, a copy... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:10:49 -0600 Changes expected on sewer project Progress is continuing on the sewer pipeline project from Purdy to Monett, though a few obstacles have surfaced. Purdy Mayor Steve Roden reported that a landowner between Purdy and Monett has refused... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:10:32 -0600 Playoffs beckon Cassville hoops The regular season has concluded for both the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats hoop teams, and they both now turn their collective attention to the Class 4, District 10 tournament at McDonald County High... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:37:13 -0600 Wildcats make statement at state Very few people outside of the Rock Gym at Cassville believed that any Wildcat wrestler could qualify, let alone earn a state medal, in the program’s first year of varsity competition. Nearly all of... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:37:03 -0600 Purdy slogs way to semifinal SARCOXIE – Playoff basketball officially began on Monday for Classes 1 through 3 in the state of Missouri. In Sarcoxie, No. 1 seed Purdy worked its way to a 62-31 win over No. 8 seed Thomas Jefferson... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:36:45 -0600 Barry County graduates make Missouri State University's fall 2016 Dean's List The following Barry County natives made the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester at Missouri State University in Springfield. For undergraduate students, criteria to make the list include... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:32:51 -0600 Sidewalk project bearing graduate names comes full circle Historic sidewalks bearing the names of Cassville High School graduates from approximately 1922-1971 have finally found a resting place. This week, a group of alumni and residents worked to carefully... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:14:04 -0600 MAKO Fly Fishers to fire Opening Day gun After a year of waiting, the MAKO Fly Fishers, a Joplin-based group of fly fishing enthusiasts, will have the honor of firing the Opening Day gun at Roaring River State Park on March 1. Originally... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:13:45 -0600 Purdy hires Banwart as high school principal Derek Banwart has been hired as the new principal at Purdy High School for the coming school year, succeeding Matthew Gower, who resigned at the board’s January meeting. Banwart comes to Purdy with... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:13:30 -0600 No children injured in bus wreck A Cassville school bus was involved in a wreck on Friday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 112. Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, said there were 22... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:13:14 -0600 Nurse saves man from heart attack at Walmart   During a recent trip to Walmart in Cassville Exeter resident Billie Joe Ferrell paid for his groceries, then fell flat on his face.  “I busted my head open,” he said. The 63-year-old from Exeter... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:33 -0600 Specialist: Partner vaccines and cow reproduction Dairy producers received a primer on how vaccines can affect reproduction in cows during the Monett Dairy Day conference held Tuesday at the Monett National Guard Armory. Dr. Scott Poock, veterinary... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:15 -0600 Toes tap at Cassville Jazz Concert Cassville Jazz Band keyboardist Savannah Williamson opens a piece Friday at the Jazz Band’s concert at the FEMA Event Center. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:08:00 -0600 Freshman crowned homecoming Queen at Southwest Freshman Ashley Sharp and Senior Austin Roberts were crowned Homecoming Queen and King on Feb. 10 at Southwest High School. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:05:41 -0600 A patriotic duty performed by Purdy choir Members of the Purdy Choir sing the “National Anthem” before the start of Saturday’s final day at the 2017 Missouri State High School Wresting Championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:05:06 -0600 Happy birthday salute for teacher follows orchestra concert A busload of Purdy High School music students attended the Ozark Festival Orchestra’s Soloist Showcase concert on Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center, where 2005 Purdy High School... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:04:40 -0600 News briefs The Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church will host a guest speaker on Sunday. Tim Tyler, of Conway, Ark., will share the ministry of Water For Christ, a team that drills wells in Africa to give people... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:03:08 -0600 Missouri State University releases Barry County graduates The following Barry County graduates recently graduated from Missouri State University on Dec. 16 at the JQH Arena. Scholastic honors were given to 31 students who graduated summa cum laude (with... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:01:19 -0600 Cassville’s Scott Tech Students of Month named Cassville High School students Cameron Verde, Brayden Aday, Ryan Test and Samuel Hunter have been named Student of the Month at Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 -0600 Southwest students win district honors Southwest High School recently competed in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) districts at Mount Vernon, placing in several events. Students honored include:  • Josh Clay, ninth, Computer... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:58:35 -0600 CHS Speech and Debate Team bring home trophies Members of the talented Cassville High School Speech and Debate Team recently brought back several trophies after a speech and debate competition. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:57:15 -0600 Southwest announces Students of Month Southwest High School announced its students of the month for January. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:55:31 -0600 Kindergarteners exceed goal, collect 232 cans of food to donate On Thursday, Jan. 26, kindergarten students at Eunice Thomas Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:54:43 -0600 Purdy pair place in Taekwondo event at Crowder College Haley Burnett, left, 11, and Kelsey Burnett, 13, both of Purdy, recently competed in the Midwestern Open at Crowder College in Neosho. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:52:02 -0600 Bob Mitchell: Nearly 9 decades of Opening Days Roaring River State Park’s opening this year will mark nearly nine decades since the first official opening when the park property became a part of Missouri’s system of public facilities in 1928.... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:51:13 -0600 Larry “Scott” Wright Larry “Scott” Wright, 68, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1949, in Washington, D.C., the son of Graham and Ola Mae (Dowling) Wright. On Jan. 5,... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:52 -0600 Robbie “June” Tilley Robbie “June” Tilley, 70, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cassville. She was born Oct. 29, 1946, in Oklahoma the daughter of... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:38 -0600 Jo Ann Moennighoff Jo Ann Moennighoff, 74, of San Rafeal, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:23 -0600 Add Gilbert Merryman Add Gilbert Merryman, 87, of Washburn, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Manor Care in Springfield. He was born Oct. 7, 1929, in Bells, Tenn., the son of Will and Annie (Shover) Merryman. He... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:49:55 -0600 Melvin O. Hutchison Melvin O. Hutchison, 82, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Cassville, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. He was born Sept. 12, 1934, in Topeka, Kan., son of Floyd and Marjorie (Allensworth)... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:49:39 -0600 Gail V. Hurlbut Gail V. Hurlbut, 64, of Exeter, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cassville with Pastor Kent Hogan... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:49:21 -0600 Mary Jane Douglas Mary Jane Douglas, 71, of Seligman, passed away, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Cassville. She was born March 13, 1945, the daughter, of Jim and Florence (Bargay) Skelton, of Seligman,... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:49:08 -0600 Jimmy Ray Brightwell Jimmy Ray Brightwell, 69, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He was born March 31, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., the son of L.D. and Leoda... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:48:53 -0600 Glenn Barnard Glenn Barnard, 91, of Stella, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. He was born April 15, 1925, in Harrisonville, the son of Charles E. and Lillie May (Winchel) Barnard. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:48:39 -0600 Lester Ray Antle Lester Ray Antle, 83, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in his home. He was born May 8, 1933, in Exeter, the son of Beecher and Gussie Ann (Cooper) Antle. On April 16, 1954, at Ridgley,... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:48:24 -0600 2 injured in wreck north of Cassville Two people were injured Sunday in a wreck at 7:28 p.m. on Business 37, half a mile north of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Presley, 33, of Stotts City, was... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:19:46 -0600