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Friday, July 31, 2015
This Week's Headlines
Barry County jailer charged in drug-smuggling case (07/30/15)
A Barry County jailer is being charged with a felony for allegedly smuggling marijuana to two inmates being held in the Barry County jail. Matthew Hernandez, 24, of Butterfield, was charged Friday with delivery of a controlled substance at a county jail, allegedly admitting to law enforcement he picked up marijuana at the Cassville Walmart, packaged it in sealed latex and delivered the substance to two inmates. ...
Cassville man gets 25 years in federal prison (07/29/15)
A Cassville man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to two felony charges involving child pornography. On Feb. 5, Matthew Casas, 26, of Cassville, pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography, a class C felony, and possessing child pornography with an intent to distribute, a class C felony. ...
Arkansas case extended for Washburn murder suspect (07/29/15)
A Rogers, Ark., man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn in January will stay in Arkansas for a while longer, as he is being tried in Washington County on four charges and has had his case continued to Nov. 9. After allegedly killing 29-year-old Casey Brace and her grandfather, 67-year-old Herbert Townsend, on Jan. ...
Locals pitch flood control (07/29/15)
After Cassville and most surrounding areas took on between 5-7 inches of rain on July 7, leading to flooding in the city, flood mitigation has been a topic of discussion among area residents. Jon Horner, Cassville alderman, said he would like to see retention basins built on properties around town, which would act as holding areas for excess water that could potentially flood the city...
4 alternatives proposed for Butler Hollow (07/29/15)
The U.S. Forest Service has proposed four alternatives to its original Butler Hollow project, and another 30-day comment period will be given before any decision is made. Joe Koloski, district ranger for the Ava, Cassville and the Willow Springs District, presented the proposals in a meeting at the Family Life Center in Cassville Thursday, with more than 55 people in attendance. It was the third meeting of its type since the...
Disaster declaration heading to the president's desk (07/29/15)
Barry County was one of 70 counties included in Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's disaster declaration last week, and the request is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Nixon requested the federal government declare a major disaster for 70 of Missouri's 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that have generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15. ...
New Chamber director takes reins Monday (07/29/15)
A new face will greet residents and visitors to the Cassville area who go to the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, as Brittany Farris of Purdy will begin her duties on Monday as the chamber's new director,. A 2007 Purdy High School graduate, Farris graduated from Crowder College in 2010, then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in Springfield in 2014 in entertainment and events management. ...
Involuntary manslaughter charge filed following wreck (07/29/15)
An Exeter man is facing a charge of manslaughter, involving a vehicle and intoxication, following a wreck on Highway CC on Saturday that killed a Butterfield woman. A warrant was issued Thursday for Christopher Stogdill, 29, of Exeter, after Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx filed the charge of involuntary manslaughter, a class C felony. A cash-only bond has been set at $10,000...
Minimum wage could go to $15 per hour (07/29/15)
The current minimum wage in effect for 2015 in the state of Missouri is $7.65 per hour, but hree initiative petitions to increase the state's minimum wage have been approved for circulation by the Secretary of State. If enough signatures are collected, the petitions may go on the 2016 general election ballot. The petitions must be signed by at least 5 percent of legal voters in six of the state's eight congressional districts to make it on the ballot...
Cassville schools to implement modern communication tool (07/29/15)
The Cassville school district is getting a technology makeover that aims to make communication more efficient for the school, parents and the community. The technology is a digital communication and notification platform called Dewsly. "We wanted to go to a more modern platform that would provide us with calling, texting, emailing, updating of our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and allow parents to set up how they want to be contacted," said Richard Asbill, superintendent. ...
Purdy set to resurface 
6 streets (07/29/15)
More street work than expected will be done in Purdy this summer following action by the Purdy City Council. With $100,000 budgeted, Mayor Steve Roden and Teddy McIntire, public works superintendent, surveyed city streets and determined which ones most needing work. They identified all of Madison, Chrittendon and West Jefferson, as well as South Caldonia to the dead end. Hutchens Construction, the only contractor to bid on the job, quoted $83,678 for those four streets...
Winners announced from Purdy Fest (07/29/15)
Winners have been announced for contests offered at the Purdy Festival on Saturday. The following took home prizes from the car show: Best in Show: Scott Redshaw with a 2008 Yamaha Classic car: Billy Roberrson with a 1972 Volkswagen, first; Russ Pendergrass with a 1968 Corvette, second...
4 hurt in wreck near Exeter (07/29/15)
Four men suffered injuries Sunday at 5 p.m. in a wreck on Farm Road 1025, six miles west of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Stephan Smith, 18, of Exeter, was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on Farm Road 1025 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a brick wall...
Seligman man injured, arrested after wreck (07/29/15)
A Seligman man suffered moderate injuries and was arrested after a wreck at 7:22 p.m. Friday on Farm Road 2295, six miles west of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Cody Horton, 26, of Seligman, was driving a 1999 GMC pickup eastbound on Farm Road 2295 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
5 teens injured in Leann wreck (07/29/15)
Five teenagers suffered injuries Thursday in a wreck at 2 a.m. on Farm Road 1190, two miles north of Leann. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Montana Pennel, 17, of Aurora, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina when the vehicle lost control on a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
Bingo sees last winners in Cassville after 35 years (07/29/15)
Veteran bingo player Jan Anthony, right, buys a batch of bingo games and ink stamps from Post Commander Darrell Hovland and Chairman Bob Callahan on Saturday, the last night bingo was held in Cassville.
Residents receive award for Impala (07/29/15)
At the Cassville Cruisers' July Cruise-in, Bill and Lea Hill received the Eddie Award for being voted Best of the Bunch for the 1946-1960 vehicles category.
Marine hero visits Cassville library (07/29/15)
Marine Chris Anziano, in conjunction with the library's summer hero theme, visited the Cassville Branch Library Tuesday to talk to children about what it is like to be a Marine and solider.
Children get road, water, fire safety tips at library (07/29/15)
Missouri State Trooper Andy Ward takes a question from a child at the Eagle Rock Branch Library Thursday about road and water safety.
Cassville's Troop 76 Cub Scout members advance (07/29/15)
Cub Scouts Victor Sutton-Wolf, left, and Connor Annecharico were recognized Thursday in the annual and traditional Neckerchief Ceremony for advancing from the rank of Wolf Scout to Bear Scout.
Man injured, arrested in scooter wreck (07/29/15)
A Shell Knob man was seriously injured and arrested after a wreck at 4:47 p.m. Monday on Farm Road 1230, three miles west of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jaymes Harmon, 32, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2011 Yamaha Zuma scooter northbound on Farm Road 1230 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...
5 injured in boat incident on Table Rock (07/29/15)
Five Oklahoma residents were injured in a boating incident at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Point 23 on the White River Area of Table Rock Lake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Gehard Fischer, 61, of Jenks, Okla., was driving too fast and lost control while traveling southbound in a 2015 Liberator 25-foot boat. The chine locked and all five occupants were ejected...
News Briefs (07/29/15)
The Wheaton school district has released its back to school schedule for students. Seniors may pick up their schedules and Chromebooks on Aug. 3, juniors may pick up their schedules and Chromebooks on Aug. 4, sophomores and freshmen may pick up their schedules and Chromebooks on Aug. ...
City debates hiring engineer for streets (07/22/15)
The city of Cassville has about $190,900 in its transportation tax account, and debate about how to approach street repairs in the city are underway, with City Council members proposing three schools of thought. Mayor Bill Shiveley suggested the city take a portion of the money, garnered from a . 325-percent tax passed by voters in April 2014, to hire an engineer to do a study of the streets and define projects and a scope of work...
Purdy city council approves raises (07/22/15)
Anticipating growth in sales tax revenue, the Purdy City Council passed a budget for the city's fiscal year, beginning July 1. The budget did not include the final planned sewer rate increase needed before proceeding with the planned sewer project or any major capital improvements...
73rd Annual Rotary Rodeo rides into Cassville (07/22/15)
Quinton Inman, of Ketchum, Okla., ties down a calf during competition at the 73rd Annual Rotary Rodeo at Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville Friday.
State agencies offer assistance to flood victims (07/22/15)
State agencies descended on Cassville last week, aiming to assist victims of the floods July 7 and July 9, as well as assess damages that may be used by Gov. Jay Nixon to make a disaster declaration and receive funding for repairs. On July 15, the State Emergency Management Agency set up a multi-agency resource center at the Division of Family Services office in Cassville, offering more than 20 local families assistance with everything from food to house repair advice...
Organizations provide cleanup help in Cassville (07/22/15)
Disaster is not a word one would expect to hear in the small community of Cassville, nor would residents expect to see the national guard or disaster relief vehicles driving down Main Street. But, with its unique topography lending itself to flash flooding after heavy rains that quickly flow into the city from seven different waterways, disaster struck July 7 and July 9 in the city of seven valleys...
FEMA team assesses flood damage in Cassville (07/22/15)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a handful of representatives to Cassville Thursday, and the group went to city property, homes and businesses in the area struck by floods on July 7 and July 9. Barb Sterner, Region II external affairs specialist for FEMA who is based in Kansas City, said the group looked at 12 homes in the city, many on Fair Street, that saw water inside as high as two feet...
City considering discussion about National Flood Insurance Program (07/22/15)
In response to floods on July 7 and July 9 that affected about 30 businesses and more than 20 families in Cassville, the city is considering a discussion about joining the National Flood Insurance Program. Last discussed in 2002 and 2003, a city must join the National Flood Insurance Program to have flood insurance available to homes and businesses within its limits...
Seligman police restructuring provides more consistent coverage (07/22/15)
The Seligman police force was recently restructured to provide more consistent coverage for the community and retain officers. According to Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, Aaron Kyser, a previous part-time officer, moved into a full-time, 45-hour-per-week salaried position, and Fernando Ortega retained his current position of 30-hours-per week...
Wellness reports in for Cassville schools (07/22/15)
Each year, the Cassville school district invites employees to participate in a free health risk assessment event to promote wellness and preventative care, and to keep insurance costs down. The district also provides student wellness reports as required by the state...
Edgewood Creamery unveils cheese operation (07/22/15)
How does a dairy expand to add another moneymaking operation? That question faced Charles and Melissa Fletcher of the Edgewood Dairy, north of Purdy. They concluded they would begin making cheese, an innovation that will launch in the coming months...
Tr-State Water Coalition continues water supply quest (07/22/15)
For the first time, the board of the Tri-State Water Coalition held one of its bi-monthly meetings in Monett. Members discussed recent flooding and how that fits into the big picture of supplying water to the area. The coalition seeks to secure a long-term solution for the area's water supply. ...
City of Seligman to hire part-time office help (07/22/15)
Due to several projects in various stages of development, resulting in an increased workload, the City of Seligman plans to hire a part-time front office employee to handle daily tasks. According to Brian Nichols, city clerk, ongoing projects requiring more of his time have necessitated the need for temporary office help. The exact length of time the position will be needed has not yet been decided...
Seligman man injured in Washburn wreck (07/22/15)
A Seligman man suffered minor injuries and was charged with driving while intoxicated Wednesday after a wreck at about 5:40 p.m. on Highway 37 in Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Raymond Stanley, 71, of Seligman, was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram southbound when his vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, struck a curb, went back across the roadway and struck a utility pole...
8 receive peace officer diplomas (07/22/15)
Eight graduates of the Missouri Sheriffs' Association (MSA)Training Academy received diplomas for 11 months of work in graduation ceremonies held recently at the Mt. Vernon Art and Recreation Center. This was the third training program for law enforcement officers offered hosted by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department. Six of the officers received pins for commissions with three different law enforcement agencies...
Food, fun, games featured at Stones Prairie Picnic (07/22/15)
Tripp Littleton, 4, had a little help from Curtis Schallert while bowling at the annual Stones Prairie Picnic Friday. Littleton was taking a turn on the antique 5-pin bowling alley, built by Fred Hemmerling in 1953. Melonie Roberts Cassville Democrat...
Purdy Festival offers wide range of summer fun (07/22/15)
Ella Terry needed a little encouragement from Levi Roden to try petting the sheep in the Purdy FFA petting zoo at the Purdy Festival on Saturday. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Library pops up in Butterfield (07/22/15)
Leigh Ann Self, left, and Jenny Frazier, go through books and DVDs at the Pop-Up Library location in Butterfield in the parking lot of the Stage Stop convenience store.
News Briefs (07/22/15)
The Ozark Area Community Action Corporation Barry County Neighborhood Center is seeking donations for the School Readiness Fair, which will be held on Aug. 1 at the Family Life Center. There are over 200 children signed up for the event this year, and school supplies and backpacks are needed for the students. ...
Man injured, arrested in scooter wreck (07/21/15)
A Shell Knob man was seriously injured and arrested after a wreck at 4:47 p.m. Monday on Farm Road 1230, three miles west of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jaymes Harmon, 32, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2011 Yamaha Zuma scooter northbound on Farm Road 1230 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Butterfield woman dies in Hwy. CC wreck (07/18/15)
A Butterfield woman died Saturday at 2:35 a.m. in a wreck on Highway CC, three miles north of Exeter, and the driver of the vehicle has been arrested for felony vehicular homicide driving while intoxicated. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Christopher Stogdill, 29, of Exeter, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway CC when his vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned and ejected the passenger...
Cassville man involved in Hwy. 60 wreck (07/17/15)
A Monett woman suffered minor injuries in a wreck at 5:15 a.m. Thursday on Highway 60, east of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Eder Aguirre, 32, of Cassville, was driving a 2009 Nissan Altima westbound when he attempted to pass another vehicle and entered the path of a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, bring driven by Lynn Smith, 44, of Monett, causing both vehicles to run off the roadway...
Cassville Chamber of Commerce hires executive director (07/17/15)
The Cassville Chamber of Commerce hired a new executive director this morning.
Missouri governor praises local flood response (07/15/15)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spent about three hours Friday visiting the city of Cassville and Roaring River State Park, surveying flood damage and doling out praise to local response teams for saving lives. "There was a significant amount of water that came through this area, and I want to thank the Department of Conservation, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Public Safety and Missouri State Parks for their response [at Roaring River State Park]," he said. ...
Purdy man arrested for stealing prescription medicine (07/15/15)
A Purdy man has been arrested in connection with stealing prescription medicines from the homes of clients while working for a heating and air company. According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Joe Robinson Jr., 31, of Purdy, was allegedly taking prescription medicines from the bathrooms of the clients' homes. He is charged with first-degree burglary and stealing of any controlled substance...
Bill would ban Confederate battle flag on state property (07/15/15)
Controversy over display of the Confederate battle flag following the June 17 shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has prompted a call to greater distance state governments from the historic symbol of the Southern states...
Country Corner in Purdy hit by burglars (07/15/15)
Purdy Police are looking for tips from residents after the Country Corner Convenience Store in Purdy was recently burglarized. According to a release from the Purdy Police Department, thieves broke into the store, located at the junction of Highway 37 and Highway C, in the early-morning hours on Sunday and stole a safe containing approximately $10,000 from the store's office, as well as several boxes of cigarettes. ...
Mercy Cassville unaffected by layoffs (07/15/15)
Total of 347 positions eliminated in 4 states Mercy Hospital in Cassville remained unaffected by the Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' implementation of a workforce reduction spanning four states. In a recent press release, the organization said due to economic and environmental challenges, 127 positions across a variety of departments and services in Mercy Springfield Communities had been eliminated. No positions were eliminated or affected in Cassville...
Stones Prairie Picnic to be held Friday near Purdy (07/15/15)
One of the highlights of the summer, the annual community picnic at St. John's Lutheran Church on Stones Prairie, northwest of Purdy, will be held Friday at the church beginning at 6 p.m. The Lutheran Women's Missionary League has again prepared detailed, handcrafted quilts that will be given away in a drawing. ...
4th annual Purdy Festival set for Saturday (07/15/15)
The fourth annual Purdy Festival will be held Saturday around the city park and Purdy school campus, with a wide range of activities set to begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Purdy Betterment Committee, the City of Purdy and the Purdy school district, the festival offers activities, concessions and entertainment...
Wheaton native returns with book of stories (07/15/15)
A special reception will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Wheaton Depot Museum for author Jimmy Ray Lewis, who has written the bug "Listening to the Jar Flies: Growing up in Wheaton and Rocky Comfort." A Wheaton High School graduate in 1957, Lewis retired from a distinguished journalism career...
Purdy City Council approves repairs (07/15/15)
The city of Purdy will take action on its city park complex, making improvements to the Purdy Community Center and connecting roadway. City council members voted to replace the roof on the community center, accepting a bid for $8,959.69 from Three-Way Construction. The only other bid came from Jerry Bennett for $10,868.78. According to alderman Bo Prock, the structure of the building prevented construction of a conventional roof on the structure...
Purdy schools revive Parents as Teachers program (07/15/15)
The Parents as Teachers program at the Purdy school district has been revived. Nidia Ennis, program coordinator, took over in October, in time to meet families during the parent-teacher conferences. With assistance from Instructional Coach Mindi Gates, Ennis began recruiting, helped translate brochures and went to St. Louis for training...
Pothole work, chip and seal on tap in Purdy Special Road District (07/15/15)
A flurry of activity has taken place at the Purdy Special Road District this spring. According to Rick Scott, new road district commissioner, all the roads in the 63-mile network received work over the past 90 days, leaving it unclear what direction additional summer projects will take...
Seligman splash pads bring cool side to summer (07/15/15)
Seligman's long-awaited splash pads were recently completed for residents to enjoy, just in the nick of time for the city's annual 4th of July Fest. The splash pads proved to be a popular activity at the annual event with children and families, and all that is left to do now is some peripheral landscaping around the pads, which are located on the grounds of city hall...
Central Crossing Senior Center members display quilts (07/15/15)
Volunteer quilter Kay Standley, of Shell Knob, displays hand-made quilts made by members of the Central Crossing Senior Center.
Volunteer awarded for service with plaque (07/15/15)
Volunteer Gene Hirst, center, 88, receives a service award from members and fellow volunteers Anita Field, left, who is Hirst's daughter, and Janet Horine.
Locals win History Day trip (07/15/15)
Wheaton students, from left, Audrey Shockley, Tori Goostree, Rachel Lacey and Hallie Mitchell stand in front of the state capitol in Washington, D.C.
News Briefs (07/15/15)
After 34 years, the Irwin Easley Post 118 Bingo Night will be closing its doors, as it can no longer remain open due to dwindling attendance. The final Bingo night will be held Saturday, with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. and cards sales beginning at 4:30 p.m. ...
State assistance coming to flood victims (07/13/15)
Assistance will soon be coming to families whose homes suffered damage from last week's flooding, as the State Emergency Management Agency is setting up a Multi-Agency Resource Center this week. David Compton, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management, said...
Roaring River reopens after flood (07/10/15)
Three days after water rose 4-6 feet in a matter of 10 minutes, washing out campgrounds and public use areas, Roaring River State Park is reopening. According to a release from Missouri State Parks, The park store, Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center and some day-use areas are open. Anglers can purchase daily tags at the park store. Campers may arrive starting at 3 p.m. and lodging customers should follow normal check-in procedures...
Flash flooding causing evacuations Thursday (07/09/15)
Law enforcement and emergency personnel are evacuating portions of Cassville, as rains from the west have led to flash flooding on 14th Street and County Farm Road. According to Sheriff Mick Epperly, Main Street by Jump Stop on 14th Street has been closed, the Justin Boot Factory on Presley Drive has been evacuated, and deputies are evacuating people from the Shell Trailer Park on County Farm Road...
Flood cleanup underway in Cassville, Roaring River (07/08/15)
Cleanup efforts are now underway in Cassville and at Roaring River State Park after flash floods on Tuesday struck about 30 businesses in the city and left portions of the city parks damaged. Flat Creek, considered to be in flood stage at 7 feet, crested at 19.84 feet in Jenkins at 1 p.m. ...
Flooding leads to rescue efforts in Cassville (07/08/15)
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Barry County Sheriff's Office had to rescue eight people from high water, as flooding in and around the city of Cassville became dangerous. According to Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, two people were rescued from the Ozark Area Community Action Corporation Neighborhood Center on Highway 248...
Central Crossing Senior Center, Mercy celebrate grand opening (07/08/15)
The paint was still drying, but spirits were high Wednesday as the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob and Mercy Therapy Center celebrated a combined grand opening for the senior center's addition and the Mercy Therapy Center, a project several years in the making...
State Rep. aims to make unemployment more efficient (07/08/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, was successful in passing a bill that modifies the duration of unemployment compensation, the method to pay federal advances and raises the fund trigger causing contribution rate reductions. The bill, HB 150, would also tie unemployment benefits to the state's average rate of unemployment...
Purdy Fire Chief Redshaw hangs helmet (07/08/15)
After 20 years of serving the community, Purdy Fire Chief Mike Redshaw hung his helmet for the last time, as he has resigned from the post after 20 years with the organization. In the letter, Redshaw cited increasing time demands from family and his profession, as well as an impending relocation as reasons for his departure. He emphasized there was no negative reasons for the departure...
Seligman to purchase new irrigation equipment (07/08/15)
Last fall, the city of Seligman began plans to improve its 34-year-old irrigation system used in its lagoon, which stores the city's sewage and waste water. Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said the city needed a more efficient way of discharging waste water from the lagoon...
Summer a busy time for school staff (07/08/15)
School may be out for summer for the students, but for staff, projects around the Cassville school district campus are just beginning. Now that the students are gone, Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations for the district, has a long to-do list, which includes work on floors, painting, preventative maintenance and special projects...
Numbers down for Crowder's high school equivalency class (07/08/15)
The Adult Education and Literacy program at Crowder College offers free classes to help individuals obtain high school equivalency degrees and offers assistance with college preparation. In the past, the education credential received has been referred to as the general equivalency/education diploma, or GED, but the name changed to high school equivalency test, or HSE, which is provided by HiSET...
Storm damages trees, power lines in Washburn, Seligman (07/08/15)
Despite a tornado warning lasting 35 minutes, only trees and power lines were damaged in Washburn and Seligman Thursday evening. According to the National Weather Service, at 4:20 p.m., video on social media and several reports showed a well-defined funnel cloud three miles east of Wheaton...
Local residents, organizations react to flooding (07/08/15)
Cassville-area residents, business owners and public officials took to social media Tuesday morning in response to flooding in the area.
Lutheran church to host long-standing picnic (07/08/15)
St. John's Lutheran Church will host its annual Stone's Prairie picnic July 17. The church dates back to 1884 and has been hosting the event, which is open to the public, for over 60 years. Food, including hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, sauerkraut and drinks, will be served. There will be Bluegrass music, and entertainer Eddie Valen will perform. There will be games, including bingo with prizes and traditional games for children, and animal-drawn rides...
Eagle Rock man dies in I-49 wreck (07/08/15)
An Eagle Rock man died Sunday in a motorcycle wreck at 7:01 p.m. on Interstate 49, north of Highway 7. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Mitchell Neimann, 58, of Eagle Rock, was driving a 2008 Honda Goldwing northbound on Interstate 49 in Cass County when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway. Neimann overcorrected and returned to the roadway, but overturned and was ejected, coming to rest on the highway...
Fire causes significant damage to Purdy home (07/08/15)
Three fire departments combined forces to stop a fire in a residence at the corner of Caldonia and Highway C in Purdy on Sunday. According to Fire Chief Nick Mercer, firefighters were dispatched at 8:58 a.m. on Sunday due to smoke coming from the one-story residence. Shortly after their arrival, flames broke through the front window...
2 injured in Hwy. 37 wreck near Cassville (07/08/15)
An Exeter man and a Cassville woman suffered moderate injuries in a wreck at 1:20 p.m. Thursday on Highway 37, one-tenth of a mile north of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Matthew Broshar, 25, of Exeter, was driving a 1994 Ford Aspire westbound when his vehicle pulled into the path of a 2011 Ford Escape, being driven by Emily Cole, 20, of Cassville...
3 injured in 3-vehicle wreck Saturday (07/08/15)
Two Exeter residents and one Washburn resident suffered injuries at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 76, one-tenth of a mile west of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Dennis Wood, 23, of Washburn, was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound and stopped to make a left turn, when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus, being driven by Olive Curran, 67, of Exeter. ...
Cassville woman injured in Exeter wreck (07/08/15)
A Cassville woman was injured in a wreck Monday at 12:30 a.m. on Farm Road 1057, three miles southwest of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Roger Balch, 21, of Cassville, was driving a 1998 Buick Park Avenue northbound when his vehicle lost control on a curve and struck a utility pole...
Purdy celebrates 4th of July with music, picnic downtown (07/08/15)
About 100 children ages preschool through sixth grade sang songs for the crowd gather at Purdy's Fourth of July event Friday.
Residents enjoy Seligman's 4th of July Fest (07/08/15)
Cameron Thornton, 12, of Seligman, eagerly waits for a grilled hamburger, served up by Misty Smallwood and Alan Nichols, at Seligman's annual 4th of July Fest Saturday.
Seligman siblings first to enjoy new splash pad (07/08/15)
Sisters Kayleigh Harling, left, 9, and Allison Harling, 8, of Seligman, were among the first to enjoy Seligman's new splash pad, which was completed just in time for the city's annual 4th of July Fest.
Pair travel country by wagon to honor Cherokee ancestors (07/08/15)
Noqah Elisi, right, and Gene Glasscock take time off from traveling by wagon to rest in a grove of shade trees Saturday.
News Briefs (07/08/15)
The Barry County Collector's Office, headed by Collector Janice Varner, is preparing for the annual Barry County Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale. Missouri law requires land with three years of delinquent taxes be sold on the fourth Monday in August of each year, falling on Aug. ...
Eagle Rock man dies in I-49 wreck (07/06/15)
An Eagle Rock man died Sunday in a motorcycle wreck at 7:01 p.m. on Interstate 49, north of Highway 7. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Mitchell Neimann, 58, of Eagle Rock, was driving a 2008 Honda Goldwing northbound on Interstate 49 in Cass County when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway. Neimann overcorrected and returned to the roadway, but overturned and was ejected, coming to rest on the highway...
Pineville man injured, arrested after wreck (07/06/15)
A Pineville man was injured and then arrested following a wreck Saturday at 12:05 a.m. on Farm Road 2290, one mile east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ricky Rainwater, 25, of Pineville, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a fence and a tree, then overturned...
Software issue delays awarding of same-sex licenses (07/01/15)
After saying his office would accept same-sex marriage licenses immediately on Friday, Craig Williams, recorder of deeds and circuit clerk in Barry County, said the office's software is not able to handle the change yet, which will delay the issuance of the licenses...
City finds $25,000 to fund project (07/01/15)
After finding $25,000 extra in its parks and storm water tax fund, the city of Cassville is preparing to renovate its tennis, basketball and shuffleboard courts at the city park. The total cost of the projects is $64,175, and as soon as the city receives available dates from Hutchens Construction, a Cassville-based contractor hired to do part of the renovations, work will be scheduled...
Cherokee Cyclists trace Trail of Tears route through Cassville (07/01/15)
Nineteen Cherokee cyclists have been traveling the northern route of the historic Trail of Tears for 19 days as part of the Remember the Removal tour which spans 21 days and 950 miles to honor the memory of their ancestors who made the journey by foot...
Cassville schools give options for health insurance (07/01/15)
The Cassville school district has put forward its health insurance options for the coming year, expanding to offering 12 plans, including nine PPOs and three HSAs. Cassville is one of 70 school districts in the Missouri Educators Trust (MET), which provides health insurance insurance to its members...
14th annual School Readiness Fair set for Aug. 1 (07/01/15)
Not every family has the ability to buy a full load of school supplies for their child or their children, and the Barry County Neighborhood Center is looking to fill any such voids for local children. Part of the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, the center is gearing up for its 14th annual School Readiness Fair, which will be held Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Family Life Center in Cassville...
Seligman hopes splash pads will be ready for holiday (07/01/15)
Project deadline keeps getting pushed back, city keeping fingers crossed In April, the city of Seligman put plans into motion to build a splash pad to help keep children off the street and provide a fun activity for families during summer. The pad, located on the north side of the lot on which city hall sits, is a 30-foot concrete circle containing 24 jets and cost the city $16,000...
Chamber director takes post with school district (07/01/15)
After six years as director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mindi Artherton has decided to step down to take a part-time position with the Cassville school district, and the chamber board is hoping to have her replacement hired by the end of July...
Seligman seeking water line easements (07/01/15)
*8 City aims to take ownership of all its water lines The city of Seligman has been actively working to update and improve its water system, and one of the challenges in accomplishing that goal is obtaining easements for privately-owned water lines...
Cassville receives Fleet Excellence award for buses (07/01/15)
The Cassville School District recently received a Fleet Excellence bus award. The district's two head mechanics, Jason Roller and Doyle Ray, will accept the award at the annual transportation workshop in Springfield in July. In order to get the award, school buses must receive a 100-percent score on inspection. ...
Cassville School District purchases 5 new buses for new year (07/01/15)
As part of its bus rotation system, the Cassville school district is trading in four used buses for five new Bluebird-brand buses from Central States Bus Sales, at a cost of $90,970 per bus. Three vendors bid for the purchase, but only two offered a trade-in value for the district's four older buses. ...
Purdy schools revamp policies (07/01/15)
The Purdy school district recently approved a number of policies submitted by Missouri Consultants for Education, altering how the district handles things like job postings or excessive absences. Board members decided to post certified jobs for 10 days, but not necessarily waiting that long to fill non-certified positions. All jobs will be listed on the district's website...
Purdy school officials critical of state tests (07/01/15)
With school now out for the summer, Purdy school district officials are reviewing innovations during the school year, including their assessment of state standardized tests this spring. Principal Janet Boys, who oversees elementary and middle school grades, called this year's Missouri Achievement Program (MAP) tests extremely difficult, with 80 percent of the questions focusing on higher-level thinking...
Moon: Gov't shouldn't be in marriage business (07/01/15)
State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, filed a bill in March that, had it passed, would have prevented county recorders from issuing same-sex marriage licenses following Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court. Moon said the Missouri state constitution defines marriage as one man and one woman, and he believes everyone in the state should follow the constitution, regardless of the federal government...