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This Week's Headlines
Tax cut battle underway at Capitol (04/23/14)
The Missouri Legislature has approved a bill that would lower individual income taxes, and give a special break for those who report business income on their personal taxes, setting up a veto and override battle at the state capitol. The bill, Senate Bill 509, would cut income taxes by an estimated $620 million per year by incrementally cutting the state's top personal income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5, and phasing in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on individual returns...
Cassville R-4 rolls out new health insurance (04/23/14)
The Cassville R-4 School District has rolled out its new health insurance plans for its employees, and the new insurance is coming with some changes. The district is no longer a member of the Southwest Missouri Educator Group, instead, joining the Missouri Educators Trust, a 70-school consortium with a 15,000-person membership...
Exeter sells dilapidated caboose to Midland Railway (04/23/14)
Because of the cost of upkeep and persistent vandalism, the city of Exeter decided to sell the caboose stationed on Main Street for the past 27 years. Officials accepted an offer of $11,300 from the Frisco Railway Historical and Modeling Society for the caboose. The Midland Railway Historical Association will restore and operate the caboose on the Midland Railway, a privately-owned, non-profit tourist railway that runs from Baldwin, Kan., to Ottawa Junction, Kan...
Cassville School District gets funding from QZAB program (04/23/14)
With the passing of the Cassville R-4 School District's bond issue in the April elections, the district has now been awarded $948,295 from the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsors the program, which aims to give interest-free bonds to districts that have passed bond issues and aim to do renovations, repairs and improvements to existing facilities...
CMS students rewarded for proficient, advanced MAP scores (04/23/14)
Cassville Middle School held its Awards Day at the Family Life Center in Cassville on Friday, celebrating the 280 students, 67 percent of the school's student body, who earned proficient or advanced on the Missouri Assessment Program test.
Roaring River hires new superintendent (04/23/14)
Nearly two months after former Roaring River State Park Superintendent Dusty Reid left the park for a position with the Cassville R-4 School District, Missouri State Parks has hired his replacement. Kerry Hays, 58, of Roaring River State Park, former assistant superintendent at the park for five years and acting superintendent after Reid's departure, was hired recently as the full-time superintendent at Roaring River...
CHS inducts 17 into National Honor Society (04/23/14)
Cassville High School inducted 17 students into its National Honor Society Friday, recognizing the students' achievements in a ceremony at the school. Inductees included: Kristen Cox, Kallie Shae Dickson, Brooke Fields, JayCe Fink, Grace Gouvion, Isaiah Herbert, Audry Holman, Kathleen Hurst, Chase Jackson, Lane Madison, Alyssa Pearman, Levi Pollreisz, Kelsey Roney, Morgan Shumaker, Stussy Stephenson, Deidre Westphelling and Alyssa Wiertsema...
Barry County man killed in crash (04/23/14)
Highway patrol: Vehicle left roadway, struck tree
Missing Cassville man found dead (04/23/14)
A Cassville man that has been missing since Jan. 16 was found near Highway 65 in Taney County on Saturday. Jeffrey Ingram, 31, of Cassville, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his truck, which had run off the road and into the woods next to Wild Bill's Travel Center on Highway 65 in Ridgedale...
Farmer's Market draws visitors of all ages (04/23/14)
The Farmer's Market opened in Cassville on Saturday.
Cassville man injured in 2-vehicle crash (04/23/14)
A Cassville man was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 112 approximately a half mile south of Cassville over the weekend. A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol indicated the crash occurred when the driver of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, Michael W. Wormington, 47, of Cassville, struck a 1996 GMC pickup from behind at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The truck, driven by Dustin T. Letts, 19, of Cassville, was stopped in traffic. Letts was wearing a safety belt...
Shell Knob's Mountain View Estates hosts Open House (04/23/14)
An Open House was held Saturday at the new Mountain View Estates, a senior community being built in Shell Knob.
Local Habitat for Humanity house close to completion (04/23/14)
A Habitat for Humanity house is close to being built on 13th Street in Cassville. Leah Moss heard that applications for the program were being taken during Sunday school class. Nora Young, president of Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County, announced that they were taking applications for a new home and that no one had applied yet...
Cassville student wins 1st place in art contest (04/23/14)
Jena Hilburn, a sophomore at Cassville High School, recently won first place in the Shell Knob Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest. Hilburn won a $100 cash prize, and her piece will be taken to the State Ladies Auxiliary contest, and then to nationals...
YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day (04/23/14)
When school lets out for the summer, many children see staying at home all day as a time to watch plenty of TV, play tons of video games and not leave the house, and the Cassville YMCA is hoping to change that. The YMCA is making preparations up for its annual Healthy Kids Day, to be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, which aims to keep children active during the summer...
Barry County Youth Camp slated for May (04/23/14)
"Exploring Nature's Magic" will be the theme for the 2014 Barry County Youth Camp, planned for May 27-30 at Camp Smokey at Roaring River State Park. This will be the 49th annual camp, providing a camping experience for children who otherwise might not be able to enjoy such an activity...
News Briefs (04/23/14)
Corps to open boat ramp at Viney Creek While the Viney Creek Recreation Area will remain closed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock has announced the boat launch ramp near the park's entrance will remain open for lake access. Camping and day use activities will still be prohibited, but the Corps is in the process of leasing the park to keep it open. For more information, people may call 417-334-4101...
Wheaton HS hosts prom (04/16/14)
Wheaton High School hosted its prom on Saturday night.
County sees 15 percent voter turnout on April 8 (04/16/14)
Voter turnout for the Municipal Elections on April 8 was about average for an April election, according to Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood. In the 18 Barry County precincts, a total of 15.17 percent cast ballots, which accounted for 2,924 of the county's 19,281 registered voters...
Exeter defaults on DNR agreement (04/16/14)
Officials in the city of Exeter voted to default on the bypass elimination agreement made with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, meaning the state body will decide if wastewater rates need to go up. Because of old piping systems and manholes, Exeter's wastewater plant has too much rainstorm runoff water passing through its system, and by a DNR mandate, must stop the diversion of wastewater from any portion of its facility into waters of the state...
Write-in votes tallied for open positions (04/16/14)
Several potential winners have emerged from counting write-in ballots in Barry County from Tuesday's election. Clerk Gary Youngblood said the willingness of candidates to serve may ultimately determine who claims several seats where no candidates filed...
Lovers' quarrel leads to arrest of former co-owner of Cassville business (04/16/14)
A lovers' quarrel led to the arrest of a former co-owner of a Cassville business and his wife in Pea Ride, Ark., on Thursday. Tyler Roberts, 21, of Pea Ridge, Ark., former co-owner of Ozark Security Solutions, was arrested by the Pea Ridge Police Department and booked into the Benton County Jail at 10:21 p.m. Thursday. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class D felony...
Children snag eggs at Red Rose Health and Rehab (04/16/14)
Red Rose Health and Rehab hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning.
Exeter denies bar request (04/16/14)
Residents of the city of Exeter made their voices heard over the past month, as the city's aldermen refused to amend an ordinance to allow a bar inside the city's limits. The city council voted unanimously on April 9 to leave the ordinance written as-is...
City of Cassville to upgrade technology (04/16/14)
The city of Cassville will soon upgrade its computers, monitors, printers and server, as the city has agreed to a new lease with MDC Technology. The city's current lease expires on July 18, and to avoid a three-month lease extension, the city had to either sign a new lease or buy out the equipment...
Cassville teachers hit the books (04/16/14)
In the Cassville R-4 School District, it's not just the students who are learning each day. According to Superintendent Richard Asbill, about 80 percent of the district's teachers are pursuing a masters, a second masters or a specialist degree, and many of them are taking classes for those degrees on-site...
Exeter School Board members look forward (04/16/14)
Reelected incumbents to the Exeter School Board are setting their goals for their next three years on the school board. Gary Stringer, Kerry Mattingly and Larry Meyer were each reelected on April 8 and are happy to be back in their seats on the board...
New board member headed to Southwest R-5 (04/16/14)
The Southwest R-5 School Board will have a slightly different makeup soon, as challenger Ruthie Henderson will assume Jeremy Bernard's position on April 17. Henderson, a first-time candidate for the board, garnered the most votes in the April 8 election with 225 (23 percent). Bernard, who was seeking his third term on the board, received 171 votes (18 percent), which was only eight votes shy of tying with Jerry Rose, who finished in third place with 179 votes (19 percent)...
Pair of newcomers to join Wheaton School Board (04/16/14)
A pair of newcomers, Tony Ball and Joseph Brattin, will soon take their seats on the Wheaton School Board. Ball, a pastor at Ridgeley Baptist Church, took third place in the recent school board election with 20 percent (80 votes), Brattin took second with 26 percent (104 votes), and incumbent Lewis Royer, entering his fourth term on the board was first with 27 percent (110 votes)...
Cassville Senior Center seeks donations (04/16/14)
The Cassville Senior Center is working to resurface its parking lot, and the center is looking for donations to fund the project. Ron Black, president of the Cassville Senior Center Board, said the center received a bid from Hutchens Construction of Cassville for $21,200, and the center is hoping to complete the project as soon as possible...
113 cars roll in to 1st Cruise-In (04/16/14)
The first Cruise-In of the year was held on Saturday, and 113 people brought their cars to the Barry County Museum for the event. The club hosts the event on the second Saturday of every month from April to October, from 5 p.m. until dusk. "Everyone brings their cars out for a good time," said Keith Rathbun, vice president of Cassville Cruisers Car Club. "If you are proud of your ride bring it out, no matter what it is."...
Local churches to host Good Friday service (04/16/14)
Each year, pastors of Cassville Ministerial Alliance band together for a Community Good Friday service, and this year's will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18 at First Baptist Church. Danny Huepel, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, said the Good Friday service is a good way for area churches to get together for worship...
Exeter prom brings smiles to seniors (04/16/14)
Exeter High School hosted its prom on Saturday night.
Shell Knob Home and Business Show draws crowd (04/16/14)
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce hosted the 27th annual Home and Business Show on Friday and Saturday.
3 women graduate from Drug Court (04/16/14)
Three women graduated from Barry County's Drug Court program on Thursday.
Abundant Blessings Tea raises $3,200 for Drug Court (04/16/14)
The Abundant Blessings Tea held on April 5 raised $3,200 for Barry County's Drug Court program.
News Briefs (04/16/14)
Benefit concert to help local family A benefit concert is scheduled for April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Community Faith Chapel Church, located at 13372 Highway 248, for the Wyatt and Mandy Clevenger family. The family's home was destroyed by fire on March 27. ...
2 Cassville residents hurt in crash (04/10/14)
A pair of Cassville residents received minor injuries when the vehicle they were traveling in left the roadway. According to the Highway Patrol report, Terri Coolidge, 59, was headed south on Highway 39 two miles south of Shell Knob when the 1999 Jeep Cherokee she was driving traveled off one side of the road, struck a tree, then struck a ditch on the opposite side...
Exeter mulling wastewater plant options (04/09/14)
The city of Exeter is mulling its options concerning how to handle a Missouri Department of Natural Resources mandate to address bypass elimination, and city officials are not excited about their options. Because of old piping systems and manholes, the city's wastewater plant has too much rainstorm runoff water passing through its system, and by a DNR mandate, must stop the diversion of wastewater from any portion of its facility into waters of the state...
3/8-cent transportation tax passes (04/09/14)
Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show 55 percent in favor of the tax (217 votes), and 45 percent opposed (175 votes). Bill Shiveley, mayor of Cassville, said he is pleased voters saw the need in the city and approved the tax. "I'm really excited about the result," he said. "I hadn't heard anything negative about it, but I'm excited about having a source of funding to work on the streets and get them up to shape."...
Voters pass Cassville R-4 bond issue (04/09/14)
Voters in the Cassville R-4 School District have approved a $4 million bond issue the district aims to use for various capital improvement projects. Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show 64 percent in favor of the issue (734 votes), and 36 percent against it (407 votes)...
Cassville R-4 School Board incumbents reelected Tuesday (04/09/14)
There were no changes made to the Cassville School Board after Tuesday's election, as incumbents David Haddock, Becky Henningson and Jon Horner were reelected to the board of education. Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed Haddock garnering 24 percent (680 votes), Henningson coming in second with 24 percent (671 votes), and Horner taking the final seat with 23 percent (657 votes)...
Shockley reelected mayor of Wheaton (04/09/14)
Voters in the city of Wheaton Tuesday reelected Mayor David Shockley, who was appointed in July 2013 to replace the late Donnie Powell. According to unofficial results from Tuesday's election, Shockley received 78 percent (50 votes), and challenger Nancy Rosentreter received 22 percent (14 votes)...
Seligman residents reject tax hike (04/09/14)
City of Seligman residents voted down a 1-cent tax hike on Tuesday, which would have bolstered the city's police department that was $39,000 over budget in 2013. According to unofficial results on Tuesday, 60 percent voted against the tax (42 votes), and 40 percent voted in favor (28 votes)...
Voters head to polls, cast ballots in Municipal Elections (04/09/14)
Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Municipal Elections.
Willis Insurance acquires Shell Knob Insurance (04/09/14)
Willis Insurance, which has been on the courthouse square in Cassville for 127 years, is expanding outside the city, as it acquired Shell Knob Insurance on April 1. Annette Henderson, vice president and co-owner of Willis Insurance with Bob Allen and Jeremy Marple, said the acquisition is an opportunity for the company to grow for future generations...
165 CMS students graduate from D.A.R.E. program (04/09/14)
About 165 sixth-grade students at Cassville Middle School graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program on Friday.
Drug Court hosts Abundant Blessings Tea (04/09/14)
The 3rd Abundant Blessings Tea was held Saturday at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cassville. The event raises money to purchase items for graduates of drug court, like diapers, medications and gift cards.
Exeter caboose could be sold (04/09/14)
The city of Exeter is considering selling the caboose located on Main Street for the past 27 years. According to city officials, Midland Railway Historical Association in Baldwin, Kan. contacted the city of Exeter several months ago to express interest in making the purchase. However, the city's aldermen said they wanted to discuss it with members of the city, and found few opposed to the idea...
Cassville Chamber hosts Spring Sidewalk Sale (04/09/14)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Spring Sidewalk Sale on Friday and Saturday.
Purdy school schedule proposal expected this month (04/09/14)
Expanding the school day at the Purdy School District should take shape this month. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said he hoped to have a detailed proposal ready for consideration at the school board's Monday, April 21, meeting. In February, Chancellor proposed lengthening the school day to expand the professional development schedule for teachers. ...
Purdy Festival slated for July 19 (04/09/14)
Plans are underway for the third annual Purdy Festival, slated for July 19 with activities centered around the city park. Free carnival rides and inflatables from the Party Station out of Nixa has been contracted to provide entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the offerings will be pony rides, Tubs of Fun, swings and a mechanical spider. Younger children will be able to enjoy a giant slide, a three-in-one obstacle course and the Dragon Hide 'N Slide...
911 center hosts annual open house (04/09/14)
On April 17, the Barry County Emergency Services building will be hosting an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Residents can stop by the building, where they will be given a tour of the facilities, and then enjoy cake and refreshments. The center hosts the event every year in honor of National Telecommunicator Week, which is the second week in April, set aside to honor public safety telecommunicators...
Second-graders to learn how, when to dial 911 (04/09/14)
Second-graders will get some time out of their classrooms in late April and early May. Ann Hennigan, officer manager of Barry County 911 Emergency Services, will be visiting area schools to teach students how and when to dial 911. "It's a good feeling to teach the kids," Hennigan said. "It's a perk every year. The school kids are so responsive, and it's a good feeling to know that when I leave they can call 911."...
CHS hosts Safe and Sober assembly (04/09/14)
Members of Cassville High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions group put on a play during the school's "Safe and Sober" assembly on April 2.
Purdy opens prom season (04/09/14)
Purdy High School was the first local school to host its prom, opening the prom season on Saturday.
MMACA hosts rally in Cassville (04/09/14)
A Million March Against Child Abuse rally held outside the Judicial Center in Cassville on Saturday.
'Big Man' reels in $1,482 for Project Graduation (04/09/14)
The Big Man on Campus competition, sponsored by Cassville Project Graduation, raised $1,482.78 for the program, which aims to keep graduates away from parties and alcohol on graduation night.
Red Cross helps in 3 BC fires in March (04/09/14)
In March, the American Red Cross assisted seven people in Barry County as a result of three fires, and more than 70 fires occurred in the 40-county southern Missouri service area. In the entire area during March, the American Red Cross helped more than 280 individuals across at least 34 counties, about twice last year's number...
CPD releases Youth Seat Belt Enforcement results (04/09/14)
The Cassville Police Department issues three tickets during its participation in the statewide youth seat belt mobilization, conducted March 15-31. The enforcement was from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and from 2-4 p.m. on school days. During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total three traffic summonses. Two were issued for not wearing a seat belt, and one was issued for failing to provide proof of insurance...
Jenkins Fire Department hosts Chili Supper (04/09/14)
The Jenkins Fire Department Chili Supper was held on March 22 at Station No. 1 at the old MoDOT Building on Highway 248.
Students inducted into the NTHS (04/09/14)
A total of 85 students attending the Scott Regional Technology Center from 14 schools were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on April 1. Certificates were presented by Scott Tech Director David Miller and faculty members Betsy Anderson and Janet Reppert, NTHS faculty advisor. ...
Courthouse (04/09/14)
Municipal Court: Frank Edwards, of Shell Knob, $150, operating a vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility Douglas Holman, of Cassville, $100, stealing Jessicah Tate, of Cassville, $250, disorderly conduct Andrew Blueher, of Cassville, $25.50, failure to pay fines and costs...
News Briefs (04/09/14)
The Democrat gears up for Easter Egg Hunt The Cassville Democrat second annual Easter Egg Hunt contest is published in today's edition. Eight Easter Eggs are hidden throughout the edition for a chance to win a basket full of goodies donated by contest sponsors. ...
Barry County election results (04/08/14)
Issues City of Monett $6 million bond issue Pierce City R-6 School $.35 levy increase and rollback Cassville R-4 School District $4 million bond issue Cassville $.00375 sales tax for street maintenance Monett Rural Fire District Establish $0.30 District Levy...
One of 3 charged in Golden meth bust (04/03/14)
Barry County deputies have arrested three in an alleged drug bust in Golden. At about 2:30 p.m. today, deputies responded to Farm Road 1040 in Golden and arrested three people at an abandoned home about 100 yards from the Arkansas state line. Deputies arrested Shane Stephenson, of Carroll County, Ark., at the scene, along with two others who's names are being withheld until charges are filed. Stephensen has a felony warrant out of Carroll County, Ark., in which drugs are involved...
Wheaton preacher found guilty in sex case (04/03/14)
A former Wheaton preacher at Lighthouse Church was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of statutory sodomy, a class A felony, and statutory rape, an unclassified felony. Rickie Dean Davidson Sr., 61, of Wheaton, will appear before Jack Goodman, presiding judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit, for a sentencing hearing on May 20 at 1 p.m. The jury recommended sentencing of 18 years in prison on each charge, which carry a minimum of 10 years to life in prison...
Warren faces 2 challengers (04/02/14)
Three Republicans have filed for Barry County presiding commissioner, as incumbent Cherry Warren, 75, of rural Exeter, is being challenged by Terry Burgess, 31, of Seligman, and Eddie Davison, 54, of Shell Knob. Warren, who has been elected to four consecutive terms as presiding commissioner, said he is running for a fifth term on his record in office...
5 run for Cassville board (04/02/14)
Five people are seeking three open seats on the Cassville School Board in the April 8 election. Incumbents Becky Henningson, Jon Horner and David Haddock are looking to remain on the board, while challengers Wade Hermansen and Ann Hennigan are hoping to win a seat...
Asbill aims for prevailing wage exemption (04/02/14)
Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville R-4 School District, is hoping to get legislative support in creating a prevailing wage law exemption for school districts. Asbill said an exemption for school districts would allow them to make better use of taxpayer money, especially with the number of renovation and construction projects on the horizon at Cassville...
Cassville High School hopes to hire new principal (04/02/14)
Cassville High School has picked a new principal to take the reins in July, as Chris Redmon is leaving for a principal position at Montgomery County High School. Jeff Swadley, 44, a Purdy native and Purdy Elementary School principal at since 2004, was chosen by Cassville after being approved by the school board on March 24. ...
3 vie for prosecuting attorney (04/02/14)
Two Cassville men and a Monett woman are aiming to be elected to the prosecuting attorney position being vacate by Johnnie Cox, who will replace Judge Victor Head as Division I associate circuit judge. Matthew Weatherman, 29, of Cassville, Amy Boxx, 42, of Monett, and Steve Dunker, 50, of Cassville, will square off in the Republican primary election, to be held on Aug. 5...
3 cities have open alderman seats (04/02/14)
Three Barry County cities have open alderman positions in the April 8 election, and if write-in candidates are not elected, the cities will have to fill the positions by appointment. In Cassville, no one filed for the north ward position left by Darrell Ledenham, but one man has announced if he wins as a write-in, he will accept the position...
3 positions open at Exeter School Board (04/02/14)
Two incumbents and two challengers have filed for a trio of open positions at the Exeter School Board. On the April 8 ballot, people within the district may vote for incumbents Kerry Mattingly and Larry Meyer, and challengers Gary Stringer and Jason Cole...
2 Wheaton residents vie for mayor seat (04/02/14)
Residents of Wheaton will have the opportunity this month to keep its mayor pro-temp, or replace him with a first-time mayor. David Shockley, who was appointed to replace the late Donnie Powell in July 2013, will face newcomer Nancy Rosentreter in the election for a one-year term. The winner will have to file again in 2015, but for a four-year term...