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Thursday, May 26, 2016
This Week's Headlines
FEMA Storm shelter, auditorium proposed for Purdy school district (05/25/16)
Plans for an extensive storm shelter for the Purdy school district, one with enough room to house event resident in town, were unveiled recently at the district. Kirsten Whitehead, project manager for Paragon Architecture of Springfield, the firm hired for the gym entrance and cafeteria renovation, displayed a conceptual design for the new building. ...
Man charged in local burglary (05/25/16)
A Mexico, Mo., man is being held in the Barry County jail for allegedly burglarizing the Bullets N Bows store in Cassville over the weekend. Larry Polk, 31, of Mexico, Mo., is charged with second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and second-degree property damage...
127 Cassville students walk stage on Sunday (05/25/16)
The Senior Men's Ensemble performs a prop- and motion-filled rendition of "You've Got a Friend in Me," made famous in the movie, "Toy Story," during Cassville's graduation Sunday.
Cassville City pool set to make a splash May 28 (05/25/16)
The Cassville Aquatic Center, which is owned by the city and managed by the Cassville YMCA, will be opening for the summer season on May 28, and it is sure to make a great impression and a big splash with its new look. "The city of Cassville has done an incredible job getting the aquatic park ready for opening," said Dove Haney, Cassville YMCA center executive. ...
Renovated city parks ready to enjoy over summer months (05/25/16)
If there is ever a season to get out and enjoy the sunshine and one's surroundings, summer is it, and Cassville residents now have two newly-renovated parks in which to play. The renovated tennis courts, basketball courts and pickleball courts, which were recently completed and now available for public use at the Cassville City Park off Highway 248, are now open, said Steve Walensky, public works director for the city...
Forestry Service decides on Butler Hollow approach (05/25/16)
The Ava-Cassville-Willow Springs District of the U.S. Forest Service has issued a draft decision regarding the management of the Butler Hollow area, deciding on an alternative for the forest management project after coming up with multiple alternatives to the original proposal...
Cassville man charged in domestic assault (05/25/16)
A Cassville man has been charged with assault following an incident on Friday allegedly leading to the victim suffering a fractured right orbital socket and fractured right orbital wall. Matthew Moore, 30, of Cassville, has been charged with first-degree domestic assault with serious physical injury, and he is being held in the Barry County jail on a $50,000 bond...
Purdy schools adjust pay scale (05/25/16)
The Purdy school district approved a salary schedule for the 2016-2017 school year that included an increase in the base pay and an adjustment in the pay that increases rewards for extended service. The new pay schedule raised the base pay for first year certified teachers from $30,000 to $30,500. ...
Cassville considers Tree City USA membership (05/25/16)
The city of Cassville is considering membership in Tree City USA, a national tree program that works in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation. The tree program, in force since 1976, provides national recognition for communities who become members, and guidance for creating a sustainable, urban forestry program. Trees provide shade, clean the air, increase property values, reduce costs for energy, erosion, and storm water management, and provide aesthetic beauty, the program said...
Local experts share knowledge about native venomous snakes, bites (05/25/16)
As local residents are out enjoying the summer on hiking trails, four-wheeling in the woods, or swimming and canoeing the rivers, they are bound to see a snake or two. Missouri is home to 47 species of snakes, most of which are harmless, but three snakes native to southwest Missouri, and Barry County, are dangerous...
Cassville library to kick off summer reading program (05/25/16)
The Cassville Branch Library is kicking off its summer reading program, to ensure local students keep their minds sharp and their reading skills up to speed over summer. The theme this year is: Get Ready, Get Set, Read! According to Verna Fry, youth services director at the library, continuing to read over the summer is important for a number of reasons...
Cassville schools looking for substitute bus drivers (05/25/16)
Due to ongoing school events and functions, and unique circumstances when regular bus drivers need a temporary replacement, the Cassville school district is looking for area residents to take the wheel of the big yellow bus to get students safely to and from where they need to go...
Washburn searching for new city clerk (05/25/16)
The city of Washburn is accepting applications for the position of city clerk. Mayor John Tiedeman said that the city clerk, Julie Grillone, will vacate her position, leaving it open. Grillone served as the city's clerk, court clerk, and finance director for about seven years. Tiedeman said her leaving came as a shock, and she will be missed...
Shell Knob teen injured in wreck (05/25/16)
A 17-year-old girl was injured Wednesday in a wreck at 3:40 p.m. on Farm Road 1135, four miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sky Dill, 16, of Cassville, was driving a 2007 Mercury Mountaineer eastbound, and Tyler Gennarelli, 18, of Cassville, was driving a 1990 Ford Mustang northbound. Both vehicles failed to stop at stop signs at a four-way intersection and collided in the intersection...
Cassville engineer's train hit by vehicle (05/25/16)
A Cassville engineer's train was struck by a vehicle Wednesday at about 1:25 p.m. on Highway 60 in Diggins. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, William Gdanitz, 76, of Fordland, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound when he suffered an apparent medical issue, causing his vehicle to run off the roadway and strike a Burlington Northern/Santa Fe locomotive, being engineered by Andrew Hobson, 41, of Cassville...
2 injured in Cassville wreck (05/25/16)
Two people were injured Sunday morning in a wreck at 9:14 a.m. aT the intersection of Highway 37 and Old Exeter Road in Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Amanda Laney, 29, of Exeter, was driving a 2-11 Chevrolet Malibu northbound when her vehicle failed to stop for a red signal and struck the driver's side of a 1988 Subaru Forester, being driven by Lois Mangun, 69, of Cassville...
Sheriff, public administrator candidates speak at forum (05/25/16)
Former State Trooper and now sheriff candidate Travis Hilburn speaks Thursday at a forum hosted by the Wheaton Fire Department and held at the Wheaton Community Building.
Cassville gets new swap meet (05/25/16)
A vendor and shopper chat at a new swap meet last Friday, on the grounds of the American Legion off Highway 112.
73 seniors awarded total of $2,435,463 in scholarships (05/25/16)
Graduating seniors from Cassville High School were recognized at the school's annual scholarship awards assembly.
News Briefs (05/25/16)
The Eagle Rock Friends of the Library will hold their annual Community Sale on June 4 at the Eagle Rock Community Center. This is a fundraiser for the group that supports the Eagle Rock Library. Vendors are welcome to join in the event. Spaces are $20. For more information, people may call Susan at 417-271-3386, or Jennifer at 417-271-3186...
Cassville police search for vehicle involved in wreck (05/20/16)
The Cassville Police Department is asking for residents to help identify a vehicle involved in a hit and run on Thursday. According to the department's Facebook page, a white Chevrolet truck pulling a flat bed trailer allegedly left the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the Tractor Supply parking lot at about 4:20 p.m...
Deputies find 21 pot plants at Seligman home (05/18/16)
A Seligman man has been arrested after Barry County Sheriff's Deputies allegedly found 21 marijuana plants on Tuesday at a home on Highway 112 in Seligman. Leroy Stockton, 27, of Seligman, is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a bond total of $19,600...
Shell Knob ambulance station to get repairs (05/18/16)
The Shell Knob ambulance station on Oak Ridge Drive will soon be getting some much-needed maintenance and updating. According to Ken Cieslinski, board chairman for the South Barry County Ambulance District, about $30,000 will be spent to repair several areas which have fallen into disrepair, aiming to make the building more operable and functional for ambulance staff. The building is believed to be at least 30 years old, and was built by donations...
16 toss caps at Wheaton graduation (05/18/16)
Sandra Castillo, left, and Lorena Castro laugh during a lighthearted portion of Wheaton teacher Jennifer Sullivan's address to the students during the class of 2016's graduation ceremonies Thursday night.
Parolee arrested in Purdy after fleeing from police (05/18/16)
A Fulton man was arrested in Purdy after fleeing a vehicle and hiding in the closet of an apartment on Washington Street. Christopher Hile, 33, of Fulton, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating his probation and parole, conditions of a 2015 sentencing to five years in the department of corrections for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Purdy officials review local property maintenance issues (05/18/16)
Purdy City Council members are exploring options for one of the more annoying issues facing the community -- poor property maintenance. Alderman Bo Prock, who last month was elected mayor pro tem, asked further about improving property appearances around town after resident Raymond Stapleton raised the issue concerning a lot from Edina to Highway C that has become so overgrown that vegetation blocks the view for motorists...
County jail gets new roof (05/18/16)
The county commission recently completed a planned capital improvement project to replace the roof of the county jail. In October 2015, the county began taking bids to replace part of the roof, and Guaranteed Roofing in Joplin had the winning bid at $28,640, compared to John Jamison Construction out of Springfield at $36,600...
Purdy graduates celebrate shared history, success (05/18/16)
With inside jokes and expressions of gratitude, seniors at Purdy High School completed graduation on Saturday before a full house in the high school gym. The 48-member Class of 2016 entered the gym having chosen the motto "What We Do Echoes in Eternity," which was written on the wall behind the speaker's lectern. ...
Sheriff, public administrator candidates heading to forum (05/18/16)
The seven candidates for sheriff and three candidates for public administrator have all been invited to a forum on Thursday at the Community Building in Wheaton, hosted by the Wheaton Fire Department. Lindy Lombard, assistant fire chief, said the idea came about as a way for firefighters and residents in the area to get to know the candidates better...
1,270 young anglers cast their lines for Kids Fishing Day (05/18/16)
Nearly 1,300 children of all ages, and their families, filled the banks of Roaring River during Kids Fishing Day Saturday to cast their lines - and their bets, on collecting the best catch.
Missouri replaces Common Core with its own standards (05/18/16)
The state board of education recently approved the new Missouri Learning Standards, which replace Common Core standards for math and English, include reorganizing math benchmarks for kindergarten through second grade, place more emphasis on research in language arts, incorporate application-based learning in social studies and science and bring back the teaching of cursive writing to kindergarten through fifth grade...
Cassville summer school set to kick off May 24 (05/18/16)
The Cassville school district will hold summer school from May 24 to June 17. There will be no school on Memorial Day, May 30. Eligible grades are pre-K through eighth grade, as high school is credit recovery only. The theme is "Celebrate the U.S.A.," and students will be taught material designed to accelerate learning to ensure they meet state and district goals...
Golden man injured, arrested after Sunday wreck (05/18/16)
A Golden man was injured in a wreck on Sunday at 11:35 a.m. on Farm Road 2260, 2.5 miles north of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Vincent Sartin, 52, of Golden, was driving a 2001 Ford F150 westbound when his vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned...
Miss Missouri visits Exeter students (05/18/16)
Exeter Elementary students received a treat when Miss Missouri, Kensie Garber, came to visit the school last Wednesday and talk to them about character through her platform via the Miss America pageant.
Exeter to host summer school May 23 to June 17 (05/18/16)
Th Exeter school district will hold summer school the week after school ends, from May 23 through June 17. Kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to attend. Students will have the opportunity to focus on core subjects and keep their minds sharp to retain what they've learned for the school year while having summer fun...
Cassville YMCA kicks off summer with day camps (05/18/16)
The Cassville YMCA will begin offering week-long summer day camps for area children throughout the summer, beginning on May 23. The camps will run all summer, with the last day on Aug. 12, and will offer a wide range of fun, structured activities for children, and feature two exciting field trips each week, which are included in camp pricing...
Exeter graduates complete high school years (05/18/16)
Exeter seniors turn their tassels, completing a rite of passage to mark the end of their high school years after commencement ceremonies Friday evening.
Southwest seniors say goodbye to high school years (05/18/16)
Southwest seniors cut up during commencement ceremonies Friday evening at the school.
Southwest student Jimenz awarded Mediacom scholarship (05/18/16)
Besides graduating from high school this month, Southwest student Alejandro Jimenz has an extra reason to be happy. Jimenz was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Mediacom for outstanding leadership and academic accomplishments. The award, which is part of the company's World Class Scholarship program, gives $1,000 scholarships to 55 graduating seniors to help support students' post-secondary education...
News Briefs (05/18/16)
Fundraiser to help students get to Utah Four Cassville High School speech and debate team members, Marisa Padilla, Jake Whitham, Madison Horner and Olivia Padilla, are headed to the national tournament in Utah this summer. To help offset expenses, they are hosting a painting night on Monday in the Cassville High School art room. ...
Exeter teen injured in wreck (05/17/16)
An 18-year-old was injured Monday in a one-vehicle wreck at 5 p.m. on Highway 37, half a mile north of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sheldon Heatherly, 18, of Exeter, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet 1500 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a fence...
Gov. Nixon cuts ribbon at CCC Lodge (05/11/16)
For the second time in just more than two month, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made the hike to Roaring River State Park, this time to cut the ribbon on a piece of the park's history that has received new life. The CCC Lodge, which has not been available for lodging for the past 40 years, has officially opened its doors to park-goers, with the first reservations already booked for Sunday...
GOP legislators toe the party line (05/11/16)
State and national legislators representing Barry and Lawrence counties each plan to back presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in November. State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, said although there are flaws in Trump's candidacy, and all other candidates, he will vote for Trump if he is selected at the upcoming convention...
Cassville City Council takes no action on leash law request (05/11/16)
The city of Cassville has declined a resident's request to enact a leash law in Cassville, pointing to laws already on the books regarding vicious dogs as adequate in addressing the issue presented to the council last month. Jon Horner, alderman, discussed the topic at length on Monday, sympathizing with the resident, Tracy Youngblood, who was forced to put down her chihuahua after it was attacked by a pit bull during a routine neighborhood walk...
Seligman weighs water system update options (05/11/16)
Now that Olson Engineering has completed its water study and advised the city of Seligman of the underlying infrastructure issues with its aging water system, the city is exploring options on how to carry out the firm's recommendations with the least impact on residents...
Kids' Fishing Day kicks off summer angling season (05/11/16)
Roaring River State Park and Fish Hatchery will be the place for kids to be on Saturday, as the area is hosting the 36th annual Kids' Fishing Day. The popular event, which began in 1981, gives children the opportunity to learn how to fish, and learn about the natural world around them in a variety of seminars geared for children, in the serene setting of the historic park...
Missouri State Parks renews Viney Creek lease (05/11/16)
In February 2014, the Viney Creek Recreational Area near Golden was marked for closure, but Missouri State Parks stepped in to ensure the serene area, which includes campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic areas and boat ramps, remained open to area residents...
Ambulance district reports emergency response times in area improving (05/11/16)
Since Mercy's takeover of EMS services in the county in early March, the Barry County Ambulance District has reported its response times have improved by an average of 16.5 minutes. "I've said it many times that I am incredibly grateful for the service that Cox provided as long as they did, but things have improved immensely since March 9," said Ken Cieslinski, board chairman for the district...
Washburn's alderman seat remains empty (05/11/16)
The city of Washburn has had an empty alderman chair at its city council meetings for a while now, which Julie Grillone, city clerk, finance director, and court clerk, said has not been filled most likely because of preconceived ideas about what the position would entail...
3 local cities see sales tax gains over 2015 (05/11/16)
While three Barry County cities saw gains in sales tax revenues in April compared to 2015, total revenues coming into all seven Barry County cities saw a drop. The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $445,494.14, down 7 percent from a year ago...
Dogwood brings car enthusiasts to Cassville (05/11/16)
Many cars at the 30th Annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival sported themes.
Big laughs come at Big Man on Campus (05/11/16)
Drake Thomas, performing as Tulita Pepsii, reacts to winning the Big Man on Campus event Saturday night.
Trivia Night, silent auction nets $2,500 for youth camp (05/11/16)
The first Barry County Youth Camp Trivia Night fundraiser saw more than 75 people competing for championship honors while raising money to benefit the Barry County Youth Camp. The trivia contest and silent auction netted nearly $2,500, which will be used to support programs and activities at this year's camp, slated to take place from May 23-26. The theme of this year's camp is "Creative Minds at Work."...
Several gather to observe Day of Prayer (05/11/16)
Mercy employees and others from the community gathered Thursday inside the main lobby for a corporate prayer in honor of the National Day or Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May which invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation...
Famers' Market offers additional day (05/11/16)
Last week, the Cassville Farmers' Market began offering an additional day during the week for residents to pick up farm-fresh foods.
Shell Knob man dies in wreck (05/05/16)
A Shell Knob man died in a wreck on Wednesday at 11:40 a.m. on Big Creek Road in Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Finney, 64, of Shell Knob, was driving a 1972 Chevrolet 1500 northbound when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and traveled off the left side of the roadway, then struck an embankment and overturned, partially ejecting the driver...
Hard-hit community remembers Dickson boys (05/04/16)
The Cassville community banded together at a memorial service on April 27 to remember and honor the lives of Cassville students and 16-year-old twin brothers Lawrence and Michael Dickson. The brothers died in a car accident on April 22, while driving to Branson, an unexpected accident that deeply affected the Cassville school district students and staff, along with the rest of the Cassville community, which is mourning the loss and struggling to find its footing in the midst of shock and disbelief.. ...
City to start street repairs (05/04/16)
In alignment with its long-term plan to repair its streets, the city of Cassville has hired Hutchens Construction to begin the repair of two thoroughfares. "We will be concentrating on chipping and sealing First Street and Old Exeter Road from Business Highway 37 up to the Walmart area, and 13th Street from the bridge to the city limit sign," said Steve Walensky, public works director...
Low number of qualified rides have cowboys saying, 'That's a lot of bull' (05/04/16)
Billy Quade Phillips, of Henreyetta, Okla., works to stay on Rhett's Pet while other cowboys look on at the Cassville Bull Blast, held at the Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville Saturday night.
CCC Lodge renovated, ready to open (05/04/16)
After a more than four decade hiatus, the Roaring River State Park CCC Lodge, a historic centerpiece of the park, has been fully renovated and will soon reopen its doors to the public for lodging. Long-awaited renovations that began last summer are now complete, and to celebrate, a public ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the park in front of the lodge on Friday at 2 p.m. ...
Sisters recall years of memories working at the CCC Lodge restaurant (05/04/16)
A rustic restaurant, a popular resort in a beautiful setting, a pool, good fishing, great food, good money and "park boys" over several summers equaled one great time and lifetime memories for two local sisters. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, sisters Ann Baker Lassiter and Kay Baker, daughters of the late Truman and Mary Frances Baker of Cassville, waited tables at the Restaurant at Roaring River Lodge, in the building known to locals today as the historic CCC Lodge at Roaring River State Park.. ...
County Commission closes Farm Road 2100 bridge (05/04/16)
The Barry County Commission is advising area residents the bridge on Farm Road 2100 over Shoal Creek near Highway HH has been closed, at the recommendation of Great River Engineering of Springfield, consultants for the county. The engineering firm recently advised the commission the weight limit for the bridge should be reduced to five tons, as the firm did not believe the bridge was safe. ...
Students to bring the laughs at Southwest High School (05/04/16)
The Southwest Little Theatre Comedy Club will present a comedy competition on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Southwest school district in Washburn. The production, which will take place in the lower Southwest Elementary School building, is a new undertaking of the theatre group and will be presented in the form of a competition featuring more than 70 student comedians...
Rotary's Bull Blast sign stolen after Saturday event (05/04/16)
2-by-8-foot sign worth $125 taken from Hwy. 37, Farm Road 2160 intersection A sign used to promote the Cassville Bull Blast Saturday at the Bill Hailey Arena was stolen after the event. Herb Primrose, with the Cassville Rotary Club, said the 2-by-8-foot sign, which cost the club $125, was one of two at the corner of Highway 37 and Farm Road 2160...
Mild winter prompts concern over summer crops (05/04/16)
With the unusually mild winter southwest Missouri has experienced, local producers are concerned the area may have an unusually dry summer, which may have a detrimental effect on area crops. "There's a lot of uncertainty, yet there seems to be a lot of discussion based upon El Nino that is, that we could potentially have some dry weather, especially since we're going into the growing season with a deficit in moisture in much of southwest Missouri," said Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist for the University of Missouri extension. ...
Mercy Hospital to offer Know Your Numbers blood screenings (05/04/16)
Mercy Hospital will be hosting its Know Your Numbers Health Fair in Cassville on May 12. The fair includes free and reduced-cost screenings. The public is invited to attend, including those at risk for diabetes, heart disease or other chronic conditions. The fair will also include interactive booths with health information and services...
Southwest to begin using STAR assessments (05/04/16)
The Southwest school district recently approved for the 2016-2017 school year the selection of STAR assessments, a group of reading, math and early literacy student assessments to track student learning for grades kindergarten through 12, and the Accelerated Reader 360 reading program for grades kindergarten through fourth grade...
Royal Family Kids' Camp begins May 31 (05/04/16)
Camp offers fun, loving, family setting for foster children Royal Family Kids' Camp will be hosting its summer camp May 31 to June 4, and with it comes lots of fun activities and love for local foster children. Two weeks before the camp, from May 6-8, a three-day garage sale will be held at the Family Life Center in Cassville to raise funds for the camps' operations...
Hundreds turn out for donkey basketball in Wheaton (05/04/16)
Kenneth Sturgeon, of Fairview, looks for a pass while playing donkey basketball in Wheaton on Friday.
Governor candidate visits Barry County (05/04/16)
John Brunner, Republican candidate for governor, talks to Barry County sheriff candidate James Smith while visiting the Barry County Museum Saturday.
Exeter students enjoy Friday night glow dance (05/04/16)
About 20 students lined up to line dance Friday night at the Exeter school glow dance.
Children enjoy YMCA festivities to keep them fit (05/04/16)
A group of children happily play a game together at the Cassville YMCA Saturday during Healthy Kids' Day.
Exeter students learn wonder of science (05/04/16)
Trinity Atkinson, Isabell Donovan, Whitney Beck and Noah Jordan participate in a science experiment at Exeter Elementary School Friday night, as part of the school's 'Science Night,' held once a year in conjunction with the after school program, to teach children hands-on science...
Exeter celebrates 20 years in Tree USA (05/04/16)
The city of Exeter recently celebrated its 21-year Arbor Day tree planting at the city park, and its 20-year status in the Tree City USA program through the Arbor Day foundation.
PBR champ brings bull riding tour to Cassville (04/27/16)
The Rotary Club of Cassville will be hosting the Cassville Bull Blast in conjunction with the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding Tour on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bill Hailey Arena. Jenkins, a Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR) champion bull rider, will be at Country Dodge in Cassville from noon to 1 p.m. the day of the event to meet fans and sign autographs...
Heavy storms cause minor damage locally (04/27/16)
A line of heavy storms moved through the Barry County area Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, causing some damage in the local area. David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said he and Deputy Director Russ Nichols called out storm spotters at about midnight Tuesday, just as the line of storms crossed from Oklahoma and Kansas into Missouri...
Cassville teens killed in wreck (04/27/16)
Two Cassville High School sophomores died Friday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 248, two miles west of Wheelerville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Lawrence Dickson, 16, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 Ford F150 eastbound on Highway 248 at 4:13 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Library secures grant funds (04/27/16)
Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System has been awarded six Library Services and Technology Act grants, all totaling $30,108. According to Director Gina Milburn, the library system will receive $14,992 for the 2016 Summer Library Program. The grant funds will be used to provide a summer reading program for all ages, using the theme, "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" The reading program will be available in-house, as well as online through the library's webpage, www2.youseemore.com/blrl, from May 30 through July 31.. ...
MoDOT to resurface Routes 248 and 76, add shoulders (04/27/16)
MoDOT has scheduled a project to begin resurfacing portions of Highway 248 and Highway 76 near Cassville the week of April 25. The department will also be adding shoulders to portions of each route. "Neither one of those highways had two-foot shoulders, and this also was a good time to put those in," said David Mitchell, senior communications specialist for the department in the southwest district...
City employees repair possible 7 million gallon water leak (04/27/16)
A public works employee recently discovered a water leak where a two-inch pipe broke at a joint, which the city estimates could have resulted in a potential seven million gallon water loss. The city was able to repair the leak within just two days after finding it...
Exeter man charged in forgery, exploitation case (04/27/16)
An Exeter man is being held in the Barry County jail after allegedly forging a check for $42,050 and exploiting a disabled person. Johnny Berry, 59, of Exeter, is being held on a combination of two bonds, totaling $35,000, on charges of forgery and financial exploitation of a disabled person, as well as theft...
Washburn man facing 3 felony charges (04/27/16)
A Washburn man has been arrested on multiple felony charges stemming from two incidents in the past two months. Herman Tilford, 52, of Washburn, is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage and second-degree domestic assault. According to a probable cause statement filed by Terry Meek, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Tilford was found covered in blood and crawling around a property on E. ...
County concerned about employee health care increases (04/27/16)
The cost of health care is a concern to every American, and with that comes the process how to obtain insurance and navigate Obamacare, also known as The Affordable Care Act (ACA). A total of 71 Barry County employees have 100 percent of their health insurance covered by the county, but Cherry Warren, presiding county commissioner, is concerned that health care costs might increase phenomenally in the foreseeable future...
Cassville School District signs 5-year contract with Coca-Cola (04/27/16)
The Cassville school district recently signed a five-year agreement with Coca-Cola, which along with providing beverages to players, students and spectators, may add up to an additional savings of about $4,000 each year in concession revenue. The district has not had a concession contract for at least 15 years, said Richard Asbill, superintendent, and the benefit to signing one is that it will help save the district on product costs, consumption and additional quirks, like coolers...
2 Cassville buildings to get new scoreboards (04/27/16)
Players, coaches and spectators alike will notice a new feature in the Cassville Middle and High School gyms during sporting events next season -- new scoreboards. Cassville Activities Director Doug Martin was tasked with the job of replacing the scoreboards, which were over 20 years old...
Purdy schools announce summer school plans (04/27/16)
For the second consecutive year, the Purdy school district plans to run its own summer school program, offering classes May 25 through June 22. According to Mindi Gates, associate superintendent in charge of the program, students from kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up until May 6. Daily sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offer free daily breakfast at 7:30 a.m., as well as lunch. Bus routes will run the same as last year...
Silver Leaf boosts arts (04/27/16)
Sherry Johnson, president of the GFWC Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville, gives Wyatt Hester, Southwest Little Theatre director, a check for $500 to support the school's drama club.
Purdy students dance night away (04/27/16)
Andrea Humphrey, left, and Robbie Ortega dance together at Purdy's prom, held Saturday at the Crowder College Cassville Community Building.
Slow dances the flavor at Southwest prom (04/27/16)
Hailey Foster, left, and Dylan Bodendieck dance at Southwest High School's prom, held Saturday night in the school gym.
Eagle Rock area producers, artists come out for market (04/27/16)
Producer Roe Strickland visits with customers at the Eagle Rock Farmers' Market Tuesday morning.
SKITS cast prepares to deliver full-of-suspense show (04/27/16)
"The Bold, The Young and The Murdered" SKITS character Jake Strong, played by Morris Nyborg, tries to convince the rest of his fellow soap opera cast members the seriousness of the fact that their director, Oli, played by Deb Lay, has been murdered, but the stage manager, character Kaitlin, played by Faith Johnston, right, stays focused on the script and insists that the play finish that night, so that they can all keep their jobs...
News Briefs (04/27/16)
The Cassville Senior Center will host a Mother's Day Lunch on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meal requires a contribution of $3.50 for those over 60, and $6 for anyone else. For more information, people may contact the center at 471-847-4510. The Cassville Police Department is again participating in the D.E.A. ...
Purdy survey deadline looms (04/20/16)
The Purdy City Council received some welcomed help at its April meeting in collecting the income surveys needed to secure the $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program. Mayor Steve Roden reported the city now has until May 9 to compile the remaining 70 surveys needed to total 250 examples to document the median income of the community...
Charges filed in Cassville Bowl burglary (04/20/16)
Cases and charges against the two men allegedly behind the Yonkerville Store burglary in Pierce City continued to mount this week, as the Cassville Police Department has charged the men with orchestrating the burglary at Cassville Bowl on March 5. Cassville police submitted charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and first-degree property damage for Jerry Hartkopp, 54, and second-degree burglary and stealing for James Hooper, 25, both of Wheaton...
2 new aldermen join Purdy council (04/20/16)
Two new faces joined Purdy City Council recently, as Brad Bunnell took the Ward 1 seat and Brian Bowers assumed the job of Ward 2 alderman. Bunnell, 46, is the son for former alderman Launce Bunnell and the late Sue Bunnell. A lifelong city resident, Bunnell is a partner with his father in the local car sales business and owns 37 Tire and Auto Center. He and his wife, Melissa, have three boys, ages 12, 16 and 20...
Seligman works to create family outlets, wellness options (04/20/16)
The city of Seligman is working on improving existing recreational outlets for families and youth, as well as creating new ones, to promote wellness and provide family-friendly recreation for its residents. Originally installed in 2006, the city's skate park area behind city hall is in need of repair. The city is taking steps to purchase sheets of armor, a type of composite material used for skating areas and ramps, to make the skating surface smooth...
Cassville Main Street culminates revitalization plan (04/20/16)
The Cassville Main Street Association and the city of Cassville are in the process of wrapping up a master plan to revitalize the downtown area that started five years ago. In November 2010, the city landed a grant and partnership with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Development Finance Board and the Missouri Housing Development Commission called the DREAM initiative, which provides communities with technical and financial assistance for downtown revitalization...
Purdy school officials find needs to upgrade resources (04/20/16)
Several strategic contracts approved by the Purdy Board of Education moved to improve the district's technology and facility resources. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the student information system purchased from the STI company has become bloated with a massive volume of information. Conversion of the district's financial package opened an opportunity to address the student data...
Purdy renews teachers' contracts (04/20/16)
The Purdy Board of Education made several major personnel moves recently, rehiring certified teachers and moving three faculty members to tenured positions. Prior to taking action, the board accepted resignations from high school math teacher Molly Strickland and agriculture teachers Amanda Neely and Payden Emmett...
Cassville students gear up for year-end exams (04/20/16)
As the end of another school year quickly approaches, Cassville students are preparing to take district-wide end-of-year exams to help measure what they have learned during the school year. The annual exams will begin April 25 and conclude May 12. Cassville Intermediate students will complete the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) exam, and high school students will complete what are referred to as End-of-Course (EOC) exams...