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This Week's Headlines
Counterfeit $50 bill used in Cassville (02/25/15)
According to the Cassville Police Department, a $50 counterfeit bill was used in Cassville, and local businesses are being asked to take caution. Lt. Danny Boyd, of the Cassville Police Department said the fake $50 bill was discovered after the Casey's store in Cassville made its daily deposit to Commerce Bank, and the bank found it to be counterfeit...
Charges dropped in child welfare case (02/25/15)
The Barry County Circuit Clerk's office has confirmed two felony charges against a Cassville woman, involving child neglect and abuse, were dropped in Barry County Circuit Court Wednesday. Rebecca Chaddock, 36, of Cassville, was cleared of charges of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and abuse or neglect of a child, following an incident on Jan. 1...
2,600 expected for Opening Day (02/25/15)
Roaring River State Park is expected to see about 2,600 visitors on Sunday, as 2015 Opening Day ceremonies will kick off the catch-and-keep season at the park. Paul Spurgeon, manager of the Roaring River Trout Hatchery, which is overseen by the Missouri Department of Conservation, said his crews will stock about 8,000 trout and 50 lunkers, which are trout over three pounds, for the incoming anglers...
Homesley to fire Opening Day gun (02/25/15)
If Tim Homesley has anything to say about it, everyone at Roaring River State Park at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday will hear his gun go off. A Cassville native and avid fisherman since the age of 6, Homesley has fished at Roaring River more times than he can remember, and this year, he was chosen to have the honor of firing the starting gun on Opening Day...
Mason posts bond, son turns himself in (02/25/15)
Cassville man James Mason posted a $250,000, cash-only bond on Feb. 18, and he has been released from the Barry County jail less than two weeks after allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old at his home outside of Cassville. Barry County sheriff's deputies had also been looking for Mason's 16-year-old son, but he turned himself into Pineville authorities on Friday. ...
Outdoor Channel fishing show coming to Roaring River (02/25/15)
STIHL's Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas will be filming Opening Day to trout season Sunday at Roaring River State Park. Thomas plans to fish for trout in the morning until about noon, said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. He will then fish for bass at Table Rock Lake on Sunday afternoon and throughout Monday. These segments will air between October and December on the Outdoor Channel...
Sales taxes trend down in February (02/25/15)
Historically, February has represented one of the least active months for sales tax disbursement in the year, and the second lowest for the last three years. In the past 10 years, February has topped the January total only once. So, after a 44 percent jump in receipts to start the year, a lower February came as no surprise...
Eagle Rock man accused of assaulting deputy (02/25/15)
The Barry County Prosecutor's Office has charged an Eagle Rock man with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer. Jamie McCarty, 27, allegedly resisted arrest by kicking Barry County Deputy Mike Moore at about 4:11 p.m. Feb. 15, according to a probable cause statement filed by Moore...
Red Cross offers emergency prep program (02/25/15)
The American Red Cross is starting a new educational program for third- through fifth-grade students in southwest Missouri. The program introduces students to the Red Cross and its mission and details the importance of fire prevention, fire preparedness and escaping a home fire...
Red Cross launches fire prevention initiative (02/25/15)
The American Red Cross is launching a five-year home fire preparedness campaign, targeting low-income, high-risk areas thought southwest Missouri. According to Red Cross spokeswoman Julie Stotling, the campaign aims to reduce injuries, save lives and build more resilient communities...
Safety net programs open to local farmers (02/25/15)
Time is running out for farmers wanting to take advantage of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage safety net programs. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31...
Roaring River State Park hosts eagle watch weekend before Opening Day (02/25/15)
Carrie Buehler, left middle, and her 11-year-old son, Derrick Buehler, right middle, point at a perched bald eagle Saturday at Roaring River State Park.
FFA banquet held at CHS (02/25/15)
Will Edmondson, right, Cassville Future Farmers of America member, receives a 2015 Area 11 FFA degree Thursday.
Brace's children now with accused killer's parents (02/18/15)
The mother of murdered Washburn woman Casey Brace is speaking out about difficulties she has had in seeing her grandchildren, two of whom have been put in temporary custody of the parents of Brace's accused killer. According to Washington County (Ark.) Circuit Court documents, Springdale residents John and Mary Paschall filed temporary custody paperwork in Arkansas for Alli Paschall, 2, and Braxton Paschall, 4. ...
Man accused of assaulting teen to appear Tuesday (02/18/15)
A Barry County rancher is set to appear in court Tuesday for disposition after being accused of assaulting a teenager with an axe handle, breaking the teen's legs and nose. The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged James Mason, 42, of Cassville, with three felonies: first degree-assault causing serious physical injury, a class A felony, armed criminal action, an unclassified felony, and first-degree property damage, a class D felony...
State House aims to ease boat liquor license process (02/18/15)
A new Missouri State House bill plans to ease restrictions for boat liquor license applications by reducing the required number of passengers from 100 to 30. If the proposed legislation becomes law, State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, who sponsored the bill, said it would not only make the playing field more level, but it could create more outlets for people to consume alcohol on boats...
Southwest school district budgets $32,320 for new greenhouse (02/18/15)
WASHBURN -- The Southwest school district plans to have a more functional 1,440-square-foot greenhouse constructed by May. The total cost is $73,875, and the district's portion is $32,320 since Chris Hunt, Southwest High School and Middle School vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, received a grant for the turnkey greenhouse project...
Land of Smiles arrives at Southwest Elementary (02/18/15)
Southwest Elementary students Tristyn Harding, left, Hunter Cain, middle, and Marcus Lakey practice how to properly brush teeth Thursday at the Delta Dental's Land of Smiles presentation. Kindergarten through third-grade students learned about dental hygiene. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Police require help in prosecuting prescription drug offenders (02/18/15)
Area law enforcement are hoping to see passed a bill that would created a monitoring program to slow illegal prescription drug trade. "If we have somebody who we believe is selling prescriptions, it's a very hard case to prove," said John Luckey, director of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force...
Local library branches see new resources added (02/18/15)
A variety of new resources are planned for branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library. Director Gina Milburn reported that use of wireless Internet service has almost tripled over last year at this time. Computer use has also increased. The district will see significant savings on its local and long distance telephone service for branches in Monett, Pierce City, Aurora and Marionville. ...
Seligman suspends main sewer operator (02/18/15)
Seligman has suspended Tony Amos, the city's main sewer operator, pending an investigation, said City Clerk Brian Nichols. "We're fearful that documentation wasn't logged; that records weren't kept on the operation of the sewer lagoon," said Nichols, who has been in contact with the Missouri Department of National Resources (DNR)...
Seligman buys $9,600 in pipe locators (02/18/15)
Seligman recently purchased $9,666.53 in pipe locating equipment to comply with federal regulations and state statutes. "Every public utility must be able to actively locate their equipment," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. The Seligman Board of Aldermen approved a bid from Tontitown, Ark.-based HD Supply Waterworks after Wayne Persons, Seligman maintenance supervisor, recommended the company to the city out of the bidder list...
DNR informs Seligman about plugging water well (02/18/15)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resource has notified Seligman about plugging water well No. 2, which has been out of service since the 1970s. "[Costs] could be up to $18,000," said Brian Nichols, city clerk. "DNR has grants available to help us fund this."...
Cassville class provides introductory to beekeeping (02/18/15)
If area residents are interested in becoming beekeepers, they can attend a free introductory adult education class at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Cassville High School agriculture department. "If you get involved in beekeeping, the possibilities of learning something new everyday is there," said Leon Riggs, 77, an area beekeeper who will be the main speaker at the class...
Cassville jazz bands bring down the house (02/18/15)
Scott Frederickson, Cassville High School band director, plays a flugelhorn during "I Remember Clifford" at a jazz concert in the Cassville FEMA Event Center Friday. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Miss Crowder crowns 4 winners Sunday (02/18/15)
Fifteen contestants competed in the fifth annual Miss Crowder Pageant Sunday at the Crowder College Cassville campus. Those pictured include: Alex Tummons, Miss Southern Ozarks 2015; Kaitlyn Rigdon, Miss Southern Ozarks' Outstanding Teen 2015 and Miss Crowder's Outstanding Teen 2014; Rebekah Rhoad, Miss Crowder's Outstanding Teen 2015; Olivia Henson, Miss Crowder 2015; and Morgan Shumaker, Miss Crowder 2014. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Sunday snow brings plows out to play (02/18/15)
A backhoe clears the snow off of Wild Apple Drive in Cassville Monday. A weather station 4.8 miles south-southeast from Cassville indicated 5.5 inches of snowfall fell Monday, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Cassville choir performs singing Valentines (02/18/15)
Cassville High School Choir members Jena Hilburn, left, and Kiley Wolf, left middle, perform a singing Valentine Thursday for Donna Lawson, right, Cassville High School librarian. Wolf's father, Denny, played the guitar. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Fired medic details transport incident (02/11/15)
A former Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District paramedic says a report filed by a Barry County Sheriff's Deputy is not accurate, and he does not know why he was fired from his position with the district. Randy Haycook, who was fired on Jan. 9, said he followed all protocols, policies and procedures when he responded to the home of 59-year-old Pedro Martinez on Jan. ...
Mother of murdered Washburn woman thanks community for support (02/11/15)
For Cathy Townsend, losing her daughter and father in an alleged double-homicide has been a challenge, but keeping her going are the good memories of both Casey Brace and Herbert Townsend. Cathy Townsend, of Washburn, said the relationship between her daughter and her father was a great one, and both will be fondly remembered...
Convicted Barry County killer's execution date set (02/11/15)
A Barry County man who has been on death row for 17 years is set to be executed on March 17. Cecil Clayton, 74, formerly of Purdy, is the oldest inmate on death row and was sentenced to death in 1997 for the killing of Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter, a 29-year-old father of three...
Seligman Police Department shotguns repeatedly jamming (02/11/15)
Seligman has replaced malfunctioning police shotguns at least twice over a relatively short time period. "They were double feeding and jamming, whenever you go and cycle them," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. The Armscor 12-gauge shotguns have a lifetime warranty, and Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, said he has sent two shotguns back to the manufacturer, Davidson's Inc...
Purdy Schools mull more math requirements (02/11/15)
To meet higher college expectations, the Purdy Board of Education is considering increasing the math requirement for graduation. High school principal Bob Vice recommended increasing the graduation requirement from three math credits to four. Vice said Purdy has offered algebra 1 as an eighth grade class. ...
Wheaton superintendent gets contract extension (02/11/15)
WHEATON -- The Wheaton Board of Education recently extended the district superintendent's contract by one year. Massey has been the superintendent for four years. His current salary is $81,500 per year, and his salary will increase by 1.75 percent each year of his contract, which is a similar increase to teachers and other administrators in the district who gain another year of experience...
2014 water losses nearly double in Seligman, totaling $5,900 (02/11/15)
Seligman had $5,900 in water losses for 2014, increasing by about $2,600 over 2013. The water loss between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15 was 1,839,090 gallons. The water loss between Nov. 15, 2014, and Dec. 15, 2014, was 1.3 million gallons, decreasing by 400,000 gallons compared with the same period in 2013...
Wheaton School District settles old insurance suit (02/11/15)
The Wheaton Board of Education has recently accepted a $31,913.37 health insurance claim to settle a suit with a third-party catastrophic insurance coverage company that was ordered to liquidate in 2003. "I am glad to see the board make that decision, and it gets our taxpayers some money that we didn't think we'd ever have an opportunity to reclaim," said Lance Massey, superintendent of the Wheaton School District...
Area hunters donate venison to food pantry (02/11/15)
The Missouri Conservation Department and an Exeter meat processor recently donated 123.5 pounds of venison to the Cassville Community Food Pantry at Cassville United Methodist Church. "The good thing about the Share the Harvest program is it's deer that's harvested in the county, and we have a processor that processes the deer in Barry County, and then we have someone that distributes the deer meat to needy families in Cassville," said Daniel Shores, Barry County Conservation agent...
Cassville Senior Center dance draws 72 (02/11/15)
Wayne Rimkus, left, of Bella Vista, Ark., dances with Dianne Walker, of Rogers, Ark., at the Cassville Senior Center Saturday. The center has dances on the first Saturday of each month. The next dance is March 7. "The dance is for all ages," said Wendell Bishop, center board member. "It is good, clean entertainment." Roaring River Sound Band performed at the dance, which had an attendance of 72 people. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Kailey Pettit queen of Purdy's "Candyland" homecoming (02/10/15)
Homecoming ceremonies for Purdy High School were held on Feb. 6 in the school gym.
Purdy man arrested after wreck near Monett (02/10/15)
A 21-year-old Purdy man was moderately injured after a wreck on Farm Road 1070, three miles south of Monett, that resulted in his arrest and six criminal charges. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher Austin, 21, of Purdy, was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry southbound on Farm Road 1070 at about 12:45 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned...
Monett man injured in wreck near Cassville (02/10/15)
A Monett man suffered moderate injuries Saturday evening in a wreck at Farm Roads 1135 and 2185. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Patrick Anderson, 31, of Monett, was riding a 2003 Suzuki GSX motorcycle at about 4:45 p.m. when a Dodge Ram, being driven by R.G. Edmondson, 80, of Cassville, failed to yield and struck the bike...
Initiative petition aims to require more signatures (02/04/15)
The State House of Representatives has proposed an 87.5 percent increase in signatures needed to amend the Missouri Constitution through initiative petition by the next general election. State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, has pre-filed a constitutional amendment -- House Joint Resolution 13 -- that would increase the number of signatures required to propose an initiative petition amending the Constitution from 8 percent to 15 percent of legal voters in six of the eight Congressional districts held in the previous general election.. ...
Forest Service wants to turn Butler Hollow into glades (02/04/15)
Area residents have until Friday to comment about the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's plans to restore the 18,181-acre Butler Hollow into glades. "Southern Missouri and northern Arkansas have one of the largest concentrations of glades anywhere," said Joe Koloski, Forest Service district ranger. ...
Judge Head staying on bench for Drug Court (02/04/15)
Former Associate Circuit Judge Victor Head retired in December, but wanting to continue his involvement in Barry County Drug Court will keep Head on the batch a little longer. With former Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox taking Head's associate judgeship, Head said he will continue to preside over Drug Court as a senior judge for the time being...
Chamber banquet brings laughs, surprises (02/04/15)
Victor Head, left, former associate circuit court judge and now senior judge, accepts a Community Service Award from Kelly Mills, former Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce president. Head spent 17 years as a public defender in the 39th Judicial Circuit before earning a judgeship, which he held from 2007 until December 2014. ...
Pharmacies consider prescription drug program impacts (02/04/15)
Barring a few trepidations, local pharmacies are lining up in support of the possible first ever prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri, saying it would be beneficial for slowing the illegal sales of prescription drugs. "I'm pretty sure we're the only state that doesn't have one," said Rebecca Becker, pharmacist at Sater Pharmacy in Cassville. ...
Senate seeks changes with temporary assistance, food stamps (02/04/15)
A State Senate bill filed by State Sen. David Sater aims to modify the requirements to obtain public assistance in Missouri through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. "Once you get a job, you are still getting these cash benefits and the food stamps for as long as you are on the program, and hopefully their job will start paying a lot more to where they wouldn't need those benefits anymore," Sater said. ...
Share a Heart campaign raises money for area Ronald McDonald House (02/04/15)
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks Inc. has started its annual Share a Heart campaign to help families of ill and injured children, mainly from southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Bonnie Keller, president and CEO at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, said all the money raised will directly support operating both houses in Springfield, which are located at 949 E. ...
Butterfield, Washburn seek write-in candidates (02/04/15)
Area cities utilize new candidate affidavit requirement Butterfield and Washburn still have aldermen positions where write-in candidates may be required to fill the openings during April 7 elections. Write-in candidates do not have to file candidacy documents before the elections. They may not even know they were nominated until after the elections...
Purdy homecoming celebrations continuing through this week (02/04/15)
Purdy High School's Student Council has announced candidates for queen and Mister Tip-Off at the 2015 homecoming celebration this week. The 2015 Mister Tip-Off will be crowned at a special assembly at 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 6. The 2015 homecoming queen and her court will be presented between the junior varsity boys and varsity boys basketball games against Southwest High School on Friday evening...
Enhanced Enterprise Zone benefits approved for Scoular (02/04/15)
The first project to seek tax breaks under Barry County's Enhanced Enterprise Zone has received approval. The application from the Scoular Company, a 120-year-old grain company with more than $6 billion in annual sales, received final approval from the Barry County Commission following a recommendation by the Barry County EEZ Board. Scoular built a grain elevator in Butterfield last summer and began purchasing local grain...
Cassville, Purdy require board of education elections (02/04/15)
Cassville and Purdy School Districts have the only area board of education elections on April 7. Both districts have two, three-year openings. In Cassville, incumbents John Sullivan and Carolyn Bowen are being challenged by Wade Hermansen and Dale Phelps...
Cassville FFA members attend motivational conferences (02/04/15)
The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted 18 Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri. MFA Inc. helped sponsor the conferences. Over 4500 first year FFA members from more than 300 Missouri High Schools had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their lives, school and community at the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences. ...
Varner starts fourth term (02/04/15)
Cindy Casper, right, deputy clerk at the Barry County Collector of Revenue Office, swears in Janice Varner, county collector, to her fourth term. Varner has been the county collector for 12 years. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville Schools seeing continuous drop in funding (01/28/15)
The Cassville School District is reviewing its five federal title program budgets since the U.S. Education Department has reduced funding to the district by 50.3 percent over the last five years. The district received $1,241,218 in the 2009--2010 school year, but that funding dropped to $616,843.62 in the current school year, according to district records...
Cassville city council positions contested (01/28/15)
Both open city council positions in the city of Cassville will see races for the April 7 municipal election, as incumbents Ann Hennigan and Jan Anthony are both being challenged. In the south ward, Anthony is being challenged by Cindy Carr, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce board member and realtor with Four Season Realty...
Cassville family: Son's recovery nothing short of a miracle (01/28/15)
For the Beagle family of Cassville, the verse Matthew 21: 22, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer," could not be any more true. The family turned to this verse numerous times while its middle child, Cole Beagle, was hospitalized. The family said Beagle's recovery is a testament to the power of prayer and to God's mystery...
Santa delivers on letter from Wheaton girl (01/28/15)
Santa Claus works hard to fill every request of every child on Christmas. Sometimes, Jolly Ole Saint Nick goes above and beyond in spreading Christmas cheer. Such was the case for a Wheaton family after second-grader Rubi Castro broke from the mold and requested something a little different from Santa in her letter to him published by the Cassville Democrat...
Purdy school upgrades prove popular in crowd test (01/28/15)
Mid-January offered the first big test for the new construction at the Purdy School District. The basketball game against Pierce City brought in the largest crowd to a sporting event to date this season. The $1,045,000 project, altering the entrance to the gym by placing the ticket window indoors, moving the bathrooms beyond the gym and combining the concession stand with the cafeteria, faced public scrutiny...
Seligman man fills alderman vacancy (01/28/15)
Seligman recently filled a west ward alderman position that was left vacant after the death of former Alderwoman Shirley Beaver on Dec. 6. Michael Avers, 50, who has lived in the Seligman area for more than 15 years, was sworn into the position in January...
Project proposes playground equipment (01/28/15)
The Purdy Renewal Project announced plans for a new playground addition in the city park in Purdy. Gerry Wass, Neal Wass and Robin Henderson, president of the Purdy Renewal Project, reported the organization has raised more than $10,000 in hopes of adding to the park, including $1,000 from the Spanish Club and its recycling project. ...
Purdy vocalist recalls singing in All-National Honor Choir (01/28/15)
PURDY -- A Purdy High School vocalist, who will perform at a state concert Saturday, reflected on her experience with the All-National Honor Choir in Nashville. "I didn't feel out of place at all," said Katherine Wise, a high school senior who sings soprano one for the Purdy choir. "We all had the same passion, which was really refreshing to get to know people who care about something as much as you do."...
Aurora man arrested after wreck near Butterfield (01/28/15)
An Aurora man is facing three charges after being seriously injured Friday in a wreck on Route W, four miles west of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Rockwell, 37, of Aurora, was driving a 2004 Ford F-350 westbound on Route W at about 7:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck two fences...
Local school board members receive recognition (01/28/15)
Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed School Board Recognition Week statewide through Saturday to recognize the more than 3,600 men and women who serve as board members, according to the Missouri School Boards' Association. In January, Lance Massey, Wheaton superintendent, thanked each member for being on the Wheaton Board of Education, as well as presented each member with a certificate...
Cassville kindergarteners celebrate 100 days in school (01/28/15)
Cassville kindergarteners Alaya Dool, left, and Gracie Maher display their hula hoop skills at the 100-day celebrations in FEMA Event Center Friday. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville Middle School Band performs winter concert (01/28/15)
Scott Frederickson, right, Cassville High School band director, leads the Cassville sixth-grade band during the winter concert in Cassville Middle School gym Friday. The sixth-grade band has 86 musicians. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Youth learn to Lego (01/28/15)
Kara Fletcher, left, demonstrates how to build a snow plow out of Legos Saturday in the Eagle Rock Community Center. Working on the plow were, from right: Adam Scaggs, 10, of Golden; Levi Rex, 11, of Eagle Rock; Frank Osborn, 10, of Eagle Rock; and Timothy Waggs, 16, of Branson. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Silver Leaf Benefit Club collects cards for St. Jude (01/28/15)
The Silver Leaf Benefit Club, a local organization with the international General Federation of Women's Clubs, displays its annual collection of cards Jan. 20. The cards benefit the St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Club members pictured include, front row, from left: Jean Marney, Pat Chapman, Sarah Marney, Sherry Johnson, Pauline Kowalski and Tracie Snodgrass. ...
News Briefs (01/28/15)
Barry Electric warns of phone scam According to Bill Shiveley, general manager and CEO of the Barry Electric Cooperative, said customers of the cooperative have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent a collection agency and working for Barry Electric, saying if patrons do not pay their bills right away, their power will be disconnected. ...
Barry Electric warns of phone scam (01/26/15)
According to Bill Shiveley, general manager and CEO of the Barry Electric Cooperative, said customers of the cooperative have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent a collection agency and working for Barry Electric, saying if patrons do not pay their bills right away, their power will be disconnected...
Eagle Rock hosts class (01/21/15)
Jessica Eardley, center, of Grandview, Ark., helps her 11-year-old daughter, Haven, at a scrapbooking class Thursday in the Eagle Rock Community Center while Maya Sybert, left, 13, of Jenkins, and Wren Hampton, 13, of Shell Knob, work on their scrapbooks. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Former task force member to be security at judicial center (01/21/15)
Because of state fund withholdings by Gov. Jay Nixon, Barry County may soon lose its member of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which specializes in tracking down criminals who use the Internet as a way to engage in illicit sexual activity...
Fitzpatrick aims for committee chairmanship (01/21/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, is taking aim at one of the most powerful positions in the State House of Representatives -- chairman of the Budget Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives. Named vice chairman of the committee last week, Fitzpatrick said if all goes as planned, he hopes to become chairman of the committee in two years, which could set him up for a rare two-term chairmanship...
Hooves hit the hardwood at Exeter donkey basketball game (01/21/15)
Justin Brattin tries to get his donkey to work with him as he chases down the ball during Exeter's Donkey Basketball Game, held Thursday at the school's gym. Proceeds of about $1,000 from the event will benefit the Exeter Athletic Booster Club. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
City of Cassville raises water, sewer rates by 2.2 percent (01/21/15)
The city of Cassville is handing out a 2.2 percent hike for residential and commercial water and sewer rates, aiming to boost the respective departments' asset replacement funds. The base water service rate for residential customers, which was $11.36 for the first 1,000 gallons of water used, will now raise by a quarter to $11.61. For every 1,000 gallons used over the base amount, a fee of $3.70 per 1,000 gallons will be applied...
Forest Service hosting open house for Butler Hollow project (01/21/15)
Area residents can attend an open house next week to discuss the Butler Hollow Project, which proposes natural community restorative activities on about 18,181 acres in the Cassville Unit of the Mark Twain National Forest. District Ranger Joe Koloski and other resource specialists will answer questions about the project from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Show-Me Plaza, located at 404 Highway 248, Suite 8, in Cassville...
Norman to undergo mental evaluation to determine fitness to stand trial (01/21/15)
The trial of a Cassville man, charged with three federal counts involving illicit sexual activity with children, is now on hold after his counsel requested he undergo a mental evaluation. Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, is charged with two counts of using a means of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, and one count of enticement of a minor to produce child pornography...
Family welcomes first Barry County baby of 2015 (01/21/15)
Marissa Woodruff, left. holds her newborn son, Tristan Bicksler, next to father, Brandon Bicksler. Tristan Bicksler, who was born on Jan. 8 at 9:40 a.m. at Cox Monett Hospital, was the first Barry County baby of 2015. He weighed in at 7 pounds and was 21 inches long. Kyle Troutman editor@monett-times.com...
Cassville woman accused of child abuse (01/21/15)
Cassville woman is accused of aggressively holding down a 6-year-old girl, slapping and shoving the girl multiple times and causing the girl to fall face first onto concrete Rebecca Chaddock, 36, of Cassville, pleaded not guilty at a Jan. 5 arraignment hearing to counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and abuse or neglect of a child. Both charges are Class C felonies, which could each equate to a maximum of seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine...
Exeter woman warns of Facebook scam (01/21/15)
An Exeter woman is warning of what she believes was a scam attempt perpetrated through the social media website, Facebook. Michelle Kent, of Exeter, said on Tuesday evening, she received a friend request and a message from a profile under the name, "Drew Scott," a popular television personalty on the HGTV channel. The profile connected to the account, which was opened less than 24 hours before Kent received the messages, had a picture of Scott and listed him as a public figure...
Public Works Department gets new dump truck (01/21/15)
The Cassville Public Works Department once again updated its vehicle fleet with the purchase of a small dump truck from Les Jacobs Ford. According to Steve Walensky, public works director, the department bought the truck from Les Jacobs Ford for $43,427. The department then went to Springfield-based Bus Andrews Truck Equipment and purchased the dump bed and plow, at a cost of $21,431...
Wheaton woman pleads guilty (01/21/15)
A Wheaton woman has pleaded guilty to two felony charges stemming from a meth bust in October 2014. Carrie Intessimone, 35, of Wheaton, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine and first-degree child endangerment, both class C felonies...
Free adult ag class set for Monday (01/21/15)
The Cassville High School has planned a free adult education class for farmers and landowners to learn how they can take advantage of programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the high school agriculture department...
4 injured in Elsie Corn Lane wreck (01/21/15)
Four people were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on Elsie Corn Lane, two miles east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Benjamin Vinson, 16, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram truck at about 5:10 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle crossed the center line in a curve and struck a 2006 Hummer H3, being driven by Michael Seabolt, 41, of Seligman...
Motorcycle hits sign on Highway 90 (01/21/15)
A Washburn man suffered moderate injuries Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle hit a sign on Highway 90, seven miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 65-year-old Phillip Jordan, of Washburn, was a driving a 2014 Harley Davidson westbound on Highway 90 at about 3:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign...
Cassville Chamber plans annual banquet (01/21/15)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Chamber Banquet on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in the commons area at Cassville High School. In lieu of a keynote speaker, as has been done in years past, the chamber board has elected to host a more non-traditional banquet. The event will offer surprise entertainment that will feature local chamber members...
Cassville choirs regale with 'Winter Sweets & Song' (01/21/15)
No Boys Allowed, a Cassville High School all-female show choir, interacts with cell phones in the musical, "Communication," on Friday night at the Winter Sweets and Song event in the FEMA Event Center. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Fitzpatrick named vice chairman of House Budget Committee (01/15/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, recently received a new title to add to his resume -- vice chairman of the Budget Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives. State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, newly-elected speaker of the House, made the appointment Wednesday...
Exeter woman warns of Facebook scam (01/14/15)
An Exeter woman is warning of what she believes was a scam attempt perpetrated through the social media website, Facebook. Michelle Kent, of Exeter, said on Tuesday evening, she received a friend request and a message from a profile under the name, "Drew Scott," a popular television personalty on the HGTV channel. The profile connected to the account, which was opened less than 24 hours before Kent received the messages, had a picture of Scott and listed him as a public figure...
Ambulance district opens internal investigation (01/14/15)
The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District is conducting an internal investigation in responses to a report by a Barry County sheriff's deputy saying one of the organization's paramedics argued with him about taking a Purdy man to the hospital. Jeaneittia Pierce, Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District office manager, said she is conducting an internal investigation about the incident involving Pedro Martinez, 59, of Purdy, and just because an ambulance is called does not mean a person needs transporting...
Washburn murder suspect facing multiple Arkansas charges (01/14/15)
A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn may be in Arkansas for some time, as he is facing multiple felony charges in Washington County that are slowing his extradition to Barry County. After Christopher Paschall, 37, of Springdale, Ark., was arrested on Monday Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff, said he hoped to have Paschall extradited to the Barry County jail in a week's time, but sticking to that timeline is now looking less and less likely...
BarCo budget sees few changes (01/14/15)
A budget plan very similar to 2014 is taking shape for Barry County for the coming year. Barry County commissioners have begun meetings with officeholders to shape their financial plans, but a review of requests includes little variance from the past 12 months...
Drug task force takes more cases with fewer agents (01/14/15)
The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force handled 265 cases in 2014 in Barry and McDonald counties, and part of Lawrence County, compared with 240 cases in 2013, when it had more agents. "The years before that, we've had as high as 400 cases, but we had five to six agents working with us, and we had a secretarial staff," said John Luckey, Task Force director...
Sater proposes Prescription Drug Monitoring Act (01/14/15)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, has sponsored a bill that would establish the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act. "We're the last state in the union that hasn't set up a drug monitoring program, which is not a very good distinction to have," said Sater, who pre-filed Senate Bill 63 on Dec. 1, 2014. "Prescription drug abuse is the most rapidly rising drug problem that we have."...
Infant involved in Highway 37 wreck (01/14/15)
An 18-year-old man and his infant son were injured Monday morning in a wreck on Highway 37, three miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Fletcher, 18, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee northbound on Highway 37 at about 10:30 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch and a culvert...
Shumaker, Lekarczyk named CHS Tip-Off Queen, King (01/14/15)
Morgan Shumaker and Riley Lekarcyzk were recently named Cassville High School's Tip-off Queen and King.
3 speakers set for Soils and Crops Conference (01/14/15)
Three speakers will address livestock, wheat production and planning for the next generation of farm ownership during the 86th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference. The session will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 in a new location, at the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road in Cassville...
Crowder educators recall introduction of HiSET (01/14/15)
Crowder College educators are discussing the effects of Missouri's move to the HiSET for all high school equivalency tests in January 2014, as the cost of each GED exam increased by $100. "I was just very proud of our staff at [the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education]," said Juli DeNisco, director of the Adult Education and Literacy program at Crowder College. ...
Cassville principals team up to improve student performance (01/14/15)
The Cassville school principals considered ways to improve student growth after its 2014 annual performance report -- which indicates whether the district is meeting the needs of its students -- decreased by 12.5 percent over 2013. "We need to show growth," said Eric White, Cassville Intermediate School principal. ...
Mercy provides mental health treatment for area elderly (01/14/15)
Area residents who are 65 and older can enroll into an outpatient program at Mercy Hospital Cassville that offers them solutions to their emotional and behavioral health concerns. The critical care access hospital, located at 94 Main St., is offering the Senior Life Solutions program and hopes to get the word out to community members...