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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
This Week's Headlines
Barry County sheriff will not seek re-election (02/10/16)
After 28 years in law enforcement and five consecutive terms as Barry County sheriff, Mick Epperly announced he will not be seeking re-election this year. Epperly made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in front of 23 of his office's employees, fighting back emotions as he thanked his staff and discussed his reasons for leaving the post in 10 months...
Blaze burns down Holloway Farms building (02/10/16)
Members of multiple area fire districts battled a massive structure fire Monday that destroyed the Holloway Farms building by the Payless Auto Salvage property on Highway 37, about half a mile north of Butterfield. According to initial reports from Randy Kalbaugh, Barry County sheriff's deputy, witnesses said the blaze may have been started by a faulty electrical box on the east side of the building...
Barry County sales tax revenues take a dip to start 2016 (02/10/16)
The Barry County commission took a cue from the January sales tax totals, predicting a year of slowed revenues with January sums generally down from 2015. The seven Barry County cities collected sales tax received $484,919.74, a drop of 10 percent from last January, with Monett, Cassville and Wheaton all reflecting lower numbers...
Purdy School Board approves major technology upgrades (02/10/16)
Two major technology changes are coming for the Purdy School District. After a visit to Google headquarters, Superintendent Steven Chancellor announced he planned to move from a district centered around Microsoft technology to becoming a Google district. The big advantage, he noted, was in moving document storage to Google's Cloud...
Pair accused of thefts released from jail (02/10/16)
Two people accused of stealing a vehicle, as well as multiple items belonging to late Army Spec. Christopher Stark, of Monett, have been released from the Barry County jail. Terri Jones, 43, of Seligman, who is facing felony charges of receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon, was ordered to be released from the Barry County jail on Feb. ...
Ronald McDonald Houses help local families through a difficult time (02/10/16)
Ronald McDonald Houses have launched their 23rd annual Share a Herat campaign, aiming to raise funds to provide families who have a hospitalized child a home away from home, so they can remain nearby while the child undergoes medical treatment. Last year, the organization, which in Springfield has had a home near Cox South Hospital for 28 years and a home inside Mercy Children's Hospital for three years, served more than 800 families seeking treatment for their child. ...
Washburn man injured in wreck (02/10/16)
A Washburn man was injured Saturday in a wreck at 12:30 a.m. on Highway 76, one mile south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, David Fletcher, 62, of Washburn, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet S10 northbound when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, then went off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment...
Dangers of social media discussed at library event (02/10/16)
Today, more and more young people own cell phones and tablets, and many are heavily engaged in social media. While social media can have benefits, it also has a dark side with real-world dangers that parents must be aware of to protect their children. There are more than 1,000 social media sites available through the Internet, and the membership of Facebook alone exceeds the physical population of Europe and the U.S. combined...
School counselors make a difference in students' lives (02/10/16)
National School Counseling Week, celebrated in the first week of February, focuses attention on the contributions of school counselors across the U.S., and the effects they have on students' lives. Counselors not only provide guidance and specialized testing, they help students achieve success, select and prepare for their future careers...
Security Bank contributes to 100 Days (02/10/16)
Security Bank donated $100 in gold dollar coins to Exeter Elementary students to make their 100 Days celebration party even more special.
Rotary members bring students gift (02/10/16)
Dove Haney, left, Cassville YMCA center executive and Rotary Club member, extolls the practical benefits of dictionaries to students in Patty Ewing's third-grade class at the intermediate school Friday.
Blood drive hits goal for code yellow alert (02/10/16)
Angela Ledenham, of Garfield, Ark., takes a break from her busy day to give blood to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks at Mercy on Monday.
Scouts, families let created cars roll at recent Pinewood Derby (02/10/16)
Using precision and focus, Boy Scout Oliver Tasset, left, prepares to let two derby cars take off during the Pinewood Derby event Saturday, an annual and traditional favorite of both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
News Briefs (02/10/16)
The Cassville Education Fund will crown a new champion of trivia on March 4 at the organization's annual Trivia Night fundraiser. Now in its sixth year, the informal evening of fun and games begins at 7 p.m. at the Cassville High School commons. Topics include everything from sports, history, geography, literature, pop culture, movies and music, to food and nature. ...
Cassville Democrat again earns state's highest honor (02/04/16)
JEFFERSON CITY -- For the second time in as many contests, the Cassville Democrat won the state's highest honor, earning General Excellence in the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) awards Thursday. The APME awards General Excellence to the weekly newspaper, regardless of circulation, that scores the most points in individual categories. The victory follows a Gold Cup honor in the small weeklies' division of the Missouri Press Association's annual contest in September...
Cassville man injured in Hwy. 76 wreck (02/03/16)
A Cassville man was injured and subsequently arrested following a wreck Tuesday at 11:12 p.m. on Highway 76, one mile south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kyle Friend, 23, of Cassville, was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am southbound when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Exeter hires police chief (02/03/16)
The city of Exeter recently appointed Bobby Stone to be the city's new police chief. Stone was originally hired as an officer last month, but was recently given the job title of police chief. The full-time position is paid at a rate of $10 per hour...
Items stolen from Roaring River recovered (02/03/16)
Two people are in custody after deputies recovered multiple items, which were allegedly stolen from the Roaring River Nature Center, at two homes in Arkansas. Rodney Evans, 44, of Berryville, Ark., and Terry Kline, 54, of Oak Grove, Ark., are being held in the Barry County jail, each facing charges of second-degree burglary...
Monett, Verona men die in Hwy. 37 wreck (02/03/16)
Two men died Wednesday in a wreck at 12:57 p.m. on Highway 37, 1/4-mile north of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Dylan Davidson, 22, of Verona, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Tracker southbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2011 Honda Accord, being driven by Frank Preston, 42, of Monett...
Cupps given Lifetime Achievement Award at chamber banquet (02/03/16)
Cassville Attorney and public servant Don Cupps, left, accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award from Michelle Bredeson, outgoing board president for the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, during the chamber's banquet on Saturday at First Christian Church...
Ridgetop Bible Camp seeks support from community (02/03/16)
In November, In Faith Missionaries Bill and Brenda Bennett, along with local landowners Mike and Jeanie England, hosted an event inviting Barry County residents to see what plans were in store for Ridgetop Bible Camp in Ridgley, previously known as His Children's Camp...
Expert advises producers about grass tetany disease (02/03/16)
Since the 1970s, after a bad outbreak of grass tetany, a disease that can cause death in livestock, Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, has been advising producers this time of year to remember to add extra magnesium to their cow's minerals to protect them...
Seligman takes ownership of cemetery from association (02/03/16)
In the works since fall of 2015, the city of Seligman is now taking ownership of the Seligman Cemetery. According to Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, the city plans to take ownership. The deed to the cemetery was being recorded i mid-January, and ownership should be finalized...
Suicide prevention seminar to be offered (02/03/16)
Senior Life Solutions, which is housed at Mercy Hospital in Cassville, will be hosting a suicide prevention seminar on Feb. 11 at the Cassville Branch Library. Information presented in the seminar will focus on identifying and helping those struggling with suicidal thoughts. A question and answer session will follow...
Filings for county offices open Feb. 23 (02/03/16)
Gary Youngblood, Barry County Clerk, is reminding those who wish to file for a county office that the first day to file will be Feb. 23. For the first day only, a random number will be selected to determine placement on the primary ballot. Candidates will draw a number after they have provided the documents required for filing. The number drawn will appear on the declaration of candidacy. After the first day, order of filing will determine placement on the primary ballot...
Washburn woman injured in Hwy. 60 wreck (02/03/16)
A Washburn woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday in a wreck at 4:10 p.m. on Highway 60, three miles east of Billings. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Raven Stephens, 22, of Washburn, was driving a 2013 Dodge Durango when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2012 Ford F150, being driven by James Mason, 43, of Cassville...
Shell Knob man hurt in Hwy. 65 wreck (02/03/16)
A Shell Knob man was injured Wednesday in a wreck in Christian County at 2:57 p.m. on Highway 65, one mile north of Saddlebrook. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Aaron Purvis, 27, of Shell Knob, was driving southbound in a 2002 Chevrolet Impala when his vehicle struck the left rear corner of a 2008 Subaru, being driven by Valerie Ealy, 48, of Merriam Woods. The Subaru then travelled off the roadway and landed on its side...
Sumo wrestlers compete in obstacle course at Cassville pep rally Friday afternoon (02/03/16)
Junior Colin Pearman, right, goes in for a layup to win the sumo wrestlers obstacle course as senior Hunter Madison launches a basketball at the unsuspecting competitor, hoping to foul up the shot.
Cassville Tip-Off King, Queen crowned a Friday game against Pierce City (02/03/16)
Courtney Rasmussen, right, reacts with shock when she was named Tip-Off Queen at Friday's homecoming a game against Pierce City. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville thespians acting in Monett Chamber play (02/03/16)
Levi Hodge, of Cassville, portrays a young baseball player in the Monett Chamber of Commerce-sponsored play, "The Baseball Show."
Scouts prepare derby cars for traditional race (02/03/16)
Assistant Scoutmaster Brandon Lakey from Cub Scout Pack 76 drills a hole in a scout's derby car, made out of pinewood, so that weights can be added to make it go faster in the scouts' traditional pinewood derby racing event Saturday.
Mercy employees raise $303 for breast cancer (02/03/16)
George Roden, left middle, Mercy director of operations and human resources, presents Jill Gold, left, program director for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, with two checks totaling $303 from money raised from the sale of pink ribbons during October last year...
News Briefs (02/03/16)
The Barry Electric Cooperative has schedule its annual district meetings. The District 1 meeting will be on Feb. 15 at the Washburn Fire Department. The District 2 meeting will be on Feb. 18 at the Barry Electric office in Cassville. The District 3 meeting will be on Feb. ...
Individual aid granted to 33 counties (01/27/16)
Barry County was one of 33 listed in a major disaster declaration for Missouri, which was granted by President Barack Obama Thursday. Gov. Jay Nixon's made the request for a declaration as a result of the two strong storm systems in late December and early January that brought severe weather and historic flooding to much of the state...
Purdy seeks sewer funding (01/27/16)
Purdy city officials continue to seek funding before moving forward with plans to build a sewer pipeline to Monett, a plan approved by voters on Nov. 3, 2015. Mayor Steve Roden said the city was working with its engineers at Allgeier, Martin and Associates to secure funding for the $4.6 million project. Funding options for grants and loans through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have varied since offered last year...
Barry County's circuit clerk requests more bailiffs (01/27/16)
Barry County Circuit Clerk Craig Williams recently requested three additional bailiffs to provide services at the Barry County Judicial Center. Bailiffs must be commissioned with the sheriff's office and are utilized in legal proceedings to maintain order in the courtroom and provide security...
Local youth return to class after winter weather (01/27/16)
After getting three snow days last week, students in the Cassville school district returned to class this week.
Late local man wills $25,000 donation to Cassville schools (01/27/16)
In the early 1980s, the Cassville school district gained a friend and supporter in WWII veteran and 31-year Exxon employee Ray Vaughan. Recently, Vaughan's support of the district extended past his time on Earth, as the former pilot donated $25,000 to the district in his will...
Barry Electric fiber optic network project underway (01/27/16)
The latest Internet technology in the form of a fiber optic network is coming to areas of Barry County, promising to deliver an caliber of speed and quality to services residents use every day including Internet, video streaming, telephone, gaming and more, according to the Barry Electric Cooperative (BEC)...
Local election filings complete (01/27/16)
Election filings in Barry County have closed, and only a couple of governmental bodies will see contested races. The Cassville school board has four new faces seeking two seats, as incumbents Hal Smith and Greg Allen did not refile. Chad Yarnall, Jeremy Marple, Doyne Damon Brown and Gamon Sparkman filed for seats on the board, with the two top vote-getters slated to win positions...
City pays off pool, makes improvements (01/27/16)
The Cassville swimming pool will soon be getting some needed attention that it has not had since it was built in 2001. The funds to originally pay for the pool, at a cost of approximately $2.6 million, came from park and storm water sales tax, but were being completely consumed by the debt owed, leaving nothing for maintenance...
Highway right-of-way 
annexation requested in Purdy (01/27/16)
By Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat In an effort to provide new ways to expand the city, the Purdy City Council has proposed annexing the state right-of-ways to both Highway 37 and Business Highway 37. The city is now waiting for paperwork from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) before adopting the land into the city limits by ordinance...
Future of Purdy Festival in jeopardy (01/27/16)
Changes are coming in the leadership of the annual Purdy Festival. Attempts to repeat past years' cooperative efforts have become too complicated to continue. Alderman Bo Prock told city council members that organizers are seeking to form a committee to continue the annual community event. ...
SKITS to hold auditions for spring play (01/27/16)
Shell Knob In The Spotlight (SKITS), will be holding auditions for its spring play on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Shell Knob Community Center. Barb Van Dusen, vice-president for the theater group, said SKITS will be looking for male and female roles, and no acting experience is necessary. Director Kim Przybyl and the SKITS board will be present to explain the character roles and the play requirements in detail...
Inspirational speaker and musician visits Cassville (01/27/16)
Inspirational Speaker and musician Mitch Goudy visited Cassville's middle and high school students Tuesday to deliver an message.
Cassville offers work program for students with disabilities (01/27/16)
Cassville High School, in conjunction with the University of Missouri and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is now offering pre-employment transition services (PETS) to freshman and sophomore students who are not yet eligible for the same services through Vocational Rehabilitation...
Roaring River State Park manager honored (01/27/16)
Roaring River State Park Manager Kerry Hays has been named the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' December 2015 Employee of the Month. Hays was recognized due to his quick response to the July 2015 flash flood watch at the park, which turned into a devastating, flash flood emergency. Hays' response was described as critical because, at the time, only a watch had been issued, and further action by his team was not required. But, his instincts pressed him to act differently...
Wheaton woman injured in wreck (01/27/16)
A Wheaton woman was injured in a wreck Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. on Route B, four miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Claudea Nunez, 50, of Wheaton, was driving a 2006 Buick Rendezvous eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, due to icy road conditions...
2 hurt in Route W wreck (01/27/16)
A woman and a minor were injured Wednesday in a wreck at 8 a.m. on Route W, one mile east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Huabsib Her, 41, of Fairview, was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra eastbound when her vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned...
Arkansas man hurt in weekend Hwy. 112 wreck (01/27/16)
An Arkansas man was injured Saturday in a wreck at 6:50 a.m. on Highway 112, 1.5 miles east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jose Mandujano-Sandoval, 21, of Rogers, Ark., was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon eastbound when his vehicle slid off the left side of the roadway, then struck a utility pole, a fence and a tree...
2 hurt in Route W wreck (01/27/16)
A woman and a minor were injured Wednesday in a wreck at 8 a.m. on Route W, one mile east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Huabsib Her, 41, of Fairview, was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra eastbound when her vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned...
Mercy celebrates 125 years 
of service in the Ozarks (01/27/16)
Doug Stroemel, Mercy Administrator for Cassville and Aurora, stands with employees Linda Cooper, credentialing and privacy coordinator, and George Roden, director of operations and human resources, who carried commemorative flags during a special ceremony to celebrate Mercy's 125-year anniversary at the Cassville and Aurora hospital locations Thursday...
News Briefs (01/27/16)
Cassville High School will hold its Basketball Tip-Off king and queen crowning on Friday before the varsity basketball game. Junior varsity begins play at 5:30 p.m., and the crowning will be after that game. There will be a pep assembly Friday at 2 p.m., and all are invited to attend...
Arkansas man hurt in wreck on Hwy. 76 (01/25/16)
An Arkansas man was injured Monday in a wreck at 8:35 a.m. on Highway 76, three miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Theodore Gray, 58, of Huntsville, Ark., was driving a 2012 Peterbilt westbound when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Arkansas man hurt in Hwy. 112 wreck (01/23/16)
An Arkansas man was injured Saturday in a wreck at 6:50 a.m. on Highway 112, 1.5 miles east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jose Mandujano-Sandoval, 21, of Rogers, Ark., was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon eastbound when his vehicle slid off the left side of the roadway, then struck a utility pole, a fence and a tree...
Winter weather affecting local events (01/21/16)
Winter weather is forcing the cancellation or postponement of numerous local events. The following is a list of events affected: School closings for Thursday: - Cassville Head Start - Butterfield Head Start - Golden Head Start The Cassville girls basketball game in Galena scheduled for Thursday night has been moved to Friday at 8:15 p.m...
Barry County granted individual aid request (01/21/16)
President Barack Obama today granted Gov. Jay Nixon's request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri as a result of the two strong storm systems in late December and early January that brought severe weather and historic flooding to much of the state...
Cassville exploring flood mitigation options (01/20/16)
After being hit twice by floods in 2015, first in July and again in December, the city of Cassville is searching for ways, and funding, to mitigate possible future disasters. Counting both floods in 2015, David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management Office director, said the county is likely to see about $3.5 million in damages to public infrastructure. In July, that total was only about $500,000, but for flooding December, Compton is expecting final numbers to top $3 million...
2 injured in Route W wreck (01/20/16)
A woman and a minor were injured Wednesday in a wreck at 8 a.m. on Route W, one mile east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Huabsib Her, 41, of Fairview, was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra eastbound when her vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned...
Wheaton woman injured in wreck (01/20/16)
A Wheaton woman was injured in a wreck Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. on Route B, four miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Claudea Nunez, 50, of Wheaton, was driving a 2006 Buick Rendezvous eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, due to icy road conditions...
Exeter crowns basketball homecoming queen, king (01/20/16)
Sophomore Trevor Nelson drapes a Tigers flag around the shoulders of newly-crowned Homecoming King Codie Evatt, a senior, during coronation ceremonies at Exeter High School on Friday.
Firefighters explore water rescue capacity (01/20/16)
Exploratory talks have started between firefighters in Purdy and other departments, including Monett, about expanding water rescue capacities. The Purdy Fire District played an instrumental role in water rescues in Monett on Dec. 26 using a recently-acquired light medium tactical vehicle, a former National Guard truck, which replaced the department's two-and-a-half ton truck. ...
Companies go on joint venture, buy 7 area properties (01/20/16)
Three companies have joined together to buy a seven-property, 2,000,000-square-foot portfolio from a global manufacturing company. New Mill Capital holdings of New York, Crossland Construction of Columbus, Kan., and Infinity Asset Solutions of Concord, Ontario, Can., purchased the properties, which include the former Alvey and Thorco plant on Sale Barn Road. The sale closed on Dec. 18, 2015, for an undisclosed price...
Purdy council gives green light to move post office (01/20/16)
The Purdy City Council raised no objections during its January meeting to moving the town''s post office. Mayor Steve Roden reported the postmaster general inquired if the city had any problems with the post office moving from 203 Washington to a new building that has been erected on the northwest corner of Front and Washington...
Arkansas man facing 15 charges in Barry County (01/20/16)
An Arkansas man is facing 15 charges, spanning six cases, stemming from multiple alleged thefts and property damage at homes in Eagle Rock. In total, Joseph Bass, 24, of Berryville, Ark., is charged with five counts of burglary, five counts of theft, four counts of property damage and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle...
Mercy celebrates 125 years in the Ozarks (01/20/16)
In 1891, the Mercy Hospital system was born when the Sisters of Mercy responded to a plea for help in the Ozarks. Thereafter, three Sisters traveled from St. Louis to Springfield and proceeded to turn an eight-room house into the town's first hospital...
Gov. Nixon requests major disaster declaration (01/20/16)
Gov. Jay Nixon today requested the federal government declare a major disaster for Missouri as a result of the two strong storm systems in late December 2015 that brought severe weather and historic flooding to much of the state. The storms led to 15 confirmed deaths and destroyed or significantly damaged nearly 1,000 homes. ...
87th Annual Soil and Crops Conference set for Feb. 2 (01/20/16)
The University of Missouri Extension has announced the Barry County Extension's 87th Annual Soils and Crops Conference has been scheduled for the Feb. 2 in Cassville, from 6-9 p.m. The confirmed line-up of speakers for the night include Dr. Scott Poock, Extension veterinarian from Columbia, and Lynn Andrews, regional director of the Missouri Crop Improvement Association...
Cassville cafeterias receive Silver Spoon Awards (01/20/16)
For the first time all together, each of the three kitchens at the Cassville school district received perfect scores on inspections, earning them Silver Spoon Awards. The kitchens are abuzz throughout the school day, providing nourishment and nutrition to students and staff...
Show choirs, student acts, wow community (01/20/16)
The No Boys Allowed (NBA) singers from Cassville High School wowed the audience Friday night at the FEMA Event Center with a medley of songs, including 1980s hits "Jessie's Girl," "Oh Mickey" and others.
Exeter students show 'Eye of the Tiger' achievements (01/20/16)
Exeter Elementary students, teachers and staff enjoyed dancing to their traditional school spirit song, Survivor's hit, "Eye of the Tiger," during an assembly Friday to recognize students for outstanding grades and character awards.
Students learn about industry, leadership (01/20/16)
Cassville High School Seniors watch how boots are made at Justin Brands in Cassville. The Cassville Chamber of Commerce, students and local businesses recently participated in Industry Day, one of three sessions with the Tomorrow's Leaders Today program...
News Briefs (01/20/16)
A suicide prevention seminar will be held on Feb. 11 at the Cassville Branch Library, located at 301 W. 17th Street, at 6 p.m. The information presented in the seminar will focus on identifying and helping people with suicidal thoughts. A question and answer session will follow. The seminar is free to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information, people may call 417-847-6042...
Seligman Walmart set for closure at end of month (01/15/16)
One year and one month after the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Seligman opened, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company has announced the store will close down. The Seligman store, which started as a Walmart Express but shortly before opening was signed as a Neighborhood Market, is one of 23 Neighborhood Markets to be shuttered on Jan. 28...
Monett forgery, theft suspect captured (01/14/16)
In less than 24 hours after the Barry County Sheriff's Office posted a call-out on Facebook, deputies arrested a man wanted for alleged crimes in Monett. The office said Thursday the suspect, who was wanted for thefts and forgeries of stolen checks at several businesses in the Monett area, was identified, located and taken into custody...
2 injured in Route W wreck (01/14/16)
Two women were injured Thursday in a wreck at 5:50 a.m. on Route W, three miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sheri Meyer, 40, of Fairview, was driving a 2005 Honda Accord eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, began overturning and struck a fence...
Barry County to consider slight budget increase (01/13/16)
On Jan. 21, the Barry County Commission will hold its public hearing on the 2016 budget. Commissioners head into the session in a more positive frame of mind than in many recent years. Sales tax revenues up 5 percent in 2016 left the county at year's end with $1,187,000 in reserves...
Seligman man gets 15 years for murder (01/13/16)
A Seligman man, who in October 2015 pleaded guilty to murder, was sentenced recently to 15 years in prison. Brian Sharp, 33, of Seligman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, driving with a revoked or suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to 15 years on the murder charge and four years for each of the other two charges. All sentences will be served concurrently, and Sharp has been credited for time served, which totals nearly a year and five months...
FEMA surveys latest flood damage in Barry County (01/13/16)
David Compton, left middle, Barry County emergency management director, speaks with Jim Yost, left, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as Sheila Wilmer, right middle, from the Small Business Administration, speaks with Russ Nichols, Barry County emergency management deputy director...
School working on funding for flooding damages (01/13/16)
The Cassville school district is addressing flooding that occurred over the holiday break in the basement of the intermediate school, which affected fifth-grade classrooms. Richard Asbill, superintendent, said in response to the damages, six classrooms were moved to some available rooms in the middle school in order to avoid a break in classes...
Wheaton's Train Depot Museum speaks volumes (01/13/16)
As the last, surviving train depot in Barry County, which houses the Wheaton Train Depot Museum on Main Street, the little depot not only holds volumes of historical artifacts detailing the city's history, but speaks volumes about the people and events that built an all-American city from the ground up...
Technology upgrades improve library resources (01/13/16)
Technology improvements continue at branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library. Information technology manager J.J. Goulbourne reported that the library service will need to continue to evolve to keep up with changes in the Internet and social media...
Cassville alderman concerned over city's building codes (01/13/16)
Security Bank President Jon Horner, an alderman for the city of Cassville, said the city's building codes could use a look-over, believing they may be doing harm to Cassville growth. "The feedback I'm getting from those looking to invest in our community and trying to build is that building codes are too restrictive, and that's why we're not seeing as much building in Cassville," he said...
Purdy schools seeking tech upgrade (01/13/16)
Plans for a major upgrade to the technology backbone of the Purdy school district have started, targeting improvements by summer. Superintendent Steven Chancellor reported the district needs an upgrade to its wireless system, as well as for all the switchers and routers...
New associate superintendent named in Purdy School District (01/13/16)
A new administrative position has been created at the Purdy school district. Mindi Gates, instructional coach and director of curriculum and instruction, has been named associate superintendent. Gates will supervise curriculum assessment, professional development and teacher mentoring...
Purdy man injured by own vehicle (01/13/16)
A Purdy man was injured Tuesday in an incident at 10:40 p.m. on Highway 37, one mile south of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tony Morgan, 52, of Purdy, placed a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan in reverse, and when he stepped out of the vehicle and removed his foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle backed onto him...
3 injured in Route DD wreck (01/13/16)
Three people were injured Wednesday night in a wreck at 11:40 p.m. on Route DD, 1.5 miles west of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alisa Main, 42, of Seligman, was driving a 2014 Kia Soul eastbound on Route DD when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a tree stump...
Chamber to host annual banquet Jan. 30 (01/13/16)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual chamber banquet on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at the First Christian Church Faith Center. The chamber board has decided to host a more non-traditional banquet with surprise entertainment that will feature local young talent...
Exeter names hoops homecoming candidates (01/13/16)
The 2016 Exeter homecoming candidates include, front row, from left: Quartny Allen, freshman; April Bowers, senior; Mikayla Meyer, junior; and Caeton Horn, sophomore. Back row: Jared Alverson, freshman; Codie Evatt, senior; Kamerin Newman, junior; and Trevor Nelson, sophomore. Contributed photo...
News Briefs (01/13/16)
Shell Knob in the Spotlight is holding auditions for its spring play, "The Bold, the Young and the Murdered," on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Central Crossing Senior Center. The play will be performed on April 29-30 and May 1. Director Kim Przybyl and the SKITS Board will be at the audition to explain the character roles and the play requirements in detail. ...
Arkansas man facing 15 charges in Barry County (01/12/16)
An Arkansas man is facing 15 charges, spanning six cases, stemming from multiple alleged thefts and property damage at homes in Eagle Rock. In total, Joseph Bass, 24, of Berryville, Ark., is charged with five counts of burglary, five counts of theft, four counts of property damage and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle...
Most wanted man arrested at active meth lab (01/06/16)
A Monett man on the Barry County Sheriff's Office's most wanted list was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a home on Highway H, where the suspect allegedly had a sawed-off shotgun and an active meth lab. After being talked down by deputies to surrender, Shannon Barlow, 41, of Monett, was arrested on a warrant for second-degree burglary charge and transported to the Barry County Jail...
Barry County gets disaster declaration (01/06/16)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Saturday night that President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for 60 counties in Missouri, including Barry and Lawrence. The declaration limits assistance to schedules A and B, which Barry County Emergency Management Director David Compton said covers only things like debris removal and sheltering. He said the vast majority of Barry County's damage is in other areas, mainly roads...
Sales tax payments provide boosts (01/06/16)
Sales tax receipts found fertile ground in 2015 for local cities and counties. All but two Barry County cities showed gains in December, compared to year ago, and every city but one showed a gain for the year, while the short-comer missed the mark by less than $25...
City settles on plan for repairs at 7th Street bridge (01/06/16)
The city of Cassville recently reviewed and decided on an option to repair the 7th Street bridge, which had been damaged in the July flooding. FEMA provided the city with two options, one of which included $50,000 to put a new surface down on half of the bridge that was damaged, or, an option to build a low-span bridge over the current bridge, at a cost of $389,350. The city would be responsible for 15 percent of the total cost of either project...
Emory Melton gives $25,000 to Barry-Lawrence Library (01/06/16)
In one of his last acts of public charity, Senator Emory Melton of Cassville donated $25,000 to the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library for use specifically for young readers. The gift was announced at the library board's November meeting. Melton died at his home on Dec. 26...
Facebook flood information page offered (01/06/16)
In the wake of recent flooding that hit southwest Missouri, amounting to 10-12 total inches of rainfall in some Barry County areas over a 48-hour period, the University of Missouri Extension is providing a new resource to local residents. Missouri Flood Info, a community Facebook page dedicated exclusively to flooding information and resources, has been formed to create a virtual disaster-response community...
Experts offer safety measures to take after flooding (01/06/16)
Before reentering a home after flooding, important steps need to be taken to ensure safety. To help, the University of Missouri extension has resources to help Barry County residents in the aftermath of recent flooding throughout the county. "We have to think about flood recovery and dealing with the issues of going back into the house, such as making sure the power is off, and there's not a structural issue as in whether or not a building can fall in," said Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist for the extension. ...
Large numbers of Asian Lady Beetles showing up in homes (01/06/16)
Lately, homeowners may have noticed a large number of Asian Lady Beetles, which can look similar to ladybugs, coming from seemingly nowhere to visit their homes. "This year seemed worse," said Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. ...
Exeter receives $5,000 from People's Community Bank (01/06/16)
The Exeter school district recently received an unexpected surprise in the amount of a $5,000 donation from People's Community Bank of Seligman, for the purpose of expanding student access to technology. To that end, the donation will be used to purchase Google Chromebooks for students, expanding the district's current supply of the devices...