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This Week's Headlines
Cairus guardianship hearing rescheduled (10/31/14)
A guardianship hearing for 18-year-old autistic man Tyler Cairus scheduled for Friday was pushed back, as Cairus' mother, Wendy Cairus, filed for guardianship on Thursday. According to Judge Robert Foulke, who is presiding over the case, the petition from Wendy Cairus came too close to the hearing date, forcing the delay. Foulke said all parties must have at least five days between the time such petitions are filed and the time of the hearing...
Charges filed in 3-county theft spree (10/29/14)
Official charges have been filed against three Verona residents accused of stealing items from residents in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. The Barry County Sheriff's Office recovered about $40,000 in stolen property Tuesday at a home on Highway VV near McDowell, arresting three individuals at gunpoint...
County schools oppose Constitutional Amendment 3 (10/29/14)
If Amendment 3 passes, several school administrators say that action could weaken the authority of each local district, diminish job security for teachers and increase the funding burden for taxpayers. A ballot measure in Tuesday's general election, Amendment 3 proposes changes to teacher tenure and standardized tests, among others...
Autistic man's hearing set for Friday (10/29/14)
A guardianship hearing for Tyler Cairus, an 18-year-old autistic Monett man being held in the Barry County jail, is set for Friday at 11:15 a.m. at the Judicial Center in Cassville. Wendy Cairus said the case against her son has put her in a tough position, as she has been advised by her attorney to not pursue guardianship...
Cassville Chili and Salsa Cook-off brings the heat in October (10/29/14)
The Cassville Sonic Drive-In sponsored a chili dog-eating contest on the square Saturday during the Chili and Salsa Cook-off, hosted by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce. William Naugle, second from the end on the left, ate five chili dogs in one minute and six seconds to win the contest. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
4 meth labs seized in Barry County (10/29/14)
The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, Barry County Sheriff's office and Wheaton Police Department collaborated last week to seize four clandestine meth labs in Seligman and Wheaton. Jason Clark, 27, of Wheaton, was charged with manufacturing meth near a school zone, a class A felony; possession of meth, a class C felony; and three counts of child endangerment, all class C felonies. He was also in possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia...
Aviation firm plans expansion soon in Cassville (10/29/14)
Southwest Missouri Aviation wants to build a 3,600-square-foot hangar at the Cassville Municipal Airport. The aviation maintenance and flight instructor firm already leases a 3,000-square-foot hangar at the airport, said Doug Rands, who owns Southwest Missouri Aviation with Danny Hendricks. The company is negotiating with the city for the new site to be east of the current location...
Cassville junior devises new peer tutoring program (10/29/14)
Cassville High School Principal Jeff Swadley says when he is faced with a possible problem, he often turns to prayer in hopes it will be solved. Worried about having too many of his students in Advisement for Career and Education Success, the school's afternoon tutoring program, Swadley said an answer to his prayers came in the form of one of his students -- junior Zach Denton...
Longtime Cassville businessman joins Cassville Democrat staff (10/29/14)
A longtime Cassville businessman began his duties Monday as the Cassville Democrat's marketing executive. Jim Craig owned and managed Cassville businesses for nearly 30 years prior to retiring last year. He served as Cassville mayor from 2001-07 and was on the city council from 2000-01...
County prosecutor, sheriff favor passage of Amendment 2 (10/29/14)
Johnnie Cox, Barry County prosecuting attorney, and Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, have come out in favor of Amendment 2, which is set to be voted on in the Tuesday General Election. Amendment 2, if passed, would allow for relevant evidence of prior criminal acts, also known as propensity evidence, to be admissible in court in prosecutions of sexual crimes involving a victim under 18 years old...
More than 42,000 statements for 2014 go out Monday (10/29/14)
On Monday, the Barry County Collector of Revenue's Office -- via Springfield-based Ozark Mailing Service LLC -- will send 42,093 tax statements to Barry County taxpayers for 2014, a decrease of 17 statements over 2013, said County Collector Janice Varner...
Police offer Halloween safety tips (10/29/14)
Halloween is a time for children to dress in costumes and to go trick-or-treating, but they need to follow several safety tips. "Halloween is a fun and exciting evening for your children," said Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief. "Let's make sure as adults that we make it safe for them."...
Trail of Treats planned for area children (10/29/14)
Local healthcare and rehab facilities' residents will create a Trail of Treats for area children on Halloween. "They love being able to see the little kids in their costumes," said Erin Newton, activities director at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation, formerly called Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, at 812 Old Exeter Road...
Exeter FFA gathers coats for community (10/29/14)
Anyone may drop off coats at Exeter High School by Nov. 7 The Exeter Future Farmers of America has started a drive for students who need coats in the Exeter School District. People can drop off clean, new or gently used coats in the Exeter High School office, located at 101 Locust St., by Nov. 7...
Ghoulish menu marks Halloween party (10/29/14)
Shell Knob Eagles Lodge hosting dance, costume contest The Eagles Lodge 4155 in Shell Knob will have a Halloween party where people can dress in costumes and eat from a ghoulish menu. "It's just a typical Halloween party, fully decorated with fogs and lights and spooks and thrills," said Brian Standley, the Eagles Lodge president...
Howl-O-Ween Fest startles, amuses (10/29/14)
Brett Cochran, center, 16, of Eagle Rock, prepares to lead a group of people Saturday through a haunted house in Eagle Rock Community Center. The Howl-O-Ween Fest also had games and a costume judging contest.
CIS awards students for attendance (10/29/14)
Pictured from left, third-graders Jonathan Dunbar, Anthony Harris, Madison Halterman and Brylee Hendrix play computer games Thursday during the attendance reward cookout at Cassville Intermediate School. The school rewarded students who had at least 96 percent attendance in the first quarter. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
'Celebrities' perform (10/29/14)
Drake Thomas performs as Elvis Presley in The Show, an event sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce. This year, a number of "celebrities" visited The Show to perform. Contributed photo
Pink Out Day colors Barry County Judicial Center (10/29/14)
The Barry County Judicial Center celebrated Pink Out Day on Friday for breast cancer awareness. Front row, from left: Craig Williams, Barry County circuit clerk; Marty Stearns, court clerk; Christina Hammers, Barry County assistant prosecutor; and Kasey Littlefield, secretary with County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. ...
News Briefs (10/29/14)
The Barry County Clerk's office will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for those wishing to cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday's general election. In-person absentee voting will continue through Monday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the clerk's office. ...
Purdy mother says mental health resources lacking (10/22/14)
A woman from Purdy is hoping to shed some light on the lack of mental health resources in Barry County after her 18-year-old autistic son has been held in the Barry County jail for nearly two months because there are no other holding options. Wendy Cairus of Purdy said she finds it appalling that her son, Tyler Cairus, 18, is being held in the county jail because there is no other place for him to him to be held after being arrested on Aug. 20 in Monett...
2 arrested for meth near Shoal Creek (10/22/14)
A man and a woman allegedly living out of their vehicle were arrested recently near Shoal Creek in Pioneer after being found with methamphetamine in the car. James Yoshimoto, 26, of Cassville, and Tabitha Gregory, 28, of Seligman have each been charged with possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, all class C felonies. ...
Old J.C. Duncan floor finds new home (10/22/14)
When Cassville Schools Superintendent Richard Asbill called Patty Duncan and asked her to come to the October school board meeting, she had no idea what to expect. It was a surprise to her to see about 15 of her family and friends, including her three children, waiting for her arrival in the newly-renovated board room, and it was even more of a surprise the gesture they made toward her late husband, J.C. Duncan...
'Celebrities' to make appearences at The Show this week (10/22/14)
Area residents and the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce are ready to let loose their singing voices and show off their celebrity statuses this week at The Show. Greg Beck, who has organized The Show since it began 22 years ago, said it has changed its format this year by allowing character performances This year will feature performances by Elvis, the Blues Brothers, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn...
Deputy's attempt to help couple ends up in arrest (10/22/14)
A Barry County sheriff's deputy's recent attempt to help a local family took a sour turn when he realized one of the people was on the Sheriff Office's most wanted list. Deputy Christopher Hutson reported he was doing follow-up at the intersection of State Highway T and Farm Road 2065 with a family that had been living near a low-water bridge for about two months. ...
Norman charged in sex case (10/22/14)
A Cassville man was officially charged Wednesday after being arrested on Oct. 10 for allegedly attempting to engage in sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl. Chase Trevor Norman, 23, of Cassville, was charged with with sexual exploitation of a child under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, which carries 15-30 years in prison if he is convicted...
Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock (10/22/14)
EAGLE ROCK -- Nine homeschool students and a parent learned how to decorate cookies and cakes Thursday at Eagle Rock Branch Library. Holly Hughlett, of Cassville, brought her daughters, Haylea, 10, and Adalyn, 6, and her sons, Isaiah, 9, and Hyrum, 2, to the two-hour class...
Flashy fall foliage colors Ozarks countryside (10/22/14)
Southwest Missouri is known for its nooks, crannies, highways and byways that meander through quaint towns, along country fencerows, through national forests and atop scenic overlooks that are prime real estate for leaf watchers in the fall. In Cassville, Roaring River State Park is starting to dress in fall colors of red, yellow, orange and purple as the temperatures begin to dip and the days grow shorter...
Car Show, Howl-O-Ween Fest set in Eagle Rock (10/22/14)
The Eagle Rock Daze Car Show & Howl-O-Ween Fest is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eagle Rock Community Center, Highway 86 just south of Highway F. "We're not trying to compete with the Chili Cook-off in Cassville, but we would like to," said John Stilwell, president of the Eagle Rock Community Association. "We know we're small compared to what they do. We're just trying to have something that gets Eagle Rock on the map and let everybody know what we are doing down here."...
YMCA invites superheros to Chili Run (10/22/14)
The fourth annual 5K Chili Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25 to help the Cassville YMCA raise funds for its annual scholarship campaign. In conjunction with the theme for this year's Chili and Salsa Cook-off, the YMCA encourages people to dress up as their favorite superhero, said Dove Haney, the center executive for the local YMCA, located at 408 Highway 248. A prize will be given to the best costume...
Dairy producers can enroll for margin protection (10/22/14)
Area dairy producers have an opportunity to sign up for the 2014 Farm Bill's Margin Protection Program through Nov. 28. The University of Missouri Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently hosted an informational session in Monett, and a second will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 28 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, at 6821 W. Independence Drive in Springfield...
Eagles Lodge raises $1,720 for charities, scholarships (10/22/14)
ABOVE: Ron and Rickie Coleman, left, of Shell Knob, stand in line to try more chili Saturday at the Eagles Lodge 4155 in Shell Knob. Lacy Alonzo, right, of Kansas City, was one of nine people who entered the third annual cook-off, and she brought her 4-month-old daughter, Harper. ...
Flu shots available (10/22/14)
Carol Landstad, left, public health nurse with the Barry County Health Department, gives a flu shot to Joyce Dykes, assistant cook at the Cassville Senior Center, on Friday. The Health Department performed 11 shots at the Senior Center Friday. It also performed 57 shots at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob on Thursday. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Cassville Schools to celebrate Red Ribbon Week (10/22/14)
The Cassville School District will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Monday to Oct. 30. "All across the nation, schools and communities will be focusing on safe and healthy choices," said Shelley Sparkman, counselor at Cassville Intermediate School. "Students will receive information through guidance lessons and through a presentation sponsored by a local Elks Club...
Exeter Schools push drug-free endeavors (10/22/14)
The Exeter School District has activities from Monday to Oct. 30 that encircle the Red Ribbon Week's overall theme of "Love Yourself. Be Drug-free." The district wants to teach students to live drug-free because it is better for them, said Sharyn Crouch, Exeter Middle School and High School counselor and coordinator for Red Ribbon Week...
Southwest Schools planing Red Ribbon activities (10/22/14)
The Southwest School District will participate in Red Ribbon Week activities from Monday to Oct. 30 with overall theme of "Love Yourself. Be Drug-free." "All students will be encouraged to participate in dressing up each day of Red Ribbon Week to show their commitment to be drug-free," said Angela Long, Southwest Middle School counselor...
Purdy Schools highlight drug-free activities (10/22/14)
The Purdy School District will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Monday to Oct. 30. The overall theme is "I Don't Have An APP For That!" Each student will dress up for daily themes Monday is "Jersey Day," according to a district flyer. Students wear their favorite jersey to team up against drugs...
News Briefs (10/22/14)
SKITS is presenting the play, "You Can't Get There From Here," on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in Shell Knob at the United Methodist Church on Hwy. YY. Tickets are $6 and are available at several businesses in Shell Knob, or by calling 417-499-4551 to arrange for pickup at the door. The play answers what brings a scandal-sheet reporter to a sleeping town, and how a pot hole creates business...
Free, reduced meals given to 61 percent of county's students (10/15/14)
According to figures released by Barry County schools, 61 percent of the county's 6,444 students in grades K-12 receive free or reduced-price lunches. Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville School District, said the economy plays a big role in the amount of children who receive free or reduced-price meals, and the figures seen today are likely a result of the economic downturn in recent years...
Food Harvest serves 261,300 (10/15/14)
According to the 2014 Hunger in America study, Springfield-based Ozarks Food Harvest -- which covers Barry County along with 27 other counties in southwest Missouri -- serves 261,300 unduplicated individuals annually, an increase of 106,300 over the previous study in 2010...
Cassville man arrested in cyber sting (10/15/14)
A Cassville man is facing charges of attempted statutory rape in an arrest in Purdy through a sting operations worked by the Purdy Police Department, Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force. Charles Trevor Norman, 23, of Cassville, was arrested on Oct. 10. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond...
County Clerk: Missouri does not need early voting (10/15/14)
Fitzpatrick, Youngblood oppose Amendment 6 Amendment 6, which is based on House Joint Resolution 90, wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow early voting on six business days before each election. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk. "The current voting system works fine. If you cannot make it to the polls, why have the taxpayers pay for the costs to...
Cassville children learn fire safety (10/15/14)
The Cassville Fire Protection District taught fire safety to local children as a part of National Fire Prevention Week last week. "It's important that kids know fire safety," said Millard Andrews, fire chief. "We try to teach the kids to have an escape plan at home in case there is a fire, to get out of the house, have a location to go to and wait to make sure that everybody is out of the house. We instruct them to not go back in for anything."...
Cassville food pantry hitting record numbers served (10/15/14)
The Cassville Community Food Pantry had record numbers this summer, serving 3,194 people over July and August. The pantry, which is in the Cassville United Methodist Church at 601 Gravel St., helped 662 families or 1,663 people in July. It also helped 634 families or 1,531 people in August...
Arkansas man faces felony charges in Barry County (10/15/14)
36-year-old allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, resisted arrest The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged a Rogers, Ark., man with three felonies for resisting arrest and possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug and a controlled substance...
Late Start Mondays gaining momentum at Purdy School District (10/15/14)
Late Start Mondays have taken shape with a few adjustments at the Purdy school district since implemented at the beginning of the school year. Concerns about keeping students productively occupied have resolved as activities became routine. Classes are starting at 9:11 a.m. to give teachers more training, especially in light of the introduction of more iPads throughout the district later this year...
Medallion Hunt offers journey in Eagle Rock, Golden, Mano (10/15/14)
The third annual Medallion Hunt is set to take place throughout Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano from Sunday to Oct. 25. Starting Sunday, clues may be found outside the Eagle Rock Branch Library, located at 27824 Missouri 86, the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District in Eagle Rock, on Highway 86, and the Community Connection in Eagle Rock, located at 28750 Highway P, said John Stilwell, president of the Eagle Rock Community Association...
Walmart begins hiring for Seligman store (10/15/14)
By Kyle Troutman editor@casvsille-democrat.com Preparing to open on Dec. 10, the incoming Walmart Neighborhood Market in Seligman is looking to hire 30 employees and has started the process of doing so. A temporary hiring kiosk has opened in the Cassville Walmart Supercenter, located at 10340 Farm Road 2176...
Orchestra to open 35th season (10/15/14)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will open its 35th season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Monett Elementary School. This will be the first concert under the baton of new music director, Todd Borgmann, who serves as assistant band director for the Monett School District...
Exeter students celebrate Walk to School Day (10/15/14)
Exeter students and parents walk across the crosswalk at Front and Commercial streets on Oct. 8. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Vintage, restored police cars parade through downtown Cassville (10/15/14)
ABOVE: Restored police vehicles parade in Cassville Friday as Police Car Owners of America club came through Barry County. ABOVE: A restored police vehicle drives around the Cassville square Friday. Jason Johnston/ reporter@cassville-democrat
200 attend WOW School at Roaring River State Park (10/15/14)
ABOVE: Eric McMillan, left, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, teaches Deborah Haven, of Eureka Springs, Ark., how to fly fish Saturday at the WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School in Roaring River State Park. According to organizers, 200 participants came to the school, which was Friday through Sunday. ...
Exeter FFA hosts barbecue Saturday (10/15/14)
ABOVE: Jenny Thomas, left, with J&S Floral, Bakery and Gifts, gives some napkins and cake pops to Kaye Porter, center, during the Exeter FFA barbecue Saturday. Also pictured, from left, are siblings Natalie Crumpler, 8, Jaxton Crumpler, 3, and Madison Crumpler, 9. ...
News Briefs (10/15/14)
Cassville High School students involved in FBLA, FCCLA, FFA and FTA are collaborating to collect non-perishable food items on Oct. 28 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Students will be going door-to-door and trick-or-treating for the food items, all of which will be donated to the local food pantry...
Man holds up pharmacy at gunpoint (10/08/14)
A Cassville man allegedly robbed the Plaza Pharmacy in Shell Knob on Monday morning, drawing a weapon and taking prescription medications. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, deputies have arrested and booked 18-year-old Chance Henson, of Cassville, who has been charged with first-degree robbery, a class A felony, and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony. A bond has not been set...
Technology opportunities, challenges hit library (10/08/14)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has received a grant for equipment that will bring a new resource to the four largest branches in the system: Monett, Cassville, Aurora and Mt. Vernon. In an effort to promote teen literacy, the library received a grant for $2,000 from Dollar General to buy equipment that will enable the creation of animated movies. The process involves the use of an iPad Air tablet, a Read ANIMATOR tablet, and the computer apps 1StopMotion and Apple iMovie...
Sheriff investigates stolen trailer, tools (10/08/14)
A trailer and tools with a total estimated value of $11,619 were stolen between Sept. 26-28 at 11728 Farm Road 2060 in Monett, according to the Barry County Sheriff's Office. The 5-by-8-foot, one-axle box trailer has a white bottom and a silver top with a diamond tread plate covering the front and a swinging back door, said Sheriff Mick Epperly. The tools were in the trailer...
Roney, Jackson named CHS Homecoming Queen, King (10/08/14)
Kelsey Roney and Chase Jackson were named Cassville Homecoming Queen and King during an assembly at the high school Friday afternoon.
Crowder College campus to host active shooter seminar (10/08/14)
If schools, businesses and residents would like to know how to prepare for situations involving active shooters or violent intruders, they can attend the Run, Hide, Fight seminar from 9 a.m. and noon Oct. 31 at the Crowder College Cassville Campus. "I present Run, Hide, Fight just as a change from what we historically have done of shelter in place," said Eric Schroeder, who will be the speaker at the seminar. ...
Barry-Lawrence Library reports growing customer activity (10/08/14)
Patrons of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library checked out 467,974 items between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. According to the library's annual report, the 45,452 registered cardholders checked out material 467,974 times, approximately $14 million worth of items, calculated by averaging the cost of checked out materials at $30 per items...
Club connects Exeter FFA, community (10/08/14)
The Exeter FFA Booster Club will host its inaugural barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Exeter City Park to raise money for scholarships. The club started in May to give scholarships to graduating seniors who are members of Exeter's Future Farmers of America and plan to major in agriculture in college, said Alisha Scott, club treasurer. The club's main goal this year is to raise enough funds for a $250 scholarship and a $500 scholarship...
Bull soundness exams conducted in Cassville (10/08/14)
Local veterinarian tests local bulls for breeding By Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com Barry County Veterinary Services performed breeding soundness exams on 21 bulls on Oct. 1, which was the first of four bull soundness clinics supported by the University of Missouri Extension...
Red Rose gets new owner, changes name (10/08/14)
For 30 years, the nursing home on the hill at 812 Old Exeter Road has been called Red Rose Inn, then it was later renamed to Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center. Like everything else, change comes, and Red Rose is not exempt from the world of change...
Fish fry raises $5,500 for Jenkins Fire Department (10/08/14)
ABOVE: About 300 people attend a fish fry at the Jenkins Rural Fire Department Station 1 Saturday evening. The department raised $5,500 from the fish fry and the auction, which will be used for firefighter training and gear. BELOW: Ripplin Creek plays bluegrass music Saturday at the Jenkins Fire Department's fish fry. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Mercy gives close to $600 to Cassville pantry (10/08/14)
Mercy Hospital in Cassville donated $558.90 to the Cassville Community Food Pantry Sept. 30. The Mercy Hospital and the Mercy Clinic in Cassville donated more than 2,794 pounds of food to the pantry over a six-week period that ended Aug. 14, and the check amount equaled to 20 cents per pound of the food donation. ...
Boy Scout receives medal (10/08/14)
Michael Bernsen, center, a 14-year-old Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 185 of Cassville, received Medal of Merit Saturday morning during the Merit Badge University at Crowder College Cassville Campus. His parents, Jerry and Kathy Bernsen, stood with him. The Boy Scouts of America awarded Bernsen, of Shell Knob, the medal for saving the life of another scout on June 18, 2013, at Camp Arrowhead in Marshfield. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
News in Brief (10/08/14)
The Cassville Senior Center, located at 1111 Fair Street, will host its monthly dance on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., with music provided by the Roaring River Sounds Band. There is a $4 cover charge at the door, with all proceeds going to support the Senior Center. Finger foods are welcomed. The dance for the month of November will return to the first Saturday of the month. For more information, people may call 417-846-5355 or 417-846-3024...