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Thursday, July 28, 2016
This Week's Headlines
1972 Election revisited: You think this year's field is crowded? (07/27/16)
Election seasons come and go with regularity. Most are forgettable. Every now and then, one stands out, possibly for the people involved, or the circumstances or the outcome. In Barry County, one benchmark election stands out against which all the others have to size up...
Drug task force arrests persistent offender (07/27/16)
A Cassville man has been charged with two felonies after he was allegedly caught with 8.7 grams of methamphetamine at a home in Washburn. Christopher Pulliam, 31, of Cassville, is charged in two separate cases with possession with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child...
Boyd leads sheriff's field in fundraising, spending (07/27/16)
Recently-filed campaign finance reports show that Barry County sheriff candidate Danny Boyd, R-Purdy, led his opponents in fundraising and spending during the second quarter. A Cassville police officer, Boyd raised $3,300 and spent $2,696.53. He barely outpaced former FBI agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville, who raised $3,190 and spent $2,628.34...
Hughes contributes $2,100 to own campaign (07/27/16)
A recently-filed campaign finance report shows that Barry County public administrator candidate Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville, contributed $2,100 to his own campaign and spent about $1,500 in the second quarter. Hughes gave $100 to his campaign on April 4, $1,000 on April 18, $500 on May 20, and $500 on May 23...
Primary voting begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday (07/27/16)
Sixteen precincts in Barry County will welcome thousands of voters on Tuesday, aiming to cast their party's picks for numerous county, state and national seats. Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, said polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and voters should be aware they must pick a party ballot, Republican or Democratic...
Elections change, some judges stay the same (07/27/16)
It takes 68 election judges to run the 16 precincts in Barry County each election, and longtime voters in Shell Knob and in Monett have come to see some familiar faces at their local polling places. Sonja Cooper, of Shell Knob, has been the supervisor at the Central Crossing Fire District precinct in Shell Knob for more than 20 years, taking over the post from her mother, who stepped down at the age of about 78...
Cassville man charged in road rage assault (07/27/16)
A Cassville man and trained MMA fighter was charged on July 20 with assault following an alleged road rage incident on Highway 86 in Barry County. Shane Beck, 28, of Cassville, is charged with first-degree assault, with serious physical injury, and is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000...
Epperly honored by Lt. Gov. for 20 years of service (07/27/16)
Retiring Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly was honored July 19 by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder at the sheriff's department for 20 years service to the county. Kinder traveled to Cassville to present Epperly with an official declaration from his office for his service to the community and the state of Missouri...
Making healthier food choices possible for busy families (07/27/16)
Food is vital to health and well-being but, sometimes, it is easier and more convenient to take the fast food drive through option when time is short and it is not practical to drive home and make dinner. But, as disease and cancers continue to rise, affecting people of all ages and stages of life, due in part to poor food choices, how can people overcome the hurdles current lifestyles and convenience pose to make a change?...
Candidate forum held (07/27/16)
Candidates for local and national offices spoke and answered questions at a forum at the Cassville Event Center recently.
Barry County Republican Club hears from candidates (07/27/16)
Numerous local, state and national candidates spoke at the Barry County Republican Club's meeting on July 18
Interesting zoo animals visit library (07/27/16)
Children zoom in for a look at a Fire-Bellied Toad, held by Education Specialist Jamie Williams from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, during a visit from several zoo animals at the Cassville Branch Library last Thursday.
News briefs (07/27/16)
Janna Hoehn, a 25-year-resident of Maui, Hawaii, is working on a Vietnam War project and asking for information about three local residents: Galen Brown, of Cassville; Timmy Mattingly, of Exeter; and Howard Threet, of Monett. Hoehn is working on a "Wall of Faces" memorial spanning multiple states and using more than 4,000 photos of veterans. ...
Cassville teen injured in wreck (07/25/16)
A Cassville teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck on Farm Road 2180, four miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alissa Olsen, 17, of Cassville, was driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus westbound when she swerved to avoid a deer, left the roadway and struck a tree...
Candidates discuss mental disabilities, staffing issues (07/23/16)
The Barry County Public Administrator elected on Aug. 2 will have more than 150 clients to maintain, and some of those clients require more attention than others. Many of those under the care of the public administrator suffer from mental or physical disabilities, and whoever is elected must be able to deal with possible behavioral issues that may stem from mental illnesses...
Purdy Festival offers fun, summer activities (07/20/16)
The big spectator event at the Purdy Festival was the bathtub races, where seven teams emerged to try their hand at pushing water-filled tubs on wheels.
Epperly endorses Meek for sheriff (07/20/16)
Mick Epperly on Monday told the Cassville Democrat that he supports Deputy Terry Meek, R-Washburn, in his bid to replace him as Barry County sheriff. Epperly said he took the decision to endorse seriously, and believes he has made the right choice. "I get asked every day who I support in the sheriff's race," he said. "I like a lot of the candidates, but I'm looking for someone who works in the operation and shouldn't be backing up and losing any time and should be able to continue the work."...
Voters asked for $2.3M bond (07/20/16)
Voters in the Purdy school district will be asked on Aug. 2 to support a $2.3 million bond issue to cover the costs of building a FEMA storm shelter that would be enhanced to serve as both a new building for the early childhood classes and as the district's first performing arts center...
Sheriff race: How should the Barry County jail be managed? (07/20/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. - JB 1. What experience do you have that will help contribute to running a jail? What will be your approach to jail management?...
Shiveley announces retirement from co-op (07/20/16)
After 42 years with the Barry Electric Cooperative, Bill Shiveley, executive president/CEO of the cooperative and Cassville mayor, has announced he will retire from Barry Electric sometime after the first quarter of 2017. On Aug. 1, 1974, Shiveley began working for the company as a lineman, at the age of 27...
Cassville woman injured in wreck (07/20/16)
A Cassville woman was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 10:50 a.m. on Farm Road 1055, one mile south of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tristan Fare, 27, of Cassville, was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger northbound when his vehicle failed to stop at a four-way stop and struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, being driven by Mary Williams, 73, of Exeter. The collision caused Fare's vehicle to run off the right side of the roadway, strike a ditch and overturn...
Ekland man seriously injured in bike wreck (07/20/16)
An Ekland man was injured in a wreck on Tuesday at 4:45 a.m. on Highway 90, two miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Don Bickford, 57, of Ekland, was driving a 2002 Kawasaki Voyager XII eastbound when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway...
Public admin: Supervising needs of 150-plus clients (07/20/16)
The role of the Barry County Public Administrator is one that can be demanding and challenging, and it requires the public's trust. The individual elected to fill the role of county public administrator will be responsible for a number of day-to-day duties, including administrative, clerical and reception. ...
Purdy fire hydrant study finds numerous weak areas (07/20/16)
Having conducted the first system-wide assessment of the fire hydrants in Purdy, Fire Chief Nick Mercer described the challenges facing residents and the department as it heads into a review of its firefighting system by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO)...
Washburn residents say mosquitos out of control (07/20/16)
Washburn residents who live on North Old Wire Road are concerned about an ongoing mosquito swarm problem they say is caused by a neighbor who is allowing grass to overgrow, and debris and standing water to accumulate, creating a serious nuisance and public health risk that's affecting their quality of life, and say the city will not take appropriate action...
Cassville man arrested for assault, resisting arrest (07/20/16)
A Cassville man is being held in the Barry County jail for allegedly assaulting a Cassville resident, then resisting arrest and threatening to kill a Cassville officer and two Barry County Sheriff's Office deputies. Nicholas Wolfe, 24, of Cassville, is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree assault and armed criminal action in one circuit court case, and he is also charged with misdemeanor assault of law enforcement in a second case...
Golden man arrested for 4-wheeler theft (07/20/16)
A Golden man has been charged with two felonies in relation to items stolen from a home on West Randy Drive in Golden. Christopher Blevins, 31, of Golden, is charged with second-degree burglary and theft after allegedly taking a four-wheeler and various tools from the victim's garage. Blevins allegedly forced entry into the victim's home, going into two garages and the residence...
3 arrested in drug investigation (07/20/16)
Investigators with the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, which covers Barry, Barton, Jasper and McDonald counties, arrested three Barry County residents Thursday during an open narcotics investigation. Investigators responded to the residence of Beverly Ball, located at 18348 Hwy. E in Eagle Rock...
Cassville contemplates community garden (07/20/16)
With the advent of the health and wellness revolution, and as families increasingly look for ways to save money on grocery bills, Farmers' Markets and community food gardens have become popular in communities across the nation, from large cities to small towns -- and Cassville may soon join the masses...
Bowling, burgers, balloons highlight Stones Prairie Picnic (07/20/16)
A contingent of Purdy Fire Protection District personnel and Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance employees kept cook-shack workers busy dishing up tasty burgers, brats and pie at the annual Stones Prairie Picnic, held Friday.
Purdy woman injured in wreck (07/20/16)
A Purdy woman was injured in a wreck at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 60, three miles east of Marionville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jaricka McGinnis, 27, of Purdy, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer eastbound when her vehicle struck the rear of a 1999 Jeep Wrangler, being driven by William Pomeroy, 42, of Billings, which was stopped in traffic...
Students learn valuable water skills (07/20/16)
Lifeguard Abbi Atkinson encourages Lyndsie VanDerhoef, 5, of Cassville, to relax as she practices learning the skill of floating on
News briefs (07/20/16)
Cassville High School will be purging the cumulative school records for the graduating class of 2011. Graduates who would like their records must pick them up in person at the high school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. by July 31st. Those unable to pick them up in person and would like someone to do it must give a signed request from you before records may be released. In addition, anyone who should have graduated with the class of 2011 but dropped out may also pick up their cumulative records...
Poll: Hilburn holds slim lead in sheriff's race (07/13/16)
A recent poll of Barry County registered voters shows that former highway patrolman Travis Hilburn of Cassville is clinging to a slight lead outside the margin of error for the Republican nomination for Barry County sheriff, with many voters undecided...
All 3 public administrator candidates in statistical tie (07/13/16)
A recent poll of registered voters showed the Republican primary for Barry County public administrator to be a statistical three-way tie. Exactly half (252) of the The Monett Times poll's 504 responders on Thursday said they were undecided. Of those with stated preferences, 18.06 percent (91 responses) said they favor Andy Reavis of Cassville, 16.4 percent (83 responses) said they favor Rodney Hughes of Cassville, and 15.48 percent (78 responses) prefer Keith Daniels of Exeter...
Barry County officeholders enjoy low disapproval ratings (07/13/16)
A recent poll of Barry County registered voters showed that the public is generally pleased or indifferent about the performance of the county's elected officials. The Monett Times poll on Thursday asked whether voters approved or disapproved of the job performance of outgoing Sheriff Mick Epperly, Prosecuting Attorney Amy Boxx and Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren...
Public admin candidates detail plan for demanding post (07/13/16)
The role of the Barry County Public Administrator is one that can be demanding and challenging, and it requires the public's trust. The individual elected to fill the role of county public administrator will be responsible for a number of day-to-day duties, including administrative, clerical and reception. ...
Body cameras on the table for right cost (07/13/16)
The majority of Barry County sheriff candidates are in favor of implementing body cameras for deputies, and if proposed, cost of the equipment is a sticking point. Cherry Warren, Barry County presiding commissioner, said no proposal for purchasing body cameras has ever been presented to the commission, but that does not mean one would not be considered...
Cassville schools being considered for telemedicine grant (07/13/16)
The Cassville school district and five other nearby districts may soon be getting a valuable service come September, when CoxHealth, which currently provides telemedicine services for Cassville school employees, may extend the same services to elementary students...
Bomb squad called for device in vehicle (07/13/16)
An explosive device found in a towed vehicle in Cassville resulted in a call to the bomb squad in Bentonville, Ark., on Friday and the subsequent disposal of the suspect box. According to Sheriff Mick Epperly, the arrest of two subjects on Thursday led to the discovery of the alleged bomb. ...
Purdy Festival gearing up for big show Saturday (07/13/16)
Preparations are complete for the fifth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, in and around the Purdy City Park and school district. "The Purdy Festival is in its 5th year, and there is no way we could put together this great day without all of our community sponsors and volunteers," said Renae Neill, festival chairperson. ...
City offers park experience, new exercise outlets for residents (07/13/16)
The city of Seligman has completed several upgrades and improvements to its park system to create a place to go for residents of all ages. In addition to its state-of-the-art splash pad, which was completed last year and has been very popular with families, new playground equipment has been purchased, a sandbox completed, the city's skate park restored, and a walking trail has been created. A basketball court is also available...
Cassville school district comes in $82,000 under budget (07/13/16)
According to Superintendent Richard Asbill, the Cassville school district was able to conservatively manage its general fund, as it came in $82,000 under budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. "The board is very conservative, which is a reflection of our fiscally conservative communities," Asbill said. ...
Program implemented in primary school causing upper grades to take notice (07/13/16)
Staff at the Cassville Primary School understand just how important instilling good behaviors in small children is, and they just about have the market cornered with what they have learned over the last few years after implementing their Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program...
Quilts offered in drawing at Stones Prairie Picnic (07/13/16)
Several handmade quilts created by the ladies at St. John's Lutheran Church will be given away at the annual Stones Prairie Picnic, held at the church at 6 p.m. on Friday. The big prize will be the "Eliza's Medallion" queen-sized quilt pieces by Nancy Kielblock. A "Peek-A-Bo Monkeys" baby quilt was pieced by Carolyn Schad. Both were hand quilted by the St. John's Quilters...
Cassville resident gets a jump on frogging season (07/13/16)
Cassville resident, Greg Harter, holds a good-sized bullfrog he caught from a pond over the weekend, after frogging season officially began in the state June 30.
Traditional games fascinate, engage children (07/13/16)
Children swarm around a table of traditional games made of wood, hoping to get a chance to play with one.
Washburn woman injured in Sunday morning crash (07/13/16)
A Washburn woman sustained minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Hwy. 248, about five miles west of Jenkins. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Curtis G. Bonner, 63, of Washburn, was driving a 2005 Ford F150 westbound when his pickup ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the highway, struck a ditch and then overturned...
Verona woman hurt in single-vehicle crash (07/13/16)
A Verona woman sustained moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 6:45 a.m., Monday on Hwy. WW, about three miles south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ulyssa L. Martinez, 18, of Verona, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet HHR eastbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, went off the lest side of the roadway and overturned. The vehicle struck a fence and came to a rest on its top...
Ennes receives MFA scholarship (07/13/16)
Kendra Ennes, a Purdy High School senior, was awarded the $2,000 MFA Foundation scholarship at the school's recent award assembly.
News Briefs (07/13/16)
The Mark Chapman Band will headline this year's entertainment lineup at the fifth annual Jammin' at Jolly Mill Concert in the Country, starting at 6 p.m. on July 23, at Jolly Mill Park, located near Pierce City. The band performs a variety of country, southern rock, acoustic, Americana, Red Dirt, and indie musical styles. ...
Cassville Rotary Club buys school supplies for foster children (07/13/16)
The Cassville Rotary Club aims to do good throughout the community, and the most recent example of that was when the group purchased school supplies -- about $1,500 worth -- for Barry County foster children. "What we did was we got all the lists through Barry County schools and purchased all the school supplies and backpacks, and sent letters to about 50 families letting them know about the supplies," said Dr. Lisa Roark, M.D., of Roark Family Health, and Rotary member...
Cassville Democrat to conduct political opinion poll tonight (07/07/16)
The Cassville Democrat tonight will conduct a telephone poll of Barry County voters to gauge their preferences in the sheriff and public administrator races.
Cassville teachers to get raises in coming year (07/06/16)
Teachers in the Cassville school district will have more money in their pockets in the 2016-2017 school year, as the district recently approved a raise of its base pay. According to Superintendent Richard Asbill, the base pay has been raised by $500, affecting all teachers on the certified salary schedule. ...
Sales taxes show solid gains in June (07/06/16)
Sales tax revenues in Barry County are showing a stronger than expected economy for the first half of 2016, as its seven cities have seen a double-digit jump compared to 2015. Barry's County's seven cities with sales taxes generated $654,256.48 for June, a gain of 10 percent when comparing the same taxes collected last year, factoring out Monett's retired tax. Every city except Seligman reflected a gain...
And the rockets' red glare (07/06/16)
The finale of the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce's fireworks show on Table Rock Lake ended with a flurry of fireworks. More from the show may be seen here: http://www.cassville-democrat.com/galler...
No candidates in favor of legalizing marijuana (07/06/16)
Since Gallup first asked the question in polls in 1969, national popular opinion on the legalization of marijuana has changed drastically. In 1969, 12 percent of poll-takers were in favor of legalization. Fast forward to February of this year, and according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 61 percent of poll-takers supported legalization, with 33 percent believing in no restrictions on use, 43 percent supporting restrictions on purchase amounts and 24 percent supporting medical use only. ...
Sheriff candidate questionnaire: Should Barry County be in the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team? (07/06/16)
1. What is your opinion on the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team's effectiveness in Barry County? I do not feel that the current Drug Task Force is giving the same amount of time to Barry County as they are to Jasper or Newton Counties. Therefore, in my opinion, I do not feel the current Drug Task Force is very effective for Barry County...
Fifth annual Jammin' at Jolly Mill Concert in the Country slated (07/06/16)
The Mark Chapman Band will headline this year's entertainment lineup at the fifth annual Jammin' at Jolly Mill Concert in the Country. The band performs a variety of country, southern rock, acoustic, Americana, Red Dirt, and indie musical styles. Special guests at this year's concert include Pierce City's Jamey Damrill, with alternative country music performances, and Neva Welters, performing on dulcimer...
Cassville Main Street Association makes downtown plans (07/06/16)
The Cassville Main Street Association recently invited the community to hear "Share the Vision," a comprehensive presentation outlining five years of research collected for the purpose of downtown revitalization. The presentation was shared by Andrew Murray with PGAV, a design and planning firm based in St. Louis, which completed the research, and Kim Martin with the Missouri Department of Economic Development...
Cassville man charged with abusing minor (07/06/16)
A Cassville man is being charged with two felonies after allegedly abusing a child while he was intoxicated last week. Shad Turner, 45, of Cassville, is charged with abuse of a child and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. According to a probable cause statement filed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Coffey, the incident occurred on June 29 at a home on Farm Road 1110...
Tall grass issues create division (07/06/16)
Like most cities, the city of Seligman has ordinances, one of which governs the growth of grass. Most homeowners take pride in their yards and attempt to keep grass mowed, but, sometimes, grass can get out of hand, such as in the case of excessive rainfall or equipment breakdowns, causing grass and weeds to get out of control...
Cassville Primary School stands out with attendance results (07/06/16)
Even in the best of circumstances and with practicing prevention, young children get sick and miss school. But the Cassville Primary School is doing something unique, because its students, which include grades kindergarten through second, are not missing much school, causing them to stand out among the four schools in the Cassville district...
Shell Knob man arrested in burglary (07/06/16)
A Shell Knob man was arrested Thursday for allegedly breaking into a motorhome parked on Highway 39 and stealing numerous items. Harley Thiele, 21, of Shell Knob, is charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and stealing. According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Robert Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Thiele allegedly broke a window to gain entry into a 2016 Freedom Elite motorhome during overnight hours of June 27...
Central Crossing to dedicate Melba Eakin Memorial Garden (07/06/16)
The public is invited to attend the dedication of the Melba Eakin Memorial Garden on Tuesday from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob. The garden was inspired by Melba Sutton Eakin, who along with helping establish the center, was known for her civic deeds and contributions that enhanced the lives of residents in the area...
Extension to host 'Women in Dairy' Lunch and Learn (07/06/16)
The University of Missouri Extension will be hosting the Lunch and Learn, "Women in Dairy," for dairy producers on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon. "Record Keeping: Are we Making Ground?" will be presented by Wesley Tucker, MU Extension ag business specialist...
Missouri frogging season underway (07/06/16)
Ponds, creeks and frying pans will be hopping for the next few months, as frogging season in the state officially began on Thursday. According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the season began June 30 and continues through Oct. 31...
Children play night away at Seligman celebration (07/06/16)
The city of Seligman hosted an Independence Day celebration on Monday at city hall.
Eagle Rock firefighters serve up grilled grub (07/06/16)
Mark Pierson, chief of the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District, and Rachel Phillips, secretary/treasurer of the district's board, served up pulled pork, brisket and baked beans to those attending the annual July 4 barbecue.
Wheaton rocks at Independence Day celebration (07/06/16)
Wheaton's own alternative rock band, The Wild Grease Fire, opened the show at Weaton's July 4 celebration on Monday.
Mother-baby store Family Matters opens (07/06/16)
Cassville native Mandi Dunfee recently opened Family Matters, a new mother-baby consignment and retail store located on Highways 76 and 112 across from Video Mart in Cassville.
News briefs (07/06/16)
The inaugural Roaring River Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at Farm Road 2265 in Eagle Rock, located on Highway 86, just south of the Eagle Rock Post Office. The first 50 volunteers will receive phone dry bags donated by Freedom Bank. All volunteers will be entered in a drawing for door prizes at the conclusion of the event. ...
Shell Knob man arrested after wreck (07/01/16)
A Shell Knob man was injured and arrested following a wreck at 12:20 a.m. Friday on Highway 86, four miles east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kyle Boggs, 21, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2006 Ford F150 eastbound when his vehicle left the roadway and struck numerous trees...
Purdy man charged with 4 felonies (06/29/16)
A Purdy man has been charged with four felonies and is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $200,000. Benjamin Paine, 41, of Purdy is charged with two counts of first-degree domestic assault, felonious restraint and first-degree sodomy...
Alleged Country Corner burglar charged (06/29/16)
A Springfield man has been charged with the July 2015 burglary at Country Corner in Purdy. Eric Rousseau, 28, of Springfield, is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in two separate cases. In the first case, he is charged with burglary and theft, and in the second case, he is charged with misdemeanor second-degree property damage...
Harps in Seligman to open Aug. 10 (06/29/16)
Harps Food Stores recently purchased four buildings in Missouri, and Seligman will be the first to open its doors as a new grocery store. The food store announced that four of the nine locations purchased from Walmart will open as Harps stores over the next 11 weeks. Those locations include: Seligman and Anderson in Missouri, and Gravette and Cedarville in Arkansas. The stores will sell groceries and fuel, but will not have pharmacies...
Residents escape heat at renovated pool (06/29/16)
At the newly-renovated pool inside of Cassville's Aquatic Park, Audrey Chapman, 5, of Pierce City, is perfectly content to stand in one spot to catch a stream of water to help her stay cool.
Football scholarships established in honor of Dickson twins (06/29/16)
A scholarship fund to assist athletes with football-related expenses has been set up at the Cassville school district to honor 16-year-old twins, Michael and Lawrence Dickson, who died in an automobile accident on April 22. According to Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent for the district, individual donations totaling $4,633 were given to the district in honor of the twins, and officials have decided to establish a perpetual fund to assist football players who could not otherwise afford expenses like shoes, equipment and camp fees and more.. ...
Public Administrator Candidate profile: Andy Reavis, R-Cassville (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB...
Public Administrator Candidate profile: Keith Daniels, R-Exeter (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB...
Public Administrator Candidate profile: Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB...
Sheriff candidates questionnaire: Where should Barry County deputies be stationed? (06/29/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. - JB 1. If elected, where is your geographic focus going to be in the county and why? Right now there is not a specific area other than the ones where the drugs are. ...
Arkansas man charged in assault with cast iron skillet (06/29/16)
A Pea Ridge, Ark., man is charged with three felonies after a domestic assault in Washburn on Sunday. Jonathan Singer, 38, of Pea Ridge, Ark., is charged with first-degree assault, felonious restraint and armed criminal action. According to a probable cause report filed by Deputy Christopher Hutson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Singer allegedly was intoxicated and assaulted the victim by choking her to the point of losing consciousness. ...
Wreck leads to recovery of stolen vehicle (06/29/16)
A Seligman man is being charged with two felonies after allegedly wrecking a stolen vehicle on Highway 90, east of Highway UU in Barry County. Nathan Klinefelter, 29, of Seligman, is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and first-degree property damage...
Golf Club celebrates 50 years (06/29/16)
This year, the Cassville Golf Club will be celebrating 50 years of fairways and greens in Cassville. Ranked in the top 10 of the finest public golf courses in Missouri by the Kansas City Star, the 18-hole golf course is on Highway 112, four miles from Cassville and minutes from Roaring River State Park,...
Seligman to hold annual fireworks celebration (06/29/16)
The city of Seligman will be hosting its annual 4th of July celebration on July 4, offering free food and a fireworks show to area residents. The chamber of commerce will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs during the day, and a fireworks show will begin at dark on the grounds 
of city hall...
Large fireworks display to rock Barry County (06/29/16)
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will host its annual fireworks display on Sunday at the Eagle Rock Bridge on Highway 86 over Table Rock Lake, beginning at dusk. During the day, a barbecue will be held at the department's Station No. 1, featuring brisket and pulled pork sandwiches with all the trimmings, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plates, which include a drink, are $8 each, and brats and hot dogs will be available for children for $6 a plate...
USDA offers home loans with no down payment (06/29/16)
For residents who have dreamt of owning their own home, but didn't have the money for a down payment, that dream may become a reality. USDA Rural Development is offering home loan financing options to Barry Countians -- with no down payment. According to Madeleine Watson, Area Technician with the USDA, loan funds are available to assist very-low and low income households in purchasing a home...
Roaring River Health and Rehab lights up the night (06/29/16)
About a couple hundred people, including residents, and probably nearby homeowners, enjoyed some dazzling fireworks displays Saturday evening at Roaring River Health and Rehab at the facility's annual fireworks celebration event.
Ronald McDonald shares life wisdom with children (06/29/16)
Ronald McDonald shows children how to say "I love you," in sign language, during a fun presentation at the Cassville Branch Library Thursday.
Hearty Father's Day meal draws big crowd (06/29/16)
The Cassville Senior Center saw a healthy turnout for its annual Father's Day luncheon on Friday.
RR Health and Rehab nets $1,100 for celebration (06/29/16)
Jerry Kirkpatrick and Colton Kirkpatrick played a game of corn hole toss at a recent event at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation in Cassville to raise funds for their annual fireworks show.
News briefs (06/29/16)
The city of Purdy will allow the discharge of fireworks within city limits from Friday until Monday only, from 10 .am. to 11 p.m. each day. All children discharging fireworks must be supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older. Discharging fireworks in a reckless or dangerous manner at a person, residence, business, animal or from a moving vehicle is prohibited and may result in a summons to Purdy Municipal Court...
Purdy deals with low water pressure from hydrants (06/22/16)
Testing fire hydrants in Purdy has led to revelations about serious issues in the town's water system. Bo Prock, mayor pro tem, asked for a hold on plans to color code the 52 fire hydrants as firefighters test them for water production. Marking the hydrants will cost $9.45 each...
Rotary Rodeo brings crowd to Bill Hailey Arena (06/22/16)
The 74th Annual Rotary Rodeo was held Friday and Saturday at Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville.
Wheaton man caught on camera, arrested for burglary (06/22/16)
A Wheaton man has been charged with four felonies after allegedly being caught on a surveillance camera stealing wire from Preferred Poultry near Cassville. Justin Todd Taylor, 42, of Wheaton, is charged with two counts of theft and two counts of burglary...
Grants help Barry-Lawrence Library boost resources (06/22/16)
Recent upgrades have expanded the technology capacity of branches within the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system. J.J. Goulbourne, information technology manager for the library system, said it received two grants from the Missouri State Library. Goulbourne has nearly completed placing 20 new computers, 20 new monitors and five printers for the public to use at five designated branches that had LaserJet printers at least eight years old...
Medical model makes improvements in health care (06/22/16)
A year ago, Dr. Lisa Roark took a risk when she began a new business and embarked on a journey involving a new, uncertain medical model that had the potential to change the quality, affordability and direction of health care. Her goal was to make comprehensive primary care services available to the general populace in exchange for a monthly membership fee, to help fill in the gaping holes that modern medicine, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmacopeia, and the Affordable Healthcare Act had created.. ...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Terry L. Meek, R-Washburn (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 42 Current Occupation: Detective with the Barry County Sheriff's Office Past Experience: 13 years with Barry County Sheriff's Office...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Travis Hilburn, R-Cassville (06/22/16)
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. Age: 43 Current Occupation: Self-employed Past Experience: 17 years military, 14-1/2 years Missouri Highway Patrol...