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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
This Week's Headlines
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...
Punch knocks out two rounds of breast cancer (10/01/14)
For Vicki Punch, practice manager at the Mercy Clinic in Cassville, it doesn't matter how many rounds of breast cancer come her way, she will defeat them. First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Punch underwent a mastectomy and was said to be cancer-free, but the disease reared its ugly head again in 2009, leading her to conquer it yet again...
Digital mammography machine keeps Mercy ahead of the game (10/01/14)
Gail Pierce, lead mammography technologist at Mercy Hospital in Cassville, has been in radiology since 1981, and she said nothing is more helpful when it comes to mammograms than the hospital's digital mammography machine. At Mercy since 2011, Pierce said the machine serves about 70-80 patients per month, peaking during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October at 120-130. She said it's seen about 1,000 patients per year since it came to Cassville...
Cassville woman advocates checkups (10/01/14)
By Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com When Wanda Long was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013, she could not believe it, going as far as asking her doctor if he was sure it was cancer. Unfortunately for Long, the diagnosis was accurate. However, thanks to early detection and a quick turnaround between diagnosis and surgery, Long said she has a great prognosis...
Cassville Community Foundation hears grant requests (10/01/14)
The Cassville Community Foundation heard eight grant proposals last week, as it has about $4,000 that may be awarded to area applicants. Applications were received and reviewed on Sept. 24, and the foundation's recommendations committee must turn in their recommendations by Friday, then the foundation's board will award the grants based on direction from the committee and the board's wishes...
Pink ribbons to grace Mercy Hospital throughout October (10/01/14)
During National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, pink becomes a more common color, and more pink will grace the Mercy Hospital in Cassville, as it is selling pink ribbons for $1 each, with proceeds benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks...
Man arrested in Shell Knob home invasion (10/01/14)
A couple living in Shell Knob recently awoke to an intruder in their home, and detectives with the Barry County Sheriff's Office believe they have apprehended the man responsible. Randon James Hillhouse, 18, who lives close to the residence, has been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the home and attempting to steal a bottle of rum and a flashlight...
Seligman Police Department to change structure (10/01/14)
The city of Seligman has started the process of replacing a full-time police officer who recently resigned. Ray Earnest, Seligman's only full-time police officer, turned in his notice of resignation on Sept. 11, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. His last day was Sept. 20...
Jenkins Rural Fire Department to host fish fry (10/01/14)
The Jenkins Rural Fire Department has its annual fish fry Saturday at Station 1, near Highway 248 and Flat Creek Bridge, to raise money toward firefighter training and gear. The fish fry serves an all-you-can-eat meal from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The menu is fish or chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, hush puppies, desert and refreshments...
Stolen Bobcat recently recovered (10/01/14)
A piece of Bobcat equipment, which was stolen two years ago out of Lawrence County, has been returned to its owner, according to the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Mick Epperly received a tip Sept. 19 about a possibly stolen Bobcat, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Epperly and Detective Robert Evenson drove to a location outside of Wheelerville...
Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contests focus on veterans (10/01/14)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts in Monett and Shell Knob encourage area students in grades 6-12 to enter nationwide, patriotic essay contests before Nov. 1. The Patriot's Pen essay contest is open to students in grades 6-8. This year's topic is, "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans."...
Public learns about frontier life at Jenkins event (10/01/14)
Matt Wilken, left, of Verona, and Karrissa Smith, right, 11, of Rogers, Ark., make and tighten rope during the second annual Frontier Day Saturday in rural Jenkins. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
CoxHealth wants only its employees to drive ambulances (10/01/14)
CoxHealth prefers to only have its employees drive its ambulances, said a hospital spokesperson, in response to a new Missouri law that allows first responders, firefighters and law enforcement to drive ground ambulances in certain emergency situations...
Finishing touches being put on Exeter gazebo (10/01/14)
Carol Schnitzler, of Exeter, puts the finishing touches on the rock-themed design gracing the base of the newly-built gazebo in Exeter. The gazebo replaced the old caboose in the city, which was recently sold to The Midland Railway Historical Association for $11,300. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
Shell Knob Boy Scout makes life-saving decision (10/01/14)
Boy Scouts recognize selfless act with Medal of Merit The Boy Scouts of America will present a 14-year-old scout from Shell Knob with the Medal of Merit at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the Crowder College Cassville Campus for saving the life of another scout...
News Briefs (10/01/14)
Shell Knob Chamber director resigning Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Elsey is voluntarily retiring from the position effective in mid-October. The chamber is now accepting applications to fill the position. Buddy Bass Tournament on Saturday...
Man arrested in Shell Knob home invasion (09/26/14)
A couple living in Shell Knob recently awoke to an intruder in their home, and detectives with the Barry County Sheriff's Office believe they have apprehended the man responsible. Randon James Hillhouse, 18, who lives close to the residence, has been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the home and attempting to steal a bottle of rum and a flashlight...