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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
This Week's Headlines
Harps in Seligman to open Aug. 10 (06/24/16)
Harps Food Stores recently purchased four buildings in Missouri to open new stores, and Seligman will be the first to open its doors. Harps has announced the former Walmart Neighborhood Market in Seligman will officially open as a Harps on Aug. 10, selling groceries and fuel...
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: James A. Smith, R-Aurora (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: 49 Current Occupation: Captain, Cassville Police Department Past experience: I have held a peace officer commission in Barry County since 1993. ...
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...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Danny Boyd, R-Purdy (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: 48 Current Occupation: Investigator for the City of Cassville Police Department Past Experience: Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), Field Training Officer, Stalker Radar Certified, B.A.C. ...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Gary Davis, 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: 68 Current Occupation: Farm Owner/Consultant, Retired FBI Special Agent Past Experience: I am a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent with over 32 years Law Enforcement Experience. ...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Justin David Ruark, D-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: 38 Current Occupation: Barry County Sheriffs Department Past Experience: 6 years Education: Missouri Sheriffs Association Training Academy, Reeds Spring, MO...
7 candidates, your choice for Barry County sheriff: Justin Fohn, 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: 34 Current occupation: Police Officer for the City of Cassville Past experience: Police Officer for the City of Cassville and the City of Exeter. Reserve Deputy for the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Director of Barry County Search and Rescue...
Plans taking shape for 5th annual Purdy Festival (06/22/16)
Preparations are underway for the fifth annual Purdy Festival, which will be held on July 16 in the city park and on the school district property. According to Renae Neill, festival spokesperson, many of the same features from past years will return to offer a full day of interactive entertainment and events for all ages...
Mercy Cassville ranked Top 20 for patient satisfaction (06/22/16)
Results from recent national surveys show patients at Mercy Hospital Cassville are pleased with the service received, earning the hospital a rank among the Top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation. The NHRA listed the Cassville facility when it announced the Top 20 Best Practices in Patient Satisfaction in May, which put it in the top 1.5 percent of 1,332 critical access hospitals in the country -- the only one in Missouri to be given the honor...
Local deputy recognized for 20 years of service (06/22/16)
Lt. Gary Allen, evidence and transport officer with the Barry County Sheriff's Department, was recognized recently for 20 years of service to the Barry County Sheriff's Department, and he was presented with a special plaque by Sheriff Mick Epperly. Epperly said over the years, Allen has worked in just about every area of law enforcement possible during his years with the county, and his service is greatly appreciated...
Aspiring local writer to be published (06/22/16)
Jenkins native Prix Gautney will soon fulfill a lifelong dream by becoming a published author. Her book, entitled "Season of Crows," an Evershade series, will be the first in a series of five in the middle fantasy category for young adults, scheduled to be released July 15. In addition, her western novel, entitled "The Cochetopa Kid," will be released in December 2017...
Master Gardeners get to work (06/22/16)
Members of the Barry County Master Gardeners survey the weeds they'll need to pull from a flower patch on the grounds of the Bayless House, including stubborn Bermuda grass.
Exeter students learn about Roaring River history (06/22/16)
Students from Exeter Elementary listen to a tour guide explain the history of Roaring River State Park near the famous spring at the park on Wednesday.
Sater recognized for advocacy in county government (06/22/16)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, was presented with an award and recently from Barry County Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren on behalf of the County Commission Association of Missouri for his contributions to the county.
News briefs (06/22/16)
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department is gearing up for another fireworks display and barbecue. The fireworks display this year is going to be on July 3. The day will start off with the department's barbecue, consisting of brisket and pulled pork sandwiches with all the trimmings, from 11 a.m. ...
Cassville men injured in Tuesday wreck (06/21/16)
Two Cassville men were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 6:28 a.m. on Highway 37 at Highway W in Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Mason Roller, 18, was driving a 2000 Dodge pickup truck eastbound and pulled into the path of a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, being driven by John Pugh, 24, of Granby. The collision caused Pugh's vehicle to collide with a 2013 GMC pickup truck, being driven by Steven Mattingly, 30, of Exeter...
Rolling vehicle strikes 2 people, killing one (06/17/16)
A Shell Knob woman died Thursday afternoon when an unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway began to roll away. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sports 4X4 parked in a driveway at 26595 Villa Vinee Circle in Shell Knob rolled backwards down a driveway and collided into Judith Betts, 77, of Shell Knob, then continued rolling onto Villa Vinee Circle and struck Bobbie Harris, 68, of Shell Knob...
Harps coming to former Seligman Walmart (06/15/16)
Five months after Walmart announced it was closing a newly-built store in Seligman, the property will soon have a new tenant. Harps Food Stores Inc. announced Wednesday the Seligman location will be one of nine properties acquired from Walmart, and one of three in Missouri...
Man arrested on pair of 2015 burglaries (06/15/16)
A Cassville man is facing multiple burglary and theft charges relating to two separate cases in Barry County court. Matthew Cox, 29, of Cassville, is charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of theft in a June 1 case, and another set of the same charges in a June 7 case...
Schools evaluate transgender policies (06/15/16)
Following a directive from President Barack Obama, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice, school districts in Barry County are evaluating policies and procedures regarding transgender students, and the five local districts have a mixed bag of approaches...
Roaring River Health and Rehab exercising green thumb (06/15/16)
Roaring River Health and Rehab residents Shawn Erke and Fern Leach tend to produce plants in the new greenhouse.
History, science, social studies to be taught in new way (06/15/16)
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, Missouri students will be learning history and science in a different way than their parents and grandparents learned it. When the state dropped the federal Common Core initiative and created its own learning standards apart from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), it decided to change the way history, social studies and science classes were taught...
Eagle Rock man facing drug, theft charges (06/15/16)
An Eagle Rock man is facing three felony charges after allegedly being caught with 11 grams of meth and a stolen handgun. According to a probable cause report filed by Deputy Chris Hutson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Alexander Barker, 26, of Eagle Rock, was located in the driveway at his home on Farm Road 2300, allegedly attempting to make a transaction with an unknown individual...
Woman arrested after not returning vehicle to owner (06/15/16)
A Cassville woman has been charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle after allegedly refusing to return it to its owner. Lesley Chambers, 25, of Cassville, is being held in the Barry County jail on a $10,000 bond, facing the lone felony charge...
Man arrested for cattle theft, abuse (06/15/16)
A Greenfield man has been charged with stealing and animal neglect, alleged crimes Barry County sheriff's deputies are investigating in multiple counties and possibly involving more people. Greg DeJager, 35, of Greenfield, was arrested in Lawrence County by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on June 2 on unrelated charges of passing a bad check. While he was being held in the Lawrence County jail, he was charged with felony stealing and animal neglect in Barry County...
Miller gets 18 years in prison for kidnapping (06/15/16)
An Eagle Rock man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of a Washburn woman in January 2014. Matthew Miller, 22, was sentenced on multiple charges Tuesday, including 18 years in prison for the kidnapping, 15 years for second-degree burglary and 7 years for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. He was also sentenced to four years for escaping the McDonald County jail in April and being captured in Texas. All sentences will run concurrently...
Main Street Association rolling out plans for DREAM Initiative (06/15/16)
The Cassville Main Street Association will be hosting Come Share the Vision, an event aimed at discussing the implementation of the DREAM Initiative for the downtown betterment project, a master plan that's been almost five years in the making. The meeting will be held on Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Barry County Museum on Highway 112 in Cassville...
Noel man injured in Pineville wreck (06/15/16)
A Noel man was injured Friday in a wreck at 8:20 p.m. on Raining Road, 500 feet south of Pineville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Yengshi Xiong, 27, of Noel, was driving a 2008 Honda Civic southbound when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail...
Highway work begins week of June 27 (06/15/16)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be giving some attention to local highways in coming weeks. According to the department, two projects will begin on the week of June 27. The projects will resurface, add shoulders and add rumble strips to the selected areas...
Exeter farm-store-table theme teaches children lessons (06/15/16)
Student Noah Jordan takes a closer look at chickens, along with several other farm animals, that visited Exeter Elementary School this week as part of a themed lesson to teach children how food gets from the farm to the kitchen table.
Roaring River Health and Rehab offers bargains (06/15/16)
Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation cook Tammy Youngblood takes a break from work to find a bargain at a garage sale at the facility on Friday.
Ventriloquist entertains children at library (06/15/16)
Volunteer Jaxson Winfrey helps assist a ventriloquist at the Cassville Branch Library last Thursday during an entertaining presentation with "Grandpa," a character in the Angela and Friends Ventriloquism act.
News Briefs (06/15/16)
The 2016 Cassville Rotary Rodeo will be in Cassville on Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. both nights, at the Bill Hailey Arena. Featured events include: Bareback, saddlebronc, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, cowgirl barrel racing and cowgirl break-away roping. ...
Cassville schools' phones back up and running (06/14/16)
After multiple days of in-and-out phone service, the Cassville school district can now answer calls again. Superintendent Richard Asbill said the district thinks service went out on Saturday night. Asbill noticed the issue on Sunday when he was in the office. He said CenturyLink technicians reset the phone system and got it online, but the system went down again Sunday evening...
Area teens injured in boat collision (06/14/16)
A Verona girl and a Monett boy were injured Sunday in a boat collision at 4:35 p.m. at Point 25, west of the Highway 39 Bridge, on Table Rock Lake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sidney Birge, 18, of Verona, was driving a 2002 Polaris personal watercraft westbound when her craft collided with a stationary 2002 Polaris, bring driven by Isaac Brattin, 18, of Monett...
Kansas man injured in wakeboarding accident (06/14/16)
A Wichita, Kan., man was injured Saturday at about 10:20 a.m. while wakeboarding near Point 25 on Table Rock Lake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Hiep Nguyen, 22, of Wichita, Kan., was driving a 1996 Montura Runabout westbound when Dane King, 21, of Wichita, Kan., fell off a wakeboard he was riding in tow...
Lightning sets field on fire in Seligman (06/12/16)
Those planning to travel to Arkansas today may want to reconsider their route, or their trip entirely, as sever weather started a fire that has backed up traffic on Hwy. heading to the state line. Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said lightning caused a field south of Seligman to catch fire. No one was injured...
County considers leaving Ozark Drug Enforcement Team (06/08/16)
The Barry County Commission pays $4,000 annually to the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) to help address, control, and prosecute drug-related crimes, but a lack of assistance from the task force has caused Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, who says he is not getting results in exchange for those county funds, to consider pulling out...
Cassville children play, learn in summer school (06/08/16)
Andy Day, left, Mason Smith, middle, and Rykon Beck swing on a tire during afternoon recess at Cassville's summer school this week.
Bills aim to expand state's A+ program (06/08/16)
The A+ scholarship program, created more than 20 years ago to help qualifying graduating seniors pay for college tuition and fees at participating public community colleges and vocational-technical schools, may be modified to include all schools, and students, in Missouri...
7th-graders earn high ACT scores (06/08/16)
Dylan Berndt, Jayden Bowman and Cole O'Neill are seventh-graders at Cassville Middle School who achieved something a typical seventh-grader would not expect. The trio earned high scores on the ACT, an exam that high school students normally take to determine their readiness for college. Berndt scored a 24, Bowman a 21 and O'Neill a 21...
Special memento returned to Cassville family after 55 years (06/08/16)
In an example of serendipity and the far-reaching effects of 21st Century social media, a special memento and keepsake of a Cassville native, given to a fourth-grade school boy more than 55 years ago in Monett, was recently returned after the man read an article in the Cassville Democrat from the other side of the country...
Purdy schools installing new technology (06/08/16)
From door locks to testing procedures, Purdy schools are implementing a number of technology changes that will change the mechanics of several school operations. Superintendent Steven Chancellor told school board members locks on the buildings were replaced with key pads in the second week of May. Faculty, administrators and staff will now have access to buildings with cards, keypads and keys for access. Doors will unlock at 7:30 a.m. and lock at 4 p.m...
Sales tax receipts up in May (06/08/16)
Sales tax revenues to Barry County and its cities saw a big swell in May, as the county saw a 25 percent jump in revenues compared to April 2015. The seven cities in Barry County collecting sales tax received $404,569.26, a gain of 15 percent. Cassville, Seligman and Purdy all saw drops...
City of Washburn hires Wiseley as new city clerk (06/08/16)
The city of Washburn has hired Barry County native Emily Wiseley to fill the position of city clerk. The position became available when Julie Grillione, clerk for the last seven years, resigned. An Exeter native, Wiseley said she was anxious to begin serving the city in her new position...
Camp Wakonda to open for season (06/08/16)
With summer around the corner, Camp Wakonda is setting up camp to give youngsters a great camping experience this summer, which it has been offering since 1914. "We celebrated our 100-year anniversary," said Steve Maynard, YMCA camp director. "We were founded in Forsyth on the banks of the White River. When they built the dam, we had to move. We moved to our current site near Halltown in 1953, and have been there since."...
Barry County ranks No. 6 in dollar stretching study (06/08/16)
A New York financial technology company recently completed its second annual, SmartAsset study, which analyzes places in which Social Security income goes the furthest. In the study, the company analyzes cost-of-living data, income, and taxes in counties across the U.S. to determine where Social Security is going the furthest, and Barry County came in at number six in the state. According to the data, the county is making its second consecutive appearance in the study's Top 10...
Woman injured in wreck on Farm Road 2200 (06/08/16)
A Cassville woman was injured Saturday in a wreck at 1 a.m. on Farm Road 2200, three miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Mary Forrester, 38, of Cassville, was driving a 1999 Lincoln Navigator westbound when her vehicle ran off the roadway and struck two trees...
Arkansas man airlifted after four-wheeler wreck (06/08/16)
An Arkansas man was injured Sunday in a four-wheeler wreck at 6:40 p.m. on Farm Road 1135 at Farm Road 2275 in Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Caleb Kelley, 23, of Bella Vista, Ark., was driving a 1997 Yamaha four-wheeler eastbound when his vehicle collided with a 1997 Suzuki four-wheeler, being driven eastbound by Randall Kelley, 55, of Bella Vista, Ark. The collision caused Caleb Kelley's vehicle to overturn and eject him...
Eagle Rock sale offers bargains at rock-bottom prices (06/08/16)
A vendor explains an item to shoppers at an annual community sale, which was held Saturday at the Eagle Rock Community Center.
Fiber optics cable lines making headway in Cassville (06/08/16)
Workers continue to make steady progress installing fiber optic cable lines throughout Cassville as part of Barry Electric's plan to bring the city upn to speed with the latest and greatest in high-speed internet and streaming technology.
Exeter school children get new pair of shoes (06/08/16)
During the last week of school, Exeter school children got an unexpected surprise -- a new pair of shoes. Parents sent children to school in one pair of shoes, and they returned, in another, additional pair, thanks to a partnership between Exeter Assembly of God, a local church pastored by James Alverson, Convoy of Hope, and Rural Compassion...
Classic boats draw admirers at marina (06/08/16)
Gorgeous, classic boats in mint condition draw looks from visitors at the second annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, which was held Saturday at Kings River Marina in Shell Knob.
News Briefs (06/08/16)
The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) has been awarded federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Barry County will receive $13,892 to supplement food and shelter programs, and a local board will determine how funds will be distributed among area service agencies. ...
Mikel Knight vans, buses canvas area (06/01/16)
The Maverick Dirt Road Street Team, representing country rapper Mikel Knight, made multiple stops in the Barry and Lawrence county areas, and despite having a reputation for causing trouble, local police are reporting they have had little issues with the CD and concert ticket peddlers...
8-year-old drowns in Flat Creek Friday (06/01/16)
An 8-year-old boy drowned in Flat Creek at about 1 p.m. Friday while swimming with two other boys. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Haiden Conner Harrison, 8, of Cassville, was swimming with two other boys in Flat Creek near Farm Road 2140 and Highway Y...
Marine vets honor brothers, heal (06/01/16)
A group of Marine veterans have found a new way to honor their fallen brothers, and help facilitate their own healing, with a grass-roots effort traveling memorial. About eight years ago, a dozen Marines from the Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, who fought together in Ramadi, Iraq, decided to visit the grave of one of their fallen near Houston, Texas, on Memorial Day weekend...
Truck and Tractor Pull hauls in large crowd (06/01/16)
Alex Shumaker, of Golden, kicks up some mud while competing a pull in his 1985 Chevrolet Saturday night at the Truck and Tractor Pull in Seligman.
Cassville tackles intermediate building flood repairs (06/01/16)
Repairs of the fifth-grade classrooms on the lower level of Cassville's intermediate school, which were damaged last December when three inches of flood waters flowed through the building, are set to begin. After the flooding, which occurred over the holiday break when classes were not in session, the district immediately began pumping water out and running fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area out...
Man arrested after golf cart wreck near Arrow Point (06/01/16)
A Florida man was arrested Monday afternoon following a golf cart wreck at 1:10 p.m. that injured three minors on Farm Road 2265, one mile east of Arrow Point in Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Thomas Firestone, 39, of Titusville, Fla., was driving a golf cart westbound when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting all occupants...
Dollar General plans new location within the next year (06/01/16)
The Dollar General store in Cassville is hoping to say goodbye to repeat floods for good by moving its store to a new location. The store, which has been at 401 Main St. for approximately 10 years, was flooded in July 2015, and again less than six months later in December. As a result, the store was forced to close its doors to the public for more than two weeks at a time to make repairs and deal with damages to store merchandise and the building...
Legion weighs options for building, grounds (06/01/16)
About 26 people weighed the future of the Irwin-Easley American Legion Post 118 recently, as the group's leadership says declining membership and lack of funding will force action if not remedied. Darrell Hoveland, post commander, said active membership has dwindled to about six or eight people, making it difficult to maintain operations...
Woman injured jumping from bluffs on Table Rock Lake (06/01/16)
A woman was injured Sunday while jumping from bluffs along Table Rock Lake, not jumping far enough and landing in a rock shelf near the water. At about 10 a.m. on Sunday, the Central Crossing Fire Protection District responded to a fall in an area off Campers Point Road in Stone County near Shell Knob. Jorden Gunter, 19, was jumping off of a popular bluff about 30-40 feet high and had missed the water, landing on a rock shelf near the bank...
Men charged for assaulting teens (06/01/16)
Two men have been charged with felonies after an alleged attack on a pair of teenagers walking down Mill Street in Cassville on Friday. David Corral, 26, of Wheaton, and Joshua Jacobs, 23, of Cassville, are each charged with two counts of abuse of a child, and one count of stealing...
Man charged with felonies after allegedly stripping wiring from rent house (06/01/16)
A man who previously lived in the Golden area has been charged with two felonies after allegedly stripping the wiring from a home he previously rented. Billy Scallorn, 39, of Chelsea, Okla., is charged with stealing wire, and electrical transformer or other device, and first-degree property damage. He was arrested in Carson County, Texas, on May 25, one month after the original charge was filed...
Man crashes vehicle while lighting cigarette (06/01/16)
A Purdy man was injured Monday in a wreck at 7:55 p.m. on Farm Road 2140, 4.5 miles north of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Brett Meek, 20, of Purdy, was driving a 2005 Ford Explorer southbound when he tried to light a cigarette and his vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a tree...
Exeter installing new gym floor over summer (06/01/16)
Due to the absence of a vapor barrier below its gym floor, flooding in December 2015 resulted in excess moisture damaging the hardwood at Exeter High School, forcing the district to install a new court. According to Ernest Raney, Exeter superintendent, water came in from the north wall during the flooding, but the school was not aware the floor had gotten wet until it began to show signs of water damage about a week later...
City of Cassville to hold annual spring cleanup (06/01/16)
The opportunity for spring cleaning may have come and gone, but another opportunity is coming for residents to do some serious de-cluttering of their homes, garages and yards, and help the environment at the same time. The city of Cassville will be holding its spring clean-up event June 6-10...
Cursive handwriting returns to Missouri classrooms (06/01/16)
When Common Core standards for English and math were adopted by 45 states for the purpose of creating consistency in educational benchmarks across states, cursive writing, which has been taught to elementary students since the early 1900s, was dropped as required curriculum...
Long to-do list to keeps Cassville school district busy this summer (06/01/16)
School may be out, but the Cassville school district is just getting started on its to-do list, which this year includes addressing a variety of maintenance-related items. "We have a very busy summer planned," said Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations, who added that the school wants to keep its focus on completing basic maintenance and upkeep this summer to keep things running smoothly...
Airport's taxiway work to be completed by local companies (06/01/16)
The city of Cassville is planning to begin a project to resurface the taxiways of its municipal airport next month, a project which has been planned for a year as part of the airport updating its master plan. A master plan includes a list of projects that is completed every five years by airports to maintain and update their taxiways and other areas that need attention to keep flight operations running safely and smoothly...
Ridge Top holds first week of camp (06/01/16)
Children and families finalized registration at Ridge Top Bible Camp on a windy, but warm, morning on May 23.
Lake area libraries offer summer activities (06/01/16)
The Shell Knob and Eagle Rock libraries have a variety of fun and educational activities for all ages this summer. The theme for both branches is, "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!" Registration for the Shell Knob branch is underway, and many activities and visitors are planned, including a magician, a story teller, dulcimer-player and more...
Mercy welcomes new nurse practitioner (06/01/16)
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in Cassville recently announced a new addition to its medical team -- Nurse Practitioner Jessica Bland. Bland is now seeing patients of the Cassville clinic, which is located at 92 Main Street. According to Vicki Punch, practice manager of the clinic, Bland replaces a nurse practitioner who left last summer, and she will help meet the scheduling needs of patients...
Local senior centers offering classes for arthritis, balance, pain (06/01/16)
Two Barry County senior centers are offering help with the physical symptoms of arthritis, while improving balance and increasing overall health and well-being. The Cassville Senior Center will be offering a PACE class (People With Arthritis Can Exercise), which is tentatively set to begin the end of June...
2016 Rotary Club members meet weekly (06/01/16)
The 2016 Cassville Rotary Club members gather each Wednesday at the Barry County Museum.
Graduates have banquet at Cassville High School (06/01/16)
Hundreds filled the cafeteria at Cassville High School Saturday evening for the annual Alumni Banquet.
Silver Leaf Benefit Club names officers (06/01/16)
The GFWC Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville held a meeting last week to install new officers.
Monett woman injured in Jenkins wreck (06/01/16)
A Monett woman was injured Monday in a wreck at 2:50 p.m. on Route EE, two miles east of Jenkins. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Crystal Austin, 22, of Monett, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned...
Aurora man injured in wreck near Shell Knob (06/01/16)
An Aurora man was injured Monday in a wreck at 6 p.m. on Highway 39, four miles north of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Mattingly, 56, of Aurora, was driving a 2003 Buick Century northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
News Briefs (06/01/16)
Cassville High School mailed out 2015-2016 second semester grade cards on May 26. If parents did not receive a grade card in the mail, it is because the student's grade card is being held. Parents may stop by the high school office or call 417-847-3137 to see why their student's grade card is being held...
Vehicle hits house south of Cassville (05/30/16)
A 17-year-old Cassville girl was injured Sunday in a wreck at about 2:48 p.m. on Farm Road 1110 two miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Brandon Stevens, 24, of Monett, was driving a 2004 Pontiac Solstice southbound when his vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a house...
2 injured in Cassville wreck (05/30/16)
Two men were injured Sunday in a wreck at about 10:20 p.m. on Farm Road 2212 and Highway 112. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Travis Meyer, 34, of Springfield, was driving a 2010 GMC Yukon eastbound when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Colorado woman injured in Sunday wreck (05/30/16)
A Colorado woman was injured in a wreck on Sunday at about 12:20 p.m. on Highway 90, three miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kimberly Hayward, 54, of Fort Morgan, Colo., was driving a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound when her vehicle went off the roadway and overturned...
FEMA Storm shelter, auditorium proposed for Purdy school district (05/25/16)
Plans for an extensive storm shelter for the Purdy school district, one with enough room to house event resident in town, were unveiled recently at the district. Kirsten Whitehead, project manager for Paragon Architecture of Springfield, the firm hired for the gym entrance and cafeteria renovation, displayed a conceptual design for the new building. ...
Man charged in local burglary (05/25/16)
A Mexico, Mo., man is being held in the Barry County jail for allegedly burglarizing the Bullets N Bows store in Cassville over the weekend. Larry Polk, 31, of Mexico, Mo., is charged with second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and second-degree property damage...
127 Cassville students walk stage on Sunday (05/25/16)
The Senior Men's Ensemble performs a prop- and motion-filled rendition of "You've Got a Friend in Me," made famous in the movie, "Toy Story," during Cassville's graduation Sunday.
Cassville City pool set to make a splash May 28 (05/25/16)
The Cassville Aquatic Center, which is owned by the city and managed by the Cassville YMCA, will be opening for the summer season on May 28, and it is sure to make a great impression and a big splash with its new look. "The city of Cassville has done an incredible job getting the aquatic park ready for opening," said Dove Haney, Cassville YMCA center executive. ...
Renovated city parks ready to enjoy over summer months (05/25/16)
If there is ever a season to get out and enjoy the sunshine and one's surroundings, summer is it, and Cassville residents now have two newly-renovated parks in which to play. The renovated tennis courts, basketball courts and pickleball courts, which were recently completed and now available for public use at the Cassville City Park off Highway 248, are now open, said Steve Walensky, public works director for the city...
Forestry Service decides on Butler Hollow approach (05/25/16)
The Ava-Cassville-Willow Springs District of the U.S. Forest Service has issued a draft decision regarding the management of the Butler Hollow area, deciding on an alternative for the forest management project after coming up with multiple alternatives to the original proposal...
Cassville man charged in domestic assault (05/25/16)
A Cassville man has been charged with assault following an incident on Friday allegedly leading to the victim suffering a fractured right orbital socket and fractured right orbital wall. Matthew Moore, 30, of Cassville, has been charged with first-degree domestic assault with serious physical injury, and he is being held in the Barry County jail on a $50,000 bond...
Purdy schools adjust pay scale (05/25/16)
The Purdy school district approved a salary schedule for the 2016-2017 school year that included an increase in the base pay and an adjustment in the pay that increases rewards for extended service. The new pay schedule raised the base pay for first year certified teachers from $30,000 to $30,500. ...
Cassville considers Tree City USA membership (05/25/16)
The city of Cassville is considering membership in Tree City USA, a national tree program that works in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation. The tree program, in force since 1976, provides national recognition for communities who become members, and guidance for creating a sustainable, urban forestry program. Trees provide shade, clean the air, increase property values, reduce costs for energy, erosion, and storm water management, and provide aesthetic beauty, the program said...
Local experts share knowledge about native venomous snakes, bites (05/25/16)
As local residents are out enjoying the summer on hiking trails, four-wheeling in the woods, or swimming and canoeing the rivers, they are bound to see a snake or two. Missouri is home to 47 species of snakes, most of which are harmless, but three snakes native to southwest Missouri, and Barry County, are dangerous...