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This Week's Headlines
Cassville man injured in wreck (01/19/17)
A Cassville man was injured Wednesday in a wreck at 8:55 a.m. on Highway 86 at Farm Road 1187, three miles west of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sean Evans, 31, of Cassville, was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile westbound when his vehicle swerved to avoid an uninvolved vehicle and struck a 2009 Pontiac G6, being driven by Jacquelyn Williams, 63, of Ridgedale...
Barry Electric Board selects new CEO (01/18/17)
The Board of Directors of Barry Electric Cooperative (BEC) announced today they have unanimously chosen Mark Aeilts as only the fourth executive vice president/CEO in the Coop's 71-year history. On March 1, Aeilts, who currently serves as Iowa Wind and Solar Director of Utility Solar Development, will succeed Earle (Bill) Shiveley, a 43-year BEC employee who has served in the role of EVP/CEO since 1991...
New jailer biggest change in BarCo budget (01/18/17)
A request for a new jailer and employee raises are the biggest anticipated changes in the 2017 budget for Barry County, with figures to be finalized by the The Barry County Commission at a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the Historic Courthouse in Cassville...
Sater files ranked-choice voting bill (01/18/17)
If a bill filed by State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, passes in this legislative session, no municipal or county candidate for office in Missouri will win any primary election without more than 50 percent of the vote. Senate Bill 140 aims to implement in 2018 a ranked-choice voting system, where votes for candidates in local office primary elections would be counted in rounds until one candidate receives the simple majority...
City to map floodplain (01/18/17)
After massive flooding hit Cassville twice in 2015, in July and again in December, city officials have been searching for ways to better-manage Flat Creek to prevent future damages. In a first step to allow for more accurate creek and floodplain management, the city of Cassville has entered into an agreement with HDR Engineering and Anderson Engineering to map the floodplain from Sale Barn Road, through downtown Cassville and up 11th Street...
Sweets and Songs show delights local crowd (01/18/17)
Cassville High School's No Boys Allowed (NBA) Choir performs "With Love From Motown Melody" Friday at the Sweets and Songs concert at the Cassville Event Center
5 BarCo elected officials get raises for first time in 10 years (01/18/17)
In 2017, Barry County's elected officials will see the first raises some have received in more than 10 years. "The last time the Salary Commission met, they voted to give 5 percent raises to county office holders elected in 2016," said County Clerk Gary Youngblood. "The last time they got raises was in 2004."...
Former performer, teacher giving flute recital (01/18/17)
On Saturday evening, Cassville residents will have the opportunity to see something that has not happened for nearly half a century. Jo Ellen (Beeson) Fielding is performing a flute recital, her first in nearly 50 years, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The event is free of charge, and there will be a reception immediately following in the fellowship hall...
Purdy Police investigating 2 crimes (01/18/17)
The Purdy Police Department is investigating a pair of crimes that took place in the city recently. On Jan. 8, at around 10 p.m., a burgundy colored 1998 Toyota Camry was stolen from a residence located 403 Madison St. Jackie Lowe, Purdy chief, said the owner left the vehicle running to warm it up, and it was stolen...
BarCo Soils and Crops Conference slated (01/18/17)
The 88th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference, slated for Monday in Cassville, will focus on managing protecting herds from trichomoniasis, hay quality and use of chicken litter as fertilizer. The conference will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road. ...
Cassville YMCA offers members new equipment in new year (01/18/17)
It's a new year, and research shows that about 50 percent of Americans endeavor to set resolutions and make changes stick, but it's easier said than done, especially when it comes to fitness. With getting in shape one of the top resolution, the Cassville YMCA sees an increase in memberships activity when a new year rolls around, said Dove Haney, center executive, and they've got the resources to help Barry Countians accomplish their fitness goals...
International Girl to host Barry County Pageant in Cassville (01/18/17)
International Girl, a youth development program, will be presenting the Barry County Pageant on Feb. 4 at Crowder College in Cassville, beginning at 1 p.m. Amanda Dover, local pageant coordinator for the organization, which focuses on girls' natural inner and outer beauty, said it will be the pageant's first time to host an event in Cassville...
Families start 2017 with fitness (01/18/17)
Basketball players expectantly wait so see if the ball will make it through the hoop during a heated game Friday night.
News briefs (01/18/17)
The Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Master Naturalists are sponsoring the 8th Annual Stella Eagle Day on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A quilt show will also be held in the FEMA building. First, second, third and viewers choice awards will be given. Setup is Jan. 27 from 3-5 p.m., and there is no charge to enter. Judging will start at 11 a.m. on the 28th. For more information, people may call 417-628-3253. The deli will be open...
Winter weather affecting local events (01/12/17)
Impending winter weather is forcing the cancellation or postponement of numerous local events. The following is a list of events affected: School closings for Friday: - Cassville Head Start - Purdy - Monett - Pierce City (Make up day Jan. 23) - St. Lawrence...
Cassville man injured in wreck (01/12/17)
A Cassville man was injured in a wreck on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on Highway 37, west of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Joshua Stewart, 38, of Cassville, was riding a 2005 Honda Shadow motorcycle eastbound when he attempted to stop abruptly, causing the bike to skid and come to rest on its side...
Cassville man injured in bike wreck (01/12/17)
A Cassville man was injured in a wreck on Thursday at 12:20 a.m. on Farm Road 2200, two miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Trevor Brown, 29, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 custom made motorcycle eastbound when his vehicle began to slide and overturned...
Bombs, guns found after 4 arrested (01/11/17)
A recent juvenile well-being check at an apartment on Highway 112 in Cassville led to four arrests and charges relating to drugs, weapons and three improvised explosive devices found in a vehicle. Joseph Cramer, 28, of Anderson, is facing five felonies and two misdemeanors; Larry Delano, 55, of Cassville, has been charged with four felonies; Vanessa Ramos, 28, of Washburn is facing two felonies; and Alana Tate, 18, of Cassville, is charged with two felonies...
Sales tax totals drop to end year (01/11/17)
For the first time since 2012, sales tax totals for Barry County and its city governments dropped in December, closing 2016 with a much more mixed result than a year ago. The seven Barry County cities with sales taxes received $596,166.34. Comparing the same taxes in place a year ago, factoring out Monett's old Justice Center tax and new transportation taxes, the total represented a 6-percent drop. Only Exeter and Wheaton bested totals from the previous December, both by very small margins...
Cassville man gets 16 years in prison (01/11/17)
After more than two years in federal court, a Cassville man has been sentenced for pleading guilty to one count of child sexual exploitation and one count of enticing a minor for illicit sex. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Thursday that Chase Trevor Norman, 26, of Cassville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 16 years and eight months without parole at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas...
2 charged in area Walmart thefts (01/11/17)
A Monett man and a Pierce City man have been arrested and charged after allegedly stealing items from the Cassville Walmart, as well as other Walmarts in the area. Keith Rock, 21, of Monett, and Joshua Rust, 33, of Pierce City, are each charged with felony stealing...
Residents ring in 2017 with Hike (01/11/17)
There are many ways to ring in a new year, but a group of people in conjunction with Missouri State Parks gave their new year's resolutions more than just lip service. Participants in the First Day Hike put their feet on the trail and made fitness and enjoying their natural surroundings a priority on the very first day of 2017...
New criminal codes may affect area students (01/11/17)
Effective Jan. 1, changes in the state criminal code, including changes in the definitions of third-degree assault and harassment and new reporting requirements, could mean that a student, regardless of age, could potentially be charged with a felony for circumstances resulting from fighting in school...
Beef Cattlemen's Conference to focus on economics (01/11/17)
Economics for managing and improving cattle operations will receive the spotlight for the 48th annual Monett Beef Cattlemen's Cattlemen's Conference, slated for Jan. 31 at the Monett National Guard Armory. According to Jeff Meredith, Monett Chamber of Commerce executive director, the conference has been moved out of February to avoid conflicts with winter calving...
Comedian coming to Cassville Chamber Banquet (01/11/17)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to bring smiles to its members' faces in February when it welcomes Kent Rader to perform at the annual banquet. Rader, known as the world's cleanest comedian and humorous keynote speaker, has been selected as the special entertainment at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the commons area at Cassville High School...
Pinewood Derby, Outlaw Race return to Cassville (01/11/17)
The local Cub Scouts of Pack 76 will be holding their annual Pinewood Derby tournament races on Jan. 21 in Cassville. The traditional races have been enjoyed by boys and parents for decades, and involves a simple activity of building and designing a race car out of an ordinary block of pinewood. ...
Cassville students give U.S. soldiers a special holiday gift (01/11/17)
Patty Ewing's third-grade class at Cassville Intermediate School spread a little extra holiday cheer at Christmas when her students created Christmas cards for soldiers stationed in Hawaii.
Keep calm and color on (01/11/17)
Adult coloring, which came on scene last year as a stress-relieving activity for adults, was not just a passing fad, as it is still in vogue at the Cassville Branch Library.
Despite digital age, traditional newspapers still relevant (01/11/17)
With the masses turning to their smart phones more often to read the news, there are still those who prefer to get their news the old fashioned way -- by reading the paper version over their morning coffee. Three centuries after the first newspapers were printed the industry has come a long way, evolving until the current modern digital age, when electronic and social media now offer many options by which people may get their news. Even so, local patrons make a case for traditional newspapers...
News briefs (01/11/17)
An Eagle Viewing will be held on Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center at Roaring River State Park. A short video will be shown, and attendees should bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The Pop-Up Library will be at the Seligman City Hall Community Room from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 23. No library card is needed to take advantage of the free loan of library materials, with something for all ages. People may call 417-847-2121 for more information...
Cassville Board of Education commits $1,500 toward repair of Golden Community Center (01/11/17)
After a unanimous vote of support from the Cassville R-IV Board of Education, the Cassville school district approved up to $1,500 toward replacement of windows on the east side of the Golden Community Center, which is owned by the district, and was previously known as the Golden School House...
Seligman girl claims first baby honors at Aurora hospital (01/07/17)
The first baby of 2017 born at Mercy Hospital in Aurora was Saraya Lynn, born on Jan. 3 at 4:21 p.m.
Cassville man sentenced to 16 years for child sexual exploitation (01/05/17)
After more than two years in federal court, a Cassville man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a child. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Chase Trevor Norman, 26, of Cassville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 16 years and eight months in federal prison without parole...
2 minors, woman hurt in wreck (01/05/17)
Three people, including two minors, were injured in a wreck at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday on Route YY in Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Marts, 83, of Shell Knob, was driving a 1993 Mazda pickup northbound when his vehicle failed to yield and turned into the path of a 2003 Ford Escape, being driven westbound by Chisty Lodwick, 41, of Shell Knob...
Aurora woman injured in wreck (01/05/17)
An Aurora woman was injured Thursday in a wreck at 5:47 a.m. on Highway 248, eight miles northeast of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Angela LeBlanc, 43, of Aurora, was driving a 199 Chevrolet Blazer northbound when her vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway, slid off the roadway and overturned...
Schools wary of funding cuts for transportation (01/04/17)
Following former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to cut $59 million from the state budget in response to bills which were vetoed, of which $24.4 million will be withheld from public education and $16.5 million from school transportation, Missouri schools will have some decisions to make in the new year concerning their budgets...
Library circulation up despite less hours (01/04/17)
After making a decision in August to close their doors to the public on Saturdays and shutting off the lights a half hour earlier on week nights to conserve funds due to a failed tax levy, the Barry County Regional Library system has been met with much criticism from the general public and patrons to the library...
Epperly honored with resolutions, badge retirement (01/04/17)
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly attended a retirement reception at the Barry County Judicial Center on Dec. 28.
$59.1 million in state budget cuts coming (01/04/17)
As a new year approaches, Missouri schools will have to adapt to cuts to the state budget, with public education, specifically school transportation, being hardest hit. The $59.1 million in cuts, of which $24.4 million will be withheld from public education, came in September but do not go into place until 2017. ...
Library exploring support through survey (01/04/17)
Patrons of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library are being asked to fill out a survey through January to give managers a better idea of what the public wants while considering funding options. According to Gina Milburn, library director, the library board is still considering going back to voters with a funding initiative. The 15-cent increase in the property tax levy last April only won 44 percent support. The board subsequently approved suspending Saturday service...
Cassville increases staff for Parents as Teachers program (01/04/17)
It is in the first few years of life that a child learns and develops the most, and during those crucial formative years, the Parents as Teachers program supports parents in ensuring that children reach critical developmental milestones to help lay a solid foundation for their future and give them the best possible start in life...
Goat meat, milk, cheese gaining popularity locally (01/04/17)
The University of Missouri Extension reports that consumers are warming up to the idea of serving goat meat for dinner as a protein choice, compared to the typical American protein staples of beef, pork and poultry. Like venison, goat meat is leaner than beef, with a comparable amount of grams of protein per serving, lower in saturated fat than chicken, and has more iron per serving than beef, pork, lamb, or chicken. ...
County officials sworn into office (01/04/17)
County officials elected on Nov. 8, 2016, were sworn into their offices on Thursday at the Barry County Courthouse.
Carolers take brass to the streets (01/04/17)
Jim Craig and Rocky Mills, members of HomeTown Sound and the RedHots, took their instruments to the streets recently.
News briefs (01/04/17)
The annual "Sweets and Song" choir performance will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 14. Cassville High School's award-winning show choirs, No Boys Allowed (NBA) and Centerstage, will premiere their 2017 competitive shows. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. ...
2 injured in wreck on Sunday (01/02/17)
Two people were injured Sunday after a wreck at 11:40 a.m. on Highway 86, one mile north of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Marc Miller, 21, of Eagle Rock, was driving a 2010 Toyota Scion eastbound when his vehicle left the roadway, struck a sign, overturned and came to rest in some trees...
Shell Knob teen injured, arrested after wreck (12/31/16)
A Shell Knob teenager was injured and subsequently arrested following a wreck on Saturday at 7 a.m. on Highway 83, two miles west of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, River Phelps, 18, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon northbound when his vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, ran off the roadway, became airborne and came to rest in a field...
One injured in wreck near Wheaton (12/30/16)
A Purdy man was injured in a wreck on Friday at 11:43 a.m. on Farm Road 1035, 2.5 miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri state Highway Patrol report, Evan Musick, 16, of Purdy, was driving a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 southbound when his vehicle rear-ended a 2004 Ford Taurus, being driven by Quentin Hymas, 33, of Cassville...
Top 10 news stories of 2016 (12/28/16)
The following stories are ranked by the Democrat staff as the Top 10 news stories of 2016.
New Dollar General concerns businesses (12/28/16)
Dollar General has broken ground for a new store at 11th and Main Street, and nearby businesses are worried about the effect the store may have on traffic at the intersection of 11th and Main streets. The store has endured flooding episodes at its current site at 401 Main St., prompting a relocation, according to Store Manager Colleen Peoples...
Allen home changes hands after 121-year history (12/28/16)
The last Saturday in November, a piece of Cassville's history, and piece of a family's heart, changed hands, when what is known to locals as the Allen House at 507 East St. and its contents were auctioned and sold. The three-story, Victorian home that sits near the Barry County Sheriff's Department was originally built by attorney and banker Thomas M. ...
Library formally seeks grant for digitization project (12/28/16)
Following two months of discussion, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has send a letter committing to a digitalization process of historic bi-county newspapers that will aid in future research. Director Gina Milburn reported that a letter of intent has been sent to Matt Butler, digital collections coordinator for the Missouri State Library, asking permission to apply for a Library Services and Technology Act grant to begin digitizing The Wheaton Journal newspaper. ...
Feral cat shelters provide safe haven (12/28/16)
When temperatures drop into single digits, outside animals have a difficult time finding shelter, food and water, and while some area residents do not want to encourage stray animals to hang around, others will at least offer food and shelter during the harshest weeks of winter...
Cassville juniors win Miss, Mr. Merry Christmas (12/28/16)
In total, 2016 candidates raised $10,266.10 for Share Your Christmas, with the crowns going to the male and female students that raised the most money individually.
Experts offer tips to beat holiday blues (12/28/16)
Along with trees, tradition, tinsel and good tidings that come around once a year, for some, the holiday blues come along as well. During a time when songs play repeatedly about making the season bright, decking the halls with boughs of holly and singing Joy to the World, for many, the holidays can be bittersweet, says Susan Poehling, RN and director of Senior Life Solutions at Mercy Cassville, a program which offers outpatient therapy to promote mental and emotional well being...
Cassville YMCA Aftercare program goes caroling (12/28/16)
Children and staff from Cassville's YMCA Aftercare program took to the streets Wednesday afternoon to spread holiday cheer by going caroling at local businesses.
Primary school children enjoy 'Christmas royalty' parade (12/28/16)
With all the appropriate pomp and circumstance, Christmas royalty consisting of Cassville's Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas candidates, paraded down Cassville Primary School hallways.
Cassville Chamber announces new board members (12/28/16)
New Cassville Chamber of Commerce board members were recently named.
News briefs (12/28/16)
The Adult Education and Literacy Department of Crowder College in Cassville will offer High School Equivalency (HiSET) testing on Jan. 13, 2017. Applicants must register and pay online at www.hiset.ets.org. HiSET is the alternative to a high school diploma. The test costs $95 and does not have to be paid all at once. The test consists of five sections that may be completed in a year's time...
Galena teen injured in wreck (12/26/16)
A Galena teenager was injured in a wreck on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. on Highway 248, five miles northeast of Cassville. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Tucker Moore, 19, of Galena, was driving a 2002 Honda Civic northbound when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to go off the roadway and into a ditch...
2 charged in task force busts (12/22/16)
Two Purdy men have been charged after members of the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) served search warrants at homes on Highway C and on 4th Street. According to an ODET press release, task force members, along with the Barry County SWAT Team, served a warrant at 402 E. Hwy. C in Purdy, where they arrested David Saville, 56, of Purdy, and charged him with distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Warren casts electoral vote for Trump (12/21/16)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Barry County Presiding Commissioner did something on Monday only 538 people across the United States had an opportunity to do -- cast Electoral College ballots for president and vice president. The 7th Congressional District representative, Warren and the nine other electors in Missouri each cast their ballots during a 50-minute session at the state capitol in Jefferson City, with Donald Trump receiving 10 votes for president, and Mike Pence receiving 10 for vice president...
32 children go shopping (12/21/16)
About 32 children will be sure to have a very merry Christmas now, thanks to the generosity of several businesses, individuals and the Seligman Police Department through the department's Shop with a Cop program. On Sunday, three Seligman officers and two Missouri Department of Conservation officers took the children to the Cassville Walmart for a personal shopping spree that they nor their families won't soon forget...
Jersey's changes hands (12/21/16)
After 10 years, Jersey's Sports Bar & Grill Owner John Hendricks has sold the restaurant, as he is moving into another job in Cassville. Hendricks said taking the new position at an industry in town was the main reason he decided to sell the bar. "I was coming through Cassville and saw the building was up for auction," Hendricks said about first buying the bar. "I decided to give it a run since I had the restaurant across the street and liquor store on the corner...
Song, dance, color flourish in Nutcracker performance (12/21/16)
Cassville Intermediate School 5th-graders' performed the Nutcracker on Thursday at the Cassville Event Center.
Purdy schools to increase property insurance coverage (12/21/16)
The Purdy school board has approved continuing its annual property and liability insurance with the Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC) despite an 8 percent increase in the premium. Superintendent Steven Chancellor recommended making two additions to the insurance coverage...
Cassville residents help light up city in Christmas contest (12/21/16)
Every year, the Cassville Chamber of Commerce hosts a Christmas Lighting contest, giving Cassville residents a chance to literally put their home up in lights and showcase their best and brightest holiday decor. This year, first place went to Randy and Benni Stockton in Wildwood Estates at 103 Skyline Drive...
Foster parents association helps meet needs (12/21/16)
Foster parents never know when they will get a call for a child who needs a home. It could be in the middle of the night, or in an emergency situation where they are given little to no notice to prepare, and the child often arrives with none of their clothing, supplies or toys...
Camp Barnabas gives gift of memories (12/21/16)
Camp Barnabas is inviting Barry County residents to give a child with a disability, special need or a chronic illness a special gift this season that will not break, does not require batteries, will not go out of style or be eventually forgotten, but will last a lifetime -- the gift of a unique camp experience tailored just for them...
Challengers file for local school boards (12/21/16)
Election filings for local school boards and municipalities opened up Tuesday, and as of Wednesday, three local school boards will see contested races in the April 2017 elections. One challenger has filed at the Cassville and Exeter districts, and two challengers filed at Southwest...
Experts share tips for teaching children in holidays (12/21/16)
Teaching the concept of gratitude in children is an important, life-long character trait parents can instill, especially during the gift-giving season of the holidays, according to University of Missouri Extension specialists. From the time children are young, most parents attempt to teach their child basic manners, such as saying "please" and "thank you" when they receive a gift. ...
Wheaton native looks at politics through art (12/21/16)
With Christmas almost here and a new year approaching, artist and creative educator Rebecca Decocq Burrell, Ed.D., is inviting Barry Countians to embrace the unity of diversity, offering a unique perspective that puts a whole new star atop the tree...
Cassville police launch holiday DWI enforcement campaign (12/21/16)
Local police will be out in full force as part of the annual statewide holiday DWI 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' substance--impaired driving campaign. The campaign, which will target substance-impaired drivers, will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Cassville, will run from from now until Jan. 1, 2017...
New, improved sidewalks emerge along Main Street (12/21/16)
Branco workers carefully smooth fresh concrete on new sidewalks next to the Cassville Chamber of Commerce at 6th and Main Streets last week.
News briefs (12/21/16)
The Adult Education and Literacy Department of Crowder College in Cassville will offer High School Equivalency (HiSET) testing on Jan. 13, 2017. Applicants must register and pay online at www.hiset.ets.org. HiSET is the alternative to a high school diploma. The test costs $95 and does not have to be paid all at once. The test consists of five sections that may be completed in a year's time...
Picturesque pageantry pervades Purdy parade (12/20/16)
Santa Claus rode high on a Purdy fire truck to bring up the tail end of the Christmas parade on Saturday.
2 injured in wreck on Hwy. 248 (12/19/16)
Two people were injured Saturday in a wreck at 6:20 p.m. on Highway 248 at Farm Road 1195, six miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Janet Campbell, 56, of Branson, was driving a 2007 Honda CRV eastbound when her vehicle lost control and struck pedestrians Cleo Robbins, 73, and William Robbins, 77, both of Jenkins, who were exiting their vehicle after crashing on the right side of the roadway...
Arkansas woman injured in wreck (12/19/16)
A Green Forest, Ark., woman was injured Saturday in a wreck at 9:45 a.m. on Highway J, half a mile north of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Darlene Kaup, 36, of Green Forest, Ark., was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound when her vehicle left the roadway, struck a driveway, became airborne, then came to rest in a ditch...
Marionville teen injured in Seligman wreck (12/19/16)
A Marionville teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck at 9:05 a.m. on Highway 37 in Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tristan Stanley, 19, of Marionville, was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer northbound when he swerved to avoid a vehicle in his lane, causing his vehicle to lose control and go off the roadway into a ditch...
Hazardous road conditions developing (12/17/16)
Hazardous road conditions are developing in Barry County, as freezing temperatures and precipitation are leading to slick roads. The National Weather Service has placed Barry County under a winter weather advisory until midnight, and a wind chill advisory until noon on Sunday...
Alleged arson destroys Cassville law office (12/14/16)
Cassville police and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety are investigating an alleged arson that destroyed the Law Office of Michael Riehn, located at 301 W. 8th St. in Cassville. According to the Cassville Police Department, first responders were dispatched to the building at 2:35 a.m. on Friday for the structure fire...
City floats $10.3 million bond issue (12/14/16)
Voters in Cassville in April 2017 will have a large bond issue to ponder, as the city of Cassville is preparing to put on the ballot a nearly $10.3 million bond proposal as it prepares to tackle sewer and water system projects in the coming years. The proposal, if approved by voters, would allow the city to seek revenue bonds for two projects geared toward cutting down inflow and infiltration issues with the city's pipes. ...
Exeter man charged in drug task force sting (12/14/16)
An Exeter man has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor after the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) and Barry County SWAT Team raided a home on Farm Road 200 in Exeter Friday. Carl Lincoln, 30, of Exeter, is charged with possession with intent to distribute, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a defaced firearm...
Purdy joins LAGERS for its city employees (12/14/16)
The Purdy City Council has voted to join the state LAGERS retirement program, the first time the city has considered a retirement benefit for its employees. Mayor Steve Roden, who proposed participation, said the city would make contributions for 30 years, at approximately $15,500 a year. The city would pay $8,296 for its general employees and $7,224 for its two police officers. Over the 30 years, the city would also make actuary contributions of an additional $8,100...
Man charged after chase near Exeter (12/14/16)
A Rocky Comfort man is charged with a felony after allegedly leading Barry County deputies on a chase in Barry and McDonald counties. Theodore Peterson, 43, of Rocky Comfort, is charged with resisting arrest creating risk of injury. According to a probable cause statement filed by Bill Watkins, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Peterson was on Farm Road 2187, asleep behind the wheel of a Dodge pickup hauling a tandem axle trailer...
Purdy High School to crown holiday royalty on Friday (12/14/16)
Purdy High School will cap its holiday celebration with the crowning of royalty on Friday Dec. 16. The 2016 Mister and Miss Merry Christmas will be named in a special ceremony at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 in the high school gym, prior to the beginning of the evening's basketball games, Candidates will be presented to the student body for voting at a special assembly at 2:15 p.m. that afternoon...
Wheaton parade warms hearts on chilly night (12/14/16)
Santa waved to the crowd Saturday from aboard a classic Wheaton Fire Department truck during the city's Christmas Parade
Enjoying the holidays without breaking the bank (12/14/16)
The holiday season brings not only overeating, but overspending, as shoppers search for the perfect gifts, often stretching their dollars a little too far and creating a financial dilemma to deal with after the festivities are over. University of Missouri Extension Family Financial Education Specialist Nancy Lamers offered some fresh insights on the challenge of how to manage spending this holiday season...
Purdy preschoolers sing in the Christmas season (12/14/16)
Preschool children in the Purdy school district presented their Christmas program on Thursday evening in the school cafeteria
Southwest students learn journalism skill sets (12/14/16)
Southwest High School students are learning some valuable skill sets in the "news room" as part of a journalism course offered at the school. Skills like researching information, staying organized, sharpening grammar, paying attention to detail, meeting deadlines and even increasing self-confidence are keys in the two classes offered at the district...
Toy drive for St. Jude's sees huge response (12/14/16)
Butterfield Firefighters and its auxiliary members helped make a Christmas toy drive a huge success.
Cassville schools feed masses at Christmas Open House (12/14/16)
Food was aplenty Friday at the annual Christmas Open House hosted by the Cassville school district.
Children enjoy Cookies with Santa at Wheaton Museum (12/14/16)
Siblings Sidney Row, 6, Demi Row, 3 and Hazel Row, of Washburn, and Dexter Beyer, 4, of Cassville, all got a turn sitting on Santa's lap to share what they wanted for Christmas.
Christmas displays light up the city (12/14/16)
Christmas lights can be seen everywhere as Barry Countians celebrate the Christmas season with holiday displays.
News briefs (12/14/16)
The Cassville High School Concert and Jazz Bands will present a Christmas concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the CHS gymnasium. The public is invited to the free performance, which will include seasonal favorites such as 'We Need a Little Christmas,' 'A Christmas Festival,' 'Salvation is Created,' 'A Chili Pepper Christmas,' Swingin' and Jinglin',' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...
Shell Knob man injured in Joplin wreck (12/13/16)
A Shell Knob man was injured in a wreck on Monday at 2:10 p.m on Gum Road, four miles south of Joplin. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Bobby Briley, 71, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche westbound when he suffered a medical episode, causing his vehicle to run off the right side of the roadway and strike a fence and a ditch...
Exeter police on manhunt (12/07/16)
Local police and Barry County sheriff's deputies are still searching for a man who allegedly attempted to break into an Exeter home and when denied entry, cut the throat of a dog on the property. According to a press release from Exeter Police Chief Kenen Martinez, at about 7:39 p.m. ...
Purdy gains ground in review (12/07/16)
The Purdy school district showed gains this year in the Annual Performance Review (APR) issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), recovering most of the drop seen between 2014 and 2015. The district scored 108 points out of 140 in the report, which summarizes student scores from the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests given in the spring. ...
Rain does not dampen cheer at Christmas parade (12/07/16)
Parade winners Hutchens Construction Kid's Choice Award Float: Exeter Corn Maze Religious Davison: Mission Baptist Church Non-Religious Division: Cassville Project Graduation Commercial Division: Exeter Corn Maze Marching Bands: Southwest Marching Band...
Sales taxes take sharp drop in November (12/07/16)
Sales tax revenue to Barry County and its cities took their sharpest drop since July in totals received in November. Not since 2010 have totals in November dipped so much compared to the previous year. Monett led the trend, receiving $119,452.99 on its two sales taxes paying general expenses, a drop of $24,717.18, or 17 percent. The sum placed the general fund fiscal year tally at $1,268,565.20, down $17,514.10 from last year's pace...