This Week's Headlines
Seligman man injured in 4-wheeler wreck
A Seligman man was injured Thursday in a four-wheeler wreck at 2 p.m. on private property three miles southeast of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Leo Ash, 86, of Seligman, was riding a 2000 Honda Foreman ES southbound when his vehicle overturned on a hill...
Sheriff Race: Washburn native learned value of hard work on 240-acre farm
A lifelong resident of Barry County, Sheriff's Deputy Justin Ruark said his decision to run for the office's top job did not come lightly, and required a lot of thought and a lot of prayer. Ruark has been with the Barry County Sheriff's Office since 2010, reaching as high a post as night shift sergeant during his tenure...
Sheriff Race: Former agent details experience in FBI, 50 years of marriage
Former FBI Agent Gary Davis said his decision to run for sheriff did not come quickly, and was not even on his radar until friends in the area helped convince him to throw his name in the hat. After a career in the FBI spanning 23 years, Davis returned to Cassville because he and his wife could not think of any better place to retire. When other candidates began to file for sheriff, he had decided he was not going to run...
Strong arm robbery suspect apprehended
The suspect of a strong arm robbery at Ramey in Purdy on Aug. 16 has been apprehended after an associate in the alleged crime was caught at a home in Pierce City. Scotty Robertson, 31, of Pierce City, has been charged with second-degree robbery and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Also arrested was Dawn Kettner, 35, of Pierce City, who was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and posted a $15,000 bond...
Ambulance district lowers tax rate
Nearly one year after voters approved a sales tax for the South Barry County Ambulance District, the district's board has lowered its property tax rate by more than 60 percent. Ken Cieslinski, board chairman, said the property tax rate has been lowered from 0.0831 percent to 0.0331 percent, a 0.05 drop accounting for 60.17 percent of the total rate...
Misplaced child prompts reassessment of Purdy system
On the second day of school in Purdy last week, the school district faced one of those nightmare situations that all educators dread-- losing track of a child on the way home from school. Superintendent Steven Chancellor vowed the district would take steps to improve its response, and that he fully appreciated the anger of the parents involved...
MoDOT begins work to improve Cassville's sidewalks
MoDOT and Branco, the contractor hired by the state transportation agency to complete a substantial sidewalk project making all sidewalks within their jurisdiction ADA compliant, recently began constructing new sidewalks along Main Street, near the Cassville school campus...
Purdy officials consider new water leak detection system
Facing growing problems from lost water, the Purdy City Council entertained a revolutionary detection system proposed by Utility Services, the firm managing maintenance on the city's water towers. Tom Stechmann, water system consultant with Atlanta-based Utility Services, said his firm now offers two new services. ...
Wheaton Fire Department to host 58th annual barbecue
The 58th annual Wheaton Barbecue, sponsored by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In alignment with its values of doing what's best for Wheaton and the surrounding Barry County communities, the fire department will once again offer a day chocked-full of traditional, family fun events, great barbecue, music bands, a horseshoe tournament, duck race, children's carnival rides, a car show, an arts and crafts show and a petting zoo...
Patient assessments push Mercy Cassville to 5-Star awards
Mercy Cassville was recently recognized as the recipient of several 5-Star awards for demonstrating excellent communication and responsiveness in several categories as a result of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys, in which patients reported their experiences with staff...
Parents, children return to school routines
Mornings can be an extremely busy time with traffic from parents dropping off their children to school.
Kids Fishing Day at Roaring River a roaring success, quality family day
Kids Fishing Day was held Saturday at Roaring River State Park Saturday.
New teachers start at Purdy
Eight new staff members joined the Purdy R-2 School district for the 2016-2017 school year.
Free and reduced meals applications available
The Cassville school district announced its free and reduced-price meal policy for school children, in accordance with the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, for the 2016-2017 school year. Children from families whose current income is at or below the income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, including breakfast and lunch...
Drop-and-Go event brings gets children familiar with class, teacher
The Drop-and-Go event was held for parents and children to drop off supplies and meet the teachers.
Girls practice gymnastic moves
Treva Samuel, 11, of Cassville, did the mid-air splits at the Cassville YMCA.
His House Foundation is hosting the inaugural Buddy Bass Tournament on Oct. 22 at the Kings River Marina. His House Foundation serves the community by providing direct services to families in need and to serve as a catalyst for increased sharing within the community. ...
Arkansas man injured in Hwy. 86 wreck
A Green Forest, Ark., man was injured Friday in a wreck at 11:11 a.m. on Highway 86, one mile east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ricky Carpenter, 46, of Green Forest, Ark., was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra westbound when his vehicle ran off the left edge of the roadway and struck a ditch, a tree and a fence...
Cape Fair man injured in Hwy. 37 wreck
A Cape Fair man was injured in a wreck on Friday at 3:55 a.m. on Highway 37, one mile south of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Toby Sturgell, 37, of Cape Fair, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a road sign and a ditch...
Lampe teen injured in Golden wreck
A Lampe teenager was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 7 a.m. on Highway 86, two miles east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sheridan Ponder, 19, of Lampe, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet pickup westbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
First Camp SPARK makes impact on children
mp sparks creativity, enriches children A brand new camp experience came to Cassville this summer -- Camp SPARK. Sports and Arts for Kids, sparked by the ideas of staff members at First Baptist Church of Cassville, the camp was created to give local children the opportunity to create their own camp experience in the areas of sports, industrial arts, performing arts and creative arts, while still offering elements of traditional vacation Bible school...
Kids' Fishing Day slated for Aug. 20
There's just something fun about casting a line out into a river and the challenge of catching something on the end of it, and on Saturday, children of all ages will get to do just that, as they can fish all day for free at Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River State Park...
8 pot plants found at Shell Knob home
Two Shell Knob residents have been charged with multiple drug-related crimes after a search by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Thursday turned up eight marijuana plants. Timothy Wiott, 48, of Shell Knob, is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Sandra Barton, 49, also of Shell Knob, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance...
Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville: Barry County southern commissioner candidate
Age: 56 Political Party: Democratic Current Occupation: Convenience Store Owner Past Experience: Business Owner; Southern Commissioner past 8 years Education: Graduate of Southwest R-5 School, 1978 Barry County has always been my home. My position as Southern Commissioner is to make sure each decision made is in the best interest of Barry County residents...
Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob: Barry County southern commissioner candidate
Age: 30 Political Party: Republican Current Occupation: Cattle/Crop Farmer Education: Crowder College Neosho, Missouri State University I am proud to call Southern Barry County my home and consider myself lucky and blessed to live here. I understand that every decision made as a commissioner should have the best interests of both current residents and future generations. ...
Long-awaited Harps Food Store opens in Seligman
A steady stream of customers walked in and out of the new Harps Food Store in Seligman Wednesday after the store opened it's doors to the public that morning at 10 a.m. "It's been a constant stream of [customers]," said Store Manager Siobhan Taylor, who said the opening, and the days leading up to it, have gone exceptionally well. "Customer and community support has been great."...
Cassville native participates in world's largest international maritime warfare exercise
A 2012 Cassville High School graduate now serving in the U.S. Navy participated in the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), which took place during the month of July off the coast of Hawaii...
Purdy City Council buys body cameras, taser
The Purdy Police Department will soon add two body cameras and a taser to its arsenal. Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe asked the city council to consider purchasing two of the Action cameras from the Taser Company. Having reviewed several brands, Lowe said Taser seemed to offer the best brand...
Wheaton teacher earns regional award
Melissa Hayslip, elementary teacher and Title I coordinator at Wheaton Elementary School, was recently named co-Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year for Missouri from a field of 12 finalists. As a Regional Teacher of the Year, Hayslip will have the opportunity to compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, which will be announced in August, and the winner honored at a ceremony in Jefferson City in October 2016. ...
3 injured in Hwy. W wreck
Three people were injured Monday in a wreck at 5:45 p.m. on Highway W, three miles southwest of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Joanna Bell, 28, of Wheaton, was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 northbound when her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a fence and an embankment...
First Baptist to host 'Hee Haw's' Lulu Roman, The Texans
First Baptist Church of Cassville will be hosting an event featuring two performers, Lulu Roman from the long-running television hit series "Hee Haw," and The Texans. The event will take place Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Roman was the most-requested female cast member of "Hee Haw," which ran from 1969 to 1993, and was best known for her humor, but drug addiction nearly derailed her life and career. ...
Crowder, MSU form partnership
Crowder College and Missouri State University recently made official a partnership that will allow students to pursue bachelor degrees while remaining on a Crowder campus, including Cassville's. According to a press release provided by the Neosho Crowder campus Office of Public Information, Crowder students may pursue the following bachelor degrees through MSU on certain Crowder campuses...
Ridge Top Bible Camp hosts sale, carnival
Shoppers checked out items for sale at a fundraiser event for Ridge Top Bible Camp of Ridgley Friday, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, which featured bargains, a carnival with pony rides and delicious kettle corn.
Children enjoy last dog days of summer
Three siblings get in some of the last water play of what has been one very hot, humid summer at the popular splash pad in Seligman.
YMCA day camp celebrates end of summer
YMCA day camp members and parents enjoyed a picnic consisting of burgers, hot dogs and side dishes at Roaring River State Park.
Cassville welcomes 10 new teachers to district
Ten new teachers will be joining the staff at the Cassville school district for the 2016-2017 school year, and two are Cassville graduates.
Janice Varner, Barry County collector, will host the annual Barry County land tax sale on Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Cassville. Anyone interested in purchasing delinquent properties at the land sale needs to come into the collector's office prior to 10 a.m. ...
Teens injured in Hwy. 39 wreck
Two teenagers were injured Sunday morning in a wreck at 8:30 a.m. on Highway 39, three miles south of Madry. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Connor Sullivan, 17, of LaRussell, was driving a 2007 Jeep Wrangler southbound when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and mailbox, then overturned...
Oklahoma woman injured in wreck
An Oklahoma woman was injured in a wreck Saturday at 10:25 a.m. on Highway 112 at Farm Road 2212, three miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Heather Ryon, 28, of Catoosa, Okla., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Cassville woman injured in head-on collision
A Cassville woman was injured in a wreck on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. on Rock Creek Road, east of Highway M. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Vanderhoff, 69, of Eagle Rock, was driving a 2011 Honda Odyssey southbound when his vehicle failed to yield to a northbound 2015 Nissan Versa, being driven by Donna Hensley, 58, of Cassville, and struck the vehicle head-on...
House of Cards: Where is Lena Chapin?
Lena Chapin did not have what most would call a normal childhood by any stretch of the imagination. According to investigators with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Lena and her siblings became accustomed to the ever-changing father figure in their lives, often having to what police would call "cover" for their mother's alleged extra-marital activities, at times even being called upon to allegedly lie on her behalf...
Seligman, Wheaton shifted sheriff race to Davis
Elections are sometimes won neighborhood by neighborhood, and Tuesday's primary election showed that dynamic can prove pivotal in a close, multi-person campaign. The axiom proved most fitting in the six-way race for Barry County sheriff on the Republican ticket, a contest that drew 6,538 votes, up from the 6,120 in the 2004 primary where five contestants ran for the Republican nomination for sheriff. ...
In high-impact election, Monett has Barry County's lowest turnout
Barry County's election on Tuesday drew 35.5 percent of the voters to the polls, resulting in 7,207 ballots cast, the third highest in the last 30 years behind 2004 and 2012. The turnout showed a higher representation by residents in the southern part of the county, as the city of Monett had the lowest voter turnout of any precinct...
Public administrator candidates split city, rural vote
Barry County voters selected Keith Daniels as the Republican candidate for public administrator with a wide distribution of votes, according to the precinct breakdown. Daniels, a retired health care finance executive, won the race with 2,448, or more than 39 percent of the vote, capturing 9 of the 16 precincts, including the cities of Cassville and Monett...
Seligman makes headway on water, sewer line easements
For what was a difficult process to get started, and a bit overwhelming, the city of Seligman reports it is beginning to make headway on obtaining about 900 easements from area residents, which will enable the city to complete work on water and sewer lines...
Volunteers take on sidewalk removal, preserve school's history
What began last year as a rather sticky conflict between MoDOT and the Cassville school district over the jurisdiction of historic sidewalks along Main Street, bearing the names of past graduates from 1922 through 1971, has finally met a happier ending...
Purdy School District adopts financial strategy for new year
Looking ahead to the new school year, the Purdy Board of Education adopted its preliminary budget from figures that closed the 2015-2016 school and determined salaries for administrators and teachers for the coming year. Amounts projected for the annual Secretary of the Board Report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education showed revenue for the 2015-2016 year at $6,993,348.93 and spending at $6,574,792.41. ...
Library branches now closed on Saturdays
A consequence of the failed tax levy in April, branches in the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System have changed hours and taken a day off the open schedule. All Barry-Lawrence County Library branches will now be closed on Saturdays Hours during the week are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Aurora, Cassville, Marionville, Monett and Mt. Vernon; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m., at Eagle Rock, Miller, Pierce City, Purdy & Shell Knob...
Bigger cities see drop in sales tax revenue
Larger cities in Barry County did not fare well when it comes to July sales tax revenues, as Cassville and Monett each saw significant drops compared to one year ago. Barry County's seven cities generating sales tax received $577,355.91. Factoring out Monett's sunsetted Justice Center tax, the same taxes collected last year produced 26 percent less...
Teachers, children prepare to go back to school
Along with the usual disbelief that summer came and went so quickly, parents, teachers and students are going through the motions to get ready for another school year. To help with that process, local school districts have provided the following information on enrollment, dates to drop off school supplies, meet the teacher and get familiar with their classroom and school which will be their home-away-from-home for the next year...
Hillbilly Industrial Golf Tournament held
Hungry golfers and visitors lined up to fill their plates with catfish, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and dinner rolls on Thursday.
Blunt, Ashcroft speak at Hutchens
Roy Blunt, center, incumbent and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and Jay Ashcroft, Republican candidate for Missouri Secretary of State, spoke last week at Hutchens Construction's shop on Business 37.
The Ridgetop Bible Camp will host a carnival and yard sale fundraiser on Friday and Saturday in the parking lot of Tractor Supply in Cassville. The yard sale begins at 7 a.m., and the carnival starts at 10 a.m. There will be pony rides offered by Mike's Amusements, and concessions, including funnel cakes, kettle corn, pork rinds, smoked turkey legs, nachos, barbecue brisket sandwiches, corn dogs and tornado potatoes, offered by Redneck Gourmet Delights...
Cassville man with shotgun arrested for stalking
A Cassville man was arrested and charged with three felonies and four misdemeanors after allegedly stalking a person, threatening to kill himself with a shotgun in that person's presence, and assaulting a Barry County deputy. Billy Mulford, 47, of Cassville, is charged with aggravated stalking, assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and four other misdemeanors, including violation of an order of protection, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree domestic assault.. ...
Man injured in wreck east of Purdy
A Marionville man was injured Monday in a wreck on Farm Road 1165, eight miles east of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jason Wilson, 36, of Marionville, was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant northbound when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck two trees...
2 motorcyclists injured in wreck
Two Aurora residents were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 5:40 p.m. on Highway 39, seven miles north of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Terry Parker, 50, and Melissa Parker, 47, both of Aurora, were riding northbound on 2010 and 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycles, respectively, and attempted to avoid a collision with a vehicle that pulled into their path, causing both motorcycles to run off the right side of the roadway and overturn...
Davis wins GOP sheriff primary by 65 votes
Retired FBI Special Agent Gary Davis won the Republican nomination for Barry County sheriff by 65 votes on Tuesday. Davis finished with 1,565 votes, or 24 percent; former state trooper Travis Hilburn took second with 1,500 votes, or 23 percent; and Barry County Lt. ...
Daniels wins race for Barry County Public Administrator
In the race for Barry County Public Administrator, Keith Daniels, R-Exeter, a retired health care finance executive took the most votes cast in the Tuesday election, 2,448, winning the position by a 2 percent margin. "I would like to congratulate Andy and Rodney both," Daniels said. "It was a very spirited campaign and they truly kept to the issues. It was a respectful campaign and I appreciate that very much...
Purdy school bond passes by big margin
The Purdy school bond issue to build a performing arts center and the first FEMA storm shelter for the community received resounding support from patrons on Tuesday. The $2.3 million bond issue for the construction project sailed to approval with 608 or 81.5 percent of the vote, compared to 138 against...
Bi-county exhibitors find success at Ozark Empire Fair
Exhibiting livestock or entering photos and paintings for show at the Ozark Empire Fair has become a tradition for many Barry and Lawrence County residents. This year's 80th annual fair in Springfield, which opened on Thursday, again became a gathering place for these bi-county residents and many farm families, who showed their prizes last weekend...
Former superintendent at Southwest summarizes projects, progress
Bob Walker, retiring Southwest school superintendent, has completed a comprehensive review of the district's summer projects, programs, progress and student accomplishments from the school year. One ongoing summer project targeted includes the continued renovation of the elementary cafeteria, which is being completed in phases...
Cape Fair man faces felony charges
A Cape Fair man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly assaulting a man in Aurora and trying to steal his car. Donald Hendershot, 44, of Cape Fair, is charged with second-degree assault and first-degree attempted tampering with a motor vehicle. According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. ...
Cassville FCCLA students represent school in California
In early July, Cassville Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members Robert Elliott and Coleman Hoppes represented their school, and Barry County, when they traveled across the country to San Diego, Calif., to attend the organization's National Leadership Conference, and brought back awards and new credentials...
Tiny house movement laying foundations
In a society increasingly seeking to find ways to tighten its budget, another resource has arisen -- the tiny house movement. The social movement is gaining ground in the housing industry, saving significant dollars on housing and living expenses by downsizing living space...
U.S. Senate candidate visits Barry County
Secretary of State Jason Kander, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, made a campaign stop at Whitley's Pharmacy in Cassville last week.
Woodcarvers carve out time for hobby and camaraderie
Master woodcarver Mike Brown works on a relief sculpture of a landscape scene during a woodworking class at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob.
Bill Greet, Master Gardener of the Ozarks volunteer, will discuss the option of installing a drip irrigation system. The above-ground hose and emitters are inexpensive and easy to install and can reduce time in the garden significantly. Greet has been active in many Master Gardener project gardens and speaks from his experiences in various planting situations. ...
Unofficial results from the Republican primaries
Gary Davis: 1,565
Travis Hilburn: 1,500
Terry Meek: 1,370
Danny Boyd: 1,207
James Smith: 781
Justin Fohn: 115
Keith Daniels: 2,448
Andy Reavis: 2,309
Rodney Hughes: 1,445
Cassville teen injured in wreck
A Cassville teen was injured early Tuesday in a wreck at 1:45 a.m. on Farm Road 1107, one mile south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher Campbell, 19, of Cassville was driving a 1995 Ford Mustang southbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
Public administrator primary victor to assume office
The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary for Barry County public administrator will assume office in January, after no independent candidate filed a petition as of the Monday deadline. No independent candidate filed paperwork in the Barry County sheriff's race either, meaning the November general election will be a two-man race between the Republican nominee and Barry County deputy Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville...
Eagle Rock man arrested after bike wreck
An Eagle Rock man was injured and arrested after a wreck on Thursday at 9:10 p.m. on Route J in Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, George Gardner, 64, of Eagle Rock, was riding a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound when his bike ran off the roadway, ejected the driver and struck a tree...
Exeter man dies after medical episode in vehicle
An Exeter man died Tuesday after suffering a medical episode in his vehicle, also causing it to wreck, at 11:05 a.m. on Highway 37, one mile south of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, James Lomax, 56, of Exeter, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer northbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck the towed unit of a 2016 Kentworth, being driven by Terry Warhurst, 43, of Corinth, Miss., then ran off the roadway and struck a road sign...
1972 election revisited: You think this year's field is crowded?
Election seasons come and go with regularity. Most are forgettable. Every now and then, one stands out, possibly for the people involved, or the circumstances or the outcome. In Barry County, one benchmark election stands out against which all the others have to size up...
Drug task force arrests persistent offender
A Cassville man has been charged with two felonies after he was allegedly caught with 8.7 grams of methamphetamine at a home in Washburn. Christopher Pulliam, 31, of Cassville, is charged in two separate cases with possession with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child...
Boyd leads sheriff's field in fundraising, spending
Recently-filed campaign finance reports show that Barry County sheriff candidate Danny Boyd, R-Purdy, led his opponents in fundraising and spending during the second quarter. A Cassville police officer, Boyd raised $3,300 and spent $2,696.53. He barely outpaced former FBI agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville, who raised $3,190 and spent $2,628.34...
Hughes contributes $2,100 to own campaign
A recently-filed campaign finance report shows that Barry County public administrator candidate Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville, contributed $2,100 to his own campaign and spent about $1,500 in the second quarter. Hughes gave $100 to his campaign on April 4, $1,000 on April 18, $500 on May 20, and $500 on May 23...
Primary voting begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday
Sixteen precincts in Barry County will welcome thousands of voters on Tuesday, aiming to cast their party's picks for numerous county, state and national seats. Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, said polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and voters should be aware they must pick a party ballot, Republican or Democratic...
Elections change, some judges stay the same
It takes 68 election judges to run the 16 precincts in Barry County each election, and longtime voters in Shell Knob and in Monett have come to see some familiar faces at their local polling places. Sonja Cooper, of Shell Knob, has been the supervisor at the Central Crossing Fire District precinct in Shell Knob for more than 20 years, taking over the post from her mother, who stepped down at the age of about 78...
Cassville man charged in road rage assault
A Cassville man and trained MMA fighter was charged on July 20 with assault following an alleged road rage incident on Highway 86 in Barry County. Shane Beck, 28, of Cassville, is charged with first-degree assault, with serious physical injury, and is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000...
Epperly honored by Lt. Gov. for 20 years of service
Retiring Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly was honored July 19 by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder at the sheriff's department for 20 years service to the county. Kinder traveled to Cassville to present Epperly with an official declaration from his office for his service to the community and the state of Missouri...
Making healthier food choices possible for busy families
Food is vital to health and well-being but, sometimes, it is easier and more convenient to take the fast food drive through option when time is short and it is not practical to drive home and make dinner. But, as disease and cancers continue to rise, affecting people of all ages and stages of life, due in part to poor food choices, how can people overcome the hurdles current lifestyles and convenience pose to make a change?...
Candidate forum held
Candidates for local and national offices spoke and answered questions at a forum at the Cassville Event Center recently.
Barry County Republican Club hears from candidates
Numerous local, state and national candidates spoke at the Barry County Republican Club's meeting on July 18
Interesting zoo animals visit library
Children zoom in for a look at a Fire-Bellied Toad, held by Education Specialist Jamie Williams from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, during a visit from several zoo animals at the Cassville Branch Library last Thursday.
Janna Hoehn, a 25-year-resident of Maui, Hawaii, is working on a Vietnam War project and asking for information about three local residents: Galen Brown, of Cassville; Timmy Mattingly, of Exeter; and Howard Threet, of Monett. Hoehn is working on a "Wall of Faces" memorial spanning multiple states and using more than 4,000 photos of veterans. ...
Cassville teen injured in wreck
A Cassville teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck on Farm Road 2180, four miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alissa Olsen, 17, of Cassville, was driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus westbound when she swerved to avoid a deer, left the roadway and struck a tree...
Candidates discuss mental disabilities, staffing issues
The Barry County Public Administrator elected on Aug. 2 will have more than 150 clients to maintain, and some of those clients require more attention than others. Many of those under the care of the public administrator suffer from mental or physical disabilities, and whoever is elected must be able to deal with possible behavioral issues that may stem from mental illnesses...
Purdy Festival offers fun, summer activities
The big spectator event at the Purdy Festival was the bathtub races, where seven teams emerged to try their hand at pushing water-filled tubs on wheels.
Epperly endorses Meek for sheriff
Mick Epperly on Monday told the Cassville Democrat that he supports Deputy Terry Meek, R-Washburn, in his bid to replace him as Barry County sheriff. Epperly said he took the decision to endorse seriously, and believes he has made the right choice. "I get asked every day who I support in the sheriff's race," he said. "I like a lot of the candidates, but I'm looking for someone who works in the operation and shouldn't be backing up and losing any time and should be able to continue the work."...
Voters asked for $2.3M bond
Voters in the Purdy school district will be asked on Aug. 2 to support a $2.3 million bond issue to cover the costs of building a FEMA storm shelter that would be enhanced to serve as both a new building for the early childhood classes and as the district's first performing arts center...
Sheriff race: How should the Barry County jail be managed?
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent the candidates' views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. - JB 1. What experience do you have that will help contribute to running a jail? What will be your approach to jail management?...
Shiveley announces retirement from co-op
After 42 years with the Barry Electric Cooperative, Bill Shiveley, executive president/CEO of the cooperative and Cassville mayor, has announced he will retire from Barry Electric sometime after the first quarter of 2017. On Aug. 1, 1974, Shiveley began working for the company as a lineman, at the age of 27...
Cassville woman injured in wreck
A Cassville woman was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 10:50 a.m. on Farm Road 1055, one mile south of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tristan Fare, 27, of Cassville, was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger northbound when his vehicle failed to stop at a four-way stop and struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, being driven by Mary Williams, 73, of Exeter. The collision caused Fare's vehicle to run off the right side of the roadway, strike a ditch and overturn...
Ekland man seriously injured in bike wreck
An Ekland man was injured in a wreck on Tuesday at 4:45 a.m. on Highway 90, two miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Don Bickford, 57, of Ekland, was driving a 2002 Kawasaki Voyager XII eastbound when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway...
Public admin: Supervising needs of 150-plus clients
The role of the Barry County Public Administrator is one that can be demanding and challenging, and it requires the public's trust. The individual elected to fill the role of county public administrator will be responsible for a number of day-to-day duties, including administrative, clerical and reception. ...
Purdy fire hydrant study finds numerous weak areas
Having conducted the first system-wide assessment of the fire hydrants in Purdy, Fire Chief Nick Mercer described the challenges facing residents and the department as it heads into a review of its firefighting system by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO)...
Washburn residents say mosquitos out of control
Washburn residents who live on North Old Wire Road are concerned about an ongoing mosquito swarm problem they say is caused by a neighbor who is allowing grass to overgrow, and debris and standing water to accumulate, creating a serious nuisance and public health risk that's affecting their quality of life, and say the city will not take appropriate action...
Cassville man arrested for assault, resisting arrest
A Cassville man is being held in the Barry County jail for allegedly assaulting a Cassville resident, then resisting arrest and threatening to kill a Cassville officer and two Barry County Sheriff's Office deputies. Nicholas Wolfe, 24, of Cassville, is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree assault and armed criminal action in one circuit court case, and he is also charged with misdemeanor assault of law enforcement in a second case...
Golden man arrested for 4-wheeler theft
A Golden man has been charged with two felonies in relation to items stolen from a home on West Randy Drive in Golden. Christopher Blevins, 31, of Golden, is charged with second-degree burglary and theft after allegedly taking a four-wheeler and various tools from the victim's garage. Blevins allegedly forced entry into the victim's home, going into two garages and the residence...
3 arrested in drug investigation
Investigators with the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, which covers Barry, Barton, Jasper and McDonald counties, arrested three Barry County residents Thursday during an open narcotics investigation. Investigators responded to the residence of Beverly Ball, located at 18348 Hwy. E in Eagle Rock...