Cassville junior Dustin Sims, left, twirls his prom date, sophomore Sydney Brant, on the dance floor during Cassville High School's prom Saturday night at the Cassville FEMA Event Center. Kyle... >>
Exeter, which has been part of the Tree City USA program for 19 years, celebrated Arbor Day Saturday after the city planted a purpleleaf sand cherry tree in the local park. In 1996, Kirk Wynns, municipal arborist for Exeter,... >>
Jon Horner, right, and Bill Shiveley, center, takes the oaths of office for north ward alderman and mayor, respectively, at the April Cassville City Council meeting. >>
John Luckey, left, was recently presented a plaque by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly in honor of Luckey's seven years of service on the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force. >>
In front of about 100 area FFA members at Charles Fletcher's Edgewood Dairy farm in Purdy, Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law two bills aiming to help support dairymen and agriculture producers in Missouri. Charles Fletcher, who... >>
This Week's Headlines
Purdy superintendent addresses school incident that led to arrest
Purdy Superintendent Steve Chancellor on Friday afternoon released a statement regarding an incident on school grounds that led to a 17-year-old boy being arrested on charges of second-degree rape. The full statement appears below: "On April 9, 2015, Purdy High School administrators heard rumors concerning a serious act of alleged student misconduct...
Cassville teacher hospitalized Friday morning
A Cassville Intermediate School teacher was hospitalized Friday morning after a medical event at the school. According to Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, the teacher was in the hallway outside the cafeteria when the event occurred, and LaDon Vandzant, school nurse, and Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent, were only 15-20 feet away from the teacher when the event occurred. Vandzant provided immediate care while other staff called 911...
Purdy teen facing rape charge
A 17-year-old Purdy boy is being charged as an adult for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in the teacher's lounge at the Purdy school. According to probable cause statement filed by Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, Wilder Francisco Pastor-Gomez, 17, of Purdy, is facing the charge of second-degree rape, a class D felony, for allegedly having sexual intercourse with the girl without her consent...
Cassville hires new athletic director
The Cassville School District waded through 30 applications to find its new athletic director -- Doug Martin, Ash Grove head football coach. Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville schools, said the 30 applicants were whittled to 10, then seven were interviewed and a final two chosen...
Assessor responds to Sunshine complaint
The Missouri Attorney General has opened an inquiry into the Barry County assessor's office following a Sunshine Law complaint filed by a Springfield appraiser. According to documents obtained from Attorney General Chris Koster's office, Springfield man Sean Sutton filed a complaint against Assessor Sherry Sears' office in March, alleging the $6 charge for a digital copy of an aerial photo was too much and went against state statutes...
Purdy police consider body cams
The Purdy City Council leaned toward the purchase of body cameras but asked for more details about protocols for their use before moving forward. "It's probably time to look at them," said Police Chief Jackie Lowe. Four bids offered by Lowe placed the least expensive cameras at $400 each, for the AXON model from the Taser company. ...
Cassville holds prom at FEMA Event Center
Cassville junior Dustin Sims, left, twirls his prom date, sophomore Sydney Brant, on the dance floor during Cassville High School's prom Saturday night at the Cassville FEMA Event Center. Kyle Troutmanemail@example.com
City approves revised sign ordinance with historic sign clause
After nearly two years of adjustments and changes, the city of Cassville passed an updated sign ordinance recently, also creating a historic sign category that will allow some older, out-of-compliance signs to stay in place. Bill Shiveley, mayor of Cassville, said the revised ordinance is more modern and the historic sign exemption will allow certain signs to stay in place...
Missouri State Parks applies for Viney Creek lease
Viney Creek Recreational Area is tabbed for closure again this year, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has no plans to open it, however, the Corps has seen interest from Missouri state Parks in leasing the area. The State Parks Department has applied for a lease for the park, and Laurie Driver, public affairs specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, Ark., said the Corps is reviewing the proposal and hopes to make a decision within the next week...
Seligman man drowns in Arkansas lake
A Seligman man drowned in Beaver Lake, west of Eureka Springs, Ark., Sunday morning after falling out of a flat-bottom boat. According to Keith Stephens, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman, a call was placed at about 2:30 a.m. reporting Russell Johnston, 38, of Seligman, had drowned in the lake...
Monett library to see community room converted to tech center
Changes at individual branches in the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system will improve some services and prompt shifts elsewhere. The Monett Branch will permanently lose its community meeting room as plans move forward to hire an information technology manager. The room will be solely used for technology at that point. The board voted to move its future monthly meetings from the Monett Branch to the community room at the Pierce City Branch...
Seligman water study grant denied
SELIGMAN -- Seligman and Olsson Associates tried to get a $29,500 grant approved for a water analysis study, but the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the request. "We won't receive any funding here for the grant that we submitted for the water systems study," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "But encouraging news, they said the application was a good one, just simply other people needed the money more than we did. So, that's the reason for denial...
Seligman intends to apply for plugging well grants
SELIGMAN -- Seligman plans to submit grant applications to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) toward plugging water well No. 2, which has been out of service since the 1970s. The city is applying for a primary grant and a secondary grant, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. The primary grant will pay for 90 percent and the secondary grant will pay for the remaining 10 percent of the project...
Contracts for non-certified staff renewed in Purdy
Purdy school district's non-certified staff all received employment for the coming year, one of several contract actions approved by the Purdy school board. All non-certified positions have been filled for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Anna Marie Erwin, school board secretary, the district is still seeking to hire an art teacher...
Exeter celebrates Arbor Day
Exeter, which has been part of the Tree City USA program for 19 years, celebrated Arbor Day Saturday after the city planted a purpleleaf sand cherry tree in the local park. In 1996, Kirk Wynns, municipal arborist for Exeter, said the city planted 37 trees when it celebrated Arbor Day...
Cape Fair woman injured in wreck
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Donna Wynne-Spragg, 51, of Cape Fair, was driving a 2006 Chevy Cruze westbound on Highway 76 at about 9:40 a.m. when her vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Wynne-Spragg suffered minor injuries and was taken to Cox Hospital in Branson by a private vehicle...
2 injured in Hwy. 76 wreck
Ozark man airlifted from scene near Wheaton An Ozark man was airlifted from the scene of a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 76 Tuesday, five miles south of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Travis Arnold, 42, of Ozark, was driving a 2005 Mack Truck northbound on Highway 76 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned into a fence...
Horner sworn in as Cassville alderman
Jon Horner, right, and Bill Shiveley, center, takes the oaths of office for north ward alderman and mayor, respectively, at the April Cassville City Council meeting.
Luckey honored for service
John Luckey, left, was recently presented a plaque by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly in honor of Luckey's seven years of service on the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force.
BREAKING: Local MU pasture-based dairy farm closing
The University of Missouri announced today that it will close its pasture-based dairy farm at the Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. "We are transitioning from milking cows at the Southwest Center to research relevant to dairy producers going into the future," said David Cope, superintendent of the Center. ...
Gov. Nixon signs dairy, ag bills at Purdy farm
In front of about 100 area FFA members at Charles Fletcher's Edgewood Dairy farm in Purdy, Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law two bills aiming to help support dairymen and agriculture producers in Missouri. Charles Fletcher, who owns 260 acres of farmland, rents another 100 acres and has 350 head of cattle, said he first learned Nixon would visit his farm on Wednesday, and he was happy to host the governor...
Wheaton elementary students to get iPads
The Wheaton School District has made plans to give every student a wireless device. Last month, the Wheaton School Board approved a motion that changed the district's ratio of iPads from 2:1 to 1:1 for kindergarten through sixth grades, said Lance Massey, Wheaton superintendent...
Purdy schools to offer district-run summer school
The Purdy School District plans to make a dramatic shift in its summer school program this year. This will be the first year in more than a decade that the firm now known as Catapult, previously known as Edison Learning and Newton Learning, has not run the district's summer school...
Eagle Rock man faces 3 felony charges for assault
An Eagle Rock man has been charged with three felonies in connection with an alleged domestic assault involving a High Point 9mm pistol. On Friday, David Goodson, 47, was arraigned in Barry County Circuit Court, and he pleaded not guilty to first-degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon and false imprisonment...
Wheaton prom-goers cut a rug at Roaring River Saturday
Wheaton High School held prom on Saturday.
Exeter to upgrade billing program
The city of Exeter will soon upgrade its billing program on the city hall computer, as officials say the nearly 20-year-old program is too outdated to allow support services to perform certain functions. Myrna Eisenbraun, city clerk, said Advanced Computer Systems, will perform the upgrade off-site for a total cost of $3,200, which will be paid over six months at a cost of $520 per month with no interest...
Wheaton FFA places 1st in soils, poultry competitions
Wheaton's FFA club placed No. 1 in the soils and poultry team competitions at the 46th annual Crowder College Aggie Day on Thursday. "We evaluated the soil and the layout of the land, and we determined if it would be good for building a basement, having a dwelling there -- whether it's going to be hazardous for cropping or if you can put a pond there," said Kim Day, Wheaton FFA vice president, who placed first out of 151 in the soils individual competition. ...
Cassville competes in Aggie Day
Cassville FFA club placed No. 9 out of 39 teams in the entomology competition at the 46th annual Crowder College Aggie Day on Thursday. The team had four members. The best individual performance for Cassville was Will Edmondson, who placed 13th out of 153...
Exeter students show 'Cupid Shuffle' at prom
Exeter High School students dance the "Cupid Shuffle" at prom Saturday.
Cassville High School inducts Honor Society members
The 2015 National Honor Society inductees stand up during the April 8 ceremony in the Cassville High School gym.
Cassville 1st-graders perform musical about bugs
Cassville first-graders puts on a musical called "They're Just Bugs" in the FEMA Event Center on Thursday.
Cassville Middle School hosts D.A.R.E graduation
Cassville Middle School graduated 137 students Friday within the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
Area 4-H benefit raises $1,960 for scholarships
The 4-H benefit dinner on the Crowder College Cassville Campus raised $1,960 for scholarships.
Chamber hosts home show
The 28th annual Shell Knob Home, Business and Sports Show completed its two-day event on Saturday in the Shell Knob School.
2,700 to get USDA disaster assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014...
The Southwest Agriculture Department will be hosting a concealed carry course on May 2 beginning at 8 a.m. Class will be held at the Southwest Agriculture Department, with live rounds off campus. Price will be up to $100, as it is based on the number of people that sign up, and will have to be paid before the class. ...
2 injured in Hwy. 76 wreck
An Ozark man was airlifted from the scene of a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 76 Tuesday, five miles south of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Travis Arnold, 42, of Ozark, was driving a 2005 Mack Truck northbound on Highway 76 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned into a fence...
Cassville man injured in bike wreck
A Cassville man suffered minor injuries Thursday night in a wreck on Highway 248, one mile east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Braxton Franklin, 25, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 Suzuki G60 motorcycle eastbound on Highway 248 at about 9 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Challengers take Cassville City Council seats
Half of the Cassville City Council will be replaced next month, as both challengers have beaten both incumbents in the Tuesday municipal election. In the north ward, challenger Jon Horner earned 63 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Ann Hennigan (166 votes to 96). In the south ward, challenger Cindy Carr garnered 68 percent of the vote to oust incumbent Jan Anthony (125 votes to 59)...
Bowen edges Hermansen for school board
Both incumbents on the Cassville School Board retained their positions Tuesday, even though only eight votes separated the No. 2 and No. 3 vote-getters. Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed 2,361 total votes. John Sullivan led at the polls, garnering 29.14 percent (688 votes) and Carolyn Bowen came in second with 27.4 percent (647 votes)...
Ambulance district tax passes, 66-34
A half-percent tax proposal from the South Barry County Ambulance District was approved at the polls on Tuesday by a margin of 66-34. According to unofficial results from the Barry County Clerk's office, there were 13 precincts reporting with 2,058 total votes, including 1,354 votes in favor of the measure and 704 against it...
Seligman man going to trial
A Seligman man accused of second-degree murder will see his case go to a jury trial later this year. Brian Sharp, 32, of Seligman, is facing charges of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and driving with a revoked or suspended license, second or subsequent offense...
Court issues warrant for meth suspect
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Bella Vista, Ark., man -- one of five suspects accused of manufacturing meth in Washburn -- because he failed to appear at a disposition hearing. Jeremiah Brown, 31, posted a $25,000 surety bond in mid-March. After missing his disposition hearing with Judge Robert Foulke, a warrant was issued and Brown has a bond forfeiture hearing April 28...
Cassville enters into agreement with MoDOT
The city of Cassville has entered into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) concerning a sidewalk project on Main Street. The project, in its infancy stages, would bring the sidewalks under MoDOT control to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project has been split up into two sections, from 7th Street to 10th Street, and from 10th Street to 17th Street...
Golden man gets 5 years in prison
A Golden man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class B felony. Jerry Beck, 41, of Golden, pleaded guilty in March and will be given credit for time served in jail while awaiting the outcome of the case...
Crowder Cassville enrollment down by 78
The Crowder College Cassville Campus enrollment decreased from 465 students in Spring 2014 to 387 students this spring semester while total credit hours dropped by 694 over the same period. In the fall semester, the Cassville campus also saw a decline of students from 467 in fall 2013 to 397 during spring 2014. These numbers are based on students who were enrolled for at least three credit hours...
Man pleads guilty for meth
A Cassville man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. James Yoshimoto, 26, of Cassville, pleaded guilty to the charge in March, and he will receive credit for all jail time while awaiting the result of the case...
Lions Clubs help local man
A Barry County man, who has been legally blind since childbirth, is seeking assistance to improve his vision with prosthetic iris procedures, which is still in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) trial phase. "I don't know if [Price Vision Group in Indianapolis] is going to work miracles, but when you are in a position that I'm in, any help is better than none," said Tobby Harmsworth, 37, who lives between Jenkins and McDowell. ...
Sigma Epsilon responds to local needs in community
The Sigma Epsilon sorority has been in the community for more than 20 years, said Megan Cox, co-president. The area sorority used to be one of two local chapters in Beta Sigma Phi International, a national non-academic sorority. "Our club broke away from the national organization, so that we could spend our dues on local needs and projects," Cox said. ...
Spring nestles into the Ozarks
Spring has nestled its way into the Ozarks this year, exemplified by this Robin taking refuge in a tree in Cassville.
Ministerial Alliance holds Good Friday service
Donnie Spears, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in Cassville, preached to 200 people during a Good Friday service.
Local 4th-grader wins Democrat Easter Egg Hunt
Annie Moore, fourth-grader at Cassville Intermediate School, displays two baskets of goodies Friday after winning the Cassville Democrat's Easter Egg Hunt.
The Barry County Commission is replacing a box culvert on Farm Road 1135 between Farm Road 2175 and 2180, beginning today (Wednesday). The road will be closed to through traffic for approximately 30 days. The Southwest school district will host pre-K and kindergarten registration/screening throughout the week of April 27. ...
Catholic church sponsors room at Senior Center
Holy Family Catholic Church is the latest to sponsor a room in the new addition to Central Crossing Senior Center.
Barry County election results
Barry County election results are now final.
Washburn Fire District is still pending McDonald County results.
House, barn, boat damaged in Thursday tornado
A house, a barn, a pontoon boat and numerous trees suffered the brunt of a Thursday night storm beginning in McDonald County and subsiding near Seligman. According to a National Weather Service report, An EF-1 tornado formed at 11:25 p.m., 12 miles southeast of Pineville. It traveled for 15 minutes on a 12.6-mile path with a maximum width of 100 yards, subsiding one mile east of Seligman...
Nixa man injured in Golden wreck
A Nixa man suffered serious injuries early Friday morning after a wreck on Highway 86, two miles west of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Darin Reed, 19, of Nixa, was driving a 1989 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on Highway 86 at about 4:58 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned and ejected the driver...
Cassville pair injured in Pierce City wreck
Two Cassville women were injured Thursday morning in a wreck on Highway 97, two miles south of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jamey Heatherly, 20, of Cassville, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Vibe northbound on Highway 97 at about 8:45 a.m. when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert and a road sign...
Missouri receives F in welfare reform report
Missouri received an F in the 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card through The Heartland Institute, a national non-profit think tank that focuses on state legislation in all 50 states. On Thursday, State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, State Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country, and Logan Pike, government relations manager for the Chicago-based Heartland Institute and co-author of the report, released the findings...
Stella man convicted in sex case dies in prison
A Stella man sentenced to federal prison for transporting a minor for illicit sex has died of an apparent suicide in West Virginia. Tong Yang, 46, died on March 23 in Hazelton, W.V. Funeral services are pending at McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton. Yang pleaded guilty on May 1, 2014 in Western District County in Springfield to transporting a minor across state lines for illicit sex on Dec. ...
MAKO promotes area fly fishing
Fly fishing club is accepting new members A regional fly fishing club is accepting area members to immerse themselves into the sport while making new friends. Since 1988, MAKO -- which stands for Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma -- has introduced people to fly fishing, said David Moss, founding member and club historian. MAKO comes to Kids Fishing Day every May and August at Roaring River State Park...
Cassville Rotary presents 'Don't Meth With Us' program
The Cassville Rotary Club informed area fifth-graders about the dangers of methamphetamine through its second annual Don't Meth With Us program. The club recently presented the program to 71 fifth-graders at the Southwest Middle School and 133 fifth-graders at Cassville Intermediate School...
Crimes, citations rise by 136 percent at Roaring River
Incident reports at Roaring River State Park jumped by 136.7 percent between 2013 and 2014. In March 2014, the Missouri State Park Rangers hired Steve Jabben as a full-time ranger at Roaring River State Park, said Steph Deidrick, division information officer for Missouri State Parks...
Butterfield man faces sodomy, endangerment charges
A Butterfield man, accused of statutory sodomy with a girl under 12 in 2012, was arraigned in Barry County Circuit Court last week. The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged Alfredo Herrera, 31, with first-degree statutory sodomy, an unclassified felony that carries at least 10 years in prison and lifetime supervision; and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony that carries a maximum of seven years in prison and a fine of $5,000...
DNR denies $29,500 grant for Seligman water study
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources denied Seligman's $29,500 grant application toward a citywide water system analysis by Olsson Associates. "[DNR] just said there were insufficient funds in the state revolving fund," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "So, it just ran out of money. I'm sure we weren't high on the list."...
Jenkins Fire Department raises $1,139
The Jenkins Rural Fire Department raised $1,139 Saturday evening for new equipment and firefighting gear, said Sandy Rainwater, treasurer of the Jenkins Fire Protection District. "We did it to build community support," Rainwater said. Donations from the chili meal, raffles, T-shirt sales and a pie auction raised the proceeds, she said...
7-year-old hit on bicycle in Monett
A 7-year-old Cassville boy was hit by a vehicle Sunday while riding his bicycle near Highway 60 in Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Rivera, 24, of Ozark, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Highway 60 at about 12:10 p.m. when he pulled into the path of a Mongoose bicycle, being ridden by Drake Anderson, 7, of Cassville, after Anderson allegedly did not stop at a stop sign...
Jeep overturns on Highway 90
A Washburn man was inured Monday morning after his jeep overturned on Highway 90, four miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Trey Treadwell, 23, of Washburn, was driving a 2014 Jeep eastbound on Highway 90 at about 7:40 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned...
Eagle Rock hosts egg hunt
The Easter Bunny interacts with Dakota Randolph, left center, 5, of Berryville, Ark., in Eagle Rock Saturday.
Sales tax explained
Ken Cieslinski, second from left, South Barry County Ambulance District board chairman, answers a question about the proposed half-percent sales tax from one of six people in the audience at a March 23 public meeting in the Cassville Branch Library...
Crowder raises $2,315 for Cassville scholarships
Mindi Artherton, center, director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, grabs a chicken salad phyllo at the inaugural Tour de Cass fundraiser Friday for the Crowder College Cassville Campus.
Democrat publisher speaks
Jacob Brower, publisher of the Cassville Democrat, speaks to the Cassville Rotary Club about the Cassville Democrat Plus+ program, which will allow advertisers to get their messages out to Barry County residents online using geotargeting.
Castetter honored after killer executed
"Deputy Sheriff No. 52 was a man who loved the simple things in life ... biscuits and gravy, the countryside, Elvis and John Wayne. He wore his badge proudly as he protected and served the people. He should never be forgotten by the people whose lives he touched. May his memory always be kept alive. I'll love you forever, your wife."...
Ambulance District sales tax estimates evolving
The South Barry County Ambulance District board of directors has proposed a half-percent sales tax to completely replace its property tax, and estimates as to the revenue the tax would garner have been evolving. Ken Cieslinski, district board chairman, said the board began to form its sales tax proposal long before 2014 figures were available, so the board has been forced to use 2013 figures to estimate projected revenues...
2 high-level Cassville school positions open
The Cassville school district has opened searches for two high-level positions at the district -- athletic director and middle school principal. According to Superintendent Richard Asbill, Athletic Director Ben Abramovitz has taken a paid leave of absence and tendered his resignation from the position, effective June 30...
Southwest preschoolers now in new building
Southwest School District's new 1,296-square-foot preschool building opened last week. The district started another preschool program on Dec. 15. Classes were initially held at Southwest Elementary before moving into the modular building on March 16. The current enrollment is 23 students spread across the morning and afternoon sessions...
Crime stats fluctuate throughout Barry County
In 2014, Exeter and Seligman crime reports were inconclusive because each police department provided about six months of data instead of the entire year. Morgan Struble, who became the Exeter police chief in July 2014, said his department had 101 calls since his tenure began, and 151 calls in 2013. However, he was unable to gather any crime data from Barry County Emergency Services E-911 to fill in the gaps between January and June 2014...
Cassville School Board candidates explain platforms
Cassville School Board candidates defined their goals and expectations at Thursday's Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Ballot Issues Luncheon. Incumbents Carolyn Bowen and John Sullivan, and challengers Wade Hermansen and Dale Phelps, are vying for two, three-year openings. Voters who live in the Cassville school district will decide the outcome during the April 7 election...
Purdy school administrators to return
Administrators at the Purdy school district have been rehired for another year of service. School board members voted to extend contracts for another year to Elementary and Middle School Principal Janet Boys, High School Principal Bob Vice and Instructional and Professional Development Coach Mindi Gates. Salaries will be determined when board members prepare the budget for the 2015-2016 school year...
Rockaway Beach man faces felony charge
A Rockaway Beach man, who was arrested in Greene County in mid-March, faces a charge in Barry County of felony sexual misconduct, involving a girl under 14, by indecent exposure. Harry S. Wilson, 31, was booked in the Barry County Jail on March 16. On March 17, Wilson was arraigned at the Barry County Judicial Center. He has a disposition hearing at 8:30 a.m. April 9 before Judge Robert Foulke...
Purdy school district streamlines year-end calendar
With winter weather apparently at an end, dates for year-end activities and a calendar for the 2015-2016 school year have been adopted by the Purdy school district. School will be held on April 6, April 13, May 20, May 21 and a half-day on May 22 to make up for weather that took place during the winter. Graduation has been set for May 9...
Direct primary care clinic to open in Cassville
A direct primary care clinic is set to open in Cassville on June 1, as Dr. Lisa Roark, MD, of Cassville, is hoping to offer residents options when it comes to healthcare. A 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School, Roark said the new clinic, Roark Family Health LLC, will offer many services at a low cost and without sending claims to patients' health insurance providers...
Silver Leaf empowers area women
The Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville, which is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), was founded on Oct. 11, 1908, and more than a century later is still highly-involved in the local community. "We try to empower women do things instead of just sitting back and talking about it," said Sherry Johnson, Silver Leaf president since May 2014. "[GFWC] is the oldest international club in the world."...
Silver Leaf chooses 2 sophomores for pilgrimage
The Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville has announced its two area students for the annual General Federation of Women's Clubs Sophomore Pilgrimage to Jefferson City. Sophomores Olivia Padilla and Dalton Horn will represent Cassville and Exeter High Schools, respectively, at the April 14 event...
3 injured in early-morning wreck
Two New Jersey residents and one New York resident were injured Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 248, six miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Dillon Lynn, 25, of Canandaigua, N.J., was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Box Truck westbound on Highway 248 at about 5:15 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Lego Club celebrates
Jackson Ray, center right, 8, of Cassville, shows off his Lego display Saturday in the Eagle Rock Community Center.
Casas pleads guilty to 2 counts involving child porn
Matthew Casas, 26, of Cassville, pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography, a class C felony, and possessing child pornography with an intent to distribute, a class C felony. The plea agreement means the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri dismissed one of the three counts against him, a class B felony charge of sexual exploitation of children...
Westco awaiting approval for damage estimate
Westco Home Furnishings in Cassville is waiting for State Farm Insurance to approve damage estimates after a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood crashed through the store's front window Thursday. Mark Whittemire, Westco store manager, would not release the estimate figures, but he said once State Farm approves the estimate, then Lowe's Glass and Mirror in Cassville can replace the window...
Fleeing assault suspect arrested
The Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a felony assault suspect who was trying to flee to Branson Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Jeffery Crumpler, 38, of Cassville, was found hiding in the back of a pickup truck around Eagle Rock, said Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff...
Exeter man faces 3 felonies
The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged an Exeter man with possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of two children. Roddy England, 38, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, class C felonies...
Aurora suspects face burglary charges
The Barry County Prosecuting Office has charged a man and a woman from Aurora with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection to the March 5 burglary of a Purdy residence. Melissa Holmes, 32, and Darryl Lands, 34, are each facing charges of second-degree burglary, class C felonies, stealing, class C felonies, and second-degree property damage, a class B misdemeanor...
Purdy schools commit new funds to technology program
The Purdy school district has committed funds as pledged to the acquisition and support of more technology for education. Anna Marie Erwin, school board secretary, reported the district has received the bulk of its property tax income for the 2015 cycle. Higher receipts have gone into a new fund to support the district's technology initiative, which began this year...
Exeter police chief teaches area officers about TASER
EXETER -- Exeter Police Chief Morgan Struble, who qualified as a TASER instructor in December, recently trained his first group of law enforcement officers. On Feb. 6, he re-certified Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, and Joseph Arnold, a Seligman police officer. He also certified Seligman officers Aaron Kyser and Fernando Ortega...
Soroptimists help area women, children
Soroptimist International of Barry County, which is an organization for business and professional women, has helped area women and children for more than 20 years. "Soroptimist means friendship, camaraderie and the joy of giving back and being part of the community," said President Leslie Smith...
Seligman fires main sewer operator
The city of Seligman has fired Tony Amos, former main sewer operator, as an ongoing investigation looks into whether he allegedly did not log records. "We haven't heard anything from [the Department of Natural Resources] yet," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "I don't know exactly what is going to happen there."...
Cassville man injured in Purdy wreck
A Cassville man suffered minor injuries Thursday night in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 37, one mile north of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Todd Recio, 34, of Cassville, was driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan southbound on Highway 37 at about 8:05 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a barbed-wire fence...
Shell Knob woman, 6 dogs involved Highway BB wreck
A Shell Knob woman was hurt in a single-vehicle wreck shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday on Highway BB, south of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Diane Larson, 67, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2001 Toyota RAV 4 east from Highway 37 on Highway BB when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned in a ditch, facing west...
Security Bank adds Dalton to board of directors
Danny Dalton recently joined the Security Bank of Southwest Missouri board of directors. "We are excited about the addition of Danny to our bank board," said Jon Horner, bank president. "As a native Barry Countian, he understands the communities we serve. Additionally, as a farmer, Danny appreciates the contributions that agriculture makes to the economy in Barry County."...
County jail bookings jump by 150 since 2012
The Barry County Jail inmate population increased by 8.39 percent over the previous two years, according to jail documents. The jail booked 1,963 people in 2014, 1,908 people in 2013 and 1,811 people in 2012. "The numbers do go up and down," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff. "The numbers go up until we have a law day, then we get a lot that are sentenced...