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This Week's Headlines
Minor run over by vehicle in Wheaton (09/01/14)
A 17-year-old girl was transported by air to Cox South Hospital in Springfield Saturday after being run over by a vehicle near Wheaton. Zackary Kimbrough, 18, of Wheaton, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina on private property off Route T, five miles north of Wheaton, when a pedestrian, Raven Mullin, 17, of Wheaton, jumped into the window of the vehicle. The vehicle then began backing, and Mullin fell from the window and was run over...
Disruption prompts statement from Cassville Schools (08/27/14)
According to a release from Cassville School District Superintendent Richard Asbill, a disruption occurred at one of the district's building offices Wednesday morning. Asbill said in a letter the disruption was handled and the person or persons involved left the building. He said there were reports the school went into lock-down, but he said that was not the case and all students were safe...
Seligman businesses favor new Walmart (08/27/14)
Seligman's businesses and its leaders are reacting favorably to a Walmart Express coming into town. "We are all ecstatic about it," said Joanie Hornback, the morning manager at Ruby's. "We're happy that the community is thriving. It's going to be a good thing for Seligman."...
Sheriff's Office part of weapons program (08/27/14)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office in upcoming weeks will receive 15 more AR-15 rifles from a program garnering national attention after protests in Ferguson led to riots. After Darren Wilson, Ferguson police officer, shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, many Ferguson-area residents poured out into the street to protest...
Assessed valuations for year increase for area schools (08/27/14)
The assessed valuation for each school district increased this year to allow for more property tax revenue in the districts' incidental and debt service funds. Each district determines its tax rate by dividing the amount of revenue needed by the current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100. The tax rate is expressed in cents per $100...
Cassville bond projects are wrapping up (08/27/14)
The Cassville School District passed a $4 million bond resolution in April, and 90 percent of the work associated with the issue has now been completed. Dusty Reed, director of facilities and operations for the Cassville School District, said the only projects remaining include: ground source work in the middle school, the sidewalk from the Rock Gym to the intermediate school, middle school bleachers, high school gym and Rock Gym air conditioning units and adding a security fence at the middle school.. ...
Locals keep cool during ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge' (08/27/14)
Staff and residents at Red Rose Health and Rehab in Cassville took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" Friday, supporting efforts to fight the degenerative neuro-muscular disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Challenge has prompted many celebrities and individuals to either donate $100 or dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and donate $10. ...
Reeds Spring man faces 4 felonies (08/27/14)
A 60-year-old man Reeds Spring man is facing four felony charges after allegedly burglarizing a home on Kings Cross Lane in Golden. Lewis Coker, 60, of Reeds Spring, is facing charges of first-degree burglary, a class B felony; stealing, a class C felony; and two counts of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, class C felonies. ...
Roaring River hires assistant park manager (08/27/14)
Roaring River State Park recently promoted one of its employees to assistant park manager. Cheyne Matzenbacher, 32, previously worked as an interpretive specialist at the park before he was hired to the new position. "I am excited about the new opportunity, and I feel like I am getting a chance to make a difference for the park and the community," he said. "The position will bring some new challenges, but that is expected with any new job."...
Dirt stirred up in Seligman water lines (08/27/14)
The city of Seligman over the past was recently forced to flush its water lines after construction workers at the site of the new Walmart jarred the lines, knocking loose sediment and making the water dirty. Brian Nichols, city clerk for Seligman, said crews working at the Walmart site had been using a fire hydrant with a 4-inch line to draw water out to compact the site's foundation...
Supreme Court rejects death penalty appeal (08/27/14)
The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Christopher Collings, upholding a death penalty conviction in the 2007 rape and murder of a 9-year-old Stella Girl. Collings, 39, was convicted for the crimes against Rowan Ford, and he appealed his death penalty sentence on the grounds that confessing to a police officer he knew, photographs of Rowan shown in court and some physical evidence was not relevant to the case...
Purdy schools see adjustments with new schedule, building improvements (08/27/14)
School opened with a few wrinkles at the Purdy School District. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the first late-start Mondays and changing the lunch schedule offered the two biggest changes. The school day now starts at 8:15 a.m., 15 minutes earlier, and lets out at 3:15 p.m., five minutes later than before. ...
Purdy sees 2nd wreck in week's time (08/27/14)
For the second time in less than a week, three cars were involved in a wreck on Highway 37 in Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mynor Lopez, 30, of Purdy, in a 1996 Honda Accord, and Michelle Scrivner, 21, of Mount Vernon, in a 2010 KIA Sportage SUV, were driving northbound on Highway 37...
Springfield woman injured in rollover (08/27/14)
A Springfield woman was injured in a wreck on Highway 248 early Saturday morning, 10 miles east of Cassville. Allison Stuart, 31, of Springfield, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and burned. Stuart was subsequently arrested for driving while under the influence...
Purdy school construction nears completion (08/27/14)
ABOVE: Following their August meeting, members of the Purdy school board viewed the completed hallway with satisfaction. The final phase of the project involves installation of decorative metal panels on the gym entrance exterior and interior vestibule. ...
Legislators talk politics (08/27/14)
Legislators representing Barry County were on hand last week at the CenturyLink Eggs and Issues Breakfast, held at the Barry County Museum. Topics discussed included: The upcoming veto session in September, the state budget and the announced closure of the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mount Vernon. ...
The Hoppers bring gospel voices to Cassville (08/27/14)
The Hoppers sing gospel music Saturday evening in the Crowder College Cassville Campus community building. Pictured, from left, are: Kim Hopper, Dean Hopper, Karlye Hopper, Connie Hopper, Claude Hopper and Mike Hopper (not pictured), who travel across the U.S. and the world playing gospel music. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
MoDOT resurfaces part of Main Street in Cassville (08/27/14)
On Aug. 20, Missouri Department of Transportation workers repaved Main Street between East Ninth and 11th streets in Cassville. They guided traffic onto one lane while the crews made the repairs. Jason Johnston cassville-democrat.com
Seligman hosts dance (08/27/14)
Neal Stanley, the vice president of Seligman Chamber of Commerce, leads a train dance Thursday evening in Seligman while Classic Country sings "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Hillbilly Golf Tournament draws 80 golfers (08/27/14)
A total of 80 golfers took part in the Hillbilly Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce. Contributed photo
News Briefs (08/27/14)
Lance Parnell, Cassville head football coach, is excited for Cassville to host its first Cassville Football Alumni Night, which will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. Check-in will be at the north end zone from 5:45-6:15 p.m., and alumni may watch the game from the north end zone, complete with food and drinks. At about 6:35, alumni will be recognized on the field...
Dirt stirred up in Seligman water lines (08/22/14)
The city of Seligman over the past two days has been flushing its water lines after construction works at the sit of the new Walmart jarred the lines, knocking loose sediment and making the water dirty. Brian Nichols, city clerk for Seligman, said crews working at the Walmart site have been using a fire hydrant with a 4-inch line to draw water out to compact the site's foundation...
Charges filed in Golden home invasion (08/20/14)
A 60-year-old man Reeds Spring man has been officially charged after being arrested Tuesday for allegedly invading a home on Kings Cross Lane in Golden. Lewis Coker, 60, of Reeds Spring, is facing charges of first-degree burglary, a class B felony; stealing, a class C felony; and two counts of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, class C felonies. ...
City mulls water pipe project (08/20/14)
The city of Cassville is mulling a water line project that would replace half of the city's 43 miles of water pipes, with the goal of eliminating water losses the city has experienced. Steve Walensky, public works director for the city of Cassville, said some of the city's piping is more than 80 years old, which is well past its intended life span and is causing the city to hover around 30 percent water loss...
Local schools' enrollments rise, fall (08/20/14)
Area school administrators closely monitored enrollment as K--12 students returned from their summer break. The Cassville School District had 1,861 students on Friday, an increase of 40 students over the previous year. Cassville High School had 597 students, Cassville Middle School had 427 students, Cassville Intermediate had 392 students and Eunice Thomas Elementary had 445 students...
Exeter city, schools at odds over city park (08/20/14)
The city of Exeter and the Exeter School District are at odds over the district's request to create more parking by using a portion of the city park. Brad Porter, member of the Exeter School Board, addressed the city recently and asked for it to donate to the district the western-most portion of the park, from where the district's bus barn is located to the elementary school parking lot, so it could be used for more parking...
970 young anglers attend Kids' Fishing Day (08/20/14)
Caden Moran, 7, of Rogers, Ark., smiles as he holds up his catch at Roaring River State Park's Kids' Fishing Day Saturday. According to Paul Spurgeon, manager of the Roaring River Trout Hatchery, a total of 970 children cast their lines at the last Kids' Fishing Day of the year. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
More than chicken served up at Wheaton Barbecue (08/20/14)
A full day of activities are planned for the 56th annual Wheaton Barbecue, a benefit hosted by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 23 in the Wheaton City Park. The main attraction for the event is the half-chicken barbecue dinners with baked potatoes, baked beans and beverages for $6, or $3 for children. Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade pies and ice cream will also be available. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m...
Seligman aims to make improvements to city lagoon (08/20/14)
Seligman has to replace a 34-year-old irrigation system in a lagoon that stores the city's sewage and waste water, a project estimated to cost $60,000. "We need a more efficient way of discharging the lagoon waste water," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "It's gone through its natural cycle."...
Family remembers 'pulling' patriarch (08/20/14)
Norman Drake, of Neosho, was the president of the Spring River Pulling Association for almost 43 years, and many area truck and tractor pullers, sled operators and spectators respected him. After Drake died on Jan. 15, his family has decided to stay on for one more year before letting others lead the association forward...
Local officers learn how to spot sovereign citizens (08/20/14)
The Cassville Police Department and the municipal court invited a former West Memphis, Ark., police chief to train area law enforcement about sovereign citizens, who have made their presence known in Barry County. "[Sovereign cItizens] are more dangerous, more of a threat to us than international terrorists," said Bob Paudert, a retired police chief. "They are in our own backyard."...
Former Southwest teacher now at St. Lawrence Catholic School (08/20/14)
Cassville native Vicki Irsik is excited to start her new job as principal at St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett. "This place is home," Irsik said. "I've been here since the first of July. I can say the Lord's here, the kids are good and the teachers are phenomenal."...
Firefighters to Fill the Boot for muscular dystrophy (08/20/14)
The Exeter and Wheaton Fire Departments will soon be filling their boots with more than just feet. The departments are gearing up for the Fill the Boot fundraiser, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jerry Bear, executive director of the MDA, said firefighters across the nation have been a big help to the association...
Shell Knob's Kornerstone plans 5K (08/20/14)
Kornerstone Inc. will be hosting a 5K Walk/Run in September in Cassville, with the proceeds from the event benefitting teen moms in Barry County through the Kornerstone Teen Moms program. Kornerstone Director Marlene Whitham says the 5K is a good, healthy way to get the community involved...
3 cars pile up on Hwy. 37 in Purdy (08/20/14)
A three-car pile up on Highway 37 in Purdy on Thursday led to an Eagle Rock woman being treated for moderate injuries. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ashton Young, 16, of Monett, was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang when her vehicle entered the path of a 2004 Buick LeSabre, being driven by Dawna Headgepath, 48, of Eagle Rock. The impact caused Young's vehicle to impact a stopped 2012 Chevrolet Impala, being driven by Linda Killion, 47, of Wheaton...
County Road 2220 wreck leaves 2 injured (08/20/14)
A Cassville man and a Pierce City man were injured Sunday night in a wreck on County Road 2220, one mile west of Pierce City. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Kenneth Yahner, 30, of Cassville, was driving a 1994 Volvo and allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign, striking a 2003 Ford Expedition being driven by Judy Flehmer, 59, of Pierce City...
Japanese beetles arrive in large numbers (08/20/14)
Japanese beetles have been reported in large numbers across the state this year. Trap counts through Missouri indicate the beetle population will continue to climb, and should be peaking this month. The beetles are said to feed on any plant that has an appealing aroma to them, making them a threat to farmers in Barry County...
Cassville youth say goodbye to summer (08/20/14)
Assistant Principal Coy Dalton informs a group of Cassville High School students about rules for attending Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com
Library hosts Trivia Night (08/20/14)
From left, Charity and Tom Hernandez and Steve, Hannah and Tami Reid, all from Purdy, take a break during Trivia Night at the Cassville Branch Library. They were the winning team out of three teams. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Classes begin at Purdy (08/20/14)
Pictured from left, Purdy Middle School pals Anastasia Ohler, Shana Whisman and Mackenzie Fuller enjoyed breakfast together on the first day of school on Tuesday. Contributed photo
News Briefs (08/20/14)
The city of Exeter has officially hired a new police chief. Morgan Struble, 26, was hied on July 9 on a 30-day probationary period. Pleased with his work during that period, city officials made the decision last week to officially hire Struble. Struble replaced Marion Jacobson, who resigned June 14 to take a job outside of law enforcement. A full-time employee, Struble will be paid $10 per hour, an annual salary of $20,800...
Seligman man turns himself in (08/13/14)
A Seligman man turned himself in to the Barry County Sheriff's Department and is facing a charge of second-degree murder after a vehicle he was driving on Hwy. 90 on Aug. 3 crashed, resulting in the death of a passenger. Brian Sharp, 32, of Seligman, has been charged with second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and driving with a revoked or suspended license, second or subsequent offense. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond...
Seligman prepares for Walmart tax impact (08/13/14)
Since voters in Benton County, Ark., legalized liquor sales in November 2012, the city of Seligman has suffered a loss of tax dollars. Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said Seligman has lost about $40,000 in tax revenue mainly because of liquor sales, and he is hoping the new Walmart Express being built in the city will make up for some of the down revenue...
Cassville freshmen ready for next 4 years (08/13/14)
Shandi Skinkis, left, helps her daughter, incoming freshman Krista Skinkis, middle, fill out a membership form for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club at Cassille High School. Also pictured is incoming freshman Megan Richter, who was also joining FCCLA. Kyle Trouman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
Seligman residents arrested on meth charges (08/13/14)
Four people were arrested this week after a Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force sting at a home in Seligman. David Oplinger, 23, Jessie Oplinger, 26, Cody Oplinger, 24, and Shawn Short, 41, all of Seligman were arrested on multiple drug-related charges...
Last Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River set for Saturday (08/13/14)
The Missouri Department of Conservation is gearing up for the second and final Kids' Fishing Day of the year at Roaring River State Park on Saturday. Paul Spurgeon, manager of the Roaring River Trout Hatchery, which is managed by the MDC, said he expects about 900 children to attend Kids' Fishing Day, and if the weather is nice, 3,000 to 5,000 total visitors...
Unemployment numbers for local area improving (08/13/14)
By Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat Employment statistics for Barry and Lawrence counties have shown some of the best economic conditions in years for the bi-county area. Jobless numbers have run consistently under 6 percent in the second quarter of the year, reflecting some of the best numbers in the state...
Exeter School hosts active shooter training (08/13/14)
EXETER -- The Barry County Sheriff's Department coordinated two active shooter scenarios at the Exeter School District Thursday, aiming to prepare first responders and school personnel. "We've got a lot to learn on this, but we do it for training purposes in case the real thing does happen," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff. "And for my deputies, the best thing to do is to get them familiar with the layout of the schools."...
Nearly 1/3 of county voted in primary (08/13/14)
Employment statistics for Barry and Lawrence counties have shown some of the best economic conditions in years for the bi-county area. Jobless numbers have run consistently under 6 percent in the second quarter of the year, reflecting some of the best numbers in the state...
Barry County voters align with state on amendments (08/13/14)
Barry County voters were in line with statewide decisions when it comes to the five constitutional amendments on the Aug. 5 ballot. Barry County voters cast ballots in favor of Amendment 1, Amendment 5 and Amendment 9, and they voted against Amendment 7 and Amendment 8...
Barry County SWAT Team raids Seligman home (08/13/14)
A Seligman man was arrested recently after the Barry County SWAT Team raided his home. Terry Martin, 34, of Seligman, is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm, both class C felonies. Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said the SWAT team, in cooperation with the Special Response Team and Seligman Police, arrested Martin at his home...
Walensky tabbed to join organizations (08/13/14)
The city of Cassville has tabbed its public works director, Steve Walensky, for two boards in hopes of getting more attention put on the city at a statewide level. The city council approved Walensky to represent the city on two organizations: the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments and the Missouri Clean Energy District...
Crowder College celebrates 15 years in Cassville (08/13/14)
The Crowder College Cassville Campus encourages each local business member, area residents to wear the institution's "15th Anniversary" T-shirt sometime during the fall semester's first week, which begins Monday and ends Aug. 22. "In the 15 years that we've been here, we've had 1,270 students graduate from Crowder who have taken a class through our campus," said Angela Seymour, director of the campus who has supervised it since the first semester in 1999...
Safety key as students return to school (08/13/14)
By Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com The Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Cassville Police Department want drivers to be aware of their surroundings as the remaining area K--12 students go back to school today. "We want them to be aware of the speed limit during school hours around the school campus, take extra care in these areas for the safety of our students," said Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "We ask for (everyone) to have patience while driving through this area."...
Cassville Head Start accepting applications (08/13/14)
Qualified families and guardians can still enter their 3- to 4-year old children into the Cassville Head Start, located at 97 Smithson Dr., before classes begin Aug. 25. The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation -- which oversees the Head Start program in Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties -- has 14 openings in Cassville as of Monday and no openings at the Butterfield Head Start, 10402 W. First St...
Church brings crowd to Washburn at Cruisin' for Christ (08/13/14)
Tom Tabor, the People's Choice Award winner from Seligman, drives away in his 1930 Model A Coupe after Sunday's Cruisin' for Christ Car Show at the Washburn United Methodist Church. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Concert revives flavor of old-time country gathering (08/13/14)
As evening temperatures cooled and the lighting dimmed, the voices of Cody Cantwell, Gary Cook and Wyatt Clevenger blended in the air in the grove of trees next to the historic Kings Prairie school on Saturday. The vocalists of Spur of the Moment, the Monett-area bluegrass band, mixed their lyrics with fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. As the evening light faded, cicadas in the nearby trees joined in the singing...
New reporter comes to Cassville Democrat (08/13/14)
Jason Johnston began his duties Aug. 6 as the new reporter at the Cassville Democrat. Johnston said a desire to return to the Ozarks led to his decision to come to Cassville. "I came to the Democrat because I have family who lives in the Ozarks, and I thought I could make a difference in Cassville and Barry County," he said...
National Healthcare Center Week (08/13/14)
Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley shakes the hand of Terry Purdom, clinic manager at Access Family Care in Cassville, after proclaiming Aug. 10-16 as National Healthcare Center Week. Those pictured include, from left: Shiveley; Marsha Davidson, patient services representative; Rogelio Crespo, patient services representative; Teresa Arndt, LPN and team lead; and Purdom. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
News Briefs (08/13/14)
Tax sale to be held on Aug. 25 The Barry County Collector of Revenue will hold the County Tax Sale in the Barry County Courthouse at 10 a.m. on Aug. 25. Cassville looks for planning and zoning board members The city of Cassville is looking for residents to serve on the planning and zoning board, the board of adjustments or any other committee with city. ...
Boxx elected county prosecutor (08/06/14)
Monett attorney Amy Boxx was elected as Barry County prosecuting attorney Tuesday to replace Johnnie Cox, who was elected to the associate circuit judgeship. Boxx, 42, who garnered an unofficial count of 62 percent (3,216 votes), defeated Matthew Weatherman, 30, of Golden, and Steve Dunker, 50, of Cassville. Weatherman received 20 percent (1,044 votes), and Dunker received 18 percent (952 votes)...
Warren wins 6th term as commissioner (08/06/14)
Barry County Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren won a sixth consecutive term Tuesday night, defeating one of his challengers by only 141 votes. Warren, 75, of rural Exeter, won Tuesday's Republican primary with an unofficial count of 44 percent (2,360 votes). Coming in second was Eddie Davison, 65, of Shell Knob received 42 percent (2,219 votes), and in third was Terry Burgess, 31, of Seligman received 14 percent (734 votes)...
Cassville officer returns to work after shooting (08/06/14)
After an almost two-month investigation, Cpl. Donnie Privett of the Cassville Police Department has returned to work after it was ruled his use of force was justified in the June 10 incident that killed a Cassville man. Johnnie Cox, Barry County prosecutor, said the decision to not file charges was based on internal reports from the Cassville Police Department and Barry County Sheriff's Department, each of which responded to the scene; autopsy and toxicology reports; and a full investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.. ...
Sales tax receipts see July leap (08/06/14)
For the fourth time in seven months, sales tax receipts have jumped by more than 20 percent compared to the same month a year ago. July numbers registered a 21 percent spike, with every town except Seligman registering gains. The seven Barry County cities generating sales tax received $561,319.13. Comparing the same taxes collected a year ago, that represented an increase of 12 percent...
Area residents cast ballots in primary election (08/06/14)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, votes in the Republican primary election Tuesday at the Family Life Center in Cassville. Fitzpatrick has been reelected state representative for the 158th District, as he ran unopposed in the primary and is unopposed in the general election Nov. 4. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
Former Eagle Rock postmaster sentenced (08/06/14)
The former Eagle Rock postmaster has received a sentence of three years and eight months in federal prison for conspiring to rob or burglarize a convenience store in 2012. Michael Joe Stubblefield, 51, of Cassville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner in federal district court in Springfield on Thursday...
Purdy School District approves higher meal prices (08/06/14)
Meals will cost more in the Purdy R-2 School District this fall, as school board members voted to raise the fee by 25 cents per meal with the beginning of classes. "With federal requirements for food prices, we've dodged this for several years," said Steven Chancellor, Purdy superintendent. "We don't have a choice."...
BarCo courts to implement eFiling (08/06/14)
The Barry County Circuit Court is planning to implement the Missouri Electronic Filing System next month, aiming to enhance access and efficiency. The implementation is one of a growing number of changes that allows the smallest, most rural court, up to the Supreme Court accept filings from attorneys electronically...
Construction advancing rapidly at Purdy schools (08/06/14)
Construction is moving ahead rapidly at the Purdy Schools to finish renovations for the opening of school on Aug. 12. Superintendent Steven Chancellor reported completing an additional duct connection in the cafeteria would finish ceiling work. From there, crews could paint the entire expanded facility and lay floor tile under climate controlled conditions. Ceiling tiles in the kitchen have been replaced...
Nebraska company expanding in Butterfield (08/06/14)
An Omaha, Neb., company is preparing to invest $2.6 million to expand its facility in Butterfield, bringing with it four new jobs. The Scoular Company, which buys, sells, stores and transports grain, food ingredients and feed ingredients, has a facility with a 475,000 bu. storage capacity, with upright steel storage and two flat storage structures...
Cereal Leaf Beetles make homes in southern Missouri (08/06/14)
The cereal leaf beetle has been spotted on both sides of the state in southern Missouri, threatening to strip the leaves of wheat and can reduce yields. Wheat producers should scout their fields for beetles, according to Wayne Bailey, University of Missouri Extension Entomologist...
New program for seniors offered at Mercy (08/06/14)
A new program is being offered at Mercy Hospital in Cassville that aims to help seniors 65 and older who are dealing with depression and similar symptoms. Kathy Holle, a licensed practical nurse at Mercy, is also a nurse for the new program, The Senior Life Solutions program, which starts on Aug. 20 and is still accepting patients...
Barry County dragging through bad hay year (08/06/14)
Grass and hay growers saw a much-needed, late growth of forage early this month. This year has been a bad hay year with a lack of sun and dry soil slowing grass growth earlier this summer. The cool weather made it difficult for farmers to find dry days for hay baling early in the season, according to Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage agronomist...
Cassville woman injured in crash (08/06/14)
A Cassville woman was injured Sunday morning in a wreck on Hwy. 86, one mile north of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Melissa Moore, 23, of Cassville, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu when her vehicle went off the roadway, struck a sign and came to rest in the ditch...
Back-to-School Fair draws hundreds (08/06/14)
Amber Reeder, left, points to her 6-year-old son, Isaiah Reeder, as she talks to Angela Seymour about getting Isaiah ready for school. In the background is a line out the front door of the Family LIfe Center, as hundreds of people attended the Ozarks Area Community Action Center's Back-to-School fair Saturday. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...