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Friday, Apr. 18, 2014
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 I keep up with work issues only.
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County sees 15 percent voter turnout on April 8 (04/16/14)
Voter turnout for the Municipal Elections on April 8 was about average for an April election, according to Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood. In the 18 Barry County precincts, a total of 15.17 percent cast ballots, which accounted for 2,924 of the county's 19,281 registered voters...
Exeter defaults on DNR agreement (04/16/14)
Officials in the city of Exeter voted to default on the bypass elimination agreement made with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, meaning the state body will decide if wastewater rates need to go up. Because of old piping systems and manholes, Exeter's wastewater plant has too much rainstorm runoff water passing through its system, and by a DNR mandate, must stop the diversion of wastewater from any portion of its facility into waters of the state...
Write-in votes tallied for open positions (04/16/14)
Several potential winners have emerged from counting write-in ballots in Barry County from Tuesday's election. Clerk Gary Youngblood said the willingness of candidates to serve may ultimately determine who claims several seats where no candidates filed...
Lovers' quarrel leads to arrest of former co-owner of Cassville business (04/16/14)
A lovers' quarrel led to the arrest of a former co-owner of a Cassville business and his wife in Pea Ride, Ark., on Thursday. Tyler Roberts, 21, of Pea Ridge, Ark., former co-owner of Ozark Security Solutions, was arrested by the Pea Ridge Police Department and booked into the Benton County Jail at 10:21 p.m. Thursday. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class D felony...
Children snag eggs at Red Rose Health and Rehab (04/16/14)
Red Rose Health and Rehab hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning.
Exeter denies bar request (04/16/14)
Residents of the city of Exeter made their voices heard over the past month, as the city's aldermen refused to amend an ordinance to allow a bar inside the city's limits. The city council voted unanimously on April 9 to leave the ordinance written as-is...
City of Cassville to upgrade technology (04/16/14)
The city of Cassville will soon upgrade its computers, monitors, printers and server, as the city has agreed to a new lease with MDC Technology. The city's current lease expires on July 18, and to avoid a three-month lease extension, the city had to either sign a new lease or buy out the equipment...
Cassville teachers hit the books (04/16/14)
In the Cassville R-4 School District, it's not just the students who are learning each day. According to Superintendent Richard Asbill, about 80 percent of the district's teachers are pursuing a masters, a second masters or a specialist degree, and many of them are taking classes for those degrees on-site...
Exeter School Board members look forward (04/16/14)
Reelected incumbents to the Exeter School Board are setting their goals for their next three years on the school board. Gary Stringer, Kerry Mattingly and Larry Meyer were each reelected on April 8 and are happy to be back in their seats on the board...
New board member headed to Southwest R-5 (04/16/14)
The Southwest R-5 School Board will have a slightly different makeup soon, as challenger Ruthie Henderson will assume Jeremy Bernard's position on April 17. Henderson, a first-time candidate for the board, garnered the most votes in the April 8 election with 225 (23 percent). Bernard, who was seeking his third term on the board, received 171 votes (18 percent), which was only eight votes shy of tying with Jerry Rose, who finished in third place with 179 votes (19 percent)...
Pair of newcomers to join Wheaton School Board (04/16/14)
A pair of newcomers, Tony Ball and Joseph Brattin, will soon take their seats on the Wheaton School Board. Ball, a pastor at Ridgeley Baptist Church, took third place in the recent school board election with 20 percent (80 votes), Brattin took second with 26 percent (104 votes), and incumbent Lewis Royer, entering his fourth term on the board was first with 27 percent (110 votes)...
Cassville Senior Center seeks donations (04/16/14)
The Cassville Senior Center is working to resurface its parking lot, and the center is looking for donations to fund the project. Ron Black, president of the Cassville Senior Center Board, said the center received a bid from Hutchens Construction of Cassville for $21,200, and the center is hoping to complete the project as soon as possible...
113 cars roll in to 1st Cruise-In (04/16/14)
The first Cruise-In of the year was held on Saturday, and 113 people brought their cars to the Barry County Museum for the event. The club hosts the event on the second Saturday of every month from April to October, from 5 p.m. until dusk. "Everyone brings their cars out for a good time," said Keith Rathbun, vice president of Cassville Cruisers Car Club. "If you are proud of your ride bring it out, no matter what it is."...
Local churches to host Good Friday service (04/16/14)
Each year, pastors of Cassville Ministerial Alliance band together for a Community Good Friday service, and this year's will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18 at First Baptist Church. Danny Huepel, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, said the Good Friday service is a good way for area churches to get together for worship...
Exeter prom brings smiles to seniors (04/16/14)
Exeter High School hosted its prom on Saturday night.
Wheaton HS hosts prom (04/16/14)
Wheaton High School hosted its prom on Saturday night.
Shell Knob Home and Business Show draws crowd (04/16/14)
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce hosted the 27th annual Home and Business Show on Friday and Saturday.
3 women graduate from Drug Court (04/16/14)
Three women graduated from Barry County's Drug Court program on Thursday.
Abundant Blessings Tea raises $3,200 for Drug Court (04/16/14)
The Abundant Blessings Tea held on April 5 raised $3,200 for Barry County's Drug Court program.
News Briefs (04/16/14)
Benefit concert to help local family A benefit concert is scheduled for April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Community Faith Chapel Church, located at 13372 Highway 248, for the Wyatt and Mandy Clevenger family. The family's home was destroyed by fire on March 27. ...
CHS Choirs win medals at District Solo and Small Ensemble Competition (04/16/14)
The Cassville High School choirs recently attended the District Solo and Small Ensemble Competition, with 15 students receiving 1-ratings and advancing to the State Competition in Columbia during the first week of May. Soloists advancing to the State Competition include: Audra Shumaker, Mikala Deffenbaugh, Brooke Cornell and Levi Pollreisz...
CHS Band, Winter Guard compete in Springfield, Joplin (04/16/14)
The Cassville High School Band recently competed in a number of festivals, including the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association Winter Championships, held in Springfield, and the Missouri State High School Activities Association District Music Festival, held in Joplin at Missouri Southern State University...
CHS FCCLA members attend State Leadership Conference (04/16/14)
Students from Cassville Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club recently attended the annual Missouri FCCLA State Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The delegates from across the state represented more than 11,500 members of Missouri FCCLA...
Local students attend Youth Leadership Day (04/16/14)
Area high school FFA students from Cassville, Monett, Southwest and Wheaton attended Youth Leadership Day this month in Jefferson City.
Cassville Intermediate releases honor roll (04/16/14)
The Cassville Intermediate School recently released its third-quarter honor roll. Students who made the honor roll include the following. Fifth grade, all As: Zachary Acheson, Jordan Anderson, Zayne Bouchard, Jayden Bowman, Zachary Coenen, Brett Cooper, Brina Daniels, Sebastian Hernandez, Olivia Holman, Joshua Holz, Taylor Lamia-Beck, Cameron Lewis, Kelsey Liley, Lakein Madison, Robert Massey, Zane Mebruer, Cole O'Neill, Robert Preddy, Jaiden Reibert, Kegan Robinson, Camron Sloan, Jordyn Stafford, MaKenna Waggoner, Carson Whittemire, Brylee Wilson and Chantly Yarnall.. ...