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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
This Week's Headlines
Norman charged in sex case (10/15/14)
A Cassville man was officially charged Wednesday after being arrested on Oct. 10 for allegedly attempting to engage in sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl. Chase Trevor Norman, 23, of Cassville, was charged with with sexual exploitation of a child under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, which carries 15-30 years in prison if he is convicted...
Free, reduced meals given to 61 percent of county's students (10/15/14)
According to figures released by Barry County schools, 61 percent of the county's 6,444 students in grades K-12 receive free or reduced-price lunches. Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville School District, said the economy plays a big role in the amount of children who receive free or reduced-price meals, and the figures seen today are likely a result of the economic downturn in recent years...
Food Harvest serves 261,300 (10/15/14)
According to the 2014 Hunger in America study, Springfield-based Ozarks Food Harvest -- which covers Barry County along with 27 other counties in southwest Missouri -- serves 261,300 unduplicated individuals annually, an increase of 106,300 over the previous study in 2010...
Cassville man arrested in cyber sting (10/15/14)
A Cassville man is facing charges of attempted statutory rape in an arrest in Purdy through a sting operations worked by the Purdy Police Department, Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force. Charles Trevor Norman, 23, of Cassville, was arrested on Oct. 10. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond...
County Clerk: Missouri does not need early voting (10/15/14)
Fitzpatrick, Youngblood oppose Amendment 6 Amendment 6, which is based on House Joint Resolution 90, wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow early voting on six business days before each election. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk. "The current voting system works fine. If you cannot make it to the polls, why have the taxpayers pay for the costs to...
Cassville children learn fire safety (10/15/14)
The Cassville Fire Protection District taught fire safety to local children as a part of National Fire Prevention Week last week. "It's important that kids know fire safety," said Millard Andrews, fire chief. "We try to teach the kids to have an escape plan at home in case there is a fire, to get out of the house, have a location to go to and wait to make sure that everybody is out of the house. We instruct them to not go back in for anything."...
Cassville food pantry hitting record numbers served (10/15/14)
The Cassville Community Food Pantry had record numbers this summer, serving 3,194 people over July and August. The pantry, which is in the Cassville United Methodist Church at 601 Gravel St., helped 662 families or 1,663 people in July. It also helped 634 families or 1,531 people in August...
Arkansas man faces felony charges in Barry County (10/15/14)
36-year-old allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, resisted arrest The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged a Rogers, Ark., man with three felonies for resisting arrest and possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug and a controlled substance...
Late Start Mondays gaining momentum at Purdy School District (10/15/14)
Late Start Mondays have taken shape with a few adjustments at the Purdy school district since implemented at the beginning of the school year. Concerns about keeping students productively occupied have resolved as activities became routine. Classes are starting at 9:11 a.m. to give teachers more training, especially in light of the introduction of more iPads throughout the district later this year...
Medallion Hunt offers journey in Eagle Rock, Golden, Mano (10/15/14)
The third annual Medallion Hunt is set to take place throughout Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano from Sunday to Oct. 25. Starting Sunday, clues may be found outside the Eagle Rock Branch Library, located at 27824 Missouri 86, the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District in Eagle Rock, on Highway 86, and the Community Connection in Eagle Rock, located at 28750 Highway P, said John Stilwell, president of the Eagle Rock Community Association...
Walmart begins hiring for Seligman store (10/15/14)
By Kyle Troutman editor@casvsille-democrat.com Preparing to open on Dec. 10, the incoming Walmart Neighborhood Market in Seligman is looking to hire 30 employees and has started the process of doing so. A temporary hiring kiosk has opened in the Cassville Walmart Supercenter, located at 10340 Farm Road 2176...
Orchestra to open 35th season (10/15/14)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will open its 35th season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Monett Elementary School. This will be the first concert under the baton of new music director, Todd Borgmann, who serves as assistant band director for the Monett School District...
Exeter students celebrate Walk to School Day (10/15/14)
Exeter students and parents walk across the crosswalk at Front and Commercial streets on Oct. 8. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Vintage, restored police cars parade through downtown Cassville (10/15/14)
ABOVE: Restored police vehicles parade in Cassville Friday as Police Car Owners of America club came through Barry County. ABOVE: A restored police vehicle drives around the Cassville square Friday. Jason Johnston/ reporter@cassville-democrat
200 attend WOW School at Roaring River State Park (10/15/14)
ABOVE: Eric McMillan, left, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, teaches Deborah Haven, of Eureka Springs, Ark., how to fly fish Saturday at the WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School in Roaring River State Park. According to organizers, 200 participants came to the school, which was Friday through Sunday. ...
Exeter FFA hosts barbecue Saturday (10/15/14)
ABOVE: Jenny Thomas, left, with J&S Floral, Bakery and Gifts, gives some napkins and cake pops to Kaye Porter, center, during the Exeter FFA barbecue Saturday. Also pictured, from left, are siblings Natalie Crumpler, 8, Jaxton Crumpler, 3, and Madison Crumpler, 9. ...
News Briefs (10/15/14)
Cassville High School students involved in FBLA, FCCLA, FFA and FTA are collaborating to collect non-perishable food items on Oct. 28 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Students will be going door-to-door and trick-or-treating for the food items, all of which will be donated to the local food pantry...
Man holds up pharmacy at gunpoint (10/08/14)
A Cassville man allegedly robbed the Plaza Pharmacy in Shell Knob on Monday morning, drawing a weapon and taking prescription medications. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, deputies have arrested and booked 18-year-old Chance Henson, of Cassville, who has been charged with first-degree robbery, a class A felony, and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony. A bond has not been set...
Technology opportunities, challenges hit library (10/08/14)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has received a grant for equipment that will bring a new resource to the four largest branches in the system: Monett, Cassville, Aurora and Mt. Vernon. In an effort to promote teen literacy, the library received a grant for $2,000 from Dollar General to buy equipment that will enable the creation of animated movies. The process involves the use of an iPad Air tablet, a Read ANIMATOR tablet, and the computer apps 1StopMotion and Apple iMovie...
Sheriff investigates stolen trailer, tools (10/08/14)
A trailer and tools with a total estimated value of $11,619 were stolen between Sept. 26-28 at 11728 Farm Road 2060 in Monett, according to the Barry County Sheriff's Office. The 5-by-8-foot, one-axle box trailer has a white bottom and a silver top with a diamond tread plate covering the front and a swinging back door, said Sheriff Mick Epperly. The tools were in the trailer...
Roney, Jackson named CHS Homecoming Queen, King (10/08/14)
Kelsey Roney and Chase Jackson were named Cassville Homecoming Queen and King during an assembly at the high school Friday afternoon.
Crowder College campus to host active shooter seminar (10/08/14)
If schools, businesses and residents would like to know how to prepare for situations involving active shooters or violent intruders, they can attend the Run, Hide, Fight seminar from 9 a.m. and noon Oct. 31 at the Crowder College Cassville Campus. "I present Run, Hide, Fight just as a change from what we historically have done of shelter in place," said Eric Schroeder, who will be the speaker at the seminar. ...
Barry-Lawrence Library reports growing customer activity (10/08/14)
Patrons of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library checked out 467,974 items between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. According to the library's annual report, the 45,452 registered cardholders checked out material 467,974 times, approximately $14 million worth of items, calculated by averaging the cost of checked out materials at $30 per items...
Club connects Exeter FFA, community (10/08/14)
The Exeter FFA Booster Club will host its inaugural barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Exeter City Park to raise money for scholarships. The club started in May to give scholarships to graduating seniors who are members of Exeter's Future Farmers of America and plan to major in agriculture in college, said Alisha Scott, club treasurer. The club's main goal this year is to raise enough funds for a $250 scholarship and a $500 scholarship...
Bull soundness exams conducted in Cassville (10/08/14)
Local veterinarian tests local bulls for breeding By Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com Barry County Veterinary Services performed breeding soundness exams on 21 bulls on Oct. 1, which was the first of four bull soundness clinics supported by the University of Missouri Extension...
Red Rose gets new owner, changes name (10/08/14)
For 30 years, the nursing home on the hill at 812 Old Exeter Road has been called Red Rose Inn, then it was later renamed to Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center. Like everything else, change comes, and Red Rose is not exempt from the world of change...
Fish fry raises $5,500 for Jenkins Fire Department (10/08/14)
ABOVE: About 300 people attend a fish fry at the Jenkins Rural Fire Department Station 1 Saturday evening. The department raised $5,500 from the fish fry and the auction, which will be used for firefighter training and gear. BELOW: Ripplin Creek plays bluegrass music Saturday at the Jenkins Fire Department's fish fry. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Mercy gives close to $600 to Cassville pantry (10/08/14)
Mercy Hospital in Cassville donated $558.90 to the Cassville Community Food Pantry Sept. 30. The Mercy Hospital and the Mercy Clinic in Cassville donated more than 2,794 pounds of food to the pantry over a six-week period that ended Aug. 14, and the check amount equaled to 20 cents per pound of the food donation. ...
Boy Scout receives medal (10/08/14)
Michael Bernsen, center, a 14-year-old Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 185 of Cassville, received Medal of Merit Saturday morning during the Merit Badge University at Crowder College Cassville Campus. His parents, Jerry and Kathy Bernsen, stood with him. The Boy Scouts of America awarded Bernsen, of Shell Knob, the medal for saving the life of another scout on June 18, 2013, at Camp Arrowhead in Marshfield. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
News in Brief (10/08/14)
The Cassville Senior Center, located at 1111 Fair Street, will host its monthly dance on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., with music provided by the Roaring River Sounds Band. There is a $4 cover charge at the door, with all proceeds going to support the Senior Center. Finger foods are welcomed. The dance for the month of November will return to the first Saturday of the month. For more information, people may call 417-846-5355 or 417-846-3024...
Punch knocks out two rounds of breast cancer (10/01/14)
For Vicki Punch, practice manager at the Mercy Clinic in Cassville, it doesn't matter how many rounds of breast cancer come her way, she will defeat them. First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Punch underwent a mastectomy and was said to be cancer-free, but the disease reared its ugly head again in 2009, leading her to conquer it yet again...
Digital mammography machine keeps Mercy ahead of the game (10/01/14)
Gail Pierce, lead mammography technologist at Mercy Hospital in Cassville, has been in radiology since 1981, and she said nothing is more helpful when it comes to mammograms than the hospital's digital mammography machine. At Mercy since 2011, Pierce said the machine serves about 70-80 patients per month, peaking during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October at 120-130. She said it's seen about 1,000 patients per year since it came to Cassville...
Cassville woman advocates checkups (10/01/14)
By Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com When Wanda Long was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013, she could not believe it, going as far as asking her doctor if he was sure it was cancer. Unfortunately for Long, the diagnosis was accurate. However, thanks to early detection and a quick turnaround between diagnosis and surgery, Long said she has a great prognosis...
Cassville Community Foundation hears grant requests (10/01/14)
The Cassville Community Foundation heard eight grant proposals last week, as it has about $4,000 that may be awarded to area applicants. Applications were received and reviewed on Sept. 24, and the foundation's recommendations committee must turn in their recommendations by Friday, then the foundation's board will award the grants based on direction from the committee and the board's wishes...
Pink ribbons to grace Mercy Hospital throughout October (10/01/14)
During National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, pink becomes a more common color, and more pink will grace the Mercy Hospital in Cassville, as it is selling pink ribbons for $1 each, with proceeds benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks...
Man arrested in Shell Knob home invasion (10/01/14)
A couple living in Shell Knob recently awoke to an intruder in their home, and detectives with the Barry County Sheriff's Office believe they have apprehended the man responsible. Randon James Hillhouse, 18, who lives close to the residence, has been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the home and attempting to steal a bottle of rum and a flashlight...
Seligman Police Department to change structure (10/01/14)
The city of Seligman has started the process of replacing a full-time police officer who recently resigned. Ray Earnest, Seligman's only full-time police officer, turned in his notice of resignation on Sept. 11, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. His last day was Sept. 20...
Jenkins Rural Fire Department to host fish fry (10/01/14)
The Jenkins Rural Fire Department has its annual fish fry Saturday at Station 1, near Highway 248 and Flat Creek Bridge, to raise money toward firefighter training and gear. The fish fry serves an all-you-can-eat meal from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The menu is fish or chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, hush puppies, desert and refreshments...
Stolen Bobcat recently recovered (10/01/14)
A piece of Bobcat equipment, which was stolen two years ago out of Lawrence County, has been returned to its owner, according to the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Mick Epperly received a tip Sept. 19 about a possibly stolen Bobcat, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Epperly and Detective Robert Evenson drove to a location outside of Wheelerville...
Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contests focus on veterans (10/01/14)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts in Monett and Shell Knob encourage area students in grades 6-12 to enter nationwide, patriotic essay contests before Nov. 1. The Patriot's Pen essay contest is open to students in grades 6-8. This year's topic is, "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans."...
Public learns about frontier life at Jenkins event (10/01/14)
Matt Wilken, left, of Verona, and Karrissa Smith, right, 11, of Rogers, Ark., make and tighten rope during the second annual Frontier Day Saturday in rural Jenkins. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
CoxHealth wants only its employees to drive ambulances (10/01/14)
CoxHealth prefers to only have its employees drive its ambulances, said a hospital spokesperson, in response to a new Missouri law that allows first responders, firefighters and law enforcement to drive ground ambulances in certain emergency situations...
Finishing touches being put on Exeter gazebo (10/01/14)
Carol Schnitzler, of Exeter, puts the finishing touches on the rock-themed design gracing the base of the newly-built gazebo in Exeter. The gazebo replaced the old caboose in the city, which was recently sold to The Midland Railway Historical Association for $11,300. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
Shell Knob Boy Scout makes life-saving decision (10/01/14)
Boy Scouts recognize selfless act with Medal of Merit The Boy Scouts of America will present a 14-year-old scout from Shell Knob with the Medal of Merit at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the Crowder College Cassville Campus for saving the life of another scout...
News Briefs (10/01/14)
Shell Knob Chamber director resigning Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Elsey is voluntarily retiring from the position effective in mid-October. The chamber is now accepting applications to fill the position. Buddy Bass Tournament on Saturday...
Man arrested in Shell Knob home invasion (09/26/14)
A couple living in Shell Knob recently awoke to an intruder in their home, and detectives with the Barry County Sheriff's Office believe they have apprehended the man responsible. Randon James Hillhouse, 18, who lives close to the residence, has been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the home and attempting to steal a bottle of rum and a flashlight...
Missouri State Parks to renovate CCC lodge (09/24/14)
Missouri State Parks is in the beginning phases of a renovation project at Roaring River State Park, planning to spend state general revenue money to renovate the old CCC lodge near the river mouth. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks announced the project Wednesday night at the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center, saying the impending renovations are likely to total $1 million...
Revenue shortfalls strike A+ Program (09/24/14)
According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, anticipated shortfalls in state revenues will mean full tuition for A+ Program students will likely not be available in the 2014-2015 academic year. A reduction in tuition, not to exceed four credit hours during the Spring 2015 semester, has been proposed in order to meet the A+ Program's expenditure restriction...
Super heroes to battle at Chili and Salsa Cook-off (09/24/14)
Superheroes will swarm Cassville on Oct. 25 to do battle at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Chili and Salsa Cook-off. Superheroes are the theme of this year's event, which Chamber Director Mindi Artherton said will feature many kinds of awards...
Purdy schools state assessment sees big drop (09/24/14)
When the Annual Performance Review (APR) was announced in August, the Purdy R-2 School District anticipated a drop in its overall rating. In the 2012-13 school year, the district received 91.8 percent of the possible points. Purdy's 2013-14 score was 79.6 percent...
Exeter Police Department brings chaplain on board (09/24/14)
When crimes or tragedies occur in Exeter, residents of the city now have the option of speaking with a police chaplain, whose goal is to provide comfort, care and resources to victims of crimes and families who may be grieving after a tragedy. Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, has appointed Tracy Tillman as the city's new police chaplain. Tillman will be on call with the city, but works strictly on a volunteer basis and provides services at no cost to the city...
Cassville police deal with online scam (09/24/14)
The Cassville Police Department has opened an investigation into a trio of scam reports through eBay and PayPal. According to Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr, the department has received calls from California, the United Kingdom and Virginia, each reporting products sent to a Cassville woman's address had not been paid for...
Annual chili cook-off comes to Shell Knob (09/24/14)
The annual Shell Knob Eagles Lodge Chili cook-off is aiming to raise money for charities and scholarships. Lodge 4155, which is less than a mile north of the Shell Knob Post Office on Highway 39, will host the cook-off on Oct. 18. Judging is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 to sample each chili. Voting will be done by placing a ticket with a favorite entry...
Seligman train ride tickets on sale (09/24/14)
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two separate train rides with the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad to take passengers from Seligman to Van Buren, Ark., on Oct. 11 and 12. Passengers meet up at the Seligman City Hall, said Cleta Stanley, the secretary of the chamber. ...
Seligman seeks $29,500 state grant (09/24/14)
Seligman has applied for a $29,500 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to help fund a city-wide water system analysis by Springfield-based Olsson Associates. The city would pay for 10 percent, of the grant, which comes out to $2,950...
ATV rollover injures teens (09/24/14)
A pair of teenage girls were injured Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle wreck on Walleye Road, four miles north of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alison Celaya, 16, of Nevada, was driving a 2004 Shengqieo ATV, with Cheyene Broyles, 15, of Lebanon, riding as a passenger. The report said Celaya lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn and eject the two girls...
Alpacas graze at Cassville Library (09/24/14)
Charlie Phaneuf, 5, of Cassville, tries to pet Raider, a 4-month-old male Suri alpaca, at the Cassville Branch Library. The library hosted "Pet-A-'Paca" Saturday for area youth to get to meet the animals. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Crowds support Leann Cemetery (09/24/14)
About 50 people attend a free concert Saturday at the Leann Cemetery. The Leann Cemetery Association raised donations from a concession stand and a pie auction. The proceeds went toward the mowing and maintenance expenses for the cemetery. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Security Bank hosts Customer Appreciation Day in Exeter Friday (09/24/14)
The new Exeter gazebo houses people eating at the Security Bank of Southwest Missouri's Customer Appreciation Day Friday. Jason Johnston reporter@customer-democrat.com
News Briefs (09/24/14)
The Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church will have special speakers on Sunday, with the morning service beginning at 10 a.m., with Bro. Ivan Faulkner, of Fayetteville, Ark., preaching at 11 a.m. The evening service will begin at 6 p.m. Dave Woods, of the Cassville Gideons Camp, will present the work the Gideons do worldwide, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. ...