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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
This Week's Headlines
Police searching for man who stabbed dog (12/01/16)
Local police and Barry County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to break into an Exeter home and when denied entry, cut the throat of a dog on the property. According to the Wheaton Police Department's Facebook page, the incident occurred Wednesday evening and the suspect was attempting to break into a home an assault an individual who was not there at the time...
Woman injured in wreck near Purdy (12/01/16)
A Wheaton woman was injured Wednesday in a wreck at 11 a.m. on Route W, five miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Mark Dutra, age unknown, of Purdy, was driving a 1997 Ford F150 northbound and attempted to make a left turn, striking a 2002 GMC Yukon, being driven by Lorna Stephens, 61, of Wheaton...
New Missouri state law requires daily pledge in public schools (11/30/16)
For generations, students have been standing up, placing their right hands over their heart and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school, and with the passage of House Bill 1750, it is now law to recite the patriotic ritual once per day in all Missouri schools that receive public funding...
Marijuana controversy continues for local nurse (11/30/16)
With four more states legalizing medicinal marijuana this year, changes in how it is viewed nationally is opening the floodgates for passage into uncharted waters. At least 25 states have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes, and Colorado; Alaska; Washington, D.C.; Oregon for recreational used in the last decade, and in the Nov. 8 election Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Pennsylvania legalized it for medicinal purposes...
Library to digitize Wheaton paper (11/30/16)
After extended discussion, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library board voted to move forward with a proposal to digitize the Wheaton Journal newspaper, the first such preservation effort of local newspapers sponsored by the library. The project, proposed by Purdy resident Mark Ingram, will cover the entire run of the Wheaton Journal, from 1906 to 2005, held by the Wheaton Historical Society. ...
Christmas shopping season kicks off (11/30/16)
Daughter Zaylee Moore, 5, mother Shonda Moore and daughter Janessa Moore, 1, smile for the camera, as they get their Christmas picture taken at an indoor/outdoor Christmas Extravaganza.
Local legislators remain against medicinal pot (11/30/16)
While four more states legalized marijuana for medicinal use in the November General Election, local legislators said they are still against Missouri following a similar path, citing marijuana as a gateway drug and medicinal use as a slippery slope to recreational legalization...
Ray remembered for 38-year service to Cassville schools (11/30/16)
On countless mornings for 38 years, Doyle Lee Ray, mechanic and driver for the Cassville Bus Barn, rose early while others slept to start school buses, make sure roads were safe for buses to travel on, repair buses, and stay on top of schedules so children made it to and from school each day...
Southwest receives high score on annual report (11/30/16)
Tosha Tilford, superintendent for the Southwest school district, has reported the district's students are exceeding expectations, based on annual performance reports released by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) this month, which showed Southwest as a whole scored highest compared to surrounding districts in the county...
Child recovering from cancer asks for gift donations to St. Jude's (11/30/16)
With the Christmas season officially here, children everywhere are anticipating the thrill of opening gifts on Christmas morning. To help make that happen, Blazi Lowe, of Exeter, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor after starting kindergarten last fall, has a Christmas wish: She is asking the community for toy donations to help other children at St. Jude's Hospital battling cancer to have a good Christmas...
Workers set new lampposts, give city new look (11/30/16)
Construction has become a common sight along Main Street, with MoDOT workers revamping the sidewalks.
News briefs (11/30/16)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Cassville business and residents to decorate their storefronts and homes for Christmas. Secret judges will be on the look out for top-notch Holiday décor and lights the week of December 3-10. Those who wish to participate in the Holiday Lighting Contest should have their lights on from dusk until 10 p.m. ...
Cassville 2nd graders: We're thankful for... (11/23/16)
Students in second grade at Cassville Elementary School shared what they are thankful for this week.
Cassville teacher starts 'Thankful Thursdays' (11/23/16)
With the Thanksgiving holiday season in full-swing and family feasts and gatherings as its centerpiece, the season prompts all to remember what things in life they are truly thankful for. To demonstrate the practice of being thankful in the school setting, and not just in a once-per-year seasonal sense, Cassville teachers recently added a new type of assignment to the daily curriculum saying, 'Thank you.'...
Children get to play Santa, pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (11/23/16)
Elizabeth Hunter, 7, of Butterfield, and Hannah Driskill, 12, of Cassville, pack a shoebox full of Christmas gifts, along with a handwritten card, which will be mailed to a child overseas through the Samaritan's Purse ministry. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Purdy signs water system maintenance contract (11/23/16)
The Purdy City Council has signed a 15-year contract with Utility Services, the Atlanta-based national company known for maintaining water towers, to run the city's water system, including replacing meters and detecting leaks. The action followed several months of reports where more than half of the city's water supply, or 3.5 million gallons, failed to reach meters in a month, apparently disappearing in a series of leaks, both detected and undetected. ...
Pair arrested for alleged burglary, assault (11/23/16)
Two people have been arrested for an alleged assault at a home on Highway 112 on Nov. 16. Laura Talbert, 37, and Richard Randolph, 24, both of Cassville, are facing multiple felony charges. Talbert is charged with second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and resisting arrest. Randolph is charged with second-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Both are also charged with misdemeanor property damage...
Getting the most out of Thanksgiving (11/23/16)
Each year, millions of Americans gather around the table to enjoy a special meal to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, continuing the tradition pilgrims began long ago of sharing a feast with family and friends and expressing gratitude. However, between cooking and entertaining guests, the day can quickly get hectic, making it easy to forget some important keys to make the holiday a good one...
Cassville Democrat donates to Cox Breast Care Fund (11/23/16)
Jacob Brower, left, publisher of the Cassville Democrat, presents a donation to the CoxHealth Foundation Breast Care fund to Darren Bass, Cox Monett Hospital president.
Child injured in ATV wreck (11/23/16)
A child was injured Sunday in a wreck at 2:45 p.m on Farm Road 1045, four miles northwest of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Coy Harper, 12, of Exeter, was riding a 1994 Honda Iourtrax ATV northbound when his vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and struck head-on a 1996 Toyota Tacoma, being driven by Cheng Khang, 29, of Cassville...
Students showcased in first-ever fine arts assembly (11/23/16)
Cassville High School art students put their artistic talents to work to collectively paint a mural of their school's Wildcat mascot.
Annual Christmas parade in Cassville set for Dec. 3 (11/23/16)
On the evening of Dec. 3, residents should be sure to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coats and scarves to settle in for a holiday treat -- Cassville's annual Christmas parade. The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the traditional holiday caravan that is sure to delight crowds as it travels through town down Main Street on Dec. 3, at 6 p.m...
News Briefs (11/23/16)
The Cassville High School speech and debate team will host the annual Glenda Ward Memorial Speech Tournament on Dec. 2-3. This is a Novice invitational tournament for those in their first year of competition. Competitive events will include: domestic extemp., foreign extemp., original oratory, humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, prose/poetry reading, storytelling, live radio speaking, student congress, LD, PF, and policy debate. ...
Seligman woman injured, driver arrested after wreck (11/23/16)
A woman was injured and the driver arrested following a wreck Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Farm Road 1065, one mile north of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Michael McCarley, 49, of Seligman, was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger southbound when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Infant, toddler injured in Hwy. 76 wreck (11/23/16)
Three people, including an infant and a toddler, were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 3:10 p.m. on Highway 76, three miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway patrol report, Isaac Love, 23, of Cassville, was driving a 2000 Nissan GXE eastbound and stopped to make a left turn when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 2012 Honda Odyssey, being driven by Marissa Bettes, 17, of Wichita, Kan...
Aurora teen injured in Purdy wreck (11/21/16)
An Aurora teen was injured in a wreck on Sunday at 11:15 p.m. on, Highway B, 3-3/4 miles west of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Emily Millyard, 18, of Aurora, was driving a 1993 Dodge truck westbound when her vehicle ran off he roadway to avoid striking an animal standing in the road. The truck overturned and struck a fence...
Anderson man hurt in Seligman wreck (11/21/16)
An Anderson man was injured Friday in a wreck at 3 p.m. on Highway 112, east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Douglas Henry, 44, of Anderson, was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima westbound when his vehicle went off the roadway and struck a culvert...
Golden man dies in Hwy. 86 wreck (11/17/16)
A Golden man died on Wednesday in a wreck at 11:40 p.m. on Highway 86, east of Route P and half a mile east of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Matthew Blevins, 21, of Golden, was driving a 1983 GMC Sierra westbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, causing him to be ejected...
BarCo commissioner to vote in Electoral College (11/16/16)
On Dec. 19, Barry County Commissioner Cherry Warren will be one of only 10 Missourians still voting for a president. Selected by members of the 7th Congressional District, Warren is one of the state's 10 members of the Electoral College who will cast their votes for President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence...
1.1 ounces of meth found after chase (11/16/16)
An Aurora man is being held in the Barry County jail on six felony charges after 1.1 ounces of methamphetamine was allegedly found in his vehicle following a pursuit where he threw items at Lawrence County deputies' vehicles. Caleb Evans, 35, of Aurora, is charged with drug trafficking, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer...
Local veterans recognized at schools (11/16/16)
Every year, area school districts on Veterans Day hold assemblies, inviting local veterans to attend and be honored for their sacrifices and service to the United States of America. For many of the veterans, it's difficult to put into words how special and important such events are, especially for those who are specially recognized in the form of a flag presentation...
Barry County voters lopsided on 2016 candidates, issues (11/16/16)
By Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat Barry County residents held solidly to their Republican roots in local results from the Nov. 8 General Election. Based on unofficial returns, Barry County had 14,830 votes cast, or almost 73 percent turnout. That compared to 13,937, or 65 percent, in the 2012 presidential election, and 14,769, or 71 percent, in 2008...
Cassville schools save $1 million in bond expenditures due to global market (11/16/16)
Credited to recent shake-ups in the global economy, the Cassville school district was able to capitalize on a series of events overseas to save a large sum of money relating to its bond repayments. When the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union, interest rates dropped state-side, and the district and its board of education moved quickly to secure lower interest rates for its bonds, resulting in $1,000,892 in savings to the district and local taxpayers...
Woman arrested for possession at Walmart (11/16/16)
A Washburn woman was arrested on Friday after drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly found in her vehicle parked at Walmart. Amber Souder, 34, of Washburn, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. According to a probable cause statement filed by Colt Beck, an officer with the Cassville Police Department, he responded to a theft report at 12:59 p.m. and gained consent to search Souder's vehicle...
Wheaton Wranglers break ground on community garden (11/16/16)
The Wheaton Wranglers 4-H Club, lead by Michelle Chappuis, tilled ground recently at Wheaton's first community garden. "We broke ground and it went well," said Chappuis, who said the group had been talking about starting a garden for a community project for some time, decided it was time and set the date...
Extension experts explain fascinating fall foliage process (11/16/16)
While going to and fro during daily routines this fall, people may scarcely notice the spectrum of colors subtly emerging around them, let alone stop to admire them before they are gone. In only a short window of time, the fall season's artistic color show settles from late September through late December, wielding its brilliant canvas of colors before it is gone again...
Sales tax income holds strong in October (11/16/16)
Sales tax to Barry County cities saw a significant boost in October, with Cassville and Monett leading the upswing. The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $550,054.61 for the month, a gain of 8 percent compared with the same taxes collected a year ago. Cassville and Monett led the charge, with Cassville's general fund 1-percent tax producing $79,125.82, up $7,461.81 from last October...
'This is America' honors local veterans (11/16/16)
Cassville intermediate students march to a patriotic song during a special annual production to honor veterans for Veterans Day Thursday.
News briefs (11/16/16)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to religious, non-religious, commercial divisions, marching bands, and horse drawn entries. The single-unit division will receive trophies for best decorated, oldest and most unusual. ...
Cassville woman injured in Hwy. 37 wreck (11/10/16)
A Cassville woman was injured Tuesday in a wreck at noon on Highway 37 in Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alisha Madison, 30, of Cassville, was driving a 2004 Chrysler 300 and was stopped at a stop sign when a 2010 Ford Edge, being driven by Alice Simpson, 71, of Cassville, made a left turn and struck the front of her vehicle...
Butterfield woman injured in Wheaton wreck (11/10/16)
A Butterfield woman was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 5 p.m. on Route W, three miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jacqueline Resto, 55, of Butterfield, was driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris northbound when her vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree and fence...
Davis elected Barry County sheriff (11/09/16)
After months of campaigning and winning a six-man Republican primary, Gary Davis of Cassville won the Barry County sheriff post over Democrat Justin "Dave" Ruark. Davis, a retired FBI special agent, received 10,218 votes, or 71 percent, and Ruark, a deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, received 4,195 votes, or 29 percent...
Cassville voters cast general election ballots (11/09/16)
Cassville voter Kayla Quinlan, left, receives her "I Voted in Barry County" sticker from Cassville High School junior Megan Sloan Tuesday.
Cassville, local schools to host annual Veterans Day events (11/09/16)
Cassville High School will once again be hosting its annual Veterans Day event to honor U.S. veterans for their service to our country. The event will be held in the high school gymnasium on Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. All veterans, their families and the general public is invited to partake in the event...
JROTC cadets busy on Veterans Day (11/09/16)
The JROTC cadets at the Scott Regional Technology Center will travel far and wide to help lead Veterans Day school programs on Thursday and Friday. The cadets will split into three groups on Friday. Over the two days, Col. Chad Sparks will lead one group to a morning assembly at 9 a.m. at Cassville High School, at 12:45 p.m. at Southwest High School, at 1:30 p.m. at Exeter High School, and at 2:15 p.m. at Purdy High School...
Wheaton man arrested for domestic assault (11/09/16)
A Wheaton man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly assaulting a person and chasing away a child at a home on East Davidson St. Thomas Wade, 47, of Wheaton, is charged with first-degree domestic assault and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child...
Rock craze tumbles into Cassville community (11/09/16)
Whether in the ground or rising out of the hills, rocks are a staple of the Ozarks, and in Cassville, a new type of rock is making the rounds -- painted rocks. The rocks are being found in bushes, trees, doorways, the park and along trails, and they are getting children outdoors, bringing families together and even benefiting businesses...
Group raises funds to help foster children (11/09/16)
The first fundraiser for the recently organized Angels for Children of the 39th Judicial Circuit, held recently at the Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, raised approximately $8,000 to help children taking into state custody due to abuse and neglect issues...
Resident implores library system to reconsider hours (11/09/16)
Cassville resident Jan Anthony has been taking her grandchildren to the library on Saturday for years. "I want them to experience the library as I did when I was their age," she said. "[It's about] the smell of the books, the wonderment the library offers, the fun we have here and saving that in their memory jar as something fun and educational they did with their Nana."...
Stores offer Christmas shopping opportunities (11/09/16)
On Saturday, Barry County residents will have a prime opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping at two local, special shopping events offering unique items and rare promotions and savings without having to drive an hour to retail store chains...
State advises drivers, hunters to be cautious (11/09/16)
With the firearms season for deer hunting kicking off Saturday, the Missouri Department of Conservation, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is reminding both drivers and hunters to exercise caution to avoid injuries. According to Dan VanDerhoef, Barry County conservation agent, deer are more active this time of year not just because of open hunting seasons, but because of their natural breeding season...
Numerous families enjoy Exeter's school carnival (11/09/16)
Families peruse a long aisle of packages and deals to bid on during a silent auction at Exeter Elementary School Saturday night.
Ridge Top Bible Camp celebrates one year (11/09/16)
Children sure enjoyed playing at all of the activities offered Saturday evening at Ridge Top Bible Camp.
'Donald Trump', 'Bill Clinton' visit Rotary (11/09/16)
Former president Bill Clinton, played by Jon Horner, and then-presidential candidate Donald Turmp, played by Jim Craig, spoke to Rotarians last week.
News briefs (11/09/16)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Those interested in having an entry in the parade can call the Chamber office at 417-847-2814. Trophies will be awarded to religious, non-religious, commercial divisions, marching bands, and horse drawn entries. ...
Presidential races offer prediction trends (11/02/16)
Presidential races in Barry and Lawrence counties historically bring out more voters than usual to the polls, and those elections often set the tone for the down-ballot races. In the past 100 years, Democrats have carried Barry County only three times. In many cases, the strength of the presidential candidate's popularity will pivot wins in local races, though at times local candidates in turn help the top of the ticket...
Heavy voter turnout expected on Nov. 8 (11/02/16)
More than 15,000 voters in Barry County are expected to head to the polls Tuesday in the 2016 General Election. Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood predicted a 70 percent voter turnout, which is fairly comparable to the 2008 presidential vote. He anticipated the same during the 2012 presidential election and only saw around 63 percent...
Local real estate agents gear up, promote Amendment 4 (11/02/16)
With the General Election on the horizon, Missouri realtors have stepped up their promotion of Amendment 4 to the Missouri Constitution. Miles Noennig, president of the Missouri Realtors Association, spoke on what proponents are calling the "Taxpayer Protection Amendment" to realtors at the Monett Chamber of Commerce community room recently. ...
4 charged in meth lab bust (11/02/16)
Four Cassville residents are facing multiple felonies after a Cassville Police Department investigation led to an alleged meth lab being uncovered at a home on Townsend Street. James Coleman, 36, Willie Ragsdel, 34, Jody Ragsdel, 58, and Kevin Wright, 46, are all charged with distribution of a controlled substance near public housing, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child...
2 arrested for rape in Cassville (11/02/16)
Two men have been arrested and charged for an alleged rape that occurred on Oct. 10 at a home on 14th Street in Cassville. Johnny Eggleston, 36, of Seligman, and Michael Williams, 26, of Cassville, are each charged with first-degree rape. According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. ...
Library considers digitization project for The Wheaton Journal (11/02/16)
The Wheaton Journal newspaper, which covered the life and times of Barry, McDonald and Newton county citizens for a century from 1906 to 2005, and all of its history, may soon be instantly accessible on the internet if the Barry-Lawrence County Regional Library System applies for and receives newspaper digital imaging grant available through the U.S. Library Services and Technology Act (LTSA) of 1996...
FBI involved in Golden bust (11/02/16)
A Golden man has been arrested on felony gun possession charges, and Sheriff Mick Epperly said a federal drug indictment is expected this week. Jason Sheffield, 39, of Golden, is being held in the Barry County jail, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm...
Barry Electric gets $56 million loan (11/02/16)
Barry Electric was recently approved to receive $56 million in federal loans from the USDA to expand and modernize its infrastructure. "It's under the normal loan process that we do with our work plan every four to five years," said Bill Shiveley, CEO and general manager of Barry Electric...
Man allegedly hid drugs in light pole (11/02/16)
An Eagle Rock man was arrested on Oct. 25 following a wreck in Cassville, as he allegedly hid drugs in a pole near the Conoco parking lot. Jamie McCarty, 29, of Eagle Rock, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. According to a probable cause report filed by Colt Beck, with the Cassville Police Department, while assisting in working a wreck in town, he was informed the passenger of one of the vehicles placed something inside a pole located on Conoco's parking lot, then returned to the vehicle and his child in the car.. ...
Buchman, Hays to direct, perform in melodrama (11/02/16)
The Holiday Island Theatre Group will feature two Barry County performers in its upcoming old-fashioned melodrama entitled, "Virtue Is Its Own Reward, or, All That Glitters May Be Gold." Kerry Hays will be playing villain Rupert R. Rupert, and Elise Buchman will be directing the production. Both have extensive backgrounds in theater and performance. Three separate performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Thursday, at 7 p.m., promising plenty of old-fashioned, good-natured fun...
Eagle Rock Daze sees record turnout on perfect day (11/02/16)
Dan Dougherty, of Golden, watches his his little grandson, a.k.a. vampire, Cooper Eichor, of Eureka Springs, Ark.
Children scramble for balloons (11/02/16)
Playing to win, children scramble during a game of boys against girls to put as many balloons as possible across the line within a certain amount of time.
5K Chili Run participants raise funds for Cassville YMCA programs (11/02/16)
YMCA Chili Run participants take off, running to win, at the annual 5K race Saturday morning.
SunBeam gets head start on Halloween (11/02/16)
Savvy trick-or-treaters from SunBeam Preschool got a jump start on Halloween by collecting treats from Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood.
Children celebrate 50 days (11/02/16)
Cassville Kindergartener Payton Tice shows off her princess outfit.
Abstract concept taught at Cassville schools (11/02/16)
Cassville sixth-graders took to the hallways on Wednesday to find a personal way to relate to a concept called geological time scales.
News briefs (11/02/16)
The Cassville City Council recently hired Keith Speer as the residential building inspector. Not only has Speer performed independent inspections in the past, he also brings with him numerous years of construction experience. His goal is to bring a common sense approach to the inspection process. ...
Sheriff concerned about rising heroin use (10/26/16)
Sheriff Mick Epperly has been fighting the distribution of illegal narcotics for more than 20 years, and while two successors vie to take his place come January, Epperly is concerned how drugs will be handled because he believes that heroin may be heading into Barry County...
Sheriff hopefuls want community involved (10/26/16)
While there are areas concerning the job the two candidates for Barry County sheriff differ greatly, both agree for the Sheriff's Office to have success, the trust an cooperation of the community is key. To help foster that relationship, Barry County Deputy Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, and former FBI Agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville, each have ideas hoping to get more tips and assistance from residents...
Tobacco amendments create confusion for voters (10/26/16)
Voters on Nov. 8 will decide on two proposed amendments to the Missouri State Constitution relating to new taxes on tobacco use, both purporting to support non-tobacco programs while having an unadvertised impact on tobacco sellers. Both propositions have been placed on the ballot by initiative petition. ...
Locals hear myriad of 70s, 80s hits at The Show (10/26/16)
Shelby Jo Taylor brought down the house Sunday with her performance of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" at The Show.
Purdy pens agreement for Monett sewer deal (10/26/16)
To lay the groundwork for piping city sewage to Monett for treatment, the Purdy City Council adopted a sewage treatment agreement and an ordinance on the operation of public and private sewers. Mayor Steve Roden reported the six-page agreement with Monett had been thoroughly examined by legal counsel and could move forward now that funding for Purdy's $4.6 million pipeline project had been secured...
Security system gets a $12,000 boost at Purdy schools (10/26/16)
The Purdy school district purchased a new server for its security camera system for $12,557, including installation, after its old server stopped working. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the old server died and it required emergency action to restore service...
Purdy schools see student drop in official count (10/26/16)
After a flurry of families moving in and others leaving, the Purdy school district reported its enrollment by the end of September had dropped by 18 since the Sept. 30 official count a year ago, which will impact school funding for the year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) bases school funding on the Sept. 30 count, recognizing student counts generally change before and after Labor Day, and have usually settled into a steady point by the end of September...
Fair weather brings crowd to Chili Cook-Off (10/26/16)
First prize for best chili went to the Cassville United Methodist Church this year.
Howl-O-Ween Fest, Eagle Rock Car Daze to offer fall fun (10/26/16)
The Eagle Rock Community Foundation will offer a rockin' good time again for Barry County residents this fall with its annual Eagle Rock Daze Car Show and Howl-O-Ween Fest, which will take place at the Eagle Rock Community Center, off of Highway 86...
Cassville Firefighters beat 40 other departments at stair climb (10/26/16)
Four Cassville firefighters and their families attended the fourth annual 2016 Springfield Area 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Silver Dollar City in Branson. As part of the event, climbers had the opportunity to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Funds are used to help support the families of the 343 Fire Department of New York (FDNY) members who were lost on 9/11 and other NFFF programs...
Exeter sheds 'light' on afterschool programs (10/26/16)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, visited Exeter Elementary School recently to read an official proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon's office during the school's observance of national Lights On After School Day to bring awareness of the benefit of afterschool programs to young people, families and communities...
Versatile pumpkins offer endless possibilities, not just pie (10/26/16)
Along with drinking apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes and jumping in leaf piles, fall would not be fall without carving a pumpkin and roasting pumpkin seeds. But, what most do not know is just how versatile pumpkins, which are in the gourd family, really are...
Exeter students and families enjoy Creepy, Crawly Math Night (10/26/16)
Exeter Elementary School students proudly showed the caterpillar clothespins they made during Creepy, Crawly Math Night.
News briefs (10/26/16)
First Baptist collecting supplies for shoeboxes With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, individuals, families, churches and groups in and around Cassville are working to make Christmas a reality for kids in need around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. ...
Pet of the Week (10/26/16)
Meet Curtis, the Haven of the Ozarks pet of the week.
3 agencies respond to incident at Purdy schools (10/25/16)
Threats from an allegedly suicidal man engaged three law enforcement agencies and resulted in a school lockdown in Purdy and the subject being taken on Tuesday. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, the Barry County Sheriff's Department received a report of a distraught Purdy resident, upset about a recent divorce, who threatened to go to the Purdy school, get his son and do bodily harm to the children...
Candidates aim to meet with prosecutor (10/19/16)
The two candidates for Barry County sheriff say the county's law enforcement leader must have a strong relationship with the county prosecutor, especially if they hope to cut down on repeat offenders. Former FBI Agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville, said he has met Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx a couple of times, but has not discussed her's or the sheriff's jobs...
Sheriff hopefuls plan for drug officers, training (10/19/16)
As election day nears, the candidates for Barry County sheriff are developing some of their plans for deputies when it comes to narcotics enforcement and training for hand-to-hand altercations. Barry County Deputy Justin "Dave" Ruark has previously said he has a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST)-certified individual willing to take on a full-time narcotics officer position, as well as a second individual looking to implement a K-9 unit. ...
Davis still intending to vote for Trump (10/19/16)
Recent news surrounding the U.S. presidential election has not seemed to sway Barry County's sheriff candidates in how they plan to vote for the nation's top office. Former FBI Agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville, said his commitment to voting for Donald Trump is unchanged...
Most Wanted man arrested after car chase, foot pursuit (10/19/16)
One of the men on Barry County's Most Wanted list was captured on Thursday after a short pursuit and foot chase near Blessing Heights Baptist Church and Farm Road 1107. Anthony Gennarelli, 39, of Ridgedale, is charged with theft, second-degree burglary and resisting arrest...
Missing man found after 19-hour search (10/19/16)
An Eagle Rock man was found in good condition after being reported missing Friday night and not located until Saturday morning. According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Taylor Lombard and Cpl. Scott Salkill were dispatched to Eagle Rock to attempt to locate William Adams, 73, who was reported missing by his wife at about 5 p.m. Friday...
Woman brings meth, pot into jail (10/19/16)
A Ridgedale woman was arrested Saturday for a warrant in Branson, and charged in Barry County after narcotics were allegedly found in a body cavity during a search at the jail. Arianna Gennarelli, 37, of Ridgedale, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance...
Fitzpatrick, Sater condemn Trump, will still vote for him (10/19/16)
Revelations about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's 2005 comments about women continue to send ripples through party leadership. State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, has been out of town at a friend's wedding last week and has not had the opportunity to speak to other party leaders. The chairman of the House budget committee, Fitzpatrick has nonetheless drawn his own conclusions about his party's nominee...
Cassville junior donates 14 inches of hair (10/19/16)
When wondering what one can do to help others, people often look outside of themselves, but sometimes, the answer is right in front of your eyes. Cassville junior Owen Morris was looking for something he could do to help others, and he did not have to look very far to help someone in a meaningful way...
Cassville students to collect food for local food bank (10/19/16)
Cassville middle and high school students will be out knocking on doors asking for non-perishable food items, not candy, later this month to keep a local food bank stocked for families. The Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat annual food drive campaign will take place on Oct. ...
Seligman announces holiday events (10/19/16)
The City of Seligman is gearing up for the holiday season, and two events in particular will take center stage. The city will host its annual "Trunk or Treat" event on Oct. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at city hall. Once again, city staff, the Seligman Police Department and local businesses will delight area children with candy, some pretty spooky surroundings and goody grab bags...
4-H Club makes a comeback in Cassville (10/19/16)
4-H, hailed as America's largest youth development organization with six million members strong across the United States, has been in existence for over 100 years, and the Cassville-based club is looking to boost membership and go for 100 more. The program's unique design teaches young people to lend their hands to service in their community, lend their heads to building knowledge and learning new skills, lend their hearts to loyalty and friendships and pledge to live healthy lifestyles...
SKITS to present fall production, 'Jack and The Frankenbeanstalk' (10/19/16)
The community theatre group Shell Knob in the Spotlight (SKITS) has announced the title of its forthcoming, fall production, "Jack and The Frankenbeanstalk." "If the play title sounds like the tales of 'Jack and The Beanstalk,' and' Frankenstein,' you guessed correctly," said Barb VanDusen, SKITS president. "This play mashes the two tales together to bring you many chuckles and giggles."...