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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
This Week's Headlines
Cassville Schools seeing continuous drop in funding (01/28/15)
The Cassville School District is reviewing its five federal title program budgets since the U.S. Education Department has reduced funding to the district by 50.3 percent over the last five years. The district received $1,241,218 in the 2009--2010 school year, but that funding dropped to $616,843.62 in the current school year, according to district records...
Cassville city council positions contested (01/28/15)
Both open city council positions in the city of Cassville will see races for the April 7 municipal election, as incumbents Ann Hennigan and Jan Anthony are both being challenged. In the south ward, Anthony is being challenged by Cindy Carr, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce board member and realtor with Four Season Realty...
Cassville family: Son's recovery nothing short of a miracle (01/28/15)
For the Beagle family of Cassville, the verse Matthew 21: 22, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer," could not be any more true. The family turned to this verse numerous times while its middle child, Cole Beagle, was hospitalized. The family said Beagle's recovery is a testament to the power of prayer and to God's mystery...
Santa delivers on letter from Wheaton girl (01/28/15)
Santa Claus works hard to fill every request of every child on Christmas. Sometimes, Jolly Ole Saint Nick goes above and beyond in spreading Christmas cheer. Such was the case for a Wheaton family after second-grader Rubi Castro broke from the mold and requested something a little different from Santa in her letter to him published by the Cassville Democrat...
Purdy school upgrades prove popular in crowd test (01/28/15)
Mid-January offered the first big test for the new construction at the Purdy School District. The basketball game against Pierce City brought in the largest crowd to a sporting event to date this season. The $1,045,000 project, altering the entrance to the gym by placing the ticket window indoors, moving the bathrooms beyond the gym and combining the concession stand with the cafeteria, faced public scrutiny...
Seligman man fills alderman vacancy (01/28/15)
Seligman recently filled a west ward alderman position that was left vacant after the death of former Alderwoman Shirley Beaver on Dec. 6. Michael Avers, 50, who has lived in the Seligman area for more than 15 years, was sworn into the position in January...
Project proposes playground equipment (01/28/15)
The Purdy Renewal Project announced plans for a new playground addition in the city park in Purdy. Gerry Wass, Neal Wass and Robin Henderson, president of the Purdy Renewal Project, reported the organization has raised more than $10,000 in hopes of adding to the park, including $1,000 from the Spanish Club and its recycling project. ...
Purdy vocalist recalls singing in All-National Honor Choir (01/28/15)
PURDY -- A Purdy High School vocalist, who will perform at a state concert Saturday, reflected on her experience with the All-National Honor Choir in Nashville. "I didn't feel out of place at all," said Katherine Wise, a high school senior who sings soprano one for the Purdy choir. "We all had the same passion, which was really refreshing to get to know people who care about something as much as you do."...
Aurora man arrested after wreck near Butterfield (01/28/15)
An Aurora man is facing three charges after being seriously injured Friday in a wreck on Route W, four miles west of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Rockwell, 37, of Aurora, was driving a 2004 Ford F-350 westbound on Route W at about 7:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck two fences...
Local school board members receive recognition (01/28/15)
Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed School Board Recognition Week statewide through Saturday to recognize the more than 3,600 men and women who serve as board members, according to the Missouri School Boards' Association. In January, Lance Massey, Wheaton superintendent, thanked each member for being on the Wheaton Board of Education, as well as presented each member with a certificate...
Cassville kindergarteners celebrate 100 days in school (01/28/15)
Cassville kindergarteners Alaya Dool, left, and Gracie Maher display their hula hoop skills at the 100-day celebrations in FEMA Event Center Friday. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville Middle School Band performs winter concert (01/28/15)
Scott Frederickson, right, Cassville High School band director, leads the Cassville sixth-grade band during the winter concert in Cassville Middle School gym Friday. The sixth-grade band has 86 musicians. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Youth learn to Lego (01/28/15)
Kara Fletcher, left, demonstrates how to build a snow plow out of Legos Saturday in the Eagle Rock Community Center. Working on the plow were, from right: Adam Scaggs, 10, of Golden; Levi Rex, 11, of Eagle Rock; Frank Osborn, 10, of Eagle Rock; and Timothy Waggs, 16, of Branson. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Silver Leaf Benefit Club collects cards for St. Jude (01/28/15)
The Silver Leaf Benefit Club, a local organization with the international General Federation of Women's Clubs, displays its annual collection of cards Jan. 20. The cards benefit the St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Club members pictured include, front row, from left: Jean Marney, Pat Chapman, Sarah Marney, Sherry Johnson, Pauline Kowalski and Tracie Snodgrass. ...
News Briefs (01/28/15)
Barry Electric warns of phone scam According to Bill Shiveley, general manager and CEO of the Barry Electric Cooperative, said customers of the cooperative have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent a collection agency and working for Barry Electric, saying if patrons do not pay their bills right away, their power will be disconnected. ...
Barry Electric warns of phone scam (01/26/15)
According to Bill Shiveley, general manager and CEO of the Barry Electric Cooperative, said customers of the cooperative have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent a collection agency and working for Barry Electric, saying if patrons do not pay their bills right away, their power will be disconnected...
Former task force member to be security at judicial center (01/21/15)
Because of state fund withholdings by Gov. Jay Nixon, Barry County may soon lose its member of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which specializes in tracking down criminals who use the Internet as a way to engage in illicit sexual activity...
Fitzpatrick aims for committee chairmanship (01/21/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, is taking aim at one of the most powerful positions in the State House of Representatives -- chairman of the Budget Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives. Named vice chairman of the committee last week, Fitzpatrick said if all goes as planned, he hopes to become chairman of the committee in two years, which could set him up for a rare two-term chairmanship...
Hooves hit the hardwood at Exeter donkey basketball game (01/21/15)
Justin Brattin tries to get his donkey to work with him as he chases down the ball during Exeter's Donkey Basketball Game, held Thursday at the school's gym. Proceeds of about $1,000 from the event will benefit the Exeter Athletic Booster Club. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
City of Cassville raises water, sewer rates by 2.2 percent (01/21/15)
The city of Cassville is handing out a 2.2 percent hike for residential and commercial water and sewer rates, aiming to boost the respective departments' asset replacement funds. The base water service rate for residential customers, which was $11.36 for the first 1,000 gallons of water used, will now raise by a quarter to $11.61. For every 1,000 gallons used over the base amount, a fee of $3.70 per 1,000 gallons will be applied...
Forest Service hosting open house for Butler Hollow project (01/21/15)
Area residents can attend an open house next week to discuss the Butler Hollow Project, which proposes natural community restorative activities on about 18,181 acres in the Cassville Unit of the Mark Twain National Forest. District Ranger Joe Koloski and other resource specialists will answer questions about the project from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Show-Me Plaza, located at 404 Highway 248, Suite 8, in Cassville...
Norman to undergo mental evaluation to determine fitness to stand trial (01/21/15)
The trial of a Cassville man, charged with three federal counts involving illicit sexual activity with children, is now on hold after his counsel requested he undergo a mental evaluation. Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, is charged with two counts of using a means of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, and one count of enticement of a minor to produce child pornography...
Family welcomes first Barry County baby of 2015 (01/21/15)
Marissa Woodruff, left. holds her newborn son, Tristan Bicksler, next to father, Brandon Bicksler. Tristan Bicksler, who was born on Jan. 8 at 9:40 a.m. at Cox Monett Hospital, was the first Barry County baby of 2015. He weighed in at 7 pounds and was 21 inches long. Kyle Troutman editor@monett-times.com...
Cassville woman accused of child abuse (01/21/15)
Cassville woman is accused of aggressively holding down a 6-year-old girl, slapping and shoving the girl multiple times and causing the girl to fall face first onto concrete Rebecca Chaddock, 36, of Cassville, pleaded not guilty at a Jan. 5 arraignment hearing to counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and abuse or neglect of a child. Both charges are Class C felonies, which could each equate to a maximum of seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine...
Exeter woman warns of Facebook scam (01/21/15)
An Exeter woman is warning of what she believes was a scam attempt perpetrated through the social media website, Facebook. Michelle Kent, of Exeter, said on Tuesday evening, she received a friend request and a message from a profile under the name, "Drew Scott," a popular television personalty on the HGTV channel. The profile connected to the account, which was opened less than 24 hours before Kent received the messages, had a picture of Scott and listed him as a public figure...
Public Works Department gets new dump truck (01/21/15)
The Cassville Public Works Department once again updated its vehicle fleet with the purchase of a small dump truck from Les Jacobs Ford. According to Steve Walensky, public works director, the department bought the truck from Les Jacobs Ford for $43,427. The department then went to Springfield-based Bus Andrews Truck Equipment and purchased the dump bed and plow, at a cost of $21,431...
Wheaton woman pleads guilty (01/21/15)
A Wheaton woman has pleaded guilty to two felony charges stemming from a meth bust in October 2014. Carrie Intessimone, 35, of Wheaton, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine and first-degree child endangerment, both class C felonies...
Free adult ag class set for Monday (01/21/15)
The Cassville High School has planned a free adult education class for farmers and landowners to learn how they can take advantage of programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the high school agriculture department...
4 injured in Elsie Corn Lane wreck (01/21/15)
Four people were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on Elsie Corn Lane, two miles east of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Benjamin Vinson, 16, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram truck at about 5:10 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle crossed the center line in a curve and struck a 2006 Hummer H3, being driven by Michael Seabolt, 41, of Seligman...
Motorcycle hits sign on Highway 90 (01/21/15)
A Washburn man suffered moderate injuries Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle hit a sign on Highway 90, seven miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 65-year-old Phillip Jordan, of Washburn, was a driving a 2014 Harley Davidson westbound on Highway 90 at about 3:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign...
Cassville Chamber plans annual banquet (01/21/15)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Chamber Banquet on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in the commons area at Cassville High School. In lieu of a keynote speaker, as has been done in years past, the chamber board has elected to host a more non-traditional banquet. The event will offer surprise entertainment that will feature local chamber members...
Eagle Rock hosts class (01/21/15)
Jessicaa Eardley, center, of Grandview, Ark., helps her 11-year-old daughter, Haven, at a scrapbooking class Thursday in the Eagle Rock Community Center while Maya Sybert, left, 13, of Jenkins, and Wren Hampton, 13, of Shell Knob, work on their scrapbooks. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Cassville choirs regale with 'Winter Sweets & Song' (01/21/15)
No Boys Allowed, a Cassville High School all-female show choir, interacts with cell phones in the musical, "Communication," on Friday night at the Winter Sweets and Song event in the FEMA Event Center. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Fitzpatrick named vice chairman of House Budget Committee (01/15/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, recently received a new title to add to his resume -- vice chairman of the Budget Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives. State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, newly-elected speaker of the House, made the appointment Wednesday...
Exeter woman warns of Facebook scam (01/14/15)
An Exeter woman is warning of what she believes was a scam attempt perpetrated through the social media website, Facebook. Michelle Kent, of Exeter, said on Tuesday evening, she received a friend request and a message from a profile under the name, "Drew Scott," a popular television personalty on the HGTV channel. The profile connected to the account, which was opened less than 24 hours before Kent received the messages, had a picture of Scott and listed him as a public figure...
Ambulance district opens internal investigation (01/14/15)
The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District is conducting an internal investigation in responses to a report by a Barry County sheriff's deputy saying one of the organization's paramedics argued with him about taking a Purdy man to the hospital. Jeaneittia Pierce, Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District office manager, said she is conducting an internal investigation about the incident involving Pedro Martinez, 59, of Purdy, and just because an ambulance is called does not mean a person needs transporting...
Washburn murder suspect facing multiple Arkansas charges (01/14/15)
A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn may be in Arkansas for some time, as he is facing multiple felony charges in Washington County that are slowing his extradition to Barry County. After Christopher Paschall, 37, of Springdale, Ark., was arrested on Monday Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff, said he hoped to have Paschall extradited to the Barry County jail in a week's time, but sticking to that timeline is now looking less and less likely...
BarCo budget sees few changes (01/14/15)
A budget plan very similar to 2014 is taking shape for Barry County for the coming year. Barry County commissioners have begun meetings with officeholders to shape their financial plans, but a review of requests includes little variance from the past 12 months...
Drug task force takes more cases with fewer agents (01/14/15)
The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force handled 265 cases in 2014 in Barry and McDonald counties, and part of Lawrence County, compared with 240 cases in 2013, when it had more agents. "The years before that, we've had as high as 400 cases, but we had five to six agents working with us, and we had a secretarial staff," said John Luckey, Task Force director...
Sater proposes Prescription Drug Monitoring Act (01/14/15)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, has sponsored a bill that would establish the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act. "We're the last state in the union that hasn't set up a drug monitoring program, which is not a very good distinction to have," said Sater, who pre-filed Senate Bill 63 on Dec. 1, 2014. "Prescription drug abuse is the most rapidly rising drug problem that we have."...
Infant involved in Highway 37 wreck (01/14/15)
An 18-year-old man and his infant son were injured Monday morning in a wreck on Highway 37, three miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Michael Fletcher, 18, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee northbound on Highway 37 at about 10:30 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch and a culvert...
Shumaker, Lekarczyk named CHS Tip-Off Queen, King (01/14/15)
Morgan Shumaker and Riley Lekarcyzk were recently named Cassville High School's Tip-off Queen and King.
3 speakers set for Soils and Crops Conference (01/14/15)
Three speakers will address livestock, wheat production and planning for the next generation of farm ownership during the 86th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference. The session will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 in a new location, at the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road in Cassville...
Crowder educators recall introduction of HiSET (01/14/15)
Crowder College educators are discussing the effects of Missouri's move to the HiSET for all high school equivalency tests in January 2014, as the cost of each GED exam increased by $100. "I was just very proud of our staff at [the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education]," said Juli DeNisco, director of the Adult Education and Literacy program at Crowder College. ...
Cassville principals team up to improve student performance (01/14/15)
The Cassville school principals considered ways to improve student growth after its 2014 annual performance report -- which indicates whether the district is meeting the needs of its students -- decreased by 12.5 percent over 2013. "We need to show growth," said Eric White, Cassville Intermediate School principal. ...
Mercy provides mental health treatment for area elderly (01/14/15)
Area residents who are 65 and older can enroll into an outpatient program at Mercy Hospital Cassville that offers them solutions to their emotional and behavioral health concerns. The critical care access hospital, located at 94 Main St., is offering the Senior Life Solutions program and hopes to get the word out to community members...
Kindergarten students adjust to new teacher (01/14/15)
Eunice Thomas Elementary School in Cassville hired a new kindergarten teacher to handle the influx of students. Amber Goschy, 23, who graduated in December with early childhood education and elementary education degrees from the University of Central Missouri, started teaching her class Jan. 5...
Area breeders donate $1,600 to K-9 units (01/14/15)
The Central Crossing Fire District recently gave $800 in donations to a pair of K9 officers.
News briefs (01/14/15)
The Cassville High School Agriculture Educatio nDepartment will host an adult education class on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Russ Neill, with the USDA Farm Service Agency, will present on various programs landowners and producers may take advantage of to improve operations. A meal will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, people may contact Kelin Kruse of Jimmy Hinson at 417-847-3137, kkrusae@cassville.k12.mo.us or jhinson@cassville.k12.mo.us...
Barry County Court News (01/14/15)
Dalton James Rogers, Rogers, Ark., $87.50 for speeding. Makayla Marie Smith, Exeter, unspecified fine for speeding. Josue Villasenor, Monett, $55.50 for speeding. Billy J. Corn, Cassville, $10 for no valid driver's license and a seat belt violation...
Seligman man seriously injured in wreck (01/10/15)
A Seligman man was seriously injured in a wreck Friday afternoon on Highway 37, two miles north of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 33-year-old Joseph Carroll, of Seligman, was driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla northbound on Highway 37 at about 4:22 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Washburn shooting now a double homicide (01/07/15)
A Springdale, Ark., man is awaiting extradition from the Washington County, Ark., jail after allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather, then taking his 2-year-old daughter. Christopher Paschall, 37, of Springdale, Ark., is facing charges of first-degree murder, a class A felony, first-degree assault, a class A felony, and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony...
Report: Purdy man turned away at Cox Monett ER (01/07/15)
A Purdy man was reportedly turned away by doctors at the Cox Monett Hospital emergency room Thursday, a decision a Barry County sheriff's deputy said goes against the hospital's policy. According to a report from the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Al Zabala responded at 3:52 a.m. to a medical call on Caledonia Avenue in Purdy, where he found Pedro Martinez, 59, laying on the concrete in his garage after he had fallen from a chair...
SWEPCO pulls plug on transmission line project (01/07/15)
The Southwest Electric Power Company has withdrawn a pending application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build a 345 kV transmission line in northwest Arkansas. SWEPCO applied to the commission for the project for the first time in April 2013. ...
Roaring River celebrates New Year with hikes (01/07/15)
The Roaring River State Park kicked off the new year in natural fashion Thursday by providing guided tours along two of its trails. Around 10 a.m., 28 people followed Park Manager Kerry Hays, and his wife and registered volunteer, Heather Hays, on the 2.75-mile Eagle's Nest Trail. Park Ranger Steve Jabben walked behind the group...
Cassville buys 2 new trucks (01/07/15)
The city of Cassville has bought two new trucks, a one-ton truck and half-ton truck, to bolster its fleet for the Public Works Department. The city struck a deal with Ford for the one-ton truck, at a cost of $50,066. Other bids came from Dodge, for $51,083, and from Chevy, for $43,985. Steve Walensky, public works director, said the Chevy offer did not meet the departments specifications, and the base offer was $10,000 higher than Ford's or Dodge's...
Fitzpatrick bill aims to disallow A+ scholarships for illegal immigrants (01/07/15)
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, has sponsored a bill that would block the Missouri Department of Higher Education's plans to provide A+ scholarship benefits for illegal immigrants. House Bill 187 would change the wording from lawfully present to lawful status within the A+ Scholarship Program statute, said Fitzpatrick, who pre-filed his bill on Dec. 9...
Bill may change state's motorcycle helmet law (01/07/15)
A new State House bill is making its way through the General Assembly and could allow motorcycle riders who are 18 and older to not have to wear a helmet in Missouri. "I believe if you are riding a motorcycle, you ought to have a helmet," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff...
Show-Me-Select heifer sales set records (01/07/15)
Show-Me-Select heifer sales set records over the last two months because Missouri farmers had more money toward expanding their herds. On Nov. 21, the Joplin sale sold 521 heifers that totaled $1,505,150 and averaged $2,889. Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension regional livestock specialist for the Southwest Region, which includes Barry and Lawrence counties, said he was shocked by those prices...
Relay for Life Trivia Night set for Saturday (01/07/15)
The Relay for Life of Barry County is hoping to test people's minds on Saturday with the inaugural Trivia Night and Silent Auction. The event, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett, kicks off the 2015 fundraising for the group...
Barry County officials take oaths of office (01/07/15)
Barry County officials recently took their oaths of office recently at the Barry County Courthouse.
Seligman Chamber hosts New Year's dance (01/07/15)
The band, Three Hits & A Miss, performs at the Seligman Area Chamber of Commerce New Year's dance.
Reception honors Cox as he says farewell as Barry County prosecutor (01/07/15)
The Barry County Prosecutor's Office recently bid farewell to outgoing Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox.
Evans, Cooper sworn in as clerk, deputy clerk (01/07/15)
Jennifer Evans was being sworn in to her new position as city clerk.
County residents pay taxes before new year (01/07/15)
Many Barry County residents paid their taxes at the Barry County Collector of Revenue's Office before the new year
News Briefs (01/07/15)
Gunter Methodist gets new pastor Rev. Mike Tharp has been appointed as the new pastor at the Gunter Methodist Church, located three and a half miles east of Butterfield off Highway U. Tharp has served as associate pastor at the church for the past four years. He and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Jake and Garrett, and live in Monett...
Barry County court news (01/07/15)
Jamie Laverne Bivens, Washburn, two years unsupervised probation and 40 hours of community service for tampering with a motor vehicle; two years unsupervised probation and 40 hours of community service for third degree assault. Zachery Daniel Blay, Exeter, two years unsupervised probation and 40 hours supervised community service for receiving stolen property...
Municipal court news (01/07/15)
David Scott Deiser, Cassville, $75.50 for failure to register a vehicle. Valentinia Erika Marlow, Washburn, $100 for failure to register a vehicle. Brett Erron Meek, Purdy, $75.50 for failure to register a vehicle. Clifford Eugene Shoemaker, Cassville, $250 for possession of drug paraphernalia...
Suspect in Washburn shooting caught in Arkansas (01/05/15)
A man who allegedly killed a Washburn woman, injured another person and kidnapped a 2-year-old girl was apprehended by the Springdale Police Department's SWAT team in Springdale, Ark. Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said the suspect, Christopher Paschall, 37, of Springdale, Ark., allegedly shot two people, killing one woman, near Farm Road 1055 and 8th Street in Washburn. He then allegedly kidnapped his 2-year-old daughter and fled to his mother's house in Springfield...
Eagle Rock man injured in wreck (01/01/15)
An Eagle Rock man was injured Wednesday morning wreck on Route F, four miles west of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jordan Merritt, 33, of Eagle Rock, was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse southbound on Route F at about 9:15 a.m. when his vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a bluff...
Top 10 local news stories of 2014 (12/31/14)
An officer-involved shooting and local elections topped the list of local news stories in 2014. A Cassville man was fatally shot June 10 on Old Exeter Road by Cassville Cpl. Donnie Privett. Privett was found justified in his use of force, as the victim, Jonathan Gerster-Thomas, 25, allegedly assaulted Privett with a pipe. After a nearly two-month investigation, Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox decided to not file charges were based on municipal, county and state reports...
Missouri to offer free ACT to juniors (12/31/14)
Missouri is one of five states that will start offering the ACT exam for free to 11th-graders in the spring. "I think it's going to be a good idea to test all of our 11th-graders," said Mike Evans, the principal of Wheaton Junior High School and Senior High School. "With the ACT, it's a test that most people are familiar with the results of. Those people know what the scores mean as far as levels of readiness for students...
Southwest expect 15 early graduates, highest in area (12/31/14)
Southwest High School anticipates 15 early graduates for 2014--2015, which is a four-year high. All of these students have met the graduation requirements set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Southwest School Board, said Principal Tosha Watson. They also made plans after high school during their junior year, and they each wrote a letter to the school board asking for early graduation...
Fingerprints lead to 3 arrests in Seligman burglary (12/31/14)
With the help of fingerprints left at the scene, three people were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a house at 28267 Hwy. 37 in Seligman. Jeffrey Mounts, 23, from West Virginia, James Theodore Wagner, 50, from Tennessee, and Charlene Ann Hayes, 45, are accused of burglarizing the home while traveling through Barry County...
Wheaton grad steers students through NASA testing facility (12/31/14)
WHEATON -- Wheaton fifth-graders demonstrated their knowledge of Mars by conducting a one-hour Skype session with a district alumna who works for the NASA Curiosity Rover team. "We have been spending a lot of time sending robots and orbiters to Mars to study the planet," said Erisa Hines, who graduated from Wheaton High School in 1998. "So, when we send people, we have a good chance of making the right decision about what they need and what we can do to help them be safe and survive."...
Healthier lifestyles ring in New Year for many locals (12/31/14)
Before Thursday introduces the new year, many people make resolutions that indicate they want to live healthier. "To me, it's not a great day until I work out," said Sara Vandiver, who is an Insanity fitness instructor at Cassville YMCA. "You get your endorphins going. You feel better. You sweat out toxins out of your body."...
Plans advance for new library branch in Shell Knob (12/31/14)
A new branch building for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will move forward in 2015, thanks to the donation of three acres of land for a new site. Charles Singleton III, and Danny and Catherine Street, completed the donation of three acres at the library board's November meeting...
German exchange student completes semester in Purdy (12/31/14)
Hannah Falter described her fall semester at the Purdy School District as great, a memorable time that she has already recommended to her fellow high school students back home in southern Germany. Falter returned to Germany on Dec. 21, reciprocating an exchange student experience that began 26 years ago when David Mareth, now the vocational agriculture teacher at Purdy, spent a year with Falter's family...
Eunice Thomas adds 7th kindergarten class (12/31/14)
The Eunice Thomas Elementary School in Cassville requires a seventh kindergarten class as enrollment increases beyond optimal numbers. The elementary school anticipates bringing in the new kindergarten teacher toward the start of the second semester in January, said Principal Catherine Weaver. Each class averages 25 to 26 students. In the second semester, each class will have between 20 and 22...
Arnhart Baptist triples in size (12/31/14)
PURDY -- Arnhart Baptist Church had a formal dedication ceremony Sunday to celebrate a new, 16,440-square-foot expansion project. The church, which is about 3 miles southeast of Purdy, started planning the new addition a couple of years ago, said Pastor John Duncan. The new space will support growth. Construction began in February...
3 Cassville students make National Honor Choirs (12/31/14)
Cassville High School saw three of its vocalists make National Honor Choirs last week, and the trio will stay in Salt Lake City from Feb. 24-28, 2015. "We're just thrilled beyond belief," said Mary Richmiller, the high school vocal choir teacher. "We feel like we're dancing in the raindrops and not getting wet. We're so lucky."...
City of Cassville receives $40K grant (12/31/14)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Cassville a $40,000 grant toward developing a strategic plan for the city's sewer collection system. "The plan will consist of actions to make corrections over time to the collection system," said Steve Walensky, Cassville public works director...
Share Your Christmas volunteers separate, distribute toys (12/31/14)
Volunteers gathered at the Cassville United Methodist Church to sort out gifts for the Share Your Christmas campaign.
News Briefs (12/31/14)
The Cassville Senior Center's first dance of the new year will be held at the center, located at 1111 Fair St., from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday. The Roaring River Sound Band will be playing, with a $4 cover charge at the door. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to benefit the Senior Center. Finger foods are welcomed. For more information, people may call 417-846-5355 or 417-846-3024...
City council seat contested (12/24/14)
At least one of the two city council seats in Cassville is being contested, as incumbent Ann Hennigan, who plans to file, and challenger Jon Horner, who has filed, will square off for the north ward alderman position, to be decided in the April 7 municipal election...
Gas prices fall below $2 in Cassville (12/24/14)
People's wallets may be a little fatter this holiday season, as gas prices in Cassville have fallen below $2 per gallon. According to www.gasbuddy.com, all five gas stations in Cassville were selling gas for below $2 per gallon Monday, with the cheapest price listed at $1.95 per gallon...
Pair of candidates contest Seligman's west ward (12/24/14)
Two Seligman west ward alderman candidates will square off in the April 7 general municipal election. Incumbent Eric Freeman and challenger Bob Hughes both filed last week for the two-year position. Michael Avers also filed last week for a one-year west ward alderman opening...
County has winter energy assistance options (12/24/14)
More area residents may require assistance with their heating bills as the winter months progress with harsher temperatures. The Springfield-based Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which serves 10 southwest Missouri counties that includes Barry County, offers the Winter Heating Energy Assistance Program and the Winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program...
Cassville High School crowns Mr., Miss Merry Christmas (12/24/14)
Camille Holman, center, is crowned Cassville High School Miss Merry Christmas by 2013 Miss Merry Christmas, Ashley Ray, left. Holman raised $3,788.71 for the Share Your Christmas program.
Family, friends honor Judge Head (12/24/14)
Associate Circuit Court Judge Victor Head was recognized by a crowd of more than 100 during his retirement ceremony on Friday.
Seligman police raise $4,000 for Shop With a Cop program (12/24/14)
The Seligman Police Department raised $4,035 for the Shop With a Cop program, allowing 18 Seligman children to pick out their Christmas gifts Sunday afternoon at the Cassville Walmart. "This is our biggest year as far as the number of kids we were able to take and the amount we were able to spend on each child," said Police Chief Terry Burgess...
Exeter to buy body camera (12/24/14)
The Exeter Police Department will soon have a new piece of equipment that Police Chief Morgan Struble hopes will keep the department as transparent as possible. In the next three weeks, Struble will receive a body camera purchased for $400 from Taser international...
No leads in Norm's Grocery burglary (12/24/14)
The Seligman Police Department is investigating a burglary at Norm's Grocery, locate at 28850 Main St, but leads are running thin. "We have not received any leads or been able to come up with anything that points us in the direction of a suspect," said Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief...
School board candidates file for April election (12/24/14)
The Cassville Board of Education has two, three-year openings in the April 7 elections. Incumbents John Sullivan and Carolyn Bowen filed last week with the Cassville School District. Each board normally has seven members, said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent. He encourages every Cassville school board candidate to meet him and attend some board meetings, which are the first Thursdays after the 10th day of each month at 6 p.m...
Cassville Middle School raises $1K in penny war (12/24/14)
Cassville Middle School is making Christmas merrier this year for some of its own, as it raised $1,069 for a Share Your Christmas family within the school district. "I challenged my first-hour classes to come up with a way to either in their own classroom or within the school to help a Share Your Christmas family," said Melanie Stringer, middle school principal...
Cassville choirs bring sounds of season at annual Christmas Concert (12/24/14)
Choirs within the Cassville School District recently performed their Christmas Concert.
Area farmers determine whether to store corn (12/24/14)
Corn future prices look to increase next year, which may cause several area farmers to store their crop. December corn futures increased from $3.31 per bushel in mid-September to $3.81 per bushel on Dec. 5. "One thing that I always tell my clients when whether it makes sense to store it or not is the cost of storage," said Brian Hoops, president and owner of Springfield-based Midwest Market Solutions Inc...
Secret judges choose Christmas display winners (12/24/14)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce announced winners in the 19th annual holiday lighting contest. The secret judges viewed more than 50 decorated homes and businesses from Dec. 6-13, said Mindi Artherton, chamber director. The winners were selected based on the work, organization and theme that went into the displays...
Roaring River to host First Day Hike (12/24/14)
Roaring River State Park will host a First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Eagle's Nest, and at 2 p.m. at Springhouse Trail.
News Briefs (12/24/14)
Exeter's athletics program will host a Donkey Basketball Game on Jan. 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 each, and the game will be held in the Exeter High School gym. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Exeter Athletic Booster Club, which funds things like uniforms and awards for Exeter athletes...