This Week's Headlines
Republican nominee Cupps suspends southern commissioner campaign
The Republican nominee for Barry County Southern Commissioner is suspending his campaign, he told the Cassville Democrat in an email early Tuesday morning. Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, said he is withdrawing to become part of a startup company designing and testing small-field irrigation systems. Cupps was challenging incumbent Commissioner Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville...
Purdy woman's car catches fire after wreck
A Purdy woman was injured Saturday in a wreck at 3:10 p.m. on Highway W, one mile east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, April Witcher, 44, of Purdy, was driving a 2005 Mercury Sable westbound when here vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a highway sign and culvert, then caught fire...
2 injured in motorcycle wreck
Two people were injured on Saturday in a motorcycle-on-motorcycle collision at 11:20 a.m. on Highway 248 in Jenkins. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Brent Boudle, 50, of Ozark, was driving a 2008 Yamaha Road Star westbound and was stopped in traffic when his bike was struck from behind by a skidding 2003 Harley Davidson, being driven by Stedan Pitt, 52, of Lebanon...
Exeter man arrested after wreck near Wheaton
An Exeter man was arrested following a wreck on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. on Farm Road 2140, 1.5 miles south of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jimmy Jones, 36, of Exeter, was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer westbound when his vehicle skidded, ran off the roadway, struck a fence, overturned and ejected the driver...
Arkansas woman injured in Washburn wreck
A Bella Vista, Ark., woman was injured Friday in a wreck at 10 a.m. on Highway 90, four miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Janelle Jones, 43, of Bella Vista, Ark., was driving a 2006 Yamaha V Star motorcycle eastbound when her bike went off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Ruark anti-substations; Davis wary of cost
Barry County's two candidates for sheriff are split on the idea of substations, with one entirely against them and the other seeing a need but worried about the cost. Barry County Deputy Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, said he does not like the idea of substations and sees the endeavor as a waste of time and money...
New gun law concerns sheriffs
The law enforcement community has expressed mixed feelings about the Missouri General Assembly's veto override of the bill removing permit requirements for those carrying concealed weapons. "This entire bill is a mess," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "It basically does absolutely nothing but add confusion to an already confusing law."...
County clerks apathetic about new voter ID law
Ramifications from the Missouri General Assembly's override of voter identification law will not create any immediate change in voting practices locally, according to Barry and Lawrence County clerks. Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson said the voter ID override represented the nuts and bolts of what still goes before voters on Nov. 6 in the form of Amendment 6 to the Missouri Constitution. There will be no impact on the general election this year...
Shakin' in the Shell fun for all species
Shakin' in the Shell was held at Chamber Park in Shell Knob on Saturday.
Cupps in favor of consolidating road districts
Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville, and Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, both candidates vying for the job of Southern Barry County Commissioner, have differing opinions on the path Barry County should take regarding its road districts. Barry County has 25 special road districts and one common road district, with each special road district is overseen by three elected road commissioners who serve three-year terms...
Men caught on tape bathing in Seligman splash pad
Two men were caught on video tape bathing in the Seligman splash pad with a bar of soap at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, according to footage viewed by city personnel, said Seligman City Clerk Brian Nichols. Once the incident was discovered and the men's identities confirmed, officers were dispatched to issue trespass warnings to the individuals, prohibiting them from entering the park due to their inappropriate behavior...
Progress made on Purdy sewer project
Progress in funding and design has been reported on the Purdy sewer project. Ten months after voters passed a $4.6 million revenue bond issue to pay for running a sewer pipeline from Purdy to Monett, Mayor Steve Roden reported Chris Erisman, engineer for Allgeier, Martin and Associates, had begun design work on the pipeline. ...
39th Circuit Angels making a difference for foster children
Most foster parents have an altruistic desire to help children in crisis find security. They do so by providing a safe home environment, along with the love and support to assist a child in adjusting to a new set of life circumstances and thrive in the face of adversity. While most foster parents have big hearts, many of the costs associated with taking in a foster child or foster children is a huge strain on the wallet...
Cassville High School brings in new band director
The Cassville school district has hired Ed Lammers as the new band director for Cassville High School, replacing Scott Frederickson, who resigned at the beginning of the school year. Lammers is a Fulton native and brings 20-plus years of experience in the field of music eduction to the district. ...
Late State Mondays continuing at Purdy schools
Despite some concerns by patrons, Purdy School Superintendent Steven Chancellor defended continuing Late Start Mondays as a professional development time block into the new year. "There is much value in running buses late on Mondays," said Chancellor to school board members. "We have no meals to serve with no one here. Student supervision is the number one issue."...
Ray crowned Cassville Homecoming Queen
The 2016 Cassville football homecoming royalty is Queen Ashley Ray and King Riley Fletcher.
Schreiners to host fourth annual Frontier Days
Edgar and Sandra Schreiner of Cassville will be hosting the fourth annual Frontier Days celebration on Sept. 24 and 25, between Cassville and Jenkins. The two-day event takes families back in time to celebrate frontier culture and lifestyles, and will feature wagon rides, local artisans and vendors, blacksmithing, rope making, a chainsaw artist, Dutch oven cooking, apple butter and sorghum, lye soap and hand lotions, antique machinery demonstrations, glass blowing and more. ...
5K Run/Walk to honor local nurse
Mercy Hospital Cassville's nursing department is partnering with community health agencies to host the inaugural Jennifer Dougherty 5K Run/1-Mile Fun Walk on Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. outside the hospital campus, located at 94 Main St. The event is being held to honor local nurse Jennifer Dougherty, who died unexpectedly last December due to complications caused from sepsis...
Pep rally excites Wildcat faithful
Pictured is the 2016 Cassville football homecoming court.
Nearly 300 Boy Scouts attend Merit Badge University
About 245 Boy Scouts, the largest group ever, attended the Merit Badge University.
Community shows support for Kornerstone, teens
After a short briefing, runners at the Cassville Aquatic Park prepare to take off Saturday morning for a 5K run/walk event, just seconds before given the green light.
Littlefield brothers win awards at state fair
Cassville sophomore and FFA member Andrew Littlefield recently took the Grand Champion title with his AgriScience research project at the Missouri State Fair.
The Jenkins Fire Department's Annual Fish Fry will be held at Station No. 1 on Oct. 1. Bluegrass music by Bill and Ann Riggs and Ripplin' Creek will run from 4:30-6 p.m. Serving of the all-you-can-eat meal will be from 5-7 p.m. and will cost $9 for adults. ...
Sheriff nominees plan futures in office
The two candidates for Barry County sheriff each have different plans regarding their futures if elected to the positions, with one likely capping his service at three terms and the other hoping to retire from the post. Gary Davis, R-Cassville, a former FBI agent, said at 68 years old, his future as sheriff, if elected in November, will largely depend on how he feels his job performance is going by 2020...
Southern commissioner candidates aim to bring jobs
Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville, and Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, candidates vying for the job of Southern Barry County Commissioner, are looking at ideas to bring jobs to the area and increase county revenues. Hendrix, the incumbent, said bringing more businesses to the county would provide jobs for local residents as well as increasing local tax revenues...
Man shot by police near Purdy dies
An Aurora man who was shot by an Aurora officer near Purdy following a pursuit last week has died as a result of his wounds. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Thomas Sekscinski, 38, of Aurora, died from his injuries on Tuesday at Cox South hospital in Springfield...
Cassville Mighty Mite football players took time to honor America during the playing of the national anthem.
Shakin' in the Shell returns for 11th year
For the 11th consecutive year, Chamber Park in Shell Knob will be shakin' again, as the annual Shakin' in the Shell festival, along with the 27th annual Classic and Custom Car Show, is slated for Friday and Saturday. The festivities kick off Friday evening with a free concert by Earl and Them. Gates open at 6 p.m., and Earl and Them's toe tappin' performance begins at 7 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m...
Barry County reviews five-year hazard mitigation plan, strategies
The Barry County Commission, local school districts, emergency management and others are reviewing the hazard mitigation plan for the county. Every five years, public meetings are held to review the plan and determine how local governments will mitigate the impact of natural hazard events such as flooding, ice storms and tornados, with the goals of protecting the lives and minimizing injuries to the people of Barry County, preserving and protecting property and infrastructure and ensuring continued operation of government, emergency functions and critical infrastructure.. ...
Crane man arrested by drug enforcement team
A Crane man has been arrested after a member of the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team found 22.5 grams of methamphetamine at his home while executing a search. Kenneth Reavis, 48, of Crane, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful use of a weapon...
MU Extension hires new 4-H Youth Program Assistant
Marissa Tucker has officially assumed duties as the new 4-H Youth Program Assistant for Barry County, which was made possible through a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension and the Barry County Commission. Tucker is a 2012 Cassville alumni, and in July, graduated from Missouri State University in July with a B.S. in agriculture communication after returning from a study abroad program in Australia...
Woman arrested for kidnapping, assault
A Seneca woman is being held in the Barry County jail facing two felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly kidnapping a child from a home in Washburn. Randall Tilford, 28, of Seneca, is charged with kidnapping, first-degree burglary and misdemeanor third-degree assault...
Monett, Seligman see August sales tax gains
After a drop in sales tax revenues in July, revenues in August jumped up for Barry County and some cities, though the increases appeared limited to only a few recipients, like Monett. In Barry County, only two of the seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax topped last August's totals. ...
Roark Family Health to offer first urgent care service
Illnesses and injuries are no doubt an urgent matter when they occur, no matter what time of day it is, but in Cassville, there is currently no facility that offers urgent care medical services outside of normal business hours other than the hospital's emergency room, which can be time-consuming and expensive...
Exeter man charged with assault, DWI
An Exeter man is facing two felony charges after allegedly assaulting two people and then wrecking his vehicle while driving while intoxicated. Steve Thomas, 54, of Exeter, is charged with first-degree domestic assault and driving while intoxicated-persistent offender. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $40,000...
Kornerstone receives last funding from Children's Trust Fund
Kornerstone's Teen Parent program, which provides comprehensive advocacy and education for pregnant and parenting teens in Barry County, recently received its fifth and last year of funding from the Children's Trust Fund for fiscal year 2017 in the amount of $7,204...
Cassville man arrested for assault
A Cassville man was arrested Sunday after an altercation where he allegedly choked and punched a victim while children were nearby and witnessed the assault. Anthony Ramos, 30, of Cassville is charged with second-degree domestic assault and being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $25,000...
Seligman makes plans in advance to protect community
Halloween is still three months away, but the city of Seligman is already taking measures to plan for children's safety by ensuring residents' and the city's compliance with a state-mandated sex offenders ordinance. During the popular holiday, parents share the same concern for their children's safety as they go from door-to-door collecting candy, and one way they can keep them safe is by checking the neighborhood for sex offenders, which is a matter of public knowledge...
Cassville man injured in wreck Monday
A Cassville man was injured in a wreck on Monday at 11:55 p.m. on Farm Road 2200, three miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher Cape, 27, of Cassville, was driving a 1996 Ford Mustang eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
Demolition derby entertains large crowd in Cassville
The Cassville Rotary Club sponsored its annual Demolition Derby on Saturday.
Grandparents enjoy quality time with grandchildren at school
Many people came to visit for Grandparents' Day, a long-held tradition at the Cassville school district for families.
Freistatt Tractor Pull sees local participants
Kenneth Egan, of Seligman, completes a pull in his GMC while participating in the Freistatt Tractor Pull on Saturday.
Outlook, being around others can determine quality of life for seniors
According to University of Missouri Extension Human Development Specialist Renette Wardlow, a positive attitude can work wonders in promoting good physical and emotional health in seniors, proving that happiness and health really do go hand-in-hand...
Horner celebrates third book
Jon Horner, president of Security Bank of Southwest Missouri, held a book signing on Saturday at the Barry County Museum to celebrate the completion of his new book, "The Flight of the Slacker."
The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association will hold an educational tour in Barry County on Saturday. The first stop at 1:30 p.m. is at Anderson Ranch in Seligman. Owner, Gary Anderson and farm manager Lindell Mitchell will discuss their 300 Angus-based cow herd. ...
Chamber warns of possible scam
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses about a potential scam involving a company selling ads for a map. According to Brittany Farris, Chamber director, a company called HomeTown Productions has been calling businesses and encouraging them to buy ads for a map project with the Chamber...
Barry County sheriff candidates support Trump
Both saying they are unable to support Hillary Clinton, Barry County sheriff candidates Gary Davis, R-Cassville, and Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, say they will vote for Republican Donald Trump in the November presidential election. Ruark said concerning the race, Trump is the lesser of two evils...
Cupps supports Trump, Hendrix undecided
Barry County Southern Commissioner candidates, incumbent Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville, and challenger Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, recently shared their thoughts on state and national candidates running for office, and how the political climate in Washington, D.C., will ultimately affect residents of southwest Missouri...
Cassville band performs Friday at home football game
The Cassville High School Band, under the direction of Erica Gorman, performed in pregame and at halftime of the Cassville football game against East Newton Friday.
Seligman man facing multiple theft-related felonies
A Seligman man has been charged with multiple felony counts in three cases alleging he burglarized homes and played a role in the burglary at the Exeter Corn Maze. In three separate cases, Levi Slye, 35, of Seligman, is charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of stealing a firearm...
New Southwest superintendent outlines plans
In early August, Tosha Tilford officially took the reins as superintendent of Southwest schools, and as part of her new duties, plans to facilitate the district's continued growth and maintain its reputation for providing quality education. But, she also plans to revisit a few items to keep the district in tip-top shape for the future...
Nature scenes brighten walls, bring peace to nursing facility residents
If a picture can speak a thousand words, the walls at Roaring River Health and Rehab have a plethora of stories to tell to residents, staff and visitors about the inspiring nature scenes now adorning them. About 30 canvas prints, taken by a local nature enthusiast, were recently placed throughout the building, reflecting the natural beauty and serenity of the area, in line with the facility's name and theme...
New Ridgley-based Bible camp gains momentum
Ridge Top Bible Camp in Ridgley has experienced an explosion of growth in a year's time. Starting from humble beginnings, new to town, walking by faith and facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, directors Bill and Brenda Bennett, and local landowners Mike and Jeanie England, along with the help of several local churches and many volunteers, managed to establish a Bible-based summer camp and year-round retreat and ministry outlet for Barry County residents...
Extension celebrates Century Farms, farm families, 4-H members
The University of Missouri Extension recently held its annual picnic to recognize Century Farm families, along with other farm families, 4-H youth and Extension staff. During the event, which took place at Rocky Edmondson Park in Cassville and included fried chicken, a smorgasbord of home made covered dishes, dessert and tea, 4-H members shared a presentation detailing their annual and summer activities and their experiences, and the Extension introduced Marissa Tucker, the agency's new 4-H Youth Program Assistant. ...
Cupps wins grand champion with white clover in hay quality contest
Matt Cupps of Shell Knob and Cupps Farms was recently awarded grand champion in a hay quality contest at the Ozark Empire Fair this month in Springfield, even when University of Missouri Extension experts said that weather conditions negatively impacted hay quality this year...
Shoppers browse for bargains at second annual swap meet
Andrea Cudmore, left, and sister Korah Cudmore, searched for boys clothing for a customer Friday during Cassville's second annual swap meet.
Cassville buses take children home, district has good start
A long line of Cassville school district buses made its way along Main Street toward the square after the school day Thursday to take children home.
Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced absentee voting for the Nov. 8 General Election will begin on Sept. 27 in the clerk's office. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email email@example.com...
Wheaton man dies in wreck
A Wheaton man died early Sunday morning in a wreck at 1:55 a.m on Farm Road 1035, five miles east of Wheaton. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Phoula Phomdouangsy, 32, of Wheaton, was driving a 2003 Honda Accord northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert, overturned and struck a tree...
Arkansas man injured in wreck near Golden
A Berryville, Ark., man was injured Saturday in a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 86, three miles west of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ryan Donnerstag, 45, of Berryville, Ark., was riding a Jonway 150CC scooter westbound when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2006 Chrysler 300, being driven by Jessica Easley, 29, of Eagle Rock. ...
Washburn teen injured in dirt bike wreck
A Washburn teenager was injured Saturday in a wreck at 4:20 p.m. at 14257 Route C, six miles east of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Landon Hendrix, 16, of Washburn, was riding a 2007 Yamaha 250 dirt bike through a field when it struck a tree stump, ejecting Hendrix...
Officer-involved shooting investigation ongoing
The investigation into the police officer's shooting of a man in McDowell early Wednesday morning is ongoing, and no new information was available as of Thursday. According to Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, public information and education officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, no new details will be released until possible charges are filed against the suspect...
Man shot by police in McDowell
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, with assistance from Barry County deputies, is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man in critical condition in the early morning hours on Wednesday. According to the Highway Patrol, at about 2:19 a.m., an officer with the Aurora Police Department initiated a pursuit of a red suburban suspected to be stolen...
Fitzpatrick named House Budget Chairman
It's always good to get an early start in any career, and for State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, that is what has happened, but not in the career path he originally planned. At just 28 years old, Fitzpatrick, who previously had no prior experience in politics, has successfully served constituents in the 158th District now for nearly two terms in the Missouri House...
Sheriff hopefuls plan web presence
In the age of technology and social media, the two remaining candidates for Barry County sheriff have worked the internet into their campaigns, and each have plans for the Sheriff's Office concerning its online presence in the future. Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville, said he has a Facebook account, and although he does not post much, he watches closely the accounts of local media, especially with his campaign for sheriff...
Wheaton BBQ offers games, food, fun at city park
Clifton Wells provided a train that offered rides through downtown Wheaton as one of the features available to visitors at the Wheaton BBQ on Saturday.
Farm life, business lead Hendrix as commissioner
From his upbringing to his 22 years as owner of Sportsman's Corner in Cassville, two-term incumbent Wayne Hendrix takes many life lessons into his bid for another four years as southern commissioner. A 1978 graduate of Southwest High School, Hendrix grew up on a farm west of Washburn and at the age of 19, married his wife of almost 38 years, Jackie Hendrix. The couple have two children, Johnie and Jessica, both of which are grown and left the home...
From farm to college and back, Cupps learned many lessons
Challenger for Barry County's southern commissioner, Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, has taken the long road from the farm, through college and back to farming, and his experiences throughout his years he feels has made him ready to take on a county administrative role...
Cassville schools get new fiber optic technology
Having the latest technology is a benefit to any school district to facilitate the process of education, and at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the Cassville district was the recipient of that in the form of fiber optic internet technology...
Spencer takes up Purdy athletic director duties
Retired Monett High School Athletic Director Alan Spencer has been coaxed out of retirement to serve as athletic director for the Purdy school district for the 2016-2017 school year. According to Purdy Superintendent Steven Chancellor, Jennifer Schallert Cornelius stepped down from the athletic director's job after three years as a mutual decision with school administrators...
Man charged in Exeter Corn Maze, Barry Electric thefts
An Exeter man is facing four felony charges after allegedly burglarizing the Exeter Corn Maze and bypassing his electricity meter at his home to get free electricity. In two separate cases, Carl Lincoln, 30, of Exeter, is charged with with two counts of theft, tampering with a utility and burglary. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a combined bond of $29,900...
Purdy man facing pair of sodomy charges
A Purdy man has been charged with four felonies after allegedly sodomizing two children at a home in Purdy. Daniel Gunter, 21, of Purdy, is charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child...
2 charged in Exeter drug search
An Exeter woman and a Cassville man are each facing two felony drug charges after a search at a home in Exeter turned up methamphetamine and a pipe. Heather Sartin, 29, of Exeter, and Michael Bogle, 31, of Cassville, are each charged with possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance...
Exeter man charged with drug crime
An Exeter man has been charged with a felony after methamphetamine, pipes, baggies and two digital scales were allegedly found in his vehicle following a wreck. Jimmy Taylor, 37, of Exeter, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He is being held on a cash-only bond of $40,000...
Rotary Club to host Demolition Derby
Motors will be roaring and drivers bracing for maximum impact as they try to put the competition out of commission during the Cassville Rotary's annual Demolition Derby event on Sept. 10. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bill Hailey Arena off Business 37...
Roaring River Health and Rehab to host open house for greenhouse
Roaring River Health and Rehab will be hosting an Open House and ribbon-cutting event on Sept. 9 from 1-4 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m., to celebrate the completion of its new greenhouse and building renovations. Major renovations of the building, which included replacing floors with a rustic, hardwood-laminate, painting resident rooms, offices, hallways and the cafeteria with light, bright colors, replacing lights, handrails, doors and renovating the nurses' station, were completed several months ago, but the completion of both the renovations and the greenhouse are being celebrated at the event.. ...
Scouts learn about snakes, bears, fish hatchery
Cub Scouts from Pack No. 76 and their parents enjoyed a 'Snakes Alive' presentation given by Ryan Persinger, naturalist with Missouri State Parks last weekend.
Students undergo belt testing
Martial arts students from the RWTB Family Martial Arts Center of Cassville stretch in unison to prepare for a belt-testing event held recently at the Cassville YMCA.
The Barry County Master Gardeners meet each month on the second Thursday at the Cassville Public Library at 6 p.m. The Master Gardeners group is active in community service projects for the citizens of Barry County. Those who enjoy playing in the dirt, watching things grow and have an interest in becoming a Master Gardener may contact the University of Missouri Extension Office at 417-847-3161 for more information. ...
Seligman man injured in 4-wheeler wreck
A Seligman man was injured Thursday in a four-wheeler wreck at 2 p.m. on private property three miles southeast of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Leo Ash, 86, of Seligman, was riding a 2000 Honda Foreman ES southbound when his vehicle overturned on a hill...
Sheriff Race: Washburn native learned value of hard work on 240-acre farm
A lifelong resident of Barry County, Sheriff's Deputy Justin Ruark said his decision to run for the office's top job did not come lightly, and required a lot of thought and a lot of prayer. Ruark has been with the Barry County Sheriff's Office since 2010, reaching as high a post as night shift sergeant during his tenure...
Sheriff Race: Former agent details experience in FBI, 50 years of marriage
Former FBI Agent Gary Davis said his decision to run for sheriff did not come quickly, and was not even on his radar until friends in the area helped convince him to throw his name in the hat. After a career in the FBI spanning 23 years, Davis returned to Cassville because he and his wife could not think of any better place to retire. When other candidates began to file for sheriff, he had decided he was not going to run...
Strong arm robbery suspect apprehended
The suspect of a strong arm robbery at Ramey in Purdy on Aug. 16 has been apprehended after an associate in the alleged crime was caught at a home in Pierce City. Scotty Robertson, 31, of Pierce City, has been charged with second-degree robbery and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Also arrested was Dawn Kettner, 35, of Pierce City, who was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and posted a $15,000 bond...
Ambulance district lowers tax rate
Nearly one year after voters approved a sales tax for the South Barry County Ambulance District, the district's board has lowered its property tax rate by more than 60 percent. Ken Cieslinski, board chairman, said the property tax rate has been lowered from 0.0831 percent to 0.0331 percent, a 0.05 drop accounting for 60.17 percent of the total rate...
Misplaced child prompts reassessment of Purdy system
On the second day of school in Purdy last week, the school district faced one of those nightmare situations that all educators dread-- losing track of a child on the way home from school. Superintendent Steven Chancellor vowed the district would take steps to improve its response, and that he fully appreciated the anger of the parents involved...
MoDOT begins work to improve Cassville's sidewalks
MoDOT and Branco, the contractor hired by the state transportation agency to complete a substantial sidewalk project making all sidewalks within their jurisdiction ADA compliant, recently began constructing new sidewalks along Main Street, near the Cassville school campus...
Purdy officials consider new water leak detection system
Facing growing problems from lost water, the Purdy City Council entertained a revolutionary detection system proposed by Utility Services, the firm managing maintenance on the city's water towers. Tom Stechmann, water system consultant with Atlanta-based Utility Services, said his firm now offers two new services. ...
Wheaton Fire Department to host 58th annual barbecue
The 58th annual Wheaton Barbecue, sponsored by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In alignment with its values of doing what's best for Wheaton and the surrounding Barry County communities, the fire department will once again offer a day chocked-full of traditional, family fun events, great barbecue, music bands, a horseshoe tournament, duck race, children's carnival rides, a car show, an arts and crafts show and a petting zoo...
Patient assessments push Mercy Cassville to 5-Star awards
Mercy Cassville was recently recognized as the recipient of several 5-Star awards for demonstrating excellent communication and responsiveness in several categories as a result of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys, in which patients reported their experiences with staff...
Parents, children return to school routines
Mornings can be an extremely busy time with traffic from parents dropping off their children to school.
Kids Fishing Day at Roaring River a roaring success, quality family day
Kids Fishing Day was held Saturday at Roaring River State Park Saturday.
New teachers start at Purdy
Eight new staff members joined the Purdy R-2 School district for the 2016-2017 school year.
Free and reduced meals applications available
The Cassville school district announced its free and reduced-price meal policy for school children, in accordance with the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, for the 2016-2017 school year. Children from families whose current income is at or below the income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, including breakfast and lunch...
Drop-and-Go event brings gets children familiar with class, teacher
The Drop-and-Go event was held for parents and children to drop off supplies and meet the teachers.
Girls practice gymnastic moves
Treva Samuel, 11, of Cassville, did the mid-air splits at the Cassville YMCA.
His House Foundation is hosting the inaugural Buddy Bass Tournament on Oct. 22 at the Kings River Marina. His House Foundation serves the community by providing direct services to families in need and to serve as a catalyst for increased sharing within the community. ...
Arkansas man injured in Hwy. 86 wreck
A Green Forest, Ark., man was injured Friday in a wreck at 11:11 a.m. on Highway 86, one mile east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Ricky Carpenter, 46, of Green Forest, Ark., was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra westbound when his vehicle ran off the left edge of the roadway and struck a ditch, a tree and a fence...
Cape Fair man injured in Hwy. 37 wreck
A Cape Fair man was injured in a wreck on Friday at 3:55 a.m. on Highway 37, one mile south of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Toby Sturgell, 37, of Cape Fair, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a road sign and a ditch...
Lampe teen injured in Golden wreck
A Lampe teenager was injured Tuesday in a wreck at 7 a.m. on Highway 86, two miles east of Golden. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sheridan Ponder, 19, of Lampe, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet pickup westbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
First Camp SPARK makes impact on children
mp sparks creativity, enriches children A brand new camp experience came to Cassville this summer -- Camp SPARK. Sports and Arts for Kids, sparked by the ideas of staff members at First Baptist Church of Cassville, the camp was created to give local children the opportunity to create their own camp experience in the areas of sports, industrial arts, performing arts and creative arts, while still offering elements of traditional vacation Bible school...