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This Week's Headlines
PBR champ brings bull riding tour to Cassville (04/27/16)
The Rotary Club of Cassville will be hosting the Cassville Bull Blast in conjunction with the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding Tour on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bill Hailey Arena. Jenkins, a Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR) champion bull rider, will be at Country Dodge in Cassville from noon to 1 p.m. the day of the event to meet fans and sign autographs...
Heavy storms cause minor damage locally (04/27/16)
A line of heavy storms moved through the Barry County area Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, causing some damage in the local area. David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said he and Deputy Director Russ Nichols called out storm spotters at about midnight Tuesday, just as the line of storms crossed from Oklahoma and Kansas into Missouri...
Cassville teens killed in wreck (04/27/16)
Two Cassville High School sophomores died Friday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 248, two miles west of Wheelerville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Lawrence Dickson, 16, of Cassville, was driving a 2001 Ford F150 eastbound on Highway 248 at 4:13 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Library secures grant funds (04/27/16)
Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System has been awarded six Library Services and Technology Act grants, all totaling $30,108. According to Director Gina Milburn, the library system will receive $14,992 for the 2016 Summer Library Program. The grant funds will be used to provide a summer reading program for all ages, using the theme, "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" The reading program will be available in-house, as well as online through the library's webpage, www2.youseemore.com/blrl, from May 30 through July 31.. ...
MoDOT to resurface Routes 248 and 76, add shoulders (04/27/16)
MoDOT has scheduled a project to begin resurfacing portions of Highway 248 and Highway 76 near Cassville the week of April 25. The department will also be adding shoulders to portions of each route. "Neither one of those highways had two-foot shoulders, and this also was a good time to put those in," said David Mitchell, senior communications specialist for the department in the southwest district...
City employees repair possible 7 million gallon water leak (04/27/16)
A public works employee recently discovered a water leak where a two-inch pipe broke at a joint, which the city estimates could have resulted in a potential seven million gallon water loss. The city was able to repair the leak within just two days after finding it...
Exeter man charged in forgery, exploitation case (04/27/16)
An Exeter man is being held in the Barry County jail after allegedly forging a check for $42,050 and exploiting a disabled person. Johnny Berry, 59, of Exeter, is being held on a combination of two bonds, totaling $35,000, on charges of forgery and financial exploitation of a disabled person, as well as theft...
Washburn man facing 3 felony charges (04/27/16)
A Washburn man has been arrested on multiple felony charges stemming from two incidents in the past two months. Herman Tilford, 52, of Washburn, is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage and second-degree domestic assault. According to a probable cause statement filed by Terry Meek, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Tilford was found covered in blood and crawling around a property on E. ...
County concerned about employee health care increases (04/27/16)
The cost of health care is a concern to every American, and with that comes the process how to obtain insurance and navigate Obamacare, also known as The Affordable Care Act (ACA). A total of 71 Barry County employees have 100 percent of their health insurance covered by the county, but Cherry Warren, presiding county commissioner, is concerned that health care costs might increase phenomenally in the foreseeable future...
Cassville School District signs 5-year contract with Coca-Cola (04/27/16)
The Cassville school district recently signed a five-year agreement with Coca-Cola, which along with providing beverages to players, students and spectators, may add up to an additional savings of about $4,000 each year in concession revenue. The district has not had a concession contract for at least 15 years, said Richard Asbill, superintendent, and the benefit to signing one is that it will help save the district on product costs, consumption and additional quirks, like coolers...
2 Cassville buildings to get new scoreboards (04/27/16)
Players, coaches and spectators alike will notice a new feature in the Cassville Middle and High School gyms during sporting events next season -- new scoreboards. Cassville Activities Director Doug Martin was tasked with the job of replacing the scoreboards, which were over 20 years old...
Purdy schools announce summer school plans (04/27/16)
For the second consecutive year, the Purdy school district plans to run its own summer school program, offering classes May 25 through June 22. According to Mindi Gates, associate superintendent in charge of the program, students from kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up until May 6. Daily sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offer free daily breakfast at 7:30 a.m., as well as lunch. Bus routes will run the same as last year...
Silver Leaf boosts arts (04/27/16)
Sherry Johnson, president of the GFWC Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville, gives Wyatt Hester, Southwest Little Theatre director, a check for $500 to support the school's drama club.
Purdy students dance night away (04/27/16)
Andrea Humphrey, left, and Robbie Ortega dance together at Purdy's prom, held Saturday at the Crowder College Cassville Community Building.
Slow dances the flavor at Southwest prom (04/27/16)
Hailey Foster, left, and Dylan Bodendieck dance at Southwest High School's prom, held Saturday night in the school gym.
Eagle Rock area producers, artists come out for market (04/27/16)
Producer Roe Strickland visits with customers at the Eagle Rock Farmers' Market Tuesday morning.
SKITS cast prepares to deliver full-of-suspense show (04/27/16)
"The Bold, The Young and The Murdered" SKITS character Jake Strong, played by Morris Nyborg, tries to convince the rest of his fellow soap opera cast members the seriousness of the fact that their director, Oli, played by Deb Lay, has been murdered, but the stage manager, character Kaitlin, played by Faith Johnston, right, stays focused on the script and insists that the play finish that night, so that they can all keep their jobs...
News Briefs (04/27/16)
The Cassville Senior Center will host a Mother's Day Lunch on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meal requires a contribution of $3.50 for those over 60, and $6 for anyone else. For more information, people may contact the center at 471-847-4510. The Cassville Police Department is again participating in the D.E.A. ...
Purdy survey deadline looms (04/20/16)
The Purdy City Council received some welcomed help at its April meeting in collecting the income surveys needed to secure the $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program. Mayor Steve Roden reported the city now has until May 9 to compile the remaining 70 surveys needed to total 250 examples to document the median income of the community...
Charges filed in Cassville Bowl burglary (04/20/16)
Cases and charges against the two men allegedly behind the Yonkerville Store burglary in Pierce City continued to mount this week, as the Cassville Police Department has charged the men with orchestrating the burglary at Cassville Bowl on March 5. Cassville police submitted charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and first-degree property damage for Jerry Hartkopp, 54, and second-degree burglary and stealing for James Hooper, 25, both of Wheaton...
2 new aldermen join Purdy council (04/20/16)
Two new faces joined Purdy City Council recently, as Brad Bunnell took the Ward 1 seat and Brian Bowers assumed the job of Ward 2 alderman. Bunnell, 46, is the son for former alderman Launce Bunnell and the late Sue Bunnell. A lifelong city resident, Bunnell is a partner with his father in the local car sales business and owns 37 Tire and Auto Center. He and his wife, Melissa, have three boys, ages 12, 16 and 20...
Seligman works to create family outlets, wellness options (04/20/16)
The city of Seligman is working on improving existing recreational outlets for families and youth, as well as creating new ones, to promote wellness and provide family-friendly recreation for its residents. Originally installed in 2006, the city's skate park area behind city hall is in need of repair. The city is taking steps to purchase sheets of armor, a type of composite material used for skating areas and ramps, to make the skating surface smooth...
Cassville Main Street culminates revitalization plan (04/20/16)
The Cassville Main Street Association and the city of Cassville are in the process of wrapping up a master plan to revitalize the downtown area that started five years ago. In November 2010, the city landed a grant and partnership with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Development Finance Board and the Missouri Housing Development Commission called the DREAM initiative, which provides communities with technical and financial assistance for downtown revitalization...
Purdy school officials find needs to upgrade resources (04/20/16)
Several strategic contracts approved by the Purdy Board of Education moved to improve the district's technology and facility resources. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the student information system purchased from the STI company has become bloated with a massive volume of information. Conversion of the district's financial package opened an opportunity to address the student data...
Purdy renews teachers' contracts (04/20/16)
The Purdy Board of Education made several major personnel moves recently, rehiring certified teachers and moving three faculty members to tenured positions. Prior to taking action, the board accepted resignations from high school math teacher Molly Strickland and agriculture teachers Amanda Neely and Payden Emmett...
Cassville students gear up for year-end exams (04/20/16)
As the end of another school year quickly approaches, Cassville students are preparing to take district-wide end-of-year exams to help measure what they have learned during the school year. The annual exams will begin April 25 and conclude May 12. Cassville Intermediate students will complete the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) exam, and high school students will complete what are referred to as End-of-Course (EOC) exams...
Yard sale, donkey basketball to bolster Ridgetop Bible Camp (04/20/16)
Ridgetop Bible Camp will be hosting two fundraisers to raise money for the camp's operations, along with an informational meeting about the camp. On April 29 at 7 p.m., a game of donkey basketball will be held at the Wheaton school gymnasium, and on May 14, a yard sale will be held at Ferman Prewitt's home at 530 E. Davidson St. in Wheaton, during the town's city-wide garage sale...
Local groups provide funding vehicle for projects (04/20/16)
If a community and everything in it that makes it work is valued, such as its schools, teachers and businesses, then some have set a clear example of just what can be accomplished when individuals work together to achieve a common goal to make its community better...
Barry Electric hosts 70th annual meeting (04/20/16)
The Glory Bound Quartet was the entertainment at the 70th Annual Barry Electric Cooperative meeting on Thursday at the Family Life Center in Cassville.
Cub Scouts advance in ranks at ceremony held at Cassville American Legion (04/20/16)
Cub Scouts from Pack 76 held an awards ceremony and pack meeting Friday evening at the American Legion.
Library speaker shares tips on planting shrubs (04/20/16)
Kathryn Kufahl, Kimberling Area Library director, shared a presentation on good flowering shrub choices to plant, and a plant specimen.
Boys will be boys playing on tank at American Legion (04/20/16)
Scouts and other children played at the American Legion Friday night.
Soroptimists raise $900 for Cassville Education Fund (04/20/16)
The Cassville Education Fund received a $900 check from the Soroptimist Club of Barry County's St. Patrick's Day Potato Bak
News briefs (04/20/16)
Roaring River State Park will host an Earth Day Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees should meet at the Nature Center for a day of activities, including games, solar system education and the handing out of free trees. For more information, people may call 417-847-3742...
3 injured in wreck near Shell Knob (04/17/16)
Three people were injured Saturday in a wreck at 6:08 p.m. on Highway 39, four miles north of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, David Shephard, 57, of Shell Knob, was driving a 1994 Mazda Navajo northbound on Highway 39 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, being driven by Casey Petzoldt, 28, of Springfield...
Local legislators open to runoff voting system (04/13/16)
With the absence of a runoff system in Missouri, one of the six Republican candidates for sheriff could mathematically win the primary with just 17 percent of the vote, and local legislators and officials are weighing in on the need for runoff elections...
Dog attack prompts 
concern over leash laws (04/13/16)
A Cassville resident is questioning why there is no leash law in the city after her dog was attacked by another dog during a routine walk, resulting in her dog's death. According to the police report filed by dog owner Tracy Youngblood, on March 19, she and her sister were walking her chihuahua, Molly, on a leash on Chinquapin Street when the front door of a residence opened, two dogs ran out, and one, a pit bull, charged and attacked her dog. ...
McDonald County jail escapees captured in Texas (04/13/16)
Two men who allegedly escaped from the McDonald County jail overnight on Sunday were captured Tuesday morning about 300 miles away in Bowie County, Texas. Mathew Miller, 22, of Eagle Rock, who is charged with kidnapping a Washburn woman in 2014, and Keith Davis, 24, of Anderson, who was being held on multiple property crime and theft charges, were both caught by Texas authorities at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday...
Prom Queen shows off dance skills (04/13/16)
Cassville Prom Queen Brooke Cornell line dances to "Cotton Eye Joe" Saturday during the Cassville High School Prom.
Purdy schools change 
direction of storm shelter plan (04/13/16)
Plans for additional facilities for the Purdy school district, including a storm shelter, have changed, making a public vote in August on a new bond issue more likely. Brad Erwin, architect with Paragon Architecture, said Purdy did not win funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's latest round of grants for storm safe rooms. ...
Masonic Lodge members 
recognized for 50 years of service (04/13/16)
With all the organizations one can join and all the conflicting challenges of scheduling and responsibilities, 50 years of service to any one of them is nothing short of miraculous. Three individuals -- James "Spiz" Stephens, Richard Auernheimer and Bill Goosetree -- were recently recognized for contributing that many years of service to the Freemasons...
Purdy police acquire new computer system (04/13/16)
The Purdy City Council has approved the purchase of the Automated Law Enforcement Incident Report (ALEIR) program for the city's police department. Officer Russ Nichols reported the program, used by the Seligman police, would provide better written reports, help transition to paperless documents, save on the purchase of ticket books and avoid limitations in computer storage because the program is cloud-based. ...
March sales tax totals show general growth in local area (04/13/16)
Sales tax revenues to Barry County cities and government continued to show strength in March, reflecting a general upward swing, despite many entities budgeting cautiously for a more reserved economy in 2016. The seven Barry County cities generating sales tax received $571,708.26, up 16 percent from a year ago. Only Seligman, without its Walmart, showed a decline...
Proposal aims to eliminate Daylight Saving Time in Missouri (04/13/16)
For decades, people have reminded themselves before going to bed at a certain time each fall to turn their back their clocks one hour, and in the spring, ahead one hour, for Daylight Saving Time. Today, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used in 70 countries. In the U.S., it is used on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November...
Local dentist to offer free screenings (04/13/16)
April is oral cancer awareness month, and to help promote early detection, Dentist Dr. Carolyn Hunter, who has practiced in Cassville for over 30 years, will be offering free screenings from April 25-28. Hunter attended a seminar where she heard performer and motivational speaker Eva Grayzel, who was diagnosed with stage four oral cancer at only 33 years old and given a 15 percent chance of survival. She also learned that one American every hour of every day dies from oral cancer...
Farmers' Market open (04/13/16)
Sherry Greenway, of Greenway's Acres, puts pumpkin muffins and chocolate and peanut butter treats in a bag for a customer Saturday morning on the square during Cassville's Farmers' Market.
News Briefs (04/13/16)
The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging is rebranding itself, as it is now the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. Although the name has changed, the scope of the organization's service remains the same. The agency aims to play a key role in planning, developing, coordinating and delivering a wide range of service and support to seniors to remain independent and at home for as long as they can, utilizing five core services -- support, caregiver encouragement, nutrition, health and wellness programs, and advocacy. ...
Marple, Yarnall win school board race (04/06/16)
Jeremy Marple and Chad Yarnall will join the Cassville School Board on April 14, as the two finished in first and second place out of four candidates for the at-large board seats. Marple won the race with 769 votes (35 percent), while Yarnall came in second with 695 votes (32 percent). Gamon Sparkman finished in third with 535 votes (24 percent), and Doyne Damon Brown rounded off the field with 175 votes (8 percent). There were 16 write-in votes (1 percent)...
Wheaton voters pass school bond issue, 76-24 (04/06/16)
The Wheaton school district has been working toward getting a FEMA building, and it took another step toward the goal on Tuesday by passing a $1 million bond issue to raise funds for the project. "We submitted a notices of interest a couple of years ago with no plans for a district match," said Wheaton Superintendent Lance Massey. "But, with the bond issue, it puts us with a clear plan for a district match."...
Library tax falls by wide margin (04/06/16)
Voters in Barry and Lawrence counties offered little support for a 7-cent increase in the property tax levy for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library on Tuesday. In trying for its first property tax increase since 1990, the library issue failed to gain any significant traction in either county. Barry County voters gave the measure only 36 percent support -- 1,129 for and 2,012 against. Lawrence County voters provided slightly more support, giving 45 percent in favor, 1,443 to 1,744...
County titling tax measure passes, 56-44 (04/06/16)
Voters Tuesday approved the continuation of the vehicle titling sales tax in Barry County and the city of Cassville, meaning vehicles bought out of state and titled in the county and city will be taxed at the county and city rates. For Barry County, the measure passed with 1,738 votes (56 percent) to 1,396 votes (44 percent). In the city of Cassville, it passed with 216 votes (56 percent) to 172 votes (44 percent)...
Thornton wins 3-way Seligman mayoral race (04/06/16)
In the three-way race for Seligman mayor, Garry Thornton has come out on top and will assume the post not filled since former Mayor Jerry Montgomery resigned in September 2015. Thornton won the race with 21 votes (33 percent), Eric Freeman came in second with 17 votes (27 percent) and Everlyn Chisholm rounded up the field in third with 15 votes (24 percent). There was one write-in vote (2 percent)...
Local legislators support amendment (04/06/16)
Both Barry County legislators support a resolution that aims to prohibit the state from penalizing on organizations who act in accordance with their religious beliefs concerning same-sex marriage. State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, is a co-sponsor of the Senate Joint Resolution 39 and voted for it to pass through the Senate...
2 charged in Yonkerville Store thefts (04/06/16)
Drugs allegedly found in both men's homes after searches Two Wheaton men have been charged after allegedly stealing items from the Yonkerville Store on Highway 60 in Pierce City. Jerry Hartkopp, 54, of Wheaton, is charged with burglary, theft of a credit card, first-degree property damage and stealing, as well as possession of a controlled substance after drugs were allegedly found during a search of his home...
Purdy man facing 4 felony charges (04/06/16)
A Purdy man is facing four felony charges relating to a home burglary in Cape Fair and a vehicle allegedly stolen from a home in Cassville. Bryan Davis, 28, of Purdy, is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and stealing...
Southwest puts more Chromebooks in students' hands (04/06/16)
The Southwest school district has been working diligently to implement its 1:1 initiative to put a Google Chromebook in the hands of all students and teachers. The district has already equipped students grades 5-12 with a device, and it has begun the next phase of the initiative, which involves equipping fourth-grade classrooms with a device beginning next year...
Certified wound care comes to Mercy in Cassville, Aurora (04/06/16)
When life takes unexpected twists and turns, Mercy Hospitals attempt to provide quality, innovative care to help patients heal and get back on their feet quicker. This time, they are providing a new standard of wound care to patients with a unique certification that nurses at Mercy Cassville and Mercy Aurora have completed...
Expert shares tips to protect plants from spring frosts (04/06/16)
Keeping plants safe in between seasonal weather fluctuations can be tricky for gardeners, and even though Spring has officially arrived, plants are not out of the woods yet when it comes to unexpected freezes. Bouts of spring frost are common in the Ozarks, but knowing a few facts can help even novice planters ensure their new plants survive, and thrive, for the season...
Wolf gets Music Advocacy award (04/06/16)
Jenkins man Denny Wolf was recently given the Music Advocacy award by the Cassville School District. He was unanimously chosen by the school's music department staff based on his dedication to the department, through volunteering and advocacy. "Mr. Wolf was an easy choice for this year's Music Advocacy award recipient," said Mary Richmiller, Cassville High School choral teacher. ...
Walmart managers get dunked for breast cancer (04/06/16)
Cassville Walmart Assistant Manager Tim Wilkens puts his hat back on after getting dunked on Saturday in the lawn and garden area of the store.
New Price Cutter gets Wildcat mural inside store (04/06/16)
Along with a name change, remodel and redesign of products and services at Price Cutter in Cassville, formerly named Ramey, Cassville Primary School Art Teacher Charla Curry and long-time Price Cutter employee Mary Lyall added some new scenery to the store, in the form of a unique Wildcat mural inside the entrance...
Locals gather to learn about Master Gardener program (04/06/16)
Reagan Bluel, Barry County dairy specialist program director, shares a presentation with residents at a meeting March 31 at the Cassville Branch Library to discuss a course on becoming a master gardener, which will be offered over the next 10 weeks.
Security Bank adds $500 toward $5K matching grant (04/06/16)
Security Bank of Southwest Missouri gave a $500 donation to the Cassville Education Fund on Friday.
Seligman teen injured in wreck (04/06/16)
A Seligman teenager was injured Thursday in a wreck at 2:25 p.m. on Highway NN, four miles west of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Nathaniel Aday, 17, of Seligman, was driving a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country northbound when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned...
4 injured in Hwy. 76 wreck (04/06/16)
Four people were injured Wednesday in a wreck at 10 a.m. on Highway 76, two miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alejandro Roman, 17, was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang eastbound when his vehicle made a left turn into the path of a 1994 Toyota pickup, being driven by Lesa Fancher, 49, of Cassville. The vehicles struck head-on...
News Briefs (04/06/16)
Front Porch Conversations with Garden People will meet at 7 p.m. on April 14 in the lower level of the Cassville Library. Kathryn Kufahl, a very popular speaker in each of the last two years, will present a program on viburnums and buddleias -- two families of landscape shrubs. ...
Final election results (04/05/16)
Below is a list of final unofficial Barry County election results. Results from other counties included when elections cross counties. Source: Barry, Lawrence, Newton, McDonald and Stone county clerks...
Barry County election results (04/05/16)
Raw county results. Does not include results from counties in crossover elections. Final results will be posted later, including elections involving two or more counties.
Cassville Democrat publisher earns national honor (03/31/16)
Jacob Brower, publisher of the Cassville Democrat, has been named to Editor & Publisher magazine's annual "25 Under 35" list. Brower, 35, has been the Democrat's publisher since 2013. The annual list recognizes 25 top professionals age 35 and younger representing various disciplines at newspapers across the country...
Tax renewal goes to voters (03/30/16)
Officials in Barry County and the city of Cassville are hoping a sales tax ballot measure will be continued by local voters, as they said the elimination of the tax would put local vendors at a disadvantage. The measure designates the state, county and city sales taxes should be collected when a person titles a vehicle, trailer, boat or outboard motor purchased outside the state. The tax has been collected for years, and it would not represent a new tax for any county residents...
2 seek open seat on Purdy Council (03/30/16)
Two candidates are seeking the alderman's seat for the West Ward on the Purdy City Council in the April 5 election. Both are seeking public office for the first time. Raymond Stapleton, 69, is one of the few people who regularly attends city council meetings. ...
Cassville native still shoots for the stars (03/30/16)
For a little girl in the 1960s, looking up at the stars above Barry County and thinking what it would be like to be in space may have seemed like a Jiminy Cricket-style wish upon a star. However, for Cassville native Janet Kavandi, that was exactly where her astronaut dream began...
6 Republicans, 1 Democrat file for Barry County sheriff (03/30/16)
Filings for have closed for county and state legislative positions up for grabs in the August primary and November general election, with the race for Barry County sheriff the most hotly-contested. Seven individuals, six Republicans and one Democrat, filed for the top law enforcement post in the county. ...
Trio square off for Seligman mayor (03/30/16)
Voters in Seligman will have three candidates to choose from on the ballot Tuesday for the position of Seligman mayor. Garry Thornton, Eric Freeman and Everlyn Chisholm will be running for the city's top post. Paul R. Johnson, who had filed for mayor, has withdrawn his candidacy...
Sales tax 
renewal on April ballot (03/30/16)
Officials in Barry County are hoping voters will again renew the half-cent sales tax for roads and bridges for another five years. Cherry Warren, presiding commissioner, said the tax brings in about $2 million per year, all of which is used for roads and bridges. In 2015, the final revenue figure from the tax was about 2,031,553.96...
New faces run for Cassville School Board (03/30/16)
Four candidates are seeking two open seats on the Cassville School Board, meaning the top two vote-getters on April 5 will take the positions. Chad Yarnall, Doyne Damon Brown, Jeremy Marple and Gamon Sparkman, all of whom are running for an elected position for the first time, are aiming for seats being vacated by Hal Smith and Greg Allen, who each chose to not seek reelection...
Local Master Gardeners offer planting tips to get great start to gardens (03/30/16)
Gardening season is just around the corner, and with that, Barry County Master Gardeners and local producers, who have often learned by trial and error themselves, are one of the county's best assets to help residents establish gardens that will reap a bountiful harvest...
Cassville Farmers' Market to 
officially open season Saturday (03/30/16)
In its 40th year of operation, the Cassville Farmers' Market is gearing up for a new season come Saturday, and in more ways than one. The popular fresh-foods market will continue to be available to residents on the square Saturday mornings from 7-11 a.m. with its smorgasbord of produce and home-made wares. On Saturday, the market will officially open for the season. From 10-11 a.m., gospel singer Keith Stephens will provide entertainment...
Central Crossing to offer in-depth class on preventing falls (03/30/16)
The Central Crossing Senior Center will be offering a A Matter of Balance, a new workshop to help seniors and at-risk individuals prevent falls, overcome fears, build strength, balance and take charge of their surroundings. The class, which consists of eight, two-hour sessions, offers practical education on falls, with an in-depth look at what causes them, mindsets and fears about falling, and consists of interactive instruction on what can be done to prevent falls. ...
Central Crossing starts making daily wellness calls (03/30/16)
The Shell Knob Central Crossing Senior Center makes calls every day for a variety of reasons, but now, it will be dialing numbers for a whole different reason -- just to check on people. In conjunction with Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, the center, and others who are catching on, is implementing a new service it calls the "daily buzz." The service is a phone call for seniors over the age of 60 who live alone...
Color Me Mellow classes come to Cassville (03/30/16)
How can one find inner calm and true relaxation almost instantly? Pick up a crayon or marker and start coloring. Coloring books are not just for children anymore. Something to draw with is all that is needed at an adult coloring class to melt concerns, access creativity and kick stress to the curb...
Humphrey joins Purdy school board (03/30/16)
urdy resident Tammy Humphrey, right, accepted an appointment to join the Purdy Board of Education, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of 11-year board member Mike Bennett.
Bunny Brunch brings families to library (03/30/16)
Dawna Snell helps her daughter, Brynna Snell, of Exeter, color a bunny, which was one of the activities at the Cassville Branch Library's Bunny Brunch, Saturday morning.
Scouts take their cars to district races (03/30/16)
Cub Scouts from Troop 76 look on with nervous anticipation as their derby cars are put in place to race last Saturday in Joplin at district races.
Children hear about meaning of Easter (03/30/16)
Kaden Haynes, 3, son of Kelby and Haley Haynes, of Rocky Comfort, prays for the congregation at Solid Rock Baptist Church, after an entertaining discussion with Pastor Scott Mitchell on the meaning of Easter.
Community egg hunt lures families with 6,000 eggs (03/30/16)
Rodeo Clown Tuffy Gessling, of Salisbury, gets a crowd of families excited for the start of an Easter egg hunt at Southwest Schools Saturday morning, while host Clifton Wells (background) gets ready to let the families go.
Wednesday tornado confirmed in Barry County (03/30/16)
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Barry County late Wednesday night. Survey teams from the NWS reported Thursday afternoon that at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday, a 200-yard-wide EF-1 tornado touched down one mile north northeast of Shell Knob near Stallion Bluff Road, tracking about two miles into Mark Twain National Forest...
Shell Knob man dies in wreck (03/30/16)
A Shell Knob man died Wednesday in a wreck at 2 p.m. on Route YY, one mile southeast of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Roger Patterson, 68 of Shell Knob, was driving a 2012 Ford F150 eastbound when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck several trees...
Cassville teen injured in wreck (03/30/16)
A Cassville teenager was injured Saturday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 37, two miles south of Butterfield. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Vanessa Carney, 16, of Cassville, was driving a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle northbound when her vehicle lost control, left the roadway and overturned...
Barry County election filings (03/28/16)
Local election filings as of 11 a.m. Monday. Filing deadline is Tuesday. The primary election will be Aug. 2, and the general election will be Nov. 8. David Sater, R-Cassville Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob Travis Hilburn, R-Cassville Danny Boyd, R-Purdy...
4 days before filing deadline, local state lawmakers remain unopposed (03/25/16)
Four days before the filing deadline, both members of the local delegation to the state legislature remain unopposed. State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, have both filed for re-election. None have drawn opposition, according to the Missouri Secretary of State's website...
Mercy to align South Barry County District ambulances (03/23/16)
One-by-one, the South Barry County District's ambulance fleet of six units are receiving updates to align them with Mercy standards and protocols, and make them ready for service to Barry County citizens. Mercy is in the process of adding equipment, Mercy decals, a radio system and black boxes to the ambulance units. The changes are being made following the district's contract switch from Cox to Mercy, which took effect March 9...
Jailer who supplied pot to inmates pleads guilty (03/23/16)
A former Barry County jailer has pleaded guilty to delivering an illegal substance to inmates being held in the jail in August 2015. Judge Jack Goodman sentenced Matthew Hernandez, 24, of Butterfield, to five years of supervised probation for pleading guilty to smuggling marijuana to a pair of inmates in the jail...
St. Patrick's Day Potato Bake draws large lunch crowd (03/23/16)
The Kid Kat Choir performed for guests at the Soroptimist Club of Barry County's St. Patrick's Day Potato Bake Thursday at the United Methodist Church.
Cassville native to head NASA's Glenn Research Center (03/23/16)
Cassville native Janet Kavandi is continuing to move up at NASA, as she has now been named director of the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland after a year as deputy director. A student at Cassville schools before moving and graduating from Carthage High School in 1977, Kavandi is the first female director of the Center, and its first director to have flown in space...
New principal to take post at Southwest next fall (03/23/16)
Beginning next fall, Eric Roller, a Barry County native, will assume the position of high school principal for the Southwest school district. Roller will be taking over Tosha Watson's position, who will replace Bob Walker as superintendent when Walker retires...
Eagle Rock man facing sexual abuse charges (03/23/16)
An Eagle Rock man is facing multiple charges related to sexual abuse of a minor after incidents took place on Saturday in a vehicle near his home on Highway M. Edward Resz, 51, of Eagle Rock, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree child molestation and second-degree sexual abuse for alleged contact with multiple minors in the vehicle...
Schools look for ways to manage in-the-red meal accounts (03/23/16)
The Cassville school district food service staff recently participated in a webinar to review procedures and options on how to deal with unpaid student meal accounts. "Schools handle this issue in a variety of ways, and even from state-to-state, the regulations are different," said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent. "The information was pretty standard to the policies already in place by the USDA and the school lunch program both at the federal or state level."...
Exeter man charged with sodomy (03/23/16)
An Exeter man is facing two felony charges relating to sexual contact with a person less than 14 years of age. Buck Nelson, 42, of Exeter, is charged with first-degree statutory sodomy and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. According to a probable cause statement filed by Chris Hutson, Barry County deputy, the incidents occurred between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 1, 2015. The victim in the case is 13 years of age...
Foot bridge along Greenway Trail restored (03/23/16)
A bridge that allowed passage over Flat Creek along the popular Greenway Trail near the Cassville Aquatic Park was recently rebuilt by volunteers and city workers, nearly eight months after being destroyed by flooding in July 2015. According to Steve Walensky, Cassville public works director, no action could be taken to address the damaged bridge, along with many other areas in the parks which had been damaged, until funding was received from FEMA, which did not arrive until December 2015, when another flood hit. ...