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This Week's Headlines
Gas prices fall below $2 in Cassville (12/17/14)
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, three gas stations in Cassville are selling gas for $1.99 per gallon. Experts say the nationwide drop in prices, partly because the global price of crude oil dropping and the U.S. and Canada producing more oil, will lead to the cheapest gas since Christmas of 2008...
2/3 of items returned in 25-case theft ring (12/17/14)
About two-thirds of the items stolen in a three-county theft ring have been returned to the original owners, according to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. The items allegedly stolen by Jason Kramer, 24, James Kramer, 61, and Amanda Shelby, 27, all of Verona, totaled about $40,000 in value and spanned about 25 theft cases in Barry, Lawrence and Newton counties...
Purdy reserves show growth (12/17/14)
By Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat The annual audit for the audit for the City of Purdy showed a dramatic shift in city spending practices over the past year. Reserves grew and maintenance projects shrank compared to the previous year. Dawnata Hopkins, auditor for The CPA Group in Monett, reported the city received an unmodified opinion, the positive report city leaders want...
Christmas parade passes through Seligman (12/17/14)
The Southwest High School marching band performs in the Seligman Christmas Parade Saturday. More photos appear on Page 8. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Exeter police chief certifies drug dog (12/17/14)
Area law enforcement can now utilize Bailey, a 3-year-old black labrador retriever, to search for drugs. "She is strictly a narcotics dog," said Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief and Bailey's owner. "She doesn't track people. She doesn't bite. She doesn't search buildings for bad guys. She is trained on marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine (amphetamine) and heroin and their derivatives."...
Norman to appear for 
pretrial in district court (12/17/14)
A Cassville man facing three federal counts appeared for pretrial Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, was indicted in November on federal charges of using a minor to produce child pornography, a class B felony, and two counts of using the Internet and a cell phone to induce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, 
class A felonies...
Seligman Walmart Neighborhood Market has grand opening (12/17/14)
The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Seligman has opened with high expectations from local leaders and residents since construction began four months ago. "I believe it's going to be a big success," said Jerry Montgomery, Seligman mayor. "Everybody that I've talked to was anxious to see it get opened."...
Casas to appear for pretrial Tuesday (12/17/14)
A Cassville man appeared for pretrial Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Matthew Casas, who after a superseding indictment is facing counts of sexual exploitation of children, a class B felony, distributing child pornography, a class C felony, and possessing child pornography with an intent to distribute, a class C felony, was originally indicted by a grand jury in April on the two class C felonies...
Monett man faces 8 felony charges (12/17/14)
A Monett man on the run since March has been apprehended in Saginaw, Mich., and transported to the Barry County jail. Lawrence Konsdorf, 54, of Monett, is facing three counts of first-degree child molestation, class B felonies, three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, unclassified felonies, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child-sexual conduct, a class C felony, and incest, a class D felony...
Butler Hollow proposal causes backlash (12/17/14)
A proposal for a prescribed burning of nearly 18,000 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest is drawing attention from residents who live near the Butler Hollow Area. On Nov. 18, the U.S. Forest Service's Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District published a legal notice in the Springfield News-Leader seeking public comments regarding what it describes as the "Butler Hollow Project."...
Brown guilty of child endangerment (12/17/14)
A Barry County jury found a Wheaton man guilty Thursday evening of first-degree felony child endangerment. The Wheaton Police Department arrested Joshua Tyler Brown after he was suspected of abusing his girlfriend's child several times between Feb. 25 and March 5, 2013, resulting in blistering from second-degree burns on the child's buttocks, a hand mark on the child's thigh and suspected burns on the child's fingers, according to a sworn statement from officer Kenen Martinez to the Barry County Circuit Court on March 7, 2013.. ...
Most wanted man pleads guilty (12/17/14)
A Fairview man who was on the Barry County most wanted list pleaded guilty recently to a trio of charges stemming from an October arrest. Joseph Trolinger, 34, of Fairview, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony...
Purdy updates improvement plans at schools (12/17/14)
New goals set for student scores, strategies for achievement Since the beginning of the school year, administrators and faculty at the Purdy School District have redoubled their efforts developing school improvement strategies. With the introduction of iPads for grades three and up, plus more technology devices added at lower grades, teaching this year has taken on a different look from the past...
Dollar General expects new store to have early February grand opening (12/17/14)
Dollar General plans to open a new store just south of Wheaton on Highway 86 in early February, according to a company spokeswoman. "We look for places where we offer customers an easy and convenient place to shop, where they can get cleaning products and non-perishable food items at a really low price every day," said Mary Kathryn Patterson, communications coordinator for Dollar General. ...
Exeter K9 makes 1st bust (12/17/14)
The Exeter Police Department's new K9 made her first bust during a traffic stop on Saturday at Highway 76 and Farm Road 1065. Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, said he pulled over Charlie Crow, 36, of Cassville, for an alleged equipment violation, failure to illuminate a license plate, and Crow allegedly did not have a valid driver's license...
Seligman remembers Alderwoman Beaver (12/17/14)
City prepares for 2015 elections In the April 7 elections, Seligman voters will decide on a west ward candidate to fill a vacant position left by a alderwoman who died on Dec. 6. Shirley Beaver, alderwoman since April 2013, knew a lot about the community, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk...
Wheaton spreads Christmas cheer (12/17/14)
The Purdy High School marching band plays in the Wheaton Christmas Parade Saturday. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville Intermediate performs 'The Nutcracker' (12/17/14)
Cassville Intermediate students sing during "The Nutcracker" concert in the Cassville Event Center Thursday. Family and friends packed into the FEMA building to watch the Christmas show. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville Schools hosts Christmas Open House (12/17/14)
Cassville Primary School First-grade teachers, from right, Courtney Beagle, Jen Willis, Jill Crawford and Julie Brewer, fill their plates at the Cassville School District's Christmas Open House, held Friday in the newly-renovated J.C. Duncan Gymnasium. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com...
Masons donate to pantry (12/17/14)
The Cassville Community Food Pantry received a Christmas gift of $250 from the Pythagoras Masonic Lodge No. 383 in Cassville. Pictured is George Bilby, left, worshipful master at the lodge; Janet Mills, middle, food pantry director; and Ken Lingle, chaplain at the lodge. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Students collect food (12/17/14)
Cassville Intermediate students display canned items during a food drive for the Cassville Community Food Pantry. Those pictured include, front row, from left: Faith James, Kaylie Davis, Shelby Weldon and Jadon Ewing. Back row: Kadence Slane, Avery Chappell, Richard Fohn and Caleb Leach. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
CHS showcases Christmas candidates (12/17/14)
Cassville High School's Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas candidates have been announced. Candidates include, front row, from left: sophomore Camille Holman, senior Kallie Dickson, junior Kiley Wolf and freshman Jessie Edie. Back row: sophomore Kyle Ruark, senior Stussy Stephenson, junior Leigh Cox and freshman Jeremiah Fisher. Candidates collect donations for the Share Your Christmas campaign. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Celebrates Knowledge Bowl (12/17/14)
Cassville Middle School recently recognized members of its Knowledge Bowl team. Team members include, front row, from left: Matthew Wilkinson, Sam Holman, Colton Moore, Xain Gray and Graysen Kirkpatrick. Second row: Jeremiah Davison, Austin Reed-Utter, Austin Lone, Claire Hurst, Marisa Padilla, Maissa Matthews and Cole Stringer. Back row: Eli Herrin, Jacob Hall, Ashlyn Pulliam, Opal Goubion, Alexis Mann, Lauren McManus, Coach Garrison Earnest. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Herrin hosts toy drive (12/17/14)
The Herrin Animal Hospital hosted its 15th annual Toy Drive this year. Dr. Brent Herrin, left, veterinarian and owner of the Cassville animal hospital; Sarah Crass, vet assistant; Dodie Little, kennel tech; and Briana Street, receptionist, stand next to toys collected during this year's drive. If community members want someone to pick up their toy, they may contact the animal hospital at 417-847-5888. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Freedom Bank serves (12/17/14)
Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri hosts its annual holiday open house in Cassville on Nov. 5. The Seligman branch also had an open house. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
News Briefs (12/17/14)
The Cassville School District has hired a new diesel transportation mechanic to head up its bus barn. Jason Roller, who has worked at the Southwest School District for 17 years in a similar position, began his duties at Cassville on Monday. "We are excited to have Jason join our transportation program," said Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations at Cassville Schools. ...
Monett fugitive captured, now faces 8 felony charges (12/13/14)
A Monett man on the run since March has been apprehended in Saginaw, Mich., and transported to the Barry County jail. Lawrence Konsdorf, 54, of Monett, is facing three counts of first-degree child molestation, class B felonies, three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, unclassified felonies, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child-sexual conduct, a class C felony, and incest, a class D felony...
Seligman police to increase weekly coverage in January (12/10/14)
The Seligman Police Department plans to increase coverage from 80 hours to 94 hours per week, starting Jan. 1, 2015. In 2014, the city has budgeted for a police chief and three part-time officers. Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, works between 40 and 65 hours per month. Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, works about 10 hours per week for Seligman. Officer Joseph Arnold works 30 hours per week. Mike Smith, a recent hire, works 30 hours per week, and Fernando Ortega is a reserve officer...
Cairus moving to autism facility (12/10/14)
An 18-year-old autistic man undergoing competency restoration at the Department of Mental Health in Fulton is being moved to Guhleman Forensic Center, another building at the facility that specializes in autism. Tyler Cairus, 18, of Monett, is being held at the facility to complete competency restoration, which may determine if he is fit to stand trial on charges of attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape...
Mr., Miss Merry Christmas candidates collect donations for Share Your Christmas (12/10/14)
Cassville High School's Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas candidates are gathering donations throughout the community to help underprivileged children in this year's Share Your Christmas campaign. "It's always amazing on how much the candidates are able to raise," said Loura Etter, sponsor of the Cassville Student Council...
Christmas parade brings holiday cheer, candy (12/10/14)
People lined Main Street from Wildcat Drive to Clover Street Saturday for the annual Cassville Christmas Parade.
Cassville football gate revenue expands by nearly 19 percent (12/10/14)
The Cassville Wildcat Stadium increased gate revenue by 18.8 percent in 2014 compared with 2013. "Fans are a huge part of the game of football," said Lance Parnell, Cassville football head coach. "We have great fans here. Wildcat Nation plays a huge role in our football games. From the time we come out for warm ups until the game is over...
Barry County Sheriff's Office seeks new D.A.R.E. officer (12/10/14)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office intends to fill its vacant Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer position, said Sheriff Mick Epperly. Deputy Larry Stockton, who oversaw the D.A.R.E. Program, retired in late August after working 18 years for the Sheriff's Office. Stockton was assigned to Exeter, Purdy, Shell Knob, Southwest and Wheaton Schools...
Cassville man helps Santa for nearly half a century (12/10/14)
For nearly half a century, a local resident traveled throughout the Cassville community helping Santa Claus. Kenneth Corn was Santa's special assistant for about 47 years, said Gary Corn, Kenneth's son. He also helped Santa Claus in the U.S. Army because he was such a big man...
Seligman Chamber plans Christmas train trip through Rogers, Ark. (12/10/14)
The Seligman Area Chamber of Commerce has invited people to hop on a Polar Express Santa train. The train leaves from Seligman at noon on Dec. 20, and all proceeds go to the chamber, said Cleta Stanley, chamber secretary. Nobody can disembark on the approximate two-hour roundtrip journey to Rogers, Ark...
3-week holiday enforcement campaign begins Friday (12/10/14)
From mid-December through New Year's Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide Holiday DWI campaign crackdown on substance-impaired driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Cassville, will run from Dec. 12, through January 1, 2015...
3 children injured in Highway F wreck (12/10/14)
Three Purdy children were injured in a wreck Saturday on Highway F, two miles west of Highway 112. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Elizabeth Mitchell, 30, of Purdy, was driving a 1998 Ford Expedition westbound on Highway F at about 10:37 p.m. when her vehicle stalled, causing it to slide off the right side of the roadway and overturn...
Pair of Arkansans hurt in Highway 37 wreck (12/10/14)
Two Arkansas residents suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene of an accident Thursday on Highway 37, four miles north of Washburn. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, William Craig, 73, of Rogers, Ark., was driving a 1999 Lincoln Town Car southbound on Highway 37 at about 9:09 p.m. when the vehicle lost control on the wet pavement, left the roadway, struck a fence, drove through a field and into the edge of a pond before coming to rest at another fence...
Kansas couple hurt in Highway 86 wreck (12/10/14)
A Kansas couple suffered minor injuries Thursday morning in a wreck on Highway 86, four miles north of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Melissa Matlack, 63, of Burrton, Kan., was driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS Wagon southbound on Highway 86 when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned multiple times...
Christmas parade travels through Exeter (12/10/14)
The Southwest FFA showcases a float in the Exeter Christmas Parade Saturday. It took first place in the school floats category. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Exeter serves holiday meal (12/10/14)
The city of Exeter provided a two-hour holiday meal Saturday before the town's Christmas parade. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Teachers learn to grade more effectively (12/10/14)
Jeff Flygare, an associate with Marzano Research Laboratory of Centennial, Colo., discusses high quality proficiency scales with Cassville Intermediate and Eunice Thomas Elementary teachers during an afternoon session on Dec. 1. Flygare also had a morning session with the Cassville School District's high school and middle school teachers. ...
Local senior center seeks volunteers to deliver meals (12/10/14)
The Cassville Senior Center needs more volunteers to deliver weekly meals to homebound Barry County residents who are 60 and older. "We are always open and available for anybody who has the time to give back to the community," said Adena Cox-Holloway, administrator at the center...
Mercy makes donation (12/10/14)
Mercy Hospital in Cassville recently donated $616 to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. The money was raised through donations and pink ribbons sold during the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Those pictured include, from left: Hospital Chaplain Tom Gripka; Jason Gomez, assistant executive director at the foundation; Stephanie Clymer, supply chain tech at the hospital and member of the Mercy Service Team; and Wanda Long, financial counselor at Mercy. ...
News Briefs (12/10/14)
The DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support group will meet at the First Baptist Church, located at 602 West St. in Cassville, each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. beginning on Jan. 6, 2015. DivorceCare features nationally-recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include: "Facing my Anger," "Facing my Loneliness," "New Relationships," "KidCare" and "Forgiveness. For more information, people may call First Baptist Church at 417-847-2965 or at www.fbccassville.org...
Bayless-Salyer House vandalized (12/03/14)
The Cassville Police Department is investigating alleged vandalisms at the historic Bayless-Salyer House, located at Townsend and West Ninth streets. Between the evening of Oct. 31 and the morning of Nov. 2, someone threw a light fixture through a big window on the south porch, tampered with a screen on an adjacent window and cracked a stained glass panel -- with the inscription of Bayless -- on the south door, said Bud Hart, president of the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society...
Charges filed in drug bust (12/03/14)
Official charges have been filed and bonds have been set for the four people arrested at a home on Kestrel Court in Golden on Monday after deputies executed a search warrant that turned up more than 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine. According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, those arrested include: Tara Jo Beck, 35, Jerry Beck, 41, Benjamin Widhalm, 43, and Linda Dissette, 62...
City of Cassville to expand website (12/03/14)
The city of Cassville plans to expand its website by including ordinances, resolutions, Board of Aldermen meeting minutes and procedures. "I think the benefits of having ordinances, resolutions, documents and procedures online are tremendous," said Alderwoman Jan Anthony. "First of all, if you have a question and it is after hours or on the weekend, the information is online and available 24/7...
Festival of Trees previews local attractions (12/03/14)
The Cassville Main Street Association has invited the public to a sneak preview of the organization's Festival of Trees from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the former Towneley building, 805 Main St. The 2014 event is a kickoff for the larger 2015 Festival of Trees, said Carolyn Bishop, Main Street president. She came up with the idea after finding Festival of Tree events online...
Seligman fixes 'goof' with $5,800 water meter purchase (12/03/14)
After Seligman received 40 new water meters by accident, it decided to pay $5,800 to keep them. The city requested 10 meters, but instead received 50 meters from Longview, Texas-based RG3 Meter Co., said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "We didn't ask for them," Nichols said. "It was a goof that they mailed us 40 extra."...
City of Cassville inquires about city hall roofing project (12/03/14)
Since the contract was awarded in late July, a Springfield contractor has not started replacing the Cassville City Hall roof to fix water leaks. The city accepted a $46,247 proposal with Delta Roofing Inc. on July 21. The contractor delivered the materials on Nov. 21 with assistance from Kansas City, Kan.-based SPEC Building Materials Corp...
First Christian Church takes over local Angel Tree program (12/03/14)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office has turned over the local Angel Tree program to the First Christian Church of Cassville. "We didn't have enough volunteers for it," said Sheriff Mick Epperly. The Angel Tree got too big for the Sheriff's Office, which coordinated the program for the previous six to eight years, he said...
Regional hay school comes to Cassville (12/03/14)
The Cassville High School agricultural education department has partnered with the Barry County Extension Center in offering a two-day regional school for area hay producers from 5:30 to 9 p.m on Tuesday and Dec. 11. "What we normally do in the winter months in the high school is offer adult ag evening classes once a month on a variety of topics," said Kelin Kruse, agricultural education teacher at the high school...
Chamber hosting 4 under 40 competition (12/03/14)
Nomination deadline set for Friday Community members can nominate area leaders in the inaugural 4 under 40 award competition through the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce. "The chamber loves the opportunity to brag on business leaders here in town," said Mindi Artherton, chamber director...
Cassville license office contract up for bid (12/03/14)
The Missouri Office of Administration is now accepting management contract bids for the Cassville License Office. Interested individuals and groups must submit their bids to operate the office by Dec. 19 A copy of the request for proposal bidders are required to use t develop their bids can be viewed on the Office of Administration's website, at www.oa.mo.gov. ...
Seligman woman injured in wreck (12/03/14)
A Seligman woman suffered minor injuries on Nov. 22 in a wreck on Highway 112, two miles east of Seligman, at about 5:28 p.m. According to as Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Emily Cleek, 21, of Bella Vista, Ark., was driving a 2000 Dodge Intrepid when her vehicle attempted to pass a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Teresa King, 55, of Seligman. King was attempting to make a left turn while Cleek was trying to pass, leading the Silverado to strike the Intrepid...
Miss Merry Christmas to be crowned (12/03/14)
The annual Exeter High School Miss Merry Christmas crowning will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. The Tigers will be hosting Verona and the coronation will be held between the games. Candidates,pictured, from left, are: Cassidy Miller, junior; Billie Belt, senior; Allison Burnette, sophomore; and Chloe Carpenter, freshman. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
6 CHS students make All-District Band (12/03/14)
The Southwest Missouri Music Educators Association All-District Band selected six Cassville High School students. Front row, from left, is Kristen Cox, trumpet; and Jaia Thao, bass clarinet. Back row: Stussy Stephenson, tuba; Parker Skinner-alto sax; Triston Taylor, euphonium; and Alyssa Erwin, euphonium. The band chose 120 students out of about 375 band students from across southwest Missouri at a Nov. 4 audition in Mount Vernon High School. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Monett woman dies in wreck (11/30/14)
A Monett woman died Saturday night after being involved in a wreck on County Road 2230, five miles east of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Andrea Obermann, 37, of Monett, was a passenger in a 2001 Dodge Caravan, being driven by Justin Garcia, 20, of Monett...
Local economy seeing uptick following recession (11/26/14)
With the rebounding of the real estate market, beef cattle production seeing record sales and an uptick of visitors at Roaring River State Park, experts are optimistic about the direction of the local economy. Kelly Mills, president of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce and assistant vice president at Freedom Bank, said the local economy appears to be moving in a positive direction...
Prayer, songs, tears mark candlelight vigil for Southwest senior (11/26/14)
Hundreds of family and friends of Jessica Morgan, Southwest High School senior, attended a candlelight vigil in her remembrance Monday at the school.
Southwest senior dies after wreck, remembered by family, friends (11/26/14)
A senior athlete who plays three sports at Southwest High School has died as a result of injuries sustained in a car wreck Sunday morning on Highway 37. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jessica Morgan, 17, of Seligman, was driving a 2007 Nissan Murano southbound on Highway 37 at about 1:35 a.m. when her vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a culvert, two miles north of Washburn. The vehicle was totaled...
Mother granted guardianship Friday in Tyler Cairus case (11/26/14)
The mother of an 18-year-old autistic man facing charges of attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape was granted guardianship in a hearing on Friday morning. Wendy Cairus, mother of 18-year-old Monett man Tyler Cairus, was granted guardianship by Associate Circuit Judge Robert Foulke, and with with blessing of Tyler's guardian ad-litem, Sarah Weber...
Seligman police chief 
proposes expanded coverage (11/26/14)
The Seligman Police Department wants to expand its coverage schedule by adding a fourth part-time officer to the 2015 budget. "We need this kind of coverage [for all businesses]," said Terry Burgess, police chief. "We want to encourage more businesses to come to town, which will obviously increase revenue."...
Exeter police chief aims to become local D.A.R.E. officer (11/26/14)
The Exeter School District is formulating plans to fill the Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer position, which has been vacant since late August. Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, said he is going to attend a D.A.R.E. officer training seminar from Jan. 18-30 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Oklahoma City...
Obamacare sign-ups still present major issues (11/26/14)
Enrollment for the second year of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is underway. According to Randall Bell, with Bell and Associates in Monett, the representative for the Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance giant, the federal program still has sign-up issues. Because of apparent changes in the way the law works, Bell and his staff expressed reservations over how well the law is working...
Christmas lighting contest to brighten Cassville (11/26/14)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce encourages local businesses and residents to decorate for Christmas in the annual holiday lighting contest from Dec. 6 to 13. No entry form is required, and participants just need to have their lights on from dusk to 10 p.m., said Mindi Artherton, chamber director...
Hunters check in 738 deer on firearms opener (11/26/14)
Barry County hunters checked in 738 deer during this year's opening weekend for firearms season, which increased by 268 deer over the same period in 2013, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. "Last year's opening weekend was pretty warm, as I recall," said Joe Jerek, statewide news services coordinator for the Conservation Department. ...
Wheaton aldermen analyze annual Christmas festivities (11/26/14)
WHEATON -- The Wheaton city council has scrutinized the city's Christmas festivities because parade numbers have dwindled over the last several years. Because of the lacking turnout, aldermen have discussed whether to have a parade, or to just have children visit Santa Claus...
Area schools celebrate each district's achievements (11/26/14)
Cassville, Monett and Wheaton school districts attended the 16th annual Celebration of Schools banquet with other southwest Missouri schools to recognize their boards, teachers and staff. Wheaton received the Making Learning Coming Alive Award for its series of ACT workshops, which the district started in 2009. ...
Purdy Schools see smooth transition with iPads (11/26/14)
After nearly two months of using iPads in the Purdy schools, both students and teachers have found a new comfort level with the devices. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the school is well on its way to making the additional technology a standard part of the daily routine...
World War II veteran at long last comes home (11/26/14)
In September, a World War II veteran was buried in Seligman, nearly 16 years after his family discovered he was buried as an indigent in an Alabama cemetery. Vicki (Fogg) Rencken, 60, who moved from Cassville to Oregon in 1974, wanted to know where her uncle, James "Hoppy" Walden, had died...
'Nunsense' production brings laughs in Exeter (11/26/14)
Exeter High School recently put on the production, "Nunsense."
Chamber surpasses $3K goal for Christmas lights (11/26/14)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce raised $3,223.20 to replace holiday light bulbs stolen sometime after last year's Christmas season. "Somebody stole over 500 of our Christmas bulbs," said Mindi Artherton, chamber director. "This year, we put together an effort to raise money for that to replace those missing bulbs as well as raise any additional money [for next year]."...
New Hope Baptist Church celebrates 160th anniversary (11/26/14)
New Hope Baptist Church commemorated 160 years at the same location with a Thanksgiving meal and a gospel concert featuring Final Destination Quartet. Jim Jones, trustee, treasurer and clerk at New Hope, recounted the church's history to the congregation at the Nov. 16 celebration...
Choir sings thanks while wearing holiday wardrobe (11/26/14)
The Cassville High School choir dresses up for the Thanksgiving meal Friday.
Southwest hosts ag education class for adults (11/26/14)
The Southwest High School agriculture department hosted a chili dinner before the initial adult education class.
St. Edwards Catholic Church joins Cassville Chamber (11/26/14)
St. Edwards Catholic Church recently joined the Cassville Chamber.
News Briefs (11/26/14)
The ladies of the Cassville Methodist Church are inviting the public to attend the Tinsel Tea Open House on Dec. 5, from 6-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Cassville United Methodist Church. Tables will be decorated from floor to ceiling with Christmas decor and place settings. ...
Barry County Court (11/26/14)
Marco Antonio Aldava, Monett, $10 for a seat belt violation. Joshua Don Bateman, Exeter, $145 for speeding; $10 for a seat belt violation. Penny A. Bingham, Cassville, $10 for a seat belt violation. Kevin M. Burgherr, Monett, two years unsupervised probation, 40 hours community service and interlock ignition device for driving while intoxicated...
Kansas, Colorado trio injured in wreck (11/23/14)
Three people were taken to hospitals in Joplin and Springfield Saturday after a wreck on Highway 112 at 12:10 p.m., seven miles south of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Carl Handshy, 87, of Columbus, Kan., was driving a 1997 Ford Econoline Van southbound on Highway 112 when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, slid across the center line and struck a 2004 Dodge 2500 Pickup, being driven by Logan Tyler, 25, of Ouray, Colo...
Washburn man injured in tractor wreck (11/19/14)
A Washburn man was seriously injured Tuesday after bing involved in a tractor wreck about 10 miles south of Washburn near Farm Road 1000 and Highway NN. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jimmy Benson, 85, of Washburn, was driving a Montana tractor northbound at about 3:45 p.m. when he struck a tree, causing it to fall...
Cassville DREAM Initiative master plan moves forward (11/19/14)
Cassville has progressed with the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri Initiative to improve the city's infrastructure, while still preserving the historical architecture. In 2010, the state chose Cassville, Jackson, Monett, Ozark and Waynesville to be the final DREAM communities...
Chamber welcomes parade entries (11/19/14)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce has started accepting entries for the local Christmas parade. The deadline to enter the parade is Dec. 1, and the parade is Dec. 6. Participants begin lining up at Cassville High School at 4 p.m., with the procession reaching Main Street at 6 p.m. The parade concludes on either Farm Road 2182 or Clover Street...
All-State Choir taps 3 Cassville vocalists (11/19/14)
A Cassville High School senior made the All-State Honor Choir for the second straight year, while two seniors were named first alternates. Levi Pollreisz, who sings tenor, said he was surprised to make the state choir last year. "This year, it was kind of expected," Pollreisz said. "So, I felt there was a little more pressure, but I sing how I sing. I just got it."...
Share Your Christmas brings toys to local children (11/19/14)
The local community has organized efforts under the Share Your Christmas campaign to ensure area children get toys this holiday season. Eligible families have until Friday to sign up for the campaign at the Barry County Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Neighborhood Center, located at 700 E. Hwy. 248, which accepts applications from 9 a.m. to noon and 1--3 p.m., through Friday. Proof of all household income for October and Social Security cards for each household member are required...
Wheaton initiates $15,750 proposal to replace old 2007 patrol car (11/19/14)
2012 Dodge Charger purchase to come out of city's general fund The Wheaton Police Department plans to buy a 2012 Dodge Charger for $15,750 from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Charger, which has between 50,000 and 55,000 miles, will replace the department's 2007 Crown Victoria Police Intercept, which has 97,000 miles, said Clint Clark, Wheaton police chief...
Idaho recognizes Century Farm with roots near Cassville (11/19/14)
A 3,750-acre farm in southern Idaho with family ties to Barry County was recently designated as a Century Farm. The Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture held the Century Farm ceremony at the Cassia County Commission meeting in Burley, Idaho...
OACAC coordinates coat drive (11/19/14)
The Barry County Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Neighborhood Center restarted its coat drive this year until Dec. 3. "I can't imagine not being able to have a coat for my kid," said Gail Reed, the Neighborhood Center supervisor. "If we can do that for families and make sure that they stay warm, it just makes sense for us to try and get the coats and see if we can get the coats to the families."...
Washburn man injured in Sunday wreck (11/19/14)
A Washburn man was seriously injured on Sunday in a wreck on Highway 112, four miles east of Seligman. Robert Milne, 44, of Washburn, was traveling eastbound on Highway 112 at about 1:20 p.m. when his 2002 Dodge Dakota traveled off the right side of the road and struck two trees...
Children solve problems, 1 Lego at a time (11/19/14)
ABOVE: Lucas Hall, 9, of Cassville, constructs his Lego set Saturday in the Eagle Rock Community Center. The Lego Club meets again at 10 a.m. Dec. 13.
Community Foundation awards $4,000 (11/19/14)
The Cassville Community Foundation awarded $750 to the Barry County Council on Aging, $500 to Cassville Bright Futures, $1,000 to the Cassville Community Food Pantry, $750 to the Cassville School Discovery Center program, $500 to the Cassville Senior Center, $250 to Crowder College and $250 to Kornerstone Inc. ...
Habitat for Humanity embraces community (11/19/14)
Customers attend an open house Saturday at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located at 201 S. Main St. Darcy Rowland, right, vice president of Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County, talks about a cold pack won by Sharon Hilburn, left, of Cassville. Earlene Gallagher, of Cassville, looks at gift baskets. Hilburn said she also won $5. Both prizes were in separate purses that Hilburn bought at the celebration event...
Homeschool students weave camp baskets at Eagle Rock Community Center (11/19/14)
Makayla Malotte, right, 9, of Oak Grove, places a bead on her camp basket Thursday at the Eagle Rock Community Center. Christina Barnes, left, of Eagle Rock, taught 11 homeschool students how to make baskets. Barnes is a board member of Barry-Lawrence Regional Library and a member of Best of Missouri Hands, part of the Missouri Artisans Association. She has entered her baskets into state competitions, and she said her baskets were judged as some of the best in Missouri...
News Briefs (11/19/14)
The Southwest Agriculture Department invites all parents and community members to the first Adult Education Class in the Southwest High School agriculture building on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The topic for the first class will be fall and winter grazing, presented by Tim Schnakenberg, with the University of Missouri Extension. There will be a chili dinner and refreshments. For more information, people may call the Southwest Agriculture Department at 417-826-5164...
State test scores decrease throughout Cassville, Purdy (11/12/14)
Purdy Elementary, Southwest and Wheaton show improvement District test scores under the state's 2014 Annual Performance Report revealed that Cassville did not show enough growth, progress and status; Purdy Elementary showed double-digit increases versus decreases with the other local schools; Southwest High School improved by nearly 30 points; Wheaton showed improvement; and Shell Knob Elementary remained constant over 2013...
Cassville man indicted by grand jury (11/12/14)
A Cassville man arrested on Oct. 10 was indicted on three counts by a federal grand jury in Springfield Tuesday. The indictment, which replaces a federal criminal complaint filed Oct. 15, alleges Chase Trevor Norman, 24, of Cassville, used a minor to produce child pornography between Sept. 21 and Oct. 10. The indictment also charges Norman with two counts of using the Internet and a cell phone to induce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity...
Cassville High School honors veterans at ceremony (11/12/14)
Cassville High School held a ceremony Tuesday in appreciation of veterans.
Barry County voter turnout spikes in General Election (11/12/14)
Despite most candidates for office running unopposed, Barry County voters took to the polls on Nov. 4 at a higher rate than the municipal or primary elections earlier this year. According to figures released by Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood, 35.87 percent of registered voters took to the polls, which is 7,288 voters out of 20,319...
Local American Legion serves breakfast to area's veterans (11/12/14)
The American Legion veterans breakfast was a family affair Saturday morning at the Irwin-Easley Post 118 in Cassville. Harry Stephens, who joined the U.S. Army in 1973 with a communications specialty and was discharged in 1976 as a sergeant, started preparing for the breakfast at 4 a.m. The breakfast began at 6 a.m...