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Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015
This Week's Headlines
Castetter honored after killer executed (03/25/15)
"Deputy Sheriff No. 52 was a man who loved the simple things in life ... biscuits and gravy, the countryside, Elvis and John Wayne. He wore his badge proudly as he protected and served the people. He should never be forgotten by the people whose lives he touched. May his memory always be kept alive. I'll love you forever, your wife."...
Ambulance District sales tax estimates evolving (03/25/15)
The South Barry County Ambulance District board of directors has proposed a half-percent sales tax to completely replace its property tax, and estimates as to the revenue the tax would garner have been evolving. Ken Cieslinski, district board chairman, said the board began to form its sales tax proposal long before 2014 figures were available, so the board has been forced to use 2013 figures to estimate projected revenues...
2 high-level Cassville school positions open (03/25/15)
The Cassville school district has opened searches for two high-level positions at the district -- athletic director and middle school principal. According to Superintendent Richard Asbill, Athletic Director Ben Abramovitz has taken a paid leave of absence and tendered his resignation from the position, effective June 30...
Southwest preschoolers now in new building (03/25/15)
Southwest School District's new 1,296-square-foot preschool building opened last week. The district started another preschool program on Dec. 15. Classes were initially held at Southwest Elementary before moving into the modular building on March 16. The current enrollment is 23 students spread across the morning and afternoon sessions...
Crime stats fluctuate throughout Barry County (03/25/15)
In 2014, Exeter and Seligman crime reports were inconclusive because each police department provided about six months of data instead of the entire year. Morgan Struble, who became the Exeter police chief in July 2014, said his department had 101 calls since his tenure began, and 151 calls in 2013. However, he was unable to gather any crime data from Barry County Emergency Services E-911 to fill in the gaps between January and June 2014...
Cassville School Board candidates explain platforms (03/25/15)
Cassville School Board candidates defined their goals and expectations at Thursday's Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Ballot Issues Luncheon. Incumbents Carolyn Bowen and John Sullivan, and challengers Wade Hermansen and Dale Phelps, are vying for two, three-year openings. Voters who live in the Cassville school district will decide the outcome during the April 7 election...
Purdy school administrators to return (03/25/15)
Administrators at the Purdy school district have been rehired for another year of service. School board members voted to extend contracts for another year to Elementary and Middle School Principal Janet Boys, High School Principal Bob Vice and Instructional and Professional Development Coach Mindi Gates. Salaries will be determined when board members prepare the budget for the 2015-2016 school year...
Rockaway Beach man faces felony charge (03/25/15)
A Rockaway Beach man, who was arrested in Greene County in mid-March, faces a charge in Barry County of felony sexual misconduct, involving a girl under 14, by indecent exposure. Harry S. Wilson, 31, was booked in the Barry County Jail on March 16. On March 17, Wilson was arraigned at the Barry County Judicial Center. He has a disposition hearing at 8:30 a.m. April 9 before Judge Robert Foulke...
Purdy school district streamlines year-end calendar (03/25/15)
With winter weather apparently at an end, dates for year-end activities and a calendar for the 2015-2016 school year have been adopted by the Purdy school district. School will be held on April 6, April 13, May 20, May 21 and a half-day on May 22 to make up for weather that took place during the winter. Graduation has been set for May 9...
Direct primary care clinic to open in Cassville (03/25/15)
A direct primary care clinic is set to open in Cassville on June 1, as Dr. Lisa Roark, MD, of Cassville, is hoping to offer residents options when it comes to healthcare. A 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School, Roark said the new clinic, Roark Family Health LLC, will offer many services at a low cost and without sending claims to patients' health insurance providers...
Silver Leaf empowers area women (03/25/15)
The Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville, which is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), was founded on Oct. 11, 1908, and more than a century later is still highly-involved in the local community. "We try to empower women do things instead of just sitting back and talking about it," said Sherry Johnson, Silver Leaf president since May 2014. "[GFWC] is the oldest international club in the world."...
Silver Leaf chooses 2 sophomores for pilgrimage (03/25/15)
The Silver Leaf Benefit Club of Cassville has announced its two area students for the annual General Federation of Women's Clubs Sophomore Pilgrimage to Jefferson City. Sophomores Olivia Padilla and Dalton Horn will represent Cassville and Exeter High Schools, respectively, at the April 14 event...
3 injured in early-morning wreck (03/25/15)
Two New Jersey residents and one New York resident were injured Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 248, six miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Dillon Lynn, 25, of Canandaigua, N.J., was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Box Truck westbound on Highway 248 at about 5:15 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Lego Club celebrates (03/25/15)
Jackson Ray, center right, 8, of Cassville, shows off his Lego display Saturday in the Eagle Rock Community Center.
Casas pleads guilty to 2 counts involving child porn (03/18/15)
Matthew Casas, 26, of Cassville, pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography, a class C felony, and possessing child pornography with an intent to distribute, a class C felony. The plea agreement means the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri dismissed one of the three counts against him, a class B felony charge of sexual exploitation of children...
Westco awaiting approval for damage estimate (03/18/15)
Westco Home Furnishings in Cassville is waiting for State Farm Insurance to approve damage estimates after a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood crashed through the store's front window Thursday. Mark Whittemire, Westco store manager, would not release the estimate figures, but he said once State Farm approves the estimate, then Lowe's Glass and Mirror in Cassville can replace the window...
Fleeing assault suspect arrested (03/18/15)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a felony assault suspect who was trying to flee to Branson Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Jeffery Crumpler, 38, of Cassville, was found hiding in the back of a pickup truck around Eagle Rock, said Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff...
Exeter man faces 3 felonies (03/18/15)
The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged an Exeter man with possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of two children. Roddy England, 38, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, class C felonies...
Aurora suspects face burglary charges (03/18/15)
The Barry County Prosecuting Office has charged a man and a woman from Aurora with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection to the March 5 burglary of a Purdy residence. Melissa Holmes, 32, and Darryl Lands, 34, are each facing charges of second-degree burglary, class C felonies, stealing, class C felonies, and second-degree property damage, a class B misdemeanor...
Purdy schools commit new funds to technology program (03/18/15)
The Purdy school district has committed funds as pledged to the acquisition and support of more technology for education. Anna Marie Erwin, school board secretary, reported the district has received the bulk of its property tax income for the 2015 cycle. Higher receipts have gone into a new fund to support the district's technology initiative, which began this year...
Exeter police chief teaches area officers about TASER (03/18/15)
EXETER -- Exeter Police Chief Morgan Struble, who qualified as a TASER instructor in December, recently trained his first group of law enforcement officers. On Feb. 6, he re-certified Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, and Joseph Arnold, a Seligman police officer. He also certified Seligman officers Aaron Kyser and Fernando Ortega...
Soroptimists help area women, children (03/18/15)
Soroptimist International of Barry County, which is an organization for business and professional women, has helped area women and children for more than 20 years. "Soroptimist means friendship, camaraderie and the joy of giving back and being part of the community," said President Leslie Smith...
Seligman fires main sewer operator (03/18/15)
The city of Seligman has fired Tony Amos, former main sewer operator, as an ongoing investigation looks into whether he allegedly did not log records. "We haven't heard anything from [the Department of Natural Resources] yet," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "I don't know exactly what is going to happen there."...
Cassville man injured in Purdy wreck (03/18/15)
A Cassville man suffered minor injuries Thursday night in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 37, one mile north of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Todd Recio, 34, of Cassville, was driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan southbound on Highway 37 at about 8:05 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a barbed-wire fence...
Shell Knob woman, 6 dogs involved Highway BB wreck (03/18/15)
A Shell Knob woman was hurt in a single-vehicle wreck shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday on Highway BB, south of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Diane Larson, 67, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2001 Toyota RAV 4 east from Highway 37 on Highway BB when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned in a ditch, facing west...
Security Bank adds Dalton to board of directors (03/18/15)
Danny Dalton recently joined the Security Bank of Southwest Missouri board of directors. "We are excited about the addition of Danny to our bank board," said Jon Horner, bank president. "As a native Barry Countian, he understands the communities we serve. Additionally, as a farmer, Danny appreciates the contributions that agriculture makes to the economy in Barry County."...
County jail bookings jump by 150 since 2012 (03/11/15)
The Barry County Jail inmate population increased by 8.39 percent over the previous two years, according to jail documents. The jail booked 1,963 people in 2014, 1,908 people in 2013 and 1,811 people in 2012. "The numbers do go up and down," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff. "The numbers go up until we have a law day, then we get a lot that are sentenced...
Cassville sodomy suspect, fugitive arrested (03/11/15)
A Cassville man who has been accused of performing sexual acts with a 10-year-old girl is behind bars in the Barry County Jail after being on the run for about four months. A resident's tip led to the arrest of Tory Fleeman, 38, at the Butterfield Stage Shop Thursday evening, said Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff. Deputy Mike Moore and Barry County Conservation Agent Daniel Shores made the arrest...
Barry Electric Coop to offer Internet, phone services (03/11/15)
Members of the Barry Electric Cooperative will soon be offered a new service by the company, as it is starting a fiber-to-the-home project to launch Internet an phone services in 2016. Bill Shiveley, Barry Electric general manager and CEO, said Internet and phone services will be sold separately from electric services, and work on a fiber ring around Cassville should begin this year...
Trivia Night raises $1,172 for Education Fund (03/11/15)
The Book Club team, representing Crowe's Cronies book club, won the overall competition for the second year in a row at the Cassville Education Fund's Trivia Night event. The competition was held Friday evening at the Cassville High School commons. The Security Guards, sponsored by Security Bank, claimed second place for the third year in a row and was the trivia question "Smarty Pants" winner for getting the most trivia questions correct...
Sheriff's Office investigates vandalism at Crystal Caverns (03/11/15)
Missouri Caves & Karst Conservancy has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the break-in and vandalism of Crystal Caverns in Cassville. "How many cities have a real nice cave? Not many," said Jonathan Beard, vice president of the conservancy and assistant manager of the cave. "This is a 2,000-foot cave right on the outskirts of a town, and we're hoping people will respect our attempts to conserve the resource of future generations."...
Local weather radio transmitter out of service (03/11/15)
On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was unable to replace the transmitter that provides updates to weather radios across Barry, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton counties. A crew from Kansas City did not have the correct reading equipment to fix transmitter WNG608 on a Cassville radio tower, said Quay Kendrick, electronic systems analyst with the National Weather Service in Springfield. ...
Splash pad set to sprinkle Seligman (03/11/15)
Construction ends between April and June SELIGMAN -- After about two and a half years in the making, Seligman moves ahead with its splash pad project. The Seligman Board of Aldermen accepted an $18,246 bid with Eagle Rock-based Sanders Construction to complete the splash pad between April and June, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk...
Angels Anonymous supports community (03/11/15)
As the U.S. celebrates Women's History Month throughout March, Angels Anonymous hopes to send out its message of generosity and community support. "Angels Anonymous is a group of women that used to be Beta Sigma Phi, and they decided to keep their money more local instead of sending it to the international sorority," said De McGruder, one of 13 current members of Angels Anonymous. "So, they formed Angels Anonymous. We are all good friends, and we are service-oriented."...
Exeter man charged with indecent exposure (03/11/15)
An Exeter man has been accused of allegedly sending lewd cell phone pictures of himself to a 13-year-old girl. The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged Dakota Dunham, 22, with sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure, a class D felony...
Cassville man faces sodomy charge (03/11/15)
The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged a Cassville man with first-degree statutory sodomy of his son, who is under 14 years of age. In January 2013, Ronnie L. Rosencrantz, 47, allegedly paid his son for performing oral sex on him, according to a Feb. 16 probable cause statement from Lt. Danny Boyd of the Cassville Police Department. The incident allegedly happened nine different times in January 2013...
6 injured in Butterfield wreck (03/11/15)
Six people, including three children, suffered injuries in a wreck at the intersection of Highway 37 and Highway W in Butterfield Thursday evening. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Vicky Shockley, 59, of Purdy, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier at about 7:25 p.m. and attempted to make a left turn onto Highway W, turning in front of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, being driven by Jarod Stockton, 36, of Cassville, and striking it head-on...
Master Gardener Program kicks off in Barry County (03/11/15)
The Barry County Master Gardeners Program has formed to assist the University of Missouri Extension with area educational programs in horticulture, gardening, small-scale food production and consumer environmental issues. "[The Master Gardener Program] is one of the most popular programs by the University of Missouri Extension," said Reagan Bluel, Barry County MU Extension program director. ...
Big catches mark March 1 (03/11/15)
Jeff Greer of Joplin holds up the largest catch of the day at Roaring River Opening Day Sunday, reeling in an 8.12-pounder less than an hour after the gun.
Snow days for 500 please, Alex (03/04/15)
Parents of children in the Cassville school district got a snow day message this morning unlike any other, as Superintendent Richard Asbill led a round of Winter Jeopardy with football Head Coach Lance Parnell, Science Teacher Jennifer McCrackin and senior Geoff Brophy...
Snow slightly slows Opening Day (03/04/15)
If Opening Day of fishing Season at Roaring River State Park falls on a Sunday, history says there is likely to be some snow on the ground. The last Sunday Opening Day at Roaring River in 2009 was a snowy one, and this year's Opening Day was the same, leading to less tags sold by the gun, but a high angler-to-fish ratio...
Cassville crime reports decrease (03/04/15)
Even though crime decreased slightly in Cassville, reported felony assaults and burglaries increased in the city, according to the Cassville Police Department. In 2013, Cassville saw a total of 3,734 reports to the department, dropping to 3,682 reports in 2014, a 1.39 percent decrease. In 2013, the city had 68 reported felony assaults and 20 reported burglaries, jumping to 82 reported felony assaults and 25 reported burglaries in 2014...
Ambulance district proposes sales tax (03/04/15)
On April 7, area residents will vote on a ballot measure that would impose a half-percent sales tax to fund the South Barry County Ambulance District, while reducing its property tax allocation by 100 percent. If the total sales taxable revenues of municipalities in the district remains at $98,063,323, then the projected sales tax will generate $490,316 each year for the district, according to district reports derived from 2013 Missouri Department of Revenue data...
4th math credit added for 
Purdy students (03/04/15)
The math requirement for graduation from Purdy High School will increase by one credit, from three to four, following action by the Purdy Board of Education. Principal Bob Vice proposed increasing the math credit in January in response to increased demands by colleges. Vice's proposal would eliminate the current situation where students can graduate without taking any math classes for a year, leaving graduates less prepared for college...
Counterfeit $50 bill used in Cassville (03/04/15)
According to the Cassville Police Department, a $50 counterfeit bill was used in Cassville, and local businesses are being asked to take caution. Lt. Danny Boyd, of the Cassville Police Department said the fake $50 bill was discovered after the Casey's store in Cassville made its daily deposit to Commerce Bank, and the bank found it to be counterfeit...
Charges dropped in child welfare case (03/04/15)
The Barry County Circuit Clerk's office has confirmed two felony charges against a Cassville woman, involving child neglect and abuse, were dropped in Barry County Circuit Court Wednesday. Rebecca Chaddock, 36, of Cassville, was cleared of charges of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and abuse or neglect of a child, following an incident on Jan. 1...
Exeter police chief handles increased student truancies (03/04/15)
EXETER -- The Exeter School District is working with the local police chief in hopes of improving attendance. Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, comes to the school each day from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and gathers a list of students who are tardy from the high school and elementary secretaries, said Superintendent Ernest Raney. To help students get to school regularly, Struble then talks with the principals about what families he should followup with on a consistent basis...
Exeter police join Facebook (03/04/15)
EXETER -- The Exeter Police Department has recently started a Facebook page to interact with the community. "I am hoping to use it as an outreach to the community as well for them to contact me," said Chief Morgan Struble. "Sometimes, it's easier to send a Facebook message than it is to come to [Exeter City Hall] and provide a tip. I hope people keep me informed about what's going on around town using this Facebook page...
Seligman reinforces ordinance 
preventing chemicals in water supply (03/04/15)
SELIGMAN -- Seligman officials say they have strengthened the city's cross-connection ordinance that regulates back flow prevention of chemicals into the city water system. The ordinance is geared toward chicken houses, car washes, anybody with a fire suppression system and anybody with sprinkler systems that are hooked up to the city water distribution system, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. ...
Exeter brings on 2 reserve police officers (03/04/15)
EXETER -- The Exeter Police Department has recently appointed two new reserve officers to help Chief Morgan Struble. Aaron Kyser and Cody Stephens are the new officers. Kyser, 25, is a part-time officer with the Seligman Police Department. He graduated from the Missouri Southern State University Law Enforcement Academy in December. Stephens, 29, is a full-time deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office...
Extension hosting 2 private pesticide applicator sessions (03/04/15)
The University of Missouri Extension has scheduled two opportunities Monday for area farmers to obtain or re-certify for a five-year private pesticide applicator license. The first training session starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Barry County Courthouse Commissioners Room, located on the first floor at 700 Main St. in Cassville. The second training session starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Cassville High School Agriculture Department. The fee is $15, and the age requirement is 18 years or older...
Local organization gets federal funding (03/04/15)
The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) federal emergency management agency, under the emergency food and shelter national board program. Barry County has been chosen to receive $12,549 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county...
Cassville to crack down on drunk drivers (03/04/15)
The Cassville Police Department will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick's Day Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Cassville, will run from Saturday March 14-17...
Cassville Police to participate in youth seat belt enforcement (03/04/15)
The Cassville Police Department announced it is joining forces with statewide law enforcement on March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities. Only 67 percent of Missouri's teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled...
March 11 set for voter registration deadline (03/04/15)
March 11 has been set as the deadline to register to be eligible to vote for the general municipal election on April 7, according to Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood. Youngblood has asked voters notify his office if they have moved and have not updated their address, or if they had a name change...
News Briefs (03/04/15)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Ballot Issues Luncheon on March 19 at noon at the Cassville United Methodist Church. Issues, pertaining to the April 7 municipal elections, to be discussed include: Cassville School Board election, north and south ward Cassville City Council positions and the ambulance sales tax rate. ...
Court news (03/04/15)
Micheal D. Ash, Marionville, one year supervised probation and obtain a driver's license for driving with a revoked license. Juan Barrientos Perez, Wheaton, two years probation for driving with a revoked license. Sulema A. Barrientos, Wheaton, $80.50 for speeding...
2,600 expected for Opening Day (02/25/15)
Roaring River State Park is expected to see about 2,600 visitors on Sunday, as 2015 Opening Day ceremonies will kick off the catch-and-keep season at the park. Paul Spurgeon, manager of the Roaring River Trout Hatchery, which is overseen by the Missouri Department of Conservation, said his crews will stock about 8,000 trout and 50 lunkers, which are trout over three pounds, for the incoming anglers...
Homesley to fire Opening Day gun (02/25/15)
If Tim Homesley has anything to say about it, everyone at Roaring River State Park at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday will hear his gun go off. A Cassville native and avid fisherman since the age of 6, Homesley has fished at Roaring River more times than he can remember, and this year, he was chosen to have the honor of firing the starting gun on Opening Day...
Mason posts bond, son turns himself in (02/25/15)
Cassville man James Mason posted a $250,000, cash-only bond on Feb. 18, and he has been released from the Barry County jail less than two weeks after allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old at his home outside of Cassville. Barry County sheriff's deputies had also been looking for Mason's 16-year-old son, but he turned himself into Pineville authorities on Friday. ...
Outdoor Channel fishing show coming to Roaring River (02/25/15)
STIHL's Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas will be filming Opening Day to trout season Sunday at Roaring River State Park. Thomas plans to fish for trout in the morning until about noon, said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. He will then fish for bass at Table Rock Lake on Sunday afternoon and throughout Monday. These segments will air between October and December on the Outdoor Channel...
Sales taxes trend down in February (02/25/15)
Historically, February has represented one of the least active months for sales tax disbursement in the year, and the second lowest for the last three years. In the past 10 years, February has topped the January total only once. So, after a 44 percent jump in receipts to start the year, a lower February came as no surprise...
Eagle Rock man accused of assaulting deputy (02/25/15)
The Barry County Prosecutor's Office has charged an Eagle Rock man with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer. Jamie McCarty, 27, allegedly resisted arrest by kicking Barry County Deputy Mike Moore at about 4:11 p.m. Feb. 15, according to a probable cause statement filed by Moore...
Red Cross offers emergency prep program (02/25/15)
The American Red Cross is starting a new educational program for third- through fifth-grade students in southwest Missouri. The program introduces students to the Red Cross and its mission and details the importance of fire prevention, fire preparedness and escaping a home fire...
Red Cross launches fire prevention initiative (02/25/15)
The American Red Cross is launching a five-year home fire preparedness campaign, targeting low-income, high-risk areas thought southwest Missouri. According to Red Cross spokeswoman Julie Stotling, the campaign aims to reduce injuries, save lives and build more resilient communities...
Safety net programs open to local farmers (02/25/15)
Time is running out for farmers wanting to take advantage of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage safety net programs. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31...
Roaring River State Park hosts eagle watch weekend before Opening Day (02/25/15)
Carrie Buehler, left middle, and her 11-year-old son, Derrick Buehler, right middle, point at a perched bald eagle Saturday at Roaring River State Park.
FFA banquet held at CHS (02/25/15)
Will Edmondson, right, Cassville Future Farmers of America member, receives a 2015 Area 11 FFA degree Thursday.
Brace's children now with accused killer's parents (02/18/15)
The mother of murdered Washburn woman Casey Brace is speaking out about difficulties she has had in seeing her grandchildren, two of whom have been put in temporary custody of the parents of Brace's accused killer. According to Washington County (Ark.) Circuit Court documents, Springdale residents John and Mary Paschall filed temporary custody paperwork in Arkansas for Alli Paschall, 2, and Braxton Paschall, 4. ...
Man accused of assaulting teen to appear Tuesday (02/18/15)
A Barry County rancher is set to appear in court Tuesday for disposition after being accused of assaulting a teenager with an axe handle, breaking the teen's legs and nose. The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged James Mason, 42, of Cassville, with three felonies: first degree-assault causing serious physical injury, a class A felony, armed criminal action, an unclassified felony, and first-degree property damage, a class D felony...
State House aims to ease boat liquor license process (02/18/15)
A new Missouri State House bill plans to ease restrictions for boat liquor license applications by reducing the required number of passengers from 100 to 30. If the proposed legislation becomes law, State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, who sponsored the bill, said it would not only make the playing field more level, but it could create more outlets for people to consume alcohol on boats...
Southwest school district budgets $32,320 for new greenhouse (02/18/15)
WASHBURN -- The Southwest school district plans to have a more functional 1,440-square-foot greenhouse constructed by May. The total cost is $73,875, and the district's portion is $32,320 since Chris Hunt, Southwest High School and Middle School vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, received a grant for the turnkey greenhouse project...
Land of Smiles arrives at Southwest Elementary (02/18/15)
Southwest Elementary students Tristyn Harding, left, Hunter Cain, middle, and Marcus Lakey practice how to properly brush teeth Thursday at the Delta Dental's Land of Smiles presentation. Kindergarten through third-grade students learned about dental hygiene. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Police require help in prosecuting prescription drug offenders (02/18/15)
Area law enforcement are hoping to see passed a bill that would created a monitoring program to slow illegal prescription drug trade. "If we have somebody who we believe is selling prescriptions, it's a very hard case to prove," said John Luckey, director of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force...
Local library branches see new resources added (02/18/15)
A variety of new resources are planned for branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library. Director Gina Milburn reported that use of wireless Internet service has almost tripled over last year at this time. Computer use has also increased. The district will see significant savings on its local and long distance telephone service for branches in Monett, Pierce City, Aurora and Marionville. ...
Seligman suspends main sewer operator (02/18/15)
Seligman has suspended Tony Amos, the city's main sewer operator, pending an investigation, said City Clerk Brian Nichols. "We're fearful that documentation wasn't logged; that records weren't kept on the operation of the sewer lagoon," said Nichols, who has been in contact with the Missouri Department of National Resources (DNR)...
Seligman buys $9,600 in pipe locators (02/18/15)
Seligman recently purchased $9,666.53 in pipe locating equipment to comply with federal regulations and state statutes. "Every public utility must be able to actively locate their equipment," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. The Seligman Board of Aldermen approved a bid from Tontitown, Ark.-based HD Supply Waterworks after Wayne Persons, Seligman maintenance supervisor, recommended the company to the city out of the bidder list...
DNR informs Seligman about plugging water well (02/18/15)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resource has notified Seligman about plugging water well No. 2, which has been out of service since the 1970s. "[Costs] could be up to $18,000," said Brian Nichols, city clerk. "DNR has grants available to help us fund this."...
Cassville class provides introductory to beekeeping (02/18/15)
If area residents are interested in becoming beekeepers, they can attend a free introductory adult education class at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Cassville High School agriculture department. "If you get involved in beekeeping, the possibilities of learning something new everyday is there," said Leon Riggs, 77, an area beekeeper who will be the main speaker at the class...
Cassville jazz bands bring down the house (02/18/15)
Scott Frederickson, Cassville High School band director, plays a flugelhorn during "I Remember Clifford" at a jazz concert in the Cassville FEMA Event Center Friday. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Miss Crowder crowns 4 winners Sunday (02/18/15)
Fifteen contestants competed in the fifth annual Miss Crowder Pageant Sunday at the Crowder College Cassville campus. Those pictured include: Alex Tummons, Miss Southern Ozarks 2015; Kaitlyn Rigdon, Miss Southern Ozarks' Outstanding Teen 2015 and Miss Crowder's Outstanding Teen 2014; Rebekah Rhoad, Miss Crowder's Outstanding Teen 2015; Olivia Henson, Miss Crowder 2015; and Morgan Shumaker, Miss Crowder 2014. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Sunday snow brings plows out to play (02/18/15)
A backhoe clears the snow off of Wild Apple Drive in Cassville Monday. A weather station 4.8 miles south-southeast from Cassville indicated 5.5 inches of snowfall fell Monday, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Cassville choir performs singing Valentines (02/18/15)
Cassville High School Choir members Jena Hilburn, left, and Kiley Wolf, left middle, perform a singing Valentine Thursday for Donna Lawson, right, Cassville High School librarian. Wolf's father, Denny, played the guitar. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Fired medic details transport incident (02/11/15)
A former Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District paramedic says a report filed by a Barry County Sheriff's Deputy is not accurate, and he does not know why he was fired from his position with the district. Randy Haycook, who was fired on Jan. 9, said he followed all protocols, policies and procedures when he responded to the home of 59-year-old Pedro Martinez on Jan. ...
Mother of murdered Washburn woman thanks community for support (02/11/15)
For Cathy Townsend, losing her daughter and father in an alleged double-homicide has been a challenge, but keeping her going are the good memories of both Casey Brace and Herbert Townsend. Cathy Townsend, of Washburn, said the relationship between her daughter and her father was a great one, and both will be fondly remembered...
Convicted Barry County killer's execution date set (02/11/15)
A Barry County man who has been on death row for 17 years is set to be executed on March 17. Cecil Clayton, 74, formerly of Purdy, is the oldest inmate on death row and was sentenced to death in 1997 for the killing of Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter, a 29-year-old father of three...
Seligman Police Department shotguns repeatedly jamming (02/11/15)
Seligman has replaced malfunctioning police shotguns at least twice over a relatively short time period. "They were double feeding and jamming, whenever you go and cycle them," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. The Armscor 12-gauge shotguns have a lifetime warranty, and Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, said he has sent two shotguns back to the manufacturer, Davidson's Inc...
Purdy Schools mull more math requirements (02/11/15)
To meet higher college expectations, the Purdy Board of Education is considering increasing the math requirement for graduation. High school principal Bob Vice recommended increasing the graduation requirement from three math credits to four. Vice said Purdy has offered algebra 1 as an eighth grade class. ...
Wheaton superintendent gets contract extension (02/11/15)
WHEATON -- The Wheaton Board of Education recently extended the district superintendent's contract by one year. Massey has been the superintendent for four years. His current salary is $81,500 per year, and his salary will increase by 1.75 percent each year of his contract, which is a similar increase to teachers and other administrators in the district who gain another year of experience...
2014 water losses nearly double in Seligman, totaling $5,900 (02/11/15)
Seligman had $5,900 in water losses for 2014, increasing by about $2,600 over 2013. The water loss between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15 was 1,839,090 gallons. The water loss between Nov. 15, 2014, and Dec. 15, 2014, was 1.3 million gallons, decreasing by 400,000 gallons compared with the same period in 2013...
Wheaton School District settles old insurance suit (02/11/15)
The Wheaton Board of Education has recently accepted a $31,913.37 health insurance claim to settle a suit with a third-party catastrophic insurance coverage company that was ordered to liquidate in 2003. "I am glad to see the board make that decision, and it gets our taxpayers some money that we didn't think we'd ever have an opportunity to reclaim," said Lance Massey, superintendent of the Wheaton School District...
Area hunters donate venison to food pantry (02/11/15)
The Missouri Conservation Department and an Exeter meat processor recently donated 123.5 pounds of venison to the Cassville Community Food Pantry at Cassville United Methodist Church. "The good thing about the Share the Harvest program is it's deer that's harvested in the county, and we have a processor that processes the deer in Barry County, and then we have someone that distributes the deer meat to needy families in Cassville," said Daniel Shores, Barry County Conservation agent...
Cassville Senior Center dance draws 72 (02/11/15)
Wayne Rimkus, left, of Bella Vista, Ark., dances with Dianne Walker, of Rogers, Ark., at the Cassville Senior Center Saturday. The center has dances on the first Saturday of each month. The next dance is March 7. "The dance is for all ages," said Wendell Bishop, center board member. "It is good, clean entertainment." Roaring River Sound Band performed at the dance, which had an attendance of 72 people. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com...
Kailey Pettit queen of Purdy's "Candyland" homecoming (02/10/15)
Homecoming ceremonies for Purdy High School were held on Feb. 6 in the school gym.
Purdy man arrested after wreck near Monett (02/10/15)
A 21-year-old Purdy man was moderately injured after a wreck on Farm Road 1070, three miles south of Monett, that resulted in his arrest and six criminal charges. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher Austin, 21, of Purdy, was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry southbound on Farm Road 1070 at about 12:45 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned...
Monett man injured in wreck near Cassville (02/10/15)
A Monett man suffered moderate injuries Saturday evening in a wreck at Farm Roads 1135 and 2185. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Patrick Anderson, 31, of Monett, was riding a 2003 Suzuki GSX motorcycle at about 4:45 p.m. when a Dodge Ram, being driven by R.G. Edmondson, 80, of Cassville, failed to yield and struck the bike...
Initiative petition aims to require more signatures (02/04/15)
The State House of Representatives has proposed an 87.5 percent increase in signatures needed to amend the Missouri Constitution through initiative petition by the next general election. State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, has pre-filed a constitutional amendment -- House Joint Resolution 13 -- that would increase the number of signatures required to propose an initiative petition amending the Constitution from 8 percent to 15 percent of legal voters in six of the eight Congressional districts held in the previous general election.. ...
Forest Service wants to turn Butler Hollow into glades (02/04/15)
Area residents have until Friday to comment about the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's plans to restore the 18,181-acre Butler Hollow into glades. "Southern Missouri and northern Arkansas have one of the largest concentrations of glades anywhere," said Joe Koloski, Forest Service district ranger. ...
Judge Head staying on bench for Drug Court (02/04/15)
Former Associate Circuit Judge Victor Head retired in December, but wanting to continue his involvement in Barry County Drug Court will keep Head on the batch a little longer. With former Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox taking Head's associate judgeship, Head said he will continue to preside over Drug Court as a senior judge for the time being...
Chamber banquet brings laughs, surprises (02/04/15)
Victor Head, left, former associate circuit court judge and now senior judge, accepts a Community Service Award from Kelly Mills, former Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce president. Head spent 17 years as a public defender in the 39th Judicial Circuit before earning a judgeship, which he held from 2007 until December 2014. ...