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Monday, July 6, 2015
This Week's Headlines
3 injured in 3-vehicle wreck Saturday (07/04/15)
Two Exeter residents and one Washburn resident suffered injuries at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 76, one-tenth of a mile west of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Dennis Wood, 23, of Washburn, was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound and stopped to make a left turn, when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus, being driven by Olive Curran, 67, of Exeter. ...
2 injured in Hwy. 37 wreck near Cassville (07/02/15)
An Exeter man and a Cassville woman suffered moderate injuries in a wreck at 1:20 p.m. Thursday on Highway 37, one-tenth of a mile north of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Matthew Broshar, 25, of Exeter, was driving a 1994 Ford Aspire westbound when his vehicle pulled into the path of a 2011 Ford Escape, being driven by Emily Cole, 20, of Cassville...
Storm damages trees, power lines in Washburn, Seligman (07/02/15)
Despite a tornado warning lasting 35 minutes, only trees and power lines were damaged in Washburn and Seligman Thursday evening. According to the National Weather Service, at 4:20 p.m., video on social media and several reports showed a well-defined funnel cloud three miles east of Wheaton...
Software issue delays awarding of same-sex licenses (07/01/15)
After saying his office would accept same-sex marriage licenses immediately on Friday, Craig Williams, recorder of deeds and circuit clerk in Barry County, said the office's software is not able to handle the change yet, which will delay the issuance of the licenses...
City finds $25,000 to fund project (07/01/15)
After finding $25,000 extra in its parks and storm water tax fund, the city of Cassville is preparing to renovate its tennis, basketball and shuffleboard courts at the city park. The total cost of the projects is $64,175, and as soon as the city receives available dates from Hutchens Construction, a Cassville-based contractor hired to do part of the renovations, work will be scheduled...
Cherokee Cyclists trace Trail of Tears route through Cassville (07/01/15)
Nineteen Cherokee cyclists have been traveling the northern route of the historic Trail of Tears for 19 days as part of the Remember the Removal tour which spans 21 days and 950 miles to honor the memory of their ancestors who made the journey by foot...
Cassville schools give options for health insurance (07/01/15)
The Cassville school district has put forward its health insurance options for the coming year, expanding to offering 12 plans, including nine PPOs and three HSAs. Cassville is one of 70 school districts in the Missouri Educators Trust (MET), which provides health insurance insurance to its members...
14th annual School Readiness Fair set for Aug. 1 (07/01/15)
Not every family has the ability to buy a full load of school supplies for their child or their children, and the Barry County Neighborhood Center is looking to fill any such voids for local children. Part of the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, the center is gearing up for its 14th annual School Readiness Fair, which will be held Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Family Life Center in Cassville...
Seligman hopes splash pads will be ready for holiday (07/01/15)
Project deadline keeps getting pushed back, city keeping fingers crossed In April, the city of Seligman put plans into motion to build a splash pad to help keep children off the street and provide a fun activity for families during summer. The pad, located on the north side of the lot on which city hall sits, is a 30-foot concrete circle containing 24 jets and cost the city $16,000...
Chamber director takes post with school district (07/01/15)
After six years as director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mindi Artherton has decided to step down to take a part-time position with the Cassville school district, and the chamber board is hoping to have her replacement hired by the end of July...
Seligman seeking water line easements (07/01/15)
*8 City aims to take ownership of all its water lines The city of Seligman has been actively working to update and improve its water system, and one of the challenges in accomplishing that goal is obtaining easements for privately-owned water lines...
Cassville receives Fleet Excellence award for buses (07/01/15)
The Cassville School District recently received a Fleet Excellence bus award. The district's two head mechanics, Jason Roller and Doyle Ray, will accept the award at the annual transportation workshop in Springfield in July. In order to get the award, school buses must receive a 100-percent score on inspection. ...
Cassville School District purchases 5 new buses for new year (07/01/15)
As part of its bus rotation system, the Cassville school district is trading in four used buses for five new Bluebird-brand buses from Central States Bus Sales, at a cost of $90,970 per bus. Three vendors bid for the purchase, but only two offered a trade-in value for the district's four older buses. ...
Purdy schools revamp policies (07/01/15)
The Purdy school district recently approved a number of policies submitted by Missouri Consultants for Education, altering how the district handles things like job postings or excessive absences. Board members decided to post certified jobs for 10 days, but not necessarily waiting that long to fill non-certified positions. All jobs will be listed on the district's website...
Purdy school officials critical of state tests (07/01/15)
With school now out for the summer, Purdy school district officials are reviewing innovations during the school year, including their assessment of state standardized tests this spring. Principal Janet Boys, who oversees elementary and middle school grades, called this year's Missouri Achievement Program (MAP) tests extremely difficult, with 80 percent of the questions focusing on higher-level thinking...
Moon: Gov't shouldn't be in marriage business (07/01/15)
State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, filed a bill in March that, had it passed, would have prevented county recorders from issuing same-sex marriage licenses following Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court. Moon said the Missouri state constitution defines marriage as one man and one woman, and he believes everyone in the state should follow the constitution, regardless of the federal government...
Drawing for quilts July 17 at Stone's Prairie Picnic (07/01/15)
Carolyn Schad, left, and Carole Heller, both of Purdy, hold the queen-size quilt, "Spring Eureka," pieced by Nancy Kielblock and hand-quilted by the St. John's Quilters.
School children say goodbye to summer school (07/01/15)
Cassville school children hang out of the windows of their school bus as they bid farewell to friends and staff on the last day of summer school.
Local residents donate blood to Red Cross (07/01/15)
Angee Nehf, of Cassville, reads and relaxes while donating blood on Friday for the Red Cross at Arvest Bank, who hosted the drive.
News Briefs (07/01/15)
The Barry County Collector's Office, headed by Collector Janice Varner, is preparing for the annual Barry County Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale. Missouri law requires land with three years of delinquent taxes be sold on the fourth Monday in August of each year, falling on Aug. ...
Verona man injured in Purdy wreck (06/29/15)
A Verona man was injured and subsequently arrested following a wreck at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning on Route C, five miles east of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Gabriel Gonzalez, 26, of Verona, was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy eastbound on Route C when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees...
Barry County to issue same-sex marriage licenses (06/26/15)
Craig Williams, recorder of deeds and circuit clerk in Barry County, said applications for same-sex marriages are available in his office and licenses will be issued if requested. "The office of the recorder has always attempted to comply to the best of its ability with the laws governing marriage license applications in the state of Missouri," he said. "While we recognize that same-sex marriage has been a divisive issue, we respect the judicial process...
Cassville chamber director heading to post with school district (06/24/15)
After six years at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, Director Mindi Artherton announced today she will be stepping down from the post. "During the last six years, the Cassville community and our chamber membership have been remarkable," she said. "I have no doubt God placed me in this position as Chamber Director at the exact right time and am humbled by the support and encouragement I have received from our community and business leaders...
Eagle Rock man facing 10 counts for alleged burglaries (06/24/15)
By Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com An Eagle Rock man is now facing 10 felony charges for allegedly breaking into numerous homes on Farm Road 1209 and stealing about $10,000 worth of property. John Wilson, 27, of Eagle Rock, is facing four counts of burglary, four counts of theft, and two counts of possession of a firearm, and he allegedly admitted to investigators he was behind the burglaries...
29-year-old dies in Hwy. 76 wreck (06/24/15)
A 29-year-old Shell Knob woman died in a wreck Tuesday afternoon on Highway 76, five miles west of Shell Knob and about one mile west of Highway 39, when her vehicle struck a propane tanker truck head-on. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Amy Zogleman, 29, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Impala eastbound when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Kenworth Tanker truck being driven by Charles Cooper, 46, of Cassville...
Central Crossing finalizes 7,000-square-foot expansion (06/24/15)
In July of last year, the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob held a fundraiser to build a 7,000-square-foot addition to its building. The primary reason for the expansion was that the center, dedicated in 2003, had outgrown itself and needed more space for the numerous activities held there...
High water no barrier to fun at Table Rock Lake (06/24/15)
Even though Table Rock Lake was high enough to drown some campsites at the Eagle Rock Campground, Jeff Smith, right, of Joplin, still brought smiles from his niece, Allie Shember, 4, middle, and his friend's daughter, Hayden Long, 3, left.
Wet conditions delay crop plantings, harvesting (06/24/15)
Persistent rains have been delaying corn and soybean planting across most of the state, as well as affecting wheat harvesting. "The corn situation is probably a lot worse to our north," said Time Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. "We had an awful time getting it planted. We were blessed to have a few windows in April to get it planted in time. Corn-wise, we're in pretty good shape now. I'd say we're worse off with soybeans."...
Open house event slated in Eagle Rock (06/24/15)
The Eagle Rock Community Association will host an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We are hoping the event will show people what all the community center has to offer," said Jennifer Cochran, Eagle Rock Branch Library supervisor. Pickleball, Legos, exercise classes and refreshments will be available, and guests will have the chance to enter to win a guided trip with local fisherman Jeff Fletcher. The library will also be open...
Southwest nails down summer projects (06/24/15)
After summer school ends, Southwest schools plan to use the down time to update its elementary cafeteria floor, upgrade its high school phone system and complete preventative maintenance to its roofs. The projects are projected to be finished by the end of summer and in time for the new school year...
Butler Hollow forestry project ongoing (06/24/15)
The U.S. Forestry Service's Butler Hollow project is ongoing, and it is hoping to have more information for residents near the end of the summer, when a list of alternatives to the original plan will be decided. The project mandates that the U.S. Forestry Service address declines in forest health and native plant communities over an 18,181-acre area of national forest lands on the Cassville Unit of the Mark Twain Forest in Barry County. ...
Little Joe Transplant, Scholarship Fund partners with community agency (06/24/15)
The Little Joe Transplant Trust Fund, which has been awarding $1,000 scholarships to outstanding Barry County high school seniors and helping families with minor transplants and associated medical expenses for years, is changing and will now have a much broader scope, outreach and the ability to help even more young adults and children...
Seligman gets water study grant (06/24/15)
The city of Seligman recently received a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to complete a water study analysis of its water system. The analysis, which will be completed by an engineering firm yet to be determined, is estimated to cost somewhere between $30,000 to $35,000, but will be completely covered due to the grant...
Rotary Rodeo rescheduled (06/24/15)
The Rotary Club Rodeo, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The event will now take place July 17 and July 18 at 8 p.m. each night, at the Bill Hailey Arena on Business Highway 37 North in Cassville...
Pop-up library locations available this summer (06/24/15)
For residents who do not live near a library, or are just too busy to get to one, pop-up library locations are coming to areas in Barry County this summer. The pop-up library will have a variety of items to browse through and borrow. There will be information about the library system, the summer reading club, crafts and story time sessions. There will also be opportunities to play games and win prizes...
Washburn woman injured in wreck (06/24/15)
A Washburn woman was injured Tuesday after her vehicle hit a tree on Highway 90, five miles west of Washburn, at about 2:30 p.m. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Vanessa Ramos, 26, of Washburn, was driving a 2015 Chrysler 200 eastbound on Highway 90 when her vehicle skidded off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Barry County avoids major flooding (06/24/15)
According to the National Weather Service office in Springfield, Barry County avoided major flooding Thursday night into Friday morning after Tropical Storm Bill made its way into the state from the southwest. Mike Griffin, meteorologist, said the heaviest band of rain started in Barry County, but quickly moved to Stone Christian and Greene counties. Radar estimates show between 2-4 inches of rainfall in Barry County, while Stone and Christian counties saw between 5-8 inches of rain...
Arkansas man wins raffle for Belvedere (06/24/15)
Ron Black, president of the Cassville Senior Center Board, informs Bobby Brown, of Garfield, Ark., that he has won the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere being raffled by the center.
Young swimmers get lessons in water safety (06/24/15)
Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Kallie Bowman, left, 17, swims alongside student Ellie Taylor, right, 8, of Cassville at the Cassville Aquatic Center.
Lifeguards enjoy Aquatic Center's features (06/24/15)
Lifeguard Cade Pendergraft, 18, of Cassville, takes a break from lifeguarding to enjoy the water slide at the Cassville Aquatic Center.
Libraries light the bat-signal for children (06/24/15)
Batman showed children his impressive wingspan Thursday when he visited the Cassville library to read books to children and answer questions about Batman.
News Briefs (06/24/15)
The Barry County Collector's Office, headed by Collector Janice Varner, is preparing for the annual Barry County Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale. Missouri law requires land with three years of delinquent taxes be sold on the fourth Monday in August of each year, falling on Aug. ...
Cassville prepares for Tropical Storm Bill (06/17/15)
The city of Cassville is watching radar and putting out barricades in hopes of minimizing flooding as Tropical Storm Bill approaches the southwest Missouri area. The storm landed Tuesday in Galveston, Texas, and the center is southwest of Dallas. Steve Walensky, Cassville public works director, said he is paying close attention to live radar...
Monett teens returned home safely (06/17/15)
About two days after issuing the endangered missing persons advisories, sisters Olivia Bailey, 15, and Tori Bailey, 14, both of Monett, have been returned home safely by a family member. According to Sgt. Jerry Harrison, with the Monett Police Department, the girls ran away from home on May 24, and Wednesday, information came to light suggesting the girls were in danger, prompting the advisories...
Charges filed in Golden murder (06/17/15)
Official charges have been filed against Michael Beatty, 49, of Springfield, who is accused of shooting Golden man Ed Smith three times with two different firearms, then attempted to burn down the mobile home at 26511 Farm Road 1255, where the incident occurred...
Boy Scouts learn life lessons building, racing boats (06/17/15)
Oliver Bowman, left, 9, of Cassville, and Jonathan Wood, right, 8, of Cassville, share some friendly competition as they race their boats during the Raingutter Regatta Boy Scout event Sunday at the American Legion.
Drug task force to merge with Jasper County (06/17/15)
The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force in Barry in Lawrence counties is hopeful it will be merging with Jasper county this month. "McDonald and Barry [counties are] merging with Jasper County," said Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff. "The department of public safety has been wanting the smaller drug task forces to join as one. We'll still have our people here, but it will be more of a multi-task force. We've always had one and it has been effective."...
Mercy opens physical therapy office in Shell Knob (06/17/15)
Mercy Hospital has contracted with the Shell Knob Senior Center in order to provide physical therapy services for area seniors. "We signed a contract with Mercy for a rehabilitation center in our new addition," said Jerry Arnold, chief operating officer for the senior center...
3 suspects charged in tire thefts (06/17/15)
Three suspects have been arrested and are facing felony charges for allegedly stealing tires from Ball and Prier Tire in Golden. The alleged crimes took place from Jan. 1, 2012, to June 3 at the business in Golden, located at 29659 State Highway J. According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Braxton Franklin, Zachary Vance and Julie Underwood had been allegedly taking tires from the business by slipping them out over a two and one-half year period. ...
Cherokee cyclists to ride through Cassville in June (06/17/15)
Nineteen Cherokee youths will be riding through Cassville June 22-23 as part of the Remember the Removal bike tour. Each summer, a specially-chosen group of Cherokee cyclists ages 16-24 travel 950 miles over a three-week period to commemorate the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homelands during the winter of 1838-39, commonly known as the Trail of Tears...
Southwest grad pitches community garden (06/17/15)
A Seligman native and 2012 graduate of Southwest High School is hoping to do something to make give back to his home town. Cristian Sellars recently asked the city to consider planting and maintaining a community garden to provide surplus food for area families...
Lueckenhoff gets new job with state police (06/17/15)
A former member of the patrol in Troop D, stationed in Barry County, Cpl. John Lueckenhoff recently moved to a new position, at the Troop D Service Center in Carthage, as a public information and education officer. In his new position, which he said is not a promotion, but a lateral move, he will be responsible for putting on programs and demonstrations at area schools, on topics like drunk driving, texting while driving, drug abuse and more, and he will handle calls from the media as well...
Deputy to receive D.A.R.E. training (06/17/15)
Barry County Sheriff Deputy Mike Moore has been selected and sent to Houston, Texas, to receive drug abuse resistance education (D.A.R.E.) training. "There is a training site in Little Rock, Ark., and Jefferson City once a year in September, but we were able to get him in down there, with no charge or tuition," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff. "They allow so many from out of state. The only thing he has to pay for is his room and meals."...
Study: County of residence affects children's future incomes (06/17/15)
According to a recent article from the publication, TheUpshot, county in which a child grows up is related to how successful that child will be, specifically including much they will earn as young adults. In an article entitled, "The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares," a study found that children who grow up in some places go on to earn much more than they would if they grew up somewhere else...
Arkansas man wins raffle for 1967 Belvedere (06/17/15)
Garfield, Ark., man Bobby Brown left Cassville Wednesday in a new ride, as he won the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere being raffled by the Cassville Senior Center.
Sanctuary helps local animals in multiple ways (06/17/15)
Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary in Washburn cares for 120 dogs and 40 cats waiting for homes and has been helping animals in Barry County since 1998. The private, no-kill sanctuary, relies solely on public donations and fundraisers to operate. "Most of our animals are stray or abandoned so we don't have a lot of history on them," said Andy Breeden, manager of animal health who has been at the sanctuary for over four years...
Southwest kindergarten teacher retires after 27 years (06/17/15)
For the last time, Southwest School Kindergarten Teacher Laura Larson taught a lesson, read a book, hurried about to deal with a crisis, answered unending questions, solved endless problems, hugged students and lined them up to leave, and this time, she was leaving, too...
Local libraries have lots to offer this summer (06/17/15)
Children, teens and adults can be heroes By Julia Kilmer reporter@Cassville-democrat.com School may be over and summer is here, but there are still lots of learning opportunities and fun to be had at local libraries, where children, teens and adults can be reading heroes by learning new things and win prizes, maybe even a Kindle Fire e-Reader...
Local child gets help (06/17/15)
Ronald McDonald takes time out to hold Elijah Miller, 11 months, of Cassville, at the Cassville Branch Library on Thursday.
Family enjoys ball game at Cassville City Park (06/17/15)
The Hays family, from Pierce City, watches and waits for the next wave of excitement in a game at the Cassville City Park Friday night, in which their daughter, Janet, 7, played for the Eagles.
Diver shows off jumps at Cassville Acquatic Center (06/17/15)
Garrett Ewing, 9, of Cassville, jumps into the air, with some acrobatics thrown in, making a big show in front of friends Friday night at the Cassville Aquatic Center.
FBI joins search for 2 missing teens (06/11/15)
The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Missing Persons Unit have joined the Monett Police Department in the search for two Monett teenagers who initially ran away from home and may now be in danger. Endangered missing persons advisories were issued for sisters Olivia Bailey, 15, and Tori Bailey, 14, both of Monett, who Sgt. Jerry Harrison, with the Monett Police Department, said ran away from home on May 24...
Deputies investigate Golden homicide (06/10/15)
Barry County sheriff's deputies are investigating a homicide case in Golden after a man was found dead in his Arrow Point mobile home after being shot by what Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly believes to be a high-caliber pistol. According Epperly, Ed Smith, believed to be in his 70s, was found dead in the mobile home after being shot in the head, unclothed and buried in a pile of clothes, at about 11:30 a.m. ...
Monett police search for 2 missing teens (06/10/15)
An endangered missing persons advisory has been issued for two Monett teenagers believed to be runaways but may now be in danger. According to Sgt. Jerry Harrison, with the Monett police Department, sisters Olivia Bailey, 15, and Tori Bailey, 14, both of Monett, went missing on May 24, which police and the reporting party believe was a runaway scenario...
Charges against Cairus dropped (06/10/15)
A Monett man charged in August 2014 with attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape saw both charges dropped on Wednesday after 10 months in jail and at the Fulton State Hospital. Given a lifetime diagnosis of autism at a young age, Tyler Cairus, 18, of Monett, was arrested on Aug. ...
Trio enter pleas, sentenced in 3-county theft spree (06/10/15)
Three Verona residents accused of stealing more than $40,000 worth of property in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties have entered pleas and been sen`tenced. Amanda Shelby, 27, Jason Kramer, 24, and James Kramer, 61, all of Verona, faced multiple theft, tampering and child endangerment charges, and Amanda Shelby and James Kramer have been sentenced in courts in Barry and Lawrence counties...
Children learn about wildlife species at Cassville Library (06/10/15)
Wonders of Wildlife Conservationist Education Instructor Ben Brandall, right, teaches children about Great Horned owls at a wildlife program held Thursday at the Cassville Branch Library.
Date set for jury trial in child sex case (06/10/15)
A date has been set for the federal trial in the case of Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, who is facing three federal charges involving illicit sexual activity with children. Originally scheduled to begin on Monday, Norman waived his right to a speedy trial and a continuance was filed on his behalf to have the trial date set for Oct. 26. in the U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri...
Cassville mourns death of long-time resident (06/10/15)
Members of the Cassville community are mourning the passing of Glen Dale Nicoll, a long-time member of the community who, according to family and friends, left a distinguished mark. Affectionately known by family and friends as "Sheik" for his sharp taste in dressing, Nicoll, 88, is a 1945 graduate of Cassville High School and served as the Barry County assessor for 32 years...
Out-of-state trio charged in theft case (06/10/15)
Two Tennessee residents and one West Virginia resident have been charged in an alleged burglary at a home between Washburn and Seligman. According to Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, Deputy Bill Watkins responded to a burglary report on Oct. 5, 2014, where about $10,000 worth of tools, jewelry and firearms were stolen from a home...
Charges filed in $500K jewelry theft (06/10/15)
A Davenport, Iowa, man is facing two felony charges stemming from the alleged theft of about $500,000 worth of jewelry from a Highway 37 home near Washburn. Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said Deputy Angela Cole responded to the home on May 12, pulling a thumbprint off of a storm room door. The print was sent to the crime lab in Carthage, where it was scanned and run through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a nationwide fingerprint database...
2nd person pleads guilty in meth bust (06/10/15)
A second person has pleaded guilty to drug and child endangerment charges stemming from an incident in Wheaton in October 2014. According to court documents, Tony Intessimone, 39, of Wheaton pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver and endangering the welfare of a child in April, and his sentence was deferred, as he entered the Barry County Drug Court program. ...
Cassville schools roll out new healthcare plans (06/10/15)
The Cassville School district now offers 12 health care plans to teachers and staff. Cassville is one of 70 school districts that are members of the Missouri Educators Trust (MET), which provides the insurance. "We go in as a school district collectively and offer health insurance to our qualified, full-time employees," said Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville school district. ...
Charges against Eagle Rock man dropped (06/10/15)
Three felony charges against an Eagle Rock man have been dismissed by the Barry County prosecutor. David Goodson, 47, of Eagle Rock, was charged in April with first-degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon and false imprisonment. The charges stemmed from an incident on April 8, where Goodson was accused of striking a female victim in the head with the butt of a loaded pistol while he was intoxicated...
Local lawmakers against pay increase for state legislators (06/10/15)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, said a pay raise for state representatives and senators recently rejected by Missouri lawmakers was the right move. The proposal, recommended by the Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials, called for a $4,000 pay raise over two years for lawmakers, and an 8 percent pay raise in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 for the governor and other statewide elected officials. ...
Cassville district responds to major education initiative (06/10/15)
The State of Missouri is hoping to raise the bar on education and make a push for improved education outcomes with the Top 10 by 20 initiative. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) launched the major improvement initiative that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states by the year 2020...
Judicial Center seeing high workload (06/10/15)
The Cassville Judicial Center, newly renovated in 2003 just 12 years old, daily serves the public in a variety of ways. It administers justice, hearing and resolving civil, domestic, criminal, traffic and drug cases, handles probation and parole matters, hears exparte cases to keep individuals safe, and other matters...
Cassville YMCA shares summer swimming safety tips (06/10/15)
With summer here and temperatures on the rise, one of children's' favorite activities is swimming. But, along with the fun comes risks that parents, caregivers and children must be aware of to stay safe, as just a few, simple tips could save lives. Cassville YMCA Center Executive Dove Haney offered the following swimming safety tips used at the Cassville Aquatic Center...
27-year Southwest preschool teacher retires (06/10/15)
On May 18, the dismissal bell rang for the last time for Southwest School Preschool Teacher Diane Craig, who is retiring after a combined total of 27 years of teaching. "Wow, this is really it," Craig said at the conclusion of her last day. That morning, Craig had taken down items and mementos from the walls of her classroom, as she had so many times before on the last day before summer break. But, this time, it was different...
300 volunteers ready for Week 1 at Camp Barnabas (06/10/15)
Almost 300 volunteer (missionaries) at Camp Barnabas gathered Saturday to rally, train and prepare for the camp's first group of guests expected to arrive the next day.
Roaring River State Park hears sounds of the Ozarks at inaugural Heritage Festival (06/10/15)
Several musicians collectively gathered for an afternoon jam session to entertain visitors with bluegrass sounds at the first-ever Heritage festival at Roaring River State Park.
Scores of visitors enjoy free fishing weekend at Roaring River State Park (06/10/15)
Jesus Estrada, 7, of Rogers, Ark., gets his fishing pole ready, while dad Sergio, who has found a pristine fishing spot, watches to see if he needs help.
Sheriff honors deputies (06/10/15)
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, right, holds a warrant for one of the four suspects charges in two theft cases after work to collect fingerprints at the crime scenes led to suspect identifications.
News Briefs (06/10/15)
On June 17 at 11:30 a.m., Chris Hoge, director of therapy services, will host a "Lunch and Learn" to discuss the new Mercy Therapy Services facility at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob. He will explain the services to be provided, hours of operation and will introduce Nick Whelan, doctor of physical therapy, who will staff the new facility. Both men will be available to answer questions people have, and a meal will be served...
Charges against Cairus dropped (06/04/15)
A Monett man charged in August 2014 with attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape saw both charges dropped on Wednesday after 10 months in jail and at the Fulton State Hospital. Given a lifetime diagnosis of autism at a young age, Tyler Cairus, 18, of Monett, was arrested on Aug. ...
Purdy postal employee facing drug charge (06/03/15)
A Purdy Post Office employee was arrested Wednesday by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance. Clinton Danforth, task force officer, said the task force had received multiple reports concerning the state of Barbara Plowick, 34, of Monett, while she was working for the post office...
Purdy man charged in child sex case (06/03/15)
A 33-year-old Purdy man is facing four felonies and five misdemeanors involving sexual contact with a minor and possession of drugs. The charges against Nathaniel Swafford Jr., 33, of Purdy, include rape and sodomy. According to a statement from Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, Patrolman Russ Nichols was dispatched to Cedar Towers Apartments on May 23 in reference to a report of a child assault...
Haven of the Ozarks host adoption event at Tractor Supply (06/03/15)
Goya, a 3-month-old domestic short hair kitten, takes a break from playing with her toy to check out her surroundings at Tractor Supply in Cassville.
Frequent rains create obstacles for hay (06/03/15)
For farmers and producers trying to harvest their hay for the season, frequent rain has become a serious problem. According to Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist based in Stone County, hay should ideally be harvested in early May, because that is when it matures and has the most nutritional value...
60-year-old business to leave Cassville's Main Street (06/03/15)
Corn Signs has been a part of the Cassville business landscape for over 60 years, located at 90 Main St., just across from Ramey Supermarket. But, in just a few months, the business will only be remembered in history. Sometime after Sept. 1, Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, which...
City of Butterfield installing tornado siren (06/03/15)
The residents of Butterfield may hear a new noise during severe weather now, as the the city has been donated a tornado siren for when storms become dangerous. Tracy Anders, Butterfield city clerk, said the siren was donated by a storm siren company in Massachusetts...
Mary Beck School of Dance recital slated for June 7 (06/03/15)
Dancers from the Mary Beck School of Dance will present their annual year-end recital at 2 p.m. on June 7 at Taylor Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. According to Mary Beck, the dancers will present group and line routines that won awards at the Dance Masters of America Chapter No. 27 competition, held March 27 through March 29 in Owasso, Okla...
Arkansas man charged in Cassville assault (06/03/15)
A Bentonville, Ark., man was booked into the Barry County jail on Wednesday for an alleged domestic assault and theft at a home on 13th Street in Cassville. Charles Key, 44, of Bentonville, Ark., is facing charges of first-degree domestic assault, a class Be felony; armed criminal action, an unclassified felony; and stealing of any livestock or animal, a class C felony...
Exeter man facing molestation charge (06/03/15)
33-year-old in jail on $100,000 bond A 33-year-old Exeter man is facing two felony charges involving sexual contact with a minor. According to a probable cause statement filed by Terry Meek, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, on May 9 between 6-10 p.m., Steven Johnson, 38, Exeter, allegedly molested an 8-year-old female...
Springfield woman celebrates 90th at Roaring River (06/03/15)
Family travels to park for Ensor's birthday since 2004 For 11 years, Loene Ensor, of Springfield, has invited her family to Roaring River State Park to celebrate her birthday, and this year's celebration is extra special. "Roaring River is a beautiful place, and it is not expensive to stay there," said Ensor, who turns 90 on Sunday. "It's just a good family time to get together."...
Books donated to Cassville schools unusable (06/03/15)
A North Carolina company has been soliciting donations for books for Cassville Elementary School students, but Superintendent Richard Asbill said the donated items are unusable because they have not been vetted by the curriculum committee. Asbill said a representative of The Ambassador Company has been asking Cassville businesses to donate in the name of the school to provide educational books...
Local fresh produce, meats, honey abound this summer (06/03/15)
To find lots of fresh produce and healthy food options to put on the table, local farmer's markets have what residents need. The Cassville farmer's market runs Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. on the square throughout the summer. Rick Cameron, president of the Cassville Farmer's Association, previously known as Garden Sass Farmer's Association, which has been in existence 40 years, is in his first year as president and owns R-n-R farms. ...
Feedback kills bill putting free equipment at risk (06/03/15)
A bill in the Missouri Senate recently threatened to prevent the City of Butterfield Fire Department from receiving surplus equipment free of charge from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), and put an end to the Share Your Harvest program, which allows wild game meat such as deer meat to be donated to food pantries throughout the state for needy families...
4 children injured in ATV wreck (06/03/15)
Four children were injured Tuesday in an ATV wreck on Farm Road 1135, five miles southeast of Cassville, at about 4:10 p.m. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sydnie Hudgins, 12, of Cassville, was driving a 2012 John Deere Sport ATV northbound on Farm Road 1135 when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree...
Wheaton man injured in Joplin wreck (06/03/15)
A Wheaton man was injured Saturday at about 11:18 p.m. in a wreck on Bison Road, two miles south of Joplin. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Gary Sills, 48, of Wheaton, was driving a 1989 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Bison Road when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...