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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
This Week's Headlines
Cassville teachers receive raises for new school year (08/26/15)
Teachers working for the Cassville school district who are certified in education are scheduled to receive up to a $750 salary increase for the 2015-2016 school year. Richard Asbill, superintendent, said the school board approved the change. "Each year, the board meets with the Cassville Community Teacher's Association (CCTA), which has a salary and welfare committee," he said. ...
County property values 
see boost (08/26/15)
Property assessments in Barry and Lawrence counties reflect positive economic conditions in numbers released for political subdivisions. Each year by Sept. 1, government entities that levy a property tax hold public hearings to approve the rate for the year-end taxing cycle...
Pep rally gets Wildcats on their feet (08/26/15)
Cassville High School seniors perform a cheer during a pep rally held Friday in the high school's gym.
City of Exeter moving its speed limit signs (08/26/15)
By rearranging posted speed limit signs, the city of Exeter is planning to make a portion of Highway 76/86, within the city limits, 35 miles per hour. The reason, according to Randy Morris, Joplin-based senior traffic study specialist with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), is due to inconsistencies with differing posted speed limits within the 25 miles per hour flashing school zone signs as drivers are approaching the city limits from the east and the west...
Area's crops, yields took beatings this season (08/26/15)
After an extremely wet season and severe flash flooding, Barry County farmers were dealt a heavy hand on this season's crops. First, hay couldn't be baled because of wet weather conditions and lack of sunshine, which then negatively impacted corn, wheat and soybean planting...
Wheaton man gets 5 years 
in prison (08/26/15)
A Wheaton man was sentenced to five years in prison after violating his probation following his entry into the Barry County Drug Court program. 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. However, a warrant was issued for Intessimone on May 7 for a probation violation...
City preps 
airport master plan for MoDOT (08/26/15)
The Cassville Municipal Airport is in the process of updating its master plan, a list of projects that is completed approximately every five years for airports to maintain and update taxiways and other specific areas that need attention. The city anticipates receiving a $50,000 grant from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to complete the aviation projects, but only after deciding what specific projects need to be done and submitting a plan...
New Habitat house to provide quality home for local family (08/26/15)
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity is a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles which seeks to eliminate substandard housing by constructing and renovating homes to give deserving families decent, affordable places to live...
New faculty, substitutes hired by Purdy Board of Education (08/26/15)
Making final preparations for the new school year, the Purdy Board of Education gave final approval to hiring two new teachers and approved the preliminary substitute list for year. The board approved hiring Erin Livingston to teach seventh- and eighth-grade social studies. Livingston is a graduate of Republic High School and a recent graduate of Missouri State University. This is her first teaching job...
Seligman moves forward with water study (08/26/15)
After almost a year of research, preparation and negotiation, the city of Seligman selected an engineer to complete a water system study and is forging ahead with its original goals of updating and improving the city's water system infrastructure. The study has been mailed to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is awaiting approval...
Local firefighters climb 100 floors (08/26/15)
Members of the Butterfield Fire Department and other local fire departments recently participated in a commemorative stair climb at Silver Dollar City to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001...
2 teens injured in Pioneer wreck (08/26/15)
Two local teens suffered minor injuries in a wreck Saturday at 9 p.m. on Farm Road 1012, one mile northeast of Pioneer. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christian Dunegan, 18, of Wheaton, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet HHR northbound when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence...
2 injured in single-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 76 (08/26/15)
Two Shell Knob residents suffered injuries Sunday in a wreck at 11.:45 a.m. on Highway 76, 3.5 miles north of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Harley Harris, 18, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima westbound on Highway 76 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
Wildcat Stadium press box completed (08/26/15)
Cassville school district has completed renovations of the new press box at Cassville Wildcat Stadium. "We are very proud of the job our maintenance staff has done with our newly renovated press box," said Richard Asbill, superintendent. "We are excited to have a safe, sturdy structure our coaches, game operators, media, visiting team personnel, and others can utilize during school events at Wildcat Stadium."...
20-plus sign up to join Cub Scouts adventures (08/26/15)
Cubmaster Dawn Annecharico helps new Scout Bryan Everett, 10, of Seligman, and his mother, Mechelle Evans, sign up to become a Cub Scout at Troop 76's monthly pack meeting Sunday at the American Legion.
Local vendors show creativity at Crane Broiler Fest (08/26/15)
Brandon Perdock, an Arizona artist who recently moved to the Wheelerville area in eastern Barry County, was among the artisans showing work at the Crane Broiler Fest over the weekend.
Barry County Sheriff's Office adds new vehicle decal (08/19/15)
When driving behind a Barry County Sheriff deputy's vehicle, residents will see a new "In God We Trust" decal staring back at them. The Barry County Sheriff's Office has adopted the new decal for more than 20 its vehicles, along with many other sheriff departments across the state of Missouri. The idea was launched at the annual Missouri Sheriffs Association conference Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly recently attended...
Task Force funding issues resolved (08/19/15)
The Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, based in Joplin, has been a resource to the area in protecting victims, many of whom are children, from online sexual predators. Covering 13 counties in the southwest corner of Missouri, its sole focus is the detection, apprehension and prosecution of sexual predators who seek to exploit children through the internet and social media...
Sen. Blunt donates flag to Senior Center (08/19/15)
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, was on hand in Cassville on Aug. 11 to donate a flag to the Cassville Senior Center, which was presented to Adnea Cox-Holloway, administrator.
Numbers up for Kids' Fishing Day event (08/19/15)
Over 1,000 children registered to fish Saturday for Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River State Park, according to Paul Spurgeon, hatchery manager for the Missouri Department of Conservation. "We had a perfect day weather-wise," Spurgeon said. "We ended up with 1,005 kids, plus all their parents and families. It was a picture-perfect day...
Deputy Mike Moore named Cassville D.A.R.E. officer (08/19/15)
Barry County Deputy Mike Moore was recently chosen to serve as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer for local schools, including filling in for the Cassville Police Department until its vacant Cassville schools' position is filled. Moore has been working for the Barry County Sheriff's Department for the last two years but has carried a commission with the county since 2006...
Wheaton schools host active shooter training (08/19/15)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office, Wheaton Police Department, Wheaton schools, the Missouri Department of Conservation and emergency response teams recently conducted a shooter training drill at Wheaton schools. Due to an increase in school shootings in recent years, the drill has been mandated to prepare school and law enforcement in the unlikely event of a school shooting, said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff...
2 arrested for local cattle theft (08/19/15)
An Exeter man and a Purdy man were arrested recently for allegedly being in possession of cattle stolen from a home on Farm Road 1017 in late July. According to Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff, Hunter Kester, 19, of Exeter, and Trevis Schoelzel, 18, of Purdy, are each facing charges of receiving stolen property...
Barry-Lawrence library branches see changes (08/19/15)
Branches in the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system saw changes in the facilities and staff in recent months. The Aurora Branch incurred damage in the April hail storm. Insurance covered $7,731 in repairs. Due to other issues, a section of the sub-roof collapsed on the rafters. ...
Technology innovation helps local library service (08/19/15)
Technology innovations headed by J.J. Goulbourne, new information technology manager, has expanded a number of available services at branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system. Patrons at library branches have waited mornings for staff that came in early to run anti-virus software daily on computers. Thanks to a re-configuration of the anti-virus software, computers can stay on overnight for scanning, allowing for their immediate use in the mornings...
Local centers offer recycling services for those old, worn-out electronics (08/19/15)
For residents who prefer to go green, there is the usual paper, plastic and aluminum cans to gather and recycle each week, but local recycling centers are now offering more options. As of July 3, All Points Recycling, in Cassville since 2006, began offering electronics recycling...
Wheaton VFD to host 57th annual barbecue (08/19/15)
The city of Wheaton will be full of entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival rides and food on Aug. 29, as the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department will host its 57th annual Wheaton Barbecue. The traditional event includes a full day of fun events, activities and entertainment for the entire family. A schedule of events is as follows:...
City of Seligman tweaks lagoon upgrade (08/19/15)
Last fall, the city of Seligman hired Olson Associates, a Springfield-based engineering firm, to help update and improve its 34-year-old irrigation system used at the city lagoon, which stores the city's sewage and waste water. Continual breakdowns in the system led to extra water in the lagoon, and extra costs to the city to pump it out because the rain reel equipment used to pump water was outdated and not the best design, according to City Clerk Brian Nichols...
Parent-teacher relationships play large role in education (08/19/15)
Along with getting supplies, meeting the teachers and finding the classrooms, an important goal among parents and children is establishing a positive relationship with the teacher at the beginning of the school yeat. In addition to meeting the teacher to can put a face with a child's name, parents can keep in touch by email or notes in a child's take-home folder...
Bike wreck on Hwy. 37 injures Mt. Vernon man (08/19/15)
A Mt. Vernon man was seriously injured Sunday in a wreck at about 4 p.m. on Highway 37 at Business 37, a mile-and-a-half north of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Paul Heisner, 46, of Mt. Vernon, was driving a 2005 Honda motorcycle northbound when a 1997 Ford Taurus being driven by Anthony Test, 20, of Cassville, failed to yield and caused him to hit the Taurus on its passenger side...
Washburn man injured, arrested after wreck (08/19/15)
A Washburn man suffered moderate injuries and was arrested Tuesday after a wreck at 10:45 a.m. on Highway 76, four miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Orren Walker, 42, of Washburn, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet S10 eastbound on Highway 76 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree...
Teachers, families get students ready (08/19/15)
New Intermediate Music Teacher Shelby Long goes over classroom details with student Aileen Curbow, 9, of Cassville, who will be in the fourth grade this year.
Cassville Chamber welcomes new teaching staff (08/19/15)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed new teaching staff with their goodies bags filled with items donated by area businesses. In the front row, from left, are: Leigh Martin, Melanie Grossman, Shelby Long, Kristi Pinckard, Casey Harris, Nola Nickols and Sarah Ulmer. ...
School sets new prices for breakfast, lunch (08/12/15)
Some students and teachers will see a slight increase in breakfast and lunch prices this year at Cassville's elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools. The increases are in increments of 5 cents, 10 cents or 25 cents, and Richard Asbill, superintendent, said prices had to go up to meet state and federal guidelines...
Purdy receives ultimatum from DNR (08/12/15)
After years of talks and negotiations, the City of Purdy faces one final hurdle to resolving its conflict with the Missouri Department of Revenue (DNR) over its sewer system. Chris Erisman, the city's engineer with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, announced Monday that the state agency has lined up a grant and loan deal to accompany the city's plan to send its sewage to Monett for treatment...
Awards given to long-standing Cassville businesses (08/12/15)
Mindi Artherton, left, former director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, hugs Gary Whyte, representing the Hillbilly Golf Tournament committee, after he recognized her for her six years of service at the Chamber.
Truancy Court established in Cassville (08/12/15)
Previous generations may remember dreaded truancy officers who would find wayward children playing hooky from school, hauling them back in to face the wrath of their parents and teachers. Associate Circuit Judge Johnny Cox, in conjunction with the juvenile office, the Barry County Judicial Center and Cassville schools, is working on a plan to put a modern-day truancy court in place...
Purdy schools give out raises (08/12/15)
Making preparations for the coming school year, the Purdy school district adopted a budget for the new school year, calling for pay raises for all employees. According to Superintendent Steven Chancellor, the step increases constituted a pay raise of approximately 1.95 percent for certified and non-certified staff...
Municipal sales taxes show sharp increase in July (08/12/15)
Only one of the seven Barry County cities collecting a sales tax failed to surpass last July's totals. The cities' totals came in at $720,868.15, up 23 percent from a year ago. Cassville's 1-percent tax hit an all-time record for July of $119,268.55 for the general fund, up $27,929.22...
Cassville schools aim to restore historic bell (08/12/15)
Since it was moved there in approximately the 1970s, many parents, teachers and children have walked by a familiar old bell on their way to school at Eunice Thomas Elementary in Cassville. "It's probably been there since sometime in the 1970s," said John Sullivan, Cassville School Board president. "That's about when the building and circle drive was put in. There is a lot of significant history to the bell. It was originally on the courthouse lawn in the 1860s."...
Seligman using interactive tech to lay out water, sewer systems (08/12/15)
The City of Seligman accepted a proposal from Anderson Construction for a geographical interaction system (GIS), which includes an interactive, online digital planning and zoning map that would lay out the city's entire water and sewer systems. The cost to the city is $150 a year, and Brian Nichols, city clerk, said it will be extremely helpful for daily use, and for the upcoming water study. ...
Parents, guardians encouraged to apply for program (08/12/15)
School starts in Cassville on Thursday, and Superintendent Richard Asbill is hoping parents, grandparents and guardians will apply for the free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch program. The application form is now available and determines a household's eligibility for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch...
10 join faculty at Purdy School District (08/12/15)
The Purdy school district welcomed 10 new staff members to its ranks for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mercy to offer reduced-cost Health Fair in Shell Knob (08/12/15)
For those who are at risk for having diabetes, heart disease or other chronic conditions, or just want to do some preventative care at a reduced cost, area residents can take advantage of a Health Fair Tuesday at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob...
Experts say times of 
transition can increase stress (08/12/15)
With summer ending and a new school year beginning, signaling another life transition for parents, children, teachers and the community, stress can creep up unannounced and rear its ugly head. Even with happy events, such as a child starting kindergarten and or advancing to the next grade, starting a new job or a wedding, stress can take a toll with all the associated activities and fretting that go along with them. ...
Express bus schedule saves time for those in rural areas (08/12/15)
Cassville school buses travel, on average, about 1,700 combined miles each school day, as the district includes not only the city of Cassville, but the surrounding rural areas of Eagle Rock, Shell Knob, Golden, Mano, Butterfield, Roaring River and Jenkins...
Bingo night at library offers fun, family activity (08/12/15)
Friends of the Library President Vera Ray of Cassville organizes bingo prizes Thursday night during bingo at the Cassville Branch Library.
Preschool Children get back-to-school haircuts (08/12/15)
Hairdresser and Preschool Teacher Lindsey Joeckel gives Tristan Larson, 3, a haircut at God's Little Kingdom Preschool in Cassville to get him ready to go back to school next week.
News Briefs (08/12/15)
Harrell Family Reunion to be held Sunday The Harrell Family Reunion will be held Sunday at the Fairview Community Center. Attendees should bring food and drinks. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. Tax sale set for Aug. 24 The Barry County Collector's Office, headed by Collector Janice Varner, is preparing for the annual Barry County Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale. ...
Teen injured in Hwy. 86 wreck (08/09/15)
A Cassville teen was seriously injured Sunday at about 7:35 p.m. in a wreck on Highway 86, five miles east of Cassville. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Quentin Moles, 16, of Cassville, was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty eastbound on Highway 86 when his vehicle slid off the roadway and struck a road sign...
Fair Grove man injured in wreck (08/09/15)
A Fair Grove man suffered moderate injuries Saturday at 1:10 p.m. in a wreck on Highway 39, three miles north of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Robert Hawkins, 55, of Fair Grove, was driving a 2006 Honda 1000 motorcycle when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting Hawkins...
2 injured in wreck on Hwy. 86 (08/05/15)
Two women were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 6:40 p.m. on Highway 86, one mile north of Eagle Rock. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, an unknown driver of a 1980 Chevrolet pickup was traveling northbound, attempted to make a left turn and struck a 2008 Ford Focus, being driven by Tracy Youngblood, 53, of Cassville. The driver of the pickup allegedly fled the scene...
Cassville man gets 25 years in federal prison (08/05/15)
A Cassville man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to two felony charges involving child pornography. On Feb. 5, 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. ...
Senior Center's U.S. Flag stolen (08/05/15)
Cassville police are investigating a theft case in the city, as someone has allegedly stolen the U.S. Flag from its post at the Cassville Senior Center The flag, which was attached to a flagpole and has been flying in front of the building for years, had been stolen and the rope and hardware attaching was cut and missing, according to Sgt. Donnie Privett of the Cassville Police Department...
Children stock up on supplies at Back-to-School Fair (08/05/15)
Elizabeth Hunter, 5, of Butterfield, gets her face painted by Volunteer Yesenia Aguin, of Cassville. Face-painting was provided by Iglesia Pentecostal De Purdy Church. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Barry County jailer charged in drug-smuggling case (08/05/15)
A Barry County jailer is being charged with a felony for allegedly smuggling marijuana to two inmates being held in the Barry County jail. Matthew Hernandez, 24, of Butterfield, was charged Friday with delivery of a controlled substance at a county jail, allegedly admitting to law enforcement he picked up marijuana at the Cassville Walmart, packaged it in sealed latex and delivered the substance to two inmates. ...
Floods cause $4,000 in damages, more expected (08/05/15)
After severe flash flooding at Roaring River State Park caused three days of closure and created approximately $4,000 in damage, the park reopened in early July and is still getting back on its feet. Steph Deidrick, spokesperson for Missouri State Parks, said since the park re-opened July 10, it has been pleased to welcome guests to enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and all Roaring River State Park has to offer...
SWAT Team arrests 3 in Rocky Comfort (08/05/15)
Three Rocky Comfort residents were arrested Friday in connection with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and unlawful use of a weapon. Drug Task Force Officer Clinton Danforth and the Barry County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team conducted a drug-related search warrant on Friday in Rocky Comfort. ...
Exeter woman dies in wreck (08/05/15)
An Aurora woman died in a wreck Thursday at 5:10 a.m. when her vehicle overturned on Highway 39, eight miles south of Aurora. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Chelsey Davis, 26, of Exeter, was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer northbound on Highway 39 when her vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned...
Wheaton raises teacher pay in hopes of slowing turnover (08/05/15)
Barry County is replete with small communities and rural school districts, and the Wheaton school district has been getting smaller. Teacher turnover, salary schedules and decreasing student enrollment were addressed by the district's school board. According to Lance Massey, superintendent, the board voted to add a $500 increase to their salary base for teachers certified in education...
KidGuard no longer offered at Cassville schools (08/05/15)
For 20 years, KidGuard, has been providing supplemental accident insurance for school children involved in extracurricular activities. However, state and federal regulations, including the Affordable Care Act, have changed the company's ability to continue offering that coverage...
New grading system now at Cassville (08/05/15)
The Cassville school district is changing the traditional grading system of A-F grades to a standards-based system. Under the new system, student progress is measured by a number system of 0-4, not a letter. The district has been working on transitioning to the new system, called standards-based grading, for about four years, using it in the elementary school for two years and the intermediate school since last semester. ...
Crowder seeks adjunct professors (08/05/15)
Crowder College in Cassville is seeking adjunct professors to teach courses in a variety of subjects. "As we grow and add programs we're always looking for qualified teachers," said Angela Seymour, campus director. Due to the sometimes temporary, revolving door nature of adjunct teaching, Seymour said the college is always looking for talented teachers to offer quality courses and degree programs to residents...
Parents, children prepare to go back to school (08/05/15)
As summer fun comes to a close, it's time to start buying school supplies, clothes, completing forms, and making all the necessary preparations for children to return to school. Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent for the Cassville school district, said since children typically do not have a set routine over the summer, one of the most important preparations parents can make is helping their child acclimate to a new schedule...
Sater named vice chair of committee investigating Planned Parenthood (08/05/15)
State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life by Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles. One of the responsibilities of the committee will be to investigate the recent accusation that Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling fetal body parts...
Kings Prairie 
benefit concert slated for Saturday (08/05/15)
The 16th annual Kings Prairie benefit concert will be held on the grounds of the historic Kings Prairie school on Saturday. An area staple of summer entertainment, the concert raises money to support the upkeep of the Kings Prairie school building as an activities center for the rural Barry County community. Organizers will continue the framework of past performances with a selection of classic country, gospel and bluegrass music popular in rural Missouri...
Seligman man injured, another arrested after wreck (08/05/15)
A Seligman man suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle wreck on Highway 112, one mile south of Roaring River, and the driver of the bike was arrested following the wreck. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tommy Canada, 30, address unknown, was driving a 2015 Honda Reckus southbound on Highway 112 at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday when his vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the passenger...
Wreck near Purdy injures Monett man (08/05/15)
A Monett man suffered serious injuries in a wreck at 8:49 p.m. Saturday on Farm Road 1165, eight miles east of Purdy. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Francisco Monjaras, 25, of Monett, was driving a 1977 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Farm Road 1165 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a building...
Mercy recognized as 'Most Wired' for 12th time (08/05/15)
Mercy Hospitals was recently named of of the nation's most-wired for the 12th time in 17 years, placing the organization on the American Hospital Association's "Most Wired" list, alongside Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and others. The survey examined how organizations leverage information technology to improve infrastructure, quality and safety and clinical integration. ...
Band holds fundraiser (08/05/15)
Members of the Cassville High School Marching band lined up cars to wash Saturday to raise money for transportation and other expenses for competitions the band attends throughout the year.
Local exhibitors earn honors at Ozark Empire Fair (08/05/15)
Callie Meek, from the Meek Cattle Company in Cassville, won grand champion Charolais heifer in the junior show at the Ozark Empire Fair. This was the first time Callie had shown at the fair in Springfield. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
News Briefs (08/05/15)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System ran a contest during the Summer Reading Club to see which branches had the readers of the most books. In a close contest, Cassville won for the larger branches. As a reward, award-winning children's author David Harrison of Springfield, the author of 90 works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, will speak on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Cassville Branch Library...
Arkansas case extended for Washburn murder suspect (07/29/15)
A Rogers, Ark., man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn in January will stay in Arkansas for a while longer, as he is being tried in Washington County on four charges and has had his case continued to Nov. 9. After allegedly killing 29-year-old Casey Brace and her grandfather, 67-year-old Herbert Townsend, on Jan. ...
Locals pitch flood control (07/29/15)
After Cassville and most surrounding areas took on between 5-7 inches of rain on July 7, leading to flooding in the city, flood mitigation has been a topic of discussion among area residents. Jon Horner, Cassville alderman, said he would like to see retention basins built on properties around town, which would act as holding areas for excess water that could potentially flood the city...
4 alternatives proposed for Butler Hollow (07/29/15)
The U.S. Forest Service has proposed four alternatives to its original Butler Hollow project, and another 30-day comment period will be given before any decision is made. Joe Koloski, district ranger for the Ava, Cassville and the Willow Springs District, presented the proposals in a meeting at the Family Life Center in Cassville Thursday, with more than 55 people in attendance. It was the third meeting of its type since the...
Disaster declaration heading to the president's desk (07/29/15)
Barry County was one of 70 counties included in Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's disaster declaration last week, and the request is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Nixon requested the federal government declare a major disaster for 70 of Missouri's 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that have generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15. ...
New Chamber director takes reins Monday (07/29/15)
A new face will greet residents and visitors to the Cassville area who go to the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, as Brittany Farris of Purdy will begin her duties on Monday as the chamber's new director,. A 2007 Purdy High School graduate, Farris graduated from Crowder College in 2010, then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in Springfield in 2014 in entertainment and events management. ...
Involuntary manslaughter charge filed following wreck (07/29/15)
An Exeter man is facing a charge of manslaughter, involving a vehicle and intoxication, following a wreck on Highway CC on Saturday that killed a Butterfield woman. A warrant was issued Thursday for Christopher Stogdill, 29, of Exeter, after Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx filed the charge of involuntary manslaughter, a class C felony. A cash-only bond has been set at $10,000...
Minimum wage could go to $15 per hour (07/29/15)
The current minimum wage in effect for 2015 in the state of Missouri is $7.65 per hour, but hree initiative petitions to increase the state's minimum wage have been approved for circulation by the Secretary of State. If enough signatures are collected, the petitions may go on the 2016 general election ballot. The petitions must be signed by at least 5 percent of legal voters in six of the state's eight congressional districts to make it on the ballot...
Cassville schools to implement modern communication tool (07/29/15)
The Cassville school district is getting a technology makeover that aims to make communication more efficient for the school, parents and the community. The technology is a digital communication and notification platform called Dewsly. "We wanted to go to a more modern platform that would provide us with calling, texting, emailing, updating of our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and allow parents to set up how they want to be contacted," said Richard Asbill, superintendent. ...
Purdy set to resurface 
6 streets (07/29/15)
More street work than expected will be done in Purdy this summer following action by the Purdy City Council. With $100,000 budgeted, Mayor Steve Roden and Teddy McIntire, public works superintendent, surveyed city streets and determined which ones most needing work. They identified all of Madison, Chrittendon and West Jefferson, as well as South Caldonia to the dead end. Hutchens Construction, the only contractor to bid on the job, quoted $83,678 for those four streets...
Winners announced from Purdy Fest (07/29/15)
Winners have been announced for contests offered at the Purdy Festival on Saturday. The following took home prizes from the car show: Best in Show: Scott Redshaw with a 2008 Yamaha Classic car: Billy Roberrson with a 1972 Volkswagen, first; Russ Pendergrass with a 1968 Corvette, second...
4 hurt in wreck near Exeter (07/29/15)
Four men suffered injuries Sunday at 5 p.m. in a wreck on Farm Road 1025, six miles west of Exeter. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Stephan Smith, 18, of Exeter, was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on Farm Road 1025 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a brick wall...
Seligman man injured, arrested after wreck (07/29/15)
A Seligman man suffered moderate injuries and was arrested after a wreck at 7:22 p.m. Friday on Farm Road 2295, six miles west of Seligman. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Cody Horton, 26, of Seligman, was driving a 1999 GMC pickup eastbound on Farm Road 2295 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
5 teens injured in Leann wreck (07/29/15)
Five teenagers suffered injuries Thursday in a wreck at 2 a.m. on Farm Road 1190, two miles north of Leann. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Montana Pennel, 17, of Aurora, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina when the vehicle lost control on a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a tree...
Bingo sees last winners in Cassville after 35 years (07/29/15)
Veteran bingo player Jan Anthony, right, buys a batch of bingo games and ink stamps from Post Commander Darrell Hovland and Chairman Bob Callahan on Saturday, the last night bingo was held in Cassville.
Residents receive award for Impala (07/29/15)
At the Cassville Cruisers' July Cruise-in, Bill and Lea Hill received the Eddie Award for being voted Best of the Bunch for the 1946-1960 vehicles category.
Marine hero visits Cassville library (07/29/15)
Marine Chris Anziano, in conjunction with the library's summer hero theme, visited the Cassville Branch Library Tuesday to talk to children about what it is like to be a Marine and solider.
Children get road, water, fire safety tips at library (07/29/15)
Missouri State Trooper Andy Ward takes a question from a child at the Eagle Rock Branch Library Thursday about road and water safety.
Cassville's Troop 76 Cub Scout members advance (07/29/15)
Cub Scouts Victor Sutton-Wolf, left, and Connor Annecharico were recognized Thursday in the annual and traditional Neckerchief Ceremony for advancing from the rank of Wolf Scout to Bear Scout.
Man injured, arrested in scooter wreck (07/29/15)
A Shell Knob man was seriously injured and arrested after a wreck at 4:47 p.m. Monday on Farm Road 1230, three miles west of Shell Knob. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jaymes Harmon, 32, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2011 Yamaha Zuma scooter northbound on Farm Road 1230 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree...
5 injured in boat incident on Table Rock (07/29/15)
Five Oklahoma residents were injured in a boating incident at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Point 23 on the White River Area of Table Rock Lake. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Gehard Fischer, 61, of Jenks, Okla., was driving too fast and lost control while traveling southbound in a 2015 Liberator 25-foot boat. The chine locked and all five occupants were ejected...
News Briefs (07/29/15)
The Wheaton school district has released its back to school schedule for students. Seniors may pick up their schedules and Chromebooks on Aug. 3, juniors may pick up their schedules and Chromebooks on Aug. 4, sophomores and freshmen may pick up their schedules and Chromebooks on Aug. ...
City debates hiring engineer for streets (07/22/15)
The city of Cassville has about $190,900 in its transportation tax account, and debate about how to approach street repairs in the city are underway, with City Council members proposing three schools of thought. Mayor Bill Shiveley suggested the city take a portion of the money, garnered from a . 325-percent tax passed by voters in April 2014, to hire an engineer to do a study of the streets and define projects and a scope of work...
Purdy city council approves raises (07/22/15)
Anticipating growth in sales tax revenue, the Purdy City Council passed a budget for the city's fiscal year, beginning July 1. The budget did not include the final planned sewer rate increase needed before proceeding with the planned sewer project or any major capital improvements...
73rd Annual Rotary Rodeo rides into Cassville (07/22/15)
Quinton Inman, of Ketchum, Okla., ties down a calf during competition at the 73rd Annual Rotary Rodeo at Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville Friday.
State agencies offer assistance to flood victims (07/22/15)
State agencies descended on Cassville last week, aiming to assist victims of the floods July 7 and July 9, as well as assess damages that may be used by Gov. Jay Nixon to make a disaster declaration and receive funding for repairs. On July 15, the State Emergency Management Agency set up a multi-agency resource center at the Division of Family Services office in Cassville, offering more than 20 local families assistance with everything from food to house repair advice...
Organizations provide cleanup help in Cassville (07/22/15)
Disaster is not a word one would expect to hear in the small community of Cassville, nor would residents expect to see the national guard or disaster relief vehicles driving down Main Street. But, with its unique topography lending itself to flash flooding after heavy rains that quickly flow into the city from seven different waterways, disaster struck July 7 and July 9 in the city of seven valleys...
FEMA team assesses flood damage in Cassville (07/22/15)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a handful of representatives to Cassville Thursday, and the group went to city property, homes and businesses in the area struck by floods on July 7 and July 9. Barb Sterner, Region II external affairs specialist for FEMA who is based in Kansas City, said the group looked at 12 homes in the city, many on Fair Street, that saw water inside as high as two feet...
City considering discussion about National Flood Insurance Program (07/22/15)
In response to floods on July 7 and July 9 that affected about 30 businesses and more than 20 families in Cassville, the city is considering a discussion about joining the National Flood Insurance Program. Last discussed in 2002 and 2003, a city must join the National Flood Insurance Program to have flood insurance available to homes and businesses within its limits...