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Stories from Thursday, January 26, 2006

County okays spending plan (01/26/06)
Barry County will operate under a $3.8 million budget for 2006, which includes funding for a much needed jail expansion project and an across-the-board $600 salary increase for full-time employees. The budget, which was approved by the Barry County Commission following a budget hearing on Monday, totals $3,839,551. That sum is about $120,000 less than was requested by county officeholders...
R-IV voters will decide bond issue (01/26/06)
The Cassville R-IV School Board voted Jan. 12 to place a $7.1 million bond issue on the April 4 ballot. If approved, the district would construct a two-story, 41,000-square-foot fourth and fifth grade intermediate school building on the existing R-IV campus just north of the Rock Gym where the "White House" now sits...
Prescription plan continues to confuse (01/26/06)
Last November, senior citizens across the nation worked through a list of confusing variables to select a prescription plan under the new Medicare D prescription drug plan. "We have a good support system in Cassville," said Linda Parker, Barry County Senior Citizens Center administrator. "Our local pharmacists did an outstanding job of educating our seniors. The senior center had meetings and the Southwest Missouri Office of Aging came down to talk to people."...
Old tradition returns to EHS (01/26/06)
Colt Higgs and deAnna Harris were crowned Mr. and Miss EHS at Exeter High School's first annual EHS ceremony on Jan. 13. "In lieu of dedicating the yearbook this year, we decided to go with the old tradition of Mr. and Miss Annual," said Theresa Blackburn, Exeter yearbook sponsor. "All of the middle school and high school students voted."...
Wildcat JV win tournament championship (01/26/06)
The Cassville JV boys are enjoying a good couple of weeks, winning five straight ball games and claiming a first place finish in the Carl Junction Tournament. Against a solid Mt. Vernon squad, the young 'Cats held on for a victory by the score of 45-34 on Jan. 1. The Wildcats came out on fire in the first half, with Clint Reed hitting 12 points while not missing a shot...
Wildcats compete in Carl Junction tourney (01/26/06)
The Cassville Wildcats ended the Carl Junction Tournament in sixth place, posting one win and two losses during tourney play last weekend. On Thursday, the Cassville Wildcats opened play against East Newton. Despite a second half surge that saw Cassville outscore the Patriots 22-18, it was too late and too little. The Wildcats were unable to overcome a 16-30 first half deficit and eventually fell to East Newton by a score of 38-48...
Ladycats down East Newton for Big 8 win (01/26/06)
The Cassville Ladycats picked up a Big 8 Conference win over visiting East Newton last Tuesday. The whole game would be a back-and-forth battle between the teams as Cassville was outscored 20-17 at the end of the first half and then rallied to outscore the Lady Patriots 29-14 in the second half. In the end, Cassville earned a hard-fought 36-34 victory...
JAMES WOODROW RICH (01/26/06)
James Woodrow Rich, 90, passed away in Simi Valley, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005. He had been confined to a nursing home for the past year following open heart surgery in September 2004. He was born in Pea Ridge, Ark., on Dec. 11, 1914, the son of James and Anna Rich. He was united in marriage April 9, 1948, to Clara Mae Bashe, who preceded him in death on June 24, 2001...
BERNICE O. MCALLISTER (01/26/06)
Bernice O. McAllister, 78, of Washburn, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, in St. Mary Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark. She was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Washburn, the daughter of Rice and Edith (Morgan) Banks. She was married to Daniel Hauck, who preceded her in death. On June 12, 1974, she was united in marriage to Ralph McAllister, who preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Neoma Hilery and Ozella Daniels...
PAULA KAYE MATTHEWS (01/26/06)
Paula Kaye Matthews, 44, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Jan.18, 2006, in her home. She was born Sept. 10, 1961, in Eureka Springs, Ark., the daughter of Riley G. and Beverly A. Matthews, who survive. Additional survivors in-clude: one son, John Groves and his wife, Kelley, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; a daughter, Brandi Groves and her fiancÚ, Scott Brackett, of Tulsa, Okla.; a step daughter, Christi Lee and her husband, Jason, of White Bluff, Tenn.; one sister, Saundra S. ...
NAOMI FERGUSON (01/26/06)
Naomi Ferguson, 95, of Purdy, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at Red rose Inn, Cassville. She was born Nov. 15, 1910, in Purdy, to the late Wesley and Gertrude Wormington Henderson. She married Henry Ferguson in 1940 and he preceded her in death in 1982...
CLARENCE C. COCHRANE (01/26/06)
Clarence C. Cochrane, 60, of Seligman, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, in St. John's Hospital, Aurora. He was born June 30, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of David and Margaret (Pippin) Cochrane, who preceded him in death. Survivors include: one son, Gene Bryant Cochrane and his wife, Jennifer, of Bakersfield, Calif.; a brother, David Cochrane and his wife, Theresa, of Aurora; a sister, Beth Schoeffler, of Augusta, Ga.; and two grandchildren...
HERBERT F. COFFMAN (01/26/06)
Herbert F. Coffman, 72, of Monett, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, in Monett Health Care Center. He was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Hartfield, the son of James Clinton and Cleonice M. (Godfrey) Coffman, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by four sisters and one brother...
JAMES RAY BOWMAN, JR. (01/26/06)
James Ray Bowman, Jr., 45, of Exeter, passed away at his home Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006. He moved to the area with his family at the age of 10. He was a graduate of Exeter High School. He worked as a machinist most of his life. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Exeter...
GWENDOLYN ADAMS (01/26/06)
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Adams, 90, of Exeter, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006. She was born Nov. 15, 1915, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Alfred Thomas and Olwen (Hughes) Marsh. On Jan. 5, 1934, she was united in marriage to Earl Harry Adams in Fargo, N. D. After 27 years, he preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1961. They had resided in Exeter since 1948...
SIGURD G. 'SIG' SKOGSBERG (01/26/06)
Sigurd G. "Sig" Skogsberg, 84, of Shell Knob, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, in Red Rose Inn, Cassville. He was born May 27, 1921, in Dalsland, Sweden, the son of Frank and Ester (Lindquist) Skogsberg. On Feb. 2, 1946, in Rockford, Ill., in marriage to Ruby Baker, who survives...
PATTY A. PENNELL NALLEY (01/26/06)
Patty A. Pennell Nalley was born September 12, 1934, to Lorene Pennell at Butterfield, Mo. When she was 7 years old Lorene married Blaine Ray and moved to Olathe, Kan. Patty lived on and off with W.H. (Burg) and Vida Pennell, attending school in Olathe and Butterfield. ...
Stand up for your freedoms (01/26/06)
Dear Editor: I hope that most citizens of this community are aware that there is currently a national debate going on concerning the federal government's efforts to use wiretapping and other methods to spy on its own citizens. While the issue is being debated in Congress, the spying continues unabated. ...
Response to article about superintendent (01/26/06)
Dear Editor: According to the articles in local papers, Mr. Asbill has done great things for the school district and has the support of a group of school employees and the editor of the Cassville Democrat. Yet, he is resigning. The "problem" according to Mr. Asbill, as reported by the Democrat, was one board member...
It's sad news when board breaks the law (01/26/06)
Dear Editor: The Cassville Democrat recently ran an editorial titled "Sad news for Southwest" concerning the resignation of the superintendent of the Southwest R-5 School District. Last April, I exercised my newly acquired right to vote for the first time by casting my ballot in the Southwest School Board election. ...