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Stories from Thursday, May 11, 2006

Every 15 Seconds comes to life at Cassville High School (05/11/06)
Cassville High School students watched Cox Medical emergency technicians attempt to revive Taylor Vanzandt during a reenactment of an alcohol related accident in the CHS gymnasium on May 5. After checking Vanzandt's vital signs, paramedics called Skip White, Barry County coroner, to pronounce the young student dead. ...
Concerns noted in Barry County audit (05/11/06)
County officeholders will address issues raised by State Auditor By Lisa Schlichtman This week, the Missouri State Auditor's Office released its audit of Barry County, revealing a two-page list of concerns that county office-holders are now working to correct...
Former SW aide to be in court today (05/11/06)
The former Southwest R-V School District teacher's aide accused of engaging in sexual activity with two students was scheduled to appear in Stone County Associate Circuit Court today (Wednesday) for her preliminary hearing. The case against Shanna Lea Angle, 38, of Cassville, was moved from Barry County to Stone County on a change of venue...
Patton to undergo mental evaluation (05/11/06)
The Exeter woman accused of second degree murder in the shooting death of 45-year-old Kevin Madison has been placed in a Missouri Department of Mental Health facility. According to Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox, Adella Patton, 44, is undergoing a six-month evaluation "after it was determined she was unable to assist in her defense at this time."...
E-911 board hires architect (05/11/06)
The Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Advisory Board voted to employ architect Doug Corner, of Corner and Associates, of Webb City, during its regularly scheduled meeting on May 8. "We decided to go with Doug Corner of Webb City because he is only charging 6 percent, opposed to PB2 (of Rogers, Ark.) charging 15 percent," said Bob Lombard, who is a member of the E-911 special building committee...
Runner trains for Olympic trials (05/11/06)
Even though Brian Lyons' collegiate career has ended, the talented runner continues to pound the pavement as a member of the Big River Racing Team in St. Louis. Lyons, a graduate of Purdy High School, continues to challenge himself physically and is building a reputation as one of the St. Louis area's most competitive runners...
Wildcats at top of Big 8 (05/11/06)
The Cassville Wildcat baseball team continued its bad luck with the weather. Cassville had three games cancelled last week but was able to get in a Big 8 game against Aurora last Tuesday. "We need the rain, but it is playing havoc with our schedule," said Coach Rod Hemphill...
CHS track athletes bring home medals from Big 8 meet (05/11/06)
Cassville track and field athletes competed in the Big 8 Conference at Carl Junction on Monday. The boys team placed fifth with 56 total points and the girls team finished sixth with 31.5 points. Senior Kyle Bishop and junior Nick Pianalto brought home gold medals from the meet. Bishop placed first in high jump, clearing 6'0", and Pianalto was first in discus with a throw of 149'6"...
Area athletes fare well at Ozark 7 meet (05/11/06)
The Ozark 7 Conference track meet was held May 2 at Thomas Jefferson High School with McAuley Catholic, Southwest, Thomas Jefferson, Wheaton Verona and Purdy competing. McAuley won both the girls and boys' team titles. The Southwest boys finished second overall and the girls placed fourth. Wheaton runners finished third in the boys' competition and third in the girls. Purdy boys were fifth and the girls were sixth...
RAYSIA JULL MILLER (05/11/06)
Raysia Jull Miller, infant daughter of Ben and Rosanna (Colf) Miller, passed away Friday, May 5, 2006, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. Survivors include: her parents, Ben and Rosanna Miller, of Cassville; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Miller, of Cassville and Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Colf, of Seligman...
CHELLA MANN (05/11/06)
Chella Mann, 80, of Berryville, Ark., died Monday, May 1, 2006. She was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Carr Lane. She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Elizabeth (Scroggs) Reynolds. She was a charter member of Living Faith Church and was a tour guide for Saunders Museum...
GENE HUSPEK (05/11/06)
George "Gene" Huspek, 84, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2006, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Berwyn, Ill., the son of Jack and Francis (Rokusek) Huspek. He was united in marriage at Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1950, to Mildred "Millie" Brent, who preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles Huspek and one sister, Elsie Huspek...
RUSSELL JAMES HARDIN (05/11/06)
Russell James Hardin, 45, of Golden, died Friday, May 5, 2006, in St. John's Hospital, Berryville, Ark. He was born in Wichita, Kan., July 27, 1960, the son of Carl W. and Lillian (Dome) Hardin, who preceded him in death. survived include: a brother, Roger Hardin, of Eagle Rock; and a sister, Janet Brannan, of Derby, Kan.,...
JOHN "JACK" JOCHT, JR. (05/11/06)
John "Jack" N. Focht, Jr., 82, of Cassville, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006 in St. John's Hospital -- Aurora. He was born Nov. 5, 1923, in Philadelphia, Penn., the son of John, Sr. and Isabell (Richey) Focht, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one brother...
KHODY JAMES DOTSON (05/11/06)
Khody James Dotson, three month old son of Jeanette Linville and Toby Dotson, passed away Friday, May 5, 2006, in his home. He was born Feb. 2, 2006, in Aurora. He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Kahleb Dotson, and Khyle Dotson, both of the home; grandparents, Clayton and Betty Dotson, of Cassville, and Ed and Carol Rodewald, of Miller; great grandmothers, Erma Dotson, Doris Linville and Sharlene Nichoals;...
MARGAURITA A. CAREY (05/11/06)
Margaurita A. Carey, 82, of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006, in Red Rose Inn, Cassville. She was born on May 31, 1923, in Louisiana, Mo., the daughter of Daniel Edison and Edith Berdelia Walker. She was united in marriage to Earl Chadwick, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 5, 1972, in Cassville, she married Kenneth Carey, who preceded her in death Aug. 4, 2001. She was also preceded by her parents and one son...
PAUL RICHARD BOHMKE (05/11/06)
Paul Richard Bohmke, Jr., 77, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. He was born May 27, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Paul Richard, Sr. and Amelia (Boiahr) Bohmke. He was united in marriage to Joan Barbara Riggins, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Erwin; one sister, Freda and one grandson...
RICHARD "DICK" LAWRENCE WITHERS (05/11/06)
Richard "Dick" Lawrence Withers, 61, of Eagle Rock, passed away Monday, May 8, 2006, in his home. He was born Dec. 7, 1944, in Big Rapids, Mich., the son of Sydney L. and Ruth Elizabeth (White) Withers. On March 10, 2001, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise (Langley) Elam, who survives...
CLARA WOODRUFF STOCKTON (05/11/06)
Clara Woodruff Stockton, 76, of Monett, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield following a long illness. She was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Paducah, Texas, to the late James Walter and Clara Bell Spence Ledbetter. She worked for Jumping Jacks Shoe Co. ...
VELMA IRENE SMITH (05/11/06)
Velma Irene Smith, 90, of Springfield, formerly of Cassville, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2006, in Maranatha Village, Springfield. She was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Cassville, the daughter of Henry and Edna (Taylor) Starkey. On Jan. 16, 1935, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Rev. Loren Smith, who preceded her in death April 21, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Naomi and Glenna; six brothers; a grandson, Jake Stockton, and two great grandchildren...
HAROLD LOYD BROWN (05/11/06)
Harold Loyd Brown, 73, of Seguin, Texas, formerly of Exeter, passed away Friday, May 5, 2006, at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral services were held Monday, May 15, at Greenlawn Funeral Home-Branson, with burial at Missouri Veteran Cemetery-Springfield...
One way to escape (05/11/06)
I'm not sure I've ever admitted to my readers that one of my guilty pleasures in life is subscribing to "People" magazine. It's definitely a light read and a way for me to give my brain a little rest. For some reason, I've always been intrigued by celebrity lifestyles. ...
Council should accept Handley's resignation (05/11/06)
Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to you, and subsequently to the readers of your paper, so that I may wonder aloud whether or not Mr. Jeff Handley, east ward alderman of Seligman, Missouri, is grateful that the city council took no action on his recent resignation. Are you grateful for that, sir?...