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Stories from Thursday, July 27, 2006

Students will start school off right (07/27/06)
Over 200 area children were served by the seventh annual Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center School Readiness Fair held at the Family Life Center in Cassville on July 21. "I know there are families that can't afford to buy school supplies for their kids," said Gail Jenkins, Barry County OACAC director. "I can't imagine being a kid and going to school the first day with nothing to take...
Justin Boot Company honors 25-year employees (07/27/06)
Randy Watson, Justin Boot Company president and chief executive officer, presented 25-year employees with a 25th anniversary mantle clock during Justin Boot Company's 25th anniversary luncheon on July 20. Employees who have worked at the Justin Boot Company plant in Cassville for the last 25 years are pictured above. ...
Justin Boot celebrates 25 years in Cassville (07/27/06)
Justin Boot Company employees celebrated the Cassville plant's 25th anniver-sary with an outdoor luncheon on July 20. "I appreciate everyone sitting through the heat to be a part of this celebration," said Randy Watson, Justin Boot Company president and chief executive officer. "There are not many shoe manufacturers left in the United States. This is a special moment in the footwear business."...
Royal Rangers descend on Eagle Rock (07/27/06)
National Camporama attracts over 5,000 youngsters to area each summer By Lindsay Reed National Royal Rangers, an international Christian program, held National Camporama at Camp Eagle Rock from July 17 through July 21. "This is the most prominent Royal Ranger event in the nation," said John Hicks, Royal Rangers National Ministries publications and chartering coordinator. ...
Southwest attends volleyball camp (07/27/06)
A total of 12 Southwest High School volleyball players recently attended a summer camp in Rolla. The varsity and JV played 15 matches over two days to help prepare for the upcoming season. It marked the third straight season the Lady Trojan volleyball team has participated in this camp...
Punt, pass and kick contest (07/27/06)
The YMCA Recreation and Gymnastics Center of Cassville, in conjunction with the Cassville High School football program, will host a NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest on Friday, July 28. The free event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the CHS football field, is open to anyone between the ages of 8 and 15. ...
ERGM firefighters hosted benefit tourney (07/27/06)
Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano firefighters and First Responders held a benefit golf tournament on July 22 at the Cassville Golf Course. A total of $1,828 was raised for the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Firefighters and First Responders Relief Fund, which was established to help members of the fire district in times of emergency...
CHAMP BRATTIN (07/27/06)
Champ Brattin, 94, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2006, in Red Rose Inn of Cassville. He was born April 14, 1912, in Ridgley, the son of Elmer and Dora (Barnett) Brattin. On Oct. 10, 1931, in Rocky Comfort, he was united in marriage to Lucille Savage who preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 1998. He was also preceded in death by his parents and 12 brothers and sisters; Ona, Morris, Farris, Lela, Olie, Iva, Wayne, Nellie, Ray, Vern, Loren and Valen...
JEAN HORINE QUICK (07/27/06)
M. Jean Horine Quick, 57, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Canon Hospice in Jefferson, La., after a sudden illness. She was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Cassville, to the late Hershall and Jo Horine. She had graduated from Cassville school and had lived in Kenner, La., for the past 20 years...
VIRGINIA STERLING (07/27/06)
Virginia Sterling, 85, of Monett, passed away Monday, July 17, 2006, at Lawrence County Manor in Mt. Vernon following a short illness. She was born July 18, 1920, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to the late John William and Nellie Daly Montgomery. She was retired from Tysons. ...
Local restaurant gets rave review (07/27/06)
Dear Cassville Democrat: My husband and I came to your town to stay and trout fish while on vacation. We decided one night to try a restaurant we saw called The Rib. I had a prime rib dinner, and my husband had a barbecue rib dinner. The food was so good. I know that was the best prime rib and baked potato I have had...
Amendment 1 is vital to Missourians (07/27/06)
Dear Editor: Few issues today actually work to bring people together, rather than drive them apart. But when you have farmers and environmentalists, rural residents and city dwellers, bikers and birdwatchers all working together, you know you've found an issue vital to all Missourians...
Soldier appreciates support from home (07/27/06)
Dear Editor: Hello my name is Nanette Reyes. I am in the Army National Guard out of Pierce City and am now deployed in Iraq. I am writing this letter to thank my family for supporting me throughout this ordeal. I would also like to wish my youngest son, Jacob Young, a Happy Birthday. He was born Aug. 9, 1995...
Minimum wage needs to increase (07/27/06)
Working for minimum wage just doesn't pay any more. Since 1997, the federal minimum wage has remained at $5.15. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri is one of 25 states whose minimum wage mirrors that of the federal minimum wage. Twenty-one states have instituted a minimum wage that is above $5.15, ranging from $5.70 in Wisconsin to $7.63 in Washington state...