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Stories from Friday, January 12, 2007

Use tax to be subject of hearing (01/12/07)
The Barry County Commission is seeking public input on a proposed special use tax that could generate $200,000 a year in additional revenue for county services and road improvements. On Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m., county commissioners will host a hearing to discuss the use tax, which would have to be approved by county voters before it could be enacted...
Barry County Museum rising at the edge of Cassville (01/12/07)
The future Barry County Museum, which is being constructed on Highway 112 outside Cassville, is beginning to take shape. Phillips Brothers Construction of Cassville has poured the concrete foundation that will support the 16,500-square-foot steel frame facility. ...
Shell Knob School is locked down (01/12/07)
After .22-caliber cartridges were found outside the Shell Knob Elementary and Middle School cafeteria, the school was locked down for around two and a half hours on Jan. 4. "In my opinion, our students were never in any danger," said Katherine Miller, Shell Knob superintendent. "However, with the number of school violence incidents we have had, we don't want to take any chances. Safety is a big concern...
Drug task force seizes $2 million (01/12/07)
The Southwest Missouri Northwest Arkansas Drug Task Force seized over $2 million in drugs during 2006. "The total amount of drug seizures and the street value of the drugs seized are up this year from last," said Larry Keen, Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas Drug Task Force deputy director. "The number of metham-phetamine labs seized are down this year."...
Budget requests total $4 million (01/12/07)
The Barry County Commission will be considering $4 million in budget requests at a Jan. 22 hearing. County officeholders have submitted their spending wish lists in advance of the Commission's approval of a 2007 budget. Requests total $3,949,581, which is 7.1 percent greater than the $3,686,054 actually spent in 2006. Last year, spending was less than the $3,727,719 budgeted...
By George Ulmer (01/12/07)
• Lady Trojans and Lady Tigers battle. The Southwest Lady Trojans traveled to Exeter this past week to face the Lady Tigers in what promised to be a great match up. Both teams have had great starts to the year and only two losses combined. Despite an early Exeter lead, Southwest had a big second quarter and then kept the Tigers at bay, winning 50-43. ...
Wildcats lose close game in conference opener (01/12/07)
The Cassville Wildcats played two games this past week, starting the Tuesday before last against Reeds Spring and then opening big 8 Conference play against Aurora on Friday. The Wildcats would unfortunately lose both contests but came close to winning against Aurora...
Ladycats split games this week (01/12/07)
The Cassville Ladycats got their last two games out of the way before starting their conference schedule. Cassville faced Billings last Tuesday and Blue Eye at home on Thursday. The Ladycats split the games right down the middle, handling Billings but then losing a heartbreaker at the final buzzer to Blue Eye...
SARAH CATHERINE BRUTON (01/12/07)
Sarah Catherine (Dewitt) Bruton, 76, of Seligman, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. She was born Nov. 28, 1930, the eldest of six children to Larkin J. and Martha L. (Jordon) DeWitt. She was united in marriage Sept. ...
ROY LEON ANDREWS (01/12/07)
Roy Leon Andrews, 65, of Monett, passed away Saturday, Janu. 6, 2007, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Nov.30, 1941, in Bristow, Okla., the son of Bill and Florine (Slate) Andrews, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a son, David; a daughter, Florine; and four brothers...
KENNETH WAYNE MICHAEL (01/12/07)
Kenneth Wayne Michael, 66, of Monett, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Wayne, the son of Lester and Ada (Lee) Michael, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Dean Tillman, and one brother, Don Michael...
FLORENE KATHRYN HARRISON (01/12/07)
Florene Kathryn Harrison, 77, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Magnolia Square. She was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Cape Fair to Josh and Clara Edna Coones Starkey. She attended school in Cassville and Fulton and was a retired nurse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Lee Wallace, one granddaughter and her siblings, Edward Gene Starkey, Lynn Starkey and Mary Lee Bonnette...
DANIEL R. JANNEY (01/12/07)
Daniel R. Janney, 70, of Seligman, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at his home. He was born on May 18, 1936, in Richland Center, Wis., the son of Rodney and Erma (Lewis) Janney. He moved to this area 35 years ago. He was an ordained minister and an Army veteran...
EMMA JEAN BARNETT (01/12/07)
Emma Jean Barnett, 88, of Monett, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at her home. She was born Sept. 27, 1918, in Wheaton, the daughter of the late Thomas G. and Emma Gertrude (Barr) Autry. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Monett. She was also a member of the Monett Garden Club, the Dorcas Club and a former Boy Scout leader...
BRIAN LEE HART (01/12/07)
Brian Lee Hart, 21, of Green Forest, Ark., passed away Jan. 4, 2007, in Berryville, Ark. He was born Oct. 27, 1985, in Cassville, a son of Dennis James and Marian Marie (Losch) Hart. Survivors include: his parents, one brother, Derek James Losch, three aunts, Sue Ann Corn, of Cassville, Doris Chaney, of Cassville, and Trisha Oxford, of Garfield, Ark.; three uncles, Billy Corn, of Wentworth, Donald Losch, of Cassville, and Steven Corn, of Cassville...
GERALDINE B. KELLEY (01/12/07)
Geraldine B. Kelley, 83, of Cassville, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, in her home. She was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Muskegon, Mich., the daughter of Samuel and Grace (Weatherwax) Busard. On July 4, 1948, in Indianapolis, Ind., she was united in marriage to Ralph C. Kelley, who survives...
NEAL L. SKINNER (01/12/07)
Neal L. Skinner, 83, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, following a brief illness. He was born March 23, 1923, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Myron and Frances Jensen Skinner. He owned and operated Neal's Heating and Air. He belonged to First Church of the Nazarene. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II...
SYC grows because of community support (01/12/07)
Dear Editor: Christmas is over for another year, and once again Share Your Christmas was a great success. Almost 500 children had a good Christmas because of the generosity of the people living in Barry County. The quality of the gifts was exceptional, as always, and because of the monetary donations, we will once again be able to sponsor the Back to School Fair and work with area schools to meet some of the needs throughout the year...
Opportunity for civic involvement (01/12/07)
The first part of 2007 does not lack in opportunities to participate in local government. In the next two weeks, alone, area citizens have the opportunity to make their views known concerning the 2007 county budget and a possible local use tax. Along these same lines, the Commission will be hosting another public hearing to gather citizens' input on the possibility of placing a local use tax on the April ballot. ...