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Stories from Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas soldiers go off to battle (12/19/07)
Cassville Intermediate School fifth grade students performed the Nutcracker in the Cassville Middle School gymnasium on Dec. 18. The show featured Levi Pollreisz as the Nutcracker. In the photo above, Pollreisz leads a group of toy soldiers into battle against the Mice King and his men. In addition to Pollreisz, the "March of the Toy Soldiers" scene featured students from Miranda Cupit's and Wendy Miekley's fifth grade classes...
N.J. murder suspect captured in county (12/19/07)
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly and Undersheriff Dave Bowman captured a New Jersey murder suspect last Friday when the man walked past a command post the two officers had established on the edge of the Monett city limits. According to a press release issued by Detective Robert Evenson with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Epperly and Bowman were stationed near Herd's truck stop on Highway 37 when they noticed the suspect, Gabriel Torres, walking to the store from an apartment complex where he was thought to be staying.. ...
Man is area's most wanted (12/19/07)
The newly formed Barry-Lawrence County Crime Stoppers organization has released the name of its first most wanted criminal. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of Kevin E. Carey, 25, formerly of Monett, is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline...
New Year's Eve Dance to be sponsored by area teenagers (12/19/07)
A newly formed student-led organization will help host a New Year's Eve Dance for Cassville High School students on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Coconut's Cafe in Cassville. The CHS chapter of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is co-sponsoring the event with the Cassville Youth Advisory Board. The dance will include karaoke, food and drinks and lots of door prizes with three $10 to $50 prizes given away every 15 minutes...
City sewer rates on the rise (12/19/07)
The Cassville City Council voted to increase sewer rates at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night following a public hearing. The proposed sewer rate increase will increase the minimum rate per user by 4 percent from $7.80 to $8.09. The largest increase will come in the rate charged for water used...
Adult softball league champions named (12/19/07)
The Cassville YMCA has wrapped up its fall adult softball league and champions were named in the co-ed, men's and church divisions. In the co-ed league, team MASH won the league championship with a 7-2 season record and then went on to win the tournament championship game by defeating Jersey's...
View after a steal (12/19/07)
Senior Brittney Wilbanks brings the ball back down the court after stealing the ball away from a Reeds Spring player. Wilbanks provided a spark off the bend for the Ladycats in their 59-43 victory over the Lady Wolves.
Ladycats overpower Reeds Spring in win (12/19/07)
The Cassville Ladycats had only one game this past week. The squad hosted Reeds Spring (1-8) and simply overpowered them for a 59-43 victory. The Lady Wolves kept the game close for awhile. Cassville started the first quarter with a 6-1 run, but Reeds Spring countered with a 7-1 run and took the lead briefly before Cassville tied it at 13...
Wildcats struggle for consistency (12/19/07)
The Cassville Wildcats finished strong in both of their contests this week, but it wasn't enough to overcome defeat. Cassville dropped itsfirst contest to Branson 65-29 and the second to Carthage 64-52. Against a taller Branson team, Cassville struggled from the word go. The Pirates had runs of 10-1 and 7-2 in the first quarter and the Wildcats trailed 17-5 after one quarter...
Sports Round-up (12/19/07)
Boys action • Eagles soar over Southwest, Wheaton. The Purdy Eagles kept the South-west Trojans under control, beating them 58-38 in an Ozark 7 Conference game. Purdy was led by Mason Roller's 15 points. Codie Harmon had 10 points for the Trojans. The Eagles also took down Wheaton 37-24 in another conference game. Roller led in this game with 11 points, and Sean Crane had 8 points for the Bulldogs...
DONALD KNOX GOSHAY (12/19/07)
Donald Knox Goshay, 80, of Golden, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at his home. He served his country during World War II in the U.s. Army and also in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Hollywood High School and the University of California at Los Angeles with degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. ...
MICHAEL "BUZZ" KAHLER, JR. (12/19/07)
Michael "Buzz" Kahler, Jr., 34, of Monett, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in an automobile accident. He was born Feb. 3, 1973, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Michael and Barbara (Miller) Kahler of Unionville, who survive. Additional survivors include: his fiancÚ, Deidera Clouse; one son, Cody Kahler; one daughter, MeKennah Kahler; one stepson, Dayton Clouse; one stepdaughter, Ceison Clouse; two brothers, Steve Kahler and his wife, Debbie, of Shell Knob, and Ron Kahler and his wife, Chrissy, of Berryville, Ark.; three sisters, Dottie Stuckey and her husband, Greg, of Unionville, Tina Kahler, of Vian, Okla., and Michelle Robbins, of Unionville; grandmother, Margie Kahler, of Marshall.. ...
ANNIE BARNETT CARNEY (12/19/07)
Annie Barnett Carney, 47, of Butterfield, passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, a her home in Butterfield. She was born Dec. 9, 1960, in Joplin, the daughter of the late Alfred David and Ruby Francis (Hayes) Barnett. She was a homemaker. Survivors include: two sons, Shane Kettner, of Butterfield and Skyler Kettner, of Purdy; one daughter, Shannon Long, of Jerico Springs; four sisters, Norma Bendickson, of Pierce City, Kay Barnett and Vici Pancake, both of Joplin, and Penny Barnett, of Fayetteville, Ark.; four brothers, Michael Barnett, of Monett, Gary Barnett, of Moberly, Mark Barnett, of Butterfield and Melvin Barnett, of Virginia; and two grandchildren.. ...
BILLY BROWN (12/19/07)
Billy Ray Brown, 73, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. He was born March 15, 1934, in Cassville, the son of George R. and Eva Leah (Owens) Brown. On May 22, 1953, he was united in marriage to Jeanetta Dunbar, who survives...
FREDERICK WILLIAM "BILL" BASTIAN (12/19/07)
Frederick William "Bill" Bastian, 85 of Rogers, Ark., died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark. He was born May 8, 1922 in Hannibal to George and Letha Reagan Bastian. He served in the Army during WWII as a radio operator in Alaska. He worked as a barber in the family barber shop in Hannibal, and then entered the ministry in 1954. He pastored Baptist churches in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. He married Audrey Jeanne Roth on March 14, 1943 in Lamar...
NORMA INEZ HILTON (12/19/07)
Norma Inez (Varner) Hilton passed away December 13, 2007, at the age of 95 years young. She was born at Washburn, Missouri, March 25, 1912, to Gertrude (Thomas) and Moulton Varner. Linda Woolstenhulme, her youngest of four daughters, her parents, 4 Brothers, 4 Sisters and 3 Husbands, Major Scott, Ivan Rowley and Dale Hilton, preceded her in death. ...
GARY D. GORDON (12/19/07)
Gary D. Gordon, 67, of Shell Knob, formerly of Wichita, Kan., passed away at St. John's Hospital in Berryville, Ark., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was born in Salina, Kan., June 15, 1940, the son of Robert Burns and Velma (Hosie) Gordon. In Las Vegas, Nev., on July 3, 1974, he was united in marriage to Karen Lynn Stocksen...
WILLIAM ROBERT MILES (12/19/07)
William Robert Miles, 80, of Shell Knob, passed away Sunday, Dec.16, 2007, in St. John's Hospital, Berryville, Ark. He was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of John Francis and Mary Oma (Blair) Miles. On July 26, 1947, in St. Louis, he was united in marriage to Shirley Mae Birtley, who preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 1991. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Patrick...
LOETA JAMES (12/19/07)
Loeta James, 85, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, in St. John's Hospital, Berryville, Ark. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter and one son. She received her education in Oklahoma. In 1944, she moved to California and worked at several occupations including the defense factory for several years. From there she moved to Wichita, Kan., and continued to work at a defense factory. In 1985 Loeta moved to Missouri to make her home...
OLETA M. HOLLOWAY (12/19/07)
Oleta M. Holloway, 69, of Exeter, passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, in St. John's Hospital, Cassville. She was born March 1, 1938, in Purdy, the daughter of Walter Lee and Vesta Alberta (Terry) Holloway.She was united in marriage to Haskell Terry and to this union three children were born...
HISAKO HALL (12/19/07)
Hisako Hall, 74 of Cassville, died Dec. 14, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Yahata-Shi, Japan. She was the second daughter of Toshio and Nao Sawabe. She was united in marriage to LeRoy Hall Dec. 19, 1960, in Yokohama, Japan. She was preceded in death by her parents...
DORIS LORAYNE SIMS EASLEY (12/19/07)
Doris Lorayne Sims Easley, 86, of Monett, Mo., passed away at 7 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2007, in her home following a long illness. Her constant companions, Max and Carolyn, were at her side. She was born December 13, 1921, in Cassville, Mo., the daughter of John Lester and Avesta Fulton Sims. Doris was a graduate of Cassville High School, and thereafter, she began her career as a legal secretary in Barry County. She later became clerk for the Selective Service Board during the WWII years...
Trout fishermen join Alliance effort (12/19/07)
Dear Editor, On Thursday evening, Dec. 6, it was a cold and windy night with rain coming down and turning to ice on the cars. In spite of the weather conditions, there was a pretty good turn out at the Springfield Nature Center, where the Roaring River Parks Alliance was invited to speak before the Missouri Trout Fishermen Association of Springfield. I would guess 25 to 30 men and women were there to hear our presentation...