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Stories from Wednesday, March 12, 2008

All Points to host chamber event (03/12/08)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's sixth quarterly luncheon event will be hosted by All Points Recycling. The luncheon is scheduled to be held at the Barry County Museum at noon on Tuesday, March 25. "We will be talking about recycling and how the nation as a whole is going green," said Leslie Longley, who co-owns and operates All Points Recycling with her mother, Brenda Fletcher, of Cassville. "We will explain how we fit into and play a part into 'going green.'"...
Watershed group plans meeting (03/12/08)
The Shoal Creek Watershed Improvement Group will host a free soup and chili supper at the former Pioneer Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17. "This is part of the septic system remediation program that the Shoal Creek Watershed Group is sponsoring," said Drew Holt, University of Missouri Extension Service environmental quality specialist. "The program targets failing septic systems located in the upper mile of Shoal Creek...
Dedicated county official to retire next year (03/12/08)
After 43 years of dedicated service to Barry County, June Smith, county assessor, will retire in August of 2009. Smith, who graduated from high school in Aurora, began working in the Barry County Assessor's Office under Mike Cooper in 1967. "Charles Vaughan, who I had known my whole life, told me about the job and I applied and was hired," said Smith...
Rwandan leader tours Golden camp (03/12/08)
While President George Bush was making a six-day tour through Africa, one of east Africa's religious leaders was visiting southwest Missouri as a guest of Kids Across America (KAA) Kamps, based in Branson. On Feb. 18, Bishop John Rucyahana and his wife, Harriet, of Rwanda, toured the KAA camp in Golden with Gregg Bettis, KAA president. The couple were invited to visit the camp, because it will be a model for a Kids Across Africa Camp (KAAC) that will be built in northern Rwanda...
Delta's experience trumps Exeter's youth in quarter-final (03/12/08)
The Delta Lady Bobcats had been to the playoffs the past seven years before 2008 and it showed Saturday as they defeated Exeter 56-51. The Lady Bobcats were cool down the stretch and rallied twice to upend the Lady Tigers at West Plains Civic Center...
CHS student signs with Meramec College (03/12/08)
Cassville High School senior Michael Baker has signed an official letter of intent and accepted a scholarship to further his baseball career at Meramec Community College, which is located outside St. Louis, next fall. Baker, a left-handed pitcher for the Wildcats, finished his last high school season with a 4-1 record and recorded 27 strikeouts in 33 innings of work. As a junior, Baker hit for a .288 average while blasting two home-runs and 13 RBI...
Purdy squads fall to Blue Jays and Pirates (03/12/08)
Both the Purdy boys and girls lost their state sectional games played at Missouri Southern State University last week capping excellent seasons for both squads. Purdy Boys The Purdy Eagles faced fierce competition in the third ranked Clever Blue Jays. Wins on the Blue Jays' resume included Class five, playoff team Ozark, Marionville, Spokane and Sparta, who had beaten Purdy this season...
Vollenweider to play at Baker U (03/12/08)
Brittany Vollenweider will be progressing her softball skills onto the collegiate level. The Cassville High School senior signed with Baker University, located in Baldwin, Kan., on Tuesday. Vollenweider pitched for Cassville for all four years of her high school career and might end up doing the same at Baker...
KATHY WIERMAN (03/12/08)
Katherine Sue "Kathy" Wierman, 61, daughter of Wallace and Ethel Louise (Ritt) Schuder, was born Oct. 12, 1946, near Fordland, Mo. She departed this life Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in her home in Seymour, Mo. On Jan.16, 1965, she was united in marriage to Larry Max Wierman...
MARIE SHELLEY (03/12/08)
Thelma Marie Shelley, 75, of Exeter, passed away Friday, March 7, 2008, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. She was born April 23, 1932, in Barry County, the daughter of E.H. "Bud" and Thelma (Chappell) Beck. On Oct. 8, 1950, she was united in marriage to George W. Shelley, who preceded her in death on April 9, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Georgia Jonson, Hazel Miller, Norma Loveland and Ada Gaddy and two brothers, Bennett and Ray Beck...
FRANK P. HAWK (03/12/08)
Frank P. Hawk, 69, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away Feb. 19, 2008. He was born Nov. 16, 1938, the son of Jeff Hawk and Grace Preston Hawk. He is survived by is wife, Jennie, of the home; his son, Lance Hawk, Waynesville; the Jack Shelden family, Rogers, Ark.; Roger and Zelia Kifer family, Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Debbie Voorhies, Brazorria, Texas, and Kelly Wright, Elkland...
JOANN CONAWAY (03/12/08)
JoAnn Conaway, 65, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in St. John's Hospital, Cassville. She was born May 17, 1942, in Arlington, Texas, the daughter of William and Edith Geer. On March 6, 1958, in Arlington, Texas, she was united in marriage to Donald Joe Conaway, Sr., who preceded her in death on June 24, 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters...
ELMO L. POWER (03/12/08)
Elmo L. Power, 77, of Eagle Rock, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2008, at Lacoba Nursing Home, Monett. He was born March 20, 1930, in Ava to Winfield Scott and Dicie Piland Power. He was a retired real estate broker and was of Southern Baptist faith...
VERNA MAY CASAD (03/12/08)
Verna May Casad, 63, of Purdy, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2008, at her home in Purdy. She was born Sept. 21, 1944, in Butler, Okla. She was the daughter of T.M. and Bessie (Brown) Ray. She grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri. She moved to Lompoc, Calif., where she met her husband, Golmer E. Casad. They were married on May 11, 1963, in Lompoc, Calif., and he survives. They moved to Sandy, Ore., where she raised her family and returned to Purdy, in 1995...
Basketball fans are proud of Lady Tigers (03/12/08)
Dear Editor: It is incredible to watch history being made, and that is what happened this basketball season in Barry County. The Exeter Lady Tigers were predicted to finish 3rd in the Ozark 7 Conference this year, and also to go out in the first round of district play. ...
Firefighters deserve community support (03/12/08)
Dear Editor: I read with great interest about the Jenkins Fire Department. We can tell you how important these fire departments are to the community. A few weeks ago our house caught on fire in the middle of the night. The Washburn Fire Department was here in minutes. How do you thank these volunteers for saving your home? The roads were icy, but that didn't stop anyone from coming...
E-mailing news and photos 101 (03/12/08)
In the past year and a half, the Cassville Democrat has experienced an explosion in the use of e-mail for submitting information to the newspaper. This change is one we've welcomed and encouraged, and we hope the technology has made it easier to submit information to us for our consideration...