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Stories from Thursday, May 22, 2008

Graduation celebration (05/22/08)
Celebrating the past and a hopeful future
Kids' Fishing Day attracts over 1,500 youngsters (05/22/08)
On Saturday, 1,509 youngsters visited Roaring River State Park to enjoy the warm temperatures and participate in the park's annual spring Kids' Fishing Day. "The event turned out really great," said Jerry Dean, hatchery manager. "No one got sick, and I didn't hear of any hook injuries...
Parr honored by OATS (05/22/08)
Irene Parr, of Wheaton, has been selected as the OATS Volunteer of the Year for Barry County. Parr began riding the OATS bus in 1997. Over the last three years, she has also served as the Barry County OATS Committee treasurer. Parr encourages other local residents to ride an OATS bus due to the economic benefits. ...
Homicide has links to Barry County (05/22/08)
The decomposed body of a man discovered earlier this month in Newton County has ties to Barry County, according to Sheriff Mick Epperly. Authorities are investigating the death of the man now identified as Ger Lee. An autopsy indicated the 40-year-old had been shot in the head...
Gym to be dedicated in honor of J.C. Duncan (05/22/08)
One of Missouri's most successful high school football coaches will be paying tribute to a long-time Cassville basketball coach on Saturday when Cassville R-IV School District renames the rock gym in honor of J.C. Duncan. Camdenton Lakers Coach Bob Shore will offer remarks during the dedication ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. All community members, especially Duncan's former students and players, are encouraged to attend...
Hearings reset for accused murderers (05/22/08)
David Spears and Christopher Collings did not make court appearances as expected on Tuesday. Instead, their attorneys set their cases for reappearance in Barry County Circuit Court on July 22 at 1 p.m. The two men face the death penalty for allegedly raping and murdering 9-year-old Rowan Ford, of Stella. The little girl's mother, Colleen Spears, was in court on Tuesday along with members of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and several television news crews...
Cassville council to pursue street improvement project (05/22/08)
The Cassville City Council voted to "proceed aggressively" on street improvements along First Street from Main Street to Highway 37. Roger Berg, with Scott Consulting Engineers in Springfield, attended Monday night's council meeting and presented preliminary suggestions for improvements along First Street, which city officials have identified as a priority roadway...
Cassville young men deserve our thanks (05/22/08)
Dear Editor: The tornado that slammed Purdy on May 10 also hit my parents' place onemile west of Purdy, destroying a large hay barn and seriously damaging an older barn and granery. The house, fortunately, suffered only minor damage to the roof, and no one was injured...
Exeter firefighters to host luncheon (05/22/08)
The Exeter Fire Protection District will host a special luncheon for Frances Chaney, president of the Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation, in the Exeter Fire Station at 12:30 p.m. on June 4. Frances Chaney will be presenting the fire district with the first half of a $35,000 grant that the foundation has pledged to the district. The grant funds will be used to purchase a new brush truck...
Camp to be featured on Hometown Heroes (05/22/08)
On May 25, Camp Barnabas founders Paul and Cyndy Teas will be featured on the eighth episode of DIRECTV's Hometown Heroes, which is designed to showcase extraordinary people across the country who have dedicated their lives to helping others. "We reached out to our employees and subscribers to nominate people who were unsung heroes in their community," said Caley Cronin, DIRECTV public relations. "We received hundreds of nominations and weeded them down to 29 truly deserving unsung heroes."...
Health board discusses food permit ordinance (05/22/08)
The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees discussed its temporary food permit requirement at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 15. "We have had several issues on our temporary food permits," said John Starchman, board chairman. "We have had many concerns as to how we will be enforcing this."...
Butterfield council discusses possible utility rate changes (05/22/08)
The Butterfield City Council discussed utility rate changes at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 21. The aldermen considered decreasing the minimum water rate by $3 and increasing the sewer rate $3 for the first 1,000 gallons of water used. The ordinance also included a sewer usage rate change that would increase the usage rate from 25 cents to 35 cents per 100 gallons of water used...
Wheaton hosts DARE graduation ceremony (05/22/08)
Students from Southwest and Purdy Middle Schools travelled to Wheaton to participate in the annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation, which was held in the Wheaton gymnasium on May 8. "Life is all about choices and you are getting to the age when you need to stop and think before you act," said Capt. Dana Kammerlohr, who serves as Barry County's DARE officer. "Stop and think and make good decisions...
Sheriff urges parents to "Take 25" (05/22/08)
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly wants to remind area citizens that National Missing Children's Day is Sunday, May 25. The sheriff, in cooperatin with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is encouraging parents to know there are precautions they can take to keep their children safe...
Alleged meth cook is on the run (05/22/08)
A Barry County man is still on the run after Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officers discovered a clandestine methamphetamine lab at his residence in the Wheelerville area. Jimmie Carl Williams, 45, is wanted for the Class C felony of possession of chemicals with the intent to create a controlled substance. On Tuesday, Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said Williams was still at large...
Aquatic Center to open Saturday (05/22/08)
Cassville Family Aquatic Center staff members are gearing up for the start of the 2008 swim season. Open swim hours will begin at the Aquatic Center at 1 p.m. on May 24. "We offered the lifeguard course April 10 through 13, and we have eight new guards this year," said Larry Boswell, Monett and Cassville YMCA program director...
Kornerstone students obtain GEDs (05/22/08)
Marlene Whitham, the director for Kornerstone, has announced that six more students have passed the General Educational Development (GED) test. Those students include Frank Nunez, Patricia Carla Wilson, Shane Gould, David Mason, Brent Terrell and Molly Lugena and all attended GED classes at the Kornerstone Adult Education Center in Shell Knob. The classes are provided by Crowder College Adult Education and Literacy Program...
CHS Young Democrats visit Clinton Library (05/22/08)
On April 9, the Cassville High School Young Democrats Club visited the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Ark. "My favorite part of the library was finding out that the building itself was built to resemble a bridge moving into the 21st Century," said senior Alli Cannon. "Every person is able to walk across and see nature's beauty."...
CHS speech and debate team caps year with annual awards banquet (05/22/08)
On May 1, the Cassville High School Speech and Debate team held its annual awards banquet. This year, the Cassville team increased its membership to 46 students and had several competitors who performed well at conference, district and state events...
R-IV board discusses staff, building projects (05/22/08)
The Cassville R-IV School Board handled a long agenda at its May 15 meeting that included the approval of several capital project items of business and the hiring of classified staff members. Board members voted to accept the low bid of $347,900 from Lacey Brothers Construction, Inc., for the music room renovation and toilet room addition project at the high school. The vote was taken after reviewing a summary of bids the district received from contractors...
Roaring River to host open house event this Friday (05/22/08)
The Missouri Depart-ment of Natural Resources will host an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 23 to discuss issues related to Roaring River State Park near Cassville. The open house will be held at the park's Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center...
Wheaton teenager injured in crash (05/22/08)
A Wheaton teenager sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 6:15 a.m. on Highway 76 one mile southeast of Wheaton on Monday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 1996 Ford Ranger, driven by Tyler Brattin, 18, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Brattin was taken to St. John's Hospital-Cassville. The Patrol report indicated that Brattin was not wearing a seat belt...
Purdy recycling program honored (05/22/08)
The Purdy High School Spanish Club has received an Outstanding School Recycling Program award from the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA). Gerry Wass, program sponsor, and Jordan Justus, club president, accepted the award at MORA's annual awards luncheon, which was held in Branson on May 13...
Disaster committee to host local Red Cross training (05/22/08)
The newly formed Barry County Disaster Preparedness Committee will host Red Cross training at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cassville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 7. "The training is free," said Amy Patillo, Committee member. "The Barry County Care Center and the First Baptist Church will be providing lunch free of charge. Janice Travis, of the American Red Cross, has volunteered to provide bottled water. She will also be leading the training."...
Exeter hears project update; approves building payment (05/22/08)
The Exeter R-VI School Board approved a building payment for the district's $2.2 million multipurpose building project at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 14. Prior to approving the payment, Superintendent Tina Nolan updated the board on the building project...
Purdy Eagles win district title for second year (05/22/08)
The Purdy Eagles dominated the McAuley Warriors last Thursday night to claim their second Class 2 District 10 title in two years. Purdy beat the Warriors 10-2 on a chilly Thursday evening in the championship game. Game time was slated for 7 p.m. after being pushed back from 5 p.m. to allow time for the field to dry...
CHS Ladycat pole vaulter will continue flying high in college (05/22/08)
The first Ladycat to ever pole vault for Cassville High School has earned a spot on the Missouri University of Science and Technology's track and field team in the fall. Brittney Wilbanks confirmed her decision to pole vault in college after talking to MST Coach Sterling Martin by telephone last week...
CHS athletes advance to state track meet (05/22/08)
A pair of Cassville High School track athletes have advanced to the Class 3 state track and field championships, which will be held at Lincoln University in Jefferson City this Friday. Senior Billy Wright will be competing in the discus event after finishing fourth in sectional competition at Branson on Saturday with a throw of 153"...
Vanzandt finishes as one of state's top 20 golfers (05/22/08)
Wildcat golfer Taylor Vanzandt had another fantastic showing at the Class 3 state golf tournament for a second year in a row. The junior finished 19th in the state out of 128 golfers who were competing at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. He shot an 82 the first day and a 76 on the second for a combined score of 158 on the par-72 course...
Girls basketball camp planned (05/22/08)
A Cassville girls junior high summer basketball camp will be held June 2 through June 6 in the Cassville Middle School gym, according to Coach Chris Kell. The free camp is open to any seventh or eighth girls interested in playing basketball at Cassville Middle School during the 2008-09 season. Seventh graders will attend from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and eighth graders will attend from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m...
Chamber tourney to be held Saturday (05/22/08)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's first annual four-person scramble golf tournament will be held Friday, May 30 at the Cassville Golf Course. "This golf tournament is a way for the chamber to get the whole community involved," said Susie Jacobs, chamber president. "We're encouraging everyone who enjoys golf to put together a four-person team and come out and join us. We really want this to be a fun event."...
SW runners set new relay record at state track meet (05/22/08)
At the Class 2 State Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City, Southwest's runners failed to earn any All-State medals despite some strong performances. The Trojan efforts were highlighted by the 4x800 meter relay team, which shattered the school record by over seven seconds while taking 10th. Logan Pendergraft, Dustin Breedlove, Luke Hackett and Caleb Mitchell combined to set a new standard of 8:27.62 while erasing the old mark of 8:34.98 set in 2002...
Wildcat players earn host of All-Big 8 baseball honors (05/22/08)
The Cassville Wildcat baseball squad, which won the Big 8 championship, placed five players on the 2008 All-Big 8 Conference team after finishing out their season last week. Senior Kelby Haynes was named to the All-Big 8 first team as pitcher and short stop. This is the third year in the row, the College of the Ozarks signee has earned post-season honors...
RAYMOND BYRON PHARISS (05/22/08)
WILLIAM LONNIE WESTON (05/22/08)
William Lonnie Weston, 83, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, May 19, 2008, in Select Specialty Hospital, Springfield. Arrangements are pending under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
JOEY DWAINE WENTZ (05/22/08)
Joey Dwaine Wentz, 35, of Monett, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Purdy. He was born Sept. 25, 1972, in Nebraska City, Neb., the son of Larry and Vickie (Hutchison) Wentz. He received his education in Plattsmouth, Neb. In 1995, he moved to Missouri. He was a self employed laborer...
KIA YANG (05/22/08)
Kia Yang, 96, of Pierce City, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2008, in Cox Monett Hospital, Monett. Arrangements are pending under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
STEVEN NIXON (05/22/08)
Steven Nixon, 53, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Monday, May 19, 2008, in St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kan. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Lake Park Memorial Gardens, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob...
BETTY J. BURNS (05/22/08)
Betty J. Burns, 79, of Wheaton, passed away May 15, 2008, at her home. She was born July 8, 1928, in San Francisco, Calif., to the late William and Regina (Nelson) Craig. On June 6, 1946, she married Darrell L. Burns, a young marine from Alabama, who had recently returned to the States having served during World War II in Okinawa and other South Pacific Islands. ...
GRADY THOMAS JUSTICE (05/22/08)
Grady Thomas Justice, 83, of Shell Knob, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home, Mt. Vernon. He was born June 20, 1924, in Rockwood, Texas, the son of Thomas Jefferson and Ollie Lena (Hawkins) Justice. He was united in marriage to Juanita Marie Cohu, who preceded him in death on March 15, 1988. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Justice; two brothers; and two sisters...
GLORIA JEAN COX (05/22/08)
Gloria Jean Cox, 64, of Rogers, Ark., passed away Thursday, May 15, 2008, in UAMS Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark. She was born Aug. 21, 1943, in Cassville, the daughter of Grover and Edith (Williamson) Smith. On Sept. 2, 1961, in Oak Ridge, she was united in marriage to Bill Cox, who survives...
JAMES CARLTON HOLMSTROM (05/22/08)
James Carlton Holm-strom, 68, of Golden, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2008, in his home. He was born May 24, 1939, in Holcomb, Kan., the youngest son of Lawrence and Margaret (Wagner) Holm-strom. In June, 1962, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Miller, who preceded him in death in March, 1996. He was also preceded in death by his parents...
AILEEN E. HONER (05/22/08)
Aileen E. Honer, 84, of Cassville, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008, in Cox Monett Hospital, Monett. She was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Osage, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Eunice Elizabeth (Lyell) Sharp. In 1965, in California, she was united in marriage to Albert Honer, who preceded her in death on March 23, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one sister...
J. CARL ELLSTON (05/22/08)
J. Carl Ellston, 79, of Seal Rock, Ore., died on May 13 2008. He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Exeter, son of John Charles and Jessie Mabel Ellston, both deceased. He attended Missouri Military Academy and received a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri...
cassville-democrat.com (05/22/08)
This past week, the Cassville Democrat launched its new and improved website. If you haven't seen it yet, go to cassville-democrat.com and take a look. The site is designed to increase interaction with our readers. You'll find a weekly poll question, some "man or woman on the street" style interviews and the opportunity to comment on any of the stories, editorials or letters that appear in each week's newspaper. ...
Quilters appreciate community support (05/22/08)
Dear Editor: The Ozark Country Quilters would like to thank all of you who attended and supported our Quilt Show held on April 12. We could not have been as successful without your donations and the wonderful assistance of Project Graduation. Ozark Country Quilters began in 1986 and continues to bring quilters together for fellowship, education and service. Each year over 30 quilts are donated to charities and families in need...