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Stories from Thursday, July 24, 2008

Murder-suicide leaves three dead (07/24/08)
Autopsies of three bodies found near the baseball fields at Southwest School in Washburn on Friday night support initial law enforcement theories that the two men and one woman died as a result of a double murder-suicide. Carl D. Miller, 42, of Washburn, died from a single gunshot wound to the right temple. Miller's ex-wife, Rhonda R. Miller, 39, of Washburn suffered six gunshot wounds, and her boyfriend, Donald F. Horton, Jr., 45, of Bentonville, Ark., was the victim of three gunshot wounds...
Jail project almost complete (07/24/08)
Addition of two pods will add 48 beds and more than double prisoner capacity
High profile murder case moved to Pulaski County (07/24/08)
The fate of accused murderer David Wesley Spears will not be decided by a Barry County jury. On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Robert Wiley granted the defense's motion for a change of venue. Judge Wiley ruled that Spears' trial would be moved 150 miles away to the Pulaski County Courthouse in Waynesville. Spears' motion was presented to the judge by Cynthia Bryden and Sharon Terlington with the Missouri State Public Defenders Office, who are now representing the 25-year-old man from Stella...
Missouri's Youth/Adult Alliance introduces Alcopops awareness kit (07/24/08)
Missouri's Youth/Adult Alliance (MYAA), a statewide organization specializing in underage drinking prevention, announces a resource that urges parents, schools, law enforcement, and retailer workers to look twice at what youth are buying and drinking. Many may not be aware of a current trend in alcoholic beverages that is very inviting to youth. This alcopops awareness kit provides information and suggestions for raising awareness of an issue which is currently camouflaged...
Residents learn more about First Street project (07/24/08)
A public hearing hosted by the Cassville City Council to discuss proposed improvements to First Street drew a small crowd of about nine local residents to City Hall on Monday night. Roger Berg, of Scott Consulting, was present at the hearing to provide an overview of the project, which included preliminary drawings of improvements that are being proposed...
Money raised for Seligman programs (07/24/08)
On July 14, the Seligman City Council heard that over $1,200 has been raised for parks, recreation and community youth programs this summer. Summer Fest 2008, which was held June 13, brought in $803, and the horseshoe tournament that was held in conjunction with the annual community festival raised $120. The city also received $345 from Countryside Cafe and Our Place, which sponsored a poker run for the city's recreation programs...
Seligman Chamber hosts candidate forum (07/24/08)
The Seligman Greater Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum at the Seligman Community Building on July 19. Candidates answered a variety of questions and shared information on their experience and reason for seeking office. The first audience question was directed to Gary Davis, Republican candidate for Barry County southern commissioner. Davis was asked if he intended to strictly enforce laws...
Third volume of "Memories" available (07/24/08)
The Barry County Museum hosted a book signing event for the third volume of "Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County" on July 12. Narrators Dorothy Artwell, Sarge Carney, Cora Reed, Charles Weathers, Jewel Bratton, Wilma Hall and the daughters of the late Nellie Stever were on hand to sign autographs and visit with those attending the event...
CHS students earn awards (07/24/08)
Nearly a dozen Cassville High School seniors earned the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement this year. The award is presented to high school seniors who complete a challenging, focused program of study and demonstrate readiness for employment and college studies...
All About Pets adds second veterinarian (07/24/08)
All About Pets, which is located west of Purdy, marked its one-year anniversary with a special celebration on July 19. Those who attended the event were able to meet Dr. Billi Tiner, who joined the animal clinic's staff on June 30. "Sam (Harkey, DVM, All About Pets owner) and I were veterinary school classmates," said Dr. Tiner. "We have been friends since we graduated from veterinary school and earlier this year he called me and said he needed an extra pair of hands so here I am."...
Purdy to pursue cell phone tower ordinance (07/24/08)
On June 9, the Purdy City Council authorized Don Trotter, city attorney, to write an ordinance to regulate cell phone tower placement within the Purdy city limits. Discussion on a cell phone tower ordinance began earlier this year when the aldermen heard concerns about a communications tower that was reportedly contracted to be constructed near 37 Tire and Service Center in Purdy...
ACS offers free supplements (07/24/08)
Local cancer patients can receive free nutritional supplements from the American Cancer Society by visiting the Barry County Health Department offices in either Monett or Cassville. When immune systems are weakened during cancer treatments, patients often need nutritional supplements to help ward off other serious infections. Eligible cancer patients may pick up these free supplements at the health department office closest to them...
R-IV District to enhance safety plans (07/24/08)
On June 5, Cassville Middle School Principal Eric White participated in a district-wide safety evaluation with Dr. Russell Thompson, Missouri Center for Safe Schools associate director. Although the evaluation showed that the R-IV School District maintains an excellent safety plan, changes will be made over the next year to enhance the district's safety plans even further...
Two teens hurt in crash on 76 (07/24/08)
Last Wednesday, a Shell Knob teen and a Cape Fair teen were moderately injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 76 four miles west of Cape Fair. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when Kirsten Gidding, 17, of Shell Knob, who was driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, was traveling at an excessive speed and lost control on a curve at a hill crest...
Camp Invention is still accepting campers (07/24/08)
Area youngsters still have plenty of time to register for Camp Invention, a hands-on learning experience that will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Center in Cassville July 28 through Aug. 1. "We have 30 kids registered right now," said Angela Seymour, Cassville Center director. "We are asking parents to bring their registrations to the college. They will be able to register up to the first morning, but we are asking new registrants to be at the college by 8 a.m."...
Butterfield to charge for mowing (07/24/08)
On June 16, the Butterfield City Council voted to begin charging property owners for mowing services that are provided by city employees. Due to a request submitted by property owner Mary Vetrano, Butterfield City Clerk Georgia Wenell asked the aldermen what the city should charge property owners for mowing services that are completed after a nuisance abatement letter has been issued. Vetrano, who resides in Mesa, Ariz., told Wenell that she is unable to address the nuisance herself...
Seniors could still qualify for economic stimulus payments (07/24/08)
Senior citizens and disabled veterans still have time to complete a 2007 tax return to become eligible for an economic stimulus payment. Eligible retirees who do not normally file a tax return must do so to be eligible for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008...
Department seeks comments on proposed change to CAFO rule (07/24/08)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on recently proposed changes to the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, rule. These changes would incorporate federal rule changes into the state regulations. During this public comment period, the Missouri Clean Water Commission will hold a public hearing on the rule changes at its Sept. ...
Cassville Ladycat volleyball camp held at Family Life Center (07/24/08)
A Cassville Ladycat volleyball camp was held at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cassville July 14 through July 18. Commerce Bank donated a T-shirt to each of the sixth through 12th grade students who participated in the camp. Cassville Ladycat volleyball camp participants, pictured above, include: sixth grade students Jade Holloway, Raeghan Blisard, Kaylee Hudson, JayCe Fink, Brooke Fields and Audry Holman; seventh grade students Kailynn Slane, Audra Shumaker, Sydney Curnes, Mikala Deffenbaugh, Lindsay Nolan and Mariah Willard; eighth grade students Ali Hanson, Briana Robertson, Kimberly Orrell, Katie Hughes, Keisha Corn, Emily Cole, Skyler Branham, Christina Willard, Courtney Cornelison, Nikki Thompson, Skylar Lowe, Jennifer Allison, Kayla Roller and Destinee Naugle; and high school students Marti Richmiller, Emily Orrell, Risa Darveaux, Shelbi Shipman, Chelsea Addison, Kyra Asbury, Stephanie Sizemore, Belinda Long, Naomi Beck, Amanda Allison, Liz Haney, Valerie Flynn, Rylie Wilkes, Blake Baugher, Rachel Sanders, Kennadi Howard, Brittany Clark, Taylor Inman, Shelby Roller, Sarah Miller, Sam Alcala, Olivia Cline and Isabella Larson. ...
Registration opens for softball leagues (07/24/08)
The Cassville YMCA is still accepting registrations for its fall adult softball league. The league includes church, co-ed and men's softball leagues for area adults. The eight-game competitive eason will include a single elimination post season tournament for all teams. Co-ed will play on Wednesday nights, men will play on Thursday nights and the church league will be on Saturday nights...
Post 118 tames Webb City and continues district play (07/24/08)
The third time was not the charm for Tyler Burgess and the Webb City Legion baseball team. Post 322 had faced Cassville twice this season and their pitcher, Burgess, had given up just five runs in those contests, but Cassville jumped on the young left-hander on Saturday for five runs in the first inning enroute to a 15-2 upset victory...
New digs for Shell Knob business (07/24/08)
In honor of Hayes Dirtworks' new location at the Boardwalk, the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce held a red ribbon cutting. Established in 2003, Hayes Dirtworks, LLC offers bulldozing, dump truck, Bobcat and other heavy equipment services along with fill dirt, gravel, lot clearing and septic systems. ...
RHONDA WASHAM MILLER (07/24/08)
Rhonda Renee (Washam) Miller, 39, died Friday, July 18, 2008, in Washburn. She was born Oct. 3, 1968, in Lynwood, Calif., to Ronald and Sharon (Means) Washam. She worked as a USDA meat inspector at George's Processing Inc., south of Butterfield. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, of Washburn...
RHONDA R. MILLER (07/24/08)
Rhonda R. Miller, 39, of Exeter, formerly Washburn, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008. She was born Oct. 3, 1968, in the State of California, the daughter of Ronald and Sharon Washam, who survive. Additional survivors include: a son, Kyle Miller, of Washburn; a daughter, Jamie Cole and her husband, Todd, of Washburn; and two brothers, Wayne and Russell Washam...
CARL DEAN MILLER (07/24/08)
Carl Dean Miller, 42, of Washburn, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008, in Washburn. He was born Dec. 28, 1965, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of Garry and Louise (Lickliter) Miller. He received his education in Barry County. He was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Washburn. He was an avid motorcyclist...
MARY JANE BROOKS (07/24/08)
Mary Jane Brooks, 52, Fayetteville, Ark., formerly of Purdy, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008, at the Circle of Life Hospice & Palliative Care in Springdale, Ark., following a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 7, 1955, in Auburn, Calif., daughter of Johnnie and Wilma Bailey. ...
LAURANCE BEESON (07/24/08)
Laurance Beeson, 84, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at his home. He was born June 25, 1924, in Barry County, the son of Everett and Edna (Noble) Beeson. He grew up in the Oak Ridge community. He attended grade school at Oak Ridge then graduated from Cassville High School with the Class of 1944. ...
RAYMOND ANDERSON STEWART, JR. (07/24/08)
Raymond Anderson Stewart, Jr., 72, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Funeral arrangements are pending under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
PANSY WATERS HULETTE (07/24/08)
Pansy Waters Hulette, 90, of Parsons, Kan., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at good Samaritan Society of Parsons. She was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Seligman, to Lee Otie and alma (Taylor) Pendergraft. She grew up and attended school at Seligman. At the age of 15, she moved to Joplin. She moved to Parsons, Kan., in 2002 to be near her family...
SANDIA LEE MCGEE (07/24/08)
Sandia Lee McGee, 45, of Monett, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008, in her home. She was born May 5, 1963, in Joliet, Ill., the daughter of Durward Dee and Roxanne (Lantz) Heath. She received her education in Joliet, Ill., where she graduated from high school. She graduated from nursing college in Joliet, Ill. Eight years ago she moved with her mother to Missouri. She attended the Church of the Nazarene and was a volunteer for Crosslines in Monett...
LESLIE BENTON OAKLEY (07/24/08)
leslie benton oakley, 88, of Texas City, Texas, formerly of Washburn, died June 16, 2008, at his home. He was born April 14, 1920, in Washburn, the son of George and Edna (Dawson) Oakley. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and has been a resident of Texas City, Texas, for 51 years, where he owned Speed Electric Company for 20 years. ...
DONNA STEPHENS (07/24/08)
Donna Stephens, 54, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008, in her home. She was born August 13, 1953, in Monett, Missouri, the daughter of Billy Wayne and Dollie (Thomas) Schell. On February 18, 1972, she was united in marriage to James Stephens, who survives...
"Find more, use less" (07/24/08)
Last Friday, Congressman Roy Blunt made a sweep through southwest Missouri to unveil his new energy plan, which he calls 'Find More, Use Less." His travels included a stop at Fastrip in Cassville where several area residents came out to talk to him about their opinions and concerns about rising energy costs. ...