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Stories from Thursday, July 31, 2008

E-911 system continues to improve service (07/31/08)
Barry County E-911 board and staff make progress in providing emergency services
Cassville teen continues battle with brain cancer (07/31/08)
Since Crystal Patrick was diagnosed with medulblastoma cancer at the age of 13, the Cassville teen has undergone three surgeries to remove tumors in her brain and battled through countless rounds of grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In February of this year, the 19-year-old defied the odds again and successfully completed a stem cell transplant. ...
Voters to pick county candidates (07/31/08)
A pair of county races will be decided by voters during the Aug. 5 primary election. Republican candidates Sherry Smith Reynolds and Cherry Bailey will be vying for Barry County Assessor. With no one filing for the post on the Democrat ticket, the winner in next Tuesday's voting will win the office. Reynolds and Bailey are hoping to succeed June Smith, who announced she was retiring as assessor this spring...
Wheaton welcomes new super (07/31/08)
In July, the Wheaton R-III School District welcomed a new superintendent, who will bring over 40 years of experience in education and administration to the district. "I think we will have a good year," said Wheaton Superintendent Joe Layton. "I'm familiar with Wheaton because I have worked in the conference. This is a strong community that supports its school and town...
City contracts for well maintenance service (07/31/08)
The Cassville City Council approved a contract with Flynn Drilling Co., of Rolla, to begin a three-year well maintenance program during a July 14 special meeting. Under this new agreement, Flynn Drilling will inspect all five of the city's wells at least once a year. After the system is inspected, a comprehensive report will be provided to the city. This report will detail the findings of the inspection and include recommendations on preventative and corrective maintenance measures needed...
Over 250 to attend back-to-school fair (07/31/08)
The OACAC Barry County Neighborhood Center has just completed sign-ups for its upcoming Back-to-School Fair. This year, a total of 268 Barry County students signed up for the event. In addition to distributing school supplies, the Neighborhood Center would also like to hand out hygiene products. The Center is currently accepting donations of toothpaste, hand sanitizer, shampoo, soap and deodorant along with school supplies and monetary contributions...
Newspaper donates to Relay for Life (07/31/08)
The Cassville Democrat donated $704 to the South Barry County Relay for Life Committee this past week. The contribution represents half the proceeds from a special advertising section that promoted the local Relay effort in the July 16 issue of the Cassville Democrat. ...
County crashes leave two dead (07/31/08)
A Golden man was killed and his two passengers were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway J one mile north of Golden on Sunday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 2003 Hyundai, driven by Ronald Chadwick, 60, drove off the left side of the roadway and overturned several times. Chadwick and his passengers, Joseph Tolbert, 27, of Cassville, and Justin Roberts, 34, of Berryville, Ark., were ejected from the vehicle...
Area PDs submit traffic stop data (07/31/08)
In 2007, the six municipal police departments that operate in Barry County made a total of 3,357 traffic stops, according to data submitted to the Missouri Attorney General's Office for the 2007 Racial Profiling Report. Only a small percentage of these traffic stops resulted in arrests. The Cassville, Exeter, Wheaton, Purdy, Seligman and Washburn police departments reported a total of 108 arrests, which equates to a combined arrest rate of 5.05 percent...
Local demand for senior services climbs (07/31/08)
More Barry County senior citizens than ever before are seeking services through the Barry County Council On Aging (BCCOA). Over 500 of these seniors were able to find the support they needed during the Council's fiscal year, which ended June 30. According to Ron Shook, BCCOA president, the Council partners with local senior citizen centers to provide services, which are funded in large part through $150,000 in revenue received from the Barry County Senior Citizens' Services tax...
Local hospitals to join network (07/31/08)
St. John's Hospital-Cassville and St. John's Hospital-Aurora will become participating providers in the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri network effective Oct. 1. The hospitals in Aurora and Cassville and rural community physicians in Barry and Lawrence counties will only participate in Anthem's PPO network...
Butterfield Council discusses Alderman Todd's resignation (07/31/08)
The Butterfield City Council discussed the resignation of Letha Todd, west ward alderman, at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 21. Todd submitted a written letter of resignation prior to the July council meeting, which stated that she has moved out of the Butterfield city limits...
Local farmer hosts Lunch and Learn event (07/31/08)
On July 17, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) and Kip Cullers hosted a Lunch and Learn program at K&K Farms in Newton County. More than 45 people, including local elected officials, gathered in a tent adjacent to crop fields where Cullers has twice set the world record for soybean yields...
New facility to be built in Wheaton (07/31/08)
The Wheaton landscape will look a lot different by next spring. Dale and Janice McCracken are working to build a new two-story, multipurpose facility on Highway 86 in Wheaton. "We have been doing rodeos all over the country for a long time," said Dale. "We always wanted to own a facility to bring the people we know to our community. We don't have anything in our area that is built more for the spectators but this will be."...
Federal minimum wage increases to $6.55 per hour (07/31/08)
In accordance with the provisions of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, the federal minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour today. Employers can obtain copies of the new federal minimum wage poster and the "Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act," and other reference tools by visiting the Internet site, http://www.wagehour.dol.gov...
Members of Shell Knob Flotilla receives recognitions at annual regional Coast Guard Auxiliary banquet held recently (07/31/08)
Shell Knob Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5 received several recognitions at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 5 Change of Watch Banquet held in Branson this year. The Shell Knob Flotilla was awarded Outstanding Flotilla for 2007. The organization received an honorary runner-up recognition for vessel safety checks and outstanding newsletter...
New on-line hunter education course to be offered locally (07/31/08)
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a special five-hour hunter education course at the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Students will be required to complete a portion of the course on-line prior to attending the class...
CHS is gearing up for students' return (07/31/08)
Cassville High School has released back-to-school information for the 2008-09 school year. Freshmen and new student orientation will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the high school. Students who pre-registered for classes may pick up their schedules during orientation...
Blunt to tour several SW Missouri ag businesses (07/31/08)
Congressman Roy Blunt will host the 2008 Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour on Aug. 18 and 19. The 12th annual tour will look at new research efforts, technologies and land management practices that are used by agriculture businesses across the region...
Southwest approves list of substitute employees (07/31/08)
The Southwest R-V School Board approved a list of substitute teachers, bus drivers and cooks at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 17. The approved list of substitutes include: teachers Chris Branstatter, Rose Bray, Sabina Chapman, Connie Cross, Stacy Day, Stacy Delossantos, Penny Hall, John Harp, Reva Hayworth, Janeth Henbest, Rebecca Hinds, Janelle Hurn, Joyce Lahr, Magdalene Leadlay, Amy Miles, Jennifer Ragan, Robert Rogers, Pat Rippetoe, Lawrence Shuey, Joseph Snyder, Brandon Treadwell, Brenda Wells, Suzanne Williams and Joseph Zucca; bus drivers Freda Selby, Brandon Howard and James Townsend; and cooks Michelle Bernard, Marilyn Lawrence, Faye Robbins, Jody Deerborne and Lisa Henderson.. ...
CHS cheerleaders to compete at regionals (07/31/08)
The Cassville High School cheerleading squad will participate in the Missouri State Cheerleading Regional Competition, which will be held at Ozark High School in Ozark on Saturday, Aug. 9. The CHS cheerleaders are scheduled to take center stage at 1:51 p.m. ...
Post 118 falls just short; finishes second at districts (07/31/08)
For the second year in a row, the Post 118 American Legion baseball team made it to the District 15 championship game and finished second. Cassville took on Carthage in the final game of the double elimination tournament, but the Merchants finished them off 18-6 in eight innings. In 2007, the team fell to Neosho 15-4 in the championship game...
Radio program to feature the CHS soccer program (07/31/08)
Cassville Wildcat Soccer Coach Brian Wilbanks and members of his soccer squad will be interviewed during US97's Harbell Athletics Hour this Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11:05 a.m. The radio station will be broadcasting its show from Rivals Sports Bar on South Glenstone in Springfield. Coach Wilbanks said he was invited to be part of the show earlier this week. About 20 to 25 minutes of the broadcast will be devoted to Cassville soccer...
Junior Football sign-ups begin (07/31/08)
The Cassville Junior Football League will host sign-ups and camp next week. Camp will be held nightly from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on Monday, Aug. 4 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 8. The sessions will take place on the high school practice field below the football field...
CHS softball practices scheduled (07/31/08)
Cassville High School softball practices are scheduled to begin on Aug. 11. Practices will be held at the new softball field at 3:30 p.m. daily. All students who plan to try out for softball this year must be in attendance. Athletes must have a current physical on file at the Cassville High School office prior to the first day of practice...
ON THE STREET (07/31/08)
--- Bike ride. My oldest son likes soccer camp. And we went camping. --- I was at Cheerleading camp and I will go to Cheerleading Regionals. --- I help the Christian church camp and we go on missions trips to Tennessee. --- Played baseball, soccer, flag football and went swimming. Went to Sports Crusaders camp...
JAMES RAYMOND WHISTLER (07/31/08)
James Raymond Whistler, 89, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Jim was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on May 17, 1919 to Thomas and Anna (Nestleroad) Whistler. He was a World War II veteran. After the war he worked on the railroad, was a cook for twenty years, then worked for the United States Postal Service in Omaha, Nebraska, until he retired in 1984...
DWAIN LEO RAUCSTADT (07/31/08)
Dwain Leo Raucstadt, 86, of Seligman, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. He was born on March 6, 1922, in Hibbing, Minn., son of Emil and Claire (Cramer) Raucstadt. He was a veteran of World War II. He served as a Coxswain in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1941 to 1945, in Alaska and the South Pacific. He married Rita Mary Bialke on Sept. 28, 1954. she survives. He moved from a farm in Minnesota to the farm in Seligman in 1969...
RONALD DEAN CHADWICK (07/31/08)
Ronald Dean Chadwick, 60, of Golden, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2008. He was born on Oct. 1, 1947, in Baton Rouge, La., son of Charles V. Chadwick and Mary Roberts. He was an insurance salesman in St. Louis before moving to Golden. Survivors include: his mother, Mary Roberts, of Golden; and one sister, Jane Chadwick, of Haddonfield, N. J. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles V. Chadwick...
JAMES CAMERON GRUESSING (07/31/08)
James Cameron Gruessing, 50, of Exeter, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2008, in Exeter. He was born on May 22, 1958, in Concord, Calif., son of James and Shirley (Caudell) Gruessing. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a truck driver for over 15 years...
ADOLF S. SCHEIFELE (07/31/08)
Adolf S. Scheifele, 67, of Cassville, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008. He was born Feb. 8, 1941, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of Adolf and Rosalie (Klaus) Scheifele. On April 11, 1986, in Bound Brook, N.J., he was united in marriage to Marilyn Scheifele, who survives...
PATSY GARDNER (07/31/08)
Patsy Gardner, 61, of Eagle Rock, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008. She was born on July 18, 1947, in Brownville, Miss., daughter of Grady and Lucile (Hag) Woods. She married Ranson Gardner on April 7, 1979, in Moulton, Ala. He survives. She was a former employee of Wal-Mart in Cassville and Aurora...
CURTIS A. AYERS (07/31/08)
Curtis A. Ayers, 43, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008, in Shell Knob. He was born on Aug. 30, 1964, in Lynchburg, Va., son of Harold and Cecilia (Puckett) Ayers. He moved from Kansas City to Shell Knob in 2000. He was a charter member of the 7 Valleys Bikers Against Child Abuse, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Shell Knob and Aurora, and a member of the Independents 4 the Needy...
ALICE JOYCE CARLSON (07/31/08)
CAROLINE CORINE GARRETT (07/31/08)
Caroline Corine Garrett, 87, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2008. She was born on Jan. 18, 1921, in Damar, Kan., daughter of George and Malvina Plante Newell. She was a natural artist and completed many beautiful paintings. She was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Cassville...
RAYMOND ANDERSON STEWART (07/31/08)
Raymond Anderson Stewart, Jr., 72, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Raymond and Faye (Hess) Stewart. He worked his way through college at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where he graduated in 1958 with a business degree. ...
Make your voice heard - VOTE (07/31/08)
This Tuesday offers area voters a huge chance to get involved in deciding who will be running county government for the next four years. By now, no one should be surprised that an election is on the horizon. Political signs dot the landscape and the newspaper has been full of candidate ads for the past several weeks. ...
Thanks for the baseball memories (07/31/08)
Dear Editor: During the three years with the Legion team, Jody and his teammates traveled to several interesting cities around the country to play ball. The boys got the opportunity to play in some very nice and some very nostalgic stadiums. The boys learned baseball, but I think more importantly, they learned to depend on each other and to sacrifice for each other. They learned many valuable lessons about getting along with each other and doing what is best for the team...
Local citizen offers GIS information (07/31/08)
Dear Editor: What is GIS? A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts...
No longer trapped on wrong side of lake (07/31/08)
Dear Editor: I have some more information to share with the residents of Barry County. There were five people trapped because of the high water levels on Table Rock Lake in Stone County, and the Stone County officials hauled in the necessary rock to get them out on approximately April 14. I was told it took 50 loads to get five people out. If you want to see what was done for these five people go down Highway H off of Highway 39 to Moonglow Road...
Local politics . . . do you really have a say? (07/31/08)
Dear Editor: Are we really given a choice of who we elect on our county level? Most of you will say yes. However, many of you can say a resounding no. Have you placed a sign in your yard or other location? Have you been contacted by one of our current county officials? Were you informed that you perhaps are in error on whose sign you have? Do we no longer have a freedom of choice?...