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Stories from Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Shakin' in the Shell" fest is back (09/25/08)
The third annual Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce Shakin' in the Shell Fest will be held in downtown Shell Knob on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. "There will be something for everyone," said Kim Przybyl, Shakin' in festival chairperson. "If you want to see a real show and have a really good time come to the Shakin' in the Fest. Come and stay the whole time and be entertained. There will be a lot to do."...
Business owners win national award (09/25/08)
Aire Serv franchisees David and Kristine Samuel, of Cassville, were honored on Sept. 15 by the International Franchise Association (IFA) when the couple received the organization's Franchisee of the Year Award. The prestigious honor was presented to the Samuels in Washington, D.C., during IFA's Franchise Appreciation Day...
Plenty of flu vaccine available (09/25/08)
With flu season on the horizon, Barry County health officials have announced that flu vaccinations will be available at the local health department beginning on Oct. 16. Flu shots will be available on a walk-in basis at both health department locations in Cassville and Monett. Vaccinations will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Cassville and from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Monett...
Cassville YMCA hires new manager (09/25/08)
The Cassville Family YMCA welcomed a new facility manager on Sept. 22. Michelle Bredeson has an impressive background in project management and customer service. "I'm very excited," said Bredeson. "I love Cassville and really enjoy using the YMCA facility. As a member, I have been able to make friends and develop good bonds with many of the other members."...
Missouri Farm Bureau files circuit court CAFO motion (09/25/08)
On Tuesday, the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation filed a motion to intervene and a proposed motion for reconsideration of a Cole County Circuit Court ruling that purportedly prohibits concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from transporting, depositing or spreading manure as fertilizer within 15 miles of Arrow Rock, nearby State Historic sites and National Register-listed Prairie Park...
Commission accepts bid for stream project (09/25/08)
On Sept. 18, the Barry County Commission awarded a $67,484.75 bid to Ellick Garren Excavation for a stream bank stabilization project, which will be completed beneath the Jenkins Bridge on Highway 39. The project, which is a combined effort of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) and the Missouri Department of Conservation, includes plans to create a new bank, place large stones along the bank and secure the stones with rip rap...
Exeter receives distance learning grant (09/25/08)
The distance learning grant received by the three school districts is a highly competitive grant program. Only four entities in the state of Missouri were awarded funding through the program. "These funds will increase the range of educational opportunities available to students in rural communities," said Thomas C. ...
Exeter inmate dies in Barry County Jail (09/25/08)
A 38-year-old inmate died Sept. 16 after falling ill at the Barry County Jail. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Manuel A. Flores, of Exeter, was pronounced dead at St. John's Hospital-Cassville after ambulance crews were called to the jail and he was rushed to the nearby hospital...
Collisions with deer aren't entirely random (09/25/08)
Deer running in front of vehicles seems random, but statistics from the Missouri Highway Patrol offer insights that can prevent property damage and save lives. The Highway Patrol recorded 3,419 deer-vehicle accidents in 2007, or about 2.1 percent of all recorded traffic accidents in the state last year. ...
Exeter appoints rep to area waste management district (09/25/08)
The Exeter City Council appointed a representative to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 12. The aldermen appointed city employee Doug Keeler to serve as Exeter's representative on the district council. Mayor Rusty Reed will serve as the alternate representative...
County health department reviews tobacco use survey (09/25/08)
The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees reviewed the results of a school tobacco use survey at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 18. The survey was conducted during the 2007-08 school year to identify tobacco use behaviors among sixth through 12th grade students. The Exeter, Monett, Shell Knob and Purdy school districts participated in the survey...
Exeter R-VI welcomes new elementary school principal (09/25/08)
The Exeter R-VI School District welcomed a new elementary school principal at the start of the 2008-09 school year. Tami Kester has an extensive background in elementary education. "I really love working in smaller districts," said Kester. "You have an opportunity to get to know everybody better. You can see that this community really cares about the school."...
Walnut harvest begins Oct. 1 (09/25/08)
Black gold is a term that's been used to describe the annual black walnut harvest, and this year's crop is expected to bring a record price. The opening day of the 2008 hulling season is Wednesday, Oct. 1, and four area hulling stations are ready to accept walnuts from those throughout the Ozarks who make a money-making tradition to gather up walnuts each fall...
Wheaton hires staff (09/25/08)
The Wheaton R-III School Board hired five new staff members and approved two stipends at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 21. After an executive session to discuss personnel, the board hired Margie Aeverman as a pre-school aide, Dede Ball as a Title I aide and Terri Priest, TJ Brown and Brandon Treadwell as assistant coaches...
CHS adult ag classes are a big success (09/25/08)
Cassville High School's first two adult education classes included informative presentations on honey bees and drug task force activities. "The 2008 Cassville adult agriculture classes have started off with great success," said Charli Jo Epperly, Cassville High School agriculture teacher. "We have had two very informative classes with over 30 individuals in attendance at each."...
Monett teen hurt in crash with truck (09/25/08)
A Monett teen was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 37 four miles north of Cassville on Tuesday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Jennifer Davis, 19, crossed the center line and struck a 2005 International tractor, driven by William Addington, 49, of Kissee Mills, head on...
Barton's still serving as waste disposal site for area residents (09/25/08)
Barton's Lumber is Shell Knob continues to serve as a household hazardous waste facility. According to Sheila House, executive director of the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, there are some rumors circulating in the area that the facility is not open...
Barton's still serving as waste disposal site for area residents (09/25/08)
Barton's Lumber is Shell Knob continues to serve as a household hazardous waste facility. According to Sheila House, executive director of the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, there are some rumors circulating in the area that the facility is not open...
Business, career expo to feature area businesses (09/25/08)
Several area businesses, organizations and schools will participate in the 2008 Business and Career Expo, which will be held in the Crowder College Cassville Center auditorium on Business 37, on Oct. 1. The event will be hosted by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce and Crowder College...
Dates set for ballroom dancing (09/25/08)
Area residents interested in ballroom dancing will have the opportunity to take lessons from a dance professional, beginning on Sunday, Oct. 5. Ballroom dancing classes will be offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Sunday afternoon during the month of October at the Roaring River Theatre on Highway 112 south of Cassville. Lessons will be taught by Jerry Kendrick, a dance studio instructor from northwest Arkansas...
Buddy Bass Tourney to be held soon (09/25/08)
The 29th annual Homer Sloan Buddy Bass Tournament will be held in Shell Knob on Table Rock Lake on Oct. 4. Take-off begins at 7:30 a.m. at either Kings River or Campbell Point Marinas. Weigh-in will be at Campbell Point at 4 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per two-person boat and includes dinner and prize eligibility...
MANUEL A. FLORES (09/25/08)
Manuel A. Flores, 38, of Exeter, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at the St. John's Hospital in Cassville. He was born on Oct. 27, 1969, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, son of Miguel and Maria Flores. He was united in marriage to Tonya K. Bowling on June 8, 2001, in Carroll County, Ark. He was employed by Tyson in Berryville, Ark., for 12 years...
GEORGE JUNIOR THOMAS (09/25/08)
George Junior Thomas, 80, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Cox-Monett Hospital. He was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Ridgley, the son of George and Hattie (McQueen) Thomas. On Sept. 5, 1953, in Exeter, he was united in marriage to Mary Cantrell. She survives...
Prairie Grove defeats JV Wildcats (09/25/08)
Last Monday the Wildcats' JV team played a hard fought game against the Tigers at Prairie Grove, Ark. Prairie Grove took control of the game in the second quarter, putting the first points on the scoreboard to make it an 8-0 game. Cassville responded when Bo Blisard and Rocky Young were able to connect for a long touchdown pass. Unfortunately, a failed two-point conversion left the score at 8-6 going into half time...
Wildcats dominates Aurora 43-0 (09/25/08)
Last Friday night the visitor stands were packed at Aurora as Wildcat fans came out in force to watch their team take on the Houn' Dawgs in what turned out to be an impressive victory for Cassville. The Wildcats started the first quarter on defense, but it did not take long for the Wildcats to put points on the scoreboard as Cody Pierson intercepted a pass during Aurora's first drive and carried the ball 30 yards for touchdown. ...
Ladycat spikers win SW Volleyfest (09/25/08)
The Cassville Ladycat volleyball squad had a big reason to celebrate this weekend. The team was able to record three wins on its way to claiming the Southwest Volleyfest championship title. Cassville split games with Shiloh Christian (26-24, 24-26) and Blue Eye (25-22, 22-25) and defeated Huntsville (25-21, 25-15) and Forsyth (25-14, 25-20) to advance to the championship game against Shiloh Christian...
CMS spikers are off to good start in '08 (09/25/08)
The Cassville Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball squads, coached by Treslyn Pollreisz and Sherri Brooks, have started the 2008 season out strong. The eighth graders are currently 3-0 and the seventh grade team is 2-1. The CMS eighth grade team recorded a 28-26, 25-20 win over Seneca, a 26-24, 25-21 win over Wheaton and a 25-16, 25-17 win over Monett...
Wildcat strikers pick up two more wins (09/25/08)
The Cassville Wildcat soccer team has added two more wins to its already impressive record with victories over Aurora and Columbus, Kan., this past week. Last Friday, the Wildcats travelled to Aurora to face off against an improved Houn' Dawg squad. Cassville was able to keep the ball down on Aurora's side of the field for most of the game and defeated their hosts 3-0...
CHS Ladycats beat Aurora for Big 8 win (09/25/08)
The Cassville Ladycats picked up a good Big 8 Conference win over Aurora last Thursday. Cassville defeated the Lady Houn's 4-2. The Ladycats came out strong in the first inning to score three runs. Cassville added a fourth run in fourth inning and then were able to hold off Aurora and hold onto the win. Aurora scored one run in the third and one in the fourth...
Eagles go undefeated in tourney (09/25/08)
The Purdy Eagles baseball squad won the Exeter Tournament and boosted its record to 7-1 with wins over Wheaton, Exeter and Hurley this weekend. In the opening game against Wheaton, Daniel Barrientos threw a no-hitter and the Eagles downed the Bulldogs 13-0. Barrientos also helped himself out at the plate, going two-for-two with two RBI. Cody Hall and Reese Stevenson also had two hits. Kevin Miller had an outstanding game, going three-for-three with five RBI...
Lady Trojans hit rough patch (09/25/08)
The Southwest Lady Trojan high school volleyball team opened its home schedule with two non-conference matches and the annual Volleyfest Tourney last week. Southwest lost matches to Galena, Diamond, Blue Eye, Forsyth and Huntsville (Ark.) and tied a match with Verona. After three weeks of the season, the Lady Trojans are 2-9-1...
Grand opening held at Eagle Rock thrift store (09/25/08)
The Eagle Rock Community Association (ERCA) held a grand opening celebration at the Community Connection Thrift Store last month. "The Community Connection is a second hand store with a large variety of items, including clothing, bedding, kitchen items, vacuums and jewelry," said Pamela Stilwell, ERCA president. "If it's donated, we sell it. We will try to serve the community by keeping our prices as low as possible. With the economy the way it is, this is one way we hope to help our community."...
Calendar (09/25/08)
MEETING: Meth to Miracles outreach group will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs of the Family Life Center in Cassville. All interested persons are invited to attend. --- SUPPORT GROUP: Anyone who is concerned about a friend's or loved one's drinking is invited to attend the Cassville Al-Anon Family Group, which meets at 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cassville...
WILMA LEA HINES (09/25/08)
Wilma Lea Hines, 84, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in her home. She was born Nov. 17, 1923, in Holdenville, Okla., the daughter of Bates and Mary Lou (Page) Loftis. On Nov. 2, 1943, in Carlsbad, N.M., she was united in marriage to Melvin Hines, who survives...
MARY HOLLOWAY (09/25/08)
Mary Alice Holloway, 84, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at her home. She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Springer, Okla., the daughter of Molly Bill and Ollie May Lewis collins. She was a retired registered nurse. She was a member of Log Church, Purdy...
JUNE SPAHR (09/25/08)
June Spahr, 91, of Berryville, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, in Carroll County Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob...
MADGE PATTON (09/25/08)
Madge Patton, age 92, of Monett, Missouri, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2008, in Cox-Monett Hospital. She was born July 24, 1916, in Turon, Kansas, the daughter of John Q. and Marie (Crume) Adams. On July 29, 1938, in Cassville, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Donald Patton, who preceded her in death on March 9, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Selah Farmer; three brothers, Joe, Don and Charles Hadley and a granddaughter, Christine Patton...
KENNETH INGRAM (09/25/08)
Kenneth Ingram, 68, of Garfield, Ark., passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County, Bentonville, Ark. He was born Oct. 15, 1939, at Burkshed Community of Washington County, Ark., to Edward Walus Ingram and Edith Grace Givson Ingram. He was retired from J.B. Hunt as a freight truck front end mechanic. He married Jeanne Burton, June 12, 1992, at Rogers, Ark. He was a Christian...
DAVID M. BASLER (09/25/08)
David M. Basler, 65, of Webb City, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Freeman West in Joplin. David was born on July 14, 1943, in Anna, Ill., to James and Ruby Godfrey Basler. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Joplin Parks and Recreation. He also worked for the Joplin Globe...
ROY RUSSELL ROWDEN, SR. (09/25/08)
Roy Russell Rowden, Sr., 73, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in his home. He was born June 11, 1935, in Niangua, the son of Russell and Olga (Hall) Rowden, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa Rowden and one sister, Ruby Joiner...
CONNIE JEAN DURHAM (09/25/08)
Connie Jean Durham, 60, of Purdy, niece of Lanny and Mary Homesley, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in her home. She was born Aug. 12, 1948, in Monett, the daughter of Paul and June (May) Durham, who preceded her in death. Survivors include: a daughter, June Wilson, of Purdy; two brothers, Stanley Durham, of Jefferson City, and Mark Durham, of Eugene; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild...
RANDY BLAY (09/25/08)
Randy Blay, 20, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. He was born on Sept. 13, 1988, in Hemet, Calif., son of Dan and Becky Blay. He was a 2007 graduate of Purdy High School. During high school he was a member of the chess club and the speech and debate club. He attended the First Christian Church in Cassville...
A good barometer of the economy (09/25/08)
The 2008 edition of our annual Progress Edition couldn't have been published at a more opportune time. Just when Wall Street seems on the verge of collapse and Americans everywhere are waiting for the sky to fall, the Cassville Democrat is putting out a publication that highlights the progress that is being made by Barry County businesses, organizations and industries. ...
MoDOT director talks about bridges (09/25/08)
Dear Editor: Within five years, 802 of Missouri's worst bridges will be repaired or replaced. These badly needed improvements will mean crashes avoided, jobs created and the ability to get where you are going easier. When we launched the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program in September 2006, we sought to fix 802 of the state's worst bridges using an innovative design-build-finance-maintain approach. ...