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Stories from Thursday, December 11, 2008

Murder trial won't be held until 2010 (12/11/08)
A trial date has been set for a Stella man charged with raping and murdering his 9-year-old stepdaughter in Barry County last November. David Wesley Spears, 26, will stand trial in July of 2010. Although the murder occurred in Barry County, the trial will take place in Pulaski County on a change of venue...
Christmas parades draw big crowds (12/11/08)
On Saturday, hundreds of Barry County residents gathered in Exeter and Cassville for holiday parades that ushered in the Christmas season. Families braved cold, windy weather to crowd downtown streets for the annual events. "The Exeter Christmas parade and dinner were a great success," said Flo Ennis, Exeter Christmas parade chairman. ...
Public can tour restored Wheaton Depot (12/11/08)
The Wheaton Historical Society will host a building preview of the recently restored Wheaton Depot from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. "The society members feel that the depot itself is absolutely the best item on display at the museum," said Ralph Lamberson, Wheaton Historical Society member. "We are really proud of it and want to show it off before we move the displays in so that people can get the feel of what it was like."...
Exeter project nearly complete (12/11/08)
The City of Exeter has nearly completed its drinking water system improvement project. All city residents should be hooked up to the new system and the majority of the project should be complete by the end of December. "We are finishing most of the hook-ups this week," said Raymond Vanzandt, resident project representative. "We will still have some dirt work to finish, and the seed and straw work will be done in the spring. The temperatures are too low for that right now...
County residents receive MoDOT highway update (12/11/08)
A crowd of over 30 Barry County citizens gathered in Cassville on Monday to engage in "A Conversation for Moving Missouri Forward" that focused on state and local transportation needs. The event was hosted by the Barry County Commission and included a presentation by Becky Balz, District 7 engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)...
Saturday is busy parade day in county (12/11/08)
Barry County residents won't have to travel far to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Three area cities are hosting Christmas Parades this Saturday, Dec. 13. Washburn parade The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its second annual Washburn Christmas Parade at 10 a.m...
Bill would keep track of dealers (12/11/08)
A bill that would force convicted methamphetamine dealers to register with law enforcement agencies after being released from prison was filed this week by Rep. David Sater. Sater said he got the idea for the legislation from other states that have a similar law in place...
New specialists committed to public health (12/11/08)
New Barry County Health Department environmental specialists Jan Cox and Erin Garren are committed to improving local public health. "We want people to be assured that when they go to a restaurant the food is handled properly, and that we are doing our best to protect the environment that they are living in," said Garren, who worked as an environmental public health specialist (EPHS) in McDonald County before accepting the position at the local health department...
Teachers meet with Rep. Sater (12/11/08)
The Purdy Community Teachers Association held a special meeting in the R-II School District library on Dec. 8. Rep. David Sater addressed concerns about state funding and other school-related topics during the meeting. "I don't always have the best solutions and ideas when it comes to education, but it is very important for me to gather information from my constituents to be better informed about the issues that teachers and schools are facing," said Sater. ...
Credit recovery classes to resume next year (12/11/08)
Kornerstone's NovaNet Academic Credit Recovery Program will conclude its fall session on Thursday, Dec. 18. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The credit recovery program is available to junior high and high school students who need to complete academic credits for high school graduation. ACT preparation classes are also available through the program...
CHS honor roll lists released (12/11/08)
Cassville High School has released its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2008-09 school year. Students with a grade point average of 9.0 or above qualify for the honor roll. Students with a grade point average of 10.0 or above qualify for the high honor roll and students with a grade point average of 11.0 or above qualify for the principal's list...
CPD participates in DWI crackdown (12/11/08)
Cassville Police officers will be cracking down on drunk drivers this week and next during a special driving while intoxicated enforcement effort. Cassville and other police departments statewide are participating in a "You Drink and Drive You Lose" campaign that began Dec. 8 and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 14...
Christmas wreaths still available (12/11/08)
Kornerstone, Inc., in Shell Knob is still offering Christmas wreaths. Profits collected through wreath sales will benefit the organization's Family Literacy Program. Individuals can purchase premade wreaths or request a custom made holiday wreath. Custom orders are filled in the order that they are received...
Trio of area teams open season at Clever (12/11/08)
Purdy Eagles make it to championship; earn runner-up trophy
Wildcat football honors continue to mount (12/11/08)
This week the Coaches Association All-State and All-Region selections for high school football were made with Cassville's coaching staff, as well as a number of Wildcat team members, awarded honors for their superior performance this year. Heading the All-State and All-Region teams this year is Cassville's Ethan Couch. The senior was not only named to the All-State and All-Region first teams as a linebacker but was also selected as the state's and the region's Defensive Player of the Year...
Strikers earn All-Region honors (12/11/08)
For the second year in a row, Cassville's Uziel Franco has been named the top offensive player in the region. Last Tuesday, the Class 2 West and Southwest All-Region soccer team was announced and Franco was listed as Offensive MVP as well as being tapped for the All-Region first team...
Ladycats compete in Blue Eye tourney (12/11/08)
The Cassville Ladycats opened the 2008-09 basketball season last week in the Blue Eye Tournament. In opening round action, Cassville fell to Spokane 48-55. Junior Emily Orrell led the Ladycats' scoring effort with 10 points. Others adding to the point total were: Hannah Elkins, 9 points; Marti Richmiller and Gail Edie, 8 points each; Ariel Oswald, 7 points; and Jaime Everett, 6 points...
SW Lady Trojans win tournament (12/11/08)
In the championship game on Saturday, Southwest fed Chelsea Sneed in the post early and often, and then converted clutch free throws in overtime to upset the Lady Warriors 59-53. Sneed finished with 19 points for the Lady Trojans. College Heights beat Jasper by a 49-42 margin for third place, and Lockwood beat Diamond in consolation play with a last-second trey, 37-36...
CMS Ladycats defeat Mt. Vernon (12/11/08)
The Cassville Middle School Ladycat basketball teams picked up big wins over Mt. Vernon last week. The eighth grade squad downed the Lady Mountaineers 36-27 and picked up their fifth conference win. Currently, the eighth graders are undefeated in the Big 8 and enjoy a 10-1 overall record...
ROBERT EUGENE "BOBBY" ETTER (12/11/08)
Robert Eugene "Bobby" Etter, 73, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, in Red Rose Inn of Cassville. He was born Oct. 17, 1935, in Monett, the son of William Logan and Ruth Lena (Goetz) Etter, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George Etter...
RONALD D. STOCKTON (12/11/08)
Ronald d. Stockton, 69, of Monett, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at Cox Monett Hospital. He was born March 21, 1939, in Star City, the son of Orva Stockton and Faye (Ash) Higgs. He was united in marriage to Rosa Brigman July 7, 2004, in Eureka springs, Ark., and she survives...
HARLYN E. HARKRIDER (12/11/08)
Harlyn E. Harkrider, 84, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Living Community Nursing Center, St. Joseph. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper...
MILAGROS RUEDA GONZALEZ (12/11/08)
Milagros Rueda Gonzalez, infant daughter of Conrrado Rueda and Brizeida Gonzalez, of Purdy, passed away Dec. 6, 2008, in St. John's Hospital, Aurora. Graveside services were held Saturday at Purdy Cemetery. Arrangements were under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
DWIGHT "ODIE" ST. JOHN (12/11/08)
Dwight "Odie" St. John, 54, of Eagle Rock, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at his home. He was born on May 27, 1954, in McKinney, Texas, the son of Billy St. John and Sally Haggard. He was a self employed electrician, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was united in marriage to Laura, on Feb. 14, 1991, in Lavon, Texas. He was a member of the All Faith United Methodist Church in Eagle Rock...
HATTIE BURK (12/11/08)
Hattie Burk, 90, of Cassville, formerly of Galena, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be at Eisenhour Cemetery, Galena. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
DONALD W. "DON" HIXON (12/11/08)
Donald W. "Don" Hixon, 78, of Eagle Rock, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, in his home. He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Altoona, Kan., the son of William Edward and Lela May (Hare) Hixon. On Oct. 21, 1956, he was united in marriage to Margaret Ruth Anderson, who preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 1992. He was also preceded in death by his parents...
ELLEE FLEMING SWIFT (12/11/08)
Ellee Fleming Swift, 101, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at the Eureka Springs Hospital in Eureka Springs, Ark. She was born on Aug. 8, 1907, in Glade, Ga., the daughter of Thomas Banks and Cora (Burt) Fleming. She was united in marriage to Roy T. Swift on Aug. 15, 1936. She moved to Arkansas from Coral Gables, Fla., four years ago to make her home. She was the ninth child out of 10 children. She out lived seven brothers and two sisters...
KAROL DEAN BRATTIN (12/11/08)
Karol Dean Brattin, 47, of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. He was born Sept. 19, 1961, in Purdy, the son of Durward and Geraldine (Senseney) Brattin. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Danny...
JAYCI MAKENZIE SHRUM (12/11/08)
Jayci Makenzie Shrum, sixteen month old daughter of Jason and Megan Shrum, of Washburn, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2008, in Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born August 1, 2007, in Monett, Missouri, and is survived by her parents. ...
Bless others this season (12/11/08)
When times are tough, it's amazing to see the little miracles that occur daily as citizens come together to make sure the needs of their friends and neighbors are met. So many examples of this attitude of giving have been brought to my attention in recent weeks, and its heartwarming to know we live in a community where people are willing to come to the aid of others with very little prompting...
Many deserve thanks for football success (12/11/08)
Dear Editor: With the recent football season, we have seen a community embrace a group of boys and a team to the town's first state championship. I congratulate the town and system for this. I would like to mention some of the other members of the team that don't see as much of the spotlight. ...