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Stories from Thursday, December 18, 2008

Exeter forced to shut down PD (12/18/08)
Exeter City Council members voted to shut down the city's police department in the face of declining revenue and rising costs. In recent months, the City of Exeter has encountered a number of expenses associated with its ongoing water project that have taken a toll on city finances...
Christmas elves rumble through Washburn (12/18/08)
Daniel and Jennifer Pendergraft's 1923 T Bucket and Christmas cottage float won the best decorated vehicle award and third place in the non-religious float division at the Washburn Christmas parade on Dec. 13. The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored parade featured around 40 entries. Seligman and Wheaton also hosted annual Christmas parades on Saturday...
Tinsel tea raises funds for local food pantry (12/18/08)
Over 170 ladies from across the community gathered for the sixth annual Tinsel Tea at the United Methodist Church in Cassville on Saturday. Due to the event's popularity, more tables were added this year to accommodate more guests. A total of 21 hostesses decorated their tables in holiday styles that ranged from traditional to contemporary...
Foundation nearing fundraising goal (12/18/08)
With two weeks left in its fundraising campaign, the Cassville Community Foundation is over two-thirds of the way toward its goal of raising $25,000 locally. All funds raised during this latest campaign will be matched dollar for dollar through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Harry Cooper Challenge. To date, the local Foundation has raised $18,000 from businesses and individuals, which translates into $36,000 for the Foundation...
Missing little girl found alive (12/18/08)
By Lisa Schlichtman A 3-year-old Amish girl was found alive and unharmed in the Verona area after spending Sunday night outside alone in frigid temperatures that produced sleet, ice and snow flurries. Hannah Yoder was reported missing around 9:30 p.m. when she was thrown from a buggy when the horse got spooked. A huge contingent of around 150 search and rescue personnel were called to the site of the buggy accident and began scouring the area for the little girl...
Local hospital board welcomes new members (12/18/08)
Two new members are now serving on the South Barry County Hospital Board of Directors. Lindy Lombard, of Wheaton, and Jill Trimble, of Shell Knob, recently joined the six-member board, which also includes Mike McCracken, Terry DeGraffenreid, Bill Shiveley and David Cole. Emory Melton serves the board as an honorary member...
Change a light, change the world (12/18/08)
The Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center, six Missouri utilities and 45 retailers have joined the 2008 "Change A Light, Change The World" campaign to help Missourians save money and energy with a twist of an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL)...
Health department begins new award program (12/18/08)
The Barry County Health Department has announced a new award program that will recognize food service businesses that excel in the area of food safety. The Silver Spoon Award program will begin Jan. 1, 2009. "This is an idea I had several years ago to promote excellence in our local food service industry," said Kathleen King, health department administrator. ...
Drug task force seeks emergency funding (12/18/08)
Federal budget cuts will take their toll on southwest Missouri's war on drugs unless state officials approve emergency funds to fully support the MOSMART program. According to Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officials, the agency will lose two experienced officers unless emergency funding can be secured through the state. ...
Over 35 students graduate from DARE program (12/18/08)
Exeter and Shell Knob sixth graders and their teachers, administrators and parents gathered at the Shell Knob Elementary School to participate in a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation ceremony on Dec. 12. Barry County DARE officer Capt. Dana Kammerlohr opened the DARE graduation ceremony by introducing Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Deputy Leonard Collins and Donna Allen, who has assisted Kammerlohr with the graduation events for several years...
SCWIG receives additional grant funding for septic improvements (12/18/08)
The Shoal Creek Watershed Improvement Group (SCWIG) has been awarded a $224,600 grant to identify and repair on-site wastewater systems. The grant award was announced by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Dec. 1. In March of 2006, SWIG was awarded grant funding through Section 319 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act and the Southwest Missouri Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP). ...
R-II School Board accepts resignation, hires employee (12/18/08)
The Purdy R-II School Board accepted a resignation and voted to hire a new staff member at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 17. The board approved a letter of resignation submitted by Charles Bowman, middle and high school band teacher, and hired Chris Branstetter as a high school basketball assistant coach for the 2008-09 school year...
Wheaton to build new bus barn facility (12/18/08)
On Nov. 20, the Wheaton R-III School Board voted to submit an offer for the purchase of property that would be used to relocate the district's bus barn. "We are out of land where the bus barn is located at now," said Superintendent Joe Layton. "We could move the building and put it on land that is located east of the baseball field, but that would not be as convenient as we would like."...
Wheaton man killed in crash on Highway W (12/18/08)
A Wheaton man was killed and a Cassville woman sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Highway W three miles east of Wheaton on Sunday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a 1999 Ford Mustang, driven by Kelly Swearingen, 23, travelled off the left side of the road and struck a fence. Swearingen's passenger, Anthony Cox, 24, was ejected from the vehicle...
Seligman Council receives report on GED program (12/18/08)
On Nov. 10, the Seligman City Council reviewed a report on the general education diploma (GED) classes that are held at the city library each week. The report, which was written by GED class instructor Janet Dard Ballard, showed that 22 students enrolled in classes in September. The library conducted 221 hours of classes during the month...
Southwest, Exeter girls shine in home wins (12/18/08)
Southwest Lady Trojans KO Sarcoxie; Lady Tigers too much for Verona
Cassville soccer star earns All-State honor (12/18/08)
Cassville's Uziel Franco was named to the Class 2 All-State first team by the Missouri State Soccer Coaches Association. This season, the talented senior scored 48 of the team's 96 goals and assisted on eight others. Franco now holds school records for career goals with 103, season goals with 48 and most goals in a game with seven...
Bulldogs hand Wildcats loss (12/18/08)
Last Tuesday, the Wildcats hosted the Blue Eye Bulldogs in what turned out to be a disappointing loss for Cassville. The first period of play was a hard battle with the Bulldogs emerging with a 12-4 advantage. The Wildcats came back with a stronger finish for the second period, as Chris Smith, Nashe Lugeanbeal and Ryan Pace put points on the board to match pace with the Bulldogs keeping it even at 7 points a piece for a score of 19-11 going into halftime...
Ladycats fall to McDonald County (12/18/08)
Last Thursday, the Ladycats traveled to McDonald County to face the Lady Mustangs in what turned out to be a loss for Cassville. The Ladycats got off to a rough start in the first period, managing to put only 6 points on the board while the Lady Mustangs quickly accumulated 22 points by the end of the period...
Sports Round-up (12/18/08)
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O'Keefe lifts McAuley to win over Southwest (12/18/08)
McAuley's Kevin O'Keefe got the ball back on a give-and-go inbounds play and drove for the go-ahead basket with four seconds remaining as the Warriors edged Southwest, 54-52, at Washburn on Friday night. Backed by a raucous crowd and a rockin' band, Southwest battled from a 10-point deficit with two minutes left in the first half to take a 50-46 lead with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter. From there, O'Keefe scored three baskets in the final 2:07 to stun the home crowd...
JACKIE SANDERS (12/18/08)
Jackie Ray Sanders, age 52, of Exeter, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1956, in Cassville, the son of James and Bonnie (Daniel) Sanders. He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents and one granddaughter, Halli Resz...
MYRTLE E. HARRISON (12/18/08)
Myrtle E. Harrison 95, of Monett, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Ozark Methodist Manor in Marionville. She was born Feb. 18, 1913, in Yuma, Colo., the daughter of John Harrison and Effie May Slagle. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Monett. She married Robert Richard Harrison on April 7, 1934...
HARLYN HARKRIDER (12/18/08)
Harlyn E. Harkrider, 84, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Living Community Nursing Center, St. Joseph. He was born Dec. 29, 1923, in St. Joseph, the son of Autie and Glyde (Tucker) Harkrider. On May 8, 1948, he was united in marriage to Elsie F. Radeck, who preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two infant children at birth; an adopted son; and a brother...
HATTIE BURK (12/18/08)
Hattie Burk, 90, of Cassville, formerly of Galena, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Barry County Care Center, Cassville. She was born March 14, 1918, in Abesville, the daughter of James Arnold and Golda (Daniel) Burk, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Xury Burk...
ALVIE LEE ARNOLD (12/18/08)
Alvie Lee Arnold, 58, of Seligman, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at St. John's Hospital in Cassville. He was born Aug. 20, 1950, at Lubbock, Texas, to Glen Alvie Arnold and Eula Faye Hutchins Arnold. He lived in this are most of his life. He served in Korea with the U.s. Army. He was a self-employed roofer. He was preceded in death by his father, and one sister, Glenda Arnold...
ANTHONY L. "TONY" COX (12/18/08)
Anthony L. "Tony" Cox, 24, of Fairview, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, following a car accident. He was born Aug. 21, 1984, in Barry County, the son of Jerry and Marilyn (Ray) Cox, who survive. Additional survivors include: one brother, Christopher Cox, of Wheaton; and one sister, Tessie Amanda Cox, of Wheaton...
A Christmas miracle (12/18/08)
Just when you thought the news was too depressing to watch, a miraculous story of a little 3-year-old girl surviving a night alone in frigid temperatures grabs the headlines and tugs at your heart. The story of Hannah Yoder and her survival is being called a miracle by many, and I would have to agree with their assessment. ...
Amended ruling remains arbitrary (12/18/08)
Dear Editor: This week a circuit court judge issued an amended ruling that prohibits a farm family from expanding its hog operation at a new site within two miles of the Village of Arrow Rock. The ruling cites allegations made by plaintiffs as findings of fact showing that "factory farms" pose a threat to the state park and historic sites at Arrow Rock, the effects of the proposed hog operation on "air and water quality will be detrimental" to the town, and "airborne pollutants" generated by the farm "will destroy and decimate" Arrow Rock and surrounding historic sites.. ...
Citizens need to be aware of policy (12/18/08)
Dear Madam: I am writing to you because I recently received some disturbing information. My husband, my son and I live in Monett and therefore receive our electrical service from Monett City Utilities. The Missouri Cold Weather Rule states that service cannot be disconnected due to non-payment from Nov. 1 through March 31...