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Stories from Thursday, January 8, 2009

Council splits over request for annexation (01/08/09)
For the second meeting in a row, Cassville Mayor Tracy Holle was forced to break a tie in the face of another split vote between the four members of Cassville's city council. On Monday night, city aldermen were divided over whether or not they should allow Larry and Gretchen Bussman, owners of Carquest Auto Parts and a private residence on Old Exeter Road, to rescind their request for voluntary annexation that was filed back on Oct. 9, 2008...
Construction of new RRSP store begins (01/08/09)
Crews began excavation work for Roaring River State Park's new 5,160-square-foot store around three weeks ago. Park officials hope to see the building completed by Memorial Day. "We decided, because of time constraints and budgeting concerns, not to hold a groundbreaking ceremony and instead to get started on construction," said Dusty Reid, park superintendent. "We will host a grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony when the project is finished."...
Nationally known speaker (01/08/09)
If you want a good laugh, attend the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce banquet on Saturday, Jan. 17. Funnyman Kent Rader will headline the annual event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Cassville High School commons area. Rader is a motivational speaker, author and comedian who has a reputation for making audiences laugh. After embarking on a professional speaking career in 1997, Rader has become known as the "World's Cleanest Comedian and Speaker."...
Appeal hearing to be held on CAFO (01/08/09)
After almost two years, a group opposed to the construction and operation of a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) near Roaring River State Park will get the opportunity to argue their case during an appeal hearing before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission...
County budget requests are in (01/08/09)
Budget requests totalling $3.8 million have been submitted by Barry County officeholders this week. Barry County commissioners are expected to discuss the spending requests in the coming weeks before the official 2009 budget is approved following the county's annual budget hearing on Thursday, Jan. 22...
New dental program serves students (01/08/09)
School-age children in Cassville will now enjoy better access to dental care thanks to a new program offered through Access Family Care, formerly known as Ozark Tri-County Health Care. On Dec. 8, 2008, 50 students in the Cassville R-IV School District received dental services as a result of the school-based program, which is slated to begin again this January. Clinic officials intend to serve all students in the district who desire the service...
MDC decides against fee increases (01/08/09)
After receiving numerous letters from the public, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Commission has decided not to increase resident hunting and fishing permit fees. The commission also stopped several other proposed changes that would have affected southwest Missouri hunters and anglers...
Purdy man dies in crash near Seneca (01/08/09)
A Purdy man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Highway DD three miles southeast of Seneca on Friday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a 2008 International propane truck, driven by Richard Harris, 45, travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned...
Butterfield City Council approves pay agreement (01/08/09)
The Butterfield City Council approved a pay agreement with the city's new wastewater operator at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 22. The aldermen voted to pay Kevin Asbury, wastewater operator, as a contract employee. Asbury will receive a flat fee of $25 for each trip that he makes to Butterfield to perform routine checks on the city's treatment plant and lift stations...
Library district receives report on conference (01/08/09)
On Dec. 19, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees heard a report on the Missouri Public Library Directors' Conference, which was held last month. Jean Berg, library district director, reported that the conference included a presentation called "Customers in the Library with Mental Illness." Berg has shared information from the presentation with staff members at all of the regional library branches...
SW hires staff members (01/08/09)
The Southwest R-V School Board hired three new staff members at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 11. The board hired John Sullivan as a custodian and Larry Pogue and Lindsey Banks as substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2008-09 school year...
Few candidates file for school board (01/08/09)
The upcoming April school board elections have attracted only two new candidates and five incumbents so far. Two of the six local school board elections feature contested races. Incumbents John Sullivan and David Haddock have filed for re-election to three-year terms on the Cassville R-IV School Board. The race has also attracted one new candidate, Caroline Bowen...
In the pre-BCS world, Utes would be national champions (01/08/09)
Wildcat boys come up short (01/08/09)
PC edges Purdy to win SW Holiday Tournament (01/08/09)
CHS coaches to host training session (01/08/09)
The Cassville High School boys basketball coaching staff and players will host Saturday morning basketball training sessions for young Wildcat athletes in fourth through eighth grades. The sessions will begin this Saturday, Jan. 10 and continue through Jan. 31. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and seventh and eighth graders will train from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the J.C. Duncan Gymnasium...
Exeter Lady Tigers place second in tourney (01/08/09)
By Lee Stubblefield Despite Whitney Edie's 24 point performance in the championship game, Couch defeated the Exeter Lady Tigers 43-38 to win the Walnut Grove Tournament. Whitney Milles led Couch with 15 points and was selected as the tournament MVP...
WILMA FULTON (01/08/09)
Wilma C. Fulton, age 91, of Shell Knob, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at the Barry County Care Center in Cassville. She was born on Feb. 24, 1917, in Des Moines, Iowa. the daughter of Bert and Ovidea (Smithback) Exline. She was united in marriage to Jerould Fulton in Bethany on Jan. ...
DEBRA LYNN TABOR (01/08/09)
Debra Lynn Tabor, 51, of Purdy, passed away on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at her home. She was born on April 9, 1957, in Los Angeles, Calif., daughter of Ralph and Judith (Horn) Tabor. She moved to Cassville 10 years ago from California. She attended Crowder College and Missouri Southern State University...
JULIE HAGEBUSCH (01/08/09)
Julie A. (Thayer) Hagebusch, 50, of Wheaton, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. She was born Oct. 17, 1958, in Mora, Minn. In March 2000, in Miami, Okla., she was united in marriage to Floyd Hagebusch, who preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 2001...
STEPHAN KUNGL (01/08/09)
Funeral services were held on Saturday at the White Funeral Home in Cassville, with burial at the Washburn Prairie Cemetery in Washburn. Arrangements were under the direction of White Funeral Home, Cassville...
KARL HEISS AND MARISA HEISS (01/08/09)
Karl Frederick Heiss and his wife, Marisa Bauducco-Heiss, died in an auto accident near Olympia, Wash., on Oct. 3, 2008. They were on a trip from their home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to visit his parents in Malibu and ultimately to visit her parents in Ushuia, Argentina. Their 6-year-old son son, Alden, survived in excellent health. Their 11-year-old daughter, Aliana, suffered brain injury and is in Children's Hospital in Seattle, Wash...
HELEN EASLEY (01/08/09)
Helen Irene (Cantrell) Easley, 100, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in her home. She was born April 19, 1908, in Marshfield, the daughter of Albert and Jannie (McCormick) Cantrell. She was united in marriage to Guy Easley, who preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1980. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ray Cantrell; a daughter, Carol Schieler; a son, John Easley; and a granddaughter, Linda Williams...
GERALDINE BRATTIN (01/08/09)
Geraldine Brattin, 79, of Exeter, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at her daughter's home in Stark City. She was born Dec. 28, 1929, in Barry County, the daughter of Roy and Ada (Noe) Senseney. On Dec. 28, 1949, she was united in marriage to Durward Brattin, who preceded her in death in 1969. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Danny and Karol Brattin; a brother; and two sisters...
LOTHROP PERKINS (01/08/09)
Lothrop Strawn Perkins, 93, of Shell Knob, passed away at his home Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. He was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Ottawa, Ill., the son of Lothrop and Vera (LaClair) Perkins. He was united in marriage July 2, 1941, in Baltimore, Md., to Ruth Schirmer, who preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, A. LaClair Perkins, and a twin daughter, Barbara Ann Perkins who died at birth...
WILLIAM "BILL" LOWDER (01/08/09)
Chief Master Sergeant Retired, William "Bill" Lowder, 80, of Butterfield, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at the Barry County Care Center in Cassville. He was born on Jan. 23, 1928, in Crump, Tenn. son of Thomas and Lydia (Sebring) Lowder. After completing high school at Adamsville, Tenn., he enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and later served in the United States Air Force. ...
An optimistic look ahead (01/08/09)
I think 2008 may turn out to be a year that many people would just like to forget. It seems as if the national media has a penchant for dwelling on all the bad news, which admittedly is pretty depressing, while relegating those "feel good" positive stories of human kindness and perseverance to footnote status. ...