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Stories from Thursday, January 15, 2009

CHS among nation's best high schools (01/15/09)
Cassville High School has been recognized as one of the top high schools in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report. The magazine's 2009 listing of "America's Best High Schools" hit newstands on Dec. 8, 2008. Cassville is one of only five high schools in southwest Missouri to receive a bronze medal listing. ...
Seligman newborn is First Baby of '09 (01/15/09)
Benjamin Rylie Corn, son of Jason and Rebecca Corn, of Seligman, has been named as the Cassville Democrat's First Baby of 2009. Little Benjamin was born at 4:22 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Cox Monett Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces and measured 19 inches...
Local lawyer top contender for GOP post (01/15/09)
Within the week, Cassville attorney David Cole is expected to be elected as chairman of Missouri's Republican Party. A special meeting of the State Republican Committee will be held this Saturday in Jefferson City to decide who will lead the GOP's election efforts for the next two years, and Cole is the leading contender for the post...
Forum to focus on county finances (01/15/09)
Commissioners schedule public meeting to discuss county's financial future
Seligman mayor hands out top awards (01/15/09)
The Seligman City Council presented 2008 Mayoral Awards to four individuals at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 12. Janet Ballard received the Woman of the Year Award, and Wendell Bishop received the Man of the Year Award. "Janet came to town and started probably one of the best programs we have ever had and that is the GED program," said Mayor Duane Corn. ...
Relay ready to kick off in county (01/15/09)
Plans are already underway for the 2009 South Barry County Relay for Life, which will be held on July 17 and 18 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Cassville High School football stadium. This year, two kick-off events are being planned - one in Cassville and one in Shell Knob. The Cassville kick-off will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 at Mill Street Church of Christ. The new kick-off in Shell Knob will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the First Christian Church in Shell Knob...
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Most local residents are ready to say good-bye to analog television (01/15/09)
Although some communities around the country are struggling to prepare for the switch from analog-to-digital television, most Barry County residents seem ready for the approaching digital television transition. "The digital signal is a much better signal," said Jerry Deal, of Washburn, who purchased and installed an analog-to-digital converter box in his home several months ago. "Compared to the great signal, installing the converter box is a minor inconvenience."...
DTV issues could be clearer after Feb. 17 (01/15/09)
Although the Cassville Senior Center hosted several meetings about the digital television transition last year, administrator Linda Parker believes most area seniors will not realize they have a problem receiving television until after Feb. 17. "We have had several programs on the conversion, and we have distributed flyers to our homebound seniors to make sure everyone is aware," said Parker. ...
Aire Serv is on "Franchise 500" list (01/15/09)
Entrepreneur magazine listed Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., number 143 in its 2009 "Franchise 500" list. The company, which provides heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services, ranked 245rd in 2008. Known as the world's first, best and most comprehensive list of franchises, Entrepreneur magazine bases its rankings on financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system...
Local runners issue challenge for new year (01/15/09)
A challenge has been issued to runners and those who want to become runners. The Cassville Running Club, led by Daron and Jennifer Evans, is looking for local residents who would like to run a half-marathon or full marathon in 2009. "Our goal is for you to run comfortably through the whole event and smile at the finish line," said Daron. "It can be done if you train smart."...
County FSA announces program sign-ups (01/15/09)
The director of the Barry County Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced the start of sign-ups for two USDA programs. Brian Blount reminds area producers that sign-up for the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC) began on Dec. 22, 2008, and will continue through the program's expiration date on Sept. 30, 2012...
Seligman man sentenced to life (01/15/09)
A Seligman man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering the 15-month-old daughter of his former girlfriend. The sentence was handed down on Jan. 6 by a Miami, Okla., district judge. Travis Steed, 31, was found guilty of murder in the first degree by an Oklahoma jury on Nov. 20, 2008. After his sentence was announced last week, Steed indicated he planned to appeal the judgment...
CHS student volunteers at free healthcare clinic (01/15/09)
Cassville High School sophomore Grace Thouvenot would never brag about volunteering at the free Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO) clinic in Eureka Springs, Ark., but she will talk to you at length about serving others. "You learn a lot through any volunteer work," said Thouvenot. "You learn that the person could be you and that you would want someone to try to help you. It's good to help as much as you can in your community."...
"Social Time" event planned (01/15/09)
Kornerstone's next 21st Century Social Time event will be held at the Shell Knob VFW building from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. Social Time attendees will play tag football, listen to music, play board games and enjoy pizza and homemade cookies...
SW students to perform concert (01/15/09)
Southwest High School and Middle School will hold their winter concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the high school gym. The concert will feature sixth through 12th grade vocal and instrumental groups under the direction of Glenda McCullough. According to McCul-lough, the concert is actually the rescheduled Christmas concert. ...
Chamber banquet is this Saturday (01/15/09)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 17. Kent Rader, a nationally recognized speaker and author, will speak at the 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 his audiences laugh. He is known as the "World's Cleanest Comedian and Speaker."...
Over 1,700 deer checked in during Missouri's final youth hunting season (01/15/09)
Young hunters checked 1,772 deer during the final youth portion of Missouri's firearms deer season, bringing the year's youth harvest to 12,172 and the total firearms deer harvest to 238,319. The 2008-09 firearms deer hunting season was the first to offer two youth hunting segments of two days each. This year's youth harvest fell 95 short of last year's number, a decrease of less than 1 percent...
County inspects 24 restaurants during December (01/15/09)
The Environmental Services division of the Barry County Health Department inspected 24 food-service establishments during the month of December. Of that group, 13 establishments had critical violations, seven had no critical or non-critical violations and four had only non-critical violations...
CHS cheerleaders perform in London New Year's parade (01/15/09)
A trio of Cassville High School cheerleaders celebrated the start of 2009 at a lavish New Year's Eve party in London, England. Seniors Natalie Ward and Paige Hukill and junior Natalie Cline travelled "across the pond" to England as part of a select Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) dance team that performed at London's New Year's Day Parade. The girls were three of only 600 young women from across the United States chosen for the honor...
Exeter clocks Southwest Lady Trojans 75-23 (01/15/09)
In their most impressive outing of the season, the Exeter Lady Tigers rolled to a 48-18 halftime lead and stunned the Southwest Lady Trojans 75-23 on Thursday, Jan. 8 at Exeter. Southwest had no answers for Exeter's arsenal of offensive weapons and never had any offensive continuity of their own. Exeter, on the other hand, forced the action on every possession and controlled the game even more than the score might suggest...
Wildcats fall to Reeds Spring and Branson this week (01/15/09)
This season has been tough for the Wildcats, and unfortunately last week, the squad was unable to break in to the win column, as they fell to both Reeds Spring and Branson. Last Tuesday night. the Cassville Wildcats hosted the Reeds Spring Wolves with hopes of earning their first victory in front of a home crowd. Reeds Spring had other plans and went home with a 59-41 victory...
PC outmuscles Southwest 76-69 (01/15/09)
Pierce City Coach T.J. Dickinson might have found some real estate he likes in Washburn. Not a house or a farm, just the gym at the Southwest High School campus where his Eagles won their fourth consecutive game of the season, as they defeated the hometown Trojans 76-69 on Tuesday, Jan. 6...
Ladycats fall to Blue Eye (01/15/09)
Blue Eye jumped on Cassville's Ladycats 21-6 in the first quarter and cruised to a 56-25 victory on Thursday, Jan. 8. "We were caught up playing their pace in the first quarter and didn't get off to a good start," said Cassville Coach Chris Shore. Cassville never recovered from the first quarter blitz, although the Ladycats did buckle down and held Blue Eye under 10 points in both the third and fourth periods. ...
Frey's 35 boosts Pierce City over Purdy (01/15/09)
Jared Frey scored a career-high 35 points, as Pierce City outscored Purdy 80-73 at Pierce City on Friday night, Jan. 9. The rematch of the championship game of the Southwest Holiday Tournament figured to again be a scoring contest between Pierce City's Sooter brothers and Mason Roller and Blake Williams, of Purdy. But Frey crashed the party with his unexpected outburst and helped Pierce City improve to 9-3 on the season, including a streak of six straight victories...
CMS squads finish 2008 season (01/15/09)
The Cassville Middle School girls basketball squads finished the 2008 season by competing in the Big 8 Conference Tournament. The eighth grade squad finished in second place at the tournament, and the seventh graders won the consolation bracket. The second-seeded CMS eighth graders opened tournament play by defeating Monett 25-18...
JV Wildcats have busy week of play (01/15/09)
The Cassville JV Wildcats were very busy last week, playing five games in all while competing in the Miller Tournament, which featured varsity teams. The young Wildcats tallied one win and four losses during the campaign. Last Tuesday night, the Wildcats hosted the Reeds Spring Wolves in a game that resulted in the third win this season for Cassville's JV squad...
Red Top offers good food and service (01/15/09)
Red Top Restaurant, located on Main Street in Cassville, offers tasty meals, friendly service and a casual, cafe-style dining atmosphere. "Everything is homemade, and we offer the best service in town," said Missy Hurley, Red Top Restaurant owner. "Our waitresses are very friendly, and we try to accommodate our customers. I couldn't run this restaurant without my great staff."...
HELEN MARIE HOUSTON (01/15/09)
Helen Marie Houston, 92, of Purdy, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at her daughter's home in Purdy. She was born April 14, 1916, in Washburn, the daughter of Isaac and Maggie (McCormick) Henry. On July 11, 1959, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Loyd Houston, who preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; two grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter...
TRESSIA LEONARD (01/15/09)
Tressia E. (Decocq) Leonard, 89, of Purdy, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett. She was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Purdy, the daughter of Paul and Stella Trent Decocq. She was a homemaker. She served on the Barry County Election committee at Corsicana. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Purdy...
RONALD LEE BROWNING (01/15/09)
Ronald Lee "Ronnie" Browning, 65, of Seligman, died Saturday Jan. 10, 2009, at Washington Regional Hospital. He was born June 22, 1943 in Seligman, to the late Chester Ward Browning and Beatrice Davis Browning. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Beatrice, and one son, Allen Browning-Stubblefield.In September of 1993 he married Marcia Nichols. He was a self-employed printer for 21 years in Bentonville, Ark...
DARYEL BROCK (01/15/09)
Daryel Brock, of Jefferson City, formerly, of Cassville, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, in St. Mary's Hospital, Jefferson City. Funeral arrangements are pending under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper...
PAUL "PETE" RHODES (01/15/09)
Paul D. "Pete" Rhodes, Jr., 70, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in his home. He was born Jan. 19, 1938, in Pond, Mo., the son of Paul D., Sr. and Viola Helen (Witt) Rhodes. On Dec. 30, 1955, in Ellisville, he was united in marriage to Eleanor Phyllis Weeks, who survives...
MARTHA HARRIS (01/15/09)
Martha L. Harris, 65, of Purdy, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at her home She was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Webb City, the daughter of Frank and Mary Leunora Pauley Knowles. She was a beauty operator at lacoba Nursing Home in Monett and a cashier at Walmart. She was a member of Chapel of Grace Church in Monett...
WILLIAM "BILL" CHISM (01/15/09)
William "Bill" Chism passed away Jan. 6, 2009. He was born in Sikeston on Oct. 11, 1930, to Barney and Mabel Chism. After graduating from Sikeston High School, he joined the Navy. While home on leave he married Melba Clark on Aug. 19, 1952, and she survives. They lived and worked in the St. Louis area for over 30 years before retiring and moving to Purdy in 1993. The couple moved to Springfield in 2000...
County seeks public input (01/15/09)
It's always a wise idea to involve the public when making major decisions about how their money is going to be spent. That's why the majority of public entities who receive tax support hold budget hearings to give average citizens a chance to weigh in on important spending decisions. Sadly, these hearings rarely draw a big crowd. In fact, representatives from the local news media are usually the only ones in attendance...