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Stories from Thursday, January 29, 2009

Classic car has ties to Monett (01/29/09)
When Dave Beckett picked up last week's Cassville Democrat and saw a 1972 Gran Torino on the front page, the Monett resident instantly knew he was looking at the car he purchased new off the showroom floor at the age of 20. Beckett said he owned the car, which now graces the big screen in Clint Eastwood's latest movie Gran Torino, for two years before he sold it to Stark Oldsmobile in Monett for a new 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass. ...
2008 Barry County Fair and rodeo (01/29/09)
Blaze helps restore Ozark landscapes (01/29/09)
Last Thursday, local residents might have noticed smoke rising from Roaring River State Park. Although smoke is often associated with destructive fire, the blaze that was started by park staff members last week will have productive affects on the park's woodland areas...
County adopts bare bones budget (01/29/09)
As expected, the Barry County Commission adopted a very conservative budget for 2009 following a public hearing on Jan. 22. County officeholders will be operating under a $3.8 million spending plan that is almost identical to the amount budgeted in 2008...
Alternative school could become option (01/29/09)
The Cassville R-IV School District has started planning for an alternative school that could be introduced on the Cassville Middle School campus next year. "Our at-risk personnel have visited several districts that operate alternative schools and reviewed plans from the alternative school that Cassville operated in the past to develop a plan to possibly start a new alternative school," said Superintendent Jim Orrell. ...
Purdy reviews PD report (01/29/09)
The Purdy City Council reviewed an end-of-the-year police department report at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 12. According to the annual report, which was submitted by Chief Jackie Lowe, the Purdy Police Department conducted 212 traffic stops and issued 126 citations and 128 warnings in 2008. The department also responded to 760 calls for service last year...
Sheriff warns cattle thefts are on the rise (01/29/09)
Around 30 head of cattle have been stolen from farms located in the northeast portion of Barry County over the last year, said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. Several additional cattle have been taken from properties located in the adjoining part of Lawrence County...
Barry County Circuit Clerk issues 2009 year-end report (01/29/09)
The caseload handled by the Barry County Circuit Clerk's Office in 2008 appears to be holding steady, according to an end-of-year report released by Circuit Clerk Craig Williams. Last year, there were a total of 4,708 cases filed in the circuit clerk's office as compared to 4,678 in 2007...
Barry Electric to receive $3.175 million federal loan (01/29/09)
On Jan. 22, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced that the United States Department of Agriculture will provide Barry Electric Cooperative with a $3.175 million low-interest federal loan. "This is a reimbursement for work that has already been done," said Bill Shiveley, Barry Electric chief executive officer and general manager. "It was for work that was done through our work plan over a three- to four-year period."...
Free tax help for the elderly (01/29/09)
Starting Feb. 2, the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SWMOA), in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will be provide free tax preparation help to seniors age 60 or older. The free tax help can be accessed at any of the senior centers in Barry County, which are located in Cassville, Shell Knob and Monett. Homebound seniors can also set up times for volunteers to provide in-home tax help by calling their local senior center...
Washburn discusses public works issues (01/29/09)
The Washburn City Council discussed several public works issues at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 13, 2008. Mark Brooks, water and wastewater superintendent, recommended the council purchase chlorinating machines for each of the city's wells to help ensure water quality. The aldermen approved the recommendation and voted to purchase two chlorinating machines for $1,800...
State report shows senior citizens have large impact on economy (01/29/09)
Last month, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder released the 2008 Missouri Senior Report, which provides information on the economic, social and health status of seniors in each Missouri county. "Missouri took a giant leap forward two years ago when it rolled out the state's first-ever senior report," said Kinder, who serves as Missouri's official senior advocate. ...
Southwest reviews dropout rates (01/29/09)
The Southwest R-V School Board discussed dropout rates at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 15. The board reviewed the district's dropout rates from the last three years. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, Southwest's dropout rates increased from 2.1 percent to 4.5 percent between 2006 and 2007. Last year's dropout rate was recorded at 3.1 percent...
Foundation receives matching funds (01/29/09)
The generosity of the Cassville community paid extra dividends this week as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), based in Springfield, announced it would be increasing its match of local funds raised through the Harry Cooper Challenge.
Elections to feature five contested races (01/29/09)
The upcoming April general election will feature five contested races. Several new candidates filed for municipal and school board races this month. Of the six school board elections that will be held in southern Barry County, three feature contested races...
Wildcats enjoy a two-game comeback (01/29/09)
While last week started off rough for Cassville, who suffered a 40-65 loss to Chadwick in the opening round of the Spokane Tournament, the Wildcats rallied and earned their first two wins of the season to take home a fifth place trophy. Cassville downed Galena 59-31 and then defeated Verona 41-34 to finish out tournament play...
Exeter Lady Tigers win Sarcoxie tournament (01/29/09)
The final round of games of the Lady Bears Tournament was played on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Sarcoxie. The Exeter Lady Tigers overcame a stubborn Strafford team and earned the championship trophy with a resounding 59-44 victory. The game was a rematch of last year's championship contest in which Strafford upset Exeter...
Cassville girls fifth at Lady Comet Classic (01/29/09)
The Cassville Ladycats beat Crane by a 12-point margin on Saturday, 46-34, and sewed up fifth place at the Lady Comet Classic at Marionville. Hannah Elkins led Cassville with a strong 28-point performance, and the Ladycats improved to 9-8 on the season...
Purdy Eagles collar Bulldogs 62-51 (01/29/09)
By Lee Stubblefield The anniversary of Feb. 23, 2007, looms for the Purdy Eagles. That was the date of the last Purdy loss in an Ozark 7 game, a tense 41-39 nailbiter at Verona. Since that final regular season game of the 2006-07 season, Purdy has not lost a conference game, or a home game...
Purdy Lady Eagles win Galena Tournament (01/29/09)
By Lee Stubblefield The Purdy Lady Eagles defeated Verona 61-51 on Saturday, Jan. 24 to win the championship game of the Galena Tournament. Purdy started hot from the field, leading 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. Verona's fine freshman guard Tristan Carrsasquillo collected three first quarter fouls, an ominous sign for the Lady Wildcats...
Area sports roundup (01/29/09)
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Southwest Trojans win Sarcoxie tournament (01/29/09)
The Southwest Trojans swept through the round robin format of the Sarcoxie High School Boys Basketball Tournament and captured the championship trophy in a high-scoring victory over host Sarcoxie, 85-66, on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Trojans were on fire early, scoring a jaw-dropping 29 points in the opening quarter. The Bears owned an early 2-0 lead, but that was swept away like leaves in a forest fire as junior point guard Josh Hartin led Southwest with 9 first quarter points...
(Untitled) (01/29/09)
Thursday, Jan. 29 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...
MARGARET FALKENSTIEN (01/29/09)
Margaret E. Falkenstein, 78, of aurora, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. She was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Pineville, the daughter of Perry and Gladys Smith Pierce. She was a 1948 graduate of Purdy High School and was retired from MWM Color Press in Aurora. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Aurora...
RONALD SPRENGER (01/29/09)
Ronald Louis Sprenger, 66, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Westphalia, the son of Hugo Stephen Sprenger and Mary Louise (Fetchel) Sprenger. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970. On April 26, 1978, he married Dollie Jean Henson, of Cassville. He was a member of the St. George Catholic Church in Linn...
CHARLOTTE CARTER (01/29/09)
Charlotte A. Carter, 70, of Washburn, died on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, while staying with her sister in Mendota, Ill. She was born in Mendota, Ill., on June 6, 1938, the daughter of Harry and Vietta "Midge" Blackburn Walzer. She married Dr. Robert Carter on Aug. 6, 1960, in Peoria, Ill. Dr. Carter died on Aug. 8, 1976...
JOHN MUSSER (01/29/09)
John M. Musser, 63, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1945, in Rotan, Texas, the son of Roy and Joyce (Whitefield) Musser. On Dec. 27, 1981, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Connie Jackson, who survives...
A home away from home (01/29/09)
For several years now we have been helping to promote the Share Your Heart campaign that raises money for the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks in Springfield. The campaign encourages area citizens to adopt a heart by donating $1 to the Ronald McDonald House when they visit the Cassville McDonald's. It's great to see red hearts taped up on the windows of the restaurant and know the money is going to such a good cause...