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Stories from Thursday, December 24, 2009

SYC serves 176 local families (12/24/09)
The Barry County Share Your Christmas program provided toys and clothing for 176 families and 420 children this year. Additional children received gifts through the program this week. "Things may be hard right now, but we saw no difference in the amount of donations people made this year," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "Our toy donations were wonderful this year. It is always amazing to see how much people in our community give."...
Nursing program approved by state board (12/24/09)
On Dec. 16, the Missouri State Board of Nursing gave the Crowder College Cassville Center final approval to offer an associate degree in nursing program. "Receiving final approval was exciting and at the same time a relief," said Angela Seymour, Crowder College Cassville Campus director. "The Missouri State Board of Nursing has very high standards, and it is nice to know that we have met those standards and are ready to offer an excellent program."...
Wildcats edged out by Crane (12/24/09)
The Crane Pirates came to Cassville on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and stole a road win from the Wildcats. Conventional wisdom said that Cassville was due for a home game. A 1-4 team with a new coach struggling for an identity early in the season, the Wildcats just needed a little home cooking to wear the winner's label again. Somebody forgot to tell Crane they were the designated sacrificial lamb, and the Pirates spoiled Cassville's home debut with the 61-44 victory...
County Calendar (12/24/09)
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: The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group of Cassville meets at 8 p.m. at 1308 Harold St. in Cassville. For more informa-tion, call 846-4044...
RAY D. WALLACE (12/24/09)
Ray D. Wallace, 52, of Exeter, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville. He was born Feb. 20, 1957, in Aurora, the son of Alonzo and Lucindia (Potter) Wallace. On July 1, 2008, he was united in marriage to Janice (Sharp) Grippando, who survives...
GARY OXFORD (12/24/09)
Gary Oxford, 50, of Seligman, passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at St. John's Medical Center, Springfield. He was born the son of Virgil and Janet Oxford on Dec. 19, 1958, in rogers, Ark. He grew up in the Rogers and Pea Ridge Ark., area, but spent most of the last 15 years at Seligman...
JUNIOR COKER (12/24/09)
Junior Coker, 84, of Monett, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Cox-Monett Hospital. He was born on Jan. 13, 1925, in Verona, the son of Elijah and Ethel (Anderson) Coker. he was married to Vera Wormington on Aug. 4, 1973, in Cassville. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Monett and was retired from Jumping-Jacks Shoe Co...
ROBERT ALAN "ROB" GRIPKA (12/24/09)
Robert Alan "Rob" Gripka, 48, of Cassville, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1961, in Monett, the son of Bill and Hazel (Fetters) Gripka. On May 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Lannetta "Netta" Horn, who survives...
JOE ENGLAND (12/24/09)
Joseph "Joe" Owen England, age 94, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, in St. John's Hospital, Cassville. He was born April 26, 1915, in Mineral Springs, Missouri, the son of George Henry and Minerva (Brock) England. On Nov. 25, 1937, he was united in marriage to Beulah Alvina Henson, who preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 1996. Also preceding him in death were his parents, five brothers, two sisters and a grandson...
DOUGLAS D. BINGHAM (12/24/09)
Douglas D. Bingham, 52, of Wheaton, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in his home. He was born March 13, 1957, in Springdale, Ark., the son of Ben and Betty (Woods) Bingham. In 1995, he was united in marriage to Penny Akers, who survives. Additional survivors include: two sons, Arthur Bingham, of Wheaton, and Walter Bingham, of California; one brother, Mike Bingham, of Placeville, Calif.; and two sisters, Glenda Sims, of Exeter, and Beverly Land, of California...
ERNEST GENE JONES (12/24/09)
Ernest Gene Jones, 63, of Wheaton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Brother Steve Higgs conducted the services. Burial was at Union Cemetery, Stella. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper...
DANIEL A. "D.A." BOWMAN (12/24/09)
Daniel A.  "D.A." bowman, 78, of Exeter, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Lacoba Nursing Home, Monett. He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Exeter, the son of Roy and Mary (Peters) Bowman. On February 24, 1950, in Columbus, Kan., he was united in marriage to Hilma Mae Cooper, who preceded him in death on Nov. 9, 2009. Also preceding him in death were his parents and a grandson...
Students of the Month (12/24/09)
CELEBRATE The Magic Of Christmas! (12/24/09)
Here's hoping you and your family enjoy a four-star season filled with lots of magic and wonderful surprises. For the gift of your friendship, we offer you our heartfelt thanks. From your friends at the Cassville Democrat