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Stories from Thursday, May 12, 2011

MoDOT to hold public briefing in Cassville (05/12/11)
Officials to discuss plans to close local office
Friday Squared to be held this week (05/12/11)
The first Friday Squared event of 2011 will be held on the downtown square in Cassville this weekend. A pre-show block party will begin at 7 p.m., and "The Great Outdoors" will be shown on the outdoor big screen at dark. "A common complaint we hear in our community is, 'there is nothing to do,'" said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. ...
Roaring River State Park to host spring Kids Fishing Day this Saturday (05/12/11)
Roaring River State Park will host its annual spring Kids Fishing Day from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "Preparation for Kids Fishing Day has been underway for some time now," said Paul Spurgeon, Roaring River Hatchery manager. "We are adding some new classes this year that will pertain to watershed education...
Special Election (05/12/11)
Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced a special election for Central Crossing Fire Protection District's additional tax levy to take place June 7. Absentee voting will continue from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Monday, June 6 at the Barry County Clerk's Office in Cassville, located at 700 Main St. Suite 2...
Murder trial is delayed another 10 months (05/12/11)
It will be another 10 months before Christopher Collings stands trial for the murder of 9-year-old Rowan Ford back in November 2007. Last Tuesday, Phelps County Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield set Feb. 27, 2012, as the starting date for Collings' trial. This marks the third trial delay and the first action in the case since the trial was derailed by a mistrial ruling on April 23...
Operator of the Year (05/12/11)
Firefighters save Cassville home (05/12/11)
Kids event to offer over 20 outdoor classes (05/12/11)
Kids Fishing Day, which will be held at Roaring River State Park on Saturday, will offer over 20 outdoor education classes. Outdoor conservation workshops, which will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., are listed below...
Candidates needed for Council On Aging (05/12/11)
In June, four new members will be elected to the Barry County Council on Aging (BCCOA) Board of Directors. A pair of at-large board members and representatives of the Cassville and Shell Knob senior centers will be elected. Individuals interested in serving on the board should send a letter of intent to Sharon Madison, BCCOA secretary, 1111 Fair St., Cassville MO 65625. Letters must be submitted by May 25...
Cassville resident seriously injured in crash on Highway 37 (05/12/11)
A Cassville resident sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 37 one mile north of Cassville on May 3. The wreck occurred when the driver of a 2002 Dodge, Juan S. Ibarra, 39, of Cassville, crossed the center line and struck a 2006 Ford F250, driven by Larry D. Henbest, 64, of Cassville, head on...
Student artwork on display (05/12/11)
Middle school pre-enrollment set (05/12/11)
Sixth and seventh grade students currently enrolled in Cassville Middle School will have an opportunity to select elective classes for next year during pre-enrollment of classes set for 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the middle school. Students must have a parent or guardian present for the meeting...
Shell Knob to host special reception (05/12/11)
The Shell Knob School District will host a retirement reception from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Retiring staff members include Ted Powers, Lanetta Ray and Judy Hooten. Jill Stanfield will also be leaving the district to accept a teaching position with the Cassville R-4 School District...
Informational meeting at SW (05/12/11)
The Southwest R-5 School District will hold an informational meeting in the elementary school library at 3:15 p.m. on May 17. The meeting will offer information on all federal programs available to children living in the district. Parents of non-public school students, parochial and home-school children who live within the district are invited to attend. For more information, call Wanda Smith, director of special services, at 826-5696...
Purdy to host retirement event (05/12/11)
The Purdy R-2 School District will honor several retiring faculty members with a reception in the school cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. Honorees include Margaret Roller, Carol Swadley, Donna Patterson, Cathy Marshall, Luanne Qualls and Kate Borushaski...
CHS presents one-act play (05/12/11)
SWLT holds annual Angel Awards (05/12/11)
The Southwest Little Theatre (SWLT) held its annual Angel Awards on April 16. In addition to award presentations, the show offered student monologue performances. The event was hosted by Erika Hebron, Miss Missouri, and Alexandria Black, Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen...
Cassville Area Chamber gears up for annual golf tourney, luncheon (05/12/11)
Plans for the fourth annual Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament and luncheon are now underway, with the event kick off slated for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20 at the Cassville Golf Course, located on Highway 112. Those attending will have the opportunity to win a golf towel, golf balls and $50 cash coupons. Cash awards will also be given to golfers winning closest to the pin and longest drive contests as well as flight prizes...
Wildcats are Big 8 co-champs (05/12/11)
A conference championship is always worth waiting for. The Cassville Wildcats finished off East Newton on Wednesday to earn a tie for the Big 8 Conference baseball title with Carl Junction. Ben Makela earned the win in the 9-4 victory with John Cavness coming in to record the final five outs in the sixth and seventh innings...
Cassville downs state-ranked Purdy (05/12/11)
The Cassville Wildcats picked up a 4-0 victory over Purdy on Monday night. Cassville's John Cavness earned the victory for the Wildcats. He pitched seven innings, allowed five hits and struck out six. "Cassville played better with two outs," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "Cavness was just dialed in tonight. You have to tip your cap to him."...
Cavness authors perfect game (05/12/11)
"For Love of the Game" is a cheesy chick flick wrapped around a great baseball game. Billy Chapel, as played by Kevin Costner, throws a perfect game in the final appearance of his career with the Detroit Tigers. There were no film crews and no movie stars at Aurora on Monday, May 3. There might have been some teen romance in the stands, but not enough to distract Cassville's John Cavness...
White is headed to state (05/12/11)
Cassville's Evan White qualified for the state golf tournament with a top 12 finish at the sectional tournament held in Marshfield on May 4. White, a CHS junior, shot a 79 to tie for 12th place overall and advance to state, which will take place May 16 and 17 in Bolivar. This will be White's second trip to state...
Wheaton, Purdy qualify athletes to sectionals (05/12/11)
Galvan dominates Class 1 action at Willard Bubba Galvan won a treasure trove of gold medals at the Class 1 District 4 track and field championships at Willard High School on Saturday. Galvan won all four of his events to lead the Wheaton Bulldogs to a fourth place team finish...
Purdy wins Ozark 7 title again (05/12/11)
For the fifth time in six years, the Purdy Eagles baseball team has won the Ozark 7 Conference title. On Wednesday, the Eagles clinched the crown with an 11-3 victory over Wheaton. "The boys got off the bus focused and ready to play," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "We hit the ball hard early in the game and were able to score. That gave us a shot of confidence."...
Lady Wildcat runners are second in Big 8 meet (05/12/11)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats claimed second place in the team standings at the Big 8 Conference Track and Field Championships at Lamar on Tuesday, May 3, while the Cassville boys finished third. Carl Junction won the boys division with 99.5 points. Lamar took second with 95, followed by Cassville (89.5), Mt. Vernon (63), Aurora (63), East Newton (57), Monett (48.5) and Seneca (42.5)...
Eagles are district golf champs (05/12/11)
Cassville baseball honors its seniors (05/12/11)
SW Trojans win Miller Tournament (05/12/11)
The Southwest Trojans reeled off three straight upsets to win the Miller High School Baseball Tournament. The Trojans beat College Heights on Wednesday, 10-7, then defeated the host Cardinals on Friday night, 12-10. In the championship game on Saturday, Austin Evans pitched the best game of his career as Southwest downed Fair Grove 5-1 to earn the championship trophy...
Exeter to offer sports physicals (05/12/11)
Athletic physicals will be offered at Exeter High School on Wednesday, May 18 beginning at 1 p.m. The cost of the physical is $5.
Softball tourney to benefit SADD, DARE (05/12/11)
Students to compete against area law enforcement officers
Purdy pitching baffles Tigers (05/12/11)
The Purdy Eagles picked up a 3-0 win over Lamar Sunday at Hammons Field in Springfield. "This was a great experience for our boys," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "We didn't hit the ball hard, but when we had runners on base, we were able to get them around to score."...
Shock to host ball tournament (05/12/11)
The Purdy Shock will host a youth ball tournament May 16 through May 20 at the Purdy ballfields. Cost is $100 per team with three games guaranteed. The tournament is open to girls and boys teams in the following divisions: tadpole boys 6 and under; tadpole girls 7 and under; pee wee boys 8 and under; pee wee girls 9 and under; minor league boys 10 and under; elementary girls 11 and under; major league boys 12 and under; and girls 14 and under. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 12...
Fastest Wildcats (05/12/11)
Groundbreaking ceremonies slated for new clinic (05/12/11)
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Access Family Care Clinic in Cassville have been slated for 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20 with 7th District Congressman Billy Long scheduled to attend the event. "It's been a long, tough road to finally get to this stage," said Don McBride, chief executive officer. "But the wait has been well worth it to finally celebrate the start of construction...
Ribbon cutting held at Presto Espresso (05/12/11)
County Calendar (05/12/11)
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. 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...
DOLLY MORSE (05/12/11)
Dolly M. Morse, 80, of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Cox-Monett Hospital, Monett. She was born April 29, 1931, in Ottawa, Okla. In 1952, she was united in marriage to Jim Morse, who survives. Additional survivors include: one son, Tony Morse, of New Mexico; one daughter, Linda Robbins and her husband, Derald, of Mineral Springs; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeannie and Don Clapper, of Monett; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren...
CAROL GERSTER (05/12/11)
Carol Wonett Gerster, 67, of Eagle Rock, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. She was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Carl and Thelma Dutcher. On March 10, 1965, she was united in marriage to Harry S. Gerster, Jr., who survives...
ANNA DELORES BIRKENHOLZ (05/12/11)
Anna Delores Birkenholz, 80, of Golden, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Brighton Ridge in Eureka Springs, Ark. She was born on March 10, 1931, in Maryville, to Otto Bleich and Lavisa (Coleman) Bleich. She graduated from Maryville High School in 1952, she was united in marriage to William James Birkenholz. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1993. She worked for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C., for 26 years. She was a member of the Methodist faith...
ROSETTA KEEN (05/12/11)
Rosetta Keen, 72, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
REX DUNCAN (05/12/11)
Rex Clinton Duncan, 69, of Washburn, passed away Monday, May 2, 2011, in Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Ark. He was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Hooker, Okla., the son of Eston and Mickie (Simpson) Duncan. On June 18, 1965, in Winter Haven, Calif., he was united in marriage to Marlene Anderson, who survives...
We love what's happening in Purdy (05/12/11)
If you haven't visited Purdy lately, it's time you paid the town a visit. Over the past year, a transformation has taken place in the heart of the city's downtown. The revitalization process is still taking shape, but there's enough progress being made to impress anyone who visits an area that was once delapidated and empty of any business...