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Stories from Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mother Nature leaves Joplin devastated (05/25/11)
People across the Ozarks woke up Monday morning to what is becoming a familiar sight across the midwest -- the massive devastation of their homes, businesses and communities. Sunday evening brought severe thunderstorms and killing tornadoes to southwest Missouri, taking out St. John's Hospital in Joplin in a matter of minutes with a direct hit...
Tornado relief effort underway (05/25/11)
The citizens of Cassville and Barry County are encouraged to lend assistance to those in Joplin who are beginning to rebuild after a devastating tornado. In partnership with the City of Seligman, the OACAC Barry County Neighborhood Center will be collecting new items that will be donated to the Salvation Army in Joplin. OACAC is located at 700 E. Highway 248 in Cassville...
Over 140 students graduate from CHS (05/25/11)
Over 140 Cassville High School seniors participated in commencement ceremonies held in the CHS gymnasium on May 22. Students shed tears of sadness and joy during the emotional event. "It's been a long journey, but we've made it at last and there's still so much more to accomplish," CHS valedictorian Blake Baugher said during her commencement address...
Purdy approves EEZ resolution (05/25/11)
In a special meeting of the Purdy City Council last week, aldermen approved a resolution to authorize the Barry County Assessor to abate a portion of taxes to qualifying businesses in the Barry County Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ). Barry County Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren and Cassville City Administrator Eugene Dilbeck were present at the meeting to answer aldermen's questions as to the benefits the resolution would provide for the city...
Access Family Care celebrates start of $1.6 million construction project (05/25/11)
On May 20, Access Family Care Clinic held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on north Business 37 where its new 9,000-square-foot Cassville facility will be constructed this year. Excavation work began for the project in April. "Thank you for the awesome turnout in spite of the stormy weather," said Don McBride, chief executive officer. "The day may be damp, but our spirits are not dampened. We are so excited to finally get to a place where we can build this facility."...
Absentee voting (05/25/11)
Absentee voting for the June 7 special election will continue through Monday, June 6. Voters will decide a tax levy increase for the Central Crossing Fire Protection District. Absentee voting hours will be offered at the Barry County Clerk's office in Cassville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voters must present one form of identification, such as a driver's license or a voter registration card...
Cassville Aquatic Center to open Saturday (05/25/11)
The Cassville Aquatic Center will open this Saturday. Open swim hours will be offered from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Admission prices will remain the same this year. A daily pass for swimmers over the age of 2 will be $4. Cassville Family YMCA members will have free access to the Aquatic Center throughout the summer...
MDC conducts bass study on Table Rock Lake (05/25/11)
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has partnered with the University of Missouri to conduct a largemouth bass study on Table Rock Lake. Anglers who reel in tagged fish are asked to contact MDC. "This study will help determine where the fish are," said Mike Allen, MDC fisheries biologist. "During the study, we hope to locate the fish once a month, but if an angler catches a fish, we would like to know about it...
Auxiliary works to raise funds for hospital equipment (05/25/11)
The St. John's Hospital-Cassville Auxiliary is working to raise funds to purchase a replacement treadmill for the Jack Byrd Wellness Center. In addition to luncheons and bake sales, the auxiliary collects funds through the hospital gift shop, located in the facility's lobby...
SADD tourney rescheduled (05/25/11)
The Cassville High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) fundraiser softball tournament, which was rained out last weekend, has been rescheduled to be held at the CHS ballfield at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27. The event will be hosted by SADD and area law enforcement officers...
Fire and Thunder T-shirts to go on sale (05/25/11)
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will begin selling 2011 Fire and Thunder Fireworks T-shirts on Friday, May 27. This year's T-shirts feature a quick response code, a barcode readable by camera phones that allows mobile users to access the chamber's website at shellknob.com...
Butterfield adds to pending projects list (05/25/11)
The Butterfield City Council added six projects to the pending projects list at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 14. The following projects were added: fix meter shut-off valves in three locations; finish clean-up required by city at 10309 E. Fifth St.; move pipe rack at well house; repair trim and paint garage door at city storage building; kill water service connection to water main at abandoned property on Front Street and Business 37; and flush dead-end manholes...
Exeter rehires six staff members (05/25/11)
The Exeter City Council rehired six city staff members at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 12. The following staff members were rehired: Myrna Eisenbraun, city clerk; Stacie Reed, city treasurer and court clerk; Marty Robbins, public works; Paul Duncan, wastewater treatment plant operator; Willie Stephens, police chief; and Darrell Reynolds, public works...
Libraries to kick off summer reading program (05/25/11)
The Barry-Lawrence Library District will kick off its 2011 summer reading program with story telling by Joy Nack and the Knick Knack puppets. Nack's puppet show features folk tales from Mexico, China and India. Kick-off performances are scheduled to be held at local library branches on Thursday, June 2. ...
SK fireworks T-shirt quilt to be awarded (05/25/11)
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and the Central Crossing Fire Protection District are selling tickets for a drawing that will provide one lucky winner with a one-of-a-kind Shell Knob Fireworks T-shirt quilt. The quilt, which features T-shirts from 1993 to 2010, was assembled by Marilyn McSpadden...
SW R-5 tables health insurance decision (05/25/11)
The Southwest R-5 School Board tabled discussion on faculty and staff health insurance at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 14. Health insurance policy information from Mercy arrived after board packets were mailed to board members. For this reason, Superintendent Bob Walker decided to postpone discussion on the issue until a future meeting...
Wheaton Bulldogs second at state track (05/25/11)
Bubba Galvan wins four individual golds
Cassville track stars are headed to state (05/25/11)
Cassville track squads struggled to qualify athletes to state from the Class 3 sectional at Marshfield on Saturday. The Cassville boys scored 26 points for 10th place in the team standings, while the Cassville girls finished in 20th with 14 points. Cassville boys...
Purdy claims district baseball title (05/25/11)
The Purdy Eagles won the Missouri Class 2, District 12 baseball championship last Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory over Diamond. "It was our best game defensively all season," said Purdy Coach Joshua Hughes. "The boys really stepped up for this contest and played great team ball. I was very happy with their effort and enthusiasm."...
White, Roller compete at state golf tourneys (05/25/11)
Cassville's Evan White finished 52nd in the state golf tournament in Bolivar at Silo Ridge Country Club last week. A total of 90 of the state's top golfers competed in the Class 3 state tournament over two days. White shot 90 on the first day and then tallied 80 on the second day...
Bulldogs are district baseball champs (05/25/11)
The Wheaton Bulldogs downed Exeter 3-2 to earn the Class 1 District 6 baseball championship on Thursday, May 19. The victory at Joplin's Joe Becker Stadium marked the first time since 1985 that Wheaton had won a district baseball title. The Bulldogs had to come from behind in this championship game. ...
"Bat Out Cancer" tourney planned (05/25/11)
Tyson Foods is hosting the inaugural "Bat Out Cancer" youth baseball and softball tournament at Monett's North Park complex on Saturday, June 25. All proceeds from the event will benefit Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Teams will be competing in the following boys and girls divisions: 8-and under coach's pitch softball; 8-and-under machine baseball; 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under, 16-and-under and 18-and-under fastpitch softball; 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 16-and-under baseball; and adult men's and co-ed slow pitch.. ...
Physicals to be offered at CMS (05/25/11)
St. John's is offering $5 physicals to Cassville students who are currently in sixth through 11th grades on Thursday, May 26. The physicals will be offered in the Cassville Middle School gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Physical forms are available in the high school and middle school offices...
County Calendar (05/25/11)
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...
STELLA "COLLEEN" ALCOZAR (05/25/11)
Stella "Colleen" Alcozar, 79, of Shell Knob, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011, at her home. She was born in Grant Township, Cowley County, Kan., on Dec. 30, 1931, the daughter of Frank and Hazel (Palmer) Phillips. On Jan. 29, 1972, she was united in marriage to David Martinez Alcozar, who survives...
COLTON ALLAN HAYWORTH (05/25/11)
Colton Allan Hayworth, 20, of Washburn, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, in his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1990, in Rogers, Ark., the son of Leonard Ray Hayworth and Sandy Jean Traver, who survivor. Additional survivors include: one brother, Jeremy Hayworth and his wife, Ashley, of Washburn; his maternal grandmother, Marilyn Traver, of Elkhorn, Wis.; and paternal grandparents, Connie and Charles Dorey, of Seligman, and Leonard Hayworth, of Cassville...
SHERRI LYNNE NOLAN (05/25/11)
Sherri Lynne Nolan, 31, of Monett, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, in her home. No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
JAMES L. ELDER (05/25/11)
James L. Elder, 80, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in his home. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will appear in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
LEE VANG (05/25/11)
Lee Vang, 21, of Fairview, passed away in North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, Minn., on Monday, May 16, 2011. He was born on Dec. 5, 1989, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Chong Cha Vang and Chao Lee. Survivors include: his father, Chong Cha Vang; his mother, Chao Lee; three brothers, Cheng Xeng Vang, Xang Vang and Kou Vang Yang; six sisters, Mai Lor Vang, Ka Vang, Kia Vang Thao, Sheng Vang, Yer Vang and Mai Kao Vang; and his grandmother, Shoua Yeng Vang...
DALE SHELLENBERGER (05/25/11)
Dale B. Shellenberger, 87, of Purdy, formerly of Emporia, Kan., passed away on May 23, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born on July 21, 1923, in Bushong, Kan., son of John W. and Isla (McKinsey) Shellenberger During his school age years, he attended Agnes City Grade School and Bushong High School. ...
Top students from CHS speak (05/25/11)
"Adapt. Improvise. Overcome." - Gunny Highway. Okay, that was a joke. (To anyone who was a part of Coach Eagleburger's eighth grade social studies class, you would understand why that is the best quote I could come up with.) And now that I've begun this speech in the most cliché manner possible, I will begin telling some clever anecdotes that eventually tie into a moral that you will remember for about five minutes after you leave...