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Stories from Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Large crowd turns out for tax forum (08/24/11)
A standing-room only crowd filled the Barry County Courthouse's downstairs courtroom last Thursday night to listen to county officeholders detail the need for an additional sales tax for law enforcement and public safety. Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox and Sheriff Mick Epperly both made presentations, detailing an increase in caseloads, a decrease in staffing and a rise in expenses that left both offices short of the resources necessary to provide for the public safety needs of Barry County citizens.. ...
Brothers plead guilty to child porn charges (08/24/11)
A pair of brothers from Exeter have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of child pornography and child exploitation. Nicholas Bee, 23, pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between Oct. 1, 2008, and Oct. 7, 2010. Stephen Bee, 34, pleaded guilty to exploiting a child victim to produce child pornography on Sept. 5, 2010...
Enrollment numbers increase slightly (08/24/11)
According to enrollment figures provided by district officials, a total of 6,610 students have enrolled to attend classes in Barry County this fall. The 2011-12 school year marks less than a 1 percent increase in student attendance over last year when the county's seven school districts welcomed 6,583 students to class...
Rotary to host ninth demo derby (08/24/11)
The Cassville Rotary Club will host its ninth annual demolition derby at the Bill Hailey Rodeo Arena in Cassville at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. "This is always an exciting event," said Herb Primrose, Cassville Rotary Club member. "There will be lots of noise and lots of crashes. People really like motorsports now, and this is one of the wildest motorsport events held."...
Roaring River State Park event attracts nearly 1,000 kids (08/24/11)
Despite the heat, the annual fall Kids Fishing Day, held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Roaring River State Park, was an overwhelming success, with nearly 1,000 children and youth in attendance. Paul Spurgeon, Roaring River Hatchery manager, said a total of 988 tags were issued for this year's event with 21young anglers catching their first fish. A total of 858 kids participated in last fall's event...
Cassville High School alumna opens new childcare center near school (08/24/11)
A place to wiggle, giggle, learn, grow and have fun
Tax sale (08/24/11)
Methodist Saints take trivia championship (08/24/11)
Cassville Chamber to offer new monthly networking event (08/24/11)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will begin a new networking event next week. The inaugural First Friday Coffee will be held at Sonic in Cassville from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. "The Cassville Chamber of Commerce believes that the more people a business knows in the community the more successful that business will be," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. ...
E-911 tax projected to generate $425,000 a year (08/24/11)
By voting to place a one-eighth of a cent sales tax issue on the November ballot, the Barry County E-911 Board is looking to increase its revenue and keep the emergency center operational. Last year, the E-911 Board's existing one-quarter of a cent sales tax generated $885,544 in sales tax revenue, which was considerably less than what the tax was generating prior to the recession, said Board President Jon Horner...
Cassville Infrastructure Task Force meets to discuss utility rates (08/24/11)
Around two dozen Cassville community members attended an infrastructure task force meeting held at Cassville City Hall on Monday. During the session, Eugene Dilbeck, city administrator, presented a chart that offered more detailed information on the Missouri Rural Water Association's (MRWA) proposed water and sewer rate increases...
Area men injured in motorcycle crashes (08/24/11)
A motorcycle crash on Sunday afternoon left two Barry County men seriously injured. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jason Marchetti, 26, of Eagle Rock, and Donald Patton, 49, of Golden, were taken to St. John's Hospital in Berryville, Ark., with serious injuries after the 2005 Harley-Davidson Patton was driving ran off the roadway and struck a fence and tree. Marchetti was riding with Patton on the motorcycle...
Monett man sentenced to 10 years in prison (08/24/11)
A former Monett man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison on an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the 2007 death of a Pierce City man. Michael Huggins, 26, formerly of Monett, entered the guilty plea on June 20 for the death of Joshua Woods Utter, 21, of Pierce City. Utter was killed Sept. 25, 2007. Huggins had previously been tried twice for second degree murder with both trials ending in mistrials...
Habitat hosts banquet (08/24/11)
Parks Alliance to host annual picnic (08/24/11)
The Roaring River Parks Alliance (RRPA) will host its annual picnic on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center Pavilion. The public is invited to attend. Hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings will be served to those in attendance...
Project will honor military veterans (08/24/11)
The Wheaton Historical Society and the Wheaton Depot Museum have announced a new project honoring military veterans from all conflicts throughout history. A special area on the concourse between the Wheaton Depot Museum and the caboose has been designated to hold memorial bricks honoring military veterans from the area...
Adult ag classes offered at CHS (08/24/11)
Area residents will have the opportunity to go back to school with the start of adult ag classes this fall at Cassville High School. According to Kelin Kruse, CHS ag instructor, adult classes will be offered to those interested in the topics being presented...
Wheaton FFA members attend leadership conference (08/24/11)
R-3 SB accepts resignations, hires new staff members (08/24/11)
The Wheaton R-3 School Board accepted two resignations and approved the employment of a pair of staff members at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 21. The board accepted the resignations of Carolyn Pumpkin, kindergarten teacher, and Melissa Robertson, sixth grade teacher, and hired Curt White, as an elementary school teacher, and Jon Brattin, as a custodian and bus driver...
SK offers back-to-school information (08/24/11)
The Shell Knob School District will begin classes at 7:50 a.m. this year. School will be in session until 3:15 p.m. each day. The district will continue its late start Mondays, which allow time for faculty training, professional development and meetings. On late start days, classes will begin at 9:30 a.m., and buses will offer late pick-up times...
Harper attends academy (08/24/11)
Co-worker of the month (08/24/11)
It's all about team for CHS squad (08/24/11)
The Lady Wildcat softball team started the 2011 season strong with an 11-1 victory over visiting Wheaton on Monday. Ben Abramovitz's squad features six full-time returning starters from last year's team. Helping to lead the team with their varsity experience will be: senior third baseman Cari Vollenweider; senior shortstop Kennadi Howard; senior first baseman and pitcher Jaime Everett; junior pitcher Emily Speakman; sophomore left fielder Katelyn Pitts; and senior catcher Kelsey Vollenweider. ...
Wildcats erratic in football jamboree (08/24/11)
"We've got a lot of work to do," Cassville's David Large told his circle of players at the end of their jamboree at Springfield on Friday night. "We're not a very good football team right now." Large pointed out several areas where the Wildcats struggled during controlled scrimmage against squads from Neosho, Springfield Parkview, and Willard at JFK Stadium. Penalties, missed blocks, tentative running and dropped passes were on Large's list...
Lady Trojans spikers are set for success (08/24/11)
The Southwest Lady Trojans open the volleyball season next week with three games in four days, including two Ozark 7 Conference matches. After facing Gentry (Ark.) on the road Monday, Southwest plays host to Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday and Exeter on Thursday. The Gentry non-conference game will be best-of-five sets at the varsity level...
Wheaton opens fall 2011 baseball season (08/24/11)
After winning a district championship last spring, the Wheaton baseball team is hoping to use that momentum to start strong this fall. This year's version of the baseball Bulldogs returns three key players who earned post-season honors for their performances last spring...
Exciting year ahead for CHS spikers (08/24/11)
The Cassville Lady Wildcat volleyball squad will be returning three players with experience this fall, and Coach Jerry Schneider will be looking to a promising group of top prospects to make an impact. "Competition has been good in competing for playing time," said Schneider. "We continue to work hard and compete each and every day in practice. No one player has stood out from the rest on a consistent basis. We need all to play well in their assigned duties to be successful."...
Changes made in football seating (08/24/11)
Due to the recent track renovations, the Cassville R-4 School District is asking that all fans help preserve the track by keeping their folding chairs on the grassy area. In order to maintain the enthusiastic atmosphere, there will be designated areas closer to the field where spectators can seat. Game personnel will be there to help assist with any questions on game night...
Sign-ups continue for YMCA programs (08/24/11)
The Cassville YMCA is currently accepting registrations for its fall youth soccer, flag football and tumbling and cheer programs. Soccer and flag football Practices for the soccer and flag football leagues will be held at the Cassville Aquatic Park and begin during the week of Sept. 5...
County Calendar (08/24/11)
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...
WILLIAM FOUT (08/24/11)
William Thomas Fout, 64 of Shell Knob, passed away at his home on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. He was born on April 20, 1947, the son of William Henry and Minerva (Nigh) Fout in Toledo, Ohio. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may to made to the Haven of the Ozarks or St. John's Hospice and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory...
MAI HANG (08/24/11)
Mai Hang, 85, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in her home. She was born in Laos, on Sept. 3, 1925, the daughter of Xai Vue Lo and Nao Moua. Mai was united in marriage to Pa Blia Hang and to this union five children were born. Survivors include: one son, Charlie Hang and his wife, May, of Cassville; two daughters, Zoua H. ...
CHANDRA STEPHENS (08/24/11)
Survivors include: her fiancÚ, Roy Durossette, of Cassville; two daughters, Samarah Rose Stephens and Chandra Lillith Renne Stephens, both of the home; her mother and stepfather, Rosemary Campbell and her husband, Steve; three brothers Anthony and Rusty Campbell, both of the home, and John Ferguson, of Granby; one sister, Holly Campbell, of Nashville, Ark.; and grandparents, Linda and Roger Hamilton, of Shell Knob...
JOHN "MARK" PARKHURST (08/24/11)
John "Mark" Parkhurst, 60, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Cassville Health and Rehab. He was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Cassville, the son of the late John Sullivan Parkhurst and Mary Louise "Penny" (Pendleton) Adams. He spent his entire life in Cassville. ...
JAMES HANSEN (08/24/11)
James Arthur Hansen, 78, of Aurora, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Preceding him in death were his parents and an adopted son, Richard Hansen. He grew up in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Cook County High School in Southside Chicago. He was a traveling salesman of leather goods and western wear and owner/operator for the Workshop/Packwood Furniture in Aurora and Cassville...
LETHA HILTON RUDDICK (08/24/11)
Letha O. Hilton Ruddick, 82, of Springfield, died at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center. Letha was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Duquesne, Mo., the daughter of Clyde and Effie Roller Ruddick. She married Ferdinand "Ferd" Hilton in Las Vegas in 1978. He preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 2007...
RAYMOND COFFMAN (08/24/11)
Raymond Lee Coffman, 82, of Humansville, formerly of Cassville, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in Big Spring Care Center at Humansville. He was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Wright County, the son of James Clinton and Cleonice M. (Godfrey) Coffman, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were six brothers and six sisters...
Reunions (08/24/11)
Allen-Parrett reunion scheduled The 33rd annual Allen-Parrett reunion will be held at the Cassville Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. A potluck dinner will be served at noon. Attendees should bring a covered dish and service for their family. All friends and family are welcome to attend...
Rate discussion necessary (08/24/11)
The time is now if you, as a citizen of Cassville, want input on the future of your water and sewer rates. The city has introduced three different rate scenarios that would increase water and sewer rates at varying levels depending on water usage and what direction the city decides to take. A chart detailing these proposed rates appears on page 10 of today's Cassville Democrat...