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Stories from Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Deputies capture AMW fugitive (11/16/11)
An anonymous tip on Sunday led Barry County Sheriff's deputies to a remote area near Mineral Springs to capture of one of America's Most Wanted felons, who has been on the run for over a decade. According to Sheriff Mick Epperly, James Willis Brown, a featured felon on the real-life crime show "America's Most Wanted," was located at a residence on Farm Road 1150 on Southern Acres Drive near Mineral Springs...
Cassville High School honors area veterans (11/16/11)
School nurse receives special honor during annual assembly
Lab will improve access to technology (11/16/11)
Cassville High School's new communication arts lab will help place more computers in the hands of students, but administrators have bigger plans to improve student access to technology. "We struggle with having enough lab space for all the departments to make use of computers," said Chris Redmon, high school principal. "The one-to-one initiative is a goal of many school districts now...
County officials regroup after election (11/16/11)
A one-eighth of a cent sales tax designed to support county-wide 911 will come before voters again in the near future, but a 3/16th of a cent sales tax for county law enforcement will not be placed back on the ballot. Both issues were defeated by voters last Tuesday...
911 tax to be decided on Feb. 7 (11/16/11)
On Tuesday, the Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board voted to place a one-eighth of a cent sales tax back on the ballot on Feb. 7, 2012. Fire chiefs from the Central Crossing, Exeter, Cassville, Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano, Wheaton, Butterfield and North Stone-Northeast Barry County fire districts attended the special meeting to pledge continued support for the sales tax, which has been estimated to generate around $425,000 for the Barry County E-911 Operations Center...
Purdy High School earns national honor (11/16/11)
Purdy High School recently received National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned this level of distinction during the 2010-2011 school year. Purdy High School hosted the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive last year. The effort collected 1,889 pounds of food to help local families in need...
Auctioneer sets fundraising record (11/16/11)
Stumpff's Realty and Auction Service, Inc., in Cassville, which is owned by Donnie and Teresa Stumpff, was chosen as the featured auctioneer for Ozarks Public Television's (OPT) children's television fundraiser, which was held at Touch restaurant in Springfield on Nov. ...
Soroptimist accepts applications for awards (11/16/11)
Soroptimist International of Barry County is now accepting applications for the Women's Opportunity Award and the Violet Richardson Award. The Women's Opportunity Award will recognize a women who serves as the primary wage earner for her family and is seeking financial assistance to complete post-secondary education. The $300 cash grant is available to offset the costs of tuition, books and other education-related expenses...
Insurance premiums consume SSI increase (11/16/11)
For the first time since 2009, area senior citizens will receive an increase in their benefits, but higher Medicare premiums may eat up a big chunk of it. Area seniors will receive a 3.6 percent raise in benefits, with Medicare Part B expected to take as much as one-fourth of the increase in raised premiums...
Santa Claus is coming to Butterfield (11/16/11)
Get ready! Santa Claus is coming to the City of Butterfield this holiday season. Butterfield Mayor Tony Cope said the city will once again host its annual Christmas Party with Santa from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. The celebration will include activities, snacks, hot chocolate and gifts for all the children, and Santa Claus arriving on a big, red fire truck. ...
Monett woman injured in crash (11/16/11)
By Melonie Roberts A Monett woman received minor injuries in a head-on collision that occurred Sunday on County Road 1060 one mile west of Monett. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at 9:40 a.m. when the driver of a 2010 Honda, Marilyn Bell, 57, of Monett, crossed the center line and struck a 1999 Honda, driven by Daniel J. McVay, 17, of Monett, head on...
CHS Veterans Day essays (11/16/11)
By Jennifer Allison M. Grundler once said, "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." Many times we take our liberty and freedom for granted, never stopping to appreciate everything our veterans have done for us. ...
Final performance of Fall Madrigal (11/16/11)
Museum releases newest "Lifetimes of Memories" (11/16/11)
The Barry County Museum will host a book signing for the 16th volume of "Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County" from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. The newest volume of "Lifetimes of Memories" features Gretchen (Boyd) Cameron, OV Dodson, Charles and Nancy (Joslin) England and Beulah (Potter) Morlan...
Event to raise funds for care packages (11/16/11)
Caring For Our Troops will hold a benefit at Big Mike's in Cassville on Saturday, Nov. 19. Big Mike's is partnering with the military mailing group by providing a venue and live musical entertainment for the fundraising event. Families are invited to visit the business, which is located on Highway 112 in Cassville, from 2 to 6 p.m. During this time, the event will offer music, food, a silent auction, drawings, children's entertainment and other activities...
American Education Week celebrated (11/16/11)
Butterfield to break ground on second well (11/16/11)
The City of Butterfield is ready to break ground on its second well, possibly as early as Thanksgiving week. In recent council action, aldermen voted to turn down the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan in the amount of $378,000 and a grant for $572,000 for the city's water improvement project. Aldermen were advised that no monies for the project would be available in 2012, that the interest rate on the project had escalated and the total loan amount had been lowered...
Annual Season of Hope Food Drive underway (11/16/11)
The third annual Season of Hope food drive, sponsored by Senator Jack Goodman, 29th District, is now underway, with several locations in Barry County accepting donations for the annual event. The Season of Hope drive is designed to assist families in need by providing all of the groceries needed for a traditional Christmas dinner...
Stringer celebrates 90th birthday with family (11/16/11)
Ellis family reunion held (11/16/11)
County DD Board awards over $300,000 in funding (11/16/11)
The Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled approved over $300,000 in grant requests at its quarterly meeting on Nov. 14. Patty Reed, of ARC of the Ozarks, presented the board with several grant requests. The board approved five of the funding requests and tabled the sixth grant application...
Rogersville wins battle of the Wildcats (11/16/11)
Cassville ends season 12-1
Wildcat soccer players earn All-District honors (11/16/11)
The Cassville Wildcat soccer team placed seven players on the Class 2, District 10 All-District team after winning the 2011 district championship. Goalkeeper Indy Cole, midfielder Austin Deffenbaugh, defender Klayten Holt and forward David Verde earned spots on the All-District first team...
Roller signs with Wayne State (11/16/11)
Purdy senior Addy Roller, signed a national letter of intent Friday to play basketball at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. "It's a dream come true," said Roller. "I knew I always wanted to continue playing basketball. It's my passion, and Wayne State gives me that opportunity."...
Hall to play college basketball (11/16/11)
Purdy's Cody Hall signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout on Tuesday. "It's a dream come true," said Hall. "I really enjoyed visiting the campus. The players and the coaching staff were awesome. I think it will be a good fit for me."...
First annual Turkey Trot planned in Monett (11/16/11)
Monett's first annual Crosslines Turkey Trot, sponsored by Monett First United Methodist Church, will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. "The Community Kitchen and the First United Methodist Church wants to give back to the community," said Charlene Dart, associate pastor of the church. "By sponsoring the Turkey Trot, we are able to do that with all of the proceeds going to Crosslines...
County Calendar (11/16/11)
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...
WANDA DARLENE JOHNSON (11/16/11)
Wanda Darlene Johnson, 58, of Wheaton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in her home. She was born Oct. 5, 1953, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Walter Robert and Darlene (Linder) Wagner, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Ron Young and Robert Young, and one sister, Luella Kemphor...
BERNIECE MEDLIN (11/16/11)
Berniece Medlin, 99, of Monett, passed away on Nov. 10, 2011. She was born in Monett on March 29, 1912, the daughter of Delmar W. and Mable (Combe) Medlin. She lived her entire life in the Monett area. She was a graduate of Purdy High School and Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield. ...
CHARLES JUNIOR MORRIS (11/16/11)
Charles Junior Morris, 64, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in his home. He was born Oct. 9, 1947, in Aurora, the son of Charlie and Fern (Stienert) Morris, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Jimmy Morris and Jerry Morris, and one sister, Maxie Graham...
BESSIE PURLER (11/16/11)
Bessie Purler, 68, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in her home. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
WILLIAM DONALS WILLARD (11/16/11)
William Donald Willard, 78, of Golden, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
GARY WAYNE KIRK (11/16/11)
Gary Wayne Kirk, 65, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in his home. He was born Dec.10, 1945, in Midway, Ind., the son of Samuel William and Elsie (VanWinkle) Kirk, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 8, 1969, he was united in marriage to Betty Byers and to this union two children were born...
Rights come with responsibility (11/16/11)
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, most of us begin thinking about the blessings in our lives and those things that we are most thankful for. Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending Cassville High School's annual Veterans Day assembly, which gives students the opportunity to show local veterans their appreciation. ...
CHS student offers opinion on increase (11/16/11)
Dear Editor: I am a Cassville High School student and I would like to address my opinion about the water increase issue, as I have been to most of the meetings and understand what is going on. I agree that the rate increases should be done over a period of time and so did the Mayor herself as she stated so at the meetings along with the Council Members...
More information on rate increase (11/16/11)
Dear Editor: This letter is in response to questions raised by one of the local newspaper editors in the Nov. 9 newspaper. The request was for additional facts regarding the proposed rate increase. These are the facts: Engineers were hired to evaluate our water and sewer system. ...
Taxes should not subsidize utilities (11/16/11)
Dear Editor: We live outside the city of Cassville, in the county, as do many who form the customer base for Cassville businesses. We too have a stake in the water rate controversy. It is something of a shock to learn that when we have come into Cassville and spent our money, the taxes we have paid have been used to pay for other people's water. ...
The United States is not a democracy (11/16/11)
Dear Editor: In the Commentary Nov. 9, the mayor and two councilmen were critized for not doing the will of the people and voting to further the mayor's agenda. The commentary also said the city should function as a democracy. The United States is NOT a Democracy and never has been. ...
Thanks for the help and support (11/16/11)
Dear Editor: I just wanted to give a quick thank you to Mindi at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cassville for allowing the zombies to stomp the street to "Thriller" in front of the courthouse during Trick-or-Treat Around the Square...
City council should have listened (11/16/11)
Dear Editor: I can hardly find the words to express how disappointed I am in the elected officials of Cassville, the mayor and aldermen. They had the opportunity Monday night with the water and sewer issue to both raise rates and make points with the citizens of our community. If they had only listened to the citizens and raised the rates a little at a time, slowly over a period of time, more people would probably have accepted the increase. Instead, they chose to raise the rates all at once...