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Stories from Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Council reviews alternative rate plan (12/07/11)
On Monday night, Alderman Terry Heinz presented the Cassville City Council with a new set of proposed water and sewer rates. The proposal, which was developed by a committee of five Cassville citizens, is similar to Scenario One presented to the council by the Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) on July 25...
Residents enjoy rainy parades (12/07/11)
Local residents braved rainy weather to usher in the holiday season by attending annual Christmas parades in Exeter and Cassville on Dec. 3. Dressed in ponchos and rain boots, parents and youngsters lined downtown streets for this year's festive events...
More parades on tap (12/07/11)
Barry Countians will continue to celebrate the holiday season with more Christmas parades this weekend. Events will be held in Washburn, Seligman and Wheaton throughout the day on Saturday. Washburn Christmas Parade The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce will host its fifth annual Christmas Parade in downtown Washburn at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10...
Football video in contest (12/07/11)
Area community members could have the opportunity to help the Cassville High School football program win a $15,000 prize beginning this Friday. The Wildcats have already earned $2,500 through a national video contest sponsored by State Farm Insurance...
Luck-E-Strike adds new product line (12/07/11)
On Tuesday, Luck-E-Strike rolled out its first shipment of the new line of American Originals lures. The entirely American-made baits are hand painted at the manufacturing facility in Cassville. "We are very excited," said John Hendricks, Luck-E-Strike owner. "These lures are old-fashioned and really fun to produce."...
Burwell House destroyed by fire (12/07/11)
Christmas Show is this weekend (12/07/11)
The third annual Christmas Show will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center this weekend. Performances will be held Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. "There is nothing that gets you in the Christmas spirit like Christmas music," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. ...
Santa to visit with area kids (12/07/11)
Area youngsters are invited to celebrate the holiday season with the man in red at Butterfield's annual Christmas Party with Santa, which will be held at the community center from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. "Everyone is welcome to attend," said Tracy Anders, city clerk. "We are preparing for around 140 kids."...
Local company awarded low-interest loans (12/07/11)
Hutchens Construction Company has been awarded $3 million in low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced the funding award on Nov. 30. "Finding efficiencies in the construction process is something small business owners are constantly looking to do," said Zweifel. ...
Weekend crashes leave several injured (12/07/11)
Several people were injured in crashes that occurred over the weekend. A Cassville man was injured in a single-vehicle wreck that took place on Sunday on Farm Road 2130 about one mile east of Butterfield. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 2:20 a.m. when the driver of a 2003 Hyundai, Jason J. Swift, 29, of Cassville, went off the roadway and overturned...
TSC to open in February of 2012 (12/07/11)
Holiday shipping deadlines approaching (12/07/11)
Christmas is less than three weeks away, which means Barry Countians have only a few more weeks to prepare and ship holiday packages through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Parcel Post Service packages must be postmarked by Thursday, Dec. 15 in order to be delivered before Christmas. First class mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 20 and priority mail should be sent by Wednesday, Dec. 21...
Exeter discusses possible sewer rate increase (12/07/11)
The Exeter City Council discussed a possible sewer rate increase at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 9. Missouri Rural Water Association is currently conducting a sewer rate study for the city, said Myrna Eisenbraun, city clerk. "Unfortunately, the recommendation they make will likely be more than our residents can handle," said Eisenbraun. "We will need to raise our rates some though. Last year, the sewer department lost over $30,000...
Woman with local ties wins state award (12/07/11)
Shanna DeWater, daughter of Larry and Nisha Wise, of Purdy, has been selected to receive the State of Missouri Excellence Award from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). DeWater, a nurse practitioner, operates a primary care clinic in Mt. Vernon for the Veteran's Administration. She is a member of the Advanced Nurses of the Ozarks (APNO) Executive Board. She serves as secretary and scholarship committee chairperson and will serve as president-elect next year...
Choir rehearses with composer (12/07/11)
Christmas Home Tour is planned in Purdy (12/07/11)
A Christmas Home Tour, slated for Sunday, Dec. 11, will benefit the Purdy Backpack program and Angel Tree project. The event is being sponsored by the St. John's Lutheran Church of Stones Prairie in Purdy and will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. The tour will include visits to the church and four area homes, including the Betty Meier home, the Greg and Lynn Schad home, the Greg and Tami Kruse home and the Kelin and Aubry Kruse home. All tour locations will be festively decorated for Christmas...
Southwest gives faculty members one-time stipend (12/07/11)
The Southwest R-5 School Board voted to give all faculty members a one-time stipend at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 17. All full-time certified faculty members will receive a $500 stipend, and full-time non-certified staff members will receive a $250 stipend. Part-time employees will receive a $100 stipend...
Exeter SB updated on anti-bullying initiatives (12/07/11)
The Exeter R-6 School Board received an update on the district's anti-bullying initiatives at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 12. Tim Jordan, school counselor, has implemented the program "Bully Proofing Your School." Character words are used in counseling sessions, and teachers are provided with a handbook regarding character building...
Eat more fruits, veggies by adding them to recipes (12/07/11)
Parents might complain about getting kids to eat their vegetables, but even adults often find getting their recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables a challenge. Lynda Johnson, a registered dietitian and University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist, offers some simple suggestions to get more fruits and veggies into diets:...
Early Christmas gift (12/07/11)
Wildcats fall to Galena in opener (12/07/11)
The Cassville Wildcats struggled offensively before making a final surge and dropped their season opener 65-56 to the Galena Bulldogs on Friday night at home. Throughout the second quarter and most of the third, the game was a downward spiral for Cassville. The Wildcats could not score out of their half court offense, and Galena came up with critical rebounds and loose ball opportunities while stretching the lead to 19 points on several occasions...
CHS girls open up season (12/07/11)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats opened up the 2011-12 season by competing in the Blue Eye Tournament this past week. The Cassville squad fell to Spokane 40-33 in the tournament's first game and then rallied to down Hollister 57-54 in the second round of play. The Lady Wildcats eventually lost to Reeds Spring 30-24 in the tourney's final game...
Wheaton captures Marionville crown (12/07/11)
The Wheaton Bulldogs opened their season 3-0 while winning the championship of the Marionville Tournament. Wheaton mowed down Hollister and Blue Eye to reach the finals, where they defeated Stockton, 74-57, on Saturday night. Wheaton, the top seed in the tournament, took down Hollister, 70-61, in first-round action on Monday, Nov. ...
SW Lady Trojans win TJ Classic (12/07/11)
Southwest dominated Sarcoxie last Tuesday night, jumping to a 28-6 lead in the first quarter and then throttling the Lady Bears with a 20-1 second quarter. Michaela Mitchell led Southwest with 20 points, and Taylor Mettlach added 16. Nicole Ickes and Montana Hendrix also reached double figures with 13 and 10 respectively, as eight Lady Trojans scored in the contest...
Purdy Lady Eagles take fifth place in Aurora tournament (12/07/11)
The Purdy Lady Eagles defeated host Aurora 63-51 in the fifth place tilt of the Aurora Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Eagles and Lady Houn's were deadlocked at 12-12 after the first frame, but Purdy took a 32-27 advantage into halftime. Addy Roller had 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Lady Eagles. ...
Purdy boys open season with a win (12/07/11)
By Jared Lankford The Purdy Eagles basketball team opened the 2011-12 campaign with a solid 77-48 victory over Lutie last Tuesday night in the opening round of the Clever Tournament. "We played really well in our half-court set on offense," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "We ran the floor really well tonight. We need to solidify our half-court defense, but I was pleased with our effort."...
SW to host tournament (12/07/11)
The sixth annual Southwest Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17. The tournament is open to third through eighth grade boys teams and third through sixth grade girls teams. The entry fee per team is $100 with three games guaranteed. To register, contact Jason Horn at 417-322-5444 or r5jhorn@swr5.k12.mo.us...
Southwest boys finish third at Strafford tourney (12/07/11)
By Lee Stubblefield After opening the season with a 46-33 victory over Ash Grove in first round action at the Strafford Tournament on Monday night, the Southwest Trojans split games with Strafford and Springfield Catholic to claim the third place hardware on Saturday...
Shot is good (12/07/11)
Deer harvest (12/07/11)
Hunters check 14,000 deer during antlerless season (12/07/11)
Hunters checked 14,439 deer during Missouri's antlerless deer season Nov. 23 through Dec. 4. This year's antlerless harvest is 789 fewer than last year. Top harvest counties for the 12-day antlerless season were Benton with 394 deer checked, Pike with 390 and Macon with 378...
County Calendar (12/07/11)
SUPPORT GROUP: The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group of Cassville meets at 8 p.m. at 1308 Harold St. in Cassville. For more information, 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...
DR. JAMES D. WARN (12/07/11)
Dr. James D. Warn passed away December 1, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan. Dr. Warn was born October 30, 1916, in Raywood, West Virginia. His parents were William H. Warn and Caroline Warn. He had three brothers and three sisters, all deceased except Sarah Warn Bajo, currently residing in San Diego, California with her many children...
EDRYSS JANNETTE HOLT (12/07/11)
Edryss Jannette (Bixby) Holt, 92, of Purdy, passed away Monday Nov. 28, 2011, at Lacoba Nursing Center in Monett. She was born June 19, 1919, in Lyndon Ill., the daughter of Royal Theron and Clara Belle (Preston) Bixby. She was preceded in death by her brother, Hervey Theron Bixby; husband, Aaron Porter Holt; and daughter, Shirley Rosetta Brantly...
RAYMOND A. GRAHAM (12/07/11)
Raymond A. Graham, Jr., 69, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Fayetteville, Ark., the son of Raymond A. Graham, Sr. and Margie E. (Dixon) Late. On Feb. 17, 1961, at Cave Springs, Ark., he was united in marriage to Linda Patterson...
MARY VIRGINIA MORGAN (12/07/11)
Mary Virginia (Hoover) Morgan, 89, a resident of Seligman, born Nov. 21, 1922, in Monett. She was a daughter of W.P. Hoover, Sr. and Virginia L. (Lugenbell) Hoover. She departed this life Dec. 4, 2011, in Seligman. She attended the Mission Baptist Church in Washburn...
KAREN FOSSE (12/07/11)
Karen Lea Fosse, 61, of Washburn, passed away in her home on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. She was born in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 10, 1950, to Edward Corson and Mary Elizabeth (Strasding) Corson. She graduated from high school in Houston, Texas, and went on to receive her bachelor of science degree at Missouri Southern in Joplin. ...
Let your Christmas spirit shine (12/07/11)
The seasonable temperatures and icy winds that have blown into Barry County have brought with them more than just bitter cold. Each year, when I drag out my heavy coat, scarves and gloves, it reminds me that not only is winter upon us, but so are the holidays. ...
Letter to the Editor (12/07/11)
Dear Editor: "Government cures are not only worse than the disease, but lead to future diseases." -- Friedrich A. Hayek, Nobel Prize-winning economist I was pleased to attend the Ozarks Property Rights Association, Barry County Chapter, monthly meeting on Nov. ...