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Stories from Wednesday, January 11, 2012

BC Sheriff on the hunt for car thieves (01/11/12)
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly and several deputies are on the hunt for at least two young men who went on a car theft binge last week. Epperly said his department received a call Wednesday about a vehicle that had been stolen from the Pierce City area that was being used to run through fences in the McDowell area...
Cassville lad is first baby of 2012 (01/11/12)
Just a few hours after ringing in the new year, the first baby of 2012 arrived. Little Jace Parker Horn was born at 4:25 a.m. at Cox Monett Hospital on New Year's Day four weeks ahead of his due date to the surprise and delight of his parents, Jason and Elizabeth Horn, of Cassville...
Elections attract more candidates (01/11/12)
With only one week left to file for the upcoming elections, area municipalities and school boards have attracted 10 new candidates. Nearly two dozen incumbents have also announced candidacy for the upcoming election. This year's school board elections have attracted five new names. Incumbents at five of the six local school districts have also filed for re-election...
ARC grant request tabled second time (01/11/12)
The Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled continued discussion on an $80,000 grant request from ARC of the Ozarks during its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on Jan. 9. The grant funding request, which would be used to cover a shortfall in funding from the Missouri Department of Mental Health Regional Center in Joplin, was originally presented to the board in November of 2011...
R-4 School Board revises drug testing procedures (01/11/12)
The Cassville R-4 School Board approved revisions to the district's drug testing procedures at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 15, 2011. In November of 2011, Chris Redmon, high school principal, presented the board with a proposal to increase the testing panel and number of tests conducted by the district each year...
Enjoying the sunshine (01/11/12)
Budget juggle saves two task force slots (01/11/12)
Two Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officers whose jobs were in jeopardy due to federal funding cuts can breathe a bit easier today. Funding for the two positions, made possible through the Missouri Sheriff Methamphetamine Relief Task Force, ended Dec. 31, 2011...
TV show to feature Joplin builds (01/11/12)
The final episode of ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" will be broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. The special two-hour series finale will feature the construction of several homes that were given to Joplin residents impacted by the tornado that devastated the city in May of 2011...
Another tight budget year for Barry County (01/11/12)
Barry County officials are looking at another bare bones budget in 2012 as they consider just under $3.5 million in spending requests submitted by county officeholders. The 2012 requests total $3,490,143 and are $91,709 less than the total budget of $3,581,852 approved in 2011 and $20,463 less than the county actually spent last year. Additional cuts or changes to the county's spending plan could be made before the Barry County Commission finalizes the budget for the new year...
Over 150 take part in fair (01/11/12)
Tractor Supply Company to hire 10 to 12 employees
SK woman injured in crash (01/11/12)
A Shell Knob woman was injured Saturday in a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 39 about nine miles north of Shell Knob. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 10:15 a.m. when the driver of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, Constance N, Figgins, 62, of Shell Knob, crossed the center line and sideswiped a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Essenia E, Bonilla, 30, of Shell Knob...
New conservation agent assigned to Barry County (01/11/12)
Hunters and fishermen in Barry County are likely to see a new face roaming the woods since Daniel Shores has been appointed as one of two new agents for the area. Shores grew up in Norwood, located in Wright County. After graduating high school, he entered the United States Army, where he served as an infantryman for four years...
Cookie time again (01/11/12)
Last Thursday, Girl Scouts across the area began their annual door-to-door cookie sales. Girl Scouts will celebrate its centennial anniversary this year. "As we enter our 100th year of Girl Scouting in 2012, the Girl Scout cookie program reminds us of the great potential of girls," said Anne Soots, Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland interim chief executive officer. ...
Morning coffee break (01/11/12)
Free tax assistance to be offered (01/11/12)
The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SWMOA) in partnership with the IRS will offer free tax assistance at area senior centers beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Tax Counseling for Elderly (TCE) Program provides free help to people age 60 and older across 17 counties in southwest Missouri...
Food pantries still in need (01/11/12)
The holidays are over but area food pantries are needing donations to replenish dwindling supplies. Janet Mills, food pantry coordinator at the Cassville Community Food Pantry at Cassville's United Methodist Church, said the holidays are hard on families in need...
Skipping breakfast can lead to eating more (01/11/12)
Hitting the snooze button three times is more appealing than having a bowl of cereal for many skip-breakfast sinners. While 93 percent of Americans know that breakfast is important, only 44 percent regularly eat something before walking out the door in the morning, according to a 2009 survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation...
Purdy Recycling starts new step in program (01/11/12)
The Purdy Recycling program entered a new phase this week when it shifted to daytime collections. The recycling facility next to the city park is now open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. A new coordinator has also been hired, the first job created by the program. Dahlia Bradley, who has volunteered in the recycling effort since its early days six years ago, will succeed Gerry Wass, the faculty supervisor for the Purdy High School Spanish Club, which runs the program...
Purdy Eagles win Miller tournament (01/11/12)
The Purdy Eagles won the Miller Invitational Tournament Saturday with a 46-41 victory over Spokane. "This is an exciting time for our program to be able to win the Miller Tournament," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "It was a hard-fought game against a well-coached and disciplined Spokane team. We thought the scoring would have to be in the 60's for us to have the advantage. It was very encouraging to find a way to win in a low-scoring, defensive struggle."...
More honors (01/11/12)
Lady Wildcats fall to Blue Eye, 46-32 (01/11/12)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats dropped a non-conference game to Blue Eye on Thursday, losing 46-32 in front of a large home crowd. It was a disappointing outcome, coming on the heels of a stirring 50-36 come-from-behind victory over Hollister just two days earlier...
Southwest girls top Exeter, 49-25 (01/11/12)
The Southwest Lady Trojans went on the road Friday night, winning an Ozark 7 Conference game at Exeter, 49-25. Just a scant three weeks earlier, these two teams met in the opening round of the Walnut Grove Tournament and Southwest squeaked out a 43-41 win...
Basketball teams return to hardwood (01/11/12)
After a long Christmas break and some interesting tournament games, area high schools saw their basketball teams return to regular season action last week. In an Ozark 7 Conference border war, the Southwest Trojans doubled up Exeter, 82-41 on Friday night. Southwest blew this game wide open early, leading 60-21 at halftime...
Senior leader (01/11/12)
Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville senior Kennadi Howard surveys the court during action last week. The Lady Wildcats suffered a disappointing 46-32 loss to Blue Eye. Howard put up 11 points during the game.
Pierce City girls top Purdy Lady Eagles (01/11/12)
The Pierce City Lady Eagles topped Purdy 63-56 in Friday night varsity basketball action. "Our defense played amazing tonight," said Pierce City coach Tiffany Dirks. "We were able to control the pace of the game. This is the best the girls have played all season. I think we are coming together at the right time."...
Bowl victory (01/11/12)
SWMS volleyball practice to begin (01/11/12)
Southwest Middle School volleyball practice begins Jan. 23. Practices will be held at the Southwest Middle School gym at 3:20 p.m. each afternoon. The team is open to all girls in seventh and eighth grades. All players must complete an athletic physical prior to practicing. Players should bring a T-shirt, shorts and athletic shoes for practice. Knee pads are optional but recommended...
County Calendar (01/11/12)
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...
MICHELE ANN BENNETT (01/11/12)
Michele Ann Bennett, 63, of Exeter, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born on Dec. 1, 1948, in Chicago, Ill., to John J. and Mildred Alice (Stewart) Nape. On Jan. 1, 1993, she married James W. Bennett, he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker...
MATTHEW RAY (01/11/12)
Matthew Scott "Matt" Ray, 50, of Jenkins, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at his home. He was born in Aurora, the son of Robert "Bob" Kent and Patricia "Pat" Ann (Linn) Ray on May 2, 1961. Survivors include: his father and mother, Robert "Bob" and Patricia "Pat" Ray, of Jenkins; and two brothers, Charles Kent Ray, of Overland Park, Kan., and Robert David Ray and his wife, Melinda, of West Plains...
IVON ADELIA (COLE) WILLIAMSON (01/11/12)
Ivon Adelia William-son, 93, formerly of Exeter, passed away in Prineville, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at her home. She was born April 19, 1918, in Sac City, Iowa, to Glen H. Cole and Pearl M. (Kluge) Cole. In 1929, she and her family moved to Exeter, where she graduated high school in 1935. ...
DANNY STEVERSON (01/11/12)
Danny Steverson, 60, of Anaheim, Calif., passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in California. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery, Cassville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
DALE FOHN (01/11/12)
Dale Fohn, 86, of Lebanon, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. He was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Eldridge, the son of Denzil and Maggie Waterman Fohn. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Lebanon. On Oct. 11, 1947, he was united in marriage with Nina Ruth Forgey and to this union was born four children, all surviving...
MARGARET JANE MEADOWS (01/11/12)
Margaret Jane Meadows, 83, of Jenkins, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the St. John's Hospital in Aurora. She was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Jenkins, the daughter of Oleah Homer and Nora Ethel (Teague) Ray. She was a 1945 graduate of Aurora High School and graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia. ...
CARROLL ZILLIOX (01/11/12)
Carroll Duane Zilliox, 78, of Hepler, Kan., died at 6:20 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at his residence in Hepler. He was born Feb. 8, 1933 at Wyandotte, Okla., the son of John Henry and Flossie Leona (Passley) Zilliox. He grew up and attended schools in Cassville...
Can you spare 20 minutes? (01/11/12)
Throughout the month of January, the Barry County E-911 Operations Center in Cassville will be open to the public each Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. County residents who attend the open house events will have the opportunity to tour the entire 911 Center, including the administrative offices and the dispatching area. Information will also be offered on the one-eighth of a cent sales tax that will come before voters for a second time on Tuesday, Feb. 7...
Letters to the Editor (01/11/12)
Dear Editor: I would like all the folks in Barry County to read this and take a serious look at voting "yes" on the E-911 tax. My career in the fire service in Kansas allowed me to assist emergency management in establishing our E-911 system. Let me assure you that when your child is not breathing or you have a structure fire or criminal activity going on, that's not the time for dispatching delays, outdated phone systems or outdated notification boxes. ...