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Stories from Wednesday, February 1, 2012

R-5 patrons to decide bond issue (02/01/12)
If approved, $1.5 million will finance construction project, safety improvements
Superintendent offers inspirational address (02/01/12)
Joplin Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff gave an emotional and inspirational address during the 2012 Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce banquet on Saturday. The event, which was held in the Cassville High School commons area, was attended by 174 local community members...
Woman starved (02/01/12)
Barry County Coroner Jim Fohn said an autopsy completed on the body of Charity Ann Coscia, of Seligman, shows that she died of malnutrition. "She just wouldn't eat," said Fohn. "She had a history of this." Fohn said he was not sure if Coscia had been diagnosed as anorexic...
Gizmo's Event Center closes (02/01/12)
One of Barry County's largest entertainment attractions is closing. Gizmo's Event Center has closed its doors, and owners Dale and Janice McCracken are planning to hold an auction of the rodeo arena equipment and portable stages on Saturday. The sale will include restaurant equipment, estate merchandise, household furnishings and appliances, office equipment, antiques and collectibles and shop equipment...
Hospital celebrates name change (02/01/12)
Nearly 100 hospital staff members and local community members attended One Mercy Celebration at Mercy Hospital Cassville on Tuesday. After Dave Steinmann, Mercy Hospital Cassville chief operating officer, welcomed attendees to the event, Tom Gripka, chaplain for Mercy Hospitals in Cassville and Aurora, offered the opening invocation...
Barry County voters to decide 911 tax issue (02/01/12)
On Tuesday, Barry County voters will have the opportunity to decide a one-eighth of a cent sales tax that will support county emergency services. Jon Horner, Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board chairman, has indicated that Barry County E-911 only has enough cash to operate until December of this year...
County arrests nearly equal to numbers recorded in 2010 (02/01/12)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to a total of 12,981 calls during 2011 according to an end-of-year report rleased by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly and Jail Administrator Jan Smith. As a result of these incidents, 2,828 charges were recorded, which marks a slight increase of less than a 2 percent. There were 2,824 arrest charges filed in 2010...
Fundraising event to feature Harlem basketball team (02/01/12)
The Harlem Ambassadors will take on the Habitat Hometown Heroes at the Cassville High School gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will raise funds for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County. "At our shows, we want the kids to know that they're part of our team too," said Harlem Ambassadors coach Lade Majic. ...
Annual soils and crops conference scheduled (02/01/12)
The 83rd annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference will be held at the Butterfield Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Registration is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and a free meal will be served at 6:15 p.m. Lisa (Dale) Hyde, assistant vice president of risk management at FCS in Mt. ...
Shell Knob man injured in crash near Carr Lane (02/01/12)
By Melonie Roberts Shell Knob man is dead following a single-vehicle crash that took place at 7:20 p.m. on Highway 39, about a half of a mile north of Carr Lane. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Gary W. Barta, 63, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2008 Ford F150 when the vehicle went off the road, struck a culvert and overturned. Barta was pronounced dead at the scene by Stone County Coroner John Cunningham. Barta was wearing a seat belt...
Donation (02/01/12)
Snow removal plans change (02/01/12)
Drivers in the bi-county area should be aware that some changes have taken place in the way the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans for snow removal. According to Mike Middleton, District 7's maintenance engineer, the recent restructuring of MoDOT offices and resources has benefitted his department...
Exeter Council approves maintenance agreement (02/01/12)
The Exeter City Council approved a preventative maintenance contract with Environline at the council's regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 13, 2011. The contract authorizes Environline to visit the city twice a year to inspect and repair the pumps and other equipment located at the lift station. The maintenance agreement will cost the city $1,500 per year...
Traffic fatalities decline for sixth straight year (02/01/12)
The last time annual traffic fatalities were as low as the preliminary numbers for 2011, drivers lucky enough to have a radio in the car could cruise while listening to the new recording of "Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como. Though the count will not be considered final for a few months, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that as of Jan. ...
Seligman CC approves police vehicle purchase (02/01/12)
The Seligman City Council approved the purchase of a new police vehicle at a special meeting on Jan. 20. The aldermen received the following four bids: 2008 Ford Crown Victoria with 54,176 miles, $11,999 from Joe Watt Police Cars in Vinita, Okla.; 2006 Ford Crown Victoria with 106,000 miles, $6,200 from an individual in Diamond; 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, 65,900 miles, $13,000 from Government Fleet Sales in Kansas City; and 2007 Ford Crown Victoria with 64,799, $5,500 from Joe Watt Police Cars...
Drawing to be held for flower garden quilt (02/01/12)
Cooperative to hold district meetings (02/01/12)
Marvin Phipps, Barry Electric Cooperative Board secretary, has announced that the cooperative's district membership meetings will be held on Feb. 13, 14 and 16. During the district meetings, members nominate candidates to serve on the cooperative board of directors. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes at each district meeting will be placed on the ballot for the election that will be held at the cooperative's 65th annual meeting in April...
Sweetheart Dinner planned at Wheaton (02/01/12)
The sixth annual Sweetheart Dinner in Wheaton is slated to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Wheaton School Technology Center. This annual event is sponsored by the Wheaton School Technology Center, the Wheaton Historical Society and the Wheaton Depot Museum. This year's event will feature entertainment and a live auction...
Area students named to Crowder College dean's list (02/01/12)
Over 70 area students have been named to Crowder College's fall 2011 dean's list. In order to achieve the honor, students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours and maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average during the semester. Honored students include: Megan Aldridge, Amanda Anderson, Korey Banks, Jessica Barrientos, Joshua Boley, Stephanie Branham, Katelyn Brisco, Kayle Clere, Ariel Cook, Staci England, Timothy Frieze, Allison Gentry, Michael Godsey, Johnda Gosnell, Sherry Graff, Kendra Hadlow, Mackenzie Hickman, Jillian Hoover, Jackson Hoover, Marilyn Hughes, Tressamae Jines, Erma Mast, Janay Myers, Sherah Selby, Alice Shake, Stephanie Sizemore, Trevor Tanner, Lindsey Turner, Sagrario Urbina, Rosa Venegas and Hilari Zebert, all of Cassville.. ...
Chili and soup fundraiser to be held in Shell Knob (02/01/12)
Event to raise funds for equipment purchases
Winter White Display (02/01/12)
Event celebrates completion of training center (02/01/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Haven of the Ozarks' new Barbara Williams Training Center at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. The Barbara Williams Training Center will offer basic obedience classes led by professional dog trainer Tristan Jolivette. The first one-hour class will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25...
Lady Wildcats shock Clever, 56-54 (02/01/12)
"I was excited," admitted Chris Shore after watching his Lady Wildcats upset the Clever Lady Blue Jays on Friday night. "This was a win (56-54) that this group of girls deserved. It was time for them to beat one of those really good teams." Clever came to Cass-ville with an impressive 14-3 record and an experienced lineup that featured senior center Michaela Hanafin. ...
'Cats fall to tourney hosts (02/01/12)
The Cassville Wildcats beat a good Fair Grove team, 66-55, in the opening round of the 78th annual Liberator Tournament at Bolivar on Thursday night. But the Wildcats lost a tense defensive struggle to Morrisville on Friday night, 37-34, and then fell to host Bolivar in Saturday's third-place game, 61-35...
Trojans down Seneca, 55-42 (02/01/12)
The Southwest Trojans traveled to Seneca on Thursday night and came away with a 55-42 win over the Indians. The Trojans relied on a balanced scoring attack and their trademark stifling defense to subdue the Indians. Three Southwest players reached double figures, and Seneca scored a mere 16 points in the entire second half, with half of those coming from the free-throw line...
Purdy beats Jasper (02/01/12)
The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team earned a 68-38 victory over Jasper Friday night. The Lady Eagles dominated the game from start to finish, outscoring Jasper 20-8 in the first period and leading 42-21 at halftime. "It was a good night," said Purdy coach Grant Young. "We had a week off and came into the game with fresh legs. We moved the ball up and down the floor really well."...
Purdy boys split varsity games (02/01/12)
The Purdy Eagles basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start and fell 55-48 to Thomas Jefferson last Tuesday night. "We got behind early and were taken out of our game plan," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "I was proud of the boys. They fought back in the second half. We cut the lead down to 2 points, but TJ hit some clutch shots."...
Looking for help (02/01/12)
Cheering the Eagles to victory (02/01/12)
Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford The 2012 Purdy High School cheerleading squad is pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Careya Garcia, Avery McCord and Esmeralda Perez. Second row: Viri Aldava, Dani Wieferich, Micaela Adams, Katie Clay and Echo the Eagle Lucas White...
Big boys battle (02/01/12)
SW players earn academic honors (02/01/12)
Seven Southwest volleyball players were named to the Academic All-State team. The girls needed a 3.6 grade point average to qualify. Juniors Taylor Mettlach, Atisha Boudreau, Jerri Lynn Henry and Megan Light, Sharllana Gonzales and sophomores Montana Hendrix and Lauren Mitchell were all recognized...
County Calendar (02/01/12)
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...
JIM GAUTNEY (02/01/12)
Larry James "Jim" Gautney, 75, of Cassville, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Boise, Idaho, the son of Fred and Leota (Hudson) Gautney. On April 15, 1966, in Jenkins, he was united in marriage to Sherlene Fryman, who preceded him in death on April 2, 1999. Also preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Louise Aldridge; and three brothers, Loyal Dean Gautney, Bill Gautney and J.D. Gautney...
THOMAS C. BLANKENSHIP (02/01/12)
Thomas C. Blankenship, 63, of Sedalia, passed away Jan. 25, 2012, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Columbia. He was born Oct. 22, 1948, at Cato and graduated from Cassville High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He had a career at Superior Asphalt in Kansas City as a highway construction surveyor. He was preceded in death by his father, Cleo K. blankenship and his mother, Lois K. Roney-Fox...
ELSIE MAE RENKOSKI (02/01/12)
Elsie Mae Renkoski, 82, of Purdy, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. She was born April 12, 1929, in Gallatin, the daughter of Harley and Mabel (Graham) Phillips. On Oct. 22, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan., she was united in marriage to Lawrence Henry Renkoski, and to this union 12 children were born...
LEROY HANS MUNSON (02/01/12)
LeRoy Hans Munson, 80, passed away Jan. 28, 2012, in Eagle Rock. He was born March 24, 1931, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to David and Hulga (Sumptom). He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. On March 26, 1955, he was united in marriage to Virginia Davison in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was employed 28 years for the Clinton Engines Company and farmed in Iowa from 1966 to 1984. They owned and operated the Tango Bar in Maquoketa, Iowa, from 1978 to 1984...
DELEVA SUE "DEE" WALKER (02/01/12)
Deleva Sue "Dee" Walker, 67, of Cassville, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in her home. She was born Sept. 25, 1944, in Barry County, the daughter of Onis and Maxine (Steele) Wilson. On Dec. 31, 1965, she was united in marriage to Richard D. Walker...
JOHNNIE SIMPSON (02/01/12)
Johnnie Morris Simpson, 89, of Jasper, (formerly of Purdy) passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his home. He was born July 10, 1922, in Butterfield, the son of the late Barney and Mabel (Taylor) Simpson. He was united in marriage on June 21, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., to Jewell Pryor, she preceded him in death on May 6, 2010...
JOHNNY O. REID (02/01/12)
Johnny O'Dell Reid peacefully departed this life on Friday, January 27, 2012, at his home in Cassville, Missouri, at the age of seventy six. Johnny was born on December 1, 1935, in Doniphan, Missouri, the third child of Don Van Reid and Mabel Mae Sharum Reid. On December 28, 1952, Johnny married Octava Marie Tittle and to this union came four children, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Johnny and Marie recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary...
SHELBY TAYLOR PIETZ (02/01/12)
Shelby Taylor Pietz, 33, formerly of Cassville, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Spring-field. She was born on Aug. 1, 1978, in San Diego, Calif., daughter of Rex and Maureen (Burke) Pietz. She moved, along with her family, to Cassville and attended Cassville High School. After graduation, she worked as a professional freelance make-up artist all over the United States...
Vote "yes" for E-911 (02/01/12)
Next Tuesday, area voters are being asked to support an eighth of a cent sales tax to ensure continued operations of the Barry County E-911 Center. According to information provided by the E-911 Board, the additional sales tax will provide enough revenue to operate the center, which is facing closure without additional sales tax support. The threat is not an idle one, and Barry County will be moving backwards if E-911 service ceases...
LETTERS (02/01/12)
Dear Editor: As someone who sees the work that your Barry County E-911 dispatchers do every day, I cannot imagine how it would be if they did not have the proper tools to do their job because we no longer exist. The current 911 center has technology that allows our dispatchers to send help to you from a landline or cell phone call. ...