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Stories from Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Upward awards night (03/21/12)
First Baptist Church of Cassville On March 13, held its Upward Bound Basketball and Cheerleading Awards Night. A total of 164 youth participated in this year's program. Dan Meers, the Kansas City Chiefs mascot K.C. Wolf, was the special guest speaker. ...
Yummy (03/21/12)
Verdict: guilty (03/21/12)
Jury finds Collings guilty of murder in the first degree
Case made for murder in the first degree (03/21/12)
Throughout the first eight days of the Christopher Collings' murder trial, the team of Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox and Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bock put over 20 witnesses on the stand and introduced a stream of crime scene photographs and bags of evidence as well as expert testimony to support the prosecution's case for murder in the first degree...
No new employees will be added by City of Cassville (03/21/12)
The Cassville City Council voted not to allow the creation of any new employee positions, full- or part-time, until further notice at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 19. During Monday night's meeting, Darelyn Cooper, city clerk and finance officer, presented the city's financial report for the first two months of 2012. The report showed that the city's cash balances have dropped $345,827 due to debt service paid in January and February...
Alderman Parsons resigns from Cassville Council (03/21/12)
Following an executive session on Monday night, the Cassville City Council accepted the resignation of South Ward Alderman Jeff Parsons. "It has been almost a year since I was elected to the Cassville City Council," Parsons said in his letter of resignation. "During the past year, it has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Cassville. Like all towns and cities, we have faced our share of challenges...
Missouri women convicted of murder (03/21/12)
Katherine A. Mock, 58, of Cassville, and Elain Kay Young, 57, of Novinger, were convicted of federal conspiracy charges and murder-for-hire involving the murder of Young's husband on Monday by a federal court jury in the Eastern District of Missouri...
Drug-free celebration (03/21/12)
Teens charged in cattle thefts (03/21/12)
Four teens, including a Cassville resident, have been arrested and charged with the theft of cattle in Lawrence County. Those arrested for the thefts include: Winston Wood, 17, of Cassville; Taylor Mayes, 18, and Marcus Nelson, 18, both of Monett; and Darrion Pierce, 17, of Purdy...
Soroptimist offers potato bake (03/21/12)
The Luck of the Irish (03/21/12)
Donation benefits senior center (03/21/12)
Missouri to appeal FEMA disaster aid declaration denial (03/21/12)
Barry County is among the 18 Missouri counties denied disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Feb. 29 tornados. Governor Jay Nixon is planning to appeal the decision. "There's no explanation for why [the disaster declaration request was rejected]," said David Compton, Barry County emergency management director. "They just say no."...
April is Public Health Month (03/21/12)
April is Public Health Month, and in recognition of the event, the Barry County Health Department will offer a variety of services to promote community awareness. Employees will offer free private well water testing from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5. The department will provide water test kits to individuals for water sample collections...
Garden Sass to open 2012 season on April 13 (03/21/12)
Garden Sass Farmers' Market will open its 2012 season on Friday, April 13. In addition to offering produce and other goods in the city park on Tuesdays and Fridays the Cassville-based farmers' market will offer Saturday hours at an alternative location this year...
Transition and Resource Expo to be held at SWACC (03/21/12)
The Southwest Area Career Center will host the second annual Transition and Resource Expo from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. Fifty exhibitors have been invited to attend the event. Each exhibitor will provide information to those attending about the services that they provide...
Cassville gardener to offer second market (03/21/12)
Brad Ruggles, who maintains a large garden at Hilltop south of Cassville, will also offer locally grown produce in the Tractor Supply Company parking lot this summer. Ruggles will offer items in the southeast corner of the parking lot on Old Exeter Road beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the 2012 growing season...
Schad files for northern commissioner's seat (03/21/12)
Gary Schad, a Purdy resident, has filed for the office of Northern Barry County Commissioner. Schad, 37, is a life-long resident of Barry County with traditional roots and a conservative upbringing. "I feel it is time for our generation to get involved in our local government," Schad said. "Now, more than ever, we need smart, strong leaders with fresh ideas and skills to tackle the issues within our county."...
Local agribusiness man announces candidacy (03/21/12)
A Kings Prairie agribusiness man has announced his candidacy for northern commissioner of Barry County. Tom Hutchens has added his name to the growing field of candidates. A native of Wheaton, Hutchens has won elected office as a commissioner for the Kings Prairie Special Road District for more than 20 years...
Students take part in DARE graduation (03/21/12)
Over 130 Cassville Middle School sixth grade students participated in a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation ceremony in the middle school gymnasium on March 19. "This is when you really begin to use what you have learned," said Cassville DARE Officer Jennifer Luckey. "This is when you begin to make the decisions that make a difference in your future...
Music advocate (03/21/12)
Scouts collecting non-perishable food items (03/21/12)
Cassville Boy Scout Troop #76 is currently collecting non-perishable food items through the Scouting For Food effort. Items will be donated to the Cassville Community Food Pantry, which is located in the Cassville United Methodist Church. Scouts have distributed bags to several neighborhoods in Cassville. Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with canned goods and other non-perishable food items. Bags will be collected on Saturday, March 24...
Cars, cows and corn (03/21/12)
The Purdy community is gearing up for the Purdy Festival, Cars, Cows and Corn, taking place on Saturday, July 21. For the inaugural event, the Purdy Festival Committee has scheduled a day filled with fun and activities sure to appeal to young and old alike...
Annual Shell Knob Chamber dinner held (03/21/12)
Community members donned cowboy hats and boots and western shirts for the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce's annual membership dinner, which was held at the Shell Knob/Viola Community Building on March 10. "We had excellent member support," said Sheila House, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce executive director. "We showed off the newly remodeled Shell Knob/Viola Community building, and the food was wonderful...
Shell Knob Chamber to hold design contest (03/21/12)
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is holding a design contest for the image that will be printed on 1,000 fireworks fundraiser T-shirts. Designs must include the words "Shell Knob" and "Table Rock Lake" and the year 2012. Entries should be submitted on white eight and a half inch by 11-inch paper. Designs must be submitted to the Shell Knob Chamber, which is located in TimbeRoc Village, by April 4...
Red Hatters variety show (03/21/12)
The Cassville Classy Red Hatters will offer their annual variety show at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. The theme for this year's event is TV Bloopers. This year's skits will include: "Queen For a Day;" "A Minute To Win It;" and "What Not to Wear." The show will also offer a Kentucky derby race. Jerry Varner and Diana Rose will serve as masters of ceremonies...
Clickers in place at Cassville school (03/21/12)
The special education department at Cassville R-IV School District has initiated a new learning tool in the classroom -- clickers. Clickers are a classroom response system that allows students to input their responses to questions anonymously with the answers displayed on a screen, such as a smart board. These devices are used in classrooms where there is a co-teacher...
R-5 patrons to decide bond issue (03/21/12)
As voters gear up to go to the polls on April 3, Southwest R-5 School District patrons will have the opportunity to decide a $1.5 million bond issue, Proposition Safety, to finance construction of a new music room and other school safety improvements...
Tasty desserts (03/21/12)
Network hosts successful meetings (03/21/12)
Over the last four weeks, the Barry County Small Business Owners Network has hosted two successful group meetings. Members are currently planning a business expo that will be held on June 2. "At our first meeting, we had 11 attendees," said Debra Nickle, who is organizing the Barry County Small Business Network meetings. "Now we are up to around 27 businesses that want to be involved, and more are coming on board every day...
Donation of appreciation (03/21/12)
Public administrator to retire this year (03/21/12)
After 12 years in office, Barbara White, public administrator, will retire this year. White's term will expire on Dec. 31, and she does not plan to re-file for office. "I am proud that I had the opportunity to help people," said White. "I have really enjoyed seeing the smiles on their faces. I've been able to help them budget their money so that they can have the things they want."...
The aftermath of a tornado (03/21/12)
Bills have a new look (03/21/12)
Softball teams earn honors (03/21/12)
Purdy and Southwest, softball squads were named to the Missouri State Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association Academic All-State honor rolls this week. The Missouri State Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association recognizes student athletes and teams for their academic success in the classroom by awarding an Academic All-State award to both teams and individual student athletes...
Wildcats open diamond season (03/21/12)
The Cassville Wildcats opened the Spring baseball season at the McDonald's Bulldog Classic in Springdale, Ark., over the weekend, and came away from the tournament with a 1-2 record against a trio of much larger schools. The Wildcats lost to West Memphis in a 6-inning game, 5-4; defeated the host Springdale team, 8-3; and lost to Carthage, 8-6...
Lady Eagle to compete in national 3-point contest (03/21/12)
The American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Selection Tour descended on Purdy High School on Thursday to announce that Addy Roller will compete in the National High School 3-Point and Slam Dunk Competition in New Orleans, La., during the NCAA Division I Men's Final Four...
Lady Wildcat seniors to lead young track squad (03/21/12)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats will rely on a core group of seniors to lead a young squad through the 2012 track season. "We are a young team this year that lacks varsity experience," noted Cassville's Jennifer Nichols. "We have several girls who have the ability to compete with the rest of the conference in individual events, as well as our relay teams."...
All-Conference honors (03/21/12)
Several Southwest High School players achieved the Ozark 7 All-Conference boys and girls basketball teams. Pictured above, in the front, is: Coley Ickes, first team. Second row, from left, are: Taylor Mettlach, first team; Montana Hendrix, honorable mention; Shannon Mitchell, honorable mention; and Michaela Mitchell, second team. ...
Conley signs with Coffeyville Ravens (03/21/12)
Sarah Conley, Southwest's versatile senior leader on the diamond, has signed to play collegiate softball with Coffeyville Community College. The Ravens are coached by Tamika Barnes, who is in her first year at the Kansas school. "I think that Coffeyville is going to be pleasantly surprised at just how skilled Sarah Conley is," said Southwest's Tony Eagleberger...
Wildcat players compete in tournament (03/21/12)
Meeks sponsors Lady Chargers T-shirts (03/21/12)
County Calendar (03/21/12)
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...
DORISALEE BRATTIN (03/21/12)
Luria Dorisalee Brattin, 82, passed away Thursday, March 15 2012, at Mt. Vernon Place Care Center, Mt. Vernon. Preceding her in death were her parents and one daughter, Leanne Brattin. She attended Fairview School and graduated in 1947 as class valedictorian. They made their home in Wheaton, and Dorisalee worked by Cecil's side as a bookkeeper and secretary in their auto repair business, Wheaton Motor Supply...
DAN ARGANBRIGHT (03/21/12)
Dan Charles Arganbright, 69, of Golden, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at his home. He was born July 5, 1942, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Eddie and Maxine Jane (Rockwell) Arganbright. Survivors include: his mother, Jane Arganbright, of Crane; three sons, Sean Arganbright, of Lake of the Ozarks, Chad Arganbright, of Lathop, and Scott Arganbright, of Lenexa, Kan.; one brother, Bruce Arganbright, of Golden; and two grandchildren...
MARY LOUISE BOWMAN (03/21/12)
Mary Louise Bowman, 86, of Purdy, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. She was born on May 30, 1925, to Raymond and Della Smith of Purdy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Doyle Bowman, of Purdy...
JAMES RAY DE WITT (03/21/12)
James Ray DeWitt, 52, of Evanston, Wyo., passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Evanston, Wyo. He was born on Nov. 24, 1959, in Monett, son of Kennith and Crilla (Cook) DeWitt. He grew up in Washburn and was a 1978 graduate of Southwest High School. ...
JIMMIE CARTER (03/21/12)
Jimmie Lee Carter, 69, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in his home. Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Jimmie Lee Carter; and one stepdaughter, Katherine Weyer. He received his education in Newtown High School in Newtown. For several years, he was custodian at Georges Poultry Plant...
JASON GRAY (03/21/12)
Jason Warner Gray, 46, of Webb City, died on Sunday, March 11 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was born on March 5, 1966, to Braxton Gray and Barbara (Gray) Fenske. He attended Pierce City High School and later attended Oklahoma State University at Okmulgee, Okla., for his undergraduate degree. He was a 23-year veteran of Empire Electric Company...
LISA SMITH (03/21/12)
Lisa Cathleen Smith, 60, of Independence, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012, near Shell Knob. She was born May 30, 1951, in Kansas City, the daughter of James Thomas and Betty Lee (Gulley) Wyman, who preceded her in death. Survivors include: two daughters, Tacy Cruz, of Independence, and Heather Freeman, of Kansas City; one sister, Cassandra Conrow and her husband, Gary, of Independence; two brothers Michael Wyman, of Lee's Summit, and Kevin Wyman, of Kansas City; and three grandchildren...
BARBARA JO SMITH (03/21/12)
Barbara Jo Smith passed from this life on March 17, 2012, at the age of 78. She was born at Washburn, Mo., to Norma (Varner) Scott and Major Elliott Scott. On Sept. 24, 1982, her beloved husband, Blaine, left this life to live with the Lord at the age of 52. They had been married 31 years at the time. He and Barbara were married at a very young age as they had a "Love at first sight" love affair...
BOB MARSHALL (03/21/12)
Bobby G. "Bob" Marshall, 75, Wheaton, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville. He was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Stella, the son of Dennis Poyner and Wilma (Wall) Marshall. Survivors include: three sons, Dennis Marshall and his wife, Rachael, of Cassville, Mike Marshall, of Wheaton, and Terry Marshall, of Wheaton; one daughter, Kandi Marshall, of Wheaton; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
MIKE PHILLIPS (03/21/12)
Michael "Mike" Carter Phillips, 46, of Washburn, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Ark. He was born July 25, 1965, in West Memphis, Ark., the son of Thomas and Deloyce (Simpson) Phillips, who survive...
Comprehensive coverage (03/21/12)
For the last week and a half, I have spent my days at the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla covering the Christopher Collings' murder trial. This represents a vast commitment of time, effort and resources by this newspaper to provide complete coverage of this important and high profile trial, because we believe our readers deserve to have a local reporter present during the proceedings...