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Stories from Wednesday, March 28, 2012

City staff leader resigns (03/28/12)
On Monday night, during an executive session called by the Cassville City Council, City Administrator Eugene Dilbeck submitted his resignation. The council began the special meeting in open session but quickly voted to adjourn to a closed session to discuss personnel. Aldermen Terry Heinz, Ann Hennigan and Darrell Ledenham and Mayor Bill Hill met behind closed doors with city attorney Don Cupps...
Jury recommends death for Collings (03/28/12)
With unwavering attention, the jury listened closely to every word the attorneys offered in their closing statements, which marked the end of the penalty phase in Christopher Collings' capital murder trial. After sitting through 11 days of testimony and taking a little over four hours to find Collings guilty of first degree murder last Tuesday night, the jury spent 51 minutes deciding that Collings deserved the death penalty for the rape and murder of 9-year-old Rowan Ford back in November 2007...
Voters to decide contested municipal, school board races (03/28/12)
Proposition Safety to come before Southwest patrons
Voter notice (03/28/12)
Barry Countians who live within the Washburn precinct should be aware that their voting location for the April 3 general municipal election has changed. In the past, Washburn voters have cast their ballots at the Washburn City Hall. Due to the large turnout that is expected for the upcoming election, the polling site has been moved to the Washburn Fire Station on Highway 37...
Hanson named R-1 superintendent (03/28/12)
Brad Hanson has been named as the new superintendent of the Monett R-1 School District. He will take over the district's top leadership post on July 1. Hanson succeeds Dr. John Jungmann, who accepted a position as deputy superintendent with the Liberty School District. Jungmann served as the Monett superintendent since the 2008-09 school year...
County primary attracts over a dozen candidates (03/28/12)
Over a dozen candidates have filed for the upcoming Barry County primary election, which will be held on Aug. 7. The Democratic ticket attracted two candidates, and 13 candidates signed up to run on the Republican ticket. Incumbents Sherry Sears, county assessor, and Jim Fohn, county coroner filed for new four-year terms. They are both running on the Republican ticket...
Commerce presents donation to CHS choir (03/28/12)
Flagpole donated to museum (03/28/12)
Dispatchers returning to 911 (03/28/12)
On Monday, the Barry County Emergency Services E-911 Board heard that Mike Phillips, Barry County E-911 director, is accepting applications to fill one of the vacant dispatching positions. "This is for one position," Phillips said. "The other positions we lost due to budget cuts will be replaced in next year's budget."...
Access to host grand opening (03/28/12)
Access Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics will host a grand opening celebration at 4016 North Main in Cassville beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6. According to Dr. Don McBride, Access Family Care Clinics' chief executive officer, the new facility is more than six times the size of Access' 1,300-square-foot clinic in downtown Cassville. The new facility is 9,000 square feet...
Fundraiser to benefit Barry County Fair (03/28/12)
The Barry County Fair Board will hold a fundraiser at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center on Saturday, March 31. The event will offer a supper and an auction. "Community members should plan to attend to support the kids of Barry County," said Ernest Ray, Barry County Fair Board president and chief executive officer. "All of the money raised during the event will go toward this year's fair."...
MU Extension teaches kids that cooking matters (03/28/12)
In a crowded kitchen in a church basement, nine elementary school kids are cooking lunch. The students are participants in Cooking Matters for Kids, a six-week course for third- through fifth-grade children that connects learning about health and nutrition to hands-on experience in the kitchen...
Chamber gears up for Dogwood Festival (03/28/12)
Community members invited to enter vehicles in the show
LEPD closes Monett office (03/28/12)
Members of the Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) voted to close the office in Monett that is currently housed at the Monett Judicial Center and go to a "virtual office," where communications are primarily sent via e-mail or telephone. The move will save approximately $3,600 annually in rent and another $2,400 in phone costs...
Home and business show is April 13 and 14 (03/28/12)
The 25th annual Shell Knob Home and Business Show will be held at the Shell Knob School on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. The event is sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. "It's officially spring and the Shell Knob Home and Business Show is a great opportunity to view or display many fine products and services offered by regional businesses," said Sheila House, Shell Knob Chamber executive director. ...
Local skating rink is closing (03/28/12)
A Monett landmark is closing its doors on April 1. After 32 years, owners Durward "Doc" and Donna Brewer have decided to close Skateland Fun Center and Roller Skating Rink, located on Jerome Lane. "It's with mixed emotions," said Doc, "but I think it's time."...
Judy Meadows keeps positive despite accident (03/28/12)
Students and faculty at the Verona School District recognized something extraordinary in their midst for the last few weeks when school librarian Judy Meadows returned to work on Valentine's Day after losing her arm in a farming accident six weeks earlier...
SWACC JROTC show their moves at Red Rose (03/28/12)
Relay team to host shopping event (03/28/12)
The Dream Makers Relay For Life team will hold its first big fundraiser of the year, Shoppin' Out Cancer in the Shell, at the Shell Knob/Viola Community Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. "As many Shell Knob residents know, the Dream Makers are a team who participate in the South Barry County Relay For Life," said Krissy Peters, Dream Makers team member. "With your support, in 2011 we were able to raise over $2,600 to benefit the American Cancer Society...
Clerk's office open Saturday (03/28/12)
Area residents will have the opportunity to cast absentee ballots for the April 3 general municipal election at the Barry County Clerk's office from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. Absentee voting will continue through Monday, April 2. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals must present one form of identification, such as a driver's license or a voter registration card, in order to vote...
Family Casino Night to be offered (03/28/12)
Kornerstone Inc., will hold a Family Casino Night at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The event will offer black jack, poker, slot machines, cash cube, a prize wheel, concessions, musical entertainment, live and silent auctions and a special kids gaming area for children who are 12 to 15...
Purdy preschool screenings (03/28/12)
The Purdy R-2 School District will hold preschool screenings in the school cafeteria from 3:45 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 17. Children will be screened in the following areas: language, motor and concept skills. Parents should bring a copy of their child's birth certificate and immunization records to the screening. Parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire during the screening process. Screenings will be completed in one hour...
Getting to know the candidates (03/28/12)
A preview of next week's races
Annual membership meeting to be held (03/28/12)
Barry Electric Cooperative will hold its 65th annual membership meeting at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cassville on Thursday, April 2. During the meeting, members in attendance will hear reports from cooperative officers, directors and committees. Members will also elect three directors...
Patriotic ceremony draws big crowd (03/28/12)
A large crowd gathered for the "Remembering Our Fallen - from Missouri" ceremony that took place on Saturday at the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC) in Monett. Judge Mike Garrett opened with remarks of the 134 soldiers depicted in photos against American flag backdrops...
Wildcats beat Seneca to open Big 8 play (03/28/12)
The Cassville Wildcats opened Big 8 Conference play with an 8-4 victory over Seneca on Monday night. "I really believe we took a step in the right direction tonight," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "We were solid defensively." Seneca jumped out front 2-0 in the first inning only to witness Cassville plate five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Garrett Kirk...
Purdy Council hears parking concerns (03/28/12)
Several representatives from the First Baptist Church of Purdy appeared at the regular March meeting of the Purdy City Council to discuss concerns regarding parking on Commercial Street. Jeff Brattin, spokesperson for the group, asked the city for assurance that there would be public parking available on the street. ...
Wheaton sets dates for spring events (03/28/12)
The Wheaton City Council established dates for the spring garage sale and cleanup events at its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 7. The city-wide garage sale will be held on May 5, and the city-wide cleanup will be scheduled for May 12. Marianne Witt, city clerk, will contact Jeff Perriman regarding collecting scrap metal...
Exeter City Council increases sewer rates (03/28/12)
The Exeter City Council approved a sewer rate increase at a special meeting on Feb. 24. Larry VanGilder, of the Missouri Rural Water Association, presented the aldermen with a wastewater rate analysis, which he and the city staff completed over the last few months. The report included a repair and replacement schedule for the wastewater treatment facility and upgrades that need to be completed to address inflow and infiltration of storm water...
Butterfield receives CDBG grant (03/28/12)
Although it has been several months in the making, Butterfield city officials can now move forward on a $1.4 million drinking water system improvement project. The city received notification this week from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) that it has been awarded a $500,000 grant under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program...
Community needed to reach goals (03/28/12)
The Purdy High School Spanish Club is asking the community to help reach their goal of 500,000 pounds of total material recycled through the Purdy Recycling Project by Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year. With just three weeks remaining, students are geared up to sort and bundle up at least two shipments totaling 37,000 pounds in order to reach their goal...
Galena man killed in crash northeast of Shell Knob (03/28/12)
On March 20, a Galena man was killed in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 5:13 p.m. on Highway 76 about seven miles northeast of Shell Knob. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2003 Ford F250, Kenneth E. Boyd, 51, of Galena, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Boyd was killed in the crash. The body was taken to Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville...
Purdy Eagles remain perfect (03/28/12)
The Purdy Eagles improved to 2-0 on the young baseball season with an 11-1 victory over Lamar in six innings Monday. "We played error-free baseball and hit the ball well," said Purdy coach Josh Hughes. "Reese (Stevenson gave us another good pitching performance. If we can do that every night, we give ourselves a chance to win."...
CHS golf team to hold scramble (03/28/12)
The Cassville High School golf team will hold a two-man scramble at the Cassville Golf Course on Saturday, March 31. Cassville Golf Club members can take part in the event for $30. The entry fee for non-club members is $45 per person. Prizes will be determined by the number of flights...
50-inning game is Saturday (03/28/12)
The Cassville High School Wildcat baseball team will hold its annual 50-inning game on Saturday, March 31 at the CHS baseball field. The fundraiser will begin at 10 a.m. All Wildcat players, including freshmen, junior varsity and varsity, will be divided into teams. The game will continue until 50 innings have been completed...
Exeter falls to Pierce City (03/28/12)
The weather was the only thing that was wonderful for the Exeter Tigers baseball team in their 2011-12 season debut. The Tigers (0-1) fell 24-0 to Pierce City (1-0) Monday. Anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Tigers. "Pierce City was not a 24-run more talented team than us," said Exeter coach Jay Allen. "They were more focused, fundamentally sound and prepared to play this game. We will be working really hard on the fundamentals in practice the next few days."...
"Chasing Jesus" 5K run will be Saturday in Cassville (03/28/12)
For the past 10 weeks, Terry King has been raising money and awareness for mission work. The local woman has organized a small 5K run, which will be held this Saturday, March 31, beginning at 9 a.m. at the west end of Fasco Road near Les Jacobs Ford...
Outlaws Co-ed Softball Tourney (03/28/12)
The first annual Outlaws Co-ed Softball Tournament will be held in Cassville on Saturday, April 21. Area softball teams are invited to participate in the event. The entry fee is $100 per team. For more information or to register for the event, call 417-342-3290...
County Calendar (03/28/12)
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...
WILLIAM WALTERS (03/28/12)
William "Bud" Walters, 46, of Pierce City, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Cox South Hospital following a long illness. He was born Oct. 6, 1965, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Melvin and Barbara "Owens" Walters. He drove a concrete truck for Kay Concrete Company in Monett and previously had his own plumbing company in Cassville...
PETER CANTWELL (03/28/12)
Peter F. Cantwell, 57, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville A complete obituary will be next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
ALICE WALDRON (03/28/12)
Alice Faye Waldron, 77, formerly of Wheaton, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Culpepper Place in Springfield. She was born on Feb. 11, 1935, in Cassville, the daughter of Neria and Maye Bell (Beaver) Pruitt. She grew up and received her education in Cassville graduating with the Class of 1953. ...
CAMERON LEE BAKER (03/28/12)
Cameron Lee Baker, 6 months, of Purdy, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was born Sept. 2, 2011, in Monett, the son of Bobby Baker and Kaitlyn Graves, of Purdy. Survivors include: both his parents, Bobby and Kaitlyn; maternal grandparents, Ron and Charlotte Dutra, of Purdy, and Wade and Cheri Graves, of Cassville; maternal great-grandparents, Charles and Ruth Graves, of Republic, and Ed and Louise Dutra, of Purdy; paternal grandparents, Terry and Michelle Baker, of Monett, Teresa and Dan Rife, of Carthage, and Bobby Powell, of Pierce City; paternal great-grandparents, Frances and Bob Hayes, of Silver City, Okla.; and one half sister, Makenna Baker, of Monett.. ...
KENNETH FULTON (03/28/12)
Kenneth Gene Fulton, 81, of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born May 11, 1930, in Exeter, the son of Kenneth Eugene and Golda (Cantwell) Fulton. On July 14, 1950, he was united in marriage to Charlene Ball, who survives...
DELORES HUTCHENS (03/28/12)
Delores Virginia Hutchens, 80, of Neosho, died March 23, 2012, at Granby House Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 7, 1932, in Fredonia, Kan., the daughter of Perry and Lorena (Koch) Hampton. She was a lifelong area resident, spending most of her life in the Cassville area and worked as a clerk for Sater Pharmacy in Cassville. ...
HOMER ESSARY (03/28/12)
Homer Lee Essary, 60, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012, in his home. He was born April 27, 1951, at Wheelerville, the son of Cecil and Colleen (Hicks) Essary. He was the father of seven children, Tammy Griese, of Kansas City, was his first born. ...
MARCELLA "STARKEY" LONG (03/28/12)
Nellie Marcella Long, 90, of Joplin, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at her home. She was born April 24, 1921, in Cassville, the daughter of Benton and Flossie Starkey. She had lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a housewife and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church...
KELSO STURGEON (03/28/12)
Kelso Eugene Sturgeon lll, 50, passed away on Wednesday March 21, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield after a long battle with auto immune disease. He was born on May 2, 1961, in Louisville, Ky., the son of Kelso and Sylvia (Troutman) Sturgeon. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Lavona Troutman, of Cassville, and Bessie and Kelso Sturgeon Jr., of Belle Plains, Kan...
ORPHA BEATRICE PARKER (03/28/12)
Orpha Beatrice Parker, 93, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville. She was born June 23, 1918, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Bert and Ovedia (Smithback) Exline. In 1940, she was united in marriage to George Frederick Parker, Jr., who preceded her in death in 1993. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother...
Rebuilding Cassville Community 2000 (03/28/12)
Last Thursday, around a dozen members of Cassville Community 2000 met at the Cassville City Hall to discuss the future of the organization and upcoming drug prevention and awareness events. Although only a few members were present, all agreed that the organization should continue to strive to make an impact on the Cassville community. ...