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Stories from Wednesday, April 11, 2012

On the hunt (04/11/12)
Child dies on Hwy. 60 (04/11/12)
A 1-year-old girl was killed after being struck by a passing motorist on Highway 60 near Monett on Saturday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sierra Graessle was walking in the westbound lane of Highway 60, one mile west of Monett, when a 2004 Ford Taurus, driven by Dixie Steward, 61, of Crane, drove up on her. The driver was unable to avoid a collision and struck the child with the right front corner of the vehicle...
Tuition to increase (04/11/12)
The Crowder College Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 29. In February, the board postponed discussion on a tuition increase in order to obtain more information on future state budget cuts. At the March meeting, Dr. Alan Marble, Crowder College president, reported that budget cuts will likely be between 8 percent and 12.5 percent...
Calls result in arrests (04/11/12)
Incidents occurred in Shell Knob and Exeter
Red Heads inducted into Hall of Fame (04/11/12)
In September, the All-American Red Heads, which were organized in Cassville, will become the first women's basketball team to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The Red Heads were honored during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four Men's Basketball Championship in New Orleans, La., on April 2...
Community turns out for Access celebration (04/11/12)
A large number of business owners, community members and elected officials attended Access Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics' grand opening celebration on Friday. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the newly completed 9,000-square-foot healthcare facility located at 4016 N. Main in Cassville...
Ribbon cutting held at The Sandwich Factory (04/11/12)
Wheaton to hold screenings (04/11/12)
The Wheaton R-3 School District will hold preschool screenings for the 2012-13 school year on April 17 and 18. Screenings will be completed in the elementary school kindergarten rooms. The DIAL III test will be used to screen children in the following areas: concepts, language and motor development. In addition, each child's vision, hearing and articulation will be screened...
Preschool to hold open house (04/11/12)
SONbeam Preschool, which is located at the Cassville United Methodist Church, will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16. Parents who are interested in enrolling their 3- or 4-year-old children for SONbeam Preschool's fall semester are encouraged to attend the open house. Families will have the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn more about the preschool...
Simply Sweet Shoppe joins chamber (04/11/12)
Home and business show this weekend (04/11/12)
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 25th annual Shell Knob Home and Business Show on April 13 and 14. The event will be held in the Shell Knob School gymnasium from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. "The biggest little home and business show in the Ozarks is a great opportunity to get new ideas for indoor and outside projects," said Sheila House, chamber executive director. ...
Suspect leads police on high-speed chase (04/11/12)
Last Thursday, a Monett man led the Barry County Sheriff's Department, Monett Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol on a high-speed car chase that ended in a crash. A press release issued by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said that three vehicles were stolen from the Purdy area on Thursday night. ...
Cassville clean-up event to be held April 30 through May 4 (04/11/12)
The City of Cassville's annual spring clean-up will be held April 30 through May 4. Allied Waste will accept additional household waste and large items on regular collection days. The following items will be accepted at the curb: barbecue grills; patio furniture; outdoor furniture; sofas; dressers; loveseats; recliners; desks; televisions; bundled guttering; beds, including hide-a-beds, mattresses and box springs...
Chamber quarterly luncheon is Thursday (04/11/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its second quarterly luncheon of 2012 at the Barry County Museum on Thursday. The event, which will feature the Cassville YMCA, will begin at noon. Dove Haney, Cassville YMCA facility manager, will offer a brief history of the Y including information on the establishment of the Cassville facility. She will also give an overview of YMCA programs and activities offered in the local community...
Library district to celebrate National Library Week (04/11/12)
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will celebrate National Library Week from April 9 through April 13. According to Gina Milburn, Barry-Lawrence Regional Library director, libraries are being used more than ever in a stressed economy. Often reduced library staff are providing more diversified services with fewer resources...
Meals drivers needed (04/11/12)
Volunteers always welcome at Cassville Senior Center
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (04/11/12)
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and one local agency is redoubling its efforts to protect children locally. The Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has a regional team, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, that is comprised of five officers that cover Barry, Lawrence, McDonald, Jasper, Dade, Barton, Polk, Cedar, Vernon, St. Clair, Hickory and Benton counties...
Lunch to benefit Habitat (04/11/12)
Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County will offer lunch on the square in Cassville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13. "Jim Fohn has donated pulled pork for the event," said Nora Young, Habitat For Humanity president. "We hope everyone comes out to eat a lot of pulled pork sandwiches. All of the money will go toward upcoming building projects."...
Cassville library seeks help for summer reading program (04/11/12)
The Cassville Branch Library is offering a summer reading program entitled "Dream Big -- Read." The program is aimed to encourage young students to read for pleasure and retain their reading skills over the summer break. "To add fun and create a sense of challenge that will keep kids reading, we'd like to offer incentives and contest prizes at various times during the summer," said Verna Fry, children's program coordinator. ...
Local student accepted by medical school (04/11/12)
A graduate of Cassville's Oakwood Christian School has been accepted to Ross University School of Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J. Jessica Danielle Heston, 19, of Cassville, is set to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in bio-chemistry from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in May. She is the daughter of Frank and Sonya Heston and the granddaughter of Chuck and Myrna Buehler, all of Cassville...
Easter bunny makes stop in Eagle Rock (04/11/12)
Crowder to offer transfer fair next week (04/11/12)
Crowder College will host an informational transfer fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at the Cassville campus, located at 4020 N. Main St. The fair will provide opportunities for students to visit with representatives from approximately 12 four-year schools or other advanced training...
OFO Young Artists Concert is April 29 (04/11/12)
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its season with the annual Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at Monett City Hall Auditorium. Two young musicians were selected by a panel of judges in February to play a movement of a major concerto with the orchestra. Eleven auditioned for a chance to play...
Local students inducted into honor society (04/11/12)
The Crowder College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) inducted 95 members on Feb. 12. Students with high academic records are eligible for membership in the National Scholastic Honor Society chapter. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours during the semester and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average to receive an invitation to join PTK...
Rotarians present Choices (04/11/12)
Children's Center sees 33 percent increase in cases (04/11/12)
The Children's Center in Monett, the bi-county office for Children's Center of the Ozarks, saw a 33 percent increase in the number of cases handled in 2011, setting a new record for a calendar year. Activity at the Monett office followed the pattern throughout the Children's Center's service area. The 12-county agency provided services to 1,004 children in 2011, more than in any previous year...
Easter egg hunt well attended (04/11/12)
Seligman to employ four police officers (04/11/12)
The Seligman City Council approved the employment of two full-time and two-part time officers at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 12. After reviewing the police department's financial report, the aldermen approved Chief Marion Jacobson's request for the four law enforcement positions...
Garden Sass to open market season (04/11/12)
The Garden Sass Farmers' Market will open its 2012 season at the pavilion on Mineral Springs Road in the Cassville City Park on Friday, April 13. Vendors will welcome customers with snacks and goodies. "This season will be one of the best as far as produce goes, and there will be many fine deals to be made," said John Potter, Garden Sass Farmers' Market president...
PEEP held at Rocky Edmondson Park (04/11/12)
On April 5, Missouri Department of Natural Resources staff members who work at Roaring River State Park helped organize a PEEP (Partnership for Environmental Education Program) for Cassville Intermediate School fifth graders at Rocky Edmondson Park...
Inmate roster added to BCSO website (04/11/12)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office has added a new feature, the current list of inmates, to its official website at www.barrycountysheriff.com. "Having the roster online will allow the public to view booking photos and details for each inmate in the detention area as well as those released within the past 48 hours," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "The website is a good tool for the public...
CHS earns awards at Redbird Relays (04/11/12)
The Cassville Wildcats picked up a number of awards at the annual Webb City Redbird Relays on Monday. Ozark won both the boys and girls divisions, scoring 187.5 and 157.5 points respectively. Cassville's boys scored 41, and the Lady Wildcats amassed 78...
Wildcats lose pair on road (04/11/12)
The Cassville Wildcats suffered back-to-back road losses to Springfield Catholic and Republic last week, slipping to 3-5 on the season. The Wildcats lost to Catholic on Monday, 7-3, then were mauled at Republic on Tuesday, 13-4. In the third inning the Fighting Irish jumped out to a 7-0 lead highlighted by five runs. The Wildcats scored the last three runs of the game. Trey Rose and Ricky Nichols both had two hits for Cassville, with Nichols producing a home run and two RBI...
Purdy baseball is flying high (04/11/12)
The Purdy Eagles baseball team improved to 7-1 on Monday night with a double-header sweep of College Heights. "The boys continue to play at a high level," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "We played our fourth game of the season without committing an error. Any time you play well on defense and don't beat yourself you have a chance to win."...
Cassville finishes second at Monett (04/11/12)
The Cassville Wildcats golf team took second in the four-team Monett golf competition last Tuesday. The Cubs finished first shooting 158. Cassville recorded a 170. Monett's Travis Thompson and Jacob Fair tied for top individual honors finishing even on the day with 35...
Sellars wins 800-meter at Ash Grove (04/11/12)
Southwest's Montana Hendrix increased her school record in the high jump to 5-3, Cristian Sellars nabbed Southwest's only gold medal at the Ash Grove Invitational March 30. Sellars led the field in the 800-meter dash winning in 2:06.01. The Southwest boys scored 22 points and placed 10th in the field of 26 teams. Lamar won the meet with 144 points...
Legion tryouts are April 21 (04/11/12)
Cassville American Legion Post #118 will hold tryouts beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Post 118 will sponsor an AA Legion team only this year. Area baseball players who are 17 and under and interested in playing baseball this summer should play to attend the tryouts...
Local student earns All-Region basketball award (04/11/12)
Josh Steward, of McDowell, and Isaac Waddell, of Aurora, earned All-Region Awards for their regular season play. They were chosen from a team pool of hundreds of players from the Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Steward and Waddell were rewarded for their accomplishments by playing in an All-Star Game at Hammons Student Center in Springfield last Wednesday evening before a crowd of nearly 7,000 people...
Monett Speedway is ready to roar (04/11/12)
The sound of engines screaming and the sight of cars circling the three-eighths of a mile dirt track at Monett Speedway during last Sunday's play day signaled that the 2012 racing season is almost here. "Racing fans, more specifically dirt track fans, love to see the cars sliding around corners at 100 miles per hour," said owner Randy Mooneyham. "I think the most skilled (race car) drivers are the guys on dirt."...
Water Thrashers need swimmers (04/11/12)
The Monett Water Thrashers are looking for swimmers ages 5 to 18. Those interested need to be strong swimmers, be able to swim one length of the pool unassisted and to be able to pass the red-zone swim test in the deep end of the pool. For more information on practice times, swim meets and fees e-mail swimmonett@gmail.com or visit www.waterthrashers.com...
Fun run to honor Doug Weatherly (04/11/12)
Pierce City High School will host the second annual Doug Weatherly Scholarship Fun Run on Saturday, April 21. The fundraising event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The run is open to the public and will start and finish near the football field in Pierce City. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runner...
Little Spikers Volleyball Camp (04/11/12)
The Southwest Lady Trojans will sponsor the 2012 Little Spikers Youth Volleyball Camp on April 17, 18 and 19. The event, which is open to all first through seventh grade girls, will be held in the Southwest High School gymnasium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day...
Southwest MS volleyball completes great season (04/11/12)
The Southwest Middle School volleyball team ended the season with a five-game winning streak, including wins over Hurley and Exeter last week. The eighth grade team finished the season with a record of 12-4-2. "It was a great season," said coach Steve Voyak. "The girls made way more progress than I expected. We still stress fundamentals at the middle school level, but we had intelligent discussions about strategy and the technical aspect of the game and volleyball IQ."...
County Calendar (04/11/12)
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...
MAXINE WILSON (04/11/12)
Blanche "Maxine" Wilson, 93, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, in Peachwood Manor. She was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Marionville, the daughter of Alfred Sydney and Grace (Barton) Steele. On Sept. 25, 1941, in Galena, she was united in marriage to Onis Wilson, who preceded her in death on Dec. ...
RHODA RICE (04/11/12)
Rhoda Lee Rice, 56, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, in her home. Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Charles Forrester, III,; and one sister, Pamela Hickey. She received her education in Corning, Ark. In 1984, she moved from Chelsea, Okla., to Cassville to make her home. She was a bookkeeper and co-owner of Cassville Glass and Mirror. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cassville...
PEGGY DALTON (04/11/12)
Peggy L. Dalton, 75, a life-long resident of Washburn, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012. She was born in Red Oak, Iowa, on Aug. 23, 1936, daughter of Emit and Mildred (Murray) Hyde. The family moved to Washburn, where she attended Washburn schools, graduating in 1954. ...
GLADYS BOND (04/11/12)
Gladys I. Bond, 93, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in her home. She was born March 28, 1919, in Advance, Mo., the daughter of David Guy and Ollie Lillian (McClain) Slinkard. On Nov. 16, 1942, in Washington, D.C., she was united in marriage to George W. Bond, who preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2001. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Gerald William Bond; three brothers, Weldon Slinkard, Melvin Slinkard and Norman Slinkard; and one sister, Bette Crites...
RANSOM ELLIS, JR. (04/11/12)
Ransom Asbury Ellis, Jr. was born on January 18, 1920, on a farm near Leann, Missouri the son of Ransom Asbury Ellis and Mary Susan (Akin) Ellis. His formative years were spent in the Clay Hill area in Northern Barry County, Missouri, learning the value of hard work on his family's farm. ...
REV. FRED LYNN (04/11/12)
Rev. Fred L. Lynn, 88, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2012. He was born March 8, 1924, in Vera Cruz, Mo., in Douglas County. He graduated from Nixa High School. He did additional studies and training at Draughons University, ABC Radio School, Baptist Bible College and Moody Bible Institute...
OLLIE NORRIS (04/11/12)
Ollie 'Robbins' Norris, 80, of Berryville, Ark., born June 1, 1931 in Mano, Missouri, daughter of Lee Franklin and Belva M. (Towler) Holman, departed this life Thursday, March 29, 2012. in Springfield, Missouri. Ollie was a member of Towering Oaks Church. She worked at Tyson Foods...
CURTIS LEROY REED (04/11/12)
Curtis Leroy Reed, 64, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, following a short illness. He was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Cleo and Eva Reed. On Aug. 29, 1992, he was united in marriage to Callie Pruitt, who survives...
Hold us accountable (04/11/12)
In March, a NBC producer decided to edit the 911 call placed by George Zimmerman before he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. By editing the audio, the producer made it appear that Zimmerman volunteered the information that Martin was black with no prompting. ...
Letter to the Editor (04/11/12)
Celebrate National Library Workers Day Dear Editor: Americans value their libraries, and they show that appreciation by using their libraries in large numbers and by supporting library funding. The library is seen, quite correctly, as both a benign and benevolent pillar of the community and is one of the very few places you can go and be provided with educational, recreational and/or useful materials for free. ...