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Stories from Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Event offers lesson in consequences (04/18/12)
Mock crash shows possible results of poor decisions
R-4 Board discusses shelter design options (04/18/12)
On April 12, the Cassville R-4 School Board discussed design options for the emergency shelter facility that will be constructed on the school campus using a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant. "Both of the designs presented to the board are very aesthetically pleasing," said Superintendent Richard Asbill. "The main difference between Option A and Option B are the lobby areas...
Shiveley to be recommended for city mayor (04/18/12)
Alderman Terry Heinz, mayor pro tem, will recommend the appointment of Bill Shiveley to the open Cassville mayor's position next month. Heinz made the announcement at Monday's Cassville City Council meeting. "I am proud to announce that at the next regular meeting I will present Bill Shiveley to the board for the appointment of mayor of Cassville," said Heinz. "Bill has accepted, and it will be up to the alderman to decide whether or not to appoint him."...
Pantry receives $5,000 gift from Mercy (04/18/12)
The Cassville Community Food Pantry at Cassville United Methodist Church has received a $5,000 Caritas grant from the Mercy health organization. The $100,000 Caritas grant, which means 'charity' in Latin, was established in 1988 in honor of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley and is funded by Mercy corporate co-worker donations. The funds will provide $5,000 in food supplies for the local pantry...
Event recognizes Barry County E-911 dispatchers (04/18/12)
Last week, the Barry County E-911 Operations Center celebrated National Telecommuicator Week. On Saturday, a barbecue and awards ceremony were held to honor the E-911 dispatching team. "Those who do this line of work know that we are the last ones to get thanked," said Pat Blevins, Barry County E-911 dispatching operations manager. "We often hear about the wonderful job that our firefighters and officers have done, but you don't usually hear about the great work done by our communicators...
Barry Electric Board of Directors (04/18/12)
Cassville Cruisers join Chamber of Commerce (04/18/12)
Sater honored (04/18/12)
RRSP to celebrate Earth Day (04/18/12)
Roaring River State Park will celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. All community members are invited to attend the event, which will be held at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center off of Highway F in the park. "This will be a good opportunity for visitors to see things that we don't normally have on exhibit and do some things in the park that we don't ordinarily offer," said Tim Smith, park naturalist. ...
Purdy teen pleads guilty to fatal DWI crash (04/18/12)
With her jury trial scheduled to begin, Sierra Nicole Wood, 19, of Purdy, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a drunk driving crash that claimed the life of Wood's 17-year-old friend Jessica Pettengill. Wood appeared before Circuit Judge Robert S. ...
Baking with sugar substitutes (04/18/12)
An easy way to cut back on calories without feeling deprived is to cook or bake with artificial sweeteners, says a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist. "You can shave 360 calories from a cake recipe that calls for one cup of sugar by using an artificial sweetener in place of half of it," says Susan Mills-Gray...
Benches donated to Cassville YMCA (04/18/12)
Registrations accepted for annual car show (04/18/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting registrations for the 26th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival, which will be held on the square in Cassville on Saturday, May 5. "Last year, we had 145 entries, and I am optimistic the show will be every bit that large this year," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "The Dogwood has such a strong history in Cassville. It is exciting to see the entries come into the chamber office...
Library to give away free books (04/18/12)
The Purdy Branch Library will give away free books in honor of the first World Book Night that will be celebrated in the United States on April 23. "What's better than a good book?" asked Anna Quindlen, the U.S. campaign's honorary chairman. "A whole box of them, and the opportunity to share them with new readers. The idea behind World Book Night is inspired, and as a writer and a reader, I am thrilled to be a part of it."...
Cassville man injured in crash on Highway 60 (04/18/12)
On Sunday, a Cassville man was injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred at 9:35 a.m. on Highway 60 about one mile west of Monett. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 1995 Toyota Tacoma, Musae Thao, 19, of Cassville, collided into a 2003 Saturn, driven by Mary K. ...
Weekly calls posted on sheriff's office website (04/18/12)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office has added a new feature to its official website at www.barrycountysheriff.com. The weekly call volume and the number of reports filed for the county is now located under the "press releases" tab on the website. "As we shift more toward summer, activity is picking up," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "We had a total of 172 calls for the week of April 3 through April 8, and 276 calls the week before."...
SWACC students excel at SkillsUSA contest (04/18/12)
SkillsUSA state contests were held at Linn State Technical Center in Jefferson City. The Southwest Area Career Center in Monett had 41 students who qualified to compete in state contests. Ed Norman, SWACC welding instructor, was named the Missouri State SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year during the opening ceremony. ...
Local students to be honored at Quill ceremony (04/18/12)
The Crowder Quill will host its annual awards ceremony in the Wright Conference Center at the Crowder College Campus in Neosho from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. A light lunch will be served after the ceremony. The public is invited to attend the event, which will also offer the second annual campus- and community-wide poetry reading...
Exeter sets dates for spring events (04/18/12)
The Exeter City Council set the dates for a pair of spring events at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 14. The aldermen voted to hold the city wide yard sale on Saturday, April 28 and the city wide clean-up on Tuesday, May 1. In other business, the council:...
Basic Obedience 101 (04/18/12)
Family Casino Night is Saturday (04/18/12)
Kornerstone Inc., will hold its first Family Casino Night at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. All community members are invited to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to play black jack, poker and slot machines using play money. The event will also offer a kids gaming area for children over the age of 12...
Museum to hold book signing (04/18/12)
The Barry County Museum will host a book signing for the 17th volume of "Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County" from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The newest volume of "Lifetimes of Memories" features Doyle Bowman, Ralph Hilburn and Dortha (Bush) Roller...
Seligman welcomes new aldermen (04/18/12)
Seligman officers sworn in (04/18/12)
Purdy "shops" insurance premiums (04/18/12)
The City of Purdy is looking to save money on its municipal insurance coverage by having their needs "shopped" by a dedicated agent. Casey Chastain, representing Connell Insurance in Hollister, attended the regular April meeting of the council to explain how the city could save significantly on premiums over their present Worker's Comprehension insurance carrier, Traveler's, and municipal coverage insurance carrier, Meadowbrook...
SK students raise over $1,300 for Pennies for Patients (04/18/12)
Exeter Backpack Program receives donation (04/18/12)
Southwest to hold special events (04/18/12)
This month, the Southwest R-5 School District will hold three special events, an informational meeting, an awards night and preschool screenings. The district will offer information on federal programs in the elementary school library at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24...
Butterfield awards bids (04/18/12)
Water system improvements are one step closer for the residents of Butterfield, after city council members approved bids for construction to begin at their March meeting. Council members issued a contract to Harper Drilling, out of Clinton, to begin drilling the new well, with the contract for construction of the distribution system awarded to Lathrop Construction Inc., of Nevada...
Exeter receives donation for AED (04/18/12)
The Exeter School District has received a $1,860 donation for the purchase of an AED (automated external defibrillator). The Exeter R-6 School Board learned about the donation at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 14. According to board member Brad Porter, Linda Tichenor, owner of L & L in Exeter, organized a fundraising effort for the donation. Porter presented the board with checks and cash totalling $1,860, which were collected by Tichenor...
Wheaton approves contracts (04/18/12)
The Wheaton R-3 School Board approved 19 teacher contracts at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 15. Faculty members returning to the district for the 2012-13 school year are: Glenda Ball, Curt White, Melissa Hayslip, Sally Sharp, Diana Bray, Jaymi Bellah, Ashley Roe, Derek Gladden, May Yang, Jason Webb, Mike Austin, Valerie Ball, David Bolton, Deanne Carter, Jim Green, Holly Lacey, Twyla McInturff, Michael Robbins and Barbara Skinner...
CHS hosts 54th annual NHS induction event (04/18/12)
The Cassville High School National Honor Society (NHS) Clara Astra Chapter recognized 33 students during its 54th annual induction ceremony on April 17. Allison Bradford, current CHS NHS president, presided over the ceremony, which was held in the high school gymnasium on Tuesday. After each new inductee was escorted into the gym, Gage Holloway, vice president, presented a brief history of the organization, which was founded in 1921...
Southwest School Board hires substitute teachers (04/18/12)
The Southwest R-5 School Board hired four substitute teachers and one substitute bus driver at its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 16. Karry Lewis, Linda Rodriguez, Christine Shepherd and Joshua Wiseman will serve as substitute teachers, and Merlene Hall was hired as a substitute bus driver...
Music Therapy program receives funding (04/18/12)
For the eighth consecutive year, Dr. Michael Cassity, Drury University professor of graduate music therapy studies, has received a grant from the Lawrence and Barry County Tax Boards for the Developmentally Disabled to provide music therapy to residents in those areas...
Wildcats improve to 6-4 (04/18/12)
After obliterating the visiting Lamar Tigers in a 24-1 rout on Tuesday, the Cassville Wildcats baseball team pulled out a 2-1 comeback victory at Carl Junction on Thursday, and then returned home to defeat Hollister on Friday, 11-1. The trifecta of wins boosted Cassville's season record to 6-4...
Lannum leads Wildcats at Nixa Invitational (04/18/12)
Josh Lannum won the shot and discus events, scoring 20 of Cassville's 29.5 field event points in leading his team. Results for the Cassville boys are as follows. First place Second place Fifth place Sixth place Seventh place Results for the Cassville girls were as follows...
Wheaton players receive honors (04/18/12)
After an outstanding season in which their Wheaton Bulldogs basketball team won a district title before bowing out in the Class 2 playoffs to the eventual state champions from Billings, Sean Goostree, Jory Bartkoski and Bubba Galvan all received postseason honors...
Cassville's Evan White signs with college (04/18/12)
Cassville's Evan White inked a national letter of intent to play golf for Kansas City Community College in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday. "It feels great, like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," said White. "Golf has always been a very relaxing and challenging sport for me. I am lucky to have the opportunity to continue to play a game I love in college."...
Purdy Eagles bounce back, down Trojans (04/18/12)
Five days after suffering a heartbreaking loss to state-ranked Conway, the Purdy Eagles baseball team bounced back with a 4-3 Ozark 7 Conference victory over Southwest on Monday. "We are struggling a little bit offensively," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "We have faced some tough pitching. Tonight, we made the most of our opportunities at the plate."...
Kennadi Howard to play at Cottey College (04/18/12)
Kennadi Howard, a senior at Cassville High School, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Cottey College in Nevada last Thursday. "My emotions are kind of wild right now," said Howard. "My hearts racing. I'm kind of nervous, but I know I made the right decision."...
Eagles rout Sarcoxie 18-2 (04/18/12)
The Purdy Eagles baseball team sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning scoring 10 runs on five hits to propel them to an 18-2 victory over Sarcoxie Thursday night. "We were patient and got off to a hot start," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "I was really proud of the way we competed."...
Up and over (04/18/12)
Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Darrell Burns, a junior at Wheaton took second place in the high jump. Burns cleared 6' 2".
Legion baseball tryouts April 21 (04/18/12)
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...
Youth golf clinic coming to Monett (04/18/12)
It has been said that golf is a "game of a lifetime." One can begin playing at an early age in life and still play the sport when in advanced in years. Brett Bailey developed a love of golf at a very early age and with the aid of several friends established the Golf Benefit Fund an organization that helps area youth participate in sports programs and allows kids to have fun while learning a sport...
County Calendar (04/18/12)
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...
ALVIRTA MARTIN (04/18/12)
Funeral services for Alvirta Martin, of Lawton, Okla., were at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Abe Deutschendorf officiating. She passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Burial was at the Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Okla., under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service...
MICHAEL TAYLOR (04/18/12)
Michael Taylor, 69, of Shell Knob, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. He was born in Chicago, Ill., son of Arthur and Pauline (Holmes) Taylor on Aug. 26, 1942. He enlisted in the Army in 1962, where he served as a marksmen in Germany. ...
HANSFORD ASH (04/18/12)
Hansford Lester Ash, 89, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, in his home. He was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Cassville, the son of Floyd L. and Charline (Baker) Ash. On Oct. 20, 1942, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Viola Foster, who survives...
JANICE FAIR (04/18/12)
Janice Joann Fair, 55, of Seligman, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, in her home. She was born Nov. 17, 1956, in Bentonville, Ark., the daughter of J.W. and Dorothy (McDonald) Wishon. She was united in marriage to Dan Fields, who preceded her in death. To this union two children were born. On May 23, 1990, in Yuma, Ariz., she married Jay Fair who preceded her in death on May 28, 2011. Also preceding her in death were her mother and a granddaughter...
LUCILLE V. ASPIASU (04/18/12)
Lucille V. Aspiasu, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville. She was born Aug. 20, 1931, in St. Louis, the daughter of Wilbur Isack and Goldie (Poff) Adams. Preceding her in death were her father Wilbur Adams; her mother and stepfather Goldie and Tom Ferguson; two sisters, Viola Walters and Mildred Adams; one brother, Wilbur "Blackie" Adams; one stepbrother, Clifford Ferguson and one great-granddaughter...
RUSSELL DAVENPORT (04/18/12)
Russell K. Davenport, 69, of Pineville, passed away Friday, April 13, 2012, in Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville, Ark. He was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Kaney, Ark., the son of Victor and Juanita (Doty) Davenport. On Aug. 3, 1973, he was united in marriage to Geneva Owens, who preceded him in death on July 25, 2006. Also preceding him in death were his parents and a grandson...
CHAMP MARNEY (04/18/12)
Champ J. "J.R." Marney, Jr., 66, of Rocky Comfort, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, in Freeman West Hospital, Joplin. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial will be at Rocky Comfort Cemetery...
FLOYD GRAY (04/18/12)
Floyd Gray, 63, of Cassville, passed away on April 11, 2012, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. He was born on April 18, 1948, in Seattle, Wash., son of Floyd Gray and Lila (Davis) Gray. He attended school in Denver, Colo., and in 1997, moved to Cassville to be close to his family. He was self-employed as a journeyman construction worker...
SPECIALIST ALONZO DUANE GREY (04/18/12)
Specialist Alonzo Duane Grey, 28, currently of Hinesville, Ga., formerly of Jenkins, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012, at his home. He was born on Oct. 16, 1983, son of Duane Grey Jr. and Teresa Grey in Springfield. He was a lifelong resident of the Jenkins community and was a graduate of Cassville High School, Class of 2002. ...
ANNE SCHMIDT (04/18/12)
Anne Schmidt, 91, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and formerly of Eagle Rock, Missouri, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois in Woodstock. She was born on March 14, 1921 in Chicago, Ill., to John and Anna (Bilo) Dinchak...
MATTHEW RYAN PRUITT (04/18/12)
Matthew Ryan Pruitt, 25, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at his residence in Cassville. He was born on Sept. 29, 1986, in Tulsa, Okla., son of Gary and Cindy (Harris) Pruitt. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Purple Heart, an Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and Overseas Service Bar. He moved to Cassville three years ago from Tulsa, Okla...
BOB HORNER (04/18/12)
Robert Eugene "Bob" Horner, 87, of Cassville, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, where he had been a resident for five years. He was born on April 6, 1925, son of Loren and Alma (White) Horner, at Cassville...
Events showcase emergency services (04/18/12)
On Friday, Cassville High School students had the opportunity to see some of Barry County's emergency workers in action. Cox EMS, the Cassville Fire Department, the Cassville Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Barry County Sheriff's Department, Barry County E-911, the Barry County Coroner's office and CHS nurse Elaine Boles displayed their skills at a mock crash scene that occurred on the grassy lawn south of the high school...