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Library to offer movie events this week (08/15/12)
The Cassville Branch Library will offer the movie for grownups "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday. The movie is rated PG-13. Attendees are invited to bring their own snacks. The library will not offer a Friday family movie this week. A special matinee of "The Hunger Games" will be offered at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The movie is rated PG-13. Families are invited to bring their own snacks...
Welcome back Wildcats (08/15/12)
Ride of a lifetime (08/15/12)
State park back in tip-top shape (08/15/12)
Roaring River State Park is back in tip-top shape just in time for annual fall Kids' Fishing Day, which will be held in the park this Saturday. "The park and campgrounds have been cleaned up and look great," said Dusty Reid, park superintendent. "Park staff is excited to have opened all three campgrounds within six days of the storm, and we are already gearing up for our next big special event...
Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire District ISO rating improves (08/15/12)
This summer, the Insurance Service Office (ISO) completed a public protection classification survey of the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District. The survey resulted in an improvement to the district's ISO rating from an 8 to a 7. "This new rating will take effect Nov. ...
Cassville welcomes back teachers, staff members (08/15/12)
The Cassville R-4 School District held its welcome back meeting for faculty and staff in the primary and middle school cafeteria on Aug. 9. Superintendent Richard Asbill began the meeting by talking about how the district is being impacted by the heat and drought conditions in southwest Missouri...
Council updated on projects (08/15/12)
On Monday night, the Cassville City Council received an update on repairs that are currently being completed on city water tower #4 and repairs needed at the Cassville City Hall. After a one-hour closed session to discuss legal issues, the aldermen were addressed by Steve Walensky, public works director. Walensky explained that on Friday, public works staff members discovered a leak at water tower #4, which is located near the Walmart Supercenter...
Post offices to hold customer appreciation events (08/15/12)
The Cassville Post Office will hold a customer appreciation day from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Children's coloring sheets will be offered and philatelic catalogs will be available for area stamp collectors. "Our customers are the reason we exist, so I think its important to recognize and thank them for their loyal business and support," said Tina Strauch, postmaster. "We want our customers to know we appreciate them and are working hard to continue to earn their business...
Friends of Education Award presented (08/15/12)
Fire Department hosts annual bbq (08/15/12)
It's time for the Wheaton Fire Department's 54th annual barbecue, slated to take place starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Wheaton City Park. The Show and Shine Car Show will begin at 9 a.m. For registration information, call 847-7907. The 18th annual Spud McCracken Memorial Horseshoe Tournament gets underway at 11 a.m. For more information on the tournament, call 835-3003...
Flagpole dedication to be held (08/15/12)
The Wheaton Historical Society and Wheaton Depot Museum will host a dedication ceremony for the donated VFW Post #5219 flagpole at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Wheaton Museum across from the Wheaton City Park. Speakers for the event are Col. James Cantrell, USA retired, and Capt. Steve Burnett, USN retired, a Wheaton High School alumnus...
Motorists urged to drive carefully as students head back to school this fall (08/15/12)
Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr urges area motorists to use extra caution on local roadways as students head back to classes this week. "The Cassville Police Department will increase patrol in school zones and will be running radar," said Kammerlohr. "We want drivers to be extremely cautious in the area of school zones and as always obey the traffic laws for safety reasons."...
R-4 School District welcomes new teachers (08/15/12)
Gearing up for Fall Festival (08/15/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 2012 Fall Festival and Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, which will be held on the downtown square in Cassville on Saturday, Oct. 27. "We are going to forgo the CASI guidelines this year," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "CASI has been great to work with in the past, and we really appreciate everything they have done for our cook-off...
Fire response for the Red Cross rises exponentially (08/15/12)
In the past year, fire response for the American Red Cross has risen dramatically. On average, the American Red Cross is responding to three fires per day in the 40 counties the organization serves in southern Missouri. In July of 2011, the American Red Cross provided emergency help to 185 fire victims. In July 2012, they provided assistance to over 230 victims...
Health department conducts food-service inspections (08/15/12)
The Environmental Services division of the Barry County Health Department inspected 38 food-service establishments during the month of July. Of that group, 27 establishments had critical violations and nine had no critical or non-critical violations...
Volunteer tax preparers needed (08/15/12)
ATLS (Across the LifeSpan) Coalition, a network of community service providers working to promote personal financial literacy and independence, is currently searching for volunteer tax preparers in Barry, Lawrence and surrounding counties. Free training is provided, and all volunteers will be IRS certified prior to February of 2013. New volunteer training will be conducted in November or December, and training for returning volunteers will be held in January of 2013...
Fall Festival weekend to offer assortment of activities (08/15/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's Fall Festival and Chili and Salsa Cook-Off will offer live entertainment, craft booths, chili and salsa tasting, a pet parade, live music and food vendors. Booths will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. In addition to the fall festival, a variety of activities will be held throughout the day on Oct. 27...
The Little Store is now open (08/15/12)
The Little Store is now open in Cassville, featuring a variety of goods from glassware to antiques and quilts to costume jewelry. "There is a little bit of everything, and everything is for sale," said owner Sherry Johnson. "I've been collecting since I was 15 years old. I would regularly go to auctions and estate sales, and I would collect everything."...
Southwest Trap Team competes at Nationals (08/15/12)
In the high school junior division, the squad of Eric Anderson, Eithan Still, Tommy Sickles, Johnathon Wolf and Kordell McNabb shot a team score of 941 targets out of 1,000. Wolf led the team with a strong score of 199/200. "Johnathon had an awesome tournament," said Southwest coach Mike Vining. "He dropped his 69th target on the first day, and shot 100 straight on day two. Johnathon was in the middle of every target. It was a very impressive performance to watch."...
Kids invited to fish RRSP on Saturday (08/15/12)
On Saturday, kids 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to enjoy a free day of fishing at Roaring River State Park. "Kids Fishing Day is a great family oriented event that allows kids to learn about conservation and fishing and have a good time with their parents," said Paul Spurgeon, Roaring River Hatchery manager...
The Eurekan challenge (08/15/12)
County Calendar (08/15/12)
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...
JANIS DAUGHERTY TUCKER (08/15/12)
Janis Marie Daugherty Tucker, 63, of Stella, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in her home. She was born April 18, 1949, in Barry County, the daughter of Loy Franklin and Rosalie (Pennel) Byrd. Survivors include: her companion of 17 years, Kenneth Tucker; two sons, Shane Horner and his wife, Toni, of Miami, Okla., and Yancy Pierce, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three daughters, Monica Cox and her husband, Donnie, of Rogers, Ark., Sondra Horner, of Stella, and Patty Madison, of Rogers, Ark.; her mother, Rosalie Mead, of Purdy; one brother, Danny Byrd and his wife, Janice, of Purdy; one sister, Teresa Malone and her husband, Charles, of Newnan, Ga.; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.. ...
JASON NICKOLS (08/15/12)
Jason Kyle Nickols, 41, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012. He was born on Feb. 23, 1971, to Beverly and Jack Nickols in Springfield. He was a graduate of Cassville High School Class of 1989. He attended SMSU and began his career with UPS in 1990...
ABEL IBARRA (08/15/12)
Abel Ibarra, 45, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Lawrence County. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Edwards Catholic Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. John Braun will conduct the services. Burial will be at Purdy Cemetery...
MABEL "MEG" WHITNEY (08/15/12)
Mabel "Meg" Evelyn Whitney, 84, formerly of Barry County, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Baldwin Area Medical Center, Baldwin, Wis. She was born in Rocky Comfort on Nov.16, 1927, the daughter of John and Blanche (Aubrey) Garrison. In 1946, she married Alfred Larson and to this union three sons were born. In 1992, she married Wallace "Wally" Whitney, who preceded her in death on March 5, 2004. Also preceding her in death were her parents, four sisters, three brothers and a grandson...
CHUCK ELLIOTT (08/15/12)
Charles "Chuck" R. Elliott, 62, of Gardner, Kan., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at the Medicalodges of Gardner, Kan. He was born on Feb. 24, 1950, in Kansas City, Kan., son of Robert Elliott and Shirley Dean Elliott. He was a life long resident of Kansas City and Gardner, Kansas areas living over 25 years in the Medicalodges of Paola and Gardner, Kan...
MAYNARD GOOD (08/15/12)
Maynard Francis Good, 76, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville. He was born May 31, 1936, in Miami County, Kan., the son of Francis Dale and Ida Mae (Smith) Good. On March 17, 1956, in Louisburg, Kan., he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Sloan, who survives...
BILL KANE (08/15/12)
William (Bill) Kane, 80, of Golden, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was born on Aug. 4, 1932, in Spearville, Kan., son of Elbert and Agnes (Shean) Kane. He attended Spearville High School and was a graduate of the Class of 1950. He worked as a chemical salesman and in July of 1998, he and his companion, Doris Williams, moved to Golden, from Witchita, Kan...
LOGAN ROBERT DUYCK (08/15/12)
Baby Logan Robert Duyck, passed away on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was the son of Sarah Jane Housekeeper and Matthew Robert Duyck, of Cassville...
DR. JESS KESSINGER (08/15/12)
Dr. Jess Kessinger, 65, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, after a short illness. He was born February 8, 1947, in Buffalo, Missouri, the son of Dr. A.J. (Jack) and Wilma (Butler) Kessinger. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1965 and Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City in 1969. ...
A commitment to communication (08/15/12)
Last Thursday, during the Cassville School District's welcome back meeting for teachers and staff members, John Sullivan, R-4 Board president, made a commitment to the employees who serve in the school system. John said that the board planned to improve communication with staff members during the 2012-13 school year. ...
Letters to the Editor (08/15/12)
Dear Editor: I am writing in regards to the article that Larry Dablemont (Outdoors) had in last week's Democrat paper about the Evans family and their pet raccoon known as Scooter. We know Tim and Teresa Evans. They have grown up in the Seligman community. ...