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Stories from Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Trick-or-Treat event to benefit local families (10/17/12)
Cassville High School FBLA, FCCLA, FFA and TSA members will collect donations for local food pantries through the first Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat event on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Members will trick-or-treat in Cassville neighborhoods from 5:30 to 7 p.m...
Local pharmacy expanding again (10/17/12)
After celebrating an expansion project less than two years ago, Whitley Pharmacy is expanding again. The local business will add around 2,000 square feet of showroom space for its giftware merchandise. "This will be the largest of the three buildings that we will be in," said Blake Whitley, Whitley Pharmacy owner. "It is amazing how fast you need more room. You can never have enough room."...
Calling all zombies (10/17/12)
Community members invited to perform Thriller during cook-off event
Lots of ways to celebrate Halloween (10/17/12)
Over the next two weeks, local businesses and organizations will hold a variety of activities in celebration of Halloween. Halloween Parade The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Halloween Costume Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Participants are invited to gather at the chamber parking lot, which is located at 504 Main Street in Cassville...
Ribbon cutting at Simply Bookkeeping (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Monday, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Simply Bookkeeping, located at 907 N. Main St. in Cassville. The business, which offers payroll services including payroll taxes, sales tax reports, tax preparation for individual and corporate customers, Quickbooks services, client billing and weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual bookkeeping services, opened on Oct. ...
Proposed cigarette tax would benefit schools (10/17/12)
Proposition B, which increases the cigarette tax by 700 percent, will provide elementary and secondary schools across the state with additional funding. According to a press release issued by Cassville R-4 School District Superintendent Richard Asbill, Proposition B will generate around $283 million each year and 50 percent of the funding will benefit Missouri school districts...
New tool helps officer investigations (10/17/12)
The Cassville Police Department has a new piece of equipment that is beneficial in investigations conducted by all southern Barry County law enforcement officers. The Cassville Police Department received the latest version of the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) in August. ...
Reward offered in the Seal disappearance (10/17/12)
The longest standing open major case on the books in Lawrence County now has a major reward offered. The parents of Christene (Nickle) Seal is offering a $25,000 reward for information to resolve their daughter's disappearance on June 19, 1972 from the family's mobile home a mile and a half from Verona...
Clean energy district offers low-interest loans to businesses (10/17/12)
On Oct. 8, the Cassville City Council voted to join the Missouri Clean Energy District, (MCED) which will give local business owners an opportunity to apply for low-interest loans for building improvement projects. Doyle Childers, of Flotron and McIntosh, offered information on MCED during the monthly council meeting held last week...
New chamber board directors (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Board will welcome four new directors in January of 2013. Andy Lambel, Valerie Spears, Bob Crouthamel and Angela Seymour will replace Gary Whyte, Michael LeCompte, Michelle Bredeson and Darrin Jacobs, who will be retiring from their positions next year. Pictured above, from left, are: Lambel, Spears and Crouthamel...
Donation made to local museum (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Commerce Bank and Commerce Bancshares Foundation presented Barry County Museum Director Kathy White with a donation on Oct. 11. "Each year, it is our pleasure at Commerce Bank to contribute to organizations that make positive impacts on the lives of a great number of Barry Countians," said Mike McCracken, Commerce Bank president. Pictured above, from left, are: McCracken; White; and Debra Mitchell, bank vice president...
Teen Driver Safety Week (10/17/12)
National Teen Driver Safety Week will be celebrated this week, through Oct. 20. The event encourages young drivers to buckle up when they get behind the wheel. Fall is an extremely busy time for teenagers. With homework, exams, sports and extracurricular activities, more teens are getting back on the road. Unfortunately, many teens hurriedly drive from place to place, often forgetting to wear seat belts both when they are driving, and when they are riding with other motorists...
ACCESS Family Care 2012 Clinical Quality Award recipient (10/17/12)
Family Care has been recognized as a 2012 Silver Level Clinical Quality Award recipient by the Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA). Nine Performance Measures were utilized to determine award level: Diabetes Control (Good/Adequate Control and Uncontrolled), Hypertension Control, Childhood Immunizations, Cervical Cancer Screening, Weight Assessment/Counseling Adults, Weight Assessment/Counseling Children, Tobacco Use Assessment, and Tobacco Cessation...
Goodbye party held (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center held a going away party for staff member Julie Bland on Oct. 11. Bland, who is relocating to Oklahoma, has coordinated the Neighborhood Center's School Readiness Fair for over five years. As a member of the OACAC staff she also assisted community members with a variety of other services. Pictured above, from left, are: Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director; Bland; and Debbie Gemmecke, Neighborhood Center office assistant...
BCSO releases recent stats (10/17/12)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office received 232 calls for service from Oct. 1 through Oct. 7. The following reports were filed for that time period: Cassville: three reports of second degree burglary, an informational report, possession of a forging instrument, drug overdose, theft of a purse and stealing a motor vehicle...
One Million Meals initiative reaches halfway mark (10/17/12)
Arvest Bank is halfway to its goal of providing one million meals to those in need. In September, the bank announced the One Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and communities to fight hunger. "Arvest is so fortunate to have generous neighbors in the communities that we serve," said Mark Davis, Arvest Bank president in Shell Knob. "We have reached the halfway point to raising one million meals for those in need and that is an accomplishment...
Missouri still number one in take back efforts (10/17/12)
Once again the state of Missouri collected the largest amount of prescription medications in the Drug Enforcement Agency's St. Louis Division during the National Take Back Initiative, which was held on Sept. 29. Missouri collected 17,208 pounds of medications during the latest prescription drug take back initiative. The local effort, which was conducted by the Cassville Police Department, gathered over 75 pounds of medication...
Clerk wins drawing (10/17/12)
Wheaton City Clerk Marianne Witt won a large, black, wooden cat through a drawing sponsored by the Wheaton Historical Society and the Wheaton Depot Museum. Funds raised through the drawing and sale of other handcrafted Halloween characters will be used for ongoing expenses at the museum, which is located on Main Street in Wheaton. ...
Back pack program donation (10/17/12)
Jack Henry and Associates on the Monett campus participated in shorts and flip flop days over a three-month period and held a fundraising breakfast to support the back pack programs at six southwest Missouri school districts. A total of $6,000 was raised and allowed the business to donate $1,000 to the Aurora, Cassville, Monett, Mount Vernon, Pierce City and Purdy school districts. ...
Restaurant redesign (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Construction crews are currently completing an exterior and interior remodeling project at the Cassville McDonald's. The project includes the installation of a dual lane drive through, which is designed to decrease wait times for drive through customers. When the project is completed, the local fast food restaurant will feature the company's newest facility design...
Another downtown improvement (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Monday, crews painted the ornamental facade at the top of the Ellis, Cupps and Cole Attorneys at Law building on the downtown square in Cassville. Throughout the day, many passersby and drivers stopped to watch painters completing the improvement work...
Seligman bans synthetic drugs (10/17/12)
The City of Seligman has passed an ordinance prohibiting the possession or sale of products containing synthetic cannabinoids and alternative drugs. The action was taken during the board's September meeting. The ordinance bans products made of natural or synthetic materials, compounds, mixtures or substances that can act as a hallucinogen or psychedelic stimulant...
National Family Partnership holds contest for drug prevention (10/17/12)
The National Family Partnership will hold its national contest for the 27th annual Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 through 31. The tradition of wearing red ribbons began in 1985 after the murder of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, and ever since then, people across the country have worn red ribbons to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. ...
"Harvey" on tap at Holiday Island (10/17/12)
Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey, which causes havoc among Dowd's family in the comedy "Harvey," which will be presented by the Holiday Island (Arkansas) Association of the Art Theater Guild...
McDowell Gold Jubilee returns for 35th season (10/17/12)
The McDowell Gold Jubilee returned for a 35th season on Oct. 13. The jubilee will be held every other week, except in December, through the first week of May 2013. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. Unlike other music venues, the Jubilee offers an open microphone and no set performance schedule. Musicians are welcome to come to play a set and jam with others as the night progresses...
Customer appreciation event held (10/17/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri held its annual customer appreciation event last Friday. Those who attended enjoyed barbecued pork and chicken, potato salad, baked beans, salad, rolls, cake and Tropical Snow Cones. Attendees also had the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes and take home customer appreciation gifts...
Wildcats clinch Big 8 title (10/17/12)
With district playoffs just around the corner, the Cassville Wildcats put a stranglehold on the top seed for the Class 3, District 4 playoffs with a 43-7 victory at Aurora on Oct. 12. Four one-yard scoring runs and two touchdown passes from Gabe Kirk were more than enough for the Wildcats to improve to 8-0 on the season...
Cassville boys take seventh at home XC meet (10/17/12)
Crane's Thomas Chabracek wore down a host of other would-be front runners and then pulled away for a decisive victory at the Cassville Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 8. Chabracek took the gold medal with a 16:14 performance. Small school powerhouse Lamar won the boys' team title with a score of 31...
Champions (10/17/12)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats junior varsity volleyball team won the Hollister Tournament on Oct. 13. The Lady Wildcats defeated Harrison, Ark., to claim the title. In the front row, from left, are: Kailynn Slane, Kelsey Roney, Abby Rose, Valeria Perez and Audry Holman. Back row: Paige Stockton, Autumn Scott, Mikala Deffenbaugh, Hannah Scott, Kallie Dickson and Jasmine Owens...
McGuffey's hat trick lifts Wildcats to win (10/17/12)
On an emotional night when Cassville High School honored five senior soccer players, it was a junior, Zack McGuffey, who provided the scoring spark with three first half goals to lift Cassville (7-10-1) to a 5-2 victory over Hillcrest (4-12) on Oct. 15...
Trojans spikers place second at Sparta Tournament (10/17/12)
The Southwest Lady Trojans volleyball team (17-10-1) won four of five games and finished runner-up at the Sparta Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 13. The Lady Trojans swept through pool play, winning games with Crane (25-22, 25-16), Forsyth (26-24, 25-23) and Chadwick (25-5, 25-9) and then defeating Blue Eye (25-17, 25-17) in the semifinals...
Tournament champions (10/17/12)
The Regal Ice 14-and-under fast pitch softball team recently won the championship at the Fall Brawl in Monett. The Regal Ice squad is comprised of players from Barry and Lawrence counties. In the front row, from left, are: Hannah Erickson, Rion Boyd, Sydney Sebastian, Kelli McCallister and Morgan Montgomery. Second row: Karsyn Smith, Haley Williams and Myra Dierker. Third row: coach Dave Kurima, Josie Allcock, Katie Kurima, Ashley Bryant, Bridget Rippe, Paige Carr and coach Jack Williams...
Cassville runners tackle Mother Road Marathon races (10/17/12)
The third annual Mother Road Marathon went off without a hitch on Oct. 14 with 687 runners crossing the finish line in the three race distances. The hilly 26.2 marathon course wound through the small towns of three states along old Highway 66 from the starting line in Commerce, Okla., and finished at the Joplin Athletic Complex...
Softball tourney and 5K run to be held Oct. 27 (10/17/12)
A co-ed softball tournament and 5K run will be held in Purdy on Saturday, Oct. 27. The registration deadline for the event is Tuesday, Oct. 23. For more information or to register, call Danny Boyd at 342-3290.
Fourth annual Jack and Jill X2 tourney a success (10/17/12)
The Cassville Golf Course hosted its fourth annual Jack and Jill X2 Tournament on Sept. 29 with 112 golfers hoping to come in with the low score. Each team consisted of two men and two women. Boasting rights for closest to the pin went to Lori Reaves on hole #6, Pam Gipple on hole #11, Vaughn Smith on hole #8 and Mike Riehn on hole #17...
Golf league holds Filly Race (10/17/12)
The Cassville Women's Golf League held its annual Filly Race on Oct. 4. "This is always an exciting race, and this year was no exception," said Becky Ryder. "Not one player or team was willing to go down without a fight. There were numerous saves and chip offs." The Filly Race is an alternate shot event by which all teams progress from hole to hole. ...
CMS volleyball team compelete exciting season (10/17/12)
The Cassville Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams completed another exciting year on the hardwood. The seventh graders finished with a season record of 8-8-1, and the eighth grade squad tallied a 6-7-6 overall record. Seventh grade...
County Calendar (10/17/12)
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...
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (10/17/12)
Pumpkins have come to symbolize autumn. They are found nearly everywhere -- as carved out, lit-up faces dotting porches on Halloween night, at pumpkin patches, festivals and competitions supporting agri-tourism and in kitchens across America steeped in the smell of the sweet fruit and spices for Thanksgiving dinner...
Football hero (10/17/12)
Retired Rams player Marshall Faulk's visit to Cassville is likely the most talked about news this week. Faulk was named Offensive Player of the Year and helped lead the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl championship in 1999. With over 2,000 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns, an NFL record at that time, Faulk was named NFL MVP in 2000. ...