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Stories from Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooky song (10/31/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Josh Davison performed Tom Petty's "Zombie Zoo" during the 20th anniversary production of The Show at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Zombie dancers Bridges Madison, Madison Horner, Kaelin Roark, Jaci Evans and Brooke Cornell wound their way through the crowd before joining Davison on stage during the song. The Show is sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce...
Presidential election is next Tuesday (10/31/12)
In addition to selecting who will serve as President for the next four years and choosing among numerous federal and state candidates, area voters will decide two contested county races next Tuesday. Incumbent Southern County Commissioner Wayne Hendrix, Democrat, will be challenged by Republican candidate Gary Davis, and incumbent Sheriff Mick Epperly, Republican, will face off against Randall Munday, Democrat...
Festival draws crowd to downtown Cassville (10/31/12)
Even though both festival participants and attendees arrived a little later than normal this year, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Fall Festival and Chili and Salsa Cook-Off once again drew a large crowd to downtown Cassville on Saturday...
Council to pursue 1.7 percent utility rate increase (10/31/12)
The Cassville City Council will be pursuing a 1.7 percent water and sewer rate increase following a vote in favor of the measure during a special meeting on Oct. 25. The proposed increase will be used to boost reserve funding for maintenance, repairs and improvements on the city's water and wastewater systems...
National legion commander to visit Cassville (10/31/12)
American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz will visit Irwin-Easley Post #118 in Cassville on Saturday, Nov. 3. "This is quite an honor," said Pete Landstad, American Legion Post #118 commander. "He is the national commander over the whole country and all American Legion members. It's a pretty big deal."...
Ribbon cutting held for local florist (10/31/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Carey's Cassville Florist is now located at 200 West St. in Cassville. The florist is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment. Carey Howe, owner of Carey's Cassville Florist, has 17 years of experience as a florist and has owned the business for 11 years. ...
"A Night To Remember" to offer two performances (10/31/12)
Due to its popularity, Cassville High School's third annual "A Night To Remember" dinner concert will offer two showings this year. The performances, which feature the CHS choirs, will be held in the high school commons area on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9...
Veterans invited to assemblies (10/31/12)
Cassville High School will hold its 24th annual Veterans Day assembly in the high school gymnasium at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. As in the past, all area veterans and active service members are invited to attend the assembly and a private reception that will follow the special ceremony...
Operation Christmas Child underway (10/31/12)
Cassville residents are working on a project to brighten the lives of millions of children in need around the world. Volunteers are preparing to collect 800 gift-filled shoe boxes, Cassville's target contribution, to the world's largest project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child...
Pink out day (10/31/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Barry County Judicial Center staff members celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink to work on Oct. 24. The event was held in honor of friends and family members who have survived their battles with breast cancer. ...
Newspaper intern to assist with Iowa campaign (10/31/12)
Cassville Democrat intern Mati Spencer has received the opportunity to work on the campaign for Steve King in Souix City, Iowa, Nov. 2 through Nov. 7. "I received this opportunity through Generation Joshua (GenJ), which is a program committed to training the leaders of the next generation," said Spencer. "The specific program I am participating in is Student Action Teams (SAT) in which I, and all SAT students, will be sent to our specific campaign on election week to promote our candidate."...
Habitat for Humanity receives donation (10/31/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Commerce Bank and Commerce Bancshares Foundation presented the Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County 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. ...
Car club to meet in Cassville (10/31/12)
The Cassville Cruisers Car Club will hold its monthly meeting at Papa Vito's on Highway 248 in Cassville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. All area car enthusiasts are invited to attend.
Shell Knob man killed in Thursday crash (10/31/12)
A Shell Knob man was killed in two-vehicle crash that occurred at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 on Highway 13 approximately one mile south of Lampe. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, Kyle R. Mueller, 20, of Shell Knob, lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Subaru Outback, driven by Donna I. Rusterholz, 70, of Berryville, Ark...
Families should set guidelines to ensure quality studying (10/31/12)
Every family needs to set its own guidelines for studying at home according to Renette Wardlow, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension. "Differences in guidelines occur because of the different ages of students," said Wardlow...
These paws don't touch drugs (10/31/12)
These paws don't touch drugs, In the day or in the night, And if I ever get offered some, I will put up a fight. And all of the people in the world This, they should know, That doing drugs and alcohol Are not the way to go. We should put signs and Posters up and down the street,...
CIS holds annual Red Ribbon Week Parade and assembly (10/31/12)
On Oct. 25, Cassville Intermediate School held its annual Red Ribbon Week Parade. Students, teachers and administrators walked from the school campus to the Barry County Courthouse for the special assembly. "We are here to celebrate a drug- and alcohol-free life," said Eric White, intermediate school principal. ...
BCSO releases recent stats (10/31/12)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office received 32 calls for service from Oct. 15 through Oct. 21. The following reports were filed for that time period: Cassville: custody dispute, drug possession, animal abuse, second degree domestic assault, abandoned vehicle, third degree assault, second degree burglary, property damage and third degree domestic assault...
Council reviews departmental reports (10/31/12)
The Cassville City Council reviewed departmental reports during its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 8. The reports included information on city finances, the police department and public works. Steve Walensky, public works director, reported that all of the parks department's normal maintenance activities were completed on schedule during the month of September. Crew members are continuing to rebuild the dugouts at the city park. Around 75 percent of that project has been completed...
Goal donation (10/31/12)
Scott Fitzpatrick, owner of MariCorp U.S. in Shell Knob, donated a pair of full size soccer goals to the Cassville YMCA this year. Members of the Cassville U15 traveling soccer team are pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Hunter Dover, Kel Wilson, Quinn Cook, Vance Supulver, Caden Abramovitz, Michael Sommers, Carter Fletcher and Jacque Holtz. ...
Goal donation (10/31/12)
Scott Fitzpatrick, owner of MariCorp U.S. in Shell Knob, donated a pair of full size soccer goals to the Cassville YMCA this year. Members of the Cassville U15 traveling soccer team are pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Hunter Dover, Kel Wilson, Quinn Cook, Vance Supulver, Caden Abramovitz, Michael Sommers, Carter Fletcher and Jacque Holtz. ...
FSA announces changes to crop reporting dates (10/31/12)
Barry County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Brian Blount has announced a change in crop acreage reporting dates for the 2013 crop year. All perennial and biennial forage crops must now be reported by Nov. 15. The new deadline for reporting fall-seeded small grains is Dec. 15...
Barry County Council on Aging (10/31/12)
Members of the Barry County Council on Aging (BCCOA) are pictured above. In the first row, from left, are: Sharon Madison, Linda Pezel and Sue Beck. Back row: Kati Morgan, Sue Horn, Elaine Terry, Marilyn Shepard and Sandy Hartley. The Barry County Council on Aging, funded by the Barry County Senior Service Tax Fund, offers a variety of services to assist senior citizens in maintaining their independent lifestyles...
Fall flowers give final splash of color (10/31/12)
Autumn flowers are nature's last brazen splash of the paintbrush before the sullen grays of winter come. As summer's annual flower gardens fade, Missouri gardeners need not dismay, says David Trinklein, associate professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri and MU Extension horticulture specialist...
Local actors perform in "Harvey" (10/31/12)
Cassville residents Kerry and Heather Hays will perform in the Holiday Island, Ark., Assocation of Art Theater Guild's production of "Harvey" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. The play is directed by Elise Buchnam, who is also a Cassville resident. ...
Voting open for Rural Missouri Readers' Choice Contest (10/31/12)
Bragging rights are up for grabs for readers' favorite rural towns, businesses, eateries and other destinations in the 2013 Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice Contest. For the past 12 years, Rural Missouri magazine has organized the contest to allow its readers the opportunity to vote for their favorites across the Show-Me State. This year's contest will again follow a statewide format with winners in 20 categories...
Hunter ed class to be offered in Seligman (10/31/12)
A hunter education class will be held at the Seligman City Hall, located at 29144 Main St. in Seligman, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 4. Individuals interested in participating in the class must register online at www.mdc.mo.gov or www.register-ed.com...
Anniversary celebrated (10/31/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Last Friday, FASCO in Cassville celebrated its fifth anniversary as part of the Regal Beloit team. In celebration of the anniversary, employees were treated with fruit, popcorn and beverages during break times. Supervisors also distributed free Regal Beloit T-shirts to all employees...
Amendments go before voters on Nov. 6 (10/31/12)
Missouri voters will decide on an amendment to the Missouri Constitution and three propositions placed on the ballot by petition in the Nov. 6 election. Proposition B Proposition B has generated the most controversy. The proposal calls for imposing new sales taxes on tobacco products. ...
Cassville strikers shock College Heights in district play (10/31/12)
The fourth time proved to be the charm for the third-seeded Cassville Wildcats soccer team (9-13-10) against the second-seeded College Height Cougars (16-7) as the Wildcats advanced to the Class 1, District 12 championship with a 3-2 double overtime victory on Oct. 30...
Wildcats down Patriots in playoffs, 48-6 (10/31/12)
A valiant effort by the eighth-seeded East Newton Patriots went for naught on Oct. 25 at Wildcat Stadium as the Cassville Wildcats overcame an early 6-0 deficit and claimed a 48-6 victory over the Patriots in the first round of the Class 3, District 4 playoffs...
Cassville softball players earn post-season awards (10/31/12)
The Cassville softball team had a strong 2012 season and the Big 8 Conference coaches took notice of the Lady Wildcats' hard work. Raeghan Blisard earned first team All-Conference honors as an outfielder. Blisard hit .404 for the Lady Wildcats this season with two homeruns, four triples, 11 RBIs and 28 runs scored...
Parnell name to All-Conference volleyball team (10/31/12)
Cassville senior Courtney Parnell was named to the Big 8 All-Conference honorable mention squad. Parnell had 14 aces, 223 digs and 20 assists for the Lady Wildcats the 2012 season. The entire All-Big 8 team is as follows. First team Maria Chism, Carl Junction...
Over 100 wins and still counting (10/31/12)
With a 42-0 victory over East Newton on Oct. 5, Cassville's head football coach David Large collected his 100th coaching victory at the helm of the Wildcats. "We have been blessed with kids that were coachable and who worked hard," said Large. "The coaching staff and I have worked hard to create an environment where kids can learn and have fun. The rest took care of itself."...
Cassville dominates All-Big 8 football honors (10/31/12)
The Cassville Wildcats football team secured 18 spots on the All-Big 8 Conference team. Hayden Prater was selected as the Big 8's Defensive Player of the Year, and David Large picked up Coach of the Year honors. Logan Scott, Josh Carlton, Braiden Vaught, Drew Henbest, Cody Frana, Hayden Prater, Ty Craig, Garrett Kirk, Stone Phelps, Bradley Lueckenhoff were named to the All-Big 8 first team, and Phelps, Chris Dunker, Garrett Kirk, Jake Sizemore were chosen for the second team. ...
Southwest spikers fall in district semi-finals (10/31/12)
State-rated Ash Grove defeated Southwest 25-21, 25-11 in the semi-finals of the district volleyball tournament in Washburn on Oct. 24 Southwest defeated Blue Eye 25-16, 25-18 in the quarterfinals to advance to face the top-seeded Lady Pirates. It was the second time the Trojans had beaten the Bulldogs in two weeks...
Several area athletes named to All-Ozark 7 team (10/31/12)
The Ozark 7 Conference released its All-Conference volleyball teams for 2012, and several area players were named to the list. Southwest's Montana Hendrix was tapped as the Ozark 7's Player of the Year. In addition, Wheaton's Mariah Kochell, Purdy's Chelsea Mareth and Southwest's Shannon Mitchell were were named the first team. ...
Area runners vie for state qualifying spots (10/31/12)
Wheaton Lady Bulldogs win district XC title
Awards luncheon held (10/31/12)
The Cassville Women's Golf Association held their 2012 awards luncheon at the Emory Melton Convention center in Roaring River State Park on Oct. 11th. President Mary Lee Meyerkord opened the meeting thanking all the members for such a successful year. ...
County Calendar (10/31/12)
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...
ROBERT T. YOUNGBLOOD, JR. (10/31/12)
Robert T. Youngblood Jr., of Grandview, was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Oak Grove, Ark., a son of Robert T. and Harriet LuVesta (Nance) Youngblood. He departed this life Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Eagle Rock at the age of 81 years. He grew up in Oak Grove, Ark., where he attended the Parrott and Blue Eye, Arkansas schools. ...
DIANE THOMPSON (10/31/12)
Diane Thompson, 65, of Exeter, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at her home. She was born on Aug. 1, 1947, to Herbert and Mary Williams Harris in Joplin. On Jan. 22, 1965, she married Dale W. Thompson, Sr., in Joplin. Both she and Dale attended Joplin Senior High School. ...
CATHERINE MARIE HICKS (10/31/12)
Catherine Marie Hicks, 101, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in her home. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob, Missouri. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
ROBERT EUGENE CALK (10/31/12)
Robert Eugene Calk, Sr., 74, of Exeter, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Cassville. He was born on April 14, 1938, in Tioga, Texas, the son of William Claude and Ruby (Moses) Calk. On Oct. 31, 1959, in Arlington, Texas, he was united to Angeletta Reed, who survives...
American Education Week (10/31/12)
American Education Week will be celebrated Nov. 11 through Nov. 17. The event gives Americans an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who work to ensure every child receives a quality education. American Education Week began when representatives of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education. ...