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Stories from Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Area children invited to dine with Santa (12/05/12)
Area youngsters are invited to celebrate the holiday season with Jolly Ol' St. Nick during the City of Butterfield's fourth annual Dinner with Santa, which will be held at the Butterfield Community Building at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. "The event is for anybody," said Tracy Anders, Butterfield city clerk. "We have it in town as a community event designed to get the kids and parents out."...
Fatal fire investigation concludes (12/05/12)
The Thanksgiving fire in Wheaton that killed five people has been ruled accidental following an extensive on-scene investigation by the State Fire Marshal and the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Investigators announced Friday that the fire originated on the southwest side of the second floor of the Blue Ridge Apartments at 300 S. Hill St. in Wheaton. The fire broke out at approximately 3:23 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 22...
First in line (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Santa Claus made an appearance at the Christmas Show at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building last week. After entertaining the show crowd, Santa posed for photos with children attending the performances. Ayden Walker, who is 3 and a half, was the first in line to visit with Santa during intermission...
Merry Christmas candidates (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cassville High School will hold its annual Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas coronation ceremony in the high school gymnasium at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. The 2012 Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas candidates are pictured above. ...
Parades draw crowds to Exeter, Cassville (12/05/12)
Sunny skies and record temperatures drew hundreds of Barry County residents to holiday parades in Exeter and Cassville on Dec. 1. "I was amazed at the community support we had this year for the parade," said Mindi Artherton, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce director. "The floats and parade entries looked so good...
SK workshop draws crowd (12/05/12)
Community members turn out to offer feedback on Table Rock Master Plan revision
Wheaton Christmas Fair to feature nearly 30 vendors (12/05/12)
The City of Wheaton will hold its first Wheaton Christmas Craft and Food Fair in the Wheaton City Park and at the Wheaton Community Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. The event will feature nearly 30 vendors, including food prepared by the Southwest Missouri Hmong Association, according to Marianne Witt, Wheaton city clerk and event organizer...
Lighting ceremony (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley flipped on the Christmas lights on the downtown square and along Main Street in Cassville before the Cassville Christmas Parade on Saturday.
Caroling on the square (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Carolers serenaded shoppers during a special holiday promotion held on the square in Cassville on Saturday. Groups providing free musical entertainment included: the Cassville High School band; Emmanuel Baptist Church; First Baptist Church of Cassville; and the Cassville High School choir...
Young crooners (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Phillip Roller, pictured above, performed "Merry Christmas Baby" and Bradley Lueckenhoff, pictured below, sang "Christmas Island" during the annual Christmas Show performed at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building last Thursday and Friday nights. ...
Saturday is big parade day in county (12/05/12)
On Saturday, the Washburn, Seligman and Wheaton communities will ring in the holiday season with annual Christmas parades. Washburn Christmas Parade The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the sixth annual Washburn Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. on Dec. 8...
Share Your Christmas donations accepted (12/05/12)
Nearly 150 needy families have signed up for this year's Share Your Christmas program. The gift-giving effort will serve 400 Barry County children. "In this ecomony, when families are struggling just to make ends meet, Share Your Christmas becomes so important," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "I believe there are a lot of kids who sign up who wouldn't have gifts without Share Your Christmas."...
Animal hospitals hold toy drives (12/05/12)
Herrin Animal Hospital and Monett Veterinary Hospital are currently conducting their 13th annual Holiday Toy Drive. Staff members will accept toys at both hospitals through Dec. 13. "It is always a special time for us when we load up the truck with toys every year," said Dr. Brent Herrin, owner of the hospitals. "My staff and I really enjoy participating in this and our friends and clients always amaze us with their generosity. We look forward to this every year."...
Woman accused of embezzling from car dealership (12/05/12)
A Verona woman has been charged with stealing more than $25,000 from a Cassville car dealership. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Teresa Kay Davis, 50, of Verona, allegedly embezzled funds by altering deposit slips from Les Jacobs Ford in Cassville since Jan. 1, 2010...
Drawing to be held for pool table (12/05/12)
The Cassville YMCA is holding a drawing for a pool table donated by Larry and Brianna Meyer, of Exeter. Tickets, which are $5 each, can be purchased at the YMCA on Highway 248 in Cassville during regular hours. All proceeds will benefit the Cassville YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign, which allows low-income families to be a part of YMCA programs regardless of their financial circumstances. ...
Holiday music (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Christmas Show, which was performed at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building last Thursday and Friday, featured HomeTown Sound and The RedHots. HomeTown Sound members Carol House and Jo Ellen Fielding are pictured above with soloist Audra Shumaker. ...
Holiday shipping deadlines (12/05/12)
Christmas is less than three weeks away, which means time is running out for those interested in preparing and shipping holiday packages through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Parcel Post Service packages must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 14 in order to be delivered before Christmas. First class mail must be postmarked by Thursday, Dec. 20, and priority mail should be sent by Friday, Dec. 21...
DNR offers grants (12/05/12)
Scrap tire surface material grants available for playgrounds and walking trails
Benefit to be held this weekend (12/05/12)
A benefit fundraiser for a Washburn family that lost their home and belongings to a fire on Thanksgiving afternoon will be held at the Washburn First Baptist Church activity center from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The church is located on Second Street in Washburn...
Snowflakes go up (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Barry Electric Cooperative crews and City of Cassville staff members installed Cassville's Christmas snowflakes along Main Street on Nov. 29. The holiday decorations were placed along the roadway in preparation for Cassville's annual Christmas parade, which was held on Saturday...
Seligman council addresses code enforcement issues (12/05/12)
Members of the Seligman City Council have revamped paperwork regarding code enforcement violations for derelict properties inside the city limits. The move was made during the council's October meeting. The police department will continue to locate and report properties in violation of ordinances for further action by the council...
PHS music department revisits the '80s (12/05/12)
The Purdy R-2 High School music department will present "Back to the 80's ... The Totally Awesome Musical" on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the elementary gymnasium. Admission to the performances is free, but donations to the music program will be accepted...
Purdy students deliver Thanksgiving food (12/05/12)
The Purdy Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Family and Consumer Science (FACS) classes delivered Thanksgiving food to nine families in the Purdy school district for the holiday dinner. The FACS I classes collected over $314 from students, faculty and staff during lunch the week preceding Thanksgiving...
Meet Dionne Wilson (12/05/12)
Dionne Wilson is the new kindergarten teacher at Cassville School District. Wilson will officially take the helm on Dec. 10, but is currently spending time getting to know her students and reorganizing the classroom.
Exeter school board reviews programs (12/05/12)
Robert Taylor, Exeter High School principal, presented a program and book, "Winning Kids with Sports," by Dr. Rick McGuire, to the Exeter board of education during the October meeting. The positive coaching program teaches participants that it does matter if the team or individual wins, achieving optimal performance, leading athletes to function as a team, shaping an athlete's will without breaking their spirit and other motivational topics...
Judges needed for speech tourney (12/05/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville High School speech and debate team will host the annual Glenda Ward Memorial Speech Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. This is an open invitational tournament for all levels of competition. Competitive events will include: combined extemporaneous speaking; improvisational duet acting; original oratory; prose reading; poetry reading; humorous interpretation; dramatic interpretation; radio speaking; children's storytelling; original pose; and duo interpretation. ...
Lady Wildcats win home opener over Galena, 53-41 (12/05/12)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats won their home opener against Galena, 53-41, and evened their season record at 2-2 on Dec. 3. Emily Speakman poured in 16 points to lead the Lady Wildcats. Even though Cassville led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, no lead seemed safe against the Lady Bears...
Lady Trojans win Blue Eye Invitational championship (12/05/12)
The Southwest Lady Trojans basketball team put on a defensive clinic at Blue Eye on Dec. 1, winning the championship game of the Blue Eye Invitational over the host Lady Bulldogs, 52-21. Brad Phillips watched his team start the season 3-0, as the Southwest girls held Blue Eye under 10 points in each of the four quarters. The game was over at halftime after the Lady Trojans turned the second period into a 15-2 run to take a 33-10 lead into the locker room...
Purdy wins Diamond Invitational (12/05/12)
The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team (3-2) captured the Diamond Invitational championship with a 45-26 victory over Diamond. "Diamond stayed within 5 points all night," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "The score wasn't indicative to how close this game truly was. We made a run in the middle of the fourth quarter to distance ourselves."...
Wheaton takes second in Marionville Tournament (12/05/12)
The Wheaton Bulldogs basketball team entered the eight-team Marionville Tournament as the seventh seed and nearly won the tournament. The Bulldogs (2-2) earned two upset victories before falling 72-44 to Class 3 Hollister in the championship game on Dec. 1...
Lady Wildcats finish fourth at Blue Eye (12/05/12)
The Reeds Spring Lady Wolves basketball team downed Cassville 35-31 in the third place game of the Blue Eye Tournament on Dec. 1. The Lady Wildcats came all the way back from 11 down to take a 27-25 lead with 4:02 left in the game, but Reeds Spring finished with a 10-4 run to earn the victory...
Cassville, Big 8 well represented on All-State team (12/05/12)
There is an old sports saying that "to be the best, you must play the best." As the final postseason awards have been released, one thing is apparent, the Big 8 Conference has some of Missouri's best players. Instead of selecting the traditional All-District team, the Southwest Missouri Football Coaches Association (SWMFBCA) released a new All-Region team...
Purdy finishes third in Clever Tourney (12/05/12)
The Purdy Eagles basketball team (2-1) took third place in the Clever Tournament on Dec. 1 with a 56-50 victory over Sparta. Purdy trailed the entire first half against Sparta. The Eagles deficit was five points (13-8) after the first period and 31-19 at halftime...
Exeter finishes sixth in Pierce City Tournament (12/05/12)
The Exeter Tigers basketball team (1-2) finished sixth in the Pierce City Tournament on Dec. 1, falling 53-41 to Verona. The Tigers grabbed an early 7-4 lead. However, Verona closed out the period with a 9-2 run keyed by Dalton Miller's 3-point play to lead 13-9...
Trojans start 1-2 at Strafford tourney (12/05/12)
The Southwest Trojans basketball team went 1-2 at the Strafford Tournament, bookending their victory over Springfield Catholic with losses to Ash Grove and Conway. Southwest dropped the tournament opener to Ash Grove 80-75 on Nov. 27. The Trojans trailed 42-29 at halftime before staging a too late comeback. Southwest absorbed a 5-point loss despite hitting seven treys and scoring 29 points in the final quarter...
Lady Bears edge ORU in overtime, 73-72 (12/05/12)
Christina Shorter went off for 21 points, and Exeter High graduate Whitney Edie recorded another double-double as the Missouri State Lady Bears staged a furious rally to reach overtime and then defeat Oral Roberts University 73-72 on Nov. 29. The Missouri State comeback overshadowed a 40-point night by ORU's Kevi Luper, a record performance for JQH Arena...
Edie to play college volleyball (12/05/12)
Aubrey Edie, a senior at Fayetteville High School, in Fayetteville, Ark., recently signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Edie helped her team win the Arkansas 7A state championship this year. ...
County Calendar (12/05/12)
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...
PAULINE LENORA COATNEY (12/05/12)
Pauline Lenora (Nickle) Coatney passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. She was born on June 2, 1924, in Purdy, to Earl and Geneva Nickle. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Coatney on Oct. 24, 1944. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Jim; daughters, Paula Jean Yagnisis and Linda Gail Foster; and one great-grandaughter...
DENNIS R. ESSARY (12/05/12)
Dennis R. Essary, 78, of Monett, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his home in Monett. He was born on June 11, 1934, at Cape Fair, the son of Clarence Efton and Flossie Jewel (Hunter) Essary. On April 26, 1957, at Crane, he was united in marriage to Fairy Patton, who survives...
ROBBIN DIANA HALL (12/05/12)
Robbin Diana Hall, 61, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. She was born in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 15, 1951, the daughter of Amiel and Virginia (Palmer) Livingston. On April 19, 1985, she was united in marriage to Ralph Hall, who survives...
JET LEE (12/05/12)
Jet Lee, 13, of Fairview, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, as a result of an ATV accident. Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Soob Pov Lis (Xiong Pao Lee) and Soob Zeb Vaj (Xiong Xey Vang) and grandmother, Maiv Lis (Mai Lee)...
KRISTINE DAWN SAMUEL (12/05/12)
Kristine Dawn Samuel, 43, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012, in her home. She was born May 16, 1969, in St. Louis. She received her education at Reeds Spring, where she graduated from high school. She received her bachelor's degree in music at the College of the Ozarks. She was a member of St. Thomas A'Becket Episcopal Church in Cassville and a member of the Silver Leaf Club...
DAVID EDWARD SMITH (12/05/12)
David Edward Smith, 63, of Joplin, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Joplin. He was born Sept.3, 1949, in Washburn, the son of Milford L. and Pearl (Weathers) Smith. On July 8, 1972, in Monett, he was united in marriage to Sheryl Bruton, who survives...
CLARA LOUISE (GEHRON) WILLIS (12/05/12)
Clara Louise (Gehron) Willis, 89, of Springdale, Ark., passed from the bounds of her mortal life on Nov. 30, 2012, at Springdale Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Nov. 11, 1923, in Celina, Ohio, to Charles and Suszanna Gehron. Clara had a penchant to write. ...
Tragedy reveals integrity, courage (12/05/12)
For years to come, Thanksgiving 2012 will be remembered as one of the most heartbreaking holidays for the Barry County community. At 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve, a young man from Golden lost his life. Early the following morning, five more members of our community, two men, two women and a child, perished in an apartment fire at Wheaton. ...
Back on the map (12/05/12)
After incorrectly identifying Cassville as Kirksville for some time, Google Maps has finally corrected its mistake. Cassville is now correctly named on all Google search maps. Over the last few months, several local community members worked to correct the mistake. ...
A note of gratitude (12/05/12)
Dear editor, Recently, I and five other veterans from Pella, Iowa, were in Branson to take part in the Veterans Day Parade. The city of Branson and the surrounding communities must be commended for all the work and organization it takes to put on Veterans Week. This was my third year and hopefully just the beginning of many years in the future...