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Stories from Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Visit with Santa (12/12/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Santa visited with area children inside the Wheaton Depot Museum before the Wheaton Christmas Parade on Dec. 8. The event was arranged by Eric Still and Jason Steinbach, of Comfort Lodge #533. Pictured above, is Johanna Rowe, of Wheaton, with her nephews Aidan and Braxton Wolfe, of Fairview...
Council approves rate increase (12/12/12)
Aldermen also green-light several bids
CCF awards grants (12/12/12)
Eight local organizations will benefit from grantmaking endowment fund
County awarded funding (12/12/12)
Application deadline for emergency food and shelter grant funding is Dec. 19
Few candidates file on opening day (12/12/12)
Very few candidates signed up for the April 2013 municipal and school board elections on Tuesday, the opening day of the filing period. Only four incumbents and two new candidates have filed for the spring elections. Incumbents Greg Allen and Hal Smith have filed for re-election to the Cassville R-4 School Board. They are both seeking new three-year terms on the board...
Communities turn out for more parades (12/12/12)
Holiday entries win assortment of awards
Crowder Quill accepting entries (12/12/12)
New submission process, categories and scholarship opportunity added
Employee of the year (12/12/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Jennifer Privett, court clerk, has been selected as the City of Cassville's 2012 Employee of the Year. She has been employed by the city for five years. Staff members who receive awards at the city's annual banquet are selected by a vote of all city employees. ...
CFPD administrator urges fire safety (12/12/12)
Bright lights on the Christmas tree, a festively decorated house, a warm fire in the fireplace. This is the time of year people celebrate family, friends and the joy of the season. It's also time to check the batteries in the smoke alarms and take some extra precautions to prevent a fire...
View eagles this weekend (12/12/12)
RRSP program to feature majestic bird
Local business honored by MoDOT (12/12/12)
Hutchens Construction Company, headquartered in Cassville, was one of 15 businesses recognized by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for attention to project quality, timeliness and adherence to contract goals this year. "Our contractor performance review is a process that rates all of our contractors on the work that was performed each calendar year," said Jeremy Kampeter, of MoDOT. ...
Truckload of toys (12/12/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed For the second consecutive year, the Cassville Cruisers Car Club collected a truckload of toys for the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center's annual Share Your Christmas gift-giving effort, which will serve 400 Barry County children this year. ...
Tinsel Tea celebrates 10th anniversary (12/12/12)
Local ladies shared the Christmas spirit during the Cassville United Methodist Church's Tinsel Tea on Saturday. The popular event, which raises money for the church's community food pantry, marked its 10th anniversary. The church's fellowship hall was filled to capacity as over 100 women gathered around beautifully decorated tables for a delicious tea and holiday entertainment...
Decorating mistakes to avoid this season (12/12/12)
During the Christmas season, food, family, gifts and decorations are some important highlights and traditions, though candles, Christmas trees and other decorations can pose fire and poisoning hazards, especially to curious children. "The holidays are a time for spending with family and friends, not rushing to the emergency room," stated Daphne Greenlee, the Safe Kids Springfield coordinator for Mercy hospital, "Once all of your decorations are up, keeping a close eye on both children and decorations themselves is an important step to a safe holiday season.". ...
Sater honored by MDA (12/12/12)
State representative and Senator-Elect David Sater, of Cassville, was recently presented with the Missouri Dental Association's (MDA) 2012 Legislative Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding support for improved dental health across the state and the establishment of a Medicaid Dental Carve Out. ...
DUI holiday campaign launched (12/12/12)
During the Christmas season, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety has launched its DUI Holiday Campaign, which reminds motorists to designate a driver or call a cab to avoid driving impaired. Law enforcement is looking for impaired drivers specifically this time of year, and targeted enforcement efforts will begin Dec. 10 through Dec. 16...
County Calendar (12/12/12)
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...
Friday coffee (12/12/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly networking event at Designs by Debbie on Friday. Chamber members enjoyed coffee, donuts, juice and other breakfast treats at the last First Friday Coffee event of 2012. Chamber members interested in hosting a First Friday Coffee event next year should call Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director, at 847-2814 or email her at chamber@cassville.com...
Seligman hosts fourth annual community Christmas dinner (12/12/12)
The City of Seligman will host its fourth annual Christmas to Remember community dinner at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Seligman Chamber of Commerce Event Center, located one-half mile north of the caution light on Highway 37. The event, sponsored by the Norman Bryant Foundation, will offer local residents a free meal of turkey or ham, dressing, gravy, green beans, corn, hot rolls, dessert and a beverage...
Chamber announces 2013 events (12/12/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce has another full slate of activities planned for 2013. Area residents are encouraged to mark these dates on their calendars and plan to attend the upcoming events. The chamber will kick off its 2013 schedule with its annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Cassville High School commons area...
Health department conducts food service inspections (12/12/12)
The Environmental Services division of the Barry County Health Department inspected 25 food-service establishments during the month of November. Of that group, 17 establishments had critical violations and seven had no critical or non-critical violations...
Cassville Cash winners named (12/12/12)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce awarded a total of 10 Cassville Cash certificates to lucky shoppers who made purchases between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Those receiving the $50 certificates are pictured above. From left, are: Jill and Kobhe Ware, Larry Larson, Anita Philbrick, Debbie Gatley, Jan Massey Elinore, Clay Newman and Amie Slone. ...
Counterfeit bills surface in the area (12/12/12)
Area merchants are cautioned to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills. Chief Deputy Leonard Collins, reported three counterfeit $50 bills had been passed in deposits through Freedom Bank in Cassville. The case was referred to the Cassville Police Department for investigation...
Warming up with chili (12/12/12)
Democrat Photo/Murray Bishoff Chili, soup and desserts were served as part of the Butterfield Community Christmas dinner, held on Dec. 6 at the Butterfield Community Center.
Exeter residents injured in weekend wreck (12/12/12)
An Exeter woman was hurt in a two-vehicle crash on Dec. 7 on Highway W in Wheaton. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Macy Brattin, 16, of Exeter, pulled her 2000 Volkswagen Beetle onto Highway W, going north at 7:40 a.m. Her car pulled in front of an eastbound 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by Chao Khang, 43, of Exeter, resulting in a collision...
Sapp promoted to senior position (12/12/12)
Cody Sapp, a Southwest High School alumni, has been promoted to a senior accountant at BKD CPAs and Advisors, which has offices in Springfield, Branson and Joplin. Also named to senior positions were Lyndi Baldwin and Eric Bird. John Wanamaker, managing partner of BKD, said, "These individuals exemplify BKD's PRIDE values of passion, respect, integrity, discipline and excellence. ...
Organization a key to morning before school success (12/12/12)
Hectic schedules and hurried breakfasts don't have to be part of the morning routine, according to Renette Wardlow, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension. "Organization and good communication are a must in busy families with school-aged children," said Wardlow. "Getting organized is something everyone plans to do in the future but well-spent moments at the end of the day in preparation for the next day could be a valuable investment."...
Wheaton Christmas court (12/12/12)
Wheaton High School's 2012 Miss Merry Christmas Oralia Salas and her holiday court are pictured above. From left, are: sophomore Yesenia Castro; senior Oralia Salas, Miss Merry Christmas; junior Christina Yang; and freshman Crystal Alvarado.
Southwest district board names Smith as homeless coordinator (12/12/12)
The Southwest R-5 District Board of Education has named Wanda Smith as the homeless coordinator for the 2012-13 academic year. Smith will work with children identified as being homeless or living in at-risk situations and their parents or guardians to ensure these children have an equal opportunity to enroll and succeed in school...
Show choirs earn honors (12/12/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Dec. 8, Cassville High School show choir students took part in a competition held in Webb City. The NBA (No Boys Allowed) Show Choir competed in the B class or small, girls choir division, and the Centerstage Show Choir took part in the 4A class competition. ...
Edie signs (12/12/12)
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. ...
Big 8 Conference votes to add McDonald County (12/12/12)
Big 8 Conference votes to add McDonald County By Jared Lankford sports@monett-times.com High school principals from the Big 8 voted unanimously (8-0) on Dec. 11 to add a ninth member, McDonald County, to the conference. "We are excited to be a part of the Big 8, not just for our athletes but also for our entire student body," said McDonald County High School Principal Kim Harrell. ...
Big 8 History timeline (12/12/12)
1928 founded The conference was established known as the Big 10. Founding members were: Aurora, Carthage, Joplin, Lamar, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Neosho, Nevada, Springfield and Webb City. 1953 The Big 10 changed to the Big 9 when Springfield and Joplin left the conference and Cassville was added...
Cassville holds off late charge to defeat Monett (12/12/12)
The Monett Lady Cubs cut a 17-point Cassville lead to 7 points in the fourth period but couldn't get any closer, falling 44-35 to the Lady Wildcats on Dec. 6. The Lady Wildcats (3-2) led 9-4 after one period. Senior Emily Speakman accounted for all of Cassville's scoring in the first period...
Lady Wildcats throttle Reeds Spring, 44-31 (12/12/12)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats put on their best Scrooge impersonation on Monday, Dec. 10, holding Reeds Spring to just 14 second half points in claiming a 44-31 home victory over the Lady Wolves. Britani Long, just a sophomore, poured in a game-high 22 points to lead Cassville...
Exeter splits varsity tilts with Verona (12/12/12)
The Exeter Tigers and Lady Tigers basketball teams split an Ozark 7 Conference doubleheader with Verona on Dec. 4. The Lady Tigers (1-0, 1-0) won the first contest of the double header 43-37 over the Lady Wildcats. The Tigers (1-3, 0-1) fell 50-42 to the Wildcats...
Verona girls down Wheaton, boys fall in OT (12/12/12)
It was a mixed bag of results for Wheaton High School basketball on Dec. 7. The Bulldogs (3-3) clipped Verona (3-3) 52-50 in overtime to salvage a split in the Ozark 7 Conference doubleheader. Wheaton senior Jory Bartkoski sent the game into overtime with a layup as time expired and then hit the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds remaining in the extra session...
Southwest drops McAuley, 68-49 (12/12/12)
The Southwest Trojans used relentless defensive pressure and opportunistic shooting to claim a 68-49 home victory over McAuley Catholic on Dec. 7. James Pettit knocked down three treys in less than two minutes in the third quarter and led Southwest with 27 points...
Purdy to retire Rollers #23 (12/12/12)
The Purdy R-2 School District will honor former Lady Eagles basketball star Addy Roller by retiring her #23 jersey in a special ceremony at the high school on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. The retirement of roller's jersey will mark the first time the school has bestowed this honor on an athlete...
Cassville holds off Blue Eye, 63-59 (12/12/12)
Led by a 21-point performance by senior Garrett Kirk, the Cassville Wildcats claimed a 63-59 victory over Blue Eye in their home opener on Dec. 4. The Wildcats lost a 10-point lead and trailed by 3 points in the third quarter. A fourth quarter surge saw Cassville regain a 7-point advantage. The Bulldogs pulled within a deuce in the final minute before the Wildcats clinched the win at the free throw line...
Lady Trojans clock McAuley, 63-18 (12/12/12)
The Southwest Lady Trojans stayed unbeaten at 4-0 with a 63-18 victory over McAuley Catholic in an Ozark 7 Conference game at Washburn on Dec. 7. Southwest led by as many as 34 in the second period and held a 57-17 lead at the final break. There weren't many highlights for the Lady Warriors...
Softball champions (12/12/12)
The MASH team earned the Cassville YMCA's championship title during this year's fall church and co-ed softball league. Team members, pictured above, include: Tori Wood, Brook Forgey, Gayla Ennes, Jeff Lay, Amanda Lay, David Dyer, Jerri Dyer, Travis Hayworth, Blake Dilbeke, Dennis Marshel and third base coach Alex Dyer. Absent from the photo are Cody Cantwell, Linda Morgan and Dusty Morgan...
MICHAEL DALE ANTLE (12/12/12)
Michael Dale Antle, 53, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. He was born April 13, 1959, in Kansas City, the son of Gene and Stella (Knatcal) Antle. Survivors include: his mother, Stella Antle, of Overland Park, Kan.; one son, Michael Antle; one brother, Bill Antle, of Overland Park, Kan.; and two sisters, LeAnne Antle, of Overland Park, Kan., and Sherry Periman, of Nixa...
SETH BRADLEY (12/12/12)
Seth Ward Bradley, 80, of Mission, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Mission Nursing Home in Mission, Texas. Seth was born Feb. 6, 1932, in Mosquero, N.M., to Tell E. and Edna Mae (Keener) Bradley. He graduated from Mosquero High School. In addition to farming for many years, Seth had worked in the aircraft industry and as a custodian for Cassville Schools...
STEVE HARRELL (12/12/12)
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the White Funeral Home, in Cassville, with Chad "Preacher" Bennett officiating. The family will receive friends today (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the White Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the BACA organization and entrusted to the White Funeral Home, Cassville...
REYNARDINE (DEANA) HUNTLEY (12/12/12)
Reynardine (Deana) Huntley, 85, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away December 3, 2012. No services at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway #201 Kansas City, Missouri. Reynardine (Deana) was born April 25, 1927, in Wichita, Kansas, daughter of Rubin J. ...
LUCILLE S. MANTHE (12/12/12)
Lucille S. Manthe, 96, of Shell Knob, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at home with her daughter Mary Hayes and husband, Tom Hayes, where she resided since May 2006. She was born Nov. 8, 1916, at the home of her parents, Benjamin and Mathilda Wege Tessendorf, in Onaga, Kan. She attended grade school in Onaga...
NAOMI MAE "TOOTS" MARBUT (12/12/12)
Naomi Mae "Toots" Marbut, 91, of Cassville, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. She was born Dec. 14, 1920, in Mason City, Neb., the daughter of R.G. and Elsie M. (Anderson) Jinks. On April 29, 1939, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Oliver Marbut, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1986. Also preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers; and two sisters...
BETTY TIMMONS (12/12/12)
Betty Timmons, 75, passed away on Dec. 4, 2012, at her home in Exeter. She was born on May 4, 1937, the daughter of Hilsden and Annie (Mattingly) Williams, on the family farm north of Exeter. She was a 1955 graduate of Exeter High School. On Oct. 20, 1956, she was united in marriage to Roy J. Timmons. She was a life-long resident of Barry County and was well known for the pies she baked at Rainbow Dinner House and 4-Way Mini-Mart. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Exeter...
A visit from Jolly Saint Nick (12/12/12)
Santa is in Barry County. I can see him nearly everywhere I go. During the early morning hours on Dec. 1, I saw him driving down Main Street, stopping at electric poles to check connections to ensure all of Cassville's Main Street snowflakes would be lighted for the Cassville Christmas Parade that evening. ...
Blessed to live in Cassville (12/12/12)
Dear editor, Cassville is such a wonderful place to live. A couple of weeks ago, my family and I suffered the tragic loss of Kristine. I am writing to share my experiences where our community took me by the hand, by the grace of God, and helped to lead me and my family through the first days of a difficult journey we are embarking upon...