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Stories from Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Churches to hold Christmas Eve service together (12/19/12)
The Cassville United Methodist Church will host a combined Christmas Eve service with St. Thomas a' Becket Episcopal Church on Monday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church, located at 601 Gravel St. in Cassville. Pastor Andy Lambel and Rev. Edith Bird will be the preacher and celebrant, respectively, for this joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ...
Superintendent responds to school shooting (12/19/12)
In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Cassville R-4 School District officials have spent the last few days reviewing security plans and procedures. "We have met with our local resource officer (Jennifer Luckey) and Chief Dana Kammerlohr," said Superintendent Richard Asbill. "There have been a few procedure changes, and we will be working on others as we evaluate what has been done or could be done differently."...
SYC provides gifts for 400 area kids (12/19/12)
Barry County Share Your Christmas, which is organized by the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center and Share Your Christmas Committee members, served over 140 families and provided gifts for 400 children this year. "Everything went really well, very smoothly," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "We had 18 families adopted, and all but four families were able to pick up their gifts on Friday."...
CHS to eliminate Top 10 honors (12/19/12)
Students will have the opportunity to achieve cum laude honors instead
More candidates filing (12/19/12)
Over the last week, four additional candidates signed up for the April 2013 municipal and school board elections. Bill Shiveley has filed for a two-year term as Cassville mayor, the position he was appointed to in April of this year. He will be challenged by Tracy Lannum, who has also announced candidacy for mayor...
Council approves 2013 budget (12/19/12)
On Dec. 17, the Cassville City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013 budget, which will total over $4.4 million. The budget adopted during the special meeting on Monday, includes $369,116 in additional revenue and $363,581 in additional expenses than the budget reviewed in November...
Toys collected (12/19/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Herrin Animal Hospital held its 13th annual toy drive this year. The effort collected a large assortment of toys, including bicycles, for the Barry County Share Your Christmas (SYC) program. Pictured above, from left, are: Sheri Shumaker, Share Your Christmas Committee member; Dr. Brent Herrin, DVM; Sara Lee and Shayna Nenneman, of Herrin Animal Hospital; and Trish McCracken, Share Your Christmas Committee member...
Crowder College eliminates out-of-state tuition fees (12/19/12)
The Crowder College Board of Trustees has voted to eliminate out-of-state tuition costs. This change will take effect in the fall of 2013. Waiving out-of-state tuition costs is something the college has done for border state students through the College Connections scholarship, but it will soon be available for all out-of-state students...
Truckload of toys (12/19/12)
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. ...
CPD awarded grant (12/19/12)
Council reviews departmental reports
Purdy faces enforcement action by DNR (12/19/12)
The City of Purdy is facing enforcement action by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for failing to comply with wastewater treatment requirements. City officials have been meeting with legal counsel and engineers from the engineering firm of Allgeier, Martin and Associates in closed session for several months...
Court clerk honored (12/19/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Pam Modlin, chief deputy clerk at the Barry County Circuit Court office, was honored during a retirement ceremony on Dec. 14. During the special ceremony, Modlin received special recognitions from Rep. David Sater, Sen. Jack Goodman and retired Judge Carr Woods. ...
Shell Knob assisted living facility moving along (12/19/12)
TrueCare Assisted Living and Memory Care, located on YY Highway has been under remodel since July. Progress is on-going to license the building and the business as a long-term healthcare facility for assisted living and memory care. "It takes a lot of work to bring a 30-year-old building up to state code," said Sheila House, who will become the administrator for TrueCare, and who is overseeing the transition of the building and facility...
Aurora man injured in crash (12/19/12)
An Aurora man was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:05 p.m. last Thursday, on Highway 39 at Leann. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, Gary C. Atkinson, 46, of Aurora, lost control on a curve, overcorrected and ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned...
New 'Ice Punch' poinsettia packs colorful punch (12/19/12)
Red may be the traditional holiday choice for poinsettias, but a recent introduction to the floriculture world called "Ice Punch" will turn heads this season, according to David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist. Ice Punch has large leaves of cranberry red highlighted by frosty white center markings...
Pledging to be drug-free (12/19/12)
Exeter, Shell Knob students graduate from DARE program
Sapp promoted to senior position (12/19/12)
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. ...
R-6 SB receives update on state guidelines (12/19/12)
Superintendent given authority to pursue refinancing options
Newspaper featured during chamber event (12/19/12)
Luncheon showcases over a dozen local businesses
Funds to benefit food pantry (12/19/12)
The Helping Hands Food Pantry in Eagle Rock recently received a check from the Barry-Lawrence Thrivent Chapter to help offset costs associated with larger utility bills and an increase in clients. The Helping Hands Food Pantry Board raised $2,200 of the funds through donations from six local churches, several area community organizations and a fundraising booth at Eagle Rock Daze. ...
Winter art show (12/19/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Individuals who attend the ARC of the Ozarks day care program in Cassville held a winter program and art show on Dec. 7. Pictured above, from left, are: Michele Betts, Steven Finch and Tammy Burnette.
Warming up with chili (12/19/12)
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.
Silver Leaf Club adopts OACAC families (12/19/12)
Members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs' Silver Leaf Benefit Club chose to donate holiday items to selected OACAC families as a Christmas project this year. "We want to keep our enhancement of lives in the community where we live," said Jean Marney, president. ...
Ambulance District gains financial ground (12/19/12)
The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District continues to make financial gains as activity remains strong in the second half of 2012. Board members are expected to take action on a budget for the 2013 calendar year during their December meeting. The budget under consideration calls for increased spending of 5 to 6 percent, which corresponds with an increase in business...
Exeter High School's Miss Merry Christmas and her court (12/19/12)
Exeter High School celebrated Miss Merry Christmas with a winter wonderland theme during the Dec. 14 basketball game against Hurley. The queen and her court are pictured above. In the first row, from left, are: Levi Gautney, crown bearer; Madison Crumpler, flower girl; and 2011 Miss Merry Christmas Abbey Scott. ...
Battle of the ages (12/19/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cassville Intermediate School fifth grade student Zach Marlowe portrayed the nutcracker in this year's performance of "Nutcracker" on Dec. 11. In the photo above, the nutcracker battles the mouse king.
Honoring veterans at Christmas (12/19/12)
The Ozark Mountain Motorcycle Club (OMMC) held a special Christmas party at the Mount Vernon Veterans Home on Dec. 9. Club members distributed popcorn electric razors, CD players, blankets, socks, personal hygiene items, baked goods and other gifts to veterans during the event. ...
Contest winners (12/19/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce announced its holiday lighting contest winners on Tuesday. Residential winners were: Rusty and Phyllis Arnold, 403 W. 15th St., first place; Tom and Cristie Batsche, 1503 Luney Dr., second place; Jon McClean, 1826 N. ...
Parnell tapped to lead Wildcats' football team (12/19/12)
Cassville administration didn't have to looks very far to finds its next head football coach. Long-time assistant Lance Parnell, who also serves as the team's defensive coordinator was chosen to head the football team at Cassville High School. "I'm extremely honored," said Parnell. "Cassville has become home for my family and I. To be chosen to lead the Wildcats is a great honor...
Big 8 Conference votes to add McDonald County (12/19/12)
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 (12/19/12)
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...
Carthage stops Cassville, 66-41 (12/19/12)
The Carthage Tigers basketball team exploded out of the gate to take a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and followed up with nearly identical results for every quarter thereafter in to earn a 66-41 win over the Wildcats at Cassville on Dec. 14...
Lady Pirates plank Cassville, 54-33 (12/19/12)
The Crane Lady Pirates basketball team came to Cassville and defeated the Lady Wildcats on Dec. 17, 54-33. Crane never trailed and rode quarter margins of 21-5, 31-13, and 44-20 into the final period. The Lady Pirates led by 30 twice in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Wildcats rallied for 11 points in the final 3:28 to cut the margin to 19 before a fast break layup by Emma Lander gave Crane the 21-point victory...
Southwest downs Aurora, 72-59 (12/19/12)
The Southwest Trojans survived a rough and tumble first half and went on to post a 72-59 win over Aurora on Dec. 11. James Pettit lit up the scoreboard with 21 points, and his Trojans connected on 21 of 26 free throw chances to seal the victory. Aurora outmuscled Southwest early and took an 8-2 lead at the 5:21 mark of the opening period. The Houn' Dawgs scored at will in the paint with two baskets following offensive rebounds...
Exeter girls, McAuley boys winners in Ozark 7 action (12/19/12)
The Exeter Tigers squandered an early 16-2 lead and dropped an Ozark 7 game to Joplin McAuley on Monday, Dec. 11, 69-61. A big home crowd had its hopes dashed as the Warriors fought back to trail by only 38-36 at halftime and then took control in the final two periods...
Purdy pulls away from Miller (12/19/12)
The Purdy Eagles basketball team earned a 62-49 victory over Miller on Dec. 11. The Eagles, 5-1 and winners of four straight games are starting to play as a complete team. "Our team chemistry is one of our biggest strengths," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "We are unselfish. Tonight, we passed the ball really well. We made the extra pass to give up a good shot to get a great shot."...
Mt. Vernon still has Southwest's number (12/19/12)
The Mt. Vernon Mountaineers laid a 74-44 loss on the Trojans on Dec. 13 at Washburn. Mt. Vernon's Skip Brock is the Bill Belichick of area high school basketball coaches. To the Mt. Vernon faithful, he has been the basketball messiah. Frustrated opponents see him as another loss on their schedule...
Purdy and Wheaton split doubleheader (12/19/12)
Purdy and Wheaton High Schools split a pair of varsity doubleheaders on Dec. 13. The Bulldogs used clutch shooting and solid defense to hold off the Eagles 65-61. In the nightcap, The Lady Eagles cruised to a 68-18 victory. "I thought we did a good job of finishing the game," said Wheaton coach Rusty Roe. "There is still plenty of room for improvement on the defensive end. We need to improve our toughness,"...
Lady Bears reach milestone win (12/19/12)
The Missouri State Lady Bears reached a milestone with their 83-60 win over Arkansas State at Springfield on Dec. 15. The Lady Bears recorded the 750th win in the history of a storied program and became only the 28th girls NCAA Division 1 school to reach that mark...
Perfection (12/19/12)
The Cassville Middle School seventh grade girls basketball team, pictured above, finished the season with a 15-0 record and won the Big 8 Conference tournament championship on Dec. 11. The Lady Wildcats dispatched Seneca (35-5), Lamar (30-18) and Carl Junction (30-15) to claim the title. ...
County Calendar (12/19/12)
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...
CURTIS A. BACON (12/19/12)
Curtis A. Bacon, 89, of Cassville, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville. He was born April 27, 1923, in Washburn, the son of Frederick and Artie S. (Hilburn) Bacon. On July 1, 1946, in Exeter, he was united in marriage to Helen Maloney, who preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1993. Also preceding him in death were: his parents; one brother, Oscar Bacon; and one sister, Edith Edmondson...
KENNETH L. CARR (12/19/12)
Kenneth L. Carr, 95, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away Sept. 6, 2012, in BSA Hospice of Amarillo after a brief illness. He was born July 14, 1917, on the family farm near Cato to Franklin and Mary Hailey Carr. He attended Cato, Jenkins and Cassville High School, graduating with the class of 1936. ...
SHELTON LADON CLARK (12/19/12)
Shelton Ladon Clark, 37, of St. Roberts, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Mercy Hospital-- Cassville. Funeral services will be held in Sylvester, Ga., on Saturday. Local arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
RANDALL B. GOODMAN (12/19/12)
Randall B. Goodman, 57, of Shell Knob, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Cassville. Preceding him in death were: his father; one brother; and one sister. He grew up and received his education in Lubbock, Texas, where he lived most of his life. In 1998, he moved to Missouri to make his home. He was a brick mason, retiring due to his health...
JOHN NEIL MASON (12/19/12)
John Neil Mason, 58, of Shell Knob, passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. He was born on Oct. 4, 1954, the son of Clifford John and Wilma Joy (Anderson) Mason, who preceded him in death. Survivors include: two sisters, Mary Loehnis and her husband, Tim, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Cyndy Finnigan and her husband, John, of Terrace Park, Ohio...
WAYNE A. SHOCKLEY (12/19/12)
Cremation arrangements were by Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. At his request there will be no funeral service and his ashes are to be spread where his mother and father are laid to rest at Maplewood cemetery in Exeter...
NORMA J. WELLMAN (12/19/12)
Norma J. Smith Wellman, 91, formerly of Berryville, Ark., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Point Lookout Nursing Home in Hollister. She was born on Aug. 25, 1921, daughter of Billy and Vade (Lawrence) Clinken-beard, in Barry County. In 1937, she married Coy Smith in Carroll County, Ark.; he preceded her death. She later married Arnold Wellman in Miami, Okla. She worked as a secretary for her son's business, Eureka Log Homes...
FERNE WISEMAN (12/19/12)
One-time Cassville resident, Velma Ferne (Mrs. B. R.) Wiseman, 88, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born in Artesia, N.M., in 1924 to the late Lewis and Ursula (Hunt) Rowland. She grew up in New Mexico and in Cassville. She was a graduate of Cassville High School. For many years, her parents owned and operated the Rowland's Dry Goods on the Cassville square...
School safety is top priority (12/19/12)
Like most of you, I shed tears off and on all weekend. Although I tried not to be consumed with 24-hour-a-day reporting on the monstrous tragedy in Connecticut, I watched some of the news coverage regarding the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. ...