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Stories from Wednesday, December 26, 2012

County WIC program receives special award (12/26/12)
The Barry County Health Department's WIC (Women, Infant, Child) program has been awarded the designation of a Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic. The award, which was made by the Department of Health and Senior Services, includes $25,000 in funding from USDA...
Christmas royalty (12/26/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cassville High School freshman Dylan Klewer raised $3,078.33 and junior Katie Sewell raised $1,704.50 for the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center's annual Share Your Christmas effort and earned the titles of 2012 CHS Mr. ...
Seligman man withdraws candidacy (12/26/12)
Carrothers will run for mayor instead of east ward alderman
Angel Tree effort serves over 100 youngsters (12/26/12)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office served over 100 children and collected nearly 600 gifts through its sixth annual Angel Tree effort, which was conducted throughout the month of December. "The number of families was up from last year," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "If it wasn't for the donations from local community members and businesses we would not be able to keep this going...
First baby to win prizes (12/26/12)
By Lindsay Reed The Cassville Democrat and local businesses are gearing up for the newspaper's 18th annual First Baby Contest. The first baby born in Barry County in 2013 will win a bundle of gifts. Each year, the Cassville Democrat, with the help of nearly a dozen local business sponsors, awards a bounty of prizes to the family of the first child born in the county in 2013...
Hike RRSP on New Year's Day (12/26/12)
Roaring River State Park will offer its second First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2013. Hikers are invited to meet at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center off of Highway F in the park. "This is a great way to start the year," said Kerry Hays, park assistant superintendent, who will lead the First Day Hike, "particularly for people who have decided they need to do something active. It is a great way to get started."...
Washburn looks back on county commissioner job (12/26/12)
A reception is planned for 1 p.m. on Thursday at the historic Barry County Courthouse in Cassville for Frank Washburn, who is leaving office as northern commissioner of Barry County. Washburn, 61, of Monett, served two terms. Washburn said his successor, Gary Schad, will find himself quickly immersed in the most intense part of the county government's duties: preparing the annual budget in the first three weeks of the year. ...
Donation made to YMCA (12/26/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville Rotary Club recently presented a donation to the Cassville YMCA in appreciation of the Y's constant support and encouragement of local youth. Pictured above, from left, are: Dr. David Cupps, Chad Yarnall, Stan Kelley, Roger Brock, Jerry Marple and Sarah Pursell, Rotary treasurer...
Health board approves variance request (12/26/12)
On Dec. 20, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees granted a variance request to Donna Lombregoia, owner of Nonna's Nummies in Shell Knob. "They are trying to correct issues with their current system, and they have been advised that a wastewater treatment system is needed there," said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. "They are proposing a drip system, and Hill and Hill is the contractor for the project."...
Purdy man killed in crash (12/26/12)
A Purdy man was killed in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 7:02 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, on Interstate 44 about two miles west of Halltown. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a 2003 Ford F150, driven by Larry D. Hall, 55, of Purdy, left the roadway and struck a guardrail before the vehicle rolled over the guardrail. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene by Lawrence County Coroner Scott Lakin...
Business plan doesn't need to be long, just convincing (12/26/12)
Many people thinking about owning a business or starting a business of their own say getting a business plan written is their most daunting task. But according to Chrystal Irons, a business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, a business plan doesn't have to be long; it should be simple and direct...
March of Dimes names nurses of the year (12/26/12)
Seventeen Missouri nurses were honored at the inaugural March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year event held on Nov. 10 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. The nurses were recognized for their extraordinary level of patient care, compassion, professionalism, integrity and leadership in the nursing profession. The winning nurses each received a crystal award and a gift certificate to Scrubs and Beyond...
E-911 Board appoints new officers (12/26/12)
Director's report touches on sales tax increase, employee training and recent fatal emergencies
Barry County E-911 now offers website (12/26/12)
Barry County E-911 now has an official website. Community members are encouraged to visit the site, which is located at www.barrycountye911.org. "It lists information about us and provides the public with many options with how to contact us," said Mike Phillips, Barry County E-911 director. "We are currently in the process of building it out and have been adding new features to it on a weekly basis...
Promotion announced (12/26/12)
On Dec. 19, Justin Brands, Inc., announced the promotion of Jeromy Williams, Cassville plant superintendent, to plant manager of the Carthage manufacturing facility. "Jeromy brings a wealth of experience to his new role in Carthage," said Larry Nelson, Justin Brands senior vice president of manufacturing. ...
Seligman Council reviews bids (12/26/12)
The Seligman City Council reviewed four bids for a compact excavator during its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 12. Springdale Tractor Co., of Springdale, Ark., submitted a $45,000 bid for a Kubota, and Potter Equipment Inc., in Springfield, submitted a $45,100 bid for a Case tractor. The city also received a $45,909 bid from Ozark Power Center, Inc., in Springfield, for a Kubota and a $48,500 bid from Victor L. Phillips Co., in Joplin, for a Takeuchi...
Report highlighted city expenditures (12/26/12)
On Nov. 19, the Washburn City Council reviewed a report that highlighted major expenditures approved since July 1. The report, which was prepared by Julie Grillone, city clerk, listed the following items: a back-up generator, $7,000; a John Deere tractor, $3,500; the bridge upgrade on Second Street, $10,675; and the waterline upgrade on High Street, $74,072. The waterline upgrade project is not complete...
Purdy schools to expand food service collaboration (12/26/12)
The Purdy R-2 Board of Education voted to expand its collaboration with Springfield Grocers for its food service program during the November meeting. Superintendent Dr. Steven Chancellor reported that new federal guidelines on school meals require a level of analytic reporting and paperwork that surpasses what the food service staff can provide...
Smith's Clothing mobbed (12/26/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce held a Cash Mob event at Smith's Clothing in Cassville on Dec. 12. A large crowd of community members turned out for the event. Local businesses interested in hosting Cash Mob events are invited to call the chamber office at 847-2814 or email chamber@cassville.com...
Register by Dec. 31 for soil and crops conference (12/26/12)
89th event to be held in Lawrence County on Jan. 3, 2013
Health fair held a senior center (12/26/12)
Cox Cassville Medical Care Associates sponsored a health fair at the Cassville Senior Center on Nov. 29. The health fair was well attended with 108 people receiving needed health screenings at a special reduced rate. Numerous vendors provided additional health information during the event. ...
It's tree pruning time (12/26/12)
Now that the leaves have fallen, it's time to think about pruning trees. "The best time to prune is during the dormant season, from the time of leaf fall in the autumn until they leaf out in the spring," said Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri Extension forestry specialist. "You can do some pruning in the summertime, but there you want to do it very lightly and only for corrective purposes after a storm or something of that nature."...
Galls unsightly but harmless (12/26/12)
Those unsightly round, brown growths seen on oaks this time of year won't harm the tree, says a University of Missouri Extension fruit specialist. It has been a "banner year for galls" on oak, hickory, chestnut and walnut trees, says Michele Warmund, extension horticulturist and professor of plant sciences at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources...
Extension is an essential part of county government (12/26/12)
University of Missouri Extension is governed at the local level by county extension councils. These local governing bodies are established in Missouri state law as a function of county government. "The law is clear," said Tony DeLong, extension county council coordinator for University of Missouri Extension. "Extension is not a civic organization. Extension is a core function of county government."...
R-3 School District to purchase minivan (12/26/12)
The Wheaton R-3 School Board approved the purchase of a new school minivan at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 15. The expenditure cannot cost more than $21,600. During the meeting, the board also voted to award the contract for food service to OPAA Food Service, which has served the district for the past few years, and purchase Christmas hams for all staff members...
Purdy FFA receives donation (12/26/12)
Pfizer Animal Health, in conjunction with veterinarians and animal health suppliers, sponsors a program that provides support for local FFA chapters. Eligible purchases of Pfizer Animal Health vaccines are earmarked for a donation made on the customer's behalf to the local FFA chapter. ...
Farmers should know best way to meet protein needs of cattle (12/26/12)
Normally, energy for livestock is more critical than protein according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "Most years, when I'm asked about the need for protein tubs, blocks, cubes, by-product feeds or high protein hay, I stress that energy is more critical than protein," said Cole. "This year I'm more concerned about protein knowing the types of hay, silage or balage many are feeding."...
Work of Extension livestock specialists is not mysterious (12/26/12)
The work done by University of Missouri Extension specialists seems mysterious to some outside observers. Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with over 40 years of experience with MU Extension, says a good way to unravel the mystery is give a review of his recent activities and some of the questions he has received...
New app helps you name that weed (12/26/12)
University of Missouri Extension has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden. Kevin Bradley, MU Extension weed scientist, unveiled the app at the MU Crop Management Conference, Dec. 19 in Columbia...
"Red Book" for cattlemen available for purchase from Extension (12/26/12)
Beef cattle producers may now purchase the popular pocket-sized herd record book from University of Missouri Extension livestock specialists. The book is used throughout the United States following its origin in Idaho in 1985. Originally the "Red Book" was used as the primary record keeping tool for the Integrated Resource Management Program. Missouri adopted the book in 1987 as a tool for progressive cattlemen to use for gathering data on their herds and pastures...
Playground equipment plans progress (12/26/12)
Purdy Council discusses Renewal Projects
MoDOT traveler app updated (12/26/12)
Technology changes rapidly. Today, travelers expect current road condition information from the convenience of their smartphone. With that in mind, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has upgraded its free iPhone and Android Traveler Information app so motorists can get road condition information faster and easier...
Red Cross introduces new Blended Learning program (12/26/12)
The American Red Cross has recently released a new program that allows local businesses and first responder groups to study online for their first-aid and CPR/AED training. The Southern Missouri region of the American Red Cross is offering blended learning classes, which combine Internet classes with in-person learning. Once the student has completed the Red Cross' online course, their skills will be tested by an instructor...
CHS Christmas Court (12/26/12)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed This year, Cassville High School Merry Christmas candidates raised $8,343 for the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center's annual Share Your Christmas effort, which provides gifts for hundreds of local needy children. The 2012 Merry Christmas candidates are pictured above. ...
Wildcats even record with exciting 52-51 comeback victory (12/26/12)
Lowery leads Cats with 19 points
Hot shooting Mt. Vernon downs Purdy (12/26/12)
The slow start of the Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team proved costly on Dec. 21 as they fell 68-37 Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon senior Audrey LaSalle buried three quick treys to push the Lady Mountaineers to a quick 11-0 lead. Jayse Henderson's 3-pointer with 3:00 minutes remaining in the first period erased the goose egg on Purdy's side of the scoreboard. After one period the visitors led 20-7...
Exeter falls to Niangua (12/26/12)
The ninth--seeded Exeter Tigers basketball team (1-6) opened play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Dec. 21 falling to the eighth-seeded Niangua 61-43. Jay Allen's Tigers kept the game close in the first quarter trailing 16-10 at the break. Both teams used full-court pressure in the second quarter. Niangua got the better end of the period and extended their lead to 10 going into halftime with a 32-22 edge...
Purdy tripped up by Crane (12/26/12)
The Purdy Eagles basketball team fell 65-49 to Crane on Dec. 18. The Eagles (5-3) trailed 22-10 at the end of the first period and 29-23 at halftime. "I thought we played with great effort tonight," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "We got off to slow starts in both the first and third quarters."...
Southwest splits varsity tilts (12/26/12)
After earning a top-10 mention in the Class 3 girls basketball rankings, the Southwest Lady Trojans suffered their first loss of the season at Ash Grove on Dec. 17. The Lady Pirates stormed to a 30-19 halftime lead and never looked back in taking the 64-44 win...
Purdy honors Roller, retires jersey (12/26/12)
Prior to the Purdy Lady Eagles contest against Mt. Vernon, Purdy High School honored 2012 graduate Addy Roller on Dec. 21, by retiring her #23 jersey. Choking back tears in front of the large hometown crown Roller stated how much she loved her family, friends, community and how she was truly blessed by the honor...
County Calendar (12/26/12)
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...
LETHA ALEXANDER (12/26/12)
Letha Alexander, 90, of Pierce City, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett. She was born on June 23, 1922, in Center, Colo., daughter of O.P. and Effie (McLellan) Applegate. She was united in marriage to Roy Alexander on April 23, 1940, in Taos, N.M. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2007. They moved to Pierce City in 2001 from Talihina, Okla. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Monett Congregation...
FLOYD R. BURNS (12/26/12)
Floyd R. Burns, 85, of Shell Knob, passed away, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the home of his daughter. He was born in McAlester, Okla., Dec. 23, 1926, the son of Floyd and Leon C. (Cook) Burns. In 1944, at Dallas, Texas, he was united in marriage to Billie Jean Hendricks, who preceded him in death on June 7, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents...
JAMES O. DEISER (12/26/12)
James O. Deiser, 80, of Cassville, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at PHBC Cassville Health and Rehab. He was born on April 18, 1932, in Richmond, Ind., son of Forrest and Alma (Berry) Deiser. He graduated from Richmond High School, and entered the armed service. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served from 1949 through 1953, during the battle of the Korean War. During his service time, he was shot five times and received several medals, including the Purple Heart and the Silver Star...
LARRY HALL (12/26/12)
Services were held Saturday at the White Funeral Home, with Rick Hendrix officiating. Burial followed at the Purdy City Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Fair Haven Children's Home in Strafford and entrusted to the funeral home...
Celebrate responsibly (12/26/12)
As we gather with friends and family to recognize the conclusion of 2012 and ring in 2013, please remember to celebrate responsibly. I would like to offer a sobering fact to serve as a reminder of the importance of driving sober. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 10,228 Americans were killed in traffic crashes that involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Over 10,000 lives were cut short due to poor choices...