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Stories from Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Haven hit hard by animal adoption tax (01/02/13)
A local animal shelter has been hit hard with an animal adoption tax imposed by the state. Haven of the Ozarks, in Washburn, is just one of hundreds of not-for-profit animal shelters across the state hit by an animal adoption tax that for-profit and large-scale commercial breeding operations have had to pay as a part of their operations fees...
Herschend to headline chamber banquet (01/02/13)
Silver Dollar City co-founder and co-owner to speak at annual event
Snowy scene (01/02/13)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed An unexpected snow storm covered Barry County fields and lawns with a shallow layer of snow last Friday afternoon. A second winter weather system brought freezing drizzle to the local area on Monday, New Year's Eve.
Prepare now for severe winter weather events (01/02/13)
With some of the nasty, sticky, cold, white stuff forecast for next week, it's time for area residents to take stock of their pantries and winter weather supplies in preparation for what could be the first significant snow storm for the area. Winter storms can range from a moderate snowfall to the wind-driven icy sleet and freezing rain, reminiscent of the 2007 ice storm that sent area residents slipping and sliding to the nearest retail store for food and supplies...
Linn's dinner tops last year's record (01/02/13)
The family center at the First United Methodist Church in Monett was packed with people at midday on Tuesday, Dec. 25. Linn Thornton's 28th annual Christmas Day dinner attracted a record crowd, even though many enjoyed the meal from home. The threat of winter weather may have contributed to the crowd coming early...
Swearing-in ceremony held (01/02/13)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood swore in six county office holders during a special ceremony held in the Barry County Commission meeting room in the Barry County Courthouse on Monday. County office holders elected during the November general election included: Gary Schad, northern commissioner; Wayne Hendrix, southern commissioner; Mick Epperly, sheriff; Sherry Sears, assessor; Jim Fohn, coroner; and Pam Modlin, public administrator...
Mercy Clinic welcomes nurse practitioner (01/02/13)
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in Cassville has welcomed a new nurse practitioner. Polly Diehl, MSN, NP-C is available to serve area community members at the clinic, which adjoins Mercy Hospital Cassville. "I chose a career in nursing for the simple reason that many people do, to help those in need," said Diehl. "I chose a career in nursing to deliver comfort, to heal, to serve and to teach, and I feel fortunate every day that I can do one or better yet all of these things."...
Seligman Chamber hosts holiday events (01/02/13)
Members of the Seligman Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a host of holiday events, including a ham give-away, the annual Christmas train ride and a free community Christmas dinner. The chamber, along with Seligman merchants, participated in a ham give-away promotion for Christmas. Each time a patron visited a participating merchant they had the opportunity to sign up for a free ham, provided by the Seligman Chamber of Commerce...
Two injured in area crash (01/02/13)
Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26 on Highway C about two miles east of Purdy. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Jason A. Kramer, 22, of Aurora, traveled off the east side of the road and overturned, ejecting both the driver and passenger, Amanda Shelby, 25, of Aurora, through the sunroof...
Delegating can help business grow (01/02/13)
A business owner with tight control over all aspects of their business may actually hamper or prevent business growth according to Kathy Macomber, a business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "When you think about it, if the time available from the business owner is the scarcest resource, it may set the maximum limit on the size of the business," said Macomber. "Learning to delegate can empower employees and allow decisions to be made closer to the customer."...
Jerry Marple retires (01/02/13)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Friday, several community members attended a special open house and retirement celebration for Jerry Marple at Willis Insurance, located on the square in Cassville. Marple has worked at the local insurance agency for 23 years. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Linda Marple, Lisa Peterson, Tom Elliott and Elinor Newman. Back row: Jeremy Marple, Jerry Marple, Dan Bailey, Andy Lambel and Clay Newman...
Shoeboxes for Soldiers hits a record (01/02/13)
Local organizers and supporters of the Shoeboxes for Soldiers effort packed and shipped boxes to soldiers serving in combat zones in the Mideast last weekend. According to the retired first sergeant who spearheads the effort in Barry County and who prefers to remain anonymous, more than 1,000 shoeboxes were shipped with supplies for the soldiers. The total topped the record set last Christmas of 904...
PHS Christmas court (01/02/13)
Photo submitted Members of the Purdy High School holiday court featuring Miss Merry Christmas 2012 are pictured above. Pictured from left, are: Robby Moody and Billie House, sophomores; Tyler Jones and Bailey Spears, seniors; king and queen Jesus Perez and Jennifer Hernandez, juniors; Esmerelda Perez and Josh Antle, seniors; and Andrea Humphrey and Umar Akhtar, freshmen...
Santa visits ER Library (01/02/13)
Santa Claus visited the Eagle Rock Branch Library on Dec. 22. With a little help from his elves, Mr. Claus distributed over 100 gifts to local children. Jolly Old St. Nick also joined children as they listened to the reading of "The Night Before Christmas." Youngsters enjoyed a snack and created an ornament during the event...
Knowledge about diabetes can help with prevention and understanding (01/02/13)
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the way a human body uses energy from food. Normally, carbohydrates are digested as glucose, or sugar, when food is eaten. Human cells need glucose for energy...
Homeowners should check for foundation problems caused by drought (01/02/13)
This year's unprecedented drought created problems for many Missouri homeowners, says Michael E. Goldschmidt, University of Missouri Extension specialist in housing and environmental design. Homeowners should be alert to changes in the foundation, walls and ceilings and act quickly to avoid serious damage and costly repairs in the future, Goldschmidt said...
End of the year a great time to work on convincing business plan (01/02/13)
A business plan can be useful for both new and existing businesses and year-end is a great time to start planning for upcoming years. However, many people who own a business or those interested in starting a business say getting a business plan written is their most daunting task...
2012 will be state's warmest year on record (01/02/13)
This year will be the warmest year on record in Missouri since 1895, when established instrumental temperature records began, according to Pat Guinan, extension climatologist with the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program. Guinan presented his findings at the MU Crop Management Conference, Dec. 18 in Columbia, and at the recent Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville...
Resolve to Eat Healthier -- and Save Money, Too (01/02/13)
It's the beginning of the New Year, and resolutions abound for many. Losing weight, exercising more frequently and eating more healthfully are common goals. This January, consider the following strategies from TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, to create flavorful, nutritious meals that won't hurt the wallet.
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Billings wins 30th Annual Southwest Holiday Tournament (01/02/13)
After hanging 87 points on Haas Hall Academy and 92 on Southwest to advance to the championship game, the Billings Wildcats only scored 64 against Pea Ridge, Ark., on Dec. 28 at Washburn, but it was enough. The Wildcats claimed the first place trophy at the 30th annual Southwest Holiday Tournament with a thrilling 64-57 victory over a talented Pea Ridge Blackhawks squad...
Billings Wildcats dominate all-tournament team (01/02/13)
The Billings Wildcats not only won the tallest team trophy at the Southwest Holiday Tournament, they dominated the individual honors as well. Tournament coaches and attending sportswriters voted Austin Essick, of Billings, the tournament MVP, an award sponsored by the Cassville Democrat newspaper...
Cassville takes sixth in the Berryville tournament (01/02/13)
Looking for a change of pace and to play different opponents, the Cassville Lady Wildcats basketball team spent their holiday break in the Berryville (Ark.) Holiday Tournament. Cassville took sixth place in the eight team field playing three schools from the Natural state...
Rusty start sinks Purdy in tourney opener (01/02/13)
The Purdy Lady Eagles basketball team (7-4) couldn't rebound from a shaky first half and fell 39-31 to the Carthage Lady Tigers to open play in the Neosho Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26. "I am proud of the way we battled," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "We were cold to start the game, but we gave our team a chance (to win) in the end."...
SWMS to begin volleyball practice (01/02/13)
Southwest Middle School volleyball practice will begin on Monday, Jan. 14. Practices, which will be held in the middle school gymnasium, will typically run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The middle school volleyball team is open to all seventh and eighth grade girls. Players will need shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers and an athletic physical to participate in practicies...
County Calendar (01/02/13)
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...
LEWIS THOMPSON (01/02/13)
Lewis William Thompson, 71, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was born July 29, 1941, in Springfield, the son of William Henry and Lois Olena (Hawk) Thompson. On June 16, 1962, he was united in marriage to Martha Vanderpool, who survives...
ISABELLA STURGELL (01/02/13)
Isabella Sturgell, 80, of Aurora, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Mercy Hospital in Springfield. She was born on Dec. 15, 1932, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of John and Isabella (Ritchie) Focht. She was a farmer. Survivors include: her husband, Dorman; one son, Randall Sturgell, of Jenkins; one daughter, Donna Watts, of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Jim Focht, of Florida; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren...
REV. JACK F. ROWLEY (01/02/13)
Rev. Jack F. Rowley, 81, of Waskom, Texas, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. He was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Washburn, to Asa and Cressie Hutchens Rowley. He graduated from Cassville High School in Cassville and attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas. ...
SHERRY JEAN RITCHIE (01/02/13)
Sherry Jean Ritchie, 49, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in her home. She was born July 17, 1963, in Jonesboro, Ark., the daughter of Jean (Clayton) Snyder. On May 29, 2008, in Eureka Springs, Ark., she was united in marriage to Robert Ritchie, who survives...
JEFFREY QUICK (01/02/13)
Jeffrey Allyn "Jeff" Quick, 50, of Bentonville, Ark., passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Cassville. He was born Nov. 3, 1962, in Cassville, the son of Dave and Janice (Crawford) Quick, of Exeter, who survive. Additional survivors include: his maternal grandmother, Myrtle Shelley, of Washburn; one son, Joshua C. Quick, of Bentonville, Ark.; one brother, Jamey R. Quick, of Exeter; and two grandchildren...
PHILLIP E. PRIMROSE (01/02/13)
Phillip E. Primrose, 52, of Seligman, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Cassville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, Cassville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
ARVILLA MEADOR (01/02/13)
Arvilla Edith Meador, 90, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 24, 2012, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri. She was born July 10, 1922, in Cassville, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur Oren and Edith Bell (Writer) Dilbeck. On February 15, 1942, she was united in marriage to Rolland Meador, who preceded her in death on May 22, 2001. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her son-in-law, Stephen Sweetland...
DR. GLENNON HORNER (01/02/13)
Dr. Glennon Amos Horner, age 82, of Rogers, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, in Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born September 9, 1930, in Cassville, Missouri, the son of Amos Joseph and Montez (Brixey) Horner. On March 2, 1952, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Ella Paulina Pitts, who preceded him in death on January 15, 2010. Also preceding him in death were his parents and a son-in-law, Jim Haak...
WILLIAM "BILL" MARK HENSON (01/02/13)
William Mark Henson, 92, of Marionville, formerly of Pierce City, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 in the Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Marionville. Interment followed in the IOOF Cemetery in Monett...
MARY LOUISE HALL (01/02/13)
Mary Louise Hall, 83, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in her home. She was born May 15, 1929, in Eagle Rock, the daughter of James Robert and Daisie Mae (Burris) Greek. On May 19, 1949, in Columbus, Kan., she was united in marriage to Glenn C. ...
PAULA L. CORNETT (01/02/13)
Paula L. Cornett, 60, of Cassville, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Red Rose Health and Rehab in Cassville. She was born on July 11, 1952, in Lindsey, Calif., daughter of Paul and Geneva (Lassiter) Barber. For the last 20 years, she has been a resident of Barry County. She worked in various nursing homes as a CNA and a Med Tech...
RALPH EDWARD BRANSON (01/02/13)
Ralph Edward Branson, 100, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in his home. He was born May 15, 1912, the son of Dan and Mary Branson. On June 1, 1954, in Springfield, he was united in marriage to Berniadine "Bunnie" Cheek, who preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 2007. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Lorraine Alred...
MARY BARNARD (01/02/13)
Mary Franklin Barnard, 82, of Stella, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in her home. Funeral services were today (Wednesday) in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial was at Macedonia Cemetery at Stella. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper...
ROSE L. ANDERSON (01/02/13)
Rose L. Anderson, 58, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1954, in Woodward, Okla., the daughter of Robert and Loeta (Reeves) McClure. In 2000, she was united in marriage to Ralph Anderson, who preceded her in death in 2003. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers, Darrell McClure and Bobby Bruno...
Creating a winter wonderland (01/02/13)
This year's holidays came with mixed emotions for many of us. We found ourselves holding our children a little tighter over the last few weeks. We have also been sending up extra prayers for the Newtown, Conn., families who suffered the worst kind of heartbreak just before Christmas. As sad as this tragedy is, life marches on. This month, children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School will return to a new school and attempt to begin learning again...
Gun control is not the answer (01/02/13)
Dear editor, Before the parents (in Newtown, Conn.) had time to grieve, the liberals were crying gun control. It's in their DNA. Let's take a look at where we are in America. About 40 years ago, liberals started a drive to remove God and prayer from schools and all government buildings with the help of liberal organizations like the ACLU. They had a measure of success...