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Stories from Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Election to offer contested races (01/16/13)
The upcoming April municipal and school board elections have attracted seven new candidates. A pair of municipalities and one local school board will hold contested races. Cassville voters will have the opportunity to decide one of the local contested municipal races this spring. Current Mayor Bill Shiveley will be challenged by Tracy Lannum. North Ward Alderman...
Bleak budget forecast for Barry County (01/16/13)
Commissioners to consider a sales tax issue
Protecting the Second Amendment (01/16/13)
Council considers resolution in support of the right to bear arms
Postmaster credits staff with success of office (01/16/13)
Tina Strauch, who has 19 years of experience with the U.S. Postal Service, will soon mark her 12th anniversary as a postmaster. Strauch took the helm at the Cassville Post Office on May 19, 2012. "I enjoy being here and enjoy working with the customers to help meet their needs," said Strauch. "We have a great crew at the Cassville Post Office. They do everything they can to help our customers."...
R-4 School District releases special publication (01/16/13)
The Cassville School District has released a special publication, The Golden Echo, which showcases student activities on the R-4 campuses. "I attended a couple of workshops this year, and one focused on trying to ensure the community had an opportunity to see a picture of what's happening in the district," said Superintendent Richard Asbill. "We have a webpage and a presence on Facebook, but there is still a need for a traditional publication to get information out to parents and grandparents."...
DESE report gives districts goals for improvement (01/16/13)
A draft report released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will provide two southern Barry County school districts with goals for improvement over the next three years. According to the report, which uses data from the 2011-12 school year, the Exeter and Wheaton school districts are among nearly 30 Missouri school districts that would become provisionally accredited if a new model of accreditation were implemented this year...
Tickets still available for chamber banquet (01/16/13)
Tickets are still available for the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet, which will feature Peter Herschend, co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Corporation, formerly known as Silver Dollar City, Inc. The event will be held in the Cassville High School commons area at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26...
Icy weekend (01/16/13)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed A winter weather system left a thin layer of ice on fields and lawns across Barry County on Saturday night. The system also brought frigid temperatures, which lasted through Monday and Tuesday.
Commodities to be distributed Jan. 29 (01/16/13)
USDA TEFAP Commodities Distribution of food products has been changed to Tuesday, Jan. 29. Food will be distributed at the Cassville United Methodist Church from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Individuals should gather at the east entrance of the church near the intersection of Sixth and Townsend Streets. Participants do not need to sign up for the distribution in advance...
Motorists injured in recent crashes (01/16/13)
An Exeter woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 2:06 a.m. on Saturday, on Highway W about three miles east of Wheaton. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2012 Kia Sportage, Maria C. McNeill, 22, of Exeter, who was involved in a pursuit, ran off the roadway and overturned. McNeill was wearing a seat belt...
City will not receive sidewalk improvement grant (01/16/13)
Council reviews departmental reports
Flu epidemic makes little impact on area (01/16/13)
Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States, and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest FluView report. Barry and Lawrence counties have not seen the extent of flu cases that have been documented in other areas...
Red Cross encourages flu shots (01/16/13)
The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross urges people who have not had the flu vaccine to get the vaccination soon as a result of the widespread flu activity across the nation. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that this is the worst outbreak of flu the United States has had in several years. Flu activity has been reported in 41 states...
Good nutrition and learning go hand-in-hand (01/16/13)
Research shows children who are nutritionally fit are more likely to have the energy, stamina and self-esteem that enhance their ability to learn. Parents can help ensure that children are well-nourished and ready-to-learn by considering a few basic nutritional steps, according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension...
Cattle rustlers facing stiff penalties (01/16/13)
Law enforcement officials, county commissioners and cattle association members gathered at the Lawrence County Historic Courthouse in Mt. Vernon on Monday, Jan. 7 to discuss the problem of cattle rustlers that has plagued producers in the southwest Missouri area for several months...
CPD conducts holiday DWI effort (01/16/13)
The Cassville Police Department took part in the 2012 Holiday DWI (driving while intoxicated) Enforcement Campaign Dec. 10, 2012 through Dec. 16, 2012. "When we remove a drunk driver from the roads, we are all safer," said Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to drive sober."...
Jail accepts credit and debit (01/16/13)
The Barry County Jail is now accepting credit or debit cards to purchase inmate phone cards or pay cash bonds. "I believe that this will help those who pay for a cash bond easier and quicker," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "This will especially be helpful if it is needed during the hours that a bank is not open."...
School board members to be recognized (01/16/13)
Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. Local school board members are public servants elected by local constituents, and they do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts...
RRSP to hold second eagle viewing event of the year (01/16/13)
Roaring River State Park will hold its second eagle viewing event of the 2012-13 winter season at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center at 3 p.m. this Saturday. All community members are invited to attend. "People like to see the eagles," said Tim Smith, Roaring River naturalist. "Over the last 15 years, the number of eagles has increased, but it is still a bird that a lot of people love to see."...
Soils and crops conference is Jan. 29 (01/16/13)
By Lindsay Reed The 84th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference will be held at the Butterfield Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Registration will begin at 6 p.m., and a free meal will be served at 6:15 p.m. Speakers will include: Dona Goede, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, who will share information on timed artificial insemination; and Gregg Bailey, from Community National Bank in Aurora, who will talk about agriculture lending in today's economic climate.. ...
Power Force Team to appear at Wheaton church (01/16/13)
By Lindsay Reed Gene Robinson, Body of Christ Ministries pastor, is excited to announce that the Next Generation Power Force (NGPF) team will make appearances in Wheaton at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Admission is free...
Harpist to perform in Aurora (01/16/13)
Harpist Gina Morris will present a free concert of classical and Celtic music at the historic First Christian Church in Aurora at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. Donations will be gratefully accepted during the event. The church is located at the intersection of Pleasant and Washington, one block from the square in downtown Aurora...
Health department conducts food-service inspections (01/16/13)
The Environmental Services division of the Barry County Health Department inspected 34 food-service establishments during the month of December, 2012. Of that group, 24 establishments had critical violations and five had no critical or non-critical violations...
A pet home away from home (01/16/13)
New boarding business opens south of Cassville
Lending organization expands to SWMO (01/16/13)
Financing Ozarks Rural Growth and Economy (FORGE, Inc.), a not-for-profit corporation that offers lending services, is expanding its service area to include all of southwest Missouri, as well as northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma. According to the FORGE website, the membership organization borrows money from the Small Business Association (SBA), USDA, charities, foundations and individual investors to lend to start-up businesses, families in need, small farmers and individuals who are denied credit by the conventional banking system.. ...
Successful fundraiser (01/16/13)
For 75 years, March of Dimes has helped moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. FBLA groups throughout the state of Missouri have adopted March of Dimes as one of its state community service projects, which participating chapters raise funds for each year. ...
Purdy FCCLA collects over 5,000 pounds of food (01/16/13)
The Purdy Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter held a food drive during the third week of October 2012. The group raised over 5,000 pounds in non-perishable foods. The national community service project for FCCLA is "No Kid Hungry." The project was in conjunction with the national project. ...
Cassville girls fall to Mt. Vernon, 60-40 (01/16/13)
Mt. Vernon's girls came to town and claimed a 60-40 win over the Cassville Lady Wildcats on Jan. 10. The final score failed to consider how hard and how well the Lady Cats played against a highly skilled opponent. Simply put, they were gallant. "Don't go in the corner," Chris Shore repeated to his Lady Wildcats. "Penetrate gaps!"...
Cassville skid continues against Mt. Vernon (01/16/13)
A tough stretch of scheduling saw the Cassville Wildcats remain winless for the new year. Back-to-back home losses to conference foes Carl Junction and Mt. Vernon erased any holiday cheer left over from the Southwest Holiday Tournament wins over East Newton and Wheaton...
Trojans survive Wheaton comeback, 56-51 (01/16/13)
The Southwest Trojans celebrated homecoming with a 56-51 victory over the Wheaton Bulldogs on Jan. 11. The box score reflected the numbers but not the drama of the contest. Wheaton led early, but the Trojans finished the first quarter with a 6-0 run and took a 15-13 lead at the first break when James Pettit beat the buzzer with a long trey from the right wing...
Lady Trojans top Wheaton, 77-25 (01/16/13)
In a big 77-25 victory at Washburn on Jan. 11, the biggest news was the injury suffered by Southwest freshman guard, Jaime Shrum. Shrum collapsed on the court just 33 seconds into the game with a severe ankle sprain and was helped to the bench. She did not return...
Purdy drops two nail-biters to Seneca (01/16/13)
The Purdy Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams lost a pair of tightly contested games to Seneca on Jan. 8. The Purdy girls missed a game-winning shot as time expired to fall 35-34 to the Lady Indians. The Purdy boys were sunk when Kyler Ng drilled a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining to give4 Seneca the 49-46 victory...
Purdy holds off Pierce City, wins 67-56 (01/16/13)
It was the Purdy Eagles who claimed boys basketball supremacy on Jan. 11 with a 67-56 victory over Pierce City. Purdy (9-5) entered the game reeling from a last second loss earlier in the week against Seneca. Pierce City (6-7) was looking for a victory over a district foe...
Pierce City earns victory over Purdy (01/16/13)
It was the battle of the Lady Eagles on Jan. 11 when the Pierce City and Purdy girls tangled on the basketball hardwood. The Pierce City Lady Eagles soared to the top of the victory ledge with a 55-34 topping of Purdy. "We finally got healthy at the holiday break, and we are playing well," said Pierce City coach Rob Guerin. "Emily (Ashley) and Krishna (Merriman) played really solid tonight. I thought the girls as a team looked good tonight."...
Undefeated Champs (01/16/13)
Photo courtesy of William Schlichter The Exeter Lady Tigers eighth grade basketball team, pictured above, recently completed a 13-0 undefeated 2012 season. The team is compromised of Lindsay Henson, Caylee Erwin, Mikayla Meyer, Kelly Utter, Brooke Baldwin, Lanna Burnette, Allison Burnette, Brooke Cowherd and Bethany McMurray. "I've seen constant improvement from day one," said coach Jason Cole. "I feel as if they are headed in the right direction on an individual and team basis."...
County Calendar (01/16/13)
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...
DENNIS LEE BACON (01/16/13)
Dennis Lee Bacon, 67, of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in his home. He was born Oct. 29, 1945, in Cassville, the son of Oscar and Hazel (Boggess) Bacon, who preceded him in death. Survivors include: two brothers, Darrell Bacon and his wife, Calla, of Exeter, and Joe Bacon and his wife, Beverly, of Cassville; and two sisters, Louise Coons and her husband, Neal, of Springfield, and Linda Callison and her husband, John, of Joplin...
LISA LADAWN BRUTON (01/16/13)
Lisa LaDawn Bruton, 43, of Wheaton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in her home. She was born Feb. 26, 1969, in Prague, Okla., the daughter of Larry L. and Carolyn (Barrett) James. In 1988, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Shannon Bruton, who survives...
REBECCA IRENE "BECKY" COTHAM (01/16/13)
Rebecca Irene "Becky" Cotham, 46, of Washburn, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. She was born in Neosho Sept. 6, 1966, the daughter of William Jessie Cluck and Jessie June (Day) Cluck Fry. Survivors include: her brother, Walter Fry; and her father, Jessie Cluck. She was preceded in death by her mother, June Fry...
BOBBY GENE DICKSON (01/16/13)
He was a government employee for 30 years working in office personnel management, retiring in 1985. He was the beloved husband of Imogene, for 62 years, dearest father of Eileen (Scott) Pitcel and Russell (Katherine) Dickson, loving grandfather to William (Michelle) Pitcel, Cameron (Michelle) Pitcel, Robert Dickson, Walter Pitcel and great- grandfather to Alex Edmonson, Emma Pitcel and Victoria Pitcel...
GALEN RAY EASLEY (01/16/13)
Galen Ray Easley, 77, of Wheaton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in his home. He was born July 30, 1935, in Cassville, the son of Henry and Marzell (Bennett) Easley. On Feb. 24, 1978, in Miami, Okla., he was united in marriage to Vicki England, who survives...
MAX WILLARD HAYDEN (01/16/13)
Max Willard Hayden, 81, of Independence, formerly of Wheaton, passed away Jan. 10, 2013. He was born in Wheaton Jan. 23, 1931, the son of Louis and Melva (Malone) Hayden. He was united in marriage to Freda Birkes on May 2, 1954. She preceded him in death on June 3, 1989. He was also preceded in death by his parents...
LEE OLEN HENRY (01/16/13)
Lee Olen Henry, 71, of Rogers, Ark., passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ark. He was born Sept. 7, 1941, in Washburn, the son of Walter Clyde Henry and Esther "Eldine" (Gifford) Henry. On April 3, 1971, he was united in marriage to Donna Leach, who preceded him in death on May 4, 2012. Also preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers, Harry Henry, Glenn Henry and Charlie Henry...
ADALINE L. HOLBEN (01/16/13)
Adaline L. Holben, 79, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Cassville Health Care and Rehab. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
GERALD RAY PATTON (01/16/13)
Gerald Ray Patton, 70, of Branson, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1942, at Cross Hollows in Barry County, the son of Donald W. and Madge (Adams) Patton. On Dec. 19, 1964, in Macedonia, he was united in marriage to Audrey Riddle, who survives. ...
BILLY RAY PETERSON (01/16/13)
Billy Ray Peterson, 61, of Exeter, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in his home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
DIANNA SUE STROTHER (01/16/13)
Dianna Sue (Hancock) Strother, 66, of Purdy, Missouri, went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 11, 2013, at her home. Dianna was born March 19, 1946, to John "Jack" and Lena (Grundy) Hancock. She was united in marriage June 14, 1968, at Hamlin Memorial Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, to Donald Lee Strother, who survives...
DARRELL EUGENE TERRY (01/16/13)
Darrell Eugene Terry, 76, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born in Mason City, Grand Coulee, Wash., on April 7, 1936, the son of Merle E. and Freda (Hoover) Terry. On March 16, 1957, in Estacada, Ore., he was united in marriage to Corinne Chambers, who survives...
SHELIAH JO WALKER (01/16/13)
Sheliah Jo Walker, 41, a resident of Eagle Rock, was born Nov. 23, 1972, in Tulsa, Okla., a daughter of Sidney Wayne and Bertha Fay (Hudspeth) Cambell. She departed this life Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Berryville, Ark. Sheliah was a manager at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark. She was of the Baptist Faith...
DONALD E. WHEATON (01/16/13)
Donald E. Wheaton, 84, of Monett, formerly of Cassville, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett. He was born on March 22, 1928, in Pulski, Iowa, son of Arlie and Doris (Hamberg) Wheaton. He graduated from Pulski High School. Throughout his life, he had many occupations, including a union carpenter. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict...
Safe and Sober (01/16/13)
Thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the Safe and Sober program will be expanded from 35 to at least 150 school districts this year. Safe and Sober, a non-profit organization that operates under the Mercy Health Foundation-Springfield, creates awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and encourages teens to lead a safe and sober lifestyle. ...