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Stories from Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An increase in business (01/23/13)
Gun control proposals spike local sales
Lawmakers line up against gun regulations (01/23/13)
State legislators from the local area are going on record with an adamant stance in opposition to any new regulations on firearms. David Sater, 29th District state senator from Cassville, said legislation has been introduced opposing new restrictions on gun ownership in both the Missouri House and Senate...
Voters to decide county sales tax issue in April (01/23/13)
On April 2, Barry County voters will have the opportunity to decide a one-eighth of a cent sales tax that would be used for public safety personnel, building safety and equipment. The Barry County Commission voted to place the sales tax increase on the spring ballot during its meeting on Jan. 17...
Breathing new life into the Bayless House (01/23/13)
Much progress has been made on the renovation of the Bayless House over the last couple of years. Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society President Bud Hart offered tours of Cassville's historic home after the group's meeting on Monday night...
Chamber banquet is Saturday (01/23/13)
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the accomplishments of 2012 during its annual banquet in the Cassville High School commons area on Saturday. The event, which will feature special guest speaker Peter Herschend, will begin at 6 p.m...
Meeting student needs (01/23/13)
Group of moms come together to provide books for summer reading
Sheriffs up in arms over proposed gun regs (01/23/13)
President Barack Obama will be receiving letters from several Missouri sheriffs who are standing together to stress the importance of the Second Amendment in response to the president's proposed gun controls. The letter was authored by Sheriff Charles Heiss of Johnson County and circulated to members of the Missouri Sheriffs' Association...
Airman (01/23/13)
Air Force Airman Evan J. Wolfe graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Wolfe completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. ...
Health board reviews wastewater ordinance (01/23/13)
The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees received a draft of proposed changes to the county's wastewater ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 17. The proposed ordinance, which is currently also under review by the Barry County Commission, includes a new property transfer certificate requirement. The requirement is modeled after a regulation that has been instituted in Stone County...
Four file for health board (01/23/13)
On April 2, a pair of incumbents will face off against two newcomers for three seats on the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees. John Starchman, current board chairman, and Jan Thomas, board member, have filed for new terms on the county health board. The other incumbent, Linda McBride, chose not to seek re-election...
Fitzpatrick begins work at state capitol (01/23/13)
State Representative of the 158th District Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, officially began his service after a swearing-in ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol on Jan. 9. "Today, I would like to thank the citizens of the 158th District for giving me this immense and humbling responsibility to represent them in the 97th General Assembly," said Fitzpatrick. ...
20 earn Silver Spoon Awards (01/23/13)
Food establishments honored for service
Sheriff releases end-of-year call numbers (01/23/13)
The Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to a total of 12,254 calls during 2012 according to an end-of-year report released by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly and Jail Administrator Jan Smith. The calls handled in 2012 was down slightly, compared to the 12,981 county officers responded to in 2011...
Three injured in weekend crashes (01/23/13)
By Murray Bishoff, Lisa Craft and Lindsay Reed An Eagle Rock man received serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, four miles north of Eagle Rock on Highway 86. Timothy Lenser, 52, ran off the right side of the road in a 1998 Ford pickup and struck a tree. He was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. He was not wearing a seat belt...
State of Missouri to offer refund debit card (01/23/13)
Missouri State Treasurer, Clint Zweifel, recently announced that Missouri residents may obtain their tax refund from the state in the form of a debit card, whether their tax return was filed on paper or electronically. This new option is available for citizens who file individual income tax returns or Property Tax Credit (PTC)...
SWLT to present "Dream Night" (01/23/13)
Southwest Little Theatre will present "Dream Night" in a dessert theatre format at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1. Both evenings will feature the zany comedy "French Toast." Thursday's production will also include "The Drawing Room," directed by Colby Ross, "The Stothing Clore," directed by Tristen Cain, "Hisses and Kisses," directed by Chelsie Leroy and a pre-show...
Stranger danger (01/23/13)
Self-defense classes to be offered in Seligman
Co-worker of the month (01/23/13)
Irene Hammonds, a cook in the dietary department at Mercy Hospital Cassville, has been named January Co-Worker of the Month. Hammonds has worked at the hospital for a little over three years. She came to work at Mercy for the opportunity to serve a Catholic organization in her community. ...
Seniors warned about tax credit scams (01/23/13)
The Missouri Department of Revenue is cautioning all seniors and disabled Missourians to be aware of possible scams involving the filing of a Property Tax Credit (PTC) claim. Scams involving the PTC, formerly known as the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit, frequently target seniors and the disabled. Scam arts often pose as trustworthy helpers and can be friends, family members or caregivers...
Builder of the year (01/23/13)
Cassville High School alum Adrian Rhoads earned the title of Overall Winner: $1 Million Plus in the 2012 Homes of the Year Contest sponsored by "417 Magazine." The magazine called a home designed by Rhoads, of Rhoads Design and Construction in Springfield, a mix of "traditional craftsmanship and modern industry" that 
redefines functional aesthetics." The home selected as the overall winner in the contest, which also earned an Energy Star certification and green certification from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, features five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, a screened-in porch, an outdoor kitchen, a swimming pool and a hot tub. ...
Hospice Compassus seeking non-medical volunteers (01/23/13)
Those interested in becoming non-medical volunteers for the local office of Hospice Compassus will have the opportunity to attend training from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Monett Hospice Compassus office, located at 845 Highway 60, Suite A, in Monett...
Board members recognized (01/23/13)
The Wheaton School District recently presented R-3 School Board members with certifications in honor of the Missouri School Boards' Association's School Board Recognition Week. Pictured above, from left, are: Doug Goostree, Lewis Royer, Kendall Haynes, Larry Prewitt, Dan Goostree and Bobby Banks. Absent from the photo is Landon Brattin...
Thrivent contributes to Purdy R-2 backpack program (01/23/13)
The St. John's Lutheran Church Vision Leadership Program recently received a $5,000 "Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge Grant" from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding was awarded to the Vision Leadership Program based on its effectiveness in addressing basic needs of the local community such as food, clothing or shelter...
CIS spelling winners (01/23/13)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cassville Intermediate School has announced its 2013 spelling bee winners. Classroom spelling bee winners will compete in the District Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The winner of the district event will go on to compete in the Joplin Globe Spelling Bee, which is scheduled to be held on March 18. ...
Regional qualifiers (01/23/13)
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) preliminary math contest was recenlty held at Cassville Intermediate School. Several fourth and fifth grade students qualified for the regional contest, which will be held on March 9. ...
Greenhand Conference (01/23/13)
Cassville High School first year FFA members recently attended the Southwest District Greenhand Conference on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. The conference gave the members an opportunity to attend leadership workshops designed to help students explore and reach outside their comfort zones in order to take advantage of opportunities provided through their involvement in FFA. ...
Tournament champions (01/23/13)
The Southwest Lady Trojans basketball team, pictured above, won the Rogersville Lady Cat Classic on Jan. 19. Southwest defeated Rogersville (59-53), Springfield Kickapoo (70-64, OT) and Fordland (66-38) in the round-robin format. In the front row, from left, are: Montana Hendrix, Jaime Shrum, Nicole Ickes, Shasta Sanders and Jessica Morgan. Back row: coach Brad Phillips, Shannon Mitchell, Cady Swindle, Michaela Mitchell, Taylor Mettlach, Zia Roller and coach Darrel Tilford...
Cassville takes second at Galena tourney (01/23/13)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats fell 51-45 to the Sparta Lady Trojans in the championship game of the Galena Lady Bear Classic on Jan. 18. The Lady Wildcats built a quick 10-4 lead midway through the first period on baskets by Raeghan Blisard and Emily Speakman...
Three Lady Wildcats ink with area colleges (01/23/13)
Cassville's Paighton Brock, Kelsey Baker and Emily Speakman will continue their softball careers at the collegiate level. Lady Wildcats softball coach Ben Abramovitz couldn't contain his enthusiasm as he watched three of his five senior softball players sign national letters of intent...
Cassville settles for sixth at Spokane (01/23/13)
In the fifth place game of the Spokane Invitational, the Cassville Wildcats basketball team fell 58-33 to Blue Eye. "We played them earlier in the season and only beat them by 4, so we knew we were in for a challenge," said Cassville Coach Danny Powers...
Lady Wildcats to raise money for Parkinson research (01/23/13)
On Feb. 4, when the Cassville Lady Wildcats host the Monett Lady Cubs, the players will do more than face-off in a heated match on the court. They will be working to raise funds for Parkinson Disease research. "So many schools have done the Pink Out nights to raise funds for breast cancer research," said Cassville coach Chris Shore. "We wanted to do something like that...
Southwest beats Monett, 63-46 (01/23/13)
The Southwest Trojans basketball team spoiled Monett's homecoming celebration on Jan. 18, posting a 63-46 victory over the Cubs. Southwest, unbeaten in the Ozark 7 Conference so far this season, improved to 2-3 against Big 8 Conference foes. James Pettit reeled off 7 points in the opening quarter as Southwest took a 19-12 lead and then bumped the margin to 10 with a resounding dunk at the 6:16 mark of the second quarter...
Southwest splits with Seneca (01/23/13)
Southwest High School split a basketball doubleheader with Seneca on Jan. 14. Southwest's girl prevailed 55-24, while the boys came up short 61-56. Southwest's girls got a peek inside the Big 8 Conference and Seneca got an eye-opener when the Lady Trojans laid a 55-24 score on the visiting Lady Indians...
Purdy takes second in Spokane tourney (01/23/13)
The Purdy Eagles basketball team couldn't hit key free throws down the stretch, falling 52-44 to Reeds Spring in the championship of the Spokane Tournament. "We're not going to make any excuses, but I think we suffered from some tired legs at times tonight," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "We have played four games in six nights. I'm proud of our effort. Hopefully, a week like this can give us an edge when we get to districts."...
Star shooters (01/23/13)
The Elks Lodge free-throw contest was held at the Eureka Springs, Ark., middle school gymnasium on Jan. 12. Students from Berryville, Ark., Green Forest, Ark., Harrison, Ark., Eureka Springs, Ark., and Cassville participated in the annual free-throw contest. ...
County Calendar (01/23/13)
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...
MARION ALBIN (01/23/13)
Marion Albin, 83, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Eureka Springs Hospital in Eureka Springs, Ark. She was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Helen (Cushing) Palmer, who preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Ralph Albin, who also preceded her in death, and their infant daughter, Diane...
LUCILLE BROOKS (01/23/13)
Lucille Brooks, 76, of Cassville, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. She was born on Jan. 30, 1936, in Cross Hollows, daughter of Orval and Goldie (Maloney) Lester. She was a 1953 graduate of Cassville High School. She was united in marriage to Royle Brooks on July 4, 1953, at the home of her parents in Cross Hollows. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She worked as a cook in several cafes, Headstart and Cassville Nursing Home...
HARRIET ALMA BURNHAM (01/23/13)
Harriet Alma Burnham, 78, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in her home. She was born July 6, 1934, in Aurora, the daughter of Harold and Frankie (Marion) Thurman. On Feb. 23, 1968, she was united in marriage to Claybern Junior "Clay" Burnham, who preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2002. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Kent Parsons; one brother, Rex Thurman; and one sister, Freida Hemphill...
ERNEST EDWARD FORBES (01/23/13)
Ernest Edward Forbes, 79, of Monett passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Benchmark Healthcare of Monett. He was born July 23, 1933, in Kankakee, Ill., the son of Ed and Nina Pearl Forbes. On Sept. 27, 1951, he was united in marriage to Mabel Louise Allen, who preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 2005. Also preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Julius Forbes...
SHARON LOU HIXSON (01/23/13)
Sharon Lou Hixson, 66, of Wheaton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Mercy Hospital in Joplin. She was born April 8, 1946, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Blain and Louise Howson. On Jan. 17, 1989, she was united in marriage to Clifford Dewayne "Wayne" Hixson, who survives...
ADALINE LOUISE HOLBEN (01/23/13)
Adaline Louise Holben, 79, of Cassville, formerly of Clarksville, Ark., passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Cassville Health Care and Rehab. She was born in Barstow, Calif., March 16, 1933, the daughter of Hugh Hamilton, Sr. and Norma (McDonald) Hamilton...
BRAYDEN JACE KENDRICK (01/23/13)
Brayden Jace Kendrick, infant son of Alisha Kendrick, of Rogers Ark., passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville, Ark. He was born on Jan. 18, 2013. Survivors include: his mother Alisha; his grandparents; Melody Scroggs, of Cassville, Johnnie Scroggs, of Cassville, and Jimmy Kendrick, of Alexander, Ark...
WASENG LEE (01/23/13)
WaSeng Lee, 59, of Fairland, Okla., passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in his home. Services will be held from 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, until Monday, Feb. 4, in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial will be Monday at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami, Okla., under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton...
BILLY RAY PETERSON (01/23/13)
Billy Ray Peterson, 61, of Exeter, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in his home. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister. He spent most of his life in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas. He worked in Arkansas in construction as a heavy equipment operator. He served in the U.S. Army...
RODNEY WALTER WOOLSEY (01/23/13)
Rodney Walter Woolsey, 77, formerly of Shell Knob, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. He was born on June 20, 1935 in Jerseyville, Ill., son of Lester and Faye (Cope) Woolsey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris. In 1990, Rod and Doris Woolsey moved to Shell Knob, where they owned and operated Rod's Barber Shop. He was also a faithful member of Wood Street Baptist Church, after relocating to Lebanon in 2005...
HORACE MARK WRIGHT (01/23/13)
Horace Mark Wright, 89, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Peachtree Village in Holiday Island, Ark. He was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Greensburg, Kan., the son of Mark and Kathryn (Kelley) Wright. On Feb. 7, 1953, in Greensburg, Kan., he was united in marriage to Gweneth Elaine "Gwen" Wade, who preceded him in death on Nov. ...
KUJAY XIONG (01/23/13)
KuJay Xiong, 41, of Exeter, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in OPD Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane, Laos. Services will be held from 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, until 8 a.m. Monday, February 11 in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Eau Claire, Wis...
State receives failing grade (01/23/13)
I have lived in Missouri my entire life. I love the rolling hills of the Ozarks, the friendly suburbs that skirt Kansas City, the tranquil communities that surround the college campuses in Warrensburg and Columbia and the bustling activity in St. Louis. ...