News Briefs

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Annual BC land tax sale to be held

The annual Barry County Land Tax Sale is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville, according to County Collector Janice Varner. The land sale will be advertised in the Cassville Democrat for three consecutive weeks, which started on July 17. After publication, copies of the properties for sale will be available in the collector's office.

Preschool and kindergarten screenings

Exeter R-6 School District will be holding preschool and kindergarten screenings on Aug. 1. Parents with eligible children are asked to make an appointment to have their child/children screened. Children age 5 before July 31 are eligible to enter Kindergarten. Children age 4 before July 31 are eligible to enter preschool. Parents should take the child/children's birth certificate, current immunization record, proof of residency and Social Security number to the appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 835-2922 ext. 1.

Huse featured speaker at C of C luncheon

Jeremy Huse, a Cassville photographer, will be the featured speaker at the Aug. 12 Cassville Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon, which will be held at the Barry County Museum on Aug. 15 at noon. Those interested in attending are asked to notify Artherton at the Cassville Chamber of Commerce at 847-2814 email Lunch is $8 per person and will be catered by Geraldi's.

Community Connection celebrates

Community Connection Thrift Store is hosting a customer appreciation day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the shop, located behind L&L on Highway P, south of Highway 86, in Eagle Rock. Activities include serving hot dogs and beverages in observance of the organization's fifth anniversary.

Demolition Derby rescheduled

The Cassville Rotary Club will hold its 11th annual Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Bill Hailey Rodeo Arena in Cassville. Classes include modified old iron 1980 and up; stock 1980 and newer; and compact. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children age 6 to 12. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free. For more information, visit or call 217-306-4025.

Grant applications being accepted now

The Cassville Community Foundation is accepting grant applications until Sept. 1. For more information, contact the Cassville Chamber of Commerce at 847-2814.

U of A grads named

The University of Arkansas held commencement ceremonies for most Spring 2013 graduates on Saturday, May 11. The School of Law commencement was held on Saturday, May 18. The following local students received degrees from the University of Arkansas: Robert Artherton, Cassville, master of education; Jesse Rambo, Cassville, master of science; Tahamara Ibarra, Purdy, master of arts; and Emily Libertani, Washburn, bachelor of arts.

Vendors, crafters needed

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is seeking quality art and craft vendors for the 2013 Shakin' in the Shell festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. Booth spaces are 10x10 at a cost of $35. Last year there were between 8,000 to 10,000 individuals in attendance at the annual event, sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to request a vendor packet, call 417-858-3300 or 417-858-0413 or e-mail

Senior Fair planned

The OACAC 2013 Senior Fair will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 20. Seniors can find information on various service agencies including assisted living, in-home health care, pre-arranged funeral plans, local medical supply vendors and nutrition and more. Vision, hearing and dental screenings are planned.

First Berry Pie contest slated

The Cassville Market on the Square will host a berry pie contest starting at 8 a.m. on Aug. 10 at the Edmondson Building, located at 613 Main St. in Cassville. Pies must be berry and no other fruit. Pies must be baked in an aluminum pan. Ribbons will be awarded for the best single berry pie, mixed berry pie and best crust. A trophy award will be presented to the maker of the champion pie. For more information, call 501-317-9065.

Shakin in the Shell fest slated

The 8th annual Shakin' in the Shell Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Chamber Park in Shell Knob. The festival will feature a classic car show, food fair, craft and business vendors, a children's area and inflatable toys. Also on tap are an ugly dog contest and a beer garden. Music will be performed throughout the day. For more information, visit

LCSO to host academy

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Missouri Sheriff's Association, will be hosting a law enforcement academy at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Mt. Vernon. Class is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 20. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturdays and some Sundays. Graduates of the Academy will be certified in several basic areas including jail operations. The academy is a 700 hour long academy taking approximately 10 month part time. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. For more information or reg- istration you may contact the Missouri Sheriff's Association at Deadline for application is Friday Aug. 2, 2013.

Truck and Tractor Pull planned

Seligman Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Ruby's Event Park on Highway 37 south of Seligman. The Seligman Chamber will also have Mud Days on Sept. 21 and a train ride to Van Buren, Ark., on Saturday, Oct. 12. For more information on these activities call 417-662-3612 or 662-3450.

Roadwork scheduled

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be making road improvements in Barry County. Crews will be sealing Highway YY at Shell Knob on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Crews will also be working on Highway 76 between Highway 112 in Cassville and the Barry and Stone county line near Cape Fair between Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Friday, Aug. 9. Weather and construction delays may alter the work schedule.

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