Wheaton hosts annual open house
The Wheaton Historical Society and the Wheaton Depot Museum will hold their annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Wheaton Depot Museum will be open from 3:00 p.m. until Santa has seen all of the children after the City of Wheaton Christmas Parade parade. Santa will be available to talk with the children and pose for pictures that will be furnished free of charge by the Masons. The Wheaton Historical Society members will provide punch, hot coffee, and cookies for all visitors free of charge. Tickets will be available for the drawing for the large plywood Santa that has been built, painted and donated by Sue and Jerry Wilkins.
Road district meeting set
The Mineral Springs Road District will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the district road barn. The public is welcome to attend.
Angel Tree to benefit kids in need
The Barry County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring its seventh annual Angel Tree, to give Christmas gifts to children in need in Barry County. The Angel Tree program provides toys and gifts to children who would otherwise not have gifts on Christmas. The Barry County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Barry County Neighborhood Center, will provide ages of family members or individual children that are eligible for adoption. Those wishing to adopt a child or family can stop at the Barry County Sheriff's Office during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 847-6556.
Library to close for holidays
All branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will close on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. The library system will also be closed on Jan. 1, 2014, for New Year's Day.
Republican Club to host Christmas meeting
The Barry County Republican Club will hold its Christmas meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the new Monett Park Casino in Monett. Those attending are asked to bring an unwrapped Christmas present, which will be donated to Share Your Christmas. All club members and Republicans are asked to attend.
Activities at Cassville Library
The Cassville Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will host a movie day at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. The movie, Despicable Me 2, is rated PG. Also, children can participate in a Make-It-and-Take-It Christmas craft and coloring event during the afternoon. Bingo night will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. All ages welcome. Snacks and prizes/
Exeter Christmas Parade, dinner planned
The Exeter community will serve its annual Christmas dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Exeter Community Building. The dinner, prepared by Calla Bacon and Cheryl Lee, of C&C Country Store, is available at a cost of $6 per person The annual Christmas Parade will take place at 1:30 p.m. Those wishing to register a parade entry may call Exeter City Hall at 835-2823. Santa Claus will hand out treats at the Community Building following the parade.
Benefit for Dustin Griffis
A benefit for Dustin Griffis, a Cassville High School student diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, has been re-scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and the Cassville High School commons area. The meal of chili or ham and beans, cornbread, dessert and a beverage will cost $7. An auction and live music is also planned. Team Dusty T-shirts will be available at a cost of $15. Proceeds from the event will help with expenses related to his recent diagnosis.
A Hillbilly Christmas
Area residents have the opportunity to get their red hats on and celebrate "A Hillbilly Christmas Carol," presented by Shell Knob in the Spotlight. Performances of this Ozarks version of Dickens' "Christmas Carol" are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec 15 at the Central Community United Methodist Church auditorium, located on Highway YY in Shell Knob. For more information, call SKITS at 417-499-4551 or 417-858-6389.
Blood drives slated for Barry County
The American Red Cross has scheduled several blood drives in Barry County in the coming weeks. The first two will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, at Tyson Foods in Monett and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Walmart in Monett. The third will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arvest bank, located at 503 Main, in Cassville.
Postal Service request
The Postal Service is asking customers to keep access to their municipal and rural mailboxes clear should snow and ice become a hazard. "Our rural and city carriers will battle freezing temperatures, ice and snow in many parts of the Midwest," Hendrix explained. "We urge customers to do the right thing, not just for our letter carriers, but for everyone."
KOMA beef conference slated
The 2014 KOMA Beef Conference begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the Joplin Regional Stockyards in Carthage. The KOMA Beef Cattle Conference is a joint effort by the Extension Services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas to provide participants of the beef cattle industry the latest information on production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization. The Missouri portion of the conference is being held at Joplin Regional Stockyards. The cost of the event for those who pre-register prior to Jan. 10, 2014, is $25 per person. Payment at the door will cost $30 per person. For more information, call Eldon Cole, livestock specialist in Mt. Vernon, at 417-466-3102.
Community dinner cancelled
The 16th annual Body of Christ Outreach Ministry Community Christmas Dinner, scheduled for Dec. 14 has been cancelled due to weather and road conditions in Wheaton. The toy distribution will take place on Dec. 19 during the next food pantry distribution. For more information, call Gene Robinson at 417-652-3709.