Judicial Center closed for holidays
The Barry County Judicial Center in Cassville will be closed on Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
Cassville Christmas Parade set
The annual Cassville Christmas Parade has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. Entries begin lining up at the Cassville High School at 4 p.m. with the procession to Main Street beginning at 5:45 p.m. and reaching Main by 6 p.m. The parade route will conclude on either Farm Road 2182 or Clover Street.
Cassville residents graduate
Dylan M. Yarnall and Michael Warren Brooks, both of Cassville, were two of over 580 students that participated in Pittsburg (Kan.) State University's spring commencement exercises held on Friday, Dec. 13. Yarnall earned a bachelor of science and Brooks earned a bachelor of business administration.
Candlelight service planned
First Christian Church, located at Old Exeter Road and Highway 37 in Cassville, will host a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The public is welcome.
Crime Stoppers meeting set
The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers will meet at noon on Thursday, Dec. 19 at Angus Branch Restaurant on Highway 60 in Monett. Area law enforcement officials are invited to share information on what is happening in their jurisdictions.
Assessor's Office to close for holiday
Sherry Sears, Barry County Assessor, has announced that the Assessor's Office located at the Historical Courthouse on the square in Cassville, will be closing at 12 noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24th and all day Wednesday, Dec. 25, to enjoy the Christmas holiday with their families. The Assessor's Office will re-open on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m. for regular business.
Respite grants available
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) for the Alzheimer's Service Project. Following a competitive grant process, DHSS awarded the contract for the caregiver respite reimbursement program to the three Alzheimer's Association chapters located in Missouri, including the Greater Missouri Springfield/Columbia chapter Funds may be used to hire a substitute in-home care provider to allow the family caregiver personal time away for himself or herself. Funds may also be used to pay for dementia-specific medications and/or safety-related expenses. The $500 grants are available through April 2014. Families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia are encouraged to call the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter at 417-886-2199 or 800-272-3900 for more information.
Road crews working to repair potholes
Drivers can expect slow-moving lines of equipment, lane closings and work zones throughout southwest Missouri over the next several days as Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch potholes. Many potholes have developed on state routes after recent winter storms and extreme cold temperatures. Crews use a variety of methods to patch potholes including self-contained patching machines and workers on-foot shoveling patching materials into holes. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution as they travel state routes throughout southwest Missouri. Watch for MoDOT crews using patching equipment and large protection trucks as they work to make temporary fixes to the pavement. More permanent pavement repairs will be made in the spring. Drivers can report potholes on state routes to MoDOT by calling 1-888-275-6636 or emailing the location and the route via the MoDOT website at www.modot.org/southwest.
Newspaper announces early deadlines
The Cassville Democrat has announced early deadlines for the upcoming holiday edition. Advertising deadline is noon on Thursday, Dec. 19. Deadline for news copy is noon on Friday, Dec. 20.