News in Brief
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.
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.
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 their office at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24th and all day on Wednesday, Dec. 25, to enjoy the Christmas holiday with their families. The Assessor's Office will re-open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 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 New Year's edition. Advertising deadline is noon on Thursday, Dec. 26. Deadline for news copy is noon on Friday, Dec. 26.