Chamber Banquet filled with laughter

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Annette Henderson was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Cassville Chamber of Commerce banquet on Saturday evening. Henderson was lauded for her continual efforts to be of assistance at any Chamber or community event in the Cassville area. Henderson, pictured at left, was presented her award by outgoing Chamber president Dusty Reid. Democrat photo/Roberts

Branson comedian keeps crowd in stitches

Branson entertainer Jarrett Dougherty, a.k.a. Brother Cecil Watkins, kept most of the crowd in stitches with his irreverent pokes at religion, relationships and respect at the annual Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce banquet on Saturday evening.

His mis-spoken parables, jokes and over-the-top "preaching" style provided plenty of fodder for chuckles, a goal Dougherty strives to meet personally and professionally every day.

Retiring officers from the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce are pictured above. From left, are: Landon Fletcher, Caleb Buntin. Justin Gates and Dusty Reid.Melonie Roberts/

"We always have a good time," Dougherty said. "I encourage laughter, it's the best medicine you can have."

Dougherty, who has been performing at Branson's Pierce Arrow Theater

for almost a decade, said in his performance, "There's a difference between waking up and saying, 'Good morning, Lord!' and 'Good Lord, it's morning.' I encourage you to laugh. You'll feel good about it and others will, too."

Forever Yours Embroidery and Gifts received a beautification award from the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce at the organization's annual banquet on Saturday. Pictured above, outgoing Chamber president Dusty Reid presented Valerie and Keith Speer the award, which commemorates the remodeling and renovation work at the businesses' new location, at 603 Main in Cassville. Melonie Roberts/

Outgoing Chamber officers were honored with a special selection of gifts. Retiring board members include: Dusty Reid, Chamber president; Justin Gates; Landon Fletcher and Caleb Buntin.

Officers for 2014 are Kelly Mills, president; Michelle Bredeson, vice president; Melanie Stringer, treasurer; and Mindi Artherton, director.

The Board of Directors include: Joel Curren, Shelly Davison, Stu Gatley, Andy Lambel, Stacy Runnels, Angela Seymour, Steve Shiveley, Valerie Speer and Gary Whyte.

Annette Henderson was named Volunteer of the Year, and was cited for her continuing efforts to volunteer wherever needed with the Chamber or other community events.

Business beautification awards were presented to Forever Yours Embroidery and Gifts, at 603 Main. St., in Cassville and the Cassville R-4 School District's FEMA and Event Center, located at the elementary and middle school campus.

Special recognition was given to Bob and Carolyn Bishop, former owners of the State Farm Insurance Agency in Cassville. The couple were honored for their activities including Chamber and community events, school support and their participation on the Downtown Main Street initiative.

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