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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Barry Electric warns of phone scam

According to Bill Shiveley, general manager and CEO of the Barry Electric Cooperative, said customers of the cooperative have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent a collection agency and working for Barry Electric, saying if patrons do not pay their bills right away, their power will be disconnected. Shiveley said Barry Electric does not use collection agencies and does not make calls demanding payments. Shiveley said if anyone receives such a call, please try to get contact information and a call back number, then report the information to Barry Electric, the Barry County Sheriff's office or a local police department.

Self-defense class starts today at Scott Tech

Scott Regional Technology Center will host two self-defense classes, the first of which will be tonight at the MAC building behind Ramey Supermarket in Monett. The two classes, tonight and Feb. 4 from 6-8 p.m. both nights, will cover tips and techniques to avoid and survive an attack on the streets, campuses or homes. All participants must sign a waiver or have a parent or guardian sign one if under 18 years of age. To enroll in the class, people may visit The cost is $5.

Scott Tech to host welding class on Feb. 20

Scott Tech will offer SMAW and OFC Welding Class starting Feb. 20 from 6-9 p.m. The class, which costs $150, will be followed by Mig and Tig classes. These are all four-week classes meeting on Tuesday evenings. If interested, people may contact Pam Wormington at 417-235-8356 or

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