News Briefs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tax sale set for Aug. 24

The Barry County Collector's Office, headed by Collector Janice Varner, is preparing for the annual Barry County Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale. Missouri law requires land with three years of delinquent taxes be sold on the fourth Monday in August of each year, falling on Aug. 24 this year. The first publication about the sale will be printed in the Cassville Democrat on July 15, at which time copies will be available at the collector's office. The tax sale listing can also be viewed at, and will be updated when parcels are paid. Barry County Assessor Sherry Sears will have available for sale two booklets containing parcels that will be offered in the sale. The rural and city booklets will be $20, and the subdivision booklet will also be $20. People may also purchase both for $30. Those interested in purchasing a booklet may call Sears' office at 417-847-4589.

Fireworks not allowed in Cassville city limits

Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief, is reminding residents that the discharge of fireworks is not allowed inside the city limits, citing the possibility of serious injury, death and property damage fireworks may cause. Kammerlohr said residents should check with local laws or ordinances regarding the discharge of fireworks, as well as be aware of any burn bans in place. Because of the safety hazards, Kammerlohr said some families choose to attend organized celebrations, where fireworks are handled by trained personnel. According to the Center for Disease Control, four out of every 10 injuries involving fireworks are to children under the age of 15. To prevent injury, Kammerlohr suggests the following: Do not allow young children to handle fireworks, older children should be supervised by an adult, fireworks should never be lit inside, people should make sure others are not in the range or direction of any fireworks being discharged and fireworks should not be lit close to other fireworks. She said some fireworks are banned by the Federal Hazardous Substance Act, including fireworks with 50-plus milligrams of explosive powder, like M-80s large ariel devices, or mail order build-your-own kits. Kammerlohr said to always think safety first.

Purdy to allow fireworks within city limits

The city of Purdy will allow the discharge of fireworks within the city limits from July 2-5 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Anyone discharging fireworks in a careless manner, toward a building, at a motor vehicle, toward another person or from inside a moving vehicle will be issued a citation and their fireworks will be confiscated. The city is asking people who discharge fireworks on a city street to clean up the debris left behind, as it could damage vehicles or impede traffic.

Absentee voting for Aug. 4 election underway

Absentee voting is underway for the Aug. 4 general municipal election, and the last day to register to vote is July 8. People may register at the Barry County Clerk's Office, the Monett Chamber of Commerce or the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. Those who have moved or updated their address should notify Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk. Absentee voting is underway at the clerk's office in Cassville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If unavailable to vote in person, people may send a written request to Youngblood's office, addressed to: Gary Youngblood, 700 Main St. Suite 2, Cassville, MO, 65625. People may also fax requests to 417-847-5311. Requests should include: name, physical address, date of birth, last four of the voter's Social security number, a phone number, a reason for absentee voting and a signature. For more information, people may call Youngblood's office at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

City of Washburn conducting sewer tests

The city of Washburn is conducting a smoke test of its sewer system on July 6-10. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor and creates no fire hazards. The smoke should not enter a home unless it has defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If anyone at a home or business suffers from respiratory issues and is immobile, they should notify city hall by calling 417-846-3203 or 417-846-5242. More information about the tests may be found in person at city hall.

CHS purging record of class of 2010

Cassville High School will be purging the cumulative school records for the graduating class of 2010. People who would like to have their records must pick them up in person at the high school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. by July 31. People who are unable to pick them up in person and would like someone to do it for them must have a signed request filed before the school may release them. In addition, anyone who should have graduated with the class of 2010 but dropped out may also pick up their cumulative records.

Community Foundation seeks grant applicants

The Cassville Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2015 funding cycle. All not-for-profit, 501c(3) organizations that serve the Cassville community are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce and must be submitted by Sept. 1.

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