News Briefs

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Margin Protection Program deadline on Friday

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini has announced almost half of all dairy farms in America have made their annual elections for 2016 coverage under the Margin Protection Program, and reminded producers who have not yet enrolled that they have until Friday to select coverage. Enrolled dairy operations must pay a $100 administrative fee annually to receive basic catastrophic coverage. Greater levels of margin protection are available for a higher premium, and provide expanded coverage based on historic dairy production. Once enrolled, producers can change their levels of coverage each year. Dairy producers are encouraged to review protection options online at or by visiting their local FSA county office. The nearest FSA county office can be found at

Share Your Christmas signups underway

Share Your Christmas signups will be from now until Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch. Social Security cards for each family member and proof of all household income for the month of October is required. For more information, people may call 417-847-2140.

Santa Train Ride to benefit For the Kids

For the Kids Foster/Adoptive Parents Association is working, in conjunction with the Seligman Chamber of Commerce and A&M Railways, on a Santa Train Ride fundraiser. On Saturday, Dec. 19, there will be three separate times where people can purchase tickets and ride the train from Seligman to Exeter and back. Santa will be on the train to talk to the children and take pictures. Everyone will get a cup of cocoa and a cookie. The children, 12 and under, will each receive a goody bag. As part of the fundraising event, sponsors are needed, and there are four levels of sponsorship. Bronze, $50, is business name only; silver, $100, is the business name and either phone number or website; gold, $250, includes business name, address, phone number and website; and diamond, $500, includes business name, address, phone number and website. In addition, diamond sponsors receive a 10 percent off coupon good towards any of the 2016 excursions (January-September) with the A&M Railroad out of Springdale Ark. Plus two first-class tickets for the Dec. 19 Santa Train Ride. All of the sponsorship money goes to For the Kids organization. Checks should be made out to For the Kids Foster Parent Association and mailed to Lynette Bailey, 8504 Lawrence 2230, Monett, MO 65708.

Magician to perform at Shell Knob Library

Magician Marty Hahne of Ozark will perform for young readers at the Shell Knob Branch Library at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Hahne, who performs at about 50 libraries each year, will be presenting an exciting program entitled, "Reading is Magic!" The 45-minute program features colorful magic, comedy and lots of audience participation. Along with all the fun, the program will emphasize the importance of reading and the library. Hahne is a full-time magician, performing approximately 300 shows each year. He presents most of his shows in schools, libraries and child care centers. He also travels around the United States teaching other magicians how to entertain children.

Local church to deliver Thanksgiving meals

On Thanksgiving Day, First Baptist Church Cassville will deliver hot meals to homebound individuals. Anyone who is homebound, or who would like to submit the name of a homebound individual to receive a Thanksgiving meal, may call the First Baptist Church office at 417-847-2965 by Friday.

November busy for Cassville Senior Center

On Thursday, the center will host a Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Other events in the month include: Dominos every Friday (except Nov. 27), a dance on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., paint classes on Thursday and Nov. 19 at 9 a.m., and a cookie bake on No. 18 at 10 a.m.

First Christian Church offers Thanksgiving meal

The First Christian Church in Cassville, located at 905 Old Exeter Road, will host a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 26. The football game will be shown on the big screen. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Cheryl Floyd at 417-671-1610 or First Christian Church at 417-847-2460. Walk-ins are welcome, as well.

Seligman Chamber of Commerce honors vets

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce on Saturday held a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center, using the opportunity to recognize 18 local veterans. Each veteran was given a flag pin and a patriotic coffee cup. John Sanders, member of Three Hits and a Miss, made a banner in the veterans' honor and thanked them for helping keep America free. Veteran Joe Still of Shell Knob gave a speech and told how he was a prisoner of war. About 90 people attended, and the band's first two songs were dedicated to the veterans.

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