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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Exeter Christmas Parade, Dinner set for Dec. 5

The city of Exeter will host its annual Christmas Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Exeter Community Building. The dinner is provided by Cheryl Lee and Calla Bacon of C&C Country Store, and the cost is $6 per plate. Following the meal, the Christmas Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. Anyone who wishes to enter may call City Hall at 417-835-2823. There is no fee to participate. Santa Claus will be at the end of the parade and will hand out goody bags at the Community Building after the parade.

First Christian Church Thanksgiving meal set

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 Thursday. 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.

Adult Ag Class slated at Cassville High School

The Cassville High School Agriculture Department will host the fourth Adult Agriculture Class of the year, "Create your Own Christmas Wreath," at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. Participants will learn the basics of creating wreaths. All supplies will be provided, unless people have extra items they wish to include. A $3 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of supplies. Refreshments will also be served. for more information, people may call Jordan Ellis or Jimmy Hinson at 417-847-4610, or email or .

Glenda Ward Memorial Speech Tournament

The Cassville High School speech and debate team will host the annual Glenda Ward Memorial Speech Tournament on Dec. 4-5. This is a novice invitational tournament for those in their first year of competition. Competitive events will include: domestic extemporary, foreign extemporary, original oratory, humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, prose/poetry reading, storytelling, live radio speaking, LD, PF, and policy debate. Along with the speech team, student members of the Mask and Gavel club will work the tournament. The overall success of the event and past tournaments have been due to the tremendous support of parents, teachers and members of the Cassville community. Individuals who would like to donate their time judging or make a donation to the hospitality room, which will be available for visiting coaches and judges, are asked to call Head Coach Talana Hinson at 847-3137, or email at

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 toward 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.

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.

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