News Briefs

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Barry Electric schedules district meetings

The Barry Electric Cooperative has schedule its annual district meetings. The District 1 meeting will be on Feb. 15 at the Washburn Fire Department. The District 2 meeting will be on Feb. 18 at the Barry Electric office in Cassville. The District 3 meeting will be on Feb. 16 at the Clio Community Building on Highway 39, east of Cassville. All meetings will be at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meetings is to nominate candidates for director to represent members on the cooperative's board of directors. Two candidates with the highest vote totals will be laced on the ballot for the annual cooperative membership meeting on April 14 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center at 1 p.m.

Beginners Bridge class offered at Central Crossing

The Central Crossing Senior Center will offer a Beginners Bridge Class, beginning on Thursday, from 1-3 p.m. Lessons are expected to run for four weeks. Anyone with questions may call Mary Frances Murphy at 417-858-0692.

Monthly Senior Center dance being rescheduled

The Cassville Senior Center is rescheduling the monthly dance for the months of February and March due to a conflict in the schedule. The dance in February will be on Feb. 20, and the dance in March will be March 19. Both begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the Roaring River Sound Band. In April, the dance will return to the first Saturday of the month. For more information, people may call 417-846-3024 or 417-846-5355.

Share A Heart Campaign underway

The 23rd Annual Share A Heart Campaign, benefitting Springfield's two Ronald McDonald Houses, kicked off its 35-day fundraising effort on Tuesday. In 2015, the houses helped more than 800 families, keeping them close to loved ones during medical events where care was needed far away from home. Hearts are available at McDonald's locations for $1, $5 or $20. McDonald's in Cassville will display the hearts, as well as provide entry forms for the March 2016 drawing of a $1,000 Great Southern Bank Gift Card when contributions are made. Supporters may text "SHAREAHEART" to 71777, or visit to donate online.

Suicide prevention seminar set for Feb. 11

A suicide prevention seminar will be held on Feb. 11 at the Cassville Branch Library, located at 301 W. 17th Street, at 6 p.m. The information presented in the seminar will focus on identifying and helping people with suicidal thoughts. A question and answer session will follow. The seminar is free to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information, people may call 417-847-6042.

SKITS auditioning for spring play

Shell Knob in the Spotlight is holding auditions for its spring play, "The Bold, the Young and the Murdered," on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Central Crossing Senior Center. The play will be performed on April 29-30 and May 1. Director Kim Przybyl and the SKITS Board will be at the audition to explain the character roles and the play requirements in detail. This is SKITS' seventh play, and there is no experience necessary to audition. Men and women are needed. There are no children's parts, just actors that may act like kids. "The Bold, the Young and the Murdered" revolves around the dysfunctional cast and crew of a cheesy soap opera, "The Young and the Bold." It begins with the long suffering director struggling desperately with a disgruntled and self-absorbed cast, uncooperative crew members and a pesky new intern to realize his creative vision. Faced with flagging viewership and poor productivity, he is issued an ultimatum by the show's executive producer: complete one episode in one night or the show dies. Locked in the studio for the night, he sets about attempting to corral performances from his charges, only for people to start dying under mysterious circumstances. For more about SKITS, people may find the SKITS Community Theatre page on Facebook, or visit

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