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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cassville Education Fund schedules 6th annual Trivia Night

The Cassville Education Fund will crown a new champion of trivia on March 4 at the organization's annual Trivia Night fundraiser. Now in its sixth year, the informal evening of fun and games begins at 7 p.m. at the Cassville High School commons. Topics include everything from sports, history, geography, literature, pop culture, movies and music, to food and nature. This is a team competition where team members discuss each question and agree upon a single answer that is written on their answer sheet. Four rounds of trivia questions will be held. While the scores of each round are being tallied, team members will be able to participate in optional winner-take-all bonus point competitions. The overall champions will be the team that has correctly answered the most number of questions and earned the most bonus points. The winners will be awarded medals and their names will be engraved on a traveling trophy. In addition to the overall champions, the Smarties Award will be given to the team that has the highest number of correct answers. Pizza, dessert and refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Friends, church groups, co-workers, clubs and trivia buffs are encouraged to form their own teams with up to eight members. Individuals can participate as well and will be assigned to a pick-up team the night of the event. Entrance fees are $15 per player or $120 per team. To guarantee a spot in the competition, participants should pre-register at the Cassville Chamber of Commerce office, located at 504 Main St., or call 417-847-2814. Spectators may observe the fun for a $5 per person admission fee. Proceeds from Trivia Night benefit the Cassville Education Fund, which is a permanent endowment supporting academic programs at Cassville schools. Grants from the interest on the fund will be awarded this spring for student-centered academic programs. Since the fund was established in 2011, nearly $5,000 has been awarded to Cassville schools.

Voter registration deadline looming

Feb. 17 is the last day to register to vote in the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary. Current registered voters who have moved or changed a name must report the new information to the County Clerk's Office. Absentee voting continues through March 14 at the office in the county courthouse, from 8 a.m .to 4 p.m. If unable to vote in person, people may send written requests to: Gary Youngblood, Barry County Clerk, 700 Main St. Suite 2, Cassville, MO 65625, or fax to 417-847-5311. Name, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last four digits of Social Security number, phone number, reason for voting absentee and a signature must be included. The last day to request an absentee ballot my mail is March 9. For more information, people may call the clerk's office at 417-847-2942 or 417-847-2561, or email

Adult education class scheduled at Southwest

The Southwest Agriculture Department will host an adult education class on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. over canvas painting. Glaze Craze will be bringing blank canvas prints for community members to create their own Pinterest-inspired painting. Price will be $25 each. For more information or to register, people may contact Rachael Pierce-Brown at 417-826-5164.

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.

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 Thursday

A suicide prevention seminar will be held on Thursday 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.

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