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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

FEMA infrastructure repair aid comes to Barry County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide grants to local governments in 37 Missouri counties and the city of Saint Louis to help with the costs for restoring or repairing roads, schools and other public facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding Dec. 23, 2015, through Jan. 9. On Feb. 10, Barry County was one of the 37 designated for FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The designation makes public entities and some nonprofits eligible to apply to FEMA for reimbursement of 75 percent of their eligible costs for emergency response activities and permanent repairs to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment owned by the city or county, utilities, parks and recreational facilities, and some nonprofit facilities that serve the public. Over the next few weeks, the state and FEMA will conduct briefings about infrastructure assistance for officials and other personnel in the affected counties and provide technical assistance to the applicants as needed.

Renters may be eligible for FEMA disaster assistance

Missouri renters who lost their homes or personal property as a result of the severe storms and flooding between Dec. 23, 2015, and Jan. 9 may be eligible for recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. FEMA offers two kinds of help for eligible renters who were displaced from their homes by the recent storms: Money to rent a different place to live for a limited period of time while repairs are made to the household's rented home, or a free referral service to find an adequate replacement rental property. FEMA also helps eligible renters with uninsured or underinsured expenses such as: Disaster-related medical and dental expenses; disaster-related funeral and burial expenses; replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, household items such as room furnishings or appliances, and tools and equipment required by the self-employed for their jobs; and primary vehicles and approved second vehicles damaged by the disaster. Additionally, renters may borrow up to $40,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to repair or replace personal property. To qualify for state or federal assistance, renters must first register with FEMA. They can do so online at at any time or by calling 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Multiple renters sharing the same dwelling, such as roommates or housemates, or boarders renting from the dwelling's owner or leaseholder may apply separately for FEMA assistance after a disaster. Depending on certain conditions, they may be eligible for assistance to repair, clean or replace personal property or vehicles damaged during the disaster, as well as disaster-related expenses. Renters who desire face-to-face assistance should visit one of FEMA's Disaster Recovery Centers in Missouri or speak with someone from one of FEMA's Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams currently going door-to-door in Missouri's disaster-declared counties. The application deadline is March 21.

Soroptimist Club Potato Bake set for March 17

The ladies of Soroptimist Club of Barry County will host a St. Patrick's Day potato bake on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. Luncheon attendees will enjoy a baked potato, chili, broccoli and cheese soup and a dessert for $7. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Soroptimist Club of Barry County. The club is committed to improving the lives of women and children in Southwest Missouri. The ladies of Soroptimist provide scholarships for women, as well as funding to nonprofit organizations through their Dreams in Action program. Ramey Supermarket will provide the baked potatoes. Dine in or carry out options will be available to all attendees. For more information, people may contact Brittany Farris at 417-847-2814.

Tour de Cass slated for March 18

Hutchens Construction and the Crowder College Foundation will host the Tour de Cass on March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Cassville Golf Club. Wine, craft beers and hors d'oeuvres will be served at a cost of $10 per person. All proceeds benefit Crowder College in Cassville. People may call 417-455-5701 to RSVP, or email

Lenton Study offered at St. Thomas a' Becket

A five-week Lenton Study series will be offered every Wednesday evening at St. Thomas a' Becket Episcopal Church beginning Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the church, located 4 miles south of Cassville at the intersection of Highways 112 and AA. The church will provide a soup and bread dinner each night before the study begins. The Lenten Study is named "Embracing a Meaningful Life." For more information, people may call 417-846-5194.

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