News Briefs

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chamber handing out coffee, mugs Opening Day

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will offer complimentary coffee and coffee mugs to anglers along the riverbanks at Roaring River State Park during Opening Day of Trout Season on Tuesday. Coffee, donated by Walmart, will be served by chamber volunteers beginning at 5 a.m. until the whistle blows at 6:30 a.m. Coffee will be brewed and served under the Les Jacobs Ford Tent. The Chamber will also award $50 in Cassville Cash certificates to individuals with the largest fish in the men and women's divisions. Winner of the youth division will be awarded a trophy. The youth division is for those 12 years of age and under. Anglers wishing to compete for these prizes must weigh their fish in at the weigh-in station at the Chamber tent in front of the old CCC Lodge. Awards will be given at noon. Long-sleeve commemorative shirts will be available at the Chamber office. Sizes are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Small through extra large sizes will be priced at $10 and 2XL-5XL will be priced at $12. Those interested in purchasing a shirt, or have questions, should contact the Chamber office at 417-847-2814.

Jenkins Fire hosting annual Chili Supper March 12

The Jenkins Fire Department will host its annual Chili Supper on March 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Station No. 1 located just west of the Junction of Highways 39 and 248. Entertainment will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m. The cost of the supper will be a donation at the door. The menu will consist of chili, soup, ham and beans, cornbread, a drink and dessert. The department can use donations of desserts, preferably pies, and canned soft drinks. The supply of bottled water is adequate, thanks to a large donation. The volunteer firefighters had responded to numerous fires the last two weeks. County residents are reminded that the County Commissioners issued a burn ban order, meaning no outside burning. For more information about the supper, people may call Sara at 417.342.4243.

Cassville High School's Academic Banquet on tap

The Academic Awards Banquet at Cassville High School will take place on March 10. Invitations have been sent to CHS Academic Scholars, and family members are encouraged to attend the celebration dinner as well. Students will be admitted free of charge, however, other guests must purchase a ticket. Advanced tickets are available at the high school office for $8 per person if purchased before March 4. After March 4, tickets will be $12 per person. People may RSVP by calling the high school office at 417-847-3137.

Front Porch Conversations resumes meetings

The monthly gathering of gardeners in Front Porch Conversations will resume on March 10 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Cassville Branch Library. March's topic will be "Preparing Your Garden," with a presentation by two members of the Barry County Master Gardeners. Front Porch Conversations will meet on the second Thursday of each month from March through October, focusing on a different gardening topic each meeting. The Cassville Friends of the Library are providing financial support, and the Barry County Master Gardeners are planning the meetings. Whether an experienced gardener or a newbie, anyone will find useful information in the presentations, and there will always be a group of Master Gardeners available to help answer questions or provide guidance.

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. The Kid Cat Choir will also perform at 12:15 p.m. 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.

'Messiah in the Passover' demonstration 
coming to Wheaton

The Body of Christ Church, located at 501 Gillman in Wheaton, will host a "Messiah in the Passover" demonstration on March 10 at 7 p.m. It will be conducted by Jeff Siegel and the Chosen People Ministries. The church would like to invite the Christian and Jewish communities to the event. A love offering will be received. For more information, people may call 417-652-3705.

Eagle Rock to host Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 19 at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center Barn, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photos. For more information, people may call 417-271-3186.

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

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.

Bible study class offered at 
Cassville United Methodist Church

Beginning Monday and running for 12 sessions is the "What the Bible is All About" bible study class, which will be led by Jennifer Duncan. The class will emphasize the themes that give seamless flow to the Bible. Duncan will touch on every Bible book, showing how God's desire to reach to us is seen throughout. Sessions will be from 6:30-8 p.m. for 12 consecutive Mondays in the Cassville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. A study notebook will be provided for a nominal fee. Duncan's late husband, John, was a pastor in the area for many years, and Jennifer has served locally as a Bible study teacher and lay counselor. Jennifer's university degree is in education, and she received a Master's in Religious Education from Midwestern Seminary. Cassville United Methodist Church is located at 601 Gravel St. Those interested in attending the class should call the church office at 847-2328 to sign up. Those who make a last minute decision to attend are also welcome to just drop in on the class.

Crop risk protection options available

Barry County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Brian Blount, reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the deadline of March 15. This deadline applies to forage and pasture, as well as spring-seeded crops, including most produce. Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. The USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price available, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional NAP coverage. For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. There is an additional premium for additional levels of coverage. Beginning, underserved and limited resource farmers are now eligible for free catastrophic level coverage, as well as discounted premiums for additional levels of protection. For more information on NAP, people may contact the Barry County FSA office at 417-847-2111 or visit the web at

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