News Briefs

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Abundant Blessings Tea set for April 16

An Abundant Blessings Tea will be held at the Family Life Center in Cassville from 10:30 -- Noon on Saturday, April 16, and area ladies are invited to attend. The event will benefit Barry County Drug/DWI Court, an intensive court-supervised drug treatment program. In addition to being served a light lunch, those attending the tea will enjoy music, testimonies, and fellowship with other women. Event organizers, Marty Stearns and Jackie Hendrix say the purpose of the Abundant Blessings Tea is three-fold: to celebrate the abundant blessings of God; to support addiction recovery in our community; and to connect women together from throughout the community. Any lady interested in hosting a table, helping behind the scenes, or just wanting more information should come to the Tea's initial meeting set for Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Cassville.

Absentee voting for Presidential Primary continues

Absentee voting for the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary 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

Paint 'N Pour events scheduled

The Creative Arts of Shell Knob will host a Spring-themed Paint 'N Pour on March 16, with only a couple more spots available. To sign up, people may call Fran Crosthwait at 417-858-0219. Dixie Meyer will present a Tropical-themed Paint 'N Pour on April 13, and Jeannette Lowe will lead the May event, with a theme and date yet to be determined. Lowe also has a solo exhibit in the Special Events room an the CASK gallery. A reception will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. CASK is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it may be found online at

Cassville church hosting Easter Egg Hunt

The First Christian Church in Cassville, located at 905 Old Exeter Road, will host an Easter Egg Hunt on March 27. A free breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., service will be held at 10:40 a.m., and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at noon.

Jenkins Fire hosting 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. 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 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.

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