News Briefs

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SW Missouri Office on Aging changes name

The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging is rebranding itself, as it is now the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. Although the name has changed, the scope of the organization's service remains the same. The agency aims to play a key role in planning, developing, coordinating and delivering a wide range of service and support to seniors to remain independent and at home for as long as they can, utilizing five core services -- support, caregiver encouragement, nutrition, health and wellness programs, and advocacy. SeniorAge also offers care coordination, Medicare education and enrollment, tax assistance, respite, transportation and other assistance. Residents can celebrate the new agency at any one of the organization's 36 senior centers in 17 counties in southwest Missouri. For more information, SeniorAge can be reached at 417-862-0762, at or by contacting a local senior center. The Cassville Senior Center, located at 1111 Fair St., may be reached at 417-847-1086.

MoDOT resurfacing projects coming to area

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be resurfacing and widening the shoulder on Highway 76, from Highway 37 in Cassville two miles south to near the Barry County Museum, beginning April 25 and ending in late June. The work will take place at night, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Mondays through Fridays. Traffic impacts include: one-lane traffic, delays and flaggers and pilot cars directing traffic. All lanes will be open during non-working hours. The department will also, in the same time frame, complete a similar project on Highway 248, between Highway 76 in Cassville going 14 miles east to Highway 39. Traffic impacts remain the same, but the work will take place in daytime hours, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Garden club to meet Thursday

Front Porch Conversations with Garden People will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the lower level of the Cassville Library. Kathryn Kufahl, a very popular speaker in each of the last two years, will present a program on viburnums and buddleias -- two families of landscape shrubs. Buddleias, also known as butterfly bush, vary in size and bloom color and are a magnet to butterflies. Viburnums offer variety in size, bloom color, fragrance, leaf texture and fall color and perform well in our area. Kufahl, a member of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks and a passionate gardener, is always pursuing knowledge about new plants and garden techniques. In addition to the presentation, master gardeners will answer any gardening questions attendees may have.

Arvest kicks off 1 Million Meals initiative

Arvest Bank's 1 Million Meals initiative challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. It kicked off the two-month, bank-wide effort to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families on Monday, and the campaign will continue through May 28. The initiative will conclude during the first two full weeks of June, when donations are presented to 69 local organizations who feed the hungry in their communities. Arvest Bank has partnered with the Cassville Community Food Pantry in Cassville and The Alliance of Churches Food Pantry in Shell Knob for the duration of the initiative. All donations received will go to these two organizations to provide meals to local, hungry families. Cassville and Shell Knob residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at the Arvest branches in Cassville and Shell Knob, or calling 866-952-9523.

Cassville women's golf league teeing off

The Cassville Women's Kick-Off Breakfast will be held in the Members' Room of the Cassville Golf Course Clubhouse at 9 a.m. on Thursday. A scramble will be optional after the breakfast and meeting. All lady golfers are welcome, and the group includes players with all ability levels who simply enjoy playing golf. The club's monthly meeting and scramble will be held on the first Thursday of each month. Other special event days are scheduled throughout the year. League dues are $20. A GHIN fee of $20 is payable in the Pro Shop to receive a GHIN number. The GHIN provides a player's handicap which is needed to organize Day's Play. The club's first official day of play is April 21. Members should arrive each Thursday by 8:30 a.m. so that pairings can be made for a 9 a.m. sharp tee-off time. A Day's Play fee of $3 provides prize money. Ladies may RSVP or sendx questions to Debra York at 417-342-5020 or email by April 11.

Exeter Teachers' Association offering scholarship

The Exeter Community Teachers' Association is offering a $500 scholarship to former Exeter students now attending college or a technical school. Those interested may pick up an application at the high school office. A 250-word essay about the applicant's short and long term goals and how this scholarship would help achieve those goals is required. Applicants going into the field of education would receive extra points, as well. For more information, people may contact Sharyn Crouch, high school counselor, at 417-835-2922 ext. 6 or The deadline April 29.

Seligman spring train ride coming soon

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its Spring Train Ride to Van Buren, Ark., on May 14 and 15. The train will travel though the Boston mountains, then stop so people may shop in old Van Buren, and at the Arts and Crafts show. Music in the street, and food, will be available. The train will leave Seligman City Hall at about 7:15 a.m. and return at about 6:45 p.m. People will be in Van Buren for about three hours. Snacks will be available on the train, and riders will receive a free picture. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612 or 417-662-3450, or go to

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