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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Barry County receives food, shelter programs money

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) has been awarded federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Barry County will receive $13,892 to supplement food and shelter programs, and a local board will determine how funds will be distributed among area service agencies. Agencies chosen to receive funds must be non-profit or government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, be nondiscriminatory, be able to deliver food and/or shelter programs, and have a board. OACAC has distributed funds previously to Cassville United Methodist Church, Central Community Methodist Church and Helping Hands Food Pantry. Agencies interested in applying for funds must contact Gail Reed at the Barry County Neighborhood Center, located at 700 E. Hwy. 248 in Cassville, at 417-847-2140. The deadline for applications is Thursday.

Barry County candidate forum to be held Tuesday in Shell Knob

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and the Central Crossing Senior Center invite the public to a Sheriff and Barry County Candidates Forum on Tuesday. The event will be held at the Senior Center, located at 20801 YY-15 in Shell Knob. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to listen, meet and speak with those who are running for the various offices in Barry County. At 6 p.m., all candidates will be formally introduced. he candidates for the office of Barry County sheriff will be given 3 minutes to list their qualifications and reasons why they should be elected. After the candidates have had a chance to talk, the public is invited to ask questions. The primary will be held on Aug. 2. The winning candidates will be on the ballot for the general election on Nov. 8. The polling place for Shell Knob residents in Barry County is the Central Crossing Fire Department Headquarters on Highway 39. For those who need to register to vote, the Chamber Office has registration cards for both Barry and Stone County. People may call the Chamber office for further information at 417-858-3300.

Central Crossing to host Medicare seminar

The Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob will host a free Medicare seminar on June 16 at 4 p.m. Topics the seminar will cover include: the differences between Medicare and Advantage Plans, how Medicare Plans work, how Advantage Plans work, what must be paid for Medicare coverage, What must be paid for Advantage Plan coverage, having both Medicare and Advantage coverage, and Medicare Supplemental coverage. For more information, people may call Janet or Sara at 417-858-3456.

Cemetery asks for flowers to be removed

The Arnhart Cemetery Association is requesting all flowers on the ground be removed by Sunday.

Hwy. 90 to be closed part of next week

Highway 90 west of the Barry and Lawrence county line will be closed around the clock from Monday morning to the afternoon of June 15, as the Missouri Department of Transportation will be repairing the pavement after flooding. Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes during the work. Area residents will be able to get to driveways on either side of the closing, but will not be able to travel through the work zone.

Leann Cemetery implements new policy

In an unanimous decision at the Leann Cemetery Annual Meeting, all new burials at Leann Cemetery will be required to donate $100 to the cemetery fund. Plots that were reserved prior to that date will be exempt. This decision was made following a discussion about lack of donations to the cemetery fund. The board is thankful for the loyal donors of the past, but there are not enough of those to pay for mowing, insurance, electricity and other unexpected expenses. Gene Swadley was re-elected to the board to serve with Truman Zinn and Steve Swadley. Ruby Vincent will remain as secretary.

Front Porch Conversations group meets next week

On Thursday, Sharon Nance, a member of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, will present a program on Lasagna Gardening. After seeing a presentation on the subject a few years ago, Sharon built her own lasagna garden and loves sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Lasagna gardens are built in layers, as the name implies, and are less work than the traditional garden because the gardener does not dig or till the ground before planting. Front Porch Conversations for Garden People begins at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the lower level of the Cassville Branch Library, with a presentation on a different garden topic each month. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cassville Library and the Barry County Master Gardeners.

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