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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Purdy allowing fireworks in city

The city of Purdy will allow the discharge of fireworks within city limits from Friday until Monday only, from 10 .am. to 11 p.m. each day. All children discharging fireworks must be supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older. Discharging fireworks in a reckless or dangerous manner at a person, residence, business, animal or from a moving vehicle is prohibited and may result in a summons to Purdy Municipal Court.

Collector's office preparing for tax sale

The office of Barry County Collector Janice Varner is preparing for the annual Barry County Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale. Missouri law requires land purchased with three years of delinquent taxes sell on the fourth Monday of August each year. The first publication of the sale will appear in the Cassville Democrat on July 20, at which time copies will be made available at Varner's office. The tax sale listing may also be viewed at, and it will be updated as parcels are paid. Sherry Sears, Barry County assessor, will have a booklet for sale containing parcels offered in the land sale. To purchase a booklet, people may call Sears' office at 417-847-4589, or pick one up in Varner's office in the Barry County Courthouse.

Pavement sealing schedule on Hwy. 112

The Missouri Department of Transportation, using a mixture of rock and oil, will begin sealing Highway 112 beginning the week of July 11. Weather or construction delays will alter the work schedule. During the work, drivers can expect one-lane traffic with flaggers and pilot vehicles directing drivers through the work zone. Drivers are urged to reduce their speed when traveling over sections that have recently been sealed. A chip-seal is planned for these roads as an economical way to maintain and preserve the roadway. The treatments keep a road from deteriorating and extends its life. Blevins Asphalt construction, of Mt. Vernon, is the prime contractor for the $3.3 million project, slated to be completed on Sept. 1.

Voter registration deadline upcoming

The last day to register to vote is July 6 for those who are not registered voters of Barry County and wish to vote in the Aug. 2 primary election, where voters must choose a party. People may register to vote at the County Clerk's Office; the Monett Chamber of Commerce; or the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. Those who have moved and have not updated their address, or had a name change, should notify the clerk's office. Absentee voting started June 21 at the Barry County Clerk's Office in Cassville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If unable to vote in person, voters may send a written request to the office of: Gary Youngblood, 700 Main St. Suite 2, Cassville, MO, 65625 or fax to: 417-847-5311. A request must include: Name, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last four digits of Social Security number, phone number, reason for voting absentee and a signature. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Central Crossing Senior Center to host genealogy interest group

The Central Crossing Senior Center is supporting a genealogy interest group at the center, looking for people who have an interest in looking into their families' roots. If sufficient interest is shown, the idea is to have a group up and functioning by the end of this summer. So, for those who ever wondered where their family originated and perhaps what events might have triggered where they settled, this may be an opportunity to begin the research to find out. If there is sufficient interest in getting a genealogy group formed, Sharon Clute, who currently oversees the center's recreational library, will also oversee the genealogy group. Clute has experience in genealogical research and will be of invaluable assistance if such a group can be formed. Anyone interested may call Central Crossing Senior Center Administrator Sara Patterson at 417-858-6952 to find out more.

Creative Arts of Shell Knob searching for art

Creative Arts of Shell Knob invites artists and non-artists of all ages to submit postcard size art regarding "Weather" to its gallery for display in August. Entries have been coming from all over the world for the show, and locals' art will be included. People may use any medium they wish, and the content should be family friendly. Artists should also add their name and address. Art needs to be received by July 15, and it may be sent to: CASK, P.O. Box 651, Shell Knob, MO, 65747.

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