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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Inaugural Roaring River Clean-up scheduled

The inaugural Roaring River Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at Farm Road 2265 in Eagle Rock, located on Highway 86, just south of the Eagle Rock Post Office. The first 50 volunteers will receive phone dry bags donated by Freedom Bank. All volunteers will be entered in a drawing for door prizes at the conclusion of the event. Prizes include T-shirts, Promise Land Zoo passes, drink coozies and other local donations. For more information, to make a donation, or to become a sponsor, people may contact Sabrina Keely at 417-669-5654.

Front Porch Conversations meeting July 14

On July 14, Front Porch Conversations will host Dr. Daniel Seyer, seed coating research director with Monsanto, at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Cassville Branch Library. Seyer is imminently qualified to address the pros and the cons of GMOs and is providing the group that rare opportunity to ask questions of a knowledgeable source. Front Porch Conversations is a joint effort of the Barry County Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Cassville Library to provide useful information for area gardeners. For more information, people may contact the library at 417-847-2121.

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

Absentee voting for the Aug. 2 primary election will continue through Aug. 1, where voters must choose a party. 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: Date of election, 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 the Aug. 2 primary, the last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is July 27. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

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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