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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Front Porch Conversations with Garden People

Bill Greet, Master Gardener of the Ozarks volunteer, will discuss the option of installing a drip irrigation system. The above-ground hose and emitters are inexpensive and easy to install and can reduce time in the garden significantly. Greet has been active in many Master Gardener project gardens and speaks from his experiences in various planting situations. The session will be held on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Front Porch takes place in the lower level of the Cassville Library and is open to all. The Front Porch series of gardening presentations is co-sponsored by the Cassville Friends of the Library and the Barry County Master Gardeners.

Cassville schools release back to school info

The following information details the Cassville school district's bask to school schedule. Eunice Thomas Elementary: New students can enroll by stopping by the primary office between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 8. Stop, Drop and Go (supply drop off and meet teachers) is Aug. 15 from 4-6 p.m. Cassville Intermediate: New students can enroll by stopping by the intermediate office between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop, Drop and Go (supply drop off and meet teachers) is Aug. 15 from 4-6 p.m. Cassville Middle School: New students can enroll by stopping by the middle school office between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students' locker/schedule pick up is Aug. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Supply drop off (all middle school) and meet the teachers is Aug. 15 from 4-6 p.m. Cassville High School: New student registration is Aug. 8-9 from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Senior schedule pick up is Aug. 10 from 9-11:30 a.m. Junior schedule pick up is Aug. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Sophomore schedule pick up is Aug. 11 from 9-11:30 a.m. Freshman and new student orientation is Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. To enroll a new student, a parent or guardian must bring the following: Proof of residence, copy of birth certificate, vaccination record and copy of parents drivers license.

Southwest schools lists info for returning

The following list of important activities is provided for students and parents/guardians to prepare for the start of a new school year. Sports Physicals: July 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gym. Cost is $5. All students grades 5-8 planning on participating in the Southwest athletic programs are required to take a physical. New Student Enrollment: Beginning Monday through the beginning of school on Aug. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Report to elementary (K-4), middle school (5-8), or high school (9-12) offices. Required information includes the student's birth certificate, proof of residency, immunization records, custody documentation (if needed), and the final report card from the school last attended. No students will be enrolled during Back to School Open House on Aug. 9. 5th Grade Orientation: Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Elementary/Middle school cafeteria. All fifth-grade students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this informational meeting planned specifically for those entering their first year of middle school. Policies will be discussed and student schedules will be distributed. Back to School/Open House: Aug. 9 from 4-6 p.m. in all buildings. This will be a time for students to pick up schedules, receive locker assignments (middle school and high school), meet teachers, visit classrooms, and become informed concerning bus routes. Elementary and middle school students are encouraged to bring their supplies in preparation for school starting the following morning. Concerning bus routes, the district Transportation Director and all drivers will be available in the Elementary library to answer questions and share information, including morning pick up and evening drop off times/locations. High School students can pick up their schedules in the High School office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on from Aug. 1-4. 9th Grade Orientation: Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. in the High school Commons Area. All ninth-grade students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this important informational meeting. First Day of School: Aug. 11. Students are asked to not arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m.

Wheaton schools set important dates

Important Dates and Information for the 2016-2017 Wheaton High and Junior High school year include: First day of school, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; and the Open House is Monday, Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Class schedules may be picked up on the following days: Seniors/juniors, Monday, Aug. 8; Sophomores/freshman, Tuesday, Aug. 9; and 7th and 8th grade, Wednesday, Aug. 10. Immunizations must be up-to-date, and lunch and library fees must be paid in order to pick up schedules. Students who attended summer school must have their on-line courses completed by Aug. 15 in order to received credit.

Vietnam War historian looking for photos

Janna Hoehn, a 25-year-resident of Maui, Hawaii, is working on a Vietnam War project and asking for information about three local residents: Galen Brown, of Cassville; Timmy Mattingly, of Exeter; and Howard Threet, of Monett. Hoehn is working on a "Wall of Faces" memorial spanning multiple states and using more than 4,000 photos of veterans. Anyone with photos or information about the three may email the content to Hoehn at For more information about her project, people may visit

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