News briefs

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Absentee voting to open on Sept. 27

Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced absentee voting for the Nov. 8 General Election will begin on Sept. 27 in the clerk's office. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Craft and Vendor Fair slated in Purdy

A Craft and Vendor Fair will be held at The Gathering Place in Purdy, across from Ramey, on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 25 booths will be set up, and carnival games for children will be available. Fall and Christmas items, vintage items, furniture, paintings, repurposed and antique items, candles, scrapbooking, homemade soaps, Baby Mia Creations, pottery, Arbonne, Scentsy products, Pampered Chef products, Younique, collectibles, jewelry and more will be for sale.

Knights of Columbus to host spaghetti benefit dinner for Special Olympics

The Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council 13975, of Shell Knob, will be hosting a spaghetti benefit dinner for the Special Olympics on Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish Hall, located on Highway 39 South in Shell Knob. Dinner is $7 and includes spaghetti, salad, break and a drink. Desserts are $2. Carry outs are available by calling 417-858-2518. Net proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Missouri. A representative of Special Olympics from Joplin will be attending. For more information, people may contact Jim Riedel at 417-271-4075.

Front Porch Conversations meeting set

The Barry County Master Gardeners meet each month on the second Thursday at the Cassville Public Library at 6 p.m. The Master Gardeners group is active in community service projects for the citizens of Barry County. Those who enjoy playing in the dirt, watching things grow and have an interest in becoming a Master Gardener may contact the University of Missouri Extension Office at 417-847-3161 for more information. Following the Master Gardener meeting each month, the Front Porch Conversations hold an educational meeting. The Barry County Master Gardeners will again host Front Porch Conversations with Master Gardeners at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8. This month's topic will be, "Forest Gardens: Taking Gardening to New Heights." Presenter Charlie Phaneuf, Missouri Master Gardener, will discuss companion plantings for trees and shrubs by considering patterns found in nature. Front Porch Conversations is free and open to the public. The event will be held at the Cassville Public Library.

Group hosting meetings for single mothers

The Caring People Organization will now host group meetings in Golden for single mothers. The meetings will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Golden Baptist Church, starting Sept. 13. Single mothers can experience unconditional love, enjoy a meal and free childcare in a loving and supportive community of other single mothers who understand the joys, fears and difficulties of rearing children alone. For more information, people may call 417-271-3605.

Central Crossing Senior Center hosting carnival

The Central Crossing Senior Center will host a carnival on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. There will be lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a silent auction and a pie auction at noon. There will be games for children and bingo for everyone.

Family reunion slated at Roaring River

The Blythe Family Reunion will be held Sept. 18 at the CCC Pavilion in Roaring River State Park. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All family members are welcome to attend. A covered dish lunch will be served at noon.

Bass fishing tournament to benefit His House

His House Foundation is hosting the inaugural Buddy Bass Tournament on Oct. 22 at the Kings River Marina. His House Foundation serves the community by providing direct services to families in need and to serve as a catalyst for increased sharing within the community. Its vision is rooted in the belief that when people act in response to human need, giving what they have without seeking profit or interest, God magnifies the effects of the efforts. The tournament will go from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kings River Marina. The entry fee is $50 per boat, and 25 percent of the pot will go to the first-place overall winner, and another $50 will go to the smallest keeper. A big bass pot will cost $5 with 100 percent of the payback going to the winner. The registration entry deadline is Oct. 14. People may mail their entry forms to Re/Max Lakeside at PO Box 564, Shell Knob, MO 65747: attention Bass Tournament. For more information, people may contact Chris Gibbons at 573-315-8910 or visit

Roaring River Health and Rehab hosting open house

Roaring River Health and Rehab will hold an open house and ribbon cutting on Friday from 1-4 p.m. The ribbon cutting, for the greenhouse addition to the building, will be at 2 p.m.

Kornerstone gearing up for 3rd Annual 5K Fundraiser

Registration is now open for Kornerstone's 3rd annual 5K, to be held on Sept. 17 and benefit the Teen Parent program. Registration cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt commemorating the event. The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cassville Aquatic Center and be timed by Ozark Racing Systems of Springfield. The male and female overall winners will receive trophies. Each age category will receive first-, second-, and third-place medals for male and female participants. People may register online at: or at Snow cones and face painting will be available. All proceeds will go to provide advocacy and doula services for pregnant teens living in Barry County. Kornerstone Teen Parent program has helped over 230 teens and their babies since 2006 with the goal of educating teens on a healthy pregnancy and delivery of a full-term normal birth weight infant. Registrations to participate in the race can also be picked up at the following locations: Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, Arvest Bank, Cassville YMCA, Monett YMCA, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Fox Fitness in Shell Knob.

Mercy hosting 5K on Oct. 1

Mercy Hospital Cassville will be hosting a 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk on Oct. 1 in memory of Jennifer Dougherty. All proceeds will go toward nursing scholarships in Dougherty's memory for nursing students enrolled at Crowder College. Mercy will also being doing sponsorships for the event for $500 (large company logo), $250 (small logo) and $100 (printed name), which will be placed on the back of the race T-shirt. For more information, people may contact Cody Qualls at 870-423-5245 or

Swap/Craft Meet slated in Seligman

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual Swap/Craft Meet scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Anyone interested in setting up may call 417-662-3612. Booth space is available inside or outside, and the event will be held at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 north of Seligman. There will also be an auto and boat corral outside. For just $10 daily, those who set up will get tables provided for inside and food on site.

Frontier Day to be held on Sept. 24-25

The 4th Annual Frontier Day will be held on Sept. 24-25 in rural Barry County. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on both days. The festival will offer sorghum cookin', blacksmithing, apple butter cookin', rope making, Dutch oven cooking, kettle corn, wagon rides, antique machinery demonstrations and more. There will be a live band on both days, and a Cowboy Church on Sunday. Directions: From Cassville, take Highway 248 east seven miles to Farm Road 1157, then follow the signs. From Jenkins, take Highway 248 west to Farm Road 1157, then follow the signs. For more information, people may call Edgar Schreiner at 417-846-7831 or 417-847-8686.

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