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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Exeter High School hosting Donkey Basketball

The Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show will make its way to Exeter High School on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The basketball game is played on live donkeys, and all-local players will be riding. Also present will be "Buckmaster," the world famous comedy donkey. The show is sponsored by the Exeter senior class of 2017. Advance tickets can be purchased at Exeter High School. People may call the high school at 417-835-5018. Tickets may also be available at the door if space is available.

SKITS putting on 'Jack and The Frankenbeanstalk' in November

Shell Knob in the Spotlight is having rehearsals for its next production, "Jack and The Frankenbeanstalk," which mashes the tales of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Frankenstein." The play is Nov. 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Central Crossing United Methodist Church in Shell Knob. Advance tickets for $7 can be purchased in Shell Knob at Arvest Bank, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Jug n Plug. Children 12 and under are free. People can also order your tickets, at the same $7 cost, to be picked up and paid for at the door in will call. People may call Barb Van Dusen at 417-858-9590 to hold these tickets. Tickets are limited in number for each performance.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist to host speaker

The Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church will have a speaker on Thursday, Missionary Jesse Hales. Hales will discuss work being done in the Dominican Republic. The service will begin at 7 p.m. The Church is located at 16722 Hwy. 248, about five miles east of Cassville. For more information, people may call Pastor Henbest at 417-847-2552 or Ted Bolton at 417-847-4597

Santa Train Ride seeking sponsors

The For the Kids Foster/Adoptive Parents Association is working once again with Seligman Chamber of Commerce and A&M Railroad to put on the Santa Train Ride Dec. 17 and 18 and needs sponsors. Levels are $50, $100, $250, and $500. Any group or business who would like to become a sponsor should contact Lynette Bailey at 417-489-7903. All of the sponsorship money goes to For the Kids, which covers Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. All sponsors will have their names listed on the flyers, which will be displayed all around the local communities, Facebook and in the newspapers.

Voter registration deadline upcoming

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 12 for those who are not registered voters of Barry County and wish to vote in the Nov. 8 General 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 began Tuesday 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. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 2. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Springfield Adventure Race to benefit Barry County Neighborhood Center

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), in collaboration with Cartoons Oyster Bar, is hosting the inaugural Springfield Adventure Race on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit the OACAC Grant Assistance Fund, helping to improve the lives of people in poverty across OACAC's 10-county service area by fulfilling unmet needs. The Barry County Neighborhood Center is included in that area. Inspired by the hit television show, The Amazing Race, the Springfield Adventure Race will send teams of two to four people by vehicle to nine challenge stops around the city, where they will compete in challenges in a race against time. Stops include MJ's Market & Deli, Farmer's Market of the Ozarks, Discovery Center, Springfield's Incredible Pizza, Barnes & Noble, Vintage Stock, 417 DIY, Urban Flea Market, and Dungeons of Doom. The awards ceremony and after party will take place at Cartoons Oyster Bar, and the grand prize winners will leave with $200. Teams must register online at or

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