First Baptist collecting supplies for shoeboxes
With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, individuals, families, churches and groups in and around Cassville are working to make Christmas a reality for kids in need around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Especially during November, Operation Christmas Child is moving into high gear while Cassville-area volunteers prepare to collect hundreds of gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. On arrival, using whatever means necessary -- trucks, trains, boats, bikes, and even elephants and camels -- the shoebox gifts will then be hand-delivered to children worldwide. For many children, this shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received. Drop off information: Nov. 14-20 from noon to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 602 West St. People can also drop off items at the church on Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. Empty shoeboxes can be picked up at First Baptist, along with a lift of gift ideas for boys and girls. For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, people may call 417-847-2965 or visit samaritanspurse.org.
Central Crossing hosting veterans program
The Central Crossing Senior Center will host a special veterans program on Nov. 10 at 11:15 a.m. O.J. will be on hand grilling hot dogs, and the Shell Knob Strings will provide musical entertainment. For more information, people may call 417-858-6952.
Annual Citywide Clean-up to be held Nov. 7-11
The City of Cassville's annual fall clean-up will be held Nov. 7-11. Republic Services will accept additional household waste and large items on regular collection days. The following items will be accepted at the curb: barbecue grills; patio furniture; outdoor furniture; sofas; dressers; loveseats; recliners; desks; televisions; bundled guttering; beds, including hide-a-beds, mattresses and box springs; wood pallets; waste from small remodeling or wood projects that are cut into four-foot sections and stacked; sinks; toilets; cabinets; vanities; carpet that is cut into four-foot lengths and bundled; fencing that is cut into four-foot lengths; and bicycles. Republic Services will not accept tires, yard waste, large quantities of ash, dead animals, raw sewage, waste oil, hazardous materials, wet paint containers, chemicals, flammable substances, lead or acid batteries or waste from large remodeling or construction projects. There are again options being offered this year for Cassville residents who want to dispose of large appliances and metal. One option will be to take only metal or large appliances to a dumpster located at 503 Mill St. This is across the street from the Barry County Sheriff's Office. This option is free. The other option will be to have Cassville residents set large appliances at their curbside for Republic Services to collect. There is a $15 fee for this option. Residents must pay the fee to Republic Services in order to schedule pick-up of any appliances. The following large appliances will be accepted after the $15 fee has been paid: dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, hot water heaters and stoves. Republic Services will also accept refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners that display a tag from a licensed technician proving that all freon has been removed from the item. Yard waste will be accepted as normal at the yard Waste facility behind the Cassville Aquatic Park. For more information on the city clean-up, people may call 417-847-4441.
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.
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.
Senior Life Solutions to host Open House
Senior Life Solutions, a program offered at Mercy Hospital, Cassville, that offers a variety of resources for seniors, will be hosting an Open House event on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited.
Guest speaker Dr. Tamon Paige will be speaking about the topic, Late Life Depression, at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in Conference room C at the hospital.
Absentee voting ongoing at courthouse
Absentee voting continues at the Barry County Clerk's Office in Cassville for thos unable to vote in person or facing mobility issues, such as walking or standing in lines. Voting is from from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Nov. 7 for the Nov. 8 General Election. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Crossing Senior Center offering Medicare assistance
Open enrollment for Medicare is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and the Central Crossing Senior Center will have a Medicare trained assistance team available for free at its building. People may call 417-848-1234 to make an appointment with the team.