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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

City of Cassville hires local builder

The Cassville City Council recently hired Keith Speer as the residential building inspector. Not only has Speer performed independent inspections in the past, he also brings with him numerous years of construction experience. His goal is to bring a common sense approach to the inspection process. Permits will need to be obtained for structural issues as well as new construction, additions, roofs decks, and issues that may impact property lines or hinder public utilities for others. Speer will also be available for questions that may arise during the construction process. If anyone is in doubt about a permit, they are encouraged to call City Hall and speak with Speer at 417-847-4441. The city of Cassville is operating under the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC), 2005 National Electric Code (NEC) and Cassville Zoning Ordinances.

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.

Church hosting sing on Sunday

Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church in Rocky Comfort will host the 5th Annual Duane Garren Family and Hymn book singing on Sunday at 6 p.m. Duane is a well known premiere Southern Gospel Emcee. Refreshments will be served. Bethlehem Church is located four miles east of Longview or three miles west of Rocky Comfort, at the junction of Highways 76 and JJ. For more information, people may call Melvin "Hap" Anders at 417-592-2967.

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 City-Wide Clean-up to be held next week

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 Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday 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.

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. In the past few weeks, the center has saved seniors $133,264.40.

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