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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chamber to host annual Holiday Lighting Contest

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Cassville business and residents to decorate their storefronts and homes for Christmas. Secret judges will be on the look out for top-notch Holiday décor and lights the week of December 3-10. Those who wish to participate in the Holiday Lighting Contest should have their lights on from dusk until 10 p.m. First place in the commercial division will receive a sign to display at their place of business and receive a traveling trophy that they will keep for one year with their name on it. First place in the residential division will be awarded a $25 gift certificate to the BBQ Station, second place will receive two certificates for pizza from Pizza Hut and two certificates for a value meal at Sonic, third place will receive a market basket from Forever Yours Embroidery and honorable mention will receive certificates from Subway. For more information about the contest, people may call the chamber office at 417-847-2814.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth class scheduled

Saving money, losing weight, getting out of debt, starting an exercise program: what do these actions have in common? Many Americans have at least one of these as a goal, but most fall short. The tasks can seem daunting and unachievable with every little obstacle or setback that comes along. Improving one's financial or physical health doesn't have to happen overnight. By taking simple steps to modify one's lifestyle or behavior, financial stability and physical wellness can be achieved and sustained over time. A class will be held at the Barry County Courthouse, located at 700 Main St. on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The free event will cover the following topics: Tracking current behavior, thinking balance and not sacrifice, saying no to super-sizing, and more. People may call the Barry County Extension Center at 417-847-3161 to sign up for the free event. RSVP is requested to ensure adequate snacks are available.

Barry County Health Department continues WIC contract

The Barry County Health Department has continued its contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to provide the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program for the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017. The WIC program serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women up to one year from delivery, non-breastfeeding women for six months from delivery and infants and children through age 5. The primary services provided are health screenings, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals for health care. To be eligible, a participant must be a Missouri resident, have an income of less than or equal to 185 percent of the poverty level and be determined by a health care professional to be at nutritional risk. The contract this year is for $258,976, with $29,132 devote to education, salaries and supplies and support for breastfeeding women or prenatals involved in breastfeeding education. The expected case load for the year is 16,277. The WIC program is located at the Health Department in Cassville at 65 Main St. People may reach the department at 417-847-2114. The Monett department is located at 1000 S. Lincoln, and the phone number is at 417-354-8402. There is also a satellite location in Seligman once a month, as well as in Shell Knob. Appointments to those locations may be made through the Cassville office. The Health Department is an equal opportunity provider.

Cassville Senior Center hosting dance Dec. 10

The Cassville Senior Center will host a dance on Dec. 10 at the center, located at 1111 Fair St., from 7-10 p.m. There is a $4 cover charge at the door. Roaring River Sound Band will be playing. Attendees should bring finger foods to share. For more information, people may call 417-846-3024 or 417-846-5355.

Christmas lunch coming to Cassville Senior Center

The Cassville Senior Center will host a Christmas lunch on Dec. 16 at the center, located at 1111 Fair St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a performance by the Table Rockettes at 11:30 a.m., followed by a quilt raffle and drawing for gifts. The cost of the meal is a donation of $3.50 for those 60 and over, and $6 for those under 60. For more information, people may call 417-847-4510.

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.

Speech and Debate Tournament coming to Cassville

The Cassville High School speech and debate team will host the annual Glenda Ward Memorial Speech Tournament on Friday and Saturday. This is a Novice invitational tournament for those in their first year of competition. Competitive events will include: domestic extemp., foreign extemp., original oratory, humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, prose/poetry reading, storytelling, live radio speaking, student congress, LD, PF, and policy debate. Along with the speech team, student members of the Mask and Gavel club will work the tournament. The overall success of the event and past tournaments have been due to the tremendous support of parents, teachers and members of the Cassville community. Volunteers are needed to judge on both days. Judging times are 3:30, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, and 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Individuals who would like to donate their time judging or make a donation to the hospitality room, which will be available for visiting coaches and judges, are asked to call head coach Talana Hinson at 417-847-3137 or email her at tsloan@cassville.k12.mo.us.

Santa coming to Central Crossing

The Central Crossing Senior Center will host a Star Lighting event on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event will feature Santa, soup and singing. All ages are welcome.

Cassville Christmas Parade being organized

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Those interested in having an entry in the parade can call the Chamber office at 417-847-2814. Trophies will be awarded to religious, non-religious, commercial divisions, marching bands, and horse drawn entries. The single-unit division will receive trophies for best decorated, oldest and most unusual. All float entries will be entered for the Kids Choice Award, sponsored by Hutchens Construction, with a one grand prize winner for $1,000. Entry forms are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday. The parade will begin at Cassville High School and Farm Road 2182, or Clover Street. For information about the parade, people may call the Chamber office at 417-847-2814.

Purdy Christmas parade set for Dec. 17

The City of Purdy Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17. There is no entry fee. Entries will be accepted for floats, bands, flags, antique vehicles, etc. until Dec. 13. There will be sandwiches, snacks and pictures with Santa after the parade at The Gathering Place in Purdy. Part of the proceeds from the sale of snacks will go to the Community Pantry. People may call Ken or Julie Terry for more information at 417-442-3018.

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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