Property taxes due by Dec. 31
Barry County Collector Janice Varner said property taxes for the 2016 tax year are steadily coming into her office. Statements were mailed on Oct. 31, and Varner urges everyone that has not received a statement to contact her office at 417-847-2113. The office will be closed on Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 for the Christmas break, and since the Dec. 31 is on Saturday, the office will also be closed. Payment can be made online at www.barrycountycollector.com, or mailed with a postmark of Dec. 31 or prior to that date.
CASK Open House doubles as final display of artists' works
The final display of Marcia Nicholls' art will be held at the Creative Arts of Shell Knob's Open House, from 6-8 p.m. on Friday. Nicholls' works are on display in two rooms at the gallery. Art by current and new artists will then take its place. Beverages and light appetizers will be served. The gallery is located behind Bridgeway Plaza in the white building with the large mural on the side. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More about the gallery may be found on its Facebook page, "Creative Arts of Shell Knob," or at www.creativeartsofshellknob.weebly.com.
Herrin Animal Hospital hosting Toy Drive
The Herrin Animal Hospital, located at 93 Smithson Drive in Cassville, will host its annual Toy Drive and Open House on Tuesday from Noon to 2 p.m. There will be refreshments, and attendees may tour the AAHA certified hospital. Attendees should also bring a new, unwrapped toy for the 17th annual Toy Drive. People may RSVP by calling 417-847-5888.
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 this week. 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.
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.
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.