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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Central Crossing’s Annual Chili and Soup Fest Fundraiser set

The first responders and firefighters of Central Crossing are holding their annual Chili and Soup Fest Fundraiser on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Viola/Shell Knob Community Building. The community building is located just off Highway 39, one mile south of Central Crossing Bridge on the east side of the road. This is an “all you can eat” meal at a small fee. Central Crossing crews this past year responded to more than 570 community 911 calls to assist with accidents, health care situations, automobile wrecks, fires and many other emergency problems. The first responders have added several new people so, the money raised will be used to purchase and outfit these new responders with the equipment that they need, as well as keep a steady need of supplies stocked. The initial cost of outfitting a first responder is about $3,000 per person. Central Crossing first responders and firefighters serve the Shell Knob area, covering nearly 140 square miles in Barry and Stone County. To make a donation or for additional information, people may contact Shannon Renfrow at 417-619-2079 or email:

Voter registration deadline upcoming

The last day to register to vote in Barry County is March 8 for those who wish to vote in the April 4 General Municipal Election. People may register to vote at the County Clerk’s Office, the Monett Chamber of Commerce or the the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. People should notify the clerk’s office if they have moved and have not updated their address, or had a name change. Absentee voting starts Feb. 21 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If unable to vote in person, a voter 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. The office will need: name, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last four digits of Social Security number, phone number, reason for voting absentee and signature. Those who live in the Shell Knob or Monett area can go by the Shell Knob Chamber or Monett Chamber Office and fill out the absentee application. They will fax it to the Barry County Clerk’s office. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Cassville student groups embark on scavenger hunt Monday

On Monday, Cassville FFA, FCCLA, FBLE and FTA groups will be going door-to-door in the Cassville Community collecting items for those in need. In celebrating National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25, Cassville FFA will be teaming up with other Career Tech Student Organization to help combat Food Insecurity in the Cassville Community by participating in a Mission Possible Monday Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunt is not a race to finish first but a hunt to collect all the items. Every item found and donated during the scavenger hunt will be donated to the local food pantry. Items needed include: canned chili, tuna or chicken, soup, stew, corn, green beans, peas and potatoes; boxes or bags of rice, bottles of juice, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta (spaghetti or elbow macaroni), cereal, dry milk, oatmeal and crackers; household items such as toilet paper, Kleenex, dish soap, laundry soap, paper plates, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, disposable silverware and cleaning supplies; and personal care items like bodywash, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, fingernail clippers and hair brushes. Those who have the above items but are not approached by students may call the Cassville Agriculture Education Department at 417-847-4610 or 417-847-1245 to donate.

Barry Electric Cooperative schedules district meetings

The Barry Electric Cooperative has scheduled its district meetings for members to choose candidates for representatives on the board of directors. Members of District No. 1 met on Monday. Members of District No. 2 will meet at the Barry Electric office in Cassville on Thursday at 7 p.m. Members of District No. 3 will meet at Oak Ridge Baptist Church on Highway 248, east of Cassville, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will be placed on the ballot for director of one director from each district at the Cooperative’s annual membership meeting, scheduled for April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Cassville. Directors with expiring terms include: Lewis Royer in District 1, Dr. David Cupps in District 2 and Scott Lowe in District 3.

POP Cheer Factory schedules dance

The POP Cheer Factory’s team Dynamite will host a Daddy Daughter Ball on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Monett Area YMCA. The fundraiser aims to help the team go to the National Cheer Competition in Galveston, Texas. The Paris-themed event will offer snacks and dancing. Princesses may be escorted by their father, grandfather, uncle or any other special guy that fits the role. A photographer will be on site for pictures. People may pre-purchase tickets until Feb. 13 at the POP Cheer Factory Gym, located at 1308 E. Cleveland in Monett. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 per additional child. For more information, people may call or text 417-489-2741, 417-235-9107 or 417-669-2085.

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