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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Local church hosting Water For Christ speaker

The Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church will host a guest speaker on Sunday. Tim Tyler, of Conway, Ark., will share the ministry of Water For Christ, a team that drills wells in Africa to give people fresh water. The service begins at 10 a.m. The church is located at 16722 Hwy. 248, about five miles east of Cassville. for more information, people may call Pastor Larry Henbest at 417-847-2552.

Cassville-Area Tractor Supply hosting FFA Fundraiser

The Cassville-area Tractor Supply Company store will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in Missouri. From now through Sunday, Tractor Supply shoppers can donate $1 or more at checkout. Donations will fund the Grants for Growing Program, which supports Missouri FFA chapters that are making a difference in their communities with unique and sustainable agricultural projects. Winning FFA chapter initiatives will be awarded Grants for Growing in the spring. The minimum competitive grant amount is $500 for chapters. All in-store donations remain within the state in which they were raised. For more details about the program, visit

Jenkins Fire Chili Supper scheduled

The Annual Jenkins Fire Chili Supper will be held from 5-7 p.m. on March 4 at Station No. 1, just west of the junction of Highways 39 and 248. The menu includes chili, soup, brown beans and ham with cornbread, dessert and drink, all for a donation to the fundraiser. Interested individuals are asked to provide desserts and regular and diet soft drinks. With the rash of fires recently, the fire department is using extra fuel and supplies for equipment and feeding hungry volunteers. Money from fundraisers is also used for training. The Jenkins Fire Department is an all-volunteer department. For more information, people may call Sara at 417-342-4243.

Education Fund’s Trivia night returns March 10

Cassville’s newest champions of trivia will be crowned on March 10 at the Cassville Education Fund’s annual Trivia Night fundraiser. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Cassville High School commons area. Now in its seventh year, Trivia Night is an annual fundraiser that provides grants to benefit local education. This year, an anonymous supporter has made a $5,000 challenge grant, which will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all donations made to the Fund through May 31. The defending champions are members of Team DKDC, representing the Cassville Branch Library. Question topics include sports, history, geography, literature, pop culture, movies, music, food and nature. Four round of team trivia will be held, and winner-take-all bonus point competitions will be held in between rounds. The overall champions will be the team with the most correct answers and bonus points. In addition, the Smarties Award will be given to the team with the most correct answers. Pizza, dessert and refreshments will be available for a donation throughout the evening.

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

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 and District No. 2 have already met. Members of District No. 3 will meet at Oak Ridge Baptist Church on Highway 248, east of Cassville, at 7 p.m. on Friday. 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.

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