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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lego Club celebrating Dr. Suess

The Eagle Rock Library will once again be joining with the Eagle Rock Lego Club to celebrate two special events. Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and the Lego Club’s Anniversary.  The Party will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center. All ages are invited to one of our favorite events. There will be a build, snack and even a special guest. Parents you will want to bring a camera. For more information, contact the library at 417-271-3186. The Home School class will be meeting on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon.  While the class is going on there will be a story time for the smaller children.

Dodgeball tourney coming to Cassville

The Cassville YMCA, along with the Cassville Interact Club and FCA, will be hosting a dodgeball tournament. The leagues and dates are as follows: High School, Friday 6-7:30 p.m.; middle school, Friday 8-9:30 p.m.; and Adult (16+), Saturday, 3-5 p.m.  People may call Rick or Dove at 417-846-1535 for additional questions.

2017 Southwest Yearbooks on Sale Now

Order forms for the 2017 Southwest yearbooks are on available now in the elementary, middle school and high school offices. The deadline to order is May 31. The cost is $35. A family can also purchase two books for $60 or three books for $75. There is an additional cost of $5 for name stamping and $5 for club and sports icons. Voyak also has yearbooks available from 2011-2016 at a discounted price. For more information, contact Advisor Steve Voyak at or 479-422-5395 or 417-826-5413.

City of Washburn to conduct sewer tests

The city of Washburn will conduct smoke tests in its sewer system on March 20-24. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor and creates no fire hazards. The smoke should not enter a home unless there is defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If anyone at a home or business suffers from respiratory issues or is immobile, they should notify city hall by calling 417-846-3203 or 417-846-5242. More information about the tests may be found in person at city hall.

Education Fund’s Trivia night returns Friday

Cassville’s newest champions of trivia will be crowned on Friday 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 will continue through April 3 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. The last day to request an absentee ballot is March 29. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Southwest hosting chili, baked potato fundraiser for band

The Southwest Band Boosters will host their annual Chili and Baked Potato dinner and auction fundraiser on April 8, changed from April 1. The money raised will support the band with purchasing items needed throughout the year, including music, stands, instruments, repairs, awards and scholarships. The Boosters are seeking donations from local businesses, and all donors will be recognized at the fundraiser. For more information, people may call 417-826-5050.

Pesticide applicator training set for Monday

The Missouri University Extension will host two pesticide applicator training classes on Monday in Cassville. The first class will be at 1 p.m. in the Barry County Courthouse Commission Room. The second class will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Cassville High School Vo-Ag Department, where a light meal will be provided. There is a $15 fee to attend. The charge will cover the cost of materials. For those who already own the Missouri Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual (M87 – Printed 2007 with blue lettering on the front), there will be a reduction in the cost by $12. Training is conducted by Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist. People must pre-register by calling 417-847-3161. If weather is an issue, people may call the phone number provided or 417-838-8405 to confirm if the program will proceed. The training provides certification to obtain a Missouri Private Pesticide Applicators License for agricultural producers and will also count for recertification requirements by the state. The training will not certify for commercial application licenses. Attendees must be 18 years or older. The training will last 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Central Crossing Senior Center offers tax help

The Central Crossing Senior Center is offering simple tax preparation on Monday mornings starting Monday and running until April 3, except for when the center is closed on Feb. 20. People should call 417-858-6952 to make an appointment, and should request 30 minutes for state only and one hour for federal and state.

Cassville PAT celebrating reading

Parent/Child Activity Night for the Cassville Parents as Teachers program will be held at the Primary/MS cafeteria on March 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. The Cassville PAT Program is a free learning experience for children birth to pre-kindergarten for anyone living in the Cassville school district. Reading activities will be available for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Peopl may call 417-847-4008 for more information.

Cassville to screen preschoolers

Preschool screening for 3- and 4-year-old children in the Cassville school district is scheduled for March 31 and April 7. Parents of 3- and 4-year-old children may call the primary office at 417-847-2445 to schedule an appointment. The screening results will be used to help determine eligibility. If the student is eligible for the preschool program, the parent will be contacted at a later date to come in and fill out the required enrollment paperwork. Children who will be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2017–2018 school year should not participate in this screening.

Cassville Chamber hosting Breakfast and Ballot Issues

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast and Ballot Issues on March 30 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. The breakfast is an educational opportunity for our members regarding the upcoming April election, and attendees will hear from those representing a ballot issue. A light breakfast will be served and donations are requested to offset expenses. Please RSVP to the Chamber if you plan to attend or go to the following link to register:

Blood Drive at Southwest High School March 20

A blood drive will be held at Southwest High School on Monday, March 20. The event, sponsored by student council and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. All donors will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call 417-826-5413.

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