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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Creative Arts of Shell Knob changing name

Changes to the art gallery are underway in Shell Knob. Creative Arts of Shell Knob’s name will change to Lakeside Arts Center as it obtains a 501(c)3 status. The gallery has been changed around and new art is coming in. Right now, the gallery is open on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., and that will soon be changing to more days available to the public. Workshops will continue as scheduled. Jo Daniels is offering a Paint ‘N Pour on March 22 at 6 p.m. People may call her at 417-858-0423 to confirm a spot. The subject will be Abstract painting.

Second property tax notices to be mailed out

Sherry Sears, Barry County assessor, has announced that the second notice reminder post cards, for the 2017 personal property and business assessment lists are scheduled to be mailed out this week. The 2nd notice reminders will be mailed in the form of a post card. Forms were originally due on March 1. If a person did not receive an assessment list in January, or receives a 2nd notice post card from the Assessor’s Office, please contact the office immediately at 417-847-2613 to get properly assessed before the final late assessment penalty deadline. New County residents not receiving a form may also call the Assessor’s Office to request one, or drop by the office in Cassville. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bethlehem Free Will hosting Spring Sing

Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church is having a Spring Sing with “New Grace” on March 24 at 7 p.m. The event features music, fellowship, door prizes and even snacks after the concert. The church is located three miles west of Rocky Comfort and four miles east of Longview. For further information or if to get a ride, people may call 417-592-2967.

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.

Blood Drive at Southwest High School March 20

A blood drive will be held at Southwest High School on 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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