News Briefs

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Eagle Rock events upcoming

The Eagle Rock Friends of the Library will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m. Parents may bring a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. People may also mark their calendars for May 6, when the friends are having their annual Yard Sale. For more information, people may contact the library at 417-271-3186.

Shell Knob Home & Business Show on April 7-8

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Home & Business Show from 5-8:30 p.m. on April 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8. People who wish to confirm a booth space should call the chamber at 417-858-3300.

FFA chapters aim to help regional ranchers

The FFA Chapters of Barry County will be assisting with the FFA Chapters in Rogers County, Okla., coordinating a relief effort for those affected by the recent wildfires in Western Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. People may drop off any fencing items or bags of beef cattle feed at a local Ag Education/FFA building (Cassville, Southwest, Exeter, Purdy or Wheaton). Items will be collected through today (Wednesday). Items accepted will be T-post, barbed wire, corner post (wood or metal) and bagged beef cattle feed (no hay please). Thousands of miles of fence have been destroyed and the livestock will now have to be relocated and fed. People may stop by a local feed or ranch supply store and purchase a bundle of T-post, roll of barbed wire or a bag of feed to help. For more information or questions, people may contact John Littlefield 417-674-9676 or a local FFA Advisor. To make a financial contribution, people may visit

Bethlehem Free Will hosting Spring Sing

Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church is having a Spring Sing with “New Grace” on Friday 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 Thursday 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 Chamber hosting Breakfast and Ballot Issues

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast and Ballot Issues on Thursday 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 Friday 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.

Absentee voting continues until Monday

Absentee voting will continue through April 3 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To vote absentee in person, people must bring a form of ID, such as a driver's lcense or voter registration card. 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.

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