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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2 Cassville students place at state

Cassville Speech and Debate competed at the annual Missouri MSHSAA High School state tournament, hosted at Missouri State University on April 21-22. Schools throughout Missouri compete at their district tournaments to qualify at the state-level. Alexander Mackey and Jacob Whitham earned this honor. Mackey placed second in the state in Poetry, and Whitham placed 14th in the state in Dramatic Interpretation.

Highway 76 being worked on this week

Drivers can expect one-lane traffic and occasional traffic delays when a project to resurface and widen Missouri Route 76 in Barry County begins the week of April 24, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. Route 76 will receive a new driving surface and the roadway will be widened to include two-foot wide shoulders with edgeline rumble strips. The work will take place along a 21-mile stretch of Route 76 between County Road 2182 and a point north of Fifth Street in Cassville and between Missouri Route 112 to Flat Creek Road and the Barry/Stone county line. Drivers can expect flaggers on the road and pilot cars directing them through the work zone. Drivers should wait for the pilot vehicle before proceeding through the work zone or before entering the work zone from a side road. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone. All lanes of traffic will be open during nighttime hours. Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

MoDOT to work on Route W next week

Drivers can expect one-lane traffic and occasional traffic delays when a project to resurface and widen Barry County Route W begins the week of May 1. Route W will receive a new driving surface and the roadway will be widened to include shoulders with edgeline rumble strips. The 9-mile project runs between Route 86 in Wheaton and Route 37 near Butterfield. Drivers can expect flaggers on the road and pilot cars directing them through the work zone. Drivers should wait for the pilot vehicle before proceeding through the work zone or before entering the work zone from a side road. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone. All lanes of traffic will be open during nighttime hours. Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

Dulcimer Guy returns to library Saturday

Mike Anderson, also known as the Dulcimer Guy, will host a program at the Cassville Branch Library at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Peterson family Trust. “My goal in all of this, besides the underlying urge to entertain myself, is to promote imagination, the love of writing and reading and music,” Anderson said. “The integration of storytelling, folklore, the common-place, and the rhythms of the world have led me faithfully through a life-long career in education and performance.”

Silver Leaf participating in Pinwheels for Prevention

April is child abuse awareness month, and the GFWC Silver Leaf Benefit Club members are “springing into action” to plant a Pinwheel Garden to help stop child abuse. One hundred blue pinwheels will be planted on the Barry County Courthouse on the square in Cassville on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. GFWC is partnering with Prevent Child Abuse America, one of the top charities for children in the nation. Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol of child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. By it’s very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. People may show support for the nation’s children and stop by for child abuse and prevention handouts. Artwork from children will be displayed. Blue balloons and pinwheel color sheets will be given to the children. General Federation of Women’s Clubs Inc. is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteerism in their communities.

Cassville student group to host McFCCLA night at McDonald’s

The Cassville Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is partnering with McDonald’s of Cassville to host McFCCLA Night on May 1 from 5-8 p.m., at the restaurant. During the event, McDonald’s will donate a portion of all profits made to support Cassville FCCLA members. The student organization, and its advisor, Samantha Cosper, are asking the community to come out to support the group by making a purchase at McDonald’s. Donations will be used to send four members to compete at FCCLA National Leadership Conference in July in Nashville, Tenn. FCCLA is an organization that aims to help youth in schools with family bonds, careers and participation in the community, providing opportunities for student participation at local, state and national levels.

HiSET tests available at Crowder Cassville

Crowder College in Cassville will offer high school equivalency (HiSET) testing on six dates from May to August. Test dates include: May 12 and 13, June 2 and 3, July 14 and Aug 4. For more information, people may call 417-847-1706.

Royal Family Kids Camp to host garage sale

The Royal Family Kids Camp will be hosting a garage sale on May 5 and 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Family Life Center in Cassville, to raise funds for its summer camp. The camp is accepting donations of all kinds to be sold in the sale. Items may be brought to the Family Life Center after 4 p.m. on May 4 or before or after services at First Baptist Church in Cassville on Sunday and May 3. All proceeds go to help fund children to attend the summer camp.

Multi-species fishing tournament scheduled

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a multi-species fishing tournament on Table Rock Lake on May 20. The tournament is designed for all fishing abilities and ages. Entrants are encouraged to fish with family members or friends. The take-off and “measure-in” will be held at Kings River Marina south of Shell Knob. Take-off is at 8 a.m. and the measure-in will be at the marina at 2 p.m. Once registered, two-member teams can fish from boats anywhere on Table Rock. There is an entry fee per team as well as an optional 100 percent payback longest fish pot. Cash prizes will be awarded for the first and second place teams. There will be a drawing after the measure-in for several valuable prizes donated by area businesses. Species included in the tournament are black bass, white bass, walleye, catfish, crappie and panfish. There is a limited number of fish that can be measured for each species. Winners will be determined by the total length of fish presented at the measure-in. There will be a special award for any team presenting a legal fish from each of the six specie categories. Registration forms are available at the Shell Knob Chamber office, at area businesses and www.shellknob.com. All tournament rules are included on the registration form. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the “measure-in.”

Pray Across Missouri event to be held in Barry County

As part of the Pray Across Missouri event, a Pray Across Barry County gathering will be held on May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Barry County Courthouse’s south side. The goal of the event is to engage Missouri Baptists in prayer for the transformation of lives and communities with the gospel, said MBC Executive Director John Yeats.

31st Annual Dogwood Festival roars in on May 6

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 31st Annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival on May 6 on the Cassville square. Registration will take place inside of the courthouse from 7:30-10 a.m., with judging set to begin immediately. The Chamber office, located at 504 Main St., is accepting early entries. The first 100 show entries will receive a goody bag, including a commemorative dash plaque, along with other items donated from local businesses. The first 100 entries will received a chance to win a $100 cash prize drawing. Entry fee is $20 per vehicle. Admission is free for spectators. The Dogwood has a strong history in Cassville and is fun for both car enthusiasts and the general public. The event offers disk-jockey music and entertainment, food vendors and more than 100 cars parked around the square. Event t-shirts, sponsored by Shumaker Tire and Wheel, are available at the event. At noon, participants will be asked to start their cars and rev their engines for Dogwood tradition, “thunder on the square.” Participants will have the opportunity to compete for the Top 30 Dogwood Awards, plus compete for awards between the popular Dogwood Dozen and specialty picks. Awards will be given at the conclusion of judging. Event will take place rain or shine. For more information, pepole may contact Brittany Farris, Director, at (417)847.2814, or chamber@cassville.com.

Mercy Volunteen Program Seeking Summer Applicants

Mercy Hospital Cassville is once again offering a unique summer learning experience for future health workers. Students in Cassville, ages 14-17, are invited to apply for Mercy’s Volunteen program. The seven-week volunteer positions offer roles in a variety of settings in the hospital, including general nursing, physical therapy, emergency medicine and more. Responsible, hardworking students with reliable transportation are expected to contribute a minimum of four hours a week, from June 14 through Aug. 4. To apply, people may call Cody Qualls at 870-423-5245 no later than May 5. Applications are due May 12. Orientation is set for May 13.

Tractor Supply hosts semi-annual 4-H fundraiser

Tractor Supply Company will partner with National 4-H Council for a nationwide in-store fundraiser to send thousands of students to 4-H youth development programs, camps and leadership conferences across the country. Between today (Wednesday) and May 7, Tractor Supply customers can participate in the 2017 Spring Paper Clover Campaign by purchasing paper clovers — the emblem of 4-H — for $1 or more at checkout. The funds raised will be awarded as scholarships to local 4-H members wishing to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country. Since it began in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $10 million in essential funding. The Paper Clover fundraiser, which takes place in the spring and fall, raised nearly $900,000 during the Fall 2016 campaign. The number of scholarships distributed to students following the spring fundraiser will be determined based on the total amount raised. For more information on how to apply, members should contact their county agents or visit www.tractorsupply.com/4H.

Cassville Vendors Invited to Farmers Market at Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its spring Farmers Market, scheduled for Saturday. Collectors, crafters and growers with interests in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, carvings, flowers and produce are encouraged to sign up. To register, vendors can visit TSCEventPartners.com or visit their Tractor Supply store. Nonprofit organizations are also encouraged to register. During the Farmers Market on April 29, vendors will be able showcase their goods, free of charge, in areas near the storefront. 

Cemetery association hosting meeting

The Purdy Cemetery Association will hold a meeting on May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Purdy Community Building on Hwy. C in Purdy. Regular business will be discussed. All interested individuals are invited and encouraged to attend.

Eagle Rock events upcoming

The Eagle Rock Friends of the Library will host their annual Community Garage Sale on May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, people may contact the library at 417-271-3186 or Roberta at 417-671-1669.

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