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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Active shooter response training scheduled for June

The Cassville Police Department will host an active shooter training on June 1 and 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Cassville Intermediate School. Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) is a set of proactive, options-based strategies that increase chances of survival during a violent intruder or active shooter event. For 14 years, the ALICE Training Institute has provided violent intruder response training to individuals and organizations across the nation. This 2-day instructor training course is designed to teach law enforcement, as well as school, church, hospital and workplace administrators and employees skills and strategies that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives. The cost is $595 per person, and people may register at or by calling 330-661-0106. Participants will become knowledgeable in statistics and information about active shooter situations and why ALICE training is effective. ALICE will deliver a detailed overview of ALICE training and the liability of proactive versus passive response strategies. Participants will experience live scenario drills that compare passive versus active responses. Participants will also learn the strategies and be provided with materials to become an effective ALICE instructor within an organization.

Local Day of Giving scheduled for Tuesday

Progress and Action thru Community Effort (PACE), a partner of Cassville Community Foundation is participating in Give Ozarks, a 24-hour online day of giving on Tuesday. PACE will raise online donations from midnight to midnight on Tuesday at PACE’s goal is to raise $5,000 in this 24-hour period. Donations will be used to help PACE grow its operational capacity in an effort to expand its overall impact on the community by increasing its support of local nonprofit organizations who provide many important services to the community. PACE partners with Cassville Community Foundation to provide grants to support the great work of area nonprofit organizations serving and strengthening Cassville and the surrounding communities. Making a secure donation is simple. Donors can log onto to complete a basic credit card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.  Cash and Check donation will also be accepted at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Building and various other locations in the community on Tuesday, as well. Over the past two years, Give Ozarks has raised more than $2 million for more than 150 nonprofits across the region. Thousands of donors made online gifts ranging from $5 to $10,000 to support nonprofits. PACE is a nonprofit partner of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which is hosting Give Ozarks with presenting sponsor BKD Wealth Advisors and platinum sponsors, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation, Edward Jones, the Musgrave Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney. The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation, founded in 1973, which includes 49 affiliate foundations and about 600 nonprofit partners and schools.

Bluegrass concert coming to local church

A free Gospel Bluegrass Concert with the award winning “Farm Hands” from Nashville, Tenn., will be held at the Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church on May 14, also Mother’s Day, at 6 p.m. The band’s awards include 12-time Dobro Player of the Year, 2-time Songwriter of the Year, Kentucky State Banjo Champion, Guitar Player of the Year, and many others. Farm Hands are the writers of the No. 1 Gospel song made famous by the Booth Brothers, “He Saw It All.” Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church is located 3 miles West of Rocky Comfort and 4 miles East of Longview. People with questions may contact Pastor Melvin “Hap” Anders at 417-592-2967.

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 Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 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 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 Saturday

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 31st Annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival on Saturday 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

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 Friday. 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. Through Sunday, 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

Cemetery association hosting meeting

The Purdy Cemetery Association will hold a meeting on Saturday 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 Saturday 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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