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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Benefit concert to help CHS senior

A benefit for Morgan Smith will take place on Nov. 12 at Crowder College in Cassville from 1-4 p.m. This event will raise funds for Smith’s medical expenses. Smith is the daughter of Jerry and Tori Smith, of Cassville, and she is a senior at Cassville High School. She has been battling a painful, debilitating illness for quite some time now. She needs further testing done to reach a final diagnosis and treatment plan. Her family has already made numerous trips to Springfield, Columbia, and St. Louis with more scheduled in the near future. The transportation expenses are accumulating, along with the medical bills, time off work, and medication. Smith was referred to Mayo Clinic and was to be seen in October. However, her insurance has denied coverage for this and the family would be responsible for $10,000 up front. The benefit event will include: musical entertainment, dinner, a dessert auction and a silent auction. Organizers are looking for sponsors who would be willing to help them raise funds for the Smith family to be able to continue medical care for Morgan and give them the answers and relief. All proceeds will go directly to the family. Sponsorship can be done in a number of ways, monetary donations, auction items, food contributions, etc. Anyone willing to contribute may contact Mandy Clevenger at 417-846-6021.

NASCAR Hall of Famer visiting Eagle Rock Library

The Eagle Rock Daze Car Show and Howl-O-Ween Fest on Saturday will host local NASCAR Hall of Fame Legend Freddy Fryar. Fryar was a Seven Time NASCAR Series Champion, the 1967 and 1969 NASCAR Sportsman Series Champion, the 1968 most popular driver, 1983 All Pro Series Champion and 1984 All Pro Truck Series Champion with a total of 826 main events in feature racing wins. Fryar ended his career as a driving Instructor for The Richard Petty Driving School. Fryar will be at the Eagle Rock Friends of the Library and Eagle Rock Community Association Festival to sign autographs at noon. The Car Show is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m., and the activities for the kids kick off with a costume contest at 1 p.m. The Eagle Rock Fire Department will also be at the Festival from 1-2 p.m. The barn will open up with games right after the costume contest with the main events “The Haunted House” and cake walk beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, people may contact the Eagle Rock Library at 417-271-3186.

Fire department hosting pancake breakfast

The Cassville Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 6-10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Church Fellowship Hall. Pancakes and sausage will be served for a donation. People may see the fire truck and get information on storm shelters and smoke detectors. The breakfast is sponsored by the Cassville Fire Department and served by Cassville High School FCCLA members.

Eggs & Issues breakfast scheduled for Nov. 9

A legislative update Eggs & Issues breakfast will be held on Nov. 9 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Central Crossing Senior Center, located at 20801 Hwy. YY-15. State Sen. David Sater and State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick are guest speakers. The event is for Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce members only, and people must RSVP by Nov. 7. Breakfast is compliments of sponsor CenturyLink and provided by Area 71. People may RSVP to the Chamber by calling 417-858-3300 or emailing

Ozark Festival Orchestra to perform ‘Messiah’

The Ozark Festival Orchestra, soloists and a community choir will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. On Dec. 16 at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church, 602 West St. in Cassville. Singers from the Cassville area are still welcome to join rehearsals for the community choir, which are being held at 2 p.m. Sundays at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett. Scores will be provided. Jerry Ragsdale is preparing the choir. For additional information, people may call Todd Borgmann, OFO music director, at 417-635-2004.

Cassville Youth Advisory hosting Fall Carnival

A Fall Carnival, sponsored by the Cassville Youth Advisory, will be held on Nov. 4 at the Family Life Center in Cassville. Games, prizes and fun will be available for children ages 4 and up. Tickets are 25 cents each. A silent auction will be set up, and a hot dog and chili meal with pop, water, chips popcorn and cotton candy will be available.

Central Crossing hosting art class

The Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob will host a one-day art class, entitled “Art Fun,” today (Wednesday) at 9:30 a.m. at the center. Jo Daniels will be the instructor. She is active with Creative Arts of Shell Knob and is donating her time for the event. Those who wish to attend should bring $5 for supplies and some cut leaves from magazines or calendars, like photos or other graphics. People may call 417-858-6952 to sign up for the class, and walk-ins are also welcome.

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