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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Exeter schools hosting Veterans Day assembly

The Exeter school district will host a Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 10th. The assembly will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. The choir and band will provide music. Several students will also present readings and poems. A special guest speaker has been invited to address the audience. All veterans and community members are invited to attend. Those veterans and active duty militia in attendance will be recognized during the assembly. A reception will follow the assembly.

Barry County tax statements to be mailed

Barry County Collector Janice Varner has announced the 2017 tax statements will be mailed to Barry County taxpayers on Nov. 1. Anyone that does not receive a statement by Nov. 15 should call the collector’s office at 417-847-2113 to inquire about them. The 2017 taxes become delinquent on Jan. 1, 2018. Payment can be made in person at the collector’s office with cash, check, debit or credit card. When paying with a debit or credit card, the provider of this service will charge a fee. Payment can also be made online at, and a fee will be applied when paying in this matter. Varner would like to advise those who have questions on the increased real estate tax amount due to a mandated state wide re-assessment to contact the assessor’s office at 417-847-4589 with any questions relating to this matter before paying the taxes.

Benefit concert to help Cassville High School 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.

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’ in Cassville

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 Saturday 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.

Triumphant Quartet to perform at Macedonia Free Will Baptist

The Triumphant Gospel Quartet will appear in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church, located at 11057 Farm Road 2060 in rural Purdy. The nationally touring ensemble and performers on 17 recordings will stop in Purdy on their way from Fredericktown to Kearney, before heading to Texas, Mississippi and Florida. Tickets are not needed. a love offering will be received.

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