News briefs

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Absentee voting begins Tuesday

Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced absentee voting for the April 3 Municipal Election will begin on Tuesday in the clerk’s office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day to register to vote is March 7. People may register at the County Clerk’s Office; the Monett Chamber of Commerce; the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. Voters should notify the clerk’s office of address or name changes. 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 a signature. Those in the Shell Knob or Monett area may go to 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. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Personal property statements due by March 31

Sherry L. Smith, Barry County assessor, announced the 2018 Personal Property and Business Assessment lists were mailed out on Jan. 2. Those who received an assessment list, but have not returned it yet, should do so immediately to avoid a late assessment penalty. If anyone owned personal property on Jan. 1 and did not receive an assessment list, or is a new resident to Barry County, they should call the Assessor’s Personal Property office immediately at 417-847-2613 to request one. Residents may assess directly over the telephone with one of the office staff, or feel go to the personal property office to assess in person. All assessment lists must be postmarked by March 31 to avoid a late assessment penalty.

Assessor’s office conducting review of county

Sherry L. Smith, Barry County assessor, would like to remind the residents of Barry County that the Assessor’s Office is currently conducting the Missouri State Tax Commission mandated review of the county. The office field personnel began the review in January 2018 and it will take approximately the entire year to complete. The review, which is required every other year, merely consists of the office field personnel inspecting for any additions or improvements that may have been added to structures in the prior year. There is no need for the property owner to be home, as the field personnel do not go inside the home or improvement, and the measurements are obtained from the outside. The only time the county field personnel go inside the home, is if the property owner themselves are requesting they do so.

Chamber seeking Opening Day volunteers

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to serve coffee on March 1, Opening Day of Trout Season at Roaring River State Park. Volunteers are needed from 5-6:30 a.m. If interested, people may call Brittany Crawford at 417-847-2814.

SKITS to host play in April

Shell Knob in the Spotlight (SKITS) will host a “Western Comedy” on April 27 and 28 at 6:30 p.m., and April 29 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Highways YY and 39 in Shell Knob. People may call or text Barb Van Dusen for tickets at 417-665-9763. The cost is $7 in advance or $9 at the door.

Master Gardeners hosting workshop

Planting time will soon be here, and the second annual Barry County Master Gardeners’ workshop can help you in preparing for a successful year. The event will be at Crowder College in Cassville on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Speakers will address varied topics providing useful information to home gardeners, whether novice or expert. Dr. Tom Riley, entomologist and Master Gardener, will discuss our local butterflies, their biology and plant preferences. Linda Stuart and Zeta VanWye, members of Barry County Master Gardeners, will show us how to grow mushrooms on a log. A Monsanto representative will provide information concerning GMOs and what the home gardener should know about them. Shon Bishop, a small farms expert from Lincoln University, will share hints on growing greens and tomatoes. After each presentation there will be time for participants to ask questions. The workshop will include some snacks and door prizes. To attend the workshop, people may register through the Barry County Extension Office. The cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. People may call the extension office at 417-847-3161 or email to obtain registration information.

Habitat for Humanity at new location

To find Habitat for Humanity at its new location, from north on Main Street, drivers can turn left on 11th Street at Dollar General, then at stop sign, turn left onto County Road, which becomes West 10th Street, and the building is on the right. If traveling north on Highway 37 from Walmart, drivers can turn right onto Farm Road 2172, near Bullets N Bows, which also becomes West 10th Street. The storefront, on the left, has a bright red awning. The store is also on the same street as Ken’s Collision Center. For more information, people may call the store at 417-846-0110.

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