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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Breakfast and Ballot Issues set for March 27

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast and Ballot Issues on March 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. The breakfast will be an informational event for Chamber members regarding the upcoming April 3 election. All Cassville School Board candidates, and those representing a ballot issue that choose to attend, will offer a short introduction and answer questions that have been submitted to the Chamber office prior to the breakfast. Each candidate will have a limited amount of time to answer the question that is addressed to them. This is an educational opportunity for our Chamber members. This is not a debate. Chamber members are encouraged to submit questions to or by calling the Chamber office at 417-847-2814. All questions will be considered; however, final questions will be selected by Chamber volunteers. Deadline to submit possible questions is March 19. The meeting will not be open for questions at the event. The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will provide a light breakfast to event attendees. Monetary donations will be accepted to offset expenses. Those interested in attending should submit an RSVP to or 417-847-2814 by March 21. For more information, people may contact the Chamber office at or 417-847-2814.

Soroptimist Club scheduled Taco Tuesday

The ladies of the Soroptimist Club of Barry County will host Taco Tuesday on March 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. Luncheon attendees will enjoy a chicken and/or beef taco, beans, rice, chips and salsa, and a dessert for $7. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Cassville Education Fund. The Soroptimist Club of Barry County is committed to improving the lives of women and children in Southwest Missouri. The ladies of Soroptimist provide scholarships for women as well as funding to not-for-profit organizations through their Dreams in Action program. The ladies of Soroptimist would like to thank the Cassville Price Cutter, Walmart and the local Tyson plant for their donations. Dine-in or carry-out options will be available. For more information, people may contact Brittany Crawford at 417-847-2814.

Eagle Rock Library plans events

March is “Read Across America” month, and the Eagle Rock Branch Library is happy to join with the Eagle Rock Lego Club to celebrate it. This is the Eagle Rock Lego Club’s fifth year of letting the library join to celebrate their anniversary and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. There will be a special build for the children, a Dr. Seuss-inspired treat, coloring and activity pages, and special friend to the library, the Cat in the Hat, will be there. Parents may bring a camera to capture those special moments. People should also mark their calendars for the Eagle Rock Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, set for March 24. The Hunt will start promptly at 11 a.m.   

Barry Electric Cooperative schedules district meetings

District meetings for member of the Barry Electric cooperative have been scheduled for March. Members of District No. 1 will meet at the Exeter Fire Department, located on Highway 76/Commercial Street in Exeter, on Monday at 7 p.m. Members of District No. 2 will meet at the Barry Electric Office, located at 4015 Main Street in Cassville, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The members of District No. 3 will meet at the Oak Ridge Baptist Church, located on Highway 248 east of Cassville, on March 8 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the district meeting is to nominate candidates for director to represent members of the district on the cooperative’s board of directors. The two candidates receiving the highest vote from the district nomination meeting will be placed on the ballot for election of one director from each district at the cooperative’s annual membership meeting. The seventy-first annual meeting will be held on April 26, at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, located at 5th and West Street in Cassville at 1 p.m. The directors with expiring terms are John Marney from District No. 1, Marlee Edie from District No. 2 and Richard Asbill from District No. 3. The cooperative’s officers are Dr. David Cupps, president; John Marney, vice-president; and Marvin Phipps, secretary-treasurer. Also serving on the cooperative’s board of directors, in addition to Edie and Asbill, are David Dalton, Lewis Royer, Jason Hudson and Scott Lowe.

Jenkins Fire Department hosting annual Chili Supper

The Jenkins Fire Chili Supper will be held Saturday at Station No. 1, just west of the junction of Highways 39 and 248. Serving of chili, soup, dessert, and drink will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. Cost of the meal, music and visiting will be a donation to the fire department. The Jenkins Fire is an all-volunteer department led by Board President Doug Fare and Fire Chief Trey Phillips. Proceeds will be used for equipment and training for the firefighters. For more information, people may contact Sara at 417-342-4243.

Absentee voting underway

Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced absentee voting for the April 3 Municipal Election began on Tuesday in the clerk’s office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day to register to vote is Wednesday. 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.

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.

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