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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Exeter planning City-Wide Yard Sale, Cleanup Day

The city of Exeter will host its annual City-Wide Yard Sale on March 24. Anyone interested in participating may stop by City Hall or call 417-835-2823. No fee is charged to participate, and a list of sales and addresses will be available at City Hall. Three days later, on March 27, the city will host its annual Cleanup Day. Those with appliances for disposal may call City Hall to arrange for pickup.

Seligman Spring Train Ride coming in April

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host its Spring Train Ride to Van Buren, Ark., on April 28 and 29. This is an all-day trip from Seligman to Van Buren aboard the Arkansas and Missouri railroad excursion train. It will be Arts and Crafts Day in Van Buren. The train will go through the boot heel of the Boston Mountains, cross three high trestles, go through Winslow tunnel and cross streams 18 times. There will be about 200 vendors at the Arts and Crafts Day in Van Buren. The train will depart at 7:30 A.m. and return at 6:45 p.m. Two snacks will be provided, on the way there and on the way back. People may get their own lunch in Van Buren. For more information on the train ride, people may call 417-662-3612, or to make a reservation, people may call 1-800-687-8600.

2018 Southwest Yearbooks Order Forms Available

Yearbook order forms are available at all three Southwest school facilities, according to Advisor Steve Voyak. The deadline to order is May 1. No extra books will be printed, so people must order now. The cost of the 2018 yearbook is $25. A student can put his or her name on the publication for $5 extra. A club, senior or sports icon can also be purchased for $5. The staff is also offering two special deals. The first is a combo pack. For $30, a student will get the 2018 and 2017 books at a discounted price. There are a limited number of 2017 books still available. The second deal is the family pack, which is two 2018 books for $45. For more information, people may contact Voyak at 479.422.5395 or 417.826.5413 or  

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 tuesday 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 Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center. 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. District No. 1 and No. 2 have met, and the members of District No. 3 will meet at the Oak Ridge Baptist Church, located on Highway 248 east of Cassville, on Thursday 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.

Absentee voting underway

Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced absentee voting for the April 3 Municipal Election is underway in the clerk’s office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 Saturday 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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