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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Southwest FFA labor auction coming Friday

The Southwest FFA will hold its annual labor auction, meal and item auction Friday at 6 p.m. in the commons at Southwest High School. There are many donated items and capable hands up for auction. The FFA expects to serve pulled pork.

Shell Knob Home and Business Show set for Friday, Saturday

The Shell Knob Chamber of commerce will host its annual Home and Business Show on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be numerous businesses displaying products for area home and businesses, and a trout pond will be available all day Saturday.

Public meeting scheduled for prescription drug monitoring program

The Barry County Health Department and County Commissioners are hosting a public meeting on the proposed prescription drug monitoring program ordinance on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Barry County Courthouse, located at 700 Main St.

Elementary school hosting Spring Fling

Eunice Thomas Elementary School will host a Spring Fling event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on April 12. The event is open to all Cassville schools families with children 5 years old and younger. There will be make-it-take-it and play activities. The parent educators are Pam Ralls and Nola Nickols. For more information, people may call 417-847-2445.

Group for single mothers meets Monday

A monthly Care Group for Single Moms meets on Monday at the Cassville First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 602 West Street. The evening of fun, food and fellowship is designed to bless and encourage single moms. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the evening concludes at 7 p.m. Simultaneously, there are planned activities for children. The Care Group for Single Moms is part of The Caring People, which is a Christian organization that reaches out to single mothers. Christian women are trained to lead care groups in which single mothers receive unconditional love and friendship. It was founded by JoDee Herschend in 1997. One in four homes in America is headed by a single mother. People may learn more about The Caring People at

County clerk to canvass voters

By law, every two years, Gary Youngblood, Barry County Clerk, is required to canvass the voters before a general election for federal office. The purpose for this is to update the records with correct addresses or names. Youngblood and his staff are working to send each registered voter in the county a new voter registration canvass card. This new yellow canvass card will replace the old voter registration canvass card. When voters receive their cards, they should check to see that all the information is correct. If the information is incorrect, the voter should fill in the correct information and return the cards to Youngblood’s office. Anyone who receives a card for a relative who no longer lives in Barry County or is deceased should notify Youngblood’s office in writing and include the relative’s name and date of birth. The person submitting the information should sign the document and list his/her relationship to the relative. For more information, people may call the Barry County Clerk’s office at 417-847-2762 or write to 700 Main St Suite 2, Cassville, MO, 65625 or e-mail to

Exeter play takes stage on April 20

The Exeter High School production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” will be performed on April 20 at 7 p.m. and on April 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Exeter High School cafetorium. For more information, people may call 417-835-2922. The play is under the direction of Kerry Hays.

Cassville Alumni Association Banquet coming in May

On May 26, the Cassville Alumni Association will host its annual banquet at Cassville High School. There will be entertainment, food and a quick program. The business portion of the annual event will include presentation of scholarship awards, election of officers and recognition of classes with special attention to class reunions. Registration will open at 4:30 p.m., with the banquet starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, which includes dinner, alumni dues and contribution to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Any classes hosting reunions may contact Desiree Corn at 417-847-3137 to reserve tables.

Eagle Rock hosting 8th Annual Community Garage Sale

The 8th Annual Community Garage Sale in Eagle Rock will be held on May 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center Barn. Concessions are available, and the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, people may call Roberta at 417-671-1669.

Head Start spring recruitment underway

The Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Head Start is now accepting applications for its program for enrollment beginning in September. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children ages 3-5 aimed at preparing children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The program is designed to support the healthy growth and development to children, and to support parents in their roles as the child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start provides: medical and dental referrals; preventative health and dental assistance; screening and referrals, including developmental, language, mental health, nutrition and speech, inclusion of children with disabilities and nutritious meals. Bus transportation is available based on bus routes and schedule for a half-day. Transportation assistance is also available for families to attend Head Start activities. Children with disabilities are invited to participate in all parts of the program. Full-day, extended-day or half-day sessions are available. Families who meet income guidelines and whose children are 3 years old are eligible to apply. Homeless children and children in foster care automatically qualify. For more information on Head Start, people may visit, or call the local Head Start at 417-847-8011, or the central office toll-free at 866-282-3430.

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  

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.

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