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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Viney Creek Recreation Area hosting public meeting

Viney Creek Recreation Area is inviting the public to an informational meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on July 19 at the Golden Baptist Church, lower level of the Fellowship Hall. The public is invited to share comments about the recreation area. Missouri State Parks staff will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions. According to a release from Missouri State Parks, input from the public is important to the Parks system. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or historic site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. Golden Baptist Church is located at 28548 State Hwy. J in Golden. For more information about the informational meeting, people may contact Brian Hunter, Historic Site Specialist II at 417-847-2539. For more information on state parks and historic sites, people may visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Vacation Bible School to be held

Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church will host a “Galactic Starveyors” Vacation Bible School July 22-25 from 5-8 p.m. for children ages 3-12. “Come join us as we search the sky and God’s word,” a press release said. “We’ll enjoy snacks, crafts, music and games that are out of this world.” The church is located four miles east of Longview and thee miles west of Rocky Comfort. For more information or a ride, people may call 417-592-2967.

Health, science camp to be held in Monett

MASH Camp is a health and science camp designed to give students a chance to learn about science in the medical field and various health careers by talking with healthcare professionals and by participating in hands-on experiments and lab activities. The camp’s focus is to expose students to healthcare and the different fields it encompasses. The Monett MASH Camp will be held July 30-31 at Cox Monett Hospital, located at 801 Lincoln Ave. in Monett. Registration is open until July 15. For more information, people may contact Heather Phillips at 417-836-3284 or by e-mail at People can check out more about the MASH Camps and see pictures online at, or check out photos on the MASH Facebook page:

Cassville Class of 2013 records being purged

Cassville High School will be purging the cumulative school records for the graduating Class of 2013. Those who would like to have their records must pick them up in person at the high school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in July, or between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in August. Anyone unable to pick them up in person but would like someone else do it must provide a signed request before records can be released.

Absentee voting for Aug. 7 primary underway

The last day to register to vote in the Aug. 7 Primary Election is today (Wednesday) for those who are not currently registered voters of Barry County. People may register to vote at the County Clerk’s Office; the Monett Chamber of Commerce or the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. Voters should notify the Clerk’s Office if they have moved and have not updated their address, or had a name change. Absentee voting continues through Aug. 6 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville, 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 signature. The last day to request a ballot be mailed is Aug. 1. Those who live 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 Barry County Clerk, Gary Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561 or email

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