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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

OACAC accepting Head Start applications

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for enrollment beginning in September. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The program is designed to support healthy growth and development of 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 for 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 half day. Transportation assistance is also available for families to attend Head Start activities. Head Start invites children with disabilities to participate in the program. Full day, extended day and 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, people may visit or call Cassville Head Start at 417-847-8011, or the OACAC office at 1-866-282-3430.

Wheaton preschool screening dates set

Screening for children entering preschool for the 2019-2020 school year in the Wheaton school district is scheduled for April 16-18 in the kindergarten rooms of the elementary building. Any child who will be 3 by July 31 and is planning on enrolling in preschool must be screened before starting school. Parents or guardians must call and schedule an appointment for 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., or 5 p.m. If a child is not already enrolled in the preschool program, information needed includes: current immunization records, birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residency. Be prepared to fill out the preschool enrollment packet at this time. Contact Mrs. Roller at 417-652-7240, ext. 2125 or text 417-236-3554 to schedule an appointment.

Health Department offering well water tests

In celebration of Public Health Month in April, the Barry County Health Department will offer unofficial bacteriological testing on private well water for $10. Samples must be collected and returned in the kit provided by the Department during the week of April 1-3 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also for the month of April, nursing staff will conduct heart disease and stroke risk calculations with blood pressure checks and STD testing. Classes on Smart Shopping will be taught by the Missouri University Extension on April 2 and April 9 at the Monett office, and April 3 and April 10 at the Cassville office. Breastfeeding classes and support will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays in Monett from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays in Cassville during the same times. For more information, people may call the Cassville office at 417-847-2114 or the Monett office at 417-354-8402.

SkillUP meeting set for Thursday

A SkillUP informational meeting will be held at Crowder College in Cassville at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to learn more about SkillUP. Anyone currently receiving food stamps is eligible for up to $10,000 in free training through the Missouri Job Center. People may learn more at

American Pickers looking for collections in Missouri

The show American Pickers on the History Channel is coming to Missouri in May and is looking for leads for people with individual antiques collections. The show is looking specifically for interesting characters with interesting items in large quantity. People who are interested may reach out to the show by calling 1-855-OLD-RUST (1-855-653-7878) or email The show also has a Facebook page, @GOTAPICK. The show only looks at private collections, not stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

Preschool screening dates set in Cassville

Preschool screening for 3- and 4-year-old children in the Cassville school district is scheduled for April 8 and April 10. Parents of 3- and 4-year-old children may call the primary office at 847-2445 to schedule an appointment. Children must be 3 by Aug. 1. The BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens Ill test will screen children in the following areas: physical development, language development, academic skills/cognitive development, and self-help and social-emotional skills. The screening will take at least 30 minutes to complete. Screening results will be shared with the parents. Children who are currently enrolled in the Cassville Preschool or who will be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year should not participate in the screening. Screening results will be used to determine eligibility for the district’s preschool programs.

Southwest yearbooks on sale

The 2019 Southwest yearbooks are on sale. The theme is “Hit Rewind.” The cost is $25. Name stamping and icons for sports, clubs or graduation year are $5 each. The deadline to order is May 10. The books will arrive in August. For more information, people may call 479-826-5413 or e-mail 

Camp Barnabas hosting virtual run

The Camp Barnabas Big Party Virtual Run will be held on April 6. People may register at for the virtual 5K, 10K, half marathon or open categories, after which they will receive a race packet with a custom race bib, T-shirt, and finisher’s medal. At any point on April 6, people may go on the run and track it with MapMyRun, then upload the time to the website. All times are by honor code and should be submitted by 8 p.m.

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