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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cassville Library hosting pair of events

The next canvas painting project at the Cassville Branch Library is “Blue Butterflies” and will be held on May 28. There will be a 12:30 p.m. session and a second session at 6 p.m. Adults and high school age teens may attend. All materials and instruction are provided. Pre-registration and a $5 fee are required. A Universe of Stories is the Summer 2019 Reading Program theme. Registration begins May 17 and Cassville Branch activities start on June 6. Anyone without a library card may get one by calling 417-847-2121 to learn how.

OATS releases May schedule

OATS Transit, a Missouri based transportation provider, has announced the following schedule for the Barry County area: to Springfield, first Monday each month; to Joplin, second and fourth Mondays each month; to Rogers, third Monday each month; to Neosho, first and third Wednesdays each month; to Mt. Vernon: fourth Wednesday each month; to Monett from Cassville, Purdy or rural Monett, first, third and fourth Tuesday each month; to Monett from Barry County, first Friday each month; to Cassville from Monett, Purdy or rural Cassville, second Tuesday each month; to Cassville from Seligman, Washburn or Exeter, first, second and fourth Thursday each month; to Cassville from Barry County Senior Box, May 24. Cassville area transit will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Shell Knob Area transit is on Thursdays. Barry County transit is Monday to Friday (employment transportation takes priority). Transit to Monett from the Monett area is Monday through Friday. Long distance medical transportation is also available from Barry County to Springfield via the Intercity Express on every Wednesday each month. Transportation is open to anyone of any age in this county. To schedule a ride on the above routes, people may call the OATS Transit office at 800-770-6287. OATS Transit provides transportation for the rural general public, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. For more information about how to ride, please visit, and click on the bus schedules tab to see the schedule for each county.

Power of Pink event set for Friday, Saturday

The Power of Pink Walk, Run and Auction will be held Saturday at the Wheaton City Park, with check-in at 8 a.m., the auction at 8:30 a.m. and the walk or run at 9 a.m. On Friday, there will be a dinner and auction at the Fairview Community Building at 6:30 p.m. People may register at Proceeds from the event will help the following women battling cancer: Anna O’Neill, Kathy Mullens, Dalinda Densmoore, Laurena Patton Collins, Jeanie Richards, Lori Youngberg Dodson and Casey Ridenour. Cost to register now is $30 for adults, $17 for children 12 and under and for seniors, and $15 for breast cancer survivors. Tickets to the Friday dinner are $10 each. Checks may be made payable to “Power of Pink,” and registration forms can be mailed to: The Power of Pink, P.O. Box 37, Fairview, MO 64842. For more information, people may call 417-466-5401.

Seligman Spring Train Ride scheduled

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas-Missouri Railroad has planned the Spring Train Ride to Van Buren, Ark., from Seligman on May 18 and May 19 during Arts and Crafts Days in Van Buren. The all-day trip will start with departure at 7:30 a.m. from Seligman, returning at about 6:45 p.m. The train goes through the bootheels of the Boston Mountains, crosses three high trestles, goes through Winslow Tunnel and crosses 18 streams. Each passenger will also received a snack on the way to Van Buren and on the way back. Passengers may get off in Van Buren for lunch and the Arts and Crafts Days, where there will be music, vendors, book stores and antique shops. The Van Buren portion of the trip lasts about three hours. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612, or people may make reservations by calling 1-800-687-8600.

OACAC accepting Head Start applications

OACAC Head Start is now applications through the week of May 17 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.

Cassville Alumni Banquet on May 25

The Cassville High School Alumni Association will host its annual banquet at 6 p.m. on May 25 in the High School Commons. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The Alumni Association encourages all CHS alumni to attend. Any classes hosting reunions in conjunction with the banquet, or anyone wishing to RSVP, can contact Dayna Barber at 417-847-2221.

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 Friday. The books will arrive in August. For more information, people may call 479-826-5413 or e-mail

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