News briefs

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wheaton back to school info released

Wheaton Schools will start classes on Aug. 13. Open House will be Aug. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Junior high and high school will be able to pick up Chromebooks at this time.

County Commission taking furniture bids

The Barry County Commissioners will be taking bids for chairs, office furniture and miscellaneous items. Items can be viewed during regular courthouse hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bid sheets are available in the County Clerk’s Office. Sealed bids will be accepted through Aug. 16 and will be opened by the Commission Aug. 19. Winning bidders will be notified by phone and responsible for picking up items. Items to be paid for and picked up by Aug. 23.

Movie at the Park returning

Back by popular demand, another Movie at the Park will be held on Aug. 24. This family-friendly free program will be held at Roaring River State Park beginning at 7 p.m. near the park store. Special fun activities will precede the showing of the classic “Wizard of Oz,” which premiered 80 years ago on Aug. 25, 1939.

Purdy schools set important dates

The Purdy school district is hosting new student enrollment through Friday from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Parents or guardians must provide family proof of residency (utility bill, rental agreement, etc.), student immunization record, student birth certificate, previous school name and phone number, official court custody documentation (if applicable) and $20 technology fee (grades 3-12 only). Students must be present at enrollment. Families should report to the central office using the east entrance. Purdy Schools will not be enrolling new students on the first day of school, Aug. 13. People may call Susan at 417-442-3216, ext. 1282, if they have questions or will not be able to enroll on the scheduled dates. The District-Wide Open House is set for Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Fall photos will be taken in the high school gym in conjunction with Open House. Package pricing and online ordering information will be released on the district’s Facebook page. In conjunction, the Purdy Schools Athletic Department will hold an Athlete/Parent Meeting in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday. All student athletes in grades 7-12 and their parent/guardian are required to attend this meeting. Tuesday is the first day of school. East doors open at 7:30 a.m. Bus routes will remain the same as last year.

Harrell family hosting reunion

The Harrell Family Reunion will be Aug. 18 at the John Q. Hammons building in Fairview, with lunch at about 1 p.m.

Annual land tax sale to be held Aug. 26

Skyler Bowman, Barry County collector, will be holding the annual barry county land tax sale on Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Cassville. Anyone interested in purchasing delinquent properties at the land sale needs to come into the collector’s office prior to 10 a.m. on the date of the sale to sign in and obtain a number. Any out of state resident desiring to buy land at the sale will need to appoint a Missouri resident as their agent. The agent forms needed for this appointment are available in the collector’s office. Bidding will begin with the taxes and cost against the property as advertised and will be sold to the highest bidder. Copies of the parcels that will be auctioned are available online at or in the collector’s office. Barry County assessor Sherry Smith has compiled books with the parcels for sale and these books can be purchased at either the collector’s or assessor’s office.

Tax Sale books being sold at assessor’s office

Sherry L. Smith, Barry County assessor, would like to remind anyone interested in properties that will be offered for sale at the annual Barry County Delinquent Land Tax Sale on Aug. 26, that the Assessor’s Office has “Delinquent Tax Sale Books” available for purchase, associated with the properties. The “Delinquent Tax Sale Books” contain a copy of the aerial photo which displays where the property is located within the county, and it also contains a copy of the Property Record Card associated with each property, that the county collector will be offering for sale. Purchasing these books in advance provides any necessary research on properties, and then utilizing these books during the tax sale, provides the potential buyer with a greater knowledge of the offered property. There are two books available, with the first book listing only the “Subdivision Lots” available for purchase, and the second book which lists the “City & Rural” properties available for sale. People may call the Assessor’s Office at 417-847-4589 or personally visit the office, to purchase these books at a fee of $20 for one book or $30 for both books. Anyone with questions may call or stop by the Assessor’s Office.

Kings Prairie Benefit Concert set for Aug. 10

The 20th Annual Kings Prairie Community Center Benefit Concert will be Aug. 10. Bill Bollinger, the Flyin Buzzards, Ozark Mountain Revival and Al Brumley will perform. Music starts at 5 p.m. Food, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. People may bring lawn chairs. Handicapped parking is available. There will be a raffle of Branson shows donated by Eagle and Falcon Broadcasting. Donations will be accepted to maintain and improve the community center. Kings Prairie is located three miles east of Monett on Highway Z, off Highway 60, west on Farm Road 2015 and across from the New Liberty Church.

Summer reading logs needed

For those participating in the Cassville Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program, logs must be turned in by the end of business today (Wednesday) to claim a prize.

Library hosting Perler Party

School-age children may sign up for a Perler Party, with melty fuse beads, set for Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. The session is free and all materials are provided. Registration ends on Aug. 13. The children will be making backpack tags.

Autism walk/run to be held at Exeter Corn Maze

The Exeter Corn Maze will host the Around the Patch Walk/Run for Autism on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18-and-under. The event will traverse slight hills on a dirt path around the pumpkin patch, with some rocks. All proceeds benefit the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center. The top three runners will receive a trophy following the race. To receive a race day T-shirt, people must register by Aug. 25. People may also register on the day of the race starting at 2 p.m. Checks should be made out to Barry-Lawrence County Development Center, Inc., and payments may be mailed to: The Exeter Corn Maze 21118 St. Hwy. MM, Washburn, MO 65772. Refreshments will be available. People may sign up at For more information, people may email, or call Robyn at 417-846-3959. Sponsorships are also available. Those interested should call Robyn about signage, promotional items, logos on the T-shirts, etc.

Quilt show coming to Shell Knob

Discovery Quilters of Shell Knob will be presenting another judged quilt show this year — For the Love of Quilting. It will take place at the Shell Knob Elementary School, on Highway 39 north of downtown Shell Knob, on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Admission is $5 and is good for both days. Events include vendors, bed turnings, demos, boutique items, Opportunity Quilt drawing and a silent auction of miniature quilts. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch. The special exhibit is from the Cherrywood Challenge “Prince Tribute Tour.”

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