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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

New voter registration cards to be mailed

By law, every two years, the Barry County Clerk’s Office is required to canvass the voters before a general election for federal office. This is for the purpose of updating the Office’s records with correct addresses and names. The Barry County Clerk’s Office will be sending each registered voter a new Voter Registration ID Card. When received, registered voters should verify that all the information is correct. If it is not, please fill in the correct information and return the card to the Clerk’s Office. This card will replace the old Voter Registration ID Card. If anyone receives a card for a relative that no longer lives in Barry County or is deceased, they must notify the Office in writing. Please include the former voter’s name, date of birth, last four digits of their Social Security number, the sending person’s signature and relationship to the former voter. Anyone with questions may call the County Clerk’s Office at 417-847-2561.

Voter registration deadline, absentee voting dates set

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9 for those who are not current registered voters of Barry County and who wish to vote in the Nov. 5, 2019, Special Election. Poeple may register to vote at the County Clerk’s Office; the Monett Chamber of Commerce; or the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. People must notify the County Clerk’s Office if they have moved and have not updated their address or had a name change. Absentee voting starts Sept. 24 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: Jill H. LeCompte, 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. Anyone living in the Shell Knob or Monett area may can go by 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 the Barry County Clerk’s Office at 417-847-2561, or email

Shakin’ in the Shell starts Friday

The annual Shakin’ in the Shell Fest will be held Friday, starting at 5 p.m., and Saturday, starting at 9:30 p.m. Attractions Friday include food booths, a beer and wine garden, retail booths, a boat-motorcycle-kayak-outdoors show and a free concert by Earl and Them. Saturday’s attractions include: a car show, activities from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., axe throwing form 4-6 p.m., tethered hot air balloon rides from 5-7 p.m., musical performances, retail booths, food booths, a beer and wine garden, the Bark in the Park Dog Show, children’s rides and activities, a horseshoe tournament, a talent show and more. See the full line-up of events and activities at or on Facebook at ShakinFest. For more information, people may call 417-858-3300 or visit

Veterans to fish for free on Sept. 21

Veterans Free Fishing Day at Roaring River State Park is set for Sept. 21. All former and current military members will be able to fish for free from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Free fishing tags will be available at the Park Store, and fishing will take place in Zone 1 and Zone 2. People may call 417-847-2539 for more information.

Jammin’ at Jolly coming Sept. 21

The annual Jammin’ at Jolly Tal Wooten Memorial Music Event will be held on Sept. 21, with the park opening at 5:30 p.m. and The Mark Chapman Band playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with a special acoustic pre-show. Concessions will be available, and there will be a fireworks display at dark. People may bring their own lawn chairs and picnic baskets. There is a $10 cover charge per vehicle. Jolly Mill is a family-friendly, alcohol-free facility. The park is located west of Monett on Highway 60, south on Farm Road 1010, then west on Farm Road 2025.

Fun Run set for Sept. 21

The graduating class of 1995 from Cassville High School, along with family and friends of Tonya Bailey, are hosting a 5K/1M Fun Run on Sept. 21. Bailey died from brain cancer on Sept. 1. She and her husband, John, have lived the majority of their lives in Barry County and have two teenage children. The funds raised from these events will assist the family in reducing the amount of financial burden this illness and Bailey’s death have incurred for her family. A donation breakfast will be held on Sept. 21 from 7-10 a.m. at the Family Life Center in Cassville. Biscuits, sausage, gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee will be served. The run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Family Life Center. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. People may register online at or print a paper entry form at There are prizes for first in each age group, male and female, in the 5K race. The 1-mile and virtual races will have one overall first-place winner. Cost if $25 per participant or $30 for the virtual race. People may pre-register to receive a T-shirt. Sign-ups on the day of the race are $20, with no T-shirt guarantee.

Eagle Rock Car Show scheduled

The 8th Annual Eagle Rock Car Show will be held on Sept. 21 on East Highway 86, just south of Highway F. The event is free to the public and there will be concessions all day, DJ music and craft vendors. For more information about the car show, which includes a motorcycle class, people may contact Mike at 620-615-1318. For more information about vendors, people may contact Jennifer at 417-342-4526.

Eagle Rock Library events upcoming

On Monday at 9 a.m. there will be an Eagle Rock Friends of the Library meeting to finalize the Craft Fair and to start planning the Howl-O-Ween Fest. Everyone is welcome to attend. Also on Monday at 10 a.m., the Library will be hosting its first story time of the year. For more information, people may contact the Eagle Rock Library at 417-271-3186.

Historian to speak on U.S. Constitution

Author, Educator and Historian Steven Mann will present a program on the U.S. Constitution on Saturday. The event is sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution. The presentation will be at the First United Methodist Church in Monett, starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited and welcome to attend. For more information about the event, people may call 231-343-2727 or 417-629-6862.

Fall Train Ride set for Oct. 12, Oct. 13

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas-Missouri Railroad will sponsor the Fall Train Ride to Van Buren, Ark., on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. This is an all-day trip, with the train departing at 7:30 a.m. and returning at about 6:45 p.m. The ride coincides with the Arts and Crafts Show Week in Van Buren. Riders will board at the community building next to Seligman City Hall. They may get their own lunch in Van Buren, as there will be food vendors on the street. Riders will have a three-hour break in between the arrival and departure in Van Buren. The train depot is on the street where all activities are located. The train will go through a 1/4-mile tunnel, cross three high trestles, cross 18 rivers or streams and travel through the boot heel of the Boston Mountains. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612, or to make a reservation, people may call 1-800-687-8600.

Medicare seminar being held in Seligman

Seligman Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Medicare American Senior Seminar on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. This seminar is to inform those that attend about changes in Medicare for 2020. This is a free seminar. They will also discuss changes in Medicare Part D plans. The specialists for this meeting are Kristi Ann Hill and Kathy Scholbrock, with American Senior Benefits. This meeting will be held at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 north of Seligman. This is a free seminar, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be refreshments served. For more information, people may call Hill at 417-678-8110, or the Chamber office 417-662-3612.

2019 Southwest yearbooks on sale

The 2019 Southwest yearbooks are on sale. The cost is $25. For more information, people may contact Steve Voyak at or call 417-826-5413.

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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