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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Purdy Alumni Meeting scheduled

The Purdy Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting at the Purdy school cafeteria on June 27 beginning at 6 p.m. All Purdy alumni are invited.

Red Cross Blood Drive donations to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies

For a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity, and the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness. COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within 7-10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at The next local drive will be held on Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Shell Knob, located at 25896 Hwy. YY.

Purdy Community Picnic and Fireworks show on July 3

The Purdy Community Picnic and Fireworks Show will be held July 3 at The Gathering Place, located at 100 Old Business 37 and Highway C, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a $5 meal, live entertainment and a firework show at dark.  Please bring lawn chairs and plan to abide by social distancing rules. For questions, people may call Julie Terry at 417-236-4139.

Seligman July 4 Fireworks on tap

The city of Seligman will celebrate Independence Day on July 4 with music at 7 p.m., provided by Wayne Clevenger and the Flyin Buzzards Bluegrass Band, and with fireworks at dark. The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will also be on hand providing hot dogs and drinks starting at 6 p.m. The city asks people to maintain social distancing practices.

Damper put on Eagle Rock ‘Fired Up n Smokin’ Show’

The annual Eagle Rock “Fired Up n Smokin’ Show” Fireworks Show has been cancelled this year. According to Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department personnel, the Corps of Engineers required a permit application back in March as to not be bombarded by all the applications. The Department sent the application, and was informed last week that it was denied. Officials said the Corps maintained with the virus going on, the lake level where it is at (for parking) and that they are closing the campgrounds down at 9 p.m., the Department would not be able to have the show. “This was disappointing news for all of us,” officials said. “We look forward to putting this on every year and our communities coming together to view the show. The decision with the Corps is out of our hands, as we light the fireworks on their property and use the campgrounds for spectators. We will look forward to again having a great show next year.” At this time, the Department plans to begin serving its breakfasts again. The first Breakfast is scheduled for July the 4. “Please join us as we welcome everyone back,” officials said.

Easter Egg Hunt, concert scheduled in Wheaton

Body of Christ Ridgley Assembly of God is sponsoring the free “Bursting Out at the Park” Easter Egg Hunt and community event Saturday. The event will be at the Wheaton City Park with an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 9 a.m. for children 12 and under. Food will be available at 5 p.m., and music will be played at 6 p.m.

Waste Management District meeting upcoming

The Southwest Missouri Waste Management District N Will meet at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett.

August Election absentee voting begins Tuesday

The last day to register to vote is July 8 for those who are not current registered voters of Barry County and who wish to vote in the Aug. 4 Primary Election. 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 for if they have moved or had a name change. Absentee voting starts Tuesday at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If unable to vote in person, voters 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, preferred party and signature. Those living in the Shell Knob or Monett area 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

Capps Creek Special Road District meeting moved

The Capps Creek Special Road District meeting has been moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Garry Bartkoski’s shop, located at 5086 Farm Road 2057 east of Pulaskifield.

Seligman dances back on

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center will continue every Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Seligman Community Event Center. There will be no potluck. People may bring pre-packaged snack foods only. Cheyenne will be playing. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

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