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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Southwest cancels Veterans Day assembly

After careful deliberation, Southwest school district has decided to cancel its annual Veterans Day Assembly because of COVID-19. The event was scheduled for Nov. 11. “The health and safety of our veterans is our utmost concern,” a district release said. “This school year, Southwest has decided not to hold any assemblies during the school day to keep the students, faculty, and staff, socially distanced as much as possible.”

Plaza Pharmacy Day celebrated

The Central Crossing Senior Center thanks the wonderful owners and staff of the Plaza Pharmacy of Shell Knob, for coming to give seniors their flu shots and sponsoring a spaghetti lunch, as well. A total of 67 seniors received their flu shots, and 165 enjoyed the drive-thru pick up lunch. “We are grateful to have Plaza Pharmacy in our community — they are a blessing to all,” a Central Crossing press release said. “Please thank them for their generosity.” If anyone has questions about what the Central Crossing Senior Center is doing during the COVID-19 shut down or would like info on the center, call the administrator at 417-858-6952 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Veterans Taskforce of America to meet

The Veterans Taskforce of America, Inc. will be meeting at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett on Sunday at 4 p.m. All honorably discharged men, women, wartime or peacetime are welcomed.

Haven hosting Strut Your Mutt fundraiser

The Haven of the Ozarks, in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, is participating in Strut Your Mutt-a virtual fundraiser this year for animal shelters across the nation. Best Friends is the largest no-kill shelter in the country and is the founder of the national no-kill movement. The Haven of the Ozarks was founded as a no-kill shelter in 1994 and is a safe haven for abandoned and abused dogs and cats until they find their forever homes. Join the Haven in this fun fall event to help us raise money for its dogs and cats. To join, go to: In the Team Search Box, look for Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary. Follow the prompts to donate. Participants will see a picture of the Haven’s sweet Martha, who was abandoned in a ditch, but has now found her forever home. People can also learn more about the no-kill movement and the Haven. “It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s a wonderful way to support Haven of the Ozarks,” said Sherah Selby Farris, Haven director. “Don’t wait! Donate today. We have until Oct. 24 to reach our fundraising goal- or, if we’re lucky, to surpass it. Thank you for supporting the haven and our mission as a no-kill shelter.”

Jenkins Fire Department Drive-Thru Fish Fry set for Oct. 3

The Annual Fish Fry will have a different twist this year because of the COVID-19 virus. Meals will be offered on Oct. 3 at the drive thru at Station No. 1, located on Highway 248, just west of Highway 39. Serving will be from 3-6:30 p.m. There will be no need to get out of the car. Fish or chicken, slaw, baked beans, hush puppies, dessert and drink will be offered at the same prices as last year: age 5 and under, free; age 6-10, $5; age 11-and-up, $10. The donation of desserts and canned soft drinks are welcomed. Since desserts will be packaged for the drive thru, the Auxiliary suggests cookies, cobblers, brownies, cakes or fruit pies. Raffle tickets for the beautiful quilt donated by Fern Mease and a $200 gift card to Bass Pro will be available. Both will be drawn the night of the Fish Fry. The Fish Fry and the late winter Chili Supper are the two fundraisers for the Jenkins Fire Department. The funds are used to supplement the grants and tax income for the three-station department. The department is operated entirely by volunteers. Approximately 25 firefighters and 20 auxiliary members donate their time to keep the Jenkins Fire Department in operation. New firefighters are always needed. See Fire Chief Trey Phillips for an application. Auxiliary volunteers should see Sandy Rainwater, chair. For more information, people may contact Sandy at 417-840-9635.

Voting registration deadline Oct. 7

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 7 for those who are not current registered voters of Barry County and who wish to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election. People may register to vote at the County Clerk’s Office; the Monett Chamber of Commerce; or the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. Please notify the clerk’s office of a change of address or a name change. Absentee voting starts Sept. 22 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If unable to vote in person, a person 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. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Oct. 21. Those who live in the Shell Knob or Monett area may go to 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. Absentee applications are also available at For more information, people may call: the Barry County Clerk’s Office at 417-847-2561 or email or

Seligman Chamber planning Fall Fest

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce is planning a Fall Fest for Oct. 3 at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 just north of the city. There will be a craft show, auction, swap meet, business booths, bake sale, music and dancing. Outdoor booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the auction will be held at 1 p.m. Music and dancing will go from 2-10 p.m. inside with live bands. Booth rental is $20 for each 12-foot-by12-foot space, $20 for a car corral and $20 for a swap meet space. The Chamber will be selling hamburgers and cheeseburgers with chips and a drink for $5, as wall as nachos. The Chamber is taking donations for auction items. Chamber staff will pick up items, or they can be delivered to the event Center. For more information, people may call a Chamber member at 417-662-3610, 479-422-3561 or 479-841-1430, or Chamber Secretary Cleta Stanley at 479-903-3640.

Old Church Gallery Farmers’ Market operating weekly

The Old Church Gallery Farmers’ Market, located on Farm Road 1240 in Shell Knob, runs every Thursday from 8-11 a.m. Fresh produce, eggs, jellies, relishes, baked goods, cut flowers and handmade crafts are available. The Market is asking visitors to please follow the health guidelines and wear face coverings and practice six-foot physical distancing while shopping. Old Church Gallery can be reached at 417-858-2510.

Seligman dances continue

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center will continue every Saturday at 7 p.m. Everyone is also asked to bring a snack to share. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

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