News briefs

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Absentee voting begins Tuesday

Last day to register to vote is March 10 for those who are not current registered voters of Barry County and who wish to vote in the April 6 General Municipal Election. People may register to vote at the County Clerk’s Office; the Monett Chamber of Commerce; or the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. People who have moved and not updated their address, or had a name change, should notify the office. 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, a voter may send a written request to the office of: Joyce Ennis, 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. 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. Office staff 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

SKITS spring play ‘Farce of Nature’ set for April

The SKITS board of directors has announced rehearsals for the spring play “Farce of Nature” will resume on March 1 with a three-night presentation scheduled for April 23-25. The play was originally set to run in 2020, but due to coronavirus and ensuing complications, the play was postponed. However, all original cast members are available and are excited to resume rehearsals. The SKITS directors have indicated that social distancing will be observed during the performances and precautions will be taken to ensure that proper sanitation guidelines will be followed to protect the audience during the performances. At this point, it is anticipated that attendance for each show will be approximately half of normal capacity due to the implementation of social distancing. The SKITS theater group is looking forward to performing “Farce of Nature” for all attending patrons. “This will be an absolutely hysterical play,” a SKITS press release said. “So, whether you are a regular theater-goer, occasional, or new to the Shell Knob and Table Rock area, mark your calendar for this comical community theater production.”

Roark Family Health offering COVID tests

Roark Family Health will be partnering with Nextgen Diagnostics to provide free COVID Testing clinics every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. These tests will be completed in the clinic’s south parking lot (concrete parking lot) in the numbered parking spots. The only items people need to bring are a driver’s license and insurance card if available. These are free of charge even with no insurance or if insurance doesn’t cover the test. This is the nasal PCR test, so generally takes about 48 hours to receive results. For questions, people may call Nextgen at 417-362-NEXT. This is open to all patients, with no clinic membership needed, to test for symptoms, test out of quarantine, test before leaving the state, weekly testing for business staff, etc., regardless of symptoms. To book a particular time instead of just driving up, visit:

OATS Transit open for regular service

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service, however, face masks are required on the bus due to COVID-19. People may call the OATS Transit office at 417-887-9272 or 800-770-6287 to schedule a ride or find out about service in their area. People may go to and click on the bus schedules tab for a specific county to see the full schedule. OATS Transit is available to the rural general public of any age, seniors and individuals with disabilities. OATS also contract with a number of agencies to serve their clients. OATS Transit offices will be closed and regular routes will not be operating on Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents Day

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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