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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Farm Road 2140 to close west of Highway 37 

Barry County Farm Road 2140, west of Missouri Route 37 and, south of Butterfield, closed at 8 a.m. on Tuesday for up to two weeks. Both lanes of Farm Road 2140 closed for up to two weeks west of Route 37 to allow contractor crews to widen Route 37 and add center turn lane. The work is part of a larger project to make roadway improvements along Missouri Route 37 between Monett and the Missouri/Arkansas state line. When this work is completed, contractor will move to Farm Road 2140 on the east side of Route 37 to do similar work. Drivers will have access to driveways and field entrances on Farm Road 2140 but will have no access to Route 37 from the west. There is no signed detour. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone, and drivers should find alternate route.

Vaccine distribution held at Central Crossing 

The Central Crossing Senior Center and the Plaza Pharmacy partnered to hold a vaccine clinic on March 11. The pharmacy distributed 120 vaccine doses and sponsored 85 Hot Lunches for the Shell Knob community. “We thank the Plaza Pharmacy for their dedication to our community and particularly our senior community,” a press release said. “The Senior Center may not be open for day-to-day operation but we are still here working to meet the needs of our neighbors with Senior tax preparation and hot lunches — something that we all can look forward to.” Anyone with questions may call the center during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 417-858-6952. 

Cassville announces W.I.L.D. summer school

The Cassville school district will host the W.I.L.D. (Wonders, Innovation, Learning, Discovery) summer school this year from June 1-30 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The school features weekly discovery opportunities, weekly Aquatic Park trips (June 4, 11, 18 and 25), field trips and field day activities, all at no cost. There is also a YMCA Safety Around Water program for first-graders June 14-17 and 21-24, and there will be a science fair on June 29. Free breakfast and lunch will be served daily. Seated class offerings will allow eighth-graders to begin working on high school courses, and virtual high school classes are available at the high school. Bus routes are also available. For more information, people may call the primary office at 417-847-2445, the intermediate office at 417-847-4010, the middle school office at 417-847-3136 or the high school office at 417-847-3137.

Lawrence and Barry County Democrats to meet

The Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will meet on Thursday at the Angus Branch Steakhouse, located at 114 Chapel Dr. in Monett. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., and those wishing to eat should arrive by 5:45 p.m. and pay for their own meals. “We have much to celebrate and be thankful for after the election of President Biden and the passage of the most recent COVID relief bill and that the virus is less prevalent,” said Jim Kabell, chairman. “We look forward to the 2022 election cycle and an open U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.” Attendees of the meeting should plan to wear a mask and socially distance. For more information, people may call Jim or Pat Kabell at 417-452-3287.

Oak Ridge Church hosting guest musicians

The Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church will host guest musicians on Sunday, as Ronnie Warren Ministries will sing and share their ministry beginning at 5 p.m. Ronnie and Mary Lou Warren are from Fair Grove. Ronnie has been a full-time music evangelist for 27 years, playing eight instruments, arranging his songs and recording the tracks. His style is described as a mixture of classic gospel, bluegrass and hymns. A gospel message is incorporated into each concert. Mary Lou joins Ronnie in singing and plays the ukulele. Oak Ridge is located at 16722 Hwy. 248, about five miles east of Cassville. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, people may call Pastor Billy Chesshir at 501-538-6261.

Mill Street Church hosting blood drive

The Mill Street Church of Christ, in partnership with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday in the church’s multi-purpose room at 1104 Mill St. in Cassville. Masks are required for donors and staff. Those without masks will be provided one. Appointments are strongly encouraged and may be made by calling 417-227-5006 or going to A free T-shirt will be given to donors while supplies last.

Barry County Republican Club to meet

The Barry County Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Steak Inn in Shell Knob.

Wheaton school screenings scheduled

Screening for children entering Preschool for the 2021-2022 school year in the Wheaton school district is scheduled for April 20-22 in the Kindergarten rooms of the Elementary Building. Any child who will be 3 by July 31 and is planning on enrolling in preschool must be screened before starting school. Parents or guardians must call and schedule an appointment for 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. or 5 p.m. If the child is not already enrolled in the preschool program, please bring current immunization records, birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residency. Be prepared to fill out the preschool enrollment packet at this time. To schedule an appointment, please call the school at 417-652-7240, ext. 2101 for an appointment. Screening for children entering Kindergarten at Wheaton is scheduled for April 13-14 in the Kindergarten rooms of the Elementary Building. All students entering kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year must be screened before they can be enrolled. Parents of children who will be 5 years of age on or before July 31 may call 417-652-7240, ext. 2101 to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. or 5 p.m. The DIAL III test will be used to screen children in the following areas: concepts, language, and motor development. In addition to the DIAL III, each child’s vision, hearing, and articulation will be screened. The screening will take at least one hour to complete. Please bring the child’s legal birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record, and proof of residency. Screening results will be shared with the parents at this time.

Cassville screenings upcoming

Cassville offers two types of kindergarten classes for kindergarten age-eligible students. Kinder Academy, as well as traditional kindergarten, are available to students who will be 5 years old by July 31. Kinder Academy is a two-year kindergarten program available for select students who may have not had exposure to school social skills (preschool experience, developmental readiness, motor skills, etc.), who would benefit from a smaller class size (no more than 15 students) or who have late birthdays (typically March-July). Screening results, parental recommendations, preschool teacher recommendations, and Parent As Teachers parent educator observations will be used to potentially fill student spots. Cassville will be screening all kindergarten age-eligible students on April 19 and April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cassville. Enter through the South Entrance door across from Dr. Dale Assing’s office. Please call the Primary office at 417-847-2445 to schedule an appointment. Parents or guardians will need to bring the following items with on the day of screening: Child’s birth certificate, child’s shot records, proof of residency and parent or guardian’s driver’s license. Preschool screening for 3- and 4-year-old children in the Cassville school district is scheduled for April 20 and April 22. Parents of 3- and 4-year-old children may also call the primary office to schedule an appointment. The screening will take place at the First Baptist Church in Cassville. The BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens III test will screen children in the following areas: physical development, language development, academic skills/cognitive development, and self-help and social-emotional skills. The screening will take at least half an hour to complete. Children who are currently enrolled in the Cassville preschool or who will be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year do not need to participate in the screening. 

Absentee voting through April 5

Absentee voting continues for the April 6 General Municipal Election through April 5 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will also be open on April 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. A form of identification, driver’s license of voter registration card, must be presented to vote. Polls open at 6 a.m. on Election Day and close at 7 p.m. If unable to vote absentee in person, a voter may request an absentee ballot to be mailed. Voters can pick up an absentee ballot request form at the Monett Chamber of Commerce or send a written request to the office of: Joyce Ennis, Barry County Clerk, 700 Main St. Suite 2, Cassville, MO 65625 or by fax at 417-847-5311. If requesting an absentee ballot by mail, the office will need: date of election, name of voter, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last four digits of Social Security number, phone number, reason for voting absentee (absent from voting location on election day or physical disability), and signature. Voters may also print an absentee application from and mail it to the office. The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is March 24 for the April 6 General Municipal election. For additional information, people may call Barry County Clerk Joyce Ennis at 417-847-2561 ext. 3 or email

SKITS spring play ‘Farce of Nature’ set for April

The SKITS board of directors has announced the spring play “Farce of Nature” will have 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. 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.

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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