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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Health Department offering special items for Public Health Month

In Recognition of the month of April as Public Health Month, the Barry County Health Department will have special offerings. An unofficial bacteriological testing on private well water will be $10. Samples must be collected and returned in a department provided water test kit during the week of April 5-7, Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cassville. For the month of April, nursing staff will conduct Heart Disease and Stroke risk calculations with blood pressure checks and STD testing. During Public Health Week, Barry County Health Department WIC Program offers parents the opportunity to schedule and come into either office in Monett or in Cassville to receive nutrition education information for infants birth to 12 months, children 1-5 years of age, as well as nutrition education information and support for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The department has lactation support for any woman who might need it, also at both of our facilities. To schedule a time to meet with the nutritionist or lactation support staff, people may call 417-847-2114 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Hwy. 248 Bridge over Flat Creek closed in daytime for bridge repair

Missouri Route 248 bridge over Flat Creek in Barry County south of Jenkins will close from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5-22. Crews working to replace bridge joints, meaning all Route 248 lanes will be closed at either end of the bridge during daytime hours. All lanes will open at night and on weekends. Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching work zone. Drivers will have access to entrances at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel across the bridge. There will be no signed detour. Drivers should find alternate route. Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

Veterans Taskforce 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, war time or peacetime are welcomed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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