News briefs, Feb 21

Lawrence and Barry Democrats to meet

Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will meet on Thursday (George Washington’s Birthday) at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett, located at 114 Chapel Drive in Monett. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Those wishing to eat should arrive by 5:30-5:45 p.m., with each responsible for their own meal. Elad Gross, Democratic Candidate for Missouri Attorney General will be the speaker. In addition, the group will be reviewing procedures for the Democratic Presidential Primary to be held by both mail-in ballot and in-person voting on March 23. There will also be reports and recommendations from the scholarship committee to establish a Lawrence and Barry County Democratic Scholarship program for the Lawrence and Barry County high school students. All area Democrats and like-minded friends are invited to attend. For more information, people may call Jim Kabell at 417/848-4640.

S.L.U.D.G.E. meeting, raffle, auction on Saturday

Stop Land Use Damaging our Ground and Environment (S.L.U.D.G.E.) will host a raffle and silent auction Saturday in the East Newton High School gym at 22876 St. Hwy. 86, Granby. Bidding on silent auction items will begin at 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by information about the group’s ongoing lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as well as legislative updates from state representatives and senators who will be present.

OFO Young Artists Concert Sunday

The Ozark Festival Orchestra Young Artists Concert will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. There will be five teenage soloists and a wide range of music to perform, from Mozart to Shostakovich. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for children.

Cassville schools hosting community viewing

The Cassville school district will host a Community Viewing Event on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the FEMA Event Center, showing the documentary “Childhood 2.0: The Living Experiment.” The documentary aims to educate parents, guardians and community members about the inherent challenges and dangers of the digital world. “Anybody that is raising a child is invited to attend this special screening of an impactful documentary shedding light on the dangers of social media and technology,” a Cassville press release said. Viewer discretion is advised, as the documentary contains sensitive and explicit content. Childcare will be available (must RSVP). The documentary may be viewed at www., and a link to childcare signup is “Please note that this event is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13 due to the mature nature of the film,” Cassville’s release said. “Our preference is that this event is for adults only. However, if parents choose to watch the documentary with their child, we recommend doing so in a home setting where they can have open conversations as the movie is played.”

Youth Tour, CYCLE accepting applications

Barry Electric Cooperative is looking for student leaders to represent the co-op at a leadership conference in Washington, D.C. During this trip of a lifetime, students will have the opportunity to see national landmarks, monuments and places ingrained in American culture. There will be two local high school juniors selected, joining over 100 fellow Missouri students on the trip from June 14-20. Another opportunity, the Cooperative Youth Conference Leadership Experience (CYCLE) is four fun-filled days of learning about electric cooperatives, Missouri government and leadership skills. Barry Electric will send two area high school sophomores or juniors to Jefferson City from July 16-19 for this fantastic experience. Students are engaged from daybreak until lights out, forging friendships and taking home what they learned about cooperatives, leadership and government. People may call Barry Electric at 417-847-2131 with any questions on either program. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 1. Students may apply at:

Missouri Century Farm application open

The Barry County MU Extension Missouri Century Farm application process is open. Guidelines used for the selection and recognition of Missouri Century Farms include: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2024; The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and nieces, including through marriage or adoption; The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. Please note that applications will only be available online this year. A fee of $140 is required to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-foot by 2-foot metal sign (includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos) for each approved farm. The application deadline is May 1. The application may be found at:

Voter registration ends March 6

The last day to register to vote is March 6 for those who are not current registered voters of Barry County and who wish to vote in the April 2 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. Anyone who has moved and not updated their address, or had a name change, should notify the county clerk’s office. Photo ID is required to vote in the April General Municipal Election. Absentee began Feb. 20 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville and is ongoing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two-week in-person, no excuse absentee voting begins March 19. If unable to vote in person, a voter may send a written request to: 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 areas can go to the Shell Knob Chamber or Monett Chamber Office and fill out the absentee application. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is March 20. They will fax it to the Barry County Clerk’s office. Absentee applications are also available at sos. For more information call: the Barry County Clerk’s Office at 417-847-2561 opt: 3 or email or

Cassville Branch Library activities scheduled

Activities at the Cassville Branch Library this week include: Today, Open Adult Crafts from 10 a.m. to noon, Kid’s Crafting from 3:30-5 p.m; Thursday, Tot Time at 9 a.m. (registration required), Story Time at 10 a.m. (registration required); Friday, Bingo Night, 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Homeschool Program at 10 a.m. (registration required); Feb. 28, Open Adult Crafts from 10 a.m. to noon, Kid’s Crafting from 3:30-5 p.m.

Cassville Farmers’ Market open twice per week

The Cassville Farmers’ Market is open for the season, running twice a week on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. across from Security Bank and Saturdays on the Cassville Square from 8 a.m. to noon. The market offers local fresh cut flowers, produce, eggs, baked goods, hand made crafts and more. For more information, people may call 417-846-3539.