News Briefs, March 13

Farmers Market meeting on March 23

The Cassville Farmers Market Annual Pre-Market Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on March 23 in Suite 7 at the Sho Me Plaza, located at 404 Hwy. 248. Attendance is not mandatory, and all are welcome.

Eagle Rock Library hosting events

Lego Club for the month of March at the Eagle Rock Branch Library has had to be moved to Saturday, incorporating the celebration of the Club’s anniversary and one of its favorite author’s birthday,  Dr. Seuss. The annual Eagle Rock Friends of the Library Easter Event will be held on March 23. Mr. E. Bunny will be available for photo ops. The Egg Hunt starts at 2 p.m. Both events will be held at the Eagle Rock Community Center, located at 27824 St. Hwy. 86 in Eagle Rock.

Purdy hosting Multicultural Celebration

The Purdy school district will host a Multicultural Celebration on March 14 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the FEMA Lobby, with multicultural performances to begin at 7 p.m. in the FEMA Auditorium. Exhibits and performances include fashion shows, a bamboo dance, free manicures for children, ethnic treats, a guest soloist, a popular Hmong game and more. Participants represent Guatemala, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. 

City-Wide Clean-Up scheduled

The city of Cassville will host is bi-annual City-Wide Clean-Up the week of April 8-12. More information about this event will be released when it becomes available.

Cassville school screenings in April

Cassville schools will host preschool screening April 8 and 10, open to three- and four-year-old children living in the Cassville school district. Screening will be held in the FEMA Event Center located next to the football field. Plan for a 30-45 minute appointment. Call 417-847-2445 to schedule a child’s screening. Screening results will be used to determine eligibility for the Cassville school district’s preschool programs. Kinder Academy and Kindergarten screening will be April 9 and 11, open to children that are 5 years old by July 31 living in the Cassville school district. Screening will be held in the FEMA Event Center located next to the football field. Call 417-847-2445 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring the following: proof of residence (utility bill with name and address, real estate contract, rental agreement, etc), birth certificate, immunization record and parent/guardian photo ID.

Prom dress Extravaganza on March 29

SWMO ReStore and Builds will host a Prom Dress Extravaganza on March 19 at the business, located at 201 E. 7th St. in Cassville. Area students attending prom are invited to shop and try on dresses, all of which will be free. The ReStore is asking the community to donate gently used prom dresses at the store prior to March 29. For more information, people may call 417-846-0110.

Christian Business Lunch on March 19

Cassville United Methodist Church will host a Christian Business Lunch on March 19 at noon. The event is a time for connection, encouragement, growth, lunch, conversation and devotion. The cost is $10 and lunch is pre-ordered. People must RSVP no later than March 16 by calling 417-847-2328. The lunch is open to all denominations.

Senior Center offers tax preparation

The Cassville Senior Center and Senior Age, with the help of well-trained and experienced Volunteer Tax Preparers are currently assisting seniors with their Tax preparations. This assistance to Seniors started in February and will continue through April. To make an appointment for tax preparation, people may call the Cassville Senior Center at 417-847-4510 or stop by the Center at 1111 Fair St. in Cassville.

Exeter preschool screenings coming up

Exeter schools had announced screenings for the 2024-2025 school year. Screenings for Preschool will be on April 10. Screenings for Kindergarten will be on April 11. To participate, parents or guardians must bring proof of residency (something with the physical address of where they live), immunization record and birth certificate. Early Childhood students should turn 3 before Aug. 1. Preschool students should turn 4 before Aug. 1. Kindergarten students should turn 5 before Aug. 1. Call the Elementary office at 417-835-2922, ext. 1, to schedule an appointment.

Barry County Democratic Primary voting March 23

The Missouri Democratic Primary is set for March 23, with in-person voting with voting taking place at the Crowder Cassville Campus, located at 4020 N. Main St. in Cassville. Mail-in ballots may be requested at

CHS bands to perform

The Wildcat Jazz and Cassville High School state band musicians will preset live music at Zone 4 Mini Golf and More on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. Admission to this outdoor music event is $5 per person, and 10 percent of all Zone 4 sales on Saturday will be donated back to the Band Boosters. The Cassville Middle School and Wildcat Jazz will also host their annual Blues, Bikes and BBQ in front of the high school building on April 5. Cost is $10 for food, music and bikes on display.

Municipal election on April 2

Photo ID is required to vote in the General Municipal Election on April 2. Absentee voting 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, and staff at those locations will fax the forms to the Clerk’s Office. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is March 20. Absentee applications are also available at For more information, people may call the Barry County Clerk’s Office at 417-847-2561 opt: 3 or email or

OATS rides available in Barry County

OATS Transit offers regular transportation services for the rural general public of any age, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Please call the local OATS Transit office at 417-887-9272 or 800-770-6287 to schedule a ride or find out about services in the Barry County area. People may also visit the OATS website at to view local schedules under “Bus Schedules,” then click on the county of service. OATS offices will be closed, and regular routes will not be running on Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day. Please keep this in mind as trips are scheduled near these holidays. OATS Transit is hiring drivers statewide to can continue serving riders. Openings are listed on the OATS website.

Lessons offered before Seligman’s Saturday dances

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce country dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center are every Saturday from 7-10 p.m. No alcohol is allowed. Admission is $10 per person, and 18-and-under are free. There is a potluck, 50-50 drawing and door prizes. Free dance lessons will also be given from 5-6 p.m. For more information, people may call 479-903-3640.